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Soggy koala finds solace in blanket COAST Guard volunteers based at Hastings had an unusual passenger on Sunday - a koala rescued from a mooring off Warneet. The koala was picked up after being found shivering on the mooring about 100 metres from the jetty. The rescue boat was on its way back to Hastings at about 9.30am after towing two men in a tinny to Warneet whose engine had broken down off Crawfish Rock. “I saw the koala on the mooring and at first thought it was a stuffed toy,” rescue boat crew member Sean Hannam said. “We turned the engine off and I threw a blanket over him while I was standing on the ladder at the back of the boat. The rest of the crew stood on the side to balance the boat. “The koala didn’t struggle and we took him ashore and released him on Quail Island.” Mr Hannam said it was the first time he’s been involved in rescuing a koala, although he’d been told it wasn’t unknown for koalas to be found in waters near Warneet. “Wrangling him on board and releasing him was a team job,” he said. Keith Platt Rope trick: The Koala found clinging to ropes on a mooring at Warneet was picked up by the Coast Guard’s rescue boat and then delivered home safe and almost dry to Quail Island. Pictures: Sean Hannam and Gary Sissons (boat)

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MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is continuing to look far and wide for innovation and inspiration with two councillors and its top executive preparing to pack their bags for overseas and interstate travel. In November, CEO Carl Cowie and Cr Simon Brooks propose being in Germany for an international climate

change conference and Cr Julie Edge wants to be in Brisbane for a forum on disasters. If approved by councillors at last night’s meeting (Tuesday 10 November), before arriving in Bonn for the United Nations’ COP23 conference, Mr Cowie will have already been to Sweden and plans to later head south for another conference in Malta. Closer to home, Cr Edge has sought permission to attend the Fire, Cyclone and Flood Disaster Management and

Recovery Forum in Brisbane from 29 November to 1 December. Total cost of the three journeys is about $25,500. This amount may rise as a report to councillors by Mr Cowie’s executive assistant Bianca Hubble states that the “CEO, potentially with other representatives” of the shire will meet and speak with people “who are all working towards the same goals at the shire”. The shire’s communications and media manager Mark Kestigian said he was unable to provide names or de-

tails of the shire representatives who may be going overseas with Mr Cowie until after tonight’s council meeting. If the conference attendances are approved, the councillors’ costs - $8000 for Cr Brooks and $3000 Cr Edge will be deducted from their $16,000 a four-year term training, conferences and seminars allowance. Mr Cowie’s expenses ($14,500) will be the first to come out of his $30,000 study tour allowance approved by council in September 2016.

In February, the mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the study tour allowance was “an offer that may or may not be taken up by the CEO” (“CEO study deal revealed” The News 27/2/17). This latest round of overseas and interstate travel follows the September study tour to China by Cr Hugh Fraser, chief operating officer Niall McDonagh and waste services team leader Daniel Hinson. Continued Page 6



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VicRoads stops shredding after outcry Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au VICROADS has called a halt to the wholesale clearing of vegetation on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, between Mt Martha and Rosebud, following a storm of protest by wildlife carers and residents. Reports of dozens of displaced animals, including ringtail possums dropping babies from nests, echidnas and blue tongue lizards being trampled by the authority’s “forestry machine” – and even being mulched alive – caused outcry last week. Community concerns, voiced loudly on social media and radio, pointed to the loss of habitat, “cruel” treatment of wildlife, lack of planning and consultation, loss of amenity to the area, increased noise and air pollution, sun and traffic glare, stronger cross winds, increased temperatures on the road and even potential flooding. The protesting led to four VicRoads representatives meeting at the Rye home of Crystal Ocean Wildlife Shelter’s Brenda Marmion, alongside Eve Kelly and Craig Thomson, of Australian Wildlife Protection Council and Klarissa Garnaut, of WHOMP (Wildlife Help on the Mornington Peninsula) on speaker phone. VicRoads was told the clearing would impact on wildlife now and in the future. “We voiced our concerns about the loss of habitat, and the welfare and care of animals now in rehab at wildlife shelters,” Ms Kelly said later. “We also raised our concerns about the destructive methods used and the lack of planning, including the time of year this work has commenced.” She said spring was a time of natural regeneration, nesting and rearing of young. “Baby nesting birds wouldn't have gotten away and lizards and echidna certainly would have been gobbled up.” The meeting had the desired result, with VicRoads putting an immediate stop to the clearing work.

Safe hands: Australian Wildlife Protection Council’s Eve Kelly gets a lick of gratitude from a rescued possum at Brenda Marmion’s Crystal Ocean Wildlife Shelter, Rye. Picture: Yanni




VicRoads safe system road infrastructure program director Bryan Sherritt said Friday the project would “undergo a re-design”. “Work will not recommence until next year after the summer peak season to minimise disruption,” he said. “The machine used to clear vegetation is a highdensity vegetation removal machine and will no longer be used on this project. “For any future vegetation removal we will utilise methods more sensitive to fauna and employ an additional ecology officer during this work.” “It appears that community outcry and pressure has worked toward a good outcome for what was set to be destroyed,” Ms Kelly said. Mr Sherritt said VicRoads was “committed to maximising the retention of the remaining vegetation” during future stages of the work. “We are currently completing the installation of flexible safety barriers on the cleared section of the freeway which is one of our state’s most high risk roads,” he said. “We are working on a new design for the remaining stages of the project that will balance the need to install these life-saving treatments with the best possible outcomes for the environment and wildlife.” Ms Marmion said online that it was “heartening that [VicRoads] are at least listening to us.” She and others queried why a lone “wildlife spotter” had the daunting task of rehoming dislodged and distressed wildlife – often possums from fragmented nests – and transporting them to overcrowded wildlife shelters. Ms Marmion said her shelter was “close to capacity” but had agreed to take more homeless wildlife “after hearing that most baby possums taken to local vets are being euthanised”. It was also reported that the euthanising was distressing for vet staff. Ms Kelly said 15 orphaned possums were being hand raised at WHOMP after the drama. Two young ringtails had to be put down.




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School’s in for GPs in search for ulcer cure DOCTORS will be encouraged to participate in a “learning module” to help them identify and diagnose Buruli ulcer in patients on the Mornington Peninsula. The module is being developed by experts from the Department of Health and Human Services and a public health laboratory in conjunction with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and infectious diseases experts. “Providing GPs with this knowledge will ensure early diagnosis can be made and the most effective antibiotic treatments provided to reduce the need for surgery and skin grafts if the condition develops,” department spokesman Tim C said. “Whole genome sequencing is also being conducted on samples from cases of Buruli ulcer at another … public health laboratory to better understand [its] spread into new regions. “The module will be available early next year and in place prior to the seasonal increase in cases seen each year, commencing around April.” Mr Vainoras said extra funding had been provided to AgriBio for further testing and analysis of mosquitoes to detect the presence of the bacteria responsible for causing Buruli ulcer. Experts are also analysing possum

faeces collected “from a number of locations” on the peninsula for the presence of the bacterium responsible for its spread. Mr Vainoras said said this was part of “significant work into Buruli ulcer already being undertaken” to combat incidences of the disease which is becoming increasingly prevalent. “This field work follows on from earlier efforts to establish what links there may be between possums and mosquitoes in the transmission of Buruli ulcer to humans,” he said. The department has been notified of 165 cases of the disease so far this year, compared to 110 for the same period in 2016. Nepean Liberal candidate Russell Joseph last week called on the state and federal governments to “drop the politics” and work with each other to eradicate the Buruli ulcer. Flinders MP and Health Minister Greg Hunt has previously agreed extra research was needed and the government would take a “sympathetic” look at any proposals. Mr Hunt’s office also told The News that $2.4 million had been allocated to research into the ulcer, but this was later revealed to be the aggregate of money spent since 2000. Stephen Taylor

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Safety raised for choppers PENINSULA Aero Club last week opened a more advanced helipad which will support airborne emergency services on the peninsula. The design caters for larger and more sophisticated helicopters which require safer, more dedicated facilities. It will supply fuel to water bombing aircraft as well as the Police Air Wing and others. “We have seen aircraft become more fuel critical during fire fights over the past few years and this new facility will provide a much needed resource,” club vice-president Jack Vevers said. “The total cost of the infrastructure is around $400,000, with Mornington Peninsula Shire contributing $100,000 from its emergency services budget. The rest was raised by Peninsula Aero Club members as well as some from commercial investment.” Police Air Wing Inspector Craig Shepherd said: “This helipad will enhance the emergency services capability on the peninsula and will help save lives and property.” Last year the club raised $220,000 and built a fully equipped medical emergency triage centre and respite area for fire crews. “These and the helipad will allow us to make the most of airborne first responders,” Mr Vevers said. “Because of this the peninsula will be safer and more secure this summer.” Stephen Taylor

The Thursday Hastings Street Market has been moved to the plazas in the KMART car park. The market area extends from opposite the REJECT shop to Dominos Pizza/ Subway entrance on High Street.

Improved service: A big crowd helped launch the new Tyabb airport helipad. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Councillors, CEO have travel plans Continued from Page 1 The trio investigated technologies being used in China to generate electricity from rubbish to lessen the amount going to landfill is part of the shire’s bid to attain carbon neutrality by 2020. It cost about $7000 to send Cr Fraser, Mr McDonagh and Mr Hinson to China for seven days. Cr Fraser’s $2500 share of the cost was the first deduction this term from his $16,000 conferences, training and seminars account. The climate change conference being attended by Cr Brooks and Mr Cowie is the 23rd in a series being held by the United Nations. Cr Fraser and the then mayor Cr Graham Pittock, at a cost of about $7000 each, attended the 2015 conference in Paris. Renewable resources team leader Jessica Wingad also attended the Paris conference. While it appears Cr Brooks intends to spend 6-17 November at the Bonn COP23 conference, Mr Cowie’s itinerary sees him in Stockholm, Sweden for two days from 6 November. While in Sweden Mr Cowie has “proposed” meetings with Stockholm County Council “and site visits looking at renewable energy and what the city is doing around carbon neutrality”. After the Bonn conference, which ends 17 November, he heads to Valletta, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta. (Described in tourist brochures as a piece of living history, Valletta was founded 1565 as a refuge for soldiers returning from the Crusades). Mr Cowie’s reason for being in the city is to attend the 21-24 November Commonwealth Local Government Conference titled “Fit for the future: resources and capacity for effective local government”. While at the disaster forum in Brisbane Cr Edge, a member of Victoria Police, will be able to attend “keynote sessions and workshops [that] will provide insights from many regional case studies of effective implementation of recovery and emergency communications during and after disasters”, according to a report from governance manager Joe Spiteri. Cr Brooks and Mr Cowie will miss a council meeting on Wednesday 8 November, which, according to Mr Spiteri is needed “to accommodate the large number of expected items to be determined by council”. Mr Cowie will also miss the annual meeting on 14 November, although Cr Brooks will be back in time for that meeting which, as well as electing a mayor and deputy mayor for the coming year, includes a civic reception. Cr Edge’s Brisbane conference runs 29 November to 1 December, which means she will be back in time for the planning services committee meeting on Monday 4 December.


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Shutter action: Photographers listen as experts explain the best ways to photograph night skies, inset, and Omega Centauri, a globular star cluster, taken through one of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society’s telescopes. Pictures: Tony Nightingale

Images from a lapse in time ARMED with tripods and cameras, photographers lined up their lenses with the night sky last month at Mt Martha after being advised on how to get the best results in astrophotography. This year’s Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society’s workshop in the observatory centre at The Briars historic property attracted 80 photographers. The program about how to image

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Land more than 40,000m² Open Air Burning is permitted throughout October provided that:

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Drug use, struggle before home intruder’s death A HASTINGS man died after a violent struggle at a house in Frankston while high on a cocktail of drugs, the state coroner has ruled in a finding released late last month. Judge Sara Hinchey said Adam Slomczewski, 44, died from cardiac arrhythmia in the setting of the struggle, as well as neck compression and amphetamine use, at a house he was robbing in Cassia Grove, Frankston in December 2015 (“Intruder killed chasing woman”, The Times 14/12/2015). She said Mr Slomczewski had a lengthy criminal history and spent considerable time in prison for various crimes, including theft, robbery, burglary, attempted burglary and heroin possession. He also “had a history of using illicit drugs heroin, speed and ice” which contributed to his death. The inquest was told Mr Slomczewski was robbing the house when the owner returned home and confronted him. He grappled with her and demanded money and her car keys. Neighbour Russell Harrison heard “bloodcurdling screams” from the house and ran in to see the woman pinned against a wall. She shouted to him for help. In a violent struggle in which Mr Harrison thought Mr Slomczewski was “trying to kill him”, he eventually managed to get the deceased into a sleeper hold while waiting for police to arrive. Mr Harrison said he released Mr Slomczewski when he heard sirens and when he complained he could not breathe. Soon afterwards, Mr Slomczewski “went limp”. Paramedics spent 30 minutes vainly trying to resuscitate Mr Slomczewski but he was declared dead.

Crushing blow: An elderly driver’s car rammed into the back of a truck on Peninsula Link last Thursday. Picture: Gary Sissons

Car under truck on Link AN elderly man was lucky to escape serious injury when his car ran into the back of a truck under the Skye Rd bridge on Peninsula Link, Frankston, Thursday 5 October. Roadworks up ahead had slowed traffic at the accident site and only one lane was getting through. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the 83-year-old, of Carrum, passed out before running into the truck. He was alone in the car. His 1993 Toyota Corolla was extensively damaged and he was taken to Frankston Hospital for observation. Leading Senior Constable Wolfe said drivers aged over 80 “should be discussing with their GPs their fitness to drive”. “Age was definitely a factor in two previous accidents in which drivers aged over 80 passed

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Car stolen A TOYOTA four-wheel-drive was stolen from outside a Tyabb house, overnight Thursday 5 October. The 1999 Prado was parked on the nature strip in William St. It is valued at $8000.

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Another investment in Gippsland’s future completed Following the completion of Longford’s $1 billion Gas Conditioning Plant in May this year, Esso is pleased to mark yet another milestone in our ongoing investment into our Gippsland operations. On 1 October 2017, the first crude oil arrived at our Long Island Point facility in Hastings through our new $400 million pipeline from Longford. The new pipeline is a vital piece of infrastructure which will help to ensure reliable, affordable gas and petroleum products continue to flow to Australian households and businesses. The project involved replacing the original 187 kilometre crude oil and condensate pipeline between our Longford and Long Island Point plants. The real challenge for this project lay in its location, crossing more than 300 individual landowners’ properties. From the start we engaged with landowners to ensure we mitigated potential impacts on their properties. We thank each and every one of them for their patience and understanding as we completed this important work. The construction teams also went to great lengths to minimise the projects impact on the environment and disruption to the broader community. This included using horizontal directional drilling technology to go under railways, as well as major and minor roads. We also partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Landcare to deliver environmental projects along the pipeline route. In our many years of operations across Gippsland, Esso has a strong track record of supporting local contractors and suppliers. Overall Australian labour, materials and equipment made up around 90% of the project spend. At its peak, the project employed over 450 people, with many local to Gippsland. Our construction contractor, Nacap, also engaged a number of local suppliers in the Gippsland region and along the pipeline route, for a variety of products and services. But it’s more than just the materials and equipment, it’s the flow on indirect benefits to the communities we worked in.

At its peak, the project employed over 450 people, with many local to Gippsland.

“The new pipeline is a vital piece of infrastructure which will help to ensure reliable, affordable gas and petroleum products continue to flow to Australian households and businesses.”

It’s the early morning coffees we bought in Warragul, or the comfortable beds our teams slept in in Morwell when they were away from home. And we thank you for making us feel at home. To deliver a project of this magnitude requires the ongoing support of landowners and it has shown us how vital it is that we take the community with us every step. We recognise that there is still some work to do and we’re committed to completing this work as quickly and efficiently as possible. The fact that this project was delivered ahead of schedule and within budget, and with every effort made to cause minimal disruption to the community, delivers a tremendous boost to our ability to compete for capital investments for future projects. With continued investment in our operations, we’ll maintain the quality jobs in the region and the flow on benefits to the Gippsland region.

Thank you. Esso has completed the construction of a 187 kilometre pipeline that runs from our Longford Plants to our Long Island Point facility in Hastings. This project could not have been completed without the collaboration and support of land owners along the pipeline route, our employees, contractors, our Bass Strait partner BHP and, of course, the community. The pipeline is an important piece of infrastructure for Esso and our community. It allows the continued safe delivery of crude oil and condensate between the Longford and Long Island Point facilities and will ensure natural gas from offshore Gippsland operations continues to flow to Australian households and businesses. This $400 million investment in our infrastructure is another example of our commitment to ensure that we can continue to meet Australia’s energy needs, now and into the future. Thank you to all for a job well done. To learn more about our operations please visit www.exxonmobil.com.au


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Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Bayside councils are anti-fishing and boating Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and other bayside councils charge exorbitant fees to use boat ramps and car parks even though most were constructed with funds from boat and trailer registration fees. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is probably the worst and has demonstrated it is against boaties and fisherman. In other areas tourist boaties and fisherman are welcomed and ramps and car parks are free and well maintained. The shire procrastinated when the Westernport Angling Club applied for a permit to build clubrooms on the foreshore but gave permission to the Coast Guard whose application was in first. The council eventually granted permission for a small building with public toilets attached. The council then proposed a tourist attraction (the Otama submarine) and wanted more than a third of the car parking spaces and the removal of the angling club building and toilets. The club was forced to go to arbitration to save the building from being removed and, thankfully, the decision went in the club’s favour and the [VCAT] member commented that it was a proper use of the foreshore precinct. The council has now put forward a draft Hasting Foreshore Precinct Plan which includes removing the club’s building and altering launching ramp accessibility and parking. At the height of the fishing season there can be in excess of 500 boats and associated cars and trailers on any day over the weekend. There has been no consultation with the angling club whose members have alternative ideas to improve the area. Some of the council’s ideas could create dangerous situations for both the users of the facilities and the public. It seems the council is using the precinct plan to rid the foreshore of the club’s building. There are alternatives which would add more car parking places and be more user friendly. Chris Garnar, Hastings

Safety backlash Is this an exercise in futility or what? Or is it bureaucratic “witchery” at it’s best? VicRoads is conducting its “road safety project” on the Mornington Peninsula freeway, ripping out existing native vegetation which will be replaced with a cable barrier. All very fine for cars, not so fine for motorcyclists who will probably be sliced open should they be unfortunate enough to slide into the barrier. Now, on top of this, VicRoads will remove the trees enabling oncoming cars to temporarily blind oncoming motorists. This to me is more like a “road unsafety program”. But wait, there’s more. After they ripping the trees out, VicRoads intend to start a replanting program in autumn. No thought was given to the devastation it was going to inflict on the wildlife inhabiting these trees. The machine being used apparently has the capability of ripping out the trees and mulching them in one swift movement, giving the possums

and birdlife very little chance of survival. It was reported to me that because of the mayhem it has caused, the machine has been halted. This, presumably, was to give the wildlife a chance to be relocated. These projects all look very fine on paper but then all common sense and reality gets discarded. John Cain, McCrae

Wasted energy [Hastings Liberal MP] Neale Burgess could have told citizens worrying about energy security that the problem with our utilities in Australia is that they are a direct consequence of the recent mindless fascination by Liberal and Labor governments with privatisation of anything of any value, once owned by the people of Australia (“Alarm over possible power loss” The News 3/10/17). Of course the wasted years of indecision by the present and former federal Liberal governments on a renewable energy target or a price on carbon, have lead to uncertainty for energy providers when making decisions on future investment for new electricity generation. It is astounding that The News found it worthwhile to give space to this political advertisement. A simple mea culpa by Neale Burgess would have sufficed. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

All about mercy It really makes my blood boil when anti-choice, anti-euthanasia people, who don’t state clearly their religious associations, would put a poor darling animal out of its needless misery and suffering and yet would still totally deny a non-religious, needlessly suffering person the voluntary legal rights to voluntary euthanasia, thereby giving the needless sufferer the right to die peacefully with dignity (“Survival a priority” Letters 26/9/17). It is mercy killing only, not murder. Sharon Bayer, Frankston

Looking back Just a short note to let you know how much I enjoy the “100 Years Ago This Week” column. How things change and yet still stay the same. Overseas news from soldiers serving in France, local accidents and scandals; Frankston people were also fundraising but on a smaller scale, even information about changes to train timetables sounds familiar. Thank you for such an enjoyable section of the paper. Jean Grey, Frankston

Dangerous turn Green Island Av, Mt Martha is probably the most densely populated road on the Mornington Peninsula. It was originally an unmade road with large blocks and then allowed to be subdivided for unit

The stone and concrete seawall in Blairgowrie is now in serious danger of being undermined be seawater washing in behind the wall. This only adds to the ultimate threat to Point Nepean Rd as the foreshore is rapidly been eaten

away. Pathetic attempts to dump some rocks along the beach have achieved nothing. Some really serious thought needs to be instigated into what and when action will be taken to arrest the deterioration of the foreshore and ultimately the road. Steve Hill, Blairgowrie

developments. That’s OK, I live in one, but the [Mornington Peninsula Shire] council allowed the developers to put a sealed road in without a proper left hand turn lane into Green Island Av from one of the busiest roads, Nepean Highway. There are six intersections from Benton’s Rd to Craigie Rd and Green Island Av is the only one without a proper left hand turn lane. It is frightening waiting to be rear ended. Pools of water lie there after rain, causing the surface to break up. This is a disgrace when the

amount of rates council get from properties in the avenue is enormous. I have contacted council, [federal Flinders MP] Greg hunt, the state transport minister (I can’t remember his name) and they have all hand balled it to VicRoads, where the response is that there has not been an accident yet. What a joke. In the words of a great football coach, someone at the council should “do Something”. Albert Mew, Mt Martha

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Man found stabbed at Mt Eliza A MAN was found with multiple stab wounds and facial fractures on the grounds of St Thomas More Primary School, Mt Eliza, Thursday 5 October. Tradies working on the Canadian Bay Rd site found the injured man, 52, on the oval and called emergency services early morning. He was later airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with wounds to his lower abdomen, right leg and hand, as well as facial injuries. His injuries were described as non-life threatening. Sergeant Dennis Ramsay, of Mornington police, said the circumstances were unclear, but that the incident “may have happened elsewhere and he was later dumped by unknown male offenders”. SES crews were brought in to search the site for clues before an anticipated change in weather conditions destroyed possible evidence. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Chase not on ROSEBUD police called off the pursuit of a dark-coloured Holden or Ford which reached speeds of 180kph on Boneo Rd, early Wednesday 4 October. Police were on their way to a possible break-in at Rosebud wreckers when they saw the car, near Besgrove St, 3.05am. The two episodes may be linked.

Warp factor A MOTORCYCLIST “hit the warp-factor” when speeding away from a patrol car on Bungower Rd, Mornington, 8.39pm, Monday 2 October. Police said the bike was travelling east between Racecourse Rd and Moorooduc Highway when it reached speeds of 190kph. CCTV cameras captured it speeding on Peninsula Link. The bike’s number plate was obscured. The driver was wearing black clothing.

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War on Waste Forum & Expo

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Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Community Waste Forum Join us for presentations, demonstrations and stalls showcasing local initiatives in waste reduction, plastics avoidance and litter prevention. We are committed to best practice waste management and moving towards a zero waste peninsula. • Learn about alternative waste technologies we are considering to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

• Discover new ways to reduce your household waste. • See how our amazing community groups help us to avoid plastics and manage litter. • Demonstrations and giveaways!

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Challenge for families on the run THE Poyser family, of Mt Eliza, has been entering the Arthurs Seat Challenge since it began 15 years ago. While mother Raquel pushed oneyear-old daughter Jussy in a pram, father Brad carried their eldest, Tom, three, in a backpack. According to Ms Poyser her family loves the community spirit generated by the challenge. “This event represents many things for me and my family. The ASC provides an achievable fitness goal for us to work towards throughout the year,” she said. “It’s wonderful to hear and feel the pounding of hundreds of feet on the bitumen as you run with the group.” In addition to this appeal the ASC has a deeper meaning for this family. Both Brad and Raquel work as a physiotherapists on the Mornington Peninsula, with Raquel providing therapy for victims who have sustained brain injury from road trauma. Her clients suffer from a range of disabilities caused by brain injuries, including reduced independence in movement, problems with balance and coordination and in some cases an inability to walk again and the need to rely on a wheelchair for mobility. Many also have cognitive impairments, emotional issues and a reduced ability to participate in work and recreational pursuits. The impact of road trauma also has ramifications for victims’ family and friends. Money raised from the Arthurs Seat Challenge goes towards providing road safety education for year 11 students across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula through the Fit2Drive Program. Statistics have shown that early education in the area of driver and passenger safety helps reduce the devastating impact of road crashes. “I would love to have less work in this area and applaud the organisers of this wonderful community event for making such a huge commitment to this very important cause,” Ms Poyser said.

RAQUEL Poyser and daughter Jussy are keen participants in the annual Arthurs Seat Challenge.

With Tom Poyser on his L-plates, and Jussy about to embark on hers, the importance of this community initiative resonates with all members of the Poyser family. Tom has played in the band for past few years, entertaining the crowd at the finish line, Jussy continues to participate in the challenge with Raquel as part of their running program, and according to Jussy, “Dad is happy to be the taxi driver and ferry us all around”. Join the Poysers this year on Sunday 12 November for the Arthurs Seat Challenge. To register go to arthursseatchallenge.com.au

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Tourism can have its downside for residents Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au RYE Community Group Alliance president Mechelle Cheers is worried about the impact of tourism on the Mornington Peninsula’s animals, vegetation and people. “This is a conversation that needs to be had – especially for the protection of the southern end of the peninsula. Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying as anti-tourism or development – it’s not.” The fears held by Ms Cheers coincided with a news release from Flinders MP Greg Hunt welcoming a rise in the number of international visitors to the peninsula and the growth in spending by residents and visitors. The data used by Mr Hunt shows tourists are staying longer and spending more. The International Visitor Survey (IVS) shows more than 61,000 international visitors toured the peninsula last financial year, spending more than $1000 a person. “This is great news for the residents and businesses on the Mornington Peninsula,” Mr Hunt said. “Over the past three years we have seen spending from international tourists increase by 103 per cent across the peninsula. “We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world and it is nice to see so many people from across the globe visiting the south-east of Victoria. “A growing tourism industry will drive our

economy and create more local jobs.” Another report mentioned by Mr Hunt’s office: the National Visitor Survey released last month, revealed that locals tipped $464 million into the peninsula’s economy during the past financial year. But Nepean Historical Society president Joy Kitch said better planning for increasing numbers of tourists – and part-time residents – was paramount. “Peak times [in Sorrento] are always January and February, but now it seems [bumper crowds are here] every weekend,” she said. “More and more apartments are going up bringing more people and leading to the need for better traffic management. “We are concerned about the [planned Sorrento] ferry terminal traffic being re-diverted, and residents of Coppin Grove are concerned about more and more cars using their street. “People in cars are getting more angry because they can’t get a park, [so] we should have a good look at planning that works for everyone.” Ms Cheers in a presentation to Mornington Peninsula Shire in July said that a “growing body of research had found that mass tourism had its downside, in particular, on local communities and the natural environment”. “Since that meeting, there has been considerable publicity involving key tourist spots across Europe that supports what I was saying that night,” she said last week. Ms Cheers has written to the mayor Cr Bev Colomb and CEO Carl Cowie asking if the shire has

any strategies or plans to “balance the impact of the increasing volume of summer visitors”. “By impact, I mean the increased rubbish, vandalism, graffiti, increased crime, noise, traffic, building development, loss of a peaceful amenity and destruction of flora and marine fauna habitat,” she said. She also asked if the shire knew how much tourism cost in providing increased services. “Has the shire conducted any of its own research on the impact of tourism? Has it looked at the body of research in this area?” Sorrento Chamber of Commerce’s business development manager Natalie Garner said her role involved attracting tourists to the peninsula at offpeak times. “We aim to spread the load over the year,” she said. “Our marketing is done from Easter to December.” Ms Cheers said tourism was an all-of-peninsula issue. “This will increase with recent planning decisions. No one is saying to stop tourism; what we are saying is, protect ratepayers and the very environment that tourists come for.”

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Council, MP fight state’s planning knock-back Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au “DISAPPOINTED and concerned” is how Mornington Peninsula mayor Cr Bev Colomb feels about state Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s refusal to place interim planning controls over large-scale developments. The move has also angered Liberal Mornington MP David Morris who has warned the government’s stance will see the peninsula become “just an extension of the urban sprawl”. The shire wants a design and development (DDO) planning overlay to “combat” changes made by the state government to general residential zone (GRZ) provisions which allow construction of buildings up to three storeys – or 11 metres – in height. “The DDO would have protected around 24,000 properties from the state government’s changes by allowing for development up to two storeys, not three storeys, in residential areas across the townships of Capel Sound, Rosebud, Dromana, Mt Martha, Mornington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern,” Cr Colomb said. “We are extremely disappointed about the refusal. The state government’s change to three storeys within the general residential zone, in the absence of additional planning controls, presents a significant risk of inappropriate development on the peninsula.” Cr Colomb said the “council, together with our community, [has] worked very hard to have our voices heard about these detrimental planning changes”. Cr Colomb said the shire would “continue to act on behalf of the community to prevent devel-

opment that is inconsistent with the peninsula and its low-scale character”. “Our shire-wide Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 will help protect us from future development like this, by outlining our direction for future housing and population growth on the peninsula over the next 15 years, and will assist with good planning for many years to come,” she said. “I encourage the local community to take the opportunity to provide input into planning matters. This is a great opportunity to have your voices heard about future development on the peninsula.” A former Mornington shire president, Mr Morris said government changes to the planning scheme would have an “immediate impact” on blocks where there are no development overlays, such as parts of Mornington and Mt Martha east of Nepean Highway, between Main St and Craigie Rd, and other areas across the peninsula. “The new rules allow buildings of three storeys instead of two, and encourage inner suburban density,” Mr Morris, who is now MP for Mornington and the Liberal opposition’s spokesman on local government, said. “Wording in the zone ordinance to support moderate growth has been removed. The purpose of the zone is to now encourage growth – full stop. Those rules apply now.” Mr Morris said the effect of the changes to the planning scheme over the next two years would be to the overlays that “currently protect three quarters of our residential areas”. “The future of the overlays is in doubt, and the main premise on which they are founded is removed,” he said.

Mr Morris said until recently, one of the purposes of the zone was to implement adopted neighbourhood character guidelines. “This has been removed, and replaced by some vague words about neighbourhood character objectives,” he said. “There is a real risk that VCAT will now rule that the overlays are inconsistent with the zone. Even if that does not occur, the government requires overlays to be reviewed, and re-written in a manner consistent with the zone – in other words, to encourage growth.” Mr Morris said the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement intended a “clear separation” of the peninsula from metropolitan Melbourne. “The planning controls in place prior to the [recent] changes were intended to allow ongoing development in a manner consistent with each residential area,” he said. “While the zoning for most residential areas is the same , general residential, the actual controls vary significantly depending on where your house is located through the application of overlays,” he said. “Some examples are the Mt Eliza Woodlands, Ranelagh Estate, Beleura Hill, Mt Martha south of Sunshine Creek and all residential areas adjoining the coast. Altogether, nearly three-quarters of residential land is currently protected by overlays. “In most areas overlays specify the minimum block size, how many houses can be built on a block, how many storeys they can be.” Mr Morris said if the changes were not reversed “we must consider that policy abandoned”. “Our peninsula towns will become just an extension of the urban sprawl.”

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Raffle win EVAN Ruskin, of Crib Point, has won the Somerville Tyabb Rotary Community Raffle drawn at Hastings, Sunday 1 October. His prize was a trailer full of Bunnings goods valued at $2700. The winning ticket was sold by Balnarring Bowls Club. The second prize-winning ticket ($500 tyres from Tyre Power Hastings) was sold by Tyabb CFA and the third-prize-winning ticket ($200 Dulux paint) was sold by Western Port Rotary outside Coles Hastings. The prizes have been delivered to the winners. Somerville Tyabb Rotary said the raffle raised $3300, with a third to be shared among schools, sports clubs and not-for-profit groups who assisted. The remainder will go to community projects.

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Atticus Regional Medicentre – The Garden YESTERDAY was my mother’s birthday. So, like all aspiring good sons, I visited her. She was happy to see me. Quickly after a cup of tea, she whisked me and my 2 year old son off to the front yard to show me her handy work. She’d been weeding, pulling out clumps of ragged overgrown agapanthus. She showed me where she’d battled a stray tree branch which was threatening her power line, cutting it weekly, bit by bit with her hand pruning saw. I tell you it was a thick branch for a hand saw! Most of all – she took me around and we marveled at the sights and smells of her garden. Her favorite rose, “Mr Lincoln” with a perfume that seemingly hits you meters away, vibrant jasmine that crowned a willing cyprus pine, spring cactuses growing strong which were purchased at a Mother’s Day fete for her all those many years ago, by me, and bushes of various coloured daisies growing everywhere the eye could see. My parents were and are simple people, with a generosity of heart that was well known. In setting up Atticus Health I hope that I have done the same. When designing Atticus Regional Medicentre at Hastings, you could understand then that I couldn’t help but include large garden areas. And, rather than go for the quick “instant” garden effect, I’ve spent many hours

thinking about what to plant – and what presents there now, reflects my gifts to the town of Hastings. If you look closely, you will see a young but thriving Illawarra Flame Tree, various gums including a rather difficult to grow Eucalyptus Woodwardii sprouting with a waxy green bark and for the first time, beautiful large yellow flowers budding, as well as several examples of my all time favorite tree, the humble but iconic and quirky Australian classic – Banksia Integrifolia. Getting back on track - what’s the garden got to do with a medical clinic? Firstly, nature has a wonderful healing force and I hope that every patient may get some therapy from observing something in the garden itself, as it grows. Second, I’m thankful for being a part of Western Port, and the garden at Hastings I consider to be my little gift to Frankston Flinders Road. I hope it provides all those passing by with a spot of joy along their journey And lastly – the garden at Hastings, I consider to represent the nature of our commitment, as a company to our patients and the wider community – lasting, thoughtful, generous and growing – together, hopefully creating something meaningful and real along the way. At Atticus, we care about the little things, the details, and firmly

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u Two bedrooms with BIR’s u Kitchen with cupboard space u Bright bathroom u Huge lounge room u Single garage + garden shed u Air conditioning


u Meals area & formal lounge u Modern bathroom u Garage with roller door


u Open plan kitchen u Sep. bathroom and laundry u Sep. meals area & lounge u Air-conditioning u Two bedrooms with BIR’s u Single garage

$ 2 6 0 , 0 0 0


u Huge kitchen & dining area u large lounge u Air conditioning

u Two bedrooms u European laundry u Garage with roller door

To arrange your site inspection contact David Nelli 0403 111 234 or at the office on 5979 2700 Email: david@peninsulaparklands.com.au mpnews.com.au

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BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE BAY AND BEYOND SITUATED in a coveted location and showcasing a spectacular vista across the rooftops to Port Phillip Bay, this provincial mansion – architecturally designed by Nicholas Day - is set on a large 900 square metre corner allotment surrounded by landscaped gardens. From the moment you open the ornate copper doors and step into the Travertine marble entry, the clean lines of the spacious open plan living and dining room will take your breath away. Polished jarrrah timber floors positively gleam and are resplendent underneath a soaring 4.5 metre ceiling that accentuates the sense of space to epic proportions. Incorporated into the space is a crisp designer kitchen with a welcoming amount of cupboard space, sleek stone bench tops and a range of quality stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher and an enormous oven with cooktop. The walls of floor to ceiling glass doors allow you to take full advantage of the unrestricted views of the bay, through to the Heads, and even right up to the Melbourne skyline from inside the living area or the magnificent alfresco balcony with chequerboard tiles and full glass balustrades. At ground level is a second lounge room and the four fabulous bedrooms; three of which share the splendid main bathroom, whilst the larger master bedroom takes pride of place with a toe toasting gas log-effect fire and a luxurious ensuite that is complete with steam room. If a break from exquisite terrace living is required then, with summer approaching, there is always the superb in-ground pool area with expansive timber decking ensconced in a private garden setting to enjoy. Other external features include the excellent three car garage with remote doors and extra storage space, and the generous block also provides additional parking for a boat and trailer. n



ADDRESS: 39 Burrawang Terrace, MOUNT MARTHA AUCTION: This Saturday, 14th October, at 12:00pm DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 car INSPECT Thursday 2:00-2:30pm and Saturday 11:30-12:00pm AGENT: Mike Phillips 0418 327 801 - RT Edgar Rye, 2335 Point Nepean Road, Rye, 5985 9988 mpnews.com.au

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$645,000 - $695,000

ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE PROPERTY - 1882sqm (approx) • 2 large bedrooms with built in robes • Light and bright aspect • Premium gas heated Blue Marlin in-ground pool • Enclosed outdoor entertaining with toilet & kitchenette • Massive backyard



SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814


• 11 acres zoned Residential adjoining new subdivision • Sprawling Tudor style residence with sheds and stables • Huge undercover alfresco area complete with spa • 20m x 40m shed • Potential 35 lot sub-division (STCA). Opportunity to purchase a further 17 acres is also an option

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177


$980,000 PLUS GST


$450,000 - $470,000








8,276SQM (APPROX) SITE WITH PLANS & PERMITS FOR 9 FACTORIES PLUS SHOWROOM! • Main road frontage • Factories range from 291.3m2 to 622.3m2 approx • 480.6sqm showroom with street frontage • Established commercial area close to Bunnings • Zoned industrial 3

QUIET AND PEACEFUL LOCATION • As new, 6 star rated 3 bedroom BV units • Main bedroom with walk in robe and ensuite • Open plan living area • Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Outdoors deck area •Single garage

FAMILY LOCATION • 4 bedroom home on 800sqm approx. block • Main bedroom with ensuite • 3 living areas,with heating and cooling • Spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Large alfresco area • Double garage plus side entrance for caravan







SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177


$680,000 - $705,000




$580,000 - $595,000








• 3 bedrooms with walk in robes • 2 sseparate and spacious living areas • Open plan dining area • Established gardens • Kitchen with plenty of bench and cupboard space

• Immaculate 4BR plus study home • Evaporative cooling & ducted heating • Two living areas & large open plan kitchen • Undercover entertainment area with full bar • Side access for parking a boat or trailer • 750sqm.allotment

• 4 bedrooms, master with WIT & FES • Light, bright and spacious living area • Separate open plan family area with kitchen • Gas ducted heating & reverse cycle air conditioning • Outdoor alfresco area • Double remote garage with rear door access







SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

1/109 High St, Hastings, VIC 3915 03 5979 4412 | enquiries@baywestrealestate.com.au baywestrealestate.com.au


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Shop 1/34 High Street, Hastings

5979 8003




$700,000 - $750,000





$1,150,000 - $1,250,000


Located in a quiet street amongst bushy surrounds reststhis immaculate 4 bedroom home on a 1,214m2 block. The main living area includes a sunken lounge, inviting dining area and kitchen with amazing double oven, dishwasher, walk in pantry, granite bench tops, island bench and loads of cupboard space. The master bedroom features an ensuite with delightful atrium, a walk through robe and neat luxuries such as a makeup cupboard. Built in robes to all other bedrooms, central heating, split system air conditioning and storage galore are other features incorporated into this fascinating home. Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836 or Nick Grounds 0402 216 265


$530,000 - $580,000









A fantastic family home comprising 4 bedrooms, 2 living areas – all with polished floor boards - and amagnificent kitchen. The combined lounge & dining area adjoins the bright, fully renovated kitchen which has stainless steel appliances including a gas oven and plenty of cupboards and storage space. The master bedroom has FES & WIR and three more bedrooms all with BIR’s are located to the rear. Outdoors offers a paved entertainment area, sheds & large chicken coop. Ideally positioned, close to schools, Bittern Fields shopping centre and transport, this property will make the perfect family home.

A picturesque 2.8 acre lifestyle property with free access to an adjacent 2 acres which exists as an easement! Perfect for horses, grazing animals and hobby farm. The renovated 4BR home offers a spacious kitchen with s/steel appliances, granite bench tops, double oven & dishwasher, the spacious dining and family room opens to the rear courtyard which overlooks the gardens. All bedrooms include BIR’s plus walk in robe and FES to the large master bedroom. With plenty of storage throughout the home, other features include electronic blinds, instantaneous gas hot water and solar power. Important for any large property are the sheds and here there are several plus a double lock up garage with workshop

Contact: Nick Grounds 0402 216 265

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836 or Nick Grounds 0402 216 265


$680,000 - $720,000





Fully renovated 3 bedroom home set on a 1011m2 block offering modern comfort, privacy and character. Lovely natural light gleams off the solid timber floorboards that flow throughout the front lounge room with gas log fire and into the central kitchen with island bench, dishwasher and stainless steel gas oven. An adjoining rumpus room opens to the undercover alfresco area featuring a wood fire, BBQ area and café blinds. Other features include air-conditioning, gas space heater, BIR’s, master bedroom with WIR & FES and outside is a workshop with power and storage loft, plus a massive high span carport to accommodate a boat or caravan. Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836 or Nick Grounds 0402 216 265


$920,000 - $990,000






$720,000 - $780,000





If you delight in old world charm, this 4 bedroom Victorian home, set on a 2,277m2 block of land, provides seclusion, space and a lifestyle we all yearn for. The spacious home features two living areas with hardwood floors that aare complemented by charming garden views, a large country style kitchen has timber cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and there is plenty of bench and cupboard space. From here you step out to an undercover entertaining deck and wrap around verandah. Other features include central heating, split system air conditioning, built in robes in all bedrooms plus walk in robe to master, 2 bathrooms, high ceilings, lead lights and double hung sash windows. Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836 or Nick Grounds 0402 216 265


$490,000 - $535,000




Tucked away in a quiet street sits this whopping 2149m2 allotment with a spacious family home offering double lock up garage with work shop, three bedrooms, galley kitchen with s/steel appliances, two living areas, master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite, electric log fire, split system air conditioning and a large rear pergola. With only a moments drive to the beautiful Balnarring Beach, walking distance to shopping centre, transport, primary and pre-schools.

This three bedroom family home has a generous size central bathroom, good size family area with gas log fire. Outdoors has a sitting area enclosed with cafe blinds a generous workshop/studio and a semi self contained bungalow, ideal for teenage or in-law accommodation.

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836 or Nick Grounds 0402 216 265

Contact: Nick Grounds 0402 216 265

WENDY TALLON Director / Sales Manager Licenced Real Estate Agent 0419 135 836 wendy@btre.com.au


NICK GROUNDS Sales Consultant Licenced Real Estate Agent 0402 216 265 sales@btre.com.au

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SIMPLY NATURAL This secluded, hidden gem on 41.32 hectares (102 acres) is fully surrounded by National Park, yet is only a stone’s throw from one of the best long white sandy beaches on the island. Conveniently located less than 4kms from the ferry, this unique property, has two dwellings, enough shedding to accommodate the needs of both homes and your own bush walking tracks with excellent views over land and sea. This quiet, private, natural hideaway, tucked away from everything is a true haven for nature lovers and will provide cherished enjoyment for your family for years to come. FOR SALE NOW or by EXPRESSION OF INTEREST by the close of business Friday 10th November at the agents office.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST closing 10th Nov 2017 TERMS 10% Deposit Balance by 12th Feb, 2018 VIEW By Appointment Phil Bock 0438 497 715 AGENT

Terms 10% Deposit - balance on 12th February 2018, Vacant Possession

4 CENTURY 21 HOMEPORT 5979 3555




GATEWAY LOCATION ZONED COMMERCIAL 1 Older style 3 bedroom timber dwelling with rear access suitable for conversion to medical or office use now or future development (S.T.C.A). Situated between two modern commercial buildings and opposite foreshore this well preserved building has 2 concept plans prepared for parking around existing building or demolish and utilise the whole site with direct access to council owned car park adjacent to rear. * Site area approx 610m² with an effective frontage of 16.8 meters.


By Appointment Chris Watt 0417 588 321

* Currently leased as a residence and offered as a going concern or with vacant possession in January 2018. * EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CLOSING 18TH OCTOBER 2017. * Terms 10 % Deposit. Balance 90 days.


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“The difference between a good price and a great price is a great estate agent�



SOMERS 42 Sandy Point Road







$1,800,000 - $1,950,000 open to view Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm A spectacular property of grand scale and size, 42 Sandy Point Road is a lifestyle property more than fitting for this tightly held suburb. Driving down the agapanthus lined entrance you pass a full sized arena on the left with the first of 11 fenced paddocks on your right. Only a few years old this home boasts an impressive 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms shared over 2 levels with approximately 45 squares of internal living. Outside is a full equestrian setup which includes a full size arena, 11 fenced paddocks, 3 stables, tack room, feed room & horse float parking. It also includes both a hot and cold wash facility. * Town water & gas * Approx 10 acres of land * 6 bedrooms + study * 4 bathrooms * Large kitchen with gas cooktop & dual wall ovens Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857





MOUNT ELIZA 148 Koornalla Crescent





$930,000 - $990,000 open to view Saturday 1.00 - 1.30pm

HASTINGS 1855 Frankston-Flinders Road $930,000 - $980,000 open to view By Appointment

Family home, loved for 40 years, featuring 3 bedrooms + study Renovated kitchen with granite benches & stainless steel appliances n Master with walk in robe & ensuite n In ground pool n



n n

Prime development site of approx 6411m2 next door to Bunnings Zoned Industrial 3 To suit factory or sales yard use (STCA) Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857


Office: 35 High Street, Hastings



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168 Main Street, Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888

Mornington Auction this Saturday


5 Park Avenue, Mornington Impressive in size and amenity with seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining, this magnificent four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom plus a study two-storey residence with a stunning heated swimming pool is the pinnacle of family perfection. With a commanding presence behind a return driveway, this impressive home delivers free-flowing family luxury of impressive proportions with three living zones, a stone kitchen with double ovens, luxurious main bedroom suite and an outdoor oasis with expanses of Modwood decking and pizza oven. Boasting two double garages and a carport, this stunning Summerfields Estate home resides close to Bentons Square, schools, buses, parks, Main Street and the beach.

Auction Saturday 14th October 11:00am Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Kylie Miller 0404 041 554 Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A4 B2 C4



24 Barclay Crescent, Hastings A unique grass roots opportunity to build a port related business from the ground up on this prime 8185sqm (2.02 acres) approx. allotment with high profile exposure and an exceptional 127 metre frontage. Within the Special Use Zone Schedule 1 (SUZ1) this prime site can be utilised for any commercial enterprise that depends or gains significant economic advantages from the natural deep water channels in Westernport. Potential uses include a broad range of businesses related to the marine industry including a warehouse or storage facility, transport terminal or the production or processing of goods (STCA). Get in at ground-level and reap the future rewards!

Auction Thursday 19th October 1:00pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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168 Main Street, Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888



50 Waltham Drive, Mornington Tucked away from the bustle of traffic yet within striking distance of everything Mornington offers, this contemporary four-bedroom, two-bathroom single-level residence is a beautiful place to call home close to Bentons Square, a choice of schools and Mornington Civic Reserve. Light-filled and with a functional floorplan, this inviting home features excellent zoned formal and casual living/dining zones and a fantastic decked entertaining pavilion with a heated spa! Comprehensive mod cons from central heating and air conditioning to ducted vacuum, spa en suite, solar electricity and a double remote garage highlight the home’s exceptional caliber in this quiet and neighbourly address.

Auction 21st October 11:00am Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Damian Smith 0481 875 243 Sam Galvin 0447 343 513 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A4 B2 C2

Mount Eliza


81 The Ridge, Mount Eliza An affordable introduction into leafy Mount Eliza, this two-storey three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom residence is stretched out wide on the fantastic 2671sqm (approx.) block taking full advantage of the north-west aspect from the living and entertaining areas that includes a heated pool and spa. Made even more desirable for a family with The Peninsula School and Mount Eliza Primary at one end of the street and St Thomas More Primary at the other. The comfortable interiors with two living zones, formal/casual dining, spacious kitchen, en suite and modern spa bathroom offer the chance to add your own cosmetic updates to create the home of your dreams within minutes of Mt Eliza Village and the beach.

Auction 21st October 1:00pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Damian Smith 0481 875 243 Sam Galvin 0447 343 513 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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168 Main Street, Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888 Mornington

1/1 Swansea Grove, Mornington Price $900,000 Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 Kylie Miller 0404 041 554 bowmanandcompany.com.au

The latest design innovation by Gilpip Homes, this state-of-the-art residence offers luxurious living across a sensational single-level floorplan. Beyond the eye-catching façade, the design is open, inviting and planned to maximise the natural light. The sophisticated Caesarstone kitchen features Smeg appliances and gloss vinyl cabinetry; while the open plan living/dining room flows out to an entertaining deck for an alfresco lifestyle. Underfloor heating in the en suite adds a touch of luxury to the master bedroom with WIR. A luxurious solid timber flooring, porcelain tiled bathrooms, ducted heating, R/C air conditioning, LED lighting and high ceilings with a feature 3.6 metre entry are just some of the outstanding appointments. Secure a place in coveted beachside Mornington just a short stroll to Fisherman’s beach and local shops and within easy reach of vibrant Main Street.

A3 B2 C2 bowmanandcompany.com.au

5979 2489 64 High Street, Hastings www.robertsandgreen.com.au



CRIB POINT 78 Governors Road

CRIB POINT 3 Urquhart Crescent

SPOIL YOUR FAMILY ON APPROXIMATELY 1,251SQM WITH MULTIPLE LIVING ZONES - Framed in privacy in a quiet, leafy location, this spacious home offers an ideal opportunity for the growing or extended family. Set on an expansive 1,251sqm allotment with 30 squares of living (approx.)

CAPTIVATING COUNTRY LIFESTYLE ON 1/2 ACRE (APPROX.) - Situated at the end of a quiet country lane, this half-acre property offers the chance to live a soothing tree-change lifestyle on 2,278sqm (approx.)

Five bedrooms; main bedroom and guest bedroom with ensuite. n Multiple living zones include games room with bar & gas wood heater. n Spacious under-cover alfresco area opening from dining room. n Kitchen with gas cooktop and plenty of cupboard & bench space. n Study nook, air-conditioning, and new carpet throughout. n

$595,000 Inspect: Saturday 1:00-1:30pm



Light filled, open plan living and dining area with soaring cathedral ceilings. Country inspired kitchen with Fisher and Paykel dishwasher, Westinghouse electric oven & gas cooktop, and feature pendant lights. n Main living area connects to an expansive entertainer’s deck. n Three bedrooms; master bedroom with WIR, ceiling fan and updated ensuite. n Split system heating + cooling, Coonara wood heater and ceiling fan. n n





$750,000 - $800,000 Inspect: By Appointment







Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 Wilma Green 0407 833 996 mpnews.com.au

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Investor Information Evening Wednesday, November 1st from 7:00-8.30pm

Are you a landlord, or do you aspire to be one? Roberts and Green Real Estate are hosting an evening of insider information, expert tips and support for all landlords on Wednesday, November 1st from 7:30pm An expert panel of speakers has been assembled to guide you through all facets of property investment. Presentations will include tax depreciation, insurance, home loans and finance.






RSVP: rentals@robertsandgreen.com.au by 25/10/ 2017 VENUE: Victoriana Function Centre, Marine Parade, Hastings

64 High Street, Hastings 03 5979 2489 www.robertsandgreen.com.au mpnews.com.au

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Balnarring Beach 4 Tulum Court





Amazing Position - Listen to the waves A cute beachside cottage in an amazing position. Large 861msq block within meters of the sand. Imagine sitting on your own private deck, staring out over the sand of the nearby Balnarring Beach listening to the sound of the waves breaking. * Large block suitable for a house extension or possible redevelopment. * A well-maintained home with a separate self-contained bungalow * The main home is 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, multiple living zones * A triple carport * Ducted heating, timber fireplace and A/C * Positioned in a tightly held cul-de-sac * Extend upwards on the potential of a 180-degree bay view (STCA) * Established cottage gardens * You can walk out your front door and virtually step straight onto the sand. Wow what a lifestyle!


Saturday 21st October at 11:00am View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Jason Dowler M 0409 265 789 P 03 5970 7333 jason.dowler@harcourts.com.au Stephanie Bormann M 0406 754 568 P 03 5970 7333 pa.hastings@harcourts.com.au

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

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Bittern 4 Hunts Road





Hunts Road - Small Acreage Lifestyle Nestled on a private tree lined 2.5acre (approx), this meticulous property caters for truly versatile entertaining with equine facilities for the riding enthusiast. Facilities include a generous Tack room, stables, day yard and a custom built 20mx40m river sand riding arena. Additional storage sheds, a recently improved workshop and a horse float cover provide ample spaces to keep all property equipment. Hillview Quarry rocks walls provide the ideal natural backdrop and shelter for the home giving each window a natural and calming view. Hours of love, care and attention to detail has gone into the entire reshaping and re-landscaping, including subterranean piped drainage, to ensure all rain water is directly fed to the property dam. The main entertainment area captures the northerly aspect and provides generous acreage views. Drought proof gardens and generous lawn areas are the ideal spaces for friends and family to relax in the summer shade. This accommodating three bedroom, two bathroom and two living area home offers the complete family experience. Boasting a choice of three heat sources; an open fire place, a coonara wood heater and ducted heating, the winter months are enjoyed warm in all areas of the home. Evaporative cooling to all rooms equally allows for full comfort of the home during the warmer months. Bathrooms are bright and well-appointed offering generous storage. A&J Gummers 1861 tap ware throughout the home, featuring porcelain handles and bespoke faucets. An exquisite property with an idyllic Mornington Peninsula location.


Saturday 28th October at 2:30pm View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Tim Ripper M 0434 513 640 P 03 5970 7333 tim.ripper@harcourts.com.au Lisa Cox P 03 5970 7333 pa1.hastings@harcourts.com.au

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

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Cranbourne South 9 Woodlands Road





Woodlands Wonderland on 1 acre! It is a rare occasion when a property such this becomes available with everything you could want and more. Offering the privacy and seclusion of rural, country style living with all the comfort of modern amenities at your disposal. Describing this property as an ‘Entertainers delight’, would simply be an understatement and would not be due credit to this meticulously maintained property. Nestled on this spacious but manageable 1 acre allotment this beautiful 4 bedroom family home boasts multiple living areas, open plan dining and kitchen complete with stone benchtops separate electric oven, dishwasher and 900mm gas cooktop. The spacious master bedroom is complete with walk-in robe and adjoining ensuite whilst remaining 3 bedrooms all having built-in robes. Outside is every entertainer’s dream with a substantial outdoor entertaining area complete with bar, woodfire coonara and café style blinds. Leading into the built-in barbeque area with firepit and pizza oven taking you into the solar heated pool area with pool house. Additional features include huge shed, return driveway, single lockup carport, split system heating and cooling, ducted heating, timber flooring throughout, 2nd bathroom with separate shower and bath. Ideal for those looking to downsize from larger acreage properties, those looking to upsize/dip their toe in the acreage market, tradies needing substantial shedding or anyone after a property that has it all, it is sure to impress all those who inspect. Don’t miss your opportunity to secure this magnificent property only moments away from all Cranbourne has to offer including schools, shops, restaurants, public transport also not to mention great freeway access.


Saturday 28th October at 10:30am View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Stephen Harvey M 0410 378 792 P 03 5970 7333 Stephen.harvey@harcourts.com.au Jake Condick M 0430 599 910 P 03 5970 7333 Jake.condick@harcourts.com.au

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

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Hastings 36 Spring Street


Spring Into Spring Street This 3 bedroom family home offers a large separate lounge room with gas heating. Spacious kitchen/meals area. Central family bathroom with separate toilet. Built in robes.

Large covered and paved pergola at the rear. Low maintenance grounds. Single carport. Great central location



For Lease $340 Per Week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street


Crib Point 4/6 Point Road


Three Bedroom Unit Beautifully presented 3BR unit in a quiet complex. Main bedroom has dual-entry bathroom, there is a separate laundry, BIR’s to all bedrooms and a formal lounge to the front.Open plan kitchen and dining area

features stainless steel appliances including gas stove top. Single garage and private courtyard. Located close to all shops, schools and transport, inspection this property before it’s gone.



For Lease $310 Per Week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

Hastings 16 Taven Street


Family Home 3 bedroom family home close to shops, schools and transport. Featuring ducted heating and air conditioning, gas cooking, combined lounge and dining room plus an undercover paved patio outside that can

open to the main bedroom. Separate study or 4th bedroom, BIR’S, carpeted floors throughout, separate bathroom, toilet and laundry, and a large double carport with a separate garden shed.



For Lease $330 Per Week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street


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Mornington 2/9 Venice Street

A4 B2 C2

A Lifestyle of Living

You will be impressed from the moment you step through the front door of this stylish double storey townhouse. Timber floors flow throughout the open plan living to a large kitchen that will be the envy of every cook in the family, with stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances, central island bench and lots of cupboards. Sliding doors lead out to a decked and paved courtyard perfect for the summer BBQ’S ahead. The master bedroom, full ensuite, fitted laundry and powder room are also on the ground floor, whilst upstairs there are a further three bedrooms and a second living area ideal for teenagers. Other features include built in TV in lounge room, heating and cooling, and solar panels. Approximately 300m to Fishermans Beach, and close to Main Street makes this the perfect place to call home...

For Sale $1,000,000-$1,100,000

Vivienne Spencer 0409 558 330

inspect OFI or by appointment

Mornington 33 Separation Street

A4 B1

Beachside Development Site

Just a short stroll to vibrant Main Street, Mornington to enjoy the cafes and restaurants, and a leisurely walk to the sandy shore of Fishermans Beach. This site comes with Plans and Permits for two double-storey townhouses. Call for an information pack.

For Sale $790,000-$820,000

Vivienne Spencer 0409 558 330

inspect OFI or by appointment

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Bentons Square 5976 8899


Balnarring 5983 5509


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Mornington 12 Warilda Court

A3 B1 C2

Don’t First Home Judge Buyers...This a Book by itsone’s Coverfor you! Ideally situated in a quiet court, and within walking distance to the Bentons Square Shopping Centre, this neat, single level brick home, on a 533m2 block is ready for a new owner to put their stamp on it. Features on offer include 3 bedrooms all with built-in robes, bathroom, formal living area, kitchen and dining, outdoor entertaining area, air conditioning, gas wall furnace and double carport. The side gates offer easy access to the back yard, perfect for those requiring space for the caravan or boat, and the two garden sheds with power connected are sure to appeal to the Tradies. A position like this so close to buses, schools, Main Street and the beach – is definitely worth an inspection.

For Sale Saturday $895,000-$970,000 Auction 21st October at 12 noon

Mandy Castle 0407 855 585

inspect OFI or by appointment

Mount Martha 13 Dale Court

A5 B2 C2

Fit for a Family

This fabulous five bedroom home is positioned in a much sought after Mount Martha location, within close proximity to schools, public transport and Bentons Square Shopping Centre. Features on offer include master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite, four additional bedrooms all with built-in robes, separate lounge, ducted heating and double garage. This lovely property offers a wonderful lifestyle and is bound to get loads of attention. Best to act quickly!

For Sale $710,000-$770,000

Mandy Castle 0407 855 585

inspect OFI or by appointment

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Mount Martha 27 Clarkes Avenue

A3 B1 C1

Don’t This isJudge Rare –a Single Book by Level its Cover at a Market Entry Price! This beach side cottage sits on a block of approximately 955m2, in a sought after area of Mount Martha. This could be your perfect holiday hideaway, a terrific place to build your dream home, or just renovate and extend to make a large family home. It offers a cosy lounge with wood heater, updated kitchen with meals area, three double bedrooms, and a family bathroom. There are polished hardwood floors throughout, and a reverse cycle air conditioner to add to its comfort. This is a great location, and will not last long......

$685,000-$725,000 For Sale $895,000-$970,000

Vivienne Spencer 0409 558 330

inspect OFI or by appointment

Balnarring Beach 5 Fethers Road

A2 B2 C2

Location! Location! Location! Balnarring Beach Rarely is a property offered for sale this close to Balnarring Beach and the yacht club. Within this tightly held pocket you have the privilege of uninterrupted access to the pristine sands of the beach through a rear gate. This modest yet comfortable elevated residence certainly has a nautical feel to it. The home has a focus on timber, boasting some unique engineering concepts. There is a self contained shower/toilet facility and also the provision for independent accommodation on the lower section with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper level. Split system heating and cooling & gas cooking complete this delightful summer retreat. This property will be Auctioned at 11am on Saturday 21st of October unless sold prior.

Auction Saturday 21st October at 11.00am

Bruce Goddard 0408 316 701

inspect OFI or by appointment

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Safety Beach 47 Spinnaker Terrace

A3 B2 C2

This is Rare – Single Level at a Market Entry Price! Never before has the convenience of single level living in the heart of bustling Martha Cove been so attractive. Of course the demand for this superbly presented terrace home will be strong as everything is on one level, including the 3 generous sized bedrooms, the spacious open plan living area overlooked by the gourmet kitchen and the double lock up garage with internal access. Stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances, a large walk in pantry, heating & cooling throughout, 24 hour monitored security and a low maintenance lifestyle all add to this property’s appeal. Stroll along the boardwalk to the beach in one direction or the marina village which is currently under construction in the other and enjoy a truly enviable lifestyle.

For Sale $685,000-$725,000

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Safety Beach 4 Brindabella Point

The Flagship of Martha Cove!

Just when you thought you had missed the boat and the opportunity to live at the most sought after address at Martha Cove had sailed by, along comes this superb waterfront allotment. Brindabella Point is the pinnacle of marina living and this level 764m2 parcel of land includes its own 13.7m berth lot entitlement. The generous 17.12m frontage captures the stunning waterway aspect with views across to Arthurs Seat and beyond. Design your own home and engage the builder of your choice or alternatively add your own touches to the current concept plans to get a head start. You told yourself you hesitated last time and as a result missed out; don’t make the same mistake again!

For Sale $1,100,000-$1,200,000

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For Sale - Capel Sound



1/2 David Court, CAPEL SOUND Ideal Freehold Opportunity


• Warehouse with office of approx. 420sqm in total • Parking on site. • Currently leased on a month to month basis. • Rental income of $2,600pcm+GST+OG


We have several investors wanting to purchase in Mornington, up to $4 million.


• Are you after a small office space? • Would you like to be in the heart of Mornington? • Outgoings and WiFi included? • Lift Access / Kitchen and bathroom facilities?

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Business Sale - Mornington Mornington Park Fish and Chips

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• Great opportunity to secure a fantastic family business • Steady takings • Profitable business • Attractive lease • 4 bedroom residence above the shop included in the lease

• 150sqm mechanical workshop on busy Main Street • Ideally located on the Woolworths/Caltex site • 6 allocated car parks • High traffic position • Huge potential for improvement


Lease Price: On Application Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Sale Price: $120,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Business Sale - Balnarring

Business Sale - Tyabb Emere Hair and Beauty

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• Busy main road frontage • Fantastic fit out • Optional Residence • Long Term Lease

• Extremely well known ladies clothing business • Situated in the busy Balnarring Shopping Village • Fantastic reputation for quality clothing • Great leasing package on offer

Sale Price: $39,950 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

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Business Sale - Dromana Nell’s Takeaway

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• Commercial Cafe/Takeaway • Steady substantial takings • Profitable thriving business • Great position in the Industrial Estate • Fantastic opportunity

212 Karingal Dr Frankston-19sqm


Sale Price: $139,950 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Business Sale

1/26 McLaren Place

McLaren Place Freehold

• Ideal Superannuation Investment • A-grade tenants with net income of $113,513pa • Being sold on a 5% yield • Lift access, plenty of car parking

Sale Price: Contact Agents Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Business Sale – Mount Eliza Property Styling & Furniture Rentals • Interior design business specialising in furniture, soft furnishings, art and accessories to suit many styles of homes. • Styling and hire service • Established business of 7 years with fantastic profits working with a number of major residential agencies. • Sole operator to quote, consult, style, invoice & schedule deliveries and pick ups. • Great opportunity for a family business • All furnishings owned by the business.

Sale Price: $150,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

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Properties For Lease

For Sale - Mornington

$1,100pcm+GST+OG From $185pw+GST inc OG

6/356 Main Street - 105sqm


2/10 Blamey Place - 216sqm


11 Railway Grove – Varying sizes

Price On Application

4/15 Carbine Way - From 12sqm

From $750pcm+GST

Suite 2, Level 3/28 Main Street -14sqm


FACTORIES FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified) 2/6 Jennings Court, Rosebud - 400sqm


323-325 Main Street - 150sqm


10 Thamer Street Rosebud – 300sqm


12 Thamer Street Rosebud – 300sqm


132 Browns Road Boneo – 260sqm


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• Prime Position in Mount Eliza Village • Plant and Equipment sale, Walk in Walk out • Fantastic kitchen and bar fit out • Keep as is, or do your own thing

Sale Price: $200,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169


68-74 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento - 72sqm


118 Main Street - 575sqm

Price on Application

STORAGE UNIT (Mornington unless specified) 2/18 Blamey Place - 17sqm


Contact: Office on 5977 2255

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Pastoral care for our patients WHEN we think of hospitals we usually think of them providing physical healing and improving a patient’s physical health and outcomes- but what about their spiritual wellbeing? That is where Pastoral Services can come in. Here at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital, a holistic approach to patient care is embraced and a team of specially trained Pastoral Practitioners are available to provide spiritual support. This can take many forms, from non-judgemental listening, someone to share personal hopes and dreams with, bereavement support, family support, prayer and ritual, guided relaxation and spiritual counselling. Importantly Pastoral Services are available to all patients at the hospital, irrespective of cultural background or religious tradition or no professed religion. We currently have a weekly guided relaxation and a prayer service, which both provide an opportunity to unwind, reconnect and ground oneself. Not only are pastoral services varied, but our understanding of what “spiritual” means varies as well. Traditional ideas of people being either religious or not religious no longer work for modern Australian society. Instead we understand that spirituality has a much broader meaning than just religion, although,

importantly it can be that too. Spirituality can be understood as that which gives our lives meaning and purpose, which might be family, friends, philosophy, adventure, nature, art, music, pets - Pastoral Services are about valuing and honouring that individual experience. When patients come to our rehabilitation hospital, they have often already had quite a journey health wise, which can leave patients feeling spiritually and emotionally depleted. Our Pastoral Practitioners help to build up their resilience. Some of the issues, which are raised, include fear, loneliness, trauma, existential queries and questions of existence, how to accept transition and change, grief and loss. The other side of that being we support patients who experience joy, happiness, relief, a sense of achievement, or who want to review their sense of meaning in life. Working in Pastoral Services is such a privilege as we work with patients who open up to us and share precious parts of themselves and their inspiring stories. Our spirituality is such a huge part of who we are, it is great to be able to work as part of a team who really appreciates and values the whole person in their recovery and the role that Pastoral Services can play in that.

L-R: Jane, Susie and Lauren, members of our Pastoral Care Team How do you attend our hospital? Inpatients – Choose us to provide your rehabilitation after your acute hospital stay or you can come directly from home if you have a referral from your GP or Specialist. Once we receive your referral, one of

our Rehabilitation Assessment Nurses will visit you to plan your stay with us. Outpatients: A referral from your GP or Specialist is required. Please direct all referrals to: St John of God Frankston

Rehabilitation Hospital 255-265 Cranbourne Road, Frankston 3199 General telephone: 9788 3333 Referral Phone: 9788 3380 Referral Fax: 9788 3304

Specialist rehabilitation - under the one roof Call us.. 03 9788 3333 We are committed to helping our patients. Our specialist programs include: Cardiac Chronic Pain Management Diabetes Management Falls and Balance General Rehabilitation (Reconditioning) after an accident, illness, injury or surgery Medical Intervention Program (GEM style program) Neurology Oncology Orthopaedic Movement Disorder programs - ie.Parkinson’s Pre-op rehabilitation (preparing for surgery) Pulmonary Reconditioning Stroke Driving assessments by a qualified Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor

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Vale Joy Coleman – family, orchard, art, community By Peter McCullough HASTINGS resident Joy Coleman passed away on 21 August after a short illness. She was 87. A memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Anglican church, Hastings, on Tuesday 29 August with the Reverend Tim Anderson officiating. Joy’s children, Cathie and Rohan, were responsible for the eulogy which was to a large extent based on her book “Days of Joy”, published in 2003. Tributes were given by her nephew, Michael Nolan, and niece, Kaye Campbell, and three long-time friends: Patsie Coates, Lois Carter, and Shirley Davies. There were also family readings by Joy’s granddaughter Charlotte Coleman and her father, Rohan. This obituary is drawn from the contributions of the various speakers, and from Joy’s autobiography. Regular readers who turn to an obituary expect to find a page, perhaps two. This is an exception; it is both a tribute to Joy Coleman and a local history piece. Because Joy was connected to a number of the district’s pioneer families (Unthanks, Webbs, Colemans), and with so much material in her splendid autobiography, the temptation to extend this obituary was too great. Although the article might be longer that expected, I’m sure you will you will enjoy it; the story about the arrival of the green van conveying the school dentist can’t help but raise a smile. *** EILEEN Joy Webb (always known as Joy) was born on at the Somerville Hospital on 2 October, 1929. She was the youngest of three daughters (Marie, Diana and Joy) born to orchardists Ken and Eileen Webb (nee Unthank). The Webbs George Octavius Webb, a government shorthand writer, retired to Somerville, found clay on his property

which was suitable for ceramics, and established the Webb Brick and Tile Company with three of his sons: George, Jack and Ken. Although a number of local buildings such as the Somerville hotel and the Anglican church feature Webb bricks, the manufacture of bricks and tiles was premature and the production process was altered to make agricultural pipes. Ken enlisted soon after the outbreak of the Great War and his father died

during the five years that he was away. On his return Ken lost no time in exercising his interest in sport, playing both cricket and football and winning a best-and-fairest in the latter in 1920. In subsequent years he became heavily involved in community affairs, holding executive positions on the local council (he was Shire President of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings on two occasions), Rotary and the local branch of the Liberal Party.

The Unthanks Joy’s mother, Eileen, was a great granddaughter of William Unthank who came to Australia in 1853 with his wife, Sarah, and eight of their twelve children. Sarah died in 1870 and William later married Jane Twyford, a widow with five children. They settled in Somerville and started a long tradition of farming and orcharding through their descendants. When he was nearly seventy and she was forty-six, William and Jane were blessed with twins - Joseph and Lydia - making nineteen children between them.

Top left: A recent photograph of Joy Top right: Eileen Joy Webb, 1932 Left: Joseph Unthank and his bride Anastacia Hoban. 18 May 1895 Below: The wedding of Ken Webb and Eileen Unthank. 21 June 1921


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Accordingly, even today, when meeting someone for the first time in the Western Port area, it is wise to exercise a degree of caution; if you are not actually talking to an Unthank then it is more than likely you are meeting a member of the wider family. One of the twins, Joseph, married Anastacia Hoban and they had six children, one of whom was Eileen Lilian. In 1921 she married Kenneth Heywood Webb and the couple established an apple orchard in Webbs Lane, Somerville. Ken gave the property the unusual

name of Dhera Doone; he had visited a resort called Dhera Dun in Kashmir and thought it was paradise. Young Joy Photographs of the young Joy show a pretty little girl with dimpled cheeks, dark curls, and very large blue eyes which were the bane of her life. In later years she liked to recount the story of how an old resident stopped her mother in Somerville one day when she was wheeling the pram containing the latest addition to the Webb family: “Good God,” he exclaimed, “she’s got heyes like a howl.” Her autobiography reflected an early interest: “I loved drawing pictures and colouring them in with oil pastels. Every year I would desperately wish for a new box. Mum never understood what it would have meant to me to have the pleasure of owning new pastels, straight and pristine, resting in their little cardboard corrugations. Instead, I had to rescue broken ones passed down...” School Days Joy began school at Somerville in 1935 and a short cut across the paddocks reduced the long walk. “Hazards abounded, both real and imaginary. Gomm’s bull was not pleased to have chatting children trudging across his territory, and Rick Unthank’s dog did not take kindly to it either...I was a nervous wreck even before we got to the school gate.” “Going to school in winter meant getting soaked on the way and sitting in damp clothes all day. “The only heating was a fireplace in the corner where a dismal little flame struggled and smoked from the wet wood trying to burn. It offered no comfort. “In summer the room would be airless. Putrid smells of perspiration, chalk dust and old banana skins permeated the room, even with the windows wide open. “School had a routine which never varied. Monday mornings involved the ritual of falling into line in a rectangle around the flagpole to watch the big boys raise the flag. Thence, to place our hands over our hearts (which often was anywhere from shoulder to stomach) and recite: ‘I love God and my country, I honour the flag, I will serve the King and cheerfully obey my parents, teachers and the law’. We then observed two minutes silence and marched into our respective rooms to stand beside our desks for the morning inspection. Then the teacher looked to see if our

hands and nails were clean, and our shoes. We would also have to show our hankies...” Joy proved to be a good student, generally competing with the son of the local doctor for top marks. In country schools it was not uncommon for the more capable students to lend a hand to those less talented. “In the senior grades I not only did my own work, but Cousin Barrie’s and his friend Kevin Thornell’s as well. I would write answers on a note that I dropped on the floor. One of them would drop their ruler, scramble under the desk for it, and retrieve my note. That was probably the most devious thing I ever did at school, and it was not even to my benefit.” While the annual school picnic, held in December at Mothers Beach in Mornington, was a highlight of the year there was a dark cloud. “The annual visit of the school dentist was the one black spot on my happy school days. I will always remember the feeling in the pit of my stomach as I watched the dreaded van pull into the schoolyard and park under the big gum tree. “We sat on the shiny seats where we normally ate our lunch, terrified patients awaiting our fate. A school monitor was appointed to take the luckless children, in alphabetical order, to the van. We all had a card with our details on it. As my name started with ‘W’ I could delay the trip of doom for several days. “Pupils had to carry on at school if the dentist had only filled their teeth, even though they had endured prolonged drilling and holes filled with black amalgam. Pupils who had extractions could go home. “The normal thing was to hold up your fingers to indicate to classmates the number of teeth that had been taken out. Thin little Alison Currie was the bravest in our class...up went six fingers. I looked on with astonishment and admiration; she was still on her feet and trying to smile.” Apart from attending school, Joy experienced the many other activities of a young girl growing up in a small country town in Victoria in the 1930’s: Sunday school, the concerts put on by Miss Vesper who taught singing dancing and acrobatics, piano lessons, and winning an award for singing on 3DB’s Amateur Hour. Ingrained in her memory was the massive bushfire which destroyed a large part of Somerville, including the big hall in the Showgrounds, in March of 1944.

Above: Hastings FC premiership team, 1948. The Coleman brothers John (left and Albert (right) circled. Right: Albert and Joy enjoying a picnic Below: Joy with her sisters Diana (left) and Marie on her wedding day. Bottom: The wedding party, 1 December 1951.

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Into the Workforce After her school days Joy thought she might like to be a mothercraft nurse and, to fill in some time prior to the next intake, she took a job as a nanny in St. Kilda for a family which operated a restaurant which subsequently became The Stokehouse. However she missed the country life and returned home before the year was out. Various small jobs such as working for a time as the receptionist in the doctor’s surgery provided a break from housework and orchard duties. Then came a phone call from the headmaster at Somerville primary which led to Joy returning to her old school as a student teacher. This two year appointment was followed by five years working in the office of Poultrymen and Farmers, the produce store in Somerville.

Marriage In 1947 Joy noticed a young man named Albert Coleman playing football for Hastings. A few weeks later their paths crossed at a dance at Hastings and a romance began. By this time tennis had become a great interest for Joy, and members of the Coleman family joined Joy and her friends and extended family on days of picnicking and playing tennis. In 1949 Joy was able to share Albert’s excitement as his brother John made his debut with Essendon and went on to kick 100 goals. Joy and Albert became engaged in 1950 and married in December, 1951. The newly-married couple took up residence at Devon Farm, a fifty acre property, mostly under orchard, on the corner of Coolart and Hodgins

Roads. The house was somewhat rundown so Joy was kept busy furnishing and renovating her first home. To quote from her book: “It was always said ‘If you married an Unthank, you had a paintbrush in your hand for the rest of your life.’” Renovating, establishing the garden, and helping Albert with the orchard meant that Joy was no longer able to keep her position with Poultrymen and Farmers. Although tennis remained an interest, Joy was persuaded to take up bowls about this time; as the years went on it absorbed more of her spare time. In October 1956 Cathie was born at the Hastings Bush Nursing Hospital and in November 1960 Rohan arrived

to complete the family. Orcharding had its ups and downs. In 1959 Albert built a new dam which proved to be a handy spot for the children to cool off as they grew up. Then he had built a coolstore with a capacity of 4,500 cases, only to find that a heatwave in March of that year caused the fruit to fall from the trees with a poor result.(Joy was not unfamiliar with setbacks of this nature; she could recall the loss experienced by her father when a huge hailstorm swept through Somerville in 1935 and again in 1940 when, with the outbreak of war, the main market for the apple growers suddenly disappeared.) However the shed, like the dam, was a good place to cool off on hot days and, when empty, it was a great square dance and party venue.

Then the arrival of the family’s Chrysler television set in 1958 put an end to the square dancing evenings as no one wanted to leave this new form of entertainment. On the Move By 1961 the family had moved to a new home, Holmwood, built in Victoria Street, Hastings, just in time for Cathie to start school at the nearby primary. A big change took place in 1967 when Albert decided to sell the orchard and go into vealers. This led to the purchase of Caramar; it was 116 acres in Hendersons Road with an old dwelling. Twenty acres had been annexed previously and, when the opportunity came to purchase, it was rejoined

Top left: Albert at work in the orchard, wearing a No. 10 Essendon guernsey passed on by John Top right: Joy and her children, Cathie and Rohan Left: Ken and Eileen Webb, taken in Queensland in 1964, just prior to ken’s death Below: Joy with personnel from HMAS Cerberus, 1980


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with the original holding; called Yalinga, it had some good shedding. The year 1973 can only be described at tumultuous. In April the sudden death of Albert’s brother, John, was an enormous shock to the family. Then Joy and Albert sold their home in Hastings and bought View Point on the Esplanade in Mornington which would be more convenient for Rohan’s schooling. To cap it off, beef prices plummeted when the newly elected Whitlam government had not regained the American beef contracts. For the next decade Albert was forced to work the farm by day and then man the bottle shop at the Dromana Hotel in the evenings. By 1982 Rohan had finished his schooling and when advice was received that town water was now available at Yalinga, Joy and Albert decided to sell View Point and build a new home on their property. Community Involvement. When he was at kindergarten Rohan’s best friend was Stewart Carter who had been born at the Hastings hospital at the same time as Rohan. His mother, Lois, and Joy formed a close bond which extended right up to Joy’s death. They contributed to many committees and later worked together for over thirty years. With a small band of mothers, including Patsie Coates who, with Lois, paid tribute to Joy at her memorial service, they set out to build a kindergarten in Hastings. This was only achieved when Rohan and Stewart were ready for school but many children of subsequent generations have benefitted. As a group they moved on to the Mothers Club, Brownies, Guides, Scouts, netball, tuckshop, Red Cross, and other community causes. Joy and Lois worked particularly hard for the Hastings Bush Nursing Hospital and both were nominated for the Hospital Board. Joy was awarded a Life Governors honour and was instrumental in the formation of a voluntary helpers group – the Pink Ladies – in 1971. Another of Joy’s lifelong interests was the history of her family and the district in which she lived. She was a member of the Hastings-Western Port Historical Society for 44 years, having attended the inaugural meeting at the offices of the then Shire of Hastings on 22 June, 1973. The process to award Joy a Life Membership was already in train at then time of her death and long time member of the Society, Shirley Davies, spoke at the memorial service. Her contribution to this Society notwithstanding, it should also be noted that Joy maintained her interest in her “home patch” and was also an active member of the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society. Return to the Workforce After a break of 22 years from the workforce, spent looking after the family and garden, playing tennis, and serving on eight or nine different committees, Joy was successful in her application to become a part-time tour guide at the newly-opened Lysaghts Steel Mill. She was soon to be joined by her friend Lois Carter and they carried out their duties with distinction for over thirty years. Art and the Red Hill Market In the mid 1960’s Joy and several of her friends joined the newly-formed Two Bays Art Group which gave her great enjoyment over many years and later became an interest she shared with Cathie. Twenty five years as a stall holder at the Red Hill Community Market

began in 1975 when the Art Group paid $1 to hang some paintings on the fence of the tennis court. After two or three unsuccessful days, the Group dropped out, but Joy decided to continue. She added collages made from pressed wildflowers to her paintings, then jams and pickles and potted plants. Albert and her friend Lois helped her with the popular stall. The Family By 1982 Cathie had completed her teaching qualification and was living back in Hastings in Carimar (a.k.a. The Swamp). For some time she taught art at Hastings High School (as it was then known), pausing to marry Marcus Laugier in 1987. Over the next four years two boys, Tate and Mason, were added to the family. Cathie is still teaching art and is an enthusiastic artist. After leaving school Rohan joined Allan Maw in his earthmoving business just as the golf course construction business was starting to boom. Eventually Rohan decided to go out on his own and Select Earthmoving was formed. The first big job was to construct a golf course for a Japanese-backed company in Camden (NSW). Then in 1993 Select had the opportunity to be involved in a new Peter Thompson-designed course in St. Andrews (Scotland). It is not hard to imagine the local reaction when a group of Australians, complete with their machinery, rolled up to the home of golf and announced that they were there to build a golf course! Meanwhile, Rohan had married Leisa Wharington in 1990 at Peppermint Tree Farm which was at the back of the original property. In 1991 Charlotte was born, followed two years later by Sophie. Leisa, Charlotte and eight-month old Sophie followed Rohan to St. Andrews and lived in Scotland for a time. Then in 1996 Leisa gave birth to Max. As Carimar and Peppermint Tree Farm are only a short stroll across the paddocks from Yalinga it goes without saying that Joy and Albert saw a lot of their five grandchildren and took great pride in their achievements. Rohan is still involved in the earthmoving industry. Travel Joy was an inveterate traveller, heading overseas on two occasions with her friend Lois: to the United States in 1979 and to Europe in 1987. Then she and Albert took advantage of the opportunity to visit Britain and Ireland when Rohan was undertaking his golf course project in Scotland. The overseas trips notwithstanding, Joy and Albert used their caravan frequently, travelling around Australia on two occasions (1993 and 1999). However Wilsons Promontory always remained her favourite destination.

Above: The three Web sisters in more recent times: Marie, Joy and Diana

Above: A family group at “The Swamp” 1986: Marcus, Joy, Albert, Leisa, Rohan and Cathie (plus Monty) Below: Joy with her grandchildren in their younger days: Sophie, Mason, Max, Tate and Charlotte

Latter Years Albert’s health began to fail and he passed away in 2009. Later that year Joy left her home and moved into the Hastings Cove retirement village in Hastings. Based “in town” Joy was able to find some new interests such as Probus and the Knitting Group which knits caps for premature babies. She was also involved in fund raising activities in the Village and although she was quite settled there, it would be true to say that her heart never left her beautiful family farm and garden at Yalinga.

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An Open Letter To Robo-Corey, With Love By Stuart McCullough Sigh. Deep inside, I think I knew this moment would come. But now that it’s finally here, there’s something about it that’s just so bone crushingly, spirit sappingly, mind-numbingly, bowel shakingly, gut-churningly, soul slappingly predictable that it simply can’t be allowed to pass without comment. When news broke that you’re going to robo-call a million households and tell them that the sky’s about to fall in, the first thing that entered my mind was: but of course! My question wasn’t why you were about to impose your dulcet tones on unwitting households across the nation, disrupting countless dinners and re-runs of The Bachelorette. Not at all. My question was: why hasn’t this happened sooner? Now that you’ve declared your intentions to verbally spam pretty much the entire country, I’m going to be desperately disappointed if I pick up the phone and it isn’t you. Already I’ve hung up on my father just in case you were trying to call. Because, dear Corey, we deserve it. We, as a nation, should hear your mellifluous voice every time we answer the phone. That’s because we’re all in need of a good, stiff talking too. Then and only then will we see good, oldfashioned common sense take it rightful place as the thing that binds together, and drags us forward into the past. I only hope that this is the beginning of some long-overdue diversification on your part. I can see Corey Bernardi GPS systems or perhaps you as the new Siri, but instead of offering to help, you’d let us know why we ought


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to be ashamed of ourselves. Which, I think, could be useful. My only hope is that this isn’t a one off. Used well, Robo-Corey could become our very own homegrown version of ‘Rick rolling’, but instead of unexpected bursts of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, we’d be treated to a

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treatise on how the world’s going to hell in a handcart and life, in general, is completely in the toilet. Whether at home or at work, I think we should all get used to the idea that, any time, any one of us might be totally Bernardied each time we answer the phone. I am a little disappointed though.

That you’re not making a million phone calls personally and have outsourced the heavy lifting to a robot is a total letdown. If nothing else, it limits the opportunity for meaningful dialogue. In fact, the whole robo-call thing is more or less the ideological equivalent of a hit and run. Granted, I appreciate the irony. To complain about the prospect of having to deal with a mechanical, heartless piece of machinery that doesn’t listen to reason or Corey Bernardi ignores the fact that it may be difficult to spot the difference. But credit where credit is due. By this action, you have thrown down the gauntlet to the nation’s musicians and DJs. I can only wonder how long it will be before your recorded message is sampled and turned into a remix that sets the country’s dance floors alight. Personally speaking, I think it would sound marvelous as a spokenword breakdown in the middle of Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’. I find it oddly comforting. The idea that your message should be sampled, cut up and repackaged and danced to by young people with their shirts off is a truly glorious thing. Not that there aren’t risks. What if Robo-Corey goes rogue? It’s not too hard to imagine the digital Bernardi going all HAL 9000 on us and refusing to obey logic. (Not dissimilar to the actual Corey in that respect.) In fact, I can see computer-Corey breaking free of its digital shackles and roaming the streets, flipping cars, crushing post boxes and destroying ‘Yes’ advocates with his laser beam eyes. Before long, techno-Corey will rule over all of us, a

terrifying technological overlord who makes Kim Jong-un look laidback in comparison. Perhaps I’m getting slightly ahead of myself. Before computer Corey rises up to seize the reigns of power, there’s still the matter of these phone calls. As I understand it, the computer will ask people to indicate which way they intend to vote in the marriage equality survey. Chances are, those that disagree with you will never make it that far through the phone call. Meaning that the only people who’ll follow the prompts all the way to the bitter end are those that agree with you. It’d be disappointing if this was groundwork intended to challenge the legitimacy of the result in the event that that it doesn’t go your way. Perhaps I’m being cynical. Or maybe I’ve simply learned to be wary of technology ever since I saw Electric Dreams as a teenager and was subsequently scarred for life. As much as I’m looking forward to being robo-spammed by you, I’d rather talk to you directly. Because, dear Corey, I’m a little disappointed in you. Ever since you split off to become Australia’s misery-guts in chief, I feel that your outlook has been unforgivably bleak. There’s just no call for that kind of pessimism. People are, at heart, optimistic I think. So my quite human and not at all robotic message to you is simple: surprise me. See the best in people. See potential, see commitment, see optimism. See human nature as something more good than bad. I dare you. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Brittain ‘goes whack’ in season opener PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully REIGNING MPCA champion Baxter has started its defence in the new MPCA Provincial competition with an emphatic 34-run win against Langwarrin. And defending cricketer of the year and league medallist Chris Brittain has taken off where he left us all last season, spellbound by his brilliance. Brittain opened the innings with Joe

Rule (44) and belted eight sixes and six fours on his way to 106 before he was eventually run-out with the score on 173. Baxter went on to score 8/200. Matt Prosser (2/37) and coach Jake Prosser (2/33) were the pick of the Langwarrin bowlers. The Kangas were never in with a shout to win the match, despite 50 from skipper Travis Campbell and a wagging tail, which included Simon McEvoy with 16. Ben Brittain was the pick of the Bax-

ter bowlers with 3/36 from six overs. Sorrento has started its season as well as it could have, scoring a comfortable victory against Crib Point. The Sharks won the toss and sent the home side into bat, where Luke Herrington top scored with 46 and skipper Jacob Cook hit 18. Sorrento skipper Bobby Wilson was superb with ball in hand for his side, snaring 3/17 from eight overs, while new Sri Lankan recruit Chathupama Gunasinghe was wicketless on debut.

In reply, Liam O’Connor hit 49, Wilson 31 and CJ King 33 to guide the visitors to victory in the 39th over, 6/158 to 6/155. Mt Eliza has put the heartbreak of 2016-17 behind it and started the season in great fashion against Pearcedale, winning with five overs to spare. Pearcedale batted first and made 8/133 from 40 overs, Shayne Gillings top scoring with 35 and Matt Cousland scoring 33. A returning Chris McDonough was

superb with the ball for the Mounties, picking-up 2/28, while Nick Baron (2/35) and skipper Justin Grant (2/22) also had an impact on the match. In reply, it’s fair to say that there were a number of contributors without a stand-out in the Mt Eliza chase. Tim Clarke top scored at the top of the order with 27, Grant hit 22, Keith Biggs 20 and Josh Goudge 19. Will Kennedy was the best of the Pearcedale bowlers with 2/15 from eight overs.

Eagles off to a flying start PENINSULA

On front foot: Pines go its season off to a winning start against Delacome Park. Picture: Andrew Hurst

By IT Gully BOOM Somerville recruit Jayde Herrick guided his side to a round one victory against reigning premier Red Hill in MPCA Peninsula cricket. The former Victorian Bushrangers paceman opened the batting and scored 41 at the top of the innings, helping the Eagles to 156 after winning the toss and batting first. Andrew West provided some middle order support with 22 while Jay Parker came in at the end and added a valuable 18 runs. The Colletts were reunited at the Hill with Tom opening the bowling after returning from Kingston-Hawthorn for a return of 3/27, while his brother Glenn bowled eight overs for 0/29. Jimmy McCall claimed 3/11 from eight overs to be the pick of the bowlers while Simon Dart snared a couple. Herrick then came out with the oneday white ball and was sensational, snaring 3/12 from eight overs to highlight how dominant he is going to be this season. Sean Parker and Cameron Mills both picked-up two wickets as the home side ripped through the Hillmen, bowling them out for just 56. Matt Merifield top scored with 15, while Simon Dart was stumped first ball by Craig Black off the bowling Mills. Main Ridge got its season away to a flying start but it came on the back of no contribution from former Victorian opener Nick Jewell. Whilst Jewell was removed for two

and Shaun Foster didn’t take part, the Ridge was still able to get the job done against Flinders by 13 runs, 7/193 to 5/180. It was the work of Travis Barker (62) and league legend Gareth Wyatt (67) who steered the Ridge to victory in the middle order. In reply, the Sharks started well with Mason Mail opening with 32 and Tom Clements scoring 76 from 82 balls. However, the home team’s bowling was tight, led by James Abbott with 3/28 from eight overs. Long Island chased down the 135 needed to beat Moorooduc, scoring 4/136 with nine overs to spare. Skipper Aaron Paxton top scored with 43, Brad Baily scored 22 and Michael Burke was unbeaten on 28 when the winning runs were scored. Earlier, Jake Middleton picked-up 4/27 from his eight allotted overs, while Lachy Dobson did not pick up a wicket on debut for the Islanders. Pines got its season away to a positive start under new coach Adrian Mack, winning comfortably against Delacombe Park. After being sent into bat, the Piners made 7/183, Ash Hupe top scoring with 52, Harley Peace-Stirling hitting 40 and Chris Bartczac helping himself to 37. In reply, the Parkers were never in the hunt, Pat Jackson opening the bowling for Pines with a return of 3/26, while Nick Wilcox snared 2/13 from 5.2 overs. Harley Parker and Connor Jackson picked up two wickets each.

Braves smash Tigers first up DISTRICT

By IT Gully BADEN Powell has launched its 2017-18 District season in the best way possible, beating Seaford Tigers with ease. Whilst the Braves didn’t set the world on fire after being sent into bat first, it still managed to score a defendable 141 from 39.2 overs. Elia Carter top-scored for the Braves with 26 from 36 balls, Ryan Barnett hit 20 at the top of the order

while Charlie Collopy hit 20 at the bottom of the order. Matty Roach snared 2/37 on debut for the Tigers, while Jack Brooking picked-up 2/18 from eight overs. In reply, the Tigers were never a chance. Ash Mills scored 26 opening the innings and Anthony Joel hit 15 runs. The Tigers were bowled out for just 78. Nathan Rice was sensational for the Braves, taking 5/14 from eight overs, while Julian Pharaoh pickedup 2/1 off 2.2 overs.

Heatherhill made light work of Mt Martha, winning by almost 60 runs. The Hills batted first after being sent in and the top order delivered, Sam Mullavey scoring 50, Steven O’Donnell 42 and Kristian Miller 22, while star Matty Meagher came in and scored 44 to help lift his side to a strong target of 6/192. Heatherhill’s bowlers then got to work, restricting the Reds to just 7/134 from 40 overs. Kade Bendle top-scored for the

home side with 27 while Jarred Wolsgrove scored 24 and Steve O’Neill 21. Jake Theobald and Luke Whitmore were the pick of the bowlers for Heatherhill with 2/8 from eight and 2/29 from eight overs respectively. Hastings started the season in the worst possible fashion, belted by almost 100 runs by Seaford. Seaford batted first and recorded 9/176, Dean Polson top scoring with 55, skipper Ryan McQueen opening with 32 and Chris Cleef 25.

Blues coach Rob Hearn snared 3/39 and Tom Finn helped himself to 3/30. In reply, the Blues top order failed. Sean Hewitt and Finn top scored with 15 runs each. In the battle of the neighbours, between Rye and Rosebud, the Demons may have recruited well in the off-season but it made little difference to the Demons’ start to the season. Rye was smashed by Rosebud on Saturday by 76 runs.

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Knights win a thriller SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully BALLAM Park has walked away from a thrilling match against Frankston YCW with a victory in MPCA Sub District. The Knights batted first after being sent into bat and David Cross got his side going with 56, while Jake Williams opened with 21 and Zac Clements hit 17. Levi McLoughlin-Dore and Brett Hudgson did everything they could for the Stonecats to get their side over the line but they fell short, bowled out for 139, chasing the Knights 7/151. Justin Moore was the pick of the

bowlers for the home side, picking-up 4/23 from 7.4 overs, while Cross was also impressive with 2/14 from eight overs. Dromana got the win against Tyabb in a one-sided affair. After bowling the Yabbies out for just 96, the Hoppers then took just 23 overs to pick-up the runs required for victory. Jack Fowler took 3/33 with the ball for the Hoppers and skipper Kieren Voelkl snared 3/15 from eight overs. With the bat, it was Fowler and Voelkl who did the damage also, scoring 38 and 33 respectively. Balnarring started in fantastic fashion against Skye, picking up a 75-run win to hand new coach Mal

Coutts his first victory. Mark Walles and Jackson Hannah each scored 39 for the Saints while Coutts scored 33 on debut to set the opposition 188 for victory (7/187). Justin Brown was then the pick of the bowlers for the Saints, snaring three wickets. Carrum chased down the 5/177 required for victory against Carrum Downs. Dale O’Neil scored 54 and Corey Hand 50 as the Lions chased down the runs with two overs and seven wickets in hand. Adam Mikkelsen top-scored for the Cougars with 39 and Jayden Barker and Leon McConnell put on a 49-run opening partnership.

Stumped: Seaford Tigers had no answers to an aggressive Baden Powell bowling attack in its District match. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Can Heart hold on to ‘The Green Machine’? SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE greatest goalscorer in Victorian senior ranks and a founder member of Rosebud Heart may be on the move. English ace David Greening won his eighth straight Golden Boot award this year, a record that may never be matched, but the goals king may have worn Heart’s colours for the last time. “It’s all up in the air really,” said Greening. Heart has to find a replacement for senior coach Scott Morrison who stood down at season’s end and it also has to find a new home ground. “I don’t think they quite realise just how big a loss Scott is and playing at Truemans Rd is not an option anymore. The surface is horrendous,” Greening added. “Being part of Rosebud Heart when we set it up and being close to Scott are big things for me but at this stage, I don’t know who they’re going to get in and where they’ll be playing. “Usually at this time of year I know where I’ll be playing but I think there are a lot of players (at Heart) at the moment waiting to see what happens before they commit to anything.” There’s talk that Heart could move to Olympic Park Reserve in Besgrove St but Bayside club Rosebud uses the facility and it’s understood there is resistance to a soccer co-tenancy. “It makes sense all round to play at Besgrove St because you have an existing facility with everything you need. “I believe that the club is in touch with the council but Mornington council is not pro-soccer judging from my dealings with them.” A Greening move to another club would be a seismic event in local soccer circles and the man dubbed “The Green Machine” reckons he has two more seasons of senior soccer remaining. “Yes I think I’ve two more good seasons in me and I want to enjoy them.” Two more seasons may mean 10 straight Golden Boot awards as league leading scorer but Greening expects to miss at least three games next season while on his honeymoon. “I’ve not had anyone contact me about next year yet so I guess they simply assume that I’ll be staying at Heart but I want to see what happens first. “I’d like to try and get another promotion before I stop playing and I’d like to play for a coach I know.”


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Heart trouble: Star striker David Greening is yet to commit to playing for a fourth straight season with Rosebud Heart. Picture: John Punshon

Greening and goals go hand in hand. It has been so ever since he started honing his skills as a teenager at Newport FC and Brading Town on the Isle of Wight, having two spells with the latter. He also spent time with Eastleigh on the English mainland, a club that currently competes in the Vanarama National League. That background allowed Greening to hit the ground running as soon as he landed on our shores. He was joint top scorer in State 3 North-West in 2010 with 22 goals but he only played 16 games for La Trobe University due to the demands of a graduate diploma in teaching. The following year he took up a posting at Boneo Primary School and has been the physical education teacher there ever since. “When I first came to the peninsula I had a training session with Mornington but I didn’t feel like I was going to play every week. “I was 28 at the time and didn’t fancy sitting on the bench so the coach Adam Jamieson got in touch

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with ‘Squizzy’ Taylor who was at Seaford and I went down there and played in a friendly against Baxter and got on really well with the lads.” Apart from a two-match cameo with Casey Comets, Greening spent four seasons at Seaford rewriting the scoring charts. He made 17 appearances for Seaford in 2011 scoring 27 goals (five in Cup matches), 21 appearances in 2012 scoring 26 goals, 22 appearances in 2013 scoring 43 goals (1 Cup goal), and 16 appearances in 2014 scoring 25 goals (two Cup goals). He has just completed his third season with Heart and his thirst for goals shows no sign of being quenched. In 2015 he made 18 appearances scoring 47 goals (three Cup goals), in 2016 he made 18 appearances scoring 29 goals (five Cup goals) and this year he made 21 appearances scoring 32 goals (five Cup goals). In all Greening has played 151 matches in Victoria and scored 251 goals.

“It’s not been a great season for the club or for me as it’s been a bit stop-start. “We started off the pre-season with a decent squad but serious injuries to ‘Pooley’ (Adam Poole) and ‘Sodda’ (Simon O’Donnell) set us back because they were really big losses. “I suppose though if someone had said at the start of the year that you’d stay in State 4 comfortably you’d probably have taken it.” No doubt Skye United is among a group of prospective Greening suitors as it is keen to go one better than its 2017 effort which saw it just miss out on promotion from State 3 South-East. The Billy Armour-led outfit already has been linked with Baxter striker Liam Kilner. Skye seems certain to lose defender Dan Utting and attacking midfielder Wumjock Jock who are moving to Bairnsdale and Traralgon respectively. Another player likely to move is Rosebud Heart goalkeeper Sean Skelly. Heart is keen to hold on to its star

custodian but Casey Comets and Baxter have shown interest. Skelly is believed to be undecided about his playing future and he may choose to become more involved in an off-field role with former club Langwarrin. Skelly currently serves on the Langy committee. Recent rumours about a coaching change at Mornington were well off the mark when the club reappointed senior coach Adam Jamieson and assistant Dale White last week. Jamieson has spoken to some senior players and some prospective signings and offers are on the table for key players Ryan Paczkowski and Sammy Orritt. But Paczkowski’s future at Dallas Brooks Park is uncertain and NPL outfit Oakleigh Cannons has made a huge play for the former Bentleigh Greens star. Meanwhile, Langwarrin is holding trials at Lawton Park this week for under-12s, under-13s, under-14s and under-16s. Trials for the under-18s and under-20s will also be at Lawton Park and will start on Monday 23 October at 7pm. Triallists should go to the club’s website or Facebook page and register online and triallists are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of each session. Late last week Langy completed its coaching roster with the announcement that Mitchell Ball would be in charge of one of its two under-12 squads. Ball holds an AFC level C coaching licence and was assistant coach of Bulleen’s under-16s this year. Southern United has been rocked with news that award-winning senior co-coaches Rob Giabardo and Bill Mihaloudis have joined local rival Bayside United. Southern’s board of management was only made aware of the move last Friday night. Under-18s coach George Perpina has moved to Springvale White Eagles while Debbie Nichols, Emma Bracken and Aaron Myatt seem certain to remain on the coaching staff. The structure of teams for the women’s NPL has changed and next year Southern will field teams at under-12, under-14, under-16, under-19 and senior levels. The club expects to start trials on Monday 16 October at Monterey Reserve and triallists can register at southernunitedfc.com.au online.

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Young basketballer ‘gives back’ to juniors By Ben Triandafillou IT is not uncommon to see players take up the clipboard once their careers are well and truly over but 15-yearold country basketballer Liam Porter has a foot in both camps following a successful first foray into elite country coaching. After earning his place in the Victoria Country under-16 team which headed to Perth in July for the national championships, Porter, of Dromana, has continued to add to his basketball resume. He traded his Southern Peninsula Sharks and Vic Country gear for a clipboard as the Sundowners boys head coach at the Basketball Victoria Country Jamboree, held in Echuca on 23-26 September. While most teenagers are keen on fixing their own game, especially when they’re already at the elite state representative level, it gave Porter a great deal of excitement to give back to the country pathways that have and are doing so much for him. It’s a fair bit on one basketball plate to juggle, but Porter wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s been really good - I’m used to being on court myself but it’s really good to give back a little bit to the kids

and share my knowledge as a player,” Porter said. “I love the experience, I love Country Vic and love what they do and the friendships that are made are awesome and I love being able to learn something every time I’m on the floor so I wanted to give back.” It’s all about education and insight for the young guard, who has an eye on the future with starting his coaching credentials early. “I reckon so – I thought I’d give it a crack and I’d give the more experienced a bit of a run for their money and I’m definitely learning every time I’m on the floor and I’m ready to see how far it takes me,” he said. “It has shown me a lot of different ways of learning and different ways to communicate my knowledge to the boys; everyone learns in different ways and I’ve learned ways to communicate that.” Not only did he put the Sundowners through their paces across the four-day high performance camp, but he kept up his own elite training with high performance country coach Justin Schueller on hand at the Jamboree to put him and other Country Vic junior stars through their paces across the week.

Giving back: Fifteenyear-old basketballer, Liam Porter, shares his knowledge of the game with the juniors. Picture: Basketball Victoria Country

Soccer star secures national championship By Ben Triandafillou IT HAS been a massive year for up and coming 14-year-old soccer player, Patrick Hogan, whose endless hours of training has taken him to the peak of junior soccer in Australia. The Padua College student returned from Coffs Harbour on Sunday 1 October after taking out the National Youth Championships title with the Victorian under-14s side. Starting the trials in January with 200 other young soccer players, Hogan made his way through to the final cut for the Victorian side and was picked to represent the state in the final squad of 16. Hogan, who played this season with the Mornington Soccer Club, came out firing with the Victorian team to defeat Canberra in the opening round 8-1. The side then suffered their first and only loss in their second round to NSW, going down 3-0. Following their loss, the Victorian side regained momentum and went on a scoring frenzy to defeat Queensland 3-1, South Australia 4-1, Western Australia 3-1 and Northern NSW 1-0 to take home the national title. Hogan said all the hard-work throughout the year had definitely paid off when Victoria was awarded the title. “It was pretty amazing. You spend the whole year with a bit of stress and then you finally get the email telling you that you’ve made it,” he said. “It’s a pretty good feeling.” “Playing on the International Stadium and walking out through the tunnels was amazing and the grass was perfect.” During the trials, Hogan was scouted by Melbourne Victory’s Academy Director, Paulo Cardoso, who offered him the chance to join

Cricket club’s “Drive for 25”

MT Eliza Cricket Club will run a “Drive for 25” fundraiser on Friday afternoon to raise money for practice nets at Emil Madsen Reserve. The fundraiser will be from midday to 3pm upstairs at Canadian Bay Hotel and will feature four performers – former Test cricketer and Mornington resident Bryce McGain, singer Tiana Martel with her accompanist, guitarist Kieran Ryan-Colton, and sports writer and commentator Geoff Poulter of Voices of Sport fame. One of the club’s assistant coaches, Ken

Piesse, who is also a sports writer and sporting books author, will MC the event. The club, which has 13 teams and more than 200 members, is aiming to raise $25,000 to build some new practice nets. Silent auction items will include sporting memorabilia and a sunset cruise in a couta boat from Blairgowrie to Point Nepean and return. Tickets cost $75 and include a two-course meal. For further information contact club president, Tristan McDougal, on 0412 025 080 or email tristanmcdougal@gmail.com

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Victory’s under-15s side next year. “The Coffs Harbour team still hadn’t been chosen and after one of the training sessions he ran after me when I left the change rooms to tell me that Victory wanted to offer me a spot,” Hogan said. “It’s pretty amazing to be asked. They’ll be a really strong side to play with.” Hogan went to AAMI Park on Monday for a meeting and will likely start pre-season training with the team in the next few weeks. Hogan was also scouted by Melbourne City at the Youth Championships to join their under-18s side but has chosen to sign a scholarship with Victory, his favourite A-League team.

THE Mt Eliza Football Club had 13 representatives at the V/Line Regional Football Championships two weeks ago which were played in Morwell and Moe. The club had three players, James Thomas, Saige Bayne and Darcy Fennell who were selected for the V/Line carnival team of the year with some standout performances as well as Keeley Byrne awarded with the best on ground against Gippsland Power. Lucy Cripps, an ex-Mt Eliza footballer who now plays for the Frankston Dolphins, was also selected for the team of the year. The ‘redlegs’ filled more than a quarter of the under-16 girls Peninsula Stingrays side with seven players from the club joining the team as well as Eloise Allen-Burns and Saige Bayne chosen as vice-captains. The Stingrays girls’ side was narrowly beaten

by two points in the opening round against Geelong Falcons but then went on to defeat Gippsland Power by 30 points in the second round. Mt Eliza Junior Football Club vice president/ football operations, Brett Macpherson, said the number of Mt Eliza girls making the V/Line side this year is a great reflection of the women’s football development at the club. “We have been well represented this year and having seven girls make the side is a great achievement considering we had two female players make it last year,” he said. Mt Eliza was also represented by six boys in the under-15s Peninsula Stingrays team. Bayleigh Welsh captained the side but suffered a 122-point defeat in the opening round to the Geelong Falcons. The Stingrays then went on to be narrowly defeated by five points to the Western Bulldogs NGA.

Redleg reps: Back Row (L to R): Sylvie Repellin, Eloise Allen-Burns, Keely Byrne, Darcy Fennell, Rose ClancyDillon. Front Row (L to R): Saige Bayne, Taylah Hedge.

Peninsula Cup enters its second round SOME of Victoria’s top boxers will square up in the second annual Peninsula Boxing Cup this Saturday at the Mt Eliza Community Hall. There will be 26 fights on the stacked card, including five from Peninsula Boxing. Victorian champion and six time Australian champion, Jack Gipp, will face Jamie Bott in his final fight before heading into the Commonwealth Games trials in NSW in the first week of November. Two other Victorian champs will also hit the ring, with 2016 Rio Olympian Jason Whateley from Peninsula Boxing going up against the Super Heavyweight champion Toese Siuto. This will also be a lead-up fight for Whateley as he heads to the Commonwealth Games trials. Father and daughter, Scott and Tyla McDonald, from Peninsula Boxing, will fight on the same

card for the second time this year. Tyla who earlier this year was crowned an Australian champion will face Charlie Mirtschin while Scott will face Andrew Young for the Masters over-40 Victorian Heavyweight title. Having been inspired by his brother’s recent success, Rueben “Hurricane” Higgins, brother of the undefeated professional boxer, Lochie Higgins, will make his debut against Charlie Edney. Peninsula Boxing head coach Marcos Amado said the event should be a good showcase for the boxing talent on the Peninsula. Doors will open at 12-noon ahead of the opening fight at 12:30pm. Tickets are available at the door for $25 for adults and $15 for children and pensioners. Western Port News 10 October 2017


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The rise, fall, and rise of the Frankston Football Club By Brodie Cowburn FOR most football fans, 30 September 2016 was a day of excitement and anticipation. With the AFL Grand Final one day away many were stocking up on frozen sausage rolls and cheap grocery store meats for their Grand Final barbecues. No matter if you spent the day buying beer, drinking beer, or making room in your fridge for even more beer, the chances are that whatever you were doing as a football fan on Grand Final eve 2016, you were doing it quite happily. But for fans of the Frankston Dolphins, the day was far from happy. It was the darkest day in their team’s history. After five decades of competing in the VFL, the club’s licence was revoked by the league and its followers faced their first day backing a club without a competition to play in. The Dolphins had operated for 130 years, and on 30 September 2016, all they had to show for it was a massive debt and a group of despondent supporters. “We were sort of a bit devastated,” Frankston Football Club president and club champion Peter Geddes said of that fateful day. “I guess we were a bit lost because people didn’t quite know what to do.” “We had heard rumours that they were looking at taking our licence, and so we went in there actually full of hope because we just thought that we would be able to save it. We went there with a presentation to submit to AFL Victoria to say that we can continue the club, but they were of a different view.” Despite the efforts of people like Geddes to save the side, the club found its future shattered. Despite meetings with the AFL to plead their case, the debt at the Dolphins was too large to ignore and the decision was made to pull the plug. The decision to deny the Dolphins a place in the 2017 VFL season should have been enough to see them become nothing more than a relic of footballing history. It would have been easy to roll over and let the club die but the team at Frankston wasn’t going down without a fight. To ensure its survival, the club had a lot of work to do. To have any chance of impressing AFL Victoria and being readmitted, it would have to review its entire operation. To help with the daunting process back to VFL football, the club appointed former Hawthorn premiership player Gary Buckenara as

Bouncing back: Gary Buckenara (general manager) and Peter Geddes (president) from the Frankston “Dolphins” Football Club. Picture: Gary Sissons

general manager. “AFL Victoria had a list of things we had to make sure we were compliant with [to get back in the league],” Buckenara said. This included a business plan “that could prove we could not only survive, but sustain into the future”. In order to avoid the demise the club faced at the end of 2016, it would have to make changes over the next 12 months, with one in particular being a seemingly impossible mission. In a bid to display its passionate fan base to the league, the club set out to raise membership to more than 1000. Despite the need to lift the club’s membership almost 10 times the Dolphins managed to surpass this target. “It was so satisfying; the fact that we went from a club with 100 members with a side, to having 1200 plus without a side. We had all those people believing in us that we were a great club to build and an elite en-

vironment for young players to come through,” Buckenara said. The membership drive was a shining example of the community effort that took place to ensure the Frankston Dolphins had a future with the VFL. “It is so important to have a VFL team here on the peninsula, because it inspires young people right across the Frankston and peninsula region to potentially get involved,” Dunkley MP Chris Crewther said. “There were a lot of fundraising efforts, events, and so forth that ensured through multiple avenues that the club was able to show the backing of the community, which I think was important to show the AFL in terms of getting their licence back.” On 4 August 2017 the Frankston Dolphins were handed a lifeline; AFL Victoria granted them a licence readmitting them to the VFL competition in 2018. For the Dolphins it was a chance to make things right and put their best foot forward for the future.

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“We’ve made sure we’ve got a complete board of management, and that we’re working as we go into the future to make sure we have succession planning in place, so that we’ve always got the leadership required,” club president Peter Geddes said. “We’re very visible about where we’re going financially. We now target having thousands of members at some point in the future, and that gives you a really sustainable base.” The Dolphins downfall would have seen a club with a great history of breeding AFL talent disappear, as the side has formerly provided a home for retiring Bulldog great Matthew Boyd, All Australian Demon Michael Hibberd, and premiership coach Luke Beveridge. The club’s success is also a win for independent clubs that remain free of AFL affiliation, an issue which has risen again this year as the North Ballarat Roosters had their licence revoked for 2018. With their readmission, the Dolphins have chosen to

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remain an independent side with the aim of making finals in the next five years. Following years of heartbreak and uncertainty, the future of the Frankston Football Club is looking up. The small team working at the club is working hard at returning the side to VFL football in 2018. With the appointment of a new coach expected in the next week, followed soon after by a playing list, the side will be looking to make the most of every opportunity when it appears on a VFL oval next season. “People are just busting for the first game at the ground. We’re hoping to get thousands of people there, and I’m sure we will,” Geddes said. “Just to see the team back out on the field again, it’ll be just really exciting.” Regardless of the outcome of that first game, the survival of the Dolphins is the ultimate underdog story. An independent club winning against seemingly impossible odds.



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