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WESTERN Port Men’s Shed members are busy helping others in the community while they prepare for their move into larger premises at Bittern later this year. The shed’s president and treasurer Colin Prowd said members eagerly assisted with projects, such as building raised garden beds, bench seats and a mud kitchen for the children at Wallaroo Pre-School, and doing bike maintenance for Wallaroo Primary School for Bike Education. “We fix tables and chairs for people, and we constructed the raised garden beds for the Salvation Army Community Garden as well as garden beds and picnic settings for the VCAL students at the Community Hub,” he said. “We have made bug hotels for Balnarring Pre-School and we also do projects for local elderlies, such as making access ramps for those who find it difficult going up steps into their homes.” Members are able to do their own projects using the shed’s tools. “We are selffunded so we are active doing barbecues at Bunnings, as well as local markets where we sell articles that members make,” Mr Prowd said. “We also have social outings for members, with the next being a bus trip to the Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton in March.” Skilled hands: Hans Bremmen and Joseph Guthrie are among the members of Western Port men’s Shed who make life easier for many members of the community. Picture: Yanni

Cash-strapped festival says ‘no thanks’ to AGL Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au ORGANISERS of the 50th Western Port Festival at Hastings say they have knocked back potential sponsorship from AGL despite being short of money and “up in the air” over grants promised by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. The festival committee is hoping to raise $200,000 through online fund-

raising, but by Monday had received just $1600, including $1000 from the Save Westernport group.. “A unanimous vote [of the committee] was passed to not accept any AGL money,” event manager Yvens Ferraz De Camargo said, citing community concerns over the power provider’s plans to moor a floating gas import and processing terminal at Crib Point. Feelings are running high at Western Port over concerns the project poses health and safety risks to people and

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the bay’s environment. Mr De Camargo said AGL’s potential involvement had “touched a nerve with festival committee members”. “[Rejecting a possible AGL offer] was a no-brainer,” he said. “After three committee meetings and despite being desperately in need of funds we voted to refuse. It wasn’t a hard decision. “The festival has survived for 49 years and, if we have to scale back with promotion, printing and even some of the free activities we will, but we will

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Friendships; celebrating Arts, Music and Multicultural Diversity”. Mr De Camargo said the events team had decided to target more local businesses for sponsorships. “An $80 entry level sponsorship for local businesses, groups, schools and individuals will put their names or message on the crowd control fencing,” he said. Other money comes from stallholders and through the shire’s triennial grant of $18,975 which ends this year. Continued Page 4


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Candidate calls Red Hill home JULIA Banks, an independent candidate for the seat of Flinders in the May federal election, has “had the joy of being a part of the local community with warm caring and friendly residents who have a strong sense of community”. Ms Banks and her husband Michael have owned a property at Red Hill for the past 20 years and her parents lived in Mornington for many years. Her father died in 2007 and her mother moved to Melbourne “a couple of years ago”. In contesting Flinders Ms Banks – elected MP for Chisholm in 2016 while a member of the Liberal Party, but who has since left the party and declared herself an independent - is seeking to replace her former Liberal colleague Greg Hunt, who has held the seat since 2001.

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Reimagining a compassionate country SOCIAL researcher Hugh Mackay wants a "radical culture shift" in Australia towards compassion to minimise the damaging consequences of social isolation, renowned social researcher. In his 2019 Australia Day Address Mr Mackay said looking after our neighbours was a good starting point. The Officer of the Order of Australia recipient says the biggest social challenge the nation faces is "preserving our social cohesion", as we focus on ourselves rather than showing greater responsiveness to those around us. Mr Mackay will be in Mornington this week to discuss his thoughts outlined in his latest book, Australia Reimagined. "We are facing some serious threats to our social cohesion from a series of radical shifts in the way we live - none of which, incidentally, are related to immigration or to cultural diversity," Mr Mackay, 81, said in his Australia Day Address in Sydney. Shrinking households, rising broken relationship rates and a reliance on information technology at the expense of human interaction are among the changes he cites as heightening the potential of social fragmentation. "We humans are, by nature, social beings - we need each other," Mr Mackay said. "You can't make sense of who you are without a social context in which you operate." He suggests starting with the basics, such as a friendly and helpful attitude towards your neighbours, being alert

Social researcher Hugh Mackay says Australia is facing serious challenges when it comes to preserving its social cohesion.

to the wellbeing of those around you particularly the elderly - and engaging with community activities. "Social virtue demands that we treat everyone kindly and respectfully - especially those we don't like and most especially those we disagree with about politics or religion, or anything else," Mr Mackay said.

He wants to see compassion grow beyond suburban neighbourhoods. This includes “serious reconciliation� between indigenous and other Australians - "perhaps via a treaty"; a focus on the "cruel and unconscionable way" we treat asylum seekers and refugees; greater concern for disadvantaged children; and an urgent

public policy focus on inequality. "It's also about institutions winning back our trust by restraining their lust for wealth or power in favour of a more sensitive engagement within the society that gives them their social license to operate," Mr Mackay said. Hugh Mackay will present his views on Australia at 7pm Thursday

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Thumbs down: Western Port Festival organiser Yvens Ferraz De Camargo, centre, said an offer of sponsorship from power company AGL has been rejected. Here he is flanked by festival committee members Victoria Coen and Frank Navis. Picture: Yanni

Festival seeks power from the people Continued from Page 1 “We cannot double [the number of] stalls to raise the required funds as they all need to turn a profit, so we are in need of funds,” Mr De Camargo said. “Our patron Hastings MP Neale Burgess and Cr Kate Roper are also working very hard to make 50th festival memorable. “The festival is going ahead and our main drive is to maintain a safe and affordable event with as many free activities as possible. We also encourage those attending to bring a blanket and picnic.” Free activities include a sand sculpture park, supervised sand pit, sand sculpting workshop,

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petting zoo, pony rides and “Kids corner”. Mr De Camargo was encouraged early Thursday by an email from the shire requesting more information on the festival which raising his hopes of a possible release of a further $41,025 in funding. “It might happen,” he said. More sponsorship for the not-for-profit event is urgently needed. “Generous donations of any kind will be truly appreciated as we will be supporting local groups, organisations and the local homeless of our community,” Mr De Camargo said. Details: westernportfestival.org.au or gofundme.com/western-port-festival

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Boat trip to explore, protect wetlands MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire marked World Wetlands Day (Saturday 2 February) with a boat trip in Western Port for “key decision makers across local government, industry, and environmental advocates”. The trip enabled the passengers to “explore one of the peninsula’s most internationally significant regions”. The Western Port Ramsar wetlands near Hastings is part of the United Nations (UNESCO) declared special biosphere reserve of the Western Port catchment and is one of only nine biospheres in Australia. The shire’s boat trip was preceded the release this week of new research showing Western Port is increasingly vulnerable to pressures from population growth, urbanisation, run-off from residential and rural land, coastal erosion and sea-level rise. The research by Melbourne water, Understanding the Western Port Environment, looks at how best to protect the bay and its significant local and international natural habitat. Melbourne Water’s Rhys Coleman says current rates of urban development in the southeast growth corridor and climate change projections mean “this is a challenging time for protecting the Western Port environment”. Those aboard the shire’s boat tour included MP for Western Victoria Andy Meddick, former Federal MP Kelvin Thompson, Frankston councillor Quinn McCormack, representatives from Esso, BlueScope Steel, Phillip Island Nature Park, Friends of French Island, Western Port Biosphere Foundation, Western Port harbourmaster, Save Western Port and Coast Care (DEWLP). Peninsula councillors Rosie Clark, Kate Roper, Julie Morris and CEO John Baker were also on board. The shire says “expert guides” spoke “passionately” about preserving the wetlands “and the flow-on impacts to native bird life, seagrasses and mangroves”.

Guided tour: The Western Port Biosphere Foundation’s Lance Lloyd and Jo McCoy presenting their “report card” while touring Western Port on World Wetlands Day. Picture: Supplied

The mayor Cr David Gill said the “common thread from all attendees was the importance and immediacy of protecting this unique biosphere reserve”. “We heard from a number of subject experts discussing a range of topics from importance of the region for migratory birds, sea grasses and mangroves to industry, fishing and tourism ventures,” he said. “The key theme expressed throughout the day was sound management and protection of this environmentally sensitive region was essential.”

He said the disappearance of migratory birds “in places like Tasmania” increased the importance of preserving wetlands in Western Port. Gill said the wetlands helped make the peninsula “special” and their contribution “to the amenity, lifestyle and wellbeing of our residents and visitors should never be underestimated”. 
Council wants online “community feedback” on a new Biodiversity Conservation Plan by 5pm, Wednesday 20 February at: mornpen. vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Costly roadside rubbish A rubbish dumper has been fined $3509 plus $420 costs for leaving “renovation materials” on a roadside at Tootgarook. Mornington Peninsula Shire says the fine levied by Dromana Court backs its “zero-tolerance approach” to illegal rubbish dumping. On 10 January, a peninsula resident was found guilty of aggravated littering, sentenced with conviction, fined $3509 and ordered to pay council’s $420 clean-up costs. The shire says the offender was “caught in the act unloading renovation materials from a trailer at a Tootgarook roadside”. Illegal dumping can incur penalties of up to $9500. “Council spends more than $700,000 at a cost to ratepayers a year cleaning up the mess left behind by illegally dumped waste and the shire has collected 1466 cases of illegal dumping in the past six months,” the mayor Cr David Gill said. “Most of this dumped waste could have been disposed of for free at the shire’s resource recovery centres in Tyabb, Mornington and Rye.” Cr Gill said dumped waste “poses a serious threat to our wildlife and can lead to contamination of land, waterways and groundwater”. “It’s not hard to do the right thing with a long list of items able to be disposed of for little or no cost at our resource recovery centres or use your rates vouchers to book a kerbside collection,” he said. Free items that can be dropped off at the centres include: household recyclables; steel goods (excluding fridges & air conditioners); bikes; computers; televisions; paint (up to 100 litres); gas cylinders (up to nine kilograms); motor oil (up to 20 litres); fluorescent globes and tubes and batteries. A full list of disposable items is at mornpen. vic.gov.au/wasteguide Peninsula households can also book a kerbside waste collection service by calling 5950 1406. Illegal rubbish dumpers can be reported at mornpen.vic.gov.au/dobinadumper or by calling 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000

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All in an afternoon’s ride HASTINGS bike patrol police Sergeant Ben Swift and Senior Constable Wayne Wood, pictured, rode to Crib Point to assist paramedics airlift a man to hospital after a “medical incident”, Thursday. They then patrolled the Hastings area and issued six penalty notices for traffic-related offences – covering more than 30 kilometres on their shift. The man was in a critical condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Thursday.

Two drug diversion programs were issued by police and 21 people ejected by security over public order issues. About 8000 attended the Saturday 2 February event which offered music, amusements, entertainment and gourmet foods. “It was well run and supervised on a hot Saturday,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

Bikers beware HASTINGS police are keeping an eye out for riders of illegal “monkey bikes”. Acting Sergeant Scott West said the mini-bikes were “becoming an issue” as they posed a danger, especially to pedestrians in public areas. “We all remember the tragedy of the woman struck and killed in Carrum Downs a few years ago and we would hate for something like that to happen again,” he said. Police are coordinating resources and gathering data to back up a campaign against monkey bike riders. The riders potentially face a raft of charges, including careless riding, riding an unregistered bike, dangerous riding, riding on footpaths and, often, riding without a helmet. Riders caught will have their bikes seized and destroyed. Sergeant West said two riders had been picked up in the Hastings

Sparkler bombs district recently and others spotted by residents. “We encourage people to contact us at Hastings police station on 5970 7800 or call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 if they see monkey bike riders,” he said.

Somerville CIU, said offenders cut the padlock on the front gate and drove off with the $40,000 2004 Mustang 2400 boat. It is blue and white and the registration number is Q0710. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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A FIBREGLASS cabin cruiser (pictured) was stolen from Westernport Trailers in Marine Parade, Hastings, over the Australia Day long weekend. Detective Tony Woolcock, of

CROWDS attending last week’s Let Go Fest at Mornington Racecourse were described as well behaved by Mornington police station Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards.

TWO fires started when “sparkler bombs” were set off in a Mornington park last week are being investigated by police. Detective Leading Senior Constable Alex Montgomery, of Somerville CIU, said youths taped the sparklers to aerosol cans and lit them in a playground in Tallis Drive, 11pm, Tuesday 5 February and 6.30pm, Wednesday 6 February. The resulting explosions scorched timber edging and a tree in the park, opposite Mornington Secondary College, on days of moderate fire danger. There is no CCTV footage but youths were seen in the area.

“It is a bit concerning that the explosives were set off two days in a row in bushfire weather,” Detective Montgomery said. Anyone with information is urged to call him on 5978 1300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Keys, remotes A CAPEL Sound man arrested near the scene of a burglary in Mt Martha last week allegedly had several sets of keys and garage remote-control devices in his possession. The 28-year-old was picked up by a divisional van in Barristers Lane and interviewed over a series of break-ins involving cars and houses in the Mt Martha and Capel Sound areas. He was charged with two counts each of aggravated burglary, burglary, theft from cars, one count each of possessing the proceeds of crime and of possessing a drug of dependence and remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court this week. Detective Sergeant Jason Hocking, of Somerville CIU, said thieves were taking advantage of people leaving valuables and keys in their unlocked cars.

Have your say Join us: Forward Planning Commitee Meeting Monday 25 February 2019 You’re invited to attend a Forward Planning Committee Meeting to make a three-minute verbal submission to the Shire about: Nepean Ward matters: • The provision of better car parking around the Blairgowrie retail precinct. • The preservation of a clear connection from the Western Sister lookout at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento to the lookout over Bass Strait, St Pauls. • Heritage (or other planning controls) over the ‘Tuckey’s Track’ footpath from Sullivan Bay to St Pauls.

Issues pertinent to the Peninsula outside the influence of the Planning Scheme Review 2018: • The AGL and APA pipeline project • Kawasaki HESC project • Hillview Quarry project • Bushfire Prone Area mapping and extent of vegetation loss due to exemptions in the planning scheme • VicSmart classes and application types and resulting development • Solar panels and roof/plant equipment exemptions to building heights • Late night liquor licenced venues advocacy and enforcement

Have your say Monday 25 February, 6.30pm Rosebud Chambers, 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud Please arrive 10 minutes early to register to speak. Learn more: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

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FAMILIES descended from the original French Island Thompsons flocked to the Tankerton Memorial Hall for a 125th reunion. More than 230 family members from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria took the ferry across from Stony Point and were picked up by bus on the island, Sunday 3 February. Some came across from Corinella, with their vehicle on the barge, and planned to stay several days to catch up with family members from further afield. The day capped off 18 months of planning by organisers Joan Shepherd, Lois Airs, and Carol Lake – grandchildren of Joseph Edmund (Ed) and Margaret (Maggie) Annie Thompson (nee Broderick). They had lots to talk about: 125 years ago, Joseph Henry Thompson came to French Island with his son Joseph to make a new life for his family. He had arrived at the port of Adelaide in 1860 at the age of 13 accompanied by his brother and sister-in-law, Cephas and Mary Ann Thompson, and their three-year-old son George. Thompson worked for a time at Islington railway works in South Australia, later moving to Melbourne with his own family of Ellen Elizabeth Keyte (nee Wilton) and their children. In 1893 he took up a government offer of land on French Island, cleared the scrub, built a home and tried to provide for his family in what was an inhospitable environment. In 1894, his wife Ellen and their

children Martha and Richard Wilton, Cephas, Mary Selina, Walter, Eliza Anne, Ellen Elizabeth and William Thompson, arrived to begin their new lives. Direct decedents who still live on French Island include Rose Scott, 87, the youngest daughter of Joseph Edmund and Maggie Thompson. Another of the couple’s children, Cyril Thompson, 90, made the trip over on the barge with help from his daughter.

“So many smiles, handshakes, cuddles, tears and stories were told and shared throughout the day,” Ms Lake said. “Running all day on a loop was a video of the centenary reunion held 25 years ago and on display was a huge collection of photos shared by Noel Thompson, Lois Aires, Carol Lake, Dianne Spark and Rose Scott all put together by Ollie Hodgkins.” Family members took a bus trip to

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Enthusiasts can watch as members of Ulysses Club Inc. ride in a parade around the streets of Mornington beginning at The Peninsula Community Theatre car park and finishing at Mornington Park.

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called island home for 125 years Questions: How many Thompsons does it take to fill the Tankerton Memorial Hall? Answer: Lots. Thompson family members and their relatives at the hall for a family reunion (main picture: left, Lois and Keith Airs, son Garry and his wife Sandra and children Bonnyrose, Halle, Emma and Karah; below, Corrill Broderick, Rose Scott and Cyril Thompson. Pictures: Supplied

the original Thompson Homestead at Long Point. It has been fully restored and is now the Hatton family’s French Island vineyard. Inside the hall was a display of memorabilia, with something from all of Joseph Edmund’s children’s families. These included a piano-accordion and mouth organ played at many dances at the hall, a chainsaw used by Joseph Henry, a kitchen table made by Joseph Edmund for Maggie when

they married, many of her cooking utensils, small farming implements, numerous ornaments, and personal items, such as clothing, bibles and school books. A specially designed hat pin commemorated the day and the book written by Ruth Gooch – Frontier French Island was for sale. A raffle prize was a one-of-a-kind plate painted and donated by a family member.

Individual family trees were displayed on the walls of the hall along with many other photos, information and stories, such as birth certificates and immigration records, maps of

the seven settlements in the 1890s, education and schools, industry and transport. On display outside was a trailer full of old milk and cream cans, home-

made spades and period farming tools. Also outside was a portable fire drum, bellows and chicory bag dumper. The hall committee ran a sausage sizzle and provided hot and cold drinks throughout the day. Family members provided a plate of something home made for morning and afternoon tea. A time for reflection came when a memorial outdoor seat was unveiled in memory of the late Connor (Fatz) Thompson. The Thompson Family of French Island history will be open to view on Saturday 23 February – the same day as the Pink Stump cricket day. Details: Lois Airs 0412 671 241.

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Have your say

NEWS DESK

Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan After consultation with the community, Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed a draft Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan to protect and enhance the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Mount Martha foreshore reserve for present and future generations to enjoy.

Have your say Second round community consultation is now open and closes Sunday 3 March 2019. Online To view the Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan and to complete the survey visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay Surveys are also available to read in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

For more information mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

The Plan provides strategic direction for the vision and future management of the Mount Martha Foreshore Reserve. It also establishes an agreement between the Victorian Government, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the community as to how the foreshore reserve will be managed.

Attend a drop in session Wednesday 20 February, 4 – 6 pm Mount Martha Life Saving Club Email your submission to

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with the subject line ‘Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan’. Post Attention: Bridie Ryan Strategic Planner - Coastal Re: Mount Martha Coastal Management Plan Mornington Peninsula Shire Private Bag 1000

Unwelcome visitors: Somerville Secondary College was spray painted by vandals during the school holidays. Picture: Supplied

Former student’s leading role in school graffiti POLICE have released images of graffiti “tags” at Somerville Secondary College in the hope they can help identify those responsible. The vandals roamed the school grounds over the summer school holidays and spray painted most buildings. Principal Chris Lloyd said the school’s buildings were defaced regularly. “It is a constant problem here and at the primary school, especially on weekends,” he said. CCTV footage sent to the police had captured vision of those responsible, but Mr Lloyd said he

had not identified any current students although a “much older” former student had been recognised, he said. Clean-ups have cost the school thousands of dollars. “There’s not much we can do [to prevent it] other than fence the whole school. As we are on 10 hectares that may be difficult,” Mr Lloyd said. Anyone with information is urged to call Senior Constable Kay Allen at Hastings police 5978 1426 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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ON THE COVER

A PROPERTY OF RARE CALIBRE WITH DUAL OCCUPANCY BOASTING picturesque views of Western Port Bay and Phillip Island, this discerning and distinctly different lifestyle property offers something for extended families and horse owners seeking that special place to call home. Set on a tranquil 8903 square metre block, still within close proximity to school and shopping, this well-designed home holds dear the values of practical and convenient living with a touch of entertainers flairs. There are four excellent bedrooms all with built-in robes which includes the elegant master suite upstairs that forms its own zone complete with parents retreat and an ensuite bathroom. The parents retreat is one of four fantastic living zones that will ensure every member of the family gets their own little bit of space. Handsome polished timber floors greet you upon entry and there is a formal lounge to the immediate left. Continuing along the hall past the rumpus room – which opens out to the alfresco deck - you emerge into the stunning open plan family area and kitchen with high ceilings dotted with down lights. A cosy wood heater is set into one corner and for convenience there is air-conditioning. Such is the scale of the room the flow between the comfortable lounge and dining spaces is effortless and neatly settled in between is the sleek and stylish kitchen showcasing a top of the range gas cook top by Ilve and a Smeg dishwasher. A lovely big island bench has stone bench tops and the impressive cupboard space is further complemented by a pantry with prep area. Outside is where the property can offer something truly different with a detached, self-contained bungalow, perfect for in-laws and guest accommodations. The one-bedroom studio has a gas cook top and oven to the kitchen and the bedroom has built-in robes. Outbuildings on the property include two enclosed stables with feed shed, there is a large 144 square metre barn suitable for a stable block or secure storage for extra vehicles and all three paddocks have post and rail fencing.n

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ADDRESS: 5 Maurandra Close, HASTINGS FOR SALE: Contact agent for price DESCRIPTION: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 8 car INSPECT: By Appointment AGENT: Jake Condick, 0430 599 910, Harcourts JT & Co, 10/14 High Street, Hastings, 5970 7333 mpnews.com.au

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FOR LEASE

FOR LEASE

Safety Beach 66a Helm Avenue Peninsula Lifestyle Stunning 3 level townhouse within the Martha Cove complex offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, powder room, double remote garage with internal access. The kitchen/living zone on the second level is open

plan, flooded with natural light and features expansive views over the marina to Arthurs Seat and nearby hills. Kitchen has gas cooktop, electric underbench oven, dishwasher and extensive bench space.

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For Lease $530 per week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au Harcourts JT & Co 10/14 High Street

FOR LEASE

Situated in a family friendly court this well presented home features three bedrooms; master with WIR & FES and a large, open plan kitchen and family meals area. Separate bathroom and laundry, gas

heating and split system cooling. Outside is a double carport leading through to an undercover entertainment area plus additional shed for a car or workshop. Photo ID required to inspect

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For Lease $450 per week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au

Harcourts JT & Co 10/14 High Street

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Crib Point 6/42 Park Road

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Peace & Tranquillity Situated at the rear of a small unit complex, this private unit has includes 2 bedrooms with BIR’s, lounge room with gas heating and a galley kitchen with electric cooking. Separate bathroom and laundry, estab-

Hastings 17 Beilby Court

lished backyard with garden and a single carport. Set along a quiet street close to transport, schools, HMAS Cerberus, swimming pool and sports ovals.

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For Lease $290 per week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au Harcourts JT & Co 10/14 High Street

Cranbourne 5a Lawson Close

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Well Presented Unit Extremely well presented unit featuring three bedrooms; master with WIR & FES, open plan living combined with the kitchen which features gas stove top, electric oven and a dishwasher. Separate

bathroom and laundry. Easy to maintain with neat and tidy gardens, an undercover entertainment area and small garden shed. Double garage with internal access. Ducted heating and air-conditioning.

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For Lease $350 per week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au Harcourts JT & Co 10/14 High Street

When it comes to managing your property, we have an unwavering commitment to place the best tenants into your number one asset. For outstanding service, knowledge and a property management experience that exceeds your expectations, talk to us. Contact Jason, Liane, Ruth or Britt on 5970 7333 for all your property management needs, to them it’s not just a job, it’s a passion. jtandco.harcourts.com.au mpnews.com.au

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NEW LISTING

Hastings 8 Victor Drive

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A Classs Above the Rest Grandeur characterises the quality and attention to detail throughout this 40sq (approx.) contemporary home. From the floor plan, interior fit out and to the finishing touches, you will not surpass the superiority of this home. Four extravagant living areas include an expansive family and dining room, formal lounge, rumpus and multipurpose zone ideal for a rumpus, 5th bedroom or study. An impressive kitchen features a fully fitted butler’s pantry, waterfall Caesarstone island bench and breakfast bar, 900mm stainless steel cooker, dishwasher and glass splash back. An adjacent sheltered alfresco area with servery makes light work when entertaining family and friends. A king master bedroom with walk in robe and luxurious ensuite features an oversized shower, spa bath and double vanity. 3 queen size bedrooms all include built in robes. Powder room, reverse cycle heating, refrigerated cooling, high ceilings, double lock up garage with remote roller door and internal access, are further attributes. Fully fenced and secured, ample offstreet parking is available for cars, caravan and boat. Set on a 709m2 parcel, this property is within close proximity to local schools, public transport and town centre.

For Sale

Price $670,000 - $730,000 View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Wendy Tallon M 0419 135 836 P 03 5970 7333 wendy.tallon@harcourts.com.au Harcourts JT & Co 10/14 High Street

NEW LISTING

Hastings 4 Lachlan Court

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Home Sweet Home All the hard work is done for you in this fantastic property-why build! With 4 bedrooms plus study or 5th bedroom, you have all the space you need in 33 squares (approx.) * Open plan living * Renovated kitchen * Ducted Heating & Cooling * Three living Zones * Decked pergola * Side Access Located in the perfect family area, close to High Street, parks, playgrounds & Schools. What more could you ask for?

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Price $680,000 - $740,000 View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Jarrod Wolf M 0433 404 168 P 03 5970 7333 jarrod.wolf@harcourts.com.au Stephen Harvey M 0410 378 792 P 03 5970 7333 stephen.harvey@harcourts.com.au Harcourts JT & Co 10/14 High Street

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

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HASTINGS 9 Natalie Court

BITTERN 419 Stony Point Road

A TRUE FOREVER HOME - Sure to impress on a generous allotment of 800sqm (approx,) this immaculate residence is perfect for a growing family, showcasing open plan living at its finest. n Luxurious master bedroom consists of a walk-in-robe, ceiling fan and ensuite. n Open plan living and dining with an abundance of natural light. n Beautifully crafted kitchen offers stainless steel oven and LG dishwasher. n Bi-fold glass doors open to a superb undercover entertaining deck. n Double carport with gated access to the rear yard to store a small boat or trailer.

LUXURY FAMILY LIVING ON 2000SQM (APPROX.) - Instantly appealing, this renovated home has an outstanding floorplan with multiple living zones. Immaculately presented, heart-warming and modern; this is what families dream of.

For Sale: $640,000 - $680,000 Inspect: Saturday 12:00-12:30pm

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Three bedrooms; master features ensuite, WIR plus split-system heating & cooling. Kitchen features plenty of cupboard space, pantry, twin oven and gas cooktop. n Three separate living zones offer relaxed family living. n Enclosed decked outdoor entertaining area with access from kitchen and dining. n Double garage and separate 4 car workshop with power. n n

For Sale: $749,000 Inspect: By Appointment

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Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 Wilma Green 0407 833 996

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$670,000 - $720,000

HASTINGS

$485,000

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A “ONE AND ONLY” PERIOD HOME • Rustic charmer - Circa 1920 - with high ceilings • Huge lounge room with a magnificent open fireplace • Four large bedrooms; main with walk-in robe • Two recently renovated bathrooms • Balckwood timber kitchen with s/steel appliances • Gas ducted heating and 3 x air-conditioning units • A big 1,745sqm block (approx) has established gardens

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

TOWN CENTRE LOCATION • Two bedrooms, main with ensuite • Open plan lounge and meals area • Kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Ducted heating and cooling • Recently painted throughout • Sunny northerly aspect to entertainment area

54 MORTON CRESCENT

1/68 VICTORIA STREET

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 10:30-11:00AM

$287,500 - $315,000

BITTERN

$395,000 - $430,000

0419 955 177

CRIB POINT

$775,000 - $795,000

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DON McKENZIE

AS CENTRAL AS YOU CAN GET • 2 Bedrooms with built in robes • Light and airy lounge/dining area • Kitchen with plenty of bench/cupboard space • Updated and practical bathroom • Private rear courtyard

DOWNSIZE WITHOUT COMPROMISE • Three bedrooms with built in robes • Open plan living and dining • Kitchen with plenty of bench/cupboard space • Huge outdoor under cover alfresco area • Sheds, bird averys and raised gardens • Single lock up garage, all situated on 424sqm

STYLISH LIFESTYLE ON 2000 SQM APPROX. • 3 bedroom home plus study; master with ensuite • Two spacious open plan living areas • Renovated kitchen with stainless steel dishwasher • Polished floorboards throughout • Ducted heating and evaporative cooling • Shed, double garage and low maintenance gardens

4/4 QUEEN STREET

72 MYERS ROAD

427 STONY POINT ROAD

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 11:00-11:30AM

INSPECT THURSDAY & SATURDAY 11:30-12:00PM

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

$560,000 – $610,000

HASTINGS

$825,000

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PR IC IMMACULATE FINISH AND DESIGN • Three bedrooms; master bedroom with WIR & FES • Kitchen with stainless steel stove, stone bench tops • Spacious open plan living and dining area • Outdoor and alfresco area • Landscaped rear yard • Ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning

$630,000 - $690,000

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LUXURY WATER SIDE LOCATION • Immaculate sun drenched 4 bedroom family home • Three separate living zones • Large kitchen with breakfast bar and walk in pantry • Master with walk in robe & ensuite • Undercover alfresco with BBQ on natural gas • 29 solar panels, ducted heating and cooling • Double remote garage + in ground heated pool

JEWEL IN CRIB POINT • 3 bedroom family home set on a 1011m2 lot • Front lounge room with gas log fire • Central kitchen with s/steel appliances + pantry • Alfresco deck with wood fire, BBQ and café blinds • Master bedroom with WIR & ensuite • Air-conditioning and a gas space heater

9 COLIN PARADE

12 WARRANQITE CRESCENT

351 STONY POINT ROAD

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 1:30 – 2:00 PM

INSPECT THURSDAY & SATURDAY 12:30-1:00PM

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

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HASTINGS

AUCTION

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• National Australia Bank Freehold. The best retail location in town. Lock up shop of approx. 392m² with brand new 5+5+5 year lease to National Australia Bank Ltd. with with net annual return of $90,000 and 3% annual increases. • Situated on main walkway between Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets and surrounded by convenient parking and supporting high-profile High Street businesses • Originally designed as 5 shops and may command increased rent if converted to separate occupancies (STCA). Ideal low risk, long term self-managed super fund investment.

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Wednesday, 20th Feb at 2:00pm

TERMS

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FOR SALE

101 High Street

Expression of interest closing Friday 15th March at 5:00pm

• Huge double fronted commercial site with approx. 450m² on title - zoned Commercial 1 • Compact brick building to front divided into two suites of approx. 30 m² each with common entry, TERMS small kitchen and external W.C. 10% Deposit / Balance 60 days • Internal concrete staircase for future first floor development and part of rear yard securely fenced subject to tenancy • Walkway down each side enables High Street access for future floor space behind the existing building at ground level PLUS opportunity to build two new shops at rear facing Kmart/Aldi car park VIEW (STCA). By Appointment • Permit recently approved for neighbour close by to construct new shops facing rear carpark. • Suite 1 currently leased, Suite 2 is vacant. First time offered in over 30 years. Going concern = No GST

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BITTERN 24 Morton Crescent $595,000 - $645,000 open to view By Appointment n Master bedroom with WIR and two loft bedrooms n Country style kitchen with servery, pantry & modern stainless steel appliances n Main lounge with gas coonara flows through to a separate dining zone n Covered deck with entertaining area

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HASTINGS 28 Reid Parade $390,000 - $420,000 open to view By Appointment n 3 bedrooms with built in robes n Split system cooling & heating n Bathroom with separate bath & shower n 558m2 (approx) block with carport and a shed

Nigel Evans| 0439 540 055

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Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

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HASTINGS 94 Salmon Street $495,000 - $540,000 open to view By Appointment n Well maintained, light filled renovated home n Open plan living extends through to a new kitchen incorporating a dishwasher n Three good sized bedrooms are serviced by the newly renovated bathroom n Ducted heating, split system air conditioning and ceiling fan

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HASTINGS 6 Cool Store Road $480,000 - $520,000 open to view By Appointment n Master bedroom with full ensuite and walk in robe n Large living area n Separate light filled living/study area n Walking distance to all amenities

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Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

Nigel Evans| 0439 540 055

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HASTINGS 5 Beilby Court $585,000 - $625,000 open to view By Appointment n Well presented 4 bedroom home that has been freshly painted n Modern kitchen with island bench, 900mm gas oven and a dishwasher n Master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite n Undercover entertainment area, double remote garage Nigel Evans| 0439 540 055

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BALNARRING 67 Warrawee Road $775,000 - $795,000 Matthew Challenger| 0438 773 627 open to view By Appointment n 4-bedroom residence set on 864m2(approx.) n Sunken lounge area with Coonara n Updated and well-appointed kitchen with stainless steel apliances n Main bedroom features a beautiful light filled ensuite and walk in robe

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Matthew Challenger| 0438 773 627

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mornington 4/31 Wilsons Road

A3 B2 C 2

‘Parkside’

mornington 18 Kent Street

A3 B1 C 2

Land of Opportunity - 697sqm (approx)

• Lovely, private unit at the rear of the complex • 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite • Generous living spaces and open-plan dining • Fully equipped, solid timber kitchen • Ducted gas heating & evaporative A/C

• Excellent development scope with potential as dual townhouse site (STCA) • Walking distance to Main St amenities • Existing 3BR, 1 bath dwelling securely fenced • Settlement 60 days (approx), 10% deposit Cameron McDonald 0418 330 916

For Sale $700,000-$740,000 inspect OFI or by appointment

Cameron McDonald 0418 330 916

Auction Saturday 2nd March at 11.00am inspect OFI or by appointment

R E D UN R T D C l A o T N S O C

tuerong 680 Stumpy Gully Road

A3 B2 C 2

‘Ningaloo’ - 5Ac (approx)

inspect OFI or by appointment

• Fantastic potential. Will suit horses, alpacas, horticulture, etc • Smartly presented, North facing brick home • 3 BR & 2 bath, open-plan kitchen + dual living areas Cameron McDonald 0418 330 916

Mornington 5976 5900 mpnews.com.au

A3 B2 C 2

‘Bundella’ - 5 Acres (approx)

• Private solid brick residence set amongst a native tree oasis in quiet Tuerong surrounds • Cool in summer and warm in winter, the home features 3 BR, 2 bath & generous living spaces • Devilbend Reserve trail is approx. 400m away

For Sale $1,195,000

Somerville 73 Dandenong-Hastings Rd

Bruce Goddard Cameron McDonald 0408 316 701 0418 330 916

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D L So mount martha 1 & 2, 20 Bentons Road A3 B2 C 2 Superb Choice of Vacant 2 Stunning Allotment Residences with Approved Plans

mount martha 49 Bradford Road The True Essence of Seaside Living

• One of the most sought after addresses in Mount Martha • Design & build your dream home on this fully fenced lot of 658m2 • Potential to capture bay views from 2nd storey

• Designed by ‘The Little Brick Studio’ and constructed by the ‘The Stellice Building Group’ • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + powder room, a ground floor master bedroom and living areas on both levels

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707

For Sale $475,000 $1,100,000-$1,200,000 Inspect By appointment

Safety Beach 24 Deck Terrace

Safety Beach C204/83 Spinnaker Terrace A3 B12 C 32

Superb Vacant Allotment with Approved Plans

Sea A Front Breezes Row of Seat Somers to the Best View Available

• Positioned in one of the highest points at Martha Cove is this fabulous vacant corner allotment • Generous 13.5m frontage & approved plans to construct a stunning 36 square residence • Or design your own home – the choice is yours

For Sale $475,000 Inspect By appointment

• Directly overlooking the main waterway • 3 dble bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, centrally positioned kitchen with stone bench tops & s/s appliances • GDH, alarm system, 2 secure basement car parks Stuart Cox 0417 124 707

Mornington 5976 5900 mpnews.com.au

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707

For Sale $945,000 Inspect OFI or by appointment

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

Mornington Auction this Saturday

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132 Maxwell Street, Mornington A brilliant start for a family, first home or downsize option, this renovated single-level three bedroom residence enjoys a celebrated address on the edge of Civic Reserve and within minutes of Bentons Square, schools and buses. Freshly renovated interiors enhance a fine design that features streaming natural light, timeless contemporary tones, separate living and dining rooms, sunroom and low maintenance gardens with undercover dining. Featuring a remote garage, stylish two-way bathroom, split system air conditioning unit and wall heating, this welcoming home offers immediate lifestyle enjoyment within striking distance of Main Street’s cafes, Peninsula Homemaker Centre and the beachfront.

Auction 16th February at 1.00pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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6 George Street, Mornington The sun, the sea, the sand… in a location synonymous with the beach, the bay and good times, these two dynamic brand new three bedroom, two bathroom residences offer a lifestyle of privilege and exclusivity. In a prized beachside setting, each single-level residence is fitted with high end appointments from stunning stone benchtops to quality flooring, double garages and generous alfresco entertaining areas. Each residence features two light-filled living zones extending to decking, sleek stone and Smeg kitchen and luxurious master suite with WIR and elegant ensuite. Spoil yourself close to Fossil Beach, Main Street’s vibrant cafes and shops, schools and transport.

Auction 23rd February at 11.00am 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

Mornington

Auction

2/34 Darcy Street, Mornington Close to Bentons Square shopping, Civic Reserve, beaches and cosmopolitan Main Street, this brand new boutique single-level north-facing 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence epitomises a relaxed Peninsula lifestyle and represents great value for Mornington. This smart and well-proportioned home is highlighted with a stylish open plan stone kitchen and spacious living/dining room linking to alfresco entertaining and the landscaped garden, a generous master suite, stylish finishes and double garage with internal access. Features include gas ducted heating, split system air conditioning, LED lighting and main bathroom with freestanding bath.

Auction 23rd February at 12.30 pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B2 C2 Mornington

2/47 Alameda Avenue, Mornington This single level residence is designed for low maintenance living in a location that puts the Peninsula’s best lifestyle attractions within close reach. The three bedroom accommodation is treated to open plan living, alfresco with low maintenance gardens and timber deck. The quality kitchen with Central Island boasts stone bench tops and stainless steel Westinghouse appliances. A stone finished ensuite and WIR feature in the Master bedroom suite. The home also includes a double remote garage with internal access, ducted heating, split system air conditioning and timber flooring. A secure and private lifestyle in a very quiet location close to the end of a no through road. Only one of the new three villas now remaining.

Inspection As advertising or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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THE PENINSULA’S ONLY EXCLUSIVELY COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT Business Sale - Rosebud

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 12pm Large Mornington Office Space

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• Smack in the middle of town across from both Blamey Place and Main Street • Split in to 11 large offices, boardroom, kitchenette, ladies and men’s toilets • As new fitout recently done • Ideally suit investor or occupier

• Extremely well known business operating for over 5 years • Brand new fitout • Low rent combined with excellent lease terms • Excellent takings year round combined with huge summer trade • Regular loyal clientele ever increasing

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Business Sale - Mornington

Point Leo General Store

Coffee Traders

• Long standing coastal business • Focus on take away food and drinks • Amazing lease package • Ideal husband and wife business • Huge local following

• Long established iconic cafe located in high foot traffic area • Very attractive lease package with cheap rent • 80-85kg approx of coffee sold per week during summer months • Trading 7 days per week • Full training provided

Sale Price: $220,000+ SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $420,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Fit Out Sale - Mornington

Business Sale - Dromana

Beach End of Main Street

Two Buoys

• Iconic multi award winning tapas and wine bar • Turnover of 2.1mil to 2.3mil per annum • Secure 19 years lease option • Excellent rent of $8,013pcm+GST+OG • Under full management with long term personnel. • Seating for approx. 145 customers • Ideally suited to astute investor or owner operator.

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Sale Price $95,000 WIWO Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

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Sale Price: $495,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

Sale Price: $69,990 + SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: Contact Agent Lease Price: $6,584pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Lilo Cafe

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Mechanical Workshop

Sale Price $78,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

Lease Price: $1,834pcm + GST + OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

• Huge weekly takings of approx. $26,000 • Located in high foot traffic area in Somerville Plaza • Double space with great fit out + seating for approx. 80 • Doing 40kg of coffee per week • Long lease available with reasonable rent

• Long established salon • Excellent long term staff • Attractive leasing package • Fantastic fit-out • Residence available

Business Sale - Mornington

• Brand new medical suites on Nepean Highway • Medical permit for 2 practitioners at any one time • Two consulting rooms and theatre room • Open & bright waiting room + reception + 8 car spaces

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Business Sale - Frankston

Gourmet Paddock

• Situated in beautiful Balnarring • Currently closed so looking for a quick Sale of Assets • Approx 600sqm servicing 5 areas and separate cafe • Long term lease • As new fitout and ready to go to the next level

Sale Price: On Application Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

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• Iconic café located opposite Fishermans Beach • Great passing trade all year round • Weekly average takings of approx. $18,400 • Excellent rent of $4,322pcm+GST+OG • Great lease package available Sale Price: $350,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

• Brilliant Fitout • Bi-fold doors onto Street • Fully licensed • Ability to extend hours • Huge Traffic Flow

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Sale Price: $140,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

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

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LETTERS

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

Amazed at publicity for former Liberal Banks I was amazed to see the full front page article with a large lovely photo of Julie Banks, front and centre, heading up your paper this week (“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” The News 5/2/19). Together with her story favourably reproduced in this article, this was a great endorsement of her, so it seemed to me. Great publicity for Julia. While I do not agree with the [August 2018] prime ministerial coup at all, why was it not mentioned that Julia has used the Liberal Party backing, then abandoned them because it suited her? Also, why has it not been explained that Julia is receiving assistance from Alex Turnbull, son of Malcolm whom was overthrown. Perhaps a front page can be devoted to Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt with a nice big photo? Joe Ziino, Mt Eliza Editor: The article did mention the involvement of Alex Turnbull, the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in the bid by former Liberal MP Julia Banks to win the seat of Flinders from her former Liberal colleague, Greg Hunt. The article also stated that Ms Banks was elected in 2016 as the Liberal Party representative for Chisholm and then abandoned the party in September 2018 in the wake of the leadership coup.

Fact checking Four months out from the federal election and the letters have already started calling for the head of our local member. I would just like to remind readers of the difference between belief and opinion and actual fact. Example: John Cain writes (“Hunt should go” Letters 5/2/19): “ The way Prime Minister Scott Morrison is losing

members in his government he’ll be lucky to have enough people to fill positions by the time the May election comes round.” Great attempt at humour but, for those of us who actually take an interest in factual politics, this statement is about as true as the elves living at the bottom of the garden. Fact: There have been more Labor members announcing they will not stand at the next election than Liberal. Michael Free, Mt Martha

Unfair advantage Kaufland supermarket’s proposed move to an outer shopping centre site in Mornington should be challenged on the basis of poor planning policy that does not consider unfair competition. Unlike Aldi, which bought into the existing commercial centre, this proposition takes customers away from the strategically zoned districts and puts viability of other businesses and jobs at risk. It is another example of what the sate government should not interfere in Local planning matters on the whim of the Planning Minister [Richard Wynne]. Lastly, in a recent letter (“Kaufland benefits” Letters 8/2/19), mention was made of future profits from the Rosebud aquatic centre. Just for the financially literate, no municipal pool ever runs at a profit. Councils finance swimming pools as a service to the community and they are mainly paid for, including a large percentage of running costs, by the community. The reason the Rosebud pool wasn’t built 10 years ago was that the state government rightly wouldn’t allow it on our beach. The present [Mornington Peninsula Shire] council, with mostly new members, immediately

got on with the decision-making process and it is now being built at a suitable location. David Gill, mayor Shire of Mornington Peninsula

Powering on The carry on from Brian Mitchelson about our power supply system is becoming a bit of a joke. (“Power a hot topic” Letters 5/2/19) The reason why our power grid was almost running out of power is that the much heralded coal power in the Latrobe Valley wasn’t working again. It seems our power grid is being held to ransom by the companies that are supposed to provide a safe supply of electricity into the grid. I have to ask: is this a calculated strategy to push up power prices in our energy market, or is it complete and utter incompetence from our coal fired power station operators? If we didn’t have renewable energy available the whole state may have lost power altogether. If Mr Mitchelon would bother to check, he would find out that there is no appetite by power companies to build new coal-powered stations because they are too expensive to build to today’s standards. And his fanciful idea of building nuclear power stations in some of our deserts is so laughable that it makes one ask if he is not just a deluded flat earth follower. To even vaguely entertain such an idea one would have to bring huge amounts of cooling water to such an installation, in the driest country in the world besides Antarctica, and build huge power line connections there. Does Mr Mitchelson really believe any of our power companies would invest money in such a hair-brained scheme? I can only assume he is a follower of our most destructive prime minister, Tony Abbott. and his cabal of climate change deniers. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring

Climate conspiracy Here we go again, climate change deniers spouting misinformation and glibly spouting alleged facts from scientists on the payroll of the mining companies. (“Power a hot topic” Letters 5/2/19).

During the heatwave on 25 January, two power stations were offline for maintenance. So yes, there was rationing of power, but why was it decided that they needed to close down for the maintenance when the station owners would have known that a series of very hot days were coming? Hmmm, very suspicious. The child-like creatures mentioned in the letter are those members of parliament in Canberra who refuse to recognise the facts that the reef is dying, small islands in the Pacific are being inundated, the ice caps are melting, we have floods at the top end of Australia and fires at the other end and, let’s not forget the Murray/Darling catastrophe. And that’s just here at home. At the moment, we have a real doozie of an environment minister who has these so-called experts whispering into her shell-like ear, all manner of misinformation. Remember, when the so-called scientists in the thrall of the tobacco companies kept telling us that smoking was good for us? Ha. John Cain, McCrae

Path reimbursement Erica Bryan welcomes the construction of the Coppin Road, Sorrento footpath (On the right path” Letters 5/2/2019). I assume she will therefore cheerfully reimburse my wife and I the $450 a metre that the Mornington Peninnsula Shire Council propose to charge us for the footpath outside our house. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

One bin fits all A friend and myself witnessed workers from the contracted garbage collection service wheel all the waste collection bins to the truck into which they were all emptied. This is despite all the bins being clearly marked with coloured lids and signage denoting what each bin contained. Is this a cost saving municipal sanctioned action or is corporate profit the motive? Mornington Peninsula Shire should explain what really happens to our collected and separated rubbish. Andrea Gowers, Merricks Beach

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

John Ward still in hospital after being thrown from vehicle On being hauled to the surface it was despatched with a bullet. The shark was found to contain five schnapper, from 2lb to 6lb each. It was 10 feet in length. *** “THE Gum Leaf,” synonymous for all that is fresh, bright and invigorating, is the appropriate appellation given the view tea rooms, opened last Wednesday in Frankston House buildings, Bay Street, by Misses Somer and Gullett. No expense has been spared by the ladies in question, in fitting out their premises in an up-to-date and pleasing manner and they have every confidence in inviting a share of public patronage. They direct attention to their business announcement appearing in another column. *** IT is intended by the various Red Cross branches throughout Australia to make a presentation to Lady Stanley, the popular president of the Society in Victoria. Each branch is limited to a donation of £1. Frankston’s quota is now being collected and anyone anxious to subscribe may leave their subscriptions with Mrs Deane or with the Joint-Secretaries, Mesdames Dial and Utber. *** WE are given to understand that cases considered to have been influenza have been removed from St. Pancras private hospital, Frankston, and the institution is now considered free. Nurse Campbell has had the place thoroughly fumigated and her efforts in this direction have met with the approval of the Medical Officer of Health. As there is now no danger of infection the Council will probably take steps to

Compiled by Brodie Cowburn WHILE returning from the funeral of his father at Hastings, last month, Mr John Ward was thrown from his vehicle and sustained a compound fracture of the leg. From enquiries made a few days ago it was ascertained that Mr Ward was still in the Melbourne hospital, and was progressing as well as could be expected considering the serious nature of his injuries. *** AT the last meeting of the Frankston and Hastings shire council, Constables Revell and Walker were appointed presenting officers. *** THE Shire Council has been notified that the following soldiers are returning from abroad: Private Jack Twyford by the Bakars on the 3rd inst; Artificer F. E. Shepherd, due to arrive by the Osterley on the 21st February; Driver E. W. Monro, date not stated; Private Thomas Nicholas, by the Karmala date not stated. *** LAST Friday night the hon. secretary (Mr J. T. McMurtrie) and his committee conducted the drawing for the pony raffled in connection with the recent gymkhana demonstration. The winner proved to be Mr Montgomery of Temple Court, Melbourne, with ticket No, 1191. *** ON Saturday Messrs Murray, Jones and party, of Collins Street, Melbourne, fishing at Tooradin, got a nice lot of schnapper, filling an 80-lb. fish box. A shark proved troublesome, and the fishermen baited a shark line with a 2-lb live schnapper, which was soon taken by the shark.

lift the quarantine at once. Quite an exaggerate idea exist in the minds of some people as to the danger arising from places considered to be infected. Cases have been known where tradesmen have refused to deliver goods even in the back yards of suspected houses. We have it on the authority of Dr. Griffith that such extreme caution is quite unnecessary. Outside the walls there is safety provided of course there, no contact with inmates takes place. *** THE Shire President, (Cr Murray) at the Council luncheon on Thursday, the 6th. inst. took the opportunity of referring to the departure of Mr and Mrs Coop, who during their residence at Somerville took such an important and useful part in the affairs of the district generally. The Council luncheon is usually restricted to Councillors and shire officers, but on the occasion under notice, Mr Coop sat on the right hand of the president. Messrs Shepherd, S. S. Gault, Revell and Walker were also present. Cr. Murray said that as this would be the last occasion Councillors would have the pleasure of partaking of the hospitality of Host Coop, he desired to express appreciation of the manor in which Mr and Mrs Coop had catered for the Council during the past six years. (Hear, Hear). No trouble or expense had been spared in providing a good table and supplying everything of the best. In fact it was always a pleasure to Councillors when lunch time came round. (Laughter). The experience of the Council had been the experience of patrons of the Hotel Somerville generally.

The people had been very fortunate in having a man like Mr Coop in the midst, and now that he was leaving he took with him, not only the good wishes of the Council, but the genuine respect of the public as well. It was a matter for regret that the residents of Somerville were unable, owing to restrictions imposed in connection with the prevailing influenza empedemic to tender Mr and. Mrs Coop a citizen’s farewell. They had made numerous friends during their residence in Somerville, and their departure was keenly regretted. Mr Coop had recognised his responsibilities as a citizen and what was more to the point, he had always observed his responsibilities. (Hear, hear). During the four-years of war Mr Coop had given generously both in cash and in kind, and the district possessed no more willing workers than Mr and Mrs Coop. They realised their duty, and did it. Many people realised they had a duty to do, but failed to perform it. Mr and Mrs Coop were greatly respected and deservedly so. In wishing them “Good Bye” he also wished them every sort of Good Luck. (Hear, hear). Cr. Oates said it gave him great pleasure to endorse the remarks of President. He knew Mr and Mrs Coop were fine patriotic workers and leading spirits in all public movements. From the Council’s point of view, Mr and Mrs Coop had always given entire satisfaction. Their catering had always been excellent. Mr G. Shepherd, speaking on behalf of the public expressed thanks for the

opportunity offered of testifying to the high esteem in which Mr Coop is held by the residents of Somerville. The speaker had known Mr Coop’s family for 30 years past. Mr and Mrs Coop senr. were highly estimable people, and it was high praise to say of the son that he was a “chip off the old block”. (Hear hear). Continuing, Mr Shepherd said that Mr Coop had proved a useful and patriotic resident of Somerville. If help was needed for any movement promoted for the public good Mr Coop was the man to whom to apply. Both Mr and Mrs Coop had done a lot of work unostentatiously and their services were always given cheerfully and ungrudgingly. Speaking as a temperance man (although not a total abstainer) he, Mr Shepherd, regarded Mr Coop as an ideal hotel Keeper, and he only hoped that the district would got someone else as good, in his place. (Hear, hear). Cr. Turner, having known Mr and Mrs Coop during the last six years, had great pleasure in endorsing the remarks of previous speakers. Constable Revell said he knew of no better country house than the Hotel Somerville as conducted by Mr Coop. He always upheld the police and gave every assistance in seeing that the law was carried out. Constable Walker gave similar testimony. Mr Coop policed his own house, and action by the police was not necessary. The toast of Mr and Mrs Coop was then given, and drunk with musical honors. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 15 February 1919

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THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

The Ghost of Christmas Past Has A Dirty Big Mullet By Stuart McCullough IT was my sister who called first. Actually, it wasn’t so much as a call as it was a text with emojis to emphasize the emotional gravity of the moment. Old-school telephone calls, it seems, are now reserved only for those rare circumstances where an emoji is somehow not fit for purpose. The general gist of the message was this: my sister had been minding her own business with the television on the background when she had seen my brother and I on screen. It happens every Christmas. We were just kids. This fact is reinforced by the fact we’re both wearing school uniforms. We were part of a school choir that, for reasons that will forever remain a mystery, was asked to sing on a cover version of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono holiday classic, ‘Merry Xmas (War is Over)’. The original was released in 1972 and was an impassioned plea for peace, subsequently becoming a bona fide Christmas standard. The cover version was recorded in 1985 and performed with such soul-quivering intensity that it surpassed the original. Except that instead of being an appeal for peace and end of conflict and bloodshed, this was an impassioned plea on behalf of fairy penguins. Britain had its ‘Bandaid’, America its ‘USA for Africa’. Australia had ‘The Incredible Penguins’. This was a ‘supergroup’, in much the same that way that any one of us can be a superhero if we manage to reverse park in one go or remember that it’s bin night before your spouse does. Brian from

Pseudo Echo, Scott from Kids in the Kitchen, Colin from Men at Work, the bloke from Geisha who went on to sing the theme song for ‘The Footy Show’ (and, with any luck,

gets a residual); to say nothing of Brian Mannix of the Uncanny X-men. (Trust me, it’s better that way.) They even roped in Angry Anderson and a pre-return to fame John Farnham.

1985 was an interesting time in music history. If I were to sum it up in a word, that word would be ‘mullet’. In what must have seemed an affront to barbers everywhere, luxurious locks cascaded well beyond the shoulders. The bigger the mullet, the better. At that time it was common for men and women in rock to have the exact same haircut. I cannot overemphasize the enormity of the impression it made on me. On the day of recording, there were more mullets in that room than the Murray / Darling basin. The most special of all the special guests to sing that day was undoubtedly Bob Geldolf. This was the very same Bob Geldolf who, at that point, was eligible for sainthood, having raising millions of dollars for the starving in Ethiopia through the ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ single and the gigantic global event that was ‘Live Aid’. Why wouldn’t he want to use his particular brand of magic to come to the aid of fairy penguins? In the film clip, Bob is clearly disoriented; something I attribute to either jetlag or the last remnants of the chloroform that must have been necessary to abduct him and drag him to the studio. With the obvious exception of Angry Anderson, those in our choir were the only mullet-free people within a two-kilometre radius. Our job was to stand in formation and look suitably angelic. The single was being produced by Molly Meldrum who – I was later to learn – had a reputation as being a genius behind the mixing board. Molly produced ‘The Real Thing’ by Russell Morris;

a song so extraordinary that it sounds like the apocalypse. I just knew him as the bloke from Countdown. All I remember of Molly is that he was not very tall and oozed cigarette smoke. All those assembled poured everything into making the best version of ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ they possibly could. When the single was released, I watched the film clip with breathless anticipation. I saw myself for a couple of seconds. My brother too. The film clip showed all the various celebrities before cutting to footage of tanks, explosions and general mayhem. I struggled to understand what fairy penguins had to do with either war or, for that matter, Christmas. Whether they were the victim of some kind of sea otter insurgency or in conflict with Sponge Bob Squarepants was not explained to us. It was difficult to reconcile the images of destruction with a small aquatic, flightless bird. It was disturbing and unpleasant. And just like that, the song peaked in the charts before plummeting faster than a concrete parachute into oblivion. That, so I thought, was that. Nothing disappears anymore. Not even bad ideas. They live on the Internet to be found by friends, foes and future employers alike. ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ is on YouTube and played annually on Rage the Saturday before Christmas. Each year I see my schoolboy self, singing his heart out. Within two years, I had my own band and a mullet of my own. As for the fairy penguins, they now live in peace. Thank goodness. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Struggle for runs: Pearcedale only managed 79 runs, a total easily passed by Langwarrin in their innings. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Long Island put Main Ridge to the sword By Brodie Cowburn

of the season and posting figures of 7/33 of 24 overs.

A RUTHLESS performance by Long Island has seen them dismiss Main Ridge for just 70 runs in the first day of their two day clash. Main Ridge’s openers combined for just 12 runs, and their top scorer put only 16 runs on the board. After 46 overs, Main Ridge were dismissed and were left with a lot of work to do with ball in hand. Long Island came in to bat and finished at 4/97 at stumps, ensuring a first innings win. Pubudu Edirisinghe top scored for the day with 41 runs. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines played well as a team to set Red Hill a daunting target to chase down. A final wicket partnership of 41 runs was especially helpful to the Pines, as they finished up the day on 233 runs. Damien Lawrence passed his half century. Overport Park played host to Baden Powell and Crib Point, with Crib Point being sent in to bat first. They struggled at times and ended up all out for 119 with 10 overs left to play for the day. Taylor Harrison was Baden Powell’s best, putting on his best performance

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ROSEBUD have performed well to bat out the afternoon against Seaford at Kananook Reserve. Jason Mathers was top scorer for Rosebud, scoring his highest total for the season with 51 runs batting at number 7. They finished up at 8/213 at stumps, in a good position but having not scored at a quick enough rate to really punish their opposition. At Ferrero Reserve, a good middle order stand has put Carrum in a decent position against Mt Martha. Wylliam Stanway scored 66 runs, but his top order teammates and the tail both collapsed. Carrum ended up all out for 182 runs. Mt Martha came in to bat 11 overs before the close of play, and will restart next week at 2/20. Hastings played host to Delacombe Park on Saturday, won the toss, and chose to bat first. They did well to bat out the afternoon, finishing at 8/209 at stumps. Malith Chathuranga passed 50 runs for the third time this season, scoring

66 not out batting at number 7. Heatherhill set Seaford Tigers a target of 170 to chase down at Bruce Park. Jye Thornell helped restrict Heatherhill to a tame total, posting his best ever bowling figures for the Tigers with 6/33. The Tigers will restart day two at 1/10.

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DROMANA fared well in their two day clash on Saturday, as they travelled to Boneo and elected to bat first. Dromana were struggling badly at 4/24, until Kierran Voelkl came in at number 4 and saved the day. He scored a well earned century, ending up not out for 116. Ben Bailey-Bridge also played an entertaining innings, hitting 10 boundaries and 2 sixes on his way to an innings of 74. Their side finished at 7/236 at stumps. Frankston YCW also played will at home on Saturday to set Tootgarook a target of 250. Carrum Downs have fancied their chances of getting a good result against Rye, choosing to declare after

61 overs. Two Carrum Downs batsmen passed their half centuries as they finished up at 8/164 before sending Rye in to bat. Ryan Lynch scored his third consecutive score of over 50, this time being stumped before he could convert it into his first ton. Rye got off to a poor start with bat in hand, and will have to fight their way back from 2/18 to get a win. Balnarring’s middle order played well against Tyabb, as they posted a total of 184 off 78 overs. Skye had a bye.

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MORNINGTON have played dominant cricket against Baxter, setting an absolutely mammoth total of 353 runs for their opponents to chase down. First drop batsman Ben Clements was in unbelievable form, scoring 156 runs, his best ever total for Mornington. He has now passed 50 runs in 10 matches this season, and gone on to score a century in 3. He hit 19 boundaries. Baxter will have a lot of work to do to secure any sort of result on day two. Mt Eliza played host to Sorrento on Saturday, choosing to bat first and

struggling. Outside of middle order batsman Tim Strickland, few Mt Eliza players made much impact. They ended up all out for 118 off 58 overs. In response, Sorrento started well and had gone 31 runs without loss of wicket, before things started to unravel. Sorrento finished the day at 5/59 off their 21 overs, setting things up for a close finish. Peninsula OB put together a decent first innings against Flinders, as they put 189 runs on the board before being bowled out. Matthew Burns was pick of the bowlers for Flinders, taking 7 wickets for 64 runs. In reply Flinders lost an opener for a duck, and will restart day two from 1/2. Pearcedale struggled badly against Langwarrin, only scoring 79 runs before they were left all out. They lost their final wicket in only the 48th over. In reply, Langwarrin secured a first innings win. They were at 4/100 at stumps.

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Langy faces City’s young stars SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN kicks off the most anticipated season in the club’s recent history when it hosts Melbourne City at Lawton Park on Saturday at 3pm. The spotlight has shone on the local club ever since it made the surprise announcement last August that Scott Miller had been appointed head coach. Few expected the former Fulham assistant manager and Newcastle Jets boss to step down from professional to semi-professional ranks but his appointment raised the bar markedly in terms of expectations for the 2019 season. Langy has backed Miller with a host of new signings and the establishment of the club’s first high-performance unit. The philanthropy of former player Greg Kilner has played a pivotal role in assembling the most expensive squad in the club’s history highlighted by the signing of midfield general Wayne Wallace, who has played at Victorian Premier League or NPL level in every season since 2011. While the guile and craft of Roddy Covarrubias, David Stirton, Damir Stoilovic, Johnny Kuol and Jordan Templin provide Miller with plenty of attacking options Langy has only won one of its pre-season matches, going down 3-2 to Beaumaris, 4-1 to Oakleigh Cannons and 4-0 to Brunswick City. Last week it had to come from 2-0 down to eventually get on top of State 1 newcomer Doveton in a 3-2 win at Lawton Park. Questions were asked of the home side’s defensive capabilities after goals from ex-Langy players Shane Tagliaferro and Wayne Gordon had the Doves looking good but two David Stirton goals squared up proceedings and John Kuol’s close-range strike in the second half rounded off the scoreline. Miller has been impressed with his players’ approach to their pre-season preparation and during the Doveton clash there were glimpses of the uptempo interpassing style he wants to implement. “Overall I think our training has been great. The focus of the players has been brilliant and we are looking forward to this,” he said. “I think it’s a great time to play them (Melbourne City) as playing a strong team first can be used as a benchmark for where we are at. “What we are really trying to do is to reset attitudes from what the players have been exposed to as juniors and young adults and trying to get them playing a more purposeful game with

variety. “We want to play to our strength and that is to keep the ball moving quickly in the attacking half.” Miller is straightforward about his expectations for the upcoming season. “I want the players to perform as a team first and foremost and I want them to respect the club. “I want them to play a brand of football that is not only aggressive and purposeful but entertaining and something potentially that the peninsula hasn’t seen in terms of ball control and that quality inside the final third and good combination play. “So my expectations are based around performance because I think with the foundations of a high level of performance and attitude then anything is possible.” Melbourne City is coming off a successful eight-match national youth league season. Former Socceroo Joe Palatsides is City’s head coach and is pleased with the way his squad is shaping up. “We’re pretty fit and we only missed out on playing in the (youth league) Grand Final on goal difference,” he said. “I’d say our boys are further ahead in their preparation than other NPL sides because of the youth league but now we’re up against men which is a different challenge.” In terms of emerging talent Palatsides has pieced together a remarkable squad consisting of six Young Socceroos and seven Joeys and he could have up to six players from City’s A-League squad available. “There’s lots of Joeys in the under20s squad but really all our players are under 20. “The average age of our first team

squad is around 17 or 18 years old and the under-20s’ average is around 16.” Here is the Langwarrin senior squad with the previous club of new players in brackets: Goalkeepers: Fraser Maclaren (Dandenong Thunder), Sermin Sadikovski (Richmond). Defenders: Luke Burgess, Boris Ovcin, Dylan Kilner, Jaiden Madafferi (Northcote), Jamie Cumming (Mornington), Alex van Heerwaarden (Peninsula Strikers). Midfielders: Alex Whyte, Wayne Wallace (Oakleigh), Thomas Ahmadzai (Warragul), Kane Bentley (Shantou Lions), Callum Goulding (Box Hill). Forwards: John Kuol, David Stirton (Dandenong City), Rodrigo Covarrubias (St Albans), Damir Stoilovic (Springvale White Eagles), Jordan Templin (Bulleen). Here is the Melbourne City senior squad with the previous club of new players in brackets: Goalkeepers: James Delianov, Majak Mawith (Melbourne Victory). Defenders: Mitch Graham, Lucas Portelli, Bradley Chick, Mark Karlic, Jordan Bos, Dylan Pierias, Dalibor Markovic, Tim Boke, Ben Pierias. Midfielders: Josh Cavallo, Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou (Melbourne Victory), Idrus Abdulahi, Luke Duzel, Connor Metcalfe, Gianluca Iannucci, Josh Varga. Forwards: Moudi Najjar, Sam Morrison, Yaya Dukuly, Stefan Colakovski, Ramy Najjarine. Continuity of player development is one of the keys to the City squad with just two new players for 2019 whereas Langwarrin has brought 13 new players into its first team squad. Langy made a play for young City defender Portelli late last year but he eventually shunned the overtures and

opted to stay put which adds an interesting sideline to an already enticing encounter. Meanwhile the second qualifying round of the 2019 FFA Cup is scheduled to kick off this weekend. Local State 5 clubs Somerville Eagles, Aspendale Stingrays and Rosebud were all involved in the draw. Somerville clashes with Barnstoneworth United on Saturday and was keen to organise a friendly between the respective reserves squads but the visitors have only recently started pre-season and player numbers were a problem. Somerville had its last major hit-out before Saturday’s cup clash when it defeated Chelsea 4-2 last weekend with Somerville’s goals coming from Damien Alejandro, Dave Greening, Mark Pagliarulo and Daniel Hodge. Rosebud hosts Yarra Jets at the unusual time of 5pm on Sunday at Olympic Park in Besgrove Street while RMIT has forfeited its scheduled home clash with Aspendale giving the local club a 3-0 walkover. In State 1 news Mornington has signed young goalkeeper Taylor Davidson from Banyule City. “I got a text from Banyule saying ‘you’ve signed a good one there’ and they’re right,” Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson said. “He’s big, he’s commanding and he’s got a good pair of hands. We’re very happy with the signing.” In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers drew 2-2 with Collingwood City at Centenary Park on Sunday. Triallist Vladimir Kosovac, exGoulburn Valley Suns, and English import Danny Brooks scored for Strikers while Collingwood’s ace marksman Pat Makris doubled for the visitors. Michael Hoogendyk, Adam Crabb,

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Grant Lane, Danny Black, Tom Hawkins and Michael Nugent were all unavailable for Strikers but most of them are expected to get game time against Mornington at Dallas Brooks Park on Thursday. Colin McCormack and Christian Morales alternated in goal and Strikers boss Danny Verdun is expected to make a call this week on his preference as his number one keeper. In State 3 news Frankston Pines lost 2-1 to East Bentleigh at Monterey Reserve on Saturday with Travis Ernsdoerfer scoring a late goal for Pines. Last Thursday Pines defeated Old Xaverians 3-1 at Monterey Reserve with Ernsdoerfer, Meron Negasi and Voldy Bukishie scoring for the local side. Skye United lost 5-1 to Endeavour United at John Paul College in Frankston on Sunday. Jason Nowakowksi scored for Skye. In State 4 news Seaford United had a 6-3 win over Aspendale Stingrays at North Seaford Reserve on Sunday spearheaded by a Conor Mcfall hattrick. Dylan Waugh (2) and Matty Schwellinger were Seaford’s other scorers while Aspendale’s goals came from Adrian Pace (2) and teenager Ben Garside. Pace’s second was a cracker, a thumping left foot strike from outside the area that was still on the rise as it hit the back of the net. Seaford gaffer Matty Morris-Thomas played in the first half and although he’s keen to play this upcoming season he is nursing a torn meniscus. Kevin Derry from Strikers played for Seaford and the club hopes to sign him this week. Cam Leopold was unavailable but remains firmly on Seaford’s radar. This weekends’ league and cup games: SATURDAY: Langwarrin v Melbourne City, Lawton Park, 3pm; Somerville Eagles v Barnstoneworth Utd, Somerville Secondary College, 3pm. SUNDAY: Rosebud v Yarra Jets, Olympic Park, 5pm. This week’s pre-season games: THURSDAY: Mornington v Peninsula Strikers, Dallas Brooks Park, 7pm. SATURDAY: Mornington v Frankston Pines, Dallas Brooks Park, 5pm & 7pm; Peninsula Strikers v South Yarra, Centenary Park, 3pm & 5pm; Skye Utd v Old Scotch, John Paul College, 11am & 1pm; Baxter v Brandon Park, Baxter Park, 1pm; Seaford Utd v Sandringham, North Seaford Reserve, 1pm and 3pm.


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Final hurrah for Australian great BLAIRGOWRIE boxer Jayde Mitchell returns to the ring on Saturday 30 March for the final send-off of one of Australia’s greatest boxers. The current world number nine super-middleweight boxer, Jayde Mitchell, will line-up on the undercard of his sparring partner and former world champion, Sam Soliman, who will step into the ring for the final time. In a phenomenal career spanning more than 20 years, Sam Soliman will bow out against another former world champion, Manny Siaca, at the Melbourne Pavilion. While Mitchell’s opponent is yet to be confirmed, he said to be on the final card of one his idols, Sam Soliman, means the world to him. “I’ve become such close mates with him,” Mitchell said. “I’ve learnt so much from him and he’s an absolute legend of the sport. He did it the hard way to become

world champion. He fought absolute killers in their own backyards, beating every one of them, to become world champion – it’s one hell of a story.” Soliman has won 45 fights across several weight divisions from lightmiddleweight division to cruiserweight and has come up against some of boxing’s greatest. Soliman competed for the WBA super-middleweight title against Anthony Mundine in 2007 and defeated the multiple-time world champion Felix Sturm for the IBF middleweight title in 2014. It makes sense for one of Australia’s greatest boxers to conclude

his career against another great of the game in Siaca, who has a title victory over Anthony Mundine for the WBA world super-middleweight title in 2004. “They’re both former world champions so it’ll be a great fight to see Sammy go out on,” Mitchell said. Mitchell is hoping his fight on the undercard will be a stepping stone for another major title fight in May before aiming for a world title by the end of the year. “This’ll bring me back into the swing of things and then it’s full steam ahead for another big year,” he said.

Hands up: Jayde Mitchell (left) and Sam Soliman finish up a sparring session. Picture: Supplied

Kiwi trainer joins Mornington’s ranks MORNINGTON has a new up-andcoming racehorse trainer in its midst with the former New Zealander Joe Waldron setting up base opposite the racecourse late last year. The former travelling foreman for champion New Zealand trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman has been training in his own right in New Zealand for the past three seasons but decided to make the move in search of greater prize money. Along with the majority of his client base in New Zealand being from Australia, Waldron has embarked on his next chapter of his training career which now sees him own a 40 box barn with 14 horses currently in work. It’s been a move that Waldron has only seen as a positive.

“I’m loving it,” he said. “It’s certainly become home pretty quick. There’s no looking back that’s for sure.” Waldron has looked after some exceptional talent while working as a foreman for the Baker and Forsman combination, including the 2015 Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan and 2016 Futurity Stakes winner Turn Me Loose but he’s also had some success in his own right which he hopes to bring to Victoria. Before making the move to Victoria, Waldron had trained seven winners from less than 50 starters in New Zealand and was training at a strike-rate of 15 percent. Now, he believes he can adapt to the slightly different training style in Victoria.

“You do need to train a little bit different over here,” he said. “Racing here is a lot more speed focussed so you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re training but it’s relatively the same in some aspects. If you just have a fit, healthy and happy horse going to the races then more often than not they go well.” Waldron will have another 13 horses make their way from New Zealand on Wednesday 20 February and is hoping to have all 40 of his barn full by the spring.

On the rise: New Zealand trainer Joe Waldron makes the move to Mornington. Picture: Darryl Sherer

Clay shooters line up at Nationals FRANKSTON Australia Clay Target Club (FACTC) shooters made their way to Brisbane for the ISSF National Trap and Skeet titles on Monday 14 January. Some of Australia’s best showcased their skills and put some stellar scores on the board in what was a full field in the Trap events as well as the introduction of the Trap Mixed Teams events. FACTC landed some top shots to return home with eight National and Commonwealth title medals across the trap and skeet competitions. Commonwealth Games gold medallist and FACTC member Laetisha

Great aim: FACTC member Keith Ferguson returns after competing at the ISSF National titles. Picture: Supplied

Scanlan led the way in the Ladies Trap qualifiers shooting a score of 115/125 before going on to take the silver medal in the Commonwealth Title and the National Title. It took a remarkable score to outshoot Scanlan with the winner, Penny Smith, shooting an amazing 123/125. That score beat the current world record of 122 but unfortunately isn’t recognised as it wasn’t achieved at an official ISSF World event. Nonetheless, the score was remarkable and topped the best male’s score which recorded a 121/125. Scanlan then went on to take gold in the Trap Mixed Pairs Commonwealth Title alongside fellow Australian, James Willett. FACTC’s Keith Ferguson and James Bolding also had a successful Nationals with Ferguson taking bronze in the Skeet Commonwealth Title and gold in the Skeet National Title.

Bolding came away with a silver medal in the Commonwealth Title and bronze in the National Title. Rio Olympian Paul Adams filled out the remaining spots in the commonwealth and national titles claiming gold and silver, respectively. FACTC’s Adam Vella also made a return to competition in the Men’s Trap. Vella qualified for both of the event finals before winning bronze in the Commonwealth Title (qualifying score of 117/125) and coming fourth in the National Title (qualifying score of 117/125). Vella finished the Nationals in fifth place overall with a combined score of 234/250. The shooters results from the National titles will go towards team selection for the World Cups and World Championships as they also strive to make the Tokyo 2020 Australian team.

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Saints give back with community camp AFL PLAYERS from the St. Kilda Football Club made their way down to the Sorrento Foreshore on Monday 4 February as part of their pre-season training camp. The Saints had nine players head down for a beach yoga session alongside a crowd of around 40 other participants. Run by the Re-Creation Sorrento Health Club, the daily session was attended by Saints players including: Luke Dunstan, Jack Billings, Dean Kent, Josh Bruce, Ed Phillips, Paddy McCartin, Ben Paton, Darragh Joyce and Nick Hind. As well as undertaking the silent yoga session (used silent headphones) the players also signed autographs and handed out merchandise. The

entire team also hired out the Re-Creation Sorrento Health Club as part of their camp. The Saints players also visited several schools, football clubs and hospitals across the Mornington Peninsula as part of their community camps. “It’s a great opportunity to give back for us by going into the local community and engage with kids at school and try and put a smile on their face,” St Kilda player, Ed Phillips, said. Somerville JFC, Dromana JFC, Rye JFC and Red Hill JFC were fortunate enough to also have clinics run at their clubs. A community forum for 80 local footy coaches and officials was also held as well as an open training session at Rosebud Football Club on the Tuesday morning.

Day out: St Kilda Football Club players train at the Sorrento beach as part of their community camp. Picture: St Kilda Football Club

Molly signs with the Saints FLINDERS Christian College student, Molly McDonald, has been given the chance to take her next big step in her football career with the St Kilda Football Club officially securing the young gun last week. The Year 12 student and captain of the Carrum Downs Flinders campus was pre-selected by the Saints from the Women’s AFL National Academy where the 17-year-old winger showed elitelevel endurance and a damaging turn of pace. McDonald, who also plays with the Dandenong Stingrays, said she was stoked to receive the offer. “I’m pretty excited about it all,” Molly said. “I’ve always wanted to make it [to the AFLW].” McDonald had also played representative basketball before focussing solely on her football career three-years ago.

It’ll now be a big year ahead for Molly as she juggles both her school commitments, having also been named captain, and her footy career where she’s also committed to playing with the Dandenong Stingrays. But, it’s a challenge her mother, Tracey, believes she’ll grab with both hands. “She’s always made sure to put school in front of everything,” Tracey said. “It’s going to be a busy but very exciting couple of years for her. She also wants to go to University next year too so it’ll all be about making it work.” “She’s very humble about the whole thing but I’m very proud of her.” McDonald becomes the second player to sign with St Kilda ahead of AFLW 2020, alongside Southern Saints midfielder Ali Brown.

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