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Adding Aboriginal art to streetscape Mornington Peninsula Shire has collaborated with NBN Co and six Aboriginal groups on a project to wrap 16 NBN street cabinets, or nodes, in art. The project promotes the relationship between the shire and the traditional owners through its arts and culture and reconciliation action plans. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said the pieces “beautify the streetscapes and give the First People living on, or visiting the peninsula, visibility as they see their culture proudly on display. Art is what shapes us. It takes us on a journey of discovery and is an important part of our everyday life. “The project celebrates our First Peoples’ culture and stories, embodies the creativity evident on the Mornington Peninsula and stimulates and enriches community and visitors’ ideas and knowledge. “The 16 artworks show us new ways to connect. We can find meaning in their stories and the communities they represent.” Artist Lionel Lauch, of Living Culture, said his work Grandfather Sun at Mornington was “about healing and positive energy from the rays touching us like a hug”. “My earth paintings educate people about Aboriginal culture and invite people to open their eyes and see what culture is there, all around us.” The works are at Hastings, Balnarring, Tyabb, Somerville, Flinders, Red Hill, Rosebud, Dromana, Rye, Mornington, Sorrento, Tootgarook and Mount Eliza. Each has a QR code offering viewers information about the work and the artist.

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s senior social planner Aboriginal culture and community development Deborah Mellett with Lionel Lauch, of Living Culture, and the NBN’s general manager partners and performance Sharda Symons.

Flare sparks NYE scrub fire Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A PARACHUTE flare set off by New Year’s Eve revellers is being blamed for a potentially devastating scrub fire in Mornington Peninsula National Park on New Year’s Day. Reports suggest young people had congregated at Dimmicks Bushland reserve, Blairgowrie, in the lead-up to midnight. Sorrento CFA Captain Mike Versteegan said the flare was launched just before

midnight over dense bush off Mungala Crescent. CFA crews from Sorrento and Rye searched for the smouldering flare in vain – fearful that it would begin a blaze and rage overnight. “We couldn’t find it,” Captain Versteegan said. “Then next day at about 11.30am we got reports that a wind change had brought it to life and we raced back down there.” CFA crews from Sorrento, Rosebud

and Rye attended but the size of the blaze, and the difficulty accessing it in two-metre-high scrub, forced them to call in helicopter water bombers. It took 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Parks Victoria staff used a backhoe to clear firebreaks. “The fire was started by someone irresponsibly setting off a flare which is intended to only be used in distress – and that was not the case at midnight,” Captain Versteegan said. Senior Sergeant Steve Duffee, of Rose-


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Camping rules unchanged Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au CAMPING at Mornington Peninsula Shire-run foreshore reserves at Rye, Rosebud and Sorrento is continuing despite the latest COVID-19 outbreaks. The shire says it has not changed protocols announced in late November to allow limited numbers of campers. Campers were allowed in as from Saturday 2 January to avoid large gatherings over Christmas and New Year. The shire’s property and strategy manager Nathan Kearsley last week said camping on the foreshores was “operating at about 40 per cent capacity and extra cleaning of the amenity blocks is in place”. The shire was regularly reviewing its risk plan and making contact with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. “To date, there have been no specific updates or directives from the state government regarding camping,” Mr Kearsley said on Thursday 7 January. Sally Baillieu, of Fingal, wrote to councillors expressing concern that the shire had not changed its decision to open the camping grounds “despite the change of [COVID-19] figures that were used to lift the ban in the first place”. “State borders have been shut, and we are being forced to wear masks again and follow social distancing guidelines, yet campers are being encouraged to move in and socialise in small confined spaces and use shared bathroom facilities in an area that the rest of the population must access if we are to use the beach,” Ms Baillieu said. “There are few masks down there, and despite [the shire’s] efforts, having to share bathroom facilities with strangers from across the state makes any efforts they go to virtually useless.”

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Ms Baillieu was “definitely not against camping” on the peninsula, “… but I do question the economics of it, and the social costs that are not accounted for”. While the economic benefits of camping on the foreshore - “a dubious cash cow” - could be a subject for future discussion with the shire, she was “most immediately concerned with the risk that the resumption of camping is putting us all in at the moment”. “We already know there have been two local venues that are exposure sites. There are likely many others, given the fact that we are ‘Melbourne’s Playground’ right now, and we are populated with visitors from all over Victoria which is now riddled with exposure sites.” Ms Baillieu said it allowing camping was an “invitation to disaster to knowingly endorse this situation and do nothing”. The decision by the shire to allow limited camping Victoria recording 28 days of no locally transmitted cases of COVID-19. The shire’s website acknowledges “confirmed [COVID-19) exposure sites on the peninsula”

and provides a link to the latest DHHS information. The shire states that its main priority “is to keep our community safe this summer” and lists rules for wearing face masks and limiting visitors to homes as being additional restrictions since 5pm Thursday 31 December. When announcing the opening of foreshore camping on 27 November CEP John Baker “the overall easing of restrictions and in particular an increase in outdoor gathering numbers guided our thinking”. “I’m delighted we can allow the camping tradition to continue on the peninsula this summer and I implore our campers to do the right thing to ensure a safe and successful season,” Mr Baker said. Campers would be asked to observe such COVID requirements as a guest register for each site, comply with density quotients in amenity blocks and wear masks where appropriate. “We have been cautious with our deliberations and believe we have reached the right balance between public safety and allowing the camping season to continue,” Mr Baker said.

Centrelink ‘support’ during COVID-19 THE Mornington offices of Centrelink and Medicare have received a second reprieve and will stay in the town at least until late September. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the “further extension” would allow the offices to remain open “to support locals through COVID-19”. In August, then Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn welcomed the federal government’s backflip when it announced the offices would stay open an extra six months, but said the shire would “continue to advocate for Services Australia to permanently reinstate the Mornington Centrelink office” (“Reprieve for Centrelink” The News 3/8/20). Echoing comments he made in August after the first reprieve was announced, Mr Hunt last week said “many Australians and locals on the Mornington Peninsula have been doing it tough over the past year and for those that need assistance, the service centre will continue to be in Mornington to support them through this pandemic”. Dunkley Labor MP Peta Murphy, at that time, said the federal government’s decision to close the Mornington Centrelink office run by 16 staff and replace it with a single desk staffed for 15 hours a week at Mornington Post Office was “ludicrous”. Last week Mr Hunt said he had “continued to fight for our community for services to remain in Mornington, first through an agent service, now through the continuation of the service centre through the coronavirus outbreak”. He said services offered “from the nearby Frankston, Rosebud and Hastings service centres remain unchanged”. Dealings with Centrelink and Medicare can also be carried out through Services Australia’s Express Plus apps and phone. The Mornington Service Centre in Main Street, Mornington opens 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Keith Platt

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Horizon sets new goal for property prices Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au COLLINGWOOD legend Jock McHale, who coached the Magpies for 38 years and eight VFL premierships, shares a link with a potential Flinders match-winner – an eyecatching cliff-top property at 90 King Street. The McHale family owned the acreage property with a substantial home overlooking the rugged Big Left surf break for many years before it was sold, and several adjoining blocks of varying sizes were hived off in 2015. Developer Brooke Starbuck saw the potential to take the property into a new price league and bought a choice vacant site beside the house and began a five-year design and build. The result is being touted as possibly the Mornington Peninsula’s finest and most expensive home: Horizon. The 200 square curved concrete and glass structure with ocean and rural views is being marketed as an “engineering triumph” by Peninsula Sotherby’s International staff and it’s easy to see why: the dramatic 5058 square metre setting with its 102 metres of ocean views is awe-inspiring – even more so knowing it consumed 4000 tonnes of concrete, 50 tonnes of steel and 35 kilometres of electrical cabling in its construction. The five bedroom, six bathroom home basks in luxury and craftsmanship with custom-made furniture and appliances, including 11 fridges, four washing machines, and a dressing room with drinks fridge.

Zoned single-floor living also includes a gym, sauna, cinema, wine room and second kitchen. On the sweeping lawn with 270-degree views is a 20-seat spa and 18-metre pool. Peninsula Sotheby’s director Rob Curtain described Horizon as “probably the most viewed house in Victoria” and it looks like being the most expensive. He said its dramatic design, size, position, standard of construction, interiors, quality furniture and fittings, and landscaping, made it easy to justify the $30 million asking price. “You just don’t see these kinds of properties very often,” he said. “Coastal views like this usually come from acreage properties [and] to see the ocean from every room under four-metres ceilings is special; the view seems to change every couple of seconds.” Mr Curtain said international advertising was attracting “reasonable interest” but travel restrictions made site visits problematic, he said. “We’ve had many positive comments. It’s a house like no other.” Peninsula builders the Williams Group worked with architect Bruce Henderson on the curved concrete structure and Mim Design handled the luxury fit-out and furnishings. Sorrento’s Fiona Brockhoff, of the biscuit family, did the landscaping. Mr Curtain said it would “probably take 12 months before [the garden] comes into its own”. The new owners no doubt will have the time of their lives taking it all in.

Standing out: Luxury living with seemingly endless cliff-top, ocean and rural views combine to make Horizon a property of substance. Pictures: Supplied

Hunt on for ‘idiot’ tree vandal A VANDAL described by an outraged resident as an “antisocial idiot who was given a chainsaw for Christmas” has caused major damage to at least eight trees, and possibly as many as 12, on the foreshore and behind Coles at Hastings. Residents reported hearing the chainsaw in the marina area about 12.30am, Saturday 26 December. Brian Fox said he had notified the shire. “Who would do such vandalism?” he asked. It is hoped police may be able to use CCTV footage from Holy Trinity Church on Church Street to nab the offender who also cut down two silver birches on Church Street behind Coles. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Jessica Wingad said she had received “multiple reports from the community about vandalism to these much-loved mature trees and we share the community’s disappointment”. “An inspection revealed eight trees had been cut down near the bowls club and large limbs with a diameter of 25-30cm had been cut from a further four trees.” Ms Wingad said works teams were arranging the clean-up and removal of debris last week. She said the shire would “work with the police to determine any action”. “We will also develop a replacement tree program and encourage any community member interested in helping out with replanting to contact us,” she said. Hastings police urges anyone with information to call them on 5970 7800. Stephen Taylor

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Shire apology for ‘false statement’ MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has apologised for “the harm suffered” by television and radio presenter, comedian, producer, author and screenwriter Steve Vizard and his wife Sarah for a “false statement” made by the council and planning compliance manager Paul Lewis. The statement, alleging that the Vizards “or any other person on their behalf, had undertaken earthworks which ‘effectively created a dam within Waterfall Creek’”, Arthurs Seat was published on 15 December by the HeraldSun and the online Leader newspapers. The shire’s Christmas Eve retraction said it had told Mr Vizard, who is also

Artist comes home HASTINGS-born artist Russell Scott has “come home” to open his art gallery and studio at a Balnarring vineyard. “I’ve always yearned to come home to the peninsula where I have many of my happiest memories,” Scott said. “Creating and exhibiting in a vineyard like Elan is the fulfillment of an awfully long dream.” Since leaving Hastings Scott has lived mostly in Melbourne but recently has been living and painting in Sydney. His mother, June Bickers, was born in Frankston and spent her childhood in Balnarring where her mother ran the post office from the 1920s to the 1940s. She married Jack Scott at Balnarring Methodist Church in 1943, while he was on leave from the army. The invitation-only official opening of Scott’s gallery at Elan Vineyard, 17 Turners Road, Balnarring, is 23 January but will open to the public 11am–4pm on following weekends. Details www. elanvineyardgallery.com.au

a lawyer, that it would be making no further comment on the issue “prior to its final resolution”. The shire’s statement, headed “retraction”, reads: “On 15 December 2020, the Herald Sun newspaper and numerous related news publications and online sites published an article relating to Steve and Sarah Vizard and legal proceedings commenced by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council concerning a property at Arthurs Seat in Victoria. The article quoted Mr Paul Lewis, planning compliance manager, on behalf of the council. “The statement made by Mr Lewis and council that Mr and Mrs Vizard, or

any other person on their behalf, had undertaken earthworks which ‘effectively created a dam within Waterfall Creek’ is untrue. The council and Mr Lewis acknowledge the harm suffered by Mr and Mrs Vizard by the making and wide publication of the false statement, and the council and Mr Lewis unreservedly and sincerely retract and apologise for the false statement. “The council and Mr Lewis have provided undertakings to Mr and Mrs Vizard and the owner of the property that they will refrain from making any further public comments in relation to the matter prior to its final resolution.” Keith Platt

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Long arm of art reaches out ART teacher and owner of Mini Monet Studio Georgie Doherty ran a series of free live art classes to keep youngsters creative last week. The online classes were popular as far away as Sydney’s locked down Northern Beaches. “We previously had a couple of thousand kids join during the last school holidays to draw and create art,” Ms Doherty said. “It was a hive of activity and a great break for

their parents.” The feedback on last week’s classes at her Mount Martha home had been “incredibly positive”, Ms Doherty said. “Art is a great activity to keep kids busy during the school holidays, build new skills and have some fun creating. “The past year has been such a hectic ride for our students as so many holiday plans have been cancelled.”

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Police able to take the plunge in Pillars rescue TWO Mornington police officers jumped in to rescue an unconscious man and a woman struggling into the water off The Pillars cliff jumping spot at Mount Martha 3.40pm, Wednesday 23 December. A passer-by had called 000 to report the man unconscious in the water and his partner struggling to bring him ashore. The man, 33, of unknown address, and the woman, 43, of Pakenham – reportedly “skinny dipping” – were battling a heavy swell and strong currents when Constables Jarryd Buntine and Douglas Smith plunged in to rescue them and then drag them over rocks to a small beach. The man, who ambulance crews believed was possibly affected by the drug “ice”, was airlifted to Frankston Hospital and later allowed to go home. The woman was also sent home. Senior Sergeant Kirby Tonkin, of Mornington police, said he had been told the man’s physical condition and the rough seas meant he would “most likely have drowned” if the officers had not plunged in to save him. Three days later, a man broke both legs after hitting rocks when jumping at The Pillars on Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December). A specialist high-angle ropes team from Fire Rescue Victoria was called in to winch the 31-year-old Northcote man up the cliff face about 5.20pm. He was taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital with “non-life threatening injuries”. Somerville detectives said the Esplanade was closed for three hours in both directions while the rescue took place.

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Cape Schanck TWO people were assessed by ambulance officers after getting into trouble and being assisted from the water at Cape Schanck, 2.20pm, Thursday 7 January. One was taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital for treatment.

‘Satisfactory’ NYE POLICE and Mornington Peninsula Shire promoted a no entertainment-no nonsense’ approach on New Year’s Eve to “reduce any negative impacts of celebrations and ensure the night remains family friendly”. Acting Sergeant Flyn Loughlin, of Rosebud police, said: “As part of Operation Glenelg in excess of 150 police and support personnel from external agencies were involved across the [Mornington Peninsula]. “Traditionally, the night sees a surge in population with significant numbers attending celebrations in the area. The seasonal increase requires increased police attendance due to our bayside

and coastal areas being heavily populated by the foreshore camping community, other holiday makers, and day trippers.” Sergeant Loughlin said seven people were arrested for being drunk in a public place; four for possessing a drug of dependence and one for possessing illegal fireworks. Police are investigating reports of a person being assaulted at Rye. “Overall, we were generally satisfied with how the night unfolded after an extremely tough 2020 for everyone,” he said.

Fines on water WATER Police issued about 20 infringements to boaties and jet-ski riders during Operation Southend in the lead-up to Christmas. The operation ran Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 December and aimed to curb dangerous behaviour and prevent serious marine incidents from Mount Martha to Sorrento. Despite fewer craft being out on the water because of the poor weather, police said they were “concerned to see more than 20 vessels receive

fines for speeding and not wearing lifejackets”, among other offences. Water Police Sergeant Dave McHenry said: “Overall we saw good behaviour from a lot of boaties and PWC users. That said, it is disappointing to see the message about safety still not getting through for some people: boats and jetskis are not toys, they are incredibly dangerous when used recklessly. “Everyone wants to be able to enjoy themselves and not become involved in a potentially devastating marine incident. This summer we don’t want to see any family having to deal with the consequences of carelessness or dangerous behaviour on the water.” Overall, police conducted 165 boat and 17 jetski inspections and issued 28 warnings for safety equipment breaches. “Most people are making the right choices to stay safe and carry appropriate safety equipment,” Sergeant McHenry said. Police said they would continue patrols to ensure that speeding and distance rules for both vessels and jet-skis are followed.




A 30-year-old man was rushed by ambulance to the Alfred Hospital at 4.35pm Saturday (9 January) after diving into waist deep water from Dromana pier. The man, who remained conscious throughout, said he could not feel either of his legs.

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All aboard for $20 billion rail ride to Rosebud Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au AN urban planning graduate and public transport advocate is working hard on his “life’s goal” of reshaping the Mornington Peninsula’s public transport network. Robert Whitehill’s Peninsula Rail Link project, which began in 2012 as a “potential” train line connecting Frankston to Rosebud, has since evolved into planning for improved rail and bus transport services across the peninsula – including upgrading the Stony Point line. Over time, the two-stage project would connect the peninsula to the Melbourne CBD using the Frankston and Cranbourne rail links. “Although the project started as an investigation to see if it was possible for rail to run along the peninsula’s west coast, I found the concept so feasible that I decided it should become a reality and have been pushing for it to happen ever since,” Mr Whitehill said. “With summer seeing a mass exodus onto the peninsula there is always going to be a surge in transport demand that the road network alone can’t handle – an issue the peninsula has to deal with every summer.” Mr Whitehill, who earned a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) in 2018, says he has presented the idea to numerous politicians from all sides and levels of politics and “piqued the interest of many”. He said Public Transport Victoria described the project as “having merit but being low-priority”.

Despite the detail of his planning for the two-stage project, Mr Whitehill admits his projected costs – $20 billion over 15 years for land acquisition and construction – “may be inaccurate”. The Seaford resident said: “Unfortunately, I don’t have access to proper resources, nor to the people who do, so [my] figures are estimates based on past projects. I estimate acquisition costs for the full project to be $375$885 million before inflation. “The entire Peninsula Rail Link project can be completed in two stages, incorporating other projects already proposed, funded or even those under construction. “Stage 1 (2021-29) overhauls the peninsula’s bus network, upgrades the Frankston and Stony Point lines, and builds a new train line to Rosebud. “Stage 2 (2026-35) sees the line’s services separated from suburban services between Frankston and the city, with the construction of a new Frankston-Cranbourne rail link via Carrum Downs, boosting capacity and reliability for the Rosebud and Stony Point lines.” Mr Whitehill said the new peninsula rail link would run to Rosebud via Dromana, Mount Martha and Baxter. “The proposed line will run the entire length of what remains of the Mornington line, as well as down Nepean Highway,” he said. “A new station would be built at Jetty Road, Rosebud to serve the local area, including Padua College’s Rosebud campus, and take pressure off Rosebud and McCrae stations.” Mr Whitehill says his Peninsula Rail Link would allow commuters to

On track: Rosebud and Stony Point trains would meet at Baxter under Robert Whitehill’s transport plan. The town is also a focal point because of the proposed Baxter electrification project. Picture: Yanni

travel from Rosebud or Stony Point to Melbourne in under 90 minutes on one train; ease traffic congestion while saving money and allowing commuters to work on the train where applicable. Reduced car dependency would give commuters options on how they get around, and independence to those who do not drive. He says an upgraded bus network would connect the peninsula’s east and west coasts, further reducing car

dependency. The project would create long-term jobs in rolling stock and infrastructure operation and maintenance, boosting the peninsula’s economy and reducing social disadvantage. Combined with the proposed Dandenong South Port Rail Shuttle and Port of Hastings, he says it would take dozens of trucks off the road each day while reducing transport costs and offer quicker access to tertiary educa-

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POINT of VIEW ALTHOUGH restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain somewhat fluid, The News has made an optimistic start to 2021, by deleting the word “lockdown” from its page of readers’ pictures. Lockdown Pictures evolved into Post-Lockdown Pictures, which has now been renamed Point of View. Unlike our Letters page, pictures sent in for publication are in no way expected to convey a political or social message, but that may sometimes be unavoidable. The general aim is that pictures be of interest to our readers and portray some of the Mornington Peninsula’s scenic areas and activities. Meanwhile, this week’s batch begins appropriately with Adam Richmond’s shot of 2020’s final sunset at Dromana pier (1); Glenys Slade snapped a big smile with the catch of the day at Mornington pier (2); Marilyn Davy spotted a lone walker at Safety Beach (3); and Steve Howard appreciated the passage of time in the cliffs at Coral Cove, Mornington (4).



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Follow due process and reinstate council prayer Due process must be followed in its deliberations and it is apparent at the 8 December 2020 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council sitting it was not, in regard to a motion tabled by first time councillor Anthony Marsh. The motion effectively removed the prayer said before all local government meetings (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). This prayer calls down wisdom and spiritual guidance in our representatives’ deliberations and would surely be acceptable and indeed condoned by our First Nation peoples and our multicultural population who follow the great religions of the world. After all, why would we not want our councillors to be acting on our behalf with integrity and wisdom. For this motion to be tabled suggests either a poor understanding of the rules of council governance and the Local Government Act, or Cr Marsh deliberately bypassed the rule of law. Neither reason gives him nor council the authority to erase the prayer before council meetings. The same importantly applies to the new mayor Cr Despi O’Connor as she had the casting vote. It does call into question her understanding of what community consultation means and her suitability as mayor. I ask that the motion be regarded as unlawful and the prayer reinstated at the next council meeting. Monica Hughes, Mornington

Xmas rules I see that God has left the prayer [said before] Peninsula Shire Council meetings (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). Before Christmas I looked for “Christ” in the local area. Well, the churches had cribs and I had one in my fireplace, but otherwise I had trouble finding him. Father Christmases abounded and elves, baubles, snow scenes, tinsel, lights, inflated kangaroos and dogs were there. I do not think kangaroos and dogs were at Bethlehem all those years ago. When my husband and I came to live in Mornington 20 years ago, I remember a beautiful crib in the Grand Hotel and another in Centro Mall, but no more. I think Christmas is a lovely time for people to have a holiday, to enjoy themselves and to show love for their family and friends. It is also time to show kindness to those who don’t receive much most days. However, I am bewildered by almost no reference at all on TV or in the shops to the “Christ” who is paramount to Christmas. There seems to be no room at the inn for him. Mary Lane, Mornington

Christians weep When you try to “purge” God from anything and everything we, as Christians, weep (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). Our very breath comes from God; life itself and our eternity depends on knowing Him relationally. God loves you and invites you to come and be saved; to “purge” you from all that is broken in your life, when you are without hope or have lost your way. Maybe you don’t know where you came from, why you are here at all and what happens when you die; neither did I. But God knows your name. He loves you. He is real. I know Him and so do millions of others on this earth. He wants you to come home to His loving arms and so do we. May God bless you all. Much love from one who continues to be “thoroughly purged” and rejoices in the hope I have in my saviour: God. Jenny Poole, Somers

Seek rate relief During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mornington Peninsula Shire has provided limited financial support to ratepayers by offering various payment plans with accumulating interest. This can actually put people in more financial stress. This is starkly contrasted by the number of

metropolitan councils, including Monash and Banyule, offering waivers of between 10 per cent to $500 off current year rates. When I asked the former and current mayor to consider this option, they both dismissed it and said the “council already has measures in place such as a hardship policy to accommodate individual residents who are struggling to be able to pay rates”. The Victorian Ombudsman recently announced that it now has the councils in their sights for unconscionable lack of support for ratepayers. This also comes at a time when ratepayers are questioning whether the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is increasing property valuations to boost its coffers and get around the Victorian government’s 2.5 per cent rate cap. If you are a ratepayer in financial stress, I would encourage you to demand a rate waiver from the council. The Victorian Ombudsman is welcoming submissions. Blair Heading, Somers

Praise for open street It’s great to see so many people enjoying the extra space on Main Street, Mornington with freedom to walk along it. Why not do this every summer? Also, good to see hand sanitiser in all shops, again I hope this continues post COVID-19. Nick Moulas, Mornington

Questionable generosity The claim by the federal Health Minister, Flinders MP Greg Hunt, that Australia is the third most generous country in the world in regard to “humanitarian intake” doesn’t stack up when the statistics are analysed for both refugee recognition and resettlement (“Grandmothers march in time for refugees” The News 22/12/20). According to the Refugee Council, which bases it figures on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Australia recognised or resettled 23,002 refugees in 2018 (1.39 per cent of the global total), being globally ranked 14th overall, 20th per capita and 60th relative to national GDP. A far cry from Mr Hunt’s “third most generous country in the world” assertion. Maureen Donelly, Mornington

Help refugees I notice that [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt claims that the federal government is providing medical care for refugees (“Grandmothers march in time for refugees” The News 22/12/20). That seems a strange way to describe keeping men imprisoned in hotel rooms for over 12 months with almost no access to fresh air and exercise. It is a strange way to describe removing the limited government support for those refugees living in the community who have been on temporary visas which restricted their right to work, then the government removes that support with little notice and tells them they have a right to work or they can return to the country that they fled from. It’s a strange way to describe the continued imprisonment of the Murugappan family on Christmas Island where their child is escorted to school each day by security guards. Yet that family was contributing through its paid and unpaid labor to the community it was living in and had forged strong bonds with the locals. If Mr Hunt has a heart he would advocate for the release of this family which is being treated worse than hardened criminals when all its members did was to seek safety on our shores. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

Racist attack My friend’s son took his young daughter and son to the Dromana Drive-in for the Carols by Headlight. Before it started, the children were playing in a nearby park when an older and much bigger boy began to racially vilify the little nine year old boy. He then grabbed him and pushed him. At that moment, the sister ran to get her father. The bully then made his escape before the dad could get to him.

Keep it clean I wonder what it will take to convince people in this particular case it was young visitors - not to treat our precious Mornington Peninsula with such distain? Are they not aware of the privileged position we’re in? Are they/we so accustomed to comfort that we’ve become oblivious to our lovely surroundings? I took photos yesterday in the park immediately to the rear of our property before I, once again, cleaned up the mess left by others. This park is used daily by children and families, dog The little boy was left with a huge scratch on the back of his neck and was so traumatised by the assault that they went straight home without going to the performance. Where does the blame lie, and what can that early, horrible prejudice lead to? This behaviour is intolerable and should not be ignored. Perpetrators should be called out every time, whatever age they are. Parents can play their part too. Joan Mitchell, Mornington

Overboard on airfield It seems to me that members of the anti-airfield lobby at Tyabb have gone overboard this time. They are again touting the push poll conducted in Tyabb and refusing to publish either the “survey” method or the questions asked. We can only conclude that Brewis Atkinson himself doubts the validity of what he did (“Not an airfield mandate” Letters 16/12/20). He says that Cr Paul Mercurio AM does not have an “airfield mandate”, conveniently ignoring that Mercurio’s campaign platform included supporting small business - which includes airfield aviation businesses. If he had conducted a proper survey, he would have known that most people south of Bungower Road are in favour of the airfield and voted for Cr Mercurio - a person who is known for caring about community, rather than being one of a small number of self-interested people who moved to the area and then decided they didn’t like the airfield. Dr Ian Munro has again written to complain about aeroplanes flying over his house (“The PAC needs to adapt” 16/12/20). When he purchased his house near an airfield, I wonder what he expected? Rather than complaining, I believe his time would be better spent helping to encourage Mornington Peninsula Shire to develop a planning scheme overlay to protect the airfield from inappropriate development. Dr Munro should be careful what he wishes for - if the airfield is closed, what will take its place? I believe council is planning to rezone land to industrial between Hastings and Somerville - is that what he wants? Eric Collier, Somerville

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walkers and picnickers, most of who treat it with respect, but this time it was a group of local teenagers who celebrated the coming New Year, only aware of themselves and the moment, with little regard for their surroundings or the neighbours, going by their raucous behaviour. The fact that the rubbish bin, only metres away, was already filled to overflowing that night may not have helped, but this is usually not the case when I clean the park on other occasions. How is it that there’s so little civic pride left and how can we restore it? Sue McCarthy, Mornington people’s minds, as a reader suggested, it’s disappointing that we aren’t more open to sharing thoughts and opinions in public and indeed, airing grievances (“Give it a rest” Letters 16/12/20). We don’t all have spouses - I never have - but if I did, I’d assume they’d ignore my complaints and general malaise about the world. John Thomson, Mount Martha

Reluctant feds One of Australia’s top aged care experts has criticised the recent inquiry into deaths at two Victorian nursing homes saying it “lacked independence, had been prevented from investigating the federal government and had been hampered by an inability to compel witnesses”. Australia’s peak medical group, the AMA, has accused the NSW government of “putting the rest of the nation at risk”. In fact, NSW has learnt sweet Fanny Adams. Remember the stage two spread of COVID-19 into Victoria when those nearly 3000 untested passengers from the Ruby Princess were allowed to run free, mainly into Victoria? The federal and NSW governments wouldn’t allow government officials to enter the witness stand then either. There’s lots, lots more hidden or to come. Yep, the LNP think it has a divine right to do as it pleases. John Cain, McCrae

Care for dogs As temperatures soar all over the country, please remember that dogs should never be left in parked vehicles, which can become death traps in a matter of minutes. Even on a mild, 22 degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the shade can soar to 47 degrees in minutes. Leaving the windows open will not keep animals comfortable or safe. With only hot air to breathe, dogs can succumb to heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, diarrhoea and vomiting, and even seizures. Please, when it’s warm outside, leave animals at home. If you see a dog left in a car, have the car’s owner paged at nearby shops or call 000 immediately - the dog’s life depends on it. Desmond Bellamy, special projects coordinator, PETA Australia Western Port News

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Sesame Street’s Circus Spectacular tour returns THE enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular is back! With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will return to thrill audiences in 2021! The tour will kick off in Mornington, Victoria from 6th January. This 90-minute spectacular features all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird, along with incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Morocco and more! In a spectacular circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their place in the circus - from clowns to daredevils to picking the circus’ new Ring Master! Almost every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production. This brandnew production will perform in a spectacular new tent with a capacity of 1000, which was designed and developed in Italy especially for this tour and will offer everything from wind resistance to shading for guests during hot weather. “We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing this incredible show back to Australian families in 2021, and can’t wait for the beloved Sesame Street characters to bring some much-needed smiles to little ones faces,” says Keith Brown, Managing Director of Showtime Attractions. The shows dates are: Mornington, Victoria: Wednesday 6th January 2021 – Sunday 24th January 2021 All current & future tour dates can be found at: https://www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au/dates Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678


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Mrs Bungey dead after mosquito bit her lip Compiled by Cameron McCullough A CURIOUS case is reported from up the line at Cheltenham. Mrs Henry Bungey, aged 33 years, was bitten on the lip by a mosquito, from which septic poisoning set in. Seven days of severe suffering followed; specialists were consulted, but they afforded no relief, the patient eventually dying in an unconscious state. *** IT is rumoured that among the visitors to Frankston on Xmas Day was the international cricketer, Mr Warren Bardsley, who recently made the huge score of 265 for New South Wales against South Australia. He also played finely in the Test just concluded at Melbourne. *** THE engagement is announced of Miss Betty Hill, of Burnley, to Mr Robert Dean, of Frankston (late of the A.I.F). *** ACCOMPANIED by Mr Howard Jolly, Major G.A. Cowper (one time Seafordite) recently completed a trip of 2,700 miles through Victoria and South Australia by aeroplane. The machine used was a 160hp F. E. 2B which covered the distance from Adelaide to Melbourne in 6 hours 15 minutes. The train journey takes nearly 18 hours! This machine was used by Captain Rigby when he won the Aerial Derby Handicap, whilst Lieut. Parer recently flew in it to King Island. *** THE employees of the Colonial Sugar

Refining Co. Ltd. will hold their annual picnic at Mornington on Saturday next. There are several other trade picnics due for that place during the next two or three weeks. *** DURING the holidays, a sport was trying a Winchester rifle up near Gweno Avenue in Frankston. Birds were scarce – but suddenly something swished past from out the ti tree. Thinking it to be a pigeon, he fired, and it crossed the bourne from whence no pigeon ever returns. Upon investigation he discovered with amazement that it was not a pigeon he had shot, but merely one of those little mosquitos that frequent The Heights! *** IN today’s issue, the advt of Mr Ron W. Stone’s Produce and Hardware Store, Balnarring, appears for the first time, and we direct attention to same. Mr Stone is the son of Mr and Mrs Stone, the well-known Balnarring storekeepers, and served with the 39th Battallion overseas. He is also a prominent footballer. Mr Stone’s premises are newly erected, and he can supply all kinds of stock, and poultry foods, seeds, gardening tools, kitchen utensils, ammunition, farming requisites, chaff, wheat, oats, maize, etc. *** LIEUT W. H. Treloar, the aviator, received a great welcome when he visited Cowes some days ago. When passing over Seal’s Rocks, he caused great commotion amongst the

seals by dropping bundles of pamphlets on aviation amongst them. He returned from Phillip Island to Melbourne in 35 minutes! *** MISS Fitzgerald, late of the Savoy Café, Melbourne, has been appointed to supervise the management of the beautiful Hotel Continental at Portsea. This appointment will remove a lot of the sombreness that used to haunt the place. *** THE sum of £65 has been forwarded to “the Poor of Schnapper Point and Hastings” under the Charles Wright Bequest. *** AN English visitor to the Mornington Peninsula makes the following complaint: “I should like to bring before the Editor’s notice the condition of the ladies’ waiting room at the Mornington railway station. I was both shocked and horrified to find that such a disgusting and insanitary state of affairs, could exist in Australia. It seems to me that since the general public have to pay increased fares, the railway authorities could afford to see that the waiting rooms have at least some semblance of cleanliness especially in unsewered localities. *** ON Xmas Day an aeroplane, piloted by Lieut Rendle, who essayed some time ago the flight from England to Australia, crashed into some telephone wires at Mornington. The machine was seriously damaged, but the occupants escaped


*** VISITORS have been highly complimentary about the color photography by Mr H. J. Garrood displayed at Mr J. O’Donoghue’s shop. These works depict Oliver’s Hill and Oliver’s Point, and are finished in artistic style. *** GOLFING enthusiasts might be interested in knowing that there is to be a tournament, at Sorrento on Monday, January 31st, the public holiday. The Sorrento Cup is the principal event, and enthusiasts of the game between Mordialloc and Frankston and elsewhere, are specially asked to nominate, and take part in the tournament. *** ON Sunday, December 26th, the members of the New South Wales baseball team enjoyed a day’s outing to the local seaside resorts. They left the Empire Circle, Melbourne at 10.15 and, after a short stay at Frankston, motored to Mornington where they spent the rest of the day. *** NEW Year’s Eve passed without incident, although hundreds of visitors and local residents paraded Bay Street singing songs, throwing confetti, and otherwise enjoying themselves. But many asked Where was the Band? *** A NEW trout stream is to be added to Victoria’s already extensive list of waters where the speckled fighting fish are domiciled.

This is a lively and permanent watercourse, known as Main Creek , that rises behind Arthur’s Seat, and, fed by a number of rills empties into the Southern Ocean near Cape Schanck. Main Creek has all the attributes of an ideal trout water, and has for some years past been in the mind of Mr Fred Archer, the President of the Piscatorialists, as one that would repay the expense of stocking with hatchery fish. Those who have crossed the Mornington Peninsula, between Rosebud and Flinders will be familiar with the creek, which is crossed by the road, and in a few years the prospect of good trout fishing there should add to the attractions of that part of the picturesque Peninsula. *** JUST before Xmas there was an unseemly dispute on the King’s highway – to wit, Point Nepean Road at Aspendale. A South Melbourne carrier Mr H. Patterson, was returning from Mount Eliza, when his van was struck and damaged by a motor car. An argument ensued, a fight started, shots were fired, and Patterson was injured, nine stitches having to be inserted. Constable Brennan and Mr Hunter, who came to Patterson’s assistance, were severely mauled, but the police from Mordialloc and Chelsea arrived on the scene and arrested the five who created the disturbance. They were Fitzroyites who had been motoring to Frankston by the sea. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 7 January 1921

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Moorooduc show strength, Hastings flop, Seaford pull off a hard-fought win By Brodie Cowburn

Victory in reach: Frankston YCW got the win over Crib Point. Picture: Craig Barrett


MOOROODUC have started the year on the right foot with a hard-fought win over Somerville. Choosing to bat first, Moorooduc set their opponents a difficult target of 222 to chase down. Opener Brenton Alp got the run chase off to a good start, scoring 60 runs. Number four batsman Bradley McDonald also contributed some runs to the scoreboard with a knock of 42. Somerville took the game right down to the wire, but couldn’t get over the line. At the end of their forty overs they were at 9/215, seven runs short of a result and one wicket short of a win. Pines managed to wrap up a narrow win on Saturday, just getting the better of Heatherhill. Heatherhill were sent in to bat first and didn’t look convincing. They finished their innings at 8/135, giving Pines a good chance at claiming the win. Ricky Ramsdale was the pick of the bowlers for Pines with figures of 4/24. Pines’ run chase started poorly, with openers Damien Lawrence and Connor Jackson dismissed for scores of zero and three respectively. First drop batsman Harley PeaceStirling corrected course with a decent knock of 38, but Pines still had work ahead of them when he was dismissed at 5/66. Harley Parker came in and scored 36 not out to help his side get over the line. Pines ended up scoring the winning runs with two wickets in hand. At Belvedere Reserve, Flinders scored a big win over Seaford Tigers. Shane Beggs opened the batting for Flinders and put together an impressive knock. His score of 78 put his side on the right track. Flinders finished with an impressive total of 4/209. Seaford Tigers weren’t able to mount a competitive run chase, and ended up losing by 60 runs. A 114 run opening stand between Nick Jewell and Pubudu Edirisinghe proved the difference at Ditterich Reserve. Long Island defeated Main Ridge by eight wickets with 12 overs left to play.

that down in 22 overs. Skye also fell to a big defeat at home on Saturday. Ballam Park bowled them out for 104, and chased down that target in 26 overs.



A MONUMENTAL collapse by Hastings cost them a win against Carrum on Saturday. Carrum chose to bat first. They scored 6/148, with opener Shaun Foster contributing 46 runs to the total. Hastings got off to a flyer, and at 1/102 were comfortably on their way to a win. First drop batsman Jake Hewitt was then run out for just six, and things went downhill from there. Hastings lost 9/39 in a shocking display of batting. Four of their batsmen were run out. After a devastating spell Hastings ended up all out for 141, eight runs short of victory. Frankston YCW were also chasing 148 for a result on Saturday, but they had more luck in their clash with Crib Point. Crib Point took to the crease to bat first at Peninsula Reserve. They scored 148 before their innings expired. Opener Jack Greenwood was impressive for YCW. His score of 65 not


SEAFORD and Tootgarook faced in a hard-fought clash at Truemans Road Reserve on Saturday. Opener Dil Pageni played well for Seaford, but he didn’t get much support from his top order partners. His score of 42 was his side’s best. Seaford were bowled out for 138, giving Tootgarook a good opportunity to get the win. Losing opener Travis French for a

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duck proved a big blow for Tootgarook. They chipped away at their target, but a slow run rate also worked against them. At the end of their innings Tootgarook had 128 runs on the board, putting them 11 short of a win. Matthew Roach’s five overs were impressive. He posted figures of 2/10. A half century from Brenton Taylor helped Balnarring score a win over Mt Martha. Balnarring finished their innings at 9/161. Matthew Pollock was good for Mt Martha, taking four wickets. Outside of a knock of 58 from Jake Smart, Mt Martha’s batsmen struggled. They ended up losing by 32. Tyabb’s bowling outfit performed well on Saturday to get their side a win over Carrum Downs. Tyabb set their opponents 148 to chase down. Carrum Downs weren’t able to make an impact on the scoreboard, being bowled out 42 runs short of a result. Boneo’s total of 102 was nowhere near enough to beat Rye, who chased

out helped his side wrap up the win with six wickets left to spare. An impressive innings of 81 from Dewayne Bowden helped Dromana to a comfortable win over Delacombe Park. A top order collapse cost Delacombe Park dearly. They lost by 43 runs. Pearcedale had a tough day at home against Rosebud, falling to defeat by five wickets. Rosebud finished the job with 15 overs left in the day. Opener Scott Hayes was their best performer with a score of 65.










A BRILLIANT knock of 90 not out by Corey Harris got Sorrento over the line in a high-scoring clash against Mornington on Saturday. Mornington came in to bat first on their home deck, and started well. Opener Brad Staff scored 87 to put his side on track for an impressive score. After making good starts in most of his matches this season, this is the first half century Staff has gone on to make. At the end of their 40 overs, Mornington had made 7/226. Sorrento had a mountain of work to do to get a result, but a 117 run opening stand was a dream start. Harris carried his bat and proved the difference. His fantastic innings helped his side get the win by seven wickets, with three overs still left to play. Baxter and Baden Powell’s match was a low-scoring affair, with Baxter bowling well to claim the points. Baxter set their opponents an attainable target of 132 to chase down. Baden Powell lost opener Harry Maxwell for a duck and weren’t able to recover. At one stage they lost three wickets for zero runs. Baxter bowled out Baden Powell for 113 off 38 overs. Wade Pelzer was man of the match for Peninsula Old Boys in their win over Red Hill. With his side needing 115 to win, Pelzer showed his class. He scored 74 not out to get his side a comfortable eight wicket victory. Langwarrin easily defeated Mt Eliza at home. The Kangaroos had to chase down just 85 to get the win. Robbie Lancaster and Travis Campbell both posted figures of 3/12.

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Packer resigns, McShane for Buds SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FAMILY reasons have forced Stan Packer to step down as head coach of Somerville Eagles while Rosebud is expected to announce Tommy McShane as its new head coach this week. Packer will remain with the Eagles as director of coaching and will serve on the committee. The hunt is now on for his replacement. “We are interviewing for both the senior men’s and senior women’s roles and should have an announcement in coming weeks,” president Luke Mulder said. It’s believed that discussions have taken place with former coach Scott Morrison and former club leading scorer Mark Pagliarulo now with Rosebud. Meanwhile new Rosebud president John Grbac has wasted no time in pursuing a replacement for senior coach Pat Sabatino who resigned in December. He spoke with former Buds player McShane on Saturday and they reached agreement for the 48-year-old to take charge of the senior squad for 2021. “It’s Tommy’s first go at senior coaching but he’s got a great soccer brain and I think he’ll do well,” Grbac said. The club boss has made promotion from State 5 South his main short-term priority. To that end he is keen to revive the Pagliarulo–Dave Greening striking partnership that served Somerville Eagles so well. He met with Greening last week but the goalscoring legend remains undecided as to where he’ll play this year. “It was good to meet John and hear his plans moving forward,” Greening said. “I haven’t thought much about playing this year and it depends on who they get as coach. “I’ll see what happens and make a decision late February early March as to whether I’ll play at all and if so where.” Somerville won the State 5 championship in 2019 and scored 79 goals in the process with the Pagliarulo–Greening combination boasting a combined total of 49 goals. The rivalry between “Pags” and the “Green Machine” is well known and if harnessed by the new Rosebud coach can be a powerful motivating force. “I’m more than happy for Greening to come here,” Pagliarulo said. “You can’t deny his goalscoring ability and any team would be daft not to get him in. “I’d love to play with him again and give him a chance to get the Golden

Three amigos: Scott Morrison (centre) is flanked by Dave Greening (left) and Stan Packer after Somerville’s 2019 title triumph. Picture: supplied

Boot back off me after I stole it from him at Somerville.” Like Greening “Pags” was unsure whether or not to commit to playing with Rosebud this year. Mount Martha senior coach Chris Sanderson had been in touch and at one stage the striker was keen to go there. “Chris is a nice guy, he’s got good plans for the club and I love the fact they have such a young team. “I think my experience could have helped them but after speaking to the Rosebud treasurer last week I am very interested to go back there now.” In NPL2 news Langwarrin has appointed injured defender Alex van Heerwarden as senior team manager to replace Ritchie May who is travelling interstate. Van Heerwarden suffered an ACL tear and a meniscus tear late last year while training with former club Penin-

sula Strikers and is due to undergo surgery on Monday 1 February. “Coaching has always been something I looked forward to doing when I stopped playing football so being offered the team manager’s position and given the opportunity to learn off Scott (Miller) and Jamie (Skelly) was something I jumped at,” van Heerwarden said. “The way the club has progressed over recent years is something that I am really pleased to still be a part of even if it’s not in a playing capacity.” Langy has confirmed its friendly against Eastern Lions at Gardiner’s Creek Reserve, Saturday 30 January. The day will feature under-19, under-21 and senior matches with kick-off times still to be announced. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers defeated Stars United 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday.

Maintenance work at Centenary Park forced a switch to the back pitch at Monterey Reserve and Strikers’ scorers were Danny Brooks, Riley Anderton and Tuach Ter. Centenary Park is expected to be available for this Saturday’s friendly against Billy Armour’s Noble Park United. In State 3 news both work and family commitments have forced Darren Roberts to resign as senior assistant at Frankston Pines. His son Alex, a former Seaford United, Bentleigh Greens, Skye United and Brandon Park player, has signed with Pines for the 2021 season. In State 5 news Chelsea reserves coach Chris Porteous has been unable to sign up for 2021 due to work commitments and has stepped down. His replacement is David Farrell who has been involved in the sport in both

Scotland and Norway. In Scotland Farrell worked with various community clubs and also coached juniors at Livingston and Hearts and in Norway he was involved in weekly coaching camps at Drammen FK. In other news a landmark announcement was made by Football Australia on New Year’s Eve. FA and the newly formed Australian Professional Leagues (APL) announced that terms had been agreed to ‘unbundle’ the A-League, Westfield WLeague and Y-League from FA. This unbundling of the professional leagues brings the Australian football structure into line with global best practice by separating FA as the regulatory body from the operation of the professional leagues. In accordance with the FIFA Statutes, the professional leagues will operate under the FA umbrella and be recognised as the top tier of domestic league football competitions in Australia. However APL will take over the operational, commercial, and marketing control of the professional leagues and all revenue-generation responsibilities. FA will retain regulatory functions in respect of the professional leagues, including on- and-off-field disciplinary and integrity matters, the registration of clubs, players and officials, the transfer system, and the domestic match calendar. The regulatory functions of FA also include a new club licensing framework for the professional leagues and control over access to the professional leagues (whether by expansion, contraction, or promotion/relegation), the AFC Champions’ League, FFA Cup and all other domestic and international competitions. FA will also retain ‘good of the Australian game’ rights in respect of the professional leagues, which apply to a variety of matters aimed at ensuring the ongoing growth of those leagues. The new model for the professional leagues will be implemented throughout the course of the A-League 2020/21 and Westfield W-League 2020/21 seasons. The APL board will comprise five directors from the clubs, three independent directors and one person appointed by FA. An independent chairperson to be elected by the clubs and ratified by FA will have a casting vote on the APL board. This weekend’s friendlies: SATURDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Noble Park Utd (Centenary Park 1pm & 3pm), Frankston Pines v Bunyip District (Monterey Reserve 3pm & 5pm).

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