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Your weekly community newspaper covering the entire Western Port region For all advertising and editorial, call 03 MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has withdrawn a $400 fine issued to a dog walker for not having their dog under effective control near cyclists at Hastings. Dog walkers had complained that rangers were policing the local law and pointing to a sign which says dogs must be leashed within five metres of paths used by cyclists. The dog walkers claim it is unreasonable to expect them to be able to control especially big, effervescent and lively dogs in the off-leash park, near the corner Marine Parade and Cool Store Road. Jack-Russell-fox-terrier-cross owner Dee Holicka, of Hastings said people were “furious” at the possibility of a fine and that the single sign’s wording was “vague”. That threat has abated, however, after the shire’s community safety coordinator Talana Cook said a recent sign audit had found the signs “might be confusing to dog owners and we are in the process of removing them”. Ms Cook said a fine was issued as a result of the sign, but “we subsequently withdrew it”. She reiterated that “dogs must be under effective control at all times, even in a leashfree area, and especially where pathways are shared with cyclists”. Ms Holicka said especially older people would find it difficult to control some breeds when they were “running around, exercising and having fun”. “There’s hardly any cyclists there, anyway,” she said. Stephen Taylor

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DEE Holicka and her pet Holly with the sign at Hastings foreshore that shows dogs are not allowed near the bike track although there is no fence separating it from the leash-free area. Picture: Gary Sissons

Supply setback for builders Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A “PERFECT storm” of bushfires, industry cutbacks, COVID, people working from home, and government incentives for new home building and renovations have led to a shortage of structural timber affecting the Victorian building industry. The dearth of supply across the

Mornington Peninsula has meant many timber yards are finding it hard to source stock for their trade customers. There are concerns the shortage, leading to delays, will generate a “ripple effect” affecting the jobs of electricians, carpenters, joiners and others involved in home building. Adding to the “storm” are rises in global freight charges and strong demand for timber in other countries,

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especially the US, absorbing supplies from European producers which traditionally would have been sent here. Supplies of pine – the most common framing timber – were badly affected when a large NSW mill was razed by bushfires earlier last year. This, combined with the decommissioning of a major South Australian framing mill, helped create that “perfect storm” which has engulfed the industry with

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“no end in sight” to the supply problem. Framing timber prices could jump 30 per cent by year’s end, although supplies of other timber are not affected so badly. Dromana Discount Timber owner Luke Wharton, who has spent 29 years, in the industry, said he had never seen shortages of so many building materials and products which has pushed prices “through the roof”.

“We are seeing unprecedented demand now, yet the forecast for 2020 was that the housing market would crash,” he said. “Instead, it went the other way.” Mr Wharton said early last year there was a shortage of pine frames. “Pine producers were just starting to get on top of that when COVID-19 hit and there’s been a domino effect ever since.” Continued Page 6

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Vote 1, there’s no town like Fingal Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au

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Vote catchers: Pictures provided to the Victoria Tourism Industry Council of Dromana and Fingal which are in the running to be recognised as the state’s top tourism towns.

namatta. It includes the St Andrews Beach Golf Course, but not the residential area. There is no town of Fingal or any other town within the “rural locality’s” boundaries. Fingal lies west of Boneo Road, between Rye in the north and Cape Schanck in the south. It shares a postcode with Rosebud, although that town is well outside its boundaries. Mornington Peninsula Shire issued a news release on 13 May quoting the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor as urging “our community” to vote for Dromana in the top tourism town

category and for Fingal as the top small town. “The small town [of Fingal] is proudly sitting alongside 15 other finalists in the top small tourism towns category,” the news release states. The VTIC’s industry programs manager Michelle Valva confirmed regions could “enter as a town” in the top tourism town awards. “The criteria are set at the national level and it is about a tourism area,” she said. “Fingal is in the small town category because of its population [569 according to the 2016 Census]

and it is a tourism region or locality.” When asked about the VTIC’s website describing Fingal as a “small coastal town”, Ms Valva said the wording was contained in the submission received for the award. Sharon Richardson, president of the Southern Peninsula Beachside Tourism Association who runs a bed and breakfast business and submitted the entry for the small tourist towns award, is enthusiastic about Fingal’s chances. “They [the VTIC] accepted our submission [made through Sorrento Beach Visitor Information Centre]

and now we are nominated finalists,” she said. “We need the public vote to win at state level." Without mentioning the lack of an actual town, Ms Richardson names the many reasons for tourists to visit the Fingal area, including its golf courses, hot springs and beaches. As Ms Richardson’s submission states, Fingal “punches well above its weight when it comes to award winning activities and accommodation”. “These tourism businesses collectively employ over 500 people and work closely together cross promoting and selling each other’s product to ensure visitors enjoy all that Fingal and the peninsula has to offer.” Voting is open until the 27 May at vtic.com.au/toptourismtown/

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TWO entries from the Mornington Peninsula are finalists in the search by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council to find the state’s top tourist towns. Online voting ends 27 May, although voters wanting to physically visit the entries will have trouble finding one of the peninsula’s “towns”. There is no mistaking Dromana, which is easily found between Safety Beach and McCrae, but the other entry, Fingal, is not so obvious. There is no town named Fingal on the peninsula and a search of the internet will show a Fingal village in Tasmania and Fingal Head (commonly known as Fingal) in NSW. Tourism operators within the 18.3 square kilometres designated Fingal on the Mornington Peninsula are hoping their locality will be chosen as Victoria’s best small tourist town. Details on VTIC website describe Fingal as being “a small coastal town … in the heart” of the peninsula. Fingal is claimed to punch “well above its weight, being home to a plethora of tourism attractions”, including national parks, beaches, horse riding, two golf courses, hot springs, a brewery, winery and accommodation. “Many of the businesses within the township have also won awards at both the Victorian and Australian tourism awards,” the website states. A map of the peninsula shows Fingal’s boundaries cutting through paddocks, across and following roads and running along the beach at Gun-

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THE cxhair of Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Foundation Jo McCoy with new CEO Mel Barker. MEL Barker is the new chief executive officer of Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Foundation. The biosphere’s chair, Jo McCoy, said Ms Barker’s appointment was a “significant milestone in the evolution of the organisation” which wants “innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port region”. “Mel brings an extraordinary depth of knowledge, experience and networks to our organisation,” Ms McCoy said. “We are confident that she will provide great leadership to help ensure the biosphere is a trusted provider of evidencebased scientific programs and advocacy for the environmentally sensitive region centred on Western Port bay.” Ms Barker has previously held management and executive roles on environmental issues for the state government, provided “private sector business consulting” and been a volunteer board committee member for not-for-profit groups. Her qualifications include a master’s degree in environment (Melbourne University) and Bachelor of Information Science (Adelaide

University). “Along with hundreds of thousands of other Victorians, I am fortunate to live within the Western Port biosphere and enjoy the incredible natural surroundings and biodiversity it has to offer,” Ms Barker said. “This is an exciting and challenging time to be joining the biosphere. The Western Port biosphere covers 2142 square kilometres and is made up of five local government areas and French Island. Its council regions are among the fastest-growing in Australia. While that brings renewal and energy to communities in the region, it places enormous stresses on the natural environment.” Ms Barker was “looking forward to working with the biosphere team and board and collaborating and partnering” with Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Bass Coast, Cardinia and Casey municipalities, federal and state governments, and community groups “to build a prosperous future in harmony with our unique environment”. Ms Barker replaces former executive officer, Greg Hunt (“Birds and walks a reason to retire” The News 3/5/21). Keith Platt


Online hits the lead in gambling stakes ONLINE gambling is now regarded as a major player in the gambling industry. National advocate The Alliance for Gambling Reform says that statistics show online gambling has risen 80 per cent since the COVID-19 pandemic. “The speed of this shift to online gambling is simply breathtaking,” Peninsula Voice chairperson Peter Orton said. “It is uncommon to discernibly notice how local culture can be changed so dramatically, as we are seeing with the rise of digital gambling. “Most people are becoming aware of the sheer number of ads which pervade most sporting media coverage. The advertisements are so seamlessly weaved into the coverage of the event that it is becoming difficult to separate the gambling from the actual event.” Statistics showing the growth of this global digital business model is now surpassing all other forms of gambling across the country were presented to the 11 March meeting of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s gambling consultative committee meeting. The most recent Victorian Auditor General’s Report into gambling states the 2014/15 social impact cost in Victoria was $6.96 billion. Gambling reform advocate, the Rev Tim Costello, who has been raising this issue for some time now, is joining Deakin University professor Dr Samantha Thomas and former mayor Sam Hearn in a panel discussion on online gambling. The discussion is part of the Is Gambling Harm our Blind Spot? community public forum, 6.30pm Thursday 20 May at the Peninsula Community Theatre.

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Workshops for a sustainable life FREE workshops on sustainable living are being offered throughout May and June at The Briars’ Eco Living Display Centre at Mount Martha and online. The first is how to draught-proof your home with advice from household goods supplier Roving Refills, 1.30-3.30pm, Friday 21 May. Those attending will learn how to draught-proof their home and keep out the winter chills. Draught proofing is quick, easy and effective. It reduces heating bills and our environmental impact. A free light afternoon tea will be provided. Roving Refills provides eco-friendly alternatives to highly packaged

Continued from Page 1 Bunnings general manager merchandise Toby Watson agreed: “We have seen unprecedented demand for timber products for a number of months now due to people spending more time at home and the incentives for new home builds and renovations. “This is creating a challenge for the entire industry with demand particularly strong for structural timber in Australia. “We’re working with our suppliers and trade customers to forecast demand and plan earlier in the build process so we have additional time to manage orders as best as possible.” Moorooduc Timber and Hardware owner of 20 years Richard Goding de-

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Centre. The Eco Living Display Centre is adjacent to The Briars Nursery at 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. Details: Jacqui Salter via environmentaleducation@mornpen.vic.gov.au The third workshop is an online webinar led by climate scientist Dr Linden Ashcroft and climate change projects coordinator Daniel Pleiter, of South East Councils Climate Change Alliance discussing climate change – what is it and what can we do about it. It’s from 7.30-8.45pm, Thursday 17 June. Register online for the event through The Briars Eco Living Display Centre.

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products. Bring a container to refill it with eco-friendly, low-miles products. Any size or shape is fine provided it is cleaned thoroughly before refilling. Check out the price list at rovingrefills.com.au No registration is necessary. The second workshop at the Eco Living Display Centre offers advice on designing a sustainable home workshop, 10am-12pm, Saturday 5 June. Sustainability consultant Danielle King will talk about solar passive design and orientation, insulation, double glazing, efficient heating, cooling and hot water in theworkshops. The cost is $55 a person. Register online through the Eco Living Display

scribed the timber shortage as a “global thing”. “We can’t get enough pine framing because of the strong world-wide demand,” he said. “We can’t produce enough [pine] here to satisfy demand but usually we can top up with imported material from, say, Canada, the US or Europe. Now, 50 per cent of that is not coming because they are going through building booms as well. “Demand is certainly exceeding supply. “It’s going to take us a long time [to get back to normal] and there is no real solution in sight.” The timber shortage has left the domestic market in dire straits, with home building especially affected as

framing crews cannot get their hands on frames. “I might order 300 [framing] packs and only receive a couple of dozen,” Mr Wharton said. Timber yards were looking after their regular customers to keep them going until sustainable timber supplies resume. “We are rationing supply,” Mr Wharton said. “I don’t know if the supply issues have hit rock-bottom yet.” Bunnings’ Toby Watson said the trade giant had been “communicating with our trade customers for some time and are working closely with them to help them plan and manage projects”.


Skater’s record claims

NOT many people claim to have broken three “world records” in their chosen sport, but proskateboarder Nick Buchanan does. Buchanan says he set his first two records in 2003. “I set the world record for the longest distance ridden on a skateboard in a night: from Port Melbourne to Mornington, a distance of 70 kilometres in nine hours,” he said. “I also covered the longest distance on a skateboard in a day over the same route in 10 hours, with both records lasting 10 years.” Buchanan says he set his third world record last year for the “most kilometres ridden in a person’s lifetime”. Admitting the “world records” are not included in recognised journals such as the official Guinness Book of World Records, Buchanan says they are widely acknowledged by industry peers and the sport’s veterans. “I started skateboarding as a 17-year-old in 1997 and I am now 40,” he said. “I estimate I have ridden around 100,000 kilometres, which works out to be more than 5000 kilometres a year – if not more.” Buchanan says the previous record for the

most kilometres ridden on a skateboard was held by 1980s world champion Christian Hosoi. “He is the only one who has skated anywhere near as much as myself,” he said. “I have also set the record for the longest distance ridden in Sydney in a night – from the north end of the harbour bridge to Manly beach down to The Spit in 5 hours 45 minutes over the 50 kilometres.” Adding to his “street cred”, Buchanan said: “I have only driven a car on five occasions while the rest of the time I either skated, walked, took public transport, was a passenger in cars or motorbikes or I hitchhiked.” Buchanan was on television news bulletins in 2013 for starting what he claims is the “worldwide trend” of racing skateboards on trains. When the train starts – and after first checking that the carriage is close to empty – skaters charge down the aisle using the train’s inertia and leg power to generate high speeds. Transport commuter groups were not amused. Buchanan, who has lived at Mornington, Hastings, Newport and Torquay, is the son of Rosy Buchanan, the Labor MP for Hastings 2002-06. Stephen Taylor

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Top chef ’s bid farewell to food pioneer Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

HERMANN Schneider

A DOYEN of Melbourne’s food scene, Hermann Schneider, who died on 6 May aged 86, of lymphoma, had long-standing links to the Mornington Peninsula. He was a partner at Delgany Country House Hotel, Portsea, 1987-1994, and ran the restaurant at Arthurs Seat from 1994, which closed when structural problems forced the chairlift to close in 2003. Schneider came to Melbourne in

1956 aged 20 as a chef for the Swiss team at the Melbourne Olympics. He stayed on, met and married Faye, and they opened Two Faces restaurant in South Yarra in 1960. Faye died in 2007. His funeral was held at St Thomas More, Mount Eliza, Friday 14 May, followed by a wake at La Serre, Langwarrin South. Such was Schneider’s standing that up to 150 people bade farewell. Daughters Monique and Madeleine and their families paid their respects, and some of Melbourne’s best-known chefs spoke fondly of their training at his high-class establishments. They included MC Luke Mangan, Guy Grossi,

and Teage Ezard, who all apprenticed under him, and head chefs John Lepp and Mike Kelly. Former Mount Eliza restaurateur Rob Licciardo, who spoke at the wake, paid tribute to his mentor and reminisced about his “time with Hermann learning our art”. “I was with him from 1978-1981 at Two Faces before he went to Delgany,” he said. “I can still recall what it was like working in his kitchen. People don’t realise that when he came here from Europe Melbourne was a chop-andthree-veg town. He introduced us to modern cuisine. He was The Man. A lot

of people knew him.” Licciardo said the service and wake were a fitting tribute to “someone who pioneered modern Australian cuisine”. “He will be remembered as an iconic chef who put our cuisine on the map through his hard work, his talent and his art. “Many chefs came through his kitchen and he moulded reputations as his training was the best in the country.” Schneider was described as “fierce, but also funny, modest, and supportive of those who worked with him” – qualities his many friends and colleagues will fondly remember.

Celebrations and cheers for shire’s volunteers

AGED 50 AND OVER? COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out to those most at risk. People aged 50 and over can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at one of the selected vaccination clinics or at participating general practices. It’s voluntary, free and the best way to protect you and your community. Our Therapeutic Goods Administration continues to closely monitor the safety of all vaccines in Australia.

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MORE than 400 volunteers help Mornington Peninsula Shire deliver a range of programs and services. During National Volunteer Week (17-23 May) the shire is celebrating their contribution. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Our volunteers are dedicated, passionate and hardworking, contributing their time in all sorts of services and programs. “I’d like to thank them for their tireless commitment to their roles. We couldn’t do what we do without them. “We recognise the important work all volunteers do and celebrate being able to reconnect with people, community and nature after a lonely and challenging year that was 2020.” Volunteers give their time to services such as Meals on Wheels and L2P (youth driving program) and “keep the wheels turning” at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, the shire’s libraries, The Briars and Mount Martha and Mornington community houses, as well as at many other organisations and causes. Volunteering helps people connect with, and make a difference, in their local community and can give a great sense of purpose, as well as building new skills. It helps the cause, and is a good opportunity to make new connections, friends and contribute to the community. Volunteering enhances people’s overall health and wellbeing, creating a sense of belonging to the community. The Volunteering Mornington Peninsula website lists available roles with the shire and other organisations delivering services and programs across the peninsula. See volmornpen.com.au

The food economy THE second Mornington Peninsula Food Forum focusing on agriculture, food and beverage businesses, will highlight regenerative farming, flexible and resilient supply chains and “growing” new farmers. Speakers will include Sally Ruljancich, co-founder of the Prom Coast Food Collective and Tanya Massey, lead researcher at Farmer Incubator, as well as Danny Almagor, from Small Giants, and Peter Aldenhoven, from the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association. Food writer and presenter Richard Cornish will host the interactive program which offers guests ample time between presentations and over lunch to chat, ask questions and form connections with all types of food businesses. The forum is at Tyabb Community Hall, 9.30am-3.30pm, Friday 21 May. A discount is available for MPP certified businesses. Bookings are essential and tickets are limited to 100. To book tickets and view the program visit: 2021mpff.eventbrite.com.au Follow @mpfoodforum on Instagram or email agrofood@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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AN online workshop is being held 7-8.15pm, Thursday 13 May to explain recycling. The sessions are being presented by the Rethink Centre, which is helping communities rethink the amount of waste they produce and where it goes. Register at: understandingrecycling.eventbrite.com.au


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Trader ‘disgusted’ at jewellery theft A RED HILL Market trader who was robbed of bespoke jewellery valued at $20,000 earlier this month has been left “totally disgusted”. Jennie Alderton was packing up her stall at the market on Arthurs Seat Road about 2pm, Saturday 1 May, when she left an olive green case containing about 300 rings, 20 bangles, 300 pairs of earrings and 20 necklaces nearby. “In all my 25 years I have not had a theft,” she said. Until now. Mornington Peninsula detectives are investigating the theft of the case which has black trays inside. Ms Alderton said on social media: “To all my amazing supportive customers, I am reporting with much sadness and total disgust that almost my entire jewellery collection was stolen. “I still feel totally overwhelmed. Some of my customers’ orders were in my bag so, needless to say, I will need a few weeks to remake them. “Can you all please keep a lookout and, if you see any of my rings, earrings, or pendants, being sold on any forum other than my pages on Instagram or Facebook, [please report it].”

Do you know a person, club, business or an organisation who recognises and values older people in our community?

JENNIE Alderton’s stolen work includes handcrafted gold and silver jewellery, madeto-order pieces, as well as cultured pearls and semi-precious stones. Pictures: supplied Ms Alderton said she was “now in the process of remaking all my stock” but was “still able to make-to-order if anyone needs any jewellery”. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nominate them for a Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Award! It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the work being done by, with and for older people and recognise their invaluable contribution to our local region.

Anyone can nominate persons of any age, clubs, businesses or organisations that recognise and value older people; promote respect, reduce ageism and encourage an age-friendly Mornington Peninsula.

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Peninsula Transport Assist also runs a minibus hire program which both helps support the wider operation but also provides affordable mini-bus hire to the community. They offer both 12 and 25 seat buses and can provide drivers if required. There are no special requirements for their services and they are available to anyone in the community, such as community groups, Probus clubs, child care centres, businesses, and also private hire for events such as weddings, family gathers, etc. After quite a challenging year in 2020, Peninsula Transport Assist is ramping up again and is in urgent need of volunteer drivers, especially in the Southern Peninsula and Western Port areas. Transport disadvantage in these areas is especially acute so more volunteer drivers are urgently needed. Reimbursement of driving costs is available. Peninsula Transport Assist are located at 13 Railway Rd, Baxter or phone 9708 8241.

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Gallery arranges Insta ‘network’ for artists MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery has launched a new program to encourage “visual artists” using Instagram. Each week the gallery will “spotlight” a peninsulabased artist through the photo-sharing app Instagram. Each featured artist will be asked to suggest another artist for a future appearance on Instagram “allowing the network to organically curate its own growth”, the gallery’s marketing and publications communicator Rowena Wiseman said. Ms Wiseman said the program, MPRG Connect, would “enhance the relationship between the gallery and local visual artists” by providing “time, space, mentorship and support to our creative communities”. The first round of featured artists includes painter Baden Croft, of Blairgowrie, printmaker and photographer Steph Bolt, of Tootgarook and Flinders painter Neil Williams. Ms Wiseman said MRPG Connect events would facilitate networking, professional development and mentoring opportunities. “These events will be open to all artists living or working on the Mornington Peninsula.” MPRG Connect was being managed by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s creative recovery officer, one of 41 Working For Victoria roles paid for by the state government. “Based at the [gallery], the creative recovery officer is responsible for supporting recovery and building resilience within the local creative industries following the challenges of 2020, which saw artists heavily impacted by the cancellation of events, work and activities,” Ms Wiseman said. The officer would deliver “a suite of creative programs … over the next six months that seek to increase participation in community life and broaden engagement between artists”. The series of programs will be launched at the MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington with an event for local artists on Thursday 3 June. Details mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au or Instagram @mprg_vic Keith Platt

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery director Danny Lacy visiting artist Steph Bolt’s studio. Picture: Celia Mallard. Inset: Baden Croft, one of the artists to be featured on the gallery’s Instagram program. Picture: Willow Creative

GALLERY TALK Only a few more weeks to see MPRG’s Autumn exhibitions, The Overwintering Project: Western Port, Tai Snaith’s – A world of One’s Own and Lauren Guymer – Among the Trees. These exhibitions close on Sunday 23 May. MPRG is thrilled to launch a new initiative MPRG Connect! MPRG Connect serves to enhance the relationship between the Gallery and our local Mornington Peninsula based visual artists, with the project providing time, space, mentorship and support to our creative communities. Along with our ongoing local focus series of exhibitions, MPRG Connect seeks to promote awareness and appreciation for the Peninsula’s local talent. Each week, via Instagram, we celebrate a local artist via an artist spotlight. We then ask each of these featured artists to put forward a fellow Mornington Peninsula artist, allowing the network to organically curate its own growth. Local artists Baden Croft and Steph Bolt are the first two artists featured in this program. We have a fascinating talk coming up with Overwintering Project exhibition curator Kate Gorringe-Smith and Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillor David Gill on World Bee Day (Thursday 20 May). This talk called The Birds and the Bees will be a special discussion on the curious and

extraordinarily important lives of both the birds and the bees. Bookings essential for this event via our website. We also have a new free online ecoprinting workshop by Kate Gorringe-Smith that you can watch from the comfort of home. In this online workshop Kate guides you through three examples of Eco printing using gathered leaves and plant material from your garden and home. You can follow the step-by-step process to make an eco-printed concertina book and two eco printed panels using cotton wrap paper, string, a garden stick, and a tin can. You can buy an MPRG art materials box from the gallery that has many of the required items or feel free to gather your own from the materials listed in the box. This is another way we are making art accessible to our community. And a reminder that entry to the Gallery is now free. You can check out our online programs, listen to a podcast or buy an MPRG art materials box on our website mprg.mornpenvic.gov.au. MPRG Gallery Director Danny Lacy

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what type of future they want. “We’ve all met lots of wonderful people and have been inspired by everyone’s ideas. Although I’m not sure the ‘chocolate fountain in every school’ idea will make it into the vision!” So what does happen to all this information? It is given to a randomly selected Citizens’ Panel, which will distil the feedback into a community vision to present to Council. The Shire will

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Rev. McFarlane replies to Soldiers’ League charges Compiled by Cameron McCullough TO the Editor, Sir, I very much dislike controversy in the Press. But, I feel that I ought to reply. If you will allow me space in your columns, to statements concerning myself, made by the Soldiers’ League, and reported in your last issue. The first statement is that I received an invitation from the Frankston Branch of the Returned Soldiers’ League to take part in their United Service on Anzac Day in Frankston this year and that I did not reply to it. I did NOT receive such an invitation and therefore, of course, could not reply to it. In case I might be accused of quibbling, I may state that I received an invitation to attend a meeting on April 18 “in connection with Anzac Day services”. I promised to be present, but I was unable to attend. The cause of my absence was explained to the meeting by a gentleman who was present. I have not seen the apology for my absence mentioned in “The Standard.” On Anzac Day (this year) I was at Macedon, but the clergyman who took the services at St Paul’s on April 24th was quite willing to take part in the Anzac Service on the day following in Frankston. He was told that he was not expected to do so, as the Church of England clergyman was not invited to take part in the service. I may state that there were special services and decorations in St Paul’s Church on April 24th appropriate for

Anzac Day. The services were very solemn and beautiful. I was not the officiating clergyman and much appreciated by large congregations. I presume that some of the members of the Soldiers’ League were present on that occasion, as they are members of the Church of England. I myself attended the Church of England at Macedon on April 24th and joined in the service in connection with Anzac Day. On Anzac Day I walked four miles to be present at a united service at Lower Macedon. I do not make this statement in order to claim any virtue to myself – it was a pleasure and a privilege to do so – but merely to show that I am in full sympathy with the movement to publicly remember the brave Anzacs and thank God for their great work and sacrifice at least once a year. We do this in our services every Sunday. The second mistatement is that I received an invitation to take part in last year’s Anzac service and that I ignored it! I do not now remember whether or not I received that invitation, but I am quite sure I did not ignore it. I was at Bacchus Marsh during the whole of April last year. I was invited to take part in a united Anzac service there and did so in my official capacity. I also notice (see “The Standard” of May 6th) that the League resolved to write and ask me why I “ignored” the invitations mentioned above. Up to the time of writing, I have not

received any such enquiry. I think it would have been much better if the League had asked me about the matters of which they complained before they made the statements reported in “The Standard.” It is not British fairplay to condemn a man unheard. Some years ago a great man was accused of certain things and in reply he published a book with the title – “Apologia Pro Vita Sua.” I humbly follow his lead. I present my Apologia (I use the word in the sense of justification and not of wishing to be excused) and trust it will satisfy the Soldiers’ League and also readers of “The Standard.” I am, &c A. P. McFARLANE, St Paul’s Vicarage. *** WE have been compelled to hold over several matters of public interest until next issue. *** A SUCCESSFUL soldiers’ race meeting was held at Mornington yesterday. Reference to same will be made more fully next issue. *** NEXT week Mr P. Wheeler leaves on a business trip to Fiji. He will be absent from Frankston for about a month. *** THE mother of Mr C. Paxman, of Frankston, died at Port Melbourne on Monday last. *** MR Arthur Wilcox paid a flying visit to Frankston this week, and was present at the Soldiers’ Memorial race meeting yesterday.

*** MRS Wells, mother of Councillor Wells, an old resident of the district, had a narrow escape from a serious accident on Wednesday last. The pony she was driving became unmanagable, and dashed into the timber alongside the road. Mr Geo. Upton, who was passing, came to the rescue, and ultimately succeeded in quietening the pony. Fortunately, Mrs Wells escaped injury, and is to be complimented on her nerve under exciting conditions. *** THE ladies of the Frankston district are invited by the members of committee of the local Mechanics to meet them on Monday next at 8pm to discuss ways and means of liquidating the cost of enlarging the main hall of the building, which is now being proceeded with. *** W. CLARKE, the Young Street butcher, supplies sides mutton at 6d per lb prime mutton too. *** MR J. R. Stephens, recently appointed head teacher of Lyndhurst South school, has received from the pupils of his Tarneit school, a nice letter expressing their gratitude for his efforts among them for three years, and regret at his departure. Accompanying the letter was a present in the shape of a Conklin fountain pen. At Tarneit Mr Stephens presented eleven pupils for their merit certificates. All eleven passed. Out of fourteen pupils presented for qualifying certificate, eleven passed fully, three others failing in one

subject only. Tarneit is in the Werribee district, and Mr Stephens’ home is near Frankston. East, *** SHIRE ENGINEER’S REPORT. Mr. A. K. T. Sambell, C.E., reported as follows: Country Road Board Works. On Frankston-Dandenong road Contractor Moran has made further progress with his contract for the second section of this road. The bottom course has been completed and is being rolled, and the top course is now being spread. Carrum Vale Road. The Country Roads Board has accepted contractor Finch’s tender for the construction of this road. Eramosa Road. Work on the Moorooduc end of this road has been recommenced and metal is being carted by Contractor Gomm. Contractor Hodgins promised to commence his contract for the eastern end of this road in about one week’s time. Tyabb Road. Contractor Hodgins has made further progress with his contract for the construction of this road, chiefly on the Moorooduc end. Hodgins Road. Further progress has been made with the construction of this road and a commencement has been made with the drainage works. Tar Painting. Owing to the lateness of the season I recommend that the tar painting of this road be deferred till next summer. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 13 May 1921

WOLFGANG’S MAGICAL MUSICAL CIRCUS THIS July school holidays, internationally renowned Circa Contemporary Circus brings Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus to Frankston, a modern-day story featuring circus, magic, and musical madness. Heralded as “manic and magical” (The Guardian, UK), “circus with a classy, classical touch” (Three Weeks in Edinburgh, UK) and “. . . a must-see show for all the family” (Edinburgh Life with Kids), Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus is the year’s must-see show for families. The man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, wigged and ready to throw musical madness into a crescendo of dives, swoops and twirls as a pair of mischievous acrobats and a multi-skilled musician reinvent the composer’s manic and magical music. To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged

genius Mozart. Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director of Circa and creator of Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus, said the performance would ignite both child and child-like imaginations. ‘This is a production for everyone, touching on the marksmanship of Mozart’s mad but magical music” Lifschitz said. “The performers draw upon the frenzied, frantic and thrilling man himself turning the stage into a classical explosion of eclectic sounds and extraordinary visuals, all while wearing powder puff wigs!” Suitable for the whole family (kids aged 3+), this new production runs for 60 thrilling, totally wigged out, minutes. Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus will be at Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday 8 July, with performances at 11am and 2.30pm. Book at thefac.com.au or call 03 9784 1060. Western Port News 19 May 2021

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Of Mental Gymnastics and Groucho Marx By Stuart McCullough GROUCHO Marx once said he’d never want to join any club that’d have him as a member. To the best of my knowledge, Groucho Marx never joined a gym. That might be a pretty big assumption on my part, but I just can’t imagine Groucho doing a burpee or cutting loose on the elliptical trainer. (That said, if invited to do a burpee, I’m pretty sure I know how Groucho would respond.) Besides, gyms generally frown upon cigars, even if unlit. However, this has emerged as a rare point of difference between Groucho and me. That’s because I have now joined a gym. It’s been ages since I was a member of anything. The fault is not entirely mine – frankly, it’s fair to say that Video Ezy left me, rather than the other way around. It has to be said that there are lots of different types of gyms, each with their own emphasis. Around me, some gyms that are all about the muscles. Those are not for me. That’s largely because you’re expected to have something of a muscle base to work from and can’t, as I would prefer, to rent them at an hourly rate. Some are combat-oriented, but they struggle to advertise as the first rule of Fight Club is still that you don’t talk about Fight Club. Others are bicyclecentric, but despite assurances that classes are as simple as riding a bike, it’s been about three decades since I sat astride my Malvern Star BMX and I’m afraid I’d be the only one requesting training wheels, much less wearing a helmet. My needs are simple – I just want to be around like-minded people. It’s like

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that Morrissey song, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, there’s something about being around people that’s important. Mind you, Morrissey says a lot of things but, at least, on this, we agree. Some things have changed. Instead of something akin to an audition,

I was invited to attend a ‘tour’. Naturally, I dressed for the occasion, donning my Kenny G ‘Moment of Truth’ Tour t-shirt and matching silk jacket from 1988. As I entered the gym, I was immediately struck by the sounds of Kenny G wafting from the speakers.

Clearly, I was going to fit right in. I’ll be honest – I always feel like something like an imposter at these places. I don’t know what all the equipment is for and I’m certainly not across all the moves. I live in fear that I’ll be mid-workout when somebody points out that I’m facing the wrong way for the particular apparatus I’m using. Or upside down. Indeed, there’s no end to types of humiliations I imagine for myself. But it all came flooding back. Certain actions and events hold a mirror up to society. Gyms hold a mirror up to everything; you can’t turn around without running into yourself. On the up side, it makes the place look fuller than it actually is. As Kenny’s sweet, sweet saxophone filled the air, I took it as an omen and signed up on the spot. It’s probably been about fifteen years between gyms for me. The exception has been hotel gyms, which I love, because the equipment is always new (with detailed explanations on how to use it) and they’re almost always empty. This, for me, is perfect. No judgment. But despite it being a long time between vitamin-laden drinks, I’ve not been idle. In between, I’ve done a lot of running. As a kid, I was pretty much indifferent to exercise. Now it’s rare that a day goes by without me going for a run. Despite all that practice, I’m not sure I’m any better at it; even when I start, I look like someone who’s already completed a marathon and is on the verge of collapse. Some people seem to have springs in their legs. Not me. Mine are anchors that resist my attempts to move forward. In short, I struggle. To put this in context, this week I was

overtaken by someone pushing a pram. To be fair, the person doing the pushing may well have been superhuman and the pram itself looked especially aerodynamic. I like running, but it’s very much an individual pursuit. That said, I used to see the same person twice on Sundays – we obviously had similar routes in opposing directions. She would have been in her seventies and we’d wave to each other as we passed. I’d like to think she made a ‘missing persons’ report after I moved. But now it’s time to take things to the next level. Next week, I have an appointment with a personal trainer. We will, so I am informed, be developing a routine. I’m hoping it includes a good chunk of jazz ballet and makes full use of my puppetry skills. Or it could involve exercises. I’ll know soon enough. But, just in case, I’ll keep my jazz hands at the ready. Joining a gym is one of life’s great ‘put-offables’, right up there with cleaning out the gutters and oiling that squeaky hinge. It’s also about overcoming the anxiety that comes with being out of your depth. I’ve had a lot of that lately. For me, though, when a wave of change comes your way, it’s worth riding that wave for all its worth and changing everything. For now, I’m ready to give it a go. I’ve even curated a special playlist of Kenny G songs for the occasion. Here goes, if not nothing, then something with the soothing adult contemporary vibe that only an alto saxophone can provide. Groucho Marx would agree. Probably. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Bombers’ season boosted by big comeback win DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON Bombers upset Bonbeach in a thriller at Greg Beck Oval on Saturday. The Bombers had to work hard to secure the four points, overcoming a 25 point half-time deficit. They couldn’t afford to let any of their opportunities slip, claiming victory by scoring nine goals in the second half without a behind. Frankston Bombers ended up winning by just two points 12.3 (75) to 10.13 (73). Ryan Marks-Logan was Frankston’s finest with a three goal performance. Joseph Fisscher impressed for Bonbeach with a three goal effort of his own. Edithvale-Aspendale are finally off the mark in 2021. They won their first game for the season by defeating Pines at Eric Bell Reserve. Edi-Asp held a lead throughout the day, but the contest was close. Heading into the final term the Pythons trailed by five. Pines only managed to kick one goal in the final term. EdithvaleAspendale held their nerve, and ran out 11 point winners 9.5 (59) to 12.8 (80). Nick Carlon, Blake Ross, and Sam

Bulldogs bite Seagulls, Kangaroos keep winning By Brodie Cowburn MORNINGTON’S good start to the 2021 season continued with a win over Chelsea on Saturday. The Seagulls got off to an early lead, taking a 15 point advantage into quarter time. By the half time break, Mornington had grabbed hold of the lead. The Bulldogs led by just two points heading into the final term, but held on

to claim a hard-fought win. Mornington defeated Chelsea 7.9 (51) to 9.7 (61). Jackson Calder kicked three goals for the Bulldogs. Matthew Caine was named best-on-ground. Langwarrin’s undefeated run in 2021 remains intact after a big win over Crib Point. The Kangaroos had little trouble dispatching the Magpies. They ended up winning comfortably 9.8 (62) to 20.12 (132).

Joshua Dormer was one of Langwarrin’s best. He scored three goals on the day. Devon Meadows came from behind in the final quarter to defeat Karingal by six points at Ballam Park Reserve. The Bulls led by seven heading into the final quarter, but were overrun by the impressive Panthers. Tyabb were held scoreless in the first half of what turned into a miserable clash against Somerville on Saturday.

Seaford’s strong start still going in women's division SEWF PREMIER

By Brodie Cowburn SEAFORD’S undefeated start to the 2021 SEWF Premier division season has continued. Seaford took on Frankston at Skybus Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers were absolutely dominant throughout the afternoon. The Dolphins couldn't get near Seaford. They went the whole game without hitting the scoreboard. The final score read Seaford 10.8 (68) to Frankston 0. Lauren Field impressed for Seaford again. She kicked three goals. Tyabb fell short of victory in a hard-fought matchup against Eastern Devils on Friday night. Bunguyan Reserve played host to the two

sides. The Devils got out to an early lead, and held on for the rest of the night. Tyabb ended up losing by just 11 points - 2.6 (18) to 4.5 (29). Sophie Phillips and Claire Burgess were the Yabbies’ goalscorers. At Alexandra Park, Mornington struggled against Coburg Lions. Coburg looked the better side all day. The Bulldogs only hit the scoreboard once in the second half of the match, as the Lions ran away with it. Coburg Lions secured the points with a 3.1 (19) to 10.15 (75) win. Mt Eliza had another tough day, falling to St Kilda Sharks 15.14 (104) to 0.1 (1). Georgia Harris booted six for the Sharks.

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES MPNFL Division One Seniors Saturday 22 May, 2021 Sorrento Vs Frankston Bombers, 2PM – David McFarlane Reserve Mt Eliza Vs Dromana, 2PM – Emil Madsen Reserve Frankston YCW Vs Rosebud, 2PM – John Coburn Oval Bonbeach Vs Pines, 2PM – Oval 1 Bonbeach Recreation Reserve Edithvale-Aspendale Vs Red Hill, 2PM – Regents Park MPNFL Division Two Seniors Saturday 22 May, 2021 Mornington Vs Crib Point, 2PM – Alexandra Park Karingal Vs Seaford, 2PM – Ballam Park Reserve Tyabb Vs Chelsea, 2PM – Bunguyan Reserve Pearcedale Vs Hastings, 2PM – Pearcedale Recreation Reserve Somerville Vs Devon Meadows, 2PM – Somerville Recreation Reserve Langwarrin Vs Rye, 2PM – Lloyd Park

Flying high: Frankston YCW secured their spot on top of the ladder after defeating Red Hill by 29 points. Picture: Craig Barrett

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Monaghan were Edithvale-Aspendale’s best. The club celebrated its 100th birthday this week. Sorrento were at their best on Saturday, defeating Dromana is an impressive display. A six goals to zero third term put the game beyond all doubt. Sorrento won by 65 points - 8.8 (56) to 17.19 (121). Nick Corp was best afield, booting four goals for the Sharks. James Hallahan and Shannon Gladman kicked three each. Frankston YCW secured their spot on top of the ladder with a win over Red Hill on Saturday. The Stonecats defeated the Hillmen by 29 points. Mt Eliza scored a good win on the road against Rosebud, winning 9.6 (60) to 11.15 (81).

The result was never in question, as Somerville flexed their muscle against the Yabbies. Somerville won by 133 points 3.1 (19) to 21.26 (152). Somerville’s Ryan Gillis kicked more than double Tyabb’s total on his own. He scored seven majors. Seaford and Hastings rounded out the winner’s list with victories over Pearcedale and Rye respectively.

SEWF Premier Saturday 22 May, 2021 Seaford Vs Mornington, 2PM – Norm Cathie Reserve Sunday 23 May, 2021 Coburg Lions Vs Tyabb, 12PM – Jackson Reserve Eastern Devils Vs St. Kilda Sharks, 2:00PM – Mulgrave Reserve Mt Eliza Vs Frankston, 2PM – Emil Madsen Reserve

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CJ powers Pines’ comeback SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FRANKSTON Pines staged a stunning comeback on Saturday at Fawkner Park to maintain its push towards the State 3 South-East championship. When South Yarra striker Leo Holmes scored his second goal in the 27th minute the home side was cruising with a 3-0 lead and Pines looked dead and buried. Earlier in the season Pines had been tipped to emulate newly crowned Scottish champions Rangers and go through the season undefeated but now they were staring at successive losses and the chasing pack was closing in. “To be honest we were totally outplayed in the first 30 minutes,” Pines head coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor said. “South Yarra were really well organised and they had a game plan and we kept getting caught out.” Taylor had been forced to go into the contest without injured players Simon Webster and Hamraz Zanoozi while Alex Roberts and Danny Waddup were unavailable. But just when there seemed no way back for the title favourite South Yarra keeper Nathan Slowey clashed with star Pines striker Tito Vodowaqa. Slowey was given a straight red in the 34th minute for violent conduct but the scoreline remained firmly in South Yarra’s favour as the teams headed to the rooms at half-time. No-one could have envisaged the dramatic turnaround in this contest that was about to take place. CJ Hodgson has spent most of his playing career at Pines and his impact on the second half was crucial to what unfolded. He converted two penalties, scored an amazing long-range goal and provided an assist for Savenaca Baledrokadroka’s goal as Pines eventually ran out a 4-3 victor. “I’ve never coached at senior level and been involved in a comeback like that,” Taylor said. “I have no idea how CJ made such clean contact for his effort from outside the box. “He was in the middle of the mud patch and slipped as he went to strike

Back from the brink: Frankston Pines’ longest serving senior player CJ Hodgson scored a second-half hat-trick and set up another goal against South Yarra on Saturday. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

the ball.” That goal made it 3-3 and the improbable became the possible in the second minute of injury time when Hodgson’s second penalty hit the mark. In NPL2 Langwarrin returned from CB Smith Reserve on Friday night with a well-earned point after a 1-1 draw with Pascoe Vale. The home side led in the 36th minute after a long crossfield ball to the left from Naeem Rashimi picked out Ayden Mustedanagic who seemed to have knocked the ball too far forward. This allowed Langy right back Jeremy Min Fa to take prime position to

gain possession but in a flash Mustedanagic won back the ball then hammered a low left-foot shot past Langy keeper Fraser MacLaren. Tom Youngs played a pivotal role in Langy’s equaliser in the 58th minute. Within a minute of replacing Damir Stoilovic in the second half Youngs was tripped inside the area and converted from the spot. Langy had been active in the transfer market in the week leading up to this clash and had signed Lucas Portelli from Oakleigh Cannons, winger Luke Gallo from Mazenod and midfielder Slaven Vranesevic from Manningham United.

Wayne Wallace was injured during the warm-up forcing Langy to shuffle its starting line-up with Portelli taking on Wallace’s role in midfield while Gallo came off the bench in the second period. Alex Kubenko has left Langy and returned to Springvale White Eagles. In State 1 South-East Mornington drew 2-2 with Richmond at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday. All the goals came in the first half with Sam Scott getting both Mornington goals with strikes from outside the area. Mornington now heads the table by three points from Malvern City but Boroondara-Carey Eagles who inflicted Mornington’s only league loss the previous week are now just four points behind with two games in hand. In State 2 Peninsula Strikers won 3-1 against Knox City at Centenary Park on Saturday while Skye United was without injured quartet Daniel Attard, Caleb Nicholes, Dean Piemonte and Alex Rojas and went down 2-0 at home to Collingwood City. Knox took an early lead when Strikers were caught with a ball over the top but they levelled in the 15th minute when Riley Anderton crossed from the left for an Aaran Currie tap in. Strikers took a 2-1 lead into the break after Ben Doree finished from a tight angle in the 42nd minute and Currie turned provider in the 65th minute when his through ball set up Doree who rounded Knox keeper Mustafa Zahir and sealed the deal. In State 4 Harry McCartney reports that Seaford United had the better of Saturday’s opening exchanges against Baxter at Baxter Park dominating possession and forcing the home side onto the back foot. Mitch Lander scored the only goal of the contest in the 18th minute when Baxter keeper James Foster couldn’t deal with Lander’s left-foot strike only managing to palm the ball into the bottom corner. But Lander was forced off in the 30th minute with a knee injury and there was a noticeable momentum shift. This continued in the second half and only the heroics of Seaford keeper Hayden Hicks and the woodwork kept

the home side at bay and at the final whistle Baxter was left lamenting its loss when it could so easily have taken something from this match. In State 4’s other derby Chelsea recorded its second win of the league season when it defeated visitors Somerville Eagles 2-0 on Friday night. William Ong scored both of Chelsea’s goals in the second half, the first a header past Somerville keeper Nathan Brown and the second when he got clear onto a through ball and beat Brown in a one-on-one. In State 5 all three local sides lost last weekend. Aspendale Stingrays went down 1-0 to league leader Hampton Park United, Rosebud lost 4-1 at home to Pakenham United with Chris Parry scoring for the ’Buds while Mount Martha went down 3-1 at home to Knox United despite Ethan Sanderson opening the scoring in the first minute of play. Please note that Mornington has a bye this weekend. NEXT WEEK’S GAMES Friday 21 May, 8.30pm: Skye Utd v Peninsula Strikers – Skye Recreation Reserve Saturday 22 May, 3pm: Langwarrin v Kingston City – Lawton Reserve Somerville Eagles v Baxter – Tyabb Central Reserve Seaford Utd v Keysborough – North Seaford Reserve Aspendale Stingrays v Mentone – Jack Grut Reserve Mount Martha v South East Utd – Civic Reserve Bunyip District v Rosebud – Bunyip Recreation Reserve Saturday 22 May, 5pm: Springvale City v Chelsea – Ross Reserve Saturday 22 May, 7pm: Frankston Pines v Diamond Valley Utd – Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve

Brooklyn lands well-deserved Group success HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou FLASHY mare Brooklyn Hustle has broken through for Stakes class success in Adelaide for training partnership Jason Warren and Dean Krongold on Saturday 15 May. The four-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner has always promised plenty with her fast-finishing sprints in Group One company but has never quite had the luck go her way to secure the victory. But, the drop back in class to the Group Three Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) on Saturday proved successful as she dashed up the inside rail for jockey Jamie Kah and ran away with the spoils. Despite being slow away from the barriers, Brooklyn Hustle still proved too classy for her opposition winning by one-and-a-half lengths over the Levi Kavanagh-trained Wild Vixen, with John McArdle’s ever-consistent mare Humma Humma finishing off well for third.

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Break through: Brooklyn Hustle wins the Group Three Proud Miss Stakes after some quality runs in Group One contests. Picture: Supplied

Mornington-based co-trainer Jason Warren said it was terrific to see her finally break-through for Stakes success. “She’s been putting the writing on the wall,” Warren said. “We thought she’d come here and

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do this but you always want to see them get the job done. She’s obviously had some rapts on her, she’s always the one flashing home but when she was a bit slow away today, I thought ‘oh god, don’t tell me it’s going to happen in this race as well’.”

Sitting on the mare for the first time at the races, inform jockey Jamie Kah continued her remarkable run of late and brought up her 11th winner from her last 18 rides. Kah was thrilled to see the Rosemont Stud-owned mare be rewarded with a well-earned win. “There’s not one more horse out there that deserves it more than her,” Kah said post-race. “She’s run some amazing races in some really good Group Ones and she really deserved that today. I was [concerned] coming out of the gates. I had my heart in my mouth. She jumped and slipped and actually lost her back end for a few strides so she’s done a massive effort to pick up and run on like that.” Warren said Brooklyn Hustle will now head to Queensland with the ultimate aim being next month’s Group One Tattersalls Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm. It’s the end of an era for another talented Mornington-trained mare as John McArdle’s Humma Humma

bowed out with another placing in the Proud Miss Stakes, having won the event last year. McArdle said it was an honour to train the mare who always fronted up in every race she contested. She ends her career with the Group Three win to her name as well as being 12-times Stakes placed. “She’s been very good so it’s a little bit bitter sweet but she’s done everything we could’ve asked of her,” McArdle said. “She’s been an incredibly consistent mare and she goes out there and tries which is why she’s a stable favourite. She goes out every time and she gives it everything she’s got. It’s a bit of a heavy heart but hopefully her two sisters that we’ve got in the stable can reach her level. She’s been a good horse to train.” One of the sisters, Tycoon Humma, is already a Listed winner and is unbeaten from two careers starts.


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