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A PENSIONER’S fears that he could be evicted from his fourth rental property in as many years struck a chord with readers – and it seems help is at hand. Larry (surname withheld) said he feared becoming homeless if the new owners of his Hastings unit decided to renovate or move in themselves – or perhaps re-let it at a higher rental. Either way he would be forced to look for a new home – with the few available being offered at rents he could not afford (“Pensioner feels the brunt in house hunt” The News, 6/2/2018). A reader has now come to the rescue offering Larry a self-contained unit or bungalow on 12 hectares at Pearcedale. Larry has accepted and will take over yard duties, such as lawn mowing and looking after the animals. “It’s a two-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette and is ideal,” Larry said. “The owners are away a lot and need someone to look after the place and keep it looking lived-in.” Larry’s new landlord said he would make an ideal tenant. “We went through everything and he was rapt,” said the owner, who asked not to be named. The Salvation Army was also helpful, adding Larry’s name to a Department of Housing list for those seeking independent living quarters. Continued Page 13 Home safe: Pensioner Larry has found a place to live in return for helping out his landlord. Picture: Yanni

MPs lobbied to slow speedsters Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au STATE MPs are being asked to back moves to have uniform speed limits on all the Mornington Peninsula roads. Cr David Gill says a piecemeal approach to speed limits sees 80kph in some sealed roads while unmade roads “have a default 100kph”. Most of the 570 roads within the shire having at least one section of

unsealed road operating under the 100kph default speed limit. Cr Gill, the mayor Cr Bryan Payne and CEO Carl Cowie are meeting with Liberal opposition MPs David Morris (Mornington), Martin Dixon (Nepean) and Neale Burgess (Hastings) at Parliament House on Thursday 8 March to seek their support for a “peninsulawide road safety action plan”. “Mornington Peninsula Shire Council was the first council to officially

join the [state government’s Toward Zero] campaign, yet there is still no overall road safety plan for the peninsula,” Cr Gill said. “We are ideally placed on a peninsula for a trial of a modern traffic and road management plan that could be the template for a realistic road toll campaign in rural Victoria. “The deputy commissioner of police-traffic said on an official visit to the shire last year that allowed speeds

were a serious problem on the peninsula.” Then anomaly of high speeds on unmade roads was graphically illustrated to Cr Gill when meeting with ratepayers on the side of Stumpy Gully Road, Balnarring on 7 February to discuss a drainage issue. “We were showered with stones and saw dangerous speeding drivers, even when we were standing on the side of the road,” he said.


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Expert called in over CEO’s job Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors are hiring a consultant to help review the performance and pay of CEO Carl Cowie. The “suitably qualified and experienced consultant” is scheduled to start work on 1 April, a Sunday eight weeks before councillors decide whether to advertise the position or renew and renegotiate Mr Cowie’s contract. The contract for shire’s top job - which comes with a salary package of more than $400,000 and a $30,000 study allowance – expires in November and Mr Cowie has to be told six months’ ahead if councillors intend to advertise the position. The shire’s advertisement says the consultant chosen for the CEO review would work with council on “fulfilling its statutory responsibilities outlined in the Local Government Act 1989, concerning chief executive officer (CEO) employment matters”. The ad is being run under the heading “CEO performance review, remuneration and appointment processes”. While no consultant’s fees are mentioned in the advertisement, in the four years before October 2016 council paid former Kingston mayor Topsy Petchey $70,600 for advice to councillors and help with performance reviews. The consultant is also being hired at a time Mr Cowie is facing criticism for not listing in the shire’s “gifts register” a Mediterranean cruise he took with his wife aboard a liner hired by trucking magnate and high profile Portsea ratepayer,

Lindsay Fox. Mr Cowie says he does not have to list the seven-day cruise in July 2015 as he was on leave from council and it was made at no expense to the shire. While Mr Cowie has called publicity over his trip “a distraction”, the mayor Cr Bryan Payne sees it as “a real topic”. A former municipal CEO, Cr Payne has told The News that he would not have accepted Mr Fox’s invitation. While Mr Cowie is continuing to resist pressure from councillors to list the cruise in the gifts register, the councillors have decided to open the register to the public, albeit by appointment (“Opening the books on shire gifts” The News 6/2/18). Meanwhile, the consultant being sought by councillors will help with: n Annual performance reviews of [the] CEO, including assisting … with recommendations to council as a result of performance reviews. n Review of remuneration and conditions of employment of the CEO. n The process relating to the appointment of CEO. The advertisement describes the consultant’s role as: “The successful consultant will work in close collaboration with the ‘committee of the whole’, CEO and relevant shire officers, and will be required to attend meetings at the shire’s Rosebud office. The service will commence 1 April 2018 and will not require the consultant to work full time; the time required will vary over the term of engagement subject to the requirements of council’s committee.” Continued Page 8

Film win: Karen McPherson, her son Harry and Mel Atherton after the announcement of McPherson’s awards at the Peninsula Film Festival. Picture: Supplied

Festival wins for Hastings’ filmmaker HASTINGS filmmaker Karen McPherson has won two awards at the Peninsula Film Festival held in Rosebud and Queenscliff from February 9-11. McPherson brought home Best Cinematography and third prize overall for her short film, The Hamster King. The film features her son Harry, who spent many mornings at Balnarring and Somers beaches during filming. Karen’s depiction of these picturesque locations led to her winning Best Cinematography. “Creating a film like this was only possible because we live just a few minutes away from these beautiful beaches. Harry didn’t have to miss any school and we could keep going back to chase the magic hour of light on the beach,”

McPherson said. As well as a significant cash prize for third place overall, McPherson also won a Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro camera. The annual festival now has the largest viewing audience of any in Victoria. Twelve short films were adjudicated by celebrity judges including Lachy Hulme, Leah Purcell, Jane Kennedy, Isabel Lucas, Michala Banas and Nick Batzias. Over her career McPherson has directed short films, documentaries and created content for digital platforms and television. Her current major project is as co-director on the soon-tobe shot feature The Doorman, to be filmed in Melbourne. Brodie Cowburn

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All aboard as ferry gets terminal nod Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au SEAROAD Ferries last week got the go ahead build a new terminal at Sorrento. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council on Tuesday 13 February approved the works following public exhibition of the plans and review by an independent panel. The decision followed a planning services committee meeting the previous week which adopted the Sorrento Ferry Terminal Planning Scheme Amendment C209 which will guide the works. Extra conditions cover road upgrades and traffic infrastructure upgrades by VicRoads. The terminal will include a maritime museum, café and lounge, toilets and small shops for souvenirs and ticketing. Searoad Ferries CEO Matt McDonald said the company had run a series of community information sessions. He said the works would improve infrastructure along the Esplanade and Sorrento foreshore and lead to better connections with public transport. “We are also determined to improve

safety and pedestrian access to the pier, including access for older people and people with disabilities that affect mobility,” he said. Mr McDonald sees the terminal as a “significant economic driver for the region”. “[The] route from Queenscliff to Sorrento carries more than 850,000 people and 200,000 cars each year, making it the busiest passenger ferry service in Australia,” he said. “We must provide tourists and locals who use the service with high quality, safe and accessible facilities.” He said terminal improvements were also planned for the western side of the ferry route, with a proposal being considered by the Borough of Queenscliffe. “The total project will provide an economic boost for the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas generating 155 direct and 50 indirect jobs during the construction phase,” Mr McDonald said. “Independent modelling estimates that from 2015-30, the upgrades would create a total economic impact of $210.8 million. This is enough to support 1097 jobs.”

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Rough riders: Mountain bike riders are preparing for the Rookie 30 event at this year’s Otway Odyssey, Saturday 24 February. Picture: Supplied

On track for hilly thrills THE Rookie 30 event at this year’s Otway Odyssey, Saturday 24 February, will be a challenge for 15 mountain bike riders from the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula Bike Skills riders, aged 10-13, have been training around Red Hill to prepare for the event over 30 kilometres of mountain bike trails around Forrest, in south-west Victoria. Their instructor Neil Prosser teaches mountain bike riding skills to riders of all levels at Red Hill and Lysterfield. His Dirt Riders school holiday program has been expanded to run all year. Riders, aged 1013, are encouraged to get out and enjoy the trails, as well as develop techniques to allow them to ride confidently and safely on off-road trails. About 70 children have passed through the course in the past 18 months, he said. Details: peninsulabikeskills.com.au

ENVIRONMENTAL investigations will begin with a view to building a safe boat harbour for vessels during heavy weather at Olivers Hill. Dunkley MP Chris Crewther says stage one of a project to build a safe boat refuge will involve “hydrological, planning and other environmental studies ... to determine the further detail for stage two of the project, being the construction of the project”. A federal grant of $500,000 will go towards the studies and part of the construction of the harbour at Olivers Hill. Mr Crewther said the “safe boat refuge” will provide safety for small recreation craft and police boats in heavy weather, and a secure permanent mooring in 2-3 metres of water for the Frankston Volunteer Coast Guard rescue vessel, and possibly police boats. Mr Crewther told The News that Frankston Council will take the lead on the project and had asked for the $500,000 before the 2016 federal election. He said KBR Commercial will design a concept plan by July and the council construction tender will then go out to market. Construction is planned to begin by May 2019. The safe boat harbour will include a breakwater with access for emergency vehicles, lighting and CCTV. Stage one including hydrological studies and the concept plan will cost $253,000 and the remainder of the $500,000 will go towards construction. The safe boat refuge will be used by the Frankston Coast Guard, Water Police, That’s The Thing About Fishing volunteers, Frankston Surf Life Saving Club members and recreational boaters. “Council will co-contribute to the project as required depending on the length of the breakwater,” Mr Crewther said. The safe boat refuge is separate from a longfloated idea to build a $38-$80 million marina to be “a regional boating hub”. The marina project is not listed as a strategic priority in the council’s 2017-2021 plan.

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Audit traces marine life AN audit of marine life under Rye pier on Saturday 10 February aimed at charting the area’s sea life in a scientific format. Marine biologist Fam Charko and 12 regular Rye divers spent about two hours conducting what they believe is the first audit of species around the reefs and pier. Those marine animals found will be identified and catalogued and used as baseline data. More audits are planned, including a night dive as more species come out at night. The audit aims to help protect the myriad plants, animals and fish threatened by dredging works or the building of the jetty near the boat ramp. Seahorses, sea cucumbers, banjo sharks and rays live in what’s described by enthusiasts as a “marine wonderland that most people don’t even know about”. Recent works on pier pylons by Parks Victoria are believed to have adversely impacted on the seahorse population at Rye. Members of the diving community are concerned at the effect of the works, particularly on juvenile seahorses. One was found dead on the pier. Rye Community Group Alliance’s Mechelle Cheers said they hoped the ‘citizen-science project’ would lead to the pier area becoming a mini-marine sanctuary. “It could be enjoyed by all – including the diverse range of creatures living there,” she said. “Rye pier is a very popular dive spot: not just with locals but a significant number of international tourists who come to Rye to dive.” Ms Charko interviewed Ms Cheers on her 3CR radio program ‘Out of the Blue’ on Sunday 4 February. “We feel the focus for Port Phillip Bay is often above the water, or on what can be taken home for food,” Ms Cheers said. “The marine environment underwater is often ‘out of sight, out of mind’ so people don’t appreciate and embrace our unique marine treasures.” Ms Cheers said it was “upsetting to discover that during the week the big old Maori octopus, nicknamed Voldemort by beachgoers, had been killed by a pier fisherman.

A CAFE at Benton Square shopping centre has been fined almost $10,000 after a Fair Work Ombudsman’s audit found junior staff had been underpaid. Degani Bakery Cafe has agreed to back-pay staff $9375, apologise to them, and display notices at the cafe detailing the breaches on its website. The underpayments came to light during a selfinitiated compliance audit of 14 Degani Australia franchised cafes. The Ombudsman found that 15 staff, including waiters, cooks and four juniors at the Mornington cafe, had been underpaid from September to November, 2016. The audit found the company paid $18-$21 hourly rates to its casual staff which did not meet casual loadings and penalty rates to which they

were entitled under industry awards. One staff member was underpaid $1318 at a flat hourly rate of $20, despite being entitled to base rates, including casual loading, of $23.64, weekend rates of up to $28.37 and public holiday rates of up to $47.28 at the time. Other issues included not providing meal breaks for employees who worked more than five hours, not rostering on part-time employees for at least three consecutive hours and not paying annual leave loading. The cafe was said to have fully co-operated with Fair Work inspectors, agreeing to back-pay workers in full and to overhaul its business practices under the terms of an Enforceable Undertaking entered into with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Drinks are on the mayor WHILE it remains off the agenda before, during and after council meetings, alcohol can again be served at special events held by Mornington Peninsula Shire. The mayor, Cr Bryan Payne has been given the power to authorise the serving of alcohol on council premises at occasions like the annual council meeting (when new mayors are elected) and the councillors’ Christmas party. “No alcohol is to be provided before, during or after council meetings or briefings on council premises,” an amendment to the Councillor Expenses Reimbursement, Resources and Facilities Policy adopted by council on 12 December 2017 states. “Alcohol may be provided at special council events such as the annual council meeting and the councillor Christmas party even when such events are held on council premises. The mayor may approve alcohol to be provided at special

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Down to earth with royalty of the air By Michael Leeworthy IT was a once in a life time encounter: a face to face meeting with a wedge-tailed eagle on a bushwalk in the Arthurs Seat State Park that left me gob smacked. Sighting dolphins while walking along the beach is becoming commonplace. Many times I have been surprised by up to five, appearing from under my kayak on Port Phillip. I have been on the bay’s waters most of my life and don’t believe I’ve ever sighted so many dolphins as in recent times. On 10 June, a humpback whale and her calf were spotted in the bay were said to be a first in recorded history. Since scallop dredging ceased on 8 August 2005, the bay has shown obvious signs of rejuvenation. Who knows what the long-term effects of channel dredging will be? In the hinterland and other areas of the Mornington Peninsula, eastern grey kangaroos, swamp Wallabies, echidnas, koalas, snakes, lizards, goannas, blue tongues, cockatoos, galahs, rosellas, powerful owls and all kinds of sea birds are there for the keen observer. Any self-respecting bushwalker, birdwatcher, or natural historian knows not to disturb or interrupt native animal or bird habitat. This message should be conveyed more widely.

Eyeing the eagle: Artist Michael Leeworthy’s awe of eagles increased when he “stumbled across one at close range”.

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On the peninsula and elsewhere in Australia, animal and bird life has been reduced in huge numbers with land clearing for agriculture. Since the peninsula has been divided into small parcels it is obvious that those plots are mostly no longer viable for agricultural profit. Replanting pasture areas and wetlands with indigenous trees would benefit wild life greatly. Rehabilitation is essential to maintain a balance with human intervention and the depletion of animal and bird life. But the odds of encounter with a wedge-tailed eagle with an almost two metre wing span from a distance of eight metres, was my equivalent to being struck by lightning, a lottery win, or at least achieving a hole in one

on the golf course. But oh, so much more pleasant. The eagle was on the ground under a canopy of trees to my left. The magnificent bird would have realised immediately that to achieve flight it had to cross my path in the only open space available. He did this instantly, but the act seemed like slow motion as its powerful legs strode in front of me as, simultaneously, the huge wings began to open and flap, gaining precious ground to retreat from me, the intruder. He stayed at a height of three meters swerving through the eucalypts, until eventually out of sight. I seemed frozen to that spot marvelling, while in disbelief that I had the privilege to witness this amazing creature so intimately. Until recently there was a bounty on

WEDGE-TAILED eagles are monogamous. If one partner dies they can mate again. They lay up to three eggs but more often one or two. The first egg is the larger and will be the survivor. The second egg will be destroyed if there is a shortage of food in its territory. Nests are usually built in the highest tree, but can be in shrubs or a cliff face where trees are absent. Nest can be 1.8 metres across; 3 metres deep and weigh up to 400 kilograms. They are made of dead sticks and lined with fresh twigs and leaves. Strange, but if sticks fall from the nest they are never reused. There can be a huge pile of fallen sticks at the base of the tree. Eagles are territorial and active nests are usually about 2.5km apart but can be as close as one kilometre depending on the availability of food. Eagles feed on live prey and carrion. They will eat what is available: lizards, birds and mammals, but mostly rabbits.

their head. The eagle is often accused of killing lambs. Yes, it is more than capable as many eye witness accounts tell of eagles feeding off dead lambs. There is no proof that they were actually responsible for the killing, as many lambs are taken by dogs, foxes even large feral cats. One can only imagine how the peninsula teemed with wildlife before settlement. It is essential that we reclaim as much land as possible for wildlife. I have often lain on my back in the grass staring upward observing eagles –jumbo jets of the bird world, sometimes just a dot hovering at heights of up to 2000 metres. I know that when I next sight a wedge-tailed Eagle, I will remember my first close-upn meeting with this majestic creature.

Liberals asked to back uniform speed controls Continued from Page 1 “This is an unsealed road with a de facto 100kph speed limit,” Cr Gill said. “The default speed limit of 100kph on most of our 330 kilometres of gravel roads is causing concern in our community. Living and driving along these roads is hazardous as country lanes have grown into thoroughfares. “The situation of sealed roads like Bungower Road and Balnarring Road being 80kph and dangerous gravel cross roads left at 90 or 100kph is difficult to comprehend. “VicRoads controls these speeds, they have a one size fits all protocol that deny sensible safety outcomes on the peninsula. “The piecemeal approach, even down to speed changes on the same rural road - probably due to several accidents in one location - seems to me to be counterproductive to the rationale of the government’s Toward Zero campaign.” Meanwhile, the shire has given the go ahead to a roundabout being built at the intersection of Bentons, Derril and Loders roads, Moorooduc. The federal government has contrib-

uted $950,000 towards the roundabout. “Analysis in this area has highlighted the intersection has a high crash history. At this intersection, there have been two recorded crashes in the last five years,” a shire news release states. After inquiries by The News, infrastructure strategy and climate change executive manager Davey Smith said injuries were sustained in the two crashes at the intersection. “At the shire, we are working towards safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use in our commitment as a Towards Zero municipality. We take all crashes seriously to ensure our road network is safe for our residents,” Mr Smith said. Traffic will be disrupted for up to three months during construction. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said the shire spends about $8.9 million a year on its 1700 kilometre road network.

Continued from Page 3 As well as making the gifts register publicly available councillors have also called for a review of the “definitions” of words used in the Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy, an “internal document” that is also now publicly available. A review of the policy by councillors and council officers is designed “to ensure that any ambiguity is addressed in a clear and meaningful manner,” Mr Cowie stated in a news release following last week’s decision by councillors. Benefit, as defined in the current policy is defined in part as “something which is believed to be of benefit to the receiver” and can include accommodation and recreation trips. A news release from the shire said making the gifts policy and register public would “ensure the organisation meets public expectations around transparency and the disclosure of gifts”.

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A MAN’S body was spotted by a passer-by floating in the bay at the base of Olivers Hill, 6.30am, Wednesday 14 February. Water Police retrieved the body. The circumstances surrounding the man’s death are not yet known and he is yet to be identified. Police are not treating the death as suspicious and are preparing a report for the coroner.

Van occupants ‘suspicious’ A WHITE ford Econovan carrying two people almost ran into a police car outside Karingal Hub shopping centre, 7.30am, Monday 12 February. Earlier, a man and a woman in the van were seen “acting suspiciously” by peering into various shops. Police arriving on the scene found the van to be stolen from Cranbourne and gave chase. It was driven over an embankment and almost collided with the police car before speeding off along Cranbourne Road towards Macquarie Road, Langwarrin. The van’s registration is 1CK4GD. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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FRANKSTON South residents were told to stay inside and close their windows after asbestos sheeting blew across Nepean Highway, causing the road to be closed in both directions, 9am, Wednesday 14 February. Emergency services rushed to the top of Olivers Hill after the hazardous material – believed to be from inside the roof of a tin shed – was lifted off by 87kph winds from the north-west.

Fight wounds A MAN was allegedly stabbed in the neck during a fight at a Hastings business, 8am,

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Dealership loss in smash-and-grab

Wednesday 14 February. Acting Sergeant Tony Hester, of Hastings police, said a dispute between two men ended with one allegedly being stabbed in the neck. A man was arrested at the scene and was being held pending inquiries. The wounded man was airlifted to The Alfred hospital.

Smashed: Mercedes dealer Chris Thoday, left, surveys the damage after the robbery. Two men, above, captured on CCTV stealing from the dealership’s cabinets. Picture: Cameron McCullough

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A TREE branch was blown onto a contractor working at a Hastings landscape business when strong winds hit the town, 8am, Wednesday 14 February. Senior Constable Desiree Nitsche, of Hastings police, said the man received a cut to the head and neck pain in the incident in Lefroy Lane. He was taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment.

No cigarette: punched

A COCKATOO man smoking under a footbridge on the Frankston foreshore received a fractured cheekbone and other facial injuries when he was set upon by four men, 10.10pm, Sunday 28 January. Detective Senior Constable Mark Garrett, of Frankston CIU, said the man, 41, and a mate were approached by a man who asked for a cigarette. When he refused the man walked away but another man – one of four – approached and said the refusal had caused offence. This prompted all the men to attack the man who was allegedly punched several times in the head before managing to run away and seek help. He was taken by ambulance to The Alfred hospital for treatment. A 17-year-old male was charged with assault over the incident and remanded to a children’s court at a later date. He is alleged to have been involved in at least seven drunken assaults and robberies, several on Frankston foreshore on Australia Day, in which frightened youngsters were threatened with violence if they refused to hand over wallets and phones.

TWO men used a concrete block to smash their way into the Mercedes-Benz car dealership at Mornington, 5.45am, Thursday 15 February. The men, wearing dark-coloured hoodies and carrying backpacks, were captured on CCTV throwing the block through a window at the Mornington-Tyabb Road premises and forcing open a door. Dealer Chris Thoday said the men then ran-

sacked the showroom, smashing open glass cabinets with hammers and stealing $5000 worth of Mercedes watches, t-shirts, aftershave, perfume, caps, keyrings and laptops. “There’s glass everywhere,” Mr Thoday said. “The boulder is still on the floor.” Mr Thoday said the men looked familiar. “We had an incident a couple of weeks ago when a man stole a laptop and it may be him.” Stephen Taylor

Charity Cup is on again THE annual Seawinds Golf Charity Cup will be held at Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Monday 26 February. Now in its sixth year, the event is for all golfers, with non-handicapped golfers welcome to participate on a deemed handicap. The Ambrose competition with teams of four will kick off with a shotgun start at 12 midday. Features of the day are an 18-hole competition with golf cart included, steaks and refreshments from 11am, on-course catering all day, team and individual prizes and giveaways, and a presentation function afterwards with finger food and refreshments.

Seawinds Community Hub at Capel Sound is a not-for-profit, volunteer staffed centre providing a warm welcome and support on the southern Mornington Peninsula for people of all ages and backgrounds. The hub needs a high level of funding. Participation in the golf day is one way to help while enjoying the company and the competition. Residents are welcome to call in to Seawinds to enjoy a coffee in the cafe, and take a look at the support services and activities held in the welcoming environment. Details: Seawinds Community Hub at Capel Sound, call 5982 2204.

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more than 15 times. “Then that person makes an appointment for the NBN technician to come to my business and do the install set-up. This is the third time they have made such an appointment. And guess what? No-one came. “We now have three modems, and the guys yesterday said our phone is the problem. It’s not our phone.” Ms Harvey said she noticed a “huge change in our business traffic” as callers are told her number has been disconnected. “Our old and loyal clients have, thankfully, made an effort to find out why and come in to see us,” she said. “But we have spent a lot of money on advertising [listing the landline number] and for potential new customers to hear that message it is devastating.” Ms Harvey put a public notice in The News earlier this month to make customers aware she is open for business. “The phone is the lifeline of a hairdressing salon,” she said. NBN spokesperson Russell Kelly said the company “apologises for the interruption and is working hard to restore service”. “We have been working with the retailer to get the business reconnected as soon as possible,” he said. “Initially a fault was found in the wiring in the street and this was repaired. “A new appointment is now being arranged for an NBN technician to attend the site to conduct further tests and restore the service.”

Offline and on the brink: Nonie Harvey is frustrated at a lack of service from her phone company and NBN provider. Picture: Yanni

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Kayak mystery A CRANBOURNE man fell from his kayak into Western Port off Balnarring on Saturday night after catching a shark. Brett Palmer, 34, had been near his brother Luke, who was fishing from a boat, when he hooked the shark and was tipped into the water as the shark struggled to break free. Luke Palmer hauled him from the water and the pair left the kayak floating in the water after hauling the shark on board the boat The unattended kayak sparked a search for its owner after being found by a passing boat on Sunday morning. Police found Brett Palmer safe in his home and he returned to Hastings to reclaim his kayak.

Animal ‘clear-out’ THE RSPCA will reduce prices for adoptions of animals as part of a “clear the shelter” program from Friday to Sunday.

Visitors to the Peninsula Animal shelter, 1030 Robinsons Road, Pearcedale, will be charged a $29 adoption fee for dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits. “This promotion is all about finding homes for the animals in our care, and providing an incentive to those looking for a new pet to consider adoption,” RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said. “We monitor adoption promotions carefully and have found that the price someone pays to acquire an animal has no

impact on return rates and no negative impact on the animal’s welfare. All available research confirms this. “RSPCA Victoria does not put a number on how long an animal is in our care, with some animals available for adoption being with us for almost a year.” Adoption animals are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated, with health and behaviour checked. Visit: rspcavic.org/adoption The Pearcedale centre’s number is 5978 9000.

Continued from Page 1 Larry, 70, says his age means he will be moved higher on the list, which will also suit his new landlord’s family situation later on. Also interested in Larry’s plight was the Council to Homeless Persons, which says the state government should finance social housing projects through stamp duty revenues. “The number of people being evicted into homelessness has more than doubled over five years as rents rise,” CEO Jenny Smith said. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that, last financial year, 43,751 people presented at Victorian homelessness services due to eviction, she said. The Council to Homeless Persons says the increase from 17,930 just five years ago, is due to rising rents. Ms Smith said homelessness was also being driven by population growth, federal government housing taxation settings, and an absence of a national affordable housing plan. “Australia increasingly views housing as a commodity rather than the shelter we all need.” Stephen Taylor

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Burglars have eye for detail Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au DROMANA and District Historical Society members are reeling from the overnight breakin at the Dromana Old Shire Offices in which a range of historic items, as well as photographs, were stolen by burglars who “seemed to know what they were looking for”. Secretary Janet Egglestone said the offenders broke into cabinets and stole 36 selected items and cut pictures from their frames, possibly so they could be rolled up for carrying, Wednesday 7 February, (“Vandals hit historic offices” The News, 13/2/18). Society members are “frustrated” by the lack of CCTV in the Mornington Peninsula Shiremanaged buildings, saying it would have been helpful in identifying the culprits. Detective Sergeant Jason Hocking, of Somerville CIU, said the thieves appeared to have broken in through a rear toilet window. He said forensic police were processing a fingerprint found on one of the glass cabinets. “The investigation is ongoing and we would hope the public can assist, especially if they are offered historic items that may have come from the break-in,” Detective Hocking said. The historical society has about 5000 catalogued items and its volunteers aim to preserve the historical interests of Dromana, Red Hill, Rosebud, McCrae, Main Ridge, Boneo and Red Hill South. “There must have been more than one offender and we get the feeling they knew what they wanted,” Ms Egglestone said, adding that CCTV would have allowed the police to trawl back through recent visitors in the search for suspects. “They must have been in here for a few hours and they picked the eyes out of the collections, taking only the most valuable items.” Ms Egglestone said valuable items taken included a plate and saucer from the Paddle Steam-

Counting the cost: Dromana and District Historical Society president Jean Rotherham and treasurer David Buchanan show where thieves removed historic photographs from their frames. Picture: Gary Sissons

er Cabinet decorated with a motif depicting the P S Hygiea leaving Dromana pier in the 1920s, as well as two parallel sections of rail from the screw steamer Edina 1854. Other items of value are World War I medals from the Military Cabinet, a pair of 1930s silver plated spoons from the McLear Family Cabinet, and a large framed map of the township of the Dromana Parish of Kangerong, taken from the foyer, which is thought to be an original. “It’s hard to put an actual value on the missing items, but we will have to for the insurer,” Ms Egglestone said. Volunteers will now set about redesigning their displays with what items of interest they have left and fit their rooms with security cameras. The offices also house the Rotary Club of Dromana, Port Phillip 4WD Club, U3A Southern Peninsula, Dromana Potters Group and Country Women’s Association. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au

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investigates other “engineering solutions” to save the cliffs and beach. Mr Rankine said no fines had been issued to dog owners or anyone seen within the “beach closed” signs. “The public is asked to avoid the area due to storm damage; beach access is closed until further notice. This does not affect residents using Hawkers Beach as a leash-free area,” Mr Rankine stated.

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DESIGN PINE - PRIMED T/PINE 18x18 Quad/Fillet/DAR .......................... $1.65mt 42x18 DAR ............................................ $2.95mt 66x18 DAR ............................................ $3.95mt 90x18 DAR ............................................ $5.50mt 138x18 DAR .......................................... $8.00mt 185x18 DAR ........................................ $11.50mt 30x30 Int Stop ....................................... $3.35mt 57x30 Ext Stop ...................................... $5.75mt 42x42 DAR ............................................ $5.75mt 90x42 DAR F7 ..................................... $11.25mt 138x42 DAR F7 ................................... $16.75mt 185x42 DAR F7 ................................... $22.25mt 230x42 DAR F7 ................................... $34.00mt 280x42 DAR F7 ................................... $40.95mt


200 X 75 X 2.4mt

$18.75 each PACK LOTS ONLY

5981 0943 sales@dromanatimber.com.au

2400x500 Oriental ............................... $27.00ea 2400x500 Woven ................................. $34.00ea

TREATED PINE R/S 100x12 Paling....................................... $0.65mt 150x12 Paling....................................... $0.95mt 150x25 ................................................. $2.25mt 75x50 ................................................... $2.40mt

T/PINE F7/MGP10 – LASER CUT 70x35 ................................................... $2.85mt 70x45 ................................................... $3.75mt 90x35 ................................................... $3.80mt 90x45 ................................................... $5.00mt 140x35 ................................................. $5.85mt 140x45 ................................................. $7.50mt 190x45 ................................................. $9.95mt 240x45 ............................................... $14.75mt 290x45 ............................................... $17.25mt

T/PINE FASCIA PRIMED 190x30 D&G... .................................... $11.00mt 230x30 D&G... .................................... $19.50mt

PINE MGP10 70x35 Long .......................................... $2.65mt 70x45 Long ...........................................$3.55mt 90x35 Studs ......................................... $2.40mt 90x35 Long .......................................... $2.65mt 90x45 Studs ......................................... $3.20mt 90x45 Long ...........................................$3.55mt

PINE MERCH 90x35 ................................................... $1.65mt 90x45 ................................................... $1.95mt

PINE F7/MGP10 – LASER CUT 140x45 ................................................. $6.45mt 190x45 ................................................. $8.85mt 240x45 ............................................... $12.25mt


‘H’ SECTION $40.00MT ‘C’ SECTION $24.00MT

1 Dalkeith Drive, Dromana Mon-Fri 7am-4pm Sat 7am-12noon


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#wearewesternport The Pearl of the Peninsula

Featured Traders

McDonalds Family Restaurant Manager: Arran Berkery What do you love about Hastings? Is it is a township with a really good community feel. About the business: We have an undercover fun safe entertaining playground for the kids, while our well trained team also host birthday parties and functions.

We are 99% locally staffed and we also train 10 staff yearly through a Certificate 3 in a Retail Operations programme. Please come and see what’s new with our extensive renovations newly finished. The new fully enclosed awesome child safe play area is an exciting experience for all the little ones to enjoy with lots to keep their mind entertained and body active. We have

beautifully landscaped gardens, and better signage. We now also have free WIFI for you to stay M’ connected. 140 High Street Hastings, Vic 3915 (03) 5979 4555 www.mcdonalds.com.au

Lucky Lotto & News Hastings Trader: Barry & Cathy McKay What do you love about Hastings? It is a vibrant town with terrific characters. About the business: We love providing good ,old fashioned customer service. Customers often call us the friendly shop. We have had our LUCKY Lotto & News Hastings business for 18 months now. We sponsor and are involved in supporting local clubs via our community benefits scheme, which supports loyal customers. LUCKY Lotto & News Hastings is your local One Stop Tatts & News Shop; we offer a full range of Tatts Products including Instant Scratchies. We offer a wide variety of syndicates, increasing your chances of winning a prize. Gift packs are available for the hard to buy for people in your life,

a win-win situation. We host regular fun social syndicate scratchie evenings with complementary tea, biscuits and slice. It’s such a fun, responsible gambling night for around 30 guests, and yes bookings are essential to secure your Lucky spot. We also offer a second chance draw for non winning entries and every month we give away $100 prepaid visa card to the lucky winner. We love our business; it is such a pleasure for us all including our wonderful staff, to come to work knowing we could potentially change someone’s life forever! It absolutely thrills and delights us when we pay out winning entries and yes we have had some big winners already with numerous 2nd & seven 3rd division winners! We have paid out over $550,000.00 dollars in prizes so far, with lots of happy people, and I just know we will be selling that big one soon;

it’s all in the numbers! LUCKY Lotto & News Hastings is your one stop shop for newspapers, discounted magazines, toys, cards, stationery, drinks, calendars, gifts for all occasions from exotic scented candles, plates and oil melt burners. We focus on quality Hallmark greeting cards with an extensive range for you to choose from. We sell Discounted Mount Franklin Water 600ml for only $1.00 and we offer a very competitive Dry-cleaning service. Come and see our extensive range of POP Vinyl and TY Beanie Boo’s & toys. Check out Facebook for this week’s Super Lucky Special Discounted price on a TY Beanie Boo’s. We are Open from Monday to Saturday 8-6pm & Sunday 9.302.30pm, See you soon! Hastings Shopping Complex Shop 2 No 9 Queen Street, Hastings Vic 3915 www.facebook.com/LUCKYlottohastings (03) 5979 8753

equipment, as rotary machines are less damaging to the skin, allowing us to get more realism in the skin. My team of skin artists have extensive experience in their field. I like all my staff to dress and express as they feel comfortable, I want you to feel like you could bring your grandmother into my shop, as it has a comfortable laidback vibe no burley bikers to intimidate the customers. I just want you to relax and enjoy the experience of co-designing your own body art. I am an artist who expresses myself on the skin, so there is little room

for errors. I am very honest with my customers what will and won’t work and morphing a single idea in to a multiple wearable art piece to tell a story or theme. We are generally booked up with a 3-4 month waiting list for body art works as we are the best and we enjoy what we do. We occasionally have cancellations so keep an eye on Facebook for notifications.

Ink Transition- Body Art Trader: Jaymz Kannon What do you love about Hastings? It’s nice and quiet out here with a good community of people with a nice energy here. About the business: I like to do realism tattooing and pretty much that is what I cater for. I’ve spent the last 15 years trying to master it, and plonked myself out here and haven’t been happier. I create state of the art body art. We use Cheyenne state of the art tattoo

89 High Street, Hastings Vic 3915 Moving soon to 109 High Street Hastings www.facebook.com/InkTransition

Gayle’s Jewellery Gifts & Homewares Trader: Gail Patterson What do you love about Hastings? Mostly the people are all friendly and I love that Hastings feels like a country town. I decided to open my own business over a year ago as I was 63 and needed employment and I just took a risk, opened it and I absolutely love coming in to work every day and I don’t even want to go home most of the time

About the business: We sell jewellery, scented candles, oil diffusers, home-wares, baby goods, clocks, lamps, knick knacks, and pretty much everything you could decorate a house with. We have Valentine’s gifts from hanging hearts and jewellery for the guys to buy their partners and the odd manly gifts from chopping boards to beautiful wall art. As Hastings is a seaside town the nautical fishing themed gifts and ornaments regularly selling out as it complements a home really nicely which has been a really popular theme. We sell a really good

range of sterling silver and costume jewellery to cater for most tastes. I offer a free gift wrapping service, and I take the time to ask questions to help you choose the right gift. I pride myself on being your personal shopping assistant for you, to help make the hard to buy for shopping experience enjoyable.

gifts for you, yourself, your family, whatever you want. The sort of gifts and stock we carry is anything from; crockery, glassware, men’s tools, old tools, old rusty stuff, rusty stuff for the garden, ladders to records and jewellery. The shop is more a second hand, vintage, eclectic, crazy mixed up collection; something for everyone from toys, old toys, through to old clothing, old woollen blankets, and old books, vintage books and a few DVD’s. If someone wants something specific we could add it

to our hunting list providing they are not in a hurry, we find what we can, if we can find what they want we will, otherwise it may take a bit of time to get it in for them, it’s a fun challenge getting stock for people and the shop.

58 High Street Hastings, Vic 3915 (03) 5979 1275 | www.facebook.com/ gaylesjewellerygiftsandhomewares

Look @ That Trader: Jenni Ryan What do you love about Hastings? The lovely friendly people, the beautiful parks and gardens, and everything else that you can find. About the business: My beautiful shop is lovely, there are plenty of bits and pieces, whatever you want to find with all sorts of gift wares and we have fun going out chasing stock every Saturday and Sunday trying to fill the shop so you can come in and buy something cute;

19/110 High Street Hastings, Vic 3915 0419 208 017 www.facebook.com/LOOK-AT-THAT-265759540210288

St Vincent de Paul Society - Vinnie’s Hastings Manager: Graeme What do you love about Hastings? The area , the fact that all of the shopping is together you don’t have to walk for miles to go from one shop to another the good community spirit, living here for 40 odd years we get on with everyone here. About the business: We are a proud volunteer organisation, knowing the value of humanity, every bit counts The money that comes from here goes into the

pool with the Catholic Church and it goes to the Church Council and then gets distributed to the homeless, helpless or people in need. We have everything except electrical and beds. We have a little bit of furniture, all sorts of clothes from babies to grandparents clothes from bathers to ball gowns, all seasonal wear, shoes, bags, brick-a-brac, household items, decorative items, jewellery, collectables, toys, etc. We now stock a range of new bed linen that comes from Vinnie’s and is specially priced. We are open 7 days

per week 9-5 Monday to Saturday and Sundays open to 3pm. We are disabled friendly with front and rear entrances for your convenience, so please come in to see the selection of bargains and curios we have in store waiting just for you! 83 High Street Hastings, Vic 3915 (03) 5979 4373 | Donate Goods: 1800 621 349 www.vinnies.org.au

M-Mart Hastings Variety Store Trader: Ailsa Hopkins What do you love about Hastings? I love being so close to the water. About the business: We sell a bit of everything in here actually! We sell homewares, giftwares, kitchen accessories, candles, blow up balloons, party balloons, helium balloons, a bit of automotive stuff, a bit of hardware, lots of art and craft supplies including paints, pencils, papers, canvas andblank frames. We also sell

ribbon, rain ponchos and umbrellas, mozzie repellents, hanging seasonal decorations, storage boxes of all sorts of shapes and sizes, novelty scary masks anddress ups, nail polish and makeup, hats and hair accessories, pet beds and furniture, Krispy Kreme donut scented candles, costume jewellery, figurines, dream catchers, wind chimes, blankets, bath mats, wool, yarns, diaries, albums, purses, dye, cotton, buttons, reading and sunglasses, party foil BBQ trays and everything they could use to eat with and the utensils too. We have

an electrical aisle with all sorts of batteries and older unusual things, those things you needed 10 years ago you will find here! We have easy mobility access with every isle being wide and clear enough, we get thanked on how clear and tidy our isles are with lots of room for them to move around in with easy access from the front and rear of the store. 81 High Street Hastings, Vic 3915 (03) 5979 2973 www.facebook.com/ailsajay

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




CRIB POINT 42 Jacka Street $650,000 - $715,000 open to view By Appointment Four bedroom amily home on a 1/4 acre Wrap around verandah timber deck n Ducted heating, air conditioning & an open fireplace in the lounge n Two carports, single garage and a workshop






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SOMERVILLE 3/16 Park Lane $410,000 - $440,000 open to view By Appointment n Updated two bedroom unit represents an outstanding entry level opportunity n Updated kitchen, dining and family area n Lovely alfresco deck and a single lock up garage n Separate bathroom, toilet and laundry

Nigel Evans| 0439 540 055




CRIB POINT 62 Disney Street $495,000 - $530,000 open to view By Appointment n Three bedrooms, master with WIR and ensuite n Spacious kitchen with walk in pantry, open plan family and dining areas n Main bathroom with separate toilet n Double garage with remote and internal access














Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857



Neat 3 bedroom home with single garage Compact 304m2 (approx.) block n Open plan kitchen and living space with air-conditioning n Fenced rear courtyard, gas solar assisted hot water service


SOMERS 42 Sandy Point Road $1,800,000 - $1,890,000 open to view Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm




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Town water & gas - Approx 10 acres of land 6 bedrooms + study and four bathrooms Kitchen with gas cooktop & dual wall ovens A spectacular property of grand scale and size

Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857



Two bedrooms, both with WIRs Open plan kitchen and living areas n Bathroom with separate toilet n Single lock up garage n


Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

Why list with one, when you can list with all Office: 35 High Street, Hastings




CRIB POINT 2/289 Stony Point Road $330,000 - $350,000 open to view By Appointment

Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

CRIB POINT 8 Peta Way $435,000 - $465,000 open to view By Appointment


Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857




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CONTEMPORARY LIVING OFFERING THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE ENJOYING a quiet and private setting on the high side of the street, this stunning home epitomises luxurious coastal living across two sumptuous levels. The home immediately presents as a property for the mind, body and soul. For the body is a pristine, full-size, flood lit tennis court and fantastic in-ground pool, and for the mind is a brilliant outdoor chess board. Catering to the soul are a series of relaxing outdoor alfresco balconies and timber entertaining decks that are all orientated to perfectly enjoy the view, and the action on or off court. The interior of the home is a dazzling blend of aesthetics with industrial influences spectacularly enhanced with lashings of natural light and great use of natural timbers. Polished concrete floors feature to a vast open plan zone incorporating a huge lounge with gas log fire, and a dining room that adjoins the galley-style kitchen. The kitchen has a full-length island bench with dishwasher, mirrored splash backs cleverly accentuate the already grand sense of space, and a host of cupboards, drawers and a butler’s pantry provide endless storage solutions. Away from the kitchen is a guest bedroom and bathroom plus the laundry. At the top of the stairs is a second living area - complete with drinks bar – that opens to a wide balcony where the view of the bay is yours to keep forever. The balcony can also be accessed from the elegant master bedroom that boasts his and hers walk-in robes and a huge ensuite has a freestanding bath. There are three excellent double bedrooms all with carpeted floors and built-in robes, a smaller single bedroom also has robes, and a separate study could be a staggering seventh bedroom if required. Positioned at the rear of an impressive and fully adorned 1476 square metre block, this stellar home has a sealed driveway leading up to a double garage under the roof line, and to complement the excellent lifestyle already on hand is choice of walking tracks, beaches, schools and shops all close at hand.n



ADDRESS: 49 Hull Road, MOUNT MARTHA FOR SALE: $2,100,000 - $2,300,000 DESCRIPTION: 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car AGENT: Amanda Haimona 0419 387 682 Bonaccorde, 4/42 Lochiel Avenue, Mount Martha, 5974 8900 mpnews.com.au

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$480,000 - $490,000








CENTRAL INVESTMENT/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY SOLD AS PART OF A DECEASED ESTATE • 1/4 acre (approx) block with the original home • Potential 3-4 unit site (STCA) • 3 bedrooms with built in robes • Kitchen area with dining, separate living area • Terms 10% Deposit 30-60 day settlement

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

LOCATION PERFECT • 3 bedroom villa; main bedroom with WIR & FES • Kitchen with s/steel appliances inc dishwasher • Open plan dining area and separate lounge room • Ducted heating and reverse cycle cooling • Outdoor entertaining deck • Single garage





$400,000 - $440,000


$745,000 - $765,000


0419 955 177

$725,000 - $755,000






HIGH EXPOSURE CORNER SITE! • Ideal investment with scope for development • 190sqm brick factory • 15.6 x 8.4M workshop • 7.1 x 4.1M spray booth • Office to front of building • Possibility to develop 2 factories/showrooms (STCA)

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE • Magnificent 4BR home; master with WIR & FES • Two living areas plus study • Kitchen with s/steel appliances inc. dishwasher • Entertainment area with gas plumbed BBQ • Landscaped gardens, pool and swim spa • Two double garages

WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO • 3 bedroom home; master with FES & WIR • Separate dining room and formal lounge • Modern kitchen with cupboard and bench space • Separate casual meals and family area • GDH & evaporative cooling • Double garage, full length entertaining area







SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

$640,000 - $690,000


$740,000 - $760,000






CENTRAL, SPACIOUS AND FULL OF CHARACTER! • Circa 1915 three bedroom home • Two separate living areas • Ample sheds • Side access for boats and caravans • Development potential (STCA) 1097sqm (approx) block

ROOM TO MOVE • 5 bedrooms; master with ensuite and WIR • Open plan kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Three living areas •Gas ducted heating and evaporative cooling •Undercover entertainment area •Double garage with internal access

THIS IS THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! • 405sqm corner block • Prime area surrounded by premium properties • Offering potential for dual access • Walking distance to High Street and foreshore






SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

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Shop 1/34 High Street, Hastings

5979 8003




$300,000 - $330,000


$560,000 - $600,000










Located minutes from HMAS Cerberus, public transport, local shops and primary schools, the convenience of this modern 2 bedroom unit is a walkover the rest. The central kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, modern cabinetry, pantry and adjoining dining area which opens to a landscaped courtyard. A separate front lounge provides quiet space away from the central hub of the home. Other features include split system air conditioning, gas heating, BIR plus WIR and semi ensuite to master bedroom. The advantage of a single lock up garage with remote control roller door and internal access to the dwelling gives welcoming security. This property will suit first home owners, investors and downsizers.

For those looking for a low maintenance property where privacy meets convenience, this immaculate 3BR home set on a manageable 578m2 (approx) allotment features an open floor plan, two living zones, neutral décor and plenty of natural light. The modern kitchen offers gas cook top and electric oven, dishwasher, pantry with adjoining dining area and family room. Direct access to the undercover alfresco area makes this a perfect place for entertaining family and friends. Other features to this beautifully presented property include, GDH, evaporative cooling, air conditioning, BIR’s, plus WIR & FES to master bedroom and a double lock up garage.

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836


$480,000 - $510,000






$780,000 - $850,000


Two bedroom unit at the rear of the block with wide driveways and large turning circle. The open floor plan comprises kitchen with stone bench tops, dishwasher, gas cook top, electric oven & plenty of bench space, there is a spacious dining area with servery, adjoining family room opening to undercover pergola, main bedroom with WIR & dual-entry bathroom, plus BIR’s to second bedroom. Gas ducted heating, split system air conditioning, single garage with remote roller door and internal access, plus a private back yard with high fencing. The terrific locale of this property will have you arrive at public transport, shops, primary schools and Padua Secondary College within moments.

For lovers of tranquility, nature, wildlife and animals, you cannot pass this rare opportunity to purchase a slice of the country to build your dream home. A private and secluded 5,502m2 approx. block where the side and rear boundaries adjoin Warringine Parklands leaving only one neighbor on your fence line.With the entire boundary already planted out, an existing 9m x 6m concrete slab awaiting your work shop and a large garden shed to make use of whilst you build. This vacant block is one of the very last in the Estate and all services are available.

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836


$550,000 - $600,000





Set on a large 924m2 block (approx) in the heart of Hastings is a development opportunity (STCA) not to be missed. For developers and investors alike, this site is all about location, location!! A moments walk to public transport, High St shopping strip, medical centers, supermarkets; and a hop skip and jump to the foreshore, marina and schools. With a current lease in place and set within a neat cul-de-sac, property features include 3 bedrooms plus attic, spacious living area with gas heating, timber kitchen with electric oven and plenty of bench and cupboard space, timber floorboards throughout, sun room, shaded terrace and pergola, Double lock up garage and single carport.


$2,000,000 - $2,200,000


Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836




$570,000 - $600,000



Situated on approx. 10 acres of slightly undulating land in Kinfauns Estate, this home has has been designed with space, luxury and quality in mind. Welcomed with opulence as soon as you step into the formal entry, this immaculately presented 60sq home plus 15sq patio (approx 75sq in total) has endless inclusions. Featuring open plan kitchen, dining, family and rumpus room, the kitchen has a dishwasher, Insinkerator, gas oven and cook top. A luxurious master bedroom features his and hers walk in robe and ensuite with spa, double shower, toilet, bidet and electric floor coil heating. Two more bedrooms have BIR’s and ensuites, there are several additional living zones, plus a double garage with loft.

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

$680,000 - $720,000


$1,375,000 - $1,500,000




A family home with a variety of options, situated in a quiet street on an approx. 1014m2 block. Offering dual living with 4-5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in total. Kitchen has dishwasher, wall oven and electric cook top, a large lounge has French doors opening to a courtyard and there is a handy family room. Master bedroom with WIR & FES, and two more bedrooms with BIR’s.

Immaculate 3BR home on a 501m2 block with open floor plan receiving lashings of natural light. Features of this ultra modern home include a kitchen with granite bench tops, 5 burner stainless steel oven, island bench, pantry and dishwasher, master bedroom with WIR & FES and two more bedrooms with BIR’s. This property is one not to be missed.

A winding tree lined driveway conceals this versatile 3.8 acre lifestyle property in the beautiful semi-rural Kinfauns Estate. This property is currently run as a boutique equine property, and is also suitable for hobby farming. The double storey home offers a beautiful upstairs parents retreat which includes master bedroom with WIR & FES, there is a separate formal lounge opening to a wrap around deck where you can enjoy delightful views of the property, and downstairs includes a well-equipped kitchen and family meals area, plus a spacious formal dining and lounge room which also opens to an outdoor entertaining deck and terrace.

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




Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

LINDA ARNOTT Office Manager 5979 8003 realestate@btre.com.au

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Crib Point 29 Orotava Street Four Bedrooms Spacious home with family sized living. There are four bedrooms; master with ensuite and walk in wardrobe, kitchen with dishwasher and the adjoining dining and lounge area opens out to the under-

cover entertaining area. Other features include gas heating and double garage. The space and storage in this home will not disappoint. Inspection is a must.





Spacious family home!

For Lease $390 Per Week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street


Situated in a family friendly court, this well presented 3BR home features master bedroom with WIR and ensuite, a large open plan family room and kitchen, main bathroom and seperate laundry. There is

gas heating and split system cooling, whilst outside is an enclosed double carport which leads to the undercover entertainment area. Handy additional sheds are perfect for extra storage.



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

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street


Hastings 41 Coolstore Road Spacious two bedroom home in central location Only moments to High Street, this home features large lounge and separate kitchen and meals area. Kitchen has a freestanding gas oven and plenty of cupboard space. Two spacious bedrooms both have

Hastings 17 Beilby Court

BIR’s. Large main bathroom and separate laundry. Further features are gas heating and evaporative cooling. Single garage with internal access. Low maintenance gardens with shed, and off street parking.




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

Hastings 9/2 Skinner Street


The Perfect Lifestyle A fabulous 3 bedroom townhouse awaits those looking for something a little different. Upstairs features water views from the balcony, lounge room and master bedroom. There is air-conditioning, FES to main

bedroom and loads of natural light throughout. Downstairs are two more 2 bedrooms sharing a large main bathroom. Complete with internal access from the garage, this low maintenance home has no garden.



For Lease $365 Per Week View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Hastings Office P 03 5970 7333 hastings@harcourts.com.au

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

When It comes to managing your property, we have an unwavering commitment to place the best tenants into your number one asset. For outstanding service, knowledge and a property management experience that exceeds your expectations, talk to us. Contact Sue, Mellisa, Kristy or Liane for any property management needs, to them it’s not just a job it’s a passion. hastings.harcourts.com.au mpnews.com.au

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Somers 35 Kennedy Road





Country Cabin with Self Contained Cottage Located on a 1188m2 approx. block, this property has something for everyone. Upon entry you are greeted by immaculate hard wooden flooring that flows throughout the open plan dining and living area. The lounge is the heart of the home and features a fireplace and access out to balconines at the front and rear. A fantastic kitchen has breakfast bar, electric cooktop and plenty of storage. The master bedroom has BIR’s and a dual-entry bathroom acess the laundry. Twom ore bedrooms also have BIR’s. At the rear of the home is an additional entertaining area which overlooks the backyard with play house and a self-contained cottage perfect for a teenager or extended family. Other outbuildings include a single carport and workshop. In an enviable Mornington Peninsula location this superb Somers opportunity is one not to miss.

For Sale

Price $700,000 - $770,000 View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Tim Ripper M 0434 513 640 P 03 5970 7333 tim.ripper@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

Langwarrin South 585 Baxter – Tooradin Road


10 Acres With 2 Dwellings- Prime Location Offering endless opportunities and 2 dwellings which are connected to mains water and separately metered. The main home is a renovated 1950’s farm house loaded with charm. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & a large living area. Beautiful kitchen with timber bench tops and stainless steel appliances including dishwasher. Coonara wood heater and split system unit to keep you comfortable all year round. The second dwelling is a 2 bedroom cabin with galley kitchen meals and living area. Main bedroom with robes, second bedroom has 4 bunk beds or could be used as a study. Included is reverse cycle heating and cooling. The land itself has never been overstocked the grass is lush and plentiful with ample natural shade. Flat areas would be suitable for riding. Not limited to horse enthusiasts, but any hobby farmer or logistics team (STCA) will have great use of the land. There is a large 4 car shed/garage which will also be very useful along with the 4 car carport/machine shed.




For Sale

Price $1,360,000 - $1,495,000 View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Grant Kersley M 0418 516 536 P 03 5977 7110 grant.kersley@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Somerville 1 Eramosa Road East

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



A4 B2 C2

745 Frankston Flinders Road, Baxter A botanic 20 acres (approx.) that offers country living in suburbia, this slice of paradise is a place of peace, beauty and tranquillity at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. Offering incredible value for money and an opportunity to raise your family in nature with four acres of botanical gardens, a series of ponds stocked with rare native ďŹ sh, bridge entry over Watson Creek and acres of natural bush. The original four-bedroom two-bathroom residence offers all the charm and character of a country home; while there is unlimited potential to utilise the land further with scope for pony paddocks or to run livestock conveniently positioned close to Peninsula Link, schools and shops.

Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 3rd March 12:00pm As advertised or by appointment Damian Smith 0481 875 243 Sam Galvin 0447 343 513


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

Mount Martha


5 Wattle Avenue, Mount Martha In the crème-de-la-crème of Golden Mile locations metres from the Estuary boardwalks and only a two-minute walk from Mt Martha Village’s boutique shops and cafes and the pristine beachfront with its iconic beach boxes and Yacht Club, this single-level four-bedroom, two-bathroom residence luxuriating on a spectacular 1184sqm (approx.) land parcel offers a gateway into one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most exclusive and tightly-held locations. Changing hands for the first time since the 1960s, this is a rare and rewarding opportunity to renovate the comfortable home or re-build with a luxury seaside masterpiece (SCTA) in this once in a lifetime address.

Auction Saturday 10th March 11:00am Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 Holli Whitcombe 0411 109 969 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A4 B2 C2 Mount Martha


17 Hedges Court, Mount Martha Exclusively situated at the top-end of a quiet and tightly-held court with a walkway through to Citation Reserve and the beautiful Balcombe Creek boardwalk, this single-level north-west facing three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with zoned living and a work/shop storage facility is a wonderful debut into an exclusive Mount Martha lifestyle. Within a brisk walk of the beach, this blue-chip positioned easy-care residence also enjoys close proximity to The Briars, Mount Martha Village, Bentons Square, Mornington Main Street’s cinema and restaurants, public and private schools, buses and the greater surrounding amenity that the Peninsula is famous for from award-winning wineries to world-class golf courses.

Auction Saturday 17th March 12:00pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 Holli Whitcombe 0411 109 969 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B2 C2 bowmanandcompany.com.au


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

BITTERN 6 Wilson Avenue

HASTINGS 9 Kuan Yin Place

WHERE TRANQUILITY, SPACE & PRIVACY ARE ASSURED ON 1154SQM APPROX. - Instantly welcoming with its spacious, sun-drenched interiors, soothing colour palette and landscaped gardens, this beautiful family home is ready for its next chapter.

A PERFECT FAMILY FRIENDLY HOME IN A QUIET CUL-DE-SAC SETTING Exceptionally private and secure in the desirable Solar Estate, this lovely abode rests on approximately 765sqm with a tranquil garden outlook.

Expressions of Interest: Closing February 21st 2018 at 4:00pm


Inspect: Saturday 2:00-2:30pm






Four spacious bedrooms; master bedroom features ensuite and walk-in-robe. Enormous kitchen with stainless steel appliances. n Multiple living zones with ceiling fans, gas wood heating and evaporative cooling. n Freshly painted and new carpets throughout. n Sandstone facade, shady verandah, double carport and HD security cameras. n Paved outdoor patio, garden shed with concrete base and established fruit trees. n

Master bedroom with walk-in-robe, full ensuite, powder room and ceiling fan. n Large home office or fifth bedroom. n Three separate living zones. n Kitchen with walk-in pantry and s/steel appliances including dishwasher. n Expansive entertaining deck overlooking the solar-heated swimming pool. n


For Sale: $680,000 - $740,000 Inspect: Saturday 12:00-12:30pm







Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 Wilma Green 0407 833 996

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Meet David Kershaw and Jessica McNeill

Both are well respected, long term Mornington Peninsula residents, who are excited to assist our valued clients. Please contact us for a coffee and a chat at any time! Janet McNeill 0419 503 327 David Kershaw 0438 788 595


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LOT 3 - 5112 m2

LOT 10 - 2490 m2

LOT 4 - 3382 m2

LOT 11 - 2501 m2

LOT 5 - 3341 m2

LOT 12 - 2536 m2

LOT 6 - 2648 m2

LOT 13 - 2691 m2

LOT 7 - 2526 m2

LOT 14 - 2946 m2

LOT 8 - 2524 m2

LOT 15 - 3720 m2

LOT 9 - 2482 m2

LOT 16 - 2965 m2

BRUCE GODDARD 0408 316 701 bruce.goddard@jlbre.com.au

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Mornington 15 Cawarra Street

A3 B1 C1

Look No Further!

Located within walking distance to Bentons Square Shopping Centre, this affordable 3 bedroom rendered brick home will appeal to a myriad of buyers. Exuding warmth and character throughout, the renovated kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, a handy island bench and French doors leading to a delightful undercover and paved al fresco area for summer entertaining. Further features include an updated, modern bathroom, air conditioning (reverse cycle), steel garage/workshop, 2 driveway crossovers allowing ample parking, and further scope to extend or renovate (STCA). With plenty of yard space for the kids and pets to play, yet set on a manageable block of approx 531m2, the homely charm of this property will invite you to inspect.

For Sale $610,000-$640,000

Simon Farrar 0412 734 130

inspect OFI or by appointment

Mornington 2/15 Brent Street

A2 B1 C1

Ripe For A Reno!

Boasting 2 good sized bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and an open plan kitchen and lounge living space, this well located brick veneer unit is crying out for some tender loving care! Affordably priced, bring your creative and practical talents and transform this property and realise the true potential that awaits! Also comprises a bathroom, separate toilet and laundry and featuring a sunny rear courtyard with access to a single lock up garage. Being only one of three on the block, this unit will surely not last long on the market! Currently tenanted on a periodic lease.

For Sale $395,000-$430,000

Simon Farrar 0412 734 130

inspect OFI or by appointment

Mornington 5976 5900 mpnews.com.au


Bentons Square 5976 8899


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Safety Beach 8 Seaspray Close

A3 B2 C2

Between the Bay & the Harbour With breathtaking Port Phillip Bay views in one direction and the stunning Martha Cove waterway in the other, this home is perfectly positioned to enjoy a truly enviable lifestyle. Offering two levels of spacious living & entertaining spread out over approx 35 squares, the lifestyle you have dreamt about awaits. The upstairs level includes the master bedroom, kitchen and living areas which soak up the magnificent bay vista whilst the huge downstairs rumpus room complete with wet bar is the ideal teenage retreat. Ducted heating & cooling, stone bench tops & stainless steel appliances to the gourmet kitchen, a double sided gas log fire place and undercover outdoor entertaining areas on both levels complete this impressive package.

For Sale $1,675,000

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707

inspect OFI or by appointment

Balnarring 17 Renown Road

A2 B1

Ideal Opportunity

Stroll down Balnarring Beach Road and across the creek and you find yourself at the famous “Tulum� general store, beach and yacht club. This fantastic property in Renown Road is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking to get into the Balnarring market place. The land is a wonderful 891m2 with a wide frontage of 18.28m. The log cabin, which is in great condition for its age, would be an ideal first home or investment for the astute buyer. This property is currently under capitalised affording the buyer peace of mind with any improvements they may wish to make.

For Sale $660,000-$715,000

John Hanna 0408 374 334

inspect By appointment

Mornington 5976 5900 mpnews.com.au


Bentons Square 5976 8899


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/ Commercial jacobsandlowe.com.au/commercial



265m2 approximately Plus mezzanine of approximately 60m2 n Carpeted office space n Toilet and shower n Available with vacant possession n



FOR SALE $520,000

Michelle Adams

0407 743 858


10 Bennetts Road MORNINGTON WAREHOUSE SOLD IN 1 WEEK Building Size: 378m2, including 100m2 upstairs Land Size: 510m2 approx n 5 Car Spaces n Warehouse and office space on two levels n Stand alone building with no Body Corporate n 3 + 3 year lease, current term commenced 11th July 2017 n Rent $37,920 per annum n n


Michelle Adams

0407 743 858



1 Blamey Place n n n

4/2A Carbine Way

Building Size: 251m2, plus rear decking Brick construction All day council carparking at the rear

FOR LEASE $4150pcm + GST + Ogs

191m2 approximately 2 levels of dining n Views over the Mornington Racecourse



0407 743 858

Hastings n

FOR LEASE $3750pcm + GST + Ogs


0407 743 858

5/29 Progress Henry Wilson Drive 5/27 Street

Approximately 740m2 plus approximately 120m2 of mezzanine office space Adjoins Super Cheap Auto, McDonalds, Red Rooster, Ambulance Vic

Mornington 03 5976 5900

Michelle Adams


136 High Street n

FOR LEASE $3334pcm + GST + Ogs

Michelle Adams

125m2 approx Warehouse & office space n Mezzanine level at the rear of the warehouse n n

Michelle Adams

0407 743 858


FOR LEASE $1450pcm + GST + Ogs $1395pcm

Michelle Adams

0407 743 858

Benton’s Square 03 5976 8899

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For Sale

4 Hall Road, Carrum Downs

Permit Approved Residential Development Site!

MAIN STREET DEMAND DRIVES INVESTOR GROWTH SOLID demand for retail shops along the main street of Mornington continues to provide strong returns for investors. 108 Main Street was recently leased to a skincare specialist for $81,000 per year on a three year term, with two further three year options. “The 82 square metre shop was leased at a rate of about $988 per square metre with minimal incentive.” Tanya Scagliarini of Nichols Crowder explains. “This is a great indicator towards the continual strength and attraction of Main Street Mornington. We are also seeing a desire from local and national tenants to have a presence here in Mornington, which all adds to the popularity and appeal of the region."n

Prominent corner site

Allotment of 2,505m2 (approx.)

Close to Peninsula and Eastlink on ramps

Additional parking on a common corner allotment Zoned general residential 1

Permits approved for 34 apartments

9775 1535 nicholscrowder.com.au

James Dodge 0488 586 896 Josh Monks 0409 335 179

1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs

The Peninsula’s Leading Commercial & Industrial Agency For Lease

For Lease

Retail/ Office Opportunity

Building area: 106m2*

Ground floor entry and exposure

Open plan layout

Suit retail or office users

Boardroom and kitchenette

Close to Dromana Pier and retail strip

Situated within Frankston Business Centre

$1,845pcm + GST + outgoings *approx.

$1,667pcm + GST + outgoings *approx. Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

For Lease

New Retail Shop

Freehold Investment

Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562

Very reasonably priced National Tenant Mortgage Choice Net rental return of $26,529 PA Lease of 3 x 3 years Annual rent reviews David Olding 0408 358 891

Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562

For Lease

For Lease

Brand New Warehouse

Office HQ

3/32 Henry Wilson Drive, Capel Sound

1077 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud

1/216 Main Street, Mornington

Affordable Office Space

Building Area: 75m2*

Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562

For Sale

10/108-120 Young Street, Frankston

31 Pier Street, Dromana

1 Fuji Crescent, Mornington

Building area: 178m2*

Partitioned office 228m2*

High clearance warehouse

Warehouse 100m2* w/ roller door access

Toilet & kitchenette

Staff amenities / air-con 4 car spaces

Staff amenities

Container height roller door

$4,333pcm + GST + outgoings *approx.

$1,613pcm + GST + outgoings *approx.

$3,583pcm + GST + outgoings *approx.

Brand new refurbished shop of 120m2* 4.6m* frontage to Point Nepean Road Rear access via R.O.W

Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562

Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

nicholscrowder.com.au mpnews.com.au

Tom Crowder 0438 670 300

5925 6005

4/230 Main St, Mornington 3931

Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Available mid July 2018

Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562

Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

9775 1535

1 Colemans Rd, Carrum Downs 3201 Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562

9559 3888

358 South Rd, Moorabbin 3189 WESTERN PORT NEWS

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Business Sale- Sorrento

Business Sale - Rye



• Long established Restaurant and Bar • New private accommodation boasting hotel style apartment • Ideally located opposite the pristine waters of busy Sorrento beach • Great takings and lease package

• Pristine location opposite Rye beach • Long lease on offer • Huge floor space of approx. 1196sqm • Consists of dining area with stage, outdoor beer garden, function room and expansive kitchen. • Hallowed ground for national and international live music

FOR SALE: $399,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

FOR SALE: $380,000 + SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Mornington

Business Sale- Red Hill A RARITY IN RED HILL

MORNINGTON BAKERY • Popular business with loyal clientile • Ideal opportunity to establish yourself in this location. • Very attractive leasing package • Positioned next door to Aldi

Sale Price: Contact Agent Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Mornington

For Sale- Mornington

For Sale - Mornington


Business Sale - Hastings

FOR SALE: $50,000 + SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454




• Unique retail business in picturesque Red Hill • Stockist of exclusive clothing brands, jewellery, perfumes and homewares. • Individually sourced products from around the world. • Long lease package available.

Opportunity Awaits

Blamey Place Investment

Mornington’s Premier Restaurant

McLaren Place Investment

Sale Price: $59,950 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

FOR SALE Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $310,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

FOR SALE Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

• Located in the heart of High Street Hastings • High foot traffic close to post office, banks & newsagent • Popular café with funky décor, friendly staff & great menu • Great long term lease package

For Lease – Mornington

• Fantastic position central to Main Street • Rare freehold opportunity in Mornington • Approx. $65,000pa return • Building area of 216sqm • Includes 4 x car spaces separately titled.

• Great position for any bar or restaurant businesses • Attractive leasing package • Huge space with deck and bay views • Fantastic commercial Kitchen

For Lease - Mornington

• To be purchased as a whole or as individual offices. • Ideal Superannuation Investment • A-grade tenants with long leases • Net income of approx. $119,000pa • Lift Access/Balcony

Properties For Lease

For Lease - Mornington

OFFICES FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified) $4,870pcm+GST+OG

176 Main Street - 60sqm 1/26 McLaren Place

From $185pw+GST inc OG $5,400pcm + OG



2/10 Blamey Place - 216sqm

Suites on McLaren

Prime Main Street Location

When Location Matters


212 Karingal Dr Frankston - 19sqm 6/356 Main Street - 105sqm


11 Railway Grove – Varying sizes

Price On Application From $750pcm+GST

• Month to month tenancies available • Small Office spaces overlooking Mornington Centro • Outgoings and WiFi included • Lift Access / Kitchen and bathroom facilities

• Superb Main St frontage with large display windows. • Space of Approx 60sqm • Long term lease available NOW • Ideally suited to retail or office

• Main Street frontage with dual access via Albert St • Approx 127sqm • Seating inside and outside • Great lease package available

4/15 Carbine Way - From 12sqm

Lease Price: Contact Agent Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Lease Price: $4,870pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Lease Price: $7,950pcm + GST + OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

16 Peacock Rd Somerville – 200sqm


16 Peacock Rd Somerville – 250sqm


10 Thamer Street Rosebud – 300sqm


Business Sale - Mornington

For Sale - Mornington Peninsula

For Lease - Karingal

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


FACTORIES FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified)








SHOPS FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified)

Main Street Marvel

• Prime location in the heart of Main Street • Approx 160sqm of retail space • Excellent street frontage • New Lease available

Sale Price: $60,000 fit-out only Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

PH: (03) 5977 2255 mpnews.com.au

Main Street - 210sqm


68-74 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento - 72sqm


1E Albert Street – 102sqm


118 Main Street - 575sqm

Price on Application

STORAGE (Mornington unless specified)

Ideal Freehold Investment

Professional Office Space

18/10 Blamey Place – 17.5sqm

• A1 tenant with long lease • Recent upgrade of all equipment on site • Currently leased as successful carwash • Excellent long term investment

•Two rooms available •Room A: 20sqm / Room B: 13sqm •Access to the NBN •Ducted heating/ cooling, toilets, bathroom and shower •Opposite Karingal Hub with onsite parking

Mornington Golf Club – 200sqm

Lease Price: $1,100pcm +GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Contact: Office on 5977 2255

Sale Price: $699,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169




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‘a lifestyle village for the over 50’s’ 249 High Street, Hastings, 3915 www.peninsulaparklands.com.au

$ 1 8 0 , 0 0 0 u Kitchen and separate dining u Large lounge u Bathroom and Euro laundry u Two bedrooms with BIR’s u Single lock-up garage u Air-conditioning

$ 1 9 0 , 0 0 0

u Open plan living u Formal lounge u Two bedrooms with BIR’s u Modern kitchen u Single carport u Quality bathroom

$ 2 3 8 , 0 0 0 u Huge open lounge u Modern kitchen u Dining area with bay windows u Large verandah u Two bedrooms with BIR’s u Single garage

$ 1 9 0 , 0 0 0


u Huge open lounge u Dining area with bay window u Two bedrooms with BIR u Kitchen with bench space u Fantastic backyard u Single carport

$ 2 0 0 , 0 0 0 u Open plan kitchen u Sep. bathroom and laundry u Sep. meals area & lounge u Air-conditioning u Two bedrooms with BIR’s u Single garage

$ 2 6 0 , 0 0 0

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

u Two bedrooms u European laundry u Garage with roller door

To arrange your site inspection contact David Nelli 0403 111 234 or at the office on 5979 2700 Email: david@peninsulaparklands.com.au Western Port News 20 February 2018



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

The Pillars are there to be enjoyed by all I am a Mornington resident of five years and have lived locally all of my life. I recently read an article about a popular beach spot on the Mornington Peninsula known as The Pillars (“Public to meet over The Pillars” The News 30/1/18). As yet, I fail to see that there is any issue of concern here that differs from any other beach spot anywhere. Certainly there is a safety concern with jumping off rocks, but this hardly differs from people jumping off piers, perhaps it’s the height? And yes, there has been a parking concern but this appears to have been solved by the many No Standing signs and placement of posts along the roadside. Thanks to the wonderful article I now know exactly where The Pillars is and will be taking my fiance and children to visit this beautiful spot. Like so many people we love the beach and I don’t mind a good walk. It seems to me that the local residents are simply peeved and put out that so many people are visiting their once secluded area of Mt Martha. Bloody precious it seems to me. If this area was a sandy beach rather than rocks to jump off there would not even be a article about this as the police and Mornington Peninsula Shire would be dealing with any antisocial behaviour. Hilariously, I recently read where a Mt Martha resident was blaming the infestation of her property by rats on the people visiting The Pillars. Perhaps the council could place more rubbish bins in this area to encourage people to place their waste in these or even signs to encourage them to leave the area cleaner than they found it. This works elsewhere. Over the past couple of years I have read perhaps a dozen articles about The Pillars and, in my opinion, there is no issue here other than an increased number of people to a once quiet area of the bay. Geoff Trowsdale, Mornington

Mobile defender I have not used a mobile phone while driving for the past few years because of the police regulation that came in some time ago. But I fail to understand why this regulation came in to be law, with motorists fined if caught using a mobile phone while driving. In comparison to other classifications that cause accidents, injury, and death, I have yet to see the statistics that qualify such a regulation. If there are no statistics to compare with other forms of accident causes, injury and death, why is it compulsory to not use a mobile phone while driving? Police refer to other devices should not be attended to while driving, but what are those devices? If it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, what about taxi, truck and emergency drivers with their mobiles and other communication devices such as RTs. I have been a professional driver and used RTs and mobiles, without looking likely to have an accident once. What about a motorist coming upon an accident where time would be essential for survival, does this mean the driver has to find somewhere to park legally and then use their mobile? Why is the mobile phone blamed by police when other classifications have their various statistics and do not appear to have any such regulation? If this is so, then police are wasting so much time on preventing and prosecuting for the use of mobiles when they should be trying to reduce the road death toll through other misdemeanours. Tim Bassett, Frankston

Temporary move The Mount Martha Coastal Processes Investigation and Future Management Recommendations Report undertaken by Water Technology Pty Ltd in 2017 on behalf of the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning made eight specific recommendations towards managing the erosion of the cliff face and the erosion of the beach face. The study reinforced the veracity of management options previously identified for the cliff


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and beach at Mt Martha North, namely: for the cliff - reinforcement and protection of the toe; and for the beach - renourishment, groyne and offshore reef/breakwater. Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio’s announcement of Tuesday 19 December 2017 arising from the report addresses both these matters. It refers to reinforcing and extending the existing rock revetment to stabilise the cliff and it refers to conducting an analysis of management options for the beach to identify the preferred means of retaining sand. Contrary to the opinion expressed in the article “Call for beach boxes to go” (The News 14/2/18) the report recommends the removal of beach boxes only in the event that they are in the way of revetment construction (in which case their removal could be as a permanent or temporary measure) or should none of the beach erosion management options be adopted. The priorities for our beach have been and remain, to secure the cliff and re-establish beach amenity. We are encouraged by Ms D’Ambrosio’s commitments in both these respects and will continue to press to have the most suitable management option for the beach finalised and implemented as a matter of urgency. Alan Farquhar, chairman, Mt Martha North Beach Group

Plastic is harmful One of your correspondents believes that plastic is good (“Plastic bags can be best for environment” Letters 6/2/18). If that is the case, why is plastic in a very large percentage of our sea salt, in our drinking water, in the swollen gut of dead and dying turtles and seabirds? Nanoparticles are even in our cells. Plastic is everywhere and no one knows exactly what the long term effects are. The short term effects are masses of rubbish - 12.7 million tons of plastic dumped into the sea every year (and increasing); disposable nappies that, once used, are discarded to remain in land fill for 350 years; fishing line has a life expectancy of 400 years. Wherever you look there is plastic; and it doesn’t look good. There is an absolute plague of the rotten stuff and the less it is used so much the better. John Shorter, McCrae

Not the answer Christine Fry argues that biodegradable plastic bags may be good for the environment (“Plastic bags can be best for environment” Letters 6/2/18). I completely disagree. Australians use five billion plastic bags annually for an average of 12 minutes each, which then end up in landfill or as litter. Plastic bags are a huge problem for our environment, biodegradable or not. On the surface, biodegradable plastic may seem like the solution to the globe’s plastic crisis. In reality, biodegradable plastic has some serious limitations. Biodegradable plastic requires very specific conditions to break down, which are often not present in nature. For example, if a biodegradable plastic bag ends up in the ocean, the temperature is not hot enough for it to breakdown, therefore it poses just as serious a threat to marine life as a standard plastic bag. Also, some plastic bags marketed as environmentally friendly are only degradable, which means they break down into smaller pieces of plastic, which are still harmful to wildlife. Christine denounced the use of cotton bags due to the resources required to produce them. This is a fair point, however if cotton bags are reused many times it outweighs their production cost. Or better still, try Boomerang Bags, a community initiative active on the Mornington Peninsula that creates and distributes reusable shopping bags made from recycled fabric. As beach lovers living on the beautiful peninsula, it is alarming to know that if our plastic use continues the way it is, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Biodegradable or not, we all need to stop using

Picture: Steve Taylor

Save gatehouse The historic gatehouse at the entrance to 1225 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza is falling into disrepair, which is a great shame. I would hope that the privileged few who through wealth are in a position to purchase these magnificent properties would take an interest in the heritage relating to buildings and land and preserve them for future generations. This building, being on the highway, is visible to all and if restored to its original condition would become an added attraction to Mt Eliza. plastic so thoughtlessly. Are plastic bags and other single use plastics really necessary or just convenient? Mikaela Foy, Mt Martha

Affordable retirement Do the group of people opposing a retirement village in Roberts Rd, Mornington think they own the place (“Bid to rein in retirement village plan” The News 13/2/18). Aged retirement centres already in Mornington are too expensive for hard working retirees like myself and my husband. Having worked in Melbourne for the last nine and a half years of my working life and retired at 65 years and a half mainly because my hip needed replacing, everything I earned went on our home in Mornington . I don’t want to give it away on a $690,000 retirement place and have nothing left. There must be other people in Mornington like us. Name and address supplied, Mornington

US-style democracy Reading John Cain’s letter on a fair and transparent consultation on the [Rosebud aquatic centre] made me think just how transparent and consultative councils are in the United States (“Take poll on pool” Letters 13/2/18). In the US this project, and all other major infrastructure projects, would have to be approved by the voters (ratepayers). The council could not move forward without a positive vote. This approval would be approval to issue municipal bonds to finance the project. What this means is that a council must have its poo-poo together in order to present the project to the public for approval. The public knows exactly what the project is and what the costs are going to be. Then the pro and anti forces go to work to present their cases to the voters. You might think that this type of project would not get approved, but you would be wrong. Most people are intelligent enough to digest the issues and decide on their own, and it is not always about the cost. US councils are much more transparent and democratic (they have to be) but I am sure that If they could just do as they wished and raise rates or borrow money to pay for it they would, just like here. No, forget it, do not even think it. I am not going back. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Pooling thoughts Faulty Towers: Don’t mention the pool? I’m with John Cain (“Take poll on pool” Letters 13/2/18), did my survey online; a 25 metre pool in Besgrove Street, Rosebud a toddlers, half a dozen tables and umbrellas, shelter, heated in winter and a bus service thereto. Two other options: a 50 metre pool, two 50 metre pools with health, fitness and wellbeing facilities? For what? Kiddies swimming lessons? We have (probably) the world’s safest beach at out fin-

A gift of the building and small parcel of land on which it stands to Mornington Peninsula Shire and the National Trust so that it can be preserved would be one way of doing so, if the owner is not interested in restoring the building. If the gatehouse is allowed to continue to crumble it will become a target for vandals. However, once restored with signs of life, a security system and proper fencing with a plaque outlining its historic value to the area it will become a much loved icon. Beverley Treloar, Mt Martha gertips, easily learning to swim in shallow safe waters beginning (by nature) with the dog paddle and pretending to mums we are swimming? Maybe for the protection of kiddies who worry about crabs, jellyfish, councillors and over protective mothers? Do it, don’t do it, but decide now, or soon, and forever hold your peace. While I’m here, we letters writers respectively request Nepean MP Martin Dixon and Hastings MP Neale Burgess refrain from using the letters pages for free advertising. Cliff Ellen, Rye

Disturbed view It was a lovely view, a sandy path, shaded by native trees, a stretch of white sand and blue sea. Now overwhelming the view is an ugly sign put up by the foreshore committee. Isn’t it the committee’s role to preserve the beauty of our foreshore? And our rates pay for this vandalism. Rhonda Day, Rye

Clean up poo I and many others daily walk the cliff top path between Bentons Road and Fishermans Beach, Mornington. It is a very pleasant experience. However, recently I have noticed that each side of the pathway has been soiled by piles of dog poo. How hard is it to carry a plastic bag? C’mon people, they are your dogs and your problem. I hope people will stop being selfish and start cleaning up after their dogs and disposing of their dog’s crap responsibly. Anne Robinson, Mornington

Helping hands On Monday 12 February my wife was in Mt Eliza Post Office completing hand written international postage forms. Due to injury from a car accident my wife finds it very hard to write. Spotting the problem, two great female Samaritans stepped in and gave her a hand. Thank you and well done. A note to Australia Post: make your systems and processes inclusive. David White, Mt Eliza

Destroying green wedge After living on the Mornington Peninsula for nearly 60 years, working for better education and care of the natural environment and community values, I and many others who care about the natural environment for the health of future generations are being force away from our once beautiful peninsula home. People from places already environmentally destroyed and over-populated are being allowed to totally destroy the green wedge with complete authority from Mornington Peninsula Shire and the state and federal governments. As long as the money is flying around people can chop and destroy the health of their future generations. Shane W Lewis, Rosebud


main Stage line up 2018

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Peninsula Picnic returns for 2018 MARK Saturday March 17 in your diary under “food, wine and boogie” as one of the country’s favourite boutique festivals The Peninsula Picnic presented by Melbourne MINI Garage, returns to Mornington Racecourse for its fourth year. Celebrating one of Australia’s great Food & Wine Regions and seamlessly blending a foodie festival with cellar door tastings, a farmers’ market and the sweet sounds of some of Australia’s best songwriters, The Peninsula Picnic is a food, wine and music lovers’ dream. With a line-up headlined by John Butler Trio, and pop-ups from award winning restaurants and winemakers from across the region, the one-day festival makes for the perfect day out on the peninsula. Other acts include Harry James Angus (of The Cat Empire) with his nine-piece Struggle With Glory project, Vikki Thorn, fresh from celebrating the 25th anniversary tour with The Waifs, and local up and coming songwriter Angie McMahon. Joining the entertainment are eight of the region’s best restaurants and six local wineries, including Max’s at Red Hill, Merricks General Wine Store, Polperro, Montalto, Flinders Hotel, Green Olive at Red Hill, DOC Mornington, Stables Smokehouse, Alatonero, Prancing Horse Estate, T’Gallant and Quealy. Beers will be flowing from the Yak Ales pop up bar, plus there’ll be sessions with top winemakers, market stalls from local producers and artisans and Dessert Lane to keep your glass and plate full across the day. Kid’s activities and the friendly, laid back atmosphere make The Peninsula Picnic a great day out for families. Tickets are selling fast, so head to the website to secure yours now. www.peninsulapicnic.com.au





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Lift accident results in death Compiled by Brodie Cowburn A DISTRESSING fatality occurred in Melbourne on Thursday last when a lad named Arthur Albert Verney 14 years, son of Mr and Mrs Verney of Frankston was killed. Shortly after 4 p.m. a salesman employed at Shanks and Co’s warehouse, 351 Flinders Lane, noticed that the goods lift was some distance below the ground floor. Closer inspection revealed that a boy had been crushed between the lift and the wall. Constable Froher was called and the boy was extricated and taken to the Melbourne Hospital. On arrival there he was found to be dead. The lift in which the fatality occurred opens out on to Bond St. and has an automatic door which closes immediately the lift ascends. It is thought that the lad, who had been employed as a messenger for Henry Buck and Co., Swanston St. managed to get into the lift while the door was open. In coming down from another floor he apparently became bewildered when nearing the ground floor and being unable to stop the lift he attempted to jump out with the result that he sustained fatal injuries. Great sympathy is expressed for the parents in their sad bereavement. *** THE sad news was received from the Defence Department on Monday, February 11th, by Mrs Elliot “Bee Farm” Frankston, that her only surviving son, Private Michael Elliot,

had died at the First Auxiliary Hospital, England, on the 7th February. The late Private Michael Elliot enlisted on January 17th 1916, and sailed with the 24th battalion on March 21st 1916. He was on active service from September to December, when he was sent to England suffering from trench feet. He returned to France again on Sept 20th 1917 and was wounded in the head on Oct 16th, 1917. On the 18th January of this year he was reported suffering from pluerisy, and as stated above died on the 7th February, 1918, at the age of 23½ years. The late Private Elliot was the brother of Gunner Matthew Elliot who was killed in France on Feb 27th 1917. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Elliot and her daughters in their sad loss. *** MR A. G. Wilcox, who recently, returned to Frankston from active service abroad, has been rather seriously indisposed, and is under the care of Dr Atkinson. We trust Mr Wilcox will have a speedy restoration to health. *** MRS Rimmer of the “Plaza” Playne St, Frankston has been ordered by her medical adviser to relinguish business. She has therefore decided to dispose of the business as a going concern and to take a complete rest. ***

AT the childrens’ court at Frankston on Monday last, several youthful offenders were dealt with. Thos Jenson was charged with illegally using a bicycle; a boy named Saunders was charged with stealing postal articles; and, the charge against a boy named Osborne was that he stole a large sum of money from Keast’s store at Frankston, on 18th January last. *** DEATH has removed another very old and respected resident of Pearcedale, in the person of Mr Nathanial Pearce. The late Mr Pearce was, at the time of his death, the last of the original settlers. He took up land here many years ago and with his family, has been in the district ever since. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Monday, the Rev A. P. McFarlane officiating at the graveside. *** SEVERAL reports have reached us that men have entered private property and fallen timber for the purpose of obtaining honey. As this is contrary to the law we may inform these honey thieves that a vigilant society exists in the Peninsula to deal with this matter. Becoming bolder, the thieves have actually robbed private hives left in isolated parts. In one case they fell a tree and burnt over 4 tons of firewood before the owner of the week end villa arrived.

When we state the men are in receipt of regular pay from the State it can be realised how mean the creatures are. *** THE Presbyterian Young Men’s Bible Class Union of Victoria, will again Camp this Easter on the Frankston Cricket ground, near the station. The camp starts on March 28th and ends on April 1st. An attendance of about 150 members is expected. Last year the Union arranged a successful concert in the local Mechanics’ Institute, in aid of the Red Cross Funds. This year another concert will be given, the proceed to be for the Repatriation Fund. A good programme will be staged by members of the Union, assisted by leading Melbourne artists. *** A MEETING of the Frankston branch of the National Federation will be held in the hall on Wednesday next, February 20th at 8pm. On the same date a meeting of the Citizens’ League will be held, when it is to be hoped there will be a good attendance. There should be a good attendance of citizens of Frankston at the meeting on Monday evening called for the purpose of discussing ways and means of improving Kananook Creek. The matter is one of importance to all, as the present state of the creek is most unsatisfactory *** IF sufficient inducement offers, the

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Peninsula Motor Garage Pty. Ltd. will run a service of motor cars from Mornington, Somerville, Langwarrin and Carrum, in connection with the concert in Frankston on Saturday, March 9th for the Soldiers’ Repatriation Fund. Patrons wishing to attend the concert from the previously mentioned towns, should at once get into touch with Mr Bradbury, the company’s manager. *** THE tennis club intend to win some laurels his year, if practice will accomplish it. The addition of Miss Marsh to the committee will only strengthen it and the lady champion, Miss Nicholls, will have to look to her laurels against a promising young player in Miss Amy Clark, daughter of Mr John Clark, in his day, a good all round athlete. *** A PUBLIC meeting was held in the Tyabb Hall on Tuesday 12th February. Cr. Longmuir was voted to the chair. It was moved that the Red Cross society hold social evenings which would include raffles, lucky bags etc. The Fruitgrowers’ are to be asked for donation of fruit or cash, the fruit to be sold and the proceeds devoted to the funds. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 February 1918

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2018 International Cool Climate Wine Show Wine Entries Australia’s only International Cool Climate Wine Show will be held from 21 to 28 May 2018 The International Cool Climate Wine Show is an opportunity to benchmark in a show where ‘like is judged against like’, where elegant wines with restrained fruit are seen at their best, and where diversity is encouraged and rewarded. The Show attracts more than 600 wines from around the world, in 25 competition classes, and the wines are judged by highly credentialed and experienced judges, led by Chairman of Judges, Robert Paul.

Enter online at www.internationalcoolclimatewineshow.com/entry-form Refer to


for conditions of entry and regulations. Entries close 29 April 2018. Direct enquiries to Event Manager Paula Creek at info@internationalcoolclimatewineshow.com or call 0404 468 286.


Rosebud Kite Festival: Sunday 11th March 2018. Picture: Supplied

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL Stunning Point Nepean National Park at Portsea will play host to the Mornington Peninsula Food+Wine Festival on 24 February 2018. For one beautiful summers day, the historic grounds of Portsea’s Point Nepean Park will be transformed into a giant outdoor lounge for a sensational day of food, wine and entertainment – the best part is, you’re invited! Having grown up on the Peninsula and lived in the area for most of his life, Tristan Clarke, of Nepean Events, is realising his vision for a festival celebrating all that the Peninsula is famous for. Having attended festivals all over the country, Clarke says, “I believe that with all its scenic beauty, combined with the top quality wines, beer and food produced on the Mornington Peninsula, this is the perfect place for a fantastic summer event that brings it and us all together!” The Mornington Peninsula is known for its bountiful premium produce, including wine, beer, cider, meat, seafood, fruit, cheese, vegetables and more. It’s a place where the lush green vines of some of Australia’s best Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc grow. Mornington Peninsula Food+Wine Festival brings all these delights together for one day, in one place, for your pleasure.

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Saturday, 10th March, the Red Hill Showgrounds come alive with the festivities of one the State’s most popular agricultural shows. Entries for most categories close this week so visit our website and entre online: www.redhillshow.com.au/forms Aside from the remarkable array of animals including Clydesdales, cattle, sheep, alpacas, poultry, minature goats, working dogs and more, the 2nd Red Hill Cider Show will be hosted by local published foodie Richard Cornish and offering tastings of the awardwinning ciders. This year, we are thrilled to have the Australian Mountainboarders back with demos and free workshops. The Fly Dogs will astound you with their speed and agility. A leatherworks workshop and puppet workshop will highlight some of the past trades. There will also be woodturning, spinning and weaving demonstrations. Willum Warrain, an indigenous group from Hastings, will bring their colourful caravan

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Mounties hang on despite draw PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully MT ELIZA maintained its position in the top four in MPCA Provincial Cricket on Saturday despite playing out a dramatic draw against Sorrento. Defending 117 Mt Eliza already had Sorrento on the ropes at the beginning of day two at 2/12. With arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the competition Mt Eliza was always in the box seat to defend such a low score. Sorrento’s Kane Gordon (40) and Liam O’Connor (36) were the only batsmen to offer any assistance. Mt Eliza was bowled out for 117 with more than 15 overs up their sleeve. At one point late in the match Sorrento looked home at 8/115. Nick Baron was the pick of the Mt Eliza bowlers 3/28. Langwarrin retained the Bushman’s Cup after beating Pearcedale by almost 50 runs. Kangas skipper again took the game by the scruff bowling 22.2 overs with a match winning return of 5/72. Coach Jake Prosser was also impressive with ball in hand snaring 4/35. Pearcedale’s Chris Dew was the

only batsman who looked likely to help Pearcedale to the 220 required for victory, however he was dismissed for 67 and that was the end of the ball game. The Panthers were eventually all out for 173. Baxter’s waft of finals cricket is still in the air after it cruised to victory against Mornington. Resuming at 0/8 Baxter required just 123 for victory. Chris Brittain made light work of that getting all of those runs himself, hitting eight boundaries and ten going straight over the rope finishing on 133. Joe Rule scored 40 runs also. Baxter pulled up stumps in the sixty ninth over at 4/213. As predicted Peninsula Old Boys took Crib Point to the cleaners, bowling them out for 137. Defending 212 the Old Boys already had Crib Point 1/6 overnight. Once again it was Old Boy’s skipper Wade Pelzer who stole the show with the ball snaring 6/25. Luke Herrington was the best of the Crib Point batsmen with 44. Shark hunt: Despite this setback, Red Hill made light work of Flinders. Picture: Andrew Hurst

All tied up: Sorrento and Mt Eliza played out a rare draw. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Blues get off the bottom DISTRICT

Ducks pull off outright PENINSULA

By IT Gully MOOROODUC scored a miraculous reverse outright against Main Ridge in MPCA Peninsula Cricket on Saturday. Main Ridge had a wonderful opportunity to all but cement its place in the top two, however blew it despite getting first innings points. Last week after the first day Main Ridge bowled out Moorooduc for 55 before declaring its first innings at 7/141. With 19 overs left in the day the Ridge were able to take 3/64 still leaving the Ducks 40 runs behind. On day two what the Ridge didn’t count on was Madushanka Perera scoring 92 and Kasun Perera helping himself to 89, eventually declaring after 54 overs at 9/236. Needing 152 runs in 60 overs, the Ridge fell 13 runs short, bowled out for 139 in 44 overs. Justin McCleary was the best of the Moorooduc bowlers with 4/46 off 13 overs. A cracking 132 runs from arguably one of the Peninsula’s greatest ever


sportsman, Michael Burke, has helped Long Island to an unlikely victory against Delacombe Park. Chasing 248 for victory Burke was joined at the crease by Pubudu Edirisinghe who helped himself to 65. Helping Long Island to 6/251 in 73 overs. The Parkers used eight bowlers in a desperate attempt to remove Burke, the match winner. As expected Somerville proved far too strong for Pines. Chasing Somerville’s 173 Pines lost 3 wickets in the final seven overs of day one. Resuming day two at 3/20 things never recovered for Pines, bowled out in the fifty second over for 119. Jayde Herrick was the best of the Somerville bowlers with 4/27 while Jay Parker picked up 3/7 from seven overs. Red Hill made light work of Flinders picking up the victory total in the sixty seventh over. Simon Dart finished unbeaten on 85 as did Tim Collette on 51. Red Hill declared at 5/179.

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By IT Gully HASTINGS has clawed its way off the bottom off the MPCA District ladder after beating Seaford Tigers outright on Saturday. Rosebud now looks after the unenviable position of bottom of the ladder and is now under pressure to avoid relegation. The Blues had pretty much wrapped up victory last week, however there was always that chance of the Tigers pulling off a reverse outright. That wasn’t the case as we headed into day two, even though the Blues resumed at 3/35 and were eventually bowled out for just 106. With a lead of 128 Hastings’ bowlers again needed to perform at their absolute best. That came in the form of Isuru Dias who took 5/23 off 10 overs (he

also took 6/34 in the first innings). The Tigers were rolled for 47 in 20.1 overs. Mt Martha was able to get pre-finals bragging rights over Seaford in their clash. Mt Martha now hold second place on the lader, .05 of a percent clear of Seaford who sit in third place. Given the tightness of the season it was an important win for the Reds. It was an incredible victory for Mt Martha who resumed day two at 7/29, chasing Seaford’s first innings total of 126. Make no mistake Brad Schreuder was the match winner with an unbeaten 42, while Kane Hawkins was not far behind at all with 39. Right at the end when Mt Martha needed somebody to stick around with Schreuder, Curtis Stone was the man to step up to the plate, scoring 19 runs and helping to get his team over the line.

Heatherhill has grabbed Rye’s position in the top bracket after a convincing 100 plus runs win. Set 223 for victory, Rye resumed at 0/7. They were bowled out in the 42nd over for just 100. Matty Meagher was the destroyer for Heatherhill, taking 5/22 off 13 overs. Looking for an outright victory the Hills sent Rye back into bat, however were not able to pick up the ten wickets. Rye opener Tom Baron proved to be the thorn in the Hill’s side, scoring 101. It was a game between top versus bottom – Baden Powell vs Rosebud. Enough said? Not quite! Resuming at 1/62 and chasing 110 for victory, the Braves skipped along to victory scoring 5/244 in a leisurely 92 overs. Coen Chernishoff top scored for the Braves with 84 while Craig Entwistle finished unbeaten on 59.

Rye’s fall: Heatherhill accounted for Rye by over 100 runs. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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Subbies produce predictable results SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully THINGS went absolutely as expected in MPCA Sub District Cricket on Saturday. After the conclusion of day one it appeared that all matches would have a predictable outcome. For

instance, Boneo was always going to be up against it to beat Dromana who had set them 271 runs for victory, they fell almost 100 runs short, bowled out in the 53rd over for just 177. Jye Voelkl took 4/69 off 17 overs for the Hoppers while Ryan Jellie scored 77 for the Pandas. Skye was left with some work to

do to chase down Carrum Down’s total of 9/253. It too fell 60 runs short thanks largely to the Cougar’s Jordy Watters who picked up 5/44. Balnarring needed just 35 runs to beat Tyabb at the end of day one. They may have resumed at 5/80 but they were always going to pick up the required runs with five wickets

in hand, they declared at 8/151. Batting second against Tootgarook, Frankston YCW was always going to be up against it chasing down 205. Zac Stevenson was back in Frog colours after a stint at Rye and picked up 4/19 restricting YCW to just 152. In the final match Ballam Park’s

total of 157 was always going to be 60 shy of what was required against Carrum. The Lions scored 234 in 67 overs, a victory of 77 runs. Knight’s skipper David Cross was a stand out in the match taking 5/28.

Langwarrin, Somerville off to a flyer SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN’S much anticipated NPL2 debut and David Greening’s player-coaching bow both ended in triumph last weekend. Langy travelled to Wembley Park on Saturday and celebrated a deserved 2-0 win against a Box Hill side that enjoyed a lot of possession but whose slow and purposeless interpassing game suited the visitors. Greening’s two goals spearheaded Somerville Eagles’ 3-2 FFA Cup win against Old Mentonians at Somerville High School on Saturday. Somerville raced to a 3-0 lead thanks to Greening and Ash Scholes with the latter’s bullet header from a Matt Curd corner in the 50th minute giving him his first goal in senior football. A James Bingham goal in the 74th minute gave Old Mentonians a glimmer of hope and a moment of madness from Somerville keeper Brad Klarenbeek allowed Tyler Pollard to score from the penalty spot in the 87th minute. “We dominated the first 70 minutes but it was a tense and nervy finish as we ground it out,” said Greening. “It should never have got to that though so our game management is definitely something to work on.” Somerville’s starting line-up featured six newcomers in Greening, Scholes, Klarenbeek (all from Rosebud Heart), Matthew Curd (Seaford United), Louis Griffiths (Baxter) and Michael Clarke (Elwood City) while Jack McKenna (Langwarrin), Stephen Curd (Seaford United) and Kadison English (Rosebud Heart) were on the bench. Langy’s success was due to a double from Liam Baxter and late heroics from goalkeeper Robbie Acs. Big “Yaya” (Mat Luak) revelled in an attacking midfielder’s role while 20-year-old Callum Goulding from Melbourne Victory anchored the Langy midfield with Lewis Potter and Paul Speed either side of a diamond formation. The pace of and trickery of Baxter and Johnny Kuol were constant dangers. Langy led 1-0 at the break thanks to a slick interpassing move involving Luak and Kuol with the latter teeing up Baxter for a tap-in in the 38th minute. That should have been the Scottish striker’s hat-trick but he’d shot over from the right of the area in the 16th minute and a minute later was denied by a point-blank smother from Box Hill keeper Luke Gavalas. Langy earned some breathing space when Baxter was brought down inside the area in the 71st minute and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Baxter slammed his conversion high into the roof of the net before charging towards the large travelling support to celebrate.

Langy linchpin: Liam Baxter (right) in action for Langwarrin last season against Mornington’s Nathan Yole. Picture: John Punshon

Victor Medini, Sam Klepac and Esmael Zahiri replaced Luak, Baxter and Kuol in the second half and Langy appeared to be coasting to the line. But Acs had to spring into action in the 89th minute to block a close range Ryan Go shot and two minutes later Andy McIntyre was controversially ruled to have brought down Nicholas Edwards inside the area. Acs’s reputation as a shot-stopper was enhanced when he flung himself to his left to parry Phillip Petreski’s spot kick and end the home team’s dismal day. “It was very pleasing and it will give us a lot of confidence but at the same time we’ve got to do it again this week because there’s no point winning away from home then losing at home,” said long-serving Langy gaffer Gus Macleod. Langy squares up to Goulburn Valley Suns at Lawton Park on Saturday and the Shepparton-based club started the season with a 2-1 home loss last weekend to big spending title contender Dandenong City. Former AFC Wimbledon striker Craig Carley rejoined the Suns last May after stints at Hume City and Avondale and was appointed playercoach of the seniors last October. The club recently announced the capture of 24-year-old former Everton youth team midfielder Jordan Barrow. “We know they’ve strengthened but my focus is on our players and my job

is to make sure that they keep their concentration and focus on what we do well,” said Macleod. Langy’s under-20s bombed out 3-1. A sweeping interpassing move and a cross from the right by Keegan Guy in the 31st minute saw Langy captain Max Boulton charge in at the far post between two defenders and power his header home for the opener. The home team levelled right on the stroke of half-time via a stunning 30-metre strike by Sung Min Lee. Box Hill hit the front in the 64th minute when an inch-perfect cross from the right by Ryan Kirkus was headed home by unmarked substitute Nikita Cicmil. Langy lost its shape and discipline in the final half-hour and was a sitting duck on the break. It appealed in vain for offside in the 85th minute but Vasili Tsoumpris strolled clear and slammed the ball past helpless Langy keeper Ben Caballero to round off the scoreline. Langwarrin’s NPL juniors start their season on Sunday when they travel to Kingston Heath Soccer Complex to face NPL giant Bentleigh Greens with the under-12s and under-13s both kicking off at 10am, the under-14s and under-15s at 11.15am and the under16s and under-18s at 1pm. In State 3 South-East news Skye United confirmed late last week that it had signed former Mauritian international Chris Driver.

The club had already captured the signatures of Caleb Nicholes, Mitch Blake and Jordan Redburn from Langwarrin and Driver is a former Langy midfielder. Skye boss Billy Armour is still on the lookout to add to his squad. Skye beat State 4 East outfit Ringwood City 4-1 in a friendly at Ringwood on Saturday with Nicholes and Lawrence Komba scoring twice. Another former Langy player, Cameron Leopold, played for Skye but is yet to sign. Southern United’s season gets underway on Sunday when it hosts Bayside United which has signed around a dozen of Southern’s 2017 players. Southern’s senior squad has undergone a massive revamp under new head coach Aaron Myatt who comes face to face with Bill Mihaloudis and Rob Giabardo, Southern’s senior coaches last year and now in charge at Bayside. “We’ll approach this as we will do every game – believing in our strengths as a team unit,” said Myatt. “We have a young squad and although we haven’t gelled yet if we are solid and compact at the back we can get something from this game.” Here are Southern’s 2018 squads with the previous club of new players in brackets. The under-12s have eight players who have graduated from the club’s successful 2017 Skill Acquisition Pro-

gram (SAP). UNDER 12s: Taylen Wolf, Rhianna Kelleher (SAP), Jasmine Smith (SAP), Emilia Ingles (SAP), Ceara Taylor (SAP), Eden McKeown (SAP), Kayla McLeod (SAP), Leah Plavljanic (SAP), Gemma DeVos (SAP), Chiara Renzella, Savannah Lapenta, Lauren Riha, Ava Guarascio. UNDER 14s: GOALKEEPER: Cadi Vakacavu. DEFENDERS: Alex Jones, Talia Palmer, Ezel Dwyer, Emily Ryan, Tanysha Hogan, Shanece Dias (Bayside). MIDFIELDERS: Sage Kirby, Alessandra Davis, Holly Wakker, Taylah Hennekam. FORWARDS: Candy Kilderry, Rhys McKenna, Danica Vukcevic, Rhianna Cousens, Macey Butler (SAP), Erica-Derrick SarfoSarpong (SAP). UNDER 16s: GOALKEEPER: Rianna Tann. DEFENDERS: Lily Aitken, Ellis Kadir, Belinda Stojcevski (Dandenong Thunder), India Scarr (Mount Martha), Phoebe Tann. MIDFIELDERS: Mia Davis, Sydney James, Briana Dias, MacKenzie Hicks. FORWARDS: Haylea Porter, Jasmine Ristevski, Monique Lapenta, Oakley Sunkel-Lozell. UNDER 19s & SENIORS: GOALKEEPERS: Freya Crocker, Celia Kelsall. DEFENDERS: Gemma Grek (Sandringham), Ella Douglas (Bayside United), Jess Beddows, Sarah Tebutt, Caibiran Deas, Indre Christy, Myrid Bartlett (Gippsland), Natasha Dakic. MIDFIELDERS: Claudia Beissmann (Brandon Park), Marianna Minichiello (Brandon Park), Tash Reiri (Alamein), Nikolina Bucalo, Olivia Groves (South Melbourne), Avery Lau (Kitchee, Hong Kong). FORWARDS: Casey Aarons (Alamein), Maylinda Emini (Brandon Park), Sita Karimi (Whitehorse United), Kristie Farmer (South Yarra), Sarah Wieck (Bayside United). Southern is looking at three other prospective signings on the local market as well as two players from Scotland. In other news Pines have lost Jack Wrobel and Matt Davis to White Star Dandenong (who lost 7-0 to Chelsea in their FFA Cup clash last weekend), Seaford’s Dylan Waugh is training with Peninsula Strikers and the player exodus from North Seaford Reserve looks likely to include Matt MorrisThomas, Mitch Lander and maybe Daniel Walsh. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Langwarrin v Goulburn Valley Suns (Lawton Park), U20s 1pm. SUNDAY 3.15pm: Southern Utd v Bayside Utd (Monterey Reserve), U12s 9am, U14s 10.15am, U16s 11.40am, U19s 1.15pm.

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Triathlon runners aim high THE Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club is hoping to once again cement itself as one of the leading clubs in Victoria when it comes to junior triathlons. The club, based at Long Island Drive in Frankston, had four members competing in South Australia at the national level earlier this month with MPTC’s triathlon mentor, Luke Burns and some of the club’s up and coming juniors competing at the Glenelg Triathlon on Saturday 3 February. Burns, who trains out of Brisbane and competes internationally, ran against Australia and New Zealand’s best triathlon talent in the Oceania Cup where he finished in 15th position. MPTC performance coach Kyle Burns said that his son, Luke, has gone through the same system as the current juniors and has been a great mentor for the team. “He’s competed in about eight countries over the last year and three world cups so he’s really starting to find his feet internationally,” Burns said. “He went through the same system as the current juniors up until he was about 19-years-old.” Junior athletes, Lachie Watson, Oscar Riley and Lily Van Raay also competed in South Australia where they ran in the second race of the Australian Junior Triathlon Series. Burns said that not all went to plan for the juniors as they didn’t have best

of luck in their events after training so hard beforehand. “The results didn’t really reflect how they had been training,” he said. “Oscar copped a kick to the head in the swim and had to go to hospital afterwards with a mild concussion and Lachie fell off his bike and that was the end of his triathlon. “They had been training well beforehand so it’s pretty unlucky for the boys but they’re alright now and are working towards the All Schools in 10 weeks. “It was good to see Lily come back from a broken toe which she got at the start of the season and get through her race.” Having been chosen by the state coaches, Oscar returned the following day to join the Victorian Mixed Relay team and finished runners-up in the relay championships to claim his first national medal. Burns said it was a great result for Oscar with the event now being a major focus in Australia. “There is now an Olympic medal for that event so that triathlon has become a big focus,” he said. “Victoria has a really good team coming through and they only lost by nine seconds at the end. It’s really good and really encouraging going forwards.” MPTC also had five members competing in Elwood on the Sunday with Harrison Bolton, Ella Humphreys and Tomm Jansen all winning their

respected races while Grace Bunting finished in fifth position at the 15-19 World Championship Qualifiers. Burns said it was great to see the juniors compete so well considering that they’re still developing this year and will be aiming to step up next year. “They’re doing really well, some of them are fairly new and just learning at the moment,” he said. “Grace is going well and will be aiming to qualify for the World’s this year.” Burns said the results were a step in the right direction as the club has begun to put a greater focus on helping their juniors reach the podium. Ben Triandafillou

Terrific trio: Ella Humphreys, Tomm Jansen and Harrison Bolton celebrate their triathlon victories. Picture: Supplied



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Storming home: Jordan Childs rides Written By to his debut victory. Picture: Supplied

Begg ready for first Diamond runner RETURNING to racing just over 18 months ago, Mt Eliza-based horse trainer Grahame Begg will have his first crack at the $1.5 million Group One Blue Diamond Stakes on Saturday (24 February). The former Sydney-based trainer will send his unbeaten colt, Written By, to Caulfield for the Blue Diamond Stakes after he ran away with the Group Three Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield a fortnight ago. The homebred colt, which is by Begg’s former star sprinter Written Tycoon and bred by his Hall of Fame father Neville, has defeated several Blue Diamond fancies in his two career starts and has done it the hard way having had to jump from the widest barrier both times. Trainer Grahame Begg, who trains out of Pinecliff, Mt Eliza, said he

couldn’t be happier with how the colt has pulled up from his last start and is looking forward to having his first runner in a Blue Diamond. “Obviously having a horse which is in good form heading into the Diamond makes it all that bit more exciting,” Begg said. “He’s very well and I’m very happy with him. He’s come through his run brilliantly and there hasn’t been any indication to make me think otherwise.” Jockey Jordan Childs, who has ridden Written By at his past two victories, equalled his biggest win to date in the Group Three prelude last start. He will be staying aboard the colt in the feature race on Saturday and will be hoping to capture his first Group One victory. Ben Triandafillou

PLAYERS from the St Kilda Football Club visited some of the most vulnerable in the community at Wallara’s Sages Cottage Farm, Baxter on Tuesday 13 February as part of their community camps initiative. The players visited the community garden which was built at the end of last year by some of the Saints executive management team and participated in a range of activities which provides training opportunities for people with different abilities. Wallara supports more than 500 people by providing community day services, residential and supported accommodation part and full-time employment, training and workplace opportunities for the disabled. As part of the two-day community camp, the Saints players also visited Peninsula Grammar where they kicked off their camp with a training session on the Monday morning. A further 45 schools across the Bayside, Kingston, Frankston and Mornington region were visited on the Tuesday as well as several football clubs and community groups. St Kilda’s general manager of community Lisa Laing said the club enjoyed the opportunity to get out and about in the region. “The camp was a golden opportunity for the club to give back to the community, while also allowing a future generation of Sainters to meet their heroes,” Laing said. “This region is so important to the club in all that we do, and the camp reminds us of the support that exists for the Saints in the bayside and peninsula communities.” The coaching staff and senior club

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