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Liberals’ electric plan ends at Baxter Neil Walker neil@mpnews.com.au LIBERAL politicians were out in force at Baxter train station last week spruiking a $450 million plan to electrify the Frankston line to Baxter. The announcement will come as a disappointment to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council which in May announced that it wanted the line electrified to Hastings. The shire says Baxter – which lies within its municipal boundary – would be an unsuitable terminus for the electric train service. An “advocacy paper” prepared by the shire says moving train stabling and maintenance and car parking “down the line” to Baxter “appears to be primarily to free up land in Frankston for development”. Making land available at Baxter would require “pushing out the Urban Growth Boundary and encroaching on the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge”. “Electrification would offer minimal benefit to residents of the Mornington Peninsula, at an unacceptable cost,” the shire has stated in a letter to the state and federal governments. At that stage the shire, which felt it had been left out of the planning to electrify the line, said it was “imperative” that it be included in any future discussions (“Shire off line over train” The News 22/5/18). However, it was Baxter station that provided a platform on Tuesday (17 July) for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and state opposition leader Matthew Guy to make the pre-election spending promise alongside other Liberal federal and state politicians. The state election in Victoria will be held in November this year and a federal election must be held by November next year. Mr Turnbull told an assembled media pack that an eight-kilometre electrification extension beyond Frankston to Baxter is “a hugely important piece of infrastructure”. Under the Liberals’ plan, electric trains will run to Baxter, although diesels will still travel along the rest of the unreliable line to Stony Point. The plan also includes new stations at Frankston East, near Frankston Hospital and Monash University’s peninsula campus, and at Langwarrin. Work would begin next year. “A new station at Frankston East will improve access to Frankston Hospital for patients and families as well as health professionals and it will also and help students get to the local campus of Monash University,” Mr Guy said.

Fellow travellers: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and state Liberal opposition leader Matthew Guy at Baxter station to announce their willingness to jointly pay for the electrification of the railway line from Frankston to Baxter. The announcement by the two leaders while flanked by Liberal hopefuls and sitting MPs falls far short of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s call for the troubled line to be electrified to Hastings. No one from the announcement group boarded the diesel train at Baxter. Picture: Gary Sissons

“There are two things people in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula should know, firstly that the Liberals will duplicate and electrify the rail to Baxter and second, Daniel Andrews and Bill Shorten won’t.” The Labor state government is undertaking a federally-funded business case study on the proposal and the state or federal Labor parties are yet to confirm they will electrify the rail to Baxter if in government after the next elections. “We hope state and federal Labor get on board soon,” president of the lobby group Committee for Greater Frankston Fred Harrison said. Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan did not respond to questions about the progress of the business case study or any Labor commitment to the project. Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton, a Labor

Party member, said electrification to Baxter “will mean people living further up the line or from the peninsula will be able to ... commute directly to Monash University, Frankston Hospital and Frankston Private Hospital, Chisholm TAFE or directly into Melbourne”. Federal Dunkley Liberal MP Chris Crewther, whose ultra-marginal electorate will lose the northern part of Baxter to neighbouring Flinders at the next federal election, was among the Liberal politicians at Baxter last Tuesday. Flinders MP Greg Hunt, whose electorate will include Baxter, was in Mayo in South Australia campaigning for Liberal candidate Georgina Downer. Mr Hunt last month said it was vital to protect and retain the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge as a major health, conservation, agricultural, economic and recreational environment for

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Back to school: Volunteers training for the Somerville R4L program at St Brendan’s Primary School are, from left, Stephanie Exton, Georgie Harland and Gillian Francis. Pictures: Gary Sissons

Second ‘village’ added to learning program THE adage “it takes a village to raise a child” has been proven to work over the past 12 years as Hastings’ schools, kindergartens, service organisations and volunteers collaborate in the Linking Schools and Early Years partnership. The service organisations – Good Shepherd Youth and family Services, Hastings Western Port Rotary Club, Western Port Catholic Parish, businesses, agencies and volunteers – adhere to the linking schools’ philosophy that children living in Hastings are the community’s joint responsibility. Their aim is to develop and implement strategies to benefit all the area’s children. Recently retired St Mary’s Primary School, Hastings principal Richard Mucha is adamant this “unique, whole town approach to education has enabled huge improvements in student

outcomes to occur”: “Since 2009, Australian Early Development Census figures show that in the area of Language and Cognitive Development, student vulnerability in Hastings has been reduced by 19.1 per cent, compared to a 0.2 per cent increase in vulnerability for Victoria as a whole.” The program is now starting in Somerville. Initially, in Term Two, it will comprise Somerville, St Brendan’s and Somerville Rise primary schools in the Reading for Life (R4L) program running concurrently with the Hastings R4L program. About 85 pupils, mostly in grades 2-4, will take part. Psychologists from the firm Learning Links, who developed R4L, will pre-test pupils the schools have selected and train volunteers in the use of the R4L packs.

Volunteers will then work one-on-one with pupils for 15 one-hour sessions after which the psychologists will test the pupils again. Mr Mucha said results for the eight years that R4L has been conducted in Hastings show an average improvement of seven months in sight words; an average of 12.37 per cent in improvement of knowledge of sounds; 8.44 per cent improvement in reading confidence; nine months improvement in reading accuracy; and, 8.7 months improvement in reading comprehension. The R4L programs in Somerville and Hastings are run with 70 volunteers and the help of sponsors The Rali Foundation, The Mornington Peninsula Foundation, BlueScope Steel, The Coast Real Estate, Hastings Western Port Rotary Club, Somerville Tyabb Rotary Club, and Western Port Catholic Parish. Stephen Taylor

GUARDS employed by Wilson Security walked off the job at HMAS Cerberus, Crib Point last week to protest changes to workplace rules. The action resulted in bans on visitor checks, on-site patrols, bag and vehicle checks and training. Industrial action elsewhere affected Defence sites across the state as well as at hospitals, offices, stations, and factories. The guards, members of United Voice, are angry at what they claim are “broken bargaining rules in the security industry and across the workforce”. They say they have been negotiating with Wilson on pay and job security for a year and a half. United Voice Victorian secretary Jess Walsh said Wilson had imposed a two-year pay freeze on the guards and sought to introduce a two-tier pay structure as a way of pushing new guards on to the award minimum. He said it was the third time guards had taken industrial action in recent months, and was “the most widespread action to date”. “These guards are highly-trained, professional staff who do incredibly important work protecting our men and women in uniform, as well as patients and health professionals, and yet their pay has been squeezed for the last two years,” Mr Walsh said. “They do not deserve this kind of disrespect. “They will do whatever it takes to win jobs they can count on.” Mr Walsh said the action caused significant disruption at HMAS Cerberus as well as at other Defence sites, including the Australian Geospatial Intelligence site at Bendigo, Simpson Barracks, Defence Fisherman’s Bend and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Maribyrnong. “There is a risk that if the action escalates, operations on some bases would be shut down,” he said. Neither Wilson Security or HMAS Cerberus would comment. Stephen Taylor

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Steel supports jobs STEEL maker BlueScope has created more than 100 jobs at its Hastings plant over the past year. The jobs’ increase shows the state’s steel manufacturing industry is booming, according to industry and employment minister Ben Carroll, who visited the plant which produces coated and painted steel products, including Colorbond steel. This week BlueScope will export about 10,000 tonnes of steel to the US from the Port of Hastings. The company’s Western Port manager Jim Graham said BlueScope was pleased with the support the state government had provided to the steel supply chain in Victoria – especially by using Australian-made steel in major road and rail infrastructure projects. “Strong demand for BlueScope’s steel products in both domestic and export markets has seen a resurgence in production and employment at our Western Port plant,” he said.

Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au PUPILS at 14 Mornington Peninsula schools can start their day with a full tummy thanks to the state government’s school breakfast clubs and the help of volunteers. They are among 500 schools across the state to have received 50,000 free meals each week since 2016 – with almost 210,000 meals going to pupils at primary schools on the peninsula. These also include Baxter, Bittern, Crib Point, Hastings, Langwarrin Park, Somerville, Somerville Rise, Wallaroo, Mornington Special Development School, Eastbourne, Tootgarook and Rosebud primary schools. Heather Christie, who coordinates the breakfasts at Mornington Park Primary school with colleague Russell Ardley, said the program was “fabulous”. “Every day we feed 40-60 children their choice of cereals, fresh and tinned fruit, and cooked meals including eggs, hash browns, pancakes and waffles,” she said. “There is always the choice of hot or cold meals including cheese and tomato toast or baked beans.” The 15-year-old service runs five days a week ensuring the pupils always start their day the right way. Ms Christie runs the program Mondays and Fridays, while Mr Ardley is in charge Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She praised the help of long-time supporters Jacobs and Lowe Real Estate, whose staff donate fruit and

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Yum yum: Mornington Park Primary School pupils enjoy a nourishing start to their day. Bodhi (blue beanie) and Lachlan at the table, Allegra, Brenda (with fruit bowl), and parent Danielle ready to serve Jorgia, Josh and Lilly with their breakfasts. Picture: Ebony Elise

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AT the launch of this year’s Arthurs Seat Challenge are, from left, Cheryl Mumbers, Margaret Davis and Pippa Hanson. Picture: Margaret Harrison

Challenge to raise safety awareness THE Arthurs Seat Challenge is an annual 6.7 kilometre fun run and walk from Rosebud to the top of Arthurs Seat. The event, which finishes at Seawinds Gardens, is held to promote and raise money for the Fit to Drive program provided free to students in schools on the Mornington Peninsula and in Frankston. Fit to Drive focuses on personal safety, responsibility, and strategies to make young people safer on the road. The program aims to reduce road trauma by changing attitudes and

Expressions of Interest Selection Panel – Australia Day Local Awards Each year Mornington Peninsula Shire celebrates the achievements and contributions of local community members through the Australia Day Local Awards. We’re calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for peninsula community members and business operators to become a member of the Australia Day Local Awards Selection Panel. The panel is responsible for assessing all nominations received and making recommendations to Council for winners of the Awards.

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behaviours of young drivers and passengers. BlueScope Western Port has supported the program since it began in 2002. Sponsorship coordinator, Amanda Burston said Fit to Drive program “is directly aligned with our company’s core values of keeping people safe and supporting our local community”. “It’s been remarkable to see the growth, expansion and significant reduction in young driver fatalities and accidents across the peninsula,” she said.

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Charges follow ‘abhorrent’ attack on paramedic A ROSEBUD man who allegedly stabbed a female paramedic, Friday 13 July, was Wednesday night charged with intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury and several other assault charges. The paramedic, 46, was loading her two children into her car after picking up take-away from a shop in Nepean Highway, Rosebud, when the man, 47, allegedly grabbed her from behind and slashed her across the chest with a box cutter in a random attack. He then rode away on a bicycle. The woman was taken to Frankston Hospital where she received a “large number of stitches” to treat a 15 centimetre gash on her chest. Ambulance Victoria chief executive Tony Walker said the paramedic’s

Police patrol children aged four and six witnessed the “absolutely abhorrent” attack from the back seat of the car. Still in shock the next day, the woman said on radio she thought she may have treated the man in her role as a paramedic. While not drawing a link to her job and the recent spate of attacks on emergency services workers, she said she would not wear her uniform when driving home again in case it had “triggered” the attack. Detective Senior Constable Alex Montgomery, of Mornington Peninsula CIU, said the man had been charged at Dandenong police station and remanded to appear at Melbourne

Armed robbery, assault charges A ST ANDREWS Beach man has been charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into a Sorrento house and stealing cash, phone, iPad and attempting to steal a car, Thursday 12 July. Residents at the Hotham Road house awoke to noises and looked outside to see a man sitting in the driver’s seat of their Holden station wagon as it rolled down the driveway. Detective Sergeant Rohan Brock said the residents confronted the man and attempted to hold him until police arrived. When he became agitated they were forced to let him go al-

though they did manage to retrieve the iPad, cash and phone. The next day, Friday 13 July, police arrested a man, 23, in Rosebud after he allegedly threatened a man, 50, with a knife, and hid in a shed. He was remanded in custody to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court, Thursday 23 August, on assault charges. The man is due to appear at a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Wednesday 18 July, on other charges, including criminal damage and armed robbery of a taxi driver in the city, Monday 9 July, and evading police.

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Magistrates’ Court, Thursday 19 July. He was then further remanded to appear at a committal hearing at the same court on Thursday 11 October to face additional charges, including criminal damage, theft, assault, theft of a motor car and weapons offences. Detective Montgomery said the other charges related to violent incidents following the alleged assault on the paramedic in which the man allegedly used a small axe to smash the windows of a car in Ninth Avenue, Rosebud; used the axe to smash the window of a take-away food store in Pt Nepean Road while the owners cowered inside and pleaded with him that they were closed; and then stole a car from outside the Rosebud Hotel before crashing it into a tree opposite. The man then allegedly threatened those trying to help him out of the car with a hammer and the axe before running off and hiding on the foreshore. Detective Montgomery said the man was finally arrested by Rosebud police after passers-by saw him outside the station holding a knife, 2.45am. The man complained of an injured leg and was taken to Dandenong Hospital for treatment where he was held under guard before being interviewed and charged five days later.

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Glass everywhere: Police estimate up to $2000 damage was done to Nepean Liberal candidate Russell Joseph’s Holden sedan in the random attack. Pictures: Supplied

an otherwise peaceful evening in Rosebud, some guy on a drug fuelled bender had trashed my car, stabbed a woman, threatened another with a tomahawk, trashed another car and assaulted an ambo,” he said. “He is now thankfully in custody, and as far as I know the other victims are doing as well as can be expected.” While saying he’d “had better days” Mr Joseph said the trauma was “nothing compared to that experienced by the paramedic”.

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ASPIRING politician Russell Joseph was “inadvertently caught up” in the drama which unfolded in Rosebud, Friday 13 July, when an off-duty paramedic was stabbed, shop windows smashed, cars crashed and traders huddled in fear. The Nepean Liberal candidate had left his Ninth Avenue office about 7pm and stepped into the dark street. “The street light was not working but I could see police standing around my car and heard the commotion and wondered what was going on,” he said. “Then I saw the car’s smashed windscreen, smashed side and rear windows … there was glass everywhere …” He was told a man – at that time still on the run after allegedly assaulting the paramedic – had used a tomahawk to cause up to $2000 damage to his Holden sedan. “It was certainly a shock. On

FIVE people were arrested by Mornington police after allegedly stealing alcohol and other property from the Mornington on Tanti Hotel, early Sunday morning. Detective Sergeant Jason Hocking, of Somerville CIU, said police will allege alcohol valued at $150 was stolen from the bar area and clothing, tonneau cover and 12-volt air compressor, valued at $550, was stolen from a utility in the hotel’s car park, 5am, Sunday 22 July. A Dingley Village man, 26, and a Skye man, 27, were remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday) charged with burglary, theft and theft from a motor vehicle. A Narre Warren man, 33, was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on the same charges in September. Two women allegedly with the men – a 36-year-old, of Croydon, and a 25-year-old, of Hampton East – were interviewed by police and released pending further inquiries. Detective Hocking said Mornington police were alerted to the robbery after the alarm sounded and were able to watch it unfold on CCTV. He said all the property was recovered.

A BUSLOAD of 18-25-year-old students from the Centre for Multicultural Youth visited Main Ridge on a brisk morning last week excited at the prospect of planting trees – and perhaps seeing their first kangaroo. The event was run by Ucan2 multicultural youth worker Sarah Williams and Mornington Peninsula Shire land care facilitator Jacqui Salter. Ucan2 supports young, newly arrived refugees and migrants. Ali escaped persecution and arrived in Australia in 2015. He saw the trip to the peninsula as “our best excursion ever … I felt like we were a family going on a trip to nature – all the sights, smells and experiences were new to us”. Youth worker Sarah said the students saw kangaroos – “things I took for granted growing up in Australia”. “The best part was we got to care for the environment and enjoy nature. It was therapeutic and healing.”

Peninsula Transport Assist driver Geoff picked up the group at Frankston station, drove them to Main Ridge and dropped them of at Narre Warren, with a stop to watch some kangaroos. The planting was part of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network’s Greens Bush to Arthurs Seat Biolink. The $300,000 three-and-a-half year project was financed by the state government through the Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority. “With the aid of local schools and community groups, we’ve managed to plant more than 15,000 indigenous plants this season,” project coordinator Chantal Kelly said. Ms Kelly said residents could contribute to the Greens Bush to Arthurs Seat biolink during the Planet Ark National Tree Day, Sunday 29 July, at Arthurs Seat. To register visit treeday. planetark.org/site/10018886

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Anniversary of murders chance to help Neil Walker neil@mpnews.com.au A MEMORIAL to remember the three victims of the 1993 Frankston murders will be held this month amid a community-led push to now help the “unknown victim” of the murders. Jake Blair, now 25, was just 12 days old when his mother, Debbie Fream, 22, was murdered in 1993 by Paul Denyer who also killed Elizabeth Stevens, 18, and Natalie Russell, 17. In this year of the 25th anniversary of the murders, true crime book author Vikki Petraitis has updated her bestselling The Frankston Murders book to remind people of the lives lost and the ongoing impact on the victims’ families. “I really want to tell their story now because people want to know how they are,” Petraitis said. Finding out what happened to “baby Jake” 25 years after his mother’s murder is part of the updated book entitled The Frankston Murders, 25 Years On published by Clan Destine Press. “Baby Jake was on the front page of every newspaper — a 12-day-old baby,” she said. “I found him and interviewed him and he’s led a really tough life and a diminished life from what he could perhaps have had if his mother hadn’t been taken.” Mr Blair now resides in Mount Gambier in South Australia. Petraitis said “he’s now really alone and feels very isolated” after the death of father Garry in 2012 at the age of just 43. The Frankston Community No-

Looking back: True crime author has updated Frankston Murders book to never forget families’ hurt. Pic: Supplied

ticeboard group on Facebook have organised a memorial on Monday 30 July at “Nat’s Track” in Skye Road, Frankston at the track named for Natalie Russell. Her parents, Brian and Carmel Russell, will attend the memorial ceremony.  An online “Give ‘Baby Jake’ a Future” campaign has also been launched to coincide with the 25th-anniversary memorial. “We’re raising money to get him back on his feet,” Petraitis said. “What I’ve found is every time you ask something of someone, people are

brilliant … people want to direct their feelings somehow. “How about helping Jake back on his feet?” The author hopes Mr Blair can attend the memorial but knows he may find it difficult to do so. “I’d be honoured to meet him.” Petraitis said the 25th anniversary of the murders, updated Frankston Murders book and memorial is a chance to remind politicians that Paul Denyer should not be released from jail in five years’ time. He was initially sentenced to life without parole but this was reduced to 30 years with the possibility of release on appeal. “We need to get this story out because we need to remind the government that Paul Denyer can never ever get out of jail,” Petraitis said. She hopes the updated book can let younger people know about the longlasting impact of the murders on the victims’ families. “It occurred to me that there’s a whole generation of people under 30 and this really has happened outside their lived experience and memory. “Don’t ever forget what and who he took.” n A 25th anniversary memorial of the Frankston murders will be held at Nat’s Track, Skye Road, Frankston on Monday 30 July, 3pm. See au.gofundme. com and search for “Give Baby Jake a future” to contribute to the fundraising campaign “to raise money to give him a new start, to help him find a place to live, and give him a chance to find work, or perhaps further his education.”

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have a mother of his own. In the anxiety attack that followed, Jake’s teacher sent him to the principal’s office to wait, while the school called his dad to come and pick him up. When he got to school, Garry Blair talked to the principal while Jake waited outside. He couldn’t hear what they were talking about. Walking home together was the perfect opportunity to raise the question of his mother, but young Jake read his father’s mood, and said nothing. Garry didn’t either. It took him a couple of days before he raised it with his son. Garry’s explanation was full of holes that even a third-grader could see. Your mother was taken… there are bad people out there…be careful… To Jake, it created a land of shadows around his mysterious missing mother.’

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Cliff works await break in weather Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au A BREAK in the weather could soon see “surplus” sand at Mt Martha Beach South being used to protect cliffs from erosion at Mt Martha Beach North. The Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning (DELPW) says about 150 cubic metres of sand will be used to fill a “sand tube” of geotextile fabric to be placed between the crumbling cliff and beach boxes. The tube will be held in place between two lines of rocks which, in turn, will form part of a rock revetment, designed to be a more permanent solution to the cliff erosion. Authorities fear that the eroding cliff will eventually threaten the stability of the Esplanade. The beach has for years been subject to severe erosion, losing sand over the winter and seeing beach boxes undermined by the sea. At least five have been demolished over the past year and another half a dozen are either leaving against one another or sagging on their foundations. When built, the beach boxes were close to the foot of the cliff but are now some metres away due to the erosion. Signs say the beach is closed due to the unstable cliffs.

The costs of retaining the beach and protecting the cliff - $880,000 at this stage - have revived calls from Port Phillip Conservation Council for the beach boxes to be permanently removed from the beach (“Call for beach boxes to go” The News 12/2/18). In 2010, 12,500 cubic metres of sand was moved from Mt Martha South Beach to Mt Martha North but little remained after three years. The Mt Martha North Beach Group, which sees the planned works as going only “some way towards solving our problems”, says a 25 metre long rock groyne north of the beach will prevent further loss of sand. Consultants have put a $330,000 price tag on the groyne (“Call to make a point” The News 5/12/18). Other remedies suggested in a July 2017 report by Water Technology cost up to $4 million. The report warns that by 2040 sea level rises “will make this a difficult location to maintain a beach”. Last week DELWP coastal projects program officer Cass Philippou said “temporary protection” at the toe of the cliff at Mt Martha North Beach “allows the department more time to gather additional geotechnical data to inform the design of the permanent works”. While there are no set sand levels for sand at beaches “there has been a considerable net gain at Mt Martha South”.

“We have recently carried out surveys of both beaches to determine the sand levels, and are confident that either beach can easily cope with the small amount of sand removal (150 m3) that is required for the temporary works,” Ms Philippou said. “The design for the permanent rock revetment at Mt Martha Beach North is expected to be complete by late August. Construction is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2019.” The department’s land and built environment program manager, John Downs said most erosion of cliff faces around Port Phillip “is largely caused by wave erosion at the toe of the cliff” rather than run-off down the slope. He said it was “unlikely” that any loss of vegetation between the Esplanade and toe of the cliff “is having a significant impact on cliff erosion and the geotechnical conditions at Mt Martha North”. “The geotechnical assessment for the Mt Martha North site is still underway and the full analysis, report and recommendations for the revetment design have not yet been provided to DELWP,” Mr Downs said. “However, current advice to DELWP from geotechnical engineers is that they don't believe run-off is a major factor causing erosion or destabilisation of the cliff at this site.”

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OBITUARY

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Raymond Douglas (Joe) Stockton 08/02/1941- 02/07/2018 By Peter McCullough LIFE-LONG Tyabb resident Joe Stockton passed away peacefully at Bentons Lodge, Mornington on 2 July. He was 77. The funeral service, conducted by celebrant Nola Coulthurst was held at Bunurong Memorial Park on 10 July. Nola provided details of Joe’s life and this was supplemented by a eulogy given by his elder brother, Geoff. This obituary is based on their comments. *** The Orchard The Stockton family have occupied land in Tyabb since 1892 when Alice Leck (nee Stockton) bought 32 acres in Graydens Road. However when the rates (one pound for 32 acres) were due in June, 1894, they were paid by her brother, Alfred Manks Stockton, who had moved to the property which he named ‘Astley’ after the village in England from where the family came. This began a tradition of orcharding in Graydens Road, continued by son Fred and grandson Alfred Earnest Stockton. Alf married local girl, Rosa Dennett in 1935 and the couple embarked on what Geoff described as their version of the Five Year Plan: he was born in 1936, Joe in 1941, and Ken in 1946. The second son was actually christened Raymond Douglas Stockton but as a toddler he would wander a short distance to where a new house was being built and ‘supervise’ the construction. The men on the site called him ‘Joe’ and that was the name by which he was known for the rest of

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his life. His mother’s attempts to convince people to call him ‘Raymond’ were in vain. Joe’s early years were typical of a boy growing up in a rural environment with bird nesting, ferreting, and spotlight shooting of rabbits and foxes. He attended school in Hastings and Frankston and was destined to follow in the footsteps of his father and earlier family members in the orchard. Geoff established his own orchard in Somerville and then a store selling fruit on the Frankston-Flinders Road. Consequently, in 1967 Alf agreed that the other two boys (Joe and Ken) should take over the family orchard. Trading as A.E.Stockton and Sons, the boys replanted with new trees and laid irrigation pipes to assist with the watering. Then in 1976 they became shopkeepers as well as orchardists with the purchase from Geoff of what became known as Stocktons Coolstore. In that same year the brothers bought 16 acres which adjoined the additional 16 acres that Alf had bought in 1928. Sport While Geoff played some cricket for Tyabb, Joe was the real sportsman of the family, excelling at both football and cricket. His football began at a junior level and he went on to play 160 senior games for Hastings, mainly as a wingman, in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was a member of the 1972 premiership team which he considered his most enjoyable and proud football moment; it prompted him to reconsider plans to retire and he kept playing until 1974. Several years ago he was named as a wingman in the HFC ‘Team of the Decade’ for the period 1960-1970. According to HFC historian Vic Jeremiah, he was a talented and courageous foot-

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baller and a loyal clubman. At cricket Joe was a fast bowler who started with the juniors in Hastings at the age of 11. As a junior he represented the Peninsula. By the time he was 17 Joe was the opening bowler for the senior team of which he was a member for 22 seasons. His best figures were 8/24 in a match against Pearcedale and he was a member of the 1st XI premiership team of 1976-77. Under his captaincy the 2nd XI won a premiership and the 3rd Xi were premiers in 1985-86. Playing in the 1st XI Joe took 456 wickets at an average of 15.6; he then took over 250 wickets in the 2nd XI and lower grades. He was selected in the Club’s ‘Team of the Decade’ on three occasions: 1955-64, 1965-74, and 1975-84. In 2017 he was selected in the Club’s ‘Team of the Last 50 Years’ and the trophy awarded annually to the champion Club player is named in his honour. Joe was on the committee of the Hastings Cricket Club for 32 years, which included a term as President (1971-73) and he was made a Life Member. Because of his involvement with both sports he was an obvious choice to be a committee member of the Hastings Social Club. Apart from his sport, Joe was an active member of the Teen Club at Holy Trinity in Hastings, and in more recent times he has been an active member of the Western Port Historical Society. Family Joe and Mornington girl Melva Bell met on a blind date and Joe obtained her phone number. He subsequently rang and invited her out: a romantic evening at the Hastings Football Club! According to Melva, winter meant ‘footy’ and summer meant

cricket and she dutifully went to all matches. Social and, later, family life revolved around the season’s commitment to each code, with orchard demands thrown in. This included the selection of a wedding date; it turned out to be a weekend in February before apple picking began in earnest and the cricket team had a bye! So the wedding was celebrated at Holy Trinity in Hastings on 7 February, 1970 and in due course the marriage was blessed with four children: Jackie (now 45) who works at Bunnings in Mornington, Grant (43) is a school caretaker in Queensland, Dean (39) works in pool maintenance, and Brett (37) is a carpenter. In more recent times the family has further increased with the addition of seven grandchildren: Teagan. Lily and Jade; Jasper and Claudia; and Lee, Holly and Sasha. Joe and Melva lived all of their married life in a home built by Joe’s parents in Graydens Road. There were some wonderful family holidays, generally two weeks or more in January before the picking season. This generally involved rough camping somewhere near water for fishing, and where there could be rabbit and fox hunting and scrub bike riding. Locations such as Noojee, Jamieson, Mansfield and Bonnie Doon were popular. Later years Joe and Ken had bought the Coolstore from Geoff in 1976 largely because the apple industry was changing. The British market had been lost when that country joined the E.E.C. and the northern states were growing more apples and lessening demand for local fruit. New varieties such as Pink Lady were in demand and old favourites such as Jonathan could not be given

away. Closer plantings were seen as the way to go. The drought year of 1983 proved to be disastrous; other orchardists put down bores successfully but the ones on ‘Astley’ were too salty. In the late 1980’s Joe and Ken dissolved their partnership and thus ended the history of ‘Astley’ as an orchard. Over the years Melva, with Ken’s wife, Anne, had been involved in the day-to-day running of Stocktons Coolstore. This, too, came to an end in 1990 when Ken purchased Joe’s share of the Coolstore. After leaving the Coolstore Joe worked for a time at Montague Orchards in Jones Road with Marshall Unthank. In 1992 he started driving a school bus for Ron Benton. Then between 1996 and 2006 Joe worked on Harley Unthank’s orchard, followed by stints with the Seller Brothers, Paganoni’s, and then retiring in 2010 after a period with Greg Bradshaw. For Joe, retirement really meant developing one of the best vegetable gardens in the district. He also mowed the grass around the house almost on a daily basis in the summer months. Most importantly, Joe embraced every moment with his grandchildren who kept him entertained and amused. Several years ago Joe began to suffer falls due to poor circulation, which led to hospital admissions and then, a year ago, he became a resident of Bentons Lodge. Though confined to a wheelchair, he involved himself in the life of the place, making friends and, thanks to Foxtel, watching plenty of sport in his ‘man cave.’ He received constant visitors and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with them and the news they brought. However a chest infection late in June led to pneumonia and palliative care prior to his passing on 2 July.


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UNLIMITED POTENTIAL IN PRIZED MOUNT MARTHA LOCATION YOUR future awaits with this exceptionally rare 2024 square metre property that enjoys breathtaking views across Port Phillip Bay to the You Yangs and beyond. For those seeking the ultimate location to construct their new dream home, this site is a once in a generation chance not to be missed. The corner site has a gently rising 64 metre frontage from Bradford Road, with the location sure to leave lifesyle lovers spoilt for choice with Martha Cove, golf courses, shops and stunning beaches all just moments aways. Held for the past twenty years, the current home is charming mid 20th century beach house renovated to provide a comfortable life whilst plans are prepared for a possible re-development of the site. Full use has been made of the available space with a single open-plan room offering two neat little lounge areas, one dining space opposite the splendid cast iron pot belly stove and a kitchen with rangehood and upright electric stove. There is a separate sun room and two bedrooms each have a built-in robe and share the brightly tiled main bathroom with separate bath and shower. A timber deck and expansive paved alfresco will increase the living space considerably during the warmer months. Adding another dimension to the property is a detached miner’s cottage, connected to the home via a well-maintained timber walkway, which offers two more bedrooms.n

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ADDRESS: 1 Churchill Road, MOUNT MARTHA AUCTION Saturday 11th August at 1:30pm DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 1 car INSPECT: Saturday 1:00-1:30pm AGENT: Amanda Haimona 0419 387 682, Bonaccorde, 4-42 Lochiel Avenue, Mount Martha, 5974 8900 mpnews.com.au

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$420,000 - $460,000

HASTINGS

$695,000 - $720,000

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CENTRAL, SPACIOUS AND PRESENTABLE • 2 bedrooms with built in robes • Sizeable kitchen with ample bench/cupboard space • Open plan living and dining • Grassy court yard to front of property • Paved undercover court yard to rear • Family sized bathroom

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

ROOM TO MOVE / 5 BEDROOMS • 5 bedrooms; master with en suite and walk in robe • Open plan family room and meals area • Kitchen with stainless steel dishwasher • Gas ducted heating, Coonara and evaporative cooling • Large outdoor undercover area • Ultimate shed with power and concrete floor.

1/9 RANKIN ROAD

29 ELISA PLACE

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 1:30-2:00PM

CRIB POINT

$420,000 - $460,000

HASTINGS

$745,000 - $765,000

HASTINGS

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

$665,000 - $695,000

SPACIOUS, STYLISH AND WELL- PRESENTED • Three bedrooms; master with WIR and ensuite • Quality kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Coonara wood fire • Open plan living and dining • Single lock up garage • Walking distance to cafes, schools and transport

WOW – WHAT A HOME! • Open plan kitchen, dining and family room • Extra rumpus room • Outdoor undercover entertainment area • Double garage and single garage • Ducted heating and evaporative cooling • Kitchen with s/steel appliances inc. dishwasher

LARGE FAMILY HOME • A great floor plan with 3 separate living zones • Three bedrooms with BIR’s – master with ensuite • Kitchen with dishwasher • Evaporative cooling and ducted heating • Double garage • Two entertainment areas including a Bali hut

1/44 MILNE STREET

5 JILLIAN PLACE

16 DYLAN DRIVE

INSPECT SATURDAY 11:00-11:30AM

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 10:30-11:00AM

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

HASTINGS

$600,000 - $660,000

FAMILY HOME ON SPACIOUS BLOCK! • 4 bedrooms, master with WIR and ensuite • Separate living areas • Open plan dining area opening to alfresco • Ducted Heating • Side and rear access for boats and trailers • 781 sqm block

BALNARRING

$1,155,000 - $1,180,000

A COASTAL GEM • Open plan living with alfresco poolside dining • 4 bedrooms; master with ensuite • Fully landscaped front & rear with pool side decking • Undercover entertainment area • Double remote garage with plenty of storage • Split system air-conditioning

HASTINGS

$450,000 - $495,000

RENOVATED HOME ON NEARLY A QUARTER ACRE • 3 bedrooms with built in robes • Refreshed facade and freshly painted throughout • Polished hardwood floorboards • Updated kitchen with plenty of bench space • 949sqm block with large garage and workshop • Entire property has new fencing

3 LANTONS WAY

11a AZURE AVENUE

12 QUADRANT COURT

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 12:30-1:00PM

INSPECT SATURDAY 1:00-1:30PM

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

www.btre.com.au TYABB - 1 GERALD STREET

BTRE YOU’LL SOON BE HOME

$620,000 - $680,000

BITTERN - 4 WARRENDA PLACE

$1,600,000 - $1,750,000

Inspect Saturday 1:00-1:30pm

SOPHISTICATED STYLE

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Immaculate fully renovated 3-4 bedroom home with absolutely nothing to do, move in, relax and enjoy. Boasting fresh natural tones, radiant timber floorboards, new carpets and the comforts of GDH and evaporative cooling. The light, airy open floor plan offers spaciousness yet comfortable homely living areas…An inviting front lounge overlooks a relaxed and private outdoor entertainment area which is well lit and well sheltered. Adjoining the breakfast deck, family and meals area is the central kitchen, well appointed with Caesar stone bench tops. Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

BITTERN - 72 MYERS ROAD

$450,000 - $490,000

Inspect Saturday 12:00-12:30pm

PERFECT PACKAGE IN CENTRAL BITTERN

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Centrally located in the heart of Bittern, this neat 2 to 3 bedroom home has a fresh décor and oodles of storage features. An open plan living area includes kitchen with gas cook top, electric oven and generous pantry, there is a cosy lounge and dining area that opens to a huge outdoor entertaining area that can be utilised all year round. Other features include gas heating, reverse cycle air conditioning, alarm system and an oversized single lock up garage with remote roller door. Set on a neat 424m2 block with plenty of shedding and rear side entrance for trailer, this property is within walking distance to primary school, shops and transport. Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

$495,000 - $540,000

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Located in the prestigious Kinfauns Estate on approximately 1.3 acres, you will experience absolute pleasure and pure tranquillity with what this property offers. Positioned across from Warringine Reserve, you will not surpass the outlook… exceptional gardens with a backdrop of protected parklands. Large windows throughout the home give rise to plenty of natural light and garden views delight every room. Ornate cornices, ceiling roses, 9ft ceilings and chandeliers provide an extra layer of charm. Any chef or cook will relish in the well appointed Blackwood kitchen. Features include granite bench tops, pantry, appliance cupboard, dishwasher, 6-burner stove top, 900mm oven, plenty of bench space and large island bench with breakfast bar. Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

CRIB POINT - 20 PARK ROAD

$430,000 - $470,000

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HASTINGS - 6 PLYMOUTH STREET

LUXURY, TRANQUILLITY & EVERY BOX TICKED

Inspect Saturday 11:00-11:3am

HEART OF HASTINGS

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Located in the heart of town within a hop skip and jump to everything Hastings has to offer, this 3 bedroom home will suit a variety of buyers. An open floor plan offers a spacious lounge, dining, kitchen with stainless- steel appliances and plenty of cupboard space. A neat and private patio adjoins the kitchen. Other features of this well positioned home include gas heating and split system air-conditioning, built in robes to all 3 bedrooms, a family bathroom with shower and toilet, plus an extra separate toilet. Outside is a versatile bungalow and a carport.

Your peaceful lifestyle is assured in this quaint 3 bedroom home set right in the heart of Crib Point. Fresh neutral tones inside complement floating timber floors to an open floor plan featuring a generous lounge with reverse cycle heating and cooling, kitchen with gas cooking and three huge bedrooms all with built in robes. Other features include timber blinds, ceiling fans and external sun blinds. Set on a 531m2 block, outside is an easy care garden with plenty of room for children and pets, a single carport, garden shed, secure fencing and excellent access to the rear of the property. With a current tenancy in place, this property will suit both first home owners and investors.

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

Contact: Wendy Tallon 0419 135 836

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

TYABB 24a & 26 Thornells Road $380,000 - $415,000 Open To View By Appointment n n

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Vacant Land – 5 acres 2 separate titles for sale (to be sold together) 24A Thornells Road, Tyabb 26 Thornells Road, Tyabb Zoning- Special Use Zone 1 Perfect for farming use, equestrian land banking and similar uses where a permit is not required. All other uses (STCA) Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

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South Australian Limestone 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home Master bedroom with WIR & FES including a Spa bath Tasmanian Ash timber kitchen with butler pantry and ample bench space Evaporative cooling, ducted heating and split-system air conditioning.

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TYABB 36 Denham Road $2,500,000 Open To View By Appointment

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Western Port Coolstores for sale for the first time, appros. 5 acres of land Coolstore building measures approx 6000m2 n Currently leased for $11,000 pcm+GST+ Ogs n Five bedroom home on the property has 2 bathrooms and an in ground pool. n n

Nigel Evans| 0439 540 055

Dominic Tallon| 0408 528 857

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

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NEW LISTING

Bittern 58 Davies Road

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Lifestyle Plus Set on almost 3 acres (approx.) this versatile property includes 7 paddocks,2 yards, a stable, wash bay and 60 x 20 sand and rubber arena suited to the horse enthusiast or those looking for the quiet lifestyle. The delightful mud brick 3 bedroom home offers open plan kitchen, meals and lounge with exposed beams and high timber vaulted ceiling adding tonnes of natural character, woodfire heater, split system air conditioning, central bathroom with double vanity and laundry. Additional features include a mini vineyard with 55 Pinot noir vines and irrigation system, an orchard, 2 large sheds, one with a 2 room home office including running water and air conditioning, electric gates, new 22,500ltr water tank, a dam and a bore, 27 taps throughout the property, solar power, woodshed and chicken shed. The backyard is fully enclosed with a paved undercover entertaining area and well established gardens. Close to local shops, Somers beach and Balnarring village - whilst remaining on a short drive to renowned local wineries and all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer

For Sale

Price $930,000 - $1,000,000 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

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NEW LISTING

Crib Point 49 Milne Street

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Renovated With Flair

Price $630,000 - $660,000 View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Tim Ripper M 0434 513 640 P 03 5970 7333 tim.ripper@harcourts.com.au Joanne Hansen P 03 5970 7333 Pa.1@harcourts.com.au

Fully renovated 3 bedroom brick veneer with large covered alfresco and beautifully constructed merbau deck perfect for entertaining. Boasting a fabulous floor plan this home offers easy living for the whole family with multiple living zones including large family/ rumpus room, state of the art central kitchen with stone bench including breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, gas ducted heating throughout, chic family bathroom with quality fixtures, separate toilet and tidy laundry. The generous Master bedroom with large BIR and adjoining ensuite with double vanity also offers direct access to the rear deck overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens. Additional features include carport, garage and workshop. Within walking distance to local shops, primary school, golf course and only a short drive to local beaches, renowned local wineries and all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

NEW LISTING

Hastings 5 Dylan Drive

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Family Friendly All-Rounder

Price $520,000 - $570,000 View By Appointment www.harcourts.com.au Jason Dowler M 0403 598 754 P 03 5970 7333 jason.dowler@harcourts.com.au Jacqui Robinson M 0409 919 419 P 03 5970 7333 jacqui.robinson@harcourts.com.au

Whether you’re looking for your first home, a home with more room for to move or a property to add to your investment portfolio, this house is a must see. Offering everything you need to get family life off to a flying start, this smart four-bedroom home will have you ticking all the boxes! Set on a secure family-friendly 518sqm (approx.) allotment within one of Hastings’ most popular pockets, is just minutes’ drive from schools, shops and the fabulous Pelican Park recreation centre, placing everything you need within easy reach. The well-equipped kitchen which is positioned overlooking the spacious tiled open plan dining and second living area comes with plenty of storage and bench space, built in pantry, stainless steel oven & gas cooktop. Extras here include gas ducted heating, dual living zones, concreted outdoor areas with sliding door access from the kitchen/dining area.

Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street

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FOR LEASE

FOR LEASE

Cranbourne West 43 Wilmington Avenue Beautiful 4 Bedroom Family Home Sensational 4BR home featuring master bedroom with WIR and ensuite, spacious open plan living with family room. Well appointed kitchen has s/steel appliances including dishwasher. This fine home also

features a rumpus room with access to the rear yard. Ducted heating and split system cooling. Double remote garage with internal and external access. NBN available.

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Hastings 3/3 Elisa Place

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For Lease $415 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

FOR LEASE

3 bedroom unit, close to town centre featuring single garage, open plan living, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas ducted heating, vertical blinds, modern bathroom complete with full size bathtub and

standalone shower, sliding doors open up to private back area complete with a secure storage shed.

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FOR LEASE

Hastings 33 Olivia Way

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Modern 4 Bedroom Family Home Four bedroom home with a double lock-up garage which opens through to the back yard as well as an under cover outdoor area that will be great for entertaining in the warmer months. Master bedroom with

FES & WIR, formal lounge, kitchen with dishwasher, open plan family meals area, separate bathroom and laundry, GDH and s/system air con. Close to school, childcare centre and shops.

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For Lease $430 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 7/116 Marine Parade

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Outstanding Beachside Townhouse This striking 2 storey residence only a few years old is finished with flair & high quality fittings & situated only a short stroll from the Hastings marina, main street and the foreshore boardwalk. Comprising 3

bedrooms (master with FES/WIR), kitchen with s/s appliances, Caesar stone bench tops, ducted heating upstairs & down & cooling upstairs, double garage, a large fenced off rear yard & bay glimpses.

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For Lease $420 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 Jason, Liane, Kristy or Mellissa on 5970 7333 for all your 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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5979 2489

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

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CRIB POINT 1/28 Campbell Street

CRIB POINT 261 Stony Point Road

STYLISHLY UPDATED HOME IN A QUIET CUL-DE-SAC SETTING - Stylishly updated and beautifully presented, this fabulous home ticks just about every box. On entry, an immediate coastal vibe is felt with fresh interiors displayed and a neutral colour palette on offer.

A PIECE OF HISTORY ON 1/4 ACRE ALLOTMENT (APPROX.) - Heritage home on approx 1000 sqm with dual access from Stony Point Road and Campbell Street. This classic home has taken out the 2017 Heritage award, being recognised by The National Trust for the reinstatement of the original 1920s cottage and in keeping with Local Heritage Precinct.

Three bedrooms, master with built-in-robe and ceiling fan. Generous light filled living space with defined dining area. n Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a stylish glass splashback. n Private alfresco, and two enclosed courtyards that are child and pet-friendly. n Split system heating and cooling in the main living zone. n Single carport and garden shed for additional storage. n

Master bedroom featuring double built-in-robes and ensuite with access to deck. Two additional spacious bedrooms with built-in-robes. n Open plan dining and living consisting of a gas heater and ceiling fan. n Modern kitchen with dishwasher and gas cooktop. n Generous rear yard with single car garage.

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TYABB 8 Elle Way

CRIB POINT 283 Stony Point Road

HEART-WARMING HOME IN A FAMILY FRIENDLY POCKET - Warm and welcoming, this gorgeous abode is filled with attractive features that will appeal to families of all sizes. An entertainers delight with a playground for the kids to enjoy while the adults make use of the outdoor BBQ setting. n Three bedrooms plus study; master with walk-in-robes, ensuite and ceiling fan. n Open plan kitchen, living and dining with split-system heating and cooling. n Modern kitchen with dishwasher, oven and gas cooktop with plenty of storage. n Ducted heating. n Outdoor features include a garden shed, playground and landscaped gardens. n Double garage with internal access. n Security system with alarm.

SPACIOUS, CONVENIENT & PACKED WITH PROMISE ON 1/4 ACRE (APPROX.) - A family-friendly layout, spacious living zones and a wonderfully convenient location define this lovely residence on approximately 1,011sqm. The home has been prepared for your immediate enjoyment, yet offers the potential for cosmetic enhancements in the future.

For Sale: $595,000 - $649,000

For Sale: $600,000 - $640,000

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Three bedrooms, master with a walk-in-robe, ensuite and ceiling fan. Welcoming living room with space for a formal dining setting. n Casual meals area and a lovely boutique kitchen with Nobel cooking appliances. n Sliding doors open to a paved, covered alfresco and an enormous rear yard. n Separate studio/fourth bedroom with air-conditioning. n Wood coonara heater, gas wall heater, ceiling fans and split system air-con. n n

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Lisa Roberts

Wilma Green

Ruby Smith

Paige Gibson

Ronelle Kraulis

Gail Miles

Anna Puszka

John Woolley

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Mount Martha 3 John William Drive Just What You’ve Been Looking For!

• Beautifully presented & surprisingly spacious home on a block size of 700m2 approx • Kitchen with 900mm oven and s/s appliances overlooking the open plan family and dining room • Access to alfresco area through timber doors from all living areas and the master bedroom • Stunning timber floors, spacious living areas, GDH, split system air con & European laundry • Separate studio room or 3rd bedroom with entry from covered deck, ideal for a home office or teenager’s retreat plus dble remote garage

Mandy Castle 0407 855 585

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Mount Martha 29 Settlers Way An Opportunity Not to be Missed

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This affordable home will be sure to appeal to investors, downsizers or first home buyers Neat, single level 3 bedroom home - master with ensuite & WIR, plus study or 4th bedroom & living room Functional kitchen with gas cooktop, electric oven, dishwasher & dining or family room Also features ducted heating, split system air con, low maintenance garden & single garage Currently tenanted until March, 2019

Mandy Castle 0407 855 585

For Sale $575,000-$625,000 Inspect OFI or by appointment

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Bittern Lots 1 & 2 Booker Rise Expressions of Interest - Closing 10th August, 2018 at 5.00pm

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Blue chip investment - develop now or land bank for the future Two allotments being offered individually or as a whole Lot 1 - 7257m2 approx & Lot 2 - 6109m2 approx Located adjacent to Lifestyle Communities Bittern Varied uses (STCA)

Bruce Goddard 0408 316 701

inspect By appointment

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Bittern 2/2542 Frankston-Flinders Road Stylish Two Storey

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One of only two on the block, as new Bittern unit Sunny living area opening to landscaped subtropical courtyard garden Gourmet kitchen with marble benches & second living area upstairs Main bedroom with ensuite and WIR. Split system heating/cooling Powder room & generous double garage with direct home access

John Hanna 0408 374 334

For Sale $530,000

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For Sale A Quality Ledlin Development

POTENTIAL 4 LOT SUBDIVISION (S.T.C.A.)

A 3295 sqm block with all services available located in a quiet area , ideally set within the General Residential Zone this property boasts plenty of potential with options. Current 2BR bedroom weatherboard home is in need of some TLC and also included with the sale is a fully self-contained relocatable one bedroom bungalow. -

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Expressions of Interest Closing Friday 27th July @ 5:00pm Inspect: By Appointment

CENTURY 21 HOMEPORT Richard Whitehead 0412 328 718 century21.com.au 5979 3555

Sizes 215 - 435sqm*

Sizes 236 - 472sqm*

High quality finishes with many extras (contact agents for inclusions list) Strong Investment potential/ popular rental size and location Construction commenced, due for completion late 2018 *(approx.) For a copy of plans, prices and inclusions contact Josh or James.

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83 MILNE STREET, CRIB POINT

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5 Speedwell Street, Somerville

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By Expressions of Interest closing Wednesday 1st August at 2pm 1168-1184 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza

Thursday 9th August at 11am Shop 23 Lakeview Shopping Centre Gladesville Blvd, Patterson Lakes

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A Beautiful Investment

Land area 7.96 Hectares (19.7 Acres) approx Zoned Rural Green Wedge ‘3’ Prime corner position opposite Bata Shoes and in close proximity to Bunnings Nearby private schools and opposite established residential Suit prestigious home site, horse stud, winery, restaurant, school etc (STCA)

Excellent Tenant T/As ‘The Beauty Studio Company’ Returning $27,740 pa net Tenant pays all usual commercial outgoings Shop area 52m2 approx A very attractive addition to your portfolio

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Tom Crowder 0438 670 300 Geoffrey Crowder 0418 531 611 4/230 Main Street, Mornington

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By Tender closing Wednesday 1st August at 3pm 43C Foot Street, Frankston

Fantastic Foot Street

AMAZING MOUNT ELIZA RURAL LAND A MAGNIFICENT 7.96 hectares of land on the corner of Nepean Highway and Oakbank Road, rising gently to a spot amongst mature gum trees where you get a northerly view over the countryside with glimpses of Port Phillip Bay. Some of the possible uses for the site with a permit from council could include a prestige home with plenty of room for horses or other livestock, a winery with cellar door sales and restaurant or a school. Green Wedge is sensitively managed, and objectives in the Planning Scheme set out uses such as farming activities, productive agriculture, and recognition of recreational and tourism opportunities. It is a strategic corner – opposite Bata Shoes and established residential - that has been held by investors for the last 47 years, but now offered for sale by expressions of Interest that close at the Mornington office of Nichols Crowder at 2 pm on Wednesday, 1st August. n

Securely leased to Pharmacy Rental income $35,000pa net 5 year lease from August 2017 Shop area 150m2 approx / Land area 188m2 approx A perfect commercial investment

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53 & 53A Beach Street, Frankston

1168 - 1184 Nepean Highway, MOUNT ELIZA FOR SALE: By Expression Of Interest AGENT: Tom Crowder, 0438 670 300, Nichols Crowder, 4/230 Main Street, Mornington, 5925 6005

Thursday 2nd August 2018 at 12.30pm on site

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Double Investment on Beach

Opposite the Kookaburra Homemaker Centre No GST payable on sale 2 on-site car parking spaces Building area of 230sq.m approx Popular size for owner occupiers & investors, offered with vacant possession

2 shops on 2 Titles to be sold together 53 Beach Street was formerly a cafĂŠ, now vacant 53A Beach Street is securely tenanted Total building area 200m2 approx Prominent corner of Petrie Street

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Josh Monks 0409 335 179 Michael Crowder 0408 358 926 1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs

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LETTERS

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

Gas plan going against earlier Labor policies Instead of enjoying the calm unpolluted waters of Western Port next summer, I fear I could be swimming among highly chlorinated and polluted seawater. That’s if the state government approves an AGL proposal to build a mammoth floating gas terminal at Crib Point (“Libs ‘united’ against AGL gas plan” The News 17/7/18). The proposed AGL floating gas terminal at Crib Point could have massive ramifications for all users of Western Port and does not consider all long-term environmental effects. Western Port is a unique ecosystem recognised for its biodiversity and natural amenity; it has various legislated and international protections recognising its diverse range of migratory birds and millions of sea creatures. In past election campaigns, previous Australian Labor Party candidates and representatives for the Western Port and Mornington Peninsula regions have made public promises to conserve Western Port. How then can the current state Labor government be working in apparent collaboration with AGL to approve a large-scale floating gas plant in Western Port at Crib Point and its associated pipeline? Burning brown coal and transporting it by ship and trucks is no way to lower my energy bill, carbon emissions, or achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Jenni Bolton, Balnarring Beach

Leash-free confusion The signs at Mt Martha North Beach regarding dogs on leash have changed over the years, however the sign at the top of the Augusta Street path is still correct, although overly complicated (“Signs come and go to control dogs at threatened beach” The News 10/7/18). The 80 metres of sand at the foot of the path is not leash free - that area starts around the rocky point to the north and comprises Hawker Beach. For many years the signs have been placed in the wrong positions, and have given an incorrect indication of the leash free area. Mt Martha North Beach has become very popular, and almost crowded on summer beach days. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s rangers visited often last summer in an attempt to inform the public of the dog policy (a valiant effort considering the ambiguity of sign placement on the beach and complicated wording of the cliff top signs). There is a reason the shire has defined dog access beaches. I am a dog owner and I know that dogs love the beach; but I also know that most people do not enjoy dogs romping through their picnic, racing past their toddlers in the shallows or the threat of dog bite - I witnessed two here last January. It is reasonable to expect owners to take their dog to a designated dog friendly beach, or to leave their dog at home. If the shire used easy to understand signs, and considered the correct location of the signs, the ranger’s work would be nearly done. Philippa Holliday, Mt Martha Editor: Mornington Peninsula Shire has not answered directly when asked several times by The News if the Leash-Free signs were repeatedly placed incorrectly near the access steps to the beach in question. The shire has also failed to nominate any similar-sized beach that has received so much attention from shire rangers (40 visits over summer).

Planning protection Bravo Mornington Peninsula Shire for increasing minimum block size (“Planning doubts hit property prices” The News 17/7/18). Houses near us have been shoehorned onto blocks giving them no backyards, no side access, no gardens, trees, a bloke’s shed, or space for children and dogs to play outside. And may the shire also protect from development precious agricultural and horticultural lands - part of Melbourne’s food bowl - around Boneo, Somerville, Red Hill and elsewhere on the peninsula. These provide employment as well as fresh produce. These lands are our lungs. Fran Henke, Hastings

Not a suburb I think Mornington Peninsula She Council should be congratulated for its efforts to protect the amenity of our peninsula by drafting a more sustainable housing settlement strategy. No one wants to see the peninsula turned into a horrible suburb of Melbourne, which is the state governments plan. The great outcry by the carpetbaggers, developers and real estate businesses, just shows how uninterested these groups are in preserving the amenity of our peninsula (“Planning doubts hit property prices” The News 17/7/18). Peninsula house prices have gone up and down in lockstep with other parts of Victoria and, on the whole, are more stable, when excluding pure holiday homes. I really hope [planning] minister [Richard] Wynne will approve the shire’s new settlement strategy so the developers get to unknot their underwear. Also, it seems the R E Ross Trust has lost its way in trying to quarry Arthurs Seat in its latest attempt to make some money out of its long abandoned quarry in Dromana (“Pressure builds against quarry expansion” The News 17/7/18). The trust’s main aim is to help protect and improve the environment. I don’t think restarting quarrying at this long abandoned site is a way to achieve this. And I must say the state government and the support of some minor Liberal MPs against local government wishes smacks of good old mates and school tie network. It is astounding how the environment is always treated second best when it comes to the crunch. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Shire’s lost power Only a few years ago the R E Ross Trust (Hillview Quarries) was seeking to utilise its dormant quarry in Boundary Road, Dromana as a landfill site. This was prevented from occurring by community action and EPA Victoria. Fast forward to 2017, and with the infrastructure boom there is a sudden imperative to open up rock reserves close to Melbourne (“Pressure builds against quarry expansion” The News 17/7/18). My concern is that due to a boom-bust cycle with little strategic planning particularly at state level to identify suitable rock reserves in suitable locations, we on the Mornington Peninsula are being asked to think of the “big picture” and accept a second large quarry within the highly visible and iconic Arthurs Seat escarpment adjacent to a state park. A mature discussion needs to be had on what is important, not just for now but for future generations. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council unfortunately has had its power as the responsible planning authority taken away by the Planning Minister [Richard Wynne]. Simon Brooks, councillor Seawinds Ward

Park garbage tip One year ago, I went along to a smoking ceremony at the Aboriginal Willum Warrain Community Gardens in Pound Road, Hastings. After the ceremony I walked around the Warringine Park bushland and could not believe my eyes when I saw dumped rubbish at the entrance, in the ditches inside the bushland, including overgrown weeds and broken fences alongside Olivia Way. The Mornington Peninsula Shire, EPA Victoria, Flinders MP Greg Hunt MP (former environment minister), the sate environment minister, and The Greens MPs Greg Barber and Robert De Natale were immediately notified by me by letter. Warringine Park was declared a conservation park in 2012 by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. One year on and an information session took place inside the council offices with planning officer Alan Cowley to talk about protecting the “Green Wedge for future generations” followed by another visit to the bushland the next day,

AFTER an enjoyable visit to Hastings letter writer Frederick Crump was dismayed to see the amount of rubbish dumped in the Mornington Peninsula Shire-managed Warringine Park. Picture: Ebony Elise

Wednesday 11 July. Mr Cowley said this was a state government issue. The state government said the land was nothing to do with them and was federal business, planned for ADF Housing, Greg Hunt said it was State Government and not Federal. The Greens and the EPA were nowhere to be seen, and angry local residents who live alongside the bushland in Olivia Way have said they are sick of Warringine Park being a dumping ground. It appears to me and others that nobody in the government departments care who is responsible for the enhancement of this sacred bushland, especially the shire. Frederick Crump, Mornington

It’s time for Coalition One of the benefits and beauties of our Australian election systems is the ability of the electorate to change its governments from time to time. There are several advantages in this. An important one being that we keep them aware that if the do not perform, we will give them time on the opposition benches to regroup, rethink their policies and to reflect on their wayward ways. The current [federal] Coalition government is in need of such a time. Its extreme reluctance into allowing a royal commission into the banks; the shame it and the banks should be feeling over the practices seen as normal business in the last several years. The additional shame over the banks’ insurance policies towards Aboriginal children. The Coalition-planned tax cuts to these banks is further evidence that they are out of touch with local and world economics. Their plans to cut the taxes to big business - many of which are paying little or no tax now on the basis of “trickle down economics”. This will be done at the expense of our health and education systems. The Coalition’s inquiry into the trade unions, on the face of it, seems to be have been an attempt to discredit those organisations and then to move to relocate superannuation funds into the hands of these banks. Now there is evidence emerging of some unusual practices in the private medical health funds, giving lucrative bonuses to their staff while seeking and obtaining Coalition approval of above cost of living rises in their premiums. No hint of an inquiry by the Coalition. Need more be said? Their management of

our money, our money, is in need of a serious rethink. Time on the opposition and back benches is a great place for doing that. Ken Norris, McCrae

Reopen the line I also support re-opening the Baxter to Mornington train line. I cannot understand why they even stopped it. I have taken up a petition for the state government to re-establish the rail connection between Baxter and Mornington. I have seen so many peoples’ comments wanting the train and the petition can be signed in Baxter at the newsagency and post office and in Mornington at The Boyz 4 Breakie, newsagency and cinema. Christine Matthews, Baxter Editor: The state Opposition and federal Liberal government last week announced financial backing to electrify the rail line from Frankston to Baxter, but made no mention of reopening the line to Mornington.

No sport in gambling Across the state this weekend, elite and community AFL clubs are putting aside traditional rivalries to unite in our love of everything that makes footy great. Things like skill, talent, loyalty and fun, competition, team spirit, MVPs and extraordinary or memorable moments. Seventy-five per cent of teenagers today believe that gambling is a normal part of sport, which is not surprising, given the huge volume of sports betting advertising. But the promotional hype doesn’t acknowledge there are risks and harms associated with gambling. We as a community need to do that, which is why all 10 Victorian AFL clubs and more than 300 community clubs have signed up to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s sporting club program. This weekend is an ideal time for families to attend a local match and for adults to remind the kids in their care that sport and betting don’t have to go together. Whether a player or a fan, it’s about loving the game, not the odds. For more information, visit lovethegame.vic. gov.au or share your thoughts on social media, #LoveTheGame. Craig Swift, acting CEO Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Western Port News

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Widow mourns Private Mackie Compiled by Boronica King WORD has been received that another Peninsula soldier, Private Len Mackie, of Frankston, has made the supreme sacrifice in the recent severe fighting in France. Private Mackie left Australia about two years ago, and, except for a short spell in hospital with trench feet, has been with his battalion continuously. A widow and one child are left to mourn their loss, and to them we extend our heartfelt sympathy. *** A FOOTBALL match between the Frankston and Hastings juniors was played at Hastings on Saturday last when the visitors were easily defeated, the scores being Hastings 63 points, Frankston 16 points. *** IN response to a petition, Mr Chas. Grey of Frankston has decided to offer himself as a candidate for the North Riding of the Shire of A la Natural Frankston and Hastings at the forthcoming elecLashes - Fulltions, set to be held in August. *** THE following additional donations towards the cost of planting the Frankston Avenue of Honor have been received : Miss Henderson, 10s; Mrs Sherlock, 10s; Mr G Upton, 10s; Mr Martin, 10 s 6d; Mr C. E. W. Taylor, 10s. *** A PLEASANT afternoon was spent at the Vicarage, Frankston, on Wednesday last, when Mrs H. McComb was presented with a leather handbag, in recognition of her three year’s services as Treasurer for the Red Cross society, by the committee and workers. *** IN the 418th casualty list, published on Wednesday, appears the name of. W. P. Ford, of Crib Point, who is reported as being a prisoner of war. The name of R J. Myers, of Rye, also appears, under the heading of wounded. *** AT the request of Capt. G J. C. Dyett, organising secretary of the State recruiting committee, a special united intercessory service will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Sunday August 4th, at 5pm, the occasion being the filth anniversary of Britains entry into the war. *** A FOOTBALL match between the Langwarrin Camp and Frankston football teams will be played on the ground of the former, today, 27th. The Frankston team will be chosen from the following :—Martin, Cunneen, Foster, Gabriel, E. M’Comb Prosser, Wilkinson, Darcy Thompson, Matson, Coxall Goodwin, Purdy, Gamble, Burton (2), Pitchford, Tonkin, Hunt, Bedcock, Kerr, Key, Ryan, W. M’Comb, Cabs leave Gamble’s at 2 o’clock. *** A GRAND concert, with pictures will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ on Wednesday next, 31st July, the proceeds of which wil be devoted to the paying for chairs recently purchased by the Mechanics’ committee. An interesting programme of vocal and instrumental items, and pictures, will be given and a good attendance is confidently expected. Prices of admission are 1s plus tax, children half price. *** AT the annual meeting of the Frankston branch of the Red Cross society, the following letter, accompanied by a cheque for £5, was received The cheque was received with thanks, and a vote of thanks passed to Mrs Lewis for her good work on behalf of the society : Dear Madam President and Ladies of the Red Cress Branch, Frankston, Although I do not.often have the pleasure of being at your meetings, I thought I would like to call in this afternoon to express my admiration for your untiring efforts on behalf of our beloved soldiers, and also to offer to you the enclosed cheque for £5 for the funds. The money is the result of my labor at the needle, and you will be pleased to know came from another State. Trusting the war will soon be over and that you will all be spared for many, many happy

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years to work for the comfort of our returned men. *** THE death of one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula took place at her daughter’s residence on Monday evening last, when Mrs Lewis passed peacefully away. The late Mrs Lewis was born in Barking, England, in 1821, accompanied by her late husband, who predeceased her some twenty six years ago, she came to Victoria in a sailing vessel called the Roxburgh Castle over sixty years ago. Within six months of arriving in Victoria the late Mrs Lewis came to the Peninsula where she had resided ever since. In the early early days they were association with the firm of Cro Ritchie and Co. Deceased, leaving one daughter (Mrs R Davies) and one son to mourn her loss. Her other son B. A. Lewis, died some two years ago. The Rev Watts officiated at the graveside and the funeral arrangements left in the hands of Mr Gamble. The sympathy of all go to bereaved relatives. *** HORSE, Wagon (light express, Engforecarriage) and Harness, wagon nearly new, whole turnout £25, Shaw, Hastings Road, Pearcedale, via Somerville. *** POISON laid in all my paddocks farm this day. W. Firth; Somerville. *** WANTED to buy - Piano, for cash, no humbug. State make and price, at once - J. Smythe, Frankston. *** SOMERVILLE branch half yearly report. The Hon. secretary of the Somerville branch of the Red Cross Society has submitted the following report. Ladies and Gentlemen, I beg to report that during the past half year we have despatched to the Federal depot 715 articles, consisting of under flannels, socks, mittens, aviator’s caps, balaclavas, bed screens, pyjamas, scarves and washers. We have held one ‘At Home’ and Sale of Gifts, and two concerts, and in spite of similar entertainments held at Frankston the same night we cleared £11 14s 6d on our first concert, and £11 1s on the second. With the proceeds of these two concerts and donations, we sent to the Prisoners of War fund £31 5s 6d. We sold 31 House Badges, and 198 raffle tickets for the Welcome Home committee, Port Melbourne. We have received the, following donations for our local branch : Mr Horsfall 10s 6d, Mrs Horsfall 5s, Mr Geo Shepherd senr. £1 1s; Mr Barber £1 1s; Protestant Federation meeting half proceeds 15s ; half proceeds sale of flowers, Captain Gates, 15s; half share Show prize money, Major Conder, 10s; half proceeds Girls’ Concert, £.3 17s 10d ; Miss Barber (carving cloth) 7s 6d. Our members have visited the Langwarrin Hospital to cheer the boys who have fought for us, and taken gifts of sweets and cigarettes. We have also visited the Caulfield Hospital, and were entertained by our member, Mrs White. The increase of correspondence has been considerable during the past six months and 1,322 envelopes have been used for notices, receipts and correspondence, showing the amount of clerical work done. With the assistance of the residents of the district we have entertained the returned wounded on two occasions, so I think all will agree with me that a strenuous half year has had a good result. Our official collector, Mrs Barber, is doing good work for the French Red Cross appeal, and good donations are coming in. We also have a beautiful booklet “Women of our Empire” in aid of the Red Cross. “A tribute” by Nurse Primrose. No patriotic woman can afford not to have one of these beautiful books. They are 1s each. Minnie A. Shepherd, Hon. Sec. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 27 July 1918


WHAT’S NEW...

Falling In Love Again JENNIFER Ward-Lealand pays tribute to the iconic actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, in Falling in Love Again. Devised in collaboration with musical director and pianist Grant Winterburn, Falling in Love Again recreates iconic moments of performance from one of the greatest screen legends of the twentieth century. Showcasing highlights from Dietrich’s films, concerts and recordings, Jennifer will perform a program including classic songs by Cole Porter, Pete Seeger, Frederic Hollander and Edith Piaf. Beautifully lit by lighting designer Andrew Malmo and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich’s famous gowns and fur coat, this acclaimed show vividly captures the style and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age. A star in her native New Zealand for over 35

years, Jennifer’s award-winning career spans film, television and stage as an actor, singer, director and industry pioneer. The current president of Equity New Zealand, Jennifer is a respected patron to a number of arts organisations including The Auckland Performing Arts Centre. Tour presenter Andrew McKinnon is proud to be introducing Jennifer to Australian audiences. “Through my frequent trips to New Zealand, I became aware of Jennifer Ward-Lealand’s immense talent. She truly is a world-class performer, and I believe would be much better known in Australia if the huge demand for her at home didn’t prevent her touring more” Falling in Love Again, FAC Theatre, Thursday 2 August, 7.30pm. Bookings: 03 9784 1060 or thefac.com.au

2018 National Works On Paper FROM over 1,000 entries, 63 artists have been shortlisted for the 2018 National Works on Paper acquisition and award (total prize money $50,000). The prize, the most prestigious acquisitive prize and exhibition of its kind in Australia, showcases recent work by some of Australia’s leading artists working in the field of drawing, print-making and digital media, providing a survey of contemporary practice today. Traditional approaches to working with paper are explored along with works that use new technological mediums – displaying the ways in which these mediums are prompting new explorations of working with and on paper. Shortlisted artists include: Raymond Arnold, Jon Campbell, Danica Chappell, Katherine Hattam, Locust Jones, Viv Miller, John Nixon, Louise Paramor, Jo Scicluna and TextaQueen among others.

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2018 At Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Since 1973 the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery have been acquiring works on paper for the permanent collection through acquisitive exhibitions. Works acquired through the former Spring Festival of Drawing and Prints Acquisitive as well as the current National Works on Paper include artists such as Fred Williams, George Baldessin, John Olsen, Rick Amor, Jan Senbergs, Pam Hallandal, Noel Counihan, Mary Macqueen, Richard Larter, Gareth Sansom and Jess Johnson. The 2018 National Works on Paper exhibition will be held at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from 20 July to 9 September 2018. Visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au to find out more about exhibitions and events, including the Gallery’s pre-schooler program Young at Art, and to listen to podcasts with artists from the 2018 National Works on Paper.

WHAT’S ON EXHIBITION

20 JULY 9 SEPT

2018 NATIONAL WORKS ON PAPER PRIZE An MPRG exhibition

20 July – 9 September 2018 Sixty-three finalists from around Australia have been shortlisted from over 1,000 entries for the National Works on Paper acquisition and award (total prize money $50,000).

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YOUNG AT ART

Each month the Western Port News will run a Community Events page, where your school or organisation can promote upcoming events, fund raisers, social events, etc. at no charge. This page is sponsored by the Balnarring & District Bendigo Bank and listings are completely free. Listing should be about 40 words and include event name, date, time & address.

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THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

The Philosophical Meaning of DJ Jazzy Jeff By Stuart McCullough SOME things cannot be explained. Some things, perhaps, should not be explained even if it’s possible to do so. As I sat with my nephew and niece playing a card game called ‘War’ that, much like actual war, seemed to be taking forever and was having a lasting impact on my morale, I had stumbled across a nineties hip hop classic. As I dropped a card to the table that allowed me to take the card of my opponent, I uttered the words ‘Boom, shake, shake, shake the room’ as though they actually meant something. My nephew and niece looked at me as though I’d just thrown a bucket full of crazy. It got me thinking: how do I explain this? It’s harder than it sounds. For those who grew up with them, the words ‘DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’ need no explanation. In their own way, they make complete and perfect sense. However, to someone from another generation, it’s impossible to convey why this expression is more than mere gibberish. Indeed, even as the words crow-barred their way over my lips and made for bushes to hide, I could tell my audience was becoming increasingly incredulous if not downright skeptical. The nineties were kind of tricky. There was so much more to the decade than grunge music and its uniform of flannel shirts with its steady diet of misery and general moaning about life; or Britpop with its fey stars who wore suits and looked like the world’s funkiest bank tellers. It was an era of profligate boy and girl bands

spawned by evil Svengali-type figures that lured teenagers into recording studios with promises of fame and fortune of which they delivered on the former but kept the latter for themselves. And rap music was bigger than it’d ever been. Especially in the charts. It was the decade of ‘U Can’t Touch This’ by MC Hammer – a tune that

relied heavily on ‘Super Freak’ by Rick James but with all the rude bits taken out, as well as Hammer’s own voluminous Hammer pants. It was also the decade of Vanilla Ice (known to his Mum as Robbie van Winkle), who made an entire song out about four bars of a tune by Queen and David Bowie. This kind of repurposing was the very basis for rap

music, but it became a whole lot more complicated once the enterprise got commercial. As for DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, they used a sample of the song ‘Funky Worm’ by the Ohio Players for their masterpiece. Not that you could tell. It turned something not many people knew into a rap colossus. The Fresh Prince was, in fact, Will Smith; who would go on to star in a tonne of blockbuster movies. DJ Jazzy Jeff was, in fact, Jeff Townes who, for all anyone knows, went on to work at a Blockbuster video store. But they were a team – a DJ responsible for the beats and a rapper. This was back when rappers and DJs were kind of a package deal: ‘Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five’, ‘Grand Wizzard Theodore and the Fantastic Five’ and the immortal ‘Enid Blyton and the Famous Five’ to name but a few legendary groups. DJs and rappers went together like peas and carrots. More to the point, the DJ’s name always came first. Not that they all had fabulous names – ‘Eric B. and Rakim’ is as about as an ordinary a name as you can get, even though ‘Paid In Full’ is a stone-cold rap classic. The DJ was responsible for the beat. In the beginning, this was done by using turntables to create a continuous break beat by flipping from one to the other and manipulating the records to generate a rhythm. It was the ultimate in ‘Do It Yourself’ music. The MC (or, if you prefer, Master of Ceremonies) would then rap over the top. They used what they had to make their own kind of music and, in

the process, invented an entirely new art form. But just as those limitations resulted in innovation, changes to technology have meant that those skills are no longer as necessary as they once were. Somewhere along the line, things changed. The DJ disappeared to be replaced by faceless producers. Even if you do know who the producer is, his or her name is not going to be first. Sure, you’ve got your Calvin Harris and David Guetta types, but neither of those jokers is yet to produce anything that could hold a candle to something like ‘Boom! Shake the Room’. They probably never will. Just because you wear a pair of headphones doesn’t mean that you know your way around the wheels of steel. My niece and nephew were looking at me, confusion writ large across their faces. Foolishly, I thought that reciting the lyrics might help. I invited them to tell their mother that they never wrote a whack jam but it only seemed to make things worse. It’s impossible to explain the meaning of DJ Jazzy Jeff to a generation that considers Ed Sheeran to be a musical genius and not, as I do, the aural equivalent of IKEA. I thought for a moment about trying to make my point by putting down some cardboard and spinning around in a circle but feared that I may do myself an injury. Instead, I put down my cards and surrendered. The game continued without me. It seems the (break) beat continues, even without DJ Jazzy Jeff. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Stonecats snap winless streak DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON YCW have finally broken their run of seven games without a win by defeating EdithvaleAspendale in a dominant display. The Stonecats’ last win came over two months ago on 5 May against Mornington in a victory that solidified their spot on top of the ladder. Since that game they have slumped to sixth place and now face a real danger of missing out on finals. Their clash at home against Edi-Asp on Saturday was an absolute must win, but things got off to a shaky start. EdiAsp went into the first break in front by two goals, and the Stonecats were left pondering just when their luck would turn. Luckily for the Stonecats, they would have a much better second term, holding Edi-Asp to just one behind and kicking away to a 13 point lead. The game remained fairly even in the third quarter, and although the Stonecats went into the final term with a 24 point lead, the contest was far from over. In the final quarter though, Frankston YCW announced that they were back in the most convincing way possible, hammering home eight goals to EdiAsp’s one to run away with an easy victory and send alarm bells ringing throughout the rest of the league. Division One’s sleeping giant finally awoke as the Stonecats claimed a comprehensive win over second placed Edithvale-Aspendale 17.18 (110) to 6.6 (42).

Eyes on the prize: Frankston YCW finally broke their losing streak by beating Edithvale-Aspendale. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Kyle Hutchinson was the best player on the ground, booting four goals for the winning Stonecats. At David Macfarlane Reserve, Sorrento played host to both Mornington and a number of high profile AFL stars as they held their ‘Purple Shark Day’ in support of the Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision charity. Richmond premiership players Jack

Riewoldt and Daniel Rioli were joined by former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt and former Coleman Medallist Brendan Fevola at David Macfarlane Reserve, where they signed autographs and took photos with fans before the start of the game. The bumper crowd certainly was treated to a thrilling game as well, as Sorrento and Mornington battled it

out in what would be one of the best games of the year. Mornington started out on the right foot over their highly fancied Sorrento opponents, making the most of their limited opportunities and heading into the first break with a three point lead. Sorrento fought back in the second term to wrestle back the lead, but could only establish a three point buffer at the main break despite outnumbering the Bulldogs by eight scoring shots. After the half time break, Mornington came out determined to make Sorrento pay for their sloppiness in front of goal, as they kicked four goals straight to go into the final term with a narrow one point advantage. Although it looked as if one of the season’s most shocking upsets was on the cards, the Sharks showed the quality that made them the team to beat this season, and fought back to claim a nail biting come from behind win 10.17 (77) to 12.3 (75). Mitch Hallahan continued his stellar run of form with another best on ground display for Sorrento, while Shannon Gladman also contributed handily to the win with three goals. At Bonbeach Recreation reserve, Mt Eliza travelled to take on Bonbeach as they looked to close the gap between third and second place. Mt Eliza were on top for the majority of the game, but no matter how hard the Redlegs tried they couldn’t drive the final nail in the coffin. Mt Eliza led at each break during the game, but

never by more than two points. Although the contest looked set to go down to the wire in the final term, the Redlegs finally kicked away and established a buffer, holding the Sharks to just one point in the final term to take out a 6.6 (42) to 9.6 (60) win. Ben Landry and Luca Goonan were among the best on the ground for Mt Eliza, while former Sydney Swan Trent Dennis-Lane was a contributor for Bonbeach with two goals. The win takes Mt Eliza to within one game of second place Edi-Asp going into the final rounds of the year. The final game for the round saw Pines host the Frankston Bombers in what would turn out to be a one sided affair. The goal hungry Pines easily claimed the four points by booting 21 goals in a percentage boosting win that took them to fourth on the ladder. Pines boast the best percentage in the league by a wide margin, which may come in handy coming into the closing stages of the home and away season. The game was done and dusted by the quarter time break, as Pines raced out of the gates with a stunning nine goal to one first term which put them out to a 48 point lead. From there, the Bombers could do nothing to get back into the contest, as they eventually succumbed to Pines 21.11 (137) to 11.13 (78). Pines boasted 12 individual goal kickers, with Aaron Ludewig and Aaron Edwards the best among them with four and three respectively.

Kangaroos keep touch with finals DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn LANGWARRIN have kept their season alive with a hard fought victory over Hastings at Lloyd Park on Saturday. Coming off a disappointing thrashing against Dromana last week, Langwarrin needed to grab a win over Hastings to be any hope at all of making the finals. Helped by the return of some key players from injuries, Langwarrin got things started in the best possible way and took a 21 point lead into the quarter time break. By the time the half time break rolled along, Langwarrin were still leading, but Hastings were keeping touch thanks to their accuracy in front of goal. Hastings had converted six goals from six scoring opportunities to keep themselves in contention. After the main break Hastings continued to kick straight, but just weren’t able to keep up with Langwarrin. As the final siren sounded, Langwarrin claimed all four points with a 13.12 (90) to 11.3 (69) win. Luke Hewitt booted three goals for the losing side to take his tally to the year to 44, while Jesse Murphy booted three to take his count for the year to 55. Langwarrin still sit six points behind Hastings in fifth spot, and will have to rely on other results to go their way to sneak into finals over the final four weeks of the season. At Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Karingal travelled to take on Red Hill in a clash that would see the winner claim

No surrender: Red Hill wouldn’t allow the Bulls to charge, and ran away with a comfortable win. Picture: Andrew Hurst

second spot on the ladder. Red Hill entered the contest full of confidence, having won seven consecutive games. They were also boosted by the news that they had resigned coach Jamie Mollo through until the end of the 2020 season. Karingal had been in slightly shaky form, and they started on the wrong foot as Red Hill raced to a 15 point lead at the first break. In the second quarter the Bulls fought back to close the margin to a goal, but

let themselves down with a goalless third term. Red Hill raced away to a five goal lead by the three-quarter time break, which proved to be insurmountable. Helped by nine individual goal kickers, Red Hill ran away with a comfortable 11.11 (77) to 5.7 (37) win. The gap between Red Hill and ladder leaders Dromana was almost closed further by a shock result at Dromana Recreation Reserve, as Tyabb battled hard to nearly steal a stunning win over

the ladder leaders. Dromana started the clash positively with a three goals to one first quarter, but Tyabb closed the gap to just six points at the half time break. Dromana were able to stay on top but couldn’t put the brave Tyabb away for good, with the margin standing at only 15 points going into the final quarter. Although they won the final term and fought hard, the siren eventually sounded with Tyabb just behind, as they fell to Dromana in an 11.19 (85) to 10.14 (74) loss. Although Dromana claimed all four points, the result will have their upcoming opponents hopeful of knocking off the dominant premiership favourites. Ben Holmes had another big game for Dromana with a four goal effort, he has now kicked nine in his last two games. There was another thrilling result at RJ Rowley Reserve, as Rye hosted Devon Meadows in a tight contest. Despite both sides being effectively ruled out of finals contention, they both played as if it were all on the line in a match that went down to the wire. The Demons opened up an early lead over the Devon Meadows Panthers, establishing a seven point deficit by the quarter time break and stretching that lead to eight at half time. Despite leading for most of the day,

Rye couldn’t put the Panthers away, and saw their lead reduced to just four going into the final term. Spurred on by an impressive five goal performance from star forward Michael Theodoridis, the Panthers finally snatched the lead in the final term and ended the game with their noses just in front, securing a stunning come from behind victory 9.16 (70) to 11.7 (73). The battle between Pearcedale and Crib Point was also a thrilling one, as the Magpies fell agonisingly short of just their second win of the year. Although Pearcedale led for the entire afternoon, Crib Point battled hard to stay in touch and give themselves a shot going into the final term. Despite winning the final quarter, Pearcedale were just too strong for the hard working Magpies, as they claimed a 16.10 (106) to 14.13 (97) win. Luke Daniel was the match winner for Pearcedale, kicking three goals in a best on ground performance. The final game of the round saw Chelsea claim an easy win over Somerville in a result that will see Somerville’s slim finals hopes come to an end. Curtis Bywater continued his stunning year with a five goal haul which takes his tally for the year to 53. Somerville could only take consolation from an impressive last quarter in which they outscored Chelsea six goals to two, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the massive deficit that had been opened up. The Seagulls finished the contest well on top, defeating Somerville 19.13 (127) to 10.16 (76).

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Kilner back at Baxter, Somerville soars SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie ROY Kilner is back at Baxter in a lastditch attempt to rescue the club from relegation from State 4 South. When news broke last week that work commitments had forced Francis Beck to step down as head coach the club turned to former coach Kilner and he has targeted controversial striker Mark Pagliarulo as the man to lead the front line. ‘Pags’ has also attracted interest from Somerville and Skye United but his relationship with Baxter is expected to tip the odds in Kilner’s favour. ‘Pags’ last played in 2017 and has since concentrated on his job as head coach of Bulleen’s NPL under-15s. If he decides to help Baxter in the most important seven-game run in the local club’s recent history he’ll continue his work with Bulleen’s elite youngsters. Baxter has away games against Hampton Park United and Harrisfield Hurricanes as well as a home game against Sandringham and winning these games is crucial to its survival. Kilner’s first game back in charge ended in a 3-1 home loss to Endeavour United last weekend. Goodness knows how Endeavour striker Michael Rodriguez was left unmarked in the 15th minute and his glancing header over the advancing Beck, deputising for James Foster in goal, gave the visitors a lead they never surrendered. A sweeping four-player interpassing move in the 28th minute ended with a low header from Ahmad Tabarra which snuck inside the near post to make it 2-0. Baxter had stood off its opponent for most of the first half but was more aggressive and direct in the second period and a brain fade from Endeavour keeper Franc Marateo in the 52nd minute gave the home side hope. Marateo dithered on the ball inside his own area long enough to get closed down from Ben Meiklem and tap the ball too far forward allowing Meiklem to round the bemused keeper and stroke the ball into the unguarded goal to make it 2-1. Baxter’s best chance of an improbable draw fell to wee Alan Lipsett in the 85th minute but he slid in at the far post only to strike Meiklem’s cross from the left well over the bar. In the first minute of injury time Tabarra’s chip from the right of the area rebounded off the back post to Endeavour substitute Maqsod Mansuri who deftly dummied his opponent before slamming the ball past Beck

Baxter beaten: Winger Ben Meiklem scored for the home team in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Endeavour United at Baxter Park. Picture: John Punshon

from close range. Meanwhile Somerville Eagles kept their State 5 South title hopes alive with a 3-1 away win over Aspendale last Saturday. Somerville is in second spot a point behind Lyndale United but the league leader has played one more game and has a bye next weekend. That gives Somerville the chance to claim top spot but it faces a huge challenge on Saturday at home to thirdplaced Old Mentonians in what looms as a season-defining encounter. At Jack Grut Reserve last weekend Somerville was missing a host of first teamers but handed a debut to new signing Harry Chapman from Peninsula Strikers with a spot on the bench for the returning Hayden Taylor following a spell at Strikers. Aspendale started well and Matthew Corra’s smart finish put the home side ahead in the 8th minute. Somerville responded six minutes later after good work by Chapman got the ball to player-coach Dave Greening who swivelled and from 10 metres out curled a postage-stamp finish into the top corner. In the 21st minute the visitors hit the front after a long throw by Stephen Curd was inadvertently headed on by a defender and Greening made no mistake for his second. In the 59th minute Chapman played a sublime through ball to Greening who turned his marker and placed the ball past Aspendale keeper Jack Taylor to complete his hat-trick . In NPL2 East news referee Alejandro Azcurra was roundly criticised after his display in Langwarrin’s 5-1

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away loss to Moreland City on Saturday and is understood to be the subject of a complaint to FFV from the Lawton Park club. The first half was all about referee Azcurra. He issued straight red cards to Langwarrin midfielder Paul Speed and striker Liam Baxter, ignored pleas for a penalty after Langy’s Viktor Medini was pushed in the back inside the area and decided that a horror tackle on Langy captain Boris Ovcin was only worthy of a caution. Moreland head coach Adrian Mathers gathered the Langy players and coaching staff together after the contest to express his embarrassment at the refereeing display and its impact on the outcome. Moreland’s scorers were Chris Cristaldo (26th and 53rd minutes), Jordon Lampard (18th), Corey Thomas (55th) and Apai Ukono (61st). Langy’s goal came from a Luke Burgess header following a corner in the 80th minute. There was better news for Langwarrin in the curtain raiser with the under20s winning 3-2. Travis Ernsdoerfer (2) and Zachory Karolidis scored for Langy and 15-year-old central defender Brodie Jones came on for the last 30 minutes. In State 1 South-East news Mornington lost 2-1 at home to Casey Comets. Keegan Ziada was at the back post in the 8th minute to finish off Sam Orritt’s cross from the right and put the home side ahead but Comets responded almost immediately with an excellent finish by Dejan Radojicic and the

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sides were locked at 1-1 at half-time. Casey took the lead in the second half with a stunning strike from captain Allando Mathieson in the 56th minute. He turned Mornington defender Sam Scott inside out and from a tight angle on the right of the box lashed the ball past keeper Liam Little and into the roof of the net. Orritt and Scott both struck the crossbar as Mornington pressed in the latter stages of the contest but to no avail. In State 2 South-East news Frankston Pines lost 2-1 away to promotion-chasing Brandon Park on Saturday. Hamlet Armenian put Brandon Park in front with a shot in the 38th minute after Pines failed to clear following a free-kick but Lewis Potter, CJ Hodgson and Kurt Wagner-Goldsworthy all had chances for the visitors. Pines had to replace injured defender Franco Vanni at half-time and former Casey Comets midfielder Jesse Martindale made it 2-0 four minutes into the second half with an excellent free-kick from 25 metres. Hodgson was on the end of an Aaryn Rix cross and finished well in the 55th minute to make it 2-1 and Pines’ best chance of an equaliser fell to Rix in a one-on-one with Brandon Park keeper Peter Koundanis but the Pines’ winger lobbed the ball over both the keeper and the bar. Peninsula Strikers drew 1-1 with Berwick City at Jack Thomas Reserve on Saturday. Berwick took the lead in the 40th minute when David Di Iorio was the

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benefactor of an error from Strikers’ keeper Dylan Mery but classy English striker John Prescott equalised in the 65th minute when he cut in from the left and slotted the ball past Berwick keeper Christian Morales. In State 3 South-East news Skye United fell to relegation-threatened Noble Park United 2-1 on Saturday in the local club’s inaugural Chris Attard memorial round. The day commemorated the former club president and ex-FFV Chief Financial Officer who died in 2016 and the turnout reflected his impact on Skye and the respect the Attard family has engendered. But things went awry out on the pitch as Noble Park’s new signing Matty Durand scored in the 20th and 26th minutes. Daniel Attard gave the home team a lifeline in the 64th minute when he finished well from close range however Skye’s slow start to the match ended up proving costly. The Chris Attard medallists in the senior match were Daniel Attard and Noble Park United’s Kegham Aminian. Skye’s reserves won 5-3 and the Chris Attard medallist was Luke Camerota who notched a first-half hattrick. On Sunday Skye announced that teenage senior women’s player Laa Chol had been killed at a party in the Melbourne CBD in the early hours of Saturday morning. A Victoria Police investigation into the incident continues. In NPLW news Southern United’s under-12s won 1-0 away to Alamein on Sunday with Rhiannon Kelleher nabbing the winner. The under-14s skipped three points clear at the top of the table with a Macey Butler goal giving them a 1-0 win while the under-16s lost 4-2 with Monique Lapenta and Haylea Porter scoring for Southern. Next weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Whittlesea Ranges v Langwarrin (Epping Stadium), South Springvale v Mornington (Warner Reserve), Frankston Pines v Knox City (Monterey Reserve), Peninsula Strikers v Mooroolbark (Centenary Park), Seaford Utd v Skye Utd (North Seaford Reserve), Hampton Park Utd v Baxter (K.M. Reedy Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Old Mentonians (Somerville Secondary College), Aspendale v Drouin Dragons (Jack Grut Reserve). SUNDAY 3.15pm: Southern Utd v Bulleen (Monterey Reserve, U12s 9am, U14s 10.15am, U16s 11.40am, U19s 1.15pm).


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Self Sense continues to excite over jumps By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based racehorse trainer David Brideoake topped off the jumps racing season with another dominant performance from his first-season jumper Self Sense on Sunday 8 July. The seven-year-old son of Street Sense has taken all before him in his opening jumps season, moving from a 10-length maiden hurdle romp to breaking the $1 million barrier with a comfortable victory in the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle at Warrnambool, last start. Connections were hoping the exciting flat and hurdle performer could add another jumps feature win to his resume and after a six-length demolition of the Australian Hurdle five weeks prior, Self Sense did just that. Under the hands of rising jockey Clayton Douglas, Self Sense kicked away for an effortless victory over some of the top hurdlers in the country, and provided Douglas with an unsurprising excitement for the future.

“He’s a beauty,” Douglas said. “I’m just thankful that I’ve got a horse like him.” “He just sort of plays with them a little bit, and he has a good look around and does what he has to.” Self Sense is likely to continue to mix his flat racing with jumps racing and return to the flat next start before being targeted towards next month’s Grand National Hurdle (3900m), according to stable representative Alex Woodhams. “We might head back to the flat in a few weeks for a VOBIS Gold staying race at Caulfield and then eight days after that into the National,” he said following Self Sense’s dominant Kevin Lafferty Hurdle victory. “As long as he comes through this well that could be the plan that David may look at following.”

Jumping through grades: First season hurdler Self Sense wins the Australian Hurdle under jockey Clayton Douglas. Picture: Supplied

Title defence: Jayde Mitchell is set to defend his WBC-OPBF and WBA interim Oceania Super Middleweight titles against heavy-hitter Kerry Foley. Picture: Derrick Den Hollander

Mitchell ready to strike back PENINSULA boxer Jayde Mitchell isn’t going to let another injury stand in his way of a world title. Having overcome a recent neck surgery to take out his last fight against Ariel Alejandro Zampedri on Saturday 17 March, and jump into the top 10 world rankings, Mitchell is hoping he can do the same again after suffering an injury to his shoulder. Mitchell has had several weeks off to rest and recover from his injury through over-use but gets back into sparring this week. The Blairgowrie boxer was forced to bypass his match-up against Kerry Foley on Saturday 7 July but has re-scheduled the fight to take place on Friday 7 September at The Melbourne Pavillion. Mitchell is confident he can bring up another return victory but is still expecting the very best from a “very tough opponent”.

“He’s got the power in either hand to potentially knock me out,” he said. “He’s been a professional for about 12 years and he’s always had awesome potential to go further, so it will definitely be a hard fight.” Mitchell said he is stoked to have “finally landed a big fight” after several potential fights continually falling through in the build up to his fight with Foley. “While Kerry Foley wasn’t on our radar, after his most recent outing and a first round KO, he called me out! As Vijender’s (Singh) team have ducked us for an easier option this is something I won’t do,” he said on social media. It could potentially become a Peninsula-heavy card, with the likes of Kane Watts, Jai Alexander, Lochie Higgins and Jason Whateley all looking to take up fights on the night. Ben Triandafillou

Westminster grasps national sailing title By Harry Fisher ADELAIDE’S Westminster School capped off an eventful four-year team journey to take out its first Australian Schools Team Sailing Championship on Sunday 15 July at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. The four-day regatta came to an exciting finish, especially for the hundreds of spectators on the Blairgowrie pier, as the top eight teams took to the water in strong winds and sloppy seas in order to decide the champions. The same three skippers from Westminster, made up of Alex Higgins,

Matt Meaney and Angus Higgins, have fallen just short of the national title on a couple of occasions but changed their luck with an emphatic victory in the best of five grand final. They met the renowned Scotch College team with the overall result decided in just four races, with Westminster claiming it 3-1. Brighton Grammar School was the surprise packet of the finals. Scraping into eighth position after the Swiss league, Brighton Grammar School went on to make the semifinals only to fall short to the eventual champions in Westminster.

They then raced off against the Friends School from Tasmania in the petit final that would decide third place and fell just short again, however the local fans were still proud of Brighton, as they finished as the first placed Victorian team. Hobart’s Fahan School clinched an emphatic victory in the all-female final, winning the best of three sail-off against Sydney’s Ascham to clinch the school’s first girls championship. At the conclusion of the Swiss league round-robin, the Friends School from Tasmania sat on top of the table in the outright lead,

and worked hard to make their way through a couple of hurdles, but ended up bowing out in the semis to the eventual runners up, Scotch College. Their cross-town rivals, Hutchins School, had similar issues and bowed out of the finals in straight sets after coming into the finals with a double chance in fourth place. When racing wrapped up, celebrations were had on the shore as coaches and sailors alike were dragged into the freezing Blairgowrie waters. More than 300 people packed the club’s main function room to crown

the champions and extend invitations to the inter-dominion team sailing championship in New Zealand later this year. The Australian Team Sailing Association also recognised some individual performances of sportsmanship through the umpire’s awards which were well received with some great storytelling by chief umpire Simon Irving. Next year’s national event heads to Hobart at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club.

Top sailors: Some of Australia’s best junior sailors descended upon the shores of Blairgowrie for the Australian Schools Team Sailing Championship. Picture: Jennifer Medd

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Wheelchair tennis talent compete internationally By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON Peninsula’s wheelchair tennis talent took it to the world stage with a dominant victory in the World Team Cup on Sunday 3 June. Wheelchair tennis players, Riley Dumsday and Heath Davidson, competed in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in the Netherlands, with the latter combining with four-time Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott, to claim their second quad title in three years. Davidson, of Rosebud, dropped the opening singles rubber to Israel’s Noam Gershony in the final but the top seeds quickly proved their status as Alcott levelled the tie with a convincing 6-0 6-0 win over Patrick Ben Uriel (ISR).

The Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallists eventually claimed the quad title with a 6-3 6-1 victory in the deciding doubles rubber. Davidson said he was fairly confident in the pair’s ability heading into the doubles final. “I play my best tennis with this guy (Dylan),” he said. “Even though I didn’t get the job done in my singles, I was confident in Dylan and I for the doubles.” Australia’s junior team also managed to secure fourth place after reaching the semi-finals, with 13-year-old Riley Dumsday, of Mornington, getting the call-up for the national squad. It was Riley’s first time competing internationally and with the support of some of the more experienced

players, he put in a top performance to compete against players up to five years older than him. Riley wasn’t able to secure a win in his singles but bought up a couple of victories in his doubles matches. Riley’s father, Steve Dumsday, said that the experience was great for Riley with some of the more experienced players also offering some advice to help him in the future. The budding talent then backed up his results from overseas with a victory in the Queensland Wheelchair Tennis Open singles final on Tuesday 3 July. Riley defeated his World Team Cup teammate, Finn Broadbent, in the final 6-4 6-2, before finishing runnersup in the doubles.

Smashing it: Thirteen-year-old Riley Dumsday takes his talent overseas and competes in the World Team Cup for Australia. Picture: Supplied Triple threat: Saalim Nasser (left), Riley Dumsday and Finn Broadbent represent Australia at the World Team Cup. Picture: Supplied

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