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5974 9000 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Team work: Westernport Tourism manager Del Skinner, centre, with volunteers John Bilger and Berni McCartney, is keen to boost visitor numbers and support local businesses. Picture: Yanni

Calling all volunteers WESTERNPORT Tourism, which runs the visitor information centre at the Old Fish Shed at Hastings pier, is looking for volunteers to help visitors. Manager Del Skinner said while Westernport Tourism had been around for decades, interest had been “waxing and waning”. “[The service] was re-invigorated in about 2012 with a number of interested businesses,” Ms Skinner said. “The main focus now is to run the visitor information centre.” Ms Skinner praised the work of Lisa Dixon, now a Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor, who had been “tireless in helping to establish the VIC”. “When we gained the lease to The Fish Shed from Parks Victoria it was a disused building and still had the concrete cool room inside,” she said. “A team of people worked to remove that and refurbish the building’s interior.” Ms Skinner said Westernport Tourism would benefit from business members who would then step up to take executive positions to guide the association. Volunteers who man the visitor information centre are keen to chat and share their love of the Western Port side of the peninsula. Opening hours are 10am-2pm every day, however, sometimes a shortage of staff prevents this. “We would love more volunteers to join the team,” Ms Skinner said. Details: email enquiry@visitwesternport.com.au or call 0425 739 567.

Shire’s legal flight from VCAT Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council dropped a bombshell last week by walking away from a hearing in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, part of a lead-in to determine what activities can be carried out Peninsula Aero Club’s Tyabb airfield. The unexpected withdrawal opens the shire up to claims for legal expenses by the PAC on top of $32,000 it has already been ordered to pay (“Shire’s $32,000 payout to aero club” The News 23/2/21). The PAC response to the shire move was to immediately declare it had “all

required permits to operate” its Tyabb airfield and suggests it could lead the way for other parties “to seek damages for loss of income, reputation and other losses”. In an email to councillors, Mr Baker said it was a “mistaken interpretation” to see the withdrawal as council “walking away” from its dispute with PAC. He said it was “standard practice for us to hold without-prejudice conversations to head off potential VCAT proceedings – perhaps something we should do more of”. The shire’s lawyers, Mornington Legal, told VCAT on 4 March that it would seek an adjournment at the Friday 19 March “practice day hearing” but, two days before that hearing, said

it wanted to withdraw “to allow negotiations [with PAC] to continue in good faith”. The shire’s request, signed for Mornington Legal by Luke English, said the dispute with PAC was not resolved, but “parties to this matter have been involved in productive discussions”. PAC president Jack Vevers said he was “not surprised” by the shire’s move but would have “welcomed an opportunity to have VCAT decide on what we say have been baseless claims by the shire…” “The shire’s attempt to shut down the airport in May 2019 has caused many anxious times for the 100 people working across the airport which had been threatening their jobs and businesses,”

he said. “One business owner had found the whole event so stressful that he left the airport.” Mr Vevers said the shire’s withdrawal from last week’s hearing “raises concerns about whether this could be considered a misuse of legal process in order to force the airport operators into capitulation”. The latest legal maneuvering comes as PAC appears to be undergoing internal turmoil, with the resignation of four directors and members of its safety committee (“Top resignations shake-up aero club” The News 17/3/21). Upset residents say the shire’s back down has “deprived over 300 residents from the Tyabb community and the surrounding areas who wished to be

considered at the [VCAT] proceedings from having a democratic voice”. Spokesperson Dr Ian Munro said the aborted hearing “would have finally determined the validity of [the club’s] permits to operate”. Dr Munro doubted shire CEO John Baker’s claim that private discussions with PAC “would achieve a balanced and fair and sustainable coexistence between the airfield operation and the local community”. “If the shire is intent on making unilateral decisions without community input then the community needs to demand an independent inquiry or have the minister call it in to go before an independent panel.”

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NEWS DESK Money for charity THE St John’s’ Fake or Fortune fete at Flinders raised more than $28,000 to be shared among four charities: Anglicare Rosebud, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Asylum Seekers Resource centre, Dandenong, and Western Port Community Support. The fete started an online sale in December and went “live” over the 13-14 March weekend. The final takings for the fete show included more than $7000 in art sales, $8000 white elephant and silent auction, $4000 “Christmas” items and $3000 cakes and biscuits.

Reef picnic FLINDERS Community Picnic will be held on the Mushroom Reef beach, 5pm, Saturday 27 March. This is nearing the last of the longer days before daylight saving ends on Sunday 4 April. Parking is available and those walking can enter via right hand path off the lowest car park. They should wear sturdy shoes for the guided reef walk with the ranger at 5.15pm.

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Heritage pier faces partial demolition THE fate of a 180 metre wooden section of the historic Finders pier will be decided by Parks Victoria later this year. Parks has told Mornington Peninsula Shire Council that it will “engage with stakeholders and the community in June” following an “independent heritage assessment” of the 250m long pier. The original wooden pier was built in 1864, with a concrete section added in 2011, parallel to the 180m inner portion which has been cordoned off for months due to structural defects. Parks Victoria is considering demolishing this

180m section. The pier is heritage listed and is recognised under the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme. Alarm over the future of the pier was raised in July 2020 when Parks Victoria announced that its Better Piers and Waterside Facilities program included “the demolition of the inner section of the old Flinders pier”. Restoration of the pier was not included in the $24 million committed to “major pier upgrades to create jobs and boost economy”. Shire officers are understood to have since told Parks that they oppose its demolition due to its

historical significance, amenity, character and the marine habitat it provides. Cr David Gill said the pier was a drawcard for many of the 7.5 million visitors to the peninsula each year. “We cannot afford to lose our heritage through bureaucratic decision making,” he said. “The council has confronted Parks Victoria and hopefully we can arrive at a good resolution on behalf of the Victorian community.” Keith Platt

VINTAGE, veteran, classic and modern cars of all descriptions will be on show at the Flinders Motoring Heritage car show, Easter Sunday 4 April. Flinders District Lions Club is raising funds for Peninsula Health, Flinders CFA and other charities and causes. Admittance is adults $5 and under 12s free. The show, in Cook Street, runs from 10am2pm. To enter as an exhibitor go to trybooking. com/BOCKY or visitors go to trybooking.com/ BOEEI

Anzac Day walk Flinders District Lions Club and the RSL will hold a walk from the community hall to the memorial for the traditional Anzac Day ceremony, 11am, Sunday 25 April.

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MARCH 4 JUSTICE

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WOMEN and men of all ages joined the March 4 Justice at Rosebud where an address by Cr Sarah Race (top) was met by cheers and tears. Pictures: Yanni

Every day, the team at Long Island Point works hard to provide essential liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks to customers in eastern Australia. While we supply a large proportion of our energy to the domestic market, we also play a role in providing vital products to Pacific Island nations as part of our exports. On average, each week we send a shipment of LPG (butane and propane) to the Pacific islands on-board small gas carriers. The carriers often do a kind of ‘milk run’, unloading part of their cargoes in ports across the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has softened the demand for LPG, with travel restrictions impacting heavily on the islands’ tourism industry, and presented some challenges in managing our interaction with these ships, our team has worked hard to maintain the supply of this essential energy throughout the pandemic. We achieved this through implementing strict COVID19 safety processes, including minimising the number of staff who interact with crews and wearing masks and gloves. We have even implemented weekly COVID19 testing of any personnel who board the ships or interact with the ship’s crew. I am glad to say that these measures have helped us to stay COVID-safe, so we can continue to provide essential fuel for homes, commercial businesses and industries in Australia and across the Pacific.

The long march that united a nation MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s deputy mayor Cr Sarah Race brought cheers and tears to some of the hundreds of participants in last week’s March 4 Justice rally at Rosebud (Monday 15 March). As the marchers set off from Rosebud pier a coordinated sit-in was held outside the Somerville office of Flinders MP Greg Hunt and thousands of women and men gathered outside Parliament House in Canberra. Mr Hunt was inside the building, as was the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been heavily criticised for not venturing outside to hear speakers at the rally. The Minister for Women Marise Payne, also a no-show outside Parliament House, told a succession of newspaper and television reporters that the leaders of the rally were welcome to meet with her or the prime minister in their parliamentary offices. Here is Cr Race’s speech delivered to the marchers gathered around the Rosebud sound shell: “I acknowledge that we meet on the lands of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people, the custodians of the land and sea of our beautiful peninsula. I pay respects to their elders, past and present, and those of other Indigenous lands here today. I want to recognise the kaleidoscope of sisters we have present; our black sisters, our rainbow sisters, our disabled sisters and our sisters from across the seas, each with their own battles before them. I want to recognise our allies and supporters. Today we stand united.

We march today against a justice system that does not see us; that does not hear us; that does not believe us. A system where one in three females are abused before they are 18; one in five females have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15; and 93 per cent of these offenders are male. And yet, sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes where victims are invisible in official statistics. So today we march for justice. We see you. We hear you. We believe you. We march today to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough. For millennia women’s bodies have been used as tools of war - we’ve been raped to breed out our ethnicity. Our bodies have been marked as property to be transferred from father to husband. Our bodies have been used as economic tools “have one for you, one for your husband, and one for your country”. We’ve been told “lie back and think of England”; “come on love, it’ll only take a minute”; “you know you want to”. We’ve had our babies stolen from us. We’ve been called whores, bitches and prudes. But today we say enough. We will defend our bodies and we will decide who touches them and the circumstances in which that happens. We see you. We hear you. We believe you. We march today for hope. We’ve picked up the baton from our great grandmothers, our grandmothers and our mothers;

we are standing on the shoulders of giantesses. In 1894, South Australian women were the first in the world to win the right to vote and stand for parliament. In 1920, Mary Rogers became the first woman councillor in Victoria. In 2010, Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female prime minister As a community leader I have the privilege of leading a council where, for the first time, we have a female mayor and deputy mayor. Where we are embedding a gender equity strategy Where we have reaffirmed our commitment to the women’s charter. And where our leaders and officers are proudly proclaiming themselves as feminists. We see you. We hear you. We believe you. Women are over 50 per cent of the population. We have the power to influence decisions, and we can raise our voices and be heard. A final flourish of hope from the awe inspiring work The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman: We will rise from the sunbaked south. We will rebuild, reconcile and recover. And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful. When day comes we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it.” Keith Platt

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Winemakers’ fear of smoke contamination THE Victorian Farmers’ Federation wants farmers and other landowners to delay burning off to help protect Mornington Peninsula grape growers. The VFF’s peninsula branch says this year’s harvest would be “highly impacted by smoke taint in this critical period immediately prior to harvest”. Fire restrictions on the peninsula were lifted at 1am, Monday 15 March, while the nets will be coming off vineyards in the next few weeks before the start of picking. The VFF says farmers should not be burning wet or green material as it generates more smoke. It says trees that have recently fallen will still be green and “that's even more reason to delay burning the pile”. “Everyone in our local rural community should be aware of all the commodities that make up the vibrant and significant agricultural output from the peninsula,” VFF peninsula branch president Geoff Coghill said. “It’s not too much trouble to be considerate of vineyards and to wait another few weeks until after harvest, before you set fire to the piles of fallen trees and branches that landowners have built up over summer.” The CEO of Mornington Peninsula Wine Olivia Barrie said smoke was most damaging to grapes just before harvest when their skins were thinnest. “This is when their flavour is developing and they are ripe and full of sugar and the skins are very permeable,” she said. “If ever smoke is going to get into the grapes it is now.” Ms Barrie said the smoke danger period would last until mid-late April. “We are about 55 per cent through the harvest and, with lovely weather forecast for the next two

weeks, we hope to get it completed by then,” she said. “We ask neighbours to think of those who might be affected by their burn-offs. “The problem is that most people don’t think: it’s not malicious.” Main Ridge CFA and VFF member Captain Ian Troutbeck said landholders must register burnoffs. “Registering your burn-off ensures that if somebody reports smoke, the incident will be cross-checked with the burn-off register, which will then prevent CFA crews showing up at your door,” she said. “When conducting burn-offs, remain alert and always have resources on hand to extinguish the fire.” Landowners can register their burn-off online at firepermits.vic.gov.au or call 1800 668 511 or email burnoffs@esta.vic.gov.au Stephen Taylor

Future of biking MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has hired consultants to prepare a recreational mountain bike and BMX strategy to ensure dirt jumps, skills parks and pump tracks are in the right places. The move follows a surge in children riding their bikes and building jumps seemingly in every apparent spare space. The shire wants BMX or mountain bike riders to let it know what an ideal site should look like and include, and what existing locations it should consider. This forms the first round of community consultation to inform the strategy. The next round of consultation will offer an opportunity for comment mid-year. Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/bikesports

Gun smoke: Members of Peninsula Pistol Club on target during the delayed opening of their new clubhouse. Picture: Yanni

Pistol club up and firing PENINSULA Pistol Club members were right on target as they celebrated the opening of their clubhouse with a ceremony, Sunday 28 February. Their much-delayed annual meeting was due to be held in August last year but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was delayed until that weekend. President Owen Davies and vice-president David Snelgrove thanked members whose work and voluntary contributions had allowed the replacement clubhouse at Citation Reserve, Mount Martha to be completed this year. It has

risen on the ashes of the old one razed in 2014 by suspected arsonists or burglars. Mr Davies said he was proud the rebuilding had been completed with member funds, citing it as a “testament to their strength and engagement”. He thanked the shire for its loan of portable buildings that provided temporary club rooms and toilets. Peninsula Pistol Club came through the pandemic and 2020 “quite well”, with few of its 131 members aged 12-80 resigning, Mr Davies said. Six new members have signed up this year.

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NEWS DESK Chance to learn online skills THOSE wanting to build up their digital skills and confidence, or who have a family member who needs to, are welcome to attend sessions run by the Be Connected Network at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s libraries. The classes teach how to be safe online and avoid scams and tricks, online shopping, using social media platforms to remain connected, video calling, shopping and paying safely on-line, the cloud and setting up a smart home. Sessions coming up in March and April are: Creating safe passwords Mornington: 11am, Tuesday 23 March; Somerville: 2pm, Wednesday 24 March; Hastings: 4pm, Wednesday 24 March; Rosebud: 2pm, Thursday 25 March. The sessions cover the need for safe passwords and how to make them as safe as possible. Avoiding scams and tricks: Mornington: 11am, Tuesday 6 April; Somerville: 2pm, Wednesday 7 April; Hastings: 4pm, Wednesday 7 April; Rosebud: 2pm, Thursday 8 April. This session will teach steps needed to stay safe online. All about data: Choosing a plan, managing data Mornington: 11am, Tuesday 20 April; Somerville: 2pm, Wednesday 21 April; Hastings: 4pm, Wednesday 21 April.; Rosebud: 2pm, Thursday 22 April. This covers what data is, how data is measured and tips on how to get the most out of a data allowance at home, out and about or overseas.

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Register offers comfort, security to elderly Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE 25th anniversary of Rosebud Senior Citizens Register was marked with a lunch at the Rye RSL last week. Guests of honour Marie Parkinson, Elaine Mansell and Lynne Lith were presented with flowers to mark their long service to the organisation, which secretary Joyce Beckwith describes as “unique”. Ms Parkinson, along with Elaine Wallbridge, is a joint coordinator, Ms Mansell is a long-serving treasurer and Ms Lith manages the client list. “We are the oldest register in Victoria and possibly Australia,” Ms Beckwith said. “Our coordinators use our experience to advise those starting other registers.” Rosebud police station officer-incharge Senior Sergeant Robert Levier began the register in 1995 after learning that the area was home to more than 10,500 residents aged over 60. Ms Beckwith, who became secretary on joining prior to 2000, said while the register was a police initiative, it was best run by a secretary, treasurer and committee of eight volunteers. “We have 30 volunteers, some of whom drive our car and visit clients and others who make telephone calls from Rosebud police station on a monthly basis,” she said. “Our clients really appreciate our calls and the contact they provide.” The register aims to ease the fears of elderly residents of being victims of crime by promoting its “confident

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Far reaching: Elaine Mancell, Sehior Sergeant Steve Duffee, Marie Parkinson and Lynne Lith at the 25th anniversary of the Rosebud Senior Citizens Register which covers the Mornington Peninsula from Portsea to Mount Martha and across to Western Port. Picture: Yanni

and secure living” strategy. “Those who are frightened receive reassurance that they are cared for by the police and assisted by the friendly voice of the volunteer,” Ms Beckwith said. The service is free, and registration is voluntary. Members receive an information newsletter three times a year. “They love the jokes that are

included,” she said. Simple things mean a lot to their clients. Ms Beckwith said her husband, Bill, was especially good at conducting home security checks while two other committee members install key safes in clients’ homes. Excursions to places of interest take clients to nurseries, farms, sailing ships, as well as aircraft and ambu-

lance museums. The register operates with the support of Rosebud and Rye Rotary and Lions clubs and the Bendigo Bank. The Rosebud register covers the area from Mount Martha to Portsea and across to Western Port. Mornington and Hastings police stations have their own registers and cover the remainder of the peninsula.


Allies sign up against quarry Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au AN ALLIANCE of environmental, business and philanthropic groups has been formed to stop the Ross Trust opening a new quarry on Arthurs Seat. More than 70 organisations and individuals signed an open letter calling on the trust, which has more than $60 million in assets and investments, to abandon its application. Signatories included businessmen Brian McNamee AO and Australian Davos Connection founder Michael Roux, former Greens leader Bob Brown, Professor Will Steffen of the Climate Council, Professor Jeff Floyd, the immediate past chair of Parks Victoria, and philanthropists Samantha and Charlie Baillieu and Professor Andrew Vizard, chair of the Vizard Foundation. Environment groups to sign include Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth, Landcare, The Australian Wildlife Protection Council and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Several major Mornington Peninsula tourism operators have also signed, concerned about the scar the quarry - estimated at 21 MCGs - would leave on what is described as a “signature vista of Port Phillip”. In reply, the Ross Trust and Hillview Quarries said they had been a part of the peninsula community for more than 50 years and had a “proud history of supporting many causes, including environmental projects and preservation of the natural environment”. “The trust has previously gifted some 170 hectares of land in Dromana to the community, incorporating it into the Arthurs Seat state park. [We have] has also provided more than $139 million in grants supporting local communities, children at risk, and environmental and biodiversity projects throughout Victoria.” However, environmental groups to have previously received money from the Ross Trust have moved to suspend their relationships, including

the Australian Conservation Foundation, Environmental Justice Australia and the Places You Love Alliance. The Ross Trust – established by the will of quarryman Roy Everard Ross who died in 1970 – is the only philanthropic charity in Australia that finances its grants (about $4.5 million a year) through the proceeds of a quarry. The proposed quarry site is 800 metres from the boundary of the Red Hill Consolidated School and 1.7 kilometres south of the Dromana DriveIn. The trust’s application is going through “the very early stages” of an environmental effects statement process with a decision by Planning Minister Richard Wynne expected next year. The open letter was coordinated by Peninsula Preservation Group which says more than 40,000 people have signed a change.org petition against the new quarry. The group’s public profile is now being steered by a committee that includes established heavyhitters in the PR field, including former The Age editor, Mike Smith. “Given that the trust’s mission is to enhance biodiversity, it is breathtaking hypocrisy for [it] to seek to fund its activities by bulldozing remnant bush and destroying a critical wildlife corridor that is an irreplaceable koala, bird and small mammal habitat,” Peninsula Preservation Group president Dr Mark Fancett said. “The concerns expressed in the open letter and the action taken by environment groups in rejecting future funding shows that the Ross Trust is becoming isolated and is sadly out of touch with community expectations. The Ross Trust can be a philanthropic charity focused on conservation or it can be the developer of a new open cut mine: it can’t be both.” A Save Arthurs Seat Virtual Town Hall Meeting, is being held 7pm, Thursday 25 March. Details: savearthursseat.com or see Facebook @ SaveArthursSeat. The Hillview Quarries website is boundaryroadproject.com

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Happy to help: Volunteers Annabel Richards, Georgie Kerr, from Parks Victoria, Jill McIver, Jamie Edgerton and Jet Sallmann, who has returned to his job with Indigenous folk in the Pilbara. Picture: Supplied

Call for next gen to ease the load REFLECTING on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on so many people prompted Devilbend Foundation secretary Jill McIver to ponder how they can recruit new volunteers for worthwhile projects. This came during National Volunteer Week 17-24 March. “We all had to deal with the restrictions in different ways and the aftereffects of what we do next,” she said. “After volunteering for over 25 years in various forms – children’s kindergarten, school, sports clubs, lifesaving and environmental groups – I’m calling on the next generation to step up!” Ms McIver, who stepped down as secretary of Mornington Environment Association last October after four years as either president or secretary,

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Free lessons to make for safer travelling A FREE session in scooter, wheelchair and driving safety is being put on by Mornington Peninsula Shire. The safer scooter, wiser wheelchair course is being held at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, 10am-3pm, Tuesday 13 April. The five-hour session, run by Access Health and Community, aims to restore user’s confidence in driving motorised devices – especially after their lack of use since the coronavirus lockdowns. By sharing ideas and experiences, it aims to educate, raise awareness and improve the safety of users by covering safe and responsible driving practices, insight into driver skills and abilities, road rules and legal requirements, choosing the right motorised scooter or wheelchair and knowledge of how to get about on public transport or using local support services. The session will be conducted in small groups with no testing involved. Refreshments will be provided. To book contact mobility education coordinator Dawn Harper on 9819 5758 or 0401 991 844.

Driver courses WISER driver courses run at central venues, such as retirement villages, have their dates and times set by the group. They give senior drivers a chance to share ideas and experiences and become safer drivers. Sessions are held over four weeks in a friendly, informal and thought-provoking atmosphere. No testing is involved. RoadSafe South East runs the course in partnership with Hawthorn Community Centre, Local Government, Victoria Police, local groups

in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula Shire. To register or for further information contact Nancye-Joy Gardner (Wiser Driver facilitator, Road Safe South East Inc.) on 0419 398 695 or email nancye.seniordrivers@outlook.com Senior driver expos The Senior Driver Expos are conducted at Hastings, Mornington, Rosebud and the Southern Peninsula throughout the year with the next being held at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, 8am-4pm, Wednesday 5 May. VicRoads will advise on how to keep cars roadworthy. The day will include a VicRoads inspection of your car and a free driving assessment, and a check on driving techniques and vehicle safety information to support driving with confidence. Advice will be offered on taking care of tyres, oTo register or for further information contact Nancye-Joy Gardner (Wiser Driver facilitator, Road Safe South East Inc.) on 0419 398 695 or email nancye.seniordrivers@outlook.com

Uber theft A MCCRAE woman is being held by police after a suspected carjacking at McCrae, Monday 22 March. Detective Senior Sergeant Eddie Lagonder, of Somerville CIU, said the woman was a passenger in an Uber being driven from Highett when an incident allegedly occurred near Banks Street, 1.10am. The driver of the Uber ran from the car after receiving minor injuries to his head. The woman allegedly took the wheel and drove off but was apprehended a short time later. No charges had been laid against the 31-yearold by midday Monday.

‘A high performing provider of education on the Mornington Peninsula’ As the highest performing secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana College will continue to work tirelessly to develop and consolidate the many exemplary educational programs on offer. With outstanding facilities, a committed professional staff and a caring school community, students are challenged to explore their interests and talents to achieve their personal best.

Open Night Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 6.00pm

‘Lessons come from the journey… not the destination’ Tours available Tuesday mornings at 9:30am.

Bookings online at www.dsc.vic.edu.au.

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Junior doctors allege Winner’s chance to drive away they were underpaid Brodie Cowburn brodie@mpnews.com.au A CLAIM against Peninsula Health has been filed in the Federal Court the first in a series of claims expected to be lodged against hospitals statewide alleging the underpayment of junior doctors. A statement from the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation union’s website read that “doctorsin-training across Victoria have come together to file class actions against the state’s health services for systemic and widespread underpayment of wages.” “The first claim, against Peninsula Health, has been filed in the Federal Court of Australia. Further ac-

tions against the state’s more than 30 health services are expected to be lodged over the coming months unless a resolution with the state government and the health services can be achieved.” Peninsula Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shyaman Menon, said “Peninsula Health respects the rights of all staff, including the receipt of any payments to which they are entitled.” “Our junior doctors are the future of our organisation and we acknowledge the important contribution they make across all our hospitals and healthcare sites,” he said. The claimants and ASMOF Victoria will be represented by Gordon Legal, and Hayden Stephens and Associates.

Easter collections PENINSULA Stamp Club is commemorating its 50th anniversary with a stamp and coin fair on Easter Monday (5 April) at the Anglican Church Hall, Rosebud (corner of Sixth Avenue and Point Nepean Road). Dealers will be at fair from 9am to 3pm giving collectors a chance to buy and sell. New members of the club, which meets monthly in Rosebud, are welcome. For details call president Roger Seller on 5979 2158.

WINNER of the Hello Again Giveaway competition Nitin Jayswal with Mornington Mazda manager Michael Tidball. Picture: Gary Sissons

PENINSULA Stamp Club president Roger Seller with a commemorative cover sponsored by the Peninsula Stamp Club during the Little Americas Cup which was sponsored by McCrae Yacht Club in 1989.

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A VISITOR to the Mornington Peninsula won the major prize in the Hello Again Giveaway competition drawn on Saturday 6 March. Nitin Jayswal, of Hawthorn, who has never owned a car before, won a Mazda 3 Pure G20 auto from Mornington Mazda. The winning entry was one of 30,000 in the giveaway sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Regional Tour-

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Henry Rielly Mt Martha - From Dromana (1875) oil on canvas Purchased, 2014

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Henry Rielly oil on canvas Mt Martha - From Dromana (1875) Purchased, 2014 oil on canvas Purchased, 2014

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ism, Easy Music 3MP, Mornington Mazda, Mornington Peninsula News Group, RBK Advisory, Searoad Ferries, Samsonite and Eastlink. Other prizes included Peninsula Hot Springs Experiences, Mornington Cup Experiences, $1000 worth of wine from Crittenden Estate and two nights in a penthouse apartment (plus personal chef and cocktail degustation) at Sorrento.

The competition ran over 12 weeks, with 10 weekly prizes going into the draw for the major prize and the total prize pool valued at $47,000. “We started the giveaway in the hope of showing our local community and visitors that, after the horrible year that was 2020, we are thankful for their ongoing support for our industry,” MPRT board chair Tracey Cooper said.

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The Overwintering Project: Westernport THE Overwintering Project is a long-term environmental art project that unites artists around Australia to raise awareness for our most endangered group of birds, migratory shorebirds, and their habitat, coming to Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 6 March – 23 May. The Overwintering Project: Westernport focuses on Westernport as an internationally significant migratory shorebird habitat. The exhibition features 16 artists who have produced new work in a variety of media inspired by the local Westernport environment. These will be shown in conjunction with the Overwintering Project Print Portfolio, a growing collection of 300+ original prints made by artists from Australia and New Zealand in response to the unique nature of their local migratory shorebird habitat. Exhibition curator Kate Gorringe-Smith’s work is print-based; Eastern Curlew, Westernport Icon is a homage to the complex Westernport environment and to the Eastern Curlew, our most endangered migratory shorebird, that makes its home here. Featured artists include: Alexis Beckett, Andrej Kocis, Beverley Meldrum, Byron Scullin Heather Hesterman, Cathryn Vasseleu, Dominic White, Hank Tyler, Helen Kocis Edwards, Jan Parker, Kate Gorringe-Smith, Khue Nguyen, Lindy Yeates, Liz Walker, Magda Miranda, Rea Dennis, Simeon Lisovski and the artists of the Overwintering Project Print Portfolio. Kate said: “I began to use migratory shorebirds in my work for my first solo show in 2010, in particular the Bar-tailed Godwit. These birds travel annually from Australia, where they avoid the harsh northern winter, to Siberia, where they breed. Ever restless, they never settle – neither destination is their true home. These tiny birds can fly for eight days straight without stopping to rest or eat; they can navigate an entire ocean without any landmarks; they can fly in their lifetime further than from the earth to the moon, and they link the 23 countries of the East Asian Australasian Flyway with their journeys. Since

my first shorebird and migration inspired solo exhibition in 2010, I have continued to work with migratory shorebirds as my major theme, they fascinate me and I find them endlessly beautiful.” The intention of the exhibition is to engage people with a local environment they may already know and love, sparking recognition and wonder for this unique place that we share with such amazing creatures. The Overwintering Project: Westernport also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, is part of the 2021 Art+Climate=Change Festival, and is dedicated to the memory of Dr Clive Minton OAM, father of Australian shorebird research. The Overwintering Project: Westernport is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, by the VWSG, BirdLife Australia and the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm More information: 5950 1580 or mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au


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A THANKSGIVING service for the life of Janet Watt was held at the Balnarring Uniting Church on 16 March. Janet, who was extensively involved in the Balnarring community, passed away on 8 September, 2020 at the age of 102.The service was conducted by Reverend Nigel McBrien and eulogies were given by Janet’s son Colin and daughter Heather. An obituary for Janet Watt appeared in the Western Port News on 14 October, 2020.

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QUINTESSENTIAL PENINSULA BEACH HOUSE OFFERING a serene south beach location on a fabulous 976 square metre block, this classic coastal home, already full of treasured memories, awaits new owners to mark the beginning of its next chapter. Offered for sale for the first time in 60 years this home has played host to four generations and enjoys a coveted location just moments from picturesque South Beach. Set amongst tranquil bushland, the property has been extended and modernised over the years to provide highly functional and comfortable seaside living both inside and out. The home is set into the sunny north corner of the block which creates a pleasing

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emphasis on the external space. For children and pets there is plenty of space to roam and explore, whilst around the home is a vast area of lovely timber decking and alfresco entertaining which complements the already impressive internal living zones. Featuring handsome polished timber floors throughout, the main open plan family area comprises a large air-conditioned lounge, an adjoining dining area that will easily seat eight and a vibrant colourful kitchen which has tiled splashbacks, crisp white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances including under bench oven, gas cooktop and a dishwasher. Down a short hallway from

the dining area is the master bedroom with ensuite, and french doors that open out to the deck. Ascending to the second level you find another useful living area, perfect for study or gaming, and branching off from here are three more bedrooms with robes that share the second bathroom. In this private, untouched and still natural beach location, the opportunity is here to create your own treasured family memories. n

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ADDRESS: 32 Kilburn Grove, MOUNT MARTHA AUCTION: Sunday 28th March at 11:00am DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, AGENT: Brendan Collopy 0400 339 644, Bonaccorde, 4/42 Lochiel Avenue, Mount Martha, 5974 8900

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INDUSTRY NEWS RURAL RESIDENTIAL MARKET HEATS UP AS BUYERS SEEK THE WIDE OPEN SPACES. FEW agents may have forseen it and those that did were probably quietly cautious about it, the one certainty is that the surge in property prices seen post lockdown on the Mornington Peninsula continue to surprise and amaze even the most seasoned and experienced of estate agents. It is a surge in prices and demand seen across all facets of the industry with record prices it seems being achieved on an almost daily basis in residential, commercial and industrial property sales. Malcolm Parkinson, Director of Stone Real Estate in Mornington,

reports that the other hot property buyers are flocking to are the small to large acreage properties that the peninsula is renowned for. “We have seen a significant shift in the postCOVID real estate market, particularly in that $1 to $2 million price bracket. We are now seeing consistent results being achieved in rural sales well above that $2 million price mark, and often with days of hitting the market such is the demand from buyers.” Mr Parkinson referred to a recent Stone Real Estate sale in Grant Road, Somerville which sold in four days and for

“$200,000 more than our vendors expected”. For any property owners wishing to sell the advice from Malcolm is to target the Melbourne Metro market. “Much of the demand we are seeing is coming from inner-city buyers who can now work remotely, allowing them to get out of the city and relocate to the peninsula. The enquiries we are fielding are coming from buyers looking for well-kept, small to large acreage properties, up to 20-hectares. The market is just so hot right now.”n

MARKET ON THE MOVE: Malcolm Parkinson of Stone Real Estate is specialing in small to large acreage property sales in the Westernport area.

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Capturing the hearts of buyers and investors alike, this incredibly well maintained property in Somerville Sold within 1 week on the market. Our Stone Real Estate buyer database is overflowing with city escapees and local families seeking out the idyllic country lifestyle the Mornington Peninsula can provide. If you are thinking of selling your acreage proerpty, or would like to learn more about this high demand sale, contact our agent Malcolm Parkinson.

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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

‘Bizarre’ to finance good work with a quarry I’ve been coming to the Mornington Peninsula for years as a visitor and was fortunate enough to become a resident a few years ago. Like many people who know and love the area, I was shocked at first to discover a massive new granite quarry is planned for Arthurs Seat. Visitors may think the peninsula has plenty of wild places, but only 18 per cent of the area is natural bushland - most of the rest is either farmland or urban development. The trees that line our roads are typically weeds - pine and pittosporum - that offer little to our native animals. But the story gets even stranger, because the organisation behind the plan for a new quarry is a charitable organisation called the Ross Trust, which owns Hillview Quarries. As the trust says on its website, it has “a vision to create positive social and environmental change so Victorians can thrive”. The trust also states: “We work with partners to ensure Victoria’s biodiversity is conserved, protected and valued by all as part of a healthy and resilient environment.” It is simply bizarre that an organisation with such a vision would entertain the idea that its good work can be financed by a massive new quarry on precious bushland. There are other better places to source granite that will not necessitate the destruction of bushland. Let’s hope the Ross Trust will come up with a better plan, or our native species - and the community - will pay the price. Matthew Davison, Shoreham

Replacing Fraser

Sanctuary not quarry

CEO should guide

I had the good fortune to visit an absolute gem of a Trust for Nature property, the Ralph Illidge Sanctuary, in Western Victoria recently. This reserve protects in perpetuity a spectacular and rare tract of significant bushland. The walking trails, picnic area and low key, well presented information centre all add up to a unique, nature-based experience. The opportunity exists for a similar area on the Mornington Peninsula to become a centre for low impact ecotourism and nature based activities. The R E Ross Sanctuary would link two sections of Arthurs Seat State Park and maintain and promote the integrity of the biolink running along the Arthurs Seat escarpment. A suitably subtle visitor centre and surrounds could provide facilities and information on walking trails, local flora and fauna, activities such as nocturnal tours and pay homage to the legacy of Roy Everard Ross, quarryman and conservationist. This almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? And it is just that, pure fantasy. The Ross Trust/Hillview Quarries, despite having millions of dollars in investments that could be distributed, prefers to mine this area for relatively short-term financial gain. Contrary to their current website statements, the trustees appear to be incapable of viewing the preservation of this bushland as a long term investment in conservation and biodiversity for future generations of Victorians. Such a shame. Wilga Kottek, Main Ridge

Quarry alternatives Hillview Quarries states on its website that it supports the Habitat Restoration Fund. Supporting this fund enables the rehabilitation and weed control in Arthurs Seat State Park, but then to be pushing to start an open cut mine right next to the park is a massive contradiction. Instead of having such a focus on destroying an important flora and fauna corridor Hillview should focus on alternatives to mining rock, such as recycling concrete, rubber, glass and brick. The use of recycled materials in road, landscaping and construction industries is increasing and the state government is looking into setting targets for the use of recycled products. Hillview could look at using its existing site and machinery for these alternatives enabling it to continue business in a way that does not contradict its stated values. Hillview and the R E Ross Trust should stop pushing/investing in opening a new open cut mine and invest in the long term solution of recycle and reuse. Shane Dowsett, Dromana

Following the sudden resignation of [Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor] Hugh Fraser and former councillor Bryan Payne’s decision to stand down at [last year’s] council elections, the “skinny end “ of the shire effectively has no representation on council (“Fraser bows out after ‘differences’ with CEO” The News 16/3/21). While I’m sure the remaining Nepean Ward representative, Cr Sarah Race, is dedicated and hardworking, she no doubt already has a heavy workload with Rye, Tootgarook and surrounds, not to mention her deputy mayoral duties. I believe a local person dedicated to Blairgowrie/Sorrento/Portsea issues, such as the seasonal chaos caused by the influx of day trippers, parking availability, beach cleaning, environmental issues and over-development is needed to be a strong voice for local ratepayers. Given the rate revenue generated from down here, the “skinny end” of the shire is highly deserving of a dedicated local representative. While I’m not sure how MPSC will select Cr Fraser’s replacement [and] I trust it will look favourably at a local appointment. Otherwise, MPSC could conduct a byelection, which is highly unlikely I would think. Denis Mason, Sorrento Editor: The decision on a replacement for Hugh Fraser will be made by the Victorian Electoral Commission based on the results of a countback of votes cast for the five unsuccessful Nepean Ward candidates.

Hugh Fraser’s decision to resign from Mornington Peninsula Shire Council because of “differences” with the CEO is bad timing when there are many newbie councillors (The News 17/3/21). It takes strong fortitude to offset any CEO or managers’ pressure [and] this is where long term sitting councillors come into their own by showing new councillors the ways of council. A council CEO is to guide councillors in their decision making. A council CEO advises and, in some cases, can push the councillors to his or her way of thinking. But, as a former Toowoomba councillor, I know there are the councillors who are not so swayed and stay firm. It generally means the councillors have listened to the managers of various departments and from this information make, as much as they can, the best decisions. Council CEOs, in general, are respected. None of it is easy, but at all times, the councillors must listen to advice, in house and also public opinion. That is one area they ignore at their peril. Anne Kruger, Rye

Whale of a time-waster How many people does it take to remove a dead whale? Apparently a lot, and one has to question the number involved in removing a whale from Safety beach. I counted over 30. Two car loads from forest fire management (what was their involvement?) two car loads from the Department of Environment, Lands Water and Planning, numerous people from Parks Victoria, six traffic control people to manage one driveway when two would have done, a couple of boats, a mobile crane, a bobcat and a truck to cart the whale away. All these people were there for some hours. No wonder our taxes are so high and our state government has a budget deficit. Strangely, I didn’t see any police or the fire brigade. Lee Chapman, Safety Beach

Rushed rescue Did the Prime Minister [Scott Morrison] fully engage with the Australian Tourism Board before he, it seems, a rushed through a rescue package? With the ongoing criticism from many operators around the country one must conclude no. How easily it would have been to fully engage with all the heads of tourism regions and operators? As a former CEO of Tourism Australia and, I believe, head of a tourism authority in New Zealand, you would hope and expect he would be consultative with all in the tourism industry,

which employs many thousands of people, some who are in dire straits. The current package seems to have put plenty of money towards the airline operators but not the grass roots operators in the destinations targeted. Many tourist regions missed out completely. Hopefully, this just an oversight and will be quickly remedied, adding more destinations and money to the many on-the-ground operators. Surely air tickets are only part of the tourist experience? Or is this rushed initiative just typical of this current federal government’s past pandemic initiatives badly targeted? This was evident with the JobKeeper [payment scheme] where hospitality, the arts, universities and overseas students were, in my opinion, sadly and totally overlooked. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Sad day for tennis It is a sad day when the interests of the longterm members of a 100-year-old community tennis club are overridden via a hostile election decided by the use of proxy votes, allegedly with the primary aim of reinstating and continuing the commercial interests of the facility operator (“Tennis club’s head roll in hard ball game” The News 9/3/21). Vale Mornington Tennis Club. Norma Lepp, Mornington

Powering down I am not surprised by the planned early closure, in 2028, of the Yallourn power station which daily produces 1480 megawatts of power. Instead of rebuilding this as a modern, fairly clean central power station the foreign owners have decided to close it; the same fate that befell the Hazelwood power station in 2017. It will be “replaced” by a 350mw battery, output 280mw for four hours until flat. Energy and environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio (conflicting jobs requiring a split personality) boasts that this battery will be the biggest in the world. That’s because no-one else is stupid enough to build such a battery. It has a lifetime of only 15 years, and it would be much more sensible to build a generator, working every day, which will last 60 years. How can you power smelters, steel mills, factories and a city at night off batteries? The “climate emergency” is really an economic policy, as the reality deniers will learn, and just uses the natural cyclic planetary warming as a convenience. The carbon dioxide crisis is a convenient untruth. Carbon dioxide is not a problem. The planet has not heated to disaster point, in fact the cycle seems to be changing, we may be about to run cooler. Solar farms, working mostly off-peak (unwanted) for an annualised average of seven hours a day, are a flop. Electric cars are a flop. Rooftop solar panels, even with overpriced grid electricity are pointless unless subsidised and coupled to an expensive house battery. The only problem we all have is that electricity supply has degenerated into a market, with profiteers running the show for their own benefit. Pure profit is all there is. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Writers of their time When I was very young, I read Dr Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, Milly-Molly-Mandy and Ameliaranne (a very modern young lady) followed by a variety of writers, the principal one being Enid Blyton. At a difficult and sad period of my life (5-13 years of age) this magical woman lifted me out of myself. When I read Mallory Towers, O’Sullivan Twins, Five Find-Outers, the mystery books and Adventure stories, I forgot anything miserable and went into a world of fun, adventure, freedom and real decency, in a “classist” sort of way. Yes, the police constable in the mystery books was a silly fellow, but the inspector was a gentleman. The hero was a boy, politically incorrectly named “Fatty”, but he was clever, good, and revered. In the “Five” books the children would eat scones with jam and “lashings” of cream and they always had blocks of chocolate when they were lost in caves. They had privileged lives as upper class English children in the 1930s and 40s. Some time ago Blyton’s works suffered removal from libraries just as Dr Seuss is now. We should leave the works of writers in the

words and ideas they used in their time; they deserve that respect. From them we can learn how people lived and thought in past generations Mary Lane, Mornington

Jab off track I heard Flinders MP [Greg Hunt] tell Parliament and the Australian public that the [COVID] vaccine program was on track and clinics would start administering the vaccines to those in group 1B from Monday. I phoned my clinic to be told that the vaccines had just arrived but those administering it had to undertake six hours’ training, so they would not be ready to take bookings until after the following week. In addition, I wonder what thought has been given to the impact the vaccine program will have on regular patients. The Prime Minister [Scott Morrison] said the target is for four million doses to be administered by the end of this month, yet according to the minister only 240,000 had been given by 18 March. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

Time for treaty As there are more than 500 tribal areas in Australia a treaty would take some time to develop, so the sooner we begin the better. Self-determination would be the basis of a treaty.Presently, sites of significance to Indigenous people have no protection, so compulsory acquisition laws need to be repealed. A treaty would address these and similar issues. There is no national Indigenous representation in Canberra. Basically, a treaty would ensure that traditional owner groups would have an equal roll in the decision process. Indigenous people are not like us, they use consensus and are good at developing agreements. I don’t understand what citizenship and nonIndigenous ancestry has to do with anything. While everyone has the right to have an opinion, some are irrelevant and from a time most of us want to move on from. Neale Adams, Bittern

First Nations names I wholeheartedly agree with our [Mornington Peninsula Shire] councillors in their aim to refer to our First Nations place names on the peninsula. It is obvious to all that are prepared to look how damaging the influence of the Christian churches and the English state on First Nations society and civilisation has been. If Michelle Smith (“Out of focus” Letters 16/3/21) thinks that this amounts to social engineering, I would suggest she read Dark Emu or The Biggest Estate on Earth and learn a bit of real history of how white invaders have “improved” Australia by a holocaust of the First Nations. It is high time our modern state remedied some of the terrible wrongs done to our First Nations people. Rupert Steiner. Balnarring Beach

Let kangaroos be The News reported: “Fears for the kangaroos’ survival have grown since the state government announced it would lift the number of kangaroos that can be allowed to be killed each year along with allowing them to be killed for human consumption (“Fight to save peninsula’s kangaroos” 8/2/21)”. Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors were asked to ban the killing until scientific research is undertaken justifying the need for this practice and determining the long-term ramifications on our kangaroo population. Particularly, I mind that you might kill the kangaroos that are going about their daily lives and are minding their own business. They don’t know that those apples belong to us because they’re not humans (“Science called in to probe apple-eating kangaroos” The News 9/3/21). So here are two solutions to prevent the kangaroos eating the apples: suggest that farmers put nets over the apple trees and, if that does not work, just put high fences around the orchard. If the kangaroos are eating the grass for the cattle, sheep, horses and lambs, well they have to eat grass because they have no other source of food and it’s their main food supply. I’d just let them be and maybe just put a high fence around the bull, so they don’t charge at the kangaroos. I’m sure other people will also have ideas. Cari Prestia Thompson (9) and my dad Leo Prestia, Capel Sound Western Port News

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The Honour Avenue falls into neglect theirs was a picture and a joy for ever! I apologise for taking the liberty of writing thus.” *** A FORMER stationmaster at Frankston, Mr J. McDonald, has been paying the village a visit, renewing old friendships and making new ones. *** MR W. D. Leckie, the far known Scot, recently visited Frankston and conferred with “a brither Scot,” Mr Milner Macmaster, regarding the prospective Mornington Peninsula Caledonian Society. *** THE late Mrs Eliza Robins, late of Cranbourne has left £3,697, part of which is likely to benefit the Melbourne and Women’s Hospitals. *** THE residents of Carrum are holding bazaars, euchre parties, &c. to assist the blind soldier, Sergt Dudley Newgent, who resides at Carrum. A queen carnival is occasioning great excitement. *** MR and Mrs W. J. Adams who arrived by the Narkunda from England immediately upon arrival enjoyed a motor trip to Frankston and Flinders. Mr and Mrs A. H. Sargood, with Miss Lorna Sargood, of Mornington Road, Frankston, sailed by the Narkunda for England. The oldest son will stay and occupy a stool in the London office of Sargood’s Ltd. Major and Mrs Stewart Balmain, late of Balnarring, sailed, by the same boat. Mrs Lunn, who arrived from England by the Borda to take charge of

Compiled by Cameron McCullough MR Mark Brody (who says he is “not a councillor”) has written to “The Standard”: I am loathe to rush into print, but the circumstances warrant it. It is a crying shame and disgrace the neglected look of that fine double row of trees planted in memory of those brave boys who assisted (and succeeded) in keeping the detestable Hun from our shores (and God help us if they had succeeded). I am more than astonished at the attitude of parents whose sons paid the supreme sacrifice. On looking over the Avenue, one will see several fine ones with an angle of 90 degrees, others twisted and sweeping the ground, whilst quite a number are missing altogether. The whole affair wears a neglected look and bears out the old adage “out of sight, out of mind”and now the glamour of war is over and no chance of much limelight, it is nobody’s business to keep up the memory of our protectors. In other towns not so pretentious as Frankston one notices that where they have made an effort in the same direction the place is well looked after. We have returned men in our midst who would be thankful for a little work, and I would humbly suggest that if no one is responsible some of our old and tried councillors should fall into the breach, as the matter wants attention at once before the windy season is upon us. A Ballarat man was speaking to me last week, and comparing ours and theirs he “smole a smile”, as he said

the Ragged Boys’ Home, Frankston, is the mother of Mrs W. Minton, whose husband is secretary of the Home. Mrs Lunn had charge of the late Dr Barnardo’s first Home for Boys at Brighton, where boys were trained and sent to Canada. She also organised the Crippled Children’s Homes at Birmingham. *** MRS James Grice, of “Moondah,” Frankston, was present at the recent reception held by Mrs George Fairbairn at “Dunraven,” Toorak, in honor of her, daughter, Mrs Stewart Balmain. *** MR William Keast, of Keast Bros (Frankston, Somerville and Hastings) who has been in indifferent health for some time, has left Frankston to reside inland. *** AT the Frankston police court on Monday, 7th March, before Mr. Knight, P.M., and Mr. C. W. Grant J.P., the following cases were dealt with: Clarke v. McKenzie. Adjourned for four weeks. Police v. H. Woodward, neglecting to send child to school. Fined 10/-, in default 3 days. Inspector of Factories v. Malcolm Russell, Chelsea, failing to keep his factory clean — Dismissed on the promise that defendant had already been fined under the Health Act for an offence arising out of the same set of facts at the Cheltenham Court. Borough of Carrum v. L. J. Dodd, J. McIvoy and 20 other defendants, all residing within the Borough of Carrum, for allowing stock to stray. Mr. Williams, who appeared to

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Defendant said on the morning in question he and Francis were the only two fishermen with trout. A boy told him that an old man had taken trout out of a box on the pier. He admitted calling McLeod a thief and a rogue and threatened to prosecute him for theft. Cross-examined by Mr. Sharp, witness was not acting on supposition. He did not know where McLeod’s boat was now. He heard it was missing. Mr. Sharp: You have a weakness for suspecting people. Some time ago you suspected a man in the town of being a German. Mr. Rostron objected to this line of cross-examination, and instructed witness not to answer certain other questions. Frank Francis supported the statement that he and Connal were the only two fishermen with trout on the morning in question. He was sleeping on the pier to catch complainant. E. Burton said he saw trout in complainant’s basket on the morning referred to. To Mr. Sharp: He knew nothing about a herring being drawn across the trail. Had never heard of it. (Laughter.) Re-examined, witness had never been in court before. Burton had told him to get bait from his boat when he wanted it. Witness was a married man with a family. The Bench dismissed the case, each party to pay their own costs. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 18 March 1921

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Gift keeps on giving after third running By Brosnan Kelly

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SATURDAY 13 March saw the third running of the Hastings Gift carnival. After a tough and trying 2020, not even saturating conditions could deter athletes from around the country from flocking to the Thomas Barclay Oval for a display of competitive professional athletics.

"We would like to thank our sponsors Mornington Peninsula Shire, AGL, Port of Hastings Development Authority, Tuckett Tyrepower Hastings, Jack Engineering P/L, Westernport Innate Chiropractic and Peninsula Heating, Cooling & Electrical for their continued support," said event organiser, Terry Kelly. The Hastings Gift is organised by a local community based group, ‘Pen-

insula Athletics Association Incorporated’. The event was initiated in 2018 to raise awareness of Hastings and attract tourism to the Western Port and the Mornington Peninsula areas, as well as aiding in the continuity of the richly historic sport of Professional Athletics. The AGL Hastings Women’s Gift was run and won by a young, yet seasoned professional in Hanna Duynhoven in a

time of 14.71 seconds. The AGL Hastings Men’s Gift was taken out by another regular professional athlete Matt Burleigh in 13.01 seconds. Both of these athletes are regular competitors in the Victorian Athletic League and will be incredibly entertaining and eagerly anticipated at this year’s Stawell Easter Gift. In its first two years The Hastings Gift has already produced two winning

athletes in a Stawell Gift final, in Dhruv Rodriguez Chico (2018 Men’ Gift) and Sophia Fighera (2019 Women’s Gift). A healthy omen for these two stellar performing athletes in 2021. "We wish Hanna and Matt a great rest of the season and best of luck, as well as all competitors on the day," said Mr Kelly.

Heart scare for Swayn By Brodie Cowburn

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PINES coach Paddy Swayn is on the mend after a medical scare. Swayn was taken to Frankston Hospital for emergency pacemaker surgery after suffering from a “cardiac episode at home”, Peninsula Health says. Swayn said “on behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank the Ambulance Victoria staff, and all the nurses and doctors at Peninsula Health

Over 50 not out: The winning Peninsula Veterans Over 50s Cricket team. Picture: Supplied

Veterans win first flag By Steve Taylor

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PENINSULA Veterans Over 50s Cricket team capped off an exciting first year by defeating Garfield/Tynong in their grand final at Frankston on Sunday 21 March. Batting first the peninsula team scored 3/223 in their 40 overs. Henry Dolphin, Chris Lanting and Al Davie all retired at the compulsory 40 runs. They were backed up by Brendon Gardner, 18, David Martin, 26, John Harrison, 23 not out and

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Brian Parton, 17 not out. In reply Garfield only managed 97 with all bowlers playing their part backed by some excellent fielding. John Harrison, 1/11, and Craig Burch, 2/25, took early wickets and Jason Nagel starred with the great figures of 4/5. The win capped a great season and David Martin and his team are looking forward to bigger challenges next year when they defend their title. Veterans’ cricket is expanding rapidly and the peninsula boys loved the chance to compete in this new competition.

for their professionalism and level of care.” “Everyone ensured I was safe and quickly on that road to recovery, all the while keeping my wife informed during some difficult hours. I feel extremely fortunate to live in a state that has such a great level of medical knowledge, resources and care for its citizens,” the 2018 MPNFL premiership coach said. Pines’ season is due to kick off against Frankston YCW under lights at Frankston Park on 9 April.


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Langwarrin’s 10 men walk tall SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie AN OUTSTANDING defensive display from Langwarrin underpinned its spirited 2-1 win over Manningham United Blues in their NPL2 clash at Lawton Park on Saturday. The home team had just gone 2-0 up in the first half when left back Jaiden Madafferi was sent off in controversial circumstances. Langy was in rampant mood early on and within three minutes Tom Youngs had sent Sammy Orritt clear on the left. Orritt’s composed finish gave advancing Manningham keeper Stefan Taleski no chance. Straight from the restart Langy keeper Fraser Maclaren was forced to spread himself and block Franc Carafa’s attempt with a leg. Damir Stoilovic broke on the left in the 28th minute and his low firmly hit cross to the far post would have set up Orritt but Manningham left back Dylan Bresolin got there first only to turn the ball into his own net. At this stage it looked as if Langy could run away with the contest but before the restart Madafferi had got in the face of an opponent who claimed he was punched. Referee Aleksandar Liber consulted with his young assistants then sent off Madafferi to the bemused reaction of many spectators and the shared bewilderment of the player and the Langwarrin bench. This changed the direction of the contest especially in the

Civic reception: The matchday squad that earned Mount Martha a point in its first ever league game at Civic Reserve last weekend. Picture: Gordon Poole

second half but Manningham hadn’t counted on a disciplined and concerted effort by every Langy player to pressure the ball and close down opponents particularly inside Langy’s defensive half. Manningham’s only effective response came via a Billy Romas free kick in the 68th minute and for the last 10 minutes home team fans cheered every challenge and every effort to keep the visitors at bay. Mornington kicked off its State 1 campaign with a comefrom-behind win at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday. South Springvale led with a converted penalty from Thomas Simos in the 41st minute but a Josh Hine penalty three minutes into the second half made it 1-1 and star striker Milos Lujic got the winner in the 88th minute.

A stunning reaction save from Taylor Davidson in injury time secured the points for the home side. In State 2 Peninsula Strikers lost 2-1 away to Mooroolbark on Saturday while Skye United won 4-0 against North Caulfield at Knox Regional Football Centre on Sunday night. Strikers led at half-time through a Ben Doree goal in the 16th minute but Ross Clark equalised in the 70th minute and Liam Seaye’s winner came from the penalty spot with five minutes of normal time remaining. Big Caleb Nicholes gave Skye a 1-0 half-time lead and doubled his tally in the 61st minute before Skye captain Marcus Collier and Mitch Blake scored in the last 20 minutes to seal the deal. Frankston Pines started what

The Wizard works his magic at Mornington HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou WESTERN Australian jockey William Pike demonstrated his prowess in the saddle on Mornington Cup day on Saturday 20 March claiming four of the nine races on the card. Coming off the back of a dominant victory in the Group One William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night, William ‘The Wizard’ Pike continued on his winning ways at Mornington to win both of the feature races, the Listed Mornington Cup and Listed Hareeba Stakes, among others. Celebrating his birthday on the same day, Pike kicked off the winning run aboard the Andrew Noblet-trained Ginger Jones to lead all of the way in the Mornington Peninsula News Group Handicap (1200m). Pike then teamed up with Western Australian-based trainers Sean and Jake Casey to win the three-year-old Quayclean Mornington Guineas with the promising Dom To Shoot. They combined again in the Neds Hareeba Stakes (1200m) as Laverrod rattled home to overrun the heavily-supported Phillip Stokes-trained Ancestry. Splitting the two victories, Pike saluted aboard the

Four-timer: Jockey William ‘The Wizard’ Pike wins his fourth race on Mornington Cup day. Picture: Supplied

Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Mount Popa in the $350,000 Listed Neds Mornington Cup (2400m) with a masterful front-running ride. The arrogant three-length victory provided Mount Popa with a ‘golden ticket’ into the Group One Caulfield Cup in the Spring. Following the remarkable four-peat jockey William Pike said he’d be celebrating with a calm night in. “A cup of tea and a block of chocolate and that’s about it,” William Pike said post-race. As for the exciting stayer Mount Popa, Pike said he could feel his talent as soon as he stepped out onto the track. “The moment I cantered off on him in his prelim I knew I had a serious horse underneath me. They just have the suspen-

sion, they have that feel,” he said. “I was a little concerned when I lobbed in front. I was hoping to get cover and hoping to have something to follow but I think he was too good so it didn’t matter. At the end of the day he feels pretty nice and he was too good today.” Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said the Caulfield Cup contender will now head to the paddock on a high. “It was beautiful to watch at least from where I was,” Hawkes said following the Cup victory. “He only had one run left in him and that was today so it all worked out perfectly. It’s a long time to the spring now so they can have a good spell now these horses.”

the second half Luke Grant put Daniel Fernandes through and he calmly slotted it past Lumani to make it 2-0. Charlie O’Connell, Josh Wood and Jack Buttery are expected to come into the matchday squad for Baxter’s home clash with FC Noble Hurricanes this weekend. Wood is expected to sign this week and is a former Altona Magic, Southern Stars, Strikers and Pines player who can be used in a wide right position or in behind the central striker. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford United and Endeavour United shared the points at North Seaford Reserve on Saturday. There were only two goals in this contest but there could have been many more. Dylan Waugh broke into a one on one and finished well to put Seaford ahead but a controversial equaliser in the 37th minute was the contest’s main talking point. Seaford coach Peter Schwellinger claims that the visitor’s linesman (no official linesmen were supplied) was well behind play when a cross bounced on top of the Seaford crossbar and was headed on the rebound by Endeavour’s Maqsod Mansuri. “Their linesman was well behind the play and signalled for a goal even though the ball did not even touch the line with two of our defenders and our keeper behind the ball yet the referee awarded a goal,” Schwellinger said. Endeavour had the better of the second half but couldn’t grab the winner. Seaford was without Tom Hogan due to a groin injury and Adam Martin and Waugh had to come off in the second half. Tristan Stass was back and had a fine game as did young Mitch Hawkins. Somerville Eagles had a

it hopes to be a successful State 3 campaign with a 2-0 win at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve against Brighton on Saturday evening. The visitors’ confidence was sky high after pushing Langwarrin the previous week in an FFA Cup tie but Pines bossed much of this contest and took the lead when Pines midfielder Savenaca Baledrokadroka was involved in a slick interpassing exchange and finished it off by stroking the ball past advancing Brighton keeper Gabriel Alfaro in the 35th minute. Baledrokadroka played a pivotal role in the second goal in the 92nd minute when he chested down on the right then turned and struck a low ball across the face of goal for substitute Kevin Brown who finished from close range. In State 4 Chelsea celebrated its new lights at Edithvale Recreation Reserve on Friday with a thumping 5-1 win over FC Noble Hurricanes. Max Timuska-Carr and Dylan Scott gave Chelsea a 2-0 half-time lead and although Anthony Tang made it 2-1 seven minutes into the second half Piers Brelsford restored the two-goal cushion and late goals to William Ong and TimuskaCarr sent the home team to the top of the league table. An undermanned Baxter outfit beat Dandenong South 2-0 at Baxter Park on Saturday. Ben Meiklem capped an excellent run down the left in the 15th minute when he chipped Dandy South keeper Eroll Lumani and four minutes into

bye but will play their league opener against Seaford this weekend. In State 5 Rosebud drew 2-2 at Olympic Park against South East United, Mount Martha drew 2-2 with White Star Dandenong at Civic Reserve while the Knox United clash with Aspendale Stingrays was postponed. Aspendale claimed that once Knox indicated it did not have a ground available the local side offered to host the fixture but Knox refused. Seven minutes into Rosebud’s game defender Owen McDougall fell awkwardly and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone. Chris Parry was fouled by South East United keeper Nicholas Ambor in the 18th minute and Rosebud playercoach Mark Pagliarulo converted from the spot. Munib Mohamed levelled for the visitors in the 35th minute but three minutes later Stef Papaluca sent Parry through to put the home side 2-1 up. Parry hit the bar twice in the second half but the points were shared thanks to a Denis Karac penalty in the 79th minute. Mount Martha led White Star 1-0 at the interval through a Tom Faska goal in the 18th minute but the visitors took a 2-1 lead in the second period only for a Kiel Burich penalty in the 81st minute to earn a share of the spoils. This weekend’s round 2 fixtures: FRIDAY, 8.30pm: Frankston Pines v Elwood City (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve). SATURDAY, 3pm: Langwarrin v Northcote City (Lawton Park), Warragul Utd v Mornington (Trafalgar Recreation Reserve), Peninsula Strikers v Doncaster Rovers (Centenary Park), Old Scotch v Skye Utd (HA Smith Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Seaford Utd (Tyabb Central Reserve), Baxter v FC Noble Hurricanes (Baxter Park), Endeavour Utd v Chelsea (Reema Reserve), South East Utd v Aspendale Stingrays (WJ Turner Reserve), Bunyip District v Mount Martha (Bunyip Recreation Reserve). SATURDAY, 8.30pm: Rosebud v Hampton Park Utd (Olympic Park).

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