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Ramp ready for launching Out to launch: Fishing and boating minister Melissa Horne, left front, and new Cerberus Ward councillor Lisa Dixon opened the Hastings boat ramp last week. At the opening were Simpson Constructions’ Edan Crohan, Tam Garrecht and Tom Simpson (orange safety vests) and shire staffers David Fice, Chris Lyne and Derek Rotter, Picture: Supplied

THE first stage the $1.6 million Hastings boat ramp upgrade has been completed despite teething problems which included the collapse of the watertight four-metre-high “coffer dam” in September. The steel wall, erected to create a dry area for workers building the ramp’s outer base, collapsed under the weight of higher-thanexpect tides causing delays in completing the four-lane ramp which is potentially the busiest on Western Port (“Wall collapse leaves fishers high and dry” The News 22/9/20). Construction crews then had to work overtime to get the ramp ready to open last week – midway through the snapper season. Fishing and Boating Minister Melissa Horne and new Cerberus Ward councillor Lisa Dixon opened the 40-metre-long ramp which extends further into the bay than the one it replaced. Dredging is scheduled for mid-next year as part of the ramps’ second stage. The government says its Better Boating Fund will re-spend the $31 million collected each year from marine licences and registrations on recreational boating. Boaters are invited to contribute to the Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy which will determine the areas of recreational boating to benefit. Visit: getinvolved.transport.vic.gov.au/ rec-boating-strategy Stephen Taylor

PAC leader doubts shire ‘evidence’ Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE president of Peninsula Aero Club Jack Vevers has questioned the existence of a report written following a legal investigation into the operations of Tyabb airfield. Calling it “the mythical QC report”, Mr Vevers said the report - commissioned by Mornington Peninsula Shire - did not seem to have “delivered any silver bullets” for the shire in two cases heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

He said the shire had been forced to “concede” the cases “at great expense to ratepayers”. Cases heard this year included a Sunday morning ban on aircraft using the airfield to protect parishioners at a church that no longer exists and allowing the repositioning of a shed. Mr Vevers cast doubts on the Queen’s Counsel’s report in a post made to the Mornington Peninsula News Group’s Facebook page in the wake of an article which quoted an email he sent inviting newly elected shire councillors to the airfield (“Aero club tries to short circuit VCAT” The News 16/11/20).

The shire’s planning and building director David Bergin said on Friday that legal advice had been sought in March 2019 from a QC about the key planning permits for the Tyabb Authorised Landing Ground. The advice had been received in late 2019, and councillors were briefed “to provide greater clarity about the interpretation of the conditions within the permits”. Mr Bergin said the legal advice was not made public as it was protected by “client legal privilege”. Any dispute about conditions “will be ongoing within the Tyabb commu-

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nity until a formal decision is provided by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal or other judicial body”. The VCAT is scheduled to begin its hearing in April. In his Facebook post Mr Vevers said no one seemed to have seen the QC’s report and “I'm not sure it even exist (sic), or it so secret no one has the security clearance to read it”. After receiving the QC’s report, the shire issued an order in June 2019 which virtually shut down the airport and its ancillary businesses. The businesses were later told they could resume work, but that “necessary” per-

mits would be required. “I say the shire's enforcement case in baseless, as all of these claims of ‘no permits’ seem to be failing as they have no evidence to support their claims,” Mr Vevers stated on Facebook. “PAC have all of our permits and [is] happy to share these at the proposed meeting with councillors [last Sunday 22 November]. Why on earth shouldn't the councillors engage when the aero club is trying to stop this waste of ratepayers money and find a way to stop this nonsense?” Continued Page 10

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First-time councillor wins top job Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au DESPI O’Connor won a seat on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council at last month’s local government elections and last week was elected mayor. The Briars Ward councillor is among eight newcomers on the 11-member council: Steve Holland and Anthony Marsh (also Briars Ward), Sarah Race (Nepean), Lisa Dixon (Cerberus), Kerri McCafferty and Debra Mar (Seawinds) and Paul Mercurio (Watson). They join re-elected councillors Hugh Fraser (Nepean), David Gill (Red Hill) and Antonella Celi (Seawinds). Cr Race was elected deputy mayor. Eight former councillors from the 2016-20 cohort: Simon Brooks, Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Sam Hearn, Frank Martin, Julie Morris, Bryan Payne and Kate Roper, were farewelled at the 16 November annual meeting. Cr O’Connor, a teacher, will receive a $100,434 annual allowance and fully-maintained car. Her colleagues will receive a $31,444 allowance. The mayoral vote could indicate a change of direction for the council. Cr O’Connor beat former mayor Cr Celi six votes to four thanks to support from members of the new breed in Crs Marsh, Race, Dixon, Mercurio and McCafferty. Cr Celi was supported by Crs Gill, Holland and Mar. In her acceptance speech Cr O’Connor said she intended to lead the community with advocacy, inclusion, compassion and empathy. “I’d like to thank all the councillors who sit before me for trusting me in this role,” she said. “It’s taken a lot of courage to stand here and I appreciate the support from within the group. This is not a small job. “I promise to be true to the community as we move forward from what can only be described as a tumultuous year. “This is a wonderful municipality and I look forward to building strong, positive and productive working relationships with the broader community, the other councillors and shire staff.” Shire CEO John Baker said: “I’m delighted to officially welcome our new councillors and look forward to working with them to fulfil the community’s vision for the peninsula.”

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s new mayor, Despi O’Connor. Picture: Yanni

Better parking sought MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is drawing up plans to improve car parking at Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud. Input has been invited from residents, businesses, schools and hospitals. The plans will aim to improve the “liveability and connectivity” of the shire’s three largest towns and provide better access to parking. Anticipated changes, such as population growth, will also be factored in. Community consultation closes 20 December. To have a say online visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/ parkingprecinctplans. For hard copy forms call the shire’s customer service 1300 850 600. To take part in information sessions via Zoom visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/parkingprecinctplans. The sessions are being held at Mornington, 5.30-6pm, 25 November; Rosebud, 5.30-6pm, 26 November and Hastings, 5.30-6pm, 30 November.

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New mayor wants others ‘to be heard’ NEW Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Despi O’Connor, a teacher at Mount Martha Primary School, has had a long involvement in community activities. These take in lifesaving, basketball, kinder committees and school councils, as well as care for the environment at Hopetoun Norfolk Flora and Fauna Reserve. The first time councillor knows a little about the job from her time as a staff mem-

ber at the Shire of Baw Baw. Asked what she hoped to achieve as a mayor and councillor, Cr O’Connor said she aimed to “ensure people are listened to”. “I don’t have any particular points of interest,” she said. “I want to be there for other people; to be a conduit to ensure their views are listened to.”

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ACTING on a tip off police raided a Hastings house and allegedly found a large quantity of various drugs of dependence, steroids, and a “substantial” amount of cash. Hastings police, alongside members of the Dog Squad, including a Passive Alert Dog (PAD dog), raided the house in the early hours of Friday 13 November. A 25-year-old Hastings man was charged with 15 counts, including trafficking a drug of dependence, possessing a drug of dependence, and possessing the proceeds of crime. He was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ court on 10 August 2021. Senior Sergeant Warren Francis-Pester said the permanent Operation Miscreant was “intelligence-driven from the local community to deal with local issues”. “There are enormous amounts of evidence of the harm and destruction that the use, possession, and trafficking of illicit drugs do to persons, families, sporting teams and the overall community,” he said. “The location by Hastings police of substantial amounts of drugs and money indicates that the suspect has been very active in drug dealing within the Hastings area. “These efforts by Hastings police will cause a substantial interruption to this type of criminal offending.”

CONSIDERATION of charges against a business allegedly operating as a restaurant contrary to the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme have been delayed until at least next February next. A mention hearing of the charges brought against the Green Olive at Red Hill by Mornington Peninsula Shire were deferred in Dromana Court last week. The charges relate to the alleged use of the land for a “restaurant” and development of the land contrary to the planning scheme and approved permits. The charges were filed with the court in December 2019, more than four years after a report about shire councillors being urged by local laws officers to seek an enforcement order through the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) against the Green Olive of Red Hill for not complying with its operating permit (“‘Restaurant’ disappears as shire steps in” The News 29/6/15). The Green Olive was on a 10 hectare block while under the planning regulations no restaurant can operate on land under 40 hectares. Within days of The News publishing details of the confidential briefing to councillors the word “restaurant” had been replaced by “farmshop” on the Green Olive and visitmorningtonpeninsula websites. In 2008, owners Sue and Greg O’Donohue were granted a permit for “primary produce sales” and “manufacturing sales” after presenting plans that showed a small sales counter and tasting area in an existing shed. Council officers said Green Olive had “a substantive menu of food and drink” prepared by two chefs in a commercial-sized kitchen served in an area equipped with 80 chairs. In June 2015 Mr O’Donohue told The News that he and his wife did not run a restaurant.”

Charges follow fatal crash A HASTINGS man has been charged with serious driving offences over a fatal crash at Somerville, Sunday 15 November. This follows the death of a 23-year-old Reservoir woman who was a passenger in a car which left Jones Road and crashed into a tree, 9.55pm. She died at the scene. The driver and another passenger were taken to hospital with injuries. Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives on Saturday charged the 25-year-old with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death,

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Home among the gum trees BALNARRING conservationist Belinda Eden received some “lovely news” over the weekend. “On Saturday [we had our] first report of a koala joey,” she said. “We haven’t seen one since we’ve been here so it’s really encouraging.” Ms Eden said the joey would not have been long out of its mother’s pouch and was probably about six-seven months old. “Once conceived, it is about 35 days until the birth of the joey,” she said. “The joey then makes its way unaided from the birth canal to the pouch where it stays for the next six-seven months. “If mum doesn’t reproduce, the young koala will stay with mum longer, otherwise they leave and try to establish their own home range.” Ms Eden described Balnarring as a special place that should be protected so it does not become overdeveloped or lose the habitat that is home to many species of precious wildlife (“Koalas get help from a friend” The News 10/11/20). “When we moved here I felt a real responsibility to get involved and make it a priority to be informed about environmental issues,” she said. “My passion has obviously leaned towards issues impacting koalas.” She said her story in The News had generated a “really positive response from people I’ve met, and it’s certainly assisted in drumming up conversation about koalas and their plight.” Those interested in helping should retain mature gum trees and build “koalafriendly” fences that allow them to move between food sources. “We as a community need to act now by planting trees,” Ms Eden said. “The more, the better. All these little changes will ultimately make a big difference.” Stephen Taylor

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Welcome addition: Koala and joey on high. Picture: Brian Thomas


Urgent bid to change 150-year protocol ANTHONY Marsh (pictured) this week seemed destined to make an early impression as a councillor by proposing that Mornington Peninsula Shire drop the prayer that has preceded meetings since the start of local government on the peninsula. Scrapping the prayer is not new to local government, with Mount Alexander Shire Council dispensing with it in 2013 and Kerang in 2016, but Cr Marsh’s decision to introduce the subject as urgent business at Monday’s council meeting was likely to be challenged. A prayer has been part of council meetings since local government was established on the peninsula with the formation of the Shire of Mornington nearly 150 years ago. In an email to other councillors, Cr Marsh acknowledged he ran the risk of “being controversial in my first 48 hours in the role” [as a councillor] but saw the new council’s first meeting as the “most appropriate time” to advocate dropping the prayer. He said introducing the subject as “urgent business” was the only way of getting it on the agenda at short notice. “I assure you that I will not make a habit of raising items of urgent business in place of a notice of motion in order to short circuit the fiveday requirement, but I deem it appropriate in this instance,” Cr Marsh said. He said it was worth noting that the “vast majority of us” had opted not to take the Oath when being sworn in as councillors. The latest Census shows 70 per cent of the shire’s 167,636 (estimated) residents class themselves as being Christian.

The next largest group those with no religion or secular beliefs (21.4%), non-disclosed religious affiliation (4.5%), Buddhism (2.1%), Hindu (1.7%) and Islam (1.4%). Cr Hugh Fraser said the move by Cr Marsh “looks like the strength and discipline of the new faction on council is being tested”. When contacted by the Peninsula Atheists in the lead-up to the 2012 council elections Cr Fraser said he was against removing the prayer from council meetings. In his email to councillors Cr Marsh said he respected the freedom for people to practice religion but saying a prayer before council meetings was not in the “interests of inclusivity”. Dropping the prayer would acknowledge that councillors “represent a broad and diverse community”. “Additionally, as this is a recommendation to alter the meeting procedure to be more inclusive, it is reasonable to consider this matter immediately rather than defer it.” Keith Platt

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Is your property prepared for heavy rain and storms? This 2020/21 spring/summer, Australia is experiencing a La Niña event with wetter than normal conditions expected across eastern and northern Australia. In the event of La Niña taking place there will be high velocity storms, frequent heavy rain and heavier stormwater runoff. We’re encouraging Peninsula residents to revisit/create your emergency plan and prepare your property in advance.

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Taking a balcony ARMY veteran Alan Moore and his friends at Corowa Court, Mornington, are gearing up to celebrate his centenary on Friday 20 November. It’s an occasion to be cherished by this genial contributor who notched up a solid record of service during WWII, as a long-term Frankston Rotarian, as 2019 Victorian senior of the year as well as receiving awards for 40 years of volunteer service at the Anglicare Mount Eliza Op Shop. Born and raised in Camberwell, Mr Moore

was in his final year at school when war was declared in 1939. After working at odd jobs, he enlisted and fought with the AIF 39th Battalion against the Japanese in New Guinea, on the infamous Kokoda Track. Returning home, he sought out his former girlfriend with a view to getting married only to find “she’d met someone else and was gone”. “That turned out to be lucky, because then I met the love of my life, Joan, and we had two beautiful daughters,” Mr Moore said.

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Local campaign calls for respect for older women MARG D’Arcy has a burning passion that cannot be extinguished. Decades since she first worked in a refuge for women and children escaping family violence, Marg is no less passionate about advocating for a society free from violence. Having moved to the Peninsula last year following the passing of her husband, Marg has quickly developed a strong local connection. “I love the Peninsula. It gives me the open space I crave – perfect for establishing my garden, reading and taking long walks along the beach with my dog, not to mention discovering the region’s wineries! I have also become a member of the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) – a group of thoughtful and strong women and men who advocate for the rights of older people in the community.” Through her involvement in PACE, Marg joined the Respecting Seniors Network - a growing movement of individuals and organisations in the Frankston and Mornington peninsula area working to create the change required to end family violence and elder abuse. Of course, this is right up Marg’s alley, having recently retired from her career spanning three decades advocating for improvements in the criminal justice and social service systems to better support women experiencing violence. “But, prevention is better than cure” says Marg, which is why, this year for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, Marg and the Respecting Seniors Network is raising awareness of the hidden issue of older women experiencing abuse from their partner or spouse. Abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/or neglect. The Respect Older Women – Our Response Starts Now campaign calls upon our community to reflect on respect for older women and call out violence experienced by older women within their intimate partner relationships. Marg explains: “We’re challenging the notion that our mothers and

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grandmothers are all happily and safely living free from family violence. Older women experience family violence, just as younger women do. There is no excuse for disrespect and violence against older women.” If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821. If you are in danger, call 000.

Doubt cast over legal advice Continued from Page 1 Cr Hugh Fraser, a barrister, told The News that he believed all “contentious issues” involving the airfield could have been resolved through mediation, using barristers and “top legal representation” following an exchange of written points of claim, defence and reply” (“Mayor’s vote vital to success of council’s ‘dominant’ faction” Letters Page 9). Melissa Goffin, one of four unsuccessful candidates for Red Hill Ward (won for the second consecutive election by David Gill) has criticised The News, saying the article about PAC’s invitation to councillors continued the “narrative of aero club conspiracy and attempting to intimidate councillors from community engagement with this club”. On her Facebook page Ms Goffin identifies herself as being a “Mornington Peninsula community and business advocate”, also criticised Cr Steve Holland for “wanting to hear from shire officers” before deciding whether to accept Mr Vevers’ invitation to the airfield. “No business or community member is unworthy of our councillors’ time and consideration. No matter - particularly not one that costs our ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars - should be off limits for them to consider and all stakeholders should have a voice within that process,” Ms Goffin stated. The mayor, Cr Despi O’Connor told The News last week that she was interested in visiting the airfield but would first speak with shire CEO John Baker. “If it is appropriate to go I will, but it has not come up in discussion,” Cr O’Connor said.

While she had not encouraged other councillors to attend “other people may be thinking along the same lines [as me]”. Cr Holland said his “gut feeling” was not to accept Mr Vevers’ invitation to visit the airfield on Sunday. He said the previous councillors had been unanimous when voting to take the PAC to VCAT over operations at the airfield. Cr Paul Mercurio, who has urged councillors to go the airfield, was one of five council candidates who signed a petition calling on the state government to reject changes to planning regulations affecting Tyabb Airfield (“Pro-airfield candidates want state to act” The News 5/10/20). The petition claims the changes wanted by the shire will force “unworkable and invalid operating restrictions” at the airfield. “These amendments will cause significant limitations to flying and maintenance operations, leading to closure of businesses and loss of jobs,” the petition states. Cr Mercurio was the only one of the five candidates to be elected.

Fusion’s Christmas FUSION Mornington Peninsula launched its annual Christmas Appeal last week. The charity hopes to raise $20,000 to provide safety, support and hope for people in need. Donations can be made through fusiondonate.gofundraise.com.au with the message: Fusion Mornington. Donors can drop into the Optus Store at Mornington and select a gift from the Giving Tree to support a young person this Christmas.


Beach a hotspot for trouble Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MOUNT Martha beach has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour with 300-400 youths reportedly running amok on Melbourne Cup Eve, Monday 2 November. Detective Senior Sergeant Alex Montgomery, of Somerville CIU, said the youths lit bonfires, damaged bathing boxes and “generally caused trouble”. Three nights earlier three men, 19 and 20, were bashed with a timber paling and had their jackets stolen while sitting on the beach near Mount Martha lifesaving club. Police believe the crowds are being drawn to Mount Martha through social media. “They are posting the gatherings – or gaths – on social media and it seems that Mount Martha is the place to meet up,” Detective Montgomery said. “We think they are mainly coming from Frankston to cause trouble and, of course, the local youths go there, too. “The beach seems to be a hotspot this summer.” A Mornington police car was damaged in the Cup Eve mayhem. Acting Senior Sergeant Deanne Williams said police had reported 100-150 young people, aged 15-17, near their car around 9pm. She said “numerous bottles” were thrown causing damage to the car. A 15-year-old, of Mount Martha, was arrested and charged with criminal damage and stating a false name. He was later released and was expected to be charged on summons.

“The issue seems to be that the young people are coming out of lockdown and are letting their hair down and getting carried away,” Acting Senior Sergeant Williams said. Large numbers of youngsters are again taking the plunge at The Pillars, walking sometimes three abreast along The Esplanade between beaches. The men who were bashed on the Friday night came from Mount Martha, Mornington and Hastings. Detective Montgomery said the men - two 19 year olds and a 20-year-old - were sitting on the beach near the lifesaving club at 10.25pm when approached by four men and a woman. The four men ordered one of the three to hand over his jacket and, when this demand was refused, one of the attackers grabbed a loose beach box paling and began hitting him to the head and body. The two other victims were also hit and punched and they, too, were ordered to hand over their jackets. All three gave in after suffering extensive bruising and abrasions. One of the injured was taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital and the others taken there by their parents. Detective Montgomery said he believed the offenders were from the Frankston area. He said two were described as having short brown hair, New Zealand accents, wearing a hoodies, face masks and scarves; the other wearing a black puffer jacket, black hoodie and baseball cap. “There were lots of people on the beach that night and we are seeking witnesses,” he said. “This is a case of armed robbery after a demand for property using a weapon.”

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POST-LOCKDOWN PICTURES MASKS are about to take a lower profile outdoors (but not if social distancing is difficult) along with the introduction of new rules lifting limits on the number of people allowed to associate together indoors and outdoors. But as most of this week’s crop of postlockdown pictures suggest, there is nothing that captures attention and appreciation like natural features that can be enjoyed alone. Ian Filby (1) saw beauty and awe from Mornington as a thunder storm rumbled its way up Port Phillip. Glenys Slade (2) reminded us of a much darker episode with the tribute to murdered Hastings jeweller Dermott O’Toole. Steve Howard (3) appreciated Mornington Harbour from John-Rowell Lane, while Marilyn Davy ended her day with a stroll along Rye beach.

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We can thank founding director Alan McCulloch for starting this collection and for having the vision for a purpose-built public art gallery on the Mornington Peninsula. MPRG is for our whole community – a shared experience for us all to enjoy. It’s a place where we can meet a friend, bring the kids or a grandparent, and reflect on this very special region where we live.

MPRG: FIFTY, an exhibition that celebrates the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s fabulous collection of artworks, ends this Sunday 29 November. Founded in 1969 by Alan McCulloch, the Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, as it was then known, acquired its first artwork in 1970. Over the past 50 years the Collection has grown to include over 1800 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The MPRG Collection focuses on the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula, a haven for artists since the 1850s. Many of Australia’s best-known artists have captured the region’s unique scenery and these works are featured in the Collection. Newly built collection rooms take visitors on a journey through historical and contemporary representations of the Mornington Peninsula. Focus displays explore Australian Women printmakers from the late 1970s and early 1980s

along with a series of works that ruminate on the repetitive nature of automatic drawing and stream of consciousness narratives. MPRG: FIFTY features over 100 artworks including much loved favourites by artists such as Charles Blackman, Margaret Preston, Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley, Jess Johnson and more. You can also find out more about the history of the gallery, in a major publication featuring two key historical essays by Susan McCulloch OAM, Adjunct Professor, College of Design & Social Context, RMIT and daughter of founding Director Alan McCulloch and former MPRG Senior Curator, Rodney James. The publication features over 70 works of art with statements written by current staff, former staff and artists represented in the collection. Book your free timed-entry ticket through the MPRG website at mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au

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LAST WEEK! ENDS 29 NOVEMBER MPRG: FIFTY celebrates the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s 50th anniversary with a large-scale exhibition and new publication that highlights the development and growth of this significant collection.

‘MPRG: FIFTY’ ends on the 29 November and our upcoming summer blockbuster exhibition, the 2020 National Works on Paper prize, opens to the public on Saturday 5 December. Book your free timed-entry tickets from our website and visit our website or follow us on social media to find out more about upcoming exhibitions, online events, children’s programs and more. Stay inspired,

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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

Mayor’s vote vital to success of council’s ‘dominant’ faction The recent vote for a new [Mornington Peninsula Shire] mayor demonstrated that there is a new dominant faction in council determined to abort the litigation commenced by council in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to resolve the contentious issues over the use of the Tyabb airfield (“Aero club tries to short circuit VCAT” The News 16/11/20). To achieve this, a thicket of conflict of interest and perception of bias issues will need to be navigated, after which the casting vote of the new mayor [Cr Despi O’Connor] may well prove decisive. I offered an independent professionally structured meditated alternative to the VCAT litigation - which obviously now has been rejected. Hugh Fraser, Nepean Ward councillor Editor: The conflict between Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Peninsula Aero Club over operations at the Tyabb Airfield is set for a hearing by the Victorian Administrative Tribunal next April. See “PAC leader doubts shire ‘evidence” Page 5.

A flying start [Watson Ward] councillor Paul Mercurio did not waste any time in getting his personal agenda squarely on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s radar, by urging councillors to attend a meeting with the Peninsula Aero Club to discuss its planningrelated issues with the shire, even before the councillors had been sworn into office (“Aero club tries to short circuit VCAT” The News 16/11/20). Talk about pro-activeness. However, you have to wonder how Cr Mercurio will fill in the next 47 months of this council term if he was to get the matter resolved before Christmas? But does Cr Mercurio have a problem with pushing this position given that, by his comments, he has displayed a favourable bias toward the PAC which, acting reasonably, could place him in potential conflict with his oath of office obligations to represent the best interests of the people of the shire? Saving ratepayers money on legal fees is an honourable, noble pursuit, but perhaps not at the expense of maintaining probity and prudent standards? Perhaps if Cr Mercurio continues to act in a unilateral way, he may well find that as between him and his fellow councillors, there is very little “Love Is In The Air”. Ian Bennett, Fingal

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Needing to buy a stamp at the post office in lower Main Street, Mornington last Tuesday, I couldn’t help noticing that there was hardly anybody about. A few people seated here and there, a few outside the pub with a too-noisy band playing decomposed music, none at all in the cafe opposite the pub which usually has a few customers within or outside on the footpath obstructing most of the passing pedestrian traffic. A few shops displaying their wares outside, but hardly a potential customer anywhere. What was the point in erecting barricades to bar cars from the street on weekdays? Less business? Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Mall a problem Visitors and tourists to Mornington would love that there is not any traffic in the main section of Main Street from now until February 2021 (“Main Street mall a popular move” The News 17.11.20). I would like to know if Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors gave any consideration at all to the locals who shop in this section seven days a week, 12 months a year? It appears not. I am 75 years of age and I have a number of health problems. I cannot carry goods due to a shoulder injury. I have arthritic hips, knees and feet so, not being able to now park near the post office, the newsagency, the bank and other businesses I attend along this section is devastating for me. I’m sure I am not the only elderly person with disabilities now in this situation, who is now forced to shop away from Mornington, if they

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are lucky enough to still drive. Being in COVID lockdown for the better part of this year has been sad and bad enough, and now to have no access to our main street just adds to our disastrous year. Councillors, please reconsider your not well thought through debacle and give the locals back their main street, not in February but now. Yvonne Morrison, Mornington Editor: The decision to close the street to traffic was made by council officers in their “caretaker” role before the election of a new council.

Bungower bungle During the COVID-19 lockdown traffic congestion was at a minimum around Mornington, but it was interesting to note that it immediately returned to Bungower and Racecourse roads as soon as St Macartans Primary School welcomed the children back. At that time the secondary colleges had only welcomed back years 11 and 12 and a high percentage of the community were still working from home. This surely highlights the poor planning 10 years ago when the roundabout was installed at the school gate and the lack of foresight by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, along with the lack of follow-up to try and alleviate the increased problems caused by the increase in population and the construction of Peninsula Link. It’s fantastic to have Peninsula Link, but residents need to be able to get to and from it at peak times without being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. We are not living in Fitzroy or Collingwood where this may be expected, we are in Mornington, 70 kilometres from central Melbourne. Investment in infrastructure by state and federal governments has been identified as a cornerstone of our economic recovery and I noted with interest that the shire had a number of “shovel ready” projects ready for funding. Alas, Bungower Road was not one of them. To apply for funding it is important to have a plan; it doesn’t appear that there is a plan to resolve the issues on Bungower Road. Ken McBride, Mornington

State of neglect It came as no surprise to anyone that the Andrews government has come up with an inflated cost for extending the metro rail to Langwarrin or Baxter (“Business case casts doubt on rail extension” The News 17/11/20). This is the same government that in the face of escalating crime, has for six years refused to allow Somerville police station to open as an operational police station. It is also the same government that on taking office sacked more than 100 people employed at the Port of Hastings and then clawed back more than $80 million invested locally by the previous Liberal government. While the federal Liberal government, the federal Labor opposition and Liberal state opposition each committed $225m to bring electric metro rail to our community, the Andrews government refused to even fund the business case, instead demanding the federal government pay the required $3m. While the Andrews government has been burning tens of billions of dollars in cost overruns on every project it undertakes, it will go to any length to avoid spending money in our community. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council also has $320m of shovel ready, job producing projects. While the Morrison federal government has already committed funding to many of these, the response from the Andrews government to date has been crickets. Completion of the missing link of our bike/ walking path between Somerville railway station and Skye Road is another example of the state government’s neglect of our area. This important project has received funding from the federal government and council, but the Andrews government has flatly refused to contribute anything at all. After so many years of total neglect of our

community by the Andrews government, this latest reason for avoiding investing in critical infrastructure for this local community, surprises no one. Neale Burgess, MP for Hastings

Time for a Home Calling on the Morrison government to release those refugees and asylum seekers who have been in detention for up to seven years and resettle them in our communities is the demand of a campaign launched by a coalition of legal, medical, community and human rights organisations including Grandmothers for Refugees. The Time for a Home campaign urges the government to resettle these people by World Refugee Day in June 2021. Resettlement of refugees now is supported by many Australians. There are those in our community who will offer accommodation to assist this process. Given our own experiences of being restricted through the months of COVID lockdown, it is hard to imagine the detrimental personal effects of years of detention. According to Senate estimates there are 290 people in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, 1226 in Australia here for medical treatment or other reasons, and 200 in “alternative places of detention”, like the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne. It is certainly time for us to support the Time for a Home campaign so that with permanent housing broken lives can be rebuilt. Ann Renkin, Shoreham

Restoration applause Congratulations to the family that has painstaking restored the family home on the corner or Turnbull and Barkly Streets, Mornington. Even the stone fence is being restored to it’s originally state. As a long term resident in the Mornington area, it is very sad to watch, in my opinion, greedy developers, demolish older properties which should and could have been restored. Several years ago I sold a local landmark house which was then left to be in a state of disrepair, unable to be restored. It was bulldozed and two townhouses were built on the site. Perhaps the new Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors could look into updating the register of houses, buildings and even trees of significance on the peninsula? We are loosing many buildings and it is changing the whole of the peninsula’s unique attraction, in my opinion, that we older residents have appreciated. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Wildlife at risk I am unable to understand how AGL’s proposal for a gas import terminal in Crib Point is being considered. The proposed gas import facility is in an area protected for migratory birds under the international Ramsar agreement, which Australia should stand by. Western Port is a wetland tidal bay, holding the second most southerly forest of white mangroves in the world (the most southerly is at Tidal Bay, abutting Wilsons Promontory). Mangroves have been shown to sequester large amounts of carbon and to put this at risk is unacceptable. To put the wildlife, dolphins, seals, whales, penguins, unique underwater wildlife at risk is unacceptable. Businesses of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula rely on the natural experiences that bring people to these areas and to put this and the wildlife at risk is unacceptable. Del Skinner, Somers

Directors should resign Australia is a major exporter of gas yet AGL continues pushing for a gas import terminal and industrialisation of Crib Point in Western Port. Monstrous, 300 metre long liquefied gas ships will enter our beautiful bay almost weekly and dump 47 litres of chlorine into the sea daily while converting to gas. What about the wildlife - penguins, dolphins, fish, seagrasses and the birds taking sanctuary in the Ramsar wetland of international importance, not to mention all the residents who vehemently oppose this proposal? The directors of Rio Tinto were forced to resign after blowing up indigenous rock shelters in Western Australia. AGL’s directors should resign now, before this magnificent environmental wonderland is destroyed. It will be too late

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Say ‘no’ to AGL I am a resident of Crib Point and I am strongly opposed to the proposal by AGL to install a floating regasification storage unit at the end of Crib Point jetty. I am sure you are aware that AGL have presented an environment effects statement (EES) to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), which is currently conducting a hearing following the receipt of a record 10,000 submissions against the EES. AGL intends to daily dump more than 40 litres of chlorine into Western Port in order to clean its vessel, as well as withdrawing hundreds of thousands of litres daily from the bay and returning it at temperatures that will potentially kill seagrasses, fish, waterbirds and destroy a thriving biosphere. The Crib Point community has many concerns regarding AGL’s proposal, but I write to emphasise serious threats which also impact on other communities bordering Western Port, such as Tooradin, Pakenham, Phillip Island and the shires of Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast, which rely heavily on a large tourist industry, supported by fairy penguins, koalas, vineyards, hospitality and more. As we emerge from the winter hibernation that lockdown enforced upon us, we acknowledge our dependence on the beautiful assets of Western Port. We are reminded of the fragility of our environment and encroaching effects of climate change. We cannot allow AGL’s dirty gas proposal to threaten this natural balance. By allowing an annual increase of at least 40 huge gas tankers into the bay we compromise the safety of whales travelling north; we endanger penguins, seals, dolphins and other important life in our waters; and we increase the risk of a collision that would have irreparable repercussions to the ecology of our coastline. Sara Elizabeth, Crib Point

Threat to peace, quiet If AGL gets its way, Crib Point can kiss our peace and quiet goodbye. There will be noise and bright lights from the gas factory ship, more traffic on our usually quiet roads and we would lose access to Woolley’s Beach Reserve. No more family picnics, strolls on or behind the beach or launching of kayaks. This just touches on a few of the on-land issues without reference to the incredible environmental implications for our beloved Western Port. This poses threats to flora and fauna in and around the bay as well as to people’s livelihoods in tourism and to the lifestyle for which many chose this area as their place of residence. Too precious to sacrifice for a fossil fuel we should be phasing out, not boosting. Ali Durant, Crib Point

PM wins approval Read it and weep: “Scott Morrison’s approval rating in the latest Guardian Essential poll is back to 66 per cent, remaining ahead of Anthony Albanese as preferred prime minister 53% to 24%.” Enough to give a man writers’ block. Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison (master of diversions, particularly indigenous affairs, climate change and those in detention on zero charges) and the Health Minister, Flinders MP Greg Hunt - taking credit where arguably credit is not necessarily due? Is bonking between senior ministers and female staff in the public interest? Indubitably. We thrive on the hypocrisy, the reality of workplace behaviour and our need for gossip, infidelity, kinkiness, fetishes, stalking and harassment, all a question of degree and the joy of newspaper fodder, but not (thankfully) those published by the Mornington Peninsula News Group. Scotty’s in hiding presently, (leaving the hotel quarantining of expat Australians returning from overseas in the hands of the states) in Japan, enjoying sushi and an escape from sticky questions. After the last two weekends in downtown Rye (thousands flocked, many unmasked, rules thrown aside, sirens, helicopters) I may remain in lockdown and await the impending vaccine. Astronauts, six months in space? I should complain? Cliff Ellen, Rye


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Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE Vacuum Oil Co. Pty Ltd held their first annual picnic at Mornington on Saturday last. The weather was somewhat tropical, but the thousand employees who attended enjoyed themselves thoroughly. In the Ladies’ Nomination Race, 120 yards, Mr J. B. Jolly, of Frankston, and his nephew, Mr Frank Heagney, were starters, and the uncle threatened to “eat his hat”, if he didn’t beat the nephew. J.B. – once a fast sprinter – collapsed and Mr Heagney won. “Jim was too sick to eat his dinner, let alone his hat,” said one, when questioned as to whether Mr Jolly kept his promise about the hat. *** A MELBOURNE estate agent has sold 90 acres, in lots, of the Langwarrin Estate at £3 per acre. *** MR Frank Stonite writes: “They sat by the waters of Babylon, and wept”, in days of old, but when they sit by the waters of the Kananook in the summertime they are more likely to revert to the use of most profane language. At least, Mr Klauer’s reply to Dr Griffiths suggests that course. He doesn’t believe the worthy medico when he says it is not unhealthy ! Well, didn’t Cr Armstrong say that it smelt like – honeysuckle? But they always say “stinks” are healthy – those who live furthest from it say so, anyhow. Over Adelaide way they’ll tell you Islington is just it – “it’s so healthy, you know”. In Melbourne, they’ll tell you Footscray is “as sweet as peaches in Georgia”. But WHY is it that Dr Maxwell (who lives on its banks) says its unhealthy, and Dr Griffiths (who resides at Somerville) says just the reverse? *** THE season for chara-banc parties is now well under way, and the regularity of the visits to Frankston are very pleasing to those who admire the beauties of the district. There is nothing more enjoyable than boarding the chara-banc at St Paul’s on the 52-mile spin to Frankston and back, along the well-kept Point Nepean Road, or further, over Oliver’s Hill, to Mornington, with afternoon tea at one of Frankston’s lounges or cafes. This circuit is fast gaining popularity with city tourists, as it is much more refreshing than spins to the hilly districts, where accidents are much more liable to eventuate than on the Frankston route. *** DESPITE the sweltering heat, the attendance at the Frankston Pictures on Saturday night was satisfactory. The principal pictures were “The Firing Line”, featuring Irene Vernon Castle, and “The Rescuing Angel”, a story romantic in essence from the Jesse L. Lasky studios, featuring the winsome Shirley Mason. Stewart & Smith, direct from the Melbourne theatres, were very pleasing, the audience thoroughly enjoying the juggler’s feats and the lady’s jokes. Another pleasant feature was the successful appearance of Miss Doris Nicholson, a young Frankston girl, whose voice certainly gives promise. *** THE Bathing Belles of Beauville, or, to put it more precisely, their shapely sisters at Carrum – likewise the beaus – have aroused the ire of the Municipal Fathers of Carrum. The bathing belle everywhere – be she at St Kilda, Frankston, or Marseilles – naturally delights in showing a figure to the best advantage, and up at Carrum, so they say, they have started to make Carrum more attractive by making its streets a bathers’ promenade. The council has issued an Edict which says – “Thus far shalt thou go, but no farther”. The bathers’ promenade is along the beach – not in the streets.

*** THE railway employees propose visiting Frankston early in the New Year for a days’ outing. The Frankston Park has been engaged, and on that day it should present a very animated appearance, for the railway unionists are a very large body. They are engaging a merry-go- round to come to Frankston for the picnic, so local and visiting hopefuls have a treat in store. Several picnics have been booked for Mornington, but were the boats calling at Frankston, many admit they would come here. As it is, some effort is being made to induce the Victorian Typographical Society to have their next annual gathering at Frankston. *** THE statement recently made to the effect that the Peninsula’s soil is unsuitable for roses has seemingly stirred up a hornet’s nest, so to speak. Go where one likes, he will see delightful roses, almost fit for exhibition purposes. Between Hastings and Bittern there’s a neglected garden – planted some three years ago. In it – almost growing wild, for there is no house there – are some wonderful red, white, and pink roses. Surely that proves the fitness of the Peninsula’s soil for rose culture. *** THAT Haven of Refuge, the Ragged Boys Home, at Olivers’ Hill, Frankston, is once more appealing for assistance. As they are helping those unable to help themselves, they are worthy of every support. The recent references to the Home have already borne fruit, as instance the response by one of its patrons, Mr J. B. Jolly, in last issue. Besides Mr Jolly, the writer understands that Cr Charles Murray, J P the Rev. A. P. McFarlane, and Mr J. D. Jennings are also patrons, whilst Dr Maxwell gives medical services in a honorary capacity. There is a debt of £400 existing on the Frankston Home, and Major Conder, O.B.E. and Messr J. D. Jennings, J B. Jolly, and W. Crawford Young are organising a concert to assist in wiping out the debt. It will take place before Xmas. The Ragged Boys’ Home has no religious or nationality provisos to be complied with before a destitute boy is admitted – praise God for that – but welcomes the destitute boy with a truly charitable heart. It conducts its work on broad lines and practises economy in every way. The last annual report shows that the necessities of life – groceries, bread, meat, butter, milk, eggs, vegetables, etc ran into £356 12s 5d, with £25 11s 10d for fuel and lighting. The money is spent wisely, and no waste is permitted. The value of the Seaside Home is £1500, but its liabilities include the £400 mortgage, which they desire to wipe out. *** SINCE coming to reside at Frankston, Mr Milner Maemaster, of the Bay Estate Agency, has fully realised the, possibilities of the Frankston district as a seaside holiday resort and as a district for investments. A little while ago we published an article by Mr Macmaster relative to “On Golden Sands”, a very pointed article, which most local identities appreciated. The same article was published in the Essendon “Gazette” and upon reading it, one Essendonian decided to come down to have a look at Frankston: and draw his own conclusions – to see whether Mr Macmaster was right. He came, and went back delighted. In the Essendon “Gazette” the week following he discoursed in very complimentary terms upon the Frankston district and its possibilities. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 19 November 1920


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By Stuart McCullough IT’S all happening so quickly. This week, I finally left my house without worrying about how far I was travelling. We went to a park that, during previous pre-pandemic visits had generally been abandoned by all but a few, to discover that everyone had had the same idea. The car park was full. Vehicles were perched crookedly over gutters. People were clearly pleased to be out of the house. But before we put the horror-show that was lockdown behind us, it’s worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come. In particular, I feel compelled to pay a special tribute to the rule that most affected my life – the five-kilometre limit. Like most Melburnians, all winter long we’ve had a picture of our five-kilometre radius on our fridge. It was a mixed bag. There was no problem getting to the shops, but our preferred butcher was about eight hundred metres adrift of our limit. This was something I intended to address by training the dog, to whom such limits don’t apply, to travel the additional distance by herself; before realizing that if I sent the dog to the butcher with a credit card, I’d probably never see her again. Speaking of those of the canine persuasion, it was notable that the rules for dogs were relaxed ahead of those applying to humans. Dogs were able to get haircuts before people – a situation that almost saw me trying to pass myself off as a Labrador. Luckily, eased restrictions have seen me return to my barber of choice and I feel more human (and much less like a Labrador) as a result. I’ve even stopped chasing the postman. But after the tyranny of five-kilometre limit, we were suddenly granted twenty-five kilometres. For a split second, I felt slightly spoiled, before realizing it still wasn’t enough for me to see members of my direct family, although we did overlap. (Who’d have thought Venn diagrams would ever be so useful?) But on closer inspec-

tion, I couldn’t help but notice that my family members had opportunities available to them that I did not. My sister’s twenty-five kilometers radius took in a good chunk of Western Port bay. Which, frankly speaking, isn’t very useful. In an ideal world, any wasted space could be re-directed to some other purpose like additional home visits or free hand-sanitizer. That said, my sister was entitled to go to French Island, which would be a lovely day out. Just to the shoreline, mind you. My sister could land on the beach but was not permitted to go any further.

During the twenty-five kilometre period, I began to wonder – what’s Melbourne’s ideal address? The one where you have the perfect balance of amenities and never have to go without? I’m glad you asked. It’s Melbourne-Hill Road, Warrandyte. Probably either number 79 or 80 (I’m not fussy). From there, twenty-five kilometres takes to you the Melbourne CBD and St Kilda beach (although you can’t swim too far) as well as Belgrave and a host of national parks. You can also enjoy the delights of Knox Shopping Centre, including ‘Cinema Europa’ which would be awesome, if it could open during a

lockdown. Granted, it wouldn’t get you to French Island, but you can’t have everything. I appreciate the 25 kilometre radius thing is now behind us. But it never hurts to be prepared for next time, should the unthinkable happen. Which is why I still intend to head up to Warrandyte at the first opportunity to see if anyone in Melbourne-Hill Road feels like selling. No pressure, people. I appreciate that such unsolicited approaches might be unwelcome, but there’s no harm in asking. Now that restrictions have eased further, the other thing I’ve noticed is that standards – by which I mean masks – are starting to slip a little. Like low-slung jeans that foist a builder’s cleavage upon an unsuspecting world, there are more masks now sitting at half-mast. If chins were the problem, we’d be fine. It poses the question: like pants, do some masks need braces to stay in place? Is it okay to be offended by a protruding proboscis? There have been plenty of strange moments over the past few months. On Grand Final night, I had to get up and let the dog out at about midnight to either relieve herself or chase a possum or both. As I waited, I stood out on the back verandah and heard nothing. It was totally and utterly quiet. There were whole weeks where every day felt like New Year’s Day - quiet and unwilling to go outside. Now that restrictions have eased, I’m looking forward to seeing family. It’s the longest period I’ve ever gone without seeing at least some of them. But truth be told, it feels a little weird to go anywhere. I’m sure that’ll change; just as it took a while to adjust to the strictures of lockdown, perhaps it’s inevitable that it may take a little while to get used to a return to (almost) normal. Now that our winter of discontent is behind us, I look forward to being with other people. To being somewhere else. To being anywhere else. To just… being. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Tigers tamed, Pies pipped, Tyabb tip Toot Winning the main game: Heatherhill got the better of Main Ridge, chasing down their total of 145 with six wickets to spare. Picture: Andrew Hurst

By Brodie Cowburn

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LONG Island got the better of Seaford Tigers in a competitive clash at Belvedere Reserve on Sunday. Choosing to bat first, Long Island got off to a good start. Despite star batsman Nick Jewell being dismissed for a relatively low score, they managed to put 179 runs on the board. Zachery Wilson top scored with 42. The Tigers showed plenty of fight at the crease, and at 2/91 were in a good position to go on to get the win. Their first drop batsman Ashley Mills hit eight boundaries on his way to a big score of 69. After Mills was dismissed the Tigers struggled, losing their last five wickets for 43 runs. The Tigers ended up all out for 157, needing 23 more runs to win. Moorooduc had a tough day at home, as Pines managed to chase down a competitive total. Moorooduc set their opponents a target of 156 to win. Pines had to work hard for it, but ended up securing the victory with four wickets and four overs to spare. Number three batsman Harley PeaceStirling was impressive for Pines, scoring a half century. At Bruce Park, Heatherhill were able to claim victory over Main Ridge. Main Ridge chose to bat first and set a target of 145. Brett Maxwell was impressive for Heatherhill, with his bowling figures of 4/27 restricting Main Ridge to a fairly low score. Heatherhill chased their target down with six wickets to spare. Kristian Miller was their best with the bat, scoring 69. Somerville notched up an easy win against Flinders by a 104 run margin.

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ROSEBUD and Crib Point played a close match on Saturday at Olympic Park. Crib Point chose to bat first and put 140 runs on the scoreboard. Rosebud’s run chase got off to an awful start, and they were struggling badly at 4/33. A big partnership between Lyle House and Ashley Nagel got their chase back on track. With just one over left to play, Rosebud managed to reach their target. House’s innings of 57 runs proved a big help.

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A big innings from opener Mark Cooper helped Carrum get a win playing away at Delacombe Park. Cooper’s knock of 79 helped his side set a target of 194 for their opponents to chase. Delacombe Park got off to a decent start but ended up all out for 127, comfortably short of what was needed to win. Frankston YCW took the difficult path to victory against Hastings. The Stonecats batted first and struggled, ending up all out for 99. Their bowlers would have to work hard to get their side the win. Hastings’ top order batsmen were all dismissed without making an impact on the scoreboard. At 8/51 they looked doomed to defeat. A spirited showing from tail order batsman Isuru Dias gave the chasing side a glimmer of hope, but his knock of 25 wasn’t enough to get his team over the line.

Hastings was bowled out for 83. Jason Hannah took 3/6 from his five overs. Opener Jedd Savage scored 77 runs for Dromana as his side smashed Pearcedale. Pearcedale lost the match by 134 runs.

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TYABB snatched a win in a thriller against Tootgarook on Saturday. Tootgarook chose to bat first and put together a strong total, finishing their innings at 167. Opener Travis French’s knock of 44 was the best for his side. Tyabb’s run chase came down to the wire, and without a mid-innings score of 42 from Malith Chathuranga they may have fallen short. With one over left to play and just two wickets in hand, Tyabb scraped over the line. Boneo scored a win at home in a

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high-scoring clash against Balnarring. The home side took to the crease first, and finished their innings with 226 runs on the board. Balnarring put together a spirited innings in response, with first drop Mark Walles’ score of 45 the side’s best. Balnarring fell short by the expiration of their innings. They still needed another 40 runs to win when stumps was called. A mammoth opening partnership of nearly 200 runs between James Quarmby and Gordon Waterfall got Carrum Downs an easy win against Ballam Park. Waterfall raised the bat for his century, scoring 111 runs. The huge innings came on the back of a knock of 54 last week. Carrum Downs’ innings finished at 3/251. Ballam Park lost by 111 runs. A half century from Jake Smart helped Mt Martha get the win against Skye. Mt Martha won by 41 runs.

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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria faces a backlash from clubs over the calculation of player registration fees. The state government has been drawn into the controversy as Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence has been made aware of what is fast looming as a major confrontation between clubs and the sport’s governing body. FV’s player registration process involves the participation of both players and clubs. The first step is for a player to register to play with a club on the online Play Football site but the status of that registration is pending until the club logs on to that site and accepts and validates the player’s registration. The rising angst among clubs is due to FV charging registration fees for every player who has self-registered on Play Football irrespective of whether or not their status is inactive (pending) or active. Players whose status is pending are ineligible to represent their club in any officially sanctioned FV match as they have not been correctly registered. Previously clubs received a bill for player registration based on players fully registered to play but FV’s accounting decision this year leaves clubs facing substantial bills after having revenue streams severely disrupted by the pandemic. They are being forced to chase fees from players who in some instances did not train or play and whose registration would not have been accepted by the club they named in the registration process. NPL2 club Langwarrin was billed almost $32,000, Peninsula Strikers received a bill close to $30,000, Skye United is up for $14,000, Mornington’s bill was $12,000 (after credits were applied) and Seaford United $8500. Seaford treasurer Brian Johnstone has been dealing with FV on this issue but it remains unresolved. Johnstone learned of the change to FV’s usual practice late last month and on 4 November he responded by email: “In response to the refunds, (of) the list of juniors all self-registered on Play Football none of these had been accepted by (the) club as registered players as many had not paid club registration fees. “We would expect the charges on

Fee furore: Local state MP Sonya Kilkenny has become involved in the registration controversy. Here she is at North Seaford Reserve last year. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

the invoices to be credited to our account. “The senior players and team fee we accept as part of the COVID situation but not fees for players the club has not accepted.” On 10 November FV replied with a templated Q&A email which echoed the federation’s current mantra about a refunds policy announced in September “after an extensive consultation process” with clubs, FV members and local councils. It’s believed that at no time during the consultation process was the prospect of charging for every player selfregistering on the Play Football portal ever raised. Johnstone believed that FV had failed to address the issue and his reply was blunt. “We have players on the (online) list who have never been in our club and to charge for a player not accepted is unfair and unjust to the club. “If clubs had accepted and de-registered to not pay the fee this seems fair but not when they have not been accepted. “You need to review this immediately as we will not be paying this for someone we have not accepted. “We aren’t charged any other year for players not accepted so why this

year? “Just a money-grabbing exercise. “I would expect a response and not just a generic response a week later.” Johnstone also reached out to local Victorian MP Sonya Kilkenny, Member for Carrum. Kilkenny has passed on his complaint to the Minister for Community Sport. “I’m very concerned about this and the impact this could have on my local clubs, particularly at a time when the Victorian government is funding community clubs to support them to get back to play,” Kilkenny said. “Community sport has a really important role in helping us to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. I’m actively pursuing this matter and trying to seek a good, fair outcome for my local clubs. “I want to thank Seaford United Soccer Club for bringing this to my attention.” Johnstone isn’t the only local club administrator to take FV to task over this issue. Skye United vice-president Stuart Lawrence also hit out at the federation. “We are disgusted at what our governing body is trying to impose upon poor community clubs that struggle at

best to raise funds to compete at the highest possible level in a sport we love,” Lawrence said. “We actually have not received a single dollar in membership fees this year.” Peninsula Strikers’ senior and junior clubs will meet this week to discuss how to deal with the issue. “Both clubs are meeting separately to discuss action plans regarding the players in the ‘inactive’ statuses and then what the responses should be,” junior president Rob Harrington said. Clubs throughout Victoria have been organising online through a WhatsApp group that has been signing new members daily. The group is preparing a joint statement in a letter to be sent to FV this week in what it has described as “one of the biggest movements in our state’s football history with the unity being shown by clubs.” “The group is still adding clubs to the letter which now includes several NPL clubs,” a group member said. “This letter will be sent to FV and will have the names and details of 70 plus clubs listed in support and that figure is rising daily.” It’s understood that the letter will call on FV to stop billing clubs for every player who has self-registered

on Play Football and revert to the traditional practice of only billing for fully registered players. If the federation refuses to budge then a game of brinkmanship begins in earnest. FV will then be placed in a bind. Outstanding fees can result in fines or points deductions but neither punitive option makes sense. The state body already has acknowledged the enormous economic impact of the pandemic on NPL and community clubs and would not want to add to their financial battles. And points deductions could result in irreparable damage to the integrity of competition throughout 2021. In other news Phil McGuinness and Stephen Duffy have been re-appointed as senior coach and senior assistant at Skye United. “This will be my third pre-season (as coach) and we’ll be back training this Thursday,” McGuinness said. However Skye won’t be training at Botany Park in Carrum Downs, which is its usual pre-season venue. “I was down there the other day and it’s an absolute joke. You wouldn’t put sheep out on it,” McGuinness said. “I think we might start off at Wedge Road for the time being.”

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