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A DEAD humpback washed up onto the beach at St Andrews over the weekend had been a meal for sharks as it floated in to shore. The 11-metre whale was gouged by large bite marks and covered in crustaceans. Environmental advocate Josie Jones spotted the whale out in the water on Sunday night. “We could see the sharks lunging and spray coming off them, their fins rising up out of the water – it was pretty full on to watch,” she said. Cetacean scientist Sue Mason said the whale must have died only recently as the carcase had not begun to decompose – and stink. Scientists estimate that about 33,000 humpbacks migrate along the east coast to and from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef, where they breed. This population increases by about 10 per cent each year. A separate population migrates along the West Australian coast. This humpback may have been on its way south to the Antarctic to feed over the summer. Humpbacks can grow to 16 metres, with their pectoral fins being roughly one third the length of their body. The best places to see humpbacks along the Victorian coast are Wilsons Promontory and from high vantage points along the coast. Sightings by citizen scientists are regularly posted on the Two Bays Whale Project Facebook page. “As we know, it is important to keep our ocean clean to reduce our impact on these beautiful creatures,” Dr Mason said.
Signs show a town divided TENSIONS are rising between those for and against the Tyabb airfield expansion, with one long-time Tyabb resident, who did not wish to be named, saying the town has “never been so divided – it’s getting very ugly”. While tensions have been simmering on and off for years, the issue has reached a new peak with vandals destroying, and in one case burning, signs opposing any expansion of the airfield. Up to 100 blue and white signs opposing any expansion of the airfield were erected throughout the Tyabb area, most on private property. Two weeks ago airfield support-
ers printed and distributed coloured posters supporting the airfield (“Posters at play in airfield saga” The News 18/9/19). The latest dispute arose after the Peninsula Aero Club and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council quarrelled over “missing” permits for businesses abutting the airfield. (“Permit row grounds airfield” The News 11/6/19). A stand-off over operating hours led to the club threatening to cancel the long-running Tyabb Air Show, but this has since been averted and the 2020 air show will be held in March. The aeron club held an “open day” at the airfield over the 15-16 June week-
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end and posters supporting the continued operation of the airfield are being displayed throughout the area. Aero club president Jack Vevers said mid-month the club was “very grateful to the Tyabb and surrounding communities for the “overwhelming show of support by some fantastic people. “The airport plays a vital role in hosting emergency services to protect all of the peninsula and the community understands and values this,” he said. However, the Tyabb resident said there were “bad vibes in the town” and people opposed to the airfield expansion were being made to feel “very uncomfortable”.
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Many of the 100 or so people displaying the blue and white anti-expansion signs were “being intimidated and had started taking their signs down”. Fearing attacks on their property some were installing security cameras but were wary of making reports of vandalised signs to police. One blue sign was reportedly knocked over by a car and set alight over the weekend 21-22 September. A pensioner, 76, wrote to the mayor Cr David Gill reporting the incident and saying she was frightened for her safety “after Friday night’s violence and the hate posts on Facebook”. She said she had decided to take her
blue anti-airfield sign indoors at night and put it up again in the morning. “Many [signs] have been taken down from time to time – not by us – but recently there has been a concerted effort by pro-airport people to remove most of them,” she said. “The airport people are putting up their own signs but they should not be removing ours.” The woman said she had been warned by neighbours to remove her sign at night for fears it would be vandalised. Neither Mr Vevers nor Cr Gill could be contacted by deadline for comment. Stephen Taylor and Keith Platt
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Don’t let the farmers’ kids miss out this Christmas Members from the Benton Square Community Centre, Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House, Crib Point Community House and Somerville Community House have spent the last few months collecting food, toiletries, new clothing and making beanies and scarves for the Farmers and their families. Everyone in the community responded including kindergartens, community groups, men’s sheds and local businesses. Managers & volunteers drove to Pyalong Neighbourhood House with a minibus, supplied by Peninsula Transport Assist, and a four-wheel drive loaded with donations.
Pyalong Neighbourhood House president Moira Waye said she was overwhelmed by the amount of donations collected by the Peninsula groups. “Every week, every month, I say the same thing. It brings you to tears, the generosity of the people when you hear the stories of the farmers and how grateful they are, it’s just Aussies helping Aussies, it’s just fantastic”, she said. This term we are still collecting food, but we are concentrating on Toys for the kids for Christmas. We don’t want them to miss out this Christmas. You can drop off donations of New toys to Crib Point Community House and we’ll make sure the toys get there on time.
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School holidays and term 4 program School Holidays has ascended on us again and the Somerville Community House has Acrylic Art classes for Kids and Tweens with Michele Cleaver. There are still some spots so you can register by going to www.colouryourworldart.com.au. The second week of the school holidays is Enrolment Week for Term 4 so give a call 5977 8330 or drop by. The kettle is always on. The Program for Term 4 is due to commence Monday 7th of October with a huge variety of low cost classes. Join us for gardening, walking, drawing, painting, a variety of crafts or unlock the secrets to Cryptic Crosswords. We have a class where you can improve your basic English or Maths. Other classes include the ever popular Hatha Yoga or Tai Chi. We also feature Social Dancing where you can learn street Latin, waltz or rock ‘n roll.
We have an onsite Psychologist, a Supported Playgroup who meets weekly, and the team from VACCA who are facilitating a program for young Koorie women to engage in cultural and contemporary dance. OCTEC a disability job provider meets here twice a week for appointments and Rotary are always looking for new members to join them on a Wednesday night. On Wednesday 16th October we are partnering with the Somerville Senior Citizens for the Seniors’ Festival. Starting at 10.00 am Oliver will teach us how to juggle, the Hot Flushes will sing with us and the Australian Hearing Bus will be on site to check our hearing. Lunch will be provided. Bingo starts at 1.00pm $2.00 entry plus raffles. RSVP 5977 8330. Our program is available to view on our website at www.somervillecommunityhouse.com.au.
SOME of the property owners hit by the nerw green wedge rating policy, from left, Paul Whitaker, Sandra Miller, Shelley Whitaker, Angela Hay, Bruce Hay, Michelle Levenspiel and Ian Miller. Picture:Supplied
Irate at green wedge rate increase Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org RESIDENTS of green wedge properties hit with 20 per cent rates increases say they are at a “dead end” after writing to councillors and politicians in protest. The rates increase affects 724 Mornington Peninsula Shire green wedge properties under two hectares. They are aimed at property owners said to be enjoying the benefits of a green wedge lifestyle while not participating in activities conducive to that zoning, such
as farming. Paul Whitaker, of Red Hill, said residents hit by the jump in the Rural Living Rate were “shocked” . He said the rate introduced this year affected residents whose land holding was less than two hectares. All those in one Red Hill street have been hit. Thirty-year resident Sandra Miller said she initially thought there “must have been a mistake” when she opened her rates’ notice. “The council has not been transparent in the introduction of this,” she said. “This 20 per cent increase on top of our already sizeable rates is com-
pletely unfair.” She said she the shire would not tell her which councillors voted for and against the rate increase. Mr Whitaker said while his rates had risen 20 per cent his property valuation had only gone up by 0.8 per cent. “Is council just trying to fill their coffers? Any comment that it’s there to protect the green wedge is unsubstantiated. The council is manipulating Daniel Andrew’s Fair Go on Rates 2.5 per cent rate cap to introduce an extra loading on some rates.” On Thursday 19 September residents met at Ms Miller’s house to voice
their dismay at the “aggressive” rates increase. They say they will continue to ask the shire to review it and have asked the councillors who voted for it to answer their questions. “Other residents of the green wedge with land areas of less than two hectares should check their rates notices, and, if aggrieved, make a submission when the pre-budget submission portal opens on 17 October,” Mr Whitaker said. “The more input the council receives the more weight will be given to the problem, so call or e-mail your councillors.” Mr Whitaker said council communi-
cation “could certainly be improved”. “People affected in a negative way should be sent notification of the intended changes and invited to make a submission,” he said. Cr Hugh Fraser said the affected residents “gained greater value than the general ratepayer from the programs and policies which protect the green wedge and their rural residential amenity”. He said the extra rates they paid for living within the green wedge would go towards reducing rates charged to general ratepayers and the owners of larger properties there.
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Open air burning October 2019 Removal of some restrictions on Open Air Burning for October 2019 The Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law regulates burning off outside the Declared Fire Danger Period. The changes to the Open Air Burning Local Law for October 2019 removes the previous land size restrictions that prohibited open air burning on land less than 1,500 square metres without a permit from Council. Open Air Burning is permitted on Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 9am and 4pm on
land less than 1,500 square metres provided that: • No more than 1 cubic metre of vegetation is burnt at any one time. • The fire is not within 10 metres of any neighbouring dwelling. • The General Fire Safety Provisions are followed at all times. Current Open Air Burning regulations for land above 1,500 square metres and land above 40,000 square metres remain the same.
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Driver confusion over cannabis SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol police relieved one confused driver of four bags of cannabis he had allegedly left on the passenger seat, overnight Tuesday 17 September. He was among 29 drivers issued with summonses to appear at court at a later date. Police also impounded seven vehicles. Among 24 drug drivers intercepted was one suspended female driver who police allege “quickly turned down a side street and did a quick switch-a-roo with their passenger”. The woman then allegedly refused to undergo a drug test stating she wasn’t the driver, despite number plate and video cameras showing her in the driver’s seat as she drove past. Also nabbed were three drink drivers – one traveling at 135kph on Peninsula Link and another hungry drive-through customer who returned a reading of 0.188 per cent. Others included six unlicensed/suspended or disqualified drivers, hoon driver caught doing burnouts, driver caught at 186kph and drivers of a variety of unregistered and unsafe vehicles. The police weren’t done there, Senior Constable Gregg Wolfe said. “Four motorists obviously had more important things to do and didn’t want to stop when signalled to do so. “Investigations are underway which will, hopefully, see them in court with additional charges on top of what they would have received if they had simply pulled over.”
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A ROSEBUD woman has been charged with assault-related offences after a man was allegedly stabbed, 8.45pm, Sunday 15 September. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Somerville CIU, said police were called to a house in Third Avenue after a family violence incident. A 19-year-old Warragul man with stab
wounds was taken by ambulance to The Alfred hospital.
Cars, bike stolen BURGLARS stole two cars and a motorbike from a Dromana property, overnight, Friday 13 September. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Somerville CIU, said a 47-year-old man was asleep at the Jamieson Street house when “at least three” offenders removed tiles from the garage roof and entered his house. They took car keys from inside before stealing the cars – a 2013 grey Mazda CX5 and a 2015 maroon Mazda Neo and a 2001 Yamaha motorbike.
Costly defects A 21-year-old Cranbourne South man pulled up on the Frankston Freeway at Carrum Downs for not having at least 100mm of ground clearance on his car received a $413 fine for driving an unroadworthy vehicle, 4.10pm, Thursday 12 September. Somerville Highway Patrol crews also issued a defect notice for insufficient ride height and defects with the exhaust and steering wheel.
Over the limit THE driver of a Black Toyota Hilux being driven dangerously on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway later blew 0.249 per cent – or just under five times the legal limit, 1.15pm, Monday 16 September. Rosebud Police spotted the vehicle being driven in an “atrocious manner” after it turned onto Boneo Road. The painter, 46, from St Albans, who was on his way to work, had his licence suspended, his car impounded and will be summonsed to appear at Dromana Court.
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‘Affordable’ rentals in sharp decline In training: Chef Joshua Pelham and apprentice chef Harrison Caruana are preparing to represent Australia in the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition. Picture: Sydney Low
Chef ’s prepare for contest THE executive chef at RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Joshua Pelham, will represent Australia in next year’s international Bocuse d’Or culinary contest. He will be joined in the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific qualifier by RACV City Club apprentice chef Harrison Caruana. The pair will be trained by head coach Scott Pickett and a panel of senior chefs. Pelham says he has has dreamed of competing in the elite event ever since he watched Pickett training for Bocuse d’Or 2005. “At the time I was an apprentice at Matteo’s with Scott’s commis chef Cate Robertson,” he said. “She invited me to watch a training session, and I admired their level of discipline and focus. From that time on I was inspired to compete for Australia one day, so this really is a dream come true.” Pelham completed his apprenticeship at Fenix with George Calombaris, Raymond Capaldi and Gary Mehigan. Since then he has worked in
London under Philip Howard at The Square and Kitchen W8, with Calombaris at The Press Club and The Hellenic Hotel, and as Pickett’s head chef at The Estelle. He has been executive chef at RACV Resort Cape Schanck for the past three years. Bocuse d’Or Australia president Tom Milligan says Pelham impressed the selection committee with his focus, drive and dedication, as well as his extraordinary cooking talent. “Josh competed very well this year in both the Thierry Marx Career Development Award and also the chef of the year competition at Foodservice Australia,” Milligan said. “In chef of the year, Josh was runner-up to Michael Cole, who competed for Australia in January, and I believe he has both the tenacity and the talent for Bocuse d’Or.” Next year’s Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific selection will see five out of 12 teams selected to test their skills against some of the best chefs in the world, in Lyon in January 2021.
THE amount of rental housing regarded as being “affordable” has dropped from 30 per cent of the total on offer to 7.6 per cent in a decade. “Affordable housing is generally defined as accommodation expenses that account for no more than 30 per cent of gross household income,” Peninsula Community Legal Centre CEO Jackie Galloway said. “With the Victorian housing crisis centered on the availability of affordable housing, the urgency to raise the rate of Newstart is becoming pressing. We are seeing the impact of the crisis with 75 per cent of PCLC’s clients on no to low income. Low income being defined as living on less than $26,000 per annum.” Ms Galloway said the Newstart rate had not risen in real terms for more than two decades, while the cost of living in Australia had “increased substantially”. “Because of the growing gap between those that can afford to live and those that can’t, we are seeing an inevitable increase in the homelessness rate.” Ms Galloway said the 2016 Census data indicated the rate of homelessness grew by 13.7 per cent over the previous five years and on Census night, more than 100,000 Australians were homeless with about 17,000 being children under 12. “A single person living on Newstart is trying to make ends meet on $40 a day. The average rooming house rent is $200 a week and this usually only gives access to a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities,” she said. Conditions in rooming houses could be substandard and have the added problems of security and comfort.
“While the government argues that Newstart is not intended to be a payment you live on, it does not help if the payment is so low it is impossible to find living arrangements that support you to get yourself back to work,” Ms Galloway said. She said the legal centre would continue advocating for the rights of rooming house residents through its outreach program. “In the future, we hope these vulnerable people will be able to afford a home environment that enables them to have the opportunity to escape the entrapment of poverty.” The rooming house outreach program (RHOP) is paid for through the Department of Health and Human Services and covers 17 municipalities and more than 800 registered rooming houses. For more information about free legal services, call 9783 3600 or visit www.pclc.org.au. Keith Platt
Fashion parade MORNINGTON’S Beach End Op Shop will hold a fashion parade on Friday 4 October. Clothes from the store will be paraded from 1.30pm-3.30pm at St Marks Uniting Church, 50 Barkly Street, Mornington. The $10 entry includes “bubbly” and afternoon tea. A raffle will be held during the parade and tickets are available at Beach End Op Shop, 70 McLaren Place, Mornington as well as at the door on the day. All proceeds go to Mornington Community Information and Support Centre.
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Good cause: Western Port Support Group manager Georgia Hourn with Crib Point RSL president Geordie Ord (front) with Gary Moore, Brenda Traor, Gail McGrath after being presented with the RSL’s sausage sizzle proceeds. Picture: Yanni
Snags raise needed money CRIB Point RSL ran a sausage sizzle recently with all proceeds going to a worthy cause – the Western Port Support Group which assists those in need on the peninsula. The event did well with RSL social club members rounding off the amount raised to $2000. The money is for a good cause: Western Port Community Support – established 40 years – is the largest provider of emergency relief in the Western Port region. The not for profit volunteer organisation provides emergency relief, such as food and
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commodation and swags, as the number of clients presenting for housing support in relation to rental arrears, rent in advance and bond assistance continues to rise. Its education assistance program assists low income families to buy essentials, such as textbooks, school shoes, uniforms and stationery. Other programs and services include the tax help program, Christmas Giving Program, NILS Program and financial counselling. Details: call 5979 2762.
Art show supported by local businesses HASTINGS U3A is celebrating the Victorian Seniors Festival on the Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of October, at the Hastings Community Hall, High Street, Hastings. We are proud to present the annual Community Art & Craft Show with the support of our valued community members. This event is the third year Hastings U3A has conducted the Art & Craft Show to acknowledge seniors in our community. We are proud to have taken this initiative to value and celebrate the seniors in our community. However, we could not do this without the assistance from our business sector. Hastings U3A is a not for profit organization providing low cost courses and activities for semi-retired and retired seniors (45+). We believe it is important to promote and showcase the important work and ability our seniors add to the community.
Hastings U3A wish to acknowledge and thank the generous support for the 2019 Community Art & Crafts Show. Our business leaders sponsored the advertising bill boards; Chris Watt (Principal of Century 21 Homeport), Jason Dowler (Business Owner of Harcourts Real Estate) and Progress Signwriting, Mornington. We also publically acknowledge the assistance from local businesses: Kings Creek Hotel, Bittern Motors, and a generous member, (who have provided sites for bill boards), McClelland Guild of Artists (who are providing the art stands), and the Mornington Peninsula Shire for their support. The show could not go ahead without their generosity and support. We are so very grateful and urge our community members to join the celebration. Bring along your family and friends!
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‘Conti’ hopes dashed again Stephen Taylor email@example.com THE sale of the heritage listed Continental Hotel at Sorrento has fallen through. Despite believing he had sold the four-storey limestone hotel earlier this month vendor Julian Gerner told The News last week that contracted purchaser LBA Capital was “unable to meet their obligations under the contract of sale”. This is a blow to the experienced hotelier who had been thrilled to pass on the 1875 landmark with plans and permits for apartments and retail after a two-month sales campaign by Colliers International. (“‘Conti’ in new hands – again” The News 9/9/19). The sale price was rumoured to be about $21 million but this could not be confirmed. After the deal was done Mr Gerner said LBA Capital planned to “recommence works on the existing redevelopment as soon as possible”. However, things turned sour over the past 48 hours. “Recent developments have come to light that have caused serious concern surrounding the capacity of LBA Capital to settle on the [hotel],” Mr Gerner said. “While settlement is due to occur next month, I am unsure that the purchaser will be able to meet their obligations under the contract of sale. “I can confirm [that] I have been aware of an unfolding situation with international investors and have been working day and night to come up with an alternate solution should the sale not proceed. “I have informed all key stakeholders of these developments and continue to work closely with Mornington Peninsula Shire, Heritage Victoria and all project consultants to ensure obligations are met and [that] the site is maintained appropriately during this time. While this produces further complexity to an already complex transaction, I remain passionately committed to the delivery of this extraordinary project.”
LBA Capital is embroiled in a legal dispute with Korean-based financier JB Asset Management over plans to provide disability housing under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. LBA Capital is alleged to have breached an agreement to provide the housing with $395 million from JB Asset Management. The accusations against LBA Capital and the freezing of its assets follows the collapse in May of Mr Gerner’s then joint-venture partner, property developer Steller (“Turnout proves ‘Conti’ dear to Sorrento’s heart” The News 8/7/19). At that stage Mr Gerner was talking about finding a buyer by the end of July able to pay the $25 million asking price for the Continental and resilient enough to run the gauntlet of planning, heritage and legal strictures to get property into a viable state.
Peninsula’s future EDWARD O’Donohue, MP for Eastern Victoria and shadow attorney general (right) is coming to Red Hill “for a casual evening [on] the importance of preserving our green wedge agricultural land for the future” and truffle farming. The Liberal Party fundraiser, 5-7pm Saturday 12 October is at the Red Hill Truffle Farm, 235 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. Tickets: $49. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0491 077 447.
Musicians in concert PENINSULA Chamber Musicians will play a concert at Beleura House, Mornington 1.30pm on Saturday 5 October. Tickets and details: www.peninsulachambermusicians.com.au. The musicians will play with guest conductor Ingrid Martin at 2pm Saturday 9 November at the All Saints Anglican Church, Rosebud. Tickets: www.trybooking.com/459768 and 2pm Sunday 10 November at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington. Tickets: www. trybooking.com/459771.
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Blooming Banksias A RANGE of speakers will be on hand to show that Banksias are than just Snugglepot, Cuddlepie and the Big Bad Banksia Men during a one-day workshop at the Cranbourne botanic gardens. The gardens’ friends group says the Banksia genus now includes the Dryandra species, increasing the number of banksias to 170. Dr Mike Bayly, of Melbourne University, will speak on What is Banksia? And why did the big bad Banksia men dispatch Dryandra? Other speakers include RBG Victoria’s chief botanist and director plant sciences and diversity Prof David Cantrill; Trevor Blake (Banksias for your garden); author Rodger Elliot (Banksias – selection, application for cultivation); curator Warren Worboys (Banksia nutrition, pests and diseases); John Thompson (Banksia: discovery, cultivation, uses, inspiration for arts and crafts); and Carolyn Landon, author of The Banksia Lady (the History of Banksia Illustration). TheBanksia Workshop starts 10am Sunday 13 October at the Cranbourne Gardens Australian Garden., corner Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive Cranbourne. Members of Cranbourne or Melbourne Friends $60, non-members $75, students $30. Bookings essential at www.rbgfriendscranbourne.org.au
JOCKEY Michelle Payne weathered a few handicaps before winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup on Prince of Penzance. The film Ride Like a Girl, which traces the 24 year old’s life before the track as well as her victories, is being screened at Sorrento on Friday (27 September) to raise money for Sorrento/ Portsea/Rye unit of the Red Cross. Former Australian of the Year, businessman and philanthropist Simon McKeon will open the screening which starts at 6pm with fish and chips and a glass of wine. Ride Like a Girl - directed by Rachel Griffiths and starring Sam Neill (Paddy Payne), Teresa Palmer (Michelle Payne) and Sullivan Stapleton (Darren Weir) – traces Payne’s life from the tragedy of losing her mother Mary in a car accident when she was six months old to becoming the celebrated first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Payne was raised by her father as part of a family of 10 at Miners Rest, near Ballarat and from a young age set her sights on winning the race that stops a nation. She started working in racing at 15, winning her first race on a horse trained by her father. Her time on the track was limited after a fall in 2001, left her with a fractured skull and bruising on the brain. Racing authorities agreed to extend her apprenticeship time because of her injuries. Mr McKeon, a friend of Richard Keddie, one of the producers of Ride Like a Girl, spent time on set during filming. “It is a beautifully rounded film which deals with so many issues, including the determination and commitment required to excel at an elite sport level, Me Too, single parenting a large household, returning from a life threatening injury, intellectual disability, the fascinating bond between Catholicism and horse racing, a young woman taking on a man’s world,” Mr McKeon said.
“And the best part is that it’s all true.” Mr McKeon said it was “heart-warming” to see Michelle Payne’s brother, Stevie, play himself in the move. Michelle Payne dedicated her cup win to her brother, who has Down syndrome and works in in the racing industry as a strapper. Keith Platt Ride like a Girl, 6pm Friday 27 September at the Athenaeum Cinema, Sorrento. Opening meal and movie $50. Tickets available at the theatre or call 0419 101 397.
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Sanctions for activists TOUGH laws aimed at protecting farmers and farm businesses against people inciting farm trespass have passed the federal parliament. The new laws mean anyone sharing farmers’ private details online to incite farm trespass will risk jail time. A similar law is also on its way through state parliament. The changes to federal law will strengthen the consequences for incitement to trespass, property damage and theft on agricultural land. Eastern Victoria Region MP Melina Bath said: “These strong new laws are a huge win for farmers, their families and regional communities not only in Victoria, but Australia-wide. “They send a clear message to law-breaking activists that publishing the personal information of farmers, including their home addresses, to incite trespass will not be tolerated.” A corresponding bill, the Crimes Amendment (Trespass) Bill 2019, introduced into the state Legislative Council by Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP Jeff Bourman, aims to “enhance protections offered to industries pertaining to animal enterprise and animal recreational activities” if passed. The bill follows several incidents where animal activists entered businesses and farms, including a Tyabb chicken farm. (“MP wants harder line against activists” The News 18/9/19).
Caring for carers lunch MORNINGTON Peninsula residents are being invited to celebrate Carer Week with Community Lifestyle Accommodation and community members, Monday 14 October. The Caring for the Carers event will include a two-course meal and entertainment at the Marina Restaurant, The Lady Nelson Room, Mullet and Skinner streets, Hastings, 10am-2pm. MC is the patron Russell Joseph and guest speaker is Nepean MP Chris Brayne. Entertainment will be by Steve McPartlane. There will also be raffle and door prizes.
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Young eyes look to the future THE war on waste, the future health of our natural resources, bushfire preparedness and endangered species were topics of discussion at the Kids Teaching Kids environmental conference at Point Nepean National Park last week. The Point Nepean event, now in its eighth year, is one of the highlights of the conference which involved 370 students from 14 Mornington Peninsula schools, Thursday 12 September. Director and founder Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Arron Wood said: “Our Point Nepean organisers do an amazing job putting on a program that schools look forward to every year. “The students have been working hard on topics, including the war on waste, the future health of our natural resources, bushfire preparedness and endangered species.” Mr Wood said KTK was the leading peer education program in Australia. It is free and available to all schools. “Students are guided to teach each other and present their knowledge of a selected sustainability issue to their peers,” he said. The environmental conference was held at Badcoe Hall (the old quarantine station), at the end of Point Nepean Road, Portsea. Students from Grade 4 to Year 9 came from primary schools Boneo, Brentwood Park, Crib Point, Derinya, Mornington Park, Red Hill Consolidated, Rye, Sorrento, St Brendan’s, St Joseph’s, St Macartans and Tootgarook as well as Sorrento kindergarten, Mt Eliza Secondary College and Peninsula Grammar. Representatives from Kids Teaching Kids and Park rangers also attended.
Science experiment: St Macartan’s Parish Primary School pupils Quinn, Millay and Leila testing the water quality. Picture: Yanni
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Pirates, mermaids & dolphins HOP aboard Searoad Ferries this September school holidays for a range of school holiday activities. Book our Kids Pirates and Mermaids themed High Tea! Come dressed up and join in the fun! Kids can enjoy a children’s version of our regular High Tea including a tiered platter of sweet and savoury treats, soft drink, juice or hot chocolate, whilst mum and dad or grandparents will receive our Classic High Tea offering which includes a glass of sparkling wine, coffee or tea. Sail the bay for a two hour return trip for this special school holiday outing. Kids can look for dolphins, visit the playground or have their face painted. 26 September & 1 October, departing Sorrento at 2pm. Children (4 – 15) $35, (0-3) $15 and Adults are $55. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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Protective birds are swooping into spring SPRING can mean many things: flowers, lawn mowing, weather warming, going for walks and bike rides. It can also mean swooping birds. Magpies, much admired for their warbling, seem to be the most feared of the winged warriors, although outdoor eaters in Mornington would most likely nominate seagulls as the biggest threat. There are several other bird species that can become aggressive when nesting or protecting their young, but magpies and seagulls are the most common. “Bird swooping is part of life in Australia, as we share our environment with native wildlife,” environmental compliance manager at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Suriya Vine, said. “Swooping occurs every year during breed-
ing season and is largely a defensive manoeuvre carried out by some male birds when we come within close range of eggs or fledgling birds. “They are simply taking action to deter any threat to their young. “Being swooped by a territorial bird isn’t pleasant and can even cause injury. But the swooping is seasonal, healthy bird behaviour and so, if possible, the best response is to keep away from the area.” Ms Vine warned that it is illegal to harm native birds and offences can result in fines or impressment. “It is up to us to co-exist peacefully with wildlife and respect it.” To report a swooping incident by any species of bird on Victoria's swooping bird map, visit delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/
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Hundreds call for action on climate Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org MORNINGTON police say the 500 students, parents and grandparents who rallied at Mornington Park last Friday (20 September) demanding positive action on global warming were well behaved and got their message across in a constructive way. Theirs was one of more than 100 school strikes for climate occurring around Australia. The rallies were coordinated through the student-run School Strike 4 Climate website and followed strikes in March at which 150,000 people marched in Australia and 1.5 million took part worldwide. Students came from Rye, Mornington Park, Balnarring, St Macartans and Mornington primary schools; Balcombe and Dromana colleges and Woodleigh, Peninsula, and Mornington and Mt Eliza secondary schools. The rally also followed Mornington Peninsula Shire’s declaration of a climate emergency last month. Speaking before a sea of mainly young faces, Cr Simon Brooks said the shire is working on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the effects of climate change. (“Peninsula’s climate emergency” The News 12/8/19). Students addressing the crowd included a nine-year old primary school boy, a year 12 girl and a Deakin University student. They spoke of their concerns for rising sea levels and a warming climate, and the impact this is having on birds, fish and animals – and people.
The students are advocating for no new coal, oil or gas projects in Australia; 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030, and funding for a transition and job creation plan for all fossil fuel workers and communities. After the rally a long column weaved its way up Main Street to the office of Mornington MP David Morris, only to find it was unattended. “By taking time off school and working together around the world, we’ll show our politicians that people everywhere want climate justice and we’re not going away until we get it,” says the School Strike 4 Climate event description. “We’ll strike in solidarity for everyone who’s already being hurt by the climate crisis and everyone who will be impacted if we don’t act now: workers, first nations’ peoples, young people, mining communities and more.”
The demonstrations were held three days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, which aims to bolster ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Speaker Angus Boyd-Bell, 9, in grade 4 at Balnarring Primary School, said climate change was important because he had grown up spending time in the bush enjoying wildlife. “I have heard that over 200 species are gone each day because of climate change,” he said. “Soon it could be zero, and maybe that will become a reality if we don’t change what we are doing now. “Many politicians say that they are going to make changes to prevent climate change, but they are actually doing zero per cent of what they say they are going to do. We want change now and we are going to get it.” Deakin University environmental
science student Mariah Stellato, 22, said: “Today we are standing for what we are standing on.” As part of her studies she had visited the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which hosted talks by government ministers to showcase the detriments of climate change. “This island will become the first country to be impacted by climate change which will result in its people being the world’s first environmental refugees,” Ms Stellato said. “The Australian government’s solution was to give money to aid this island rather than change our fossil fuel consumption. Certain politicians state that loud, mouthy activists are stopping the fossil fuel industry and mining projects, such as Adani, from going ahead. “That’s why today is important. Let us be the loud, mouthy activists taking action and treating climate change for what it is – a crisis. “My favourite quote is: One small act, when multiplied by millions, can change the world. This is what is happening today. Climate change strikes are happening all around the world by millions of people in order to make a change.” Rosebud Secondary College year 12 student Charlotte Pescud said she awoke to an early morning Facebook post which read, “Soon the sun will rise. Good luck Australia, the Philippines, Japan and all the Pacific Islands. You go first. Now lead the way. Happy striking.” “This brought about a sense of urgency to me,” she said. “Greta Thunberg, 16, who initiated
the school strike, had written that the problem is that it is the people – us, kids, youth, that have to wish each other luck with success over getting our leaders to acknowledge our demands and to see climate change as the crisis and emergency it is. “Instead, we have a prime minister who slings around lumps of coal in parliament and exclaims that there should be more learning and less activism. It is clear to me that our dear government fails to see what we are trying to achieve, which is the hope of having a future to live in.” Ms Thunberg, of Sweden, quoted a native American as stating: “We have not inherited this Earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children”. “This emphasises the complete disconnect to the environment many people have that is ruining our world. Every human utilises Earth’s resources as a means of survival and comfort,” Ms Thunberg said. “Forests are stripped bare, land is foraged and degraded, air is polluted, water sources are infested by plastics and oils, and species are abused. “The environment, the very thing that enables our existence, is being suffocated by the increasing impacts of our mindless consumption and lifestyle. It should be ingrained within our moral code to respect the environment, others and ourselves. If we do not act now, an irreversible chain reaction will be set off. Time is running out.” The next climate strike will be at Mornington Park, 9-11am, Saturday 30 November.
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An old Hastings identity dies Compiled by Cameron McCullough IT is with deep regret that we announce the death of an old and respected pioneer, in the person of Mr. Joseph Haddock of Forest Lodge, Hastings at the age of 75 years. Deceased was a man of indomitable will, and always accomplished, however difficult, anything he undertook to carry out. He was born at Mount Prospect, in New South Wales, in 1844. Losing his parents during childhood, he had to battle for himself at an early age. After working in parts of New South Wales for a few years, he finally settled in Victoria, coming to Hastings fortyeight years ago, where he started in the building trade, amongst his efforts being the first Hastings Public Hall and the Catholic Church. He was for many years a quartermaster-sergeant in the old 40th P.R. Battery, and also in the No. 6 Battery, A.F.A.V., at Hastings, at the end of his service receiving the medal for long and efficient service. During the past few years his health had not been of the best – suffering a good deal with his heart. Taking a chill, he died on the 31st of August, after a short, painful illness. He leaves a widow and grown up family of five respected children – one daughter and four sons. The remains were interred in the Hastings Cemetery, the Revs M. Coates and H. W. Hughes officiating. *** A LENGTHY letter from Mr Ditchburn, manging director of the
Frankston Gas and Electric Supply Coy, came to hand this (publication) morning – too late for this issue. *** THE programme of the Cranbourne Turf Club’s spring meeting to be held on Thursday October 9th is advertised in another column. Entries close on Sept 29th. *** MESSRS Brody and Mason announce that they will hold a clearing sale on Monday Sept 29th on the premises “Ashleigh Vale” Bungower Road, near Somerville, on account of Mr F. E. Timms. Particulars are advertised. On Oct 11th a special sale of household furnishings will be held at Frankston by the same firm. *** THE Volunteer Motor Corps have arranged to bring a party of invalided men from the various Military Hospitals to Frankston on Sunday next 28th inst. The “Wattle” club are preparing to entertain the visitors at afternoon tea in the local hall. The club officials extend a most cordial invitation to any and all returned local boys to be present and meet their comrades. *** AT the bazaar held recently at Langwarrin, in aid of the building fund of the Church of England, the following prizes were awarded: Miss Clark, 1st for Victoria sandwich; Mrs Raws, 1st prize for scones; Mr Jos. Bray – Frankston, 1st prize for hat trimming. ***
With only 1343 pigs penned at the sales on 16th inst,. in Sydney, prices soared to exceptionally high levels, and what is claimed to be an Australasian record for a pig for slaughter was obtained by Messrs. Badgery Bros, of Castlereagh Street, Sydney, for the, sale of a high class fat Berkshire sow. This sow was bred and offered on account of Mr Chas Jones, of Wodonga, and realised £21 1s; 346 pigs sold by the firm average £4 14s 4d. *** THE preselection ballot of Labor aspirants willing to contest the Flinders electorate at the next Federal elections is to take place on Saturday, October 4, under the auspices of the Flinders Electorate Council. Nomination for same close on October 3. Capt S. M. Bruce, M.P. for Flinders, is billed to deliver an important address in the Dandenong Town hall, on Monday evening next, the 29th. Capt. Bruce has just returned to Australia, after an extensive tour of England, parts of Europe, and America, and as he is a fluent speaker, he should give a very interesting address of his travels, and on matters now occupying the public funds. *** FOOTBALLERS Accident Fund – Mr W. L. Hartland, acknowledges subscriptions from the following gentlemen (to defray expense of motor accident to Frankston footballers) which has been handed over to the President: A. D. Box £1 1s; D. Kennedy £1 1s; W. H. O’Grady 10s; J. Cuthbert 5s; H. Anderson 2s 6d; W. L. Hartland 5s; G.
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Bray 2s 6d; L. Hearps 2s; .Total £3 9s. *** A MEETING of the Frankston Show Committee will be held at the Mechanics’ Hall on Monday night, 29th: inst at 8 o’clock. As the show schedule is to be reviewed and adopted with a view to early publications a full meeting is requested. The secretary Mr J. C. Cuthbert reports that he is well satisfied with the promises of support received up to date. *** WEDDING BELLS. McCOMB – NORMAN A pretty wedding which excited much interest, was celebrated on Saturday afternoon, Sept 20th, at the Methodist Church, Frankston, when Miss Edith Florence McComb, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs H. McComb, of Nolan Street, Frankston, and Mr Robert Charles Norman (late 21st batt A.I.F.) of Merbein, second son of Mr and Mrs Chas Norman, of Moreland Road, Coburg, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev E. Tonkin. The Church was tastefully decorated with a color scheme of pink and white azaleas and peach blossom, surmounting a bank of ferns. The bride who was given away by her father, wore a bridal frock of ivory crepe de chine, draped with ivory ninon, and embroidered, with pearls. The long court train was also embroidered with pearls and fringe. Her hand-embroidered veil fell in graceful lines, encircled with a narrow wreath of orange blossom, and she
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carried a beautiful shower bouquet of white azaleas, cyclamen, heather and maiden-hair fern, designed by Miss Bailey. The bridesmaids were Miss Millie Marshall and Miss Florence Tonkin, and were daintily attired in chiffon viole inset with filet lace, and wore black tulle hats with cluster of pink grapes, finished with ribbon chin straps, and carried bouquets of pale pink sweet peas and carnations. Mr R. Swift acted as best man, and Mr R. Turner as groomsman. Miss Floss Archbold officiated at the organ, and Miss Norman rendered the solo “Because” while the register was being signed. At the reception and wedding tea, held at “Clarendon House”, the bride’s mother received the guests. She wore a soft black silk dress, relieved with oriental trimmings, and a hat of black crepe de chine with fawn roses and foilage. The bridegrooms mother wore a black silk dress and furs, and hat of black silk relieved with white flowers. The bride’s travelling costume was of mole grey and becoming hat of pearl grey and blue georgette, with blue grapes. Miss Cahill, of Frankston, was responsible for the charming frock of the bride, which reflects great credit in her taste and skill. The future home of Mr and Mrs. R. C. Norman will be “Redlands,” Merbein. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 27 September 1919
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Valerie Ann Kleinig - Dancing queen and quiet achiever OBITUARY
Valerie Ann Kleinig 5 October 1936 - 23 August 2019 By Peter McCullough WELL known local identity, Val Kleinig, passed away on 23 August at the age of 82. Val had been married to Clem for 63 years and was the mother of Susy, Bernard and Gordon; mother-in-law 0f David, Rachel and Tami; and grandmother of Christy, Andrew, Cameron, Mitchell, Nathan, Crystal, Trinity and Havanna. The funeral was held at Crib Point Uniting Church on 28 August, followed by a committal service at the Crib Point Cemetery. The Reverend Nigel McBrien officiated and the eulogy was delivered by Ted Gale, supplemented with personal tributes from Bernie Kleinig and Susy Morgan. This obituary is based on their comments. *** Valerie Ann Lake was born at Hastings Bush Nursing Hospital on 5 October, 1936, to parents Rose Cecilia and Gerald. She was the younger sister of Gordon and Iris and the family lived in Disney Street, Crib Point. During Val’s teenage years her mother remarried to Walter (‘Waddy’) Creasy who gave Val her first bike… made out of spare parts. Val attended Crib Point Primary School, leaving after Year 7 to work at Hastings Hosiery Mills (a.k.a. The Sock Factory). She would ride her bike to the railway station and then catch the train to Hastings. One morning she missed the train and rode the bike to Hastings; Val must have enjoyed the experience for she then rode every day. After two years at the Mills, Val was offered a position at the dry cleaners at Flinders Naval Depot (now HMAS Cerberus). She worked
there for thirteen years, only leaving to start her family. In her early years Val’s great love was dancing. She would often dance nearly every night of the week, sometimes riding the bike with her long dress and multiple petticoats draped over the handlebars; it must have been a sight to behold! Such were her talents that she was invited, along with one of her regular dance partners, to enter the Victorian Foxtrot championships. Val’s shyness intervened and she declined the invitation. Val’s sister, Iris, who also worked at the Depot, married a sailor named Kevin Kleinig; Kevin left the navy and the couple moved back to his family home in South Australia. It
was on a visit to her sister that the 16-year-old Val met Kevin’s younger brother, Clem. A romance blossomed and, three years later, on 3 March, 1956, they married at St. Paul’s Anglican church in Frankston. The marriage was celebrated at the Frankston Tea Gardens and they travelled to Woodend for their honeymoon. Clem had moved to Victoria and the young couple built their first home next door to Val’s parents in Crib Point. Not long afterwards they purchased a caravan and they would holiday each year at Lakes Entrance, accompanied by Val’s parents and their dog ‘Skipper’, so named as he always insisted on joining Val when she was working out on the skipping rope. When ‘Skipper’ died he was
replaced by a corgi named ’Lefty’; as Val said at the time “If it’s good enough for the queen to have corgis, it’s good enough for me.” More on that later. Apart from dancing, Val also loved fishing. She and Clem purchased a boat and many weeknights and weekends were spent fishing in Western Port Bay. The fish were cooked by Val and many people have sampled the hospitality of the Kleinig family home; whether it was a bible study group, staff from Cerberus (where Clem was in charge of the grounds), a meeting of local councillors, or just family and friends. As well as her ability to entertain, Val was an enthusiastic knitter and spent many hours knitting jumpers and baby clothes for her family and friends. Val’s greatest love of all was her family and she supported them in every way: Susy and her ballet and tap dancing, and Bernard and Gordon with their tennis and football. As the children married the partners were welcomed and supported, and then the eight grandchildren gave her great joy. She was proud of their achievements and was thrilled with the recent announcements of three engagements: Christy & Gaz, Crystal & Marcus, and Cameron & Katelyn. Val shared Clem’s love of servicing the community and doing for others, something which stemmed from their strong Christian faith. In 1959 they chose to attend the Crib Point Methodist Church (now Uniting) and they have been regular worshippers ever since with Val being an active member of the Ladies Guild. Val also spent 14 years on the Parents’ Association at the Crib Point and Somers Primary Schools, and 7 years on the committee of the Somers Tennis Club. She was on the Crib Point Cemetery Committee for 30 years
and a member of the Hastings Seniors for a similar time. For 45 years Val helped sick and handicapped children as a member of the Peninsula Group of the Uncle Bobs Club. One of her greatest legacies has been the founding, with two friends, of ‘The Happy Hour Singers’; 35 years later this group is still entertaining residents of Nursing Homes in the district on a weekly basis. Back to Val and Q.E.2. The first occasion when they met was at a changing of the colours at HMAS Cerberus. The Queen and Duke were seated near Val and Clem and when the Queen misplaced her glasses, she solicited the help of Val in finding them. This involved a rummage through the Queen’s handbag. Later, when the Queen required a visit to the Ladies Room, she asked Val to accompany her; they chatted like old friends, exchanging details of family, corgis, weather, and even partners. Val never disclosed the contents of the Queen’s handbag nor the details of their chat although it is believed that a reference to Prince Charles was not particularly favourable! Years later Clem (then Shire President) and Val were invited to attend a dinner at Government House. When two dignitaries were unable to attend at short notice, the Queen was asked who she would like to replace them at the head table. She nominated Clem and Val from a room full of guests, and their friendship was renewed. Val was very proud of Clem when, some years ago, he was awarded the OAM for his service to the community but Val herself played an important role in all of Clem’s achievements. They had a long and close marriage and, although crippled by arthritis in recent years, she was strong for Clem earlier this year when he spent five months in hospital and during the move to their new home in Hastings. Ted Gale drew his eulogy to a close by describing Val as “A beautiful Christian soul who touched many and was loved by all that had the good fortune to know her well.” He concluded with some words from Abraham Lincoln: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts…it’s the life in your years.”
Far left: Val, the local dancing queen. Left: Val and Clem on their wedding day in 1956.
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Above: All born at the Hastings BNH: Val, Susy and Christy. Right: A recent family photo of Val and Clem with Susy, Bernard and Gordon.
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Government needs effective climate change policy To me, it seems the hypocrisy of Flinders MP Greg Hunt has no bounds. He openly supports the Save Westernport campaign, while the federal government takes no action to reserve our natural gas for local use. This would mean it would not be necessary for us to import our own gas back from Japan, which has a surplus of gas that it is importing from Australia. His government can take action to ensure that we do not need a monstrosity in Western Port, which will cause great damage to the environment. Then he comes out in support of government funding to save the Mt Martha beach boxes (“MPs disagree with experts over beach’s survival” The News 28/8/19). Those beach boxes are at risk because of climate change and he is part of a government that has no policy to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and has presided over a real increase in emissions since his government abolished the price on emissions in 2010. Yes, I’ll admit to being a member of the Labor Party, but I am also a grandmother who cares about the future of our planet for my grandchildren and all the future generations. I care about our beaches and our environment and I know that spending money on temporary solutions like groynes will not save us from the impact of climate change. The only thing that will mitigate the impacts is immediate action to lower our emissions. As Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has acknowledged, we are in a climate emergency and we need to do our bit to prevent the catastrophe that we are headed towards at the moment. So I ask Mr Hunt to get serious and advocate strongly within his government for the development of an effective policy on climate change. Marg D’Arcy, Rye
GetUp goes it alone [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt’s petulant schoolboy hissy fit about GetUp is ridiculous (“GetUp sees ‘Labor arm’ claim as a set up” The News 4/9/19). In the polling booths I worked in GetUp supporters were handing out how to vote not Labor. GetUp is a separate entity to any major party. It supports positive progressive platforms that are in the interest of democracy and putting the people first, not just same old negative ideas Mr Hunt and his Liberal National Party members went to an election with no policies except making people afraid to vote Labor with dishonest claims about so-called death taxes and a failing economy. So I say more power to GetUp to break through the Liberal National party noise and put forward alternate plans for Australia’s climate change and social reforms. How good is our economy? How good are our climate change deniers in government? Mornington Peninsula people still voted for this. Greg Hunt should be over the moon he dodged a bullet. Apparently hardly anyone was listening to any other better options. Sad for us Anne Lee, St Andrews beach
Lack of credibility Really, [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt after sympathy? His outburst regarding GetUp’s involvement in the last federal election is absurd (“GetUp sees ‘Labor arm’ claim as a set up” The News 4/9/19). Many ordinary Australians are very dissatisfied with how this government is lacking credibility on many policy issues affecting our country: the lack of climate change policy; the appalling inhumane treatment of our refugees; wage stagnation; and, ever increasing price rises of electricity and gas. I believe Australians should be more disturbed about the strong influence of the right wing “think tank”, the Institute of Public Affairs. Several of the current members of parliament in the Liberal Coalition including Tim Wilson and Senator James Patterson, are members of the IPA. There are also powerful supporters of the IPA who pressure the government, wanting to sell off our ABC, privatise the CSIRO, and abolish the Clean Energy Fund and climate change
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department. These well known public figures include Gina Rinehart, Rupert Murdoch, Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt and the disgraced George Pell. I see any of these people as being climate change deniers. Please stop your whinging and start addressing the real problems facing our country. Denise Hassett, Mt Martha
Help ulcer victims The health minister [Flinders MP Greg Hunt] apparently still hasn’t recognised the current need for Medicare support for Buruli ulcer sufferers in his electorate for the swab test and treatment (“Recognising Buruli” Letters 4/9/19). Research for the reason is all very well, but with the big numbers locally it is the current patients who need help Keith Murley, Blairgowrie
‘Deceptive’ rates Thank you Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr David Gill for explaining the progressive tax concept - the higher the value of your property, the larger your share of rates (“Rates reflect value” Letters 4/9/19). He neglected to mention the new discriminatory rate category invented for 2019/20, the Rural Living Rate. This 20 per cent rate increase is not mentioned in any of the multi-media information produced by the shire. It is not in the brochure that accompanies the rates and valuation notice. It is not on the actual rates and valuation notice nor on the shire’s website under the heading “How your Rates are Calculated?” The council has not been transparent in the introduction of this category and displays deceptive behaviour. Rates should be shared equally by all ratepayers, to support the principles of the green wedge. This 20 per cent increase on top of our already sizable rates is completely unfair. Affected ratepayers should contact the shire and their councillors and object in the strongest terms. Sandra Miller, Red Hill
Revenue ruses I was a bit miffed when I saw the letter in response to mine written by our mayor David Gill, a man I have great respect for, where he implied I did not understand how rates were calculated (“Rates reflect value” Letters 4/9/19). I do understand and I also understand how movements in capital improved values vary across the shire and the affect that has on how much rates increase or decrease for individual properties. I decided to do an analysis of what was happening with my rates. The surprise is that since big increases in 2014/15 and 2015/16 the average rate increase from year to year based on CIV alone has only been about 3 per cent a year. The fire levy only increases by one or two dollars a year and the fire levy insurance has been going down, except for this year when it went up a little. The main increase has come from increases in the waste levy. When the waste levy was called the municipal charge it stayed steady at $180 for 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16. It became the waste levy in 2016/17 and then took off, increasing by 7.2 per cent in 2016/17, 2.1 per cent in 2017/18, 22.3 per cent in 2018/19, and 18.25 per cent this year. Uncontrolled service charges just about always are used to increase income without appearing to do so. Regarding dogs and vets being fined for returning them to their owners, even if it was mandated by the state government in 1994 why, after 25 years, would the shire decide to enforce it now if not for revenue? I would be very concerned if it was because they wanted more control over their constituents. James McLoughlin, Balnarring
It could be worse Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has actually held to the rate cap increases imposed on it by the state government. In so far as rates go it has complied with the law, but not the spirit. My dollar rate based on CIV has stayed basically the same from 2015/16 (due to revaluations
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required by state government), the year before rate capping was initiated. However, the 2015/16 budget included a municipal charge of $180 which was included in the rate cap limits. In 2016/17 the municipal charge was blended (legitimately) into the basic rate and a special charge scheme was set up (waste charge). This special charge has increased to $285 (58%) since the 2015/16 budget. Items included far exceed the definition of waste “of a material, substance, or by-product eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process”. Many cost items included in the waste charge do not meet the definition and many have to do with cleaning up after tourists. As special charge schemes are not included in the cap there is no incentive for councils to manage these costs as they can just pass them on: just like the good old budget process before 2017/18. It is a sneaky way around the rate cap that the government refuses to fix. I guess we should be thankful the council has not initiated other special charge schemes like defraying any other expenses; or repaying (with interest) any advance made to or debt incurred or loan raised by the council; or special charge scheme for Rosebud pool; or filtration systems to filter the hot foul air from the council chambers. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach
Kaufland should appeal Eighty plus submissions opposing Kaufland’s supermarket is a miniscule drop in the bucket compared to the total number of people living on the Mornington Peninsula (“Mayor thanks Wynne for Kaufland veto decision” The News 10/9/19). Most of those opposing had vested interests, such as local retailers I for one would welcome Kaufland instead of thousands of people driving in our direction. Now we will have the same number driving in the opposite direction to Dandenong Spoiling the gateway to the peninsula? If that was such a big concern, companies like Bunnings should’ve been kept at least 300 metres off the highway and trees planted instead Hopefully, Kaufland will appeal this decision Adrian Elderhurst, Langwarrin South
Law and order Due to escalating crime rates locally and the complete lack of response from the state government, I have been working with residents to form local law and order committees in Western Port townships. Our local boys and girls in blue have been very supportive, attending meetings, listening to residents’ experiences and hearing our priorities and reporting bask where possible about previously reported crimes. This letter to the editor has a few purposes: to let the community know that our crime committee strategy, while only in its early days, it is working well and to encourage them to join us. Most importantly however, I am writing on behalf of all of the members of each of our committees, to thank our understaffed and brave local police, for responding to this call from their local community and to help in circumstances that can be a life and death matter. When our community works together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve. Neale Burgess, MP for Hastings
AFL scores disaster It is abundantly clear among local football leagues and clubs that the AFL wants to have complete and absolute control of Aussie rules football throughout Australia, irrespective of whether that is in the best interests of community, grassroots football competitions and clubs. These local bodies now effectively have absolutely no say as to how their competitions are structured and managed, but nonetheless pay an absolute “kings ransom” to the AFL for the (dubious) privilege. How disappointing it must have been for those people that are actively involved or follow the Mornington Peninsula Football and Netball League when the competition’s website, managed by the AFL under the banner AFL Southeast, did not provide progressive live score
coverage of the Division 1 grand final between Sorrento and Dromana. The competition’s showcase event of the year. I, like so many other people that could not attend the match, remained keenly interested in the progressive scores of this match, but could not do so through the AFL’s own communication medium. What a disgrace. If there is ever a time for a World Series Cricket-type equivalent revolution for Aussie rules football, the environment for such a move is just about now. Stuart Allen, Dromana
Radiation is deadly My elder daughter is suffering from terminal brain cancer which, in my humble opinion, was caused by exposure to mobile phone and wi-fi exposure. While she was receiving radiotherapy at the hospital the radiotherapist told her that the treatment would cause cancer in around 10 years, but that she did not need to worry as she wouldn’t survive that long. Infants and children and, in the case of females, their ovaries are likely to develop mutated DNA - meaning the next generation would be affected. The claim by telcos that 5G radiation is safe is unfounded and contradicted by growing scientific studies. I want to bring the insidious effects of exposure to 5G radiation to the attention of Mornington Peninsula residents. Graeme Willis, Mt Eliza
Jet skis are noisy I swim regularly at Fishermans Beach, Mornington and I am staggered that [Personal Wavecraft Industry Association chair] David Heyes could say jet skis are noiseless (“Jet ski critics ‘demonise’ families” The News 4/9/19). The noise from jet skis can be heard when they are so far away you can hardly see them. When you get several running around at the same time, the noise is unbearable. He also says that they have nothing on them that can harm people. Tell that to the families of people who have been killed after being hit by them. This man is clearly a mouthpiece for an organisation which has a vested interest in sales of these monstrosities, and facts do not come into the argument. Glenn Murphy, Hampton Park
No sound solution I have heard of parallel universes and I believe David Heyes must not live in mine (“Jet ski critics ‘demonise’ families” The News 4/9/19). I have lived on the Mornington Peninsula for more than 20 years. I am a fisherman, scuba diver, environmentalist and believe in behaving in a manner that does not affect the rights of others. I live about two kilometres from the water and find it difficult to believe the noise I am hearing all summer comes from a craft with an emitted noise level of 70dba. Older jet skis are noisier than the current units, but these later models are often modified by removing parts of the exhaust system, increasing the noise level. The “thrill “ component of operating a jet ski some riders look for comes from wave jumping, which also increases noise levels. Noise is the main reason for the objections to jet skis. The leaving and re-entering the water creates a proven noise profile that is far worse than a constant steady noise. I have on numerous occasions had jet ski operators ignore laws relating to clearance distance from dive flags and it is only a matter of time before a diver is seriously injured. Jet ski operators have had ample time to resolve these problems but have ignored them in pursuit of an adrenalin rush. No doubt there are operators who obey the rules and respect the rights of others and unfortunately the actions of a large percentage of their fellow operators will affect them. However, the rights of the community as a whole must prevail, sop don’t expect any support from those you think “demonise “ you. I would like jet ski operators to stop persecuting me. I do not mind sharing but should not have to wear hearing protection. Eric Dettman, Rye
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Unstoppable: Red Hill dominated in 2019, earning a promotion to Division One in 2020. Picture: Andrew Hurst
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By Brodie Cowburn Winners: Red Hill THE Hillmen had a game plan in 2019. They worked hard in defence all season long, and it paid off handsomely. Although it may not be the most attractive brand of football, the Hillmen found success by keeping their opposition off the scoreboard. It worked wonders, as the finished top of the ladder with just two losses to their name and nearly half as many points conceded as their next best rivals. Their toughest task was facing Karingal in the grand final. The Bulls’ fire-
power in their forward line might have been enough to nullify Red Hill’s defence on a good day, but the Hillmen proved up to the task. They were able to restrict the Bulls to just four goals for the day, and claim the premiership along with promotion to division one. After Dromana’s success post-promotion last year, the Hillmen will head into the top division next year looking to make an impact. Karingal THE Bulls may have fallen just short of a grand final win, but there was still plenty to be happy about in season 2019. Karingal made one of the biggest moves of the off season by bringing in Cranbourne FC legend Marc Holt in a
bid to bolster their forward line. The recruitment of the star full-forward paid off, as Holt booted big bags throughout the year. He made a huge impact in the finals, kicking 20 goals in two games to help the Bulls reach the big dance. He finished top of the league’s goal kicking leaderboard for the year with 85 majors. The Bulls went out in straight sets in 2018 and looked much improved this year. In 2020 they will be among the premiership favourites.
field attention did not translate into on field results. Fevola struggled with injury and form throughout the year and could not make the impact some would have hoped for. Their target man last year Luke Hewitt also struggled to have the same impact when sharing the forward line. He booted 45 goals last year but only managed 25 this season. Hastings finished with a decent record of 10 wins and eight losses, but still missed finals.
Losers: Hastings THE Blues made headlines in the off season by bringing in former Coleman medalist Brendan Fevola. Unfortunately for Hastings the off
Pearcedale PEARCEDALE had a miserable 2019, only managing one win throughout the whole year. They wrestled for bottom spot with Crib Point all year, but a late win by
the Magpies saw Pearcedale rooted to bottom place at the end of the season. After claiming six wins last year, the season is a worrying regression. Seaford AFTER their relegation from the top division last season, Seaford would have been hoping for a quick turnaround and return to the top flight. The Tigers found themselves fighting in the middle of the ladder logjam towards the end of the year, and ended up falling just short of a finals position by percentage. Aaron Walton was a bright spot. He scored 65 goals for the season, only finishing behind Marc Holt in the leading goalkickers list.
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By Craig MacKenzie PENINSULA Strikers announced the lowest junior fees in NPL Victoria history last week and threw down the gauntlet to local rivals Langwarrin and Mornington. Strikers and Mornington recently were granted NPL junior licences and had to stump up $20,000 each for the privilege. Most NPL clubs charge the maximum junior player fee of $2200 for a season. That is the case with Langwarrin while Mornington has set its player fee at $1800. But Strikers have outdone their rivals by charging junior players $1090 to play for the club in the under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-16 elite NPL competition next season. “The whole idea when we went down this path was to tackle the cost to families and we have worked extremely hard to come up with a figure that not only trumps everybody else but makes costs feasible,” Strikers president Adrian Scialpi said. “No club in Victoria can match us. “We wanted to go low to attract young players who have never even considered NPL because it was completely out of reach of their family’s budget and believe me there are a lot of kids in that category. “We wanted to offer some real value for money and we think we have four really good coaches and a TD (technical director) that is outstanding, in fact I don’t think you’ll find anyone more qualified in Victoria.” That man is Jonathan Magee, 47, who played with Glenavon, Linfield, Bangor, Portadown and Lisburn Distillery in his native Northern Ireland before injury ended his career in 1998. Magee holds a UEFA A licence and has worked with Preston North End’s youth program and is the former Player Recruitment Manager at West Bromwich Albion. He arrived here in 2010 and became technical director of Strikers junior club in 2015. This week Strikers also will unveil the club’s NPL junior coaching lineup. The under-13s will be coached by John Meads who has worked in the NPLW with Southern United and has a C licence. The under-14s will be under former Springvale White Eagles junior coach Sasa Djurovic who is a C licence holder.
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Former Doveton junior coach Darren Hili (C licence) will be in charge of the under-15s while Christian Castro (B licence) will take charge of the under-16s and is well known at the club due to his work with its community junior wing. “We have coaching plans in place that we believe are the equal of any club in Victoria and we think we have created something that’s a little bit special,” Scialpi added. “We’re not using NPL fees to help finance our senior club which a lot of other clubs do. “The senior club will stand on its own two feet and we plan to tap into our junior talent pool to provide players for our senior program. “We aim to deliver a whole package over the next few years that just might change junior football in our region.” Strikers are also expected to announce that Givova is their NPL apparel supplier. The Italian-owned company has been involved with the junior club for the past two seasons. Scialpi and Strikers senior coach Danny Verdun are due to meet this week as the club moves to lock-in its senior appointments for next season. It’s believed that reserves coach Paul Williams has been retained while Donn Delaney has been linked with the Centenary Park outfit. Delaney coached Langy’s under-
15s to this year’s NPL title and was expected to take over the under-16s but he surprised most observers by passing up that opportunity. In NPL2 news Langwarrin gaffer Scott Miller has told the senior squad that they are all required for next season. However the club is yet to negotiate deals for 2020 with most senior players. It’s believed that teenage defender Lucas Portelli knocked back the chance to trial with Central Coast Mariners. The former Melbourne City player trialled with A-league newcomer Western United who is understood to have made him an offer which he rejected. Melbourne Knights goalkeeper of the century Peter Blasby has been retained as Langwarrin’s senior goalkeeping coach while Francis Beck has been retained as junior goalkeeping coach. Fifteen-year-old Langwarrin keeper Nathan Lynders flew out of Melbourne last week to trial with English clubs Crystal Palace and Norwich City. Lynders has previously trialled with Spanish giant Valencia. He will miss Langy’s upcoming underage NPL trials but Mornington is believed to be keeping close tabs on its former junior whose younger brother Cael plays in goal for the Dal-
las Brooks Park outfit. Eighteen-year-old Langy keeper Colby Jones will trial with Western United. He was recently named under-20s best and fairest and also was the players’ player of the year winner. His father Chris was a successful keeper with South Melbourne, Bentleigh Greens, Oakleigh and English club Brighton and Hove Albion and retired in 2010 after a long spell as the No 1 at Lawton Park. Former Langy under-16s coach Doug Hodgson is expected to be named the new under-18s coach at Doveton. Hodgson and a squad of Langy juniors flew out of Melbourne last week on a seven-match 14-day tour of England and will play West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Kidderminster Harriers, Leicester City, Nottingham Forrest, Coventry City and the University of Warwick’s academy side. In NPLW news Southern United finished the 2019 season with a 2-0 loss to Bulleen in Saturday’s under16s grand final at ABD Stadium in Broadmeadows. In wet and windy conditions Southern’s inability to make inroads in the midfield battle and to create chances was to prove its undoing. Bulleen keeper Pyper Prosen was rarely in the action whereas her counterpart at the other end of the pitch,
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Alex Jones, was kept busy and was one of Southern’s better performers along with defender Emily Ryan. Jones effected a superb smother in the 4th minute to deny Anna Berrell after Southern had given the ball away just inside its defensive third. In the 7th minute Jones was forced to dive down and push a low shot from Rebecca Salvaggio out for a corner. Bulleen was on top in midfield and Southern’s best chance of a breakthrough seemed likely to come from set piece situations but when the sides went into the half-time break at 0-0 Bulleen had the upper hand with the wind at its back in the second stanza. That advantage was driven home in the 54th minute when a curling shot from Pria Savarirayan deceived Jones and crept inside the far post to open the scoring. A looping shot from Rosie Rodger bounced off the bar three minutes later and when Belinda Stojcevksi punished Southern’s inability to clear following a corner by slamming the ball home from point-blank range in the 66th minute the contest was over. This was Southern’s third successive Grand Final appearance after winning the under-13 event in 2017 and losing 2-1 to Calder United in last year’s under-14 final. On a positive note if Southern coach and former Matilda Deb Nichols keeps this group together they can expect to mount serious title and finals campaigns next year as only two players, Sydney James and Indy Scarr, are ineligible to play at that level in 2020. On Sunday Southern announced that Brian Roberts would become the club’s new technical director replacing Harry Chalkitis who has retired. Chalkitis has an impressive list of credits amassed during a decadeslong involvement with the sport. He is a two-time Victorian Coach of the Year, former men’s state team coach, head coach of a number of clubs including Bentleigh Greens, Port Melbourne and Frankston City, head coach of Victoria Vision in the women’s NSL and head of Victoria’s National Training Centre women’s program. “I’m leaving Southern on very good terms and I’ll always be just a phonecall away,” Chalkitis said. Roberts is the former senior coach at Box Hill United and has won the past two NPLW Coach of the Year awards.
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Vale Les Obriem – Craftsman HORSE RACING
By Ben Triandafillou ASTUTE Mornington trackwork clocker Les Obriem passed away on Sunday 15 September after spending more than four decades applying his trade. The old-school clocker, who also wrote under the nom de plume Craftsman, passed away aged 74 due to health issues. Throughout his time Obriem worked for various media outlets including the Sportsman, the Sporting Globe, The Herald, The Truth and the Winning Post as well as being heard on radio stations, 3UZ with Bert Bryant and 3DB with Bill Collins. In recent years, Les had a passion for going to Sandown and then Werribee to clock and watch the numerous international gallopers as they prepared for the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Obriem made a great contribution to Mornington Racecourse through his love of horse racing and the people that put on the show. He was also on the Emu Plains Committee at Balnarring Racecourse for 10 years. Group One winning trainer Pat Carey said Les’ presence in the trainer’s tower at Mornington would light up the room. “He had incredibly sharp wit
and a good sense of humour,” Carey said. “He was always prepared to talk about the ‘elephant’ in the room. He was immensely respected and had all the confidence by the trainers.” “He was very sentimental about the local history of Mornington and Balnarring, and loved recalling the deeds of local trainers. “When radio was the main medium for getting information to the punters, Les’ segment was a must listen to - everyone listened to it.” Obriem basically grew up at the Mentone Racecourse (now closed) with his father Syd training out of the venue before getting the opportunity to clock horses at Mornington. His brother, Joe, had previously clocked horses at Mornington as well, before moving to the Epsom Racecourse (now also closed). Somewhat of a jack-of-alltrades, Obriem even tried his hand at training and jockey management. Obriem had one or two horses in training during the late 1960s and handled several jockey’s careers including Wayne Hokai, Kevin Forrester, Andrew Findlay, Rowan Waymouth and Anthony Darmanin. Obriem made an impact across the Peninsula having also set up a fundraising drive for underprivileged kids in the
Westernport Area, rounding up support from local horse trainers. “He Inspired trainers to support the local charity,” Carey said. “The trainers do it every year now and have continued the initiative with support from the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation.” Some of the top horses that caught Obriem’s eye over the years included the mighty mare Makybe Diva and the Mornington-trained triple Group One winner, Hareeba. “He regarded Makybe Diva’s gallop before she won her second Melbourne Cup as the best gallop he had seen at Mornington on the course proper,” Carey said. “He had a high regard for the Ken Newman-trained Hareeba, one of Australia’s great sprinters, as well as Charlie Waymouth’s gallopers Rancher and Sequalo.” Obriem’s other passions were fishing, watching his grandsons Brodie and Max play footy on a Sunday morning and caravanning every winter with his wife, Heather. Les was a loving father to Nicholas (dec), Hayley and Samuel. The Melbourne Racing Club will now name a race after the great clocker on Grand Final day, Saturday 28 September – Vale Les Obriem Craftsman Plate.
Craftsman: Mornington trackwork clocker Les Obriem, also known as Craftsman, passed away aged 74. Picture: Supplied
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