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Australia’s date with history Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A MORNINGTON man blames the national education system for “not teaching children the real date and significance of Australia Day”. Bill Welbourne says that contrary to popular belief Australia Day does not and should not celebrate the arrival of the first fleet or “the invasion of anything”. The former teacher’s comments follow Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Kerri McCafferty’s decision not to celebrate Australia Day on Tuesday 26 January because it is not a day of “national celebration” (“Councillor bows out on ‘celebration’” The News 18/1/21). “Simply put, it’s not the date to celebrate. The day, yes, but not the date,” she said. Cr McCafferty, one of eight new councillors elected in November, said the date was “not inclusive and was disrespectful to Indigenous Australians”. “I have made my decision after listening to them, learning the true history of this country from them, and respecting their wishes,” she said. In less than 48 hours Cr McCafferty’s comments clocked up well over 800 comments - for and against - on The News’ Facebook page. While not critical of Cr McCafferty’s stance, Mr Welbourne said misconceptions around Captain Cook’s arrival were rife. He said the navigator landed on 28 April 1770, while the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay on 18 January 1788. Mr Welbourne said the pageantry of Captain Cook’s landing was subsequently added to Australia Day celebrations as a reminder of a significant historical event. “Since the extravagant bicentenary celebrations of 1988, when Sydney-

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siders decided Captain Cook's landing should become the focus of the Australia Day commemoration, the importance of this date for all Australians has begun to fade,” he said. “Now, a generation later, it’s all but lost because our politicians and educators have not done a good job promoting the day.” Mr Welbourne said the media had twisted the truth “for the sake of controversy” resulting in many in the Aboriginal community being “so offended by what they see as a celebration of the

beginning of the darkest days of [their] history they want the date changed”. As Captain Cook did not land on 26 January, changing the date of any celebration of his landing would not have any impact on Australia Day, but “maybe it would clear the way for the truth about Australia Day”. Mr Welbourne said the answer was simple: “Australians – including Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders – “became our own people” with the enacting of the Nationality and Citizenship Act on 26 January 1948.

This was the day we were first called Australians and allowed to travel with passports – issued the following year – as Australians. “So, we all became Australians on the same day and that is why we should celebrate Australia Day on 26 January. It was the day Aborigines were declared Australians and the day new Australians received their citizenship.” Mr Welbourne said education was key to understanding the “real reason” for celebrating Australia Day on 26 January.

“[It] needs to be advertised and taught in schools. We all need to remember this one very special day in Australia's history: when freedom came to all Australians. “We need to remember both the good and the bad in our history, but the emphasis must be the freedom and unity all Australians now have. “What was done on 26 January 1948 allows us to live without fear in a land of peace. It is time all Australians were taught the real reason we celebrate Australia Day on 26 January.”


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Fall is a curtain call for Blossom Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au SILVERS Circus has given assurances that a performing dog was not injured when it fell backwards during an act under the Big Top, Saturday 16 January. Circus spokesperson Simon Tait said Blossom, a kelpie/cross heeler, was halfway up a ladder to the tightrope when she fell backwards about 1.5 metres from the ground during the 6.30pm show. “Yes it did happen; yes she did fall,” he said, adding that Blossom “landed on her feet and quickly rolled onto her side … and [afterwards] was showing no signs of hurt or distress”. Mr Tait said the act had since been removed from the show and that the circus may take legal action over the “totally false accusations” made on social media. The circus admitted it had been “inundated with complaints” after a “clearly shaken” Blossom was afterwards “picked up by the performer … and put straight back onto the ladder to climb to the top”. “Cowering down, with her ears flat to her head in fear, [she] was made to balance/walk a 10-12 foot (3.6 metre) high tightrope,” audience member Jane Bosman said. “We took our family out for what we thought was going to be a fun family day out but, instead [it], quickly turned to horror when we witnessed what appeared to be a senior dog being forced to walk up an extremely high ladder towards a tightrope.

“Fearing the worst, we all watched in horror as the poor dog fell backwards off the ladder onto her head and back.” Ms Bosman said the dog appeared to be “clearly shaken” after the fall. “To say that we were disgusted and upset that the poor dog wasn’t immediately removed from the performance for an assessment is an absolute understatement.” She believed the circus had shown “no duty of care to attending to the dog’s wellbeing and possible injuries”. Silvers Circus countered online: “Being a kelpie/cross heeler bounding, jumping and agility is naturally within her breed and is part of her strengths. “After assessing her thoroughly, Blossom’s owner was able to determine that she was willing to attempt her climb again, which she did successfully. “This concluded the act at which point the entire audience witnessed Blossom run around the ring and accept her praise and treats, and her good health and enjoyment was clear to see.” The circus said Blossom had been monitored and had shown no sign of distress “and is happy.” The post said Blossom, seven, was “at only half her life expectancy of 1215 years”. It said she had been checked by a vet and was “100 per cent healthy and fit to do what she loves best”. “Silvers prides itself on our integrity, respect and care for all our performers … Blossom [is] part of our family. We are always transparent with our care and protocols and are always open to discussions and queries.”

Show’s over: Blossom at Silvers Circus with performer Naiema. Picture: Gary Sissons

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NEWS DESK Pats on the back for PTA volunteers A SAUSAGE sizzle and morning tea at the Baxter office of Peninsula Transport Assist, Saturday 16 January, was a “thank you” to volunteers who supported it through a difficult year, volunteer driver liaison officer Clare Harwood said. All through COVID-19 the volunteers continued to take clients to medical appointments, although other trips, to shops, outings and funerals, had to be curtailed due to strict regulations. Full PTA services have only been offered since the New Year. Cr Paul Mercurio expressed his support for the volunteer Baxter group’s role in the community. He noted it was his first speech as an elected councillor.

Thanks everyone: Peninsula Transport Assist president Don Reeves mid-speech. At right is Cr Paul Mercurio. Picture: Supplied

Plastic finish for road THE third and final stage of the Bentons Road upgrade at Moorooduc – one of the Mornington Peninsula’s busiest east-west roads – will be completed soon. The final stage is designed to improve the section from Moorooduc Highway to Derril Road and follows the widening of Loders Road, and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Bentons and Derril roads.

In the mix: Cr Lisa Dixon and mayor Cr Despi O’Connor with shire project manager Aidan Gallagher at Bentons Road, Moorooduc. Picture: Supplied

Mornington Peninsula Shire is doing the work as part of the federal government’s Roads to Recovery program. Stage three will include widening the existing road, laying new, and upgrading existing, drains, installing crash barriers and upgrading the intersection of Gorman, Rickards and Bentons roads. The 1.6 kilometre stretch of Bentons Road will be topped with 1450 tonnes of the synthetic road covering PlastiPhalt, which is made from recycled waste plastic. The five tonnes of plastic waste – or 1.8 million plastic packages –would otherwise have gone to landfill.

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Trophy presentation: FLINDERS Golf Club captain Dean Burrows, right, and Harry TiesdellSmith, winner of this year’s Warrant Officers Cup. Picture: Supplied

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Cerberus in appreciation of being able to play at Flinders. Club member Alan Robinson said conditions for this year’s cup contest were “cooler and not as windy as usual … but nevertheless 75 very tired competitors gathered at the clubhouse at the end of the day to celebrate Harry’s victory, and the end of another close and hard-fought competition”. The club continues to run programs for new golfers of all ages through its Pathways to Golf program. Details: Denise Kidman, call 0410 637 791 or the club office, 5989 0583.

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FLINDERS Golf Club’s youngest member has won one of the club’s oldest trophies. Harry Tiesdell-Smith, 14, earlier this month competed against 75 golfers to take out the 82nd Warrant Officers Cup with a par score of six-up. Since joining the club aged 10, Tiesdell-Smith has played off a handicap of 11. The 36-hole Warrant Officers Cup is held on the first Saturday of January each year and is conducted as a “par” competition over two full rounds, separated by a 45-minute break for lunch. Originally known as the Naval Challenge Cup, the trophy was presented to the club in 1939 by the commissioned and warrant officers at HMAS

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Buzz brings gardens to life THE blue-banded bee has buzzed its way to top spot in a poll to find a mascot to represent the Mornington Peninsula’s Gardens for Wildlife program. The brightly coloured bee, pictured, gets its name from the striking turquoise bands running across its fluffy gold and white body. This little creature is a big help in the veggie garden, performing a particular type of pollination known as buzz pollination, or sonication, in which it holds onto the flower and shakes its body rapidly. Certain plants, including tomatoes, will only release their pollen when buzzed in this way.

The blue-banded bee is solitary and lives alone in the crevices of mudbricks or sandstone rocks, or in little burrows in clay-type soil. They find bee hotels especially welcoming. To attract this bee, plant brachyscome, flax lily, hardenbergia, hibbertia and native rosemary in your garden. Herbs and vegetables they are known to frequent are lavender, borage, chilli, lemon balm, sage, thyme and tomatoes. The shire is looking for an artist to prepare an illustration of the blue-banded bee for its Gardens for Wildlife logo. The successful artist will receive

$1500. To obtain the brief and register an interest, email g4w@mornpen.vic. gov.au Applications close 15 February. Artwork must be completed by 22 March. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Gardens for Wildlife is part of the shire’s Biodiversity Conservation Plan. “The blue-banded bee will inspire residents to plant natives in their gardens. This is beneficial for your garden as you create a welcoming habitat for native creatures. “Another bonus is that native plants are resilient and don’t require too much work or water.”

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‘Rave’ highlights lack of security Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au AN ORGANISED rave party, illegal campers and fireworks have highlighted the ease with which intruders can enter Point Nepean National Park. Although concerns about the rave, or “bush gath”, attended by “hundreds of local kids”, were raised on social media on New Year’s Day, two weeks later police said they were unaware of the incident. Parks Victoria last week said it was “working with Victoria Police to assist with their investigation of this incident”. The social media post said those who attended the “illegal rave” broke through a gate, made tracks into bushland, leaving behind “a disgusting trail of mess” and signs vandalised with graffiti. The description of what happened in the national park has been verified to The News by a Parks Victoria employee who cannot be identified. When asked for comment, Julia Street, Parks Victoria’s district Manager for Melbourne’s south east, reminded visitors “to respect Victoria's unique national parks and nature reserves which provide critical habitat for protected fauna and flora”. “If you are thinking of holding a large event in a park, make sure you check with the relevant land manager to ensure you have the necessary permits and approvals.” In unattributed comments, Parks Victoria issued a statement saying rangers at Point Nepean had been “disappointed to find a large amount of rubbish and graffiti left behind, as well as damage to vegetation caused by people accessing the event site”. Parks Victoria said large public events and ac-

THE historic quarantine station at Point Nepean National Park. Picture: Gary Sissons

tivities could not be held without a permit or written authority. “No such permit or authority was sought or issued for this event. “Parks Victoria is working with Victoria Police to assist with their investigation of this incident.” The event and damage illustrate how vulnerable Point Nepean I to intruders. Residents in nearby Sorrento have for some years hired private security guards to stop mass gatherings and setting off of fireworks on beaches and foreshores. Some have told The News that Parks Victoria should do something similar to prevent access to is significant areas of bushland. The private guards patrolling Sorrento streets contact police if they believe trouble is brewing. Nepean MP Chris Brayne would not comment “without confirmation” on the report rave within

Point Nepean National Park but said it was illegal to possess fireworks. Acting Sergeant Steve Drew, of Sorrento police, said he was on duty at Portsea on New Year's Eve but was unaware of the rave inside the national park. He described the night as quiet with "the usual big numbers of young people" but that there were "no notable incidents" and police had received the "stock standard complaints" about noise. Fireworks had been let off, but no one was apprehended or charged. Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Portsea Hotel both arranged free buses. The shire’s buses ran between Portsea and Dromana and the hotel’s from Portsea to Rye. The shire said “all patrons” had left Portsea by 2am.

Repeat vandals STAFF at Sorrento Community Centre say they are being “driven to desperation” by the offensive behaviour of young hoons shouting abuse at clients and damaging property. Manager Heather Barton said she was appealing for public help in keeping an eye out for the troublemakers and reporting them to police. The hoons, aged 13 or 14, have repeatedly climbed onto the roof, broke into the building, damaged equipment and wrought havoc in the children’s play yard at the centre precinct adjacent to the car park. They have also smashed windows, destroyed part of the fence, and lit fires in the grassed area adjoining the building. Vandals also caused damage to Rye Community Centre in the first week in January. Last week at Sorrento, Ms Barton said the same kids were “mucking about, using foul language, screaming ‘You’re a paedophile’, ‘You’re gunna rape me’, ‘You can’t take my photo’ … while pulling jumpers up over the lower part of their faces”. “This culminated in one of them baring his bum to the people playing tennis,” she said. “It’s amazing when you consider that we are right on the large car park at Sorrento which has people coming and going all of the time.” A board member had a heart attack after a similar incident on 18 December, with the doctor attributing it to stress caused by an altercation with the hoons. “Within eight hours of new shade sails being installed over the skate park, four young people were running around on them – an action that has been fatal for kids elsewhere,” Ms Barton said. “When spoken to, their rude response was breathtaking. “This behaviour was eclipsed last week by people relieving themselves next to the fence with an overpowering toilet smell greeting staff when they returned after the break.” Rye Community Centre in Nelson Street has also been hit by vandals.

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NEWS DESK Call for volunteers MOUNT Martha Fire Brigade wants volunteers for its brigade support team. The team meets at the fire station on Thursday mornings where it is arranged into groups to handle such duties as checking street fire hydrants to ensure active firefighters get quick access to water should they be called to an incident in the area. Another major role is to implement the CFA’s Fire Safe Kids program which educates children aged 4-8 at all Mt Martha kindergartens and primary schools. The aim is to help them understand what to do in an emergency situation and, especially, not to panic. Children are also taught to call 000 and who to ask for. The brigade also carries out staging duties where support teams set up an area to accommodate crews attending large bushfires; book trucks and firefighters into a central area where they can be organised into task forces to fight the fires; and arrange food and sleeping areas for long-term deployment. To find out more visit the fire station, 6 Latrobe Drive, Mount Martha 9am-11am Thursdays.

Fatal at Flinders A FLINDERS man died after his car hit a tree in Flinders last week. The man, 75, was driving alone on Mornington-Flinders Road when his car left the road, struck a tree and caught fire, 4pm, Friday 22 January. He died at the scene. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and ask anyone who saw it or who has dashcam footage to contact them at Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au

Andrew Kerr plans moves for young and old Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE state government is giving $500,000 towards an educational centre where the old and the young can learn together. The intergenerational learning centre is being established at Andrew Kerr Care in Tanti Avenue, Mornington by The Herd ILC, run by sisters Anna and Fiona Glumac. The announcement was made by the government three days before the Andrew Kerr board said it was recommending that the aged care centre’s business and assets be transferred to Uniting AgeWell, which is owned by the Uniting Church. The Andrew Kerr board said the “difficult decision” followed significant changes which started about three years ago in the residential aged care industry. “The previous era of relative stability and certainty where revenue streams and costs were predictable and waitlists of potential residents ensured financial sustainability have quickly changed,” the board’s statement reads. “Firstly, an influx of new providers, greater investment into state-of-the-art facilities and technology together with government funding policy changes have put pressure on existing providers. “Secondly, the federal government established the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and its findings [due in February] are expected to drive higher standards and stronger compliance requirements adding significant operating costs to providers “Then came COVID-19 which, to

ÄNDREW Kerr Care at the corner of Barkly Street and Tanti Avenue, Mornington is facing significant changes with the introduction of an intergenerational learning centre and new management. Picture: Gary Sissons keep everyone safe, physically and mentally, has required more resources in residential aged care facilities.” The board said that Andrew Kerr Care would keep its name, although staff would be employed by Uniting AgeWell. There was no expectation for existing managers to leave “however this will depend on the personal decisions of the staff involved”. The board said business assessments, “together with the future uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic conditions which may continue into the foreseeable future, has reinforced [its] view that entering into a partnership with a larger organisation with more resources

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would be very prudent”. It said the 90-day transition, if agreed to by members at a meeting next month (February) and the government, would not affect service delivery. The state government’s $500,000 will go towards construction of a 66-place intergenerational learning centre run by The Heard where children and aged care residents can come together five days a week for such activities as art, music, lunch, storytelling and visiting. In a news release Early Childhood Minister Ingrid Stitt said The Herd “offers children unique opportunities to become part of an extended family; to learn about the ageing process; to ac-

cept people with disabilities; and to be involved with people who are two or three generations apart”. Aged-care residents would benefit from the frequent interaction with children; physical activity in playing with the children; and “opportunities to play, laugh and enjoy the spirt and joy that children bring to their home environment”. The project would help meet demand for three-and four-year-old kindergartens in the Mornington area. Construction of the centre is expected to start in February and be finished midyear.

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‘Poached’ abalone seized on road, beach

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THIS year’s annual Seaside Scavenge event has been moved from Rye to McCrae. The Saturday 6 February community beachside litter clean-up, clothes swap and waste education event will be held 9am-2pm at George Kilburn Park, to the left of the lighthouse. Those participating collect rubbish which is turned into currency to buy second-hand clothing, goods and eco-friendly products provided by the community and peninsula businesses. The emphasis is on creating awareness and community change towards waste and how it can be repurposed. Every 500 grams of litter collected earns a trash token to use in the pop-up market. Participants will learn how to separate and catalogue rubbish to capture data for the Australian Marine Debris Database. Aboriginal elder Lionel Lauch will open the scavenge at 10am, followed by musical groups Moore than Nicks & Tones and Velvet Bloom. As well as the second-hand market, Peninsula Plants, Boomerang Bags, Sea Shepherd Marine Debris and Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula will provide support. McCrae Lions Club members will run the barbecue with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Australia. Prizes will be awarded for most litter, most cigarette butts and the weirdest item collected. “The scavenge is about using a fun and positive approach to bring diverse communities together to realise the true value of waste and turn it into a resource, rather than something we throw ‘away’ – because there is no away,” Seaside Scavenge founder and CEO Anna Jane Linke said: Register online through Eventbrite. Attendees are asked to bring a mask, gloves, and a bag for litter. Hand sanitiser will be provided. Details: Seaside Scavenge website or Facebook events at facebook.com/yourcommunityMP

SEVEN men were arrested and 50kg of abalone seized in a joint operation by Mornington police and Fisheries officers last week. Two men were nabbed as they beached their boat south of the town, 2.50pm, Tuesday 19 January, allegedly with 20kg of abalone aboard. Five others were intercepted at 8pm on the Mornington-Tyabb Road allegedly with 30kg of abalone inside their car. The day was a no-take day for the valuable shellfish. Acting Sergeant Cam Fields said diving equipment and two cars used in the alleged poaching were also seized and that many of the abalone had been undersized. He said most were able to be returned to the water unharmed. The men, from Cranbourne, Hampton Park and Endeavour Hills, were charged with taking a commercial quantity of abalone and bailed to appear at Dromana Magistrate’s Court next month. Acting Sergeant Fields said strict bail conditions prohibited the men from being within five kilometres of Victorian marine waters. This means they cannot go near any marine waterway, such as beaches, rivers or lakes, or be found in possession of any dive equipment, such as goggles or flippers, at least until the court date in February. Other restrictions are aimed at reducing their risk of reoffending and ensuring their appearance at court. Further investigations may result in new charges being laid, Acting Sergeant Fields said. Anyone seeing or suspecting illegal fishing is being carried out is asked to call iFISH on 133 474.

Seized abalone: Police and fisheries officers who seized catches of abalone from boats and cars were able to return most of the shellfish to the water unharmed. Pictures: Supplied

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Ready to roll with ‘action’ after lockdown Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE arts in all its various forms is acknowledged as being one of the hardest hit industries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But the lockdown and fluid restrictions have not deterred Mount Eliza-based filmmaker Riley Sugars from embarking on a new project. Although not yet fully financed (hopes are pinned on GoFundMe), Sugars is planning a March shoot around various Melbourne locations. Cast and crew are already signed up for the feature which has also been mentioned by industry websites Film Ink and Film Magazine. Sugars says the “black comedy” Hatchback, co-written by Chloe Graham, “could best be described as [Ted Kotcheff’s] Weekend at Bernies meets [Quentin Tarantino’s] Reservoir Dogs”. The plot revolves around attempts by Vince (Stephen Curry - The Castle, Hounds of Love, The Cup, Save your Legs, The Nugget and in his AFI winning role as Graham Kennedy in the TV Movie The King) to “clean up” a dead body for the mob. Things get out of hand when he calls for help from his brother-in-law Ted (Jackson Tozer - Mr Inbetween, Rostered On, The Ex-Pm and Secret Bridesmaid’s Business). Curry portrays a “wanna-be professional cleaner for the mob. He is highly strung and adamant in doing a good job”. The brother-in-law assistant “tries hard to do well in his [cleaning] debut … but his first time is far from a picnic”.

“Ted is always just missing the mark and bumbling something up,” Sugars says. Hatchback follows Sugars’ period drama Rabbits, selected at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, as well as being judged Best Student Film at the Nottingham International Film Festival and the Oxford International Film Festival. Co-writer, editor and producer Graham was executive editor for Rabbits (2019) and worked in production for TV’s Australian Ninja Warrior (2020) and advertising for Brazen Hussies (2020). Producer credits will be shared by Los Angeles-based Jon Grosland and Charlotte De Pedro. Grosland will work from LA, assisting in initial development, production and travel during the festival circuit. De Pedro has worked overseas, with Beyond Charlie (2019) being her most recent work. The production which she wrote, produced and directed won awards in Australia and overseas, including best female producer and best drama short. Melbourne-based cinematographer Anthony Littlechild has a string of credits to his name, including commercial productions (LA Lakers, Uber, Carlton FC, McLaren, Ferrari), feature films and music videos. He recently received Australian Cinematographers Society Silver Award for his work on the TV Series Photo Number 6. Other crew members include production and costume designer Phoenix Waddel and “sound designer” Gemma Stack. Details: facebook.com/HatchbackComedyFilm or instagram.com/hatchback.film To help Hatchback financially go to: gofundme.com/f/hatchback-film-starringstephen-curry

DIRECTOR/writer Riley Sugars is banking on a March start to his feature film Hatchback. Picture: Supplied

Free solar and battery advice for Peninsula residents A lot of Australians are now seeking energy independence and have made the switch to solar. Mornington Peninsula Shire has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) to provide residents with a free online webinar to learn how to maximise the savings from your solar system. The session will help you: • understand if your system is working properly • use your solar power • upsize your solar power system • add battery storage.

Online webinar details Tuesday 16 February 2020 6.30 – 8pm The webinar will be held via Zoom. To register your attendance: Eventbrite: solarmps.eventbrite.com.au Facebook: fb.me/e/1SuKrx9V8 Bookings essential. Minimum numbers required to run webinar.


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Western Port News

27 January 2021


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Crib Point Community House Winner of the MPS Australia Day Event of the Year Last year, Covid stopped us from having our annual Senior’s High Tea, which was very disappointing, not just for us but for the 80 or so seniors that come from far and wide to enjoy a great event. Not to be stopped by this, we thought ‘out of the box’ and decided to make up Goodie Bags with everything needed, and more, to have a high tea with a friend and distribute to our seniors during lockdown. Thanks to the faith put in us by the sponsors of this event, Hastings & District Community Bendigo Bank, Crib Point Cellars, Crib Point Pharmacy & the staff at Josephine’s Cakes n Biscuits, we made

up 175 bags that were either picked up or delivered by our wonderful volunteers to seniors from Somers to Baxter. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Australia Day Awards have awarded us with ‘Event of the Year’ and we are over the moon. We felt that Covid had impacted everyone so much, especially our seniors, and they needed cheering up and to know that someone cared. Mary Budd, manager, accepted the award yesterday, Australia Day, with great pride, not only in the great things that we offer the Community but especially the wonderful Volunteers at the Crib Point Community House and their commitment to helping the local community.

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Easy Walking Meditiation with Candy Family Tree Circle Sheer Art Attack

Wellness Craft Cafe Chat-Virtual Ladies Woodwork Meditation Yoga



Cackle ‘n’ Craft Knitter ‘n’ Hookers Stepping Out Again Your Numbers in 2021 Spritual Development Book Club Yoga

Material Girls Making a Will Power of Attorney Women’s Wellness


Stitchin’ Sisters Patchwork


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PHONE: 5983 9888 Volunteers at sign

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Welcome to the SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY HOUSE Classes have started back again at the Annie Sage Community Centre. We have a number of activities to suit all needs. Please contact the office to book your place as numbers are restricted and we need to keep you Covid safe.

Term 1 Classes from 18th January • • • • • • • • • • •

Amblers Adult Painting/Drawing Class Art Therapy counselling for kids Ballroom and Rock’n Roll Dancing NEW* Basic Computers NEW* Bluegrass Mountain Music Group Community Garden (vegetables) Cooking Classes Cuppa with a friend NEW* Learn to embroider (evenings) First Parent’s Group

• Knitting & Crocheting for friends • Knitters & Hookers • NEW* Guided Meditation for Adults • Mornington Peninsula Writer’s • Professional Counselling • Somerville Stitchers • Various Crafts for Adults

Somerville Community House Classes have commenced for Term 1 at the Somerville Community House so book your spot as numbers are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our Community Garden is blooming with herbs and vegetables despite COVID-19 and the hot weather. New participants are always welcome. We have a new Guided Meditation Class with Wendy (Registered Nurse) who is experienced in aromatherapy and teaching you how to relax your body and mind. For those who like more movement we have various Walking Groups, Hatha Yoga or Social Dancing classes. And don’t worry if you haven’t moved in a while, all our Tutors will gently guide you through the process.

We have two highly experienced Counsellors available by appointment. One a Clinical Psychologist for adults and the other an Art/Movement Therapist for children. A variety of craft classes are available such as Knitting, Crocheting, Patchwork, Sewing & a new evening embroidery class. Our Kids and Tween Acrylic Art classes are due to start on the 1st February and we offer Adult Art classes for those who like to paint or draw in a friendly calm setting. We are excited to invite you to join the Peninsula Bluegrass Mountain Music group who now meet monthly for a side slapping afternoon of music, singing and laughter. Bring your musical instruments or voice and come join in the fun. Bookings Essential. Would you like some help with various apps on your computer, laptop, or smartphone? Since COVID-19, many of us have been forced to communicate via our devices. We may be able to help you with some of the simple challenges, call 03 5977 8330 or 0438 241 134 today.

Share in the Community Garden

Annie Sage Community Centre at 21 Blacks Camp Road.

• Volunteering • Walkers and Talkers • Yoga (Hatha)

For the Kids and Teenagers • Kids Acrylic Art • Tween Acrylic Art Monday’s or Tuesdays – Book your spot today – Starting 1 February Somerville/ Tyabb Rotary meet Wednesday evenings - new members welcome

Annie Sage Community Centre Home of the Somerville Community House 21 Blacks Camp Rd, Somerville Phone to secure your spot: 5977 8330 or 0438 241 134 PAGE 12

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27 January 2021



Rail to Rosebud is part of wider plan

Gorgeous Valentines to bring glamour and sparkle to Frankston

URBAN planning graduate and public transport advocate Robert Whitehill (pictured) says his dream of constructing a rail line to Rosebud under the first stage of his Peninsula Rail Link project would cost $6.1 - $7.5 billion. His project, which he began in 2012 as a “potential” train line running from Frankston to Rosebud, has since evolved into planning for better rail and bus services across the peninsula – including upgrading the Stony Point line (“All aboard for $20 billion rail ride to Rosebud” The News 11/1/21). Mr Whitehill said financial projections for stage one includes high-capacity signaling, triplication and grade separation through Mordialloc, and two new platforms at Frankston. They also include new buses and regional trains as well as the Stony Point line’s duplication. Over time, the two-stage project would connect the peninsula to the Melbourne CBD using the Frankston and Cranbourne rail links. Mr Whitehill says people have been put off by suggestions the project’s initial stages – just getting trains to Rosebud – would cost $20 billion. “This is not the case,” he said, admitting that errors in his initial estimates had increased the costs of the second stage to $14.7-$17 billion, pushing the totals of both stages to $20.8-$24.5 billion. Mr Whitehill said the project began as an investigation into running a rail line along the peninsula’s west coast. “I found the concept so feasible that I decided it should become a reality and have been pushing for it to happen ever since,” he said. “With summer seeing a mass exodus onto the peninsula there is always going to be a surge in transport demand that the road network alone can’t handle. It happens every year.” Mr Whitehill, who earned a Bachelor of Ur-

ban and Regional Planning (Honours) in 2018, says he has presented the idea to politicians and “piqued the interest of many”. For more information visit the project’s Facebook page and peninsularaillink.net Stephen Taylor

TWO of Australia's favourite leading ladies of stage and screen will sizzle together on the Frankston Arts Centre stage in a production of cabaret and song. Rachael Beck and Rhonda Burchmore’s collective successes on stage and screen create an irresistible chemistry resulting in a superb performance of entertainment and glamour. Rhonda says, “I am really looking forward to ‘Gorgeous Valentines with my beautiful friend Rachael Beck and Musical Director Jack Earle at Frankston Arts Centre. We’ll be presenting sparkling renditions of our favourite tunes and woo you with heart-felt stories and spicy tales.” From Melbourne to London’s West End to the depths of the South African jungle, Rhonda Burchmore has endeared herself into the hearts of all Australians. With a career spanning over 35 years, this vivacious beauty continues to turn heads wherever she goes and draw thunderous applause wherever she performs. Rhonda will be joined by Rachael Beck, an award-winning performer whose talents span stage and screen, as both an acclaimed vocal artist and actress. Widely remembered for her award-winning role as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, she has also received Green Room award nominations for performance in Les Miserables and Cats. After a year of cancelled performances and closed theatres, this Daytime Music + Theatre performance of Gorgeous Valentines is an uplifting start to the 2021 theatre season.

With new COVID-Safe changes to the theatre introduced to keep audiences, performers, crew and staff safe and healthy – trips to the theatre are back on the calendar in 2021! There are many shows scheduled for this year, however, most will not open for ticket sales until six weeks prior to ensure that the venue complies with the latest capacity restrictions. Patrons are encouraged to join a waiting list for particular events on the FAC website to be the first to know about ticket sales. Frankston Art Centre Box Office and main foyer are open for reduced hours Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.thefac.com. au or phone 9784 1060. Gorgeous Valentines Frankston Arts Centre Friday 12 February, 10.30am & 1.30pm Tickets $19 - $21

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Very exciting news for Hastings U3A At last Hastings U3A has a permanent new base in central Hastings., Cnr Salmon and Herring Streets. The new premises will offer seniors, within our community, a chance to join our wide range of courses and activities, excellent parking and friendly atmosphere. Members also receive an updated Course List and newsletter each Term. All for an annual membership of only $25.00 per annum, our annual charge is the lowest on the Peninsula. Senior ‘s 45+ have to opportunity to widen their knowledge and keep fit on all different levels. Does Table Tennis interest you? So many courses and activities to choose from, so diverse and totally suited to seniors.

Members pay a small course/ activity fee up to $3.00 per session, excellent teaching facilities, which we expect to be very appealing to attracting new Tutors and Leaders. Would you like to learn French or German? Check out our list of computer and mobile telephone, tablet and zoom courses. Are you interested in Book Club, Gardening (not any physical work), Angling, Cycling and Current Affairs or keep fit with Dancing for Fun and Fitness. Fancy giving the art classes a go? There is so much more, so call into our office at the new Hastings Seniors Learning Hub and talk to our friendly volunteers, pick up our Course List and Newsletter.


The Senior Citizens Club are happy to advise our newly refurbished rooms will be open for SOME activities starting: Tuesday 2nd February at 1pm for INDOOR BOWLS 1pm Wednesday for CARDS AND SNOOKER 1pm Thursday for CARDS 1pm Friday for BOARD GAMES Please BYO drinks as the kitchen will be closed due to COVID-19. Sanitizer will be provided. Masks to be worn at all times in the club rooms and social distancing is to be observed. If you are unwell please do not attend. PLEASE NOTE !! There will be NO BINGO on Mondays until COVID restrictions are eased. Currently only 20 people are allowed in the building.

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27 January 2021

HASTINGS U3A Ÿ New premises Ÿ New courses

Ÿ New timetable Ÿ Low fees

These are exciting times! Now that the Covid restrictions have been eased, we can get together again. We have lined-up for you an adventurous choice of new courses, and we’re bringing back many of the most popular pre-Covid subjects as well. MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES WELCOME Come and visit us, and have a look at our courses - there’s sure to be something of interest to you.

New location: Hastings Seniors Learning Hub

Corner Salmon & Herring Streets, Hastings. Ph 5979 8585 Office hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 10am - 1pm, Thursdays 1pm - 4pm

We are open Mondays/Tuesday 10.00-1.00 and Thursdays 1.00 – 4.00.



Together again at last!

Hastings Senior Citizens Club Hastings Senior Citizens Club has been part of the Hastings community for around 50 years.

The activities have changed over the years and we are always open to new ideas.

In that time there have been many changes but the community spirit is alive and well.

Just recently we have had a major renovation to our rooms and are excited to offer these wonderful facilities to our over 55 community

There are activities geared to our older community & many enjoy indoor bowls & snooker, or cards, bingo and board games Or just come in and have a chat and a cuppa. We have in the past run many bus trips, held afternoon tea & entertainment. Barb b cues and fundraisers for causes such as the starlight foundation.

Our costs are $5.00 per year membership and $2.00 for each activity. Afternoon tea and biscuits supplied. Come in and join our friendly groups at a no cost trial to see what we have to offer.

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

Celebrations could be held ‘on any other date’ Congratulations to Cr Kerri McCafferty on her decision not to attend Australia Day celebrations until the date is changed (“Councillor bows out on ‘Celebration’” The News 19/1/21). I also no longer attend Australia Day celebrations out of respect for those for who this is the anniversary of a tragic day. Many hundreds of non-Indigenous citizens attend Invasion Day rallies instead. Australia Day is an important celebration, but there is no reason for it to continue to be held on 26 January. The celebrations could be held just as successfully on any other date. We celebrate the Queen’s Birthday on a day other than her actual birthday. Although the [Scott] Morrison federal government threatens shires for changing the date or taking other action, many shires are responding to the concerns and are adjusting their celebrations accordingly. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said local councils should not divide Australians over the contested date. In fact, refusing to change the date is dividing Australians. A different date would allow all of us to celebrate together. Erica Churchill, Bittern

Consultation required So, Cr Kerri Mcafferty, who voted against saying the prayers at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meetings but celebrated Christmas and attended carols, is against celebrating Australia Day (“Councillor bows out on ‘Celebration’” The News 19/1/21)? I know Indigenous people who feel a change of date is tokenistic and does not go close to assisting with reducing the long list of issues confronting their communities. It seems disingenuous to suggest all Indigenous Australians want to change the date, when this simply isn’t the case. You just need to read Adam Goodes (one of my sporting heroes) Australian of the Year acceptance speech to understand this. Cr Mcafferty talks about the people she has consulted with wanting the date changed. It is not for one councillor to be making broad sweeping statements on such a vexed issue and representing their own personal views with no actual evidence. I have no objection to the shire consulting peninsula residents regarding Australia Day, what I do object to is a repeat of the prayer issue where no community consultation was undertaken. I understand Cr McCafferty has worked as an ICU nurse in the Northern Territory. Quite frankly, the peninsula is very far removed from the issues faced in the NT. If the shire goes down the path that Whittlesea and other councils have by banning Australia Day - the Prime Minister [Scott Morrison] has indicated no citizenship ceremonies will be approved - is this what we want? I find it laughable that Melissa Goffin, failed candidate for the Red Hill ward, owner of Red Gum BBQ and apparently now “Mornington Peninsula Community Advocate” supporting Cr McCafferty on her Facebook page. Has Ms Goffin forgotten that her venue has in the past run Australia Day events such as “Red Gum BBQ’s Australia Day BBQ, Beer & Blues”? Alina Tooley, Mornington

Fading values As we have grown as a nation our tolerance indicator has diminished. We used to accept the fact that others had alternative values or opinions. The Aussie in us would ridicule them openly of course, but still accept the fact that they were entitled to their opinions. Today, if you do not support (say) the right of politics you are part of the “loony left”. The implications of saying this are no longer the same. This criticism indicates that there is something wrong with you. Margaret Court had an impressive record as a tennis player at a time when it was played with a very ordinary racquet and her entourage probably did not include her own masseur, coach or psychologist. Her tennis record and prowess indicate an amazing level of skill, tenacity

and fighting spirit. It also indicates a strength of character and courtesy lacking sometimes today. However, she appears to no longer be entitled to the respect due her because she has an opinion which is at odds with the minority LGBTQI community and those who for political capital support their chosen way of life. It has diminished us a people. Ken Norris, McCrae

No celebrating Good on Cr Kerri McCafferty, I won’t be celebrating either on 26 January (“Councillor bows out on ‘Celebration’” The News 19/1/21). The date should be changed because it represents the near decimation of the world’s oldest civilisation and culture. I will be reflecting on the survival of the First Nations, rather than celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet. I also hope the date will be changed out of respect and concern for those First Nations people for whom it is a day of pain. There are some people who say First Nations people should forget the past, but they wouldn’t say forget Gallipoli. Maureen Donelly, Mornington

Include flag Thanks Kerri [McCafferty] for voicing your wish to make the celebration of Australia Day on a more inclusive level (“Councillor bows out on ‘Celebration’” The News 19/1/21). When the Aboriginal flag is officially included and respected, yes. Patricia Rayner, Capel Sound

Respecting history I would like to pass on my whole-hearted support to Cr Kerri McCafferty, who has declined to attend any formal Australia Day events, official or otherwise, in her capacity as a Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor (“Councillor bows out on ‘Celebration’” The News 19/1/21). Those of us who respect the history and cultures of Indigenous Peoples realise that the so-called Australia Day is a painful and very sad day for all of their communities. The idea of celebrating the British invasion and the horrendous history of colonial possession is abhorrent. The dispossession of Indigenous peoples has continued to marginalise and disadvantage their communities into the present. The socio-cultural, political and economic discrimination of Indigenous peoples has not been ameliorated by government policies, attempts at reconciliation or compensation. The disrespect shown by government in response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart was despicable. We must take action to change attitudes, community values and political responses. I commend Cr McCafferty as our representative on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for her stand on this issue and sincerely hope that many other councils across Australia will move in this direction. Angela Dawson, Mount Eliza

New year celebration How about celebrating when Australia became a unified country for the first time, New Year’s Day more than 120 years ago? Let’s celebrate Australia Day on the day when the federation of all the states was declared and Australia, as a nation, was born, 1 January? New beginnings. Su-Rose McIntyre, Mornington

Wrong bandwagon Road, rates and rubbish are the only issues that most ratepayers are concerned about. The personal opinion of a newly-elected councillor is of no interest to me and, as she didn’t come up with a replacement celebration day, we are owed a great day’s entertainment shared with all and totally open to any way to participate (“Councillor bows out on ‘Celebration’” The News 19/1/21). Sadly, [Cr Kerri McCafferty] is jumping on the wrong bandwagon as Australia Day is a political issue legislated by the state government and not a municipal area. There are many thousands of Australians who enjoy the day and, yet again,

we are subjected to personal opinion, innuendo and the inevitable nanny state sentiment best kept to oneself. Ian Morrison, Mt Eliza

Grandstanding I get tired of hearing the new [Mornington Peninsula Shire] councillors grandstanding. I have urgent business to get rid of the prayer. I have no experience as a councillor, but I can be mayor. I don’t want to go to Australia Day celebrations. What happened to us, the ratepayers that they were elected to serve and who pay their allowances? Judi Loughridge, Rosebud

Change of pace It appears that our new [Mornington Peninsula Shire] council might be in line with the refreshing change of government in the United States: No more “Christian” prayers. A statement against Australia (Invasion/Colonisation) Day. Maybe a new day in local government where councillors stand up and drop the herd mentality. Golly gee, maybe a council that is going to manage the CEO rather than be managed by the CEO. Maybe a few independent thinkers rather than the rusted on sycophants. Whoopie ding. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Drivers awarded gold As a daily bike rider around Mornington, I’d like to bestow accolades on all the drivers whose paths, not literally, I cross. Your courtesy, care and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated. Vehicles large and small afford me, and I’m sure my two-wheeled colleagues, the greatest respect; holding back if you can’t pass and giving me a wide berth, always giving a wide birth when it’s safe to do so. It really gives me a feeling of security, knowing that to a man (and woman), you’re happy to share the road with the cyclists. I’ve had my moments. Like when a car pulled up at a T intersection as I approached, only to take off when I was on top of him. As I lay on the road, my femur in two pieces, his explanation was “my windows were fogged up”. Really? You’re happy to drive with fogged up windows? I know that my safety is 100 per cent in my hands, I’ve learnt that from riding my motorcycle, but I still watch like a hawk at intersections and driveways from car parks, because when you look, you look for cars and, despite my flashing light and hi viz top, I’m sometimes not seen, because I’m not a car. But there’s great sharing of facilities and you’re all doing a great job in making life safer for all. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is looking to extend the cycling infrastructure. That’s a great idea, but my concern is that despite raising concerns several times about potholes in bike paths and overgrown sections, no action is taken. How would an extended bike system be maintained? Keep driving well Graham Thomas, Mornington

Stay mobile I hear with great disbelief that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is considering the idea of discounting our mobile library service (“Mobile libraries may be shelved” The News 19/1/21). As a resident of the largest ward in our shire, Red Hill Ward, I demand that this service is kept. We have no actual physical library here in a ward taking up about half of the whole shire. The least we could expect for our not insubstantial rates is at least a weekly chance to access our very fantastic library service. Some people in our villages have no way to get to one of our libraries and some of the digitally challenged have no choice but attend the weekly bus service. If it looks like a bad idea and if it feels like a bad idea, it probably is a bad idea. Please councillors, from all wards, help us here in Red Hill to have at least a weekly library service. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Allow duck hunting I support the right of country folk and other hunters to be able to pursue duck hunting in peace and quiet without having animal rights

protestors trying to disrupt their sport and conduct various unsafe and illegal interference. Animal rights protestors have run a long campaign trying to disrupt a legal activity as part of their broader effort to make humans vegan and reduce human rights to advance animal rights. Hunters across the world are given the right to take game for the table and in many parts of Australia natural game is taken for food on a regular basis. No licensed shooter or hunter kills animals for fun. Every year for years I have watched this circus play out on commercial TV and I am disgusted these protestors are allowed to continue disrupting an activity that has been part of human behaviour since time immemorial. The genetic development of our own species has depended on protein from meat. The antics of city dwellers who put on gumboots once a year to illegally and unsafely protest against duck hunters is ridiculous. The state government should tell these protestors that duck hunting is not going to be banned in Victoria and they will be arrested if they break the law. Tell them to go buy Kentucky Fried. Ken Anderson, Mornington

Grandmothers know best Grandmothers making a statement by walking down Main Street, Mornington about refugees, how can it be wrong (“Grandmothers march in time for refugees” The News 23/12/20)? Some residents on the Mornington Peninsula apparently think grandmothers should be home, perhaps knitting or maybe potting. How can people criticise these people who have years of experience, such as with wars, recessions, depressions, seeing people ill-treated, or say they have no right to express their point of view based on years of living? Surely, we need to listen to these grandmothers? They have so much to offer Geoffrey Lane, Mornington

Charity for refugees Poor [Home Affairs Minister] Peter Dutton. He has been honest, but he is a miserable man. He could not even feel any ounce of decency that made him release 65 refugees from hotel detentions this week. He said so because it was cheaper to release them into the community than have them in hotels or detention centres. There was no suggestion that they may be better off being free or being looked after better by people who actually care or that it was the right thing to do, just it will cost less for the federal government to feed and house them and so they don’t get the wrong idea, they will never be allowed to settle in Australia!! Of course, it will be cheaper to look after them because it will be charities like those on the Mornington Peninsula and general community who will pay for them until they, hopefully, find a job. There are still many refugees who are dependent on the community in this way at this point in time in Australia. I wish these 65 people all the best for their six months of freedom Mary Lane, Mornington

Moves at The Briars I am concerned at recent perceived behind the scenes happenings at the Mornington Peninsula Shire-managed Briars Nature Park. Apart from the neglect apparent in the outdated facilities over 30-plus years, we heard of the sudden “disappearance” of the popular Josephine’s Restaurant via the local paper. I didn’t hear of any explanation from council. The recent appearance of a rival coffee van near the car park at The Briars seems to be in direct competition to the existing small coffee shop. Who is responsible for that permit to be approved? Is there some vindictiveness in these actions? Or is it purely commercial, so that others can move in and profit, along with the new proposal for the “development” of the Briars? Private “glamping” sites, theme park-like facilities, maybe new entrance fees? Who knows? The lack of transparency with these new developments is of concern to me, and possibly others in the community. I, for one, would like to know why these “incidents” are occurring under the umbrella of the council. Pam Hearn, Safety Beach Western Port News

27 January 2021


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Quarries opened by Chairman of Country Roads Board Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE opening of the stone quarries at Moorooduc on Friday, January 7 proved a notable event, destined to prove memorable in the history of the district’s development. Men competent to express an opinion on the subject give the unqualified verdict that the Council of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings has done the right thing in establishing an industry so vital to the needs of the municipality. The great need of the day is for roads and yet more roads. The council, assisted by the Country Roads Board, has not been unwilling to supply all reasonable demands for improved thoroughfares, but in many instances construction has been retarded, owing to the inability to obtain adequate supplies of road making material. In establishing quarries and crushing plant of its own in the heart of the shire, the council has become independent of outside supplies, and although the initial cost had been heavy, the ultimate gain will be proportionately large. The official opening attracted a large number of visitors to the works, where the Shire President (Cr W. P. Mason) directed the proceedings. Mr Calder, the Chairman of the Country Roads Board, was in attendance, and representatives of many neighboring municipalities were also present. The extensive nature of the works caused considerable surprise to many and great interest was taken in the working of the massive machinery and the adjoining quarries. Light refreshments were provided

under the supervision of Mrs H. McComb, assisted by other lady helpers, and as the weather was extremely hot, the council’s thoughtfulness in this connection was much appreciated. The Shire President (Cr Mason), in welcoming the visitors, said they were taking part in a function of considerable importance. From a monetary and utility standpoint, it was one of the biggest enterprises undertaken by any shire. When first mooted it seemed too large, as several thousands of pounds had to be provided, and the money market presented difficulties. Ultimately all obstacles had been overcome, and the plant was now in running order at a present cost of £12,000. The Council had been fortunate in securing as manager, Mr Frank Jolly, in whom they had implicit faith, and he was carrying the full responsibility of the works. In launching the new venture, the council had been subjected to much criticism. This was not resented as long as it was fair and reasonable. Some critics said they had paid too much for the land—400 acres had been purchased at £6 per acre. The area was covered with timber, still growing, and the value of the wood as fuel was £6 per acre. He was satisfied the council had secured a very fine asset. The machinery was capable of turning out 400 yards of metal per day and no difficulty would be experienced in disposing of the stone. A contract had just been entered into to supply the Railway Department

with 12,000 yards of metal at a very favorable price. He wished to make it clear that the council would never have been able to establish the plant had it not been for the forward policy of the Government in establishing the Country Roads Board. (Applause) They were pleased to have Mr Calder (chairman of the Roads Board) present at the opening of their quarries. (Hear, hear) The Board had done such excellent work that the system was now being copied by the Government of New South Wales. It was at last recognised that good roads were essential to the proper development of the country. Good roads made good neighbors and good towns, and kept the railways going. The Mornington Peninsula would have remained in a somewhat primitive state had not the Country Roads Board stepped in and provided adequate highways for the producers, and he hoped before long to see the Board take over Humphries Road and the 3-chain road linking Tyabb and the main Hastings Road. If these were treated as developmental roads, the council would have little to complain about. Mr Calder, who met with an enthusiastic reception, said he was acting on behalf of Mrs Mason, the wife of the shire president, in setting the machinery in motion. He felt flattered at being asked to take part in such an important ceremony. He congratulated the shire council on the progressive step it had taken. People were inclined to whine a little

when large expenditures were mooted and deplore the high cost of labor, etc. It was necessary, however, to look forward hopefully, for times were not always to be as they were now. The effect of the backwash of the war was being felt all over the world. The country or State that made provision for the future would reap the full benefit when the change for the better came. It was necessary to have good highways, and he was glad to notice the progress being made in that direction by the shires of the Peninsula. He had strong faith in the future of the Peninsula. (Cheers) It was admirably adapted for Closer Settlement with its splendid soil, which was easy of cultivation. The Frankston and Hastings shire council had taken a broad and favorable outlook, and the ratepayers would have no cause to blame them for lack of enterprise. Mr Calder said he had inspected this quarry site 8 years ago, and was surprised that it had not been developed before. As soon as the council expressed its desire to establish a quarry, the C.R.B. gave the movement every encouragement. It was a costly undertaking, but he believed it would be remunerative. The C.R.B. would use as much of the stone as possible, and the adjoining shires of Mornington and Flinders would find it convenient to do the same. Neighbouring councils were under a debt of gratitude to the Shire of Frankston for making available supplies of metal at their very doors. While the stone was not quite first

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A GREAT performance by Somerville’s batsmen got them a win over Flinders on Saturday. Somerville looked comfortable out in the middle, and set a huge total. Opener Brenton Alp and number four Bradley McDonald top scored with scores of 83 and 85 not out respectively. Flinders worked hard to get within reach of a target of 282, but fell short. A middle order collapse proved costly, and they ended up all out for 229. Flinders opener Kane Hawkins can hold his head high after scoring a half century. Long Island’s bowlers were in fine form on Saturday, helping their side defend a total of 172 against Seaford Tigers. The Tigers stumbled out of the gates, and at 9/49 were no chance to win. Their tail end batsmen were gutsy, and dug their heels in to help get their side to 125 before being bowled out. The Tigers were defeated by 47 runs. Daniel Kelly was the pick of the bowler, taking four wickets. At Ditterich Reserve, Heatherhill notched up a win over Main Ridge. Main Ridge set a target of 148, which proved to be too small. Heatherhill hit the winning runs with four wickets and four overs to spare. Pines had little trouble dealing with Moorooduc. They won by seven wickets on their home deck.


A HALF-CENTURY from opener Dewayne Bowden set Dromana up for a victory on Saturday. Pearcedale hit the road to take on Dromana. The travelling outfit chose to bat first and put 174 runs on the scoreboard before being bowled out. Dromana’s run chase started well, and at 1/96 they were in pole position for the win. Despite losing a few late wickets, Dromana were eventually able to claim the points. They hit the winning runs with three wickets left. First drop batsman Matthew Whelan’s knock of 79 was the highlight of the day as his Delacombe

Just enough: Dromana hit the winning runs with just three balls to spare in their clash against Pearcedale. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Park side took on Carrum. Delacombe Park set 157 runs for Carrum to chase down. Carrum struggled badly, and their run chase came to an end when they were bowled out for 96. Whelan also starred with the ball, posting figures of 3/5 off eight overs. Hastings bowled impressively to defend a total of 156 against Frankston YCW. The Stonecats were toothless, and were bowled out just 88.


SEAFORD let a good chance at victory go to waste on Saturday. They failed in their run chase against Mt Martha. On their home deck at Ferrero Reserve, Mt Martha struggled with the bat. They got off to a rough start when they lost their first three wickets for

Tootgarook defended a total of 202 against Skye. Travis French top scored for the winning side with a knock of 87. Skye opener Ishtiaq Ahmed scored 80 runs to give his side a chance, but they still lost by 42 runs. Around the grounds Tyabb defeated Ballam Park by 90 runs at Bunguyan Reserve, and Carrum Downs defeated Boneo by 25 runs at Boneo Rec Reserve.

just 11 runs. When Mt Martha’s innings came to a close they were at 9/111. Seaford’s run chase was shaky. At 5/43, a win was far from assured. They got things back on track and were in the driver’s seat at 7/100, but then disaster struck for Seaford. The side lost their last three wickets for nine runs and ended up all out for 109. Mt Martha emerged victorious by just two runs. Balnarring claimed a win over Rye in another low scoring clash on Saturday. Rye chose to bat first but did no damage on the scoreboard. They were bowled out for 78, with just two batsmen making double-digit scores. Balnarring were hardly convincing, but managed to get the job done. They won by just two wickets.

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runs to put his side in a good position. At 7/143, Sorrento were moments away from claiming the win. They lost two quick wickets in a late scare, but eventually scored the winning runs with one wicket in hand. Mt Eliza fell just short in their run chase against Peninsula OB. The Old Boys took to the crease to bat first, and put 138 runs on the scoreboard. Mt Eliza took the game down to the final over, but couldn’t drag themselves over the line. Stumps was called with Mt Eliza four runs short of a result. Langwarrin bowled out Mornington for 114 to claim a 66 run win at Lloyd Park. Baden Powell also secured a comfortable win last weekend, defeating Red Hill by 94 runs..

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Greening returns to Somerville SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE topsy-turvy relationship between Dave Greening and Somerville Eagles took another twist last week when the club appointed him senior player-coach for 2021. The peninsula goals king with nine league Golden Boot awards to his name was re-appointed last week for his third stint as player-coach. He resigned from the role last June but recent changes at the club played an important role in his return. Close friend Stan Packer stepped down as senior coach earlier this month and took over as director of coaching and he supported Greening’s return as did club president Luke Mulder. “I’m thankful to Luke and Stan and the rest of the committee for their efforts in getting me back to the club,” Greening said. “After what was a really tough year for me personally in 2020 it feels fantastic to be back as those that know me well know that this this club is very close to my heart. “I had some interest from other clubs but I didn’t have the drive and passion to succeed that I have here. “This is the sort of family club where I can bring my wife Emma and son Alfie to and it’s a place where I can see out my playing days while continuing to learn from a fantastic mentor in Stan whom I have the highest regard for. “Over the past eight seasons I’ve also played under and worked alongside successful coaches like Scott Morrison and Kevin Taylor and I’ve taken a huge amount of positives from them. “That has served as a good apprenticeship for me. “This will be our first ever season at this level (State 4) which is super exciting and something to embrace. “It’ll be great to pit our wits against some of the big hitters in this league, many of whom have deep pockets along with the challenge of coming up against some very well-respected coaches.” In State 1 news Mornington coach Adam Jamieson confirmed late last week that the club had re-retained defender Lachlan Hogben for the upcoming season. Hogben joined Mornington from Eltham Redbacks last year. Jamieson now oversees a 21-strong senior squad which includes a number of teenagers. Here is the current squad with the previous club of new signings in brackets: GOALKEEPERS: Taylor Davidson, Nathan Lynders. DEFENDERS: Joshua Heaton, Steve Elliott, Lachlan Hogben, Andy McIntyre, Andrew Goff, Charlie Gunning. MIDFIELDERS: Craig Smart, Sam Scott, Luke Goulding (Langwarrin), Dejan Radojicic, Kyron Kerr, Ethan Goulding, Thanasi Matziaris (Langwarrin). FORWARDS: Josh Hine, Milos Lujic (Port Melbourne), Wayne Gordon, Matt Harrington, Campbell Steedman (Bulleen), Zach Hutchison. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers and Skye United continued their pre-season programs with friendly matches last weekend. Strikers defeated State 5 outfit Aspendale Stingrays 4-0 at Centenary Park while Skye lost 2-1 to State 3 side South Yarra at Comets Stadium. Strikers’ New Zealand forward Riley Anderton continued to impress with a second-half double after Tom Hawkins had put the home side ahead in the first half when he beat the offside trap on the right and hammered the ball home from close range. Aspendale’s failure to quickly close down Aaran Currie in the second period allowed the Scot to pick his spot from just outside the area and his strike eluded the diving attempt of young Stingrays’ keeper Matt Self. The pick of Anderton’s goals was his second, a firmly struck finish from inside the area following a cutback from the right. Strikers featured newcomers in former Langwarrin and Hampton Park United attacking midfielder Ahmad “Sosa” Suleiman and ex-Langy and Mornington defender Tim Millar. Former South Australian striker Chris Mara (ex-Northern Demons and Modbury Jets) played wide on the right for Strikers as Jai Power was rested but injury forced Mara to go off in the first half.

Third time lucky: Player-coach David Greening (left) is back at Somerville Eagles. Picture: John Punshon

Teenage central defender Noah Berends, Self and Kenan Nuhanovic were the visitors’ best and coach Lee Barber must have been pleased that his side was able to create chances against a higher-ranked opponent. Nuhanovic could have levelled from inside the area early in the second half but his shot struck the post. Last Thursday night Aspendale lost 4-2 to State 4 opponent Noble Park United at the Serbian Sports Centre in Keysborough. Ben Garside and Matt Bruce scored for Aspendale. The best for the Stingrays were Sam Timuska Carr, Garside and Bruce. Meanwhile Skye went into the clash with South Yarra with eight senior squad players unavailable so head coach Phil McGuinness was forced to use some newcomers and some young players to get through three 30-minute periods of play. The newcomers were right-sided defender/ wingback Naveed Ali (from Olimpia FC Warriors, Tasmania), striker Rod Saavedra (Berwick, Churches League), striker Duol Jang (Sandown Lions) and midfielder Denis Mujcinovic (Langwarrin). A thumping Marcus Collier drive from outside the area late in the first period put Skye 1-0 up but South Yarra took advantage of the many changes McGuinness made for the second stanza and goals from Ronan Kelly and Leo Holmes gave it a 2-1 lead. McGuinness made further substitutions and changed his side’s formation for the final 30-minute period but South Yarra ran out a deserving winner. “The game was probably better than any training session I could hold and you can’t beat match practice and fitness,” McGuinness said. “We have a long way to go to get back to the fitness we are accustomed to but it was our first hit-out and we also got the chance to give the new boys a run. “Huge thanks to South Yarra for making it a tough one and best of luck to them for the rest of the year.” A feature of the match was the return of Skye striker Travis Ernsdoerfer who had been out of the game for two years due to illness and last season’s shutdown. In other news the inaugural Mount Eliza Soccer Sevens tournament was concluded a fortnight ago. It involved 432 games played over six weeks with around 700 players and 72 teams from the peninsula and surrounding suburbs. Age groups from under-7s to under-15s participated in the tournament held at Mount Eliza Secondary College. Mount Eliza soccer club is embarking on an expansion program which will be boosted shortly with the installation of new lights at Emil Madsen Reserve as the club targets State League membership in 2022. This week’s friendlies: THURSDAY: Frankston Pines v Peninsula Strikers (Monterey Reserve, 7.30pm, reserves Centenary Park, 6.30pm). SATURDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Chelsea (Centenary Park, 1pm & 3pm), Frankston Pines v Skye Utd (Monterey Reserve, 5pm & 7pm), Baxter v Mooroolbark (Baxter Park, 3pm), Aspendale Stingrays v Tullamarine (Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 7.30pm). SUNDAY: Langwarrin v Eastern Lions (Lawton Park, 2pm, U19s 12 noon, U21s 4pm), Seaford Utd v Hampton Park Utd (North Seaford Reserve, 11am & 1pm), Mount Eliza v Mount Martha (Mount Eliza Secondary College, 12 noon). Western Port News

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