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Bittern myki users ‘ignored, forgotten’ Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MYKI customers in Bittern hoping for an easy way to manage their accounts are getting short shrift from the Department of Transport, a potential retailer says. Despite regular pleas to the department to provide myki top-up and myki purchasing services suitable to the size of the population of the area and its ageing demographic, Bittern Post Office’s Jack McCarthy said none had been forthcoming. Bittern Post Office is opposite Bittern train station and beside a bus stop – a location ideal for the purpose. “We regularly have customers asking if they can top-up or buy a new myki from us,” Mr McCarthy said. “Unfortunately, we don’t offer this service and the only place from Tyabb to Stony Point that does is the 7-11 near the Hastings Bunnings. “This is nowhere near a train station or a bus stop making it inaccessible to those using public transport and is inaccessible to pedestrians.” Mr McCarthy said the department’s intransigence meant 20-plus kilometres of the public rail system were “without a service for people wanting to buy a myki ticket from a person”. “And it’s the same for the 782 and 783 bus services in this area,” he said. Mr McCarthy said he used to direct myki inquiries to the newsagent on High Street, Hastings, but the shop closed down last year. He said the IGA supermarket used to offer myki services, too, but that stopped a few years ago. “Most of the myki inquiries I receive are from members of the community who will not be using the PTV Android-only app – the PTV website to purchase myki tickets,” he said. “Understandably, many won’t give bank card details over the phone, and the card vending machines are as difficult to use as an App for the older members of our community – especially in direct sunlight. “These people just want to buy or top-up their myki from a person so they can confidently purchase what they need. This is a luxury afforded in

No sale: Jack and Erin McCarthy want myki tickets to be available to their customers. Picture: Gary Sissons

other areas – but not Western Port.” Hastings MP Neale Burgess wrote to transport minister Melissa Horne to complain about the lack of myki sales outlets and was told: “Currently PTV is satisfied with the myki offerings in this location”. Ms Horne said: “I appreciate Mr and Mrs McCarthy’s advocacy for their local community, and their interest in the Bittern Post Office becoming an approved myki retail outlet. “The Department of Transport confirmed IGA Bittern is no longer selling myki. As a result, DoT evaluated the area, taking account of existing myki offerings, geographic location and

public transport services. “DoT determined that existing avenues for purchasing and topping up myki cards adequately catered for public transport users in the area. Data showed retail sales had been low compared to other channels for purchasing and topping up myki. “DoT advised that passengers can buy and top up myki on board buses (using up to $20 cash), at the card vending machine at Bittern station, online at ptv.vic.gov.au, and by contacting the call centre on 1800 800 007. “Also, passengers with an Android smartphone can use their phone to pay for travel using mobile myki.

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has not replaced one of these myki outlets. The profits from such a service might be negligible, and I’ve given up getting the service for my store. But the people that need this service have been forgotten, and are now being actively ignored.” Mr McCarthy said posters around the Bittern shopping centre asking the community how the peninsula’s bus service could be improved were prescient. “Many members of our community have no way of using these bus services without a myki retailer,” he said. “This is no doubt a contributing factor to the failing bus service.”

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“DoT is aware the local Bittern card vending machine has been vandalised in the past. I understand it was replaced within four hours of DoT being notified in June 2019.” Mr Burgess said the reply showed the state government was “badly neglecting our part of the state”. “Unfortunately, recognising what the problem is, and who is to blame, won’t overcome the serious challenges many within our community currently face just to buy a public transport ticket,” Mr Burgess said. Mr McCarthy agreed: “The community is not satisfied. Despite losing the newsagency and the IGA outlets, PTV

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Groom’s fireworks spark outrage Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A RED Hill resident thought “world war three had erupted” when a wedding at a boutique bushland-surrounded hotel climaxed in a fireworks display. The resident complained to former mayor Cr David Gill, as well as the CFA, the Lindenderry Hotel in Arthurs Seat Road, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Worksafe about potential dangers from ember attack. He said he felt “totally devastated; gutted – especially with the Dandenong CFA which issued a permit for the fireworks” on Saturday night 18 January. “For the surrounding residents, their animals, and native animals there was no warning,” the resident, who The News has chosen not to name, said. “One elderly resident thought he might have a heart attack. Dogs went ballistic, people couldn’t subsequently sleep. “But it wasn’t world war three, it was a frivolous fireworks display organised by the groom for his new bride at a wedding celebration at the hotel. “How could this happen, given that the state has been burning for weeks, lives lost, property lost, millions of hectares of forest destroyed, a billion animals perished?” Dandenong CFA last week said it had authorised the fireworks for either a day of total fire ban or a non-fire ban. “The permit was issued in accordance with CFA regulations,” acting operations manager Andrew Turner said. “I have reviewed all aspects of this particular application and see no reason to change anything. We look at the weather, location, type of event, distance from bushland and precautions being taken to control potential fire dangers.”

Lindenderry Red Hill Hotel manager Ty Goulter found out about the fireworks the night before the wedding. “In hindsight, I would probably not have allowed it,” he said. “[The pyro-technician] had all his licences and permits in place; we could have terminated it on the day but didn’t want to upset everybody. It was a 50-50 situation.” Mr Goulter said since the event, and following the complaints from neighbours, the hotel’s weddings team had adopted a no-fireworks policy during fire seasons “regardless of whether a [CFA] permit has been issued”. He acknowledged that two neighbours, who missed out on receiving advance notice of the pyrotechnics display through a letter box drop, were “very upset”. The upset resident said the fireworks were “within a hundred metres of medium forest and hectares of dry, metre high, grasslands”. CFA approval had made a mockery of his and his neighbours’ efforts to undertake fire mitigation works, such as mowing and brush cutting along Andrews Lane, adjacent to the fireworks site, with the shire’s natural systems team “just days before the permits were issued”. “We and our neighbours have worked tirelessly for months to reduce fuel loads in our properties,” he said. “I have personally taken truckloads of dry sticks, branches and nonhabitat logs from our forest to the tip at considerable personal expense. “We are supporting Red Hill CFA right now with fundraising for additions to the fire station. I have contributed over $500 to date. “How do you think we feel, given the context of the current situation in Victoria, with French Island ablaze on the night of the fireworks, to learn that the very organisation that we look to for support in fire mitigation, for

leadership, for advice on prevention … has let us down so badly? “Forget trying to respond with any technical smokescreen; the reality is that the perception of being white-anted from within a trusted organisation, the despair, the disgust, is very real for our immediate community. “While we are desperately trying to do everything we can to minimise the risk of catastrophic fires, the CFA thinks it’s OK to allow fireworks on a potential total fire ban day in the midst of our bushland community. We are angry. We are grieving. “I want this situation fixed. Fireworks are dangerous things. I want to know that fireworks will not be permitted in a bushfireprone area at all during a fire danger period, let alone on a day of total fire ban. Have we not learned anything?” The CFA’s Mr Turner said all applications must be licenced by Worksafe with all fire safety plans and measures in place. “Yes, there are fires in East Gippsland but the fire rating on the day in question was low.” Mr Turner said the pyro-technician was “compliant in all regulations”. “He was well aware of the area and we had no concerns. “We take the issuing of permits seriously but if the operator works within the regulations and through Worksafe and provides adequate fire protection then we are satisfied.” Mr Turner said a “good neighbour policy” would have ensured the applicant and the groom notified neighbours of the event and warned them of noise and smoke. Red Hill CFA’s Darryl Setter was unsure whether his brigade had been notified of the pyrotechnics’ show. “If the district office issued them a permit then it is out of our hands,” he said.

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Bid for peninsula to be first ‘koala shire’ MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is likely to come under pressure to adopt an emblem featuring a koala. The idea will be floated at a public meeting in March, along with a plan to use the shire’s planning powers to protect koalas. Cr David Gill is holding the 26 March meeting and says having a koala-based flora and faunal-based emblem is a good idea, although changing the planning rules “is a long process which needs ministerial approval”. However, he says advocating using planning laws to protect koalas “would generate much needed publicity on the lack of state government action”. Craig Thomson, director of Wildlife Ecosystems Retention and Restoration, wants the shire to adopt a koala protection planning overlay similar to one at Ballarat. Mr Thomson said a koala emblem for the shire could also include a manna gum, the koala food tree. “If the shire was to take this step, it would most likely to be the first council in Australia to do so,” he said.

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Dodgems burned off track AN accelerant – possibly petrol – was used to start a fire at Wittingslow’s Rosebud Carnival last week. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Somerville CIU, said an “explosion” caused at least $500,000 damage to the dodgem cars, 1.05am, Friday 24 January. He said CCTV showed a group of youths near the site in Point Nepean Road. “The entire ride was destroyed,” he said. The blaze was especially cruel coming in the lead up to the carnival’s busiest time – the Australia Day long weekend. Tyrone, son of proprietors Cindy and Bruce Miller, said his family was “devastated” by the senseless and unprovoked attack which destroyed 13 cars and brought the roof down on to the car track. “Our livelihood has been destroyed,” he said. “There’s been a group of kids causing havoc down here for a while: doing graffiti, stealing prizes and making a mess of things. “The greasy little mugs are aged 13 to 18. Every week we see bus shelters vandalised around here so they could have come from anywhere. I dare say they are known to the police.” Mr Miller said his family – including mother Cindy and father Bruce – had run the business for the past 15 years. They set up on Boxing Day and had hoped to do well over the Australia Day weekend. Mr Miller said the 40-year-old custom designed fibreglass cars valued at $15,000-$20,000 each were designed to fold onto a trailer. Replacements will be difficult as they are not available in Australia. An insurance claim “could take a day or a month”. The family will stay at the carnival despite the loss. “We don’t want to let them think they have won.” Witnesses should call Detective Majstorovic on 5978 1300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. Stephen Taylor

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the five-knot zone, which includes enforcing speed limits, in an effort to protect swimmers and other water users,” she said. “Hoon behaviour outside the five-knot zone can only be enforced by the Water Police.” Ms McKenzie said as well as shire officers “patrolling beaches watching out for speeding and erratic operation of jet skis, they will also be encouraging good behaviour on our heavily used beaches: after all, summer is for everyone”. The shire is the third largest coastal municipality in the state with 10 per cent of the coastline. “We hope visitors have a fantastic time this summer at peninsula beaches. Be sure to treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. The council has called on the state government to introduce a range of measures to address community and council concerns regarding personal safety, amenity and threats to marine wildlife. To learn more visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/pwc

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Artists united for bushfire aid MORNINGTON Peninsula artists are doing their bit to help those affected by the devastating East Gippsland bushfires. They are taking part in Art Aid Gippsland which brings together hundreds of artworks that have been donated from all parts of Australia and internationally for a four-week exhibition and auction. The exhibition will be held at Gippsland Art Gallery, Saturday 15 February to Sunday 15 March.

An auction of art works will be held at The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, Sunday 15 March with all money raised going to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund to help those who have lost homes and property. So many artists across Victoria have donated works – reportedly 20-30 per day – that organisers are calling time on exhibits. Their focus now is on getting people to visit the show and, hopefully, to bid at the auction afterwards.

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Govt to spend $9m on ‘5G is safe’ message THE Federal government is spending $9 million over four years to “build public confidence” in the safety of telecommunications networks. The move follows public concern over health problems allegedly caused by 5G mobile networks and “misinformation about electromagnetic energy emissions (EME)” (“Hands reflect concern over 5G” The News 26/8/19). Flinders MP and health Minister Greg Hunt said “new initiatives” included scientific research and public education “building on the existing and long standing EME safety program”. “The enhanced EME program will make sure all Australians have access to clear, reliable and reputable information so they can take advantage of new technologies like 5G and feel empowered to do so safely,” Mr Hunt said. “The safety standards for 5G networks are consistent with those applicable to early genera-

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State waited too long with animal aid - MP THE state government has outlined an initial $17.5 million rescue package to protect and restore wildlife and biodiversity in the wake of this month’s bushfires. The money will be spent on restoring habitat, controlling predators and pests as well as aerial drops of food for animals. Wildlife experts say 185 of Victoria’s species, many of them rare and threatened, have already been impacted by the fire emergency. The first animals to benefit will be those species judged most at risk, including the brushtailed rock wallaby, long-footed potaroo and large brown tree frog. "These fires have had a devastating effect on Victoria – its people and its environment. We’re providing this direct and immediate support to help our wildlife and landscape recover, just as we're supporting bushfire-affected communities recover and rebuild,” the Premier Daniel Andrews said. “There are already specialist teams on the ground providing food, shelter and care for

injured animals – this funding will expand this vital work, helping our most precious plants and animals recover from these devastating fires.” The Opposition’s environment and climate change spokesperson, Mornington MP David Morris, said the government had wasted to much time before helping wildlife. “Daniel Andrews should have directed food drops to begin last week,” Mr Morris said two days before the premier’s announcement. “How many animals and birds have already died because of his government’s failure to act? “Hours and days are critical if these endangered species are to survive for future generations.” He said two critically endangered birds, the swift parrot and the regent honeyeater lived in fire-affected areas. “Some mammals, like the long-footed potoroo have between 50 per cent and 80 per cent of their surviving numbers in the fire-affected forests,” Mr Morris said.

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Donors dig deep for CFA and farmers IT was the day community spirit reigned supreme at Main Ridge. What started out as an initiative by Main Ridge Bowls and Petanque Club to raise money for a thermal imaging camera for the Main Ridge CFA, and hay for fire ravaged Gippsland farmers, turned into an inspiring rally of support on Sunday 19 January. “At the start we hoped for $5000 to help buy the thermal imaging camera and to buy and transport some hay to the farmers in East Gippsland,” organiser Neville Mallard said. “By the end of the first week I thought maybe we could get $10,000 and when the second week came around in my wildest dreams I hoped for $20,000. “The response on the day was incredible and we raised more than $10,000 from the auction alone.” The climax of the event came near the end when Alinta Energy CEO Jeff Dimery announced his company would donate $25,000 for the CFA, which not only covered the balance required for the thermal imaging camera, but money for other firefighting equipment. This brought the total raised to $57,000. Among the auction items offered was a dinner with Flinders MP and Health Minister Greg Hunt. The fun side of the day centred around the dunking chair, where participants paid for the pleasure of dropping the likes of Mr Hunt, Nepean MP Chris Brayne and First Constable Elisa Fegan, of Rosebud police, into the drink. Other activities including barefoot bowls, petanque, 15 historic and classic cars, raffles, auction of quality donated items, Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle, attracted a steady stream of supporters from the day’s 10am start to late afternoon finish. “I’m glad we raised as much as we did, but perhaps even more, I am so proud and so happy to be part of this club and community that is capable of the sort of generosity and spirt we all witnessed at the event,” club president Bill Shearer said. “When a community like ours comes together, anything is possible.” Anyone wanting to donate or to help deliver hay to Gippsland farmers can call Neville Mallard on 0412 122 754. Stephen Taylor

Looking for offers: Clockwise from top, Andrew Hines and Neville Mallard conducting the auction to raise money for Main Ridge CFA; Flinders MP Greg Hunt volunteered to take a dunking; and children enjoy the day. Pictures: Supplied

Hunt on side with sports grants Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt has sailed into a storm of controversy over grants handed out to sporting groups and clubs in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election. Calls are being made for his colleague, then Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, to resign or be sacked over the way the grants worth $100 million had a “distribution bias” towards marginal Coalition electorates. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ordered his department head to investigate how the grants were handled and whether Senator McKenzie, the Nationals deputy leader, breached ministerial standards. Allegations of pork barrelling followed a critical assessment by the

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Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au FOUR Mornington Peninsula men will combine overseas community work with one hell of an adventure next month. Along the way they aim to improve the lives and self-esteem of families through promoting child education and vocational training in Cambodia – a country still emerging from the devastation of the hideous Pol Pot regime in power from 1975-79. It is estimated one-in-four people were killed in the period of oppression – up to 200,000 – leaving it with half its population aged under 25 and only 5 per cent aged over 60. Ben Hodgetts, who is trained in trauma medicine, of Blairgowrie, said the upheaval robbed the Third World country of its structure, stability, ageold skills, long-held knowledge and sense of place. Now it is on a path to rebuild itself. Also on the trip is Richard Walker, an electrician, of Rye, his brother Julian, a logistics officer, of Sydney, and Benedict Darby, a teacher, of Tootgarook. On the fourth trip of its kind, the men will fly to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to buy $500 Honda mopeds before riding 1100km to the town of Battambang in northern Cambodia, where the bikes are worth up to three times their purchase price. They will donate the bikes to PTD Cambodia – a small, not-for-profit, non-religious and politically neutral Cambodian non-government organisation established in 1994 to support

Men on a mission: Ben Darby, Richard Walker, Ben Hodgetts, Daryl Bason, Michelle Cincotta, Piers Martin, and Ezra Darby. Picture: Yanni

families returning from refugee camps in Thailand without land, homes or work. PTD works to provide a safe environment for the children of street families to grow and learn, trains adults to reintegrate back into the community, and provides safe environments and restores the dignity of female victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Street families are provided with shelter for a year, during which time they receive vocational skills training,

primary health care, safe accommodation, essential life skills, food, and education for the children. On the six-day ride the men will offer villagers advice on first aid and electrical work. A possible spin-off, thanks to Mr Walker, would be having a Sydney optometrist provide 100 pairs of glasses to those in need. The trips are being supported by Terry White Pharmacy at Rye, which provided all the medical supplies and equipment, with the $2500 individual costs borne by the participants.

Mr Hodgetts, who is making his fourth visit to Battambang, is also CEO of registered charity Thitpok Rural Development. It is named after the ancient Thitpok tree famous for its timeless permanence around the ancient Hindu ruins of Angkor Wat. Its presence is summed up as: “Stability in a crumbling existence”. “We’ll leave on 6 February and be back on 21 February hopefully having done a lot of good work and having had lots of fun in the meantime,” he said.

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Shark tank: First Constable Elisa Fegan, of Rosebud police, sits ready and waiting for the throw that’s going to land her in the drink at the Main Ridge CFA fundraiser. Picture: Supplied

Robbers steal club’s charity tin BURGLARS who stole a large quantity of alcohol from Mornington Golf Course last week also made off with a tin containing members’ bushfire donations. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Somerville CIU, said the two men “did lots of damage” smashing a window to gain entry to the club on Tallis Drive after walking from the car park, 1.38am, Tuesday 21 January. They also smashed a window to the pro-shop.

Staff on Tuesday were tallying details of stock lost in the raid which included spirits and premixed drinks. The donations tin contained about $400. CCTV showed one of the men wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans and skate shoes. The other was wearing a dark-coloured windcheater with a logo on the front, cargo pants and Nike shoes. He had short dark hair and a trimmed beard.

FIRST Constable Elisa Fegan, of Rosebud police, did her bit for the CFA and Gippsland farmers at a Main Ridge Bowls and Petanque Club fete, Sunday 19 January. She volunteered as a participant in the dunking machine to raise funds for a thermal imaging camera to help in the fire fight. The day, which raised about $57,000, also included petanque and barefoot bowls, Devonshire teas, classic cars, live music, other family fun activities and prizes. Main Ridge CFA president Graeme Flockart said the thermal imaging camera could “see” fires inside ceilings, or hot spots in trees invisible to the naked eye. “We can point the camera to locate hot spots we can’t see. That means we can complete extinguishment without the risk of a flare up after we leave,” he said. “These are the modern things that are becoming available to help us on the fire battle ground. We just need the funds to get one.”

Inside running A MAN police nicknamed Captain Underpants has been remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court after being found with a hat allegedly stolen from a store, three pairs of underpants, and a tube of a hallucinogenic drug, Friday 17 January. The 39-year-old bought several items at the Mornington Homemaker Centre and began trying on a selection of hats in a store’s change room, 6.35pm. After allegedly hiding the hat he left the store. Police found the man sitting in his car, which was unregistered, as well as the new hat complete with price tags. They also allegedly found

drug paraphernalia in the car. The man was arrested, handcuffed and put in the back of the divisional van and taken to Mornington police station. On the way police said he began fidgeting with the front of his pants. When searched he was found to be wearing three pairs of underpants and hiding a small tube containing a hallucinogenic drug of dependence.

Leave it and lose it ITEMS including money, handbags, computers, iPads, iPhones, electronic devices and cables should never be left in cars, police say. They continue to take calls from residents and visitors reporting their cars being broken into and valuables stolen – a costly crime easily preventable. Police from General Duties, Highway Patrol, Crime Investigation and Proactive units ask people to ensure their car is locked when they walk away from it – especially in beach carparks and neighbouring streets. They say residents should report any unusual activity as often offenders walk the streets and carparks, checking car door handles and looking in car windows. Anyone seeing suspicious activity should call 000. To report a theft after it has occurred, call 131 444.

Late night blues A MAN involved in an altercation with security staff at a Mornington licenced venue was later found by police at the intersection of Main Street and the Eastern Ring Road, Thursday 16 January. The 34-year-old, of Mornington, allegedly returned a positive breath test of 0.166 per cent. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1075 and his licence was immediately suspended. He will be charged on summons with drinkdriving and traffic-related offences.

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Back by popular demand is Kaye’s Overlocker workshop. Kaye will show you even more amazing things you can make with your Overlocker. Also, for the crafters is a Decoupage workshop. If you’ve seen the beautiful pots at our market, you can now learn how to make them yourself. Have some fun while getting fit with Salsa for Fun and if the group is interested they can go onto learn other Latin dances. Present Yourself to Advantage course is a must if you are wanting to return to the workforce. Café Chat returns on Monday 3rd February at Café 202. Our trips this term are to Como House and of course the Op shop trip and these will fill quickly so don’t miss out, book early. We open on Tuesday 28th January at 9am.

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January Mosaic Adult Workshop – Themed Mosaic Indoor Piece For bookings contact Kelly – Email: quirkymuse7@gmail.com Wednesday 15th - 10.00am - 2.30pm OR Wednesday 22nd - 10.00am - 2.30pm Cost $125.00 All materials provided.

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February Adult Cheese & Yoghurt Making Classes Leave with the confidence to make beautiful cheese and yoghurt products over and over again in your own home! For bookings contact Lyn – Phone: 0402 978 820 or Email: mobilecheeseclass@gmail.com Saturday 1st - 1pm - 4.30pm OR Sunday 2nd - 9am—12.30pm $110.00 cost. $50.00 deposit required on booking. Balance due on the day.

The Somerville Stitchers made a patch-work quilt that they kindly donated to the Occassional Childcare room at the Somerville Recreation Centre. We have a morning ‘Patchwork’ group and an afternoon ‘All Crafts & Beginner Sewing’ group that meet every Wednesday.

Somerville Community House The action packed Term 1 at the Somerville Community House has commenced. There is still time to join in with this friendly and dynamic community. This weekend 1 & 2 of February, Lyn and Peter from ‘Mobile Cheese Making’ will teach us how to make our own yummy cheeses and yoghurt. Spots are filling fast so phone Lyn on 0402 978 820 or check out their facebook page at www.facebook. com/mobilecheeseclass. Our Community Garden are looking for more participants who would like to learn to grow vegetables and herbs. We have a new class in Yin Yoga available for those needing more support as well as Social Dancing to get those feet moving in the evening.

Tai Chi is available for those that need a slower pace and we have a number of walking groups who love to stroll the footpaths around our leafy town during the week. Our Kids and Tween Acrylic Art classes are brimming with amazing masterpieces and there are a variety of Adult Art classes to teach you how to paint. We have a combined Community Art class for those wanting a place to meet up with those who love to paint or draw in a calm setting. An Aromatherapy workshop to learn how to use and make up essential oil combinations is planned for February. Each participant will take home what they make. We have a new Conversational Italian class on offer for those who want to understand and converse with others. For the crafters there is an opportunity to learn to knit, crochet or sew. Don’t be shy, pop in for a visit anytime during the week, the kettle is always on.

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If you would like to know what classes we are holding during Term 1, 2020 please go to our website www.somervillecommunityhouse.com.au for details. Our office will re-open on Monday 13th January, 2020 Phone: 5977 8330

Annie Sage Community Centre – Home of the Somerville Community House 21 Blacks Camp Rd, Somerville

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LETTERS

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

Human rights sacrificed on the altar of economic interests We are being encouraged to wait until all the emotion has gone so we can rationally discuss the devastating bushfires and their connection to climate warming. This allows the powers that be to have their inquiry and to eventually announce its unsatisfactory findings. A Royal Commission over two years is even better, with the results easily shelved as being too hard. Sir Humphrey would be proud. For years I worked for the Defence Department and saw such tactics used by departmental heads to brush poorly thought out policies under the economic carpet. Human beings who were hurt and damaged by their decisions were “casualties of war”. The budget surplus is sacrosanct to the federal government, which wants to go down in history as the government able to create the first surplus in a decade. The economy, bushfires and the people are “casualties of our budget surplus war”. Al Gore titled his book An Inconvenient Truth while the expert leaders of our emergency services warned the prime minister in November that we had a horror bushfire season ahead. But providing more resources was just not convenient to that budget surplus. We will just have to let Rome burn and blame it on the Christians. Our disastrous economic progress and lack of spending on new technology to replace our dependence on fossil fuel exports as our main income, and the increasing number of companies failing or leaving the country, are “casualties of our economic war”. Tim Costello in his latest book says: “Human rights, when not grounded in (our) beliefs, can be overlooked as soon as our economic interests are threatened”. What of the human rights of the citizens of this great country to which Scott Morrison has been elected leader? Ken Norris, McCrae

Missing in action The saddest part regarding Morrison’s trip to Hawaii was that, just when we needed leadership, he went missing and he’s been playing catch up ever since. Forcing that distraught lady to shake his hand on national TV was not a good look in anyone’s eyes. The PM was warned by experts months before the fires about the possibilities of a catastrophic situation and he chose to listen to the “experts” in his office and Cabinet. The actions of [Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews during this disaster were a damn sight better than Morrison, who seemed to be more about his image than that of the victims. Climate change is real, even Scott Morrison is saying as much. Christine Fry could not have picked a worse week to make her comment alluding to “pork barrelling” by the Andrews government when that laughing, shot gun toting National Party deputy leader Bridget McKenzie, splashed

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money around selected, down trodden, needy LNP electorates despite there being sporting clubs more deserving of much needed funds (“Labor’s neglect” Letters 21/1/20). The LNP are quick to condemn Labor. Remember Roz Kelly and the “whiteboard fiasco”? Ms Kelly was forced out of parliament because of the constant baying of the LNP and so Bridget should go also. Christine Fry also criticised [Nepean Labor MP] Chris Brayne’s announcement of funding for three schools. During the [Liberal] Napthine government’s tenure, Moorooduc Primary needed money for repairs and the then Education Minister, Martin Dixon, denied them. I have always thought that if this electorate was marginal as it is now, we would start to see improvements because if the government that is in power wants to retain this seat, it has to address the needs of the electorate. John Cain, McCrae

Climate change neglect When I read Michael Long’s sob story about poor old former advertising executive Scomo [Prime Minister Scott Morrison], I could not help noticing the twisting of facts (“Maligned Morrison” Letters 21/1/20). The fact that many fire chiefs and emergency workers have totally dismissed the Liberal National Parties’ spin that not enough fire prevention led to the present infernos around Australia. The same goes for the assertion that the blame lays conveniently with Labor and the Greens conspiring to stop land management. The fact that for 10 years now the LNP has neglected to act on climate change action, because it found it was easier to politicise an issue than actually do something about it. Everyone that knows something about our present dire situation of fires raging throughout our country is plainly saying that climate change has had a very large contributing effect on longer and dryer fire seasons. Australia needs to start taking climate change much more seriously and start taking serious preventive action to earn the moral right to demand the same from our trading partners and allies. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

A leader’s responsibility Barry Kirkpatrick suggests I believe that politician should not have booked holidays (“Leave leaders alone” Letters 21/1/20). That is ridiculous. However [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison fought hard to be PM and, along with that role, goes a responsibility to demonstrate leadership when there is a major crisis. He knew we were facing catastrophic bushfires when he left to go to Hawaii. When forced by public opinion to come back, he spent his press conferences telling us what he had done. Of course we don’t want politicians visiting bushfire effected areas and hindering the

response. Contrast however, the current PM’s response to that of previous prime ministers - John Howard and Tony Abbott - who showed empathy towards those affected and who stood alongside the first responders. [Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews has also shown real leadership. From day one he has stood alongside the emergency services personnel, he has provided and reinforced information that people needed, he has comforted people and responded quickly to bring together the services that are needed. Scott Morrison’s first response was to look for a marketing opportunity and to avoid responsibility by trying to put the blame on state governments. He continues, along with his Cabinet, including [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt, to keep his head in the ash covered sand over the reality that our land is becoming hotter and drier and that we should be leading the world in our fight to mitigate against the impact of climate change. Now his and his Cabinet’s focus is hazard reduction, again attempting to blame the states. We need a state and Commonwealth coordinated response. We need to stop the blame game and we need to develop a bipartisan approach to land management and to climate change. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

Climate phobia Sometimes, when expressing an opinion in these pages, I am directing my remarks to the thinking classes as food for thought, whether they elucidate or irritate. Feedback from this quarter rarely happens, but I have enough of an ego to believe that there have sometimes been signs that somebody, even somebody of consequence, has reacted to my viewpoint or revelation. Democracy thrives on questioning voices, dissenting viewpoints. All very Voltairesque. However, when discussing the changing climate, out come the carbon phobics. Relying heavily on someone else’s simplistic opinion as their own, they become furious that anybody could express an opinion contrary to their de facto one. Some of them have lately called me a climate denier, climate sceptic (whatever these are supposed to mean), a misinformation spreader (liar?), a man, an elderly man, even a Liberal Party follower. I am a democratic socialist - the intelligent left - and I have no phobia’s, carbon or anything else. Of course the climate is changing. Who says it is not? It is reverting to the warmer period, 900AD to 1350AD. I cannot contemplate the extraordinary claim that humanity will become extinct, but I am seeing strong signs that capitalism is about to become extinct; organised coal and carbon phobia being a last death throe attempt to exploit markets and the masses. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Delivering at last As Christine Fry has noted, I’m fighting to make sure schools on the Mornington Peninsula get a fair go (“Labor’s neglect” Letters 21/1/20). Finally, schools like Red Hill Consolidated,

which hadn’t had any new capital works expenditure for 50 years, are getting money for rebuilds. Fifty years is a lot of different governments, so there’s plenty of blame to go around for both sides. But one year into my role, I’m trying to get movement on these issues, to build relationships with schools, to right these historical wrongs in our community. As a side note, the previous MP for Nepean was also the education minister 2010-2014, which could’ve been a great opportunity for our peninsula to get some school funding for these rebuilds but, instead, these issues continued to pile up. I’m glad Ms Fry notes that I’m delivering for schools down here on the peninsula and that finally our peninsula is getting the attention it deserves. Chris Brayne, MP for Nepean

Marginal benefits [Nepean MP] Chris Brayne simply stated that the previous MP did not secure these funds and he did (“Labor’s neglect” Letters 21/1/20). I am not sure what world Christine Fry is living in to even suggest that political funding has anything to do with doing the right thing. Just look at the current (of many) allocation of federal Liberals on the sports clubs grants. I wonder if she has ever read the propaganda sheet put out by [Flinders] MP Greg Hunt. At least Chris Brayne puts out a bit of his own propaganda, which is easier on the eye than Greg. There is something to be said for marginal seats. Just think of the funding from state and federal government if all seats were marginal? And let’s not let even the watered down IBAC bill go to the lower house after the senate approved it. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Bushfire appeal On Saturday 18 January a garage sale in Somers Avenue, McCrae raised $724 for the Red Cross bushfire appeal. The result was achieved through our community getting together and making it happen. Thanks to all who came and bought goods or assisted in running the day. It’s hoped you will all be pleased with the outcome. Peter Hunter, McCrae

Waiting in the wings It’s time, surely, that those dreadful bushfires, deaths, destruction, smoke haze, heat, [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison’s late promises (after a shaky initial assessment), the drama, the anger, the difference between the Murdoch media and the ABC coverage, to take a breath or two, awaiting the haze to subside, in the air and from the mouths. Hot, hot air. The bushfires, at $2 billion and counting. Let’s not get too excited. They gave $444 million to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, one of a dozen others, including coal company upgrades. Is the coal lobby waiting for the smoke to dissipate over the next few months, before regaining total control? Who knows? Cliff Ellen, Rye


100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Inquiry into child killed by car in Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE death of Lynella Jane Nichol – the six-year-old daughter of Mrs. L. Nichol, of Royal Parade, Royal Park – who was knocked and down and killed by a motor car at Frankston on 22nd November, 1919, was the subject of an inquiry by the City Coroner (Dr R. H. Cole) at the Morgue. Thos. Edwin Barnett, importer, of High Street, Kew in the course of his evidence, stated that on 22nd November he drove his wife, his brother, and several friends to the Fernery at Frankston, arriving there about 4.30 pm, and driving slowly all the time. Sounding the horn attached to the car, he turned towards a rank of cars on a lawn beside the road, but within three yards of the point at which he intended to stop he saw a woman almost on his mudguard. As he put on the brake he heard a scream. He stopped, and found the injured child in its mother’s arms. He could not account for not seeing the child earlier, unless it was because he had been so very careful in avoiding other traffic in the locality. He had been driving for about two months. Passengers in the car supported Barnett’s story. Other witnesses expressed the opinion that the car was travelling at from ten to fourteen miles per hour, and suggested that he had not good control of the car. Dr. Cole said he could not understand Barnett’s failure to observe the child until he was almost upon it. He thought the case was one for a jury.

The Coroner found that deceased had been killed by a motor car, which was being driven in a negligent manner by Thomas Edwin Barnett, and he committed Barnett for trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of manslaughter. Bail was allowed in his own surety, and another for £250. *** CAPTAIN Jonkins and the Rev E. Tonkin will preach at the Frankston Methodist Church morning and evening respectively on Sunday next. On the same day the new Church at Langwarrin will have its first Sunday services. Rev. J. Thomas, B. A. will officiate in the afternoon and Captain Jenkins in the evening. *** LAST week we recorded the successful sale of allotments in the Denby Estate by Messrs Brody and Mason, in conjunction with Mr J. Nott Marsh, when every lot was readily purchased at satisfactory prices. The demand for land anywhere within the town boundary appears to be keener than ever, a condition not likely to abate with the nearer approach of improved facilities in the matter of electrified railway service and installation of water supply. *** HIS Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne will lay the foundation stone of the new Anglican church being erected at Bittern on Saturday next at 11.30am. The edifice is being erected in memory of the fallen sailors and soldiers.

*** A SOCIAL in aid of the “Welcome Home” Orchestra will be held in the Frankston Hall on Friday 30th inst. The public will be glad of the opportunity of affording recognition of the valuable services rendered by the orchestra, and a large gathering may be expected. *** TOMORROW, at 3pm., an auction sale of six building sites on the main Hastings road, near the Frankston Cordial Factory, will take place. The auctioneers are Messrs. Traill and Wallis. *** MESSRS. Brody and Mason will on Saturday (tomorrow), on the property offer for sale a substantial brick villa standing on over two acres of land. Also ten fine building allotments in the estate of the late Henry Scarborough. *** THE Frankston Methodist Church held its anniversary, services on Sunday last, and attracted very large congregations. The Rev. W. H. Scurr, of North Melbourne, preached in the morning, and at evening, and Captain Jenkins conducted the afternoon celebration. The choir, under the conductorship of Mr. J. Austin, rendered special singing and the solo items were much appreciated. On Monday night the concert entertainment attracted a large attendance. The chair, was occupied by Rev. E. Tonkin, and the varied programme submitted was greatly appreciated. During the evening Capt. Jenkins

gave an interesting address dealing principally with his work amongst the boys and this special branch of the Church’s mission. *** FIGURES showing the number of dealing in land through the Titles Office for the year 1919 were made available on Tuesday. During the year 82,692 application under the Transfer of Land Act were lodged for registration, being an increase of 18,856 over the previous year, and creating a record. Not since 1888, the year of the land boom, when the dealings numbered 69.370, has there been such a large number of property transactions. The revenue was £78,492, as compared with £63.071 in 1918. *** AN impression seems to have got abroad that the duck season this year will open on 1st February. This is altogether wrong. The opening date is the same as last year, viz., the 15th February. but as the 15th happens to be a Sunday, the opening will be on the 16th. *** THE increased rate of five shillings per fortnight, irrespective of what they have been drawing in the past, was paid last week to old-age pensioners for the first time. No doubt the increase will be greatly appreciated by the old people. *** Heard in the Train The Frankston school will re-open next Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. Frankston Show committee will meet on Wednesday, 28th inst at 8

o’clock. Tyabb cricketers sensational win against Somerville on Saturday last. Several local councillors are very anxious to assist at the races in aid of the Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Fund, to be held at Mornington on Thursday, 5th February. As council meeting falls on the same day, councillors are hoping that a punctual start with municipal business will enable them to take their departure for the sporting field shortly after the lunch adjournment. Lady supporters of the Soldiers’ race meeting are pushing the sale of members tickets energetically, with highly gratifying results. Frankston brass band has kindly consented to place it services at the disposal of the Soldiers’ Committee on race day. Owners are reminded that entries for the race meeting close on Tuesday 27th inst. Langwarrin social, in connection with the tennis club, has been postponed till 31st inst. Important business is listed for the monthly meeting of the Frankston Progress Association to be held on Saturday evening next. Bush fires at Langwarrin the other day gave Mr Adderly’s premises a close call and serious damage was only averted by the prompt assistance rendered by the roadmen and others. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 23 January 1920

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Heatherhill win uphill battle, Dromana scrape through and Tyabb fall short By Brodie Cowburn

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HEATHERHILL had to work for it, but eventually defeated Moorooduc in a hard fought one day match on Saturday. Moorooduc chose to bat first on their home deck and did well, scoring 170 before being sent packing. Each of Heatherhill’s five bowlers managed to grab a wicket, with Jake Theobald and Aidan Lenehan taking three apiece. Heatherhill’s run chase started well, and they were flying at 1/112. Steven O’Donnell and Kristian Miller both passed their half century for Heatherhill, helping them secure the win with four wickets in hand and eight balls to spare. Somerville and Long Island also faced off in a tight contest on Saturday. Somerville came in to bat first, and put 171 runs on the board. Long Island chased that down with two overs and five wickets to spare. Things were not as competitive when Pines took on Pearcedale, as Pines put on a dominant display. Choosing to bat first, Pines were very impressive. Number three batsman Harley Peace-Stirling was their best performer, with 82 runs coming off his bat. The knock was his best for

the season. Pines set Pearcedale a target of 222 to chase down, and defended it with ease. Pearcedale were bowled out for just 48. Red Hill had a good day at home against Main Ridge, easily chasing down a target of 89 runs to secure victory. Red Hill got the job done in just 20 overs.

DISTRICT

DROMANA just scraped over the line to win a thrilling clash against Rosebud on Saturday. Rosebud came in to bat first in the one day contest, and lost an opener for a duck. None of their batsmen went on to make a big score, and they managed to set Dromama a target of just 140 to chase down. Dromana’s run chase got off to a horrible start, and at 4/27 they looked in big trouble. Their middle order helped get things back on track, but they still had a tough task ahead of them. Number eight batsman Zacc Klan proved the difference maker. His late showing of 34 not out helped his side get the win with just one wicket in hand. Delacombe Park managed to secure a tight victory over Hastings at home on Saturday.

Hastings came in to bat first, and ended up at 8/166 at the end of their innings. Delacombe Park’s run chase got off on the wrong foot when they lost an opener for just three runs, but they quickly recovered. Looking in a good spot at 1/95, they quickly fell to 7/110 and their chase looked in jeopardy. They managed to bring things back under control though, and eventually reached their target with four balls to spare. A half century from opener Brayden Roscoe helped Seaford Tigers get the win over Mt Martha on the weekend. The Tigers put 163 on the board, and defended it well. They bowled Mt Martha out for 132. Bowler Max Watters recorded his best ever figures, taking 5/11 in a stunning display. Mt Martha batsman Brad Turner can hold his head high after his impressive score of 66.

SUB DISTRICT

TYABB worked hard, but couldn’t manage to chase down an impressive target set by Frankston YCW on Saturday. The Stonecats chose to bat first at Bunguyan Reserve, and were phenomenal. They finished their innings at 6/221 off 40 overs.

Tyabb were faced with a daunting task but started well, with their openers putting together a 65 run opening stand. The side performed well but their run rate ultimately proved to work against them. Tyabb’s innings expired with them sitting at 9/178, well short of what was needed to win. At McClelland College, Tootgarook did well to defend their total of 165 against Ballam Park. Tootagarook’s best performer with the willow was Travis French, who scored an important half century. Ballam Park had an attainable target in front of them, but Tootgarook bowled well. Corey DeBruyn was the best with the ball for his side, posting figures of 4/36. Ballam Park were bowled out for 114. Carrum Downs had a good day at home, defending their total of 188. Their Skye opponents looked in a bad spot at 8/75, but a spirited showing from their tail nearly got them over the line. They couldn’t quite do enough though, and were bowled out for 153. At RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye wrapped up an easy nine wicket win against Boneo.

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A BRILLIANT century from Robert

Wilson has helped Sorrento score a win over Baden Powell. Wilson lit up Overport Park on Saturday, helping his side set a total of 213 runs. Baden Powell had a big task ahead of them, and couldn’t get near their target. First drop batsman Tom Wood scored an impressive 76, but his teammates dropped like flies around him. Baden Powell ended up bowled out for 163. Sorrento bowler Jake Wood was impressive and took a five wicket haul, his fourth for the year. At BA Cairns Reserve, Flinders couldn’t manage to chase down a mammoth total set by Mt Eliza. The Redlegs came in to bat first and finished their innings at 7/214. Lyle House was their best performer, scoring an unbeaten half century. Flinders were bowled out for 123, dooming them to a 92 run loss. At Alexandra Park, Mornington bowled well at home to defend their total of 164. Mornington rattled Langwarrin’s top order, leaving them reeling at 5/27. Langwarrin ended up all out for 107. Peninsula OB had a tough day on Saturday, falling well short in their run chase against Baxter. Baxter set 164 in their innings, and defended it well. Old Boys were bowled out for 90.

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Greener pastures for Eagles ace? SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THERE is increasing doubt about goalscoring legend David Greening remaining at Somerville Eagles. The veteran marksman was due to arrive back in Melbourne from an overseas holiday as we went to press and has declared his unhappiness with what he claims are mixed messages emanating from his club. Two weeks ago new senior coach Billy Rae said that he would like Greening to be a playing assistant coach but that role has also been offered to fellow striker Mark Pagliarulo. “The mixed messages I’ve heard coming out of the club are a worry with different guys being offered the same role,” Greening said. “When I went to Somerville in 2018 I had a vision and plan on where I wanted to take the club and how we would set about achieving those aims by getting the right people on board. “We were on the right path, two years in with a promotion and a winning mentality yet in the blink of an eye a bulldozer has come and smashed it all down. “I’ll meet with Billy and the club when I’m back and go from there but after losing Stan (Packer) and Scott (Morrison), for me to stick around will largely depend on how the club makes decisions on senior matters because it has to change so it’ll be interesting to see if it has.” Last month Somerville said Greening was among a number of players who had committed to the club for the upcoming season but he rejects that claim. “Until you’ve signed on the dotted line you haven’t committed to anything, coach or player. “The one thing I’ll commit to is meeting with Billy to discuss my role before deciding anything. “A lot has changed since I’ve been away and I’d be daft not to consider my future at Somerville. “At the end of the day I’m a winner and feel I have so much to offer a club both on and off the pitch. “I think I’ve got two or three years left playing seniors and I’m keen to combine that with a coaching role, if possible.” In NPL2 news Langwarrin has the opportunity to sign Kiwi international defender Reese Cox. He has an impressive pedigree starting all four of New Zealand’s games in the 2017 under-20 World Cup finals in South Korea.

Unsettled star: Goalscoring sensation David Greening (right) surges past Aspendale Stingrays’ Rory Carmichael in a State 5 South clash. Picture: Darryl Kennedy.

He recently moved to Melbourne and his father made contact with Langy gaffer Scott Miller who wanted to see Cox in action. The 22-year-old made two errors in the first 10 minutes of last Thursday night’s hitout against Melbourne Victory’s NPL squad but regained his composure and by game’s end had not only impressed the club’s coaching staff but had won over most onlookers. “He’s very purposeful in his action and he certainly sees passes into the midfield third,” Miller said. Langy won the friendly 3-2 with first-half strikes from Delarno Pharoe and Callum Goulding and a secondhalf George Howard penalty but had chances to score a lot more. Its first-half performance was impressive. “Physically we’re improving and in that first half some of the passing was some of the best I’ve seen in terms of movement, simplicity and those cutting passes in between the back four.” The pace of former Springvale White Eagles and Box Hill United winger Pharoe on the right was significant.

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with a 1-0 win while Strikers reserves won 4-0. In the first team clash Strikers should have scored from the penalty spot in the second half but Alex Mooy, younger brother of Socceroo star Aaron, skied his attempt. Mooy was introduced to Strikers by committeeman and life member Steve Keenan and played with Bankstown City in the NSW NPL2 under-20s competition in 2017. Jai Power nabbed the winner in the 86th minute after Beaumaris recruit Dakota Mcallan-D’Brass brought the ball down with a great first touch then jinked past a defender and shot from inside the area. Pines keeper Jarrod Nardino saved the attempt but Power pounced on the rebound. Strikers promoted Junior Mpota to the seniors while Nick Simmons and Laban Stringer again played for Strikers. Robbie Acs was in goal for Strikers but is yet to sign while Strikers best were Callum Bradbury, Adam Crabb and Alex Whyte. Sam Luxford, Jason Bradbury and Jack Buttery all missed due to injury.

Miller wanted to sign Pharoe last year and stayed in touch eventually landing his target last October. “You can just picture him, McLean, Howard, Stoilovic and Orritt and we’ve still got a visa spot available – there’s some nice attacking options we’re going to have,” Miller added. Miller is yet to settle on a replacement for goalkeeper Fraser Maclaren. Queenslander Brandon Cuminao lined up in goal against Victory but is yet to sign. The 22-year-old has been on the books of Queensland Lions and Olympic FC and has trialled with Dandenong Thunder. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers welcomed back experienced midfielder Jonny Guthrie last week but only to training as his cricket commitments continue to take priority. Strikers remain hopeful that he will stay. Strikers seniors went to Monterey Reserve last Thursday to take on State 3 outfit Frankston Pines while the reserves of both clubs clashed at Centenary Park. A late Strikers goal in the senior contest saw the visitors come away

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Daniel Mota, Joe O’Connor, Alex Bevacqua and Stephan Ngoneh from Dingley Stars were missing from the Pines squad and Somerville recruit Callum Richardson had suffered an ankle ligament injury in the previous friendly against Bunyip District and could be out of action for six weeks. The home team’s best was CJ Hodgson playing in an uncustomary central defensive role. Former Seaford United and Skye United player Alex Roberts and exPines and Langwarrin player Kurt Wagner-Goldsworthy played for Pines. Roberts was with Brandon Park last season while Wagner-Goldsworthy was with Seaford United. This Saturday the local spotlight falls on Centenary Park when Strikers host the eighth staging of the Wallace Cup. The annual charity event is a celebration of the local game and honours Stephen William Wallace, Langwarrin life-member and former club president, committeeman, coach, player and Bayside League referee who died on 19 July 2011 at the age of 54. His daughter Tanya is current Langwarrin president and his son Alistair heads the club’s high performance unit. Ironically Langwarrin is yet to win the trophy. “It would mean a lot to me to win my dad’s trophy and I’m sure the boys will be up for it but it’s great that other clubs have won it,” Tanya Wallace said. “I’d love it to be the go-to pre-season tournament for local clubs.” Wallace will consider restructuring the tournament with the possibility of it becoming a weekend-long event. “It’s something I’d have to discuss with the clubs and coaches but I’m very conscious of not asking too much of the players.” Mornington has won the Wallace Cup five times and head coach Adam Jamieson would love to make it six. “I think the first thing is that it’s important for everyone to put on a performance for Steve,” Jamieson said. “We’ve always gone into the event to try and win it. “Every time we’ve done quite well in the Wallace Cup we’ve done quite well in the league.” Saturday’s tournament kicks off at 11am when Langwarrin takes on Peninsula Strikers and Rosebud takes on Seaford United. Games at 12 noon are Mornington v Frankston Pines and Skye United v Baxter.


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Hanseatic storms to Blue Diamond favouritism HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou ANTHONY Freedman and Luke Currie have again struck juvenile success with the Godolphin blue as Hanseatic stormed home for a dominant win in the $140,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for colts and geldings on Saturday 25 January. The combination joined forces to claim the $1.5 million Group One Blue Diamond Stakes with Lyre last year and look well positioned to try and emulate those heroics once again as the son of Street Boss shot to $3.40 favouritism following his emphatic victory. Despite settling wide without cover after drawing the outside barrier, the classy colt still managed to reel off a slick 10.62 seconds split from the 400m to the 200m to overhaul his rivals and eventually be eased down for a 2.5-length win over Glenfiddich and Fixated. The stable openly spoke about the quality of the colt leading into the event and believed that he’d take good improvement from the run, having been more on the fresh side for his resumption. Pinecliff-based trainer Anthony Freedman said he’ll look to give Hanseatic another start before lining up in the Blue Diamond Stakes on Saturday 22 February. “Going forward to bigger races you want to see them put up a performance like that and put themselves ahead of them in an emphatic way,” Freedman said post-race. “He was a bit fresh and I’ll probably run him in two weeks because of that.

Different League: Hanseatic runs away with the Blue Diamond Preview for colts and geldings on Saturday 25 January. Picture: Supplied

“I don’t always think that way, but I think this colt might need the racing and getting used to the routine of raceday. He was a bit hot at Sandown and a bit hot again today so hopefully that’ll improve.”

For comparison, the fillies Blue Diamond Preview ran an overall quicker time of 57.27 for the 1000m compared to Hanseatic’s win in 57.48 but the turn of foot and sectionals that he recorded in doing so were superb. Hanseatic ran

his final 600m in 33.04 and broke 22 seconds for his final 400m running it in 21.75. The win was also the stables fourth victory with two-year-olds this season and was jockey, Luke Currie’s, sixth

two-year-old winner for the season. Four of those have come at Listed level and another being his biggest success so far in the $2 million Magic Million Classic at the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.

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