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ANTI-vaccination protesters have abused and hassled police for two days outside the Somerville office of Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt. Their action came just days the first vaccinations against coronavirus being administered across Australia. The number of Victorians vaccinated by Sunday was nearing 4000. While urging people to get vaccinated, Mr Hunt has said getting the jab will not be compulsory. On both Friday and Saturday (26 and 27 February) police outnumbered the protesters outside his office by almost two to one. No one was inside as staff had been told to work from home. Police said they were aware of “planned protest activity” in the Somerville area over the two days. “Everyone has a right to protest peacefully and lawfully as long as it does not impact the rest of the community, who also have the right to go about their daily business,” police media said. “Anyone coming into the area looking to disrupt others, create conflict and incite violence can expect a firm response from police.”

Doubts about councillors’ understanding Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors are being asked to revoke Governance Rules they adopted last Tuesday (23 February) because some of them appeared not to understand what they were doing. Cr Anthony Marsh decided to try to reverse the decision just hours after councillors had spent 90 minutes debating changes to the Rules. The council meeting at the shire’s Rosebud offices finished at 11.30pm and Cr Marsh, who lives in Mount

Martha, emailed his intention to revoke the decision to CEO John Baker at 1.40am Wednesday morning. The email inboxes of his fellow councillors and shire governance manager Amanda Sapolu would have received the message at the same time. Councillors had attended several briefings and workshops about changing the Governance Rules before participating, or listening to, Tuesday night’s long debate. Cr Steve Holland, who must have been monitoring his email after the meeting, replied within 20 minutes to say how disappointed he was with Cr

Marsh’s bid to try to overturn the council decision. “How disappointing, especially given how much time has been spent on this matter both in the lead up to and including tonight,” Cr Holland wrote in reply at 2am. “This will delay community consultation, after which the Governance Rules must return to council anyway? I believe this presents another opportunity for changed (sic) to be made?” The rules adopted by council were “subject to numerous wording changes, deletions and additions, which were still being circulated just hours before

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the meeting,” Cr Marsh told his early morning online audience. “It is evident that the complexity of the processes led to a situation where the Governance Rules (proposed or amended) were not given due consideration, and that a number of councillors appeared to be unclear of the status of the motion or amendments and their ability to debate or move additional amendments throughout this complex process.” One day before the council meeting Cr Hugh Fraser circulated his colleagues with three pages of amendments to the Governance Rules.

Cr Holland said the suggested changes had been “clearly and methodically” outlined by Cr Fraser, who had “worked with several others on his amendment, as suggested by the mayor [Cr Despi O’Connor]”. “I personally thought it was all very clear and in fact many items were considered and voted on individually. Not sure how that could get much clearer,” Cr Holland stated. Cr Marsh was asked by The News to name which councillors he believed did not understand what they had voted for, but did not respond by deadline.

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NEWS DESK Signing for free JUSTICES of the peace have started work at signing centres at Mornington and Rosebud police stations 11am-2pm Mondays and Thursdays. Justices sign national and International documents as a free service to the public. Documents they can sign and certify as an authorised witness are affidavits, statutory declarations and powers of attorney. To find your nearest JP call 1300 365 567 or Google “find a JP Victoria”.

Building waste dumped along roadsides on the Mornington Peninsula. Pictures: Supplied

Easier waiting A NEW passenger shelter is being built for passengers waiting for the Western Port ferry at Stony Point pier. The $40,000 state government grant will provide new seating at the shelter as well as protection from the weather. More than 70,000 passengers use the ferry each year to travel between the Port of Hastings and French and Phillip islands. The ferry is also the main transport link for the 270 residents of French Island.

Court reacts hard to concrete dumper Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A POLLUTER has been fined $50,000 in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for illegally dumping tonnes of concrete along roadsides, many on the Mornington Peninsula. Kashyap Shingari, who pleaded guilty, was also placed on a two year corrections order to perform 300 hours of community service, Tuesday 23 February. He was also ordered to pay costs Mornington

Peninsula Shire’s $9295 cost and Casey Council’s $1610 to remove the concrete, as well as Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s legal costs. Magistrate Richard Pithouse described the offending as “extraordinary” and commented, “If there was a power under the Act … I would jail you for an extended period of time. The message has to get out to the community that you do not dump rubbish.” The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor

said the successful prosecution which involved government agencies and the public “is an indication of the broader community’s zero tolerance for the dumping of rubbish”. “Let this be a warning to any would-be dumpers – you will get caught and prosecuted.” Environment Protection Authority Victoria, which brought the action against Shingari, was able to secure a warrant for his arrest through Victoria police. A condition of his bail

was that he not attend any “points of international departure” and that his passport be surrendered. EPA boss Lee Miezis said the case underlined the importance of community involvement in detecting and prosecuting illegal dumping. “We have zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour and we are glad to be able to see this through to a successful prosecution. It is a great example of law enforcement agencies, local councils and the media working together to get a great outcome.”

Incentive to play RYE Football and Netball Club under-19s players have been offered an incentive to play: the club will waive fees for the year and offer $150 vouchers for football boots or training gear from Sportspower at Rosebud. The Under-19s will be coached by senior football club captain Tyrren Head and Mitch Harris. About 50 players were on the track at preChristmas traning with all 2020 recruits keen to play on and quality senior players Jake Russell and Oscar Whitty signed on. Training for all teams is held at 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays. Adam Kirkwood will coach the seniors and club stalwart Alan Barnes will coach the reserves. Details: call football manager Scott Beel 0409 424276 or visit the Rye Football Netball Club Facebook page.

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Landowner seeks help to avoid rabbit takeover Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A HASTINGS man is fed up with the lack of support he is receiving in trying to control rabbits coming onto his property. Colin Fitches said the rabbits were from a much larger property behind his 0.809 hectare block on Hodgins Road. Because his land is privately owned, he says Mornington Peninsula Shire Council won’t do anything about them. “The situation’s so bad it’s gone beyond a joke,” Mr Fitches said. “I’ve been here 20 years but the last 12 months have been the problem. “I can sit outside and watch them coming onto my property.” Mr Fitches said he had been in touch with the Agriculture Minister, Hastings MP Neale Burgess, the shire’s biodiversity officer and the Cranbourne office of the Department of Agriculture. They all offered advice, but the end result is that Mr Fitches is left with a very expensive problem not of his making. “I’ve been told the land owner behind me is responsible. He has extensive areas of [noxious weed] blackberry and tea tree over two metres tall on his property and he has been told to clean them up,” he said. So far, that approach has not worked and even the Agriculture Department – which has been in contact with the neighbour – admits “there will [not] be much action there”. Mr Fitches says a housing estate further west along Hodgins Road has also “pushed” the rabbits towards his property. “I’ve been buying carrots to bait them at $5 a bag which I soak in [rat poison] and I’ve also been advised on how to procure K5 calicivirus at $130 a vial,” Mr Fitches said. “They burrowed under the water tanks and that cost me

$6000 to repair.” Mr Fitches said he had noticed “warrens all over the place” in the past six months. “I see them everywhere but how much time and money do I have to spend to control them?” That’s a hard question to answer as a single female rabbit can produce up to 160 kittens a year, of which 80 per cent are female. Agriculture Victoria, which has been in contact with Mr Fitches neighbour recommended he erect “exclusion fencing along the back where you think they’re getting in”. Mr Burgess said he was contacted by Mr Fitches and another constituent in December about “out of control rabbit populations” on the peninsula. “Mr Fitches lives on two acres and his property is being destroyed by rabbits who inhabit 20 acres behind him,” he said. “Another constituent owns a Christmas tree farm and rabbits are causing significant damage to his property and business.” Mr Burgess said he wrote to the Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas in mid-December and that the reply placed the onus of rabbit control onto the landowners. “Both our constituents feel that due to the breeding patterns of rabbits, they cannot manage this pest control without intervention from the department,” he said. “In the minister’s reply, it was mentioned that the constituents could purchase the K5 virus at their own expense to control populations. A quick search online shows you can only purchase this virus if you have a pest control licence.” Mr Fitches says he was told by Agriculture Victoria that he did not need a licence to release the K5 calicivirus – that “anyone can do it”. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s interim director of place Jessica Wingad said the shire did not “provide rabbit control services for private property but are happy to assist owners with advice on how to go about it”.

Burrowed time: Colin Fitches can’t see the funny side of the rabbit problem on his Hastings property. Pictures: Gary Sissons

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Injuries as ute, van collide TWO people were taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital last week after a two-vehicle crash in Reid Parade, Hastings. Senior Constable Todd Warner, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said speed may have been a factor in the crash in which a utility left the road and then swerved into on-coming traffic, 11.25am, Friday 26 February. The ute was extensively damaged when it hit the side of a van with two people aboard. The driver, in his 30s, of Cranbourne, was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was later reported to be in a stable condition. A woman in her 60s in the van received lower body injuries and was also said to be in a stable condition.

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Further delay over prayer or pledge Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE issue of whether or not to start Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meetings with a prayer or a pledge has received another setback. Councillors last week voted against giving the public a say on four options for starting meetings. The options suggested by Cr Antonella Celi included retaining the traditional prayer; rewording the prayer to delete any reference to “God”; replacing it with a pledge; or observing one minute’s silence. Both state and federal governments start sittings with a prayer that mentions God as well as an acknowledgement of country and traditional custodians. In December, council decided on saying a pledge rather than the prayer at the suggestion of newly-elected councillor Anthony Marsh. Despite the change of wording, it was still listed on the agenda as a prayer In-house lawyer, governance manager Amanda Sapolu, advised that as long as what councillors were saying was called a prayer, there was no need to seek public consultation before changing the wording. Following notice that Crs Fraser and Celi would seek to have that decision overturned, council’s January meeting was started with the unaltered prayer. Council agreed to undertake a “process of community consultation” when amending its Governance Rules, which include

the prayer. However, last week’s meeting began with the pledge, but was still listed on the agenda as a prayer. Cr Celi’s four options motion was defeated on a 6/5 vote. Councillors in favour were Celi, Steve Holland, David Gill, Hugh Fraser and Debra Mar; against: Anthony Marsh, Despi O’Connor, Kerri McCafferty, Sarah Race, Lisa Dixon and Paul Mercurio. Throwing further confusion into the prayer issue is a move by Cr Marsh to revoke motions carried at the same Tuesday 23 meeting to exhibit amended Governance Rules for public comment, including the prayer. His motion will be heard at council’s 9 March meeting. Cr Celi told The News after the meeting that she had been given a “quite vague” explanation as to why her 9 February motion was not mentioned in the 23 February agenda. “I questioned [the] governance [manager] about this oversight. The answer from governance was quite vague,” Cr Celi said. “At this stage, the Governance Rules as an entire document has passed and will go to community consultation without a separate poll on the prayer.” The shire did not respond by deadline when asked by The News if the public would still be consulted over the prayer or pledge issue or if the process was being held up been delayed by Cr Marsh's to revoke the decisions made on the Governance Rules. “Doubts about councillors’ understanding” Page 1

Call for Wynne to reject gas plan

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire last week took the unusual step of organsing a demonstration to show the state government how much opposition there is to AGL’s plan for an import gas terminal at Crib Point and a 55km pipeline to Pakenham. The mood was urgent as Planning Minister Richard Wynne will decide on the proposal within the next four weeks (“Shire, Opposition unite against AGL” The News 16/2/21). The shire and 28 community organisations and businesses have signed an open letter and sent a video to Mr Wynne urging him to reject the power company’s plan. The letter, also sent to the board of AGL, details concerns about the threats posed by the gas plant to the marine and coastal environment and to the amenity of nearby townships. “The clock is ticking; the future of our beloved Western Port Bay hangs in the balance,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. “In less than four weeks the Victorian government will make a decision that could seriously risk this internationally recognised ecosystem. The community is demanding to be heard; we do not want this gas plant.”

No to gas plant: Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors, the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor, Cr Lisa Dixon, above, and Cr David Gill, left), representatives of 28 businesses, community and environment groups met at Crib Point, Friday 26 February, to show solidarity in opposing AGL’s gas import plan for Western Port. Pictures: Yanni

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Performers are back with ‘lived experiences’

JENNA Cuff-Jones and Carole Pattullo are Stepping Out with stories to “celebrate” women of the Mornington Peninsula. Picture: Yanni DREAMHOUSE Theatre Company is back to performing this month with Stepping Out - stories of challenge, change and possibility. Produced by Anthea Mackenzie and Carole Patullo, Stepping Out “celebrates the voices, and creative spirit of women living and working on the Mornington Peninsula”. It is a continuation of the story sharing event and verbatim performances that were popular elements in the A Woman’s Place mini-festival, Stepping Out includes a morning tea storysharing event on Saturday 13 March for 25 women, followed the next day (Sunday 14 March) by a reading of selected stories from the morning tea.

Over 24 hours Patullo and Jane Bayly will transcribe and edit stories before presenting a “theatrical reading” with an intergenerational cast, including young women from the Dreamhouse ensemble, professional actors and community members to a live audience. “There is something very powerful about the act of storytelling; and when those stories come from lived experiences and are transformed into theatre, the response from community is profound”, Mackenzie said. “The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, Choose to Challenge, is quite serendipitous as our event, originally scheduled for March

2020, explores the same idea.” Patullo: “It’s obviously been a very challenging time for people and it’s not a cure all, but theatre has a wonderful capacity to bring people together and to reshape experience through the artistic lens.” Stepping Out - stories of challenge, change and possibility is at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, 13 and 14 March. Booking essential for the free story sharing event on 13 March at https:// www.trybooking.com/BOROF and $10 for Sunday 14 March https:// www.trybooking.com/BOXBD or at the door.

Crib Point Township Plan refresh Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Crib Point Township Plan Refresh last year. Your input has been used to finalise the Plan, which sets the strategic vision and direction for the town’s development and aims to protect Crib Point’s unique character of tree lined streets and a mix of old and new houses. Council will consider the community’s feedback and whether to adopt the updated Plan at its Planning Services Committee meeting on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 6.30pm. The Planning Services Committee agenda will be available on our website from 12pm on Wednesday 3 March 2021.

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Firefighters behind cheeky campaign THE Only Butt campaign is a finalist in the prestigious Community Banksia Awards coming up on 24 March. The campaign – devised by 2020 Victorian Local Hero and Australian of the Year Josie Jones – aims to inspire people to put their butts in the bin, as well as engaging in healthier lifestyle choices, and body confidence across all genders. People are encouraged to post and tag photos of their own butts, or even the butts of animals and fish, as the only type of butts that should be at the beach. The campaign draws attention to concerns that eight billion cigarette butts are dropped on beaches in Australia every year. The campaign combines cheekiness with education and positive reinforcement of good behaviours. It aligns with various categories of sustainability. “Through a little cheekiness and some wholehearted education, we inspire littering smokers to put their butts in the bin,” Ms Jones said. “We passed through fires, COVID-19 and summer, and so now seems a great time to speak out about littering of butts.” Rye CFA First Lieutenant Paul Baiguerra said: “Fires from the careless disposal of cigarette butts are completely avoidable. We were thrilled that Josie has come up with a way to help get this important message out.” Ms Jones said: “I’ve been working hard through COVID to keep our beaches butt-free and I’m now working with the CFA to send a message to the broader community. “Rye CA missed out on doing their tin rattle over Christmas and I know how much the community values its volunteers. I thought this would be a nice way of starting a conversation around a serious problem that can only be solved through collaborative support.” Ms Jones’ Share The Word Design Studio worked on the campaign with support from Woolworths, Lions International, Rye Community Action Group and Bendigo Bank.

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No response RYE CFA is unlikely to receive any money from Mornington Peninsula Shire for the donations it missed out on receiving after being told it could not conduct its annual January tin rattle. The shire has since admitted that the officer who mailed the bad news to the CFA it did not have the power to stop the tin rattle (“Shire backs down on tin rattle ban” The News 1/2/21). The CFA says the collection at the corner of Nepean Highway and Dundas Street unusually

raises about $10,000. However, Cr David Gill has now twice failed to convince his council colleagues to make up the CFA’s shortfall. Cr Gill’s motion to pay the CFA lapsed at the Tuesday 23 February council meeting for lack of a seconder. Chief financial officer Bulent Oz recommended that any “unbudgeted funding requests [be] part of [the] budget process and mid-year review”. Steve Taylor with Keith Platt

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Shire urges pledge for women’s ‘challenge’ MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is choosing to challenge gender stereotypes by again supporting International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March – the Labour Day public holiday. The global day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s UN theme is Women in Leadership which promotes women’s and girls’ achievements, women’s independence and decision-making and challenges gender stereotypes and roles. Members of the community can join in online to raise awareness of gender equality on International Women’s Day. This year, women are being asked to challenge. To make a pledge, visit the shire website and explain in 140 characters who or what you would choose to challenge to break down gender stereotypes. The shire will also host an online event featuring four women from diverse backgrounds who share their stories and discuss gender equality and women in leadership. The pre-recorded discussion led by broadcaster, journalist, producer and author Tracee Hutchison will include insights from the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor and councillors. RPP FM will air the discussion from 2pm, Monday 8 March. The online event will go live at 7.30pm, Wednesday 10 March across the shire’s social media pages. Panel members include: Phoebe McShane, the shire’s 2021 Young Citizen of the Year, who, at 15, founded specialist basketball program Ausome Hoops for children with Autism. Phoebe was recognised by the Foundation for Young Australians and spoke to Senator Janet Rice on the need for more Autisminclusive programs.

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Taneisha Webster, 28, is an Aboriginal woman with an honours degree in psychology. She received the Ricci Marks award in 2016. She is executive officer of women’s business at Willum Warrain Aboriginal Gathering Place and has worked in child welfare and was a board member at Willum Warrain for five years. Dr Linda Henderson, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, taught at Woodleigh School. She has a passion for creating positive change in education that helps children reach their potential. As an early years specialist, she focuses on leadership supporting women and children. Basketballer Ketiah Fischer started playing aged four and, from seven, played for the Sandringham Sabres for 15 years. In 2000 she joined the first Indigenous Australian Basketball Association team, the Cairns Dolphins. In 2005 she won gold medals in the Australian Masters and Pan Pacific Games and is now junior development coach at Mornington Basketball. “By amplifying the voices of women on International Women’s Day, we start to break the glass ceiling of gender inequality,” Cr O’Connor said. “The powerful and inspirational women on the panel strengthen our commitment to promoting gender equality and the prevention of violence against women and children as articulated in our Gender Equality Strategy 2020-30. “I’m proud to be mayor in a majority female council, with a female deputy by my side, and hope this video for International Women’s Day can help create an inclusive world of positive, equal and respectful relationships. Let’s all choose to challenge.” To make a pledge or to attend the online event, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/iwd

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Author’s poignant polio story in new anthology HASTINGS author and artist Fran Henke has a chapter in the new Australian anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia. The 320-page paperback has been published by Melbourne publisher Morry Schwartz’s Black Inc and is the fifth in a series of “Growing Up…” titles. Released in early February, it has already been reprinted after attracting wide-spread interest and praise including for its editor Carly Findlay OAM, a Mel-bourne writer and disability activist who has a rare genetic disorder that affects her skin and hair. Mrs Henke is an activist too – for polio survivors who in later life experience post-polio syndrome and a wide range of symptoms that include new weakening of muscles including respiratory muscles, fatigue, joint degeneration and more. She has advocated for polio survivors for more than 20 years both privately and publicly, and has written extensively on the subject. Mrs Henke’s essay is a matter of fact but also poignant story charting her life from when she contracted polio at age three when living in Gippsland to now aged in her 70s. The condition has not stopped her having a varied career as a journalist in the United Kingdom and Australia as well as writing 23 books, gaining a visu-al arts diploma in her late 60s, and volunteering for many community groups. She is also an accomplished photographer. Growing Up… contains contributions from 48 people, whittled down from more than 360 submissions. Carly Findlay states in her introduction that “the people in this book are disa-bled, chronically ill, mentally ill and neurodiverse, and inhabit the city, regional and rural regions and Aboriginal communities”. “They span generations – some are elders and some are still growing up – and genders, cultures and sexualities. I hope the book creates a

Age enhances items at fete

Birthday girl: Fran Henke at age three in 1946 just before she contracted life-changing polio. Pictures: Supplied

sense of identity, pride and belonging to a community – for the contributors and for readers.” The book includes interviews with high-profile Australians Senator Jordon Steele-John and Paralympian Isis Holt, both of whom are affected by

cerebral palsy, as well as poetry, graphic art and more than 40 original pieces by writers with a disability or chronic illness. RRP: $29.99 (book), $12.99 (ebook). Mike Hast

ITEMS for sale in a silent auction of at the white elephant stall have been flooding in to next Saturday’s (6 March) Fake or Fortune fete at Flinders. The latest items to be added to the list include a Chinese bowl rescued off the seabed from a 400-year-old shipwreck, trench art from World War I made from a brass cartridge with a kangaroo handle (pictured), and a blue Amanda Louden glass vase. Bookings can be made for valuations by third generation auctioneer Warren Joel and former Christies and Sotheby’s auctioneer Paul Sumner at Trybooking.com/BOIJT. The Fake or Fortune fete is being held 10am2.30pm, Saturday 6 March at St Johns Church hall, Flinders. Organiser Mary Iles said the church, like all not-for-profit organisations, was only now beginning to earn income from its two op-shops at Balnarring and Flinders. “The profits from the fete are crucial to the church to enable continued support for community and local charities,” she said. Details: stjohnsfete21@gmail.comprizes to pet show winners.

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NEWS DESK

CEO’s powers up, councillors down in suggested ‘best practice’ option By Hugh Fraser* MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker has been quick to propose to the new council – with eight new councillors out of 11 – radical changes to meeting procedures that substantially enhance a CEO’s powers while reducing council’s ability to regulate its own procedure. Touted as “best practice”, these management-proposed rules are not. Council needs to be zealous in guarding the representative democratic rights of the community to our third tier of (local) government as transparent, community engaged and able to extract accountability from management. As recently as 2018, councillors revised their meeting procedure rules. Over the course of several workshops, councillors carefully worked through the rules with management and legal advice. A satisfactory set of rules – indeed described as “model” rules by council’s legal adviser – was approved and soundly operates today. Two revised rules provide for the continuation of limiting a CEO’s powers to reject a councillor’s notice of motion, and a three-day period of notice was extended to five days. This enabled a substantive management response before the meeting. An unlawful or unfair rejection of a councillor’s notice of motion by a CEO can be remedied as a matter of

HUGH Fraser

“urgent business” at a later meeting. Further, if a notice of motion is rejected by a CEO, a councillor can revise it with management assistance and resubmit it. A notice of motion to revoke a council resolution previously made requires but one signature. This right is sparingly used in this council and usually only exercised, as it was recently, where the factual or information basis on which it was made was inadequate or unsound. Further, a CEO has no power to directly address councillors during debate but may do so before debate

Competitors accept challenge

starts. Once a debate is under way, the matter is solely in the hands of elected councillors. However, the proposed rules would expand a CEO’s power to reject notices of motion, require 10, not five, business days’ notice, and bind council with a CEO’s advice as to what constitutes “urgent business”. A notice of motion to revoke an adopted resolution would require the signatures of three councillors, including one of a councillor who supported the earlier resolution. I don’t think this is best practice. It is a “one-off” rule copied by the shire’s management from Frankston Council’s rules. At Frankston, it was adopted to remedy a specific dysfunctional use of meetings procedure, which the peninsula does not share. More importantly, a CEO, or his delegate, would be given an unprecedented power to address the meeting to correct a “factual” error during councillors’ debate. Such a power invites a CEO, or his delegate, to intervene in the debate as a notional 12th councillor. This is anathema. The community and experienced councillors readily understand the difficulties this will cause and rightly reject these proposed meeting procedure rules as being undemocratic. * Hugh Fraser is a Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor for Nepean Ward.

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COMPETITORS are preparing for Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron’s Challenge 2021, which starts at 10.30am on Sunday 21 March. Team entries cost $100 for the challenge which has been raising money for headspace Rosebud for the past five years. Each four-person team completes five legs, including an individual 1-1.2km swim, a 3km ski paddle, a 2km stand up paddle, 2.4km beach run and a 500m team swim. There will be prizes and giveaways and the event is followed by lunch on the clubhouse deck. Spectators are being encouraged to attend. Details: facebook.com/byschallenge and tickets at www.trybooking.com/ BOKKC The challenge will be followed at Easter by the yacht squadron’s art show. This year’s feature artists are photographer Ronald Tan and artist Claire McCall. Outdoor sculpture will be placed on the clubhouse deck and lawn. Viewing of works can be by appointment on Friday 2 April. The art show is open 10am-5pm on Saturday 3 April and Sunday 4 April and 10am-2pm on Monday 5 April. Tickets at $5 available at the door each day and visitors stay at the club and its bistro and bar. Details: https:// www.facebook.com/byseasterartshow Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is at 2900 Point Nepean Road,

Train disruptions FRANKSTON train line commuters are facing two months of bus replacements.

backyard hens. We specialise in supplying friendly, egg laying hens with quality products to keep them happy and healthy. There’s nothing like the friendship and entertainment that you receive from our laying hens - a pleasure to be shared!

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Download our FREE, Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens at: www.TalkingHens.com.au

Op shop opens THE Fusion Thrift Op Shop at 26 Progress Street, Mornington, has been transformed over the past four weeks before opening on Monday 1 March. The warehouse, along with the op shop on Robertson Drive, Mornington, will be a source of income to support Fusion on the peninsula as well as a hub of employment skills training for young people. Thrift will connect with school VCAL coordinators and work providers to plan opportunities to make young people job-ready. At the warehouse’s official opening on Friday 5 March team leader Gemma Bell will be joined by the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor who will speak to the vision, dream and necessity of such resources in the community. The 3-7pm event will be held in conjunction with nearby Commonfolk Cafe which will stay open so people can have a bite to eat before popping into Thrift to shop.

OPEN WEEKEND

6 & 7 MARCH, 2021

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More level crossing removals have been scheduled on the Frankston line. Five level crossings across Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach are expected to be removed by the end of this year. Edithvale, Chelsea, and Bonbeach stations will close for demolition and reconstruction in the middle of the year. Trains will run express through them while works are ongoing. From around September, the line will shut down between Mordialloc and Frankston. Bus replacements will be scheduled for commuters for two months.

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It’s that time of year again – Clean Up Australia Day is here! It’s time to check out rubbish hotspots in your neighbourhood and challenge your friends and family to join.

Picture: Yanni

Chances are you’ve spent time outside enjoying mother nature in the past twelve months – now it’s time to give her some TLC and tidy up harmful and ugly litter on our beaches, foreshores and parks.

Village goes to market Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE pending sale of the Mornington Village Shopping Centre will “test the market as the first core Victorian neighbourhood shopping centre offering of 2021”. Agent Stonebridge Property Group says the centre has “long been an investor favourite based on recession proof and non-discretionary tenancy profiles, especially in booming areas like Mornington”. The sale price is expected to be around $40 million. It last sold in 2018 for $39 million. The Main Street centre at the corner of Cromwell Street is anchored by Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets as well as The Reject Shop, Pharmasave, medical centre and 14 retailers over 7963 square metres. There are 455 outdoor car spaces and 55 undercover spaces. Stonebridge partner Justin Dowers said the owners’ decision to sell reflected a “sound understanding of the positive investment conditions

for recession-proof retail assets anchored by blue chip supermarket tenants”. “The amount of interest in the freestanding supermarket and neighbourhood shopping centre sector has grown extensively over the past 12 months,” he said. “A number of household institutional groups and funds [are] joining the many established private investors [keen to] gain exposure to assets with characteristics similar to that of Mornington Village. “Daily-needs tenants, like Woolworths and Aldi, add another level of tenancy and rental income security which is particularly attractive in uncertain times.” Agent Kevin Tong said Mornington Village was spread across 1.1 hectares with flexible zoning providing for future development potential. “With the increasing resident demand and low to medium density developments in the area, the corner site … is prime for future development in the medium to long term [subject to council approval], especially given the massive car parking provided by the council.”

Sunday 7 March List of locations: : cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

Important message to Hastings seniors Advertisement

Have your heard Hastings U3A and Hastings Seniors have moved into the newly refurbished Hastings Seniors Learning Hub? We are enjoying the new facilities Cnr. Salmon and Herring Streets, Hastings.

Whilst we are different organizations, we both serve the seniors in our community. Both understand seniors’ needs. Both groups are friendly and inviting, so check us out. Both understand the needs of our community. Both charge very low membership and class/activity fees. Both organizations are working to offer you exciting and stress free activities to improve your health. Maybe you would like to learn French or German, what about

having a go at Table Tennis or Dancing for Fun and Fitness? Learn how to use the mobile telephones handed down from the family; we understand that too. Hastings U3A offers you a huge range of activities and courses. Seniors conduct card games, bingo, carpet bowls and many more suitable activities.

Together again at last!

Why don’t you call into the new premises, Cnr. Herring and Salmon Streets, Hastings, and ask for the programmes and membership details.

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.

Don’t delay, improve your health, socialize, expand your skills, enjoy the experience and relax with other seniors in your community. Reception opening hours Mon/ Tues 10-1 and Thurs 1-4 closed school and public holidays. Hastings U3A web site details www.hastings u3a.org.au

HASTINGS U3A Ÿ New premises Ÿ New courses

Ÿ New timetable Ÿ Low fees

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 By “University of the Third Age” we mean sharing knowledge, skills and activities of interest. There are no exams or certificates, just local people aged 45+ getting together, learning something new, enjoying activities they can share, and building a strong local fellowship. Western Port News 3 March 2021

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WHAT’S NEW...

Open to talking about hens JASON and Giuliana started a freerange egg business called Talking Hens back in 2012 on their small family farm in Keysborough. They started selling some of their hens to customers wanting to keep their own backyard flocks. As more and more people started buying their hens, Jason and Giuliana started providing a range of other products to keep backyard hens healthy, happy and active. Along with this, education and support for backyard chicken keepers became more important for them over time. Eventually, they moved away from free range egg farming and focused solely on hy-line backyard hens. From their farming experience, Jason and Giuliana learned that the Hy-Line Brown was very suitable for families as they were placid, had lots of personality and were one of the best egg-laying hens around. Following their permanent move to Merricks, they are having an Open Weekend to celebrate! Open Weekend on 6th and 7th of March 2021 Visit Talking Hens at 3590 Frankston-Flinders Road Merricks between 10am and 4pm over the open weekend to talk and learn all about backyard chickens. On both days they will have face painting, petting zoo, sweet stall, craft activities and presentations on getting started with backyard chickens at 2pm. Plus a competition to WIN a $200 gift voucher.

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WEDNESDAY, 3rd MARCH 2021

SOMERVILLE, TYABB, HASTINGS, BITTERN, CRIB POINT, BALNARRING, FLINDERS

Speak to your agent about listing on realestateview.com.au. Be seen everywhere.


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To arrange your site inspection contact David Nelli 0403 111 234 or at the office on 5979 2700 / Email: david@peninsulaparklands.com.au mpnews.com.au

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ON THE COVER

ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE IN GLORIOUS BEACH LOCALE AN extraordinary combination of luxury and quality is provided by this spectacular beachside residence where unforgettable indoor and outdoor dimensions have established a fresh benchmark in design. Art meets architecture here in the beautiful Western Port Bay pocket of Balnarring Beach, this home exhibits sublime gallerystyle spaces throughout where double-height glass windows frame the night-lit solar-heated swimming pool and spa that is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and alfresco dining. The interior is highlighted by the bespoke kitchen that flaunts a suite of integrated Miele appliances including dual ovens, coffee machine, two dishwashers and a refrigerator

HOME ESSENTIALS

whilst Soapstone and Caesarstone benchtops make a grand statement in style. The expansive living zone enjoys lashings of natural light with skylights and walls of glass used to great effect. There is fantastic spaces for casual or formal dining and opening from here is an alfresco patio with outdoor kitchen and barbecue. Each of the four bedrooms feature climate control, whilst to the elegant master bedroom is a luxurious ensuite with round stone tub, a triple head walkaround shower plus walk-in wardrobes and private access to a poolside terrace. The splendid family bathroom also showcases a triple-head shower and a freestanding stone bathtub. Appointed to a level rarely seen, the home has

under floor heating on the ground level and through the wet areas, it also includes full home automation with an elevator, remote blinds, CCTV, video intercom and even an X-Golf simulator. Such is the impressive scale of the property - a staggering 725 square metres _ the lifestyle aspects so desired by today’s buyer are also included here with ease. A huge below ground level features not just a home theatre and gymnasium, but also a home office and four car garage. Set within paces of the beautiful ocean beaches of Balnarring and a very short drive up to the boutique shops and cafes of the village.n

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ADDRESS: 40 Fauconshawe Street, BALNARRING BEACH FOR SALE: Contact Agent For Price DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 car AGENT: Candice Blanch 0416 123 415, Impact Realty Group, 2/70 Mountain View Road, Mount Eliza, 9787 7308

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1 Foxwood Place, SOMERVILLE A Complete Charmer

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The owners of 36 Stanley Street, Somerville have taken advantage of the hot property market and our growing buyer database to successfully sell their home with Malcolm Parkinson and Sue Monaghan. Somerville is a location in high demand and our experienced team are achieving exceptional results in this suburb. If you are considering selling in todays market, contact Stone to capitilise on our local knowledge, buyer intel and agent expertise.

Sold:

$880,000

Contact:

Malcolm Parkinson / 0421 704 246 malcolmparkinson@stonerealestate.com.au Sue Monaghan / 0400 481 862 suemonaghan@stonerealestate.com.au

> Sold after first weekend of inspections > Record sale for the street with multiple buyer offers received > High demand area, buyers seeking similar properties in the suburb

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HELD by the one family for many years, this fantastic Beach Street freehold property is set on a 497 square metre block adjacent to Bayside Shopping Centre. The 424 square metre shop has been leased to Aussie Disposals for over 40 years, which presents an ideal opportunity to buy into the Frankston commercial market with a well-established tenant in place. The current lease expires in June 2023 and demonstrates a rental return of $88,967 per annum, and with its Commercial 1 zoning affords the new owner plenty of options.n

A PRIME location and a reputable, well-established tenant are two major plus column factors present with this excellent freehold property in Frankston. The site measures a healthy 1600 square metres with a frontage of 33.6 metres to busy Nepean Highway. The total building area is about 350 square metres which is leased to a physiotherapy practice, until April 2024, at a current rental of $68,000 per annum. The mixed use zoning does provide for some development potential (STCA) should new owners wish to pursue that option.n

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ADDRESS: 342-344 Nepean Highway, FRANKSTON AUCTION: Thursday 11th March at 11am AGENT: Linda Ellis 0400 480 397, Nichols Crowder, 1/1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs, 9775 1535

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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

Christian prayer has no part to play at council meetings I was deeply offended to find out that a prayer is said at the start of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meetings (“Prayer back on agenda” The News 15/2/21). Why should a secular forum such as a council meeting have a prayer on its agenda? And a Christian-based prayer by the sound of it. Yes, historically Australia was colonised by English Christians. However, the Australian community of today century embraces a plethora of religious viewpoints - none of which have any place in the secular space of a council meeting. I could certainly understand how inviting leaders of different community faiths to say a few words at the start of a meeting - for example, at a time of religious significance to that community - could enhance the community spirit of the council. Those letter writers who are in favour of mixing religion and local government should have a long hard think about the exclusionary world view that they are espousing. As for the kangaroo count, I note that there are newspaper reports of concerns about the peninsula’s kangaroo population going back to at least 2015 (“Council ignores move to end kangaroo shoots” 15//2/21). In the intervening six years, it seems that no one has tracked whether the local kangaroo population is increasing or declining. Similarly, a brief look at the DELWP website did not reveal any information about the current kangaroo population. How can a cull quota be monitored if the base number is unknown? It is a dereliction of basic duty, and the council appears to be blithely accepting of this oversight. Bianca Felix, Bittern

Council faction SOME might say we have a lame duck [Mornington Peninsula Shire] council because we have a faction of six determined new councillors who will be constantly paddling to the left in its decision making - and I mean extreme left - with the cancel culture current. It was plainly evident at the last council meeting on Tuesday 23 February. I regard the hypocrisy of these six as breathtaking. It will be reported that all 11 councillors stood up for transparency, accountability and community engagement, but when the chips were down on the very next vote, those same six councillors Despi O’Connor (mayor), Anthony Marsh, Kerri McCafferty, Paul Mercurio, Sarah Race and Lisa Dixon, voted down a fair, reasonable and cost effective motion of four options in a questionnaire format on the prayer issue to go to the community. It was put forward by Cr Antonella Celi and seconded by Cr Hugh Fraser (a barrister ). No other process for community engagement was proffered and the time set for it was the minimum of 14 days from 24 February. A hall can’t even be hired in that time frame. It appears to me that these six councillors have no commitment to their oath to serve and engage with us. To me. their voting pattern indicates insincerity; tell them what they want to hear but do the opposite. I believe we have unwittingly been hijacked by deceitful non-disclosure campaigning in the last council elections. Even the Council CEO and the officer of council governance rules appeared with numerous amendments to standing rules, to be trying to hijack power away from our council by the use here and there of veto. We are in for a steamroller ride over the next four years of this council. Monica Martini, Mornington

Time to recover MORE than 25 years ago, it occurred to me that unused knitting wool and unfinished objects that could be turned into rugs, jumpers, beanies, scarves and mittens for needy Mornington Peninsula families, lurked in baskets and cupboards when they could be used by knitters who couldn’t afford to buy wool to help others. So, Knit for Kids evolved with the support of a big team of dedicated knitters and local MPs offices as collection points. Beanies, mittens and scarves for servicemen

in Afghanistan were knitted and sent. Then the campaign morphed into Winter Woollies Appeal, with the support of Frankston and peninsula branches of the Bendigo Bank, where knitting and wools were left and distributed. Southern Peninsula Food For All was able to distribute the hundreds, maybe thousands, of beautifully knitted donated garments to needy local people identified through the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Now, however, Food for All has a glut, despite having canvassed other organisations that might have to send knitted goods overseas where they are also sorely needed. Meanwhile, I’ve been knitting donated wools unsuitable for garments into eccentric Trauma Teds to raise money for wildlife affected by bushfires. But my circumstances have changed too, needing to step back from a few commitments to recover. While I really care about this initiative that has brought idle wool and keen knitters together, Food for All’s dilemma has proved timely. So, it is time to stop. My profound thanks to everyone who contributed to making winters warmer for families in need, especially Dianne Falconer and the amazing team at Food for All who feed and clothe the neediest in our community, year after year. Thank you for having me on board. Fran Henke, Hastings

Danger ahead WHILE Australians are understandably consumed with the threat of COVID-19, there are two other threats of possibly greater significance to our long term wellbeing, economy and sovereignty. Exxon-Mobil recently announced the closure of its refinery at Altona and it has since been pointed out that by mid-year Australia may be left with just one plant producing petrol, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products. Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warned of “our severe fuel insecurity”. The danger of relying completely on fuel imports is obvious to me and should be a frightening prospect for any government with competence and vision. To retain some degree of independence and skilled staff within the industry, Australian governments must work together to finance and construct a number of refineries around the country. Another major threat was highlighted by the fact that Global Switch, which stores our military secrets, has for the past five years been 49 per cent owned by a Chinese data tech consortium. The Department of Defence has extended the contract to 2025. Federal MP Bob Katter has been quoted as saying “What is the point of having a defence system when a military 100 times stronger than ours knows where your defence assets are?” In this new age of cyber attacks and growing international tensions it is ridiculous that any foreign power has access to our security systems and the government must immediately act to change this. Henry Kelsall, The Sustainable Future Association, Frankston

Predicting problems APPARENTLY, I missed American Indians when listing alternate religions on the Mornington Peninsula (“Spiritual Harmony” Letters 23/2/21). That makes at least six. My personal favourite “spiritualists” are the fortune tellers on Wednesday in Main Street, Mornington, although it is a worry that they cannot seem to predict rain on market day. Perhaps theirs is a long term view rather than the current. The advocates for prayers should learn from them. If your market is a life-after-death policy then that is seriously long term, and short term things, like political council meetings, are a distraction. Leave it to the politicians. If we are to get along in spiritual harmony, let’s not force our beliefs onto others. As a returned Vietnam veteran, I must admit that at times I have turned to God, but he always seemed a bit too busy answering his prayer back-

Dress code with a feminist message THE 2021 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council councillor Code of Conduct states: “In performing the role of a councillor, a councillor must ensure that their behaviour does not bring discredit upon the council.” I wonder does the deputy mayor wearing a t-shirt to the most recent council meeting with a Latin saying “Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum” that roughly translates into “Don’t let the bastards grind you down” meet the code? Code of Conduct aside, I think it is highly unprofessional attire to wear to a public meeting, especially when in a position of leadership. Maybe appropriate attire at public meetings needs to be added to the Code of Conduct if the newly-elected councillors don’t understand about professional dressing when attending public meetings. Alina Tooley, Mornington EDITOR: “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” is found in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the book’s TV series. Acknowledged as “mock Latin” meaning “don’t let the bastards grind you down” it has been adopted as a feminist rallying cry. Don’t Let The Bastards Grind

log to consider my immediate problems. Perhaps I should have consulted the crystals or tarot cards? Perhaps I should have written to my local MP? Now I am just old. I get some exercise by walking around Mornington. There are three mainstream churches I pass on my route. From the cars, I estimate all three together would attract about 200 worshipers from a local population of several thousand residents. Other contributors to The News have suggested that more than 50 per cent of residents are Christian churchgoers. That is just not true, and my mum told me Jesus hates a liar. John Dusting, Mornington

Defending Google HERE is why I need Google. I use gmail every day to communicate. Also, I have about 50 user accounts with my gmail email address as my user ID and as my security check method, including MyGov. My accounts with these organisations and with my friends would fall into complete disarray if this were to change. Here is why I want Google. I use google search every day to find both businesses who provide services I need and to research areas in which I am interested. Google does an excellent job of presenting me with links to the information I am looking. Then when I click of the link I am directed to the website. In most cases the site then either lets me read the page, lets me read a couple of pages or asks me to subscribe to continue reading. I have happily subscribed to several newspapers, donated money to Wikipedia, Mozilla’s Firefox and Creative Commons and enjoyed having access to both local and overseas content with relative freedom and minor expense. I think that google provides excellent access to this content and provides subscription revenue to the publishers. I have my subscribed publications bookmarked and go directly to their site or use their app to access their content directly and I cancel my subscription as I did recently for the New York Times when it stopped publishing articles from an Aussie correspondent who I admired, and the Murdoch Cairns Post when it stopped publishing the Mossman Gazette. Google also employs a substantial number of Australians which offsets the small amount of tax they pay in Australia - like many local publishers and corporations. I am not on Facebook and so am not able to comment on its offering. Graeme Hector Willis, Mount Eliza

Minister’s silence WHERE is the Federal Minister for Women’s’ Affairs? Missing in non-action. So far, throughout this atrocious mishandling of the alleged sexual assault on the young ex-Liberal staffer, where is Senator Marise Payne’s (yes, she is the Minister for Women’s’ Affairs) voice of support and concern for this woman? We now know that the alleged male perpetrator has possibly done the same or similar evil deed to other women in recent times. What excuses does Ms Payne have? On several instances she has let Australian women down.

You Down is also the name of an album by American ska band The Toasters and was also a line in a song by the British band, The Who.

What will it take for her to come out and public denounce such appalling, illegal behaviour? Offering an apology for starters. Yes, I am very angry, lack of support, empathy, I could go on. Where is the leadership? Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Allocating blame APPARENTLY, the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has a picture of General Sir John Monash on the wall in his office and looks to Monash for inspiration. Some people think Mr Frydenberg has his eyes fixed on being prime minister after Scott Morrison, but he won’t have my vote. I cannot put out of my head the look on his angry red face and hear the loud bullying voice speaking to Victorians, last winter, while in Parliament. He was blaming us for not allowing the country to come out of the coronavirus catastrophe financially. His income was not affected and yet he was shouting at Victorians who were enduring real hardship and sacrifice in order to survive. Sir John Monash was a noble and inspiring Australian of migrant parentage who seriously helped the allies to win WWI. He received little thanks for that when he returned home to Australia. I’m sorry Mr Frydenberg is just not in that league. To me he is a “fake” Victorian who condemned his own state because of the crisis at the time. Many others may remember this at election time too. Mary Lane, Mornington

Learn from mistakes AFTER all those announcements about the coming of the vaccine, from Flinders MP Greg Hunt, in his role as Health Minister, it is a bit concerning that so early in the distribution of just a very small number of vaccines we have already seen two bungles, despite having months to prepare. He now says that mistakes can be made but was not so willing to allow that excuse for our Premier [Daniel Andrews] who organised hotel quarantine in only a few days. One can only hope that the two private agencies that have been contracted to roll out the vaccines to the federally-funded aged care centres are able to learn from their mistakes and get it right so we can have confidence that we will get the appropriate doses at the scheduled time. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

‘Treaty’ misgivings “OLD, outdated” and “accepting” are descriptions of views, not logical arguments against them (“Treaty a priority” Letters 22/2/21). Australia was settled or invaded (choose your own verb) in the late 18th century. Noting that “our Indigenous people” are already full citizens and that most of them have at least as many non-Aboriginal as Aboriginal ancestors anyway, perhaps Neale Adams can tell us with who he would sign such a “treaty”, what he would like to see in it, and whether or not he sees the creation of two classes of Australian citizen as appropriate in a democracy. Albert Riley, Mornington Western Port News

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Union allowed to use park for picnic Compiled by Cameron McCullough SOME time ago the Mornington Shire Council refused the use of the local park for picnic purposes to the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union on account of objectionable features at the last two picnics. At the last meeting of the council, the union secretary, Mr. De Gruchy, attended as a deputation, and succeeded in having the embargo lifted. The party has been visiting Mornington since 1885, and the trouble has been caused by a minority, which always will be found wherever a crowd assembles. The union has guaranteed to deal with any of its members who indulge in acts of rowdyism and vandalism. *** “THE Herald”, on Saturday night, boomed Mr. Charlie Milburn, the well-known athlete, as likely to take Jack Donaldson’s place as Victoria’s fastest sprint runner. Mr. Milburn is well known in the Frankston district, and competed unsuccessfully at the last New Year’s Day Sports. He is a Tasmanian by birth, and is undoubtedly one of the fastest of present day sprinters. He is only 22 years of age. Mr. Milburn and Mr. Will Twomey, the speedy Collingwood ‘toeballer, were school mates at St. Monica’s, Heidelberg, and years later they met in the great event at Stawell, when Mr Twomey ran into second place. But Mr. Milburn has won several events since that time. *** SNAKES, apparently, are very plenti-

ful about the local streets lately. On Sunday last one invited himself into Mr. Morris’ house in Playne Street, but was, at a later, stage, duly decapitated by Mr. Lyon. Another was killed opposite the Pier Hotel on Sunday night, another on the foreshore, a couple along High Street, whilst Mr George McLeod secured a 3½ ft. one at his place adjoining “The Standard” office. A few weeks ago one was killed at Mr Walters’ bakery. *** THE schedule for the Somerville Show is now in the course of printing at “The Standard” office, and will be available in a few days, when copies may be secured from the secretary, Mr. S.S. Gault, or at “The Standard” office. The Somerville Show promises to be one of the best events of the year; and the fruit display is likely to be especially attractive. The present indications are that the Fruitgrowers’ Association will surpass all its previous records. The horse events are also likely to be well contested. *** THE State Rivers and Water Supply Commission has made arrangements to levy rates on those now receiving the benefits of the Mornington Peninsula scheme and has fixed the rates at 2/- in the £ at Mornington, and 1/6 in the £ for Frankston and Carrum. These are the prices originally agreed to, and although the cost of material has materially increased in the meantime, the Commission has decided to carry on without any

increase in the amounts previously estimated. *** AT the Dromana Police Court last week, William Weston, aged 24 years, employed on the Bittern Red Hill railways, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for attempted criminal assault of a girl, 18 years of age, between Shoreham and Bittern. Weston was arrested at Daylesford by Detective Kingston, and has three prior convictions against him. *** IN a recent cricket match against Mornington, the Hastings XI., who are the champions of the Peninsula won by six wickets and 18 runs. Mornington, batting first, notched 60, the Armstrong of the side being Cr. Griffith, who made 28. Nipper Floyd (3 for 20), Perriam (3 for 12), and Captain Reid (3 for 6) secured the best averages. The latter scored 33 not out, and Hughie Carmichael 10 not out. Hastings closing the innings for four for 78. Pompey Francis and sundries made 12 apiece! *** AT the Investiture at Government House on Friday last, Mr. E.T. Draker received the Imperial Service Order, the Governor-General, Lord Forster, making the investiture. Until recently, Mr. Drake, I.S.O , was secretary to the Public Works Department of Victoria. He has a home at Frankston, and some weeks ago was elected first president of the Long Island Progress Association. ***

SEASIDE property at Seaford will be offered at auction on Saturday, 9th March, by Messrs J. W. Styles and Son, in conjunction with Messrs Brody and Mason. *** LADIES are requested to meet at the hall next Thursday evening to decide on a special effort for the Frankston Soldiers Memorial Fund. *** MOTOR businesses at Frankston and Mornington are advertised for sale by tender in this issue by the Peninsula Motor Garage Pty Ltd. Tenders close on 4th March. *** THE annual meeting of the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute has been adjourned till 7th March. *** THE full programme of the Moorooduc Sports, to be held on the 9th March, and organised by the Moorooduc Branch of the V.F.U., appears in our advertising columns. Mr James McLellan is the secretary, and a delightful day’s outing is promised. Patrons are reminded that an early start will be made. *** SHIRE tenders for road works, horses and drays, and firewood are advertised in another column. *** MUNICIPAL cricket teams representing the Shire of Frankston and Hastings and the Shire of Mornington played a friendly game in the local park yesterday, when the locals secured a victory. A detailed report will be given next

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*** THE euchre party and dance held last night in aid of the Alfred Hospital was a great success. Further reference will be made in these columns next week. *** THE monthly meeting of the Frankston Progress Association was held on Tuesday evening last, Mr H. Vicars, (president), presiding. Reference was made to the stray dog nuisance, and it was decided to ask the council to issue metal discs to be fastened to the collars of all registered dogs. Complaint was received relating to the absence of conveniences on the foreshore, and it was decided to ask the council to remedy this defect. Satisfaction was expressed at the action of the council in granting the site near the tennis courts as a bowling green site, Mr S. Lawrey being the only member to voice opposition to the use of the foreshore reserve for the purpose named. *** YESTERDAY a very interesting series of motion pictures were taken of the teachers and scholars at the Frankston State school by the Educational Film Coy., Ltd. These scenes will become part of the big production, “The Education of a Child,” which explains in cinematography the Victorian system from kindergarten to the University. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 25 February 1921

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YOU have had a big week on the tools or have increased the amount of tennis you are playing or may have a new racquet. Then it seems like everything you pick up, not just racquets and tools, hurts. Even simple things like a cup of tea can be painful if your elbow is bad. This can really make work a misery, or the prospect of playing tennis, foreboding. The pain on the outside of the elbow is due to inflammation of the tendon, the common extensor origin, where the forearm extensor muscles attach. It is commonly known as “tennis elbow” but is called lateral epicondylalgia or epicondylitis amongst physios and doctors. Physiotherapist David Ternes says that it is an is an overuse injury, and requires initial rest, particularly if aching at night, icing, strengthening and stretching exercises, and massage. Apart from the above solutions, there is a newer healing technology that is making a profound difference to Tennis Elbow sufferers. Practice owner, Paul Rowson says “Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the common extensor origin is a connective tissue, not a muscle. It puts a significant shockwave through the tissues you apply it to. It is a pressure wave which brings blood flow to the area. Tendons and connective tissue do not have much blood supply and can take a long time to heal. Shockwave artificially stimulates the healing of the tendon.” Shockwave therapy can also be used on Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, golfer’s elbow, and rotator cuff tendon problems, and is usually most effective on long term chronic problems, rather than acute injuries. Both physios say, Shockwave is not the first line of treatment for injured patients.

Physiotherapy and graded exercise are more likely in the first instance, but for more stubborn conditions, shockwave has shown good results. “The evidence at the moment suggests between three to five treatments are required, but most people should see an improvement within three sessions. It has a success rate up to 90%,’’ Ternes says. The Shockwave therapy is administered for a three-minute period to the affected area during consecutive weekly appointments. “It is a bit of an uncomfortable sensation” Ternes says, “like most physio hands-on treatments with a little discomfort during the treatment. Rowson says “After each session, most people get a significant reduction of pain and symptoms.

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COME and Celebrate the magical hits of The King Of Rock n Roll in a sensational 2 hour Concert Spectacular. All of Elvis” No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived. Internationally Acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony, one of the most dynamic Elvis tribute artists in the world today, brings this unique period to life – the songs, the costumes, the emotion, the energy, the raw power – all brought together in a two hour concert spectacular. With over 600 million record sales worldwide and 3 time Grammy Award Winner Elvis Presley will always be known as “The King Of Rock n Roll”. Come and relive and experience what it would have been like to see Elvis Presley Live In Concert. Internationally Renowned Mark Anthony who has been regarded as the very best Elvis Presley Tribute artist in the World will transport you to that very time when Elvis Presley ruled the

world and dominated the record charts in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s with his unique raw energy, dynamic voice and sensational stage presence. “Mark Anthony is one of today’s best Elvis Tribute artists, as he pays Tribute to Elvis… It’s fun for me to watch Mark perform, because he reminds me, so much, of my old friend Elvis Presley – the Greatest Entertainer this world has ever known! Mark’s show pays tribute to Elvis for all the right reasons, and brings back memories of when we were there on stage with the Man Himself! Keep up the great work Mark… your friend in Nashville.” – Joe Moscheo of The Imperials. The Imperials toured with Elvis from 1969 till 1972 and recorded two Gospel albums with him. Mark Anthony is Proudly Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises & Graceland USA. ELVIS “If I Can Dream” Starring MARK ANTHONY will be at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 19th March, 2021. - Bookings: (03) 9784 1051.


COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Sponsored by Community Bank • Balnarring & District Relaxing Yoga and Qi Gong Every Tuesday 10.30am. Suitable for over 55s. Cost $7. Hastings Community House. 185 High St. Hastings. Call Dianna 0425 779 306 for more info. Hastings Bowls Club Every Wed starting 6pm. Everyone is welcome to try lawn bowls by starting with barefoot bowls, followed by a BBQ. Located at Marine Pde, Hastings. Ph 5979 1723 or 0448 023 287 U3A Low cost membership and courses for seniors 45+. Extensive term 1 low cost membership, courses and activities at www.hastingsu3a.org.au or call into office at 13 Teal Crt, Hastings Mon/Tues 10am–1pm Thurs 1pm-4pm, ph 5969 8585. Petanque Come and enjoy the fun playing petanque on Wednesdays and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve, Derril Road Moorooduc from 3pm - 5pm. Further info contact.Jim 0458548491 or Jan 0409132761 or email morningtonpeninsulapetanque@gmail.com

Although some of these events and support groups may not be meeting due to the COVID19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services.

St Johns Fete Continues with the FLINDERS FAKE OR FORTUNE on 6th March 2021. Bring your treasure to be valued by the well-known Warren Joel and Paul Sumner in a special event based on the popular BBC Antiques Roadshow. Book on line www.trybooking.com/ BOIJT or just come and wander around the fun white elephant and book stalls. Plus we have a jam and pickle stall, a bikkie stall and a coffee cart! Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Challenge 2021 Sunday March 21, 10:30am. Team Entry $100 Join the “BYS Challenge” with all proceeds going to Headspace Rosebud. Teams of four completing five legs - one Individual leg each and the team swim. Includes 1.2km swim, 3km ski paddle, 2km stand up paddle, 2.4km beach run and 500m team swim. There will be great prizes and giveaways. The event is followed by lunch. All welcome to attend either as a participant or a spectator. facebook.com/ byschallenge www.trybooking.com/BOKKC Crib Point Community Market Re-opening Sat 13 March, 9am to 1pm. INDOOR & OUTDOOR STALLS: Jewellery, cards, bags, craft, brica-brac, candles, eggs, fretwork gifts, soaps, plants. coffee van and lots more. Proceeds go to the Crib Point Community House and community programs. Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Rd, Crib Point. Ph 59839888 email: market@cpch.org.au New stallholders welcome.

OP SHOP St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Road West, Somerville. Hours: 9am - 4 pm, Monday and Friday, 9 am - 1 pm, Saturday. Well worth a visit!

Charity Sewing Every third Tues each month If you love sewing, you’d be most welcome to come to the next Sewing afternoon for the Dress-a-Girlaround-the-World project when we sew dresses for young girls living in poverty in third world countries. Bring your own machine but fabric, simple patterns, thread and trims are supplied. Venue is Hastings Uniting Church hall beginning at 1.30pm. Enquiries to Sandra 5979 1237.

Somerville Saturday Market St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Rd West, Somerville. Variety of stalls and Op Shop. Saturday, 13 March – 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Phone: Graeme, 59776980

Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867

Repair Cafe Hastings 3rd Sunday of each month, 12-3pm. A not-for-profit community group with skilled volunteer repairers to share their knowledge and help repair, reduce, reuse and repurpose household items for a donation. Cafe has light refreshments and activities for kids. Located at the Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings. Email: repaircafehastings@gmail.com or ph: 0411517242

Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s. For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship.

Bittern Combined Probus is seeking active retirees to Join our club. If you would like to meet new people are willing to try some of our numerous activities and enjoy fun and fellowship, then why not give it a go. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Hub in Hastings. The meeting commences at 9.30 and is followed by lunch. For more information please contact Brian Pyne on 0419126684 Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research), Q&A, Information, Presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/ sigs/mornington-peninsula-sig/family-history Contact Colin 0417 103 678

Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact: 5970 7000 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inviting you for a social get together, every Monday from 10.30am - 2pm. Join us in a Dutch card game, “Klaverjas” and a social game of Rummicub. Coffee and tea supplied. New members welcome. For more information ring Nel 59775680 or Elly 0432933292 Tyabb Hall - Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb. Free parking

Dog Lovers Walking Group Join us for friendship, fun and exercise for dogs and owners. Baxter Park (Near Tennis Courts). Tuesdays at 8:30 am & 9:30 am & Thursdays at 9:30 am. Great for puppies. Regular social events as well. Contact Suzanne on 9789 8475 Alcoholics Anonymous - Mornington Peninsula Do you need help to stop drinking? You’re not alone, contact us now on our 24 hour helpline 1300 880 390 or find a local meeting at www.aatimes.org.au/meetings Weight Loss Support Group Do you need help to lose some of that extra weight you are carrying about? Finding it difficult to keep the weight off? Come to Meeting Room 1 at the Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston Flinders Road, Hastings, 9-11am every Wednesday. The first two visits are free to see if our club is what you want, then a one-off fee of $50 and just $6 per week to join our friendly, supportive group. For further information call Rita on 0433 509 487. Frankston Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets in the Bridget Clancy room at St John of God hospital, from 10 am on the 3rd Monday of each month to listen to speakers, share information and socialise. More info available from Karen 0412 979 902 or Glenys 0437 956 305. Hastings Combined Probus Club Meetings held 1st Monday of each month starting at 10am at The Hastings Sports Club. All retirees welcome. Outstanding guest speakers at each meeting, day trips and cruises, morning tea and lunch outings at various venues. Visitors welcome. Contact Secretary – Dulcie on 0417130643 JP locations National & International documents inc affadavits, stat decs & cert copies signed FREE of charge at police stations on the Peninsula. Hastings: Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm or Google find a JP Victoria or Ph1300365567.

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes every Friday in January, and then 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melways ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/ Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314 Boomerang Bags There are fifteen Boomerang Bags groups across the Peninsula. Volunteers repurpose fabric destined for landfill into reusable bags to replace plastic bags. The Balnarring group meets on Thursdays 1-3pm at BPS in Civic Crt. Cheryl 0438633971. Find other groups at Boomerangbags.org Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540 Reclink Art Therapy Visual Arts course for adults Basic introduction to art making for health and wellbeing. During term times. Friday mornings 10am – noon. Wallaroo Community Centre, 6 Wallaroo Place, Hastings. Contact Gaye 0409174128 to book and enrol.

Mornington Peninsula Writers Every 2nd and 4th Sat, 10am – 1pm Somerville Community House, Blacks Camp Road Somerville. Email info@mornpenwriters.org

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Op Shop 2nd Saturday of each month Jumble sale inluding furniture, plants, larger items, along with bric a brac. The Op Shop (benhind Coles) in Churst St, Hastings. Any inquiries: Judy 0425 848 957

Balnarring Bowls & Social Club Come join us to maintain fitness & good health, make new friends and have a laugh, enjoy social days and compete if you like. Located at Bruce St Reserve, Balnarring. 5983 1655 or info@balnarringbowls.com.au

Hastings View Club Voice Interest Education of Women Raising funds for the Learning for Life Program. Meeting 3rd Friday of the month at 12noon at The Hastings Club, Marine Parade, Hastings. Contact Janet 0403 786 069.

Combined Probus Club of Balnarring Third Friday of each month at 10am. Held at the Balnarring Community Hall Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring. Guest speakers each month covering a wide range of subjects. The club has a diverse range of interest groups, outings and travel, Visitors and prospective new members are welcome. Contact Patsy Wilson on 5983 9949. Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783.

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THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

Mark Zuckerberg – From Super Geek to Super Villain By Stuart McCullough IT probably seemed like a good idea at the time. What better way to fend off accusations that you have way too much power than by exercising it as capriciously as possible? Like Mr. Burns blocking the sun over Springfield, Facebook decided to make their point as obnoxiously as possible by taking the ‘Pearl Harbour’ approach and disconnecting not only news feeds but anything that stood in its way. If the goal was to make everyone hate Facebook, they succeeded admirably. It’s breathtaking how disconnected from consequence Facebook are. That they were happy to impact not just news organizations but hospitals, government departments, charities and support groups is a pretty spectacular form of skullduggery. Even when they apologized, it came with the kicker that it was really our fault because the term ‘news’ could be interpreted broadly. That is, having made a mistake up there with building the Titanic out of fly wire, they still couldn’t concede they were wrong. This should worry everyone. I’ll admit that Facebook’s cyber-tantrum had little impact on me. I don’t have a Facebook account and get my news from, well, news sources. I have, however, seen the first ten minutes of ‘The Social Network’ so I feel more than qualified to comment on recent events. Better yet, I’ve also seen ‘Star Wars’. I’m not referring to the abominable prequels or the more recent evidence (if it were needed) of the immutable law of diminishing returns. I’m talking about the original Star Wars series in all its bowl haircut glory. In ‘Star Wars’ terms, what Facebook tried to pull off was its ‘fully operational Death Star moment’. I guess that makes Mark Zuckerberg Emperor Palpatine. If there were any lingering doubt as to Mark’s transition to the dark side of the Force, it’s long gone now. Instead of conforming to the laws of the country in which they

operate, companies like Facebook act like Empires or (more specifically) the Empire; blowing up planets, killing Ewoks and throwing Luke Skywalker down a set of stairs. Nasty stuff. We should abandon the idea that companies like Facebook are going to behave the way we expect them to. They won’t. Take tax as an example. In 2019, Google paid almost $100 million in tax in Australia. I know this, because I Googled it. (Touché!) It sounds like a lot until you learn that this amount was paid on $4.8 billion in revenue. The reason they pay so little tax as against their colossal revenue is that they attribute most of it to Singapore. Perhaps they’re confused and think that Singapore is just outside of Moo-

rooduc, but I’m pretty sure that ‘Google Maps’ would clear that up quick smart. Facebook is no different. In 2019, it paid $16.8 million in income tax based on revenue of $167 million. Or, in other words, a hefty ten cents on the dollar. It is, of course, more complicated than that – but it gets worse. The amount of advertising booked exceeded $670 million but most of this isn’t counted towards its tax. That’s because Facebook categorizes itself as a ‘reseller’ of advertising services. I don’t know exactly what this means but I suspect it’s a bit like trying to reduce your tax bill by categorizing yourself as a turnip. It works right up until it doesn’t.

Facebook, Google and other digital giants have been feuding with Governments the world over about the amount of tax they do or, more to the point, don’t pay. That will (eventually) sort itself out. But when Facebook decided to pull the plug in protest against a proposed law that was before Parliament, they went from global mega-corporation to full-on super-villain. While a lot of people have expressed shock, I wasn’t surprised. My only question is: what next? Now that we’re all on the Facebook ‘naughty’ list, it’s hard to know what kind of dastardly action Mark Zuckerberg will take as ‘Project Mayhem’ goes into full swing. It wouldn’t surprise me if Facebook soldered all the shopping trolleys together at the local Woolies before repainting all the parking bays so no one can open their car door. It’s inevitable that they’ll campaign to kick us out of the Eurovision Song Contest because Australia is not in Europe (they know something about geography when it suits them). Perhaps they’ll set up one of their signature ‘fake news’ pages that claims that the Pavlova was invented in New Zealand and not Australia. Having reached the bottom of the barrel, it’s clear that Facebook are determined to keep digging. There is no depth to which they won’t sink. Don’t get me wrong - Facebook has achieved plenty: it broke democracy for starters. But Mark has well and truly jumped the shark this time. The next time we see him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was wearing a turtleneck and stroking a hairless cat. That’s once he gets back from his weekend playing ‘Pokemon Go’ with Kim Jong Un, of course. Mark, when you read this, take a long hard look at yourself. Unfriend yourself on Facebook if needs be. And then come back to the world where paying for things like content and tax are highly valued. If and when you’re willing to do those things, then consider this my ‘friend’ request. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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WESLEY Orbison, Roy Orbison’s eldest son is very proud to fully endorse and present this amazing live concert experience remembering his father as we relive the sound & all the magical hits of Music Legend Roy Orbison in an International production starring The sensational Voice From Down Under John Stephan. This is the only show of it’s kind in the world and is officially endorsed & presented by Roy Orbison’s eldest son Wesley Orbison. Featuring spoken word from Wesley with a very personal narrative of Roy’s intriguing yet tragic life. Superstar Roy Orbison was one of the world’s greatest and most successful Rock n Roll Music Legends of all time. Internationally Renowned Artist John Stephan will be celebrating & and paying the ultimate homage to The Big O showcasing all his classic hits together with Roy Orbison’s massive 15 number 1 hits right across the world with a special touch to the hugely popular “The Traveling Wilburys”. With a voice filled with warmth, emotion and a four-octave range, "the voice from down under" will take audience members on an incredible trip through the storied career of Orbison, covering a multitude of his chart-topping hits. "You Got It! A Salute to Roy Orbison" Direct from Las Vegas “YOU GOT IT! - A Salute to ROY ORBISON” will see audiences mesmerised in an unforgettable live International Concert Experience starring multi award winning artist John Stephan with over 10 million albums sold worldwide that feature his sensational voice and a string of National & International awards. Come and relive the glory days as singer songwriter John Stephan performs Roy Orbison’s iconic hits such as “Pretty Woman”, “Crying”, “I Drove All Night”, “Leah”, “Working For The Man”, “Blue Bayou “Only The Lonely”, “In Dreams”, “Blue Angel”, “You Got It”, “Running Scared” and many many more.

Working alongside the best in the business John Stephan has garnered strong support & friendship with some of the music industry’s most prestigious producers and writers including Walter Afanasleff, Babyface, Dann Huff, Vince Gill & Jorgen Elofsson to name a few - he has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest artists including Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Jewel, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and many more. He has toured Japan, USA and parts of Europe and based himself in the USA starring in his show on the Las Vegas Strip, Maui & Nashville to thunderous applause and standing ovations. “YOU GOT IT! - A Salute to ROY ORBISON” will be at Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday 13th March, 2021. Bookings: (03) 9784 1051.


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Pines, Carrum, Carrum Downs and Old Peninsula finish top of their tables By Brodie Cowburn

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PINES have closed out an undefeated season with a win over Heatherhill. After being sent in to bat first, Pines put 168 runs on the scoreboard. Pines had multiple players make good starts, but none of them could go on to make big scores. Jack PeaceStirling top scored with 38. Heatherhill’s run chase got off to a shaky start. The top order fell without making an impact, and at 4/43 the side was in big trouble. Middle order batsmen Brett Maxwell and Jake Theobald got things back on track, both recording scores in the forties. The game went down to the final over, but Heatherhill ended up falling just short. They lost their final wicket for 164, five runs short of a win. Below top-of-the-table Pines are Long Island, who only lost one match this season. Flinders and Somerville round out the top four. Main Ridge finished the season last on the ladder, just below Seaford Tigers. Both sides only recorded two wins each this campaign. The Tigers recorded their most impressive win for the season in the last round against Somerville. Chasing a formidable 223 to win, the Tigers’ batsmen were in excellent form. Opener David James was the star, hitting an unbeaten century to earn his side a stunning nine wicket win. James smashed six sixes during his brilliant innings.

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A walk in the park: Dromana made short work of Delacombe Park, bowling them out 100 runs short of their total. Picture: Andrew Hurst

CARRUM have finished on top of the District ladder, despite losing their final game of the season to Hastings. Carrum opener Shaun Foster set his side up well to close out the year with a win. He scored 103 runs to help his side to a final total of 182. Hastings proved up to the task though, managing to wrap up a four wicket win to close out their year. Dromana can count themselves unlucky, only finishing behind Carrum on percentage. Rosebud and Delacombe Park fin-

ished third and fourth respectively. Just two wins separated fourth place from first place this season. Pearcedale finished bottom of the ladder after recording just one win all season.

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CARRUM Downs have finished the season on top of the ladder, closing out their campaign with a win over Balnarring. Balnarring couldn’t deal with the

Skye finished the season in last place, but ended the season on a positive note with a good win over Boneo.

efforts of Carrum Downs’ bowling attack. They were sent back to the sheds for just 96 runs. Ryan Lynch bowled out Balnarring’s openers early, and finished with figures of 3/22. Carrum Downs went on to claim a six wicket win. Despite the loss, Balnarring still remained in the top four to end the season. Mt Martha and Tyabb will join them in the finals after finishing in second and third positions.

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MORNINGTON have finished on bottom of the Provincial ladder after falling to defeat against Sorrento on Saturday. Playing on their home deck, Sorrento chose to bat first. They set Mornington 181 runs to win. A win would have moved them

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up from the bottom of the table, but Mornington were not able to get the job done. They were bowled out for 132 runs, dooming them to relegation. The win cemented Sorrento’s spot in the finals. Sorrento are joined in the top four by Baden Powell, Langwarrin, and top of the table Old Peninsula. With just one defeat in the record books for the season, Old Peninsula will go into the finals series as the strong favourite.


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Goulding goes, O’Connell sees red SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN midfielder Callum Goulding joined leading NPL1 club Bentleigh Greens last week. It is the second time the former Melbourne Victory player has left Lawton Park having joined Box Hill United partway through the 2018 season. Goulding rejoined Langy under Scott Miller for the 2019 season and while there was much angst over his initial departure this time he went with the club’s blessing. “Callum has always expressed his desire to test himself at NPL1 level and the opportunity has presented itself at Bentleigh Greens,” was Miller’s matter-of-fact response. “He has been a big part of what we have built over the last few years so naturally it’s disappointing to lose a player of his quality, however we will work hard continuing to develop the current squad for the season ahead in a positive way.” The match focus last weekend was on the first main round of the 2021 FFA Cup particularly the State 4 South derby between Seaford United and Baxter at North Seaford Reserve. And what a controversial contest this turned out to be with Seaford’s Matthias Schwellinger stretchered off, Baxter’s Charlie O’Connell sent off and confusion over the Cup rules regarding substitutes. Late in the match referee Martin Kowalczyk, Seaford gaffer Peter Schwellinger and his Baxter counterpart George Hughes were seen deep in conversation on the far touchline. By then Baxter was 2-0 down, a man down and had used the only three substitutes on its bench so when Harper Bennell trudged off it was forced to see out the match with nine men. It didn’t make any difference to the scoreline as the depleted Baxter lineup wasn’t a match for Seaford in the final analysis. Two Dylan Waugh goals proved the difference and his partnership with Blake Hicks was a constant problem for Baxter and one it failed to solve. But while Seaford progressed in the

Yellow peril: Baxter’s Charlie O’Connell has just been sent off after receiving a second yellow card in Saturday’s FFA Cup loss to Seaford United. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

Cup it paid a very heavy price. Schwellinger suffered a broken leg in two places, Jack Carter has a suspected broken ankle and was waiting on x-ray results, Mitch Lander had to be replaced due to a hamstring injury and Adam Martin has a badly swollen ankle after a heavy challenge. Five minutes of mayhem in the first half summed up this contest. Baxter attacking midfielder Nat Daher was forced off injured in the 31st minute and replaced by Bennell. Two minutes later Schwellinger and O’Connell challenged for the ball. O’Connell was late and left Schwellinger crumpled on the pitch and screaming in agony. Referee Kowalczyk consulted his assistant then surprised many observers by only issuing a yellow card to O’Connell. A further two minutes in and Lander collapsed on the right wing clutching his hamstring. Three minutes into the second half Waugh held off Izaak Barr at the near post following a long throw from Hicks on the right. Waugh spun past Barr then struck the ball past Baxter keeper James Foster into the far corner.

Waugh’s second came in the 66th minute after he broke onto a long bouncing ball and hammered his volley past the advancing Foster for the clincher. A minute later O’Connell was scythed down. Instead of setting up for the freekick he grabbed the ball and thumped it over the touchline. He received a second yellow for his petulance and so ended the Baxter resistance. Somerville was the other local club to progress in the Cup thanks to a 2-1 away win over established State 4 West outfit North Melbourne Athletic. Player-coach David Greening’s men had to come from behind but debut goals from Stephen McInerheney and Naseer Mohammad sealed the win. “We handed debuts to eight players in a match that saw us rediscover some of the ‘Somie’ spirit,” Greening said. “That togetherness and willingness to go into battle for each other was as pleasing as the result.” Chelsea bowed out of the Cup with a 4-2 loss to Darebin United in a con-

test switched to Edithvale Recreation Reserve due to ground availability. All four Darebin goals came from set pieces but one of the positives for the local club was the second half debut of 17-year-old junior Arki Gantzos. “Arki’s a great kid and he scored his first senior goal,” Chelsea head coach Carlo Melino said. Piers Beresford scored Chelsea’s other goal and Darebin led 2-1 at half-time. The draw for the second round of the Cup was made yesterday (Monday) and was streamed online on Football Victoria’s Facebook page. Frankston Pines was included in the draw. Next Monday (8 March) Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and Skye United enter the draw. There was a high-scoring result in one of last week’s local friendly matches. Peninsula Strikers beat Somerville Eagles 9-0 at Centenary Park last Tuesday with goals from Riley Anderton (3), Ben Doree (2) Sam Luxford and Abbas Yaqobi. With apologies to Aaran Currie and Danny Brooks there were also two own goals. Langwarrin beat Mornington 1-0 in a friendly at Lawton Park on Saturday. A Sam Orritt goal early in the second half proved the difference. Langwarrin was missing Marcus Holmes, John Maclean and Wayne Wallace but Tom Youngs returned and Isaiah Joseph came off the bench. While boom Mornington recruit Milos Lujic didn’t play both Josh Hine and Josh Heaton had valuable game time.

Mount Martha defeated FC Noble Hurricanes 2-1 at Civic Reserve on Saturday. The home side’s goals came via a cracking 25-metre free kick from Tom Faska and a low drive from the edge of the box by Jett Higgin. Jack Morgan made his Mount Martha debut at right back. The 26-year-old is a former Baxter and Hampton Park player. Other friendly match results: Doveton 2 Peninsula Strikers 1 (Shane Tagliaferro), Skye Utd 0 Mazenod 3, Frankston Pines 1 (Tito Vodowaqa) Mill Park 4 (on Saturday), Rosebud 0 Mill Park 4 (on Friday). In other news NPL and State League fixtures were released recently and Langwarrin plays nine of its first 11 games at home including the opening five rounds of the season. Frankston Pines will play home games under lights at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve in Wedge Road with 8.30pm kick-offs after Frankston council changed a 10.30pm lights curfew at the venue to 11.30pm. Pines get the league season underway on Friday 19 March when they host Brighton in a State 3 South-East clash. Meanwhile Facebook took down Peninsula Strikers’ page last week and Peninsula Strikers Junior FC’s page. The club could offer no explanation for the sudden and unexpected move other than being caught up in the crossfire of the recent fight between the American-based technology conglomerate and the Australian government. Both pages were reinstated a few days later. This week’s friendlies: THURSDAY: Box Hill Utd v Langwarrin (Wembley Park, 7.30pm), Mount Martha v HMAS Cerberus (Civic Reserve, 6.30pm & 8.30pm) SATURDAY: Mornington v Caroline Springs George Cross (Dallas Brooks Park, 3pm & 5pm), Peninsula Strikers v Keilor Park (Centenary Park, 1pm & 3pm), Falcons 2000 v Skye Utd (Latrobe City Stadium, 1pm & 3pm), Mount Martha v Keysborough (Civic Reserve, 1pm & 3pm).

Tycoon Humma continues unbeaten record HORSE RACING

Perfect record: Tycoon Humma wins the Listed Very Special Kids Plate at Flemington on Saturday 27 February. Picture: Supplied

By Ben Triandafillou JOHN McArdle’s promising filly Tycoon Humma has kept her unbeaten record intact with an impressive win at Flemington on Saturday 27 February. The half-sister to McArdle’s Group Three winning sprinter Humma Humma showed a fine turn of foot to win the Listed Very Special Kids Plate at her second start. Mornington-based trainer John McArdle hinted at sending the exciting two-year-old out to the paddock after beginning her career in perfect style. “She’s a nice filly. She’ll probably be looking for the paddock now. She over-raced a bit today and Jamie (Mott) did a great job and just switched her off. She was a bit untidy out of the gates but he got her to settle as well as he could. She probably wasn’t as electric as what she was first-up but it was a really solid win,” he said post-race. Following the win, McArdle compared the two talented sisters believing that Tycoon Humma might

be showing more promise at the early point of her career. “This filly’s probably a bit better. She’s probably got a little bit more quality to her but if she ends up having a career like Humma (Humma) then we’ll be more than happy,” he said. “This filly’s probably a bit stronger than what Humma was at the same age.” Humma Humma kicked off her preparation later on the card in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m). The five-year-old mare rattled home to finish third beaten a length behind the Tiarnna Robertson-trained Fabergino signalling positive signs ahead for the rest of her preparation. McArdle said the mare will take plenty of improvement from her firstup performance. Continuing the family connection, McArdle purchased the Zoustar halfsister (lot 87) to Tycoon Humma and Humma Humma at the Inglis Premier Sales on Sunday 28 February for $600,000.

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