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5974 9000 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Slow down: Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Same Hearn and Cr David Gill in Browns Road, Rosebud, one of the 38 roads across the peninsula where speeds will be limited to 80kph. Picture: Gary Sissons

Signs for a safer summer holiday ROAD safety banners and signs will be placed at tourist hot spots and main roads to alert drivers and pedestrians to the need for extra road safety. This is the fourth summer in a row that Mornington Peninsula Shire, in conjunction with Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation and Victoria Police, will run the Holiday Time road safety campaign. The signs – designed to appeal to children with phrases such as, Slow Down Kids Around and Hold my Hand – will be at Dromana, Rosebud and Rye. The signs will remind drivers and pedestrians about the need for road safety at a time when thousands of children are out and about instead of being at school.

Peninsula speed limits to be cut Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au IN a two-year trial the speed limits on 38 shire-managed, high risk sealed rural roads will be reduced to 80kph from mid-December. The state government last week approved appeals from Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to cut the speed limits to reduce the soaring road toll. So far this year there have been 14 deaths and more than 100 serious injuries – seven on high risk sealed rural roads – compared to two deaths in 2018.

Many of the roads chosen for the trial have a history of crashes and have high-crash-risk factors, including narrow lanes, large trees close to the road, table drains, and poor sight lines. The trial is only for shire-managed high risk sealed rural roads and does not affect any peninsula arterial roads, such as Peninsula Link, Moorooduc Highway or the Western Port Highway. New speed signs, including electronic message boards, will be installed over several weeks from Monday 9 December. “This trial is a great step towards making our roads safer, especially

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as we tragically are Victoria’s worst municipality for road trauma so far in 2019,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “Over the past five years, there have been 165 casualty crashes on our rural sealed roads. Any death is far too many.” Cr Hearn said there had been many single-vehicle crashes on peninsula roads and that travelling 10kph slower could reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash by up to 30 per cent. “To obtain a similar outcome by improving road infrastructure through widening roads and installing safety barriers would require the removal of

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thousands of trees – devastating the natural environment where these roads are situated.” Cr David Gill, who was mayor at the time the shire was lobbying for a trial of lower speed limits, thanked Roads Minister Jaala Pulford for her support. “This is a great outcome that I believe will reduce the number of serious accidents and deaths,” Cr Gill said. He said shire-run surveys “confirm that over 80 per cent of locals support speed reduction on our most dangerous rural roads”. “While there were two deaths here in 2018, there were 73 very serious inju-

ries recorded. We were very lucky not to have had a worse outcome,” Cr Gill said. “I would love for us to have the money to improve road conditions but waiting for the many hundreds of millions of dollars required is just not possible when action is needed now. Cr Gill said tests had shown there was only 30 to 60 seconds to be gained by driving faster on the roads involved. “Council is sincere in wanting to reduce road carnage and does not collect any income from policing of speed limits.” Details: visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/ saferspeeds. With Keith Platt


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Demonstrators call for change THE higher profile Global Day of Action for Climate Change rally, Friday 29 November, was the catalyst for an afternoon sit-down outside Flinders MP Greg Hunt’s office, Somerville, the same day. Organiser Meike Suggars said the government’s “inaction on the climate crisis [was] contributing to catastrophic fire conditions”. “People are hurting,” she said. “Communities are being devastated – and summer hasn’t even begun.” Ms Suggars said she had previously been unable to arrange a meeting with Mr Hunt “to discuss my concerns over climate change”. “So, when I saw [last] Friday was a day of action for ThisIsClimateChange, I decided to organise a local event outside his office.” On Monday, Mr Hunt issued a statement saying he respected “the right for peaceful protest”. He said the federal government was committed to “taking real and meaningful action to address

the challenge of climate change and reducing emissions without increasing power prices”. He said Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2019 released last week showed that emissions had dropped 13 per cent from 610 million tonnes mega-tonnes (Mt) a year in 2005, the “base year for Australia’s Paris commitments”. “Emissions are down from 537Mt per annum in 2012-13 in the last year before we came to office to 532.7Mt (2016-17), to 532.4Mt (2017-18) to 532Mt (2018-19),” Mr Hunt stated. He predicted Australia world beat its Kyoto targets by moere than 367 million tonnes. In a flyer promoting Friday’s demonstration, Ms Suggars said: “Rather than taking real action on the climate crisis, all our government offers is their thoughts, prayers and more support for coal, oil and gas projects.” The government was also accused of ignoring warnings by Indigenous leaders and firefighters “of a spiralling bushfire crisis”.

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Start on Latrobe Valley hydrogen supply Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au WORK has officially started on a plant in the Latrobe Valley to extract hydrogen gas from brown coal which will be tuned into liquid at Hastings for export to Japan. The liquification plant now being built in Bayview Road, Hastings is scheduled to be completed by June 2020. Construction of a ship to transport the liquefied hydrogen is underway in Kobe, Japan. The plant to extract hydrogen gas from brown coal is being built at the AGL Loy Yang mine The state and federal governments have each contributed $50 million towards the $400m Japan–Australia Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Pilot Project being undertaken by a consortium of Japanese companies. The consortium partners include Kawasaki Heavy Industries, J-Power, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and AGL, which is already being opposed for its plans to import liquified natural gas (LNG) through a floating terminal at Crib Point. In its first stages, the hydrogen-from-brown coal trial is expected to involve the gas being delivered by road to the Hastings plant about once a month in high pressure tube trailers. “As the amount of hydrogen being produced for the pilot is very small - one to three tonnes the amount of CO2 is expected to be 100 tonnes. This is equivalent to the annual output of approximately 20 cars,” senior consultant - engagement, communication and communities, Victoria Louisa McPhee told The News. “All of these waste materials will be contained on-site as part of the plant design, treated on-site or disposed of via accredited disposal pathways.” The project has been criticised over the amount of CO2 released when extracting hydrogen from brown coal which, if given the go ahead for full production, would require the carbon to be cap-

WORK is well underway on the hydrogen gas to liquid plant in Bayview Road, Hastings, a key link in the year-long trial to produce hydroen from brown coal. Picture: Gary Sissons tured and stored underground. The Australia Institute late last month said the federal government was basing its predictions for the export of hydrogen on flawed data. A report published by the think tank said official figures produced for Japan and South Korea “vastly exceeded” the figures being used by the Australian government. The hydrogen produced in the Latrobe Valley is destined to be used in Japan to fuel cell electric vehicles and power generation. The one-year trial is designed to demonstrate “brown coal gasification and gas-refining, hydrogen liquefaction, shipbuilding and operation of a

specialised liquefied hydrogen carrier, and identification of a future commercialisation pathway for the commercial phase of a hydrogen supply chain”. In November 2018 the consortium said described extracting hydrogen for fuel from brown coal as “an exciting opportunity for Victoria and Japan to partner for mutual benefit and to work towards creating an environmentally sustainable solution which will put Australia on the frontline of the changing face of clean energy provision here and around the world” (“Hydrogen plant to get all clear” The News 7/11/18). However, Mornington Peninsula Shire was not so complimentary, with the then mayor Cr Bryan

Payne saying the government’s takeover of planning powers for the hydrogen project “sadly reflects on the state of planning in Victoria and raises issues of where public health and safety responsibility fits with government at both the federal and state level”. In July this year, Cr Payne’s successor as mayor, Cr David Gill, boycotted a turning of the sod ceremony at the Hastings gas to liquid plant (“Digging in for hydrogen at Hastings” The News 22/7/19). “What benefit does the public in Australia get from Japanese motorists having clean energy while we keep the carbon that’s left behind,” Cr Gill said.

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Mural’s insight into subject, audience Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au PAINTING the Dermot O’Toole mural at Hastings has given artist Justine Wallace an insight into her subject as well as the Hastings community. While the mural in O’Toole Lane depicts milestones in the life of Mr O’Toole, who was murdered by an armed robber in his jewellery shop in early 2013, Wallace says it is the supportive comments of passers-by that has made the work more special. “The experience of creating this artwork as a tribute to the life of such a widely loved gentleman is really special,” Wallace said last week. “O’Toole Walk is a busy thoroughfare and so, while I have been painting the mural, many people have stopped to comment and talk to me about their memories of Dermot. “It’s encouraging to get fresh, positive feedback as you work. I don’t want to forget any of it.” The brush-painted mural on the cement rendered wall is part of an upgrade of the civil infrastructure within the busy laneway. The mural begins with Mr O’Toole and his wife Bridget in Ireland and the ship that brought them to Australia in 1971. There are many Celtic inspired patterns, the couple’s jewellery shop and a portrait of him wearing the posthumously awarded Star of Courage medal, recognising his courage in circumstances of great peril. Mr O’Toole was a loving family man – grandad, father and uncle – and a former champion Irish dancer who was especially fond of eagles, hence

Positive comments: Visual artist Justine Wallace and her Dermot O’Toole mural at Hastings. Picture: Yanni

the two wedge-tails soaring over the landscape. Helping Ms Wallace is her mother Viv Russell-Smith, a landscape artist, of Mt Martha.

“So many people told me stories about how kind Mr O’Toole was,” Wallace, who has been creating murals and sculptures for public places for 30 years, said.

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“My respect for him grew every day. And I got such an insight into the people of Hastings through this project. Hastings has a special place in my heart now.”

Speechwriter for shire leaders A SPEECHWRITER has been hired to “provide help” to Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 11 councillors and its CEO John Baker. Christina (Tina) McGuffie was appointed in August “to support our councillors by providing help with the high demand for speeches which has always been a function of the shire’s communications team”, communications and events executive manage Randal Mathieson said. “The peninsula has a very active population and our councillors are highly engaged with their local communities,” Mr Mathieson said. “Each month we receive dozens of requests from community groups for councillors to speak at events, launches and activities throughout the shire. “The speechwriter is part of our communications team and, among other duties, prepares speeches and event briefing notes for all 11 councillors plus the CEO.” Mr Mathieson said the City of Melbourne has two designated speechwriters - one for the Lord Mayor and one for councillors and the CEO. Ms McGuffie has previously worked as a media advisor to Flinders MP, Greg Hunt. “I do my own speeches, but it was good to have had help with background information,” Cr David Gill, who was mayor when the shire decided to hire a speechwriter, said. He said it was not often necessary to make “formal” speeches in local government “because it’s more often like having a chat as [councillors] know a lot about what we do”.

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DECEMBER Mornington Railway Santa special trains running Sundays 1st, 8th & 15th December. Return trips depart Moorooduc 10.30, 12.00, 1.45 & 3.00 & Mornington 11.00, 12.30 & 2.15. Children’s activities & Santa on the train. Courtesy bus into Mornington also available. Come & join the fun! Bittern Primary School Fete 10 Portsmouth Road, Bittern. Thurs 5 Dec, 3:30pm - 7pm. Rides, games, class stalls, food trucks, cake stall, Devonshire Tea, strike bowling, inflatable agility courses and more! Lots of prizes to be won. Everyone is welcome. For more info call 59839590 Carols on the Bay & Christmas Market Fri 6 Dec Market & food stalls, free kids activities, Christmas concert, carols and Santa. Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Marine Parade, Hastings Light the Night Sat 7 Dec Join the Leukaemia Foundation for an inspiring walk. Entertainment & food will be available. Hastings Foreshore, Marine Parade, Hastings. Christmas Stall Sat 7 Dec, 8.30am - noon Held by Red Hill & District Auxiliary in the Balnarring Shopping Centre. Homemade cakes, slices, preserves & chutneys will be on sale. Funds raised go to the Peninsula Home Hospice, enabling them to provide free of charge, in-home care to peninsula-based patients with terminal illness. Carols in the Park Sun 8 Dec Tyabb Central Park, 1580 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Tyabb Crib Point Community Market Sat 14 Dec, 9am - 1pm. Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Road, Crib Point Free photo with Santa: 10-11.00, 11.30-12.30pm. Christmas Hamper raffle, Food van, coffee, Devonshire teas, Cribby Koala treasure hunt. Indoor/Outdoor stalls. Jewellery, cards, bags, art and craft, plants, and lots more. Enquiries & stall bookings 5983 9888 or email market@cpch.org.au

Somerville Saturday Christmas Market Sat 14 Dec, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Road West, Somerville. Variety of stalls, Christmas items, gifts, crafts, plants & fresh produce. Carols By Candlelight Presented by Somerville Fire Brigade. Performances from local choirs, schools & groups. Plus a visit from Santa. Food & drink available. Fruit Growers Reserve, Jones Rd, Somerville Free Community Christmas Dinner Auspiced by Hastings Community House. 25 Dec at Hastings Bowls Club. Registrations from 6 Nov to 13 Dec at Reception B Peninsula Health Bldg 185 High Street Hastings. 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 Mornington Peninsula Veterans Cricket Missing active cricket & looking for some exercise? The bowlers are getting quicker and your reflexes slower? Join the growing trend of former and current cricketers, now over 60, who are re-establishing their cricketing skills? We play matches every Sunday and mid week so there are plenty of opportunities to have a game of cricket in a wonderful social atmosphere. For more info please call Michael 0407 823619 or Ian 59751683 or email mbou2030@bigpond.net 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-Girl-aroundthe-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. Hastings Day Club Meets at the Hastings RSL each Thurs (except the 1st) at 10.30am. A very friendly social club with entertainment, outings, speakers on a regular basis, lunch $5. Come along & enjoy. Contact Sheila 0447 415 889

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. 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 5996 3745. 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 Mornington Peninsula Writers Every 2nd and 4th Sat, 10am – 1pm Somerville Community House, Blacks Camp Road Somerville. Email info@mornpenwriters.org 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 oneoff fee of $50 and just $6 per week to join our friendly, supportive group. For further information call Rita on 0433 509 487. Petanque Come and enjoy the fun playing petanque on Wednesday and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve, Derril Road Moorooduc from 1.45pm-4pm. All are welcome . Further info please contact Jim: 0458548491 or Jan: 0409132761 www.mornpenpetanque.org.au or emai: morningtonpeninsulapetanque@gmail.com Hastings Tennis Club Juniors coaching $15: Tues 4pm - 7pm, Thurs 4pm - 6pm, 45 minute lessons group max 6 children. Beginners to advanced. Modified balls and racquets for beginners. Cardio tennis Thurs 6pm. 45 minutes $15 Ray Turnham 0409 419 264

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 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 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. 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 Family History Society Internet access to Ancestry, Find My Past & British newspaper archives. Also Aust BDM’s on CD’s. Library open Tues & Thurs 10.30-2.30pm & Sun 2-5pm. $10 Non Members Details 9783 7058. Frankston South Recreation Centre, Towerhill Rd, Frankston 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 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 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 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/ Frankston Prostate Support Group The support group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 10am in the King Close Community Hall in Frankston North. Men with prostate health issues and their partners are invited to attend the support group for discussion on prostate health issues and some friendly banter. Details: 0407817996 (Gordon)

Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir We warmly welcome new choristers to join a happy and supportive group of women who love singing together. No, you don’t have to be Welsh. No Welsh speaking skills are needed and no auditions are required. We rehearse on Sunday evenings in the comfort of the Frankston Uniting Church, High Street, Frankston. For more information contact Helen 0424719291 or email our secretary: secretarympwlchoir@gmail.com 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 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 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 Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact: 5970 7000 Probus Club of Somerville 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9.45am St Andrews Church Hall, Eramosa Rd West. Activities, guest speakers, trips. All welcome. Contact Val 5977 6686. 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. Hastings Senior Citizens Club Over 55? Have a cuppa and join us Mon-Fri 1-3pm Monday–bingo snooker & craft Tuesday–carpet bowls Wednesday–art or cards Thursday–cards Friday–board games Saturday–bingo fortnightly. Located at Herring St, Hastings Are you a Breast Cancer survivor? If so come and join us for a paddle in our Dragon Boat. We offer 3 ‘come and trys’ before joining our club. The 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Patterson Lakes, Carrum For fun, fitness and friendship. Call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455.

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Check ‘clean beach’ report before going in for a swim THE Environment Protection Authority Victoria says beachgoers should check its forecasting service or sign up for its SMS service before going to the beach on the Mornington Peninsula this summer. EPA chief environmental scientist Dr Andrea Hinwood said the Beach Report, which came on stream last Sunday (1 December), provided information about water quality in Port Phillip. The service ends on the Labour Day weekend next March. The water quality report comes two weeks after South East Water warned that sewage spills into Tanto Creek may have polluted beaches south of Mills Beach, Mornington (“Beach warning” The News 26/11/19). “Our beaches are great places to visit, but they are also complex ecosystems. In certain conditions they can be home to types of bacteria that pose health risks to swimmers,” Dr Hinwood said. Dr Hinwood said more stringent water quality standards, being used for the first time this summer, would help ensure that EPA’s Beach Report was more protective of health. “The new standards take a precautionary approach to protecting public health. They rely on scientific studies linking microbial levels in water with the actual risk of illness,” she said.

“This is good news for swimmers and means they can have an even higher degree of confidence in our forecasts.” A common swimmer-related illness is gastroenteritis. Children, the elderly and people with vulnerable immune systems are at the highest risk of getting ill from water-borne germs. EPA’s forecasts for 36 Port Phillip beaches are published on the Yarra & Bay website, as well as on Twitter by following @EPA_Victoria. On the website people can also sign up to EPA’s free SMS service to receive a text when the water at selected beaches is forecast to have poor quality. Dr Hinwood said people should see a doctor if they have a suspected illness after swimming. The new water quality standards have been introduced as a result of the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP) (Waters), which came into effect in 2018. Last year, Santa Casa (Queenscliff) beach was ranked the highest for good water quality in Port Phillip.

 Rosebud and Portsea were the only peninsula beaches included in the EPA’s top 10 cleanest beaches for last summer. Keith Platt

Step carefully: Bluebottles littered Sorrento back beach last week. Picture: Gary Sissons

Ocean nomad arrives with a sting ARMADAS of the stinging bluebottle jellyfish (Physalia utriculus) have been washed up on the Mornington Peninsula’s ocean beaches and may soon be entering Port Phillip. The bluebottle, or Pacific manof-war, is an occasional visitor to Victorian beaches but more common in Sydney and further north. The wind and currents determine its journey before being brought ashiore by incoming tides. Wikipedia says bluebottles differ from other jellyfish in several ways.

The gas-filled float supports a number of specialised tentacles, which are actually members of a complicated colony. The individual members, or zooids, cooperate to form what looks like one jellyfish. Some zooids are specialised for stinging and capturing tiny fish and other marine animals, some eat the prey, while others reproduce. Up to 30,000 stings each year are reported along the east coast of Australia from Physalia with about 500 reported from Western Australia and

South Australia. Treat a bluebottle sting by washing off remaining tentacles with saltwater and then rinsing the affected area with seawater to remove any invisible stinging cells. Immerse the stung area in hot water as the heat kills the protein in the venom. Studies have shown that 40 degrees Celsius will produce relief after 10 minutes. If the symptoms persist or for stings that cover a particularly large area, or across the throat and face, call 000.

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Containers form a ‘line in the sand’ BOOMERANG Alliance members have their Christmas wishes worked out: All they want from Premier Daniel Andrews is a container deposit scheme in Victoria. They say the

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Lifesaving Club used 1000 empty drink bottles to spread the message. A petition for a container deposit scheme is being organised by boomerangalliance.org.au/vic

Call for check on waste water systems WITH more than 25,000 properties on the Mornington Peninsula relying on septic tanks to process their waste water it’s no wonder there are concerns about pollutants entering ground water and waterways. Many of these systems were approved decades ago and are long past their use-by dates. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said it was important to ensure the health of

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ter and sewerage. The shire encourages annual health checks on septic systems, particularly before busy holiday periods. “We want to work with our community to help manage and maintain systems together, to protect and ensure the distinctive and beautiful character of the peninsula,” Cr Hearn said. Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/septictanks Stephen Taylor

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Tree lopper fined for dumping waste A MORNINGTON tree-lopping business has been fined almost $7000 for illegally dumping truckloads of mulch and garden waste. This comes after Mornington Peninsula and Frankston councils joined forces to prosecute the company at both the Dromana and Frankston magistrates’ courts. Tree pruning and removal business Trim Up Tree Service, described as a “serial rubbish dumper”, was found guilty of dumping the waste at Mount Martha and Langwarrin. A Mornington Peninsula Shire news release said the shire had a strong zero-tolerance approach to illegally dumped rubbish, successfully prosecuting 12 offenders this year resulting in fines of $12,000. “Illegal dumping is a crime and can incur onthe-spot fines,” the release stated. “The councils will investigate all reported cases and prosecute dumpers with penalties of up to $9500.” The council understands Trim Up Tree Ser-

vice was paid by residents to clear their properties ahead of summer, so it was seeking to profit through income and by avoiding tip fees. The shire is urging residents to prepare their properties in the lead-up to summer and during declared fire danger periods to reduce the number of potential fire hazards. The shire’s fire management contractors’ list is available at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/fireprevention Increased efforts to deter and penalise rubbish dumping on the peninsula include patrolling dumping hot spots; CCTV and covert; gates, fences and bollards to prevent access to parks and reserves; investigation of all dumping incidents; issuing infringement notices and referring serious matters for prosecution; and a Dob-in-a-Dumper campaign. Report dumpers at mornpen.vic.gov.au/dobinadumper or via the Snap Send Solve app. Or, call Mornington Peninsula Shire Customer Service 1300 850 600.

Torch relay highlights all abilities A TORCH relay will be a highlight of an All Abilities Day at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre, Mornington tomorrow (Wednesday 4 December). The 10 torch bearers will assemble at the Mornington Rose Gardens, Dunns Road, at 8.40am with the run starting at 9.30am and culminating with the lighting of the caldron at 10am. The celebration of International Disability Day is being run by Belgravia Leisure and Mornington Peninsula Shire. Clubs and associations

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Culpable driving charges MAJOR Collision Investigation Unit detectives last week charged a man with culpable driving causing death following a fatal collision at Somerville on 25 February. The 22-year-old Warneet man appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday 26 November, and was bailed to appear at the same court on 24 January. Detectives will allege the man’s utility collided with a motorcycle on Tyabb-Tooradin Road about 4.25pm. The rider, aged in his 50s, died at the scene.

Car theft arrests DETECTIVES have rounded up a group of men which allegedly stole five cars and items from other cars in a series of raids in Mt Eliza and Mt Martha, 11-16 November. Detective Senior Constable Andrew Hodgson, of Somerville CIU, said the males aged 16-21 came from Frankston, Langwarrin and Cranbourne. They were charged with theft of and theft from cars. Two faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week and were remanded to reappear at a later date. Two will appear at a children’s court and two at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

Speed count A ROSEBUD man caught driving at an alleged 111kph, pictured, in a 60 zone near the base of Arthurs Seat had his car impounded and will be summonsed to appear in court for driving at a dangerous speed. The 23-year-old, apprehended at 7.30pm, Sunday 24 November, faces a 12-month driving ban.

Somerville Highway Patrol officers also detected a P2 probationary licence holder doing an alleged 141kph on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at McCrae on the same day. The 21-year-old man, of Yarraville, told police he was “on a car cruise and was trying to catch up with mates” about 7pm. He was issued a $620 fine and will lose his licence for six months.

Schoolies’ watch POLICE will be out in force in “significantly increased numbers” this week keeping an eye on schoolies. Learning from the mayhem of previous years, their operations will focus on “preventing and addressing unsociable behaviour”. “Have a good time, but look after yourselves, be mindful of noise and act in a mature and respectful manner towards residents and traders,” police said.

Police in the swim to FRESH from rescuing a swimmer in danger under Frankston pier, Senior Constable Julie Morris is planning a pier-to-pier swim from the Frankston to Mornington. The endurance swim in January will raise money for the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation. To be called #piertopierforourpeers the swim also has the nickname “10k for 10k”. Senior Constable Morris, a member of Frankston police and a Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor, led a distressed Corey Wood to safety from under Frankston pier on a hot and windy Thursday 22 November (“Police to the rescue in pier drama” The News 26/11/19). An accomplished long-distance swimmer, Senior Constable Morris had to fight against waves that were topping the pier and a strong undercurrent. The pair was reunited later with Senior Constable Morris getting a thank-you hug from Corey Wood for her role. Senior Constable Morris will swim the 10 kilometres from Frankston to Mornington with colleague Sergeant Daniel Burton on 8 January in the hope of raising $10,000 for police and emergency service members suffering from PTSD and work-related mental health conditions. She said police suicide was a constant concern. “We’ve lost five, and the most recent was last week,” she said. The keen triathletes have been swimming together for three years and share a passion for long-distance swimming throughout the year. They are keeping the swim direction flexible depending on the weather. “Ideally we want the wind and tides behind us,” Senior Constable Morris said. “We will hug the coastline by swimming from pole to pole rather than going direct. A support crew in kayaks will have food and drink and a spare wetsuit just in case one of us gets into trouble. It will be a challenge but, no matter how hard it is, if we can lean on one another and get there it will be worth it – especially if we the raise the $10,000.”

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on lots of weight” and at 3.6kg has more than doubled his birth weight. “The care in the nursery was amazing,” Ms Newton said. “It is also nice and comfortable and it feels homey there. “The unexpected arrival was difficult but the staff made it so much easier.” Special care nursery manager Alison Conroy-Joyce said: “The special care nursery at Frankston Hospital cares for sick and premature babies who require specialised care and observation. “Some of the complications premature babies can experience include difficulty breathing, regulating their temperature, feeding and putting on weight. Our doctors and nurses care for these babies and their families until they no longer need medical support and are well enough to go home.”


Drivers let down by night tyre slasher Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A TYRE slasher is costing Mt Martha motorists thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. Using a box cutter or sharp knife the man has slashed the tyres of 23 cars parked outside their owners’ homes – often slashing more than one tyre on each car. Black and white images captured on a resident’s CCTV camera show a hooded man striding purposely along the street. One victim, who did not want his name used, said he had spent $1800 replacing nine tyres. “My daughter’s had seven tyres slashed and I’ve had two,” he said. “If there’s a next time I’m not even going to bother fixing it. I can’t afford any more tyre bills. The car can just stay out on the street.” The man said his daughter was going to live elsewhere. “She’s just sick of the whole thing; the police just don’t seem to have the resources to catch this guy.” The senseless crime spree began in early October with the latest slashings occurring late last week. Seven cars were attacked in early October; five between 16 and 18 October; one at the beginning of November; five on 10 November; three on 22 November; and two on 27 November. The slasher – who detectives believe lives in the area – strikes on random nights from just before midnight to around 1am. His “beat” includes Normanby Terrace, Marguerita Avenue, Fern Place, Walara Drive, Ramsay Court, Temple Court, Glenisla Drive, Dickenson Grove and Buxton Court. Detective Senior Constable Alex Montgomery, of Somerville CIU, said the motive might get a “thrill” from the damage he causes.

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Help for hospital MEMBERS of Lifestyle Community Hastings have raised $10,000 for the oncology unit at Frankston Hospital. The resort-style community of 142 homes is for homeowners aged 50 and over. Parent body Lifestyle Communities created a foundation in memory of founding director Dael Purlov, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2014. This allows for money raised for cancer-based charities to receive a dollar-for-dollar contribution from Lifestyle Communities – or $50 a home. Several functions held by Lifestyle Hastings Community raised $5017, which doubled to $10,034 with the parent body’s contribution.

Donations flood in DONATIONS from the Mornington Village Craft Group and Rosebud RSL have pushed the Food For All Christmas Appeal total to $31,547. “We thank the donors for their generosity,” organiser Diane Falconer said. They money will go towards providing Christmas hampers and toys to the needy in the community. Collection bins for non-perishable goods are at Woolworths Rosebud, Capel Sound and Rye, Coles Rosebud and McCrae, and Ritchies Dromana. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. They can be sent to Food for All, PO Box 440, Rosebud 3939. Details: Diane Falconer 5988 4353.

THE award-winning winery and restaurant Ten Minutes by Tractor is back in business since being forced to close by a fire 19 months ago. Some of the firefighters who fought the blaze were among the first to be welcomed by owners Martin and Karen Spedding at the Main Ridge restaurant’s re-opening on Saturday 9 November. The fire in February 2018, swept through sheds and a storage area, leading to the evacuation of diners and the loss of vintage wines and old tractors (“Wine, tractors lost in fire” The News 27/2/18). The Speddings say rebuilding the restaurant, with an extra 30 seats, has enabled them to “re-imagine” the original restaurant, which operated from within an existing cottage on the former apple orchard. The restaurant building has a new kitchen, chef’s table, private dining room and outdoor terrace. A new cellar door and “wine gallery” is also due to open in early December. The fit out includes vertical timber, stone, olive suede banquets, hints of brass, a black spiral staircase to the new wine cellar, and a solid oak dining table in the private dining room. “The restaurant is built within the original apple orchard cottage on the property, established by Italian settlers in the 1930s, and although the orchard has long gone, the cottage, an old falling down tractor shed, and a lone ancient quince tree is all that remains,” Martin Spedding said. Executive chef Adam Sanderson is also promising to “bring a fresh

Welcome back: Some of the firefighters who battled the February 2018 blaze that forced the closure of Ten Minutes by Tractor at Main Ridge were among the first to eat at the new restaurant. From left are Red Hill CFA captain Darrel Setter, Rosebud CFA commander Sean Kerr, owners Karen and Martin Spedding, Glenn Fleet (Red Hill CFA) and Ian Troutbeck and Graeme Flockart (Main Ridge CFA). Picture: Gary Sissons

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MOUNT MARTHA OASIS DELIVERING resort-class facilities beyond compare, this handsome and stately property on the outskirts of town enjoys one hectare of spectacular luxury with a magnificent main homestead surrounded by attractive Quaker barn outbuildings and a superb in-ground pool perfect for summer fun. Set well back from the road there is a complete sense of privacy here with established trees along the boundary creating your own private oasis from which to enjoy not only the decadent pool area but the full-size floodlit tennis court as well. The beautiful interior exudes class with polished timber floors flowing freely throughout a vast ground floor space that begins with a fully-fitted study tucked around to the right. A splendid formal lounge, with open fire place set into a feature clinker brick wall, seamlessly transitions to a grand dining zone that would comfortably seat eight and also incorporated into the space is an enormous kitchen overlooking a second lounge. The spectacular kitchen is highlighted by a striking central island bench and there are walls of endless storage options with cupboard space galore. There is a recess for a double door fridge and quality appliances include a stainless steel dishwasher and an under-bench oven has a gas cook top. Verandahs to the north and south ends of the home create a wonderful ambience with the emphasis here on space and light and ease of movement between indoor and outdoor areas. No room highlights this better than perhaps the majestic master bedroom with its own private access to the deck and a fantastic full-length picture window with plush artdeco inspired curtains that almost act like cinema curtains, opening each morning to reveal an incredible outlook across the grounds. The outbuildings complement the main home perfectly and with a list of features so encompassing they elevate this property to rarely seen levels of prestige. The first barn house has a theatre room with surround sound and a fireplace - there is also a bathroom – whilst upstairs is a huge loft bedroom with lounge. Barn house two has a further two bedrooms and is partially self-contained with bathroom and laundry facilities. When not enjoying the pool and tennis court, there is a lovely paved courtyard with a full complement of outdoor cooking facilities including a rotisserie, pizza oven and barbecue and there is even an outdoor theatre. For the ultimate in extended family living or boutique accommodations, this spectacular property does not cease to amaze and enchant.n

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ADDRESS: 270 Craigie Road, MOUNT MARTHA FOR SALE: Expressions of Interest Closing 14th December at 5pm DESCRIPTION: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 8 car AGENT: Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246, Stone Real Estate, Suite 2/1a Main Street, Mornington, 5970 8000 mpnews.com.au

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Meet Karen & Wendy

With over 40 years com bined Real Estate experience, local M ornington Peninsula residents, Karen Taylor & Wendy Gillies bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles at Century 21 Hom e Port. Having successfully owned their own agencies, Karen & Wendy are certainly no strangers to hard work and understand the im portance of building a genuine relationship with their clients based on trust, empathy and care. Rest assured, when you choose Karen & Wendy to represent you, that you are working with true professionals, who will be with you every step of the way. For an exceptional Real Estate experience call Karen & Wendy today.

Karen Taylor

Wendy Gillies

0408 991 855 karen.taylor@ century21.com .au

0419 396 328 wendy.gillies@ century21.com .au

Century 21 Home Port Est. 1986

Local team with over 180 years combined Real Estate experience.

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$487,000 - $535,000

HASTINGS

$665,000 - $678,000

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IMMACULATE, PRIVATE AND SPACIOUS • 3 bedrooms; master with walk in robe and ensuite • Spacious open plan living and dining with gas log fire • Kitchen with quality appliances and plenty of storage • Paved rear courtyard with room to move • Double lock up garage

MODERN LIVING AT ITS BEST

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

• 4 bedrooms; master with large walk in robe and ensuite • 3 living areas including formal lounge • Ducted heating plus two split system air-conditioning units • Large modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Large undercover alfresco entertainment area • Double garage

1/21 PORTSMOUTH ROAD

19 BABINGTON CLOSE

INSPECT BY APPOINTMENT

INSPECT SATURDAY 12:30-1:00PM

HASTINGS

$465,000 - $485,000

HASTINGS

$339,000 - $349,000

BITTERN

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

$1,490,000 - $1,590,000

CENTRAL, QUIET AND SPACIOUS • Two bedrooms • Open plan living area • Separate dining area • Kitchen with plenty of bench/cupboard space • Single lock up garage • Courtyard at rear

THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE PROPERTY • Massive 43 square home on 3.3 acres (approx) • Two ensuite bathrooms + powder room • Open-plan family meals area opening to alfresco • Floating floors, carpets to bedrooms and tiled bathrooms and laundry. • 9” vaulted ceilings in foyer

2 PAULS LANE

6/1 HERRING STREET

2368 FRANKSTON FLINDERS ROAD

INSPECT SATURDAY 1:00-1:30PM

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INSPECT THURSDAY & SATURDAY 1:30-2:00PM

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814

WENDY COSGRIFF 0412 932 883

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

PRACTICAL, SPACIOUS AND PRESENTABLE • Three bedrooms; master with WIR & en-suite • Light and bright open plan living and dining area • Kitchen with plenty of bench/cupboard space • Gas ducted heating, reverse cycle cooling • Outdoor patio • Double lock up garage

SEAN CRIMMINS 0411 734 814 TYABB

$585,000 - $629,0000

HASTINGS

$665,000 - $695,000

BITTERN

$690,000 - $720,000

STEPS FROM SHOPS AND TRANSPORT

SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME • 4 bedrooms; master with WIR and ensuite • Separate living areas with open plan dining • Spacious kitchen with premium Bosch appliances • Outdoor alfresco area with cafe blinds • Double garage with extra parking for trailer • Established gardens and fruit trees

GREAT FAMILY HOME WITH THREE LIVING AREAS • 4 bedrooms; master with ensuite and WIR • Kitchen with dishwasher and pantry • Alfresco entertaining area • 631 sqm (approx) block, fenced front & back • Double roller door garage with concrete drive • Leased until March 2020.

37 BANKSIA CRESCENT

17 WINDREST PLACE

15 SUDHOLZ STREET

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DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

DON McKENZIE 0419 955 177

• 4BR family home; all bedrooms with walk-in robes • Master bedroom with ensuite • Two seperate living areas • Kitchen with gas cook top and dishwasher • Entertainment area and spacious backyard • Gas ducted heating and air-conditioning

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A unique 2.5 acre (approx) estate complete with a luxury homestead and barnstyle outbuildings, this prestige poolside property delivers resort-style living beyond compare. Backing onto the Briars, it is enveloped in nature and yet minutes to shops and the shore. Abundant charm shares centre stage with decadent alfresco entertaining framed in sweeping lawn and a north-south floodlit tennis court.

For Sale: Inspection: Price Guide: Contact:

> Luxurious homestead with 2 spacious living rooms and separate dining > Grand master suite with a dressing room; deluxe country-style chef´s kitchen > Front verandah, rear entertaining deck, study, mud room, ducted vacuum

By private inspection Expressions of Interest; Closing 14th December 5pm Malcolm Parkinson / 0421 704 246 malcolmparkinson@stonerealestate.com.au Sue Monaghan / 0400 481 862 suemonaghan@stonerealestate.com.au

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Positioned and presented for a champagne lifestyle by Mills Beach, this Hamptons-infused entertainer in one of Mornington´s finest unsealed lanes is a blue-ribbon coastal sanctuary. Dive into a luxury oasis with a bay glimpse and a plunge pool/swim spa, one street back from the Esplanade. Enjoy exceptional privacy and space, with the promise of sand between the toes in minutes.

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> 600 sqm (approx) beachside allotment in a no-through lane 1km to Main Street > 3 living rooms, spacious study, generous bedrooms and plantation shutters > Light-filled open-plan living, flowing onto an entertaining area beneath a vergola

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INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL Y N IO RDA T C U AU SAT IS TH

MAJOR LANDMARK HOLDING THIS unprecedented, permit approved development in the heart of Mornington, currently the site of a self-storage facility, has plans and permits approved for two levels of offices, three levels of storage units ( 204 in total) and 41 on-site car parks. Alternatively, as the site is surrounded by recently completed apartments, another option is to redevelop the land for residential use (STCA). Measuring an impressive 2354 square metres with combined frontages to Barkly Street and the Eastern Ring Road, this valuable holding already demonstrates an income of $92,000 per year through the storage units.n

BALNARRING 11 Island View Close OPULENT COASTAL HAVEN WITH BAY VIEWS Positioned just minutes from the beach, Balnarring Village, schools and transport. n Generous kitchen featuring stone bench tops, Miele dishwasher and wall oven. n Sprawling entertaining area complete with spa and an open fireplace. n Child friendly lawns and landscaped gardens. n

Auction: Saturday, 7th December at 2:30pm Terms: 10% Deposit, Settlement negotiable up to 60 days Inspect: Saturday 2:00-2:30pm

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ADDRESS: 71 Barkly Street, MORNINGTON FOR SALE: $4,250,000 - $4,675,000 AGENT: Tom Crowder 0438 670 300, Nichols Crowder, 4/230 Main Street, Mornington, 5925 6005

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Currently under construction (expected comp. Feb 2020) Two separate floors suitable for a restaurant, café, hospitality or office spaces Ground floor – 88.5sqm* First floor – 240sqm* (incl. balcony) Full provisions provided for food uses Permitted liquor licence Bay views and parking at rear

5925 6005

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64 High Street, Hastings www.robertsandgreen.com.au

5979 2489

For Lease 9 Main Street, Mornington

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Jamie Stuart 0412 565 562 Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859 4/230 Main Street, Mornington, 3931

Huge family home situated on 30 acres* of land 5 bedrooms, 3 with BIR’s and large master with ensuite 3 bathrooms 2 kitchens 2 studies 12 x 6m* Colorbond machine shed 10.5 x 5.5m* 3 car brick carport In-ground swimming pool

Zoned Rural Conservation Zone (RCZ)

Renato Daniele 0414 733 500 2/333 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong, 3175

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David Olding 0408 358 891 1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs, 3201

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

Young encouraged to ‘rattle chains’ of old climate deniers I am appalled at elderly climate deniers who insist on verbally attacking a young woman who has formed an opinion (and cannot defend herself) that differs from theirs on climate change (“Reliable government” Letters 26/11/19). How archaic, how elderly. I Wonder if they would attack Sir David Attenborough with the same vigour? It’s not the left, but the right, that live in a time bubble because they are always continuing to rake up things from the past to compare. The left is concerned about the present, not the past, it’s never nice, whatever era, to lose any lives. There are filmed recordings of ice cap melts, glaciers disappearing or melting at an alarming rate, reduction of Arctic sea ice, permafrost thawing, islands being inundated and coral dieoff to name a few. If those on the right don’t believe that film footage, then perhaps they don’t believe the film showing man’s landing on the moon. The writer said he would rather believe the Morrison government and its advisors that are “factoring in economics and supply above hysteria”. Well, we have a prime minister who hugs coal and, if you want hysterics, listen how shrill he gets defending the coal mining industry. Meanwhile, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is fighting the European Union on climate demands because the EU wants Australia to adopt climate change targets. Energy Minister Angus Taylor has allowed the Murray/Darling river system to dry up while he pursues other interests. We are selling coal to the main big polluters, China and India. As a 77-year-old, I say well done to [16-year-old Swedish environmental activist] Greta Thunberg and all the kids that are concerned about their future. Go out there and rattle a few more chains of some of those on the right. John Cain, McCrae

Democratic rights Paul Mercurio’s recollection of the survey I conducted with him in June 2018 is distinctly different from mine (“Restrictions exist” Letters 19/11/19). His speculation about what I knew and my preparation before the survey is inaccurate, as are his assertions that my “original catch cry” was “no expansion” and that I have been “continually] fear mongering”. Prior to the survey, I read the airfield permit. The 1972 permit condition 5 essentially makes it illegal for jet aircraft to operate from Tyabb. My survey, therefore, did not cover jet aircraft. If someone raised the issue, I told them jet aircraft were prohibited. The survey question sheets are beside me as I write: there is no question on jets. I did not ask Mr Mercurio (or anyone) whether he would be happy with a 24-hour passenger service, seven days a week. I did briefly discuss “scheduled operations” in the much broader question 6 about possible future longer or additional runways (boundary expansion). In this question I specifically said “I’m not saying they intend to do scheduled services at Tyabb”.

“No expansion” was not my original catch cry. Survey question 7 (Any other general comments about the airfield?) highlighted two major community issues: no airfield expansion (in external boundaries or aircraft activity) and limiting/reducing noise. Hence the “No expansion” and “Limit noise” signs around Tyabb. I have not engaged in “fear mongering”. I have been informing residents of the status of legal protections against increased aircraft traffic and increased aircraft noise at Tyabb Airfield. I have been inviting residents to express an opinion on what they want for the future. As someone who served Australia for 38 years in the defence force, and as a Tyabb resident, I will continue to promote these fundamental democratic rights to be informed and to seek change. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb

Upon reflection Regarding [former mayor Cr] David Gill’s reflections [on his term as mayor]: He came, he saw, he went (“Shire tops in election promises — Gill” The News 27/11/19). Fred Wild, Rye

Liberty’s fuel price I noticed that a new petrol outlet, Liberty, is soon to open in Point Nepean Road, Rosebud and thought that at last there would be true competition on the Mornington Peninsula from an independent fuel retailer. However, a search on the internet reveals the following: about two years ago Shell Australia sold its Corio oil refinery, together with various service stations, to a sister company Viva Petroleum. While the Shell brand is being used by Viva. In January this year Liberty Petroleum was sold to Viva Petroleum so that Liberty is no longer a true independent company. Sadly, Liberty will probably fall into line price wise with the other major fuel suppliers on the peninsula. At best we may see only a few cents difference in the price of fuel. But, at least it is better than nothing. Bruce Jordan, Capel Sound

Call to cool it I am concerned for Michael G Free; he should take a deep breath and calm down a bit, or he might pop a valve or two (“No ‘emergency’” Letters 27/11/19). I think he’s becoming ever more shrill in his rants about a Scandinavian school girl’s quite pertinent questions about the world’s extreme right-inspired politics, that will lead to human extinction for the sake of the ponzi scheme of never ending economic growth. If he looks more critically at his latest list of disasters he may realise that ever since Australia’s first nation dispossession, our continent’s environment has been going down the gurgler with ever increasing speed. I hope he’ll take my advice and calms down so he may live long enough to experience some of the more severe effects of the loony right’s

MORNINGTON reader Douglas Iles saw the picture opportunities of having a clear line of sight along Swanston Street, Melbourne towards St Kilda Road during last Thursday’s (28 November) 10am-2pm tram stoppage. “The day had its benefits,” he said. climate destroying policies. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Decline of coal Eighty seven per cent of Australia’s coal exports are to Japan, China, South Korea and India. China’s renewable energy sector is growing faster than fossil fuels and nuclear power; the share of electricity from coal will decline 30-50 per cent, and the remaining 5-70 per cent will come from oil and natural gas. India plans to cut coal imports by a third, Japan’s coal use is set to fall from a decade high of over 80 per cent to 60 per cent. South Korea targets 30-35 per cent renewable energy up from 8 per cent, and will “drastically” reduce coal-fired power generation by banning new coal plants and retiring old ones and is raising the coal import tax a further 28 per cent. Australia’s thermal coal export earnings will slump as a result of a 30 per cent decline in coal prices due to oversupply. This assumes that tonnes exported will not decline. A report by three energy (not climate) experts finds that record reductions in coal use could signal the beginning of the end of the industry. The mining industry is on the brink of an “extraordinary transformation” driven by technology including robotics and automation, according to mining executives from around the globe. Australians believe coal mining accounts for 12.5 per cent of Australia’s economic output and employs 9.3 per cent of its workforce. In reality, coal mining employs only 0.4 per cent of workers (37,800) and is only 2.2 per cent of Australia’s GDP. You do not have to be an astrophysics engineer to see where this is leading, and that continuing to prop up an industry on its last legs does not work. It is time for this government to pull its head out and start “investing” in industries of the future that will create jobs. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Bring back industry It is fortunate that Australia’s industrial might has been all but destroyed, because if we still had the huge, powerful and wealth-generating industrial might that existed up to the 1980s or so, we would have needed all of our electricity generators and then some. Our essential electricity supply is now a market place, run by economists, not engineers, with our remaining generators due to expire and be replaced by a very loose scattering of unreliable, part time, inadequate, shockingly-expensive, renewable ventures. We can never ever regain our industrial might until we build new generators, coal or nuclear. Be aware that China’s wealth and super power status is derived from its recently developed massive industrial base, part of which Australia gifted to them. Our planet is once again entering a warming cycle with surface temperatures of our milesdeep oceans rising slightly and releasing stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Some weather patterns, caused by ocean temperatures, are changing unpredictably, producing a whole raft of new weather phenomena. The El Nino twins are dormant in Australia this year, supplanted by the Indian Ocean Dipole. In other parts of the world, aberrant weather patterns are happening, hot and cold. The misguided zealots, many of who have already acknowledged reality and greatly modified their simplistic climate theory, still insist on stopping all carbon emissions, thus ensuring a banana republic future for their grandchildren or themselves. Australia had better shake a leg and get on with some industrial reconstruction. Our grandchildren deserve the same sort of future and wonderful opportunities as us oldies already have had, when Australia was great and powerful. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

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Finally, shoulder pain relief YOU’VE just got back to swimming, tennis, or enjoying working on the tools around the house, and your shoulder starts to hurt when you lift your arm above your head. Your sleep is interrupted when you lie on your shoulder, and it just aches when driving or sitting in front of the computer. This can be difficult to treat, because one of the main causes is poor shoulder posture. Often people want a quick solution, but without improving posture, clearing the pain can be difficult. Poor posture can place pressure on the rotator cuff tendons, and the shoulder joint capsule (ligaments supporting the shoulder), causing a frozen shoulder. At Back In Motion Balnarring we have several solutions for this problem. Firstly, we need to teach optimal posture. We do this with exercises and taping to guide the correct shoulder blade posture. We can also prescribe exercises to help reduce tension on the inflamed tendons. Apart from the above solutions, there is a new healing technology that is making a profound difference for shoulder pain sufferers. Practice owner, Paul Rowson says “Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the rotator cuff tendons are 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 and tennis elbow, Frozen Shoulder, and Rotator Cuff tendon problems, and is usually most effective on long term chronic problems, rather than acute injuries. 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%” Paul 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” Paul says, “like most physio handson treatments with a little discomfort during the treatment.” Paul says, “After each session, most people get a significant reduction of pain and symptoms. Long term it stimulates healing,

short term it reduces pain. The best thing is, the effects are long lasting. It stops a lot of people having more invasive things like surgery or injections. The treatment is considered safe, but can produce skin reddening or bruising, short term

pain, and cannot be used on people taking blood thinning medications or with bleeding disorders.“ “It is important to know that Shockwave has a long-term effect. Most of the time you have good outcomes, without having to have further treatments.”

Shockwave is now available in Balnarring. Call in and speak to the physios to see if it suits your condition. Back in Motion is at 6/2-8 Russell Street, Balnarring. Phone 03 5983 1021.www.backinmotion.com.au/ balnarring

Don’t let tendon pain stop you in your tracks Up to 90% success rate# | Non invasive therapy Radial Shockwave therapy Clinically proven* to help these conditions: • Heel pain (plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy)

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From high and dry to safe and supported PHILIP worked as an engineer and was a keen yachtsman in his younger days. He sailed solo to Canada and to Tasmania many times. Now, anchored in Frankston South with his faithful dog, Bosun, Philip can still smell the ocean if the wind is blowing in the right direction. He remembers the Canadian trip, explaining clearly how to use Meridian Passage when navigating without GPS. Eight years ago, Philip’s life took a turn for the worse. He had a stroke, followed by two lots of surgery for a brain tumour. This has left him with problems with mobility, balance and memory. At the same his health failed, he suffered a relationship breakdown and lost most of his life savings. He had worked as an engineer and was financially well off, but the illness forced him into early retirement. With just a few big changes to wellbeing and financial circumstances, it’s easy to see how anyone can find themselves in need of assistance. “I know about nuclear physics, but it doesn’t help me with the weekly shopping,” Philip smiles. Because of his high care needs, his Brotherhood of St Laurence Aged Care case manager, Rachel, helped him move from a Level 2 Home Care Package to a Level 4 one. This allows him to draw on more intensive support. He now gets help with activities of daily living including cooking, gardening, shopping and cleaning, and he has access to physiotherapy, so he can work on improving his mobility. “Rachel is my heroine. She is a very capable person who doesn’t forget a thing,” says Philip. Along the way, Philip has also ended up in rental accommodation which he can’t afford, and a case manager has recently found him more affordable housing.

“If I didn’t have the Brotherhood I would be living under a bridge. I couldn’t live without them,” says Phillip.

For more information go to www.bsl.org.au/ services/

Philip at home. Picture: Craig Sillitoe

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Compiled by Cameron McCullough DURING the thunderstorm which took place on Wednesday the lightning was very vivid. One of the gum shade trees in Young. St, near the old garage, was struck and split in two. *** THE Frankston Brass Band will play several selections in the street tomorrow evening. *** Helping Returned Soldier Settler The working “bee” organised by the local Repatriation Committee met at Mr Peters farm on Tuesday. Cr F. H. Wells was in charge, and there was a good muster of both men and teams. Some useful clearing was done, which will prove a substantial “lift” to Returned Soldier Peters. *** MESSRS Brody and Mason announces by advertisement that an extensive sale of household furnishings will be held at their rooms, Frankston, next Tuesday afternoon. The list to be submitted contains many articles of first class quality in good demand. *** A GRAND concert and dance has been arranged for Hastings on Boxing Night. Visiting and local talent will provide the programme, and the Hastings Brass Band will be in attendance. The proceeds are in aid of the Hall funds. *** THE Manager of the National Bank (Major McPherson) has arranged to visit Frankston twice a week, commencing on the 13th inst. An announcement to this effect appears in our advertising columns. This arrangement has been made in compliance with a request from the Progress Association, and Major McPherson stated further facilities will be offered if the support accorded the bank justifies same. *** A LAD named Reg Burton had a narrow escape from drowning at Frankston last week end. He, with other boys, were swimming in the channel, near the old breakwater, when Burton appeared to get out of his depth, and was in serious difficulty when a companion named Dess, assisted by other lads, succeeded in bringing him safely to shore. *** MRS M. E. Howe, of “Cooloongatta”, Frankston, in a letter to the President of the Frankston Progress Association, voices her appreciation of the Association’s work as follows: “Mr President, May I give you credit for obtaining better facilities for posting letters. Some short time ago our morning correspondence was cleared from the Frankston Post Office at 8.55. No chance of getting postage stamps from the official place, and if one wanted to get the Sydney mail, must travel to the Station. We have now got three minutes grace, providing officials are punctual at their post. Thanks.” *** THE business at the Frankston telephone exchange has increased to an extent rendering the usual guarantee by residents to the Department unnecessary. In another column Cr W. P. Mason convenes a meeting of subscribers for Monday next at 8.30 o’clock, at the Mechanics’ Hall, to arrange for the refund of deposits at present held by the Department. *** A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruit Growers’ Association will be held on Tuesday next in the local Hall when selection of Show Committee and other business will be brought forward. *** OUR LETTER BOX – To the Editor, Sir,

In reference to a paragraph in your issue of 28th ult., headed “Long Suffering Frankston”, and having special reference to the failure of the electric light at the Mechanics’ Institute, while you admit there is a probability of the Company not being responsible for it, yet apparently, we are still to blame for it. The failure of the light was caused by the blowing out of a fuse. The same thing happened on a previous occasion, which you refer to. As there is no difficulty in fuses being reached, it is quite possible someone for mischief, or for other reason, interfered with the one in the building, or it may have given out, as not infrequently happens, without any interference. As we have pointed out before, Gas and Electric Companies are not responsible for fittings beyond the meters. The fact that the gas mantles, as you report, were also missing, is not a responsibility of our officers, who are constantly giving gratuitous attention to the lighting of the Mechanics’. Owing to a number of persons representing different bodies, committees &c. using the rooms it is a very difficult matter to keep proper control over the effective lighting of the building. All we ask is a “fair deal” which we do not appear to be receiving lately. Yours faithfully, JOHN DITCHBURN, Managing Director. (Judging from the above we are inclined to the opinion that Mr Ditchburn is not fully aware of the really poor service afforded to Frankston.— Ed.) *** ANOTHER of the enjoyable social organised by the Frankston “Welcome Home” Committee in honour of our returned boys took place in the Mechanics’ Hall on Friday night. The attendance as usual, was large, and an additional attraction to the programme was offered in the presence of Miss Lily Butler (the mother of Blighty), who received a most cordial welcome. Miss Butler delivered an interesting address, in which she described her work in Paris during the war on behalf of our soldiers. She also referred to the splendid work done on behalf of Australia at the Peace Conference, and referring to the forthcoming election, said that if Mr. Hughes and his party were to be trusted to govern the country during the critical period of the war, surely they could safeguard Australia in times of peace. Miss Butler’s address was punctuated by hearty applause. Cr W. J. Oates, who presided over the gathering, thanked Miss Butler for her address. He then called on the guests of the evening to step on to the platform. As the boys present mounted the platform they were heartily cheered. Rev. E. Tonkin gave the address of welcome, in which he paid a glowing tribute to the men who had gone forth to fight for right and justice. He hoped that as a result of their sacrifices a new world would be born, in which military tyranny, as a fostered in Germany, would never raise its head again. (Cheers.) Private Cowan spoke in response, and referred to the great pleasure the home coming gave to the soldier. He made graceful reference to Miss Butler and in substantiating that lady’s reference to the Australian and his love for “tall” stories, said that he heard that the people of London intended erecting a statue to the only “digger” who did not claim to own a sheep station. (Laughter.) Mr. Mark Brody, on behalf of the Fathers of Soldiers’ Association, thanked the “Welcome Home” Committee for the splendid work done in entertaining the boys. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 6 December 1919


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On the ‘Recorder’: the Devil’s Piccolo By Stuart McCullough I DON’T know how it happened. I must have slipped through the net, somehow, without ever meaning too. It makes me feel as though I might be missing something; that there is a space in my soul that simply cannot be filled. For reasons that are unclear to me, I managed to make the perilous journey into adulthood without ever having learned how to play the recorder. I know. How could this have happened? Omissions of this magnitude are usually the fate of those raised in the jungle by wolves and not someone who experienced a comfortable middle class existence growing up in Tyabb. It prompts the question – what else did I miss? Frankly, it’s a miracle that I know how to tie my own shoelaces or can button my shirts without assistance. The recorder is a brutal instrument. In its favour; it is both relatively inexpensive, at least when compared to something like a grand piano, and extremely portable which, again, is an accusation that has never been leveled at said piano. It’s also close to indestructible. Kind of like the Keith Richards of musical instruments. You can drop it, kick it and throw it without putting a dent in it. Incidentally, the sound made by a recorder is such that dropping, kicking and throwing it often seems like a pretty good idea. Let’s be honest – if Satan were to invent a musical instrument, it would probably be the recorder. It’s prone to squeaking like a pubescent teenage boy’s voice and, in that sense, can

never fully be trusted. You never quite know when it’s going to fail you until it does. Bleep, bleep, bleep, SQUARK! It is a sound that never fails to put your nerves on edge. Much like running fingernails – if those fingernails belonged to Wolverine – down a gigantic blackboard, there is something about the recorder the reaches into your soul and pokes

it with a stick. I can’t say why, but learning how to play the recorder was once an unavoidable part of the educational experience. I don’t know which sadist decided that the best way to inoculate children anyone within earshot against wanting to be a musician was to make them learn how to play the recorder, but their evil genius worked

its magic on generations of school children. I’m sure that there are lots of complex theories on how best to educate a child. I am almost certain that none of those theories centres around the recorder. The recorder – when on its own makes one of the most confronting sounds in all the world. The only way to make it worse is to gather them en masse, like a heard of killer bees or a pack of rampaging wildebeest. The results are, frankly, a terrifying assault on the senses. Concerts are to be endured rather than enjoyed. Despite its ubiquity, I managed to avoid it. I’m not sure quite how I did so especially since my siblings seem to all know their way around the instrument. In fact, some of them were so smitten with the thing that they acquired different types of recorder, such as the bass recorder (the connoisseurs’ choice) and the sopranino, the sound of which can cause birds to fall from the sky). I could hear them rehearsing at different points in the house. At times, I felt surrounded. Most instruments have a champion. A genius that defines what is possible. The trumpet had Miles Davis, the guitar had Jimi Hendrix and the lagerphone was transformed by the mercurial brilliance of Eugene Stenchfoot who wrote an entire symphonic work for what, in reality, is little more than bottlecaps on a stick. It makes me wonder – who is the Miles Davis of the recorder? Could it be me? Perhaps the real question is this: is it too late for me? Having missed out

as a child, should I now learn the recorder as an adult? I not sure what the options are for a mature age recorder student. Will I be forced to attend a class along with a bunch of seven year olds? Being the only person over six feet tall could well make me feel self-conscious. Besides, my musical tastes are likely to be a little different to those of my classmates. They’ll be begging for ‘Greensleeves’ while I’ll be pushing for ‘Paranoid Android’ by Radiohead. Musical differences will be inevitable. Maybe it was because I played piano that I was excused from having to learn the recorder. It just happened. I don’t know where I was when everyone else was bleeping, squawking and puffing their way through ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. Probably hiding under my desk with my hands over my ears. It’s odd that despite almost everyone being forced to learn the recorder as a child, few adults ultimately decide to turn pro. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met a professional recorder player. That’s quite an attrition rate. Earlier this week, my nephew and niece treated me to a recital while we were on the phone. The results were full of enthusiasm, albeit a little inaccurate. But they were keen. And perhaps that’s the point. That music is not a sedentary experience, but something that can inspire, sooth, comfort or – most probably – infuriate. Maybe I should takes some lessons. SQUARK! stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Middle order mayhem: Mt Martha were crusing at 1/40 when a collapse saw them 6/53. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Long Island duo pile on the runs, Mt Martha suffer a collapse, Skye have shocker By Brodie Cowburn

PENINSULA

PINES have secured a trouble free victory over Pearcedale in the first day of their two day battle. Pearcedale were sent in to bat first, and struggled badly. Their top order collapsed, and from 4/20 they never recovered. Pearcedale ended up all out for 85 runs. Pines came in and quickly chased that down, declaring at 0/95 off 21 overs to give them a chance at grabbing an outright win this weekend. Pearcedale will restart at 1/6 on day two. Long Island have set a mammoth target for Somerville to chase down in the first day of their matchup. Openers Nick Jewell and Aiden Mckenna were electric for Long Island. They put together an opening partnership of 178 runs. Mckenna scored 91 before being dismissed, and Jewell got to 97. Long Island finished at 3/296 at stumps, leaving Somerville a daunting task. At Bruce Park, Heatherhill and Moorooduc had a tightly contested first day. Moorooduc came in to bat first and

had some troubles, eventually bowled out for 149 off just 47 overs. Heatherhill weren’t too impressive with the bat either, and ended the day at 5/88. Main Ridge set Red Hill a target of 230 to chase down at Ditterich Reserve.

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A CENTURY from Joel Malcolm has helped Delacombe Park to a good total in the first day of proceedings in their match against Hastings. Malcolm came in at number five and scored 127 not out, his best ever score for his club. He scored 11 boundaries during the impressive innings. Opener Jonathan Guthrie also contributed, scoring 63 runs. Delacombe Park managed to score 258 runs before stumps was called to end the day. At Ferrero Reserve, Mt Martha and Seaford Tigers both struggled to score in the first day of their clash. The Tigers won the toss and chose to bat first but it wasn’t a decision that paid off. Their best scoring batsman put just 34 runs on the board, and they were bowled out for 92 after 48 overs. In pole position to claim a win, Mt Martha would have felt comfortable at 1/40. From there, a stunning middle

order collapse saw them fall to 6/53 before the end of the day. Mt Martha need 40 runs with 4 wickets in hand, and the clash looks poised to go down to the wire if they can’t improve. Carrum set Crib Point a big target to chase at Cyril Fox Reserve, setting a score of 257 in their first innings. Daniel Polson was Carrum’s best, scoring an impressive 83. Crib Point came in to bat for 5 overs before stumps, and finished at 1/6. Dromana had a good day against Rosebud, batting first and scoring 264 before stumps.

SUB DISTRICT

CARRUM Downs have thrashed Skye to secure a win on day one of their two day clash. Skye were sent in to bat first, and were completely cleaned up. They ended up all out for a paltry 37 off 19 overs. Michael Flahive only bowled five overs, but was brilliant. He ended up with figures of 5/3. Carrum Downs had no trouble chasing that down, and declared after 37 overs at 7/181. Skye struggled in their second in-

nings too and will restart on day two at 5/66, in grave danger of falling to an outright loss. Travelling to take on Frankston YCW, Tyabb had a difficult day on Saturday. They were bowled out for 105 runs. Opener Michael Edwards scored 41 for Tyabb in a decent showing, but he got no backup from his teammates. The Stonecats came in to bat 18 overs before stumps, and finished in a good position at 1/33. Tootgarook are in pole position for a win after a good showing on day one against Ballam Park. Ballam Park were dismissed for only 112. Things were going well for them at 2/74, but quickly derailed. They lost their last six wickets for just 11 runs. Tootgarook finished the day at 0/45, looking likely to secure a win on day two. Rye fell from 2/96 to all out for 151 against Boneo. Rye’s task of defending their total was made more difficult by their collapse. Boneo will start on day two from 0/26. Seaford set a massive total of 307 in their first innings against Balnarring.

PROVINCIAL

SORRENTO have defeated Baden Powell on day one at home at David Macfarlane Reserve. Baden Powell were poor with bat in hand, scoring just 71 before being bowled out after only 29 overs. Jake Wood was brilliant for Sorrento with the ball. He posted figures of 8/26 off his 15 overs to decimate Baden Powell. Sorrento scored 127 to claim victory. On day two Baden Powell will start from 2/11. At Lloyd Park, Matt Foon scored a brilliant century to put his Mornington side in a good position against Langwarrin. Mornington ended the day at 7/219 off their 80 overs. Peninsula OB also had a good day on Saturday, putting 234 on the board before being bowled out. It was an excellent team performance for the Old Boys. None of their batsmen scored a half century, but seven of them scored more than 20. At Emil Madsen Reserve, Flinders went in to bat first and scored 125 off 76 overs before being sent packing. Mt Eliza restart on day two at home from 0/7.

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Fijian five for Frankston Pines SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FIVE Fijian internationals could be joining Frankston Pines next season. Pines recently announced a partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Sports Association, a Fijian community group, and VMSA president Victor Kumar was quoted in a recent Fiji Times story announcing that the five players would be heading to Monterey Reserve. Kumar was elected vice-president of Pines at the club’s recent week’s AGM. The players are Ba midfielder Kishan Sami, Nasinu goalkeeper Alzaar Alam, Nasinu midfielder Savenaca Baledrokadroka, Lautoka central defender Muni Shivam Naidu and Nadi striker Tito Vodowaqa. They have all represented Fiji at under-19 and under-23 levels and the move to Pines is seen as a pathway to being offered contracts with clubs in higher leagues. This pathway was made possible by an initiative of Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama during his visit to Australia last month and has the backing of Football Victoria and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “This initiative is strongly backed by DFAT in making travel arrangements for the players,” Kumar said. “I would like to thank the Australian government for their support towards making these players’ dreams come true.” Both Sami and Baledrokadroka have captained Fiji’s under-23s and 20-year-old Baledrokadroka has made seven appearances for the full national team. Pines senior coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor welcomed the initiative. “There are some very talented players mentioned and if they all come over it will give us plenty of depth in the squad,” Taylor said. “I believe that a memorandum of understanding is in place between Australia and Fiji regarding a sporting exchange program and these players would fall into that category.” Taylor is referring to Pacific Sports Partnerships, a $39 million federal government program for developing sport among Pacific communities. The Pines gaffer was in charge of an 18-player squad, the Victoria All Stars, which flew to Auckland last Wednesday to compete in the 2019 Pacific Cup. The VMSA arranged an entry for the Victorian squad which was bolstered by the inclusion of guest players CJ

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Fijian import: Frankston Pines vicepresident Victor Kumar (left) pictured with central defender Muni Shivam Naidu who hopes to ply his trade at Monterey Reserve next season. Picture supplied

Hodgson, Travis Ernsdoerfer and Cedric Benza (Frankston Pines), Marcus Collier (Skye United), Andy Stubley (Box Hill United) and James Burgess (Springvale White Eagles). Other squad members came from Victoria, NSW and Queensland and they had their first training session the morning after arriving in Auckland. Hodgson captained the squad which competed in Pool A of the tournament alongside Labasa, Nadi, Northshore All Stars and NZFFI All Stars. The Vic squad failed to reach the semi-finals in what proved to be a high standard tournament with other sides featuring NPL players from NSW and Queensland and overseas visa players. In NPL2 news Langwarrin only has a handful of spots available in its senior squad for the 2020 season. As things stand the squad is Fraser Maclaren, Colby Jones, Jamie Cumming, Luke Burgess, Alex Van Heerwarden, Jaiden Madafferi, Luke Goulding, Dylan Kilner, Lucas Portelli, Boris Ovcin, Brandon Jansz, Wayne Wallace, Callum Goulding, Damir Stoilovic, George Howard, John Maclean and Delarno Pharoe. A number of triallists continue to train with the squad and senior coach Scott Miller confirmed last week that he had arranged a friendly against

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Melbourne Victory’s NPL squad at Lawton Park on Saturday 14 December at 11am. A Christmas barbeque will be held after the match for players and supporters. In State 1 news Wayne “Buzza” Gordon has returned to Dallas Brooks Park after a stint with Doveton. Mornington had been talking to the veteran striker throughout the back half of last season and agreed terms with him last week. “He’s a winner and I’ve always had a good relationship with him,” Mornington senior coach Adam Jamieson said. “He left on good terms when he went to Doveton and we’re hoping that he can come in and teach some of the kids here.” A number of younger players have been training with Mornington and have been impressive. Strikers youngster Matt Harrington trained at Dallas Brooks Park a fortnight back and caught the eye. “He did really, really well and he looked like he enjoyed himself,” Jamieson said. “We’ve made no secret of the fact that we want to sign him.” One teenager who won’t be signing is Langy striker Keegan Guy who is

keen to join new NPL3 outfit Doveton. Peninsula Strikers and ex-Pines midfielder Jordan “Kaka” Avraham is believed to be on Mornington’s radar despite trialling at Lawton Park. Last Friday Mornington announced that Jason Symonds had been appointed head coach of the reserves, with Steve Riley assistant coach and Paul Nott team manager. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers have locked in four pre-season games: v Endeavour United, Centenary Park, Saturday 18 January, 1pm and 3pm; v. Frankston Pines, Monterey Reserve, Thursday 23 January, 7.15pm; v. Mazenod Victory, Mazenod College, Saturday 15 February, 1pm and 3pm; and v. South Springvale, Centenary Park, Saturday 29 February, 1pm and 3pm. In State 4 news there’s been plenty of activity at both Seaford United and Somerville Eagles. Seaford agreed terms with experienced midfielder Scott Webster last week. “They’re ambitious about next season and I’m hoping for promotion,” Webster said. He has been with Frankston Pines, Oakleigh Cannons, Morwell Pegasus, Casey Comets, Mornington and Doveton. Webster is one of five new players Seaford has targeted and veteran

goalkeeper Robbie Acs is firmly in its sights. Previous No 1 Anthony Madafferi has told Seaford that he is unavailable next season due to work commitments hence the keen interest in Acs who is on holiday in Port Douglas and will make a decision when he returns to Melbourne. Acs has had stints with Essendon Royals, Heidelberg United, Casey Comets, Southern Stars, Langwarrin and Mazenod Victory. Andy Lancaster is joint senior coach at Seaford with Matty Morris-Thomas. “We would like three more players who have played at a higher level, definitely a centre back, a striker and a left-sided player and we would be really happy if we could cover those positions,” Lancaster said. Morris-Thomas will again be a player-coach. At Somerville the dust still hasn’t settled after the recent resignations of senior coach Scott Morrison, assistant Stan Packer and goalkeeping coach Stuart Mitchell. A club meeting early last week was attended by a handful of first team players and there are fears that a number of players may be on the move. Of the current senior squad it’s unclear whether Daniel Hodge, Carlo Cardoso, Joel Wade, Louis Griffiths, Callum Richardson, Francis Beck and some others will stay for next season. Somerville had been interested in Blake Hicks, Beau Sharpe and Chris Parry from Rosebud but the coaching upheaval may have ended any potential moves by that trio. In State 5 news Football Victoria announced last week that Mount Martha was one of five new teams granted State League status for the 2020 season. It is expected that the six-year-old club will compete in State 5 South alongside Rosebud and Aspendale Stingrays. Chris Sanderson is senior coach, Al Baldwin is reserves coach and Cheree Lane is operations manager. Melbourne Victory keeper and Southern United head coach Melissa Maizels is Mount Martha’s technical director. The club will play its home games at Civic Reserve in Dunns Road, Mornington. Last weekend the official opening of the venue took place headlined by federal member for Flinders Greg Hunt, shire councillors and Australian athletics legend Debbie Flintoff-King. The club is waiting on funding approval for new clubrooms.


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Wide, too good: Toosbuy poses for a winning photo with Mornington trainer Brett Scott and the winning connections after landing his fourth victory in 29 starts. Picture: Supplied

Toosbuy’s racing as well as ever HORSE RACING

“He has gotten a lot better mentally with age. He used to be quite a hot horse and do a lot wrong and over race, but he continues to be a great horse for our stable.” After 29 career starts and having four wins and eight placings to his name, Toosbuy seemingly looks to be going as well as he ever has heading into the New Year. The gelding has earnt $155,000 in prize money and will now likely begin to make his way towards a metro class race. Brett Scott said that any rain around will be a massive positive, as Toosbuy seems to thrive with a bit of cut in the ground. Eventually running the gelding over a mile also isn’t out of contention despite failing twice at the trip previously. “He’s had two goes at the mile and to be honest both times he’s led them up and that’s not his go so I think he can get a mile if he’s ridden right and switched off but at the moment he’s still coming up,” he said. “That was only his second run this prep, so we’ll just try to go to 1400m now and find the right race and hopefully there’s something on the horizon.” “That was a good result today, the owners are happy, and he just continues to be an honest horse.”

By Ben Triandafillou THE consistent Brett Scott-trained gelding, Toosbuy, continued his brilliant start to his preparation by scoring his fourth victory at Cranbourne on Friday 29 November. The six-year-old son of Danerich sat wide and towards the rear of the field for the entire race before unleashing a powerful finishing burst to score a comfortable one-and-three-quarter length victory over the Gary Cluning-trained Written Letter and the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Crimson Tycoon. It was a great way to close out the night for jockey, Daniel Stackhouse, who bought up a winning double having also won on the Lindsay Parktrained Zorro Macho earlier in the night. Mornington-based trainer Brett Scott was stoked to see his honest galloper continue on his solid preparation. “He’s not a spring chicken, but he just keeps giving his all,” trainer Brett Scott said. “He was going to go back and then the pace slackened, and he got trapped wide with no cover, but he was always travelling nicely and had plenty to give when Daniel asked him.”

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By Brosnan Kelly IN only its second year, two hundred and forty athletes from around Victoria - and some interstate - descended upon the Thomas Barclays Oval for the annual running of the Hastings Gift. An event organised by a local community based group, ‘Peninsula Athletics Association Incorporated’, the Gift was initiated in 2018 in an attempt to raise interest in the suburb and attract tourism to the area, as well as aiding in the continuity of the richly historic sport of Professional Athletics. The AGL Hastings Women’s Gift was run and won by emerging sprint star and local peninsula talent Kysha Praciak. The 20 year old crossed the line in the 120m main event in 14.37 seconds, holding off a fast finishing South Australian Ellie Whittingham, and training partner Sienna Fighera in the final. Kysha celebrated with family, partner and her training squad Pride Performance, coached by Matt Carter. “Crossing that line and hearing the commentator say that I had taken out the Hastings Gift

was unreal... it took a bit to sink in, but when it did I was over the moon!” In Kysha’s first year in her new squad, the 2019 Rye Gift champion and Stawell Gift semi finalist has fit in quite naturally based on her strong performance. “The whole crew at Pride Performance have been incredible to me since coming over at the start of pre season, I couldn’t be more grateful for them all, especially my coach, Matt Carter.” Still a young and developing athlete, the sky seems to be the limit for the Mount Eliza based student. I’m not too sure [of the next goal], at this point in time we’re just taking it one step at a time. We have relays this weekend which will be a lot of fun and then I’ll be having another hit out at the Warrnambool Gift the following weekend.” The Men’s Gift was run and won by Queensland emerging talent Max Mason, holding off last years runner up Fejiro Omuviwe and Rye sprinter Jasper Nettlefold.

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