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Fish handouts off the menu GOVERNMENT-imposed restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have had unforeseen effects on wildlife. The ban on fishing has obviously been a lifesaver for many fish, but it has also (temporarily) ended the symbiotic relationship between pelicans and anglers at Hastings. When the boats leave the pelicans usually sit patiently on pier pylons or light towers secure in the knowledge that a meal will be on the way when fish are cleaned back on shore. Joined by seagulls (who are also no slouch at scavenging) the pelicans are now reduced to actually doing some fishing themselves or receiving handouts from the public until fresh, hand-delivered fish is back on the menu. And when someone does come along to the car park near Hastings pier with what appears to be a meal in a moment, guess who’s waiting to come to dinner? Picture: Fran Henke

‘Green hydrogen’ nearly affordable Keith Platt A SMALL processing plant nearing completion in Bayview Road, Hastings can be seen as representing a much larger struggle between competing sides in the race to produce hydrogen. The Hastings plant will turn hydrogen gas into liquid to be exported to Japan for use as a clean fuel in vehicles. However, the hydrogen comes from processing brown coal in the Latrobe

Valley and necessitates the “capture and storage” of CO2, a by-product that will not be exported. Meanwhile, Queensland and South Australia - also Labor states - are backing the production of hydrogen from water using solar or wind power. Essentially, “green hydrogen” is produced by using electrolysis to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Although power intensive, its proponents say renewable power is getting cheaper all the time and electrolysis will quickly become more cost effec-

tive than coal. Environment Victoria’s campaigns manager Dr Nicholas Aberle said the Latrobe Valley pilot project “problematic as it could be the thin end of the wedge”. “They’re not testing the carbon capture storage part of the project and [using brown coal] remains a false hope for [jobs in] the Latrobe Valley.” Dr Aberle had “no doubt” that hydrogen would be part of the energy supply chain in the future, “but this is not green hydrogen, the race is really over

before it’s started”. “Coal to hydrogen remains a shortterm and polluting source of energy. The future will no doubt involve growing use of hydrogen as a fuel, but it needs to be clean hydrogen. “Producing hydrogen from renewable energy will soon be cost-competitive and will always be cleaner and less risky than using coal. “This pilot project is just another pipe dream of things to do with Latrobe Valley coal. Pretending coal-to-hydrogen has a future serves only to distract

from the real economic diversi-fication task facing that community.” Precautions against COVID-19 are being taken to protect workers involved in the brown-coal-to-hydrogen pilot project at Hastings and in the Latrobe Valley. “We remain fully committed to navigating through these challenging times with resilience and continue working to our ambitious, mutual hydrogen vision,” the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain’s project partners stated last month. Continued Page 3

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Signs credited with reducing road kill Stephen Taylor ELECTRONIC warning signs are being credited with cutting the number of kangaroos that have been killed on some of the Mornington Peninsula’s rural roads. Four solar-powered signs were placed on roads with high recorded incidences of kangaroo deaths: Point Leo Road, Red Hill South, Purves Road, Arthurs Seat, and Browns Road, Main Ridge, including the end of Jetty Road, Boneo. Mornington Peninsula Shire statistics show that 10 kangaroos were killed from July 2018 to June 2019 in Browns Road, Main Ridge, with just two being killed there after the signs were erected from August 2019 to March this year. The statistics show 20 kangaroos were killed over the same time in Purves Road, Arthurs Seat and only three killed in the same period after the signs were erected. The number of kangaroos killed in the same period in Pt Leo Road, Red Hill South, remained at two. The signs, paid for with $30,000 from the Transport Accident Commission’s and $10,000 from the shire, have now been removed to be eventually used on other rural roads. Kangaroos – mostly eastern greys – reportedly make up at least 90 per cent of all wildlife collisions, with habitat loss partly blamed for their deaths. Animalia Wildlife Shelter secretary Craig Thomson five years ago said kangaroos were being forced on to road reserves by the clearing of veg-

etation for housing and gardens, and by property owners building three metre kangaroo-proof fences, especially in the Tuerong to Cape Schanck area (“Roo slaughter on our roads” The News 29/9/15). It could only have become harder for them find food since then, with added risk posed by an increase in the number of cars on peninsula roads. “The fences limit their ability to move across the land,” Mr Thomson said at the time. The signs project evaluation had shown a “significant reduction

in kangaroo roadkill and also a reduction in vehicle speeds along the project roads”, the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “We hope this signage will continue to inform and educate road users of wildlife risks associated with peninsula rural roads and encourage safer driver behaviour.” Cr David Gill was a strong advocate for the signs: “There is significant community concern regarding kangaroos and other fauna being killed on our rural roads. The signs will contribute towards possibly saving human life and protecting

our dwindling wildlife.” Mr Thomson said it was often thought that large numbers of kangaroos being killed on roads was a sign of an expanding kangaroo population but this was not the case on the peninsula. “Kangaroos [here] are an isolated population and we could lose them forever if we don’t protect them.” The Australian Wildlife Protection Council was a partner in the signs project, which was supported by the Nepean Greens and Red Hill South Landcare Group.

Split over hydrogen Continued from Page 1 While the state and federal governments have each backed the HESC consortium led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries with $50 million, South Australia and Queensland are supporting “green hydrogen” plants rather than relying on a process that involves releasing CO2 from fossil fuels. Critics say the coal should be left in the ground rather than releasing CO2 in the hydrogen-making process and then trying to store it underground with questionable sequestration methods. The state government’s commitment is based on the hope that it can lead to further exploitation of the area’s vast brown coal fields as well as providing jobs to a workforce crippled by the collapse of coal-fired power stations. The federal government is also spending $70 million through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by inviting and then assessing submissions for “green hydrogen” projects. Labor governments in Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT say no public money should be spent on using fossil fuels to produce hydrogen. The federal government has committed a further $300m so the Clean Energy Finance Corporation can “invest” in hydrogen energy projects using fossil fuels or “green” alternatives. The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), Jemena, AusNet Services and Evoenergy wants to see natural gas supplies in the eastern and southern states blended with up to 10 per cent “green hydrogen” by 2030. The Queensland government is contributing to a hydrogen plant in Gladstone with a view to supplying 10 per cent blended hydrogen to 770 properties by December 2021. Hydrogen Park South Australia is scheduled to be operational by mid-year, supplying blended gas (5 per cent hydrogen) to 710 households in Mitchell Park. The South Australian government sees its wind and solar power generating capacity as enabling the state to eventually export “green hydrogen”.

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Caring for our community during Coronavirus

Getting through this together To protect our community the Mornington Peninsula Shire is taking measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Council’s immediate priority is keeping our community safe and well. For the latest updates, including Easy Read facts sheets for people with disability and their families and carers, visit:

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Mornington Peninsula Shire in partnership with local Community Support Centres is offering care packages for our most vulnerable and isolated community members who are impacted by Coronavirus. The care packages include non-perishable food and essential hygiene items and are sent to eligible households through contactless delivery. You are eligible to receive a care package if you: • are being impacted by COVID-19 due to self-isolation • are considered ‘at risk’ of getting COVID-19 • have no support locally to access supplies • are experiencing significant hardship due to the current situation. To register to receive a care package from Mornington Peninsula Shire phone 1300 850 600

Community Information and Support Centres provide programs and services to assist vulnerable individuals, couples and families. Services provided include fresh food parcels, personal hygiene products and food vouchers. There is also support available for people experiencing financial difficulties and referral information is provided to other health and community agencies. Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre 5986 1285 Westernport Community Support Centre 5979 2762 Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Inc. 5975 1644

Local business support We’ve launched a new local business directory that connects you with local businesses that are still operating during Coronavirus. Part of the Shire’s efforts to support local businesses during COVID-19, the directory enables residents to search for local businesses offering goods or services they need. You can filter your search depending on whether you’re looking for online ordering, home delivery, no contact collection or just business as usual. More and more listings are added every day, so support our local businesses and check out the new directory at:

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Messages from our councillors Your Councillors (L–R) Seawinds Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin Briars Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Mayor Cr Sam Hearn Nepean Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne Biodiversity in our backyard Right now the best way to help the community and save lives is to stay home. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the natural world on your doorstep. We are encouraging you and the family to get outside and uncover the hidden life in your backyard. Explore your garden and discover all the wonderful plants and critters that call it home, then add your findings to the Mornington Peninsula Backyard Biodiversity group on iNaturalist - an easy to use app that will help you identify your findings.


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Staying connected While we all must keep our physical distance from each other, there is plenty we can do to stay connected with our friends and family, our community and the world. Our libraries have launched a new Social Hub featuring a huge range of activities you can do from home. There are loads of free online courses plus wonderful Creativebug art and craft videos. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery also has virtual tours of its exhibitions, so we don’t have to miss out.

Maintaining good mental health The outbreak of Coronavirus is a stressful time for everyone. It’s natural to feel fear, worry or anxiety – especially with the constant cycle of news and updates. During this time it’s important we do things to help us cope and maintain good mental health. The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress, anxiety and loneliness. To find out more: 1800 512 348


Beating the bullies by wearing blue

NO signs of a sale on the outside as the Continental Hotel, Sorrento, swathed in scaffolding with unfinished additions, awaits a large injection of money so the approved plans can be realised. Picture: Keith Platt

Grand old dame’s third time around Stephen Taylor A NEW suitor has announced intentions to wed the grand old dame of Ocean Beach Road with prominent Melbourne developer Trenerry Property Group buying the 145-year-old Continental Hotel for a reported $14.5 million. The company has signed what is described as an unconditional contract after first mortgagee Manda Capital Holdings appointed receivers PKF Melbourne to again put the property on the market through Colliers International. The deal was done late last month. Despite what appears to be a good cause for celebration, neither Colliers’ Guy Wells nor Trenerry director Rob Dicintio would comment on the deal last week. The derelict construction site has been an open wound on the Sorrento streetscape since 2016. Its resurrection will be welcomed by supporters – including the Nepean Conservation Group –

who feared it might just sink into its foundations during winter storms. (“Turnout proves Conti dear to Sorrento’s heart” The News 8/7/19). Yet many locals will be forgiven for saying, “We’ll believe it when we see it” after a cursed run in developing the four-storey limestone icon had it mired in controversy, dashed hopes and failed partnerships. Hotelier and Sorrento resident Julian Gerner was left lamenting his dream of an $80 million refurbished hotel, dining and apartment complex with high-end wellness centre, when first he backed away claiming the project was too much for one man. (“Hotel’s revamp ‘too big to handle alone’” The News 13/11/17). The wheels fell off again when Mr Gerner’s much-hyped joint venture with Steller Property Group (“Partnership to restore hotel” The News 11/12/17) ended when that company went into liquidation. A later $21 million deal to sell the project to LBA Capital also fell through when that company was found to be “unable to meet their obligations under the contract of sale”. )

Conti’ hopes dashed again” The News 23/9/19). Mr Gerner thought he was on the cusp of obtaining the necessary $100 million needed to complete construction on his own despite there being a “number of complexities” to be smoothed over (“Conti finance ‘close’ - owner” The News 10/2/20). It took a decision by Justice Almond of the Supreme Court of Victoria in March to end the LBA Capital contract of sale to allow the hotel to again go to market in a “clean” condition. This meant its ownership by Manda Capital Holdings was established with no encumbrances to its sale – despite $707,000 being owed to creditors, including $37,000 to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. So now, another new suitor with deep pockets rides in to rescue the beloved Conti. Only time will tell whether the once-grand dame will be restored to her former glory. What is more certain is that Sorrento deserves to have the heritage-listed landmark back up and running after almost five years of missed opportunities.

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents may be in lockdown, but that should be no barrier to them calling for an end to bulling, say organisers of Do It For Dolly Day. The day is named after Dolly Everett was 14 when she took her life in January 2018, following relentless and sustained bullying and cyber bullying. “We can’t ask people to come together like last year but fostering a sense of community and togetherness is more important than ever,” Dolly’s mother Kate Everett said. “Kindness is at the core of everything we do. We believe that, through kindness, we can combat bullying.” Last year, thousands of families, schools and workplaces were awash with blue as Australia stood together against bullying for the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day. Despite the lockdown, isolation and social distancing, Dolly’s family says support for Dolly Day (Friday 8 May) can be shown by sharing an act of kindness, wearing or decorating in blue and posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #DoItForDollyDay. “Blue was Dolly’s favourite colour and creating a sea of blue reminds people that kindness will not only prevent bullying, but can truly help to save the world,” Tick Everett said. For more information and ideas visit

Concerts cancelled PENINSULA Chamber Musicians have cancelled their June concerts but hope to play them later in the year “or maybe even next year”. President Anthony Pope said there were three options for holders of pre-paid tickets: keep them for the PCM’s next concert; request a refund through the group’s website; or donate the ticket cost to PCM. Mr Pope said PCM was committed to “working to find ways to further engage with the community across our peninsula”.


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Petition urges rethink on rural living rate Stephen Taylor RESIDENTS pushing for the withdrawal of the contentious rural living rate have sent a 295-signature petition to Mornington Peninsula Shire. The increase, which adds about $900 to rate bills, was adopted unanimously by councillors when it was introduced last October. The residents claim the 20 per cent rate hike levied on the owners of 724 green wedge properties of two hectares or less is a “cash grab”. (“No cash grab in green wedge rates” The News 14/10/19). The shire’s chief financial officer Bulent Oz said smaller property owners gained greater value than the general ratepayer from programs and policies protecting the green wedge and their rural residential amenity and, as a result, should pay more for the privilege of living there. About 40 residents turned up at Red Hill Mechanics Hall for that month’s community meeting to voice their concerns to former mayor Cr David Gill and CEO John Baker. Paul Whitaker, of Red Hill, said residents were “shocked” at the size of the rate rise. Thirty-year resident Sandra Miller initially thought there “must have been a mistake” when she opened her recent rates’ notice. “The council has not been transparent in the

introduction of this,” she said at the time. This 20 per cent increase on top of our already sizeable rates is completely unfair.” The residents now want the council to devise policies to survey, audit, interview and assess all properties in the green wedge, then implement a balanced approach with the rating system taking account of their individual levels of contribution to the green wedge. Cr Gill defended the rating decision saying the state government-enforced rate cap of 2.5 per cent applied to the total shire rate income, with individual rate notices varying according to yearly valuations. “Special rating categories are offered to farmers who received a 65 per cent rate dispensation because of the benefit they bring in protecting the green wedge from

insensitive development.” “There is also the potential for suitable properties to apply for a rural conservation rate of minus 25 per cent if works are approved that benefit the green wedge.” Cr Hugh Fraser said affected residents “gained greater value than the general ratepayer from the programs and policies which protect the green wedge and their rural residential amenity”. The higher rates paid for living within the green wedge would go towards reducing rates charged to general ratepayers and the owners of larger green wedge properties, he said. The council voted to receive and note the petition and referred it to officers for action, or to report back to council.

Money for charities in time of need MORNINGTON Community Information and Support Centre, Southern Peninsula Community Support, Information Centre and Western Port Community Support and Community Support Frankston will receive more than $500,000 from the federal government’s new Community Support Package. “This is such a different time with so many moving and changing challenges for emergency relief charities like ours, we have lost some impor-

tant income streams just when they are most needed,” Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre CEO Jeremy Maxwell said Stuart Davis-Meehan of the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre said the extra money would “enable us to expand the range of support we can provide, particularly at a time when we have just started to see a new group of people who have never needed our services before”.



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THANK YOU VICTORIA Thank you Victoria. For the way we’ve faced these past few weeks. With courage. With humility. And with hope. We may have been knocked down, but we’ve stood up. We’ve kept our distance, we’ve looked out for each other and we’ve kept our cool. With a newfound respect for handshakes, and an even deeper appreciation for hugs, we are spending time apart. But we’ve never been more united. And it’s the Victorians at the forefront of fighting this virus that we are most proud of. Our health care workers, our supermarket staff, our bus drivers, our cleaners and so many more. Every worker who – no matter what – puts themselves out there to help all of us through all of this. The best way we can help them, is by doing the opposite. By staying home. And staying positive. Respecting their efforts means respecting the restrictions. And, we can all see that slowly, it’s working. Yes, there is still a way to go. But we can’t stop now. Because staying apart keeps protecting our health system. Staying apart keeps saving lives. Staying apart keeps us together.

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Shire’s message of support for police MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillor and Victoria Police officer Julie Morris said the deaths of four police in a horror crash on the Eastern Freeway, Wednesday 22 April, had “been felt in police stations right across the state”. “I’d like to thank our local community for the flowers, cards and messages of support,” she said. “The kindness we’ve seen and your words of support are encouraging and we thank you for standing beside us at this difficult time, as we mourn and reflect on the loss of our colleagues and friends.” Cr Morris was speaking after Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor was farewelled at a private funeral, Thursday 30 April. She and colleagues Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney died on duty when they were struck by a truck, 4.30pm. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the community’s thoughts and prayers were with their families and friends and the Victorian police fraternity. “On behalf of the council I also want to share a message of support to our local police officers throughout the peninsula,” he said. After the funeral service, police from across the peninsula and the state observed one minute’s silence, forming guards-of-honour at their stations, and by turning on their vehicles’ headlights.

Cards, gifts a boost to morale CARDS, flowers, small gifts and chocolates dropped off at police stations are huge morale boosters, Mornington’s Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards said. They come as grateful members of the public show their support for the “thin blue line” in the wake of the deaths of four police officers at Kew on 22 April. Three funerals were held at the Police Academy last week and one was planned for yesterday (Monday 4 May) at Xavier College, Kew. “We’ve had so many small presents left for us that in my 20 years of policing I have never seen such a show of support,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said. “We are overwhelmed; it has certainly helped with morale. “We seem to be making a difference and people are appreciating us and I’m sure that’s being demonstrated right across the peninsula.” A favourite gift has been coffee vouchers or pay-it-forward contributions which allows thankful police to buy their daily “fix” and then return something extra to the cafe by saying: “Keep the change”. “We try to turn it into a gift for all the community,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

Theman and woman police believe may be able to assist with their inquiries. Image: Supplied

Couple sought over liquor theft HASTINGS police are seeking public help in identifying a couple in relation to the alleged theft of alcohol from a shop in Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter, 4.40pm, Sunday 29 March. The woman, aged in her 30s, is described as Caucasian, 168cm tall, with a medium build and blonde hair. The man, also aged in his 30s, is Caucasian, 175cm tall, with a medium build. Anyone with information is urged to contact Hastings police, 5970 7800, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

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FLOWERS pinned to the fence outside the police station at Rye. Picture: Keith Platt

Have your say Proposed Budget 2020/21 Dates have been extended!

We’ve worked with our community to develop our Proposed Budget 2020/21 – and invite your comment on the draft document. Thanks to everyone who provided pre-budget submissions during the first stage of the budget process.

Our Proposed Budget 2020/21 is available for community comment.

Submissions now close 5pm Thursday 21 May 2020. The Proposed Budget supports projects and initiatives in line with our Council Plan: our place, our connectivity, our prosperity and our wellbeing.

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THEFTS of, and from, cars on the Mornington Peninsula have “dramatically dropped” after the arrest of four suspects last week. Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Henry, of Somerville CIU, said the men, all in their late teens, were nabbed at Morwell but were originally from the Hastings area. The group is alleged to have stolen three cars and broken into 12 others on the peninsula as well as at Frankston, Dandenong and Croydon over a three-week period. The alleged ringleader, 18, formerly of Hastings, is facing 10 charges which include driving offences. The alleged offenders faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week and, because of their ages, have either been remanded or bailed to appear at the same court at a later date. “There has been a dramatic drop in offences since their arrest,” Detective Henry said.

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Drive-in tests MOTORISTS are lining up to be tested for coronavirus on the mezzanine level at Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston. Testing is available at the Beach Street building 9am5pm daily. Those tested will be contacted by phone call or SMS to notify them of their results within three days. Those testing positive, whether they are showing symptoms or not, will need to self-isolate. Testing is also available at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Road; at the Pathology Collection Centre, ACL, 127 Tanti Avenue, Mornington, 8.30am-5pm, (with a referral from a GP); and at the respiratory clinic, Rosebud Hospital, 1527 Point Nepean Road, Capel Sound, 10am6pm. Stephen Taylor

Hastings gets its own headspace ONE WEEK after its sister site opened at Rosebud, headspace Hastings will provide early intervention mental health support and assistance for young people experiencing complex mental health issues in the Western Port area. Sited at the Atticus Regional Medicentre, headspace Hastings was established under a $1.5 million federal government grant to set up youth services hubs on the Mornington Peninsula. “We know headspace is a service trusted by young people, and it’s great that headspace Hastings will be able to provide help and support to young people across the region to help them get through tough times, and get back on track, which we know is really important at times like this,” headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said.

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network CEO Elizabeth Deveny said young people may be experiencing barriers when trying to access support, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. headspace Hastings will open 10am-5pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During the COVID-19 restrictions, headspace is also offering video and/or phone consultations by appointment. Headspace Hastings is at 2104-2106 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings. It accepts referrals from headspace Dandenong by calling 1800 367 968. Details: dandenong/





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Staying ‘real’ during COVID-19 lockdown By Muriel Cooper* “Weird” is a common way of describing our circumstances during the coronavirus lockdown. With this “weirdness” can come a sense of being adrift, not tethered to anything, a sense of unreality; being disconnected. Our ancestors, European or Indigenous, often had to endure long periods of isolation on extended sea voyages or overland treks, and we could do worse than follow their example. How did they remain grounded? Here are a few ways in which I think they kept their sense of place and purpose: n They were stoic; they did not expect life to be easy. They expected to work hard. n They expected happiness to come in simple ways: the joy of doing a task well, being loved, sharing the joys of others. n They relied on faith to explain their existence and provide relief from hardship. Today, that faith could be in things outside the self (God and religion) or inside the self (belief in oneself to get through and in one’s own resources). n They were patient. They did not expect things to happen instantly, understanding that most things take time, whether it was growing and preparing food or getting from A to B. n They went to bed early and got up early, and they slept because they needed rest, but also sleep in itself was a pastime. n They made do. They mended things, ate simple food, and grew and gathered as much food as they could themselves. They kept busy. Here are some additional strategies: n When you’re starting to drift, take a deep, six-second breath and re-centre yourself on the present. Be grateful for what you have. Do something, call someone, refocus.

n Have faith, a spiritual signpost, whether it’s outside yourself (religion or God), or inside yourself. A philosophical approach like Stoicism (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a favourite of mine), faith in yourself to get through, or faith in family and friends can all help to sustain you. n Explore spending time away from media, including social media to read, do a jigsaw puzzle or write. n Slow down. Take time. Be patient with yourself and others. n If you’re alone, find someone to share your worries with by voice or online. Remember friends, family members, even helplines. n If you’re working from home and feeling a disconnection from work, contact a work colleague and have a quick chat. Try to set yourself up at home in as similar a way to work as possible, so the environment feels similar. n If you’re in trouble, financially or otherwise, get advice, but when you’ve done all you can do, write it all down in a book or a notepad and put it on the shelf, or as one of my clients says, “park it”. It will do you no good to think about it. It is our brain’s natural inclination to worry, but if you remind your brain that you’ve done all you can and that the plan is on the shelf, parked, or in the drawer, it will be inclined to leave you alone (remember the brain loves a plan), particularly if you give it something else to think about (action and distraction). * Muriel Cooper is a registered psychologist in Mornington specialising in stress, anxiety and depression. She trained as a journalist and then worked as a radio presenter with the ABC and 3AW before opening her psychology practice The Talking Room in Hawthorn East in 1998. She moved to Mornington in 2016.


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MAY Although these events and support groups are not meeting due to the COVID 19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services. Relaxing Yoga and Qi Gong Every Tuesday 10.30am. Suitable for over 55s. Cost $7. Hastings Community House. 185 High St. Hastings. Call Dianna 0425 779 306 for more info. Hastings Bowls Club Every Wed starting 6pm. Everyone is welcome to try lawn bowls by starting with barefoot bowls, followed by a BBQ. Located at Marine Pde, Hastings. Ph 5979 1723 or 0448 023 287


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Hastings Tennis Club Open court program Thurs at 6pm Aimed at new players, beginners and those who haven’t played in a while. Starts with warm up fitness, then novelty easy hitting games aimed at learning the basics. Then finish with cool down and supper. $15 per person bookings essential. Ray 0409419264 or Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s. For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship. Charity Sewing Every third Tues each month If you love sewing, you’d be most welcome to come to the next Sewing afternoon for the Dress-a-Girlaround-the-World project when we sew dresses for young girls living in poverty in third world countries. Bring your own machine but fabric, simple patterns, thread and trims are supplied. Venue is Hastings Uniting Church hall beginning at 1.30pm. Enquiries to Sandra 5979 1237.

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Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe 0448 177 083 Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research), Q&A, Information, Presentations. sigs/mornington-peninsula-sig/family-history Contact Colin 0417 103 678 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 Petanque Come and enjoy the fun playing petanque on Wednesdays and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve, Derril Road Moorooduc from 3pm - 5pm. Further info contact.Jim 0458548491 or Jan 0409132761 or email U3A Low cost membership and courses for seniors 45+. Extensive term 1 low cost membership, courses and activities at or call into office at 13 Teal Crt, Hastings Mon/Tues 10am–1pm Thurs 1pm-4pm, ph 5969 8585. Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website or call Russ on 0418320314 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 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 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 reestablishing 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 Frankston Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets in the Bridget Clancy room at St John of God hospital, from 10 am on the 3rd Monday of each month to listen to speakers, share information and socialise. More info available from Karen 0412 979 902 or Glenys 0437 956 305.

Hastings Combined Probus Club Meetings held 1st Monday of each month starting at 10am at The Hastings Sports Club. All retirees welcome. Outstanding guest speakers at each meeting, day trips and cruises, morning tea and lunch outings at various venues. Visitors welcome. Contact Secretary – Dulcie on 0417130643 JP locations National & International documents inc affadavits, stat decs & cert copies signed FREE of charge at police stations on the Peninsula. Hastings: Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm or Google find a JP Victoria or Ph1300365567. Mornington Peninsula Writers Every 2nd and 4th Sat, 10am – 1pm Somerville Community House, Blacks Camp Road Somerville. Email Weight Loss Support Group Do you need help to lose some of that extra weight you are carrying about? Finding it difficult to keep the weight off? Come to Meeting Room 1 at the Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston Flinders Road, Hastings, 9-11am every Wednesday. The first two visits are free to see if our club is what you want, then a one-off fee of $50 and just $6 per week to join our friendly, supportive group. For further information call Rita on 0433 509 487. 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 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 Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783. 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 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. 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. 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

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. 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 or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - 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) 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 Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact: 5970 7000 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 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 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.

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Use pandemic to rethink health and life on Earth It is heartening to have our leaders place lives ahead of the economy at this time. However, the World Health Organisation estimates more than six million lives are lost annually from pollution-related factors. This does not take account of such things as droughts, floods or cyclones. In Australia, that figure is estimated by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare at 3000 every year. The cause is an absolute dedication to GDP growth at the macro level – either by increasing the population or increasing consumption - and pursuit of materialistic lifestyles leading to massive over consumption by individuals. Both have health implications. Business leaders are clamouring for a return to “normal’ which is unsustainable - our habits are exceeding ecological boundaries as evidenced by increasing natural disasters and the loss of biodiversity. Global pandemics can also be linked to behaviours that graphically illustrate our loss of respect for nature and the earth’s wild creatures. While this pandemic is disastrous, let’s use the break in activity to consider how life may be lived less materialistically, with different values and norms and, importantly, with less inequality. We need to recognise the disconnect between conspicuous consumption and the health of all life on Earth. Margaret Reid, Rye

Ban the burn What really gets up my nose (and it ain’t cocaine) is the carbon emitting and cancerous fumes of neighbours burning off on Fridays and the weekends. Sure it’s autumn, and yes some of us are stuck at home looking for something to do when daytime television drags on with daggy repeats, but when you are privileged to live in a protected wooded area with a many native birds, indigenous flora, clear coastal skies and generous reserves, why soil the beautiful atmosphere with smelly burn offs? Why do we have short-sighted anti-social neighbours who are incapable of considering the wellbeing and peace of mind of others who may be asthmatic, have pulmonary breathing problems connected to smoking diseases, or even just have young people with healthy developing lungs? Surely Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors for The Briars Ward (Bev Colomb, Rosemary Clark and Sam Hearn) and the other eight, can ban all outdoor burning-off in the name of commonsense, stopping global warming and all the other values they apparently support attending environmental conferences and print in their election handouts. They have prohibited all access to outdoor shire facilities but forgot to tape off seats in Mt Eliza and Main Street, Mornington. Why not consider this ratepayer’s simple request for a cleaner atmosphere and safer disease-free pavements? Municipal elections can’t come quick enough so we can get some representative and young

blood into representing us instead of these Blind Freddies. Ian Morrison, convenor Mt Eliza Community Alliance

Virus and environment The 2015 Paris agreement, when 197 countries agreed to meet every five years to discuss what they are doing to lower carbon emissions, is arguably an historic moment. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting millions of people. These two events both had, and are, having an impact on the environment, which is not all bad. People haven’t been traveling, fewer cars are on the road, and pretty much zero plane flights. The Earth is finally taking a breath. If we don’t continue following this path, by 2080 places like Shanghai, China will be nine metres underwater. Fish would lose their habitat causing them to become extinct, losing a multimillion dollar business. We need to continue some of these practices after this pandemic is over. Even simple changes like driving less or living by the “30-minute rule” (if something is within 30 minutes, walk or ride your bike instead of driving). It is truly disappointing that our country has a government that won’t step up for us and the next generation, who will inherit this mess. Another thing we can start doing is stop buying fast fashion. buying something that’s in trend and then carelessly throwing it into landfills. Try buying some things in op-shops or give your clothes a second life by donating them. Let’s save the planet. Let’s save those who are vulnerable, even in this country. Fin Fowler, Mornington

Tiny makes sense I fully concur with Claire Silver as to the suitability of tiny houses for some homeless people (“Tiny houses can benefit community as a whole” Letters 8/4/20). As secretary of the Rosebud foreshore friends group and an active worker there, I have seen many instances of homeless people trying to shelter in the vegetation on the foredune, often in inclement weather, occasioning considerable hardship for them. Some appear to be organised and economical with the space they use; others leave rubbish and damage the vegetation, which is needed to prevent erosion by high tide action. Evidence of fire is also, understandably, found. This is quite dangerous in summer. I therefore urge Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to put aside some suitable land and to pay for some of the tiny houses for homeless people. We realise they may not be suitable for all, but it would be a gesture of mercy towards our unfortunate homeless. John Cain, secretary Friends Rosebud Foreshore, president Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association

Heartfelt response Due to the horrific incident on Eastern Freeway [which resulted in the deaths of four police officers], I felt compelled to place a small token of my sympathy and gratitude to our police who care for us 24/7. I placed four blue ribbons and a solar lit rose on the fence at Dromana Police station on Thursday morning. An officer named Andy arrived shortly after and thanked me, he had tears in his eyes as did I, he said: “We’ve had a bad morning today.” We held hands through the fence, and he said: “I think you may have started something here” as passers-by were singing out their condolences, it was heart wrenching. Later, there were many more tributes left by caring and empathetic locals. Now that we know some more disgusting details [about the incident] it’s even harder. Kerry Grbac, McCrae

Not so sanitised Most supermarkets have “trolley sanitiser” wipes or hand sanitisers at the entrance, I thought to protect against COVID-19 until, upon reading the ingredients label I was dismayed to find that they are simple (cheap) anti-bacterial compounds. They have no effect on a coronavirus which requires a 60 to 70 per cent concentration of alcohol. One large retailer had a sanitiser which “contains alcohol” but the actual percentage was not specified, so the presumption has to be made that it contains a mere smidgen in order to claim alcohol content. As it stands, if a virus-riddled person handles the trolley before me, even though I wipe the handles, it would be as if I had shaken hands with that person. So much for social distancing and mobile phone apps. Shopping centre staff are cleaning and sanitising everything in sight, but with what? A banana republic of lesser standing than ours has taken prudent action against shonky hand sanitiser products with respect to the virus. According to the 28 April edition of the Jamaica Observer the Bureau of Standards Jamaica has pulled several sanitisers from the market that have not met the 60 per cent alcohol content as recommended by the World Health Organisation. A bit of E-coli infection wouldn’t worry this old codger too much, but a COVID-19 virus would put me in a grave situation. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Wasted walk Run it past me again? Someone suggests Cliff Ellen could solve all his life woes by halving his daily walk, resting up at home instead of on a forbidden park bench, then doing his little walk all over again — like in “Groundhog Day” (“Rest time solved” Letters 28/4/20). I don’t know Cliffie very well, but his former weekly A Grain of Salt column in this newspaper was always a must-read for me. And I doubt very much that he would agree that two trips halfway to your destination is equal to one trip all the way, particularly if it is to his beloved RSL. Fred Wild, Rye

The problems of the Frankston Electric Light Co are amazing and illustrate why the State Electricity Commission of Victoria was formed (The News 28/4/20). Perhaps you could do a feature article on the formation of the SEC almost 100 years ago. When did the electric train get to Frankston? The centenary of that must be fairly soon. Richard Trembath, Mt Eliza

Isolated help Almost six weeks of enforced isolation and with it the necessity to keep the mind occupied; The News’ weekly letters page is a major contributor. Indeed (shocked?) letters from Michael G Free and Brian A Mitchelson talking near enough to common sense. Followed by Kevin Cahalane’s comments on Kevin Rudd “probably our worst ever prime minister. A huge budget surplus compliments of the Howard Costello government turned into a huge deficit” displaying naivety in the extreme. Finally, a smokescreen piece on the justification of continuing a city office for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, surely convincing nobody (“Cost savings justify our city office officers” The News 28/4/20)? Cliff Ellen, Rye

Training goes on On International Guide Dog Day (29 April), we at Guide Dogs Australia are saying an extraspecial thanks to our wonderful guide dogs for the life changing work they continue to do amid unprecedented global challenges. Guide Dog Day was created to celebrate the important role guide dogs play in helping people with low vision or blindness lead safe and independent lives, and this year it takes on a new meaning. It’s clear that the comfort and companionship a guide dog provides has never been more essential for or cherished by guide dog handlers. The coronavirus pandemic has understandably presented challenges to us as an organisation, but the welfare of our clients and our dogs is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, so we’ve simply had to find ways to overcome these challenges. This has meant supporting clients through phone calls, video conferences, email and social media, while our trainers have been busy setting up obstacle courses at our campuses, or training dogs from home, so they can continue getting our guide dogs-in-training ready to change lives. It’s not been easy, but we’ve made it work, and for that I extend a heartfelt thankyou to all guide dogs team members and volunteers. Recent weeks have also been a chance to dig into the community spirit we’ve been building into our organisation over more than 60 years, so I want to thank everyone who has extended their support to Guide Dogs and helped us continue our work during this very difficult time. Karen Hayes, CEO Guide Dogs Victoria

Electric past You produce a great little paper – well done. I particularly like “100 Years Ago This Week” and have read it for years.

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Rosebud Respiratory Clinic opens for COVID-19 testing THE Rosebud Respiratory Clinic opened on Monday, 27 April. “So far we are seeing about 50 patients a day and it is all going very smoothly”, said Dr Sally Shaw from the Rosebud Respiratory Clinic. “The patients arrive after been given an appointment time over the phone and they are taken into the reception area. All staff wear protective gear and the patient is asked to sterilise their hands and wear a mask

After we ensure the details are correct the patient is taken into a consulting room where a nurse will gently insert a swab into the patient’s nose and take some cells from the back of the nasopharyngoscopy”. Dr Shaw says “This is an uncomfortable procedure but it only last 5 to 10 seconds. It is not painful but some people will gag when the swab is inserted. There are really no risks to this procedure as the swab is very, very thin and has a cotton tip”.

The swab is then packaged up and sent to pathology and results arrive about three days later. The doctor will check every result and SMS or ring the patient to inform them of their results. “So far we have not found any positive results and we are hoping not to” said Dr Shaw. “The aim of this clinic is to detect any patients in the community who may be carriers of COVID-19. As there are hardly any symptoms, even a mild sniffle

or dry throat will qualify a patient to have the test. Once we can establish that thousands of patients do not carry the virus, the government will then be able to use this information to decide when to ease social distancing regulations so that we can return to more normal lives”. “We are still doing skin cancer checks but have moved our patients temporarily to 1 Ross Street Mornington. The same doctors and staff are there to look after our

patients and it is very important that the skin cancer issues are not neglected. We are very grateful for the community support that has allowed us to do this testing but also keep a skin cancer clinic open”. To make an appointment for COVID-19 testing, register on or phone 0436 033 507. This service is free to all Australian residents who meet the eligibility criteria.


CORONA VIRUS TESTING This is an Australian Government initiative to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, This is a free service to all Australians that meet the eligibility criteria.

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0436 033 507 Patients MUST stay in the car and call clinic on arrival. The aim of this clinic is to assess and test people with mild to moderate symptoms of a respiratory illness: • Cough • Fever • Runny or Stuffy nose • Sore throat This clinic aims to divert people away from hospitals and other GP Clinics to enable them to attend to other medical issues.

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Finally, relief from your hip pain DOES this describe YOU? • You get hip pain laying on your side in bed, and just can’t get to sleep. • You place a pillow between your legs to help you get to sleep but laying on the painful side is still waking you. • You find yourself standing on one leg with your other hip hanging lower, or you sitting with crossed legs causes the pain • You are a runner worried your hip pain will get worse and stop you from exercising. If so then read on. The pain on the outside of the hip can be due to inflammation of the gluteal tendon, of Gluteus Medius and Minimus, where the gluteal muscles attach. It can also be where a bursa (a fat pad called the trochanteric bursa) can become inflamed. The hip pain may be associated with a stiff back. Physiotherapist May Wan, says that it is an injury affected by hip weakness and postural habits that place the tendons under stress. It requires a full analysis of the hip and lower limb, looking from the foot to the back biomechanics. It can require massage, and specific strengthening exercises for the gluteal muscles as well as improving core stability to control pelvic movement. In addition to the above solutions, there is a recent healing technology that is making a profound difference to outside of the hip pain sufferers. Practice owner, Paul Rowson says

“Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the gluteal 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, and rotator cuff tendon problems,

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Presentation of Military Stars at Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough ON Monday (Anzac Night) the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall held a large and enthusiastic audience. The occasion was the presentation of 1914-15 Military Stars to returned soldiers. The management of affairs was carried out by the Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Committee, with Mr A G Wilcox: (chairman) and Mr H. Vicars (secretary). The first part of the proceedings consisted of a concert contributed solely by Melbourne artists, and the committee is to be complimented on the excellence of the entertainment provided. At the conclusion of the entertainment Brigadier General Grimwade made the presentation of Military Stars. The recipients were: A. E. Verney; 3rd A.S.C. S. J. Marsh, 6th Batt. C. Bunny, 5th Batt. E. Barrett, 14th Batt. S. A. Clarke, 14th Batt. A F. Dood, 3-6 Batt. P. W. Baker. 6th Batt. Alfd. Jolly, 1-8th Batt. Each man as he stepped forward in answer to his name, was greeted with rounds of applause. In addressing the audience General Grimwade said his duty had been a pleasurable one. He explained that many more men in this district were entitled to the 1914 Stars, but the Defence Department had not been able to furnish the Stars in time. All the men who had answered the first call, and those who followed in 1915 would receive the stars in due course.

Anzac Day, said the speaker, was a suitable day on which to make the presentation. It was a day that won a heritage for the whole of Australia. On Anzac Day thousands of Australians went forward to their death and on that day our sacrifices commenced. After that other Australians by the thousands rallied to the cause until at last 400,000 had enlisted and out of the number 60,000 made the supreme sacrifice. Anzac Day was a day to be commemorated forever and the men who received Stars would be proud to hand them down to their children a fitting emblem of a heritage gloriously won. (Loud applause.) The singing of the National Anthem terminated the proceedings. *** ON Saturday, May 8th, the Malvern Harriers are holding a Marathon race from Frankston to Melbourne, the distance being a little over 26 miles. A start will be made from the Frankston park at 1.30, and the finish is at Wesley cricket ground at St. Kilda Road. One of the entrants is T. Stinton Hewitt, a member of the team being sent by Australia to compete in the Olympic games at Stockholm, in October, and it is understood he will make an attempt to lower the record for the distance. *** ALEX. Scott & Co. auctioneers, report holding a clearing sale on account of Mr James Clark, of Balnarring, on April 17th. Buyers were in attendance from all

parts of the Peninsula, and competition was most keen at prices that gave every satisfaction to the vendor. It was generally admitted to be one of the most successful sales ever held in the district. Stack of hay, about 35 tons, £250; milkers to £12 5s; springers to £17 10s; heifers to £6 10s; aged farm gelding, £21; farm mare £21 10s; 538 new chaff bags, 16s 3d doz.; ewes 20s 6d; wether lambs 17s; ewe lambs 15s 6d; .seed drill £32 4s; reaper and binder £28; D.F. disc plough, £10 15s; harrows £1; S.S. buggy, £27; jinker £17. *** THERE was a large congregation in the Methodist Church on Sunday night, at the special service to commemorate Anzac Day. Rev. C. Angwin preached from the text: “He laid down His life for us.” Reference was made to the bravest and best of Australia’s sons who responded to the call of Empire, laid down their lives for us, died that we might live, and for a world-wide liberty against tyranny: right against might. We admire their devotion and noble spirit of self-sacrifice. We honor their memory; pay them the tribute of gratitude and love. By their magnificent sacrifice, splendid courage, their gallant feat of arms in storming the heights of Gallipoli they made for themselves and Australia, a name that will live in the annals of history. We are laudably proud of the gallant lads who fought our battles and made the supreme sacrifice; also those who, with supreme unselfishness, yielded up their best beloved when their country


needed them. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who are bearing their grief so nobly, and in so patriotic a manner. Appropriate hymns were sung. *** A MOTOR car capsized near Sorrento on Monday night, Mr Olsen, of the Peninsula Garage, Frankston, who was phoned for, rendered assistance and brought the party on to Frankston. *** THE Wattle Club will entertain soldiers from the. Military Hospitals at lunch and afternoon tea next Sunday. The Frankston brass band will be in attendance. *** A LARGE gathering assembled in the Frankston Park last Sunday to commemorate Anzac Day in the form of a united service and public worship. Rev. Geo. Cox conducted the first part of the service. Major Chaplain Backhouse, who gave an interesting address, spoke feelingly of our fallen Anzacs and praised our brave Australian soldiers. In the course of his delivery he told how our boys never feared danger, and they were always right there when the strife was thickest. The Frankston Brass Band played the hymns with great feeling and was very much appreciated. After the singing of the National Anthem the service terminated with the sounding of the “Last Post”. *** MR T. J. McMurtrie and Mr C. W. Gault, JsP., leave for a fortnight’s holiday next week. The latter will attend the Fruitgrow-


ers’ Conference at Mildura. *** MOST people are agreed that it is time a move was made in the direction of taking definite action to proceed with the building to be erected as a Soldiers’ Memorial in Frankston. The Memorial Committee is anxious to secure plans at once, and it is probable that competitive designs will be invited as soon as the question of site has been settled. The Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association has expressed a decided preference for the land in front of the Mechanics’ as the site for the Memorial, and it is strongly supported by the Memorial Committee, which is largely composed of citizens representing vested interest. It was with the object of securing finality on the site question that the Memorial Committee met shire councillors on the ground last week and made a thorough inspection of the land referred to. The municipal representatives present were Crs. Oates, Mason, Wells, and Armstrong, Mr A. K. T. Sambell, C.E. (Shire .Engineer), and Mr John E. Jones (Shire Secretary). Mr A. G. Wilcox (President of the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association, and also chairman of the Memorial Committee), explained the position from the view of the Memorial Committee, and gave the impression that the site asked for and no other would give satisfaction. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 30 April 1920

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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria hopes to get the green light to announce a resumption of training this month with the aim of starting the league season in June. In April Football Federation Australia extended the suspension of all soccer activities until 31 May but that looks likely to be lifted. Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that national cabinet had endorsed the “National Principles for Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities” developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the “Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment” developed by the Australian Institute of Sport. The AIS document sets out a pathway for a staged return of community and professional sport. This starts with an initial phase of small group (less than 10) activities in a non-contact fashion prior to moving to a phase of large group activities eventually including full contact training and competition. However the document emphasises that all sporting organisations need to be flexible “to accommodate and respond to changes in (coronavirus) community transmission rates and the associated changes in advice from Public Health Authorities.” The document emphasised the importance of player education and agreement to the protocols to be put in place along with illness management. “Preparation for resumption includes education of the athletes and other personnel, assessment of the sport environment and agreement on training scheduling to accommodate social distancing. “The approach to training should focus on ‘get in, train, get out’, minimising unnecessary contact in change rooms, bathrooms and communal areas. “Prior to resumption, sporting organisations should have agreed protocols in place for management of illness in athletes and other personnel.” FV arranged a members’ meeting on Tuesday last week involving zone representatives and standing committee chairpersons and now awaits the outcome of a national cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday this week and an

Setback for Seagulls: Mornington striker Josh Hine and Langwarrin’s Delarno Pharoe (right) in action from this year’s Wallace Cup. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

expected announcement by state government on 11 May. There are indications that some of the current stage 3 restrictions in Victoria will be eased leading to the possibility of community sport resuming with new social distancing restrictions in place. Should that happen then FV could allow senior NPL and community clubs to start senior training on 16 or 17 May with matches commencing in a staggered fashion from 12 June to 3 July. Cup competitions could start from 6 June with Langwarrin, Mornington and Seaford United the only local clubs remaining in the FFA Cup. FV’s members meeting raised the prospect of junior training commencing between 12 and 15 May with matches starting from 6 June. Notes of the members’ meeting circulated to clubs stated that there is more certainty around junior competitions “since changerooms are rarely required” and the new restrictions could include a directive that changerooms are not to be used. The meeting also speculated about a cap on training numbers and the duration of sessions. Part of last week’s discussion centred on FV’s relationship with govern-

dor for the southern and south-east regions, linked up with Mornington, Mount Martha, Mount Eliza and Rosebud Heart last Wednesday evening for a teleconference where clubs shared their recent experiences and discussed a range of issues. Hurvitz is believed to be organising a similar hook-up involving Frankston council clubs this week. Meanwhile Mornington will be hoping for a later start to the season after star Seagulls striker Josh Hine suffered a dislocated elbow and minor fractures in a road accident early last week. Hine was cycling as part of his preseason program when struck by a car and taken by passers-by to Sandringham Hospital for treatment. “We’re waiting on specialist’s advice to find out how bad the dislocation and the fractures around it are,” Mornington head coach Adam Jamieson said. “If we start in late June he’d be touch and go but I think he’d be pretty close to being ready if we started around mid-July.” Application software has played an important part in Mornington staying connected to players and coaching staff via messaging services and social-fitness apps and Jamieson linked up with other club coaches via Zoom

ment and its role as the sport’s main advocate. Sport and Recreation Victoria has formed a working group and FV is represented by Matthew Green its Senior Executive Manager Business Operations. FV CEO Peter Filopoulos is a member of the SRV board. Recommendations from the SRV Working Group regarding protocols for a resumption of sporting activities and possible funding initiatives for community sports will be presented to state cabinet. At last week’s FV members’ meeting the financial situation around FV fees and charges also was discussed with the issue of FV refunds given priority by the state body. A working committee has been established consisting of FV president Kimon Taliadoros, two other board members and FV senior executives to “formulate recommendations around FV refunds for the board to consider.” The meeting notes state: “They (FV) mentioned the importance of striking a balance between helping clubs and their own financial viability.” Meanwhile FV is keen to use its ambassador program to stay in touch with clubs. Greg Hurvitz, FV club ambassa-

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last weekend. Players have been given programs to follow and their progress has been monitored so the club has the best possible chance to hit the ground running once competition resumes. Mornington like all local clubs is waiting to find out what restrictions will be put in place to allow training and playing to restart. The Seagulls are keen to know how these restrictions will be policed and what would happen if, for example, one of their players tested positive to corona virus. For example, Jamieson doubles as coach of the club’s JNPL under-13s and also attends committee meetings when requested so the knock-on effects should one of his players test positive would be far-reaching if strict quarantine rules are in place. NPL2 outfit Langwarrin has dealt with monitoring fitness levels among its senior players through a program developed by high performance manager Alistair Wallace. “I set them a program from a PDF I created with three different training sessions with different training outcomes, for example aerobic, highspeed exposure and acceleration plus change of direction,” Wallace said. Each player fills out a form after each session and the data is used to monitor their progress. “We did this for all of pre-season to track load so pretty much when we come back we know how much we can increase each player’s load without them getting injured. “Most players send me screenshots of their sessions using an app or a smart watch.” If as expected there is an abbreviated training period before matches start Wallace feels Langy is well-positioned to cope. “Looking at it they say we will have four weeks back training before we play. “We can do a lot in four weeks but we will just have to be very vigilant with some players and adjust training loads independently for each player. “It isn’t ideal but we just have to adapt and keep risk levels low for players. “Most players have been doing the training loads so we are happy with where we are right now.”

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Cartwright makes winning city debut HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright kicked off his metropolitan debut in sensational form with a winner from his very first city ride on Wednesday 29 April. Having ridden 32 winners to date in the country, Cartwright was offered the ride aboard the John McArdle-trained Mockery at Sandown and made the most of his opportunity in town. Cartwright, who had already formed a good association with the threeyear-old filly having previously ridden her for a win and a second at her last two starts, took up the running in the 1000m sprint and never looked back. The 17-year-old apprentice ran the field along in the wet conditions before pushing clear in the final 100m to score a two-and-three-quarter length victory in the third race of the day. Cartwright said it was a surreal feeling to kick home a city winner at his first ride in town. “It was pretty special when I got off it,” Cartwright said. “Going across the line actually, you could just see my smile light up, so I was thrilled.” Cartwright had some confidence heading into the race too having jumped off his mother’s (Leonie Proctor) and grandmother’s (Lyn Tolson) horse Miss Starway who was also entered in the race. “I hadn’t ridden in town, but John offered me to ride (Mockery) if I’d like because I have a good association

with the owners. I said, ‘yes, I’ll take it’ but Mum also offered me the ride on Miss Starway a couple days earlier. I told her I’d rather take Mockery, so I ended up getting on her and the rest is history,” Cartwright said. “I knew I had a real live chance and I can’t thank John and the owners enough for giving me the opportunity. It all paid off well and the horse did what it did and won well.” Cartwright almost backed up his first winner with another one later in the day when piloting the Jerome Hunter-trained Our Gladiator in the final event on the card. Similar to his first ride, Cartwright took up the running aboard Our Gladiator in the 1000m sprint before giving a kick in the straight. He was only claimed in the final 50 metres by the race-favourite, Sagarra, and eventually finished the race in second place.

Metro winner: Mornington-based apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright pushes out the John McArdle-trained Mockery to claim his first metro winner at Sandown. Picture: Supplied



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