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‘Contaminate’ waste and pay

IMPROMPTU it may have been, but there was no supressing the joy felt by members of the anti-AGL forces after they heard about the government’s refusal of a gas import terminal at Crib Point. See “State ‘no’ to AGL” Page 11

Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is about to tackle waste and rubbish on several fronts. It has adopted a carrot and stick approach to recycling, with fines for recycled waste being “contaminated” and offering the chance of winning a $100 voucher to those “doing the right thing”. Smoking is also being banned in some reserves and on popular foreshores and beaches, although no penalties will be imposed on anyone defying warning signs. Recycling bins will be randomly checked for non-recyclable materials, with those sorted correctly going into a monthly draw for a $100 voucher. Households with contaminated bins will be given a list of items that cannot be recycled and, if are serial offenders, face fines of up to $330. “If contamination continues, we will call, visit or send a letter to provide some helpful tips,” a statement issued by the shire said. “Significantly contaminated bins will not be emptied to prevent contaminating the truck load. “Continued significant contamination will result in a fine and suspension of the recycling or green waste service.” The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said contaminated bins cost the shire and ratepayers about $600,000 a year. The shire says its waste contamination policy follows a survey over summer to find out what could be done to encourage people to take recycling seriously.

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“Unfortunately, contamination continues to be a major issue here on the peninsula,” a shire statement said. “If we don’t get our recycling right, we will end up contaminating the bin or truck, making our recyclables go to landfill instead of ... Mornington Peninsula’s sorting facility. The seven most misplaced items in household recycling bins are bagged recyclables; household rubbish; food waste; garden waste; soft, “scrunchable plastics”; textiles; and polystyrene. Details of the waste policy are at mornpen.vic.gov.au/wastepolicy and what can go into recycling bins at mornpen.vic.gov.au/wasteguide. The decision to ban smoking was made in mid-2020 and ignored an officer’s recommendation for it to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Councillors voted against designating no-smoking areas, telling CEO John Baker to “ensure that the smoke-free policy is implemented as soon as practical” (“No buts to delaying no-smoking rules” The News 17/8/20). “The impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on resourcing availability, ability to engage stakeholders and implementation activities, further strengthens the argument for a prioritised and staged approach to implementation,” community safety coordinator Talana Cook stated in a report to the Tuesday 11 August council meeting. Stage two of the smoking ban involves beaches (initially Mornington, Rye and Dromana), foreshore camping areas, sports and bushland reserves, community centres, senior citizen centres, beach boxes (in smoke free areas), golf courses, cemeteries and parks.

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Budget up for comment Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is inviting comments on its $252 million budget for 2021/22. A state government-imposed rate cap of 1.5% has encouraged the shire to define a four-year rating and revenue “envelope” within which it can “deliver on the council plan, programs and services”. The proposed budget agreed to at council’s Tuesday 30 March meeting will be open for written submissions until Tuesday 29 April. Anyone who wants to speak in support of their submission can do so at council’s 12 May meeting. Submissions may be published on the shire’s website before the meeting, although the shire has cautioned that “offensive, defamatory or third-party personal information will not be published”. The proposed budget shows council intends to apply a general rate of 0.16897 (SCIV), an increase of 1.01%. Vacant residential properties will be hardest hit, with a 17.84% rate increase (generating $5.2m in income, or an extra 11.4%), while all other types of properties will be tied to the 1.01% increase. Of the shire’s $252 million ($241m in previous year) income, almost $198m will come from rates and charges. The largest outgoings are materials, services and contracts ($120m) and wages and salaries ($83.4m) for the shire’s 687 fulltime and part time employees. A further $14m is included in the budget for “other employee related expenditure”. The waste service charge goes up by $16 to $338. The proposed budget being put out for public comment was adopted after the rejection of two suggested alternatives. In the first, Crs Steve Holland and Anthony Marsh failed to persuade any of their colleagues to give all ratepayers in the “general land” class a 1.5 per cent “COVID-19 rebate”. The pair also wanted to quadruple the amount of

money being spent on designs and approvals for capital works from $200,000 to $800,000. They said savings could be made by either deleting or cutting amounts for reducing the effects of climate change; a master plan for The Briars; redeveloping the Sorrento museum; and the COVID-19 recovery effort. Their motion was lost when it was pointed out that owners of multi-million dollar properties would receive a $500 rate cut as opposed to only $12.50 to those at the other end of the property scale. The average rebate across the shire was $23. The second alternative was proposed by Cr David Gill but failed to even get a seconder. Among the changes suggested by Cr Gill was $360,000 to reinstate the mobile library service, $12,000 to count the peninsula’s koalas, $30,000 to desex cats and $40,000 for freeway billboards to advertise “advocacy issues”. He said money could be saved by not contributing $40,000 for school chaplains, removing $1.5 million allocated for boat ramps and increasing beach box licence fees. After the meeting Cr Gill was scathing about the budget process but hopes this can be fixed in the future (“Changes to budget process ‘can’t come soon enough’” Page 15). The proposed $37.6m capital works budget includes $4m for “safer local roads”; $2.4m renewing community facilities; $1.9m footpath renewal; $1.6m Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment; $1.6m Narambi Reserve junior oval; and $1.1m to rehabilitate the oval at Balnarring Recreative Reserve. The $8.25m for priority projects includes $700,000 organic food collection; $252,000 to be carbon neutral; $225,000 open space strategy; a $200,000 arts and culture p; and $175,000 for a coastal strategy. More than $10m is included in the capital works and priority projects budgets for COVID-19 “recovery actions”. To have your say and view the proposed 2021–22 budget and draft revenue and rating plan visit mornpen. vic.gov.au/budget

MEMBERS of the Friends of Flinders Coastline planting native vegetation.

Time to talk biodiversity A BIODIVERSITY and sustainability forum being held at Flinders on Sunday 11 April will hear from speakers about issues vital to the health and preservation of the Mornington Peninsula’s environment. Organised by the Friends of Flinders Coastline group, the forum in Flinders Hall will also provide a venue for community groups to share details about their activities with the public. Speakers at the forum are: Maxwell Campbell, president of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, will speak about how humans effect biodiversity, especially among invertebrates. Jo-Anne Tetteroo, Mornington Peninsula Shire’s natural systems strategy coordinator, will speak about her role in implementing the shire’s Biodiversity Conservation Plan. Kim Cott, environmental ranger at Mornington Peninsula National Park, works at Greens Bush, Flinders and Coolart.

Parks Victoria’s senior marine ranger at Western Port and Port Phillip region Thierry Rolland oversees management of the coastal reserves and marine national parks in Western Port, and Mushroom Reef marine sanctuary, Flinders. Chantal Morton, who coordinates 11 groups in the peninsula’s Landcare network. Lionel Lauch is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Warrung-Bundjalung man who heads Living Culture, a non-profit organisation providing Indigenous educational programs. Ecological consultant and natural systems teacher Gidja Walker will speak about the complexities of the peninsula’s natural environment. The biodiversity and sustainability forum runs at 9am-1.30pm Sunday 11 April in Flinders Civic Hall (registrations 8.30am). All welcome. Contact Mark Aarons 0407 093 620 or Ashley Fraser 0411 839 483.

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Around our Peninsula Join the conversation

Let us know what you think of our proposed budget

Mornington Peninsula Communities Creating Change Recreational BMX and mountain bike strategy Budget 2021–22 shape.mornpen.vic.gov.au

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s proposed budget 2021– 22 is now on public exhibition until 5pm Thursday 29 April. We are asking for your comments and feedback on the draft version to help us guide the direction of the Peninsula’s future. mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget

Ten-year social and affordable housing strategy Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and agricultural land engage.vic.gov.au

Meet the Mayor and CEO

Kindergarten 2022 registrations now open mornpen.vic.gov.au/kindergarten

Would you like an opportunity to meet our Mayor Despi O’Connor and CEO John Baker to discuss an innovative idea or matters important to you and your local community? Applications are now open to request a 25 minute meeting at one of our scheduled monthly sessions. To request a booking email: councillor.support@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards Nominations open: Monday 19 April mornpen.vic.gov.au/delys-sargeant-awards

Events April

Community recovery

Seawinds: Crs Antonella Celi, Debra Mar, Kerri McCafferty With the draft budget on exhibition, our work continues to focus on our community and assist people who are in need of additional support through our local welfare provider agencies and services. At last the rebuild of the rock revetment on the Safety Beach foreshore has started. These works will help protect the area from further erosion that occurred after an old revetment failed and the storm surges impacted on the foreshore. Our coastal areas must be protected.

Active autumn

Briars: Crs Steve Holland, Anthony Marsh, Mayor Cr Despi O’Connor Autumn is a glorious time at our very own wildlife sanctuary – The Briars. Check out our newly restored heritage homestead, the Eco Living Display Centre or get the kids involved in some school holiday adventures with wildlife warriors. For our seniors, we have teamed up with the Be Connected Network to run programs for those who would like a little more help with their digital skills. Please call the Mornington Library for details and 5950 1230 bookings:

Let’s talk

Nepean: Deputy Mayor Cr Sarah Race (other Cr position vacant) I want to hear what matters to you at my next community coffee catch up at Panda café in Blairgowrie on 19 April between 10-11am. Mayor Despi O’Connor will also be joining me so it’s the perfect time to drop in and discuss issues and give important feedback on Shire services and programs. I’ll also be at The Boss’s Daughter in Sorrento on 24 May from 10-11am. Footy and netball seasons are gearing up and I hope to be at a few matches over winter and support the great work clubs do in connecting our community.

Join our local ANZAC day events

Cerberus: Cr Lisa Dixon

ANZAC Day is an important event for all Australians and we are extremely grateful that our dawn service at Hastings foreshore can go ahead this year, followed by a march from Hastings RSL and a commemorative service at 11am at Hastings Cenotaph. There is also a service at the Crib Point Cenotaph at 10am. After being cancelled twice during lockdown, the Western Port Craft Expo is back on at the Hastings Community Hub on 10 April. It is wonderful to see this fabulous event happening again, covering everything from quilting, weaving, leatherwork and lots more.

Let’s get our recycling right

Watson: Cr Paul Mercurio AM

The new names for the bushland reserve and preschool on Blacks Camp Road have been voted on by community, endorsed by Council and now officially registered. Welcome to Tillerkite Preschool and Beek Beek Reserve. For young families, the new playground at Barber Reserve will be finished by the end of April. Did you know contaminated recycling bins cost the Shire about $600,000 per year? When the wrong items are put in the recycling bin, the whole truck load is contaminated and goes to landfill instead of the recycling facility. mornpen.vic.gov.au/wasteguide Check out our recycling guide at

Protecting our wildlife

Red Hill: Cr David Gill

We are slowly losing our native bees, koalas, bandicoots, frogs, birds, gliders, lizards and other species on the Peninsula and not just because of habitat loss. We shot emus and wombats as they were considered pests until there were none left. Kangaroos are now being shot on the Peninsula while their territory is also being reduced. While they seem to be in reasonable numbers so were emus and wombats not so long ago. The Peninsula is at risk of losing its unique rural character without your help.

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Somerville market St Andrews Anglican Church

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Crib Point community market Crib Point Community House

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Western Port Craft Expo, Hastings Community Hub

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Lions Club annual charity book fair Peninsula Community Theatre

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International Women’s Day luncheon Safety Beach Sailing Club

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ANZAC Day services Across the Peninsula Check with your local RSL for details

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Creative Arts Exhibition Peninsula Community Theatre

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Under the Southern Stars Hastings Foreshore Reserve

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Coastrek, Cape Schanck

Information is correct at time of printing. COVID-19 restrictions may cause changes or cancellations. For a full list of all Shire events see our website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/events mornpen.vic.gov.au/markets

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Stable home for mistreated horses HORSES that have been mistreated have a new home at Pearcedale. The purpose-built stables opened last week at the RSPCA’s Peninsula Animal Care Centre will be used for vulnerable horses in need of care, rehabilitation, and rehoming. Since July 2014, more than 420 horses and donkeys have been cared for by the RSPCA after being reported to its inspectorate. Paid for by the state government, the Pearcedale stables are equipped to enable more effective treatment and rehabilitation of seized horses. The stables can accommodate animals with a range of health concerns and needing shelter and rest during treatment. RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said the stables marked a new phase of care at the Pearcedale shelter. “Horse welfare is of particular concern in Victoria. In 2019 – 2020, RSPCA Victoria’s inspectorate received more than 6700 cruelty reports involving horses and is currently monitoring more than 900 horses in the community which are, or may become, vulnerable,” Dr Walker said. Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said the government was “building a state that fosters the caring and respectful treatment of animals”. Dr Walker said the design of the stables was “underpinned by an understanding that some of the animals that come into our care are from poor welfare backgrounds or may never have spent time in a stable or

THE RSPCA has new, modern stables at Pearcedale for horses that come under its care. Picture: Supplied confined space”. Low maintenance, the stables had “simple and safe access for cleaning and ease of purpose. “The design elevates the use of natural light and air flow and includes dedicated water tanks, has energy effi-

cient lighting, security and the ability to stage CCTV,” Dr Walker said. There are five indoor stalls with sand day-yards, revolving feed bins, sliding stable doors and rubber flooring. A wall can be moved to create more space and there is room for a

mare and foal along with a crush to help with horses needing veterinary treatment. The stables are completed with a tack and a feed room with room for scales and a hot wash bay with nonslip flooring. Keith Platt

Register pets OWNERS of cats and dogs on the Mornington Peninsula must renew pet registrations by Saturday 10 April. All cats and dogs over the age of three months must also be microchipped. Services for pets provided by Mornington Peninsula Shire financed from the registration fees include: off-leash dog areas l(mornpen.vic.gov.au/leashfree); the Community Animal Shelter and Pound which cares for lost pets and finds new homes for unclaimed cats and dogs (mornpen. vic.gov.au/lostpets); and rangers who respond to dog attacks and nuisance complaints. Cats must be de-sexed to be registered within the shire unless the cat and owner are a member of the Feline Control Council. It costs $50 a year to register a de-sexed dog or cat and discounts apply for pension card holders. The fine for owning an unregistered dog or cat is $330. The shire is offering free first year registration for eligible residents whose pets are microchipped and registered within eight weeks of taking ownership or moving into the municipality. Animals adopted from the animal shelter will also be registered for free. To change an animal’s microchip details go to car.com.au. Pet registration fees can be paid online, over the phone and in person. Details: mornpen.vic.gov. au/petregistration to learn more about the different ways to pay your registration.

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Call for ‘all aboard’ on rail extension THE Committee for Greater Frankston wants the state and federal governments to “coordinate” their budgets to fully pay for extending and electrifying the railway to either Baxter or Langwarrin. The lobby group says the federal government has “led the way” to extend the line beyond Frankston by promising $225 million in 2018. A business case study by the state government estimated it would cost $840 million for the line to be extended to Langwarrin and $1.3-$1.6 billion to Baxter. The $3m business case was paid for by the federal government. The committee’s CEO Ginevra Hosking said the project was given bipartisan support in 2016 with the backing of federal Labor, “but the Victorian Government is not yet on board”. “Let’s get this project done: time to fund it in the two recovery budgets coming up,” Ms Hosking said. The federal Liberal senator and “party patron” for Dunkley, David Van, said: “We want to see this project go ahead for the people of Frankston and the peninsula. That’s why we’ve committed $225 million. The state government also needs to do their bit in terms of funding and getting it built.” He said the metro rail line extension would “mean locals can get to work and home sooner and safer”. State Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan told a recent parliamentary hearing into the state government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that it was likely fewer people would be moving in and out of Melbourne’s CBD, but more would move between

suburbs. The committee’s request comes as both governments undertake consultation for their 2021–22 budgets due in May, “crucial blueprints for recovery from the pandemic”, Ms Hosking said. “The rail extension will provide a massive boost to our region. It will benefit Frankston CBD parking and boost economic recovery. It will set our region up for decades of growth.” She said the extension from Frankston to Langwarrin and potentially Baxter was critical to strengthening the region’s public transport connectivity by enabling 400,000 residents to access Metro trains. “The project has been confirmed on Infrastructure Australia’s ‘post-2021 COVID’ national priority list – one of just six projects in Victoria in the immediate category (0–5 years) and in the top 150 projects in the nation. “It’s in Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy, which recognises new rail is needed in outer suburbs. The strategy disproves the myth that all future population growth is in new growth areas and confirms that outer suburbs with poor public transport like Frankston should also be prioritised for rail investment.” Ms Hosking said it was incredibly disappointing the Victorian government – in the middle of its biggest-ever infrastructure construction surge – continued to delay the rail extension. “We ask the state and federal governments to work together to get their budgets in sync. We need the rail extension project now.” Keith Platt

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Changes to budget process ‘can’t come soon enough’ By David Gill* I AM disappointed with the way my mostly newly-elected fellow councillors have allowed Mornington Peninsula Shire Council officers to continue to dominate the budget process, despite my advocacy on transparency and accountability. The budget is prepared by management without any opportunity for the community-elected representatives to vote on its contents until the draft budget is presented. At the draft budget meeting CEO John Baker even said that it is not best practice to change the draft budget and that we should wait for the final budget declaration meeting. Unfortunately, we missed an opportunity to be transparent and accountable when the draft was brought to the Tuesday 30 March council meeting to be adopted for public “feedback”. In my experience, community submissions will be reviewed by officers, wrapped into a package with token additions for a few community projects and councillors again reminded, as usual, that last minute changes are not best practice. The process should be to allow councillors to examine the hundreds of items and be accountable for decision making. I tried to move a motion to alter aspects of the budget and at least expected an opportunity to debate my matters of concern. Instead, I didn’t have a seconder. No detailed matters were debated on the night with only the overall proposed rate cap rise receiving attention. On this I voted for the recommended $10 million on COVID recovery direct assistance to our most affected community members, including renters and our homeless. This was instead of a regressive rates motion (that did receive a seconder) that would have

DAVID Gill given a $500 rebate to multi-million dollar property owners and only $12.50 to those with modest homes with the average overall rebate being $23. A no-rate-increase budget would perhaps be popular until you recognise these details. It was accordingly voted down but is sure to be used by the politically ambitious councillors as a lever for state or federal politics. In recognition of what I regard as poor previous practice council management is now considering a new budget format that would allow council voting, in public, on substantive items throughout the budget formulation process. This change cannot happen too soon. Councillors will be more accountable for their decisions and officers - who didn’t receive even one vote in the elections - may be relegated to providing information, answering questions and not given the opportunity to mastermind outcomes without being held responsible at election time.” *David Gill is Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Red Hill Ward councillor.

Mayors now govt. advisors THE mayors of Mornington Peninsula and Frankston councils have been included in the state government’s Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. Cr Despi O’Connor (Mornington Peninsula) and Cr Kris Bolam (Frankston) are among 15 mayor’s on the panel which will meet with Local Government Minister Shaun Leane four times this year to “provide advice on a range of matters that impact local government” including “ideas and initiatives to benefit the local government sector and aid in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic”. The news release from the minister’s office incorrectly identified Cr O’Connor as “Mayor of Mornington”. The former Shire of Mornington was amalgamated with the neighbouring shires of Flinders and Hastings in 1994. The panel will meet for the first time on 21 April via videoconference. Cr O’Connor said the panel presented “a wonderful opportunity to discuss issues affecting the peninsula” with Mr Leane. “I’m looking forward to many productive conversations with my mayoral colleagues over the next year,” she said. Mr Leane said members of the 2020 mayoral panel discussed recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires, responding to the pandemic, implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, state and local government approaches to homelessness, dealing with the effect of the pandemic on tourism and “harnessing” the Working for Victoria initiative. Other mayors on this year’s panel are Sally Capp (Melbourne), Louise Crawford (Port Phillip), Kate Hely (Stonnington), Joseph Haweil (Hume), Adele Hegedich (Wyndham), Kim O’Keeffe (Greater Shepparton), Daniel Moloney (Ballarat), Mendy Urie (East Gippsland), Libby Stapleton (Surf Coast), Jennifer Anderson (Macedon Ranges), Jenny O’Connor (Indigo), David Wortmann (Towong) and Jo Armstrong (Ararat). Keith Platt

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Shire closes door on family day care MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has decided to stop providing family day care on the peninsula and in the Frankston area. The shire says “a steady decline in the service” has over the past five years coincided with the rising number of family day care providers in the market. Families using the “home away from home” service have been given 12 weeks to find alternative care for their children. “We are confident these [alternate] services will provide a varied choice for all educators when selecting a new provider to transfer to with little to no disruption to them or the families and the children they care for,” said an unattributed statement issued last Thursday by the shire. “All our educators and families have been notified and we are committed to supporting each educator to find a preferred provider to ensure a smooth transition for themselves and their families over a period of 12 weeks.” The shire it was “working on redeployment options” for its two children services officers. Late last week the shire’s website was still advertising its family day care services which “is exceeding the national quality standards”. The service provided “high quality home-based education and care option that is flexible and affordable”. Eligible families could claim government child care subsidies “to reduce the cost of care”. “Care is provided in the homes of our licensed educators and is designed to meet the needs of children and families,” the website stated. It said the shire was “committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of children”. “We can provide you with a home away from

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Calling facilitators SKILLED facilitators are being sought to help Mornington Peninsula businesses recover from the setbacks of COVID-19. Workshops organised by Mornington Peninsula Shire for micro and small businesses impacted by the pandemic include taking businesses online; building business resilience; commercialising new business ideas; growth capacity; raising revenue; staff; and best business practices. Facilitators need to have had practical experience in the workplace and delivering workshops. The workshops will be held online and will require facilitators to organise an online forum such as Zoom. Support offered by the shire includes marketing workshops on its business website as well as on social media and other networks. Bookings can be taken through Eventbrite. Facilitators need to contact the shire by Friday 23 April. Expressions of interest and details are at mornpen.vic.gov.au/workshopeoi

Bus times are changing From Sunday 11 April, we’re updating bus timetables to keep you better connected with the new train times. There will be new times for the following routes in your area: Route 760

Cranbourne - Seaford

Route 780

Frankston - Carrum

Route 770

Frankston - Karingal

Route 781

Frankston - Mt Martha

Route 771

Frankston - Langwarrin

Route 782

Frankston - Flinders

Route 772

Frankston - Eliza Heights

Route 783

Frankston - Hastings

Route 773

Frankston - Frankston South

Route 784

Frankston - Osborne

Route 774

rankston - Delacombe Park

Route 785

Frankston - Mornington East

Route 775

Frankston - Lakewood

Route 788

Frankston - Portsea

Route 776

Frankston - Pearcedale

Route 832

Frankston - Carrum Downs

Route 777

Karingal Hub SC - McClelland Drive

Route 833

Frankston Station - Carrum Station

Route 778

ananook - Carrum Downs

Route 857

Dandenong - Chelsea

Route 779

Frankston - Belverdere

Route 858

Edithvale - Aspendale Gardens

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WINEMAKER Garry Crittenden with Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Despi O’Connor. Picture: Yanni IT was a labour of love that spanned 27 years. Margaret Crittenden’s collection of clippings and cuttings from all sources documenting the growth of the Mornington Peninsula wine industry from its embryonic state to the powerhouse it is today. Eventually the collection became too important to preside in simple scrap books, and the Crittenden family had each page photographed and assembled into The Big Red Book. And after Margaret’s death in November, the Crittenden’s recognised the importance of her work in docu-

menting this important industry. “We only produced six of these books,” said Garry Crittenden. “We felt it was essential for this incomparable collection to be made available to the general public and historians of the future for review and reference.” The decision was made to donate three of the books to Mornington Peninsula Libraries to for future generations to enjoy. “It really is quite something,” said Mr Crittenden. “It is 245 pages of history that

deserves to be preserved. “Of course, donating these books helps us remember Margaret who was so important to the development of the wine industry on the peninsula.” The Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor, Despi O’Connor was joined by councillors David Gill and Debra Mar for the official handover. “This book is a fascinating insight into the Peninsula’s history and a reminder of the role played by Margaret and Garry Crittenden as pioneers of our local wine industry,” said Cr O’Connor.

Have your say We’ve worked with the community to develop the Proposed Budget 2021–22 and now encourage your comment on the draft document, together with our draft Revenue and Rating Plan.

Thanks to everyone who provided pre-budget submissions during the first stage of the budget process. The draft Revenue and Rating Plan shows how Council will generate income to deliver on the Council Plan, programs and services over the next four years.

Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 29 April 2021.

To view the documents and have your say Online: mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget In person: Visit any of our customer service centres.

By post: Budget 2021-22, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, VIC 3939

Privacy statement Submissions received, including the name of the submitter, will be published on Council’s website and will form part of the public record of the relevant Council and Committee meetings. Hard copies will be available for public inspection at Council offices in accordance with the Act. Offensive, defamatory and third party personal information will not be published. Please include any personal information on an appropriate coversheet. You may access personal information you have provided to the Shire at any time and make corrections. Further details of our Privacy Policy can be found at mornpen.vic.gov.au/privacypolicy If you have any concerns about the use and disclosure of your personal information please contact the Governance Team at privacy@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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State ‘no’ to AGL Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE state government has knocked back power company AGL’s plans for a gas import terminal at Crib Point. Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the project, which also included a 55 kilometre gas pipeline to Pakenham, was refused because of the “unacceptable effects” it would have on Western Port’s environment. In a statement on Tuesday 30 March Mr Wynne said his decision was based on a review of AGL’s environmental effects statement, which attracted more than 6000 submissions and encouraged protests either organised by or attended by community group Save Westernport, Environment Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the state Opposition. “It’s very clear to me that this project would cause unacceptable impacts on the Western Port environment and the Ramsar wetlands – it’s important that these areas are protected,” Mr Wynne said. AGL said it was “reviewing and considering its position” following Mr Wynne’s decision and would provide an “update” on its “impact on the project”. The AGL statement authorised by its market disclosure committee said about $130 million had been “committed or incurred” on the project, or about $28m more than stated to the Australian stock exchange in June 2018. Jane Carnegie, of Save Westernport, said “science and good sense has won out ... The government has listened to us and to the thousands of people in our community who have worked tirelessly to save our beautiful environment from a potential catastrophe,” she said. “Western Port was never the place for such a monstrous, environmentally damaging project.

“AGL’s idea for a floating, hazardous gas factory in an internationally significant wetland should never have made it off the drawing board, let alone taken three years of relentless community opposition to save a bay that belongs to all Victorians.” Opposition planning spokesperson David Davis said the state government had “adopted Victorian Liberal Nationals policy to oppose the Crib Point gas import terminal”. “The Andrews Labor Government has been dragged kicking and screaming to make this decision,” Mr Davis said. Hastings MP Neale Burgess said that “due to public pressure the government has now followed [the Liberals lead] lead”. “My community has been telling the Andrews Labor government for years that we do not want this project. I’m very proud to have worked with my local community to secure this great outcome,” he said. Flinders Liberal MP Greg Hunt credited “the work of Save Westernport, the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Neale Burgess MP and others in the local community” for Mr Wynne’s decision. “Throughout this fight, I have been clearly, absolutely, unequivocally opposed to the AGL gas plant in Westernport,” Mr Hunt said. “This project was always a solution to a problem of the Andrews government’s own making, thanks to their now cancelled moratorium on local conventional gas exploration, and I’m pleased they have listened to the peninsula’s strong objection to this proposal.” Nepean Labor MP Chris Brayne said he had always lived on the peninsula and saw the decision against AGL as “a victory for a committed, environmentally passionate community who have stood up and fought for years now to protect the beautiful environment and pristine bay that we call home”.

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AT Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club’s pink day are, above, Bridget Barnes, Julia O’Shaughnessey and Romy Lipszyc; right, lifesavers ready for the patrol; and, below, Georgia Cassell-Ashton, Michelle Royal-Hebblewhite, Bella Austin and Dianna McKellar. Pictures: Supplied

Pink day to guide lifesavers A FEMALE-only pink patrol was looking out for the safety of swimmers and other beach users at Point Leo on Saturday (27 March). The Point Leo patrol was one of 10 across the state celebrating female leadership in lifesaving for International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month. According to, the special Pink Patrols were among 10 hosted across Victoria this month. “Pink Patrols are made up of all female personnel or female-led patrols and symbolise how integral

women are in lifesaving,” Life Saving Victoria membership and leadership development director Angela Malan said. "Their goal is to build female operational capacity, provide positive female role models for future generations of lifesavers and build diversity in active operational and leadership roles.” Bridget Barnes, who helped organise Point Leo’s pink patrol saw it as “a chance to celebrate and acknowledge how far women have come and what they have achieved within surf

lifesaving”. Lifesavers heard presentations on different aspects of the club from competition official Georgia CassellAshton, trainer and assessor Michelle Royal-Hebblewhite, competitor and two times state gold medalist Bella Austin and Nipper’s coordinator Dianna McKellar. Ms Barnes said the presenters spoke about how they got to their roles or made their achievements, as well as advising younger members “to hopefully inspire the next generation of female leaders in surf lifesaving”.

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Public Art Strategy is adjacent to EastLink southbound just before the Dandenong Bypass interchange.

Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture is in EastLink northbound just after the Wellington Road interchange.

Brush-ups revive tollway’s artworks

THREE of the most recognisable artworks along the 39 kilometres of the EastLink tollway have been renovated and restored. The collection of public artworks includes 12 artworks along the tollway and shared use path. EastLink says the artworks set among 480 hectares of landscaping are “arguably [form] Australia’s largest sculpture park”. “EastLink’s much-loved art collection cost $5 million when the artworks were commissioned and acquired shortly before EastLink opened in 2008, so it’s important they are maintained properly,” The company’s corporate affairs manager Doug Spencer-Roy said. “Three of the artworks needed maintenance recently, and with renovation works now complete, they are as good as

new,” he said. Public Art Strategy, by Melbournebased artist Emily Floyd, had some rust damage and patchy paintwork. The 13 metre tall black bird, which is contemplating a yellow worm, required 50 litres of black paint and 25 litres of yellow paint. Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture, by James Angus, was damaged in October 2018 by a runaway trailer carrying a small excavator. The paintwork of this 30 metre long artwork, called The Smarties by EastLink personnel, had also faded. Mr Spencer-Roy said the runaway trailer destroyed one of the 24 fibreglass ellipsoids and badly damaged another. The trailer operator’s insurance enabled EastLink to make and two replacement ellipsoids. Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture was also repainted to ensure the two new

pieces colour-matched the originals. Red Rings, by the late Inge King – a pioneer of contemporary sculpture – had faded paintwork, becoming a paler shade of its former self. The repainting of Red Rings’ three 2.5 metre diameter steel rings was completed shortly before the COVID pandemic. The artwork’s red colour contrasts with the green landscaping, “expressing the strength and tension that is the motivating force behind it”. “We will continue to look after the artworks on behalf of the community, in the same way as we look after the road, tunnels, bridges, landscaping, wetlands, and other EastLink assets,” Mr SpencerRoy said. Details about the tollway art, including a downloadable booklet with a map, is available on the EastLink website.

Red Rings is next to the EastLink Trail north of the Ferntree Gully Road interchange and is also visible from the tollway.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Sponsored by Community Bank • Balnarring & District OP SHOP St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Road West, Somerville. Hours: 9am - 4 pm, Monday and Friday, 9 am - 1 pm, Saturday. Well worth a visit! Repair Cafe Hastings 3rd Sunday of each month, 12-3pm. A not-for-profit community group with skilled volunteer repairers to share their knowledge and help repair, reduce, reuse and repurpose household items for a donation. Cafe has light refreshments and activities for kids. Located at the Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings. Email: repaircafehastings@gmail.com or ph: 0411517242 Bittern Combined Probus is seeking active retirees to Join our club. If you would like to meet new people are willing to try some of our numerous activities and enjoy fun and fellowship, then why not give it a go. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Hub in Hastings. The meeting commences at 9.30 and is followed by lunch. For more information please contact Brian Pyne on 0419126684

APRIL U3A Hastings U3A have moved to a new central location in Hastings. Check us out Cnr Herring and Salmon Streets, Hastings Office hrs Mon/Tues 10-1 and 1-4. Closed school and public holidays. Ph: 5979 8585. email u3a@iinet.net.au. New memberships welcome Mornington Peninsula Birdlife Outings Wednesday 14/04/2021 Mordialloc Wetlands, Waterways Estate. Meet 9am in Observation Court. Access off Springvale Road at traffic lights into Waterways Boulevard, then left at Waterside Drive over the bridge, then left at Observation Court. Melway 93 F4. An easy walk on formed tracks. Sunday 18/04/2021 Balbirooroo Wetlands, Balnarring. Meet 10am in the car park. Enter off Frankston/Flinders Road into Civic Court at the Primary School. Melway 193 D6. An easy walk on flat formed tracks.

Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research), Q&A, Information, Presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/ sigs/mornington-peninsula-sig/family-history Contact Colin 0417 103 678

Somerville Saturday Market Sat 10 April, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Rd West, Somerville. Variety of stalls and Op Shop. Phone Graeme: 59776980 Bittern Combined Probus meets on 2nd Thursday of the month, commencing at 9.30am Join us as we explore new challenges, expand friendships and generally enhance our enjoyment of retirement. We offer a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Membership is open to any member of the community who is retired or semi - retired for further details please ring Brian Pyne on 0419126684 Crib Point Community Market Sat 10 April 10, 9am-1pm. Indoor & Outdoor stalls. Jewellery, cards, bags, craft, bric-a-brac, candles, eggs, fretwork gifts, soaps, plants, Devonshire Teas, coffee van and lots more. Proceeds go to the Crib Point Community House and community programs. Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Rd, Crib Point. Email: market@cpch.org.au or ph 59839888. New stallholders are welcome.

Gardening Course with Australian Natives Learn all about planting and maintaining native plants. Organised by the Australian Plants Society Mornington Peninsula. Three week course starting Wednesday April 28, 7.00 - 9.30pm, Bentons Square Community Centre. Includes a Saturday garden visit; cost $60. Details 0402 842 494

Somerville Senior Citizens Club Activities for Senior Citizens, including day trips. Indoor bowls and a movie or cards $2. Bingo and a movie or cards $2. BBQ followed by indoor bowls and a movie or cards $5. For further info contact Merna on 0447 333 966. 21 Black Camps Road, Somerville. Ph 5977 7759

Australian Plants Sale Saturday 1 May from 10.00 - 3.30pm Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat State Park. A wide range of native and indigenous plants available from local and regional growers. Free entry. Further details Australian Plants Society Mornington Peninsula. Ph: 0428 284 974

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.

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 Petanque Come and enjoy the fun playing petanque on Wednesdays and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve, Derril Road Moorooduc from 3pm - 5pm. Further info contact.Jim 0458548491 or Jan 0409132761 or email morningtonpeninsulapetanque@gmail.com 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. 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

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 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. Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact: 5970 7000 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 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 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 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.

Combined Probus Club of Balnarring Third Friday of each month at 10am. Held at the Balnarring Community Hall Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring. Guest speakers each month covering a wide range of subjects. The club has a diverse range of interest groups, outings and travel, Visitors and prospective new members are welcome. Contact Patsy Wilson on 5983 9949. Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783. Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes every Friday in January, and then 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melways ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/ Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314 Boomerang Bags There are fifteen Boomerang Bags groups across the Peninsula. Volunteers repurpose fabric destined for landfill into reusable bags to replace plastic bags. The Balnarring group meets on Thursdays 1-3pm at BPS in Civic Crt. Cheryl 0438633971. Find other groups at Boomerangbags.org Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540

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 info@mornpenwriters.org

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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR The next Community Events Calendar will be published 5th May 2021. Email your free listing to communityevents@mpnews.com.au by 28th April 2021.

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

   

    

         

  

             

            

                  

   

     

                        

    

                     

   

   

     





           

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Helping to maintain an independent life WESTERNPORT Mobility have long specialised in the sale and repair of mobility scooters and home mobility products, and have now introduced a whole new range of living aids. Proof that a good business is constantly growing and keeping with the times, Westernport Mobility have expanded into health care products in the home. Owner Ray Percival says it’s part of providing a wider service to the community.“We now have lift chairs which are ideal for when people have had operations like hip replacements. They might need a lift chair temporarily after surgery, or they might need one full time in their home,” says Ray. “At Westernport Mobility, you can either hire or buy depending on your needs.” Another part of the new range is products to help those with rheumatism.“We have jar and bottle openers, and other home aids like special cutlery for those with arthritis, that help people maintain an independent life,” says Ray. At Westernport Mobility, it’s all about supplying products that make it easier for everyday living. You can buy or hire most products, including mobility scooters, beds, lift chairs, walking aids, and living aids. “Since opening the new store in Hastings we have been able to expand and improve our range for the community,” says Ray. Westernport Mobility has qualified service technicians to provide clients with prompt and expert repairs and service. With its number one commitment to customer service, Westernport Mobility offer home demonstrations of products as well.

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Traveling the extra mile to give you a perfect smile! THE idea behind DenturePoint is simple: to create a private boutique denture clinic where new smiles are designed exactly the way you want them and without any unnecessary stress. This is to suit the lifestyle of our beautiful Mornington Peninsula: stress free and as relaxing as possible. Maggie Murch practices in Mornington and works very close with Dr Albery and Dr Finti. She also sees patients at Dr Bhawna’s clinic in Lyndhurst. ‘I am very passionate about what I do and my love for creating smiles started when I was 16 years old. I am still as excited about my job today as when I first started, and I always ensure I keep up with all the newest technology and methods. I recently travelled to Japan to learn more about suction of lower dentures. It was extremely educational, and I had a great pleasure to meet Dr Abe - the creator of mandibular suction – and his team.’ Maggie had been originally trained as a dental technician in a world renowned Eastman Dental Hospital in London. She then accomplished a Higher Diploma at the University of Cardiff in Wales. She got employed by Goulburn Valley Hospital in Shepparton and later worked at prestigious dental clinic in Glen Iris together with Dr Dickinson, Dr Pearson and Dr Homewood. She also carries a Master’s Degree of Dental Technology in Prosthetics from the Griffith University in Gold Coast. With almost 30 years of experience she is able to offer a superior denture care and with an extra Hypnotherapy Diploma she can put the most anxious patients at ease. ‘I specialise in making dentures and that doesn’t involve any pain but most of my patients tell me how nervous they are to step into a dental clinic. My hypnotherapy and distraction techniques have not disappointed me, as yet. I completed a Diploma course of

Dental Prosthetist, Maggie Murch. Photo supplied

Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy as a hobby project and would never think it could be so useful in my job. The techniques work particularly well with people who clench and grind their teeth’. Maggie also offers 24/7 emergency denture repairs most of which are done within two hours’ time. “This is the beauty of being a dental

technician and a dental prosthetist in one.’ says Maggie – ‘ I can see a patient in the clinic with a broken denture and fix it in the lab the very same day’. ‘At DenturePoint, I offer longer appointments which gives me a better insight into my patients’ denture related needs and expectations. I like to think they get a real VIP treatment when they come to see me.’

And for all of those who are unable to see her in the clinic in Mornington she offers a mobile service. ‘My job gives me a great sense of satisfaction and I am always ready to travel an extra mile to create a perfect smile!” - says Maggie. To make an appointment call Maggie on 0400919513 or visit www.denturepoint.com. au for further information.

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Rate your hearing at Nepean Hearing FOUR million Australians have a hearing loss. Nepean Hearing is offering free hearing tests and rating your Hearing for Your Age (for the over 40’s). The number of Australians who are hearing impaired is increasing because of • the ageing population - we are living longer • excessive noise - in the workplace and high level music Hearing loss is often described as the ‘invisible disability. People often wait for 5-10 years before they seek help. Hearing loss may also be a contributing factor in the speed of onset of dementia. The degree of loss is also correlated to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to know about your hearing. Many people ignore the signs of hearing loss, which include; turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain, frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves, and not being able to hear properly on the telephone. Constant ringing is also another warning sign of hearing loss. As technology advances, many people with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids. These innovations have made a positive difference in the way they can communicate and enjoy their lives. Nepean Hearing is an independently owned clinic and the audiologists are University of Melbourne trained

Pictured: The team at Nepean Hearing. For hearing screenings our main office is located across the road from Frankston Hospital at 13 Hastings Road, Frankston, phone: 9783 7520 We are also located at: 171 Camms Road, Cranbourne, phone: 5966 1117, and Hastings Community Health 185 High Street Hastings, phone: 97837520. Take advantage of the free hearing test offered by Nepean Hearing to ensure your hearing is at its optimum.

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DAYTIME MUSIC+ THEATRE

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Friday 21 May 1.30pm & 4.30pm Tickets: $19-$21 Witness the athleticism, energy and grace of the stars of tomorrow in a show celebrating the art of ballet. Book at thefac.com.au or call 03 97841060

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Friday 4June, 10.30am & 1.30pm Tickets: $19-$21 A joyous, foot stamping, hand clapping celebration of the swinging 60s featuring songs of Tom Jones and more! Book at thefac.com.au or call 03 97841060

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Thursday 30 September 8pm Tickets: $27-$60 A delightfully amusing and poignant play about the nature of marriage, the pursuit of happiness and the perfect foxtrot! Book at thefac.com.au or call 03 97841060

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Rockport - World Class Shoes WE'RE often told to "think on our feet," but rarely "about them." It is only when we develop foot problems whether it is bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, heel spurs or just sore feet that we recognise how important they are. Bayside Shoes has been working in the “foot solutions “ business for over 30 years with specialist shoe manufacturers and orthopaedic professionals to ensure that we can find a solution for most foot problems. It is our great pleasure to announce that we are now offering the Rockport range of high quality, orthotic friendly shoes together with our personalised shoe fitting service. What impressed us with Rockport is that they scrutinize every line and nuance of their shoes, from first sketch to final product to continuously strive for total quality in foot comfort, shoe durability while looking stylishly good. The popular World Tour Classic is the ideal shoe for the traveller. The World Tour is packed with features including a walking platform construction providing support in the heel and forefoot as well as a padded tongue, slip resistant sole and full grain leather upper, World Tour is light weight travel walker that is

light on your feet and in your luggage. The new Edge Hill Mens range has that rugged outdoor leather look for bush walking or just general casual wear built to the exacting Rockport standards for comfort and fit with half sizes from 7 to 13. The Trust Ride Prowalker shoe is a comfortable premium leather, ladies walking shoe designed to have a more flexible forefoot with a mesh lining on the interior that lets your feet breath. The lightweight EVA outsole gives excellent walking grip and stability. This is a great casual shoe that offers comfort with walking pleasure and is available in eyecatching Merlot red, Admiral blue or traditional black colours. Bayside Shoes also offers an extensive range of work & formal LARGE size shoes for women (11/42 – 15/46) and men (12 / 45 to 17/51) Bayside Shoes is located at 103 Railway Parade, Seaford on the corner of Clovelly Parade and has both free and disability parking near its entrance with wheel chair ramp access to the store. View the Bayside Shoes range on its website baysideshoewarehouse.com.au or phone 03 9785 1887 if you have an enquiry.

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Seniors Loving Life! Age on Stage: How trips to the theatre improve wellbeing WHEN Gordon Dunlop retired and settled into his new life on the peninsula, he became a member of the Frankston Arts Centre to stay connected to the arts. “I became a member because there’s stimulating and affordable programming, which also meant I do not have to travel into the city as much for good theatre.” As people live longer, we are often looking for ways to enrich our lives with quality and enjoyment. Although minimal studies have formally evaluated the benefits of theatre on mature minds, the anecdotal evidence agrees with Gordon’s experience in that seeing live performance can have a positive impact mentally and socially. Usually attending alone, Gordon often “strikes up chats with strangers about the performances we are seeing”. “I do consider my FAC membership as an important component of my cultural life now and a potential way into some social engagement in my new life.” When asked what he enjoys most about live performance, Gordon enthuses “It has a physical intensity, spontaneity and intimacy that cannot be matched in cinematic, televisual or online performance… there is a shared communal experience.” Participation in the arts and experiencing live performance is known to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing for all ages, decreasing anxiety and loneliness, increasing your sense of value and purpose and other emotional and imagination benefits. Frankston Arts Centre members, Colin and Myrtle Hughes, explain how this experience affects them, “Live theatre is just priceless in its embrace, as the experience will often touch you deeply and that then is enhanced by sharing it with those around you.

“We typically just go together but know that we’ll meet many friends there that we see every time, including the staff.” When asked to name their favourite show seen at the Frankston Arts Centre, Colin and Myrtle are hard-pressed to choose one. “Top of the bill would be the Sydney Dance Theatre with their exquisite heart-wrenching performances, but alongside them are the fantastic performances by our local musical theatre group, the Peninsula Light Opera Society, whose musicals are as good as those we see in the city or overseas. “But a significant part of the joy of the FAC is the constant variety - the opportunity to have the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, international opera and ballet companies, Australian playwrights, musicians, singers, dancers, comedians and choirs all 15 minutes from your door in an almost unattainable cascade of entertainment!” For Gordon, his favourite performance was a surprise to him as he isn’t “normally a big dance fan - but this show was a bravura, virtuoso performance embracing a century of dance styles and history. “100 Year History of Dance in 60 minutes was informative, funny and reverential. Joseph’s characterization was endearing and the dancing in a range of styles was extraordinary. He finished with whole audience participation and had an incredible rapport with the audience and an ability not only to hold, but to rivet, their attention.” You can join the Frankston Arts Centre as a Member at any time of year for the low cost of $40 for an Individual or $80 for a Joint Membership. Benefits include discounted tickets, invitations to the annual Season launch event, priority bar service, deferred payment for tickets and pre-sale opportunities. For more information, visit thefac.com.au.

The wheels on the bus are going round HOW fantastic it is to be back on the road again, seeing some well-known faces return and many new ones as well!! After a rocky beginning to the year, with snap border closures, lockdowns, and extreme weather conditions we are thrilled to have delivered some day trips and multi day trips around Victoria. French Island, Kerrisdale Mountain Railway, Blue Lotus Watergardens, Rayners Orchid and a 5-day getaway to Bendigo were great destinations to visit and it was lovely to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they were once again able to enjoy each other's company, some fresh air and a lovely time being out and about and loving life. April and May look to be busy months for us with holidays planned to Bright, Daylesford, Benalla & the NE Silo Art Trail and Warrnambool & the Great Ocean Road. We’ll also visit Marysville, the Funky Farm in Hastings, Tooradin and Ripponlea for the Miss Fisher Crypt of Tears exhibition on day trips.

It's great to see that the theatre is again opening with our first trip being to a matinee of the acclaimed Moulin Rouge in October We are currently working on some fab little trips for the winter months to Albury/Wodonga, Echuca, Mildura & Swan Hill and Sovereign Hill. With the roll out of the vaccine, we plan to begin our interstate holidays again in Spring with our Bushfire Recovery Tour, Perth & Margaret River, The NSW North Coast & Jacaranda Festival and our King Island Trip. Our phones have been running hot with calls from various groups to plan and organise day trips for their members. Probus Clubs, Retirement Villages and Social clubs have been in touch and it's our pleasure to create a lovely day out for them. We invite you to contact us on 1300 274 880 or email info@daytripper.com.au and join us for some time away from your everyday life.

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Kerrisdale Mountain Railway incl: Mountain Railway Train ride, Museum tour, BBQ lunch.

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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Exhibition incl: Entry to exhibition. Lunch at Caulfield RSL at own expense.

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Moulin Rouge - The Musical Regent Theatre. incl: Transport & Show Ticket (lunch not included).

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ENJOY A LIFE OF PERFECT MOMENTS. A VIBRANT canopy of inherited trees shade this historic Ranelagh Estate property where a landscaped confection of decorative floras surround a home updated in anticipation of the times we live in. Set on 1582 square metres, the contemporary Hamptons inspired home is blessed with a series of manicured lawns punctuated by arbours and groves where gentle curves soften angles in what is truly one of Mount Eliza’s most beautiful garden parks. From the welcoming entry you are ushered into a simply dazzling lounge room where, if the soaring timber lined pitched ceiling doesn’t take your breath away, the magnificent stone

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a full bathroom and a versatile family room with ducted heating and cooling heating that opens out to one of several decks, whilst the casually elegant master bedroom features plantation shutters, your own little private patio down to the garden, a large dressing room and a full ensuite with his and hers vanity, deep soaker tub and toasty under floor heating. Externally the home continues to impress with a quaint kitchen garden in the utility yard secluded by an arbour of camellias that steps through to a grove of ornamental pears and for easy entertaining there is mains gas to the outdoor barbecue with built in bar fridges.n

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

First ‘aerial delivery’ of bread in Australia Compiled by Cameron McCullough RESIDENTS and holiday makers at Cowes, Phillip Island, were awakened on Good Friday morning by the droning of an aeroplane, and a favored few received “hot x buns” from the clouds. Mr H. McColl, baker, and storekeeper, of Cowes, realising his inability to supply the needs of the large parties of campers on the isle, arranged with Messrs Borer & Co, the Port Melbourne bread manufacturers, to supply him with 100 large loaves, and a bag of buns by aerial delivery. Pilot Graham Carey, accompanied by Mr H. Stranaghan, left the Port Melbourne aerodrome on Thursday afternoon with their novel cargo, travelling by way of Westernport. The airmen had a rough and bumpy flight, and in the vicinity of Mount Eliza it was a case of “What-oh, Eliza!”. Darkness setting in, and being unacquainted with the landing place at Cowes, they stayed at the Flinders Naval Base, Crib Point, for the night. Resuming their flight next morning the aviator flew across Westernport to Cowes in 10 minutes – the actual time for the entire trip from Port Melbourne being 35 minutes. A landing was effected about 7 a.m. on Mrs H. Vaughan’s property, and the first aerial bread delivery in Australia was thus accomplished. Mrs Vaughan secured the first loaf. Mr Carey remained at Cowes for the holidays, and gave exhibition stunts and also made a number of passenger flights. *** Information was received in

Frankston on Monday night from Perth that the famous aviator, Lieutenant McIntosh, and his friend, Mr Joy, had been killed at Pithara, 300 miles from Perth, whilst a passenger was badly injured. Lieut McIntosh accompanied Lieut Ray Parer, R. F. C., on his flight from England and was fairly well known at Frankston, where he and Lieut Parer were publicly welcomed on their return to Australia. Lieut McIntosh, who was of Scottish descent, enlisted in the A.I.F. and after a period of service abroad, elected to accompany Lieut Parer on his aeroplane flight to Australia last year. They left Hounslow on January 8th, 1920, long after Sir Ross Smith had successfully completed his flight to Australia. After an eventful flight, the aviators reached Port Darwin in August 2nd. But owing to an enforced landing, their machine was smashed at Culcairn, and they had to complete the journey in a Defence Department machine. Lieut McIntosh some months ago successfully made an overland motorcycle trip, with a passenger, to Western Australia. Lieut McIntosh’s tragic death naturally came as a great shock to Lieut Parer, and will be universally regretted by residents of the Frankston district. *** AN old farmer was leading an old horse down the Somerville road when a motor car came along. The old “neddy” stopped dead for the moment, and then began to “play up”. The motorist halted his car to give

the farmer a chance to get the horse past the car. The old horse was at last reluctantly urged to go by. “Your horse seems a bit frightened of cars, doesn’t he?” remarked the driver. “Yes”, replied the farmer, “he is that, but he were just the same when the railway trains first come in.” Presumably that horse would be correctly described as “aged”! *** SOME weeks ago Mr. F. L. Edmunds, with a friend, made a voyage round Port Phillip in a canoe. Starting from the Yarra, the voyage was completed in 10 days. The first stage ended at Black Rock, the second at Davey’s Bay. “Past the Mentone foreshore to the famous Frankston Hill,” says Mr. Edmunds. “the bay was like leadcoloured oil.” They camped in a cave at Davey’s Bay, where they “ glided slowly over weed covered places pitted with fairy pools,” and then paddled on past Fisherman’s Point, Marina Cove, across Balcombe Bay to Dromana, Sorrento, Rosebud, and Rye, thence to Queenscliff and home. The residents of Rosebud gave them a hearty welcome and banded together to heartily recognise “ the voyage of the Cachalot” – not Frank Bullen’s famous “Cachalot”, but Frank Edmunds! *** THE drawing for the Alfred Hospital raffles, advertised in “ The Standard” for some time has resulted as follows: Motor Car, 57917; Kitchen, 13279; Bond, 2755; Jardinere, 795; Ham, 1st

3098; Sugar, 2nd 307; Tea, 3rd 3866; Cigarette Case, 706; Adornment,1923; Linen, 4445; Mercery, 392; Pendant, 2788; Cruet 382; Doll, 14967; Hall Stand, 1627; Clock, 529; Statuette, 464; Suit Case, 2702; Oil Painting, 103. Prizes not claimed within three months will be sold and proceeds devoted to Alfred Hospital Fund. *** MR. Lionel Ings had a lucky escape from a serious accident just before the holidays. Whilst cycling down Oliver’s Hill the bar of the bike snapped, and he was thrown heavily. Apart from a severe shaking, he, however, escaped serious hurt. *** A CORRESPONDENT states that he was very much impressed with a pumpkin patch at Mr. W. Tabb’s place. He states that Mr. Tabb has 90 pumpkins on eight vines, many going to 40 lbs. in weight. “The Standard’s” informant says he purchased three pumpkins and they weighed 93 lbs. in the aggregate. This is a testimony to the richness of the soil hereabouts, though we believe, in this case, inoculation was carried out. *** THE annual tournament of the Flinders Golf Club was played during the holidays, and proved a wonderful attraction to visitors. There was the astounding entry of 740 for the various events, including 116 for the Men’s Handicap, and some of the leading players of the State took part.

The club’s flag was flying half mast as a tribute to the late Mr. Clifford Welsh, who was killed whilst motoring to Flinders to compete. *** ARRANGED by the Mornington Progress Association and the Brighton Yacht Club, the first regatta for 20 years was held at Mornington at Easter time. The pier and the cliffs were crowded with spectators, and some well-known yachts competed, including The Rip and Lord Forster’s Yeulba; which was second to Eun-na-marra in the Nine Metre event. Amongst the principal yachts competing were the Independence, Ardale (winner of the Restricted event), The Rip, The Idler, The Joker, Worane, and the Windarra. The event is now likely to become an annual fixture. *** DURING this month we have had the representative of one of Brisbane’s most foremost fruit merchants in our district, Mr. Livingstone. This firm is well known throughout Queensland, and until this last two years have not handled any of our apples nor pears. They are whole-hearted in their desire to give the growers in the district the very best services possible in Queensland. Mr. Livingstone informs us that Queensland apples this season have been ruined by the demon fruit-fly. An advt. appears in to day’s issue. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 1 April 1921

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face of a global pandemic. This play was inspired by tragedy. In early 2015 there were a spate of suicides by junior doctors – four within a month. Whilst such events are distressingly common within the profession, four deaths in such quick succession rocked the health sector. Something was clearly wrong with the workplace culture of hospitals, and something had to change. Vividly brought to life by a cast of four extraordinary actors, the play takes the audience on an unforgettable journey. There will be laughter, there will be shock, and there will be tears. Alternative Facts presents Grace Under Pressure at Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday 6 May, 7.30pm. Tickets: $27-$60 Bookings: 03 9784 1060 or thefac.com.au.


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The Unbearable Lightness of Jorts By Stuart McCullough LET’S be honest: some things simply were never meant to be. What may have been intended as a glorious combination ends up an abomination, spurned by all. By trying to be all things to all people, you end up being nothing at all. Whoever thought of combining Vegemite and ice cream should be immediately deported, even if they were born here. The decision to merge Australian Rules Football with tiddlywinks to create ‘AFL X’ is best forgotten. But the decision to merge jeans and shorts into one unholy piece of casual apparel is simply unforgivable. Like ‘Labradoodle’, ‘Liger’ and ‘Turducken’, the term ‘jorts’ is really just a sum of its inglorious parts. For those lucky people who are unfamiliar with them; jeans and shorts, mixed together, equal ‘jorts’. While some may regard this as innovative, it’s my view that nature intended some things to be separate. You are either wearing jeans or you are wearing shorts. You cannot do both at once. You must pick a side and stick with it. Without a word of warning, jorts seem to be making a comeback. Granted, for some they probably never went away. But I had noted a distinct decline which I had wrongly assumed was a broader social compact that we – as a nation – were moving on from jorts. Clearly, I was misinformed. For now they appear to have returned, stronger than ever. Perhaps it happened during lockdown – people gave up hope and, thus, determined that with nothing left to lose,

they may as well wear jorts. My message to this people is simple – don’t give up hope. And while you’re busy not giving up hope, put some slacks on. I’m sure some of you regard this as something of an over-reaction on my part. You couldn’t be more wrong. Quite simply, there are some things

that should never be combined. You wouldn’t mix vodka and cornflakes. Or, if you would, you clearly have bigger problems; but it’s fair to say that mixing vodka and breakfast cereal generally is a very bad idea. You see my point. Truth is, I have good reason to be sensitive on the subject of jorts.

That’s because I once owned a pair. Worse still, I made my own. As a kid, I had a pair of jeans that were worn through at the knees. This was a common thing when I was growing up. There’s a glorious time in your life when all your long pants have holes in the knees, because you both frequently fall over and get back up again. As a kid, falling over is an everyday occurrence and, frankly, no biggie. At some indeterminate point, falling over is a huge deal and to be avoided at all costs. I had obviously fallen over in these particular jeans many, many times. It’s not that I thought jorts were a good idea. It’s that I wanted to get away from wearing what my classmates referred to as ‘budgie smugglers’ during swimming. Everyone else had moved on to board shorts. Except for me. To say that I felt exposed is true both emotionally and physically. My pleas to upgrade to board shorts fell, if not on deaf ears, then ears that were either deliberately turned off or preoccupied with Dr. Hook or Nana Mouskouri to listen. I had to take both matters and a pair of scissors into my own hands. I guess as a subspecies, you’d describe the end product as ‘cutoffs’ – a distinct branch of the broader jort family. My efforts were, at best, imprecise. Tragically, I’d cut too high; meaning that when I wore them, the pockets hung below the shorts. But as ugly as they were, I was able to wear them swimming and achieve a level of coverage that, for me, had been hitherto unknown. Next time I went

to the pool, I felt more than comfortable. I felt invincible. I wore my jorts all summer. The following year, I reached into the wardrobe to retrieve them to find that the zip and completely rusted and could not be closed. Wearing budgie smugglers is one thing. Wearing jorts with the fly undone would be a new kind of humiliation entirely. I had no choice but to return to speedos. To have never loved is one thing. But to have loved and lost is a unique kind of pain. So it is with jorts. To have never worn jorts would have been one thing. But to have worn them and then to return to speedos was a humiliation too great to bear. In such dire circumstances, I did the only sensible thing I could – I stopped swimming entirely. But despite this, jorts have remained something of a trigger for me. Just the most fleeting of glimpses and I am twelve years old, exposed and about to dive in, wishing I was invisible. Doubtless, there are some people reading this who feel very strongly that jorts are a legitimate form of selfexpression. In a way, I guess they are. But for me, I prefer the pure breeds. When I wear jeans, they will reach all the way to my ankles. On the rare occasion that I choose to wear shorts, there will not be a trace of denim. For those who are committed to the cause, let me simply say this: spare a thought for others. Perhaps wear jorts only in total darkness. Or underneath proper pants. You’ll be glad you did. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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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

Will the bin police be wearing brown shirts? I’m all for attempts to improve the recycling situation. However, the latest heavy handed plan by Mornington Peninsula Shire is beyond the pale. Instead of firstly educating the residents in what we can or can’t put into our recycling bins, it seems [councillors are] going down the “make a fast buck” path by fining us for having something in the bin that shouldn’t be there. We cannot control the actions of thoughtless twerps who go around the neighbourhood dumping their rubbish into our recycling bin. That can’t be controlled without CCTV cameras being situated on every other house in the street. We’re going to have bin police rummaging through our recycling bins. Good grief. Will they wear brown shirts? We’re possibly going to have re-education programs (probably in Siberia) on what can or can’t be put in the bins. Not to mention heavy fines. Let’s not forget the three-month ban from taking your recycling contents after three warnings and fines. What about the elderly? How are they expected to get their recycling to the tip if they don’t drive? By all means inform the residents, but don’t bully us. We want a comprehensive list of what we can or can’t put in the recycling bin sent to every household. To comply with the shire’s directive, we deserve nothing less. John Cain, president Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association

Stay out of my bin It’s embarrassing to live in Mornington Peninsula Shire when the council rubbish hits the fan yet again. Why do I have to feel the need to apologise every few weeks, when another clanger hits the airways? I certainly didn’t vote for any of the Briars Ward councillors and yet they were able to spend other people’s money, such as our rates, and taxes and some from party political donations, to promote their own agendas. First prayers, now deep doodoo. I don’t pay high rates to have electronic surveillance of my meticulously sorted rubbish with the possibility that some low life drops their own non-sorted rubbish into my bins after dark. It does happen even in posh Mount Eliza. Readers would be well advised to lift the lid and check, or else install your own CCTV. Surely a hard curbside rubbish collection like in Frankston will ameliorate some of these contamination problems? Yet our remaining councillors continue to live by the sword and wear cloth ears. Another bin for food waste would help as some of the inner suburban sensible councils have instigated. An internationally proven waste-to-energy policy would help too, but no, let’s fine them and contribute to our bottom line. How much longer do we have to suffer these

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chancers before the state government calls in the commissioners to take over the daily running instead of the CEO? Ian Morrison, Mt Eliza Community Alliance

Draconian move Although not a resident of Mornington Peninsula Shire, I was appalled to see a 30 March television news service where the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor cited an imaginary “climate emergency” as an excuse to introduce draconian rules regarding what ratepayers put in their rubbish bins. I hope the people of the peninsula see this nonsense for what it is and take appropriate action against it. Michael Long, Frankston

Kangaroos not pests We need to base decisions about the welfare of wildlife on science and fact and not one based on emotion (“Farmers need go ahead to cull kangaroos six months a year” Letters 30/3/21). Contrary to the stated belief, kangaroos are not pests, they are an indigenous species that are on the Australian coat of arms and protected under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 in Victoria. No one actually knows how many kangaroos are on the Mornington Peninsula and current estimates are based on government modelling. There is no evidence to suggest that kangaroos are costing land owners income and the natural beauty of the peninsula, including its fauna, are of more economic benefit to the peninsula with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s website estimating that tourism contributes $1.07 billion to the peninsula while agriculture contributes $450 million. By all means survey all agricultural producers on the peninsula for their thoughts on kangaroos. I urge anyone one else who is concerned about the welfare of kangaroos to sign the petition to the state government at: parliament.vic.gov.au/ council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-epetitions/details/12/320 I would hope Tim Davies understands the irony of mentioning COVID in his letter as the pandemic is a zoonotic disease. Craig Thomson, director Wildlife Ecosystems Retention & Restoration, Rye

Shooting ‘archaic’ Tim Davies’ archaic views promoting the shooting of eastern grey kangaroos by private landholders may explain why he only achieved 3.6 per cent of the vote when standing as a candidate for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council last year (“Farmers need go ahead to cull kangaroos six months a year” Letters 30/3/21). As population growth on the peninsula has reduced habitat for our wildlife, modern day farmers have learned to successfully co-exist with kangaroos, whose grazing patterns pose no significant threat to their stock. Kangaroos may

be more concentrated in certain areas due to loss of habitat, but this does not represent an increase in their numbers. Mr. Davies’ so-called “pests” are in fact our precious wildlife living precariously among our burgeoning population. They are to be valued and preserved. Jennifer Atkins, retired Gippsland farmer, Arthurs Seat

Wasted demonstration The recent demonstration of Sybil Disobedients protesting the proposed AGL terminal at Hastings, while worthy in its intent, is a waste of time and effort and could even be a negative by attracting derision (“Exit gas, a performance protest” The News 30/3/21). These fancy dress demonstrations might give the participants a nice fuzzy feeling [but] influence nobody who matters. It would be far more effective for their efforts to be directed at rallies of much bigger numbers at the offices of the local state and federal MPs followed by an even larger number on the steps of Parliament House. Given the distance from Spring Street, marshalling large numbers of people to rallies in Melbourne is fraught with the tyranny of distance. This is much easier achieved by having protest rallies locally. The resulting publicity, if it can be gained, would then make rallies in Spring Street achievable. The average Melbournian is disconnected from this problem. They are not informed about it. We need a Rex Hunt with access to the airways to give it real momentum. I believe that this project is a serious threat to the entirety of Western Port because it will be the thin edge of a wedge that [the Premier] Daniel Andrews has in mind for massive development of the region funded with Chinese money from his Belt and Road initiative. Whatever arguments may be presented on the basis of a national need to import gas are irrelevant. The key issue is the protection and preservation of the unique ecology that is Western Port. We need groups like Sybil Disobedients, but we need their efforts to be directed for maximum effect. Who else knew about this protest? If it had been more widely publicised there could have been bigger numbers. Barry James Rumpf, McCrae Editor: One week after the “performance demonstration” by the Sybil Disobedients, Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced the government had knocked back AGL’s plans. See “State terminates AGL’s gas import plan” Page 5

No AGL gas project As a Crib Point resident, I would like to thank Planning Minister Richard Wynne for deciding to reject the AGL’s gas import jetty and pipeline project. The project was flawed before it was even announced. AGL executives thought it was just “… a jetty and a pipe…” – how wrong they were. It has wasted $130 million dollars of AGL shareholders’ money. I would also like to thank Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and its strategic planning team for their advocacy work to oppose AGL’s gas project. All the community groups and local residents

around Western Port deserve recognition for their years of hard work to research and raise awareness of the many flaws in the AGL plan. Hopefully, future industrial developments in Victoria will learn from the mistakes of AGL. Now, where is that hydrogen ship? Dale Stohr, Crib Point

The dogs of Rye It doesn’t take much effort to learn about when and where dogs are allowed on the beach. However, dog owners seem oblivious to Mornington Peninsula Shire’s local laws. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 9am and 7pm during daylight saving. After daylight saving on a leash. There are leash-free beaches available, but not on the beaches immediately either side of the Rye pier. Last week a Staffordshire terrier bounded toward me as a I was walking, and I told the owner (who was a good 15 metres away - not in control of the dog) “put your dog on a leash”. She proceeded to verbally abuse me. When I further challenged her that she was in the wrong, she made the motion of throwing her dog poo bag at me. I called 000 as I was aghast that she felt the right to call me all sorts of swear words and physically threaten me with her dog poo bag. Once she realised I was calling the police, she leashed her dog and walked away. I apologised to the police for taking up their time, but this woman was so menacing, I was very upset. I followed up with the shire and the rangers, and hopefully I will be able to walk on a dog free beach again soon. Name and address supplied, Rye

Flawed bubble Has the federal government had another thought bubble? It has obviously not through properly the suggestion that fleeing family violence access their superannuation to help them reestablish themselves and any accompanying dependent children. This is not only inappropriate, but another form of blaming and punishing the victim. Women already have less in their superannuation on retirement than men because of the underlining inequality in an already flawed system. Why should women continue to be disadvantaged? Perhaps the perpetrator’s superannuation should be appropriated? This proposed policy is bad and should not be implemented. Surely what is required is more emergency housing for those persons fleeing violence. It is yet another example of a government showing us it is anti-women. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Capital reading I suggest that the contributor of the letter headed Canberra safety (The News 31/3/21) will be further enlightened after reading the book written by former Labor sport minister Kate Ellis. The book is bound to make an uncomfortable read for some of her former colleagues and journalists. Bill Holmes, Sorrento


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By Brodie Cowburn IN a split round to kick off the 2021 season, Red Hill have held off Dromana for a one point win. Red Hill were 20 points up at three quarter time, but Dromana made a last quarter charge and nearly clinched it. Dromana kicked four goals to one

in the last to fall just short. Sam Fowler slotted three goals for Dromana, while Jonathon Ross and Christopher Irving scored two each for Red Hill. It was a bad day for EdithvaleAspendale as they were smashed by Bonbeach by over 100 points. Playing away from home, they were only nine points down at quarter time, but it was all downhill from

there. The fourth quarter was pure humiliation, as Edithvale-Aspendale put on just one point against Bonbeach's 51 points. Trent Dennis-Lane was the best for Bonbeach, slotting seven goals for the day. Jack Sullivan booted four, and David Armitage, Michael Turville, Justin Bennett and Tyson Murray slotted two each.

Michael Meehan was the best for Edithvale-Aspendale with three majors. It was a worrying start to the season for Sorrento, being beaten soundly by Rosebud. After a strong first quarter where Rosebud kicked four goals to one, Sorrento were never in it, and went down by 55 points in the end. Straight kicking was an issue for

the Sharks with only two majors for the day (James Hallahan and Nick Corp) and nine minor scores. The best kicking of the day for Rosebud was Jai Nanscawen with four goals. The round completes on the weekend with Frankston YCW taking on Pines and Frankston Bombers up against Mt Eliza.

Calder kicks nine in Mornington win DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn DEVON Meadows and Pearcedale kicked off 2021 last week with the opening match of the season. There was not much in it all day, but Devon Meadows held the lead all day and ended up with a 14 point win. It was a Good Friday for Mornington at home as they started their 2021 campaign with a bang against Karingal. Karingal never got close all day and Mornington's relentless pressure saw the lead get larger over the four

quarters. Jackson Calder was a stand out for Mornington slotting nine goals and one point for the day. It overshadowed an otherwise strong performance by Trent Attard (four goals) and Warwick Miller (three goals) and a string of single goal scorers on the Mornington list. For Karingal, Bryce Kellerman, Jai Triep and Sam Glenn scored two goals each. The home ground advantage did nothing to help Tyabb, who were thrashed by a rampaging Rye. The Demon's first quarter score

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against Seafod Tigers with a ten point lead at quarter time. But from then on, it was full speed ahead, eventually doubling Seaford's score for a resounding win. Sean Herdman was the best kick for Seaford, scoring four goals, with Mitchell Mathie scoring three for the day. Joshua Dormer, Matthew Peynenborg and Mark Baguley scored two goals each. Aaron Walton was the best for Seaford Tigers with three goals. Matthew Ravenall and Brodie Scully scored two goals each. Chelsea made life tough for Crib

(6-4) ended up being Tyabb's score for the entire outing, as the Yabbies struggled to stay in the game. Tom Hughes impressed with a haul of five goals for Rye, ably assisted by Joshua Gana with three. Speaking to the depth of Rye's lineup, 12 further players scored single goals for the day. Goals were few and far between for Tyabb, but Rhys Chalkley slotted half his team's total with a three goal effort for the day. Singles were scored by Damien Plane, Luke Stanton, and Simon Rahilly. Langwarrin got off to a slow start

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Can Pines do it? You betcha! SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FRANKSTON Pines left online betting agencies reeling with a stunning 4-1 demolition of Epping City in their fourth round FFA Cup tie last Thursday night. Bet 365 had a Pines’ win at $4.50 fixed odds on the morning of the clash between State 2 visitor Epping City and its State 3 host at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve. Those odds were snapped up by punters and tumbled throughout the day with Pines eventually starting a firm odds-on favourite. At one stage rival online agency Sportsbet was forced to suspend betting on a Pines’ win. Alex Roberts sent bookmakers scurrying for cover after just 12 minutes with a low drive from the right that went in off the far post. But Pines keeper Aeseli Batikasa had a brain fade in the 24th minute when he came off his line to meet a free-kick and spilled the ball for an easy equaliser from Munashe Chagumaira. Then Epping keeper Max Minuzzo returned the favour just before halftime when he failed to connect properly with a Jordan Avraham corner and Scott Webster headed home. Two quickfire cautions in the second half saw Webster red carded in the 55th minute. He was verbally abused by a section of Epping fans as he walked to the dressing room but less than an hour later those same fans were making a sorrowful and silent exit as they headed to the carpark. Losing can be hard to take at the best of times but when you are outplayed and eventually humbled by 10 men from a lower league opponent it can make a long journey home much more painful. Avraham’s audacious attempt from 30 metres in the 73rd minute struck the bar and went over but Pines kept pressing superbly and three minutes later Roberts got his second. Epping defender Thomas Koutsouras couldn’t control the ball and Joe O’Connor nipped in and sent Roberts down the right. Roberts cut inside his opponent

Punters’ pal: Frankston Pines and Fijian international striker Tito Vodawaqa (centre) torments two opponents in the local side’s 4-1 Cup win over Epping City last week as teammate Jordan Avraham (left) enjoys the moment. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

then hit a low left-foot shot that beat Minuzzo at his near post to make it 3-1. But the goal that sealed a horrible night for Epping was a Tito Vodawaqa master class in close control, dribbling skill, pace and cool finishing. He stole possession with a dragback that left his first opponent bamboozled. Now he had two defenders between him and Minuzzo but that wasn’t a problem. He skipped past both of them as if they were training cones then drew Minuzzo and calmly slotted the ball into goal. Game over. Humiliation complete. On Saturday Mornington pulled off one of the upsets of round 4 of the FFA Cup with a 3-2 win against Box Hill United at Wembley Park. This result was made more remark-

able as the Seagulls sent out a young matchday squad to face their NPL3 opponent. Taylor Davidson, Josh Heaton, Steve Elliott, Andy McIntyre, Andrew Goff, Mark Vengelli, Charlie Gunning, Luke Goulding, Sam Scott, Craig Smart, Matty Harrington, Josh Hine and Milos Lujic were either rested or recovering from injury. For the record Mornington’s starting line-up included eight teenagers and in 4-3-3 formation it was: Jerry Swift – Lachie Hogben, Jamie Davidson, Ben Hughes, Thanasi Matziaris – Ethan Goulding, Kyron Kerr, Wayne Gordon – Zach Hutchison, Tom Wood, Campbell Steedman. And what a display this young side put on. Seventeen-year-old Tom Wood opened the scoring in the 12th minute by volleying home the rebound after a

Zac Hutchison shot struck the bar. Conor McDonald made it 1-1 in the 39th minute but Wayne Gordon, who was captaining Mornington, restored the visitors’ lead in time added with a great break and finish to make it 2-1 at half-time. Gordon’s curling left-foot strike made it 3-1 in the 74th minute but four minutes later Ethan Goulding was sent off. Stuart Edgar made it 3-2 in the 84th minute and Mornington was forced into a rear-guard action for the final 10 minutes. But with young keeper Jerry Swift in superb form the underdogs held on for a memorable win. On Easter Friday at Mosaic Reserve an upset was on the cards after goals from Henrique Pimenta had home team Whittlesea United leading 2-0 against NPL2 side Langwarrin after

just 24 minutes. A lunging challenge on Tom Youngs from Whittlesea’s Musa Kamara earned a red card in the 53rd minute and nine minutes later Isaiah Joseph got clear in a one-on-one with Whittlesea keeper Frano Saric to trigger a Langy fightback. George Howard converted from the spot in the 70th minute after Luke Burgess was fouled in the area and a stunning left-foot volley from Wayne Wallace in the 78th minute put Langy ahead for the first time. Langy caught Whittlesea on the break in the 86th minute and although Saric did well to stop Young’s initial attempt he couldn’t stop him a second time as the visitors ran out 4-2 winners. On Saturday a young Peninsula Strikers line-up bowed out of the Cup with a 6-0 loss to NPL2 outfit North Geelong Warriors. North Geelong had gone into the clash a warm favourite given the different league status of these sides and by half-time led 3-0 with a Tom Hidic strike from a tight angle on the left, a glancing header from George Ellis and a low left-foot shot from Jamie Nogger after cutting inside from the right past teenage Strikers’ defender Cody Storton-French. Second-half goals from Hidic, Yugi Kin and Luka Skoko rounded off the scoreline. League action resumes this weekend and here are the round 3 fixtures: SATURDAY, 3pm: Langwarrin v Moreland Zebras (Lawton Park), Mornington v Casey Comets (Dallas Brooks Park), Peninsula Strikers v Brandon Park (Centenary Park), Knox City v Skye Utd (Egan Lee Reserve), Ashburton Utd v Frankston Pines (Ashburton Park), Baxter v Chelsea (Baxter Park), Seaford Utd v Springvale City (North Seaford Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Endeavour Utd (Tyabb Central Reserve), Mount Martha v Casey Panthers (Civic Reserve). SATURDAY, 8.30pm: Rosebud v Aspendale Stingrays (Olympic Park).

An Agreeable win for Freedman camp HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou ANTHONY and Sam Freedman’s promising filly Agreeable returned to the winner’s stall on Saturday 03 April with a comfortable victory in the Bill Collins Handicap at Caulfield. Having been winless since her debut victory at Geelong in May last year, Agreeable has collected two fourth’s in the Group Three Quezette Stakes and the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes as well as finishing fifth in last year’s Group One Thousand Guineas. Ridden by Jamie Kah, Agreeable hit her customary ‘flat spot’ at the 600m mark before picking up and reeling in her rivals with ease. The three-yearold daughter of Sebring won by onelength over the Symon Wilde-trained Pride Of Jenni despite wanting to wait for her rivals once hitting the lead. Freedman’s stable representative Steve Adams said Saturday’s win came as a much-deserved confidence boost for the filly after racing super

consistently throughout her eight-start career. “She won her first race start and she’d been running well in between races but it’s good to see her get her confidence back today and win another race,” Steve Adams said. “I was a little bit worried when she came off the bit and [Jamie Kah] had to give her a couple of reminders at the 600m but then on the corner when she made that ground up, I thought she’d finish over the top.” Jockey Jamie Kah said being able to sit closer in the run has made a massive difference this preparation. “It’s nice to see her come back and actually travel and jump a bit better than she used to. She’s just switched on a bit more I think and today she showed that she could jump a bit better and sit closer and that’s probably what was holding her back last prep,” she said post-race. “She was solid today and she was probably still waiting for them on the line so I thought it was a really good

win.” The Freedman stable said they were still working out what trip best suits the promising filly. “We’re not sure if she runs quite a

strong 2000m,” Steve Adams said. “I think there’s a 1400m three-year-old stakes race in a month in Adelaide and then we might just keep her at stakes grade and out to a mile after that.”

Eased down: Anthony and Sam Freedman’s Agreeable scores a comfortable one-length victory at Caulfield on Saturday 03 April. Picture: Supplied

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