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A splashing, paddling protest Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au SUNDAY may not have been the summer’s best beach day, but that did not deter hundreds of people going to the Pines Beach, Shoreham. Instead of sunning themselves, swimming or going for a surf, the beachgoers were intent on sending the state and federal governments a message: don’t allow power company AGL to moor a floating gas import and processing terminal at Crib Point. Serious concerns about the health and

safety aspects of the proposed terminal underlined the festive atmosphere on the beach where protesters were fed information about the 300-metre long “gas factory” along with barbecued food and live entertainment. In the water a variety of floating craft – surfboards, stand up paddle boards, boogie boards, canoes, surf skis and a couple of boats – were maneuvered into a heart shape to symbolise the protesters love for Western Port. “Australia leads the world in gas exportation so we shouldn’t be risking an internationally recognised site and critical wetland like Western Port to

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Call for govt to control jet skis Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au IT is the height of the summer holidays and the roar of jet skis is the background noise at many Mornington Peninsula beaches. Rye and Safety Beach are two of the main launching places for what are officially known as personal water craft (PWCs), although their use extends well beyond these two areas. On some days the water traffic from Safety Beach to The Pillars cliff jumping site at Mt Martha rivals that along the cliff top Esplanade roadway. Although it has been frequently criticised for adding an extra boat ramp at Rye to the benefit of jet skiers, Mornington Peninsula Shire wants to reign in their behaviour. Transport Safety Victoria says jet skis are covered by “hoon” legislation “which means owners and/or operators can be prosecuted for operating an unsafe vessel, or dangerously, and [jet skis] can be seized, impounded and embargoed”. The mayor Cr David Gill says enforcement of the laws is “not satisfactory or effective in addressing public safety concerns”. “We have heard [at public meetings] from the community and now need action from the state government and other authorities to protect the amenity and safety of all users of our coastline,” he said. “In order to do this we need increased surveillance, patrolling and enforcement of personal water craft along the peninsula coastline. “Relevant authorities should not ig-

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Farewell for business head ONE of the many jet skis at Safety Beach last Friday afternoon. Picture: Gary Sissons

nore this problem any longer. We need a solution so that children and others feel safe and also to protect dolphins and other wildlife”. Transport Safety Victoria says stunts and manoeuvres must be done “well away from other people, other vessels and the shore”. Jet skis must not travel faster than five knots (9 kph, the equivalent of a fast walking pace) if they are within 50 metres of a person, vessel, wharf, jetty, slipway, diving platform or boat ramp. Jet skis must also observe the speed limit if within 100m of a dive flag. Yellow poles off beaches show where jet skis must be kept at five knots or below. Water Police issued 120 infringements of up to $806 for marine safety offences in the eight days from 27 December.

Part of Operation Jetwash, included patrols focussing on jet skis between St Kilda and Safety Beach. Infringements included operating within no boating zones, speeding and other safety based offences. “Jet-skis are heavy pieces of machinery operated in the water environment and are capable of reaching high speeds. Their safe operation is completely within the hands of the user,” Senior Sergeant Alistair Nisbet said. “Users need to ensure they obey No Boating Zones or Swimming Only Zones, with both exclusions and reduced speed limits applying to particular areas around Victoria.” An internet site run by the legal firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers says people aged between 12 and 16 can no longer get a restricted marine licence

and ride a jet ski. “From age 16, jet ski drivers require a marine licence with a PWC endorsement, which requires an additional test,” the lawyers state. Jet ski owners can also be fined for not reporting any injuries or accidents to Maritime Safety Victoria. Failure to do so could lead to that particular vessel being stopped from operating in Victorian waters. “It's also important to keep a clear distance from other jet ski operators, motorboats and vessels such as yachts and kayaks,” Maurice Blackburn states. “In a recent case, a jet ski operator was having such a good time he didn’t notice a boat reversing in his direction. Unfortunately, the jet ski driver ended up losing a leg, and both he and the owner of the boat are now caught in a legal battle over damages.”

SOMERVILLE Rise Primary School teachers and pupils held a school assembly at the end of the the final term for 2018 to farewell to long-time staff member, Anne Hyde. Ms Hyde spent 24 years as the school’s business manager, joining when it opened in 1995. At the assembly, each grade presented a farewell in the form of a funny poem, cards and class thankyou books. Somerville Rise public relations officer Allison Albert praised Ms Hyde’s contribution to the school over the years. “Many in the school community came together on the day to celebrate her wonderful dedication, loyalty, loving personality and longevity of service to the school. After the assembly, about 50 people gathered for an afternoon tea. “Past and current staff and parents celebrated with Anne, wishing her the best on a new chapter in her life and in spending time with her lovely family,” Ms Albert said.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Sponsored by Balnarring & District Community Bank® Branch Raising funds for the Learning for Life Program. Meeting 3rd Friday of the month at 12noon at The Hastings Club, Marine Parade, Hastings. Contact Janet 0403 786 069. Combined Probus Club of Balnarring Third Friday of each month at 10am. Held at the Balnarring Community Hall Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring. Guest speakers each month covering a wide range of subjects. The club has a diverse range of interest groups, outings and travel, Visitors and prospective new members are welcome. Contact Patsy Wilson on 5983 9949. Hastings Combined Probus Club Meets the 1st of the month at the Hastings Sports Club. Retired men and women are invited. Outstanding guest speakers at each meeting, day trips, sea cruise, discussion groups, luncheons. Visitors welcome, Contact Dulcie 0417 1306 43.

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JANUARY 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 Frankston Prostate Support Group The support group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 10am in the King Close Community Hall in Frankston North. Men with prostate health issues and their partners are invited to attend the support group for discussion on prostate health issues and some friendly banter. Details: 0407817996 (Gordon) 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 Al-Anon Family Groups If your loved one drinks too much and you don’t know where to turn, Al-Anon Family Groups can help! Confidential meetings are held in Chelsea every Tues. 7.30 - 9.00pm at Longbeach Place, 15 Chelsea Road. No appointment necessary. New members welcome. Foster carer Every child deserves to smile. Make 2018 the year you make a difference. Become a Foster Carer with VACCA Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. Express your interest by visiting www.vacca.org or calling 9480 7300. Information sessions every month held in your area. 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/ Better Breathers Respiratory Support Group Every 4th Monday of the month Better Breathers support group meet in the meeting room at the Mornington Information Centre, cnr Elizabeth and Main Sts from 2.00 to 4.00pm. We offer education and support for patients and carers coping with chronic lung disease with the aim of leading an improved quality of life. Details Christine 0419 314 587 Girl Guides The Overport Frankston Girl Guide Unit is looking for adult volunteers to assist, either if wishing to become a leader/assistant leader or Helper for the Girl Guides. If you are interested in volunteering your time on Wednesday nights, by assisting the unit leader in mentoring, supporting the Guides or helping out practically; please give the unit leader a call on 0414612715. Mornington Peninsula Family History Society Internet access to Ancestry, Find My Past & British newspaper archives. Also Aust BDM’s on CD’s. Library open Tues & Thurs 10.30-2.30pm & Sun 2-5pm $10 Non Members Details 9783 7058. Frankston South Recreation Centre, Towerhill Rd, Frankston Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir We warmly welcome new choristers to join a happy and supportive group of women who love singing together. No, you don’t have to be Welsh. No Welsh speaking skills are needed and no auditions are required. We rehearse on Sunday evenings in the comfort of the Frankston Uniting Church, High Street, Frankston. For more information contact Helen 0424719291 or email our secretary: secretarympwlchoir@gmail.com

Peninsula Activities Group We welcome visitors to join in outings & trips. Meets in High Street Frankston for a cuppa and nibbles, book future activities and hear a speaker of interest. Joana 9775-2304 Weight Loss Support Group FInding it a struggle to lose weight? Is it difficult to maintain your weight loss. Do you need support from others who have achieved what they set out to do or are still forging alongthe healthier lifestyle treck? Come to your local TOWN clowb. Senior Citizens Hall, Herring St, Hastings 9am - 10.30am Wednesdays. $48 membership fee then $6 per week. You are wecome to attend two meetings for free. Further info Tira 0433 509 487 Balnarring Bowls & Social Club Come join us to maintain fitness & good health, make new friends and have a laugh, enjoy social days and compete if you like. Located at Bruce St Reserve, Balnarring. 5983 1655 or info@balnarringbowls.com.au Holy Trinity Anglican Church Op Shop 2nd Saturday of each month Jumble sale inluding furniture, plants, larger items, along with bric a brac. The Op Shop (benhind Coles) in Churst St, Hastings. Any inquiries: Judy 0425 848 957 Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact Gaye Hart 0439 576 690 or gaye.hart@ goodshep.org.au Probus Club of Somerville 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9.45am St Andrews Church Hall, Eramosa Rd West. Activities, guest speakers, trips. All welcome. Contact Val 5977 6686. Hastings View Club Voice Interest Education of Women

Duplicate Bridge Every Monday at 9.00am. The Flinders Bridge Group meets every Monday for Duplicate Bridge at the Flinders Golf Club. All players welcome (partner required). Cost is $5.00 oer person. Please email Peter on thelains@live.com.au. Social Bridge Each Wednesday 1.30pm-3.30pm. Come along to Social Bridge held in the Flinders Golf Club. All players are welcome and assistance is available for notvice palyers. Cost is $5.00 per person. Please contact Candy 0409 417 724 or email: candace.ormerod@gmail.com Dog Lovers Walking Group Join us for friendship, fun and exercise for dogs and owners. Baxter Park (Near Tennis Courts). Tuesdays at 8:30 am & 9:30 am & Thursdays at 9:30 am. Great for puppies. Regular social events as well. Contact Suzanne on 9789 8475 Hastings Senior Citizens Club Over 55? Have a cuppa and join us Mon-Fri 1-3pm Monday–bingo snooker & craft Tuesday–carpet bowls Wednesday–art or cards Thursday–cards Friday–board games Saturday–bingo fortnightly. Located at Herring St, Hastings Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club Come and have fun with your dog while training it. We welcome dogs of any age. Every Saturday morning at Citation Oval, Mt Martha. Beginners class is at 10.15am. We help you to train your dog to listen to you and be obedient using positive reinforcement, through fun and games and everyday life experiences. For more info contact June 0407846991 or www.dogclub.org.au. Are you a Breast Cancer survivor? If so come and join us for a paddle in our Dragon Boat. We offer 3 ‘come and trys’ before joining our club. The 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Patterson Lakes, Carrum For fun, fitness and friendship.

Call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. Mornington Peninsula Veterans Cricket Calling former and current cricketers over 60 wishing to re-establish their cricketing prowess to join us at the RM Hooper Oval, Graydens Road Tuerong on each Friday at 3 pm for a hit/training. Register your interest or for more information call Michael 0407 823 619 or Ian 0477 713 614 or email: mbou2030@bigpond.net.au 47th Mornington Rotary Art Show 18-26 Jan, 10am-5pm Cnr Nepean Hwy & Wilsons Rd, Mornington $8 entry. Over 850 paintings and photographs from across Aust for viewing and sale. This is a quality art show and is now one of the largest in Vic. Ph 59883305 Quilt & Art Expo Sat 30 March, 10am – 4pm Calling for entries of quilts, crafts & art works. $2 entry per item (limit 2 per person). Judged by the public. Entries close 8/3/19. Crib Point Community House, phone Call 5983 9888 Crib Point Community Market Saturday Jan 12th, 9am - 1pm. Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Road Crib Point Handcrafted products, upcycled goods, Devonshire teas, and kids’ Cribby Koala treasure hunt. Enquiries and stall bookings ph 5983 9888 or email market@cpch.org.au Ozbot Robot Dragon Fun Turn your robot into a knight and design a game to escape the dragon. Ozbots are for use in the library and not to be taken home. Free event, but bookings essential. Tues 15 Jan, 2.30pm – 3.30pm at Hastings Library 5950 1710. Thurs 17 Jan, 2.30pm – 3.30pm at Somerville Library 5978 0834 TRY Volunteer Mentor Tues 22 Jan 6pm – 7pm TRY match young people in need of extra support with an adult mentor to be a positive role model and build a long term friendship. Come along to a volunteer info session. Tea, coffee & nibbles provided. Free event, all welcome. Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston Flinders Rd. Phone Rachel 0429 801 166 Reptile Encounter Wed 23 Jan, 2pm – 3pm Come & meet some Australian creatures. Free, but bookings essential. Somerville Library 1085 Frankston Flinders Rd. Ph 5978 0834 Alice in Wonderland mini croquet Thurs 24 Jan, 11am – noon Make your own mini flamingo croquet mallets and hit a ball around an Alice in Wonderland themed course. Free, but bookings essential. Hastings Library 7 High St, ph. 5950 1710 Australia Day Hastings Sat 26 Jan, 9am – 2pm Family event with kids activities, amusements, music & food. Free entry. Hastings Foreshore, Marine Parade.

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Fence no barrier to The Pillars Picture: Gary Sissons

Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE “temporary” fence designed to block access to The Pillars cliff jumping site at Mt Martha has effectively divided the community. Dubbed an eyesore and ineffective, the fence also sits on a narrow track that could be used by pedestrians along the Esplanade between Deakin Drive and Marguerita Avenue. Hot days still draw a crowd to the cliff top, with many either scrambling over the fence or forcing their way along the inside until they reach the track towards the water. The number of boats and jet skis anchored within the 200 metre no go zone declared by Mornington Peninsula Shire has increased since the fence was erected. There are no penalties for going past the fence, jumping off the cliff or having a water craft within 200 metres of the cliffs. However, fines can be ap-

plied for drinking alcohol at The Pillars or in nearby streets. These rules apply to both residents and visitors. While police booked more than 50 motorists for illegal parking on roads near The Pillars in the week after the New Year, they have drawn the line at climbing over the fence. Sergeant Daniel Patten, of Mornington police, said there had been “plenty of activity” on roads near the cliff-jumping spot – but no instances of police chasing young people over the temporary fence or preventing them jumping into the water. “The fence is just a barrier to what is still a public place,” he said. “It just discourages young people from going there.” Sergeant Patten said police would monitor safety issues at the site as “these are our number one priority”. He said there had been “no other issues there and no rescues”. The fine for parking in No Stopping

areas is $80. In December, the mayor Cr David Gill said he expected police to climb the fence to book people for drinking alcohol (“Police should climb fence to arrest drinkers – mayor” The News 18/12/18). “Police scramble over fences and walls to arrest offenders and people expect them to do that. We are in trouble if this is an occupational health and safety issue for police.” Cr Gill has since told a tour operator that he was “for a long time” opposed to a fence at The Pillars but wanted action by the state government and saw the fence as bringing “the issue to a head … even though it is costly and ugly”. The tour operator described herself as “a local” and a mother of three who had been to The Pillars twice “and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people there all having fun”. She saw the fence as an “absurd idea” that was “unsafe, most likely unlawful and absolutely a waste of $200,000 of

hard-earned ratepayers’ money”. “There has been an uproar on social media, in everyday conversations with other locals and among other tour operators about this ugly and unsafe wall,” the women stated in an email to Cr Gill. “The council should embrace this tourist attraction and make it safer, cleaner and perhaps spend the money on the occasional ‘friendly patrol’, the tour operator said. “You really need to remove the wall and listen to the majority of people you represent, not just a handful of complaints.” In reply, Cr Gill said he had “no doubt” The Pillars was not a suitable tourist destination. “A dangerous road, no facilities, no space possible for parking, drinking and jumping from a height with rocks in the water below,” he said. “It is quite unbelievable that anyone wants this to be a destination which may cost several million dollars to

provide toilets, boardwalks, erosion control, supervision and traffic measures and would still be unsuitable and dangerous. “I represent the whole community and never just a handful of complaints. I also try to represent common sense.” Cr Gill warned that if the state government “does not take further action to close the site l will suggest again that council hand land management control and the financial/legal risk to government not ratepayers”.

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On the wrong track at Hastings A MAN who police said was attempting to drive his ute off Reid Parade, Hastings and onto the Stony Point railway line early Friday 28 December has lost his licence and car. Hastings police spotted the man at midnight when his car became stuck on the tracks and had to be pulled off by a tow truck. The 38-year-old Safety Beach man – who said he was going to visit his children for Christmas – was taken to Mornington police station where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.243. His licence was suspended and a suspension notice was served on the ute. Media officer Senior Constable Alistair Parsons said the intercept was part of the state-wide Operation Roadwise, in which police are targeting drink-and-drug driving, speed, distraction, fatigue and failure to wear seat belts.

Concentration loss A FRANKSTON man who momentarily took his eyes off the road to secure an item behind his head veered off Stumpy Gully Road, Moorooduc, Sunday afternoon 16 December. The 42-year-old, who was driving south in a VW Amarok, ran into a Mazda sedan causing two middle aged women to lose consciousness. They were taken to The Alfred hospital for treatment.

Take it easy DRIVERS are urged to stay safe as they head off on their summer break. “It is important to be aware of the risk of fatigue and to ensure you take plenty of breaks to refresh yourself. Where possible, it’s also a good idea to share the driving,” Superintendent John Fitzpatrick said. “Fatigue is more than just nodding off at the wheel. Fatigue slows your reaction time and affects your ability to concentrate and make good decisions – both crucial to safe driving. “The best way to mitigate fatigue is to avoid driving at times when you would normally be sleeping, or if you have suffered sleep deprivation or just completed a full day’s work.” Those out late the night before a trip or who have been drinking, should not leave early in the morning. “It’s not uncommon to pull over people who are above the legal alcohol limit because of the amount they consumed

the night before,” Superintendent Fitzpatrick said.

Rosebud roster TWO of Somerville Highway Patrol’s most experienced members are working out of Rosebud over the holiday period. Leading Senior Constables Brian Bourke, left, and Mick Philistin, are familiar with the roads of the southern peninsula. “We all know how popular this area is in summer, and how busy our roads get as a result,” Leading Senior Constable Bourke said. “We’re down here to make those roads safer for everyone. Anyone who thinks they don’t have to obey the road rules this summer can think again.” The pair, above, is shown on their way to assisting other Rosebud units with an Automated Number Plate Recognition site operating in the area.

Fires from tools RECKLESS actions by those using tools or machinery during a fire danger period, or burning off without a permit, were behind almost all firerelated offences last summer. Mornington Peninsula police will implement a zero-tolerance approach to any behaviour which may cause a fire. “Police will be active in assessing their local fire risks this summer, using intelligence and local knowledge to task and resource effectively,” Assistant Commissioner Michael Grainger said. “Deliberate and reckless behaviour involving fire can result in a huge cost to the community through loss of life, destruction of property and the environment.”

End of run A MOTORBIKE rider who tried to do a runner from police ended up getting his friend’s bike impounded, Tuesday 18 December.

Burglary inquiry: Police would like to talk to a man, above, they believe may be able to provide information about an aggravated burglary at Pearcedale, Thursday 11 October. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

The incident occurred when Somerville Highway Patrol officers in Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs, spotted a motorbike with a false plate “RUNA” attached. The rider allegedly failed to stop and was clocked at more than 80kph in a 50kph zone before being pulled over in nearby Quarrion Drive. The rider, 18, of Skye, was found to have never held a licence and the bike was unregistered. He told police it was a friend’s bike, and that he hadn’t initially pulled over because he was “petrified he would be arrested and locked up”. The man will be summonsed to appear at court for speeding, riding an unregistered bike, displaying a false plate and failing to stop for police when directed. The bike was impounded for 30 days with a $1005 release fee. The penalty for failing to stop for police when directed to do so is a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, and disqualification from having any licence for a minimum of six months.

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Paying backward for Canberra trip to fit the conference bill THE outcome of a Mornington Peninsula Shire Council decision on Tuesday 11 December was a foregone conclusion. The agenda item to agree to spend close to $1100 to send Cr Rosie Clark to Canberra was purely for the record and the bureaucratic process. The conference Cr Clark was to attend was held on 27 and 28 November, nearly two weeks before her colleagues were asked to retrospectively agree to the cost. Unsurprisingly they signed off on the expense. Cr Clark’s meals and accommodation came in at just under $500 while her return flights from Melbourne to Canberra cost $573. In 2011, councillors agreed that the mayor of the day (or a nominated councillor) should attend South

East Melbourne (SEM) meetings in Canberra. SEM is a group of municipalities – Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Bass Coast, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong and Kingston – which send representatives to Canberra to discuss their common needs with federal MPs. Travelling alongside Cr Clark, the deputy mayor, was the shire’s economic development and tourism manager Tania Treasure. Newly elected mayor Cr David Gill said did not want to attend the SEM meetings and a report to council’s 11 December meeting by strategic governance officer Christine Aslanidis explained that the timing of the annual mayoral election had made it impossible to seek councillor permission for

Cr Clark’s expenses. Cr Clark, the deputy mayor, must report to her colleagues on the SEM meetings within 30 days of her return. Cr Gill told The News that as mayor he “will generally not be going on those type of trips”. “I have certainly put my views forward on overseas trips [opposed to them being made by councillors at ratepayers’ expense] and as a councillor for 10 years with the former Shire of Mornington I made no trips.” He said councillors could make council-sanctioned trips using their expense accounts “or pay for themselves, as they sometimes do”. “I can’t really tell people what to do, but if it was to go overseas I wouldn’t do it.” Keith Platt

Shire’s new rules ‘lead the way’ NEW meeting procedure rules adopted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council set “a new benchmark for local government”, according to a lawyer. Terry Bramham, of Macquarie Local Government Lawyers, who helped write the new rules, said “the protocol establishes a new benchmark for local government, with [the shire] leading the way”. Adopted at the shire’s Tuesday 11 December public meeting, the Meeting Procedures Protocol 2018 is described by the mayor, Cr David Gill, as being

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comes for our community”. “It gives step by step reference to most situations to help ensure democratic principles are followed. We now have a clear and less ambiguous document in as much plain English as possible.” Cr Gill said that Ratepayers Victoria supported the shire’s efforts and hoped they would contribute to improvements of meeting procedures across the local government sector. The protocol’s first public outing will be made at the council’s 29 January meeting.

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Playtime: A pair of juvenile peregrine falcons test their flight capabilities over Mt Eliza Regional Park. Picture: Gary Sissons

Wastewater woes MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council’s recently adopted Wastewater Management Plan 2018-2023 aims to address the “environmental and public health risks posed by residential and commercial wastewater on the peninsula”. The term wastewater covers liquid waste from toilets, kitchen sinks, showers and basins. The peninsula’s environment is especially affected by wastewater because of the high number of properties serviced by septic tanks. In these cases, householders are responsible for installing and maintaining their own treatment systems. “The shire has the highest number of septic systems of any Victorian council, leaving over 22,000 properties across the peninsula without reticulated sewerage,” the mayor Cr David Gill said. “Many of these systems were approved decades ago and are discharging bacteria and other contaminants into groundwater and waterways. “Poorly maintained wastewater systems at commercial premises also contribute to contaminating local waterways.” Cr Gill said the Wastewater Management Plan, which received input from environment groups and the wastewater industry, aims to minimise wastewater impacts to the environment, protect public health, foster strategies to manage wastewater, and provide for coordinated wastewater planning and services by council and waste water users.

Boats seized, charges to follow squid hauls FOUR men have had their boats seized and are facing various charges for allegedly overfishing squid at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay. Fisheries officers as part of Operation Jazz will allege that the men used a boat on two separate days to take more than the individual daily bag limit of 10 squid. They say the men made several boat trips in one day, taking squid on each trip, which is referred to as multi-tripping. Operation Jazz ran from October to December during the peak squid spawning season when large aggregations gather around the southern end of the bay. “One of the men was observed making three separate boat trips on a single day,” Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said. “That vessel was later allegedly found to contain 22 squid concealed within the vessel.” The charges include exceeding the catch

limit, hindering Fisheries Officers, providing false and misleading information and matters relating to marine safety. They face maximum penalties of up to $27,000 and 12 months imprisonment. “In another instance, a man had his boat seized for allegedly multi-tripping,” Mr Dowling said. “Having launched at Sorrento, he drove the boat to Queenscliff where he was observed by officers taking squid. He was subsequently seen taking more squid and was inspected later in the day having taken more than twice his daily bag limit.” It is not only invertebrates that are being targeted. Daytrippers have been flocking to Venus Bay to harvest pipis, and some of the locals are not amused. Mr Dowling said officers had checked 210 recreational anglers during Operation Jazz with “most found to be doing the right

thing”. “Port Phillip Bay is in great shape and Target One Million is committed to getting one million Victorians fishing by 2020,” he said. “Fishing for squid, schnapper and King George whiting is stronger than ever and we want to keep it that way, which needs everyone to fish responsibly and abide by bag and size limits.” Mr Dowling said one angler received three infringement notices for various offences during Operation Jazz totalling $1100. If you see or suspect illegal fishing call Fisheries on 133 474 anytime. “Some of our best intelligence about illegal fishing activity comes from keen recreational anglers, so make the call and make the difference,” Mr Dowling said. Stephen Taylor

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Trials underway for disability access app Brodie Cowburn brodie@mpnews.com.au AN app to help people with disabilities find accessible venues for their needs has been tested in Mornington and Frankston. The program, called Data for Inclusion, is a database of local businesses that displays how accessible they are for people with disabilities. The program is led by Debbie Roberts, who said she was called into action through her personal experience. “I was inspired to do what I’m doing because of my brother with MS,” Ms Roberts said. “I wanted to make it easy for people to go out and know what to expect. There are lots of apps out there about accessibility which is great. But we need to know what a venue does not have, we need to know if they’re not suitable. A lot of stress happens when a person doesn’t know what to expect of a venue. “We get info from businesses who fill in a form of about 25 questions. We have nearly 40 businesses in Mt Martha and along Main Street in Mornington on board. We’ve had high participation at shops in Benton Square, and we’re working with Frankston Bayside. Ms Roberts said the program began testing in Mornington, and has since expanded to Frankston due to the positive reception from council. “This idea started in Mornington, and council helped expand beyond where it was intended to go. This

App for inclusion: Debbie Roberts of DFI and Tamara Reinisch from the NDIA at the launch of the Data for Inclusion app. Picture: Gary Sissons

will hopefully be Australia wide, but we’re piloting it in Frankston, Mornington and Mt Martha,” she said. “We’re working more in Frankston because council has been incredible to deal with. Every step of the

way council has been efficient, we wouldn’t have got this far without them.” Ms Roberts said the free app will be a big help to people with “differing abilities” and is the product of

hard work from a number of institutions. “We’ve worked with RMIT University for three months, they did the testing of the program. Macquarie has also helped with language

translations. We have Spanish, Korean, Chinese, French, and other translations being worked on. This is important social inclusion,” she said. “This program will have wheelchair requirements so that people will be able to see where they can go. It will also show where the closest accessible park or toilet is to a person. I want someone who may have MS to go to a school and know if a venue is air conditioned or not, so it helps a person prepare for the situation.” Greg Hunt MP and Chris Crewther MP attended the launch of the app at the Frankston Arts Centre. Ms Roberts thanked them for their support. Ms Roberts said she is working on plans to take the app beyond the local area. “The response has been very high. The MCG are putting their data in, and so are Subway,” she said. “We’re looking for people to participate in pilots for the website. The only time we ask for your details is your email address so we can get feedback. Once it’s live there will be no login or email required, and any info will be saved on your own device, not centrally on a server.” The program and more information can be found at getdfi.com

Call for volunteers at DSAMP surf day THE first Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula event for 2019 will be held at Point Leo on Saturday 12 January. Registration for volunteers wanting to help at the event opens at 9.30am and closes at 11.30am, with a briefing on the beach at 10.30. Surfing will start at 11am and finishing before 3pm. Volunteers must complete a registration form (available at the DSAMP website or at the beach on the day). They can also bring a wetsuit if they want to volunteer for a water-based role, towel and water bottle. The DSAMP provides snacks, tea/coffee, sausages and veggie burgers, water and lollies. Soft drinks are available for a gold coin “donation”. Land based activities for volunteers include helping with the barbecue, delivering snacks, taking photographs and transferring wheelchairs. Details: disabledsurfers.org/vic/morning-peninsulabranch/ or email infodsamp@gmail.com

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Musical theatre trip of a lifetime SIX young Mornington Peninsula performers are getting ready for the musical theatre experience of a lifetime. Aussie All-Stars members Leikny Middleton, Baylin Carradine, Chloe Mason, Tamika Buckby, Miki Looker and Zac Krause will be part of a 41-strong musical troupe touring the United States over three weeks in January. The six performers will join Junior Theatre Celebration Australia, in partnership with Music Theatre International Australasia and youth performing arts tour provider Travel Gang, for the US tour. They will head first to New York for a performance piece as part of Madagascar Jr: A Musical Adventure. There, they will attend Broadway acting workshops and see shows, such as Frozen and King Kong, while exploring the sights of the Big Apple. They will then join 6500 performers in Atlanta at the massive Junior Theatre Festival to workshop with some of the best musical theatre producers, directors, musical directors, composers and performers to work on their choreography, vocal, acting and stage presence. They will perform their Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr production for adjudication, watch some new musicals and receive advice from celebrity guests who, in previous years, have included the likes of Pasek and Paul, songwriters of The Greatest Showman. After the festival, they will head to Los Angeles and tour Universal Studios, Hollywood and Santa Monica, before visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth” – Disneyland – while going behind the scenes to join in the Disney Performing Arts program. “Many of these young people’s lives will be changed forever and they will be inspired to make their dreams come true,” Junior Theatre Celebration Australia producer Daniel Stoddart said. “Often it seems like a big cold world, but

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Beached in Madagascar?: Well, no, it’s actually Mornington, but Aussie All-Stars performers Tamika Buckley, Miki Looker, Zac Krause, Chloe Mason, Leikny Middleton and Baylin Carradine can perform in any location. Picture: Yanni

by taking Australian students to the musical theatre capital of the world we hope to inspire them to realise that their dreams are achievable.” The Aussie All-Stars program is being run by youth performance tour company Travel Gang. The students come from a range of schools and performing arts academies and go through an audition process before being offered places in the troupe.

“The six young performers are getting the best opportunities possible to learn, grow and feel inspired in a field they are all extremely passionate in,” publicist Michelle Robertson said. “Now it is just a matter of learning the lines, choreography and songs of Madagascar Jr over the next few weeks before they show Broadway what the best of Australian musical theatre young talent is capable of.” Stephen Taylor

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Party time: The mayor Cr David Gill and his deputy Cr Rosie Clark prepare for the Australia Day familyfriendly events with the shire’s events officers. Picture: Supplied

Pack a picnic for Australia Day FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment and a variety of activities at Hastings, Mt Eliza, Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento, will add to the fun on the peninsula on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January. The mayor Cr David Gill said he was looking forward to seeing the community come together on the day and celebrate what it means to be Australian. “Australia Day is a special day enjoyed by locals and visitors, with community events offering a perfect way to enjoy a picnic and relax together during the summer break,” he said.

“It is a time to welcome our newest members and families to the community with a citizenship ceremony at Rosebud. We also look forward to the chance to celebrate the contributions made to the community by Australia Day Local Award winners. “Whatever you do on this coming Australia Day I wish you a safe and enjoyable one.” Those getting into the swing and enjoying the day are invited to upload their photos to #ausdaymornpen. To see what’s on across the peninsula on Australia Day, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/australiaday

COLOURFUL glasswear created by Leisa Wharington will be on display and for sale at this year’s Mornington Art Show. Wharington worked from her studio in Merricks North for more than 30 years, that evolved into an open, creative space for jewellers and painters. An annual market was held on the rural property. Glass blower Wharington and painter Julie Niekamp have now transported that same idea over to the new Studio & Co in Marine Parade, Hastings. Although Wharington’s environment has changed, she says her work and creativity has not. The “countless colours, shapes, and ideas” in her natural surroundings feed her with inspiration every day. Wharington designs her glass to be adaptable for both modern and traditional settings, without compromising the artwork for mass production or outsourcing. “Seeing something transform from grains of sand to a physical thing, just by adding heat — it’s not like anything else,” she says. Opening night for the Mornington Art Show is Thursday 17 January and the exhibition runs 18-26 January at the Mornington Community Theatre, corner Wilsons Road and Nepean Highway, Mornington. Tickets for the opening night are $25 and can be bought online at the Mornington Art Show website, at Farrell's Book Shop, Main Street, Mornington or at the door.

Invited guest : Glass blower Leisa Wharington is one of the artists invited to exhibit their works at this year’s Mornington Art Show. Picture: Supplied

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Evidence-based holistic care for you By Liz Rogers WELCOME to a premiumcare medical clinic that combines science with holistic principles to help you achieve optimum health and wellbeing for life. Whole Medicine is a group of highly trained medical practitioners who supply evidence-based medical solutions and an integrative approach to holistic health-care. The professional team of doctors at this forward-thinking clinic deliver longer, interactive consultations to gain a better understanding of a patient’s condition and address the underlying cause of illness. Additional expertise in evidence-based natural medicine allows the fully qualified GP’s at Whole Medicine to investigate further into a patient’s presentation to achieve long-lasting health benefits. The clinic has grown extensively this year as we welcome well-known GP Dr Angela Tallarida ( formally at Red Hill medical Centre) and welcome back Dr Cristina Cooper, who has been with Whole Medicine on and off since 2011 for her summer locum. This brings us to a team of 5 female GP’s. A complete range of integrated services are on offer at this modern medicine clinic. Wonow boosts a team of 3 allied practitioners: dietician, Kaitlyn Anderson, Psychologist, Mr Ryan Morgan and Counsellor/social worker, Ms Deeva Richardson. We also run regular health and wellness talks

FAMILY GENERAL PRACTICE Are you looking for a holistic approach to your family’s health? The best way to look after your health is making sure you look at the whole picture. Medicare rebate applies to all services.

OUR DOCTORS Dr Michelle Woolhouse I Dr Preveena Nair I Dr Cristina Cooper Dr Caitlin O’Mahony I Dr Angela Tallarida I Dr Sarita Jassel ALLIED TEAM Dietician- Kaitlyn Anderson I Psychologist- Ryan Morgan Family Counsellor- Deeva Richardson I Practice Nurse- Heather Step and in conjunction with Yarra Valley Living Centre, we run 3 yearly meditation and wellbeing retreats. These specially designed wellness retreats will provide you time to replenish your body, mind and soul and learn key concepts in helping you be well. Book now for the Wise Radiant Me retreat from March 1-3 th 2019 in the Yarra Valley. Whole Medicine is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5-30pm and Saturday 9-1pm. WHOLE MEDICINE. A: 113 Boneo Rd, Rosebud. T: 5986 4229. W: wholemedicine. com.au

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NEWS DESK Trading trash for treasure PARTICIPANTS in the Rye Seaside Scavenge beach cleaning festival can turn rubbish into currency. The annual scavenge has a no waste, no money policy, so if participants want to buy coffee, beer, clothes or food they must pick up 100 grams of rubbish for one token. Sacha Guggenheimer, one of the organisers, said there would also be by live bands, up-cycling workshops, guest speakers, as well as a market of community and NGO stalls raising awareness of conservation, wilderness and wildlife protection, as well as community volunteer opportunities. “Local businesses have donated a variety of prizes, from dolphins swims with Polperro, to bathing passes at the Peninsula Hot Springs. More prizes can be won if you enter the peoples’ choice recycled litter sculpture competition, just bring your art work down on the day to enter,” Ms Guggenheimer said. Over three hours and along two kilometres of beach and foreshore in January 2018, the “scavengers” picked up more than 770 kilograms of rubbish, including 10,000 cigarette butts. The data was entered into the Australian Marine Debris Database, which is publicly accessible and was compiled into a report to present to the Mornington Peninsula Shire to help improve litter mitigation strategies.

Art trail is all about sharing ARTISTS who opened their studios to the public over two weekends late last year see the annual Peninsula Studio Trail as a chance to share information. “I find it rewarding to share information with the public and other artists, including advice on non-toxic materials which is of great importance to many of us,” Mt Marthabased painter and printmaker Jennifer Fletcher said. “I see this generosity as small gifts to the public. Art is very important in our society, it should be readily accessible and our visitors can enjoy art and the beautiful Mornington Peninsula at the same time.” Visitors follow a trail map across the Mornington Peninsula for a behind-the-scenes look at the participating artists’ studios and artwork. The trail followed in November marked the 10th year running that artists had opened their doors to the public. Ms Fletcher said it was an “act of generosity” from the artists to prepare and demonstrate processes and provide professional knowledge from their private studios. Liz Walker, of Red Hill, a sculptor who is new to the group, had many visitors to her studio and was able to establish connections and highlight her interest in recycling. Jennifer Buntine, also of Red Hill,

Open doors to art: Jennifer Fletcher opened her Mt Martha studio to the public during the Peninsula Studio Trail’s 10th year. Picture: Supplied

gave each of her visitors an original handmade linocut print in thanks for their interest. “I was pleased to meet people face to face, discuss the complexities of printmaking and see their pleasure,” she said. Gary Goodrich, a painter whose

McCrae studio is filled with artworks, said the best feature of the studio trail was “simply meeting the visitors and chatting”. Painter Tammy Warner said overseas students visiting her Mt Martha studio were “amazed by the unique concept of the studio trail and the

beauty of the peninsula”. The Peninsula Studio Trail artists will participate in the global environmental event Earth Hour in March, International Print Day in May and two upcoming art exhibitions in Mornington. Details: www.peninsulastudiotrail.org Keith Platt

WHAT’S NEW...

Family fun at ‘The Circuit’

Rock the Boat this summer with Searoad Ferries

SEAROAD Ferries has launched a new summer event, Rock the Boat, a unique three-hour sail around the bay with live music, a DJ, continuous canapes and a welcome drink on arrival. There are two scheduled for February 2019. Sailing a bespoke route along the coast either from Queenscliff on February 9, or Sorrento on February 16, there will be a definite party feel onboard the ferries as part of the new summer sunset series. The main event and band will kick off in the Searoad Ferries lounge where there is plenty of seating and room to dance, while delicious canapes are delivered to guests throughout the night. DJ Vince Peach will keep the tunes pumping all evening long as he spins vinyls from the

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new top deck bar, while guests sail beautiful Port Phillip Bay watching the sun sink over the horizon. Get your dancing shoes on and bring your friends for this unique summer event. Book your tickets before December 31 to receive an early bird special price of $99 per person, or purchase a voucher for that special Christmas gift. What: Rock the Boat When: Sail from Queenscliff February 9, or Sorrento February 16. Tickets: Book early bird tickets before December 31 for $99 per person, regular price of $129 per person

PHILLIP Island Grand Prix Circuit is the destination for the whole family with many hours of entertainment and enjoyment on offer and over these school holidays is the ideal time to visit. Go Karts and Tandems If you haven’t tried the exhilarating Go Karts then you need strap yourself into the state-ofthe-art Sodi Go Karts for an exhilarating session on the 750 meter replica of the circuit. Push out a series of hot laps and try to set the fastest time. Printed time sheets are given out so you can show your mates. Tandem Karts for the little ones. These new matching tandem karts are equipped with duel controls so the kids don’t miss out and can participate in the full interactive karting experience which they haven’t been able to do before. MotoGP Motorcycle Collection at the Circuit The circuit has a superb collection of 24 grand prix winning motorcycles from the famous Italian marques, Aprilia and Cagiva, with the twowheel treasures permanently installed as the star exhibit in the History of Motorsport Display at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre. Slot Cars – The Best Fun for all Ages Race your family or your mates and experience the fun on Australia’s largest four-lane GP

Slot Car Track an exact replica of the circuit. Simulator Race Centre Test your skills or challenge your mates to a simulated race on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Go flat out down Gardner Straight, through ultra-fast Doohan Corner, slide through Stoner, thread your way through Siberia and slip stream up the back straight. Watch out for the hairpin at the bottom of Lukey heights. Super-Fast Hot Laps For the Adrenalin junkies how about three heart pumping “Hot Laps” in a race prepared vehicle. Our resident race car driver will get your heart started with lift off and road hugging turns that defy gravity as you “white knuckle” it and carve an impression on the rugged cliffs of the world famous circuit. Guided Circuit Tours Follow in the footsteps of racing superstars on a daily guided circuit tour featuring a MotoGP sound simulation and access to exclusive and restricted areas such as the Control Tower, Media Centre, Pit Roof, and of course that “Hero” photo opportunity on the Winner’s Podium. Ph: 59 529 400 or visit: www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au


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STYLISH LIFESTYLE ON 2000 SQM APPROX. • 3 bedroom home plus study; master with ensuite • Two spacious open plan living areas • Tastefully renovated kitchen with stainless steel dishwasher • Polished floorboards throughout and carpets to bedrooms • Ducted heating and evaporative cooling • Shed, double garage and low maintenance gardens

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ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES! • 3 bedrooms with built in robes • Kitchen requires complete installation • Open plan living and dining • Solid structure • Enclosed backyard • Close to all amenities

1ST HOME/INVESTMENT - MARINA LOCATION • Renovated home perfect for first home buyer • Three bedrooms, main with ensuite • Heating and cooling • Kitchen with dishwasher • Single garage and workshop area at rear

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ROOM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ON A 1/4 ACRE • 1041 sqm block in a quiet court location • 5 spacious bedrooms; master with BIR’s & ensuite • Huge bungalow at rear of property • Slab heating, reverse cycle heating and cooling • Kitchen with plenty of bench & cupboard space • Established gardens with plenty of sheds

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TUCKED AWAY AND SPACIOUS • Three bedrooms; master with WIR and ensuite • Separate bathroom, toilet and laundry • Open plan kitchen with stainless steel dishwasher • Impressive outdoor entertaining area • Split system heating and cooling • Mature landscaped gardens

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A RARE OPPORTUNITY AWAITS • Large 3-4 bedroom home on approx. 930m2 lot • Polished floorboards • Open plan kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Main bedroom with WIR and separate retreat area • Ducted heating and evaporative cooling

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BUDGET BUYING MADE EASY

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EXCEPTIONALLY neat, this lovely brick-veneer home is a fantastic chance to get into the housing market without breaking the bank. The property is set on a well-fenced 524 square metre block with large lawn areas front and back. A bright lounge at the front has polished timber floors and a gas wall heater, and tucked around the corner is the dining area and the kitchen which has plenty of cupboard space. Three bedrooms all have built-in robes and share the main bathroom. The home is currently leased until August next year making it an great option for the property investor.n

LOCATIONS don’t get much better than this superb spot opposite the foreshore and marina. This immaculate home captures the essence of peninsula living where you can enjoy sweeping bay views from the first floor balcony and a reassuringly private back yard when entertaining. The fluid floor plan has plenty of welcome sunny living areas with a separate dining room and a lounge with built-in bar that opens out to the rear deck. The kitchen has been updated with a Bellini oven and there is plenty of cupboard space. At the top of the stairs is a fantastic rumpus room that opens to a central hallway leading to three bedrooms with built-in robes and a larger fourth bedroom that opens to the first floor balcony. There is a powder room upstairs and a separate main bathroom and laundry at ground level. From the street, a wide paved driveway leads up to a double carport which has through access to the rear of the block where there is a single garage and a storage shed.

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ADDRESS: 68 Salmon Street, HASTINGS FOR SALE: $760,000 - $795,000 DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 car AGENT: Lisa Roberts - 0488 910 368, Roberts & Green Real Estate, 64 High Street, Hastings, 5979 2489

5979 2489 64 High Street, Hastings www.robertsandgreen.com.au

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EASY FAMILY LIVING WITH ROOM TO GROW ON 2.3 ACRES (APPROX.) - Set against the lush peninsula landscape, this wonderful property boasts a north-easterly orientation to make the most of the year round sun and natural light.

BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED COTTAGE IS SURE TO CAPTURE HEARTS! - Fresh from a recent renovation, this gorgeous cottage offers a seamless combination of original features and updated spaces that create comfortable and relaxing living.

Open plan lounge and dining room with split system heating & cooling. Indoor swimming pool & spa, built-in bar and lounge area with a wood heater. n Master bedroom with walk-in-robe, renovated ensuite with a double vanity. n Enormous rumpus room or fourth bedroom also with split system heating & cooling.

Three bedrooms; master features walk-in-robe, ceiling fan and a stylish ensuite. Open plan lounge & dining plus a kitchen with a breakfast bar and dishwasher. n Side access to a 12m x 7m workshop with a wood heater, bathroom and kitchenette. n The entertainers alfresco will be a crowd pleaser; showcasing an outdooor kitchen.

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What’s on in Summer 2018/19

SUMMER GUIDE

Welcome to the Mornington Peninsula - one of the few places that promise beautiful sunrises and spectacular sunsets, and wonderful experiences in between. If you feel like greeting the sun as it rises on a lovely summer day, head to the rugged back beaches of the southern peninsula or stroll among the mangroves at Western Port. Create Instagram envy with a stunning sunrise shot at Bridgewater Bay in Blairgowrie, or Dragon’s Head in Sorrento.

favourite is to search for heritage plants in historic and botanic gardens, or head to Greens Bush to watch kangaroos feeding. For one of our newest Australian nature experiences jump on the ferry from Stony Point to French Island for a wildlife haven. If you want to immerse yourself further, visit a wildlife sanctuary to view some of our country’s most endangered species.

Once you have had your fill of ocean air, it’s time for a morning coffee. Luckily for you, great coffee is served at cafés all over the Peninsula, so grab a ‘local roast’ and map out your day.

For the perfect sky-high view catch the gondola up to Arthurs Seat — on a clear day you can see across Port Phillip to Melbourne. Views of Western Port across to Phillip Island are one of our more breathtaking backdrops as you stroll around our newest sculpture park at Pt Leo featuring pieces from around Australia and the world.

One of the Peninsula’s truly special experiences is getting up close with the local flora and fauna. We recommend that you take a walking trail across the cliffs, seashores or wetlands. A local

As the sun sits high in the sky it’s time to refuel. Follow the Wine Food Farmgate Trail to taste fresh local produce and the latest ale, cider or wine. Whatever your fancy, this trail delivers in spades.

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Mid-afternoon there are choices for everyone; slip into hot springs to rejuvenate, channel your inner golfing pro at one of the many outstanding courses, frolic on the beach, or hire a kayak and enjoy the sights from the sea. Whatever you choose to do as the day closes, make time to find a spot on the bay and lose yourself in the sunset. It’s summer so we know you are not quite finished! In the evening you are spoilt for choice; restaurants, pubs, breweries and wineries offer so many options. If you are not so lucky to live here we have accommodation for you; from small boutique and luxury hotels, eco retreats and rented houses or campgrounds. Whichever way you choose to spend your summer in the Mornington Peninsula, there are great adventures to be found. We have compiled a sample of our favourites for you to consider. After some more inspiration? Download a copy of FOUND at visitmp.org/FOUND

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Summer

PLAN YOUR

MOONLIT SANCTUARY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK

HIKE A CLIFF TOP WALK, OR BIKE RIDE AT POINT NEPEAN NATIONAL PARK WALK ALONG THE COASTLINE OR EXPLORE ONE OF THE TRAILS CATCH THE GONDOLA UP TO ARTHURS SEAT - ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE ACROSS PORT PHILLIP TO MELBOURNE

Get up close and personal with nature NATURALISTE TOURS

Take in the view

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PORT PHILLIP VILLAGES ARE PERFECT IF YOU WANT TO BE OPPOSITE THE BEACH AND IN THE THICK OF MARINE SPORTS, SHOPPING, PUBS AND CAFÉS

BOOK IN FOR A ROUND OF GOLF, A DAY TOUR OR A HORSE RIDE ON THE BEACH FIND YOUR WAY OUT OF A MAZE

PT. LEO ESTATE & SCULPTURE PARK FIND A BLISSFUL SLEEP BY THE SEA, IN THE HILLS OR IN TOWN

UP FOR YOGA IN THE PARK THEN RELAX AT A DAY SPA OR HOT SPRINGS

WESTERN PORT VILLAGES ARE A LITTLE MORE LAID-BACK, WITH QUIETER BEACHES AND ACCESS TO THE WINERIES AND CELLAR DOORS ON THE EASTERN SLOPES

STAY AFLOAT ON A STAND UP PADDLE BOARD OR KAYAK OUT TO SEA MAKE A SPLASH SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS, SCUBA DIVING OR SNORKELLING HIRE A BOAT AND GO FISHING OR LEARN TO SAIL SURF THE WAVES AT THE BACK BEACHES

CHECK OUT THE ARTS SCENE INCLUDING GALLERIES AND GLASS BLOWING MAKE YOUR WAY TO AN OUTDOOR SCULPTURE PARK OR A STUNNING GARDEN READ A BOOK AT THE BEACH

WOODMAN ESTATE

LINDENDERRY AT RED HILL

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The Mornington Peninsula events calendar is packed with arts festivals, live music, markets, foodie fun, shows, sport and activities for the kids. With so many events on offer, we recommend getting online and checking out visitmp.org/events for the local lowdown.


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NATURALISTE TOURS

10 Tankerton Rd, French Island 03 5257 4570 7 days: 7am-6pm (Tour times vary daily).

MOONLIT SANCTUARY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale 03 5978 7935 7 days: 10am-5pm. Twilight tours every night (bookings required). Closed Xmas Day.

BLUE RANGE ESTATE

PT. LEO ESTATE & SCULPTURE PARK

3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks 03 5989 9011 7 days: Lunch 12-5pm. Dinner: Thu-Sun 5.30pm-late. - Sculpture Park: 7 days: 11am-5pm. Closed Xmas Day.

PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS

140 Springs Lane, Fingal 03 5950 8777 7 days: 7am-10pm. - Spa Dreaming Centre Café: 7 days: Breakfast & Lunch. Thu-Sun: Dinner.

CRITTENDEN WINE CENTRE

ARTHURS SEAT EAGLE

DINE IN HINTERLAND WINERIES, COASTAL RESTAURANTS OR FIND A FUNKY BAR

795 Arthurs Seat Rd, Dromana 03 5987 0600 7 days. Closed Xmas Day.

SPEND THE AFTERNOON AT A WINERY

BLUE RANGE ESTATE

Here’s cheers!

FOLLOW THE BEER, CIDER AND SPIRITS TRAIL AND SIP YOUR WAY THROUGH THE HOMEGROWN FLAVOURS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA

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MAIN RIDGE ESTATE MORNINGTON PENINSULA BREWERY

155 Gardens Rd, Rosebud 03 5986 6560 Fri-Sun: 11am-4pm. Open 7 days in Jan (except NYD).

MAIN RIDGE ESTATE

80 William Rd, Red Hill 03 5989 2686 Fri-Sun: 12-5pm. 7 days during Summer hols.

BASS & FLINDERS DISTILLERY

40 Collins Rd, Dromana 03 5989 3154 Fri-Sun: 11am-5pm. Open public hols, closed Xmas Day. Extended Summer trading hours.

CRITTENDEN WINE CENTRE

25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana 03 5987 3800 7 days: 10.30am-4.30pm.

MORNINGTON PENINSULA BREWERY

72 Watt Rd, Mornington 03 5976 3663 Wed: 3-9pm. Thu-Fri: 3-11pm. Sat: 12-11pm. Sun: 12-7pm.

BASS & FLINDERS DISTILLERY

SUNNY RIDGE STRAWBERRY FARM

VISIT FARMGATES TO TASTE LOCAL CHEESE, CHOCOLATES AND FRESH BERRIES TAKE THE TIME TO WANDER THE REGION AND MEET OUR MAKERS — YOU’LL LOVE OUR LOCALS SETTLE IN FOR A COSY STAY IN THE HEART OF THE PENINSULA

SUNNY RIDGE STRAWBERRY FARM

FOLLOW THE WINE FOOD FARMGATE TRAIL OFFERING THE BEST SEASONAL FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCES

244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge 03 5989 4500 7 days: Nov-Apr, 9am-5pm (Strawberry Season - Last U-Pick entry 4.30pm). Closed: Xmas Day & NYD.

LINDENDERRY AT RED HILL

142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill 03 5989 2933 - Restaurant: Lunch Fri-Sun from 12pm. Dinner Mon-Sat from 6pm.

WOODMAN ESTATE

Han Han Han

136 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc 03 5978 8455 – Lakeside Restaurant: 7 days: 8.30am-9pm.

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Travel around tree lined country roads, where wineries, restaurants and art galleries provide plenty of opportunities to linger, or along the coast, admiring the view as you look out for that perfect picnic spot on a white sandy beach. The Mornington Peninsula combines more than 50 cellar doors, craft breweries, spectacular beaches, national parks, laid back seaside villages and a staggering concentration of some of the best eateries in the state. To take it in at a leisurely pace you can cruise along the whole of Port Phillip’s

stunning coastline from Frankston to Portsea, or you can bypass the traffic lights and travel directly down Peninsula Link. For those that want to pack in as much as you can — there’s no telling where you could find yourself! Wandering through idyllic coastal and hinterland villages tasting fine cool-climate wines one minute, to eating fantastic food and gathering fresh produce at local farmgates the next. You can dive into thrilling aquatic adventures or uncover your creative side in galleries and parks. Our map shows you just how close things are and the short drive times between diverse experiences.

TO PLAN YOUR TRIP GO TO visitmp.org/gettingaround

TAKE A LEISURELY DRIVE VIA FLINDERS AND THE HINTERLAND AND DISCOVER QUAINT VILLAGES ALONG THE WAY HOP ON A BIKE AND RIDE AROUND THE COASTAL PATHS EXPERIENCE BEAUTIFUL PORT PHILLIP BAY ON A 40 MINUTE CAR AND PASSENGER FERRY CROSSING BETWEEN SORRENTO AND QUEENSCLIFF

COASTAL WALKS INCLUDE BEACHES, PIERS, ARTS TRAILS, HISTORIC SITES AND VILLAGES FOR A LAZY COFFEE

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WESTERN PORT FERRIES

GO INLAND FOR SHADY BUSH WALKS, BIRD-FILLED WETLANDS, PRETTY CREEKS AND OCEAN VIEWS FROM HILLTOPS

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SEAROAD FERRIES

Sorrento Pier, The Esplanade 03 5257 4500 | 7 days: 7am-6pm.

Stony Point Rd, Crib Point 03 5257 4565 | 7 days: 7am-6pm.

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H A S T I N G S 2 9 M a r i n e Pa ra d e • Superbly renovated restaurant and reception premises with huge glass partioned alfresco area

FOR SALE

• Large commercial kitchen with grease trap, two exhaust canopies, gas stove and cool room • Title to 3 underground car spaces

Contact Agent For Price

• Air-conditioned interior has been re-painted and has had new wall to wall carpeting laid • Total area of 219sqm which includes 54sqm alfresco

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Reef divers regularly ignore shellfish bans This time of year our family spends a lot of time on Koonya back beach near Dogs Head, especially at low tide when the rock pools are exposed. The reefs support a diverse community of algae, small fish, crustaceans, sea stars, and seabirds. Koonya is well known as an example of a pristine reef within easy reach of Melbourne. Living next to the Mornington Peninsula National Park since 1983 we consider a privilege. The tracks to the beach are not maintained and are very narrow. Yesterday there was the usual group of six men diving around the reefs for what we assumed were abalone. They are one of several groups to arrive on low tide on every day the taking of abalone is permitted, (this year from Christmas day to January 12, and several weekends in 2019). We were surprised that this group was managing to take their allowed catch of five abalone a day, until we realised that they were not taking abalone. I asked one man to show me his catch, and he opened the bag around his waist which was full of live periwinkles, or warrener shellfish. There were at least 50 in his bag. One man retrieved a large knife from his backpack when I came near. I was shocked and told them that it was illegal to take crustaceans from the reef at any time. They pretended to not understand me. The men disappeared into the dunes, each bearing a heavy bag. There is no mobile reception on the beach so I rang Fisheries Hotline 133474 when I returned home. The fisheries officer I spoke to confirmed that the taking of any shellfish (with the exception of abalone on gazetted days) is illegal. But those men will be back again today, just before low tide. Alida Burke, Sorrento

Keep cats in I do like pussycats, but down here in Balnarring beach we have a problem with a few irresponsible cat owners who are too dense, or don’t give a hoot, about our still halfway decent native bird and marsupial population. It saddens me when I see and hear from people about the carnage just one cat that isn’t kept locked up 24/7 can cause. Dead rainbow lorikeets and wattlebirds or half eaten pigmy possums and lizards are not an uncommon sight in our gardens and road verges. Please people, keep your moggie in your house or a good cat run on your property for the sake of our remnant wildlife in beautiful Balnarring Beach and anywhere on the Mornington Peninsula. It is the law. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Pick up dog poo Are Mt Martha dog owners above picking up poo? I am constantly appalled at the number of dog droppings I see on the boardwalk at Mt Martha.

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Even worse are the ones that are bagged and then hung on a tree branch or thrown into the bush. Why bother? For heaven’s sake, clean up after your dogs and make walking the boardwalk a pleasurable experience for us all. Name and address supplied, Mt Martha

Hands off koala Kev the koala has taken up residency in the exclusive Kunyung Road, Mt Eliza, beyond urban growth and in green zone area. We are keeping his actual tree residency and lot number secret because there are property developers who might just do poor endangered Kev the Kunyung Road koala some mischief. We don’t see too many real indigenous animals on the Mornington Peninsula nowadays with road kill, feral cats, foxes and illegal shooters taking their toll. Now that the fairy penguins of St Kilda Foreshore have been outed and the incoming tourists will have to register, pay a fee and be guided by trained wildlife officers. Indeed, as I pen this amazing local discovery of great international significance, imagine busloads of Chinese tourists shelving up millions of yuan to be selfied photographed with Kev. This could become bigger than Kevin Dennis (used car salesman of my youth forever immortalised like Alan Bond and Ned Kelly). We are seeking a public rights manager with world syndicate portfolio to take immediate advance of this little Arthur Daley project. Any suggestions. Whot’s that youse says, send Kev packing to Phillip Island where the rest of his mob are? Instead, we are considering starting a GoFundMe campaign to get Kev established with his own eucalyptus forest, electric fencing and 24 hour GPS security systems. He’s a Kunyung Road resident and nobody, not even the kiwi’s, are going to get our Kev. Ian Morrison, Kunyung Road Action Committee, Save Kev the Koala Campaign and Mt Eliza Community Alliance

Dangerous turn I write as a member of the residents’ owners’ corporation at 40 Green Island Avenue, Mornington. Approximately 155 residents in Green Island Avenue presented a petition to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council on 15 March 2018. Council considered the petition on 24 April and officers forwarded the proposal for funding to be allocated for a left turn lane to VicRoads. The minister’s office response of 26 July dismissed the petition request as “unsuitable in the short term”. Green Island Avenue is the only thoroughfare off Nepean Highway between Bentons and Craigie roads that does not have a safe left turn lane. The three churches (all on private land) have left turning lanes, as does the gymnasium/swimming pool complex, and two multi unit development estates (with lesser traffic demand than Green

Island Avenue). Ambulance Victoria’s station, nearer to the Bentons Road intersection, has been appropriately provided with provision for ambulances to clear from highway traffic. The minister’s response states that VicRoads has inspected the open drainage channel at this intersection and “observed no issues”. Presumably the visit did not follow rain and was not at night. Water regularly pools at the pavement edge, and the open culvert is poorly lit. Drivers attempting to get out of the way of accelerating vehicles behind them (as they themselves are decelerating) have to get dangerously close to the culvert (while keeping an eye on the rear vision mirrors to avoid being rear-ended). These are real safety issues and collisions do occur. Does a vehicle need to end up in the culvert and people are injured before these issues become politically “suitable”, are acknowledged as dangerous, and action is taken? Ian White, Mt Martha.

Back sport leaders I have had the privilege of working with the 2018 Grade 6 sport leaders at Rye Primary School as a parent volunteer on a student lead initiative that was started in 2016 and continued in 2017, to raise funds to resurface the school’s basketball courts - a job costing upwards of $80,000. The 2018 cohort have written letters requesting donations, hosted events, created partnerships with community organisations and lobbied their local MPs, all truly invaluable educational experiences. The project isn’t a straight resurfacing job as there is a drainage issue which means one of the courts tends to flood in any decent downpour, so any work needs to first address this problem, and costs considerably more because of it. These students have worked hard, been enthusiastic and met whatever challenges thrown at them. Even though they will not directly benefit from this project, they are a credit to the whole school community. We now invite our wider Mornington Peninsula community to work with us to realise the kids’ dream and support our next generation of connected, generous, hard working leaders. Sarah Race, Rye

Cemetery descrated Hoon trail bike riders are using Dromana Cemetery as a private obstacle course. Obviously the throbbing of a motor between their legs cuts of the blood flow to their brain. Apart from throwing dirt upon the graves of the dearly departed, some of the tyre tracks were dangerously close to the graves and there is a strong chance these idiots could lose control and damage headstones and cause distress to the relatives of the interred. I couldn’t care less if they injure themselves. Obviously, they wait until after hours so they can have their “fun” undisturbed. Perhaps the Mornington Peninsula Shire could divert some money from the $47 million for the [Rosebud] pool to install CCTV cameras in the cemetery. We did have four-wheel drive vehicles using the cemetery as a bypass track until they were

stopped by sturdy rocks in their path. For your God’s sake people, show some respect for the dead and the families. John Cain, McCrae

Refugee ‘disappointment’ Ann Renkin wrote a comprehensive letter which sums up the disappointment so many of us feel with the federal government’s treatment of refugees on Nauru and Manus islands (“A positive outcome wanted for refugees” The News 18/12/18). Australia can do better than the last six years in its treatment of detainees. Thanks Ann for such a clear and comprehensive coverage of the issue. Patricia Rayner, Somers

Published information Rupert Steiner seeks to discover how I found out that some 70 of our “desperate” refugees refused to be settled in the US, asking to return to Australia because they must work and there is no welfare available (“Inside running” Letters 11/12/18). If Rupert read a bit more, he would have found articles in several newspapers, including the Herald-Sun, The Australian and The Age. I am not a spook, just a bloke who keeps himself informed. Ken Hailes, Sorrento

Avoiding stroke In the interests of short attention spans, the below list will be the most important one you will read this year. But be warned, what I am about to say will shock you. One in four people will have their lives turned upside down by a disease that attacks the brain – the vital organ responsible for our thoughts, movements and feelings. Stroke does not discriminate. It can strike anyone, at any age and any time. There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Australia this year. Around 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented, and we can all take simple steps to reduce our risk. Get your blood pressure checked regularly. Blood pressure is the key risk factor for stroke, but it can be managed. The number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 per cent) if high blood pressure was eliminated. Manage your cholesterol. High cholesterol contributes to blood vessel disease, which can lead to stroke. Eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid sugary drinks and cut the salt. Exercise regularly. Inactivity causes weight gain and contributes to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Quit smoking. Smokers have twice the risk of having a stroke than non-smokers. Only drink alcohol in moderation. Drinking large amounts of alcohol increases your stroke risk through increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation). Remember this list and take your first steps towards reducing your stroke risk in 2019. It could save your life. Associate Professor Seana Gall, Stroke Foundation Clinical Council member

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Heartbreak as Mr and Mrs Utber lose their four year old son Compiled by Brodie Cowburn A GREAT bereavement has been experienced by Mr and Mrs Utber of Mornington road, Frankston, in the death of their little son, Leonard, Harold, aged 4 years, which sad event took place on the 4th inst. Very general sympathy is extended to the sorrowing parents in the loss of their loved one. The funeral took place on Sunday, the Rev. A P M’Farlane conducting the burial service. *** IT is with regret we chronicle the death of Mrs Wilcox, mother of Mr A. Wilcox of Frankston, and one of the oldest residents of Dandenong which occurred at her late residence, Robinson street, on the 5th inst., after a lengthy illness. The remains were interred, privately, on the 6th inst. in the Church of England portion of the Dandenong cemetery. Deceased was born at Spittalfields (London) in 1843. She was married in All Saints Church, St Kilda, on 14th March, 1864, and was a colonist of upwards of 50 years, most of that time being spent in Dandenong. To the bereaved family we extend our sympathy. *** THANKS for the “Kooyongs” - Mr R H Thompson, Secretary of the local branch of Returned Soldiers and sailors League writes: We wish to convey our sincere thanks to the members of the Kooyong Club, Frankston for their donation kindly collected at their concert on New Year’s Eve, of £7 15 2d handed

over to me on New Year’s Day, which goes to swell the Memorial Hall Fund. *** OWING to ill health Mr Fairbairn who has been in charge of the Mornington branch of the Colonial Bank of Australasia is retiring from the service. His successor, Major McPherson visited Frankston and outlying districts this week. At the monthly meeting of the Frankston and Hastings shire council on Thursday Major McPherson was appointed treasurer vice Mr Fairbairn, resigned. *** CAPTAIN Miers and Mr Hugh Johnston, after spending a nice holiday here left in their car today for Mildura. They go through Bendigo, Swan Hill and Balranald, a distance of over 400 miles. Mr Ernest Thomas and family are staying at Frankston House. They will leave by car for Mildura later on. *** WE have received from Mr John Ditchburn Managing Director of the Frankston and District Gas and Lighting Company Proprietary Limited an illustrated leaflet giving views of Calcium Carbide and Electrode factories near Hobart, Tasmania. Frankston is fortunate in having attracted the attention of Mr Ditchburn’s company which is operating on a large scale in the Island State as the HydroElectric Power and Metallurgical Company Limited. *** MORE than usual interest will attach to the entertainment to be provided at the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute on

Friday evening next when the Mayor of St Kilda will present for the first time in public a wonderful programme of moving pictures of Red Cross activities at home and abroad, including the entertainment of wounded men by Frankston residents. All are invited to go and see themselves in the movies and a crowded house may be expected. *** ON Sunday last a number of invalid soldiers visited Frankston as the guests of the Wattle Club. Arriving in motor cars kindly provided by the Volunteer Ambulance Club they were conveyed to the Mechanics’ Hall where they were cordially welcomed by the President (Miss Dollie Gregory.) About 90 men sat down to lunch which the members of the Club had provided in their very best style. A string band contributed selections, and added materially to the enjoyment of the hour. A further contingent of 30 men arrived later in the afternoon and their welfare was also cared for. Many of the visitors wended their way to the beach and enjoyed themselves swimming - a diversion not to be despised on such a hot day as Sunday proved. Altogether the visit proved a thoroughly happy one and the men were ungrudging in their praise by the handsome way in which they were welcomed and treated by members of the Wattle Club. *** Mr Richard Wells who recently underwent an operation for internal trouble has returned to Frankston.

His many friends will be pleased to learn that he is now on a fair way towards recovering his good health. *** Private Sydney Marsh of the 6th Battalion, arrived at his home, Langwarrin, on Tuesday. He enlisted in 1914 and unfortunately contracted bronchial pneumonia and did not get away from Australia till 1915. He was wounded in Egypt and was in hospital until 1916. He then joined the 3rd Auxiliary of the Australian Army Hospital Corps and served therein for over two years Whilst in England, Private Marsh was married and his wife and infant son came out with him on the Zealandia which arrived in Melbourne last Tuesday. That evening the trio received a hearty, welcome from his many friends at Langwarrin, for “Sid” was always a general favorite. His little son has been christened Joseph Nott Marsh, out of complement to our genial townsman, and is the first war baby to arrive in Frankston. *** PATRIOTIC Gymkhana Monday 27th January promises the finest display of horse flesh Frankston has seen for many years. An enthusiastic committee has arranged an attractive Gymkhana to be held in the Park on the afternoon of that day. They have secured the assistance of Mr Wauchope of Dandenong and Miss Montgomery with her Purple Cross riders. Some 200 horses will be competing in hunting and novelty events.

The whole proceeds of this meeting go to local Repatriation Fund and a record attendance is expected. *** Our Letter Box. To the Editor. SIR, As a visitor to your town during the holidays, I was rather inconvenienced through inability to locate a certain street outside the main thoroughfare, which, I think, is appropriately named Bay Street. By dint of inquiry and a good deal of unnecessary leg exertion, I ultimately arrived at my destination. That’s all right. I am not complaining because I was not met at the railway station by an authorised guide with a Sedan chair or a motor car, and whisked off to my bungalow among the ti-trees. But I do say that the Tourists’ Association or the Shire Council, or some other such body, should incur the small expense of placing nameplates in the various streets or avenues which abound in Frankston. They all have names, I am told. I know two of them, Bay Street and Playne Street. Perhaps, if what your correspondent in last week’s “Standard” said regarding the latter thoroughfare is correct, a nameplate would not be necessary there - one could locate it by the aid of one’s olfactory organ. But all the other pretty little streets certainly should be provided with nameplates. Trusting the powers that be will act in this matter, Yours, etc., BEWILDERED. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 11 January 1919

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A Potted History of Pot Plants By Stuart McCullough MY mission was clear. Although it would it surely test every fibre of my being; straining every sinew until each nerve was as burned out as a light bulb filament, there was no choice. Failure was not an option. Or, if it was an option, it was so desperately unattractive that I was motivated to avoid it at all costs. My wife would demand nothing less. For three entire weeks, I would do everything humanly possible to keep the plants alive. It was going to be tricky. Battling more than a chronic lack of interest, I was up against the awesome weight of history itself. Plants and I have never really got on. I suspect its jealousy on their part. Whenever I’ve owned a plant, I’ve always been sure to respect its independence and left it alone. And, for their part, they’ve responded to the gift of freedom that I’ve so generously bequeathed them by shriveling up and dying. Eventually, I would notice a decaying pile of brown in the corner of my apartment and have to smuggle the remains out to the bin, in a bid to avoid being judged by the neighbours. I bear some of the blame. When leaves started to turn brown, I ought to have seen it as a cry for help. Instead, I regarded it as something of a botanical temper tantrum that was best ignored. The plants, in turn, called my bluff and to the extent that it’s possible with something without feet to do so, they shuffled off this mortal coil, heading to the great greenhouse in the sky. At a certain point, I gave up entirely. Plants and I

simply did not get along. Instead of a green thumb, I was the grim reaper of indoor pot plants. For a long time, the only thing I could successfully grow indoors was mould. If Gardening Australia ever decides to go all ‘tabloid’ and introduces a ‘Shame File’, I will likely be first cab off the rank. My wife is a big fan of plants. This is despite a history that is only marginally less chequered than my own. She is an especially big fan of the indoor plant. They seem to appear around the house without anything by way of explanation. I’ve said nothing to date, but the more numerous they become, the more I suspect them of

plotting against me. I’ve read ‘The Day of the Triffids’. I know these things can go horribly, horribly wrong. In the last few months, my wife has decided to turn over a new leaf by attempting to grow them. This time, we’re trying to grow things both indoors and out. Then my wife had an opportunity to go overseas for three weeks. As happy as I was for her, it seemed to be not so much tempting fate as teasing it beyond the limits of endurance. Although she said nothing, I knew I had to prevent her from returning to a house that had become little more than a mausoleum for her plants.

If this were a short film instead of a short article, this would be the ‘montage’ moment. There would be clips of me swanning around the house and yard, hose in hand, squirting anything I thought deserved it. Tomato plants, lemon trees and anything else in need of water would get a spray. I’m not sure what my montage music would be. ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by the Byrds? ‘Nature Boy’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds would work both on a song and band name level. Presumably anything from Stevie Wonder’s ‘Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants’ would be suitable. I watered. I tended. I moved things around. All in an attempt to preserve

the life of our plants. I was especially concerned about the tomato plants, but with regular attention, they not only survived but my efforts quite literally began to bear fruit. Which was nifty. The only plant I ignored was the one located next to the television. To be honest, it was kind of in the way and it was a lot let obtrusive when droopy, so I kind of let it go. When my wife finally returned, I could tell she was not so much impressed as flat-out amazed. There’s a tipping point, though. Beyond simply lauding my attention to detail, the survival of our plants was elevated to the status of a not so minor miracle that made it seem mildly insulting. After a full inspection of the premises, she looked closely at one plant, remarking that I had obviously not dusted the leaves. This was, of course, absolutely true. I hadn’t realized that ‘dusting the leaves’ was a thing. I responded to the question much like the plant beside the television and simply drooped. I’m not sure what it says that I have managed to keep plants alive without assistance. Is it a sign of personal as well as botanical growth? Maybe. Since my wife got back, I’ve been happy to resume a supporting role. But I’ve been keeping an eye on the fruit trees and the tomatoes are going strong. Maybe I won’t be featured on Gardening Australia’s ‘Shame File’ after all. Perhaps ‘Most Improved’ would be more appropriate at this point. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

OBSESSION: DEVIL IN THE DETAIL OBSESSION: Devil in the detail examines our fascination with the meticulous and micro, the real and the hyperreal and brings together a range of historical and contemporary works under three broad themes of still life, portraiture and landscape. The exhibition seduces us with the power of realism and intricate detail and showcases 65 works across sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video. Long before the onset of photography in the 19th century, painting was the means to realistically capture the world around us, with the technically brilliant artists of the Renaissance set the benchmark for realism. In the late 1960s photorealism emerged as

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Out of the blocks: An opening stand of 86 was enough for Delacombe Park to see off Carrum in District. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Long Island storm back after long break By Brodie Cowburn

PENINSULA

ONE day cricket has returned to MPCA after the Christmas break with a bang, with some big scores bringing in the new year. Long Island kicked things off positively, with opener Aaron Paxton batting brilliantly to put together an innings of 89 runs. Paxton was eventually dismissed, but number 4 batsman Michael Burke followed up with a well taken 65. Long Island finished up at a total of 5/203 at the end of their 40 overs. Crib Point put together a decent total in their run chase, but eventually fell sort. They finished at 7/179 off their 40 overs. Shayne Gillings was Long Island’s best with ball in hand, posting figures of 3/36. At Red Hill’s home ground, they hosted Main Ridge. Red Hill won the toss and chose to bat first, with opener Riley Shaw top scoring with 49 runs. His innings came off 80 deliveries, setting the tone for a slow paced innings for Red Hill. They finished at 7/174. Main Ridge capitalised on the plodding pace of their opponents, getting off the mark quickly and racing to their target within 28 overs. Michael Holmes top scored with 58. At Moorooduc Rec Reserve, Pines were the better side as they took on Moorooduc. Pines chose to bat first and put together a good team performance. Each of their top five batsmen reached double digits and contributed well. They finished at 8/181, setting Moorooduc an achievable total to chase. Losing opener Rashimal Mendis for just 1 set the tone for Moorooduc’s

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innings, as they struggled badly and ended up all out for 113. They were left all out with just three overs remaining, with their run rate well below what was required as well. Pines will be proud of how they operated as a team, with each of the six men who bowled for them taking a wicket. Connor Jackson was their best, taking 3/20. Baden Powell recovered from a shaky start to claim a win over Somerville. Rhys Elmi’s innings of 64 not out helped his side to 7/173, which was narrowly defended. Jayde Herrick started brilliantly for Somerville with a half century betting as opener. Once he was dismissed things soon went downhill, as his side lost 4/14 in a short space of time. They finished up running out of batsmen, all out for 150.

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AN 86 run opening stand from Delacombe Park has been enough to see off Carrum. Nicholas Christides top scored with 49 as Delacombe Park batted first. After their opening stand was broken, Carrum started to find their feet. Delacombe Park went from 0/86 to 8/115. They finished all out for 154. Cory Foster played brilliantly with ball in hand, claiming a stunning 5/16 off 8 overs. Carrum could not return serve however as all of Delacombe Park’s bowlers performed well. Carrum ended up all out off the last ball of their innings, finishing at 136. At Olympic Park, Mt Martha have struggled against a professional Rosebud outfit, Mt Martha opened and found things

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difficult at times, finishing at 8/154. Brett Godwin top scored with 47 runs coming in at number 6. Rosebud initially looked shaky and lost their first wicket for 7 runs, but quickly steadied and reached their target with five overs to spare and five wickets in hand. At Belvedere Reserve, the Seaford derby ended up as a fizzer, with Seaford batting first and being dismissed for a poor 93 off 26 overs. The Seaford Tigers made short work of their target, finishing at 3/95 with 13 overs left to play. The final district game for the day saw Hastings push over Heatherhill with ease. Hastings lost the toss and were sent in to bat, but showed no signs they were rattled. They finished their innings at an impressive 5/213. Heatherhill’s chase was hindered by the loss of early wickets, as they were left battered and bruised at 3/13. They recovered slightly but still fell well short of their target, all out for 138.

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SKYE have been defeated with ease by Boneo in a one sided one day clash at home on Saturday. Boneo chose to bat first, and kept up a decent pace. In the final over of their innings they saw their final wicket fall, as they ended up all out for 166. That total ended up being more than plenty, as Skye were wiped out in emphatic fashion. Their top run scorer scored just 11, as they ended up all out for 52 runs. Things fared a little better for Tootgarook, as they batted first away from home and posted a total of 163 all out against Carrum Downs. Carrum Downs will have been de-

lighted by their start to their run chase, as they went nearly 70 runs before loss of their first wicket. Carrum Downs finished up reaching their target with just 3 overs to play and five wickets in hand. Balnarring had little hope of chasing down the Stonecats’ huge total, as they set 211 to win at Balnarring Reserve. YCW opened and Stuart Plunkett was first cab off the rank. He batted brilliantly to get to 89 before his dismissal. Balnarring did their best but fell well short, all out for 133. A good contest unfolded between Dromana and Tyabb ay Bunguyan Reserve. Dromana batted first and were decent, but scored at a slow rate. Their innings expired as they stood at 8/132. Tyabb’s chase started well as they were flying at 0/50, but they lost four quick wickets after that. With plenty of wickets in hand, getting dismissed was never the danger for Tyabb, but they also scored slowly. They ended up reaching their target with 2 overs left. Rye had a bye.

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BAXTER have batted well to claim a thrilling win over Flinders in the most exciting matchup of the weekend. Flinders chose to bat first at Greg Beck Oval and lost their first wicket for only 9 runs. Both Flinders openers fell without impact but number 3 Blake HoganKeogh steadied things with a well taken 43. Shane Beggs later came in to play a huge part, scoring 57 not out to set his side up very well. They finished up at 4/174.

Baxter’s innings initially looked a little disappointing, before Dale Irving came in and stood his ground for a while. He top scored for his side with 44 to keep them in with a chance, as he batted alongside the tail with wickets falling around him. Irving ended up falling but had done just enough, as the winning runs were hit for Baxter with just one wicket in hand and three deliveries left to face. Shane Beggs was also pick of the bowlers for Flinders, taking three. At Pearcedale’s home ground they were easily defeated by Peninsula Old Boys after setting an average total of 143. Peninsula OB chased down their target without much trouble, claiming the win with 13 overs left to spare and 7 wickets in hand. At David Macfarlane Reserve, Mornington’s big road trip to play Sorrento proved fruitful as they were sent in to bat first and scored an impressive 200. Benjamin Clements and Brad McDonald both passed half centuries for the Bulldogs. Sorrento were respectable but ultimately fell well short, as they finished all out for 164 with their run rate also not where it needed to be. Leigh Poholke was top scorer with 45 runs. A slow scoring game between Mt Eliza and Langwarrin ended up with Langwarrin on top. Lloyd Park played host to the two sides at the Redlegs batted first and ended at 117 off 40 overs. Langwarrin took their time in chasing and eventually claimed the win by reaching their target with a little over 4 overs to play.


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By Craig MacKenzie THE seventh staging of the Wallace Cup and a glut of pre-season matches are top of the local soccer agenda. The 2019 Wallace Cup will be hosted by Baxter and will take place on Saturday 2 February. The annual event is a celebration of the local game and honours Stephen William Wallace, Langwarrin lifemember and former club president, committeeman, coach, player and Bayside League referee who died on 19 July 2011 at the age of 54. Event organiser and Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace was disappointed recently when Casey Comets told her they would not be competing but NPL2 West outfit Moreland Zebras, who were keen to play a friendly against Peninsula Strikers that weekend, will now take part in the tournament for the first time. “I think Comets have arranged a friendly on the same day,” Wallace said. Comets won the inaugural Wallace Cup (2013) and have featured in every subsequent staging of the tournament. Somerville Eagles would have been a logical replacement for Comets but Dave Greening’s side had already arranged a training camp at Phillip Island for that first weekend in February. The competing teams are Baxter, Frankston Pines, Langwarrin, Moreland Zebras, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers, Seaford United and Skye United. Mornington has bossed the tournament since Comets’ initial success and Adam Jamieson’s men will be attempting to win their sixth straight Wallace Cup. Organ Donation Australia is supporting the event which is a fundraiser for the emergency department at Frankston Hospital and competing clubs pay a $100 team fee with spectators charged $5 entry. The Bayside Football Association will again supply the referees and the round-robin event kicks off at 10am. Group matches will consist of two 15-minute halves and group winners will progress to the final which will kick-off at 2.30pm and consist of two 25-minutes halves. If needed extra time of five minutes each way will be played and if scores are still tied then penalties will decide the outcome. A runner-up play-off will kick-off at 2.15pm and will consist of two 20-minute halves. The draw for the tournament will be

Wallace Cup: Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson and captain Craig Smart pictured with the trophy their club has won for five successive years. Picture: Gemma Sliz

held live on Langwarrin’s facebook page on Thursday 17 January at 8pm. Langwarrin’s clash at Lawton Park with NPL powerhouse Oakleigh Cannons on Saturday headlines this weekend’s pre-season friendlies with the seniors kicking off at 10.30am and the under-20s at 12.30pm. Langwarrin assistant coach Jamie Skelly was hopeful that key signings Wayne Wallace, David Stirton and Thomas Ahmadzai would all get some game time after missing December’s clash with Beaumaris. “We’d like to get them back but we are likely to be missing Jordan Templin and one or two others who will be away,” Skelly said. “That will probably give some of the younger lads a chance.” Oakleigh Cannons gaffer Chris Taylor plans to use up to 20 players on a rotational basis. “This is our first serious hit-out,” Taylor said. “These games help with fitness and organisation but it’s early days still and you can’t read a lot into them.” Langy is yet to finalise its senior squad and may make a couple more signings prior to the February deadline to submit squads to Football Victoria. Meanwhile Peninsula Strikers take on Essendon Royals at Centenary Park at 3pm and 5pm on Saturday and Knox signings Michael Hoogendyk, Jordan Avraham, Adam Crabb and Ju-

lian Malander are all expected to play. This is the first match since Strikers announced Danny Verdun’s appointment as head coach and with Michael Curcija and Mick Giacomi again in charge the State 1 North-West visitors are expected to provide first-class opposition. In State 1 South-East news Mornington plans to open the season with a Saturday night home fixture to showcase its new $80,000 floodlights. Thanks to the hard work of Shalee Cameron the club also received a $150,000 grant through the state government’s PickMyProject community grants initiative and a wet-weather verandah will be a welcome addition to the Dallas Brooks Park facilities. In NPLW news Southern United’s under-16s are keen to add two outfield players and a goalkeeper to their 2019 squad. This group is coached by Debbie Nichols and Emma Bracken and has proven to be one of the best underage sides in Victoria with an under-13 championship and Grand Final double in 2017 and a repeat championship triumph last season as under-14s along with a losing Grand Final appearance. Star midfielder Alessandra Davis and striker Candy Kilderry have joined the NTC program, goalkeeper Cadi Vakacavu has stopped playing, Rhianna Cousens is believed to have joined Bayside United, Holly Wak-

ker didn’t attend the pre-season trials while Shanece Dias, Macey Butler and Erica-Derrick Sarfo-Sarpong have remained with the under-14 squad. Midfielders Sydney James and MacKenzie Hicks remain from last season’s under-16s while midfielder or forward Nooria Mohammad Ziaa has joined from South Melbourne. Here is a list of pre-season games: ASPENDALE STINGRAYS v. Endeavour Utd, Reema Reserve, Saturday 19 January, times TBC; v. Dingley Stars, Saturday 2 February, venue & times TBC; v. Seaford Utd, North Seaford Reserve, Sunday 10 February, 1pm & 3pm. BAXTER v. Mooroolbark, Baxter Park, Saturday 16 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Westside Strikers, Baxter Park, Saturday 9 March, 1pm & 3pm; v. Old Trinity Grammar, Baxter Park, Saturday 16 March, 1pm & 3pm. FRANKSTON PINES v. Dingley Stars, Monterey Reserve, Saturday 19 January, 4pm & 6pm; v. Myrtleford, away, Saturday 26 January times TB; v. Somerville, Monterey Reserve, Tuesday 29 January, 7pm; v. East Bentleigh, Monterey Reserve, Saturday 9 February, 4pm & 6pm; v. Mornington, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 16 February times TBC. LANGWARRIN v. Oakleigh Cannons, Lawton Park, Saturday 12 January, seniors 10.30am

& reserves 12.30pm; v. Brunswick City, Lawton Park, Saturday 19 January, 1pm & 3pm; v. Kingston City, Lawton Park, Saturday 26 January, times TBC; v. Doveton, Lawton Park, Thursday 7 February, 7pm. MORNINGTON v. Peninsula Strikers, Dallas Brooks Park, Thursday 14 February, times TBC; v. Frankston Pines, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 16 February, times TBC; v. Berwick City, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 23 February, times TBC; v. Clifton Hill, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 16 March, times TBC. PENINSULA STRIKERS v. Essendon Royals, Centenary Park, Saturday 12 January, 3pm & 5pm; v. Skye Utd, Centenary Park, Sunday 20 January, 3pm & 5pm; v. Oakleigh Cannons, Centenary Park, Tuesday 22 January, 7pm; v. Eastern Lions, Gardiner’s Creek Reserve, Tuesday 5 February, 7pm; v. Collingwood City, Centenary Park, Sunday 10 February, 3pm & 5pm; v. Mornington, Dallas Brooks Park, Thursday 14 February, 7pm; v. South Yarra, Centenary Park, Saturday 16 February, 3pm & 5pm; v. Mazenod Victory, Centenary Park, Saturday 23 February, 4pm & 6pm. SEAFORD UTD v. Aspendale Stingrays, North Seaford Reserve, Sunday 10 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Elwood, North Seaford Reserve, Saturday 23 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Westside Strikers, North Seaford Reserve, Saturday 9 March, 1pm & 3pm. SKYE UTD v. Langwarrin U20s, John Paul College, Thursday 17 January, 7pm; v. Peninsula Strikers, Centenary Park, Sunday 20 January, 3pm & 5pm; v. Pakenham Utd, IYU Recreation Reserve, Thursday 24 January, 7pm; v. Endeavour Utd, Reema Reserve, Sunday 10 February, times TBC; v. Old Scotch, John Paul College, Saturday 16 February, times TBC. SOMERVILLE EAGLES v. Frankston Pines, Monterey Reserve, Tuesday 29 January, 7pm; v. Phillip Island, Newhaven Recreation Reserve, Saturday 2 February, 5pm & 7pm; v. Chelsea, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 9 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Mount Lilydale, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 2 March, 1pm & 3pm; v. Albert Park, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 9 March, 1pm & 3pm; v. Boronia, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 16 March, 1pm & 3pm.

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Grantley’s speedster Sound and firing

Having a ball: : Ball boy and girl, Sam McComb, Sophie Farish and Hope Backx. Picture: Gary Sissons

Mt Eliza juniors roll into Aus Open THREE talented juniors from the Mount Eliza Tennis Club will finally get their chance to assist the world’s best tennis players at the Australian Open on Monday 14 January. Having spent the past nine months undertaking rigorous training and testing, Sam McComb, Hope Backx and Sophie Farish will step out onto the court alongside some of sporting’s greats. It’ll be Sophie’s second time assisting as a ballkid at the Australian Open, while 14-yearolds Sam and Hope will be having their first go at the trade. It’s no mean feat to make it through to the final group of 312 ballkids, with the three juniors being selected out of a starting group of more than 3,500 other juniors who began training in May last year. As well as being ballkids for the Australian Open, the juniors will also help out at qualify-

ing events, junior events and wheelchair tennis competitions in preparation for the main event. Mount Eliza Tennis Club coach David Laird said it’s great to see some of their own talent land such a huge achievement. “It’s always good to see the ones who are really keen, go out and try to get in,” Laird said. “It’s a massive commitment with what they’re doing as they’re there all day but even the tryout process is a big effort. Just to be selected is a massive accomplishment in itself. “I’m sure just witnessing and seeing the professionalism of the players will be good for their own development.” The first couple of days at the Australian Open will determine what courts the ballkids will be allocated to for the remaining days. Of the 312 juniors, 48 will also get chosen to stay on as a ballkid during the finals – an honour which they’ll all be striving for.

MORNINGTON-based racehorse trainer Rod Grantley has his speedy mare Waterford Sound flying this preparation having claimed three of her past four starts in country Victoria. The eight-year-old mare made it back-toback victories at her home track, Mornington, on Thursday 27 December and her trainer Rod Grantley has put the success down to the mare thriving with the addition of beach work. “She’s a lovely mare to train,” Grantley said. “We spent a lot of time down at the beach in Dromana with her and I think that is what has helped her through everything and has really helped with her joints. “Last year we didn’t get to go to the beach much at all but this time around she’s been spending pretty much all week down there and she likes to be nice and fresh so as long as we keep that up with her and keep her recovering as best we can, she just keeps coming out and putting in.” Waterford Sound narrowly scored the victory last start at Mornington and defeated a small yet in-form field which included two last-start winners in Raven’s Blaze and Blues Your Ball. Apprentice jockey Georgina Cartwright again piloted the mare and continued to build upon their formidable partnership. Cartwright has

taken the reins of the mare at three of her past four runs and has finished no worse than second place, with two wins now to their name. “She really clicks with the horse,” Grantley said of Cartwright. “[Waterford Sound] fly’s the gates for her and just runs and settles and she just finds another gear for her so it’s working really well.” Cartwright was also full of enthusiasm following the victory. “Rod’s done a great job with her. She’s just been flying this prep,” Cartwright said. “Obviously it helps that I had a couple of rides on her before and got to know her pretty well so it’s good to get another win with her. “Rod was a little bit worried about the wide gate but she jumped really well and got across really easily. She got a nice run throughout and she’s just such a tough mare.” Following her victory, Grantley said it had earnt the mare her chance in town and would be eyeing off a race at Flemington over 1100m on Saturday 12 January. “It’ll be her first time going to town so it’ll be interesting to see how she measures up,” he said. Grantley said he believes the Flemington straight won’t be a worry for his in-form mare.

GO girl: Waterford Sound continues her flying run for trainer Rod Grantley at Mornington on Thursday 27 December. Picture: Supplied

Runners race into new year JUNIOR and Senior athletes will be out to kick off the New Year with a bang when they line up in the 44th annual Rye Gift and Rye Junior Gift on Saturday 13 January. The Rye Gift and Athletic Carnival is set to lure over 600 professional runners from across Australia down to the RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye (Rye Football Ground) as they begin to build up towards the lucrative Stawell Gift in April. The Men’s Gift and Women’s Diamond will be worth a total of $5,100 and $3,000, respectively, while the junior competitors will run like the wind in their 100m Dash for the Sash contest in front of an expected crowd of more than 2,000 people. The Bendigo Bank Dash for Cash is also set to be a highlight of the card for local

football clubs with Rye, Rosebud, Sorrento, Dromana and Red Hill competing for the $1,000 winner’s prize to take back to their club. Free activities for the kids such as face painting, jumping castles and craft activities throughout the day will also be on offer. The opening event is scheduled to kick off at 10:30am with entry costing $10 for an adult and children under-16 enter for free. For more details contact Rye Gift secretary Robyn Van Lieshout on: 0414 564 531. New Year’s Gift: Athletes get set to take to the track for the 2019 Rye Gift. Picture: Barry Irving

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