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Owners sought for dumped trophy haul A BENT and twisted aircraft propeller, road signs, signs advertising dog grooming, a restaurant, beer and a letterbox for house number 833, were among items left neatly arranged in a Hastings car park. Senior Constable Mel Chance spotted the items “proudly lined up” near about half a dozen shopping trolleys near the Hastings boar ramp on Tuesday, 26 April. A bundle of the day’s Herald-Sun and a trolley were also included in the assortment of goods which could easily have been the types of things sold at a garage sale. A small, worn tyre may be linked to the aircraft propeller and police are yet to track down the owner of the Lynette’s Restaurant sign. Anyone who can identify the goods should call Hastings police on 5970 7800. Car park haul: Senior Constable Mel Chance with items she believes were dumped near the Hastings boat ramp between 2am and 5am on Tuesday.

Shock over ambo delay By Keith Platt THE Health Department is investigating why an ambulance took more than 25 minutes to reach Balnarring. The alarm was sounded when an 82-year-old man collapsed onto the footpath outside a restaurant. The man had earlier been inside celebrating his birthday with friends and relatives. It is understood the man was dead when the ambulance arrived. Bittern man Chris Twikler was quick to act when he saw the man fall to the

ground on Thursday 7 April. He tried to resuscitate the man using what CPR techniques he had picked up over the years, but his efforts were in vain – the man died before paramedics arrived. Mr Twikler had seen the man earlier in the night inside the Chinese restaurant where they had both been eating. However, minutes after leaving the restaurant the man sank to the ground, obviously ill. “I had just finished paying the bill when someone yelled out. I went outside and tried for about eight minutes

to revive him, but it wasn’t any good,” Mr Twikler said. Upset that a man had “died in the gutter”, Mr Twikler left the scene after about 20 minutes and before the ambulance arrived at about 8.30pm. He contacted Hastings MP Neale Burgess the following day to say how disgusted he was at the time taken for paramedics to arrive. Mr Twikler’s anger is now also being directed at Mr Burgess who, he says, has failed to provide any explanation. “It’s not good enough. I’ve waited

but haven’t heard a thing. “I voted for him. They want your vote but once they get in don’t want to know about you.” Mr Burgess says he too was “shocked” by how long it had taken for the ambulance to respond. “It is unacceptable. You never know if a life could have been saved.” Mr Burgess emailed Health Minister David Davis the same day that he was contacted by Mr Twikler, but had not received a reply when contacted by The News on Wednesday 27 April.

Mr Burgess said this was the latest of two or three late arrivals by ambulances. “This is not the only one that has occurred. Normally, the ambulances down here are fantastic.” The following day, Thursday 28 April Mr Burgess’s office issued the following statement: “Representations have been made to the Minister’s office seeking an investigation of this issue and that investigation is still ongoing. A detailed response will be provided as soon as possible.”

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Recovery: Water police tie up at Yaringa boat harbour after recovering the body of a man believed to have drowned after falling while boarding his moored boat.

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Success brings awards for women MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is backing a program aimed at helping women “identify their unrealised skills and capabilities”. The shire has formed a “community partnership” with True Leadership, a business running “women making change happen” seminars and making awards to women for their success in business, community or involvement with local government. Director Sina Summers said her work enable women to “understand their ability to face into their challenges and allow their leadership to emerge”. “Most of the women who attend don’t know quite what their next stage is or how to translate their ideas into action,” Ms Summers said. “And many arrive without ideas, but just know that they are ready for a change in direction. They share their stories and hear their potential to achieve.” Monthly seminars at Bentons Square Community Centre, Mornington, are open to all women with the latest one featuring Bunurong elder Carolyn Briggs as guest speaker. The first annual awards were made in March “to acknowledge the commitment and achievements of our local women who are making positive change happen in our community”, Ms Summers said. Sharon Cairns, of Sorrento Day Spa won the business award for showing “drive, tenacity, vision and grounded industry knowledge” in developing “a thriving business”. The community award went to Mar-

Flinders pier set for June opening FLINDERS pier’s $2 million staged upgrade has been delayed and the project is now due to be completed in June. Ranger in charge, Western Port, Phil Fowler said the pier will separate vehicle and pedestrian access to a new 4.5 metre wide, 200 metre section of the pier running alongside the existing pier. “Unfortunately, our contractor has been delayed in driving the new pier piles on the exposed site without restricting access to the existing pier,” Mr Fowler said. “New equipment will allow the contractor to proceed with the pile driving using the existing pier as the platform for the pile driver. “Once the pile driving is complete the new pier deck will be poured and vehicle turning circle installed at the end of the new section of the pier.” Mr Fowler said commercial and sea pilot operators had been patient and understanding about the restrict access to the pier for about four weeks. “We are working with these pier users to minimise the inconvenience to their operations during the limited closures which are necessary to allow for pile driving.” Mr Fowler said anglers and visitors could use the pier on weekends and public holidays. “For public safety reasons the existing pier will be closed during pile driving works, due for completion in May.”

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Nothing clear after roadside water works TRADERS in Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings, are wary of drinking water straight from the tap. They say it has a milky colour, although a glassful will clear within about five minutes. When contacted by phone, a spokesperson for South East Water told them that the colouring was caused by bubbles, something to be expected following works on the water main several hundred metres away. Ross Waddell of the Paint Place said his business was given no warning about the mains works which involved his business losing water for some hours. “Works went on about three weeks ago and the water’s been this colour ever since,” Mr Waddell said late Thursday.

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tender being towed behind a larger vessel when it broke free. The Dutch navy has a frigate named HNLMS Tromp which was launched in 2001 and most recently saw action when sent to Libya in February 2011 to help evacuate Dutch nationals caught up in the uprising.

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Pier deal: Hastings MP Neale Burgess, left, and Ports Minister Dennis Napthine give assurances that Hastings pier will remain angler friendly. Picture: Snez Plunkett

Pier plans ‘not far away’ – MP HASTINGS pier is to be “refurbished in keeping with the original”, according to Hastings MP Neale Burgess. Mr Burgess campaigned against Department of Sustainability and Environment plans to rebuild the pier in the lead-up to last year’s state election and says he “had work stopped” after the Liberal victory.

“I won’t accept the pontoon [included in the DSE design] although I would like one as an addition,” he said. Mr Burgess said the finalisation of a new plan was “not too far away”. “There is a lot of work required. The whole thing has to be redone because it’s not safe.” Under the original DSE plan the

existing pier would have been demolished and work started on its replacement by October 2010. The cost of the new pier - complete with fishing platform and a floating pontoon landing for boats - was estimated at $570,000. Fishing and boating activities were separated under the new design.

STAFF at the Peninsula Community Legal Centre are alarmed that Jobwatch, Victoria’s only free specialist employment legal service, may be forced to close. “This vital service promotes safe and fair workplaces for Victorian workers and the closure of Jobwatch would leave many already disadvantaged Victorians at risk of workplace exploitation,” Helen Constas, CEO of Peninsula CLC said. Ms Constas said the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Richard Dalla-Riva had told Jobwatch that it was unlikely to receive funding from the Department of Business and Innovation after 30 June. “Jobwatch, like Peninsula Community Legal Centre, has provided a crucial service to Victorians for more than 30 years. It has enabled access to just outcomes for the most disadvantaged Victorian workers who cannot afford private legal assistance and are unable to obtain assistance anywhere else.” Ms Constas said Jobwatch was the only free specialist employment legal service of its kind in Victoria. “There are organisations such as Fair Work Australia, the Fair Work

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The great white’s hope By Keith Platt SHARKS and money markets have had a long and sometimes fruitful association. The sharks prey on the fortunes of others, often turning them into misfortunes. But Kent Stannard, of Blairgowrie, is open about his wish to make money for the sharks: he has a deep interest in their wellbeing, the marine kind that is, not the money market predators. Stannard has set up a trust to gather money for shark research, great whites in particular. A builder by profession (“I hated it - it’s not really my passion”) and a surfer by instinct and having love of the sea, Stannard has long held a fascination for great whites. Saddened by their depleted numbers – and fearful of them while paddling for waves – Stannard decided to help raise money for research into their life patterns after attending a National Geographic-arranged lecture by Barry Bruce, a scientist who heads up the CSIRO’s studies into the great white. The lecture, about eight years ago, was a life-changer for Stannard who spoke with Bruce afterwards and came to realise just how little money was spent on trying to find out more about the shark credited with killing more Australians than any other (27 officially). “We discussed the possibility of doing research in Victoria and I told him I knew fishermen, abalone divers and surfers who could probably help,” Stannard says. “As a surfer I’d always had an interest in sharks. I believe a fear is buried within every surfer’s psyche. “Barry Bruce told me how funding for their research was restricted to gaining government grants and I decided to set up a not-for-profit organisation to raise money to help them. “If we know more about sharks’ behaviour, how they use and area, when they arrive and leave, it may eventually make it easier [in the mind] for us to surf. Sharks are certainly not ruthless, they are cautious and wary.” The best way Stannard could see of helping the science was to raise money for sophisticated tracking devices that could follow signals being broadcast from electronic tags attached to the sharks. He climbed and overcame a few bureaucratic mountains and eventually set up Tag For Life, a program run by a trust which is the governmentapproved vehicle now sourcing donations and funds from philanthropic organisations. Donations are tax deductible.

Tagger: Kent Stannhard at home in Blairgowrie, headquarters for Tag for Life, which raises money for scientifioc research into the habits of great white sharks.

Following on the heels of Tag For Life came, Whitetag, a commercial clothing brand that donates one per cent of all gross sales to tag for Life. Whitetag, run from Stannard’s Blairgowrie home, has a comprehensive website about great whites and serves as a vehicle to promote Tag For Life. “We based our business model on the American label, Patagonia,” Stannard says. “Patagonia uses organic cotton and recycled materials in its clothing lines but, unfortunately, Whitetag is too small for that. Donors who contribute to Patagonia can also choose the cause on which their money is spent.” Whitetag’s association with Patagonia is reinforced through influential Australian surfer Wayne Lynch,

a friend of Stannard and a Patagonia promotional “ambassador”. Former surfing champion Lynch is a surfboard shaper, keen environmentalist and works with indigenous groups. Patagonia’s website describes its ambassadors as “field testers for our gear and storytellers for our tribe”. Its products are made in factories that have “safe, healthy and humane working conditions” and are not “sweatshops”. Stannard says Tag for Life has raised about $100,000 for white shark research through the Ian Potter Foundation and Philanthropy Australia. Whitetag is in its early stages, but items (aimed mainly at the late 20s and over market) will be marketed by Stannard himself and through its website.

“There’s quite a bit of management involved and, hopefully, my wages will eventually come through the sale of clothing,” says Stannard, who has bankrolled the merchandise. Money coming through Tag For Life has already been used to tag a great white caught on a barbless hook at corner inlet, near Wilsons Promontory. Stannard says anecdotal evidence of fishermen and divers points to the area being a “nursery” for great whites, which seem to return there every 12 months. “Their movements are definitely not random and they follow the same pathways on a seasonal basis.” The work at Corner Inlet in late 2010 is seen as a pilot for similar studies of

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other individual sharks and an extension of work already underway at Port Stephens in New South Wales which showed great whites heading south in summer and autumn. Earlier research by Barry Bruce at another apparent nursery near the Neptune Islands in South Australia has shown that it is often the same great whites being spotted at various places, illustrating that their numbers are not great. Females do not breed until they are mature and very large and may produce 10 pups just once every three years. Great whites can grow up to seven metres long and live to be 80, although Stannard believes few are likely to survive that long. “They are crucified by long liners and beach meshing and often caught while chasing school fish or dolphins and seals.” The 2.7m great white tagged at Corner Inlet was sprayed with oxygenated water as it lay in a stretcher alongside a workboat while a tag was attached to its dorsal fin. The tag emits a signal whenever the fin is above the surface. Keyhole surgery was used to place another tag inside its stomach lining that sends a coded signal even when the fish is submerged. The tags have a 10-year life and the signals are picked up and re-transmitted to the scientists by satellites and equipment installed on islands. Stannard says Barry Bruce was able to show that a great white returned to the Neptune Islands two years running, almost to the day, after going as far north as Rockhampton in Queensland and through several Victorian seal colonies. While they obviously do not habitually attack or eat humans, great whites do regularly prey on seals, dolphins, school fish and rays and are seen near whale breeding grounds. “Most interactions [with humans] are by juveniles,” Stannard says. “I’ve never subscribed to the theory that you won’t get sharks if dolphins are nearby. They eat dolphins and, if you see a motionless seal’s tail poking out of the water it might be looking straight down to the sea floor because there’s a shark nearby. “Great whites are curious. The odd one behaves like a cranky dog and, as with dogs, sounds you out first. “Unfortunately, a great white’s test bite is lethal.” Courtesy BusinessTimes www.businesstimes.net.au


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Nuclear: the good, the bad, the ugly This is the second of an occasional series of articles by Andrew Raff and Peter North covering a range of environmental topics including the CO2 debate, use of resources, future energy and the nuclear power debate. Both are members of SHIPPS, St Andrew’s Habitat Improvement, Preservation and Protection Society, on the southern peninsula. UNFORTUNATELY we are hearing about the disaster in Japan and its nuclear facility at Fukushima. Is nuclear power safe? Is it a clean form of producing electricity? Here are some facts. Firstly let’s look at what a nuclear power plant does. It turns water into steam to power electrical turbines to produce electricity. This occurs by nuclear fission (refer www.wikipedia. com for more about fission). Unlike coal or oil, which can be used with very little alteration for the generation of electricity, uranium must undergo several very specific and technical stages before it can be used in a reactor, and this is called the nuclear cycle. Mining, milling, processing, enrichment, fuel fabrication, interim storage of spent fuel rods, reprocessing or transport to a waste site. All these stages are essential for the overall operation of a nuclear reactor. In addition, it is necessary to transport the various stages of production as well as transport the highly radioactive waste to a suitable – none are in (full) operation as yet – long-term storage facility; by long term we mean 1000 years plus. Most uranium mining operations require vast amounts of fresh water to process the ore dug up. In the case of the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia, it draws water from the Great Artesian Basin. Mine owner BHP Billiton currently uses about 35 million litres daily to mix with the uranium ore. It is planned to increase mining operations and this will utilise about 150 million litres daily – 42 million litres from the Great Artesian Basin and the remainder from a proposed desalination plant at Point Bonython. Point Bonython is a world renowned breeding ground for the giant Australian cuttlefish, which has extremely limited tolerance to saline and temperature changes when reproducing. The amount of usable uranium-235 in the ore mined is extremely small, about 28 grams (1 ounce) a tonne.

There are two types in uranium ore – 235, which is fissionable (can be used after enrichment) and 238 or depleted uranium (DU). DU has been discovered to have unique properties for use in armour protection and in weapons. DU has a half-life (see www. wikipedia.com for detailed explanation) of 4.5 billion years while U235 has a half-life of 700 million years. DU was used extensively in Iraq, the Balkans War and is in use in Afghanistan. It can be argued it is not part of the nuclear cycle for generating electricity, but U238 has been used for military purposes as a direct result of mining for the nuclear power industry. There is not enough space in this article to go into all phases of the nuclear cycle; suffice to say it is a highly technical, highly specialised and highly expensive industry. Nuclear reactors are not cheap; naturally, depending on the megawatt output, a basic cost range would be between $3-12 billion. No nuclear reactor has ever been built within budget. Currently the largest nuclear reactor being constructed is in Finland; it is already more than double its original cost, is well behind schedule and has nearly 1000 design faults to fix. This

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reactor will, in all probability, eventually cost well over $10 billion. Yes, a nuclear reactor does emit very little CO2 in its operating life. Transport of both highly enriched uranium and of waste material is another highly specific and costly exercise. Naturally, safety is on everyone’s mind, and as we have seen in Japan, safety limits can be pushed well passed their tolerance. The Fukushima facility was an old design and had some fundamental flaws. Modern reactors are better designed to cope with possible future incidents; however all possible scenarios cannot be negated. Waste has always been one of the banes of the nuclear industry – what can governments and the industry do with highly radioactive waste to keep it safe and secure for thousands of years? The United States currently has more than 70,000 metric tonnes of high level waste (increasing yearly) that requires a long-term, secure storage facility. (Search on the web: “Yucca Mountain nuclear repository”.) Then there is the decommissioning of a nuclear reactor after an incident such as at Fukushima or when it

reaches its use-by date (although this usually gets prolonged due to the high cost of a new reactor). The process is very lengthy and costs can go into the billions of dollars, and much of the material must be safely stored for a very long time. So what is the future for the world’s electricity needs? Spain has a very large solar power industry. A 49.5-megawatt solar power station is currently being constructed in Nevada, US, and there are many solar power installations around the world. Domestic solar power, wind power, hydrothermal power, wave and tidal energy power all have their place. Unfortunately none of these systems come close to the efficiency of a coalfired or gas-fired power station and even less compared to nuclear power. Unless we develop another mainstream industrial energy source that is capable of large megawatt online production (such as coal, gas or nuclear is), we may have no options. All current large application electrical power generating plants are either large atmospheric polluters (CO2 emitters causing a greenhouse effect) or are extremely detrimental for other environmental and health reasons such as nuclear.

Andrew Raff and Peter North are available for talks on the nuclear power industry that explain the nuclear cycle; types of nuclear reactors; subsidies for the industry; public insurance for any nuclear incident; the possibility of a nuclear power industry in Australia; and some of the nuclear material we hear about such as plutonium, caesium and strontium 90. For details, email chrysalis61@hotmail.com  Andrew Raff has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for 50 years, was in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years, served in Vietnam, and has studied the nuclear industry and climate change. He is a member of Sustainable Population Australia and founded SHIPPS last year.  Peter North has degrees in engineering and commerce, and has worked in the petrochemical, mining, manufacturing and construction industries in Australia and overseas. He has published nine books on business, travel, environment and economics, has written for the environmental magazine Pacific Ecologist and is also a member of Sustainable Population Australia.

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Firefighters given the boot MORE than 900 CFA firefighters have been fitted with new leather bunker boots as part of CFA’s bunker boot roll-out program. It is the first time the leather bunker boots, which are used for structural firefighting, have been offered to CFA firefighters. The bunker boot design allows firefighters to ‘bunker’ their trousers over their boots. Bunkering is when firefighters roll down their firefighting trousers over their boots so they can put on boots and trousers in one quick motion. Protective Equipment Department Manager Mark Tarbett said the boots had been welcomed by firefighters. “Anything that helps our qualified structural firefighters get out to a fire quickly is a welcome addition to the brigade. The bunker boots assist firefighters to jump straight into their gear and get out the door as quickly as possible,” he said. “It might seem like a minor difference, but time is one of the key factors in fighting structure fires and every little bit counts.” Thirty-one brigades have been fitted so far, starting with the busiest structural firefighting brigades. Fittings for the remaining eligible brigades will be rolling out across the State over the

next 18 months. Mr Tarbett stressed that the boots weren’t necessarily suitable for everyone due to design limitations, so CFA was offering firefighters with new structural protective trousers and jackets the choice of bunker boots or a second pair of standard zip up boots. The zip up boots will continue to be used in the bushfire environment, as they provide better ankle support.

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Hastings business owner Rob Tuckett is currently enjoying time in the limelight as he features in an international advertising campaign for Tyrepower. With advertising running in Australia and New Zealand, Rob has been featuring in television commercials and on billboards including one on the Tullamarine Freeway.

Keen gardeners are invited to attend a FREE workshop at the Crib Point Community Garden, 7 Park Rd Crib Point, to learn about home composting techniques on Saturday 7th May, 10.00am. The workshops are a partnership between Mornington Peninsula Shire and Mornington Peninsula Regional Waste Management Group in conjunction with local community gardens.

“Composting has many benefits for a home garden – as well as wider environmental implications,” said Natalie Peric from the Mornington Peninsula Regional Waste Management Group. “With food and garden waste accounting for up to 50 per cent of the total content in Mornington Peninsula household waste bins, composting diverts organic waste from landfill and

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Red letter day for Pink Ladies THE Pink Ladies Auxiliary celebrated 40 years of work at Hastings with a celebration and presentation to it’s three longest servivng members. Pat Benton, Ruth Gibson and Lois Carter were founding members of the organisation when it was established at Hastings Bush Nursing Hospital in 1971. Initially, doctors and staff at the hosptal had to be convinced of the women’s sincerity. They had to be a confidential body of women who could move through a hospital environment caring for patients need in a non-disruptive manner. The duties of the Pink ladies over the years included flower arranging, shop-

ping for patients, the sorting and storing of line and fund raising. After the amalamation of the Hastings and Mornington bush nursing hospitals in 1998, the CEO announced the closure of the Hastings hospital in 1998. While this could have been the end of the Pink Ladies long and tireless service, the facility then became an aged care centre allowing them to continue. The care and enthusiasm the Pink Ladies have exhibited over the years was acknowledged as a remarkable achievement, always carried out with a smile. Cameron McCullough

Tennis plan for parade ground MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire faces a juggling act over the remaining open space at the parade ground next to historic Mt Martha House on the Esplanade. The Mt Martha Parade Grounds draft long-term master plan calls for two new tennis courts to be built on open space where the sound shell for the Christmas carols by candlelight is parked each year. The portable shell is mounted on a truck trailer and more than 1000 people attend each Christmas. But an innovative solution could solve the problem with “drop down”

tennis court fences being proposed. The News understands carols by candlelight organisers would be keen to retain the venue as well as access for the sound shell trailer, which cannot turn on the site. Last Christmas was the 31st carols event. The courts are needed for Mt Martha Tennis Club, which has 480 members using the existing four courts. The shire is calling for comments from residents by 11 May. The two courts will cost $310,000 and other capital works $357,465, with no money yet allocated in the shire’s budget.

Just desserts: Pat benton, Ruth Gibson and Lois Carter cut the cake to commemorate their 40 years of service in the Pink Ladies Auxiliary.

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The Western Port Whisperer THE Whisper is that staff levels at Hastings police station are as bad, if not worse, than ever with sick leave a major problem plaguing the station. A source inside the station says that on one day a week or so back, there was only three members on day shift; two on the van and a Sergeant at the station. They have even had to resort to getting in a member on a ‘recall to duty’ shift just so that they could have a unit on the road. The whisper is that staff are being rostered on section even though it is known that they won’t be working due to attending courses etc. Now that Somerville police station has been given the go ahead we can expect to lose even more staff to this new outpost. Maybe it is time for another protest! Let’s get the public address system set up on the back of a truck on the foreshore like a few years ago and get Neale Burgess up there screaming for scalps! Oh... hang on... it’s his team that’s in charge. Who can we blame now? As a proud Hastings man, I hate to sink the boots into my own town, but the state of the area around the milk bar in Westpark is an absolute disgrace. The vandalism and graffiti where brain dead

morons wander the streets wrecking everything in sight is an absolute shame for all the good and hardworking people that live in Westpark. It is about time something was done. There is nothing like a “pride day” where planting, painting and general tidying can be done. The whisper going around is that fires are being lit in bins by kids as young as ten. Where are the parents? New plans are floating around that will result in the Hastings pier being rebuilt, but unchanged overall to satisfy the hysterical masses that are flocking to Facebook’s “Save the pier” campaign. That is a great outcome, but not if the previous plans were going to result in an improvement of amenities. One must be concerned when the figure being talked about for the rebuilding of

the pier is $570,000 whereas the works on the Flinders pier have cost around $2 million. The photo that originated from DSE on what they thought the new pier would look like (the new Rhyll jetty pictured above) looked ok to the Whisperer. All the screaming and shouting of “save our jetty” seem to belie the fact that the above finished product would probably be much prettier than our slightly worn example. Don’t forget, the jetty has been rebuilt many times over it’s 150 year history. They are amenities that must change over time to cater for our changing needs. There is also a whisper about the future of the fish shed at the start of the jetty. Not that it is under threat, but is there a new plan to utilize it in another fashion? thewhisperer@y7mail.com


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Great achievements: Hec and Margaret at their Balnarring home in 2009 holding the 1954 Sun Tour trophy.

IT was with much sadness that the Mornington Peninsula News Group learned of the passing of Balnarring resident, Hec Sutherland. Hec, who had a stroke some years ago, took ill on the Thursday prior to Easter and was admitted to Frankston Hospital where he passed away five days later. Hec stared riding a pushbike when delivering newspapers in Footscray and went on to become one of the leg-

ends of Australian cycling. This was the golden era when riders like Mockridge and Patterson were household names; Hec held his own with the best of them. In 2003 he was inducted into the Victorian Cycling Hall of Fame and his record is set down in the programme (see below). Two years earlier Australia Post included Hec in a series of stamps featuring Australia’s cycling greats who won the Sun Tour. In August and September 2009 the

Mornington Peninsula News Group ran a two part biography. Although a cycling legend, one couldn’t help but be astounded by the breadth of his talent. Hec started out as a jockey on leaving school but grew too heavy; he never lost his love for horses and took up training when he came to Balnarring in 1957. At Footscray he attended Jack McLeod’s gym and was a regular sparring partner of Frankie Flannery, the Australian lightweight champion. After coming to Balnarring he played tennis, cricket and football, coaching the Hastings Second Eighteen to a premiership in 1976. He also excelled at snooker and darts and, after taking up bowls in 1980, he won championships at club level and at Country Week. On top of all this he ran a cartage contracting business. When we ran our series over 18 months ago, Hec received plenty of phone calls from old acquaintances. He even had a call from an old bike rider who lives in Queensland which shows that The News has a wider circulation than we thought! On behalf of all our readers (including the Queenslander) we extend our sympathy to his wife (Margaret), children (Glenda, Lee & Ken), and family members. Photos from top right: Famous cyclist: Hec Sutherland on the cover of The Australian Amateur magazine in 1951. Tour winner: Wife Margaret looks on as an admirer embraces a mud splattered Sun Tour winner. Riding skill: Hec Sutherland at the 1950 Empire Games at Auckland. Premiers 1976: Hec (top row, far left) coached the Premiership winning 1976 Hastings Reserves. Western Port News 26 April 2011

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Early grapes a warming sign You be the judge: Judges compare notes at Mornington racecourse during the 2010 International Cool Climate Wine Show.

Cool wins matter of taste COLOURS and palates will be under the microscope at Mornington next month. But instead of being scrutinised for their use in creating some form of artwork, the two subjective tastes will be used by judges awarding medals at the International Cool Climate Wine Show. The annual event that began on the Mornington Peninsula 12 years ago promotes the grape varieties and wine styles of cool climate regions. The event comprises judging, a public tasting, a lunch and a dinner at Mornington Racing Club’s Gunnamatta Room.

The show attracts more than 600 entries from the cool climate regions of Australia and New Zealand – about 20 per cent from the Mornington Peninsula, 20 per cent from Tasmania and 20 per cent from across the Tasman. Wines are also entered from the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges, Whitlands and Geelong in Victoria and the Limestone Coast and Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The most popular grapes used to make the cool climate wines are pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. As part of the wine show

week, 10 peninsula restaurants and cafes are offering a twocourse lunch featuring local produce and a glass of cool climate wine for $49.50. The offer is available only on Friday 27 May. Public tasting of the wines at the racing club is 6-8pm Wednesday 25 May; the awards presentation dinner is 7-11pm Friday 27; and the Cool Climate Classic Lunch on Friday 27 May at restaurants around the peninsula. Details: www. classiclunches.com.au Details of the wine show are at www.coolclimatewineshow. org.au or call 5983 2400.

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By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula grapes being harvested earlier than historically normal since 1998 was a key marker of climate warming, says climate scientist Roger Jones. Dr Jones, of the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University, told the Greenhouse 2011 Conference in Cairns last week that regional warming occurs in a series of “steps” rather than as a gradual trend. Southeastern Australia had experienced two large steps in warming during the past 45 years. The evidence showed most of the change was not due to natural climate variability. “On the Mornington Peninsula, grapes have ripened at least three weeks earlier since an abrupt shift in 1998. The forest fire danger index in Victoria has increased by almost 40 per cent from 1997,” he told delegates. Two large steps occurred in 1968 – when minimum temperature increased by 0.7°C and an underlying change in maximum temperature was masked by increased rainfall – and 1997-98, when maximum temperature increased by 0.9°C and rainfall fell by 9 per cent. Most of the warming in southeastern Australia had occurred during these two periods, with little change in between. The southern hemisphere also warmed in a step-wise fashion in these two periods. In 1997, the step-change was mirrored globally, with average temperatures worldwide increasing by 0.3°C, he said. When regional climate simulated by 11 climate models was analysed, the same patterns of change were found. “Early 20th century climate is stable in all simulations until the second half of the 20th century,” he said. “Warming begins abruptly in one or two steps, then during the 21st century, as greenhouse gas emissions accelerate, regional temperature warms in steps and trends.” The 1968 step-change also coincided with major decreases in rainfall over southwest Western Australia. Professor Jones said major effects of the 199798 step change in southeastern Australia included increased fire danger, heat stress, water shortages and faster crop ripening times. “Most planning for adaptation to climate change is based on assuming gradual change. These findings have the potential to completely alter how we manage changing climate risks.” Last year, Snow Barlow, professor of horticulture and viticulture at the University of Melbourne who owns a vineyard north of Melbourne, said he rarely meets a climate change sceptic in the wine industry. He said Australian winemakers were at the forefront of climate change detection as most growers carefully recorded details of their

vineyards, including temperatures, grape picking dates, sugar and acid readings, and soil moisture levels. In 2007 one of the peninsula’s best known vineyards, Red Hill Estate, harvested its crop the earliest in its 18-year history, two weeks before picking in 2006. Chief winemaker Michael Kyberd said milder winters and drier conditions had triggered early budding on the vines, and fruit was becoming ready for harvest earlier each year. He had been on the peninsula for a decade by 2007 and in his time, harvest was now a full month earlier. Some winemakers say the drought, which broke last winter, had been responsible for earlier ripening.

Dr Jones, I presume ROGER Jones was the principal research scientist with the CSIRO’s marine and atmospheric research in Aspendale before taking up a post with Victoria University in early 2009. Trained as a physical scientist, he has a Bachelor in Earth Sciences, a PhD in palaeoclimate studies and applies an interdisciplinary focus to understanding climate change risk, bridging science, economics and policy. He joined CSIRO in 1996 and developed methods for assessing the risks of climate change. They contributed to the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the United Nations Development Program adaptation policy frameworks and are used by researchers in Australia and overseas. Earlier in his career, Dr Jones investigated the 16,000-year history of climate change in western Victoria by modelling water levels of crater lakes. He has published more than 100 papers, book chapters and reports.

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Surfers answer call of the bell By Keith Platt MANY of the Mornington Peninsula’s surfing old guard have once again followed the road to Bells Beach for a “gathering of the tribe reunion”. The east coast surfers rallied to the call of the bell, some coming from as far away as Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine coasts. These days it is easy to avoid the straight stretches of the Geelong Rd by catching the car ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff, something that was out of the question in the early days of contest surfing at Bells. The reunion was held Saturday 16 April as a lead-in to the 50th anniversary of the Easter Bells Beach surfing contest, won the following week by Queenslander Joel Parkinson. Invited to the reunion was “anyone who has ever competed in the event (main or trials), officiated, worked at or come to watch”. Among the peninsula crew were surfers who had competed and helped run the event, which has now become a major stop-off on the world tour of surfing contests that each year culminates with a series of competitions in Hawaii. Making the trip were Peninsula Surf Centre’s Ted Bainbridge, Trigger Brothers’ Paul and Phil Trigger, Peter Wilkinson, Rod McCarthy, the Fowler brothers, surfboard makers Mick Pierce and Neil Oke, surf coach Ian Portingale (now living in Queensland), former contest judges Peter Wilkinson and Rob McCartney and Jon Wilson of Balin. Former foes in the water were friends in the Bells car park, now ringed by portable stands of tiered seating of a type most frequently seen at motor racing grand prix. The coveted viewing spots among the hardy, naturally bonsaied vegetation clinging to the cliff face are now out of bounds. Onlookers must keep inside fences, or the beach below. The old guard from the west and the east coasts stood around in the car park, swapping tales of past and present deeds. Names were raised and guesses made to explain their absence or mention made of their passing. While the organisation of the contest has changed along with communications in the digital age, the waves remain the same. The right-handers peeling from the almost perfect reef off Bells are the same as they ever were. The classic shape is confirmed in old photos charting the changes in fashion of surfboards and dress. Mingling with the crowds in the car park were former winners and losers. Surf company moguls as well as champion surfers may be counted among surfing royalty, but all wear thongs, T-shirts and jeans. But no matter what has happened in their lives or careers, waves are a great leveller. The sea is the ultimate force that binds these varied characters to each other and makes Bells such a special event on the world’s surfing stage.

Back to Bells: Clockwise from top: A line-up of east coast surfers, including Rob McCartney, Chris Fowler and Ian Portingale, front, and from left standing, Gavin Duffy, Mick Pierce, Neil Crumble, Mark Harrison, John Collins, Mark McCabe, Phil Nichols, Mark Howey, Scott Abbott, Peter Wilkinson, Ian Cochrane, Geoff Vockler, Tony Fowler and Ted Bainbridge.

Answering the call: Above: Ted Bainbridge of Peninsula Surf Centre, surfboard makers Mick Pierce, of Rye and Maurice Cole, Torquay, and Rip Curl co-owner Doug Warbrick; Victorian surf legends take a bow; right, east coasters Phil Trigger, Rob McCartney, Paul Trigger and Peter Wilkinson.

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HASTINGS Hastings turns 150 in 2011 With a history masked in intrigue, the beautiful township of Hastings is turning the ripe age of 150 this year. Established by early Europeans, the land was formerly known as King’s Creek – after the first settlers, the King family. Now called Hastings, it is unknown whether the village was named after its British fishing village counterpart, or the British Imperial Administrator, a local resident, Warren Hastings.

Since opening in 1911, the Flinders Naval Depot was renamed HMAS Cerberus in 1963. As an impeccable training facility, HMAS Cerberus attracts school leavers from all over Australia, and is proudly home to some of the country’s finest naval personnel. Combining the friendly village atmosphere with an abundance of picturesque wineries and beaches that fringe Hastings, this township is becoming more the day trip destination for families and couples looking for something off the beaten track.

Established as a fishing village, Hastings has a rich heritage of booming business. The railway line and establishment of orchards in the 1800s meant that many people and businesses flocked into Hastings to make it a thriving township.

With hundreds of boutique shops settling into High Street there is an endless supply of unique trinkets and products to sample and buy. Enriched with a tremendous history, Hastings is becoming more popular by the day!

With one of the deepest natural ports in the world, Hastings is often one of the first destinations for large shipping containers. Marking a major milestone in the 1970s and taking advantage of this rare opportunity, Esso and BlueScope Steel moved their manufacturing plants to call Hastings home. As the largest employer on the Peninsula, the township underwent another boom period as demand for new housing increased.

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Why visit Hastings? Nestled between rolling bushland and the most scenic of beaches, Hastings has become a hotspot for shoppers and sightseers alike. Once a secret amongst locals, big retailers have moved in to take advantage of the bustling shopping precinct. With major players Kmart, Coles and Safeway â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and soon Bunnings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making their mark in the area, shoppers can still experience the friendly village atmosphere and explore the hundreds of unique boutique shops and beauty salons that pack High Street.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hastings is a shopping Mecca for thousands of Mornington Peninsula residents.â&#x20AC;? JIM SCHAEFER, PRESIDENT WESTERNPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

Complete with ample free parking, Hastings has endless opportunities to whet your appetite. With freshly brewed coffee wafting in the air, you can sample freshly baked goods at any number of the intimate cafes or spoil yourself with a succulent exotic meal from one of the local restaurants. There is no excuse to go home hungry when in Hastings. As a gateway to Southern Peninsula locations, like Flinders and Merricks, Hastings is a perfect location

for those who prefer a physically active getaway or have inquisitive children. You can explore the pristine foreshore, take a stroll along the walking tracks or take a dip at Pelican Park Recreation Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming pool. For the sea-faring, High Street is barely a few minutes walk to Westernport Marina. Home to boats, vessels, glorious yachts and local pelican personalities, you can launch your own boat and explore the waters or sit, relax, and watch the sunset in the nearby eatery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the last 10 years, Hastings has grown from a small bay side village to a thriving regional hub that provides a wide range of services and attractions for all ages. With a wide range of shops, boutiques, restaurants and large format retailers, Hastings is a shopping Mecca for thousands of Mornington Peninsula residents. In addition, Hastings offers a wide range of attractions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from Pelican Park and the fabulous foreshore to wineries and nearby golf courses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is something for everyone! Visit Hastings and experience for yourself the friendly, safe and vibrant Westernport,â&#x20AC;? says Jim Schaefer, Westernport Chamber of Commerce and Industry President. As one of the most picturesque and friendliest seaside towns on the Peninsula, Hastings is buzzing with activity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so why not discover this hidden gem before everyone else does!

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Western Port Real Estate 26th April 2011

WESTERN PORT

realestate The people to call for your real estate needs... Nigel Evans Mobile: 0439 540 055

Sid Ferguson Mobile: 0418 321 963

Rob Pryzler Mobile: 0408 808 698

Tallon First National 35 High Street, HASTINGS

Satchwells 1/97 High Street, HASTINGS PHONE: 03 5979 1888

Stockdale & Leggo Hastings 1/109 High Street, HASTINGS

EMAIL: RealEstate@satchwells.com.au

EMAIL: rpryzler@stockdaleleggo.com.au

PHONE: 03 5979 3000 EMAIL: info@tallon.com.au

PHONE: 03 5979 2288

Ben Tallon Mobile: 0419 339 489

David Nelli Mobile: 0403 111 234

Jason Dowler Mobile: 0403 598 754

BTRE 1/34 High Street, HASTINGS PHONE: (03) 5979 8003 realestate@btre.com.au

Baywest Real Estate 87 High Street, HASTINGS PHONE: (03) 5979 4412

Harcourts Hastings Shop 10, 14 High Street. PHONE: (03) 5970 7333

EMAIL: dnelli@baywestrealestate.com.au

EMAIL: jason.dowler@harcourts.com.au

MC REAL

At your service

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Don Campbell Mobile: 0419 533 786

Michael Curry Mobile: 0409 410 456

PHONE: (03) 5979 4177

MCReal Estate 4/82 High St, HASTINGS PHONE: (03) 5979 8833

prestigerealtyhastings@bigpond.com

EMAIL: sales@mcrealestate.com.au

Prestige Properties 69 High Street, HASTINGS

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In May 2011, a group of ordinary people will embark on an extraordinary journey, as they attempt to cycle over 1700 kms from Melbourne to the Gold Coast to raise awareness and much needed funds for two great causes; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Queensland Government Flood Relief. Your support will make the distance!

Website www.harcourtscharitychallenge2011.org Facebook www.facebook.com/HarcourtsCharityChallenge Twitter twitter.com/harcourtscharitychallenge

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Craig Mann Mobile: 0412 559 816 First National Craig Mann Suite 4, 1085 Frankston Flinders Road, SOMERVILLE

PHONE: (03) 5978 0955 EMAIL: craig@craigmann.com.au

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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation promote research, increase awareness of CF and provide education, support and advocacy to Victoria’s Cystic Fibrosis community.

Over 1700 kms in 15 days, departing on May 2 from Melbourne and arriving at the Gold Coast on May 16.

The Queensland floods were a terrible time for the residents of one of Australia’s most beautiful areas. For some the recovery will be short, for others it will take months if not years and these people need our support. Through donations, aid and a lot of hard work – we hope that we can help make these peoples lives richer as a result. The Harcourts Foundation Melbourne to Gold Coast Charity Challenge aims to raise much needed funds to support both these charities so they can continue to provide vital support for the community.

the people United by their simple desire to make a difference, the majority of the riders are from the Harcourts Group including Malcolm Parkinson, Harcourts Hastings Office.

donations To make a donation online visit our fundraising website: www.everydayhero.com.au/malcolm_parkinson or call Harcourts Foundation (07) 3227 4227.

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Hastings

Between $355,000-$365,000

Welcome home With a huge price reduction already factored into the price, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom brick veneer home will not sit around for long. Consider the following, 1 Location: Directly opposite parkland in one of Hastings most sought after estates.

2 Age: At approximately 4 years old this property presents as new and will impress. 3 Price: Why buy a unit when you can buy a next to new house? Currently rented, the property is available with an excellent tenant in place or vacant possession.

Agency: BTRE, 1/34 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 8003. Agent: Chris Jonker, 0404 299 854.

Hastings

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$295,000

Beautifully Presented Low maintenance living If your looking for space this home has it featuring 4 bedrooms - main with walk in robe & full ensuite, formal lounge, separate formal dining, open plan kitchen/family & rumpus room. The modern kitchen with s/steel appliances including dishwasher & walk in pantry has access to laundry and the double remote garage. Tastefully decorated with duct heating & air conditioning for all year comfort. Outside comprises verandahs on both sides, a barbecue area with pergola and water tank with pump for the garden. Not a cent to spend on this home which is ideal for the larger family. Surrounded by quality homes in a modern estate.

Agency: Tallon First National, 35 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 3000. Agent: Nigel Evans, 0439 540 055.

by the bay! 2 Bedroom unit with WIR in master bedroom and Semi ENS  Separate lounge and dining area’s Freshly painted and carpeted with down lights throughout

Single Lock up Garage Private rear courtyard Bay views Currently lease for $275 p/w

Agency: Baywest Real Estate, 87 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 4412. Agent: David Nelli, 0403 111 234.


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HASTINGS

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Shoreham Unbelievable Value!!

Neg. Over $500,000

This little gem is in a great position offering glimpses of the bay and just waiting for the right purchaser to scoop up this great holiday home/weekender. Offering bayglimpses with the potential to take in great views if you build up, 4 bedrooms with a fully self contained area at the end of the home, this neat and easy to maintain home will attract a multitude of buyers. Offering polished floorboards throughout under the carpets and enough space to give an easy makeover to capitilise on the potential. With-in only a short drive to Balnarring Village, beautiful beaches, wineries and all the attractions including our famous wineries you can purchase in this very special area. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 6 View Court

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Tyabb Ideal lifestyle property!

Neg. Over $750,000

Nestled on a magnificent 5 acres (approx) and in such a convenient position this functional four bedroom family home offers exceptional value. Offered for the first time, this private property is only minutes to both the Hastings, Tyabb and Somerville shops and schools. The home offers a superb family room featuring a coonara, open plan lounge area and a huge rumpus room to the end of the house allowing the whole family to enjoy their space. The master bedroom includes an ensuite with huge spa bath and heaps of storage. Another secondary bedroom with ensuite is ideal for guest accommodation and further two bedrooms have built in robes and family bathroom. Outside features include paddocks perfect for horses, large machinery shed with concrete floor, separate workshop and a double carport. Property of this size and privacy don’t arise often so be quick!

Hastings As New Townhouse!

ADDRESS: 96 Denham Road

ADDRESS: 1/257 Marine Parade

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Hidden behind a private fence within the popular ‘Old Tyabb’ this near new townhouse will really impress. In soon to be a complex of 3 the townhouse has great living space and is presented as a display. Other features include gas ducted heating and double lock up garage. The very central and convenient position allows for you to walk to nearby schools, shops and public transport. Harcourts Hastings

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Neg. Over $295,000 Hastings 2 Titles, Huge Development Potential’

With amazing kerb side appeal and charm throughout, this home has been updated and improved with many features making it the ideal choice for the astute investor or owner occupier looking for a fantastic location where all the hard work has been completed. Comprising of three bedrooms all with built in robes, family bathroom with spa bath and carport with drive through access into the backyard. Aside your very own pool with solar and gas heating is the covered outdoor entertaining area perfect for you to enjoy with family and friends. Further features include ducted heating, split system cooling, garden shed, recently rendered exterior and freshly painted and all conveniently situated close to schools, shops and public transport.

Situated on a huge 1470m2 allotment (approx.) these 2 adjoining properties are located in a prime position, only a short stroll to the High Street shopping precinct, Western Port Marina, transport & schools. This is a fantastic & rare opportunity to secure both properties to rent out then later develop this multi unit site (STCA). The property comprises two 2/3 bedroom homes both in excellent condition, with great potential rental income. Features include established, gardens, ducted vacuum system, gas ducted heating, evaporative cooling & huge 15m x 8m shed complete with remote roller door. This is an opportunity not to miss out on, call to schedule your personal appointment today.

ADDRESS: 176 Hodgins Road

ADDRESS: 21 & 23 Spring Street

Harcourts Hastings

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Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333

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Cannons Creek Modern Waterfront Living

Neg. Over $ $775,000

Appreciate fine design principles and high levels of quality construction with this “Graham Alexander” waterfront home. Set on a level 1000m2 (approx.) allotment with direct water access this seaside property sits in the sleepy township of Cannons Creek. Face the water and watch the resting boats moored in Rutherford Inlet from your own open-plan living area or upon the entertaining deck. Offering four bedrooms and split-level appeal the home also features nautical windows, timber flooring, downlighting, varying ceiling heights, split-system cooling and a roaring Coonara. Powder room facilities offer excellent convenience as does the sparkling central bathroom adding twin sinks and a relaxing corner spa bath. Quality Blanco appliances are fitted to the gourmet kitchen including a gas cooktop, underbench oven, rangehood, dishwasher, breakfast bar and plenty of countertop space. The sunken master bedroom features a walk-in robe, double-vanity ensuite and private access to the observation platform whilst the remaining bedrooms are generous in size. Beach lovers, fisherman and boating enthusiasts will treasure the closeness to beautiful Westernport Bay for a near-new holiday home or peaceful full-time lifestyle.

ADDRESS: 89 Hardy Avenue

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Hastings Contemporary abode with character!

Neg. Over $350,000 Hastings Start here first!

Neg. Over $320,000

This beautifully renovated 3 bedroom home set on a large corner allotment & only minutes from High Street shopping & Westernport Marina is certain to impress. Polished hardwood floors, high ceilings & a contemporary pallet add to the warmth & character of this as new residence. Featuring three large bedrooms all with BIR’s, stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances & open plan living & dining room including air conditioner adjoins the formal entry. A tasteful two way bathroom with its own shower & bath connects a functional separate laundry. Fully landscaped gardens including a covered outdoor entertaining area finished with merbu decking, large lockup garage with work bench & sealed driveway. Inspection is a must, location & style doesn’t get any better than this.

Rich in character this attractive cottage on a large 681m2 allotment creates a warm and welcoming environment. With an impressive facade to capture the discerning home buyer, the home offers original character and modern luxuries throughout the functional floor plan. Providing spacious and light filled living, three bedrooms all with built in robes, family bathroom, kitchen/meals area, laundry and large rear yard. Other benefits include polished timber floors and gas ducted heating. Move in now and enhance later to reap the rewards. In a quality location surrounded by parklands and close to all other amenities.

ADDRESS: 7 Martin Street

ADDRESS: 74 Reid Parade

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Experience Somers ER F F O R E Somers $685,000 UND

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Warmth and character grace this three bedroom weatherboard home balancing coastal cottage ambience coupled with period charm and light-filled living. After a stylish renovation the home features beautifully polished timber flooring, re-painted interiors, high ceilings and two freshly updated bathrooms. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 89 Tasman Road

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Your Somers Experts Somers ¾ Acre Lifestyle Living!

Neg. Over $790,000

Huge price reduction! Vendor says sell! Relax! This could be exactly what you are looking for. Boasting a 3/4 acre of easy to maintain parkland set in a quiet court location and with-in easy walking distance to the beach. With the Koala park to the East and Coolart to the West it’s located in the most stunning end of Somers Beach. Comprising 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Woodfire, 2 split systems, open plan living and extensive outdoor deck area taking in the private grounds. Feed the birds, stroll through the Koala Park or hit the beach only a short walk away. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2 Dover Court

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Superbly renovated, this ‘as new’ 4 bedroom, three bathroom residence offers light filled stylish interiors and landscaped easy-care gardens in a brilliant central location only a short stroll to the beach. Immaculately presented and distinctively large family home appointed, the free flowing floor plan provides wonderful living spaces of impressive proportions. A wonderful entertainer, it comprises main bedroom with fitted robes and ensuite; the large second bedroom also has an ensuite; a very generous free flowing lounge; meals and large family room overlooking a delightful private rear yard, separate formal sitting room and double lock up garage. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 36 South Beach Road

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Beautifully presented and designed for easy maintenance this stunning 1/2 acre property offers you the opportunity to reside in peaceful no through road surrounds. Recline on a lazy afternoon by the near new solar heated pool in private tranquil surrounds, stroll to gorgeous Somers beach or enjoy a peaceful romantic walk at dusk. Comprising 4 bedrooms, main with ensuite, home office, 2 living areas and gorgeous polished timber floors and ducted heating/cooling. Entertain in style on the expansive deck overlooking the beautifully finished pool and the lovely established gardens. For the handyman of the home the three bay garage is perfectly set up for any project. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 5 Hume Road

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Hastings Newsagency HUGE SALE

Thousands of kids books from just $2 56 High Street

Hastings Annual Event Calendar JANUARY Australia Day celebrations Hastings Foreshore

SEPTEMBER Father’s Day Promotions and giveaways High St Retail Precinct, Hastings

FEBRUARY Westernport Festival Hastings Foreshore

OCTOBER Hastings Trade Expo Location TBA

APRIL ANZAC Day dawn service Cenotaph, Hastings Foreshore MAY Mother’s Day Shopping competitions High St Retail Precinct, Hastings

DECEMBER Christmas festivities Santa visits Hastings High St Retail Precinct Carols by Candlelight Hastings Foreshore

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Made in Japan JUNE last year saw Made in Japan sneak under the radar into the back streets of Mornington at 1 Watt Rd, near the Yuilles Rd corner. A dedicated following of loyal customers, both old and new, have in turn been been sneaking in to search through the treasure trove of unique and beautiful product that never ceases to delight and intrigue. A recently arrived ceramic shipment (yes, it made it through the tsunami) lots of new furniture & Antiques, have added even more interest and excitement to the amazing array of homewares and furnishings from Japan and the Orient for which Made in Japan is renowned. Endless new ideas for Mothers’ Day gifts are in store now including kimono, tea sets, bags, hair ornaments, beautiful ceramics and fabrics as well as incense, ikebana accessories, vintage dolls – the list goes on... Add to that the range of vintage ceramic and tableware that is still being sorted - some dating from as far back as the 1950’s – and you have a truly unique shopping destination second to none on the Peninsula.

So feel free to drop in and say hi, stay for a chat, pick up something gorgeous and then go home and tell everyone you know about the wonderful shopping experience that is Made in Japan in Mornington. And the new extended trading hours mean that you’ll have

even more opportunities to drop by for a visit… Made in Japan Furniture & Homewares Outlet store 3/1 Watt Rd , Mornington. Ph 5976 3464 New Trading hours: Tues to Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 11am–3pm (Closed Mondays)

Mothers Day at the drive-in

ROMANTIC love story, nostalgic surrounds, and a prize draw for 2 people to be pampered at Peninsula Hot Springs…… With the special pre-release of the movie ‘Water for Elephants’, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2011, all patrons can entered into the draw for a Natural Balance Treatment Package for two at Peninsula Hot Springs, drawn Sunday night; the perfect way to refresh your mind, body and spirit. Every patron viewing the movie will receive a small gift on the night. “Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs & day spa centre in Victoria around 1.5Hrs from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Peninsula Hot Springs makes it possible to bathe in the naturally healing waters of mineral rich thermal pools”. So take a trip back to memory lane and visit our classic 50’s drive- in picture theatre, relive an experience, with your favorite guy or gal, bring the kids, we cater for all ages. Dromana 3 Drive In has been

showcasing movies to locals and tourists since 1962. Independent and still in the Whitaker family, “We show movies for all tastes; for the romantics, the comics, for families through to the thrillers”. 1950’s retro styled Shel’s Diner, a unique feature to the Drive In, is exclusive to patrons. The classic burgers are the real deal, milkshakes, cappuccinos, cinnamon donuts, ‘Dippin Dots’ Ice cream and so much more. Enjoy in the diner, which caters for 75 people seated ,or take back to your car or under the stars. Dromana Drive In is located at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, about 15 minutes

drive from Frankston. It is one of only 3 drive-ins that continue to operate in Victoria, a popular destination place for tourists and locals. www.drivein.net.au Info: 0359 872492 Water for Elephants: When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

Mothers Day Special Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th of May 2011

Water for Elephants All patrons attending the pre-release of this majestic movie, ‘Water for Elephants’ on either day, can enter into the draw for a Natural Balance Treatment Package for 2 at Peninsula Hot Springs. They will also receive a small g gift on the night. g

See website for more details: www.drivein.net.au or call 0359 310022 Western Port News 26 April 2011

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AROUND THE PENINSULA

Houdini’s escape and cash ‘find’ add to aquarium tales

Scissorhands: Mt Martha Community Bank chairman Nick Roberts cuts the ribbon being held by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Mike Hirst.

Bank opens the door MT Martha’s Bendigo Community Bank opened its doors on Thursday 7 April. The town’s residents and shopkeepers acted swiftly by forming a committee to set up their own community bank after National Australia Bank announced in April 2009 it was closing several branches on the Mornington Peninsula including Mt Martha. Mt Martha Community Bank director Barry Kirkpatrick said it was “very pleasing to see the large crowd present when Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Mike Hirst officially opened our branch”. Mr Hirst said community bank bran-

ches had put more than $50 million back into communities for projects, usually in conjunction with local governments, that otherwise would not have been finished in the short term. “Not only has Mt Martha Community Bank become one of the quickest on record from start of project to the opening of the branch – two years – but also it showed that communities that bank locally with their community banks can make a difference in what can be achieved; a bank that puts funds back into the local community to help with projects that benefit all.” Terri Rew

By Keith Platt HOUDINI is renowned for being an escape artist. Bound in chains, he would untangle himself and escape from a variety of tight situations. To the amazement and applause of crowds watching from below (if dangling from a building) or above (submerged in a tank), Houdini would invariably emerge safe from harm. Years later another escape artist with the same name left people shaking their heads in disbelief. Standing in the shallows at Sorrento in 1996, Richard Thorpe watched as Houdini the New Zealand fur seal came up for seemingly one last look at his owner before disappearing beneath the waves. Mr Thorpe’s Houdini had been the star attraction at the nearby Sorrento aquarium until he made his dramatic escape while being trained to swim around in the shallows before waddling back to his pool. “He was supposed to walk down between the people to the sea where he would swim to the middle and then catch fish we threw to him,” Mr Thorpe recalled last week. “The seal trainer had thrown him about five whiting before he finally popped his head up. “I reckon I could read his mind and immediately thought ‘this guy’s gonna go’. “He ducked back under and was gone.” Mr Thorpe said he was taken up in the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad’s helicopter to look for Houdini.

Wave wall: Workers build a house on the waterfront at Sorrento are overshadowed by wave mural that once formed part of the Sorrento aquarium. Picture: Andrew Mackinnon, www.aquamanships.com

The search proved fruitless and once they hovered over Chinaman’s Hat, the game was over. There was no way of identifying Houdini among the many seals frolicking about in the water or lolling on the structure’s timbers. Mr Thorpe and his wife Robyn were the last ones to run the property in St Aubins Way, Sorrento, as an aquarium. Since then it has had several uses, including a restaurant, and is now a construction site for a waterfront house. Owner Nick Williams intends to replace the jetty, which has already been demolished at the front of the property, and he has laid to rest what he describes as a “Sorrento urban myth”. Contrary to many reports, contractors demolishing the aquarium did not find 10,000 pounds Sterling in a wall cavity.

“I wish they had,” Mr Williams told The News. “It would be terrific if it was true, but I can assure you it isn’t.” Mr Williams said he was bound by a confidentiality agreement and was unable to disclose the amount he paid for the aquarium. Mornington Peninsula Shire statutory planner Arthur Cooksley said a permit for the two-storey house was issued in July 2010. One objection had been received, which was settled after mediation at the Victorian and Civil Administrative Tribunal. “The approved building is not significantly different in scale to the former aquarium building,” Mr Cooksley said. Mr Williams said the house would be finished later this year and a new jetty opened next Easter.

Great War stories of peninsula ‘boys’ By Mike Hast RELATIVES of peninsula pioneering families descended on the Royal Hotel at Mornington on Sunday for the launch of a unique history book. Our Boys at the Front – a compilation of letters, diary entries, stories, war poems and photos from The Peninsula Post – brings together information about the First World War from what was once the peninsula’s dominant local paper. The Post was published between 1913 and the late 1970s. The book was launched by former Howard government Veterans Affairs Minister, Dunkley MP Bruce Billson in front of more than 100 people crowded into the stunning Victoriana Room at the hotel. Pioneering names like Stone, Sorrell, Garlick, Tuck, Butler, Allchin, Bradford, Coxhell, Jones, Linley, Miller, Bryant, Connop, Haddock, Harrison, McLear, Oldfield, Olley and Skelton were either represented or feature strongly in the book, which comes with a DVD. The DVD contains a short documentary as well as scanned stories, biographies, feature articles and 140 poems from The Post, and the entire 424-page book in PDF format with its lists of almost 700 men who went to war, the units in which they served, timeline of the war and a comprehensive index. The book and DVD are the work of the Mornington & District Historical Society and supporters, historical societies and financial backers including the Tallis Foundation, Grand, Royal and Kirkpatricks hotels

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of Mornington, Victorian Community Fund – Holsworth Local Heritage Trust, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Mornington Racing Club and Dymocks Mornington. Society president Diane White said the project had its genesis in the late 1990s when the society decided to scan, or digitise, the crumbling pages of its archive of The Post. It applied for and won a federal grant with the assistance of Mr Billson, she said. “During the process we saw the potential for many books about the Mornington Peninsula in the newspaper’s pages, especially the story of the First World War. “I remember talking to Bill Coventry who said it was mateship that helped keep our peninsula ‘boys’ together.” (Former prison of war Bill Coventry, who died last year aged 91, was the driving force behind the creation of Memorial Park in Mornington, and was active in Legacy and the wider returned services community. A path is named in his honour at the park.) Mrs White praised Michael Collins, who wrote the book, and the other members of the publications committee including Val Wilson, Janet Groves, Vicky Sapkin, Marg Nichols, Wendy Clark, Derek Smith and Frank Green. (She omitted herself and husband Keith, who worked on photos and illustrations, and production of the book and DVD.) Mr Collins said it had been a major undertaking: “We’ve got here at last.” The driver was the amount of information in The Post and wanting to make it available to a wider audience. The book was the compilation of

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Pioneer families: At the launch were, from left front, Chris Johnstone, Val Davenport, Beryl Burrowes, Janet McKie and Audrey Reeves; from left rear, Adrian Sayle, Kevin Davies, Don Stone, Barbara Thorn, Dorothy Watt, Doreen Stone, Norma Stewart and Janet Groves.

more than 200 issues of the newspaper that had been “condensed, summarised, reordered and grouped in topics”. “During the war, most peninsula residents got news of the war from the daily newspapers, but The Post provided a valuable and contemporary perspective of what communities went through. Here are the stories of the boys that have remained hidden; the boys who answered the call to colours,” he said. Peninsula men had taken part in nearly every major engagement of the

war; from the landing at Gallipoli, in the deserts of the Middle East and on the Western Front. Some letters covered the first, fateful day of the Gallipoli landing, on Sunday 25 April. One soldier of Dromana wrote in the understated way of the time that “we had a hot time of it”. The book records stories from the war front as well as from the home front, where residents produced items for parcels to send to their boys. The Post’s wartime publisher, Frederick Grantley, whose descendants

were at the book launch, wrote editorials about controversials issues such as recruitment and conscription as well as support for the wounded, their repatriation, relief funds and government war loans to pay for the long conflict. About 118 peninsula men were killed or died from wounds, and those who returned were welcomed home with special celebrations and given medals by their grateful communities. Many were wounded or suffered from shell shock. Repatriation and absorbing them back into the community was another demand to which much support was given. It also led to the foundation of the RSL. Bruce Billson said Our Boys at the Front was “a blessing, a gift being handed over today”. “This is a vivid account of wartime experiences, many of which will make your hair curl. It’s the story of individuals and the pain felt by their families. “It’s a wonderful tribute to people who gave so much.”  Our Boys at the Front: 1914-18 The Mornington Peninsula at War from the pages of The Peninsula Post ($39.95) is available from peninsula bookshops and newsagents, the Shrine of Remembrance bookshop, Hylands Bookshop, 1/23-31 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne (9654 7448) and by mail order from Mornington & District Historical Society, PO Box 71, Mornington 3931 (add $9.50 for post and handling). The society is based at the Old Post Office, Main St, Mornington, and is open on Sunday afternoons.


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The Curse of the Corporate Love Rat By Stuart McCullough HOW dare they toy with my emotions in such a cold, calculating fashion. Despite all appearances to the contrary, I have real feelings that are not to be trifled with for sport or kicked around like an emotional hackey-sack. My emotions are not to be played with or taken for granted. They ought not be subject to trickery or slight of hand. I’ll admit that – as I write – my senses are somewhat heightened, but believe me when I say that I very much doubt that I will ever be able to look Ticketmaster in the eye again and believe a single word it says. It was Tuesday two weeks ago when it happened. I was sitting at my computer whilst at work (something I do quite a bit) when I received an email from Ticketmaster. The subject line conveyed both excitement and a masterful sense of restraint. It said, ‘Hi Stuart, Congratulations you’ve been selected for 2 special offers.’ How my heart leapt with joy. They had chosen me! Of all the people in all the world, they had selected me. Had they produced a bouquet of flowers from behind their back, I could not have been more flattered. But then a second email arrived. ‘Hi John, Congratulations you’ve been selected for 2 special offers.’ Years ago, I’d had the emails of a work colleague diverted to me when he left. Thus, a minor administrative task had accidentally managed to uncover a major emotional rouse by Ticketmaster. It was suddenly clear that I was not special, unique or

important. Whilst I may have been ‘selected’, the process was, in no way, selective. I felt used. In fact, I hadn’t felt this violated since the time I realized that whenever I jumped over the forecourt fence at high school that other students could see straight up my shorts. Revenge is a dish best served cold, preferably with some kind of salad and a crusty bread roll. Probably a Kummelweck. Or maybe, if push comes to shove, a Lancastrian Oven Bottom. However, sometimes revenge

is something best served in t-shirt form. It was quite a sizeable irony – I would estimate between XXL and XXXL – that the offer for which I had apparently been ‘selected’ came in the form of a free t-shirt. Blinded by my sense of betrayal, tears stinging my eyes, I immediately logged on. The basic premise was that you could design your own t-shirt for free and get it shipped to you with the kind of speed that normally requires the use of lycra. They used to say there were five stages

of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Or, as they are colloquially known; sporty, scary, baby, posh and ginger. Then, like an ever-expanding home and away football season, they decided to add a further two stages of grief. It is widely accepted that the additional stages are confusion and, most importantly, sarcasm. Luckily, I had been chosen for accelerated advancement through the five (plus the two extra) stages of grief and by the time I’d logged on to design my t-shirt, I was at ‘sarcasm’. Frankly, sarcasm is something I wear remarkably well. It is a slim-fit state of mind for me, and I eagerly set about designing a t-shirt that would be so witheringly incisive that it would cause Ticketmaster to fall, helpless to its knees and beg my forgiveness. But what message could possibly be so powerful? ‘Ticketmaster sux’? Too crass. ‘Ticketmaster made me feel more special than I am’? Accurate, but not so good on a t-shirt. The answer was obvious and the message as simple as it was inevitable: ‘I have been selected’. I have never before designed so much as a sock much less an entire t-shirt. I would have to say that I took to it not necessarily like a duck to water but at least an egret. The results, if I do say myself (and, for lack of alternatives, I certainly do), were most impressive. Having sent off my order, I sat back and waited for the world as Ticketmaster knew it to crumble to dust. It arrived after only five or six days, despite my choice of ‘standard’

postage. As I pulled out my t-shirt, I marveled at the genius of my blistering retort. From this moment on, all of corporate Australia would surely be on notice. Here was one person who would no longer tolerate their shenanigans. Things were bound to change. All I had to do was put on my t-shirt and wait for Ticketmaster to see the error of its ways. I have now been wearing my ‘I have been selected’ t-shirt for the best part of two weeks without a result. Maybe they’re embarrassed. But perhaps the real lesson here is not to take things at face value, or even body value despite the fact it is wrapped in a complimentary t-shirt. For now, let me simply say that I curse the day that I ever stared across a crowded room at Ticketmaster. Like the Mata Hari of ticket service providers, I had been seduced into thinking that I was something special when nothing could be further that the truth. It occurs to me now that such declarations of affection are all too common in the business world. These corporate trollops think they can get away with treating us like the gullible fools we most certainly are. No more. From now on, I’ll not believe a single word they say. My capacity to be sucked in like a marble up a vacuum pipe has now come to end. I am not a valued customer. They do not value my feedback. This offer is not limited and, in spite of my t-shirt’s sarcastic protestations to the contrary, I have not been selected. www.stuartmccullough.com

Pelican Theatre tackle the Bard’s sexy, cheeky comedy THE excitement is growing around Hastings with the coming performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Hastings Hall in May. There is a buzz in the air and a spooky shudder of hair-raising anticipation as word goes around that Pelican Theatre Company is about to perform not a dull and dreary performance, but a full-blooded, sexy, sensuous and soul-sizzling one. Over the last three months 15 actors have dedicated their free time to bringing out the wit and wisdom of the play.

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Entertainment SINGER–songwriter Talia Wittmann was born in November 1984 in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the youngest of four. Talia’s father Manfred came from Germany to Australia with his family in 1953 and Talia’s mother Rosalee was born in Australia. Talia has two sisters, Sasha and Shana, and a brother Karl. She grew up in the small town of Verdun in the Adelaide Hills on her parent’s property. Talia’s interests as a child included dancing, playing sport, riding horses and motorbikes. In 1998 Talia started her secondary education at Modbury High where she studied biology, chemistry and geography, achieving an amazing tertiary entrance rank of 95.05. At the year 12 prize-giving, Talia was awarded a geography prize and gave a terrific solo singing performance. During her final year, Talia, then only 18, released her first EP. In 2003 she completed Certificate III in Music at TAFE and began to concentrate on her music. She went on to do a Bachelor of Music in Queensland. Not long after this Talia headed up the road to Tamworth and entered the 2005 Tamworth Busking Championships and was placed third of more than 500 entries. The following year she won the 2006 Rockhampton Tel-

stra Road to Tamworth heat. In 2007 Talia graduated from the CMAA College of Country Music before taking out the Toyota Star Maker quest in 2008. Star Maker has been a major stepping stone in the careers of many country artists including Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban, James Blundell and Beccy Cole. Part of her Star Maker prize was a record deal with Compass Bros Records and she went into the studio with a who’s who of country music including Mark Punch, Rod McCormack and James Gillard with a collection of songs co-written with the likes of Mike Carr, Lianna Rose and Karl Broadie. The result was Reckless Side of Me produced by Graham Thompson. It earned Talia a Golden Guitar for Best New Talent at the 2009 Tamworth Country Music Awards. Talia Wittmann then disappeared off the country music scene after her record company did not take up an option for a second album. I caught up with her last weekend to see what the talented singer–songwriter had been doing the last few years. “After the record company didn’t take up an option for a second album, l decided to head back home to the family property as l couldn’t afford to re-

cord a second album,” she said. Talia always wanted to study and do her music and decided to go back to school and is currently studying a Bachelor of Science at university. “I had some trouble with my teeth and after numerous operations l am now wearing braces.” Talia now feels that songwriting is a better direction and is looking forward to writing songs for other artists, and may might do a new album. “Songwriting pays more money,” she said, “but l hope to return to doing some live appearances in 2012. l certainly miss singing live on stage.” www.myspace.com/taliawittmann *** AUSSIE balladeer Reg Poole has released a new album, Vintage Reg, with 20 tracks including Freight Train Yodel, Goin Rodeoin, Stan, The Warrumbungle Mare, I Love this Land Australia, Country Hands of Fame, Rodeo Riders, We Miss You Russell Hawking, and the Allan Caswell composition Devil’s Drive. Reg has won three Golden Guitars for Heritage Song of the Year 1984-85 and Best New Talent 1974. The album contains two Golden Guitar-winning tracks and two bonus tracks, Reedy River and A Little Piece of Me.

In 1970 Reg recorded his first record, Down in the Goulburn Valley, at the studios of Radio 3SR in Shepparton that sold 1000 copies over the station counter in three weeks. Reg received an Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for his contribution to country music. We salute you, Reg Poole, for your Australiana songs and contribution to country music. Next month he will start an extensive tour of New Zealand and will appear at the Maryborough Queensland Country Stampede Festival on 11 and 12 June. www.regpoole.com *** JEANNE Pratt’s Production Company presents its first show of the year, Anything Goes, at the Arts Centre from 20-24 July. It stars Amanda Harrison (Wicked), Alex Rathgeber (Boy from Oz) and Anne Wood (Follies). To subscribe to the season, call 9247 4800. www.theproductioncompany.com.au *** THE world’s No.1 selling touring show Walking with Dinosaurs returns to Melbourne in a few weeks. Based on the award-winning BBC Television series that was seen by more than 700 million people, the huge production will hit Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on 4 May. Tickets from 132 849.

with Gary Turner *** A TRIBUTE to Bon Scott is at the Forum Theatre on 27 May starring Angry Anderson, former AC/DC member Mark Evans, John Swan (Swanee), Mark Gable (Choirboys), Paul de Marco (Rose Tattoo), Dave Gleeson (Screaming Jets) and many more. Born Ronald Belford in 1946, the Scottish-born Scott joined his father’s band as a bagpipe player aged 11. He went on to become a singer in the 1960s rock group The Valentines, sharing lead vocals with Vince Lovegrove and produced the hits My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man and Juliette. He replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC. Scott died after a heavy night of drinking in 1980. Tickets from 1300 111 011. www.empiretouring.com.au

A Grain of Salt THE Logies? One woman suggested Karl Stefanovic for the gold, because “he’s not dull”. He’s about as dull as a cigarette butt. I suppose Rebecca Gibney will win anyway due to lack of opposition. No objection to whoever wins the most popular actor, but please, not Erik Thomson or Michael Caton. As for the silver for the most outstanding actor/actress, we will plump for Richard Roxburgh and Catherine McClements, again due to lack of opposition. Why no Bed of Roses in the most popular drama series? No good? Is that so? Oh well, I won’t be watching anyway. Posers all. *** MARK Twain is “the man” for mine. “What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head and is known to none but himself. All day long, and every day, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those other things, are his history. His acts and his words are merely the visible crust of his world ... The mass of him is hidden – it and its volcanic fires that toss and boil and never rest, night or day. These are his life, and they are not written

and cannot be written.” Beautiful. *** BIG, bigger, biggest. And so it goes with the AFL. Every football show on television shoves betting odds at us, without shame. They can wax lyrical until they’re blue in their faces but the reality is more and more money, which translates to more out of our pockets and into theirs. Andrew Demetriou gets more than the Prime Minister and goodness knows what Adrian Anderson gets, not that he needs it. “Independent research” and “very productive” are favourite quotes. Mind you, they are running a business so I suppose it’s fair enough to run with the profit motive. It’s when they start rambling on about “for the good of the game” and “looking after the supporters” that I choke. The day I’m invited by Andrew or Eddie McGuire to one of those lavish before-the-game lunches will be the day I’ll agree that it’s a “family game”. *** THE new approach by the Sidney Myer Fund to give 15 artists about $80.000 a year for two years beginning next July is a fine idea as it stands, particularly with the previous Sydney-

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centric system in the 1990s, although well intentioned, having its flaws. Neil Armfield, Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin and Reg Livermore received large grants, suggesting a “who you know” system. Regardless of any selection criteria it will depend, as always, on “who selects the recipients” and with it the bias, self-interest and mateship that can accompany them. We wish the Myer crowd well, particularly in whatever unbiased system the fund devises to select the lucky artists. Will it work? Doubtful. Better to fund 15 new plays every year? Probably. Time will tell. *** BETTINA Arndt, author of What Men Want – In Bed is now called a social commentator? Her latest is that smoking lowers your sex drive, with research – as always – to support her claim. This is of some concern because I fully intended to give away the cigarettes. Assuming the research is correct, is it logical to assume the opposite would apply if I stopped smoking? I pondered this possibility for 10 minutes before I lit up a cigarette. Not much point in risking an increased sex drive at my age.

*** I WORKED for on-course totalisators at racetracks all over Victoria for 37 years, which educated me in the wacky ways of the punter. My experience told me that 80 per cent have their ups and mainly downs, two per cent are born winners and the rest couldn’t win if they were offered 10-1 on a one-horse race. Take Charlie, who was $16,000 in front after the first two days of the three-day Warrnambool Cup meeting 20 years ago. He couldn’t wait till tomorrow. I said to him “Bank $12,000 in the morning and take the rest to play with. That way you can’t lose.” Charlie, of course, had the ridiculous theory that he was playing with “their money”. He took the lot and lost the lot; bit me for a hundred before the second-last race. I’m still waiting. Mind you, that fellow called “Snowy on the Trams” won countless raffles over the years. The big problem with many is knowing when a run of luck has ended, with “the more you have the more you want” a pervasive influence. This pattern extends to all walks of life. *** MORE hypocrisy. Joe Hockey sug-

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gested taxing family trusts and, of course, was howled down, as was Peter Costello in 2001. Labor’s Bill Shorten said it was a legitimate tax tool. No doubt the same applies to negative gearing. If either party was fair dinkum they would scrap them both in favour of fairness to the very large majority of Australians. Selfinterest rarely, if ever, wavers. On politics and AFL football, have you noticed the nexus between the Australian Labor Party and the St Kilda Football Club? “Let us spend one day as deliberately as nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell that falls on the rails.” (Thoreau) Keep yourselves nice. cliffie9@bigpond.com

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Gold Cost high to be dented by Dons Round 6 previews Thursday 28 April West Coast v Melbourne, Patersons Stadium 8.40pm In what seems to be a very even match-up, the two teams are definitely on the up after more than satisfactory starts to the season. Both will be rested up for the big clash after having byes. Melbourne can go in with confidence after a huge win on the road a fortnight ago. West Coast need to get back on the winners’ board after two losses in a row, albeit against decent opponents. West Coast by 12 points.

Balnarring bowlers novices in name only BALNARRING Bowling Club took out both the pairs and singles events at a tournament held over two weekends in April. Conducted by the Peninsula Bowls Past Presidents Association and held at Mornington Civic Bowls Club, the tournament attracted a huge number of players from clubs around the Mornington Peninsula including Frankston

City, Mt Eliza, Long Island and Karingal. The yearly event is staged for novice players and the winners of the novice pairs were Richard Stringer & John Westbury, pictured above left being presented with their trophies including the perpetual trophy by Peter Kent, Senior Vice President of the Past Presidents Association - Peninsula group.

The winner of the novice singles was Ron Anderson, pictured above right being awarded his trophy also by Peter Kent. Both the pairs and singles grand final matches were very exciting and really had the crowd on their feet. The perpetual trophies remain at the Balnarring Bowls Club for the next 12-months.

New clubhouse for Hastings Bowls By Gordon Gribbin HASTINGS Bowling Club is set to start renovations of the clubhouse. A new kitchen, bar, toilets, verandah, locker room and other improvements will take shape over the next 12 months. The clubhouse is nearly on its last legs and bowlers deserve more from a building where many spend on average 20 hours a week. The improved clubhouse will be a good reward for bowlers who have brought recent success to the club. They include talented players such

as those in the ladies’ second division pennant team, which won through to the finals in March and brought home a pennant. The team is now moving up to first division and deserves a comfortable clubhouse. George Pavlovsky and Terry Fraser (below) also brought kudos to the club when they won the men’s pairs championship in Section 7 of the RVBA championships. Then there are the brave – some say foolish – men and women who go out into the harsh winter weather every

year and play winter pennant. They deserve a warm and comfortable retreat in which to eat their lunch chat about missed chances and about how they can’t hold their bowls with freezing fingers. For people who want to see the inside of the club and learn a new pastime in the process, we have indoor bowls every Wednesday evening during the winter at 7pm. If you’ve never played, come along and learn. If you’re already a wizard with the smaller bowls, come and have some fun. Book on 5979 1723.

Friday 29 April Sydney v Carlton, SCG 7.40pm This game is a huge one for the Sydney Swans after having a bye to think things over following their loss to the Cats. They’ll be pumped up to try and work their way to the top four. Carlton just got over the line against the Crows in a game they had to win. Despite winning, they definitely need to play better if they’re going to beat the Swans, because set-shot goal kicking nearly cost them the game. Taking all this into account, the Swans should be able to get the win. Sydney by 28 points. Saturday 30 April North Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Etihad Stadium 2.10pm Port Adelaide is in a pretty deep hole at the moment. After blowing a 40-point lead late in the third quarter to be beaten by a team of teenagers and Gary Ablett, the signs don’t look good. North Melbourne isn’t too flash either, losing a very winnable game against the Tigers. Drew Petrie looked impressive, though; glad to see he’s finally got his body right and will no doubt trouble the Power defence. North is well overdue for a win. North Melbourne by 29 points. Richmond v Brisbane,MCG 7.10pm Things are turning around for Richmond, they’re gaining more belief every week and last year I doubt they would have come from behind to beat the Kangas. Brisbane can’t take a trick at the moment and haven’t been great

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by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ve been competitive, which is quite an achievement considering their list. Dustin Martin is fast becoming one of the best young talents in the competition with 33 disposals and a match-winning goal last outing; he is vital to how far they go this year. Richmond by 48 points. Adelaide v St Kilda, AAMI Stadium 7.40pm After three losses in a row, it’s time for the Adelaide Crows to show some fight and prove to their fans they’re capable of making finals. As for St Kilda, they finally got the monkey off their back last week, so this is a great chance to try and turn their season around. It was great to see Brendon Goddard playing good footy last game; let’s hope he can keep it up. If the Crows can recapture the way they played against the Hawks in round 1, they will be okay, but it’s still a pretty big “if” considering their recent matches. Adelaide by 9 points. Sunday 1 May Essendon v Gold Coast, Etihad Stadium 1.10pm Despite going down by five goals to the Magpies, Essendon definitely showed they could match it with them for most of the big game. They never actually took the lead but there were spurts of 5-10 minutes where the Bombers were in control. Gold Coast last week made history with their first win in the comp and to come back from 40 points down when they were dead and buried was unbelievable. The Dons’ experience will be too much for the Suns. Essendon by 95 points. Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG 4.40pm Collingwood last week showed their class in a hard-earned win against Essendon. Scott Pendlebury continues to show what an elite player he has become and his was a well-deserved second Anzac Day medal. The Bulldogs went down by a goal in the west and face a six-day turnaround, which will probably be a factor with fatigue setting in during the second half. Matthew Boyd was unstoppable with 45 disposals, but needs similar numbers this week. Collingwood just doesn’t look like losing this year so I predict an easy win. Collingwood by 51 points.

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All eyes on Brisbane as carnival kicks off WITH the Sydney Autumn Carnival over, attention turns to the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Over the next two months there will be a series of feature meetings at Doomben and Eagle Farm. There also will be a shorter carnival in Adelaide where the major attractions will be the Goodwood Handicap and South Australian Derby – both Group 1 events – at Morphettville. Among the Victorians likely to cross the border into SA will be Right Of Refusal and Shrapnel. Right Of Refusal has been patiently handled by Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston and indications are the best is still to come. After holding a forward position in the VRC St Leger at Flemington on Anzac Day, the Refuse To Bend gelding easily dispatched his rivals and is the one to beat in the $350,00 SA Derby on Sunday 8 May. Exciting colt Shrapnel was scratched from his assignment in Sydney because of a wet track but has been redirected to Adelaide for the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap also on 8 May. The Mark Kavanagh-trained 3yo is already proven at Morphettville clocking a very slick 1.8.81 when running his rivals ragged in the Group 2 Yallambee on 14 March. Another Victorian heading west for the SA Derby is the Peter Moodytrained Elusive King. An on-pacer, Elusive King had been racing consistently against 3yos before a slashing

Clean pairs of heels: Ears back and feet flying, Right Of Refusal takes jockey Michael Walker toward the line to easily win the $200,000 VRC St Leger at Flemington on Anzac Day.

fourth to Mornington-trained 4yo The Big Steel at Flemington on 25 April. While the major focus will be interstate, there are several horses to follow on the local horizon. Foremost among these are: Well-bred filly Miss Stellabelle caught the eye on debut at Caulfield when a brave third to Manhattan Maid. After covering ground in midfield, she stuck to her task nicely and is sure to derive great benefit from

the experience. Another to impress in the same race was fourth-placed Panhandle, a Starcraft filly who took time to find her stride but was very strong at the finish. Cranbourne-trained She Commands doesn’t win too often but is worth backing when she returns to the country. Having her second run this campaign, the seven-year-old stuck on nicely when sixth (80/1) behind the

classy Miss Octopussy over 1100m at Caulfield on 23 April. Staying bred 3yo External is worth following when he steps up in distance. After two nice efforts at the provincials, he was an unlucky third behind the free-striding Frenetica over 1600m at Caulfield. Former Kiwi Shadowfax has been a model of consistency since joining Mark Kavanagh and is destined for further success judging by his

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desperately unlucky fourth when resuming over 1100m at Caulfield. Suited to 1200m and 1400m, the 5yo is capable of getting a mile this campaign. Mornington-trained Kutchinsky started favourite in the $125,000 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield but was always up against it after setting back in a race dominated by horses racing handy. His closing sectionals were excellent and punters can recoup their losses when the 4yo steps out to 2200m or 2400m. Runner-up behind Bart Cummings Dariana in the Queensland Derby last year, trainer Tony Noonan is sure to be heading north for the winter. In-form Adelaide trainer David Jolly was unlucky not the land the Group 3 Victoria Handicap with Budriguez. Backed into favouritism at $4, the lightly raced 4yo was trapped wide from an outside barrier but only relented in the last few strides. Smart mare Moment In Time, who is now under the ownership of Patinack Farm, worked home stylishly in the Victoria Handicap and is sure to collect more black type when she steps out to a middle distance. Sale-trained Miss Matari failed to produce her best when campaigning in Queensland last year but her recent efforts have been encouraging and she has her foot on the till. Octagonal filly What A Beauty continues to work to the post strongly and is worth backing over 1600m or further while Gonna Be A Rocksta, Our Tigress, Sheila’s Star and Too Deadly are others worth following in the coming months. Best: Kutchinsky

Warriors too strong for Swans The mighty Westernport Warriors recorded a comfortable ‘home’ win over their closest rival, the Southern Swans in an entertaining first round clash of RecLink football. The fledgling Swans were no match for their more experienced counterparts in the Warriors who hit the ground running and ran out winners 11.15.81 to the Swans 4.11.35. The Warriors have done some solid recruiting in the off-season and have a new big gun up forward in huge ‘Pepsi’ Max Sanderson who after one game has already become a cult figure at the club. The question has to be asked as to whether the goal square is big enough for club legend Marty ‘Dobbo’ Dobson and big ‘Pepsi’, with the early mail being that the Dobster may have to play second fiddle. With his 24th birthday looming, there are whispers that ‘Dobbo’ may not get the contract extension that he is seeking but time will tell and only a brave man would write Dobbo off. It was the Swans kicking with the aid of a slight breeze who gained the early ascendancy and led at quarter time by nine points. Coach Barton was patient with his players at quarter time as he could sense that his team was about to put their feet to the pedal. He emphasized to his troops that they had to maintain their focus and that the second quarter was

the term that they had to exert their influence. With this, the Warriors shifted in to top gear and the Swans could only admire how the Warriors went about their business. The Warriors kicked five goals in the second term with the likes of Steve ‘Armed’ Robb, Jordan ‘Bag of Tricks’ Hendrix and Chris ‘Head’ Bastin doing as they pleased through the middle. After a quiet first term, Ash ‘Dasha’ Norton started to find the pill and Nathan ‘Flippa’ Phillips showed that he is all class in his first game. The Warriors had the game in their grasp at half time with a very handy twenty-five point lead. As if Coach Barton wasn’t happy enough at the main break, his smile became broader when Vio ‘The Man’ Vunimasi arrived at the ground during the interval keen to exert his influence in the second half. The Warriors were somewhat wasteful in the third term kicking two goals six behinds but their defence was at its frugal best led by skipper Chris ‘Posters’ Helweg and held the Swans to only four points. In the final term, Troy ‘The Boy’ Devries continued his dominance in the ruck presenting numerous opportunities to his on ball brigade led by James ‘Crown’ Cascini as the Warriors slammed on a further three majors to win the Peninsula Challenge Cup by 46 points.


WHAT’S ON Beleura Ladies Probus Club – Retired/Semi-retired why not join our happy group of ladies for Meetings, Outings Gallery visits and more? Meet 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 9.30am at St Mark’s Uniting Church Hall, Barkly Street , Mornington. New members most welcome. Details Contact Joy 5974 3162. Cancer Support Group meets every second Tuesday of the month. All welcome. Community Health. 185 High Street, Hastings, or ring 0419 020 543. AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MORNING TEA To be held at the Hastings Senior Citizens Club Rooms, Herring St. Hastings at 10am Friday 20th May. Entry by donation. All welcome. Further Information 59793425

Over 50’s American Clogging New beginner classes learning Clogging, cross between Country Tap Dancing, Irish Dancing and American Folk Dancing. No dance experience or partner needed. Contact: Mornington Cloggers Lee : 59776985 04129777898

Take Off Weight Naturally Clubs welcome all to join in a weightloss journey and lifestyle change. Contact Judy from the Dromana Club on 5981-4595, Lyn from Rosebud Club on 5988-8822 and Kerry from Tootgarook Club on 0412-627 757.

LADIES SOCIAL TENNIS is now available, at the hastings tennis club, 54 Marine Parade, Hastings, every monday and wednesday from 10am. Beginners welcome. Please contact Vicki 59794920 for more information.

PEOPLE PLACE MUSIC CLUB Come along and meet new friends and join in the fun at Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre. Sunday afternoons 1-4pm. Don’t forget Concert in July. 5th Year celebrations. Cost only $5.00 tea, coffee and refrershments. 9-7861445

ANTIQUE ROAD SHOW -VALUATION DAY. To be conducted by ’LEONARD JOEL AUCTION HOUSE’. On Wednesday 25th May from 10am to 2pm at The Fire Station Collingwood Street RYE. $5 fee for each item to be valued. Light refreshments available (donation). The Day will be run by the Rye Fire Brigade Auxiliary and all money raised will go towards the Brigade New Truck appeal. Ring Dawn 59853054 or Margaret 59857244

Western Port Equestrian Association Inc, for equestrian families, holds rallies on the 3rd Sunday and 2nd Wednesday of every month at Woolley’s Road Equestrian Reserve, Woolley’s Road, Crib Point. New members most welcome. Enquiries 0408 173 486

Chicks to Boilers Lunch. May 10th 12.OO- 2.30pm Brooklands 99 Tanti Ave Mornington. “Living Black in Brighton” - Speaker Mariam Issa will share her story. Escaping from Somalia and becoming a re-settling in Australia. Marian is married with 5 children, and very inspirational women with a burning passion for Education for all women. RSVP Merrilyn 59744072 noon May 5th.

Australian Breastfeeding Association The Peninsula Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association will hold a discussion meeting on Tuesday, 10th May at 10 am in the Mornington Library Community Room, Mornington. The topic will be “National Mothering Week”. Please bring a plate. New members welcome. Enquiries: phone 9787 7106.

Mahjong Club plays at Mornington R.S.L. (Virginia Street) on Fridays. 12:30 - 4:00pm. Experienced players made very welcome. Cost is $3.50. Tea & coffee provided. Contact Lucy - 5981 0801. MORNINGTON TOY LIBRARY The Mornington Toy Library is open on Wednesdays between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, Saturdays between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and Monday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm. Occasional borrowing and party pack are also available. Enquiries: 5975 1847 ORGAN Southern Peninsula Organ Society will meet at 5/80 Bentons Rd. Mt. Martha on Sunday May 15 at 2pm. New members welcome. Details: 5973 6008 or s.p.organ@gmail.com Your event here? Email team@ mpnews.com.au to have your community group’s event listed in the ‘What’s On Around The Peninsula’ section’.

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Mornington Peninsula Family History Society will meet on Saturday 4th June at 1.30pm in the Frankston South Recreation Centre, Towerhill Road Frankston Mel ref 102 D7.Subject “Researching Irish Family History”. Members $3.00 Visitors $5.00 Details ph 9785 6814 or www. mpfhs.org Swing It. If you play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument come and join the well established youth swing band at St Peters Church Hall, Albert St. Mornington. Make use of your music skills, have fun while developing your performance and ensemble skills, and make new friends. To join contact Peninsula Music Society on 9782 2450 or 5975 8841 or visit www.pyms.org.au Peninsula Bird Observers will be at The Briars Park,Mt Martha on Wednesday 11th May. Birdwatching will start at 9.00am and a Meeting will follow at 10:30am. There will be birdwatching at Red Hill on Sunday 15th at 10am. Bring lunch and binoculars. Details Max 97890224.

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Boot AND BARGAIN SALE Saturday 7th May Last before winter closing. St Marks Uniting Church Cr. Barkly and Waterloo Mornington. Selling 8.30am till 1pm. A big welcome to stall holders and buyers. 59756429/ 59751943 Aglow Somerville is holding it’s next meeting on Friday the 13th May at 7.30pm at the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre, Edward St, Somerville. “Meet for a Treat” and enjoy an encouraging talk by Susan Linden. Entry is $10 and includes supper. All ladies welcome to this special Mothers Day meeting. Contact Roslyn on 0488 998086.

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Rosebud Ladies Probus meet on the fourth Friday of every month at the Salvation Army Citadel, Melaleuca Ave Rosebud West. at 9.30am. Speaker Kay Rawlinson on Jewellery on Friday May 27th May. New members are always welcome to join. We are a friendly and caring group of ladies lookimg forward to meeting YOU Ring Barb 5985 7695

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Situations Vacant Property Manager Century 21 Hastings, the leaders in property management in the Western Port area, are seeking an agent’s representative with residential property management experience. A current, Victorian driver’s license and a reliable car are all essential. Familiarity with REST software package would be an advantage. The successful candidate will be a mature team player, with excellent communication and customer service skills, seeking a long term career in Property Management. Immediate start available. WE KNOW GOOD PEOPLE COST MONEY! Enquiries in the first instance to Abby Furniss – Senior Property Manager on 5979 3555 or abbyfurniss@century21.com.au

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EcoLPi Falcon to go on sale mid-year Ford Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next-generation EcoLPi liquid injection LPG system for Falcon will go on sale in mid-2011, providing customers with the most advanced LPG technology on the market. The new EcoLPi in-line sixcylinder engine is a state-ofthe-art, liquid phase injection, dedicated LPG powerplant that delivers impressive fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as no compromise engine performance compared to Falconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing petrol I6 engine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The introduction of EcoLPi is the next step in Ford Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive new product offensive, which will see close to 85 per cent of our vehicle line-up all-new or significantly updated over the next 12 months,â&#x20AC;? Bob Graziano, President & CEO, Ford Australia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also represents another key pillar in Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to bring a range of sustainability initiatives to market, following the launch of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first locally-produced diesel vehicle with the new SZ Territory, as well as the introduction of Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patented EcoBoost en-

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The colours of my mind By Stuart McCullough WE were looking for a new car. This process involved staring at various websites and wandering into car yards, hoping that someone would come to our assistance. Some people fell over themselves to help out. Others acted as though we had either interrupted them whilst on their break or recently injured someone dear to them, such was their resentment. In the course of our quest, we collected a large number of car brochures. Upon reading them, one thing struck me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is clear that those working in the marketing department of our major automotive manufacturers have too much time of their hands. Everything on a car, it seems, must have a ridiculous name. Even the wheels. According to the brochure, you can get a sixteen inch alloy wheel called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spectrum.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough wheel to get your motor running, then you can take it up a notch and get the seventeen inch â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Triffidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. By now, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably wondering why alloy wheels are all named after Australian rock bands. Sadly, the eighteen inch alloy wheel is not named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pseudo Echoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as it should be, but â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Themistoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. This, to my eternal regret, sounds not so much like a band as it does the name of somebody who is trying to destroy Spiderman. Cars are completely different propositions from what they were ten

years ago. Last time I bought a car, it was called a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Added to that, a CD player was then considered the absolute height of luxury. Now they have the status of a tape deck. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about I-pods, phone connectivity and a navigational display that will always tell you where to go. Currently, I have to rely on other motorists to tell me where to go â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and it must be said they do quite a good job of it too. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cars even offer heated seats, so that wherever you travel your buttocks are grilled to crispy perfection by the time you arrive. I had to make some choices. These crucial decisions, at least for me, begin with the colour. It was here that the marketing department had truly excelled themselves. Nothing was simple. In fact, they had clearly decided that simple was simply not good enough, and each colour had to be christened with a name that seemed far

more magnificent than a mere â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yellowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. In some instances, these names were still recognisable as actual colours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cappuccino Beigeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mocca Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. However, the deeper you went down the list, the less the descriptors made you think of colours as other things entirely. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Candy Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is either the name of Supermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant at the Daily Planet or, alternatively, the name of an exotic dancer who works at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Daily Planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pacific Blueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a new soapie in which confused but incredibly good-looking high school students struggle with lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major issues such as deciding which part of their anatomy to pierce next. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amazonian Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is something that the folks at Customs would likely confiscate and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rosso Brunelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a long-term backbencher whose pre-selection is under threat. None of these things could possibly refer to the colour of a

station wagon. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Storm Blueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a person who used to work on TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gladiators and is now struggling to keep their personal training business afloat and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Platin Greyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a race horse whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lost the last three races and is destined for the knackery. Not all the colours were so hugely imaginative, however. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amethyst Purpleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is, no matter which way you choose to look at it, purple and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brilliant Silverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is not really that brilliant at all and probably the brainchild of the work experience kid. One colour stood head, shoulders and scaffolding above all others. The name gave it a sense of grandeur and power, making it so much more than the mere sum of its constituent parts. How, I hear you ask, can the name of a shade of paint be so plainly awesome? Surely Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m over-egging this particular pudding. Whilst I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame you for being sceptical â&#x20AC;&#x201C; let me now

reveal that the pudding in question is a massive humble pie. Brace yourself whilst I shove an enormous serving straight down your doubting cakehole and present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Black Magic Pearl Effect.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; More than just a shade of paint, it sounds like the greatest rock band you never heard in your life. I can hear the strained voice of the concert promoter, struggling to be heard over the rapturous, cheering audience, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;would you welcome to stage The Black Magic Pearl Effect!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sadly, no such band currently exists. It is clear what I must do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I must start a new band. Luckily, thanks to Ticketmaster, I still have the offer of a free t-shirt up my sleeve. Whilst the band has no songs, no members other than myself and no records, we could at least get the ball rolling with an awesome t-shirt. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a darker truth to acknowledge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way on earth that a true fan of The Black Magic Pearl Effect would ever drive a station wagon, unless it was one from the seventies with the wood panelling and the back window propeller. No, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d drive a van with tinted windows perhaps with a dragon airbrushed onto the side. It seems my imaginary band is too cool to have me in it. That, frankly, is unfair. I will, however, still buy their records. www.stuartmccullough.com

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