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Rangers hunt Charlie’s killer By Keith Platt THE owners of a loved family pet mauled to death by a larger dog at Tyabb fear the same fate may be in store other small dogs. Four-year-old King Charles spaniel Charlie was having his daily walk at Tyabb oval on Monday 9 August with Phillip Poppleton when attacked by another dog that ran across from the leash-free area. Mr Poppleton, 82, took a kick at the attacking animal’s head, but was unable to scare it away from Charlie. A cleaner at the football club drove Mr Poppleton and Charlie to the Hastings vet, but efforts to save him were in vain. Meanwhile, the elderly owner of the offending dog collected his animal before driving off in a small blue sedan. His dog is described as being black with a white throat. If found guilty of an offence, the dog’s owner faces a $5000 penalty. Charlie’s owners could also seek damages and costs in civil proceedings. While Mr Poppleton and Charlie’s owner, his former wife Anne Tebbutt, and other family members are reeling from the shock of losing their pet, Mornington Peninsula Shire rangers are trying to track

down the offending dog and its owner. Ms Tebbutt said she was dreading breaking the news of Charlie’s death to her fouryear-old granddaughter. “I want people to be aware of this dog. You wonder if it has done it before and will it do it again? “Charlie was part of the family and this is just horrible.” Jonathon Poppleton said his father was distressed by the incident. “My dad was covered in blood and was very upset as one can imagine. He has been walking the family dogs at the Tyabb football ground for the last 10 or more years. “The cleaner at the football club saw my dad and drove Phillip and Charlie to my Mum’s home in Tyabb. Dad would not have been able to carry Charlie home as he is 82 years old.” Michael Doyle, a member of the shire’s environment team, said rangers were looking in the Tyabb area “trying to find the attacking dog and its owner”. Exercising dogs in off-leash areas was a “privilege that comes with responsibilities for dog owners”. Anyone who can help identify the dog that killed Charlie can call 1300 850 600.

Family loss: Melissa Bridge, left, with Anne Tebbutt and Charlie, their family’s loved King Charles spaniel killed by another dog while being walked at Tyabb.

Closure fears at BlueScope

BLUESCOPE Steel could be forced to mothball its steelmaking plant at Hastings, says a steel industry analyst from investment bank Credit Suisse. Last week BlueScope issued a notice to the Australian Stock Exchange saying it was considering not exporting its steel products. The company has been battered by a strong Australian dollar, rising iron ore and coking coal prices, a weakening domestic market, lower shipping prices for foreign competitors and lower cost Chinese steel. BlueScope’s shares are down 57 per cent since the start of the year and last week fell to below $1 after trading at $12 before the global financial crisis in 2008. The threatened closure or mothballing of the company’s Western Port facility would devastate families across the Mornington Peninsula and further afield. See full story on pages 2 and 3.


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Economic backbone for 40 years THE BlueScope Steel plant at Hastings started life as John Lysaght Australia when a cold mill and metal coating plant were opened in 1972 after a 1968 feasibility study and state government approval in 1970. The plant, pictured above, has been the backbone of the prosperity of Hastings, the Mornington Peninsula and wider southeast region. John Lysaght, the man, established an iron working business in Bristol making corrugated iron in 1857. He was exporting so much iron to Australia that he started an agency in Melbourne in 1880, offering Orb and Redcliffe brands. Lysaghts made galvanised sheet and plate between 1880 and 1912 at steelworks in Lithgow, NSW. In 1921 John Lysaght Australia started making corrugated iron next to BHP in Newcastle. In 1936 the firm

opened in Port Kembla, and by 1939 the two plants were meeting 100 per cent of Australian demand for galvanised sheeting. In 1979, the company was bought by BHP Steel, which subsequently spun it off into BlueScope Steel Ltd. Other production units opened at Hastings have included a pickle line (to treat rolled steel) and a paint line (to make products such as Colorbond) both in 1973, the hot strip mill (1978), metal coating line (1979), another paint line (1982) and the final unit, a second metal coating line in 1992. Advantages of building at Hastings cited in 1968 were the deep water port, proximity to Bass Strait for gas and the Latrobe Valley for electricity, and proximity of automotive, white goods, drum makers and building industry customers. Mike Hast

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BlueScope closure fears By Mike Hast THE future of BlueScope’s steel mill in Hastings is under a cloud and could be shut down with the loss of 1200 direct jobs. The grim prediction was made last Thursday after BlueScope Steel issued a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange saying it was “reviewing options to align BlueScope’s domestic steelmaking production capacity to Australian domestic market demand”. The company said it would write down $900 million from its coated and industrial products and distribution businesses. BlueScope has been under financial pressure since the global financial crisis in 2008 despite making huge gains in efficiency and cutting costs at the Hastings plant. A steel industry analyst from investment bank Credit Suisse said BlueScope could be forced to shut its Western Port mill and one of two huge blast furnaces at Port Kembla in NSW. The possible mothballing of the Hastings plant (pictured) would be a massive blow to the Mornington Peninsula and southeast. BlueScope employs 900 people and 300 contractors at Hastings, with hundreds more working for small and medium businesses doing work for the company. BlueScope will make no decisions until after the release of its 2010-11 financial results next Monday, 22 August. On Monday it was reported on

Trouble at mill as listed steelmaker eyes big losses

ABC News that BlueScope was expected to announce a $100 million loss. Late last week, Michael Slifirski of Credit Suisse reportedly said BlueScope was already struggling under unfavourable market conditions and the federal government’s carbon tax would make steel exports unprofitable. BlueScope could meet Australian demand for its steel products from Port

Kembla and paint line plants in NSW and Queensland. The company produces various type of steel for the automotive, manufacturing, and building and construction markets including perhaps the bestknown construction materials Colorbond and Zincalume. At Hastings, about 23 per cent of production goes overseas. About half of the steel made at Port Kembla is

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ing steel exports, balance sheet pressure and 10 years of adverse structural change would force BlueScope to halve steel production by shutting down the Port Kembla blast furnace and Western Port hot strip mill. BlueScope’s shares are down 57 per cent since the start of the year after being buffeted by a strong dollar, rising iron ore and coking coal prices, a weakening domestic market, lower shipping prices for foreign competitors and lower cost Chinese steel. On Monday shares were trading at about 90 cents. Before the GFC they were $12. By mothballing, rather than dismantling, Western Port and keeping it as a back-up for the larger Port Kembla hot strip mill, rehabilitation costs could be avoided. Kristi Beaglehole, manager of external affairs at BlueScope Western Port, on Monday said the company was in “a close period until we release our full year results on 22 August”. “We do not, as a matter of policy, provide public comment on media or other commentators’ speculation,” she said. BlueScope Steel CEO Paul O’Malley is holding a media conference next Monday morning after the company’s financial results have been released to answer questions about the future of the company and, perhaps, the fate of the steelworks at Hastings.

exported. Mr Slifirski said the closures would cost $200 million as well as 2000 employee and contractor jobs, but would release $250 million in net cash, make the company more profitable and give it the upper hand in merger talks with OneSteel, Australia’s other listed steelmaker, which operates in Whyalla, SA, using its own iron ore. Mr Slifirski said current loss-mak-

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By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has ordered billionaire clothing retailer Solomon Lew and his daughter Jacqueline Lew to demolish by 29 August a swimming pool allegedly built on public foreshore land at Mt Eliza. The order was served on the Lews and their lawyers last Monday with the initial requirement the pool at the rear of the Lew family holiday house be drained by yesterday (Monday). The pool – which the shire claims was built without a permit and on Crown land on the Port Phillip side of the Osprey Ave property overlooking Moondah Beach south of Kunyung Rd – was drained on Friday. The Osprey Ave property is used as a holiday retreat by Jacqueline Lew. The shire was preparing to send officers and workers to the property on Monday morning to inspect and, if necessary, drain the pool, which it says is unstable. Shire spokesman Todd Trimble said the order had been issued under the Building Act “after a geotechnical engineering report identified concerns regarding the stability of the land supporting the pool”. Asked about the probe into the pool being built on public land, Mr Trimble said the shire’s compliance department was continuing its investigations. “The pool ... is the subject of an ongoing shire investigation regarding its construction, the failure to obtain the necessary planning and building approvals, and the fact that the pool was built on Crown land without the necessary permission,” he said.

Waterless world: The drained pool on Saturday morning, which Mornington Peninsula Shire claims was built on public foreshore land at Mt Eliza by billionaire clothing retailer Solomon Lew and his daughter Jacqueline Lew. Picture: Mike Abicare of Winning Images (

In late June, Mr Trimble said shire officers had met Department of Sustainability and Environment. The department manages the foreshore land on behalf of the state. The News believes DSE supports the shire’s call for the pool to be removed.

The pool was built in secret over the past two years with neighbours unaware of its construction, but came to public – and shire – attention after The Sunday Age published a story about it in late May. Builders discussing the pool were

overheard in a hotel, which led to the initial story. In early June, The News reported the Lew family had been given until 10 June to explain to the shire why it had been built on public land (‘Billionaire pool row’, 7/6/11).

RESIDENTS of Mornington Peninsula are uniquely and doubly blessed. We are blessed with 11 councillors with wisdom of mythological proportions; the wisdom to ignore the advice of the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the head of the Australian Public Service, the world’s leading executive placement agency, and numerous Victorian state politicians that the optimum length of tenure for a CEO is five to seven years. The wisdom to dismiss the empirical evidence that after this time CEO performance declines and lack of renewal leads to organisational stagnation. The wisdom to reappoint, uncontested, for the third time the shire CEO, thus taking the CEO’s tenure up to a truly remarkable 16 years; three times the optimum. We are further blessed that in 1999 the then councillors chose a CEO of such uniquely outstanding capabilities that 13 years on, the CEO is still indisputably the best municipal CEO in the country; so far ahead of any other actual or potential CEOs, in fact, that any comparison would clearly be pointless. We are blessed, indeed, to live in such a golden age governed by such civic titans. David Chalke Tyabb

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Kennedy reappointed Three more years for shire’s CEO By Mike Hast SHIRE councillors on Wednesday afternoon last week reappointed Michael Kennedy for a fourth term as Mornington Peninsula Shire Council CEO. The decision to rehire him without advertising the job was made at a closed meeting held specifically to deal with the matter. The 11 councillors had until last Wednesday to tell Dr Kennedy if they intended to advertise his job six months before his contract expires next February. Dr Kennedy, 58, was offered and accepted a new three-year contract that will see him become the second-longest running CEO in the region and the second-highest paid after City of Casey boss Mike Tyler. Dr Kennedy receives $319,000 a year plus benefits including a car. Dr Kennedy was given a five-year contract in 1999 after being CEO of Boroondara, which is in the inner eastern suburbs. He was CEO of the Shire of Hastings for one year before council amalgamations in 1994. In 2004 he was reappointed to another five-year contract, without the job being advertised. In 2009 he was given a three-year contract, again without the job being advertised.

Secure position: Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors have reappointed Michael Kennedy CEO for another three years.

When he completes this new contract in early 2015, Dr Kennedy will have been the shire’s CEO for 16 years. The decision on Wednesday was not unanimous. The News believes at least four of the 11 councillors wanted to advertise the job. Former state senior Liberal MP Robin Cooper told The News he had been told two weeks ago the reappointment of Dr Kennedy was a done deal.

“I spent some time [at a function] talking with a councillor, who shall remain nameless, and he was quite happy to tell me about the support Kennedy had from councillors,” he said. Mr Cooper, the former MP for Mornington and Transport Minister in the Kennett government, said the councillor had told him at least six of the 11 councillors supported retaining Dr Kennedy without advertising his job.

The former MP, who was also Opposition spokesman for local government 1985-87, has been a trenchant critic of the council for not testing the “CEO market”. He criticised the council in 2008 and again in mid-June over not advertising the top job. “My view on [council] appointments, regardless of who it is, is that the market should be tested to see who is available,” he said in 2008. In June he said his view was unchanged: “Whether you are pro or anti Dr Kennedy, the council should find who’s available. “To commit the same error [not advertise, as occurred in 2008] a second time, well, the councillors should be held to task. I would be staggered if the Minister for Local Government felt any different.” Asked about the cost of advertising the job, Mr Cooper said: “It costs a lot to run a state election. Should we just save our money and appoint MPs for life? “It seems Michael Kennedy believes he has the CEO’s job for as long as he wants it, but testing the market is in the best interests of ratepayers.” Dr Kennedy will not be confirmed in the job for two weeks as statutory requirements play out.

Mayor: CEO ‘very good’ SHIRE mayor Graham Pittock says reappointed CEO Michael Kennedy’s performance in the past 12 months exceeded expectations. “All councillors provided feedback on the CEO’s performance and rated [it] as very good, with achievements in the established performance criteria exceeding expectations,” he stated in a news release last Thursday. A thorough review of Dr Kennedy’s performance “involved the use of an external facilitator to assist council in the process”. Cr Pittock said the CEO was not present at the review and had not made submissions. Councillors had met over three months, he said. “We engaged an external facilitator with exceptional local government experience to ensure the review process was as thorough as possible.” The mayor said he had spoken about the process of reviewing CEOs with about 40 mayors at a conference in Canberra as well as with mayors in neighbouring councils. “I am very confident [the shire’s process] is one of the most comprehensive and thorough ... in local government in Victoria.” Cr Pittock told radio station 3RPP council would not release results of Dr Kennedy’s key performance indicators from his performance review. He listed achievements under Dr Kennedy’s leadership as including:  Developing the Sustainable Peninsula model to address social, environmental and economic issues.  Protecting the peninsula from the threat of “suburbanisation”, with an Urban Growth Boundary to ensure it remains a minimum 70 per cent rural and 30 per cent urban.  Increasing maintenance standards by more than 30 per cent across the shire.  Seeing a significant and continuing improvement in the annual Community Satisfaction Survey.

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George has his heart set on heart machine SAFETY Beach resident George Kokkinos has set his eyes on a new fundraising effort; the purchase of a digital subtraction angiography machine for the main operating theatre complex at Frankston Hospital. The machine will allow surgeons to see, in real time, blockages in heart patients rather than having to rely on X-rays. George has set his eyes on raising $80,000 for the new machine. “I’ve donated about $230,000 to various hospitals over three years” George said. “The majority of it has been to The Alfred.” “Now it is time to come closer to home and raise some money for a very worthwhile machine in Frankston.” George the Sausage Man, as he is known, works seven days a week cooking sausages outside various Safeway stores and IGAs between Mentone and Rye. “I’ve cooked about 11 tonnes of sausages in three years,” he said. “Last financial year, I raised $90,000.” And what keeps George motivated to cook sausages day in, day out? “The Alfred saved my son’s life once, and since then I’ve realised how important and undervalued our hospitals are. I’ll keep on cooking sausages and raising money for as long as I can still stand.” Keep an eye out for George outside a supermarket near you. Buy a sausage or two, and give him a pat on the back.

A time to plant: Red Hill Ward councillor Frank Martin and Shoreham Community Association president Peter Renkin discuss plans for tree planting at the Shoreham Triangle.

Snags, power before trees MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has supplied fire resistant, koala friendly species to be planted at the Shoreham Triangle next to the fire station on Saturday 20 August. The tree planting after a midday sausage sizzle will be the start of replanting of the triangle to replace pines. Volunteers should take gloves and boots; picks and shovels will be supplied by Mornington Peninsula Shire. A public information session

on a community power group purchasing scheme will be held at the Shoreham CFA at 11.30am. PowerGroupPurchasing managing director Chris Kechagias will explain the plan, which is similar to one at Somers. The scheme will be open to residents of Shoreham, Flinders and Point Leo. For details call 5989 8818 or visit the Shoreham Community Association www.shoreham.


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MP won’t help police in pay dispute By Mike Hast MORNINGTON MP David Morris will not help police in their bid for higher wages and better conditions. A three-man delegation led by Sergeant Jamie Stuart met with Mr Morris on Monday morning at the MP’s new office in Main St, Mornington. Sgt Stuart, based in Hastings, is the peninsula’s representative on the police union, the Victoria Police Association. During a brief meeting, Mr Morris told the police he was leaving the controversial wage, or enterprise bargain agreement, negotiations to Police Minister Peter Ryan, Acting Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and the VPA. “I lobby for extra police resources on the peninsula not individual discussions,” he told The News. The government has offered police a 2.5 per cent pay increase – two per cent less than what the Police Association had asked for. Sgt Stuart and two delegates from Mornington police station were joined by about 10 other peninsula police in three police cars. The delegation assured Mr Morris the peninsula was “covered” despite the large police presence at his office. The meeting with Mr Morris was part of the next stage in the Police Association’s EBA campaign, which has seen graphic billboards showing police injured in the line of duty. Other moves since 7 June have included police warning motorists about speed camera locations, police refusing to provide statistics and refusing to perform voluntary duties. Police Association secretary Greg Davies said late last month delegates

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Police action: Mornington Peninsula police gather outside Mornington MP David Morris’s office on Monday before a meeting to ask him to lobby on their behalf as part of their pay dispute with the state government.

had approved a new phase of the campaign, a statewide program of political lobbying. “Delegates will seek face-to-face meetings with every MP in the state to challenge them to take their case for a fair pay rise to their party rooms and to Parliament,” Mr Davies said. “They will be reminding our parliamentarians that Police Association members are prepared to run their EBA campaign right up until the next election if necessary.” Mr Davies said it was vital that bans

are maintained to keep the pressure on the government. “We know they are having an impact. Our advertising campaign has elevated our case in the public consciousness and we all know the power of public opinion on law enforcement issues. “The worst thing we can do is to ease the pressure on government.” Mr Davies said the government had been elected on a platform of doing something about law and order. He said now-Premier Ted Baillieu had “looked us in the eye at a del-

egates’ conference last year – 79 days before the election – and stated that he supported pay rises for police that took into account of CPI (inflation) plus productivity”. Sgt Stuart said he hoped Mr Morris would take the police message to Cabinet as he represented all constituents on the peninsula, including police. “We’re ready to go; we just want the government to sit down with police,” he said.

PENINSULA snake catcher Barry Goldsmith warns snakes are out and about early this year. Mr Goldsmith says in the past two weeks he has been called to remove 11 snakes from residences and homes on the peninsula. “This is unheard of for this time of year and can be related to the unseasonal weather, the growth of plants and the breeding of the rodent population,” he said. “I have been catching and removing snakes here for many years and this year is certainly different. “The problem is people don’t expect to see snakes in winter and bites can occur if the snake is scared. “I hope no one gets bitten as they go about their winter garden chores, and that people realise snakes are protected even though many residents think they are just lowly animals.” Mr Goldsmith, who is also a wildlife controller and owns a wildlife shelter, can be contacted on 0408 067 062.

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Winemakers have a crush on wine FRANKSTON Amateur Winemakers wineshow is on again this year - Sunday 28 August, at The Briars Historic Park, Mt. Martha. There will be a wide selection of wines available for tasting and you can even take home your tasting glass! (which is included in the very reasonable $10 entry fee). Wines on show range from the ‘normal’ grape varieties to more exotic wines made from fruits, herbs, vegetables, leaves and flowers. About 500 entries are expected at this year’s show including still, sparkling and fortified wines and liqueurs. Wines made from grapes like shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and other ingredients such as raspberries, plums, quinces, strawberries,

parsnips, oak leaves, etc., will be on show and available for tasting. You will be able to meet the winemakers and discuss the ‘secrets’ of their medal winning wines. In addition, the attractions at The Briars, such as the woodland walks, wetlands, bird hides and historic homestead (which has a link to Napoleon Bonaparte), offer an enjoyable day’s outing. You might even like to have a picnic lunch or a delicious meal at Josephine’s Restaurant, right next door to wineshow venue (The Barn). More information is available at www.fawg. or by contacting Noel Legg, wineshow coordinator on 5996 6620, or wineshow@fawg.

Coramba shipwreck discovery boat now on historic vessel register By Mike Hast THE Second World War patrol boat used by divers to find the ill-fated cargo steamer Coramba off Phillip Island in May has been listed on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. Divers from Mornington Peninsulabased Southern Ocean Exploration found the steamer in 63 metres of water about 15 kilometres southeast of the island, using MV Action as their main dive boat. Action, based on a British motor torpedo boat, was bought by SOE diver and yachtman Justin McCarthy of Cranbourne earlier this year.

The discovery of Coramba, Australia’s most searched-for shipwreck, closed a chapter in Australian maritime history and brought relief to ageing survivors of the 17 men who were lost when the steamer went down with all hands on a stormy night in November 1934. Other famous Australian vessels on the historic register include the schooner Alma Doepel, America’s Cup winner Australia II, and the nation’s oldest sailing vessel, The City of Adelaide. Built in Brisbane in 1942 for the war effort, TMB 02-14 Action was one of 12 PT boats used by the RAAF

as search and rescue vessels in New Guinea. After the war, the boat was used for ceremonial duties, including carrying Queen Elizabeth across Sydney Harbour in 1953. It was sold to the Williamstown Yacht Club in 1960 and used as the commodore’s boat. In the late 1970s, an Adelaide consortium bought Action and allegedly used it for drug smuggling. In the mid-1990s it was used to make a television documentary on the Murray Darling Basin and was moored at Goolwa for three years before changing hands again and undergoing a complete refit.

Mr McCarthy said Southern Ocean Exploration used Action as its primary search vessel. “I am delighted the boat has been recognised for her contribution to our history. It’s wonderful she is still contributing to our national story,” he said. “The boat has been well maintained over the past 70 years and is a piece of RAAF maritime history, a genuine link to our wartime efforts.” Action is a fully restored timber 48-foot long (14.6-metre) Spring & Denaro (Queensland) sea rescue patrol boat. It has twin 300-horsepower diesel

engines and can cruise at 17 knots with a top speed of 24. It has solar panels and inverters that enable the vessel to be at sea for weeks at a time. Fuel tanks of 1800 litres give the boat a range of about 1500km. Action boasts a large galley (kitchen) and saloon (lounge) with all mod cons, and sleeps nine.  The News reported the discovery of Coramba on 16 June (‘The sea gives up a secret as Depression-era shipwreck found off Phillip Island’. For more information about SOE, go to www.southernoceanexploration. com

History finds history: Top, MV Action underway off Phillip Island during the search earlier this year for the SS Coramba, which was found off Phillip Island after 76 years by members of peninsula-based Southern Ocean Exploration. Now the nearly 70-year-old former RAAF sea rescue boat has been listed on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. Below, SOE divers meet up with colleagues on another boat and give the thumbs up after finding Coramba. Pictures courtesy SOE and Terry Cantwell

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Beanie knitters cover our troops

Win-win: Rayna Andersson, left, organised a craft workshop for children and friends, and raised money for a Christmas giving program.

Talented teen raises Christmas money WHEN talented year 8 student Rayna Andersson, 14, became involved in a communication project at Woodleigh School, she put her many skills to work and came up with a great idea to raise funds for the Western Port Community Support Christmas Giving Program. Her initial idea involved organising a craft workshop for children and family friends at the Hastings Community House, which was to be the basis for her school project. She decided if all participants paid a small fee to attend the workshop, she could donate the proceeds to charity. An aspiring artist, Rayna enjoys craft, photography, woodwork and life drawing, and hopes to apply her talents in a career involving professional design and illustration. She has previously entered many of her works at the Red Hill Show, including a didgeridoo, which she made and decorated. Organising the workshop proved very challenging, involving many quite unfamiliar tasks including approaching the community house organisers, recruiting volunteers to supervise, arranging advertising and flyers, obtaining craft materials needed and setting up the room. The most popular activities for the children were making pom-poms and decorating small canvases with shells that Rayna had collected from peninsula beaches.

“I didn’t realise until it was all over just how many small details there were to think about, but it was a fun experience and taught me a lot about communication,” she said. Rayna’s talents and enthusiasm saw a fun day for all participants and $65 for the Christmas giving program. Matt Vowell, on work experience

KNITTERS on the Mornington Peninsula are taking up knitting needles for a Country Women’s Association campaign to make beanies and fingerless gloves for Australian troops in Afghanistan. CFA stalwart Faye Hester of Bittern is one of the first knitters on the peninsula to get involved. As a teenager, Faye knitted socks for her brother serving in Vietnam. Since her knitting skills had declined, Faye thought that other “lapsed” knitters might like to form a knitting group to meet for coffee and chat while they knitted once a fortnight. About 300 Bendigo Bank Community Bank branches are acting as collection points for knitted items made for the project, started by Werribee’s CWA. The call to knitting needles is a reminder of how Australians supported their troops in wars past with big national clothing supply campaigns in the First and Second World Wars. Carrum Downs bank chairman Gary Rowe said the Australian Defence Force did not supply beanies and gloves and they were needed for the coming northern winter. “We hope every soldier will be supplied with at least one set, so we need lots of knitters,” he said. Cost of the wool is expected to be about $81,000. “This must be pure wool not synthetic and a specific yarn size. Knitters are using different sized yarn for the beanie and the gloves,” Mr Rowe said. “Colour is important. Black, brown, khaki and dark green are being used

so as not to set soldiers up as targets. Wangaratta Woollen Mills has donated 9000 balls and our branch is donating $6000 for more wool.” He said CWA was seeking knitters from all over the state. Scarves are being knitted by those who can’t do beanies or gloves. Beanies will be made of 8 ply wool and gloves of four ply. Knitters who would like wool and patterns or who would like to contact Faye Hester can call Fran Henke of Hastings on 5979 7274 or email her at

Cosy situation HASTINGS Community House is hosting a Tea Cosy Extravaganza on Tuesday and Wednesday 23 and 24 August. Teapots and handmade tea cosies will be available to view and bid for in a silent auction. Afternoon tea will be provided and all are welcome. The cosies are on display at the Hastings Library. Auction details at the library or Hastings Community House on 5979 2918.

Coast Guard ready to fight fires on water COAST Guard volunteers at Hastings are the first flotilla to acquire CFA firefighting skills. The volunteers have completed a marine firefighting course allowing them to respond to fires on water without the need for CFA firefighters to be on board. “This training should be a requirement for all Coast Guard volunteers. We are proud to say we are CFA members as well as Coast Guard members,” CFA Coast Guard liaison officer David Hatcher said. “Obviously our number one priority is to save lives and now we have firefighting equipment and training to help us achieve this mission.” CFA Hastings volunteer Alex Satragno, who is currently training seven Coast Guard members, said he has been waiting to participate in the project. “This is, so to speak, like giving birth to a firefighting water service. Hastings Coast Guard receives about 100 callouts a year – that’s more than some of our CFA stations. “I believe it is essential for all Coast Guard members to obtain their basic firefighting skills.” The Coast Guard boat at Hastings will be fitted with a CFA pump.

Western Port Community Support advises we are holding our 32nd Annual General Meeting at the registered office of the association at 185 High Street, Hastings, on September 20th 2011, at 11am. PAGE 10

Knit a row, purl a Rowe: Carrum Downs Community Bank chairman Gary Rowe has a quick knitting lesson from dedicated knitter Audrey Donehue of RSL Park in Frankston South, a member of the Mornington Peninsula Post Polio Support Group, who has joined a CWA project to knit beanies, gloves and scarves for Australian troops.

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Construction complete on recycled water pipeline AS part of its major infrastructure project, South East Water has completed construction of 13.2 kilometre recycled water pipeline from Somers to Hastings. “We would like to thank the local community for their patience during the construction phase of the pipelines: we have worked hard to minimise the disruption to local residents,” said Kevin Hutchings, Managing Director of South East Water, which has delivered the project in alliance with ‘us’ – Utility Services “South East Water is partnering with BlueScope Steel and the Victorian Government to decrease the amount of drinking water used at BlueScope Steel’s Western Port Plant by 660 million litres per year,” he continued. “Local residents may have noticed our crews in Hendersons Road, Boes Road, South Beach Road, Graydens Road and Thornhill Street. They have been constructing the 13.2 kilometre pipeline to take water from the new Recycled Water Treatment Plant to

BlueScope Steel and a one kilometre pipeline that will transfer wastewater to the existing sewerage system,” said Mr Hutchings. In addition to the construction of the pipes, the project also involves the ongoing construction of a new Recycled Water Treatment Plant to produce high quality Class A recycled water for BlueScope Steel and an upgrade to the existing Somers Sewage Treatment Plant to meet the needs of the growing population. “Innovative engineering techniques were used on the project minimising the impact on local plants and animals while lowering the likelihood of damaging any archaeological artefacts, which is important as the new Thornhill Street sewer pump station is located near protected wetlands,” concluded Mr Hutchings. For further information about the Somers Recycled Water Project, please go to www.southeastwater. or contact Clare Arthurs. Matt Vowell, on work experience

Finding out about floods FLOOD management information sessions will be hosted by Mornington Peninsula Shire this month. They will cover the impacts of more frequent rain and storm events expected with climate change. The sessions will include information about flood mapping, drainage improvements, planning issues related to flood management, building controls and preparing for floods and storms.

Property owners can find out potential flood risks to their property. Information sessions:  Tuesday 23 August, 6.30-8pm, shire office, Besgrove St. Rosebud.  Wednesday 24 August, 6.30-8pm, Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd. Mornington.  Tuesday 30 August, 6.30-8pm, Hastings Bowls Club, 40 Marine Pde. To register call 5950 1294.

The Western Port Whisperer THE Whisperer is confused and not very amused. He is off his tucker. Mrs Whisperer, on the other hand, is most pleased: “He has done such a good job of making the councillors work together and think alike,” she opined. “He’s so dreamy, so sylphlike, so virile, so commanding – and look at all those lovely bow ties. Where would we possibly find another CEO so sartorially elegant?” The Whisperer keeps his opinion from the distaff side to avoid domestic combat. Secretly he is miffed; after a dozen long years he was looking forward to a young, fresh new face – possibly even a female; some councils do have ’em – in place of Dr Michael Kennedy OAM, the CEO who, it seems, may never go. So The Whisperer must make the best of it, by reviewing the CEO’s string of fine successes:  A doubling of the rates and charges burden in a mere decade, to spend on roadmaking and repairing, to keep tip fees down, to pay his $6134 a week salary, to maintain infrastructure, to build a pool at Rosebud, etc.  Acquiring a splendid shire debt, which has soared gracefully from $0 in 2003 to about $38 million today – but fear not, it’s under control.  Donating ratepayer money to subsidise state government projects like training young people at Pelican Pantry in Hastings and helping repair Portsea Beach. So The Whisperer can understand why a majority of councillors gave “The Coach” another three years, another million in salary. Clearly he not only met but easily exceeded the

key performance indicators in his performance review (wonder what his KPIs were?). The Whisperer feels the reappointment is an especial triumph, considering that the Ombudsman was required to adjudicate on the CEO’s previous reappointment, and his loyal councillors then had to – quite rightly, and most indignantly – reject the Ombudsman’s recommendation that they counsel their boss (wrong; the councillors are his boss. – Editor). The Whisperer grasps why most councillors voted for the reappointment – they seem to tremble at the thought of, gasp, having a new CEO. They are used to their old one, the devil they know, who gently leads them like lambs. By the time he retires, Dr Kennedy will have ruled the shire from his 40s to his 60s. He will be entitled to a Seniors Card when finally he goes – and his grateful lambs will probably reward him by naming a pool after him. Perhaps he will stay until his 70s; then one day he’ll get off his racing bike and decide “My work here is done”, but then, why would he walk away from his raison d’etre? The Whisperer has heard the CEO’s loyal councillor supporters described as “rusted-ons”. It’s not true: they are “welded-ons”. The bond is unbreakable. It’s sort of exhilarating, but depressing at the same time. It was such an opportunity for councillors to be wildly, boldly, responsibly unsustainable, by fetching in some vibrant new blood that would make the

place rock. But that sort of decision goes against the ultra-Tory instinct, and Mrs Whisperer would have been displeased enough to disturb the domestic bliss. And women look so déclassé in bow ties. *** AUSTRALIANS have been awarded the Victoria Cross on 98 occasions, starting with the first six won during the Boer War. The majority of medals can be found in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, but every now and then a privately held medal comes up for sale. The most recent was the VC won in New Guinea by Ted Kenna, which fetched more than $1 million. Speaking of big awards, the recently released little publication 100 Years of the Rainbow Show records that at the 1928 show, 14-year-old Dudley Ismay won a gold medal worth one pound, donated by Harry Fisher of Yaapeet, for the “boy who delivers the largest number of sparrow heads and eggs”. One would imagine not a large number of these gold medals have been struck and, while the Australian War Memorial probably wouldn’t be a bidder, it is interesting to speculate what a sparrows heads and eggs medal would fetch on the open market. Incidentally the show’s rules specified the sparrow heads and eggs had to be obtained “within a radius of 15 miles of Rainbow”. How the judges were able to distinguish a Rainbow sparrow from a Jeparit sparrow is not clear. Email

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Tide times raise queries over dredging at The Heads

Critical depth: The deepest section of The Heads at about 90 metres is the C-shaped old bed of the Maribyrnong River, which used to flow from Melbourne to Bass Strait before Port Phillip was formed about 10,000 years ago. Tides, variable depths, winds and swell from Bass Strait make the entrance to Port Phillip one of the most dangerous in the world. The red lines at left and right define marine parks and the cross-hatched areas in red show where dredging occurred. Graphic: Port of Melbourne Corporation

By Mike Hast LARGER ships entering and leaving Port Phillip Heads must wait for slower tide flows after the Port of Melbourne Corporation issued a restriction notice to mariners last month. Tankers of 11.6-metre draught or more cannot transit The Heads if the tide is flowing faster than 3 knots in either direction (about 5.5km/h, or 3.4mph). Other vessels of 12.1-metre draught or more cannot transit with a 5-knot or faster flood (incoming) tide or 4-knot ebb (outgoing) tide. The “tidal stream limits” were imposed on 8 July in a temporary Notice to Mariners and made permanent on 20 July. The restrictions raise questions about the controversial $1 billion Port Phillip Channel Deepening Project (CDP), which saw 550,000 cubic metres of limestone and sandstone removed from The Heads between early 2008 and mid-2009. Dredging was designed to allow

14-metre draught vessels entry at any time instead of the previous restriction of 11.6-metre draught ships at any time or 12.1-metre draught ships with tide assistance. At the 2004 environmental effects assessment panel hearing into the proposed CDP, Port of Melbourne Corporation said dredging would allow 24-hour access though The Heads for all vessels up to 14 metres draught through all stages of the tide. The corporation stated the CDP was needed to keep Melbourne’s port competitive with Sydney and Adelaide, which can take 14-metre draught ships. Delays of even a few hours while bigger ships waited for higher tides would be a major economic burden on the shipping industry, the port corporation said. The tide restriction has stunned port experts as well as conservationists who tried to stop the dredging project. Port of Melbourne Corporation did not respond to questions from The

News. A shipping source told The News PoMC’s harbor master had said delays would be minimal. The restriction came soon after the port corporation increased its infrastructure levy by $1 to $34.10 plus 3 per cent GST on every full 20-foot container. The charge is “part of the cost recovery schedule for the successfully completed Channel Deepening Project”, the port announced on 30 May. One port expert, who did not want to be named, told The News the restriction had been imposed because of cross-currents affecting ships transiting the Great Ship Channel, the name given to the entrance to Port Phillip, which was deepened to 17 metres to accommodate 14-metre draught ships. “At 245 metres wide, the channel is narrower than the internationally required width, and risk assessments are obviously showing that deep draught vessels have to take into account the cross-currents.”

Little slack in tide velocity AN appraisal of 2007 tide tables showed 1411 tides and the number of tides where the water velocity remained below 3 knots was 279, that is, just undcr 20 per cent of the total number of tides. The 2007 predicted maximum flood tide through The Heads had a velocity of 8.1 knots and the ebb tide a velocity of 6.8 knots. Slack water in The Heads occurs for just four one-hour periods every 24 hours.

Corporation Notice to Mariners No. 095 / 11: Port Phillip Heads – Tidal stream limits for vessels transiting Port Phillip Heads:

THIS is the full transcript of the PoMC notice:

Transit restricted during periods when the flood and ebb tides are over three (3) knots.

Port of Melbourne


Mariners are advised that tidal stream limits apply to vessels when transiting the fairway through Port Phillip Heads. Transit restrictions relate to the short periods of high tidal flow and apply as follows: Tankers of 11.6m draught and over:

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All vessels (except tankers) of greater than 12.1m draught: Inbound vessels’ transit restricted during periods when flood and ebb tides are five (5) knots and over. Inbound vessels’ transit restricted during periods when flood tide is five (5) knots and over, or the ebb tide is four (4) knots and over. (signed) David Shennan, Harbour Master  The Notice to Mariners can be viewed at: www. shipping/notices/ntms.asp

The entrance to Port Phillip is regarded as one of the most dangerous port entrances in the world. Tidal flows cross the Great Ship Channel simultaneously in contrary directions and the conditions are complicated by ocean swells in Bass Strait. Tides running into or out of the bay can be up to eight knots or more, and deep draught vessels can be pushed sideways, risking being forced outside the Great Ship Channel into the shallower channels either side – the Eastern and Western Ship Channels, 11.9 and 11.4 metres deep respectively, which were not dredged during the CDP. With 14-metre draught tankers carrying 100,000 tonnes of oil and other vessels carrying 10,000 tonnes of fuel oil, a ship grounding in The Heads could have disastrous effects on the fragile marine environment. A second port expert, who also did not want to be named, queried how the Port of Melbourne would measure tide flow speeds. “How are port managers gauging tidal flows at any given time? Where are their instruments located? Are they using the information from the federal government’s National Tidal Centre?” He said that at various times of the year, tide predictions could vary by up to one hour. Also, it was well known that at The Heads the tide on the surface can be flooding (coming in from Bass Strait) when the tide on the bottom was ebbing (going out). “When the corporation was doing the dredging, it had five tide flow metres but they have been removed,” the source said. He said the corporation (and by implication shipping) had been lucky so far. “Anecdotal information from Port Phillip Sea Pilots – who were not allowed to speak at the two environmental effects assessment hearings – reveals many incidents occurred before dredging of The Heads. “Most pilots claim they have been swept up to 100 metres off course during heavy weather and high tide flows. There is no room for error in a 245-metre wide channel when piloting a 300-metre plus ship.” Anti-dredging campaigner Jenny

Warfe, of Blue Wedges Coalition, said the new restrictions were “puzzling”. “Port of Melbourne Corporation’s notice states the restrictions will only apply for ‘short periods of high tidal flow’, but there are many days all through the year when the flow regularly exceeds 3, 4 and 5 knots. “The constraints imposed could have major impacts on shipping schedules and hence the economic justifications for the channel deepening project,” she said. “When tides are at their strongest, when the moon is in new or full phase, tidal flow at The Heads can be 7 or 8 knots. So for half of every month, shipping could be greatly restricted, causing delays in departures and arrivals. Even on neap tides – when the moon is in its quarter phases – tide speed can often be at least 3 knots. “So what’s changed and why? Old tide tables, from before The Heads was deepened, also show many days when speed was predicted to be in excess of 3, 4 and 5 knots. “The tide has been flowing in and out at those speeds for thousands of years, so why has it become more dangerous to enter and exit Port Phillip, even for some vessels that pre-channel deepening were not restricted? “In 2004, an 11.6-metre draught oil tanker had no restrictions on entry or exit at any height or speed of tide. Now it has to wait for 3 knots or less.” Perhaps insurers had decided for some reason that The Heads now presents a greater risk for them, she said. “It is starting to look like the $1 billion channel deepening project is a giant white elephant – leaving us with a toxic dump in the bay forever [polluted material dredged from the Yarra was dumped off Mordialloc and covered with clean sand from the South Channel] and a buggered beach at Portsea – all for nothing.”

Queen of rocks: The Queen of the Netherlands trailing suction hopper dredge removes rock in the Great Ship Channel in 2008, the “fairway” for ships passing through Port Phillip Heads. The work was to allow ships of 14 metres draught to enter at all times, but now tide restrictions have been placed on vessels. Picture: J J Adams

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Wysteria lane On arrival you will immediately take note that everything is done. The drive has been asphalted, the garden beds are complete and a resort style private oasis is ready at the back of the property to entertain well into the evenings with a fully enclosed, landscaped solar heated swimming pool. The grounds consist of approximately 2 acres of private, manicured gardens with the home perfectly positioned mid block. The home is simply stunning.

If you have been waiting for an amazing property to hit the market in one of the best locations in Hastings, then look no further. Step inside the front door and you will be instantly impressed with its fabulous layout. The entrance which flows into a formal lounge room is just to the right and directly opposite is a formal dining room that allows you to entertain in style. The immaculate Kitchen includes a 900mm stainless steel oven, cook top and dishwasher.

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Offers over $495,000 Saturday 2.00pm – 2.30pm Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

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$990,000 By appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

29 Elisa Place Hastings An entertainers’ masterpiece This fantastic 4 bedroom home has been created with entertaining and storage in mind. Evaporative ducted cooling, Gas ducted Heating, S/Steel appliances, 3 separate living areas and internal garage access are all included. Outside you’ll find drive through access from the remote DLUG, gated rear yard access, a 6.5 x 6.5m colorbond shed and a magnificent undercover entertaining area with coonara that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.

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Offers over $455,000 Saturday 12.00pm – 12.30pm Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

18 Bayview Country Lane Bittern

10 Kurrajong Street Hastings

**Kinfauns Country Classic**

An excellent investment just behind the shops

Originally one of the first blocks purchased in the Kinfauns Estate, this property is as much about location as it is about the home. Approximately 1.5 acres, this parcel of land is private and low maintenance whilst offering fantastic broad views through Westernport Bay.

If you are looking for a first home, then this may well be the place for you. It offers more options than you think as it has huge potential for improvements without spending a great deal of money. All you need is a bit of an imagination and you could turn this home into one to be proud of.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Offers over $700,000 Saturday 1.00pm - 1.30pm Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

Offers over $295,000 Saturday 11.00am – 11.30am Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

Crib Point

1 Cooke Street Bittern

Crib Point


Updated and a fantastic rent/investment return

Secluded and special

A perfect, complete package

Pristine presentation

THIS PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY RETURNING $325 PER WEEK - and can be sold with a tenancy or with vacant possession. The township of Crib Point is on the move and there is no better time than to purchase in this area should you be looking for a solid long term property investment or a place to call your own.

This amazing home is situated on approximately 1 3/4 acres of private grounds and has been built with some of the finest materials including the use of Castlemaine Quarry Rock. Hand-made doors complement the vintage look throughout and country character fills the bathroom and en-suite.

The spacious and well designed kitchen is practical with plenty of bench space and cupboards and includes a brand new dishwasher. Down the hall you’ll find 3 good sized bedrooms all with built in robes that have been tastefully decorated and the home features a new gas wall heater and split system a/c.

As soon as you arrive you will notice that the home has been meticulously presented. Turf has been laid, the drive has been concreted and retaining walls have been added to this brick veneer elevated home of approximately 25 squares. This home features some great extras including porcelain tiles throughout.

Price Inspect Agent

Offers over $295,000 By appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

Price Inspect Agent

$780,000 - $820,000 Saturday 1.00pm -1.30pm Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

Price Inspect Agent

$345,000 By appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

Price Inspect Agent

Offers over $440,000 By appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

Crib Point

1A Edward Street Hastings



Potential development site (s.T.C.A.)

Live or let

Spring into your brand new home

Low maintenance living

This prime (Residential 1 zoned) allotment of approximately 1854M2 has so much to offer. Available here is the opportunity to create a unit development site (S.T.C.A.), plus you could keep the existing home as a fantastic income earner whilst you develop the rest of the block.

This neat and tidy 3 bedroom home is only moments away from Pelican Park Recreation Centre and the Westernport Marina. It has been rewired, re plumbed, new colorbond roof, all new stumps, new hot water service, new carpets in lounge and bedrooms and repainted throughout.

THIS PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY RETURNING $310 PER WEEK. AS NEW 3 bedroom property on its own title. This home is privately tucked away at the back of Spring Street and there is NO BODY CORPORATE involved. This stunning home is packed with all the modern features and comforts.

This modern and low maintenance 3 bedroom, two storey townhouse conveniently located close to shops, schools and transport will suit the first home buyer or investor. Downstairs begins with a tiled entrance with double storage cupboard which leads to an open plan meals/living room.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

$600,000 By appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

5979 2288

$300,000 - $330,000 Saturday 12.00pm - 12.30pm Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

$325,000 By appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

Offers over $355,000 By appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

1/109 High Street, Hastings VIC 3915

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At your service

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victoria 10â&#x20AC;?

Refurbished Unit

$Q([FOXVLYHUHOHDVHRIWKHVH%UDQG1HZ7ZR Bedroom single storey Townhouses currently under construction, located 50 metres to High St. Townhouses available with open plan living, built in robes, family bathroom, separate toilet, lock up garage and street frontage with separate private GULYHZD\$OOXQLWVZLOOFRPSULVHTXDOLW\Âż[WXUHV DQGÂżWWLQJVWKURXJKRXWFKRLFHRIĂ&#x20AC;RDWLQJĂ&#x20AC;RRU or tiles, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, dishwasher, quality carpets, heating and cooling, private landscaped gardens etc. *5 STAR Energy Rating*

Recently refurbished two bedroom unit, located in the central township. The unit has been painted, new carpets, new stove etc. Two large bedrooms with built in robes, updated bathroom with laundry and carspace. A great addition to your rental SRUWIROLRFXUUHQWO\OHDVHGWRDQH[FHOOHQWORQJWHUP tenant until January 2012 at $210 per week.

Stylish Living

Period Style

Stylish Contemporary Three bedroom home with warming earthy tones. As you enter the home you DUHJUHHWHGE\DURRP\ORXQJHURRPZKLFKĂ&#x20AC;RZV through to the gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and functional dining area which leads to the outdoor entertaining area. Master bedroom with walk in robe, full ensuite, a further two bedrooms with built in robes, central family bathroom, ducted heating & dishwasher. Outside is complete with well landscaped gardens on a low maintenance allotment, double remote lock up garage with internal access & water tank.

$WUXO\UDUHÂżQGLVWKLVVROLG3HULRGVW\OH ZHDWKHUERDUGKRPHRQDP DSSUR[  allotment. Only a stones throw to the Marina, High St shops, schools and parkland. This property is a renovators dream and is ideal for 1st home buyers looking to get into the market and investors who are ready to roll their sleeves up! The home comprises many period style features including KLJKFHLOLQJVĂ&#x20AC;RRUERDUGVIRUPDOORXQJHURRPWZR large bedrooms, kitchen with gas cooking, family bathroom, carport plus room for caravan / boat. Currently leased at $954pcm until November 2011. Be quick, wont last long!

Hastings $319,500

Hastings $229,500

Hastings $289,000

Hastings Offers over $345,000

Disney Place Crib Point Offers over $295,000

$QH[FOXVLYHRSSRUWXQLW\WRSXUFKDVHWKLV7KUHH Bedroom free standing Villa unit in a secure gated FRPSOH[7KH9LOODLVVT DSSUR[ LQVL]HDQG comprises of a formal loungeroom, modern kitchen ZLWKVWDLQOHVVVWHHODSSOLDQFHV JDVFRRNWRSDQG GLVKZDVKHU DQGGLQLQJURRPZKLFKRSHQVRXWRQWR the large private rear courtyard. Main bedroom with walk in robe and ensuite, plus a further two bedrooms with built in robes, large family bathroom, laundry with access through to the Double remote Lock up Garage.Ideal for the Lifestyle Conscious Retireeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s / VWKRPHEX\HUVRUHYHQLQYHVWRUVZLWKDQH[SHFWHG rental return of $315pw.


Contemporary Townhouse Hastings Offers over $390,000 Modern stylish living a superb design and quality constructed three bedroom home with north facing orientation. Enter through the formal entrance KDOOWREHJUHHWHGE\SROLVKHGWLPEHUĂ&#x20AC;RRUERDUGV through to the large open plan living area, gourmet kitchen, stone kitchen bench tops, gas stainless steel appliances, ample cupboard/bench space & dishwasher. Double lock up garage, fully automated with internal access to the home. Note separate title- No body corporate- Pets welcome!

Hastings From $239,500 Brand New Low Maintenance Living, be part of something unique here, if you act now to save XSWR DSSUR[ RI67$03'87<GROODUV IRU($5/<%,5'SXUFKDVLQJRIIWKHSODQ%UDQG New One Bedroom Unit with 2nd bedroom or study, located within easy access to all amenities. $OOXQLWVZLOOFRPSULVHTXDOLW\Âż[WXUHVDQG ÂżWWLQJVWKURXJKRXWWLOHGZHWDUHDVVWDLQOHVVVWHHO appliances, quality carpets etc. Building now under way, take your pick, but be quick to secure yours!

As New Villas Hastings Offers over $280,000 As new two bedroom villa unit offering open plan living, gourmet kitchen, gas stainless steel appliances & dishwasher. Two bedrooms with built LQUREHVVHPLHQVXLWHTXDOLW\Âż[WXUHVDQGÂżWWLQJV heating & cooling, private rear courtyards and lock up garage. Still under Builders warranty. Currently OHDVHGWRH[FHOOHQWWHQDQWVDYDOXDEOHDGGLWLRQWR your rental portfolio! Currently leased @ $290pw

Stylish Townhouse ~ close to the Marina!

5 Acre farm ~ with Dual Accomodation!

Hastings Offers over $330,000

Somerville Offers over $700,000

Immaculately presented three bedroom freestanding Villa Unit in a block of only two. Located in central Hastings a short walk to the Marina, main st shops, parkland and restaurants. The home is only three years young and comprises of a modern designer kitchen with gas stainless steel appliances, spacious loungeroom and meals area opening out to the private rear courtyard. Main bedroom with walk in robe and ensuite plus a further two bedrooms with built in robes and central family bathroom.

4/82 high street, hastings

5979 8833 Page 8

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$QH[FHSWLRQDODFUH DSSUR[ IDUPZLWKSRWHQWLDO for a number of uses. The Main home includes VSDFLRXVORXQJHURRPZLWKĂ&#x20AC;RRUERDUGV ZRRG KHDWHUVXQÂżOOHGJRXUPHWNLWFKHQZLWKDPSOH cupboard space. Three bedrooms with built in robes, plus a large Main bedroom or ideally big enough for a games room. Also including ducted cooling & large decking area ideal for entertaining. Separate self contained cottage with two bedrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen and bathroom. Ideal to be used as a teenagers retreat.


Local Agents with Local Knowledge For Over 50 Years HASTINGS



Asking $1,000,000+

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7KLVDFUH DSSUR[ SURSHUW\LVVXFKDUDUHĂ&#x20AC;QGEHLQJVRFORVH to the heart of Hastings and is ideal for those wishing to combine UXUDO VXEXUEDQOLYLQJ7KLVEUPSOXVVWXG\FKDUDFWHUĂ&#x20AC;OOHGKRPH is positioned in a private pocket of Hastings.

A short stroll to Hastings Centre and Marina, is this large 2 bedroom KRPHZLWK%,5V)HDWXULQJUHQRYDWHGOLYLQJNLWFKHQDQGEDWKURRPDUHDV R/C heating and cooling is available to keep you comfortable all year round. Outside features garage/workshop, carport, front decking and outdoor patio.

This engaging 3 or 4 bedrooms home yearns for a fairytale ending. The SHUIHFWSODFHIRUDJUHHQĂ&#x20AC;QJHUWKLVLG\OOLFKDYHQKDVEHHQSDUWLDOO\UHQRYDWHG and enjoys 4 bedrooms, 3 with Built in robes, new carpet throughout, SROLVKHGĂ RRUERDUGVDQGODUJHVSDFLRXVOLYLQJURRPDWWKHUHDU





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This fantastic Corner allotment Zoned Res on approx 1619 Sqms and offers dual street frontage with many different possibilities.. The weatherboard home on the property affords 4 bedrooms, 3 comfy living areas with wood heating and neat open plan timber kitchen.

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79 Hendersons Road - Inspect Sat 11.00-11.30am

11 Sudholtz Street - Inspect Sat 11.00-11.30am




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Set on a large allotment of 1942m2 approx, is this very special KRPHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKORWVRIH[WUDV4XDOLW\FDUSHWVWKURXJKRXWD beautifully appointed kitchen, good size bedroom, main with BIR, 4th bedroom could be a study. The large bathroom includes a spa.

Located in the heart of Bittern and close to public transport and the recently built shopping centre s this 3 bedroom home. Including BIRs to bedrooms, semi ensuite, quality hostess kitchen and gas heating, two living areas, family room which opens onto a covered sitting area.

Look! Sought after unit site positioned in a prime location behind the new Bitter shopping centre, 200m from train station and WUDQVSRUW2SWLRQ5HPRYHKRPHXQLWVLWH2SWLRQ5HWDLQ home, subdivide the huge rear yard.

Located within approx 500 meters to the Beautiful Award winning Balnarring Beach is this original Beach shack in need of some TLC. This rambling old weatherboard has offered the owners over 25years of great family times and is ready for a new chapter.





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This is the perfect family or investment home in the heart of Crib Point. )HDWXUHVEHGURRPVPDLQZLWKHQVXLWHDOOEHGURRPVZLWK%,5¡V7ZRUHYHUVH cycle heating & cooling units plus bonus ducted heating throughout. Two large open plan living areas and modern hostess kitchen with dishwasher.

This affordable 3 bedroom home on an approx spacious 665sqms will appeal to all types of buyers. Recently renovated tastefully in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern designs is this brick home that is solid as a rock and offers, polished timber boards, robes to all bedrooms, neat bathroom, gas heating and brand new kitchen.

Set a short distance from the Marina, this 3brm home is set on approx VTP)HDWXUHVLQFOXGHEHGURRPVZLWK%,5V2QHQWU\\RXDUHJUHHWHGE\ SROLVKHGĂ RRUERDUGVDJRRGVL]HORXQJHDUHDDQGDTXDOLW\KRVWHVVNLWFKHQ with gas appliances, dishwasher available. Ducted heating & R/C split system.





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Easily the best views in Hastings from this quality 2brm apartment. 7KHFOHYHUĂ RRUSODQDOORZVIRUDOOWKHOLYLQJ PDVWHUEUPWRVKDUHWKH SDQRUDPLFVWĂ RRUYLHZ)HDWXUHVLQFOXGHHQVXLWHZLWKVSDVWRQHNLWFKHQ bench tops, bathroom with separate bath, east & west orientated decks.


Location, Location, Location thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes this unit so appealing to Investors and the elderly you can throw away the keys and save on petrol as everything is at your doorstep. The Unit offers 2 bedrooms and is in very neat condition, with a gas wall furnace and a duct to main bedroom.





Asking $880,000 - $920,000

Asking $355,000

Asking $575,000

Asking $485,000







This very tidy 2 bedroom home is in a quiet location close to central Hastings. A modern galley kitchen includes dishwasher, spacious family, meals and lounge. This comfortable home includes gas wall furnace heating and ceiling fans. Outside features covered entertaining area.

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Stormont occupies a secluded 5.2 acres of land opposite Lornas 7ULDQJOH'HVLJQHGDQGEXLOWE\WKHFXUUHQWRZQHUWKLVPDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQW family residence is ideal for a growing family/ tradesman and is being offered for sale for the 1st time.


Rent or occupy this ultra modern 3 B/R townhouse in a quiet block of 5 all individually designed. Many extras include gas ducted heating, 2 toilets, double access bathroom with bath & shower, double lock up garage with remote and small enclosed backyard.


Many will look at this home and think it has to be close to perfect, perfect in size and perfect in location. This fantastic family residence will ensure absolute comfort and is one not to be missed the property offers 1/3 of an acre with 3 large living areas, 4 bedrooms and a study.


If you appreciate quality, position, lifestyle then an inspection of this prestigious town house is a must. Sea views across the tennis court from WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWOHYHO&RPSULVLQJEUPPDVWHUZLWK:,5 IXOOHQVXLWHNLWFKHQ family area with choice of 2 balcony views.


1/97 High Street 14 Balnarring Village Cnr Cook and Wood Streets

03 5979 1888 03 5983 5509 03 5989 0744

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UNDER CONTRACT Start Something Good

Nestled In


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Nestled between quality homes this as new 3 bedroom + study home with builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warranty features open plan living, separate dining, a state of the art kitchen overlookLQJWKHUHDUJDUGHQ FRYHUHGGHFNDUHD]RQHGEHGURRPV  PDLQ ZLWK ZDON LQ UREH  IXOO HQVXLWH LQWHUQDO DFFHVV from the double remote garage, quality carpets, duct heatLQJ VSOLWV\VWHPOFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commencing Saturday 13th August at 11.30-12.00

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If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking for that ideal property to start your SRUWIROLRWKHQVHW\RXUVLJKWVRQWKLVRQH/RFDWHGLQD quiet area of this growing suburb this property is worth LQVSHFWLQJ &RPSULVLQJ ODUJH PDLQ EHGURRP FRPSOHWH with walk in robe, dual access bathroom, a decent size ORXQJHGLQLQJDUHDZLWKWKHFRPIRUWRIUHYHUVHF\FOHDLU conditioning, a well presented kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and ample cupboard space. $239,000


Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Chance




Kinfauns Spectacular! (Approx 1.58 Acres)

Better Than a Unit WAS $335, NOW $299...

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$XQLTXHOLIHVW\OHDZDLWV\RXLQWKLVKXJHSURSHUW\VLWXDWHGLQWKHVRXJKWDIWHU.LQIDXQV(VWDWH7KLVVTXDUHIDPLO\ home features two separate wings with 5 bedrooms + study or 6th bedroom, two main bedrooms with full ensuites + walk in robes, remaining 4 with built in robes. 9 foot 6 inch ceilings with beautiful cornices, polished hardwood Ă RRUVĂ RZWKURXJKWKHKRXVHZLWKDVQHZFDUSHWVLQEHGURRPVDQGIRUPDOORXQJH7KHWLPEHUNLWFKHQERDVWV TXDOLW\ DSSOLDQFHV DQG D VHSDUDWH EXWOHUV NLWFKHQSDQWU\$ VHFRQG ZLQJ FRPSULVHV LWV RZQ IXOO\ VHOIFRQWDLQHG kitchen + dining, lounge and sunroom. The large rumpus room (with toilet) is perfect for a game of pool with a EXLOWLQEDUIRUDTXLFNGULQNRUWZR2XWVLGHWKHHQWHUWDLQPHQW%%4SHUJRODĂ RZVWKURXJKWRWKHVRODUKHDWHG salt-chlorinated pool just waiting for your next summer party.

This as new home is situated at the front of the block with rear home to be built (no body corporate). Featuring 3 bedrooms with dual access bathroom from main EHGURRPJRRGVL]HNLWFKHQZLWKJDVFRRNWRS XERYHQ RSHQ SODQ GLQLQJ  ORXQJH GXFW KHDWLQJ  HYDSRUDWLYH cooling to cater for all seasons.


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SOLD Attention Developers/Restorers! Deceased Estate Land

A unique opportunity that is a rareity for this area in Melbourne. A house + land of approx 445.8m2 ideal IRU GHYHORSPHQW RU WKH NHHQ UHVWRUHU :LWK ODQHZD\ DFFHVV IXOO OHQJWK DW VLGH  UHDU ERXQGDULHV /DQG YDOXH expectation as improvements are in need of extensive restoration. 3 bedroom + lounge (or 4th bedroom).


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An Open Canvas Awaits...

Parkside 7

Westernport Retirement Village

This retirement unit comprises separate lounge and GLQLQJDJRRGVL]HNLWFKHQZLWKJDVFRRNLQJ ZDOORYHQ 3 bedrooms of good size with built in robes, duct heating DLUFRQGLWLRQLQJDQGVHSDUDWHVLQJOHJDUDJHZLWKUHPRWH and rear entry to garden. There is still some furniture in the unit which you have the option to buy.

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Build your dream home with room to spare on this 1000m2 block surrounded by quality homes in a sought DIWHUSDUWRIWRZQ<RXZRQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;QGRSSRUWXQLWLHVOLNHWKLV come up very often. Be quick as this will not last!


Live By The Bay...

Unique Investment Opportunity

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Developers Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Waste Time, Act Now!

Your dream of a quieter life in tranquil surrounds can now be realised. A stunning new development set opposite the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graham Myersâ&#x20AC;? Reserve and oval offers a lifestyle VROXWLRQ WR Ă&#x20AC;UVW KRPH EX\HUV IDPLOLHV  WUHH FKDQJHUV alike. Beautifully positioned with the open space of the reserve for walking the dog or for the kids to kick a ball DQG MXVW VWUROO GRZQ 0\HUV 5RDG WR WKH WUDLQ VWDWLRQ  general store. *Artists impression only, subject to minor variations

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From $425,880.00




5979 3000







25 Deanswood Drive


27 Chesterfield Road

Starting Here! Starting Now

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Want to Live here!

Simple Irrestible

Extremely well presented 3 Bedroom B.V Residence located only minutes walk to local township. Features include formal lounge room with gas heater with timber dadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, good sized kitchen/family area with dishwasher, two way bathroom, fabulous outdoor pergola area, well established gardens, Double L.U Garage. Ideal property for the First Home Buyers/ Investors.

Opportunity knocks for the Right Buyer this very well presented 3 Bedroom B.V Property would be ideally suited to the First Home Buyer/Investor located only minutes drive to local township. Features include huge formal lounge area with gas heating/Reverse Cycle Airconditioning.

Set on a 1300m2 fully landscaped allotment in the exclusive Hedgeley Dene Estate is this Beautifully presented contemporary designed 3 Bedroom plus study family home consisting polished ďŹ&#x201A;oor boards, formal Entry, large formal lounge/Dining area with O.F.P plus Reverse Cycle Air-Conditioner.

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$400,000 - $420,000




$485,000 - $495,000

5A Buckingham Close

Lifestyle Is All About Choices

The Welcoming Feeling

Timeless Appeal - Lasting Quality

Ć&#x201D; 2 brand new, modern units - as big as a house! Ć&#x201D; Quiet court position, short walk to shopping Ć&#x201D; 3 bedrooms, FES & open plan living Ć&#x201D; Double lock-up garage with internal access Ć&#x201D; Invest or retire - the choice is yours

This modern format of this three Bedroom plus study home provides ample spaces for bringing people together as well as establishing zones for each family member to call their own. Formal lounge area, evaporative cooling, ducted heating, 2 ensuites, approx 20sqs, modern kitchen/Meals area, plus family room, outdoor pergola area, Double L.U Garage.

Exclusively located Character ďŹ lled Colonial styled family located behind a picturesque picket fence. Privately located the home offers 9ft ceilings, 3 good sized Bedrooms with study, formal lounge room, Beautiful timber kitchen/Meals area with dishwasher, good sized Rumpus/family room, timber dadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, bay window to master bedroom with full ensuite, superbly manicured garden setting and separate Double L.U Garage.

Inspect Saturday 2-2.30pm

Frankston South






26 Kumala Drive

Affordable and Well Located

The Perfect Hideaway

Putting the Value into your Dollar

Opportunity knocks for the Right Buyer ideally located on 2979m2 approx allotment in close proximity to local township and only 5 minute drive to Frankston C.B.D. Features include large formal lounge room with coonara heating, Beautiful Modern two pac kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 3 good sized Bedrooms,9ft Ceilings, Rumpus room with B.I Bar, also a Attic room, outdoor sun room plus a terriďŹ c outdoor paved area.

A Delightful 1.25 acres approx complete with a totally renovated 3 Bedroom family home with wrap around verandahs, full ensuite to master, formal lounge/Dining area, large Rumpus room with O.F.P. Renovation includes Brand new Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 2 Brand new Bathrooms.

Opportunity knocks for the Right Buyer, wonderfully located Double Storey Residence situated on a large 833m2 approx allotment only minutes walk to town. Featuring 4 Bedroom home consisting of large formal lounge/Dining room, ducted heating, good sized Timber kitchen, good sized laundry, approx 22sqs, full ensuite, Upstairs has large family area with outdoor balcony plus airconditioning and outdoor entertaining area.

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For Public Tender

Hastings $3,300,000 - $3,700,000

50 Eramosa Road East Prime Development Site - TENDER CLOSES 8TH SEPTEMBER, 2011 @ 4.00 PM

Broiler Farm - 2 Houses - 13 Acres Approx

Attention Developers/Investors this fabulous opportunity to Develop a 3,700m2 approx allotment located in one of the ďŹ nest positions in the Somerville, only 400 metres approx to township. This wonderful level site includes a well designed 4 Bedroom + STUDY"6RESIDENCEWITH$OUBLE#ARPORTPLUS3INGLE,5'ARAGE4HISPROPERTYISIDEALLYSUITEDFORDEVELOPMENTASs-ULTIPLE5NIT $EVELOPMENT34#! s.URSING(OME-EDICAL#ENTRE34#! s3UBDIVISION0OTENTIAL34#! s:ONING2ESIDENTIAL

Opportunity knocks fabulous well presented 168,000 approx Chicken farm comprising 5 cross ďŹ&#x201A;ow sheds in great condition, auto winches in 4 sheds, huge water storage for drinking/Cooling, back up Generator, huge workshop, back up generator, upgraded switchboards, current contract with Baiada, 5.3 density approx. House 1. 40sqs approx, 4 Car L.U Garage, brand new Kitchen/Laundry and 3 living areas.

Inspect Saturday 10-10.30am

1067 Frankston-Flinders Road, Somerville 5977 7766

PHIL STONE 0412 226 758 HUGH GAMBLE 0401 319 811

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Top calibre inside and out Architraves and ceiling roses are tasteful and add a touch of elegance to the rooms, and the natural timbers add a sense of warmth. But it is the light, bright and open kitchen and living areas that say this home has seen a lot of fun times. There are five handsomely furnished bedrooms and a separate home office. The Federationstyle bathroom comes complete with claw foot bath and timber vanity. There are a host of comforts that you would expect in a home of this calibre and ample storage sheds towards the rear of the property provide a place for boats and other “toys”.

NATURAL beauty blends with an abundance of trees and extensive garden to make this property as individual as it is unique. No expense has been spared in bringing the property up to an impeccable standard, with full concrete driveway and a resort-style private oasis at the rear of the land to entertain well into the evenings with a fully enclosed, solar heated swimming pool. Centered in the middle of a .08-hectare block, the grounds consist of landscaped gardens but it is the absolutely stunning home you can’t wait to enter. There is a great combination of period and modern touches inside.

Agency: Stockdale & Leggo Hastings, 1/109 High Street. Phone: 5979 2288. Agent: Gabby Ferguson, 0428 027 923.

Frankston South $750K-$820K By Neg. Crib Point Family Friendly Design in Prestigious Tranquil Setting Purchase off the Plan and Save! Set in a quiet, private court on approx two thirds of an acre sits this well designed home, in one of the most sought after areas of Frankston South. A natural setting the property backs onto a large council reserve and is surrounded by million dollar properties. The home offers four bedrooms, two of which have full ensuites, there is third bathroom to service the remaining two bedrooms which are conveniently located down a hall. A large study is positioned to the front of the home, perfect for the kids to do their homework, or to simply enjoy their own space. Three separate living areas include kitchen/meals, a large lounge/dining, family room and a fantastic rumpus room which will cater for everybody’s needs. Entertain or simply relax on the large deck wrapping itself around the property. The deck is covered and offers an unbelievable natural outlook over the treetops. Other features of the property include gas ducted heating, water storage, double lock-up garage, a separate billiard or entertaining room under the home aside the garage, two further covered car parks and drive through access to the rear yard. This is an exceptional property in an exceptional location that will sell quickly. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 16 Alicudi Avenue

5 Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Trent Shortt 0422 080 719


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From $269,950

Not just for the investor, this small development of only four is close to Crib Point medical centre, shops and public transport making it a logical choice if downsizing from a larger property or wanting to move closer to facilities. Each unit comprises 2 large bedrooms with build in robes, centrally located bathroom and spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen. Externally a water tank and garden shed are also provided. Boasting quality fixtures and fittings and stamp duty savings, these units offer the astute buyer better value compared to others selling in the area.

Harcourts Hastings

ADDRESS: 2, 3 & 4/179 Disney Street


2 Richard Smith 0433 669 112 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

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Crib Point Winning Combination!


Representing great value and an excellent central position, this three bedroom home is now available for sale. The home includes three bedrooms, one bathroom, master with built in robes and a walk through bathroom, gas heating and two seperate generous living areas all on a large 625m2 allotment. Located close to schools, shops and public transport it offers an outstanding central position. ADDRESS: 1/280 Stony Point Road

Harcourts Hastings




Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869 Trent Shortt 0422 080 719

Hastings Amazing Lifestyle on nearly 3 acres! Somers Space, Lifestyle and Views

This four-bedroom plus study family home invites you to relax on the second-storey deck to absorb immediate views of scenic farmland and distant Westernport. A timber staircase, solid Jarrah flooring and downlighting creates a sense of style, as does the open-plan kitchen/dining/family area adding a Blanco chef’s oven, stainless-steel dishwasher, breakfast bar and walk-in pantry. The central bathroom, well-fitted laundry, third toilet, understairs storage, built-in robes, ducted heating and split-system cooling provide excellent inclusions whilst the second living area is flexible enough to be used as a lounge or rumpus room. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 33 Towerhill Road




This 4 bedroom character home is situated on 2.9 acres (approx) of land in a quiet location close to Hastings shopping centre. The home consists of 4 generous bedrooms, master with en-suite, hardwood kitchen, dishwasher and a separate meals area. The family room is a generous size with a coonara wood fire to provide warmth and ambience during the cold winter months. In addition the home has air conditioning a lovely fully enclosed entertaining area with roll down cafe blinds overlooking the established and very private grounds. This substantial home ideal for entertaining or a growing family also offers a well located central bathroom, a second formal living area, double lock up garage under roof line together with a shed with power, an office and separate carport. The beautiful established gardens feature various varieties of camellias, established fruit trees and extensive landscaping. A rear paddock (with shelter shed) is perfect for accommodating your very own pony or horse. Don’t delay and call us to arrange an inspection of this unique property which can offer a home with a country look and feel while only been minutes from town and the forthcoming Peninsula Link. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2 Pineview Lane



Richard Smith 0433 669 112 Tim Hughes 0410 470 515



Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246

Hastings New Townhouse!

Neg. Over $285,000

Hidden behind a private fence within the popular ‘Old Tyabb’ this near new townhouse will really impress. Located in a soon to be complex of 3, this townhouse has great living space and is presented as a display. Comprising of three bedrooms, master with walk in robe and ensuite and further two bedrooms with built in robes and family bathroom with separate toilet. Other features include gas ducted heating, ducted vacuum and double lock up garage with internal access. The very central and convenient position allows for you to walk to nearby schools, shops and public transport. Currently tenanted on a 6 month term. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 1/257 Marine Parade




Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869 Lisa Drake 0449 269 390

Tyabb Modern Tudor with exceptional renovations!

Neg. Over $550,000

This outstanding and spacious Tudor style family residence with modern improvements really does have it all! It is not only modern in design it is dynamically different together with a brilliant plan with generous living and storage spaces. Downstairs opens through double doors with the office/study, kitchen with marble bench tops, 900mm freestanding stainless steel oven, meals and large laundry, formal dining, massive rumpus/games room with built in bar and powder room to the right. Upstairs offers four spacious bedrooms all with built in robes, family bathroom, huge master with parents retreat and full ensuite. Other features include soaring high ceilings, alarm system, huge double garage with a work shop area, 4 toilets, paved entertaining area and plenty of lawn. The climate control includes ducted heating and ducted reverse cycle cooling and a coonara.

ADDRESS: 9 Londres Way

Harcourts Hastings

4 Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Trent Shortt 0422 080 719


Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333


Balnarring Holiday Atmosphere Everyday

Neg. Over $450,000

A substantial ¼ acre allotment (approx.); peaceful cul-de-sac positioning and vast living spaces offer the essential ingredients to this three-bedroom home in coastal Balnarring. Entry is into the family living area - a crackling open-fire is to the left and to the right is the kitchen equipped with dishwasher and breakfast bench. The huge second living area features Coonara heating plus front and rear access to large decking verandahs running either side of the home. Gas-ducted-heating, airconditioning and ceiling fans keep the interior comfortable and polished timber flooring adds to the rustic appeal. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 8 Halsey Street





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For Sale – Dromana

For Sale – Frankston

For Sale – Mornington

For Lease – Red Hill

Factories For Sale

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• Factory sizes range from 134sqm to 154sqm • Vendor Įnance available • Rental guarantees available

• 4 spacious consulƟng rooms all with wash basins. • Large recepƟon and waiƟng area. • Suit medical/ cosmeƟc/ real estate. • Lease $2200pcm + GST +OG

Excellent, well known business with great passing traĸc. This would make an ideal Įrst business for someone wishing to downsize. Great central Mornington locaƟon with long lease and cheap rent. Vendor moƟvated to sell.

Excellent retail space of 76m2 right next to the proposed Red Hill Cool Store building which will be converted into an Epicurean Centre. The Epicurean Centre concept will build upon and enhance Red Hill’s reputaƟon as a sophisƟcated source of fresh, local produce and merchandise.

Sale Price: From $220,000 + GST Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $20,000 WIWO Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $59,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Lease Price: $1,420pcm + GST + OGS Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

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Award winning bakery, currently operaƟng only 6 days a week, with long established clientele. There is a demand for increased opening hours, so this could be your opportunity to take this business to the next level. Adding coīee sales, wholesaling and trading 7 days would see this business reach its full potenƟal.

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Lease Price: From $780pcm + GST + Service Fee Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $299,000 WIWO Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

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No foreshore pool: Members of Friends of Rosebud Beach and Foreshore, Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association, Blue Wedges Coalition and McCrae Action Group protest outside Nepean MP Martin Dixon’s office in Monday morning last week. Mr Dixon was in Melbourne.

‘Friends’ quit over Rosebud pool By Mike Hast THE Friends of Rosebud Beach and Foreshore group has handed back a $5500 grant and resigned in protest over the proposed Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre (SPA). Last week Mornington Peninsula Shire issued a press release revealing it had been given a glimmer of hope over its 12-year-old proposal to build a multimillion dollar pool complex in Rosebud. Mayor Graham Pittock stated Environment Minister Ryan Smith had invited the shire to complete and submit its Rosebud Foreshore Management Plan, which identified a site for the aquatic centre. The press release stated: “The Minister stated in a letter to Shire Mayor Cr Graham Pittock that he would ‘instruct (his) department to process the plan in a timely and constructive manner as the appropriate first step in the

approval process for SPA’.” It is the first positive indication yet that the state government will allow a pool on the shire’s preferred foreshore site, which the shire has been seeking for more than five years. Since 2006, the shire had repeatedly been told by the Department of Sustainability and Environment – the government’s foreshore land manager – that a pool on the foreshore would not be approved. DSE guidelines state buildings on Port Phillip foreshore must be coastal dependent, for example, life saving club, yacht clubs and coast guard offices. Intense lobbying by Nepean MP Martin Dixon, shire CEO Michael Kennedy and Crs Pittock and David Gibb plus a change of policy – which appears to have been forced on DSE by the new state government – makes a foreshore pool more likely than ever. The change by the government has

infuriated the Friends group, formed 14 years ago to improve the foreshore section centred around the Village Green, the preferred site for the pool. On Friday last week it returned $5500 to DSE with a letter of protest and cancelled foreshore work that had been started the day before by a shire contractor. Under the terms of the grant, the Friends group joins with the shire on specific projects, with the shire hiring a contractor and the Friends providing labour. With this latest grant, the shire had hired the contractor to spray weeds and repair fences, and about 25 per cent of the grant would go to this. The Friends would use the balance to buy plants and then devote more than 350 hours to mulch and plant trees, shrubs and grasses, charging their time at $15 an hour. In this way the value of a $5500 grant is doubled.

“There’s not much point beautifying this part of the Rosebud foreshore if the shire is allowed to build a twostorey aquatic centre and sealed car park,” Friends spokeswoman Eunice Cain said. “Our foreshore is precious and will be subject to rising sea levels. The aquatic centre should be built on Boneo Rd near the shire office and Olympic Park. “The site is within walking distance of Rosebud Secondary College and Eastbourne Primary School.” Mrs Cain said the shire’s argument that the pool should be on a major bus route was wrong. “Very few people take public transport to pools; most drive.” Mrs Cain said volunteers had spent 7192 hours working on the foreshore over 14 years. “At $15 an hour, this represents almost $108,000 worth of labour. We

By Keith Platt USED corrugated iron may have a romantic place in Australian architectural history, but that place is not in full view of visitors to a bustling bayside shopping centre. This is the opinion held by a growing number of traders and residents in Rye where roofing iron is being used to fence off a near-vacant block. The fence has been approved by Mornington Peninsula Shire officers who demanded the property be fenced as a safety precaution. It seems red tape prevents them tackling the aesthetics of the fence. Luke English, team leader development compliance, says the property owners have been asked to “show cause” why the derelict buildings at 2123 Point Nepean Rd should not be demolished. Depending on their response, the municipal building surveyor could order demolition and, once cleared, the

fence could then come under normal planning permit processes. This could be “time-consuming”, according to Mr English, and will depend on the “level of cooperation” shown by the owners, who could also suggest alternatives. In a letter to Cr Bill Goodrem, surf shop proprietor Ted Bainbridge accused the council of complacency when dealing with the “unsightly condition of the property … one of the first commercial properties which visitors see as they enter our township”. Mr Bainbridge said the property had been derelict for the five years since he first contacted the council in September 2006 and was told by the then municipal building surveyor, Peter Phillips, that “cases of this nature regrettably can take some time to investigate and resolve”. “We are all opposed to the unsightly construction which imposes on the sight lines to our businesses,” Mr

Bainbridge stated. He said other business owners had also complained to council. “As our local councillor, I urge you to take immediate action to have this allotment tidied up and the fence removed, by 1 September or sooner.” Real estate agent Ian Oldstein has told one council officer to “be prepared for a fight”. In a letter he said there were “many security, safety and public nuisance issues”. “I have horrific visions of groups of youths and troublemakers setting up camp behind this fence later in the year, which will do nothing to enhance Rye’s image,” Mr Oldstein said. “The fence is poorly constructed in places and will blow down in a reasonable wind or worse, materials will cause harm to people and property in the process.”

Fenced off: The fence made from roofing iron that greets visitors to Rye.

have planted more than 26,000 native plants, spread 340 cubic metres of mulch, organised fencing of the work site between the Village Green and the beach, and converted the derelict tennis courts into a park,” she said. The shire stated the Rosebud Foreshore Management Plan was “expected to take a number of weeks to complete, before being presented to the council for consideration”. Cr Pittock welcomed the letter, “which followed a meeting with Minister Ryan some weeks ago”, and said he was pleased that consideration of the foreshore management plan would now provide a basis for the council to progress planning for SPA. On Monday morning last week 17 people (and a dog) protested outside Mr Dixon’s office in McCrae and handed a document to an electorate officer that stated the Friends group had resigned.

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Western Port News 16 August 2011



Father and son saddle up for world’s ‘toughest’ tour By Keith Platt GEORGE and Bryce Paterson are keenly interested in Timor Leste, but have chosen arguably the most arduous way to explore the once-troubled country to Australia’s north. The father and son team from Rye have entered the third Tour de Timor, a mountain bike race billed as being the toughest in the world. A part time resident of the nearby Indonesian island of Rote, George is keen to find out about the “economic and sustainable development challenges” faced by the fledging nation of Timor Leste. The former East Timor gained independence in 2002 following the withdrawal of occupying Indonesian forces in 1999, which ended a 25-year bloody struggle. “We hear a lot about East Timor here in Australia and its increasing importance to us, so visiting Timor Leste via a fundraising event seemed the perfect opportunity to gain an otherwise unobtainable insight into a neighbouring country,” George said. The insight will come during the sixday 550-kilometre ride that goes from sea level to 1600 metres on day one. Son Bryce, a post-graduate student who was awarded a scholarship to study Asian law at Melbourne University, said the tour will give him the chance to “apply some of those funds to experience first-hand, and on the ground, the environment and culture of East Timor”. “Cycling around Timor Leste will provide a close up and raw view of the many issues and problems facing one of our nearest international neighbours.” George said he has “seen and ex-

perienced first-hand the deprivations of our nearest neighbour’s provinces and have been amazed by the resilience and determination of the West Timorese to deal with their numerous problems”. “This trip to Timor Leste is going to be an opportunity to see what is happening across the border and see how that fits into the east Asian puzzle.” Last weekend the pair barely worked up a sweat riding along the Esplanade from Mornington towards home base in Rye. But there will be no escaping the heat and cold as they and about 330 riders compete for the $100,000 in prizes offered by the Tour de Timor. Finishing is the main aim, and George has spent the past six months training towards riding more than 100 kilometres a day for several days in a row. A surfer and runner, George says it has been rewarding “trying to master a new sport”. “My training in West Timor and Rote has involved a fair amount of riding in searing temperatures and similar terrain as East Timor. “The challenges of East Timor will be greater, as the country has significantly higher mountains and passes, to negotiate.” George returns to Rote at the end of August to collect the mountain bikes and race equipment in Kupang, West Timor, before going 200km overland to Dili, the capital of Timor Leste. Bryce will fly from Darwin, about 720km away, with the 150 other Australian competitors in the tour that starts on 11 September. For details about the Tour de Timor visit On tour: George and Bryce Paterson catch up at Dromana during a weekend training ride. For six gruelling days in September they and 330 other bike riders will compete in the 550-kilometre Tour de Timor, rapidly being recognised as the toughest race in the world.

Riding days: This profile, left, of each day’s ride shows the ups and downs of the Tour de Timor, which will see cyclists go from flat lands at sea level to mountains more than 1600 metres high – and then back down again.

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Councils to court over tip By Mike Hast FRANKSTON and Casey councils have donned boxing gloves and are set to fight in the Supreme Court over the Cranbourne tip methane gas debacle. Frankston’s lawyers submitted documents to the court on 15 July rejecting Casey’s claim for compensation from Frankston, but the trial is unlikely to start until next April. On 25 March, Casey and the Environment Protection Authority settled a class action out of court for $23.5 million, $13.5 million from Casey and $10 million from EPA. The settlement was approved by the court on 23 May. The class action was brought by 771 residents of Brookland Greens estate, who were affected by methane gas leaking from the tip in Stevensons Rd, Cranbourne, in August 2008. Parts of the estate were evacuated in September 2008. One house was found to contain 60 per cent methane.

Frankston v. Casey in methane case House values in the estate crashed and banks refused to lend money to people wanting to renegotiate loans. The estate was developed in stages by Peet & Co from 1999. Casey has spent millions of dollars lining the tip with clay to stop more gas escaping into Brookland Greens. The class action was launched in November 2008 by law firm Slater and Gordon, which earned $6 million for its part in the case. After Casey agreed to settle the class action, it then launched legal action against 11 other defendants named in

the action, including Frankston Council, which shared the tip with Casey. Casey claimed consultants, managers and technical advisers that helped it operate the tip were also liable. Rubbish from Frankston residents occupied 28 per cent of the former sand quarry turned landfill site, which closed in 2005 after it had been filled. The case has become a gold mine for lawyers, with high-cost barristers retained by many of the defendants. The Supreme Court action has become a mega-trial with claims of more than $125 million, and with Casey

seeking compensation from Frankston City Council as well as Sita Australia, LMS Generation, Municipal Association of Victoria, Grosvenor Lodge, Metropolitan Waste Management Group, ENSR Australia, Stuart Hercules, Martin Aylward & Associates, Energex Ltd, and Peet & Co Casey Land Syndicate Ltd. A Casey Council source said the debacle had cost Casey hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for more than two years. “Legal fees will go close to matching compensation claims; it should have been sorted out a long time ago,” they said. Frankston Council chief executive George Modrich has consistently stated Frankston had legal advice it was not liable for any remediation or compensation costs. Frankston councillors have been gagged from talking to the media about the case.

Frankston’s General Manager, Corporate, Mick Cummins, issued a statement to The Times on Wednesday: “On Monday 23 May the Supreme Court considered and approved the settlement of the class action brought by residents of the Brookland Greens estate against the City of Casey and the EPA. “The terms of settlement are in line with the Deed of Settlement previously signed by Council with a total amount to be paid of $23.5 million made up of $10 million from the EPA and $13.5 million from the City of Casey. “Frankston is not required to make any contribution to the settlement and our current legal advice is that Frankston is not liable for the remediation or legal costs associated with the methane gas escape from the landfill.” Casey Council refused to talk to The News.

Deck time PARKS Victoria contractors are making good progress installing decking on the renovated middle section of Mornington’s pier, says local MP David Morris. Mr Morris said he would meet with Parks Victoria on Wednesday to discuss plans to renovate the outer, 75-metre section of the pier, which could cost up to $9.5 million. The News reported earlier this year the outer section was one good storm away from being condemned and possible pulled down after engineers found about 20 per cent of piles of the iconic pier had failed and were not supporting the top deck. Half of the remaining 80 per cent of piles were in average condition. Parks Victoria has spent $3.5 million replacing the 53-metre centre section. The pier was closed last April after a storm damaged piles and dislodged dozens of top deck timbers. Two more storms in August and September with winds of about 60 knots further weakened the iconic structure. In May, Mr Morris said the pier was one of the most popular on Port Phillip and “very important to the town”, but had been neglected for many years by successive governments.

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Latest news from the Institute of Romance By Stuart McCullough RESEARCHERS have found those who over-indulge in romance novels are less likely to have a fulfilling romantic life in the real world. Killjoys. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typical that some egghead would take it upon themselves to spoil the fun for everybody by tipping a bucket of intellectual cold water over the romance novel industry. I have to wonder who would fund such research. It is, perhaps, ironic that the prime suspects may be the Crime Novelists Association. The results of this, if not groundbreaking, then at least footpath-denting study were published recently in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve no doubt that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an esteemed publication, I know little about the this journal. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bet you five ways to Sunday, though, that no one ever curled up in front of an open fire with a cup of tea, a couple of Tim Tams within easy reach and a copy of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Precisely how does anyone decide to research romance novels? Surely there are better things to do, particularly when you consider all the big questions that remain without answers. Did somebody manage to cure the common cold

while I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking? Perfect the ever-lasting light bulb? Has science finally figured out why people watch Two and Half Men? If research into romance novels is the best our scientists can come up with, they have officially run out of ideas. Perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time we abandoned science altogether in favour of superstition and general paganism. After all, what has science ever given us? Other than electricity, of course, which is pretty useful. The laws of physics, I suppose, are worth knowing. And, if push comes to shove, I suppose science is pretty much responsible for everything that we take for granted, but those things aside, science has given as almost nothing. Superstition, on the other hand, gave us Stonehenge and those weird granite faces on Easter Island. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me that the world wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a better place with a few of those in the local shopping centre. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to make fun of romance novels and the people who read them. However, I have long been of the view that we can take a page out of the romance novel book (although a page containing a major plot twist is best avoided). To start with, it is surely a scientific fact that romance novels have the best covers. Flowing hair,

shirt buttons popped to expose the maximum amount of flesh that is decent to reveal. The same rules also apply for the portrayal of the women. All books should have covers like this. Had the cover of Anna Karenina featured the eponymous heroine in a torn blouse

and a shirtless Count Vronsky, abdomen muscles like roof tiles, it would have sold a lot more copies. In simple terms, what exactly did this research discover? In short, that romance novels are not particularly realistic. Now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shock result. To be

honest, I could have told you that and saved them the trouble of firing up the Bunsen burner. Not being realistic is, I dare say, the entire point of romance novels. They are escapism, pure and simple. I suppose that could be unhealthy if taken to an extreme, but you can say that of pretty much anything. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve half a mind to write to the journal. In fact, I may even offer that half a mind for scientific purposes. Sticking the boot in to romance novels for being unrealistic is like disputing that Mr Ed could really talk. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to suspend reality. Then again, perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong of me to shoot the messenger. It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy working for the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Doubtless there are long days that reach into the night as researchers are forced to work together in confined quarters pouring their all into producing a top notch magazine. Perhaps one of the researchers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call her Felicity Smithington-Huffbuster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; struggles with the long hours and demanding work schedule because she harbours a terrible secret. Orphaned at birth following a freak teeth-bleaching accident, the courageous Felicity lives alone in a rundown squat with nothing but a cat named Mr Mistoffelees and

memories of the past for company. Her colleague, the troubled but brilliant Rhett Rexum, ignores Felicity SmithingtonHuffbuster as he pushes his thick glasses further along the bridge of his perfectly defined nose. With a deadline looming, disaster strikes. The air-conditioning unit, which the maintenance man â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a one-legged inebriate named Mr Bojangles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; had built using nothing but spare photocopier parts and a role of sticky tape, grinds to a halt. The temperature continues to rise and rise until Rhett can stand no more and removes his shirt without warning. Doing her best not to look, Felicity cannot help but notice a stomach that resembles a six-pack of expensive, imported beer. As she removes her glasses, her hair falls around her face and their eyes meet. Before they know it, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve succumbing to a passionate embrace... Phew! Excuse me. I suspect I was getting carried away. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve no idea how that happened. Perhaps I should submit this story to the team at the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care for analysis. I will, of course, eagerly await the results.

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donna, Tom Jones, The Eagles and Australian artists Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers and many more. To celebrate 30 years of concerts, Frontier is publishing a limited edition coffee table book, Every Poster Tells a Story! 30 Years of The Frontier Touring Company. It is a colourful collection of Frontier concert posters – some easy to source and some that proved to be elusive: “But we managed to track down every single one,” a spokesman said. The hardback, 286-page, full colour book features 536 posters and lists individual concert dates for each tour through to the end of last year. There’s a foreword by Frontier cofounder and co-owner Michael Gudinski, and music journalists from Australia and New Zealand have contributed essays for each era. They set the scene of what influenced the Australasian public’s music tastes as well as what was affecting everyday lives – socially, politically and musically. The book is on sale from Friday 12 August online via and at book and music stores. *** FOR more than four decades, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married

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The TAB began in the 1980s and grew like topsy with profit the golden word. More executives, bigger buildings, bigger shareholder profits with not one iota of interest in our losses other than that said losses come their way. Ditto the AFL, banks, insurance companies, et al. Buy shares? Can’t afford it. Newspapers are owned by the rich on behalf of their shareholders. Electricity, gas and water costs rising? They tell us everyone is to blame except themselves. They lie. Where do the extra costs flow? To the privatised companies (shareholders/administrators) and our government. What can we do? We look at what we have and fight those who seek to reduce them or take them from us altogether. Pensions, unemployment benefits, free health (up to a point), free education (again to a point), wages parity and anything that puts us in a worse position than we presently hold. Time to have a go, ya mug?

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A Grain of Salt WRITING is a strange experience. I ignore it for two weeks and suddenly 900 words come out of nothing. My problem? I never decide what to write. I can get stuck into those whingers writing about dog poo or new units blocking their precious views. Perhaps have a go at Teddy Baillieu cutting library funding. The swimming pool, Marty? It’s a long way to Cranbourne. Two worlds; the conscious and the subconscious. Your mind directs the action. Sometimes it flows, to my constricted standards, sometimes. Not too vicious, not too sexy. I’m tempted, but I resist, just. I hear gossip and say nothing; bits float around and come to the surface if I have anything to say on a general subject. Something occurs by thought, print or company. Make a note, which may or may not be followed up. I’ve run out of notes, my mind a blank, what to say? That takes care of the first 157... *** THE vitriol Julia is receiving from the public is reaching a crescendo. Is this all Murdoch’s doings or are the shock jocks simply anti-female rightwingers? The common catcall is that the lady lies. True, she announces cer-

tain policies at one time and at a later date announces a change of policy, but if you base her lies on a vote for the Opposition, wouldn’t you at least realise that policies like no GST, weapons of mass destruction and children overboard must be considered? She got stuck into Kevvy, but ditto Tony into Turnbull. Obvious stuff really. And yet, how to explain the fathomless depth of self-satisfaction from so many Herald Sun readers? Do not use lying as a reason, people. Think harder. Think non-gender, neuter. *** IT’S Saturday winter 2011, and I’ve spent all afternoon watching Collingwood win again with a few Carlton Draughts and a bet or two. A typical Saturday winter 1953: Order of importance was always the races at No. 1 followed by football (premiers, again) with females a long last unless a chance popped up. If you got lucky it would move to number 1 at any time other than a Saturday, particularly if they told you they loved you. So there we would congregate, harmless enough, at 10am, always standing at the bar of the Peacock Hotel in High St, Northcote. A general discussion on which horse would win

*** “HAVE a go, ya mug” has been a part of our vernacular forever. Indifference reigns heavily among us as can be seen by the pathetic leaders of both major parties but more particularly among nonchalant voters. The Liberal Party has always been in favour of stretching the difference between the rich and the poor. Chooky’s Labor Party is there to look after all of us but primarily themselves. Generalisations maybe, but mostly truth.

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*** ONE did not have to be Einstein to see what they were doing to former top cop Christine Nixon. It was intriguing who the television news people went to for an opinion on her book Fair

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Hear about the ill-fated sealersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brig Active THE story of the ill-fated Active, a sailing ship used by sealers in the early 1800s that has a connection to Western Port, will be a highlight of the annual meeting of HastingsWestern Port Historical Society this month. Libby Skidmore of Corinella, historian and president of the South Eastern Historical Association, will be guest speaker and talk about Active and her crew. Active was a brigantine sealer under the command of Captain John Bader when it was driven ashore in Western Port on 11 June 1809. No sailors were lost and it was refloated, and sailed to Sydney, arriving in late July where it was repaired including new masts. On 11 December 1809 Active carried a group of seal hunters to the west coast of New Zealand and landed them on a small island in mid-February 1810. This was common practice with sealers camping for weeks at a time while they killed their quarry. Active then returned to Sydney across the Tasman Sea but was never seen again. The sealing party remained stranded until rescued in 1813 by the ship Governor Bligh, which landed the men in Sydney in December 1813 after four yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; absence.

Trained to sizzle SIX members of HastingsWestern Port Historical Society have attended a food handling course arranged by Hastings Neighbourhood Renewal program. They will join society members sizzling sausages at Bunnings in Hastings as part of fundraising activities.

Libbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account of Active and what happened to the ship, how the sealers survived and how they were eventually found will be fascinating. The 38th annual meeting will be held in the Hastings Museum, corner Marine Pde and Skinner St at 2pm on Sunday

28 August. Society president David Mason will report on the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and the election of officers will be held. All welcome, no charge. Pioneer dance for 150th AS part of activities acknowledging the gazetting

of the township of Tyabb (now known as Hastings), the society and Somerville, Tyabb & District Heritage Society have combined to conduct a pioneer dance (ballroom style) with music by The Silhouettes. It will be in Tyabb Hall, corner Frankston-Flinders Rd

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Antique appraisal a success THE society held its annual antique and collectables appraisal session at Hastings Museum on 4 August. Items were appraised by Wendy Morrison of Tyabb Packing House who donated her time. Attendees enjoyed Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation and knowledge as she spent a considerable amount of time talking about each item. China plates, bowls, cup and saucer, glass ornaments, glass vases, bottles picked up from the shore after being in the ocean for some years, maritime artefacts, and advertising material were among the items. A gold cameo brooch that had been gifted by Mrs Balcombe of The Briars attracted attention. Scones and a bun were donated by Bakers Delight of Hastings, and more than $100 was raised, which will go toward shelves for scrapbooks that record todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.

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Dobbo calling the shots at Dees? By Cameron McCullough THEY say a picture is worth a thousand words. Nothing could have been closer to the truth when a photographer from the Canberra Times snapped the picture on the right. It seemed very clear. Melbourne legend Garry Lyon, on taking on the role as head of the football department of the Melbourne Demons, made a bee-line directly to “the man to talk to” at the club: Hastings’ own Martin ‘Dobbo’ Dobson. The photo clearly shows Dobbo giving Garry Lyon a full orientation and it is rumoured he went through issues as varied as where the empty Gatorade bottles were kept right through to player performance and appraisal of the board at Melbourne. It has been known for some

time that Dobbo takes time out from his official duties as Western Port Warriors stalwart and goal-sneak to help out at the Demons, but does this picture raise more questions than it answers? What is Marty Dobson’s real role at the Melbourne Football Club? Has Dobbo got his eye on the top job for 2012? How long has Dobbo been secretly steering the Melbourne Football Club? What role, if any, has Dobbo played in the Demons’ recent form slump? The News tried to speak to Dobbo about it, but his management were not commenting directly on rumours. “Martin Dobson has many interests, but he is not considering taking up a full-time coaching role at Melbourne Football

Club,” a spokesperson said. It was not confirmed or denied whether the board of the club had approached him about the role. Dobbo has been in the limelight recently after announcing he will conduct a review of the football department at the mighty Western Port Warriors (see ‘Warriors mauled by Tigers’ on page 43) after their recent thrashing. He has also been the subject of constant rumours about retirement from playing with the Warriors, a move to coaching, or even accepting the rumoured seven-figure offers on the table to head to the Gold Coast or Greater Western Sydney as captain, coach or both.

For Aldersons, That’s The One could go to top of class IT’S been a few years since Colin Alderson had a top-class galloper, but this might be about to change. Colin, who now trains in partnership with his daughter Cindy, has an exciting young prospect in That’s The One coming through the ranks. The powerful, big striding threeyear-old impressed when scoring over 1200 metres on debut at Sandown in July. He then confirmed this ability when producing a devastating burst from last to win over 1400 metres at Flemington on Saturday 6 August. Although time and maturity will help, That’s The One can already be expected to play a role in feature races the next few months. While That’s The One is full of promise, a veteran, Pinnacles, also seems another good betting proposition. The eight-year-old, he hasn’t won in more than 12 months, showed he is returning to form following a photo-finish second to Mr Griswold over 1400 metres at Flemington at his last start. Noble Park, who finished two lengths behind Pinnacles in the race, shapes as another likely winner. A lightly raced four-year-old, he found the distance too short and will appreciate stepping up to 1600 metres and beyond. There were further encouraging signs for the spring hopes of Rekindled Interest when he produced a slashing second behind smart Queenslander Temple Of Boom over 1200 metres at the Flemington meeting. A winner of the Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October, Rekindled Interest is being prepared primarily for the major spring races and indications are that he is going to be a worthy challenger. Another spring hopeful who caught the eye was the Pat Carey-trained Cedarberg who came from near last to finish seventh. He looked above himself and may well need another run or two before working his way back into

the winner’s list. A lot of horses aiming at the spring carnival resumed at Caulfield on Saturday and those that came under particular notice were Parables, Delago’s Lad, Metonymy, Chasm, Panipique and Indikator. Darley-owned Parables was unlucky when second to the in-form Mid Summer Music in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes. A lightly raced daughter of Lonhro, Parables had difficulty securing a run in the straight but once in the clear she rocketed home and is sure to make her presence felt over the spring. Third-placed Anabaa’s Legacy also has her foot on the till. The Mornington-trained mare was having only her second start back from injury and after being used to lead from barrier 14, was courageous in defeat. Others to impress in what looks a “strong form race” were Tasmanian Lady Lynette and Cranbourne-trained pair Venus World and Pinker Pinker. Mornington-trained Delago’s Lad acquitted himself well against some of the best juveniles last season and looks ready to go to the next step. Given time to find his stride, the gelding worked home stylishly when fourth behind gun three-year-old Sepoy in the Vain Stakes (1100m), giving every indication he’ll run out a strong 1600 metres. Peter Moody’s Metonymy is another who while appreciate stepping out over more ground. A consistent performer last season, she was decidedly unlucky when a fast-finishing second behind Sydneysider Satin Shoes in the Quezette Stakes (1100m). The Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 12 October would be a logical target. Jason Warren had a big day at Caulfield when his stable star Bel Sprinter

maintained his unbeaten record with a dashing all-the-way win in the listed Regal Roller Stakes. Later in the afternoon Head North gave the Mornington conditioner more cause for celebration when she flashed home behind David Brideoake’s Biancon Rose over 1400 metres. A late-maturing daughter of Street Cry, Head North will be seen to advantage over 2000 metres and further. The $100,000 R M Ansett Classic (2400m) on her home track on 1 October would be a possible option. Smart New Zealand stayer Indikator is likely to make his presence felt in some of the rich country cups over the next few months judging by his fresh-up second behind the freewheeling Light Vision over 2000 metres at Caulfield on Saturday. Best: Parables

Picking winners: Above, That’s The One with Craig Williams in the saddle winning at Flemington 6 August. Below, Colin Alderson, left, Craig Williams and Cindy Alderson after That’s The One brought home the bacon. Pictures: Slickpix

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The day the Indian charged up High Street I WISH to pay a tribute on behalf of the club to a member of one of the true football pioneer families: “Young Digger Langholze”. Over the years Digger has not only been one of the true characters of the club, but also has given great service especially to the junior players. His car was always there for their use, sometimes packing practically the whole team into it! The sympathy of the Hastings Football Club goes out to his mother. Three life members in the one family speaks for itself. Now back to the past: 1930 or thereabouts. The secretary of the club was Ralph Mentiplay, better known as “Dooffey” (pictured right). As a result of some earlier mishap Doof was quite lame so, in view of this afflic-

tion, he decided that it would be to the advantage of both the football club and himself if he became mechanised. Accordingly he rolled up to the pub one Saturday morning with a red Indian motorbike and sidecar. As was their habit, most of the team was gathered there and all came out to admire the machine once the smoke had cleared. Among the group were Basil and Cyril Ward, who gave Hastings many great games, and their younger brother Vic who also later played with the club. Saturday morning in Hastings in those

days was very different to the present: a gun could have been fired in either direction without fear of hitting anyone at all, except maybe “Dobbin” Reid riding his pushbike down the main street on the way to look at his boat, or Albert Perrott coming from the other direction up the middle of the road and heading in the general direction of the pub. So Dooffey decided to give a demonstration of his new steel horse. After a great deal of attention to the motor, Doof explained that the kick-starter had broken and as a result he would have to push it to get it to start. While Doof was taking a deep breath prior to taking off down the road towards the railway line, young Vic scrambled into the sidecar. It had to be seen to be appreciated: Doof, with his limp, pushing this prehistoric motorbike down the road

as fast as he could run. It struck up in a cloud of smoke somewhere about where Fred Bayne’s pharmacy now stands, but by this time Doof was so exhausted that he could not jump on, and the thing took off with young Vic in the sidecar shouting his head off. The Indian came to a sudden halt about 100 yards down the street, with the bike on one side of an electric light pole and the sidecar on the other. This not only wrecked the bike, but also our secretary’s dream of making life a little easier. From Blue Power 1978 No. 2 (written by the late Norm Francis). Footnote: It may be of interest to know that Mr Mentiplay was the newsagent in Hastings. This may explain his, at times, eccentric behaviour.

Blues–Hawks top four clash something to savour Round 22 preview Friday 19 August Carlton v Hawthorn, Etihad Stadium 7.40pm This is the match of the week to start round 22. Nothing beats a top four clash heading into finals, but it would be better to see them face off at the MCG. The Blues have a tough run home and will struggle to make the top four due to their bye. They must win all remaining matches and West Coast must lose one of three for Carlton to sneak in. The indigenous duo of Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli were in fine form on the weekend, kicking 14 goals as the Hawks steamrolled Port Adelaide by 165 points. Friday night is shaping as a beauty and the Hawks’ depth will be an influential factor. Hawthorn by 25 points. Saturday 20 August Gold Coast v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium 2.10pm After a good first season, the Suns have hit the wall. On the weekend the

Suns never looked in the game against Brisbane. The Crows have been consistent since changing coaches. In the previous round they met the all-conquering Cats and pushed them till the final siren. Chris Knights bounced back beautifully after being injured against the Lions in round 20 and notched up 33 possessions. This is a bit of a dead rubber on paper, but coach Mark Bickley wants to stay on so will be pulling out all stops to make sure his boys win. Adelaide by 51 points. West Coast v Essendon, Patersons Stadium 3.10pm For both of these sides it has never been more important to record a win this season. The Bombers would almost certainly secure a spot in the eight if they win, and the Eagles need to keep winning to make top four. West Coast on the weekend looked ominous when they cruised to an easy win against Melbourne, Dean Cox proving his fitness by playing a solid game. The Bombers have rediscovered their early season form, winning their last two matches. The Eagles have been red hot at home this season and the Bombers lost to the Dockers in the west earlier this year so it’s a no-brainer. West Coast by 34 points.

North Melbourne v Fremantle, Etihad Stadium 7.10pm This game is a mini-elimination final; the loser will be out of the finals and the winner will go on to challenge Essendon for the remaining spot. Sadly for the Dockers, their form has dropped remarkably since they beat Sydney in round 17, and their record in Melbourne is not comforting with two of their last three matches here. North will go into the match fresh from the bye and a win will give them all the confidence in the world for when they meet the Saints in the following round. Todd Goldstein of North has been outstanding this year and could his first all-Australian team in the second ruck position. North Melbourne by 42 points. Collingwood v Brisbane, MCG 7.10pm With 12 wins in a row, the Pies look nearly unstoppable. There are only two factors that can stop the Pies winning the flag -- injuries and Geelong. Last week Pies’ skipper Nick Maxwell sustained a fractured thumb and is expected to miss three to four weeks, which could leave him on the sidelines until preliminary final night. Sharrod Wellingham injured his hip and is a chance to miss this week.

Despite Collingwood’s injury woes, Chris Dawes and Alan Toovey could return to the side, and even a depleted Magpie side will have no problems beating Brisbane even though the Lions comfortably beat the Suns on the weekend. Collingwood by 77 points. Sunday 21 August Sydney v St Kilda, ANZ Stadium 1.10pm In what could be a possible Elimination final next month, the Saints travel to Sydney to tackle the under-pressure Swans. On the weekend the Swans dropped a game they couldn’t afford to lose. Their record at the MCG has been abysmal in recent years but there was no way they should’ve lost to Richmond. The Saints put up a good fight against the Pies, were never blown away and were always within striking distance, but lacked a bit of class (which most teams do against the Pies). The Saints are in great form and I can’t see them dropping an important game like this. St Kilda by 11 points. Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs, AAMI Stadium 3.10pm There are black clouds hovering over Port Adelaide, and nobody seems to know what to do about it. With two

losses by 130-plus points in the past two weeks, it is beginning to reek of Fitzroy’s 1996 team. The Power don’t have to win this game, but they need to play significantly better than recently. The Bulldogs on the weekend played a funny game: they started off terrible in the first half, then played brilliant football led by Barry Hall’s six goals. Luke Dahlhaus’s energy was something to watch. With both sides’ seasons over, this game is merely for pride, but the Dogs are always going to be the better team and should win comfortably. Western Bulldogs by 55 points. Melbourne v Richmond, MCG 4.40pm Even though both teams won’t be seen in September, there’s a lot of pride to play for, especially as both sides will think they can win. The Dees continued their winless form at Etihad when they were defeated by West Coast. Jeremy Howe was one of Melbourne’s few shining lights and showed coach Todd Viney he is a long-term player. The Tigers surprised everyone by beating Sydney, breaking a six-game losing streak. Last time these teams played Melbourne got the job done easily, and this could be a contributing factor on Sunday. Melbourne by 22 points.

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IT has been a tough couple weeks for the Mornington Peninsula’s football fraternity both on and off the field. Langwarrin stalwart Steve Wallace died far too early, leaving behind wife Joan, children Alistair and Tanya, and an unmatched legacy of service to the football community. Hundreds turned out to Western Port Christian Family Church on Tuesday 26 July to farewell the much-loved and highly regarded “Big Wal”. Aside from playing a pivotal role in building the powerhouse Langy is today, his membership of a number of leagues and committees made him one of the game’s greatest advocates in the southeast. Tributes to memorial sites flowed from across Australia in honour of the one-eyed Glasgow Rangers tragic, a fitting tribute to the warm-hearted bloke that he was.

On the field, Langwarrin remains a division 1 demotion danger after taking just one point from its past two outings, going down 3-1 to Bulleen and drawing 2-2 on Saturday against Whittlesea at Lawton Park. With just five rounds remaining, Langwarrin has a tough run home including first-placed (Port Melbourne) and secondplaced (Southern Stars) teams, but two wins and a draw would probably do it. Mornington is continuing its domination of state division 3, sitting atop of the ladder on 40 points, despite a lacklustre 1-1 draw with cellar-dweller Berwick City on Saturday. Peninsula Strikers returned to form, defeating Doveton 2-1 at the weekend to lodge themselves in fifth spot on the division 3 table. Sill in division 3, Frankston Pines still has a mathematical chance of surviving the chop to the Provisional leagues after taking a point from its clash with Fitzroy City at Monterey Reserve on Saturday. The previous week, Mornington, replete with half a dozen of Pines’ best from its

glory days of the mid-2000s, showed no mercy by dishing out a 5-1 drubbing in the pouring rain at Dallas Brooks Park. Nicky Waite scored a hat-trick against his old club, which was on the back foot after conceding an own goal in the opening minutes. Gulls coach Adam Jamieson, who was controversially deposed from his coaching position at Pines after winning the 2007 state league division 1 title, seems set to take Mornington to the upper echelons of Victorian football, with the team poised for its fourth promotion in five years. Skye managed a point from its encounter with Hampton Park Sparrows on the weekend to keep a slim hope of avoiding the chop. The club is keeping tight-lipped at present about a change at the helm with long-term coach Bruce Gardiner rumoured to be calling it quits. In Provisional 2, Seaford is looking the goods for a late promotion tilt after defeating Old Carey 2-0 on the weekend to be just a point off second-placed Riversdale with five games to go.

Warriors mauled by Tigers By Andrew Brady THE mighty Westernport Warriors (pictured) came crashing back to earth with a thud after receiving a Melbournelike mauling at the hands of the Malmsbury Tigers at Malmsbury on Wednesday. The boys from the Juvenile Justice Centre recorded a massive 21.14-140 to 3.2-20 win over a depleted Warriors outfit and many questions are now being asked of the besieged Warriors as to whether we deserved our position at the top of the RecLink table. Coach Barton was sitting nervously by the phone Wednesday night expecting a telephone call from the president along the lines of: “I’ve got some bad news and some ‘really bad’ news.” Fortunately there was no bullet flying around with coach Barton’s name on it and after a crisis meeting chaired by club heavies Loveridge and Vanderuit, it was decided that coach Barton

would fulfil his tenure and coach out the season. A strong rumour circulating the Warriors camp was that club legend Martin ‘Dobbo’ Dobson – who oddly was a late withdrawal from the Tigers game – was going to conduct an internal review of the club’s football department

starting immediately in the capacity as a stand-in football director. When questioned about the role, Dobbo issued a firm “No comment” insisting that his commitments outside football did not allow him to commit to such a position on a permanent basis and that he was concen-

trating on getting himself fit for the Hawks game in two weeks time. Dobbo further stated that the players were right behind coach Barton and said that the Warriors were just focusing on “taking things one week at a time”. Certainly coach Barton

has the job in front of him in revitalising the Warriors so that they are “up and about” for their next game against the Salvo Hawks at Crib Point on 17 August. Coach Barton has an amazing record as coach of the Warriors and he is going to have to draw on all his experience to invigorate his charges if the mighty Warriors are to remain a force in the RecLink competition. Coach Barton has been a ‘life coach’ to his players and it is this above all else that will see the Warriors battle through the troubled waters they are now in. Getting back to the game: the Warriors were no match for the Tigers who were supremely fit and super skilled. The Tigers didn’t have a passenger and despite the best efforts of Kevin ‘Bubba’ Watson, James ‘Reedan’ Wright, Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Smith and ‘Jumping Joey Robb’,

the Warriors were not able to compete with the fearsome run and carry of the Tigers. Coach Barton was quick to lay to rest any speculation that he would now look to develop his players by playing them out of position in the hope of dropping a rung or two down the ladder to avoid playing the Tigers in the A grade grand final. Although the ‘T’ word has been mentioned, Coach Barton was firm with his response: “Our goal all year has been to play off for the A Premiership and nothing has changed. Obviously the Tigers have not seen us at our best and I have many tricks up my sleeve that I will look forward to using on grand final day. “Obviously we now have the element of surprise on our side and it would be a very brave man indeed that would write off anyone associated with the mighty Warriors.”

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