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All aboard! Napthine raises sub hopes

WESTERN Port’s ill-fated submarine HMAS Otama has a new champion – Victorian Ports Minister Denis Napthine. Dr Napthine has told members of the Western Port Oberon Association, which owns the submarine rusting at anchor off Crib Point, he would help bring it ashore at either Hastings, Stony Point or Crib Point. While not making any promises, Dr Napthine, who also has responsibility for major projects and regional cities, said the government was taking applications for grants from its $1 billion regional growth fund. Report Page 10.

Woman flown to hospital after smash A 36-year-old mother of two was airlifted to The Alfred hospital on Monday morning after being trapped in her car for more than an hour at Hastings. Senior Constable Rob Hardy of Hastings police said it appeared the Bittern woman had lost control of her car before it hit a tree in FrankstonFlinders Rd just before 9am. After hitting the tree the car crossed the footpath and came to rest against a power pole. He said police believe wet roads contributed in the smash, which occurred as the woman veered to the left to avoid a car turning right into Cool Store Rd. The woman had been travelling north on her way to work when the accident happened. She was freed from a Ford sedan by a rescue team from Langwarrin CFA before being flown to hospital with severe head injuries. “It was a wet road and she appears to have lost control of her car,” Senior Constable Hardy said. “It shows drivers need to take care in these changeable conditions.” Trapped: Langwarrin CFA rescue volunteers use the “jaws of life” to cut both doors and the roof away from the car to free a woman driver trapped inside. The woman was later flown by air ambulance to The Alfred hospital for treatment.


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Bright future for Western Port EDITORIAL WITH all the doom and gloom surrounding the job cuts at BlueScope Steel, it’s important to look at the big picture of the future of Western Port and Hastings in particular. The region is on the cusp of a boom with the state government’s stated intention of developing the Port of Hastings as Victoria’s second container port. Hastings will see the injection of $10 billion plus over the next 10 to 13 years as its expanded port takes the pressure off Port of Melbourne. Melbourne’s inner city port is being constrained by lack of land to expand, traffic congestion and rising expectations of a less industrial future in neighbouring communities such as Yarraville, Footscray, Docklands and Williamstown. Ports Minister Denis Napthine says that with the throughput of containers in Victoria forecast to quadruple over the next 30 years, a second container port at Hastings is vital to the long-term productivity and economy of Victoria. Businesses that have set up in Hastings and surrounds in recent times have been a vote of confidence in the region. Bunnings and Dick Smith have opened in Hastings. Aldi is set to build in Somerville. They are canny operators and have done their research and know the region is on the up. The relatively new Kmart shopping area in Hastings is set to double in size. Bittern has a new shopping centre to replace its one general store Hastings has five banks where other towns have seen branches closing in

recent times. It also has three supermarkets, a measure of a town’s viability and future potential. House prices in Hastings and surrounds are increasing, and new residential areas such as Mariners Estate off Hodgins Rd are being opened up. The job losses at BlueScope after the steelmakers booked a $1.05 billion loss are painful and the closing of the hot strip mill and one of three metal coating lines is a blow, but this will affect the wider southeast and not just Hastings. It is a marker of the malaise in manufacturing throughout Australia and a warning that we have to adapt to changing times. Residents with long memories know

Hastings has been hit and recovered before. In the mid-1990s, the Shire of Hastings offices closed following council amalgamations and the local water board left the town following massive changes to water legislation. More than 200 jobs were lost and not long after more than 30 shops were vacant. The region has fought back before and will do so again. Meanwhile, place your confidence in Hastings and Western Port. A new era is just around the corner with a portled recovery set to bring greater prosperity and more jobs to the area. Cameron McCullough Publisher

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Boral back down as govt digs in

Chamber’s new head LISA Dixon is the new head of Western Port Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ms Dixon, who runs the Dominion Hill gift shop in Salmon St, takes over from outgoing president Jim Schaefer. The chamber’s first female president was elected at the annual meeting on August 17. The treasurer Alan Wrench and vice-president Alf Tallon remain in their positions while Tracey Sigge, of Profile Group Holdings, is the new secretary. Graeme Columbus stepped down from his role as public officer due to medical reasons. The chamber’s general committee, which helps plan events and activities, comprises Lyle Ridout (Hastings Goldmine), Tammie Johnstone (Western Port Festival), Brad Bayne (Telstra Shop), Damian Lane (Midland Insurance Brokers) and Mandy van der Berg (Hasting Neighbourhood Renewal). The chamber would like to add a representative of the hospitality industry to the committee. For details call 0421 696 007. The chamber’s next business breakfast is at 7am on 11 October at Hastings Community Hub. RSVP to

BORAL Asphalt has avoided a fight with the state government by dropping plans to build a bitumen storage plant at Crib Point. Former Planning Minister Justin Madden announced two years ago that he had approved Boral’s application, bringing a chorus of disapproval from residents, conservationists and the then coalition Opposition. Hastings MP Neale Burgess last week said he was pleased Boral had finally declared publicly its proposed bitumen plant would not go ahead at Crib Point. Mr Burgess said he called Boral Asphalt general manager Tony Aloisio after the coalition won government late last year and warned Boral would have to fight the government to get its plant. “Boral was made aware that the new government’s policy was that no industrial development would be allowed to proceed south of Hastings,” he said. “While Boral was issued with a permit by Labor Planning Minister Justin Madden, Liberal Planning Minister Matthew Guy had publicly stated that no bitumen plant would be built at Crib Point.” Boral’s plan was also rejected by Mornington Peninsula Shire as being inappropriate for the small rural town. However, Boral said Crib Point was suitable because its infrastructure was accessible to ships bringing bitumen from Singapore. The plans were criticised by residents who said the roads were unsuitable to the increased traffic

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NEWS DESK Radio on line RADIO Port Phillip official opens its new studio complex next to Peninsula Community Theatre in Wilsons Rd, Mornington, at 6.30pm on Saturday 24 September. The last remaining classroom block at the former Mornington Secondary College site has been renovated by Mornington Peninsula Rotary clubs led by Dick Cox of Somerville Tyabb Rotary. The public can inspect the building from 4.30-6pm. There will be a fireworks display at 7.30pm. Details: 3RPP, 5978 8200.

Night sky viewing VOLUNTEERS of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society will hold a public night sky telescope viewing evening on Friday 2 September from 8pm. The family-friendly evenings include a talk about the universe, a chance to ask questions, hold a meteorite and a guided viewing through society’s telescopes at the society’s Briars Park observatory site, Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha. Bookings by email to welcome@mpas. or call 0419 253 252.

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Long dinner: Top, at Esso’s annual community dinner are, from left, ExxonMobil lead country manager John Dashwood and Esso Long Island Point plant manager David Anderson with Hastings CFA Captain Colin Cook and Rob Jellis of BHP Billiton. Above, ExxonMobil public and government affairs manager Trisha Perkins, Cr Reade Smith and Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock. Left, Peninsula Health’s clinical director of emergency health Dr Helen Hewett, Frankston Hospital’s executive director Brendon Gardner and community health general manager Rob Macindoe. Pictures: Fran Henke

Esso serves talk on algae, oil and tax By Fran Henke OVER dinner for 60, discussion covered algae, oil spills and, of course, the unmentionable – carbon tax. Held in Hastings at maQuay restaurant, the dinner was Esso’s annual report to the community. In a stretch of the imagination, it’s like the folk from the Big House having the workers over, only much friendlier. As a regular attendee over many years, these events are looked forward to as a relaxed opportunity to catch up with community representatives from local schools, emergency and health services, Western Port Festival organisers, and media colleagues. Esso always brings in its heavies. This year Long Island plant manager David Anderson introduced John Dashwood, ExxonMobil Australia lead country manager. They brought their “co-venturer”, Rob Jellis, BHP Billiton Petroleum’s joint interest unit manager for Bass Strait, and Meath Hammond, their external affairs manager, who was treated to a tour of Hastings’ highpoints during the day. Mr Dashwood spoke about the challenge of running an energy provider with minimal greenhouse footprint. “Over the next 20 years we will need to access every element of energy we can lay our hands on,” he said. “Real energy growth lies in efficiency.” In the search for new sources, ExxonMobil is funding research in California into extracting mineral oil from algae – seaweed. Greenhouses have been set up to encourage seaweed to grow faster. It has a negative carbon footprint and the algae isn’t fussy about the water it needs, so there is no competition with food crops, unlike palm and other oils, Mr Dashwood said. Use of oil from algae was some years off, however. On the subject of offshore exploration, Mr

Dashwood spoke about the Kipper Tuna Turrum gas development and said Esso currently had 20 to 30 marine vessels in Bass Strait working on a number of projects including installing a bridge to connect Marlin A and Marlin B platforms. To be completed by 2013, the $4.4 billion project will develop cleaner-burning natural gas supplies to help secure Victoria’s energy future, and holds enough energy to power a city of a million people for 35 years. “Given that LIP [Long Island Plant] is the last site in the production process, it will be the final site decommissioned, so we’re here for a long while,” he said. Asked about increase of shipping in Western Port, Mr Dashwood said” “You will never see shipping like 30-40 years ago. Our goal is that you won’t notice the difference.” Cr Reade Smith asked about the sale of ethanol. Mr Dashwood said ExxonMobil had sold all its retail outlets to 7/11. “We’re only in the wholesale market now and don’t actually sell fuel at the bowser any more – apart from aviation fuel,” he said. David Anderson spoke about the importance of safety at Long Island. “Our goal is to have no hurt in our business.” He told how February’s “rain event” caused flooding and two fail-safe mechanisms to fail, allowing some oily water into the mangroves. “The response was fantastic. Staff came from everywhere and I felt redundant.” Mr Anderson assured diners all systems and drains that might be affected by extreme weather had been improved. He also spoke about the company’s support of local needs. “We make over 200 contributions every year, and we’ve donated more than $114,000 to community projects through our volunteer involvement program, and have been rewarded in seeing them grow,” he said.

Golden digger: Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock has no hesitation in getting his hands dirty when it comes to helping plant trees at Shoreham, even if he is in suit and wearing the chain of office.

Mayoral link to tree planting THICK shoes, gumboots and runners were combined with work clothes and jeans when the Shoreham community got down on its knees to plant trees. A stand out among the willing workers on Saturday 20 August was Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock who had no qualms getting down to the task at hand, dressed in a suit and wearing the mayoral chain. Cr Pittock was on hand to officially

open the tree planting to replace pines on land known as the Shoreham triangle, which had been prepared by council officers Colin Thorning and Matt Stahmer. The 280 trees planted were indigenous to the area and selected for their fire resistance and suitability. Before getting their hands dirty, association members were joined by their Point Leo and Flinders neigh-

bours to hear PowerGroup director Chris Kechagias outline the savings that could be made bulk buying electricity. More than 100 people have now registered interest in joining the scheme. A similar scheme is already operating at Somers. For details visit Shoreham Community Association’s website

Digging in: Michael Stephens, daughter Zoe and Suzy Adsett plant trees while dogs Charley and Pansy “supervise”.

Pen Link costing $1.3b By Mike Hast THE controversial Peninsula Link freeway will cost nearly double the estimate made by the Brumby Labor government last year when it awarded the construction contract to the Southern Way consortium. On 15 January 2010 then roads minister Tim Pallas said the contract would cost $759, but a parliamentary committee has been told the cost had risen to $1.1 billion. The latest estimate puts the bill at $1.3 billion. The freeway is being built as a public private partnership between the government’s Linking Melbourne Authority and Southern Way, a consortium of Abigroup, Bilfinger Berger and Royal Bank of Scotland. The consortium will “own” and operate the freeway for 25 years, and be paid by the government, after which it will revert to government ownership.

The full cost is being paid by taxpayers after the federal government refused to contribute to the project and the Brumby government said it would not be a toll road. Work on the 25-kilometre link between Carrum Downs and Mt Martha is due to be completed in early 2013. Among the more controversial aspects of Peninsula Link has been the clearing of seven bush and grassland reserves between Carrum Downs and Frankston South, including part of the historic, heritage-listed Westerfield property on Robinsons Rd, Frankston South. In July, Victoria’s Auditor-General Des Pearson said the promised economic benefits of Peninsula Link may have been overstated and its potential negative impacts ignored. His report, Management of Major Roads Projects, was a scathing critique

of the freeway, one of the state’s most expensive road projects. Mr Pearson slammed VicRoads and Linking Melbourne Authority, saying the two authorities failed to take into account the concept that bigger and better roads encourage more traffic, so-called “induced demand”, when deciding whether to build new freeways. “They did not adequately assess the traffic induced by these improvements, communicate the risks, or estimate the impact of the economic benefits,” he said. “These shortcomings create a risk of over-estimating the benefits and giving decision-makers false confidence.” The report says LMA also had weaknesses in the way it had made procurement decisions. Peninsula Link was conceived during the global financial crisis by the Brumby Labor government.

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Port expansion more urgent: Napthine By Mike Hast PORTS Minister Denis Napthine says expansion of Port of Hastings is even more urgent after job losses at BlueScope Steelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western Port plant. Dr Napthine visited Hastings on Friday to inspect port facilities with stakeholders including Hastings MP Neale Burgess, Western Port harbour master Shane Vedamuttu and Port of Hastings Corporation officials. The corporation, soon to become the Port of Hastings Development Authority, was given back its independence earlier this month when legislation separated it from the Port of Melbourne Corporation. The previous Labor government under John Brumby and former ports minister Tim Pallas put Hastings under the control of the Port of Melbourne last September. The controversial action was criticised by many sectors with claims Port of Melbourne would retard development of Hastings. Legislation decoupling the two ports passed through parliament on 16 August although it will not come into effect until 1 January next year. On Friday afternoon Dr Napthine,

a former veterinarian from the Western District, told The News the state government wanted to make Hastings into Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second container port within 10 to 13 years, not 25 years as had been proposed by the previous government. He said Hastings was essential for growth of imports and exports in Victoria as Port of Melbourne was rapidly running out of space to expand and traffic congestion had become a major problem. Studies had shown changing social and environmental expectations of neighbouring communities such as Yarraville, Footscray, Garden City and Beacon Cove, Docklands, Fishermans Bend and Williamstown would affect port operations. The PoMC owns and manages about 510 hectares of port land west of central Melbourne, which includes 34 commercial berths at five docks and river wharves with a total berth length of about seven kilometres. At Hastings, about 3500 hectares of land was zoned for port use in the 1970s. The loss of 270 jobs at BlueScope Western Port and 800 at Port Kembla

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and large tracts of vacant land. When the Transport Legislation Amendment (Port of Hastings Development Authority) Bill 2011 was approved by the parliament earlier this month, Dr Napthine said that with the throughput of containers in Victoria forecast to quadruple over the next 30 years, a second container port was vital to the long-term productivity and economy of Victoria. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The development of Hastings will give Victorian businesses and exporters confidence in the long-term efficiency of freight movements in our state,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Coalition government will soon seek expressions of interest for the Port of Hastings Development Authority board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once appointed, the board will initiate a number of assessments including economic, social and environmental impact studies. The government will work closely with all stakeholders and the Hastings community to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved.â&#x20AC;? Dr Napthine said the Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passage through both Houses with bipartisan support indicated that the Victorian Labor Party recognised it made a mistake

when it merged Hastings with the Port of Melbourne Corporation in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This legislation reverses Laborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short-sighted vision for the future of the Victorian freight industry and will allow for an independent port ... authority to begin the preliminary work for this vital project.â&#x20AC;? The government now faces complex tasks to fast-track development at Hastings, including satisfying environmental laws, with Western Port part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. About 30 species of birds migrate from north Asia to Western Port each year, and Australia, as a signatory of the 1974 Ramsar Convention, is under an obligation to preserve the ecological character of its designated Ramsar sites. The cost of developing Hastings has been put at about $10 billion with new roads and a rail line being among big-ticket items. The amount is sure to rise as the first estimate for expanding Hastings was put at $3 billion in 2006.


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Single-councillor wards ‘bias’ claim By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors had left themselves open to accusations of bias over their public support of single-councillor wards, says a submitter to the VEC review of the shire’s electoral representation. Alan Nelsen of the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association states unanimous councillor support of the existing ward structure “is clearly self-interest rather than putting the interests of ratepayers and the community first”. Dr Nelsen is one of 38 submitters to have contributed to the Victorian Electoral Commission review that is looking at the structure and boundaries of shire wards for the 2012 election. Submissions closed last week, but reopen after the VEC produces its draft report on 5 September. He is also concerned “with the behaviour of the council staff, which we submit is a breach of the Local Government Act 1989”. “This behaviour seriously threatens the independence of the review ... we cannot understand how the VEC, which represents the Crown, ... can continue with the review when there is a clear breach of the Act.” Dr Nelsen claims the bias of the council is evidenced by an article in the shire’s newsletter PeninsulaWide in May, press releases and articles in the local press, the Ten Tests of Effective Local Government tabled by the council on 14 June, and “the letter sent to 460 selective community groups and organisations by the staff under the mayor’s name on 19 July”. “The content of these documents can be contrasted with the VEC’s guide for submissions, which presents an unbiased approach listing both the advantages and disadvantages of the various ward electoral structures.” Dr Nelsen claims council staff are breaching impartiality and conflict of interest provisions of the Local Gov-

ernment Act by backing single-councillor wards. “While councillors have the right to publicise their views, council staff should not be orchestrating a biased campaign during council time,” he stated. “Staff should act as the VEC itself has acted and that is impartially and with integrity. If councillors have a point of view then they should prepare the documentation and distribute it themselves. “Council staff have every right to make a submission, however this should be done in their own and not council’s time. For integrity and conflict of interest purposes they should mention that they are a council employee in their submission.” Dr Nelsen says a similar campaign in

unopposed. Multiple-ward representation will encourage more people to stand for council because they believe that they may get a second chance against existing well-known and established councillors.” Long-time public transport advocate Ian Hundley, in his submission to the VEC, says shire election results are influenced by the large number of voters “who do not qualify to vote in state elections, because for the most part they do not live permanently in the area”. Six of the 11 councillors were elected unopposed in the November 2008 general election. “For the most part these were the wards furthest to the south and west on the peninsula. Apart from Kangerong Ward, which was contested, they were

The shire’s argument and reasons for single-ward representation are flawed, and “contain many irrelevant and unsubstantiated statements”. support of single-councillor wards was run by the council at the last electoral review in 2005 and had been criticised by the VEC. The shire’s argument and reasons for single-ward representation are flawed, and “contain many irrelevant and unsubstantiated statements”. Fewer than 20 per cent of Victorian councils have single-councillor wards “so the shire’s claim for the 10 tests for effective local government is simply not valid. Surely 80 per cent of councils who do not have single-councillor wards are not ineffective?”. “A major issue ... is that if a singleward councillor has a different focus, motivation or different point of view, then we do not have an effective” representative. “At the last council election in 2008, six of the 11 councillors were elected

also those with the highest percentage of electors who are not eligible to vote in state electorates encompassed by the municipality,” Mr Hundley stated. “In two of the wards, Nepean and Rye, these voters actually outnumber resident voters. The fact that under the current electoral representation system a notional majority could be formed on council without resorting to a ballot strongly suggests that local democracy and participation is in poor shape under the current electoral arrangements.” The lack of contests may demonstrate voter contentment, but this is not necessarily an indication of electoral health. “It may well be that the better explanation is that many resident electors feel themselves to be disenfranchised and therefore disengaged from active participation in the electoral process.”

Mr Hundley was critical of the shire’s attitude to both private and public transport, stating the current electoral system strongly favoured particular interests rather than providing for a diversity of representation. “These interests play out in a particular way to the disadvantage of the peninsula and its residents ... transport is one particular area of policy significance where this is evident,” he stated. “The 2008 elections favoured the institutionalised strength of the road lobby on the Mornington Peninsula at the expense of those in favour of more sustainable transport. “The nexus between local government and the road lobby is the linchpin that has led to the Mornington Peninsula being the most public transportpoor of all of Melbourne’s local government areas. “It was reflected most forcefully ... by the council’s strong advocacy of the controversial Peninsula Link freeway project and relative indifference towards the provision of a reasonable standard of public transport for local residents. “This connection probably rests on a number of factors. None seems more important than the fact that a large proportion of the people who are eligible to vote in shire elections own property on the peninsula but do not live there permanently.” Holiday home owners wanted to drive to their places as quickly as possible and were more concerned about roads and freeways than “provision of good local social, educational and community services in the area by local and state governments”. Unlike permanent residents, holiday home owners had relatively little interest in campaigning for better public transport services. The 2006 Census of population and housing showed one in 125 work journeys by peninsula residents were made by bus, he stated.

The scope for quality and energetic representation and the generation of new ideas appears to have been drained from the shire. The current singlemember ward system appears to have been a significant influence in this regard. There are communities of interest not being fairly represented. That only a minority of wards were contested at the 2008 election is a clear demonstration of failure in the functional design of the system. “Candidates from smaller but still significant groups are more likely to nominate under a system of multicouncillor wards elected by proportional representation because some of them would have a realistic opportunity” of being elected. “Candidates are encouraged to declare their policy differences more openly and it makes for more informed debate than the current system of single member wards where candidates typically seek the middle ground and appear indistinguishable in policy terms.” On 8 August, the council unanimously endorsed its submission to the VEC, “that the council strongly advocates for the retention of single member councillor wards”. “The council is strongly of the view that the current electoral arrangement … has provided the framework for effective governance at both the local level and across the shire as a whole.” Its submission is on the VEC website (see below). The VEC’s preliminary report will be released on 5 September and public submissions will again be taken. They must be in by 5 October. There will be a public hearing on 12 October and the final report is out 3 November.  To see the 38 preliminary submissions, go to Reviews/MorningtonPeninsula rrpresub.html

Riding to victory, on Silver Gulls’ silver prose IT’S the Emus versus their old rivals, the Silver Gulls, as the electoral review of the Mornington Peninsula Shire reaches boiling point. The Gulls, prompted by the shire to express a view, generally don’t want change; these yachties and croquet players like councillors each to have a ward to themselves. We Emus don’t care all that much, as long as our councillor, and the shire, are doing a reasonable job. Mrs Emu is following it all avidly. “Listen to this!” she trilled excitedly. “That lovely David Gibb has put in a submission. “He’s told the electoral commission he might not offer himself for council again if multi-member wards are reintroduced on the peninsula. “That would be a tragedy. He looked so hunky in the mayoral chain last year. It somehow maked him look bigger. And he is soooo decisive. He formed all his opinions in 1978 and hasn’t changed them since. I like a man you can rely on to be consistent.” She glares at The Emu. “And don’t you like that old-fashioned language? He’s going to ‘offer’ himself. It’s almost Churchillian, don’t you think?” But, much to Mrs Emu’s chagrin, many people – possibly a majority at this stage – are advocating multi-member wards and criticising the CEO’s reappointment without the job being


advertised. “Some of them are being quite rude,” she said indignantly. “I say, if he ain’t broke, don’t ... ah ... how does that old saying go?” The Emu had the Gibb Manifesto shoved into his hands. It was easier to read than resist. And, we had to concede, the Red Hill cattleman has a certain vivid and polemic way with words. Let him speak for himself: “I was part of a two man Ward in the first elected Council after Commissioners, from 1997 to 2000. It was hell ... we were expected to work harmoniously together.” (Cr Gibb frequently emphasises his points with underlines and bold type.) And – mark this – our council subdivisions are not wards: they are Ridings, according to Cr Gibb. It is a term also used in Canada (and was in Yorkshire) to denote an electoral district. There’s erudition for you. The Emu favours its reintroduction here. It sounds classier than “ward”, which has connotations of hospital rooms, someone who needs protection, or an area defended by fortress walls. Cr Gibb continues: “You would hope that with ‘The Peninsula Way’ time

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and motion studies that have been employed, it would minimise such waste but inevitably, with large organisations duplication and communication are problems,” he writes. “We don’t want an electoral structure [multi-member wards] that only worsens the problem.” The Emu would be interested to see these studies, and compare them with arguments that have convinced the great majority of Victoria’s councils to adopt multi-member wards. Surely their councillors and citizens are as thoroughly confused as were Cr Gibb and his electors between 1997 and 2000? As he says, larger wards can have “Several different communities of interest and very difficult for a Cr to be on top of all the local issues.” There is also the economic aspect: “I couldn’t afford to produce and distribute 36,000 to 45,000 election flyers...” Not even using the $24,200 councillor stipend or $77,300 mayoral allowance – a considerable advantage for a sitting councillor over a first-time council candidate, The Emu thinks. These emoluments were set for the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2013, payable monthly – $2016.66 for councillors, $6441.66 for the mayor: enough for a few pamphlets. Cr Gibb favours nine councillors. In his hellish multi-member riding days he serviced 15,000 ratepayers, he says, and coped well. With today’s popula-

tion of just under 150,000, nine councillors would each service “an average of only 16,000 voters per councillor – still a manageable number if councillors are thinking and acting strategically, leaving the operational matters to qualified council staff”. (It’s actually 16,488 voters per councillor, although many of that number – The Emu is thinking of children especially – don’t actually vote, being required only for kissing before elections.) The main advantage of fewer councillors is, according to Cr Gibb, more efficient use of time – “decision making takes so much more time” with 11 councillors clamouring to have their say, cluttering up the democratic system. Another point to consider is that “councillors have many non-resident ratepayers. In the case of Rosebud, I can say that they are less demanding of my time”. That’s because they are non-residents – they are demanding the time of their councillors up in town. But hang on! The Emu’s keen intellect detects a flaw in logic here. What is true in a holiday ward (sorry, riding) is not necessarily true of Mt Eliza or Mornington, with more permanent populations. It would seem Cr Gibb is getting it easy compared with, say, Cr Bev Colomb or Cr Leigh Eustace or even Cr Graham Pittock, whose resident voters are forever on their backs.

The Emu turned to page three (mercifully the final page) to find Cr Gibb recommending “Historical Naming of Ridings/Wards” such as Matthew, Murray, Bowen and Collins, associated with peninsula history. None of your indigenous monikers for Cr Gibb. When in doubt, dive deep into the past, when everything was relaxed and comfortable. “Any new names should be historic ones e.g. Pioneering families, that allow the community to honour and remember the past,” advises Cr Gibb. “I.e. [That is] Keep our history alive. “Any new names should not have too many syllables either or they risk being shortened in everyday use.” Gibb Riding, for example, would be perfect: “Gibb” cannot be mutilated. Cr Gibb concludes his submission in modern argot, not something normally associated with him: “...the first recommendation for single member wards/ridings is the ‘die for’ recommendation.” In this suicidal thought he is, it appears, in the minority – until the predicted late flood of pro-shire submissions flutter into the electoral commission’s office, borne on the wings of the Silver Gulls. Read all about it at au/Reviews/MorningtonPeninsularrpresub.html.

Tractor driver saved

Home at sea: It may be just a dot from shore, but 500 species of marine animals have been recorded as calling Crawfish Rock home.

Take a walk for Western Port IT is difficult to fully appreciate all the natural wonders of Western Port from the shore, but the Dolphin Research Institute devotes much of its time to informing as many people as possible. Next month it is holding a Walk for Western Port to raise money for its ‘i sea, i care’ schools program. The institute hopes up to 300 sponsored walkers will participate in helping the program, which raises awareness of environmental issues.

The walk on Sunday 18 September starts at Hastings foreshore park and follows a level two-kilometre course. Registrations close 15 September. Institute executive director Jeff Weir said the “exciting new event to raise awareness of Western Port” would take about 40 minutes or two hours if participants chose to do the circuit twice. He hoped walkers would be sponsored by friends or businesses. “There will be prizes for different

categories, school, student, individuals, and groups. “We are also seeking volunteers, so anyone unable to walk the event may like to help out on the day.” Mr Weir said some of the lesser known facts of Western Port included it having 24 per cent of Victoria’s mangroves. “Crawfish Rock has more than 500 different species and six species of migrating shorebirds come to Western Port,

which is one per cent of the world’s population. If you related that to humans, it would be 70 million people.” Mr Weir said some of the world’s greatest travellers, migrating shore birds, flew from the Arctic, 10,000 kilometres away. For details of the Walk for Western Port, call the Dolphin Research Institute on 1300 130 949 or 0400 223 126.

A FREE health and wellbeing booklet for seniors has been released by Peninsula Health Community Health, Mornington Peninsula Shire, PACE and U3A The Ageing – Part of Life’s Rich Tapestry booklet features Mornington Peninsula residents’ personal experiences of ageing, as well as advice from a range of professionals. The shire’s social planning and community development manager Jenny Macaffer said the booklet aimed to provide support to older people and to

provide information on services available on the peninsula. “A range of topics are covered including grief, loss and depression, sexual health, caring for others and adjusting to retirement,” Ms Macaffer said. “The booklet is a compilation of real-life personal stories and is designed to assist older people who may be experiencing similar challenges.” Features in the booklet include personal stories such as that of Lyn who shares her experience of retirement. She explains how after making the

sea change to the peninsula, she discovered it was not quite what she had expected: “It soon became evident to me that unless one had an interest to participate in a sport or hobby or had a dog to walk, it was very difficult to meet people and develop friendships,” Lyn says. “In our busy working lives there was never any time for clubs or hobbies so we faced a real dilemma. “We considered joining a sport group, developing a hobby or even investing in a dog but for all the wrong

reasons.” Lyn explains how she overcame her loneliness and met new friends. Once launched, the booklet will be made available through local GP waiting rooms or by ordering a free copy through Ageing Well on 9784 8320. The launch of Ageing – Part of Life’s Rich Tapestry is 2pm Wednesday 31 August, at the council chambers in Mornington. For more information or to RSVP, call the shire on 5950 1685.

Living a ‘rich tapestry’ by the book

A PEARCEDALE vegetable farmer is lucky to be alive after being run over by a tractor at the weekend. The tractor was moving slowly when the 49-year-old stepped off to check seed dispensers, but it appears he slipped on the step and was run over by the tractor, which weighed nearly three tonnes. While the tractor’s back wheel went over him, the man appears to have escaped serious injuries because the ground was soft and he was pushed into it. He was able to call for help on his mobile phone. It was the second serious incident involving a tractor in Victoria in days. A man was trapped under a rolled tractor south of Ballarat for 18 hours before he was rescued last Wednesday morning. His machine did not have rollover protection, although it has been compulsory for all tractors in Victoria since the early 1980s. “These incidents are stark illustrations of how simple safety measures can make a difference,” director of WorkSafe’s manufacturing logistics and agriculture division, Ross Pilkington, said. “It is only good luck that both these men did not suffer more serious injuries or were killed. “Tractors are found on probably every farm in the state as well as many hobby farms and small holdings which are not workplaces. “Unless tractors are properly equipped, maintained and great care is taken with them, they can be dangerous and potentially deadly. “This applies whether the operators have been using them for decades or if they’re a non-farmer with small holdings and who use them occasionally to help with work on their property. “Tractor safety is not that hard and farming is not intrinsically dangerous, but it requires focus and an understanding of what can go wrong whether you’ve done the job once or a thousand times. “Having a phone with you or letting someone know where you are working and when you’re due home can result in help getting to you if something goes wrong. Information on farm safety and other areas of workplace safety can be found at

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Sub mission: Ports Minister Denis Napthine, right, and Hastings MP Neale Burgess, centre, with submarine project members Howard Bull, Alf Tallon and Max Bryant in Hastings on Friday.

Napthine ups periscope for sub By Mike Hast WESTERN Port’s ill-fated submarine HMAS Otama has a new champion – Victorian Ports Minister Denis Napthine. On Friday during a visit to Hastings, Dr Napthine told members of the Western Port Oberon Association, which owns the submarine rusting at anchor off Crib Point, he would help them bring it ashore at either Hastings, Stony Point or Crib Point. After receiving a briefing about the plan to bring Otama ashore nine years ago as the centrepiece of Hastings – Cerberus Naval Memorial Park – originally conceived to boost tourism in Hastings – the minister told WPOA officials Max Bryant, Alf Tallon and Howard Bull he would go in to bat for them. “I’ll work out if there are substantial impediments [to bringing the sub ashore at Hastings] and if we can’t do it here, we’ll look at Stony Point or Crib Point,” Dr Napthine said. “If the problems aren’t genuine, we’ll get it fixed; let’s find a site.” During a 40-minute meeting in Beach Hut Cafe, Dr Napthine was handed a comprehensive proposal by association president Max Bryant and listened intently to the three men. Hastings MP Neale Burgess told Dr Napthine the Department of Sustainability and Environment had knocked back bringing ashore the 2000-tonne, 90-metre long Otama between Hastings Yacht Club and Western Port Marina, claiming there was insufficient room for car parking. Mr Bryant told the minister DSE had initially supported the plan, but had changed its mind. An attempt to bring Otama ashore at Crib Point had been foiled by Boral’s plans to build a bitumen storage plant (now abandoned; see page 3) next door to the submarine site allocated by DSE, which Mr Bryant said was too small. A third site, north of the Port of Hasting depot at Stony Point, was a possibility, he said, but Patrick’s lease did not expire until 2017 and approval


Long wait

Sub in waiting: HMAS Otama off Crib Point with its rusting outer hull. Picture: Andrew Mackinnon,

had been delayed when the proposed car ferry to Phillip Island was revived. Dr Napthine said he supported WPOA’s plan for a naval memorial park with Otama and an adjacent interpretative centre as the hub. It would provide economic benefit for Hastings and Western Port at a time when the area was reeling after the announcement of job losses at BlueScope, he said. Howard Bull told Dr Napthine the submarine and its centre would be like Scienceworks in Spotswood where visitors would be immersed in a sound and video experience. The history of the Royal Australian Navy would be

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told at the centre and the navy could tap into the recruiting potential of the facility. Mr Burgess – who three weeks before the state election last November said a Coalition government would bring the submarine ashore – said he wanted travellers to get to Frankston “and turn left and come down to Hastings and the Western Port side of the peninsula”. Mr Bull said the submarine centre could be linked to Cerberus Museum, Point Nepean National Park’s fortifications and gun emplacements, and South Channel Fort in Port Phillip. “It would be a marvellous tour for

military history buffs from around the world,” he said. Mr Bryant told Dr Napthine the project would cost about $5 million and there were people and businesses waiting in the wings for the government to support the project before they stepped in to help. He said an earlier feasibility study showed the submarine centre would attract more than 50,000 people a year to Hastings and be profitable. Dr Napthine, who also has responsibility for major projects and regional cities, said the government was now taking applications for grants from its $1 billion regional growth fund.

HMAS Otama has been on a mooring off Crib Point since it was towed to Western Port in May 2002 at a cost of $300,000 after the Oberon association bought it for $50,000 from the Royal Australian Navy. It used part of a $500,000 Centenary of Federation grant organised by Peter Reith, then Flinders federal MP and a cabinet minister in the Howard government. The balance, $150,000, has been spent on mooring, maintenance and setting up a temporary museum and maritime memorial centre in the former BP administration centre at Crib Point, near where the sub is moored. Rust is eating away at the sub’s outer hull, although not its crucial 25-millimetre thick pressure hull. The association attracted worldwide interest in November 2008 when it advertised Otama on eBay for $4.9 million. It received four genuine offers including one from a group aiming to restore it for use as a drug-smuggling submarine. Otama was built in 1973 and launched by Princess Anne on 3 December 1975. The Princess, formal sponsor of Otama, has shown great interest in the project and flew over the sub in October 2003. She has said she would consider opening the centre if possible. An Oberon class submarine, Otama weighs 2000 tonne, is 90 metres long, carried 63 submariners and had a range of 9000 nautical miles and a submerged speed of 17 knots. Otama is intact and missing only its torpedoes and the system used to fire them..

Shire gives more time for pool By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has given billionaire clothing retailer Solomon Lew and his daughter Jacqueline Lew a three-week extension before they have to demolish a swimming pool allegedly built on public foreshore land at Mt Eliza. The shire originally demanded the Lews demolish the horizon pool by yesterday (Monday), but have granted a 21-day extension after receiving information from engineers acting for the Lews. A statement from the shire issued on Friday stated: “This information has been passed on to the shire’s geotechnical engineer for review. “Some of this information had not been provided to the shire previously and was not available to the shire’s engineer at the time of the first assessment,” stated shire spokesman Todd Trimble. “The shire’s engineer has now recommended further geotechnical investigation be undertaken. “In order to allow this investigation, the shire’s municipal building surveyor has extended the due date of the order requiring demolition of the pool. “The pool has already been drained, alleviating immediate safety risks. The extension, as it currently stands, requires the pool to be demolished by September 19.” The original 21-day order was served on the Lews and their lawyers on Monday 8 August with the initial requirement the pool at the rear of the Lew family holiday house be drained by 15 August. 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 – was drained on Friday 12 August. The shire is still expecting a legal battle over the demolition order, being pursued under the Building Act. Early last week, before the extension had been granted, Mr Trimble said he would not be surprised if the matter ended up in court. “We expect them to challenge our geotechnical engineering report, which identified concerns regarding the stability of the land supporting the pool,” he said.

The shire and the Department of Sustainability and Environment were in regular contact over the Lew pool. Shire councillors were briefed about the issue on Monday last week. 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. He said if the pool was demolished, its siting on Crown land “would not become an issue”. The shire and DSE might seek restitution costs from the Lews to repair any damaged done to the foreshore reserve, Mr Trimble said. DSE manages the foreshore land on behalf of the state. 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. It is understood the Solomon and Jacqueline Lew may attempt to buy or lease the land on which the pool is built from the state government. However, Mornington MP David Morris wrote to his Liberal colleagues Ryan Smith, the Minister for Environment, on 10 June stating there was “a clear expectation in the local community that the pool should be demolished, and any disruption or damage to the foreshore reserve made good”. “I trust that you will not be disposed to consider entering into any form of agreement which might allow for the continued occupation of public land by private interests,” he stated. The 8 Osprey Ave property, believed to be worth more than $2.5 million, is used as a holiday retreat by Jacqueline Lew and also has an indoor pool.

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Demolition delayed: The swimming pool at the Lew property in Mt Eliza, which is now subject to a review by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s geotechnical engineer. Picture: Mike Abicare of Winning Images (

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Economic growth is essential THIS is a reply to the opinion article ‘Addicted to economic growth’, which was published in The News on 2 August (page 8) by Andrew Raff and Peter North of St Andrew’s Habitat Improvement, Preservation and Protection Society. The writer JULIE NOVAK is a Hastings resident and a research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, the world’s oldest free-market think tank, and a PhD candidate in economics at RMIT University. She is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international association of classical liberal thinkers. THE Western Port economy has a promising future, especially if the exciting plans for the Port of Hastings come to fruition. It makes no economic sense to pull up the drawbridge, draw the curtains, turn off the lights and give up the ghost

on future opportunities for greater material well-being. But this is exactly what Andrew Raff and Peter North are asking us to embrace. Using the conventional measure of economic welfare, GDP per capita, Australia has fared poorly since the global financial crisis. Over the past 12 months alone, national GDP per capita has fallen in trend terms. Combined with cost of living pressures, it’s little wonder that people feel they’re not getting ahead. But for Raff and North to suggest that a “small Australia” of lower population growth, or fewer people in absolute terms, is a good thing not only miss the point but is morally repugnant. Western Port, and indeed Australia and the world, needs more human minds to solve economic, social and environmental problems, and to generate ideas yielding economic value in the form of better quality, low-cost goods and services. Even if we accept the premise of global warming and other ecological

catastrophe narratives, we shouldn’t equally seek to curtail population growth. After all, we want the future Thomas Edison of global warming adaptation to be born in the first place, don’t we? To also suggest that growth will soon come to a screaming halt because of resource depletion is, to put it frankly, silly. The concept of what is an economically valuable resource is, ultimately, a product of human imagination and creativity. Humans once kept warm by huddling together and, later, by burning horse manure or trees, but we now get our warmth from heaters fuelled by low-cost, coal-fired electricity. In other countries, electricity is generated by nuclear fission. I grant Raff and North that coal is a non-renewable resource but, even so, Australia has hundreds of years of this precious resource for domestic and export markets. We equally have hundreds of years of uranium in reserve for future use.

Resource usage is also conditioned by markets in which creative humans participate. Mounting shortages that raise prices leads to greater investment to boost supplies, as well as research and innovation to discover new kinds of resources to use. But there is another, final, issue to consider here. It is simply not in the interest of any business to excessively consume resources because to do so will increase costs, which threatens profitability. Although Raff and North and I come from opposing perspectives, I actually agree with them on one thing: the futility of fiscal stimulus such as $900 cheques, school halls and pink batts. What drives economic growth is not consumption, but the production by entrepreneurs of goods and services that generate value added (or an excess of revenue over costs). All that governments can do is redistribute wealth or, even worse, destroy it. The Rudd-Gillard fiscal stimulus and new regulatory burdens have most as-

suredly dragged down our growth potential, as do the threat of carbon and mining taxes hanging over the heads of businesses and householders. Economic growth is a byproduct of whenever two or more people get together to produce, distribute and exchange products that add value, as they’re naturally inclined to do. But let’s not think this all occurs by accident, magic or even through scheming by so-called “evil” corporations. Growing an economy requires people willing to start business that serve others, and a community culture rewarding trust, honesty and risk-taking. Governments can best play their part by minimising taxes, regulations and wasteful spending. But growth most critically depends on a society prepared to embrace entrepreneurship and markets as good things. The risk is that if we keep denigrating economic excellence then the vision of a poorer future might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Insulation fire blame FIRE investigators say a house fire in Somerville on 23 August was caused by insulation covering a downlight in the roof. Three CFA appliances from Somerville and one Tyabb tanker were called to the Kelly Court home at about 5am. The male resident heard a crackling sound in the roof and soon realised his house was on fire. His wife and child escaped from the house safely while the father tried to douse the blaze with his garden hose. The house had working smoke alarms, but they didn’t go off as the fire started in the roof cavity. Somerville Captain Allan Monti said there were two key safety messages that had come out of the potentially devastating fire. “This is a wake up call to anyone who had their roof done under the recent insulation scheme. You should have it thoroughly checked,” Mr Monti said. “People should also have smoke alarms installed in their roof cavity.” About 25 firefighters contained the fire to the roof above the lounge room. They worked carefully for several hours to ensure there was no more structural damage to the house. The residents of the household will need to relocate for about a month.

Close call: Fast action limited damage to this Somerville house to the roof and roof cavity.


Angel day THE Royal Children’s Hospital fundraising wares will colour the Tyabb Craft Village, 14 MorningtonTyabb Rd, Tyabb, from 10am-5pm on Sunday 11 September for International Angel Day. On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York, the world unites to give hope to children of the universe through the angel order world and funds will aid Charli’s Angels Auxiliary on the peninsula. Angel workshops, live performances from Nowra and The Fuzzbirds, kids entertainment Hee Di Ho, activities, angel dress-up competition, raffles, sausage sizzle and more. Details: Annette, 0414 465 344.

Saving seeds A SEED saving workshop will be held from 1.30-4pm on Saturday 10

September at the Eco Living Display Centre, The Briars Park, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha. Learn how to save your own seed and get prepared for summer sowing. Also learn about the abundant varieties of tomatoes and their different uses. Presented by Jarrod Ruch, senior ranger at The Briars. Cost: $10 a person. Bookings: Peninsula Visitor information booking service on 5987 3078 or 1800 804 009. Details: Nicci, 5950 1259.

Go sustainable THE nation’s 10th annual Sustainable House Day will showcase some of Australia’s most environmentally sustainable homes including the Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars Park in Mt Martha. Built and run by Mornington Peninsula Shire, the house shows how

to make simple sustainable changes in the home to save energy, water and waste. It is open 11am-3pm on Sunday 11 September. Entry is free and no bookings are required For information on other open sustainable homes go to www.

Help Legacy THE not-for profit organisation Legacy, which has provided care, support and advocacy for families of deceased veterans since 1923, will be collecting donations until Saturday 3 September. On the Mornington Peninsula, it supports more than 2200 widows, children and disabled dependents. All money raised goes to the Legacy Patriotic Trust Fund and most is spent on providing relief to people in need. Authorised volunteers will be col-

lecting across the peninsula. Details: 9708 8201, peninsulalegacy or www.legacy.

History talks MORNINGTON & District Historical Society’s annual meeting is at 2pm on Saturday 10 September at Mornington Library, Vancouver St. Guest speaker will Lieutenant Commander Col Fisher RAN (retired) OAM. The society’s monthly coffee morning is at 10.30am on Tuesday 13 September at St Mark’s Church, Barkly St, Mornington. Guest speaker Val Wilson has been researching the families buried in the Mornington Cemetery and will give an illustrated talk. Cost $5. All enquiries can be left at the Old Post Office Museum open Sundays 1.304.30pm, phone 5976 3203.

Golf for seniors TOBIN Brothers is holding a two-day seniors golf tournament at Rosebud Park golf course with Carrington Park Club and Seniors Victoria on Monday and Tuesday 17 and 18 October. The event is part of a statewide festival to promote the wellbeing of seniors. Cost is $25 a day and includes 18 holes of golf, a showbag, prizes and a light lunch. Monday is Stableford for men and women with AGU handicaps and a non-handicap event. Tuesday’s event is four ball best ball for men, women and mixed (AGU handicap required) and a non-handicap event. Registration is at 8.15am for shotgun start at 9.15 with lunch at Carrington Park Club at 1.30pm and presentations at 2pm. Entry forms from, Rosebud Park Pro Shop or email:

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LETTERS Tides at The Heads YOUR report “Tide times raise queries over dredging at The Heads” (The News, 16/8/11), overlooked a critical point on the safe navigation of vessels transiting Port Phillip Heads, which is our foremost consideration. Many of your readers, including the litany of unnamed port experts quoted in the article, will be aware that The Heads is a volatile stretch of water, which the sea pilots and Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) have always traversed and treated with great respect. Since early 2010, there have been sensible restrictions on deep draught vessels transiting The Heads at the outer extremities of tidal flows. Indeed, this was confirmed in the Notice to Mariners, which was issued in July in the interests of safe navigation to manage deep draught vessel transits during high tidal streams, which vary but have always existed well before channel deepening. While operational delays and commercial impact have been negligible, much more importantly vessel safety, which is paramount, has not been compromised. The restrictions only apply during small windows of high tidal flows and PoMC is monitoring the situation closely. The ongoing improvement in ship handling technology and experience gained by Port Philip Sea Pilots will inform regular reviews. It is possible with improving vessel power-to-weight ratios, together with extensive practical experience being

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sation are they running down there in Rosebud, and will the state government step in and demand that these sorts of decisions be fully disclosed to the ratepayers of the municipality? Robin Cooper Mt Eliza

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

GOOD luck to anyone who has the temerity to ask for information about an important decision made by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. After hearing that the council had reappointed its CEO without advertising the position and seeking interest from qualified individuals, I emailed my local councillor expressing my disap-

pointment at that decision. I asked him to let me know whether a division had been called on the vote, and which way each councillor had voted. I received a reply from him that was absolutely astonishing, and I quote: “Unfortunately the decision has been made in a Special Purposes meeting of which the minutes are confidential so I am not in a position to be able to divulge what occurred at the meeting and how the vote was conducted and who voted to re-appoint. “Following the article in the Mornington News I have had the riot act read to me along with the other councillors stating that the decision is strictly confidential. I am not even permitted to disclose the way I voted. I trust you will understand my position. All I can do is refer you to the Mayor.” It seems that what we have in our council is a body that does not even bother to pay lip service to being open and accountable. In our federal and state parliaments, the MPs cannot hide themselves away from the decisions they make, so why is that deemed to be appropriate behaviour from a council? Deciding to avoid advertising the position of the CEO is not a commercialin-confidence matter, but it is a matter that is, or should be, of great interest to the people who pay the majority of the money that this council rakes in to operate. As one of those people I should, at the very least, be able to find out how these so-called public representatives voted. Just what sort of a secretive organi-

THE Australian Welsh Male Choir members will fine tune their vocal chords at a peninsula concert in early September before heading overseas. The choir will perform at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Queen St, Mornington, at 2.30pm on Sunday 4 September as part of the church’s yearlong series of events to mark its 150th anniversary. The choir will be joined by by Susannah Foulds-Elliott (contralto), Rob-

in Elliott (baritone) and Nigel Nettleship (organist). Dr Foulds-Elliott has performed in Australia and overseas, and is a respected teacher and researcher, says Jill Linley of the 10th anniversary committee. “Her passion is for effective and moving performance, and for the nurturing of young singers,” she said. Dr Foulds-Elliott was awarded her doctorate for a thesis on voice produc-

tion. She teaches music and singing at St Margaret’s School in Berwick and at Loreto College in Melbourne. “Robin Elliott, the associate priest at St Peter’s, is married to Susannah. He has had a lifelong love affair with music, both as a listener and as a performer in his younger days. “Nigel Nettleship, an engineer, is one of the church organists and a chorister at St Peter’s. His Fanfare for Organ was composed for the 150th

celebrations and performed at a special service in May.” Two parishioners of St Peter’s also sing with the Welsh choir. “We are pleased to showcase some of the talented people in our parish as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations,” Ms Linley said. Tickets: Adult $20, concession $15, children $10 from the church office, 5975 0198 or at the door if not sold out.

gained by the pilots, that these restrictions may be eased over time. However, we believe easing these measures is likely to take years rather than months. Nevertheless, we would need overwhelming evidence that vessel safety would not be compromised before we considered relaxing the current restrictions. Readers who wish to know more about beach erosion at Portsea Beach may care to read the independent expert reports on sand movements on the website of the Office of the Environmental Monitor at au. Far from being the “white elephant” claimed by longstanding opponents, the channel deepening project has already seen at least one vessel every two days on average utilise the additional draught depth made available by the project and this will increase over the 30-year project life. In case the naysayers are wondering, there is no contemplation of further capital dredging at The Heads by PoMC or anyone else. Stephen Bradford chief executive officer Port of Melbourne Corporation

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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 [Dr Michael Kennedy], 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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Futile battle

COUNCILLOR Bev Colomb fought a brave, but lonely and futile battle to convince at least five other councillors that Mornington does not need yet another liquor outlet [at the council meeting on 15 August – see ‘Church angst over licensed backpacker lodge’, page 25]. This one does not even conform to the Mornington CBD structure plan and is to tower over St Peter’s Church. This well illustrates the need for conurbations such as Mornington to have more than one councillor representing them. Ratepayers will shortly have an opportunity to submit that this is what they require – a multi-councillor ward. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is currently reviewing the electoral process for our peninsula. I urge all ratepayers who care about the deterioration of Mornington to submit to the VEC their desire for multicouncillor representation. For details go to au/reviews/MorningtonPeninsularr. html or call 131 832. Another liquor outlet for Mornington? Overlooking St Peter’s? He who sups with the devil needs a long spoon. Roger Lambert Mornington










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So, as a big thank you to the dedicated following of loyal customers, both old and recent, who have helped to establish the outlet as a shopping destination second to none on the peninsula, Made in Japan Mornington would like to offer a further 10 per cent discount on their already discounted prices to anyone who mentions this article when they shop during September at the new store. Feel free to drop in and say

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Hastings board search THE search for members of the new Port of Hastings Development Authority has started. Ports minister Denis Napthine said the board would provide strategic direction for the planning and development of Hastings as a second Victorian container port. “This will be one of the state’s largest infrastructure projects and will help secure the future of the Victorian freight industry through the remainder of the century,” Dr Napthine said. “The development of Hastings is of monumental importance and once appointed, the board will be tasked with one of state’s largest infrastructure projects. “The board will play a key role in securing the future of the Victorian imports and exports for the remainder of

the century. This vital task is imperative for the continued growth of the state economy. “On top of overseeing the development of a second container facility, the board will also contribute to the development of Hastings’ existing bulk and break bulk port facilities.” The minister said prospective board members would have skills including strategic planning, organisation and business and financial management. “Experience and knowledge in port management, port-related industries and regional economic development would be a further advantage,” he said. Board appointments are for part-time positions and will be for three years. Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday 9 September.

Juniors off to compete THE CFA runs a junior volunteer development program designed for 11-16 year olds at Hastings, Crib Point, Bittern, Somers, Balnarring and Tyabb. It is a free program that teaches children lifelong skills such as fire safety, volunteering, leadership, teamwork and responsibility. Courtney Davidson of the Hastings CFA’s junior program and three cadets from Beaconsfield has been selected to compete in this year’s National Australian Fire Cadet Championship in October near Port Macquarie, NSW. The event is designed for children aged 14 and 15 as well as junior leaders. Courtney is one of 20 juniors chosen to compete for Victoria in the event

hosted by the NSW Rural Fire Service. “This fabulous opportunity will include a combination of training, competition, formal functions, social activities and networking with all competitors living together in a community,” Southern Metro junior leader Jodie Weir said. “It is also about the empowerment of young people and encouraging them to have a more active role in their development, their positive image and promoting to the wider community, their goals, achievements and issues.” Juniors interested in joining the CFA program can call brigade support officer Jane Orr on 0419 872 117 or email

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will therefore and thereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by cheque, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. Be aware that it is an offence for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an application contact which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a JP, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof. In due course, at my convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN, which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows: IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH

THIS is a letter sent to a bank by an 86-year-old woman: Dear Sir: I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honour it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, prerecorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on, I, like you, I choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments

#1. To make an appointment to see me. #2. To query a missing payment. #3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there. #4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping. #5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature. #6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home. #7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that authorised contact mentioned earlier. #8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7. #9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. #10. This is a second reminder to press* for English. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call. Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement. May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year? Your Humble Client And remember: don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to tick us off. Email

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Music to their ears: Above, Gerald Spoor, left, and former Frankston “Blue Note” music shop owner Ray Martin, once a sheetmetal worker, make parts for the boiler project. They and their mates will put in $1 million worth of labour at $25 an hour. Right, head of the engineering group Gerald Spoor with K163.

The iron men of Moorooduc By Mike Hast THE stuff in a “men’s shed” at Moorooduc is measured in hundreds of tonnes, not kilograms. One of several “sheds” is 100 metres long and eight metres high. The pile of timber in a corner of the yard contains 2500 pieces stacked higher than two men. It’s the Mornington Railway Preservation Society’s base off Moorooduc Hwy near the coolstores, and blokes from the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area have been coming here to learn or perfect new skills for almost 15 years. It’s the granddaddy of men’s sheds and was up and about before the phrase had been applied to a movement that is sweeping Australia; a phrase used to describe places where men hang out and learn new skills and revive old ones. The 70 or so volunteers of Mornington Railway keep alive the tradition of steam trains and their 11-hectare (27acre) site was a hive of activity when The Times visited for a barbecue lunch and inspection. The group runs tourist trips between Moorooduc and Mornington and return three Sundays a month as well as special occasions. At Mornington, a bus operated by the chamber of commerce and Mornington Peninsula Shire takes people into the centre of town for lunch, shopping or lazing on the beach on warmer days. Trundling down 11 kilometres of track are four restored, red country line carriages filled with excited youngsters, amazed young adults and nostalgic older people. They’re hauled by the pride of the society’s fleet, K163, an 18-metre


long, 63-tonne, fully restored steam locomotive built in Newport in 1941. On Tuesday the blokes were restocking their boilers with hamburgers cooked by the head of the engineering group, Gerald Spoor, a retired BlueScope engineer who started at the then-new Hastings mill in 1974 when it was called Lysaghts. Everyone here is a former “something”. Some continue their trade, like Peter Reyment, a retired fitter and turner with Victorian Railways, who was restoring big bolts using a lathe rescued from the old Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation factory at Fishermans Bend. Earlier, Ian Wilson, another retired BlueScope man, and Peter were driving the Trak Chief shunting locomotive (donated by BlueScope) to move the four carriages to be washed by former banker Roger Townshend and Michael Smith. The site is full of rescued and donated equipment – milling machines, band saws, a power hacksaw, metal presses – and rail carriages waiting to be restored. Nearby in another shed, Ray Martin, who owned the Blue Note music store in Frankston until about a year ago, was making widgets for the restoration of another steam loco, reliving his days as a sheet metal worker. In yet another shed, one end blocked off to keep out winter winds, former undertaker Lee Hayes and ex-hydraulics expert Steve Perkins were attacking a huge project – refurbishing of a giant boiler that will go into the society’s next K class steam loco. Gerald Spoor said it should be ready by the end of 2012 and would be good for another 30 to 40 years. “Refurbishing the boiler for K163

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Cash and carriage: Retired banker Roger Townshend washing the four-carriage country train.

took two years. I worked out that if we paid the blokes $25 an hour, the boiler cost $1.5 million. You’d never do it commercially; it’s a labour of love,” he said. Ex-Victorian Railway fireman Maurice Clarke drives a desk at Moorooduc, taking care of admin tasks and preparing work sheets, but was happy to show The Times the heritage signal box, rescued from Somerton when the wider standard gauge went through many years ago.

Society president Malcolm Swaine, an educator and administrator in his previous life, said the enthusiasm of the men was inspiring. “They’re learning new skills in the later years of life; they turn up early, work hard all day and the only reward is seeing the railway operate efficiently,” he said. Gerald and Malcolm nod vigorously when asked if it was exciting when the restored boiler was lowered into K163 just over a year ago. It was the culmination of months

of work and Mornington Railway’s pride and joy was back on the job last October, hauling up to 200 tourists on a Sunday, blowing its whistle as it passed through crossings on the way to Mornington, smoke pouring from the loco to evoke the days when steam was king of railroads around the world. Politicians and VIPs clamoured to be on K163 that first day. While the loco was being restored, one of two T class diesel locos was pressed into service. They and other

Beg, borrow or buy at a pinch THE “boys” from Mornington Railway have accumulated train stuff from around the state. They persuaded the owners of a locomotive at Seymour to let them jack up the 63-tonne beast and replace good wheels with old ones, with their prize set to carry the next K class loco. The steam loco that has pride of place in the Gippsland town of Yarragon is missing essential bits after the Moorooduc men convinced the local council to let them strip parts. The pedestrian walkway over the tracks at Moorooduc comes from North Fitzroy railyard and is more than 100 years old. The society has dozens of carriages and guard’s vans acquired over the years. Railway “nuts” are a tight-knit bunch and seem to know

where all their prized targets are located. Malcolm Swaine says the society is always looking for volunteers. “We have three sections: trade people, blokes who run the railway on Sundays – catering, ticket sellers and marshalls – and administrators.” Tuesday is engineering and traffic group days; Thursday for the crew who restore the heritage carriages. The society runs tourists trains three Sundays a month. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children and $12 concession. A journey behind K163 is a blast from the past and well worth taking.  To contact the society, call 1300 767 274 or email mrpssecretary@ The website has a host of information including train times at:

Steam stalwarts: Top, Mornington Railway Preservation Society co-founder Howard Girdler and current president Malcolm Swaine. On the boil: Top right, refurbishing a boiler for the next K class steam loco are former undertaker Lee Hayes, left, and former hydraulics expert Steve Perkins. Signal time: Above centre, ex-Victorian Railway fireman Maurice Clarke drives a desk at Moorooduc, taking care of admin tasks and preparing work sheets, but is seen here in the heritage signal box, rescued from Somerton when the wider standard gauge went through many years ago. Shunting in the sun: Above, driving the Trak Chief carriage shunter are retired Victorian Railways fitter and turner Peter Reyment, left, and retired BlueScope employee Ian Wilson.

precious rolling stock occupy the long shed. Boys and their very big toys. Mornington Railway is one of Victoria’s leading railway preservation societies, along with the best-known Puffing Billy in the Dandenongs and groups in Castlemaine, Walhalla, on the Bellarine Peninsula, in the Yarra Valley and at Daylesford. Nowadays the societies are treated the same as mainline operators such as Metro and VLine, and must comply with the Rail Safety Act 2006 and Tourist and Heritage Railways Act 2010. Mornington Railway is regularly audited by Transport Safety Victoria and Mr Swaine, of Frankston, was proud to be compared more than favourably with commercial operators, the statement made by TSV inspectors when they visited Moorooduc for a day earlier this month. Mornington Railway pays the premium on $10 million of public liability insurance, and insurance from $10m to $250m is covered by the state government’s insurance program. Tourist railways are an important part of the state’s tourism sector. The society’s next big idea is to reopen the line between Moorooduc and Baxter, five kilometres

of existing track, and then connect this section to the Melbourne line. “One day you’ll be able to get on a steam train at Southern Cross or Flinders St stations and ride down to Mornington. From there buses will take you all over the peninsula,” Mr Swaine said. One-third of the sleepers on the Baxter track will have to be replaced, hence the 2500 lumps of wood in the society’s yard, sleepers rescued from the Gippsland line at Pakenham where concrete is replacing wood. Sitting under the verandah at the restored Moorooduc station on Tuesday afternoon, tucking into a hamburger with the lot, was Howard Girdler, who with Greg Dunkley started the railway society in May 1984, after the government officially closed the Mornington train service in March 1983. The railmotor had broken down and been replaced by buses in 1981. Mr Girdler recalled: “We put together a delegation and met the Minister for Transport to ask him if we could use the line for a tourist railway. “Everyone around the table was nodding in agreement until one bloke jumped up and said ‘No, it can’t be done until this and that happens’.

“That set us back years and by the time we won government approval in 1991 to use the track, they’d sold off parts of the railway land, in 1989, that used to end at Ross St in Mornington, about 150 metres from the beach and right in the middle of town.” Mr Girdler knew the last steam train driver at Mornington – Ted Berry, who was also on Mornington Shire council in the 1950s and 60s. “Ted used to drive trains in country Victoria. They travelled at 60mph (100km/h) and one day Ted decided he’d had enough of racing around the state and wanted a slower life so he transferred to the Mornington line where trains ran at 45mph (73 km/h),” he said with a chuckle. Mr Girdler has retired from Mornington Railway, but turns up at the monthly barbecues to hang with the blokes. On Tuesday he was returning a VHS tape of historic RAAF aircraft to a mate, but admitted he’d be back soon because somehow a tape of his wife’s favourite opera had jumped into the box. “My mate’s not interested in opera,” he said with a slight grimace, “his more into shunting carriages with our old Trak Chief.”


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Merricks Lodge – a hidden jewel By Peter McCullough LIKE most residents of the Western Port side of the peninsula, I have often noticed the sign on the right-hand side of the road between Merricks and Point Leo that indicated the existence of some sort of camp. I never gave it much thought – too intent on getting to Point Leo, or Shoreham, or Flinders, or wherever – until a few weeks ago when I had occasion to visit what is now known as “Merricks Lodge”. The facilities and setting came as a real surprise. Due to its numerous changes in ownership, the history of the camp is a little hazy. But according to information supplied by several of the present administrative staff, the sixhectare site was purchased by the Anglican church from a local farmer in the late 1960s or early 1970s and a church camp was built on the site. Ownership then passed to the Lutheran Church and then to another church group, possibly the Church of Christ; it was still used as a church camp. The fourth owner was a private operator who developed the site for school activities and camps. His practice was to close the camp during the cooler 6 months of the year. About 5 years ago the site was bought by Uniting Church Camping which also owns camps at Halls Gap, Portland, Creswick, Doncaster, Grantville and Lake Tyers. Thye church opened the site to all denominations and continued to grow the school camps. What does the camp consist of? BASICALLY there are two accommodation blocks. LAKESIDE LODGE can accommodate 110 guests and is located adjacent to the wetland which abounds in water birds. Rooms sleep 4 and can be linked to sleep 8, which is ideal for school, social, family and special interest groups. All toilets and showers are under the accommodation roofline. Catering and dining facilities seat up to 160 guests and two other meeting rooms are available. One of these is set up as a chapel with the furniture being provided from the former Uniting Church in Flinders. HILLSIDE LODGE can accommodate 50 guests and has extensive views over the rural landscape. Again, rooms sleep 4 but can be linked to sleep 8. Some have en-suites and, with kitchen, dining

and lounge facilities, Hillside is ideal for smaller groups. Other site facilities include three pools, a basketball court, tree climb, mountain bike track, canoeing, a sports oval and a children’s playground, plus easy access to the rest of the Mornington Peninsula with its surf beaches, eco-tours, adventure walks,

horse riding and other attractions. Who runs the camp? The staff at Merricks Lodge has many years of experience in group accommodation, hospitality and outdoor education. Management and staff are on site 24 hours a day to assist if required and, at its peak in the summer months, ther are 3 managers, 8

kitchen staff, and 25-30 specialists who join the camp for specific activities. These include snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, water safety, interactive activities, tree climbing, mountain bike riding, environmental tours (particularly the coastal environment), and campfire relaxation. Who uses the camp?

Essentially, Merricks Lodge is a school camp and details can be found through the Christian Venues Finder and the Uniting Church web site; in fact many of the groups who attend have heard of the camp through word-of-mouth. Most of the guests (approx. 60%) are secondary students with the remainder being primary students with the occasional university group. It is co-educational and the groups attending are generally from within Victoria. Having said that, the day I called the camp was accommodating a group of 20 indigenous girls from years 9-10 at Katherine High School in the NT; at the time they were out doing the coastal walk from Bushrangers Bay to Cape Schanck. The camp was also [preparing for the arrival of a group of 60 Year 11 students from St. Kevins, and Years 7 and 10 boys from Xavier are regular visitors. Although owned by the Uniting Church, the camp has a strong ecumenical flavour. At times the staff are required to link the stay with parts of a course curriculum such as water quality or weather, and it is sometimes used as a music camp. On the week prior to my visit the camp had catered for 100 members of the Camberwell High School band. Because the camp caters for schools, it is uncommon for them to remain over the weekends. However most weekends are used by family and church groups and it is rare for the camp to be empty even in the middle of winter. What is the cost of a stay? Accommodation costs $28+GST per day for accommodation, and a similar amount for catering if this is required. So for $60 a day a student can be fully catered for. Guests are required to bring their own doonas or sleeping bags. Further information? Merricks Lodge is located at 3670 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks 3916 and can be contacted on (03) 59 898422. The email address is

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Snowy vision: A pastel by Hastings U3A art instructor Pat Taylor of Lake Jindabyne.

Time for art and gardening U3A Hastings runs several art classes with large groups enjoying themselves every week. Pastels is run by Dorothy Burstow. The group meets on Wednesday mornings on the first and third week each month. Mixed medium – a mutual art help group run by Pat Taylor – meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Watercolours is run by Helen Schembri and Cheryl Anderson. Oil painting for beginners is on the horizon and enquiries can be directed to Pat Taylor. Maxine Stark of U3A said “some wonderful pieces of art have been produced, several of which have been donated to our raffles”. “Keep a look out on the office walls at our house at King St, Hastings, for examples of their fine work.

“Many examples of our courses were shown at Hastings Library last month. “There are many different facets of art to enjoy. “Marcia Williams is one of our leaders who provides great gardening experiences. The garden group is visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne. “This year the group has been to Gardenworld in Springvale, to Mary Garth’s and Joan Dillon’s homes to walk through their beautiful gardens, and has enjoyed an African violet demonstration.” Hastings U3A welcomes new members. It has more than 50 classes or courses, with new ones in the pipeline. The office is at 30 King St and is open Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-1pm and Thursdays 1-4pm. Details: 5979 8585.

Rotarians stand on mental health MENTAL Health First Aid: find out how you can help improve your community’s mental wellbeing. In anyone day, 330 people with serious mental illness will be turned away from hospital emergency departments. 1,200 will be refused admission to a psychiatric unit, and seven will die as a result of suicide - the leading cause of death and disability for Australians under the age of 45. In an effort to combat the rise of mental health issues, Australian Rotary Health has been active in building mental health and wellbeing awareness through its Community Mental Health Forums. It is noteworthy that Australian Rotary Health had its’ beginnings here on the Mornington Peninsula 30 years ago when a Mornington Rotarian, Ian Scott proposed that the club establish a fund to encourage

research into family health and it is now Australia’s leading non-government funding provider for mental and other health areas research. Due to the support from Australian Rotary Health. Rotary Clubs around Australia have held more than 550 Community Mental Health Forums and now many communities are more aware of mental health issues. The Community Mental Health Evaluation Report showed that there is a community interest in supporting preventative concepts that will help those who may be at risk of developing a mental health problem. As part of this prevention initiative, the Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb has been selected to hold a Mental Health First Aid Workshop on 17-18 September to help raise awareness and provide the necessary skills to assist in the better man-

agement of mental health problems. “The training provides individuals the opportunity to learn how to recognise and assist a person who may be developing a mental health problem,” said Rotarian Darryl Chambers, District 9820 representative for Australian Rotary Health and a member of the Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb. “The community also benefits from an increased awareness of mental health issues that helps to reduce stigma and bring these issues into the light.” Each course runs for 12 hours over two days and includes professional training on how to recognise and assist an individual in mental distress. A printed manual is included in the $30 course registration fee. Bookings are essential. For more information contact Rotarian Frank Speakman on 0400 762 727.

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Western Port News 30 August 2011

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Playtime: Whales break the surface off Mt Martha on Saturday 13 August. Photo by Sue Mason of the Dolphin Research Institute. Catchline: Anglers crowd the rocks at Mt Martha chasing garfish and squid on Sunday.

Whales in bay for play, not stay By Keith Platt WHEN a pod of teenage whales put on a show off Mt Martha, some audience members put themselves in line for a fine. Although strict rules apply, some boats carrying sightseers were filmed getting too close as the humpbacks began rising to the occasion. Researchers from the Hastingsbased Dolphin Research Institute were out on Port Phillip “surveying common dolphins when the big fats ones took over”, executive director Jeff Weir said. “The photo shows three humpback whales together, one being very aggressive. “If a little boat got near them it would be demolished. “The aggressive behaviour seen with these animals has not been re-

corded before and considering the animals’ 40-tonne size, in made it extremely dangerous for vessels to get too close.” Mr Weir said Department of Sustainability and Environment officers were likely to prosecute “or at least make a phone call to the owners of several boats which went within 200 metres of the whales”. He said jet skis must stay at least 300m away from whales. “Some boats were repeatedly going too close and deliberately went within 10 metres of the whales time after time after time,” he said. “Our researchers filmed them, although most people on boats usually do the right thing.” Mr Weir said the whales sighted off Mt Martha on two consecutive weekends would not go as far north as mature breeding whales.

The whales were unlikely to come into Port Phillip to feed, although they would take fish “opportunistically if they swim through a really tight school”. “Unlike dolphins, which go wherever the food is, whales feed up in the Antarctic during summer. “There’s been one observation of a whale feeding in the bay, but generally they don’t feed for long periods when migrating north.” Mr Weir said the whales in Port Phillip were “only biding their time before heading south; they’ll be gone by October”. “It’s fairly new seeing them here in early winter, but it may be because their numbers are picking up well.” Although not providing food for whales, Mr Weir said recent research pointed to the eastern side of Port Phil-

lip having several “hot spots of productivity” where larvae and plankton provided the basis of food “right up through the food chain”. Spurred on by Sunday’s fine sunny weather, anglers were also out in force on the rocks below the Esplanade at Mt Martha. It was one of those days where owning a boat did not necessarily give any advantage when it came to making the catch of the day. Fishing expert Paul Pingiaro said he had heard reports of good catches of garfish and squid being taken near the cliffs. “There will be whiting and snapper coming in the next few weeks and you’ll see people there after dusk. “The cliffs along the Esplanade seem to be the first place to see snapper each year and I believe it’s because

Hands on pier for deck fitting THE jack-up barge carrying the pile driver used to repair Mornington pier faced a head wind on Tuesday as it left for a job in Melbourne. The barge returns next week to replace piles holding up the wooden jetty in front of Mornington Yacht Club. Meanwhile, work continues on installing new timber decking on the centre section of the pier wrecked by storms


in 2010. The 185-metre pier was closed in April of that year and suffered further storm damage in August and September. The 53-metre centre section is being repaired at a cost of $3.5 million while the cost of completing the remaining 75-metre end section has been estimated at $9.5 million. Kevin Johnson, whose Carrum Downs-based company K V Johnson

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won the contract to repair the pier, hoped the work would be finished in four to six weeks “weather permitting”. He said the spotted gum timber deck was being cut and pre-drilled at Carrum Down before being bolted in to place on the pier by six workers. Mr Johnson said the jack-up barge could also be fitted with a drilling rig or used as a platform for an excavator.

they follow Selwyn Fault, which is why it’s really deep in close.” Mr Pingiaro said jigs were used to catch the squid while the garfish responded best to silverfish, a small bait fish imported from China. “It’s ridiculous how they bite the silverfish, although worms are OK, too.” Mr Pingiaro said some anglers were freezing their catches to use as bait during the snapper season. The Department of Primary Industries website shows there are no size limits for squid although catches are limited to 10 a person. Garfish can also be taken at any size and there is a limit of 40 fish a person. When the snapper do arrive, catch limits are 10 a day; with a minimum size of 28cm. Anglers much not keep more than three fish over 40cm in length.

Church angst over licensed backpackers By Mike Hast ST Peter’s Church will build a new entrance to its office and meeting rooms after shire councillors last week approved a three-storey backpacker lodge with a rooftop bar in narrow Octavia St, Mornington, overlooking the historic church. The lodge will hold 110 people in 21 rooms. It is permitted to have 80 people in the first floor licensed area and 80 people on the rooftop bar until midnight, all entering the building from Octavia St, opposite an existing church entrance. St Peter’s vicar Rev Jan St James says the church and its members are disappointed with the decision. “We have many unhappy parishioners,” she said on Tuesday. “We will be forced to build a new entrance in Queen St utilising the house we own next to the front of the church.” Rev St James says the Octavia St laneway entrance is used by 500-600 people each week. “We are a seven day a week operation with church services on Sunday, playgroup five days a week, support groups for carers of elderly frail and disabled folk, exercise groups, a ballet school that has been running for 30 years, music programs for preschoolers and youth, our opportunity shop, and people visiting the church office.” She said the backpacker lodge would overlook the church and its courtyard, which is used as a children’s play area, a gathering place after funerals and other events, and was to have a memorial garden where the ashes of the deceased were interred. “The lodge will have a detrimental impact on our services.” The church is also concerned the lodge will block sun from the courtyard from May until late August. “This is unacceptable for a series of buildings and activities that rely on natural light for their good usage; cheerfulness and warmth for our activities,” Rev St James said. “We are most concerned this will be a licensed venue. It will add to the already abundant outlets for alcohol in the area given the issue of overuse and anti-social use of alcohol by young people. “We already battle on a weekly basis with empty and broken bottles over our fence and on the church doorstep, cleaning up of vomit and other rubbish.” She said there was concern over the lack of a traffic and noise study, and how security and management issues would be handled.

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High times: Aerial diagram showing the location of the proposed three-storey backpacker lodge with its rooftop bar and entrance on narrow Octavia St (blue outline), opposite St Peter’s Church on the corner of Queen and Octavia Sts (bottom centre with dark roof) and Bellamy Hall on Albert St (white roof).

Shire planner Nicholas Harrison told councillors the backpacker lodge was listed as 39 Main St, but was behind La Porchetta restaurant and had its entrance in Octavia St. He recommended councillors approve the application. Victoria Police was asked to comment and told the council the concept of a backpackers and a licensed area the size applied for was at odds with the amenity of the area. “The inclusion of a backpackers residential component in this application in my view does not assist in justifying the establishment of a tavern,” the writer said. “Main Street, Mornington, is a well serviced strip for licensed premises, as is the Esplanade with four more licensed premises in that area. “The issue surrounding this area is the increased public order offences occurring due to alcohol from these premises which police are attempting to curb both through targeted operations and the Liquor Accord meetings. “The addition of premises with a general licence to this area will further compound the problems being experienced by affecting the amenity of the

area.” Backpacker lodge proponent is developer Joseph Alesci, a Mornington resident who has a law firm in Rosebud and is the eldest son of Giovanni Alesci, who operated the popular Deli By The Sea in the town for many years and now runs McCrae General Pizzeria. Joseph Alesci is the developer of Centrepoint in Red Hill South, now called the Red Hill Epicurean Centre and due to open this summer with a mixture of shops, a restaurant and apartments. The family also established Rose GPO restaurant and bar in Rosebud in the early 2000s, and another son, David, operates Mediterraneo restaurant at 1 Queen St, Mornington. Mr Alesci told councillors he wanted to make efficient use of his land and the project was a high-quality, welldesigned backpacker lodge using expensive building materials. There would be family suites and a dormitory, and the lodge would add to the diversity of Mornington. “Tourism statistics show backpackers stay longer and spend more money

than other visitors,” he said. Mr Alesci said if getting the project approved depended on the hours the rooftop deck operated, he would reduce them. Later he agreed to serving last drinks at 11.30pm and closing at midnight, 30 minutes earlier than planned. He still has to obtain a liquor licence from Liquor Licensing Victoria. “The rooftop deck is where guests and their friends can have a glass of wine or a cup of tea,” he said. “There will be no amplified music and entry will be monitored. It’s a residential hotel, not a high-risk venue. I used to own the Bay Hotel and the Social, and the lodge is not designed to be a high-risk venue.” He said Mornington had welcomed tourists for a very long time. Cr Bev Colomb, who represents Mornington on the council, spoke strongly against the proposal and moved a motion that the backpacker lodge would have an unacceptable impact on activities at St Peter’s Church and its 150-year heritage, and that the sale and consumption of liquor would have a cumulatively negative impact

on the surrounding area. The motion was defeated and a second motion approving the lodge was carried. Crs Colomb, Leigh Eustace and mayor Graham Pittock voted against approval. Voting for the lodge were Crs Antonella Celi, Tim Rodgers, David Gibb, Bill Goodrem, Frank Martin, Anne Shaw and Reade Smith. Cr Lynn Bowden was absent from the meeting. Mr Alesci will have to meet a raft of standard conditions relating to building materials and setbacks, car parking, security, noise, guest numbers, construction and environmental management plan, building hours, traffic management, waste management, drainage and more. He has four years to build the lodge. Mr Alesci agreed to liaise with St Peter’s to minimise any adverse impacts at the church on sensitive event days, although Rev St James said Mr Alesci owned the building, but would not run the lodge.

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Time travelling in Rye THE Anglican Parish of Sorrento and Rye and the Rye Historical Society acknowledged the significance of the site of St Andrew’s Church in the life of the Rye community over more than 150 years at a ceremony last Friday. It was one of the major events celebrating the proclamation of the township of Rye in1861. The Archbishop of the Melbourne Diocese, Dr Philip Freier, unveiled a plaque and a history board with the help of pupils from Rye Primary School. A schoolhouse of limestone and wattle and daub, which also served as a public hall and a church for Anglicans and Presbyterians, was built on the site in 1857, four years before Rye was declared a township by the government. Rye Primary School’s school captains read a declaration and presented a time capsule, and the school choir performed. Time’s up: Rye pupils, Rye Historical Society members and guests at the unveilling of the commemorative plaque on top of a time capsule to mark the first school built by the Church of England in Rye – in 1857.

‘Unlocking’ opens up Point By Keith Platt PLANS to introduce privately run commercial enterprises within Point Nepean National Park are in line with recommendations of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. While neither the park’s management plan or the VCEC’s report have yet been adopted by the state government, it seems unlikely to oppose them both. The VCEC’s final report ‘Unlocking Victorian Tourism’ has been given to the Treasurer Kim Wells for consideration. Meanwhile, $13 million has been allocated to upgrade the park’s infrastructure, and planning permit applications have been lodged with Mornington Peninsula Shire. The infrastructure work will pave the way for the 100- to 120-room upmarket hotel included in the park’s development plan. National park manager Stuart Hughes said expressions of interest could be sought once the plan was approved, well before the infrastructure works were completed. He hoped the draft management plan – now being “appraised” by state government departments and politicians – would be approved “soon, in weeks or months”. If adopted, the VCEC’s report will open the doors for commercial development within the state’s many national parks. Providing accommodation at Point Nepean is a centerpiece of Parks Victoria’s draft management plan, which also includes cafes and restaurants, buildings to house historic collections,


Building to go: Point Nepean National Park manager Stuart Highes outside one of the 1970s era barracks that could be demolished to make way for an upmarket hotel.

meeting rooms and educational facilities. Hotel accommodation would be provided in renovated existing buildings as well as in two new buildings, which would replace 1970s era barracks. Federal MP for Flinders Greg Hunt says he will “oppose any government” that does not make marine and environmental education the “number one priority” at Point Nepean. “That’s been my view from day one

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and it’s never changed,” he said. Mr Hunt is trying to revive plans for thes University of Melbourne to open a national centre for coasts and climate at Point Nepean. He said $12 million was “still held in trust” for the centre and recently led a delegation from the university to meet Environment Minister Ryan Smith and Parks Victoria chief executive Dr Bill Jackson. Mr Hunt described the outcome for

the delegation as being “well heard; we got an open-minded response”. “I said the draft management plan was inadequate without education being the central purpose [of the park’s activities],” Mr Hunt said. The plan had been inherited by the current state Liberal government from its Labor predecessor. Mr Hughes said $25m of federal and state government money to be spent at the park did not involve “any obliga-

tion to invest in anything in particular”. “There is no money being held directly for the national marine centre concept,” Mr Hughes said. He estimated about $11m would be left after the infrastructure works were completed, “and some of that’s been spent already”. Mr Hughes listed works that would be financed from the remaining money, including risk procedures, fixing buildings, landscaping, restoring lime kilns, providing access to beaches and “telling stories at the quarantine centre”. Mr Hughes described the latest approach by University of Melbourne as a “simple expression” of previous proposals. “They want us to still consider a national centre for the site, but there’s nothing tangible.” Victorian National Parks Association executive director Matt Ruchel said there was no need to change existing government policy “which rules out new large facilities”. “The focus should be on sensitive improvement of existing buildings or infustructure, not new stand alone developments,” Mr Ruchel said. “In the case of Point Nepean, the VNPA remains opposed to new largescale infrastructure such as major new accommodation and think there is plenty of opportunity for heritage sensitive re-use of existing buildings. “The merits of any proposal need to be looked at in detail to ensure they suit the site and protect heritage and environmental values – not a blanket green light.”

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Village Glen growing as 3000 truckloads fill swamp for units By Mike Hast RESIDENTS of three quiet streets in Rosebud West are in for a shock when they discover their roads will be used for 6000 trips by trucks carrying dirt for up to six weeks. The massive project will see 30,000 cubic metres of earth excavated from Balaka St on the eastern edge of the Village Glen retirement village for a nursing home to open in 2013. The dirt will be carted down Balaka St, along Eastbourne Rd, up Elizabeth St and into Sanctuary Park Dve and St Elmos Close. A temporary gravel track carved through precious bush will give trucks access to a 2.5-hectare section of the Tootgarook Swamp, which will be filled to a height of 3.6 metres, about half a metre above the flood level of 2001. Thirty-six retirement units worth up to $20 million will be built on the raised land by Community Village Australia (CVA), owner of Village Glen, which was founded in 1980 and is still owned by Mt Eliza millionaire Charles Jacobsen. The 9 St Elmos Close project is stage six of the Village Glen complex, which currently houses 900 people and is much-loved by residents. The project is generating controversy, with St Elmos Close residents and near neighbours as electrically charged as the atmospheric phenomenon, St Elmo’s Fire, after which the street is named. Led by Cameron Brown and Jessica Durrant, a couple living at the end of Elizabeth Ave near St Elmos Close, residents have accused Mornington Peninsula Shire’s planning department of not sending out documents or answering questions in a timely manner. They are upset that a land swap deal between the shire and CVA to improve drainage, the application to fill the swamp and the request to build 36 units were not dealt with together. A meeting between objectors and the developer had been set by the shire for 3pm during the week when many people were at work. Hovering over the project is a planning amendment for the area, C150, which they say should be completed before the application is dealt with. The amendment will include flood overlays that could restrict where development occurs. Adding further complexity is an ob-

Wetland wonder: Philip Jensen, left, and Gidja Walker of SPIFFA discuss with Jessica Durrant and Cameron Brown the plans by Community Villages Australia to fill part of the Tootgarook Swamp for more Village Glen home units.

jection from the Southern Peninsula Flora and Fauna Association, one of the most active and technically qualified conservation groups on the peninsula, which claims a study of flora made for the filling was inadequate and that Tootgarook Swamp could be eligible for a Ramsar listing. Ramsar is a convention protecting wetlands of international importance. Registered wetlands in southern Victoria include parts of Western Port, the western shoreline of Port Phillip and the Bellarine Peninsula, and EdithvaleSeaford wetlands. This is the $20 million question: should we even be filling swamps in the second decade of the 21st century? The earth filling application was not dealt with by the shire within 60 days of its submission, as is required under state planning laws, so CVA took the shire to the VCAT. The shire’s senior planning officer, director of sustainable environment Steve Chapple, told Tootgarook Swamp “champion” Norm McKinlay the council “was not in a position to make a decision on the application within the time frame prescribed by [law] as the applicant had not provided the required information requested by the Department of Sustainability and Environment”. But still the matter went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, revealing a flaw in the planning process. The case was heard last week but no decision has been made.

The swamp filling case did not come to public notice until Mr McKinlay asked a question at a council meeting in Blairgowrie on 27 April: “Is council aware a planning permit for filling in the large area of land at ... St Elmos Close, Rosebud West, was not processed within the required 60 days and will now go to the VCAT? The area forms an integral part of the Tootgarook Swamp. This landfill will destroy a large area of prime rare and threatened native grassland with rare and threatened species including local, state, national and international threatened species. “Why was the project not assessed? Why was the project not put before a full council meeting so that input from the community could also be assessed by councillors? Will council support this project at VCAT and, if so, will proper expert representation be put forward by council at the upcoming VCAT meeting to counteract the large number of experts that will no doubt represent the developers. This is the second recent large development abutting Chinamans Creek that has not been assessed by council planners within the required 60 day period.” The question was answered by Steve Chapple after the meeting and posted on the shire website: “I refer to your questions raised during the council meeting of 27 April 2011. Having spoken to the relevant planning officers regarding the above planning application, I provide the fol-

lowing responses. “As you have expressed, the site is known to have flora and fauna value. This has been explored throughout the application process, including referrals to internal council departments as well as external bodies. Council was not in a position to make a decision on the application within the timeframe prescribed by the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the act) as the applicant had not provided the required information requested by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) as a Section 55 referral authority in the act. “Given the significance of the area, this information is deemed critical to both the DSE and council’s assessment of the flora and fauna values of the site. “While working through these issues, the applicant has exercised his right to apply to VCAT for failure of council to determine the application within the prescribed time frame. “The application was advertised to the wider community by way of letters to adjoining property owners, a sign erected on the site and the placement of an advertisement in the Mornington [Peninsula] Leader. This process was deemed sufficient to allow for community input and was undertaken in accordance with the act. “As the application is purely for the filling the site it is deemed to be an application that can be assessed under delegation, therefore is not required to be considered at a council meeting.

“Council is not in a position to advise what position it will take at VCAT proceedings until such time as all the required details have been provided. Prior to any hearing of this matter by VCAT, council will assess the resources required to present its case and will, if necessary, engage appropriate expert consultants.” SPIFFA has objected to the filling, claiming there were flaws and omissions in the Ecology Partners report into the value of the site. Secretary Philip Jensen said the land was plains grassland, an endangered vegetation community, and that the shire’s own mapping of the site reveals this. Other concerns included:  No targeted survey for an endangered geranium species.  Ecology Partners had failed to adequately address DSE concerns and questions.  No survey for the endangered swamp skink or the white-footed dunnart.  Modelling for flood levels does not take into account projected extreme events due to climate change.  Any development relying on filling in flood-prone land is inappropriate. The land has the potential to develop into ephemeral wetland if managed properly.  Any site that needs filling to avoid flooding is inappropriate for development. The Craigie flood mitigation report of 1997 showed total potential development by infilling would reduce retarding basin function by about 40 per cent.  The shire allowing development on floodplains could attract litigation from residents who are because of this reduced capacity.  Clearing for firebreaks would see more disturbance and biodiversity loss. SPIFFA secretary Philip Jensen said the group had highlighted the existence of critically endangered plains grassland in the whole development site. “This should have immediately torpedoed the proposal, but the advice was comprehensively ignored by shire planning staff,” he said. “As to a solution to the plains grassland threat, the site of 2.7 hectares abuts the existing shire reserve of 11.2 hectares and this land needs to be purchased by the shire and the grassland restored.” CVA has submitted plans for the 36 units to the shire, but the matter has not yet come to the council.

Residents move in at Peninsula Grange retirement village THE first residents have moved into Peninsula Grange retirement village on the corner of Bungower and Racecourse Rds, Mornington. The village will have about 280 independent living units on the 17-hectare site when completed. Kevin and Susanne La Fontaine said they were excited to be the first to move in. Sarah Kulman of village owner Australian Unity said the couple viewed floor plans last August and “knew within 20 minutes it was the place they wanted to live”. The La Fontaines decided to move to the complex after Mr La Fontaine was seriously injured in a motorbike accident two years ago. “The accident caused permanent injury and we knew we could no longer maintain our home,” they said. “The unit is spacious, well fitted out with top quality appliances and we have everything we need – including home help should Kevin need it.”


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Once completed, amenities will include a community centre with indoor heated lap pool, gym, hairdressing and beauty therapy room, a library, craft room and workshop. There will be as practice bowling green, putting green, bocce area and outdoor barbecue areas. A roundabout planned for the intersection has yet to be built. Mornington Peninsula Shire approved a tender for $933,828 (excluding GST) from Transfield Services last July. The cost is being split between the shire, Australian Unity and the owner of land opposite the Racecourse Rd-Bungower Rd junction, but there has been a change of ownership of 141-161 Bungower Rd. Last year AMP Capital Investments applied to build a retirement complex of 176 single-storey units at 141-161 Bungower Rd and a 149-site camping and caravan park (including 57 two-storey lodges) at 173 Bungower Rd. Both sites, 16 hectares in total, are owned by SPP No 1 (Mornington) Pty Ltd, a holding of AMP.

First residents: Kevin and Susanne La Fontaine say they are excited to be first at Peninsula Grange.

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Address: 16 Madang Court, HASTINGS Price: $280,000 Agency: Satchwells Real Estate, 1/97 High Street, Hastings. Agent: Lisa Roberts, 0488 910 368.

split-system air-conditioning in the living areas. Given the vintage of the home, there would also be floorboards that would polish up well and add character to the interior. The kitchen has a tiled floor and gas cooking. Outside is a concreted undercover area, a big backyard and shed for use as a garage or workshop.

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Find your way home to Mariners Estate Pristine villa unit with features galore LET your search for a great home guide you to Mariners Estate in Hastings and this ideal family home. All the living areas are quite spacious, have neutral tones throughout and all floor coverings are in as-new condition. There is ducted heating and reverse cycle airconditioning to the two living areas. The neat kitchen has a good amount of bench space with dishwasher, gas hot plates and rangehood. There are four bedrooms, three with built-in wardrobes, while the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite with toilet, shower and vanity. In warmer months, entertain on the expansive decked area that can be accessed from the lounge room and single garage. This is a five-star energy rated home and is available with vacant possession.

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SET in a well-established complex in Disney Street, with private, gated access to residents only, this three-bedroom villa is more like a house given its great-sized living areas and bedrooms. The living areas are very bright and contemporary, and the modern kitchen features stainless steel appliances. The dining room opens out to a small paved area and the backyard, which is still being established, but with a little effort from a green thumb, will be a very secure and private area for children and pets to enjoy. The main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe. New owners will love getting stuck into the yard and adding a splash of colour to the interior of this home. For investors, the property has a good rental history.

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Hastings Great investment potential!!!

Neg. Over $240,000

This home is well suited for first home buyers, families or investors wanting a solid 3 bedroom property at a great price. Features include: large living room with gas heating & air conditioner, three good sized bedrooms, galley style kitchen with gas appliances, central family bathroom and large backyard with gated rear access. Conveniently located to shops, transport, schools & local facilities. ADDRESS: 9 Teal Court

Harcourts Hastings




Tim Hughes 0410 470 515 Lisa Drake 0449 269 390

Crib Point Bring the Family and your Boat

Neg. Over $475,000

Positioned for complete convenience is this modern, four-bedroom home in peaceful cul-de-sac seclusion only minutes from Morradoo and Crib Point train stations. Here contemporary living is easily achieved with an impressive free-flowing floorplan, two separate living areas, master-to-ensuite, central bathroom, laundry facilities, walk-in robes to every bedroom and a stylish kitchen adding feature lighting, Blanco cooking appliances, huge pantry plus breakfast bench. Further luxury is found outside with covered alfresco entertaining complimented by drought-tolerant plantings, a Balinese hut and bubbling five-seat outdoor spa. The generous, near-level allotment includes a free-standing lock-up garage, animal enclosure, secure front fencing, large lawn areas and double remote garaging. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the close proximity to Hans Inlet and Westernport Bay whilst the local primary school, nature parks and nearby town shopping offers every amenity at your doorstep. Harcourts Hastings

ADDRESS: 8 Verdun Street

4 Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild 0413 487 179


Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333


Balnarring Beach Two for the Price of One


The benefits simply cannot be denied. Here is an exceedingly unique opportunity to acquire two buildings on the one title with a total land measurement of 1170m2 (approx.). Options are limitless. Live in one and receive passive income from the other, accommodate the extended family, or run your business from home with easy access and parking (STCA). The front unit includes two robed double bedrooms, main bathroom, split-system cooling/heating, gas heating, modern kitchenette and single carport. The main brick residence comprises three robed bedrooms, ensuite-to-master, two living areas and gas ducted heating. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 16 Beach Street





Richard Smith 0433 669 112 Tim Hughes 0410 470 515

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Crib Point Purchase off the Plan and Save!

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.

ADDRESS: 2, 3 & 4/179 Disney Street

Harcourts Hastings




Richard Smith 0433 669 112 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

Hastings Amazing Lifestyle on nearly 3 acres!

Neg over $700,000 Balnarring Holiday Atmosphere Everyday

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 is ideal for entertaining or a growing family. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2 Pineview Lane



Neg. Over $285,000 Tyabb Winning Combination!



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Richard Smith 0433 669 112 Trent Shortt 0422 080 719

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

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


Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246

Hastings New Townhouse!

$450K-$480K By Neg


Neg. Over $280,000

Situated in the heart of country Tyabb, this beauty is only a short walk to the local shops and schools. Boasting two large bedrooms with built in robes, ducted heating, spacious open plan living, meals area and modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances along with a beautiful newly renovated two way bathroom. There’s a decent size rear yard for those lovable pets or for those who enjoy entertaining, only two on the block so don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity for the ideal first home buyer or investor. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2/1496 Frankston Flinders Road


2 Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

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Hastings From $399,950 Very rare waterfront location! Only 3 stately townhouses remaining! Unit 1 - comprising of three generous sized bedrooms, separate study, elegant formal living/dining area, free-flowing family/ meals & first class kitchen with breakfast bar & double lock up garage. Unit 4 - comprising of two bedrooms, two seperate living areas, balcony with views & master with a lavish ensuite & a single lock up garage. Unit 6 - comprising of three bedrooms, plus a seperate storage room, large living area & master bedroom upstairs with a large balcony with views & a lavish ensuite. Also includes a ´house size´ rear yard. All townhouses include ducted heating, landscaping, ceasarstone benchtops, stainless steel appliances & enjoy breakfast on your balcony overlooking Westernport Bay. ADDRESS: 1, 4 & 6/116 Marine Parade

Harcourts Hastings




Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869 HASTINGS

Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333

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Four bedrooms and full of surprises LOCATED in one of the finest positions in town, this large and level site, zoned residential 1, is ripe for further development (STCA) with a land size of 3700 square metres approx and shops, library, doctors and primary school only 400 metres away. But it is the attractive four-bedroom home that also captures attention. Any family seeking space and room to grow will appreciate this sturdy and surprising property. Lovely, sunny living areas overlook gardens and the kitchen is a real find with dishwasher, gas hot plates and plenty of


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cupboard space. Polished floorboards are throughout the two living areas, which have been tastefully decorated in keeping with the style of the home and both feature gorgeous open fireplaces. There is even space for a billiard table in the large family room. Venture outside to sit and enjoy the vast undercover area overlooking the rear garden and the massive grounds. The home is in the bottom left corner of the block.

Address: 50 Eramosa Road East SOMERVILLE. For sale by public tender: Tender closes 4pm Thursday 8 September 2011 Agency: L. Cooper Real Estate, 1067 Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ston-Flinders Rd. Somerville. Agent: Phil Stone, 0412 226 758.


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FOR SALE offers over $1,800,000

Asking $350,000 - $365,000












Peaceful Country Lifestyle.



Yes, construction is about to commence on the 1st stage with 4 units already sold. The project by one of the Peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most respected developer/builders has a completed and furnished display unit for your consideration. With features galore such as 2 split systems for year round comfort plus ducted gas heating all with second bathroom/ ensuites kitchen with caesar stone benchtops S.S appliances (incl. dishwasher) blum soft close drawers and over 20 other special and unique inclusions. 2 bedrooms over 13sqs and 3 bedrooms over 14sqs plus double lock up garage with auto doors.


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

> WESTERN PORT realestate 30 August 2011 03 5979 1888 03 5983 5509 03 5989 0744


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

03 5979 1888 03 5983 5509 03 5989 0744


Local Agents with Local Knowledge For Over 50 Years HASTINGS



Asking $1,000,000+

Asking $298,000

Asking $310,000 - $339,000

Asking $377,000 neg



ER UND ER OFF Inspect by Appointment

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This 3.4 acre (approx.) property is such a rare Ànd being so close to the heart of Hastings and is ideal for those wishing to combine rural & suburban living. This 4brm plus study character Àlled home is positioned in a private pocket of Hastings.

A short stroll to Hastings Centre and Marina, is this large 2 bedroom home with BIRs. Featuring renovated living, kitchen and bathroom areas. 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 perfect place for a green Ànger, this idyllic haven has been partially renovated and enjoys 4 bedrooms, 3 with Built in robes, new carpet throughout, polished Áoorboards and large spacious living room at the rear.

Located in one of Bitterns most sought-after streets is this delightful 3 bedroom home set amongst a 653sqm secluded and private setting with English style gardens that will capture your heart. The Home offers 3 bedrooms all with built in robes, 1 bathroom and 1 living area with Áoating timber Áoors.





Asking $435,000

Asking $379,000

Asking $560,000

Asking $260,000

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888




Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888



7 Symonds Street - Inspect Sat 12.00-12.30pm

Inspect by Appointment

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Set on a large allotment of 1942m2 approx, is this very special home Àlled with lots of extras. Quality carpets throughout, a 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 transport. Option 1 - Remove home, 4 unit site. Option 2 - Retain home, subdivide the huge rear yard.

Live in or lease, this two bedroom, brick veneer home boasts dual access ensuite, gas heating, single lock up garage, private rear area and lovely garden setting for impressive street appeal. Quiet area, arrange inspection with some urgency.





From $235,000

Asking $379,000

Asking $280,000

Asking $382,000

Inspect by Appointment

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888



Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment




**House on site can be purchased separately** •Brick veneer •Colour bond roof •Powder coated aluminium windows •Colour bond facia & gutter •Electric oven •Gas hot plates •Electric range hood •115 litre gas hot water system •Laminated kitchen.


This is the perfect family or investment home in the heart of Crib Point. Features 4 bedrooms, main with ensuite, all bedrooms with BIR’s. Two reverse cycle heating & cooling units plus bonus ducted heating throughout. Two large open plan living areas and modern hostess kitchen with dishwasher.

Don’t look back in 5 years time with regret at not entering the property market at an affordable time. This 3 bedroom home will help you begin the dream of being a home owner before its to late. This property is on a good sized allotment and in great condition.

Set a short distance from the Marina, this 3brm home is set on approx 750sqm. Features include bedrooms with BIRs. On entry you are greeted by polished Áoor boards, a good size lounge area and a quality hostess kitchen with gas appliances, dishwasher available. Ducted heating & R/C split system.





Asking $339,000

Asking $350,000 - $380,000

Neg over $620,000

Asking $295,000



Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888


Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888



Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Inspect by Appointment

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Every so often a property makes itself available in this pocket and when it does it creates a lot of interest. And what makes it so appealing is location, quiet family orientation, and spacious sized allotments. This home has been improved inside and out.

With a fabulous Áoor plan and private setting, this quality built 2year old townhouse is truly for the lifestyle conscious. Greeted by contemporary open plan layout which embraces the decked courtyard, this property boasts 3 bedrooms with built in robes, master with Ensuite and walk-in robe.

Desirable small acreage approx 8.6 acres with northerly aspect sheltered from all the prevailing winds in highly sought after location. Build your dream home overlooking a huge spring fed lake. Power mains water and phone are available, and the grounds are extremely private.





Contact Agent

Asking $355,000

Asking $575,000

Asking $485,000

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

750m2 (approx)








Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888


Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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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What a position - opposite Safeway and diagonally opposite Kmart is this four bedroom older style home on a corner site in excess of 750sqm. Subject to council approval you could: 1 - Subdivide off the rear backyard. 2 - Remove the house and build 3 x 2 bedroom units. Position perfect - as close to the shops as you can get.

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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.

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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.

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

If you appreciate quality, position, lifestyle then an inspection of this prestigious town house is a must. Sea views across the tennis court from the Àrst level. Comprising 3brm, master with WIR & full ensuite, kitchen family area with choice of 2 balcony views.

Lisa Roberts 0488910368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888 HASTINGS BALNARRING FLINDERS

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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Build wealth through property. Want to know how? Ben Tallon Real Estate in conjunction with Westpac and Treweek & Co are hosting an evening for local residents on property investing made simple. These three renowned local businesses have joined forces to provide an informative session to help you plan a step by step approach to investing in property.

If you want to learn the answers to questions like:

How do I pay for it?

How do I find reliable tenants?

How much can I borrow?

What is negative gearing and how does it work for me?

Where should I buy?

How does depreciation work?

What is equity and how do I use it?


What is the local market doing?

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Treweek & Co.


Chartered Accountants and Advisors “Committed to the Development & Success of your Business”


“A small investment of your time could be a huge investment in your future.”

When: Thursday September 15th, 2011 Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm Where: Westpac 70 High Street, Hastings Light Refreshments provided Name .............................................................................................................................

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number attending ......................................................................................................... RSVP by 9/9/11 to Angie Watkins Bank Manager Westpac Hastings or mobile 0457 526 321

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New look for Tallon’s team YOU may have noticed a change in High Street recently with one of the oldest, mostestablished real estate firms in the area undergoing a re-branding. The First National Real Estate Group has replaced their navy blue and red for a distinctive new look aimed at modern buyers, and it combines past, present and future aspects of the business. Director Alf Tallon said of the new changes: “Although we’ve re-branded, you will get the same great service we have provided to the Western Port area since 1966. First National has changed a great deal in our 26-year history, having grown from 30 members in 1983 to 450-plus member offices employing more than 5000 people today. We love our new brand; it gives First National a bold, fresh, new identity that links with our past yet paves the way to engage with a new group of customers.”

Spectacular Kinfauns lifestyle property THIS huge home on about 0.6 hectares (1.58 acres) features two separate wings with five bedrooms, two with their own ensuite and walk-in robes. The living areas are decoratively styled and the timber kitchen boasts quality appliances and a separate butler’s pantry. The second wing is fully self-contained. The large rumpus room is perfect for a game of pool and there is even a built-in bar. The entertainment area has a barbecue, pergola and solarheated salt-chlorinated pool. An ornamental lake with a jetty at the front of the property can double as a water source for the gardens to support the 10,000-litre water tank. The threebay barn also has its own water tank. Landscaped gardens feature winding paths in the grounds and a second entrance from Warrenda Place provides direct access to the large shed at the rear of the property.

Address: 4 Warrangine Creek Lane, BITTERN Price: $969,000 Agency: Tallon First National Real Estate, 34 High Street, Hastings Agent: Dominic Tallon, 0408 528 857.

ATTENTION BUYERS- PICK YOUR PROPERTY! Are you tired of searching for the right home? Fed up with seeing homes that don’t suit you? Well, TALLON FIRST NATIONAL REAL ESTATE now offers a FINDING service for homebuyers. Here’s how it works… Drive around our area– either in reality or via Google Maps and select any homes that you think you might like to buy. Then just give us the addresses and we’ll approach the owners and ask if they want to sell. It’s as simple as that. Call us on 5979 3000 or email, there is no cost to you!

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$400,000 - $420,000



5A Buckingham Close

25 Deanswood Drive

Lifestyle Is All About Choices

Putting the Value into your Dollar

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.

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

Inspect Saturday 11-11.30am

Inspect Saturday 2-2.30pm

Ɣ Double storey home on large 833m2 approx. allotment Ɣ Four bedrooms Ɣ Large formal lounge and dining area with ducted heating Ɣ Timber kitchen Ɣ Large family room upstairs Ɣ Air conditioning

You’ll Want to Live here!


$485,000 - $495,000

Frankston South



26 Kumala Drive

27 Chesterfield Road

Timeless Appeal - Lasting Quality Ɣ Character filled colonial style family residence Ɣ 3 good sized bedrooms plus study Ɣ Beautiful timber kitchen with meals area Ɣ Rumpus room Ɣ Landscaped gardens Ɣ Double garage

Inspect Saturday 12-12.30pm




Affordable and Well Located

Simple Irrestible

Ɣ Ideally located on 2979m2 approx. allotment Ɣ Five minute drive to Frankston shops Ɣ Two formal lounge rooms with Coonara wood heater Ɣ Kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ɣ Three good sized bedrooms Ɣ Rumpus room with built-in bar

Ɣ Set on 1300m2 approx. allotment in Hedgley Dene estate Ɣ Contemporary 3 bedroom home with study Ɣ Polished floor boards Ɣ Large formal lounge & dining area Ɣ Reverse cycle air conditioning


Inspect Saturday 11-11.30am




26 Kumala Drive


The Perfect Hideaway

Peaceful Tranquil Surrounds

Ɣ Impeccably maintained privately located 10 year old Colonial styled residence Ɣ 4 double bedrooms, FES to master with spa bath Ɣ Formal combined lounge & dining area with bay windows Ɣ Modern tiled kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ɣ Ducted heating, rumpus room, outdoor entertaining area & more

Ɣ Delightful 1.25 acre (approx.) property Ɣ Three bedroom renovated family home Ɣ Ensuite to main bedroom Ɣ Large rumpus room with open fire place Ɣ Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Two brand new bathrooms Inspect Saturday 1-1.30pm

Ɣ Picturesque three bedroom character cottage home located on 2.8 acres approx. Ɣ Open plan lounge & dining area with Coonara heating Ɣ Timber kitchen with dishwasher + renovated bathroom Ɣ Outdoor sun room plus spa room with wet area, Ɣ Great horse property with 12m x 6m shed, 2 lose boxes & 2 enormous paddocks


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 Ɣ Fabulous opportunity to re-develop large 3700m2 approx. site Ɣ Delightful four bedroom home with study and games room Ɣ Lovely established gardens Ɣ Rear verandah

Ɣ Polished floorboards and open fire places to living areas Ɣ Double carport Ɣ Zoned Residential 1 Ɣ Potential to sub-divide (STCA)

Inspect Saturday 10-10.30am

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Broiler Farm - 2 Houses - 13 Acres Approx Ɣ Well presented broiler farm with 168,000 bird capacity Ɣ 5 cross flow sheds, Auto winches in 4 sheds Ɣ Huge water storage for drinking and cooling Ɣ Back-up generator, upgraded switchboards Ɣ Big 4 bedroom home with 4 car garage Ɣ Current contract with Baiada

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Factory with vacant possession

Popular salon with excellent fit-out

THIS large factory has approximately 800 square metres of lettable area and is divided into three areas, two of which are leased on a month-to-month basis. The total area is available with vacant possession or choose to keep the current tenants and occupy the front section for your business. Total land area is approximately 2065 square metres with plenty of onsite parking and yard area.

LOCATED at the beach end of Main Street, this first-floor salon is a well-established business with good clientele and an excellent fit-out including polished floating timber floors, reception area, waiting room and several cutting stations. Stocking Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Oreal Professional and label M products, current services provided are beauty therapist and clinical myotherapist.

Address: 3 Archer Street, MORNINGTON Price: $950,000 Agency: Kevin Wright Commercial 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington 5977 2255 Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454.

Address: Hair & Beauty Salon, MORNINGTON Price: $49,950 Agency: Kevin Wright Commercial 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington 5977 2255 Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454.

Asian restaurant with 60 seats

A happy surprise

THIS Chinese food restaurant trades five and a half days plus evenings each week and is prominently located in a prime corner position of a busy shopping plaza. The premises have a full commercial kitchen, air-conditioning and seating for up to 60 diners. There is also a BYO licence. The owners want to retire after 10 years running the business.

ONE of the Mornington Peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-known stores in for sale. Selling gifts, home decor and furniture, and in a prime Mornington location, the store trades Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. The shop is well stocked with goods from Indonesia, China and Australia. The business has high turnover figures, good profits and can be run by the efficient staff when the owners are away. The vendors are now ready to retire.

Chinese Restaurant, SOMERVILLE Price: $119,000 plus stock Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne Street, Frankston, 97811588. Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151.

Gifts, homeware, decor & furniture, MORNINGTON Price: $300,000 plus stock of approx. $95,000 Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne Street, Frankston, 97811588

Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151.

To advertise in the next edition of the Western Port News commercial real estate section, contact Jason Richardson on 0421 190 318 or email Page 16

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Business Sales Specialists

50 Playne Street Frankston

Tel: (03) 9781 1588 HAIR SALON






7 stations, 2 basins, nothing to be done to this well presented salon with large glass frontage. New lease available. Stock included in price.

Women’s apparel for yoga, gym, pilates etc. Well known to locals, easy to run with 1 or 2 staff. Many repeat customers.

Well presented, large shop open 6 days. Selling set up costs and equipment only. All stock included. Close to Main Street.

Clients are based from Sth Melbourne to SE subs, incl body corps, estate agents and private residential. Est 12 years, work hours to suit yourself. Vehicle optional.

Worldwide organization, 6 locations on Peninsula. Full training in teaching, marketing & admin. Unique creative curriculum.

Very busy foot traffic area. Extensive coolroom, good vehicle, renovated 18 months ago. KEEN VENDOR


$49,000 + sav

$50,000 WIWO

NOW $55,000

$57,500 + F/Fee

$65,000 + sav







Large spacious salon on busy road, has 5 beauty rooms, 8 stations, 2 basins. Nothing to be done, very attractive, good equipment.

Lovely kiosk in busy food court selling sushi, noodles, pasta, fresh juices, coffee etc. Near new equipment, cheap rent, can be fully managed. URGENT SALE

Niche market in town for whole/organic foods inc fruit & veg. 5 ½ days, seating for 18 in/out. Well known to locals and passing trade.

Well presented shop with plenty of parking. Sub-let upstairs 1 bm accomm. 7 days 8am until 8pm. Good lease arrangements.

Trades Tues to Sun from 11.30am. Two twin self cleaning deep fryers. Located in large residential area.

Two models, one homebased or one office-based. All details available on application.

68,000 + sav

$69,900 + sav

$69,950 + sav

$72,000 + sav

NOW $75,000 + sav








Large fully renovated shop with plenty of preparation area, has coolroom. Est 40 yrs, keen vendor. Trades daily from 10.30am.

Located in S/C, no opposition. Very good equipment inc coolroom, seats 25 in & 15 out. Suit H/W team.

Large coolroom, seats 20 in Residential & commercial 6 rooms & reception area, Highly visible, near Safeway, & 10 out, new cappuccino customers mainly on M’ton staff and client parking. Wide good parking. New fryer, machine. 7 days from 11am. Peninsula. Major contracts in variety of services offered, rotary oven, freezer, Cheap business priced for place. Past Business Award sound system and fully coolroom. Good lease, owner quick sale – vendor has winner. air-cond. Business Award operator with 7 casuals. bought elsewhere. winner.

NOW $75,000 + sav

NOW $79,000 + sav

$79,500 + sav

$80,000 + sav

$85,000 + sav

$91,500 + sav







Very attractive presentation with 8 beauty rooms. Sub-lets to manicurist and masseur. No competition, about 2000 clients, Yellow Pages ads. Stock included.

Main street, well known, pleasant business. Optus Premium dealer, computing & entertainment. Full security 24/7.

Prime residential area/ food precinct close to main road with good signage. Lots of near new equipment. Has 3 bm home.

Innovative components est 30 yrs, working one day a week. Excellent equipment, major account and many stores. Full assistance given.

8 washers, 10 dryers, 2 HWS. Open 24 hours, but has auto open/close doors. Male & female toilets, and office. Fully renovated premises. Est. 20 years.

Est 35 years in Main St M’ton. Seats 20 in & 20 out, has coolroom. Ideal family business reduced to sell quickly.


$98,500 + sav

$99,000 + sav

$100,000 + sav


$130,000 + sav







Healthy options in busy Bayside S/C foodcourt. Strong T/O figures, modern and attractive, franchise. Good cash flow business.

Well established in modern S/C, qualified staff, fully managed. Confidentiality applies. Full assistance offered.

Large shop, long standing business, double storey 3 bm residence. High density residential area. Trial on $6,500pw.

Well equipped, quality P&E, operates with 2 liquor licences. Confidentiality applies. Two kitchens. Seats 35.

Only 3 owners in 25 years, prime area, no opposition. Huge potential to introduce more lines, ideal H/W team. Excellent takings.

Installation & servicing of all manner of security systems, plus ongoing client maintenance and upgrades. Industry experience an advantage.

NOW $130,000 + sav

$135,000 + sav

$140,000 + sav

$150,000 + sav

$159,900 + sav








7 days 11.30pm to 4am, two refrigerated vans. Pick up Moorabbin, has fill in drivers. One of approx. 200 franchises Australia wide.

Landmark building with attached accommodation. Fully renovated, opens 6 days to 4pm. 65% food, 35% other items.

Only 5 days a week with short hours in the heart of M’ton industrial area. Small shop, simple to run, est 40 yrs. Trial on $7200 pw.

Sales & service, well One of about 75 franchises S/steel & glazed balustrades equipped showroom & in Australia, S/C location with for res and comm clients, workshop. Est 10 yrs, vendor very busy foot traffic. pool fencing, self closing owns freehold & offers new Confidentialty applies. gates, high quality lease with neg terms. architectural features. 70% Good profits. Melbourne 30% Peninsula.

$170,000 + sav

$225,000 + sav

$230,000 + sav

$250,000 + sav


$280,000 + sav







Power and hand tools, BOC gas agency, large repair section. Only 2 owners in 28 years, well known, long standing staff. Vendor willing to stay on.

Well known, bbq chicken, ideal location, modern premises and kitchen facilities. Indoor/outdoor seating. Confidentiality applies.

Repairs and refurbishments, servicing the needs of transport operators throughout Aust. 16,000 sq ft factory, deals with major insurance companies.

Installation, service, sales of new and used equipment to 80 gyms. 4 vehicles inc, has huge potential for hospital equipment. 5 days.

Large shop on corner position of main road. Huge profits! Short hours! 5 ½ days.

Well presented, profitable. Sale & installation of tiles, pavers, concrete finishings, retaining wall blocks etc. Main road in industrial estate, store recently expanded.

$300,000 + sav

NOW $380,000 + sav

$399,500 + sav

$490,000 inc stock

$499,500 + sav

$530,000 + sav







Large packaging business with huge growth potential. Needs to be taken to next level. W/sale with deliveries & large retail section. Confidentiality applies.

Est 40+ yrs, current vendor 11 yrs. Well known Asian business, complete range of products inc fresh to imported & dried. 2001 2-tonne truck inc.

Operates from twin factories, hires all party requirements, large or small. Good reputation, excellent profits, est 18 yrs.

Operating, hiring, servicing, parts & repairs in well equipped factory/workshop. All P & E inc. Showing good profits. Well known to industry.

Business & freehold, 4.5 acre property with 5 bdm residence, pool & entertainment area. Confidentiality applies.

Country club licensed restaurant & function centre. Large premises seats 450, 4 rooms, function areas, middle of golf course. Inc 3 bm manager’s residence.

$770,000 + sav

$810,000 + sav

NOW $825,000

$1.2Million + sav

$2.5 Million + sav

$3.5 Million + sav

Tony Latessa: 0412 525 151

No. 1 REIV Accredited Business Agent in Victoria 27 years selling experience based on honesty and reliability REIV Business Brokers Committee Member

> WESTERN PORT realestate 30 August 2011

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For Sale – Sorrento

For Sale – Mornington

For Lease – Red Hill



For Sale – Frankston

Fruit Fusion


Priced To Sell

Next To Proposed Epicurean Centre

An excellent opportunity to own your own Juice Bar with brand new Įt-out in busy Bayside Shopping Centre. This easy to run and manage business has a new lease, no franchise fees and is ready to go! Priced below set up costs this is a bargain!

The well known and highly popular CellarbraƟons Sorrento is on the market. Following eight very successful and proĮtable years, the current owners have decided to move on. Prime Ocean Beach Road locaƟon compliments this very strong business. Great rent, great lease.

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: $119,000 WIWO Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $180,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

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

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

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Dromana

For Sale – Mount Eliza



For Lease – Mornington

Rent Free Period Available


Landlord Wants A Tenant

Blue Chip Freehold Investment

These three prime oĸces of approx. 15sqm, 17sqm and 30sqm are situated at the beach end of Main Street and would be ideal for individual, professional businesses. As new Įt-out, great locaƟon and at this price they are extremely good value. Be Quick.

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.

SƟll near new and with outstanding exposure this property is ideally suited for retail or professional oĸces. Superb Įt out with kitchen, shower and disabled access. An inspecƟon will not disappoint. Available from September 30, 2011.

This is a rare opportunity to secure a high proĮle retail investment in the heart of Mount Eliza Village. There are two shops available with a combined area of 166.8sqm and currently let to two long term tenants showing a net return of $77,250pa. Situated close to Safeway and other prominent businesses in the town.

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

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

Lease Price: $1,750 pcm + GST + OGS Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: On ApplicaƟon Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

For Sale – Mornington

For Lease – Mornington

For Sale - Mornington






For Sale – Frankston

Wild Cards & GiŌs

ParƟal Fit Out Only

For Lease - Mornington

Smell The Roses

This business has been designed to be successful and provide you with all the necessary tools. With excellent sales and presentaƟon there is huge growth potenƟal in this business that could very easily be run by a family with full franchise support and low franchise fees of only 4%. New lease terms available.

• Prime locaƟon in the Mornington Mall just oī Main Street. • Shop size approximately 60sqm . • Would suit a variety of uses. • Great Lease terms available. • Available September 2011

First Ɵme available in over 6 years this retail shop is situated behind Main Street, adjacent to free parking area and is well set up for professional businesses; EG: accountant/solicitor or real estate. There are two oĸces, boardroom, two toilets and lunchroom. Long term lease available.

The well known and very popular WaƩle Gardens of Mornington is on the market. The current owners have run this business for the past 10 years and are looking to reƟre. A great sized shop with excellent lease condiƟons and Main Street locaƟon. Priced to sell. InspecƟon recommended.

Sale Price: $175,000 +SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $29,000 (Fit Out Only) Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Lease Price: POA Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $97,500 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Frankston

For Lease – Dromana





For Sale - Rosebud

Great Beachfront LocaƟon

3 Archer Street

With superb locaƟon this fully licensed café/restaurant has seaƟng for 80. Currently operaƟng as The Capel Restaurant, this is a golden opportunity for the savvy operator to take this prominent beachside business to the next level. Also included in the lease is a three bedroom residence.

This large factory has approximately 800sqm of leƩable area. 106 sqm oĸce for sale in the Frankston Business Center The factory is separated into 3 areas, two of which are leased on • Formal recepƟon • Open plan oĸce a month to month basis. • Large kitchen area • Separate meeƟng room Excellent value / moƟvated Vendor

Near new factory, never been used. Ideal locaƟon to base your business. • 155 sqm approx • Remote roller door access • Easy access to freeway • Priced to lease

Sale Price: Oīers Over $100,000 WIWO Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: On ApplicaƟon Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454.

Lease Price: $1,085pcm + GST + OG Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

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Sick of RenƟng? – Freehold for sale

Sale Price: $240,000 Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Factory 3, 5 – 7 TrewiƩ Court

MORNINGTON PENINSULA PROPERTY SELLOUT Investors and OFFER: FUNDING FROM DEVELOPERS owner occupiers • 50% Vendor Terms DO NOT MISS OUT • Balance 2 years DEVELOPER • Immediate occupaƟon No similar products are on



the market in these areas.



Mini-tradies Factories from $149,000

Commercial Oĸces in Mornington

From $299,000 (stca)

Dromana Factories

From 134sqm @ $220,000

Mini-tradies factories in Mornington

From 71sqm @ $149,000

Storage garage in MorningtonYou can own from

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Optus thrives at Hastings Electronics HENDRA and Esther purchased Hastings Electronics in 2006 as a Tandy/Dick Smith dealership. The business had been running for 13 years as a Tandy dealer. They decided to become an independent electronics dealer in April 2010. “This meant we could stock any items we chose to and could often order special items for customers,” Hendra said. Rather than focusing on

just big ticket items, Hastings Electronics has made a concerted effort to stock smaller parts and components, and items such as batteries for older phones, cameras, camcorders and even power tools. “We have now expanded our business as we were approached by Optus to become the Hastings premium Optus dealer, which we started in August 2010. “Now we can provide

customers with mobile phone and mobile broadband contracts. We also sell a huge range of phone covers, screen protectors and chargers. Optus has supported our opening by providing more Optus coverage in the Hastings and the surrounding area. “We would like to thank all our loyal customers for their continued support and will continue to provide the service and help that we are known for.”

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Welcome to

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So m e rville

Pacific Jewel for a unique escape PACIFIC Jewell joined the P&O Cruises fleet in 2009, the same year that P&O Cruises celebrated its 77th year of cruising from Australia. Her multi-million dollar makeover saw a spectacular new array of features emerge including the signature restaurant, Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, a unique chocolate cafe, almost 200 affordable balcony cabins, and a new world of entertainment, activities and dining choices. In Salt Grill you can indulge in Luke’s signature dishes such as crab omelet with miso mustard broth and liquorice parfait with lime syrup while enjoying stunning ocean views. Alternatively, head to La Luna for an Asian fusion banquet. If you’re looking for a little

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time out, The Oasis is a great place to relax. Those in need of some pampering will love Aqua HealthSpaFitness, which features spectacular oceanview treatment rooms. If entertainment is what you seek, the options are endless with Broadway-style production shows in the Marquee, ViZion Laser Light Shows in the Atrium, and roving Pacific Cirque entertainers performing juggling acts and acrobatics as well as spectacular aerial shows up on deck. The spectacular seven-metre

entertainment screen on deck is another popular attraction. Play outdoor bingo, watch recent release movies and TV shows or take part in Playstation and Wii tournaments. The big screen creates the opportunity for poolside fun, day and night. Pacific Jewel sails year round from Sydney to the Pacific islands, Tasmania, New Zealand and along Australia’s north coast. She also offers a number of three-night themed cruises and short breaks. Somerville Travel & Cruise can offer many special rates on all P & O Cruises for 2011-12. For information, contact Somerville Travel & Cruise, Shop 22, 17 Eramosa Rd West, Somerville. Phone 5977 5433.


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Featuring cruises from Sydney and Newcastle Book by 30 September 2011 with Somerville Travel & Cruise Shop 22, Somerville Plaza 17 Eramosa Road West Somerville, VIC 3912

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*Fares are cruise only, per person in AUD, in complete 4 berth or twin cabin as specified, based on lead categories available at time of printing, inclusive of all taxes and charges (which are subject to change). On board currency is AUD. Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer. Offers end 30 September 2011, discounts available after this date may be lower, but may also be higher. Some outside cabins may have obstructed views. Supplements apply for other cabin categories, please contact P&O Cruises for details. All offers subject to availability. Fares may be withdrawn or varied at any time. For cruises departing from Australia between 1 November and 7 January, any passenger under 19 years of age on the day they board the cruise, must travel in the same cabin as a responsible adult 19 years or older. In addition, from 8 January to 31 January, there is a limit on the number of passengers under 19 years of age who can travel unaccompanied. Once the limit is reached, a responsible adult 19 years or older must travel in the same cabin. We can advise you at the time of booking whether the limit applies to your booking. To be read in conjunction with the P&O Cruises Australia Booking and Passage Conditions available at which passengers will be bound by. Carnival plc trading as P&O Cruises. ABN 23 107 998 443. 2TA 5580. Issued July 2011. IH


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Welcome to

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Get ready for your next break MOST of us realise the importance of keeping the caravan roadworthy and ready for that weekend away or for the annual holiday. This requires regular maintenance and cleaning, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not used that often to keep it in peak condition. During the off season it should not be used as an additional storage area or a place to hide the things that your partner did not know that you bought. (Oh, that old thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had it for ages.) At Utow Caravan Hire we clean our caravans after return from a hire and then it is just a matter of a quick once over before they go out again. It is importante to use a product like Domestos on the floor when you mop it as this keeps a lot of the small nasties away. Wheel bearings should be regreased every 10,000 km or every six months if not used that often, and replaced if required. It is always advisable to blow the brake dust out of the hubs if your caravan is not fitted with disc brakes.

General maintenance can also include checking the screws on all of the cupboards as they can work loose even if you only ever travel on the bitumen. Check the operation of the stove and fridge on both electricity and gas, and make sure the battery is kept charged, as the dry cell type does not like being run flat. Keep dust out of the front boot, as an accumulation of dirt mixed with condensation over winter can create a rust area. For further information on maintenance and cleaning, come and see us or enrol yourself and your partner in our Caravan Care and Control Course. We now also have a wide range of caravan accessories for you to inspect at our premises at 25 Simcock Street, Somerville. We can be contacted on www.utowcaravans. com, via email at or phone (03) 5978 0083, mobile 0400 777 698.



2009 Jayco T18 508, new annex, battery, boat rack

$21,500 ONO

Inspect our complete range of caravans for hire at attractive, all inclusive rates. Pop tops, campers and camp trailers - weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the lot! Different sizes for different holidays. We supply all camping needs, cutlery, crockery, electrical appliances, outside table and chairs. You supply bedding, towels, tea towels and food.

Ready to go. Ready to tow!

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Welcome to

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A place for creativity 4 year old and 3 year old programs available

Enrolments taken

CHERYL Petersen Galleries offer both experienced and novice artists inspiration with a creative, friendly and inviting atmosphere. Cheryl has been teaching children and adults since the gallery opened, with many of her students regularly winning awards and selling their artwork. Under the guidance of Cheryl and her talented teachers, you are encouraged to relax, enjoy and discover your own unique expression of art. Monday Workshops with Rosemary Williams 10.30am to 3pm, $25 for the day. This workshop is all about having fun. Join other artists, have a coffee and a chat.

Rosemary is there to give you guidance as required. Beginnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art Classes with Michele Cleaver 10-week course starting Tuesday 18 October 6.30-9pm, $300. Beginnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brush and paint kits available $99. Michele has been painting for more than 20 years and fell in love with painting the moment she picked up a brush. Come in and try your hand at painting with acrylics; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quick and easy, anyone can learn, so come have some fun. Contact Cheryl Petersen Galleries, Shop 7, 8 Edward St, Somerville. Phone 5977 8724 or email

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Welcome to

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Complete the entry form below and place in the entry barrel located outside Target for a chance to WIN for Dad a Gift Voucher to help Reno his home! For more chances to win, spend $20 or more at any specialty store from Saturday 27th August to Sunday 4th September and collect an entry form. Dad’s Name:

CENTRO Somerville offers an extensive range of retailers to suite every member of the family, young and old. Centro Somerville launched a kids’ club, Somer Kids, for children 12 years and younger. Somer kids offer its members exclusive offers and information on upcoming events. Somer Kids also receive a special birthday card that includes special offers and fantastic free gifts to say a special happy birthday. Marketing manager Natasha Prentice said: “The Somer Kids club has been a huge success since starting in

October 2010. It gives the children an opportunity to know what exciting events are happening at Centro Somerville and offers some excellent discounts not only for the child but also mum and dad.” Become a member when you are next visiting the centre for a special gift for Father’s Day. To become a Somer Kid, simply fill in an application form available at the centre and return it to centre management. Sign up now to become a Somer Kid. Visit Centro Somerville and experience better shopping.

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Welcome to A world of experience at Synergy WHEN Justine and Julie from Synergy say they have a world of experience, they mean it. Not only do they have a combined 30 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in the beauty industry, but also have honed there skills in all corners of the world. Justine (pictured at left) is a qualified massage therapist and beautician, with more than 10 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience. She has trained both here and in Asia. Justine offers a wide range of treatments such as therapeutic, sports, relaxation, hot stone, bamboo, spa therapies, facials and waxing. Her forte is therapeutic massage, which is tailored to suit the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We endeavour to create a down to earth ambiance at Synergy Wellness Spa that welcomes our guests and makes them forget the outside world, even if only for a few hours,â&#x20AC;? Justine said.

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Julie (pictured right) has 20 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in the beauty industry. Julie lives in Bittern with her husband and six children. She worked in London and returned to the Mornington Peninsula, working Rye, Sorrento and Mt Eliza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy all aspects of the beauty industry; each client is unique and so are their needs. At Synergy we cater for the individual; no two treatments are the same, just as no two skins types are the same,â&#x20AC;? Julie said. Her special interest is treating all skin types from troubled youth to mature skins. This interest started when she was young and suffering from acne. When Julie was 17, her mum took for her first facial, which produced great results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So here I am today still loving what I do,â&#x20AC;? Julie said.

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Welcome to

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New food outlet is jumping FROG’S Food Pad is now open in Somerville. Owned by peninsula women Sandy Nicholls and Julie Wilkins, delicious home cooking is the key to their success. Frog’s Food Pad offers all-day breakfasts, homemade pastries and hot meals. Freshly made sandwiches are a specialty and you can select from a large variety of fillings. The name of the business comes from Sandy’s love of frogs. Call in for a meal or a coffee and try Sandy’s homemade delights. They cater for special functions, birthdays, morning teas etc. The shop is at 2/21 Simcock Street, Somerville. Phone 5977 7723


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Your local Butcher where service and smiles come free

Welcome to

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The smiles are free at the Coolart Country Smokehouse

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TIM of Coolart Country Smokehouse believes in giving his customers the best service, produce and price. The smiles, though, he throws in for free. “I’ve been working in Somerville for 20 years, and have been in this shop for seven,” Tim said. “I believe it is all about looking after the locals, which keeps them coming back.” Tim carries this philosophy one step further by sourcing much of his produce in the region. “Our beef and lamb are the best possible – grass-fed, free range and sourced from a farm in Gippsland.” But this isn’t where the story ends. It is the way produce is treated once it arrives at Coolart Country Smokehouse that makes all the difference. “We do things the old-fashioned way here. It might take a little longer for us, but it is the standard we have set for ourselves.” Tim encourages his customers to come and see him for advice on what to buy and cook. “If you are having a function – be it a huge dinner party or a family barbeque – come and see me, and I’ll give you the best advice available.” Coolart Country Smokehouse is at Shop 8, Somerville Plaza, Eramosa Road West, Somerville. Call them on 5977 5733.

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Phone: 5977 8000 ‡ Fax: 5977 8222 ‡ Address: 18-20 Gomms Road, Somerville Email: PAGE 56

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Welcome to

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Edward â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tedâ&#x20AC;? Bull With a genuine 54 Years of Personal Experience and Service, the people who Ted employs are a caring and family oriented team. When that sad time does occur and you have to contact a funeral GLUHFWRU LW FDQ EH GLIÂżFXOW <RX IHHO ORVW LQ VRPH FDVHV LW LV too hard to speak, and you can be too upset to think straight. This of course is very understandable. To lessen the burden, WHOHSKRQH RXU RIÂżFH DQG D UHSUHVHQWDWLYH ZLOO EH DYDLODEOH to call your home, at a time that suits you and your family. Our very competent staff will be able to assist you in every direction, helping to lessen the anxiety you are having at the time.

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Spring best time to redo paths and driveways MARK Fulton knows about rocks. As a fourthgeneration garden supplier, he is well qualified to advise clients on what rock is best for a driveway or pathway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Considering the winter weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had, crushed rock has been very popular recently,â&#x20AC;? Mark said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have everything to weatherproof your driveway.â&#x20AC;? Somerville Garden Supplies stocks a full range of crushed rock, including Tuscan topping, Dromana topping and Lilydale topping. They also carry class 3 and class 4 crushed rock, and pathway toppings. Of course, if rock isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what you are after, Mark can offer other solutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a full range of paving supplies, too.â&#x20AC;?

In fact, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much that Mark canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer you. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in this game a long time. We know how to get the best quality goods to our customers.â&#x20AC;? Mark recounts a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story. Recently she had purchased premium soil mix from Mark and some from another garden supplies outlet. While she was harvesting vegies from Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soil, the others hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t progressed beyond seedlings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is always satisfying. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m local, and I want to have local people enjoying a great experience at Somerville Garden Supplies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As I say, give us a try; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pleasantly suprised.â&#x20AC;?

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Welcome to

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Making uniforms a breeze BELEZA School Uniforms is a family-owned business established in 1985 in Victoria. Beleza is an Australianowned business providing school uniforms at prices and levels of quality envied by its competitors. “Making our decisions based around a customer focus has ensured we remain competitive, proactive and responsive to changes in the school uniform marketplace,” a spokesman said. “A point of difference to our competitors, Beleza will continue to open retail outlets in areas where schools can benefit from having an off-campus local store open 5½ days a week for purchases of uniforms. “The schools will still benefit for all sales made in these stores as they would with an on-campus store. “We have found the benefit to parents and students to be significant, allowing purchasing at their own schedules rather than the limited hours of on-campus stores. “Beleza carries the cost of the stock, staff and all overheads to ensure the schools are not burdened. We have 17 retail outlets in Victoria and are still growing.” As a part of the company’s mission in supporting the local community, Beleza School Uniforms offers a free membership club that gives all parents

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5 per cent off every purchase. Schools also benefit from their sales of uniform by receiving 5 per cent of the sales profit. Beleza School Uniforms has recently opened a second mega store at Somerville (its 17th store in Victoria). The store currently caters for

nine primary and secondary schools in the area. Somerville Mega Store 8/13 Eramosa Rd West, Somerville. Phone (03) 5977 5277 Trading hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm. Saturday 10am to 1pm.









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Local Trade Experts

Local Trade Experts Paving perfection with Pebble Pave


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HASTINGS Garden and Mini Mix is the Mornington Peninsula distributor of Pebble Pave. Pebble Pave is an environmentally friendly, decorative, UV stable, porous paving surface for the aesthetic enhancement of landscape environments. Pebble Pave has applications as porous bound paving ideally suited for landscape projects where a decorative porous paving system is preferred. By utilising Pebble Pave porous paving, rainwater is able to soak through to the soil, which in turn: • increases groundwater recharge by allowing

the water to soak through the soil. • improves storm water quality by filtering storm water and reducing pollutant loads. • reduces erosion and habitat scouring. Available in a wide range of natural aggregates and crushed stone, in a range of colours, Pebble Pave resurfacing provides for a surfacing system that is: • aesthetically pleasing. • yellowing resistant and UV stable. • trafficable and durable. • permeable to air and water. For a measure and quote, and to view the display, call in at 2165 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings. For information, call 5979 1706.

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5979 1706

Local Trade Experts

Local Trade Experts From auto paint to pools and spas, and all things in between HASTINGS Paint, Pool & Lifestyle Shop is at Factory 3, 1907 Frankston-Flinders Road. “Our staff are extremely experienced,” owner Ross Waddell said. “Justin has been with us for seven years and knows the paint industry back to front. His knowledge and expertise in eye matching and auto paints is second to none.” The business has an extensive range of auto and industrial paints plus marine paint, hire equipment and wallpaper. The pool section offers an extensive range of pumps, filters, parts and pool testing. “This section is lead by Col who has 15 years’ experience with Australian-made Davey. “Paul is our leading pool and spa technician. Not only is he a great person to work with but also he has expensive product knowledge.” Hastings Pool and Spa showroom has above-

ground pools and spas on display, starting from $1495 for a six-seater spa and $5350 gives you a deluxe world leader in spas, all Australian made. The price includes cover, chemicals and delivery. Above-ground pools start from $3400 including pump, filter, cleaner, ladder, chemicals and startup kit. “We are about to release our range of Bali hutches, pergolas and decking for around the pool. This fits perfect with the lifestyle section of the shop. “Why not try our spa hire for great parties or romantic nights?” “At Hastings Paint, Pool & Lifestyle Shop we offer all of the above plus a great and experienced team. We support Australian-made products, including Haymes Paints, Sapphire Spas and Davey Pumps. Come and meet Ross, Leanne, Justin, Col and Paul. Phone 5983 9428.”




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Gradually coming to my Census By Stuart McCullough YEARS ago, we were filling in forms. It may have been for health insurance or to become a member of the local video shop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember. In actual fact the use of the plural â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; may be stretching it. To be more precise, Kate was filling forms that contained a range of questions. I guess that, after a time, a person can know you almost better than you know yourself and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as easy to let them answer. One question, however, was blank. It was left undisturbed on the basis that I, and only I, could give an honest and accurate answer. That question was, to put it in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Roxanneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; terms: have I ever put on the red light? That this question should give rise to even slightest pause may mean I have not sufficiently explained myself. Granted, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one that for a whole range of reasons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; politeness being only one of them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; seldom arises. Rarely, if ever, has someone asked me during the course of casual conversation whether or not I have ever been a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lady of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Just to be clear, while I have seen Pretty Woman several times, I have never been â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pretty Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. My eventual response of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no commentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was driven by a sense of

indignity and a belief that such information is not wholly relevant to whether or not I should be able to rent Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and five weeklies for 10 dollars. A few weeks ago, we had Census night. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something kind of glorious about the entire nation having the same piece of homework to do. Of the 60 or so questions, not one of them asked whether I had ever sold my body for cash. It did, however, refer to our house as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dwellingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which seems a little harsh. In a strange way, the Census divides your life into five-yearly chunks. Last Census, I was living much as I am now. Had I kept a copy, I could have simply resubmitted

it. Go back a further five years, however, and I was living in Brisbane. I have no recollection of filling in a Census form while I was there but would probably still have been offended by the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dwellingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Certainly, the place could have done with a tidy up, but it was nothing that a better filing system and a little Spray â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wipe couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cure. Five years further still and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dwellingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; would have been a generous description. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; might have been more accurate. Back then I was living in Prahran in a house that was on the last of its last legs. The building had a slight lean and you could see clear through the floorboards to the dirt below. I

shared the house with a friend and an inexhaustible quantity of mice. I was working in a bookstore and just beginning to find my feet. Had I started this process by looking at the end of my legs, it would, of course, have been a much quicker process. But instead I seemed hellbent on searching everywhere other than the obvious. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall filling in the Census form there either, so I suspect my housemate Marcus may well have done the honours. What I do remember about that time is that there were a bunch of us living within a couple of blocks and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d catch up at the pub from time to time. Back then, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think too much of it, never realising that people in-

evitably scatter to the wind. Stepping back a further five years and I was at university, living in a share house in Clayton. There were two other students and I can recall the three of us sitting around the kitchen table trying to complete the form. More than anything, I remember that house as being cold. The kitchen, in particular, was like an inverted refrigerator much of the time, and fog would often form in front of your lips when you spoke, like a cartoon speech bubble. Completing our Census would have been one of the very first adult things any of us had done. At that time, a life outside that house and that kitchen seemed difficult to comprehend. It was my first time living in house with people who werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my family. Living in a share house is an art. It is a skill that is learned through years of practice. Back then I was a complete and utter novice. One of my housemates was a deeply religious fellow who took down a picture of Paul Kelly on the grounds that he â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;looked Satanicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. While I gravely doubt that Paul has ever dabbled in the dark arts, I thought the best way to respond to this was to colour the eyes of the picture with whiteout and draw horns on it. Tearing down was now

no longer enough, and the picture was torn up instead. Being the diplomatic soul that I was, I used words to bridge this growing divide. Specifically, I wrote a short story and submitted to a National Radio Competition entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Housemates from Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It was, apparently broadcast with no small amount of fanfare. While I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear it, several members of my housemateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church most certainly did and staged an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;interventionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at our house and I was the subject. A lot can happen in five years. It can bring unimagined joys and unfathomable disappointment. In many regards, five years may be too infrequent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it makes me think of all the momentous events that have come and gone in that time. There was the seven-room share house in St Kilda and the tiny one-bedroom flat in Grosvenor Street that was little more than a linen cupboard with windows. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d even say it was a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dwellingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Most of all, it makes me think about who I was at these various points in time. Filling in my Census form, Pretty Woman playing in the background, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tell my earlier self not to worry so much. Things turn out regardless.

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Entertainment IT’S no surprise Ross Wilson is appearing at the 2011 Gympie Muster and Lizottes later this year. The Gympie Muster website says “Loads of country, dollop of blues, rock and folk”. Ross Wilson is certainly all of that and more. Just listen to his song Just as Long as We’re Together on the new remastered Daddy Who? album and you will know what I mean. For Ross Wilson it all started in 1965 with a band called the Pink Finks with Ross Hannaford. Then they met Wayne Duncan and Gary Young who were playing in the Rondells, a band that also backed Bobby and Laurie. Daddy Cool was born in 1970 and released its debut single Eagle Rock (written by Ross Wilson) in 1971 with the B side being Bom Bom written by the two Rosses. Eagle Rock went on to become the biggest-selling Australian single of the year. In July 1971 Daddy Cool released a debut album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool (Sparmac). It held the record for the most copies sold for a local album (60,000) until 1974, when Skyhooks Living in the 70s was released. Daddy Cool became one of the most

popular Australian groups of the ’70s, not only for their music but also their outrageous stage outfits, which included jughead cap (Gary Young), Mickey Mouse ears (Wayne Duncan), a propeller beanie (Ross Hannaford) and a fox tail on a belt (Ross Wilson). Now 40 years on Sony has released for the first time on CD Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! as a remastered digital album. I caught up with Ross Wilson during the week and chatted about the album

release and why it took so long. “Sparmac sold its catalogue to BMG/Sony and they approached us regarding the release on CD,” he said. “The initial thing was to give the identity of the album back. Daddy Who? is the foundation of my career and representation of what was going on in my life at the time. “Robbie Porter came long and produced the album and Roger Savage engineered it. Robbie also played piano and we had a great sax player called Dave Brown. “The album contains the long version of Come Back Again plus the single edit. We got the Daddy Cool theme song from the Diamonds who sang it in 1957. We learnt the song and it became our theme.” Daddy Cool was released in 1971 by Adelaide group Drummond (Fable), which included Graham Goble, later of Little River Band fame. In addition to the original tracks remastered, the CD comes with four bonus tracks that were included on the Reprise Records international pressing. The artwork comes with all the images from the original LP cover as designed by Ross Hannaford and Ian McCausland along with liner notes by

Ross Wilson, plus vintage photos from the Daddy Cool vault. It’s a great collection of songs including Eagle Rock, School Days, Come Back Again, Bom Bom, Cherry Pie, Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac, Blind Date and more. This is only the first chapter in the series of one of Australia’s greatest music groups. We hope to see more classic Daddy Cool songs in the digital age in the future including Hi Honey Ho, I’ll Never Smile Again, Teenage Blues, Cadillacin’, Jerry’s Jump, Duke of Earl, Boogie Man, Don’t Ever Leave Me, Blind Date and more. Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (Sony) is in music stores and online at www. Ross Wilson will perform at Gympie Muster on Thursday 25 August and Bulimba Festival in Brisbane on 28 August.

could that nasty coalition have than a woman intent on cultural change at the helm of a largely macho organisation.” Good stuff sometimes happens.

thing, but knowing that he gets paid many thousands for his efforts, which amounts to convincing people to put money where it’s safe, and knowing that he wouldn’t have a clue about the bank’s financial structure, I worry. I hope my worry is misplaced. Is there a nexus between a knowledge of a certain subject and an understanding of human nature? Say you’re chatting with someone who is an expert in their field. In terms of human behaviour and philosophical insights, they may well be asinine, as is sometimes the case. We assume they have expertise in other fields. And yet, you may come across a labourer, a dogsbody, a financial adviser or even a psychologist and discover a jewel. Rare, but surely a fascination.

Top 10 albums 1 Daddy Who? Daddy Cool – Daddy Cool 2 Born This Way – Lady Gaga 3 Masters Apprentices 2CD – Mas-

with Gary Turner ters Apprentices 4 101 70s Hits – various 5 101 60s Hits – various 6 Live at Sunbury – Billy Thorpe & Aztecs 7 Falling Into Place – Adam Harvey 8 More Arse Than Class – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs 9 The Best Of – Dolly Parton 10 Out of the Darkness – Peta Evans-Taylor. Top 5 singles 1 I Wanna Go – Brittany Spears (Jive) 2 Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 (Universal) 3 You Don’t Know My Love – Adam Harvey (Sony) 4 Last Friday Night – Kate Perry (Capitol) 5 On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez (Universal).

A Grain of Salt IT’S official. According to Relationships Australia’s Samantha Aldridge in her survey of 1200 people, those having regular sex in their 70s are happier with the quality and quantity of their bedroom action than their grandchildren’s generation. Samantha darling, visit the dedicated smoking zone of my local RSL and you shall discover that your findings are somewhat skewed. The big question is who paid Samantha to carry out this survey and what does she/they hope to achieve? It would have been interesting to see sex questions on our Census form, optional obviously. Who could resist a touch of dreaming. How regular? Every week, but currently overdue? *** SHOULD David Hicks be allowed to keep any profits made on the sale of his book? Definitely. The poor bugger deserves a ray of sunshine. It was the Libs who crucified him for political purposes. Any similar action by the Labor Party will be disappointing, to say the least. How about “Chopper” Read you hypocrites? Leave the poor, sad man alone! *** DURING my 37 years at racetracks, I developed a nasty habit of picking a

number and announcing it was a certainty. A human nature study. Someone was always available to follow my expert advice. I was working at Echuca trots one night and announced they would not bring a particular horse from NSW for nothing. Sure enough, one chap plonked and lost, with NSW a mere kilometre away. Around that time I was watching World of Sport every Sunday with a neighbour, a police sergeant; nice bloke, self-opinionated like me. One night I came across him at the Sandown greyhounds; told him number 4 was home and hosed. He listened, which intrigued me. Way out of character. A month later he was arrested and went to jail. Stealing police fund monies. One very nice chap who got caught in the gambling trap. Very sad. Sometimes it pays to shut up. *** I’M no great fan of Louise Adler of Melbourne University Press; a shade too arrogant for mine. I must, however, give her five stars for her words on behalf of our former top cop Christine: “She took on a coalition of hardcore recidivist police resistant to change, opportunistic politicians adept at the dog whistle and a tabloid media both stroking and profiting from resentment and ignorance. What better target


*** YEARS ago I nearly bought a rundown shack in Somers with a view and a backyard onto Western Port. I figured I couldn’t lose but conservatism ruled. I had the same feeling for Flinders, South Melbourne and Burleigh Heads. Living costs, the wife and kids first; well, second anyway. We all have whatifs. Lately we get updates of moves in the median price of houses. Rye often gets a mention as being on the up, possibly influenced by the multitude of real estate agents. If one happens to blink when driving through Rye in winter, one misses it altogether, apart perhaps from the pulling power of the pier. As always I’ve left my run too late, opportunity gone along with capital, but if I was younger my feelings would be with Hastings. A beautiful little town with much potential, if they ever get around to realising it. *** AM uncomfortable with actor John Wood doing those ME Bank commercials. There’s something trustworthy about his face, which is not a bad

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*** I’M not good at comprehending poetry. I’ve tried valiantly with Alexander Pope and Walt Whitman, but never made it. Sometimes however, at a stretch, I can understand Leunig. At my age, as I approach the possibility of dementia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer and the certainty of sexlessness, one wonders what’s to come. I’m a believer in the individual having the right to determine how and when they say farewell.

with Cliff Ellen On this one occasion it’s appropriate to pass on one beautiful poem I clearly understood... What is to come we know not. But we know That what has been was good – was good to show, Better to hide, and best of all to bear. We are the masters of the days that were: We have lived, we have loved, we have suffered ... even so. Shall we not take the ebb who had the flow? Life was our friend. Now, if it be our foe – Dear, though it spoil and break us! – need we care What is to come? (W E Henley) Cheers.

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Murder most foul in Mt Eliza The gruesome case of William Hastings By Cameron McCullough This story is from numerous newspaper reports at the time. In many cases, the language used has been left unchanged to best relay the mood and writing style of the era. WHEN Ann Hastings went missing on December 1, 1876, suspicion immediately fell on her husband, William Hastings. Hastings, a 41-year-old labourer, lived with his family at Mt Eliza, and on the day in question, his wife headed to Schnapper Point (Mornington) to purchase supplies. Her husband followed their two sons to a school at Frankston, but did not return to his home until 6 the next morning. The statements made by Hastings to police as to where he spent the night and his replies to queries about his wife were considered contradictory, and in some instances were alleged to be untrue. It was thought he was connected with his wife’s disappearance, especially as she had not been accustomed to receiving uniform kindness from him. Gradually suspicions were excited among the residents and the local police that the missing woman had met with foul play, and that she had been murdered by her husband. Bands of people turned out and assisted the police to search the country, and continued to do so for about a week without obtaining any clue to unravel the mystery. The mysterious disappearance of Ann Hastings was solved 11 days later when her lifeless and mutilated body was found in a paddock on the farm of Mr Grice, near Mt Eliza. The gruesome discovery was made by the children of a labourer named Martin, who were drawn to where it


lay by the smell arising from its decomposition. The paddock in which the body was found was near the beach, about two miles from the Hastings’ house, and one mile and a half from Mornington. On being examined, the body was found to be bruised all over, and the head was battered both in front and behind. A piece of the deceased woman’s hat had been knocked inside the skull as with a hammer. The body was removed by the police to Mornington, and Senior Constable Boyle telegraphed the information to Mr Candler, the district coroner, who had signified his intention to hold an inquest on the body. William Hastings, the husband, had been kept under surveillance by the police, and on the finding of the body he was arrested on suspicion of having committed the murder. There was at the time no direct evidence against him, but since his arrest an axe stained with blood and with human hair upon it had been found near his house. Although the house had been searched carefully, the prisoner’s working suit had not been found. Detectives Williams and Considine were despatched from Melbourne to investigate the case, and, if found necessary, two black trackers were to be sent for to lend assistance. The inquest At the inquest on the body of Anne Hastings, 20 witnesses were examined, the first being Dr Neild, who stated that the post-mortem examination showed the cause of death to be fracture of the skull, inflicted by such an axe as the one found in the prisoner’s house. All the bones of the skull were completely smashed in, and death must have been instantaneous. William Hastings jnr, son of the

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murdered woman and the prisoner, and 13 years of age, and Eliza Hastings, their daughter, 15 years old, both gave evidence, but it was not important, and differed in no material respect from the statements made by them previously. William Johnson, analytical chemist, deposed that he had examined the shirt of the prisoner, which had been washed, but carelessly. There were numerous stains which, under the microscope, proved to be human blood. He had also examined a pocket knife, a heavy axe, several flooring boards, a piece of a print dress, and a dirty towel, which were all stained with human blood. He had, in company with the police and two black trackers, searched the paddock in the vicinity where the body was found, and found stains of blood on the fences, leading to the conclusion that the body had been carried through them. At the end of the proceedings, a verdict of wilful murder was returned against the accused. The trial The trial of William Hastings began in the Central Criminal Court on February 26 on the charge of murdering his wife on December 1, 1876. Eliza Hastings, a girl about 16 years of age, the daughter of the prisoner, gave evidence that her father had had criminal intercourse with her since she was nine years of age. Her mother knew of it; but there had never been any quarrelling about it in her presence. John Hastings, son of the prisoner, a boy about 10 years of age, gave evidence as to his frequently bleeding from the nose at night. A number of other witnesses were examined, including Mr Johnson, the analytical chemist, who repeated the evidence he gave at the inquest. The case was circumstantially clear against the prisoner. One of the witnesses deposed: “I was present at an occurrence between the prisoner and his wife on the 26th May last. I saw the prisoner leaning up against the post of my gate, between my place and Mr William Davey’s yard, and I saw Mrs Hastings come in the direction from her own house. I did not know her at the time. She said, “Well Bill, you’re here still, I see”. He

said “Yes”. She continued “You have not been home for a week, and me and my poor little children have been for three days on one crust of bread. Bill, could you have the heart to serve me like this?” He turned round and said “You – I’ll cook you some of these days,” and the poor woman went away crying. At the conclusion of the evidence, Mr O’Loghlen, who acted as Crown prosecutor, addressed the jury, counsel for the defence having intimated that it was not intended to call evidence on the prisoner’s behalf. The defence Mr Purves, who appeared for the defence, commenced his address to the jury, and in a speech lasting over three

The idea that the prisoner could do all these things in the time was one that “exceeded the wildest dream of the most imaginative novelist”. hours pointed out to them all that he could urge in his client’s favour. He argued that the nature of the country between Hastings’ house and the place where the body of the murdered woman was found was of such a rough character that it was physically impossibile for him to have removed the body during the time in which the Crown case assumed he had done it, namely, between about 11pm, when he was last seen at Davey’s Hotel, in Frankston, and six or seven in the morning, when he was seen by the witness Adam Orange lying asleep in the ti-tree scrub on the road leading from Frankston to his own hut. In a short space of time he would have to take the body to the spot where it was discovered, and lay it out as it was found. It was strange, too, that the prisoner should have chosen an open spot in which to expose the remains of his victim, as there were plenty of secluded places where he might have

disposed of them. Then he would have to get rid of his clothes, as they could not have escaped being stained with blood, to wash his hut free from all traces of the murder, and get to the top of the hill where he was passed in the morning by Orange, and simulate sleep. The idea that the prisoner could do all these things in the time was one that “exceeded the wildest dream of the most imaginative novelist”. As to the fact of the prisoner being found asleep under the ti-tree, there was nothing more natural than that he should be discovered in such a position after having been drunk the night before. Another fact in the prisoner’s favor was that the trousers he had worn, which must have been as much saturated with blood as his shirt, had never been produced, and it had never been attempted to show that he had destroyed them. His two sons had been at home the whole night, and if the prisoner had shown by his own appearance that anything unusual had occurred, or if he had changed his clothes, or cleaned up the house, they must have seen it, and if the floor was not washed that night, then they must have seen the blood. The theory had been set up that the prisoner had murdered his wife behind the door of their bedroom, and that he had scraped the floor in order to remove the traces of the blood. The scraping of the floor, however, was easy of explanation, it being due to the fact that the door itself was difficult to open, and caused the abrasion of the boards. Between the time of the disappearance of the deceased woman and the discovery of her body there was an interval of 11 days, during which the prisoner was subjected to a great amount of questioning suspicion. In fact, he was hunted down, every man’s hand being against him. Some people went so far as to tell him that they thought he was guilty of killing his wife. Had he been guilty, he would have been satisfied with the first story he told, but as a fact he gave substantially the same account right through. The trap that was laid for the prisoner by Constable Kelly was most unjustifiable. He had pretended that he was going to search in the vicinity of the coal hole, and the prisoner at once consented to go with him; Kelly knowing at the same time that the deceased women’s body had already been found. The witness Baxter, who met them, remarked that he presumed they were going to look at the body, and when they did go to where the remains were, what did the prisoner do when he saw the body? He wept. The action was one that was most natural, and one of the most hard to simulate under any circumstances. Mr Purves then went on to argue that there was no absolute certainty in the blood tests that were used by the analytical chemists. The only proof of the existence of human blood had been in regard to the boards in the hut, and the spots found there were in all probability caused by the bleeding nose of the prisoner’s youngest son, there being no trace of such a quantity of blood as must have flowed from wounds such as those which the deceased woman was found to have sustained. As for the blood on the axe, it could not be decided by the analyst whether

it was human blood or dog’s blood. He concluded by saying that the case for the prosecution depended solely on circumstantial evidence, and that there were numerous instances on record in which convictions based on such evidence had been afterwards found to have been wrong, and all that could be said of the case for the prosecution in this instance was that it was consistent with the prisoner’s guilt, there being no direct evidence that he was the guilty person. The judge sums up the case Judge Fellows then summed up the case to the jury. He recalled the witness Adam Orange, who in answer to questions from his Honour stated that on the morning of December 2, when he observed the prisoner sleeping in the ti-tree on the Red-hill, the latter had on a pair of trousers, a white shirt, and a hat. The shirt produced was not the same. His Honour then went on to point out that the case was one in which the evidence was purely of a circumstantial character, and the jury must therefore carefully weigh the facts of the case, giving due consideration to those that would go in favour of the prisoner’s innocence as well as those which pointed to him as being the murderer. The first point was whether a murder had been committed at all, and then whether the prisoner was the guilty party. One part of the defence had been that the injuries to the head of the deceased had been caused by horses kicking her after death, and it was also suggested that the fractures were caused by the sticks used in raising the body by the persons who found it. It was for the jury, however, to say if there was any such foundation for such suggestions and if there was there would then be an end to the case. If

there was not, then, they must consider who had committed the murder. They had heard the evidence of witnesses as to the nature of the country over which Hastings would have had to pass in carrying the body from his hut to where it was afterwards found, and they must consider whether he had time enough to do it. The next question was the different accounts which the prisoner gave to various people as to his actions about the time when his wife disappeared. The fact he gave false accounts was one which must lead the jury to consider whether he had something to conceal. His Honour then went on to point out the various contradictory statements made by the prisoner relative to the money his wife had with her when, as he said, she left her home. To some he said she had a £10 note, while he had told others that she had only a half sovereign and a shilling. Then again he had told one witness that the only thing that she had about her which could be identified was a purse, while it was shown that the purse she was in the habit of carrying was found subsequently in a box in the hut. As to the motive for the crime, his Honour said that it was not necessary to establish one in any case, as it is well known that murders had been committed for the most paltry motives, even to gain possession of a few pounds; but at the same time, where there was apparently no motive it would go far in a prisoner’s favour, while on the other hand, if a motive was proved; there would be the more reason for arriving at the conclusion that the accused prisoner was guilty. The motive imputed in this case was the fear of improper intimacy with his daughter being exposed, and evidence

had been given as to quarrels which took place relative to the girl returning home. There were also other facts that had to be considered, namely, the blood found on the back of the axe and on rails of the fences over which the prisoner was supposed to have passed. An important point was whether the blood on the axe was human blood or that of a dog. There was, however, no evidence to connect a dog with the case. There was also the fact of the prisoner saying he was the last man to see his wife alive, and that it was no use looking for her body in Cole’s paddock, as she would be found towards Schnapper Point. If the prisoner was the last man to see his wife, who was it that murdered her? And how was it that he knew where her remains would be found? The jury must carefully consider the whole facts of the case, and if they could reconcile them with the prisoner’s innocence, they must give him the benefit of any doubts they might have. If, on the other hand, they thought the circumstances pointed to his guilt, they must convict him. The verdict The jury then retired, and after an

Mr Castieau went at once to the condemned cell, and communicated the decision to the prisoner. Hastings received the information as if it had been expected by him, in a cool and collected manner, and when asked if he he had anything to say, he simply replied in the negative. On being visited later in the evening by Mr Castieau, he took occasion to again assert that he was innocent of the murder of his wife and of incest with his daughter. The execution William Hastings, who was tried and convicted before Mr Justice Fellows, for the murder of his wife, was executed on March 14, 1877 within the precincts of Melbourne Gaol. With the circumstances of the crime for which Hastings suffered the last penalty of the law, the public were fully familiar. The murder was one of the most mysterious and diabolical that Victorian criminal annals furnish, and of the guilt of the wretched man, no dispassionate reader of the evidence adduced at the trial could have the slightest doubt. His constant assertions of innocence, therefore, could only be looked upon as another instance of the reckless hardihood which many criminals

He said “you need not look for any mercy on this side of the grave. Use the short time left ... on earth in pleading for the forgiveness of Heaven”. absence of four hours and five minutes returned a verdict of guilty. The prisoner, on being asked if he had anything to say, remained silent, and his Honour, in passing sentence of death, told Hastings that he had been found guilty of murdering one whom he was bound to have protected. He said “you need not look for any mercy on this side of the grave. Use the short time left him on earth in pleading for the forgiveness of Heaven”. The prisoner said at the close, “I am quite an innocent man before God and man.” He was then removed from the dock, and the court adjourned. Mercy? At an executive meeting, the case of William Hastings, was considered. After a careful examination of the circumstances, the Governor-in-Council decided that the case was not one for the exercise of the prerogative of mercy, and that the law should be allowed to take its course. The execution was set to take place in Melbourne Gaol on Wednesday, March 14, 1877. The decision of the executive was forwarded by the under secretary to Mr Castieau, governor of the gaol.

have displayed even on the scaffold. Since the conviction of Hastings, he was assiduously attended by the Reverends Caton and Long, Church of England clergymen, to which denomination he professed to belong. His conduct since receiving his sentence was of a quiet and impassive character, but he listened with apparent respect to the admonitions of the clergymen. He, however, always maintained his innocence of the crime of which he was convicted, even when all hope of a reprieve must have disappeared from his mind. His appetite whilst in gaol was very good, and he evinced an apathy regarding his approaching end which showed the stoic character of the man. On the night prior to his execution he slept well, and when his breakfast of hominy was brought to him, he requested that it should be exchanged for a little white bread, a request which was complied with at once. The clergymen were with the culprit from the time he awoke, and remained reading to him and praying until the last moment. At 10am the sheriff and under-sheriff presented themselves at the door

of the cell to receive the convict. At the same time Gately the executioner emerged from a cell opposite to that where the condemned man was, carrying in his hands the straps used for pinioning, and proceeded to pinion him. A few moments later he was led on to the drop. He seemed to feel his position; nevertheless he stood firm and erect. The rope being adjusted, Mr Castieau, governor of the gaol put the question, “William Hastings, have you anything to say.” He replied “No, nothing more than I have already stated”. Gately then pulled the cap over Hastings’ face, and again looked to the arrangement of the rope. He then stepped back and the clergyman proceeded with the service for the dead. In another instant the bolt was drawn, and the soul of William Hastings was launched into eternity, there to be judged by its Maker. Death must have been instantaneous; no movement whatever (other than the swaying of the body), was observed by any one of the spectators. In accordance with the provisions of the act, the body remained hanging for one hour, when it was taken down and removed to a cell in another part of the prison. The inquest At 12pm a jury was empanelled to hold an inquest. The jury viewed the body and returned to hear Mr Castieau, the governor, who gave evidence of having been present at the trial and heard sentence of death passed. He produced the warrant of commitment, together with the death warrant, also certificate of death, the latter signed by a number of the spectators of the execution. He identified the body as that of William Hastings, who had suffered death that morning in the gaol. The senior warden gave corroborative evidence of the identity of the body and certified to having witnessed the execution. The coroner read over the evidence and the jury returned a verdict in accordance therewith. A reporter wrote: “We may here state that on viewing the body, the face presented all the appearance of one who had died a quiet peaceful death, it was calm and placid as though in a sound sleep.” William Hastings had drawn up a statement, wherein he asserted his innocence, which was given to the governor of the gaol, who immediately handed it over to the sheriff. The reporters were not allowed to peruse this document, however the governor of the gaol gave assurances that there was nothing of interest in the document.

Star witness: Adam Orange ADAM Orange was born in America about 1812. He was an AfricanAmerican who appears to have arrived with the Liardet family in 1839 as their servant. The Liardets built and lived in the Ballam Park homestead (Frankston), which stands today. Orange later become the cook at the Pier ‘Brighton on the Beach’ Hotel at Liardet Beach, Sandridge (now Port Melbourne). Evidence points to him being the first African-American in the Port Phillip District (now Victoria). Josephine Liardet (daughter of Wilbraham and Caroline) later wrote: “We had an American coloured man as a cook, his name was Adam Orange, he used to bring down a barrow and take what fish he wanted to cook for supper [for the Pier Hotel], and next morning’s breakfast.”

It seems that Orange accompanied the family to Frankston and later settled there independently after they left. He was called as a witness in the trial of William Hastings, who was tried in March 1877 for the murder of his wife Ann between Frankston and Schnapper Point (now called

Mornington) in December 1876. Hastings had spent most of the day drinking at William Davey’s Hotel in Frankston and at his subsequent trial, Adam Orange “deposed giving [the] prisoner a glass of beer. He saw him knocking about all day half drunk”. This implies that Orange was working as a barman in the hotel. After some years working as Frankston’s first official gardener, Orange died of bronchitis and heart disease in the Gipps Ward Hospital, East Melbourne, on 9 December 1889, aged 77. He had never married and his parentage was unknown. Once rumoured to be buried on the grounds of Ballam Park, his remains lie in an unmarked public grave in the Melbourne General Cemetery. Source: The Families of Ballam Park Homestead by Andrew Gaynor Western Port News 30 August 2011



Questions for the History Hunter Q. The general store at Bittern has just been demolished. How long had it been there? A. The store was built in the early 1960s as a fish and chip shop, replacing older premises next door to it. It became a general store, more or less by circumstance, when the old general store burnt down about 1970. Bitternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original general store first opened in 1912. This was the Five Way General Store run by Frank Stacy and it stood at the corner of Frankston-Flinders Road and Myers Road. Q. Why was the rail line between Bittern and Red Hill closed? A. The line opened at the end of 1921 and trains served the area for the next 30 plus years. Balnarring and Merricks were two intermediary

stops along the line. Both goods and passengers were transported. However, during that period, motor transport developed rapidly, along with the improvement of roads. This took a lot of traffic away from the rail line, which was finally closed in mid-1953. Are you a history hunter? Do you have questions about the Balnarring district? Can you contribute detail about people and places in the area? The History Room at the Balnarring Hall is open every Monday morning from 10am to noon. You are welcome to stop by and see us. The Balnarring & District Historical Society can be contacted by phone 5983 5326 or email balhist@

Above: Map of Tyabb, County of Mornington. Circa 1905. Right: Flinders Golf Course circa 1935.

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Putting the Devil on the run FRANKSTON runner Cameron Hall and Stacey Van Dueren of Carlton won the men’s and women’s categories at the Devilbend fun run on Sunday 21 August. It was the 37th running of the race, which has five- and 10-kilometre events as well as the main 21.1km half marathon. Race director Rohan Day said the race was one of the longest running events in the country. “It makes a good lead-up event to the Melbourne Marathon in October and many runners like a fast hitout as preparation on the softer dirt surface at Devilbend.” Mr Day said the number of entries was just under 400. “At 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning as you’re driving a truck down dirt roads you do question what you were thinking when you signed up for this job. But you’re committed now and you peg down another kilometre marker, ram in some more star pickets for the caution signs and set up another drink station,” he said. “Then dawn comes and your mood brightens when you see it’s going to be one of those beautiful cool Victorian winter days when the sun comes out and all is right with the world. “We have no idea why the creek and reservoir where the run starts from were named Devilbend, but with a name like that you have an opportunity for theatrics that you can’t let slide. We offered free entry to anyone dressing up as a devil and a few folks obliged.

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Results: Female 5km Stephanie Kondogonis, Maidstone 1; Anna Caudwell, Mt Eliza 2; Katy Thomas, Seaford 3. Male 5km Dean Locke, Frankston, 1; Zac Rouse, Mt Eliza 2; Jordan Rouse, Mt Eliza 3. Female 10km Rebecca Rogers, Bittern 1; Sophie Brennan, Frankston South 2; Vivien Higgins, Hastings 3. Male 10km Milaan Lottering, Mt Eliza 1; Jarrod Mullavey, Thornbury 2; Shaun Lenehan, Chadstone 3. Female 21.1km – Half Marathon Stacey Van Dueren, Carlton 1; Rebecca Hay, Frankston South 2; Jane Allardice, Parkdale 3. Male 21.1km – Half Marathon Cameron Hall, Frankston 1; Hamish Beaumont, Carlton 2; Richard Does, Frankston South 3. For all results visit

Devil time: Gun competitors were quick to take a turn after the start of the 37th annual fun runs at Devilbend; getting ready for the track; and Travis Hancock dressed for the occasion and gained a free entry. Pictures: Steven Taylor

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The Hose family and

By Peter McCullough EVERY now and again you come across a family who has makes a significant contribution to their town or district. Sometimes this relates to sporting involvement; sometimes it pertains to other community interests; sometimes it is both. The retirement of Mat Hose after Tyabb’s game against Crib Point on 13 August brought to an end a wonderful career as a member of the football team: 251 senior games and six best and fairests says it all. Even in his final game, in which Tyabb was given a bit of a thumping by Crib Point, Mat had 30 possessions, kicked six goals (out of a total of 15) and was named Tyabb’s best player. The respect in which he is held was reflected by the fact that both teams lined up to clap him off the ground at the end of play. But Mat’s contribution, considerable as it has been, has to be seen in the context of the involvement of the entire Hose family: parents Neil and

Joyce, and their four sons Darren, Brett, Fraser and, finally, Mathew. In fact without the Hoses the Tyabb Football Club over the past quarter of a century would have been like The Sound of Music without the Von Trapp family. Neil and Joyce Hose moved to their Coolart Road property in Tyabb in 1975 and from there Neil ran his business as a fencing contractor until he retired (well, sort of retired) in 2010. They already had two sons; two more were born after the move to Tyabb. It wasn’t long before they were involved in the community. The boys attended Tyabb Primary School, and Neil was a member of the school council for about 10 years while Joyce was involved with the mothers’ club. The boys all joined the cubs, followed by the scouts, at Tyabb with Neil on the committee including a stint of eight years as treasurer. By 1977 the older boys were showing an interest in football, and Neil started his association

with the Tyabb Football Club, which still continues. He had become addicted to football in his early years, playing with the Hampton Rovers and then being a member of the Sandringham Second 16 (yes, 16) premiership team in 1960. A cameo appearance was made with the Sandringham VFA senior team. Joyce was also active in the football club at Tyabb, and ran the junior canteen for a number of years while the boys were involved at that level. Later she was part of the roster working in the canteen when the senior games were being played at Tyabb. It goes without saying that there would have been many occasions when battle wounds had to be attended to. Joyce was a keen tennis player, participating in the midweek women’s comp for many years. She made sure all of the boys played junior tennis, but tennis wasn’t their thing. Joyce’s other sporting passion is golf, which she still plays regularly and even scored a hole in one at Bembridge a few years ago. While their contribution to the community at large has been significant, it was the Tyabb Football Club that became the second home for the Hose family. Starting with the boys, here is a summary of their contributions to the club: Darren played 159 club games (that is, seniors, reserves and under 18s) for a total of 43 goals between 1987 and 2000. This included 132 senior games for 29 goals. He was a member of the 2000 senior premiership team and was named as a member of two Tyabb “Team of the Decade” sides (19881997 and 1998-2007.) While Brett and Mathew played some cricket, it was Darren who was the cricketer in the family. He started with Tyabb in 1985-86 and played for 26 seasons, finishing at the end of last season. Along the way he played in 253 games, scoring 4480 runs at an average of 20.93. He was not out 42 times, made 5 centuries, and passed 50 on 15 occasions. Darren holds the club’s record highest score, knocking up 208 one day in the seconds against Delacombe Park. A solid opening batsman, Darren was a member of the Tyabb senior premiership team in 2000-01 and the seconds premiership team in 1994-95. A very good fieldsman, he took 125 catches. However it was his bowling that saw him excel in later years, finishing with 244

Above: Ready for training with the Tyabb Shirt Tearers: Brett, Fraser, Mat and Darren.

wickets at an average of 21.75 as an off-spinner who was always hard to score against. His best bowling figures were 6/47. Awards were never something Darren chased but he did top the bowling averages for the firsts on two occasions, in 1999-2000 and again in 2000-01 (the premiership year) and he topped the batting average for the firsts in 2007-08. He also topped the bowling averages in the seconds in 1993-94, and the batting averages in 1990-91 and in 2002-03. For many years Darren has served on the committee of the Tyabb Cricket Club. Darren, now 41, is the greenkeeper at Royal Melbourne and lives in Mt Martha. He is married to Lisa and they have two children: William, 10, and Stella, 8. William is playing for the under-11s at Mt Martha and undoubtedly receives plenty of encouragement from his admiring grandparents. Brett played 263 club games for a total of 69 goals between 1987 and 2006. This included 95 senior games for 14 goals. Unfortunately a broken arm in a semi-final in 2000 prevented him from being a member of the team that won the Reserves premiership. He was runner-up for the best and fairest for the Reserves in 2004 and was made a life member of the club in that

year, having played more than 200 games for the club. Brett, now 40, lives in Mornington and has twins, Tasman and Lachlan, aged 8. He is a teacher at Osborne Primary School. Fraser played 166 club games for a total of 270 goals between 1990 and 2004. This included 148 senior games in which he kicked 256 goals. He was captain of Tyabb’s senior premiership team in 2000, his second year as leader; it was Tyabb’s first senior premiership since 1932. He took out the club’s goalkicking award in 1995 and 1998 and still holds the club record of 16 goals in a match, against Dromana in 1997. Fraser was also named in two Tyabb “Teams of the Decade” (19881997 and 1998-2007). Apart from his contribution to Tyabb, Fraser also had a stint with the Frankston under-19s. Fraser, 38, is a builder who lives in Mt Martha with wife Melissa and their three daughters: Tia, 7, Ruby, 5, and Leyla, 1. Mathew played 284 club games between 1992 and 2011, including 251 senior games in which he kicked 296 goals. There is only one Reserves game in the total; the rest are under18s. It is believed that Mat, eager to get started, began with the under-9s as

Top left: Neil and Joyce with Mat (holding Patrick and Thomas) before his final game. Bottom left: Leaving the ground after 284 club games. Above: The 1960 Sandringham Reserve team with Neil Hose on the bottom row, third from the right.


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Above: The Hose boys leaving the field after a game for Tyabb. From left: Mat, Brett, Fraser and Darren.

a five-year-old and clocked more than 60 games at that level. Apart from his games with Tyabb, Mat played with the Dandenong Stingrays for two years, and then played 26 games for the Frankston Dolphins in a two-year stint. At Tyabb Mat won two under-18 best and fairest awards (1992 and 1994) and six senior awards (1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004). He was runner-up three times (2001, 2007 and 2008) and finished in the top 10 at Tyabb a remarkable 13 times. He finished in the top 10 in the league on eight occasions, notching 147 votes, which is the highest tally in the MPNFL since its formation in 1987. Mat played in the 1993 under-18 premiership team, captained the senior team for six seasons and was senior coach 2008-10. He served on the committee while still playing and was club secretary in 2007, only relinquishing the position to take up the coaching role. His six goals against Crib Point in his final game was only one below his best of seven against Keysborough, his first year back from the Dolphins. In 2000, his final year at Frankston, he sat on the bench with the coach, Eddie Fischer, as brother Fraser led the team to a premiership; he surely would have loved to have been out on the ground.Ironically he

was the only Hose boy not to play in a senior grand final for the club. Mat was a member of the MPNFL interleague team in 1996 and was named in the MPNFL “team of the year” on three occasions. He was also named in two Tyabb “Teams of the Decade” (1988-97 and 1998-2007). Like Brett, he is also a life member. Mat, 35, is head greenkeeper at the RACV course at Cape Schanck and lives in Mt Martha. He is married to Sarah and they have two sons: Thomas, 4, and Patrick, 2. Sarah, incidentally, played for Tyabb in the 2010 A grade netball grand final and was runner-up for best and fairest in the competition. Overall, the four Hose boys played together in the senior team at Tyabb on 19 occasions. Between them they played 872 games and kicked 727 goals. Next season will be the first time that the Tyabb senior team has not had a Hose on the team sheet since 1987. Neil has also been heavily involved since his first association with the club in 1977. Most of his early participation was with the junior teams because of the boys’ involvement, and this included three or four years as coach of one of the junior teams.

He still found time to help the seniors on match day. Neil was soon on the committee and became president of Tyabb Junior Football Club; he was subsequently awarded life memberships of both Tyabb and the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League. Neil has been on the senior committee for more than 20 years, was vicepresident for 11, and served as president 1996-97. He still acts as interchange steward at every home game, helps to mark the lines each week, and is the club’s property steward. He was awarded life membership of the senior club in 2000. The Tyabb Football Club, and the Tyabb community in general, were most fortunate that Neil and Joyce decided to head this way back in 1975. Apart from their magnificent contributions, the boys and their parents have been exemplary citizens. Congratulations to all from Western Port News.

Above: The Tyabb under 10’s (1985). Mat is in the middle of the front row. Below: Fraser, left, Captain of the 2000 premiership side.

Footnote: This story was compiled with the assistance of the Hose family patriarch, Neil, who provided photos and information, and Tyabb Football Club historian Doug Dyall who supplied statistics and more photos. Thanks Neil and Doug.

Far left: Mat in his days with the Dolphins. Left: Mat shows his kicking style. Below: Neil Hose, still a stalwart of Tyabb Football Club.

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A double-barrelled reason to stay still Tournament kicks in THE IFKF MMA Inc, the only sanctioned martial arts body holding tournaments on the Mornington Peninsula and in Victoria, held its biggest tournament recently at Frankston with more than 60 full contact martial artists and fighters competing from all over the state. Hundreds of spectators packed the Frankston South Leisure Centre to see the best of the best in all-styles real fighting as well as competitors in Kata and demonstration events for martial artists who don’t fight in full contact events. There were three state titles at stake: the All Styles Welterweight Title won by Dylan ‘Dynamite’ Mauger by TKO against Ned ‘Kelly’ Kolmus in the first round; the AllStyles Lightweight Title, a unanimous points win to Harley ‘Hurricane’ Mauger over Nick ‘Mr Destruction’

Greig and the Super Welterweight All-Styles Title won by Ben ‘Slayer’ Stewart in a close contest against Dave Barahona. Heavyweight Damian ‘The Lumberjack’ Edwards defeated American Brad Tyler and there was a huge under card of MMA events. Full results will be available at www. The next IFKF MMA tournament will be held on 8 October at 3pm at Frankston South Leisure Centre, 55 Towerhill Rd, Frankston. All martial arts clubs, artists and instructors are welcome to enter. For more details go to www. or call 0410 378 299.

Fighting fine: Above, Harley and Nick, and, below, Dylan and Ned.

OUR next story takes us back to a game against Sorrento, somewhere in the 1940s. There had been a prison escape on French Island during the week and as things were rather quiet in the backline during the second quarter, Cec Duscher (“The Island Bull”) took the opportunity to provide us with a description of the chase. He had about a dozen blokes, both Sorrento and Hastings players, laughing their heads off, and had reached the point where he had cornered one of the escapees between the haystack and the back of George King’s shed, and couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t move, although he was prodding him in the backside with a .303 rifle. Cec found the answer when he looked over the poor bloke’s shoulder and discovered that someone else had come in the other end of the haystack and the prisoner was staring down the barrels of a shotgun: one for each eye! Then a warder, arriving late on the scene, let fly with his .303 with the bullet passing through George’s new tank. At this point the umpire came running back, blowing his whistle: he thought the players were not taking the game seriously enough and made threats of reports. This brought Cec’s story to a halt. The outcome of all this was that at the next game Cec was issued with a sherrif’s badge, of which he made very good use by demanding free beer at the local pub. Many times Cec had a cold trip home when the weather was too bad to get a boat alongside the Tankerton jetty. The boat would get as close as it could and Cec would jump overboard and wade ashore. I can tell you that the water at that time of the year would not have been “bath temperature.” Cec was a “true blue” for sure, even if it was from the cold. From Blue Power 1978 No. 1 (written by the late Norm Francis).

Cecil Duscher died on 18 September 1993. The poem by Bruce Chandler was read at the funeral.

This is a repertoire of a coach, I once had “the other day on the island”, when I was a lad. Born on French Island, he’d lived there all his life, Fruitful days of happiness, without need for a wife. As a boy I’d ride with him, mustering in the scrub, then stand around a yarnin’, given’ our horses a rub. The words he told me then are wise words of today, I wish I’d taken more notice of the things he had to say. A horseman, a stockman, a man of the land. Cec was always around, if anyone needed a hand. Many were glad of his strengh, when it came time to shift, things like ol’ pianos, take a lot of muscle to lift. How many cups of tea, had be shared, with different folks, how many different stories, of horses, tides and boats. When the stories grew quiet, you’d notice Cec asleep, or he’d have a little chuckle, before he carried on to speak. You’d see him wandering down the road, throwin’ off rocks, or sittin’ on a hay bale, picking grass seeds out of his socks. He’d always be happy to see ya’ and stop a while to chat, a while would turn to half a day, but you didn’t much mind that. The ol’ man behind the wheel, his hair as white as snow when his eyes were getting’ tired, the poetry would flow. his ol’ truck’d begin to wander, and sometimes left the track, but Cec always made it through, he always made it back. His ol’ dog had left him, just a short while before, he told me he’d had a full life and not much to be livin’ for We saw him as we left, and he told us goodbyes, “I might have thrown the towel in, before you come back by” He’d had a fair innings, and kicked a pretty good score, and left the way he wanted to, I doubt he’d ask for more. A legend of his time, a legend of the past, he’ll aways be remembered, and memories will last.

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Magpies v Geelong kick off last round and Carlton v St Kilda meet at the ’G Round 24 previews Friday 2 September Collingwood v Geelong, MCG 7.40pm The match of the round to start off the final home and away weekend is a very interesting contest. With the Magpies having the minor premiership sealed up and the Cats not able to be dislodged from second, position-wise there is nothing to play for. As the saying goes “winning form is good form” will most likely apply to both teams. Collingwood will be using the game to get match fitness into players like Chris Dawes and Sharrod Wellingham who have missed a bit of football recently. The Cats need a win as they were disappointing on the weekend in their loss to Sydney. Great match-up but The Pies have been too good this year. Collingwood by 16 points. Saturday 3 September Gold Coast v Hawthorn, Metricon Stadium 1.10pm In many ways this is a game where Hawthorn won’t be too fussed by the

result. With a blockbuster qualifying final booked with Geelong the week after, the Hawks will be looking to get through the game unscathed. For the Suns this match caps off an encouraging first season in the big time. Coach Guy McKenna has unearthed some great young players such as David Swallow, Dion Prestia, Trent McKenzie and Zac Smith. On the weekend the Hawks put in a solid performance against the Bulldogs with Lance Franklin having another day out. The bottom line is the Hawks are an A grade side and they won’t have to do much to win. Hawthorn by 40 points. Western Bulldogs v Fremantle, Etihad Stadium 2.10pm With both teams out of the finals, the main aim is to give the fans a win before the long summer arrives. For the Bulldogs this will be the send-off game for key forward Barry Hall, who has had an excellent career, starting out at St Kilda, then captaining a premiership for Sydney and finally ending his playing days with the Bulldogs. For Fremantle the season can’t end fast enough. With a very limited number of players to choose from, this is a year to forget. Despite where they are on the ladder, I can’t see Fremantle winning in Melbourne and the Dogs put up a good fight against Hawthorn.

Western Bulldogs by 41 points. Sydney v Brisbane, SCG 4.10pm With a finals spot guaranteed, the Swans will looking to earn a home final by winning. On the weekend Sydney did what no team has done for four years -- beat Geelong at Skilled Stadium. The victory was dedicated to captain Jarrad McVeigh who lost his young daughter during the week. The Lions fought valiantly against the Eagles, but surrendered a 29-point lead in the third quarter to go down by seven. For the Lions, the year has been an uphill battle after losing their first eight games. They fought back well and will most likely finish 15 th. There’s too much to lose for the Swans, so I can’t see them going down at home. Sydney by 22 points. West Coast v Adelaide, Patersons Stadium 7.10pm What a season the West Coast Eagles have had. A year ago they were wooden spooners; now they have secured a top-four spot and are looking like a smoky for the flag. On the weekend the Eagles did what was necessary to scrape a win against Brisbane. They were down by 29 points in the third term, but worked their way back to an 11-point win through hard work and persistence. The Crows were disappointing: they were well in control of the Tigers in

the first half, but somehow Richmond got back into the game and made Adelaide pay. Interesting match: the Eagles don’t have anything to gain and will be a bit flat from the long plane ride home, so Adelaide is a great chance to cause an upset. Adelaide by 3 points. Carlton v St Kilda, MCG 7.10pm Another blockbuster at the MCG this week, and two in-form teams battle it out for some confidence heading into finals. The Saints need to win if they want a home final against Sydney, but a loss by the Swans would also guarantee a home final for St Kilda. On Saturday the Saints were playing for their season against the in-form North Melbourne and they steamrolled the Roos after halftime. The Blues will go in fresh after the bye, and Michael Jamison will be better for the run in the VFL. Will be very interesting to see whether Jamison goes to Nick Riewoldt or will they trust youngster Lachie Henderson with the task? Carlton by 19 points. Sunday 4 September Port Adelaide v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval 3.10pm In the first-ever AFL game at the Adelaide Oval, the Power look to get off the bottom of the ladder in what has been their worst season

in history. For the Demons, they’ll try and finish off with two wins in a row after beating the Gold Coast. Melbourne young gun Sam Blease was best on ground, which is a great achievement from a kid who has been on the list for a few years now. For the Power, there hasn’t been a lot of positives this year, but the re-signing of Jackson Trengove will comfort them as they look to season 2012. Melbourne by 24 points. Richmond v North Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, 4:40pm In the final home and away game of the season, these two sides look to finish their campaigns with a bang. It’s definitely a case of too little too late but the Tigers are on a roll. In the past three weeks they’ve beaten Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney; a marvellous effort. The Roos have also finished off well, but on the weekend needed a win to keep their season alive. They had a 20-point second term lead against St Kilda but were then smashed. For the Tigers, Tyrone Vickery has been the big improver this year, kicking 35 goals. North Melbourne coach Brad Scott will get his young stars up for the game, and Brent Harvey will be looking to make amends for his quiet game against the Saints. North Melbourne by 31 points.

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Absolutely fabulous leader of spring hopefuls MICHAEL Kent has four-yearold mare Absolutely right on the mark for an assault on the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 15 October. The winner of the Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick last autumn, Absolutely resumed with a slashing fifth behind former Kiwi King’s Rose in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Over the years the Memsie Stakes has proven to be a reliable guide to Melbourne’s feature races in spring and Absolutely’s effort indicated she would follow that pattern. Others to come under notice in the Memsie were Red Colossus, Rekindled Interest, Precedence and Linton. The Greg Eurell-trained Red Colossus, which finished third in the Memsie, also seems set to fly the flag for Cranbourne. The five-year-old looked in brilliant health and has obviously thrived since his last run in May, giving every indication he will be highly competitive in the handicaps coming up. Another Cranbourne representative – Rekindled Interest – confirmed his impressive first-up effort at Flemington when he finished fourth just in front of Absolutely. The winner of the AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley last spring, Rekindled Interest will be a legitimate chance in the Cox Plate if trainer Jim Conlan decides to head that way. Taking a line through the Memsie, the Lloyd Williamsowned Linton, who finished strongly in the straight, could also be a serious Cox Plate threat. Although only lightly raced, Linton has proven his quality with a series of top class

performances and judging by his appearance at Caulfield, the Cox Plate could be well within his grasp. Australian racing icon Bart Cummings also seems destined to walk away with some of the big prizemoney on offer over the next three months. Cummings, who has an incredible 12 Melbourne Cups to his credit, has Precedence ticking along nicely for the first Tuesday in November. A proven stayer, Precedence has developed and matured since last season and his first-up sixth in the Memsie indicates the best is still to come. While the Memsie was the feature event at Caulfield, there were numerous other horses who caught the eye. Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys has the even-reliable Status Symbol going as well as ever. A stakes winner at Flemington last spring, the six-year-old was unlucky when a first-up second ($17) to the Aldersons’ Miss Bindi in heat 1 of the Sprint Series. Underrated Simply Put had excuses when down the track on resumption, but never stopped trying when third behind the inform Little Tycoon and is worth following in similar company at her next start. Cranbourne mare Ocean Challenger and Mark Kavanagh’s Midnight Martini who finished on the heels of Simply Put and are also worthy of an investment over the next few weeks. Euroa-based trainer David Hayes may have found himself

another classic winner in Cross Of Gold. A striking individual by Redoute’s Choice, Cross Of Gold hit the line powerfully when runner-up behind the speedy Golden Archer and will continue to get better as he steps up in distance. Staying bred Tanby has been brought along quietly by trainer Robert Hickmott and that patience is likely to pay dividends this spring judging by the five-year-old’s fast finishing third behind the emerging Testascana in the National Jockeys Celebration Day Stakes (1700m). Greg Eurell’s Lakedro and David Brideoake’s I’m Jake also hit the line with gusto and

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will be winning in the near future. Others to catch the eye at Caulfield were Testa My Patience, Rightfully Yours, Lucky Eighty Eight, and Luen Yat Forever while at Sandown on Sunday I was taken with the performances of Candy Stripes, Hi Belle, Sassy Bay, Excluded and Savoy. Best: Cross Of Gold Spring fever in the air: Kiwi King’s Rose flashes to the front to win the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Michael Kent, left, had Absolutely in good form to finish a slashing fifth in her first race back from a break. The Memsie has been a springboard for many a major winner over the spring carnival. Pictures: Slickpix

Gulls rise to the occasion when the chips are down MORNINGTON Seagull’s Soccer Club will progress to the State League division 2 next year following a gutsy 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Waverley Wanderers in the third last round of the season. After missing out on promotion by a point last year, Gull’s coach Adam Jamieson was a relieved man when he spoke to The News on Monday. “It was roller coaster of week I tell you but I am very proud of our performance on Saturday,” Jamieson said. “It was one of the best halves of football I have ever seen.” The Gulls copped a punishing 6-0 hiding the previous Monday night against co-leader Kingston City before being 2-0 down at half time on Saturday against mid-table Waverley. In front of a home crowd at Dallas Brooks Park the Gull’s dug in and turned on a three goal second half with Lee Vallance scoring twice and Cameron Syratt nabbing one.

This is the side’s third promotion in four years and vindication for Jamieson who by now has surely silenced the knockers who said he was too young and inexperienced to coach first class football. Jamieson was mentored at Frankston Pines by respected coach Stan Webster and, like Webster, he gets the best out of his players, regardless of their level of ability. Jamieson was messily deposed from Pines in early 2008 after coaching them back into the Premier League the previous year. Along with Pines’ then core playing group, Jamieson reluctantly headed south to Dallas Brooks Park but has not looked back. The controversial decision by the then committee also marked the start of diverging fortunes for the two clubs. In the three and a half years since they parted company, Pines have won less than 10 games and are now headed for the previously unthinkable, the Provisional League. Somewhat ironically, Pines’ impressive nil draw against the rampaging Kingston on Saturday means the Gulls still have a chance at

the premiership. Jamieson said that while the Gull’s won’t be just making up the numbers in next year’s competition, it will take the time to consolidate their remarkable ascension over the past few years. With a number of quality players nearing retirement, the club will continue to cultivate youth. “We will be focussing on having a good look around the peninsula for young players who want to commit to the club,” he said. Still in division 3, Peninsula Strikers went down 3-0 to Old Scotch on Saturday but have enough of a buffer to avoid relegation heading into the final two rounds. Meanwhile, it appears Langwarrin has managed to avoid the chop from State League division 1 after two solid wins against Sunshine George Cross and Preston Lions respectively. Langwarrin is three points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand and is unlikely to be demoted.

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