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5973 6424 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Heads count: Xavier Noonan’s hobby ensures dead animals are not forgotten. Picture: Gary Sissons

Giving ‘life’ to dead animals IT’S unusual to associate young boys with taxidermy, but don’t tell Xavier Noonan. The Grade 6 Tyabb Primary School pupil is so enthused by his craft that he’s decorated the walls of his parents’ house with a stuffed rat, mice, birds of all sorts, fox, duck, and a deer’s head. “And we’ve got a lot of dead bodies in our freezer,” confided his mum, Kellie. At the tender age of 11, Xavier has been practising taxidermy for nearly two years. “He has been passionate about animals since he was little and was always very good at art,” Mrs Noonan said. “It was a taxidermy fox with a duck in its mouth at a friend’s house that got his attention a few years ago and he has been crazy about it ever since.” Continued Page 9

Land buy fuels port activity Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au LAND bought for a fuel storage and distribution depot is the first step towards the realisation of state government plans for the Port of Hastings to be increasingly used as a “bulk” port. An eight hectare site in Bayview Rd has been bought by Puma Energy, a relatively new player in Australia’s fuel industry. The company already has “seaboard” terminals at Brisbane, Mackay



and Townsville, with a fourth being built in Perth. It is understood Puma paid $2.2 million for its Hastings land which will be developed as a fuel storage depot at a cost of up to $120 million by Australian Fuel Distributors. It has been suggested that ships bringing fuels to the depot could use Esso’s wharf at Long Island Point, although a spokesman for Esso on Monday had no knowledge of Puma coming to Hastings. The development would also add

significantly to the number of large ships entering Western Port. There are about 50 expected this year, well down on the hundreds of a decade ago. If built, the new storage and distribution depot will be the first port-related development at Hastings since the previous state government’s plans for a container port at Hastings were scrapped when it lost office last November. The current government’s policy of leasing the Port of Melbourne for 50 years and its preference to eventually


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develop a container port within Port Phillip has seen staff numbers at the Port of Hastings Development Authority cut to 14, with more tipped to go by December. Puma, whose Australian headquarters are in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, describes itself as “a new breed of vertically integrated midstream and downstream oil company”. It started its Australian operations in 2013 after buying Ausfuel Gull, Matilda, Neumann and Central Combined Group “making us the largest

independently-owned fuel company in the country”. Although yet to open service stations in Victoria, Puma says it has more than 270 retail sites and 20 depots across Australia, with its transport arm delivering more than 1.5 billion litres of fuel products each year. While details of Puma’s move into Hastings have been kept under wraps pending finalisation of the land deal The News understands talks have been held with the Port of Hastings Development Authority. Continued Page 4

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