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Sound and light to give animals a fright Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THREE Mornington Peninsula “hot spots” for vehicle collisions with wildlife, especially eastern grey kangaroos, are being assessed for a trial of so-called “virtual fencing”. Virtual fencing consists of devices mounted on posts being activated by approaching car headlights. The devices emit sounds and light which alert animals to approaching danger. Animals near or about to cross roads are repelled by the sound and blue and yellow strobetype LED lights causing them to run away as vehicles approach. The devices placed at 25-metre intervals on both sides of the road run on solar powered batteries. Greens Bush Association is coordinating the push for the alerts with the support of Southwest Mornington Peninsula Landcare Group, Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network and Mornington Peninsula Shire along roads on the

EASTERN grey kangaroos are among the most common animals to be hit by vehicles on Mornington Peninsula roads.

southern peninsula. The aim of the project is to protect wildlife and enhance the safety of drivers – many forced to pay hefty repair bills after collisions with kangaroos. Three, two-kilometre long areas earmarked for the fencing are on Baldrys Road adjacent to and beyond Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park; Browns/Jetty roads adjacent to Peninsula Gardens Bushland Reserve, Jetty Road, east into Browns Road, and Purves Road south of Seamists Drive. Virginia Carter, representing the Greens Bush Association, is working on the project with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s natural systems and roads and safety teams. She will be applying for funding when the Landcare grants come out at the end of this month as well as a Transport Accident Commission grant when COVID-19 restrictions ease. “The funding I seek, if successful, will cover the costs of the fencing, with the council being asked to pay the costs of installation and maintenance.” Ms Carter said wildlife was an “under-estimated challenge to traffic safety”. “Every year many thousands of accidents involving wildlife and vehicles result in wildlife deaths and injuries, as well as injuries and loss of life to people, and damage to vehicles and property,” she said. Wildlife Victoria acknowledges that the proposed trial areas have “high incident rates” while admitting its records probably underestimate the number of collisions as not all are reported. Ms Carter said the CSIRO’s latest testing had shown a 50 per cent reduction in wildlife/ vehicle collisions where virtual fencing has been installed. Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network is backing the application for funding for virtual fencing in the Main Ridge area. The networks’ president David Maddocks described it as a “vital addition to further ensure safe passage of wildlife throughout the biolink and overarching landscape”. “Any funding or operational support obtained for the virtual fencing proposal of the Main Ridge area would greatly assist the Greens Bush to Arthurs Seat biolink project to achieve its intended outcome,” he said.

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Sign up against gas plan A COLOURFUL sign woven into the fence at Crib Point clearly showed power company AGL is not welcomed by all at Crib Point. The company is awaiting a state government decision on its plan to establish a floating gas terminal in Western Port and a 56 kilometre pipeline to Pakenham (“Fairness call for AGL decision” The News 12/5/20). Although colourful and eye-catching the “No AGL” sign on the fence around the site of the proposed gas terminal and jetty was removed within one day. Don Juniper who photographed the sign before its removal, said he was “shocked to see the extent of the clearing, which I had heard that they had done previously”. The Save Westernport communty group wants the state government to delay consideration of AGL’s environmental effects statement (EES) until after the COVID-19 emergency. Keith Platt

Heartache over cat’s death sentence Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A WOMAN has been left devastated a cat she wanted to adopt was euthanised at Mornington Peninsula Shire pound without her being told. Giuliana Fuscaldo, an associate professor of medical ethics, says she feels the pound has “no interest in rehousing cats and this type of behaviour does not encourage the community to surrender animals”. “I have been so upset I cried for a week,” she said. The shire says it follows state government protocols which stipulates aggressive animals must not be “made available for sale”. The code of con-

duct also states animals can be adopted by an “interested person” after eight days at the pound. Ms Fuscaldo, of Blairgowrie, said that when an apparent stray started showing up at her house and sneaking in the cat flap to eat her cat Max’s food, she warmed to him and gradually earned his trust. She called him “Neil” after singer Neil Diamond because he had a white diamond on his face. Worried his owners would be missing him, Ms Fuscaldo took Neil to the Rye vet clinic where she learned he would have to be handed over to the pound, in Watt Road, Mornington, for ownership checks. On surrendering Neil, she was told that as he was not microchipped he

would have to be “advertised” for eight business days to give his owners time to come forward and claim him. Daughter Olympia takes up the story: “My mother called the pound almost every day to check on Neil; they had both her number and mine. “We both made it abundantly clear that we would be more than willing to adopt the cat. “Today we were told he had been euthanised after being assessed as unfit for rehoming because he was aggressive. “No one called my mum beforehand. This cat had been eating from her hand; he was undoubtedly scared in captivity, but there appears to have been no allowance made for this.” Olympia said the “similar experi-

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ence [to a previous report in The News means] the council does not appear to have changed its practices at all” (“Pound ‘unfriendly to strays’ – animal rescuers claim” 25/6/18). Ms Fuscaldo said pound staff had told her there was nothing she could do as the cat was aggressive. She said she would complain to the Ombudsman and was lodging a freedom-of-information request to gain insight into the council’s decisionmaking processes. A statement from the council’s environment protection manager John Rankine appears to be at odds with Ms Fuscaldo’s claim: “When a lost cat or dog has interest from the community a record of that interest is added to the animal’s details.

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CAR owners may breathe a little easier with the arrest of a Mount Martha man over a spate of late night tyre slashings last year. The 25-year-old was nabbed by Somerville detectives after they “received some information”, Tuesday 19 May. The man is facing eight counts of criminal damage with more charges expected to follow. The tyres of up to 40 cars parked outside their owners’ homes in Mornington and Mount Martha were allegedly slashed with a box cutter or sharp knife from September to December. More than one tyre was slashed on most cars. Black and white images captured on a resident’s CCTV camera at the time show a hooded man striding purposely along the street. (“Drivers let down by tyre slasher” The News 2/12/19). One victim spent $1800 replacing nine tyres. “My daughter’s had seven tyres slashed and I’ve had two,” he said. “If there’s a next time I’m not even going to bother fixing it. I can’t afford any more tyre bills. The car can just stay out on the street.” The man said his daughter was going to live elsewhere. “She’s just sick of the whole thing,” he said at the time. Tyres were allegedly slashed on random nights, from just before midnight to around 1am, in Normanby Terrace, Marguerita Avenue, Fern Place, Walara Drive, Ramsay Court, Temple Court, Glenisla Drive, Dick-

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Costly to park, shop where there’s a view Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au COPPING an $85 fine for parking in a space reserved for boat trailers has a Safety Beach resident seeing red. The trailers-only carpark at Safety Beach boat ramp is more often than not empty during the week if the bay is rough and no boats are out, whereas parking spaces outside the shops opposite are often full. The nearest side street has limited parking. Warren Renton said he had been a resident for about 10 years but, until last Friday, was “not aware that this area at the Safety Beach boat ramp is off limits for all vehicles not towing a trailer”. “The area outside Chemist Warehouse was really congested, so we decided to park for a few minutes at the northern end of the carpark across the road while we collected our script,” he said. “We came back to find we had been hit with an $85 fine. The parking inspector was near our car and, when we questioned her about the ticket, stated that there was a no-parking sign at the entrance.”

Off limits: Six cars without trailers next to empty bays at the Safety Beach boat ramp parking area about 3pm on a recent afternoon. Their owners could face fines if parking inspectors decide to pay a visit. Pictures: Supplied

Mr Renton said he was told that the sign clearly stated that the whole area was designated for vehicles with trailers.

He said just one no-parking sign served the whole area. “I checked the other signs in the car park and there is no mention of fines being issued within the car parking area,” he said. “This is totally inadequate considering that the shire is conducting random raids to catch unsuspecting motorists parked there. “As far as I am concerned it [the sign] doesn’t clearly state anything.” Mr Renton said he understood space needed to be made available for vehicles with trailers at weekends and peak boating times. “Surely this can be done with more appropriate signage, and, hopefully, help unsuspecting motorists avoid being booked,” he said. “Perhaps half a dozen spaces at the end can be allocated to drivers using the shops as it seems a waste of space reserving them for trailers when none are there.” Another local said the area was more popular than the shire possibly had envisaged when planning car parking. “There is parking outside the shops, but it’s usually full. In summer, the whole area can be a nightmare for parking.”

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School cuts 14 staff PENINSULA Grammar made 13 non-teaching roles redundant in a major staffing shake-up before this week’s resumption of the second term. The school has also abolished the position of deputy principal - wellbeing, held by Peter Ford. The cuts were foreshadowed last week by news that the Mt Eliza private school’s student numbers were being “greatly impacted by the global pandemic” (“School to cut staff as pandemic bites” The News 19/5/20). Principal Stuart Johnston said that he had “made the difficult decision to commence a staff consultation process that will potentially impact” staff numbers. The 13 jobs lost were four in the marketing department, seven in administration and two in property (school productions and events). “This has not been an easy process for us. For every one of these roles there exists a person whose dignity, and whose privacy, we will continue to respect,” Mr Johnston said in a letter to students’ parents on Friday (22 May). “The confidentiality of this process remains of paramount importance to us as a proud school community, and we will continue to protect this.” Mr Johnston said while the “decisions and departures are difficult, they have been taken to maintain and safeguard the school’s strong financial position and highest standards of teaching and education amid a crisis that is unprecedented in our lives”. Changes to the whole school structure in the past year had seen the “redistribution and refinement of all components and functions within the wellbeing portfolio”. Stephen Taylor

THIRTEEN captive-bred orangebellied parrots have been released in Western Port. This is the first time the critically endangered parrots have been released in the area and followed a two-month “training regime” in a large aviary. The training by Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park staff aimed to instill site-fidelity by daily calling the birds to a specially designed food station. The Pearcedale sanctuary’s director Michael Johnson said the release was made possible thanks to two environmentally dedicated landowners who allowed the aviary to be built on their property next to the parrot’s saltmarsh habitat. The release was part of the sanctuary’s commitment to the recovery of orange-bellied parrots in the wild, including breeding more than 180 birds since 2013. “The parrots responded extremely well to the training while in the aviary,” the Pearcedale sanctuary’s life sciences manager Lisa Tuthill said. “We consulted several international and local animal behaviourists to tailor a program for the parrots and we are thrilled with how the pre-release training progressed.” The time spent in the release aviary also gave the parrots exposure to environmental elements such as wind and rain, and awareness of birds of prey flying overhead, calling and perching in trees. “Initially, the parrots reacted with confused and random flight when a bird of prey such as a goshawk ap-

Orange-bellied parrots are one of just three migratory parrot species in the world, with fewer than 50 individuals being recorded in recent years as returning annually to breed in Tasmania.

proached the aviary,” Ms Tuthill said. “However, quite quickly, the parrots learnt to camouflage themselves on the grass in the aviary whenever a bird of prey appeared, so the training will help them survive better in the wild.” Tracking devices were fitted to selected birds from the group their release by staff from the sanctuary and Zoos Victoria. The devices included GPS solar-powered satellite tags VHF transmitter tags.

Since their release, some of the parrots have been seen feeding on saltmarsh such as beaded glasswort, roosting in mangroves and also interacting with blue-winged parrots. “The orange-bellied parrots that have been observed daily since the release are using the landscape just as we had hoped,” the sanctuary’s avian threatened species coordinator Ashley Herrod said. “We are excited at the prospect of naturally-migrating

parrots arriving in Western Port and joining up with the released birds, which is one of the main aims of the broader project.” The four-year orange-bellied parrot mainland release trial aims to establish the parrots in suitable habitat in Victoria and attract naturally migrating orange-bellied parrots to these sites. It is a joint project led by DELWP and Zoos Victoria. Keith Platt

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Curtain drops, but reel revival in the wings Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON’S Mr Movies has drawn the curtains for the last time on his three screens in Main Street. Mornington Cinemas has closed after 39 years. However, it’s more intermission than the end for Ian McCann, who plans to reopen in a smaller, more intimate way just around the corner. The new venue will sit alongside a restaurant, wine bar and cinema. “It will be like going back to the beginning for me,” McCann said last Thursday as he stood amid boxes of movie posters in the cinemas’ foyer off main Street. Other boxes placed just outside the entrance were being sifted through and souvenired by passersby. Upstairs, the film projector was still in place, although probably headed for the tip, while its digital replacement awaited removal to the new venue. Inside the semi-lit cinemas themselves, rows of seats lay upturned after being unscrewed from their floor brackets. Attendances had been dropping over the past five to 10 years and McCann said his decision to finally move came about while lying in a hospital bed about six weeks previously. “It was getting harder and I’m getting older, but I don’t want to stop,” he said. “The theatre was really starting to quieten down. I’m not crying poor me, it’s a reality of life.” Not wanting to leave the industry altogether, he decided a smaller venue - like when Mornington Cin-

IAN McCann is keeping his screen dreams alive by opening a new, smaller cinema in the wake of closing Mornington Cinemas. Picture: Keith Platt

emas began all those years ago with his father, Keith - was the right move. Small could be better, especially if his cinema runs as an adjunct to an existing restaurant and wine bar. “People can come to see a movie and, under the same roof, have a coffee or glass of wine afterwards,” he said. “Or they can have a meal first, then go to the cinema. Or just choose to go to the restaurant or have a drink. “It will be a single screen and a

single show, hopefully making it fun once again.” McCann hopes the move to the building occupied by the Counting House Bar and Grill will be made by Christmas. “This is the perfect time if I’m going to do something,” McCann said. A sense of timing has loomed large in the running of Mornington Cinemas. The McCanns took over the then single screen cinema in 1981,

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Late in 1989, patronage “was going down fast” when McCann saw a picture of ballroom dancers in Encore magazine. It took him months (including a tap-on-the-shoulder approach to director Baz Luhrmann) and a hunch that the time was right, before he managed to get the rights to screen Strictly Ballroom. The film ran at Mornington for 42 weeks and saved the cinemas. His insight into public taste saw The King’s Speech and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel also achieve box office success. McCann has seen too many movies to count, but there is one short that has more meaning, for him, than any blockbuster. For the Love of Cinema, made by Riley Sugars in 2017, is a tribute to “the dying form of cinema” that follows the uncertainty faced by the elderly owner of a threatened cinema whose life is torn apart after the death of his wife. The multi award winning film was shot inside Mornington Cinemas and although McCann is not the star, he does make a cameo appearance (“my Alfred Hitchcock moment”). “I was very glad to do that film,” McCann said. “It’s turned into truth now that I’m closing down; art imitates life. “I’ve always thought there was something missing if a town didn’t have a cinema,” he said. And for now, that is what Mornington has become. But if Ian McCann has his way, it’s a situation that won’t last any longer than a coronavirus lockdown.

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Film follows artist’s pursuit of peace IT can be viewed as a sad commentary on humanity that children happily play where lives were brutally lost. Or perhaps the apparent incongruity of such a scene is testament to the human spirit of survival. Artist William Kelly describes Guernica in northern Spain as “a lovely city with children playing in parks”. But looming large in Kelly’s mindset is also the horror and brutality depicted in Pablo Picasso’s 1937 oil painting, Guernica. An optimist, Kelly’s own art is designed to create dialogue, peace talk, if you like. Kelly, who lives in Cheltenham, is known for his sweeping statement “art can’t stop a bullet, but it can stop a bullet from being fired”. His views have now been canvassed in a 90-minute documentary that uses his 13-metre long vertical banner, "Peace and War/The Big Picture” as a central theme. The banner includes Kelly’s “visioning” of Picasso’s Guernica. Directed by Mark Street and produced by Fiona Cochrane, ”Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture” records the views of peace activist Kelly along with those of actor Martin Sheen, photographer Nick Ut (whose photo of a child fleeing napalm bombing is credited with adding impetus to ending the Vietnam War) and philosopher A C Grayling. The image of that young girl is also incorporated in Kelly’s banner, which hangs in the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Shot on every continent - from Hiroshima, London, Geneva and indigenous artists in Australia - the film’s producers see it as spanning “a dynamic social and historical landscape”. It is “all about contributing to a discussion about world peace that may help to reduce the possibility of further wars in the world, as well as demonstrating a range of beautiful artworks (visual, musical and performance art) relating to peace and human rights from around the globe”. Although filmed in many countries, its creators say its “birthplace is local”, with director Mark Street living in Mentone, sound recordist David Muir, Mornington, online editor Alan Ryan, Mt Eliza and media producer Terry Cantwell, Mornington. “Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture” was one of the last films shown at Mornington Cinemas before it was closed due to the COVID-19 emergency. Keith Platt

PEACE activist and artist William Kelly being filmed at home, above; and on location at Hiroshima, right; and with actor Martin Sheen, left. Pictures: Supplied

‘Strong interest’ in retirement centre RETIREMENT village operator Ryman Healthcare says it scaled back plans for a multi-storey development in Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza, to more align with community views – not because of a lack of interest from potential buyers. Objectors are opposed to the retirement village being built on land they say should be zoned green wedge. Victorian development manager David Laing said the company in 2018 held four on-site community open days. “We were encouraged by the level of support we received at those open days, and we took on board constructive feedback from some close neighbours,” he said. One apartment building was deleted from the plan some setbacks increased. “This decision had nothing to do with demand for the village,” Mr Laing said. Plans for the $80 million development lodged with Mornington Peninsula Shire late last year include six four-storey buildings, two four-storey wings attached to the existing mansion, three three-storey buildings, place of worship and 362 car spaces. There will be 272 apartments, including 55 assisted living units and 217 independent living units, and 124 aged care beds (“Deadline for Ryman protest” The News 12/5/20). Ryman’s Victorian sales and community relations manager Debra Richardson said demand by prospective residents was “incredibly strong”. “More than 350 people have signed up to go into our sales database – the overwhelming majority of them Mt Eliza locals,” she said. “The local interest in moving into the village far exceeds what we expected, and what we’ve seen at other retirement villages we have built.” Mr Laing said the village would “significantly reduce demand on existing health services [and] free up housing stock in the area”. Stephen Taylor

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Shoes of appreciation MORNINGTON footwear manufacturer Bata is donating shoes to health care workers fighting COVID-19. The offer is part of the company’s global effort to provide one million pairs of shoes to health care workers, volunteers and their families. “The generosity of local businesses, such as Bata Shoes, in recognition of the role of health care workers has been tremendous,” Peninsula Health’s chief operating officer Helen Cooper said. “Our hardworking team spends a lot of time on its feet, so a new pair of work shoes is invaluable.” Bata managing director Jon Moore said it was important to show appreciation for those on the medical front line. “Our footwear is technically designed for health care workers and we have made available 7000 pairs of

shoes for our health care heroes,” he said. “It’s the least we can do.” Information provided by Belinda Healey, of Blue White Media, said there had been a waiting time of up to 2½ hours for shoes due to the unprecedented demand and the need to maintain social distancing. The Australian donation is valued at $500,000 for the 75,000 registered nurses in Victoria. Frontline health care workers wanting to take up the offer can visit Bata's Mornington outlet at 1158 Nepean Highway, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday and have proof of identification. Fitting offer: Bata managing director Jon Moore with Matthew Vickers, Julie Shibu, Jenni Moller, and Cassy Neylan of Peninsula Health. Picture: Supplied

AEON Volt’s Steve Myers and Louine Shaw are watching three singles from their debut album AxioMatic take off on Triple J’s Unearthed charts. Picture: Supplied

Duo dancing its way to top of charts Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au ALTHOUGH they have been around the entertainment industry for most of their lives, Louine Shaw and Steve Myers were “thrilled” to watch as three of their songs took off on Triple J’s Unearthed charts. The Mornington-based duo started writing and recording under the name Aeon Volt about two years ago, but it was only with the release of their first album AxioMatic in February, and subsequently three singles on Unearthed, that things, as Myers says, “have really taken off”. Just as there is nothing simple about their music, the formula for crafting a song that races up the chart is also elusive. Once upon a time chart success was based on the number of recorss or CDs sold. Downloading and streaming has changed that forever. Fittingly, Triple J’s website describes the way a track ranks on its Unearthed chart as being “based on an extremely complicated mathematical equation - aggregating, averaging and multiplying numbers drawn through user actions through the site”. This all boils down to popularity among listeners, which is something Shaw and Myers seem to have achieved. They describe the genre of their music as dance, electronic, pop. All three singles from AxioMatic (the cover of which includes the explanatory line “selfevident or unquestionable”) quickly climbed the Unearthed chart, with Say It Isn’t So making number one in the first week of its release. “I’ve always had a soft spot for electronic music, although I also like rock, blues and classical,” Myers, said. One Triple J reviewer describes the duo’s work as music that collides to “form a unique

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Shire’s aerial pool check is an invasion of privacy My elderly mother-in-law, a resident of Mornington, recently received a letter from the shire telling her she had to register her pool or spa (“New pool rules next month” The News 18/5/20). As she has neither, we contacted the shire to inquire as to what was going on. We were advised that the shire had used aerial surveillance to photograph pools and spas in the district. The raises two points. Firstly, is the shire legally able to invade peoples’ privacy in this way, and secondly, how does it find something that is not there? She has been very stressed over this because she cannot understand how she could be “accused” of having something she doesn’t have and being asked to pay for it. This to me is overstepping the mark, notwithstanding incompetent. Glenn Murphy, Hampton Park

Review heritage It is great that Mornington Peninsula Council will perhaps participate in providing low cost social housing (“Plan to house the homeless” The News 13/5/20). Surely it is a given that everyone has the fundamental right to safe, secure housing in this wealthy country we live in? Far too many people are sleeping rough or homeless. On another housing matter, congratulations to the owners of 14-16 Bath Street, Mornington who are painstakingly restoring their older house. In contrast, elsewhere in the same street developers have again won. The home was built by well known, respected architecture company Chancellor and Patrick and should, in my opinion, have had a conserva-

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tion order placed on it. In recent times the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery had a well-attended exhibition on significant architectural homes and buildings on the peninsula and this company was a stand out. We are losing far too many of these iconic homes on the peninsula. The council needs to comprehensively review its heritage strategy before it is too late. The peninsula will be just full of concrete units and high rises. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Watching costs Each year Mornington Peninsula Shire’s salary and wages costs exceed the previous year, with the nod of long serving councillors. With the current coronavirus the people most protected are public servants and council staff. The majority of small and medium business have been throttled by restrictive over the top regulations. Council employees are relatively well paid and with very generous benefits not enjoyed by the private sector. Council then meets the increase by scratching around to find additional revenue, such as an extra slug on rural properties, increased fees for beach box owners and a state tax on pool owners. Councillors who have had no experience handling other people’s money or running a business sit in judgement on balance sheets. I have sat on a number of similar state and local committees and have been part of a structure that instructs each of four main managers that they have to reduce expenditure by 10 per cent to comply with community accountability. Tom Miller, Tootgarook

Plans by Hillview Quarries to extract 70 million tonnes of granite stone from Arthurs Seat will cause many long-term job losses in Dromana, Rosebud and Portsea (“State urged to buy quarry” The News 16/3/20). The state government should stop this plan as local farming and wine-growing activities will also be affected. Michael Kiddle, Mount Eliza

Distancing question Over the past weeks, several times each day, I drive past Bata Shoes, Mornington and see lines of people queuing up for free shoes being offered by the company. Initially, the line stretched out of the store into the car park and up Oakbank Road. Cars were parked on both sides of the road. It is very generous of the shoe company to give complimentary shoes to health and aged care workers. Workers employed to assist the most vulnerable in our community. Wouldn’t they be aware of the physical distancing rules our state government has in place? On Thursday 21 May Peninsula Health staff were outside Bata’s main office for a “photo opportunity” with the management of Bata. No one seemed phased with the lack of observance of the physical distancing rules of the people lined up. This daily occurrence doesn’t appear to have seen any policing of this line-up. I wonder if there will be any repercussions of this generous offer and the close proximity of people waiting, anything up to well over an hour, for a free shoe? Janet Street, Mornington

Gambling with mental health and money AUSTRALIANS reportedly lose more money on gambling each year, per person, than residents of any other country. Encouraging them to bet is gambling advertising which is prominent across all media, particularly in sports. Social researchers are questioning whether poker machines should be switched off for good as they are in Victoria now because of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Mornington Peninsula Shire is one area of government counting the mental health costs and social disruption caused by gambling excesses. It says it is “committed to preventing gambling harm” in a world where smartphones are keeping us connected to betting sites. To raise awareness of gambling-related harm, the shire is partnering with Gambler’s Help Southern and Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC). “The normalisation of gambling as an accepted form of entertainment is causing harm without us even realising it,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “[It] can impact us in ways we don’t always see and can affect our health and community services, education institutions, workplaces and local businesses. “It can take a toll on our personal lives, too, damaging families and straining friendships. It’s important we support those who might not see the impact gambling is having on themselves and those around them.” Gambler’s Help Southern provides free and confidential support to those concerned about their own gambling, or that of a loved one. “By coming together as a community, I’m hopeful we can reduce gambling harm across the shire,” Cr Hearn said. Visit: gamblershelpsouthern.org.au or call 9575 5353.

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LAST week’s strong winds caused havoc on the land, but were a dream come true to some of those at sea. Kitesurfers (or kiteboarding to some) were out in force at Rosebud, where the northerlies were ideal for sailing parallel to the shore. The shallow waters also made it easier to get started again after being lifted into the air. The colourful kites and the near acrobatics of the sailors were a drawcard for sightseers. Kitesurfing combines skills used in wakeboarding, snowboarding, sailboarding, surfing and paragliding. Picture: Keith Platt

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“Stop ! Seaford” – Sign boards requested Compiled by Cameron McCullough COUNCILLORS like to have their little jokes, and when at last council meeting the Seaford Progress Association wrote again, for the third time, urging that sign boards be erected at the boundaries of the riding to indicate to travellers that at last they were on Seaford soil, councillors seemed highly amused. Cr Howell, in moving that the request be complied with, said that the matter was one that interested Seaford ratepayers very largely. Cr. Armstrong: The Progress Association wont give the council any rest till it is done. He seconded the motion. Cr. Griffeth: It ought to be possible to identify Seaford without signboards. (Laughter.) Cr. Wells: Put up a board similar to the sign in Collins Street – “Stop! Seaford!” (Renewed laughter.) Cr. Mason moved an amendment that one board only be erected, to be placed in the centre of the town. Cr Jones: In the centre of the road? (Laughter.) Cr. Griffeth seconded the amendment, which was carried. *** MR E. Barber, (late A.I.F.,), has purchased Mr J. C. Murphy’s dairying business in Frankston, and takes over at once. *** THE Secretary of the Frankston Brass Band acknowledges with thanks receipt of the following donations: Cr. Howell, £1 1s; Cr Armstrong, £1; Mr J. Clarke, 10s 6d; Mr H. M. Sheddon, £1 2s; amount previously

acknowledged, £22, 12s. Total, £26 4s 6d. The pipe donated by Mr Ledgar was won by Mr Briely. *** ATTENTION is drawn to Ms C. L. Bell’s business advertisement wherein he announces having received assorted stocks of ladies, gents, and children’s footwear. He quotes a special line of men’s watertights at 26s 6d. Inspection is invited. *** A MEETING convened by the ladies was held on Monday night last for the purpose of forming an accident fund in connection with the Frankston Football Club. Miss Dorothea Gregory was voted to the chair. The decision to form an accident fund was confirmed. Miss Gregory was appointed secretary, Mr W. Crawford Young, treasurer, with the following committee: Mesdames Dalman, W. Gregory, Burton, Scarborough, Miss Gamble and Messrs Dalman and E. McComb. It was resolved to hold a fair on the 18th and 19th June, to be called the Black and Red Carnival. The following stalls were allotted: Refreshment stall, Mrs Scarborough; Produce, Mrs Burton; Flowers, Miss Gregory ; Sweets, Mrs Dalman; Fancy, Miss Gamble; Dip, Mrs A. Aitken ; Hoop-la, Mrs W. Gregory. The movement has been taken up in a very enthusiastic manner. All gifts may be left with Mrs Dalman. ***

THE service in the Frankston Methodist Church next Sunday night will be conducted by Rev A. L. Sherlock – a Frankston boy. It will be his last service before proceeding to Samoa where he has been appointed by the Methodist Church to labour as a Missionary. *** OWING to the arrival of the Prince the usual weekly pictures will be postponed. Don’t miss Saturday nights pictures, 2 Big Star pictures including, Gladys Brockwell, and Miriam Cooper. Come along and bring your friends. The more patrons the better it is for your town. *** THE euchre tournament promoted by the Frankston Brass Band was continued last night. There was a splendid attendance. Mrs Kimlin won the ladies prize and Mr Dalman the gents, The “booby” prize winners were Miss Dougan and Mr H. Morrison. The prizes for the evening were donated by Mrs Wilcox and Miss Gregory. *** EARLY on Thursday morning burglars entered the store of Mrs Deane, in Frankston and got away with a valuable collection of groceries, and wine spirits. The value of the goods stolen is estimated at £200. On the previous Sunday night a railway truck was rifled at the Frankston Station. ***

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public holiday, in honor of the Prince of Wales landing in Australia. It is whispered that there is a possibility of the Prince being seen down Frankston way on one of his “off” days. The Nationalists are advertising for a candidate to stand for the Mornington division in the next State election, in opposition to the Hon. A. Downward, the Farmers’ nominee. It is not likely that the job will be rushed at £300 a year. Frankston branch of the Taxpayers’ Association last evening passed a resolution condemning the proposal to increase Federal members’ salaries. So say all of us. The burglars who visited Mrs Deane’s shop last Wednesday night showed a nice discrimination in the choice of spirituous liquors, and their haul was a valuable one. Empire Day will be celebrated at the Frankston State school next Monday, the public being invited to attend at 2.15 p.m. The ladies have successfully launched their scheme for providing an accident fund in connection with the Frankston Football Club, and the movement is sure to receive general support. Several Frankston residents are considering the idea of motoring to Dromana next Wednesday morning to witness the passing of the Renown which is due to enter the heads at 7.30 a.m. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 21 May 1920

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‘Patch’ back to Dallas Brooks? Possible switch: Ryan Paczkowski in action for Mornington (left) and Oakleigh Cannons. Pictures: John Punshon and Peter Tsarros

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By Craig MacKenzie RYAN Paczkowski could be on the verge of a sensational return to Mornington. The move relies on his current club Oakleigh Cannons not playing this season and releasing “Patch” from his contract. NPL1 powerhouse Oakleigh faces two major hurdles standing in the way of competing in 2020. The Greek-backed outfit is closely considering its duty of care to its members and has genuine concerns especially for it older supporters. It also stares into a financial black hole given that its main revenue streams have dried up with little prospect of short-term recovery. There’s no doubt that should “Patch” be on the move there will be plenty of interested clubs but there’s only one club that he’d join if he doesn’t play for Oakleigh this year. Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson and president Matt Cameron have not been involved in discussions with Paczkowski about a possible move. “I want to make it clear that we have not discussed this matter nor have we given it consideration,” Jamieson said. However Paczkowski is one of a number of contracted players who are believed to be considering exit strategies should Football Victoria cancel the NPL1 season. Mornington brought the former Gainsborough Trinity, Harworth Colliery, Frickley Athletic and Brigg Town striker to Melbourne from his native Doncaster in England for the 2014 State 1 season. Two seasons later his reputation had been established and he joined Bentleigh Greens where he enjoyed a stellar 2016 season highlighted by a number of man-of-the-match performances and multiple team-of-the-week selections. He returned to Dallas Brooks Park for the 2017 season before Chris Taylor took him to Oakleigh where he has spent the past two seasons and proven his versatility in a number of positions. But a Paczkowski switch relies heavily on the make-up of the season that Football Victoria is expected to announce this week. FV was due to contact NPL clubs yesterday (Monday) and there has been

much conjecture that if the elite club competition goes ahead it will only be at NPL2 and NPL3 levels. Just before we went to press a prominent NPL club was canvassing the notion that FV would announce that promotion would still be in play this year but that relegation would be suspended. If applied to State Leagues it would be a second successive season that an integral element of the sport had been removed by the governing body. Last week FV announced proposed resumption of play dates for NPL, junior NPL, community clubs and community junior competitions. The junior NPL season is tentatively scheduled to start on Saturday 20 June. Community clubs (State Leagues and below, seniors and juniors) were given a proposed start date of Sunday 28 June, which took many local clubs by surprise as they play on Saturdays. Sport and Recreation Victoria plays a crucial role in setting these proposed start dates and it’s believed that SRV will call for the cricket season to be pushed back to a late October start to accommodate football codes as many grounds have multisport tenants. Last Friday evening there was a bombshell announcement from State 1 South-East club Richmond that it was withdrawing all teams from competi-

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on Tuesday night. Rosebud players allegedly will see a slimmed-down version of colourful central striker Mark Pagliarulo. “I’m currently day 38 off the alcohol and going strong,” he claimed on Sunday. “I’m doing personal training with (Bulleen head coach) John Maisano and lost 5.5 kilos just in case you wondered. “Heading off now to Gunnamatta beach to go on a run with him after our 9am bootcamp this morning.” Rosebud announced last week that new state-of-the-art floodlights will be installed at its Olympic Park headquarters in Besgrove Street and be functional by mid-June. The club says this opens up the possibility of hosting Friday night and midweek fixtures. In other news Skye United’s clubrooms at Skye Recreation Reserve were vandalised last week with graffiti sprayed on signage, walls, roofs and footpaths. The club took to social media to ask for help in identifying the perpetrators. Meanwhile Frankston Pines head coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor has raised an interesting point about controlling numbers of attendees at training and matches. “Most grounds are located in public parks and not all of them have completely fenced off access so how are clubs meant to police this?” Taylor asked. His concerns were echoed by Skye United president Daren Jones. “We’ve got a lot of people who walk their dogs on our park and how do we get their names and contact information if they are doing that during a training session? “As far as I’m concerned everyone on that park has to be on our register otherwise how can they be traced?” And for the record let’s finally publish the worst kept secret in local football. Billy Rae has left State 4 South-East club Somerville and been replaced by Dave Greening who will be playercoach of the senior squad. Stan Packer who had quit last year along with former senior coach Scott Morrison has returned as Greening’s assistant. Neither Rae nor Greening were prepared to comment.

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Alfa Oro continues successful comeback HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MATT Laurie’s talented sprinter lfa Oro has returned from an injury enforced two-year layoff in fine form with a gutsy victory down the Flemington straight on Saturday 23 May. The four-year-old son of Bachelor Duke resumed with a second placing at Pakenham in April before putting together a hattrick of wins culminating in Saturday’s Benchmark 78 Almandin Handicap (1100m). The speedy gelding has come a long way since suffering a spiral fracture in his front leg during trackwork that required surgery and a 20-month absence from the track. “To come back after a two-year layoff and win like he has is a pretty good effort on his part,” Laurie said post-race. “We had a big opinion of him early and it’s good to have him back.” Alfa Oro sat up on the speed in the heavy conditions before holding off all the challenges to score a neck victory over the Gareth Andrews-trained Spirit of Aquada. Laurie said he was stoked to see the tough gelding dig deep to fight out the finish. “It was a really good effort because he was under a bit of siege there and he showed a good amount of fight,”

Back and booming: The Matt Laurietrained Alfa Oro scores a gutsy win down the Flemington straight on Saturday 23 May. Picture: Supplied

he said. “He looked a bit green, that last furlong and a half, but he is a really good horse. I thought he would (handle the straight) and he obviously did, but he

still looked like he had the handbrake on a little bit towards the end. “He is such a pro in everything he does, so I was happy to take on (the straight course).”

For Alfa Oro’s next target, Laurie said he’ll just continue to take it race by race at this stage. “I just wanted to build up his rating and get a bit of money in the bank,”

he said. “I’m just trying to place him as best I can, and we will see where we are at after this.”

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