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Cheers and fears over threats to green wedge SATURDAY 1 May was a day of celebration for those opposed to the now-withdrawn plan by power company AGL to import liquified natural gas through a terminal at Crib Point. However, the more than 400 people gathered at Balnarring common to revel in their shared victory were also warned to be wary of governments and vested interests eyeing parts of the Mornington Peninsula’s green wedge for development. “Governments cannot be trusted to protect Western Port and the peninsula’s green wedge,” Cr David Gill said. He listed “concerning issues still being pushed by the state and federal governments”. Continued Page 8

Shire spends to ease COVID pain Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE Mornington Peninsula had more businesses relying on the federal government’s JobKeeper program throughout the COVID-19 pandemic than any other Victorian municipality. From September, 59.2 per cent of peninsula businesses were being supported by the program – the third highest number in Australia. At the peak of the downturn in August 2205 “local” jobs were lost. In the wake of those statistics Mornington Peninsula Shire has decided to spend more than $10 million on

helping the community recover from the economic and social effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Nepean MP Chris Brayne said while the peninsula's economy was “certainly hit hard last year, we have already begun to see the signs of economic recovery after a really good summer”. “The council’s decision to spend this money on further recovery efforts is absolutely the right one,” Mr Brayne said. “This is not the time for austerity measures, or for cutting services or spending. [This year] is for building back our peninsula after the difficulty of last year.” The shire’s COVID-19 community

recovery grants program unveiled at the Tuesday 20 April council meeting was one of a suite of spending programs aimed at providing relief for businesses and speeding their recovery. In December, councillors deferred the annual community grants program and redirected the remainder of the flexi-grants budget, about $276,000, be spent on COVID-19 relief and recovery. The COVID-19 relief (quick response) grants register closed in March after all money was allocated to 18 applicants. There were 33 applications for February’s COVID-19 community recovery grants program, with 28 being

recommended for acceptance, including three for conditional funding. Two applications were not recommended and three were ineligible under the program’s guidelines. The assessment panel recommended $185,773 be provided for the recommended projects which left a surplus of $61,577. Among the successful community groups and clubs were Merricks Pony Club ($9240 to replace equipment and continue its community education program for teenagers and children); Spark Youth Dance Company ($5000 for its “reimagined” first season of dance works); Rosebud Wannaeue Place mural and youth workshops

($10,000 for a mural that “showcases the ocean through the eyes of youth”); Friends of Fusion ($10,000 for its annual fundraising dinner); Nina.9 ($10,000 for an animated pop musical series); Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club ($4000 for a female enduro gravity event); and Sorrento Portsea Senior Citizens Centre ($10,000 for a members’ theatre group and performance); Southern Buoy Studio ($900 annual landscape exhibition); Rosebud Italian Club ($4550 for annual flag-raising ceremony and lunch); and $10,000 for Josie Jones’ Mind Your Own Bin campaign.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Sponsored by Community Bank • Balnarring & District Bittern Combined Probus is seeking active retirees to Join our club. If you would like to meet new people are willing to try some of our numerous activities and enjoy fun and fellowship, then why not give it a go. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Hub in Hastings. The meeting commences at 9.30 and is followed by lunch. For more information please contact Brian Pyne on 0419126684 Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research), Q&A, Information, Presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/ sigs/mornington-peninsula-sig/family-history Contact Colin 0417 103 678 Relaxing Yoga and Qi Gong Every Tuesday 10.30am. Suitable for over 55s. Cost $7. Hastings Community House. 185 High St. Hastings. Call Dianna 0425 779 306 for more info. Hastings Bowls Club Every Wed starting 6pm. Everyone is welcome to try lawn bowls by starting with barefoot bowls, followed by a BBQ. Located at Marine Pde, Hastings. Ph 5979 1723 or 0448 023 287

MAY Crib Point Community Market Sat 8 May: 9am-1pm. Indoor & Outdoor stalls. Jewellery, cards, bags, craft, bric-a-brac, candles, eggs, fretwork gifts, soaps, plants, Devonshire Teas, coffee van and lots more. Proceeds go to the Crib Point Community House and community programs. Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Rd, Crib Point. Email: market@cpch.org.au or ph 59839888. New stallholders are welcome. Somerville Saturday Market Sat 8 May: 8.30am - 12.30pm St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Rd West, Somerville Variety of stalls and Op Shop. Ph Graeme 59776980 Peninsula Art Studio: May 29 & 30 30 artists are opening their studios for public visits. Check the website & map so you can plan your weekend of studio visits to the artists of your choice. www.peninsulastudiotrailinc.org Somerville Probus Club Meet the 3rd Wed of the month at 9.30am in St Andrews Church Hall (by the Railway crossing). Our activities are varied and include Canasta afternoons, games nights, lunch at different venues,ten pin bowling, croquet, craft and lots more. Contact Marcia 0477708715 U3A Hastings U3A have moved to a new central location in Hastings. Check us out Cnr Herring and Salmon Streets, Hastings Office hrs Mon/Tues 10-1 and 1-4. Closed school and public holidays. Ph: 5979 8585. email u3a@iinet.net.au. New memberships welcome

Bittern Combined Probus meets on 2nd Thursday of the month, commencing at 9.30am Join us as we explore new challenges, expand friendships and generally enhance our enjoyment of retirement. We offer a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Membership is open to any member of the community who is retired or semi - retired for further details please ring Brian Pyne on 0419126684 Somerville Senior Citizens Club Activities for Senior Citizens, including day trips. Indoor bowls and a movie or cards $2. Bingo and a movie or cards $2. BBQ followed by indoor bowls and a movie or cards $5. For further info contact Merna on 0447 333 966. 21 Black Camps Road, Somerville. Ph 5977 7759 Reclink Art Therapy Visual Arts course for adults Basic introduction to art making for health and wellbeing. During term times. Friday mornings 10am – noon. Wallaroo Community Centre, 6 Wallaroo Place, Hastings. Contact Gaye 0409174128 to book and enrol. OP SHOP St Andrew’s Church, Eramosa Road West, Somerville. Hours: 9am - 4 pm, Monday and Friday, 9 am - 1 pm, Saturday. Well worth a visit! Repair Cafe Hastings 3rd Sunday of each month, 12-3pm. A not-for-profit community group with skilled volunteer repairers to share their knowledge and help repair, reduce, reuse and repurpose household items for a donation. Cafe has light refreshments and activities for kids. Located at the Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings. Email: repaircafehastings@gmail.com or ph: 0411517242

Petanque Come and enjoy the fun playing petanque on Wednesdays and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve, Derril Road Moorooduc from 3pm - 5pm. Further info contact.Jim 0458548491 or Jan 0409132761 or email morningtonpeninsulapetanque@gmail.com Charity Sewing Every third Tues each month If you love sewing, you’d be most welcome to come to the next Sewing afternoon for the Dress-a-Girlaround-the-World project when we sew dresses for young girls living in poverty in third world countries. Bring your own machine but fabric, simple patterns, thread and trims are supplied. Venue is Hastings Uniting Church hall beginning at 1.30pm. Enquiries to Sandra 5979 1237. Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inviting you for a social get together, every Monday from 10.30am - 2pm. Join us in a Dutch card game, “Klaverjas” and a social game of Rummicub. Coffee and tea supplied. New members welcome. For more information ring Nel 59775680 or Elly 0432933292 Tyabb Hall - Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb. Free parking Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 Combined Probus Club of Balnarring Third Friday of each month at 10am. Held at the Balnarring Community Hall Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring. Guest speakers each month covering a wide range of subjects. The club has a diverse range of interest groups, outings and travel, Visitors and prospective new members are welcome. Contact Patsy Wilson on 5983 9949.

Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s. For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship. Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact: 5970 7000 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 Dog Lovers Walking Group Join us for friendship, fun and exercise for dogs and owners. Baxter Park (Near Tennis Courts). Tuesdays at 8:30 am & 9:30 am & Thursdays at 9:30 am. Great for puppies. Regular social events as well. Contact Suzanne on 9789 8475 Holy Trinity Anglican Church Op Shop 2nd Saturday of each month Jumble sale inluding furniture, plants, larger items, along with bric a brac. The Op Shop (benhind Coles) in Churst St, Hastings. Any inquiries: Judy 0425 848 957 Frankston Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets in the Bridget Clancy room at St John of God hospital, from 10 am on the 3rd Monday of each month to listen to speakers, share information and socialise. More info available from Karen 0412 979 902 or Glenys 0437 956 305. Hastings Combined Probus Club Meetings held 1st Monday of each month starting at 10am at The Hastings Sports Club. All retirees welcome. Outstanding guest speakers at each meeting, day trips and cruises, morning tea and lunch outings at various venues. Visitors welcome. Contact Secretary – Dulcie on 0417130643 JP locations National & International documents inc affadavits, stat decs & cert copies signed FREE of charge at police stations on the Peninsula. Hastings: Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm or Google find a JP Victoria or Ph1300365567. Mornington Peninsula Writers Every 2nd and 4th Sat, 10am – 1pm Somerville Community House, Blacks Camp Road Somerville. Email info@mornpenwriters.org Balnarring Bowls & Social Club Come join us to maintain fitness & good health, make new friends and have a laugh, enjoy social days and compete if you like. Located at Bruce St Reserve, Balnarring. 5983 1655 or info@balnarringbowls.com.au Alcoholics Anonymous - Mornington Peninsula Do you need help to stop drinking? You’re not alone, contact us now on our 24 hour helpline 1300 880 390 or find a local meeting at www.aatimes.org.au/meetings

Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783. Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes every Friday in January, and then 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melways ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/ Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314 Boomerang Bags There are fifteen Boomerang Bags groups across the Peninsula. Volunteers repurpose fabric destined for landfill into reusable bags to replace plastic bags. The Balnarring group meets on Thursdays 1-3pm at BPS in Civic Crt. Cheryl 0438633971. Find other groups at Boomerangbags.org Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540 Hastings View Club Voice Interest Education of Women Raising funds for the Learning for Life Program. Meeting 3rd Friday of the month at 12noon at The Hastings Club, Marine Parade, Hastings. Contact Janet 0403 786 069.

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COVID and cool weather no bar to expo COOL blustery conditions on Saturday 10 April did not deter hundreds of craft lovers from attending the Western Port Craft Expo. Cancelled last year, organisers were anxious about the expo’s success, but “with a COVID-19 plan in place and numbers restricted in each room, we needn’t have worried”, convenor Sandra Beckett said. Visitors streamed into the Hastings Community Hub throughout the day to view, talk about and buy handcrafted items. Workshops in the morning and afternoon – Indian kantha embroidery, mosaics and waxed food wraps were popular. Talks on appliqued quilts and upcycling furniture also attracted audiences and Mrs Beckett hoped Nicole Davies, of Bear Essence, Tooradin would return next year to run a workshop on making the quilts. A large room was set aside with three differ-

ent free craft activities for school-age children. “Throughout the day there was such a lovely, happy vibe throughout the community hub and the day was made better when we learnt midmorning that restrictions had been loosened,” Mrs Beckett said. “Many visitors said they were enjoying one of their first outings since lockdown restrictions eased and delighted being able to talk with others without masks.” Money raised at the expo is helping to restore and maintain the almost century old 100 brick chapel at the corner of Marine Parade and Hodgins Road, Hastings. A QUILT by Nicole Davies of Bear Essence, Tooradin on show at the Western Port Craft Expo. Picture: Supplied

Shire seeks 20-year ‘vision’ for peninsula Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au

MICHAEL Leeworthy, centre, and friends at the launch of his book about walking trails from Red Hill South. Picture: Yanni

Artist’s books take a walk RED Hill artist Michael Leeworthy is pleased to see his books “walking out the door”. A keen bushwalker, Leeworthy has self-published a book detaining 12 walking trails that he says have previously gone undocumented. Each of the tracks has a starting point at the Red Hill Post Office (based inside the red Hill Wine Cellars at the corner of Point Leo and Shoreham roads) and individual times and distances have been measured by Leeworthy. The book also includes 20 of his illustrations, including paintings of what has become known as the Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland area. “The book is already on sale at the post office and is walking out the door, which I’m very pleased to see” Leeworthy said after its official launch by Cr David Gill of Wednesday 28 April. “Although it has been a labour of love, it has taken me a lot of time.

“I have always been heavily involved with bushwalking and while living in Red Hill for 36 years, I have discovered many tracks that have never been documented. This came about simply by walking out my front door.” Leeworthy said he was grateful to publisher and poet Jai Thoolen, of Picklepoetry, “who waved a magic wand over the book and made it look very appealing”. Encouragement for him to publish the book of lesser known tracks also came from members of Red Hill Lions Walking Club. Leeworthy’s time spent in lockdown also resulted in him making 10 short “how to paint” videos which are available free on YouTube. His 12 Walks From Red Hill South Post Office is the first in a trilogy covering the peninsula’s coastal and wetland walks and “hidden walks”. Keith Platt

A 45-person “citizens panel” is a “key pillar” being used by Mornington Peninsula Shire to find a “community vision” of what the peninsula should “look like in 2040”. The “random” group will be chosen from residents and non-resident ratepayers who register their interest in being on the panel. Members of the panel will be chosen by an independent, specialist company hired by the shire to make sure they are “a completely representative cross section of the community”, according to Andrew Wood, the shire’s advocacy and innovation coordinator. Mr Wood told council’s Tuesday 20 April meeting that there were a number of “categories, or stratifications” from which the group would be chosen, including age, gender, socio-demographic, status and location. The first public stage of determining the Your Community Vision and Council Plan Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) started at Tuesday’s council meeting and was followed two nights later with an online launch by the mayor, Cr Despi O’Connor. The shire posted invitations to participate (through Zoom) in the launch on its website on the Tuesday, quoting Cr O’Connor as saying the Imagine: Peninsula 2040 project as “the biggest community engagement initiative ever undertaken by council and it is seeking feedback from as many community members as possible”. “The first phase of the project will feature an online questionnaire, pop up stalls hosted by our

community ambassadors throughout the peninsula and online forums asking people to imagine the future and provide feedback about what life should look like on the peninsula in 20 years’ time,” Cr O’Connor said. “The second phase will feature a randomly selected citizens’ panel, which will distil all this feedback into a community vision to present to council. The community vision will then guide the development of other council documents such as the council plan, health and wellbeing plan and the long-term financial plan.” Shire CEO John Baker assured councillors last Tuesday that the panel selection process had been designed to make sure it was not composed of “the usual suspects”. Selection of the panel was designed “to present a sophisticated focus group”. Mr Baker’s comments followed Cr Susan Bissinger saying she could “throw a net over … the same people” in her Nepean Ward who had “very restricted views [and are] the loudest people in the community”. Cr Bissinger was attending her first council meeting since being elected in the wake of Hugh Fraser’s surprise resignation (“Fraser bows out after ‘differences’ with CEO” The News 15/3/21). Cr Bissinger said the community included tourists and holiday home owners “and by just targetting a minute part of a group, residents, it sort of does not seem a very fair way to ascertain things”. Mr Wood gave reassurances that “the citizens panel is not the whole game” and that the invitation to participate was “targetting all residents and non-residential ratepayers”.

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Connected island: French Island Community Association president Noel Thompson helps Rose Scott open the latest Coast Road bridge at French Island. Picture: Supplied

Island marks time with bridges BORN and bred French Island resident Rose Scott has done it again. The 90-year-old was delighted to cut the ribbon to open the island’s new Coast Road bridge, Saturday 24 April, after opening the first bridge on almost the same spot near Tankerton Road about 30 years ago. Afterwards she enjoyed a glass of champagne. French Island Community Association president Noel Thompson said about 60 well-wishers turned up to watch Ms Scott do the honours and

eat lunch afterwards. Ms Scott – nee Thompson – who usually lives on Coast Road, came across by barge as she is living with her daughter in Mornington. The 11am ceremony gave others attending the event a chance to come across on the Stony Point ferry. The community association has erected a plaque to commemorate the occasion. The 10 metre by 15 metre bridge connects Tankerton to the Coast Road.

Mr Woolley said it took him a while to get to talk to Ms Scott afterwards “because she is so popular that everyone wants to chat with her”. “When I had my turn there was really only time to say hello.” Mr Woolley said that contrary to common belief the “second” bridge may actually be the third. “When the contractors (Decmil) pulled out the old timber bridge about a month ago there appeared to be steel beams underneath.”


AGL withdraws request for federal approval Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE federal government has been spared the need to make a formal decision on power company AGL’s plans to import liquified natural gas through a floating terminal at Crib Point. Flinders MP Greg Hunt last week said that “neither an approval nor refusal” would need to be made as AGL had withdrawn its proposal from consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The withdrawal at the federal level by AGL comes one month after the state government knocked its plan back on environmental grounds (“State terminates AGL’s gas import plan” The News 31/3/21). In the following weeks Environmental Justice Australia lawyer Virginia Trescowthick said the federal government would be closely monitored “to ensure that their decision is consistent with the [state government’s decision] and the overwhelming community opposition to the project” (“Feds under pressure to back AGL refusal” The News 12/4/21). In making the announcement about AGL’s withdrawal, Mr Hunt thanked “all involved” in what had been “a long, valiant fight”. “Throughout this fight I have been clearly, absolutely and unequivocally opposed to this proposed gas plant in Western Port,” Mr Hunt said. “Today [Thursday 29 April}, AGL have formally withdrawn their referral for a proposed gas import facility at Crib Point.” Mr Hunt thanked the Mornington Peninsula community “for their tireless, combined work in stopping this project”.

“This project was always a solution to a problem of the Andrews government’s own making thanks to their now cancelled moratorium on local conventional gas exploration,” he said. “Now with this formal withdrawal, I’m pleased that the peninsula community’s strong objection to this project has been heard.” Mr Hunt “acknowledged the Mr Hunt “acknowledged the advocacy” of Save Westernport, the Mornington Peninsula Shire, [Hastings Liberal MP] Neale Burgess “and others in our community. “Together, we protected Point Nepean, cleaned up Gunnamatta Beach, stopped the proposed Boral plant in Crib Point and this withdrawal is another win for the local community”. “This has been a long, valiant fight, but a worthwhile fight to protect our local Ramsar wetlands. Thank you to all involved.” Mr Hunt first announced he was against the gas import plan in July 2018, saying he had “long argued that South Port [sic] is not the place for industrial development and my view hasn’t changed in a decade. This includes the AGL proposal for a floating storage regasification unit at Crib Point” (“Libs ‘united’ against gas plan” The News 10/7/18). His statement came one day short of four months since being asked by The News if he opposed AGL’s proposal. His initial response was that he had asked AGL keep the community informed of its intentions and to directly consult with local community and environment groups. Mr Hunt said his electorate office had been forwarding inquiries from the community to AGL for its response.

Delayed, but pre-school project ‘launched’ UPGRADES to the Tyabb Pre-School that will cost close to $1.5 million have had a belated launch due to the COVID crisis. The work, which includes a $727,000 grant from the state government, started late last year but was only officially “launched” on Thursday 22 April due to COVID restrictions. The extensions and renovations, which are being done in two phases to avoid disrupting kindergarten activities, involves repurposing an unused part of the building for a second playroom, and adding a kitchen, staff office and bathrooms. Access will also be improved, and a new playground created. Eastern Victoria MP Jane Garrett joined the

mayor Cr Despi O’Connor and Cr Paul Mercurio at the pre-school in Bunguyan Reserve to officially get the project under way. Cr O’Connor said the project was “desperately needed to serve our growing population and ensure the kinder is ready for the introduction of funded three-year-old kinder next year”. “As a teacher, I know how important kinder is,” she said. “It gives our kids the best start in life and gets them ready for school, including crucial social and language skills.” Cr Paul Mercurio said he was “grateful to the state government” for paying half the cost. “When finished, this will be a fantastic new community facility for local families,” he said.

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Pets on the Peninsula We recognise the value of pet ownership, its overall benefit for our wellbeing, the importance of pet welfare and the protection of the community and the local environment from nuisance dogs and cats. We’re developing a new Domestic Animal Management Plan to help balance pet owners’ needs with the needs of the rest of our community. The Plan outlines the Shire’s approach to the delivery of animal management services, programs and strategies across the Peninsula over the next four years. However, before we put together the draft Plan, we want to hear from you.

Community consultation is open until Sunday 23 May 2021.

Whether you own a pet or not, we encourage you to provide your thoughts to help us understand what’s important to you in this space, so we can reflect this is the draft Plan. A draft Domestic Animal Management Plan will then be developed and is expected to be presented to the community in August 2021 for input.

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Food waste pick-ups to cut rubbish load Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire will begin collecting household food waste from Monday 19 July. The shire wants the collections to have a “huge impact on the environment” by reducing the amount of waste being sent to the Rye tip. Food waste, which makes up almost half of the loads sent to landfill, creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Under the new plan, all food waste will be collected in green waste bins, including bread, dairy and meats. The scraps will be turned into commercial grade compost to be used as soil conditioners or fertilisers, enriching the soil and helping to grow food. The introduction of the service is part of the shire’s Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 which also allows households to receive rebates on reusable nappies, discounts on composting systems and incentives to reduce waste. (“Aiming for a waste, plastic-free peninsula” The News 5/10/20). The strategy also aims to stop sending any waste directly to landfill by 2030 and phasing out “problematic” single-use plastics (“Contaminate waste and pay” The News 6/4/21). There will be more recycling bins in public places, community drop-off hubs for textiles and small electrical items, a waste innovation fund to support communities and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle, and incentives to reduce household waste.

The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said she was “excited by this new chapter”. “The food and green waste collected by councils is turned into valuable mulch and compost used to nourish farms, parks and gardens across Victoria,” she said. “By making sure only the right items are going in the bin you are playing an important part in returning valuable nutrients back to the earth. It is important to keep the wrong items out, so they don’t end up on farms and in gardens. “Incorrect items, such as plastic bags, wire and nappies, don’t break down even if they are labelled compostable. “By keeping food waste out of landfill, we’ll be helping reach our zero-waste target and reduce our impact on climate change, too.” Residents with green waste bins are eligible to join in the program. Those living in the urban zone of the shire who do not have a green waste bin can order one for an annual fee of $135 at mornpen.vic.gov.au/greenwaste Facebook responses have been less positive: Steven Mark: “Seems counterproductive. Most people have a garden and should be able to compost at home. The emissions made by trucks collecting this waste will counteract the benefits.” Alison Blair: “How many people are going to use the food waste caddy and ‘bags’ mentioned? Contamination of green waste and extra plastic just means that more rubbish will end up in landfill. Dairy, meat and bread are not usually used in mulch which is at least one purpose (and probably the most money making part) of collecting green waste. While I can see the intention is

good the execution is just not valid. Just like the way people use the recycle bin to put whatever they can’t fit into the waste bin this will end up the same or worse.” Simon Moody: “We have had it in Frankston for a while. Word of warning, get used to a bin full of maggots and the smell of rotting meat, pasta, fruit and veg especially in summer can get really bad.” Chris Kendle: “They trialled this in Wodonga and it didn’t take long for people to start putting other shit in their bin and the garbage people to look the other way because no one cared.” Free food waste caddies and biodegradable caddy-liners can be ordered online by 25 June at mornpen.vic.gov.au/foodwaste. The caddy, liners and an information kit will be delivered from 12 July. Those not needing a caddy can pick up the free liners from Mornington, Rosebud or Hastings customer service centres from 5 July. The shire asks that food scraps be disposed of in the supplied liners only, and not any other compostable or degradable-type liners. Or food scraps can be placed directly into the bin without any bin liners with those bins continuing to be emptied fortnightly. For more information join online information sessions at 12-12.45pm Tuesday 4 May, or 7-7.45pm, Wednesday 5 May, and 10.3011.15am, Saturday 8 May. Register for the online sessions at mornpen.vic.gov.au/foodwaste Residents living in areas not eligible for shire green waste bins can get advice about a rebate on compost bins at mornpen.vic.gov.au/compost

Opposition promises ‘fees freeze’ SOME business fees charged by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council are likely to be frozen for four years if the Liberal Nationals opposition wins the next state election. Although the election is not due until November 2022, Mornington MP David Morris said “freezing the cost of fees levied on local businesses is a practical and effective way to deliver that support”. Without giving any examples, Mr Morris, in a joint news release with Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien, said some councils had not been able to resist “the temptation to bolster their financial position by slugging local small businesses”. “Small traders who survived the 2020 COVID lockdowns are hanging on by their fingertips, and increasing council charges put their survival at risk. They need support to stay in business, not more reasons to leave,” Mr Morris, who is the opposition’s spokesperson for local government, said. The promised freeze on charges is the third part of the Liberal Nationals local business action plan “to make Victoria the small business capital of the nation”. Fees that would be frozen following the election of a Liberal Nationals government included footpath and road occupation fees, fees on hairdressers and beauty businesses, fees on food businesses, and fees on accommodation providers. The full list of fees is yet to be selected “in consultation with small businesses, industry associations and local councils across the state”. Keith Platt

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IT was smiles all round at the celebration of AGL’s backdown for a gas import terminal at Crib Point.

Cheers, fears over green wedge threats transparent about what is really going on.” However, it there were no shortages of congratulations and smiles among the crowd on common over the defeat of AGL’s gas import terminal project. State Planning Minister Richard Wynne refused the permit on environmental grounds and last week AGL withdrew its request for a gas import licence from the federal government for the Crib Point site. Cr Gill praised the work of the groups and “the whole community in fighting for the environment and winning against the huge gas industry”. Special mentions were made of the Save Western Port Group, Environment Victoria, Western Port and Peninsula Protection Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, which spent $300,000 on advocacy and giving expert evidence at the environmental effects hearings. Keith Platt

Continued from Page 1 Cr Gill’s list of concerns included Kawasaki’s hydrogen gas from brown coal export trial at Hastings; proposed rezoning of bayside land in Hastings to unknown port related uses; the gas pipeline still proposed through Hastings; state government discussions to reduce the green wedge around towns; and the federal government’s proposal for a “huge train station at Baxter that will eliminate the green wedge between Baxter and Somerville”. Cr Gill said Langwarrin was the “logical” terminus for the electric train line from Frankston “before extending it into Hastings”. “Vested interests and developers have the ear of governments because they continue to allow donations to political parties. Lobbyists and big money should not override community interests,” he said. “If they want to keep the community onside then [they should] keep us informed and be DECKING T/Pine 70x22 KD ACQ ........................... $2.70mt T/Pine 90x22 KD ACQ ........................... $3.50mt Merbau 70x19 Random ........................ $5.25mt Merbau 90x19 Random ........................ $6.50mt Merbau 140x22 Random .................... $13.25mt Spotted Gum 86x19 .............................. $7.50mt Spotted Gum 135x19........................... $13.95mt

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Birds and walks a reason to retire SPOTTING birds and taking long walks to see the country close up are some of the activities on the “life list” of Greg Hunt, who has retired after two and a half years as executive officer of the Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation. His position at the biosphere will be filled by Mel Barker, who Mr Hunt describes as “a very well-credentialled local”. At the time of Mr Hunt’s appointment, the biosphere foundation’s chair Duncan Malcolm pointed out that he was “not the Flinders MP” of the same name, but the previous executive officer of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (“Seasoned campaigner heads biosphere group” The News 11/12/2018). “I am having another go at retirement after two and a half particularly fulfilling years at the Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation,” Mr Hunt said last week. “Nonetheless, I’m going to be sad to go as there are some fascinating projects about to start and the biosphere is in a good position to start them.” He said biosphere staff “are as committed to the organisation as anyone could be and they are right across the work program and the community for whom they deliver” (“AGL defeat ‘start’ for community action” The News 27/4/21). “The issue is that there’s so much else for a still fit and healthy fellow to do,” Mr Hunt said. “My life list of

Australia’s bird species has a few too many gaps and I’ve got to go to some of the best and or remote parts of the country to see them. “There are long walks to take also if you want to see the country close up, and I do.” Mr Hunt said he would “try and avoid work” but admitted to “having a few irons in the fire to keep my mind alive”. He said the biosphere foundation’s work in climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development “has thrown up many challenges and has led to much strategising and willing and robust debate”. “But change will always do that and that’s why working in change is so fulfilling.” Keith Platt

Wild Women launch INSPIRE Tribe’s Nikk Hughes is guest speaker at the Wild Women in Business launch, Mornington Yacht Club, 8am, Friday 7 May. “We are on the hunt for high level doers who can add value to our group of amazing women. We are here to support you, challenge you and add value back into your business and life in return,” the group’s founder Lauren Wild, pictured, said. Bookings are essential. Email lauren@wildwomeninbusiness.com.au or go to wildwomeninbusiness.com.au

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Meeting to preserve the pier A PUBLIC meeting will be held on Saturday (8 May) in support of keeping the remaining 180 metre wooden section of Flinders pier. The pier was built in the mid-19th century and substantially reconstructed about 100 years later. A new concrete section was built in late 2011, and there is growing pressure for the remaining wooden section to be kept for pedestrians. News that the wooden section was under threat came in July 2020, when the Ports and Freight Minister Melissa Horne issued a media release headed Upgrading piers and jetties that included “the demolition of the inner section of the old Flinders Jetty

in Western Port” (“Heritage pier faces partial demolition” The News 23/3/21). Ms Horne was quoted as saying “We understand how important these piers are to their local communities so it’s vital for us to address the needs of residents and pier users”. The pier was once an important link in transporting agricultural produce from the Mornington Peninsula as roads were only suitable for use by those on horseback, horse and cart, or bullock wagon. The only practical means of moving supplies and produce between Flinders and Melbourne and beyond was by sea.

Flinders became a busy port with coastal vessels regularly arriving with supplies, including building materials for the developing district and taking away farm produce. The pier was gazetted for public purposes in 1995, indicating the change from commercial to recreational use. The concrete jetty was added in 2011 along the north side of the timber structure to serve the pilot boat. The public meeting arranged by Flinders Community Association starts at 11.30am Saturday 8 May at the Flinders Hall, Cook Street Flinders. Keith Platt

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With Stephen Taylor

Arrests over burglaries THREE men have been arrested over a series of aggravated burglaries last week at Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Glen Iris, Toorak, Camberwell and Malvern. Detectives from the Southern Metro Crime Team executed two warrants at addresses in Frankston, Friday 30 April, seizing items allegedly linking those arrested with the break-ins. A 21-year-old Frankston man has been charged with 13 offences, including aggravated burglary, burglary, theft of motor vehicles and theft. An 18-year-old Frankston man has been charged with 18 offences, including aggravated burglary, burglary, theft, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, possessing a drug of dependence, theft of motor vehicles and traffic offences. The men were remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday. A 17-year-old Frankston teen has been charged with 12 offences, including aggravated burglary, burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, possessing the proceeds of crime and theft of a motor vehicle. He has been remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date. The charges follow the capture of the trio in the Melbourne CBD after police spotted a Mazda 3 sedan – stolen from Tyabb on Thursday night – on Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby about 10.50pm later that night. The police Air Wing followed the car across the south-eastern suburbs where the driver allegedly reached speeds of 170kph. While travelling through Oakleigh, it is alleged a woman jumped from the car. She was arrested soon after. The car then continued towards the Melbourne CBD where police used stop sticks on Smithfield Road, Flemington. Despite punctured tyres the driver continued on until the car brushed a pedestrian on Elizabeth Street and crashed into a tram stop at Victoria Street.

Two of the men allegedly ran off but were arrested soon after by the Critical Incident Response Team. The woman, 19, of Ferntree Gully, was charged with theft, possessing prescription medications and committing an indictable offence while on bail. She was remanded to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic. com.au

Hooning charges A 22-YEAR-OLD Pakenham man allegedly doing burn-outs at the Arthurs Seat car park last week is facing charges on a range of traffic offences. Somerville Highway Patrol nabbed the driver of the Ford sedan after he lost traction in the rain “causing the rear tyres to emit smoke”, 10.28pm, Saturday 24 April. The P-plater, whose licence had already been suspended, blew 0.068 per cent when the reading should have been zero. His car was impounded, and he will face Dromana Magistrates’ Court for driving while suspended, losing traction, causing noise\smoke, driving an unsafe car, and failing to display P-plates. A 20-year-old Hastings man was charged with doing burn-outs and hooning in the same car park, 8.30pm, Thursday 8 April. Footage from the Eagle chairlift’s CCTV cameras was used to trace the P-plater, who will face Frankston Magistrates’ Court on the more serious charge of reckless conduct endangering persons, because bystanders were present. Other charges include losing traction and causing noise\smoke. The intercepts were part of TAC Operation Sobrio which aims to detect drug-and-alcoholaffected drivers.

Boat stolen A $55,000 speed boat and trailer, above, were stolen from the driveway of a Blairgowrie property, overnight Saturday 24 April. It is unknown how the offenders were able to connect the trailer to a tow vehicle in Fawkner Avenue as the folding drawbar connection was padlocked. Owner Nick Beveridge said Somerville detectives had put out a state-wide alert on the 7.5 metre boat, pictured, which had recently received a new motor, gearbox and propeller at a cost of $30,000. Mr Beveridge said there was no CCTV coverage of the raid and few people lived in the area of mainly by holiday homes.

He had recently bought a new steering wheel for the fibreglass boat from JV Marine which had not yet been installed. “The thieves will have to purchase a new steering wheel so, if someone reads this that has … sold a steering wheel on Gumtree or Facebook then it may [have been] to them,” he said. “Why would you steal a boat? It would be very difficult to sell. It’s not like you can just go and put it on online, such as on Gumtree or Facebook, like a used car, and every part has a serial number.” Mr Beveridge warned other boat owners to remain vigilant. “There’s lots of boats in driveways and few fulltime neighbours around here,” he said.

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Picnickers with a political message A PICNIC organised last month by Southern Peninsula Grandmothers for Refugees raised nearly $9000 for the Footscray based Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Picnic boxes filled with finger food based on a Middle Eastern menu with recipes suggested by the refugees were available at St John’s Church Hall, Flinders, on 18 April. The picnic was part of the ASRC’s annual fundraising Feast for Freedom with money raised being spent helping refugees and asylum seekers. The ASRC’s Iain Murray told the Flinders picnickers about the medical and dental, legal, and social help provided to refugees. Some examples included $282 helping to buy

the weekly food, housing and healthcare needs of a person seeking asylum; $470 help with six months of medicine and medication; and $1000 going towards supplying a family with food and grocery for year through the ASRC’s foodbank. Following the picnic, the Southern Peninsula Grandmothers for Refugees issued a statement saying its members want the federal government to “take responsibility to provide appropriate support to the many people who come to Australia legitimately”. “Policies causing family separations should end and refugee children and their families should be held in detention no longer that 72 hours - as in other countries.”

Indigenous basketball round AN Indigenous basketball round being played at the Hillview Stadium, Rosebud on 29 May will feature state champion women’s and division 1 men’s matches. The association will be wearing a playing uniform designed by a local Indigenous group. There will be guest speakers throughout the night and a tribal welcome and at the start of proceedings. “This is extremely important to us as an association to not just honour the owners of the land but to show our respect and the importance of who we are today,” Community engagement

officer Peter Caspersz said. “We have quite few Indigenous players and families within our association and we would like to encourage more Indigenous families to get involved with our program. “As we become more knowledgeable on this amazing culture we can only hope to unite all of the Mornington Peninsula to get involved and support such a great night ahead.” The proceedings will get under way at 4.15pm at Hillview Stadium, corner Boneo and Eastbourne roads, Rosebud.

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Super moon dishes up a feast of pictures ALTHOUGH last Friday’s fog was probably a bit off-putting to some, the confluence of mist and a low, low tide caused by the week’s so-called super moon, was appreciated by Fran Henke. The Hastings-based author and artist was quick to see the photographic possibilities of what others would regard as a drab early morning. A dog walker materialised out of the mist and distant land masses seemed to float above a placid sea. Henke said the scene presented by the “super fog” and Hastings Bight “being reduced to channels by the super moon’s low tide was hard to ignore”. The exposed seagrass between the

channels also provided a feast for many birds - spoonbills, ibis, swans, grey and white herons, seagulls and pelicans. However, the whole secnario quickly turned into a more familiar vista as the mist cleared and the sun broke through. The morning’s magic had briefly been there for some to appreciate and, luckily, for Henke to preserve. The super, or pink, moon appeared to be abnormally large because it is the closest that it comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit. The technical name is a perigee syzygy or a full moon around perigee. A photographer would call it a bonus. Keith Platt

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GEENA Davy hits her stride (main) and wearing those winning medals. Pictures: Supplied

Golden jump after year of waiting MOUNT ELIZA’s Geena Davy has won gold at the under-15s national heptathlon in Melbourne and the national triple jump at the Australian Track and Field Nationals in Sydney. Like many young athletes Geena was unable to compete in 2020 and did not see her friends at events or feel the excitement of the competition. A Little Athletics competitor since she was 10, Geena during the season trains twice a week with coach, Jason Hodson. Hodson suggested that Geena enter

the state heptathlon at Bendigo, where she came second and qualified for the two-day nationals at Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne. The heptathlon consists of hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 metres on day one, followed the next day by the long jump, javelin and 800m. Geena came first with 4517 points. She has recently returned from Sydney where she competed at national level in long and triple jump in the Australian Track And Field Championships.

The 14-year-old is a member of Mornington Little Athletics and Mornington Peninsula Athletics Centre. In Sydney, she competed with 16 girls from around Australia in long jump at the Olympic stadium to win silver with a 5m 51cm jump. Geena was up at 5am the next day at the warm up track at for an 8.30 triple jump. With and initial 19 girls competing, Geena eventually hopped, stepped and jumped her way to a winning triple jump of 12m 22 cm.

THE Australasian 12-hole Hickory Cup played at The Valley Golf Club, Safety Beach, last week celebrated the best of golf using the equipment the game grew up on. About 40 players teed off with old fashioned hickory clubs or replicas in the 12-hole format on Friday 30 April for prize money of $1000, with professionals encouraged to compete. One of the top players was Dave Good, of Mornington, a previous winner of the Australian Senior Order of Merit, who has played professionally in Europe. The event was replicated on courses in Queensland, Sydney, Adelaide, and New Zealand, as well as Washington DC, Arizona and Pennsylvania, in the last week in April. About 100 players took part. Games could not be organised in Europe because of the pandemic. Organiser Peter Stickley, of Safety Beach, said the hickory event was developed to replicate the first British Open at Prestwick, Scotland, in 1860, which was played on 12 holes over three rounds.

He said the field of 40 at The Valley showed how the hickory game was growing in popularity after attracting six golfers when the inaugural 12-hole Australasian Hickory Cup was played at Eagle Ridge four years ago. That event, played during the PGA Ladbrokes Legends Tour, was won by Tim Sayers, of the Australian Golf Heritage Society, who plays weekly with hickory clubs about 90 years old. He flew down from Sydney for the event and won by five strokes. Players going around in teams of four at last week’s tournament had been encouraged to wear period golfing attire to add to the sense of occasion. “The whole idea was to replicate the first British Open,” said Mr Stickley, who plays with hickories most of the time and enjoys rebuilding and repairing the timber clubs. He sees them as being a big part in the “future of golf”. “People are becoming more interested in the history of the games as well as playing it.” Stephen Taylor

DRESSED to a tee, Malcolm David and Peter Stickley line up before a Kissel car before competing in the Hickory Cup at Safety Beach. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Cats are bad, but not the main killers of wildlife Yes, cats do kill wildlife, but they are not the major killer (“Cats take toll of wildlife” Letters 27/4/21). People should keep their cats confined to protect themselves as well as the wildlife. Overall, I would consider foxes to be the major killer. They kill all manner of birds and mammals, including cats. Their ability to dig into a chicken coop and take a bird noiselessly is uncanny. Moreover, they can plan ahead and lie hidden awaiting the return of free ranging chickens to their night’s roost. Lastly, foxes can attack bigger game than a cat is able. I have been told of a fox harassing a mother wallaby in order to separate her from her joey, which would have made a substantial meal. Though more can be said about foxes, mankind should not escape notice. Has anyone noticed the large numbers of birds left flattened on the roads? The last wombat was killed on the road in Main Ridge. When a kangaroo or a wallaby is hit by a car and wanders into the bush, does anyone consider its fate? With massive skeletal damage it is unable to feed or to defend itself from the host of ticks and maggots the feast on its slowly dying body. Janne Porter, Crib Point

Taxpayers’ hydrogen bill Last Wednesday I took the opportunity to find out some more about the Kawasaki Heavy Industries-led consortium’s proposal to turn Latrobe Valley brown coal into hydrogen. I asked the people [running the drop-in session] in front of Woollies how the carbon sequestration for the project was progressing. As it turns out, all the part of getting rid of the pollution from the process is going to be laid at the foot of the Victorian people. Apparently CarbonNet was set up by the state government to make all the CO2 go away in old oil and gas wells when the actual commercial phase of this dirty business is starting. That is if it is possible to dump all the CO2 waste in Bass Strait forever. The other interesting information I found out was what was proposed to be done with all the solid waste from the process. As it turns out I need not worry about the composition or harmfulness of these considerable wastes, because it is proposed to turn them into building and road surface materials and sell them back to our state. So, all my worries have almost been laid to rest, if it weren’t for the fact that most of these proposals are still being worked out with the help of CSIRO and other government scientists. I really think Kawasaki is getting a very easy ride at the expense of the Australian taxpayer. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Editor: The state and federal governments have each given the consortium $50 million for the brown coal to hydrogen trial (“Brown coal to hydrogen: responsible or risky?” The News 12/4/21). The next drop-in session being held by the Hydro Energy Supply Chain project team is

2pm-6pm Tuesday 11 May outside Woolworths, Victoria Street, Hastings.

Reassuring omissions Curiously revealing comments at the Tuesday 20 April Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meeting when council was discussing the formation of a 45-person citizen’s panel to enable ratepayers to express their future visions to the shire. Recently sworn-in councillor Susan Bissinger was concerned that the very old, the louder people and apathetic citizens in her Nepean Ward would be included. CEO John Baker assured Cr Bissinger that “the usual suspects” will be “avoided” and a “sophisticated” citizens’ panel will be installed. Most reassuring for this old, apathetic and unsophisticated Nepean resident. Joy Kitch, Blairgowrie

Spending rules It is true we must raise more money to finance reforms in aged care and suggestions have been made on how to do this. However, money can be spent well or badly and what aged care needs is improvements and the regulations to go with them to ensure that the money is well spent. For example, if we need more nurses and carers in aged care homes, numbers and care rules must be checked consistently by regulators. When [former Labor prime minister] Kevin Rudd brought in the pink batts [insulation] scheme to help provide jobs during the global financial crisis, it was a very good idea. But, despite there having been rules, they were not properly regulated. Four people died and there were some fires. The then government should have made sure these rules were adhered to by employers. Don’t make the same mistakes in aged care that have been going on for many years or all the money in the world will not make life better for the elderly, and taxpayers’ money will have been wasted if it is not regulated properly Mary Lane, Mornington

Costly heritage Owners of the properties recently earmarked for heritage-listing, are correct to make a fuss. As an owner of a famous heritage-listed building located in country Victoria - and knowing it was so before purchase - I was still unaware of the constraints and regulations relating to altering or upgrading the building. Over many years - and after spending $250,000 - I was able to fix the stone building internally, but a much better solution could have been possible if the rules had been more flexible. When I sold the property after 15 years, being by then unable to maintain or afford any more alterations, I sold at a huge loss. Owners of the properties which have recently been earmarked for heritage protection should be financially compensated for the loss that they

THE sand might be disappearing and making a high tide beach walk difficult, but the loss has no effect on sunsets from Safety Beach. Picture: Adam Richmond will surely incur when they sell their homes at a future time. The prices of their homes will remain stagnant, as the property (and what is on it) will be of no interest to greedy developers whose eyes and thoughts are focused only on pulling down whatever is on the site and building over every square metre of bare land. Properties which are being proposed for heritage protection should be purchased by the state government at the current site market value. While it is great to retain these buildings for future historical perspectives, it is unfair to expect their owners to be stymied in their own life development because their home happens to be on a brand new heritage list. They should not suffer the outcome of Frankston Council‘s current interest in listing their home. This is definitely a case of NIMBY (not in my backyard) which is entirely reasonable given the circumstances. Jill Loorham, Carrum

Guide dog safety It has been revealed that more than 40 per cent of guide dog handlers across Australia have reported an increase in their dogs having to deal with distractions from pet dogs and owners in the past 12 months. On International Guide Dog Day (28 April), we at Guide Dogs Australia focussed on what the community can do to help guide dogs carry on their important work safely and undistracted. International Guide Dog Day is about recognising the important role guide dogs play in supporting people worldwide with low vision or blindness to achieve their goals and live independently. The past year has thrown everyone challenges and while pets brought so much joy to Australian homes during the pandemic, reduced socialisation and training of pets during lockdowns can lead to poor “petiquette”. Pet dogs that are off-lead, or uncontrolled even when on leads, are a common distraction for guide dog handlers. Also, people with dogs not making themselves known before approaching a handler and their guide dog can be a “petiquette” issue - with 40 per cent of handlers telling us they experience this weekly. This can lead to situations where the safety of

guide dog handlers and guide dogs is put at risk due to disorientation and other factors, and also causes much anxiety. A distracted guide dog can be hazardous for someone with low vision or blindness. If you see a working guide dog in public while you are with your dog, give the handler space and never pat, feed, whistle or otherwise try to distract a working guide dog. Karen Hayes, CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria

Grazing pollutes Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for “clean” energy projects, including $264 million on “carbon capture and storage” (CCS). This involves capturing emissions from power stations and factories, and then burying them. However, the Climate Council has stated that CCS is “extremely expensive and cannot deliver zero emissions”. There are of course faster, simpler and cheaper ways to capture and store carbon. Firstly, plant more trees, and secondly, stop cutting down existing ones. A recent study in Science magazine states that globally, a 25 percent increase in forested area could store more than 200 gigatonnes of additional carbon at maturity. Such a change has the potential to store an equivalent of 25 per cent of the current atmospheric carbon pool. Sadly, we are doing the opposite – the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports that about 7.3 million hectares of forest are lost every year, and roughly half of Earth’s tropical forests have already been cleared. Australia is the worst offender at tree clearing and wiping out animals. According to the Government’s National Greenhouse Accounts, from 2010-18 almost two million hectares was cleared for grazing. The solution is crystal clear – stop eating grazing animals and the land can be revegetated. The once-abundant koalas and 1700 other threatened or endangered species will have their habitats restored, carbon reduction targets will be easily achieved, and cows and sheep will not face the terrifying journey to an agonising death in the slaughterhouse. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia

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Physiotherapist, May Wan. “Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the gluteal tendons are a connective tissue, not a muscle. It puts a significant shockwave through the tissues you apply it to. It is a pressure wave which brings blood flow to the area. Tendons and connective tissue do not have much blood supply and can take a long time to heal. Shockwave artificially stimulates the healing of the tendon.” Shockwave therapy can also be used on Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, golfer’s and tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tendon problems,

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Quinn’s Bridge over Balcombe Creek to be rebuilt Compiled by Cameron McCullough AT the request of the Moorooduc Progress Association the Country Roads Board has decided to reconstruct Quinn’s Bridge over the Balcombe Creek, at an early date. It will be remembered that a steam roller crushed through this bridge some months ago. *** THE Country Roads Board has accepted Mr. H. H. Bell’s tender of £2,501/1/4 for the construction of the Nyora Mile section of the Pt. Nepean road. The work lies within the Mornington Shire. *** IT is freely rumoured that, with the advent of the electrification of the railway, thereby bringing Frankston closer to the city, several prominent city establishments are contemplating the opening of branches at Frankston. Moran and Cato Pty. Ltd., probably the largest manufacturing and distributing grocers in the Southern Hemisphere, are amongst those mentioned in that respect. *** ASKED why the Scot originally took to wearing kilts instead of pants, Mr. Donald McDonald, one of the officials of the Frankston Calendonian Society, reckoned the kilts had their origin with the historical Sandy whose wife had an uncanny habit of going through Sandy’s pockets at night when he was asleep and relieving him of his bawbees. Sandy dropped wearing pants and took to the kilt. Maybe that’s not the true reason, but Sandy, in the circumstances, acted very wisely.

*** AT the Caulfield Police Court last week Mr Curley, dairyman, of Carrum was fined £2, with £1/9/6 costs, for having consigned a can of milk to Caulfield with an ill-fitting lid. Inspector Stewart said, in evidence, he found particles of ti-tree leaf and pieces of stalk floating on the milk when he examined it. *** MR. Henry Masterton, of Frankston has donated £5/5- towards the first Mornington Cup run in January last. Cr. Chas. M. Griffeth (£2/2/-), and Mr. C. Copsey (Somerville), with £1/1/-, are also amongst the donators. It is expected that after the race meeting arranged to support the Frankston and Mornington, soldiers’ memorials, the Mornington Racing Club will conduct a race meeting in aid of the soldiers’ memorial at Somerville. *** THE Mornington Progress Association has urged the Mornington Shire Council to proceed with its own electric light scheme and “not consider a joint scheme with the Shire of Frankston and Hastings”. *** THE Shire President (Cr. W. P. Mason, J.P.) and the editor of “The Standard” (Mr. Crawford Young) left last Saturday for “somewhere in Gippsland,” where they propose to live “the simple life” for a week or two. Mr. Jack Carroll is acting as guide and general philosopher. *** MR W. H. Bunclark, employe at

the Moorooduc Quarries, who was recently injured, is now progressing favorably, after being treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. *** A QUEEN competition was held recently at Boneo, and resulted in Miss Ethel Cairns being successful, the second and third in the contest being Misses Violet and Jean Cairns. *** MR H. J. Garrood, Frankston, has the final word to say (we are closing the controversy this issue) on the “Sunset and Moonrise” article: “Not having so far made the acquaintance of your able contributor, will you permit me to acquaint my friend with the fact that I have now completed same in picture form with a slight alteration to the title— “A Sunset and Waning Moon.” Your contributor unconsciously hits upon another composite part of my picture when he good humoredly mentions a shapely sheilah, for a young lady adorns my picture. I trust that he will long be spared to bring under the notice of others the beauties of our surroundings as he sees them”. *** ON Wednesday last a very largely attended deputation interviewed the Minister of Public Works relative to the separation of an area of about 9 square miles from the Tooradin Riding (Cranbourne Shire) for annexation to Frankston & Hastings Shire. Mr William Marks, (Langwarrin Progress Association), with the aid of a district plan and railway guide, showed indisputably the need of a

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revision of shire boundaries, relative to existing railway lines, growth of rural population, and the community of interest existing between a thriving railway centre like Frankston and the small areas of land which obtain throughout the area proposed to be severed, which is a profitable outlet to the wealthy and spreading communities on the bayside at Seaford and Frankston. Mr Marks put the case for severance very favorably, Messrs P. J. Murray and J. Archibald also spoke in support, whilst Cr Hill (Cranbourne) opposed severance. Crs Berry (Cranbourne) and Oates (Frankston & Hastings) were also present. The Minister promised to have inquiries made in the district before giving a decision. *** THE meeting of the Frankston Progress Association on Tuesday night had to be abandoned for the want of a quorum, which is three! The President (Mr Vicars) and Mr Macmaster attended. Mr James arrived at a later stage, but Mr Macmaster had departed in the meantime! *** A MEETING was held at Mr J. B. Jolly’s residence last night to arrange a complimentary dinner to Mr Henry Masterton who is leaving Frankston for the winter months. Messrs Parker, Jolly, Cuthbert, Cameron, Jennings, Gamble, G.W. Wells, Bray, Nankervis, and W. W. Young were present. An apology for absence was sent by Dr Maxwell. Messrs Young (sec-

retary), Wells (asst-secretary) and Nankervis (treasurer) were appointed to supervise arrangements. The dinner will be held at the Mechanics’ Institute next Friday night, when the Shire President will preside. Tickets were fixed at 10s 6d, and Mr Jolly promised to provide three artists. A vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Jolly concluded the meeting. *** AS promised by the Minister of Lands, the dispute over the Bowling Green Site on the foreshore reserve at Frankston was placed before Cabinet on Tuesday last, when the various details were considered. After the meeting, the Hon D. S. Oman stated that in view of the terms of the reservations granting portions of reserves to clubs for club purposes, the Cabinet had decided to refuse the request of the Frankston Bowling Club for permission to construct a bowling green on the foreshore. Naturally, disappointment at the decision amongst bowling enthusiasts was rife, whilst jubilation was the order amongst the oppositionists, Cr Oates being particularly delighted with the verdict. In the absence of the Editor, who is at present at Moe, we make no comment on the Minister’s decision. Five letters have been received on the subject, but space permits the publication of but one. Editor’s Associate. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 29 April 1921

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AMPHIBIAN WINDMILL Theatre Co bring their acclaimed Australian play – Amphibian – to Frankston Arts Centre on Tuesday 8 June, an epic story of loss and adapting to different worlds. Inspired by the global refugee crisis and displacement of young people, this new work by Australian playwright Duncan Graham follows the stories of Chloe and Hassan, two outsiders both looking to belong. As their personal histories are revealed, Chloe hears the incredible first-hand account of an Afghan boy who has travelled alone, thousands of kilometres across land and sea, for a better life. Playwright, Duncan Graham says, “When coming up with the idea for Amphibian, we interviewed dozens of young people about what was important to them. Unsurprisingly it was family, love and truth. “The timing of these interviews coincided

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with some powerful images on the news of refugee families in dire circumstances all over the world. We wanted to capture a story that sees two young people fighting for their version of family, love and truth, while showing how radically different this is for people from different backgrounds.” Windmill’s Artistic Director, Rosemary Myers says, “The displacement of families and young people across the world is a burning issue right now. By locating the play in an Australian school quadrangle, Duncan has found a setting that immediately connects with our audiences to tell this powerful and very human story.” Amphibian will be performed at the Frankston Arts Centre on Tuesday 8 June at 11am. Tickets for this must-see work for young people and adults are now on sale at thefac.com.au or on 03 9784 1060.

A LOVE of ‘80s and ‘90s power ballads motivated two Melbourne performers to create a new comedy musical celebrating awkward encounters with matters of the heart, which will be performed at Frankston Arts Centre’s Cube 37 theatre in June. Starring multi-disciplinary artists Tom Hogan and Bonnie Leigh-Dodds, the production was inspired by their lament for the long-lost radio show, Love Song Dedications, and its elusive former host. Richard Mercer’s radio show ran nightly across Australia’s East Coast between 1997 and 2013. Over 17 years, Mercer’s trademark baritone voice welcomed the lovelorn and love-struck as they called in to dedicate a song and speak to the man who was at once counsellor and cupid. After listening to thousands of these personal dedications, and hundreds of heartfelt songs about unrequited love and the greatest love of all, Tom and Bonnie

are on a quest to find the perfect love song… objectively. Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) offers the ultimate therapeutic playlist. The artists have said, “We really want you to feel like you’re hanging out with friends, diving deep into these weird and bombastic songs, what they mean, and how we all feel we have ownership over them. Even amongst the muck of social media and contemporary existence, music is so present in our lives that this show feels like a joyous celebration of friendship, love and sincerity.” Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer) is made in conjunction with the podcast mini-series Missing Richard Mercer. Tickets are now on sale for this hilarious theatre experience at Cube 37 on Tuesday 8 June, 7.30pm. Book to see Love Song Dedications (Without Richard Mercer) at thefac.com.au or call 03 9784 1060.


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Former Saints star for Sharks, Pythons’ problems persist DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn BONBEACH have claimed top spot on the ladder with a big win over Rosebud. Coming into the clash, Rosebud had established themselves as the inform team in the competition. They started the year 3-0. Bonbeach put Rosebud on the back foot early with a big first term. The Sharks entered quarter-time with a four goal lead, and continued to apply pressure after the break. Three former St Kilda players led from the front for the Sharks. Sam Gilbert and David Armiatge were among the best, and Trent Dennis-Lane scored four goals. A miserable day for Rosebud ended in a 14.20 (104) to 5.4 (34) defeat. Mt Eliza and Sorrento put on a good show for the crowd at Emil Madsen Reserve on Saturday. Sorrento looked the stronger side in the first half, taking a 25 point lead into the main break. The Redlegs burst out of the gates in the third quarter. A five goals to one blitz put them ahead by two points. After a tense see-sawing final quarter, Mt Eliza emerged with a hard fought come-from-behind win. The Redlegs

Another level: Frankston YCW were far too good for Edithvale-Aspendale, securing an 11 goal win. Picture: Craig Barrett

Big win for Bulldogs, Kangaroos continue to impress DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn MORNINGTON have scored an impressive win on their home turf. The Bulldogs stopped Rye’s undefeated start to 2021 with a hard-fought victory. Mornington got off to a hot start, scoring six goals in the first quarter. They continued to apply scoreboard pressure all afternoon, giving the De-

mons’ defenders headaches. Rye gave up nearly 40 scoring shots throughout the game. Mornington ended up wrapping up the win 18.20 (128) to 12.9 (81). Jackson Calder was dominant in front of goal again. He finished with seven goals to his name. Langwarrin have continued their winning ways this season, taking the points from Hastings. The Blues weren’t able to get close

to Langwarrin, who hopped away to an 84 point win. The final score read 7.9 (51) to 20.15 (135). A five goal haul from Todd Gardiner helped Chelsea to a good win over Somerville. Chelsea started sluggishly, and found themselves behind by three goals at the half-time break. The contest after half-time was a completely different story. Chelsea scored eight goals to one in the second

half of the match to claim a 13.8 (86) to 9.11 (65) win. Seaford had a day out against Crib Point, impressing in an 89 point win. Aaron Walton scored six goals for the victors. Devon Meadows defeated Tyabb 5.6 (36) to 11.18 (84) at Bunguyan Reserve. A good team performance saw Karingal defeat Pearcedale 16.10 (106) to 19.14 (128).

Dolphins defeated in second match SEWF PREMIER

By Brodie Cowburn TYABB have secured a dominant win for the second week in a row. The Yabbies took on Mornington at Bunguyan Reserve, looking to build off their win last week and go 2-0 to start the season.

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Scott keeps Seagulls flying high SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie MORNINGTON remained on track to achieve its aim of joining Victoria’s elite club competition with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Beaumaris at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday. Sam Scott snatched the winner for the Seagulls in the 83rd minute when Josh Heaton’s hopeful ball forward wasn’t dealt with by the Beaumaris defence and Scott volleyed home from 20 metres. Mornington’s push to win State 1 and clinch an NPL3 spot next season continued with this sixth straight win that now has Adam Jamieson’s side five points clear in top spot. Despite that Mornington has plenty of improvement to make. “We were horrible to tell you the truth but we keep winning ugly and that keeps you in contention,” Jamieson said. “We’re still some way off the NPL and we’ll try and add to our squad in the next few weeks.” In State 2 Skye United defeated visitor Brandon Park 4-2 in the club’s annual John Ramsden memorial match last weekend to move into second spot in the league. Daniel Attard (2), Jack Gallagher and Jason Nowakowski scored for Skye who led 2-1 at half-time. The Ramsden medal winners were Mark O’Connor (seniors) and Saj Sugrim (reserves). Peninsula Strikers lost 2-1 at home to Old Scotch after going two down in the opening 10 minutes. Riley Anderton replied for Strikers in the 27th minute when he was at the back post to finish off Jai Power’s cross from the right. Anderton and captain Danny Black had chances to grab an equaliser in the second period but failed to capitalise. Danny Brooks should return from suspension this week while fellow midfielder Jon Guthrie is still trying to overcome a hamstring injury. In State 3 Frankston Pines maintained their title tilt with a 2-0 away win over Middle Park. A bicycle kick from CJ Hodgson put Pines 1-0 up after five minutes and an Alex Roberts header in the 52nd minute gave the league leader breathing space.

Super Seagulls: Mornington midfielder Sam Scott’s goal maintained the club’s perfect start to the league season. Picture: John Punshon

State 4 action kicked off on Friday night with Chelsea drawing 1-1 at home against Sandown Lions and Seaford coming away from Alex Nelson Reserve with a 2-2 draw against FC Noble Hurricanes. Sandown led 1-0 after 25 minutes following a superb long diagonal pass that picked out Dobuol Kong on the left who took a touch before finishing with a low shot into the bottom corner. For the second home match in a row Piers Brelsford salvaged a point with a late equaliser when a long ball in the 93rd minute was flicked on to him and he made no mistake. Harry McCartney reports that despite going 2-0 up Seaford United had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Alex Nelson Reserve against FC Noble Hurricanes. Dylan Waugh’s lob over Hurricanes custodian Kadir Andac made it 1-0 in the 20th minute but a minute later the big Seaford talisman was red carded. But the 10 men went further ahead in the 61st minute when Mitch Lander broke into a one-on-on with Andac. The keeper made a great sliding save but Lander followed up heading the ball into an open net. Hurricanes hit back when Anthony Tang’s deflected cross ended up in the top corner of Hayden Hicks’ net to make it 2-1.

Then a stunning left-foot strike from Netra Chheng made it 2-2 but the tiring Seaford was able to hang on to keep its unbeaten record intact. On Saturday Somerville Eagles smashed home side Dandenong South 7-2. A deflected Rannesh Krishnan shot gave the Eagles an early lead which was wiped out by Betim Qaniu in the 16th minute. Naseer Mohammad restored the lead in the 20th minute with a superb half volley following a long ball by goalkeeper Nathan Brown but a dubious handball decision against Bryce Ruthven a minute later allowed Malik Sulemani to equalise from the spot. Michael Clark’s first goal for the club made it 3-2 for Somerville and playercoach Dave Greening sent the visitors into the half-time break with a 4-2 lead. Three second-half goals from Greening ensured an emphatic second straight win for his side. Baxter was thumped 5-1 at Baxter Park by title favourite Noble Park United. The visitors were too skilful and too quick and the home side made matters worse with a number of defensive blunders while often losing possession in midfield. Baxter featured new signings La-

chie McMinimee from Pines and Joey Bucello but they had little impact with McMinimee often isolated as the lone striker. Baxter’s injury list continues to grow with Nat Daher and Izaak Barr having to be replaced in the second half with hamstring injuries. They join Lewis Gibson (broken leg), Charlie O’Connell (knee), Ben Meiklem (hip), Lawrence Komba (quad), Liam Duff (knee), Robbie O’Toole (hamstring) and Josh Wood (eye surgery) on the sidelines. Charlie Parker was unavailable but is expected to return this week. In State 5 Aspendale Stingrays staged the most remarkable fight back of the season so far recovering from a fivegoal deficit to draw 5-5 with Bunyip District at Bunyip Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Aspendale was 5-0 down when Adrian Pace pulled back a goal in the last minute of the first half. With nothing to lose Stingrays coach Lee Barber reverted to a 4-2-4 formation after half-time and the visitors came roaring back. Pace got his second along with a James Macnab double and the unlikely comeback was completed in the 80th minute when Noah Berends headed home from a free kick.

Rosebud won 3-1 at home in Saturday night’s local derby with Mount Martha. The home side featured current Bulleen coach and former Joey and Young Socceroo John Maisano. The 42-year-old played professionally in Europe with Atalanta, Westerlo and Scottish club Morton among others. His corner was headed home by Dougie Cunnison for the opener in the 15th minute and later in the half Cunnison finished well following a move down the left involving Maisano and playercoach Mark Pagliarulo to make it 2-0. Just before half-time a penalty from Mount Martha’s Kiel Burich made it 2-1. Pagliarulo rounded off the scoreline in the 69th minute after turning his opponent and finishing with a left-foot strike. Rosebud’s Stef Papaluca was given a straight red in injury time after a dangerous challenge. Former Somerville midfielder Carlo Cardoso made his Rosebud debut.

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES Friday May 7, 8.30pm: Collingwood City v Peninsula Strikers – Kevin Bartlett Reserve Frankston Pines v Hampton East Brighton – Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve Saturday May 8, 3pm: Langwarrin v Goulburn Valley Suns – Lawton Park Boroondara-Carey Eagles v Mornington – Wilcox Field – Carey Sports Complex Skye Utd v Heatherton Utd – Skye Recreation Reserve Seaford Utd v Chelsea – North Seaford Reserve Somerville v FC Noble Hurricanes – Tyabb Central Reserve Sandown Lions v Baxter – Frederick Wachter Reserve Aspendale Stingrays v Casey Panthers – Jack Grut Reserve White Star Dandenong v Rosebud – Greaves Reserve Pakenham Utd v Mount Martha – IYU Recreation Reserve

Laurie calls time on Alfa’s career HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MATT Laurie has made the tough call to retire his promising sprinter Alfa Oro with injuries cutting his time on the racetrack short. The six-time winner who earnt just shy of $250,000 in prize money did a phenomenal job to even make a return to the racetrack after suffering a spiral fracture in his front leg as an early three-year-old in 2018. Missing his entire three-year-old season and spending more than 20 months on the sidelines, Alfa Oro made an encouraging resumption finishing second at Pakenham in April last year. The now five-year-old son of Bachelor Duke went on to win five consecutive races including victories at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley. He finished strongly for third when first-up at Caulfield this preparation before racing below his best and finishing fifth at his final outing at Caulfield on Saturday 24 April.

Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie released the news of his gelding’s retirement in a statement on Thursday 29 April. “With sadness the decision has been made to retire our stable favourite Alfa Oro,” Laurie told his supporters. “He has given us some amazing thrills after winning five races in succession including victories at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley. He retires with a big motor that unfortunately his body won’t allow us to see. “Thank you to everyone that played a part in his career and now Alfa, you can enjoy the next phase of your life.” Alfa Oro missed a placing just twice in his 11-start career – a credit to Laurie who managed to keep the gelding happy and healthy despite his apparent injuries.

Alfa retires: Matt Laurie announces the retirement of his talented sprinter Alfa Oro. Picture: Supplied Western Port News 5 May 2021

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