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IN the past week and a half, a small factory in Somerville has made 10,000 plastic face shields to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Martyn Gittens said that his company, BerleyPro, which normally makes equipment for kayak fishing and visors for fish finders, could easily switch to making the medical shields. “It was really fun to ramp up and now we’re almost out of control,” he said on Monday. “I knew we had to run with it as so many people needed them.” Buying and sourcing materials was easy at first but had become problematic since the federal government last week put out tenders for medical supplies which led larger companies to start “buying them all up”. Mr Gittens said three hospitals had ordered the face masks while he had given them free to many workers who needed them in their regular jobs. “We’re creating jobs in a time of need,” he said. “Usually we have three or four people and now we have five working round the clock and we could even step this up.” Mr Gittens said 1500 of the masks had been donated to companies and hospitals and orders had been received from all over Australia, the US and New Zealand. With the protective masks already widely supported, Mr Gittens is moving onto making intubation chambers. Details: berleypro.com Keith Platt

CEO powered up for emergency Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker will be given emergency powers to make decisions normally made only by elected councillors. A special meeting on council last night (Tuesday 7 April) was expected to agree to hand the powers to Mr Baker if councillors are ill or unable to meet because of COVID-19. Under the suggested new rules, Mr Baker will be able to approve items of up to $1 million (if already in an adopted budget); $750,000 for works;

$500,000 goods and services; and $200,000 for goods and services and works. While Mr Baker is certain to get some extra powers, some councillors were late last week preparing a case for them to be watered down. Meanwhile, council meetings have been reduced to one a month and will be followed by the planning services committee. The extra powers given to Mr Baker will lead to shorter meetings, which will all be held at the shire’s Mornington offices which can more easily be made safer for the public than those at its Rosebud headquarters. A revised meeting schedule starts 21April and

continues until September. The extraordinary powers being handed to the CEO come as the shire’s focus changes almost daily to meet the needs of the coronavirus pandemic and to cope with an uncertain economic future (“Budget put off balance by virus” Page 3). “Considering the recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic these changes are deemed necessary and reasonable to continue the good governance and operations of council,” the head of the shire’s governance and

legal department Pam Vercoe stated in a report to this week’s meeting. In her report, Ms Vercoe said there was a risk that COVID-19 could prevent councillors from attending council or planning services committee meetings “due to illness or mandatory isolation”. “Should less than five councillors be able to attend a meeting then it would lapse for want of a quorum and council business would not be able to proceed,” she stated. “Given this risk, and considering the unique situation, it is desirable for council to ensure business continuity by temporarily enhancing the current level of the CEO’s delegated authority.”

Ms Vercoe said Mr Baker would be able “to make decisions in circumstances where a quorum cannot be formed, or the convening of a meeting represents [in his view] an unacceptable risk to public health and safety and it is desirable not to defer a decision”. Similar changes to the power of CEOs had already been adopted at the cities of Yarra, Stonnington, Melbourne and Darebin. Ms Vercoe said it was not possible for Mr Baker to ask how councillors would vote and then make a decision on the outcome “as such a process would be seen as an attempt to improperly convene a council meeting and vote”.

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APRIL Although these events and support groups are not meeting due to the COVID 19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services. Easter Art Show Fri 10 Apr - Mon 13 Apr Showcasing a broad range of artistic works in a variety of media. Opening night Fri 10 Apr 7pm9.30pm, tickets $40 www.trybooking.com/BIMGA Sat-Sun 10am-5pm & Mon 10am-2pm entry $5 at the door. Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron 2900 Pt Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie facebook.com/byseasterartshow Western Port Craft Expo Sat 18 Apr, 10am – 4pm Our 9th annual Craft Event will be held at Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston/Flinders Road, Hastings. Lots of interesting craft stalls, plus workshops and talks. Refreshments & barista coffee available. Crafts for kids & charity crafting to see. Entry $5 adults, $2 for school age children. See www.wpcraftexpo.com or ph 0477 149 734 or 5979 1237. 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.

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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 Hastings Tennis Club Open court program Thurs at 6pm Aimed at new players, beginners and those who haven’t played in a while. Starts with warm up fitness, then novelty easy hitting games aimed at learning the basics. Then finish with cool down and supper. $15 per person bookings essential. Ray 0409419264 or rastusart@hotmail.com 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. Bowling Tournament Sat 18 April, 10am (for 10.30am start) Mornington Civic Bowling Club Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Come join us on the greens for our Bowling Tournament $5000. Open 3 Bowl Triples - $75 per team includes morning, afternoon tea and lunch. Limited number of teams so get your entry in, contact Gerry 5975 6846 or Ros 0402 246 242 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.

Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe 0448 177 083 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 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 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 U3A Low cost membership and courses for seniors 45+. Extensive term 1 low cost membership, courses and activities at www.hastingsu3a.org.au or call into office at 13 Teal Crt, Hastings Mon/Tues 10am–1pm Thurs 1pm-4pm, ph 5969 8585. 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 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 Hastings Day Club Meets at the Hastings RSL each Thurs (except the 1st) at 10.30am. A very friendly social club with entertainment, outings, speakers on a regular basis, lunch $5. Come along & enjoy. Contact Sheila 0447 415 889 Mornington Peninsula Veterans Cricket Missing active cricket & looking for some exercise? The bowlers are getting quicker and your reflexes slower? Join the growing trend of former and current cricketers, now over 60, who are reestablishing their cricketing skills? We play matches every Sunday and mid week so there are plenty of opportunities to have a game of cricket in a wonderful social atmosphere. For more info please call Michael 0407 823619 or Ian 59751683 or email mbou2030@bigpond.net 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 Weight Loss Support Group Do you need help to lose some of that extra weight you are carrying about? Finding it difficult to keep the weight off? Come to Meeting Room 1 at the Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston Flinders Road, Hastings, 9-11am every Wednesday. The first two visits are free to see if our club is what you want, then a one-off fee of $50 and just $6 per week to join our friendly, supportive group. For further information call Rita on 0433 509 487. 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 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 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. 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 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. Probus Club of Somerville 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9.45am St Andrews Church Hall, Eramosa Rd West. Activities, guest speakers, trips. All welcome. Contact Val 5977 6686. 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

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. 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/ Frankston Prostate Support Group The support group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 10am in the King Close Community Hall in Frankston North. Men with prostate health issues and their partners are invited to attend the support group for discussion on prostate health issues and some friendly banter. Details: 0407817996 (Gordon) 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 Living with Autism Spectrum Resource support group, Monthly meetings Mondays, No cost. Phone for dates. Wallaroo Community Centre, Hastings. Contact: 5970 7000 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 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 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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Three’s a crowd when crews come ashore Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au INTERACTION between crews aboard overseas ships using the Port of Hastings and onshore workers are being kept to a minimum, but there is no physical barrier to crews coming ashore. The Victorian Regional Channels Authority says it has been assessing the potential impacts of COVID-19 since travel restrictions were placed on the movement of people from mainlandChina in early February 2020. Hastings and other Australian are subjected to COVID-19 Australian Border Force protocols, but do not have ABF officers on duty at all times. Key trades at the Port of Hastings include the import and export of oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), steel and unleaded petrol (ULP). Overseas ships listed as arriving in Western Port between 1 and 8 April are the LPG carriers Victoire from the Port of Vuda, Fiji and the Arago, from New Zealand. The Victoire’s next port of call is Baie de Prony in New Caledonia. The trip from Fiji takes about seven days and Zealand three. The authority’s CEO Peter Mannion said it was now rare for overseas crew members to come ashore in Western Port and none were permitted unless they had had spent at least 14 days on board since leaving their last foreign port. Vessels from four “no-go” countries - Italy, South Korea, Iran and China -

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could not berth until after 14 days of their arrival in port. Overseas ships arriving in Western Port were mostly Pacific island gas tankers. Mr Mannion said information about individual crew members was relayed to Australian authorities electronically and included their nationality and the last five ports they had visited. “There’s no mucking about; it’s quite a detailed process,” Mr Mannion said. “‘It’s been like that for many years now, since the [New York terrorist attacks on the] Twin Towers, which triggered heightened international

concerns about security. He said crew members “have been very, very good at so far” when making declarations required by the ABF about their health and time of isolation. There was no rule against crew members disembarking, but the rules of self-distancing and not gathering in groups of more than two applied. If crew members did come ashore it was mainly to get supplies or seek medical attention. “It’s my experience that they’re not doing that anymore,” Mr Mannion said. “They’re not living in a

vacuum and some would be worried about what’s happening [with the COVID-19 pandemic] in their own countries.” Although there are no Border Force officers physically checking crew movements, Mr Mannion said stevedoring groups were “very vigilant”. “They put their hands up if they see anything they don’t like. It’s not widely policed, but most ports have to be fenced and there is some sort of security process,” Mr Mannion said. “There has only been one recorded case of a crew member [on cargo ship or tanker] testing positive, and that

was in Singapore or Asia somewhere. “The idea of [crews] being a risk is well overblown. It can be more of a risk for them to go ashore into affected areas, and that’s why a lot of them do not come ashore. “It’s not easy for them and they worry about what’s happening back in their homes. Mr Mannion said the ABF regulations were “very tightly managed”. “We’re trying to get the message out that a lot is being done to ensure ships are clean. “The ships need to keep coming and we badly need their cargoes.”

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Ready to share: Hay on the truck and trailer has bailed out Gunnamatta Trail Rides which was running out of feed for its horses. This trailer load was donated by Louise Kirk and Tim Allen, of Newlyn Farm, Merricks, sitting on trailer, and collected by Jesse Smith, of Carnival Kingdom, Rye, left. “The truck was not being used at the carnival so we were happy to help,” Mr Smith said. Picture: Supplied

Friends, neighbours bale out trail riders Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A PLEA for feed or the use of pasture to graze their 60 horses during the COVID-19 virus has proven positive for Gunnamatta Trail Rides. Proprietors Karen and Bekim Alija said a letterbox drop to nearby properties explaining that a sudden loss of income meant they were having trouble feeding their horses had been well received. “We are contacting you from a position of duress and desperation as this situation has hit our business and our horses extremely hard,” their letter said. “As with many businesses on the Mornington Peninsula we are unable to operate in these times which means we have no income coming in to feed our horses. “We ask you as our neighbour if you have any spare land or pasture

Horse feed assured: Karen and Bekim Alija at their Gunnamatta Trail Rides stables with daughter Carlie were overwhelmed by the generosity shown to their plea for help feeing their 60 horses. Picture: Keith Platt

that you could allow our horses to graze on for a few weeks while we fight our way through this situation. “If you are able to assist in any way we would be forever grateful – espe-

cially our much-loved horses who are in need of food.” After the letter was posted on social media by neighbour Samantha Moffatt the offers came flooding in, with Mr

Alija saying they quickly had more than 800 “shares” on Facebook. “It’s taken us a few days to reply to them all as we also have to run the business and tend to our horses,” he said. “Like everyone else we have had to close and that’s meant no money is coming in and the grass on the paddocks is only an inch or so high. With the horses there every day [and not out on trail rides] it’s not providing enough nourishment for them.” Mr Alija said he had received “positive support” from neighbours to their Sandy Road, Fingal, property. By Wednesday 1 April 20 horses had been moved and he was looking to move 10 more soon.

St Andrews Beach Brewery opposite had taken 12 horses and Panorama Garden Estate, Browns Road, Boneo, five. Staff and 13 customers had helped move the horses to their new, temporary, digs. Ms Alija said they had been “inundated” with offers of feed and free agistment from properties all over Victoria. “A woman from the Northern Territory phoned to say she had ordered some feed for us which I’m about to go and pick up,” she said. “The phone’s gone mad. People have been so kind; it’s very emotional. It just shows that the horsey community is very strong.” Mr Alija said while horses “like a break” from their usual surroundings they tended to bond with their pasture buddies and would fret if kept away from home for long. “Hopefully, it will only be for a few weeks,” he said.

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Budget put off balance by virus Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au ALTHOUGH caught in the midst of unprecedented economic uncertainty, Mornington Peninsula Shire has released its proposed 2020/21 budget for public comment. Property rates will rise by 2 per cent, in line with a cap imposed by the state government, providing the shire with $191.6 million towards an overall predicted income of $244.9m, $8m less than the previous year. Rural living rates will drop by 6 per cent. The budget does not include any of the ongoing and extensive measures being taken by the shire to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (“Crisis backing for business” The News 31/3/20). The ultimate involvement by the shire is unknown and the state Opposition has called on councils to offer rate relief “to distressed households right now”. “Councils must also give thought to a complete rate freeze for this financial year, to assist everyone with this significant cost burden,” local government spokesperson Tim Smith said. “But the state government must help councils with any loss of revenue so that the important role of councils can continue uninterrupted during these unprecedented times.” Mr Smith said municipalities were responding to COVID-19 pandemic

“through emergency management provision”. “With many businesses reducing in size or going into hibernation, and employees and sole traders transitioning to the federal government’s JobKeeper or JobSeeker programs, the burden of councils’ rates on ratepayers will become increasingly onerous for many Victorians. “One of the most important initiatives the state government could make to support vulnerable Victorian households would be to fund rate relief.” Cr Hugh Fraser has already warned of how dealing with the pandemic is likely to hit the shire’s bottom line (“Free food plan as virus hits home” The News 23/3/20). He said it was reasonable to expect state and federal governments to slow their payment of grants and to expect rates to go follow a similar pattern, both affecting cash flows. These negative impacts on the shire’s finances could mean that had to borrow money to meet demand for “our home and community service delivery”. Cr Fraser said the COVID-19 emergency could lead to a significant downturn in economic activity “over perhaps 18 months”. Submissions on the proposed 2020/21 budget close 23 April and will be considered at council’s 6 May meeting. The proposed budget can be viewed at www.mornpen.vic.gov.au (search for proposed budget 2020/21).

Police close doors RECEPTION counters at all police stations on the Mornington Peninsula are closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 crisis. Stations are at Mornington, Rosebud, Dromana, Sorrento and Hastings. Reception counter at Frankston police station remains open. Those reporting on bail at any station can press the intercom for attention. Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards, of Mornington police, said members of the public wanting “critical” documents signed – such as affidavits allowing them to access their superannuation, for example – would be catered for but others with less urgent documents should go to GPs, pharmacies or bank managers. “With anything considered essential or critical people can hit the intercom at the front door and explain their urgency and we may let them in. With anything less urgent we will have to turn them away,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said. Call the stations to speak to an officer: Hastings 5970 7800, Rosebud 5986 0444 and Mornington 5970 4900. People can report crime online or, in the case of an emergency, call 000. To report non-urgent crimes and events call the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

A RESIDENT has complained that Mornington Peninsula Shire’s transfer stations are “going flat strap catering to hordes of customers who are treating tips like there is no coronavirus”. The man, who asked not to be named to protect staff at one of the transfer stations, said “bored” residents were using spare tip vouchers to fill in their time. He pointed out that none of the state government’s four stay-athome rules referred to dumping waste at tips. “They are blatantly breaking the rules,” he said. “It’s so wrong.” “Customers are 99 per cent domestic bringing in small loads, like a couple of cardboard boxes, because they have nothing else to do at home.” The man said he overheard a conversation between a customer with a load of green waste and a tip worker. “He was asked if he was domestic or commercial. He said: ‘Domestic’ and the tip worker asked him: ‘Then why are you here?’” “The customer answered: ‘What am I going to do? I have another load to bring here’.” The man agreed the shire had put in place a range of protections for staff, such as separation from customers, “sneeze” guards, sanitiser, gloves, and card-only payments. “But that’s not enough,” he said. “The tips should be closed to the public. One staffer had to go home she was so stressed. “Every time they touch a tip ticket from the public they have to sanitise it; they have to go to a lot of trouble.” The shire says the transfer stations will remain open as waste disposal is considered an essential service. Infrastructure services manager Jessica Wingad said residents could only use the transfer stations if the visit was essential and in line with the level 3 coronavirus rules set by the state government. “Customers should respect the safety and wellbeing of our staff who continue to operate these facilities,” she said. “Victoria police are currently enforcing non-essential travel and gathering.” Access to transfer stations and hoppers is through vouchers and EFT only. At-call kerbside hard waste and green waste collection is also through vouchers or online payment only. Normal kerbside waste and recycling services will continue, as will the opt-in, fee for service kerbside green waste bin collection service on a pro-rata basis. Stephen Taylor

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MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire library staff have created online opportunities to read, watch, learn and have fun. A social hub on its website features activities for those spending more time at home. Links connect to such things as the Social Distance Festival, which publishes a calendar of free online concerts, plays, readings and live theatre performances from around the world. The hub offers those working from home links to training and resources to help move and improve businesses online. The hub also has wellness advice and

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Beaches not so closed after all Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au NEW, simpler, rules have been introduced for what can and can’t be done on Mornington Peninsula Shiremanaged beaches. The simplification followed discussions last week to ease “public confusion and establish a consistent approach” between the shire, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, management committees, and other bayside municipalities. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the result was a “broad alignment” of beach closure rules making them easier to understand. While peninsula beaches remain closed for public gatherings under coronavirus rules, they can be used as thoroughfares; for exercise, such as walking, running, swimming or surfing, and for dog walking (where this activity is allowed). Social distancing rules still apply. Cr Hearn said the shire had monitored beach activity over the past week after the Saturday 28 March declaration that all shire-controlled beaches were closed (“Shire closes bay beaches indefinitely” The News 31/3/20). He said the shire had at that stage followed a directive from the state government and DELWP aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19. “The government’s stay-at-home message still applies for the safety of our whole community, and beach access should be kept short and for exercise purposes only,” Cr Hearn said.

Boat found, men missing THE search was continuing yesterday afternoon (Monday) for two fishermen missing on Western Port in a three-metre aluminum boat. Police found the tinnie washed up at Pyramid Rock, off Phillip Island, about 11am, but there was no sign of the two men, Jason De Silva, 20, and Jeff Hibbard, 33. A friend of the two men raised the alarm when he was unable to contact them, 9pm Sunday. Water Police, the Air Wing, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Western Port Coast Guard crews unsuccessfully scoured Western Port for the missing men until late Sunday night. An AUSSAR Challenger search aircraft from Canberra swept the bay until 2am. The men launched their boat at Flinders boat ramp, 6am Sunday 5 April, despite the state’s stay-at-home laws under which fishing is banned. Conditions at the time were said to be rough with a strong north wind. They are believed to have had little in the way of safety equipment on board. The temperature at Flinders dropped to 9.5 degrees overnight and rain fell on Sunday afternoon. Anyone with information is urged to call 000.

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AFTER less than one week, beaches facing Port Phillip on the Mornington Peninsula have been reopened for exercise purposes, although a ban on groups and social distancing rules still apply. Picture: Keith Platt

“While we recognise that our beaches need to be an asset supporting our physical and mental health over this time, I must stress that curbing the spread of coronavirus remains a key focus and the message to residents remains the same: please don’t congregate on our beaches.” Police will patrol beaches to ensure people don’t flout the gathering and social distancing rules. Boat ramps remain closed for all non-essential activities, such as recreational boating. “The shire is monitoring the situation every day and will continue to seek advice from the state government, Cr Hearn said.

Former mayor Cr David Gill said: “Confusion was caused by differing beach signs and media statements from the various bodies that control our beaches. “I have been very concerned about the mixed messages from the council, the government and its departments, including DELWP and Parks Victoria. “Council even recently put up simple ‘closed’ signs on beaches we don’t control. “Hopefully, we can stay in alignment and stop any further confusion in this tense situation.”

A MAN died in a three-vehicle collision at Frankston South, Friday 3 April. He was the driver of a van which was extensively damaged when it hit a four-wheel-drive causing it to crash into a truck north-bound on Peninsula Link, near Robinsons Road, about 6.40am. The men driving the grey four-wheel-drive and the truck, both sole occupants, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Drivers were advised to avoid Peninsula Link where possible. Earlier, five cars were involved in a nose-to-tail south-bound on Peninsula Link near the Stony Point railway bridge, 6.15am, Friday 3 April. Sergeant Bruce Buchan, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the first car had “appeared to come to a complete stop” while heading south in the right lane causing the car behind to crash into it. The driver of the second car jumped out and ran to get a child out of the back seat while the third, fourth and fifth cars crashed into each other from behind. Debris was strewn along Peninsula Link. Three drivers were injured. One was taken to The Alfred hospital and two to Frankston Hospital. Sergeant Buchan said investigations were continuing into why the first driver appeared to stop unexpectedly. “It is a 100kph zone and stopping is extremely dangerous because, as happened, it can set off a chain reaction,” he said. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of either incident to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au Stephen Taylor

GALLERY TALK TRAINEESHIP – CERTIFICATE III IN INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT Village Glen Aged Care Residences and Kagan Institute have formed a partnership to offer a unique career opportunity to earn money whilst completing a Certificate III in Individual Support as a traineeship. Positions will be available at both the Capel Sound and Mornington campus. You will be working alongside experienced staff gaining practical experience and studying under the guidance of experienced trainers. The successful candidates will have a desire to make a difference, exceed customer expectations, a bright and energetic disposition, a willingness to learn and want to work for an industry leader. To be considered for an interview you must attend a virtual information session on Wed 15th April 2020 from 3pm-4.30pm or Thursday 16th April 2020 from 5pm-6.30pm. Interviews will be conducted on Monday 20th April 2020 and the traineeship will commence the week of 27th April 2020 – day to be confirmed. Please register to ensure your place at the information session by emailing acr.training@villageglen.com.au or contact Faye at the facility on 0359864422 if you require further information. Please include a cover letter, resume and 2 forms of identification. Successful applicants must have a current, clear police check and a current visa (if applicable). All workers in Aged Care are required to have a current 2020 fluvax prior to the 1st May 2020. Please note information sessions will be held via a virtual platform, interviews, orientation and class days will be held at Village Glen ACR, 34A Balaka Street, Capel Sound.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is currently closed to the public until further notice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Even though the gallery doors are temporarily closed, we are continuing to share our collection, exhibitions, stories and children’s activities online. We know this is a tough time for all of our creative communities across Australia. Yet, art has the ability to give us hope and to offer respite during this challenging moment in time. We hope that many people at home are finding more time for creative pursuits and connecting with their loved ones.

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Our 2020 National Works on Paper (NWOP) deadline has been extended until 19 July. $50,000 acquisitions and awards are up for grabs. With a long and rich history, NWOP attracts leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. Find out Also check out our website for the more about submitting a work in the 2020 latest news on our 50 year anniversary NWOP on our website. celebrations, exhibition catalogues, Visit the MPRG website and see a virtual artist podcasts and videos, children and tour of Patrick Pound’s A Collection of adult online creative Stranger Things. Patrick is well known workshops and more. for his collections-based artworks. You can also listen to a podcast with Patrick and discover more about his collection

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Tiny houses can benefit community as a whole Living on the Mornington Peninsula my entire life means I love its beaches, wildlife nature and coastal casual elegance. Since moving to Rosebud I’ve become aware of a homelessness issue. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could follow in the footsteps of other progressive cultures and begin building a tiny homes project? I’ve studied community heath and I believe this type of project is wonderful for all involved. From setting up drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs to creating affordable meal structures. Especially with the COVID-19 ready to take out our community’s most vulnerable this coming winter, with shelters at capacity and not a long-term solution. This project could be s point of pride for Mornington Peninsula Shire and its people. I implore people to get involved. To begin a social movement and get the shire on board and perhaps there are landowners who could offer their land for this. Builders, community workers, charity fundraisers, to name just a few. Passionate people with a will and a desire to give back. It could house the disabled who struggle to get placements, it’ll keep single mums with kids from living in their cars. The winds of change are upon us and I dare anyone curious to take a chance, to begin a movement - jump on board and work together. It’s time to give back. Remember our Aussie ingenuity. Any offers or ideas greatly appreciated. I welcome them all. Assembling a group would be wonderful. Contact: tinyhousepeninsula@yahoo.com Claire Silver, Rosebud

Chance to rethink If you have ever seen the film The day the Earth stood still you will probably find similarities between it and the world at present. Now is the time to rethink our situation brought on by COVID-19. The planes have stopped, rampant consumerism has slowed, the importance of Australian made goods is obvious and the concept of national sovereignty, but national co-operation is clear. The Earth has breathing space and we should use this opportunity to rethink and moderate what we are doing to the environment that keeps us alive. It is time for politicians and people to adopt strategies for a sustainable future or future generations will suffer an. Environmental meltdown far worse than the privations and sadness of COVID-19. Henry Kelsall, the Sustainable Future Association, Frankston

Natural attrition We all live in the natural world and after a long period of growth we are experiencing a period of natural attrition. Two top epidemiologists - Professor Tony Blakely, University of Melbourne, and Professor Nick Wilson, University of Otago - have written

an article “The math and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths” in which they espouse the view that if 60 per cent of the population are infected then we will develop “herd immunity” to the virus. They estimate that under 1 per cent of people exposed will not survive. I reckon that this is a large number of people, but not a large percentage of the population. Graeme Willis, Mount Eliza

Safety from soap I would like to recommend an anti-viral procedure that I have adopted, which is to carry a half filled bucket of soapy water in the back of the car, with a bar of soap and a roll of paper. Upon leaving any shop, shopping centre, bank or public place, we wash our hands in this water before driving away. We also drop any change money in and wash that at the same time. Handrails, trolleys, seats, escalators, shelves; all may be contaminated, as well as money, so this seems to be a good practice. The basis for this action is that qualified scientists seem to be agreed that that plain old soap is the most effective way of destroying coronavirus COVID-19, even better than alcohol. The soap’s properties cause disruption to the shell layers of the virus causing the whole thing to fall apart and be destroyed. It would probably be an ideal procedure for trains, even buses, since you don’t need running water, just refresh the bucket or trough often. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Blocked drain When is Frankston Council going to clear the drain on corner of High street and FrankstonFlinders Road? Every time it rains the road floods and just putting up a sign is not good enough. As well as being a nuisance to pedestrians it is also dangerous to traffic. Trevor Billson, Tuerong

Release refugees Concerns about the ongoing inhumane policies and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers are still not being addressed by the federal government. Denise Hassett refers to the depiction of these shown in the ABC TV production “Stateless”, a harrowing reminder of why we continue to challenge this unjust treatment of people fleeing danger in their own countries (“State of shame” Letters 25/3/20). A rally calling for justice for refugees was to be held Sunday 5 April but has been postponed due to the social restraints caused by COVID-19. But refugees and asylum seekers confined in detention centres and city motels now face additional health risks during this pandemic. It is impossible for them to practice social distancing when they are regularly patted down by security. They are dependent on authorities to provide soap and antiseptics. For years they have endured the confronting

strictures of confinement and isolation, and the resulting ongoing mental health issues. While we in the community learn to live with new restraints to safeguard our health and wellbeing, and with access to many resources, these people are deprived of many of these supports and safeguards. Why can’t our government transfer refugees into the community – as the British government has done – at least to reduce the spread of the virus if not to show a little humanity? Ann Renkin, Shoreham

Viral about face Isn’t politics a queer game? The economic rationalists of the present federal government decided a few weeks ago to save a few dollars by closing the Mornington Centrelink and Medicare offices without telling our Minister for Health, Flinders MP Greg Hunt, who then managed to retain some privatised and very limited service for Mornington. Along comes a tiny virus showing us the fallacy of the constant attacks on our social institutions and safety nets and, hey presto, the Mornington office can be kept open. Sadly, nothing was really learned by our neo-liberal government. The service should be reinstated permanently, not just for six months. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Labor’s blunders Marg D’Arcy seems to believe the ALP may have done a better job of managing the current virus situation in our country (“Labor would have better ways of tackling COVID-19” Letters 31/3/20). I’m uncertain if Marg has a shortmemory issue as, obviously, she can’t recall the Rudd [Labor government’s] pink batts debacle, the wasted $1 billon of taxpayers’ money on a road that [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andres promised wouldn’t cost the state taxpayers one cent or his well under-budgeted East west link and the terrible tragedies created by the ALP and others not wanting to protect our borders. What she hasn’t thought through is that her party can say it may have done better job but, based on its history, could have done a whole lot worse. At least the current national cabinet, made up of people from both major political parties, is taking positive steps to see all Australians through this current crisis. Our prime minister, premier and their opponent’s and other important people attend social events to get some small relief from their highpressure positions. I’m sure they, plus thousands of others, are looking forward to getting our lives back to normal soon. Bruce White, Safety Beach

Put aside politics The reality is that if [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison walked across Sydney Harbor Marg D’Arcy would say that Scott Morrison could not swim (“Labor would have better ways of tackling COVID-19” Letters 31/3/20). It would not matter what our PM and Health Minister [Flinders MP Greg Hunt], did or did not do, Marg would criticise. It is time that we all put politics aside as to do otherwise it simply demeans our society. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

Laughing at Labor In this age of self-isolation and boring days at home it’s always nice to have the Letters page of The News for a bit of a giggle and last week was no exception. Opened the page up to a headline reading “Labor would have better ways of tackling COVID-19” and my first thought was which of the irrelevant three had written to our paper? Was it Opposition Leader [Anthony] Albenese? Shadow Treasurer [Jim] Chalmers? Shadow Health Minister [Chris] Bowen? No, it was failed Labor candidate for Higgins, Marg D’Arcy. We have had 10 weeks of our prime minister giving updates on new rules and advice to the public, but what did Marg find to criticise? The fact he said he was going to the footy (he didn’t) six weeks ago and he tried to shake someone’s hand. His statement that all jobs are essential was also ridiculed. Hmm Marg, so which jobs aren’t? Street sweepers? Garbos? Cleaners? But the last paragraph takes the cake. According to Marg, if Labor was in power, people might stay home and respect physical distancing. So, what are we are supposed to take from that? Is it that because the Liberals are in power people will ignore them? Michael G Free, Mount Martha

Help the elephants Hundreds of elephants in are dire trouble in Thailand. While the human factor of the ongoing catastrophic pandemic is very real in Thailand, the welfare needs of the endangered animals should be alerted to. The wealthy in the world should act immediately. Anyone who has contacts with American philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg or Australians John and Pauline Gandel, Frank Lowy, Louise Tuckwell, John Kinghorn, Nicola and Andrew Forrest, the Pratt family, Gina Rinehart and Dick Smith should ask them to urgently act and do what they can to save these amazing animals. These people could be the lifeline to these desperate, magnificent animals. How many other animals are now in trouble because of our inhumanity and lack of action. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Time to turn vegan Perhaps COVID-19 will give us an opportunity to rethink some things we take for granted. While we are suffering anxiety and discomfort, let’s take a moment to empathise with the terrified animals who are torn away from their families, kept in tiny cages, deprived of everything they enjoy, and brutally killed, simply because humans like the taste of their flesh. Animal agriculture kill billions of animals every year and is a leading cause of climate change, but it is also a breeding ground for the viruses and bacteria that cause pandemics. Our suffering is necessary and temporary; theirs is routine and will continue for as long as we subsidise it through our grocery expenditure. That’s why caring people are opting for tasty vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. Going vegan is the sensible thing to do for your health and the wellbeing of others. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia

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Call to curtail ‘dazzling headlights’ Compiled by Cameron McCullough A SEAFORD correspondent writes:– It seems evident that there are no motor headlight laws in Victoria, or if there are, very little attention is paid to them. Any night on Point Nepean Road, users of this road become subjected to the blinding glare of what are known as “dazzle hogs.” In many countries, headlight laws exist, which not only protect motorists, but the public generally. These laws are compulsory, and a heavy fine is imposed upon those who disregard them. It is high time some action was taken to enforce some such law here, and a strong move should be made by the Progress Association to have these “dazzle hogs” put down. Motor car makers have solved the problem of controlling the headlight rays, so that the maximum light is given for driving, and, at the same time, the blinding glare is completely eliminated. Come on Seaford Progress Association. *** MISS Nellie Thomson, who has been holidaying in Queensland, where her relatives reside, returned to Frankston this week, and has resumed her business as dressmaker, milliner, draper, & c. *** A NEW industry has just commenced at Baxter, in the shape of saw-mills and case-making factory. The enterprising proprietor is Mr. H. C. Barclay, who advertises in another column that he is prepared to purchase pine trees, blue gum and stringy bark.

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He offers the best prices, and pays cash before removal. *** AS it is intended to issue certificates to all who worked for the Red Cross for a period of three years or more, applications from those who are entitled to and desire same should send their names to the hon. secretaries of the Frankston branch, Mesdames M. E Dial and W. M. Utber. *** THE public will welcome the opportunity, offered on Friday, 9th April, of helping the Brass Band. A grand musical evening and dance has been arranged, when a first-class musical programme and other items will be submitted. Funds are required to liquidate the amount due on the purchase of instruments and music, and, this fact being generally known, there should be no lack of response on the part of the public. *** A CRICKET match between teams from the Phillip Island Cricket Association and the Peninsula Cricket Association will be played on the Tyabb cricket ground next Saturday afternoon, April 3rd (Easter Saturday). Several of the leading players from the various Peninsula clubs will take part, and the match promises to be a great “go.” Lunch and afternoon tea will be handed to the players of the contesting teams taking part by the local ladies. As the Tyabb cricket ground is very suitable for picnic parties, there promises to be a large attendance. ***

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REV. E. Tonkin preached his farewell sermon at Frankston on Sunday last, when a large congregation assembled at the evening service. After four years’ highly successful ministry in this district, the Rev. Tonkin goes to the Cheltenham charge. His successor at Frankston is Rev. C. Angwin, of Kilmore. *** THE Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Committee met on Monday night; Mr. A. G. Wilcox presiding. The Secretary, Mr. H. Vicars, stated that he had been in communication with the Defence authorities, who stated that a number of 1914-15 stars would be available for presentation on Anzac night, 25th April. He also read a letter from MajorGeneral Grimwade, consenting to present same. The committee decided to hold a high-class concert on the occasion, and a sub-committee, consisting of Cr. Mason, Mr. A. E. Lasslett, J.P., the President and Secretary, was appointed to arrange the programme, and to engage Melbourne talent. Tickets will be sold at 1s 6d, and a limited number of reserved chairs at 5s. The box plan will be on view at Messrs. Brody & Mason’s. A decoration sub-committee was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Morrison, A. Hill, W. Hanton, and M. Brody. The occasion is to be made a notable one from every standpoint, and a special committee has been appointed to wrestle with the problem of providing

adequate seating accommodation. *** THIS week, at the instance of the Frankston Progress Association, a plebiscite of the business people of Frankston was taken, on the question of closing shops from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. daily. Mr A..E. Lasslett. J.P., and the Secretary of the Association conducted the voting arrangements. The result shows that, while a majority favored the proposal, a large percentage of the whole were opposed to the innovation. An examination of the voting cards gave the following figures: YES: 22 NO: 14 The voting cards issued numbered 46, and it may be taken for granted that the ten who did not return their papers were either opposed to the scheme, or felt quite indifferent as to the result. Under the circumstances, it is probable that the idea of introducing midday closing into Frankston at present will not be proceeded with. *** TO the many anxious enquiries received as to the condition of Mr. James Grice, it is pleasing to be able to state that he is now progressing favorably. His medical attendant is Dr. Maxwell, of Frankston. *** MR. L. J. Ward, who recently underwent a serious operation at “Lancewood” Private Hospital, Kew, hopes to be able to resume duty at the local railway station next week.

His many friends will be pleased to see this popular officer back in harness again. *** Heard in the Train The Shire Council is to be asked to reconsider its action in prohibiting Sunday tennis in Frankston. It is argued that the prohibition debars many visitors from enjoying healthy recreation, and offers no adequate substitute. The Anglican Synod in Newt South Wales recently declared in favor of Sunday tennis. Kananook Creek is to be stirred up again shortly, when all land owners abutting thereon will discuss the why and the wherefore at Seaford. It is high time some definite decision was arrived at regarding this difficult problem. At present every other person has a different solution to offer. Enterprising burglars are now working full time. When the weekender goes to the sea-side, Bill Sykes gets to work on the town house. He then devotes the early part of the week to plundering temporarily vacated bungalows along the foreshore. Seaford is considering the question of appointing a watchman as a means of protecting week-end residences against these unwelcome visitors. Nothing heard about Frankston light supply lately, and now the gas is beginning to “talk’ again. Time those long promised purifiers got to work. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 2 April 1920


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Becoming the Hype Man of my Dreams By Stuart McCullough I’D assumed my chance had passed me by. Much like the time I turned forty and realized I’d never be a regular cast member of Young Talent Time (despite knowing all the lyrics to ‘All My Loving’), this was yet another example of an ambition destined to remain unfulfilled. But then fate intervened. And, just like that, a hope I’d though had been extinguished has flickered back into glorious life. There’s no time to waste – who knows when another chance might come along? This could be my only chance to become Public Enemy’s new ‘Hype Man’. Many of you will have questions. Like ‘when will I be able buy toilet paper like I used to?’ and ‘who thought it was a good idea to hoard all the egg plants?’ Those of you who are paying attention to this story might instead ask, ‘who or what is Public Enemy?’ In a fair and just world, there’d be no need to ask, such would be the notoriety of one of the planet’s most influential rap groups. Public Enemy were my first real exposure to rap music. Before then, I’d heard schoolmates recite the lyrics to ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. There was something about saying the words ‘It makes me wonder sometimes how I keep from going under’ while dressed in school uniform that was oddly liberating. But at that time, it seemed more a novelty. It didn’t help much that rap music was often openly derided. But then I encountered Public Enemy. My youngest brother was a

fan and had video taped an interview with someone called ‘Chuck D’. I’m not sure how I stumbled across it, but I did. I don’t know what I was expecting, but probably something far less eloquent than Chuck D was. Here was a highly intelligent person who had interesting things to say about almost everything. It’s true that I became a fan before hearing a note. After the interview, they played a video to a song entitled ‘Brothers Gonna Work it Out’. Put simply, it was incredible. Over a beat and what sounded like a sample of Prince’s guitar, the band delivered a message with undeniable fury and political potency. I was hooked. The production was amazing. And, in addition to Chuck D,

there was Flavor Flav; a charismatic court-jester who wore a large clock around his neck so he always knew ‘what time’ it was. Punctuality was clearly important to him. Flavor Flav was Public Enemy’s ‘Hype Man’. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a ‘Hype Man’ is the person in a rap group who’s not the main rapper, but whose job it is to support his or her colleague as they attempt to construct an empire of rhyme in front of an expectant audience. A Hype Man (sorry, it should probably be ‘person’) achieves this by dancing and by making the occasional interjection. Without seeking to disrespect past or current Hype Men of humanity who might well be reading this article,

it’s less labour-intensive than being the front man. In fact, it’s kind of the equivalent of part time work in the hip-hop universe. Terms like ‘yo!’, ‘yeah!’ and ‘hit it!’ are all part of the rich lexicon of a Hype Man. It truly is the role I was born to play. However, it’s very hard to be an effective Hype Man if you don’t have anyone to hype. It’s really just one random person making an interjection apropos of nothing if you’re doing by yourself. In the right context, ‘hit it!’ can be exhilarating. By itself, it’s downright confusing. Flavor Flav was a terrific Hype Man, and he really knew how to build the excitement levels. For more than thirty years, he worked with Chuck D

and they seemed kind of inseparable until, a few weeks ago, they separated. Doubtless, the oversized clock around his neck told him it was time to leave. It’s sad beyond measure that Flavor Flav has departed Public Enemy. It’s also an opportunity. I suppose I never really thought about becoming a Hype Man in a serious way because the job I coveted simply wasn’t available. Until now. The odds, however, are against me. That said, the rap game is all about surprise, and there would be no bigger surprise possible that appointing as Flavor Flav’s replacement a middle-aged white guy from Tyabb. While I can see those attributes could well count against me, I already own a tracksuit and am prepared to secure my own oversized clock. Besides, I have ideas on how to take the group into the twenty first century. For starters, the new clock will be digital and will not be adjusted for daylight savings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve written to Chuck D, but I’m yet to hear back. Chances are he’s been flooded with applications from middleaged white men like me who want to fulfill a childhood dream. I keep waiting for the phone to ring while staring at the clock that, somewhat conveniently, now hangs around my neck. Perhaps some dreams are more potent if they remain anchored in your imagination. So be it. But, if you don’t mind, I’ll wait a little while longer before declaring that my dream of becoming a Hype Man is officially over. Until then, I simply say to you: ‘hit it!’ stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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By Ben Triandafillou THEMOONLITEGAMBLER is right on track for the South Australian Derby in May for Mornington-based racehorse trainer John McArdle. Despite covering plenty of extra ground in the Listed Dominant Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) on Saturday 4 April, the three-year-old son of Good Journey (USA) continued to hit the line hard for third place behind last year’s Caulfield Guineas favourite, Dalasan. While Dalasan looked to get the dream run through the field, Themoonlitegambler was caught threewide with cover for the entire race before turning into the straight five to six-wide. The Mick Huxtable-trained, Perfect Route, held onto second placing but McArdle’s gelding was gallant in defeat to continue to run through the line after having a tough run throughout. Trainer John McArdle said it was a massive effort from Themoonlitegambler given the run that he had. “He ran huge,” McArdle said. “He covered a massive amount of extra ground and should’ve run a clear second. I don’t know if he would’ve been able to beat Dalasan over 1800m, but he should’ve finished a clear second.” “It’s never perfect when you’re four,

five and six-wide, but he seems to have come through it well. He’ll have three weeks into the Chairman’s Stakes and then two weeks into the Derby so he’s heading in the right direction.” Themoonlitegambler will likely face Dalasan again in the Chairman’s when they step out to the 2000m for the first time, before heading to the 2,500m of the South Australian Derby. McArdle said he has no worries with his gelding stepping over further. “He’ll certainly run out the 2000m of the Chairman’s I would’ve thought – he went close to running that yesterday,” he said. “You don’t know for sure until they do it, but he looks as though he will.” Themoonlitegambler is lightly raced having only had the six career starts and has only missed the placings once in his career to date. His rating currently sits at 67.

Derby hopeful: Themoonlitegambler continues to progress nicely for the South Australian Derby for Mornington trainer John McArdle. Picture: Supplied

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