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Hands help out to cross the water By Keith Platt DUDLEY the black Labrador provides unselfish, almost limitless help each day to Jenny Angliss-Goodall. Anything she drops, he picks up – hairbrush, fruit, handbag, keys, saucepan, chopping board, soap in the shower, passes towels off the rack, opens and closes drawers, gets the phone and pushes buttons at pedestrian lights. But on Saturday Dudley was a bit out of his depth when his mistress decided to go for a surf at Pt Leo.

Normally, Dudley, an assistance dog, is her constant, faithful companion, even being allowed in the cabin on a commercial flight interstate. Ms Angliss-Goodall had volunteered to brave the waves as part of the Train the Helper day for nearly 200 volunteers who had answered the call from the Disabled Surfers Association’s newly formed Mornington Peninsula branch. While she was being ably assisted onto a surfboard to catch breaking

Good dog: Jenny Angliss-Goodall, left. was one of the first to put her hand up to try surfing guided by the hands of volunteers of the the Disabled Surfers Association’s Mornington Peninsula branch. While she was surrounded by helpers, her dog Dudley was a bit at sea until he finally caught up with his mistress after she rode a wave to the Pt Leo shore. Pictures: Keith Platt

waves to the beach, Dudley was dashing in and out of the shallows, keeping a watchful eye but frustrated at his inability to provide his usual assistance. The end of Ms Angliss-Goodall’s time in the surf set off frantic tail wagging and a close-up sniff to make sure she was safe and sound. And then

Dudley was off, running alongside the special wheelchair being used to ferry disabled surfers across the sand into the water. There had been no need for Dudley to worry, as his mistress was in good, safe hands as she swept beachwards through the middle of two lines of out-

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Preps join big kids in the 2012 school yard HUNDREDS of children on the Mornington Peninsula have started their 13year school journey. It all began last Thursday and Friday when pupils started the new school year at some schools, while others started on Monday. At Hastings Primary School, the Preps arrived on Monday for their first full day at “Minnow Land”, the school’s early learning centre, a converted library. Principal Susan Lyons said the school now offered Preps “an early learning experience that flows directly from their experiences at pre-school”.

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The ratio of volunteers to a participant depends on the condition of the day and the nature of the surfer’s disability, but there are never fewer than six pairs of helping hands within arm’s reach. Dudley has been with Ms AnglissGoodall for six years after a two-year wait through Assistance Dogs Australia. He was raised in Sydney “by a lovely family who taught him many things before he went back to boot camp for his intensive training. They loved him as much as I do; for me it was love at first sight�. Ms Angliss-Goodall says Dudley obeys more than 30 commands. “He does worry about me – which was evident when I was out surfing – but he could hear me so he was OK. He will swim out if I am in the water but otherwise he paddles around and runs in and out.� Ms Angliss-Goodall described Saturday’s surfing experience “as awesome, fantastic, wonderful. It was fast, exciting, wet and I love the wind rushing by me�. “I am a water person to start with so there was no fear involved for me, as strange as that may sound. “That doesn’t mean that there won’t be fear in the next person. Trust is the number one requirement I believe. Trust in self and in the people who are handling you.� President of the DSA’s peninsula branch Gary Morton said it had been “humbling to see so many people giving their time to learn how to get

Surf’s up for all: Top, some of the volunteers at the Disabled Surfing Association training day; above, the wheelchair used to ferry participants to their surfboards; left, Angus Rendell of Mt Martha gets his first real taste of surfing.

disabled people safely into the water to catch a gentle wave�. “The training day at Pt Leo reminded me that it’s not so easy for everyone to do something as simple as a walk on the beach or catch a gentle wave,� he said. “But many hands make light work.� Before heading off the beach, the volunteer helpers were given a presentation at Pt Leo Surf Lifesaving Club, explaining how the DSA had evolved and developed the best ways of helping the disabled enjoy the surf. Members of the DSA’s Ocean Grove branch loaned equipment and expertise while the Pt Leo helpers participated in practical demonstrations, lifting the disabled onto surfboards, and providing safety and encouragement without lessening the experience.

“The volunteers came from every imaginable background. We had Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors working in the surf with school students,â€? Mr Morton said. “We had top business executives laughing with hard core surfers and participants with double amputations. “We were all there, united by the joy of surfing and a desire to give back to the community.â€? ď Ž Volunteers who missed out on the training can still come to the DSA’s community disabled surfing event at Pt Leo from 9am-2pm on Saturday 17 March. Potential sponsors or volunteers can visit www.disabledsurfers. org, call Ash Gardner on 0417 362 983 or find the Facebook page by searching for “Mornington Peninsula Disabled Surfers Associationâ€?.


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Units meet the rules – Bittern developer MISLEADING and false information is being used to create public opposition to a plan to build 15 units at Bittern, according to developer Sean Devattista. He says claims about insufficient car parking and describing his proposed development as “high density” are wrong. “It’s medium density and there is a double garage with every unit except one,” Mr Devattista said. The 15 units planned to be built on the L-shaped, 6000-square metre site at 75-77 Hendersons Rd comprise 13 with three bedrooms, one with two bedrooms, and one single-bedroom unit. Mr Devattista said there was space outside each of the double garages for another two cars as well as four spaces for visitors “which is one more than required by the [Mornington Peninsula] council”. Some nearby residents have complained about trees being cleared to make room for the units. Mr Devattista says that all clearing was legal. “The proposal is medium density not high density,” he said. “There are other units in the same area which have been allowed with smaller land size per unit.” Mr Devattista said he had bought the land eight months ago and had been told by council officers that it was in a zone that allowed for units, although land opposite was reserved as green wedge. He had complied with council regulations and wanted to avoid going to

the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to prove that the development complied with planning regulations. “We’ve had arborist reports, traffic counts and done all our homework, just to avoid having problems later on,” Mr Devattista said. As reported in The News last week nearby resident Anthony Barling said the proposed development was opposite land reserved as a green wedge, was too dense and would cause parking problems. He predicted stopping the units “will be a tough fight” as the land was zoned residential. He said units were provided with single-space garages and there were not enough car parks for visitors on the site. “Cheap units could mean an influx of people who are not doing so well,” he said. Some residents have signed a letter of objection. “Unfortunately this type of high density living is proposed among properties that measure 700 square metres and more (mostly acreages) and directly across from a green wedge zone,” a letter circulated to residents of Hendersons and Creswell roads said. “Because of this proposed development, properties that are currently trying to sell cannot do so due to the knowledge of what may be built on 75-77 Hendersons Road. This also means that the values of our properties are likely to devalue as a result.” Keith Platt

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Crime waver: Peninsula author Garry Disher has joined a campaign to spread the word about the importance of reading and the power of literacy, which will be launched on the peninsula later this month.

ONE of the peninsula’s bestknown authors, Garry Disher, has joined a campaign to help spread the word about the importance of reading and the power of literacy. The author of the Challis and Destry police novels set on the Mornington Peninsula has teamed up with Mornington Peninsula Library Service to promote reading. Disher has been named local ambassador of the National Year of Reading 2012 campaign, which will run a range of programs and services for peninsula residents of all ages. The national campaign aims to help people to increase their reading confidence, literacy and IT literacy. Stephanie Wilson of the shire’s library service said reading was the key to open doors. “It can change lives in positive ways. Beyond literacy, reading contributes to our personal wellbeing, health, social and economic outcomes,” she said. “It builds relationships in families and with others and increases our understanding of ourselves. Reading helps with vocabulary and attention span.”

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Rubber side down, tin side up ROB Tuckett’s face has become more familiar than ever around Hastings. He’s one of the frontmen of national television advertising for his product and the product of his father before him. It’s a product many people take for granted until something goes wrong. It goes flat, or blows out, or you see strips of the stuff along the roadsides. We’re talking tyres. Rob Tuckett talks fast, but wouldn’t be described as ‘fast talking’. He’s a modest man and doesn’t want this conversation to be seen as self-promotion. I wanted to talk to him because I’ve always loved cars and driving. Tyres are essential to cars and I was interested in how the recent advertising campaign might have changed how people approach him. Now living locally, Rob Tuckett left school at the age of 15, completing a motor mechanic apprenticeship in the family business that his father Arthur, and uncle David of Mornington, started. “I worked with dad on Saturdays since I was 10,” he said. “I loved working with cars. I worked my way up to being a store manager with him in outlets around East Bentleigh, Armadale and Ringwood. Then when I was just 24, dad sold out to a West Australian corporation. They wanted me to go to Perth to work.” Rob said he went west to have a look, but working for a corporation was totally different to being in a family business. He decided at his age he could open his own store. So he came to Hastings and set up Tuckett’s Tyrepower. He played footy for Hastings for a couple of seasons until he was injured. “I realised if I couldn’t play through injury, I couldn’t work,” he said. After years of working in the industry, he has taken the opportunity to travel to see tyres made in Thailand, Korea, New Zealand and around Aus-

A people person: Rob Tuckett, above, has become the advertising face of the Tyrepower brand.

tralia to understand the different techniques of manufacture. “I’ve been really fortunate to travel. Tyres are changing all the time,” he said. “They’re not rubber these days, of course; they’re all synthetics. If they were rubber you’d see piles of it on the roads. Synthetics disintegrate into a kind of gas.” So what will tyres be like in the future? “Airless tyres. One development is for a honeycomb interior; there will be ‘run flat’ tyres that you can drive on for kilometres until help is available. New varieties will offer low rolling and low resistance,” he said. What about grip on the road though? “It’s a balancing act.”

For Rob Tuckett the main benefit of his business is dealing with people. Watching him at work, Rob is everywhere. He’s keeping an eye on the workshop while ensuring that no one is waiting without being greeted, always talking rapidly, you have to keep up. His staff members are the same, watching out for customers’ needs, offering alternatives to expensive brands

in this town where high costs can easily hurt. One staff member has been with him since leaving school in 1998. Rob has three children. Are they in the business, too? His eldest daughter is studying textile design; his youngest daughter is doing year 12; and his son has deferred a Bachelor of Business to work with his father.

“It was his first full-time job out of school and he found it hard at first to get up to speed,” Rob said. How did Rob Tuckett come to be an advertising ‘star’ and what reaction has it had locally to be seen several times a night in our living rooms? “The advertising agency asked me. I’d done an ad years before. They wanted someone who could stand up and talk. But I’ve got a good face for radio, not television,” he jokes, standing beside his folded-arm pose poster for the company. “People come in and say ‘you’re the bloke on the ad!’ An old friend said he and his wife had television on in the bedroom and there I was, as if in bed with them.” Another caught up with him in order to find a long-lost member of the big Tuckett clan. Rob doesn’t want to be seen to be promoting himself. His goal is “to be seen to do the right thing: to do a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay while offering quality product”. He won’t sell crap, he said. “I like people,” he said. “You have to be careful summing people up though. “I always try to treat people the way I’d want to be treated myself.” It’s the end of a busy day in the highly visible business on the FrankstonFlinders Rd. Piles of tyres are being wheeled in, the big roller doors sliding down. Outside on the driveway stands a shiny Mustang. Rob Tuckett is known to be a Mustang man. What attracts him – the line? “Yes, I love the shape,” he said. “But it’s about performance. I’m not a car polisher however”. In his down time he’s developing a Mustang for rallying. The shiny car outside is not his? “No, beautiful isn’t it; it belongs to a customer. I don’t keep one here.” Rob suggests he doesn’t want to project that shiny image of himself. He is quite the opposite – in his own time happy to be tackling rough terrain in a sleek (but not shiny) machine, with ‘well shod feet’, of course.

Beached hovercraft not taking passengers SHARP-eyed Hastings residents will have seen a hovercraft seemingly stuck in the mangroves on the northern side of Hastings Bight. It’s been on the sand on the narrow spit that forms part of Esso’s Long Island Point jetty since last October. The vessel, built by Mariah Hovercraft of Hastings, was launched at the Hastings ramp, but engine trouble forced Mariah owner Gary Ashton to run the hovercraft onto the spit. Hovercraft are air cushion vessels that travel over land or water supported by a cushion of slowmoving, high-pressure air ejected against the surface and contained within a “skirt”. If the engine pushing the air stops, the hovercraft “fails to proceed”, as Rolls-Royce used to say when its cars broke down, a rare event. The Mariah “Tornado”, a 30-passenger model built at the company’s factory on FrankstonFlinders Rd, slid partly off a tilt tray truck well short of the water and crashed sideways onto the ramp when it was being launched last year. A heavy capacity crane was called to lift it into the water and it appeared none the worse for wear as it sped off toward the open waters of Western Port. Mariah has been doing it tough in recent years with Mr Ashton failing several times to win government approval for sites beside Western Port at Hastings, Crib Point, Cannons Creek and Tooradin. Mike Hast

Not hovering: Mariah Hovercraft’s Tornado model on the Long Island Point side of Hastings Bight, where it has been stranded since last October. The tanker at the jetty is the Gas Aries. Picture: Yanni Western Port News 7 February 2012


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By David Harrison COST-shifting is a favourite game for federal and state governments. They love pushing expensive programs in the areas of training, health, education and law enforcement onto local government. Some councils push right back, refusing to burden their ratepayers with financial imposts that belong at other levels of government. So it was interesting to see two costshifting items on Mornington Peninsula Shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda for the first meeting of the year on 30 January, which sparked lively discussion among councillors. First was the spectacularly financially unsuccessful Pelican Pantry at Hastings, which began in late 2003 with the sort of good news fanfare at which the shire excels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; now a shabby tale going back to the councillors of day who agreed to a project to train youngsters in hospitality, as waiters and the like. It has cost ratepayers $1.8 million so far, give or take a hundred thou. The Pantry recently staggered into 2012, shell-shocked, bandaged, limping, ready to collapse and expire (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pantry faces hard times, The News, 31/1/12). The shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venture partner, Chisholm Institute of TAFE, pulled out in December, leaving the Pantry loss-laden, with no one to train and nowhere to go â&#x20AC;&#x201C; except the ignominy of suggesting that a commercial operator might take over the chronic financial invalid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A commercial tender for future op-

eration may be considered appropriate,â&#x20AC;? stated a report to councillors from recreation and leisure manager Peter Gore, beautifully obfuscating the failure of those who conceived and cradled the idea. Significant government training money was withdrawn, so the shire injected more funds. Losses were substantially underestimated by the shire, the number of trainees fell, then â&#x20AC;&#x201C; phut! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; vanished. To illustrate: between 2007-08 and 2009-10, Pelican Pantry trained 47 people and lost more than $1 million â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to repeat, one million dollars. All ratepayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money? The resuscitators were called in: the vision must not be dimmed, the conceivers and cradlers must not be shown to be wrong. Chuck more rates money at the Pantry to plug the financial holes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and keep on bailing! Visitors to the Pantry had, from time to time, mixed reactions about the efficiency and utility of the training. Was it well managed? Were some of the trainees uninterested in learning the ropes? Were they up to the task? Why did they walk away from their courses? Why was absenteeism high? Why, when the Pantry seemed so busy, was it racking up huge losses? Now, according to the shire, its failure was the fault of absenteeism and of a large hardware retailer, which has seduced potential trainees away from the cafĂŠ by the bay. The trainees were nicked by private enterprise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the cheek! The shire appears to have a startling and unique problem: youth over-employment.

Or has it? Were the bulk of the trainees actually Mornington Peninsula residents, or were shire ratepayers subsidising Frankston youth? The Pantryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentence should have been swift and brutal, but execution has been stayed in the hope a white knight can be found. As Mr Gore said, a cafe/restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x153;would not be considered shire core business and accordingly, if it were to operate as a stand alone cafe, a commercial tender for future operation may be considered appropriateâ&#x20AC;?. Why not kill it now, asked Cr Graham Pittock, the shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most skilled and experienced entrepreneur (who, by the way, puts his own money on the line). And hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; why did the shire wait seven long, loss-making years to conclude a cafe/restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x153;would not be considered shire core businessâ&#x20AC;?? Perhaps someone needed to save face? Step forward and confess, that man! It is a bitter lesson for the shire. Perhaps its executives will now stick to repairing roads, pruning rates and taking away our rubbish. If they yearn to be entrepreneurs, let them go into private enterprise where investors, not ratepayers, will bear the losses of their failures. Perhaps Cr Pittock can find a job for them. The second cost-shifting agenda item was a proposal to help fund an extra police presence in Frankston and on the peninsula. The shire was to hand over $12,000 to the police, adding to some $30,000 from the City of




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Frankston to put two â&#x20AC;&#x153;stealthâ&#x20AC;? police cars on local roads. The initiative came from a senior Frankston cop. Some councillors were attracted to the idea, but wanted facts. None were forthcoming, but the money was approved anyway. Cr David Gibb tartly and succinctly put the case against subsidising policing, a state government function, with ratepayer funds. To no avail. Had he put this argument against the Pelican Pantry at any stage, one wondered. Another councillor said $12,000 wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much for police protection from hooligans and speedsters. In the public gallery, someone muttered: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelve grand? That would buy a nice little trip to Europe that many

pensioner ratepayers will never have the cash to take. Or six $2000 grants to deserving community groups. And what of the relative size of contributions? Will the shire get its $12,000 worth? Will we get one-third of the stealth carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time? As one councillor pointed out, how will we know â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they are unmarked. What if Frankston hooligans take up so much police time the stealth cars have no time to nab speeding bogans on the peninsula? It looks like another shire good news fanfare. Watch out for it in the next edition of PeninsulaWide, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; newspaperâ&#x20AC;? that brings us nothing but good news.

Poppins ready to rock AN almost child-sized rocking horse sitting in the foyer of Frankston Hospital needs a home. The rocking horse donated by the Woodworkers Southern Peninsula of Rosebud has been valued at $2500 and is being raffled by the Frankston Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pink Ladies. Money raised in the raffle will be used to buy equipment for treating children in the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new equipment [a paediatric oximeter] will help us measure the oxygen saturation and pulse rate of children when they enter the emergency department,â&#x20AC;? director of emergency

medicine Dr Helen Hewitt said. The president of the Woodworkers, John Bayliss, said the horse was the result of about 50 hours of â&#x20AC;&#x153;loving labour by the Woodworkersâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hardest part was the carving of the horse, to make sure all surfaces were smooth,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are eight woodworkers in the club and we work hard to make and donate about 800 toys a year for the peninsula community and organisations.â&#x20AC;? Raffle tickets are $2 and can be bought from the Frankston Hospital Pink Ladies kiosk in the hospital foyer.

The Western Port Whisperer Expensive trip to the beach AFTER the story about the disappearing 90km/h speed sign in Bittern, Whisperer HQ has received a similar story from Somers. Out of the blue, a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No standingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sign appeared near a popular Somers beach. On Sunday, just two days later, by-laws officers were kept busy slapping $120 fines on windscreens. Not much time for people (many of whom have probably been parking in said spot for years) to notice the sign and make other arrangements. Seems like another cash grab to The Whisperer, but he is sure the netted money will go towards improving amenities and parking facilities for beach goers anyway. Surely it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just disappear into the black hole of council coffers? Why chickens donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fly THE Whisperer had a moment of quiet contemplation when he saw the statistic that Americans will eat 1.4 billion chicken wings during the two hours of the Superbowl. For those not up to speed on the maths, that is the wings of 700 million chickens. Does this explain why chickens canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fly? Surely natural selection would increase the likelihood of survival of a chicken with a wing that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look as edible? Food for thought â&#x20AC;&#x201C; quite literally. Super news THE Whisper is that an IGA supermarket (although not a Ritchies) is set to open in Bittern. Another whisper is that a supermarket in Hastings is planning to move within the town. Urgent delivery THE Whisperer had to chuckle heartily the other day. Everybody has seen the pathology cars from places such as Gribbles that travel around with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urgent bloodâ&#x20AC;? signs on the back. The Whisperer was following a car that clearly belonged to a carpet store in Mornington. On the back window was the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urgent carpet samplesâ&#x20AC;?. The Whisperer approves of their sense of humour.

Miscreants at work WHAT a great pity Hastings has been defaced over the holidays with grafitti. Now school is back, The Whisperer is sure the problem will subside. One has to wonder if our response would be different if we found out it was kids who had recently migrated to Australia grafitting our walls. Would we want them run out of town? Deported? Would there be cries of â&#x20AC;&#x153;send â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em back from where the came from!â&#x20AC;?. Hmmm, alas, it is most likely to be local kids doing it, so we are silent. After all, they were lucky enough to be born in a free country. Free, it seems, to destroy other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuff with their mindless spraying and scribbling. It reminds The Whisperer of an incident a few years ago when some local kids were caught graffitting a chain store in Hastings. Marched in to apologise, and to organise a time where they were to return and clean up the mess they had made, the store manager said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is out of the question for them to clean their grafitti. It is against OH&S rules.â&#x20AC;? Poor, miserable sods STILL bitter about the Hastings loss to Sorrento in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football grand final, The Whisperer continues to check the suburb score for the two towns on While Hastingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; score currently sits on 78/100, Sorrento is sitting in second place at 75/100. What a pity. Apparently the rarified air up on the cliffs makes it hard for one to breath, and the sea breeze stings oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face. Not to mention the fact that one can hardly even get a glimpse of the sea for all the yachts in the way. The Whisperer is able to squash completely the rumour that the footy club down there is changing its jumpers to pale blue with a pink â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to signify a Lacoste polo shirt with a pink sweater tied around the neck. The rumour is absolutely untrue.


Poms do it differently and a new mayormobile THE Emu spends a good deal of time researching at libraries – aka getting out of the house and out of the range of Mrs Emu’s candlelight suppers. Recently he stumbled on a thin Pommy publication called Private Eye, which specialises in being cheeky and calling spades spades. In the latest edition, The Emu found a column headed “Rotten Boroughs”, detailing the shenanigans of local government and its councillors in the United Kingdom. Cripes! The Emu’s respect for our own elected officials has, relatively speaking, soared. The Pommy councillors appear to be a right shower. There’s a woman councillor in a spot called Tower Hamlets who has been twice convicted of fraud, involving her being sentenced to 100 hours’ community service for dishonestly claiming

keep an eye on our borders; we’ve had enough Pommy villains lob here – and long live our diligent, dull and lawabiding councillors!

job seeker’s allowance. But, reports ‘PE’, she avoided jail and ignored calls for her to resign, then demanded her name be changed on all council documents, to cover up the fact she had two properties, one of which – belonging to a housing association – was being unlawfully sub-let. Early this year she was up before the beak again, charged with dishonestly claiming housing and council tax benefits. This time she might get thrown in the slammer. ‘PE’ describes her as having a “brass neck” for staying on as a councillor. But The Emu thinks we’d better

Farewell Prius, hello Mondeo

A NEW vehicle has appeared recently in the parking spot used by councillor, now mayor, Frank Martin in Dromana from which he sallies forth in Lycra astride his two-wheeler. And was it Hizonner the shire’s leading citizen, who The Emu spied behind the wheel of a gleaming new Ford Mondeo diesel, with room in the back for a bike? And what of the previous mayoral conveyance, the Prius, the electric marvel and leading vehicle in the shire’s fleet – figurehead of its proud

boast of sustainability? Apparently it has served its purpose and, having lugged around the great weight of the gold mayoral chain adorning the neck of 2011 leading citizen Graham Pittock for a year, it

needed to be pensioned off, exhausted. Long live the smoke-belching Mondeo, says The Emu, a fitting reward for Cr Martin for his ascension to the mayoralty after years of arduous service.

Who’s on port board


YEHUDI Blacher is chairman of the Port of Hastings Development Authority board, which came into being on 1 January. The other members are: Deputy chairman Rodney L Chadwick, former managing director at Pacific Dunlop, and chairman and director of other companies. Geoff Craige, who had a 20-year navy career, worked as a trade union representative and was a Victorian MP for 15 years, including as Minister for Roads and Ports in the Kennet government. Claire Filson, former company secretary, board member and solicitor. Was involved in the $700 million redevelopment of Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Greg Martin, former CEO of Port of Brisbane, Sydney Ports Corporation and recently resigned as an executive director of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a Scandanavian shipping company.

All aboard: Rod Chadwick, Hastings MP Neale Burgess, Yehudi Blacher, Ports Minister Denis Napthine, Claire Filson, Geoff Craige and Greg Martin at Long Island Point before the first meeting of the port development authority mid-January.

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Family living at its best WHETHER you are the grand entertainer, the tradesperson or a combination of both, you will find something special here with this stylish home in one of Hastings most-popular estates. For the tradie who requires extra space for securely storing work tools and vehicles, there is access to the rear yard via a lane onp the left-hand side of the home. A large, double-door steel shed, with mezzanine for even more storage space, is in the flat and well-fenced backyard. With little in the way of gardens, there is plenty of room for reversing. The entertainer of the family could watch all these comings and goings from either the shade of the undercover patio or the refreshing jet spa, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the external features. Inside is bright with a neutral colour scheme providing a great sense of space. A hallway with floating timber floors passes the separate formal lounge, which is to the left as you enter, and then up to the main, open-plan family area. The kitchen has an island bench with dishwasher and wall oven. An adjoining dining alcove also has tiled floors. A nice big living area is carpeted and there is ducted heating and cooling throughout. The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe and there are built-in robes in the other two bedrooms.

Address: 11 Matthew Circuit, HASTINGS Price: $439,000 Agency: MC Real Estate, 4/82 High Street, Hastings, 5979 8833 Agent: Michael Curry, 0409 410 456

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WITH a tasteful renovation, this stylish townhouse is an ideal proposition for the busy first home buyer or property investor. This very low-maintenance home enjoys a great location only a short distance from two shopping centres and restaurants. The practical design offers upstairs and downstairs living with three bedrooms, open-plan lounge and dining, and separate kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and stone bench tops. There are polished timber floors feature throughout. The bathroom has also been updated and is fully tiled, as is the separate laundry. The townhouse has a single garage with additional parking space in front and a private courtyard.

CONJURING up images of grand English homesteads, this distinctive Tudor-style home is in a quiet setting. A two-way staircase leads to both formal and informal living areas, and the large family area for casual dining has stunning polished floorboards. Adjoining the meals area is a modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and bench space galore, including an island preparation bench with a double sink immediately behind. The home offers four bedrooms including a massive master bedroom with walk-in robe, dressing room and ensuite with spa. The rest of the family does not miss out either with a further three bedrooms, separate office and billiards room. There is a strong focus on outdoor living with a large undercover al fresco area with big sliding doors. Situated on 9105 square metres (2.25 acres), the outbuildings include workshop, double-brick garage and garden sheds as well as a 21,000-litre water tank pumped to three taps sited around the property.

Address: 7/5 Raymond Street, SOMERVILLE Price: $345,000 Agency: L J Hooker Real Estate, Shop 15/17 Eramosa Road West, Somerville, 5978 0044 Agent: Chris Wong, 0408 993 711

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SET SALE Property to be sold on or before 11.00am, Sat 11th Feb 2012 A unique townhouse, so much classier and complete than anything else available. This home includes master bedroom with full ensuite and walk in robe, large living zone downstairs, study nook and two remaining bedrooms on its second level. Additional features include gas ducted heating, ducted cooling, generous cupboard space, double lock up garage with direct access into the home, paved private courtyard with water feature, your very own spa bath and rain sensing open/ shutting pergola. Showcasing a quality downstairs kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample bench/ storage space overlooking the large meals and family room. The front yard is fully landscaped and requires zero maintenance. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2/2 Portsmouth Road INSPECT: By appointment



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WITH an amazing amount of space that surprises you once inside this superbly maintained home has a separate study to the right as you enter and internal access from the double garage to your left. Living areas keep materialising with each step down the long hallway with a formal lounge situated just before the main open plan living area. The lounge has plenty of room and positioned towards one corner is the dining area and a large kitchen features quality gas cooking appliances and a dishwasher, with plenty of bench space. A third living area makes for a great games room or home theatre room and there is even a paved entertainment area. Towards the back of the home are the bedrooms, two with builtin robes and the master bedroom features an ensuite and walk-in robe. Situated in one of the more popular streets in Bittern this great home is only a short walk to the current town amenities and the new Bittern Fields Shopping Village.


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WHEN faced with the choice of buying or renting separate premises for your business, why not have a look at this incredible property and create the ultimate work–life balance and potentially save thousands of dollars. The very well-appointed home has three bedrooms, a separate bungalow that is currently used as a home office, renovated kitchen and bathroom. There is a decked area overlooking a private bush setting. Perfect for the home handyman or small business operator is the amazing warehouse and storage area with multiple access points and three-phase power. An office has been created inside the warehouse, which could free up the bungalow for use as staff quarters or guest accommodation.

SITUATED on a private and tree-lined 900-square metre allotment, this home is well set up for the nature or boating enthusiast. Enjoying a great location adjacent to Woolleys Beach foreshore reserve and its walking tracks, the home is also close to the Stony Point jetty and its boat launching facilities. The block is securely fenced, there is an automatic gate across the driveway entrance and plenty of boat or trailer storage at the rear of the block with drive-through access from the carport. The brick home has a verandah around all sides, which significantly increases living space. Inside is a large kitchen with pantry, wall oven and ample cupboard space. A colourful open-plan family area has tiled floors, ceiling fan and free-standing woodheater on the far wall. Family time can spill into the large, sunny rumpus room. The three bedrooms all have built-in robes and the main bedroom has an ensuite with double shower and spa.

Address: 1 Arras Street, BITTERN Price: $590,000 – $650,000 Agency: Harcourts, 10/14 High Street, Hastings, 5970 7733 Agent: Jason Dowler, 0403 598 754

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If you are looking for privacy and space this gorgeous home in the popular gated precinct of Sandhurst has it all. This address is all about lifestlye with access to parks, golf course, stunning club house, restaurants, tennis and gym. On a large 773sqm block, this exceptional home is a spacious single storey residence measuring VT$ODUJHPRGHUQNLWFKHQRYHUORRNVDEHDXWLIXORSHQSODQIDPLO\DUHDZLWKSROLVKHGÀRRUERDUGVDQGDFFHVV out to the alfresco dining area. Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Gabriele Frenkel 0413 773 075


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2a Seaview Road Tyabb Prestige Lifestyle On 6 Acre Farmlet Step inside this immaculately presented federation styled home of approx 28 sqs living and be captivated. Featuring four generous bedrooms, huge master with en suite including spa, ample living space with formal lounge and dining rooms, huge open plan family room with meals, hostess kitchen with granite benchtops, 9 ft ceilings, GDH and air conditioner complete some of the features on the inside. The property also offers in-ground solar heated swimming pool, large covered entertaining with private garden, two large paddocks with water, there is ample shedding with one large shed approx 115 sqm ideal for boat/trucks/caravan, the other shed measures approx. 90 sqm complete with office and toilet/kitchenette facilities. Auction: Saturday 18th February at 2.30pm Inspect Agent

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Nestled away on approximately 1.75 acres is this magnificent lifestyle property that will surely impress. Boasting 5 large bedrooms + study, inc. the master suite with WIR, and ensuite with spa bath, spacious O/P meals, family room and kitchen with ample cupboard space. Additional featured include GDH, evaporative cooling and a coonara.Outside a huge, fully enclosed gazebo for all your entertaining needs, a concrete shed with power, oversized DLUG, a pony paddock and stunning manicured gardens.

Set upon a generous sized 725 (approx) block, this stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, with master featuring WIR and FES is everything the young family,down-sizing couple or investor could ever need. Featuring 2 good sized living areas, 1 of which is North facing and has a formal dining area which then connects into the huge kitchen, new floating floors, new light fittings, brilliant under cover entertaining area, GWF and split system, garden shed and a cubby house for the young ones this home brings the essentials and more.

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Inspect: Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Agent: Shelly Brown 0431 188 166

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3/1065 Frankston Flinders Road Somerville, Vic 3912

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At your service

Stylish Townhouse - Close To The Marina!

Land, Land, Land Hastings Negotiable over $225,000

Hastings Offers over $330,000

A prime 511m2 allotment ready for your building plans. Located in stage 2 of the highly sought after Cottonwood Estate, the allotment has all services available and is overlooking a reserve with serene bush backdrop. This is a great opportunity to make your plans come true. All sizes & measurements are approximate

Immaculately presented 3 bedroom freestanding villa unit in a block of only two. Located a short walk to High Street shops, parkland and restaurants, the home is only three years young and comprises of a modern designer kitchen with gas s/steel appliances, spacious lounge room & meals area opening out to private rear courtyard. Main bedroom with WIR & FES, BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to other bedrooms. 2nd bathroom, sep. laundry & rear roller door access to the back yard.

1600sqm Industrial Allotment

Vacant Land

Crib Point $100,000 plus

Hastings $269,000 A prominent corner allotment of 824sqm situated in the Solar Estate of Hastings is ready for your house plans with all services available and water connected. This is a rare opportunity to buy land at such an affordable price, surrounded by prestigious homes with beautiful park land aspect. Walking distance to schools and bus make your mark and build your dream home. Potential to subdivide into 2 lots (S.T.C.A) be quick this block will not last! All sizes are approximate



Rental Guarantee at $240pw

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milne Terraceâ&#x20AC;?

Hastings Negotiable over $235,000

Crib Point From $289,500

Brand new designer living for those who are lifestyle conscious! Stamp duty savings applicable, so act now to save $$$. Brand new, one bedroom villa units located within easy access to all amenities. All villaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will comprise TXDOLW\Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJVWKURXJKRXWWLOHGZHW areas, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, GLVKZDVKHUTXDOLW\FDUSHWVRUĂ RDWLQJĂ RRUV heating / cooling & secure roller door to carport, private landscaped courtyard, grey water tank. What more could you want ?

Brand new 2 or 3 bedroom villas built with quality workmanship and a modern façade. All with own separate driveway to lock up garage, designer kitchen with s/steel cooking appliances, open plan living areas, main bedroom with WIR & FES, BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to other EHGURRPV7LOHGZHWDUHDVFDUSHWRUĂ RDWLQJ WLPEHUĂ RRUVKHDWLQJ FRROLQJ SULYDWH landscaped courtyards. Walking distance to schools, shops, parkland & transport. Stamp GXW\VDYLQJVRQRIIHUDQGHOLJLEOHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPH buyers could save a further $20,000.

Renovated Home on 1200m2

Family Living

Crib Point $390,000 - $420,000

CRIB POINT Neg Over $385,000

A character 3 bedroom home with studio, all located on a 1200m2 allotment. Situated in a quiet no through road, the home is fully renovated DQGLQFOXGHVDOOPRGHUQĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHV Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJVLQFOXGLQJ Ă RRULQJ:LWKGHVLJQHUNLWFKHQJDVVVWHHOFRRNLQJ appliances, dishwasher and breakfast bar. All bedrooms with BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, spacious lounge room, separate meals, renovated bathroom, heating and cooling. Outside is complete with peaceful gardens, carport, studio, chicken pen & garden sheds. This property is ideal for families. The kids would love WKHIUHHGRPWRH[SORUHDQGWKHUHLVHYHQHQRXJK room for all the boys toys!

Great Investment Crib Point $295,000 A spacious townhouse only a hop, skip and jump to parkland, shops, transport and schools. :LWKURRP\OLJKWĂ&#x20AC;OOHGORXQJHVHSDUDWHGLQLQJ area, main bedroom with WIR, dual entry bathroom, a second bedroom has BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, kitchen with dishwasher, breakfast bar, s/steel appliances and ample cupboard space. Also includes heating & cooling, large private courtyard, remote lock up garage with internal access. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for the best of the best, this is it ~ still under builders ZDUUDQW\&XUUHQWO\OHDVHGWRDQH[FHOOHQWORQJ term tenant at $1257pcm. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your preference nest or invest ?

Situated on a private and tree lined 900m2 allotment is this 3 bedroom, 21sq brick home. Includes large kitchen with breakfast bar, dishwasher, open plan dining & lounge room with wood heater plus a separate rumpus room. Main bedroom with large robe, full ensuite with spa bath, plus a further two bedrooms with built-in robes

GREAT INVESTMENT Serenity & Seclusion Bittern RENTAL GUARANTEE AT $240PW OR Negotiable over $550,000 OWNER OCCUPY 6.8 Acres of serenity with this picturesque

Hastings Negotiable Over $235,000

allotment. The allotment is treed with many natives, amongst which is a level cleared house site.The lifestyle & freedom you have been longing situated in this quiet country Brand new designer living for those who are lifestyle conscious! Stamp dutyfor, savings applicable, so act now allotment is only a short drive towill to save $$$. Brand new, one bedroom villa units located withinlane, easythe access to all amenities. All villaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s +DVWLQJV WKHSHQLQVXODDW\RXUĂ&#x20AC;QJHUWLSV FRPSULVHTXDOLW\Âż[WXUHVDQGÂżWWLQJVWKURXJKRXWWLOHGZHWDUHDVVWDLQOHVVVWHHODSSOLDQFHVJDVFRRNWRS All that is required is plans to build your dream GLVKZDVKHUTXDOLW\FDUSHWVRUĂ&#x20AC;RDWLQJĂ&#x20AC;RRUVKHDWLQJFRROLQJ VHFXUHUROOHUGRRUWRFDUSRUWSULYDWH home. Potential multiple dwelling site. (stca). Mains water, electricity and phone available. ODQGVFDSHGFRXUW\DUGJUH\ZDWHUWDQNaZKDWPRUHFRXOG\RXZDQW"

Building nearing completion be quick to secure yours!

4/82 high street, hastings

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Near the Township

Move to the Heath Estate!

7KLV  EHGURRP EULFN YHQHHU KRPH LV WKH LGHDO Ă&#x20AC;UVW home or investment rental - currently returning $240.00 per week. Set on a good size block of land with plenty of room for the kids to play this property comprises a separate lounge with gas column heater & ceiling fan which goes through to the kitchen with gas cooker, laminex cupboards & tops. Adjacent to the kitchen is a meals area that overlooks the rear pergola.

For Sale:




Bring The Family

Set on a large block this entertainerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home is ideal for the large family. Comprising 3 bedrooms - main with WIR & FES, the other 2 with BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Two living areas formal & informal, modern kitchen with s/steel appliances & dishwasher. The home has ducted heating & air conditioning. Walk through to an extensive covered entertaining area, which comes with a spa, barbeque & rotisserie connected to mains gas.

For Sale:






2.25 Acres 50 sqs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace & Privacyâ&#x20AC;?

Spectacular Kinfauns (app.1.58 acres)

Located in the lovely Heath Estate Langwarrin are these brand new House & Land Packages. With 15 Amery +RPHSODQVWRFKRRVHIURPZH¡UHVXUH\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QG\RXU dream home to build.

You could be anywhere as you gaze out at private native surrounds from this elegant 2 storey homestead. A sweeping asphalt drive past gum studded lawns, your family will breathe easy as thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loads of room inside & out. A grand entry faces the feature 2-way staircase with formal & informal living. 9â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ornate ceilings, vast formal lounge & guest suite with full ensuite. Large family/meals DUHDZLWKVWXQQLQJSROLVKHGĂ RRUERDUGV

A unique lifestyle awaits you in this huge 1.58 acre property situated in the sought after Kinfauns Estate. Public transport stops at the Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance, Hastings town center two minutes drive and the brand new Bittern shops two minutes in the other direction. Fully serviced and surrounded by homes of equal quality and prestige.

For Sale:

For Sale:

For Sale:

From $335,500





Peace & Tranquility

Build Your Dream

House & Land package

For Sale:

For Sale:

For Sale:

This freshly painted beautiful brick veneer home is set in a nice quiet court and is ready for a family. Starting with a good size kitchen/dining area with brand new stainless steel appliances & ample cupboard space, you then walk through to the large dual access lounge room with a wonderful feature wall complete with a fan assisted coonara & wood box. The rest of the property incorporates a master bedroom with full ensuite & walk in robes. $377,000


Land for sale in the leafy suburb of Old Tyabb. Rear block of 512m2 with all services.

Buy off the plan and save on stamp duty. Â&#x201E;4 bedrooms Â&#x201E;Rumpus room Â&#x201E;2 bathrooms Â&#x201E;W.I.R to main Â&#x201E;Living room Â&#x201E;BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to 3 bedrooms Â&#x201E;Family/meals area Â&#x201E;Double garage


With federation façade, these quality 3 & 2 bedroom units have a touch of class. Featuring stone bench tops, quality appliances, dual access bathroom & internal door entry JDUDJH:DONRXWVLGHWRĂ&#x20AC;QGDUHPRWHJDUDJHODQGVFDSHG gardens and speckled concrete patio.With the units being close to completion, be quick as these wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last. First home buyers receive your $20,000 bonus or investors save on stamp duty.

For Sale:


If you are looking for the peaceful life this home is it! Set in tranquil surrounds, this architect designed home overlooks 1/3 acre of land. Walk through the large monastery doors ZKHUHWKHOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;OOHGORXQJHDZDLWVZKLFKOHDGVWKURXJKWR the kitchen and dining area.The home features 4 bedrooms - main with WIR & FES, separate study, high pitched ceilings, SROLVKHG Ă RRUERDUGV WKURXJKRXW DQG D ZHOO DSSRLQWHG kitchen with gas cook top, under bench oven & dishwasher.

For Sale:


DOMINIC TALLON Phone: 0408 528 857 Page 8

Tucked at the end of a court this 3 year old home is the perfect family retreat. 4 bedrooms, main with WIR & FES, 2 living areas, large kitchen with 900mm s/steel cooker, dishwasher and plenty of working space & separate meals area overlooking the rear garden. The home comes with ducted heating and ducted vacuum system. The double garage has internal access & a rear roller door. Set on a large 710m2 block all you have to do is move in.

For Sale:

From $339,500

Mud Brick Masterpiece

Big Beilby Beauty



Perfect First Home Or Investment

:LWKDELWRI7/&WKLVEHGURRPKRPHLVWKHLGHDOĂ&#x20AC;UVW home or rental property. Set on a corner block and within walking distance to the foreshore & shopping precinct. 4 JRRGVL]HEHGURRPVZLWKEXLOWLQUREHVKDUGZRRGĂ RRUV a good size lounge with gas heating and generous kitchen & meals area. This home has had the same tenants for the last 11 years! Priced to sell for this locality.

For Sale:




ER UNDRACT T CON Mangrove Terrace


Close to Town

Set on a large block with possible subdivision S.T.C.A. this 3 bedroom brick veneer home comprises large lounge/meals area & timber kitchen with gas cooker, gas column heater, single carport & steel garage. The property is currently rented at $270pw. An ideal investment with many possibilities down the track.

For Sale:






Rental Meets Price

House & Land package

Commercial Land or Business, take your pick!

What an ideal investment to start your portfolio or buy as your own. This as new BV unit (still under builders ZDUUDQW\ FRPHVZLWKDVLQJOHFDUSRUW,QVLGH\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QG a large main bedroom with WIR and dual access bathroom, decent size lounge/dining area that overlooks the modern kitchen which has ample cupboard space & s/steel appliances.A separate laundry leads to the rear garden with a paved patio ideal for the barbeque.

Buy off the plan and save on stamp duty. Â&#x201E;5 bedrooms Â&#x201E;Rumpus room Â&#x201E;2 bathrooms Â&#x201E;W.I.R to main Â&#x201E;Living room Â&#x201E;BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to 3 bedrooms Â&#x201E;Family/meals area Â&#x201E;Double garage

For Sale:

For Sale:

NIGEL EVANS Phone: 0439 540 055

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35 High Street, Hastings


$SSUR[LPDWHO\PRIĂ DWLQGXVWULDO]RQHGODQGLQ the busy commercial/industrial street of Hastings. Currently set up with a nursery business you can purchase WKHEORFNRIODQGZLWKWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVWUXFWXUHLQFOXGHGDQG use it for your own purposes or purchase the land + business WIWO for an extra $25,000 + GST.

For Sale:


5979 3000



From $290,000

Priced To Sell Ć&#x201D; Centrally located 2 bedroom BV unit Ć&#x201D; Formal lounge with gas heating Ć&#x201D; Modern kitchen / family area Ć&#x201D; Outdoor entertaining area Ć&#x201D; Single lock-up garage



1,2 & 3 / 5 Grant Road Purchase Separately or as a Whole

6/1160 Frankston-Flinders Road Position Position Position

Ć&#x201D; One of three units available. Ć&#x201D; Recently renovated & located close to town facilities Ć&#x201D; Good sized lounge & dining area, modern kitchen Ć&#x201D; Two bedrooms Ć&#x201D; Reverse cycle air-conditioning Ć&#x201D; Outdoor garden area & double carport

Ć&#x201D;4uality built 3 bedroom, low maintenance unit Ć&#x201D; Only minutes walk to local shopping, transport, schools Ć&#x201D; Large lounge/dining area Ć&#x201D;Floating ďŹ&#x201A;oor boards Ć&#x201D; Modern kitchen with s/steel appliances plus dishwasher Ć&#x201D; Security shutters on all windows,



$380,000 - $400,000


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Est 1989

Currently Under Construction - Only 3 On The Block

Nothing But Good Taste Ć&#x201D; Well-presented low-maintenance property Ć&#x201D; Combined lounge/dining area, modern kitchen with dishwasher Ć&#x201D; 3 bedrooms Ć&#x201D; Outdoor paved pergola area Ć&#x201D; Large rear yard with potential to further develop (S.T.C.A) Ć&#x201D; Single lock-up garage with workshop

Ć&#x201D; 2 x three bedroom units, FES to main bedroom Ć&#x201D;7LOHGZHWDUHDVVVWHHODSSOLDQFHVWRNLWFKHQ Ć&#x201D; Open plan living areas, 9ft ceilings Ć&#x201D; Double garage with remote, landscaped gardens Ć&#x201D; Minutes walk to local shops & transport Ć&#x201D; Buy off the plan and save on stamp duty



Ć&#x201D; A combination of location quality & presentation Ć&#x201D; Comprising 3 large bedrooms, full ensuite to master, Ć&#x201D; Huge combined lounge/dining area Ć&#x201D; Modern kitchen opening onto family room Ć&#x201D; Covered outdoor entertaining area Ć&#x201D; Double garage with internal access




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282 Jones Road Some Homes Have It

A Home That Positively Shines

30 George Street Seriously Surprising Living

Ć&#x201D;Perfect home boasting 4 bedrooms, master with FES Ć&#x201D;Formal lounge, dining room, kitchen with gas cooking + d/w Ć&#x201D;)amily room, rumpus room with slow combustion heater Ć&#x201D;$ir-conditioner Ć&#x201D;Ducted heating, double garage, paved outdoor area

Ć&#x201D;Located only minutes walk to Somerville township Ć&#x201D; Federation home with open plan timber kitchen Ć&#x201D;4 Bedrooms plus study, full ensuite to master Ć&#x201D;Outside a pergola area, Gazebo, garden shed Ć&#x201D;Electric front gates to r emote controlled DLUG.


Ć&#x201D;1700m2 approx property Ć&#x201D; Located close to all amenities Ć&#x201D;Potential for 3 - 5 Unit site Ć&#x201D;Comprises 4 Bedroom home at front Ć&#x201D;Zoning: Residential 1 Ć&#x201D;All services available and connected.

$750,000 - $795,000


$1.1 - $1.2 million

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Large Development Site

19 Compass Court Highly Appealing - Truly Outstanding

34 Seaview Road Seaview Gums

Ć&#x201D; Stunning ranch style 32sq approx. family home located on a picturesque 1 acre approx. allotment Ć&#x201D; 4 bedrooms plus study, 4 bathrooms plus powder room Ć&#x201D; Separate dining area, 3 x R/cycle air con. + ducted heating Ć&#x201D; Large timber kitchen/meals family area, rumpus room Ć&#x201D; Triple lock-up garage, paved circular driveway

Ć&#x201D; Outstanding solid brick 30sq approx. residence Ć&#x201D; Picturesque 2 acres approx well-treed block Ć&#x201D;Includes 4 bedrooms, FES, formal lounge/dining area with A/C Ć&#x201D; Modern tiled kitchen/family area with coonara heating Ć&#x201D; Plus 2 bedroom semi self-contained in-law accomadation Ć&#x201D; Tennis court, triple carport, large sheds plus car parking.

1067 Frankston-Flinders Road, Somerville 5977 7766

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Upton Parkâ&#x20AC;? Ć&#x201D; 8 acre (approx.) property with four bedroom home Ć&#x201D; Separate study, 3 bathrooms, 2 living areas & updated kitchen Ć&#x201D; Double car space + workshop & 6 bay machinery shed Ć&#x201D; Four large paddocks with as new fencing Ć&#x201D; Salt chlorinated, solar heated pool & spa

PHIL STONE 0412 226 758 HUGH GAMBLE 0401 319 811

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Local Agents with Local Knowledge For Over 50 Years HASTINGS



Asking $542,000+

Asking $480,000

Neg Over $539,000

Asking $450,000 - $500,000




Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect Sat 2 - 2.30pm

Inspect Sat 1 - 1.30pm





You enter this 4 BR property through a pleasant well maintained front garden. Access is also via Salmon St & through the private common area grounds.The property has a r/c gate & single garage. A colour video pedestrian gate door phone with remote opening & a security alarm system is provided for peace of mind.


Ideal for a young family/tradesman this property boasts a classic cedar home nestled in a no thru road on approx 3000sqms of land. Spacious family room with gas d/heating, natural gas coonara, split system heating & cooling, 2BRs with BIRs, neat & tidy kitchen with gas cooking & polished timber boards.

Only 6 years young and close to public transport and High Street shopping is this unique family home equipped with a fully self-contained unit - all on a spacious, low-maintenance corner allotment.







Asking $479,000

Neg Over $620,000

Asking $349,000

Asking $356,000



Expansive water frontage views of Westernport bay and Hastings Marina. Executive lifestyle property with all the trimmings. Double remote gated entrance, security camera/monitor screen, reverse cycle heating & cooling, ducted vacuum, 2 toilets and spa bath. Also a communal tennis court.


Inspect Sat 12.00 - 12.30pm

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment





Natural bushland is the setting of this wonderful property. <RXZLOOEHSOHDVDQWO\VXUSULVHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKLVKRPHZDVEXLOW to accommodate 2 families with separate living quarters for a dependant person/parents.


A wonderful feeling of warmth and tranquillity envelopes you as you enter this beautifully appointed, environmental home with its use of natural materials, solar electricity and north facing living. Owner built this mud brick home on over an acre gives you the luxury of all services being provided.


Close to Hastings town centre, foreshore & Marina. This 817sqm DSSUR[ GHYHORSPHQWVLWHKDVSODQV SHUPLWVIRU[EHGURRP units. With the infrastructure of Hastings growing donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to arrange an inspection today.






Asking $415,000

Asking $482,000

Asking $385,000

Asking $265,000



2 Lea Court. Inspect Sat 12.30 - 1.00pm

13 The Bittern Boulevard. Inspect Sat 11.30 - 12v.00pm

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment





$Ă&#x20AC;QHPRGHUQEUPIDPLO\KRPHVLWWLQJRQDSSUR[VTPEORFN in a popular Hastings estate is what we have to offer.This beautifully presented home is full of character with a touch of modern style. It has a large central kitchen with quality appliances, pantry and dishwasher.

Situated in a prime location and short walk to the new Bittern shopping centre and railway station is this 6 year young home offering everything. Comprising 3 bedrooms with study, main ensuite & WIR, BIRs to the UHPDLQLQJEHGURRPVDQGDVHSDUDWHORXQJHĂ RZVRQWRDNLWFKHQ


%X\2IIWKHSODQDQGVDYHRQVWDPSGXW\SOXVREWDLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPH owners grant of up to $20,000 to those who qualify. Offering you the choice of 2 new dwellings. Each dwelling will consist of an open plan living with secure car parking and landscaped rear yards.


This 2 bedroom brick veneer unit has a large spacious design including SROLVKHGĂ RRUERDUGVFDUSHWWREHGURRPVDQHZNLWFKHQKDVEHHQĂ&#x20AC;Wted, ducted heating & reverse cycle heating & cooling is available. A rear outdoor area incorporates new decking & a landscaped garden area.






Asking $435,000 Neg.

Asking $1.4m

Asking $365,000

Asking $419,000

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment

Inspect by Appointment




7KLVPDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQWDFUHHVWDWHDSSUR[FRPELQHVH[WHQVLYHIDPLO\ accommodation with resort-style facilities against a backdrop of Botanic *DUGHQVĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKH[RWLFWUHHVDQGDPD]LQJUHFUHDWLRQIDFLOLWLHVIURPD tennis court to an indoor pool, outdoor meditation centre and putting green.





Asking $370,000

Asking $1m+

Asking $395,000

Asking $420,000

31 Spring Street. Inspect Sat 1.30 - 2.00pm



LI NE ST W IN G Inspect by Appointment

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New 2 storey, 3BR t/house, tenanted until August 2012 with a rental of $1478pcm.Walking distance to Bittern Shopping Centre, station & all other transport & schools. Separate lounge leading to a large o/plan family/dining DUHD IXOO\DSSRLQWHGNLWFKHQ,QWHUQDODFFHVVWRWKH'/8*

<RXFDQKDYHLWDOODEHDXWLIXOKRPHVHWLQDPD]LQJSDUNOLNHJURXQGVD Balinese alfresco area with wide merbau decking, all this overlooks an inground pool and spa under a cabana.This home also offers two living areas, three bedrooms, main with ensuite and large main bathroom.


This home boasts 4 bedrooms master with WIR and ensuite. A study can accommodate as a 4th bedroom if needed .Also features 2 sep living rooms, with a dining area of the open plan kitchen. Outdoors is a remote door dble garage with access to an alfresco area.



This recently renovated 3 bedroom home has new carpets & window furnishings, stylish modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas & electric cooking, completely renovated bathroom, contemporary colour scheme throughout and split system heating.



Attention - Bring your tools, paintbrushes & lawnmower. An opportunity has become available to purchase this spacious 3 bedroom home. This property is positioned on a large allotment of 1000sqm approx. And a subdivision may be possible STCA.


Modern single level, open plan and ideally located at the head of a quiet court is this fabulous family home that is sure to tick all the ER[HV)HDWXUHVLQFOXGHÂ&#x2021;%HGURRPVRUEHGURRPVZLWKDVWXG\ Â&#x2021;/LYLQJDUHDV UG/LYLQJPD\EHDQRWKHUEHGURRPWK

>WESTERN PORT realestate 7 February 2012

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


An opportunity has become available to purchase this 3 bedroom brick veneer home in what must be a prime location in the heart of the Hastings and Marina location. Recently painted, carpeted and new blinds installed throughout, other features include upgraded bathroom.


03 5979 1888 03 5983 5509 03 5989 0744


LUXURY BEACHSIDE LIVING Taking pride of place opposite Morningtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winding coast and with beautiful views over the bay to Mount Martha and Arthurs Seat, this exquisite designer home provides remarkable architecture and quality ÂżWWLQJVWKDWVHWQHZVWDQGDUGVLQOX[XU\ beachside living. A stunning David Norman designed house built to exacting standards by Simon Streader of Arthouse Constructions, this distinctive, brand new home is a clever design IXOORIĂ&#x20AC;DLUDQGLQGLYLGXDOLW\)HDWXULQJWULSOH stacked glass sliding doors that open the upper and lower level living areas to the viewing balcony and the garden deck,beautiful $XVWUDOLDQQDWLYHKDUGZRRGĂ&#x20AC;RRUVDQGDOLIWWR provide extra ease. Set behind remotecontrolled gates and with gardens designed by Real Earth Developments, the 3 bedroom home also features a superb kitchen with stone benchtops, Miele appliances, walk-in pantry, an impressive wine rack, Ă&#x20AC;LFNHULQJJDVÂżUHSODFHDQGOX[XULRXVODUJH master suite with a private balcony. The lower level living room with built-in cabinetry and UHIULJHUDWRUĂ&#x20AC;RZVRXWWRDQH[WHQVLYHPHUEDX deck, a bluestone alfresco terrace surrounded by bench seats and a low maintenance garden. Other features include a dedicated study, hydronic heating, ducted vacuum, r/cycle air conditioning and double remote garage.

PRICE GUIDE: $1.95m - $2.15m INSPECT: Saturday 2.00-2.30pm CONTACT: James Crowder 0407 813 377 Deb Ketting-Olivier 0403 554 955

9708 8667

Shop 7 / 20-22 Ranelagh Drive MOUNT ELIZA

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CENTURY 21 Home Port 2100 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings Telephone: 5979 3555

Smart move. Home Port


Space where your family can grow - part of an established community, big backyards with space for a pool or tennis court. Rural views and landscaping, beautiful parklands and childrens playground NEW LISTING

HASTINGS 25 Michelle Drive Ideal Starter, Stepping Stone or Investment Home in Prime Location




CRIB POINT 9 Loch Street 4 Unit Site Or A Good Home On 1/4 Acre Block

A perfect platform to raise the family or start your investment portfolio. Desirably located close to everywhere, this double fronted brick veneer residence is on a 820m2(approx) block. Comprising 3 great sized bedrooms with BIR’s, double garage, quality carpets & blinds, spacious lounge & dining room, well-equipped kitchen & meals area, central bathroom, big rear yard providing ideal playground for a pool & furry friends.

Sub-divide and reap the rewards, our vendor has a genuine need to sell and will meet the market. Built in classic homestead style with wide verandahs, this western red cedar home is as pretty as a picture. Offering three bedrooms, master with semi-ensuite and built-in robes. Bright, sunny kitchen with electric wall oven, gas hotplates and dishwasher. Dual living zones with Northerly aspect, quality new look flooring is throughout the home. Inspection is a must!

Inspect: Saturday 11.00-11.30am Price: $330,000 - $350,000 Negotiable Contact: Kerry Lee Marshall 0408 363 686

Price: EXPRESS SALE Inspect: Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Contact: Kerry Lee Marshall 0408 363 686

BITTERN 20 Wilson Avenue



Positioned Perfect




BITTERN 21 Bennett Street


Four Bedroom Home Within Short Walk To Village

Set in a leafy and highly sought after area is this stunning near new 4 bedroom home that has been designed with fantastic use of space and design. The master bedroom is at the front of the home, while the kitchen, family/dining and games room creates a brilliant area for living. Another lovely feature of this entertaining area is that it looks out to the Bittern Reserve so you feel you are living out in the country with no neighbours to see. 9ft ceilings throughout create a sense of space. Outside boasts double garage with concrete and power plus another double garage with remote under roofline. This home, that will suit the fussiest buyer is on a 706sqm2 allotment and surrounded by established low maintained gardens. A Must See!!!!!! Will not disappoint!!!!!!!!


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Inspect: Saturday 2.00-2.30pm Price: $495,000 Contact: Wilma Green 0407 833 996

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This family home situated on approx. 700sqm allotment is surrounded by established gardens and has 4 bedrooms, master has WIR & FES. There are two separate living areas and formal dining/ study room. Outside boasts a large entertaining area and enclosed spa room with sitting area, plenty of storage sheds and room for the boat or caravan.




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Tears flow for a fragile ocean coast By Dr Ursula de Jong OVER many years, one of the real pleasures in my life has been walking the tracks in Mornington Peninsula National Park on the Nepean Peninsula, anywhere from Number Sixteen Beach to London Bridge. In spring, summer, autumn and winter, the walks have envigorated me and renewed my spirits. Depending on tides and weather, there are three alternative walking tracks along the Bass Strait coast. The inland track is a mostly sandy woodland path, meandering alternatively through stands of moonah and tea tree; with an understorey of shrubs and a mix of ground covers. The walk along the cliff tops over coastal sand dunes offers spectacular views of the ocean and extensive coastline; landside, picturesque areas of coastal dune scrub, large undulating sand dunes, and barren rocky outcrops. Early in the morning you can walk alone, with only the tracks of the jacky and blue tongue lizards to keep you company. The changes are constant, delightful, truly time to wonder at nature. The third path is only traversable at low tide. It takes you onto the rock platforms themselves and here – walking, swimming or snorkling – another world is revealed. Flora and fauna are abundant. The paths reveal human presence over eons. Aboriginal middens along the cliff tops have been exposed by wind and salt erosion. Here in this transitional coastal zone, humans have always been able to get in touch with the spirits of the land and sea.

Over the years this coastal land has become part of my very being. Here in this place my soul can sing. There is a fourth path along the foreshore reserve, bayside. The path runs roughly parallel to the other three, but here there is overwhelming stillness compared to the ruggedness and wildness of the ocean. Today’s pleasures of walking uninterrupted in the shallows or along the shore, swimming in the warm salt waters or just sitting and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life are enriched by the knowledge of history stretching over eons, and by memories and experiences I would like to bequeath to future generations. Beyond marking and scarring, the process of history, time and memory makes this place sacred. The evocative and poetic qualities of the Nepean Peninsula do not reveal themselves immediately. Only over a period of time, and by visiting at various times of the day in all seasons, can one begin to fathom its moods, its soul, its many colours; to touch its memories. Here beauty is something to be discovered and revealed, not invented and imposed. My daily circuit at Bridegewater Bay takes in an inland track and a walk along the cliff tops. With good rains after 10 years of drought, the vegetation had begun to recover. Spring was abundant, everything flowered, new growth was welcomed, seedlings and grasses appeared after prolonged absence. Weeds such as polygala and Italian buckthorn thrived, too. Along the cliff top, prostrate tea-

Ursula de Jong with her granddaughter Maddy. Dr de Jong is a resident of Blairgowrie, president of Nepean Conservation Group and a senior lecturer at Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Building in Geelong.

tree, coast beard heath and moonah put on new coats – providing spots of shelter from sou-westerlies, or shade from the warm sun, or a secret hiding place for my granddaughter, or a frame for another beautiful vista. Their chief role is protecting the vulnerable dunes. Each step a pleasure: the scented grounsel (Senecio odoratus) – leaves capturing water droplets after rain, brilliant yellow summer posies; or the prickly spear grasses (Austrostipa stipodes) laden with pearls of sea mist, brushing wet against legs; the cushion bush (Leucophyta brownii) turning from silver to gold dusted as flowers open; the abundant coast everlasting (Ozothamnus turbinatus) and coast daisy bush (Olearia axillaris); the white correa (Correa alba) with its stiff, four-petaled flowers; the sea box (Alyxia buxifolia) covered in tiny white stars shaped like windmills; tough coast salt bush (Atriplex cinerea); the seaberry saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) rampant, with juicy red

berries that stain clothes permanently; the succulent karkalla (Carpobrotus rossii) growing in sand, surviving moving dunes, large pink flowers open for a day; bower spinach (Tetragonia implexicoma) creeping, hanging; thyme rice flower (Pimelia serpyllifolia) with its minute yellow flowers – places for birds to feed, hide and nest; echidnas to snuffle ants; sparring bull ants; lizards to leave tracks and snakes to sunbake and slither away. On an early morning walk, between Christmas and New Year, I was confronted by a chopped coast beard heath (Leucopgon parviflorus). First thought: why had vandals chopped this huge old shrub and dumped the remnants in the bush? Wanton destruction? Fire kindling? A week earlier we had put out two fires on the beach. Coast beard heath is the largest of the understory shrubs and very slow growing. It has masses of tiny white flowers in spring, followed by bead-like fruit

in summer, attracting numerous birds. A few days later I learned that Parks Victoria was “pruning” the vegetation along the walking tracks “for vehicular access”. Over the next week these beautiful walking tracks were devastated – the vegetation was randomly hacked, chopped, slashed and all the cuttings thrown into the bush on either side, or left on the tracks. Weeds were left standing and the indigenous plants decimated: the flora left to die and attract diseases; the cuttings to dry out and create excellent kindling (another two fires have been extinguished on the beach and cliffs), a bushfire hazard and an eyesore; the dunes left unprotected from wind and feet. What had survived years of drought and was just beginning to grow again was gone. I wept. The sou-westerlies have created new blowouts – I sit and I wonder: who are the custodians of this fragile, dynamic coast?

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Returns are not so happy from wizards of AusPost By Fred Wild IN 1992, relatives of renowned American illustrator and painter Ewart Melbourne Brindle visited Dromana where they were welcomed with a morning tea provided by Dromana and District Historical Society. Brindle and his siblings attended Dromana State (now Primary) School until the First World War ended and then joined their father in the United States. In the lead-up to Dromanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th celebrations I discovered a letter written by Melbourne Brindle, as he was known, on a visit to Dromana in 1984 where he recalled his school days and life in the town. Curious, I went online to find out more about Melbourne Brindle. I found his Californian nephew, Roger Brindle, on Facebook and began corresponding with him. During this correspondence Roger recalled that he and his son had visited Dromana in 1992 and, although they would have forgotten it by now, he had promised members of the historical society an item of Mel Brindleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I assured him that they had not forgotten. Roger said that he would forward the copy of Brindleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrated book 20 Silver Ghosts to me to present to the society. The plan was to surprise members of the historical society by presenting them with the book during a book launch held on 27 November as part of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th celebrations. What better occasion could we hope for to present the book? To escape the Melbourne winters, my wife and I head north and last year,

as usual, took out a mail redirection through Australia Post. Roger sent the parcel on 16 August to our address in Rye and ticked the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;if not claimed please forward toâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; box and wrote our Queensland address on it. Although we had taken out mail redirection and despite the fact it stated clearly on the parcel that it should be redirected to Queensland, several visits were made to our unoccupied house starting on 31 August and a slip was left in the letterbox to collect the parcel from Rye post office. Our neighbour found the slip and took it to the post office where she reminded them that we were in Queensland, had mail redirection in place and asked if she could accept it on our behalf. They refused. On 12 September a final notice slip dated 8 September with a redirection sticker on it arrived at the post office in Rubyvale, Queensland, saying that if we did not collect the parcel from Rye post office within five days (from the 8th), the parcel would be returned to the sender. The then Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock approached the post office on my behalf, but even the shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top dog got nowhere. So Australia Post placed the parcel, which Roger Brindle paid almost $80 to air mail, on a ship in Sydney for its 13-week trip back to America. Its total postage cost was $8. When 27 November arrived, the parcel was still at sea, but the 150th celebration went ahead and was an outstanding success. My surprise however was that the long-awaited and prized book was â&#x20AC;&#x153;on its wayâ&#x20AC;?.

Meanwhile, the organisation that apologises for Australia Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blunders accepted that Australia Post was at fault and would reimburse Roger Brindle for his postage, but he would have to provide documentation first. I lost track of the number of calls I made to that organisation, but I do know I never spoke to the same person twice. When Roger Brindle re-sent the parcel, I followed the tracking number through the US Postal Service online. On 4 January the site recorded that two attempts were made to deliver the parcel the previous day but no one was at home. My wife and I were indeed home at the times mentioned and I was paying particular attention to our mailbox. I called Rye post office (I got the number from a post office in country Queensland weeks earlier because its complaints department refused to reveal it) and I was told there should have been a slip in our letterbox, which there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Then they discovered the parcel sitting on a shelf and said they would attempt another delivery. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to risk it again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I was there in a flash. On 11 January, Australia Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complaints organisation phoned me to say Australia Post was unable to reimburse an American for postage and asked if they could send me a money order and I could reimburse Roger. It seems an individual like me is capable of writing a cheque, putting it in an envelope, addressing it to a recipient, putting a stamp on it and posting it, while Australia Post is not.

Back to school: Fred Wild holds a copy of Melbourne Brindleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 Silver Ghosts outside Dromana Primary School, the place where, decades apart, Wild and Brindle spent their early years.


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School’s not what it used to be – when the pupils emptied the dunnycans WHEN I went to Somerville State School 1933-1940, all children walked to school from outlying farms in rain, hail or shine. Some walked from as far away as Bembridge, five miles there and five miles home again. Sometimes in bare feet! For there were no shoe shops in Somerville or Tyabb when they outgrew their shoes and some were too poor or had no transport to travel to Frankston. At school, there was no electricity, telephone, air-conditioning, reticulated drinking water or sewerage. The same as at home. One day, a strange man got off the train at Somerville and walked to the school. He told the headmaster that he was my uncle and “could I walk home with him?” I had never seen the man in my life. So we walked together the two and a half miles home on a lonely road. He was my uncle, but that was how people trusted each other in those days. The boys got the strap for being naughty and the girls had to write 100 words or were kept in after school. In earlier times girls got the strap, too. From age six, I walked two and a half miles to school and sometimes my mother had to piggyback me across a flooded road. We carried our cut lunches wrapped in greaseproof paper, parcelled in newspaper and tied with string. They remained in our schoolbags until lunchtime – even on hot days. At nearby Tyabb State School, the teacher regularly paid the boys sixpence to dig a hole and empty the school dunnycans. The boys thought they were rich. A week ago, I was telling this story to an acquaintance who went to school in a nearby town. He said: “Is that all they got? We got six shilling from the teacher to empty the dunnycans.” We were fit, healthy and happy children. Generally speaking, our generation grew up to be well-educated, honest, hardworking, happy and well-adjusted adults who cared about each other at all times! Leila Shaw, Somerville

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The Last (Mike) Post By Stuart McCullough MUSIC can transport you. Even a few bars of a long lost song can instantly take you to another time or place. This is especially true of television theme music. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a genre of music that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the respect it so richly deserves, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so much regarded as the poor cousin of regular music as the poor second cousin twice removed and living in a basement, whose name no one dares mention aloud at family gatherings. While as a general rule I am all for musical snobbery, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time that these songs came in from the cold. I believe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very clear regarding my fondness for the theme music to Diffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rent Strokes. Helpfully entitled Theme from Diffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rent Strokes, for those of a certain age it became the song that defined a generation. That it defined us as being a bunch of squareeyed dorks enslaved to the idiot box is beside the point. More than just a TV theme, it had the gravitas of a national anthem. Personally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a country somewhere in Europe where a podium finish is celebrated with a blast of The Theme from Diffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rent Strokes. More than mere nostalgic triggers, these musical signatures are sometimes much bigger than the shows they support. I only remember two things about the show Good Times â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jimmy Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catchphrase of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dynamite!â&#x20AC;? and the wonderful theme music. Ditto for The Dukes of Hazzard. However, of all the theme songs to overshadow the show from whence theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sprung, none did so as spectacularly as Believe It or Not from the TV

series The Greatest American Hero. The show lasted just three seasons, but the song peaked at number two on the US charts. To this day I can recite most of the lyrics. I remember barely a thing of the show itself. There are two key types of theme music. Firstly, there are those that

simply provide a striking musical motif as a means by which to stamp the personality of the show firmly on the minds of the viewer. In this category, I would place Magnum PI, Bonanza, Hill Street Blues, Hawaii Five-O and I Dream of Jeannie. Then there are those that seek to pro-

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fact, we were seduced solely by the music. However, the people who create the music for television rarely receive the adulation they deserve. This must change, but where to begin? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when it comes to television musical credits, there are those who are diehard fans of W G â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Snuffyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walden (thirtysomething, The Wonder Years, The West Wing), but for me the giant of the genre is Mike Post. Responsible for the TV themes for Hill Street Blues, Law and Order, The Rockford Files and Doogie Howser MD as well as Believe it or Not, he is without doubt a master of his craft. These pieces of music deserve so much more than 30 seconds while the credits roll. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided to put together a band that celebrates the extraordinary work of this musician. The Mike Post-Modern Ensemble will perform our eponymous heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work while dressed as characters from the television programs to which they belong. Imagine it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; B A Baracus tearing up the stage as the band lets rip with the theme from The A-Team. It will be a sight well worth seeing, to say nothing of a six-foot moustache tackling the searing guitar riff that anchors the theme to Magnum PI. Granted, the band faces some challenges in that there will be the need for multiple costume changes, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the adverts are for. Naturally, we would play some kind of residency until, inevitably, we would be cancelled. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all right. TV composers are used to that.



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Art show night a big hit for charity THE Mornington Peninsula’s ‘glitter-arty’ flocked to the opening of the Mornington Art Exhibition at Peninsula Community Theatre. More than 200 people strolled through the hall that was set up like a giant art gallery to admire almost 1000 works. Members of the Rotary Club of Mornington, the show organiser, happily sold paintings to patrons, with all proceeds going to peninsula, statewide, national and international Rotary projects.

Last year the show raised more than $50,000. Highlights this year included the trad jazz band Julie Wulie and The Pop-ees, works by peninsula VCE art students, and feature artist Lyn Mellady, an internationally acclaimed painter, who had nine works on display. Representatives of many of the 64 sponsors, including Mornington Peninsula News Group, attended the opening.

Dave and Anita Hilet with, centre, Rotarian John Renowden.

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Michael King, Mark and Lisa Bedin, Mark Sangalli and Mandy Geroni.

Julie Wulie (aka Julie Walters) and The Pop-ees entertained with trad jazz.

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Artist Eric Shepherd of Mt Martha shows off his work Tranquillity.

Art show patrons with their catalogues plan purchases. More than 200 people attended the opening night of the show, which ends on Saturday at 6pm.

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THE Mt Eliza Australia Day celebrations were enjoyed by many people. A small crowd gathered in perfect weather to meet the Australia Day ambassador, former Essendon premiership player John Birt. Standing out in the crowd was 14-year-old Mt Eliza student Georgia White, who dressed as a Bindi Irwin, with a huge snake draped around her neck. Georgia said: “l have a lot of admi-

ration for the Irwin family and what they have achieved for wildlife conservation. I still think we should all learn to treat animals better.” Georgia (pictured with yours truly) will attend Woodleigh School and hopes to become a palaeontologist, who study prehistoric life including the remains of dinosaurs. “We still have a lot to learn about dinosaurs and my childhood memories were playing prehistoric park with my

friends. We had some wonderful dinosaur species in Australia including the Koolasuchus and Leaellynasaura.” There is no doubting Georgia’s love for animals; in her backyard and garage are guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, cats, budgies, goldfish, green tree frogs and her favourite – northern carpet pythons Baggers and Skittles. “I get my love of animals from my mother Michelle, who helps me look after my animals. I also dedicated

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the train station, further on I’ll leave to the natives. *** STILL on January and something called “Australia Day”. Oh, how I cringe at all this “Happy Australia Day” nonsense. Happy Christmas, New Year, Mother’s Day, Easter and birthday is surely enough, so why add something the meaning of which is almost universally a blur on the brain? What say we have a happy “Pig’s Bottom Day”? It’s become bigger and bigger, and with it more and more nonsense; designed to make us feel special and with it to forget the sad state of our politics. Geoffrey Rush, Academy Award winner and fine actor, is our Australian of the Year. Why? Possibly because he lives in Camberwell – sometimes? Then there’s the Aboriginal tent embassy looking for sovereignty and land rights. Hmmm. Just the one question: What is it they’re looking for that we other Australians get that they don’t get? Stop it, Cliffie. OK, I support constitutional recognition of Aborigines, but really ... sorry. *** IT’S all about choice, surely. Yes, Mzzz Melody backed away from the

poker machine reform fiasco as indeed Tony would have, and, yes, almost all those letters of criticism to the dailies came with their political bias showing. But no. Time after time we have these faceless people thinking up new ways to make our life a misery. I’m a smoker so I put up with the dirty looks, mainly from members of the enchanting sisterhood or the odd feminine-looking male, not that there’s anything wrong with it. What next? Stop people buying Tatts tickets? God help the young single mother with the unwanted pregnancy, and so on. *** WHAT big mistakes are we making now? The two biggest of our past were, of course, the stolen generation in the 1930s where Aboriginal babies were taken from their parents to turn them into white people, followed by the Royal Women’s Hospital idea of forced adoption for single mothers. They no doubt appeared reasonable to the decision-makers at that time, based on the “for their own good” principle. Both clearly very wrong in retrospect. So can we assume we are more sensible in this day and age? No, no, no! The “for their own good” crowd is always there, pushing, pushing for what

they believe is social justice, for us. It could be the boat people. It could be the half truth as to what causes cancer. Whatever, they will be there to steer us onto the path of their righteousness. Glory be to the committees to discuss our welfare. *** AS for we voters, that’s the rub. We are either entrenched Liberals or Labor or of the fascinating swinging lot, who for reasons best known to themselves believe they make a difference. Entrenched voters are more loyal than footy fans. They will justify any policy of party and oppose any policy of the other party. If the Libs suggest we bomb the boats, that’s OK. If Labor suggests we welcome Nigeria, that’s OK too. Or at the very least justify the decision. That’s overstating it obviously, but only just. True, a few have switched to the Greens, which provides us with another fascination, namely that they put themselves forward as “thinking” voters. Save my soul! We are all puppets, boys and girls. Tony, Julia, big business, the newspapers and television rule the roost and I’m not even sure about Tony and Julia. Don’t panic; relax. A brick wall is a brick wall. Simply en-

By Gary Turner studio and live albums, and earned a prominent place in rock history. *** CONGRATS to Melbourne group Jetty Road for its second Golden Guitar – the 2012 Group or Duo of the Year at Australian Country Music’s night of nights. The band will perform on the main stage at Whittlesea Country Music Festival on Saturday 11 February. *** COLDPLAY is making a two-day promotional visit to Sydney on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February after playing at the 54th Grammy Awards on Sunday 12 February. The band will play two performances in Sydney. Fans also have a chance to catch the band at Coldplay Live on Friday 17 February. The concert will be broadcast on the Seven Network and streamed from Huawei Mobile’s Facebook page. For a chance to win tickets to one of the events, head to www.facebook. com/huaweimobile and or Seven’s Sunrise.

Top 10 albums 1 Essential Acoustic Collection – Phil Manning 2 A Foot in the Door (Best of) – Pink Floyd (EMI) 3 A Few Best Men soundtrack – various (Universal) 4 Lioness: Hidden Treasures – Amy Winehouse (Island) 5 Testify – Jon Stevens (Universal) 6 Cities on the Sea – The Dead Leaves (Liberation) 7 The Acoustic Chapel Sessions CD/DVD – John Farnham (Sony) 8 Dirty Dirty – Jim Keays (Shock) 9 Not So Dusty II Tribute to Slim Dusty – Various (EMI) 10 Any Questions for Ben? soundtrack – various (Liberation)

A Grain of Salt I’M missing the young darlings and bare-chested males, not to mention the nightly world of adventure at that carnival. Even the little bairns are at school. What a pity. The bins are not overflowing, at last, which is something the shire should note to rectify next summer, although I expect nothing. In an effort to escape the mayhem here, I visited Flinders (too crowded; coffee and choofing) and pleasant trips to Balnarring and Hastings. A calming effect on my jangled nerves, ever so slowly welcoming in the year of the dragon. *** I GOT up the courage to drive to the big smoke mid-January. Opening night of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Rubbing shoulders with the hoi poloi. Actor John Wood said hello. Thank God I remembered his name. I thought it prudent not to mention I’d rubbished his superannuation commercials in this column. Other big names were also present, strutting their stuff, but as I’m against namedropping, one is enough. Besides, they looked right through me. Don’t they read my column? The play was a treat, top shelf, but even so, at my age (68), it remains a big effort to go to Melbourne. Frankston is fine if you dodge

By Cliff Ellen joy the ride. Is climate change a reality? That depends on which party you support. *** ANNA Bligh says “I want us to remember who we are. We are Queenslanders”. What does she mean? Whatever happened to that attractive, although seemingly mixed up, young woman from Frankston who was connected with tricky Ricky Nixon? I miss her. I saw a big cockroach in my sink. Go back to Queesland! I took a second, imagined it was a Carlton footballer, and squashed it. I feel for Captain Queeg of the Costa Concordia. I may well have done the same, only earlier. “If crime showed on a man’s face, there wouldn’t be any mirrors.” – Peter Ustinov in We’re No Angels. Ciao bambinos...

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Foy not coy about cricketing future TALENTED Hastings cricketer Matt Foy has been named in the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association’s under-15 representative side to will tour England in 2013. Matt, 13 has already garnered a string of achievements in local and representative cricket. In the 2011-12 season he has played with the under-15s and under-13s where he has opened the batting. Matt is also a wicket-keeper and a very promising leg spinner, according to good judges. Further honours bestowed on the young sportsman include him representing the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association Under-14s VMCU Allen Shield and he represented Hastings at the MPCA Junior

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Country Week where he was voted player of the series. Last month, Matt, batting with Hastings Thirds, helped his dad Pat make his first century, with Foy senior scoring 112. Matt made a valuable 29, and then went on to snag bowling figures of 1-4. Matt is passionate about cricket. “I see this as a great opportunity,” he said. “Going to England to play will be the realisation of a dream.” Support to raise funds for Matt’s trip is being sought. Anyone who wants to help can contact Greg Bradshaw of Hastings Cricket Club on 0448 010 565. Cam McCullough

What lurks under the bed WHILE watching the social activities at the club last Saturday night, I couldn’t help thinking, “What a vast difference to the social life of years gone by”. In those days an occasional pie night was the accepted thing. About three of these turns a year were as many as the club could afford, and certainly as many as the constitution could stand. The night usually started off with hot pies and cold beer, with the activities lasting well into the morning depending on the number of “niners” [ninegallon kegs, about 40 litres]. I remember one such turn when there was great panic about 2 o’clock in the morning when it was thought that Frank

Kerr was missing, believed drowned. Frank was living with the Wilsons at the time and to save walking around the road, the Wilson boys had cut a path about three feet wide through the tea-tree along the creek. This was nowhere near wide enough for Frank in the condition he was in when he left to go home that morning. Frank had not made it home, so Jerry Wilson came back looking for him with a hurricane lamp, and found the spot where he had got the “blind

staggers” and taken a header into the creek. This wasn’t the best news because Frank couldn’t swim and it was high water. Jerry raised the alarm, and a search along the bank of the creek began, with much yelling and calling and an occasional splash as one of the searcher tumbled in. We found Frank eventually; he had made it home after his dip, decided he was too wet and muddy to get into bed, so collapsed on the floor and rolled under the bed. For the rest it was back to the dressing rooms and on with the “social activities”. From Blue Power 1979, edition 8 (written by the late Norm Francis).


Registration fun day for junior footballers THE AFL season starts on Friday 17 February with the NAB Cup, but Hastings Junior Football Club kicks off its 2012 season five days earlier. A family fun day will be held on Sunday 12 February at the Hastings Football Ground at Thomas Barclay Oval, Marine Pde, Hastings. The event will include a registration component with

parents and players able to meet the committee and ask questions about the coming season. There will be a host of activities during the day, which starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm. Activities will include a Parents versus Kids football match. If last year’s match is anything to go by, the match should provide plenty of entertainment for spectators.

There will be prizes and giveaways, lots of fun with a variety of games for parents and kids to join in, and a car wash where committee members have volunteered to get cars clean and shiny. Andrew Hurst Kick it to me: Hastings juniors and their dads get among the action at last year’s Parents v Kids match.

Hastings Firsts post 240 HASTINGS Firsts played against fourth-placed Sorrento in round 9, won the toss and batted. Nine overs into the day’s play, Hastings was 3/15 and looking for some strong partnerships. Trevor Johnston and Luke Hewitt provided some stability to the innings before Johnston was dismissed for 24 – 4/72 off 24 overs. Josh Trevitt joined Hewitt and they took the score to 4/145 at tea. Hewitt was dismissed shortly after tea for an excellent 62 – 5/154. Tim Birch came to the wicket in search of runs and with Trevitt added another 33 before Trevitt was out for 64. At 6/187 with 19 overs to bat, the tail needed to help Birch keep the scoreboard ticking over, which they managed to do, taking Hastings to 240 off 75 overs with Birch making 53. This was the three middle order batsmen’s highest scores for the season and has given the bowlers a good score to defend. Aaron Vinson and Morgan Darrer made their first XI debuts for the club in the past two games. Seconds v Sorrento: Sorrento batted first and was quickly in trouble, collapsing to 5/46 in the 22nd over. Jake Ryan had 2/20 and Steve Thomson took 2/21. Sorrento lost another wicket to be 6/77 before a partnership of 85 took the score to 7/162, then 8/162 before the tail wagged. Sorrento finished with 9/232 off 75 overs. Dropped catches may prove costly as Sorrento could have been dismissed for a lower score. Ryan finished with 3/38 off 16 overs, Craig McNamara took 2/33 off 11 and Aaron Wilson 1/32 off 10. Thirds v Rye: Rye forfeited the match, giving Hastings 12 points, with second place on the ladder in its grasp. Next week the team plays fourthplaced Red Hill, which will decide the ladder position. Fourths v Seaford Tigers: Last season’s premiers chose to bat first and the Tigers got away to a flier, 0/60 off 10 overs. The top order made light work of the Hastings bowlers in blustery conditions and smashed their way to 3/173 off 27 overs. Hastings was staring down the barrel of chasing about 280, but with captain Chris Lehmann bowling straight, wickets began to fall at a

steady rate and the Tigers were dismissed for 214 off 38.1 overs, an outstanding effort. Lehmann took 4/18 off 5 overs, Simon Clancy 2/13 off 4, Jason Kestle 1/7, Peter Mawson 1/26 and Colin McVeigh 2/27 off 5. Hastings didn’t get a chance to bat as the Sunday afternoon storm intervened, but knowledge of how the Tigers bat was invaluable. The 12 points were shared. Under-15s v Sorrento: Hastings scored 9/172 last week with Jayden Deas making 70no. Sorrento batted this week and had an impressive win. Two match-winning partnerships, the first wicket of 76 and the second wicket of 64 made all the difference to the result. Kayne Lewis again bowled without luck taking 2/23 off 8 overs, Deas 1/17 off 8, James Farrugia 1/11, Brodie Prestage 1/33, Gordon Frankel 1/43 0ff 8 and Shelby Lothian/Burdett 1/1. Now with 1 match to play the boys need to finish the season on a high not with a good win against Crib Point. Under 13s v Pearcedale: Pearcedale 6/126 Jackson Coles 2/10. Hastings batted against the top side, but struggled against a solid bowling attack and was rolled for 44. Ryan McNamara made 10, the only players to reach double figures. Pearcedale had another hit, scoring 7/106 off 22 overs. Cain Hannah took 2/10, Corbin Overton 1/3, Ben Taylor 1/11, McNamara 1/6 and Coles 1/13. The boys play Tyabb to finish the season. Under 11s v Balnarring: In another 20 over match, Balnarring made 5/30, which included 27 extras. Thomas Finn took 1/1, Ben Paarlberg 1/3, Harrison Jansz 1/1, Lochie Robertson 1/2 and Pat Wilson 1/1. Hastings replied with 2/89 with all players getting runs: Wilson 11no, Marley Farrugia 9no and Cooper Dehaas 9no. Next round the kids have a bye, but will play a parents v kids game next week. Social functions: The Sandown Greyhounds was a great day enjoyed by all. Junior presentation day is Friday 9 March at 5.30pm. Saturday 19 February, Club Kenny Comedy Show at the club. Greg Bradshaw


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Summer Motoring Holden Volt sparks interest THE first Holden Volt has landed in Australia and has been revealed to employees at a special event held at Holden headquarters. The first cutting-edge Holden Volt arrived from the United States. It is a left-hand drive model that has been adapted for use by the engineering team to begin Australian validation and verification. The Volt has already been used for numerous engineering evaluation trips, which has seen it driven to various places around the country including Sydney and Canberra. Paul Gibson, Director of Electrical Engineering at Holden, said: “The engineering department will use these validation exercises to ensure the electrical infrastructure around the country supports the Volt and that the recharging process is as seamless as possible for customers.” The Volt represents a major milestone for the Red Lion brand. Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the Volt would be a game changer for Holden and the wider automotive industry in Australia. “It is among the most technologically advanced cars on the road anywhere in the world and spearheads Holden’s push to become a leader in the field of tech-

nology and sustainable motoring,” he said. “The Volt will make driving more economical, more environmentally friendly and will fundamentally change the way Australia thinks about alternative transport solutions. This is the start of something big for Holden and Australia.” He said many of the Volt’s benefits were due to its groundbreaking propulsion system; the Volt was the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability. Driven purely by the advanced lithium ion battery, the Volt can drive on electric-only power using electricity stored in its 16 kW/h lithium ion battery. When the battery runs low, a petrolpowered engine seamlessly operates to recharge the battery, so eliminating “range anxiety” and making the Volt the most practical electric car on the market, Holden said. Volt owners in the US have recorded up to 2300km (equivalent) of driving before needing to refuel the petrol engine, which acts as a generator to recharge the battery ( Holden’s new dedicated Volt website has also launched. Look up for more details. The Volt will go on sale in Australia towards the end of 2012.

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