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Ready for the wheel thing: Hastings grandmother Eunice Mathews prepares for her 16th Variety Vic Bash at Ritchie’s arcade. Picture: Gary Sissons

Mercedes to Wagga Wagga – her birthplace – at the start of the first leg and then traverse rough bush tracks all the way through Coonabarabran, St George in southern inland Queensland, Charleville, and then Longreach for a two-day stop over. Then, she’ll swap over into an old fire truck for the second leg to Hughenden, Cobbold Gorge, and, finally, the northern-most town on the east



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HASTINGS grandmother Eunice Mathews can’t wait to start her 16th Variety Vic Bash on Wednesday 12 August to raise money for underprivileged children. The 79-year-old, known as “Mum” to the other participants, says she “loves meeting people and helping children”, which is what the 25-yearold Bash is all about. Ms Mathews will drive in an old


coast of Australia: Cooktown, which the bash is visiting for the first time. To raise money for the trip, Ms Mathews is raffling teddy bears and other donated goods in Ritchie’s Arcade. On the last day, participants will enjoy a scenic drive south to Port Douglas and a party night to remember. It’s a fair bet “Mum” will have the best time of all…


THE Mornington Peninsula is being hit hard by cuts to emergency relief services. Managers of community support and information centres say they are struggling to provide for the increasing food, clothing and welfare demands across the peninsula. Rosebud, Hastings and Mornington support and information centres are usually the first point of contact for those in dire need. They provide food vouchers, food parcels, assist with payments, provide advocacy and budgeting assistance and, generally, work in the best interests of those struggling. But the welfare services are reeling from Department of Social Services funding cuts which stripped the region of more than $85,000 in emergency relief funding this financial year. “The reduction in emergency relief funding is extremely disappointing,” Westernport Community Support manager John Fraser said. “The information and support centres provide one of the few safety nets available to the marginalised, vulnerable and financially challenged members of the community. One of their main roles is to assist those who are most at risk and who are experiencing a short-term crisis.” Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre manager Jackie Currie said the cuts are unacceptable “given that many residents accessing the support and information

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centres are living on, or below, the poverty line”. “Many residents who are on fixed and low incomes have also experienced a reduction to their Centrelink payments recently through pension reforms. “They are paying high rental and utility costs together with the ever increasing costs of day to day living expenses, such as food and fresh produce, education expenditure, essential medications and fuel.” Ms Currie said the department had also removed funding for intensive case management services to residents in crisis. “The emergency relief program is fantastic in helping those in crisis manage their immediate needs,” she said. “However, the case management program enables people to achieve real sustainable change, getting them out of the crisis cycle all together. “While we are doing everything we can to be innovative, these funding cuts simply mean we will have to deliver less and the most vulnerable in our community will suffer.” Mornington Community Information and Support Centre manager Lisa Elliott: “We have been incredibly hard hit and now have to look to our community to help fund these programs.” For more information or to make a donation to the community support and information centres contact: Westernport Community Support, 185 High St, PO Box 93, Hastings, 3915, call 5979 2762 or email: info@

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Hastings remains ‘disadvantaged’ Keith Platt HASTINGS has again figured prominently in the Dropping off the Edge 2015 report on disadvantaged suburbs around Melbourne. The report – by Catholic Social Services Australia and Jesuit Social Services released last week has again ranked Hastings as being “most disadvantaged�. The report says the town has a “complex web of persistent and hard-to-shift disadvantage�. Disadvantaged suburbs – nicknamed “struggle towns� – have high rates of unemployment, criminal convictions, disability, low education, child maltreatment, family violence and psychiatric admissions. Hastings, Rosebud West and Frankston North figured prominently in the latest report. Frankston North was in in the top 10 per cent of “most disadvantaged� suburbs in the report which had six levels of disadvantage. Rosebud West was in the top five per cent in the second level and Hastings in the top five per cent in the fifth level. Rosebud was in the sixth level. Hastings was in the third level in similar studies in 2007 and 2004. Report organisers said the concept of social disadvantage in their study referred to a range of difficulties “that reduce a person’s opportunities in life and prevent them from participating fully in society�. They said indicators – or signposts – helped to identify areas of concentrated disadvantage. The report found that a small number of postcodes accounted for a disproportionately high level of disadvantage. Residents in these suburbs

are three times more likely to experience longterm unemployment or have been exposed to child maltreatment; 2.6 times more likely to have experienced domestic violence; 2.4 times more likely to be on disability support and twice as likely to have criminal convictions. It found a second way to gain an overall picture of disadvantage was to count the number of times each location filled one of the highest ranking spots on each of the 22 indicators. Generally, a ranking in the top five per cent of results was considered “high�. The two methods produced similar results, but with some variations reflecting diverse political, demographic, economic and social landscapes across the different jurisdictions. Nevertheless, the data permits some significant messages to be read on a jurisdiction by jurisdiction basis, the report said. Hastings MP Neale Burgess said studies like Dropping off the Edge “focus on the challenges our community faces, but say little about the strength, resilience and potential of our people�. “The majority of challenges we face locally can be overcome with meaningful investment by the state government,� Mr Burgess said. “Once that confidence is shown in our local people, such as over the past four years with the large amounts of funding invested locally by the Coalition while it was in government, we saw the positive way our community responded. “Unfortunately, in its first budget this year, instead of investing money in our area, the Andrews Labor government chose to strip $80 million from us. “The future of our area is very bright and all that is required is for the state government to show a little confidence in our people by investing in us.� Continued Page 8

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ST JOSEPH’S Primary School, Crib Point, has set up a fund to raise money for needy families. The Helping Hands in our Community program starts Friday with a morning tea featuring a talk by author Michael Grose. Grose, who lives in Balnarring, has written eight books about parenting, including his latest, Thriving! Other titles include Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. St Joseph’s principal Gabrielle Espenschied said money raised would “be used in times of need for families in our school and local community�. The suggestion to start Helping Hands in our Community came from parents of children at the school, Kerry Parkinson and Simone Wanklyn. Ms Espenschied said the pair “felt there was a need to provide assistance to others�. “This is a wonderful example following in the footsteps of Mary Mackillop who lived by never seeing a need without addressing it,� she said. Ms Espenschied said money raised at the morning tea and through other methods (raffles, cake stalls) would be held in the school’s Parents and Friends account and she would choose the recipients “after recommendations from the committee and will be kept strictly confidential�. For details about Friday’s morning tea call 5983 9374.




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ROTARY clubs on the Mornington Peninsula are among 1100 across Australia urging families to “have the chat� about organ and tissue donation with their loved ones and register their donation decisions during DonateLife Week. Rotary’s participation in the week was prompted by the story of Jack Wilson, grandson of one of the 21 Rotary District Governors in Australia. He was born with nephrotic syndrome, a congenital kidney disease causing lengthy hospital stays. Jack had to return to hospital initially five days each week for four-hour sessions of protein infusion, then 10 hours home dialysis every night. From three days after his birth in mid-2013 he had a tube protruding from his body – no bath, no beach, no pool – until, at the age of 21 months, his life was transformed by the gift of a kidney. “For Jack, a new kidney has meant a return to normal eating, boundless energy and no more lines, with their risk of infection, mother Tammy Wilson said. “It’s such an incredible gift. We know that he will need more kidney transplants throughout his life, but for now we’re excited and hopeful for his future.� Professor Jonathan Craig, of Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, said Australia was a world leader in organ-and-tissue transplants – a position dependent “on the compassion of ordinary Australians who make a decision which enables us to change lives�. Rotary Club of Frankston Long Island president Penny Sayer said each organ-and-tissue donor could trans-

Kidney kid: Jack Wilson’s life was transformed by a kidney transplant at the age of 2.

form the lives of 10 or more people. “It’s important to go onto the internet and register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and, importantly, that you share your decision with those closest to you,� she said. “Registered organ donors are truly a gift to the world. “To optimise every potential organand-tissue donor, we each need to have the chat with our family members so that we know each other’s donation decision. “It can make a life-saving difference to those waiting for a transplant. It can be the difference between seeing and being blind, mobility and never walking again.�

In Australia, families are always asked to confirm the donation decision of their loved ones before transplants can proceed. “Families that have discussed and know each other’s donation decisions are much more likely to support donations proceeding,� Ms Sayer said. “This is a conversation that could one day save lives.� DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. It is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority. See or call the Rotary Club of Frankston Long Island 0415 109 859. For information on Jack ring Maurie Stack 0427 668 821.





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Feetal attraction: Like him or not, the new Peninsula Link gnome is attracting plenty of attention – and even some miniature lookalikes. Little gnomes have been appearing at the feet of nine-metre high Reflective Lullaby ever since it was erected on the Cranbourne Rd exit earlier this month. The stainless steel sculpture replaced the Tree of Life which had waved its fronds to freeway drivers over the past two years. It has now gone back to McClelland Gallery as the first of 14 major works to grace the site until 2037. Picture: Gary Sissons

THE organisational shake-up of Mornington Peninsula Shire continues with nine staff being made redundant just days before CEO Carl Cowie unveiled more “new arrangements”. Mr Cowie says the changes to staffing levels and the organisational structure will “deliver enhanced service to the community”. In a statement issued on Thursday Mr Cowie said he had identified a number of changes “to better align shire operations and deliver efficiencies and savings”. The mayor, Cr Bev Colomb, said councillors were “supportive of Mr Cowie’s work on identifying efficiencies, streamlining processes and most importantly, all aspects of customer service”. Mr Cowie took over the shire’s top job in December last year, succeeding Michael Kennedy who had been CEO for nearly 15 years. Under the Local Government Act Mr Cowie has one year within which he can make interim appointments. New senior appointments made by Mr Cowie are interim chief financial officer Matthew Hubbard, interim financial controller Bulent Oz and interim buildings and facilities manager

Craig Humphries. Positions to be “removed from the organisation” include director of environment, manager of environment protection and community safety. When Mr Cowie took over the shire had a full time equivalent staff of 663 and he says there is “no target for staff reductions or final staff numbers”. “Since my appointment I have spent a lot of time meeting with members of the community and others in the local government sector looking at how we can be the best, most efficient organisation possible,” he said. “As a result, I have identified a number of opportunities to better align operational activities which will deliver significant efficiency gains and tangible cost reductions.” With 19 positions already made redundant and new people hired, Mr Cowie has warned his proposed “new arrangements” will “impact on a number of existing positions”. The latest round of redundancies has seen the shire’s recreation and leisure department cut from 12 to three. Mr Cowie said he will consult with the shire’s employee consultative committee and unions. “Impacted staff will be supported through career transition programs,” Mr Cowie said. “As a result of the new arrange-

ments, a number of existing positions will be impacted and we are following all the appropriate steps to consult and engage with those affected staff,” Mr Cowie said. “There will be some opportunities for redeployment, but ultimately a number of existing positions will no longer be required under the proposed new, streamlined arrangements.” Changes foreshadowed by Mr Cowie include:  A closer alignment between the shire’s planning and infrastructure activities;  A stronger focus on planning and building compliance activities, separating it from overseeing environment health and domestic animals legislation; and  Forming a buildings and facilities unit to streamline the management of community buildings and facilities. The community events team will join the economic development unit, while recreation planning will be added to the infrastructure strategy and project delivery teams. The new buildings and facilities unit will run Pelican Park and Crib Point aquatic centres, Civic Reserve and Somerville recreation centres, Mt Martha Golf Course and Hastings Hub; foreshore camping and community halls.

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Greens give to MP’s autism walk, call for more support MORNINGTON Peninsula Greens have donated money to Flinders MP Greg Hunt’s Walk for Autism. The $100 donation was handed to Mr Hunt, the federal environment minister, during his lunch break at Rye last Thursday along with a letter asking him to “fight harder for additional support for people with autism”. “We know you will receive this letter in the friendly spirit of community engagement and cross party support for which it was meant. We look forward to find more common ground in the future.” The MP is again walking 500km around his electorate for charity, this time to raise funds for peninsula-based Abacus Learning Centre, which provides therapy for children with autism, and Amaze (Autism Victoria). Previous walks in 2004, 2007 and 2011 raised money for diabetes research and autism. He started at Arthurs Seat on 20 July and finishes at Cowes on Phillip Island on 7 August. Mr Hunt is running his environment portfolio on the run, so to speak. Last Wednesday he was shown striding into the tourism information centre in Dromana to change from fluoro walking gear into a suit before fronting the media to criticise Labor’s clean energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. Last Thursday, Greens peninsula convener Malcolm Brown congratulated Mr Hunt on his “commitment to and leadership of raising awareness of children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. “This group of people in our society deserve support to be the most produc-

tive citizens that they can become as well as lead fulfilling lives,” he said. “We believe that you could do more by:  Reversing the cuts made to Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia.  Guaranteeing future funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  Ensuring more funding for early intervention for children on the autism spectrum.  Ensuring a needs-based school funding system.  Ensuring that students with high needs are specifically funded as a part of this system.  Delivering on the fifth and sixth years of ‘Gonski’ funding.” Mr Hunt, speaking by phone while walking between Rye and Blairgowrie, and heading toward the 100km mark, told The News he and Senator Mitch Fifield had fought to get autism included in the NDIS, “a huge step forward from the previous government”. “Lots of parents [of children with autism] said this was the most important thing to happen in Australia,” he said. Thirty per cent of people taking part at NDIS trial sites have autism and 70 per cent of those were children aged between two and five, he said. Mr Hunt hopes to raise $25,000 for the two causes. Mike Hast Respect: Australian Greens convener on the peninsula Malcolm Brown with federal Flinders MP Greg Hunt and Derek Fagan, of Statewide Autistic Services at Rye last Thursday, where the Greens donated to Mr Hunt’s Walk for Autism fund. Picture: Yanni

Talk about autism PARENTS caring for children with autism or a disability can attend a community meeting at Abacus Learning Centre, Hastings, today (Tuesday 28 July). The meeting is being held during the Hastings leg of Flinders MP Greg Hunt’s 19-day, 500km Walk for Autism. Abacus Learning Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that works with children who have autism and provides

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Survey shows peninsula’s horse-led economy Stephen Taylor A SURVEY of peninsula horse owners has found that 100, picked at random, own 320 horses between them. They told the Mornington Peninsula Horse Owners Association that they collectively spent about $12,800 a week on their horses – or a staggering $665,000 a year. “Multiply that number of owners by 10 – which would probably well understate the correct number of peninsula horse owners – and suddenly there are 3200 horses and expenditure becomes a very meaningful $6.65 million going into the local economy annually,” peninsula horse enthusiast Geraldine Chapman said. She thinks the real figure may be higher. Ms Chapman manages Mornington Peninsula Horse Owners on Facebook, which has more than 1800 members with two or three new members joining daily. She said horse owners costs included vet and instructor’s bills, riding equipment, physiotherapy, transport, food, medicines, club memberships and registrations. With a background working with the Australian Horse Industry Council and Victorian Horse Council, Ms Chapman said she was interested in finding out more about the local horse industry and, last year, conducted a 10-question survey of horse owners. “The data gave us a window into the possible economic benefits of horse activities to the [Mornington Peninsula] shire,” she said. “Further work needs to be done now to get a more accurate picture of the numbers of horses, people

Equine economics: Tyabb horse lover Geraldine Chapman on Cub, a Clydesdale/standard bred.

involved and activities they take part in.” The snapshot information from the survey can be found at the Horses on the Mornington Peninsula Facebook page. “After the disastrous equine influenza outbreak of 2007 I realised there was no way to communicate with local horse owners as a group in the event of an emergency,” she told The News. “In 2010 I saw that Facebook Groups had exactly what was needed to facilitate communication with local communities and I set up two other local horse owner groups.” Later, realising the need for a centralised resource for horse riders and owners on the peninsula, she created The aim is to provide a foundation for horse owners, giving them information on welfare and care, as well as horse management, activities and laws relating to the keeping of horses. “Many of the problems facing horse owners are self-made,” she said. “Owners may have a lack of knowledge about caring for their animals. “Others complain about their interaction with trail riders or cars or the lack of signs on riding trails.” The recently built Riding Trails on the Mornington Peninsula section of the site, compiled by veteran peninsula All Trail Horse Riding Association member Anne-Marie Alderson, has been popular, she said. It features pages and maps detailing dedicated horse riding trails and details about what can be seen on the trail and the location of accessible float parking sites. Another feature of the site is a reporting system for horse accidents. “In 2014 a survey undertaken by the AHIC showed that 38 per cent of horse owners said they had experienced serious accidents involving their horses in the past year,” Ms Chapman said. “That made me curious about what was happening in my own neck of the woods so I created a short survey that people can fill in if they have an accident. “Over time I hope it will give us a picture of what is happening and help identify any trends or specific black spots that we can work towards making safer for everyone.”

Report findings rank Hastings as ‘disadvantaged’ Continued from Page 3 Nepean MP Martin Dixon said the Rosebud West community was “very diverse” and agreed there was “a significant portion who may consider themselves disadvantaged”. “One of the key issues facing families on the Mornington Peninsula is the lack of long-term job prospects for our young people,” he said. “This is an issue for all our communities and I am hopeful that future planning decisions from council will ensure that there are great opportunities and future job security on the peninsula. “I would like to see all our young people able to be trained and employed all year round on the peninsula without the need to travel or move to Melbourne. The expansion and consolidation of

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A PENINSULA-based email “clearing house” that distributed environmental and planning information to about 200 members is set to fold. Peninsula Exchange Inc – Pen-X for short – was started in 2006 by residents concerned about proposals for five new helicopter landing pads on the peninsula, the Chateau Elan conference centre next to Greens Bush in Mornington Peninsula National Park, and a big tourism complex at McLears Hill in Dromana. (The chopper pads and Chateau Elan did not go ahead, although McLears Hill remains a live planning permit.) There was also disillusionment with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council with claims made at the group’s first meeting in May 2006 that the council was a secret society, shire executives made decisions without input from councillors, and planning decisions were made with “limited opportunity for discussion between council and the public”. The original idea was to form a “super” environment group but this morphed into the email service only. It cost nothing to join and was supported by donations. Individuals or groups could send their information to Pen-X’s secretary and it was checked and forwarded to a list of people that included environmentalists, several shire councillors, shire officers, MPs, developers, journalists and others, with everyone keeping an eye on everyone else. The group was originally to be named Protect Our Peninsula but this had been registered so Peninsula Exchange was chosen. Pen-X avoided party politics although groups were able to send out political information that related to environmental and planning issues. The group did not provide advice on planning issues and did not get involved in council elec-

PLANNING and environmental activists as well as “ordinary” citizens gathered at a home in Cape Schanck for the first meeting in May 2006 of what became Peninsula Exchange. A second meeting was held the following month at the Red Hill home of Colin Youren, a Hawthorn Football Club legend who was a member of the first premiership team of 1961. His beef was the Chateau Elan proposal. All attendees were concerned about threats to the natural environment. Groups represented included some now disbanded and some still active – Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council, Defenders of the Green Wedge, Devilbend Foundation, Safety Beach Foreshore Alliance, Tyabb Ratepayers Association, Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, Friends of Harrop Creek, Blue Wedge Coalition, and Mornington Environment Association. Long-time environmentalists at the meeting included Brian Cuming, Rosemary West, Jim Kerin, Max Anderson, Jan Oliver, Tom McCullough, Gary Howard, Alison Coates, Norm McKinlay, Jenny Warfe, Christine Haydon and Louis Delacretaz. Groups represented at Pen-X annual meetings in recent years included Peninsula Speaks, Kangerong Action Group, McCrae Action Group, Red Hill Community Action, and Mt Eliza Woodland Residents Association. Leaders of Pen-X for years were Ted Crawford (president), Leonie Anderson (secretary) and Jan Oliver (treasurer). At the end of 2012, Mr Crawford stood down and was replaced by Peter Avery, and Leonie Anderson was replaced by Brigette Cameron.Mike Hast

Pad protest: Pen X was originally formed to fight proposals for five helicopter landing pads across the Mornington Peninsula but quickly morphed into a more wide-ranging activist group. The group was against the increased use of private and commercial helicopters, not those used by emergency services or the police, as pictured.

tions although there was an incident last year during the lead-up to the byelection for Red Hill Ward when an email supporting some candidates was sent to the list, and later criticised. The email service was an early version of what is now achieved by social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and it is social media that has caused the demise of Pen-X, according to president Peter Avery. In an email to members last week, Mr Avery, also a member of community lobby group Peninsula Speaks, stated “at the AGM held on 12 June, a unanimous decision was made to wind up Peninsula Exchange Inc”. He stated this was due to fewer emails being received, “ongoing decline in membership, and recognition that social media has taken over ... information dissemination”.

Mr Avery said the decision had “the blessing of founder Ted Crawford who understands [that] PenX is no longer as relevant as when first established”. Members will vote electronically next month. They will be given the option of joining the Peninsula Speaks email list. A co-convenor of the first meeting, Jim Kerin, told The News the need for a peak environment body on the peninsula was greater than ever before. “As was said at that 2006 meeting, it is vital to have community action groups to interact with government and gain experience that can be passed to other groups and individuals facing new planning and conservation challenges,” he said. “Developmental and tourism pressures on the peninsula will continue to increase, and residents must stand up and push authorities to strike the right balance.”

Surprised thieves drop and run BURGLARS dropped their haul after being disturbed while robbing a Point Leo house at 10.40pm on Tuesday 21 July. Police said the thieves attempted to steal cash and mobile phones the house soon after the occupants had gone to bed but ran off, dropping the stolen items close by, when disturbed. Residents are asked to make sure they lock the doors of their houses and cars to deter thieves.

“It is as simple as this: if you lock the doors to your house and cars at night and when not home then you will not become a victim,” Detective Senior Constable Nick Sweetman, of Hastings CIU, said. “The crooks will just go next door because they know that the house or cars or both will be left open.”

Necklace, cash stolen THIEVES stole a distinctive gold necklace, right, from a woman who was asleep in a house in Merlebah Court, Hastings, in the early hours of Wednesday 15 July. They took the woman’s handbag containing cash and an 18ct gold necklace from the kitchen before scattering the contents around the backyard. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Senior Constable Nick Sweetman, of Hastings CIU, on 5970 7854.

Pre-schoolers helped enjoy great outdoors BALNARRING pre-school pupils will benefit from a $2000 grant towards their outdoors classes. The pre-school is one of three early learning centres in Australia to receive money from Australian Scholarships Group this year. It will be used to buy weatherproof clothing for the children to wear at the beach. Educational leader Karen Anderson said the pre-school’s Living and Learning with Nature philosophy required the children to be at the beach, bush and local wetlands in rain, hail or shine. “The four year-olds access the beach once a week for three-five hours and, this year, we have 90 children participating, which is really stretching our resources,” she said. “The grant money will help us buy more waterproof clothing, such as bib-and-brace overalls and coats, and have a few spares to replace the


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old ones. “These outfits keep the children dry and warm so they can enjoy learning in the outdoors. They are able to jump in puddles, play games with the waves, sit on the wet sand and grass and remain warm and comfortable while exploring and playing.” Australian Scholarships Group CEO John Velegrinis said there was an overwhelming response for the grants. “I congratulate the recipients who demonstrated how the money would benefit their children, while using flair and creativity in their applications. “This is another way ASG helps support children’s education, and this initiative ensures communities and families benefit, too.” The next round of applications for an ASG Local Community Program grant opens on 1 August.

Devotees heading back to ashram Keith Platt DESPITE the appointment of receivers, police investigations into alleged sexual assaults and back room negotiations to avoid action under civil law, devotees are again attending Saturday night assemblies at the former headquarters of the Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga at Mt Eliza. The Tower Rd property was not listed as being part of the organisation’s assets when liquidators Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants were appointed in April. As well as facing the possible sale of three residential properties in streets near to the Tower Rd ashram, Shiva Yoga Inc is also the subject of possible action by lawyer Angela Sdrinis. Another blow to the organisation may also come in the form of a reassessment of the tax free status it has enjoyed since being given the all clear by Australian Charities and Not-forprofits Commission (ACNC). “Where there is evidence of serious mismanagement or misappropriation, a persistent or deliberate breach of the ACNC Act, or where vulnerable people or significant charitable assets are at risk, the ACNC will act firmly and quickly,” a spokesperson for the ACNC said last week. “Where appropriate the ACNC will revoke a charity’s status – taking away access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions, which are administered by the Australian Taxation Office.” Although unable to comment on specific cases, the spokesperson said

cret sexual relations with a number of women from the ashram community”. The ensuing shockwaves led to a plummeting of the numbers attending the Saturday night assemblies, or Satsangs, and Mr Kruckman standing down as the school’s spiritual leader. The assemblies were moved private homes earlier this year, but are now being held at the Tower Rd ashram which is owned by Mr Kruckman and not Shiva Yoga Inc. While up to 350 people would attend these weekly assemblies before the scandal broke in late 2014, it appears numbers are now down to about 70. As previously reported by The News, liquidator Paul Burness said Shiva Yoga owned three properties near the ashram, two in Petrel Ave and one in Clarendon Close. They are collectively valued at just under $3 million; one has a mortgage. The most valuable property connected to the yoga school, the ashram in Tower Rd, is owned by Mr Kruckman (Swami Shankarananda) and is not subject to the liquidation. Mr Burness said Swami Shankarananda had placed caveats dated 22 April 2015 on the titles on one of Shiva Yoga’ Petrel Ave properties and the one in Clarendon Close. A further caveat had been lodged on the title of the Tower Rd property by Shiva Meditation Inc in 2005. The News has been unable to contact the ashram for comment. An email sent to spokesman Stephen Stanford was answered by a Vani Hudson who said: “All enquiries regarding Shiva Yoga should be directed to [the liquidator] Paul Burness of Worrells”.

Temple sounds: Members of the Mt Eliza ashram, including leaders Russell Kruckman (also known as Swami Shankarananda and Swamiji) and Devi Ma were at the Shiva Vishnu temple in Carrum Downs in June for chanting and a performance by Melbourne-based “spiritual/world” band Sky of the Heart. Source: Facebook

the revocation of tax-free status could be backdated to 3 December 2012. Financial statements for the year ended June 2014 of the tax-exempt Shiva Yoga Inc show $1.38m has been spent improving the ashram building and lists Swami Shankarananda as having loaned the organisation $373,508. The statements show “retained earnings” of $2.9m. The ATO has granted Shiva Yoga Inc a tax concession, GST concession, FBT rebate and income tax exemption. A former member of the ashram has previously told The News that when filling out an application form seek-

ing tax exemption “we all looked at each other when it came to filling out the marked religion, and then someone said Hindu, so that’s what we put”. St Kilda lawyer Ms Sdrinis told The News last week that she had spoken with about 20 men and women formally associated with the ashram over “a variety of issues”, including alleged sexual impropriety by the school’s spiritual leader Russell Kruckman; unpaid wages; taxation issues; whether “people were volunteers or employees”; donations; and donated works. Ms Sdrinis said she was specifically dealing with allegations by several

women of sexual misconduct by Mr Kruckman, who is also known as Swami Shankarananda and Swamiji. “We are trying to settle out of court.” Allegations of sexual assault by Mr Kruckman also continue to be investigated by the Seaford-based SOCIT (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams). Ms Sdrinis said while she had not spoken with police “the liquidators have been good to deal with”. In December 2014, Mr Kruckman and the school stunned ashram devotees by issuing statements which in effect admitted he had engaged in “se-






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Melanoma ‘a reality, not a scare’ Litter cash after call Stephen Taylor

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PENINSULA Skin Cancer Centre’s Dr Sally Shaw is worked up about what she calls “the misrepresentation of melanoma in the news”, especially regarding the recent return to football of Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead. “Melanoma is not a cancer scare, it’s a cancer reality, and Roughead continues to be at high risk of advanced melanoma,” she said. “The term cancer scare should be reserved for when a mole is thought to be melanoma but comes back benign. “Having prominent sportsmen as Roughead, Jack Riewoldt, Tom Hafey and Jim Stynes all diagnosed with melanoma, yet having their conditions reported in the media as a brush with skin cancer, a skin cancer scare, cancer health scare or a cancer shock, is down playing the significance of having a melanoma diagnosis and the continued risk of advanced disease.” Dr Shaw has clinics in Frankston and Mornington, is a founding member of the Australasian College of Skin Cancer Medicine and has been instrumental in establishing standards for skin cancer practitioners throughout Australia. “The diagnosis of melanoma, especially advanced melanomas, is watered down to a cancer scare or shock to make the news more palatable for the public,” she said. She believes that because melanoma is associated with sun exposure, beaches and outdoor living, there is a fear that reporting it will tarnish the

THE state government is offering money for a new round of litter prevention projects in an attempt to clean up waterways, canals, drains, rivers and creeks feeding Port Phillip. Environment Minister Lisa Neville announced the third round of Litter Hotspots funding last Thursday. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s waste group (Mornington Peninsula Regional Waste Management Group) won a $7000 grant in the first round in 2013-14 and used it to run events encouraging people to reduce litter at three hotspots at Dromana and Mornington (Mothers Beach and Mills Beach). Ms Neville said the third round would “support local government, businesses and community partnerships to implement a range of litter prevention and clean-up projects to stop litter from entering stormwater drains and impacting the Port Phillip catchment”. “The Litter Hotspots program encourages community action to tackle litter in local areas, preventing it from polluting our waterways, and helping make a cleaner, safer and more appealing environment for us all.” Applications to Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, of which the shire is now a part, close 31 August. The small steps to reduce litter follow strong words about the state of Port Phillip from a scientist published in The News last month (“To preserve Port Phillip, Melbourne should learn

Missed message: Dr Sally Shaw says the media missed the chance to highlight melanoma dangers.

iconic Australian way of life. “We are missing the opportunity to bring up the seriousness of a melanoma diagnosis, especially in young Australians and about the importance of protecting our skin from the sun.” Melanoma is the most common cancer for 14-44 year olds, with one person dying from melanoma every six hours. “A diagnosis of melanoma is a very serious result,” Dr Shaw said. “More than 1500 Australians die from melanoma each year. While most melanoma patients, around 80 per cent, will never have metastases, melanoma patients need to be vigilant for any

signs of advanced melanoma for the rest of their lives. “They will need to have regular mole mapping or skin checks every few months for the first couple of years and then every 12 months after that.” Dr Shaw bemoaned “the reluctance of the media to report Hafey’s and Stynes’ advanced melanomas as non-specific cancers, which meant we missed a great opportunity to pass on the very important message of how dangerous melanoma can be to a large Australian sporting audience”. “We should all have full body skin checks every year and protect our skin from UV all year round.”

from Sydney”, 23/6/15). Professor Tim Flannery, who grew up on Port Phillip and snorkelled between Sandringham and Mornington, wrote that he was shocked when he returned to Melbourne a few years ago and saw the state of the 2000 square kilometre waterway. “In Sydney, residents would lay down their lives for the harbour. Thirty years ago it was as polluted as Port Phillip is now, but hard work and pride have restored it,” he wrote. “The Andrews state government, elected last year, has pledged to get rid of the 50 worst level crossings in the state. What about cleaning up Port Phillip’s 50 worst barrel drains? “Port Phillip’s margins have also been battered by inappropriate development. In Sydney, great swathes of harbour-side natural vegetation have been reserved, inappropriate infrastructure removed, and commercial fishing banned. As a result, fish stocks have recovered spectacularly. “When I moved to Sydney the harbour and Port Phillip were pretty much equally blighted. But the people of Sydney have cared enough to make a difference. Surely Melburnians can, over time, do an equally good job with their waterway?”  The state government is also offering grants to coastal Crown land committees of management to improve fences, boardwalks and stairs. Details: Mike Hast


The Dining Boom Agribusiness Summit WHILE the mining boom subsides, Victoria’s answer is the Dining Boom. Victorian agribusinesses and producers will gather at Lindenderry at Red Hill on July 30 to 31 for the 11th Victorian Agribusiness Summit to discuss how they can take advantage of the potential that both domestic and export markets offer producers. The Summit dinner will welcome special guest, His Excellency Dr Hassan El Laithy, Ambassador for Egypt. Dr Laithy will speak about the future food requirements from Egypt and suggest how Australia and Egypt can work to achieve this. Regional produce, prepared by Lindenderry’s award winning Executive Chef, Mi-


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Welcome to Get ready to head north for winter MANY people are preparing to go north for the winter and escape colder Victorian weather. It is a matter of getting everything in order and preparing the items to be included for your break. The vehicle has to have a service and new tyres if needed but have you given the caravan its fair share of attention? The tyres are okay, there is plenty of tread but how old are they? The tyre experts say that any tyre older that 5-6 years should be replaced, regardless of the amount of tread left. You will find the manufacture date on the side of the tyre, usually embossed into it. This is in fact quite cheap insurance. Have you recently checked your wheel bearings for sufficient grease and wear as well as your brake linings for even wear and will they last for the distance you are travelling? Most people don’t regard some of the roads as being any different in what they do to our caravans but dirt roads, no matter how slowly you travel, do more damage than a smooth bitumen road. Bearings and brakes are not immune to dust, which acts as an abrasive on all caravan parts. If you have not been north before, you will find the red dust is able to find its way into everything and that include all of the chassis

moving parts as well as all of the items in the front boot, around the fridge and any other area that has an outside vent. If you have the need to cross water over the road that is more than 200mm (8 inches) deep, then at the next available opportunity check your bearings and brakes as they may have been affected, especially if the water crossing came immediately before travelling on a dirt road. Don’t leave it too long. Some of the things you may need to consider, as well as the items you have decided to take, are:  Extra 15 amp lead (some power points are further away than you think)  All leads must be tested and tagged at least every 12 months  Extra water hose and fittings  Snatch strap and spare D shackles (in case you need to be pulled out of a bog). Utow Caravans can service your caravan and we are qualified to test and tag your electrical appliances. We also have a wide range of caravan accessories at our premises at 25 Simcock Street, Somerville. Contact us on www.utowcaravans. com, email: or phone 5978 0083.

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LETTERS MP talks the walk Congratulations to [Flinders MP and Environment Minister] Greg Hunt for his innovative 500km walk around the Flinders electorate to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, at the same time, giving us the opportunity to walk and talk with him. It is a pleasure and somewhat of a surprise to be able to use the word "innovative" in reference to a member of the federal government, but there you go. Indeed, given other government ministers' performances recently, it's wonderful to see one who can walk and talk at the same time. Unfortunately, Mr Hunt's genuine concern and positive actions in relation to ASD are in stark contrast to his government's record and continuing efforts to de-fund health and education programs that are vital to address the real and ongoing challenges that people with disabilities face every day. The government's support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is at best half-hearted, and by any reasonable accounting the government has stripped about $80 billion from health and education budgets. This is unconscionable. Mr Hunt invites us to walk and talk with him over the course of his two-week trek and we should take him up on the generous offer with enthusiasm. After all, although out of the office, Mr Hunt is on duty; we are paying his wages and we won't even need to make an appointment. Who knows, just as he has raised our awareness of ASD, we may be able to raise his awareness of our deep concerns about the broad sweep of his government's policies, which seem almost on a daily basis to attack concepts of fairness, inclusion and support for the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens. And this is before we even engage with Mr Hunt on refugees, marriage equality, his ministerial responsibilities for environmental matters, his almost laughable direct action program to address carbon emissions, hobbling the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Mr Hunt, what is the problem with wind and solar energy?). Unfortunately, the list goes on and on. I look forward to meeting up with Mr Hunt and I hope many others do, too. As we walk and talk with him it could seem a whole lot longer than 500km. But keep walking, Greg. A helicopter would be out of the question. Greg Gilbert, Mt Eliza

Political ploy? Having a granddaughter with autism I applaud Flinders MP Greg Hunt on his little march, even though he spent a wad of taxpayer money on a four-colour postage size notification of the event. Having said that, I think that this is just another example of political hypocrisy. While marching for this good cause, Mr Hunt is also a kingpin policy maker in this governments’ policies that are reducing funding to those with disabilities and those most in need of a safety net. Add to that his “positive” views on local environmental issues and fast tracking open pit coal mines at the expense of our food supply and you pretty much have the moral fibre of his political policies. At a local level, where he has little influence on what happens, he goes all out for our environment but, at a national level where he can influence national policy, it seems he is at complete odds with his local political persona. We might wonder if the march for autism is a political ploy to get votes rather than a commitment to a just cause. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Hopefully no stunt Although I think Greg Hunt’s 500km walk around the Flinders electorate to raise $25,000 for autism is a terrific cause but, as a businessman and taxpayer, I have a few questions. Are taxpayers paying him for the 19-day duration (not bad if he’s getting paid to burn calories and gain publicity) and for the marketing and promotional material? If so, what is the total cost to taxpayers? Does the total cost exceed the expected raised benefit and has this been, or should it have been, sanctioned by anyone other himself? I sincerely hope that this genuine cause is close to Mr Hunt’s heart and not just an elaborate publicity stunt at taxpayers’ expense. Darren Hercus, Safety Beach


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Road questions I see - and one could not escape it if one lives in the electorate of Flinders and is bombarded with Liberal party propaganda - that Flinders MP Greg Hunt is again endeavouring to raise money for the very deserving cause of caring for people with autism. One has to commend him for his initiative and effort. But it would be of very much greater help for people with disabilities if the Abbott government and the states would fully fund the NDIS (National disability insurance scheme) in perpetuity. This certainty would assist afflicted citizens who have been waiting for too long to be properly looked after. It also would give certainty to carers that their loved ones will be cared for into the future. Of course when it comes to the environment portfolio our member for Flinders is responsible for, many questions need to be answered. For instance why is it OK to approve a coal mine in and near some of our nation’s best farmland? Or, why is it OK for the government to constantly try and block the development of renewable energy production? Is it really OK to burn our native forests for “clean energy” production? Here the Labor party is just as culpable because they are both voting for the reduction in our renewable energy target (RET). There are a few more issues that our minister “for” the environment needs to improve. But, of course, under the spell of the great Tony Abbott the fighter of windmills and same sex marriage, we may have to wait a few more months, until after the next federal election, to hopefully see some progress on these issues. Meanwhile, it seems Mornington Peninsula and Frankston councils have learned nothing from the disastrous development of Peninsula Link freeway. In its initial blind support for the most destructive proposal for this road, the shire got lumbered with two service centres on the watershed of the Moorooduc plain, even after it decided belatedly, they were not such a great idea. I would say the same goes for the “green” expansion of the Port of Hastings the mayor Cr Bev Colomb is spruiking. The inevitable huge amount of dredging required to accommodate such a port would surely not make this a “green” port development. I wonder if the mayor is going to guarantee peninsula people that the natural beauty and world heritage listing of our beautiful Western Port will be left unspoilt? Or that it would not affect the many tourist and recreational jobs in our region? Of course it is of major concern if the Labor government would think it would be a great coal port. Especially now that we should leave this stuff in the ground. Would it not be a much better idea to promote new technological industries in alternative energy production like wind solar or wave power? Rupert Steiner, Balnarring

Danish example A recent news item announced that Denmark had, on one day, reached over 100 per cent of its electricity

needs by wind generated power enabling the surplus to be sold to other countries. If Denmark can do this so can Australia. How embarrassing it is for us to realise that the rest of the world leaders know that our prime minister does not like the look of wind turbines or the noises they make so is openly discouraging their construction. Dr Richard Denniss commenting in his excellent article in the July 2015 Monthly states that unless Australians “start calling out crap” and state that we should not worry about “what the markets think” but realise that the choices are political, not economic. “Indeed we might continue to believe that we need to double our coal exports in order to fund the fight against climate change”. A large pile of discarded [Flinders Mp Greg] Hunt literature left by the mailbox users in the Balnarring post office indicates that residents have no time for what the minister dishes out in his mail outs to justify his actions that I believe is destroying our environment and support his economics. Peter Strickland, Balnarring

Lost Liberal vote In the article about shire councillors approving the resort expansion at Cape Schanck (“Green light for RACV resort”, The News, 21/7/15), Nepean MP Martin Dixon (Liberal) was quoted saying “While I am sympathetic to residents’ concerns that were raised with my office over recent months, the reality is that the proposal has been deemed by councillors, independent architects and council officers to satisfy the conditions and requirements of the planning scheme”. I was astounded by his comments. As our representative, it is incumbent on him to support his constituents. I for one do not feel that he did this. In my opinion, he did not listen to our concerns but just gave lip service to our cause. Remember, Mr Dixon, it was your political party that passed the amendment to the original incorporated document that allowed such a large development without consulting any of the other stakeholders. Disgraceful. Most of the resort opponents were not against the proposed expansion but were opposed to its scale – a 30-metre high, seven-level building in the middle of the green wedge zone. As a lifelong Liberal Party supporter, Mr Dixon has now convinced me to cast a donkey vote as I cannot see any reason why I would vote for him and his party. Also, it was disappointing that our ward councillor, Tim Wood, did not even attend the council meeting and vote. Paul A’Bell, Cape Schanck

Citizenship bid Recent surveys have shown that there are increasing numbers of expats living in Australia returning to their home countries, in particular the UK. But for one group, including a number of Mornington Peninsula residents, Australia still retains a great appeal. BERIA (British Expats Retired In Australia), repre-

sents holders of the 410 retirement visa withdrawn in 2005, but hitherto available to over 55s seeking a fully self-funded retirement in Australia. Now, having secured the support of Western Australian MP Ian Goodenough, the group is petitioning both houses of the Australian parliament to grant 410 visa holders permanent residence and a pathway to Australian citizenship once they have resided in Australia for 10 years. Mr Goodenough has announced his intention to introduce a private members bill in support of this. The determined group of some 2000 people believe that having invested in Australia over the years through home ownership; payment of goods and services tax; purchase of private health insurance and contributing to and engaging with their local communities in a variety of ways, Australian friends and neighbours overwhelmingly agree that permanent residence should be made available. In addition to this, 410 visa holders are subject to periodic police and character checks in order to maintain their status. Another anomaly for them is that their categorisation does not allow them to claim any reciprocal health care benefits from Australia, something which is accessible to Australian visitors to the UK as well as UK visitors to Australia. The overall quality of life which I have enjoyed since coming here means that I have no regrets whatsoever. Yes Australia has changed but, as I know from visits to the UK, so has life over there. I have contacted the MP for Dunkley Bruce Billson for support but his response was non-committal. For more information and to sign the online petition to Senate, go to and click “petitions”. David Muggleton, Mornington

Pine protest Can anybody tell me what was achieved by a team of tree fellers with a very large excavator, a travel tower and a big chipper/mulcher who spent four weeks on Forest Drive, Mt Martha, during May and June removing pine trees only and hindering traffic. The saw logs from them are still beside the road and it is plain to see that none of these pines were diseased or dying. No eucalypts or Australian natives were removed and there are many dead or dying trees left leaning dangerously towards the very busy road. The area has a bleak untidy look these now that trees are gone, particularly at the corner of Hearn Rd. If this was a council-sanctioned operation I consider it to be a complete waste of ratepayers’ money. Trevor Page, Mt Martha

Somers change A wide concrete pathway the length and breadth of Somers will destroy our coastal village atmosphere. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has not given residents a proper opportunity to consider this scheme with its unfair payments from landowners. Why did the shire not ask for our opinion first instead of relying on a small survey carried out by the Somers Residents Association.- known to be pushing for the development? Peter Moore, Somers Letters to the editor can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@ Name, address and a daytime phone number are required for verification purposes.

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XDining & lounge with A/C XGalley-style kitchen X Two bedrooms with BIR’s XEuropean laundry XSingle carport

XKitchen & meals area XSeparate lounge room X 2 bedrooms with BIR’s XAir-conditioning XEuropean laundry XSingle carport



XSpacious kitchen & dining XLounge with air-con XQuality window treatments XOutdoor blinds for privacy XTwo bedrooms with BIR’s XGarage with roller door

XFantastic open floor plan XHuge kitchen, formal dining XBay windows XLarge lounge with cathedral ceiling XTwo bedrooms with BIR’s



‘a lifestyle village for the over 50’s’ XFreedom to travel XAffordable homes XSocial club XA carefree lifestyle XLow maintenance XLong-term tenure XGated community XResidents workshop

XTwo bedrooms with BIR’s XReverse cycle air-con XSeparate lounge

XKitchen and meals area XTinted windows XSingle Carport


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XFormal living area XModern kitchen XSeparate laundry

XSeparate meals area X2 bedrooms with BIR’s XSingle garage




Immaculate condition throughout Address: Auction: Agency: Agent:

6 Andrew Court, HASTINGS Saturday 8th August at 1.30pm Century21 Homeport, 2100 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings, 5979 3555 Brooke Ramsay, 0447 772 980

SET in one of the newer estates of town, well-known for quality built, high-class homes, this beautifully presented property enjoys a slightly elevated position on a 619 square metre block. The sprawling interior has a modern look and delivers spacious living zones for all. The master bedroom suite is at the front, and combined with the formal lounge makes for an excellent parents retreat with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom included. Further on is a study alcove, and then the splendid main living area beckons with a vast tiled space incorporating a neat

galley-style kitchen with wall oven and dishwasher. A beautiful dining space will accommodate friends in comfort and the adjoining family room has a built-in bar, and from here you step out to the alfresco entertainment area at the side. The backyard has been well-landscaped with neat paths keeping lawn maintenance to a minimum. There is a private stand of palm trees and garden beds have been laid out with river stones. In the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wing are three good-sized bedrooms, all with built-in robes, that share the main bathroom, and for console games and relaxing, there

is a great rumpus room. The property really does make the most of the block with not only a double garage under the roof line, but a high-span double carport alongside. A handy extra is the storage room at the rear of the garage which can be utilised as a home office. The location is very peaceful and the immaculate condition throughout will no doubt see this property attract interest from downsizers moving off larger properties and executive families looking for a lifestyle of elegance and quality come auction day.

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LIS NEW TIN G Somerville 21 Madeleine Court




Bittern 8 Peppermint Place

Comfortable Spacious Living

Generous Living on 1.45 acres

For Sale $470,000 - $495,000 View Saturday 11.00-11.30am Leonie Worrall 0420 979 956


Hastings 17 Railway Crescent


Invest Or Nest

For Sale

This well-maintained home comprises of 2 bedrooms plus a study, an updated bathroom & a lovely modern kitchen with S/S appliances. Outdoors offers a spacious paved courtyard, perfect for entertaining, which is surrounded by easy-care gardens, along with a garden shed & rain water tank. Extras include polished timber floors, air conditioning unit, gas heater, concrete driveway & single carport.

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Situated in a quiet court, this home offers master bedroom with FES, WIR plus a walk through robe, a further 2 bedrooms with BIR’s & a study. There is plenty of living space throughout, including a sunken formal lounge, open plan kitchen, undercover entertaining area leading out from the meals zone which includes a built in BBQ, sink & dishwasher. Extra features include sizable shed, ducted vacuum, ducted heating and evaporative cooling.




For Sale $880,000 - $920,000 View Saturday 12.00-12.30pm Elizabeth Wall 0417 528 042


Close to Somerville hub, this neat four bedroom home offers master bedroom with WIR & FES, 3 further bedrooms with BIR’s, open-plan kitchen with Caesar stone bench tops & s/steel appliances, family living area with open bar and an undercover pergola complete with spa. Additional features include double garage plus single garage, ducted heating, air conditioning and ceiling fans.


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Offers over $340,000 View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Ruby Smith 0434 744 744

Somerville 6 Lady Beverley Circuit More Than Meets The Eye This property will meet many family requirements as it offers all of the following:Four bedrooms including master with FES & WIR, study, three living areas that include a lounge/dining, family/meals & a separate sitting area. With a fresh coat of paint & new carpets throughout, this great family home also offers a double carport, open pergola, two garden sheds & a generous size backyard.





Leonie Worrall 0420 979 956

Bittern 51 Bullecourt Road


Great Family Entertainer


For Sale

Splendor On The Hill Landmark property of just under 4.5 acres (approx.) with a home designed with entertaining in mind. Formal lounge with open fire place and formal dining room, bright kitchen, casual living zone with cathedral ceiling and windows with a view of the property and beyond. Main bedroom has FES & BIR’s, 2 more bedrooms with BIR’s & a study/4th bedroom. Extra living room at the other end of the house access the entertaining area. Outside is a shed with plumbing and concrete floor.

For Sale

Offers over $790,000


View Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Leonie Worrall 0420 979 956



Offers over $990,000 View Saturday 2.00-2.30pm Leonie Worrall 0420 979 956





Set on 1.75 acres (approx), this home offers two living areas, master bedroom with FES & WIR, renovated family bathroom, ducted heating, evaporative cooling & renovated kitchen with stone bench tops, glass splash backs, large pantry & s/steel appliances. Outside features a large BBQ area, solar heated in ground pool & pool house complete with sink & bathroom, double carport & an impressive 18m x 7m shed with power.


Somerville 985 Frankston-Flinders Road



Hastings 12 Arthur Street Star Point A rare find indeed, a period home so well maintained and character filled. This lovely weatherboard home that dates back to 1890 will pull at the heart strings. Situated a short walk into Hastings town centre and on a large block of over 900 m2 (approximately) this home has been renovated and is now ready for the next lucky buyer to enjoy. On the ground floor are two bedrooms, one with an ensuite plus a separate family bathroom including a claw foot bath. There is a formal lounge and dining room which has an exposed brick chimney and fire place. The kitchen that includes a meals area has pressed metal splash back, Butlers scullery and large double oven. The main bedroom is upstairs with an ensuite, walk in robe and its own private balcony. Outside there are decked verandas and a covered alfresco terrace. There is a double garage and separate workshop with storage shed. This is a beautiful home and will appeal to those looking for that charm and character of a bygone time.



Auction Saturday 22nd August at 12.30pm View Saturday 12.00-12.30pm

Leonie Worrall 0420 979 956

69 High Street, HASTINGS, 5979 4177


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•2 large bedrooms with built in robes •Light and bright living area •Kitchen appliances include dishwasher and garbage disposal system •Contemporary and comfortable bathroom ‡+LJKTXDOLW\.DUQGHDQÁRRULQJWKURXJKRXW •Undercover polished concrete patio at rear overlooking huge backyard

•3 bedrooms with built in robes, master with walk in robe and ensuite •Spacious living and dining areas, kitchen with plenty of bench and cupboard space •Huge outdoor undercover entertaining area •Ducted heating •Double remote garage with internal access


$310,000 PLUS


$310,000 PLUS



LIGHT, BRIGHT AND CENTRAL TOWNHOUSE •3 bedrooms with built in robes •Spacious kitchen with stone bench tops, premium appliances and plenty of cupboard space •Large central bathroom •Open plan living and dining •Enclosed private court yard •Single carport


• 2 spacious bedrooms with walk in robes •Spacious living & dining area •Kitchen with plenty of bench and cupboard space •Family sized bathroom •Gas heating •Private rear courtyard





•North facing block in sought after location, close to parks and playgrounds. •Surrounded by stylish, contemporary homes •750sqm block presents the opportunity to build your dream!

•One of the last allotments in Kinfauns •Just under 2 acres •Huge value for this sought after location •Featuring an assortment of fruit, exotic and native trees and cubby house •House site ready to go!





5 Otway Court, HASTINGS $290 per week - Available Now

97 Salmon Street, HASTINGS $325 per week - Available 8/8/15

19 William Street, HASTINGS $300 per week - Available Now 124 Eramosa Road East, SOMERVILLE $330 per week - Available 15/8/15


• 2 Living areas plus dining area • Sizable kitchen • Well maintained timbers on exterior • Single garage plus shedding

Property Management: Dayle Wilcox Ph 0421 473 135 Bay West Real Estate (VIC) Pty. Ltd. 1/109 High Street Hastings, VIC 3915 Ph: 03 5979 4412 Fax: 03 5979 3097 Email: Web:

Sales: Sean Crimmins Ph 0411 734 814 Property Management Team: Ph 0421 473 135


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LI NE ST W IN G CRIB POINT 83 Disney Street Beautifully Established with Space and Character




(VWDEOLVKHGDQGSUHVHQWHGZLWKFDUHWKLVORYHO\SURSHUW\LVRQDWUXHTXDUWHUDFUH PDSSUR[ DQGZLOOLPSUHVV\RXQJIDPLOLHV looking for a spacious home with a real backyard, or the couple downsizing from larger property in need of manageable land and privacy. QMaster bedroom with full ensuite and walk in robe QTwo more bedrooms with built-in robes QSunny formal lounge room QKitchen opening to a large family room and meals area Q6WXG\ RUIRXUWKEHGURRP QGas ducted heating and ceiling fans QUndercover BBQ area and fernery QExternal roller shutters QDouble garage with rear roller door and internal access QRear yard access via double gates for the trailer/caravan/boat.

For Sale: Offers Over $495,000

BITTERN 28 Hunts Road Rare Chance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Entry Level Lifestyle Property (9.86 acres)

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SOMERVILLE 192 Jones Road






HASTINGS 8 McCallum Street 2 2 4


Escape The Congestion

Close To Town

6HWRQDFUHVRIODQGWKLVSURSHUW\ZLWKEHGURRPV bathrooms, would suit someone looking for that extra space. Walk into the tiled entry and step down to the sunken lounge separated from the formal dining which overlooks the large QDWXUDOOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;OOHGVXQURRPWKDWĂ RZVRXWWRZDUGVWKHJDUGHQ The good size polished timber kitchen with gas cooking, d/w and a large breakfast bar, is situated in middle of the home servicing the 2 living rooms.The home comes with ducted heating, air-conditioning and a double garage plus workshop, within walking distance to schools shops and transport but with that touch of country.

Why buy a unit when you can own a 2 storey townhouse, with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.This is great buying, with the main bedroom downstairs complete with private bathroom, separate living area with study nook, and the laundry. Upstairs are 3 more bedrooms, the main bathroom, o0pen plan lounge that access a verandah, meals area that extending from the kitchen and ducted heating and split system air-conditioning. Outside is a nice paved courtyard with side entry, double garage with internal access and a good size front garden.This townhouse is within walking distance to shops, medical centre, transport and the foreshore. Property has been leased at $350.00pw



For Sale: 

For Sale: $350,000

HASTINGS 63 High Street Best Location In Town

BALNARRING 15 Bittern-Dromana Road HASTINGS 19 Railway Crescent Behind The Double Gates Relaxing Lifestyle Opportunity

HASTINGS 166 Hodgins Road Endless Options

$YDLODEOHIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQGHFDGHVWKLVKLJKH[SRVXUH property is available for lease from 7th June onwards. Situated on the corner of High and Victoria Streets, corner sites like this are always in high demand. The premises has two levels, totalling P7KHJURXQGĂ RRULVDSSUR[PZLWKPXOWLSOHRIĂ&#x20AC;FH VSDFHHWFDQGWKHXSVWDLUVDUHDLVDSSUR[PZLWKEDWKURRPV and plant and equipment storage space. Includes 4 car parks.

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For Lease: Price On Application

For Sale:

Three bedrooms plus study, incuding main with walk-in robe Dual-entry bathroom QModern kitchen overlooking open plan living zones QSplit system heating/cooling QMezzanine storage room accessed by drop down stair case QLarge shed with concrete and power

Rendered and renovated home with freshly painted ceilings and walls, a new modern kitchen, bathroom with walk in shower, and two bedrooms plus study. There are also new carpets installed plus ducted heating. Outside is a full length covered HQWHUWDLQPHQWDUHDDVHOIFRQWDLQHGĂ DWDQGGRXEOH&RORUERQG shed with a rear roller door which has lane access.


For Sale: $375,000 Inspect: 6DWXUGD\SP

For Sale: $359,000 Inspect: 6DWXUGD\DP



CYNTHIA DOBBIN Phone: 0438 773 627

NIGEL EVANS Phone: 0439 540 055

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DOMINIC TALLON Phone: 0408 528 857






Harcourts Hastings


10/14 High Street 03 5970 7333

SINCE 1888

Balnarring 24 Seascape Avenue




Fully Renovated With Style & Substance! Fully renovated to the highest of standards, this charming light filled north facing abode will suit retirees, professionals, young families or holiday makers alike! Exquisitely designed, the Shaker style kitchen hosts a butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry, stone bench tops & quality appliances including an Asko dishwasher, Schwagen silent range hood & 900mm oven. Accommodation is spacious with an expansive master bedroom including a stylish en-suite & walk-in robe, while the large second bedroom accesses the chic main bathroom. A second living/study area could also be easily converted into a third bedroom if required. Entertaining year round will be a pleasure in the spacious open plan living area & adjacent dining room featuring 2.7m ceilings, a cosy open fire place, European Oak flooring, Gas ducted heating & split system air conditioning. While outside the undercover entertaining area directly off the north facing open plan living room, celebrates indoor/outdoor living at itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best, featuring merbau decking underfoot, all over-looking the generous rear yard! The perfect place for an afternoon BBQ or a relaxing drink with friends! Additional features include a solar system, integrated ceiling speakers, LED lighting & single lockup garage with rear work shop. Just a short stroll to shops, schools and the beach this stylish & charming home is a must to inspect. AUCTION Saturday 1st August at 1.00pm View Open Saturday 12.30-1.00pm Tim Hughes 0410 470 515 E


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Harcourts Hastings 10/14 High Street 03 5970 7333

Bittern 2/21 Portsmouth Road

Harcourts SINCE 1888







Luxury Living, Outstanding Location Situated in arguably one of the most sought after streets in Bittern is this immaculately presented 3 bedroom townhouse. 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.

AUCTION Saturday 22nd August at 12.00pm View Open Saturday 12.30-1.00pm Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 E

Cranbourne South 8 Homewood Road Oasis Amongst The Acres This hidden gem is sure to impress families, downsizing retirees or anyone wanting their very own acreage oasis nestled on approx. half an acre (2000m2). This home will accommodate all who wish to inspect! Comprising 4 bedrooms all with built in robes, main has walk-in robe and ensuite, formal dining and formal lounge , this property will take you back to relaxation at its best. Also featuring a great size rumpus room, open plan kitchen & living, central bathroom with shower & bath, great size separate laundry/ store room, in total there are 28sqm of living with multiple forms of heating such as a closed Conara, an open fire plus and ducted. Outdoors; WOW this property has the lot with multiple entertaining areas, one is covered overlooking your very own in ground pool which is fantastic for entertaining your family & guests all year round. On offer is your very own gated oasis, with 2 car garage, plenty of room to store your caravan, boat or float - thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough room to store all your toys whilst still having a great size backyard for the whole family that overlooks the rolling hills of the country side! An inspection is an absolute must! AUCTION Saturday 8th August at 12.00pm View Open Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Jason Stirling 0411 520 173 E Page 10

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Harcourts Hastings


10/14 High Street 03 5970 7333

SINCE 1888



Crib Point 11/339 Stony Point Road




Bittern 3 Julia Court




Open Plan

Beautiful Family Home

Light filled, open plan unit with two bedrooms, kitchen with s/steel appliances, living areas with wall heater, and main bathroom with separate bath and shower plus a separate toilet and laundry. All of this plus a single garage and low maintenance yard with paved entertaining area. *Photos are of a similar unit in the same complex.

Beautiful home offering 3BR’s – main with WIR & FES, open plan kitchen, meals and living area, renovated central bathroom and separate laundry. A superb outdoor undercover entertaining area provides easy living for the adults, and opens to a great yard for the kids to play. Also featuring GDH, gas stove and solar panels.

For Lease $250 per week Inspect By Appointment

For Lease $395 per week Inspect By Appointment

Hastings Office 5970 7333


Hastings Office 5970 7333




Somerville 8 Nottingham Court



Mount Martha 33 Paperbark Drive




Great Home

Great Family Home - Excellent Position

Refurbished 3 bedroom home with modern kitchen and huge sunken family room at the front of the home, separate lounge area with gas wall furnace, BIR’s to all bedroms and dual entry bathroom from main bedroom. Two court yards offer space for the kids to play at the back and a front yard that is perfect for entertaining or a quiet day alone.

Beautifully presented property in a quiet neighbourhood with large study, enormous lounge, great sized rear yard and a large covered entertaining area is perfect for entertaining all year round. Kitchen with s/steel dishwasher and from the adjoining family room you step out to the pergola. Set on a 650sqm corner allotment.

For Lease $375 per week Inspect By Appointment

For Lease $490 per week Inspect By Appointment

Hastings Office 5970 7333


Hastings Office 5970 7333


Harcourts Hastings are excited to welcome Amy Ridgeway to our Rental Department.

Most of you may recognise Amy as she has been a local to Hastings all her life. Amy offers a wealth of knowledge not only in the area but with her 7 years experience within the Real Estate Industry. With a solid work ethic and enthusiastic approach Amy will continue building on her flawless career here at Harcourts. Amy is trustworthy, punctual and a positive person who is a perfect fit with our dynamic team.


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HASTINGS 1/97 High Street BALNARRING 14 Balnarring Village

5979 1888 5983 5509

Real Estate

local agents with local knowledge for over 55 years $380,000







This brand new 3 bedroom home with ensuite & walk in robe provides loads of features including: 6WDLQOHVV6WHHOPP+RWSODWHVVWDLQOHVVVWHHO PP6OLGLQJ5DQJHKRRG'XFWHG+HDWLQJWR points, Custom made breakfast bar,Walk in Pantry, [6KRZHUWREDWKURRP HQVXLWH5REHV WREHGURRPV 'RXEOHJDUDJHZLWKDXWRPDWHG front roller, Garage has rear roller door and internal access doors, Floor tiles to entry, meals and wet areas, Carpet from builders range. This home has a 6 star rating and provides a 10 year structural guarantee. Completion date August 2015

A property such as this does not become available with such presentation & value very often. Offering 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite, large open plan living, dining, kitchen with modern appliances, quality Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHV Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJVKHDWLQJ FRROLQJLVDYDLODEOH6TXDUH set ceilings 2.6 high, a large rear courtyard, landscaped gardens, 2500 litre tank completes this package. Being north facing and located in a private part of Crib Point makes this a great opportunity for a future investment.This property is currently leased month to month at $320pw.


Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH


OFFERS OVER $330,000

Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH



SA VE YS ND â&#x20AC;&#x153;S OR EL Lâ&#x20AC;?



Positioned in the heart of Bittern this neat home RIIHUVHYHU\WKLQJIRUDĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPHEX\HUUHWLUHH RULQYHVWRU)HDWXUHVLQFOXGHEUPV%,5¡VWRDOO bedrooms, good size kitchen, carpet/tiles throughout & gas heating.

7KLVJRRGVL]HEHGURRPKRPHZLWK%,5¡VKDVUHcently been painted throughout the garden areas. have been landscaped. Features include good size kitchen with quality appliances, large main bedroom with dual-entry bathroom, two living areas with air-conditioning and a wall heater. Outside features a good size VKHG DPSOHVSDFHIRUH[WUDSDUNLQJ7KLVSURSHUW\LV positioned at the end of a quiet court and the vendors want this 62/' 6RPDNHDQLQVSHFWLRQDQGVHHZKHUHLWJRHV


Outside features a carport and landscaped gardens. All of this a short stroll to transport, shops and Bittern railway station.This property is tenanted at $295 per week.

Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH

14 Natalie Court - Inspect Sat 11-11.30am


OFFERS OVER $365,000

Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH




/RFDWHGLQWKHKHDUWRI&ULE3RLQWDQLQVSHFWLRQRI this property is a must. Comprising 3 bedrooms with EXLOWLQUREHVHQVXLWHWRPDLQVHSDUDWHVWXG\RIĂ&#x20AC;FH and kitchen boasting quality appliances including a dishwasher. An open plan living & meals area opens to an undercover alfresco area. Other features include fenced manicured gardens on a good sized allotment. This property would suit either 1st or home buyers or retirees.



Cosy & secure this 2 bedroom unit located in town centre features built in robes, open plan living/dining, separate kitchen, heating, good size back yard and parking is available.This property has a tenant month to month paying $260pw.This would certainly make a great investment or owner occupier.

Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH

Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH





OFFERS OVER $360,000



([SUHVVLRQVRILQWHUHVWDUHUHTXLUHGRQWKHVHOX[XU\ XQLWVLQ+DVWLQJV,PPHUVHGLQTXDOLW\Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHV  Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJVDOOLQFOXGHEHGURRPVEDWKURRPVVHSDUDWH ORXQJHIDPLO\ GLQLQJURRP7KHVHOX[XU\XQLWV have everything you want - 9 foot ceilings, open plan kitchen area, dishwasher, stone bench-tops, Italian stainless steel appliances, carpet & window furnishings & a double car garage completing the package.These properties are all quality & class, and will certainly attract astute investors or owner occupiers. Units 2, 4 & 5 are available for sale Unit 6 is display home for development at 17 Creswell Road, Bittern

([SUHVVLRQRILQWHUHVWDUHUHTXLUHGRQWKHVHOX[XULRXV double storey townhouses, ready for completion in 2015. Inclusions boast a tin roof with Colorbond guttering & down pipes, concrete slab, brick and rendered plaster board construction, aluminum glazed windows, 6.0 star energy rating, two bathrooms with shower & bath, stainless steel 600mm oven, hot plate & range hood to kitchen, heating & cooling, carpets to all living DUHDV EHGURRPVWLOHGĂ RRUVWRDOOZHWDUHDVNLWFKHQ DQGHQWU\IR\HU6LQJOHJDUDJHZLWKLQWHUQDODFFHVV  UROOHUGRRUVWRIURQWDQGEDFNJUH\ZDWHUWDQNVH[ternal security lighting, landscaping & off street parking. 0HDVXULQJDSSUR[VT (Final product may have slight variations)

Display Home Open Saturday 1.30-2.00pm

Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH


1 Phillip Court - Inspect Sat 12.30-1.00pm

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HASTINGS 1/97 High Street BALNARRING 14 Balnarring Village

5979 1888 5983 5509

Real Estate

local agents with local knowledge for over 55 years


$5000 DEPOSIT â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;NEWHAVENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Bittern

* 9FT ceilings *Ducted heating & refrigerated cooling *Ducted vacuum * Blanco stainless-steel kitchen appliances * Caesarstone benchtops to kitchen and bathrooms * Double glazing *LED lighting *7LPEHUĂ RRUV *Quality carpets & blinds *Remote garage door ....PLUS LOTS MORE

25 SQUARE (approx.)


The quality facade is a grey brick nuanced with white mortar, off-set by white gloss DOXPLQLXPZLQGRZVZLWKDOLQHDUJUH\FRQFUHWHĂ DWVODWHDSSHDUDQFH

Building commences August 2015 - Scheduled completion March 2016 Balance of purchase price to be paid on completion SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS ON STAMP DUTY


VISIT THE DISPLAY UNIT AT 6/290 HIGH STREET EVERY SATURDAY 1.30-2.00PM Contact: Don McKenzie 0419 955 177 +DVWLQJV2IĂ&#x20AC;FH


Fully inclusive if purchased off plan >

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(03) 5979 8003






After working in the Real Estate industry for over 19 years, Sue has extensive knowledge on how to deliver a high quality service to her tenants and landlords. Sue thrives on the challenges of property management, working with people and keeping clients up to date on a day to day basis - perfection and results is what she prides herself on. Understanding and passionate about what she does, Sue is a problem-solver with a warm and friendly nature who is always sure to go that extra step for her clients. You can be certain that Sue will manage your investment property with a high level of commitment and care as if it were her own.

Lifestyle family living Address: Price: Agency: Agent:

Contact Sue today on 5979 8003 or

84 Boes Road, TYABB contact agent Bay West Real Estate, 1/109 High Street, Hastings, 5979 4412 Sean Crimmins, 0411 734 814

ENJOYING a vast 8000 square metre block this handsome residence has been updated and also has the convenience of a central location close to shops, schools and Peninsula Link. Four large bedrooms all feature split-system air-conditioning, and to the main bedroom is a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. In addition to the lovely kitchen with stainlesssteel appliances is a family area with dining space, and for more elegant entertaining options there is a formal lounge with wood heater. A separate study branches off from here, and opening from the family zone is a colourful alfresco courtyard adjoining the splendid in-ground pool and spa area. Conveniences throughout the home include a ducted vacuum system and from the double garage there is internal access. The grounds are well-established with a stand of trees around the pool and alfresco area providing welcome privacy and shelter.




CONTEMPORARY LUXURY & SCOPE TO ADD VALUE A contemporary design with incredible impact, this unique 3 bedroom residence on 2/3rds of an acre (2595 sqm approx.) offers a touch of luxury and distinctive features with soaring ceilings and enormous windows that let you take in a green outlook over undulating sweeping lawns. Among a prestigious neighbourhood just moments to Mt Eliza village shops and schools, the home features 2 large living areas, spa ensuite, enormous kitchen, study, alfresco deck & rear 4-car garage. AUCTION: TERMS: PRICE GUIDE: INSPECT: CONTACT:

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Saturday 8th August at 1pm 10% deposit, balance 30/60/90 days $700,000+ Saturday 1-1.30pm James Crowder 0407 813 377 Deb Ketting-Olivier 0403 554 955

Shop 7 / 20-22 Ranelagh Drive MOUNT ELIZA


(03) 5979 8003 $890,000 - $940,000


Offers Over $850,000






Brick and cedar home set on approx. 2 acres, perfect for a family seeking a tree change in one of Westernportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best locations. With glorious views of Western Port Bay, this beautiful 2 storey home offers 3BRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - main with WIR & FES, separate study, family room with Jetmaster Ă&#x20AC;UHSODFHIDPLO\DUHDDGMRLQLQJWKHWLPEHUNLWFKHQZLWKGLVKZDVKHUKHDWLQJDQGFRROLQJ storage space under the stairs, ducted vacuum system, double garage and three-bay barn.

A luxurious split level home set on a 2700m2 block offering a lifestyle where family and friends will be endlessly entertained. The raised alfresco deck at the rear of the property provides a birds-eye view of the expansive grounds and overlooks the BBQ terrace, IG pool, tennis court DQGSOD\JURXQG$WJURXQGOHYHODVSDFLRXVORXQJHKDVDFRV\RSHQĂ&#x20AC;UHSODFHNLWFKHQDQG GLQLQJDUHDRYHUORRNVWKHSRROUXPSXVDQGSRZGHUURRPSOXVKRPHRIĂ&#x20AC;FH8SVWDLUVDUH bedrooms all with BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharing a renovated main bathroom and the master bedroom with WIR & ensuite with spa. Ample off street parking for at least 5 cars, plus a big double garage.

3 2 2 $355,000


4 3 2

Negotiable over $430,000





This brick home would make a great starter for someone looking to enter the market. Solid as a rock, neat and tidy, this property is on a 732sqm block with 3 bedrooms - main with WIR & FES, central kitchen, dining and living areas, gas wall furnace and air-conditioning. Outdoors is a water tank and a concrete drive leading up to a double garage. Close to school, transport and shops, this well-priced property has good bones and with little work could be turned into a modern delight.

3 2 2

On a corner location along a no through road, this charming weatherboard home offers WKUHHEHGURRPVLQFOXGLQJPDLQZLWK:,5 )(6WZROLYLQJDUHDVZLWKĂ RDWLQJWLPEHUĂ RRUVDQG comforts such as GDH and air-conditioning. The spacious kitchen has a dishwasher and from the adjoining dining area you step out to an under cover entertainment patio overlooking the native gardens. Externally there is a double garage and access through to the back for a caravan or boat.

3 2 2

Shop 1/34 High Street, Hastings, $365,000 - $395,000 HASTINGS




CUTE HOME, SEASIDE LOCATION Enjoy the convenience of this renovated seaside home, being a few hundred metres to Western Port Marina and Hastings shopping precinct. From the moment you enter the drive, \RXZLOOIDOOLQORYH2IIHULQJDOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;OOHGRSHQSODQOLYLQJDUHDEUDQGQHZNLWFKHQZLWK dishwasher and walk in pantry with European laundry, three bedrooms all with robes and renovated bathroom. The property has been completely re-wired and re-plumbed, there LVDQHZFRORUERQGURRI2WKHUIHDWXUHVLQFOXGHĂ RDWLQJĂ RRUVVSOLWV\VWHPDLUFRQRSHQĂ&#x20AC;UH place and single car carport. This beach getaway is on a low maintenance block and could be yours to call home. There is nothing to do but move in and enjoy and would be ideal for a UHWLUHGFRXSOHZDQWLQJWREHZLWKLQZDONLQJGLVWDQFHWRHYHU\WKLQJRUDĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPHEX\HU


Offers Over $310,000

3 1 1

GOING, GOING..GONE! Set in a quiet court position, this well maintained 3 bedroom home will satisfy the most astute buyers. Features include a sizeable lounge, kitchen with gas cooking, BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in all bedrooms, gas heating, 2 x air conditioners and ensuite to main. Outside is as neat as the inside and offers a single lock up garage with remote, powered garden shed and a paved entertaining terrace surrounded by beautiful established gardens giving a sense of peace and serenity. This SURSHUW\ZLOOVXLWDYDULHW\RIEX\HUVLQFOXGLQJLQYHVWRUVĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPHEX\HUVDQGGRZQVL]HV'RQ¡W blink because it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be on the market for long.


3 PRIME DEVELOPMENT ALLOTMENTS 3 Prime Development allotments (for sale as whole) totalling 2888m2 approx. Only one block from busy High Street commercial shopping strip and opposite the new Aldi and Reject Shop complex. A rare opportunity to buy vacant land with enormous potential.

3 2 1

$165,000 - $185,000

GREAT BLOCK IN DESIRABLE LOCATION Build your new home on this 525-square metre block in a desirable location of Bittern. These days land is getting harder to come by and when it does, it is not around for long. The building area of the block is approx 21.34 metres wide and approx 17.63 metres long. All services will be available by settlement.


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Picture the possibilities

View to the country

Address: Price: Agency: Agent:

Address: Price: Agency: Agent:

6 Menai Court, HASTINGS Offers over $460,000 Eview Mornington Peninsula, 172 Main Street, Mornington, 5971 0300 Ross Baron, 0412 301 622

A PEACEFUL court position convenient to town, schools and transport, a bumper 1285 square metre block, and an inviting four-bedroom home, makes this property value packed for investors and families. There is a staggering amount of space on the block for all the cars and tradesmans equipment with one single carport, a high-span double carport, and a double garage with workshop space. Inside the home are two living areas, complemented by a large covered deck to the rear, a pretty kitchen with plenty of cupboard space and an adjoining dining area. Timber ceilings and exposed beams give the sunken living room a dramatic touch and there is also a cosy wood heater. Sliding glass doors open out to the covered rear deck with the gardens featuring a cute paved terrace. Three of the four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share the new family bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles and a designer-inspired feature vanity and the laundry has also been given a fresh new face lift.

4 Bayview Country Lane, BITTERN Negotiable over $800,000 Harcourts, 10/14 High Street, Hastings, 5970 7333 Tim Ripper, 0434 513 640

THIS superb home boasts space and comfort for the largest of families with about 269 square metres of space throughout a wonderful floor plan that provides multiple living zones combined with excellent outdoor entertaining options. Four bedrooms include the splendid main bedroom with spa ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, remaining bedrooms all have built-in robes and share the main bathroom, whilst a separate study could be a fifth bedroom if required. An open plan zone incorporates a renovated kitchen with gleaming island bench and soft close draws and cupboards. Floating bamboo floors are a nice touch and in addition to the adjoining dining and family area is a formal lounge and a rumpus room. Externally, the fantastic block has a vast lawn area for children and pets to really enjoy themselves and a circular driveway leads up to the double garage under the roof line of the home.

2/2432 Frankston-Flinders Road, Bittern Phone: 5983 9998 (PDLOUHQWDOV#ELWWHUQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVUHFRPDX ZZZELWWHUQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVUHFRPDX

Experience counts when your looking for the right Property Manager to provide the quality service you expect. Why not feel more comfortable with a local agent offering specialised service and 20 years in the industry

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HASTINGS 6 Andrew Court




EXECUTORS AUCTION Beautifully appointed home set on approx. 619m2 delivering functional living with parents retreat including WIR & ensuite at the front of the home flowing into the perfect family entertainer at the rear. Four spacious bedrooms plus study, central bathroom, generous laundry and dual living zones, a spacious kitchen is beautifully designed including butler’s pantry and quality s/steel appliances, formal dining area with built-in bar opens to a stylish alfresco for you to enjoy entertaining your family and friends. Surrounded by manicured gardens and palm trees, giving you that tropical feel further features include a double lock up garage plus a high-span double carport for a caravan or boat. A bonus is an extra room at the rear of the garage ideal for those wanting to work from home. Embrace the luxury of this stunning home that offers an easy family lifestyle of elegance and quality. Just a short stroll to shops, schools and transport yet nestled in a peaceful and private cul-de-sac.


CRIB POINT 6 Sarrail Street Stunning country property on ¼ acre allotment designed for functional living with sunken lounge, spacious kitchen, separate formal & informal living areas and 3 generous sized bedrooms all with BIRs. Outside boasts D/B carportwith storage area plus studio room and large private yard incl. D/B garage with concrete floor with access from side gate.

HASTINGS 5/1 Phillip Court







Saturday 11:00-11:30am

$385,000 Offers Over

Wilma Green 0407 833 996



This lovely unit is freshly painted and carpeted. Offering 3BR’s, Central bathroom, generous living area and kitchen with electric oven and gas appliances. Outside features merbau deck with pergola and room for the kids to play. Whether downsizing, investing or looking for your first home, this shiny pearl ticks all the boxes.

AUCTION: Saturday 8th August 2015 at 1.30pm VIEW: Saturday 1:00-1:30pm AGENT: Brooke Ramsay 0447 772 980

SOMERVILLE 10 Carla Court This BV home on approx.800m2 offers 3 bedrooms with BIR’s, galley kitchen with gas cooking, sunken formal lounge, gas wall furnace, separate family/ meals area opening to the backyard, and double garage. Located close to schools, parks and the shops. A perfect investment or ideal for first home buyers.





Saturday 2:00-2:30pm

$330,000 Offers Over

Wilma Green 0407 833 996






PRICE $290,000 plus VIEW Saturday 2:30-3:00pm AGENT Brooke Ramsay 0447 772 980 CENTURY 21 HOMEPORT 5979 3555

TYABB 12 Thornells Road


Renovated 3BR + study farm cottage on approx 14.5 acres (5.87ha) on two titles with extensive horticultural infrastructure, 350m² steel factory with adjacent 50m² annex, and 45m² free standing office plus additional shedding with mains water, clear water bore and large permanent dam to 3 paddocks and surrounding household garden.




$825,000 Offers Over Saturday 11:00-11:30am Wilma Green 0407 833 996




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our promise to you

REAL ESTATE FRANKSTON 21 Grimwade Crescent

Offers Over $400,000

Offers invited over $339,000

CARRUM DOWNS 4 Earnshaw Drive


• Three bedroom, brick-veneer home with two bathrooms • Main bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite • Light and bright living area with attractive floating timber floors • Updated kitchen with wall oven and gas cooker • Undercover outdoor entertaining area leading to a large back yard • Close to primary & secondary schools, transport and shops

Inspect: By Appointment


Francis Walker 0410 559 454

Great results, Go with experience

•Attractive and updated three bedroom home •Main bedroom with walk-through robes to ensuite •Spacious and tastefully decorated lounge •Open plan family area with kitchen including s/steel appliances •Decking at the front of home to enjoy the morning sun •Established low maintenance back yard •Two garden sheds with power Inspect: Saturday 1st August 2:45 – 3:15pm



If you are thinking of selling, or would like a free, no obligation market appraisal from one of Frankston’s leading agents call


Francis Walker 0410 559 454 Director/Licensed Estate Agent CEA (REIV Member)

Francis Walker 0410 559 454

Experience Counts - Trent Marden and the formidable force at Ufirst real estate

If you are thinking of selling, or would like a free, no obligation market appraisal please call: Trent Marden 0409 222 544


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487 Nepean Highway, FRANKSTON 8781 4500

168 Main Street Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888 Mornington


Auction this Saturday

For Lease

4 Hutson Way, Mount Martha




An Idyllic Family Entertainer Auction Inspect Contact

This Saturday at 11.00am Saturday from 10.30am Alex Campbell 0432 344 394 Rachel Crook 0419 300 515

At the top of a quiet court, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with excellent off-street parking delivers relaxed family living with a heated spa, sheltered deck, media room with integrated speakers, study/4th bedroom and a contemporary kitchen overlooking separate living and dining rooms.

For Lease



For Lease

36 Taranna Street, Mornington Comfortable living with ducted heating and cooling. Pet friendly property features 2 living spaces, 3BR’s with BIR’s, ceiling fans, main bathroom with separate toilet, s/steel appliances in kitchen and a covered entertaining area. Great back yard with powered double garage, plenty of additional parking. Ideal for a tradesman with a trailer. Easy access to the Highway. Available 28th August 3


64 Queen Street, Mornington Lovingly renovated, spacious 2 bedroom home walking distance to the beach and main street. Stay cosy with ducted heating throughout, cool with a new split cycle A/C unit and enjoy the ambiance of a Coonara. Sit in the covered alfresco surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens. The automatic garage with roller door at the rear allows parking for a small boat, trailer or jetski. Available 29th July 2


For Lease Rent $355 per week Contact Kym Colliver 0408 666 763

For Lease Rent $470 per week Contact Caitlin Brown 0408 546 132

For Lease


For Lease


2/324 Main Street, Mornington Modern two bedroom unit featuring a great kitchen with all new appliances, two generous sized bedrooms with built in robes, a modern bathroom, a low maintenance backyard and large decked area. Also featuring Reverse Cycle Air, single carport and a garden shed for storage. All this located just a short stroll to the Main Street shops and Mornington Beach. Available 3rd August

9 Kooyonga Grove Beachside home close to shops and transport. Features include 3BR’s with BIR’s – main with ensuite, two living areas, separate dining room, kitchen with s/steel appliances, undercover entertaining area and a rear shed. Additional features include polished boards, gas heating, evaporative cooling and air-conditioning. Available 7th September 3








For Lease Rent $500 per week Contact Kym Colliver 0408 666 763

For Lease Rent $350 per week Contact Kym Colliver 0408 666 763


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INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL Corner the market NEW owners with creativity and flair can take advantage of this prime corner site opposite Mornington Centro. Currently a popular fish and chip restaturant, the premises measures about 100 square metres with further scope for outdoor seating.

Address: 14 Blake Street, MORNINGTON Price: $120,000 (no GST) Agency: NAI Harcourts, 82 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza, 9788 7400 Agent: Kara James, 0412 939 224

Hassle free investment

The spice of life Address: Price: Agency: Agent:

36 Wells Street, FRANKSTON $159,000 plus SAV Kevin Wright Commercial, 1/26 McLaren Place, Mornington, 5977 2255 Alan Maguire, 0418 377 038

LOCATED right in the heart of the Frankston CAD, Rocotillos is a popular and vibrant cafe with the motto of eat, drink, experience, delivering on all fronts. This cafe and restaurant has built up an enviable reputation for quality and service with a Mediterranean inspired seasonal menu sourced from locally produc that has been ethically raised and is gluten-free and vegan friendly. Rocotillos is open for breakfast and lunch six days a week, and does open weekday evenings and Sundays for special events and private functions. Rocotilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has many corporate clients and is a sought-after caterer as well. The premises has a fully fitted bar and kitchen, with a liquor licence until 11pm. With a reasonable rent and two further five year options the business offers great prospects for the future.


THIS securely leased brick office building measures about 215-square meters, and is positioned adjacent to the Somerville NAB branch and opposite the entrance to Aldi Supermarket. The current return is $31,500 net per year, with 5% annual increases with the next market review due in March 2017. This building was originally fitted out to state government standard, has no owners corporation, and is surrounded by a sealed, council owned car park. Address: 12 Eramosa Rd East, SOMERVILLE Price: $595,000 Agency: Century21 Homeport, 2100 Frankston Flinders Road, Hastings, 5979 3555 Agent: Chris Watt, 0417 588 321

Business and Freehold

For Sale

Friday, 7th August at 1pm on-site 50 Ranelagh Drive, Mount Eliza

1 Pentacost Road, Mornington


Premier tenanted commercial freehold for sale for the ďŹ rst time

CLEAN START Pronto Car Wash

Secure lease to NAB with current Net rent of $70,303pa and annual increases

Established growing business, one of only two in Mornington, requiring minimal input

Building of approximately 218m2 (2 levels) with wide frontage facing Mt Eliza Way

Includes freehold, plant and equipment & goodwill

Own title (no owners corp)

Superb location on a 1162m2 (approx.) block

TERMS: 10% deposit, balance 30-60 days

Plant and equipment includes 4 wash bays,1laser guided auto wash system, 3 vacuum stations and 3 vending machines

INSPECT: By Appointment

9775 1535

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Contact: Linda Ellis 0400 480 397

Michael Crowder 0408 358 926 Level 1,1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs VIC 3201

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This is a very satisfactory start, and with such a good working Committee and energetic secretary, it is expected that each month’s work will show equally satisfactory results. *** MRS Moloney notifies in our advertising columns that she has purchased the hotel business lately carried on by Mr W. Schultz, at the Pier Hotel, Frankston. Mrs Maloney has had long experience in the hotel keeping business in West Australia, and she intends to fully keep up the good reputation gained by the former proprietor in catering for the comfort of her patrons. She is having the premises thoroughly renovated and refurnished,and will have everything in applepie order by the time that the usual influx of summer visitors arrive. *** A pleasant surprise was afforded S. M. Durham, Garrison Sergeant Major Prisoners of War Depot, Langwarrin, when the members of the Guard force gathered to give him a social evening and present him with a new riding equipment, in the form of a new saddle, bridle, whip, and spurs. It was a tribute of the warm appreciation and respect which the guard bear for their instructor. Sergeant Major Durham is something more than a popular man. He is a strong man in every way. An early riser, lover of classics, keen observer and vigorous thinker. He has given the guard the wealth of his experience of 21 years service for the Empire, in Britain, Asia and Africa, with a good

conduct medal and a pension. He recently retired from the Imperial Army and at the urgent request of the Defence Department he entered the Victorian service. He was specially selected by Lieut Algie for the onerous position of Instructor to the Langwarrin Guard. *** OVER thirty parcels of old linen for use as bandages and other Red Cross purposes were handed in at the Frankston Depot on Tuesday last. Various other donations were received, to be used as the committee thought best. Linen sheet Miss Elliot, portable deck chair Mrs Clements, field glasses Mr W. Gregory, cushion (Irish crochet) Mrs Membrey, cosy and cushion, Mrs Wilcox, 1 doz jug covers Mrs Gumme, cloth for slippers Mrs Ward, 12 yds military flannel Mrs H. Garrood, pair. gold earrings Miss Gregory, packet knitting cotton Mrs Hartland. During the afternoon music was rendered by Mrs Mc’Cormack and Miss Gray. The Frankston Depot will in future be open on Wednesday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mechanics’ Hall, *** MR Oscar Bailey announces that he will address the electors of the North Riding at the Mechanics’ Hall, Frankston, on Saturday evening 14th August when he will give “his lucid exposition of a national and progressive policy.” Cr T. Ritchie after six years of municipal life, notifies that he intends to retire from the council table when his

time expires next month. As a councillor of the North Riding of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings, Cr Ritchie has devoted a deal of his time to the service of the ratepayers, and during his term as President of the Shire he filled the office with credit to himself and the Shire. The rate- payers are losing a good servant, and his presence will be missed at the deliberations of the Council. In response to a requisition from a number of rate payers, Mr W. P. Mason has consented to allow himself to be nominated for the seat rendered vacant in the North Riding of the Frankston and Hastings Shire by the retirement of Cr Ritchie. Mr Mason takes an active interest in the welfare of the district, in which he has resided for many years, and, if elected, should make a useful member. For the Centre Riding the retiring member is Cr Griffeth, and for the East Riding Cr Watt. The following gentlemen retire in the Flinders Shire:—East Riding, Cr J. Davis, Central Riding, Cr A V Shaw ; West Riding, Cr D M’Farlan; In the Mornington Shire the retiring members are:—Crs J. Male, G. Flood, and J. D. Grover. *** ONCE more, in “Life” for August, Dr Fitchett gives us a wonderful review of the fighting of the month in Europe, and on the Sea. In the course of one section of this review Dr Fitchett frankly admits that the month has been one of disappointments. In his usual vigorous and picturesque style Dr Fitchett then outlines the fighting of

the month on both fronts and in Gallipoli. Having done so, he proceeds to point out the bright spots in the landscape and to analyse the disappointments. The result is that he shows us very clearly that in reality the balance during the month has tipped in the Allies’ favour. It is a practical and heartening pronouncement that gives the reader a wonderful clear-eyed view of the war. Readers of the August issue of “Life” will notice that the Editor is by no means devoting his entire space on the war; on the contrary, we find such illustrated articles as “Morrissey of the Snakes” illustrated with some remarkable photographs, and telling some of the adventures of that widely known character, who says of himself: “I reckon I’m the chap that they wrote the proverb about that ‘a rollin’ stone gathers no moss.’” *** RECRUITS WANTED Every man physically fit is wanted. Conditions of enlistment- Age—18 to 45 years. Minimum height—5 feet 2 inches. Chest measurement— 33 inches. Persons desiring to enlist should apply at the nearest Town Hall, Shire Hall, Drill Hall, or Recruiting Depot, where arrangements will be made for medical examination. Persons who are considered suitable will be granted free railway tickets to the Metropolis for final medical examination and enlistment. From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 31 July, 1915

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A Grain of Salt The “them and us” predicament, regurgitated courtesy of Madam Bronwyn’s flight to Geelong, surely overcharged at $5,227, never forgetting honest Joe’s living away from home allowance. Being a Collingwood supporter I’ve lived with it close to a lifetime. Why the Coalition gets the votes; concluding half of them are brainwashed Herald Sun readers? Surely they realise Tony’s mob are for big business and high income earners? Treasurer Joe Hockey, Minister for Orchestrated Misinformation, is talking tax reform yet Godfather Tony has ruled out changing arrangements for superannuation and negative gearing? Along comes a 15 per cent GST proposition, seemingly from the states but likely orchestrated from Canberra together with softeners “compensation for low income households and pensioners”? “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” *** Deeply remorseful; the criminals’ code. I’m a lifetime veteran of feeling deeply remorseful. We live in a brave new world where even footballers (Sam Mitchell, kneeing and Joel Selwood, chicken wing tackle) take up the cause, and apologise? “Sorry”? The question is do they mean it? The second question is “who cares?”. Generally we all know when we have done wrong. We can soften it to some extent by promising inwardly to mend our ways, and (if it’s a bad one; there’s always bad ones) we live the life hoping to never being found out. Due to my age I can probably tell one or two bad ones (a minor benefit of old age), but I shall refrain; ASIO might be tuning in. “Them” will surely soften their guilt in old age but it will never fade away completely. ***


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Gambling is an acquired disease and should be treated with caution, ever wary of the trap, that next step; the addicted gambler who bets to lose, playing on till zero. I’ve witnessed it more times than I can count. If you’re not one of those be aware of it, in control, to offset the danger. You can’t win obviously when the various forms take a percentage out of each dollar. You conveniently ignore this; your form of entertainment, pleasure; no argument. Winning can give the player a sense of superiority, a euphoric feeling multiplied ten times the other way if you lose your shirt, which I did more than once in my 20s. More importantly (for limit gamblers) if you’re winning $400 do you play on and risk losing the lot on the chance of a winning streak? That’s the mistake. The pleasure gambler has the strength to walk away. The limit gambler should then apply his/ her limit the other way; reset your limit thus leaving with a profit. If it’s $100, walk away with $300. My advice, which will be ignored: set a limit, if not each time, at least weekly. Pleasure, like sex, requires a form of control, more in gambling than most of life’s other pleasures. And cut out salt (this column excepted). With apologies to my RSL. [Dare I say it? You cannot lose if you do not play]. *** COTA, the council on the aging, is having a “Let’s talk about sex conference” on the 8th and 9th September. The subject of older people and sexual intimacy with speakers Ita Buttrose, Kaz Cooke, Adele Horan and Catherine Barrett. No male speakers? Apparently their right to a satisfying and fulfilling sex life with

no provision in aged care planning. I quite like the idea of talking about it; from memory. *** Tony’s mob is up in arms over workers being short-changed? Gleaned from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and/or the inquisition of Billy Boy Shorten. This from the WorkChoices crowd and the 2014 budget? I liked the piece from Herald Sun noting “the vision of Shorten guzzling water seemed damaging”. (A strange set of values from News Limited; the evils of drinking a glass of water, but reasonable for Tony Abbott to stand in front of signs describing Julia Gillard as a “witch” and “Bob Brown’s bitch” together with his two darlings, Bronwyn Bishop and Sophie Mirabella?). The premise of this Royal Commission makes a mockery of fairness and the political process, costing almost as much as they spend on the total arts allocation. More importantly the attack on Q&A, and by extension our ABC. Give it to News Limited and we are seriously threatened by brainwashing par excellence. [For the record I haven’t voted Labor in 30 years; equally, I haven’t voted Liberal]. *** The Jolson Story (1946). Jolson (Larry Parkes) in the cinema watching his first Hollywood film, humming the song on the screen. The fellow behind taps him on the shoulder saying “Jolson’s doing alright, mister”. To the Reclaim Australia crowd...“Tony’s doing alright, boys and girls”. *** If (or when?) the Liberals think Tony Abbott has gone too far they may welcome Malcolm Turnbull. Not

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Rock and roll and tales of excess (baggage) By Stuart McCullough I TAKE it all back; every last word. For years I have poured scorn on anything that looked like a boy band. I have derided their musical output and questioned their artistic integrity. I have dished out piping hot spoonfuls of opprobrium. I ridiculed the way they dressed, danced and the dreadful songs they sang. Not anymore. I have officially seen the light. For I am now convinced that these confected groups are the repositories of the true rock and roll spirit. This change of heart is not the result of a song or even a particularly challenging dance manoeuvre but is all thanks to one man, or boy, if you prefer. Namely, one James McElvar. I’ll be the first to admit that I’d never heard of the boy band ‘Rewind’. I don’t own any of their albums, have never visited them at ‘Soundcloud’ and, if I’m being completely honest, wouldn’t recognize the group if I tripped over them down at the local fruit and veggie shop. But ‘Rewind’ is a real group and James McElvar is a member. More than a mere boy band, they are carriers of the torch that has been passed from one generation of rock and roll outlaws to the next. The group was catching a flight from London to Glasgow. Young James was informed he had one more carry-on bag than he was allowed. His options were limited: he could either pay a forty-five pound fee for the execrable crime of having excess baggage, or he could dispose of his bag altogether. James, however, saw a third option. Young McElvar was not about to be pushed around by the powers that be –

Source: Twitter that’s not what rock and roll is about. Instead, like generations of musicians before him, he decided to stick it to the man. Rather than abandon his surplus suitcase, James decided to wear the

entire contents. This meant donning six t-shirts, four jumpers, two jackets, one pair of shorts, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of jogging pants and two hats. It was the ultimate fashion statement, a statement that also said, ‘you

can try and charge me forty five quid, but you can never tame the music.’ But as stylish as it was, it significantly impeded young James’s attempts to walk to the aircraft. Things only got worse once he was on board. In the event that you decided to dress up like the Michelin Man, fair warning: you may experience difficulties putting your seatbelt on. Not only was James unable to comply with even the most straightforward requirements of the in-flight safety demonstration, he started to overheat. By ‘overheat’, we’re not talking about the occasional droplet of sweat but the kind of meltdown you normally expect to see when the Wicked Witch of the West gets drenched. The boy was positively melting. Airline cabin crew are prepared for almost anything, including overheating boy band members. Responding to the urgent situation, the crew took off the extraneous clothing – a process which must have felt like peeling an onion or a gigantic boy band version of ‘pass the parcel’ - and laid the stricken passenger down on a row of seats. But it was to no avail. James was violently ill and then fainted. Now that’s what I call rock and roll. The only thing he didn’t do was kick over an amplifier and toss a pair of drum sticks into the audience. There’s not nearly enough of this kind of thing these days. It used to be that acts of rock and roll defiance were reported on a daily basis. I can still recall the furor surrounding the refusal of Jimi Hendrix to touch off the number 67 tram to Carnegie. And the time Pig Pen from the Grateful Dead failed to

cast his vote in the Stonnington Council Elections, to say nothing of the day that Jim Morrison ‘forgot’ to say thank you after a particularly tricky merge onto the Monash from the Warrigal Road on-ramp. I had thought we were never going to see such brazen acts of rock and roll debauchery again. I am happy to be proved wrong. In a way, James has reminded us all of time when rock music meant something. His actions in trying to dodge an excess baggage fee recall an era when the music of youth was about nonconformity and rebellion. My hope is that it doesn’t end here. Perhaps other musicians will be inspired by this simple but lonely act of insurrection and will find their own way to stick it to the man. I look forward to the day when Taylor Swift refuses to offer her bags for inspection and Harry from One Direction takes the ticket he got for overstaying his welcome in a two hour parking spot and sets it on fire, Hendrix style, before kicking over a postbox to make his point. Clothes maketh the man. In this case, clothes maketh the man feel very, very ill. Luckily for all, James McElvar has recovered but I hope he’s learned something. No doubt he’s received plenty of criticism for his actions. This misses the point. Before news of this event, I’d never even heard of James or his band, Rewind. In fact, I am yet to hear a lick of their music. In that sense, I think James may well have achieved more than he set out to. For me, I can only say that I am looking forward to the next exciting rock and roll adventure from James. Rock on.


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STORM IN A TEACUP A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition – 24 July – 27 September 2015

Storm in a Teacup is one of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s major exhibitions for 2015. The exhibition reflects upon tea drinking in Australia. Beginning with well-known paintings of the afternoon tea table from E. Phillips Fox and Arthur Streeton, the exhibition goes on to explore the darker side of tea drinking and the social and environmental impacts of the humble cup of tea. Michael Cook’s Object (table), 2015, provides an alternative history to the narrative of colonialism while Sharon West and Adam Hill both use humour to subvert colonial understandings of the afternoon tea party as an occasion of refined gentility. Storm in a Teacup features paintings, works on paper, photographs, ceramics, sculpture and installation by 34 artists, including Charles Blackman, Julia deVille, Julie Dowling, E. Phillips Fox, Rosalie Gascoigne, Adam Hill, Danie Mellor, Darren Siwes and Anne Zahalka.

A range of special events accompany the exhibition, including After Noon, Sunday 26 July, 2pm-5pm, adults $4, concession $2, discover how artists Samantha Everton, Penny Byrne and Clare Humphries have explored the afternoon tea party, and the Flying Bookworm Theatre Company presents a pantomime for 5-10 year olds on Saturday 26 September, 10.30am-12.30pm, children $15, adults $5. The Gallery’s self-serve café has been transformed into a 19th century tea exchange. Enjoy a range of Mornington-based Bespoke Tea and scones, jam and cream available 11am-4pm on Sundays. MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY Location: Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 conc General information: 03 5975 4395

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ROB PAPP UP CLOSE & UNPLUGGED By Terri Lee Fatouros Rob Papp wooed diners at eighteen 78 @ Brooklands in Tanti Ave, Mornington recently when he was their featured artist in Come Dine with Me A La Carte dinner during the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. All guests were greeted with a complimentary glass of Champagne on arrival, which set the mood for the quality jazz being played.

which sees him gigging all over Melbourne and NSW. However, the night I caught up with him in his Manhattan Trio outfit saw his broad jazz, blues, and rock spectrum shine through in the style of jazz he was playing. There’s no doubt Papp loses himself while playing. With eyes closed he’s riding his muse and you get the feeling this guy knows what’s going on, and knows it’s happening around him.

His ensemble aptly named Rob Papp and The Manhattan Trio comprised of Dale finch on double bass, Peter Cottier on drums and Papp on Gibson L5 guitar. Their intelligent rendition of modern jazz-fusion with overtones of funk was smooth, dry and simply…cool. Papp’s versatility and innovative musical prowess sets standards and it’s no wonder he is well loved and respected by fellow musicians and fans alike. He started playing at age 15 in his father’s jazz band then cut his teeth on rock and roll and continued to play just about everything else afterwards. A singer-songwriter in his own right, Papp has gigged in numerous bands, duos, gone solo, as well as been a recording artist. To quote from his bio: “Rob’s career was influenced from a very young age by College of the Arts founder Bruce Clarke who tutored Rob in a comprehensive education of reading, writing and playing music, and took him on as a protégé, teaching him all he knew about playing jazz”. Papp left for America in his earlier years to study at Guitar Institute of Technology in LA where he met and learnt from musical greats like Joe Pass, Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts, Jo Pass, Ike Izzacs, Bruce Clarke, Pat Martino, Steve Vi, and Robben Ford, geniuses in their own right and gained invaluable musical and technical experiences whilst living there amongst it all.


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Cottier’s use of brushes instead of sticks in most of the songs and Finch’s intuitive bass, which incidentally is the distinguishing sound of a guitar trio in fusion jazz works in concert with Papp’s lead. The guys ebb and flow, as each knows instinctively when to allow the other to lead or go solo within the structure of the songs.

So impressive is Papp’s unassuming biography and personality that not many realize he established Blue Note College of Music in Well St, Frankston way back in 1988. This college helps so many musical hopefuls gain knowledge, confidence and invaluable experience to go out and passionately perform. Brendan Meyers now runs the college and has done so for the past six years, who incidentally with Ross Clark, affectionately known as Rossco started the Peninsula Blues Club held on the second Sunday of each month at the Frankston Bowling Club. Peninsula Blues Club attracts big name artists and is a must see each month. Papp’s repertoire is vast. He’s played at Crown Casino, The Melbourne and Sydney Art Centres, Melbourne Club and The Entertainment Centre, just to name a few. Currently Papp’s main band is Blueshead,

Jazz is often played to an arrangement but with allowances of improvisation within the framework of the song. Cottier is no stranger to jazz either. He’s been the resident drummer in the Cerberus Navy Big Band for years and played in Top 40 cover bands and an Irish band. The same is said for Finch whose expertise on the double bass initiates that popular modern jazz-fusion sound we all recognize when heard. The guys incorporated their jazz bent with funk overtones on some cool tunes from George Benson, Eddy Harris, Miles Davis and Leon Russell. Putting one’s own experiences into the framework of a jazz song is a noticeable thing amongst jazz players and the boys were no exception to this. As Papp explained: “Knowing the framework of a song and understanding western harmonies and mathematics enables one to play rhythmically off ideas developed in

each tune as its being played. So you can either stay close to the melody or can go right out there. The span of what we want to do, and as a guitar trio sets our parameters rhythmically as we are not stuck to it like a blues or covers band for example, where you have to just play the tune.” Of late Papp’s been writing his own instrumentals in jazz fusion style as well as writing roots and blues based tunes with tendencies towards western harmonies. “My reference points are everyone from Louis Armstrong, McCoy Tyner to John McLaughlin, and in the styles of improv, I emulate them within my playing of that tune. So I might take on the voice of one of them but be more out there, play the melody, put in the chords, and think ‘what would the likes of say, McCoy Tyner do with this tune as he plays his keyboard’, so I think like that. Then I don’t care what these guys do,” he says cheekily while nodding his head towards Cottier and Finch, who chorus “We just fit in”. Papp isn’t into planning his shows as everything is different and depends on the venue. With his preferred genre of blues and his open admittance of being addicted to it, it’s no wonder his originals are laced with strong tones of blues jazz and modern rock overtones. Papp gigs everywhere on the peninsula, up town and all over. He is well sought after by most musicians due to his vast knowledge and experience and is a real pleasure to watch. For more info on Rob Papp, see

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Stringer ‘best on’ in milestone NEPEAN LEAGUE By Toe Punt GUY Stringer celebrated his 400th game against on Saturday with five goals and a best on ground performance against Tyabb. Stringer, suffering from a torn bicep which he carried into the milestone game, booted his first of five goals at the nine minute mark of the first quarter. He dominated at centre half forward while fellow forwards Myles Pitt and Leigh Poholke booted 10 and seven goals respectively. Tyrren Head continued his sensational season while Leigh Treeby absolutely ensured that he was at his best for Stringer’s big game. Stringer will now miss the rest of the season after getting his bicep operated on this week. As expected, Sorrento completely dominated the game, booting 12 goals in the first half and 21 in the second hour. They beat Tyabb 33.18 (216) to 3.3 (21). Trent Urquart in his first game was the best of the Yabbies, while the evergreen Scott Pickerskill, who would have played a lot of footy against Guy Stringer, was also vintage in his performance. A top three finish is again a very realistic target for Hastings after it caused an upset and knocked over Somerville. In the match of the round, the Blues jumped out of the blocks and led by 20 points at the first change. Despite an Eagles revival in the second quarter, the visitors booted 10 goals to five in the second half to run out comfortable winners, 17.14 (116) to 11.10 (76). The Eagles’ defensive side was challenged by a four quarter effort on Saturday and it failed to respond. The Blues however, were almost perfect. They were super impressive defensively first and foremost and then were able to make the opposition pay on the attack. Dale Alanis has been in super form this season and he was again with four goals, while Luke Clark and the elusive Steve Robb booted five between them. Matt Clifford was at his best, Paul Rogasch was unstoppable with two

Milestone match: Guy Stringer gets one away during his 400th game. Picture: Andrew Hurst

goals and Josh Mulheron was the winner of the ruck battle. Timmy McGenniss was Somerville’s best and together with Adrian Ridout booted three goals, while Todd Farrelly and Kane McKenzie worked hard in the back half. Rosebud maintained its position on top of the ladder with a hard fought, low scoring game against Dromana. The Buds had 14 scoring shots to six in the first half but managed only an 18 point lead. In the second half, the Buds booted 9.9 to 6.3 to finish the game 12.20 (92) to 7.9 (51). Thirty-two scoring shots to 16 didn’t tell the story of the day on the scoreboard. Tom Baker booted another four for the Buds while Jack Jarman and Rhys

Bancroft were outstanding. Kieran Voekl, Matt Jones and Christian Ongarello were the best of the Tigers. Rye, along with Rosebud, have moved a game clear of Somerville and Hastings on the ladder. The Demons were too strong for Crib Point on Saturday, opening up a 21 point buffer in the first quarter and going on to win by more than 10 goals, 16.18 (114) to 6.9 (45). Andrew Dean and Adrian Gileno again worked well together up forward with four goals each while Ben Winters-Kerr was outstanding in his small, pressure forward role, booting three. Kris Bardon was outstanding for the second week in a row and Daniel

Schwind was superb again in the ruck. ‘Schwindy’ has become a valuable tool for Rye coach Josh Moore and has made life tough for Rhett Sutton to get back into the team. Daniel White, Kyle Arnott and Shayne Ainsworth were the best of the Magpies. Devon Meadows were on show in the RPP Match of the Round on Saturday against Frankston Bombers and their response was a 14.16 (100) to 5.12 (42) demolition. Troy Aust booted five and Dylan Hand four goals for the Meadows while Jayden Sullivan and Billy Hayes were superb. James Degenhardt and Matty Windsor were the best of the Bombers, along with Sam Drake and the ever-

consistent Jason Kingsbury. In the final game, Red Hill stayed in the finals hunt with a hard fought, come from behind 6.16 (52) to 6.5 (41) victory over Pearcedale. Young gun defenders Luke Chandler and Jonah Siverson were outstanding once again for the Hillmen, while Daniel McNamara steered the ship in the back half. The Panthers led by 11 points at quarter time and led by one and four points at half and three-quarter time. Daniel Heijden worked hard for the visitors while Dylan Hoare and Ben Mitchell were also on top of their game.

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By Toe Punt PINES has dropped to fifth place on the ladder after losing a high quality game against Mornington at Eric Bell Reserve on Saturday. In a thrilling contest, the match was played in two halves. Pines booted 16 of its 18 goals in the first and third quarters while Mornington booted 18 of its 20 goals in the second and final terms. Suffice to say that it was the wind that won on the day. In the end though, despite playing away from home, the Doggies proved too strong, winning 20.11 (131) to 18.8 (116).


Mornington were 43 points down at quarter time and 35 points down at three quarter time. Despite the strong wind advantage, to come back from these deficits is not an easy task. However the Dogs; through the likes of Jackson Calder with seven goals, Michael Gay’s dominance in the ruck and Joel Miller playing a best on ground game, were able to be an exception to the rule. Pines were far from disgraced against a team that played in a grand final last season. The Pythons had 11 goal kickers, Shaun White being the best of them with four majors. Adam Maling and Corey Ash were also outstanding performers for Pines.

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Edithvale-Aspendale jumped Pines on the ladder and moved to fourth with a 18.17 (125) to 7.6 (48) victory over Karingal. Mark Meehan booted six goals and Matt Kremmer and Brett O’Hanlon three each while Timmy Mannix was back and at his best. Michael Burke was outstanding for the Bulls with three goals while Aaron Paxton was also outstanding. Frankston YCW were hell bent on reversing the shock loss against Langwarrin earlier in the season and they did it with ease, winning 17.8 (120) to 6.10 (46). David Bodley, Anthony Bruhn and Kyle Hutchison each booted three goals while Ben Credlin and Ash

Eames dominated. The Stonecats opened up the Kangas with a six goal to three behind second quarter. Gerard Brown booted three goals for the Kangas while Blake Harkness shone yet again. Liam Hogan and Rikki Johnston were also at their best of the home team. Mt Eliza had 34 scoring shots to Seaford’s 12 on the weekend and won 14.20 (104) to 6.6 (42). Sam Wettenhall booted four and Justin Van Unen three goals while Jimmy Clayton and Sam Gill continued their splendid seasons. Levi Hughes kicked three goals in his first game for the Tigers while Matt Finn and Luke Smith carried the

can for much of the afternoon. Bonbeach had to wait for a last quarter onslaught to break Chelsea in the battle of the neighbours. In a see-sawing battle that saw Bonbeach in front by just one point at quarter time and two points at the main break and three quarter time, the home side booted 2.4 to two behinds in the last quarter to win 11.12 (78) to 9.7 (61). Owen Hulett was on fire again for the Sharks with four goals while Dylan Jones was influential in the ruck. Chelsea coach Brent Guerra booted four for his side while Brad Clark was silky around the ground and Daine Taylor played arguably his best game.

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Stringer sits comfortably as a legend By Toe Punt THE terms champion, superstar and legend are thrown around way too flippantly in footy circles. A player does a couple of special things and he is a ‘superstar’. Kicks a bag of goals a couple of weeks in a row and he’s a ‘champion’. Champion, superstar and legend are powerful terms in our great game – to be fair, there’s not a hell of a lot of them. However, there’s at least one MPNFL player who sits very comfortably across all three categories – Guy Stringer. On the weekend against Tyabb, Guy Stringer became the first player to reach the 400 game milestone. In strange circumstances, it was his last game of the season too after he tore his bicep against Rosebud the week before. He heads in for surgery this week and won’t be seen on the field again in 2015. However, he made it clear last week that he has no intention of his 400th being his last game. “I’ll go on again next year,” Guy said. “With the Nepean League draw the way it is, I feel like I’m playing Super Rules – one week on and one week off. My body feels fantastic and fresh and whilst it feels like this, I’ll continue to play.” Stringer said reaching milestones was never a consideration when he saddled-up each season. “I play because I love the game. I love competing. I love winning. I love the people I meet and the friendships I make,” Stringer said. “I have always said that I want to play as long as I possibly can. Whilst I’m healthy and can make a contribution, I’ll keep playing. That’s the attitude I have always had and I guess the by-product of that is playing a lot of games.” As well as playing 400 clubs games, Stringer has also played Under 19s at St Kilda, spent three seasons at Frankston Dolphins, played in Darwin, represented Victoria and has played 21 representative games for the MPNFL. Together, he has played 459 senior games and 503 games all up at Under 19, Reserves and Senior level. Those who have ever played with or against Stringer or had the privilege of watching him since he began in 1989, he uses his body as a battering ram. He never takes a sidewards step, flies for

The Guy Stringer Legend 1989 – 1994: Sorrento FC: 73 games and 99 goals 1990-91: St Kilda Under 19s: 19 games 1994 – 1997: Pines FC: 66 games and 64 goals 1997 – 1999: Frankston Dolphins: 28 games and 13 goals 2000 – 2002: Hastings FC: 55 games and 36 goals 2003: Edithvale-Aspendale FC: 17 games and 6 goals 2004: Sorrento FC: 16 games 2005 – 2006: Edithvale-Aspendale FC: 29 games and 16 goals 2007 – Current: Sorrento FC: 144 games and 146 goals  Four time Best & Fairest (Sorrento x 2, Hastings and Edi-Asp)  VCFL Medal (Best on Ground)  Three-time Victorian Country representative  MPNFL Games Record Holder (346)  MPNFL Representative: 21 games  Total Senior Games: 459  U19s, Reserves, Thirds games: 44 games  Total Games: 503

Family man: Guy Stringer comes onto the ground for his 400th game with son Archie and daughter Olivia by his side. Picture: Andrew Hurst

every ball to mark or spoil, runs and carries like few others can and he always has a team first attitude. However, regardless of the rigours of footy and the way he thrashes himself around, Stringer’s longest stint on the sidelines was a three-week hamstring injury. His worst injury was a fractured jaw, care of former St Kilda and Sandringham defender David Grant when he was playing for Frankston. Stringer missed just two weeks with that injury. For those who know Guy, breaking the 400 game barrier and being the talk of the Peninsula for the past three weeks isn’t something that sits comfortably with him. “It’s a little uncomfortable for me to be honest. I play the game because I love the team aspect. It’s never been

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about me and should never be about me. “Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciated the accolades and the phone calls and the efforts people at the club have gone to but it is a little embarrassing.” I asked Guy all the customary questions, which went something like this. What’s been the highlight of your career? “Definitely the premierships (six with Sorrento and one with Pines). You tend to appreciate the ones when you are older a hell of a lot more. I lost five grand finals too so it certainly makes you appreciate the ones you win. Your biggest influences? “Definitely my Mum Chloe and Dad Keith. They were huge influences on

my career, Mum (who passed three years ago) especially. She would never miss a game. She saw all my representative games, all my junior games, the lot. Dad was there too all the way. In more recent times my wife Sally and kids Rushton, Archie, Olivia and Emmison. Sally has never had a problem with me training and playing footy. Sally has been sensational. Sorrento Football Club is a family club, not a boys club. So it allows your entire family to be involved and share the experience.” The best players you’ve played with? “I’ve been blessed playing with the likes of Tim Allen, Paul Williams, Pat Foy, Brendan Long, Simon Goosey, Claude Samperi, Matty McKay, Paul Theobald, Joey Lane, Mark Berenger,

Damien Clark, Troy Shannon, Greg Doyle, Jack Marshall, Chris Garrett, Grant Johnson, Scott Cameron, Troy Scwarze – all outstanding players. Leigh Treeby and Anthony Agius I have a lot of respect for because they were consistent performers week-inweek-out and always perform well in important games. Your hardest opponent? Simon Goosey. ‘Goose’ always kept you on your toes and could do the impossible. You could never get ‘Goose’ where you wanted him. He was a great player. Unfortunately, with his bicep injury, we won’t get to see Stringer in another finals campaign. Rest assured though at the age of ‘40 something’, he’ll be back out there again in 2016.


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By Phil Stone, club president SATURDAY saw two neighbours from the Western Port side of the peninsula play out a classic finals type game in front of a good sized crowd. An exciting game that had many turns saw the Hastings FNC win away from home by a solid margin, which now sets their season up for the run home. This Saturday sees the club host Red Hill FNC in what should be another tough contest for our club. We are really looking forward to facing off against the Hillmen in front of a big home crowd. This Saturday is the President’s Luncheon supporting Brainwave Foundation with the boys wearing a specially designed jumper for this game, with Special Guest Ex Footscray Legend John Schultz, 1960 Brownlow Medallist, 5 x Best & Fairest winner, plus Club Legend John Watson team of Century and recently inducted into the Hastings Football/Netball Hall of fame. If you haven’t booked you can by calling the Hastings Club on 5979 1740

Seniors Report Saturday was a big game for us as a football club it was an eight point game and was really a final within the season. Somerville was the form side of the comp; we were going to their home ground and anything other then a win was going to make it tough. We played a great team brand of football and our pressure was fantastic. If we bring the right pressure to the contest we are a hard side to beat. Our handball receives were fantastic and we played a fast brand of football. It is impossible to single players out because it was a great team effort. As a coach I always try to sit back when all the dust settles and the words that are coming to my head are “proud, strong and committed”. Reserves Report On Saturday we headed up the road to take on undefeated team Somerville and the boys didn’t disappoint in their efforts all day. Jayred Elton started the game really well with his tap work and towering

pack marks a highlight. Jason Bradshaw was tackling and putting his body on the line with some aggressive second and third efforts. It was a very even game just before half time but Somerville got a couple of quick ones to get away. After the break the boys came out and got on top winning the quarter and edging that bit closer. Into the last quarter the boys scored two goals early to be within ten points at the ten minute mark. Somerville seemed to break away again and kick a few more goals to put the win out of reach. Fantastic effort by everyone that played. Your pressure and commitment at the ball was first class. Better players on the day Jason Bradshaw, Jayred Elton, Mickey Cave, Chris Lehmann , Dylan Paarlberg. Under 19’s Somerville were too strong for a gallant Hastings Under 19s. The boys didn’t start well with a seven goal to one opening quarter. Somerville carried that start through to the final siren. After half time though, Hastings

pressure and intensity lifted restricting Somerville’s scoring and they managed to kick a couple themselves. Brennon Hassan gave a best on ground performance off the half-back, while Stephen Williams and Kyle Robb also had great games. The boys have been showing some great signs in recent weeks. I don’t think a win is too far away. Netball C grade coach Talia set the team some goals and she was very happy that they were achieved. There was far more fight in the girls and they put together a good four quarter effort. Courtney Astbury and Monique Boer played their first game together in defence and were very strong providing the team with more opportunity to score. B grade were a little undermanned but also battled the match out for all four quarters, never allowing Somerville to score without pressure. Well done to Alana for her best game for the season with very strong rebounding. A grade came up against a very strong, tall Somerville side. Our first quarter

was very strong with Taylah Strange and Pia Goodman teaming up well in defence. Amy Goodacre was again very solid at the goaling end until a ball to the nose stopped her in her tracks in the last quarter giving her a blood nose and forcing her off the court. Bec Blackney stepped in to cover for her but I think it’s safe to say Amy’s goaling position is safe. Red Hill at home this week and we are looking to improve our results from the first round we played them. *** This Saturday sees Hastings Football/Netball back at Home against Red Hill FNC. All games will be starting at 10am. We look forward to seeing a big crowd to support our teams please make the effort and get along. This week’s Function: Presidents Luncheon 1st August 2015 from 12 noon, supporting Brainwave Foundation Bookings through the club 5979 1740, cost $35 Single. Go Blues ( The Family Club)

Demons add to Magpies woes CRIB POINT FNC

By Jared Newton CRIB Point found themselves outclassed against a rampaging Rye outfit as they went down by 69 points at Crib Point over the weekend. The Magpies continue to limp toward the end of the year as they never looked likely from the start. The goalkicking power was not there as the Pies could only muster two goals in the opening three quar-

ters before putting a bit of respectability with four majors in the last. It was a tough day at the office for the seniors who battled on throughout the day despite the class gulf between the sides. The upside was the debutant game of Zac Vines who showed enough to suggest he’s going to be a top player in years to come presenting all day up forward and managed to kick a goal with his first kick in senior footy. The ressies continued their Jekyll

and Hyde year with a solid first half before completely capitulating in the second half throwing discipline and hard work out the window. The result they ended up was the result they deserved as they went down by 58 points. Perhaps what was most disappointing was the inroads made in previous weeks was undone in 40 minutes of football. Sam Austin, Pete Coelli and Lee Koerner were best for the reserves

with Justin Bourke staking his claim on most improved for the side as he played his best game, coming on in leaps and bounds each week. Mitchell Davis was also handy across the wing for the reserves. The under 19s bounced back in fine style with a 110 point win over Rye in the early game. After a slow start with a solitary goal in the first quarter the boys finally woke up and got used to the early blustery conditions to gel well

together and pile on 18 goals for the day. Justin Rutherford changed it up for the boys keeping Tyler Wilton in the backline and trying to find some other avenues should he need it at the business end of the year. Brendan Phillips kicked four, and Ethan Smith three in a best of ground performance which will surely see him as the next under 19 to be blooded in the seniors.



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