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the world for the past 21 years, choosing their destinations on a whim. Major voyages are made in their 11-metre (37ft) yacht Svanika between stints delivering other boats, going “home” to Townsville and working spasmodically – Allan as an electrician and Lyn as bookkeeper – on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Since he was 14 Allan has “always had it in my heart to sail around the world”. Bush-born Lyn did not see the sea until she was 17. Now 71 and 63 respectively, the couple live to sail the oceans of the world. See ‘No cross currents for oceangoing couple’ on Page 4.

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By Mike Hast A SENIOR citizens housing project in Balnarring has collapsed two years after it received enthusiastic support from Mornington Peninsula Shire with the shire now asking $630,000 for its land. The collapse has dismayed members of the Balnarring community, including seven people on a Balnarring Uniting Church building committee set up to drive the project. It would have provided 28 assisted living units on land owned by the church and adjacent land owned by the shire on the western side of Balnarring Beach Rd near its intersection with Frankston-Flinders Rd. Part of the land is a picnic area among mature pine trees. The project has been made economically unviable due to the council asking $630,000 for its 4000 square metres of land and the discovery of a sewer main on the land that would cost $400,000 to move. The refusal of the council to make the land available at a peppercorn rent over a long term sends mixed messages after its recent release of an affordable housing plan for the peninsula. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Social Housing and Affordable Housing Policy supports a doubling of public, or affordable, housing over the next 10 years and identifies Balnarring as one of 16 towns on the peninsula that would be suitable. “While acknowledging that responsibility for public housing rests mainly

with the state and federal governments, the shire says it has “an important role to play” in such areas as planning, consulting the community and encouraging and providing incentives for social housing. The Balnarring project had its genesis several years ago when more and more older residents were forced to leave the town to find assisted living accommodation. They had to cut close ties with their community and move to Hastings, Rosebud, Mornington or further afield. The challenge to solve the problem was taken up by members of the Balnarring Uniting Church, who were strongly motivated to find a way for people to age in their community. The church owns a 4000-square metre block on the corner of Civic Crt and the railway reserve. Part of the railway reserve in Balnarring was given to the shire by VicTrack in 1977 for community purposes. It is a section of the former Red Hill railway line that operated between Red Hill and Bittern from 1921 to 1953. Most of the remainder of the railway land is in private hands except for the Merricks Red Hill horse riding trial. In late 2008, the Balnarring committee met representatives of Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania, a not-for-profit agency of the church that builds and runs aged care centres and is one of the biggest in the nation. It has more than 600 units in Victoria and Tasmania. Continued Page 6

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Scrap bonuses to shire executives, says union Savings could boost staff pay packets By Keith Platt UNION organisers say Mornington Peninsula Shire could pay its staff more by dropping executives annual bonuses. At a series of meetings this week the Australian Services Union will tell staff that the shire’s 3.9 per cent pay offer could rise to 4.7 per cent just by cutting bonuses and gratuity payments. Last year the shire paid 47 executives a total $281,344 in bonuses and $132,000 in gratuities to staff who “perform at an exceptional level�. The executives, who all have $100,000 plus salaries, received an average $6000 bonus while the 46 gratuity payments were just under $2900. ASU lead organiser Michelle Jackson, who is negotiating a new staff pay agreement (EBA) with the shire, said there were many staff deserving of a gratuity payment who did not receive

one. “Under council’s offer, most of you will get a pay increase of $2080 to $2500 (pro-rata for part time staff),� Ms Jackson stated in a circular to staff. “Including bonuses, gratuity payments and pay increases 93 of the highest paid staff in council will receive between double and triple the amount that you are being offered. “How is this a fair and reasonable offer?� The union will this week meet staff at the shire’s Hastings, Rosebud and Mornington offices to discuss the pay offer and decide on further action. Ms Jackson said she had met several times with council negotiators since receiving the offer on 7 December “but council refuse to increase the offer� which amounts to about $40 a week. Non-union members can attend the meetings but will be unable to vote on any response or industrial action.

The mayor Graham Pittock told The News in February that he was satisfied with the bonus scheme for senior officers. While insiders have claimed the bonus appears to be paid as a matter of course, Cr Pittock says he is satisfied “everything is above board�. A policy information memo written by team support and development manager John Rankine says pay and conditions at the shire are good and “generally� meet the needs of staff “but they are not the best in local government�. He said bonus and gratuity payments are one of the most common features of wages and salaries in local government. However, neighbouring Frankston has no bonus scheme for executives and the Shire of Cardinia abandoned a similar scheme two years ago.

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Industry anger builds over ‘cheap’ housing imports By Keith Platt HOUSING industry workers have been angered by suggestions that prefabricated houses should be brought from Thailand to provide cheap housing on the Mornington Peninsula. Rye-based builder Troy Kloszynski said similar quality houses could be built here for $10,000 less than prices being quoted by a peninsula-based agent for Ezy Build Australia. David Tootell, of Crib Point, said the Thai prefabs would cost $110,000 for a two bedroom “country-style” or $185,000 for four bedrooms. Mr Kloszynski said making the houses overseas would take work away from local tradespeople. “For a start we don’t know what wages or conditions are being paid to the workers in Thailand and I reckon the same product can be made here for $10,000 less as well as providing employment on the peninsula.” Mr Tootell’s suggestion followed the release of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft report, Social Housing and Affordable Housing Policy, which looks at ways of providing housing to those who can least afford it. The policy advocates low-cost housing making up three per cent of the shire’s housing stock within 10 years; it is now 1.4 per cent. To reach the target, 146 low-cost

houses would need to be built every year over the next decade. The report defines low-cost housing as being where the rent, lease or mortgage costs no more than 30 per cent of a household’s income. The draft report suggests using council-owned land and easing some planning and design rules to cut costs. It suggests towns that fit the criteria for low-cost housing as being Sorrento, Rye, Tootgarook, Rosebud West, Rosebud, Dromana, Mt Martha, Mornington, Mt Eliza, Balnarring, Crib Point, Hastings, Tyabb, Somerville and Baxter. “Lots of people are ropeable about bringing houses from Thailand. Tradies are angry. There are enough builders and tradies around here. I get at least two calls a week from skilled people seeking work,” Mr Kloszynski said. “I’ve been in the industry for 18 years and a registered builder for five. I build for realistic prices.” He had read the draft housing policy and believed “it will make it impossible for the small builder to compete for work against the production developers”. “Under the law we have to provide a five-star rating but council wants six stars. They’re making it real hard. “I was gobsmacked when their

Build local: Troy Kloszynski says moves to import cheap houses from Thailand will hit the peninsula’s economy.

catchphrase is sustainability.” Mr Kloszynski said prefabricated homes were already available in Australia for the same price as those promoted by Mr Tootell. Rye and Blairgowrie alone had 93 registered domestic builders. “According to the census the highest percentage of occupation in Rye is ‘tradesperson/and or related worker’. “Clearly, importing cheap housing from overseas would not only hurt

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No cross currents for ocean-going couple By Keith Platt CRISS-crossing the ocean to far off countries in a 12-metre yacht is a test of seamanship. A couple living aboard that same boat for 21 years is a test of friendship. Seemingly passing both tests with flying colours, Allan and Lyn McLean sit back below deck at Hastings recalling their journeys together. As one recounts a particular experience the other might gently interrupt – generally correcting a date or length of time spent in a particular storm or port. But no offence is taken. There are no accusatory glances or barbed retorts. “Ninety per cent of women don’t enjoy sailing,” Lyn says. “But I Iove it. I was brought up in the bush and didn’t see the ocean until I was 17.” Allan: “We’ve never had an argument while on the boat.” Lyn quietly reminds him of his reaction when blood from her cut hand stained a new sail. “You’ve got to have a sense of humour to make it work,” she says, recalling severe stomach pains five days from Hawaii and the page Allan marked in a book detailing burials at sea and “how to retrieve the Aussie flag”. “We enjoy the passage most – it’s not just the destination,” says Allan. The McLeans are obviously comfortable in their space, albeit one that is a bit confined. Their voyages aboard the Robert Perry-designed fibreglass-hulled Tayana class yacht add up to about 200,000 nautical miles, or 370,400

In from the cold: Sailing couple Lyn and Allan McLean aboard their boat Svanika in Alaska (above) and high and dry for repairs at Hastings.

kilometres to landlubbers. But statistics are just numbers and in no way reflect the reality of the journey. The McLeans speak quite calmly about storms and incidents that were quite the opposite. After 18 hours in a storm with 60knot winds off South Africa during their first major trip, the McLeans’ boat literally fell off the crest of a 14-metre wave, taking them in a 180-degree roll before it self-righted. Anchored off Venezuela one night they became fearful and suspicious when surrounded by fishing boats. At that stage Allan carried a firearm on the boat and made a show of it while pretending to check the rigging before making their way back out to sea. “It happened to a friend of ours. He disappeared and his trashed boat was eventually found,” Allan says when asked about pirates.

“Generally you avoid other boats when far out at sea. “International law says boats should stay 150 metres away as that area around your vessel is seen as Australian territory.” One brush with a much larger ship “1000 miles from nowhere” left Allan and Lyn feeling very vulnerable. They had been drifting in light airs in the Pacific when they spotted a ship on the horizon. As it approach, they could see it was a 42-metre (140-ft) fishing boat with several men on the deck. The McLeans spoke by radio to someone who said he was the skipper and “we’re bringing you water and fish”. The McLeans sent a message back: “Negative. They are not needed.” But the larger vessel continued in their wake and eventually lowered a

small boat with at least eight men on board. “They came roaring after us,” Allan said. Lyn: “They gestured for us to stop and we had no hope of outrunning them.” “They came alongside and were very happy and friendly, offering us boxes of bottled water and two tuna.” Relieved, but still disinclined to get too close, the McLeans eventually found out the men were from the Marshall Islands and that their boat had been a gift from the Australian government. “They obviously saw our flag and wanted to give something back to the country that had helped them,” Allan said. “I felt very humbled and ashamed. They were just trying to help us.” Together, the McLeans have sailed

around the world, working and making friends wherever they land. Usually they try to find work, as a means of making some money and, more particularly, because it allows them to “meet the locals, the real people”. Similar reasoning sees them avoid docking at large commercial marinas, although this time they can save money, as anchoring at a beach or in a port is also cheaper. Allan, 71, had owned game fishing boats but never a yacht before buying Svanika in 1986. The previous owner gave him a short lesson in sailing and the rest has been picked up through practice. Immediately after surviving falling down the wave off South Africa (and patching up Lyn’s cut head) Allan recalled the lessons of a book written by famed solo round-the-world sailor Jon Sanders, rigged a small sail and gained enough steerage to see out another 12 hours of the storm without serious incident. Eventually guided into port by the coast guard, the McLeans still correspond with the people from the St Lucia lighthouse who maintained contact throughout their ordeal. Some of their best memories come from a year spent sailing the coast of Brazil and then to the icy waters of Alaska. Now heading back to their home port Townsville, the McLeans plan to take time away from the sea, buy a ute and head into the bush with their latest mode of transport – a powered paraglider.

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Tricolour to fly once more over island IN a result that has sent shockwaves through Mornington Peninsula Shire, residents of French Island have voted overwhelmingly to return the island back to French Government control. By a margin of more than two to one, residents of the Western Port island have declared they no longer wish to be part of Australia. The plebiscite – conducted last weekend – was a requirement of the treaty where France yielded control of the island to the Commonwealth in 1911. Historian Augustine Jocose said: “The French had been happy enough to let the place go, but at the last minute demanded the inclusion of a ‘get out clause’. It required a vote after 100 years of Australian administration.” The poll is the latest incident to plague the troubled isle. Discovered in 1789 by Admiral Serge Gainsbourg of the Marine Nationale, the fleet originally mistook it for Morocco as a result of a mapping error. Having realised their blunder, the crew gave the island its original name – New Morocco. While the mainland was colonised by the English, a small group of Frenchmen lived in Western Port for decades. The community thrived and managed to forge strong trade

Viva La French Island: Local Francois (Frank) Smith samples some wares from the mother country.

links with the residents of the region, even if occasional tensions arose. The decision to name the closest mainland town Hastings was regarded by many Frenchmen on New Morocco as an affront and tantamount to an invitation to invade. Despite such setbacks, islanders made a great contribution to the region’s reputation for good food by introducing to Australia such French staples as the croissant and café au

lait. In the early 20th century, ships ferried large quantities of croissants and takeaway cups of coffee from the island to an eager public on the mainland. Ultimately, the French government decided that it was too difficult to supervise a principality as far removed and isolated as the one at New Morocco and a deal was struck by which the territory would be given to the Australian government to manage, with a treaty in place between the two na-

tions. It was a sign of respect between the two countries that it was renamed “French Island”. Mr Jocose argues that the vote was considered a mere formality, and that residents may have been taken for granted. Not a cent was expended to urge islanders to vote to remain part of Australia. Local councillor Bill Shut was unapologetic and attempted to play down the result by describing it as “a protest vote”.

Mr Jocose points the finger at a band of hardcore Francophiles who still wield enormous influence on the island. By way of illustration he points out that recent statistics show that while only one in 100 households on the mainland own an album by Daft Punk, the figures soar to one in 20 on French Island. As for the recent unrest, Mr Jocose said: “My sources tell me that there are two things chiefly to blame.” He said the introduction of digital television may have had an unintended effect, as it had seen the return of repeat episodes of Allo, Allo! to Australian screens. “French people regard that show as something of an affront to their culture.” While this is seen by mainlanders as being a touch oversensitive, the second reason is, perhaps, more conventional: “It was the attempt to get the submarine that really cheesed them off,” Mr Jocose said. The proposal to bring a decommissioned submarine to Hastings was intended to serve as a tourist attraction, but residents of French Island saw things differently and viewed the military build up as an act of outright hostility. “They claim they had no intention of invading. They just

couldn’t fathom what they’d done to deserve such aggression.” At the time of going to press, confusion reigns as to what the result of the plebiscite means for locals. In the short term, those taking the ferry from Stony Point may need to carry their passports with them and French Islanders have indicated that they will only converse in French. It is also possible that supplies of croissants may be severely curtailed in coming months. Whether trade sanctions will be imposed remains to be seen, but the future seems far from certain. The trouble may not end there. People in government circles are concerned this may be the tip of a very unseemly iceberg in which many island territories may seek to ‘opt out’ of the Commonwealth. Already, there are fears other communities may demand plebiscites of their own. Christmas Island may reunite with Easter Island, and Lord Howe Island residents will demand that it be towed back to His Lordship’s estate in Suffolk. When contacted for this story, a French Island spokesman was unapologetic for the trouble they’d caused, simply saying “Viva la France!” before hanging up. (Happy April Fool’s Day, by the way!)

Balnarring aged care units plan collapses Continued from Page 1 UNITING Aged Care told the committee its 4000 square metre block was a good start but a bigger development would be more economically viable. In February 2009 the committee met shire officers including director of sustainable communities Joe Cauchi and, says committee chairman John McKenzie, “received a favourable response” to the proposal. This included telling the shire that Uniting Aged Care could not afford to buy the reserve, but hoped it would be gifted or offered at a peppercorn rent over a long term. “That part was clearly understood,” said Mr McKenzie, a retired municipal engineer. (Also on the committee with Mr McKenzie are Jim Earle, a retired

architect, and Graeme Summers, a retired senior executive with the former State Electricity Commission). Mr McKenzie said: “We then talked to about 50 older Balnarring residents to judge the possible take up rate.” After receiving positive responses, the committee organised a public meeting and on 1 September 2009 more than 70 people attended, including then mayor Cr Anne Shaw, ward councillor Frank Martin, representatives of many groups and Uniting Aged Care. “It was a most enthusiastic meeting and we developed guidelines for the scheme,” Mr McKenzie said. The committee took this document and made a presentation to shire chief executive Michael Kennedy and six senior officers in October 2009.

“We were encouraged to submit a full proposal, which we did in December 2009.” Nothing was heard from the shire until February 2010 when the shire said it wanted $840,000 for its land. “We were shocked; totally dismayed,” Mr McKenzie said. Cr Frank Martin at a ward meeting earlier that month had told the gathering he was hopeful a peppercorn rent would be agreed to by the councillors. Uniting Aged Care commissioned its own valuation and inspection of the shire land and discovered there was a rising sewerage main through the middle of the reserve, almost exactly under where the old railway track had been. Mr McKenzie said the shire had not

told his committee about the sewer main. Uniting Aged Care’s valuers said it would cost $400,000 to move the sewer main to beside Civic Crt; the shire said it would cost $250,000. “We had further discussions and tried to negotiate a lower figure. The shire eventually came back to us and offered the land for $630,000, but wanted eight units for its affordable housing program.” Uniting Aged Care again did its sums – $630,000 for the land, moving the sewer main, removing the pine trees and backfilling the old railway cutting, a total of more than $1 million. On top of this was giving the shire eight out of 28 units. “We held meetings throughout 2010 hoping to convince the councillors to

change their minds. It’s a great scheme for Balnarring and you hope for the best,” Mr McKenzie said. He said his committee and Uniting Aged Care continue to talk, and that Joe Cauchi and Frank Martin met with them a month ago to look at options. “The shire could have been party to a magnificent development that would have brought it great kudos, but it has been a disappointing outcome for so many people in the town. We’ve put in so much hard work.” On Monday, Mr Cauchi told The News he did not want to comment on the decision made by the councillors. He said the shire was continuing to work with Uniting Aged Care “to provide support in any way we can including Home and Community Care”.

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Go slow on the wildlife By Keith Platt WILDLIFE carers are appealing to drivers to slow down after the death of a koala in Red Hill that had already been twice released back into the wild after being treated for injuries. The koalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luck ran out last month as it was crossing White Hill Rd. After suffering horrific head injuries it managed to climb a tree from where it was eventually rescued by Ian Gondos of the Australian Wildlife Assistance Rescue and Education group (AWARE) and Brenda Marmion of Crystal Ocean Wildlife in Dromana. The koala was so badly injured that it had to be put down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always having problems with cars hitting wildlife,â&#x20AC;? Ms Marmion told The News, adding that she was carrying a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pinkyâ&#x20AC;? wallaby and a similar aged brushtail possum in bags inside her jumper as she spoke on the phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wallabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got head injuries, which are probably the result of it being thrown from the pouch by its mother who may have been chased by foxes or dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it will live. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got cuts on its head, which is slightly swollen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not doing too well.â&#x20AC;? Ms Marmion said the baby wallaby had been found at Red Hill while the possum had been found on the ground in the pademelonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; centre at the Moonlit Sanctuary wildlife centre in Pearcedale. The pademelon is similar to a wallaby but with shorter, thicker and a sparsely haired tail. Ms Marmion said some native animals had been breeding up to three times in the past season â&#x20AC;&#x153;because the conditions have been so goodâ&#x20AC;?.

Fatal hit: This koala had to be put down because of injuries it received when hit by a vehicle in White Hill Rd, Red Hill.

Many koalas lived near White Hill Rd and she had asked council to erect signs warning of their presence â&#x20AC;&#x153;at the top and the bottom of the roadâ&#x20AC;?. Other native animals often brought into her wildlife refuge included flying foxes and birds caught in protective netting over fruit trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The black netting is the worst, although they still get caught in the white nylon netting,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The animals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to get caught quite so often if the nets are stretched over a frame rather than draped loosely over the trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CDs hanging on strings reflect light, even moonlight, which can also help.â&#x20AC;?

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Ms Marmion said the flying foxes were her â&#x20AC;&#x153;favouriteâ&#x20AC;? animals, but warned anyone handling them to be careful about being bitten. Flying foxes caught on the Mornington Peninsula were returned to the colony at Yarra Bend near Ivanhoe once they had recovered from any injuries, she said. Besides the two joeys nestling inside her jumper, Ms Marmion was last week nursing a ringtail possum, five sugar gliders, two koalas, two tawny frogmouths, a galah with head injuries, a crimson rosella and an eastern rosella. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quiet season, really,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like motorists to think about the injured animals and slow down.â&#x20AC;?

Have a say on the shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maintenance contracts MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is seeking comments from residents about its maintenance contracts, which are due for renewal in 2013. The contracts with four companies cover buildings, pathways, drains, playgrounds, street and park furniture, street cleaning and recreation reserves. The shire is conducting a survey asking residents if they think maintenance of public assets was up to scratch, was it better or worse than five years ago, and if more emphasis should be placed on beaches, shopping centres and car parks, parks and playgrounds, sporting reserves, public halls, roads and footpaths, bushland reserves, roadside vegetation or graffiti removal.

It also asks residents if they were happy when they asked for something to be done in the past five years. This is a chance to make a contribution and not just complain in private about the shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maintenance. The shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager of infrastructure maintenance, Barry Pankhurst, said it wanted to â&#x20AC;&#x153;work with the community to ensure that standards for maintenance and presentation of community assets continue to meet our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needsâ&#x20AC;?. The survey is available from customer service centres in Rosebud, Hastings and Mornington or online at www. mornpen.vic.gov.au/Page/ Forms.asp?Form_id=46 Details: 5950 1263.

Making medical appointments A PILOT project is being run to help Mornington Peninsula residents travel to medical appointments in Melbourne. Under the Medical Companion Project, volunteers will meet people at Southern Cross Station or Flinders Street Station and accompany them to and from their appointment in central Melbourne. It is estimated that 50,000 people from rural and regional Victoria travel to Melbourne each year to seek medical treatment that is not available

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Top night: At the tourism awards in Perth won by Mornington Peninsula Tourism were, from left, senior tourism officer Kellie Barrett, Joan and Bill Goodrem representing Mornington Peninsula Shire, shire economic development manager Shane Murphy and MPT executive officer Alva Hemming.

Peninsula goes national at awards THE Mornington Peninsula has been reaffirmed as a major destination, winning two awards at this year’s Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Mornington Peninsula Tourism won the national award for Specialised Tourism Services and Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate won the Tourism Restaurants and Catering category. “To my knowledge this is the first

time an attraction or privately owned tourism property on the peninsula has won a national award,” executive officer of Mornington Peninsula Tourism Alva Hemming said. Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale and transport operator Bunyip Tours were finalists at the national awards. Ms Hemming said the award won by her own organisation “recognised

MPT’s integrated approach to tourism services and its unique collaboration with local industry to build sustainable tourism across the peninsula throughout the year”. Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister Louise Asher said the awards demonstrate Victoria’s outstanding performance and achievement at a national level. “These awards recognise the drive

Top eats: Collecting the award won by Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate were Marcus Bradford, Max Paganoni and Jessica Browne.

and innovation of individual businesses to remain at the forefront of the industry. A key element of any tourist’s holiday is enjoying high quality service. On this measure, Mornington Peninsula Tourism demonstrated delivery of first-rate tourism experiences,” Ms Asher said. Mornington Peninsula Tourism was one of four Victorian winners at the

Komett takes his place among the stars TWO and a half weeks after being brought back from the dead after drowning at Hastings foreshore, 17-year-old Maltese cross Komett has died peacefully at home. His distraught owner and companion, John Kuljis, was with him at the time and could only put his death down to “old age”. The little fighter captured the hearts of locals in the story on the front page of the last edition of Western Port News (“Komett thanks his lucky stars”). Komett fell into the water and drowned only to be revived by lifesavers from the nearby aquatic centre. Komett and John had been making their way back to their car along the edge of the car park, which borders the water’s edge, after wandering along the foreshore near Pelican Park and its aquatic centre and cafe. As John approached his car, thinking Komett was close behind, a woman caught his eye and said matter of factly “I think your dog’s just fallen in the water”. John turned around, stunned, rushed a few steps back to the car park edge and saw Komett struggling in the water. “I couldn’t believe it; it all happened so quickly,” John said. “The poor little feller was dog paddling weakly, but had his head beneath the water. “He wasn’t strong enough to keep his head up.” John threw himself forward on to the ground and reached out for Komett, but by the time he had grabbed him, the little

dog had stopped breathing. Not knowing who to turn to for help, John rushed with his lifeless and dripping companion to the aquatic centre where Rebecca Jeffrey, a fitness instructor, started CPR on the little dog’s chest, small repeated pushes on his heart and lungs. The aquatics operations coordinator Brett Fletcher appeared next to them with an oxygen revival kit, ripped it open, inserted a tube into Komett’s gullet and turned on the air. Managing to get Kommet back to life, they then rushed out the door and up to Hastings Vet Clinic where Mark West and Kim Walter gave him more oxygen and other support therapy. Komett appeared to have made a full recovery from his ordeal, and his death now two and a half weeks later was been a shock for many whose hearts were warmed by the story. John was overwhelmed by the assistance he received on the day of the drowning. “It was a humbling experience and, of course, a very happy ending,” John said at the time. Although that happiness has now turned to sadness, one can’t help but think that Komett taught us all something about life. Certainly, on that day two and a half weeks ago, total strangers combined to achieve something wonderful for no other reason than because it Passed away: Komett and his owner John Kuljis at Hastings foreshore after his near was the right thing to do. Cameron McCullough drowning in mid-March.

tourism awards night in Perth on Friday 11 February. “It was a simply spectacular win for the Mornington Peninsula,” Ms Hemming said. “We were competing against Australia’s best, and we have now proved that Mornington Peninsula Tourism provides unparalleled quality in tourism services to tourism businesses and visitors alike.”

Consultants to report on Somerville’s needs Mornington Peninsula Shire has hired a firm of urban consultants to investigate what community services and facilities are needed in Somerville. The Community Needs Assessment aims to identify what services and facilities are available in Somerville, who is using them, and what might be needed in the future as the town grows and changes. The announcement of the study comes at the same time that parents are fighting to stop the shire carrying out its decision to close the Annie Sage child care centre. Although it has already agreed to delay the closure until December, the shire says no new enrolments are being taken and suggests parents use one of several commercial child care centres in Somerville. The shire says information gathered by the consultants “will inform the development of a strategic plan that will assist in managing Somerville’s future”. The assessment will be made by Symplan, described by the shire as “an urban and social planning practice that has specialised in developing strategies that enhance health and wellbeing outcomes at the community level”. Somerville residents wanting to be involved in the survey can visit the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre, 14 Edward St, Somerville (Melway 107/D12) 3pm-6.30pm Thursday 31 March or complete an online survey at www. mornpen.vic.gov.au. For hard copies of the survey visit Somerville Library, Somerville Recreation and Community Centre, the Annie Sage child care centre or call 9523 7538.

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A draft Somerville township pedestrian strategy is open for public comment. Mornington Peninsula Shire says the strategy identifies key pedestrian routes in the town and is designed to improve pedestrian crossings and paths. The strategy will be on exhibition until Friday 29 April and can be viewed at the shire offices, libraries and www.mornpen.vic.gov.au or call the shire on 1300 850 600. Western Port News 29 March 2011

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Solar success brings more discounts Mornington Peninsula Shire is again offering residents the opportunity to buy solar power systems for their home at group discounted prices. Installing solar power to your home will help you save money on your electricity bill and reduce your carbon foot print. The Australian Government’s LivingGreener.gov.au website states that solar panels “are the ideal choice for city or major urban areas as they don’t make a noise, have no moving parts and are usually installed out of the way up on your roof”. It also states that “Solar panels require a significant upfront cost but, once installed, require little maintenance, can be expected to last 20 years or more, and the electricity they gener-

ate is free and clean. Any excess electricity can be fed back into the mains power grid or into a storage system like a battery bank.” Mornington Peninsula Shire is pleased to announce that it is partnering with NU Energy as the exclusive preferred supplier for the group buy program. NU Energy will provide residents with a 1.5 kW solar power system for $1,999, fully installed (standard system only and with government rebate included). This price is guaranteed until 5pm, 15 May 2011. Other system sizes are also available. If you would like more information please contact NU Energy on: 1300 768 225 or visit the NU Energy website www.nuenergy.com.au.

CFA urges all Victorian residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when to change their clocks back for the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday, April 3. “Many people don’t realise that we lose our sense of smell when we go to sleep. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose which will alert you if there is smoke from a fire,” said Captain Colin Cook from Hastings Fire Brigade. “While many of our brigades and staff do a lot of great work behind the scenes, it’s really everyone’s responsibility to make sure their friends and family remember to change their

smoke alarm battery.” “Working smoke alarms can save lives. When you think about it like that a nine volt battery is pretty cheap!” said Captain Colin Cook from Hastings Fire Brigade. Quick facts:  Smoke alarms are compulsory in every home.  It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms All smoke alarms: Must contain a battery Need to be tested regularly Need to be replaced after 10 years

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Skink’s day out in the sun can be deadly THE swamp skink is not a species that advertises its presence, although on warm days it lies in the sun and moves a little more slowly than normal. Once exposed and feeling a bit sluggish, the skink can be easy prey for one of the many animals, reptiles and birds that see it as food. Photographer and former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Snez Plunkett came across this skink as it

was sunning itself on the boardwalk in Warringine Reserve, Hastings. The swamp skink makes its own burrow, uses those of freshwater crayfish and also finds shelter under rocks, logs, tussocks and sedges. Numbers of the swamp skink are falling throughout Victoria and experts have warned it could face extinction. It has been recorded at 72 sites in Victoria, but is presumed extinct at

five or six of these sites; 38 sites are so small that their populations are not likely to be viable in the long term; and at a further 22 sites its current status is uncertain. The swamp skink is only considered secure at 12 sites. The skink can grow to 25 centimetres long and its prey include foxes, cats, ibis, birds of prey and snakes.

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Pressure on Parks after disastrous plover season By Mike Hast PRESSURE is mounting on Parks Victoria to ban dogs from selected surf beaches in Mornington Peninsula National Park after another disastrous breeding season for the endangered hooded plover. From about 150 eggs, just nine birds reached fledgling (flying) stage and as few as five may have made it to the end of the season, which has just ended. The News visited Portsea surf beach last Thursday with southern peninsula resident Malcolm Brown, who has been defending plovers for almost 20 years, guarding newborn chicks, erecting warning signs beside tracks and on surf beaches, and lobbying Parks Victoria to ban dogs from plover breeding spots. “In some ways it’s been a good year for hooded plovers because it was so wet,” he said. “There weren’t many people on the beaches and the birds were able to lay more eggs and more chicks hatched, but, despite that, we still had a very high death rate. “We’ve had nine chicks get to fly, that’s called fledging, out of 150 eggs.” He said Mornington Peninsula National Park surf beaches usually get more than 100 eggs each summer season. “We’ve had just nine chicks reach fledgling stage, which is when they can fly. This puts them in a good position to get away from people and dogs.” He said Birds Australia has been

Plover alert: A hooded plover chick exposed on the beach. Picture: Glenn Ehmke

banding some of the chicks and had discovered that hooded plovers can live to 20 years. “This is fortunate as we only have 400 to 500 plovers in Victoria.” Mr Brown said 90 per cent of chicks that had hatched on the peninsula had been killed in their first 15 days. “They’ve been taken by silver gulls, kestrels, ravens and foxes, but a key factor is the birds being continual disturbed by people and their dogs. It gets to the point where they starve. “One of the unique things about hooded plover chicks is they feed themselves the moment they hatch. They are very independent early on. So if they are disturbed, they hide

and don’t feed. “For 200 years there was no one coming to these beaches apart from a few Bunurong people and other tribes. There would have been lots of debris on the beaches; tea-tree that had been here for decades, so there was lots of cover for them to hide from predators. “There wouldn’t have been dogs and foxes. They would have had it pretty easy. “In a national park, the default should be no dogs and that’s the case with the vast majority of national parks in Victoria, throughout Australia and the world. “Dogs are allowed here because of an historic quirk. Before Parks Victoria managed the beaches from 1988, they were managed by the Shire [of Flinders] and hooded plovers weren’t even on the radar. “In that time they haven’t really reviewed the dog situation. It’s only been the last few years when I and other people have been hassling them to review the situation. “It just makes sense that if you’ve got a chick that is a couple of days old and it’s on a beach in the open in a national park that it should be given the right to at least have a bit of a break from things that can be controlled. Now you can’t control foxes easily ... but it’s not hard to control dogs in a national park.” Plovers start hatching around Melbourne Cup weekend and this is when plover lovers like Malcolm Brown arrive on the surf beaches with their binoculars and wearing

safety vests to guard those first chicks. The last chicks fledge in late March. Mr Brown wants dogs to be kept off beaches for almost five months. “This is not a big ask; if you think about what is available to dogs on the peninsula -- 2000 kilometres of road reserves, 58 parks for off leash exercise; there’s a whole infrastructure for dog protection, vets and places buy food. All we’re asking is for a hooded plover chick to have 30 days grace from being harassed by dogs.” He says there should be a total ban of dogs in national parks but “if you’re going to have dogs on beaches, at the very least, if you know there are chicks on a beach, Parks Victoria should make it clear to people, and the public has to respond to minimise impact on the chicks. He said it was possible to allow dogs on beaches where hooded plovers don’t breed. It would be easy for Parks and the shire to send out notices to residents and provide brochures for visitors. “This summer we had 10 volunteer plover guardians, people who sat on a beach, read a book and gently informed people about plover chicks. “About 99 per cent of people said they didn’t know about the chicks and were happy to go somewhere else.” Details: Birds Australia website: www.birdsaustralia.com.au

Support for adult students FREE advice on the support available to students of single parent families is available from Peninsula Community Legal Centre. The centre’s principal lawyer Victoria Mullings said many parents do not realise that they may still be able to obtain financial support for their child who is legally an adult. “The Family Law Act provides for a child to receive financial support from both of their parents, if required, to complete their education,” Ms Mullings said. “There is also an obligation to provide ongoing financial support for a child who is over 18 years and has a disability. This financial support

is known as Adult Child Maintenance and the amount payable, if any, is calculated according to the financial resources of both parents and any income earned by the child.” The centre helps parents and students in separated households to apply for financial support. “Either the parent with whom the child lives or the adult child can apply for financial assistance from the other parent,” Ms Mullings said. For information about free legal services or if you would like assistance in obtaining financial support to complete your secondary or tertiary studies, call Peninsula Community Legal Centre on 9783 3600 or visit www.pclc.org.au.

The Western Port Whisperer

A NEW whisper has emerged that another location is vying for the much maligned Otama submarine. The Whisperer’s source has sworn him to absolute secrecy as to the possible location being discussed, but suffice to say, whatever dock lands the sub will have a great asset and potential tourist mecca. *** MUCH has been said back and forth about the raft race at the recent Western Port Festival. It seems a tongue-incheek comment by someone caused great offence with others. Letters have been written and articles written in newspapers. The unfortunately loser from the whole affair may be the event itself. Let us all remember that

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this raft race is only really for a good belly laugh. It doesn’t matter one little bit who wins, or how they win. It just matters that everyone has a great time. The more rafts that sink in the process of heading towards the finish line, the better, the whisperer says. The finish line is, if nothing else, quite the anti-climax. *** THERE are troubles aplenty over in the western suburbs of the peninsula where there is a big stoush over a property owner wanting to erect a fence to try and stop homosexuals engaging in “illegal and antisocial behaviour” out the front of his place. The gentleman went on to claim at a recent council meeting that people were performing “full homosexual

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acts on the beach”. The Whisperer, having recently seen that Mardi Gras was on in Sydney, assumes the offensive “full homosexual acts” he is referring to is men wearing fake tan, sequined shorts and dancing to Kylie Minogue tracks. *** WHAT a pity for the poor residents of the local Hastings Cove retirement village. They go there to live out their twilight years in peace and quiet only to have to deal with young kids using their narrow streets as raceways with their BMX bikes and scooters. It’ll just be a matter of time before one of these kids bowls one of our oldies over... and we all know how fragile our hips are in these latter years! thewhisperer@y7mail.com

All the fun of the fair: Thousands of people enjoyed the Red Hill Show on Saturday 26 March, including Mornington Peninsula News Group CEO, Kennedy McCullough, who took to props to illustrate the groups ballooning circulation.

Kids get bus for holidays YOUNG people in the Red Hill, Arthurs Seat and Dromana areas can jump on a special bus service these school holidays to get around town. The Red Hill & District Lions Club is funding the bus service that will run from Red Hill, via Arthurs Seat to Dromana and return every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from during the school holidays from April 11 – 22. A Facebook page has been set up to help promote the service, and a new website means travellers will be able to get online and book a seat up until two hours prior to their trip (function available from early April). A small fee of $5 is payable to become a member, then young people can travel as many times as they like on the service. The fee can be paid to the bus driver on your first trip on the bus. The program ran successfully during the January school holidays, and is a Transport Connections Project supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire and Red Hill Lions Club. For bookings, membership forms, timetables and route information please visit: www.redhill-lions-bus-club.net.au or www.facebook.com/redhill.lionsbusclub

Calling tree amigos MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s free tree week runs from Saturday 26 March to Friday 1 April. Ratepayers and residents can collect two free plants from one of three centres: Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises’ nursery, Mitchell St, Mornington; Rae’s Mitre 10, 136 High St, Hastings; and Konnections, corner McDowell St and Rosebud Pde, Rosebud. MPYE and Konnections are not open on Sunday. Residents must bring proof of residency: a driver’s licence, copy of a rate notice or a copy of Peninsula-Wide, the shire’s quarterly newspaper. For details, call the shire on 1300 850 600.


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Band on song for experience of a lifetime BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank’s philanthropic arm, Community Enterprise Foundation has partnered with the Victorian Bands League to support the Victorian State Youth Brass Band with the launch of an appeal to support the band members. The VSYBB Appeal aims to raise funds to support the development of the band members who plan to travel to Europe late in the year. “The appeal will help band memLeague of their own: Jordyn Pope of Somers, a member of the band, along with Meagan Johnston and Sharon Hawkins of the Balnarring & District Community Bank.

bers to take part in the tour will further our skills by enabling us to perform in some of Europe’s best concert venue,” Somers band member Jordyn Pope said. “The band was formed in 1978 and has supported young musicians across Victoria to develop their musical talents and we are proud to support the appeal and the members of the band from our area,” Balnarring & District Community Bank Branch Manager, Sharon Hawkins said. “This appeal will help make the tour dream a reality for band members such as Jordyn,” added Ms Hawkins.

“We encourage our community to support the appeal and local band members to achieve a one in a lifetime experience.” To help the members of the band see how instruments are made and learn from great musicians, show your support by donating to the Victorian State Youth Brass Band Appeal at any Bendigo Bank branch or online www.bendigobank.com/ aufoundation/vsybb Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Cars consuming our nature strips By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has a big problem on its hands. Well, on its nature strips actually (also known as road reserves by town planners). Where once the shire would come down on you like a tonne of bricks for parking on its nature strip – the land between your property and the road – nowadays it appears you can get away with just about anything. The problem started when local governments began approving housing developments with small blocks and narrow roads. A glaring example is what happened in Mornington East in the 1980s when the Shire of Mornington approved compact subdivisions. With room for just one or two cars on a property, a third car had to go on the nature strip. You couldn’t park on the road as there was no room. And when you had visitors, their cars might fill the street. (Fireys hate these narrow roads; watch the sparks fly when they have to manoeuvre their big red trucks up a narrow road to save a burning house.) So a precedent had been set and people started parking on nature strips throughout the shire. On narrow ones, wide ones, everywhere. Parking officers were told to put their fine books away. The problem raised its head at the council’s general meeting on 15

March. Murray Gardner, who lives in Rutland Ave, Mt Eliza, near the corner of Wimborne Ave, has closed off his old driveway on Wimborne with vegetation and opened up a new one in Rutland around the corner, claiming it was safer when driving into and out of his property. The property is in Ranelagh Estate, designed by the acclaimed Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924. The nature strips are huge in Ranelagh, up to 16 metres wide, part of Griffin’s design of what is known as a garden city. The couple also did Eaglemont near Ivanhoe, Castlecrag in Sydney and, of course, most famously Australia’s national capital, Canberra. Griffin’s garden cities are characterised by curving roads, parks, indigenous bush and trees, and the previously mentioned wide nature strips. Councillors have fired up over Mr Gardner’s Rutland Ave property because he has created more than a normal driveway across the council’s land. It’s very wide. Next to the house is room for several cars. Or a boat.

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And here’s the reason for the angst – it’s on heritage-listed land. All of Ranelagh’s roads, road reserves and parks were listed on the register of Heritage Victoria in May 2005. But someone forgot to tell a shire planner who approved the Rutland Ave driveway. Heritage Victoria has become involved and it will hold a hearing about the driveway, which it does not approve. Mr Gardner might have got away with building a mini freeway across this heritage-listed land (like Linking Melbourne Authority is doing with Peninsula Link across the heritage property Westerfield in Frankston South), but odds are he’ll have to reduce its width, dig up the gravel area at the end and plant some trees and bushes. The matter will also see the council impose parking restrictions on Ranelagh nature strips. There are a few other landowners who might get a knock on the door and an order to remove gravel parking areas (and in one case replace a section of gutter sawn off to allow parking). The shire will also introduce a maximum width of 3.5 metres for Ranelagh driveways Mr Gardner is likely to go the shire for compensation.

Driving driveway study COUNCILLORS fired up about parking on road reserves when debating the Rutland Ave matter. Cr Leigh Eustace set it up perfectly when he snookered shire planner Allan Cowley over the error in approving the new Rutland Ave driveway. “Why did Heritage Victoria refuse a driveway we’d already approved?” Mr Cowley said the Ranelagh nature strips (he called them road reserves) were on the heritage register and that it was unusual for estates to be registered. He said the new driveway was inconsistent with the aims of the Ranelagh Conservation Management Plan (July 2009) – which sought to protect and conserve the natural and park-like atmosphere of the estate – and it had reduced the number of trees and bushes. “The driveway has a parking bay and doesn’t actually lead to the property.” (Well, it does lead to the property, but it doesn’t actually go into the property, like the old one now covered in plants.) Cr David Gibb said parking on nature strips should be unacceptable. Mr Cowley said the Rutland Ave owner had photos of other people who parked on nature strips in Ranelagh. “The area is unique and we ought to

stop people parking on road reserves,” Cr Gibb said. Cr Anne Shaw: “I have a problem with car parks and driveways on nature strips.” Cr Reade Smith: “We have other areas where we allow parking on nature strips; Mt Martha and Mornington, where developers haven’t allowed enough space.” Mornington area councillor Bev Colomb said there were new estates where you can’t park on both sides of the road as it would not allow traffic to pass. Cr Shaw started the revolution when she asked for a workshop on parking on nature strips. Councillors voted for: “A briefing paper or workshop be provided for councillors on parking – on the topic of permits or other alternatives for permanent parking places on road reserves.” Perhaps another briefing is needed on why councils allowed developers to build such narrow roads in housing estates in the first place. Yes, yes, we know it’s all about making land affordable for people to make their Great Australian Dream come true, but the dream can turn into a visual nightmare when you overlook 30 cars and trucks and vans parked on your short, narrow street. And the CFA can’t get its trucks in to fight a fire.

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Newest sea pilot launch based at Hastings By Mike Hast THE bright orange pilot boat rounded the navigation mark off Queenscliff and turned south, smoothly accelerating to 22 knots and slicing through choppy seas with its trademark saw-toothed bow. Aboard were not the usual sea pilots heading out to Bass Strait to bring a ship through the notoriously dangerous entrance to Port Phillip, but the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, his wife Jan and the Governor’s aide, Alisia Romanin. Just minutes before they had been escorted aboard Port Phillip Sea Pilots’ newest boat Ranger III by pilots’ chief Captain Rob Buck. A couple of hours before this, Mrs de Kretser had released a bottle of champagne to slide down into the bow of the 14-metre long pilot boat, which will be based at Hastings to carry pilots to and from ships using Western Port.

Ranger III is the second boat built for the sea pilots by Mornington-based Hart Marine, following Akuna IV, which was lowered into Mornington harbour last June for sea trials and officially launched and named at Station Pier in Port Melbourne last November by Karen Needs, wife of then Ports Minister Tim Pallas. While the Governor and his party headed out towards The Rip at the entrance to Port Phillip, where they had a taste of the rugged commute of the 35 sea pilots, about 100 people celebrated on the top floor of 360Q, the restaurant at the redeveloped Queenscliff harbour. Hart Marine boss Mal Hart, whose father Frank is a former Western Port harbourmaster, talked with dozens of former and current sea pilots. His sea pilot brother Richard was nearby, chatting with his colleagues. Others attending included Inspector Stephen Guilmartin, head of the

Williamstown-based Water Police; Port of Geelong harbourmaster Captain Dilip Abraham; Matthew McDonald, the new chief of Peninsula Searoad Transport, which operates the Sorrento to Queenscliff car ferry; Western Region upper house MP David Koch; and local councillors. Earlier, Captain Buck started the official ceremony at 11.30am sharp, giving a short history of the boats used by the Port Phillip Sea Pilots since the service started in 1839. “We started with sailing cutters, then cutters and graduated to high-speed launches,” he said. The service had always sought to have the safest and most reliable boats and, with the exception of the terrible tragedy in 1991 when the service lost a pilot and two crewmen, it had had an unenviable record, he said. Captain Buck was referring to the 12.9-metre long George Tobin, named after the service’s founder, which flipped stern over bow in treacherous seas, drowning the three men. The tragedy started a worldwide search for new designs, and the next generation of launches were 16.5-metre long and powered by two 700-hp diesels, more than twice as powerful as George Tobin. In 2005 the service replaced the twin 700s with 800-hp diesels, while keeping an eye on pilot boat designs. Now it was replacing its five launches with boats designed by Pantocarene, a French naval architectural company that had revolutionised pilot and rescue boat design with its “beak” bow (see picture).

Capt Buck said after deciding on the Pantocarene design, the service conducted a national search to find a boatbuilder and commission Hart Marine to build the first two boats. “We were fortunate to find an experienced and professional boatbuilder in Mal Hart as well as continue our good association with Cummins diesels,” he said. “Ranger III is 14.3-metre long, with a 4.8-metre beam, draught of 1.5 metres and has a cruising speed of 25 knots, driven by two 455-hp Cummins.” Its unusual, big bow reduced vertical acceleration in heavy seas and gave a smoother ride. The new boats were self-righting. Capt Buck acknowledged the service’s boat repair depot and the crews who carry the sea pilots to and from ships. “We believe we have the safest pilot boats in the world. And without further ado, I call on Mrs de Kretser to name this boat.” Jan de Kretser told the gathering she holidayed at Ocean Grove as a child, with her family staying in a building that was part Geelong cable tram and part shed. “If someone visited with a car, we’d all jump in and come to Queenscliff to watch the pilot boats and liners, so I was really excited and delighted to be invited down here today. “It gives me great pleasure to name this boat – I should call her a ship – Ranger III. I wish fair weather and good fortune to all who sail in her.” Mrs de Kretser released the

champagne bottle and it broke perfectly first time, with the crowd murmuring its appreciation. The next time The News saw Mrs de Kretser, the Governor and Ms Romanin, they were walking beside 360Q having been dropped off at the jetty of the sea pilots station on the foreshore at the end of Tobin Drive and picked up by a car. Ranger III had been unable to linger for long at the jetty due to rough seas. The Governor and his wife had a spring in their steps, although Ms Romanin was looking a little worse for wear and was no doubt happy to be back on dry land. Ranger III was off on a second trip soon after, carrying retired sea pilots and their wives in the spacious cabin that looks more like a luxury bus than a boat. Akuna and Ranger carry the latest in high-tech equipment and are propelled by low-emission, low-noise, lowvibration motors. They have man overboard recovery systems, including a hydraulically driven underwater platform and rubber fenders all around the top edge (gunwale). As Ranger sliced out passed Shortlands Bluff, Akuna hove into view, bringing back to shore a pilot who had just clambered down the side of a container ship after taking it through The Heads. For the modern sea pilots, it’s a long way from when George Tobin and his fellow pilots used to camp on the beach at Queenscliff and be rowed out to ships in 30-foot whaleboats crewed by convicts.

New launches: Akuna crosses in front of Ranger off Queenscliff last Friday. Sleek and strong: Ranger III off Point Nepean National Park. Boarding party: Governor David de Kretser and Jan de Kretser, left, boatbuilder Mal Hart, Port Phillip Sea Pilots boss Captain Rob Buck and MP David Koch in front of Ranger III. Pictures: Andrew Mackinnon of www.aquamanships.com

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Stormont Stormont occupies a secluded 5.2 acres of land opposite Lornas Triangle. Designed and built by the current owner, this magnificent family residence is ideal for a growing family/ tradesman and is being offered for sale for the 1st time. The characteristics linked to this property are magnificent. Spanning approximately 34 squares, this commanding home presents an inviting entrance with 4 spacious bedrooms all with robes + a study, a bay window to the master bedroom offers exquisite views to the dam and gardens and oozes in the morning sunshine, it is complete with a full ENS, an oversized WIR and doors leading from the bedroom to the manicured grounds. Entry into the formal family room reveals an open fire place and more garden views with loads of natural light, which flows through to the kitchen/family room. The open-plan kitchen area has a north west orientation and consists of beautiful black granite bench tops, large walk in pantry, tiled flooring, electric oven, gas cook top and dishwasher. This impressive kitchen adjoins the large family room which comfortably accommodates 2 separate sitting areas with built in cabinetry and an adjoining dining area along with the 2nd natural wood heater and provides the ideal space

for family and friends to gather around. The home was designed with zoned living in mind with the parents area and study at the southern end and the other wellproportioned beds at the northern end of which are serviced by the main bathroom. You also have the choice of flicking on the switch of your gas ducted heating system or the split system heater/cooler. Abutting the home is a double car garage with and a separate teenagers retreat or home office ideal for a tradesman. Completing the immediate surrounds of the home is a distinct pergola area, a long concrete circular drive with hard wired lighting, a separate area to park trucks and or machinery,10x30 garage/ workshop. A huge dam is home too many wildlife to the area and has a rotunda to sit by and capture the tranquillity this property offers. Approx 1.5 acres of land is fenced off for horses, the 35,0000 litre water tank services the grounds of the property, but can also be fed by the mains water that is connected. With views of the acreage from most rooms this prestigious property is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression and is located within minutes drive to Somers beach, HMAS Cerberus and the newly built Bittern shopping centre.

Agency: Satchwells Hastings, 1/97 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: (03) 5979 1888. Agent: Lisa Roberts, 0488 910 368.

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 Second storey decking on east and west side of the home.  3 car garage.  Established gardens.  This home has to be seen to be believed.

Agency: Baywest Real Estate, 87 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 4412. Agent: Sean Crimmins, 0411 734 814.

You can tell from first impressions that this new home is something different. Built with a meticulous eye for detail and set in a great central location on an easy care 500m2 block; a classy fit-out includes gleaming porcelain tiles, high 9’ ceilings and colonial trimmings to create a bright and luxurious interior, just begging for your home decor. Central kitchen with stone bench tops, 900mm gas range and dishwasher -

entertainers dream with island bench. 3 generous bedrooms, main with full ensuite and walk in robe, gas ducted heat, high flow solar HWS, fitted built-ins and split system. The lounge even has a gas log fire for cosy “nights-in”. Cap off the perfect home with a private alfresco deck + 6.5m x 7m remote garage - Ideal retirement or family retreat.

Agency: BTRE, 1/34 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 8003. Agent: Ben Tallon, 0419 339 489.


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Crib Point

Neg. Over $550,000

Hastings

FROM $239,500

Development potential with self contained living As soon as you enter through the front door of this modernized family home you will realize that this is a home with exceptional credentials. Original beauty and family sized living makes this property a pleasure to come home to. Set on glorious gardens of over 1/2 an acre with big scope and huge potential for subdivision STCA. Boasting 3 bedrooms, renovated kitchen and bathroom, large living room with vaulted ceilings and verandas surrounding all 4 sides. An (as new) self contained granny flat is positioned to the rear of the property complete with bathroom, large living area and bedroom. Extras include separate fenced off area to the rear of the property, split system cooling, new carpets, a large double

carport, coonarra style wood fire, new paint job, new down lights throughout, the list goes on. Run a home business from the separate living accommodation STCA. The property is within easy access to the nearby shopping strip, your local primary school and public transport (including bus and train). The land has been well utilized for the animal lover and gardener. The owners have put in many hours of love and erected a great home for chooks with 2 pens, a fenced area for dogs and a great variety of fruits and veggies. The single garage is ideal for a workshop with power and water supply, concrete flooring whilst there is still loads of room on the property for larger one if you want. Admire this home with confidence.

Agency: Harcourts Hastings, Shop 10, 14 High Street. Phone: 5970 7333. Agent: Jason Dowler, 0403 598 754.

Somerville

Auction: Sat 14-May-11 2:30pm

Victoria Grange NOW SELLING! ATTENTION: RETIREE - INVESTOR FIRST HOME BUYER Brand New Low Maintenance Living, be part of something unique here, if you act now to save up to $8,000 (approx) of STAMP DUTY dollars for EARLY BIRD purchasing off the plan! Brand New One Bedroom Unit located within easy access to all amenities. All units will comprise quality fixtures and fittings throughout, tiled wet areas, stainless steel

appliances, quality carpets etc. Building now under way, take your pick, but be quick to secure yours! Terms: $500.00 Deposit, Balance to 5% Settle on Title Release (expected Mid 2011) Plus from the Government Grant is now $20,000.00 to eligible buyers. (*Special Conditions Apply) Photos Shown for Illustrative purposes Only - finished product may vary.

Agency: MC Real Estate, 4/82 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 8833. Agent: Michael Curry, 0409 410 456.

Hastings

$265,000

Charm & Character on over 40 acres Be prepared to be swept off your feet by this delightful rural property which has a charming, tastefully renovated 1930’s home set in 44 acres (approx). While you enjoy the abundance of friendly bird life and mature trees, you are located only 3km from the convenience of Somerville which offers schools, trains, buses, medical facilities and a growing shopping centre. The character filled house retains many art deco features whilst offering newly renovated fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. The house has 3 large bedrooms, and a study (or fourth bedroom), 2 bathrooms, an open plan kitchen and impressive period living and dining rooms. All ceilings are 9’6” and some have original ornate deco centre pieces.

The house is set in a delightful maturing garden approx. 600m from the road. The land is gently undulating with scope for a variety of uses. The property currently offers quality horse infrastructure including numerous sheltered paddocks with improved pasture, stable complex with 4 large stables and tack room. There are a number of outbuildings including lockable machinery shed and a 3000 bale hay shed. A large 1.6 mega litre dam complements mains water to all paddocks. The property is well fenced and all improvements are maintained to a very high standard.

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Just a short stroll to the town centre lies this freshly painted 2 bedroom unit featuring new tiles throughout, good size L-shaped lounge with split system air-con, sliding door to covered pergola and rear entry to single car garage. Ideal for the investor/rental or starter unit for the first home buyer. No need to spend any money Do no miss this opportunity to enjoy the as unit is ready to move into. lifestyle you deserve in the centre of the Inspection by appointment. renowned Mornington Peninsula.

Agency: Craig Mann First National, 4/1085 Frankston-Flinders Road, SOMERVILLE. Phone: (03) 5978 0955. Agent: Craig Mann, 0412 559 816.

Agency: Tallon First National, 35 High Street, HASTINGS. Phone: 5979 3000. Agent: Nigel Evans, 0439 540 055.


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Shoreham Get In Now Or Wait For The Competition!

Neg. Over $500,000

This little gem is in a great position offering glimpses of the bay and just waiting for the right purchaser to scoop up this great holiday home/weekender. Offering bayglimpses with the potential to take in great views if you build up, 4 bedrooms with a fully self contained area at the end of the home, this neat and easy to maintain home will attract a multitude of buyers. Offering polished floorboards throughout under the carpets and enough space to give an easy makeover to capitilise on the potential. With-in only a short drive to Balnarring Village, beautiful beaches, wineries and all the attractions including our famous wineries you can purchase in this very special area. Harcourts Hastings AUCTION: 30 April 2011, on site at 11:00am ADDRESS: 6 View Court

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Neg. Over $550,000

This very affordable family home offers three generous sized bedrooms, master with ensuite and walk in robe and secondary rooms all with built in robes with main bathroom. This home features an open plan large living area, dining area, functional kitchen, gas heating and air-conditioning. Outside consists of an undercover entertaining area, low maintenance gardens, a huge shed with power, and a single covered carport with rear access for boats, caravans etc. This property will not last long!

This outstanding and spacious Tudor style family residence with modern improvements really does have it all! It is not only modern in design it is dynamically different together with a brilliant plan with generous living and storage spaces. Downstairs opens through double doors with the office/study, kitchen with marble bench tops, 900mm freestanding stainless steel oven, meals and large laundry, formal dinning, massive rumpus/games room with built in bar and powder room to the right. Upstairs offers four spacious bedrooms all with built in robes, family bathroom, huge master with parents retreat and full ensuite. Other features include soaring high ceilings, alarm system, huge double garage with a work shop area, 4 toilets, paved entertaining area and plenty of lawn. The climate control includes ducted heating and ducted reverse cycle cooling and a coonara. Located close to schools, shops and public transport. With all the boxes ticked, expect to be impressed! Be quick to book an inspection and avoid missing out, call Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 or Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869.

ADDRESS: 16 Hilltop Rise

ADDRESS: 9 Londres Way

Hastings First Home Buyer, Investors, Retirees

Neg. Over $300,000

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Hastings New Townhouse!

Neg. Over $310,000

Hidden behind a private fence within the popular ‘Old Tyabb’ this near new townhouse will really impress. In soon to be a complex of 3 the townhouse has great living space and is presented as a display. Other features include ducted heating, gas ducted heating and double lock up garage. The very central and convenient position allows for you to walk to nearby schools, shops and public transport. ADDRESS: 1/257 Marine Parade

Harcourts Hastings

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Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Tim Hughes 0410 470 515

Hastings Townhouse with bayviews!

Neg. Over $350,000

If you’re looking for the perfect low maintenance lifestyle or investment property then look no more. This young and modern townhouse is situated in a very central and convenient position within walking distance to nearby schools, shops, public transport and also directly opposite Hastings very own foreshore reserve.Downstairs comprises of the kitchen, bedroom with built in robe, separate bathroom, laundry and open plan living/meals area. Upstairs features master bedroom with ensuite and built in robe, kitchenette and lounge area. Additional features include lock up garage with remote, ceiling fans, low maintenance courtyard and all in a tidy complex of four.

ADDRESS: 3/89 Marine Parade

Harcourts Hastings

?2 Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

HASTINGS

Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333

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Hastings An absolute steal in Old Tyabb!!

Neg. Over $320,000

Nestled in the heart of the most sought after estate in the area of Old Tyabb, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home offers a world of possibilities. Currently housing a loyal tenant of 8 years, the brick veneer home has the perfect floor plan for the growing family with a massive open living and dining area, wrapping the rear end of the home. The master with spa ensuite has a plentiful amount of robe space, as do bedrooms 2 & 3. With the fourth bedroom perfect for a young child’s room or a study conversion, a little TLC will see this home become well worthy of the investment. And at this price, it’s an absolute steal! Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: Lot 1/237 Marine Parade

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Hastings Hidden Within

Price by Negotiation over $420,000 Crib Point Development Opportunity!!

Situated in a great location this well designed sandstone home will not disappoint. Featuring a versatile floor-plan with built-in robes to bedrooms, master with ensuite & walk in robe, spacious study, ducted heating, evaporative cooling, open plan living and dining area, separate lounge and rumpus room. Modern kitchen featuring dishwasher, stainless steel wall oven and gas hot plates adjoin the light and bright family living/meals area. Outdoors offers fully fenced manicured gardens, a covered entertaining area, and a double lock up garage. Close to all essential amenities, this is a property well worth an inspection! Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 9 Alexander Drive

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What an opportunity, your chance to enter the market and build your dream home or units on a large 642 Sqm battle axe block STCA. Located in a perfect position close to schools, shops and public transport. A great block at a bargain price, purchaser to occur sub division cost. ADDRESS: 177A Disney Street

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Bittern Tender 23 April 5.00pm An Unforgettable Masterpiece on 1 1/4 Acres Approx Opportunities such as this do not often become available in this tightly held pocket of the exclusive Kinfauns estate. This sprawling 3 bedroom plus study home with large separate living zones offers space, comfort and a touch of colonial elegance. It combines a huge pitched roof pergola and paved entertaining area to enjoy your very own picturesque surrounds beside private, groomed gardens. Boasting a large walk-in robe and twin vanity en-suite, the master bedroom also features access to the patio, while the remaining spacious bedrooms have built in robes. The timber kitchen is superb with granite benchtops and stainless steel European appliances. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 11 Bayview Country Lane

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Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

Bittern Your Storybook Home Awaits!

Price by Negotiation over $735,000

If peace and quiet is what you are after then this property is for you. Perfectly positioned in one of the most private locations is this large picturesque 5 Bdr storybook cottage set on approx 1.75 acres (7759 Sqm) which has more than enough room for the growing family. This home is full of features including a fully serviced scullery open plan kitchen, dining, living, formal lounge, rumpus and 2 study’s, 2 bathrooms and self contained bungalow. What more could you ask for? If you are the home handy man and needs room to work, then look no further with a 12 x 9 barn style shed with car hoyst and another large 6x8 colour bond garage both fully powered. Finally to finish this complete package off we have a great size 4 car port. Property of this style and privacy don’t arise to often so be quick.

ADDRESS: 41 Bullecourt Road

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Jason Dowler 0403 598 754 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

Bittern Neg. Over $695,000 Affordable Living in the Exclusive Kinfauns Estate! Hastings Villas By The Sea – 4 Sold 3 Available

Priced from $399,950

Attention to detail and luxurious living starts with this stately, impressive and dignified townhouses with a Marine Pde ‘beachside’ address and great outlook seaside. It’s perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance home, rich in quality and style with elegant formal living/dining, free-flowing family/meals and first class kitchen. Offset by granite bench-top, breakfast bar & s/s appliances. There are 3 generous bedrooms plus sep study area, living area with a balcony with views and a lavish ensuite. There’s a luxury bathroom, landscaped front and rear gardens, ducted heating and a DLUG with internal access. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 116 Marine Parade

2+ Bree Coburn 0401 398 503 Lauren Dunsford 0422 385 869

HASTINGS

Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333

1+

This fabulous open-plan family home is located in the very sought after and exclusive Kinfauns Estate with the convenience to every amenity plus the Hastings Marina. Set on approximately 1.1 acres of land, this young home delivers the ultimate indoor/ outdoor family lifestyle. The property is immaculate with a generous master bedroom, ensuite and WIR, further 3 bedrooms with BIR, family bathroom with separate toilet, study, separate living areas and a double lock up garage. The kitchen overlooks an open lounge room which flows onto the large decked/pergola area aside your very own playground and large child friendly secure rear yard, a perfect ‘blank canvas’ for you to do as you wish with plenty of room for a pool and tennis court if desired. Added features include established front yard creating a screen of privacy, floating timber boards, split system cooling and gas ducted heating. Be quick to secure this slice of heaven! ADDRESS: 3 Peppermint Place

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Satchwells

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Asking $329,900

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

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55 Reid Parade, Hastings

$1,400,000

30 Melaleuca Drive, Hastings

$415,000

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Developers hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a landmark property offering many possibilities and situated only metres from the foreshore. A chance to create 2 blocks of vacant land and incorporate the existing high quality dwelling into the development or start from scratch with the possibility of 10 or more townhouses with the possibility of bay views (stca). Option 1 - 2 x 1,000m2 blocks with the existing 30 square dwelling able to be easily split into 2 homes each on around 900m2 2SWLRQ&UHDWHDQH[FHSWLRQDOGHYHORSPHQWVLWHZLWKKLJKGHQVLW\ED\VLGHKRXVLQJDQGZDWFKWKHPUXVKRIWKHSODQWREX\HUV Option 3 - Enjoy the beautiful home and gardens - 3 bedrooms & study, 3 living zones all designed around a tropical water feature (around 30 squares) and P[P$PHULFDQEDUQDQGWKHQGHYHORSRUVHOORIIELWVODWHU7KLVLVDGUHDPSURSHUW\ZKHUHDJUHDWORFDWLRQZLOOJXDUDQWHHLWVIXWXUH

Your search for just the right home may well be over when you see this pristine property. An orderly garden with trim box hedging surrounds a 2 way front drive with a 22m frontage allowing loads of room for vehicles, boats & trailers. The stylish family home has 2 main living areas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hex shaped front lounge & a large, open family room with separate meals area. There are 3 bedrooms & study (or 4th bedroom), main with full ensuite & walk in robe. A good sized kitchen has a bright & sunny aspect & features gas cooking & d/w. You will love entertaining family & friends in the covered deck & raised bbq area.

8 Hilltop Rise, Hastings

$398,500

95 Creswell Street, Crib Point

$389,000

13 Stephen Street, Hastings

$377,000

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A beautifully presented property set on an elevated allotment awaits... An inviting entry reveals a timber walkway past formal lounge and on to a central family zone. Entertain in style with this absolute stunner of a kitchen with hex bar, lighting, gas cooking and dishwasher. Separate family/meals spilling RXWRQDUDLVHGDOIUHVFRGHFNRYHUORRNLQJWULPJDUGHQV:HOO]RQHGEHGURRPV with front main (new ensuite with spa), all bedrooms with BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, one bedroom even opens on the deck (ideal for a teenager). New main bathroom, separate powder room, 2 split systems, gas ducted heating...impressive...

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31 Azure Avenue, Balnarring

3/31 Brooklyn Ave, Frankston

60 Campbell Street, Crib Point

$480,000

$295,000

$289,000

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You will certainly feel at home in this beautiful established property. Set at the end of a no through road it features an elevated outlook over treetops to the distant bay. An elegant interior features a bright northerly aspect with lounge & a dining room where you can gaze out at & enjoy the view. Separate kitchen/ meals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; electric cooking & big glass slider to the top sun-deck. 3 decent sized EHGURRPVDOOZLWKUREHVODUJHUHYHUVHF\FOHKHDWHUFRROHU KXJHVXEĂ RRU storage area. Outside private shady gardens await you with plenty of fruit trees, water tank & bbq area under the deck.

You can almost hear the tee-off shots from this beautifully located unit set in a peaceful Avenue only minutes walk from the Frankston Golf Club and Towerhill shops. It features a spacious open design with clean neutral tones and new carpets throughout, timber kitchen with gas cooking, gas heating, 2 bedrooms (BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) and spotless bathroom. Outside, a private courtyard and lockup garage complete the perfect retirement home or rental investment +DUGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGLQWKLVORFDWLRQ

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2/50 Peterson Street, Crib Point

3/48 Church Street, Hastings

9 Cedar Rose Terrace, Bittern

$299,000

$364,950

$869,000

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One of only two brand new units set in a quiet part of the village only minutes walk from the foreshore and civic reserve. This spacious rear unit has DIXOO\Ă&#x20AC;WWHGLQWHULRUIHDWXULQJDOOĂ RRUFRYHULQJVOLYLQJDUHDVVWDLQOHVVVWHHO appliances; gas hot-plates, wall oven and r/hood, overhead cupboards, economical split-system heating and cooling. Outside enjoy a private courtyard, landscaping and concreting. Perfect retirement solution..... %X\QRZDQGVDYHRQVWDPSGXW\

&RXOG\RXĂ&#x20AC;QGDEHWWHUORFDWLRQ" Forget the car keys - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a block from the centre of town and a short hop to the station. Designed for privacy and open space with living rooms looking north and beautiful open plans. Brand new with corner position so you feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a separate house; 2 bedrooms (BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), stainless steel gas hot plate, under bench electric oven, rangehood, gas ducted heat, lock up garage and storage area, fenced private yard and side access - 5 star energy rating.

You will have to pinch yourself to know your not dreaming as you enjoy a scenic stroll through a park like native streetscape. Featuring beautifully kept acreage properties with a backdrop of the bay to the East and integrated ZLWK :DUUDQJLQH 3DUN œ.LQIDXQV¡ (VWDWH LV DQ DEVROXWH UDULW\ DQG \RX ZRQ¡W ZDQWWROHDYH7KLVVWXQQLQJSURSHUW\VSHDNVIRULWVHOIDV\RXPHDQGHUGRZQ a paved circular drive through manicured lawns to the gracious limestone home. The prelude to the downstairs living is a grand entrance with ornate staircase where you choose formal or informal living.

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Hastings

87 High Street, Hastings Victoria 3915 Ph: 03 5979 4412 Fax: 03 5979 3097 Email: enquiries@baywestrealestate.com.au Web: www.baywestrealestate.com.au

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Hastings

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Tyabb

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Health & Wellbeing Help needed for expanding Christmas programme Western Port Community Support is looking to strengthen its traditional Christmas giving program by recruiting additional volunteers or a local community group to help the Centre’s ongoing organisational role in delivering support to those in need during the festive season. The program, which distributes several hundred food hampers and children’s toys each Christmas, is growing each year in order to meet the demand for the rapidly expanding population. Centre Manager John Fraser says that he would like to see the program function as a “stand alone” project, as it has become such a large and valued part of the centre’s operations. It is currently supported by many community minded businesses and charitable organisations that not only raise funds, but supply a variety of goods. ”Without their valued and ongoing support we could not offer this very important programme to our community”. He said. These include BlueScope Steel in Hastings, Woolworths supermarket and Target store in Somerville , the Salvation Army Corp of Rosebud, The Food for All programme, St Vinnies Mornington, Holy Trinity in Hastings , Rotary and the Lions Club and a philanthropic trust. At BlueScope Steel for example, employees from every area on site place toys and vouchers under wishing trees each December. In one department, employee Peta Chandler sells delicious cup cakes and sweets throughout the year to raise funds to purchase additional toys to support the Western Port Community Support Program. Blue Scope Steel General Manager Aimee Allen said “I am extremely proud of the generosity

of our employees who have willingly donated to the Western Port Community Support Christmas appeal over many years”. While much of the logistical work culminates just prior to Christmas each year in assembling and distributing goods, there is ongoing coordination to be done throughout the year. The Christmas giving program caters for people of all ages with a focus on young families and the elderly who are struggling to cope. Anyone interested who could offer a helping hand can contact John Fraser or Wendy Dowell at Western Port Community Support on 5979 2762 for further information.

Right: Supporters of 2010 Christmas Program enjoy a yummy breakfast as a thank you for their assistance:.

Councelling service to help those in need GISELA HARRIS has established a professional councelling practice in Tyabb. Her aim is to provide quality service at an affordable price to all people who may need help in addressing issues that are causing them concern. For example, a problem that is causing you to feel anger, resentment, hatred, jealousy, revenge and wishing someone harm can cause you to suffer illness, failure and poverty in your own life.

The perfect solution can be as simple as changing one’s perception about the situation. “Whatever you give out in thought, words or actions must come back to you. The law of cause and effect is immutable and unchangable.” Sessions are by appointment only. Please ring between the hours of 8am - 6pm Monday to Saturday. Call (03)59 774 259 or (0448) 717 355.

GISELA HARRIS

Professional Counsellor Dip.Prof.Counselling By Appointment Only

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Community House News Good Shepherd Community House By Maria Belfrage , Co-ordinator

NOW that the kids are well and truly back at school, perhaps you’d like to pop in, relax for a bit, have a coffee and read the paper? You can check out our program of activities and see if there’s something you’d enjoy doing. Or you could take advantage of our Internet Café to check emails, access the internet or develop and produce letters and documents. The Westernport Playgroup runs on Mondays between 10am-12noon. It’s facilitated by qualified staff where your child will play with other children and have lots of fun doing interesting activities. It’s also an opportunity for parents to meet new people. Bring along a gold coin donation and a piece of fruit for morning tea - no need to book. We’ve got a Creative Reading & Writing group for primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5pm6pm. It’s a fun activity where the children read stories (or are read to), learn about authors, writing, illustrations and much more. It costs only $3 per class per child. We’re also running a Drama for Kids group for primary school aged children on Thursday evenings from 5pm-6pm. This group is a great way for children to gain confidence while learning and having fun. It costs $3 per class per child. If your child participates in both Creative Reading & Writing and Drama for Kids, you’ll only be charged for one group – buy one, get one free! Are you an older driver who would be interested in attending an information session run by the RACV? It’s for one hour, it’s free and it covers topics such as updated road rules, road safety tips, passenger safety, pedestrian safety, car safety, health and future mobility planning. Please call Maria on 5970 7000 to register your interest as the RACV require 20 participants to run a session. If you’re interested in any of the above activities or you have a suggestion for an activity, please call Maria on 5970 7000.

Somerville Community House By Isobel Carlin, Co-ordinator WOW what a busy start to term 1! Lots of enrolments and new classes to organise, so we hope you can all come along and join in on the fun we have here at the House! One of our new classes for the term is Basic Sewing classes; they will run on a Monday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm and the night class-

es will be from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. This class will teach you the basics of sewing and at the end of the term you can take home your very own garment along with having the skills to sew! We are holding FREE hearing tests at the Community House for all seniors through Australian hearing. They will be held on Wednesday June 1st from 10:00am – 12:00. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please enrol at the Community House. A Biggest Morning Tea will be held on Thursday 26th May form 10:30am- 11:30am at the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre, next to the skate park for all those who are not aware of where the Community House is located. Come along and join us for this worthwhile cause. Everyone welcome! We also have a new playgroup commencing at the House, this group is for 0 – 2yrs. So if you’re feeling alone as a new mum or just want to meet with a group of fun ladies in your local communities for a laugh and a bit of support then feel free to come along and join in! Sashiko classes will be commencing on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:00. These classes are a form of patchwork but you will need to be fairly experienced if you want to join in on these classes! You will need to bring your own equipment but Graphite paper will be supplied. Be quick to enrol as places are limited! We are currently taking expression of interest in French classes. If you have ever wanted to learn to speak French then this could be the class for you. Enrolments will be taken at the office. Along with our new courses we have our ever popular classes such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Patchwork, Italian for all levels, Cryptic Crosswords, Family History, German, Art classes, Book group, Kids hand sewing, Cake decorating, Guitar, Knitting for a cause, Friday night Cards and Bust a Move classes. If any of these classes are of interest to you then please don’t hesitate to contact the office for enrolment details. If you would like to run a class or have an interest in a particular activity and we don’t currently have it on our brochure, please contact us and we will endeavor to assist you. The Somerville Community House is for all ages of the community. If you’re interested in becoming involved, please contact the Somerville Community House on 59 778 330 or somervi@bigpond.net.au or pop in and have a chat to us, our door is always open. We look forward to seeing our regular users as well as many new faces in term 2.

Crib Point Community House By Mary Budd, Co-ordinator GOODNESS me, it’s nearly the end of 1st term already. I hope you’ve visited us during the term and enjoyed some of our classes. If not, where have you been? We’d love to meet you and find out what you’d like to do. Preparations are already underway for term 2 and we have a few new activities. We have a couple of Massage classes including Hand Massage. Hey, don’t knock it until you try it. Besides it feeling WONDERFUL, you will learn pressure points to relieve such things as head aches, digestive upsets and tension. There’s also classes on Head & Shoulder Massage, and we all know how great that is. What about checking out your Family History? I bet you’ve wanted to do it for a while but just don’t know where to start. Jody will help you get started and we all know, ‘It’s easy when you know how!” We’ve also got some girls that want to start a Knitting & Crochet group. This will be on Thursday nights 7-9pm and we’ve called it “Hooks ‘n’ Needles” and I’m sure it will soon get hooked on both the crafts and the new friends you’ll make. There will also be some embroidery if you’re interested. In term 2 we will be celebrating Neighbourhood House Week from 9th to 13th May, so drop in at any time to check out the different things we do at your Community House. You can also check out the Hastings Library during this week. There will be displays from the Neighbourhood Houses on Westernport as well as some classes taking place in the Library. Come along and join us and have a cuppa and a chat. Calling all home based business. We are hoping to have a Home Based Business Expo in October and we’d love to hear from you. This will be a chance for you to show off you business to everyone and to increase your customer base. Just give us a call on 59839888 for more info and to register your interest.

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LOCAL HISTORY

EILEEN AND NORM

Part Three

by Peter McCullough and Vic Jeremiah

sity in 2011, “Courtney, how about getting married and having a baby.” When she asked why I said, “So I can have a great, great grandchild before I go.” Courtney wasn’t interested. Incidentally I have been going to Dr. Boon in Hastings since he came here and he tells me he thinks I am his oldest patient. What other interests did you have?

Hastings Football Club, Premiers 1913. Pompey Francis left, middle row.

Continued from part two... Was Norm a fisherman until he retired? After selling fish from here for a number of years we opened a fish shop in Somerville where we sold fresh and cooked fish. Norm was still fishing while Richard , Maidie (Richard’s wife) and I ran the shop. We did that for about 3 years, after which I returned here and did filleting. I had two regular outlets: the dining room at Lysaghts-they took 20 lb. every Friday-and the hospital in Hastings.

Could you tell us a little more about your immediate family? Our only child, Richard, is a carpenter. He went to Moorabbin Tech and was awarded the prize for carpentry in his final year. He has a good name as a carpenter and even now, at the age of 68, he has years of work ahead of him. Richard and Maidie have 3 girls; Libby and Debbie, who both live in Langwarrin, and Morice who lives in the flat at this house. Between them they have 7 children.

Richard started the restaurant (The Pepper Tree) in Tyabb about 3 years ago and Debbie ran it with the help of Richard, Maidie and Morice. However it became too much for them and they have now sold it. I wasn’t sorry as I was making passionfruit sponges for them every weekend. Mind you I still cook every day for the great grandchildren who call in every day on their way home from school: they generally order what they want! I recently said to my eldest great grandchild, Courtney, who is 18 and going to univer-

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I belonged to the Mothers Club and also to the Tyabb branch of the CWA. I was President of both when we lived in Thornells Lane but had to give them away when we moved into Tyabb and started selling fish. Are there any other events which stick in your memory? Opposite our home farm in McKirdy’s Road in Tyabb, when we were little, there was a large area of thick bushland owned by George Philbrick. One summer it caught fire and the sparks were landing on our house; we were all terrified that it was going to go up. During the war years I remember how strictly we had to observe the blackout conditions. There was a soldiers’ camp at the park in Somerville and they would attend our dances. There were also a number of young women who came into the town as part of the Land Army to work on the orchards while the young men were away; a lot of them married local boys. All of us women were expected to knit for the war effort: khaki jumpers and such.

Above: Norm and Eileen marry at Tyabb Anglican Church, 1940. Below: Eileen and Norm selling fresh fish in Tyabb.

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Above: Hastings primary School. Norm Francis behind school sign.


Finally, Eileen, could you tell us about the Tyabb Minstrels? This was a troop formed by Norm and Keith Cole and included a number of local boys: Ron Harris, Albert Taylor, Ron Baker, Bert Smeaton, Harold Hunt with his accordian, and the Lillywhite brothers. Bill Jouning from the Packing Shed was Mr. Interlocater. They could all do something. They sang old favourites: Norm would have the audience in tears when he sang “Old Shep”. He also wrote little ditties about various locals who might have an unusual habit or mannerism. Keith Cole never seemed to be able to complete his song without making a mistake, much to the amusement

of the other members. One night he had almost completed his favourite (“I’m a lonely little petunia in the onion patch”) when he messed up the ending. “Oh,s..t,” exclaimed Keith, and the minister, who was sitting in the front row, went red. The first time the Minstrels performed in Tyabb, and this would be in the ‘40’s,they were requested to repeat their show in Somerville and Pearcedale. They did this for about three years.They wouldn’t be able to get away with it these days as they blackened their faces and had digs at various locals; it was all politically incorrect. Norm could play any musical instrument:the guitar, banjo, ukelele, even the violin. He was invited to join the band

at the base but he declined. His aunt, Winnie Walker, was an accomplished pianist and he would go down there and practice when he was young. He would sing and play his banjo and she would get him to go on stage. Norm was also a very good artist and, before we were married, he was invited to go up to Melbourne by Esther Patterson and draw for one of the weeklies. He refused to go. His favourite subjects were boats and women which he would paint on brown paper. After he got tired of that scene he would burn it and do another. This painting of a boat which I have here in the loungeroom is the only one that I was able to rescue and have framed.

Below: Wes Clarke, Eileen and Norm Francis on the occasion of Eileen’s 70th birthday.

How Norm got into football MR. NORM FRANCIS of Tyabb was born on September 1st,1917 into a seafaring family and obviously inherited a love for the sea from his grandfather who began fishing in the Flinders area in the 1850’s after having sailed his own boat from England. Norm’s father,Mr. Bert.(Pompey) Francis, also a fisherman,owned a 40 acre timbered property in Cemetery Road, Hastings, which he and Norm later cleared and converted to apple orchard. It was here that young Norm spent his early childhood days and like most young boys he developed a love and a feel for the surrounding bush and its inhabitants.

of a magnificent 52-year relationship with his beloved Hastings Football Club. -taken from an obituary by Vic Jeremiah, HFC historian, at the time of Norm’s death on 28th August, 1999. Family affair: Norm’s father, Bert (Pompey) Francis.

After leaving school in 1931 at the age of 14 years,Norm began to spend much of his leisure time roaming the countryside hunting rabbits and foxes, always in the company of his faithful and constant companion, his dog “Nippy.” Norm’s father became quite concerned by his son’s rather nomadic and care-free lifestyle and one day decided that a few home truths had to be spoken. Norm was told in a very stern fashion that it was time to go out and start to meet people, “or better still”, his father said, “go down and get yourself a game of football.” “Pompey”, being a shrewd and calculating old-timer with a vast knowledge of the game, knew of the overall benefits that playing football could bring to his son. It is now history that young Norm heeded his father’s advice. As he later recounted, “I walked home the 4 miles as happy as hell. Two black eyes and a busted nose, courtesy of a stray elbow at training, but I was in the team for Saturday.” Thus was born the start

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Darren Hornsby, I beg your forgiveness By Stuart McCullough HIT film ‘The Social Network’ charts the origins of the phenomenon that is facebook. In the movie, a simple act of revenge in which a jilted young man seeks to humiliate a girl spawns an idea that becomes a billion dollar industry. But whilst the folks at facebook may try and convince you that it has moved beyond its vengeful origins, the site remains a potent weapon that, in the wrong hands, can wreak untold destruction. I continue to resist twitter and the rest, believing firmly that they are not a new frontier of communication so much as they are a massive time sink. Indeed, Stephen Hawking would be well advised to update his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ to confirm that the newest black hole in the universe is, in fact, facebook. Mostly, I’m oblivious to it. However, I am reliably informed that there is a page on facebook entitled ‘You Know You Went to Flinders College in the 1980s if……’ Lots of examples are listed. It is, I am assured, the nature of such things. One of them is ‘You Know You Went to Flinders College in the 1980s if you saw 20/20 Vision live in concert’. 20/20 Vision was the name of the band I was in during high school. This page has more than seventy members.

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peace but to settle a score that I had no idea even existed. I didn’t know Darren Hornsby that well. He was a year or two older than me and was pretty quiet. We weren’t friends, but we weren’t enemies either. Or so I thought. It was short, it was sharp and it was devastating. Darren posted, ‘Yeah I saw 20/20 Vision play (crap)…..’ Whilst such a critique may seem harmless enough, those words are a dagger to my musical heart.

I’ll be the first to admit that we weren’t exactly Radiohead, but we were best band the school had to offer. That we were the only band doesn’t really come into the equation. Number one is number one, no matter which way you slice it. As the singer, I often bathed in the adulation that being in a teenage rock band brings. Walking between the portables and across the quadrangle, my fellow students gazed at me in what I assumed was quiet

worship. I thought everybody loved us. Clearly, I was mistaken. Darren didn’t make his feelings known at the time - if he had some constructive criticism he wished to provide, all he had to do was speak up. I feel betrayed. Although I could try and draw some succor from the fact that Darren’s scathing assessment did not prompt a flood of similar comments, neither did anyone charge to our defence. This is in spite of the fact that of the seventy-plus people in the group, two are my sisters and one was a member of the band itself. Under these circumstances, such silence is disturbing. Rather than a disgruntled lone wolf, perhaps Darren is part of a silent but still angry majority who have been waiting all these years for the chance to stick their boots in. It’s as though he has bided his time, patiently anticipating the creation of facebook and social media where his true feelings can finally be revealed. I can’t recall him even liking music, and yet he has dismissed the finest efforts of our teenage years in a single word. How should I respond? Should I accuse him of having ears of clay or simply demand satisfaction and challenge him to some kind of dual? Sadly, whilst facebook gives you the option of accepting or declining an offer of friendship, it is

completely without a function that lets you organize pistols at dawn. The members of 20/20 Vision will soon reunite for the first time in more nearly twenty years. Whilst we could probably be forgiven for retaliating by way of a letter advising Darren that we’re not wild about him either, I don’t think that’s the way to go. I’d prefer to dust off the instruments and turn up unannounced to his house, set up on the lawn and start playing. Or, if that’s not possible, perhaps we could transfer some of the old cassettes to compact disc and present him with the very first copy of ‘20/20 Vision – The Anthology’. Facebook may be a fascinating portal into the past, but it’s also capable of delivering some fairly confronting surprises. When I first heard of the ‘You Know You Went to Flinders College in the 1980s…’ page, I assumed it would be filled with earnest debate as to which 20/20 Vision best encapsulates the spirit of the band, a full list of our live performances and a petition begging us to reform. Maybe even chord charts to allow our die hard followers to play along. But instead of fan worship all I found was criticism that’s twenty years too late in coming. Darren, had I only known how you felt. I am truly, deeply sorry. www.stuartmccullough.com

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Entertainment AWARD-winning country music singer James Blundell had fallen on tough times recently, but has picked himself up and hit back with a new album. James was forced into bankruptcy in 2010 and moved back to his family property at Mt Malakoff in southeast Queensland. His girlfriend, former Australian Idol contestant Jesse Curran, stuck with him and is featured on his latest album, Woolshed Creek. “I should have shifted back to the family property 10 years ago. It has taken me 25 years to get back home and its pure serenity here,” he said. “I am currently building my new home on the property complete with recording studio and hope to be finished by May.” The former Toowoomba Prep School pupil got his break winning the Star Maker talent quest in 1987 and released Gidgee Bug Pub, which won him a Golden Guitar for best new talent in 1988. He then released the album This Road, which sold more than 150,000 copies and featured the hit Way Out West, recorded with James Reyne.

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James grew up listening to The Seekers and Slim Dusty. In 2003, he wrote Postcards from Saigon, protesting against the war in Iraq. He was also the voice behind the Qantas TV commercial singing Peter Allen’s hit I Still Call Australia Home. His new album was recorded at home in the woolshed at Mt Malakoff with some great production by Paul Greene, a former Olympic sprinter now full-time singer-songwriter. Woolshed Creek was a real family affair with his father Peter Blundell

Snr and brother Pete Blundell singing backup vocals on Move Into the City and Milk Me. Peter Blundell Snr performs lead vocals on the hidden track Old Paint. Pete Blundell also sang backup vocals on Fat Man in a Van while Pete Denahy was passing by and dropped in to lend a hand on the violin. “I have many memories of the woolshed including 21st birthdays, dances and romances,” James said. “Paul Greene turned up one day with his dog Jack and together with my and Jesse’s dogs Diesel, Flash and Honey and a supply of Jack Daniels, a smoking potbelly stove and a bunch of songs, we went to work and made Woolshed Creek. Best tracks include Fat Man in a Van, Milk Me, Billy, Juliana’s Footsteps, Can’t Love Alone, Move Into the City and Old Paint. And here’s a plug for Paul Greene’s dog Jack who is featured on “barks” at the end of Juliana’s Footsteps. James has been invited to an American festival in October and will go on tour after that. He also appeared at a flood relief concert in Toowoomba last weekend.

“I bleed for the flood victims and anything we can do, we will. The Toowoomba concert was important and l probably knew half the crowd there.” James is dedicated to his sons Briar, 12, and Travis, 9, both talented musicians. Briar plays drums and Travis piano and guitar. What is JB playing in his car CD stacker? “At the moment l am listening to traditional R&B, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Kym Cheshire. I also enjoy Catherine Britt, Travis Collins, Kirsty Lee Akers and Dave Garnham.” James will tour with Catherine Britt in July and August, performing at the Apollo Bay Music Festival on 9 April, Hallam Hotel 3 August, York on Lilydale 5 August and the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood Thursday 11 August. www.jamesblundell.com.au *** LUKE Austen has released a new single Two Miles Down, written by Troy Cassar-Daley. “The track is a working class song, depicting the lives of the men and women who go underground every day to make a living. Something l

minute break every hour on day one to play the one cent machines, followed by a break every two hours on day two and so on; sort of like restricting the smokes to the point of total abstinence. Maximum beer intake will be four pots per day. Morning half-hour walks followed by a half-hour swim. It will take a week. ***

the likes of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News channel. Who knows, but one thing is certain, the differences between the 1940s and now are massive. Does power corrupt? You can bet on it. The big question is: who’s doing the corrupting? ***

with Gary Turner know all too well with my father spending 15 years as an underground miner,” he said. Look out for the new video clip Two Miles Down, directed by Golden Guitar winner Duncan Toombs, on CMC soon. *** Top 10 albums 1. Woolshed Creek – James Blundell 2. Red Stiletto – Vanessa Lea & Road Train 3. White Flag – Katrina Burgoyne 4. Left of Center – Left of Center 5. Holding My Breath – Adam Toms 6. Better Late Than Never – Jason Lee 7. Behind Bars – Allan Caswell 8. Saturday Night Country – Various 9. Bad Machines – Shane Nicholson 10. Ultimate Country Driving Songs – Various

A Grain Of Salt NOW that time is catching up, I’m having thoughts along the lines of joining Darling, who departed six years back. Not voluntary thoughts mind, more likely coming from that mysterious monster hidden in my subconscious. The black knight! Like, what if there is something afterwards, controlling a register of bad deeds? The Catholic church is the world’s largest Christian church but, alas, I’m not a member. Does a social membership of an RSL carry any weight? I’ve never been to confession. Do they confess everything? Surely a furphy. Do people go to church “just to go” or do they really believe? Perhaps I should join as an eachway bet? Be frightening to arrive up there and have some bloke or, worse still, some female read out a long list of my misdemeanours. “Ellen, 99 bad deeds and four billion bad thoughts.” The black knight in the background, smiling, beckoning, with Darling alongside, awaiting the decision, brandishing a shovel. *** HAVE we ever experienced a political situation as we are in now? Nobody wants Gillard, fewer still want Abbott and almost everybody I speak with can

offer no tangible reasons other than instinct, which spells confusion. Kevvy Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull are now preferred to Julia and Tony. Why? Carbon tax and nuclear power go way over our heads, one party trying reason, another in opposition to everything and newspapers adding to the confusion and voters influenced by rising prices. And so it goes, with bias and ignorance, as always, reigning supreme. It’s not our fault, for mine. Both parties favour popularism in lieu of truthful information. In fact, like us, both parties appear to be running on instinct, which spells a loss of our respect. Even our floods, followed by the dreadful earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan involved backbiting. It’s all so very sad. *** DEAR Brendan, mate: Journey on down to the Mornington Peninsula (rather than Los Angeles) and meet me in the dedicated smokers zone of the Rye RSL. I’ll give you the mail on how to dodge the Channel 9 vultures as well as sound investments in term deposits. If you behave, I’ll allow you a five-

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IF Wikileaks taught us anything (doubtful at best), it’s taught us that all governments lie, with the point being: do we care? And if they lie where does reality lie? As a kid watching those American war films, I was indoctrinated to the point of believing the Germans and Japanese were cruel races as opposed to our wonderful fairness, helped along by God’s will. And so to the American soldier who supplied information to Julian Assange and is now confined to a 12 by six-metre cell for 23 hours of every day with one hour for exercises with his legs in chains for months on end. Perhaps it began with Richard Nixon and his use of the weird American justice system to hijack and destroy one actor in the “Deep Throat” censorship case and continued on with

AS I see it, adaptability is the keyword in all relationships, but it must not impede your growth, as in forming your own opinions, your own form of creativity. The problem in some relationships is that one of the partners has too much say, and with it no knowledge of the need not to suffocate the other. True, we all need love and approval, and a feeling of belonging but there surely has to be more. Both require the ability to listen; easier said than done. Some say you make your own luck (generally famous actors or bigshot millionaires), disregarding the probability factor and so the vagaries of luck. Others suggest a path is already set at birth; others that the first seven or eight of life years sets the pattern. Maybe, maybe not; there is no clear evidence and all of these ideas occur

with Cliff Ellen in retrospect. Parents want their children to be handsome or pretty, and clever. They infuse them with their beliefs with the honest intention that they know best. Children, however, no matter their appearance or intelligence levels are all beautiful, and they all need love (like us) and they all have the potential for creativity. But do parents who want the best for their children want the same ideals for each other? If they don’t they should. *** “We are not satisfied with real life; we want to live some imaginary life in the eyes of other people and to seem different from what we actually are.” (Pascal, 1623-1662) When I was a kid, I fantasised about the advantages of invisibility. Alas, on reaching 70 there are none. Adios. cliffie9@bigpond.com

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Here we go, here we go, it’s peninsula footy time THE Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League kicks off with a oncein-a-century match on 9 April, the 100th year of the Chelsea Seagulls. The Seagulls tackle traditional rivals Edithvale-Aspendale at Chelsea Reserve in Beardsworth Ave in a show stopper a week before other Peninsula Division teams pull on the boots. Calling the game will be the award-winning team from 3RPP, the peninsula’s community radio station. Most interest in the Western Port and southern peninsula region will be the hotly contested Nepean Division games – Hastings versus Crib Point at Thomas Barclay Oval in Hastings, Pearcedale versus Tyabb at Pearcedale Recreation Reserve on Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Somerville versus Frankston at Somerville Recreation Reserve on Jones Rd, and Red Hill versus Rosebud at the Red Hill Showgrounds. Rye, Sorrento and Dromana have the bye, with the latter two opening their seasons on Easter Saturday 23 April at David McFarlan Reserve in Sorrento.

At Chelsea, the game will mark the start of a season-long celebration of the Seagulls’ 100-year history and will include the unfurling of the club’s centenary flag and the first appearance of its heritage jumpers, which will be worn in all matches this year. Andrew “Toe Punt” Kelly of 3RPP said the Chelsea Seagulls are one of the most influential teams in the MPNFL. RRP’s coverage begins at 9am with the Chelsea pre-game breakfast, before Kelly, Jack “The Voice” Heverin and Michael Voss call the historic game at 1.45pm. Kelly, now into his 18th year behind the microphone, says he can’t wait: “This is a big moment for Chelsea and the league, and the radio station helping the celebrations is a brilliant way to kick off the season.” Preparations for the match and the centenary celebrations have been coordinated by the Chelsea centenary committee headed by president and former player Ray Stuart. “Chelsea has left nothing to chance,”

says Jack Heverin. “Their history, the epic games of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rivalry with Edi-Asp Eagles is just huge. We can’t wait to get going.” Chelsea will be wearing a navy blue and white hooped heritage jersey for the match and will be honouring the role and contribution of past players and administrators. “Look at Chelsea’s contribution to local footy,” says Kelly, “players like Jack ‘Chooka’ Howell, ‘Doc’ White, Frank Parsons, Leigh Matthews and Travis Johnstone. This is going to make fantastic radio; talking to these blokes and reflecting on Chelsea’s contribution to local football.” 3RPP’s coverage of the 9 April Chelsea centenary breakfast and Chelsea v Edithvale-Aspendale match starts at 9am on 98.7 and 98.3 FM. The station broadcasts the MPNFL match of the day every Saturday. Roar of the pundits: Andrew Kelly (seated) and Jack Heverin are itching to start the footy season for Radio Port Phillip.

Round two here we come Round 2 Previews Friday April 1 St. Kilda v Richmond MCG 7:40pm This is a game everyone would label as a mismatch but judging last week’s performances suggests that it will be much closer than initially believed. The Saints last week looked poor against an undermanned Cats side but should be able to bounce back against Richmond. Now can Richmond repeat their encouraging performance against the Blues? A worry for the Saints is that Farren Ray may miss due to suspension after putting Joel Selwood in hospital. St. Kilda by 31 points. Saturday April 2 North Melbourne v Collingwood Etihad Stadium 2:10pm This game looks like it’s going to be pretty one sided with Collingwood’s highly convincing 75 point win against Port Adelaide and North Melbourne going down to last year’s wooden spooners West Coast. The Kangaroos will have a tough task stopping the Magpies forward duo in Chris Dawes and Travis Cloke. On a positive for North Melbourne Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell still looks in doubt. Can Dane Swan repeat his 34 disposal and 3 goal game from the previous week and will Leon Davis find a spot back in the side after missing last week? Collingwood by 56 points. Port Adelaide v West Coast AAMI Stadium 3:10pm This is a tough match to call, Port Adelaide even though they

were thumped by 75 points they didn’t look too bad, albeit they played in patches but those patches looked really convincing, at one point they kicked six unanswered goals. West Coast however, fought out a promising win against North Melbourne, while showcasing their recruits in Andrew Gaff and Jack Darling, who showed encouraging signs. A huge worry though is can Mark LeCras get up for the match after injuring his groin in the third quarter of the Kangaroos match. Port Adelaide 6 points.

Sunday April 3 Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Etihad Stadium 1:10pm In what seems to be an interesting match with the Bulldogs looking terrible against Essendon and the Lions fading in the final minutes of their two point loss to Fremantle. Brisbane will have to lift their game significantly especially with the loss of Jonathan Brown and Brent Staker. Also I believe the Dogs won’t play that badly two weeks in a row mainly because Brisbane’s pressure isn’t in the same league as Essendon’s. Western Bulldogs by 39 points.

Gold Coast v Carlton Gabba 7:40pm After several years of planning and preparation the Gold Coast Suns are finally ready for their first match of AFL football. They come up against a confident Blues outfit after their come from behind victory against the Tigers. The big questions of the match is will Gary Ablett play and will he be at his best? Chris Judd will no doubt be the biggest challenge for Guy McKenna; I believe a player like Daniel Harris will be given the impossible task of stopping Judd. Will be a historic night win or lose for the Suns. Carlton by 46 points. Fremantle v Geelong Patersons Stadium 8:40pm In one of the matches of the round Geelong will travel to Perth to try and back up their impressive game against St. Kilda. Remembering last year when these two teams met and it was the Dockers that won by three points. I believe we can expect a similar result this year, especially with Joel Selwood in doubt and whether Chris Scott chooses to take Cameron Ling and Paul Chapman over with a week in the VFL. Fremantle by 12 points.

Sydney v Essendon ANZ Stadium 2:10pm This is going to be a big match for both teams; Sydney will be itching to get that first win for John Longmire after that heartbreaking draw against Melbourne. While Essendon full of confidence from their massive win against the Bulldogs will be looking to beat another top 8 team from 2010. I’m expecting Jobe Watson to have another big game and will be interesting to see if Rhyce Shaw goes to him or not. I’m tipping Sydney by 3 points. Hawthorn v Melbourne MCG 4:40pm Despite being talked up in the media Hawthorn failed to defeat Adelaide after leading for the majority of the match, this is a must win for the Hawks. On the other hand Melbourne has nothing to lose, they showed spirit and fight in the draw against Sydney. Luke Tapscott was impressive on debut, I’m predicting a huge year for the youngster. I think in the end it comes down to the fact without James Frawley Melbourne has no one to stop Lance Franklin which is a huge disadvantage. Hawthorn by 15 points.

Devil Bend does it again ON Wednesday 2 February Devil Bend Golf Club held it’s Fleetweld Pro-Am event. With a field of 160 players, including 65 pro golfers, it was once again an outstanding success. The club pro and general manager, Jason Glanz, recounted “What a day the club put on. I am always proud when the professionals come and play here and later tell me what a great bunch of members we have. They also rave about the state of our golf course with one prominent professional, Terry Pilkidaris, who has played all around the world and was on his first visit here, saying that it is as good as anywhere including the sand belt courses. All the players are also surprised at the improvements year after year.” This was only the 4th Pro Am played at Devil Bend, but the strongest yet. In the clubhouse after the round there were seven professionals who have played on the U.S. Tour, and the scoring showed with James Mclean firing a 64, seven under par, to win the event. In fact nearly one third of the field broke 70. Thanks to all the sponsors as the event would not be same without them.

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WHAT’S ON Beleura Ladies Probus Club – Retired/Semi-retired why not join our happy group of ladies for Meetings, Outings Gallery visits and more? Meet 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 9.30am at St Mark’s Uniting Church Hall, Barkly Street , Mornington. New members most welcome. Details Contact Joy 5974 3162.

Over 50’s American Clogging New beginner classes learning Clogging, cross between Country Tap Dancing, Irish Dancing and American Folk Dancing. No dance experience or partner needed. Contact: Mornington Cloggers Lee : 59776985 04129777898 Mahjong Club plays at Mornington R.S.L. (Virginia Street) on Fridays. 12:30 - 4:00pm. Experienced players made very welcome. Cost is $3.50. Tea & coffee provided. Contact Lucy - 5981 0801.

Cancer Support Group meets every second Tuesday of the month. All welcome. Community Health. 185 High Street, Hastings, or ring 0419 020 543.

Warhammer Kids Club. Play the game, make scenery, paint miniatures. Free attendance, fully supervised. Bentons Square Community Centre. Mondays 3.30-5.30pm 5977-2468

Peninsula Bird Observers will be birdwatching in Kangerong Reserve, Red Hill on Wednesday 9th March and at Flinders Beach on Sunday 20th. Walks start 9.00 am and visitors are welcome. Details contact Max 9789 0224

The Mornington Toy Library will only be open on Saturdays between 9.30 am and 11.30 am during the school holidays and will be closed for Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Normal hours will resume after Easter: Wednesdays between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, Saturdays between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and Monday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm. Occasional Borrowing and party pack are also available. Enquiries: 5975 1847

Western Port Equestrian Association Inc, for equestrian families, holds rallies on the 3rd Sunday and 2nd Wednesday of every month at Woolley’s Road Equestrian Reserve, Woolley’s Road, Crib Point. New members most welcome. Enquiries 0408 173 486 Hastings VIEW Club, 5th April, Monthly luncheon and meeting @ The Hastings Club. Guest speaker, Friends of the Zoo. 29th April, Ripponlea Estate bus trip. For information or bookings for any of these events, phone Elaine on 0359 773424 or Val on 03 59313726. New members are made most welcome.

‘LINE DANCING’. New beginners class for the RAW BEGINNERcommencing April 7th at Moorooduc Hall cnr. Derrol Rd. & Bentons Rd. Moorooduc-Details June 59750118

The Peninsula Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association will hold a discussion meeting on Tuesday, 12th April at 10 am in the Mornington Library Community Room, Mornington. The topic will be “News from the Health Professionals Seminar”. Please bring a plate. New members welcome. Enquiries: phone 9787 7106. RSL Jazz: The SHIRAZZ JAZZ BAND- TRAD-DIXIELAND with a fresh take on the classic standards of the 20’s and 30’s Foot tapping appeal to a wide audience. Mornington RSL in Virginia St. from 12.30PM on Sunday 10th April. Enquires/Bookings: 5975-2106 Westernport Garden Club. The next meeting of the club will be held on Monday 4th April at the Balnarring Hall at 1.30pm. The guest speaker will be Mr. Shepherd of Shepherds Nursery. New Members and visitors most welcome. Join us for an informative and enjoyable Afternoon. Further information Phone: 59831961 or 59773995 The Sunshine Reserve Conservation & Fireguard Group will hold a working bee in Mt. Martha. On Sunday 3rd April from 9.30am till 12.30. Meet at the High School Steps entry in Sunshine Dve. Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a hat. Morning tea provided and no experience necessary. Contact Gill 5974 1288.

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Birdwatching. PENBOC will be birdwatching at Bittern on Wednesday 13th April and at Hastings on Sunday 17th. Visitors welcome, bring lunch and binoculars. Details Max. 9789 0224.

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The volunteers of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society will hold their next public night sky telescope viewing evenings on Friday April 1st from 8pm. Venue is at the Society’s Briars Historic Park observatory site, Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha (Melways map reference 151 E1). Attendees are most welcome to bring along their own telescope, binoculars or camera if they wish for a few hints, tips and pointers from the experts on how best to use them and what to see. No prior experience is necessary. Bookings are essential for these highly popular evenings - email to welcome@mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. These evenings are held regardless of the weather.

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Autumn Motoring Focus RS taking showrooms by storm

IF you visit your local Ford dealership in the near future, you may just be lucky enough to see one of just 315 Ford Focus RS’s that have come to Australia. If you are even luckier, you may become one of the lucky few to own one of these excepetional cars. “The buzz and excitement surrounding Focus RS has spread rapidly around the globe since it was introduced in Europe early last year, winning a host of motoring awards and receiving widespread critical acclaim for its outstanding combination of high-performance road car technology and every day Focus practicality.” explained Ford Australia President & CEO Marin Burela said. “Now it is poised to conquer the Australia market, setting a new benchmark for hot hatch performance in this country and creating a whole new gen-

eration of performance car enthusiasts in the process.” The Focus RS is being offered in just one comprehensively-equipped specification level and limited to three exterior colours – Ultimate Green, the signature colour of the latest Focus RS; Performance Blue, the colour of the original Focus RS; and Frozen White, a classic RS colour. Powered by a turbocharged Duratec RS 2.5-litre engine delivering 224 kW of power and peak torque of 440 Nm from just 2300 rpm, the RS is equipped with an arsenal of high-tech, high-performance components to match its exclusivity. Focus RS is fitted with unique sports suspension, incorporating the patented Ford RevoKnuckle, along with a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing Helical Limited Slip Differential, high-performance braking system and Tyre

Deflation Detection System (DDS) for the 19-inch alloy wheels and bespoke Continental tyres. In addition to the largest wheel/tyre combination ever fitted to a Focus, a host of unique Focus World Rally Car-inspired design elements contribute to the bold exterior of the RS, including: unique body panels flared wheel arches custom bonnet design with integrated twin louvres side skirts  aggressive front and rear bumpers In fact almost every body panel on the sleek three-door body has been revised or modified. A twin-blade rear spoiler completes the exterior package, complementing the rear bumper venturi and front bumper splitter to deliver the necessary downforce and bal-

ance the overall aerodynamic profile of the vehicle. Other exterior elements include automatic levelling xenon front headlights with washer system and rear parking sensors. On the inside, Focus RS boasts Recaro sports seats in partial leather trim, dual zone climate control air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear vision mirror and an eightspeaker Sony audio system with six-disc CD player and USB input facility for iPod/ MP3 player integration. Bluetooth hands-free with Voice Control system is also part of the equipment package, along with the Ford Key-Free System incorporating keyless entry and keyless start via the start/stop button. The Focus RS is being offered for sale with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $59,990.

Comprehensive guide to safe child restraint VICTORIAN parents can ensure their children have the best crash protection following the release of a guide that rates child restraints. The 2011 buyer’s guide compiles the results of the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) that has tested and rated 83 child restraints for different ages. It gives each child restraint a star rating for protection and ease of use, with 5 stars being the highest rating attainable for each category. The guide titled “Child restraint safety ratings” is supported by two Victorian road safety authorities, RACV and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). The guide makes it easier for

parents to comply with new child restraint road rules that were implemented late last year and ensure they choose the most appropriate restraint for their child. In 2010, four children aged under 7 years were killed in Victorian car accidents as passengers. Over the last five years, more than 350 child passengers have been seriously injured. “Everyone recognises the vulnerability of children in cars and the need to provide them with the greatest protection,” said RACV’s Manager Vehicle Engineering, Michael Case. “This is a very handy guide for parents who want to be informed about the quality of child restraints on the market. It

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Autumn Motoring Top honors for Kia Motors at red dot awards KIA MOTORS has been awarded top honours in two categories at this year’s red dot product design competition in Germany. The competition’s jury of respected international design experts bestowed coveted red dot awards on the Kia Sportage compact CUV and Kia Optima sedan. The judges also paid a special tribute to the new midsize Kia Optima sedan, which claimed the 2011 red dot ‘best of the best’ title, the competition’s highest distinction, for which only the best products in each category are eligible. These latest wins bring the number of Kia models to receive a red dot award to four – with the Kia Venga winning in 2010 and the Kia Soul in 2009. The Kia Optima and the new Sportage also won 2011 iF product design awards last December. “We are extremely proud of the red dot awards for the new Kia Optima and Sportage. They are a great acknowledgement of the hard work of our international design teams and an endorsement of our design strategy,” says Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer, Kia Motors Corporation. “Naturally, we are particularly thrilled about the ‘best of the best’

award for our new sedan. The Kia Optima exudes a bold, athletic energy and its blend of simple and fluid lines and elegant but uncomplicated shapes draw the attention of the eye in much the same fashion as a perfectly tailored, fine Italian suit.” Senior Executive VicePresident & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, Thomas Oh, underlines the significance of design in terms of Kia’s market position. “These red dot design awards are a fantastic success for our brand. They represent yet another independent endorsement of the groundbreaking design and excellent value for money Kia vehicles offer. The special award for the Kia Optima, in particular, will surely add momentum to the ongoing launch our new sedan in the highly competitive D-segment across the globe.”

Coveted worldwide: the red dot award The red dot product design awards are one of the world’s major design contests and have been held by the Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany since 1955. This year, about 1700 manufacturers from 60 countries, working across a variety of product sectors, vied for the awards with a total of 4433 product entries. The judging was entrusted to an international jury of highly respected design experts who scrutinized and tested the products, and judged them according to criteria such as their level of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability, ecological compatibility and intuitive handling. Only products featuring the highest standard of design are eligible for the coveted red dot awards.

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