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Blueboys play for flag glory By Mike Hast HASTINGS Football Club’s seniors have a shot at premiership glory after beating Dromana in the preliminary final on the weekend. The Blues meet their nemesis Sorrento in a do-or-die grand final at Frankston Park on Saturday afternoon on a predicted warm day of about 25 degrees. The Sharks have beaten Hastings three times this season by narrow margins, but good judges say the two best Nepean League teams are through to the grand final and it will be a crackerjack game. It’s the first shot at a flag in 16 years for Hastings, the Mornington Peninsula’s most successful club with 21 premiership pennants (see box). The Blues thumped the Tigers at R J Rowley Reserve in Rye on the weekend, winning 12.13-85 to 7.8-50 with Tim Churchin leading the way with seven goals. Main chance: Big Josh Mulheron goes for a mark during the preliminary final win against Dromana on Saturday. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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The win gives them another shot at Sorrento, which fell over the line against Hastings at Rosebud the week before in the semi-final. Former club president Kevin Miles said the key to victory over Dromana on Saturday was outscoring the Tigers in the first quarter two goals to one when Dromana kicked with a 4-5 goal wind. “We used the wind well in the second and booted five goals to one to set up a handy lead and then kept them at bay for the remainder of the game,” he said. Mr Miles said the long and narrow Frankston Park ground would not bother the Blues on Saturday. “We carry the ball as well as anyone.” He said every player should be right. “We’ll train hard on Tuesday and then for about an hour on Thursday.” Blues legend John Watson, a triple premiership player, said he was confident the Blues could win the flag. “Each time we’ve played Sorrento this year we’ve been in a winning position,” he said. Continued Page 2

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Finalists: The Blues leave the field after their preliminary final win against Dromana. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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At Sorrento earlier in the year, the Blues had let the Sharks kick 12 goals in the third quarter to go down by 13 points. At home the Blues had been in front twice but lost. In the semi-final, Hastings again hit the front in the last quarter only to lose by six points. Mr Watson said he was not fazed by Hastings having to play more finals games than the Sharks. “We had a lot of boys who hadn’t played finals and they’ve come through unscathed; they’re battle hardened,� he said. He said the Frankston ground better suited the Blues’ style of play. Coach Glenn Michie in his second year at Hastings had been “sensational

for the club�. “Glenn is big on image, behaviour and discipline, and he has won respect from all players. Also, he’s a smart football coach.� Mr Watson said the club was on the up after a few poor years, and winning the flag on Saturday would be just reward for all the hard work on and off the field. A young reserves team had done well and this augured well for the future. Winning the flag after 16 long years will be just the tonic the town needs after a rough few weeks since BlueScope announced job losses at its Western Port plant and the closure of the hot strip mill and a metal coating line.

Hastings’ glory years HASTINGS won an incredible nine flags in a row between 1903 and 1911, lost in 1912 and then won in 1913 and 1914. It was to be 20 long years until Hastings tasted premiership glory again, winning the flag in 1934. The Blues won the pennant again in 1946, 1947 and 1948. They dominated the 1970s, winning in 1972 and then three in a row again, 1975-77. The 1980s were barren years, but it was a return to the golden days in the 1990s when Hastings played in finals for a decade between 1992 and 2002, including winning flags in 1992 and 1995, their most recent.

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Priest resigns to run ‘parallel’ church By Keith Platt HASTINGS priest Father Greg Reynolds has resigned because of his beliefs. A member of the Catholic church for 32 years, Fr Reynolds intends continuing holding mass, but ones that are “more inclusive of women and gays”. Fr Reynolds, 58, ran into problems with the church hierarchy a year ago by advocating the ordination of women priests. He received support from members of his congregation at St Mary’s in Hastings, but his statement led to questioning of his commitment by his superiors (‘Priest back from the wilderness despite plea for women clergy’, The News, 21/12/10). Fr Reynolds was summoned to a meeting with the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and basically told that there would be no disciplinary action against him provided he was less outspoken. However, wide publicity followed and Fr Reynolds was told “stop talking or resign”. Months later he was again contacted by the archbishop’s office with the message that no action was being taken. “I presume that if I take any more public action he would feel forced to sack me,” Fr Reynolds told The News last December. One year on and Fr Reynolds has decided he can no longer work within the confines of the Catholic church and wants to connect with the many people who have similar feelings. He says that the past 40 years has seen a steep decline in Catholics regu-

larly attending church. “It’s gone from 65 per cent to under 15 per cent. They are stark percentages,” Fr Reynolds said. “One of many reasons for this is the hierarchy’s policy on women priests. They’re not only against them, but also not allowing public discussion.” Fr Reynolds says his decision to leave the Catholic church was made during a three-month sabbatical visiting church groups in most state capitals. He used public transport while on his journey after having lost his driver’s licence. “There was a rumour I had gone to detox, but that’s not true,” he said. “I drink, but only in moderation.” He handed in his resignation two weeks ago and was due to return to St Mary’s this Sunday. His return will instead be a farewell lunch. His replacement at St Mary’s is Fr Grant O’Neill. Last week Fr Reynolds attended a conference in Sydney that discussed the issue of women priests. A woman priest ordained by a Catholic bishop in Germany was among the speakers. “She was ordained clandestinely and has been excommunicated three times by the church,” Fr Reynolds said. “There are at least three women bishops and 300 to 400 women priests in the world, mainly in America. “It’s like there’s a parallel church and the Catholic church just ignores it. It’s all a bit crazy. We live in interesting times.”

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Fr Reynolds sees his new church as probably being run from a rented hall somewhere closer to Melbourne. “Services will celebrate the Eucharist in a Catholic way, but in a way that’s more inclusive of women and gays,” he said. “Maybe a few people will come from the peninsula, but I’m not poaching from the Catholic church. I’ll be making contact with those who have already walked away.” Fr Reynolds said members of his peninsula congregation “were sad that they had to say goodbye [to me], but they were understanding and most were supportive”. Fr Reynolds said his position would be that of “a priest without an appointment”. “Once a priest you’re always a priest, but I won’t be under a bishop or archbishop and am not allowed to perform official functions in the Catholic church.” He would also be deregistered as a marriage celebrant and unable to perform marriages. “I could apply to be a civil celebrant, but I don’t think it will come to that,” he said. One of Fr Reynolds’s parishoners said: “If he was a member of a religious order, they would have gone into bat for him but he won’t even get a job as a prison chaplain or as a missionary.”

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Legal centres in fight against tougher terms RESEARCH shows that the more information people have about crime and sentencing, the less likely they are to support harsh penalties, according to acting principal lawyer Brendan Stackpole of the Peninsula Community Legal Centre. “Community members armed with all the information that would be available to judges or magistrates would generally impose similar or more lenient sentences,” Mr Stackpole said. “Research demonstrates that public opinion about sentencing is largely built on widely held misconceptions about crime and sentencing. “Tough on crime law and order approaches do not reduce crime, as they do not address its causes. “The most effective way to reduce crime is through early intervention and therapeutic approaches which substantially reduce offending compared to strictly punitive measures.” Peninsula Community Legal Centre is one of the state’s 51 legal centres promoting the Smart Justice campaign promoting understanding of criminal justice policies that are “effective, evidence-based and

human rights compliant”. The legal centres work with offenders, victims and others involved in the criminal justice system. The Smart Justice campaign is financially backed by the Victoria Law Foundation and the Reichstein Foundation. Mr Stackpole is “encouraging the community to inform themselves on key issues relating to the criminal justice system, rather than be influenced by political statements and media hype”. “Mandatory minimum penalties of imprisonment for certain offences are currently being looked into by the state government, including for children. “Such penalties remove decision-makers’ ability to take individuals’ circumstances into account, leading to potential injustice. “They also carry a significant economic cost, with no corresponding benefit.” For details about the Smart Justice campaign, visit www. smartjustice.org.au. Contact Peninsula Community Legal Centre on 9783 3600 or www.pclc.org.au.

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Gran and Courtney join knitting project GRANDMOTHER Margaret Smith and her granddaughter Courtney Atkin, 9, have joined a bevy of knitters making garments for Australian troops in Afghanistan. They read about the project in The News last month and are busy making beanies, mittens and scarves for troops facing the coming harsh winter. The knitting skill has been passed down four generations as Mrs Smith’s grandmother taught her to knit in the United Kingdom when she was a girl. She and her husband George emigrated to Australia in 1966 and would be well known to people who worked or volunteered at Frankston Hospital. Courtney, who attends Benton Junior College in Mornington East, was a bit disappointed with the colour of the wool, khaki.

“We don’t want the troops to be an easy target,” her grandmother said with a smile. Mrs Smith taught Courtney to knit about two years ago. “She picked it up very quickly; she can knit while watching TV.” Nearly 1000 balls of wool have been handed out by Carrum Downs Bendigo Bank, which is one of the collection points for the Country Women’s Association campaign to make beanies, fingerless gloves and scarves. Knitters across the peninsula and southeast are using 8ply pure wool for beanies and scarves, and 4ply for mittens. Finished garments can be left at any branch of the Bendigo Bank. Call 9782 9788 or email Fran Henke of Hastings at fhenke@bigpond.net.au for patterns and wool.


One man’s call to draw the line on graffiti By Keith Platt JOHN Antoine has had enough mindless musings of people with cans of spray paint. So much so that he wants the community to get behind him and clean up Hastings. Graffiti is his biggest headache. He sees it everywhere and if he’s seeing it, so too are more impressionable minds. “Youngsters pass here on their way to school and think this is normal and acceptable,” Mr Antoine says, gesturing at the painted markings on a wooden fence in Wallaroo Place. The road flanks a small square opposite Hastings Westpark Primary School where fences facing the street are covered in meaningless words and scrawls. As he talks, Mr Antoine picks up wastepaper from the nature strip. “That bus shelter has been wrecked twice,” he says. “If they give me paint I’ll cover it up myself.” Railing against graffiti and rubbish is not new to Mr Antoine. Over the past months he’s sought help from members of parliament and Mornington Peninsula Shire by phoning officers and the CEO’s department. This week he’s hoping to take the mayor Cr Graham Pittock for a walk to show him the problem and, hopefully, find a solution. Cr Pittock told The News he knew Mr Antoine “is a good worker, but I haven’t yet seen what he’s telling me about”. “I’ve spoken to him and will come down to see if we can help him out.” Mr Antoine said council will only clean graffiti from its own buildings, although it supplied graffiti kits if asked by private owners. “But go down to the foreshore skatepark and they won’t clean it up,” he said. “They tell me it’s a safety issue because the cleanup affects the surface of the concrete. “If it is all about safety, why doesn’t the shire supply helmets or supervision at the skatepark? “Kids sit there staring at the graffiti, taking it all in and thinking it’s normal. “This is absolutely outrageous and contradicts the shire’s health and safety pronouncements.” Mr Antoine said rates and the annual municipal charge had gone up “so why don’t they incorporate something in the budget to clean up graffiti on private property?” “I’ve been living here 11 years and it’s the worst I’ve seen it,” he said. “Council seems to have dropped graffiti; they don’t see it as an issue. “I’m not on a witch hunt, I’m just fed up.”

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By Keith Platt THERE are just four American pit bulls registered with Mornington Peninsula Shire. However, rangers are chasing up six leads about dangerous dogs phoned in to the state government’s dob-in-a-dog hotline. Owners of restricted breed dogs have just weeks to contact the shire to avoid having their pets seized and put down. The American pit bulls are the only type of restricted breed dogs mentioned in the latest legislation that are legally allowed in Australia. Amendments to laws dealing with dangerous dogs were rushed through state parliament last month after a four-year-old girl was killed in her own home by a neighbour’s American pit bull. In Frankston there are seven known restricted breed dogs and no one has yet come forward to register their dog before the amnesty ends on Friday 30 September. However, concerns are now being raised over breeds that are not covered by the legislation, including the Johnson American bulldog (used as a pig dog in Australia), and the Chinese and Japanese fighting dogs, sharpei and akita respectively. The shire says it has a fair but firm policy of dealing with owners of unregistered dangerous dogs. “While the shire actively supports the thousands of responsible dog owners in our community by providing a range of positive services, the relatively small number of irresponsible people whose dogs pose a threat to community safety can expect to be dealt with fairly, but in accordance with legislation provided by the state government,” Paul Bonnici, who leads the shire’s rangers, said. “In particular, people who own dogs that attack may be prosecuted in the courts, where significant penalties and costs may be imposed.” American pit bulls will be identified by a “breed standard” drawn up by the government. The shire has now asked for advice from the Department of Primary Industries about what to do about cross-breed pit bull dogs. The legislation says owners of restricted breed dogs must register them by the end of this month after which the dogs will be impounded and destroyed. The shire wants the government to help pay for the extra time taken by rangers to track down restricted breed dogs. Mr Bonnici said the legislation was aimed at

identifying “a greater number of dogs which the state government believes to be of a type that pose a threat to the safety of our community”. “The intention of the legislation is for these dog types to be permanently removed from existence in our community; either by desexing those that have been registered (so they cannot reproduce), or by seizing and destroying those restricted breed dogs that have not been registered,” he stated in response to questions from The News. “Shire rangers currently make annual inspections of all premises keeping registered restricted breed dogs, as well as those premises keeping dogs that have been declared to be menacing or dangerous dogs. “These annual inspections are programmed by shire rangers to ensure ongoing compliance with the stringent requirements for keeping such dogs. “At this time, the Mornington Peninsula Shire has only registered four restricted breed dogs, all American pit bull terriers.” Frankston Council has two “animal registration officers” doorknocking houses to check for unregistered cats or dogs. Future doorknocks will include looking for restricted breed dogs. “Any dogs or cats found to be unregistered may result in the property owner or occupier being issued with a $244 penalty infringement notice,” CEO George Modrich said. “Frankston Council responds to all complaints regarding allegations of aggressive and restricted breed dogs.” Mr Modrich said there were seven dangerous dogs registered in Frankston and no other had “taken advantage” of the amnesty to register their pet. One dangerous dog had been put down since specific legislation was introduced in November 2005. “Every dog owner has a legal obligation to register their dog at the age of three months with their local government authority in the municipality in which they reside,” Mr Modrich said. “All new applicants for dog registration must sign a declaration stating whether or not their dog is a restricted breed dog.” Mr Modrich said his council promoted responsible pet ownership “in all our council communications”, including new items and advertisements in local newspapers; council’s corporate website; monthly Paw Tails and Whispers newsletter; the annual Pets’ Day Out; and school education programs.

Hang glider on course A LONE golfer was surprised to come across a man wandering dazed and injured near the seventh green at Mornington Golf Course on Monday evening last week. Police say the Frankston South man was injured when his hang glider came down on the course some time after he took off at 5pm from Sunnyside Beach, about one kilometre away. The golfer was the last on the course for the night, according to golf club manager Russell Donovan. “The injured man was extremely fortunate as there was only the one guy playing on the course,” he said. “The golfer was on his own and having a hit

just on dusk.” He called the clubhouse to alert staff who then called for an ambulance. Mr Donovan said the seventh green was close to the cliff edge. The injured man was taken to The Alfred hospital with a broken wrist, and head and facial injuries. Paramedics said he regained his memory on the way to hospital. A relative collected the man’s hang glider from the golf club. Mr Donovan said there had been gusty winds blowing all day. Golfers were used to seeing paragliders on calmer sunny days, but rarely hang gliders.

Book traces official Aboriginal ‘protection’ HISTORIAN Marie Fels’s book ‘I Succeeded Once’: The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula 1839-1840 will be launched at Mornington Library at 4pm on 23 September. The book makes the work of William Thomas – the official government protector of the Boon Wurrung (Bunurong) people – accessible to anthropologists, archaeologists, historians and the descendants of the Aboriginal people he wrote about in his diaries. The book is published by Aboriginal History at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at Australian National University in Canberra. A spokeswoman said: “People who live, work,

study, holiday or just have a general interest in the area from Melbourne to Point Nepean can learn about the original inhabitants who walked the land before it was cleared for agriculture and urban development. “Marie Fels supplements Thomas’s writings with other contemporary accounts and her exhaustive historical research sheds new light on critical events and the significant places of the Boon Wurrung people. “Of importance is the critical review of information about the kidnapping of Boon Wurrung people from the Mornington Peninsula.” Book details at www.aboriginalhistory.org.

Author a reading ambassador CHILDREN’S author and illustrator Jeannette Rowe is promoting Mornington Peninsula Library Service’s efforts to spread the word about the benefits of young families reading together and sharing books. Ms Rowe has been named ambassador of the Ready Set Read literacy program that aims to improve pre-primary school literacy skills and to increase the usage of library services. The program will see library team members visiting kindergartens, play groups, occasional care, childcare, family day care groups and immunisation sessions. “Reading is a powerful gift that can change and shape your life,” Ms Rowe said. “I am passionate about the importance of sharing books with babies and preschoolers. I believe the early experiences children have of reading and book play develop a love of reading and helping them to excel right through their lives.” A shire-financed pilot program of Ready Set Read has been operating since June for families and children at Bittern, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings, Moorooduc, Baxter, Crib Point, Shoreham, Balnarring, Somers and Flinders. The program will be rolled out across the peninsula from October to June next year as part of the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Literacy Villages – a partnership project between the state and federal governments, the City of Frankston, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Catholic Education Office.

Book fair ST Mark’s Anglican Church book fair is in the Balnarring church hall on Saturday 24, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October (all from 10am to 2pm). Details: 5983 5965.

Jeannette Rowe: Working with Mornington Peninsula Library Service to promote children’s reading skills.

Expressions of Interest Membership of the Somers Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. Nominations are being sought from the community for membership of a Committee of Management that will manage the foreshore reserve in Somers. The Committee is responsible for the day to day management, care and protection of the foreshore reserve on behalf of both the local community and the wider Victorian community. This is a unique opportunity to become actively involved in management of a highly significant area of coastal reserve. Key attributes being sought include interest and enthusiasm, a commitment to caring, protecting and managing the foreshore reserve of Somers and an approach to the task that includes maximising community involvement and participation. Specific interest or skills in one or more of the following areas would be highly regarded • Knowledge of community diversity, interest and needs

• Community liaison, education and/or training

• Coastal ecology

• Tourism and marketing

• Knowledge of local natural environment

• Committee and meeting procedures, and administration

• Environmental management

• Business management

• Human resource management

• Asset management

• Legal affairs

• Financial management/accounting

• Sport and recreation

• Aboriginal and cultural heritage

All registrations of interest will be considered. Further information and nomination forms are available from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, from Mr Will Hoban on (03) 9296 4556. All Expressions of Interest are to be sent to: Mr Richard Davey, Manager, Property Services Department of Sustainability and Environment, 30 Prospect Street Box Hill VIC 3128 or Email: property.portphillip@dse.vic.gov.au Expressions of Interest close of business Monday 3 October 2011. mitch44233

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Forest activist sowing seeds for the future FOREST campaigner John Seed is conducting workshops, giving talks and leading a walk through the Tootgarook Wetlands this month. Mr Seed has been campaigning to preserve forests for more than 30 years and now gives lectures on deep ecology, the concept that the natural world is as important as humans. On Wednesday 21 September, Mr Seed will give a talk called “Deep Ecology and the Conservation of Nature” at Balnarring Hall, 3041 Frankston-Flinders Rd, from 6.30pm followed by a musos’ night. Bookings to 5950 1685 or spcdadmin@mornpen.vic. gov.au by 20 September. At 7pm on Thursday 22 September, he will lead a workshop at Rosebud West Community Hall, 20 Eliza St, Rosebud West. Book on the same number and email. Mr Seed is leading students for a walk in Tootgarook Wetlands earlier in the day. On Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 September, he will conduct a workshop

in conjunction with EarthSoulScience Co-op at The Briars Park in Mt Martha. Cost is $150, $120 concession. Book on earthsoulscience@gmail. com or call 0403 995 152. Jo Ridgeway of Rosebud West Community Renewal said John was a major force in the campaign to save the Daintree Forest in Queensland. He is director of Rainforest Information Centre, which successfully campaigned to save sub-tropical rainforests of NSW from the late 1970s starting at Terania Creek where loggers, police and conservationists clashed for the first time in Australia. He has been called “the town crier for the global village” for his work promoting and protecting rainforests around the world. He has made films about rainforests and travelled the world with his rainforest roadshow, spreading the word and building networks of people committed to the cause. In 1995 was awarded an OAM for services to the environment. Mike Hast

Our ‘Coach’ would make a fantastic top cop WORD reaches The Emu’s bedraggled bushland hacienda that London’s The Met is struggling to attract a new top cop following the savaging the previous chief and his deputy got in the Murdoch empire News of the World phone hacking scandal before they quit in disgrace. It sounds like a good gig – $400,000 a year plus benefits – and an automatic knighthood. The Emu immediately thought of the perfect candidate – our talented and experienced shire chief executive officer, “Coach” Michael Kennedy. What a fantastic career move for our CEO. It’s $80,000 more than he earns at the shire (not that the money is important) and he would become Sir Dr Michael Kennedy OAM. The grateful monarch would probably throw in the Lord Wardenship of the Cinque Ports with Oak Leaf Cluster and Bar. He might then move on to Yarralumla – Sir Dr Michael Kennedy OAM WOTCP OLCB, entitled to 21gun salutes. After that? The House of Lords, perchance? Sir Lord Kennedy of Drum Drum Alloc, OAM, etc, etc? Makes a doctorate in business administration look small beer indeed.

Secret society SPENDING up to four hours at a meeting of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is a bit masochistic, but part of the job for some of The Emu’s journalist mates. They do a full days’ work (or so they say) then have to front up in the evening to either a full council meeting, where all manner of civic affairs

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are discussed, or a Development Assessments Committee meeting, where planning matters are debated and then voted on (or deferred for extra reports and more debate). Then there’s the council’s Special Purposes Committee meetings, which are closed to the public. However, these meetings have a reasonably comprehensive agenda with reports, etc, so local newspapers reporters (and ratepayers) know what is occurring. Every now and then the shire holds a “special” Special Purposes Committee meeting. This is where things get weird. They are a big secret. You open the agenda and there’s no indication of what’s being discussed. It’s like trying to get information about the Ministry for State Security in the former East Germany, the Stasi. These special meetings are usually heard in the afternoon, sometimes before public meetings. Here is a typical agenda, the list of what is to be discussed: Opening and welcome. Section 1: Procedural matters 1.1 Apologies 1.2 Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Pursuant to Section 79 of the Local Government Act 1989 1.3 Chairperson to advise members of the Public that: “All reports, information and recommendations contained in this Agenda have been designated by the

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MAYOR Graham Pittock’s a good sport: at the protest outside Nepean MP Martin Dixon’s office last month, where 17 people (and a dog) pressed their case to build the aquatic centre inland and not on the foreshore, Cr Pittock allowed protesters Barry Robinson, left, Gary Howard and Eunice Cain to hold one of their signs in front of him. The mayor then invited the group to join him for coffee at a nearby cafe to listen to their concerns.

Chief Executive Officer as confidential pursuant to Section 77(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1989 and accordingly have been referred to the Special Purposes Committee for a decision under delegation.” The Committee may resolve that the meeting be closed to members of the public in accordance with Section 89(2) of the Local Government Act 1989. Section 2: Confidential reports 2.1 Confidential Report 2.2 Confidential Report Section 3: Committee and information reports: Nil. Section 4: Urgent business Section 5: Notices of motion: Nil.

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DID you learn anything about what was discussed? Neither did The Emu. Residents and ratepayers are being treated like mushrooms. The Emu can accept the details of “special” Special Purposes Commit-

tee meetings should remain confidential, but not the topic of what is being discussed. At Frankston Council, for example, the agenda for items being discussed behind closed doors at least lists the topics. A recent example of a shire “special” Special Purposes Committee meeting, or Secret Meeting as The Emu will now call them, was the one on Wednesday 10 August when the 11 councillors decided to reappoint CEO Michael Kennedy without advertising the position. The only way journalists could figure out the reason for this meeting was by using minor powers of deduction. It was known by which date the councillors had to inform Dr Kennedy they intended to reappoint him as he was entitled to six months’ notice if his job was going to be advertised. His contract expires in early February, so the reappointment meeting had to be held in early August. Even jour-

nos can count back six months from February. The shire was at it again this week – two secret meetings on Monday: a Special Purposes Committee and one of those weird “special” Special Purposes Committee gatherings. No word from the shire about the topic or topics to be discussed, but guess what? It’s obvious one of these meetings relates to the rehiring of Michael Kennedy. No one at the shire would confirm this. Surprise, surprise. But a scan through the public notices of a certain local newspaper on 15 August reveals one about the reappointment of “Coach” Kennedy: “At least fourteen days after the giving of this public notice, Council will consider a further report to appoint Dr Michael Kennedy OAM as its Chief Executive Officer for a period of three years to take effect 9 February 2012.” What’s the most secretive government in the world? North Korea, China? No, it’s Mornington Peninsula Shire. Your rates at work – in secret.  Send gossip and hot news tips to The Emu at emutips@yahoo.com.au


Fireworks set to light up radio move SATURDAY week is a major milestone in the life of the peninsula’s community radio station 3RPP – the opening of new studios in Mornington. Radio Port Phillip, which broadcasts on 98.7FM, will use the opening to relaunch itself into the consciousness of residents. There will be a 90-minute public inspection session, fireworks and a free sausage sizzle provided by Rotary. New equipment in the studios and improvements made to 3RPP’s tower on Arthurs Seat will ensure the best broadcast signal since it started in 1984 in a former Telecom building in Octavia St, Mornington. The program schedule is being revised with more logical groupings of shows. Talkback will be possible and a large studio will have room for big bands. Instead of being in Moorooduc, far from public transport, 3RPP will be on the Nepean Hwy in a renovated building on the former Mornington Secondary College site. Near neighbours include Peninsula Community Theatre and Studio @ PCT, an arts and dance centre, both owned by Mornington Peninsula Shire, which has put substantial money into the renovation, with a cluster of peninsula Rotary clubs and professional builders undertaking the work. The station will be open to the public from 4.30-6pm on Saturday 24 September. Fireworks start at 7.30. Details: 5978 8200.

New waves: Bob Phillips, left, Peter Wright and Fred Thomas (3RPP board members), shire mayor Graham Pittock, Cr Bill Goodrem, 3RPP treasurer Steve Burley, 3RPP president Graeme Kniese, Cr Leigh Eustace and Rotarian Dick Cox.

Shire finds ally in bid to stay the same By Keith Platt THE Victorian Electoral Commission has recommended that the Mornington Peninsula continue having 11 singlecouncillors wards. The VEC’s position after the first round of submissions into its review of electoral representation is the same as that held by Mornington Peninsula Shire. Keeping the status quo is one of three options being considered and will be open to discussion at a public meeting in Rosebud next month. Written responses to the preliminary report must be made by 5pm on Wednesday 5 October. The VEC has also adopted what seems a conservative approach in Frankston, where it recommends retaining nine councillors elected from

three three-councillor wards, a position also favoured by the incumbent council. Final decisions will be announced in November. However, both municipalities will see some changes to ward boundaries. The other options for the peninsula are: Option B: that the peninsula has 11 councillors elected from six wards with two three-councillor wards, one two-councillor ward, and three singlecouncillor wards. Option C: that the shire has 11 councillors elected from five wards with one four-councillor ward, three twocouncillor wards and one single-councillor ward. Option D: that the shire has 11 councillors elected from four wards with

three three-councillor wards and one two-councillor ward. Of the 42 submissions received by the VEC, 13 wanted to retain the existing single-councillor ward structure – including the shire – while 27 advocated having more than one councillor in each ward. Two submissions argued against having separate wards. Cr David Gibb – a former two-time mayor and a councillor since 1997 when councillors were first elected after amalgamation of the shires of Flinders, Hastings and Mornington – said the shire suggested reducing the number of councillors to nine, arguing that there was no remarkable change in workload when the number of councillors was increased following the previous review.

The VEC said several submissions had raised concerns about the shire mounting its own campaign to keep the status but this was outside the scope of the review and could not be taken into account. While noting “the dramatic increase in the number of uncontested wards in Mornington Peninsula Shire, from one in 2005 to six in 2008” the VEC said the existing single-councillor wards “reflects the localised historical and geographic communities of interest that exist within the shire”. “This option may provide residents with a more local level of representation and allow councillors to be more familiar with their constituents.” “Dramatically increased” populations in Truemans and Rye wards had caused the VEC to change some

boundaries, which will split “existing localities in a way that may fracture existing communities of interest”. While agreeing it was best to keep things as they are, the VEC warned “there is a concern that single-councillor wards may have an undesired effect of limiting the choice for voters by leading to a situation where wards are uncontested at local council elections, as was the experience for six of the 11 wards in Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2008”. The public hearing will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 12 October at the council chamber, 90 Besgrove St, Rosebud. People can speak at the hearing if they have requested to do so in their formal submission.

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Bonus in landing rights for garden nightflyers THEY travel at night, are usually unseen and seldom heard. Their reputation can sometimes leave something to be desired, but if left alone they go about their business without bothering anybody and are a vital ingredient in ensuring the survival of healthy gardens and native forests. Flying foxes, also known as bats, fruit bats or megabats, have been in the news as the carriers of the potentially deadly Hendra virus. But Backyard Buddies is spreading the word that Victoria’s two species of flying foxes – the grey-headed flying fox in the east and the little red flying-fox further west – are important to have around. Backyard Buddies is run by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, and hands out tips to make suburban backyards inviting and safe for native animals. “Australia needs its flying foxes,” foundation CEO Steve Corbett said. “Although they are often called fruit bats, this is a bit of a misnomer as they usually eat nectar, pollen and some bush fruits. “They only eat fruit grown by people when their usual diet is in short supply. “Flying foxes play an amazing role in Australia’s forests by pollinating many plants and trees, including almost all of our hardwoods and many native plant species. “Some rainforest plants can only be pollinated by flying foxes. And they even assist in the production of honey. We have a lot to thank flying foxes for. “Flying foxes are highly nomadic in their search for food. They regularly travel long distances and can drop thousands of seeds during their nightly forays. Flying foxes can even be thanked for linking up fragmented areas of forest that have become cut off from each other due to their dispersal of seeds during the journey between them.” Mr Corbett said flying foxes helped ensure that many industries, as well as eucalypt forests, mela-

leuca forests and rainforests “remain healthy”. “More than anything, flying foxes need our help. Two of Australia’s flying fox species are listed as vulnerable under federal legislation – the grey-headed flying fox, which lives on the east coast of Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria, and the spectacled flying fox, which lives in northeast Queensland. Peninsula residents can help flying foxes by:  Planting native nectar-giving trees such as eucalypts, lilly-pillies, melaleucas, banksias, teatrees, wattles and native figs.  Not using black monofilament netting as it is deadly to flying foxes and many other native animals including birds and possums. It is difficult for these animals to see and they get tangled in the netting, leading to injuries or death. Use only animal-safe netting to protect fruit trees.  Keeping cats indoors as much as possible and training dogs to ignore bats.  Calling a wildlife carer if you see a sick or injured flying fox.  Not handling or touching flying foxes. If you leave them alone they are harmless. “There is no evidence to suggest that culling bats would stop the spread of Hendra, but it would certainly damage Australia’s forests and have a negative impact on the many industries and plant species, which rely on flying foxes as pollinators,” Mr Corbett said. “Flying foxes aren’t like microbats, which use echolocation and sound to navigate. Flying foxes use their great eyesight and their sense of smell. They can use lights and buildings in our cities as landmarks to navigate by during their travels in search of food.” To share your flying fox and native animal photos or find out more about the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife’s Backyard Buddies program, visit fnpw.org.au or www.facebook. com/backyardbuddies.

Bat time: The “vulnerable” grey-headed flying fox is a regular night visitor to Mornington Peninsula gardens and needs protection from domestic animals and nets.

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The Western Port Whisperer THE Whisperer has been interested to see the flourishing of the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome across the peninsula. Groups of concerned residents in Tuerong, Mt Martha and McCrae all upset about proposals to build mobile towers nearby. One wonders if those same people would be the first to ring the networks to complain about poor network coverage? The same goes for wind farms. No one wants them near their place. The Whisperer has also heard of people complaining about the evils of such equipment; that they cause mystery illness in people those who live nearby, and slice birds clean in half with their menacing blades. The Whisperer has a unique solution for these complainants: if you want to use electricity and are upset at a nearby wind turbine, then why not elect to have the other option? A coal-fired power station in your backyard. Then you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind the wind turbine. It reminds The Whisperer of a beautiful seaside cottage for sale in England. The estate agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s window displayed the photo below with the headline â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Exceptional detached fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

Prospective purchasers flocked to the property and were somewhat surprised by a little something that the real estate agent had â&#x20AC;&#x153;failedâ&#x20AC;? to notice while doing his property photos â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a nuclear power plant.

*** THE Whisperer, an armchair supporter of Western Port Warriors football team, was horrified to hear of a recent incident. The Warriors play in the RecLink league, which was set up to help disadvantaged people get back on their feet, and it does so very successfully. It goes without saying that there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much spare coin floating around among the players. Imagine the senario, then, when one of the players from the Warriors gets knocked out cold during a recent game. When the efforts employed by the runners to revive the player (which apparently included splashing him with cold water, nipple-cripples, followed finally by playing him the entire album of Celine Dionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest hits) failed, an ambulance was called. To make a short story long, the worse for wear player was transported to a nearby hospital and was feeling much better in the days

Brownie award for Ellie following until a bill of $3700 arrived for the transportation costs! Let us hope that one gets sorted out. *** THE shire recently spruiked a 1300 number in its publication Peninsula Wide to be used for the reporting of potholes around the peninsula. The whisper is that one local resident took up the kind offer and rang to report one, only to be told the report couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be taken over the phone, and must be emailed instead. The gentleman pondered whether to buy a computer, get an internet connection and do a course on how to operate it, but decided it might just be easier to leave the pothole in peace. Another writer to The Whisperer tells how he has found the pothole crisis not just confined to the roads, as the walkingâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;bike track between Hastings and Bittern is apparently littered with holes and obstacles. Having given up driving for walking, and now finding this to be a hazardous exercise, the gentleman may have to resort to swimming from Jacks Beach to the Hastings jetty to avoid the inherent danger of commuting any other way. As for The Whisperer, he thinks that ringing to report potholes could be made more effective by simply ringing to report where there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any. Surely that will decrease the volume of calls considerably. Besides, most potholes around here donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have phone reception, they are so deep. Hey, maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why they want to build more phone towers! thewhisperer@y7mail.com

By Matt Vowell ELLIE Wright, a Brownie with 1st Somers Guides, received her junior BP award on 5 September. Ellie was presented with the award by Norelle Secoulidis of Mornington Peninsula region Girl Guides. Ellie has been a Brownie for five years, and to earn her award she worked in a nursery in Mornington for 22 hours over weekends and holidays, and organised the RSL president and some

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Manchurian a poplar replacement THE northern main entrance to Mornington has changed with ageing poplars along Nepean Hwy cut down last week. Clearing of the trees in the highway’s centre median strip began last Tuesday (pictured). VicRoads said the poplar trees had to go for safety reasons. The decision follows “several years” of discussions about the trees between Mornington Peninsula Shire and VicRoads, which manages the highway. The trees were in various stages of decline and had been hit by prolonged dry periods. The shire says the replacement trees will “retain the gateway avenue affect into the future, while ensuring clear zones are delivered”. Its news release says the poplars will be replaced with Pyrus callyerana (Manchurian pear), which is described as an upright deciduous ornamental tree with spring blossom and great autumn colour. Manchurian pears are seen as being “an ideal street or specimen tree … widely used in many situations including as a feature, a shade tree, in parks, lining driveways and avenues, under powerlines and in nature strips”. Native to China and Vietnam, they grow to about seven metres high and four metres wide, with blossom in spring and coloured leaves in autumn. The trees are also said to split with age and have limbs that can be lost during high winds. They are also susceptible to fireblight, a disease that Australian apple and pear growers have for years used as a reason to ban fruit imports from New Zealand. Keith Platt

Long shot: The pier from Mills Beach. The lower, middle section has been rebuilt at a cost of $3.5 million, but doubts remain over the opening of the outer part.

Pier review, inspection THE opening date for Mornington pier will be announced at a works inspection on Monday 19 September. Mornington MP David Morris and Parks Victoria officials will inspect the middle, 53-metre section of the pier and set a date. The section has been rebuilt at a cost of about $3.5 million. Workmen installing decking are just weeks away from completing the task, which has been delayed by bad weather. Mr Morris and Parks Victoria met on 17 August to discuss the condition of the outer, 75-metre part of the pier. The MP said reports about the state of the section had been completed but Parks engineers disagreed with some aspects of a consultant’s findings. “There have been discussions about the integrity of the structure,” he said.

“The bottom line is there is much work to be done to the outer section before it is fully functional.” Mr Morris said he was unsure if the entire pier would be opened. The News reported earlier this year an initial report found about 20 per cent of piles on the outer section had failed and were not supporting the top deck. Half of the remaining 80 per cent were in average condition. Cost to repair the section has been esitmated at $9.5 million. The pier was closed last April after a storm damaged piles and dislodged dozens of top deck timbers. Two more storms in August and September with winds of about 60 knots further weakened the iconic structure. Mike Hast

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City properties in flood’s way By Keith Platt FRANKSTON’S current budget is millions of dollars short of flood-proofing the city. Studies have shown it is impossible to protect all 1635 of the city’s flood-prone properties, but completion of work that can be done is years away. Climate change is predicted to produce higher rainfall and rising sea levels, which, if occurring simultaneously, would see many parts of the city inundated. Although flooding hotspots have been identified, council’s latest drainage budget is $755,000, far short of the $12 million needed for drainage and flood mitigation. Frankston has no flood warning system and the municipal emergency management plan does not assess the flood risk within the municipality. A separate Flood Emergency Plan will eventually be developed to deal with the response of emergency services during a flood. Ironically, while council has invested money and time in drought-proofing the city’s parks and reserves, it now needs extra millions to protect it from floods associated with climate change and water runoff from expanding urban and industrial areas. The city’s shortcomings and flood mitigation needs are outlined in a $61,000 flood management plan paid for by Melbourne Water. The plan says that it is not feasible to floodproof all properties in the city but some areas, such as the central business district, must be protected “almost regardless of the cost”. A report to be considered by councillors next week outlines the flood management plan, which defines the roles and responsibilities of council and Melbourne Water. Council has spent $39,000 on Water Sensitive Urban Design guidelines aimed at stopping polluted stormwater flowing into waterways and Port Phillip. Last November the council hired a drainage asset planner who is now reviewing the current drainage management plan. The flood plan warns of the need to avoid “downstream flooding” from 20 projects already flagged over the next decade that will produce 888 dwellings. On top of that, there are plans to create thousands of lots on another 247 hectares of greenfield sites. Some protection for the city will come from Melbourne Water, which is spending $100 million improving Frankston’s drainage, including the Sandgate drainage scheme that aims to reduce flooding impacts on the central area.

The three-stage works started in September 2009 and are due to be finished next year. The works from Chisholm TAFE on Fletcher St to Kananook Creek include a gross pollutant trap in Olsen St and increasing drainage capacity upstream of Monash University. The Flood Emergency Plan categorises flood risk areas as being medium, high or extreme. The area classed as extreme in Frankston stretches from Robinsons Rd in the south to Eel Race Drain at Seaford in the north and several kilometres inland. Two catchments involved are identified as the Lee St-Sandgate Av and Skye Rd-Karingal areas. Frankston has an estimated 1500 to 3100 residential buildings that would be inundated by a one-in-100 year storm combined with a 1.1-metre rise in sea levels, making it the state’s sixth-most flood-prone municipality. These figures do not include 148km of roads, eight kilometres of railway lines, 26 bridges, 10 sewer pumping stations, 98 km of drains, and industrial areas that would also be severely affected. The drainage plan warns that the city’s drainage systems “are subject to back water impacts of flooding or high tides within Kananook Creek” making it “almost impossible” to cope with floods during “high intensity events”. “Much of the areas are known to pond and some may even be impacted from flows from catchments outside the municipality. In particular, the potential exists for extreme flood events to break across catchments in the north of the municipality. “This may impact on the Seaford Swamp and former swamp areas to the south even through to the CBD that sits in behind the coastal dune system.” After six years of negotiation and investigation, council and Melbourne Water are about to sign an agreement identifying which drains each agency is responsible for. The agreement is based on Melbourne Water managing drains in catchments greater than 60 hectares while council is responsible for catchments less than 60ha. Effectively, Melbourne Water manages 150km of drains while council has 1010km. The fact that the city’s drainage network has more than 35,000 drainage pits requiring inspections on a five-year cycle with hot spots done more frequently is one statistic that illustrates the magnitude of the problem.

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AROUND THE PENINSULA

Pool protesters hold an ‘open’ day By Mike Hast MT Eliza conservationists on Sunday morning inspected the Lew family pool allegedly built on Crown land overlooking the beach near the end of Kunyung Rd. The “protest” visit was organised by Mt Eliza Coastcare and Mt Eliza Association For Environmental Care. People accessed the Moondah Beach foreshore site from public land late morning following a working bee beside the nearby Sturio Pde path, which the shire had recently upgraded. The entrance to the property owned by billionaire clothing retailer Solomon Lew and his daughter Jacqueline Lew is near the corner of Sturio Pde and Osprey Ave. The property, believed to be worth more than $2.5 million, is used as a holiday retreat by Jacqueline Lew and also has an indoor pool. On 8 August, Mornington Peninsula Shire ordered the demolition of the horizon pool within 21 days under the Building Act. It was drained on Friday 12 August. The shire’s municipal building surveyor reported the retaining wall of the pool and adjacent grassed area was unstable. The pool had also been built without a planning permit, the shire said. A three-week extension was granted late last month, with the new deadline 19 September, after the Lews’ engineers sent new information to the shire. Last month, the Lews approached the state government seeking to buy or

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Deep end: Cr Leigh Eustace, front, Peter Greer of Mt Eliza Association For Environmental Care and Jeff Yugovic of Mt Eliza Coastcare inspect the Lew family pool allegedly built on Crown land at Mt Eliza. Right, Cr Leigh Eustace shows part of the Lew pool area retaining wall where two welded steel braces have split due to pressure. Pictures: Keith Platt

lease the Crown land, but it is believed this has been rebuffed. In Parliament on 1 September, Mornington MP David Morris called on the government’s assistant treasurer, Gordon Rich-Phillips, to ensure no agreement was made with Solomon and Jacqueline Lew. “The action I am seeking is that the Assistant Treasurer ensure that no agreement is entered into by the government to sell or otherwise transfer control of the land occupied by the swimming pool to any private person, body or corporation,” he said. “The pool has been constructed on the foreshore reserve at Mt Eliza and

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there has been some discussion – much of it public – surrounding the issuing or otherwise of a building permit and normal consents for the construction of such a structure. “I understand the pool has now been drained to mitigate against collapse given the reported instability of the slope and that further discussions, including those of a legal nature, about the future of the pool are occurring. “I am more concerned about the second issue, which is the future status of the land on which the pool is located.” Mr Morris told Parliament the land was coastal reserve managed by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

He said no one should be allowed to purchase or lease public land for any reason. “That is the critical issue here. The role of government is to protect public land. “I urge the Assistant Treasurer to make a strong statement to protect this coastal reserve and to reject any advance made to alienate the land.” On Tuesday, Jeff Yugovic of Mt Eliza Coastcare and Peter Greer of MEAFEC told The News: “We care about Port Phillip’s spectacular coastal bluffs and beaches, and believe in the importance of keeping public land in public ownership.

“On Sunday we restored vegetation beside the excellent, newly upgraded path down to the beach and visited the illegal swimming pool site.” During a site inspection earlier in the week, Mr Yugovic said there was hardly a native plant to be seen between the pool area and the beach. “There’s lots of work to be done here.” Mt Eliza Ward councillor Leigh Eustace said even a layman could see the retaining wall of the pool and surrounds had moved since construction. The pool area has a spectacular view of Port Phillip and Mornington harbour in the distance.


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Grand design without compromise CONJURING up images of grand English homesteads, this distinctive, Tudor-style home could be a world away rather than the quiet setting the property enjoys in Bittern. A sweeping asphalt driveway takes you right to the front door of this elegant two-storey home situated in private surrounds studded by tall gum trees. Upon entry, a two-way staircase leads you to both formal and informal living areas, and a large family area for casual dining has stunning polished floorboards. Adjoining the meals area is the modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and bench spaces galore, including an island preparation bench with double sink immediately behind. With an impressive 50 squares under the roof line, the home offers four bedrooms including a massive master bedroom with walk-in robe, dressing room and ensuite with spa. The rest of the family does not miss out either with a further three bedrooms, separate office and billiards room. There is a strong focus on outdoor living with a large undercover al fresco area with big sliding doors that create a picture window effect, which brings the outdoors right to the table. Situated on 0.90 hectares (2.25 acres), the outbuildings include workshop, double brick garage and garden sheds with a 21,000-litre water tank pumped to three taps sited around the property. This rare property offers a glorious lifestyle with no comprise on luxury.

Price: $850,000 Address: 5 Centre Road, BITTERN Agency: Tallon First National Real Estate, 35 High Street, Hastings, 5979 3000 Agent: Nigel Evans, 0439 540 055

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Space to play and grow Impressive size and quality A PEACEFUL cul-de-sac position, big and cosy living spaces and a great quarter acre block all combine to create a family home for now or the future. Given the versatile interior floor plan and the large block, there is plenty of scope for future improvements and developments (STCA) to take this property to the next level and capitalise on the excellent location close to shopping and close proximity to the beach. The comfortable interior consists of two good-sized living areas with timber floors, neat kitchen with breakfast bar and dishwasher, and other comforts include air-conditioning and ducted heating. The large block has good fencing, some lovely trees, garden shed and a double carport is at the front of the property.

YOU will be instantly impressed with the fabulous layout of this stylish and sophisticated home that is within close proximity to all that Hastings has to offer. The feature entrance has dining and lounge on either side and the immaculate kitchen includes stainless steel oven, cook top and dishwasher with a cosy meals area and family room that creates the perfect set up for casual entertaining. There are four bedrooms, including main with ensuite and a separate office. Outside is every bit as impressive as inside with low-maintenance, manicured gardens and enclosed pergola area complete with water feature. With attention to detail as well as beautiful design and presentation, this home is one of impressive quality and size.

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Address: 14 Windrest Place, HASTINGS Price: $495,000 plus Agency: Stockdale & Leggo, 1/109 High Street, Hastings 5979 2288 Agent: Gabby Ferguson, 0428 027 923

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Mornington - Freehold For Sale

$900,000

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BITTERN

Asking $480,000

Asking $385,000

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NOW THIS IS LIVING

This 3.4 acre (approx.) property is such a rare Ànd being so close to the heart of Hastings and is ideal for those wishing to combine rural & suburban living. This 4brm plus study character Àlled home is positioned in a private pocket of Hastings.

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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EXPANSIVE WATER FRONTAGE TOWNHOUSE A COUNTRY STYLE TREASURE ON A LARGE BLOCK

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

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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BITTERN

Asking $499,000

Asking $379,000

On one of the best streets in Bittern sits this 3bedrooms (BIRs), 3 bathrooms with the ensuite to be completed. Doors to a decked entertainment area. Huge workshop with power and concrete and a 2 car carport. Gas ducted heating, air conditioning, water tanks x 2 and a small garden shed.

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

A GREAT PROPERTY IN A GREAT LOCATION

Located in one of Bitterns most sought-after streets is this delightful 3 bedroom home set amongst a 653sqm secluded and private setting with English style gardens that will capture your heart. The Home offers 3 bedrooms all with built in robes, 1 bathroom and 1 living area with Áoating timber Áoors.

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1/3 OF AN ACRE WITH 2 HOMES

QUIET RURAL SETTING

JOHN COLEMAN ESTATE

VACANT BLOCK IN PRIVATE SURROUNDS

Natural bushland is the setting of this wonderful property. You will be pleasantly surprised to Ànd this home was built to accommodate 2 families with separate living quarters for a dependant person/parents.

Located in the heart of Bittern and close to public transport and the Choice of 6 residential allotments. 598m2 - 660m2. All services recently built shopping centre s this 3 bedroom home. Including BIRs available. Located in the prestigious ‘Old Tyabb Township’ area. Be to bedrooms, semi ensuite, quality hostess kitchen and gas heating, quick as residential land is as scarce as hens teeth, two living areas, family room which opens onto a covered sitting area.

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac with absolute privacy is this 1000m2 block of prime Hastings real estate. The Áat allotment is surrounded by quality homes and is waiting for the creation of a dream home. Power, water, phone and gas are all available.

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UNIT DEVELOPMENT SITE PLUS HOUSE!

LOCATION SURE TO IMPRESS

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

**House on site can be purchased separately** •Brick veneer •Colour bond roof •Powder coated aluminium windows •Colour bond facia & gutter •Electric oven •Gas hot plates •Electric range hood •115 litre gas hot water system •Laminated kitchen.

BAY LOCATION

This is the perfect family or investment home in the heart of Crib Point. Features 4 bedrooms, main with ensuite, all bedrooms with BIR’s. Two reverse cycle heating & cooling units plus bonus ducted heating throughout. Two large open plan living areas and modern hostess kitchen with dishwasher.

Don’t look back in 5 years time with regret at not entering the property market at an affordable time. This 3 bedroom home will help you begin the dream of being a home owner before its to late. This property is on a good sized allotment and in great condition.

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Asking $289,000

Asking $820,000

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Set a short distance from the Marina, this 3brm home is set on approx 750sqm. Features include bedrooms with BIRs. On entry you are greeted by polished Áoor boards, a good size lounge area and a quality hostess kitchen with gas appliances, dishwasher available. Ducted heating & R/C split system.

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FISHERMAN’S COTTAGE AT AN GREAT PRICE

PERFECT ENTRY OR INVESTMENT

Unlimited potential to further renovate and extend. Compromising of 3 bedrooms all with BIRs, larger than normal dining kitchen and gas coonara. Outdoors is a 2 car carport, large double garage with power, 2 large water tanks and a decked entertainment area.

A lifestyle offering to eclipse all others, this magniÀcent 1.3 acre estate, approx, combines lifestyle with luxury, family life with entertaining, and comprehensive facilities for horse enthusiasts or hobby farmers. A builders own home, dam with jetty and extensive shedding, backing onto the green wedge.

Adorable weatherboard cottage with potential to extend, renovate. Character, charm, history and affordability would have to come to mind when considering this property. Cottage offers 2 bedrooms, gas heating, neat bathroom and kitchen with gas upright oven and French doors.

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Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

This very tidy 2 bedroom home is in a quiet location close to central Hastings. A modern galley kitchen includes dishwasher, spacious family, meals and lounge. This comfortable home includes gas wall furnace heating and ceiling fans. Outside features covered entertaining area.

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DEVELOPERS - THE CHOICE IS YOURS

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OPPOSITE FORESHORE & WATERS EDGE

What a position - opposite Safeway and diagonally opposite Kmart is this four bedroom older style home on a corner site in excess of 750sqm. Subject to council approval you could: 1 - Subdivide off the rear backyard. 2 - Remove the house and build 3 x 2 bedroom units. Position perfect - as close to the shops as you can get.

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Rent or occupy this ultra modern 3 B/R townhouse in a quiet block of 5 all individually designed. Many extras include gas ducted heating, 2 toilets, double access bathroom with bath & shower, double lock up garage with remote and small enclosed backyard.

Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

Many will look at this home and think it has to be close to perfect, perfect in size and perfect in location. This fantastic family residence will ensure absolute comfort and is one not to be missed the property offers 1/3 of an acre with 3 large living areas, 4 bedrooms and a study.

Lisa Roberts 0488 910 368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

If you appreciate quality, position, lifestyle then an inspection of this prestigious town house is a must. Sea views across the tennis court from the Àrst level. Comprising 3brm, master with WIR & full ensuite, kitchen family area with choice of 2 balcony views.

Lisa Roberts 0488910368 - Hastings OfÀce 5979 1888

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REAL ESTATE SOMERVILLE Est 1989

Somerville

$355,000

Somerville

25 Deanswood Drive

$400,000 - $420,000

Somerville

$450,000

5A Buckingham Close

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Opportunity knocks for the Right Buyer this very well presented 3 Bedroom B.V Property would be ideally suited to the First Home Buyer/Investor located only minutes drive to local township. Features include huge formal lounge area with gas heating/Reverse Cycle Airconditioning.

Ɣ 2 brand new, modern units - as big as a house! Ɣ Quiet court position, short walk to shopping Ɣ 3 bedrooms, FES & open plan living Ɣ Double lock-up garage with internal access Ɣ Invest or retire - the choice is yours

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Ɣ Double storey home on large 833m2 approx. allotment Ɣ Four bedrooms Ɣ Large formal lounge and dining area with ducted heating Ɣ Timber kitchen Ɣ Large family room upstairs Ɣ Air conditioning

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$485,000 - $495,000

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27 Chesterfield Road

Timeless Appeal - Lasting Quality Ɣ Character filled colonial style family residence Ɣ 3 good sized bedrooms plus study Ɣ Beautiful timber kitchen with meals area Ɣ Rumpus room Ɣ Landscaped gardens Ɣ Double garage

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Pearcedale

$520,000

$599,000

Affordable and Well Located

Simple Irrestible

Ɣ Ideally located on 2979m2 approx. allotment Ɣ Five minute drive to Frankston shops Ɣ Two formal lounge rooms with Coonara wood heater Ɣ Kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ɣ Three good sized bedrooms Ɣ Rumpus room with built-in bar

Ɣ Set on 1300m2 approx. allotment in Hedgley Dene estate Ɣ Contemporary 3 bedroom home with study Ɣ Polished floor boards Ɣ Large formal lounge & dining area Ɣ Reverse cycle air conditioning

Somerville

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$630,000

Somerville

$735,000

26 Kumala Drive

Finarlee

The Perfect Hideaway

Highly appealing - truly outstanding

Ɣ Impeccably maintained privately located 10 year old Colonial styled residence Ɣ 4 double bedrooms, FES to master with spa bath Ɣ Formal combined lounge & dining area with bay windows Ɣ Modern tiled kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ɣ Ducted heating, rumpus room, outdoor entertaining area & more

Ɣ Delightful 1.25 acre (approx.) property Ɣ Three bedroom renovated family home Ɣ Ensuite to main bedroom Ɣ Large rumpus room with open fire place Ɣ Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Two brand new bathrooms Inspect Saturday 1-1.30pm

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

Somerville

Price on application

Somerville

Realisation auction: Saturday 8th October, 2011 @ 12pm

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Prime Development Site Ɣ Fabulous opportunity to re-develop large 3700m2 approx. site Ɣ Delightful four bedroom home with study and games room Ɣ Lovely established gardens, rear verandah, double carport Ɣ Polished floorboards and open fire places to living areas Ɣ Zoned Residential 1 Ɣ Potential to sub-divide (STCA)

Peaceful Tranquil Surrounds Ɣ Picturesque three bedroom character cottage home located on 2.8 acres approx. Ɣ Open plan lounge & dining area with Coonara heating Ɣ Timber kitchen with dishwasher + renovated bathroom

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Ɣ Outdoor sun room plus spa room with wet area, Ɣ Great horse property with 12m x 6m shed, 2 lose boxes & 2 enormous paddocks

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<RXZLOOZDONLQDQGMXVWIHHODWKRPHLQWKLVEHDXWLIXOO\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGSURSHUW\ set in a peaceful location-close to schools. Inside and out itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had the treatment with professionally rendered brickwork, resealed roof, JOHDPLQJ SROLVKHG KDUGZRRG Ă RRUV DQG ODQGVFDSHG JURXQGV <RXU furniture will love it too with a bright classical interior featuring a formal entry, huge lounge-gas heat and split system cooling.

Sun streams into the living room of this spacious home unit. Set on the front and only metres from Coles, this is an ideal retirement property or great investment with a position like this! It features a separate entry, large lounge and dining area - bay window, and separate kitchen looking out on the street. Gas cooking, ducted heating, neutral decor and 2 good sized bedrooms with built in robes.

Situated in one of Bitterns most sought after streets this property is sure to impress. Features include 3br, study, double carport, as new carpet, great shed on a concrete slab and a cubby house for the kids. The property is currently leased to great tenants who have indicated they would like to stay, current rent return on this property is $300 per week. Homes in this part of Bittern donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last long so book your inspection now.

Bittern

Crib Point

Crib Point

$629,000

$139,500

$329,000

R UNDEA CT R T N CO 1.75 Acres - â&#x20AC;&#x153;A tree change awaitsâ&#x20AC;?

Cheapest Block in Town!!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ermes Villasâ&#x20AC;?

Arrive to the chorus of many native birds in this beautiful rustic location. You could be forgiven for expecting to hear theâ&#x20AC;? plunkâ&#x20AC;? of a fresh water Cod from this peaceful beauty set in a rustic location... With a wide circular drive, two entrances and a bushy backdrop, this classic federation style home awaits a new family. Around 20 sq with 9â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ceilings, 2 large living rooms and formal dining and meals.

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to build your own home in a great location. Fully serviced, new fences to two sides and ready to go! Easy care 309m2 corner allotment, walking distance to Schools, train and local shops. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this one as blocks at this price simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist!!

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found a special place to settle in style in a peaceful, rustic ORFDWLRQ &UDIWVPDQ EXLOW ZLWK KDQGV RQ FDUH WKH\ IHDWXUH OLJKW Ă&#x20AC;OOHG living spaces, generous proportions and all the features of a spacious home. Try 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;? ceilings and grand entry halls with double glass doors leading to a big open living room. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tiled meals adjoining a concreted courtyard and a family sized kitchen with Blanco appliances.

Bittern

Crib Point

Hastings

$549,000

$322,500

$485,000

R UNDEA CT R T N O C 1/2 Acre - â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Place With Spaceâ&#x20AC;?

Welcome Home....

Art Space...4 & study...

Families, your new lifestyle solution is here in peaceful Bittern... Set behind a high brick fence in trim native gardens this classic beauty has all the space inside and out to accommodate a growing bunch! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fresh QHXWUDOGHFRUVXSHUEEODFNZRRGĂ RRULQJDQGVTXDUHVRIOLYLQJZLWK 5 bedrooms. Formal & informal living, ducted heating & cooling, wood heating, quality timber kitchen (dishwasher) and two new bathrooms.

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Why art space...? Because your art will look great in this space... And what a space! 32 squares of house includes 2 alfresco areas - around 28 VTXDUHVRIOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;OOHGOLYLQJ,PSUHVVLYHHQWU\KDOOZLWKFRIIHUFHLOLQJEULOOLDQW Ă RZLQJOLYLQJDUHDVLQFOXGLQJORXQJHZLWKĂ&#x20AC;WWHG79GLQLQJDUHDDQGIDPLO\ room with lots of windows and access to the outdoor area. You will love entertaining from the centrally located kitchen with island bench.

Bittern

Hastings

Hastings

$890,000

$399,500

$329,000

Colonial Beauty - 1.4 Acres

880m2 - Designer delight

Life could be this easy....

All you could hope for in a lifestyle retreat awaits you in rural Kinfauns. With a dress circle position and a landscaped garden setting, this is a big family home with all the features you could hope for.... Try Formal living, family room, meals, separate rumpus and enclosed atrium sunroom... 5 big bedrooms, main with a huge ensuite! In fact there is about 35 squares RITXDOLW\OLYLQJZLWKEHDXWLIXOSROLVKHGĂ RRULQJDQGGXFWHGKHDWLQJ

You will love the modern ambience of this striking home set on a colourful landscaped block. Enter a glass atrium leading to each living zone, either a quiet formal lounge/dining or a fabulous family room featuring a soaring vaulted ceiling and large glass door set framing a shady alfresco. The modern kitchen has gas appliances & dishwasher and there are 3 bedrooms, main with full ensuite.

Right in the heart of town, within 100m of the shops, this delightful 3 bedroom villa would make an ideal retirement pad or an investment with a secure future. Set in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own private garden this is more like a home than a unit. It features a spacious entry with double glass doors to a sunny formal lounge with a bay window. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a separate dining area and spacious kitchen with gas cooking.

Hastings

Tyabb

Crib Point

$795,000

$980,000

$299,000

6 Acres - A Secluded Oasis

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astley Parkâ&#x20AC;? ~ 15 Acre Farm

One of only 2 units - 3 Bedrooms!!

So you long for the quieter life...? Does a country lane appeal...? How about a tranquil retreat, where you could work from home, nestled in a secluded bushy setting...? Well Bellbird Lane is the place you seek. A little known enclave within a walk of town, where your cares melt away DV\RXHQWHUDZLQGLQJGULYHĂ DQNHGE\JXPWUHHV6HWXSIRUSDVVLYH energy use and easy living with a full return veranda.

You will love coming home to scenic rural surrounds & this stunning sand stock brick homestead overlooking a glistening ornamental lake. Approached by a wide private driveway past stands of native trees, you will be struck by the beauty of this property as it opens on rolling lawns, colourful gardens & a home with shady verandahs to enjoy the tranquility. The welcoming 19sq (30URL) home enjoys framed rural & garden views from its many windows.

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 XQLWKDVDIXOO\Ă&#x20AC;WWHGLQWHULRUIHDWXULQJDOOĂ RRUFRYHULQJVOLYLQJDUHDV stainless steel 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.

Ben Tallon Real Estate Pty Ltd 1/34 High Street Hastings 3915

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SOMERVILLE

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FOR SALE NOW OR BY AUCTION ON THE 24TH OF SEPTEMBER 2011

We are under instructions from our vendors that this property will be sold either prior to auction, or on the day if it makes it that far. Tucked away in one of the quietest and most conveniently located areas Somerville has to offer, this immaculately presented family home. Featuring 4 oversize bedrooms where the master contains a great size WIR and a spa bath in the en-suite. All other bedrooms have BIR. Two separate living areas at each end of the house, plus a meals area, reverse cycle gas ducted heating and cooling, the kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher. With low maintenance landscaped gardens, a 4 car carport which also has rear access so storing your trailer, caravan or boat will be a breeze. You will be the envy of your family and friends as you will be able to entertain all year round with an amazing outdoor entertaining area with cafe blinds. With plenty of features and located within a 2 minute walk to schools, transport, the bustling Somerville complex and sporting facilities this will be an ideal property for families. THE VENDOR WILL CONSIDER OFFERS PRIOR TO AUCTION OTHERWISE THE PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD AT AUCTION INSPECT: ADDRESS: CONTACT:

Saturday 2:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:00pm 20 Michael Way Craig Mann 0412 559 816

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/RRNLQJIRUSHDFHDQGTXLHWFORVHWRWRZQ"7KHQVWRS\RXKDYHIRXQG\RXUQHZKRPH6LWXDWHGRQDSSUR[PFKDUDFWHUDQGFODVVLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWLPSUHVVLRQWKLVVSDFLRXVDQGRSHQSODQIDPLO\KRPHFUHDWHV Comprising of 4 great size bedrooms of which the master features a WIR and full ensuite while the other 3 kids rooms include BIR, plus a study which could be converted into a 5th bedroom. A formal lounge with open Ă&#x20AC;UHSODFHDWHUULĂ&#x20AC;FVL]HGIDPLO\URRPSOXVDUXPSXVURRP0DJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQWIRUWKHODUJHIDPLO\7KHNLWFKHQIHDWXUHVVWDLQOHVVVWHHODSSOLDQFHVZLWKWKHFRQYHQLHQFHRIJDVGXFWHGKHDWLQJDQGDOVRDLUFRQGLWLRQLQJIRUWKH warmer months. Outside you will be the envy of your family and friends as you enjoy the relaxing 6 seater spa and the paved outdoor entertaining area overlooking the low maintenance gardens. You also have ample car accommodation with a DLUG garage plus a bonus 2 car carport. Be quick to take advantage of this wonderful home in one of Somervilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best locations. Prior offers considered to Auction. INSPECT: ADDRESS: CONTACT:

Saturday 1:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:00pm 6 Bayvista Rise Craig Mann 0412 559 816

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5978 0955


www.hastings.harcourts.com.au

Tyabb Neat & Modern Townhouse!

Neg. Over $270,000

Situated in the heart of country Tyabb, this beauty is only a short walk to the local shops and schools. Boasting two large bedrooms with built in robes, ducted heating, spacious open plan living, meals area and huge modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances along with a beautiful newly renovated two way bathroom. There’s a decent size rear yard for those lovable pets or for those who enjoy entertaining, only two on the block so don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity for the ideal first home buyer or investor. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2/1496 Frankston Flinders Road AUCTION: Saturday 8 October 2011 at 12.30pm (On site)

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Crib Point Bring the Family and your Boat Balnarring Holiday Atmosphere Everyday

A substantial ¼ acre allotment (approx.); peaceful cul-de-sac positioning and vast living spaces offer the essential ingredients to this three-bedroom home in coastal Balnarring. Entry is into the family living area - a crackling open-fire is to the left and to the right is the kitchen equipped with dishwasher and breakfast bench. The huge second living area features Coonara heating plus front and rear access to large decking verandahs running either side of the home. Gas-ducted-heating, airconditioning and ceiling fans keep the interior comfortable and polished timber flooring adds to the rustic appeal. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 8 Halsey Street

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Positioned for complete convenience is this modern, four-bedroom home in peaceful cul-de-sac seclusion only minutes from Morradoo and Crib Point train stations. Here contemporary living is easily achieved with an impressive free-flowing floorplan, two separate living areas, master-to-ensuite, central bathroom, laundry facilities, walk-in robes to every bedroom and a stylish kitchen adding feature lighting, Blanco cooking appliances, huge pantry plus breakfast bench. Further luxury is found outside with covered alfresco entertaining complimented by drought-tolerant plantings, a Balinese hut and bubbling five-seat outdoor spa. The generous, near-level 1044m2 allotment (approx.) zoned R1Z for possible subdivision (S.T.C.A) includes a free-standing lock-up garage, animal enclosure, secure front fencing, large lawn areas and double remote garaging. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the close proximity to Hans Inlet and Westernport Bay whilst the local primary school, nature parks and nearby town shopping offers every amenity at your doorstep. ADDRESS: 8 Verdun Street

Harcourts Hastings

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Richard Smith 0433 669 112 Tim Hughes 0410 470 515

Neg. Over $475,000

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Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild 0413 487 179

Bittern Bittern Lifestyle Property on Five Acres

Neg. Over $950,000

“Stormont” as it’s known is a five-acre (approx.) lifestyle property offering a solid five-bedroom plus study residence for the largest of families opposite Lorna’s Triangle Bushland Reserve. A long circular driveway gives scenic entry passing an ornamental dam with island and bridge, manicured grounds, rose gardens and decorative outdoor rotunda. Indoors the zoned floorplan comprises a tiled entry, formal and informal living areas, master with full-ensuite and walk-in robe, twin-vanity central bathroom, huge laundry and granite-topped kitchen adding an island bench, breakfast bar, wall oven/grill, gas cooktop and in-built microwave. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 194 South Beach Road

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Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild 0413 487 179

Hastings Contemporary Living with Alfresco Zest

$450,000

Within walking distance to Western Port Secondary College in the seaside town of Hastings is this four-bedroom home of contemporary design. Set on a slightly elevated 712m2 allotment (approx.) the modern, open-plan layout offers two separate living zones, kitchen-to-dining, master with ensuite and walk-in robe, built-in robes to every generous bedroom, well-equipped laundry, and family bathroom plus soothing spa bath. Stunning inclusions add to the appeal incorporating a stainless-steel dishwasher, breakfast bar, electric oven, gas cooktop, downlighting and timber flooring. The huge alfresco area is the showpiece here adding Merbau decking and integrated seating for superb entertaining whilst the rear yard is perfect for children’s play. Side access for trailer parking suits the handyman or tradesman and double remote garaging safely accommodates the vehicles. Convenient High Street shopping is nearby along with West Park Primary School, childcare services, beautiful parklands and the ever-popular Western Port Marina. ADDRESS: 47 Spruce Drive

Harcourts Hastings

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HASTINGS

Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333

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Frankston South Prestigious Tranquil Setting

Neg. Over $740,000

Set in a quiet, private court on approx two thirds of an acre sits this well designed home, in one of the most sought after areas of Frankston South. A natural setting the property backs onto a large council reserve and is surrounded by million dollar properties. The home offers four bedrooms, two of which have full ensuites, there is third bathroom to service the remaining two bedrooms which are conveniently located down a hall. A large study is positioned to the front of the home, perfect for the kids to do their homework, or to simply enjoy their own space. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 16 Alicudi Avenue

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Hastings From $399,950 Very rare waterfront location! Only 3 stately townhouses remaining! Unit 1 - comprising of three generous sized bedrooms, separate study, elegant formal living/dining area, free-flowing family/ meals & first class kitchen with breakfast bar & double lock up garage. Unit 4 - comprising of two bedrooms, two seperate living areas, balcony with views & master with a lavish ensuite & a single lock up garage. Unit 6 - comprising of three bedrooms, plus a seperate storage room, large living area & master bedroom upstairs with a large balcony with views & a lavish ensuite. Also includes a ´house size´ rear yard. All townhouses include ducted heating, landscaping, ceasarstone benchtops, stainless steel appliances & enjoy breakfast on your balcony overlooking Westernport Bay. ADDRESS: 1, 4 & 6/116 Marine Parade

Harcourts Hastings

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Discover Hastings Your Hastings Experts Hastings $269,000 Bright 3 bedroom home delight!

Spacious and light filled this near new unit is located central in Hastings tucked away off Elisa Place. This immaculately presented unit boasts three bedrooms, spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and dishwasher, large living/ dining area and a separate laundry. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 4/3 Elisa Place

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Hastings Vogue Living

Price by Negotiation over $410,000

This modern four-bedroom residence is based around an airy, open-plan living design where the kitchen, dining and family room creates the true â&#x20AC;&#x153;hubâ&#x20AC;? of the home. An extended tiled entry offers passage to the cosy front lounge, master bedroom complete with ensuite and walk-in robe, and double remote garage with internal access. Adjoining the well-fitted laundry the stylish kitchen comprises a gas cooktop, wall oven, rangehood, stainless-steel dishwasher, breakfast bar, island bench and skylighting. Climate control throughout the home is provided by evaporative cooling and ducted heating whilst stunning feature walls add a splash of colour. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 42 Matthew Circuit

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Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild 0413 487 179

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Neg. Over $700,000 Hastings Great investment potential!!!

This 4 bedroom character home is situated on 2.9 acres (approx) of land in a quiet location close to Hastings shopping centre. The home consists of 4 generous bedrooms, master with en-suite, hardwood kitchen, dishwasher and a separate meals area. The family room is a generous size with a coonara wood fire to provide warmth and ambience during the cold winter months. In addition the home has air conditioning and a lovely fully enclosed entertaining area with roll down cafe blinds overlooking the established, very private grounds. This substantial home is ideal for entertaining or a growing family. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 2 Pineview Lane

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HASTINGS

Shop 10, 14 High St

5970 7333

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5970 7333

Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild 0413 487 179

Hastings Amazing Lifestyle on nearly 3 acres!

Malcolm Parkinson 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild 0413 487 179

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For any local information or for an updated valuation on your property call Harcourts Hastings

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Neg. Over $240,000

This home is well suited for first home buyers, families or investors wanting a solid 3 bedroom property at a great price. Features include: large living room with gas heating & air conditioner, three good sized bedrooms, galley style kitchen with gas appliances, central family bathroom and large backyard with gated rear access. Conveniently located to shops, transport, schools & local facilities. Harcourts Hastings

ADDRESS: 9 Teal Court

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WHO SAID THE MARKET WAS TOUGH?

Ask us how we sold $3,187,000 worth of houses for the month of August!

For better results, call us now! Malcolm Parkinson m: 0421 704 246 Lauren Wild m: 0413 487 179 Email: malcolm.parkinson@harcourts.com.au Web: www.malcolmparkinson.harcourts.com.au

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A Rare Find

Set on a large block this entertainer’s home is ideal for the family. Comprising 3 bedrooms - main with walk in robe & full ensuite, the other 2 with built in robes, 2 living areas, ducted heating & air conditioning to cater for every season and a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances & dishwasher. Walk outside to Ànd a double garage (under roof line), landscaped gardens and an extensive covered entertaining area with barbeque.

Rustic Charm

You could be anywhere as you gaze out at private native surrounds from this elegant 2 storey homestead. Approached by a sweeping asphalt drive past gum studded lawns, your family will breathe easy as there’s loads of room inside and out. A grand entry faces the feature 2 way staircase with formal & informal living where ever you go. 9’ ornate ceilings, vast formal lounge & guest suite with full ensuite. A large family/meals area with stunning polished Áoor boards, adjacent to the ultra modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and caesar stone bench tops. Through the bifold window/serving the focus is on outside living in the covered alfresco area which captures the garden. Upstairs there’s no compromising luxury with a huge main bedroom, walk in robe/dressing & large ensuite (spa), separate billiard room & gallery area surrounding the stair-well.

For Sale:

For Sale:

For Sale:

2.25 Acres ~ 50 squares ~ “Peace & Privacy”

$850,000

$399,000

Set on a corner block, this 3 bedroom, open plan home with sunken lounge would be ideal for the Àrst home buyer or investment rental. The home has an airy feel with large windows, high ceilings, good size bedrooms with BIR’s and the large lounge with coonara adds to the homely feel. To complete the internal you will Ànd a good size kitchen with gas u/r cooker, heating and air conditioning. Double roll-a-door garage & garden shed $340,000

CRIB POINT

CRIB POINT

BITTERN

HASTINGS

Start Something Good

Here’s Your Chance

This 3 bedroom brick veneer home is the ideal Àrst home or investment rental. With a secure back yard for your boat or caravan this property features high ceilings, solid hardwood Áoors, open lounge with gas heater, 3 good size bedrooms and a meals area adjacent to the kitchen. Outside you Ànd a steel garage/shed with side driveway access. There is plenty of room to extend this home if needed or perhaps have a pool.

Builder’s Own

PRICE REDUCED TO SELL... Nestled between quality homes this as new 3 bedroom + study home with builder’s warranty features open plan living, separate dining, a state of the art kitchen overlooking the rear garden & covered deck area, zoned bedrooms - main with walk in robe & full ensuite, internal access from the double remote garage, lined pine Áooring throughout with quality carpets, duct heating & split system.

Neat & Sweet!

For Sale:

For Sale:

For Sale:

For Sale:

If you’ve been looking for that ideal property to start your portfolio, then set your sights on this one. Located in a quiet area of this growing suburb this property is worth inspecting. Comprising large main bedroom complete with walk in robe, dual access bathroom, a decent size lounge/dining area with the comfort of reverse cycle air conditioning, a well presented kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and ample cupboard space. $235,000

$299,500

$435,000

This well presented home will appeal to Àrst home buyers, wanting to make that Àrst step on the property ladder. Located in a quiet part of this growing suburb with everything within walking distance, this property aims to please. Upon entry you are greeted by a large lounge room set on beautiful Áoating Áoors with gas heating. The rest of the home features master bedroom with ensuite & walk in robe, 2nd & 3rd bedrooms have built in robes. $352,000

BITTERN

BITTERN

HASTINGS

Kinfauns Spectacular! (Approx 1.58 Acres)

Parkside 7

Developers Don’t Waste Time, Act Now!

A unique lifestyle awaits you in this huge property situated in the sought after Kinfauns Estate.This 50 square family home features two separate wings with 5 bedrooms + study or 6th bedroom, two main bedrooms with full ensuites + walk in robes, remaining 4 with built in robes. 9 foot 6 inch ceilings with beautiful cornices, polished hardwood Áoors Áow through the house with as new carpets in bedrooms and formal lounge. The timber kitchen boasts quality appliances and a separate butlers kitchen/pantry. A second wing comprises its own fully self-contained kitchen + dining, lounge and sunroom. The large rumpus room (with toilet) is perfect for a game of pool with a built in bar for a quick drink or two! Outside the entertainment/BBQ pergola Áows through to the solar heated salt-chlorinated pool just waiting for your next summer party.

Your dream of a quieter life in tranquil surrounds can now be realised. A stunning new development set opposite the “Graham Myers” Reserve and oval offers a lifestyle solution to Àrst home buyers, families & tree changers alike. Beautifully positioned with the open space of the reserve for walking the dog or for the kids to kick a ball and just stroll down Myers Road to the train station & general store. *Artists impression only, subject to minor variations

For Sale:

For Sale:

For Sale:

$969,000

BITTERN

HASTINGS

Westernport Gardens Retirement Village This larger than usual retirement unit with 3 bedrooms or 2 + study features open plan lounge with sliding door to the paved pergola area & garden, large kitchen with gas cooktop, w/o & d/w which leads to the laundry.The home also has 2 water closets, duct heating & air conditioning and a single garage with remote.

For Sale:

$259,500

35 High Street, Hastings

$329,000

Positioned in a prime location of this growing suburb, this property will appeal to investors wanting to make their mark in Hastings. This original renovated Àshermans cottage set on approx 907m2 block has a lot on offer, with open plan living, kitchen comes with gas hobs & electric oven, master bedroom with full ensuite & walk in robe, second bedroom has built in robes, large family bathroom, gas ducted heating and reverse cycle air conditioning. $385,000

HASTINGS

An Open Canvas Awaits...

Unique Investment Opportunity

Build your dream home with room to spare on this 1000m2 block surrounded by quality homes in a sought after part of town! You won’t Ànd opportunities like this come up very often. Be quick as this will not last!

Rarely do commercial properties of this scale present themselves for sale! Hastings has been labelled a high growth area and this is your chance to beneÀt from this increase in activity. With Bunnings near completion the commercial/ industrial market of Westernport is clearly on the rise, this is your opportunity to jump on board. • 6 individual warehouses/showrooms • Dual road access • Main road frontage • Attractive returns • Excellent occupancy record • Building area approx 2200m2 • Land area approx 5200m2 • Superior on site parking + access

For Sale:

For Sale:

$295,000

$1,850,000

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Blissful family living

Holiday at home

TUCKED away in one of the quietest and most convenient locations in Somerville, this immaculately presented family home features four bedrooms including master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite with spa. There are two separate living areas at each end of the house plus a meals area off the kitchen that has stainless steel appliances including dishwasher. All living areas have reverse cycle, gas ducted heating and cooling. A four-car carport will adequately store all your extras and there is a delightful outdoor entertaining area with café blinds. There is a lot to like here with schools, transport, shopping and sporting facilities all close at hand.

YOUR summer holiday may be no further away than your own place with this surprising home in a popular residential area. With resort-style living, this big three-bedroom home will be the number one destination for family and friends. The enticing pool area has been landscaped to reflect a Balinese setting with hut and raised timber decking, and river stones lining one edge. There is access from the pool area into the home through a family room with tiled floors. The rest of the home comprises two large living areas, one with floating timber floors and the other with tiles. The double garage has rear access to an undercover area and with plenty of parking out front, there is room to easily accommodate six vehicles.

Address: 20 Michael Way, SOMERVILLE Auction: Saturday 24 September at 3pm Agency: Craig Mann First National, 4/1085 F’ston-Flinders Road Somerville Agent: Craig Mann, 0412 559 816

Address: 13 Warranqite Crescent, HASTINGS Price: $498,000 Agency: Ben Tallon Real Estate, 1/34 High Street, Hastings Agent: Ben Tallon, 0419 339 489

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14 Windrest Place Hastings

22 Babington Close Hastings

Hastings

Crib Point

Exclusive Warranqite Estate - (4 bedrooms plus study)

Pristine presentation

If you have been waiting for an amazing property to hit the market in one of the best locations in Hastings, then look no further. Step inside the front door and you will be instantly impressed with its fabulous layout. The immaculate Kitchen includes a 900mm stainless steel oven, cook top and dishwasher.

As soon as you arrive you will notice that the home has been meticulously presented. Turf has been laid, the drive has been concreted and retaining walls have been added to this brick veneer elevated home of approximately 25 squares. This home features some great extras including porcelain tiles throughout.

Brand new upmarket villas on Marine Parade (Only 2 left)

Brand new villa complete with all the bells and whistles. (Only 1 left)

Buy off the plan and save on stamp duty. Only two of these fantastic quality villas are left to be purchased. Situated right on Marine Parade, this development will consist of 4 sensational brand new villas consisting of 2 separated bedrooms and open plan kitchen.

Be quick and dont miss your opportunity to purchase this BRAND NEW 3 bedroom villa. Three sold and only one left. Packed with all the modern features and comforts and nestled on a block of only four. This brand new villa has 3 good sized bedrooms.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Offers over $495,000 Saturday 2.00pm – 2.30pm Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

Offers over $440,000 Saturday 3.00 -3.30pm Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

MAKE AN OFFER Anytime by appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

$319,000 Anytime by appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

Bittern Wysteria lane On arrival you will immediately take note that everything is done. The drive has been asphalted, the garden beds are complete and a resort style private oasis is ready at the back of the property to entertain well into the evenings with a fully enclosed, landscaped solar heated swimming pool.

4 5 Price Inspect Agent

3 3

2 2

$990,000 Anytime by appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

Crib Point

Hastings

Potential development site (S.T.C.A.)

Live or let

This prime (Residential 1 zoned) allotment of approximately 1854M2 has so much to offer. Available here is the opportunity to create a unit development site (S.T.C.A.), plus you could keep the existing home as a fantastic income earner whilst you develop the rest of the block.

This neat and tidy 3 bedroom home is only moments away from Pelican Park Recreation Centre and the Westernport Marina. It has been rewired, re plumbed, new colorbond roof, all new stumps, new hot water service, new carpets in lounge and bedrooms and repainted throughout.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

$600,000 Anytime by appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

$315,000 Anytime by appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

29 Elisa Place Hastings An entertainers’ masterpiece

Hastings

Hastings

Spring into your brand new home

Low maintenance living

THIS PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY RETURNING $310 PER WEEK. AS NEW 3 bedroom property on its own title. This home is privately tucked away at the back of Spring Street and there is NO BODY CORPORATE involved. This stunning home is packed with all the modern features and comforts.

This modern and low maintenance 3 bedroom, two storey townhouse conveniently located close to shops, schools and transport will suit the first home buyer or investor. Downstairs begins with a tiled entrance with double storage cupboard which leads to an open plan meals/living room.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

$325,000 Anytime by appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

This fantastic 4 bedroom home has been created with entertaining and storage in mind. Evaporative ducted cooling, Gas ducted Heating, S/Steel appliances, 3 separate living areas and internal garage access are all included. Outside you’ll find drive through access from the remote DLUG, gated rear yard access, a 6.5 x 6.5m colorbond shed and a magnificent undercover entertaining area with coonara that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.

4 4 Price Inspect Agent

Offers over $355,000 Anytime by appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

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2 2

$445,000 - $455,000 Saturday 12.00pm – 12.30pm Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

Hastings

1/11 Dylan Drive Hastings

Hastings

Bittern

New villa located close to Hastings shopping precinct

An as new villa with 3beds, 2bath, dual living rooms and a DLUG – WOW

Rear yard access and a complete family home

On your marks... get set... BUILD

Spacious 2 bedroom villa designed for modern living and close to all amenities. Ideally suited for the elderly who need to walk to everything. Featuring built in robes,stainless steel appliances, gas ducted heating, access to bathroom from main bedroom, separate toilet, and landscaped gardens. $339,950 Price Inspect Anytime by appointment Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923 Agent

This modern 3 bedroom villa is well designed and only 4 years old (approx). The front villa of only three, It has been designed for low maintenance living and allows you to enjoy all the comforts of a home without the hard work.

For those in need of rear yard access or a place to store the motorbikes and boat then it would be hard to go past this near new home where everything is complete and catered for. Keep everything separate with a handy 6m x 3m shed at the rear of the property and roller door access from the double lock up garage.

You’ll need to be quick to secure your parcel of vacant land located in a limited boutique subdivision in one of Bittern’s most prized locations. Available now is the opportunity to build the home you’ve always wanted in a well established and peaceful neighbourhood.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

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$320,000 - $335,000 Saturday 2.00 – 2.30pm Gabby Ferguson 0428 027 923

$420,000 + Anytime by appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

From $238,000 Anytime by appointment Rob Pryzler 0408 808 698

1/109 High Street, Hastings VIC 3915

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Security solutions

Healthy living

THIS business installs and services security systems including, but not limited to, surveillance cameras, digital video recorders, video intercom systems, domestic and commercial alarm panels, apartment style and gated community access control panels plus ongoing client maintenance and upgrades. The current owner has all necessary licences and registrations to operate. This business does require a person with industry experience.

THIS health food store has no opposition in the town and is well established with a large customer base. It sells a wide range of organic groceries, bulk foods, fruit, vegetables, supplements and beauty products. It also has a large practitioner, herbal dispensary and clinic room available for consultations. A new POS system has been installed. The business also offers a well-established website with regular weekly sales.

Security, CARRUM DOWNS Price: $160,000 Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne St, Frankston, 9781 1588 Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151

Health Food, HASTINGS Price: $159,900 + stock (app. $45,000) Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne St, Frankston, 9781 1588 Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151

Business Sales Specialists www.latessabusiness.com.au

50 Playne Street Frankston

Tel: (03) 9781 1588 HAIR SALON

HAIR & BEAUTY

SPORTS CLOTHING

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Good lease, very reasonable Long established in good Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparel for yoga, Cosy cafĂŠ easy to run with rent, small appealing salon part of town. 6 stations, gym, pÂŹilates etc. Well 2 staff. Opens Tues to Sat, with 3 stations, 2 basins, 3 dryers, 2 basins. Very known to locals, easy to run breakfasts, lunches etc. reception and kitchen/ reasonable rent, opening 5 ½ with 1 or 2 staff. Many repeat Good display, seating in and storage area. GD\V7KLVZLOOEHDJUHDWÂżUVW customers. out, new lease available. NOW salon opportunity! NOW

DRAMA ACADEMY

HAIR & BEAUTY

Worldwide organization, 6 locations on Peninsula. Full training in teaching, marketing & admin. Unique creative curriculum.

10 stations, small laundry, main road location. Brightly presented, rear courtyard. NOW

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Niche market in town for whole/organic foods inc fruit & veg. 5 ½ days, seating for 18 in/out. Well known to locals and passing trade.

5HVLGHQWLDO FRPPHUFLDO customers mainly on Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ton Peninsula. Major contracts in place. Past Business Award winner.

Main street, well known, pleasant business. Optus Premium dealer, computing & entertainment. Full security 24/7. NOW

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$872027,9(5(3$,56 Well equipped workshop with hi-tech equipment & latest software technology. Easily run by two, good lease arrangements available. 5 days.

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7 days 11.30pm to 4am, two refrigerated vans. Pick XS0RRUDEELQKDVÂżOOLQ drivers. One of approx. 200 franchises Australia wide.

Est 28 yrs, home based. Sale and service of machines Servicing Westernport side of and equipment, point of sale Peninsula, Defence housing, etc. Operating since 1986 FRPPHUFLDORIÂżFHV5HDO ZLWKJRRGSURÂżWVWKURXJKRXW Estate etc. All necessary 5 days, vendor will train. equipment, vendor assistance. NOW

Purpose built, wonderful Well equipped, quality P&E, appearance, split level. operates with 2 liquor liMainly coffee & cakes, cences. Two kitchens. Seats corner location with huge &RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV frontage. Nothing to be done.

Sales & service, well *UHDWORFDWLRQRQJURXQGĂ&#x20AC;RRURI One of about 75 franchises S/steel & glazed balustrades equipped showroom & S/C, very well stocked with food in Australia, S/C location with for res and comm clients, workshop. Est 10 yrs, vendor & supplements, franchise fees YHU\EXV\IRRWWUDIÂżF pool fencing, self closing cover advertising and admin. Huge owns freehold & offers new &RQÂżGHQWLDOW\DSSOLHV gates, high quality lease with neg terms. SURÂżWVDYH72LQH[FHVVRI0 architectural features. 70% *RRGSURÂżWV NOW Melbourne 30% Peninsula.

Frankston, Cranbourne, Peninsula. Short hours, days to suit. Van with all equipment and stock included.

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:LOOWULDORQSZ%XV\ Great money spinner with Manufacturing and supplying Well known, bbq chicken, 5HWDLOWREXLOGLQJWUDGH  shopping strip in residential low rental in large factory. to forklift, petroleum, ideal location, modern public. One man operation will area. 4 self cleaning deep Work 5 days on demand, chemical and manufacturing premises and kitchen facilities. suit tradesperson. Installers fryers. 2 bm accomm. Lease logos, awards, digitizing new industries. Supplemented by Indoor/outdoor seating. sub-contracted, could do has 5 years to run. designs, tailoring. Vendors accessories. Est 1982. &RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV WKHORWDQGSURÂżWVZLOOVRDU retiring after 17 years. NOW &RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV $300,000 + sav $372,000 + sav $380,000 + sav $340,000 inc stock

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New, located in the entertainment precincts of large S/Centres. Brand new ÂżWRXWV6HOOLQJVHSDUDWH franchises. Huge opportunity!

(VW\UVFXUUHQWYHQGRU 11 yrs. Well known Asian business, complete range of products inc fresh to imported & dried. 2001 2-tonne truck inc.

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Fully managed motel and serviced apartments with Nepean Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;way frontage. Prominent, high exposure position, 100 units.

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$810,000 + sav

$2.5 Million + sav

$7.6 Million

Tony Latessa: 0412 525 151

No. 1 REIV Accredited Business Agent in Victoria 27 years selling experience based on honesty and reliability REIV Business Brokers Committee Member

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Time for action on pizza parlour

A deli-cious business

THIS long-established restaurant is positioned in a small residential shopping strip that includes a fish and chip shop and licensed supermarket. With no immediate opposition in the area, this very well equipped business has excellent plant and equipment including walk-in cool room and freezer.

PERFECTLY positioned in busy Main Street, this popular deli serves a wide variety of sit-down and takeaway meals with strong coffee sales also. The interior is well fitted out with a good commercial kitchen. There is seating for 60 diners inside and 16 outside. The business can be run either as a family concern or with staff. Average takings are around $9000 per week. Delicatessen, MORNINGTON Price: $220,000 + SAV Agency: Kevin Wright Real Estate 72 Main Street, Mornington 5977 2255 Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454

Pizza & Pasta, MORNINGTON Lease price: $200pw + GST + OGS Agency: Kevin Wright Real Estate 72 Main Street, Mornington 5977 2255 Agent: Gary Ralph, 0418 535 503

Factory with residential loft MEASURING approximately 380 square metres, this former recording studio and shop lends itself to a multitude of uses. Perfect for the small business owner or ideal for creative purposes with artists, photographers and manufacturers sure to show interest. The property is for genuine sale with motivated vendors keen to sell.

Address: 12 David Court, ROSEBUD Price: $250,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $270,000 Agency: Stockdale & Leggo Rosebud 1089 Point Nepean Road, 5689 8600 Agent: Jon Perrett, 0405 123 921

Prime investment on the menu ARGUABLY the most prominent site in the industrial heart of Carrum Downs, this versatile property includes takeway food shop, warehouse and two offices. The anchor tenant is the Homestyle cafĂŠ, which has a new 5x5x5 year lease. There are also 22 on-site car parks. The total land area measures 1647 square metres with all properties on the one title. Current return is $72,504 pa (approx).

1-4/2 Brett Drive, CARRUM DOWNS Auction: Friday 23 September 2011 at 2pm Agency: Nichols Crowder, 2/1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs, 9775 1535 Agent: Richard Wraith, 0419 564 528

To advertise in the next edition of the Western Port News commercial real estate section, contact Jason Richardson on 0421 190 318 or email jason@mpnews.com.au Page 18

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An excellent opportunity to own your own Juice Bar with brand new Įt-out in busy Bayside Shopping Centre. This easy to run and manage business has a new lease, no franchise fees and is ready to go! Priced below set up costs this is a bargain!

The well known and highly popular CellarbraƟons Sorrento is on the market. Following eight very successful and proĮtable years, the current owners have decided to move on. Prime Ocean Beach Road locaƟon compliments this very strong business. Great rent, great lease.

Excellent, well known business with great passing traĸc. This would make an ideal Įrst business for someone wishing to downsize. Great central Mornington locaƟon with long lease and cheap rent. Vendor moƟvated to sell.

This long established restaurant is posiƟoned in a small residenƟal shopping strip that includes licensed supermarket and Įsh & chip shop. With no immediate opposiƟon in the area this very well equipped business is ready for the astute operator to make big proĮts with the warmer months coming.Cheap rent of $200/week + GST and outgoings, excellent plant and equipment + walk in cool room and freezer.

Sale Price: POA Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $180,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: $59,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: $58,000 + SAV Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

For Lease – Mornington

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Dromana

For Sale – Mount Eliza

Rent Free Period Available

Quick Sale Needed!

Landlord Wants A Tenant

Blue Chip Freehold Investment

These three prime oĸces of approx. 15sqm, 17sqm and 30sqm are situated at the beach end of Main Street and would be ideal for individual, professional businesses. As new Įt-out, great locaƟon and at this price they are extremely good value. Be Quick.

Chef - All Catering and Café in Barkly St, commercial Įt-out with extremely low overheads and excellent lease terms, due to ill health the vendor needs to sell, opƟonal extras inc Refrigerated Van and Catering trailer.

SƟll near new and with outstanding exposure this property is ideally suited for retail or professional oĸces. Superb Įt out with kitchen, shower and disabled access. An inspecƟon will not disappoint. Available from September 30, 2011.

This is a rare opportunity to secure a high proĮle retail investment in the heart of Mount Eliza Village. There are two shops available with a combined area of 166.8sqm and currently let to two long term tenants showing a net return of $77,250pa. Situated close to Safeway and other prominent businesses in the town.

Lease Price: From $780pcm + GST + Service Fee Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $59,000 + SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Lease Price: $1,750 pcm + GST + OGS Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: On ApplicaƟon Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

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For Sale – Dandenong

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Dandenong Market Eyewear - MUST SELL

First Time Available

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This business has been designed to be successful and provide you with all the necessary tools. With excellent sales and presentaƟon there is huge growth potenƟal in this business that could very easily be run by a family with full franchise support and low franchise fees of only 4%. New lease terms available.

This exclusive eyewear business is for sale for the Įrst Ɵme in 20 years. Situated in the general merchandise area of the popular Dandenong Market, close to the main entrance this 25m2 shop is an excellent opportunity to purchase this cash business that operates 3 days per week, 7am-4pm.

First Ɵme available in over 6 years this retail shop is situated behind Main Street, adjacent to free parking area and is well set up for professional businesses; EG: accountant/solicitor or real estate. There are two oĸces, boardroom, two toilets and lunchroom. Long term lease available.

The well known and very popular WaƩle Gardens of Mornington is on the market. The current owners have run this business for the past 10 years and are looking to reƟre. A great sized shop with excellent lease condiƟons and Main Street locaƟon. Priced to sell. InspecƟon recommended.

Sale Price: $175,000 +SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: All oīers considered Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

Sale Price: $575,000/Lease Price: POA Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

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Govt investigates swamp retirement units plan By Mike Hast THE federal government’s Department of Environment is investigating a proposal to fill part of Tootgarook Swamp to build 36 units for retired people. The department’s compliance and enforcement branch has been alerted to the proposal by objectors to the plan. The department’s investigations will determine if the matter triggers the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The proposal is stage six of the Village Glen retirement complex in Rosebud West, which was started in 1980 and is home to about 900 people. Village Glen owner Charles Jacobsen, through the company Community Village Australia, wants to move about 27,000 cubic metres of earth excavated from Balaka St – where he is building a nursing home – to 9 St Elmos Close. The l2.7 hectares of land in Tootgarook wetlands is zoned residential and could be the site of units worth about $20 million. About 3000 truckloads of earth will be carted along Balaka St, Eastbourne Rd, Elizabeth St and into Sanctuary Park Dve and St Elmos Close to fill land to a height of 3.6 metres (‘Village Glen growing as 3000 truckloads fill swamp for units’, The News, 22/8/11). Objecting to the proposal are residents of Sanctuary Park Dve and St

Elmos Close as well as environmentalists led by the Southern Peninsula Flora and Fauna Association. SPIFFA has challenged the validity of an evaluation of the site’s importance – done for the developer by Ecology Partners – claiming it contains plains grassland, an endangered vegetation community. SPIFFA secretary Philip Jensen and the association’s ecology consultant Gidja Walker say Tootgarook Swamp could be precious enough for a Ramsar listing. (Ramsar is an international convention protecting wetlands of international importance.) Environment Minister Tony Burke’s department has written to objectors stating two rare species of birds have been sighted at Tootgarook – Latham’s snipe and the Australasian bittern. “A person proposing to take an action that is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance must refer their proposal to the department for assessment and approval. Substantial penalties apply to ... such an action without approval,” a Department of Environment officer wrote. “Officers of the Compliance and Enforcement Branch have initiated enquiries in the Village Glen expansion proposal with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, the Victorian Department of

Sustainability and Environment and the proponent, the Village Glen.” SPIFFA says the intervention related to a failure to refer the presence, and the recent degradation, of a critically endangered vegetation community in an internationally important wetland. “This was despite SPIFFA’s formal objection, explicitly pointing this out, lodged on 6 March during the first stage of this sorry process,” the association said. “Federal investigators will be provided with evidence of alleged covert slashing of that grasslands community and the oversowing of a weedy grass species prior to the planning application [for the earth filling] being submitted to council and then being heard in VCAT [Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal] last month.” The group says the 2.7 hectares and its surrounds was high-quality plains grassland before being sown with Festuca arundinacea (also known as tall fescue or smart grass) some time before last October. “We have aerial photos showing the change in the vegetation. “Tall fescue is a perennial turf species and a pernicious environmental weed that flourishes in wet and saline areas. It has a tendency to overwhelm existing indigenous species.” SPIFFA says the flora and fauna re-

Wetlands plan: Aerial view of the 2.7-hectare block owned by Village Glen (red outline) in the middle of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Sanctuary Park Reserve, 11.2 hectares of wetlands, part of the Tootgarook Swamp. The buildings at bottom right are in the Rosebud industrial estate and the dead end road is Colchester Rd. The houses above the factories are in the Curlew Dve area southwest of Eastbourne Primary School. The parallel pale white lines are the proposed freeway reserve. Swamp wings: Below, Latham’s snipe, a rare bird that has been seen in the Tootgarook wetlands.

port by Ecology Partners, provided by the developer to support the plan, “found not a single specimen of this species of introduced grass on the site”. “Today tall fescue makes up about 30 per cent of the ground cover of 9 St Elmos Close.” The group said it was beyond the realms of possibility the species could have invaded so comprehensively in the short time since the ecology report. SPIFFA says a high-quality area of grass tussocks in the northeast section of the area containing 9 St Elmos Close has been sprayed and killed. “The adjacent freeway reserve is still high quality and sequential aerial photo analysis will easily confirm what we are asserting.” The 2.7 hectares is completely surrounded by a Mornington Peninsula Shire wetland reserve of 11.2 hectares, Sanctuary Park Reserve. “The Village Glen land at 9 St Elmos Close should be acquired and incorporated into the reserve and restored,” SPIFFA says. The shire called a planning application conference last week, an informal meeting between shire officers, Village Glen representatives and objectors designed to thrash out differences. It was attended by area councillor Antonella Celi, shire planner Emma

Wakefield, Peter Nilsson of Village Glen, a representative of Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association, and about a dozen St Elmos Close area residents led by Cameron Brown. It is understood one of the objectors was critical of the Village Glen plan to move the earth along public roads in Rosebud West rather than through the Village Glen complex, a shorter route. The objector said residents living near Village Glen should be compensated for enduring years of building and now facing six weeks of heavy traffic along narrow streets as well as many months of disturbance while the 36 units were being constructed. The planning application for the 36 units at 9 St Elmos Close has not yet been considered by the council. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has not yet released its decision on the filling of the 2.7 hectares in the wetland.

Wedding suppliers band together for that big day THE fabulous Mornington Peninsula is the most wonderful place to celebrate your wedding. Mornington Peninsula Weddings is a group of independent, local business owners who live, work and play right here on the Mornington Peninsula. We love the area and are passionate about helping couples create the best wedding memories possible. We also love the fact that it is a destination that has everything that couples need to celebrate their nuptials. For every aspect of your wedding day, from invitations right through

to honeymoons, the members of MPW can help you choreograph your special day. The group originated from small beginnings, all exhibiting at an expo facilitated by Jennifer Webber. The founding members of the group could see how the demographics were changing and the opportunities that brides and grooms now had access to, hence the incorporated group was formed and called Mornington Peninsula Weddings. All are professional suppliers who live and run their businesses from

the peninsula, so they have a wealth of knowledge to impart to people wishing to marry here. The peninsula is only an hour’s drive from the city but it seems a world away. In fact, the peninsula now has an air that’s reminiscent of a European destination, from quaint cottages to five-star accommodation, wineries that love a good wedding, chapels that ooze charm and beaches that have it all – from the bay to the ocean, rugged with great photo opportunities, or pristine and private.

The peninsula can cater for any type of wedding you are planning, with many opportunities for guests to linger on for a day or so to explore all that the area has to offer. Fabulous food, fantastic wine and the right people to pull your event together. There is no need to have suppliers travel from Melbourne – we have it all here. From bridal dresses, menswear and made-to-measure shirts and suits. Ceremony and reception venues, accommodation, catering, florists and marquee and event hire. Beauticians, hairdressing and pre-

wedding pampering. Photographers, celebrants, even the vintage car of your dreams can be sourced. So when considering a wedding on the peninsula, maybe have a look at what MPW can do for you. After all, they are passionate about the area, their local knowledge can offer couples many suggestions and for every budget while still sharing the great peninsula and what it offers. Di Kleinert, chairperson Mornington Peninsula Weddings Inc www.peninsulaweddings.com.au

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Community House News Somerville Community House By Isobel Carlin, coordinator WITH the weather hopefully on the improve – well, we’ve had a few good days – now is the time to start getting out and about and have a look at what’s on offer at your community house; you may just be surprised. We’re just about at the end of the term and what a busy one it has been. We have had many new enrolments for our classes this term, which is really great to see that people are discovering what we have on offer at Somerville Community House and are very pleasantly surprised when they enquire about our classes. Here is a sneak peek at what our new classes are for next term, along with our ever-popular classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, various painting classes, Write your life story, Cake Decorating, Cryptic Crosswords, Guitar, Book Group, various language classes, such as Italian, German and French, Playgroup, Knitting for a Cause, Friday Night Cards, Men’s Shed, walking groups. We have quite a few new classes on offer here at the house for term 4 so please take the time to investigate what’s on our brochure. We will be running two extra book groups at evening sessions along with our regular Monday class, creative writing/poetry classes on Mondays during the day. We are also taking expressions of interest for night time creative writing classes, so if you are interested in this course please enquire at the office. We will be running daytime yoga classes along with

sessions on making Christmas decorations. We are pleased to announce that we will also be running night patchwork/sewing classes so if you have an unfinished garment that you need help with or want to finish that patchwork item that you have unfinished and stashed in the back of the cupboard, then its time you dragged it out again and finished it. There are always plenty of experienced hands on board for this class. We will also be running computers for beginners on Thursday mornings from 10am to 11.30am. 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 endeavour to assist you. If you’re interested in becoming involved, contact Somerville Community House on 5977 8330 or somervi@bigpond.net.au or pop in and have a chat to us; our door is always open.

Crib Point Community House By Mary Budd, coordinator I’D like to clear up a rumour that is getting around. The Crib Point Community House is not closing at the end of the year. At the moment our Take-a-Break occasional childcare will be finishing on 16 December. The only thing that will save it is if the state or federal governments reinstate the funding. This will be a very sad time for us as some of our staff has been with us for more than 10 years. The community house will be celebrating its 30th birthday next year

From 8am until 2pm Saturday, 17th September, 2011

and we have been offering some kind of childcare since we opened in 1982. It will be a very sad day in our history and a great loss to this community, but we are still fighting it and you can help by signing yet another petition and/or writing to Kate Ellis and Wendy Lovell. If you need more info please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our new program will be out in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for it at the usual haunts, that is, the library, doctors’ surgeries, Peninsula Community Health, shire offices and some of the shops in Hastings, Bittern, Balnarring and Somers. We have some Christmas craft workshops where you’ll learn how to make cake pops, Christmas tags or a beautiful table centrepiece. Our Fun with Photos course will include making your own Christmas cards which will include a photo in it. We’re also hoping to have an evening patchwork class, but I should know more on that very soon, so watch for our advert in the next issue. Talking about Patchwork, we have set a date for our next Patchwork and Art Expo. It will be on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2012. If you are interested in exhibiting something, you’d better get busy so you have it ready in time. You can get more information at the community house as well as entry forms.

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Bank seeks community opinion in forum THE Hastings Community Bank is inviting all Western Port community groups to a free forum to be held on 4th October at the Hastings Hub. The meeting will put forward advice on various funding resources and methods while also offering an opportunity for community groups to explore individual needs and aspirations with others. The forum will also invite attendees to contribute ideas for a project of value to the greater community that would otherwise be beyond the reach of individual organisations. The evening will be in two parts with some short informative presenta-

tions followed by a workshop session. Invitations have already been sent to groups ranging from well organised sporting bodies to smaller charitable, recreational and interest clubs. However the organisers are keen to ensure as wide a range of views as possible is taken into account and asks that all interested community groups contact Greg Hood, the manager of the Bendigo Bank, Hastings Community bank branch to register their interest. Greg Hood can be reached at the Hastings Community Bank, 88 High St, tel 5979 2075

Community Forum THE Board of Hastings & District Community Enterprises Ltd invites you to a public forum to discuss future community projects that could be undertaken with the aid of funds generated by the Hastings & District Community Bank. Learn how your organisation can benefit from community bank sponsorship. Be involved in a significant Community Project Forum to capture the common thought of the community. Projects may be carried out in collaboration with other groups or with government. Please send along one or two members of your committee or board. We believe it is important your group’s thoughts are heard. Date & Venue: Tuesday 4th October, 7.30 pm at the Hub, Hastings Please RSVP at your earliest opportunity to Greg Hood, Manager Hastings & District Community Bank. Phone: 5979 2075. Email: Greg. hood@bendigoadelaide.com.au

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HISTORY

New display now at Hastings museum HASTINGS-Western Port Historical Society has reopened the Hastings Museum on the corner Marine Pde and Skinner St after the winter recess. There are a number of new displays. Additional display cases have also been added, so the museum presents a fresh new look. Among popular displays are fishing memorabilia, including the Johanna fishing boat, cray baskets and the cray croft as well as a fruit-growing display. A firm favourite with the children (and adults) is the 40 pounder 1864 Armstrong gun – pointing to Western Port to show that it is ever-ready, as in times past, to “defend” the township of Hastings. The museum is open on Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm and on Wednesday 10am-2pm. Admission is a $2 coin. There is a good assortment of local history books for sale as well as photos of Hastings in the past.

150th activities THERE are four towns on the Mornington Peninsula Shire that were “gazetted” in 1861. They are Mornington (previously called Schnapper Point), Dromana, Rye (previously called Tootgarook) and Tyabb. This gazetted township of Tyabb is not the current town of Tyabb. The township grid shows the streets of Lyall, Robertson and Wright sts. According to an official map, the township was nestled between Olivers Creek and Kings Creek. This area is now known as Hastings. Looking at the larger picture, the little township that was gazetted as Tyabb was in the County of Mornington and in the Parish

of Tyabb. The Parish of Tyabb took in the land as far north as Somerville. Hastings-Western Port Historical Society and the Somerville Tyabb & District Heritage Society are working with Mornington Peninsula Shire in organising activities acknowledging this gazetting. A pioneer dance (ballroom) was held on 9 September at the Tyabb Hall as part of the celebrations. Noted historian and author, Valda Cole OAM spoke at the dance, giving historic information about the 1861 gazetting of the township of Tyabb and the larger Parish of Tyabb. Further events are planned including a tree-planting ceremony, a pioneer lunch and an informative sign with the plan of the Parish of Tyabb. For more information contact David Mason, president of Hastings-Western Port Historical Society, on 5977 5786 or secretary Ann Sullivan on 0448 023 287.

New committee THE society at its recent annual meeting re-elected David Mason as president, Shirley Davies vice-president, Ann Sullivan secretary, Dave Taylor treasurer, Beverley Mason as committee member and voted on to the committee new member Andy Tredwell. The society has been in existence for 38 years and during the time has had a number of books published on local history. Many of members have also published books on local history. Most are for sale at Hastings Museum.

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Entertainment SYDNEY rock music historian Glenn A Baker has been a music journalist, commentator and broadcaster for many years, and branched into travel writing in the early 1990s. The manager and founder of rock group Ol ’55, Glenn was the Australian editor of Billboard for more than 20 years and is known for his prodigious knowledge of rock music. He won the inaugural Australian Travel Writer of the Year in 1995 and again in 2000. Glenn has visited more than 100 countries and has transported readers around the globe to the most remote locations with vivid, humorous and insightful travel writing. New Holland Books has published Best of Baker: Travel, a collection of his experiences over the past 25 years covering experiences on all seven continents with all antennae waving, from the frigid edge of the North Pole to the steamy heart of primitive jungles. Glenn takes readers on a journey from the Berlin Wall to Iceland, Bohemia’s castles, the Cook Islands, Zanzibar, Bulgaria’s humour museum and into Egyptian sandstorms. His writing has appeared in hundreds of publications internationally, including many inflight journals.

sic Bowl on Saturday 12 November. Steely Dan and Steve Winwood team up for a concert at Rod Laver Arena on 27 October and at Rochford Winery on 29 October. www.frontiertouring.com Dolly Parton sings at Rod Laver Arena in November and John Farnham has already sold out five concerts at the Palais Theatre. John Waters will bring his popular show Looking Through a Glass Onion to Crown Casino in October. www. johnwaters.com.au Roxette has reformed and play Rod Laver Arena next February. Daryl Hall and John Oates with support band Icehouse will play Plenary Theatre and Rochford Winery in February. In theatre news, the Production Company presents Grey Gardens at The Playhouse, Arts Centre, in November and December. www.theproductioncompany.com.au

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ply “Have you allowed for ‘the clueless factor’?” My favourite question? “Why are our soldiers in Afghanistan?” *** HAVE we all recovered from this global financial crisis? Is that the old GFC or the threat of GFC2? How about those financial advisers who failed to see the first coming? The bottomless pit of greed. Well, all those fraudulent so-called experts are back, knowing all, seeing all the indicators, advising us with as much certainty as before the GFC. “The clueless factor” or tarot cards? Just as effective. Ditto spaghetti alla carbonara. On finances I oppose two lines of thought. The first is the idea of topping up your super fund. They will say they had a bad year, but it’s still the best investment going. I say let the super take its normal course and bank any spare cash at call. Unless of course you’re eligible to cash it in within five years. The second is the idea of paying more on your mortgage than the agreed rate. They will say you can always withdraw it if in trouble. I say keep it at the agreed rate. Banks change rules overnight. Bank any spare cash. Call the difference insurance. You disagree. I know.

*** WHEN all appears lost, the angel of hope springs forth. Our delightful Governor-General Quentin Bryce has accepted an invitation to be patron-in-chief of a new charity called Entertainment Assist. It’s for performers suffering from “post-show blues”. Hey, that’s me! Where are the application forms? I’m in. Will Centrelink find out? *** MANY of us go through the early stages of adult life after school wondering about our sense of worth, the fear of not being good enough, of people finding out that we are frauds; our inadequacies on show. Being in the acting caper for 40 years, I’ve seen a lot first-hand, myself included. It’s common to all walks of life of course. Doctors, psychologists, even real estate agents. Some so talented they never realise it, others not worth a bumper believing they are the ant’s pants, particularly actors. Round and round the merry-go-round goes. The answer? Forget it; human nature. Be happy with your best. *** A COLAC truckie leads 30 trucks on a 450-kilometre journey to Canberra

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A Grain of Salt COMPLAINTS in the past two weeks, like the increase in tip fees and the $300,000 plus for our shire CEO, the bow tie man. Kindly take the time to write to your local newspaper, thereby leaving me to drink my coffee in peace. I do not do local news. Poverty or death, whichever arrives first. *** HERE I stand on Mount Kosciuszko 7300 feet above sea level. I see unlimited space. Down below is the entire population of the world, including all those special people who understand world finances. “Greece is in trouble”, they may say; likewise Italy, Spain. “If they go bust we’re all in trouble.” “Tell me more?” I reply. But they can’t, because they, we, all of us haven’t a clue. “Something to do with re-mortgaging houses”, they add, hoping to convey microscopic knowledge translated to Double Dutch. “What’s your take on carbon tax?” I ask. Some for, some against, but almost all not a clue including our politicians, which is nothing new. I therefore launch “the clueless factor” as the be-all and end-all explanation. If it’s world finances, carbon, boat people, cancer or psychiatry served up to me as knowledge without explanation, I shall re-

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Everything you want to know about being a miserable twerp By Stuart McCullough SOME things are hard to measure. No matter how powerful or profound they are, in many regards they cannot be gauged and cannot be captured. Into this category Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d place things like love and hate. Sensitivity, however, is a notable exception. Sensitivity can be measured not in metres, miles or in litres but by the songs of Simon and Garfunkel. The greater the number of songs in your possession, the more sensitive a soul you clearly are. In fact, extreme sensitivity is evident where the Garfunkel quotient is skewed to an especially high level. Put simply, anyone who owns a copy of Bright Eyes is unlikely to be able to withstand direct sunlight. Simon and Garfunkel have a lot to answer for. For a certain kind of person, they were the template for all it was to be young, shy and fiercely intelligent (such intelligence having been self-diagnosed). Sadly, I was certainly a certain kind of person and I regarded Simon and Garfunkel less as role models as I did my musical brothers and soul mates. My aim in life was to score as highly on the Simon and Garfunkometer as possible. It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the creepiest. But despite this, between the years 1988 and 1993, I bore an uncanny resemblance to Art Garfunkel as he appeared on the Bookends LP. Right down to the black skivvy. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serious about emulating Simon and/or Garfunkel, you need more than a mere skivvy. You need a nylon-

stringed acoustic guitar. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nylonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was Simon and Garfunkelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weapon of choice. Should you decide that the life of a misery guts is for you, the first thing you need to do is get one of these suckers. Back before learning a musical instrument was replaced by uploading pornography onto Facebook, nylon-stringed acoustic guitars were plentiful. These were the instruments that were gifted to plucky youngsters who dreamed of

playing like Jimmy Page, but ended up struggling to get through Greensleeves without stopping, before giving up and consigning the whole exercise to the judo-bin of history. Those who persevered and who werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rewarded for their efforts with an electric guitar, learned to play folk songs. Folk music is often referred to as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gatewayâ&#x20AC;? form of music, in that it often leads to harder, more dangerous varieties. Indeed, as a musical snob let me

say that mere folk is for lightweights, whereas Simon and Garfunkel is the very stuff of the mythical hard-core. They played folk-rock. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to be just another jerk strumming a guitar; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also one thing to be a jerk strumming a guitar while standing in front of a drum kit. That, my friends, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;folk-rockâ&#x20AC;?. But to execute folk rock to the standard demanded by Messrs Simon and Garfunkel, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also got to be able to stare off into the middle distance. The importance of the middle distance to music is, ironically enough, often overlooked. It creates the impression that the singer may be able to see into the future. In that regard, Art Garfunkel was a blond afro-headed flux capacitor on legs, as no one could stare into the middle distance with the same level of conviction. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the fundamentals in place itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start writing some songs. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the trouble really set in. Let me be the first to admit that in my late teens and early 20s, I had a chronic case of the Simon and Garfunkels. So bad was my condition that I kept a nylon-stringed guitar close to me at all times in order to ensure that when the melancholy muse struck, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be ready. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take much to set me off either. At one point running out of fresh milk was a crisis of sufficient standing to prompt a song. Even when a genuine misfortune came my way, I routinely responded through music never thinking that the song I was making was far more painful that the event I was trying to document.

It goes without saying except that it would leave a nasty blank spot on the page that nearly all the songs I wrote were really about my favourite topic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; me. But while this was a subject of inexhaustible interest to me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that it was â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at best â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of passing interest to others. At worst it was a major source of irritation. Undeterred, I went further than merely writing my songs of misery, strumming an acoustic guitar and staring off into the middle distance while wearing a black skivvy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I decided to do all these things in full view of the public. In many regards, I went the full-Funkel and paid a heavy price for my efforts. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you what brought me to my senses. Whether it was the indifference that greeted my best musical efforts or just growing up, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say. Maybe it was the realisation that while Simon and Garfunkel talked (or sang) the sensitive loser talk, their lives bore no resemblance to this at all. These guys werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crippled by shyness and spending their Saturday nights finger picking and staring off out of windows in the hope that the phone might right. They were highly successful musicians whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sold millions of albums. They may have sung about sitting about reading poetry and pondering the future of the theatre, but in truth they were off filming Catch 22 and marrying Princess Leia. Perhaps it was simply the James Brown cassette someone gave me that helped me see the error of my ways. Thank goodness for that. www.stuartmccullough.com

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Hawks face oblivion, Blues a test in west Semi-finals preview Friday 16 September Second Semi-final Hawthorn v Sydney, MCG 7.45pm Eleven teams are out and six remain. With only knockout finals to come, things start to get even more interesting. The Hawks go into the game against the Swans with massive doubts over their champion fullforward Lance Franklin. The Swans come in after an inspiring win against St Kilda. During the final quarter of the Hawks’ qualifying final, Franklin landed awkwardly and took no further part in the game. The following day he was cleared of any structural damage. The Hawks were outplayed in all facets of the game. They lacked defensive pressure with the absence

of key tall defenders Stephen Gilham and Ben Stratton. On a positive note, youngsters Isaac Smith and Liam Shiels were impressive on the big stage. As for the Swans, they continued their hot form to upset the Saints in a tight struggle. Ryan O’Keefe was best on ground, slotting four goals and laying six tackles. Adam Goodes was at his prolific best, with everything he touched turning to gold. Hawthorn will be hard-pushed to limit his influence when he plays his 300th match. A minor worry for Sydney is that young gun Daniel Hannebery looked in a lot of trouble when he injured his shoulder late in the game, and did not return to the field. It will be interesting to see how he pulls up and how much it will restrict him. When both teams are at their best, Hawthorn is easily the better team, but with Jarryd Roughead out and Lance Franklin unlikely to play, it’s hard to see where Hawthorn will get their goals. Former Demon Paul Johnson made his debut for Hawthorn in round 24 against the Gold Coast and looked

reasonable so he could be a possible inclusion. Form-wise, Sydney can’t be faulted and with a near full team to select from look too good to tip against. Sydney by 35 points. Last time they met in a final 2001 Second Elimination Final Hawthorn 19.15-129 d Sydney 11.8-74 at Colonial (now Eithad) stadium. Best: Hawthorn: Chick, Crawford, Smith, Thompson, Vandenberg. Sydney: Schwass, Mathews, Kirk. Goals: Hawthorn: Barker 4, Chick 3, Crawford 2, Greene 2, Lonie 2. Sydney: Kirk 3, Bolton 2, Goodes 2. Saturday 17 September First Semi-final West Coast v Carlton, Patersons Stadium 7.50pm This is the match of the weekend with these teams in red-hot form. Both have exciting lists and both have unlimited potential.

This game will be the making of one of these teams. The Eagles go into the match after an admirable performance against the reigning premiers. They fought hard all day and pushed the Pies right till the final siren. Key defender Eric Mackenzie did a terrific job on Collingwood’s number one forward, Travis Cloke. Nic Naitanui proved to everyone he can perform on the finals stage and Matt Priddis continued his consistent season collecting 24 disposals. Carlton were just as impressive on the weekend. They trailed early on but fought back well and slaughtered Essendon after quarter time to win by 62 points. Marc Murphy was prolific with 37 disposals and five score assists; he has truly turned into an A grade midfielder. Robert Warnock played arguably his best ever game. He won 38 hitouts and consistently stood up when required. This year these teams have seesawed between fourth and fifth place,

but the Eagles just edged out Carlton for a top four spot. The Eagles also have an excellent record at Patersons Stadium this year, just losing the one game earlier on, which gives them a significant home ground advantage. The Blues, however, have won four out of four games on the road this year, most notably beating Sydney in round 6 at the SCG. This game is so tight to make a confident tip but with a fit team and 40,000 fans cheering them on, the Eagles will win. West Coast by 11 points. Last time they met in a final 1999 First Semi-final Carlton 18.16-124 d West Coast 10.10-70 at the MCG. Best: Carlton: Ratten, Hickmott, McKay, Silvagni, Whitnall. West Coast: Kemp, White, Donnelly. Goals: Carlton: Whitnall 3, Hickmott 3, Ratten 2, Lappin 2, Beaumont 2, Hamill. West Coast: Cummings 3, White 2, Gehrig 2.

Uprententious just misses the chocolates A DECADE of application and hard work by Cranbourne trainer Nikki Burke could be rewarded by the highly promising three-year-old Unpretentious. A son of 2005 Golden Skipper Stakes winner Stratum, he won very impressively at his debut at Sale last month. Following this, Burke decided to step up Unpretentious to city company at Sandown and although beaten, he showed himself to be a youngster with considerable ability. After missing the start, he raced in last place to the 400-metre mark and at that stage his chances seemed forlorn. But Craig Williams managed to weave his way through the field to unleash a brilliant finishing burst. Unpretentious just failed to overhaul the well-backed The Kitkat Kid but even in defeat demonstrated he has the ability to reach the top level. At the same time Burke is intent on allowing the gelding every opportunity to develop and mature so he may not be at his best till next year.

While Unpretentious captured the limelight at Sandown, Montgomery, Sierra Nevada and Ulundi all indicated they are worth following over the next few weeks. The spring tempo increased three days later at Moonee Valley when the Jim Conlon-trained Rekindled Interest beat a classy field in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes. Taking a line though the performance, Rekindled Interest is going to be a force in the $3 million Tatts Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on 22 October. The four-year-old will have his next outing in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 2 October as will the Greg Eurell-prepared Pinker. A group 1 placed, group 2 winner last season, Pinker Pinker demonstrated she has the ability to make her presence felt in open company by finishing a slashing second to the highly regarded

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King’s Rose in the Stocks Stakes (1600m). Eurell says that he is likely to press forward to the Caulfield Cup (2400m) after she runs in the Turnbull. Persistence finally paid dividends for Mornington trainer Dean Binaisse when Carnero led throughout in the Spotless Handicap at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Competitive against the best of his age in his first two preparations, Carnero was struck down by injury after contesting the 2008 Victoria Derby. After 133 weeks away from the track, the six-year-old has strung together seven runs this campaign and Saturday’s victory suggests there are more wins in store. West Australian Bliss Street is worth following when she steps out over more ground on a roomy track. Winner of her previous three starts – including the Group 3 Sires Produce – the Flying Spur filly was beaten for early pace but was doing her best work over the concluding stages when sixth behind the impressive Atlantic Jewel.

Lightly raced colt Zabeelionaire could develop into a classic contender later this season. The son of Zabeel found the 1500m too sharp when runner-up to Whisper Downs but he did work to the post stylishly and can only improve. Lloyd Williams-owned Tanby has been nurtured by trainer Robert Hickmott and is now ready to tackle better races. A five-year-old by renowned stallion Galileo, Tanby was jumping from 1700m to 2500m when a runaway winner of the Curran Chemicals Handicap. He gives every indication he will stay two miles. In-form trainer combination Ellerton/ Zahra have had a big run with fillies and mares over the past 12 months and Annlea is another who can earn black type for the stable. Resuming from a spell, the four-year-old was doing her best work in the home straight when fifth behind Irish Dream and is worth backing when she steps out to 1600m. Lightly raced six-year-old Anudjawun is eligible for restricted races, but there is every reason to believe

he will be winning a group event this spring. After two runs over unsuitable distances, he was very strong at the line when a luckless fourth to Carnero over 1600m. Australian-bred Happy Zero was a top class sprinter when trained in Hong Kong and looks sure to pay his way while in the care of the Hawkes clan. Off the scene for 15 months after a failed trip to England, Happy Zero simply found the 1000m too short but hit the line with gusto. Woorim completed a big day for Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote when he won the 1200m Become A MRVC Member Handicap. Carrying 60.5kg, the six-year-old ran right away from his rivals over the final stages and is poised to avenge his luckless third in last year’s Rupert Clarke (1400m) at Caulfield when he contests that event on 24 September. Cranbourne-trained Blackie was no match for Woorim, but did work home strongly and is sure to be winning his share this campaign. Best: Anudjawun


Who’s who at VFL VFL teams in season 2011 and their AFL affiliates in brackets (in ladder order). Port Melbourne Williamstown (Western Bulldogs) North Ballarat (North Melbourne) Casey Scorpions (Melbourne) Werribee Tigers (North Melbourne) Northern Bullants (Carlton) Bendigo Bombers (Essendon’s reserves) Box Hill Hawks (Hawthorn) Geelong Sandringham (St Kilda) Coburg Tigers (Richmond) Collingwood Frankston

Looking up: Dolphins’ general manager Bryan Mace in front of the new grandstand, which replaced the one that burnt down in 2008.

Dolphins leap into a new era By Mike Hast FRANKSTON Dolphins have had an unforgettable season, but life off field is on the up with the first steps made toward starting its $3 million function centre. The club, which won just two games, will see construction start in June and be finished in March 2013. The project will transform the club, which has resolutely stood alone since 2000 when most VFL sides aligned with AFL clubs. Club stalwart Bryan Mace is excited about the future. “We’re on the pinnacle of good things happening,” he told The Times. “We had our first proper meeting with [Frankston] council the other day” to plan the new centre, which will replace the ageing social club. Cash for the project comes from the state government ($1.5 million), AFL and VFL ($500,000), Frankston Council ($500,000) and a Dolphins

loan of $500,000, with the council going guarantor. The centre will replace the existing social club, but be much larger. It will be used as a meeting venue for service clubs and other community groups as well as for social events, helping to guarantee the financial viability of the Dolphins. Mr Mace said a committee was working on where to locate the Dolphins’ social events and the club’s 27 poker machines during construction. He said the pokies were “better than raffles”. “The council has said they can’t build around us so we’ll have to find a temporary base.” The club has been doing it tough financially since the grandstand burnt down on 13 February 2008, just three years after the council spent $1.2 million refurbishing it. “The fire cost us at least $40,000 in lost revenue that year,” Mr Mace said.

“We’d just signed up some high-priced recruits” and gate takings fell dramatically with the loss of the grandstand. On field the club had a good year in 2008 despite the nay-sayers who said the fire would affect the it. Then things started to fall apart. It was a combination of events; Bryan Mace would not apportion blame, being a club loyalist, but it’s common knowledge the club was disappointed when Brett Lovett left after three relatively good years. His successor Shannon Grant and the Dolphins were a mismatch, and they severed ties after just one season. The process of rebuilding the grandstand dragged out. Attendances at games stayed low. Cold winters in 2010 and this year cut deep. “There’s only so many people who are happy to lean on the fence and watch a game,” Mr Mace said. The rebuilt grandstand was officially opened in November 2010.

Tough times on the field THE Dolphins won 11 games in 2006, six in 2007 and 10 in 2008, finishing in seventh spot and winning an elimination final against Coburg, but losing to Williamstown by a point in the semi-final. Former Melbourne great Brett Lovett was at the helm for these seasons. Shannon Grant took the team to just three wins in 2009 and top players left in droves at season’s end. Good judges said the Dolphin spirit went missing that year. In 2010 Mornington Peninsula goalkicking legend and former Dolphin player Simon Goosey accepted the tough task of rebuilding without high-priced recruits. The club brought in young players with

the ambition of creating a team capable of competing against the AFLaligned clubs. The Dolphins won just a single game, but the spirit returned. In October the state government promised $1.5 million for the longawaited function centre. This season has been another tough one for the Dolphins with just two wins, but the young team showed flashes of brilliance. Coach Goosey, who played 49 Dolphins games from 1992-94 before breaking all goalkicking records in the MPNFL with Mornington, which he also coached to four flags, and Dromana, said during the year: “We’ve probably got the best 18 to 22-year-old list.”

For season 2012, the club will retain its philosophy of recruiting young players from the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston region, and continue to avoid paying big money for AFL retirees who often “just circulate”, in the words of Bryan Mace. “However, we’ll recruit a couple of leaders, senior blokes who can hold down centre half-forward and centre half-back,” he said. Mr Mace said the club would continue to rely on the loyal support of about a dozen corporate sponsors. “Graham Quarries have been sponsors for as long as I can remember. Other strong backers include Superpages and Joe Russo of Core Health Club.”

Speculation about St Kilda moving to Frankston Park muddied the waters, with the council at one stage offering the Saints the grandstand site for a training and social centre. Last October, Sports Minister James Merlino promised the Dolphins $1.5 million for the long-awaited clubhouse and function centre. Just over a month later the Brumby Labor government was defeated by

the Ted Baillieu-led coalition, but the promise was carved in stone. Then the AFL/VFL and Frankston Council came to the party. With the future of the VFL likely to see more stand-alone clubs, the Dolphins will be well placed to top the stellar years. It’s not preposterous to imagine a premiership flag hoisted up the flagpole in front of the new function centre some time this decade.

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THE all new Holden Barina, due to arrive in Australia soon, has received a five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP). The new-generation Barina hatchback, which was launched as the Chevrolet Aveo in Europe, performed strongly in key areas of safety to place it amongst the best. The Chevrolet Aveo achieved a score of 95 per cent in the adult occupant safety category and 87 per

cent in the child occupant safety category. Holden Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth said the result was extremely pleasing and augurs well for local testing of the new Barina hatch by Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) later this year. “This is a fantastic endorsement for GM’s new global light car,” he said.

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A call to arms Hastings seniors are playing in the Grand Final on Saturday 17 September at Frankston Oval (Kars St, Frankston). The game, against arch rivals Sorrento, starts at 2.30pm. Hastings Football Club is a proud club from a proud town. The call is going out for all locals to come along and support them in their quest for a premiership. Let’s have a “sea of blue” at Frankston. Let’s have the loudest voices a grand final has ever seen. Let’s bring the premiership home to Hastings!

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