APPROVAL has been given by the State Cabinet to the preparation of a scheme by the Water Commission for the supply of water to the Flinders Naval Base, and a number of towns in the Mornington Peninsula.
The supply, it is suggested should come from the Bunyip River, but before this can be finally decided further surveys will have to be made.
The cost of the scheme will probably run from £160,000 to £170,000. It has been intimated, however, that the State Treasurer is not willing to find that sum unless the Federal authorities are prepared to make satisfactory arrangements for obtaining the money.
In anticipation that these arrangements will be made, the Cabinet approved of recommendations by the Water Commission that it be empowered to make surveys, so as to ascertain the most effective sources of supply, and evolve a suitable scheme for submission to the Federal authorities and local councils. The number of towns to serve is eight, namely, Aspendale, Chelsea. Carrum, Seaford, Frankston, Somerville, Mornington, and the Naval Base.
If the Bunyip scheme, which, it is thought is the most effective, is adopted, Bunyip, GarfieId. and Cranbourne may also be supplied.
IN our account of the Mornington Races last, week we placed Gallantry as the winner of the run off in the Kitchener Purse. It should have been Boothnulla first, Gallantry second.
MESSRS Adamson, Strettle, and Co, auctioneers, of Melbourne, notify in our advertising columns that they will hold chair opening style at the Tanti Yards on 17th April, commencing at one o’clock, for which entries are invited.
THE many friends of Mr D. Kennedy, of Frankston, will regret to hear of the death of his brother, Corporal Robert Kennedy, which sad event took place at the Alfred Hospital on Sunday last from meningitis. The deceased was only 21 years of age, and expected to sail for the front shortly.
WE have received a post-card from Gunner H. H. Allen, dated 28th January last, from Tel-el Kebir, in which he states he has met Private Covington, Driver Bert Roberts, Gunners Elliott, Broomhead and Reeves, all of whom were looking well, and he himself is in good health.
A MEETING of ratepayers, governed by the Dandenong shire (Cr.Pearson), was held on Monday night to consider the proposal to re-subdivide the shire and form a fourth riding, as advocated by members of the South riding. A counter petition, favoring a re-subdivision of the whole shire, without increasing the number of ridings, was, however, adopted.
AT the last meeting of the Somerville Patriots’ League there was passed for payment £5 for the Lady Mayoress’s Condensed Milk Fund, the bulk of this sum being raised at the euchre tournament held by the League on 24th February.
The total amount sent to the Lady Mayoress’s Milk Fund, for the Soldiers abroad, is now £15 altogether, from this branch. The ladies have sent quite a large consignment of shirts and socks to the Lady Mayoress, who is in charge of the shipping arrangements in Melbourne.
THE appeal made by the secretary of the Frankston Club for residents to take up 30 debentures at £1 each to enable the Club to pay off the liability due on the billiard-table is meeting with a ready response, and already about 20 of them have been taken up, and Mr. Reynolds does not expect any difficulty in disposing of the remainder.
About 95 per cent of the eligible members have enlisted and gone to the front, and by the adoption of the above scheme the table will be retained for their use on their return.
AT a meeting of the Frankston School Board of Advice and parents, held in the schoolroom on Thursday evening, it was finally decided that a flower show be held on 3rd November next, the proceeds to be devoted to patriotic purposes, A schedule for competition was submitted, and after being carefully considered was adopted, full particulars of which will be duly advertised.
Most of the classes are for children, but there is also included an open class for those who care to compete. Instructions have been sent to all head teachers throughout the State to try and interest the children in their various schools in getting up an exhibition on the date named to assist wounded soldiers. It is also intended to hold an exhibition on a large scale in Melbourne on the same date.
A RETURNED soldier by the Kenowna last week, named Private H. E. Hughes, who is residing at Wirth’s Rest Home, met with an accident on Sunday evening at the Mile Bridge, Frankston. It appears he was riding behind a motorcyclist, who also had a side-car attached, in which were his wife and child.
When approaching the bridge a motor car was coming in the opposite direction, and in order to avoid it he had either to drive into deep sand or into the creek. In attempting this, the soldier was thrown from his seat and sustained concussion of the brain.
The side-car capsized,the wife and child fortunately escaping without injury. The injured man was taken to Dr.Maxwell’s surgery, who examined him, and obtained the services of a passing car to send him back to his home.
ON Saturday 1st a complimentary social was tendered to Mr H. Downward by the Bittern and Emu Plains Racing Club, as a mark of the appreciation of the members for their secretary on the occasion of his approaching marriage. Under the capable handling of Mr H. Stacey, President, the forty odd members and guests present in the Bittern Hall, had a most convivial time.
Songs recitations etc., were rendered and all went merry as the proverbial marriage bell, which was just as it should have been. Amongst others the star performers were Messrs F. Stacy, Pete Mulreahy, C. Van Cuylen, Boynon, J. Meeoan and Samble.
Crs Davies, ex-president of Shire, Buckley, of Flinders, and a visiting Councillor from a neighbouring shire all made speeches of appreciation of Cr Downward and of his monumental work in the organization of the Race Club.
Cr H. Downward suitably responded. During the evening a handsome and valuable case of cutlery etc, was presented to Mr Downward. Mr H Stacey, making the presentation with the aptest of remarks. Mr Lambie looked after the refreshments with studious care.
From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 25 March, 1916