Day: March 18, 2019

PENINSULA Bound for glory?: Baden Powell racked up 200 runs against Moorooduc. Picture: Andrew Hurst BADEN POWELL have put themselves in pole position for a grand final spot with a good day one performance against Moorooduc at Overport Park. Three batsmen made scores of over 40 runs, with Rhys Elmi passing his half century off 130 deliveries. Although slow scoring at times, Baden Powell will be happy to finish the day at 6/200 off their 80 overs. The semi final between Main Ridge and Red Hill looks set to go down to the wire, with Red Hill batsman Simon Dart…

SOCCER Top trio: From left, Baxter striker Nathan Yole, Seaford striker Dylan Waugh and Rosebud midfielder Cory Osorio. Pictures: John Punshon THE quest for glory among local State League teams begins in earnest this weekend when the 2019 season kicks off. Frankston Pines is keen to open proceedings on Friday night under the new Monterey Reserve floodlights but its State 3 clash with Monash Uni was awaiting Football Victoria approval as we went to press. Monash was drawn as the home team in this round one fixture but a ground availability problem encouraged Pines to apply to have the fixture…

Taking the reins: Aspiring 17-year-old jockey, Campbell Rawiller, straps the Logan McGill-trained runner, The Mayor. Picture: Supplied HORSE racing undeniably runs in young Campbell Rawiller’s blood. Growing up in a family steeped in racing history, the aspiring 17-year-old horseman is following the path which his father Nash (champion Australian and international jockey), uncle Brad (23-time Group One winning jockey), and mother Sarah have all trodden. And the youngster took his next major step to making his dream come true, with an induction into Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program on Thursday 14 March. Campbell will join six female and three…

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TO All Whom It May Concern. I WILLIAM WILLIAMS, of “Rupertstan”, Langwarrin, desire to inform the Cattle Buyers of this district that a Cow, forming one of my well known Jersey herd, was, in December last, sent to the yards of Messrs Brody and Mason, in Langwarrin, for sale by auction. Mr Mason directed my representative to return the cow to “Rupertstan”, stating that the cow was diseased. This statement came to the knowledge of several buyers, and I immediately had the cow examined by Mr S. Sherlock, Veterinary Surgeon, of Frankston, who pronounced her in good condition and showing…

Duty calls: The Mornington fire crew cleans up the dog’s mess. Picture: Supplied DIRTY dogs don’t come cheap if the mess caused by one large canine in Mornington is any example. Empire Walk retailer Lindy Clark was so appalled by the large, smelly dump outside her shop that she covered it with cardboard before calling in the big guns, Saturday 9 March. “The owner had simply let the dog do its business without making the slightest effort to clean up the almighty mess,” she said. “We called VicRoads and the shire but they wouldn’t help,” she said. “Then we called…

A PICTURE-perfect Red Hill day set the scene for the announcement of the 2019 Montalto Sculpture Prize winner: Moonah by Kylie Stillman (above). Montalto owners, the Mitchell family, were joined by fellow judges, artists and guests at the event, Sunday 24 February. The $40,000 acquisitive award aims to encourage artistic pursuit in a public forum. Moonah is a free-standing stack of hand-cut fence palings. The imposing work maintains Stillman’s use of everyday materials and follows her use of books and papers to form the objects into which she carves. These often enigmatic “blocks” have a presence in themselves. In this…

A 24 YEAR old Frankston man was arrested in Hastings on 11 March after a series of alleged car thefts. Frankston Crime Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Luke Holmes said the man had been “prolific in his offending in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area.” It is alleged that the man would meet up with people looking to sell their cars on the website Gumtree, and ask to test drive their cars. The man would then allegedly drive off. Police allege his offences occurred in the Frankston, Seaford, and Hastings areas between 19 February and 11 March. The man allegedly would…

On patrol: A new booze bus in Somerville heading towards Frankston on Frankston-Flinders Road. It has cameras on the lighting tower. Picture: Gary Sissons SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol nightshift had a busy time Wednesday 13 March pulling over five drivers with drugs in their systems. One had his car impounded. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe said those intercepted included a 30-year-old woman from Southbank who tested positive to methamphetamines, and being an unaccompanied learner driver with no L plates. A Frankston North man, 39, tested positive for methamphetamine in Excelsior Drive, and a Baxter man, 24, tested positive for the same…

Mornington Peninsula Shire has agreed to a developer paying $5000 for a thin strip of land overhung by a first-floor balcony. The balcony is part of a three-storey building on the Esplanade, Mornington that has been built next to the shire-owned car park in Vancouver Street. Senior property officer Jonathan Chivers told council’s Tuesday 12 March meeting that it “is not possible” to remove the offending tensioned steel reinforced concrete balcony. He said the solution to the overhanging balcony was to sell the developer a 25-centimetre-wide strip of the shire’s land. The development at 786 Esplanade has shops on the…

In safe hands: Volunteer Marine Rescue crews tow the stricken Devil Cat back to Patterson River. Picture: Supplied THREE men off Carrum were lucky a boat was passing when their five-metre Devil Cat sank one kilometre from shore, Sunday 10 March. Water was flooding both hulls and the boat was almost under when the trio of work colleagues jumped overboard and were picked up about 11am. The rescuing skipper, David Garrett of Pearcedale, reported the incident and stood by as Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel AK1 arrived from Mornington. VMR Mornington’s Tim Warner said “all occupants were found to be wet…

Labor candidate for Flinders, Joshua Sinclair, has moved quickly to climb aboard the electrification of the rail line to Baxter project. With the results of a $3 million federal government-financed business case due soon, Mr Sinclair last week “reaffirmed that a Shorten Labor government will move quickly to deliver the much-needed Frankston to Baxter rail upgrade”. “A federal Labor government will electrify and duplicate the track [from Frankston] to Baxter, giving commuters better access to high quality public transport and park-and-ride options,” he said. “Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the project was part of Labor’s commitment to increase public…

Busy start to 2019: Rye CFA members, back row, are Bob O’Toole, Peter Ellis, David Farthing, Rob Thompson, Ray Whitehead, Darren Pearce, Chris McCartney, Eddie Matt, Shane Ritchie. Front: Sarah O’Shannassy, Tim Griffiths, Brigade Captain Glenn Diamond, Trent John, Glenn Davis. IT’S been an “extraordinarily busy” start to 2019 for members of the Rye CFA – and especially the 16 firefighters who have spent more than 650 hours fighting fires and saving homes outside the Rye area in the first two and a half months of the year. Their work was made even more difficult by hot and windy weather…

On the mend: Maureen and the injured Ron Baldwin relax at home. Picture: Yanni “IT was good to see people still have good hearts.” Elderly Rosebud resident Maureen Baldwin was speaking after strangers came to the aid of her husband Ron after he fell and cut his head last week. “They were holidaymakers from West Footscray camping on the foreshore for the weekend, but they came over and did all they could to assist us,” she said. “One went and got my car while the others comforted Ron and another waited at the end of the street to tell the…

SAFETY Beach will be the scene of frenetic athletic activity when the Sufferfest Triathlon takes over the foreshore on the weekend of 23-24 March. Organisers hope the new location will be more of a safe haven after they were criticised last year for basing their races in Mt Martha and closing the Esplanade between Mornington and Safety Beach on Clean-up Australia Day. Competitors dodged shoppers, beachgoers and clean-up volunteers and leading to Mornington Peninsula Shire amending its events policy to prevent any future clashes of dates (“Policy to avoid event clash” The News 3/4/2018).   The shire’s communications and events…

IT was standing room only at the launch of GetUp!’s campaign targeting Liberal Greg Hunt in the federal seat of Flinders in this year’s May election. Picture: Supplied The left-wing lobby group GetUp! Has selected Flinders Liberal MP Greg Hunt as one of its main “targets” in the May federal election. The group says Mr Hunt’s “repeated attempts to block urgent action on climate change puts him at complete odds with voters in Flinders and it’s time he was turfed out”. Mr Hunt told The News that GetUp! had “only ever campaigned against Liberal members of Parliament and it uses…

Water worries: Jackie Paganoni and her daughter Bianca and all the water remaining in the dam at the family’s Moorooduc property. Picture: Yanni THE state government has been called on to declare the Mornington Peninsula “drought affected” to quickly help businesses hit hard by water shortages. The drastic move aims to gain easier access to cheaper water for drought-hit farms, businesses and recreational and sports grounds. Cr Antonella Celi moved the urgent item at last week’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meeting. The move also included a plea for the government to support the shire’s recycled water projects, including gaining access…

Judges’ nod: Breeder Patrice Hunder leads her miniature Scottish Galloway Torcroft Sylvia at the Red Hill Show. Pictures: Yanni BITTERN’S Patrice Hunder is writing her own chapter in the book of animal husbandry. There are no grand stud farms, DNA manipulation or special breeding techniques for this amateur cattle breeder who feels love on both sides is behind her success in the show ring. It must be working. Ms Hunder, who leases a small property at Balnarring, won the supreme champion at the All Breeds Beef Classic at Red Hill Show over the Labour Day weekend with her miniature Scottish…

Time’s running out: Rye farmer Eddie Matt stresses need for action when it comes to making use of the millions of litres of water now being pumped daily into the sea near Gunnamatta. Picture: Yanni FARMER Eddie Matt is leading the push by Mornington Peninsula farmers for easier access to Class A treated water going into the sea from the South East Outfall near Gunnamatta. His irrigated grazing and lucerne property at Rye has produced only half last year’s yield of hay and silage because of a lack of water, but he still faced the same high water and diesel…