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In just four weeks’ time Mornington will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Queen’s Birthday Weekend Mornington Winter Jazz Festival from 5th – 8th June. Now in its third year the festival has grown to include even more live performances with free and low cost activities the whole family can enjoy. This year’s dynamic jazz program offers a wide range of jazz performances with styles and sounds to suit everyone. Kicking off the festival on Friday 5th June is a new addition to the program, a dinner performance by Latin Jazz Ensemble Clave Mania at Biscottini Mornington.…

MT MARTHA surfer Arturo Tallarida rode his way to third place in quality surf for the first round of the state longboard titles at Point Impossible, near Torquay. The 2-3 foot reef break suited Tallarida, who was one of the few east coast surfers to make any sort of mark in the round which was dominated by west coast surfers. Tallarida came third in the open men’s and open logger sections. Other Mornington Peninsula surfers to secure a foothold in the round were Craig Burton, St Andrews Beach, Tomaso Bellasai, Mornington, and Benjamin Pitts, Mt Martha, who came second, third…

FIVE men have been charged with various drug offences after three different cars were pulled over by police in the same Rosebud street in one week. Two of the drug busts involved ice and one cannabis growing in a pot on a car’s back seat. In one case an alleged 23-year-old drug dealer was arrested and charged and held in custody. Two days later a second man, 46, was arrested and charged with similar offences but bailed to appear in September. In the first incident on Sunday 5 April police from Rosebud spotted a potted cannabis plant on the back…

Police were at the scene of a car crash in Mornington that has claimed the life of a woman this morning. It’s believed a vehicle was travelling south along the Moorooduc Highway when the driver lost control on a bend and crashed into a tree in the centre medium strip about 11.30am. The male driver was taken to The Alfred by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. A female passenger, aged in her 80s, died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. A male passenger, aged in his 90s, was airlifted to The Alfred with critical injuries. Anyone with information is…

THE scenic possibilities are endless and the choice of “natural landscape” entirely up to the photographer for a competition being run to show the best views of Mt Martha. Creators of the 13 top shots chosen for a 2016 calendar being planned by Mt Martha Community Bank will all receive a monetary prize (conveniently paid into a Bendigo Bank deposit account) ranging from $200 for the overall winner, $100 for the best junior entry and $50 for the remaining 11. Photographers must focus their lenses on the area bounded by the coast from Martha Cove to Bentons Rd and across…

A man has died after being hit by a car in Dromana last night. Police have been told the man stepped onto the outside north bound lane of the Peninsula Freeway just before 8.50pm. He was struck by a Toyota Corolla, before being struck by at least one other vehicle. The man died at the scene. A 41-year-old Mornington woman is currently assisting police with their enquiries. Anyone with any information about the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

THE Mornington Peninsula Tennis International at the Civic Reserve, Mornington, was a big success. Held from 21 March-5 April the tournament included the women’s US$15,000 ITF Futures event and the men’s US$15,000 ITF Challenger event. The men’s winner was Jose Statham, a member of the New Zealand Davis Cup Team, who beat fifth seed Matthew Barton, of NSW, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. This is Statham’s first singles victory since May 2013. He ended Barton’s 17-consecutive-match-winning streak – a run that included two previous titles. Barton also fell just short in the men’s doubles final with partner Peter Torebko, of Germany. They…

JUST as he is every Anzac Day, Constable Steven Newland will be at the Frankston Dawn Service with his dad, brother and three uncles. They go to pay their respects to those who died in World War One – but this year the service has extra meaning for them. In October, Constable Newland was told by Victoria Police’s Historical Services that his great grandmother’s uncle, Sergeant Herbert Leslie Newland, was one of 138 Victoria Police officers who served in the war. Sergeant Newland, who joined in 1912, was among the troops who left Melbourne in the first convoy in late…

TWO outbuildings at Portsea’s Police Point Park are being restored as part of the shire’s heritage conservation works. The work is being done by Woodworkers of the Southern Peninsula, a not-for-profit club in Boneo Rd, Boneo. Police Point Shire Park was created in 2004 when the federal government gave the shire 17.5 hectares at the entrance of Point Nepean. The park was the original boundary and entry to the Quarantine Station, and later used by the Department of Defence. Of the six cottages, four will be used as respite accommodation for carers and their families, and two for a range…

“WHY are we only now talking about family violence?” That’s the question put by Australian of the Year Rosie Batty to the VIEW Club’s International Women’s Day Lunch last month. Hastings and Mornington women were among the 170 VIEW club members at the event at Amstel Golf Course, Cranbourne. Ms Batty, whose son Luke was killed by his father Greg last year, said family violence “has gone on forever, but has always been hidden behind closed doors”. “Now is the time to bring that hidden truth into the open,” she said. “We are constantly being bombarded with statistics on traffic…

SAFETY Beach resident Phyllis Maggs was at the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s monthly lunch at Rosebud Hotel last Thursday but it was a special day – a celebration of her 100th birthday, which was last Sunday. Phyllis was born in Ascot Vale on 5 April 1915. She married in 1939 and she and her husband, a compositor at The Argus, had three children. After her children were launched, Phyllis ran a Melbourne timber business that saw her make regular trips to Tasmania to pick out timber. She later went into partnership with a friend and ran a pineapple plantation, Phyllis making…

THE RSL is launching a campaign this month to raise money for a rotunda at a new avenue of honour in Mornington Park. The rotunda will be furnished with bronze plaques giving information about avenues of honour in general and Mornington’s in particular. These are being funded by the federal government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. The rotunda will in the same place as the park’s original rotunda – a familiar feature to the young men going off to war 100 years ago. The completion date, including painting and landscaping, is expected to be this October – in time for…

THE Langwarrin-based Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria has been credited as providing the third highest number of volunteers at this year’s Clean Up Australia Day. On Sunday 1 March more than 200 volunteers from association helped collect rubbish at selected sites in Langwarrin, Dandenong and Werribee South. At Langwarrin, above, the clean-up began at the association’s mosque, Bait-ul-Salam (House of Peace), with a recitation from the Quran and its English translation. Imam Janud said Ahmadi Muslims volunteered “very enthusiastically” because cleaning up was “a part of our faith” and Muhammad had proclaimed “cleanliness is half of your faith”. “Secondly, we are…

Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance to help identify a burglar who stole a safe from a Frankston shopping centre last week. The burglary took place at the Cranbourne Road shopping centre on Saturday 7 February at 9.30pm. The burglar approached a pop up sushi shop, which was closed at the time, and crawled under a tarpaulin to access a safe. The man removed the safe from the shop and walked from the centre. Frankston Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Jason Hamilton-Smith said that the man was wearing fairly distinctive clothing that someone may recognise.…

A HASTINGS musician is heading to Gallipoli to play The Last Post on the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings. Able seaman and bugler, Racheal Byrnes, of HMAS Cerberus, is part of a musical group playing aboard the frigate HMAS Anzac when it anchors in Anzac Cove on 25 April. A ceremonial service on board will complement the three Australian and New Zealand commemorative services at Gallipoli: a joint Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site, an Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine, and a New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair. Ms Byrnes left on Thursday for a week’s…

THE remains of what is thought to be the bodies of two men missing off the coast of Cape Schanck were found today. The 42-year-old St Albans man and a 34-year-old Vermont South man were diving for shellfish off the rocks north of the cape at Fingal beach when they got into trouble about 8am on Saturday. A third man, a 50-year-old from Keysborough, managed to get to shore and raise the alarm. He reported that his two friends were unable to get out of the water and were clinging to a rock and getting smashed by waves. Sorrento SES’s…

FRANK Yamma and former Killing Heidi singer Ella Hooper will perform later this month at the second Baany to Warrna Ngargee – Water to Water Festival at The Briars, Mt Martha. Yamma, who sings in English and Pitjantjatjara, has toured Australia and overseas. Hooper, a singer-songwriter, radio presenter and TV personality, won four ARIA awards in 2000 as a member of Killing Heidi. Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys will return to The Briars to join musicians, dancers and artists during Cultural Diversity Week, Harmony Day and the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Mornington Peninsula resident…

The search continues for two missing men off the coast of Cape Schanck, although police sources are now saying it is now a recover rather than a rescue. It’s believed three men were diving for shell fish near rocks off Fingal Beach when they got into trouble about 8am. A 50-year-old Keysborough man managed to get to shore and raise the alarm. A 42-year-old St Albans man and a 34-year-old Vermont South man are still missing. Water Police are being assisted by Air Wing, SES, Parks Victoria, Lifesaving Victoria, Ambulance Victoria and local marine volunteer groups. Anyone with any information…

Water Police members are currently searching for two men missing in waters near Cape Schanck. It’s believed three men may have been snorkelling or fishing at Fingal Beach north of Cape Schanck when two of the men got into trouble just before 8am. The other man managed to get back to shore and call police. Search and Rescue, Air Wing, Surf Lifesaving, volunteer marine rescue units and local police are all assisting with the search. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Police are appealing for public information to help locate a teenage girl who went missing in Frankston last month. Aleesha Kete left her home address in Muruwa Street on 27 February and said she was going to the city to visit friends. The 13-year-old told her family she would return on Saturday night but has not been seen since. Police have concerns for her welfare due to her age. Aleesha is described as being of Maori appearance, with a slim build, an olive complexion, long wavy hair that is currently coloured pink and brown eyes. It’s unknown what the teenager…

Police are searching for a driver who they believe may have witnessed this morning’s collision between a truck and cyclist at Mornington. It is believed a concrete truck was travelling north-west on Beleura Hill Road when it collided with a cyclist travelling in the opposite direction around 6.45am. The cyclist, a 34-year-old Mt Eliza man, was hit by the truck and knocked from his bike. He was airlifted to The Alfred hospital suffering life threatening injuries. The 57-year-old male truck driver from Woodleigh Vale has been interviewed and released pending further enquiries. Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are…

Police are investigating a collision between a truck and cyclist at Mornington this morning. It is believed a concrete truck was travelling north-west on Beleura Hill Road when it collided with a cyclist travelling in the opposite direction around 6.45am. The cyclist, a 34-year-old Mt Eliza man, was hit by the truck and knocked from his bike. He has been airlifted to The Alfred hospital suffering life threatening injuries. The 57-year-old male truck driver, from Woodleigh Vale, is currently assisting investigators with their enquiries. Beleura Hill Road is currently blocked between Barkly Street and Shandon Street while police investigate. Investigators…

Police are investigating a sexual assault which took place on the Frankston foreshore two weeks ago. The incident happened on Sunday 22 February around 3.35pm when the victim, a 15-year-old girl, was walking along a makeshift footpath on the southern bank of the Kananook Creek near the boat hire dock. The victim has told police that she was approached by a young man who attempted to strike up a conversation with her. The girl found the man hard to understand due to his accent and attempted to continue on her way. The man approached her and grabbed her inappropriately several…

Frankston Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Team detectives are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at a bayside shopping centre last month. The incident happened in a lift at the Beach Street shopping centre on 8 February around 5.15pm. The victim, a 42-year-old woman who is employed as a cleaner at the centre, was in the process of cleaning the lift when two men entered on level one. One of the men struck up a short conversation with the woman while the second man grabbed the victim by her hand. The victim tried to pull away from…

THE opening of Frankston’s Hospital’s new $81 million building has been hailed “an important milestone” by Peninsula Health. Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited the hospital last Tuesday (17 February) to officially open the new emergency department and three additional wards. Patients began being accepted to the new wards last Thursday. “The opening of this new building marks an important milestone in Frankston Hospital’s proud 74 year history. The last five years have seen more than $150 million invested in capital works for critical care, emergency medicine, and general medical services,” Peninsula Health chairwoman Nancy Hogan said. Known as Frankston Stage…

IT DOESN’T take much to get a plein-air painter out of the house. If it’s a Thursday and there’s a chance of the sun coming out it’s a safe bet the Mornington Peninsula Plein Air Painters are someplace scenic putting on canvas what they see before them. Asked why they choose to paint in the open away from their studio they will say that you can never capture the feeling and the colours from a photo or a pre-determined image that you can on site. Visitors can see this for themselves over three days from Friday 6 March at the…

Sexual Crimes Squad detectives are appealing for information following a sexual assault which is reported to have occurred in 1982 at HMAS Cerberus. The female victim, who was a junior officer within the Navy, was taking part in a course at the training facility when the assault occurred on the night of a ‘mess dinner’ sometime between March and June. It is believed that a Steward, who was working on the particular night of the attack and involved in the ‘mess dinner’, entered the woman’s sleeping quarters in the Gunroom and sexually assaulted her. Detectives have been investigating the matter…