New arrivals experience terrible misfortune


MR and Mrs James Liddle, who with their family, arrived in this district about ten days ago, from Hopetoun, have had an unusually sad experience. 

Two members of the family, a boy and a girl, aged six and three years respectively, were suffering from severe colds on arrival here, unfortunately these developed into bronchial asthma, and despite all that could be done by Dr Griffiths to save them the girl passed away on Sunday and the boy on Wednesday.

It is stated by Dr Griffiths that the sudden climatic change from the Mallee district to the prevailing cold temperature here is chiefly responsible for the sad event. 

Both have been interred in the Frankston cemetery. 

Much sympathy is felt for the family in their bereavement.

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YESTERDAY the Council of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings decided to acquire the celebrated electric light outfit at Frankston. 

When the contract is signed, which will probably be some time next week, a deposit of £500 will be paid, and later on other payments, totalling something like £4000, will have to be met. 

This bold step has been taken as the result of a conference between the Electricity Commissioners, the Frankston Gas and Electric Light Company and the Council. 

It can be reasonably assumed that the Council is not looking forward with any degree of pleasure to the handling of its new possession. 

Cr Wells does not like the idea at all. 

He emphatically stated that he would not give £100 for the whole turn out, and none of his colleagues seemed anxious to outbid him in the matter of personal speculation. 

The Council, quite obviously, is not acting on its own judgment. It is being influenced largely by the views of the Electricity Commissioners. 

Unfortunately the Commissioners do not have to find the money – the ratepayers of the Shire have to foot the bill. 

Frankston ratepayers, from bitter experience, have formed a very accurate idea of the value of the electricity turn-out. 

The Commissioners have also arrived at an estimate of the value of the plant with a long name.

We are inclined to back the opinion of the ratepayers against that of the visiting expert. The expert tells us that the plant he saw is capable of effectively lighting Frankston and Seaford. 

Frankston people know that the Company has been trying to provide an effective lighting system for years and has never given satisfaction. 

Is it expected that change of ownership or management will work a miracle, and that the noisy back-firing engines will be docile and effective in the hands of the Council when they refused to work satisfactorily under the company’s management. 

It is a foregone conclusion that the expenditure in sight will be doubled before the Council succeeds in giving an effective light service.

Talking of light, it would be illuminating to know where the Council gets its authority to enter on this new venture, involving a large financial outlay, without first seeking the sanction of the ratepayers. 

If the ratepayers are not concerned about the matter, and are indifferent as to how thousands of pounds are expended on any old proposal that comes along well and good. 

The ratepayers must find the money. If they are not particular as to the manner of its expenditure the Council cannot be blamed for splashing it about. 

The Local Government Act contains provisions protecting the ratepayers in matters of large expenditure. 

It would be strange if it proved non-protective in this case.

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THE scheme suggested for the improvement of Kananook Creek has been condemned by the Government. 

The matter was before the Council yesterday, as will be seen from the report appearing in another column, and on Saturday (tomorrow) night a special meeting of the Seaford Progress Association will be held to consider the position.

Nearly 12 months ago the Minister for Public Works assured a large deputation from this district that the creek would receive attention.

All he asked was that the officers of his department be allowed a week or two in which to verify the figures submitted by the shire engineer, Mr A. K. T. Sambell. 

This promise received tardy fulfillment and it was only after much letter writing and agitating on the part of the Seaford Progress Association that the Department finally sent an engineer to inspect the creek. 

It is to be hoped that the Department, having condemned the scheme proposed, will come forward with some practicable suggestion to meet the difficulty.

The Minister has admitted that a certain amount of responsibility rested with the Government in improving the existing condition of the creek..

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DR V. J. E. Zichy Woinarski died suddenly on Friday last, at his home in Mornington, as a result of a heart seizure which overcame him while he was returning from a sick call.

Dr Woinarski, who was a brother to Judge Woinarski, gained his medical degree at Melbourne University after  receiving his education at Melbourne Grammar School, and prior to the war he practiced for several years at North Melbourne. 

He was 56 years of age, and he has left a widow, two sons and a daughter.

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THE dry spell has broken, and the nice, steady rains will keep the grass going and enable the ground to be worked. 

Nurserymen should be particularly thankful, for, although insufficient to penetrate deeply into the soil, it will facilitate the lifting of trees. 

Orders for young trees are coming steadily, but, as the nurseries are carrying lighter stocks, many kinds are unobtainable. 

The areas planted during the past three years have been more restricted than in pre-war seasons.

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FRANKSTON Police Court

Before Mr Knight, P.M.

Allan Tivendale was charged with having converted to his own use money belonging to the Commonwealth Savings Bank. 

He was not represented by counsel.

Mrs Sherar, of Langwarrin, and Mrs Ruby Eileen Atkinson, of Cranbourne Road, Frankston, gave evidence to the effect that on March 7th they deposited £7 each in the Commonwealth Savings Bank at the Frankston Post Office.

Reginald George Lewis, postal assistant, stationed at Frankston, stated that the accused gave him £13 and the two deposit slips on the night of Friday, March 11th, and he put the money through on the 12th in the usual way.

John Dixon Kinvig, postmaster, Frankston, gave corroborative evidence.

Detective Holland, of the Postal Department, gave evidence regarding an interview he had with Tivendale at Mordialloc. 

Tivendale had told him he had lost money at the races and owed money locally, and made a sworn statement. 

There was no money missing and Tivendale was not short in his money advances.

“He bears a good name,” said the detective, “and is a good lad.”

Accused pleaded guilty, and was committed to stand his trial at Melbourne on July 15th. 

On hearing the verdict, Mrs Tivendale, the accused’s mother, collapsed in a dead faint and fell heavily amongst the chairs.

Bail was allowed, in his mother’s surety.

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FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 3 June 1921

First published in the Mornington News – 8 June 2021

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Delays in Adelaide as Sydney arrivals questioned whether they have visited NSW COVID hotspots; Borders stay open as other states urge testing following Sydney COVID-19 case


South Australia is now blocking travellers who have been to locations in Greater Sydney visited by the two new local positive COVID-19 cases.
The state joins others which have also banned anyone who visited Sydney exposure sites from entering without quarantining.
At Adelaide airport yesterday, Sydney arrivals saw lengthy delays as passengers were questioned as to whether they had recently been to any of the NSW COVID-19 hotspots.
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Returning passengers at Adelaide Airport. (AAP)

The South Australian border remains open to most of NSW but anyone who has visited an exposure site in Greater Sydney is not permitted to enter.

The ruling also applies to essential workers and residents of South Australia.

The update comes as the list of Sydney exposure sites grows following two positive mystery cases this week.

Genomic sequencing of the COVID-19 strain has matched it to a returned traveller from the United States who entered hotel quarantine in Sydney on April 26, however the link between the pair and the traveller has not been established raising concerns there is one or more cases moving undetected in the community.

Meanwhile, Queensland now requires anyone entering the state from NSW who has visited any of a growing list of Sydney exposure sites to to go into hotel quarantine.

Anyone already in Queensland who has been to one of the venues of concern is advised to isolate in their home and get tested.

Anyone who has been in Sydney since April 27 who develops symptoms is urged to get tested.

Queensland recorded three new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, all returned travellers in hotel quarantine. The state has 20 active cases.

Australian states and territories have kept their borders open to NSW after the new community cases of COVID-19, but ordered those who have visited one of a growing list of Sydney exposure sites to isolate and get tested.

Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT and NT are directing residents and visitors who visited any of the Sydney venues to isolate, get tested and then quarantine for 14 days. They’re also generally expected to contact local health authorities.

Victoria has reduced the area of concern in Sydney and all of NSW remains a green a zone.

Anyone from a green zone still requires a permit to enter the state.

Authorised Officer presence and spot-checking will be increased for incoming flights from Sydney to check for permits.

In Tasmania, anyone who visited one of the exposure locations at the specified times is directed to call local health authorities, isolate and get tested.

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Other states are urging people who visited Sydney exposure locations to get tested. (Supplied)

WA Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson said NSW Health would contact its local counterpart if any close or casual contacts were found to be in WA.

“We believe any risk to WA remains very low, but the situation highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent the chance of any spread of the virus or community transmission in this state,” he said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in New South Wales very closely and issue updated health advice if required.”

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Brisbane Airport ‘unreservedly apologises’ for international arrivals COVID-19 breach


Two passengers who arrived from coronavirus-hit Papua New Guinea were accidentally allowed into the departures area of Brisbane’s international airport on Thursday morning, the airport’s operators say.

During the period the ‘red’ passengers were in the ‘green’ zone, three flights to New Zealand departed, taking approximately 390 passengers.

The BAC confirmed all workers and passengers within the green area were wearing masks, and that they believed only a handful of passengers were in the vicinity of the two ‘red’ passengers at any time, all bound for New Zealand.

The airport said Queensland Health is responding and working with the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

Queensland Health has since said in a statement the two passengers were tested in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon, with one passenger returning a negative result. 

It said the other test did not show either a positive or negative result.

The department said prior to entry into Queensland, both passengers reportedly tested negative.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the two passengers posed a low risk to others.

“While at the airport, they wore masks and socially distanced and neither has reported symptoms,” she said.

“They were in the wrong zone through no fault of their own and we appreciate their patience and cooperation while we rule them out as cases.

“We’re also grateful for the prompt action by Brisbane airport staff once the mistake was identified.”

Queensland Health said it would release the results of the confirmatory testing once it was available.

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Sydney Airport arrivals from Western Australia to be screened after Perth snap COVID-19 lockdown


At least four more flights from Western Australia will land in Sydney today as people flee the snap three-day lockdown announced yesterday.

Three flights from Perth have already landed so far this morning, each plane packed with returnees.

Many told 9News they had not been due to return home for several more days, but decided to leave early after WA Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement yesterday afternoon.

People are arriving in Sydney Airport from Perth due to the WA three-day lockdown. (9News)

All arrivals are being screened at the airport and sent to quarantine at home for three days.

People who have attended any of those venues listed by Western Australia Health are asked to immediately get tested and self-isolate and follow the evolving public health advice.

But more venues are expected to be added, with travellers urged to keep checking the website.

NSW will reflect the stay at home stay at home restrictions that apply to Western Australia.

People who arrive in Sydney from WA from midnight must complete a declaration that confirms they have not attended a venue of concern.

Where the Melbourne COVID-19 case visited in Perth

The COVID-19 case that has sparked WA’s snap three-day lockdown was moving in the Perth community for several days while presumed to be infectious.

  • Premier Mark McGowan said on April 17, the man stayed with a friend and her two children in Kardinya.
  • On April 18, he visited a swimming pool in the southern suburbs.
  • He also visited Leeming, Northbridge, and stayed at St Catherine’s College.
  • On April 19, he visited Northbridge again, and once more spent the night at St Catherine’s.
  • On April 20, he visited Kings Park and Northbridge.
  • On April 21, he had breakfast at St Catherine’s, and was driven to the airport, where he boarded flight QF778 to Melbourne.
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PM Morrison confirms arrivals from India could be cut even further over COVID-19 outbreak


The number of passengers arriving from India could be cut even further if the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak continues to run out of control.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday revealed arrivals from India would be slashed by a third, while travel the other way will be banned except in “very urgent circumstances”.

India recorded 314,835 cases on Thursday, the worst single-day case increase in any country since the pandemic began.

Direct flights from the country land in Sydney and the Northern Territory, and Mr Morrison said the federal government would work with the states and territory leaders to strengthen the measures if necessary.

RELATED: Australia limits arrivals from India over escalating COVID-19 outbreak

“If the state government wants to do more than that, we will work with them to that end,” he told reporters on Friday.

“If we need to go further (in the Northern Territory), they’re the discussions I’m having directly with Chief Minister Gunner.

“We’re all working on the same page there.”

COVID-19 cases in Australia’s hotel quarantine system linked to India have jumped from 10 per cent to 40 per cent since January.

Anyone who has been in India within the last 14 days will also be required to undertake a PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before boarding in their last port of call before departing for Australia.

“That will put a brake, a filter, on those who are getting on the flights,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s not a simple matter of just saying people from India can’t come to Australia because they are not coming directly from India.”

Mr Morrison said the measures had been unanimously agreed by national cabinet.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese accepted health advice underpinned the decision but said the outbreak in India showed an urgent need for the government to get its vaccine rollout back on track.

“It just shows as well, given that the situation in India had been improving prior to the latest outbreak, that we can’t be complacent,” he said on Friday.

“It is one of the reasons why we need vaccinations to occur and for Scott Morrison to do it properly.”

But the Prime Minister revealed there had only been a slight increase in cases in hotel quarantine despite the outbreak in India, which has been listed as ‘high risk’ by the federal government.

He predicted on Thursday that list would expand in the coming days.

“We need to put in place the risk management that protects it going over the next few weeks and the pandemic is raging around the world,” he said.

“I don’t expect this to be the last time when we have to make such a decision.”

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Queensland arrivals in NSW asked to be vigilant after COVID-19 case in Brisbane


Recent arrivals from Queensland into NSW are being asked by public health officials to be vigilant after a 26-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19, as a locally acquired case, in Brisbane.

“Should Queensland Health identify any close contact venues, anyone who attended those venues during the relevant times is prohibited from entering NSW,” NSW Health said in a statement on Friday. “If they are already in NSW they must immediately get tested and go into isolation for 14 days.”

NSW Health has issued a public health alert after Queensland recorded a locally acquired case of COVID-19 in Brisbane. Credit:Getty

Queensland Health on Friday night classified one venue as requiring a “close contact” response.

Anyone who attended Mamma’s Italian Restaurant, 69 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, in Brisbane’s north-east, between 12.30pm and 3.10pm on March 21 must quarantine at home immediately for 14 days since visiting, even if a negative COVID-19 test result is received, and complete a contact tracing self-assessment if not already contacted by Queensland Health.

Eight further locations across Brisbane have been identified as “casual contact” venues, including a Westfield, Aldi and Bunnings, and another two locations as “low risk”.

NSW Health said: “Anyone who has attended casual contact venues listed on the [Queensland Health] website during the relevant times is asked to immediately get tested regardless of symptoms and self-isolate until a negative result is returned.”

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the man, a landscape gardener from Stafford in the city’s north, developed symptoms on Monday and was tested at Nundah on Thursday.

He returned a positive result for the UK strain of the virus.

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SA announces Victorian border closure and quarantine for Melbourne arrivals amid coronavirus outbreak


South Australia will extend its hard border to cover the whole state of Victoria from midnight, after the Victorian Government announced a statewide lockdown.

SA health authorities imposed a hard border with Greater Melbourne on Wednesday but travel between SA and regional Victoria had still been allowed.

But Victoria’s Holiday Inn outbreak, and its decision to enter a “circuit-breaker” lockdown for five days, have prompted SA authorities to impose tougher restrictions.

“We [will] extend our border restrictions which were previously in place for just the Greater Melbourne area to all of Victoria,” SA Premier Steven Marshall said today.

“From today, the 12th of February, transit through [Melbourne’s] Tullamarine Airport to South Australia will no longer be permitted without 14 days of quarantine.”

People already in SA who have been in the airport’s Terminal 4 since February 9 must quarantine for a fortnight, and their family members and close contacts must quarantine until they return their first negative test.

Anyone who has been at Tullamarine Airport from February 7 “needs to test and isolate until they get a negative result”, Mr Marshall said.

Their family and household contacts must also get tested and isolate until the first negative test.

People transiting through Tullamarine Airport into Adelaide will have to quarantine for 14 days.(ABC News: Robyn Powell)

South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said it was estimated about 500 people have come into the state after passing through Terminal 4 since February 9.

She said she was most concerned about the potential exposure from a worker who was infectious at the Brunetti cafe inside Terminal 4.

“They had a very long shift there — an eight-and-a-half hour shift while infectious,” Professor Spurrier said.

“Fortunately we have national guidelines and mandatory requirements for masks in airports, but obviously if you are going to get a coffee, you are going to be drinking a coffee and you’ll have your mask off.

“Previously when we’ve had lockdowns with Victoria, we have not allowed transit through the airport and that was particularly important.”

Uncertainty for major events

Professor Spurrier said her team was in the process of contacting people considered to be at the greatest risk.

“The Terminal 4 Jetstar and Rex flights are at higher risk, so those are the ones we are focusing on getting a phone call through and an SMS through to,” she said.

Nicola Spurrier in front of microphones at a press conference.
Nicola Spurrier says the implications for upcoming arts and tennis events are still being worked out.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

In announcing his state’s lockdown, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the UK strain of the virus was moving at a velocity that has not been seen anywhere in Australia over the last 12 months.

Professor Spurrier said Mr Andrews used “appropriately strong language”, given the possibility of “superspreading”.

“By the time they are diagnosing the close contacts and then the secondary contacts, the secondary contacts are already positive.”

Adelaide is set to host several major arts events in the coming weeks, as well as the Adelaide International women’s tennis event.

Professor Spurrier said the implications of the new restrictions for those events was still being worked out.

“We want to make sure that we maintain events as much as we possibly can but we need to weigh that up,” she said.

While new restrictions were imposed on Victoria, the Premier said SA will remove testing requirements for people travelling from Greater Sydney or Greater Perth a day early.

That restriction will be removed from midnight tonight.

“We know [restrictions] are hugely inconvenient but by working together we can keep our state safe … and that’s going to be particularly important as we lead up to the Adelaide Fringe [and] Adelaide Festival,” Mr Marshall said.

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PM to lift caps on international arrivals



Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the number of international arrivals allowed into Australia would increase as of this month, as questions were raised about “human error” in hotel quarantine.

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: WA to remove self-quarantine for Queensland, Victorian arrivals; Australian Open to welcome packed crowds



Western Australia will allow arrivals from Queensland and Victoria to visit without a 14-day quarantine from this week.

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Citizen of the Year asks new arrivals to ‘create community’


The Byron Shire Citizen of the Year 2021, Zenith Virago, has called new residents to the shire to ‘create community’ and volunteer in local organisations.

“There are so many people working so hard to make Byron the best and heartiest place it can be,” she said.

“We’ve had a strong community in the past and until now, and it would be my hope that, with this new influx of people, that they start to build community, be involved an volunteer.

“It would be great if they could donate their time and some of their wealth to the causes that need it.

“I’m sure many organisations would welcome them to come and support, and become community.”

Ms Virago said it is important those who want to volunteer find organisations and community services that are close to their hearts.

“For me, two of the most important things are women’s issues, particularly women that are impacted by domestic violence and abuse, young women that are affected by sexual abuse and rape in our community, which is very common and under reported,” she said.

“It would also be great for people to come and support the LGBTIQ communities, they are dear to me, and that’s what I’ve put my energy into.

 

Zenith Virago was awarded Byron Shire Citizen of the Year 2021.

“People need to start thinking bigger than themselves and their families, because if they don’t step up to fill up those volunteer places, a lot of those services won’t survive, because we are getting old and we need younger people to step up and claim those roles.”

The community activist, deathwalker and marriage celebrant said local business play a pivotal role on the future of community organisations.

“I’ve begged for thousands of raffle prizes over the years,” she said.

“There are many people who cannot get involved but are happy to donate good, services or money to some of those causes.

“If someone comes to your business begging for the Women’s Information Centre or the Youth Activity Centre, donate what you can.”



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