Author: Brodie Cowburn

PROVINCIALRED Hill picked up a thrilling win over Long Island during the final over of play last Saturday.Long Island scored 229 on day one of the match. Red Hill’s run chase got off to a good start – opener Luke Jackson led from the front with a half-century.The rest of Red Hill’s batters made decent starts, but couldn’t convert their scores into big totals. Some good bowling by Matt Shimmell helped to stop Red Hill’s momentum. An unbeaten knock of 27 by James O’Connell with his side eight wickets down won the game for Red Hill. They got over the…

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LABOR candidate Jodie Belyea has won the Dunkley by-election.With nearly 75 per cent of the vote counted, Labor leads the Liberals on the two-party-preferred count by 2.7 per cent. There has been a 3.6 per cent swing towards the Liberals compared to the 2022 federal election result, which is not enough to win the seat.Jodie Belyea is the founder of the Women’s Spirit Project, an organisation supporting women affected by poverty, violence, and other issues. She has also worked with the MEGT Foundation. Belyea was recruited into the Labor Party by former Dunkley MP Peta Murphy.The by-election was triggered by…

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CANDIDATES in the 2 March Dunkley by-election are in the home stretch of the campaign. The by-election was triggered by the death of incumbent MP Peta Murphy in December. Both major parties announced their candidates in January – Jodie Belyea will seek to retain the seat for Labor, and Frankston mayor Nathan Conroy has been chosen to try and overcome a 6.3 percent margin to win it for the Liberals. All candidates in the by-election have put cost of living at the forefront of the campaign. Labor has been speaking about its changes to stage three tax cuts, which will…

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A VCAT hearing has assessed a proposed multi-storey building at 446-450 Nepean Highway in Frankston. Frankston Council approved plans for a 14 storey tower at 446-450 Nepean Highway in November 2022. The proposal, titled Harbour Frankston, will be built at the former home of the Pint and Pickle restaurant if it gets VCAT’s approval. The VCAT hearing took place last week on Thursday, 22 February, and will return a finding soon. The Long Island Residents Group Inc and the Frankston Beach Association Inc were listed among the objectors. The apartment building plans were approved by Frankston Council with a 5-4…

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CRICKET WOMENS BALNARRING are the champions of the MPCA Women’s division. Emil Madsen Reserve hosted Balnarring and Rye on 18 February for the women’s Grand Final. Balnarring was sent in to bat first. Opener Jemma Reynolds got her side off to a good start. She scored 39 runs before being stumped. Her opening partner Catherine Donlon scored 25. Balnarring went on to score 125 from 30 overs. Some excellent bowling wrapped up the win and the trophy for Balnarring. Rye was bowled out for just 66 runs. Kayla Turner was her side’s best bowler – she posted final figures of…

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