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DELIBERATE damage to bus shelters on the Mornington peninsula is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. On Tuesday morning – 21 June – a bus shelter near the corner of Main and Barkly streets Mornington was vandalised, causing hundreds of dollars damaged. It is believed police have interviewed a suspect and charges are likely to be laid. However, residents say the damage to bus shelters is ongoing and more police patrols and better CCTV cameras should be installed in known hot spots. Another bus stop, near for football ground in Mornington was also allegedly damaged last week, as well…

CAR owners are being reminded to keep their car keys out of sight in the house, after another prestige car theft in Mount Eliza on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, 20-21 June. A white Audi was stolen from a house in Kunyung Road after thieves got into the locked house and stole the car keys while the occupants were asleep. Police say criminals breaking into homes and swiping car keys while unwitting owners sleep is still a problem on the Mornington Peninsula. They are urging home occupants to lock their doors at night and do not keep car keys…

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents are being asked for their opinion on councillors being reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. The draft policy on councillor expenses, reimbursement, resources and facilities outlines procedures for thew shire picking up the bill for expenses incurred by councillors and members of delegated committees while on council business. The document does not cover councillor allowances, which can be up to $32,000 and more than $100,000 for a mayor. Expenses covered in the draft policy can be incurred for council and committee meetings, formal briefing sessions and civic or ceremonial functions convened by the council, the mayor or the chief…

A TEAM effort to filter storm water before it enters Port Phillip at Rye has been recognised with an “infrastructure excellence” award. Before entering the bay, the water is collected in a foreshore bio infiltration basin, or wetland. The project overcame problems involving sand movement, high tides, storm surges and high groundwater levels to naturally filter the stormwater before it reached the bay. Benefits include improving the water quality and biodiversity and a boardwalk to improved beach access. This project, started after talks between Mornington Peninsula and Rye Community Group Alliance, was paid for by the shire, the state government…

SUZANNE Janet South. Picture: Yanni LIKE many people who are recognised for their services to their community, Sorrento’s Suzanne Janet South said she was both humbled, but proud, to have been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her service to community history in the Queen’s Birthday honours. Just a day later, South – who is better known by her middle name Janet – was also awarded a senior achievers award by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. “I can’t say I was too surprised about the OAM because I knew I had been nominated, but I was still doubtful that I…

COMMENT By Janet Street* MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council seems to miss the boat on many issues, including when it comes to mitigating climate change. I feel some councillors are disinterested, uneducated or simply ill-informed on climate change resulting in poor decision making. Some push a particular political party policy for their own personal point scoring for future career opportunities rather than adhering to council policy. Many of those who attended the budget meeting on 7 June were absolutely appalled and, frankly, downright embarrassed as to what they witnessed. Isn’t there a council policy on carbon neutrality? The Climate Change -…

PEOPLE wanting to make a difference and leave a positive environmental footprint are being invited to get involved in the Devilbend Foundation’s community weeding day on 27 August. Organisers say the day will give participants an opportunity to meet others who share concerns for the environment. Devilbend Natural Features Reserve is a 1005-hectare park between Hastings and Mount Martha in the traditional country of the Bunurong people. A haven for waterbirds and walkers, the reserve includes Devilbend Reservoir, the largest inland body of water on the Mornington Peninsula. The lowland forest, reservoirs and shoreline provide valuable habitat and scenery for…

MOUNT Martha resident and former Voices of the Peninsula candidate for the federal election, Claire Boardman, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list with a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution to public health. Boardman is recognised as an Australian leader in the field of infection prevention control. She is currently deputy public health commander and executive director of the Victorian Department of Health Infection Prevention Control Advice and Response (IPCAR) unit. Boardman said she was honoured to be recognised for her 20-year commitment to public health management and work in improving health outcomes for whole populations. Although…

By Anne Whitehead * THE trained eye of the owner of an art gallery and antiques shop in Potts Point, Sydney was drawn to a miniature portrait while browsing the online sales base, eBay. Small portraits were not usually Leigh Capel’s “thing” but this one stopped him in his tracks. Looking closer he made out the signature “René”, and, given the portrait’s quality, he suspected it could be by René Théodore Berthon, the 19th Century French artist who did portraits of Napoleon. Capel was looking at the face of the Empress Josephine draped in her coronation jewels. The director of…

MANNINGHAM Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a man and a woman following an investigation into a series of cosmetics thefts, including in Mornington and Safety Beach, valued at over $35,000. On 8 June detectives arrested a 40-year-old man from Rosebud and a 42-year-old St Albans woman in Mentone following a series of thefts from pharmacies and cosmetic stores across Melbourne dating back to January 2022. It is alleged there were more than 12 incidents of theft where cosmetics or fragrances were stolen from stores from Safety Beach, Doncaster, Lower Plenty, Mornington, Sunbury, Knox, Kew, Watsonia, Chadstone and Williamstown. Following…

MOUNT Eliza North Primary School student Ella Seaburgh will compete in the School Sport Australia Championship as part of the 11 to 19 years and under Victorian team in Queensland in September. The 12-year-old participated in a structured trial process to be selected for the aquathon/triathlon. She is dedicated to her sport, competing as a nipper every summer at Mornington Life Saving Club, training in open swimming, boarding and beach running. During winter she continues with her swimming (in the pool) and running and plays netball and football. Ella is hoping to raise around $2000 for the trip, which includes…

POLICE are investigating damage to a mobile CCTV trailer which occurred around 8pm on 19 May at West Park Reserve, Hastings. Investigators would like to speak to a group of youths (below) seen in the area at the time. Anyone with information should contact the Mornington Peninsula Crime Investigation Unit on 5978 1400. Quote incident number 220093432. First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 7 June 2022

POLICE are patrolling late night entertainment areas across the Mornington Peninsula as part of Operation Asbo. Mornington’s senior sergeant Paul Edwards said a visible police presence at some of the hot spots for anti-social behaviour, including Main Street, Mornington, South Beach, Mount Martha and The Esplanade, was helping to keep late night revellers under control. Edwards said patrols have been assisted by officers from the Frontline Tactical Unit targeting certain areas around licensed venues between 7pm and 3am. “Since the start of May, when we started this operation, things have been pretty quiet in the areas we normally expect to…

THE Alpaca Pavilion at Red Hill Showgrounds took on a new look last week when it was transformed into an entertainment venue for Spark Youth Dance Company’s performance of Satellite. The show on 28 and 29 May, took audiences on a journey through a series of eight dance works by seven emerging young choreographers. The visually energetic work was only the second performance to be staged at the pavilion, but audience members said the aesthetics worked well and enhanced the quality performances. Every year Spark Youth Dance Company produces a series on new dance works by young people aged 8…

SHOPPERS on the peninsula are set to experience Woolworths’ newest supermarket at Mornington Central, which has an expanded fresh food experience, convenient shopping options and value at the heart of its offering. The multi-million dollar investment into the opening of Mornington Central Woolworths on Thursday 9th June, represents the supermarket’s commitment to the community and brings an employment boost with 65 brand new team members. Mornington Central Woolworths will showcase an extensive range of Australian fruit and vegetables, artisan style breads baked freshly each day from the full-scratch Bakery, 100% Australian beef from Aussie farmers and trade qualified Butchers and…

SIX Mornington Yacht Club sailors are among 18 recipients of Victorian Institute of Sport’s Victorian youth scholarships for 2022/23. The scholarships are awarded to athletes based on national and international performances. The club’s marketing chair Peter Davey said the club’s strong representation was testament to its successful training and development program. He said three of the six will now become a part of the Australian Sailing Futures Program, which recognises their potential to become Olympic sailors in the next four to eight years. Recipients have access to coaching support and the training program includes regular gym work, medical and physiotherapy…

TWO people have been arrested for allegedly stealing about $500,000 worth of power tools, following a series of thefts in Mornington and across Melbourne’s southeast. Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives made the arrests after investigating reports of thefts from vehicles and trailers across the southeast over the past three months. It is alleged the pair were targeting unlocked trailers and cars parked at trade sites and shopping centres. The alleged offending occurred between March and May at Mornington, Chadstone, Cheltenham, Dandenong, Frankston, Melbourne, and Narre Warren. A 33-year-old Cranbourne man and a 28-year-old Cranbourne woman were arrested on Tuesday 24…

THREE teenagers were arrested and charged overnight on 25 May following a series of aggravated burglaries across Mornington and Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs. The three 15-year-old boys, from Mulgrave and Noble Park, were charged with a range of offences including home invasion, theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle, obtain property by deception and commit indictable offence while on bail. The charges relate to several incidents, including: Sunglasses stolen from car and attempted break-in at house in Silvan Grove, Mornington about 2am on 16 May. The offenders were chased away by the residents. Netball equipment stolen from a car…

POLICE are investigating several attacks by vandals on Saint Mark’s Anglican Church, Dromana which caused significant damage to the church’s interior, destroyed historic stained-glass windows and smashed a keyboard. In the first incident in early May, a full bottle was thrown at a window from outside the building. One week later 10 bottles of red paint were splashed around the back of the church and more windows broken. In the latest incident, which occurred overnight between 25 and 26 May, an offender kicked in a glass panel door to enter the building and before destroying all six stained-glass windows of…

THE federal election may be over, but police investigations are continuing into the vandalism of a vehicle in Sorrento and a billboard in Rosebud on 28 and 29 April. It is believed offensive graffiti was left on the blue Kia parked on Point Nepean Road between 11pm on Thursday night and 1am Friday morning. Similar graffiti was also left on a billboard on Boneo Road about 12.35am on 29 April. Bott the car and the billboard carried signs urging voters to back the Liberal Party’s candidate for Flinders, Zoe McKenzie. McKenzie easily won the election despite competition from nine other…

COMPETITORS from Portsea Surf Life Saving Club and Seaford Life Saving Club headed to Anglesea for the second 2022 TRE Motorsport inflatable rescue boat Premiership Season on Sunday 22 May. Portsea and Seaford’s competitors joined 14 other clubs from across the state who showed off their skills in small but consistent waves, using one of the most popular pieces of modern lifesaving rescue equipment in a competitive setting. Portsea’s under-23 men’s IRB tube rescue team – Niklas Rathmayr, Finn Nicholas and Andrew May – won its division and came second in the open event, behind Barwon Heads 13th Beach. The…

ST JOSEPH’S Primary School students made important steps towards a healthier future on Friday 20 May by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day. The day aims to raise awareness of the health, safety and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for children’s long-term wellbeing. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on children’s cognitive and academic performance. Now in its 23rd year, the annual event has joined forces with National Road Safety Week (15-22 May). Principal Monica O’Shannassy joined students, teachers and parents on the walk, and…

By Hugh Fraser* MORE than six years ago Mornington Peninsula Shire Council resolved to commit to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2021. This resolution built on earlier work by successive councils since 2001. Twelve extensive climate change community consultations were held throughout the shire in 2008. These conversations were held up as an exemplar of successful engagement with the community in adaptation actions. Council then launched its commitment to a sustainable peninsula and management restructured with each directorate enjoying “sustainable” in their titles. The actions which management pursued were significant – with substantial expenditure on drainage, fire…

By Pippa Salmon “WHAT are you lot up to? Have you spotted anything yet?” Wearing bright orange vests, chunky binoculars and big grins (or looks of intense concentration), the Dolphin Research Institute (DRI) interns are easy to spot. I happen to be one of them. Every week we spend a few hours down by the beach, straining our eyes to see dolphins. And every week, regardless of what we spot in the water, we hear at least one dolphin story. “They always come when it’s calm; I think the rough water stresses them out.” “I was on a paddleboard once…

THE first of 36 orange-bellied parrots bred in captivity have been released into the wild at Western Port and Lake Connewarre on the Bellarine Peninsula. The endangered birds are expected to join a 100-strong flock of previously released parrots. Experts predict this autumn will see a flock of about 140 orange-bellied parrots migrate to Victoria from Tasmania, the largest number in 15 years. The parrots are reported to have had a successful breeding season in the wild and other captive-bred birds were released in spring and late summer. The species has gone from being at imminent risk of extinction, with…

Alex van der End – United Australia Party During this campaign I have been inundated with hundreds of emails from people seeking my help. There are stories of people who have lost their livelihoods because they refused to take an experimental vaccine that doesn’t work. Health professionals who are not allowed to go back to work in Victoria unjabbed, while in other states they are able to work with no problems. There is no health crisis in Victoria, just an evil oppressive state government ignoring basic human rights and a federal government that allows them to get away with it.…