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ZOE the Giant Spider Crab had a big day out on Monday 24 May, meeting up with the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor and Crs Susan Bissinger and Sarah Race. Along with the rest of their Mornington Peninsula Shire Council colleagues, the councillors want an exclusion zone around piers to prevent fishing for spider crabs, from May to July. The decision rests with the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Members of Save Our Spidercrabs (SOS) thanked the council for its support in working to protect the coming aggregations of spider crabs, with Zoe (SOS committee member Zoe McKenzie) offering hugs all round. Four…

POLICE say a man referred to as “The Penguin” climbed over the gate into the candy bar at Hoyts Cinemas Frankston and stole four bottles of alcohol, 5.45am, Saturday 22 May. He is described as Caucasian, mid-late 30s, medium build, wearing a camouflage hoodie, long pants and dark coloured shoes. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Senior Constable Brendan Fontana, of Frankston CIU, 9784 5535 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 1 June 2021

A MORNINGTON man has been charged with theft after police recovered allegedly stolen garden ornaments in his possession. The Mornington police night shift van found the man, 51, in the early hours of Tuesday 25 May with ornaments they believe came from across the Mornington area. The man was arrested and bailed to appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Police are yet to identify the owners of some of the ornaments. Anyone who believes they have had items stolen is urged to contact property officer Paula O’Brien, 5970 4900, Monday-Friday. First published in the Southern Peninsula…

A MAN who entered the art room at Bayside Christian College last month allegedly stole two Apple Mac computers and photography equipment. Police say the man slid open an unlocked window at the school in Langwarrin South, 8-8.30pm, Monday 5 April. He then covered the alarm sensor in two rooms to avoid detection. The offender is Caucasian, mid-late 30s, medium build, light brown short hair with receding hairline, wearing a navy blue t-shirt, dark coloured pants and riding a bike. He removed his t-shirt during the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Senior Constable Brendan Fontana, of…

A MAN was shot in the leg at Rosebud last week. Armed Crime Squad detectives are investigating the incident on Jetty Road, 9.10pm, Wednesday 26 May. A 38-year-old Rosebud man was airlifted to hospital with what police described as “serious non-life-threatening injuries”. A crime scene was established and detectives had the area in Jetty Road cordoned off on Thursday. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or make a report at crimestoppersvic.com.au First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 1 June 2021

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is investigating whether more planning controls are needed to protect the environmental values of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves. The estuary is one of the peninsula’s major waterways and regarded as a significant natural asset. The reserves are rich in biodiversity and offer picnic tables, playgrounds, fishing platforms and walking tracks and boardwalk alongside Balcombe Creek, extending from the bay to Nepean Highway and on to The Briars. Other recreation facilities include tennis courts, cricket and football ovals, pistol club, and bowls club, as well as Mount Martha Pre-School and maternal and child health centre. The shire is…

SIX Mornington Youth Club gymnasts are on the Gold Coast representing Victoria at the Australian Gymnastic Championships, 13-26 May. Jordan Liang, Phoenix Petrovic, Jackson Findlay, Tom Hall and Will Shurey are competing in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and Haylee Whitehead in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. The club’s Sarah Waterland and Ben Pocklington are coaches for the event. The club’s gymnasts, competing in national level 7 through to senior level, are eligible for selection onto state teams representing Victoria at national events. They compete at several trial events in March and April where the best are chosen to represent the state. COVID…

ABOUT 200 school students, parents and supporters at Mornington joined others across Australia in the first national school strike since COVID-19, Friday 21 May. Meeting at Mornington Park they demanded the federal government stop financing gas and coal projects, and instead invest in clean, renewable energy, secure jobs and “implement First Nations’ solutions to protect Country”. The strike was organised by the School Strike 4 Climate network to push the federal government to protect climate, land and water, and create new jobs by growing Australia’s renewable energy sector and “stop throwing money at gas”. Speakers included year 6 students Adele,…

THE federal government says it will provide immediate financial assistance to women who “make the brave decision to leave a violent relationship”. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the money would support women on the Mornington Peninsula to leave difficult and violent relationships. “The Escaping Violence Payment will provide vital financial support for women and children … to escape family and domestic violence,” Mr Hunt said. “[It] includes a cash payment of up to $1500 and the remaining $3500 in goods and services as well as wrap-around support from a community service provider to support these women in making this brave…

ARTISTS from around Australia have been asked to create artworks and murals as part of a Mornington Peninsula Shire anti-graffiti project. To be created by qualified visual artists or art collectives, the chosen  artworks will tell “meaningful stories” about the peninsula on the one hand and act as a deterrent to graffiti vandals on the other. They will be displayed at two sites in Rosebud which are known as graffiti hotspots. The strategy has worked at locations previously defaced by vandals, with “little or no” graffiti since the “official” murals were painted. Artists are being invited to submit concepts through…

DROMANA and Langwarrin CFA brigades are among the first in Australia to receive cutting-edge, battery operated road rescue equipment. The three new tools include a cutter, spreader and hydraulic ram. They are battery operated and don’t require an external power source as well as being waterproof allowing greater access to road crash victims, including in drains and waterways. The tools costing $214,000 were funded by the Transport Accident Commission and the CFA. The two brigades are among the CFA’s 21 Road Crash Rescue Principal Providers across the state with specialised equipment to perform rescues. Last year the CFA responded to…

MANY of us give our unwanted clothing a new life by donating it to op-shops, giving it to a friend or selling it on a social media. However, not all items can be given a new life, with a stubborn stain or a tear meaning they are rendered unusable. This results in each of us sending an average 23kg of textiles to landfill annually, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It is the same with some smaller electronics, such as faulty electronic toothbrushes or a hair dryer that stopped working a year or two ago. That’s why…

THE rainbow flag was flown at Mornington Peninsula Shire offices to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Monday 17 May. The gesture was a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTIQA+) residents, community, friends, family and colleagues. The mayor Despi O’Connor and Crs Sarah Race, Lisa Dixon, David Gill, Anthony Marsh, Kerri McCafferty and Paul Mercurio, as well as shire staff and members of the community, gathered in front of the Hastings office to mark the occasion and raise the flag together. A shire statement said: “As an organisation, we…

MCCRAE lighthouse turned orange last week as a tribute to SES volunteers who turn out in their signature orange uniforms to help the community day and night in all kinds of weather. Wear Orange Wednesday, celebrated with the assistance of McCrae Lions, Wednesday 19 May, honoured the SES’s essential role come storms, floods, search-and-rescues and at serious road crashes. Sorrento SES unit’s Margaret Davis said members spent an average 150 hours on operational time over 12 months plus training and activities. Training was one night a week with extra time spent with chainsaws or working at heights. “All members have…

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WHAT do you want life to look like on the Mornington Peninsula in 2040? That’s the question Mornington Peninsula Shire has been asking the community throughout May with the help of a team of dedicated local community ambassadors. It’s the biggest community engagement project the Shire has ever done and it’s going to help shape our future for the next 20 years. The Shire is literally handing the pen to the community to write their own vision. The ambassadors have been out and about across the Peninsula, chatting with people and collecting their thoughts and ideas about what is important…

SILVER Leaf Art Box at Merricks will present a solo exhibition of new works on paper and a project-box installation by Mornington Peninsula artist Rosie Weiss, 22 May-13 June. The exhibition will coincide with Rosie Weiss – Collected Works showing at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, highlighting a suite of recently acquired pieces that provide an overview of her work 1979-2018. Weiss completed a Police Point artist’s residency in 2015, and in 2019 exhibited a large-scale installation titled On the Edge 1979-2019. It was part of In the Valley, a group exhibition about climate change at MPRG. Weiss has exhibited widely…

ONLINE gambling is now regarded as a major player in the gambling industry. National advocate The Alliance for Gambling Reform says that statistics show online gambling has risen 80 per cent since the COVID-19 pandemic. “The speed of this shift to online gambling is simply breathtaking,” Peninsula Voice chairperson Peter Orton said. “It is uncommon to discernibly notice how local culture can be changed so dramatically, as we are seeing with the rise of digital gambling. “Most people are becoming aware of the sheer number of ads which pervade most sporting media coverage. The advertisements are so seamlessly weaved into…

Mornington Peninsula Crime Investigations Unit officers are investigating the theft of a jewellery case containing bespoke jewellery worth $20,000. A woman was packing up her stall at the Red Hill market on Arthurs Seat Road about 2pm on Saturday 1 May. A jewellery case containing approximately 300 rings, 20 bangles, 300 pairs of earrings and 20 necklaces was stolen whilst she was packing her car nearby. The case is described as olive green with black trays inside. Investigators have released images of some of the jewellery the case contained. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800…

A SOMERVILLE man was airlifted to hospital following an alleged assault, Sunday, 9 May. Police were told the victim got out of his car on Station Street, Somerville, early and approached two men who appeared to have a “gripe” against him, 1.30am. During an argument the victim, 50, was allegedly struck to the head. He fell to the ground and hit his head on the road. The other men left the scene. The victim is believed to be in a stable condition. Mornington Peninsula detectives are investigating and say they have a number of inquiries to make in relation to…

A TRUCK rollover closed the left-hand lane of Peninsula Link south-bound for four hours, Monday 3 May. The cement mixer, loaded with 13 cubic metres of concrete weighing 13 tonnes, flipped after the driver tried to correct a drift into the inside lane. Sergeant Bruce Buchan, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the truck veered into shrubbery and ploughed through a light pole, 2pm. The driver, a Springvale man, 56, was not injured in the incident and did not require hospital treatment. Sergeant Buchan said two heavy haulage trucks were required to right the mixer near the Golf Links Road entry…

A P-PLATER who obtained her driver’s licence in December had it suspended for 11 months last week on drink-driving counts. The 18-year-old, who was driving south along Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, without lights, will be summonsed to appear at Dromana Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Rosebud Police spotted the white Ford Festiva at 3.30am, Saturday 1 May. The driver, of Mount Martha, was taken to Rosebud Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath test reading of 0.115 per cent. Her car was impounded for 28 days. First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 11 May 2021

ARTISTS along the Peninsula Studio Trail are opening their doors at the end of this month for an open studios weekend  (29, 30 May). Visitors are invited to visit the studios, speak with the artists about their creative process, see new artworks and satisfy curiosity about what goes on in the creative artist’s mind. The group has new branding with signs showing the way along the trail designed by portrait and graphic artist, Marta Gola. A website map makes it easy to plan a trip to the three art zones. There are 30 artists along the Peninsula Studio Trail, which…

IT seemed that former Australian chess champion Doug Hamilton appeared to be everywhere at once when  playing simultaneous exhibition matches against Mount Martha Chess Club members last week. Unfazed by the challenge, Hamilton was able to analyse the situation and gauge his next move as he went seamlessly from game to game. About 10 regular players took on the challenge at the Mount Martha House Community Centre, Monday 3 May. Chess club members challenge each other to games and enjoy quality social time on Monday afternoons. The friendly club welcomes players of all ages and strengths. First published in the…

FIRE crews fought a house fire in Maxwell Street, Mornington, Friday afternoon 7 May. Two trucks from the Mornington brigade arrived within minutes of being alerted by multiple calls to 000. They found the rear of the house alight and were concerned the fire might spread to neighbouring properties. The blaze took 27 minutes to bring under control. Fire Rescue Victoria’s investigation unit is probing the fire’s cause. CFA crews on three fire trucks assisted in fighting the fire. First published in the Mornington News – 11 May 2021

THE state government has given Mornington Peninsula Shire money to hire 41 temporary staff as part of its Working for Victoria campaign. The new jobs are in volunteering, community houses, business liaison, health and wellbeing, events, seniors’ inclusion, township activation, community engagement, youth employment and creative industries. They come under a $500 million program which aims to help jobseekers find work and employers find workers. Economic and social impacts of the pandemic across the peninsula have been severe, with 2205 jobs lost at its peak in August, and pre-existing social and health issues worsening. The new roles include a creative…

BORN and bred French Island resident Rose Scott has done it again. The 90-year-old was delighted to cut the ribbon to open the island’s new Coast Road bridge, Saturday 24 April, after opening the first bridge on almost the same spot near Tankerton Road about 30 years ago. Afterwards she enjoyed a glass of champagne. French Island Community Association president Noel Thompson said about 60 well-wishers turned up to watch Ms Scott do the honours and eat lunch afterwards. Ms Scott – nee Thompson – who usually lives on Coast Road, came across by barge as she is living with…