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PENINSULA Health’s call for the community to participate in its FEB 50 Challenge to raise money for Rosebud Hospital was answered loud and clear when it kicked off last Thursday (1 February). The FEB 50 Challenge encourages participants to walk, run, ride or choose the activity they prefer to complete 50 kilometres in February. The campaign started last week with a Peninsula Health-coordinated five kilometre walk from Rosebud Hospital to Rosebud pier and back. Rosebud Hospital is part of Peninsula Health, the major public health service providing healthcare for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. The hospital has one acute and…

GARDENERS are being urged to use wildlife-friendly netting when trying to protect their backyard crops, as wildlife carers and authorities report a spike in animal injuries and deaths from entanglements over summer. The Conservation Regulator has issued a warning about the dangers illegal netting poses to native wildlife, such as birds, bats, and possums, and are reminding household growers that they must use safe, compliant (preferably white) fruit netting with mesh no bigger than 5mm by 5mm. Users of illegal netting face on-the-spot fines of $384 while sellers can be fined $769. First published in the Mornington News – 6…

COMMUNITY group Peninsula Voice is holding a public meeting to discuss the detrimental effects and ways of combating climate change. “Worldwide, there is significant concern and confusion about climate change. On the Mornington Peninsula, we’re seeing changes in our climate and our natural environment impacting our health and wellbeing,” Peninsula Voice convenor Peter Orton said. “Coastal erosion is really just the tip of the iceberg. We’re naturally worried about how the peninsula is being impacted, and we also want action before it’s too late.” Orton said temperatures in Victoria had risen 1.2 degrees Celsius since 1910, cool season rainfall had…

Permit required It was an interesting exercise recently as to how to put on a community event locally. After calling Mornington Peninsula Shire, I discovered that to run an event in one of our parks, which I’ll add here, that our parks belong to all Victorians to enjoy, I would need to require a permit if the event held more than 50 people. The permit base rate would cost me $1100 that would be paid to our shire. For this base rate I could acquire a food van for the people enjoying the park, after that, the permit price increases…

Police have resumed their search this morning for a man missing in waters off a beach near Rye. Emergency services were called to the area off Browns Road and Tasman Drive yesterday after reports three people were swimming when they got caught in a rip about 7pm. A man and a woman, aged in their 20’s made it to shore while a 20-year-old Cranbourne man remains unaccounted for. A search of the area has been initiated with the assistance of Air Wing, Water Police and SES units. High winds and strong swells are making the search difficult for rescue crews…

The Water Police Squad will have a new eye on hoons as they team up with local officers to crack down on poor jet ski behaviour on the Mornington Peninsula this summer. Every Water Police Squad member is now equipped with a body worn camera to record video and audio of jet ski incidents and interactions with vessel operators. The squad has been issued with specialised custom-made lifejackets that include mounting points to easily attach the devices while out on the water, marking a first for Victoria Police. Body worn cameras not only improve community and police safety but enhance…

ORGANISERS of the Rosebud Hospital rally on Wednesday (24 January) are hoping the large turnout of community members will convince politicians, business entities and philanthropic donors to support the hospital being redeveloped. One of the organisers, Jo Gilbert, said the turnout had been a massive show of support for the hospital and backed the argument for the need to keep it in the local community. “We heard stories from people who have relied on it, and we heard how important it is to the community, we just need the government to listen,” she said. First published in the Southern Peninsula…

FLINDERS Cricket Club will celebrate its 150th birthday on the weekend of 17 and 18 of February with a special round of matches, cocktail party and a family day. Mornington Cricket Club is the only club on the Mornington Peninsula that can boast about being older, having been founded in 1863. On Saturday, the seniors will be at home for the second match of the day with longtime adversary Balnarring. During the evening teams of six decades will be announced, culminating in the unveiling of a champion team. Flinders Cricket Club owes it origins to the Eastern Extension Cable Company,…

NOW in its 45th year Rye Tennis Club held its annual Australia Day competition over the long weekend. For a small club Rye attracts 210 players from 238 entries that play in 18 events over 289 matches. Requiring Dromana Tennis Club to assist with a second venue. President Heather Kingston thanked tournament sponsors After- Care Rosebud, Community Bank Southern Peninsula and Prentice Real Estate for their ongoing support. Head coach and tournament director Aaron Leeder-Chard said that the “tournament ran smoothly with great weather and players of a high standard”. He also thanked the committee for their organizational skills which…

A man has died following a collision in Mount Martha earlier this month. Emergency services were called to reports a Lexus station wagon and a Suzuki sedan collided on Nepean Highway about 1.15pm on 9 January. The driver of the Suzuki, an 88-year-old Safety Beach man, was taken to hospital where he died on 28 January. The driver of the Lexus, a 73-year-old Mount Martha man, was taken to hospital for observation. He stopped at the scene and assisted police with their enquiries. Anyone who witnessed the collision, with dashcam footage or information that could assist investigators is urged to…

TWO of the candidates for the Saturday 2 March Dunkley byelection will speak at the next breakfast meeting of the Committee for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula on Thursday 1 February. The meeting from 7.30am at Commonfolk Mornington will be the second breakfast meeting for the newly merged group, which provides “strategic leadership, advocacy and influence to help attract government support and investment in the regions”. The two Dunkley candidates are Labor’s Jodie Belyea and Liberal Nathan Conroy, the mayor of Frankston. CEO Josh Sinclair said the committee’s new not-for-profit member, Fusion Mornington Peninsula, will make a presentation about youth homelessness…

FOR 10 days earlier this month it seemed there was no limit to the heights Vicki Sullivan’s art would reach. Tucked safely in a time capsule aboard a lander being carried upwards by a Vulcan rocket, the digitised artworks seemed destined to be among the first to land on the Moon. However, although Sullivan’s works made it into space, they also made it back to a fiery end on re-entering Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Technical problems saw the Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission 1 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with the Artists on the Moon or Annex 9, exhibition…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has recognised some of its most outstanding citizens and groups at the 2024 Australia Day local awards ceremony. Nancy-Joy Gardner was chosen as Citizen of the Year for her commitment to road safety over the past 25 years. Her nominator says, “Auntie Nance”, as she is often referred to, was someone who “shakes up her community and is a force to be reckoned with”, someone who “knows how to make events happen and get people involved”. Gardner has run road safety programs on the peninsula and south east Melbourne for 30 years with Wiser Driver Programs.…

THE passing of another Australia Day public holiday on Friday 26 January was marked across the Mornington Peninsula by private gatherings of friends, backyard barbecues and a few flag raising ceremonies, but none specifically held by Mornington Peninsula Shire. However, flags were raised at events part-sponsored by the shire. The shire held an afternoon invitation-only citizenship ceremony in Rosebud’s Memorial Hall. At Hastings, the national flag was flown at half-mast during a Change the Date event, although not at the direction of the event’s organisers, the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association. “Aboriginal community members and non-Indigenous allies advocated for an alternative…

Shame on councillors who backed Potter show As the secretary and active member of the Mornington Peninsula Schools Environment Week for many years, I would like to add my expression of alarm and absolute amazement at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s recent deal with Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Show at The Briars. The current shire councillors have totally disregarded the claim to be an environmentally sensitive council and certainly lack credibility now when it comes to promoting the peninsula as an environmental model in Victoria. What were they thinking when they signed this secret agreement? It has to be related to…

A PRELIMINARY report into an accident between two jet trainer aircraft over Port Phillip, off the coast of Mount Martha, has noted the wings of the aircraft collided during a mid-air manouvre. On 19 November 2023, a pair of SIAI Marchetti S-211 aircraft were conducting an aerobatic formation filming flight when they came into contact, with one of the two aircraft then crashing into the water below, fatally injuring both occupants. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released the preliminary report which provides factual information from the early evidence gathering phase of the “no blame” transport safety investigation, ATSB chief…

MORNINGTON Racecourse is getting a facelift thanks to a financial partnership to add a new sand track, veterinary room with swab boxes and upgraded track lighting. The state government has committed $478,000 towards the works, with Racing Victoria contributing $373,645, and Melbourne Racing Club $104,800. The work is expected to improve safety for veterinary staff, trainers and horses, and will help meet the growing demand and better support training activities. Eastern Victoria MP Tom McIntosh said the sand track will create 10 new local jobs during construction and help Melbourne Racing Club meet growing demand for training facilities at the…

PRELIMINARY works to improve the Sorrento ferry terminal are expected to start within weeks. Searoad Ferries CEO Matt McDonald said, “preliminary marine works will commence in late March or April with construction commencing the middle of the year, at this stage”. McDonald said further updates would be released “in the coming weeks”. The planned upgrades have drawn mixed reactions from the Sorrento community, with many on social media welcoming the refurbishment and others saying it will likely increase fares. Searoad Ferries has stated that the new terminal development would feature “modern facilities and state-of-the art amenities, including new passenger waiting…

RSPCA Victoria’s first Healthy Pet Day event on the Mornington Peninsula is on Wednesday 31 January in Crib Point, with RSPCA experts providing free check-ups, dog vaccines, pet food, and advice on pet behaviours. RSPCA Victoria community outreach manager Dr Lauren Roberts said Healthy Pet Days were a great way to provide pets with health checks. “Our expert animal care team provides pet check-ups, dog vaccines, microchipping, flea and worm prevention treatment, behavioural advice, resources and pet food,” she said. “We want to keep our pets happy and healthy for years to come, and local pet owners will have access…

Nature seen as a mere asset to be plundered The spectre of the Harry Potter experience being held in the sanctuary at The Briars, Mount Martha for several months has many questioning the genuine commitment of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to its documented standards of transparency in governance, due diligence in decision making, and its actual care for our precious and delicate ecological systems. Highly credentialed and professional people with very deep ties to the community have consequently rallied together to protect the community’s sanctuary at The Briars, bringing to the cause their considerable resources – personal and professional networks,…

RESIDENTS of coastal areas are being encouraged to take precautions against mosquito bites and Buruli ulcers over summer. Acting Health Minister Ingrid Stitt said 363 cases had been reported in 2023, the highest number since the infection emerged in Victoria in 2004. Buruli ulcer is a bacterial infection linked to mosquitos that can cause significant skin damage. The condition can be treated with antibiotics, making early diagnosis and treatment vital. Symptoms for the infection include spots that look like insect bites, ulcers, painful lumps, limb swelling, redness of the skin and is sometimes accompanied by severe pain and fever. State…

TEN years ago, Australian Academy of Cinema and Televised Arts-nominated cinematographer Anthony Littlechild met filmmaking students, Liam Kelly and Riley Sugars, at the Peninsula Film Festival workshop. Today, between them they have been nominated for two ARIA awards, two AACTAs and multiple international awards. Kelly is an awarded director known best as one of the creatives behind Tones and I’s music videos, including Dance Monkey and Fly Away. “The Peninsula Film Festival is the perfect bridge between a local festival and one that’s also internationally recognised,” Kelly said. “It fosters up-and-coming talent and highlights the best of Australia’s filmmaking community.…

THE Mornington Peninsula-based Australian Welsh Male Choir is celebrating its 50th birthday. Since it began the choir has been overseas – to the United Kingdom seven times, including performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London, to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. However, the choir is staying home for its 50th, with a concert at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 1 March 1 and in September will tour outback pubs. “This is going to be an amazing year for our choir. For our 50th birthday concert we have invited guest artists from Wales and it’s going to be a sellout performance,”…

ART on the Pier is coming to Rosebud on 1 February, with an exhibition of about 100 art and photographic works by artists across Australia. The works will be installed down the length of the pier, with Port Phillip as a backdrop. The outdoor exhibition will run for four months until 30 May. All works are produced on canvas and sandwiched between two clear sheets of polycarbonate to seal them against the elements, these will then be locked to the railings of the pier. The concept of showing art on a pier was launched in late 2021 on the Queenscliff…

Police have arrested a second teenager following an alleged assault in Mornington earlier this week. A 17-year-old Hastings boy was arrested last night. He’s been interviewed, released and is expected to be charged on summons. Officers were called to reports a man was allegedly assaulted and pushed off a pier into water near Schnapper Point Drive about 11.30pm on Sunday, 14 January. The man was pulled from the water and has not reported the incident to police at this stage. A 14-year-old Crib Point boy was arrested on Tuesday, 15 January and will be charged on summons. Both teenagers will…

By Barry Irving THE Rye Gift continues to go from strength to strength as crowds flock back to the family day after Covid. This year we were blessed with cooler weather ideal for an athletic carnival. A couple of sprinkles of light rain, but there were no complaints from the runners. Again, there were many compliments from the competitors and the Victorian Athletic League officials with regards to the preparation of the running surfaces. Thanks once again to the Mornington Peninsula Shire team of contractors who prepared an excellent surface. The Junior Gift was conducted by the Little Athletics Southern…

AFTER a ten-year hiatus the Peninsula Sotheby’s Portsea Celebrity Pro Am made a huge comeback in 2023, winning Metropolitan Pro Am of the Year at the Victorian Golf Industry Awards. A major event on the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Golfing Calendar, the 2024 event was also touted as one of the best social outings of the summer. Proceedings kicked off on 2 January where a crowd of 320 filled the Continental Sorrento. The room included familiar names across the sporting, celebrity and corporate worlds. Pommery champagne, Stone and Wood, and Sticks wines were flowing throughout, as attendees dialled in their…

Police have charged a teenager following an alleged assault in Mornington earlier this week. Officers were called to reports a man was allegedly assaulted and pushed into the water off a pier near Schnapper Point Drive about 11.30pm on 14 January. He was not seriously injured and was pulled from the water by onlookers. Police have today charged a 14-year-old boy from Crib Point on summons with reckless endangerment and unlawful assault. He will appear before a children’s court at a later date. Victoria Police News – Tuesday 16 January 2024

By David Gill* HAVING one person in charge of boundaries and names for wards on the Mornington Peninsula leads to the possibility of the first political gerrymander in Australian history. The electoral structure review panel which is about to announce details of 11 wards on the peninsula was appointed by and is accountable only to the Local Government Minister, Melissa Horne. The new wards will replace the six existing wards and be in place for the October council elections. There is no apparent way of splitting the shire into 11 wards that improves the existing boundaries in the best interests…