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THE former HMAS Otama may soon be heading for the scrapyard. Picture: Gary Sissons THE movement of vessels in and out of Western Port is again attracting attention and raising concerns. Long time backers of the plan to bring the submarine Otama ashore as the centrepiece of a tourist attraction fear it is about to be towed away and scrapped. Several sources have told The News that a semi-submersible ship will be used to take the submarine to Navy dockyards in South Australia. The cost of taking the Otama to South Australia has been put at $5 million while Parks…

FLINDERS Community Association has stepped up its Save Flinders Pier campaign over summer and is towing a mobile promotional trailer through holiday destinations along the Mornington Peninsula. The Save Flinders Pier trailer with the iconic weedy seadragon pictured on the side has already attracted public attention in Rosebud, Rye and Red Hill; with Sorrento and Portsea next on the list. Association spokesperson Charles Reis said the intention of the trailer was to raise awareness. He said the group is encouraging holiday-makers from other parts of the peninsula to visit the Flinders pier over summer to assess its condition for themselves.…

ALL federal election candidates will be under pressure to agree to work towards adopting policies to tackle climate change, including opposing heavy industry around Western Port. Community groups, businesses and other organisations throughout Victoria are being asked by Environment Victoria to sign an open letter calling for action on climate change. The Western Port Climate Alliance (WPCA) is one of five groups in the state seeking signatures on letters worded specifically for their region. Carmen Bush, spokesperson for the WPCA, said the signed letters would be delivered to all federal candidates, including current MPs. The open letter calls for “faster…

ROSEBUD police are seeking information about an accident on 25 November last year where an elderly woman in a mobility scooter was hit by a car. At about 3.20pm a small red or orange hatchback was travelling east on Campbell Lane, Rye. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Campbell Lane and Lyons Street the driver is alleged to having failed to give way before colliding with the mobility scooter (there are clear signs to give way). The driver stopped and helped the woman before getting back in the vehicle and driving away, failing to exchange details or ascertaining if…

TWO teenage paddle boarders who got swept out to sea on Tuesday were rescued at Mount Eliza by Frankston SES volunteers, Ambulance Victoria, the Police Airwing and marine rescue volunteers. The two girls had been on stand-up paddle boards when strong offshore winds prevented them from paddling back to shore and took them three kilometres out to sea. One of the teenagers used her Apple Watch about 9pm to call for help, and the Police Airwing was able to locate the stricken pair and drop a flare to guide rescue vessels which were conducting a training session nearby. A Volunteer…

RECREATION Aviation Australia is investigating an incident at Tyabb Airport on Thursday afternoon, when strong wind is being blamed for blowing a light aircraft off the runway. Neither the trainee pilot nor the instructor was injured when the aircraft came off the runway on landing. A report on the incident will be made by the RVA and Peninsula Aero Club. Club president Jack Vevers said televised media reports of the incident were surprising, given the plane had already landed safely and no one was injured. The two people helped from the damaged aircraft before emergency services arrived were later checked…