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Mornington Peninsula Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a male teenager following an attempted armed robbery in Capel Sound earlier this month. Detectives arrested the 15-year-old boy yesterday and seized an imitation firearm. The Rye boy was charged with attempted armed robbery and possess imitation firearm and was bailed to appear before a children’s court at a later date. The charges follow an incident at a food store on Illaroo Street where a male allegedly produced an imitation firearm and demanded cash about 12pm on 2 April. Police would like to thank the community and the media with their assistance…

MOTORING buffs were in top gear at the Flinders Motoring Heritage event on Easter Sunday, 4 April. After missing out last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, more than 1000 fans were able to admire prestige, vintage, unique and collector vehicles at the event which raised $28,000 for Peninsula Health. Lions Club of Flinders event organiser Mary Iles said: “We were really excited to be back this year because this event already means so much to the exhibitors and the hundreds of people who attend. “We understand public safety continues to be a priority at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic,…

LARGE swells outside the Port Phillip Heads two weeks ago also saw surfable waves at Portsea front beach. While surfers enjoyed the rare chance to ride a wave near Portsea pier and within sight of its beachfront hotel, the incoming swells also revived concerns about the beach’s loss of sand and the increase of sand at nearby Point King beach. The sand loss at one of the peninsula’s if not most popular, certainly fashionable, beaches, first gained prominence in 2009; the year that saw completion of the  controversial channel deepening project in the southern end of the bay. The sand…

LIFESAVING clubs throughout the Mornington Peninsula have taken down the red and yellow flags for the 2020/21 season. The various clubs were involved in 63 rescues and 22,174 “preventative actions”. The season also leaves behind one of the state’s worst drowning tolls to date, with 51 fatalities since 1 July 2020. The extended season forVictoria’s 57 volunteer lifesaving clubs was helped with an extra $1.7 million from the state government. Overall, lifesavers and lifeguards conducted 230,000 preventative actions, 602 rescues and 130 helicopter missions as well as 15 winch rescues across Victoria. Their efforts were made against the backdrop of…

ALTHOUGH gambling has become part of mainstream society, deeply entrenched within the Aussie culture, it has many losers. “For most, gambling is fun, but for others a loss can be devastating,” Peninsula Voice chairperson Peter Orton said. In a bid to highlight gambling’s downside Peninsula Voice has organised a forum next month called Is gambling harm our blind spot? “Gambling has a built-in addictive component and to break the cycle can be extremely challenging,” Mr Orton said. “The glib advertising statement that you should gamble responsibly is grossly inadequate for some and illustrates a lack of accountability by betting organisations.”…

THE state government has given $4.3 million towards a ”youth hub” at Rosebud and is now inviting suggestions about what it should offer from young people. The federal government has also committed $1.5m towards the project. “We want feedback from young people up to 25 or 26 as to what they’d like,” Nepean MP Chris Brayne said. “The youth hub needs to be a place young people want to go to.” The announcement of the grant from the state’s Growing Suburbs Fund to Mornington Peninsula Shire was made jointly by Local Government and Suburban Development Minister Shaun Leane and Mr…