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A FIRE at a block of units in Mornington last week was brought under control within 10 minutes. FRV and CFA firefighters were on the scene at the top end of Main Street at 12.55pm – six minutes after the alarm was raised, Friday 19 November. Police and Ambulance Victoria also attended, as well as a gas and power company. Morning Peninsula Shire building surveyors were notified. There were no reports of injury. Main Street was blocked near the busy Nepean Highway corner and traffic was diverted down nearby streets. FRV crews stayed on the scene late into the afternoon…

THE Mornington Peninsula’s music scene is poised to emerge from the pandemic stronger than any other Victorian region, according to music industry booker Shaun Adams. This was predicted at the inaugural Mornington Peninsula Music Network’s professional development and networking event on 13 October, said to be the largest-ever gathering of music industry representatives on the peninsula. Ex-CEO Music Victoria Paddy Donovan compered the day and updated the peninsula music sector on the shire’s music plan which he helped to write. Those involved in putting it together were Robin Griffiths, Heidi Luckhurst, Maxon and Michael Clarke. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr…

SEVERE storms which lashed Sorrento and Rye camping grounds on 29 October put a dampener on an early start to the camping season. Many areas were declared unsafe to pitch a tent or park a caravan. Since then, Mornington Peninsula Shire crews have inspected trees, trimmed branches and cleared debris allowing the camping grounds to open on Friday (26 November). Inspections at McCrae and Rosebud will start soon at sections five, six and seven, before moving on to sections 11 and 12, which are said to be the “most popular camping areas during the pre-peak camping period”. The shire hopes…

BOAT and jet-ski riders will be tested for drugs this summer. Water police will conduct the tests at boat ramps, including Patterson River, Carrum until March, with the first operation this week. A preliminary oral fluid test will be conducted with a secondary sample sent to a lab for analysis, mirroring the existing system for roadside drug tests. Those found with illicit drugs in their system, such as methamphetamines, MDMA or cannabis, will have their marine licence cancelled for three months and face a fine of up to $2180. They can also be banned from driving a motor vehicle for…

DETECTIVES from Mornington Peninsula CIU say they have received a “good response” from the public after a stabbing in Dromana, Saturday night 13 November. A 17-year-old boy at a gathering on Boundary Road about 10.30pm was airlifted to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition after the incident. He is still in the intensive care unit where his injuries are described as serious. Detective Senior Sergeant Eddie Logonder said the exact circumstances were still being investigated. He said no arrests had been made. Anyone who was at the gathering and has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333…

A TICKETED event for school leavers who graduated in 2021 and 2020 is part of a new approach to this year’s Schoolies’ celebrations on the Mornington Peninsula. A festival-style event next weekend will feature live music, activities and food trucks in a fenced-off area on Rye foreshore. Music will play 3-11pm Saturday 27 November and 2-10pm Sunday 28 November. Every year thousands of school leavers descend on the peninsula to celebrate an end to 12 years of schooling. The long-standing tradition of flocking to the Rye foreshore has become a rite of passage for students from all over Melbourne. The…