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A LEAD trainer in community services is creating a pilot program to help fill what she describes as a “huge need for aged care workers on the Mornington Peninsula”. Jane-Ellen Mountford, who has worked in aged care “most of her life”, is hoping to generate interest in the profession at all levels. “We want to raise awareness and generally create a better aged care workforce to support our elderly as they age with dignity and respect,” she said. “This is a big drive for people who can be of all ages and from all walks of life.” Ms Mountford, who…

A SYSTEM to be trialled in up to four residential aged care centres on the Mornington Peninsula and in Frankston will aim to synchronise the care of their residents with other parts of the health system. The goal is to overcome a lack of coordination regarded as a “perennial problem for the aged care sector [as] highlighted during last year’s COVID-19 pandemic when 685 people in [mostly federally-funded] aged care homes died”. Monash University said a $1.9 million grant announced by Health and Aged Care Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt would be used to find a digital health solution…

A MORNINGTON woman is keen to thank a “complete stranger” for his generosity while she was shopping, Saturday 10 July. Catherine Warters said she was about to pay for a few small items she had bought at Aldi, in Main Street, Mornington, when her payment option – her phone – refused to function. “I have my card loaded on my phone but, for some reason, it did not register,” she said. “I asked the checkout guy to hold my shopping while I went to my car to get my purse and card. “When I was asking for this to happen and…

DETECTIVES have arrested a man over alleged aggravated burglaries and thefts at two Mount Eliza properties, Monday 12 July. A Warragul man, 38, was picked up at Dandenong a week after he allegedly entered two Old Mornington Road properties and stole items, including $150 cash, speakers, Sony PlayStation, laptop, iPad and radio valued at $4000. He was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, and two counts of theft and remanded to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court, 29 July. Detective Sergeant Jason Hocking, of Somerville CIU, said he believed the man was involved in the two burglaries in Old Mornington Road. In…

DOUBTS have been raised that works will not be finished at Hastings boat ramp in time for the September-November snapper season. It appears there are no timelines or work schedules for dredging and pontoon works at ramp which is the busiest on Western Port. The ramp was unavailable last year after rescue works on the collapsed “coffer dam” delayed its opening until late November (“Wall collapse leaves fishers high and dry” The News 22/9/20). The tender for dredging closed 31 March and the tender for the pontoon work closed 19 May. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s infrastructure projects manager Derek Rotter said…

TUNNELS along EastLink are the first in Victoria to be lit by LED lights. Over four nights, 1066 high pressure sodium (HPS) lights were replaced with 1174 LED lights. Up to 60 technicians and 22 scissor lifts worked through the night to remove the old HPS lights and install the new LEDs. The toll road operator says the replacement LEDs are brighter and whiter than the orange HPS lights. “The upgraded lighting will improve safety for motorists, by making the driving task easier,” EastLink corporate affairs manager Doug Spencer-Roy said. Operators in the EastLink control room were benefiting from an…