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THE former Hastings Senior Citizens Centre has been refurbished and extended in a $1.4 million redevelopment to provide a new home for seniors and Hastings U3A. Work on the multi-purpose community hub in Herring Street was supported by $546,000 from the state government. It now offers adult education classes, learning programs and an IT room, as well as indoor and outdoor recreation and social spaces. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor described the hub as a “fabulous transformation”. “We’ve turned a rather dated facility that was not fit for purpose into a wonderful community resource,” she said. “We all know how…

EMERGENCY services rushed to assist an elderly man trapped inside his car after driving over an embankment at Two Bays Road, Mount Eliza last week. Baxter Fire Brigade captain Damien Willmott said the station was among the first to respond, 3pm, Tuesday 20 April. They were assisted by Moorooduc CFA, Fire Rescue Victoria Frankston and other brigades, the High Angle Rescue Team, SES Frankston Unit, police and Ambulance Victoria. The high-angle team rescued the 82-year-old driver, of McCrae, who had been visiting friends whose house, with gravel driveway, is at the top of a steep hill. He failed to take…

DOG walkers were being warned on social media last week to stay away from a Mornington park following reports of poison being found there. A dog was rushed to the vet after eating rat poison inside the stomach and intestines of a dead animal on the ground at the Dunns Road park. The dog later recovered. Environment protection manager Mark Upton said the shire was investigating the report. “One of our officers is working closely with the dog’s owner and has carried out a search of the park but no further poison or animal organs were found,” Mr Upton said.…

THE Mornington smart parking trial is reportedly reducing congestion in the busy shopping precinct and helping drivers find parking spaces. The 100 in-ground sensors installed in Mornington shopping areas from late December are on a six-month trial. The in-ground sensors transmit data to electric signs which show the number of available spaces inside a car park, or strip, saving drivers from looking for a free space. The sensors can detect a vehicle parked on them indicating that the bay is occupied or available. They do not detect or record information about the driver, passengers, or vehicle. The sensors do not…

THE closure of the Rosebud branch of the ANZ Bank on 18 March was on the cards for the past six months. In October 2020, the bank’s general manager for Victoria Michael Wake said: “Every year we see 10 per cent less transactions at our branches because our customers no longer use them for everyday banking like they used to. “While branch activity has declined, we’ve seen a spike in demand for many of our non-branch roles, such as customer contact centres and the operations team which manages hardship and other inquiries. “The majority of our customers now prefer the…

CAMPERS in sections 11 and 12 at the Rosebud foreshore have complained about thefts from their tents and caravans during the February lockdown. The campers last week sent a petition with 56 signatures to Mornington Peninsula Shire saying the “scale of intrusions and thievery has increased significantly and at an earlier time of the year compared to past years”. They said “most camps in Section 12” had been targeted by thieves. Access was gained by unzipping the doors of annexes and tents, or forcing doors or windows, and slashing canvas. The campers have requested the shire consider imposing extra measures…