Browsing: Mornington Peninsula

FLINDERS MP Zoe McKenzie wants voters to “please consider” Australia’s use of nuclear power.In support of the Liberal Party’s federal opposition leader Peter Dutton, McKenzie says cheaper, cleaner and consistent electricity “involves the exploration of nuclear energy in Australia … the most uranium rich country on the planet”.McKenzie aired her views on nuclear energy on her Facebook page and Sky News, but did not respond when asked by The News to respond to comments by Labor MP for South East Victoria, Tom McIntosh. He said Dutton and McKenzie “must come clean” and provide the cost of nuclear reactors, the cost…

ORGANISERS of the ‘Peninsula Peace Walk for Palestine’ in Mornington last Sunday week (7 July) say the event turnout showed strong support for an end to the war in Gaza.One of the main organisers, Stefan Raabe, said the idea of the walk was to create access for people on the Mornington Peninsula who want to be involved in peaceful protest against the genocide and “apartheid”.“We planned the walk to coincide with the action that takes place each Sunday outside the State Library. Not everyone can travel into the city every weekend,” he said. More than 30 people joined the walk…

MPNFL MEN’S DIV ONEROSEBUD came close to pulling off an upset against Dromana last weekend, but fell just short.Dromana has lost just twice this season, and sits on top of the ladder. Rosebud came into the game with seven wins and five losses.Rosebud landed a huge blow in the first quarter, and went into the first break with a 24 point lead. They scored five consecutive goals to start the match. Dromana woke up in the second quarter, and hit back with four goals of their own. At the main break the Tigers trailed Rosebud by just three points. Rosebud…

SIGNS promoting “hidden treasures” on French Island are among 200 projects to be paid for by the state government in metropolitan and regional towns having fewer than 5000 residents.“Western Port Biosphere has received $8000 to deliver informative and visually striking signs for French Island to highlight the hidden treasurers that the island possesses,” Hastings MP Paul Mercurio said.A further $50,000 would go to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for a new amenities block at Bittern Community Hall. The shire would add another $50,000 towards the block.Mercurio said the $20 million Tiny Towns Fund would “make our smallest communities even better places…

MPNFL MEN’S DIV TWOEDITHVALE-Aspendale is now two games clear on top of the ladder after picking up a big win over fellow premiership contenders Chelsea. Edi-Asp came into the match against Chelsea last Saturday with just one loss to their name for the 2024 season. Chelsea had only lost twice all year. Edi-Asp established control of the game early, and never gave it up. They went into the first break ahead by three goals, then stretched their lead to four goals by half-time.It was more of the same in the second half as Edithvale-Aspendale continued to pile on the pressure.…

ALMOST 2700 people were arrested for family violence offences between January and June this year across the Mornington Peninsula and south-east, in a major police blitz targeting some of Melbourne’s most impacted areas.More than 7500 charges were laid across the peninsula as well as Cardinia, Casey, Frankston and Greater Dandenong.The strong police focus to start the year included proactive checks on known offenders and victims to increase the chances of family violence being detected. Last financial year the suburbs of the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Cardinia, Casey, and Greater Dandenong accounted for 70 per cent of violence-related offences across Victoria.The Mornington…

AN embarrassed Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has apologised to RSLs around the peninsula, after contractors failed to collect Anzac Day wreaths that were laid in April. Dromana RSL secretary Julia Edgerton said a kind volunteer was recently forced to remove and dispose of the sub branches’ wreath themselves, a task that is difficult for the mostly elderly volunteers, and costly for the RSL. “The wreaths should have been removed two months ago…I requested it be done as soon as possible, but they sent an email saying they couldn’t do it,” she said. “I checked on the council website and it…

SOCCERNEW signings and player axings stole the limelight last week with Baxter featuring prominently. Noah Green, Joey Bucello and Robbie O’Toole were released by Baxter while Ryan Brown has left on a pre-planned overseas trip. Green had a stellar season last year and will likely join a club closer to his Southbank home. It’s believed that there has been an undercurrent of unrest among a section of the playing group throughout the season and head coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor decided that action had to be taken. That resulted in last week’s cull. But Taylor already has plans to reinforce the…

MOURNERS gathered at Frankston Pier last weekend to remember the life of Andres Pancha. Pancha was a 45-year-old father of three from Cranbourne West. He was allegedly killed while fishing at Frankston Pier on the morning of 29 June. A man has since been charged with his murder. A large crowd visited Frankston Pier at sunrise on Saturday, 6 July, to take part in a vigil commemorating Pancha. A Gofundme to assist Pancha’s family has raised more than $22,000 so far. The fundraiser organisers wrote “this unimaginable act has left our family devastated and in profound grief. Andres was a…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council officers are looking for ways to limit how long boats and caravans are left parked in streets. Councillors have told the officers to investigate ways to make sure boats and caravans are not “parked on roads for long periods or indefinitely”. However, councillors have already been warned that under existing laws registered boats, trailers and caravans can be parked in streets for up to eight weeks. After eight weeks council can consider a vehicle to be have been abandoned, although this could be contested if they are “within the vicinity of the registered owner’s known address”.…

A RARE and endangered orchid once found in parts of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston was last week given a helping hand to return, thanks to a team of experts and passionate volunteers. The Frankston spider orchid, Caladenia robinsonii, is regarded as being critically endangered, with 347 plants remaining in Frankston, Rosebud and Rye as a result of habitat destruction.Laboratory-raised plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria nursery have been reintroduced to their natural habitat on the peninsula with the assistance of staff, and volunteers from the La Trobe Botany Society and ANOS Vic.Lead researcher Dr Noushka Reiter, senior research…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Councill will ramp up efforts to stem graffiti vandalism, as unsightly tagging continues to deface public and private buildings across the peninsula.At the end of July, the council will host a graffiti management workshop with stakeholders to identify graffiti issues across the peninsula and discuss mitigating graffiti through creative programs. A council spokesperson said graffiti was already “promptly” removed on shire assets, and the council actively encouraged graffiti to be removed from non-shire assets as soon as possible.For graffiti on non-shire assets the council recommends reporting it to the police, or when on public utilities (for example…

PROPERTY owners have been connected with native vegetation on their properties through the 2023-24 Meet Your Bushland pilot program led by the Mornington Peninsula Landcare network and the Western Port Biosphere Foundation.The program, which included a walk-and-talk with a bushland restoration specialist, also provided the 26 landholders with a comprehensive report detailing the conservation values of their property and outlined the support mechanisms such as grants to aid in conservation efforts. The program finished on 2 June with a community event held at Carranya in Main Ridge, a property that has been undertaking successful restoration over several years. Biosphere spokesperson…

REACTION has been mixed to news that studies will resume into the environmental effects on Western Port of a terminal to assemble offshore wind turbines near Hastings. Business lobby group the Committee for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula “welcomes the news” while the Save Westernport group has said the Port of Hastings Corporation will need to prove “that all environmental impacts can be managed”.Plans for the terminal to assemble and ship wind terminals offshore to Gippsland were put on hold in January when federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek’s rejected the project for having “unacceptable and unmitigable risks to the Ramsar Wetlands…

Mornington Peninsula Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance following a spate of burglaries across the southern suburbs. Police are investigating after small businesses were targeted in 15 incidents between 15 May and 8 June. In each instance two unknown offenders have forced entry to a business, usually by smashing a glass door. The offenders appear to have been solely focused on stealing cash, usually going directly to the register before fleeing the scene. Each of the businesses targeted was located along or in the vicinity of Point Nepean Road in either Dromana, Rosebud, Capel Sound or Rye.…

A STORM is brewing in Safety Beach and Dromana, and it’s got nothing to do with the weather.Renewed concern that a McDonalds fast food restaurant could take up residence in the redeveloped Dromana BP complex in Marine Drive has reignited a debate about whether the area needs more fast food franchises. A planning application is now before the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for the development of a petrol station/fast food complex on a corner site bordering Safety Beach and Dromana, despite a similar application being knocked back at the Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in 2021.The council, which will…

THE reality of life for people doing it tough can be unseen and unimaginable to those in warm homes and with food in the fridge.Georgia Hourn, CEO at Western Port Community Support ‐ the largest provider of emergency relief in the Western Port region ‐ said the centre was seeing a massive increase in people needing support. “We have just witnessed the worst six months on record in terms of demand in our agency’s 43-year history and we don’t expect things to improve any time soon,” she said. “But as an agency we are a strong team of five paid…

Southern Metro Crime Squad detectives have charged three teenagers following a series of fifteen alleged armed robberies across Melbourne’s southern and eastern suburbs. The alleged incidents which occurred over a 10-day period include: – A series of armed robberies at service stations in Kew, Burwood, Noble Park, Rowville & The Basin on 25 May. – A series of armed robberies at service stations in Lyndhurst, Mount Eliza, Mornington, Rosebud & Red Hill on 28 May. – A series of armed robberies at service stations in Highett, Mentone, Patterson Lakes, Murrumbeena & Burwood on 3 June. Detectives executed search warrants in…

CONCERN is growing over the increasing numbers of native animals being killed or injured on roads across the Mornington Peninsula.While exact figures are not available, 28 koalas and an unknown number of kangaroos and wallabies have been hit and killed by vehicles. The carnage on the peninsula’s roads is reflected throughout the state and nationally, with one insurer warning that animal collisions jumped 22 per cent last year.“Alarming” research from Australian Associated Motor Insurers (AAMI) “found more than 40 per cent of Aussie drivers don’t pay attention to wildlife warning signs, and most drivers (60 per cent) would dangerously swerve…

MPNFL MEN’S DIV ONEFRANKSTON YCW picked up a huge win over rival Pines last weekend. Just three senior games were played across the MPFNL over the Kings’ Birthday long weekend. The Stonecats’ clash with Pines was a catch-up game from round six.Eric Bell Reserve hosted the match on Saturday. After a tight first half, Frankston YCW led by eight points at half-time.A dominant third quarter put the result beyond doubt. Frankston YCW piled on six goals and managed to hold Pines to just two behinds. They opened up a 46 point lead, which proved too much to overcome.Pines had a…

Stand together and help the homeless I experienced homelessness as a young woman (Women’s group targets housing crisis, The News 6/6/24). Unless you have that lived experience, you cannot know how debilitating it is to not have a space of one’s own. Each day was a fight for survival, simply maintaining hygiene, enough food and a relatively safe place to sleep. Add the social, economic and personal impacts and it is very difficult to maintain motivation and any sense of self.I was appalled to read that homelessness especially among older women is such a big a problem on the Mornington…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council’s draft Our Urban Forest strategy is aimed at reducing the loss of trees on the peninsula. The strategy – on public exhibition until 10 July – follows a move by Cr Steve Holland in 2022 that called for action to stop “tree recession”. Holland said tree removal and loss was a significant issue on the peninsula, an area loved by most residents for its rich and thriving flora.The draft strategy sets an evidence-based target that 45 per cent of the public streets and parks in urban areas are shaded by tree canopy by 2034. The peninsula…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has released its quarterly report, revealing a net operating position of $86.2 million for the year to end of March.The report states $6.1 million was spent on capital works, and $3.4 million on grants, subsidies and sponsorships. The amount spent on materials and services was 47 per cent of the annual forecast.Highlights included adopting a pedestrian access strategy, completing the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment, a climate action grant to a kelp nursery in Dromana, and the Womin Djeka – Balnarring Ngargee (festival).Sponsorship highlights included the Sorrento Writers and the Flinders Fringe festivals. The projects leave $7…

THREE years after concerns were raised about hundreds of kangaroos trapped on a Cape Schanck property, animal welfare advocates have ramped up their campaign to educate communities about kangaroos and the importance of protecting them.The Save Kangaroos on the Mornington Peninsula (SKOMP) group is running a series of kangaroo “walks and talks” around the peninsula and other parts of Victoria to educate people on how to coexist with the native animals and the “national icon”.Spokesperson Craig Thomson said it was appalling that the kangaroos on the Cape Schanck property were still stuck behind fencing, with wildlife advocates unable to check…

STUDENTS at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Primary School, Rosebud, have been using their textile lessons to create an undersea wonderland.The completion of the colourful masterpiece, created with a lot of love and pricked fingers, is to celebrate World Ocean Day on 8 June. The school’s Dolphin Research Centre ambassadors are using the display to highlight the danger of foil plastic, which is commonly used as lolly or biscuit wrappers.Students learned that the inside of foil plastic packages is shiny silver and glitters like a fish and, when ingested by marine animals, causes illness and death. The students also produced…

RESIDENTS who live near a flood–prone block of land for sale in Mount Eliza fear any development will exacerbate flooding issues and put their homes at risk.The block in Valley Court has been vacant since the early 1980s after a house on the site collapsed and had to be demolished due to flooding problems. The sloping block, which experts have confirmed has a creek bed running underneath it, was the subject of court cases involving Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, builders, and the then–owners of the site because of its instability. While the outcome of the legal challenges is unclear, the…

THE latest review of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s planning scheme has found it to be “strategically robust and operationally sound”.The mayor Cr Simon Brooks said last year’s four-yearly review of the planning scheme covering “our amazing and diverse shire” also supported continued lobbying of the state government to release “surplus land” around the Port of Hastings. He has also called on peninsula residents to back the shire by lobbying their local MPs.Other issues involving approaches to the state government included action on sea level rise hazards; reforming bushfire controls to minimise unnecessary vegetation loss; stronger controls to protect the green…

POLITICIANS can expect to face increasing pressure to provide housing for the homeless, especially women, on the Mornington Peninsula.A report on the “homelessness crisis” by community group Peninsula Voice showed that more than 1000 people couch surf, sleep in their car or sleep rough every night on the peninsula. Increasingly, these people are women and children fleeing family violence. Emergency accommodation is virtually non-existent and women on the foreshore have experienced family violence and sexual assault before and while on the foreshore.These statistics and first hand experiences of the crisis were given to Housing, Water and Equality Minister Harriet Shingh…

BOATERS are being asked to watch out for southern right whales which have made their seasonal return to Victorian coastal waters. The Conservation Regulator says southern right whales visit Victoria’s coast from May to October to give birth and raise their young.Restrictions on boats include lowering engine noises which can interrupt whispering between mothers and calves to avoid predators. It is believed there are about 300 southern rights left in the south-east population. The endangered whales are vulnerable to vessel strikes, and boaters are being encouraged to watch out for the whales as they have no dorsal fin and can…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council may consider increasing the number of waste bins at popular foreshore campsites and is reminding residents and visitors not to use them to dump household waste.The mayor Cr Simon Brooks said anyone with concerns about an overflowing bin should report it as soon as they can, either by using the QR code on the bin, visiting the council’s website or by calling the customer service desk. “We will then arrange for the bins to be emptied and, if it appears to be an ongoing issue, consider installing extra bins,” he said. “Sometimes people use bins ……