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Artworks fighting for equal rights A COLLECTION of banners and videos fighting for equal rights for women will be exhibited at the Kingston Arts Centre from next week. The works which will be displayed as part of the “Crafting Resistance” exhibition were created by locals during Six Moments in Kingston, a bus tour which took locals through a history of Kingston in May.

The works take “inspiration from the story of Julie Cooper, the first woman elected to local council in 1976 and first female mayor of Moorabbin in 1982. The banners commemorate the legacy of women’s suffrage and the struggles for equal rights endured into the present day.” The exhibition is curated by Tal Fitzpatrick, and runs from 22 August

- 14 September. More information at kingstonarts.com.au/VISUAL-ART/ Exhibitions/Crafting-Resistance

FEMINIST Killyjoy XOXOX made by Tal Fitzpatrick using recyclable materials. Picture: Supplied

Students shaping structure CHELSEA Primary students have been invited to have a say on the long term vision of Chelsea. Kingston Council invited grade 5 and 6 students to have an input on Chelsea’s “structure plan”. Students provided feedback on what they wanted the area to look like in the next 20 years. Pop up community consultations and online feedback has seen council receive over 100 responses to their plan. More information at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au/Chelsea BENJI, Charlotte, Katinka and Riley from Chelsea Primary School drawing up their plans for the area. Picture: Supplied

New rooms for Saints at Moorabbin STAGE one of a $13 million dollar redevelopment at St Kilda’s Moorabbin training base has been officially opened. The first stage of the project has been completed in time to be used by the Saints’ AFLW team, which is set to make their debut in 2020. The completed facilities include female change rooms, player meeting rooms, match committee rooms, and a lounge. The next state of the redevelopment will add a grandstand and pool. A total of $25 million in taxpayer money has been committed towards re-homing the St Kilda Football Club at Moorabbin. Sports minister Martin Pakula said “these terrific new Moorabbin facilities will provide female footballers at both the elite and grassroots level with the opportunity to be their very best.” “We’re proud to be bringing elite footy back to Moorabbin Oval, the home of the St Kilda Football Club, as the AFLW Saints prepare to join the national league,” he said. St Kilda AFLW coach Peta Searle said “it’s really important for us to create an environment where our players feel like they belong. This facility gives the girls a place of their own and the space to carve their own paths here at the Saints.” The St Kilda Football Club finalised their move to Moorabbin from Seaford in 2016 after Kingston Council voted to give the Saints a 25 year lease with an option for a further 25 years.

Business case due ‘shortly’ Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE findings of a business case assessing the extension of the Frankston rail line are due “shortly”. The state government announced the business case and planning work for “a future extension of the Frankston line to Baxter” had begun in April 2018. The original state government

media release stated that “the business case is expected to be finalised in early 2019.” Requests for an update on the progress of the case sent to Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke were diverted to the Premier’s media department. Senior media advisor Matt Macklin said “we’re in the process of finalising the business case, and it will be provided to the federal government

shortly.” “The Andrews Labor government is spending over $3 billion on upgraded to the Frankston lines so we can run more trains more often, reducing travel times and leading to fewer delays and cancellations,” he said. “We’ll continue working cooperatively with the federal government to deliver better rail for the region, including improvements to the Stony

Point line.” The federal government has committed $225 million for electrification and duplication of the line, while the state government has yet to make any commitment. The business case was conducted with $3 million in funding from the federal government. Earlier this year, Frankston Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire teamed up to state their desire to have

the line extended past Baxter to Hastings. Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said in April that both councils had met and support “stage two” of the project extending the rail line through to Hastings. “If the project is to be delivered as a staged rollout, both councils support Frankston-Langwarrin as stage one and Langwarrin-Hastings as stage two,” he said.

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