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Promenade plan moves businesses

AN amnesty which runs until September aims to take illegal guns, ammunition and other weapons out of harms way. Gun owners have three months to surrender unregistered and unwanted firearms, ammunition and weapons, to licensed firearms dealers – not the police – without fear of prosecution. Police Superintendent Paul Millett said the amnesty was well timed. “It has been more than 20 years since there was a national amnesty and almost five since the last amnesty in Victoria when about 2500 weapons and firearms were handed in,” Supt Millett said. “We want the community to help keep everyone safe by reducing the availability of unregistered firearms and illegal weapons to those who clearly do not want them for lawful purposes.” In previous amnesties firearms, including imitation and antique guns and rifles, swords, homemade weapons and hunting knives, were surrendered. Unwanted or unregistered firearms, ammunition or weapons can be surrendered to licensed firearms dealers without fear of prosecution. Licenced gun owners may surrender guns for destruction, registration or sale, while those not licensed can surrender them for destruction. They will not have to give their details unless they intend to register or sell them. Details: firearmsamnesty.ag.gov. au or police.vic.gov.au

Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au THREE businesses will be relocated as part of the plan to elevate rail and build a promenade in Carrum to separate road from rail at level crossings. Three buildings will be demolished and two vacant blocks of land acquired off the Nepean Highway by the state government so the $50 million project can proceed next year. Beach Lane, a creative and artistic space for start-ups at 642 Nepean Highway, will have its century old building torn down alongside neighbouring businesses Face The Art, a cosmetic tattoo and eyeliner business, and Addie’s Hobbies, a model toys business. Beach Lane founder Georges McKail said the property acquisition is “problematic” but he did find out “about three months ago” that the business, established in 2015, may have to move premises. “It is what it is. I’ve just got to work out what the process is and what options may exist for Beach Lane.” The businessman said he will talk to the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Kingston Council and Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny about Beach Lane’s impending enforced move. He said he has spoken to Ms Kilkenny and “it is very early days” to decide whether the community space can find a place near the new promenade. Two vacant blocks of land will also be acquired and proposed apartment blocks will no longer be built at the site. Buyers who put down deposits on off-the-plan property purchases will be compensated on a market value basis plus costs. “We know this is a difficult time for

On move: Beach Lane founder Georges McKail among business owners forced to relocate. Picture: Gary Sissons

the affected owners, tenants and off the plan purchasers. Our team is working closely with all parties to assist them through the acquisition process,” LXRA project director Adam Maguire said. “Fair and reasonable compensation will be paid for all properties that need to be acquired.” Markets and cafes may be opened alongside more car parking space at the promenade.

Road and drains works at Carrum

Gledhill gets Libs’ nod for seat tilt A KINGSTON councillor has been chosen to stand as a candidate for the Liberal Party in Mordialloc at next year’s state election. Cr Geoff Gledhill, who was mayor in 2015, was officially preselected last Wednesday (9 August) over fellow Liberal challenger Rob Beaton by the party to face off against Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson next November. Labor won the seat of Mordialloc from the Liberals at the 2014 state election when Premier Daniel Andrews won government by ousting the one-term former Coalition gov-

ernment at the polls. Mr Richardson’s margin is a slim 2.1 per cent in one of four swinging “sand belt” electorates along the Frankston line — the others being Bentleigh, Carrum and Frankston — seen as crucial to winning government. Carrum, Frankston and Bentleigh are held by Labor my margins under 1 per cent. Former Carrum MP Donna Bauer hopes to win preselection again to try to retake the seat for the Liberal Party. Gandhi Bevinakoppa and Carmella

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Monger are also Liberal candidates for preselection in Carrum. Asher Judah was preselected in Bentleigh earlier this month by the Liberal Party to contest the seat against Labor MP Nick Staikos. Frankston police station commander Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb won Liberal Party preselection on Saturday 5 August to try to unseat incumbent Labor MP Paul Edbrooke. Neil Walker Preselected: Cr Geoff Gledhill will contest the seat of Mordialloc for the Liberal Party at the state election.

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A NEW road and drainage project is about to begin in Dahmen St, Carrum. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said the $1.2 million project was included in council’s 2017-18 budget. “Our rates help pay for these important infrastructure projects that will help minimise the damage caused by flooding,” he said. “Drainage projects may not be exciting, but they are vital to protect our homes in times of extreme weather and council is investing many millions of dollars of ratepayer funds to make improvements.” New street trees will be planted after the construction works. Construction works will begin once related works in neighbouring McLeod Rd are completed.

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