20 December 2017

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Decades recognised: Mayor Steve Staikos, right, hands a certificate to mark City of Kingston historian Dr Graham Whitehead for 20 years’ service. Picture: Supplied

History man reaches own milestone KINGSTON Council has paid tribute to City Historian Dr Graham Whitehead who has dedicated 20 years of service researching, archiving and celebrating the area’s rich history. Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos formally thanked Dr Whitehead and presented him with a certificate of appreciation at December’s public council meeting. “For the past 20 years, Graham has shared his great passion and talent for local history with our community to ensure our rich past is celebrated and

remembered,” Cr Staikos said. “We thank him for helping to bring Kingston’s past to life and keeping these important stories of days gone by fresh in our memories.” Dr Whitehead was appointed as City Historian in October 1997 following his retirement from the Department of Education and brought a strong background in research and project management to the role. “His achievements have included the launch of Kingston’s Historical Website — a collection of over 650 articles

and numerous photographs capturing Kingston’s long and colourful past,” Cr Staikos said. “Dr Whitehead has also written a number of books on Kingston’s history, and managed a Narratives project that many local residents participated in.” “He has made an incredible contribution to the Kingston community, working closely with the area’s historical societies to showcase our history.” View the historical website at localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au online.

CHELSEA basketballers will be able to beat the heat thanks to $25,000 investment from Kingston Council to provide temporary air conditioning at the centre while a permanent solution is investigated. The Chelsea Basketball Club’s headquarters at Bonbeach Basketball Stadium currently has no cooling, leaving players to play in uncomfortable conditions on hot days. Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said council will fund a $25,000 temporary cooling system and will investigate long-term solutions in response to a notice of motion put forward by Cr David Eden at December’s public council meeting. ”The thousands of players and officials using the centre will now enjoy much cooler conditions, particularly during the hot summer months,” Cr Staikos said. Kingston is home to hundreds of different sports clubs located at a wide range of parks, reserves and sports facilities across the municipality. “Each year council invests many millions of dollars on maintaining, upgrading and rebuilding facilities to help support the good work of local sports clubs in encouraging our community to be healthy and active.”

Traffic counters at industrial estate ADVOCACY group Committee for Greater Frankston says VicRoads has started a formal study into the

proposed duplication of Lathams Rd, the main thoroughfare of Carrum Downs Industrial Estate. The state government’s roads authority has installed traffic counters at key locations in the precinct, which is Frankston City’s main economic and employment hub. The study is expected to take three months. VicRoads’ regional director for metro southeast Aidan McGann has told the committee that VicRoads is currently investigating “road upgrade options for Lathams and Rutherford roads, which may range from access rationalisation options (such as intersection improvements and installation of services lanes) to duplication of sections of the road”. “The cost of these options will range from $10 million, for intersection upgrades, to $100 million for duplication. “These are high-level costs that will be more accurate as we undertake further work into the project,” Mr McGann said. Traffic congestion on Lathams Rd and surrounding streets has severely hampered the growth of industrial estate businesses in recent years. A loose alliance of firms has been lobbying for duplication for about 10 years. The most up-to-date VicRoads statistics (May 2017) show Lathams Rd carries 11,700 vehicles a day – 6700 eastbound and 5000 westbound. More than 10 per cent are heavy vehicles servicing industrial estate businesses, some of which turn over millions of dollars a year and employ hundreds of people.

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