Chelsea Mordiallic Mentone News 29 July 2020

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Future of community centre considered KINGSTON Council officers are working on a report which will assess the future operation of the Patterson Lakes Community Centre. Earlier this year, the committee which had been running the centre stepped down. Committee members voted to hand over management to Kingston Council in April. Kingston Council’s community sustainability general manager Mauro Bolin told The News this week “Consumer Affairs Victoria has this month approved the application from the Patterson Lakes Community Centre Inc to cancel the association. Now this legal process has been completed, the cancellation of the Patterson Lakes Community Centre Inc is now complete.” “While this has been taking place, council has contacted all hirers of the centre to discuss their future needs and undertaken a broader community needs analysis. Council is also conducting a risk assessment at the site to ensure it is safe for community use,” he said. “Council has also been in discussion with the Victorian government’s Department of Human Services to secure ongoing funding for the site. “Council officers are now preparing a report to present to council in coming months that will look at how the centre could run in future including potential models of operation, budget requirements, community consultation and more.” Founder of resident group Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum Cameron Howe said “as a central community hub, the centre will be of importance to unifying us by supporting residents via programs, including the elderly as restrictions in future allow. From physical activities to community discussion, the centre serves a wide range of essential community functions needed.” Brodie Cowburn

More fake COVID material circulates A FAKE document purporting to be from the Department of Health and Human Services has been distributed at a Mentone apartment block. The fake notice told residents that someone inside the block had tested positive for COVID-19, and that doors to hallways should remain open. Chelsea SES drew attention to the false material on social media. “Another fake coronavirus document has been found, this time in a Mentone high rise apartment block. It warns that a positive COVID-19 test has been returned by a resident of the block. The DHHS have confirmed that this sign is not genuine, it is 100 per cent fake. Police are investigating the matter,” the SES Facebook page read. Fake signs have also been put up at playgrounds around the Kingston municipality telling people that they are allowed to use the equipment. Kingston mayor Georgina Oxley has condemned the distribution of that material, which contained her forged signature (“Fake signs defy lockdown law”, The News, 15/7/20). A FAKE letter circulating in Mentone purporting to be from the DHHS. Picture: Supplied

THE future operation of the Patterson Lakes Community Centre is being discussed at Kingston Council. Picture: Supplied

GALLERY TALK Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is currently closed to the public until further notice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Even though the gallery doors are temporarily closed, we are continuing to share our collection, exhibitions, stories and children’s activities online. On the 1 July MPRG threw open our doors and welcomed visitors back to see our golden anniversary exhibition MPRG: FIFTY. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Gallery had to close again a week later and move its programming back online. The Gallery is excited to launch a new online platform MPRG TV, where you can watch exclusive content relating to our exhibition program. Enjoy watching a walkthrough of the new exhibition MPRG: FIFTY with Artistic Director/ Senior Curator Danny Lacy. This exhibition features dedicated collection rooms exploring historical and contemporary representations of the Mornington Peninsula and highlights the gallery’s renowned collection of works on paper that has been developed over the past 50 years. In our exhibition preview, you can also view an excerpt of a performance by the Peninsula Chamber Musicians in the Gallery performing Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D-Major, recorded prior to the lockdown.

We are premiering an artist studio conversation series on MPRG TV beginning 30 July, presenting contemporary artists from the MPRG Collection such as printmaker Raymond Arnold, painter Euan Macleod and virtual reality superstar Jess Johnson. These will be streamed weekly on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm. MPRG’s artist/educator Jill Anderson continues to inspire with her series of online creative activities for kids based on artists in MPRG’s collection. The latest activity includes creating a Danie Mellorinspired collage and paint a work on paper inspired by artists Rosie Weiss and GW Bot. Visit MPRG will also be launching a major collection publication featuring historical essays about the gallery and over 70 works reproduced from the Collection. This is available to order through our website. On behalf of all the team at MPRG, we hope that you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and together we can all get through this by looking out for each other. Stay home, stay safe and stay inspired.

Danny Lacy Artistic Director Senior Curator Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Ph 5950 1580 Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

29 July 2020


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