Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 3 June 2020

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Zero active virus cases

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Budget out for consultation KINGSTON Council’s draft budget for the next financial year projects a nearly $23 million surplus. The draft budget, approved by Kingston councillors at their 25 May meeting, proposes a 2 per cent rise in “total rates and municipal charges”. Nearly $66 million has been allocated to spend on capital works in the municipality during the 2020/2021 financial year. Projects which are set to be undertaken in the next financial year include works on the Dolamore Reserve track, Aspendale Gardens pavilion, G.H. Soppet pavilion, and the Dales Park

netball centre. Ratepayer funding has also been allocated to upgrade the scout and girl guide halls. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “these are very tough and uncertain times and council has been able to put together a draft budget that continues to provide vital financial support for our residents and businesses while also delivering essential services, infrastructure repairs and important major projects to improve community facilities.” “To assist ratepayers in our community who are struggling, council will extend the $112.20 pensioner rebate to

ratepayers who are on the JobSeeker allowance and to businesses that are registered for the Federal Government JobKeeper payment scheme for the 2020/21 year,” she said. “In addition, no interest will be charged on overdue rates during 2020/21 and rates can also be deferred for payment until 30 June 2021.” Visit au/202021budget to read the draft budget, make a submission, or register for an online public information session. Consultation closes 24 June. Brodie Cowburn

THERE are no active recorded cases of coronavirus cases among Kingston residents, as of 1 June. A total of 26 Kingston locals had previously tested positive for COVID-19. There were also no active cases among people who live in the Frankston local government area. There is one active case on the Mornington Peninsula. Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said “restrictions around some activities have now been eased in Victoria in recognition of the current low rate of community transmission of this virus.” “While encouraging, we need to remain vigilant,” he said. “It is increasingly important that we stay at home when unwell and get tested, wash our hands regularly, sneeze and cough into our elbow and maintain physical distancing. These are common sense actions to ensure we don’t create a second wave of this serious disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have eased their stringent regulations. “Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency. “We are also asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort and get tested if they have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community. People with even the mildest of symptoms of coronavirus are encouraged to get tested.”

Roundabout to go Brodie Cowburn THE roundabout at Thompsons Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road is set to close for five weeks. The intersection will close from 5 June to 13 July to accommodate for works. The roundabout will be removed and replaced with traffic lights. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “we’re closing the intersection for five weeks to avoid four months of rolling disruptions to locals and complete the upgrade more than two years earlier than when it was first announced.” “More than 58,000 vehicles travel through the Frankston-Dandenong Road and Thompsons Road intersection every day, making it an extremely busy freight and transport link in Melbourne’s booming south east. “I know a lot of people in our community are going to be frustrated with losing access to the intersection for five weeks, but it means we will remove the roundabout four months sooner.” Detours are in place while works are underway.

Cigarette ban considered A SMOKING ban is being considered for the foreshore area in Kingston. Kingston councillors ordered a report at their last meeting to “commence the process to amend the local law to ban smoking on the foreshore, in all council reserves, and in all shopping strips.” That report will come back to council this month, with community consultation expected to begin in July.


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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 3 June 2020