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Time to go: The Edithvale Life Saving Club is set to be redesigned and rebuilt. Picture: Gary Sissons

Club house in coastal ‘dog house’ Neil Walker A REDESIGN of the Edithvale Life Saving Club has hit a snag after a state government department declared the proposed new clubhouse does not meet Coastal Management Act regulations. Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson has asked the department to go back to the drawing board to work with Kingston Council to keep a $3.4 million plan to demolish the existing building and construct new premises on track. In state parliament last month, Mr Richardson formally asked Labor Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio “to direct the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning [DELWP] to closely work with the City of Kingston to broker a design and building solution to comply with the Coastal Management Act 1995

for Edithvale Life Saving Club”. “This is a fantastic lifesaving club in my electorate, and it will celebrate its centenary in 2019. It is a club that supports some of the 22,000 visitors that flock to Edithvale beach each and every summer. “It has a wonderful committee that is also dedicated to supporting our firstgeneration Australians, who in the case of some countries have been landlocked and have never seen water or the ocean. “They are supporting our migrant communities and our refugee communities to learn safety around beaches and around our waterways,” Mr Richardson said. “Recently we hit a bit of a hurdle with the current designs not complying with the Coastal Management Act and some of those plans needing to be redesigned. This is a disappointing setback but something on which we need to work to-

gether with the City of Kingston and the department to try to get the best solution, because we do not want this project held up unnecessarily. “It is a partnership with the state government, with $1.5 million from the Victorian government, and the City of Kingston, with a more than $1.9 million investment, so everyone wants to see this project go ahead.” At the 25 September public council meeting, Kingston Council CEO John Nevins indicated council is discussing a partial redesign of the Edithvale Life Saving Club with state government representatives. “The DELWP is required to assess each application on its merits. At present, discussions are continuing with [the] DELWP about the Edithvale Life Saving Club,” Mr Nevins said when answering a query during the public question time segment of the council meeting.

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KINGSTON detectives are investigating a spate of overnight thefts from parked cars last week. About $460 was stolen from the centre console of a Ford sedan parked in the driveway of a house in Morris St, Parkdale, overnight Friday 29 September. Police said the car was unlocked. A small amount of cash and personal items were stolen from a Jeep parked outside a house in Legana Ct, Patterson Lakes, overnight Tuesday 26 September, and a silver Giant-brand bike valued at $1000 was stolen from the garage of a house in Hazelwood Cl, Dingley, overnight Friday 22 September. Detective Sergeant Paul Toogood, of Kingston CIU, advises residents to park vehicles off the street, preferably in a driveway, garage or staff car park. If parking in the street find a well-lit area and do not leave any valuables in view, he advised. “What you think is worthless may entice a thief to break into your vehicle. If there is no other option, lock them in the boot, preferably before you get to your destination, or take them with you. “Do not leave your keys in the ignition; lock the car when paying for fuel, close all windows and lock up before leaving the car. “Another handy hint is to wipe away suction marks left by a GPS and don’t leave paperwork in the vehicle that can identify where you live: the thief could work out you are not at home. Personal information could also be used to steal your identity. Also, write your licence number on your key tag – not your personal ad-

dress or car’s registration number, and don’t hide spare car keys anywhere in the vehicle.”

Number plates a target THE theft of car number plates is causing concern to Kingston detectives, with five plates stolen from cars in the past week. Two number plates were stolen from a Holden Astra parked outside a house in Village Crescent, Chelsea, overnight Monday 25 September, and another pair were stolen from a Holden sedan parked outside a house in Bourke St, Mentone, overnight Wednesday 27 September. The front number plate was stolen from a Mazda sedan parked in the Parkdale station car park, Saturday 30 September. Detective Sergeant Paul Toogood, of Kingston CIU, said the number plates were used by criminals to put on other cars to commit further offences, such as the theft of petrol and burglaries. To help stop number plates being stolen, he urges motorists to replace their car’s screws with one-way screws which require a special tool to be removed. These screws are available from hardware and automotive stores. Neighbourhood Watch and community groups regularly organise Safe Plate Days at community locations where police and volunteers attend and put safe screws on each number plate in place of the original screws. Anyone with information on any of these incidents should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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