7 December 2016

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Author ends year on high AWARD-WINNING author George Ivanoff will cap off another year of Author for All Seasons sessions at Mentone Public Library this weekend. The Cheltenham resident will talk about his Royal Flying Doctor Service books, “a highoctane adventure series for children”, written in partnership with the high-flying medical service. Each book is a standalone story and the series does not need to be read in any particular order. Ivanoff, who has had several books aimed at a Young Adult audience published, recently won an Honours Award at the KOALAs, the New South Wales annual children’s choice awards for his You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars book. The author will be joined by emerging young local writers Joe Bosa and Jessi Hooper who will both talk about their original works. An author appreciation event will be held after Ivanoff and friends’ talks with all authors who have appeared at the Mentone Public Library this year offering books for a special pre-Christmas sale. Bookings are essential due to the “snug nature” of the library run by volunteers. ‘An Author for All Seasons: Series Six - The Grand Finale’ will be hosted at Mentone Public Library, 36 Florence St, Mentone (rear of the Citizens Advice Bureau) on Saturday 10 December, 11am. See mentonepubliclibrary.blogspot.com.au, email mentonepubliclibrary@gmail.com or call 9583 8494 for bookings. Entry by gold coin donation.

Picture perfect: This year’s winning Junior Lens Mist photograph, Gabriel Cali In the Still of the Night.

Snappers vie for prizes at Lens Mist comp BUDDING photographers are grabbing their cameras and heading for the beach for a chance to win a share of over $7000 prize money in the Kingston Council’s annual Lens Mist photography competition. Now in its seventh year, Lens Mist helps celebrate Port Phillip Bay’s beaches and foreshore environment. “The innovative competition challenges artists to capture an image that evokes Port Phillip Bay while responding to the theme: ‘Our changing environment’, the mayor Cr David Eden said. “Kingston is proud to support local artists and the annual Lens Mist event is a fantastic opportunity for photographers to share their talent.” Photographs from 20 finalists will be displayed at the Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival in March which usually attracts more than 40,000 people. The winner of the Best Photograph Award will receive a $5000 prize. Kingston Council sponsors a $2000 People’s Choice Award, $500 Junior Lens Mist prize and $250 Voter’s Award. Entries for Lens Mist are open now and must be submitted by Wednesday 18 January. See kingstonarts.com.au or call 9581 4593.

Flying doctors: George Ivanoff has written official Doctor Who fiction and is now working on a series of adventure books based on the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Picture: Gary Sissons

Aboriginal stones find questioned Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au ABORIGINAL artefacts found at the site of a council-approved residential development have unearthed questions about councillors not being notified about the discovery of culturally sensitive stone artefacts. Cr Rosemary West wondered why a developer would be allowed to “build over and bury” Aboriginal artefacts found at 1-44 First Avenue, Chelsea Heights. Councillors originally approved a subdivision of the First Avenue land into 25 lots in 2013 with work to begin on building homes by September 2018.

“There’s lot to talk about with this developer and I hope we can get on with it soon,” Cr West said. Cr West requested council officers confirm at the next council meeting that the First Avenue site is a Cultural Heritage Management Plan recognised site and if so, what council can do to “protect it from the impact of the approved development”. Cr West’s notice of motion asked for an explanation about “why no information about the discovery of these artefacts was provided in the officer report to councillors or in the officer presentation to planning panel before council approved the rezoning and development of this site”. Council will also investigate the

possibility of preserving the artefacts for display in the Gathering Place for Elders at Kingston Council’s offices or another suitable site with the help of the Friends of the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands. Council officers will submit a brief report to councillors at the December council meeting and a more detailed report in February next year. An independent planning and heritage consultant will also be hired by council to advise whether further research and better protection for the site can be arranged. Artefacts found: Aboriginal stones have been uncovered at a development site in Chelsea Heights. Picture: Gary Sisons

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