1 March 2017

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NEWS DESK

Developers may open wallets for open space DEVELOPERS may have to contribute more money to fund open spaces for community use in Kingston if a proposal by council is accepted by the state government. Councillors decided at January’s public council meeting to seek permission from Labor Planning Minister Richard Wynne to add open space contribution amounts to the Kingston Planning Scheme. The mayor Cr David Eden said council wants to increase the contribution that all developers must make towards public open space in the area. “With the increase in larger developments, which can be appropriate in activity centres close to public transport and shops, there is a need to create new open space areas across our community,” Cr Eden said. “It’s only fair that developers are expected to help support the creation and

improvement of public open spaces that will serve the needs of the people that will live in these new homes.” It is proposed that developments at key strategic sites and in the Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Highett, Mordialloc and Mentone activity centre zones would incur an 8 per cent public open space contribution fee while all other areas would incur a 5 per cent contribution. “In the past, developers had at times successfully appealed at the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal against the open space contribution amounts,” Cr Eden said. “By having the rates set in stone and added to the Kingston Planning Scheme, we can ensure that developers pay their fair share.” If the Planning Minister agrees to the open space contribution plan it will be advertised for public feedback before implementation.

History walk for Margaret A COMMUNITY walk in memory of Chelsea historian Margaret Jacobs with all the answers will be held for the first time on Friday 3 March. Margaret Jacobs, a keen historian and Chelsea and District Historical Society volunteer, passed away in June last year at the age of 87 after a long illness. The 3km walk around Chelsea, organised by the historical society with the help of scout and cub groups and the Uniting Church Chelsea Parish, will point out sites and landmarks of historical significance.

Participants can join a guided group, organise a group, or walk on their own. A map and notes of what to see will be handed out on the night. Margaret’s Walk will begin at Bicentennial Park on Friday 3 March, meet 6.15pm for 6.30pm start and finish back at Mt Chelsea play slide 8-8.30pm. All are welcome to the free event. There will be a midway refreshments break at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Sherwood Avenue. Parking available at Bicentennial Park. Contact Rev Claire Dawe on 0410 827 597.

Teacher’s get: Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson congratulates Parkdale Secondary teacher Natalie Baker for being selected to chaperone students from across Victoria on a study tour to learn about veterans’ sacrifices in World War II.

Tour of duty for teacher PARKDALE Secondary College teacher Natalie Baker will be one of five teachers who will accompany Victorian school students on a study tour to Canberra to learn about sacrifices made by veterans during World War II. Hundreds of applicants applied to be a chaperone teacher for the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize Study Tour to include 42 students from state schools. Ms Baker has taught at Parkdale

Secondary for the past 12 years. An overseas tour group will follow in the footsteps of World War II veterans and will visit Darwin and Singapore to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and fall of Singapore. The Canberra group will visit key sits of national significance such as Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

“The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize Study Tour is an important opportunity for students to understand firsthand the decisive moments that shaped our nation,” Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said. “I commend Natalie on her efforts and dedication and wish her and all the students the best of luck for what will be the study tour of a lifetime.” Schools can apply for students to take the Canberra or overseas trip at veterans.vic.gov.au online.

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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 1 March 2017


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