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Drivers fined after royal weekend

‘Ment’ to be one? Stella Chivers does not want part of the sign at the former Mentone Tenpin Bowl Club to be split further. Pic: Gary Sissons

Sign of times up for grabs Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A COLLECTOR of vintage memorabilia hopes a place can be found in Mentone for part of a huge sign bought online that turned out to be too big to handle. Self-described “minimalist hoarder” Stella Chivers snapped up part of the sign displayed at the former Mentone Tenpin Bowl Club before its demolition in 2013 to make way for a controversial towering apartment block at Mentone Junction.

The only problem? The vintage enthusiast does not have enough room to display the sign. A restaurant in Port Melbourne bought the words ‘Tenpin’ and ‘Bowl’ at auction alongside a large bowling bowl that used to have pride of place at the former tenpin bowls club. The restaurant sold the ‘Mentone’ part of the sign on eBay last month and Ms Chivers ended up being the owner of the suburb name sign. “The main reason I bought it is because I love old vintage signage. That stuff really speaks to me,” she

said. “The photo didn’t really show its scale. I knew it was big but thought ‘how big can it be?’. I had to hire a truck to get it home. “My husband shakes his head at my eBay antics.” Now the Brighton East resident, who also owns property in Mentone, hopes the ‘Mentone’ part of the sign can be displayed to the public as a reminder of the area’s past. “Because it’s a one-off I don’t want to divide it up. I feel guilty because it’s a piece of history. “I’d like it to be somewhere where

people can see it and know the story behind it.” Kingston Council has knocked back a proposal to have the sign installed as part of the Mentone Renaissance project to revamp the suburb. Ms Chivers hopes a historical society, restaurant or business may want to buy the sign to recover her costs otherwise the sign could be split up further. n Contact Stella Chivers at stellachivers@optusnet.com.au to enquire about providing a home or business for the ‘Mentone’ sign.

POLICE detected more than 8300 traffic offences and more than 800 crime offences during the four days of Operation Regal over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. More than 3150 motorists were caught speeding and 418 motorists fined for using their mobile phones, an increase of 23 and 28 per cent respectively on last year. One in every 15 drivers tested furnished a positive result for drugs while 245 drink drivers were caught after more than 147,200 drivers were tested. Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Debra Robertson said the number of people found to be speeding as well as using their phones was a risk to the community that could be easily avoided. “I’m not sure what it will take for motorists to heed the warnings,” Ms Robertson said. “Does it have to be the loss of a loved one for the message to get through?” Two people were killed over the weekend, a 62-year-old male motorcyclist in Baxter and a 25-year-old man off-road after the mini-bike he was riding collided head-on with another bike at Holly Plains State Park. Other infringements issued across the weekend, include: 195 disqualified/suspended drivers; 354 unlicensed drivers; 808 unregistered vehicles; 418 mobile phone offences; 549 disobey signs/signals; 70 vehicle impounds; and, 218 seat belt offences.

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