24 February 2016

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BUDDING young Kingston musicians will take to the stage for the first gig of the year from Fuse Productions FReeZA. Kingston Youth Services is hosting the event at the Chelsea Activity Hub this Saturday 27 February. Mayor Cr Tamsin Bearsley said 2016 was set to be a big year for the Fuse Productions FReeZA youth committee. “Come along to support our local young people and enjoy a relaxed afternoon of acoustic performances.” Doors open from 2.30–5pm and tickets are $5 at the door. FReeZA events are drug, alcohol and smoke free events that are open to all ages. If you are interested in performing at a Fuse Productions event or would like more information on how to become involved in the planning committee Kingston Youth Services on 1300 369 436. See facebook.com/fuseproductions

On song: Alice Ivy performs at the St Kilda leg of the FReeZA youth music event.

Sky rail ‘must be dropped’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au ANY plan to build elevated rail along the Frankston line should be dumped in favour of ‘underground’ rail according to the state opposition. Liberal opposition leader Matthew Guy told The News he would be willing to back the government’s planned sale of the Port of Melbourne to finance ‘rail

under road’ instead of sky rail to remove level crossings across Melbourne’s rail network. He said sky rail “would be devastating for the Frankston line”. “It’s not what was promised and would destroy what should be a bayside Riviera for Melbourne,” Mr Guy said. “If it [rail under road] is more expensive the opposition is prepared to work with the government to get the port sale through to give the government the

money to do it properly and I don’t understand why they’re being so arrogant not considering that.” “We have this government that wants to put dirty great big sky rails - elevated railway – which you would never do anywhere else in the world on your most visually beautiful parts of your city. “New York wouldn’t do it on Long Island, the South of France wouldn’t do it along the coast near Marseille.” The opposition leader said elevated

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rail is “a substandard option” and previous Liberal and Labor state governments had opted for underground rail to remove level crossings. State Treasurer Tim Pallas accused Mr Guy of an about turn on the sale of the Port of Melbourne. “The government has worked very constructively to negotiate with Matthew Guy and the opposition but they are hell bent on holding the government to ransom,” Mr Pallas said.

“This latest U-turn by Matthew Guy just shows that the Liberals have sunk to gutter politics - after all, leasing the port was the same policy they took to the election.” “We made a commitment to the Victorian people that we would lease the Port of Melbourne, remove 50 of our worst and most congested level crossings, and create thousands of jobs - but the opposition is standing in the way of that.” Continued Page 6

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