2 December 2015

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Books, writers top of mind THE writers and books that have influenced author George Ivanoff’s career will be his topic at the final Mentone Public Library presentation of the year, 11am, Saturday 12 December. He will be supported by emerging writers Jessi Hooper, of Mentone Girls’ Secondary College, and Joe Bosa, of Mentone Grammar. “Mr Ivanoff has been mentor to Joe for many years through his author-inresidency with Mentone Grammar, while Jessi has blossomed into a confident and insightful writer since we first met her in 2013,” library spokesperson Julia Reichstein said. An author appreciation ceremony for the writers and end of year breakup will follow Mr Ivanoff’s presentation. See mentonepubliclibrary.blogspot. com.au for full details.

Carols hosts star-studded line-up

Thumbs up: Kingston police will again patrol beaches in an all-terrain vehicle similar to this buggy out and about at Mates Day at Patterson River last year. Picture: Gary Sissons

Beach buggy back on patrol POLICE will patrol Kingston beaches over summer in an all-terrain vehicle thanks to financial backing from Kingston Council, Bendigo Bank and the Mordialloc Rotary Club. Troublemakers may face the long reach of the law on beaches. “It’s an important part of our foreshore and we’ve got to make sure it’s safe,” Cr Geoff Gledhill said. “These little vehicles are really effective at getting into places [instead of] a patrol car pulling up at a carpark and having officers trudge down the sand.” Kingston Local Area Commander, Inspector Bruce Wemyss, welcomed the council decision to contribute funding.

Who’s that? Author George Ivanoff at Mentone Public Library. Pic: Gary Sissons

“These vehicles ensure police have mobile access to our beachfronts through the warmer weather. The visible presence of the vehicle on the sand assists us in preventing and detecting crime and deterring anti-social behaviour providing a point of contact for those on the sand. “The vehicle is also very manoeuvrable meaning that it can get from point to point effectively and move into areas that may not be accessible by a standard police vehicle.” The Parkdale branch of Bendigo Bank will contribute $5000 to buy the police buggy, Kingston Council will make a $5000 contribution and Mordialloc Rotary will chip in $2000.

THOUSANDS of Kingston residents will gather for the annual Carols by Kingston event, Sunday 13 December. A star-studded line-up has been announced, with a host of performers taking to the stage. “The whole community is invited to come along and hear some great entertainers, join in the traditional carols, meet Santa and enjoy a spectacular fireworks finale,” mayor Cr Tamsin Bearsley said. Performers will include Hunters and Collectors star Jack Howard, musical theatre’s leading lady Christie Whelan-Browne, soprano Kate Amos, and soul singer Milly Moodie. They will be joined by international performer Mark Andrew, Neighbours actor Patrick Harvey, Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra, children’s performers Gee Whiz Kidz and many more. The alcohol-free Carols by Kingston, topped up with a spectacular fireworks display, is from 6.30-9.30pm, Sir William Fry Reserve, Nepean Hwy, Highett. Entry is free. Details: kingston.vic.gov.au/carols A limited number of reserve seating spaces at $15 each can be purchased online or from the council’s customer services centres.

Seeking answers on the ‘missing link’ CONSULTATION on the next stage of the Kingston Bay Trail will begin after councillors unanimously voted to start seeking community views about the construction of the shared pedestrian and bike path from the Mentone Life Saving Club to the northern end of the Mordialloc foreshore. The new section will link up with the recently completed Charman Rd to the Mentone Lifesaving Club stage of the Bay Trail. Kingston mayor Cr Tamsin Bearsley said the Bay Trail is a fantastic community asset that makes it easier and safer for the community to walk, ride and run along Kingston’s beautiful foreshore area. “Council had received strong positive support for continuing the Bay

Trail, which would bring Melbourne one step closer to our vision for a single continuous bike path right around Port Phillip Bay,” Cr Bearsley said. Cr Bearsley said the community would have their chance to share their views on the project through extensive consultation to be held early next year. “We’ll be seeking the community’s views on how and where the missing section of path should be built. “We’re confident we can strike a good balance between meeting the community’s expectations of completing the Bay Trail but doing so in a manner that makes good use of existing pathways to minimise vegetation removal.” Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards said the group strongly supported

the City of Kingston’s move to complete the Bay Trail. “The Bay Trail is a favourite amongst Victorian bike riders. Extending it all the way to Mordialloc will give more locals access to the trail and will make it easier for them to get on their bikes and start riding,” Mr Richards said. Currently, the trail is a crucial missing link in Melbourne’s bike path network. When completed, Kingston residents will finally be able to access an off-road network that can take them as far as Sanctuary Lakes, Craigieburn, Ringwood, and Mt Eliza. Foreshore works: Mentone saw its section of the Kingston Bay Trail completed last month. Picture: Gary Sissons

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