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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 3 February 2016

Appy trails: Caitlin Gasperino, left, Mayor Tamsin Bearsley and Dorothy Booth use the Historical Walking Trails app to tour Mentone. Picture: Yanni

Digital trails to the past MODERN technology will bring Kingston’s past to life with an innovative virtual walking trail that explores the rich history of Mentone and Mordialloc. Kingston Libraries has launched the online Historical Walking Trails featuring a self-guided tour of some well-known and hidden historical gems in the area. Highlights of the Mordialloc Historical The Walking Trails include: n Henwood Cottage built in 1887 n Mordialloc Creek murals n Coolullah House, a prime example of modernist art deco design. Highlights of the Mentone Historical Walking Trail include: n Villa D’Este built in1890s and named after a famous estate on Lake Como in Italy n Mabernoul, built 1900, is a classic Victorian Bungalow n Frogmore House a magnificent Tudor style home built in 1910. Kingston mayor Cr Tamsin Bearsley said the project made it easy to discover and celebrate Kingston’s history. “The virtual walking trail has combined the popular Mentone and Mordialloc Historical Walking Trail booklets with modern technology for a

unique audio-visual tour,” Cr Bearsley said. “It’s a great way for our older residents to reminisce and for younger people to find out how the local area has changed and discover the threads of history that still surround us today.” The project was supported by the property owners who kindly allowed their property to be included, Kingston Historian Dr Graham Whitehead and the Mordialloc and District Historical Society. To use the walking trail on your mobile device simply: n scan the QR code on the Historical Walking Trails sign at the start of each trail at either the Mentone Train Station or the Horse Statue at Mordialloc beach. n access the virtual trail through the Kingston Libraries website kingston.vic.gov.au/library n pick up a Historical Walking Trails booklet and scan the QR code. Booklets are available at Kingston libraries, Kingston customer service centres, Kingston Arts Centre, the Shirley Burke Theatre and the Mordialloc and District Historical Society. Cr Bearsley encouraged anyone who was not familiar with using QR codes on their mobile device to drop in to their local library for help or simply use the booklet on its own to complete the tour.

Lease sealed? Seaford Beach Cabin Park Cabin Park owner Michael Hibbert awaits word from council on agreement. Picture: Gary Sissons

‘Silence’ over cabin park lease agreement Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au LONG-RUNNING negotiations to provide residential certainty for disadvantaged families and individuals at Seaford Beach Cabin Park could be nearing an end but cabin park owner Michael Hibbert says he is still awaiting final confirmation from Frankston Council that a lease he signed late last year is acceptable to council. Mr Hibbert and council have been in protracted talks over the past two years to extend a lease on land at Kananook Creek amid disagreement over a land swap deal that council ultimately rejected. The land swap deal – with a Crown land portion of the site, 860 square metres of land facing Kananook Creek, being exchanged with council receiving 675sqm of freehold land facing Nepean Hwy – was dropped early last year after months of talks (‘Cabin park deal ‘close’ despite reservations’, The News 8/4/15). Councillors were due to discuss the sealing of the lease – a five-year lease with the option of a further five years in 2020 – behind closed doors after December’s public council meeting. Council spokeswoman Natasha Duckett ad-

vised The News last week the matter remained “confidential” and an update would be given “when this situation changes”. Mr Hibbert said he signed the lease late last year and has heard nothing since from council. “I haven’t heard anything from council. We’ve written three letters because we’re conscious the residents could be evicted soon and we haven’t heard,” he said. “We just assumed we’d get something back to say everything is fine.” About 40 families, in 20 cabins on part of the park leased by council to Mr Hibbert, faced eviction from the park before council and the park operator came to an agreement on an extended lease last year. The cabin park owner agreed to spend about $300,000 to upgrade facilities at the park within two years. He hoped to hear from council soon to confirm the signed lease had been accepted by council. “It’s disappointing from the residents who keep asking about it. We’re not hiding anything. We’re just waiting to hear back from them but we don’t appear to be too high on their priority list.”

3 February 2016  

Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 3 February 2016

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