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Sound fundraiser to hit the heights THE temperature gauge is rising at Chelsea Heights Primary School, but it has nothing to do with the heat. The school community is keeping a close eye on the “fundraising thermometer” to raise around $20,000 for a sound system for the school’s gymnasium. The main fundraising event is the school fete and market day on Sunday 19 March, which will include carnival rides, crafts stalls, refreshments, community group demonstrations, games and more. Unlimited ride wristbands are available at the school office prior to the event or on the day. Details: 9772 4139. Goal getters: Corey, left, Izabella, Isikela, Nikhil, Ruby, Georgia and Zoe with a fundraising thermoter they made. Picture: Gary Sissons

Rail rises at river Neil Walker

ELEVATED rail is coming to Carrum as part of the state government’s promise to remove level crossings along the Frankston line in a plan dubbed “sky rail” by opponents of any form of raised rail. Labor Transport Minister Jacinta Allan visited Carrum train station on Mon-

day morning (6 March) to announce a 900-metre long eight-metre high “rail bridge” will be built over McLeod Rd and level crossings at Station St, Eel Race Rd and Mascot Ave will be removed. Station St will be connected with a new road bridge over Patterson River. A new train station and “a new Carrum village” built around the station “will revitalise the bayside suburb forever”, according to the state government.

Train stabling at Carrum will be moved to Kananook. “Not only will we remove these level crossings – we will turn the ugly stabling yard in to a new Carrum village that will transform our community forever,” Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny said in a statement. The Level Crossing Removal Authority said seven commercial premises in Kananook will be compulsorily acquired to build the new stabling for trains.

Cnr Springvale Rd & Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights PH: 9773 4453

Jayco Page Bros Caravans is one of several businesses impacted by the property acquisitions. Business owner Trevor Page said he is unhappy at the prospect of trying to find a new site for the caravans company after five decades at Wells St. “It’s a real kick in the guts,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to have a lot of choice. Where are we going to get eight acres? And it’s got magnificent frontage.”

Frankston Council criticised the state government and the LXRA for failing to consult council about the Kananook train storage plans before Monday’s announcement. “Frankston City Council is extremely disappointed that the Victorian Government will build a train stabling facility in Kananook, including the compulsory acquisition of properties that house Frankston businesses,” mayor Cr Brian Cunial said in a statement. Cont Page 2

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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 8 March 2017

8 March 2017  

Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 8 March 2017