Frankston Times 11 February 2020

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Station opens and roads close THE newly constructed Carrum Station is set to open on 17 February. The opening of the elevated station will signal the end of two weeks of headaches for Frankston line passengers, who will have to catch buses between Moorabbin and Frankston stations between 2 February and 16 February. During the closure period, level crossing removals at Eel Race Road in Carrum and Mascot Avenue in Bonbeach will take place. A connection from McLeod Road to the Nepean Highway will open on 10 February. The closure of access to Eel Race Road is a move which has proved divisive. In 2017, a petition with over 500 signatures protesting the roadworks was handed to Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny (“Eel Race Road closure soon”, The Times, 29/1/2019). While Carrum Station opens on 17 February, work on the station, parking, and landscaping will continue through the year. Transport minister Jacinta Allan said “we thank locals for their patience while we build a new Carrum station, and get rid of these dreaded level crossings once and for all.” Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “a new connection from McLeod Road to the Nepean Highway, as well as the Karrum Karrum bridge, will deliver more reliable travel times for local drivers.” “This major project will deliver so many benefits to our local community. For the first time ever, we will have direct access to Carrum Beach. And we will never have to wait at boom gates again,” she said. “I want to thank all of the workers who have been working so hard to deliver this significant project, on time, with minimal disruptions. I also want to thank our local community for their patience. Not long to go now.”

WORKS at Carrum Station are nearing completion. Picture: LXRP

VicRoads issue scam warning SCAMMERS are targeting businesses and homes in Frankston and Langwarrin pretending to be VicRoads workers. VicRoads issued a statement last week which read that the organisation had been “alerted to six cases of people being scammed across Melbourne with the fake workers targeting businesses and homes in areas including Craigieburn, Frankston, and Langwarrin.” VicRoads says that one person was scammed out of $20,000 by fake workers who offered to fix his driveway. “In the most serious case, two men claiming to be working for VicRoads and displaying fake VicRoads identification, knocked on the door of a house in Langwarrin and told the property owner they were selling left over asphalt from nearby construction projects and offered to fix the driveway,” the statement read. “The owner agreed to the work, and within minutes trucks and rolling machines arrived. The owner paid $20,000 and was presented with a fake invoice with the company name Vic Road Marking Pty Ltd. “The scam is elaborate with the men not only using fake VicRoads branded identification, they are also driving a fake VicRoads branded Mazda ute.” Department of Transport executive director for metro south east Vince Punaro said “our staff never perform work on private property, and they certainly don’t go from door-to-door offering to do asphalting or line marking.” “These incidents are very concerning and we would encourage anybody who suspects they may have been a victim of these scams to report it to Victoria Police immediately,” he said.

Crackdown on noise complaints Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A NEW local law has been introduced to punish owners of short stay rental properties whose guests cause trouble and make too much noise. Under the new local law, owners will be charged an annual registration

fee of $150, with a penalty of up to $2000 for those who fail to register. If three substantiated complaints or one severe complaint is made to Frankston Council in regards to a property, owners face cancellation of their registration. Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer said “the new local law endeavours to set a standard of management for short

stay properties, currently not covered under any other legislation.” “It was created in response to noise and nuisance complaints from residents neighbouring a small number of these properties,” she said. “Through the local law council will have greater powers to respond to these complaints as they arise.” Under the new local law, short stay

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property owners must also provide council the contact details of a designated person who can respond to enquiries and complaints at “any time of the day or night”. Cr Glenn Aitken said at council’s most recent meeting that the law was needed to fill a “gap in the system”. “People want their peace and quiet,” he said.

Cr Quinn McCormack said the law needed to be brought in after “many, many complaints”. “Now we finally have a means of tackling this scourge plaguing members of our community,” she said. The local law proposal was approved by council with unanimous agreement.

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