Frankston Times 14 April 2020

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NEWS DESK

More money to be spent on Yacht Club building Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au MORE ratepayer money is set to be poured into the Yacht Club building on the Frankston foreshore. The building has become a troublesome project for council, with the site sitting mostly vacant since 2016 despite upwards of $11 million of ratepayer’s money being spent on works. In Frankston Council’s draft annual budget for 2020/2021, which was endorsed on 30 March, it was

agreed that an additional $1.5 million in ratepayer money would be spent to refit the building. The refit will accommodate the Frankston Coast Guard, who will move into the bottom floor of the building. Council’s preferred option was to move the Coast Guard into a new facility at Oliver’s Hill. $8 million had been committed by council to that project, but the funding was later withdrawn after neither the state or federal government supported the plan (“Coast Guard move to

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Yacht Club ticked off”, The Times, 21/10/19). The decision to move the Coast Guard into the building came after negotiations to lease out a bottom floor section of the building failed in August last year. Combustible cladding was also found inside the building last year. The $1.5 million will be mostly funded through the council’s reserves. The draft budget will go out to community consultation until 4 May before being sent back to council for final approval.

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One visitor a day for hospital patients PATIENTS at Frankston Hospital are now only allowed to see one visitor a day while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing. Peninsula Health revised their visitor guidelines again last week. The changes included restricting the number of visitors to one a day per patient, and also bringing in mandatory temperature checks for all visitors entering the hospital. The full list of current guidelines for visitors is: • No visitors are permitted entry to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Ward 5GN and the Acute Medical Surgical Unit (AMSU) at Frankston Hospital. • One (1) visitor per patient per day • Visiting hours are 4PM to 8PM (except Maternity and

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Frankston Times

14 April 2020

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