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Reconnecting with their art MUNWARRI Stand Up is part of Baluk Arts on show at the Frankston Arts Centre in Davey St until 16 August. It showcases paintings, jewellery and craft by Baluk Aboriginal artists who are celebrating their artistic development and desire to ‘stand up’ and demonstrate their pride in producing interesting new work. Baluk Arts – a local Boonwurrung word meaning 'many' - is a non-profit Victorian Aboriginal arts organisation based in Mornington and owned by Aboriginal artists from Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula and wider south-east Melbourne. Baluk artists come from all over Australia and their artworks reflect themes of identity in a contemporary cultural context. Through Baluk Arts, family groups and members of the ‘stolen generation’ reconnect with their culture and express their histories through strong artistic practices to support their cultural and creative wellbeing. Baluk Arts encourages community development, youth leadership, participation and interaction and Indigenous governance through innovative arts practice. The opening event as part of NAIDOC Week beginning 7 July was a morning tea and flag raising ceremony. If you would like to attend Munwarri Stand Up call Cube 37 on 9784 1896. On show: Visual arts officer Milla Dakovic with one of the pieces of Aboriginal artwork on the curved wall at Frankston Arts Centre. Picture: Yanni

Call for crime crackdown Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au FRANKSTON councillors are threatening to protest on the steps of parliament to force the state government into doing something about crime in their city. At last week’s council meeting, frustrated councillors slammed successive state governments for

allegedly neglecting to care about crime in the city – particularly around the train station. Councillors agree drug addicts needed rehabilitation help but are concerned about “a cluster” of six pharmacies near the station that dispense opioid replacement therapies such as methadone. They note a “secondary market” of dealing in methadone to fuel drug

habits has sprung up in the city centre and some of the pharmacies’ clients travel from outside the area to hang around the station and Young St. There are 576 clients registered for opiod replacement therapy in Frankston’s city centre, up from 192 10 years ago. Both sides of politics were condemned by councillors for years of neglect when it comes to tackling

Frankston’s drugs problem, but the harshest criticism was reserved for crime prevention minister Edward O’Donohue. He came to Frankston last month and viewed footage of drug addicts “shooting up” in full view of passersby and within 100 metres of the train station and police station. Councillors showed Mr O’Donohue CCTV footage of drug addicts including a mother injecting herself

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while her young child was present. Cr Colin Hampton said the minister had denied drug taking on Frankston streets was something he could do anything about. “I was very disappointed in ‘the minister for crime prevention’ [Mr O’Donohue]... he said ‘I’m sorry, this is not within my portfolio’…can you believe that?”. Continued Page 6