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Homeless man violently robbed A HOMELESS man was assaulted and robbed at the Frankston boat launching ramp car park, 10.30pm, Friday 8 March. Police said a group of Pacific Islander youths approached the 34-year-old and demanded money. When he said he had none they allegedly assaulted him and took what few belongings he had, including his backpack and sleeping bag. The man suffered bumps and bruises. A 14-year-old Mornington youth was interviewed by police and is expected to be charged on summons to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Police van rammed at service station THE Carrum Downs police van was rammed by a Ford sedan at the Woolworths service station, corner Skye Rd and McClelland Dr, Frankston North, last week. The low-impact collision caused front end damage. Officers had stopped to check when they saw the white car with false plates just after midnight, Thursday 16 March. The car was then reversed into the police van and then driven west along Skye Rd and north along Peninsula Link. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Artists rally to save iconic site Liz Bell firstname.lastname@example.org PRESSURE is mounting to stop demolition of the iconic building that once housed Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza. More than 400 people signed a petition in just three days to prevent the loss of the building. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has approved plans to turn the Nepean Highway site into a childcare centre, but demolition orders were put on hold until 31 March after the owner of neighbouring Licciardo’s Bar and Grill, Rob Licciardo, took the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Archaeologist and Mt Eliza resident, Peter Jupp, who organised the petition, said the building should be recognised for its historical and architectural significance, and he planned to approach Heritage Victoria to attempt to have the building heritage listed. Mr Jupp said many artists would join a demonstration to save the building at 2pm on Sunday (26 March). “This is an iconic building because of its architectural importance and its association to the Montsalvat era, but it has also been a very important part of the artistic development of the peninsula, with many, many artists having strong connections to the gallery,” he said. “If you want to build something you’re required to put up notices and people can make submissions, but it seems there’s no similar public consultation required when it comes to demolition.”
Gallery call: Artist Terrence Hadler wants Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, preserved in recognition of its role in fostering the development of artists on the Mornington Peninsula. Picture: Yanni
Mr Jupp said the support from the public had been overwhelming, with hundreds of peninsula residents and visitors reconnecting to the building and its importance as a part of the peninsula’s history. Peninsula artist Terry Hadler, artistin-residence for more than 14 years when Manyung Gallery was a tenant
in the building, says it was purposebuilt as a gallery in the 1960s and should be recognised for its importance in fostering and supporting artists. “I have taught hundreds of artists from the site and it’s been an important part of the area’s artistic history,” he said.
Mr Hadler said the building itself, with its distinctive dome turret, beautiful stained glass by peninsula artists Ted Moran, and courtyard with feature brickwork, was outstanding, and a “desired exhibiting location” for artists around Victoria for many years. Mornington Peninsula Shire did not respond to requests for comment.
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THIS year’s six-week team challenge at Mt Eliza Bowls Club attracted 26 teams, up from 10 when the competition began last year. Coordinator Gordon Sanders said residents had embraced the idea of competing in 45-minute games, which allowed friends and families to enjoy the social and competitive side of the game, even with little former experience. He said the club had recently installed two synthetic greens with lights, and started the challenge to recruit players and make the most of the warmer days and evenings while they lasted. “We got 26 teams this year, which meant more than 100 non-bowlers filling our greens every Tuesday night.”
But with team members being allowed to change each week, the total number involved exceeded 150. Mr Sanders said last Tuesday was the final night of the event, with the team on top of the leader board getting the “dubious” honour of having their name added to the trophy – a large porcelain pelican nesting on a bowl and with a bowls jack in its mouth, now on show at Mt Eliza Bendigo Bank. He said many of the competitors had developed good skills and were now asking “what are we going to do on Tuesday nights after next week?” Liz Bell