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Bearing fruit A NEW program hosted at Frankston North Community Centre by Jesuit Social Services coordinators such as Nathalie Tolbize, left, aims to teach women on community correction orders the value of healthy eating to improve offenders’ lives and offer access to education programs at the centre. See story Page 4 Picture: Gary Sissons

Skateboarders mar memorial Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au SKATEBOARDERS have been using the new Frankston war memorial in Beauty Park as a skate ramp just days before Anzac Day ceremonies. Black and blue skid marks have marred the names of servicemen and women engraved on the memorial’s curved wall just days before Anzac Day ceremonies held at the Beauty Park site for the first time.

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The $480,000 memorial was officially unveiled on Sunday 10 April. Frankston RSL hosted a dawn and late morning service at Beauty Park on Monday 25 April. Several skateboarders have been seen skating on the memorial’s wall featuring the engraved names of local World War I veterans in the days leading up to Anzac Day. Perhaps it is not surprising that the memorial attracts skateboarders. The company that built it, Convic Pty Ltd, also builds skate parks.

Convic project manager Alexis Sartitsis said Frankston Council had provided a concept design shape for the memorial to the company. Mr Sartitsis said the Frankston war memorial is the first memorial Convic has constructed. “We’ve done feature works before but not statues or memorials,” he said. “We’ve done youth space and outdoor recreational spaces.” Cr Glenn Aitken previously voiced concerns about the design when councillors debated how best to honour lo-

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cal veterans when moving the memorial from Davey St to Beauty Park due to traffic and crowd congestion. “I told everybody this will be an absolute magnet for skateboarders and that is exactly now what is happening,” he said. “The shape of this memorial is a natural attraction for any skater.” Skate park design experts Convic, usually tasked with encouraging skateboarding, provided advice on anti-skate measures to council. “That advice was taken onboard by

council,” Mr Sartitsis said. Cr Aitken took photographs of the Bali memorial in Melbourne to show fellow councillors and council officers how skateboarders desecrated that memorial. Melbourne City Council has been forced to spend about $300,000 on design changes to discourage skateboarders from riding across the memorial in Carlton’s Lincoln Square to victims of the 2002 Bali bombing. Continued Page 8

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Frankston Times newspaper

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