Frankston Times 2 June 2020

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NEWS DESK with Brodie Cowburn

Drivers fined for speeding past police SOMERVILLE highway patrol officers undertook operation “Safe Mate” on 28 May, targeting motorists on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. The operation enforced the rule that motorists must slow down to 40kmph while passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights. While one police car was pulled over deal-

ing with an offender, another checked the speed of passing drivers. A total of 13 people were fined for driving past the police vehicle at more than 40kmph. Police say that all drivers fined were doing in excess of 80kmph. Police also detected three unregistered vehicles, two suspended

drivers, five speeding drivers, and one impounded vehicle on the road during the day-long operation.

POLICE patrolling on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway Picture: Supplied

School cuts staff PENINSULA Grammar made 13 non-teaching roles redundant in a major staffing shake-up before the resumption of the second term. The school has also abolished the position of deputy principal - wellbeing, held by Peter Ford. The cuts were foreshadowed by news that the Mt Eliza private school’s student numbers were being “greatly impacted by the global pandemic”. Principal Stuart Johnston said that he had “made the difficult decision to commence a staff consultation process that will potentially impact” staff numbers. The 13 jobs lost were four in the marketing department, seven in administration and two in property (school productions and events). “This has not been an easy process for us. For every one of these roles there exists a person

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whose dignity, and whose privacy, we will continue to respect,” Mr Johnston said in a letter to students’ parents on Friday 22 May. “The confidentiality of this process remains of paramount importance to us as a proud school community, and we will continue to protect this.” Mr Johnston said while the “decisions and departures are difficult, they have been taken to maintain and safeguard the school’s strong financial position and highest standards of teaching and education amid a crisis that is unprecedented in our lives”. Changes to the whole school structure in the past year had seen the “redistribution and refinement of all components and functions within the wellbeing portfolio”. Stephen Taylor

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Rubbish fires POLICE are seeking information about a series of hard rubbish fires set in Frankston overnight between 23 May and 24 May. Hard rubbish was set alight by unknown offenders at six addresses. The fires were lit on Anderson Street, Wave Street, Spray Street, and Bradshaw Street between 11.30pm and 2.40am. At around 9.50pm on the evening of 24 May, three separate fires were set alight using hard rubbish on Beach Street. Police believe that the rubbish was set on fire with use of an accelerant. They said that no homes or vehicles were damaged. Police believe a tall man wearing a

trench coat may have been involved. Anyone with information is urged to contact Frankston Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

Booze bought with stolen credit card THE USE of a stolen credit card in Frankston last month is being investigated by police. Police believe that a man used the stolen card to buy alcohol at a Langwarrin bottle shop just after 5pm on 3 May. The card was also used at a service station on the same day. An image of a man police wish to speak to had been released (below). Anyone with information is urged to contact Frankston Police.

Works continue in the south east and there will be transport disruptions We’re upgrading the intersection at Thompsons and FrankstonDandenong roads. Works are also underway to upgrade the Monash Freeway and remove level crossings on the Frankston Line. Road disruptions: Closed intersection and roads Monash Freeway

Throughout June

Reduced speed, lane and ramp closures

Thompsons and FrankstonDandenong roads, Carrum Downs

From 7pm on 5 Jun to 5am on 13 Jul

Intersection closed

Park Road, Cheltenham

Until 8 Jun

Road closed between Hall Road and Cheltenham Park gates

Charman Road, Cheltenham

Until 11 Jun

Road closed between Station Road and Blagdon Street

Balcombe Road, Mentone

Until 23 Jun

Road closed between Swanston Street and Como Parade West

Public transport disruptions: Buses replace trains Frankston and Stony Until 26 Jul Point lines

Moorabbin to Mordialloc

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Frankston Times 2 June 2020


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