Run for road safety
THE impact of Bay Trail works on beachgoers will be investigated. Bay Trail works have drawn some vocal opposition from residents, particularly along Beach Road. Pictures: Gary Sissons
Summer beachgoer disruption ‘crazy’ Brodie Cowburn email@example.com A REPORT will be prepared for Kingston Council to help determine if Bay Trail works will prove disruptive for beachgoers over summer. Councillors voted at their 26 August meeting to ask council officers to prepare a report on “the implementation of construction works for the Bay Trail, giving consideration to impact on users of the foreshore, roadway, beach access, club activities, and carparks”. The report will also consider the “construction methodology,
financial impact of delaying works, and construction impacts of delaying works.” Cr Geoff Gledhill said “I spoke to relevant officers who said it would be difficult to undertake work given the use in that peak period. “I do think that when work is being undertaken in an area with an influx of people, we have to understand how it’s going to happen,” he said. Cr Ron Brownlees said “Once they dig the road and the vegetation up, residents don’t have access to our most important asset, that’s the beach. We pride ourselves on our 13 kilometres of beach. It’s not only for our resi-
dents, it’s for thousands of others.” “It is crazy to restrict access in the most important and busiest period of the year.” Cr Steve Staikos opposed the motion, telling council “I don’t think this motion is necessary. I believe we and our officers have the ability to deliver large projects and minimise impact on the community.” On 21 August, Kingston Council took another step towards the completion of the Bay Trail by voting to “issue a notice of decision to grant a permit to remove vegetation and alter access to a road (...) adjacent to Rennison Street Parkdale to Main Street Mordialloc.”
PLANS are well underway for this year’s 6.7 kilometre fun run or walk Arthurs Seat Challenge, from Rosebud to Seawinds Gardens at the top of Arthurs Seat. This event promotes and raise money for the Fit to Drive road safety program provided free to Mornington Peninsula and Frankston secondary schools. Fit to Drive focuses on personal safety, responsibility, and strategies to make young people use the roads safely. Running since 2001, the Fit to Drive program has been aimed to reducing road trauma by changing attitudes and behaviours of young drivers and passengers. BlueScope Western Port has supported the Arthurs Seat Challenge since its start in 2002, and sponsorship coordinator, Amanda Burston, said the Fit to Drive program was “directly aligned with our company’s core values of keeping people safe
and supporting our local community.” “It’s been remarkable to see the growth, expansion and significant reduction in young driver fatalities and accidents across the peninsula,” Ms Burston said. The challenge relies on support from sponsors, businesses, community groups, schools, and the public to run the annual race. Major partners are BlueScope Western Port, Mornington Peninsula News Group, Your Community Bank Rye/ Dromana/Rosebud, and Spicy Web. This year’s Arthurs Seat Challenge is on Sunday 10 November, starting at 8.30am from near the corner of Jetty Road and Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. Registrations available from 7 am at Rosebud Primary School or online at www.arthursseatchallenge. com.au. There will be stalls, entertainment and presentations at Seawinds Gardens until 11.30am.
THE start of the 2018 Arthurs Seat Challenge. Picture: Paula Creek
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