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Expo keeps the kids safe Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au FRANKSTON’S first ever Youth Expo took place on 23 January, with multiple stalls set up to help young locals stay active and stay healthy. The “Youth Mayor’s Stay Safe and Healthy Expo” was an initiative pushed by youth mayor Gerard Felipe, who said he had come up with the initiative in collaboration with local school captains. (“Students team up for Youth Expo”, The Times, 3/12/18) A number of services set up stalls on the day, including Frankston Youth Services, Victoria Police, the Australian anti-ice campaign, SunSmart, headspace, PARC, and the WGKA Langwarrin dojo. Frankston Council community strengthening manager Ken Liddicoat said “events like the Youth Mayor’s Stay Safe and Healthy Expo are crucial to engaging local youth, I hope the event will continue to grow in the coming years.” “Council’s youth service department is dedicated to producing good outcomes and opportunities for our local youth. We have many vulnerable young people in Frankston City who often feel isolated and alone. Events like this show these kids that help and support is available, and easier to access than they might think,” he said. I want to ride my bicycle: Youngster Alex Glebov gets a workout at the Youth Expo. Picture: Supplied

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No room: Frankston councillors have vowed to clamp down on people taking up illegal residency at the Ambassador. Picture: Gary Sissons

‘Crackdown’ on illegal Ambassador residence FRANKSTON Councillors have voted maintain resources to investigate issues and breaches of local law from the notorious Ambassador Hotel. The move was sparked by a November 2018 investigation of the site by council officers, the CFA, and Victoria Police. Council said the visit last year was made due to reports of alleged use of properties for residential purposes “without the appropriate permits”. People and pets were removed from the properties during the visit, a move Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said was necessary to maintain “fire safety and the safety of our residents.” “Frankston City Council takes fire safety and the safety of our residents very seriously, and will take appropriate action, where necessary,” he said.

“Through the Country Fire Authority and Victoria Police, Council officers entered the Ambassador Chapel property in November of last year to remove residents and their pets. “None of the agencies enjoy having to undertake this sort of work. Thankfully we were able to immediately connect these residents with local support services and pets were taken into care.” Councillors voted on 29 January to “continue to monitor and investigate issues and or breaches of relevant acts and regulations emanating from the Frankston Ambassador site.” A statement from council encourages people in need of emergency accommodation are urged to contact SalvoCare Eastern on 1800 825 955.

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