6 August 2019

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NEWS DESK

Community helps get dog back on feet A GENEROUS outpouring of support has helped to save the life of a dog injured in a car accident last month. On 19 July, a car collided with a tree in Langwarrin. Ambulance Victoria and CFA crews from Frankston and Langwarrin attended and rendered assistance to the man driving the car, before they turned their attention to injured American Staffordshire Ernie. Ernie, seven years old, was rushed to hospital suffering from a ruptured spleen. CFA station officer Sam McDonald said the dog was found “motionless” in the back seat. “I saw the dog in the backseat. He was awake, but totally motionless,” Mr McDonald said. “Being a dog owner myself, I knew straight away that he wasn’t well.” “The poor thing would’ve been thrown around the car pretty badly. He was getting extremely anxious seeing his owner walking away, so we lifted him out of the back seat and laid him on the ground. “His breathing was laboured, he was very limp, and he was really starting to deteriorate.” Staff from Karingal Veterinary Hospital took Ernie away to surgery, and removed his spleen successfully. To help Ernie’s owner pay for the surgery, a crowdfunding page was set up to help foot the bill. Thousands of dollars were raised, and Ernie has now been reunited with his owner. Ernie’s owner took to social media to thank those who contributed to help save Ernie’s life. “To all my magnificent friends who were responsible for saving Ernie’s life, I love you all and after I recover anything I can help with please just ask,” he said. Ernie’s owner is now out of hospital after sustaining a number of injuries in the crash.

Pleas to save trees

FRANKSTON Council will make a plea to the state government to have greater protection placed on red gum trees. Council voted on 22 July to make “representation” to the Premier Daniel Andrews, energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio, planning minister Richard Wynne, Aboriginal affairs minister Gavin Jennings, and local MPS “requesting a special significant classification be placed over the native Red Gum (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis) population in the municipality of Frankston City. Of particular importance are the more mature trees ranging in age between 100 years and in excess of 500 years.” The passed motion also noted that “given the life span of this species (around 1000 years), the older trees occupy a highly significant place in both landscape and history, pre dating European settlement, and therefore are an irreplaceable living link with traditional owners of this land to the present day and, as such, should be enshrined as part of the national heritage.”

Consulting on consultation SUBMISSIONS are open for the public to have their say on Frankston Council’s draft community engagement policy. Ratepayers can have their say on how council engages with the community before making decisions. One initiative that would be implemented as part of the draft policy is an annual consultation session in Frankston Central and Heights, Frankston North, Seaford, Carrum Downs, Skye and Sandhurst, Langwarrin and Langwarrin South, Frankston South, and Karingal. To view the draft and make a submission visit frankston.vic.gov.au. Submissions close 5pm 21 August.

ERNIE recovers after an injury. He was helped by CFA members (inset). Pictures: CFA

CHELTENHAM – MENTONE

LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL WORKS

Mentone and Cheltenham station car parks will close on Thursday 8 August 2019.

169 free weekday parking spaces for rail passengers*

Westfield Southland Ticketless Parking conditions apply

115 free all-day parking spaces for rail passengers

Pedestrian route to Southland Station (1-7 minute walk)

* Entry to free all-day car park must be between 4.30am – 8.00am (weekdays only). When entering outside these hours, standard Westfield Southland ticketless parking conditions apply.

Mentone Station car park will re-open in late 2020 and Cheltenham Station car park will re-open in mid-2021. We are providing 420 temporary rail user parking spaces at Westfield Southland and near Parkdale Station.

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Translation service – For languages other than English, please call 9280 0780. Please contact us if you would like this information in an accessible format.

Frankston Times

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