Frankston Times 9 August 2022

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FRANKSTON Heights Primary School students, local MPs, and councillors planted trees at Wallace Reserve for National Tree Day (top). Members of the Langwarrin Bait-ul-Salam mosque (bottom) planted trees at Jubilee Park to commemorate the day. Pictures: Supplied.

Community gets involved for tree day STUDENTS and community leaders have planted hundreds of trees across the Frankston area to celebrate National Tree Day. Frankston Heights Primary School students were on deck at Wallace Reserve to plant seedlings. Teacher Tara Crick said that the school “considers the environment an important aspect of our student’s education.” “The students learn about environment and sustainability practices through our school’s Science Program. We’re proud of the fact we’re very community minded and have established strong links with Frankston City Council and the Friends of Wallace Reserve,” she said. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy and Frankston

MP Paul Edbrooke also helped out at Wallace Reserve. Friends of Wallace Reserve secretary David Cross said the day was a success and thanked the students who helped out. “The students enjoyed their excursion through the reserve to the planting site. After a look at the progress of their previous years’ planting, they got stuck into planting and mulching the specially prepared area,” he said. Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Frankston also took part. Bait-ul-Salam mosque community members planted trees at Jubilee Park in Frankston.

Push to improve station access

reliant upon the pedestrian overpass. Given this, Kananook Railway Station would not classify as a disability compliant public asset and requires improved accessibility and usability.”

Brodie Cowburn

FINDING convenient car parking can become a headache for anyone who spends enough time in Frankston. A new “smart parking” trial designed to make the process of finding and paying for parking in Frankston easier begins next week. Work is underway to install signage and inground sensors across Frankston for the three year trial. A new mobile app will point drivers towards the nearest available parking space. New cashless pay methods are also being implemented. The free two-hour parking provision installed during the COVID-19 pandemic in some areas has also been reinstated. Frankston mayor Nathan Conroy said “we hope drivers take advantage of this more efficient way of parking which contributes to fuel economy, reduces traffic and is more sustainable for the environment.” The new parking system will be in effect on Wells Street, Playne Street, Young Street, and Thompson Street. The new app Guidance will be used to direct drivers towards parking. The app Strada will be used for cashless payments.

THE state government has been asked to look into ways to improve disability access at Kananook Station. At their last meeting, Frankston councillors agreed to ask the state government to commit to an evaluation of the site. They hope that planning will begin soon to introduce more inclusive access at the station. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke has contacted public transport minister Ben Carroll about the issue. He confirmed that upgrades at Kananook are not included in the current budgeted works program, but that the matter had been forwarded to the Department of Transport for consideration. Frankston councillor Kris Bolam said that the station’s current design affects a large number of railway users. “The access issues at Kananook Railway Station don’t just affect people with disability. The lack of accessibility also affects those recovering from injury, senior citizens, students carrying heavy school bags and parents pushing bulky prams,” he said. “The vast majority of public railway stations along the Frankston train line are disability compliant. Kananook Railway Station is only of the very few without disability compliant access and egress. “Logistically and even from an engineering perspective, any solution is going to be a feat due to the layout of the railway station. But I remain confident that there is a solution to be found”. This is the second time this year that council has requested the state government to act on disability access at the station. In Janaury councillors approved a motion to write to state MPs, saying that “Kananook Railway Station is

Plant Sale

New program for parking

Changes made at libraries FRANKSTON Library has reopened after a renovation. The library shut in June to accommodate works. The refurbished library features new carpets and shelving. The doors to the library reopened on 30 July. The Library Community Lounge has closed. At Carrum Downs Library, opening hours have been adjusted. The library will now be open 10am-6pm from Monday to Wednesday, 10am-10pm Thursday, 10am-6pm Friday, 10am-1pm Saturday, and 1pm-4pm Sunday.

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