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Rethink on pier wave screens Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A REDESIGNED wave protection system along the seaward side of Mornington pier will – hopefully, this time – better protect it from storm damage. Workmen were last week drilling 120 holes for supports and using a crane to attach a steel frame, while divers were down below cleaning up the seabed and removing previously damaged steel frames and debris. Parks Victoria engineers said the original waler – a type of brace that attaches the wave screens to the pier – would be replaced with a larger, stronger version, with the wave screens bolted through the panels for additional strength. A new, secondary waler will provide extra reinforcement. Twice the number of top connections will be installed and the bolts will be larger and stronger. If things run to schedule the wave screen panels will be fixed in place by the end of the month and the full wave protection system completed by June “subject to favourable weather and conditions”. The original wave screens were damaged by major storms in July and October 2016, prompting engineers to rethink the design of the system to better withstand the elements. Violent storms in previous years inflicted similar damage. Some sections of the pier will be closed off during the works but the remainder will be kept open. Parks Victoria acting regional director for Melbourne Marine and Maritime Graeme Davis said

Workers watch the removal of concrete panels from Mornington pier which were damaged in the October 2016 storms.

Creative approach: Cr Bev Colomb with Benton Junior College pupils at The Briars. Picture: Supplied

Budding ideas for the future the timing of the works would avoid peak visitor periods and allow construction during milder weather conditions before winter’s onslaught. “The wave protection system has been redesigned and strengthened to ensure the community can have full confidence the wave screens will withstand future storm events,” he said. “There will be some restricted access to the pier for public safety, however, we are expecting the disruptions will mostly be on the ocean side of the pier. “Parks Victoria would like to thank the community for their patience while the repair works are carried out.”

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PUPILS from Benton Junior College took a creative approach when submitting their ideas for the future of The Briars. The grade 4 pupils took their pens, and in some cases paintbrushes, to detail what they’d like to see long-term at the historic Mt Martha property. They were responding to a call from Mornington Peninsula Shire for community feedback and ideas to assist in the development of a master plan for The Briars, with the mayor Cr Bryan Payne saying it would look 10-15 years into the future. “The plan will articulate how the natural, cultural and heritage values of The Briars and the Mornington Peninsula will be celebrated,” he said. “Well done to these students on making the effort to share your ideas. I encourage all of our

local schools to do the same and share their vision for The Briars”. Briars Ward councillor Bev Colomb said: “I enjoyed meeting some of the Benton Junior College students. Their interest and enthusiasm towards the future of The Briars is greatly appreciated. Hopefully, we can capture some of their ideas in future planning.” Visitors to the 230 hectare property can walk among wildlife or become immersed in history with a tour through the heritage homestead. The shire nursery has a range of native and indigenous plants for home gardens, while the Eco-Living Display Centre offers tips and tricks for efficiency at home. A draft master plan will be presented to the council and community for further consultation later this year. Details: Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/thebriars

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