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Summit focus on green wedge

School seeks ruling to balance its numbers Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au CO-ED school Peninsula Grammar is seeking an exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act to allow it to “better manage” gender numbers in its classes. Principal Stuart Johnston told the school’s alumni that the exemption would allow it to structure waiting and enrolment lists, allocate placements, and advertise or offer scholarships to either boys or girls depending on the genders it needed to balance numbers. The Mt Eliza school, which has 41 per cent girls and 59 per cent boys after becoming fully co-educational in 1996, is seeking to extend the exemption granted by VCAT in 2013 for a further five-year term. Mr Johnston said that, under the terms of the act, students were admitted in order of application, but this tended to skew numbers and upset the equal balance of boys and girls. “We strongly believe it is in the best interests of both our male and female students alike, both educationally and socially, for our student body to comprise an equivalent number of boys and girls in each year level,” he said. “The exemption would permit the school to continue to take positive action to even out our boy to girl ratios, thus enhancing the benefits of a fully coeducational learning environment.” Mr Johnston, who has been principal for the past nine years, said classes up to Year 9 were affected by a gender imbalance. “The perception of the community is that the numbers of boys and girls are equal. By having the exemption we can better manage that expec-

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THE long-term protection of the Mornington Peninsula’s rural areas will be the focus of a green wedge summit on Friday 22 June at Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Ridge. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is holding the summit as part of community consultations following the release of the final draft of its Green Wedge Management Plan on Monday 18 June. About 70 per cent of the peninsula is green wedge, which provides for conservation of the natural environment and access to informal outdoor recreation. The peninsula is also regarded as one of the most valuable food producing areas in Australia close to a major capital city. “The summit will focus on issues threatening the long-term preservation of the green wedge and stress the importance of ensuring the effectiveness of the shire’s green wedge policies are not compromised in the future,” the mayor Cr Bryan Payne said. The summit will also cover major threats to the liveability and environment of the Mornington Peninsula – such as population growth. Melbourne’s population rose by 125,400 people – up 2.7 per cent – in the year to June 2017, taking the total number to just under 4.9 million people, according to the Bureau of Statistics. “The challenge of managing the increased population extends to Mornington Peninsula Shire with greater access through Peninsula Link, the ability of people to work remotely and the pressure of peak tourism periods,” Cr Payne said. “It is vital that the immediate and future management of the demand for development of infrastructure, subdivision, tourism facilities and any

THE “proudly co-educational” Peninsula Grammar School needs more girls to balance its student numbers.

tation,” he said. Other co-ed schools affected by an imbalance would likely also seek exemptions under the act, he said. “We believe in choice and also that co-education works well, with students of co-ed schools doing better.” The tribunal will hear the exemption application on 16 July.

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pressures to reduce the effectiveness of the urban growth boundary are managed in a manner that respects and maintains the environmental integrity of the peninsula’s green wedge.” Speakers at the summit will include Flinders MP Greg Hunt, and Michael Buxton, professor of environment and planning at the school of global, urban and social studies, RMIT University, an architect of Victoria’s original green wedge strategy. Others are Melbourne University’s Dr Rachel Carey, Mornington Regional Tourism Board chair Tracey Cooper, Peninsula Speaks’ Christine Haydon, and fifth-generation orchardist Sheryn Mock. Dr Carey is a lecturer and research fellow in food policy and sustainable food systems. She leads the Foodprint Melbourne project and is investigating what it takes to feed Melbourne. “Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors have a strong commitment to preserving the Green Wedge and coastal environments and, while it may cause debates, it is important to remember the decisions we make today on planning will decide the quality of environment we leave our children tomorrow,” Cr Payne said. The Green Wedge Summit is at Main Ridge Community Hall, 441 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, with 9.30am arrival for a 10am start and 3pm finish. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Bookings: trybooking.com/book/event Stephen Taylor

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