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Red faces over shop colour

‘No’ to council booze supply Continued from Page 1 Neighbouring Frankston and Kingston councils – with nine councillors each – spent $205,329 and $101,807 respectively over the same period. Councillors can claim out of pocket expenses for travel, child care, “information and communication” and training and conference attendance fees. The new policy tightens up oversight of councillors’ expenses. Chief financial officer Matthew Green and governance manager Joe Spiteri will sign off on any expense claim that exceeds $2000. At last month’s public council meeting councillors decided to cap training, conferences and seminars expenses at $16,000 a councillor over four years. All councillors, with the exception of Cr David Gill, voted to adopt the new expenses policy. Cr Gill believed overseas trips should not be included as a claimable expense for councillors.

Get ready: While they are adept at running for office, politicians were also happy to line up with Toorak College’s principal Kristy Kendall and chairman Peter Wickenden on the college’s new sports track. With Ms Kendall and Mr Wickenden are Flinders MP and health and sport minister Greg Hunt, Dunkley MP Chris Crewther and Mornington MP David Morris.

College’s new field and track TOORAK College recently celebrated the official opening of a new international-standard sports track and hockey field, and is hoping the ground will fill a gap in quality hockey and track facilities on the Mornington Peninsula. Hockey Victoria has expressed interest in having a permanent presence at the field, and the school hopes it can be a venue for international competition. Hockeyroos goalkeeper, dual Commonwealth Games medalist and Olympian Rachael Lynch joined students during a training session for the opening and expressed her approval of the facility. Principal Kristy Kendall said the land used to

be large open space known as “the wilderness” that was converted to an oval before being transformed to a track and hockey field. “It didn't get a lot of use as an oval, but now we hope it will be the most used athletics track around,” she said. The oval is named after former Toorak student Jean Gilbert (nee Robinson) who cut the ribbon with chairman of the board, Peter Wickenden, watched on by Flinders MP and health and sport minister Greg Hunt, Dunkley MP Chris Crewther, Mornington MP David Morris and William Pepper from the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

A BLUE over the colour of a heritage-listed fish and chip shop in Sorrento has led to Mornington Peninsula Shire looking at ways of having the original colour scheme restored. It says it is “working with the tenant and the building owner to look at potential options to remove the paint” – despite having issued a permit for work. The contentious bright blue of the old The Esplanade building has shocked many locals, with Cr Bryan Payne describing it as “another blot on the heritage buildings in Sorrento”. But shop proprietor Julian Gerner, who is behind with the $50 million Continental Hotel redevelopment, defended the colour and confirmed the paint had not come into contact with prized raw limestone – only bagged render on the shop’s facade. “Taste is very subjective,” he said. The shire’s executive manager planning services David Bergin confirmed the building was within a heritage overlay under the peninsula’s planning scheme. “A planning permit was issued for minor works at the front of the building, including a deck and painting of the façade,” he said. “Council has received concerns from a number of community members about the painting of the façade, and is working with the tenant and the building owner to look at potential options to remove the paint.” Stephen Taylor

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