14 March 2017

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Speed fine inquiry ‘never got through’ Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A PORTSEA resident who lodged a submission to Road Safety Camera Commissioner John Voyage relating to his speeding fine says it “probably never reached him due to administrative errors”. David Gilder, who uses Peninsula Link regularly, said perhaps many others were in the same situation. “When I became aware of the commissioner’s investigation I wrote to Civic Compliance Victoria asking that I be added to the list of names that he required. I informed them that I had already paid my fine,” he said. “My request was forwarded to the Department of Justice and Regulation. I next received two letters from different sections of Victoria Police telling me a review had judged me guilty and that my fine was still valid. “There was no mention of Commissioner Voyage.” Mr Gilder said he did not request a review of his fine which was already paid. “All I asked for was to have my name added to the list before the commissioner to add credibility to his review,” he said. “After the bureaucratic run around I gave up. “One wonders how many others had similar experiences trying to contact the commissioner.”

Mr Gilder’s comments follows ‘Speedsters’ slow to complain’ (The News, 21/2/2017) in which Mr Voyage said he was puzzled at the lack of “objective evidence” received from motorists blaming their speeding fines on faulty Peninsula Link cameras. Mr Voyage was getting ready to wrap up the evidence-collecting part of his investigation which he said he wanted to finalise in six-to-eight weeks. His report was to then go to Police Minister Lisa Neville. Another fined driver, Mark Mercuri, told the ‎Peninsula Link 108 group he recently received an email from Mr Voyage saying he was still “taking into consideration all the information” he receives, despite his being delivered a few days past the deadline. “I can only assume he will still be open to receiving any decent arguments, information or proof if you have it, which I’m glad he has so that’s a positive at least,” Mr Mercuri said. “It’s worth a shot so don’t hold back to help build a stronger case.” Peninsula Link 108 member Jarrod Salmon said the drivers’ deadline would have applied if Mr Voyage was receiving lots of correspondence and needed time to slow down and look through it all. “I can't see there being a problem with the odd [submission] hitting his desk,” he said.

All fired up for kids’ fun run IT gobbles fuel and emits smoke and steam like a legendary dragon, but the historic 75-year-old steam train K163 is a drawcard for children where it is stabled at Moorooduc railway station. The engine will be all fired up on Sunday (19 March) when the train again takes to the tracks to see if it can beat a bunch of fleet-footed children. Mt Eliza Rotary Club’s annual kids’ fun run is open to children aged three to 12 and has graded distances (1501200 metres) according to competitors’ ages. The children race on a separate pur-

pose built and secure track alongside the locomotive. As well as running, children at the event can enjoy such free activities as face painting, balloon sculptors, an animal farm, adventure vegetable garden, show bags, and the CFA along with food and drinks stands. Mornington Railway Preservation Society will also be running train rides to Mornington. Money raised by Rotary at the fun run will help buy a specialist infant transport incubator for newborn babies in Peninsula Health’s paediatric

unit at Frankston Hospital. The paediatric unit provides care to children from the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston. The fun run activities will be held 10am-1pm Sunday 19 March at Moorooduc station, Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc (Melway 105/ K9). Details: www.mycause.com.au/ events/kidsfunrunk163. Registrations for the run can be made online and on the day at the station at least one hour before a run.

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