15 September 2015

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Birthday bus: Community support services coordinator John Gray, Crs David Gibb, Antonella Celi and David Garnock, mayor Bev Colomb with David Carr of Mornington, team leader of access and mobility transport Carol Hooper, and access and mobility transport assistants Janene Tresize, Wendy Lott, Peter Dixon, Jason Thomas and Michael West.

Regulars hail bus’s decade of service MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire's Dial-A-Bus service is 10. Starting with three passengers – collected by the shire’s aged and disability transport team leader on her way to work – it has grown into a dial-up service to all areas of the shire servicing 520 regular passengers. It offers those aged over 60, or those of any age who have a disability (and their carer), a door-to-door transport option across the peninsula. Around 70 Dial-A-Bus passengers

celebrated the service’s 10th birthday at the shire's Rosebud office on Thursday 3 September. The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the first Dial-A-Bus service began collecting passengers in the Balnarring through to Hastings areas. “The service changed the previous senior citizens’ club-focused transport to anyone aged over 60 or anyone with a disability,” she said. “This has helped many of our passengers remain independent and engaged, helping

them to continue to live in their own home for longer. “The Dial-A-Bus been successful in providing local area transport to shops and doctors and the like – and it has become a conduit for socialisation with other bus passengers.” Passengers are picked up from any address in the service area, and delivered anywhere in the same service area. These areas include Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie to Rosebud, Mt Martha to Mornington, Rye to

SHIRE enforcement officers are examining removal of a pine tree and shrubs without a permit from a Mornington property. This follows a complaint from nearby residents about a house demolition, in particular asbestos removal. The residents also complained about removal of large mature trees and “destruction of street landscape” in an area covered by a vegetation protection overlay. Council has responded by stating asbestos removal is the responsibility of Worksafe Victoria and that contractors are “self-certified”.

Sizzle needs help BERG Mt Martha will conduct a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Mornington on Sunday 11 October in what’s described as a potentially a significant money raiser for the group. Members are needed to help with preparation, cooking and selling on a roster of two hours a shift, 8am-4pm, on the day. Those who can assist are asked to call coordinator John Trevillian, 0400 229 449.

Annual book fair

Rosebud, Balnarring to Hastings, Dromana, McCrae to Rosebud, Red Hill to Hastings, Flinders to Hastings, Somerville, Tyabb, Safety Beach to Mornington, McCrae, Rosebud, Mt Eliza to Mornington and Mornington. Passengers pay $1 each way. They need to be independent and mobile, with wheelchairs and mobility aids allowed. Bookings: call 5950 1605 or visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/Dial_A_Bus. They must be made by 10am on the business day before the day of travel.

ST MARKS Anglican Church, Balnarring is again holding a secondhand book fair starting 9am, Saturday 19 September. The book fair, running since the early 1990s, will cater to all tastes with thousands of condition books for sale. The fair is in the hall next to the opportunity shop, 1 Balnarring Rd, Balnarring. It will also be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, finishing on Saturday 26 September. Details: 0425 700 713.

Mornington News 15 September 2015