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5973 6424 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Eye spy: Six year old Ruby Wilson and her two-a-half-year-old-brother Lachlan do some bush detecting at Balcombe estuary. Picture: Yanni

Estuary outing BERG Mt Martha will hold a free family day at Balcombe estuary, 10am-2pm, Sunday 28 February. Those attending the “natural outdoor classroom� will be invited to create a cartoon with Terry Denton, sculpt with the Dromana potters, make a mini-book with Annie Dowd, paint a picture with Judi Singleton, learn about Lego Smart City with Melbourne Water, look for “creek critters� with BERG Mt Martha, burrow into the bush with Gidja Walker, spot the bird with Birdlife Australia, get up close and personal with reptiles from Moonlit Sanctuary, swap a card with the Connies and find a plant. There will be face painting, tai chi for kids and a sausage sizzle. Bring the family and learn more about Balcombe estuary with BERG Mt Martha volunteers and local experts. “The estuary is a special place, so it’s vital we protect it and help people to learn more about its importance to the local environment,� BERG president Graham Hubbard said. “There are lots of activities happening on the day so we look forward to seeing many people there.� The venue is the rotunda, Balcombe Estuary, Mirang Av, Mt Martha Details: berg.org.au

Booked at The Pillars Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au POLICE issued 100 parking fines to drivers of cars parked illegally near The Pillars, Mt Martha, on Saturday 6 February. Mornington Peninsula Shire local laws officers were also booking cars, although the actual number of council fines issued is unknown.


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“The shire continues to have a strong presence in the area and will continue to issue infringements to vehicles parked illegally,� environment protection manager David Dobroszczyk said. “The shire continues to see increases in both illegal and inappropriate parking of vehicles on warm days where there is high visitation at The Pillars.� Many more infringements are likely to be handed out in future, with Mornington police “working with the coun-

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cil to expand existing traffic and parking regulations around the area�. The swimming and rock-jumping hotspot – at which up to 300 young people enjoyed ideal beach weather that Saturday – has become a magnet for young people attracted by glowing descriptions on social media. The site has a Facebook page and has become an unwanted cash cow for law enforcers. The downside is that young visitors park their cars on nature strips,

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block roads, disregard road rules and hinder road users, especially on The Esplanade. Mornington MP David Morris has called on the Roads Minister Luke Donnellan to “deal with this issue before we have an inevitable tragedy�. “This is an urgent matter,� Mr Morris said. “We need the minister to put his attention towards it now.� Senior Sergeant Brett Coloe, of Mornington police, said the “high

number of pedestrians walking along the road on an already busy Esplanade is an accident waiting to happen�. He said checks on most cars that busy weekend had found they were from Melbourne’s northern suburbs – far from Mt Martha. “This is a big issue for the locals,� he said last week. “We get around 50 complaints each weekend and the residents are pretty hostile – and quite naturally so. Continued Page 6


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