19 November 2019

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Between the flags: Lyla, Trent Maxwell (Maxi) and Jonny at Moorooduc Primary School. Picture: Gary Sissons

Bondi’s favourite son visits Moorooduc THE glamour of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach could be felt at Moorooduc Primary School last week when veteran lifeguard “Maxi” spoke to students about water safety. Maxi – Trent Maxwell – is a veteran of 11 seasons on Channel 10’s Bondi Rescue and ranks as one of its most popular personalities. He is the youngest professional lifeguard to work at Bondi. He spoke about water and beach safety, the importance of swimming between the flags, how to identify a rip, how to safely get out of a rip, how to call emergency services and use floatation devices to rescue those in trouble. Maxi spoke about his experiences

as a lifesaver at Bondi – one of the most visited beaches in the world – and some of the rescues in which he’s been involved. He is also a professional firefighter in Sydney and has written children’s books based on his life integrating water safety messages into the narratives. Teacher Jodie Redman said the students were “really engaged with the presentation and asked lots of questions and were eager to participate”. “They were thrilled to have an opportunity to have their photo taken with Maxi and get their books signed,” she said. Moorooduc is the first school in Victoria that Maxi has visited.

CIVIC Reserve, Mornington’s new synthetic 400-metre athletics track and four-pitch soccer centre will be opened on Saturday 30 November. The ceremony will be 11-11.30am but those interested are welcome to stay to watch athletes using the sports grounds at 350 Dunns Road, Mornington. A community open day with a free sausage sizzle hosted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will celebrate the event and show off new facilities. The reserve’s newest member clubs: Mt Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Centre and Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club will make their debuts. “Let’s all get together as a community and celebrate the fantastic new sporting facilities at Mornington’s Civic Reserve,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “The Mt Martha Soccer Club has grown significantly over the past few years and now has over 400 players. The four soccer pitches provide a more suitable home facility for the club.” The facilities will help athletes compete at higher levels of competition as well as providing permanent homes for the user groups, Cr Bev Colomb said. The $7 million project was supported through a $3 million federal government community development grant, with the council contributing $4 million. The works also include irrigation, lighting for the soccer pitches, 243 car parking spaces, paths, stormwater basin, landscaping, electrical upgrades and a roundabout for easier access.

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