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Down to Earth barby
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THERE’S Nothing Australians like better than a barbecue, but a barbecued Earth might be another matter. A group of the Extinction Rebellion movement took advantage of the new pedestrian “mall” along main Street, Mornington on Saturday to remind us that the coronavirus pandemic is not the only global crisis. Flanked by a brief case-clutching man with a familiar face and wearing a Hawaiian shirt, the group made its way down the street towards the park, where picnickers and parents were enjoying newly bestowed post-lockdown freedoms. Extinction Rebellion has aims to use “nonviolent civil disobedience” to force governments to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
Schoolies urged to be quiet Stephen Taylor email@example.com POLICE will be keeping a sharp eye on rowdy end-of-school celebrations on the Mornington Peninsula this year. They will be increasing patrols in such popular party locations as Rye, Sorrento, Dromana, Rosebud and Mount Martha, and will “not tolerate any behaviour that negatively impacts
the community”. This includes underage drinking and anti-social and drunken behaviour on the beaches and around licensed venues and accommodation houses. Senior Sergeant Natalie Dollard, of Rosebud police, said anyone breaching the private gathering rules could cop a $1652 fine. Under eased restrictions up to 15 people are allowed to visit a home, but the host, and anyone attending a gathering which breaches this
limit, could also be fined. Warnings have also gone out to schoolies on the Surf Coast and at Phillip Island. Senior Sergeant Dollard said police would maintain a “highly visible presence” across the peninsula – and especially the Rye foreshore – during Schoolies activities which were set to run from last Saturday (28 November) until 10 December. “Although the shire has put out a
message urging young people not to come down we have to be realistic and expect that they will,” she said. She was referring to a plea by Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker who said with then-social distancing rules and limits on gatherings likely to continue into next year, schoolies gatherings “won’t be possible”. “My message to school-leavers and their families is that our beaches will still be here when this pandemic is
over, so we are asking you to postpone your schoolies celebrations for now,” he said. “It’s just not worth the risk of travelling down here. Look at options in your local area, stay safe and celebrate at home.” Senior Sergeant Dollard reinforced the CEO’s message: “We will be out in force and will not tolerate poor behaviour – especially the use of flares. Continued Page 7
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Mornington News 1 December 2020