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Second ‘capped’ budget approved COUNCILLORS formally approved Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2017-18 budget last Tuesday including a two per cent rate increase. It is the second year of the state government’s rate capping system. The waste service charge was increased by 2.1 per cent to $197. It is not subject to the rate cap. Last year’s rates were capped at 2.5 per cent. The capital works budget for 201718 is $37.5 million. The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said “highlights included: n $3.7 million for roadside vegetation management. n $3.2 million for continued implementation of drainage strategy and works program. n $18.4 million for road and car park construction and maintenance. n $2.7 million for footpath construction and maintenance. n $1.4 million to promote the region, industry development and visitor servicing. n $11.1 million for aquatic and recreational facilities including planning for an aquatic centre in Rosebud, and construction of additional recreation and community facilities. n $5 million for library services. n $1.5 million for Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. n $2.6 million for child, youth and family health services.”

Cr Colomb said projects in a $2.6 million priority program included roadside fire management works, coastal risk mitigation, water conservation programs, support for community gardens, family violence prevention initiatives, heritage review and grants program, and youth and teenage mental health first aid training. She said it was the “first budget of this council term, and we are looking forward to this budget supporting our recently adopted Council Plan 201721”. “The budget delivers the programs, projects and initiatives to support and deliver on the Council Plan and its four key themes throughout 2017-18.” The budget is on the shire website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget2018

Jazz at the Bowl SINGER Annie Smith, popular with audiences at many jazz festivals in Victoria and NSW, says performing at the City of Frankston Bowling Club is one of her favourite gigs. The vocalist will be back at Frankston on Sunday with Neil Taylor (piano), Ian Christensen (reeds), Geoff Woods (bass) and Allan Smith (drums). David May’s Jazz at the Bowl, 6-9pm Sunday 25 June 25. Entry $12. Details: 5945 7773.

Good vibes: Ross Woodward has brought his life-long love of popular music – and his massive collection of CDs and vinyl – to the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM. Picture: Gary Sissons

More music a near-impossible mission Mike Hast team@mpnews.com.au ROSS Woodward remembers the first record he bought as an 11-year-old in 1974 – Abba’s first UK hit single Waterloo. He bought the band’s second UK hit, too – Mamma Mia, which topped the charts in early 1976. Another early buy was Slade Alive just to show the preteen was also into raucous sounds. For the British boy these early purchases were the start of a magnificent obsession with popular music that has lead to a massive collection of vinyl records, then CDs and now back to vinyl again – and a show on the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM on Friday evenings at 6 o’clock. Woodward is perhaps best known in

the region as the founder and owner of public relations company Media Key, based in Frankston, which started in 1991. He lives in Mt Eliza with his family – and many thousands of CDs and records. Woodward came to Australia for a holiday in 1987 and never left. He scored a job as a journalist with the ABC in Melbourne and later worked for the Herald Sun and The Age before becoming a public relations officer at Mount Royal Hospital in Melbourne and then on the Victorian government’s “Life. Be in it.” fitness campaign, which became a national campaign in 1977. It starred “Norm”, a middle-aged man with a prominent beer belly. Woodward walked into the office of RPP-FM in Mornington earlier this year and presented his radio show idea to sta-

tion manager Brendon Telfer, himself a former ABC employee. Telfer was looking to revamp the drive-time slot on Fridays, 6-8pm, and Woodward’s show, Mission Impossible, was accepted. The name? “It’s impossible to fit all the songs I want to play into a two-hour slot,” Woodward said with a laugh. The radio presenter said his musical tastes are eclectic. Woodward said he wanted to “share my love of amazing tunes with others and inspire people to make their record collections even bigger”. He said his kids are into electronica music. “They think pop is dead. I don’t. But one thing is that they educate me about what’s being created today.” Mission Impossible is on Friday nights 6-8pm on 98.7 FM or streaming online at rppfm.com.au

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