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Solar, battery technology powering ahead

Charged up: Greensync’s Bruce Thompson shows Sorrento Community Centre manager Tracey Trueman how the solar and battery system works. Picture: Yanni

A NEW solar and battery system at Sorrento Community Centre will lower electricity bills, act as a renewable energy education centre for visitors and redirect power back to the grid during days of peak demand. The system, supplied through the Community Grid Project and the state government’s New Energy Jobs Fund, features 7kW solar panels on the roof coupled with a 6kW Fronius solar inverter and 14kWhr Tesla Powerwall 2 battery. The project is the result of a partnership between United Energy, Mornington Peninsula Shire and GreenSync to will deliver a safe and reliable power supply to the southern peninsula during peak times and ease the uptake of new renewable energy technologies. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne officially cut the ribbon to open the technology showcase last

week. He was joined by some of the 12 peninsula businesses which have signed on to join the project. “With our drive to become a carbon neutral peninsula by 2021, the Community Grid Project is a great solution,” Cr Payne said. “This is great news for the community centre and residents. It will help them save money on electricity in the long term and benefit their community. “The shire supports GreenSync and the Community Grid Project as it works towards assisting the community respond to climate change.” GreenSync COO Bruce Thompson said the centre would educate visitors about renewable energy technology and what they can do at home, while lowering their running costs. “These centres are real hubs for the neigh-

bourhood,” he said. “People are able to come and experience this new technology, see it in practical use and understand how they might apply it in their homes or businesses.” The centre can store solar power for use when the sun isn’t shining or, at times of peak demand – such as a heatwave – send stored energy back to the grid to power a spike for, say, air conditioning. United Energy’s Rodney Bray said the community grid would “allow the company to defer expensive upgrades to the network – such as a $30 million transmission line from Hastings to Rosebud – that would have catered for just a handful of peak days. “This allows us to continue delivering affordable and reliable power to homes and businesses in the Mornington Peninsula region.” Details: communitygridproject.com.au

Chance to help draw airfield’s ‘road map’ PEOPLE wishing to have a say in the running of the Tyabb airfield can apply to join the Tyabb Airfield Community Reference Group. Establishment of the group is an aim of the Tyabb Airfield Precinct Plan, adopted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in December. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said the precinct plan aimed to achieve a “balanced, fair and sustainable co-existence between airfield operations and the amenity of the local community”. He said the reference group provided a “great opportunity for stakeholders to get involved and have their say” on the privately-owned airfield which has been in operation since the 1960s to the south-west of the Tyabb town centre. “Co-existence of the airfield and its surrounding areas requires careful planning to provide for the longterm operation of the airfield, while protecting the safety and amenity of residents,” Cr Payne said. Watson Ward’s Cr Julie Morris said the plan provided a “road map which, with cooperation from all parties, will be able to address a range of long standing issues”. “We invite the community to

work with us to manage those issues,” she said. Key objectives of the community reference group include considering the effects of the airfield and airfield operations on the amenity of the surrounding area; seeking ways to improve the amenity of Tyabb residents, particularly in respect to noise, while recognising the existing lawful rights of the airfield, and providing greater certainty for all stakeholders in respect to the future operation and development of the airfield. Those wishing to join the group have until Thursday 31 May to lodge submissions. Copies of the (interim) terms of reference and guidelines for the group and the EOI form are available via mornpen.vic.gov.au/ haveyoursay Expressions of interest forms can be mailed to Allan Cowley at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Tyabb Airfield CRG, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud 3939 or emailed to: tyabbairfieldcrg@mornpen.vic. gov.au Details: Call the shire’s planning support on 5950 1010.

Last off the line: Balnarring Probus Club members with the last car manufactured in Australia, a red SS Commodore.

Looking at Holdens, past and future TWENTY-ONE members of Balnarring Men’s Probus Club were given a rare insight into the workings of Holden’s design centre in Port Melbourne which helps design cars for General Motors worldwide. Access to the design centre is strictly controlled and members signed a non-disclosure agreement and had to leave their cameras and phones outside before gaining access. The centre works on a range of cars in the General Motors family of brands including Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac using special clay material to create full size vehicles.

The centre is also one of only two GM design centres around the world that can hand-build a complete car which can then be used to test design concepts. After the design centre tour Probus members were able to visit the Holden historical museum and see a range of Holden cars made in Australia in the 69 years the company produced locally. It included the last car made here, a red SS model Commodore. “Holden are fairly selective about who is allowed to see what the company does at its design centre and normally only allows about two or three

WHAT’S ON AT NEPTOURS *CROWN CASINO – MONTHLY* Casino’s bus program with a great BUFFET lunch (all) $40. Only p/p over the age of 18 permitted. Thu 31 May (numbers permitting) MID-WEEK PENINSULA TOUR Enquiries Welcome Lunch, Tastings and a ride on ‘The Eagle’. $135pp (numbers permitting) QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET Tue 12 June - All $35 WIZARD OF OZ Wed 23 May (a) $130 (p/s) $120

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Evening Only Thu 19 Jul all tickets $130 MAMMA MIA Princess Theatre Wed 26 Sept (a) $140 (p/s) $130 4 WEEKS ONLY VIKINGS: BEYOND THE LEGEND Melbourne Museum Tue 21 Aug (a) $85 (p/s) $80

PHILLIP ISLAND TOUR Tue 9 Oct Churchill Island, Koala THE MELBOURNE AQUARIUM Sanctuary, Penguin Parade Tue 10 July (a) $95 (p) $75 (c) $70 (a) $70 (p) $60 (c) $55

Day Trips:

Matinee: Mamma Mia Wed 15th Aug 2018 - $130pp (lunch included) Lady of Swamp - Fri 19th Oct 2018 - $69pp

Extended Trips:

Silo Art Trail (3 Days) 11-13 Sep 2018 $695pp ($150s/s) *King Island (5 Days) 19-23 Nov 2018 $2399pp ($490s/s) *Norfolk Island (9 Days) 3-11 Mar 2019 $4199pp ($660s/s) *Door to door pick up & return service

Phone: 5981 1277

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“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) Come worship with us… Mornington Presbyterian Church The Information Centre, 320 High Street. 11 am. Every Sunday Minister: Frank Savage 0429 199 374. Clerk: Dawn Conboy 5974 2002 Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”

visits a year so we were very lucky to gain access,” Probus member Ray McCutcheon, who organises business outings for the club, said. Balnarring Men’s Probus Club meets on the last Friday of each month at Balnarring Community Hall. It has a range of activity groups including: books, finance, dining out, morning teas, cycling and bridge. New members are welcome. For more information contact membership secretary Ray McCutcheon at ray.mccutcheon@bigpond.com Tony Duboudin

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