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Disputes delay CCTV till October Mike Hast mike@mpnews.com.au THE good news of early April about improvements to street safety in Mornington has lost some of its gloss after it was revealed CCTV cameras will not be installed until October at the earliest. Federal MP Bruce Billson said on 9 April that the town’s commercial area would “soon be safer, with work finally underway to expand the CCTV network and street lighting in local laneways”. “Resolving issues associated with the transfer of the existing CCTV network from Mornington Chamber of Commerce to shire council control, power billing disputes, and grant conditions have combined to produce frustrating project delays, so I am relieved that we are now seeing action,” he said. The project was restarted last week when light poles were installed in the first of seven laneways. Shire contractors are installing the lights, which has to be done before 16 new CCTV cameras are installed. The project has been funded by the federal government to the tune of $400,000 under its Safer Streets Program, with money coming from the proceeds of crime. Mr Billson said seven laneways connecting Main St with car parks would receive improved lighting, and the commercial centre’s existing CCTV system would be expanded. “The grant is part of my $759,000 election commitment to fight crime, improve personal security and combat anti-social behaviour in Dunkley,” he

Cyclist ‘critical’ A CYCLIST suffered critical injuries after being knocked off his bike by a Ford utility about noon, Wednesday, on Nepean Highway, Safety Beach. The 17-year-old Dromana SAecondary College student, of Mt Martha, was airlifted to The Alfred hospital where his condition on Friday was described as “unchanged, critical”. The collision occurred near the intersection of Ponderosa Place. Police said the driver of the ute, a man aged 46, stopped to help. “The worst thing for a policeman is to see a boy on the road,” Senior Constable Steve Caple, of Frankston highway patrol, said after attending the scene. “You never get used to it.” Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives want to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the bicycle or the white ute. Anyone with information can call Frankston highway patrol on 8770 4100, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report to crimestoppersvic.com.au

Roundabout repairs Hasten slowly: Federal MP Bruce Billson, Judy Edwards and Kim Rowe of Mornington Chamber of Commerce inspect CCTV and lighting wiring in one of the laneways between Main St and McLaren Place. Poles were installed last week. Picture supplied

said. (Dunkley stretches from Seaford to Mornington.) He said shire staff and its contractors “are managing the work, which so far includes the installation of infrastructure like conduits to power the new lights and CCTV cameras”. “The shire has completed installation of infrastructure in Laneway One [near

the post office] and is now moving sequentially through each of the other laneways. Once this process is complete, the CCTV and lighting will be installed,” he said. Mr Billson said the project would enable business owners, staff and patrons to feel safe “whether involved in shopping, dining or nightclubbing

– and as Main Street and adjacent areas take on a different character and complexion at different times of the day and week”. The grant covers new equipment at Mornington police station and installation of a link between Mornington CCTVs and Mt Eliza’s yet-to-beinstalled cameras.

ROUNDABOUT repairs at the intersection of Main and Barkly streets, Mornington, have begun. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Bev Colomb described the works as a “positive outcome of community and shire advocacy to VicRoads”. VicRoads will contribute $50,000 to the $56,000 project which includes replacing the existing kerb, replacing the brick “ring” inside the kerb with concrete and repairing the pavement. The works, to be completed later this month, will be done 8pm-5am to minimise disruption.

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