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Puddle muddle BUSINESSES using Blamey Place car park in Mornington have had enough of the winter ritual of dodging water-filled potholes and corrugations and are calling on the shire to seal it. The call comes after the council approved its “Unmade car park construction strategy�. The shire has 250 unsealed car parks and asphalting the top 25 on a new list could take up to 15 years and cost $10 million. Blamey Place is number 12 on the list, behind other town car parks at Currawong Community Centre, Mills Beach, Civic Bowls Club, Albert St car park and Barrett Lane car park as well as other on the peninsula. Jacobs and Lowe Real Estate has an entrance on Blamey Place and director Peter Skewes (pictured with staff member Laura Ward) said sealing and marking the car park would increase its capacity by 15-20 per cent. “I’m conscious other areas need to be sealed but reckon most people owning property on Blamey Place would see paying for sealing as a good investment,� he said. “It’s a buoyant market and a sealed car park would encourage owners to develop their buildings.� He said the car park put off people who had come to Mornington to shop. Mike Hast

Fast internet on way at last Mike Hast mike@mpnews.com.au WELL, for two lucky towns on the peninsula it will have taken only 14 years from first to final promise – a “super-fast broadband network� that will enable homes and businesses to join the “information superhighway�. Yes, the National Broadband Network is coming to Mornington and Mt Martha next year, NBN Co announced last Wednesday. Spokesman Michael Moore said the

company, which is owned by the federal government, had added 18 towns to its “green maps� showing “build preparation work for the ... network has started for a further 70,400 homes and businesses across Victoria�. Mr Moore said parts of Mornington and Mt Martha “have entered pre-construction phase�. This means preparing existing Telstra pits and pipes for the network. He said more than one million homes and businesses could now connect to

the network. “We have a target of eight million homes and businesses connected by 2020,� he said. Joining Mornington and Mt Martha “on the map� are the coastal villages of Blind Bight, Cannons Creek and Warneet, nearby Tooradin and Koo Wee Rup as well as Officer and Pakenham further north. Others include Jan Juc, Torquay, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Indented Head, Portarlington, St Leonards, Ballan and Wangaratta.

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Mr Moore said the towns would see “the Multi-Technology Mix (MTM) model, including Fibre to the Node�. MTM also includes so-called hybrid fibre-coaxial technologies. NBN Co is using Telstra’s old copper telephone lines that run between the street and your house. Copper wires from several houses will be connected to a node with its fast broadband fibre optic cable. This was the nub of the huge political battle fought between Labor and the Liberal-Nationals Coali-

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