Roadworks link to Inghamâ€™s growth Schoolâ€™s opportunity: Mornington Park Primary Schoolâ€™s op shop volunteer Samantha Blair, principal Bev Dadds, Eddie Dunn and volunteer James Ryan. Picture: Yanni
Opportunity knocks for gym A MORNINGTON school struggling to raise money for a gym is on track with building plans thanks to some entrepreneurial thinking and a generous benefactor. Mornington Park Primary School, the only school on the peninsula without its own gym, opened an opportunity shop 12 months ago to kickstart a gym fund, which was boosted recently by an anonymous donation of $250,000. Principal Bev Dabbs said enrolment numbers were increasing and the school desperately needed somewhere to cater for sports and functions such as all-school assemblies. She said the school decided to take matters into its own hands by opening an op shop to fund the gym. â€œWe donâ€™t need a huge basketball
stadium but we do a special room so that we donâ€™t have to keep going across the road to use the gym at Mornington Secondary College,â€? she said. Ms Dabbs said the school was â€œoverwhelmedâ€? by the generosity of the donations and was able to start planning the gym, which she expected to cost about $700,000. Ms Dabbs said the opportunity shop, in Robertsonâ€™s Drive, had been a â€œhugeâ€? success since opening because of its low prices and the variety of goods. â€œWe have some great donations from many interesting shops and individuals in the community, including some fabulous vintage goods that come from a collectables shop owned by one of the parents,â€? she said.
â€œThere are some interesting donations and you just never know what you might find.â€? In another recent act of kindness from the community, Mornington Park Primary School was able to buy a defibrillator after a Mornington business provided complimentary healthcare training some of the staff. Mornington business and registered training organisation, Healthcare Resources for Schools, recently delivered First Aid and CPF training to 27 of the school staff, providing a saving to the school of around $2000. Ms Dabbs said the money the school had earmarked for the training was then spent on a defibrillator, which she said was an essential complement to the upgraded first aid training.
Stephen Taylor email@example.com ROADWORKS are set to begin near the Inghamâ€™s Enterprises factory, Somerville. Treasurer Tim Pallas visited the large-scale chicken meat producer in Grants Rd last week to discuss the economic benefits of improving nearby Golf Links Rd. The works would better cater for heavy vehicles and clear the way for a major Inghamâ€™s expansion, resulting in significant economic benefits for the Frankston area and the Mornington Peninsula as a whole, the treasurer said. He said this yearâ€™s budget included a $10 million package to develop business cases for upgrades to key outer suburban arterial roads around Melbourne, including Golf Links Rd. â€œThis detailed assessment will begin this year and will look at construction estimates, preliminary designs, impact studies, geotechnical investigations, environmental and cultural heritage studies, and community consultation.â€? Frankston mayor Cr James Dooley said the roads funding was â€œexciting news as a step towards finalising the expansion of the Somerville factoryâ€?. â€œWe made a commitment to Inghamâ€™s that we would advocate to the Victorian government, and this announcement has delivered both the
Frankston community and Inghamâ€™s a win,â€? he said. Mr Pallas said the business case would look at a future upgrade of the Golf Links and Warrandyte roads intersection as well as the Baxter-Tooradin, Grant and Warrandyte roads roundabout, and how this could enable it to cater for B-double trucks. â€œBigger trucks would allow Inghamâ€™s to consider future expansion of their operations and create more jobs in Somerville,â€? Mr Pallas said. The company is reportedly the largest employer on the peninsula â€“ with about 600 staff â€“ and contributes about $200 million to the local economy. Cr Dooley said the announcement â€œwas critical to not only retain these jobs, but also to increase employment opportunities within the region as a result of Inghamâ€™s expanding their operationsâ€?. â€œInghamâ€™s expansion depends on this vital project going ahead to allow large trucks direct access to Peninsula Link. We encourage any growth in the factory as it will provide economic growth and stable employment for the region,â€? the mayor said. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke: â€œLocals know that all levels of government need to support jobs, industry and manufacturing and thatâ€™s why I have advocated so strongly for this investment which will benefit Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.â€?
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Mornington News 24 May 2016
Mornington News 24 May 2016