Friends turn up heat on coal plan A GROUP of southern Mornington Peninsula residents are united around one big issue: stopping the Adani coal mine being developed in central Queensland. The group formed after an impromptu protest in October when Lynn Carpenter put out a call on social media for people to meet on the beach at Rosebud for a “Stop Adani” protest. “With only four days’ notice 30 or so people turned up,” Gillian Adam said. “From that original protest a Facebook group was formed called Southern Peninsula Friends of the Planet. The core of this group: Lynn Carpenter, Belinda Edmonson, Gillian Adam, Kerri McCafferty and Stella Patience, are now trying to organise a noticable protest by making a human sign on the beach adjacent to the Rye pier on Sunday 3 December. Those attending are asked to wear red. “We are just ordinary working women - I am a retiree - while Stella, Lynn and Kerri are nurses and Belinda is in emergency management and currently back at university,” Ms Adam said. “Two of the group have small children. “We are all concerned about the effect this mine is going to have on the Galilee Basin, the area’s water resources and the Great Barrier Reef. “We have contacted many other groups on the peninsula – from the Greens Party to Luke English from
Red Boats Scuba Diving – and have been surprised at the support for our protest. “We’ve distributed posters to shopping and community centres, cafes, surf clubs, hospitals and tertiary institutions on the peninsula and surrounding areas. We have also emailed posters to all our contacts and environmental groups on the peninsula.” Ms Adam said the group had seen the powerful effect of “people power”, with the Stop Adani movement influencing Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to veto government funding for the project.
Body found THE body of missing Mt Eliza woman Kylie Phillips was found by a fisherman 500 metres off the pier at Indented Head, Tuesday 21 November. The police Air Wing, water police and emergency services crews had been searching for the missing kayaker, 44, who disappeared off Mt Eliza, Wednesday 15 November. Her kayak was found in waters off Altona, Friday 17 November. It is believed Ms Phillips had a medical condition. Mornington police said the family had been notified immediately. The Water Police will prepare a report for the coroner. Anyone with mental health issues should call Lifeline Australia 13 11 14.
MORNINGTON artist Cathy Van Ee gives a demonstration at last year’s Mornington Art Show.
Deadline for art show entries MORE than 300 entries have been received for the next Mornington Art Show and organisers expect another 500 works will arrive before the Friday 15 December deadline. “The art show has established itself as the biggest and best quality on the Mornington Peninsula and one of the best in Victoria,” Mornington Rotary Club president John Renowden said. The club will hold its 46th art show for nine days from the opening night on Thursday 18 January until Australia Day, Friday 26 January at the Mornington Peninsula Community Theatre , corner Nepean Highway and Wilsons Rd, Mornington.
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“Opening night will have a gala party atmosphere with an environmental theme and a display of Aboriginal totem art,” Mr Renowden said. “Gourmet finger food will be served by waitresses and waiters and refreshments will be available from our bar area and jazz music will punctuate the evening and our feature artists will mingle with guests.” Feature artists at the show will be John Bredl and Kate Jenvey. Mr Renowden said the 800 paintings from a range of media would be for sale. “The great attraction of the Mornington Art Show is the wide variety of art genre from local and in-
terstate artists employing a wide range of media,” he said. “The range of original art pieces available at prices from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand dollars is extensive.” Profits from the art show will be used by Mornington Rotary Club for community and international projects. Tickets for the opening night are available at mornington artshow.com. au or from Farrells Bookstore, Main St, Mornington. Artists are encouraged to submit their work through Gallery 247 until 15 December and any businesses wanting to join the sponsor list should call John Parkinson on 0412 110 804.
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