MP urges ‘feedback’ for gas terminal FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt is urging “the community” to participate in the “feedback process” established by power supplier AGL which wants to moor a floating gas terminal at Crib Point. Work has started on preparing the existing jetty at Crib Point for the more than 300 metre long floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) although no government approvals have yet been given. The Port of Hastings Development Authority says it is undertaking “remediation works” on the jetty which are expected to be completed in January 2019. “[Sylvia] Simons was informed that Greg understands AGL are still completing their feasibility study to identify the risks associated with the project and that Greg encourages the community to engage in AGL’s feedback process via Jay Gleeson of AGL,” his local media advisor Mathew Langdon told The News after it reported that Ms Simons was still awaiting a reply (“Jetty gets ready for gas” 15/5/18). The response from Mr Hunt’s office was made after the deadline for that edition of The News. Ms Simons, of Crib Point, said she regarded Mr Hunt’s reply as containing “the standard responses and advised AGL still has some requirements to provide and no approvals have been granted at this stage either by government or council”. In her original email to Mr Hunt Ms Simons said she was “extremely concerned” and “appalled at the possibility of the destruction of our area”. “We are a [internationally recognised] Ramsar area and supposedly environmentally protected. Looking at the information that has been gathered [about AGL’s plans] it would seem this is not so,” Ms Simons stated.
“Apart from our wildlife, flora and fauna there would appear to be an extreme risk to the community from possible malfunction or a freak of nature that could cause an explosion, decimating the area, in the worst case scenario. “Notwithstanding this we are also a bushfire prone area. Our clean air could also be affected along with our quiet neighbourhood.” Ms Simons is still awaiting replies from several state Labor MPs about the gas terminal. Keith Platt
Retirement homes burgled
A 22-YEAR-OLD Frankston man who allegedly stole jewellery, credit cards and personal property from retirement villages was arrested by police last Friday (18 May). The man was charged with five aggravated burglaries, one burglary and handling stolen goods. He was arrested at a Frankston address in possession of a stolen car with stolen registration plates and was also charged with the theft of a motor vehicle. The alleged burglar ransacked rooms at retirement villages including The Village Baxter and Long Island Retirement Village between 7 April and 9 May.
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Men’s shed a benefit for all MT ELIZA Men Shed members (or Shedders), above, have been building “buddy benches” for St Thomas Moore Primary School. “The new Grade 6 leaders are super excited about painting and decorating the buddy benches for an upcoming project,” the school’s visual arts teacher and sustainability leader Denise Ferguson said. The buddy benches will be placed in the school grounds so children who are feeling lonely can sit there, enabling other pupils to encourage them to join them in play or other activities. Mount Eliza Men’s Shed president Don Reeves said men’s sheds were beneficial to their members but are also an asset to the community. “This is evident in the multiple partnerships and community projects the shed has undertaken since opening in 2016,” he said. Carpentry projects have created more activities at Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House, including a boat-shaped sand pit in the outdoor play area, along with benches for parents to sit and watch
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their children play. Some of the men built a raised veggie garden for the neighbourhood house where produce is grown for community lunches on Thursdays. Monash University occupational therapy students Rebecca Hall and Angus Jackson have helped design a website for the men’s shed: www.mountelizamensshed.org “Men’s sheds are not only about woodwork but, of most significance, offer a place for social interaction where men can talk and joke around the shoulder to shoulder interaction, which is often what many retirees miss from the workplace,” Mr Reeves said. “Retirement is a significant transition in life that is associated with an increase in ill health and challenges with day to day functioning for which the men’s shed is a remedy.” Mt Eliza Men’s Shed opens Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. An open day will be held 11am-2pm Saturday 2 June. The shed is at the rear of Mt Eliza Country Club, 32 Old Mornington Road, Mt Eliza.
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