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IT’S 25 years since council amalgamations throughout Victoria, which led to formation of a “super shire” on the Mornington Peninsula. The amalgamation of 1994 saw the peninsula run by three state government-appointed commissioners instead of elected councillors, who were effectively sacked by the Kennett Liberal government. The commissioners’ job was to create one council where there had been three: Flinders, Mornington and Hastings. In the lead-up to amalgamation, individual councils fought turf wars, staking their claim (through submissions to the government) to land outside their municipal boundaries. But the government stood firm on wanting one municipality for the peninsula. Surrounded by water on three sides, the only disputed boundary was in the north, where the former shires of Mornington and Hastings met the boundaries of Frankston in the west and the then City of Cranbourne in the east. Frankston, which had long described itself as the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula rather than being a part of the peninsula, was forced to give up parts of Mt Eliza and Baxter. However, it too was enlarged by being given land north of Carrum Downs. The amalgamation process was not

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Board’s history a mystery IT was a random find, but one has sparked the interest of Neil Jansen. The hollow, yellow surfboard stood out at the recycling centre adjoining the Mornington waste transfer station and Mr Jansen decided it could be useful. However, before trying out or even given it a new paint job he decided to try and track down its history. “The only other boards I've seen constructed like this were 18 foot craft from my lifesaver days in South

Africa in the 1960s,” he said. Hollow plywood surfboards were made and ridden in the 1930s, with American Tom Blake acknowledged as the main innovator. Later nicknamed cigar boxes, the boards were much lighter than the solid finless boards of the time. Anyone who can help shed light on the history of Neil Jansen’s “find” can contact him by emailing: neilbenjaminjansen@gmail.com Keith Platt

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