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Fast food not to shire’s taste

Free membership for tourism businesses

Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au SMALL business owners are breathing a sigh of relief after Mornington Peninsula Shire Council knocked back plans to build a large convenience store on a busy corner site at Safety Beach. The council received almost 1000 objections to AA Holdings’ proposal to build a McDonald’s restaurant on the site of the company’s existing BP service station, corner Marine Drive and Nepean Highway. The high level of local opposition prompted the council to hold an online community information session, 10 September, to “provide the community with more information and to answer your questions”. (“Q&A session eyes fast-food outlet” The News 25/8/20) Word of the proposal spread quickly among nearby small business owners who said they feared the fast-food giant would drive them out of business. (“No fries with that” The News 14/7/20). They said heavy traffic and litter would stifle trade and “change the whole dynamics and landscape” of the area. AA Holdings has not commented publicly on its proposal, but it is expected to appeal against council’s decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Check for out-of-towners In the post: One of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s rejection letters received by an objector.

The Beach Patrol Safety Beach/ Dromana social media page lit up with comments when objectors received notice of the council refusal last week. Steve Armstrong said: “Even though this has gone to VCAT, it’s still a great community achievement so far. Well done everyone. It just means we don’t give up on the fight yet. It’s not over until it’s over.” Senior planner Rochelle Reinhardt told the planning services committee the proposed use and development of the site was inappropriate, and the applicant had not suitably responded to the applicable policies. She said it was an overdevelopment of the site, and that insufficient information had been provided to assess its creation of light, noise, odour and litter, as well as contamination risks and impacts on neighbouring vegetation.

POLICE say they are ramping up patrols to prevent out-of-towners flocking to holiday hotspots on the Mornington Peninsula. The aim is to ensure that only peninsula residents or others travelling with a permitted purpose arrive in the area. Police say they will have a “highly visible” presence at checkpoints on arterial roads, mobile vehicle checkpoints and ongoing patrols as part of Operation Sentinel. A note on the police Eyewatch social media page said anyone pulled over at a vehicle checkpoint could expect to have their licence and work permit checked by police and their residential address confirmed. “Police will also be proactively patrolling popular locations, such as beaches, parks and other areas where people are expected to visit, to ensure that everyone is adhering to the current stage four restrictions. “While these checkpoints may cause some inconvenience for local residents, it’s important to remember that they are an important component in stopping the spread of coronavirus and keeping the community safe.” For information about the latest restrictions visit the Department of Health and Human Services at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the hotline 1800 675 398. Or visit DHHS page on Facebook.

TOURISM related businesses in the Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland are being offered free membership of the Hinterland Tourism Association for the 2020-21 financial year. “Coronavirus and social restrictions are having a devastating impact on local tourism and we are exploring new ways to support local businesses during these challenging times,” association president Nelly Shaw said. “It’s important that we keep connected and try to emerge stronger when this crisis is over and as restrictions are gradually lifted”. The volunteer-run association supports its more than 80 members with information about government assistance, virtual networking, business to business e-news updates and local government advocacy. The hinterland includes Red Hill, Red Hill South, Main Ridge, Arthurs Seat, Merricks, Merricks North, Balnarring and Dromana. New members normally pay $154 which includes the updating of member tourism signboards at Arthurs Seat and outside the Red Hill south shopping centre, production of 25,000 tear-off maps and hosted events and social gatherings. “At this stage, we will not be including map production and signage renewal as a free member benefit in 2020-21, however we will continue to keep our members connected and informed with e-news, zoom networking, local tourism representation and social media promotion.” Ms Shaw said. As well the free membership businesses will be listed on the association’s website (mphinterland.com.au) as well as social media pages on Facebook and Instagram (@mphinterland). Businesses wanting to receive the benefits of free membership should email info@mphinterland.com.au for an application form.

Cricketers’ pavilion upgrade MORE than 2100 Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association players can look forward to their home at the RM Hooper Pavilion, Tuerong, getting a much needed refurbishment. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has committed $760,000 from its capital works program plus a $250,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria. The works, which have started and are expected to be completed in December, are part of the shire’s sports capacity plan and active sports strategy aimed at improving provision of sports and sporting infrastructure throughout the peninsula.

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29 September 2020

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