30 August 2016

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Councillors quiet on election intentions MOST Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors are keeping quiet about whether they will seek re-election in October. Three of the 10 councillors, Hugh Fraser (Nepean ward), Antonella Celi (Seawinds) and David Garnock (Cerberus) say they will stand while two others, Bev Colomb (Briars) and her ward colleague Anne Shaw are saying they have not made up their minds. Another two councillors, David Gibb (Seawinds) and Andrew Dixon (Briars) are reported to have told public meetings they will be standing but have not confirmed this with The News. “I don’t have a comment,” Cr Gibb said on Friday after being asked to confirm that he told an over-50s group on Thursday afternoon that this would be the first election he would not be contesting in 20 years. “I haven’t told the council anything,” Cr Gibb said. His reported comments to the meeting at Rosebud came just hours after he told The News: “That [seeking re-election] remains to be seen. I am considering my position and will decide in early September.”

Cr Celi sent an email to confirming that she would stand and added “stay tuned for more in September”. Cr Fraser was definite: “I am standing for reelection and am looking forward to another four years [on council].” Cr Garnock: “Yes, I am definitely planning to run for election again. Wouldn’t have a clue if anybody is lining-up to challenge me.” Cr Shaw said she would “work it out when the time comes – I’ll tell you when the time comes”. “I’ll make a decision when I’m ready. A lot can happen in two weeks.” Cr Colomb said on Friday that she had yet to make up her mind. “There are life issues and lots of things I want to discuss with my family,” Cr Colomb. “I am certainly leaning towards standing again, but I can’t say 100 per cent, and that’s the truth.” The mayor Cr Graham Pittock (Seawinds) is also “not sure yet”. Crs Dixon, Tim Rodgers (Nepean) and Tim Wood (Red Hill) did not respond by Sunday afternoon to calls or emails from The News. Keith Platt

Safety lessons for older drivers A FREE driving seminar aimed at keeping older drivers safe and mobile is being held at Mornington Community Theatre, 10.30am-12.30pm, Thursday 1 September. The seminar is open to all senior drivers, their families and friends. “Older people make an important contribution to the economic and social well-being of the community as owners, employees or customers of businesses, as volunteers, and through

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Rye Streetscape Have your say We are seeking your views on a streetscape proposal for Rye as part of the Rye Movement and Place Project. The streetscape proposal includes: • Improved pedestrian areas and safer crossings • Reducing traffic lanes from four to two along Point Nepean Road from Dundas to Lyons Streets • Adding additional lanes at intersections to maintain traffic flows • Removal of parallel parking along Point Nepean Road from Dundas Street to Lyons Street

• New foreshore parking arrangements and improved access • Traffic signals at foreshore car parks • Significant planting within the central median strip from Lyons St to Government Rd • Off-road cycle paths for cyclists and signals to the path at each end of Rye.

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To view the draft plans and see more information visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ryestreetscape

ryestreetscape@mornpen.vic.gov.au or post to: Rye Streetscape Feedback Mornington Peninsula Shire Private Bag 1000 Rosebud Vic 3939.

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