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5973 6424 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Feel the serenity: Peninsula Chamber Musicians Andrew Hall, Jenni Moser, Paul Jenkins, Laura Campbell and Marney Pope take a break at Mornington harbour. Picture: Yanni

With a song in their hearts PENINSULA Chamber Musicians will perform their final two concerts for the year at Rosebud and Mornington next month. The first is 2pm Saturday 11 November at All Saints Anglican Church, Rosebud, and the second at their regular venue 2pm Sunday 12 November at Mornington Community Theatre. The subject pieces are Britten’s Simple Symphony, Bernstein’s Waltz from Divertimento for Orchestra, Bartok’s Romanian Dances and Mendelsohn’s Italian Symphony. PCM performs under musical director Andrew Hall (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and president Anthony Pope (Orchestra Victoria). Formed in 2013, they provide an opportunity for classical musicians to play in a high-quality chamber orchestra, as well as providing classical music lovers an opportunity to hear live orchestral music. The musicians see themselves as the southern peninsula’s “own” orchestra. As well as performing twice a year at their regular venues, members also take part in smaller quality ensembles performing throughout the year at different venues. Tickets for the performance are $25 adults, $20 concession with children free. Details: visit peninsulachambermusicians.com

Beach ‘repairs’ could cost $4m Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au IT could cost up to $4 million to prevent further erosion of the cliffs and beach at Mt Martha beach north. If not fixed, the crumbling cliffs will remain a threat to the stability of Esplanade and the beach. Already closed to the public, the beach will remain inaccessible and dangerous.

The problems and possible remedies are contained in a report prepared for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by consultants, Water Technology. The report recommends removing all boat sheds at Mt Martha north unless action is taken to stop further erosion of the cliff and beach. Options contained in the consultants’ report include building rock walls and groynes across the beach or an

offshore breakwater to slow the loss of thousands of cubic metres of sand needed to “renourish” the beach. Ironically, the report blames seawalls built to protect other eroding cliffs for stopping “sediment” being deposited at Mt Martha beach north. “Extra stresses have also been placed on the beach due to sea level rise, meaning the beachface is adjusting to the higher water levels experienced during storm events, and hence extra

offshore transport of sediment,” the report’s executive summary states. The report warns that by 2040 sea level rises “will make this a difficult location to maintain a beach”. Mornington Peninsula Shire is unlikely to adopt a suggestion that some boat shed owners be offered sites towards Mt Martha South, where about $300,000 is seen as the starting price for the cheapest sheds. Boat sheds at Mt Martha beach north

have been reportedly been put on the market for about $80,000, but if the consultant’s report is correct values will plummet. The report says managing cliff erosion by extending the length and height of an existing rock wall is “critical”, but will require removing some boat sheds to either be reinstalled later or their owners offered "an alternative location to south”. Continued Page 14

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