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Callout for art to help ‘save’ green wedge THE Mornington Peninsula can mean many things to many people. The 2016 census puts the peninsula’s population at 150,000, but the number on the ground is often much greater. Thousands visit on a daily basis all year and, over summer, the number of people staying overnight or for days at a time is in the tens of thousands. But what attracts these people residents and visitors - is under threat. Planning regulations decreed by state legislators seem to regard the peninsula’s towns and villages in much the same way as that of Melbourne’s inner suburbs, allowing for higher buildings and more dense development. Outside of the towns and villages,

in the peninsula’s so-called hinterland, the march of development over prime agricultural land is supposedly protected by green wedge zoning. But that too is under threat. Mornington Peninsula Shire last week held a “summit” to draw attention to the weakening of planning regulations and how this threatens green wedge-zoned areas, which are credited with being among the peninsula’s biggest attractions. As well as spending a day talking about the problem, the shire is looking for support from artists who draw inspiration from areas within the green wedge. Cr David Gill, who heads the art and culture community advisory panel,

is urging artists, “including students through to professionals”, to enter the 2018 Green Wedge Paint Out Exhibition. “We wish the world to know what a unique and important place the peninsula is and ask artists to showcase the many wonderful aspects of our green wedge rural and environmental areas of significance, which need to be protected from insensitive development.” Artists can register by Saturday 14 July and then take until early August to complete their work. Details are on the shire’s website under “art and culture” and Green Wedge Paint Out Exhibition or call 5950 1655. Keith Platt

Picture: Yanni No brush off: David Gill takes off his councillor’s hat in favour of an artist’s beret when he paints. His series of “geometric abstraction acrylics in flat plane style” is titled “Seasonal perspectives of the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge”.

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Mornington News

3 July 2018

Kayakers in bay ‘rescue’ MT ELIZA man Bill Robinson got a shock when he saw what he thought was a man’s body floating face down in the water off Sunnyside beach last week. The retired veterinary surgeon, 74, was on a regular training paddle with Mornington friend Tamsin Visick, Tuesday 26 June, when they came across the wetsuit-clad figure on the way back to Mt Eliza. After the initial shock, they realised the wetsuit did not contain a real person and attached a line to it. “It was hard work getting it back to shore and we appreciated the difficulty we would have had in a reallife scenario, particularly in rougher conditions,” said Mr Robinson, who then called police. “We brought it in because, if it had stayed out there, it could have sparked a few false alarms. To see it from a light aircraft it looks like the real thing.” Mornington Senior Sergeant Neil Aubert said the “body” turned out to be a training dummy missing from an emergency services rescue exercise. He said police had traced the owner and it was later collected. Calls by The News to Volunteer Marine Rescue, Mornington, and Coast Guard Safety Beach, failed to find out who had lost it. The episode won’t quell Mr Robinson’s passion for sea kayaking. “I paddle between Mt Eliza and Mornington on a regular basis throughout the year,” he said.

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Mornington News 3 July 2018

3 July 2018  

Mornington News 3 July 2018