4 July 2017
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Junior rangers have ramblin’ on their minds
PARKS and reserves throughout the southern Mornington Peninsula are holding free winter holiday activities for children. Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers Program is designed to provide outdoor adventures instead of online games. “Studies show that kids need nature in their lives. It’s good for their mental and physical health and wellbeing, and it’s a great stimulation for learning about the world and the environment too. Our Junior Ranger programs help kids make life-long connections with nature and their local environment,” Parks Victoria chief ranger southern peninsula Kris Rowe said. The holiday program run by Parks Victoria rangers for children aged 6–12 years includes activities at Point Nepean National Park, Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, Collins First European Settlement Site, Coolart Wetlands and Historic Homestead and Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, Flinders. The activities run from 3 July to 16 July. Book for the winter junior ranger program at www.juniorrangers. com.au. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Or call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au
Holiday outlook: Volunteer Dale Dikker, Parks Victoria’s Tash Wicks with Clementine Rowe (red jumper) and Tarme Simnett at Cape Schanck lighthouse. Picture: Yanni
Shire call-up against planning changes Mike Hast email@example.com MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is enlisting peninsula community groups in its campaign to oppose state government planning changes. The changes include allowing developers to build three-storey houses up to 11 metres high in 10 towns – Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West), Rosebud, Dromana, Mt Martha, Morn-
ington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern. Developments can occur with no notifications or rights of appeal. Shire planning services manager David Bergin has emailed community groups stating: “The change to the General Residential Zone (GRZ) … presents a significant risk of inappropriate development on the peninsula. “To protect our townships from inappropriate development and the
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Mr Davis said it was clear that the government was “seeking to ignore the peninsula-specific planning protections that were put in place in 2014, that try to treat the peninsula as a distinct and unique zone that needs its own protections”. His views were echoed by Russell Joseph, Liberal candidate for Nepean (which covers the southern peninsula) and electorate office manager for current Nepean MP Martin Dixon. Continued Page 7
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