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New chair for health network PENINSULA Health’s board has a new chairperson – Diana Heggie, who replaces Nancy Hogan. Ms Heggie was one of nine Victorian health service board “chairs” appointed by the state government last week. Her previous roles included president of National Heart Foundation (Victoria). Ms Heggie’s LinkedIn profile lists her other roles as director of Toorak College, chair of Toorak College fundraising committee, director of Abbotsford Convent Foundation, and foundation board member of the Heidi Museum of Modern Art. In a statement, health minister Jill Hennessy said the new chairs would oversee and manage major Victorian hospitals to ensure they provide high-quality, timely care, and meet performance targets and expectations. Ms Hennessy said 74 per cent of chairs in the health sector were women. “The appointments follow new measures introduced by the government to ensure our health service boards have the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to improve performance and put patient safety first,” Ms Hennessy said. Shortfalls in board governance was one of the key issues identified by Dr Stephen Duckett in his review of quality and safety in Victorian

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hospitals, and as a result additional skills and responsibilities are now required to serve on a health board, she said. “It is crucial that health services have strong governance structures in place and I am confident these chairs will” provide this. The appointments are for three years and came into effect on 1 July. Former Peninsula Health CEO Dr Sherene Devanesen was appointed Chair of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Mike Hast

Nordic art in peninsula winter MEMBERS of Mornington’s Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society will attend their regular monthly Friday evening talk on the work of Edvard Munch’s work The Scream on Friday 7 July and then, the next day, Saturday 8 July, they will hear a presentation at Beleura House and Garden entitled Rubens to Rembrandt: The Art of Brabant, Flanders and the Dutch Republic. ADFAS offers members and their guests an opportunity to learn more about the arts. Lectures are held at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington, 5.30pm on Friday evenings. The hour-long lectures are illustrated and are followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the lecturer and fellow members. The July speaker is British art historian Gerald Deslandes who teaches art history and visual studies and is a consultant to museums and galleries. He also leads cultural tours to France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands as well as to many areas of the UK. On the Friday evening Mr Deslandes will focus on the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The lecture, Munch and the Nordic Imagination, will compare Munch’s suggestion of a remote and claustrophobic world of frustration and emotional extremes to the fantastical imagery of the Viking sagas. Mr Deslandes will discuss Norwegian landscape artists, such as Hans Frederik Gude and Eilif Peterssen, as well as the work of two women artists: Harriet Backer, whose intense lamp-lit interiors resemble those of Munch, and the painter and activist Aasta Hansteen, who became a model for Lona in Ibsen’s The Pillars of Society. The talk will conclude by discussing whether such ideas have continued in the larger-than-life characters and violent narratives of Jo Nesbo. Mr Deslandes in Saturday’s talk will discuss Rubens to Rembrandt: The Art of Brabant, Flan-



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ders and the Dutch Republic. He will compare the art of Protestant Holland to the triumphant reassertion of Catholicism in the work of Rubens, Van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens, showing how the artists of the Counter Reformation used drama, movement, light and colour. The cost of attending is $20 for non-members. For more information, memberships or to make a booking, call 9787 2092.

Gallery show OAK Hill Gallery is holding its annual members’ exhibition until 30 July with a $2000 prize pool. The gallery is at 100 Mornington-Tyabb Rd Mornington. The community arts centre aims to promote and develop the arts, artists and their work and enable the experience, enjoyment and appreciation of art in the wider community. The not-forprofit group is run by members and volunteers. Details: Call 5973 4299 or email


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Fight against planning changes Continued from Page 1 Mr Joseph said the previous Coalition government “strengthened controls protecting residential neighbourhoods across Victoria”. “Protecting the peninsula from suburban overdevelopment was why the Coalition government introduced the localised planning statement when Matthew Guy was planning minister.” Last week The News reported that Professor Michael Buxton told a meeting in Hastings that the state government intended to privatise the entire planning system, and a tender had been let to rewrite all documentation. Planning minister Richard Wynne’s press secretary Patrick Lane stated in an email: “There is no suggestion whatsoever the government has an intention to privatise the planning system, nor that

a tender had been let to rewrite all documentation.” After this email, Mr Lane was asked to provide details, refute other statements made by Professor Buxton, and explain the government’s planning changes but did not respond. Christine Haydon of Peninsula Speaks, which co-hosted the Hastings meeting, said people who had registered would receive a kit containing a petition and short summary of the issues. “We’re encouraging people to become ‘Peninsula Protectors’, and aiming to collect 10,000 signatures on a petition for the Parliament,” she said. Residents also would be encouraged to write to MPs. A marketing committee was being assembled, and residents with social media expertise were being sought. Details:

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