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Fireworks defence

Doubling up WHAT are the odds of two players scoring holes-in-one on the same hole in consecutive shots? Hundreds of millions-to-one, no doubt. But that’s what happened when Mornington Golf Club members Jun Park and Bob Packham, pictured, scored the notable double on the 127 metre par three 10th hole on Wednesday 22 January. Park, who plays off a handicap of 16, teed off first and watched his ace roll in, followed by Packham, off 17, who did the same thing moments later. Club general manager Craig Murdoch said the men were playing partners in the daily competition. “Stunned players in the group behind watched on in disbelief,” he said.

A FIREWORKS company has defended the staging of a pyrotechnics display outside a Red Hill hotel last month despite nearby residents complaining it posed a bushfire risk. One startled resident said he felt “totally devastated; gutted – especially with the Dandenong CFA which had issued a permit for the fireworks” at the Lindenderry Red Hill Hotel, in Arthurs Seat Road on Saturday night 18 January. (“Groom’s fireworks spark outrage” The News 29/1/20). The resident – one of many not alerted to the upcoming event – slammed the “frivolous fireworks display”. Red Hill CFA confirmed last week that it had not been notified of the fireworks at the event, however, a permit had been issued by Dandenong CFA. Manager of Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics

Rusty Johnson said operators were “bound by very stringent state regulations that make the operation or use of fireworks by professional pyro-technicians a very safe process”. “I take offence to the comment that fireworks are dangerous,” he said. “Yes they can be, in inexperienced hands, which is why, as an industry, we are working very hard with Worksafe to eliminate the use of illegal fireworks which are often the cause of local anxiety.” Mr Howard said professional pyro-technicians “take all aspects of what we do very seriously and spend many, many hours mitigating all dangerous aspects, including fire protection”. “To state [in the article] that the CFA has made a mockery of what locals have done is biased as the process is the same that local farmers and small property owners go through during the fire-restriction period.” Stephen Taylor

Around our Peninsula Have your say

Volunteers at Somerville Recreation Centre helping bushfire evacuees

Have your say online or in person at any Shire office. mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay RideSafe Strategy – Closes 28 February Provide your thoughts on how the Shire can increase cycling participation through a safe, connected and low-stress cycling network.

In response to the bushfire crisis across many parts of Victoria this summer, the Mornington Peninsula Shire would like to extend its gratitude to our state-wide emergency services; the thousands of volunteers; and the communities, large and small, for their extraordinary work. We sincerely thank you.

Donations can be made to: • Red Cross Bushfire Appeal redcross.org.au • Victorian Bushfire Appeal www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal

Our Aquatic Centre name – Closes 2 March Our new aquatic centre needs a name! Suggest a name for the new aquatic centre in Rosebud and yours could be shortlisted. Community Council meeting and dinner – all welcome 25 February, 5pm, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Events February

Holiday values

Seawinds: Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin

This summer the Peninsula has hosted visitors from near and far as they enjoy all this beautiful part of the world has to offer. Special holiday memories are made from the good times while our local businesses thrive on their share of the annual $6.3 million in economic benefits that tourism generates. The Shire’s local law enforcement efforts were successful in ensuring people enjoyed a safe festive season. We wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.

Our Australia Day

Briars: Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Mayor Sam Hearn

The Shire and Mornington Park have hosted a wonderful Australia Day celebration that was enjoyed by thousands of people who soaked up the music, entertainment, food and fireworks. Our Australia Day ambassadors shared their experiences with us while we also recognised the inspiring achievements of our local award recipients. We thank all those who give to our community through volunteering, including our dedicated emergency services.

New smart technology for Rye

Nepean: Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne

The Rye Smart Parking trial has started, testing the performance of in-ground and camera car parking bay sensors, mobile electronic signs and a smart parking app. Designed to reduce traffic congestion in Rye, the technology can also be used to tell Council when waste bins must be emptied and toilets need cleaning. The transformation of the Rye foreshore has been given a further boost with $3.5 million in funding from the State government.

Hastings boat ramp update

Cerberus: Cr Kate Roper

Great news for local boating and fishing enthusiasts who can look forward to a revamped Hastings Boat Ramp this year. The Shire, through funding from Better Boating Victoria, will be upgrading the ramp to ensure it can be used during all tides and improving the launching and retrieval process. Construction is scheduled for May to October. For more information and closure dates visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/boatramps

Community care

Watson: Cr Julie Morris

As bushfires burned across the State, our community showed its spirit when the Somerville Recreation Centre was turned into an emergency relief centre for evacuees from Mallacoota. It was inspiring to see everyone pitch in to help people in need. I’d especially like to thank the emergency services, volunteers, Council officers, staff from Belgravia Leisure and local businesses, which offered their services free of charge. Everyone please have your bushfire plan ready!

Koala forum – finding ways to support koala conservation

Red Hill: Cr David Gill

There are grave concerns in our community regarding the diminishing koala population on the Peninsula and elsewhere. Victoria needs a plan to safeguard their survival. The Shire is holding a free public meeting and inviting relevant politicians, interest groups and experts to attend. Council will also encourage other municipalities to push for action by the State government. Please come along to the Koala Forum, 26 March, 6-10pm, Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington. Light supper served.

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Mornington Coast Walk to support FightMND, Mornington Park 16 Pier to Perignon Swim, Sorrento Foreshore Carl and Eric’s Family Day, The Briars 28 Kilburn Cinema, Mt Martha Parade Lawns 29 Feb – 1 Mar Annual Whiting Challenge, Westernport Angling Club March 7

Red Hill Show, Red Hill Recreation Reserve Mornington Country Music Festival, The Briars 8 Peninsula Piers and Pinots, Flinders Foreshore Rosebud KiteFest, Rosebud Village Green 9 Somerville Family Day, Fruit Growers Reserve 14 Billy Kart Grand Prix, Wilby Street, Sorrento 15 Doggy Day Out, Rosebud Village Green Neighbour Day, Seawinds Community Hub MY Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival 2020, Mount Eliza Regional Park 22 Safety Beach Sufferfest Triathlon Information is correct at time of printing. For a full list of all Shire events see our website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/events

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