Mornington News 5 October 2021

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NEWS DESK Seniors Festival 2021 A REIMAGINED 2021 Seniors Festival will offer a range of COVIDSafe events across the Mornington Peninsula this month. These include the Seniors Festival at the Briars, Wednesday 6 October to Friday 8 October, and Wednesday 13 October to Friday 15 October. Those attending can present their senior’s card at the Briars Nursery at Mount Martha to receive a free indigenous plant of tube stock, such as ground covers, grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Email: nursery@mornpen. vic.gov.au Learn how to compost at a Zoom session, 10.30am- 12pm, Friday 15 October. Discover how to make the most of household and garden waste in this workshop. A composting expert will provide insights into creating a rich and natural conditioner for gardens, and explain composting, worm farms and Bokashi. Learn tips for composting in small spaces and discuss the new food waste collection system and the compost rebate. Session free for seniors. Visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/events The Summer-wise homes Zoom session is from 1-2.30pm, Friday 15 October. See what the Eco House has on display and learn how to prepare for summer without breaking the bank. The simple, informative session will provide easy, cost-effective ways to make a home cool and energy efficient. It’s free for seniors. Visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/events Get Online Week, 18-24 October, is a digital inclusion campaign organised by the Good Things Foundation. Everyone deserves the opportunity to safely participate in the digital world and no one should be left behind, they say. Visit: aus.getonlineweek.com For details, including how to book and lastminute additions visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/seniorsfestival or email: positiveageing@mornpen. vic.gov.au The shire says all event information is correct at the time of printing, but due to changing COVIDSafe settings, some events may be cancelled, postponed or moved online.

A MAN was trapped in his crushed car after it left the road and hit trees at Dromana last week. Pictures: Gary Sissons

Driver in hospital after airborne car lands in trees Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A RED Hill man was trapped in his car for two-and-a-half hours after hitting a guardrail, becoming airborne and smashing into trees four metres above the ground off White Hill Road, Dromana, 5pm, Thursday 30 September. CFA crews from Dromana, Red Hill, Mount Martha and Mornington CFA and the Fire Rescue Victoria pumper from Mornington worked frantically to free the 50-year-old who was taken to The Alfred hospital and reported to be in a serious but stable condition next day. Ambulance Victoria said the man was in a serious but stable condition with upper and lower body injuries. Rescuers had to clear dense undergrowth and

blackberries to get to the car at Moats Corner, near the intersection with Nepean Highway. They gave first-aid and emotional support to the driver who was alert during the entire rescue operation. Sergeant David Collins, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the driver – the sole occupant – may have suffered a medical episode while

travelling down White Hill Road in driving rain. Dromana CFA Captain Timothy Desmond said a substantial drop off the road saw them call in high angle rope rescue teams for support. “Over the next two-and-a-half hours the crews worked together to free the patient,” he said on social media. “The car was lodged between several trees and was suspended four to five metres in the air, making [the] rescue operation more difficult. “Road accident rescue operators used all their skills gained over many years to work through the technical operation and free the driver. This included a rope system to provide specialist rescue equipment via a Stokes litter – or basket stretcher – to the rescuers below.” Captain Desmond said Dromana CFA Rescue’s $85,000 Halmatro Pentheon Rescue Tool gave the crews more capacity to work in the remote location. “It was necessary to make several changes to the rescue plan to accommodate ongoing issues with an extreme degree of difficulty for our rescuers,” he said. Heavy rain meant the Air Ambulance was unable to land and the patient was taken by road ambulance to The Alfred hospital.

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5 October 2021


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