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NEWS DESK

Donors warm hearts of shed members Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au WHILE members of the Safety Beach-Dromana Men’s Shed were devastated by the theft of tools from their Pier Street premises last week, the generosity of well-wishers has lifted their spirits. Member John Whalley said within hours of news of the robbery becoming known Zac Poulier, proprietor of Stillwater at Crittendens, Dromana, had called to offer to cover the excess payable by the shed to its insurance

company over the burglary claim (“$12,000 theft a blow to men’s shed”, The News, 3/7/18). “The following day Zac visited the shed and presented us with a bank cheque for $1000,” Mr Whalley said. “Needless to say, we were blown away by such spontaneous generosity. We had considered a levy on members to meet the cost of our insurance excess, which would have been an unwelcome option to some members. Thankfully that will not now be necessary.” Mr Whalley said several other organisations had “rallied to our aid

with donations of new and pre-loved tools”. These included Bunnings Rosebud which donated a $300 drop saw and $200 drill which have allowed members to start reequipping their shed. Meanwhile, members of Dromana Football and Netball Club have chipped in to help, too. Shed vicepresident Graeme Morris said a whip around among players and officials after training on Thursday night raised $300 for tools and equipment. “It was a wonderful effort,” Mr Morris said. “It’s all about community.”

GRAEME Morris and other members of the Safety Beach-Dromana Men’s Shed after thieves stole their tools valued at $12,000. Picture: Yanni

Flooded car park dampens appetites for classes

Dunns Creek working bee

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Massive puddles: The car park and Wilkinson Street, Tootgarook “on a good day when it’s not as bad as after heavy rains”. Picture Supplied

“The issues are largely related to the flat nature of the area and no formal drainage infrastructure, compounded by significant school traffic volumes,” he said. “The shire has undertaken detailed planning and design work and will continue to review funding opportunities for the project to support a long-

term solution. “In the interim, the shire is continuing to monitor the situation, and will undertake reactive maintenance and pothole patching to assist in alleviating the water issues. Unfortunately, during heavy rain periods it is difficult to undertake these rectification works.”

Ms Coghlan said the shire had called on Thursday 5 July to say it would drop off a load of gravel to fill the potholes this week. “That’s only a temporary fix,” she said. “They know it’s a major problem but, because it’s only Toot and not Mornington or Sorrento, it gets swept under the carpet.”

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TOOTGAROOK Primary School parents and pupils are considering donning flippers and facemasks to negotiate “massive puddles” outside the school at drop-off and pick-up times. Parent Rebecca Coghlan said pupils and parents “not only get wet feet but some have fallen and hurt themselves getting in or out of the car”. “Some parents park on the opposite side where parking is not permitted and have received fines,” she said. “When they ring [Mornington Peninsula] shire to explain why they parked there, and try to get the fine waived, they are told no.” Staff members at the school say they have complained to the shire about the potholes “on several occasions”. “Some engineers did come out last year yet nothing has been done about it,” Ms Coghlan said. “The council put in a new footpath last year alongside the school [but it] only made the flooding worse. When we have lots of rain one whole part of the road floods and it also floods one of the school entry gates. “All the parents are fed up with ringing the shire to complain as nothing gets done about it – like for a few years now. It’s not good enough.” The shire’s infrastructure planning team leader Chris Munro confirmed he was aware of water “ponding” around the school.

A WORKING bee and barbecue will be held at Harrisons Road reserve, Dromana, 8.30am-midday, Saturday 14 July. The road reserve is reputed to contain some of the best examples of remnant vegetation on the Mornington Peninsula. “As well as containing important habitat for many of our native species, [the] remnant vegetation provides essential links to other areas, including Dromana Bushland Reserve, Bald Hill and Arthurs Seat State Park”, Cr David Gill said. “These links are essential for the ongoing conservation of biodiversity. The vegetation supports birds that eat the insects that attack our pastures.” Participants are asked to meet in the Dromana Secondary College carpark, even if they only have one hour’s free time. Dunns Creek Landcare will provide morning tea and freshly baked goods, barbecue, tea, coffee, juice, bread, sausages, lamb cutlets, salads and tomato sauce. BYO other food and drink. Especially welcome is someone, or a couple, to run the barbecue instead of participating in the working bee. Those attending should bring gloves, hat, boots, name badge, teenagers and enthusiasm. Secateurs and dabbers will be on hand. “If you have a favourite implement – bring it,” Cr Gill said. RSVP to gibbddv@gmail. com, text 0417 564 599 or call 59 872 396.

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