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Floods blamed on VicRoads VICROADS is being blamed for flooded roads and gutters dampening trade along Rosebud’s shopping strip. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council says the pits and drainage system are the responsibility of VicRoads to clean and maintain and that it contacted the authority to alert it to blocked sewage run off points causing flooding along the strip as far back as May. Jetty’s Pizza proprietor Bahaa Jamal Eddine said calls to the shire complaining about flooding on the corner of Jetty and Point Nepean roads and urging a quick clean-up had not been actioned and that the flooding was turning customers away (“Flooded roads bad for business” The News 25/6/19). “Jetty’s Pizza and Baro have had reservations not turn up in the evenings due to the flooding on this intersection,” he said. “It’s a big put off to have to drive through flood water to patronise a business: who would risk that in order just to eat – especially when it rains on days like it did on Wednesday 12 June. “We do not need more reasons for people to avoid visiting our stores in the depths of winter when many local businesses struggle regardless of this additional handicap. This is a weekly occurrence during winter.” But the shire’s acting executive manager infrastructure services Rebecca Levy said the shire had “urgently contacted VicRoads on 2 May to notify them of the flooding”.

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“VicRoads advised they would be sending a crew immediately to the flooded intersection and that they would liaise directly with the customer to notify them that their request had been lodged,” she said. Also, following Mr Eddine’s plea to the council, the shire’s roads, drainage and cleansing team inspected the run-off points and provided a response which the mayor Cr David Gill delivered on Monday 24 June. “The pits and drainage system are the responsibility of VicRoads to clean and maintain,” Cr Gill said. “A few weeks ago when we had heavy rain we notified [VicRoads] that the pits required cleaning out and they assured us that it would happen in the near future. “After further investigation VicRoads confirmed that the flooding was due to sand build up in the pits which were cleaned this week.” The mayor said he understood the importance of maintaining infrastructure and committed to responding quickly when issues were reported. “Council will continue to advocate that this interruption to traders and their customers be fixed as soon as possible.” A Department of Transport spokesperson said: “As soon as we were made aware of an issue affecting roadside drains on Point Nepean Road, we took immediate steps to investigate the cause. Stephen Taylior

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Monica Kovacevic leads the kite flyers at Sorrento Community Centre. Picture: Yanni

Kites a holiday highlight KITES of all sorts flew long and high during Sorrento Community Centre’s school holiday programs on last week and this week. A range of activities are in full swing. Busy kids needing to let off a bit of steam can play basketball and learn circus skills. Those wishing to channel their creative sides can try card making, drama school, or witch and wizard-craft.

Lego workshops are a perennial favourite. Activities run until Friday 12 July at the centre, 860 Melbourne Road, Sorrento (adjacent to the IGA shopping centre car park). To find out more, or to book, call 5984 3360. Activities are $20 per session, with a season pass also available.

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION SAT 27TH JULY LIMITED TICKETS ONLY $25 - BOOK NOW!

DOORS OPEN 8PM FOR 9PM SHOW TICKETS FROM VENUE OR TICKETEBO.COM.AU/ROSEBUD HOTEL BOOKING FEE MAY APPLY TO ONLINE BOOKINGS • TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY • PHOTO ID REQUIRED • MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS

MEAL DEAL - winter special One Free One Free

Beer, Wine or Soft Drink with any main meal purchase

Beer, Wine or Soft Drink with any main meal purchase

for LUNCH ONLY MONDAY - THURSDAY

for LUNCH ONLY MONDAY - THURSDAY

VALID from July 15th - July 18th

VALID from July 15th- July 18th

*Not valid with any other offer *No seniors meals *No kids meals

*Not valid with any other offer *No seniors meals *No kids meals

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL -5950 0800 www.rosebudcountryclub.com.au Southern Peninsula News

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