Southern Peninsula News 9 March 2021

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NEWS DESK

Anger over boat ramp ‘neglect’ Continued from Page 1 Mr Kramer saoid Tyrone had become the only boat ramp car park in Australia that offered only parallel parking. It is an absolute joke to expect drivers to parallel-park with a trailer on. The bay trail must be realigned and angle parking reintroduced.” Dredging was also needed at Sorrento where “one third of the tie up area is unusable due to the sand build up”. “The Andrews government made an election commitment to make boating better during this term of government and they have set up a Better Boating Fund [generating] $30 million annually for all this maintenance and improvements,” Mr Kramer said. “They just can’t get the council or the committees of management to do the work.”

A member of the minister’s Boating Strategy Roundtable Group, Mr Kramer believes the ramps need to be managed by one authority that will “show proper care for the facilities and get them to a condition that meets boaters’ expectations”. “On 1 February, Better Boating Victoria was moved under the Victorian Fisheries Authorities control,” he said. “The VFA has a strong record for getting things done, and fishing in Victoria has never been better. “Now it is time for boat ramps to take the same path.” Mornington Peninsula Shire was contacted for comment.

RYE boat ramp is one of many in Port Phillip and Western Port that Futurefish Foundation director David Kramer says are being neglected. Picture: Yanni

Police calling halt to gender bias POLICE from Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud stations are striking the “Choose to Challenge” pose as part of their International Women’s Day activities, Monday 8 March. Hastings Acting Senior Sergeant Deanne Williams and First Constable Jenny Baker are keen to celebrate and raise an awareness of the achievements of women and to champion the goal of achieving gender equality. They say: “Let’s all choose to challenge gender bias and inequality. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change.” Their message is: Choose to call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotypes, and choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. “Everyone has a role to play in creating gender equality. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.” Visit #ChooseToChallenge to participate.

Jabs on the frontline FRONTLINE workers at Frankston Hospital have begun to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Peninsula Health staff began to receive their first vaccine doses on 3 March. Nurse Vanessa Nolan said “it went absolutely fine, barely felt a thing.” “It was a really simple and seamless process. I sat in the chair, signed a consent form, got the vaccination, sat down for about 15 minutes or so and then back off to work,” she said. “I’ve seen the effects of the virus on people and their families. I’m just doing my part to get vaccinated, not just to protect myself and my family from infection, but everyone else in the entire community. “Every vaccine that is received brings us that further step closer towards curbing the spread of the virus in our community.” Ms Nolan has been working in the Bass Ward at the hospital, which is dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients. The vaccination clinic for staff has been set up at the hospital’s John Madder Hall. Around 15 staff are based at the clinic, tasked with delivering doses to more than 100 staff members a day. Peninsula Health says that a trained immunisation nurse is on site to administer adrenaline if someone has an adverse reaction.

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Southern Peninsula News

10 March 2021