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Shire to explain planning changes THREE public meetings are being held to explain changes to state government planning regulations that allow 11 metre high three storey buildings in residential areas across the Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors are concerned about the changes which will affect those living in Rosebud, Dromana, Capel Sound, Bittern, Hastings, Tyabb, Somerville and Baxter. “My fellow councillors and I believe these information sessions are a great opportunity for those in affected townships and surroundings to hear about the planning changes and what the shire is doing to save their character,” the mayor Cr Bev Colomb said. At a recent planning services committee meeting, councillors backed an interim peninsula wide design and development overlay (DDO) which will be presented to planning minister Richard Wynne for his consideration. “The change to the general residential zone, in the absence of additional planning controls, presents a significant risk of inappropriate development on the peninsula,” planning services manager David Bergin said. “To protect our townships … from the negative impact of these planning changes, this interim DDO will ensure that development is not inconsistent with the role and character of Mornington Peninsula townships.” The interim DDO will expire after two years – allowing the shire time

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to work on strategies that will likely result in the application of similar planning controls for these areas on a permanent basis. It will affect about 24,200 properties. Information sessions will be held at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Rd, 6-8pm, Thursday 20 July, Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington, 6-8pm, Wednesday 26 July, and Tyabb Community Hall, 1535 Frankston-Flinders Rd, 6-8pm, Tyabb, Wednesday 2 August. Light suppers will be provided. To learn more about the planning changes visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/ planningchanges. Stephen Taylor

Working bee A WORKING bee and barbecue will be held at Harrisons Rd, Dromana, 8.30am-1pm, Saturday 15 July. The aim is to control weeds in the Harrisons Rd Reserve which has some of the best remnant vegetation on the Mornington Peninsula. Those attending should meet in the Dromana Secondary College carpark. Morning tea, freshly baked goods, barbecue, juice, bread, sausages, chops, salads and tomato sauce are available. A person or a couple are required to man the barbecue instead of weeding. Bring gloves, hat, boots and name badge. Secateurs and dabbers will be provided. Email: gibbddv@gmail.com or text 0417 564 599 or call 59 872 396.

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Good taste: Georgie Bass Cafe and Cooking School head chef Michael Cole, the mayor Cr Bev Colomb and apprentice Laura Skvor celebrate their win. Picture: Supplied

Recipe for contest success IT may be long running, but the waiting for the outcome of the international Bocuse d’Or World Cooking Contest is like a slow-prepared or slow-cooked meal: well worthwhile. Head chef of the Georgie Bass Cafe and Cooking School at Flinders, Michael Cole, and Rosebud Chisholm Institute apprentice Laura Skvor, have won the Australian selection of the contest and next compete in Singapore

from which the top five Asian teams qualify for the 2019 Bocuse d’Or finals in France. Cole also won the Australian Chef of the Year award. Cole and his apprentice Skvor were brought together through a campaign to connect the tourism industry and jobseekers on the peninsula. The enterprise by Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mornington Pen-

insula Regional Tourism Board and Chisholm Institute included working with tourism ambassadors who featured in videos to inspire job seekers. The campaign aims to build up an understanding among school leavers, job seekers, skilled workers and professionals to consider the peninsula tourism industry as a first-choice career. Details: mpbusiness.com.au

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Southern Peninsula News 11 July 2017

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