Anzac Day at home
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ALL public Anzac Day events on the Mornington Peninsula, including services and marches, have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The decision was made in line with Returned Services League Victoria and the state government’s decision to cancel Anzac Day commemorative services and marches, Saturday 25 April. The RSL is asking that people stand in their yards, driveways, or on their balconies and observe a minute’s silence as the Last Post is played during the Anzac Day dawn service. The service will be streamed online at RSL Victoria’s Facebook page at 6am, and those taking part are encouraged to share a picture of themselves paying their respects to veterans with the hashtag #standto. Due to the current medical emergency, RSL Victoria will confirm closer to the day whether the dawn service will be televised live. “While it is very disappointing to everyone that our local Anzac Day events have been cancelled, our priority right now is to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, many of whom are veterans,” Mornington Peninsula mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “However, we must all still take the time to stop on Anzac Day and remember with gratitude in our hearts those who’ve made incredible sacrifices for others during past moments of conflict and crisis. “It is more important than ever to check in with our elderly and vulnerable, and so I urge our community to take extra care of each other in the lead up to, and after, Anzac Day.” Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ANZAC or facebook.com/rslvic
THIS powerful owl that resides in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Cranbourne gardens is likely to be enjoying plenty of undisturbed sleep. The gardens, at the corner of Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, are now closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Gary Sissons
Going wild at home ALTHOUGH wildlife parks are closed, children should not forget they are surrounded by wildlife. A competition being run by Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Pearcedale asks school-aged students to look around their backyard, home or balcony to discover and photograph wildlife.
For a chance to win one of four $100 Moonlit Sanctuary gift vouchers children should go to the website and upload their best photos along with one fact about the creature in their picture. The competition runs until 5pm, Friday 21 April. Winners will be announced Monday 24 April. Details: moonlitsanctuary.com.au/ backyard-wildlife-photo-competition
Stay connected during COVID We’re working hard to keep our community connected, despite the temporary closure of our libraries and gallery. Libraries Our website has a new Social Hub, featuring a feast of online activities found on the eLibrary page: • Training and resources to move your business online and take it to the next level • Wellness advice and ideas for keeping kids busy.
If you have a child in Grade 5 and would like them to attend Padua College from Year 7 2022, enrolments open on Monday 2 March 2020.
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Southern Peninsula News 15 April 2020
There’s also a huge range of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos and online courses including business, computing and art and craft. For youngsters we’ve launched a twice weekly story time session livestreamed on Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am.
For details: ourlibrary.mornpen.vic.gov.au mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au artsandculture.mornpen.vic.gov.au 5950 1000
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery We have created fun online art and activities and virtual exhibitions.
Don’t miss out on any new online opportunities. Visit our websites and sign up to to receive regular e-newsletters. For more tips on how to stay connected visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ stayconnected
Southern Peninsula News 14 April 2020