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Probe into planning decisions

FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt, right, volunteers at a 2018 Point Leo event with with Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula president John Bowers. Mr Hunt has used a picture taken on the same day on his 2020 fridge magnet calendar. Picture: Keith Platt

Surfers, volunteers off to the beach HUNDREDS of surfers and volunteers are expected at Point Leo beach on Saturday (18 January) for the first event of the year held by the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula (DSAMP). Registration for surfers and volunteers starts from 10am near the Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Cub. The first surfers will be in the water by 11am with the event finishing at 3 pm. “You don’t have to be an experienced surfer to help, we have volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who help at our events,” DSAMP president John Bowers said. “And we have all sorts of things for our volunteers to do, from being in the water to cooking a barbecue. “At one of last year’s events we were short of people at the registration table and a very kind lady did a great job helping us out, so there Is plenty to do.” Mr Bowers said volunteers wanting to help in the water should take along bathers and a towel

“and, if they have a wetsuit, that’s great”. Wetsuits could also be provided if needed. He said the DSAMP provided barbecued food, water and drinks. Merchandise sold to raise money for the DSAMP now included a new DSAMP drink bottle. Last year’s event in January had more than 200 volunteers and 100 participants. For more details or to pre-register visit Facebook DSAMP or call John Bowers on 0409 945 064.

Irvine exhibition AEGEAN Designs gallery in Portsea is exhibiting works by Greg Irvine until 10 February. The exhibition is the first by Irvine for four years. The gallery’s owner, artist Allison Ermogenis, ran a gallery for 10 years on the Greek island of Santorini. Aegean Designs is at 1/3760 Point Nepean Road, Portsea, call 0424 545 366.

Continued from Page 1 Cr Gill said the review was “a great opportunity for all councillors to see if anything should be investigated”. “I’ve been concerned for a long time about the involvement of politicians, and planning ministers in particular [in making planning decisions]. It often comes down to a decision by one person, and who knows who’s been making donations to political parties? “One member of VCAT (Victorian Civic and Administrative Tribunal) makes a decision and who questions it? That’s just the way it works. “We now need to show people that you don’t always get away with it.” The review will also look at councillors’ voting patterns and possible involvement of past shire officers Shire CEO John Baker said that due to “the extended time period” it would take “take a number of weeks before the review is complete”.

Engineers, planners and developers associated with the most prominent of three companies, Mornington-based Watsons Pty Ltd, have for decades been involved in hundreds of developments on the peninsula. IBAC has been sent information about the $650 million (a 2002 estimate by one-time developer City Pacific) Martha Cove marina and residential development at Safety Beach, which underwent several major planning changes well outside a seven-year review. Mr Baker said councillors would be given a brief report on the approach [to the review] “seeking support for a transparent and open process to be undertaken by management”. “Council may not be in a position to lawfully disclose the outcome of any review,” he said. Mr Baker said he was not aware if any shire officers had been contacted by IBAC or whether any would be called to testify at the IBAC hearings which re-start in February.

Dava digs deep

Saturday 25 January. “Since Friday 3 January we have raised just over $1300,” he said. “We would like to let the community know what we are doing and how they can contribute by coming to the club and having a bit of fun in the process.” The club is in Strathmore Road, Balnarring. Details: Danny Wynd 0400 583 769 (after 1pm).

PATRONS of the Dava Hotel at Mt Martha had by last week donated $2139 to various bushfire relief appeals – and there’s more to come. The hotel will donate all money raised through the sale of eight kegs of beer to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. This includes two kegs every Friday in January. Patrons also have the opportunity to donate at various points at the hotel, including into a sealed, empty keg, as well as three donation boxes in the sports bar, cafe, and gaming room.

Bowling for charity BALNARRING Bowls Club has embarked on a month long charity drive to raise money for bushfire relief. Chairman Danny Wynd said members would donate barbecue profits from each Friday night’s Barefoot Bowls as well as Bendigo Bank sponsored community days on Sunday 5 January and

Sponsors on course MEMBERS of Mount Martha Golf Club will be on the fairways and greens next month along with their sponsors. Dinner will follow the Friday 7 February nine hole round of golf at a special event to thank sponsors for their continued backing of the club. For details about Mount Martha Golf Club or to join, call 5974 4737, 0427 044 889 or make an inquiry at

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