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There’s a price to pay when making a splash at The Pillars IT’S the place to be on a hot summer’s day. The Pillars, off The Esplanade, Mt Martha, has suddenly become a crowd favourite. Social media is abuzz with photos and chat about the steep rocks that provide a platform from which to jump into the sparkling waters of the bay. But problems abound at the trendy jumping off spot. Besides jumpers taking a risk, jet skiers have collided and residents in nearby streets are complaining about cars parked on their nature strips. The Esplanade may be marked with double lines and roadside No Parking signs, but that is no deterrent for a driver intent on making a splash at The Pillars. Police and council parking officers are having a field day booking cars and now the politicians are calling for government help. “Booked at The Pillars�, Page 14

Inherent dangers: Senior Sergeant Brett Coloe is concerned about pedestrian safety at The Esplanade, Mt Martha, hotspot. Picture: Yanni

Special charge may come without path David Harrison david@mpnews.com.au RATEPAYERS on the Mornington Peninsula could be required to contribute to special charge schemes for footpaths in their area but never get one built past their house. This could occur if the Somers model – charging almost an entire community for a single footpath to be built – became a template for other areas, shire chief operating officer Alison Leighton

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told council’s 8 February meeting. The Somers path is two kilometres away from some properties being asked to pay. “It’s not something that I can unambiguously rule out,� Ms Leighton said in answer to a question from David Gill, a leading opponent of the Somers plan. Mr Gill later said Somers Village Community Association intends taking the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). He said the motion to proceed with

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the concrete paths was moved by Red Hill ward councillor, Tim Wood who he believed “did little to put any case for his constituents�. “His effort was laughed at by the large gallery of people who can claim to be representing Somers after submitting 500 signatures opposing the 5.2 kilometre concrete path scheme,� Mr Gill said. “The Somers Village Community Association is demanding an investigation into council methods used to influence people effected by the concrete

paths scheme. This includes council paying for delivery of pamphlets [containing incorrect information] instigated by a group supporting the scheme.� Ms Leighton said she was not aware of any other “area-wide� footpath projects being proposed, “but obviously it’s open to future councils of the day to make decisions around those kinds of projects�. Such “area-wide� projects could also be proposed in urban areas of the peninsula. The Somers footpath is contentious

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because it radically expands the catchment area of property owners who will be required to contribute to the special charge scheme. Some 1245 Somers properties will be levied: only a few are excluded. Until now only owners of properties directly abutting a new footpath, or on the opposite side of the road to it, have been required to pay the charge. This is because they get, as the Local Government Act requires, a “special benefit� from the footpath (section 163). Continued Page 6

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