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NEWS DESK funds to refurbish the original dressing rooms and add an extension. It successfully applied for a gaming licence in 1993. Since then the club has maintained, expanded and improved its facilities at its own expense. The Club contributed $20,000 to the construction of Pelican Park Recreation Centre; offers its courtesy bus to local groups; and, I estimate, has donated close to $1 million back into the community since poker machines were introduced. Sadly, all that effort and initiative has failed to be included or taken into account in the report presented to council and that massive increase in rent could lead to The Club struggling to continue to be a viable entity. Brian L Stahl, Hastings

Moored at Mornington Place for smoke August 1st. No smoking in in outdoor dining areas. Note the rubbish receptacle forground. The perfect place for the council to set outdoor seating for old jokers to rest & an occasional smoko. And coffee? Cliff Ellen, Rye

vastly different to today, having one small oval surrounded on both sides by King Creek. The dressing rooms were a tin shed and, of its own initiative, the Hastings football and cricket club in1967 formed a co-operative to raise money for new clubrooms and dressing rooms. The building was completed in 1969 on the northern side of King Creek, which meant gaining access to the oval over the creek. Members of the club at their own expense transported spoil from Baxter and piped and covered the creek to provide clear access. In 1974 the club was the first junior sporting organisation in Victoria to be granted a full liquor license. In 1976 the Shire of Hastings built the existing change rooms and public toilets after construction of the Thomas Barclay Oval and the club again used the co-operative to raise its own

Edmund Burke (“Rocks not answer” Letters 11/4/17) is incredible because he states that I have “often expressed dislike of sailors, young and old, using Mornington harbour and, in fact, Port Philip and Australia’s surrounding waters for their enjoyment and recreation”. I have said no such thing. Never. Not verbal, written, or implied. I had never heard of Edmund Burke until now. He also advises me, strangely, to go and live somewhere else if I don’t like it here. At least he appears to agree that the best option for Mornington pier during violent storms is to have no wave barriers at all. Let the sea flow. I did vehemently oppose the marina proposal seven or eight years ago which would have destroyed our beaches and amenities for ugly money. In case Mr. Burke is confusing me with somebody else, I love the sea, having learned to swim before I could walk, thanks to Mum, a long time ago at another bayside beach. I once owned a 23 foot trailer-sailer and often launched it at Mornington boat ramp. My three young children learned to sail on this boat; some of my friends learned terror in bad weather. I’ve dropped anchor in Mornington town and the wind has gone out of my sails, so I’m here to stay. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

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New 70kph limit: Workers install the revised speed signs on Melbourne Rd last week.

Speed cut for safety’s sake hensive assessment of the numerous crashes and use of Melbourne Rd indicated significant road safety benefits through lowering the 80kph limit. “Further to this, travel time analysis indicated increases in travel times would be no greater than 40 seconds.” The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the shire aimed to create a safe road system. “The shire is collaborating closely with the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads and police on the Towards Zero initiative to reduce road trauma on the peninsula,” she said. The shire says reducing speedswill achieve “significant road safety benefits”.

THE speed limit on Melbourne Rd between Iolanda St, Rye, and Heather Av, Sorrento, was cut from 80kph to 70kph on Wednesday 5 April. Temporary electronic signs will be displayed on Melbourne Rd to alert motorists. Early last year, Mornington Peninsula Shire became the first council in Australia to become a Towards Zero Municipality, the shire’s web page says. “One of the first initiatives of this commitment was addressing community group concerns about road safety on Melbourne Rd. “A community survey completed in late 2016 received mixed feedback, however a compre-

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18 April 2017  

Southern Peninsula News 18 April 2017

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