17 December 2019

Page 10

NEWS DESK

Southern Peninsula

Proudly published by Mornington Peninsula News Group Pty. Ltd

PHONE: 03 5974 9000 Published weekly

Circulation: 22,870

Audit period: Apr 2014 - Sept 2014

Source: AMAA; CAB Total Distribution Audit for further information visit auditedmedia.org.au

Journalists: Stephen Taylor, Brodie Cowburn 5974 9000 Photographers: Gary Sissons, Yanni Advertising Sales: Ricky Thompson 0425 867 578 or ricky@mpnews.com.au Real Estate Account Manager: Jason Richardson 0421 190 318 Production/Graphic design: Marcus Pettifer, Dannielle Espagne Group Editor: Keith Platt 0439 394 707 Publisher: Cameron McCullough REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS: Craig MacKenzie, Peter McCullough, Stuart McCullough, Ben Triandafillou ADDRESS: Mornington Peninsula News Group, PO Box 588 Hastings 3915 Email: team@mpnews.com.au Web: mpnews.com.au DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE: 1PM ON THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER 2019 NEXT ISSUE PUBLICATION DATE: WEDNESDAY 25 DECEMBER 2019

An independent voice for the community We are the only locally owned and operated community newspaper on the Mornington Peninsula. We are dedicated to the belief that a strong community newspaper is essential to a strong community. We exist to serve residents, community groups and businesses and ask for their support in return.

When the lights go out ELECTRICITY distributor United Energy wants Mornington Peninsula residents to prepare for extreme temperatures and the fire season by ensuring they “know what to do if the power goes out in an emergency”. The company says customers can plan for outages to ensure they stay safe and minimise inconvenience, as well as “get back on with their day quickly once the lights come back on”. It says it plans year-round for summer, with “500 people involved in inspecting poles, cutting vegetation and installing bushfire mitigation devices”. “However, [we] can’t control the weather, so these tips will help locals prepare for the summer ahead.” Tips include downloading the VicEmergency app, bookmarking the United Energy outage map and keeping emergency phone numbers handy; recharging phones and laptops to stay connected with family and friends, and preparing a contingency plan for life support equipment or those needing electrical items to care for babies, people with disability, elderly or pets. Other tips are to have an emergency kit ready with cash for supplies, first-aid items, medications, torches, candles, matches, portable radio and heavy-duty gloves, and back-up computers and phones to keep data safe. The distributor says customers should consider alternative power sources for water pumps and cooking sources, and make sure they know how to open their garage doors and gates manually. In the event of an outage, they

SERIOUS TIMES CALL FOR FUN TIMES!

The high life: United Energy crews attend to power pole repairs. Picture: Supplied

should take care and stay clear of fallen powerlines and report them on 132 099, it says. United Energy fire prevention manager Trevor Fisher said: “There is so much information available about how to plan and prepare for a bushfire emergency that it’s easy to forget about what impacts a power outage can have – like causing ATMs to go down. “Everyone needs to have a fire plan and maintain their property in line with state government and emergency services’ advice, but United Energy hopes its tips help residents feel they

have an added safety net should the lights go out.” Mr Fisher said the network was designed and maintained to cope with summer weather, but extreme heat and weather events put extra pressure on the network which could cause outages, while bushfires could also affect supply. “If the power does go out, we are ready to respond quickly, and we encourage residents in the United Energy network to be as prepared as possible,” he said.

With all the serious financial and social problems around today, wouldn’t it be great if you could afford to insulate yourself from them all forever and have a lot more fun out of life along the way? Well if you’re over 50 and own your own home you can! Simply downsize to a new home with 5-star resort facilities at Lifestyle Bittern and Hastings. It’s not a retirement village, it’s a beautiful gated community. Prices start from just $445,000. To make things even better, there’s no stamp duty, council rates, water rates or body corporate to pay, so you’ll have all the money you need left over to live a life of financial freedom and fun from now on. Call 1300 50 55 60 or visit lifestylebittern.com.au or lifestylehastings.com.au today.

NO STAMP DUTY PAGE 10

Southern Peninsula News

18 December 2019

NO WATER RATES

NO BODY CORPORATE

NO COUNCIL RATES


Millions discover their favorite reads on issuu every month.

Give your content the digital home it deserves. Get it to any device in seconds.