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Cars ‘jump’ red lights at school MORNINGTON MP David Morris wants the state government to declare a highway school zone outside Balcombe Grammar School, Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. He says there are “credible and disturbing reports” that cars are ignoring pedestrian lights near the school entrance. “While the school has funded and installed pedestrian lights to assist in crossing the highway, there are credible and disturbing reports that numbers of cars are jumping the red light,” Mr Morris said. “All too often in these situations it is a case of waiting until an accident happens before any action is taken. I do not want that to be the case

at Balcombe Grammar. “I raised this issue a number of years ago in Parliament, and I was told at the time by the then minister, that the address of the school was not Nepean Highway. That was a convenient, ludicrous cop-out. “The buses that serve the school run along Nepean Highway, and for students arriving in the morning from the north or departing in the afternoon to the south, it is necessary to cross a busy road.” Mr Morris said Balcombe Grammar should have a school zone the same as provided on Nepean Highway at Mornington and Mount Eliza.

Signing up as chairman for the year ahead

JUSTICES of the peace Eric Sangwell, Peter Fulton and Bob Bolch. Picture: Supplied

BOB Bolch will be chairman of the Mornington Peninsula Branch of Justices for the next year. Mr Bolch was installed by Sergeant Craig Davis, of Frankston police, at the annual general meeting of the justices on 4 December. Eric Sangwell is treasurer and Peter Fulton, secretary. The peninsula JPs are among 3750 volunteer justices of the peace in Victoria, with many working at the 98 document signing centres at police stations to take affadavits and statutory declarations and signing about 1.5 million national and international documents a year, including powers of attorney. Signing stations attended by peninsula JPs operate from police stations at Frankston, Mornington, Rosebud, Hastings and Carrum Downs. To find your nearest JP between Christmas and New Year or anytime call 1300 365 567.

Back at work: Cyclist Paul Balchin thanks “first-class care” for getting him mobile again. Picture: Supplied

Back on his bike after emergency KEEN cyclist Paul Balchin regularly rides 250400 kilometres a week. That’s why the presumably very fit patient services assistant at Rosebud Hospital didn’t foresee a heart attack in the middle of his shift. “I was at work doing some cleaning, my normal duties, just before lunch,” said Mr Balchin, of Rosebud. “I had really strong chest pain. I wasn’t sure what it was and went to get some fresh air, but it didn’t go away.” Mr Balchin told his manager who put him into a wheelchair and took him to the hospital’s emergency department. “It happened so fast and I was in quite a lot of pain,” he said. “I had an 80 per cent blockage in one of my main arteries.” The only thing Mr Balchin remembers is thinking how fast he was diagnosed by the ED staff.

He was transferred to Frankston Hospital where cardiology specialists put a stent in the artery causing the problem. “Then they found that I had another artery that was 90 per cent blocked,” Mr Balchin said. A second, life-saving stent was put in. A few weeks later he was back on his bike and well enough to go on a pre-planned trip to Europe. “I have been back and thanked all the staff and said, basically, ‘You saved my life’,” he said. This Christmas, Peninsula Health is raising money for resuscitation equipment for Frankston and Rosebud emergency departments. “You want the hospital to have the best possible facilities, as you never know when you are going to be the patient,” Mr Balchin said. Make a donation by calling 9788 1284 or visiting peninsulahealth.org.au/emergencyappeal.

Christmas Parade SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER 10am -12pm

Commencing at Rosebud Primary School, travelling along Point Nepean rd, up Ninth Ave and concluding at Rosebud Central Plaza (Dimmy’s) Meet Santa & his Dogs - Peninsula School of Dance Performers - Jason Coleman’s ‘Humanimals’ Performers Sea Scout Sausage Sizzle - Jazz Jokers - SPUKES

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