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5973 6424 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Making their mark: Artists Dani Nobble-Duffy, Rosie Weiss, Andrew Grimmer, Patt Watts, June MC Kenna, Greg Hanson, Mark, Mila, Nikolai and Asher Holand and some of their handiwork. Picture: Yanni

Hoarding art to push graffiti aside A GROUP of artists from the southern peninsula has made their colourful mark on the royal blue hoarding surrounding a development block at 2217-23 Point Nepean Rd, Rye. Their handiwork has come about after Jennifer Ellen, manager/owner of the neighbouring Flock of Seagulls indoor market and cafe became alarmed that graffitists would take to the “blank canvas” and make the wall an eyesore while the apartments were being built – and at a time when Rye is putting on its “best face” for summer visitors. The main theme of the work will be the artists’ interpretation of Rye as a coastal town occupying a fragile and beautiful land-andmarine environment. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council agreed to come to the party, providing help with permits, insurance and $500. The building contractor gave their permission for the hoarding to become a work of art and a Rye hardware store donated the paint. “It has long been known that the most effective strategy for stopping graffiti vandalism is to have the blank surfaces covered with art,” Rye Community Group Alliance chair Mechelle Cheers said. “There appears to be a code amongst graffiti vandals that they won’t tag over the art of others.”

Slow crawl to fill pool hopes Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE long, slow crawl to a new aquatic centre at Rosebud is now focussed on public reaction to a business case comparing costs associated with building a 25 metre or a 50 metre long pool. Analysis of the business case presented last week to Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors shows a $700,000 a year deficit if the shire plunges into building the shorter pool $132,000 a year less than the losses of

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a 50 metre pool. The larger pool will also cost an extra $8.6 million to build. Buildings and open space team leader David Hampton says the 2017/18 budget includes just $591,000 of the estimated $1.8m-$2.4m (seven per cent of construction costs) design and development costs. He says more money will be sought in the 2018/19 to complete the design and development part of the $25.7m$34.3m project. Consultants say the project could attract $5 million through government

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grants, although Mr Hampton sees this as being at the “lower end of $13 million potential grant opportunities”. Council’s original plans to build a pool on the foreshore at Rosebud were squashed by the state government and an alternate plan, which led to the shire paying $5.1 million for shops in Wannaeue Place, Rosebud, has also been dropped. Mr Hampton has now thrown councillors a lifeline to again scramble out of the aquatic centre project by saying contracts for professional fees will “structured” to ensure there are no “ongoing liabilities in the event of the

project being abandoned”. Earlier in his report to council’s 12 December public meeting Mr Hampton acknowledges strong public support for a 50 metre pool (80 per cent of respondents to a council survey), but warns of “a risk of over investment”. Operating a longer pool would also increase the aquatic centre having a “significantly greater carbon footprint”, cost $45,000 a year more in energy bills and use more water. Meanwhile, a concerted media campaign has been launched to remind councillors of the community’s prefer-

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