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Wild weather a blow to boat, business Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au ONE of Rye and Rosebud’s longest-serving fishing charter operators suffered a blow last week when The Jillian was wrecked in a fierce storm. Operators Jon and Steve Dart’s Pompei-built 32 footer was washed ashore in huge waves while moored at McCrae, Saturday 9 February. Its cabin and covered area was torn off and the hull split along one side. Last week the 20-passenger boat was sitting high and dry and roped off while the brothers decided what to do with her. In an open letter to friends and customers on Monday 11 February, the Darts said the destructive winds and waves of Port Phillip had “claimed another victim”. “This time it was too close to home,” they said. “The Jillian, our iconic and much loved charter fishing boat which … had been instrumental in saving the lives of so many yachtsmen and seagoers on the bay, was washed ashore with devastating consequences. “We couldn’t save her and the best we could do was salvage what we could and clean up what we couldn’t. It was heartbreaking work, but, with the help of our amazing friends, relatives and some wonderful people who we didn’t even know, the job was completed on the day. “We have managed to salvage the damaged Pompei-built hull which tomorrow will be moved into storage.” The Darts said the response to the tragedy from friends, long-term customers and members of the public had been “overwhelming and we sincerely thank everybody for their support”. The brothers will put their second boat, the Ashlea Rose, into service so that the charter business can continue. The smaller Ashlea Rose licensed for 12 passengers will continue to operate out of Rosebud and Rye. The wrecking is a double blow for the brothers

Storm damage: The Jillian lies battered and broken on McCrae beach. Pictures: Supplied

who had the business up for sale only two months ago in what they described as the ultimate “sea change” experience. The boat had been refurbished at Martha Cove Marina and was “ready for the holiday season”, their sales literature stated.

Expert’s warning on climate change MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has been told it must immediately adopt strategies to tackle climate change. Minter Ellison special counsel Sarah Barker has told shire councillors and senior officers that climate change action and mitigation is a serious financial consideration for industries and communities across the globe. Ms Barker said strategies must immediately be integrated into all council activities to address climate change risks. She spoke on the approaches being taken by organisations worldwide, including the World Economic Forum, global banks, ratings agencies and insurance agencies to cope with its impacts. The mayor Cr David Gill said the council wanted to learn more about global approaches to climate change. “It was great to hear from an industry expert and reinforce the knowledge that our efforts to adapt council operations and support our community are in line with global trends,” he said. “Sarah presented a different lens on the potential risks to our community and highlighted the peninsula’s vulnerability to sea level rise in low lying areas. “The productivity of our agricultural sector is also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change through longer droughts, stronger storms and flash flooding. “Council is working to ensure the community is well equipped with the knowledge and tools to prepare for these risks and reduce liability.” “We have an obligation to limit [its] impact and also to lessen [its] liability to our ratepayers long after this council term is over,” he said. The shire’s climate change, energy and water manager Melissa Burrage said the council had been proactive in encouraging community action. “We’re determined to shape a council and community prepared to respond to the impacts of climate change across all areas of operations, especially planning, infrastructure, finance and the environment,” she said.

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