Surfers in waiting HUNDREDS of volunteers and surfers will have to wait until March to find out if the next scheduled Disables Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula beach day will go ahead. The 16 January event was cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions. The Point Leo Foreshore Committee told the DSAMP that it was against any events being held at the beach during the month. The DSAMP said the March event will go ahead “should this be feasible considering the state of the environment at that point”. “Obviously, nobody wants to hear this as the decision. We only want surfers in the water and for us, volunteers and carers to feel the buzz alongside them. But health and safety are the priority,” the DSAMP’s executive team stated. Earlier, the group’s online booking system was stopped from going online because of doubts about holding the event. At that stage contract tracing had revealed COVID-19 cases with contacts in Cape Schanck.
THERE is no shortage of helping hands for surfers during one of the DSAMP’s surf events at Point Leo. Pictures: Keith Platt
Access made easy BEACH matting rolled out on the beach near Mount Martha Life Saving allows wheelchair access to the water. The matting is part of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s disability inclusion plan and is available daily. Two MobiChairs are available on weekends until Easter Monday 5 April. The shire says higher than usual tides have meant it is not safe to roll out matting at Mills Beach, Mornington, although a MobiChair beach wheelchair will be available on weekends during Mornington Life Saving Club’s patrol hours. To see beach conditions, including the beach matting at Mount Martha visit: mmlsc.com.au/ webcam Details about other accessible beaches on the pe insula are at mornpen.vic.gov.au/accessiblerecreation
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Shire offers relief and recovery grants MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council is extending its range of community and business grants to “support our community in the recovery phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic. To be launched next week, the grants will be available to eligible business associations, bushland and foreshore friends groups, Landcare groups, not-for-profit organisations, community groups and “creatives” (individuals, organisations and groups). The grants follow help to peninsula businesses in which the shire offered rent relief, waived outdoor trading fees, launched a Funding Finder website and Support Local campaign, as well as extended outdoor dining areas for food businesses. “I encourage anyone in our community looking for financial support for their eligible group or business to apply for a relief and recovery grant. It can go a long way to help get your business back on its feet,” the mayor Cr Despi
O’Connor said. She said the Funding Finder website provided a “full overview” of local, state and federal governments, as well as philanthropic grant programs. “It’s easy to use and takes the guesswork out of finding funding.” Grants include relief grants of $2000 starting 18 January; a $3000 business association COVID-19 recovery grant program will run 1 February to 5 March; $10,000 community recovery grants (1-26 February); and $10,000 biolinks support grants (8 February-5 March). Details for each program with eligibility and assessment criteria are available at mornpen.vic. gov.au/grants The shire’s annual community grant program has been deferred for the 2020–21 financial year. A list of 1250 grant and finance opportunities is at mornpen.vic.gov.au/fundingfinder
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Southern Peninsula News 20 January 2021
Southern Peninsula News 19 January 2021