21 August 2018

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Fusion urges vote to support cafe plan

TRAFFIC banked up at at Rye during summer 2018. Picture: Yanni

Shire wants views on traffic Continued from Page 1 He said the range of potential options “become progressively more complex and costly, and with greater impacts, as the options become more substantive to resolve congestion in the longer term”. The report follows a decision by council on 24 April to place the draft road improvement strategy on public exhibition for four weeks and to provide a preliminary report within 90 days on traffic movements on the southern peninsula as an alternative to the freeway reserve overlay between Boneo Road and Blairgowrie. Mr Bradbrook said to progress beyond the initial investigation of alternatives to using the southern peninsula freeway reserve the shire should seek community views and feedback on traffic management ideas and options.

It should also seek state government partnerships with Transport for Victoria and VicRoads, and develop an integrated transport plan to “provide strategic direction and a basis for guiding and evaluating longer-term options”. He said there was a need for transport and economic modelling to further develop and ensure the viability of the options; for a comprehensive assessment of social and environmental impacts of options; and, for a conclusive environmental impact assessment of an arterial road corridor or freeway through the Tootgarook wetlands. The shire has submitted a funding proposal to VicRoads and Transport for Victoria seeking consideration as part of the state’s prioritised transport infrastructure program.

FOR the past two years team members at Fusion Mornington Peninsula has dreamed of a social enterprise thrift shop and cafe to assist their work among young people on the Mornington Peninsula. The Christian youth and community organisation, based in the former army barracks at Mt Martha, has been providing housing, youth programs and community support since the 1960s. Programs seek to connect young people aged 15-21 to networks in the community and engage them with a wider sense of belonging and achievement. By providing early interventions to youths within its program, it seeks to address the many issues that trigger long-term homelessness. Fusion‘s Stephanie Byrne said the thrift shop would provide an ongoing income stream for their work and serve as a community hub for trainees, volunteers and visitors. It would be an extension of their mission: Strengthening young people through a community based response:

accommodating, educating, supporting and sharing life. “The shop would be a convenient space for people of all ages, with values of community wellbeing placed alongside profitability,” she said. “Donated goods would be renovated, repurposed and sold. Young and old will work alongside one another, helping vulnerable young people develop employability skills and healthy connections to the local community.” Community groups will be invited to use the cafe/meeting space for classes and get-togethers. The dream could be made a reality through the state government’s Pick My Project community grants initiative. Fusion is asking Mornington Peninsula residents aged over 16 to vote for the Pick My Project community grants initiative to help it secure the necessary $110,000 funding. Vote at pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/rounds/ pick-my-project/ideas/fusion-retro-thrift-storecommunity-cafe

A brake in time to miss falling pine KITTY Wood almost didn’t make it home to Somers last week after a large pine tree came crashing down just metres from her car’s front bumper. The alert woman, in her 80s, thanks her lucky stars that she saw the mature tree moving ominously in strong winds in Coolart Road, south of Hodgins Road, and braked hard while watching it fall heavily across the road. “It was beginning to come down when I saw it,” Ms Wood said, recounting the shock she felt when it landed a mere car’s length in front of her – and possible injury or worse. “Images flashed through my mind of the poor

fellow crushed in his car by a tree in the country the other day,” she said. “The woman in the car behind me pulled up and said she couldn’t believe how lucky I was. She said I should take a Tatts ticket. “I think I’ve used up all my luck.” Strong winds played havoc with trees on the Mornington Peninsula last week, with gusts up to 100kph causing many to fall and keeping SES crews busy. Ms Wood said she turned around and drove back to Hodgins Road for phone reception and called police to warn of the danger. Stephen Taylor

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21 August 2018

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