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First day was a picnic, for the teddies
AFTER more than three months of remote learning, foundation to year 2 students at Eastbourne Primary School, Rosebud started the new term with a teddy bears picnic. “We wanted to reduce the anxiety and relax all the children and remind them of how much fun school life can be,” Shae Haney, the foundation teacher who organised the day, said. She said the event saw students and teachers “enjoy school as it should be, plenty of learning, excitement and relationship building and fun”. “Remote learning has been difficult for everyone and our school community has been sensational at providing the best online education possible,” Ms Haney said. “It has also been important to make sure everyone is feeling positive about the return to face to face learning.”
Signing up against quarry Stephen Taylor email@example.com CONSERVATION groups are stepping up their campaign against a proposed quarry right next to Arthur’s Seat State Park. The #SaveArthursSeat petition passed 18,000 signatures last week. “We have seen an incredible outpouring of community concern about this new quarry proposal,” Michelle de la Coeur, of lead campaigner Peninsula Preservation Group, said.
“We have been inundated with inquiries from people across the Mornington Peninsula and the greater Victorian community wanting to understand its potential impact on the Arthurs Seat State Park biolink, remnant bushland and our native animals, including koalas and other small mammals. “We have also seen a steep escalation in interest from the Red Hill Consolidated School community with questions raised about potential air quality impacts and longer term community health if the proposal is approved.” The various groups are concerned
that the Ross Trust – which operates Hillview Quarries – is preparing its own environmental effects statement to support its application to dig a new quarry on previously untouched bushland at 115 Boundary Road, Dromana. Hillview CEO Paul Nitas said of the EES: “We are finalising the last of the existing conditions assessments, which include ecology, the proposed quarry footprint/buffers, landscape and visual. “The EES assessment studies will continue for another 12 months, which will include possible impact assessments, technical reference group
evaluations, community information sessions and then for public exhibition prior to lodgment. “When complete, it will be heard by Planning Panels Victoria [and] we anticipate a decision in the first quarter of 2022.” Some parents of children at Red Hill Consolidated School, which is only several hundred metres south of the quarry site as the crow flies, paraded with placards against the proposal last week. “Ross Trust what about our children’s health”, one placard read. Oth-
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ers read: “Off our seat: No to new quarry”. The Save Arthurs Seat group says many bush species but especially koalas are under threat from the quarry slated to produce 70 million tonnes of granite over the next 70 years. The group is urging residents to oppose the quarry beside an existing Hillview – formerly Pioneer – quarry at 121 Boundary Road that they say will destroy natural habitat as well as the biolink that animals traverse to access two sections of the state park. Continued Page 8
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Southern Peninsula News 20 October 2020