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5973 6424 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au Beautiful minds: Rosebud Secondary College Year 12 students Sean Donoghue and Steven Thein Kha Sie in the laboratory. Picture: Yanni

Inspiring future scientists TWO Rosebud Secondary College students will take part in youth science forums in London and Singapore next month. Year 12 students Sean Donoghue and Steven Thein Kha Sie are members of the SEAL (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) program, reportedly the only fully accredited accelerated program on the southern peninsula. The forums run 25 July to 8 August, and are aimed at inspiring “scientists of the future” among students from schools all over the world. The selection program is highly competitive, with only a handful of applicants being chosen. The Rosebud pair will visit research and scientific establishments and hear from keynote speakers, including Nobel Laureates and Fields Medallists. They will attend specialist lectures and network with like-minded students from more than 70 countries. Sean will attend the forum at Cambridge University, as well as various places in Europe, including Geneva where he will visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. His teachers say he excels at physics, specialist mathematics, maths methods and a range of other subjects. Steven will take part in the forum in Singapore. He will have similar opportunities to hear from experts and visit scientific institutions. As well as his academic interests, Steven is a keen filmmaker. He won the Woodleigh Emerging Filmmaker Award, along with fellow Rosebud student Nicolas Mollica, for The Traveller.

Parties urged to reveal policies Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au POLITICAL parties have been called on to release their green wedge and planning policies to re-affirm the protection of green wedge zones well before the November state election. RMIT University’s Professor Michael Buxton told last week’s Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Summit that planning and population management was a “hot issue impact-

ing on the community”. He said some of Victoria’s most important environmental assets, such as the green wedge zones, would face increasing pressures. “Greater Melbourne’s population explosion highlights the strategic value of the decisions taken in the 1960s to create the green wedges and, also, the importance of bipartisan support for strengthening long term planning controls,” Prof Buxton, who is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected planning commentators, said.

“Although green wedges are set aside as non-urban land through the planning scheme, they are subject to intense pressures for urban development and change.” Prof Buxton said these competing pressures included urban development, hobby farms, tourism, intensive agriculture and infrastructure, all exacerbated by the green wedge areas’ closeness to metropolitan Melbourne. “Green wedge zones are increasingly being recognised for their major contribution to community health and

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wellbeing as development pressures dramatically increase living densities in residential areas with the abolition of local planning laws,” he said. “In the case of greater Melbourne and Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge is a major health, agriculture, tourism and employment asset.” Prof Buxton criticised the state government for last year - “without any notice” - changing planning regulations to allow the owners of 24,000 housing sites in Mornington Peninsula

Shire – a quarter of those available – an automatic right to build new, or renovate existing, homes into three storey “McMansions” in low-scale townships and coastal villages. “The high use of general residential zoning in urban areas, at 76 per cent, will increasingly lead to multi-unit development with even greater impact on vegetation, road congestion and lowering of existing residential amenity and environment – the very reason people had made the location their home,” he said. Continued Page 5

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