NEWS DESK Tools stolen A TRADIE lost tools valued at $2950 during a house burglary at Balnarring last week. A vacuum cleaner, and Makita power tools including drills, drop saws, impact driver, framing gun and fixing gun were stolen during the raid in Capitol Avenue. Somerville detectives said a door was forced to an underneath area, overnight Tuesday 18 May.
Building site hit A BUILDING site in Portsea was targeted by thieves, overnight Monday 17 May. They stole a circular saw, impact driver, $4000 concrete cutter, laser plane, reciprocating saw and framing gun valued at $7500 from the Martins Lane site. Anyone with information is urged to call Somerville CIU 5978 1300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Sports grant THE new athletics and soccer pavilion at Civic Reserve, Mornington has been given $4 million from the state government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. The pavilion is expected to cost $6.5m, with Mornington Peninsula Shire making up the shortfall. Once completed, the “integrated pavilion” will include four change rooms, umpiring change rooms, kitchen, office, community multipurpose space and first aid room, designed to Mornington Peninsula’s needs of athletics and district standards for soccer, benefiting the Mouth Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Club and Mornington Athletics Club. Work is expected to start late this year.
Garden and its helpers are thriving BLAIRGOWRIE Community Garden is thriving and so is the interest of members who visit to enjoy its serenity and natural beauty and also share in its bounty. The garden was the idea of nearby resident Anne van Veen, who believed there was demand for a community garden in Blairgowrie. In August 2018 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council leased the group two unused tennis courts and the pavilion at Stringer Reserve. Garden designer Fiona Brockhoff prepared a master plan and became a “generous supporter”. Since then, the tennis courts have been transformed into garden beds with an array of produce, including strawberries, peas, tomatoes, kale, artichokes, beans, zucchinis, silver beet, pumpkin – and even a couple of spears of asparagus as well as a great range of herbs. Some of the major works were built with the assistance of members of the garden and volunteers from Point Nepean Men’s Shed. Now president of the garden club, Ms van Veen said the nearly 80 members enjoyed the “peaceful and satisfying place and the freshest of vegetables”. “Everyone has been incredibly supportive of the development of the garden – from the council to local traders and suppliers,” she said. “Their generosity has been fantastic.” Blairgowrie Community Garden is a not-for-profit volunteer group and all funds raised are put back into the garden. “The garden beds are communal – we don’t have private plots,”
Fertile ground: Ty Christoff and Peter Salthouse at the Blairgowrie Community Garden. Picture: Gary Sissons
Ms van Veen said. “All members share the work that needs to be done and then everyone shares the produce. “If we have excess, we donate it to a local food charity. Members have free access to the garden to work when it suits them, and the garden holds regular working bees.” Membership is $20 per household per year and application forms can be
found at the garden or at blairgowriecommunitygarden.org Member Peter Salthouse, who celebrated his 90th birthday last week, asked, instead of presents, that members donate money to the garden. It will be used to buy a feature tree. “We were able to raise $271 which I gave to Anne,” Mr Salthouse said. “The gardens are a great outlet and a
place to meet new friends and share a common interest. “They attract retirees, young and old, young mums bring their kids ... We also have a kitchen where we can have a cup of tea and last week we had scones, jam and cream. “It’s a lovely place to sit down and have a chat.” Stephen Taylor
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Southern Peninsula News
26 May 2021
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