Alert after dog poisoned Queen’s award for guide DOG walkers were being warned on social media last week to stay away from a Mornington park following reports of poison being found there. A dog was rushed to the vet after eating rat poison inside the stomach and intestines of a dead animal on the ground at the Dunns Road park. The dog later recovered. Environment protection manager Mark Upton said the shire was investigating the report. “One of our officers is working closely with the dog’s owner and has carried out a search of the park but no further poison or animal organs were found,” Mr Upton said. “It is unclear at this stage whether this was a deliberate act or whether perhaps someone’s home made rat or fox bait has somehow found its way to the park. We have asked the vet to freeze the remains of the animal organ retrieved from the dog as evidence. “We are not aware of any other reports of dogs falling ill after visiting the park.” Stephen Taylor
Nature volunteers VOLUNTEER members of more than 60 friends groups help maintain and protect the Mornington Peninsula’s foreshores and bushlands reserves. Anyone with an interest in nature and with some spare time can volunteer. “There are many reasons to volunteer. For some it offers the chance to give something back to their community and connect with nature. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. “Volunteering also benefits our mental health through building new friendships with likeminded people. “Friends groups cater for almost all abilities, so don’t be afraid to reach out to discuss the situation. Volunteering offers a sense of purpose,
raises self-esteem and helps the community.” Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/friendsgroups Volmornpen.com.au
Campers robbed CAMPERS in sections 11 and 12 at the Rosebud foreshore have complained about thefts from their tents and caravans during the February lockdown. The campers last week sent a petition with 56 signatures to Mornington Peninsula Shire saying the “scale of intrusions and thievery has increased significantly and at an earlier time of the year compared to past years”. They said “most camps in Section 12” had been targeted by thieves. Access was gained by unzipping the doors of annexes and tents, or forcing doors or windows, and slashing canvas. The campers have requested the shire consider imposing extra measures to reduce further breaking and entering and theft, such as increasing patrols and requesting the police to pay the camp ground more attention. Last week a meeting was being arranged between the shire’s property and strategy manager Nathan Kearsley and foreshore camping team leader Mark Grainger and the campers to “discuss the problem and find solutions”. Rosebud, the largest of the shire’s three camping reserves, stretches 10 kilometres from Rosebud to McCrae.
Unlikely lights IT is unlikely traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Bungower and Racecourse roads, Mornington, despite residents’ pleas. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council last week received a petition with 144 signatures requesting that traffic lights replace the existing roundabout.
ROSEBUD Girl Guide Liesel Male was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award at a ceremony at the Rosebud Guide Hall, Jetty Road, Saturday 17 April. Leisel, who is also a Bentleigh Ranger Guide, received the highest award from Assistant State Commissioner Deb Abbs. This follows on from a Bravery Award she received at Government House in February last year. Girl Guides Mornington Peninsula District manager Heather Barton said from the time Liesel started at Rosebud she had “systematically set herself the many new and varied goals and challenges, all the while making a significant contribution to the life of Rosebud Girl Guides”. “This is especially significant, given the challenges presented during COVID-19, when she demonstrated her ability to change course and achieve the desired outcomes. And it is no secret that she’s had a lot of fun along the way!” Liesel acknowledges the help of her leaders and supporters, particularly Samantha Bourke, Guide Leader at Rosebud and Cat Anderson, Ranger Guide Leader at Bentleigh. The citation for the Queen’s Guide Award described Liesel as an “inspirational young lady who had shown much dedication and commitment”. Glen Eira and Mornington Peninsula District Guides citation noted: “She has a strong commitment to the community, aand this was shown by volunteering at her local gymnastics club and being a junior leader at the Rosebud Junior Guide unit. “Liesel has learnt many new skills from leadership, time management, and communication while extending her interests by participating in boating activities and attending many unit and state camps and events.” A highlight of Liesel’s Queen’s Guide journey was the online camp she ran for both units during the COVID-19 lockdown. The planned
New skills: Liesel Male receives her Queen’s Guide Award on the weekend. Picture: Supplied
outdoor camp was unable to go ahead so Liesel looked for an alternative activity. Members of both units were said to have enjoyed camping in their backyards while building campfires, cooking, playing trivia games and craft activities over a weekend. “Liesel not only challenges herself but also encourages her peers to do their best,” the citation noted. “This was especially shown when Liesel ran a leadership and communication night for the units. These skills assisted her to be the team leader at the Headley Hide hiking competition run by Scouts Victoria. “Her strong leadership skills, positive attitude and determination helped her team to overcome challenges and discover their potential.”
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Southern Peninsula News
28 April 2021
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