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‘Kangaroo love’ story on screen NATIONAL and international debate is intensifying over of kangaroos being killed and “harvested”. Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors refused to back a move to stop kangaroos being shot in their municipality and are now awaiting scientific evidence about the number of kangaroos living in their municipality. Described by directors Mick McIntyre and Kate McIntyre Clere as being the “largest wildlife slaughter in the world”, the nightly killing of kangaroos is graphically portrayed in the film Kangaroo: a love hate story. The film will be screened 6.30pm at Rosebud Cinema, Tuesday 11 May followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Tickets $12.80 at Eventbrite.

Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE Mornington smart parking trial is reportedly reducing congestion in the busy shopping precinct and helping drivers find parking spaces. The 100 in-ground sensors installed in Mornington shopping areas from late December are on a six-month trial. The in-ground sensors transmit data to electric signs which show the number of available spaces inside a car park, or strip, saving drivers from looking for a free space. The sensors can detect a vehicle parked on them indicating that the bay is occupied or available. They do not detect or record information about the driver, passengers, or vehicle. The sensors do not issue infringements for overstaying time limits but, if they detect vehicles are parking over the time limits, that data may be used by traffic officers to increase patrols in those areas. There is no suggestion the parking trial will lead to paid parking. Mornington is the second town to trial smart parking on the peninsula. Over the past two summers, the shire trialled similar technology at Rye. With Main Street, Mornington reopening to through traffic the shire is about to move 50 sensors currently on side streets to Main Street between

Write away PENINSULA Writers’ Club and Mornington Peninsula Shire are urging writers to enter the Mayor’s Short Story Writing Awards. Entries will be judged by authors Gary Disher, Paul Kennedy and Danielle Binks, alongside Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Despi O’Connor. Entries close 5pm, Sunday 1 August with winners announced in September. Award categories are 8-12 years with a 500-word limit for short creative fiction; 12-17 years have a 1000 word limit for short, creative fiction; and aged 18-plus have a 2000 word limit for short, creative fiction. Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/writingawards.

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assess the suitability of longterm smart parking technology in Mornington. “We are committed to increasing access to parking spots by providing fairer, easier access to the limited amount of car parks, especially during peak periods.” Cr Anthony Marsh said: “Smart parking technology has been proven to significantly reduce the time it takes to find a parking space and reduce car emissions in other cities and townships. “This technology will also assist businesses on Main Street to have a higher turnover of customers by reducing congestion and overstaying vehicles in the area.” Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/ smartparking to learn more about both projects.

the Esplanade and Barkly Street. “The trial aims to make accessing Mornington easier and more convenient, while providing a better parking experience for both residents and tourists,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. Cr O’Connor said the shire had been “surprised” by the number of parking violations in Mornington. She said there were 6700 overstays in January and February, with around 2400 of those vehicles being left for more than 30 minutes over the time limit. “We are confident this smart parking technology will help us to increase parking availability and improve convenience and fairness for drivers.” Cr Steve Holland said the trial would provide insight on parking behaviours and management and

New rules for council Continued from Page 1 “I have no evidence, but you would see things happen and wonder why, but my biggest thing is that the state government allows [political] donations from developers, the gambling industry and other vested interests,” Cr Gill told The News about his time with Mornington Shire. “Government and government departments are a breeding ground for corruption, but that doesn’t mean everybody is corrupt.” The City of Kingston spent $250,000 on consultants to review planning applications involving people implicated in the corruption scandal which brought down Casey Council. The probity review found “no evidence of improper conduct” but made 13 recommendations, including having a register of councillor meetings with lobbyists, develop or review a political donation policy, document all meetings with external parties and lobbyists with “contemporaneous” file notes, develop adequate mechanisms for officers and councillors to report suspected misconduct, and to adopt a policy on election campaign return forms. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s acting head of governance and legal Stephanie Mahon told the Tuesday 20 April council meeting that there was no legislation to deal with lobbying activities but “it is in the public interest that lobbying is fair and transparent and does not undermine the confidence in council or shire decisionmaking”. Although the shire had policies covering officers and councillors’ conflicts of interest, corruption and fraud there was nothing specific for lobbyists. “However, no current policies specifically deal with lobbying activities nor is there currently a way to track, record or report on lobbying activities,” Ms Mahon said in a report that was “generally supportive” of a lobbying policy. Ms Mahon warned that drawing up and implementing a policy would require “significant staffing resources”.

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