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‘Trade barriers’ to go on Wednesday Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org TEMPORARY barricades, or parklets, were supposed to be removed from outside shops in Nepean Highway, Rosebud, on 6 April but an “internal delay” at the Department of Transport meant they stayed longer. The barriers, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, have caused friction between Rosebud Chamber of Commerce and Mornington Peninsula Shire to such an extent that the chamber was last week considering legal action. Chamber president Phil Cvetovac said despite pleas to remove them by traders whose businesses were being adversely affected the barriers had remained in place with no end date in sight. (“Concerns over barriers to trade” The News 20/4/21). “I’m beyond furious with the arrogance of how all of this has been handled,” Mr Cvetovac said in an email to colleagues and The News. “The overpowering of small locals by disconnected ‘policy’ makers incenses me no end. People that have never run a business – making business decisions – is incompetency personified.” But the shire’s interim director of place Jessica Wingad said last week: “We expected approval would be granted for this work within a few days but, unfortunately, it has taken
three weeks. “We finally received approval … and the parklet will be removed on the morning of Wednesday 28 April.” Ms Wingad said the shire’s outdoor dining and trading program had played a crucial role in allowing businesses across the shire to maximise their trade during the peak period between January and Easter. “The program has been so well-received that the majority of traders have asked for their parklets to be extended until June and are keen to see them installed again next summer,” she said. “In a small number of instances, difficult decisions had to be made to try and balance the competing needs of traders. In the case of the parklet between Fourth and Fifth avenues, five out of the six traders are hospitality businesses and four have benefited from the parklet. “We are extremely keen to work with the remaining trader [presumably Rosebud Flowers] to help offset any perceived impact and [have] offered material support to create an attractive open-air trading space for the business. “We also offered help with promoting and growing the business.” Mr Cvetovac’s email to traders contained a plea from Rosebud Flowers proprietor Penelope Caravias: “Please, please, please could we have an answer” on when the parklets will be removed? she asked. “This is so totally unfair and an in-
justice, especially when the three [outside] Subway, Rosebud Flowers and Hungry Bills have not been used at all and our businesses are desperate to be able to get our customers back. “Broken promises have been made for over seven months now. Please.” Mr Cvetovac said he urged the council in December to consult with traders before any business initiatives were either proposed or implemented. He said his research found 87 per cent of traders opposed the parklets saying they were potentially dangerous, eye sores, meant a loss of car park spaces, and that passing trade may be compromised. They also required cleaning, additional staffing and maintenance, and were just another “variable” that had to be managed. Rosebud Flowers is desperate to ease uncertainty in the lead-up to the traditionally big Mother’s Day sales on Sunday 9 May. Cr Antonella Celi said she thought the parklets were “working well” and that most traders backed them. “The voices of all traders should be heard so that businesses can come out of COVID, and while numbers of customers are capped for indoor patronage,” she said. “Businesses such as The Milbri and Spitfire Restaurant needed our support and the florist is also trading online. There is plenty of parking capacity, especially in the centre median strip. It would be different if there was no car parking.”
‘No charge’ green waste event
Friday 30 April - Sunday 2 May 2021 Tidy up your garden and dispose of your green waste free of charge. Remember to stay COVID-safe and keep 1.5m away from anyone not in your group. Expect some delays. Green waste includes all types of garden waste and untreated timber.
1 to 9 May 2021
Proof of residency is required to dispose of green waste for no charge at this event. (E.g. your driver’s licence with your current address or a current rate notice.)
• Delays may occur at the beginning and end of each day • Mornington can accept a maximum of three cubic metres per trip • Tyabb has less waiting time • You can opt-in to receive a 240 litre fortnightly kerbside green waste bin collection (paid) if you live in the ‘urban area’ of the Peninsula.
Rye Truemans Road Tyabb McKirdys Road Mornington Watt Road
Monday – Friday Saturday/Sunday
No commercial vehicles or commercial green waste will be accepted.
All artworks are exhibited online anonymously. This could be your opportunity to secure a painting by a renowned or emerging artist at a great price!
MORE THAN 40 WORKS TO BID FOR! A virtual fundraiser
8am – 4pm 8am – 5pm
This online fundraiser is made possible through the united support of the Victorian artists who have generously donated their work for auction. To view the artwork for sale and join the online auction
For more information 5950 1000 mornpen.vic.gov.au/greenwaste
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