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NEWS DESK Run aims for road safety

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PLANS are well underway for this year’s 6.7 kilometre fun run or walk Arthurs Seat Challenge, from Rosebud to Seawinds Gardens at the top of Arthurs Seat. This event promotes and raise money for the Fit to Drive road safety program provided free to Mornington Peninsula and Frankston secondary schools. Fit to Drive focuses on personal safety, responsibility, and strategies to make young people use the roads safely. Running since 2001, the Fit to Drive program has been aimed to reducing road trauma by changing attitudes and behaviours of young drivers and passengers. BlueScope Western Port has supported the Arthurs Seat Challenge since its start in 2002, and sponsorship coordinator, Amanda Burston, said the Fit to Drive program was “directly aligned with our company’s core values of keeping people safe and supporting our local community.” “It’s been remarkable to see the growth, expansion and significant reduction in young driver fatalities and accidents across the peninsula,” Ms Burston said. The challenge relies on support from sponsors, businesses, community groups, schools, and the public to run the annual race. Major partners are BlueScope Western Port, Mornington Peninsula News Group, Your Community Bank Rye/Dromana/Rosebud, and Spicy Web. This year’s Arthurs Seat Challenge is on Sunday 10 November, starting at 8.30am from near the corner of Jetty Road and Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. Registrations available from 7 am at Rosebud Primary School or online at www.arthursseatchallenge.com.au. There will be stalls, entertainment and presentations at Seawinds Gardens until 11.30am.

WOMEN’S advocate and cofounder of Emily’s List Australia, Leonie Morgan, is guest speaker at the Sunday 15 September Southern Women’s Action Network meeting. Ms Morgan will speak about achieving equal representation for women in government and her work for the International Women’s Development Agency, including bringing six Myanmar women MPs together with six Australian women MPs which led to her receiving the Order of Australia in 2017. The 9.30am meeting at Mt Martha House, 466 The Esplanade, Mt Martha. Entry is a donation of $10. Details: www.swanwomen.org.au

THE start of the 2018 Arthurs Seat Challenge. Picture: Paula Creek

Fire fight: Firefighters in Carramar Street, Mornington, where man’s body was later found inside a burned out house. Picture: Gary Sissons

Body found in gutted house Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A MAN’S body was found inside a burned out Mornington house last week. About 20 firefighters and five appliances fought the blaze in Carramar Street just after midnight, Friday 23 August. Thick smoke was visible from the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. The Arson Squad will investigate the blaze which spread to a neighbouring house and damaged the garage. The occupants of that house were safely evacuated. Neighbour Sam Maxwell said he was working in his garage about 11.30pm when he heard – and felt – a loud “whomp” followed by a series of pops and bangs, like bursting aerosol cans. “At first I didn’t think anything of it but then I thought I’d better check and ran over,” he said. He saw no one else around. “I saw what I thought was a bonfire in the backyard and then realised the house was on fire. Flames were everywhere and I thought someone may be inside. I started yelling and screaming but got no response.

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“I jumped the gate and ran up to the house and tried to force open a window but it just collapsed and fell in and then thick black smoke began pouring out. “I kicked in the front door and ran inside a bedroom. I got no response even though I was yelling loudly.” Forced back by the heat and smoke, Mr Maxwell retreated outside where another neighbour told him dogs may be in the backyard. “I managed to scrape in under the garage roller door but could see no dogs,” he said. Mornington Fire Brigade officer-in-charge Blake Ross said the cause of the blaze at the single storey brick veneer house was “still being investigated” and that there were no suspicious circumstances. He said it was difficult searching inside the house because of the extensive fire damage. The 44-year-old victim is believed to have been alone. Fire crews from Mornington, Mt Eliza and Frankston took about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Mornington police will prepare a report for the coroner.

U3A Southern Peninsula will host a free morning tea to help celebrate Seniors Week. It will be held at Dromana Community Hall, 2 Verdon Street, Dromana, 10am-12pm, Tuesday 8 October. For catering purposes, bookings are essential by 24 September. Call the U3A office 5981 8777 or email u3aspevents@gmail.com

Ageing issues THE Bays Healthcare Group will host a free community forum to exchange ideas on current ageing issues, such as the ability to live a healthy, dignified and productive life, social engagement and empowerment. The 5-7pm forum on Thursday 5 September is at the New Peninsula Community Centre, 370 Craigie Road, Mt Martha. Register online: www.thebays.com. au Email: events@thebays.com.au or call 5970 5329


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