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NEWS DESK Climate change ‘will affect peninsula life’ MOST respondents to a Peninsula Speaks online survey believe that man-made climate change is real and that it will affect life on the Mornington Peninsula. “Although Mornington Peninsula Shire is to be congratulated on its recently announced roof top solar initiative on shire owned and operated buildings, 64 per cent of people believe that the shire should be placing more emphasis on climate change,” organiser Peter Avery said. “While support for renewable wind initiatives appears to be marginal at 58 per cent, renewable wave technology is supported by 71 per cent and an overwhelming 93 per cent would support solar initiatives.” The shire lists one of its “values” as having a “whole of government response to climate change mitigation and adaption”. It has been estimated that fitting solar panels to 34 shire-owned buildings will save $33,000 in power bills and see CO2-e gas emissions cut by 268 tonnes. The first round of survey results released by Peninsula Speaks earlier this month showed that a majority of respondents felt that beaches, “country feel”, absence of high rise development, public open spaces and nature reserves topped the list when it comes to what makes the peninsula a “special” place to live. Peninsula Speaks, a self-described community advocacy organisation, hopes the feedback from its “Looking Forward – Mornington Peninsula 2030” survey taken in the latter part of 2016 will be used by planners. Headed by Mr Avery and Christine Haydon, the organisation says results of its ongoing “independent online research … on a broad range of topics” will be made available to federal and state governments and the shire to help shape the peninsula’s future “allowing for population growth, managed development and climate change”. Data from the survey is being compiled by Frankston-based Market Metrics, a firm specialising in fieldwork, logistics and data analysis.

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Southern Peninsula News

31 January 2017

There’s no way eggs, or kids, can beat the heat MORNINGTON Peninsula residents have received an illustration of the danger of leaving kids, pets – and even eggs – in their cars on hot days. Rye Fire Brigade received a photo from a visiting Queenslander who left a dozen eggs on the backseat of her Holden SVZ for an hour. Temperatures soared to more than 30 degrees and, when the woman returned to her car, she found the eggs cooking away on the backseat. The brigade’s Kelly Stoner said it was amazing how quickly the eggs had cooked in the car, which had tinted windows. “The temperature inside would need to be at least 75 degrees for an egg yolk to cook that quickly,” Mr Stoner said. With the mercury set to climb into the high 30s again this week, the eggs are a reminder never to leave kids or pets inside a parked car on hot days. “The consequences if that were a child or animal in there are unimaginable,” Mr Stoner said. Rye Fire Brigade has worked closely with RACV to respond to lots of incidents where kids have been locked in cars. “We have heaps of tourists and traffic down this way over summer. “Most of the time it’s accidental with people rushing and parking at the beach, and somewhere along the way the kids and keys get locked in the car. “People just need to be very careful over summer, and keep their keys on them at all times.”

Ambulance Victoria figures show paramedics received 1623 calls last year about kids being left in cars. “The risk of heatstroke and dehydration is real,” a spokesperson said. “Within minutes the temperature inside a parked car can be 20-30 degrees warmer than outside. “It may surprise people that leaving the windows down slightly has little effect on the inside temperature. Also, large cars heat up just as fast as smaller ones.” People who leave children unattended in a car face fines of nearly $4000 or up to six months jail. But it’s not only our kids who are at risk – pets too suffer if they are left in the car. The RSPCA’s recent Dogs Die in Hot Cars Campaign highlights the fact that pets – particularly dogs – can overheat even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade. If you see a child or pet left in a parked car on a hot day, call 000. Details: visit kidsafevic.com.au. Hot spot: The Queensland visitor found her eggs cooking away on the back seat.

Police call ‘time out’ for revellers A “CONCENTRATED group” of about a dozen Australia Day revellers caused headaches for police at Mornington on Thursday 26 January. Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Stock, of Mornington police, said celebrations by about 10,000 people in Main St and surrounding streets was marred by the misbehaviour of

this small group. He said a large contingent of police soon made its presence felt and five drunks – mainly teenagers and under-age drinkers – were locked up at 1am after rowdy behaviour in Merchant Lane. They spent four hours in the cells and were released later that morning after being handed $622 infringement notices.

“They had been drinking and the sooner we arrived to take care of them the better,” he said. “There’s always the propensity for things to get out of hand if we don’t nip things in the bud.” Sergeant Stock said the fact that there were no reported assaults made it a “good day at the office” for police.

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Southern Peninsula News 31 January 2017

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