Supporters dig deep for brigade RED Hill Fire Brigade’s planned upgrades are a step closer thanks to a concerted fundraising effort by members of the brigade, residents, businesses and an online appeal which raised $45,500 in just a few weeks. First Lieutenant Sam Norris said the station would soon need to replace its 27 and 25-year-old trucks with new trucks standing 3.3 metres high. The building height would have to be raised to four metres to fit them in. “We’ll be doing most of the actual work ourselves on the renovations as we have a few builders, plumber and electrician in our ranks,” he said. “And we’ll rely on a few community contributions, such as concreting, from nearby tradies and residents.”
The station unsuccessfully applied for half a dozen government grants over the past 12 months to help pay for materials estimated to cost $125,000. Fundraising efforts have been spearheaded by Many Little Bar & Bistro, which has itself raised $50,000, alongside Red Hill residents’ contributions of $30,000, a $20,000 donation from the Bendigo Bank Dromana, and a $10,000 donation from Lindenderry Red Hill Hotel. Many Little will be holding a fundraising night and charity auction, Friday 21 February, with all proceeds going the Red Hill CFA. It will start at 3pm with a presentation by CFA members. The auction at 3.30pm will be followed by live music by
Aaron Speed. Businesses to donate items include: Endota Red Hill, Port Phillip Estate, St Kilda Football Club, Channel 9, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Lindenderry, Red Hill Estate, Paringa Estate, Nordie, Tedesca Osteria, Red Gum BBQ, Red Hill CFA, VinsBins, Haven Red Hill, Paradou, The Red Hill Epicurean, Red Hill Garden Centre, Prossor Water, Tsar Carpets, Red Hill Wrought Iron and artists Mary Schepisi and Jenny Riddle. Ocean Eight wines, Scicluna’s produce and other food-and-wine suppliers will provide lunch on the day. All welcome. About $22,000 was raised from ticket sales. Stephen Taylor
High hopes: Red Hill CFA brigade members and supporters are Ernie Setter, Jeremy Cattell, Chris Coller, Barry Johns, Leah Costanzo, Darrel Setter, Martin Gallon and Peter White. Picture: Yanni
Climate Change Update Summer 2020 Prepare yourself for bushfire This summer has been unlike any other we have seen before. Bushfires across the country have burnt 10 million hectares, including 1.2 million hectares here in Victoria. This is a timely reminder to prepare a Bushfire Plan for yourself, your family and property. Pack important documents, photos, medications, money and clothes so you can leave easily before a fire starts. Understand your risks and plan well ahead. Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you will get there: cfa.vic.gov.au Follow emergency.vic.gov.au or download the Vic Emergency app for emergency warnings and info.
Money where it is needed most At this stage, charities are calling for monetary donations rather than goods to ensure the assistance is given where it is needed most. The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100% of funds donated will go directly to the communities in need. To donate visit vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal It is estimated that 1.25 billion native species have died in the bushfires. Donations for injured wildlife is being distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to continue their lifesaving work. To donate visit wildlifevictoria.org.au
Update on the Climate Emergency
Earn cash by saving power
Over October and November last year, we heard from over 500 community members and council staff gaining ideas to guide the development of the Climate Emergency Plan.
You can earn money by participating in the United Energy Summer Saver Program, a voluntary demand response program where you can earn cash for reducing your electricity consumption when asked to do so by the network.
The Plan, currently being prepared, integrates this feedback, combines ambitious community goals and expectations with expert knowledge in the field, in order to identify projects that are achievable and have maximum impact, at minimal cost, and at a fast pace.
This summer alone, 2.7 megawatts of energy has been saved through this program and $57,000 paid to participating customers. 245 households from the Mornington Peninsula are already participating in this program, the highest of any local government area. Get on board for your chance to earn money while saving energy.
Thank you again to the hundreds of people who contributed to the plan so far. The Climate Emergency Action Plan is expected to be out for public exhibition and comment in mid-2020.
Under the sea
To find out more visit summer-saver.digital. unitedenergy.com.au/registration
Play your part in water conservation
Port Phillip Bay and Western Port offer a diverse array of marine life. Discover sponge gardens, seagrass meadows, kelp forests and an amazing array of marine life. Don a mask and snorkel this summer and discover the world beneath the surface. Find out more about the diverse marine life of Port Phillip Bay and where to snorkel. bit.ly/2tZ6Uyq
Melbourne is the nations’ fastest growing city with Victoria’s population predicted to reach 10 million by 2051. Our growing population places great pressure on our water supplies which is why it is important to use water wisely. Save water at home and in the garden by following these simple tips at makeeverydropcount.com.au
Weedy Sea Dragon Photo courtesy of Mornington Peninsula Tourism
Southern Peninsula News
5 February 2020
Composting drop-in session Friday 21 February 2020, drop-in session between 3 – 7pm at Mount Martha Farmers Market, Mount Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mount Martha. No bookings required. Whether you’re new to composting or a veteran, come along to our free composting session and learn from a composting expert how to set up and maintain your compost bins or worm farm and create wonderful compost for your garden. Hear how you can access a discounted compost bin, worm farm or bokashi system for your home. See mps-compost.eventbrite.com.au