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Businesses, community back Better Buses push Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has received letters of support from businesses and community associations for its Better Buses campaign – adding to the 1200 written responses received since the launch in August. As well, 68,000 people have posted content on Facebook and watched videos of peninsula people complaining about the lack of public transport on the peninsula. The campaign, backed by Mornington Chamber of Commerce, confirms why funding better bus routes and increasing the frequency of buses on the peninsula would benefit residents, businesses and visitors. A better service would bring more people from the wider Melbourne community to the peninsula’s major precincts for shopping and experiences and u stimulate the local economy. Job applicants without a licence or car would be able to get to the peninsula more easily. The mayor Cr David Gill said inefficient public transport connections on the peninsula were creating barriers to meaningful employment for many and putting a strain on local businesses. “Having access to reliable, consistent and direct transport could lead to better employment outcomes.” Business, community and ratepayer groups, including the Dromana

Industrial Association, Tyabb and District Ratepayers Group, Nepean Ratepayers Association and Flinders Community Association are among those who have written to support the push for Better Buses. “A regular cross peninsula bus service would assist the Tyabb community,” Tyabb & District Ratepayers Group secretary Katrina Chalke said. “Currently, travelling to the western side of the peninsula, all bus travel must be via Frankston.” Nepean Ratepayers Association president Colin Watson said: “Taking a bus instead of driving is currently not an option, as available buses are not frequent enough, are not readily accessible in many areas and do not go where people want to go.” Flinders Community Association president Jo Monie said: “It is also very difficult to access important medical facilities, such as the Rosebud Hospital, a major supplier of health care on the peninsula.” Cr Gill said: “We need better buses on the peninsula. The current out-ofdate transport network is not working for our young people, the disabled, retirees, workers, parents and visitors. In fact 82 per cent of the Mornington Peninsula has no public transport.” Members of the community are encouraged to stay involved with the Better Buses campaign. The shire will continue to engage with the community and visitors throughout the summer period, Cr Gill said. To get involved and to learn more visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/betterbuses.

Fun in the sun: Rye Pre-School children enjoyed a fun, but educational, day at the beach last week to get them thinking about water safety over summer. Their morning Seahorse group checked out the Water Police boat, Monday 28 October. Here, Guyam and Eddie man the helm of the hitech Zodiac Hurricane watched by Leading Senior Constable John Shields, of the Water Police. Summer safety: Leading Senior Constable Stephen Carter, of the Water Police, and Acting Sergeant Steve Drew, of Rosebud police. Pictures: Gary Sissons

Stepping up to summer safety MORNINGTON Peninsula police and the water police are stepping up their campaign to make our bays safer and reduce the number of marine safety incidents this summer. Acting Sergeant Steve Drew, of Rosebud police, said: “Local police attended an increased number of drownings or near drownings last summer with many involving visitors to the area who didn’t appear to have a full understanding or appreciation of how treacherous the water can be on our local back-beaches. “This is particularly so on days with off-shore northerly winds and two-

plus-metre swells, when the ocean looks completely flat between sets of waves. “Even on days with small swells, larger ‘double-up’ waves are very common. They are good for the local surfers, but very dangerous for anyone walking along the edge of the rocks.” Acting Sergeant Drew warns parents not to drop their guard on beaches. “Please ensure you’re actively supervising your children in any water at all times,” he said. “Don’t expect anyone else to watch over your kids, and don’t get

distracted using your mobile phones or chatting to others.” Leading Senior Constable Steve Carter, from the Water Police, advises boat owners that those aged 10 and under on boats “must be wearing their lifejackets at all times”. “Water police will be working hard this summer to ensure all boat users are complying with all safety requirements,” he said. “I strongly recommend boaters to familiarise themselves with the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook, which is free and also online.”

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