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Donors warm hearts at shed

Street scene: Mornington Peninsula Shire’s project delivery manager Derek Rotter, Western Port Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Karen Mann, project manager Darren Simnett, MP Daniel Mulino, urban designer James Bryan, the mayor Cr Bryan Payne and Cr Kate Roper at the sod turning of the Hastings streetscape renewal project. Picture: Supplied

WHILE members of the Safety Beach-Dromana Men’s Shed were devastated by the theft of tools from their Pier Street premises last week, the generosity of well-wishers has lifted their spirits. Member John Whalley said within hours of news of the robbery becoming known Zac Poulier, proprietor of Stillwater at Crittendens, Dromana, had called to offer to cover the excess payable by the shed to its insurance company over the burglary claim (“$12,000 theft a blow to men’s shed”, The News, 3/7/18). “The following day Zac visited the shed and presented us with a bank cheque for $1000,” Mr Whalley said. “Needless to say, we were blown away by such spontaneous generosity. We had considered a levy on members to meet the cost of our insurance

NEARLY $4 million is being on making Hastings commercial centre “a more vibrant, attractive and usable space for pedestrians and traders”. The project include streetscape works along High Street between Queen Street and Marine Parade, five laneway upgrades, as well replacing a toilet and constructing a car park in King Street. The state government is providing $1.9 million through its growing sub-

GRAEME Morris and other members of the Safety Beach-Dromana Men’s Shed after thieves stole their tools valued at $12,000. Picture: Yanni

$4m to ‘revitalise’ Hastings urbs fund and $1.9 million is coming from Mornington Peninsula Shire. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said the project was the most significant infrastructure investment in Hastings over the past 10 years. “This is a major revitalisation of the commercial centre,” he said. “It will boost business and modernise the centre, attracting more people to spend time in the township”. Cr Kate Roper said the council had

listened to community feedback on parking and would not be changing to parallel parking in High Street. “The project also provides an exciting opportunity to tell the rich history of fishing, industry, farming and indigenous culture in Hastings throughout the laneways,” she said. Work will be done in stages and is expected to be completed in December.

excess, which would have been an unwelcome option to some members. Thankfully that will not now be necessary.” Mr Whalley said several other organisations had “rallied to our aid with donations of new and pre-loved tools”. These included Bunnings Rosebud which donated a $300 drop saw and $200 drill which have allowed members to start reequipping their shed. Meanwhile, members of Dromana Football and Netball Club have chipped in to help, too. Shed vicepresident Graeme Morris said a whip around among players and officials after training on Thursday night raised $300 for tools and equipment. “It was a wonderful effort,” Mr Morris said. “It’s all about community.” Stephen Taylor

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