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CFA declares fire bans for summer

Back to base: Artist Rosa Mar Tato Ortega aims to get involved with community-based research as part of her residency at Coolart Homestead, Somers. Picture: Supplied

Artist returns to place she knows ROSA Mar Tato Ortega is setting up her studio at the historic Coolart homestead – her base for the next six months. As artist in residence at the property, it’s a return to a familiar location for Tato Ortega who spent her youth holidaying at Somers. During the six-month residency, sponsored by Parks Victoria, the artist hopes to produce site-related works which aim to explore and encapsulate the meaning and significance of Coolart, Somers and the local community. “Personal experience is at the centre of my sculpture practice,” Tato Ortega

said. “My work unfolds through connections to community, site, and new methods of making, and so I like to get involved in community-based research, such as recording cultural stories and shared experiences.” To gain a sense of place she is inviting people to visit her studio and bring with them important objects and collected items relating to Somers, as well as photographs, maps and stories. Tato Ortega is dedicating a second Friday morning for a conversation, 10.30am-12midday, Friday 15 December. The first was held last week. Bookings are essential as there is a

five people a session limit. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Book at trybooking.com/book/ event?eid=337375 Letters can also be sent by those unable to attend. to C/Coolart or via email rossatato@gmail.com. All posted photos will be returned. Tato Ortega will also run workshops early next year called “Captivation and inspiration” and “How to start a visual diary”. An exhibition of Tato Ortega’s work made during her residency will be held at Coolart in May. Visit rosatato. com for further details.

FIRE restrictions come into force on the Mornington Peninsula and in Frankston on Monday 18 December. This means fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from the CFA or Mornington Peninsula Shire’s and Frankston’s municipal fire prevention officers. Lighting a fire in the open without a permit can bring a penalty of $22,000 and/or 12 months jail. Barbeques and fires for cooking and warmth do not need a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces. I incinerators, chainsaw and lawn mowers, welding and grinding equipment and vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and machinery with internal combustion engines are permitted under certain conditions. A total fire ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day unless there is a specific exemption or special permit issued. This applies irrespective of the Fire Restriction status for a given municipality. Further details at cfa. vic.gov.au/can. The timing of the fire restrictions by the CFA is based on local conditions and takes account of fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall. “It is important to undertake mitigation work, including slashing, grading and general property clean-ups before the fire danger ratings increase,” CFA

District 08 operations manager Mic Hembrow said. “Avoid burning off when high winds are forecast – not only on the day of your burn but for the days afterwards.” Mr Hembrow said fires which damaged someone else’s property were a crime. “Even if you have a permit to use fire over the fire danger period, make sure you read the conditions carefully. Failing to follow just one of those conditions may leave you open to prosecution,” he said. Information about lighting fires is available at cfa.vic.gov.au/can or by calling VicEmergency 1800 226 226. All burn-offs should be registered with the VicFire Burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511.

Coolart Tempest SHAKESPEARE’S The Tempest will be performed in the grounds of Coolart Homestead and Wetlands, Somers, 4pm, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January. Directed by Bruce Widdop and Matthew Young the cast includes Andy Delves, Matthew Young, Sorcha Breen, Michael Davidson, Kyle McDonald, William Lark, Luke Ingham, Eleanor Ruth, Kira Burnett and Lisa Widdop. Tickets: Adults $35, concession $30 and child $20. Book at ozact.com or call 0419 330 516.

Shire support for ongoing airfield plan Continued from Page 3 Others argued that the airfield already results in “unreasonable impacts on the amenity and safety” of the community, and that there either “needs to be much stricter controls or the airfield should be relocated”. The plan report notes the “significant difficulties in applying new conditions to existing uses and the practical barriers to monitoring and enforcement”. “Although the airfield can legally rely on the existing planning approvals, all ongoing land uses to some degree depend on a ‘social license to operate’ and cannot expect to operate outside reasonable limits. In this context, it is in the interests of all parties to cooperate,” the consultants said.

The operation of the airfield, and the conflicting expectations that surround it, mean that it is unrealistic to expect that the precinct plan “could provide a quick fix or complete resolution to some long-standing issues”, the consultants said. The proposed Airfield master plan is a high priority in the revised precinct plan, which is expected to be referred to council for consideration and endorsement. “This resolution … confirms a policy of support for the existing operation of the airfield, with the option for limited additional development provided it can be justified within the context of a Fly Neighbourly Agreement,” Mr Cowley said. It specified that hangers would not

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hanger/two aircraft rule’ proposed for land on the western side of Stuart Rd would not apply. Controversial changes to the threshold of the north/south runway, which many opponents see as an unwanted intrusion, is intended to enable aircraft to take off and land higher from over Mornington-Tyabb Rd and areas to the north, the consultants said. This matter will be further investigated in the Airfield Master Plan. Mr Cowley said “real progress will depend on how much agreement can be achieved through the CRG process and the development of the AMP and noise management plan”. Implementation of many of the plan’s actions will need to go through

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