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Shire apology for ‘false statement’ MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has apologised for “the harm suffered” by television and radio presenter, comedian, producer, author and screenwriter Steve Vizard and his wife Sarah for a “false statement” made by the council and planning compliance manager Paul Lewis. The statement, alleging that the Vizards “or any other person on their behalf, had undertaken earthworks which ‘effectively created a dam within Waterfall Creek’”, Arthurs Seat was published on 15 December by the HeraldSun and the online Leader newspapers. The shire’s Christmas Eve retraction said it had told Mr Vizard, who is also

Artist comes home HASTINGS-born artist Russell Scott has “come home” to open his art gallery and studio at a Balnarring vineyard. “I’ve always yearned to come home to the peninsula where I have many of my happiest memories,” Scott said. “Creating and exhibiting in a vineyard like Elan is the fulfillment of an awfully long dream.” Since leaving Hastings Scott has lived mostly in Melbourne but recently has been living and painting in Sydney. His mother, June Bickers, was born in Frankston and spent her childhood in Balnarring where her mother ran the post office from the 1920s to the 1940s. She married Jack Scott at Balnarring Methodist Church in 1943, while he was on leave from the army. The invitation-only official opening of Scott’s gallery at Elan Vineyard, 17 Turners Road, Balnarring, is 23 January but will open to the public 11am–4pm on following weekends. Details www. elanvineyardgallery.com.au

a lawyer, that it would be making no further comment on the issue “prior to its final resolution”. The shire’s statement, headed “retraction”, reads: “On 15 December 2020, the Herald Sun newspaper and numerous related news publications and online sites published an article relating to Steve and Sarah Vizard and legal proceedings commenced by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council concerning a property at Arthurs Seat in Victoria. The article quoted Mr Paul Lewis, planning compliance manager, on behalf of the council. “The statement made by Mr Lewis and council that Mr and Mrs Vizard, or

any other person on their behalf, had undertaken earthworks which ‘effectively created a dam within Waterfall Creek’ is untrue. The council and Mr Lewis acknowledge the harm suffered by Mr and Mrs Vizard by the making and wide publication of the false statement, and the council and Mr Lewis unreservedly and sincerely retract and apologise for the false statement. “The council and Mr Lewis have provided undertakings to Mr and Mrs Vizard and the owner of the property that they will refrain from making any further public comments in relation to the matter prior to its final resolution.” Keith Platt

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Long arm of art reaches out ART teacher and owner of Mini Monet Studio Georgie Doherty ran a series of free live art classes to keep youngsters creative last week. The online classes were popular as far away as Sydney’s locked down Northern Beaches. “We previously had a couple of thousand kids join during the last school holidays to draw and create art,” Ms Doherty said. “It was a hive of activity and a great break for

their parents.” The feedback on last week’s classes at her Mount Martha home had been “incredibly positive”, Ms Doherty said. “Art is a great activity to keep kids busy during the school holidays, build new skills and have some fun creating. “The past year has been such a hectic ride for our students as so many holiday plans have been cancelled.”

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