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Safety and fun on the track YOUNG motorbike riders have a safe, supervised area in which to ride – right in the shadows of BlueScope’s Western Port steelworks. And the sense of fun is catching on, with membership of the Mornington Peninsula Motorcycle Club doubling over the past 12 months. “One of the most important aims of the club is to teach young people how to ride safely and responsibly,” club secretary Carl Agar said. “We won’t let anyone ride who isn’t a club member, and to be a member you must know and follow the rules.” The club’s 1200 financial members are mostly families, with many parents joining up with their children to “reignite the passions of their youth”, Mr Agar said. “They end up riding around together. Typically, around half of our members are 18 or under.” Junior and senior riders take part in training programs and the club holds family days, such as Christmas parties where even Santa turns up for a ride. The committee monitors track activities to ensure noise and other environmental impacts are kept to a minimum. A volunteer committee supervises the track and riders at all times. Members give up their time and, in some cases, use of their heavy machinery to maintain the track. Mr Agar said the club – formed as the Hastings Blue Light Motorcycle Club in 1995 – owed its formation to

the drive and determination of steel worker and local resident Ray Hare. In December 2001 Mornington Peninsula Council gave the club permission to establish itself permanently on the site. “The first bikes roared around the newly completed dirt track in April 2002 and the club has gone from strength to strength since then,” Mr Agar said. “The number of complaints and incidents of reported illegal trail bike riding in the area has fallen dramatically.” Mr Agar said the club was proud of its success “particularly from the point of view of attracting young people into a safe riding environment rather than risking injury to themselves and others by riding illegally on public land”. Track opening hours are 11am-5pm weekends; 11am-3pm Wednesdays; 11-5pm in school holidays and selected public holidays. The track is closed on the third and fourth Sunday each month and on days of total fire ban, strong winds and when there are no available volunteer track supervisors. Entry to the track at BlueScope Steel’s recreation centre is off Denham Rd, Hastings. Stephen Taylor Two-wheel freedom: Action at the Western Port motorcycle track. Picture: Yanni

Join the Car Ferry Conversation Frequently Asked Questions

The community and industry engagement for the Stony Point to Cowes Vehicle Ferry is underway, and to date more than 1,000 residents and businesses have joined the conversation through the surveys, social media, workshop and small group meetings. Through the conversation, a few questions have been raised. Frequently Asked Questions Q. Why do we need another study for a Vehicle Ferry? A. Regional Development Victoria, Bass Coast Shire and the Mornington Peninsula Shire have commissioned an independent review of the feasibility of the vehicle ferry due to increasing visitor numbers, the opportunity to create a world-famous touring route, pressures on emergency response to crisis events, the potential for employment and education opportunities and the potential for a vehicle ferry to be a vital link in the public transport network. Some interesting findings to date: • 46,000 visitor trips by the touring market to regional Victoria exclude the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, worth an estimated $7-8M in additional visitor expenditure per annum.

Q. How will the environmental impacts be addressed? The business case will identify primary environmental risks and impacts of different options and define the environmental monitoring requirements. Impacts to be considered will include: wake-wash, air, noise, water and visual pollution, traffic congestion and parking, sand movement, and dredging (if required). • It is expected an extended period of environmental monitoring (up to 2 years) will follow the business case. • If the project progresses, all standard development application and environmental management requirements will apply, including EIA, Parks Victoria and Coastal Management requirements.

Mornington Peninsula Stony Point

French Island

or contact the Consulting Project Team via Mark Olsen, EarthCheck: 0418 773 806 mark.olsen@earthcheck.org

Sandy Point

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If you have other questions or want to be involved in the conversation go to: mornpen.vic.gov.au/stonypointcarferry

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Q. What would the vehicle ferry service mean for community lifestyle and traffic congestion? Both Cowes and Stony Point already experience traffic congestion in peak times, and French Island does not have sufficient road infrastructure to cater for increased traffic. The Business Case will use current data and existing traffic studies to project the impact of the ‘base case’ ferry on traffic volumes and parking. • The previous studies have identified the need for between 15-30 additional car spaces to cater for the additional vehicle numbers.

Q. How many vehicles will come off the ferry and how often? The Business Case is being developed with a ‘base case’ of a 30-40 car ferry, operating 10 ferry services per day, with 5 arriving at Phillip Island and 5 arriving at Stony Point (French Island yet to be confirmed). • Comparable services operate at 38% of capacity. This would equate to an average of 18 vehicles per trip. • The ferry terminal primary investigation sites are: ◦ Stony Point is immediately adjacent to the existing jetty. ◦ Cowes is between Mussel Rocks and the Caravan Park. ◦ Tankerton (French Island) is also being examined through this study.

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