Western Port News 19 February 2020

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Graffiti, rubbish a blow to volunteers

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FREQUENT attacks by vandals on toilets at the Jacks Beach picnic area – the first on the day they opened – has members of the Crib Point Stony Point foreshore management committee of tearing their hair out. “We can’t understand what makes the block a target for repeated vandalism attacks,” secretary Cecelia Witton said. In September, the volunteer community group replaced the old toilets with mon they raised themselves. “Since they were opened – in fact on the very day they were to open – vandals struck [by] spraying graffiti over the building,” she said. “Since then they have been the target of vandalism, including graffiti and damage to the building, on six occasions.” The committee, which manages the foreshore reserve from Jacks Beach to Stony Point, says it can’t afford to maintain the buildings which are used by residents and visitors year-round. Rubbish dumping is another problem, Ms Witton said. “We ask the community to be alert and help identify those responsible. “We are investigating installing CCTV cameras in the reserve which, although they may not stop vandals and the dumpers, may help identify the culprits.

Ramp upgrades A DROP-IN session for members of the boating community on Thursday 27 February will provide information on upgrades to Hastings boat launching facilities. This comes as the state government funds upgrades at six locations across the state, including Hastings, as part of its Better Boating initiatives. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, which is

Forced entry: The toilet block door after another vandal attack. Picture: Supplied

managing the project, is in the process of gaining permit approvals for the works. Hastings boat ramp is one of the busiest on the peninsula. Upgrades are needed to service the increasing numbers of people wanting to go out on Western Port. The drop-in session will be at the shire office, 21 Marine Parade, Hastings, 4-6pm. “The upgrade will improve access for boaters to Western Port by providing an all-tide boating facility,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “We welcome anyone interested in learning more about this essential upgrade to come along and have your questions answered.”

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Western Port News

19 February 2020