NEWS DESK ‘Cycle breakers’ want to help BREAK The Cycle at Somerville is designed as a safe haven for those who are struggling with life’s challenges or in need of someone to talk to. Founders of the service Hayley Wilkins, Stanton Till and Matthew Hughes have been running group support meetings to build awareness and provide ongoing support for those suffering from mental health issues and addiction. Topics discussed are general mental health, anxiety, depression, suicide, addictions, alcoholism, and also support for those affected by alcoholism. Members of the group say they have personal experience with these issues and believe they can help others get through their problems. “We are determined and driven to help as many people as possible, to prevent people from thinking that speaking out isn’t an option,” Mr Hughes said. The group aims to expand into as many towns on the Mornington Peninsula as possible. Details: facebook.com/breakthecycle.11 or instagram.com/ breakthecycle.11
Baxter rail extension at a ‘standstill’ FRANKSTON MP Paul Edbrooke says that the Baxter rail extension will remain at a “standstill” until the business case is released. The proposed rail extension would see the Frankston line duplicated and electrified to Baxter, with two new stations at Langwarrin and Frankston East constructed. The business case was handed to the federal government in October last year, but has not been publicly released. Mr Edbrooke said “our community understands that the project is at a standstill until the federal government releases the business case for consideration of the costs and benefits.” The News has twice asked the office of federal urban infrastructure minister Alan Tudge whether the case will be released, and for updated costs for the project. Both times Mr Tudge’s office was asked, in November last year and March this year, the questions were not addressed. In April Mr Tudge’s office said that “the Victorian government has completed the federally funded preliminary business case.
The federal government is currently considering the outcomes of the PBC ... Currently, there is no state commitment towards funding, or towards the completion of a detailed business case, which would be the requisite next step prior to the project moving into the construction phase. We have $225 million committed towards its construction. Mr Edbrooke told The News “simply put, this is a 100 per cent federal Liberal Government broken promise on a billion dollar project they said they would build and didn’t even budget for”. Mr Edbrooke did not answer when asked if the federal government had communicated with the state government about funding for a further business case. Infrastructure Australia’s latest update of its priority list sees Frankston as a “priority initiative”. Meanwhile, Frankston line users continue to suffer through more cancellations than any other rail users. More than 1500 Frankston line trains were cancelled last year, 400 more than the next worst performing line.
Caring for our community during Coronavirus
Getting through this together
To protect the safety of our community the Mornington Peninsula Shire is taking measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation. We will keep our community informed as things unfold. Council’s immediate priority is keeping our community well. For the latest updates on impacted council services, programs, events and activities visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Essential services Please check our website for up to date information on the delivery of essential services to the community. mornpen.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 5950 1000
Business support Advice, updates and support to help your business plan and respond to coronavirus COVID-19 is available from Business Victoria. They have also set up a hotline to help businesses with COVID-19 questions: 13 22 15 business.vic.gov.au
Events and gatherings
Services and facilities
We’ve had to cancel or postpone events in line with the requirements of the federal and state governments. Please check our website for the most recent information
Shire libraries, recreation and aquatic centres, gallery, visitor information, community houses, foreshore camping and other non-essential Shire-run facilities are closed until further notice. Please check our website for a full list of closures.
For all health-related queries about Coronavirus: • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus • Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline (if you believe you are showing symptoms): 1800 675 398 • For information in languages other than English: 131 450 • Only call Triple Zero ( 000) in emergencies.
Contact us: 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600 mornpen.vic.gov.au mornpenshire
Messages from our councillors Your Councillors (L–R) Seawinds Briars Nepean
Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Sam Hearn Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne
Buy local and support our businesses There are many small and larger businesses on the Mornington Peninsula that contribute to our economy and support thousands of families. Where possible please buy local – our businesses really need you right now. Many businesses that can are moving to online sales so check out if your favourite shops are offering their goods or services online and are delivering already.
Protect yourself and others We all need to play our part in helping stop the spread of Coronavirus and ‘flattening the curve’ so our health system can provide the care required during this pandemic. Following the advice of state and federal government health authorities is crucial. Remember the most effective thing you can do is practice good hand hygiene, follow social distancing and self-isolating advice and keep away from others if you are unwell. Please make sure you are familiar with the Federal Government’s good hygiene campaign: health.gov.au
Western Port News
1 April 2020
Cerberus Watson Red Hill
Cr Kate Roper Cr Julie Morris Cr David Gill
Check in on a neighbour In these changing times we need to look out for and support others in need. There are many ways you can do this, for example offer to do the shopping for an elderly neighbor and leave it at their doorstep; explain to someone how to set up their computer or device so they can keep in touch with family and friends more easily; or just check in on people and make sure they are coping and have the support they need. We all need to be the best we can and get through this together.
Looking after the vulnerable in our community Like the rest of Australia and all around the world, the Mornington Peninsula has felt the impact of measures put in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus. We understand this is a difficult time for everyone in our community and we are particularly mindful of people who are most vulnerable and socially isolated. Our priority is to ensure our community stays connected and gets the essential services they need.
Western Port News 1 April 2020