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Cutting ceremony: State member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett cuts the ribbon to open the Hastings Community Hub with Cr Lisa Dixon, left, and the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor. Picture: Supplied

‘Learning hub’ opens at Hastings THE former Hastings Senior Citizens Centre has been refurbished and extended in a $1.4 million redevelopment to provide a new home for seniors and Hastings U3A. Work on the multi-purpose community hub in Herring Street was supported by $546,000 from the state government. It now offers adult education classes, learning programs and an IT room, as well as indoor and outdoor recreation and social spaces.

The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor described the hub as a “fabulous transformation”. “We’ve turned a rather dated facility that was not fit for purpose into a wonderful community resource,” she said. “We all know how important social connection and lifelong learning are for our physical and mental health. Hastings now has a one-stop-shop that offers just that. This hub will help our seniors stay healthy and engaged with

the world.” Cr Lisa Dixon said: “Hastings has a large population of seniors, with just over 27 per cent of residents aged over 60. I’m delighted our older residents have this new hub to support their wellbeing. “I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support in helping us bring this project to life. This facility has significantly added to the liveability of the Hastings township.”

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FLINDERS community hub and Flinders Park public toilet projects are advancing in their design stages. In 2020 the shire began working on detailed designs for the community hub, working with user groups to ensure the design would meet their needs. As part of the projects the shire will host an in-person drop-in session at the Flinders Civic Hall, Cook Street, 4.30-6.30pm, Thursday 22 April. Those attending will see the latest designs and have the opportunity to ask questions of the architects and project team. Also on show will be designs of the Flinders Park public toilet amenity project. The project came about after the shire received $2.25 million towards the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment through the state government’s expanded Growing Suburbs Fund. The council allocated $200,000 for the design phase and will match the $2.25 million funding providing a total budget of $4.5 million. The current Flinders Civic Hall, in Cook Street, opened in 1966 and is in poor condition and in need of refurbishment. It provides a home for Flinders Art Show, as well as the arts group, community association, Lions and Probus and RSL. Classes held in the building include older adults’ exercise, Pilates, and yoga. The proposed Flinders Park public toilet includes a unisex accessible/ family change toilet and unisex ambulant toilet. The preferred site is near the play area on the gravel path to the

Norman Street car park. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “With the amount of vital services and support being delivered for residents from the facility, we are committed to ensuring this new community hub will provide better access and is useable for many years to come.” Red Hill Ward councillor David Gill said the shire had “put together designs based on [residents’] feedback for the Flinders community hub”. After hearing from residents, Cr Gill said the shire would be able to finalise designs and, if all goes to plan, start work later this year. Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/flinderscivichall

Unframed art AN online art auction is being held to raise money for Peninsula Home Hospice/. The auction of more than 40 paintings donated by Mornington Peninsula artists will run from Saturday 1 May to Sunday 9 May. The identity of the artist will only be revealed to buyers after they have made their successful bid. The catchment area for Peninsula Home Hospice stretches from south of Mordialloc Creek, through Frankston and the peninsula. While the organisation receives support from the state government it also relies on community fundraising to provide its free specialised services. To join the art auction, go to: www. unframed-art.com

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE

Mornington Peninsula Shire has partnered with ClimateClever to help our community lead the way in climate action and be part of creating a low carbon future. Together we can make a big difference! The ClimateClever Initiative is an app helping you reduce your carbon footprint, save money on your utility bills and become a leader in sustainability and climate action. When signing up with the below links, any resident, school or business on the Peninsula can get 50 per cent off. This makes the annual subscription only $15 for residents and businesses. See the website for school subscription prices. Residents and businesses bit.ly/2QhwRnG Schools bit.ly/3g1CYHA

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Wednesday 2 June 7.30pm Tickets: $27-$84 A cast of some of Australia's finest opera singers assemble with a chamber orchestra and a local children's chorus to perform one of the world's most popular operas.

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