Bike sports added to spending cycle UP to $60,000 in this year’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Council budget will go towards developing a mountain bike and BMX strategy on shireowned land. The strategy will aim to ensure that new and upgraded trails and jumps are in suitable locations and designed with community needs in mind. The shire manages four bike sports areas on the peninsula: Dromana Pump Track, Hillview Reserve, Boundary Road, Red Hill Mountain Bike Skills Park, Red Hill Station Grounds, Harold Reid Reserve BMX track, Baxter, and Westpark Reserve BMX track, Hastings. The shire is also deciding if any of the unauthorised – and illegal – bike jumps built in parks and reserves can be made safe and allowed to remain. Construction of these impromptu bike jumps ruffled a few feathers among other parks’ users who saw the children’s efforts as vandalism. (“Boys plea to not write-off jumps” The News 26/10/20). They began to appear after the closure of many outdoor sporting facilities, including skate parks and playgrounds, when youngsters were looking for opportunities to have fun and blow off steam within their five kilometre radius. “While we appreciate the energy,
creativity and enjoyment of those involved in creating bike jumps, the shire has also received many complaints from other park and bushland users whose enjoyment and safe use of these spaces have been affected,” infrastructure strategy and climate change executive manager Davey Smith said. “Volunteer groups looking after bushland areas over many years have also seen impacts to surrounding fauna and flora. “The shire has a responsibility to ensure all residents are safe and our environment is protected and is undertaking works to achieve this, including removal of bike jumps. Please be respectful of shire staff as they carry out these duties.” The shire says engagement with residents and users is crucial for its mountain bike and BMX strategy to be viable. “We need to consider community safety and the broad range of users and abilities, while also protecting the peninsula’s unique environment and ecological values,” Mr Smith said. To provide input to the strategy, to keep up to date with developments, and be notified when the draft strategy opens for community consultation, go to mornpen.vic.gov.au/bikesports Stephen Taylor
‘Limited’ racing at Balnarring BALNARRING Picnic Races are on next Saturday (5 December), although spectator tickets are limited due to COVID-19 regulations. Catering will be minimal, so it is a BYO day for food, drinks and chairs. The TAB will not be operating, and bookmakers may not be on course. However, there will be room for social distancing and face masks must be worn. Tickets available at www.balnarringraces.com or for further information go to www.balnarringraces or email email@example.com
Customer service MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s customer service centres at Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud will
reopen this week for limited services, 8.30am-5pm. Staff can assist with payments, animal registrations, and general inquiries. The offices are at 21 Marine Parade, Hastings, 2 Queen Street, Mornington, (enter via Vancouver Street), and 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud. All other shire departments will continue to work remotely. Those wishing to speak to a staff member can call 1300 850 600. Somerville customer service centre is regarded as being too small to allow for safe social distancing and will remain closed. To contact a customer service officer on web chat: mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 1300 850 600.
School grant DROMANA Primary School will receive $8.7 million from the state government to provide for an extra 200 enrolments during the 2023 school year, Nepean MP Chris Brayne said. This follows an earlier grant of $1.075 million announced through the infrastructure planning and acceleration fund. “Families in Dromana have done a phenomenal job in supporting students to learn from home,” Mr Brayne said. “As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Dromana Primary School better than before. “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”
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2 December 2020
Western Port News 2 December 2020