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Free membership for tourism businesses TOURISM related businesses in the Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland are being offered free membership of the Hinterland Tourism Association for the 2020-21 financial year. “Coronavirus and social restrictions are having a devastating impact on local tourism and we are exploring new ways to support local businesses during these challenging times,” association president Nelly Shaw said. “It’s important that we keep connected and try to emerge stronger when this crisis is over and as restrictions are gradually lifted”. The volunteer-run association supports its more than 80 members with information about government assistance, virtual networking, business to business e-news updates and local government advocacy. The hinterland includes Red Hill, Red Hill South, Main Ridge, Arthurs Seat, Merricks, Merricks North, Balnarring and Dromana. New members normally pay $154 which includes the updating of member tourism signboards at Arthurs Seat and outside the Red Hill south shopping centre, production of 25,000 tear-off maps and hosted events and social gatherings. “At this stage, we will not be including map production and signage renewal as a free member benefit in 2020-21, however we will continue to keep our members connected and informed with e-news, zoom networking, local tourism representation and social media promotion.” Ms Shaw said. As well the free membership businesses will be listed on the association’s website (mphinterland.com.au) as well as social media pages on Facebook and Instagram (@mphinterland). Businesses wanting to receive the benefits of free membership should email info@mphinterland.com.au for an application form.

Flare up mars plant’s anniversary FLAMES and thick black smoke pouring from chimneys at ESSO’s Long Island Point fractionation plant at Hastings followed a plant malfunction on Monday 21 September. Plant manager David McCord said the flaring was a safety mechanism designed to ensure “pressure relief” in the event of an emergency. Mr McCord said similar flaring events could occur anytime and were

usually of “short duration”. Hastings-based photographer Celia Furt said the permanent gas flames roared even higher during the flaring and produced large clouds of black smoke. “It was quite impressive and lasted 10-20 minutes,” she said. “After that the permanent gas flames were brought back under control.” The discharge of thick smoke coin-

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cided with the Long Island plant’s 50th anniversary. The plant was opened in 1970 by Prime Minister John Gorton while Victorian Premier Henry Bolte enthused about the Western Port region becoming the “Ruhr of Victoria”. The plant, employs 140 people, handles LPG, crude oil, propane, butane and mercaptan.

MORE than 2100 Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association players can look forward to their home at the RM Hooper Pavilion, Tuerong, getting a much needed refurbishment. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has committed $760,000 from its capital works program plus a $250,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria. The works, which have started and are expected to be completed in December, are part of the shire’s sports capacity plan and active sports strategy aimed at improving provision of sports and sporting infrastructure throughout the peninsula.

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