Western Port News 30 September 2020

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Cages for catching island’s feral cats

Check for out-of-towners POLICE say they are ramping up patrols to prevent out-of-towners flocking to holiday hotspots on the Mornington Peninsula. The aim is to ensure that only peninsula residents or others travelling with a permitted purpose arrive in the area. Police say they will have a “highly visible” presence at checkpoints on arterial roads, mobile vehicle checkpoints and ongoing patrols as part of Operation Sentinel. A note on the police Eyewatch social media page said anyone pulled over at a vehicle checkpoint could expect to have their licence and work permit checked by police and their residential address confirmed. “Police will also be proactively patrolling popular locations, such as beaches, parks and other areas where people are expected to visit, to ensure that everyone is adhering to the current stage four restrictions. “While these checkpoints may cause some inconvenience for local residents, it’s important to remember that they are an important component in stopping the spread of coronavirus and keeping the community safe.” For information about the latest restrictions visit the Department of Health and Human Services at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the hotline 1800 675 398. Or visit DHHS page on Facebook.

CAGE traps are being used to help eradicate feral cats on French Island. The aim is to create a safe haven for hundreds of species of birds, marsupials and endangered native animals on the island which is said to be already fox-free. Amanda Paul, communications coordinator of Westernport Catchment Management Authority, said soft-jawed leg traps and “curiosity” baits were not being used as previously stated in The News (“Closing in on island’s final 100 feral cats” 23/9/20).

Online exhibition ARTIST members of Studio Sorrento are using images provided by their fellow member photographers for inspiration. Paintings and drawings of the images are being added to the online Isolation 2020 exhibition. The photographs are posted online for the artists to choose. Topics include animals (domestic and wild), scenes, waves, trees, flowers, cloud formations, people, sunsets and sunrises. The artists are encouraged to interpret and paint or draw the image of their choice. More than 30 works have been completed and added to the evolving online exhibition and artists are being invited to become involved. A physical showing of the works and photographs will be held at Sorrento Activity Centre when COVID-19 restrictions allow. To get involved email info@studiosorrento. org or view the exhibition at studiosorrento.org

Net gain CRICKET is getting an upgrade at Olympic Park, Rosebud, thanks to $100,000 from the Community Cricket Program. The project includes construction of multi-use four bay cricket nets with retractable netting as well as a publicly accessible cricket pitch.

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Western Port News 30 September 2020


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