Author: Stephen Taylor

FRANKSTON Council has endorsed a $20-$25 million plan to provide adequate basketball facilities through to 2031. A report to council last week outlined ways to upgrade and expand the city’s indoor basketball facilities, focusing on a staged development of Frankston Basketball Association’s stadium in Bardia Ave, Seaford. Officers have been asked to develop schematic plans for the improved facilities and to report back by December. They will undertake a funding advocacy campaign to identify potential grants from state and federal governments and other potential partners. The council has assigned $500,000 in next year’s budget towards the project. The full cost…

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IT’S going to be hard for the crew at Frankston SES to think of Brian McMannis as anything but the chief. But that’s the reality as the man credited with turning the branch into perhaps the best in the state stands down after 28 years at the top. Tributes flowed at a retirement dinner attended by 220 wellwishers at Frankston RSL last week. State emergency services commissioner Craig Lapsley, SES chief officer Trevor White, deputy chief Tim Wiebusch, Dunkley MP Bruce Billson and the heads of the local CFA, police and the RSL all sang his praises after 36 years…

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FOOTBALLERS, cricketers and netballers all got a boost last week with a $100,000 grant to redevelop the pavilion at Bonbeach recreation reserve. The money will provide unisex change rooms, improved umpire, first aid and storage areas, accessible toilets and a lift to access the upstairs community areas. The pavilion is the home of the Bonbeach Sharks Football Netball Club and the Bonbeach Tangy Cricket Club. Funding is through the Country Football Netball Program. Sharks vice president Gerard Turville said he was “happy happy, happy” with the funding announcement and that all those associated with the club were excited. “We’ve had…

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PLANTING shrubs, cleaning off graffiti, picking up litter and even lobbying for a new public toilet in the shopping centre are worthwhile tasks being undertaken by the Chelsea Bonbeach Train Station Group. And commuters are reaping the rewards. The volunteer group, running for more than six years and with around 20 members, meets each month to plan working bees, arrange supplies and assign tasks. Last Saturday 15 helpers donned their gloves and set to work at Bonbeach station planting shrubs and grasses, cleaning up rubbish and beautifying surrounding areas. And rail operator Metro was impressed: they put on a sausage…

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CELEBRATIONS marking last week’s 50th anniversary of the Beatles tour of Australia struck a resonant chord with Rosebud’s John (Johnny) Chester. The popular musician was a support act for the Fab Four when they played to packed – and screaming – houses in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and then New Zealand. Memories came flooding back when the phones ran hot last week after the screening of an ABC documentary on the landmark tour. Australia had never seen anything like it before, with half of Adelaide’s population jamming the route from the airport and Melbourne’s streets a sea of eager young faces…

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