Author: Bayside News

GRANTS have been handed to 12 young local athletes to help them take part in competitions. The successful applicants for the Dunkley Local Sporting Champions grant program will receive between $500 and $700. The funding will go towards travel, accommodation, uniforms, or equipment. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy said “with all eyes on the Tokyo Olympic games, it’s a terrific time to recognise some of our upcoming local sporting talent.” “This round was particularly competitive, so I’d like to congratulate the successful applicants. Dunkley has a rich and varied sporting history and it’s great to see so many different sports represented…

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MORE work will be done to combat the rising rate of local homelessness. There has been a 388 per cent increase in rough sleeping homelessness in Frankston since 2016, council says. As part of National Homelessness Week this week, a program will be launched that sees 14 local agencies team up to tackle the issue. Frankston Zero has been established by the Frankston City Strategic Housing and Homelessness Alliance. The chair of the alliance, Dr Gillian Kay, said “Frankston Zero will provide the sector and government with clear and specific information about the most vulnerable who are falling into rough…

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THE new vaccination hub at Bayside Shopping Centre is delivering up to 1200 COVID-19 vaccinations a day. The Frankston hub, operated by Peninsula Health, opened last month at the old Toys’R’Us location near Rebel Sport. The clinic is manned by a team of more than 100 immunisers, administration staff, pharmacists, doctors, security, cleaners, and concierge. Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs are available at the hub. There are a small number of walk-in appointments on offer for people over age 60 to receive the AstraZeneca jab. Peninsula Health executive director of operations Helen Cooper said “we are pleased to have opened…

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A BANNER commemorating a man killed in Seaford last year has gone missing. Cameron Smith died aged 26 in November last year. He was stabbed to death. After his tragic death, a memorial banner was installed on Station Street. It went missing between Friday 23 July and 24 July. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny issued a plea for information on Facebook last week. “I am so saddened to report that the temporary memorial banner for Cameron Smith was removed from its site in Station Street Seaford without the family’s permission,” she said. “Cam’s family is heartbroken. They just want it back. …

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FRANKSTON Council is one step closer to repealing its controversial ban on dogs in the city centre. As the rules stand, dogs are prohibited in the central activity area of Frankston. Under the new proposal, on-lead registered dogs would be allowed in the area bounded by Davey Street, Kananook Creek, and Fletcher Road. Council is also considering confining cats to their homes 24/7, and designating a section of the foreshore as a free roam area for dogs. Earlier this year, council sought feedback on the current local laws. The mayor Kris Bolam said that the 750 responses received showed that…

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