Author: Bayside News

A GARBAGE truck fire was extinguished before it could spread further last week. Emergency services were alerted to the garbage truck fire in the car park of Patterson Lakes Tennis Club on 3 May. Patterson River Fire Brigade said that the job was “made complex due to a hydraulic failure on the truck and a lack of nearby water.” They attended the site alongside CFA tankers from Springvale, Frankston, Dandenong, and Edithvale. Chelsea SES also attended. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze. The garbage was then dumped in the carpark and moved into another truck when it was safe…

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CANDIDATES at this month’s federal election have been threatened with fines if they put signs up on council land. Kingston Council has sent a warning to candidates, telling them that putting signs up on council land is prohibited by local law and punishable by a $200 fine. Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said that residents have been complaining to council about signs on public land. “Unfortunately, we have a situation where candidates’ signs have been placed on council land right across Kingston. This is simply not on,” he said. “We have received numerous complaints, and rightly so, and we are taking…

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CHELSEA SES commander Ron Fitch has received one of the highest honours given to SES members. Last week Fitch was awarded his Emergency Service Medal. He was named as a winner of the award on Australia Day. At a ceremony at Government House on 3 May, Fitch accepted the award. He was accompanied by his 97-year-old mother Jean, who came down from Ararat to attend. Ron Fitch has been a member of Chelsea SES for 30 years, and unit controller for 26 of them. He was made a life member of the SES in 2017, and named Kingston’s outstanding citizen…

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THE federal opposition has pledged $2 million towards the construction of an art trail spanning from the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Langwarrin to the Frankston foreshore. The planned 7.4 kilometre trail will feature nine sculptures and three murals. Works are also expected to include connecting paths to Cruden Farm, Ballam Park, Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve and Mulberry Hill, as well as pathways to Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve, and Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve down to the base of Oliver’s Hill. Labor will spend $2 million on the project if it wins this month’s federal election. Dunkley MP Peta…

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A POLICE operation targeting criminal activity around short-stay accommodation and licensed premises in Frankston, Seaford and Carrum Downs has resulted in 26 arrests. Operation Washed has been running since February. So far Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged 26 people with offences including drug trafficking, drug possession, weapon possession, firearms offences, possession of proceeds of crime, contravening court orders, assaults, driving offences, and bail act offences. Police have seized drugs, guns, and other weapons during the operation. Victoria Police Detective Senior Constable Jarryd Gray said the operation would keep people safe in local bars. “Our local licensed premises and…

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