Author: Bayside News

COUNCIL workers got a shock last Monday (18 May) when they discovered a large boa constrictor nestled in a Seaford building. The snake is believed to have either escaped or have been dumped by an irresponsible owner. “Council officers were inspecting the council-owned property adjoining Seaford Wetlands on Monday morning when they discovered the boa constrictor inside a shed,” Frankston mayor Cr Sandra Mayer said. “A snake catcher was immediately called to handle the snake.” Boa constrictors are native to in North, Central, and South America and some Carribbean Islands. Foreign snakes such as boa constrictors can carry a virus…

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CHANGES to Frankston Council’s Kindergarten Central Registration System have been finalised before the allocation of next year’s places in late July. Most of the existing system has been kept with 97 per cent of on-time registrations getting an offer for a preferred kindergarten but two amendments have been introduced. “A key part of this review was listening to the views of families who have or would be using the registration procedure, and we felt it was very important we took this feedback on board,” Frankston mayor Cr Sandra Mayer said. “As a result, the family’s proximity to a kindergarten and…

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ARTISTS and entrepreneurs are an intriguing mix at a new shared community space in Frankston. The Frankston Regional Artisan’s Network – also known as FRANK – has gathered together creatives and small businesses under the same roof at a Beach St hub. The network is a Frankston Council initiative. Mayor Cr Sandra Mayer said a project team of council officers and Frankston residents had planned the FRANK project. “This team shared a vision to create a unique space that allows local creatives, small businesses and entrepreneurs to come together to share a place to work, inspire and connect – similar…

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POLICE have released a face-fit image of a man they wish to speak to regarding an assault in Frankston on Friday 8 May. In the incident, a woman was hit on the head with a piece of wood and then robbed as she was leaving Bayside shopping centre. Senior Constable Ken Howard, of the Armed Robbery Task Force, said the woman, 62, was walking on Ross Smith Av when the man hit her from behind and knocked her to the ground at 6.20pm. The man then began rifling through her handbag. The woman initially thought he was trying to assist…

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IT’S official. Former Frankston SES controller Brian McMannis has a street named in his honour. A street, off McCulloch Ave, near the organisation’s Seaford McCulloch Ave headquarters has been named McMannis Way. Mr McMannis told The Times late last year he is “shocked but privileged” to be recognised by Frankston Council for his near four decades volunteer work for the SES. Frankston mayor Cr Sandra Mayer praised the way Mr McMannis had dedicated himself to helping others at times of emergency. “Brian’s contribution as a member of the SES for almost four decades was outstanding,” Cr Mayer said. “It was…

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