Author: Liz Bell

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents are being asked to open their hearts and provide a forever home to the unwanted calves of the dairy industry. The ’Til The Cows Come Home charity is looking for adopters who can take on two calves to raise as pets, never to end up on the dinner table. Operations manager Rachele Clarke says every year millions of unwanted farmed animals suffer an unimaginable fate. “These animals are the forgotten ones, they often endure terrible lives before they come to us, but we feed them up, get them healthy and try to find caring homes for them,”…

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Back in the game: Coach Marc Bressan revs up participants from the MPJFL Academy. Picture: Supplied COMMUNITY sport is about to make waves on the Mornington Peninsula again, with the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League in the process of building its numbers and reconnecting with schools for a great season ahead. The league’s administrator, Ben Lawrence, said sport had taken a huge hit over the last few seasons, and the league was in a fight to keep participation rates at a steady number. It is about to roll out a project called the MPJFL School Network, which involves interacting with…

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MORNINGTON Peninsula and bayside businesses are experiencing the fallout from increasing COVID-19 infections, with some having to close at their busiest time of the year due to staff shortages. Hotel Sorrento closed its restaurant and bar on New Year’s Eve “due to health and safety reasons” and will not open until 7 January. The hotel was impacted due to a positive COVID-19 case on Thursday, December 30. Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club has suffered a similar fate, with nine staff testing positive, along with several members. However, instead of closing the club will reduce its restaurant operations and has halted…

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THE COVID crisis is escalating on the Mornington Peninsula as the population swells over summer and the health system buckles under enormous strain. Staff shortages at Peninsula Health and rising COVID-19 cases in Frankston and on the peninsula threatens to cripple the health system, with health workers struggling to keep up with demand and reports that up to 40 per cent of nurses have resigned. There are reports from staff that ambulances are being forced to divert patients away from Frankston Hospital and some are having to “ramp” for long periods while they wait for confirmation of where patients can…

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LIKE so many young people, school just didn’t cut it for Frankston teenagers Jessica and Adam, but that’s not the end of the story thanks to a program that is helping them learn valuable employment skills. Young people in the Frankston area who have been disengaged from school for 18 months or more are being given an opportunity to explore career options away from the confines of school thanks to a new pre-apprenticeship program funded by the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Skillinvest program developer Jarrod Flanigan said the program was designed to…

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