Author: Stephen Taylor

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has knocked back a proposed retirement village in Mount Eliza. Plans for the proposed $160 million Beachleigh “retirement community” at 33 Jacksons Road, included 105 independent living units in 12 buildings. Parts of existing buildings would have been demolished and vegetation – including 63 trees – removed. The former Peninsula Health Mount Eliza Centre on 3.4 hectares dates back to the 1920s. At various times it was a children’s hospital and a geriatric hospital. Most of the buildings were demolished in 2019 but three remain – all with heritage value. Melbourne-based developer Hengyi Pacific reportedly paid…

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THE manager of a Cape Schanck property preparing to cull upwards of 250 trapped kangaroos blames “passionate, but misguided and ill-informed animal activists” for their fate. “If they had left our fencing alone, these kangaroos would be happily living their lives in the park,” said the manager, who did not wish to be named after receiving what he claimed were “death threats” on social media. “I could be happy spending my time farming instead of dealing with the problem that they alone have created through their misguided efforts resulting in the need to cull this regal animal to only be…

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THE peninsula’s arts sector has received a boost as it seeks to recover from COVID-19 with the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery being given $300,000 from the federal government. The grant will be used to set up public art events with 15 artists being commissioned by November to create works that “respond to key sites and stories that have shaped the Mornington Peninsula”. “It doesn’t happen every day,” gallery director Danny Lacy said. “This is a great opportunity to present a broad project that displays the whole of the peninsula.” Mr Lacy said the gallery was a major partner in the…

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LOCAL hospitals are preparing for a spike in COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks. Acting on instructions from the state government restrictions were placed on elective surgery from Friday 1 October, and beds were set aside to treat pandemic patients. Ramsay Health Care’s chief nurse and clinical services director Dr Bernadette Eather said elective procedures at the company’s hospitals, including Beleura Private, were being reduced. “As was the case last year when elective surgery was reduced, [we] are ready and willing to assist with the state’s pandemic response.” Dr Eather said Ramsay Health was “not currently treating any COVID-19…

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IT WILL be “tickets please” from a real station when the old Cheltenham railway station building is erected at Mornington Railway Preservation Society’s base at Moorooduc. The 140-year-old timber structure was recently trucked down to Moorooduc in flat-pack form where it will be assessed in detail before being put together to join other historic pieces of railway infrastructure on the site. The preservation society’s president Andrew Swayne sees it as an “absolute landmark project” that will provide a missing link in the station’s redevelopment. “We couldn’t even get the old station from Mornington,” he said, referring to the line which…

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