Author: Stephen Taylor

ON a cold, wet night in Mount Eliza two years ago, Kalinda Nheu died when the driver of the yellow utility in which she was a passenger lost control, crossed the median strip, and skidded into the path of an approaching Ford Territory. The impact of the collision killed the 19-year-old and the male driver of the ute instantly, while the driver of the Ford was seriously injured. Somerville Highway Patrol police last week shared a video of the consequences of the tragic collision on Nepean Highway, opposite Mount Eliza Way. The video was part of Operation Nexus held over…

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PROTESTORS at a sit-in at the office of Flinders MP Greg Hunt. Picture: Gary Sissons HUNDREDS of people on the Mornington Peninsula were in step with thousands across Australia last Monday, 15 March, at March4Justice rallies. A march in Rosebud coincided with about 20 people showing their support for an end to gender-based discrimination and violence outside the Somerville office of Flinders MP Greg Hunt. The group gathered to demand that women be “heard, respected and represented in Canberra” as well to call for an end to gender-based discrimination and violence in society. The staging of the sit-in outside Mr…

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Laughing, splashing: Women swimmers enjoy the water and each other’s company at Fishermans beach, Mornington. Picture: Supplied A GROUP of “mermaids” swims regularly at Fishermans Beach, Mornington, to gain the benefits of cold water swimming, increase exercise levels, revel in companionship and simply enjoy the fun of getting together in the water. Afterwards, of course, they enjoy a coffee and a chat at a nearby cafe. Mornington Peninsula Mermaids are a group of women who have swum at 7am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays since early January. Their aim, however daunting, is to go right through winter. Organiser Jacky Howgate…

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RYE boat ramp is one of many in Port Phillip and Western Port that Futurefish Foundation director David Kramer says are being neglected. Picture: Yanni THE state government is being urged to hurry up its takeover of managing Mornington Peninsula’s boat launching ramps. It is believed the state of the boat ramps was high on the agenda during a recent meeting between Fishing and Boating Minister Melissa Horne and shire CEO John Baker. In the lead-up to the 2018 election the state government promised to “embark on the biggest reforms to the way that boating infrastructure is managed that Victoria…

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STATE planning minister Richard Wynne has told state parliament that he will not be “calling in” the Ryman Healthcare application to develop a major retirement village at Mount Eliza. This clears the way for the New Zealand-based company to take its bid – for eight four-storey buildings, three three-storey buildings, 272 apartments, 362 car spaces, 115 nursing beds and a place of worship over 23,000 square metres on the site of the former Melbourne Business School – to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 15 March. The VCAT hearing will adjudicate on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s decision to refuse…

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