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Councillor Antonella Celi 

Seawinds Ward - Mornington Peninsula Shire

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Governance Rules Cr Celi Debate on removal of Prayer from Council Agenda

Posted by antonellaceli on September 3, 2021 at 1:15 AM

Listen to Cr Celi Debate on Item 3.2 Adoption of the Amended Governance Rules at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 24th August 2021 here: https://youtu.be/WdTmLXUxsTE ;

 

Given that a majority of the Mornington Peninsula Shire community practice religion with 58% of the Christian faith. I would like to thank and acknowledge the 57 submitters who took the time to write to the Shire in support of reinstating the prayer with reference to God on the Agenda. Unfortunately the majority of the Council did not support the reinstatement of the Prayer with reference to God on the Agenda.

 

For complete report, minutes and full recording of the Council Meeting, 24th August, 2021 click on this link: https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/About-Our-Council/Council-Meetings/CouncilCommittee-Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes

State Government Grants and Programs available to help support business.

Posted by antonellaceli on August 18, 2021 at 10:45 AM

State Government Grants and Programs available to help support business.

 

  • Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) Round Two

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/victorian-events-support-package/live-performance-support-program-suppliers-round-two

 

  • Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Round Two

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/victorian-events-support-package/live-performance-support-program-presenters-round-two

 

  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/small-business-covid-hardship-fund

 

  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-costs-assistance-program-round-two-july-extension

 

  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three – 12 August 2021

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package/business-costs-assistance-program-round-three

 

  • Top-Up for metropolitan Melbourne

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package/16-july-2021-top-up-payment

 

  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package/business-costs-assistance-program-round-three 

  • Business Continuity Fund

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package/business-continuity-fund

  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/licensed-hospitality-venue-fund-2021-july-extension

  • Jobs Victoria Fund

https/business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/jobs-victoria-fund

 

To access the main menu of grants and programs click the link.

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs


New Financial Hardship help now available for our #morningtonpeninsula community.

Posted by antonellaceli on August 11, 2021 at 4:55 AM

New Financial Hardship help now available for our #morningtonpeninsula community.

 

Mornington Peninsula Shire has endorsed a new financial hardship policy and reduced or waived $1 million worth of fees for local businesses, community groups and individuals doing it tough due to COVID-19.

The fee reductions are as follows:

 

* Hospitality – footpath trading – 100% reduction

* Events and live entertainment – busking permits,

* Place of Public * * Entertainment (POPE) fees, events fees and charges – 100% reduction

* The arts - artists in residence Police Point – 50% reduction

* Sports club lease and licenses – 50% reduction

* 40 child swimming lessons for families experiencing financial hardship – 100% reduction

 

Fee waivers or reductions will be automatically applied in most cases.

 

* A new hardship policy will be supported by a special fund, which has been set aside to enable other eligible type of fees and charges to be waived or reduced for those suffering financial hardship.

 

In 2021/22 (financial year) the Shire will invest over $10million in recovery projects, programs, and initiatives. These actions will contribute to the lasting resilience and renewal of the Peninsula.

 

Find out more at the link.https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-Media/Council-endorses-COVID-19-community-support

 

Download the COVID-19 Towards Recovery map here: https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Community-Services/Health-Wellbeing/Community-Health-Wellbeing/COVID-19/COVID-19-Towards-Recovery

 

For more information contact the Shire https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Contact-Us

New Cricket nets for Rosebud Cricket Club

Posted by antonellaceli on July 22, 2021 at 11:25 PM

 

Totally wrapped the Rosebud Cricket Club nets are being built due to be finished in September, 2021.

A great pitch by the club to the Mornington Peninsula Shire to get the support for the the application to secure the State Government grant.

"The Mornington Peninsula Shire is funding $150,000 towards this project and has secured a further $100,000 from State Government through the Community Cricket Infrastructure Program. Cricket Australia has also provided $30,000 as part of the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund."

“The new Cricket nets are a win for the Rosebud Cricket Club who can now safely train up their players at Olympic Park Reserve.” Cr Antonella Celi


Howzat for progress!

Published on 22 July 2021

 

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Rosebud Cricket Club will receive new cricket nets as part of a $280,000 funding initiative from the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The club, who have their home at Olympic Park, Rosebud, will see a redevelopment of the nets that will benefit members of the cricket club and the wider community.

The project involves the demolition of the existing cricket nets at Olympic Park and building a new enclosed four lane training net facility with synthetic grass.

Work has already begun on the redevelopment which is set to be completed by September 2021.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is funding $150,000 towards this project and has secured a further $100,000 from State Government through the Community Cricket Infrastructure Program. Cricket Australia has also provided $30,000 as part of the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund.

To find out more, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/majorprojects

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:

“We’re pleased this redevelopment as part of our Sports Capacity Plan will provide safe, high quality and compliant cricket nets for the local community.”

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi:

“The new Cricket nets are a win for the Rosebud Cricket Club who can now safely train up their players at Olympic Park Reserve.”

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillor Debra Mar:

“The current cricket nets at Olympic Park have become a safety hazard, these upgrades will enhance sporting opportunities for locals who love their game.”

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillor Kerri McCafferty:

“The new cricket training nets will provide a safe training opportunity for players and coaches.”

Presenting the Mornington Peninsula Community Vision to 2040

Posted by antonellaceli on July 14, 2021 at 8:05 AM

Presenting the Mornington Peninsula Community Vision to 2040

 

Thank you to everyone in our community who contributed to the Peninsula 2040 community consultation that helped shape and develop a new community vision for the Mornington Peninsula

 

Over 3,000 people got involved to provide the feedback via surveys, online workshops, township pop-ups, postcards and drawings.


All your feedback was then sent off to a randomly selected Citizen's Panel of 50 people, who reviewed the feedback and referenced other council information to develop the community vision. 


The panel was empowered to deliver the vision to Council who have committed to use it to guide the development of the Council Plan and other key initiatives.


Thank you to the Citizens Jury all your work and collaboration to distil the community feedback and data to come up with the Community Vision. 

 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Vision.

"Welcome (Wominjeka) to the Mornington Peninsula, bound by green spaces and sea. We honour and pay respects to the Traditional Owners of this beautiful land – the Bunurong people.

 We also pay our deepest respects to their Ancestors and Elders. We are inspired to protect and enhance our distinct region that values its diverse community, environments and townships.

 Our community spirit thrives, with safe, accessible and inclusive spaces for all. Together we continue to create a sustainable, vibrant and prosperous future that values innovation and shared compassion"

 

Community Vision principles:

  1. Addressing Climate Change
  2. Integrated Public Transport and Accessibility
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Support an inclusive, connected and safe society.
  5. Innovative planning and development of the local economy
  6. Encourage and expand education, sports and arts opportunities
  7. Protect and enhance all elements of our natural land, sea and biodiverse environments
  8. Plan and regulate responsible and innovative housing development.


Watch the Citizen Jury present the Council with the Community Vision - starts at 48.22

https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXSsM1pCxDc


Find out more and download the Community Vision here:

https//www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Strategies-Plans-Policies/Community-Vision


Media Release:

https//www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-Media/A-new-community-vision-for-the-Shire

Photo: R-L Members of the Citizen Jury with Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors Anthony Marsh, Lisa Dixon, Steve Holland, Antonella Celi, David Gill, Sussan Bissinger, Despi O'Connor Kerri McCafferty Sarah Race Paul Mercurio AM Cr Debra Mar

 #morningtonpeninsula #vision2040



Yawa Aquatic Centre in Rosebud Opening Update

Posted by antonellaceli on June 30, 2021 at 2:10 AM

Yawa Aquatic Centre in Rosebud Opening - 9th July, 2021


Hey, hey Community,  the excitement is building up for the opening of the Yawa Aquatic Centre in Rosebud on the 9th July, 2021.


After decades, the pool in Rosebud is back, bigger and better than ever we could have imagined!


Can't wait for you all to splash into those pool halls and have a great time with family and friends.


The community grand opening date is yet to be scheduled....so stay tuned

I had a tour of Yawa this morning and here's a little snippet of what awaits the community ��

For more information, updates, membership info click here:

https//www.yawa.com.au/


Watch a snippet of the Yawa Aquatic Centre at the link:

https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpw9YEOMSyU




No to increase in vacant land differential rate to 140% - Cr Celi - Amendment Debate -

Posted by antonellaceli on June 25, 2021 at 1:45 AM

Cr Antonella Celi moved an amendment to

refuse the increase to 140% on Vacant Land Differential Rate and keep it at 120%

and refer additional projects to budget mid-year review.

 


AMENDMENT

Moved: Cr Celi

Seconded: Cr Mar

 

1. That the Vacant Residential Differential Rate is not changed and remain at 120% of General Rate in 2021/2022 Annual Budget.

 

2. That the rates in the dollar for each category of land is adjusted to reflect the Vacant Residential Differential rate at 120% of General Rate as per below table which replaces the table under ‘Differential Rate Percentages’.

 

Vote by Division (Requested by Cr Celi)

 

For: Cr O’Connor, Cr Mar and Cr Celi

 

Against: Cr Race, Cr Bissinger, Cr McCafferty, Cr Holland, Cr Marsh, Cr Mercurio, Cr Dixon and Cr Gill

 

Amendment Lost


 

 

3. That the following items be noted and considered for funding at the 2021/2022 Budget mid-year review should Budget surplus be identified:

 

 

  • Racecourse Reserve, Dromana Masterplan – $80,000
  • Rosebud Motorcycle Club toilet – $20,000
  • Collins Road, Dromana widening – $35,000
  • Allocate funds from Cricket Renewal Program to Dromana Cricket Club Cricket Nets.

 

 

Vote by Division (Requested by Cr Celi)

 

For: Cr Race, Cr O’Connor, Cr Mar, Cr McCafferty, Cr Holland, Cr Marsh, Cr Mercurio, Cr Dixon, Cr Celi, Cr Gill and Cr Bissinger

 

Against: Nil

 

Amendment carried

 

 

The Amendment was debated at Item 3.2 Consideration of 2021/2022 Budget Submissions, Adoption of the 2021/2022 Budget and Declaration of the Rates and Charges for 2021/2022. at the Council Meeting on 22nd June, 2021

 

View entire meeting recording here: https://youtu.be/ZAetO2Y2YY4

 

Minutes of Council Meeting 22nd June, 2021 here: https//www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/new-website-documents/about-us/meetings-amp-minutes/2021/minutes-2021/council-meeting-minutes-22-june-2021.pdf

 

Download Shire 2021–22 Budget and view the 2021-2022 Budget S223 Submissions and Replies at this link:

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Strategies-Plans-Policies/Annual-Report-Budget?BestBetMatch=budget|d13b95b2-5146-4b00-9e3e-a80c73739a64|4f05f368-ecaa-4a93-b749-7ad6c4867c1f|en-AU

 



Full amendment debate here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OpJeFIcW3I


Madam Mayor and Councillors overall I am very happy with the content of the 21/22 budget and I know that we have worked very hard since November to strike a balanced budget with a well considered capital works and priority projects listing, a healthy debt balance with no new borrowings keeping us well within our means and a strong cash flow and liquidity position that will see us deliver to our community within the confines of a finite operations income.


As we all know, the State’s rate cap regime at cpi significantly compromises our income potential and the upward trajectory of the financial long term forecasts which places the Shire and many other Council’s in a position of financial risk if the budget is not handled in a fair, equitable and prudent way… but I believe the 21/22 budget delivers a well balanced, sustainable outcome for the Shire’s and I thank all officers involved in putting the budget together for Council adoption.


Having said all that Madame Mayor, the budget we are considering at this moment is a draft budget and as part of the process it has gone out to community consultation for feedback through a 223 submissions process and hearing where the community puts forward their support or objections to the Budget.


During the 223 submissions we heard from over 31 residents objecting to the 20% increase in the residential vacant land differential rate to 140% .


We also heard submissions to community projects that didn’t make the draft budget cut we’re considering tonight.


Therefore, I seek to move an amendment that the Vacant Residential Differential Rate is not changed and remain at 120% of General Rate in the 2021/22 Annual Budget and


That the rates in the dollar for each category of land is adjusted to reflect the Vacant Residential Differential rate of 120% general rate as per the table 1 in recommendation 9


I also include Pt 3 that the following items be noted and considered for funding at the 21/22 budget mid-year review should budget surplus be identified:


- Racecourse Reserve Dromana Masterplan – $80K

- Rosebud Motorcycle Club Toilet – 20K

- Collins Street widening – 35K

- the music plan and 100K

- Allocate funds from Cricket Renewal Program to Dromana Cricket Club Cricket Nets.


I move this amendment, seek a seconder and I ask the Chair that after debate of the amendment the vote be taken separately on Point 1 & 2 together and Pt 3 separately. Thank you. I seek a seconder.


 

Thank you Madame Mayor, as said previously this budget has gone through a 223 submission consultation and hearing.


As a result we had over 31 submitters object to the 140% increase to the residential vacant land differential rate. The amount of submitters represents 1% of the current 3055 property owners.


In context of properties affected, this is not a small number of objections that deserve consideration by this Council who have put out this thought bubble to increase the rate solely on the presumption and unfounded perception that all these property owners are somehow land banking and have no desire to develop their properties.


 

Well, in fact, the presumption that the land is not being developed is incorrect because the number of vacant land owners has gone down from 3,245 in last year’s budget to 3,055 in this years budget, so that speaks to a shift in vacant residential land.


There is no evidence of land banking and no desire to develop, in fact some can’t event develop because their properties are not consolidated, a planning barrier created by this Shire.


Frankly, what a landowner does with their own private land holdings is their business as this Council has no idea about the individual circumstances of these property owners.


These owners are already paying a 120% rate on their properties and I believe that is fair and just. Landowners shouldn’t be gouged just because Council has the ability to do so.


The 223 submission process truly did test the 140% rate. The submissions from the 31 objectors were the strongest voice to show out, so it is proper that Councillors reconsider their position and drop the 140% back to 120% when adopting the final budget.


Voting for this amendment has no bottom line impact on the budget and no major impact on other properties through their rate in the dollar redistribution. This rate does not bring additional income to the Shire anyway.


Through this amendment I will speak up for the objectors against the rise in the vacant land differential rate and I ask Councillors to strike out the 140% and keep it at 120%.


Also I will briefly touch on Point 3 which is to refer 223 project submissions to be considered at the 21/22 budget mid year review for surplus allocation because they are worthy and tangible projects to keep on the radar and deliver to our community which is what we are elected to do.


 

I commend the amendment.

 


 

Safer Streets and new roundabout for Dromana

Posted by antonellaceli on June 23, 2021 at 2:05 AM

Safer streets for Dromana & new Roundabout at

Ligar Street/Codrington Street.

In the Safer Residential Areas community consultation (2018) 77 per cent of all respondents felt vehicles travelled too fast through Dromana’s residential streets and around the town.


Mornington Peninsula Shire is addressing this community concern. Dromana residents will notice new speed limits in the following residential streets:

 



A new compact roundabout will be installed at Ligar Street/Codrington Street. The small roundabout will allow motorists to better anticipate the intersection and adjust their speed accordingly, reducing both the likelihood and severity of collisions at this site.


Compact roundabouts are cost-effective compared with a standard roundabout but have a strong impact on safety by reducing fatal and serious injury crashes by approximately 85 per cent.


Works are currently underway and will be completed by 15 July 2021.

 

This project will align with Victoria’s Towards Zero Road Safety strategy with infrastructure improvements allowing the intersection to operate as a ‘safe system’.

Quote attributable to Councillor Antonella Celi:


“By lowering speed limits to 40 km/h in residential areas the community will feel safer when out and about walking or cycling to school, the beach or out for some exercise”


https//www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-Media/Safer-streets-for-Dromana

New courts for netball enthusiasts in Dromana

Posted by antonellaceli on June 22, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Very pleased to announce the opening of the new netballs courts at Marna Reserve, home of the Dromana Netball Club and Dromana Football & Netball Club.

Mornington Peninsula Shire funded the $530,000 for the new netball courts in Council’s 2020–21 Budget as part of the Sports Capacity Plan.

Congratulations to the Dromana Netball Club Dromana Football & Netball Club Dromana Tigers leadership team, members and supporters who kept up their advocacy over the many years for the upgrade to the netball courts that are now open to local sporting clubs and the community to use and enjoy to play their favourite sport.

“The refurbishment of the netball courts at Marna Reserve, Dromana is welcome news and a project I was very proud to support. I look forward to the players training on high quality courts and bring on those home wins.” Cr Antonella Celi - Seawinds Ward


 


New courts for netball enthusiasts

Full Media Release

 

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-Media/New-courts-for-netball-enthusiasts

Published on 22 June 2021

 


Mornington Peninsula Shire is excited to announce the opening of the new Marna Reserve netball courts in Dromana.

 

The $530,000 upgrade of the Marna Reserve netball courts is now complete and open to sporting clubs and the community.

 

Marna Reserve is home to Dromana Netball Club and Dromana Football and Netball Club.

 

Mornington Peninsula Shire funded the new netball courts in Council’s 2020–21 Budget as part of the Sports Capacity Plan.

 

Four outdoor courts have been renovated into two new netball courts to ensure they comply with Netball Victoria standards with improvements to the lighting, fencing and surrounding landscaping and paving.

The renewal of the Marna Reserve netball courts will provide safe and compliant courts of a higher training standard for use by the Dromana Netball Clubs and broader community.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:

“I am excited to announce the opening of the upgraded netball courts at Marna Reserve in Dromana for use by our sporting clubs and community members.”

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi:

“The refurbishment of the netball courts at Marna Reserve, Dromana is welcome news. I look forward to the players training on high quality courts and bring on those home wins.”

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillor Debra Mar:

“It’s fundamental we provide and maintain all sporting facilities and I’m proud the Shire has constructed two upgraded courts that meet Netball Victoria standards”.

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Ward Councillor Kerri McCafferty:

“The courts are a great initiative and will enhance social connections and contribute to the health and wellbeing for so many in our community.”

 

Picture: Councillor Debra Mar, Mayor Despi O'Connor, Councillor Antonella Celi, Mark Stahel, Matthew Ashdown, Gayle Collery, Matthew Ingram, Laura Hopkins, Sam Polatidis, Belinda Ingram, Daniel Garrood, Andrew McNaughton and Tony Serte at Marna Reserve netball courts


June 2021 - News from Your Shire Edition Out Now

Posted by antonellaceli on June 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM

June 2021 - News from Your Shire Edition Out Now

Read the latest issue and previous issues at this link:

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-from-your-shire



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