Councillor Antonella Celi
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|Posted by antonellaceli on May 30, 2022 at 3:30 AM|
Homelessness on the Mornington Peninsula
To tackle the #homelessness issue on the #morningtonpeninsula one needs to understand the complexity of why it's happening.
"The Salvation Army’s Social Justice Stocktake report released last year showed an estimated 2600 people were experiencing homelessness in the federal Flinders electorate, which covers the Mornington Peninsula, with a social housing shortage of 300 homes."
An informative article by Benjamin Preiss - The Age who interviewed Ben Smith - Manager Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Inc.; Loretta Buckley - Homelessness Manager - Salvation Army; Everybody's Home Spokesperson Kate Colvin; and local residents with lived experience.
Council' has adopted the #housingcrisis declaration to target housing affordability and availability on the #morningtonpeninsula and commits to increase advocacy to end homelessness and housing insecurity on the Peninsula and work with local community providers on initiatives such as:
* The Affordable Housing Partnership EOI: https://shape.mornpen.vic.gov.au/affordable-housing-peninsula
* The Stable One Winter Shelter Project: https://stableone.org/winter-shelters/
The Shire is the highest LGA in Victoria experiencing a growth in housing shortages with a decrease in affordable housing availability on the Peninsula from 72.5% in 2001 to only 6% in 2019 and 1818 people on the wait list for public housing! That is not ok.
Everybody's Home campaign financial stress map highlights alarming stats for our people: In the Dunkley electorate (63.028 households) there are 59% renters in stress and 46% mortgagees in stress with Flinders (76,006 households) showing 51% renters in stress and 31.4% mortgagees in stress as at 2022. https:///everybodyshome.com.au/financial-stress-map-victoria/
The right to an adequate standard of living is a fundamental human right. It is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was accepted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948.
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
— Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Read article "Metres from millionaires row, homelessness crisis worsens on Mornington Peninsula - The Age - 28th May, 2022 https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/metres-from-millionaires-row-homelessness-crisis-worsens-on-mornington-peninsula-20220526-p5aon5.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0BgB9Cbbc7VzEfhqkOX6GXvaOLlAsjQnGnRkz4FOtM7wIR46nTsKp73jg#Echobox=1653711557
|Posted by antonellaceli on November 18, 2021 at 8:55 AM|
The Council & Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 is now released
Thank you to everyone in the community who took part in the extensive and broad community consultation where over
✔️3,000 respondents contributed their feedback to extensive online consultations,
✔️workshops with stakeholders,
✔️feedback from pop up locations,
✔️health & wellbeing surveys
that helped inform a community vision developed by a Citizen Panel and Council briefings, workshops that shaped the development of the Council Plan.
Quite a process over six month period that has come up with three main themes for the Council & Wellbeing Plan that will set the pace to deliver many projects and services to our community:
The three themes are:
a healthy natural environment and well-planned townships
↗️ a robust, innovative and diverse economy
♾ a flourishing, healthy and connected community
Find out more about the Council & Wellbeing Plan at this link:
Media release here:
|Posted by antonellaceli on November 5, 2021 at 9:55 AM|
10M commitment brings world class Peninsula trail within reach
Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors commit $10 million over the next five years towards the shovel ready Peninsula Trail project and will advocate to State and Federal Government for funds to help deliver the project on the ground for our community.
The Peninsula Trail is a walking and cycling network that extends over 100 kms that, links the Peninsula along its most scenic hinterland, urban and coastal trails.
Over the years the Shire along with strong community support have pushed for matched State and Federal funding to complete the missing sections of the Peninsula Trail at Baxter-Somerville; Mooroduc-Mornington and Anthony's Nose, McCrae.
The Shire has engaged with the support of many community groups and relevant authorities such as Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsula Railway Preservation Society DELWP PortPhillip, Department of Transport to Progress the Peninsula Trail link completion.
The project is has also gained the support of the eight Rotary District 9820 Clubs on the #morningtonpeninsula who have chosen the Peninsula Trail as a signature project to mark their 100th anniversary of Rotary Australia.
The Shire is advocating to the Victorian and Federal Government to deliver a funding commitment of $40 million.
Phase 1 (2022-2026) including Baxter to Somerville, Mornington to Moorooduc and Southern Peninsula Missing Links (including Anthony’s Nose), will cost $20 million,. The Federal Government has committed $2 million with a further $3 million being sought through the current round of the State's Growing Suburbs Funding (GSF) for the Somerville to Baxter section of the project.
- The Shire also has a $400,000 allocation to progress the concept plans and approval for the Moorooduc to Mornington and Anthony’s Nose, McCrae missing links
- Phase 1 outputs include $19.5 million direct and indirect economic output.
- 55 direct and indirect FTE jobs.
- The project will strengthen Peninsula’s brand as a premier cycling and walking destination.
- The Shire has committed $10 million towards the total project
|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
|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
- Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Round Two
- Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
- Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension
- Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three – 12 August 2021
- Top-Up for metropolitan Melbourne
- Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three
- Business Continuity Fund
- Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment
- Jobs Victoria Fund
To access the main menu of grants and programs click the link.
|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.
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
|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
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.”
|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:
- Addressing Climate Change
- Integrated Public Transport and Accessibility
- Support an inclusive, connected and safe society.
- Innovative planning and development of the local economy
- Encourage and expand education, sports and arts opportunities
- Protect and enhance all elements of our natural land, sea and biodiverse environments
- Plan and regulate responsible and innovative housing development.
Watch the Citizen Jury present the Council with the Community Vision - starts at 48.22
Find out more and download the Community Vision here:
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
|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:
Watch a snippet of the Yawa Aquatic Centre at the link:
|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.
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
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
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:
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.