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Councillor Antonella Celi 

Seawinds Ward - Mornington Peninsula Shire

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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


Perspective on "Natural Gas Ban" on Mornington Peninsula

Posted by antonellaceli on June 16, 2021 at 9:50 AM

In response to Cr Steve Holland - Mornington Peninsula Shire “Natural Gas Ban” post - a simple context and perspective needs to be given https/www.facebook.com/CrSteveHolland


�Does Local Government have the legislative powers to ban private use of gas or gas appliances outright ? ❌NO


�Can Local Government influence Local, State Planning Schemes and Policies about Environmental Sustainable Design, gas and gas appliances in buildings? ✅YES


�Did MP Shire make a decision to ban gas at the Planning Services meeting on 15th June? ❌NO


�‍♀️So, what was the decision at the Planning Services meeting on 15th June all about then?


Item 3.1 dealt with a report to Council to join MAV and CASBE Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment’s Zero Carbon Environmentally Sustainable Development Planning Scheme Amendment Project.


�That’s why at the Council meeting I had to ask important process questions about:

❓Implications of the Project on the Shires C232morn ESD Local Policy?

❓ what community consultation will be undertaken? and when?

❓ what are the principle outcomes of CASBE?

 

Find out about:


 ❓what the State Government, the Municipal Association Victoria and CASBE have to do with State ESD Roadmap and Planning Policy Framework and State Climate Change Act. https//www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/environmentally-sustainable-development-of-buildings-and-subdivisions


❓how the work of the State Government, CASBE and MAV influence the Shire’s C232morn ESD Local Policy Amendment that will go on exhibition in November 2021.


❓ where community consultation fits into the process.


�‍Where are the references to gas phase out Cr Holland is on about?

You will find the references in the Climate Emergency Plan that has been adopted by Council on 25th August, 2020 on Pg. 34; Item 3.5 pg 57 and Item 4.3 of pg59

https//www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Strategies-Plans-Policies/Strategy-Plan-Listing/Climate-Emergency-Plan


�� My view is that the choice to use electricity, gas or to transition to renewable energy sources

should be consumer driven with access to all available options at an affordable market price

Watch the video clip below to hear the answers to my questions at the Planning Services Meeting here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu3W-a1DM28

or view the whole session that starts 11:15 mins - 3.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2_OpgC969k


Rosebud Plaza Planning Application P21/0264

Posted by antonellaceli on May 4, 2021 at 11:05 PM

A planning application has been received by the Shire for 37 McCombe Street, Rosebud -  Rosebud Plaza site. for:

 

  • building works, 
  • sale of liquor, 
  • vegetation removal and 
  • alteration of access to a road zone Project Cost: $9.346M

 


What is it all about?


Rosebud Plaza Management has made an application to demolish the building where Woolworths currently is and relocate it to Target section at Rosebud Plaza.  Target will be vacating the centre.


A new building will be built to replace the old Woolworths building  with a plan to establish a Dan Murphy's store and change the entry and exit access onto Nepean Highway, Rosebud.


How does the planning application work?


As this site already has an  existing Development Plan Overlay (DPO) that identifies areas which show the form and conditions of future use and development through an already approved permit,  planning law says that there is


 

  • no requirement to advertise
  • no requirement to give formal public notice; of the application
  • no third party rights of review or appeal to VCAT i.e. no formal objections or appeal to the planning application can be received on the application to inform the decision making process.

 

With a DPO over the site, the Planning Officers role is to assess the application on its merits to ensure that the built form and changes on the site keep in line with the DPO and the already approved permit conditions that have been applied across the whole site many years ago.


Where to for community feedback/questions?

 

  1. More information and updates about the application is available at the link:https://epeninsula.mornpen.vic.gov.au/P1PRPROD/P1/eTrack/eTrackApplicationDetails.aspx?r=P1.WEBGUEST&f=%24P1.ETR.APPDET.VIW&ApplicationId=P21%2f0264
  2. Conttact Rosebud Plaza Management: Phone: 03 4435 0100 email: [email protected]
  3. Contact the Principal Planner at the Shire for more information Email: [email protected] Phone: 03 5950 1000 or 1300  850 600

 




Congratulations Leisel Male for Queen's Guide Award

Posted by antonellaceli on April 26, 2021 at 9:40 AM

Cr Antonella Celi Delegate Report - Council Meeting - 20 April, 2021

Congratulations Leisel Male – Queen’s Guide Award

On Saturday,  17th April Cr Debra Mar and I were invited to attend a special ceremony at Rosebud Girl Guides where Liesel Male – an inspiring local young woman achieved and was awarded her Queen’s Girl Guide Award presented by the Assistant State Commissioner for Girls Guides – Deb Abbs.

Liesel is a member of the Rosebud Senior Guides and the Bentleigh Ranger Guides Unit and is truly an inspirational young lady who has shown such dedication and commitment to complete her Queen’s Guide Award. An Award which takes many years to accomplish, let alone persevering to achieve her goals during the covid lockdown challenges of 2020.


The last time the Rosebud Girl Guides brought home a Queen’s Guide Award was back in 1993, so there are celebrations all round for Liesel, her peers, family, friends and leaders who helped achieve her Award, in particular Samantha Bourke – Guide Leader of Rosebud and Cat Anderson, Ranger Guide Leader of Bentleigh.


Girl Guides Victoria is an amazing organisation for girls and women that enables them to grow in to confident, active and responsible community leaders and I commend their work.


On behalf of the Mornington Peninsula Shire I extend a heartfelt congratulations to Liesel for her hard-earned accomplishment and wish her and Rosebud Girl Guides every success for the future.


I table for the minutes the Girl Guides Australia/Victoria Media Release.( Attachments at Report 4.1 - Ordinary Coucil Meeting, 20th April, 2021.

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Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting, 20th April, 2021 - Item 4.1 Councillors and Delegates Reports

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/About-Our-Council/Council-Meetings/CouncilCommittee-Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes




 

Thank you to Sikh Volunteers Australia

Posted by antonellaceli on April 26, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Cr Antonella Celi Delegate Report - Council Meeting - 20 April, 2021

Thank you to Sikh Volunteers Australia

On the 10th April I had the pleasure to attend the Sikh Volunteers Australia (SVA) thanksgiving function and receive a Gratitude Award on behalf of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.


The event was a welcoming multicultural and inter-faith experience joined by Local, Federal and State MPs, Pioneer Sikh Members of Victoria, Faith leaders, SVA volunteers, community and service groups, schools and SVA staff members to celebrate the Sikh Volunteers Appreciation Day.


With over 295 volunteers, the SVA are to be acknowledged, thanked and congratulated on the outstanding service they provide to our communities.


During the Bush fires and Covid19 pandemic, Sikh Volunteers Australia mobilised their resources to serve community members facing crisis, homeless and hardship and have delivered 140,100 freshly cooked vegetarian meals directly to the homes of vulnerable people in 41 suburbs across 6 Local Government Areas including to residents on the Mornington Peninsula who received meals from SVA during Covid lockdown.


Thank you to all SVA Volunteers and to the many supporters and donors that contribute to help SVA’s service to our communities and in particular for coming out to the Peninsula to deliver meals to our members of our community.


I also take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our local volunteer and services organisations, Community Support and Information Centres, Community Houses, Interfaith Council of Churches and many others who turn out to support our most vulnerable and those in crisis on the Mornington Peninsula.



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Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting 20th April, 2021 - Item 4.1 Councillors and Delegates Report

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/About-Our-Council/Council-Meetings/CouncilCommittee-Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes

 

Shire Family Day Care Service Transition - Cr Celi's view

Posted by antonellaceli on April 16, 2021 at 3:45 AM

The Mornington Peninsula Shire decided to transition out of providing Family Day Care services on the Mornington Peninsula.  A service that is very much needed for families and children.  

The report came to a Council Meeting on 23rd March, ,2021 as a confidential item so therefore I am not permitted to disclose any details of the report.

But what I will say is that I did not vote to support this decision because I believed;

 

  1. It was not the right time to transition out of Family Day Care Services in particular this year coming out of Covid year 2020;  
  2. It went against the Shire's Council Plan Strategic Objectives 3. Children feel valued and are supported & 5. Families and parents feel valued and are supported
  3. Families could face paying more by going to a private provider
  4. Continuity of Educator for the children could be compromised
  5. There was no valid reason in the rerport that I could support the transition at this point in time.

Now that Council has transitioned out of providing the Family Day Care Service, families and children can still access the service but they will need to go through private providers  and educators to retain the service.

I wish the families every success and opportunityto retain their educators and have some form of consitency while the Shire transitions out of Family Day Care Services and the independent, private providers take over the service.

The Shire's Media Release:

Family Day Care transition - Shire Media Release Published on 01 April 2021

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has decided to transition out of providing Family Day Care on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Frankston area.

 

Over the past five years we have seen a steady decline in the service, which coincides with the increase in the number of alternate Family Day Care providers in the market.

We are confident these services will provide a varied choice for all educators when selecting a new provider to transfer to with little to no disruption to them or the families and the children they care for.

All our educators and families have been notified and we are committed to supporting each educator to find a preferred provider to ensure a smooth transition for themselves and their families over a period of 12 weeks.

 

We know the relationship between educators and the families and children they care for is important and want to clarify this will remain the same. Children will continue to be cared for by the same educator in the same home. Families will not need to find alternative care.

 

The only change will be the administration of the program, with the family day care educators moving to an alternative family day care provider. All alternative service providers must meet the same standards, compliance and safety requirements as any childcare provider, including the National Quality Framework and the National Law.

 

We are currently working on redeployment options for our two Children Services Officers roles which are directly impacted

Foreshore Camping Renewal & Improvement Works

Posted by antonellaceli on April 16, 2021 at 2:45 AM

Foreshore camping on the Mornington Peninsula and in particular in Rosebud and McCrae, is an iconic destination for campers every Summer to enjoy our beautiful coastline and seaside holidays.

For many years the Shire has enjoyed a good relationship with campers who have provided invaluable feedback on how we need to improve the foreshore camping experience and contributed to the advocacy for much needed capital work improvements across the sites.   

The table below highlights the Foreshore Camping Renewal and Improvement Works in a brief summary of expenditure over the last two years and over next financial year of 2021/22.



I very much look forwward to Council reviewing the Foreshore Camping Strategy and releasing a draft for public exhibition as soon as it is adopted by Council. Stay tuned for updates....

For  more information about Foreshore Camping on Shire managed reserve click on this link:https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/Camping



 

Funding Announced for Youth Hub - Rosebud

Posted by antonellaceli on April 16, 2021 at 2:05 AM

A very welcome Growing Suburbs funding announcement of $4.3M for the integrated Youth Hub in Rosebud

 

When people and organisations come together for a common vision and keep at it over the many years, great projects are realised for our community.

 

“This integrated youth hub sets a precedent for the delivery of mental health & wellbeing services, programs and activities to our local young people here on the Peninsula so they don’t have to travel long distances to Frankston or Dandenong.

 

We acknowledge the tremendous work put in by the Shire Youth Team and the consortium of organisations that have worked over the many years to make this vision a reality”

 

“As Seawinds councillors we are delighted that the Hub will be built in Rosebud and will provide much needed support to our young people.”

 

Quotes attributable to Seawinds Councillors Antonella Celi Debra Mar and Councillor Kerri McCafferty - Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

 

Thank you Shaun Leane MP Greg Hunt MP Chris BrayneMP for the tremendous support from State and Federal Government to Mornington Peninsula Shire to help build the Youth Hub for the #wellbeing of #youth on the #morningtonpeninsula ����

 

It has been an absolute pleasure to support this project that has been a long time in the making for Rosebud and I give a big shout out to the following organisations who have taken the long journey to see it happen.

 

Alfred Health, Anglicare Victoria, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Family Life, headspace, National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Mentis Assist, Mind Australia, Mission Australia, Monash Health, Neami National The Oakwood School, Peninsula Health Studio, SalvoCare Easter, SkillsPlus, TaskForce, YouthLaw, Ysas (Youth Support & Advocacy Service) Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services

 

Total Project cost: $8.62M with funds received to date from State Gov ($4.3M) and Federal Government ($1.5M).

 

Find out more about the project here:

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-Media/A-win-for-Peninsula-youth-with-funding-boost?fbclid=IwAR33ZdPsknMv2Mz5-c9EiZyVacej7esuZawNu1hfPQBOrbQHViGS0p_yNFo


So excited about the Growing Suburbs funding announcement

 

I was given the opportunity to explain to Minister Shaun Leane and all present the work done over the many years by Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services and the consortium of organisations who made this Youth Hub possible for our young people in Rosebud and the Mornington Peninsula.

 

An absolute pleasure to support the funding application put in by Mornington Peninsula Shire and advocate to help achieve this outcome for the Seawinds Community.



Photo L-R: Debra Mar, Chris Brayne, Antonella Celi, Shaun Leane, Sarah Race, Kerri McCafferty and Lisa Dixon.


Peninsula Wide Autumn 2021 Edition Out Now

Posted by antonellaceli on April 6, 2021 at 9:35 AM

Peninsula Wide Autumn 2021 Edition Out Now

 

Read the latest issue and previous editions at this link:

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/Peninsula-Wide




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