Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – July 2020

Dear Members

I hope this Newsletter finds you safe and well in these uncertain times.

2020 Annual General Meeting postponed

As advised in our last Newsletter we are required by law to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) within five months of the end of the calendar year to enable the membership to endorse our annual and financial statements. We were given an extension until the end of August due to the COVID restrictions. As we have now gone into a second lockdown period we will not be able to meet this requirement.

We are waiting on advice from Consumer Affairs Victoria regarding our options.

 Our plan at this stage is to circulate the Financial Statement to members by email or hardcopy.

 We also use the AGM to elect the Committee each year. Given that it is already July and current committee members have indicated that they are prepared to remain on Committee until our AGM in 2021, we propose not to have an election in 2020, and to roll the current Committee over until 2021.

This does not preclude us accepting new committee members. If you would like to join the Committee please contact me asap.

We also use the AGM to elect the Committee each year. Given that it is already July and current committee members have indicated that they are prepared to remain on Committee until our AGM in 2021, we propose not to have an election in 2020, and to roll the current Committee over until 2021.

This does not preclude us accepting new committee members. If you would like to join the Committee please contact me asap.

Council Elections

Council elections will be held in October this year.

Nominations for candidates open on 17 September and close on 22 September.

Voting (by post) will close on 23 October with counting of the votes to commence on 24 October. The outcome will be declared between 25 October and 6 November.

As you can see this timeline is very tight with only a month between the close of candidate nominations and the close of the poll. This does not give the NRA and voters a lot of time to consider the merits of the candidates.

At this stage we are aware of three candidates: Eddie Matt from Rye, Susan Bissinger and John McCormack both from Sorrento. We have spoken to Eddie Matt already.

Our intention is to contact as many of the candidates as possible to find out about:

  • their vision for the Nepean Ward and the Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • their capacity to work with local community groups and individuals to ensure that all constituent views are considered and to advocate on our behalf where required.

We can then share our opinions with members.

Our current councillors Hugh Fraser and Bryan Payne have not confirmed yet if they will be nominating.

If you are aware of anybody who is intending to nominate as a candidate, can you please ask them to contact me. We would like to talk to them as soon as possible.

MPS Budget 20/21

 At its Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 June 2020, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council made the decision to re-advertise its Proposed Budget 2020/21 which will now be on public exhibition until 5pm Thursday 30 July 2020.

The MPSC received 233 budget submissions, including a number about the proposed Rural Living rate.

After assessing and discussing these submissions the Council determined that the Rural Living rate was not likely to improve the protection of Green Wedge of the Shire and decided to remove this differential rate and rate these properties under the General Rate.

As changes in the Rating Strategy are considered to be material, the Shire is required to put the Budget back on public exhibition under the section 128 of Local Government  Act.

The Proposed Budget includes changes to some elements of the Rating Strategy, recognition of properties under Trust For Nature, cease of Rural Living Rate and increase to the Waste Service Charge.

In summary (Numbers are rounded to nearest thousand or million): 

The Proposed 2020/21 Capital Works Budget is $52.5M. Some big-ticket items include:

  • Total Budgeted Income for 2020/21 is $248m
  • Total Budgeted Expenses for 2020/21 is $256m
  • Rates & Charges Budgeted  is $192m
    • General Rates will increase in the year 2020/21 by 2% (in line with Fair Go Rates System – maximum allowable increase is 2%)
    • Capital Improved Value for residential properties for year 2020/21 will be set at 0.16812
    • Scheduled Capital Works in the Nepean Ward:
    • 100K  for Sorrento Museum Storeroom  addition and essential Works
    • 30K for the Tootgarook Early Years Learning Facility – renewal and improvement
    • 50K for Sorrento Community Centre – improvements
    • 30K for Public Toilet (Planning) Sorrento Park
    • 30K for Sorrento Netball Courts improvements
    • 25K for Playsafe – Blairgowrie (R Pennman)
    • 30K for Police Point Master Plan
    • 1.150m  Rye Township Plan
    • 153k Footpath Renewal Rye Foreshore Bay Trail
    • 65K Leachate Infrastructure Upgrade Rye Landfill

 The full 2020/21 Budget may be viewed at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Website.   See link: 

 https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Have-your-say/Have-Your-Say-Proposed-Budget-202021

Portsea Beach

The repairs to the sandbags has continued very slowly and is still not complete. There are now rumours of a DELWP plan to build a rock wall east of the sandbags, extending to Point Franklin to protect the cliff from further erosion.

 There is still no commitment from State Government to any action toward a permanent solution. Given the current COVID 19 situation and the long road ahead to restoring the economy there is a fear that this project will be mothballed.

 The NRA, Portsea Coastal Advisory Group and MPS are working together to challenge the State Government to provide a better outcome.

 David Syme has resigned as the Chair of the Portsea Coastal Advisory Group but will remain a member.

Graeme Hill (NRA Vice President) is now the Chair and Joan Hoskins (NRA committee member) is the Secretary of this group.


Extension to the Development Overlay (DDO28) for the Ocean Beach Road precinct in Sorrento.

 

MPS has successfully sought an amendment to the above overlay extending the interim schedule by two years. This will ensure the continual protection of the unique, historic and significant township of Sorrento’s Ocean Beach Road precinct on an interim basis while further strategic work is completed by the council. The extension of two years will enable the council to progress a full planning scheme amendment to implement permanent built form controls. Further details of the amendment are available at https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/browse-amendments?query=C268morn&search_mode=id


Continental Hotel, Sorrento

The Continental Hotel has new owners, the Trennery Group. To date they have not submitted any applications for variations to the approved plans. We are hopeful that the new owners are reviewing the plans and will make decisions shortly about restarting the project.

Rye Urban Design Guidelines

The Council is considering the submissions received regarding the Guidelines and will decide whether or not to adopt the Guidelines at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on 20 July. We will be monitoring the outcome of this meeting with great interest as this is likely to have a significant impact on future developments in the Rye township.

NRA Website

 You can easily provide feedback, become a member and check out some of the issues that the NRA is involved in via our website.

 You can comment, make suggestions, raise issues and express opinions via the feedback page. These comments will be reviewed by the NRA Committee and we can contact you to discuss further.

 Take a look and provide some feedback!


 Yours sincerely

Colin Watson

President






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Engaging the Nepean Ward in supporting a sustainable community

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