1 October 2019

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Communication is key for new CEO

Picture: Josie Jones

Humpback ashore at St Andrews A DEAD humpback washed up onto the beach at St Andrews over the weekend had been a meal for sharks as it floated in to shore. The 11-metre whale was gouged by large bite marks and covered in crustaceans. Environmental advocate Josie Jones spotted the whale out in the water on Sunday night. “We could see the sharks lunging and spray coming off them, their fins rising up out of the water – it was pretty full on to watch,” she said. Cetacean scientist Sue Mason

said the whale must have died only recently as the carcase had not begun to decompose – and stink. Scientists estimate that about 33,000 humpbacks migrate along the east coast to and from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef, where they breed. This population increases by about 10 per cent each year. A separate population migrates along the West Australian coast. This humpback may have been on its way south to the Antarctic to feed

over the summer. Humpbacks can grow to 16 metres, with their pectoral fins being roughly one third the length of their body. The best places to see humpbacks along the Victorian coast are Wilsons Promontory and from high vantage points along the coast. Sightings by citizen scientists are regularly posted on the Two Bays Whale Project Facebook page. “As we know, it is important to keep our ocean clean to reduce our impact on these beautiful creatures,” Dr Mason said.

PHIL Cantillon has been officially appointed as Frankston Council CEO. Mr Cantillon had been the CEO in an interim capacity, and has been at council since October 2017. Mr Cantillon said “Frankston City has such a vibrant and diverse community whose needs and expectations vary greatly. When it comes to this community, there’s no one size fits all.” “One of my main goals will be to improve communication between council and residents to ensure we are getting the vital input we need to make decisions which will not only benefit our community but meet their expectations,” he said. “We are currently in the process of finalising a number of innovative new ways for our community to engage

and provide us with feedback.” The mayor Michael O’Reilly said “Phil has, through his time as our director community assets and most recently as interim CEO, demonstrated his ongoing commitment to the organisation and the Frankston City community, backed up by an impressive resume touching on many areas of local and state government.” “Council is excited to move forward under Phil’s guidance and will continue to work diligently to cement Frankston City’s reputation as the lifestyle capital of Victoria,” he said. Councillors offered Mr Cantillon the job after a closed meeting on 7 September. He takes over from former CEO Dennis Hovenden, who resigned with just four months left on his contract.

FRANKSTON Council CEO Phil Cantillon. Picture: Supplied

Expo highlights opportunities THE Bay Mob Expo will take place this week, shining a light on health, education and wellbeing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. The event, which takes place on 4 October, will feature lunch and refreshments provided by Nairm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Gathering Place, live entertainment, workshops, and stalls with information on health and employment pathways. The expo is a joint effort by Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership, Peninsula Health, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Chisholm, Frankston City Council, Dandenong and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Monash University, Narim Marr Djamba, Willum Warrain, and the state government. Peninsula Health cultural lead Helen Bnads said “the Bay Mob Expo is a great example of

the active and respected partnership between the local Aboriginal communities, Peninsula Health and other organisations of the south eastern area.” “This free family event brings together health, education, sports, arts, government providers to share information about their services and to promote further Aboriginal safety, strong culture, strong peoples aspiration of self-determination,” she said. The expo takes place from 10am-2pm, 4 October. It will be held at Monash Peninsula campus. Entry is free.

ELDER and Peninsula Health cultural leader Helen Bnads. Picture: Supplied

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