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Pittock leads way SUITS Weddings, Formals, etc in top jobs swap Slim Fit Suits David Harrison david@mpnews.com.au THE mayor and deputy mayor swapped roles in the election for new leadership at Mornington Peninsula Shire last week, ensuring continuity until elections on 22 October next year. Cr Bev Colomb handed the gold mayoral chain to her deputy, Cr Graham Pittock, who received eight votes to defeat the other candidate, Cr Andrew Dixon. Cr Colomb was then voted in as deputy to Cr Pittock for the next 11 months. Cr Pittock presented Cr Dixon with a bottle of wine given to him for his achievement in winning the mayoralty, to mark Cr Dixon’s contesting the position. Cr Dixon, a Briars ward councillor was also proposed for deputy mayor. He declined the nomination, to concentrate on ward duties. Others nominated for deputy were Tim Rodgers – who also withdrew (his good friend Cr Pittock: “Thank goodness for that.â€?) – and veteran councillor David Gibb. In his acceptance speech Cr Pittock emphasised the shire’s size and complexity – “a budget of $200 millionâ€? – and the changes in organisational structure and management that have occurred since Carl Cowie was hired a year ago as CEO. Cr Pittock presented an ambitious list containing many goals aimed at protecting and improving the environment. The listed items would remain “paramount concernsâ€?, he told the packed gallery. He set out “the challenges we face this yearâ€?, including: ď Žď€ Achieving the shire commitment to carbon

neutrality “with practical policies designed to reduce our carbon footprint sooner rather than too lateâ€?. ď Žď€ Achieving balanced economic, transport and port development. ď Žď€  Protecting our “very special green wedge as prime, high-yielding agricultural land, together with the enhancement of the remaining native vegetationâ€?. ď Žď€  Better exploit the Class A [highest quality] recycled water, delivered in “purple pipesâ€?. ď Žď€  Protecting and enhancing the amenity of our built environment and townships “with quality zoning and land use outcomes consistently and properly administeredâ€?. ď Žď€  Improving recreational parks, historic places and the shire’s marine and coastal environment. ď Žď€  Protecting the health of Port Phillip and permitting it to form its own natural boundaries. ď Žď€  Better recognition, conservation and integration of marine, heritage and flora and fauna and wetland environments. ď Žď€ Reviewing council’s service, business, capital and financial functions. ď Žď€  Adapting shire functions to the environment “rather than adapting our environment to the shire functionsâ€?. ď Žď€  Continuing to aid East Timor, now in severe drought. “If we don’t help them, no one else seems to want toâ€?. A significant goal – “Reviewing and maintaining an equitable and effective rating strategyâ€? – was briefly mentioned. Submissions are being sought from the public on how to go about this vital review of the shire budget in light of the rate cap to be imposed from next July. Continued Page 12

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