Partners saddle up across south east A NEW era of “cooperation” between the state government and councils across Melbourne’s suburbs has been heralded with the formation of six metropolitan partnerships by the government. The groups are “a new platform for cooperative engagement between governments, business and communities” according to Labor Suburban Development Minister Lily D’Ambrosio. A Southern Partnership representing Kingston, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Casey, Dandenong and Greater Dandenong councils appointed Dr Elizabeth Deveny as chair this month. Dr Deveny is CEO of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. South East Local Learning and Employment Network CEO Andrew Simmons has been appointed deputy chair. Council CEOs will represent local government at a minimum of four meetings each year to work on a fiveyear plan to prioritise regional needs “so that all Melburnians have access to the jobs, services and local infrastructure they need”. Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO Carl Cowie will represent council at the partnership meetings. He said councillors had been briefed about the partnership in a statement provided to The News. Ms D’Ambrosio said: “Working together can only mean more opportunities for local economies and
the jobs that come with them.” The six metropolitan partnership groups are gathered under the umbrella of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. “At the induction day on 9 June, the Minister for Suburban Development, Lily D’Ambrosio, and the Special Minister for State, Gavin Jennings, expressed their thanks to all partnership members and in particular, those members of the community volunteering their time and energy for better outcomes across Melbourne’s regions,” department spokesman David McNamara said. Mr McNamara confirmed chairs, deputy chairs, council CEOs and members are not remunerated for their contribution to the partnerships. “Members are eligible to be reimbursed for reasonable travel and other expenses that they incur that are directly related to their service on their partnership.” He said there were hundreds of applicants for chair and deputy chair positions after the roles were advertised late last year. “The members offer a breadth of experience across a number of social, community and business sectors including health, education, social services, multicultural affairs, industry, small business and manufacturing.” Neil Walker
Dog walkers strain at the leash Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org DOG walkers at McCrae proved the social aspects of their regular beach outings by getting together on 10 June to pressure Mornington Peninsula into loosening the laws on keeping their pets on a leash. Bill Chalkley said unique winter restrictions at McCrae were the “bones of the issue”. “Since it was established in November 2008 the McCrae beach off-leash dog exercise area has had winter time restrictions - no off-leash exercise is permitted outside the daylight saving period after 9am or before 5pm daily,” he said.
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“An identical off-leash dog exercise area east of the Rosebud jetty has no such restrictions.” Mr Chalkley said Mornington Peninsula Shire “confirms there is no data to support why the unique McCrae beach winter time restrictions exist”. He said walking dogs off-leash met council’s objective of encouraging responsible dog owners to have fun with their dogs at designated areas around the peninsula. However, weather and reduced hours of daylight during winter denied dog walkers this opportunity on the McCrae beach without contravening existing restrictions. “There have been several instances lately where infringement notices attracting significant penalties have
been served by shire rangers on unsuspecting dog walkers,” Mr Chalkley said. “Members of the McCrae beach dog walking community are responsible dog owners who enjoy both the social and health benefits of being able to walk their dogs off-leash. “They also provide a valuable community service by removing rubbish such as plastic bags, broken glass, fishing line and hooks and other items that are dangerous to marine and birds.” The dog walkers are writing to councillors and collecting signatures on a petition to have the winter offleash restrictions lifted. Details: call Bill Chalkley, 0418 324 756.
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