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‘Map’ shows the way on climate Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au AN “ambitious” climate emergency plan has been adopted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council one year after declaring a “climate emergency”. The Ensuring Our Future: Our Climate Emergency Response plan aims to guide the peninsula towards having no carbon emissions by 2040 through seven “summits” and 21 “action steps”. However, the shire says the outcome “can only be achieved by the community and the shire working together”. A 10-year program includes targets around leadership and governance, climate advocacy, zero carbon energy, resilient and adaptive community, sustainable transport and travel, sustainable land use and environmental restoration, circular economy and zero waste. The shire says it was the 34th council in Australia to declare a climate emergency - there are now 96 - while its plan is one of the first six developed and adopted by an Australian municipality. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn likened the seven “summits” to a “map to guide us away from the dangerous emergency situation and the kinds of impacts that should still be stark in our mind from last summer”. “The shire is ready to lead by example and show the way,” he said. “In August 2019, the shire declared a climate emergency. Since 2016, we’ve had a five-year plan for the shire’s operations to become carbon neutral, which we’re on track to achieve by 2021,” he said.

“The need to act to stop climate change and create a better future story is more urgent than ever.” The shire says it is “focused” on achieving the targets of the plan and has accelerated some projects based on the climate emergency declaration. This has resulted in environmentally sustainable design being included in the planning scheme, it says. Three recycled water projects are supporting agricultural growth and drought proof the peninsula. The Beyond Zero Waste Strategy was also adopted on 25 August 2020. As part of the plan the shire’s economic stimulus projects are being aligned to climate emergency objectives, including tree-lined footpaths. “Along the way, we have encountered a stark reminder that we are all connected and our current and future wellbeing is collective,” Cr Hearn said. “This year, the coronavirus pandemic brought home the fragility of our current systems and the vulnerability we have to existential threats. It has also revealed the value of local connectivity, [and] the immense power we have when we do act with a united purpose and move toward selfsustaining community. “Let’s turn that awareness into opportunity. We can each make climate-friendly choices to rebuild the economy, revitalise our community and restore nature. “The climate emergency plan looks ahead 20 years to a world in which the Mornington Peninsula community has transitioned to net zeroemissions. We know there is steep terrain ahead.” Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/climatechange


Exhibition evolves during isolation ARTIST members of Studio Sorrento are using images provided by their fellow member photographers for inspiration. Paintings and drawings of the images are being added to the online Isolation 2020 exhibition. The photographs are posted online for the artists to choose. Topics include animals (domestic and wild), scenes, waves, trees, flowers, cloud formations, people, sunsets and sunrises.

The artists are encouraged to interpret and paint or draw the image of their choice. More than 30 works have been completed and added to the evolving online exhibition and artists are being invited to become involved. A physical showing of the works and photographs will be held at Sorrento Activity Centre when COVID-19 restrictions allow. To get involved email info@studiosorrento.org or view the exhibition at studiosorrento.org

ABOUT STEVE I’m a lifelong Mornington Peninsula resident and small business owner working from home in Mt Eliza. A majority of my clients are also small business owners, which is where my policy passion lies.


I’I’ve been a grassroots member of the Liberal Party for over a decade. I’m a decisive, articulate person with a steadfast commitment to my principles and ensuring our local community, environment and economy prosper. The townships of Mt Eliza, Mornington and Mt Martha deserve a councillor who knows why this is such a special part of the world. Now, more than ever, we need clear, strong leadership. I’ll be a passionate, consultative and transparent advocate for our community.



My primary aims and objectives are to:

✔ Promote transparency in council and deliver accountable representation;

✔ Improve local amenity and protect the Peninsula from inappropriate development; and

✔ Assist small business and industry through a post-COVID-19 recovery.

I’d welcome the opportunity to hear about the issues that matter most to you. I’m seeking your support in October’s postal ballot election and I ask for your vote so that we can make a diierence.


+61 410 905 085

POLICY PRIORITIES Small business support – our newly elected council must hit the ground running to help our local small and family businesses get back on their feet post-COVID-19.

Putting an end to hidden fee increases – the dishonest practice of hiding revenue-raising in the form of new or increased fees must end. In some cases, certain fees and permits have more than doubled since the previous year. Back to basics service delivery – our council must refocus on delivering quality frontline services, from kindergartens and youth programs to aged and disability support.

Protecting our environment – the Mornington Peninsula's natural environment is a reason that many of us live here and the reason many more visit. I will protect our green wedge zones from overdevelopment.

overarching aim is to “ My ensure that our young people

inherit an economy, community, culture and environment better than what we ourselves have inherited.

Better road/footpath maintenance – many of our roads, car parks and footpaths are in a state of disrepair. These projects should be prioritised, it's one of the basic amenities that ratepayers rightly expect council to deliver.

No rate increases without cause or consultation – with so many people in financial hardship, this isn’t the time to increase rates. Rates should at least be frozen when there is no meaningful increase in frontline services. Transparency and accountability – from the operation of our animal shelter to the enactment of long-term strategies, council must make transparency the order of the day and more proactively communicate and consult.

Advocating for regional reclassification – many residents now realise that the State Government has long classified us as metropolitan, not regional. Council should embark on an advocacy campaign to change this.

Authorised by Steve Holland – PO Box 79, Mount Eliza VIC 3930

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