4 August 2015

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THE reorganisation of Mornington Peninsula Shire continues under the guidance of CEO Carl Cowie. About 330 staff last Thursday were invited to a briefing by Mr Cowie at Morning Star Estate, Mt Eliza, with many looking over their shoulders wondering about the ongoing security of their positions. “The news is that there is really no news. The only upshot is that the customer service is going to be better,” a staff member who did not want to be identified told The News.

The same person said many staff had been looking forward “to the change a new CEO would bring after 15 years of [former CEO] Michael Kennedy” but were now feeling disillusioned and fearful for their jobs. As reported in The News (“CEO details shire shake-up, jobs” 28/7/15) Mr Cowie says he had “no target” for staff numbers, although 19 positions have been made redundant. The mayor Cr Bev Colomb issued a news release stating that councillors are supportive of the changes being made by Mr Cowie. Keith Platt

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Welcome back to Mornington Pier

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Sunset Bridal Shop 2, 129 Beach St, Frankston

Phone 9783 3181 www.sunsetbridal.com.au OPEN: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10.00am – 5pm Sat: 10.00am – 3pm

MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE COMMUNITY GRANTS 2015/2016 COMMUNITY SUPPORT GRANTS CREATIVE COMMUNITIES GRANTS

The Victorian Government’s $15.3 million Mornington Pier Reconstruction Project is nearing completion.

The Shire is offering a range of grants to support our communities. The Mornington Peninsula Shire invites applications from non-pro¿t community organisations for grants to assist with projects that will bene¿t our local community. Grants open on Monday 3 August and close 5pm on Monday 21 September. Round 1 grants available: Community Support Grants This general program aims to assist groups by providing funding for a wide range of projects that support community outcomes.

Mornington locals and visitors are invited to enjoy the newly re-built pier at a community day to mark its re-opening. The re-built pier includes: • Improved access to the water with a new 60 metre low landing area. • A new larger concrete pier section, inlayed with a timber deck walking surface. • Wave protection panels designed to withstand strong local waves and provide some protection to vessels berthed in the fisherman’s wharf.

Creative Communities Grants Community groups interested in initiating arts and cultural activities and programs with public outcomes are invited to apply for funding.

Parks Victoria would like to thank the community for their patience as works progressed.

More information Phone 13 1963 www.parks.vic.gov.au

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Head to Mornington Pier on Saturday 8 August from 10am and enjoy free activities, tours and a sausage sizzle.

Flexi Grants Aimed to help local community organisations get started, purchase small equipment, host a small activity, support volunteers or enhance an exhibiting project. A Community Grant Information Session will be held on Wednesday 19 August at the Shire’s Rosebud of¿ce, Besgrove St, Rosebud, 6.30-8.30pm. RSVP by Tuesday 18 August to Andrea Ebsworth on 5950 1716 To apply now or get more information and guidelines, visit www.mornpen.vic.gov.au