Southern Peninsula News 26 October 2021

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Shire staff must have jab to attend work Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s 782 staff must be double dosed with an approved COVID-19 vaccine or risk losing their jobs, although there is no deadline as their ages put them on different vaccination schedules. Councillors are not included in the Chief Health Officer’s directions and have no specific requirements to be vaccinated “at this stage”. However, only those who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter a shire workplace or community facilities under the Victorian roadmap.

Councillors are being asked to provide their vaccine status to the shire’s human resources department, which will pass their details to CEO John Baker and the mayor Cr Despi Cr O’Connor, before clearance is given for them to enter shire buildings. No date has been set for them to reenter the council chamber, although councillors are due to select the next mayor on Tuesday 16 November. “Hopefully we will be back in the chamber by then,” Cr O’Connor said. Yawa Aquatic Centre, Rosebud is preparing to open when 80 per cent of Victorians are vaccinated, with staff aiming for Friday 5 November in line

with the state government’s road map. It could be earlier. In line with the CHO’s advice, swimmers aged over 16 will need to provide their COVID Passport, wear a mask and use the QR code when checking in. Those aged over 12 must wear a face mask. The same rules will apply at the shire’s child care centres, the pound, libraries, and transfer stations. The peninsula reached a significant milestone last week with 94.6 per cent of residents aged over 16 having had their first dose and 74.9 per cent two doses of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine.

Favourites nudged in race to front FAVOURITES have again been pushed aside in the scramble to be frontrunners in Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Mayoral Stakes. Last week’s 3:1 combination of Cr Sarah Race for mayor with Cr Lisa Dixon as deputy has been overtaken by the 2:1 duo of Cr Anthony Marsh with Cr Dixon deputy (“Race is ‘on’ for mayor” The News 19/10/21). Cr Marsh’s strong run (he was 10:1 last week) appears to have been enabled by the shire’s officer punters switching his deputy from Cr Race to Cr Dixon.

The Cr Race and Cr Dixon combination has now dropped out to 4:1, followed by Cr Marsh for mayor with Cr Paul Mercurio deputy at 7:1 and, with first time mentions, Cr Antonella Celi (mayor) and Cr Susan Bissinger (deputy) 8:1. Further behind in the field is Cr Race with current mayor Cr Despi O’Connor as deputy, 10:1 (last week 6:1); Cr Race with Cr Marsh 12:1 and, same contenders but different jobs, Cr Marsh (mayor) and Cr Race (deputy) also 12:1. Cr Marsh taking over the top job

with Cr O’Connor as his deputy is a 15:1 bet, while Cr O’Connor retaining her position with Cr Marsh as her deputy is 20:1. Councillors yet to get a mention in the betting ring are Steve Holland, David Gill, Kerri McCafferty and Debra Mar. The shire’s 11 councillors meet for the annual “mayoral dance” on 16 November to choose the next mayor, a position that offers a $100,000 allowance and, currently, an electric BMW hatch. Keith Platt

Labor call for Morrison climate commitment LABOR’S spokesperson on climate change and energy Chris Bowen says the Prime Minister Scott Morrison should assure the United Nations’ COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow that his government will legislate “a 2050 net zero emissions target and a more ambitious target for 2030”. “Anything less would be a cop out at COP,” Mr Bowen said. Mr Bowen was speaking to an online audience of more than 60 people from the peninsula on Thursday 14 October at an event organised by the Mornington Peninsula Labor Environmental Action Network (MPLEAN). Surbhi Snowball, Labor candidate for Flinders held for the past 20 years by Liberal Greg Hunt, introduced Mr Bowen and said she wanted to be “part of a government which takes urgent and transformative action on [climate change] issues”. With the promise of more to come in the leadup to the next election, Mr Bowen said Labor was already committed to spending $20 billion to “rewire the nation” to allow more renewables into the grid; abolishing inefficient taxes on lowemissions vehicles; creating a $15 billion national reconstruction fund to create jobs, develop regions and diversify the economy; setting up $100m new energy apprenticeships program; and providing “power to the people” by installing 400 batteries across the country. Mr Bowen said Labor would be “ready to act” after “the wasted years” under the direction of coalition governments. Labor saw climate change as offering “inherent opportunities for Australian research, manufacturing, employment and prosperity”. He said that under Labor Australia would become a “renewable energy superpower, exporting solar power and green hydrogen to the rest of the world and creating jobs within Australia from the abundant supply of cheap, clean electricity”. A recording of the forum can be viewed at the Mornington Peninsula LEAN Facebook page. Keith Platt

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LABOR candidate for Flinders Surbhi Snowball online with the party’s climate change and energy spokesperson Chris Bowen.

Transition to work MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Youth Services is hosting a transition to work information session, 4-5pm, Thursday 4 November. The federal government-backed event aims to support 15-24 year olds who are not working or studying to achieve their education or employment goals. The free online information session will include such information as available support, who is eligible for the program and sites on the Mornington Peninsula. A follow-up session will be held at the same time on Thursday 2 December. Details: Stacey Miller 0419 767 292 or ttwfmp@ bsl.org.au, eventbrite.com.au/e/170242968301


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