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Marsh ‘excited’ by trust ‘progress’ JACLYN Jenkins with August and Jonas “at home” in the car to support Mornington Peninsula Shire’s plea for residents to spend a night in their cars to see what it feels like to be homeless. Picture: Supplied

‘Village’ approach to homelessness ness on our peninsula, especially during the winter months,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. “We go home to our warm houses, yet there are hundreds of young people doing it tough. We encourage everyone to get involved and learn more – it takes a village.” Community involvement will include watching interactive online experiences, online live music and guest speakers explaining homelessness. By registering to raise money towards Fusion’s $27,000 target and sleeping out, participants will be supporting and assisting young people in need of a place to stay. The shire partnered with Fusion and 10 other organisations in the Youth 2

OVER the past year, 390 young people on the Mornington Peninsula sought help because they had nowhere to stay. Mornington Peninsula Shire is encouraging residents to try sleeping in their cars for one night to help draw attention to the homeless. “It takes a village” is the theme of this year’s Sleep In Your Car event organised by Fusion Mornington Peninsula as part of Homelessness Week 1-7 August. The event will go virtual from 5.30pm, Saturday 7 August as residents give up their beds for a night to sleep in their cars at home or in a tent in the backyard. “It’s so important to bring awareness to the issue of youth homeless-

Alliance, which advocates for state government-provided crisis accommodation and a tertiary education program for young people. Last year, the shire joined 13 other councils in the south east to form the Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Group Charter. The charter highlights the need for more social housing and a more effective and supported homelessness system. About 40 per cent of the 44,000 people on Victoria’s social housing wait list come from the south east and east Melbourne. Details and registrations at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/sleepinyourcar

DESPITE facing community calls for his appointment to be reversed, Cr Anthony Marsh was “excited” to inform his Mornington Peninsula Shire Council colleagues that his application to join the Bass Park trust “has progressed”. The minutes of the council’s Tuesday 13 July meeting state that Cr Marsh “is hoping at the [27 July] council meeting to be able to advise that the appointment has been ratified”. Cr Marsh successfully nominated himself for the position on the trust held by Cr David Gill for the past four and a half years (“Trust says ‘no’ to council’s chosen delegate” The News 15/6/21). However, the trust - established nearly a century ago to protect land occupied by Flinders Golf Club from developers - asked council to reverse its choice. That request and another by Flinders Community Association was ignored by council. Members of the trust said they were “extremely disappointed” and said they believed the position should go to their local Red Hill ward councillor, who is Cr Gill. Cr Marsh represents Briars Ward, which is located in the northern peninsula. Cr Marsh said Cr Gill would be “absolutely welcome” to “to nominate for anything in Briars Ward”. “This lack of respect for the trustees is emphasised by council failing to in-

form the trustees directly and reflects badly on Mornington Peninsula Council, who are supposed to represent the local community,” the trustees stated. Flinders Community Association president Jo Monie, in a letter, said it was “essential” that the Red Hill Ward councillors remain on the trust “to defend the interests and concerns of our local community”. The trust has not met since Cr Marsh’s appointment by council. Keith Platt

Volunteer ideas COMMUNITY feedback will be used to inform the future direction of volunteering on the Mornington Peninsula. The feedback will help the shire learn how individuals and services can better access and improve volunteering roles. The shire wants to know what resources are being used to find out about volunteering roles and how community organisations are finding volunteers. Research has shown that many community organisations, especially those working with older age groups, have experienced large declines in volunteers during the pandemic. To participate in the research visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/volunteeringsurvey. Hard copy forms are also available on request at customer service centres.

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