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Councillors cleared to claim child care MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors have been reassured they can claim child care costs for more than one child and child care agency fees. Councillors last week voted to amend the Councillor Expenses Reimbursement, Resources and Facilities Policy to make it clear that these costs can be claimed for children up to 16 years. The policy was adopted by council on 12 December 2017 and will be reviewed before the next municipal election in October 2020. Shire senior policy advisor Anthea Hastie said councillors can be reimbursed for child care costs while “discharging their official duties”. “Councillors are eligible for reimbursement of child care costs for immediate family members where the councillor or their domestic partner is the primary care giver,” Ms Hastie said in a report to council’s Tuesday 24 July meeting. As well as claiming such costs as travelling, use of their own vehicle and tolls (but not fines) councillors can spend up to $16,000 during their four-year term on training, conferences and seminars. The mayor is allowed $3500 more than other councillors. Councillors are supplied with a mobile phone, computer and printer. The maximum child care rates that can be reimbursed (plus agency booking fees if applicable) are: $32 an hour on weekdays or evenings; $44 on weekends; and $55 on public holidays. Child care cannot be paid to someone who “normally or regularly” lives with a councillor. Keith Platt

Invisible universe MORNINGTON and Frankston libraries will host a live streaming of the State Library of

Victoria’s Immersive Science II: Revealing the Invisible Universe next month. Astrophysicists Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen will take audiences on an immersive tour of the universe – beyond what the eye can see – using the latest virtual reality technology. The shows are being supported by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) and Swinburne University of Technology as part of National Science Week. The Mornington event is at the Mornington library, Vancouver Street, 7-8pm, Thursday 16 August. The doors open 6.30pm. Book for the free event by calling 5950 1705 or emailing fiona.macnaughton@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Church women TWO women will speak about how the church has affected their lives at the 10am-midday women’s morning tea at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Dromana. Judith Lake was a Deacon at All Saints Rosebud from 2007 to 2009 and was made a priest in November 2013. She worked with the Parish of Hume after the 2009 bushfires, has spent time working at Cystic Fibrosis Victoria and is the Mothers Union chaplain in the Melbourne Diocese. Roslyn Death will speak about the work of the Gideons, an extension of the mission of the local churches. The Gideons’ 3000 members have distributed 16 million bibles in Australia. The women’s morning tea will be held 10ammidday at St Mark’s, corner Point Nepean Road and O’Donohue Street, Dromana. Details: Lynne Irving 5985 4666.

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