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Celeste Deliyiannis (left) and Emily Westmoreland are planning a new annual publishing venture for the Mornington Peninsula. Picture: Supplied

Journal to reflect nature of peninsula

WEBINARS to help businesses rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will cover topics, including commercialising new business ideas, finance fundamentals, taking businesses online, marketing and building business resilience. Mornington Peninsula Shire is promoting the free webinars which run online on Tuesdays throughout August. Finance Fundamentals, 6-8pm, 4 August, will show how to identify cash flow drivers and how to direct cash into the business areas needing it most. Taking Your Business Online, 6-8pm, 11 August, will show how to gain an understanding of online advertising, search engines, websites, blogs and social media through practical exercises and real-life examples. Learn how to bring them all together into an effective online strategy that matches a business’s objectives. Marketing Your Business, 6-8pm, 18 August, will show how to make a business stand out from the crowd in an interactive two-hour workshop with advice on building a marketing strategy from the ground up. Building resilience, 6-9.30pm, 25 August, will show how to put in place a practical plan in the event of a business crisis or threat, which is especially relevant in these challenging times. Details: visit: mpbusiness.com.au/event

THE search is on for writers and photographers to express their “sense of place” relating to the Mornington Peninsula. Celeste Deliyiannis and Emily Westmoreland are planning to publish their annual PENinsula “literary journal” in October with a focus on nature. Its contents will include photographs “short fiction, nature writing and personal essays to showcase the secretly creative community and stunning wild landscape of the peninsula”. Deliyiannis and Westmoreland say they want their journal to “motivate and sustain” members of the peninsula’s creative community “during a time when they’re cut off from the Melbourne CBD’s artistic culture due to COVID-19”. “[It will be] a way to encourage locals to look introspectively, take time to appreciate their home and community, and to share that gratitude and positivity with one another — a necessary task for morale in bleak times,” Deliyiannis said. “We’re blessed with an imaginative, almost fairytale-like landscape down here, and there’s many stories hidden in it. For many of us, where we live is a huge part of our identity and I’m excited to see what we’ll uncover as a community by ruminating on that idea together for a little while.” Westmoreland recalls living London and missing the foreshore. “I wanted to immerse myself in the bay the way you can dive into a good book. Which is what we’re hoping to capture in PENinsula. A little slice of the peninsula you can dip into, pages that evoke a sense of place. “It can be disheartening as a young writer from the peninsula feeling like you have to travel into the city to have your voice have relevance. But the peninsula has such a lot to offer, and I don’t just mean in terms of landscape. “We want PENinsula to be a thing of beauty, something to do justice to the beauty we’re surrounded by every single day here on the ppeninsula.” Submissions of writing for PENinsula close midnight 31 July, with photography submissions opening in August. Email: morningtonpeninsulajournal@gmail.com or call 0402 643 352. Keith Platt

Not ‘health expert’ THE article “Close peninsula call to stop virus spread” (The News 22/7/20) identified Somers resident Sue King as a health expert and virologist. Ms King says she is not a health expert: “I am a qualified virologist, that is a research person, not a health expert but a qualified laboratory virologist.” Ms King says she has sought verification of the opinions she expressed in the article from Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton and Australia’s acting chief medical officer Paul Kelly.

Have your say Governance Rules Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed new Governance Rules, in line with the new Local Government Act 2020. The draft Governance Rules address the following: • Conduct of meetings • Delegated Committee decision making • Council decisions • Conflict of interest disclosure • Election Period • Any other matters prescribed • Mayoral elections, including by the Regulations (yet to be length of term and appointment released). of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Acting Mayor You’re invited to have your say on the proposed Governance Rules.

How to have your say Community consultation opens Wednesday 29 July and closes 5pm Wednesday 12 August 2020.

Email your submission with the subject line ‘’Governance Rules’ to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Online To view the Governance Rules and to provide your thoughts visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Post Attention:Amanda Sapolu Re: Governance Rules, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

Hard copy forms are available upon request by phoning 1300 850 600

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Southern Peninsula News

5 August 2020

AGL Crib Point Gas Project Information Session The AGL Crib Point Gas Import Jetty & Pipeline Project is proposed to increase the supply of natural gas to southeastern Australia. However there are potential impacts on the protected Western Port Ramsar site, listed migratory species, listed threatened species and ecological communities. The State Government has now put an Environmental Effects Statement on public exhibition until August 26 and we’re encouraging all residents to have their say on this proposal.

For more information visit: engage.vic.gov.au/crib-point-IAC Council will adopt a position on the proposal at its August 17 planning meeting. A free online community information session will then be held to outline Council’s position and provide advice on how to make a submission.

Community information session: Wednesday 19 August 2020, 5–6pm Go to the below link and follow the instructions. bit.ly/2E45Fml

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