Shire’s CEO becomes a citizen on Australia Day MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker and his family celebrated Australia Day this year in a patriotic way – they became Australian citizens. The family, originally from England, now proudly call themselves Australians. “We were all very excited to be taking the plunge,” Mr Baker said. “We absolutely love it here. Australia is an incredible country and the Mornington Peninsula is the best bit as far as we’re concerned.” He said his family - wife Tess and children Kasia, 23, Henry, 20, and Molly, 18, had taken to the Australian way of life with enthusiasm. “We love the Aussie attitude to life and the spirit of fairness and equality. We’ve found people here to be very generous and friendly. “It took us a while to get used to the bright shining object in the sky. Once somebody had explained to us
that it was the sun, which we rarely saw in England, we were able to relax and enjoy it.” The Baker family arrived in Australia six years ago from the largely rural county Herefordshire, near the Welsh border. Mr Baker started his working life as a social worker, later qualifying as an economist. He gained extensive local government experience in the UK, and commercial expertise as lead partner at accounting firms Ernst & Young, which brought him to Australia in 2014, and at KPMG. After working in aged care and disability services he became CEO of Mornington Peninsula Shire in November 2018. Signed up Aussies: John Baker with his wife Tess and children Kasia, 23, Henry, 20, and Molly, 18.
Around our Peninsula Have your say
Volunteers at Somerville Recreation Centre helping bushfire evacuees
Have your say online or in person at any Shire office. mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay RideSafe Strategy – Closes 28 February Provide your thoughts on how the Shire can increase cycling participation through a safe, connected and low-stress cycling network.
In response to the bushfire crisis across many parts of Victoria this summer, the Mornington Peninsula Shire would like to extend its gratitude to our state-wide emergency services; the thousands of volunteers; and the communities, large and small, for their extraordinary work. We sincerely thank you.
Donations can be made to: • Red Cross Bushfire Appeal redcross.org.au • Victorian Bushfire Appeal www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal
Our Aquatic Centre name – Closes 2 March Our new aquatic centre needs a name! Suggest a name for the new aquatic centre in Rosebud and yours could be shortlisted. Community Council meeting and dinner – all welcome 25 February, 5pm, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
Seawinds: Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin
This summer the Peninsula has hosted visitors from near and far as they enjoy all this beautiful part of the world has to offer. Special holiday memories are made from the good times while our local businesses thrive on their share of the annual $6.3 million in economic benefits that tourism generates. The Shire’s local law enforcement efforts were successful in ensuring people enjoyed a safe festive season. We wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.
Our Australia Day
Briars: Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Mayor Sam Hearn
The Shire and Mornington Park have hosted a wonderful Australia Day celebration that was enjoyed by thousands of people who soaked up the music, entertainment, food and fireworks. Our Australia Day ambassadors shared their experiences with us while we also recognised the inspiring achievements of our local award recipients. We thank all those who give to our community through volunteering, including our dedicated emergency services.
New smart technology for Rye
Nepean: Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne
The Rye Smart Parking trial has started, testing the performance of in-ground and camera car parking bay sensors, mobile electronic signs and a smart parking app. Designed to reduce traffic congestion in Rye, the technology can also be used to tell Council when waste bins must be emptied and toilets need cleaning. The transformation of the Rye foreshore has been given a further boost with $3.5 million in funding from the State government.
Hastings boat ramp update
Cerberus: Cr Kate Roper
Great news for local boating and fishing enthusiasts who can look forward to a revamped Hastings Boat Ramp this year. The Shire, through funding from Better Boating Victoria, will be upgrading the ramp to ensure it can be used during all tides and improving the launching and retrieval process. Construction is scheduled for May to October. For more information and closure dates visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/boatramps
Watson: Cr Julie Morris
As bushfires burned across the State, our community showed its spirit when the Somerville Recreation Centre was turned into an emergency relief centre for evacuees from Mallacoota. It was inspiring to see everyone pitch in to help people in need. I’d especially like to thank the emergency services, volunteers, Council officers, staff from Belgravia Leisure and local businesses, which offered their services free of charge. Everyone please have your bushfire plan ready!
Koala forum – finding ways to support koala conservation
Red Hill: Cr David Gill
There are grave concerns in our community regarding the diminishing koala population on the Peninsula and elsewhere. Victoria needs a plan to safeguard their survival. The Shire is holding a free public meeting and inviting relevant politicians, interest groups and experts to attend. Council will also encourage other municipalities to push for action by the State government. Please come along to the Koala Forum, 26 March, 6-10pm, Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington. Light supper served.
Southern Peninsula News
5 February 2020
Mornington Coast Walk to support FightMND, Mornington Park 16 Pier to Perignon Swim, Sorrento Foreshore Carl and Eric’s Family Day, The Briars 28 Kilburn Cinema, Mt Martha Parade Lawns 29 Feb – 1 Mar Annual Whiting Challenge, Westernport Angling Club March 7
Red Hill Show, Red Hill Recreation Reserve Mornington Country Music Festival, The Briars 8 Peninsula Piers and Pinots, Flinders Foreshore Rosebud KiteFest, Rosebud Village Green 9 Somerville Family Day, Fruit Growers Reserve 14 Billy Kart Grand Prix, Wilby Street, Sorrento 15 Doggy Day Out, Rosebud Village Green Neighbour Day, Seawinds Community Hub MY Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival 2020, Mount Eliza Regional Park 22 Safety Beach Sufferfest Triathlon Information is correct at time of printing. For a full list of all Shire events see our website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/events
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Southern Peninsula News 4 February 2020