The FCA Committee trusts you are staying safe and well in these rather difficult times.
Update regarding the renovation of the Flinders Hall and installation of public toilets in the Cook Street park:
- The latest information from Council is that both of these project concept plans have been developed based on the key stakeholder feedback. The plans are currently being reviewed by senior management and will be circulated in the next couple of weeks. As a matter of interest, the stage of the community hall will be raised.
- The Shire officers’ immediate priority has been providing a submission in response to the State Government’s announcement of a bonus round of the Growing Suburbs Fund. The Growing Suburbs Fund supports investment in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing interface councils. A new $25 million six-month extension to the Fund was announced by the Victorian Government on 3 June 2020. Mornington Peninsula is one of the ten eligible interface councils.
- On Wednesday evening 3 June the Council had a Section 223 meeting, where community members can apply to be heard regarding the Council budget. On Cr Gill’s advice I applied to participate, urging that funds continue be allocated for the hall. It was a Zoom meeting and run very efficiently. I was the 11th person to speak which was a relief. We were strictly limited to 3 minutes each and I was not asked any questions.
Those of you with your ear to the ground will know that the Flinders Post Office is to have a new Postmaster and a new building. Australia Post has provisionally approved the transfer of the Flinders Post Office Licence to the Flinders General Store. Our present Postmaster, John Derham, is retiring after 32 years in the role. John will remain the Licensee and continue to run the Post Office from the present location until new facilities are ready across the road for the FGS to take over. Subject to Council approval, a new post office facility will be built in the area between the Flinders General Store and the R T Edgar Estate Agency.
David Gill, our Red Hill Ward Councillor, goes to some trouble to keep local community groups informed about projects or undertakings by Council and State government which may be of interest to us all. The rest of this FCA Newsletter summarises recent developments of this kind which I hope will be of interest.
NAMING OF THE NEW $50M AQUATIC CENTRE
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) is currently conducting a public consultation process to decide on the name of the new $50 million aquatic centre which is due to be completed soon.
The process to find a name had been exhaustive over many months with a great deal of public consultation and an expert naming panel. This was set up to consider all aspects including financial return, branding, marketing and consultation with our community and with Place Names Victoria. There were 442 community submissions and a strong theme for an iconic name depicting Aboriginal culture emerged. Of the many suggestions, three Aboriginal local language words became shortlisted:
Barbawar Aquatic Centre (Stingray, commonly seen off local beaches)
Gunawarra Aquatic Centre (Black swan, common locally)
Yawa Aquatic Centre (to swim).
Two other names names have made the final shortlist:
Rosebud Aquatic Centre
Tides Aquatic Centre
The voting ‘competition’ form for a name for the new aquatic centre is now on the council website. David Gill points out that “the last minute change by Council is now also an opportunity to firmly state that we are willing and proud to have an Aboriginal Language name for a major municipal community building”.
Vote for the name of your choice: