Council 2016 Elections

1.Overview

The Returning Officer declared the results of the elections on Wednesday 2 November 2016:

Briars Ward

Cerberus Ward

Nepean Ward

Red Hill Ward

Seawinds Ward

Watson Ward

Bev Colomb

Kate Roper

Bryan Payne

David Gill

Antonella Celi

 Julie Edge

Sam Hearn

 

Hugh Fraser

 

Simon Brooks

 

Rosie Clark

 

 

 

Frank Martin

 

 New councillors are Sam Hearn, Rosie Clark, Kate Roper, Bryan Payne, David Gill, Simon Brooks, and Julie Edge.

 Three councillors from the previous term (Colomb, Fraser and Celi) were re-elected.

 Frank Martin was a councillor from 2008-2014.

 The councilors elected will be officially sworn in as Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors at the Annual Council Meeting, 6pm Monday 14 November in the Council Chambers, 90 Besgrove Street Rosebud. The Mayoral election will also take place at this meeting.

 Details of the election results can be found at vec.vic.gov.au.

 

2.2016 Election Candidates & Candidate Information

To view a list of the 2016 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council candidates, their statements and questionnaire responses please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Candidate Information Register

Under the Local Government Act 1989, Council must make public a register of all information requests from prospective Council candidates so that all candidates have access to the same information.

During the 2016 election period 21 September – 22 October 2016.  Candidates may make specific requests from Council for information. The Candidate Request Register provides a listing of the requests that have been processed by Mornington Peninsula Shire. Candidates can make requests by submitting their requests in writing via the Candidate Information Request Form.(PDF, 26KB) 

If you have any queries about the Candidate Request Register, please contact the Governance Unit on 5950 1137 or via christine.aslanidis@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Candidate Information Request Register

Date Request Received

Councillor or Candidate Name

Information Requested

Response Provided 

Date Response Provided

20/09/2016

Esther Gleixner

Could you please advise and give an update on the status and details of the review process for the Flinders Roundabout Statue?

We are keen to see the review go ahead in a way where the whole Flinders community can have a say and the process is informed as much as possible by current public art guidelines.

It is noted that meeting only with the Flinders Community Association runs the risk of repeating the divisiveness that occurred previously, and we would like to avoid this happening again.

It is suggested that wider more inclusive consultation strategies be implemented, so whatever the outcome, it has general community support.

 

Relevant Council officers met in late August to discuss this matter. Once the plan for reviewing the Flinders sculpture is in place we will arrange a meeting with members of the community.

At this stage I envisage the initial Council officer review will commence in late October/early November and roll out over the following couple of months.

 

27/09/2016

 26/09/2016

 Antonella Celi

Bus Route 887 – Penbus

The shuttle bus connection from Monash Frankston – Monash Clayton with options proposed by PTV. What guarantee is there that the students will have unimpeded access to the shuttle service in order to make it to class on time.

Thank you for your question regarding the shuttle connection between Monash Peninsula and Clayton campuses and what guarantee exists that students will have unimpeded access to this shuttle service.

As you are aware the Mornington Peninsula Shire is working closely with both Monash University and the Victorian State Government’s Transport Ministers office to secure permanent funding and enhancement of the current trial Route 887 bus service. As part of this advocacy we are negotiating enhanced Monash University inter campus shuttle services between the Peninsula and Clayton campuses to ensure that students can additionally access both sites in time for early morning and late afternoon lectures and classes.

 29/09/2016

 4/10/2016

 Antonella Celi

There is concern in the community of Safety Beach regarding speculative development at the Safety Beach Country Club Estate (Mt Martha Valley Estates Ltd) in that the Board may be considering to take the course down from 18 to 9 holes and identifying surplus land that may be developed for residential subdivision.

Have the Shire received notification or a planning permit for such a development as yet?

Thank you for your question regarding the shuttle connection between Monash Peninsula and Clayton campuses and what guarantee exists that students will have unimpeded access to this shuttle service.

Council officers have not received a planning permit application to develop land that is currently used for part of the golf course land. I am also not aware of any pre-application meeting with the owners to discuss such a proposal.

 05/10/2016

 6/10/2016

 Antonella Celi

How far away are we as a Shire in starting to include organic food waste in our rubbish collection? If I recall we looking at the green waste bin as an option.

At the Council Meeting (Monday 22 August, 2016), a motion was passed to continue landfilling at the Rye landfill (construction of a 3rd cell) until an economical and environmentally viable Alternative Waste Technology (AWT) option for the disposal of municipal waste becomes available. The motion also included the following:

"That MPSC engage with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) to participate in the group tender for the provision of an AWT in the South East Melbourne region area, noting the option and opportunity of locating such a facility at Council's Tyabb waste facility adjacent to Western Port Highway."

The type of AWT to be considered as part of this process may determine the bin system required by the Shire. For example, an AWT is able to accept all waste received in the kerbside general waste bin, therefore, the Shire would not need to provide a kerbside food organics/green waste bin. MWRRG has advised that the process for the provision of an AWT in the South East will commence in 2017.

In addition, MWRRG have recently awarded three (3) contracts for the provision of organics processing facilities in the South East Melbourne area with all being located in the Dandenong area. It is envisaged that these contracts will commence in mid-late 2017 initially receiving green waste only, however, with the scope to include food waste in the following 2-3 years.

The Shire has had an initial discussion with MWRRG regarding a trial to collect food/organic waste through our green waste bins, given that it's an opt-in service and has a low contamination rate, for disposal at one of the new organics processing facilities when the facilities commence taking food waste.

 13/10/2016

Term of Office

General elections are run every four years.  All sitting councillors including the mayor will go out of office at 6 am on Election Day 22 October 2016.  A Councillor term of office commences at the swearing in ceremony conducted at the Annual Meeting which is scheduled for 14 November 2016.

3.Campaign donation returns - 2016

The Local Government Elections in Victoria were held on 22 October 2016 by postal vote and conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) on behalf of Council.

Pursuant to Section 62 of the Local Government Act 1989, Candidates are required within 40 days after the election day to provide an election campaign donation return

All candidates must lodge a return within 40 days of the 2016 general election (by 1 December 2016), even if they were not elected or did not receive any campaign donations or gifts.

Council is required to make available the 'election campaign donation return' a record of significant gifts received by election candidates for use in their election campaigns. These returns ensure public transparency about the level of financial and in-kind support given to candidates by individuals and organisations during elections.

Completed campaign donation returns are available for public inspection at the Council offices for four years after the election.

Download:

 2016 Election Campaign Donation Returns(PDF, 132KB)

Campaign Donation Return Bulletin(PDF, 522KB)

Campaign Donations Guide(PDF, 115KB)

 

4.2016 Election Further Information

MPSC-Electoral-structure

Download Map of Electoral Structure of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council(PDF, 2MB)

Electoral Structure of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council  - New Electoral Structure Effective 2016 Elections

Following an electoral representation review in 2016 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council adjustments were recommended and approved to the following wards within the Shire: Cerberus Ward, Nepean Ward, Red Hill Ward and Seawinds Ward.

View Mornington Peninsula Shire Council - Subdivision Final Review

5.Voting Information

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Elections will be held in October 2016. For full information, please check:

Victorian Electoral Commission - Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 2016 Elections

If you’re 18 or over on Election Day and live, or are a ratepayer in the Mornington Peninsula Shire municipality, you are eligible to vote.  In order to vote at the elections you must be correctly enrolled on the Council voters’ roll by 4pm on Friday 26 August 2016. 

You will be automatically enrolled to vote in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council election if:

  • You are on the State electoral roll for your current address; or
  • You own property in the municipality (but live in a different municipality) and you are the first or second-named person on Council’s rates records.

You can also apply to Council to be enrolled for this election if you are not otherwise enrolled and you are an eligible voter in one of the categories listed below.  The deadline for applications for enrolment is 4pm on Friday 26 August 2016.  

Please contact Ros Humphrey, Revenue Management Coordinator on 5950 1370 if you wish to apply to be enrolled for the 2016 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections.

Do I have to vote?

Yes. If you are enrolled to vote, then you must vote, unless:

  • You are aged 70 or over; or
  • You live outside the municipality; or
  • You applied to Council to be on the roll

In these cases, you are encouraged to vote in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections but won’t be fined if you don’t

Entitlement to Vote

There are five categories of people who are entitled to vote in Council elections:

  1. Resident voters

    Everyone who has enrolled to vote in State and Federal elections is automatically enrolled to vote in the Council elections where they live.  This includes Australian citizens aged 18 and over who have lived at their current address for at least one month. Voting is compulsory for this category of voter.

  2. Non-resident owners

    Owners of property who are listed on Council’s rate records as not living at their property will automatically be included on the voters’ roll; however only two owners can be enrolled per property.  People in this category are encouraged to vote, but won’t be fined if they do not vote.

  3. Non-citizen resident ratepayers

    People who are not Australian citizens, but own and reside in a property in Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and are aged 18 or over, can apply to be enrolled on the voters’ roll.  Up to two owners per property may apply.  People in this category can apply to Council to be included on the roll and are encouraged to vote, but it is not compulsory.

  4. Occupier ratepayers

    Up to two occupiers of a property may apply to be enrolled in place of the owners if they pay the rates and have written agreement from the owners, or if the Council rates notice is addressed to them.  Occupiers of shops and commercial industrial properties are encouraged to be enrolled and vote (provided the above applies) but it is not compulsory.

  5. Company Directors/Secretaries

A corporation which owns or occupies a property in the municipality and which pays rates, may appoint a director or company secretary to represent it on the voters’ roll. The person it appoints cannot be otherwise eligible to vote in the municipality.

A person can only have one vote in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections, irrespective of how many properties they own or occupy within the municipality.