NEWSLETTER – May 2023
Hopefully, this Newsletter finds you all in good health.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 12 May at the Rye Hotel. Thanks are once again extended to Peter Houghton for providing the Blue Water Room as a venue. Peter is a great supporter of local volunteer groups. Thanks to those who attended.
Attendance at our AGMs has been dwindling in recent years and this year’s AGM was no exception. We have tried different things each year including: varying the days and times for the meetings, inviting guest speakers, inviting councillors to provide updates on Council activities and promoting the meeting as a community forum. Unfortunately, attendance has remained stubbornly low. While numbers were small the discussions and ideas generated were interesting and most welcome. We would be interested in feedback identifying what we can do to encourage more of you to attend our AGMs in the future.
As an action to implement the Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) Council and Wellbeing Action Plan 2021-2025, the MPS is initiating the development of Local Area Development Plans for Peninsula townships. These plans aim to document all projects and strategies applicable to each township in one place for easy reference.
The three themes underpinning these plans are: A healthy, natural environment and well-planned townships; A robust, innovative and diverse economy; and A flourishing healthy and connected community.
As a pilot, MPS is developing a plan for the Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Portsea townships. The Nepean Ratepayers Association has been invited to contribute to this plan. The MPS has been working with the Blairgowrie Action Group, chaired by Richard Doery to identify activities occurring in Blairgowrie. To further inform this work, a community consultation is taking place on Monday 5 June, at the Blairgowrie Community Hall, 8 William Street, Blairgowrie from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.While this consultation will focus on Blairgowrie, it will be of interest to residents of Portsea and Sorrento as well, as it is an opportunity to find out more about the local development plans and their potential benefits to the community. We are advised that similar consultation will occur focussing on Sorrento and Portsea in July or August. This is an exciting initiative and a great opportunity to document and follow all local community initiatives currently underway and planned.
We strongly encourage you to become involved with the group in your area.
Engaging the Nepean Ward in supporting a sustainable community