I am a full time resident of Sorrento with my family & have over 25 years experience in the Construction Industry, with senior roles as a Designer, Co-ordinator, Project Manager & Procurement Manager. I’m up for this & won’t let you down. It’s election time, from this point forward let’s ensure we have more control to get practical & tangible things done in the Nepean Ward.
THE FOLLOWING POINTS ARE HIGH ON MY AGENDA.
Initial appraisal – I would meet with Community Groups (Covid compliant) & individuals to evaluate our townships, break down projects & work out an action plan – finding cost effective solutions to issues. To keep relevant, these walkthroughs should be a regular event.
Infrastructure – we need to upgrade & future proof all our areas including footpaths, bike lanes, roads, shopping areas, beaches etc.
Sporting venues – upgrades where needed, reduced Council fees, more freedom for clubs to arrange events using the grounds to make money (markets, parking etc).
Inclusivity – on all levels, including infrastructure access works to beaches, clever design practical implementation.
Overall character – Improve & optimise the look, feel & function of all areas with simple upgrades making only small changes.
Public transport – should be available throughout our ward, it’s not a huge area & we have a lot of people who would really benefit from it. Efficient public transport would also mean less cars on the road & less pollution. I have sent Council a proposal on how to reduce diesel emissions by 60% (maybe more) through on board hydrogen generation technology, which also cuts fuel consumption by 25% – perfect for buses.
Environment – find the best balance between protecting the environment & ensuring residents basic needs are met & action strategies.
Green Wedge – Protect the green wedge & strongly appose inappropriate development
Tourism – encourage tourism as it is the heart of our economy, create festivals that consider our environment & residents.
Nepean Markets – devise a flexible Market calendar that best suits the Nepean Ward, seperate from the Mornington Peninsula, to cater for locals & the large number of people we have here every weekend. This needs input from the community, store owners & stall holders to ensure they can co-ordinate promotions & are all able to benefit from this. The Market should not be in main shopping areas, but rather nearby at an oval or park etc.
Indigenous History – highlight our history & indigenous heritage with a lot of relevant signage & displays.
Relevant historical displays – use local artists to assist with story telling displays in prominent areas. We have an incredibly rich settlement, wartime & indigenous history & it should be on show everywhere.
Wildlife & Marine Wildlife – protect wildlife & marine wildlife (Spider Crabs included), provide information signage to identify what lives in particular areas – we need to encourage a real attachment to our native species. A small range of our wildlife merchandise could be sold in local stores – initial funding could come from the Council or community groups & money raised could fund small projects for preservation of our local species. We should also have all our townships mentioned so we have a unified, collective identity.
Rebuilding local business – using everything at our disposal, including Council funded promotions & advertising, actioning all good ideas
Pedestrian Safety Issues – address urgent safety issues with pedestrians, paying particular attention to Pt Nepean Road from Tootgarook down.
Community Groups – raise awareness, provide support & make more accessible our Community groups, including those addressing social injustrice on all levels.
Reunite communities – mend rifts that have occurred through Covid restrictions through events, projects, welcoming messages etc – there are many ways to do this. Our part time residents are an important part of our community & they need to feel included.
Post covid plan – provide a “Nepean specific” complete guide to assist our community cope with Covid once restrictions are lifted. We are a busy tourist area & have a unique set of problems to overcome.
Parks, playgrounds & open spaces – make best use of our parks, playgrounds & open spaces for the entire community to share. They need to be functional & attractive.
Waste services – increase waste services including hard rubbish pick up & tip tickets. That stuff doesn’t move itself.
Council Budget – address the obvious large scale waste of money & inappropriate spending in the recent Council Budget, redistribute savings to best suit our communities needs & provide rate cuts to ratepayers.
Council Projects – examine current & scheduled projects to ensure they meet residents requirements, are well prioritised & are best use of resources.
Masterplan process – stop the strange & expensive “Masterplan” process which is in most cases is entirely circular & on repeat. It should not be a process that makes us think that something is being done when it isn’t. If there is no budget for it , just don’t do it, its a waste of everyone’s time & money & will have to be revised when funding is allocated.
Let’s get heard – ensure we are a loud voice in Coucil, making sure everyone knows exactly where the Nepean Ward is, and how important it is to the rest of the Peninsula as a base for holiday makers to visit the rest of the Peninsula.
Poor Council performance – examine why all independent surveys consistently rate the performance of the MPSC on their accepted scale as low using very set guidelines, especially when we have almost 700 employees & the highest paid CEO in Victoria.
Planning Department – Get the Planning Department working for us, not against us. It is costing many of us unnecessary grief, money & needless trips to VCAT. Clean out & remove any belligerent forces, restructure the department so it actually functions. (please note, I could have said so much worse)
Project transparency – lets keep our own records (open, transparent & easy to access) of what’s going on in our ward, when its happening & what is being proposed. We should know what the big trucks are doing. I would add pages for each township to nepeanvoters.com keep it updated & make it easy to read.
With a guarantee that at least 6 out of 11 Councillors will be new, let’s use this opportunity to make real changes to the way the Council operates.
I know it is a big list that requires collaboration from not only another Councillor in our ward, but from those in other Wards & will take a while to implement, but I’m up for it. As a successful Project Manager I have never failed to deliver. If elected I will do my best & I won’t let you down.
Thank you for taking the time to read this & please let me know if you require further information, or have suggestions for your local area.
Susan Bissinger 0414 305566
Authorised by Susan Bissinger, PO Box 525 Sorrento VIC 3943. Candidate for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 2020 (Nepean Ward)