Antonella Celi Blog

Rosebud Plaza supporting the Seawinds Community Hub

Posted by antonellaceli on April 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Rosebud Plaza "Rosebuddies" program teams up with Seawinds Community Hub to raise awareness

of this Special Community Meeting Place on the Southern Peninsula


Rosebud Plaza’s latest initiative under the Rosebuddies program is to raise awareness for Seawinds Community Hub and its excellent programs, activities and facilities. The Seawinds Community Hub in Allambie Ave is where you will find the new Rosebud Kindergarten, Rosebud Community House, Maternal Health and Childcare plus many other community programs and services. There is something for everyone including venue and room hire.

For more info...

Rosebud Shopping Plaza says:

"The Rosebud Plaza ‘Rosebuddies’ program launched today aims to benefit local not-for-profit community groups by raising funds and/or awareness of organisations that provide valuable services to the local community.

Rosebud Plaza’s latest initiative under the Rosebuddies program is to raise awareness for Seawinds Community Hub and its excellent programs, activities and facilities.

Located in Allambie Avenue, West Rosebud (adjacent to Eastbourne Primary School), The hub’s community activities include child services, support groups, health and well-being programs, personal development, exercise sessions and other beneficial programs available to peninsula residents.

Seawinds Community Hub is a valuable part of our local community. And we want you to help celebrate it!

Right now we’re showcasing the wonderful work of this community hub - see an exhibition of its groups, programs and activities in-Centre.

Plus, on May 2, be part of a giant human daisy chain from Rosebud Plaza to Seawinds Community Hub.

Want to join in the fun? Become a ROSEBUDDIE and show your support register here on Facebook, or drop into Centre Management to register or call 5950 2400."




The Reserve at Marshall & Leonards St Tootgarook

Posted by antonellaceli on December 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM

In 2010 residents were concerned about the state of their local reserve at Marshall St, Tootgarook. It was open space so cars would drive on through, rubbish was being dumped there and the vegetation was overgrown. I was approached by the community to do something about it, so with the support of Council officers attention was given to finding a solution in consultation with residents who live there. During the last two years South East Water has used the site as their depot while they were doing sewerage works in Rye, upon vacating the site SEW committed to contribute towards the remediation of the site - that was so good of them to make that offer for the community. A brief masterplan was drawn up for the reserve to turn into a leash free, recreational reserve for the community to enjoy. The remediation of the reserve is progressing slowly but surely.

I was really happy when recently the fencing around the whole reserve was completed - thanks to officer advocacy and SEW monetary contributions. The reserve is now starting to look a lot more decent for the local community to enjoy the leash free and I can't wait for playground and the rest of the amenities to be installed.

Working Towards a Tootgarook Wetlands Strategy

Posted by antonellaceli on December 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM

A significant milestone has been reached by the Rosebud West/Tootgarook community with the establishment of two Advisory Committees by Council that will provide a framework for the community and stakeholders to inform and develop a Tootgarook Wetland Strategy. Membership to these Committees will be via Expression of Interest which will take place in 2013.

With mounting environmental and development pressures surrounding the Tootgarook Wetlands, the community sought to take action to raise awareness of the Wetlands and advocate for greater protection and conservation of the environmental values to be found in the Tootgarook Wetland Catchment.

Since 2011 Council has been engaging with the community as well as State Statutory stakeholders to seek feedback and information about the Tootgarook Wetland Catchment This resulted in a Discussion paper being presented to the Council and a subsequent decision by Council to investigate the development of Advisory Committees to inform the development of a Tootgarook Wetlands Strategy.

On Monday, 17th December, 2012 the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council unanimously adopted the following recommendation:

Moved: Cr. Celi Seconded: Cr. Gibb

1. That pursuant to Section 3 (1) of the Local Government Act 1989 Council establishes the advisory committees referred to as ‘Tootgarook Wetlands Strategy Working Party’ and ‘Tootgarook Wetlands Stakeholder Advisory Committee’.

2. That Council authorises the Director – Sustainable Environment with the:

A. Appointment of members of the Working Party and the Stakeholder Committee;

B. Reimbursement of members for any out of pocket expenses related to their advisory committee activities; and

C. Operation of the advisory committees.

3. That Council adopts the charter for the Working Party as shown in Attachment 1.

4. That Council adopts the charter for the Stakeholder Committee as shown in Attachment 2


That the recommendation be adopted.

The reports, attachments, Committee Charters and more information can be found at this link:



Happy 45th Anniversary Tootgarook Senior Citizens

Posted by antonellaceli on November 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Happy 45th Anniversary to the members of the Tootgarook Senior Citizens Club. We all celebrated in style with entertainment from the Victoria Police Pipe Band, afternoon tea and the most delicious cream sponge cake! Congratulations...

3940Arts Women's Art Program

Posted by antonellaceli on October 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Congratulations to the 3940Arts Women's Art Program who has received $3000 towards the "my body, my home" project. A program that encourages social gathering and friendships amongst women in the community who are experiencing social isolation or disadvantage. "Promoting community safety, health and Wellbeing initiatives"

Who has received ward discretionary funding?

Posted by antonellaceli on October 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

"Caring for Our Community"

Over the last two years community groups in the Truemans Ward have caught Cr Antonella Celi's attention as needing just a bit of extra assistance. The following amounts have been allocated to the following community groups who have pro-actively sought to raise funds so they could continue to provide invaluable services and programs to our community.

■Fight4Life Youth Club tailors diversional fitness programs for disadvantaged young people. $2000 was donated to the Club to purchase much needed sporting equipment

■Play Equipment for Vern Wright Recreational Reserve. $3,598 was allocated to the play equipment to match community fund raising efforts through Community Renewal initiatives.

■Rosebud Heart Junior Soccer received $1,000 so they could assist socially disadvantaged familities to provide opportunities for their children to play Soccer, the amount will help subsidise the cost of uniforms and equipment for each child.

■Respect Mural @ Eastbourne Primary was allocated $3,000 to purchase paints and materials to assist with the completion of the mural by one of our local artists on behalf of all the students at the school.

■Olympic Oval Rosebud was allocated $5,000 as a contribution towards completing the building of their new Netball Courts. - "Creating Open Spaces for Recreational and Sporting Activities"

■3940Arts Women's Art Program who has received $3000 towards the "my body, my home" project. A program that encourages social gathering and friendships amongst women in the community who are experiencing social isolation or disadvantage. "Promoting community safety, health and Wellbeing initiatives"

■"Youth to Youth Cultural Exchange to Timor L'Este" was allocated $2,000 towards this initiative being undertaken by Rosebud Secondary School to raise funds to send Year 12 students on a cultural exchange to Timor L'Este.

Written & Authorised by Antonella Celi 7 Jennings Court Rosebud West 3940

The Tootgarook Wetlands

Posted by antonellaceli on October 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

"Caring for Our Environment"

Recommendations put forward by Cr Celi about raising awareness of the Tootgarook Wetlands on behalf of the Community was a significant achievement for the Truemans Ward Councillor and was supported by fellow Councillors. Working together with interest groups such as private landholders, SPIFFA, Friends of Chinamans Creek, Friends of Tootgarook Wetlands a complete S.W.O.T analysis was requested to be done by Shire Officers. A Community Information Gathering session was held seeking contribution from the local and wider community.

As a result of the Information Session, a Discussion Paper was presented to Council and recommendations to set up a Local Area Catchment Reference Group and to send correspondence to Federal Ministers seeking a RAMSAR site listing for the Tootgarook Wetlands area were passed by Council.

Details of the recommendations passed by Council are as follows:

With unamimous support from fellow Councillors and community interest groups the following Council Decision was carried at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 27th August, 2012. A significant decision for the Tootgarook/Rosebud West community that works towards increased protection of the wetlands the flora and fauna found in this area of environmental significance.


Moved: Cr. Celi

Seconded: Cr. Pittock

1. That the report titled ‘Tootgarook Wetlands Discussion Paper’ is received and noted by Council.

2. That Council invites the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Planning and Community Development, Department of Primary Industry, Environment Protection Authority, Melbourne Water, Southern Rural ater, South East Water and VicRoads to a joint working party tasked with the preparation of a Strategy for the Tootgarook Wetlands. The purpose of the Strategy is to develop a comprehensive plan and actions which will ensure the vitality and sustainability of the wetlands is rotected from inappropriate development and use.

3.That a Local Catchment Reference group for the Tootgarook Wetlands be established by way of Expression of Interest that invites statutory and local community representatives and the Western Port Biosphere Foundation to apply to contribute further input towards the TootgarookWetlands Strategy.

Part B

The Council sends a letter to The Hon. Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities seeking his consideration and assessment for the nomination of the Tootgarook Wetlands, as detailed in this discussion paper, for a Ramsar listing in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

Part C

The Council sends a letter to The Hon. Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, seeking his ssistance to correspond with the countries we are known to have Migratory bird agreements with to raise awareness of the Migratory bird species known to migrate to the Tootgarook Wetlands. Species under the relevant agreements known to frequents the Tootgarook Wetlands are:

1. Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) under the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA), and Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA);

2. Sharp Tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminate) under the CAMBA, JAMBA, Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (ROKAMBA) and Bonn Convention;

3. Latham’s Snipe (Gailinago hardwickil) under the CAMBA, JAMBA, ROKAMBA and Bonn Convention;

4. White-throated Needletail (Hirundapas caudacutus) under the CAMBA, JAMBA and ROKAMBA;

5. Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) under the CAMBA, and Bonn Convention;

6. Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) under the CAMBA, JAMBA, ROKAMBA and Bonn Convention;

7. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) under the CAMBA, JAMBRA, ROKAMBA AND Bonn Convention; and

8. Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis) under the CAMBA, and JAMBA.

Part D

The Council sends a letter to the Convention of the Conservation of Migratory Species, United Nations Environment Program/Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) Secretariat, United National Premises in Germany introducing the Tootgarook Wetlands to them and asking that they note the Migratory Bird species known to migrate to the

Tootgarook Wetlands as per the listing in Part C.

Part E

That Council seeks support from the Western Port Biosphere Foundation for the creation of the Ramsar area to be included as a new core area in the submission to UNESCO for the Stage 2 expansion of the Western Port Biosphere.


For the full report click on this link:


Written & Authorised by Antonella Celi 7 Jennings Court Rosebud West 3940