On 15 July 2020 at the Ordinary Council Meeting, Council adopted the ‘Councillor Expenses Reimbursement Policy’.
This policy provides guidelines for Councillors seeking reimbursement of expenses they have incurred as part of their duties of being an elected member representing Mornington Shire Council, as well as provision of facilities.
It is Council’s responsibility to adopt an expense reimbursement policy under Section 250 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, and applies to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors (your elected members).
The policy outlines clearly all acceptable expenses, tools and support which will be reimbursed and provided to elected members, and importantly, how the process. of reimbursement will occur.
As part of Council’s commitment to transparency, we encourage you to take a moment to read through this policy and contact us should you have any questions, otherwise as per Council’s practices, the policy will be reviewed in 12months time.
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Mornington Island - By Jolene Roughsey: The story, as told by a Lardil Elder
“The first men and woman to come to Mornington Island were Marnbil, Djin-Djin and Dewallewal. Djin-Djin was married to Marnbil and Dewallewal is Djin-Djin's uncle. These three made the land, creating all the rivers, hills, animals, trees, wells, making fish traps. They gave each animal a sacred place, and name, and made ceremonies for them, so that they could be protected.
Now Dewallewal did not have a wife of his own so he decided to steal Djin-Djin, thinking that Marnbil wouldn't know. Marnbil knew that Dewallewal had broken the law and he knew that he had stolen Djin-Djin, so he had to kill him. That was the law.
Marnbil wounded Dewallewal with a spear. Dewallewal shot straight up into the sky, still with the spear stuck in his back and cursed man to die from all things. Before that, man had been immortal, but Dewallewal's curse meant that they would die."