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TWO out of five board members of a company set up by Frankston Council that manages two aquatic centres have been reappointed for three years by councillors.

Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd directors Roseanne Healy and Philip Johnson will now serve on the company board until at least 31 October 2020.

Councillors made the decision in private, since it is effectively a staffing matter, after last Monday evening’s public council meeting on 16 October.

Frankston Council acting CEO Tim Frederico said there is no change to board members’ remuneration.

The Times reported in June that Peninsula Leisure chair Roseanne Healy is paid $33,185 and four directors sitting on the board are paid $20,741 annually (“Board pay revealed by council”, The Times 12/6/17).

Mr Frederico said in a statement last week: “The process for future appointments will be discussed between the board chair and council next year.”

Councillors will decide whether to reappoint board members Barbara Crook, David Shilbury and Simon Allatson next October when existing contracts end.

The acting council CEO said all directors except Mr Johnson, also chief financial officer at South East Water, were initially appointed to the Peninsula Leisure board two years ago “following a public advertising and interview process”.

“Mr Johnson was appointed following a targeted selection and evaluation process,” Mr Frederico said.

Peninsula Leisure, a wholly owned subsidiary of Frankston Council, operates PARC and the Pines Forest Aquatic Centre in Frankston North.

The mayor at council, currently Cr Brian Cunial until next month, sits on the company board as a non-voting member during 12-month mayoral terms.

No extra remuneration is paid in addition to the mayor’s pay of just over $92,000 a year.

A majority of Frankston councillors voted in May to instruct Peninsula Leisure “not to enter into or tender for projects outside of their core obligation, that being the management of PARC and the Pines Pool”.

The Times revealed before the councillors’ vote that Peninsula Leisure was interested in possibly taking over management of sports and leisure centres on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula Shire council announced last month that five sports and leisure centres –  the Pelican Park Recreation Centre in Hastings, Mornington’s Civic Reserve Recreation Centre, the Somerville Health & Fitness Studio, Crib Point Pool and Western Port Gymnastics at the Hastings Hub – will be managed by private operator Belgravia Leisure from 29 October.

First published in the Frankston Times – 23 October 2017

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