Golden wedding for Tony and Carmelina
That is the maximum allowable increase under the State Government’s rate cap policy and is 0.25 per cent higher than the allowable maximum in 2017-2-18.
The council expects rates will account for about $76.6 million of total income of almost $116 million.
Waste disposal charges amounting to about $11.6 million will basically cover the cost of the services and operating and capital grants are budgeted at $16.9 million, down about $1.8 million on the current year.
The garbage charge will rise by $10 per rateable property but will be more than offset by a $12.85 decrease in the green waste charge.
An underlying result of a loss of just over half a million dollars for the year is forecast and council expects small losses ranging from about $200,000 to $420,000 will be incurred over the following three years.
Cardinia shire’s proposed capital works program for the next year costing $55.5 million is a 25 oer cent jump on the current year.
It will be funded by $22.3 million of council cash, $10.2 million in grants and contributions and borrowings of more than $23 million.
“It was meant to be,” Bunyip woman Carmelina Arrigo says of her marriage to Tony 50 years ago.
The well-known and community minded couple’s golden anniversary has a “story book” feel to it that spans halfway around the world.
Their first contact was a chance meeting at a soccer game in Sicily where they exchanged greetings and then went their separate ways.
Those ways, unbeknown to each other, included migrating to Australia; Tony settling with his parents at Bunyip and Carmelina in Sydney.
Travelling to Sydney to attend a family baptism Tony said he could hardly believe his eyes when he saw that Carmelina was also at the christening.
The long-distance romance blossomed leading to the couple becoming engaged in November 1967 and marrying six months later at St Fiacre Catholic Church in Leichhardt, NSW.
There was a family celebration of the 50th anniversary over a long lunch at an Italian restaurant in Lygon St, Carlton, organised by their three children, Francesco (Frank), Vittoria (Vicky) and Domenica (Mimma), and a relaxing sightseeing tour of Melbourne by tram.
Frank and Carmelina also boast five grandchildren – Olivia, Thomas, Marisa, Sophie and Chloe – and agree their happy marriage was built on mutual love, respect and wanting to please each other.
The Arrigos have been significant contributors to the Bunyip community.
Both Carmelina and Tony were foundation members of the Bunyip soccer club and Bunyip community market.
Carmelina is also an active member at the Bunyip community shop while Tony’s is on numerous committees.
Among those are the Bunyip community market and Bunyip Newsletter committee of which he is the current president of both, Bunyip reserve and Hillview Bunyip Aged Care where he is a member of the board of management.
Bunyip’s Frank and Carmelina Arrigo made a stunning couple on their wedding day 50 years ago and still do today. With their family they celebrated their golden anniversary with a sightseeing tram tour of Melbourne and a “long lunch” at an Italian restaurant in Carlton.