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Bass Coast Shire Council
Council ofces and Customer Service Centres will close at 1.00pm
on Christmas Eve, Thursday, 24 December and will re-open on
Tuesday, 29 December at 8.30am. We will also be closed on
Friday, 1 January for the New Year’s Day public holiday. Our normal
emergency after hours service will continue to operate
on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 during this time.
Residents, ratepayers and visitors to Bass Coast are invited to attend
Fire Ready Victoria meetings hosted by the CFA.
These sessions provide the the must-have information for this re
Cape Paterson – Sunday, 3 January 2016, 8.30am to 10.00am at Cape
Tavern, corner of Surf Beach Road and Market Place
Grantville – Thursday, 7 January 2016, 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Grantville
Community Hall, Bass Highway
Inverloch – Saturday, 9 January 2016, 9.00am – 10.30am, Inverloch
Hub Forecourt, 16 A’Beckett Street Inverloch including a CFA Brigade
Residents in Wonthaggi, South Dudley and Wattle Bank please note
that there will be no kerbside garbage or recycling collection on
Christmas Day, Friday, 25 December. If you usually have your garbage
and recycling collected on a Friday, please place you bins out for
collection by 6.00am on Thursday, 24 December instead.
All waste transfer stations and the Grantville Landll will also be
closed on Christmas Day.
All collection services and waste disposal sites will return to usual
operational hours after Christmas Day.
Weekly Recycling Collection
From Boxing Day through to the end of January recycling bins will be
Please contact Council’s Waste Services Team on the numbers
below if you need more information.
Please note, two corrections have been made to the Coastell
The beach identied as an off-leash area for dogs in Inverloch
in the article Dogs need holidays too on page three of the
Good Summer Guide reads “between Abbott Street and
Ramsey Boulevard car park”. This area was a trial site and is no
longer an off-leash area. The correct beach is the beach area
from Wave Street to Ozone Street from 1 December until 28
February and during the Victorian Easter school holidays each
year between the hours of 6.00pm and 9.00am. At all other
times during this period dogs are permitted on-leash in this
area. Outside of these dates dogs are permitted off-leash at all
time. For more information on dog restrictions and off-leash
areas, please visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/dogwalking
The information included in the article Bass Coast’s beautiful
beaches on page two of the Good Summer Guide reads “The
ocean swimming pool at Williamsons Beach in Wonthaggi”. This
should in fact say “The ocean swimming pool at Bay Beach in
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
During the festive season there are many celebrations that include
reworks. Please take note of when they are occurring in your area
and be mindful of your pets. Dogs and horses in particular can be
terried by reworks and may try to run away, sometimes injuring
themselves in the process. Please make sure that your pets are safe
and secure when there are reworks displays in your area.
Fireworks will be held at 9.30pm in Cowes, Inverloch and Coronet
Bay on New Years Eve.
Christmas Ofce Hours
Fire Ready Meetings
Christmas Waste Services
Animals and Fireworks
Summer Coastell 2015/16 Correction
By Cr Jordan Crugnale
Christmas festivities are upon us and in full flight.
December is usually warm and delightful as we be-
gin our transition into summer holiday mode and sur-
round ourselves with family and friends. But some-
times the unpredictable weather, that brilliant ‘out of
our control’ metaphor like life itself, can have a gloomy
impact. Not everyone is in a festive mood.
There have been some big events worldwide this year
that have shocked us, brought us to tears, made us dig
into our pockets and roll up our sleeves to help.
Terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and even at a peace
rally in Istanbul. Civil wars still rage in countries like
Afghanistan, Yemeni, Iraq and Syria. The Nepal Earth-
quake was horrific. The image of three-year-old Aylan
Kurdi snapped the world out of apathy and disinterest
to illuminate the depth of what world leaders describe
as the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII.
It is a big conversation on a global scale, which needs
a global response.
Regardless of your religion, faith or belief, when the
Pope says, “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on
the chessboard of humanity”, it makes you stop and
think about the 60 million people forced to leave their
homes, frightened and vulnerable, in search of a better
life where they can at least feel safe and connected.
This is a basic human right that we all want.
Christmas is such a time marker and with it brings
mixed emotions; some cheery and festive, but some
sensitive and distressing.
Perhaps it’s the first without a loved one, a time with-
out children or family, maybe your family has crum-
bled or you are dealing with personal or mental health
It’s a time to be thoughtful, empathetic and be that
kind human we’re all capable of being.
It’s a time to be grateful and appreciate those around
In our increasingly consumerist world of ‘must have’
and ‘need now’, it’s easy to forget that a gift can be as
simple as a drawing or a few words on a piece of paper
and a heart-felt hello or hug.
If you need support, our local health services, church-
es, and even the volunteers in the op shops have their
ear to the ground and there are many 24 hour help
lines to access by phone, such as Lifeline on 13 11 14.
On behalf of the Bass Coast Shire Council, I wish you
all a glorious festive season and a wonderful New Year.
Look out for each other and drive carefully, if not
slowly, around town, and enjoy our stunning sur-
We’ll see you all in 2016!
RAIN failed to damp-
en the Christmas spirit
when hundreds of people
crammed into the Wont-
haggi Town Hall for a re-
located Carols by Candle-
light on Sunday night.
The event was due to
debut at a new location –
Apex Park – but the plug
was pulled late in the af-
ternoon after a tremen-
Organisers weren’t too
fussed, however, because
most community mem-
bers assumed the show
would still go on, and
they wandered over to the
Town Hall without being
“People just know where
the carols will be when it
rains,” one of the organ-
isers, Brendan Smith,
“We had someone down
at Apex Park ready to tell
people it was still on, but
most people automatically
knew where to go.”
There were no empty
seats after an estimated
300-plus people filled the
hall to sing along to 90
minutes’ worth of carols.
“It was a fantastic night
and we had a stack of
great local performers,”
“We’re obviously disap-
pointed it rained again,
but we’re looking forward
to our first time at Apex
Park next Christmas.”
Carols MC Linden Stokes asked this young-
ster what she wanted for Christmas. Her answer?
carols a hit
Wonthaggi Rock School performers Amelie Renouf-Schrape, Chantelle Petrie
and Coco Tyrell-Jones impressed the audience. G505115
Carols MC Linden Stokes starts up a chant with the crowd just moments before Wonthaggi Rock School
performers hit the stage. G485115
Wonthaggi Rock School guitarists Tash Turton and Elijah Gemmell strummed their way through several
numbers, including Lennon’s ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over)’ G525115
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