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Bass Coast Shire Council
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
In the event of an emergency:
Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated
community radio stations or Sky News TV.
Call the Victorian Bushre Information Line (VBIL) on freecall
1800 240 667.
Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication
impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on
1800 555 677.
For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting
Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VBIL. If
you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them
with this number.
Download the FireReady App and follow Vic Emergency on
Twitter (#VicFires) or Facebook.
Road Closures: check VicRoads website.
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.
Council will be developing a new shire wide Playspace Plan in 2016.
A playspace encompasses a broad area where play equipment may
only be one aspect of the play.
The consultation for this Plan will commence on Saturday, 9 January
at the Bass Coast Agricultural Show in Wonthaggi where Council will
be hosting a pop-up stand, so come along and spend a few minutes
sharing with us some of your ideas. The Plan will be a 10 year plan
that guides the development of Playspaces throughout the Shire.
If you can’t make it to the pop-up stand, there will be other
opportunities to provide input and feedback, including an online
survey available from Council’s website from 9 January and several
park based pop-ups, with details to be advertised at a later date.
For more information, please contact Council’s Recreation and
Open Space Planners, Ella Angrane and Howard Scott, on the
Fire Ready Meetings
Animals and Fireworks
Do you visit Parks and Playspaces in Bass Coast?
THE Phillip Island Na-
ture Parks (PINP) has pro-
duced yet another incred-
ible attraction, with the
official launch of the Antarc-
tic Journey on Wednesday.
An Australian-first part-
nership between WWF-
Australia and PINP, the new
visitor experience is located
at the Nobbies Centre and
complements the range of
visitor experiences at PINP,
including the nearby Pen-
The $6.9 million project
included $1.2 million Re-
gional Growth Funding with
the balance being provided
by the non-for-profit PINP.
It’s been a busy time at the
PINP, with the recent open-
ing of the new Penguins Plus
and Underground Viewing
platform, as well as the pop-
ular Eco Boat tours which
launched last summer.
The newest attraction
tells a powerful story of
the magnificent landscapes
and wildlife along the jour-
ney from Phillip Island to
Antarctica via the Southern
Ocean, providing guests
with a rare opportunity to
experience up close one of
the world’s last untouched
The Antarctic Journey
main gallery contains over
159 square metres of dig-
ital high-definition screens
showing stunning footage.
Large, breathtaking im-
ages and video footage of
key iconic wildlife including
whales, penguins, albatross
and seals guide visitors
through the interactive ex-
This part of the exhibition
is also social media-friendly,
allowing visitors to produce
their own sharable content.
for the Environment, An-
thony Carbines was at the
official launch and said he
hopes the exhibit will in-
spire guests to learn more
about the awe-inspiring
wilderness of the Southern
Ocean and Antarctica.
“Antarctica is under se-
rious threat from climate
change,” he said.
“Experiencing the Antarc-
tic landscape through the
new exhibit will undoubt-
edly highlight to visitors
why we must take action to
protect this unique natural
landscape for future genera-
“I’m excited by the part-
nership between WWF and
Phillip Island Nature Parks,
and it is this type of collabo-
rative approach to conser-
vation that is making a posi-
tive difference to our natural
For nearly 30 years, WWF
has been engaged in Antarc-
tic policy and science, and
has brought expertise and
educational resources to
A proportion from each
Antarctic Journey ticket
sale will go towards WWF-
work including vital Antarc-
tic whale research.
The existing Nobbies Cen-
tre currently attracts over
310,000 visitors per year
and Phillip Island Nature
Parks received a record 1.2
million visitors in 2014/15 –
with 58 per cent being from
The Antarctic Journey
will extend the visitor expe-
rience and engage visitors
with the environment, wild-
life and its conservation.
The Antarctic Journey is a
permanent exhibition and is
open seven days a week.
For more information vis-
it www.penguins.org.au or
venture to the Nobbies Cen-
tre to see for yourself.
PI links with Antarctica at Nobbies
Chair of the Phillip Island Nature Parks board, Jeff Floyd, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment,
Anthony Carbines and CEO WWF-Australia, Dermot O’Gorman cut the ribbon at the launch of the Antarctic
Journey at the Nobbies Centre on Wednesday.
PINP CEO Matthew Jackson, second right, explains the WWF Discovery Theatre to CEO WWF-Australia,
Dermot O’Gorman, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Anthony Carbines and Chair of the Phil-
lip Island Nature Parks board, Jeff Floyd, at the official launch of the Antarctic Journey. rg095215
Young Kaitlyn Rogers listens to the sounds of King
Penguins in the Antarctic Journey exhibition. rg105215
Fynn Smith learns about how seafood ends up on
his dinner plate as part of the education process at
the Antarctic Journey Exhibition. rg115215
The new Antarctic Journey is a breathtaking interactive experience for all
ages which is sure to be a hit at the Nobbies Centre this summer.
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