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2016 is going to be a big year locally for
the NBN Rollout with Wonthaggi, large
swathes of Phillip Island and Inverloch
all on the agenda for construction.
Leongatha and Korumburra are among
those that have been pushed back to
But, before we get too excited, it’s very
much a wait and see approach accord-
ing to the Bass Coast Shire Council NBN
guru, Peter Francis, the shire’s Manager
Economic Development and Tourism.
“The housing estates on Phillip Island
that had to include a fibre-to-the-home
network, they are getting great speeds
but with the approach taken by this gov-
ernment, it’s unsure what we can expect
from the fibre-to -the-node (FTTN) ap-
proach,” Mr Francis said this week.
“Certainly it’s exciting that they are
making a start in the Newhaven area and
will soon be doing so in the Wonthaggi
and Inverloch areas but we’ll have to wait
and see how good it is.
“On Phillip Island where I live, we have
problems with our lines when it rains
and crackling so the extent to which they
use the existing copper, how good that is
and how far you are from the exchange
will all make a difference to the speeds
and the service.”
Mr Francis said the Bass Coast Shire
Council had taken every opportunity to
raise issues associated with the NBN
Rollout in Bass Coast, even rating a
mention by the new Prime Minister Mal-
colm Turnbull after representations to
the Minister for Trade and Investment
Andrew Robb but little had come of it at
“We talked about the possibility of get-
ting NBN to the business premises in
Wonthaggi, for example, but a project
like that would have to be a joint-venture
between local business, local govern-
ment, state and federal government.
“And I’m not all that sure, in these tight
financial times, what money the council
would have available to get involved in
something like that but it’s outside my
The Bass Coast Shire Council’s poten-
tial to get involved in non-core projects
and services, including economic devel-
opment projects of that kind will depend
on finding further efficiencies and also
on the success of its risky rate-cap varia-
“We do have very good contacts at NBN
who keep us informed of developments
and we’ll be following up with them to
make sure the community is kept in-
Here’s the timetable for the NBN Roll-
• Cowes area (Cowes, Rhyll, Silver-
leaves, Ventnor, Wimbledon Heights):
Q3 2016. FTTN. Estimated number of
premises in this plan 8500.
• Coronet Bay area (Corinella, Coro-
net Bay, Grantville, Pioneer Bay, Tenby
Point): Q4 2016. FTTN. 2500 homes and
• Foster: Q1 2017. FTTN. 700 prem-
• Inverloch: Q2 2016. FTTN 4600
• Outtrim: Q2 2016 (fixed wireless)
• Leongatha area (Korumburra, Leon-
gatha): Q1 2017. FTTN. 4700 homes
• Nyora, Nyora North: Nov 2015 (fixed
wireless) 490 homes
• Lang Lang: Q1 2017. FTTN. 600
• Mirboo North: March 2016. FTTN.
• Newhaven area (Cape Woolamai, Ne-
whaven, San Remo, Smiths Beach, Sun-
set Strip, Surf Beach): Jan 2016. FTTN.
• Wonthaggi area (Cape Paterson, Da-
lyston, North Wonthaggi, South Dudley,
Wonthaggi): March 2016. FTTN, 7000
homes and business premises.
• Yarram: Q1 2017. FTTN. 1100
(FTTN: Fibre to the Node).
What to make of
the NBN Rollout
nesses have recorded a
bumper Christmas sea-
son, thanks largely to the
prime weather conditions
across the past week.
But it’s not only the
droves of tourists who
have been flocking to Won-
thaggi, with locals show-
ing their support for local
Carl Lindsay said the sup-
port is always noticeable
“It’s not just the Won-
thaggi locals; it’s the dis-
trict locals as well. The
whole area is growing with
the growth of Wonthaggi
which is terrific,” he said.
“The last week prior to
Christmas is always quite
busy, it’s always pretty
“This is the busiest time
in between Christmas
and New Year –then as
soon as back to school
period kicks in it’s always
quite busy for us.”
The busy shoe store has
had a lot of tourists walk-
ing through the door.
“The hot weather isn’t
good, really warm days
are quite difficult,” Carl
“When its mild, me-
dium weather there’s lots
of people in town; most
businesses I think would
be happy at the moment.”
Clothing store Cactus
Black is happy with its
decision to open every day
except Christmas Day.
Manager Ellie Marotta
said the store has reaped
the rewards from opening
“It’s been pretty busy so
it was worth opening; the
weather’s been good too
so that helps,” she said.
“Thongs, bathers and
boardshorts have been
running out the door
thanks to the hot weath-
Ellie agreed local sup-
port has made Christmas
easier for businesses.
“We’re very appreciative
of the support from locals
for Christmas buying – we
were pretty busy at Christ-
mas,” she said.
“Now it’s a lot of tourists
New owner of Rob’s Fast
Food, Chris Bosco, has
enjoyed a fantastic first
season so far.
“The community’s been
great, they’ve supported
us immensely,” he said.
He said the weather can
work both ways for the
fast food outlet.’
“The weather does make
a difference; we tend to
find that people come in
at a different time of day.
If it’s a hot day they’ll
come in after the beach
and we get slammed at
night. If it’s a cooler day
we tend to get hit around
In his third summer at
Coffee Collective in Mc-
Bride Avenue, James Ar-
chibald said it has been
his best to date.
“It’s been excellent, I
think there’s a lot of tour-
ists and a lot more aware-
ness especially with our
business of where we are,”
“Word of mouth has
served us well and heaps
more visitors are coming
He agreed the nice weath-
er has helped the town.
“I think it’s been a good
mix of nice weather and
cooler conditions on some
days which works well for
us because then people
come off the beach and do
their shop and all the rest.”
Rob’s Fast Food has enjoyed a busy first season under new owners. The team
of Di Kerr, owner Chris Bosco, son Trent and Tony Scimonello love the new
Wonthaggi business booming
with hot Christmas sales
The Wrench’s Footwear team of Tania Honeysett, Chloe Honeysett, Carl Lind-
say and Caz Thomas have been run off their feet over the Christmas period.
CHRISTMAS is a time for giving and
local op shops are no different with
donations soaring over the summer
The Rose Lodge Op Shop in Wont-
haggi has been flat out in recent times,
with donations of all sorts coming
thick and fast.
But there is yet to be any unwant-
ed new Christmas presents show up
yet, according to volunteer Dianne
“We’re getting mainly clothes and a
lot of toys at the moment – the kids
are all getting new toys so we get a lot
of the old ones,” she said.
“People have garage sales as well so
it’s a lot of leftovers.”
A spokesperson for another local op
shop said December/January is the
busiest time for the store, and dona-
tions jump 30 per cent.
She said it’s usually around Easter
time when unopened Christmas pres-
ents are donated.
“They seem to keep them for a few
months; maybe they don’t feel guilty
after that time,” she said.
“We get a lot of new stuff which is
great because people get gifts and they
don’t want them or need them.
“Before Christmas we get a lot of
toys, people clean out their kids’ toy
box because they’re getting a lot of toys
coming in for Christmas.
“After Christmas we get a lot of
Christmas decorations, we can get
boxes and boxes which we save up for
the following Christmas.”
The Rose Lodge Op Shop raises
much-needed funds for the local nurs-
ing home and is operated by volun-
Dianne said she loves volunteering
her time at the shop.
“It gives a great deal of satisfaction,
working for somebody else and help-
ing out as much as I can,” she said.
“I’d prefer to do it that way than sit at
home and do nothing, it’s just great.”
Rose Lodge Op Shop volunteers Lyn Martell and Dianne Willshire have
been kept on their toes sorting donations at the shop over the busy Christ-
mas period. Rg030116
Old toys find new
homes at op shops
AROUND 3000 people enjoyed family-friendly festivi-
ties and what many say is the shire’s best New Year’s
Eve fireworks display at Coronet Bay.
The foreshore reserve filled up quickly with hun-
dreds of families from 6pm, with many claiming their
spot with picnic rugs and deck chairs.
Coronet Bay Combined Community Groups’ Chris-
tine Hutton said it was another successful New Year’s
“It was fantastic and we thank all the people who went
out in the midday heat to set it all up,” she said.
“And we also thank the little elves who came to clean
up after the crowds had left.”
Coronet Bay a corker
Popular local group Beggs 2 Differ provided a stunning soundtrack to festivities at Coronet Bay foreshore.
RIGHT: Families marvelled at the spectacular fire-
works display after the sun went down, with thou-
sands watching from both the reserve’s grassy knoll
and the beach. G190116
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