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Poor report card
So, it’s official. The Bass Coast Shire
Council is the worst in Victoria from a
community satisfaction viewpoint.
The Victorian Government’s ‘Know
your Council’ website shows that
BCSC is at the bottom and this simply
confirms what we all knew in that we
presently have the misfortune to have
our worst ever council.
The year just ended was also the
worst ever for the community on a
wide range of issues and it is no won-
der council has alienated itself from so
many citizens and ratepayers.
The councillors have no one to blame
but themselves for their pathetic per-
They increased rates by almost five
times inflation last year which led to
an increase of around $100 for most
ratepayers and significantly more for
They increased staff costs by more
than $2million last year which took the
average cost per employee to $86,000
They recently increased the sal-
ary of the CEO by $20,000 when he
was already on a package exceeding
$300,000 per annum.
More senior executives were em-
ployed from the former workplace of
the current CEO taking the total to five
and again highlighting the issue locally
known as “jobs for mates”.
They continued to utilise highly paid
consultants to an amount approaching
$2m per annum when much of this
work should have been handled by
the shire’s highly paid senior executive
They persisted with the dogs on
beach fiasco with dog owners shire-
wide upset and bewildered, particu-
larly in Inverloch.
The councillors referred the desper-
ately needed new footpath alongside
the road in Surf Parade in Inverloch off
to consultants for an unnecessary re-
port likely to far exceed $100,000.
They placed traffic restriction devices
along Surf Parade in Inverloch which
have resulted in predicted traffic chaos
in the present busy holiday season.
They have turned bitumen roads in
various locations throughout the shire
back to gravel and pushed on with
proposals for private street schemes
against the clear views of local resi-
dents and ratepayers.
They continued to spend vast sums
of money on a path which virtually no
one uses from the Anderson round-
about turn off to towards San Remo
and known locally as the path from no-
where to nowhere.
They have cost hundreds of jobs by
continuing with their ‘closed for busi-
They persisted to use the rubbish tip
they created in the middle of Wonthaggi
at White Road to store gravel and the
like next to the new multi-million dol-
lar fire station.
They insulted the community of Won-
thaggi and district over their mishan-
dling of the Wonthaggi Cemetery by a
councillor stating “we look after the liv-
ing not the dead”.
No wonder people regard them as
our worst ever council and with exam-
ples such as these (and there are many
others) they have no one to blame but
The vast majority of shire employees
are excellent, hard-working members
of staff who do their best to give good
The blame lies not with them but lies
squarely on the shoulders of the coun-
cillors and senior executive staff.
In Inverloch people are incredulous
that their councillor has been elected
Cr Crugnale has been personally in-
volved in numerous issues throughout
her time as a councillor which have
many of her ratepayers and residents
The dogs on beach issue has been
running for three years and if one
wants an example of council incom-
petence one need look no further than
this issue spearheaded by Cr Crugnale.
With the council election looming in
10 ten months’ time it’s time for people
to wake up as to what is happening
here in their shire and decide who they
will vote in to run the shire for the fol-
lowing four years.
A major issue of concern remains
the desire of the current councillors to
gouge ratepayers by continuing to in-
crease rates each year by several times
The Victorian State Government has
announced that from this rating year
forward there will be a cap on rate ris-
es aligned to the CPI.
Predictably however, the Bass Coast
Shire Council has already flagged that
they will be seeking an exemption to ex-
ceed the State Government mandated
‘Fair Go Rates Cap’ before it is even in-
This is staggering considering that
over the past 18 years rates in Bass
Coast have risen by an eye watering
212 per cent yet the current council-
lors still want far more than inflation
Our long suffering ratepayers will be
well advised to attend forums the coun-
cil is holding to make clear that the
community is saying enough is enough.
Even if you have never attended a
council forum in the past, now is the
time to take an interest and be present
and show our councillors that the com-
munity does not want council to breach
the Government mandated ‘Fair Go
Rates Cap’. On Tuesday, January 28,
2016 council will hold two forums at
the Old Post Office Meeting Room, Watt
Street, Wonthaggi commencing at 2pm
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 fo-
rums will be held on Phillip Island at
the Heritage Centre, Thompson Av-
enue, Cowes commencing at 2pm and
If ratepayers do not want rates to in-
crease this year by more than CPI at
2.5 per cent then they should attend
one of these meetings.
There are thousands of people holi-
daying in Bass Coast at present and
many of them own holiday homes in
Most of these people know they are
being gouged by the fact that their main
home in localities such as Melbourne
are worth much more in value than
their modest holiday home but they
pay much higher rates in Bass Coast.
For this council it is not a question of
do they have enough money to properly
service the needs of our community.
Spending towards $2m on consul-
tants and recently giving their CEO a
$20,000 pay increase shows they have
To have ample funds available they
need to cut out the waste and misman-
agement, not continuously gouge our
long suffering ratepayers.
Alan Brown, Wattle Bank
When is a promise not a promise?
Well, apparently when made by a La-
bor endorsed candidate seeking to be
elected in the seat of Bass at last year’s
Last November the Labor candidate
for Bass, Sanjay Nathan, quoted in both
local papers, stated that a new Wonthag-
gi Secondary College would be funded
out of Labor’s $510m education fund if
they won the state election.
A response I received recently from
the Education Minister James Merlino,
now confirms that the Labor Govern-
ment has abandoned that commitment.
In that response Minister Merlino
stated that ‘Wonthaggi was not a Labor
commitment and that they would be fo-
cusing on building schools in the growth
areas’. The Minister has stated previ-
ously that the Labor candidate was ‘mis-
quoted’. Well, tell that to the editor of the
paper and the people in attendance at
the forum who heard the statement first
People lodge their votes based on elec-
tion commitments and these commit-
ments should be honoured. I’ve raised
this matter many times in my first year
in Parliament and will continue to pur-
sue this election commitment.
If Labor truly wants to make Victoria
the ‘Education State’ then Wonthaggi is
the place to start.
With the wonderful recent announce-
ment that the Bass Valley Children’s
Centre will receive funding let’s now
complete the loop and build the new
Wonthaggi Education Precinct and pro-
vide lifetime education for the people of
Brian Paynter, Member for Bass
Tiger is real
Have you seen a Tasmanian Tiger in
the South Gippsland catchment over
the past two years? Please call 0434 904
Interestingly a freedom of information
request I took out about 15 years ago
with the Victorian conservation depart-
ment revealed that in 1973 the fisheries
and wildlife department of the Victorian
government tried to cage trap a Tasma-
nian Tiger at Lower Tarwin in South
Gippsland about five kilometres from
Venus Bay. Sadly the Parks Victoria in
South Gippsland has ignored this issue
for decades since.
Michael Moss, Murrumbeena
Full of what?
I went to the South Gippsland Shire
Council briefing last Wednesday, De-
cember 16 hoping to talk about some
issues and facts I’ve been worried
about over the last four months.
I got my chance to talk – South
Gippsland Water was one – the big
It was reported in late September,
2015, Korumburra’s reservoirs were
full. They were not.
Today, they’re around 70 per cent
capacity. Full of what? Dams have a
lot of crap in them.
Number 3 dam has never been
cleaned out. Why?
Is it possible that they’re 30 per cent
full of dirt, mud etc?
Number 2 dam, where South
Gippsland Water pumps to, still leaks
at 60lts per minute. Number 1 dam,
near the golf club and you can see
from the road, is very average too.
Korumburra, which is one of the
greenest belt areas around, is now
a drought town. Its neighbour Leon-
gatha has almost twice the amount of
water and less than 500 people more
than Korumburra. Both towns have
dairy industry and homes.
For years I and John Anthony have
asked, with details, to fix Korum-
burra’s water issues for the next 50
to 70 years by cleaning out dams,
making it bigger and fixing Number
2 dam’s banks which are made of
dirt. These dams were made before
1960s; bulldozers and trucks were a
lot smaller than now.
Number 3, the biggest one can be
done this year in March – not a pipe-
line or a meeting that might get some-
thing done within seven years.
I met with the Minister of Water six
months ago in my office. Let’s fix it
starting March, 2016 please!
Why does Korumburra get these
problems? It’s not fair. The shire
should stand up and listen to the cor-
rect people, not the so called experts.
David Amor, Korumburra
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