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We want to hear your thoughts and ideas to help shape a better Bass Coast.
During January there will be plenty of opportunities to share your ideas for
the future of Bass Coast and these will help shape the Council Plan 2017-21
and Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan. The information collected will
also inuence the development of the 2017/18 Budget.
We’ll be popping up at community events around Bass Coast during January
and also inviting you to attend sessions which will be held at:
• Cape Paterson – Monday, 9 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Cape Paterson Hall, 17 Wheelers Road
• Cowes –
Wednesday, 11 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Cowes Heritage Centre, 89 Thompson Avenue
Thursday, 12 January, 2 .00pm to 4.00pm
Bass and District Sports Club, Hade Avenue
• Facebook Q&A – Monday, 16 January, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Tuesday, 17 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
San Remo Recreation Centre, Wynne Road
• Inverloch –
Thursday, 19 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A’Beckett Street
• Grantville –
Monday, 23 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Grantville Hall, Bass Highway
• Wonthaggi – Tuesday, 24 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Old Post Ofce, Watt Street
• Rhyll –
Wednesday, 25 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Rhyll Hall, Lock Road
You can also get involved online by lling out a survey at
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi | DX 34903
PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or
(03) 5671 2211 firstname.lastname@example.org
Help shape a better
Near drowning at
LIFE Saving Victoria is urging beach-goers
to swim between the flags this summer, fol-
lowing a rise in coastal drownings across the
The warning comes after a close call for a
man in his 20s, who was rescued from the
waters of Cape Woolamai on Tuesday, De-
At approximately 4.30pm, paramedics at-
tended the scene after the man was pulled
from the water.
The man was flown to the Alfred Hospital
in a serious but stable condition.
According to the latest Victorian Drowning
Report, 20 of the 43 fatal drowning deaths
in 2015/16 occurred in Victorian coastal wa-
ters, which was a 32 per cent increase com-
pared to the average for the previous decade.
Life Saving Victoria Lifesaving Operations
Manager Greg Scott said it’s important peo-
ple realise just how dangerous beaches can
be, even on a calm day.
“Conditions can change quickly so we ask
people to check weather forecasts and moni-
tor the conditions,” Mr Scott said.
“Please consider whether your activities
are appropriate for the conditions and also
assess your own abilities.
“Know how to identify and avoid rip cur-
rents – rips occur all beaches, even in the
For further information on patrolled loca-
tions visit beachsafe.org.au and download
the VicEmergency app.
Facebook page improves
Island traffic flow
THE Phillip Island Traf-
fic Check Facebook page has
surpassed expectations of its
creator, Nina Burns, with the
page helping ease the impact
of the tourist hotspot’s noto -
rious traffic congestion dur-
ing the busiest time of the
Created in December 2013
after Nina was stuck in hor-
rendous traffic, the page
posts regular updates to
over 12,000 followers, and
encourages users to post up-
dates to keep road users in-
The page has had an ad-
ditional 2226 likes since
Christmas Day and one post
reached over 130,000 people
Nina said people now un-
derstand the importance of
adhering to the page’s main
advice – to arrive and depart
at Phillip Island before 10am
or after 5pm to avoid traffic
“I was on the road before
10am on the way to Mel-
bourne and then came back
after 5pm and in past years
there’s been nobody on the
road at those times,”
“This time there was a
lot more traffic flow. I think
they’re finally getting mes-
sage to stagger arrival times
so there’s not the gridlock of
people with happy faces on
the way down - there wasn’t
angst and anger.
“Some of problem is holi-
day rentals swap over from
12pm onwards so they don’t
come down from that point.
People need to come down
earlier, grab lunch or go to
beach and then go to their
think people are more
aware now of the gridlock sit-
uation and the fact the road is
fine for most of the year, it’s
only peak times that there’s
trouble so it’s about learning
to drive to the conditions. ”
Phillip Island Traffic
Check’s top tips
When updating traffic
conditions on the Facebook
page, remember to pop up a
time for the convenience of
• Drive to the conditions of
the road, leave ample room
between you and the vehicle
in front, and exercise pa-
• Carry extra water, food
and baby formula in case
there’s a collision on Phillip
Island’s major arterial road.
Roads can be closed for sev-
eral hours in the event of an
accident, depending on the
severity of the crash.
• When entering Cowes, it’s
best to avoid Thompson Av-
enue if possible.
• Take care at the Smiths
Beach and Back Beach Road
intersection, where a fatality
WARNING: Stay alive
and avoid Number 5
VENUS Bay’s notorious Number 5 beach
almost claimed another victim on Christmas
Yet swimmers there continue to flirt with
danger and pay the consequences, with two
near misses already this summer.
On Christmas Day, a couple of swimmers
found themselves in a terrifying rip at the
Luckily for the swimmers in trouble, off
duty lifesavers from the Venus Bay Surf Life-
saving Club responded to a call for help, ar-
riving in time to save the day.
The swimmers were conscious but trans-
ferred to hospital by ambulance.
A similar incident occurred on Boxing Day
at Number Five beach, when a swimmer was
caught in a rip and rescued by lifesavers on
duty at the Number 1 beach.
The lifesavers arrived in time to adminis-
ter first aid and an ambulance transferred
the swimmer to hospital with non-life threat-
A number of regular rescues also occurred
at Venus Bay during the week.
The Number One beach will be patrolled
from December 26 to January 26, then life-
savers will patrol the beach every weekend
until Easter, including public holidays.
Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club’s Peter Har-
rison reported no major incidents at the
popular surf beach.
Some preventative actions have been un-
dertaken by lifesavers, but overall swimmers
have obeyed instructions.
The new location of the patrol tower had
been well received, while the new pathway to
the beach has proved to be an easier option
for people and lifesavers to access the beach.
The club is buzzing after raising $5000
during a tin rattle in the Inverloch main
street on New Year’s Eve and Peter thanked
Inverloch’s patrollers and families for their
“We’re very grateful for all of the local com-
munity and visitors who donated,” he said.
“Thanks to LJ Hooker Inverloch, who gave
us a base to work from at their office.”
There was only one negative from the New
Year’s period, with piles of rubbish left on
the Inverloch beach by revellers, including
dangerous glass bottles.
Two swimmers were rescued at Venus Bay’s Number 5 beach over the Christmas break.
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