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lack of care
Open letter to VicRoads.
On January 6 once more the roads in Main
Street in Korumburra are melting. Again.
Rang shire, who then rang VicRoads at 2.15pm.
A truck with no name but had a stone tray at
rear of it started driving down the main street at
40km/h dropping stone to cover the roads. Four
times he did this.
Then he went up Radovick Street to the pub
and around the corner dropping stones.
No signs, no care.
These stones hit cars, people, and the footpath.
VicRoads No care! Why?
David Amor, Korumburra.
How about a
It has been such a long time since Bass Coast
residents have been able to read an Aquasure
In case the publicity department is feeling a bit
lacking in inspiration after the holidays, I thought
I would provide a few topics for discussion:
1. Maintenance of power supply cables. Our
struggling farmers must be grateful for the fi-
nancial support and supply of new tracks across
their sodden paddocks, whilst the world’s best
practice cable is being maintained (read - trying
to work out why it keeps exploding).
2. The hyper-realistic team-bonding exercises
undertaken between desal staff and our local
emergency and medical services. Apparently
they are so realistic that volunteers have been
doused with chemicals which may or may not be
Fluorine, and sent off for the expert care of our
paramedics and doctors. Perhaps next time the
surrounding residents could be included in the
fun - an even more realistic simulation of the un-
thinkable/unlikely toxic chemical spill incident.
3. The development of a new marine eco-
reserve at Lyndhurst, where 40 tonnes per day
of assorted marine life will be released into an
urban environment. The greenhouse gases pro-
duced by their rotting corpses could then be used
to power the plant - win-win, and there should
be some sort of award available for such caring
concern for our local wildlife.
4. An interview with our mythical Bass coast
whales, finding out how they will cope with noisy
neighbours. Will they simply go somewhere else,
as has been suggested by the cetacean experts,
and has anyone told the tourist operators?
5. Why $27 million (+ billions more) is better
invested in topping up our bulging reservoirs in
a state which is recovering from record winter
drenchings. Better, I suppose than wasting it on
frivolities such as schools, emergency depart-
ments or rates.
Come on Mr Aquasure, reassure us what a
good insurance policy your good corporate citi-
zen is providing us with. I am certain that the
premier and water minister could supply plenty
of copy if you are struggling.
Mark Robertson. President, Watershed Vic-
Good work being
done on mangroves
I was delighted to read the piece on mangroves.
The writer Nick Dortman has been seen up to
his knees in mud helping school kids plant man-
groves which are alive today!
I have been planting for 10 years, partly with
10 schools whose kids called me Dr Mangrove.
It is a very tricky job. Plants must be planted
as deep as possible. The surrounding mud must
not be disturbed or the plants will wash out.
Small plants will be smothered by barnacles in
two years. Only strong seedlings will survive the
I am doing research to find a spray to combat
the barnacles which spawn in December. I have
various experiments set up. However a vandal
has pulled out all my experimental work. This
sort of vandalism has been happening for 20
We have thousands of mangroves now growing
but with improved methods and spraying to kill
barnacles our success rate will improve.
Dr E.H.M.(Tim) Ealey (aka Dr Mangrove).
Pros and cons
I agree with Bernie McComb (SGST Jan 10).
Each successive holiday season sees an in-
crease in the number of holidaymakers our small
towns are having to accommodate.
Speak to the many locals who shop extra early
and you’ll find it’s because parking and shopping
are so difficult during the day.
With them the holidaymakers also bring in-
creased traffic and traffic accidents, vandalism,
a lot more noise if you live close to camping or
resort areas and an increased pressure on local
doctors, hospital, police and various other ser-
I also believe it is crazy having numerous large
events throughout the year at a Grand Prix Cir-
cuit on an island connected to the mainland by
only one two-lane bridge. Many locals are less
than impressed with the delays involved trying
to get on and off the island during these events.
We’re told local traders need more tourists but
the ‘quality of life’ of the locals is rarely taken into
consideration, the almighty dollar seems to rule.
Hopefully attracting tourists at any cost is not
one of Bass Coast Shire’s policies.
Steve Carter, Inverloch.
Cruising versus container ships? What’s best
Reports in last week’s local media highlight the
positive impact of having cruise ships come into
Western Port on the region and our highly tour-
ism and dependent/environment based economy.
This is in stark contrast to the economic and
environmental disaster that would be foisted on
the Bass Coast economy by the 6000 gigantic
container ship movements per annum, should
the Port of Hastings container terminal ever be
built. With multiples of these having to anchor
right where the cruise ships do at present.
In a classic case of “mine is bigger than yours”,
the reports quoted the dimensions of the “Golden
Princess” as a “mere” 1.5 times the length of the
MCG. The container ships proposed for Hastings
are twice the length of ‘The G’ and four times the
height of the San Remo bridge.
Again, using the G as our measurement stan-
dard, The Preserve Western Port Action Group
has calculated that the equivalent of 15 MCGs of
dredge material, to the top of the grandstands,
would have to be taken out of Western Port to ac-
commodate these monsters.
The impact from the increased tidal flows re-
sulting from such dredging, would be enormous
on an already very fragile coastline in many parts
of the Bay.
A decision on where Victoria’s next container
port will be located will be made this year, but it’s
not too late for Bass Coast residents to have their
say on this matter.
So go to http://yoursay.infrastructurevicto-
ria.com.au/ and tell them how much we prefer
“cruising to containers”
Kevin Chambers, The Gurdies
Stressed about school?
When I think back to the start of a new school
year, I can still remember the buzzing feelings of
excitement, anticipation and nerves.
Am I going to have classes with all my friends?
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Time called on MP’s favourite game
THERE’S really no point asking our
MPs and others sustained by the public
purse to exercise more self-control when
hitting us up for unreasonable expense
Because if they could see that what they
are doing is wrong, they wouldn’t do it.
The fact is that our State and Federal
MPs have long since been playing the
game of not incurring any personal costs
whatsoever after being elected to office.
The ultimate success, for many of
them, is being able to save their entire
salary while only living on the public tab.
In fact some even go so far as not doing
anything for which they can’t submit an
They organise spurious ‘meetings’ they
could have conducted over the phone, in
certain places at certain times, so that
they can attend their own social, sport-
ing or family events; or claim for attend-
ing party functions that have everything
to do with regaining pre-selection and
nothing to do with their job.
They will organise dinner meetings
with people they couldn’t care a toss
about, just so they can get a free feed.
And they accept or reject invitations to
events based, not on their importance to
the portfolio or to the voters, but based
on what they are getting out of it... free
entertainment, booze, food and accom-
modation, especially where it fits in with
their own private agenda.
So let’s not be swayed by their indig-
nant repudiations of “it wasn’t me, it was
the other guy!”
Because they simply can’t see it.
Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with
an MP travelling business class on
planes, because we expect them to get to
the location ready to work.
And when they need to be at a meeting
in the morning, reasonable accommoda-
tion expenses are OK too.
And attending sporting and cultural
events, not only to support these organi-
sations which love to have them there,
but also to meet with business and com-
munity leaders, is also acceptable.
But there’s too much rorting going on.
And deep down they know it!
For one thing, the government should
immediately cut back retrospectively on
the ridiculously generous perks that ex-
MPs are presently entitled to.
It should also introduce a common
sense authority that overseas MPs claims
so that gilt-edged trips overseas and all
the other outlandish excesses are sent
back, with no right of appeal, for the MPs
to pay for themselves. That would soon
pull it up.
The amazing thing is that these people
fight tooth and nail to get into these po-
sitions, to represent us, and then the
first thing they want to do is sock it to
They’re all doing it, or almost all, and
it’s got to stop.
In fact, any public servant submitting
a claim on the taxpaying public should
be trying to minimise those claims and
thinking long and hard about whether
the claim is legitimate.
If you’re not sure, ask someone down at
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POLICE were quick to arrest and charge an 18
year old man from Darwin who blew up at least
three letterboxes in Cape Woolamai on the night
of Monday, January 9.
The young man was out in Cape Woolamai,
destroying letterboxes on residential properties,
when he unfortunately chose the wrong house
He was quickly chased down by one irate ho-
meowner, who quickly made a citizen’s arrest
before alerting the authorities.
Police on night shift in Cowes were quick to
arrive at the scene, before taking the offender
He was subsequently charged and bailed to
appear at the Korumburra Magistrates Court at
a later date.
Police are asking victims of this crime or any-
one with information relating to this offence to
please contact the Cowes Police Station on 5952
Letterbox bomber caught
at Cape Woolamai
An alert local resident caught the person
allegedly responsible for blowing up letter-
boxes at Cape Woolamai last week.
Will I get better results than last year? Which
teachers will I have?
Millions of young people across the country
heading into primary and secondary school over
the coming weeks may be facing similar feelings –
whether they are starting another school year or
commencing a new school for the first time.
Some students can adjust to the changes and
settle into things quickly. However, some young
people may find this a daunting and challenging
time. There can be a number of reasons why it
might be hard to go school: trying to make new
friends, pressure to get the best marks, dealing
with bullying, or perhaps going through a mental
health issue such as anxiety or depression.
These worries can make the next few weeks an
uncertain time. Whether you are a young person
struggling or a parent with concerns about your
child, headspace is here to help. As the National
Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace pro-
vides support for young people aged 12-25 years
old who are struggling with their mental health
and wellbeing. No matter where you are, you can
access help at headspace – either through one of
our 95 centres in metro, rural and regional areas
of Australia, or via eheadspace.org.au where you
can receive online and telephone support between
9am-1am (AEDT), seven days-a-week. There are
also general mental health and wellbeing resourc-
es available on our website: headspace.org.au.
We wish you and your families a safe and healthy
school year ahead.
Dr Natalie Gray Chief Medical Officer Head-
to driving charges
MAGISTRATE Steven Raleigh dismissed as
“rubbish” claims that a person who drove while
unlicensed on two occasions had an “honest and
reasonable belief ” that she was allowed to do so
at the time.
He made those comments at the Korumburra
Magistrates’ Court last Thursday after hearing
that Kylie Fryers, 33 of Pioneer Bay, had been
seen by police driving her car on Pier Road at
Grantville on February 27 last year and also at
Coronet Bay on March 19 last year after her li-
cence had been suspended over demerit points,
from January 5 to April 4.
Ms Fryers’ lawyer said his client had made in-
quiries with Civic Compliance, that she had nom-
inated someone else as the driver and had been
given clearance to drive.
But police inquiries didn’t support those
“No way would Civic Compliance work that
way. It’s rubbish,” Mr Raleigh told the woman’s
The lawyer continued with his plea for his client
to retain her licence saying she lived in an iso-
lated location, Pioneer Bay, and had to get both
herself and her husband to work at Koo Wee Rup.
Mr Raleigh acknowledged those issues, with no
order against the woman’s licence but he placed
her on a Community Corrections Order for 12
months with 100 hours of unpaid community
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