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The next Community Engagement Session will be held on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 in
the Old Wonthaggi Post Of ce, corner of Watt Street and McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. The
session will commence at 3.00pm and conclude at 5.00pm. This is an opportunity for you
to present and/or provide comments to Council on business currently before Council (ie, a
matter that has or is likely to come before Council for consideration/decision). Community
Engagement Sessions are open to the public. We encourage you to register by providing details
of what you would like to discuss at least 24 hours prior. The registration form can be found on
the Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/meetings.
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi | DX 34903 | Wonthaggi PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC
3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Phillip Island Community Bene t Fund (PICBF) is open for applications up to Wednesday,
1 March 2017. Eligible not-for-pro t groups based on Phillip Island are encouraged to apply for
funds from $5,000 up to $25,000. The total PICBF funding pool is $140,343.00 . PICBF guidelines
are available on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants. For more information,
please contact Council’s Grants Of cer on email@example.com or on the
Phillip Island Community Bene t Fund – closing soon
Council is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Applications for all the above positions close on Sunday, 12 February 2017.
For more information visit Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/careers
Community Engagement Session
Expressions of Interest – Community Tourism Reference Group
Council is seeking Expressions of Interest for a Community Tourism Reference Group to
assist in the implementation of the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy
2035 Growing Tourism. The Strategy was prepared to help ensure the long-term viability and
sustainability of the tourism sector and recognises the importance of both the community and
natural environment in achieving this outcome. The Group will assist Council and partners with
the implementation of the Strategy in relation to:
Coordination of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria certi cation process for Phillip
Island and San Remo
Preservation of beaches and natural beauty
Prevention of deterioration of its foreshore
Maintenance of wildlife reserves
Improvement of facilities that would lead to the better enjoyment of the Island by the
Members will act as advocates for priorities in the Strategy, and increase networking and
collaboration between key stakeholders in the tourism sector and the community.
The Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest forms are available on Council’s website at
www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/pitourism2035. Expressions of Interest applications close at 5.00pm
on Friday, 17 February 2017.
Tender No 17007 – The Intersection Upgrade of McBride Avenue, Baillieu Street and Broome
Council invites tenders for the intersection upgrade of McBride Avenue, Baillieu Street and
Broome Crescent, which shall incorporate road, minor drainage and footpath construction.
Tender documents can be downloaded from www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/tenders free of charge.
Hardcopy documents are available by contacting Procurement on (03) 5671 2241 or tenders@
basscoast.vic.gov.au/tenders. Non-refundable document fee for hardcopies is $50. Tenders
open at 9.00am on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 and close at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 21 February 2017.
MEMBERS of the Wonthaggi community gath-
ered at the Old Post Office on Tuesday, January
24 to put forth their suggestions for a better
Bass Coast Shire.
Mayor of Bass Coast, Cr Pamela Rothfield, asked
the people of Wonthaggi what it was that they want-
ed to see improved and retained for the future of
the township, as well as the shire as a whole.
Councillors Les Larke and Julian Brown,
along with Deputy Mayor Brett Tessari, were
also in attendance.
High on the list of suggestions by attending
members of the community was a shire-wide im-
provement to walking paths and sealed paths.
The maintenance of green spaces and a push
for the preservation of heritage buildings in
town were also hot topics of discussion.
Wonthaggi resident Maddy Harford has been
living in the shire for six years, and came along
to the meeting to play a part in the shaping of
the town’s future.
“I’ve been living here for six years, and it was
the best move I’ve ever made,” Maddy said.
“I’m really committed to being an active mem-
ber of the community, with everything from
ideas or doing something.
“I just think that Bass Coast is a fabulous
place to live.”
Life-long resident of Wonthaggi, Mark Ste-
phenson suggested that the council put togeth-
er some graphic, artistic impressions of some
of the ideas that have been put forth during the
weeks of community consultation.
He also suggested that more needs to be done
within the town centre to ensure Wonthaggi
continues to move forward into the future.
“Not enough is done in the town,” Mark said.
“There’s infrastructure and development, but
we need more innovation.”
Common issues debated amongst members
of the community included the promotion of
the State Coal Mine, keeping the integrity of
the older, historical buildings in town, and in-
creased public transport for the area.
Spread across four tables, the attending com-
munity members were asked to write down
their responses to four key questions: What
would you like council to achieve in the next
four years; What would you like to see retained
or improved; What health and wellbeing issues
are you concerned about, and what would make
living, visiting or investing in Bass Coast better?
By Cr Pamela Rothfield
Bass Coast Shire Council
I’d like to start this week’s
message by saying a sincere
thank you to everyone – resi-
dents, part-time residents and
visitors as well as Council
staff – who has taken part in
our ‘Help shape a better Bass
Coast’ campaign in some way
Whether you’ve filled out one
of almost 450 online surveys,
filled out one of the 200-odd
hard copy surveys we’ve re-
ceived, been one of the 300 peo-
ple who’ve attended our com-
munity engagement sessions or
stopped by a Council pop-up at
a local event with countless oth-
ers – we really, truly appreciate
your time and input.
My fellow Councillors and I
are genuinely thrilled to have
started off the year with such a
fantastic engagement project;
one that I believe has raised
the bar for all community en-
gagement going forward.
We have collected thousands
of comments and ideas, which
we’re currently collating into
common themes to present
back to you – our community
– before the draft Council Plan
2017-21 goes back out for
your review, before it is to be
adopted by 30 June this year.
If you haven’t had a chance
to have your say yet, there’s
still time to jump online at
abetterbasscoast and fill out
the online survey, which will
close on Tuesday, 31 January.
Onto other happenings
around the Shire, I’d like to
congratulate our newest Aus-
tralian citizens who took their
oath on Australia Day. I once
again had the pleasure and
privilege of presiding over
the Citizenship Ceremony
and whilst it was only a small
group this time around, it was
certainly a very special and
proud day for all involved.
That our newest citizens, out
of all places, now choose to
call Bass Coast home is fur-
ther testament to the beautiful
place we all live.
The summer holidays are
now coming to a close, and
to the excitement of many
children (and perhaps some
parents), school is back this
week! Good luck to all of our
new Preps who are heading off
to school for the first time, and
to the parents waving goodbye
at the classroom door – don’t
forget your tissues!
Paths and planning for Wonthaggi’s future
Deputy Mayor Brett Tessari speaks with Bass Coast resident Carolyn Charles about ideas
for Wonthaggi’s future. ms010517
Mayor of Bass Coast, Pamela Rothfield, listens to the ideas and suggestions made by
Maddy Harford, Nola Maxfield, and Carolyn Charles at Tuesday evening’s community en-
gagement session. ms020517
Wonthaggi has its say...
HERE are some of the responses to the four
questions asked at the Wonthaggi “Better Bass
Coast” session last week.
What’s your suggestion?
What would you like council to achieve in
the next four years?
- Encouragement for people to be healthy and
active and involved in the community
- Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre
- Union Art Centre
- Paths, including Wonthaggi to Inverloch
- Maintain our green environment
Good planning in place to keep our small
coastal towns and Wonthaggi as the main centre
Better pedestrian and traffic movement in
Support for community services for disad-
vantaged and disability support
More community based activities designed
to bring about closeness of residents
Increased education facilities, especially
Completion of sealed roads in crown
- No more outside consultants: too expensive!
We have enough local people to advise who also
What would you like to see retained or
- Keep the old buildings, e.g. the post office
- Increase time of parking to allow visitors to
shop and lunch
- Sign for caravan parking
- Inadequate parking spaces
- Keep cinema in Wonthaggi
Footpaths south side of Wonthaggi, Reed
Crescent, Caledonian, Stewart Street, Peverill
Cr, Broome Crescent.
Help promote the State Coal Mine. It’s Vic-
toria’s heritage, not just Wonthaggi. Improve
signage to the mine and entry for coaches, ect.
What health and wellbeing issues are you
- Lack of facilities for mental health
- Hospital upgrade
- Support for local sporting venues
- Preventative health
- Recreational walking tracks
- Teenage pregnancies
Insufficient opportunities for a range of
sporting activities. Could be better for young
people and older people
Better promotion of existing activities and
Pedestrian movement in and around town:
- Traffic intersections
- Indoor sport venue for activity in all weather
- Improved specialist care
What would make living, visiting, or invest-
ing in Bass Coast better?
- Enforce council advice that new residents plant
native plants. Council could make an example by
planting native plants in their roundabouts on
land, but need to label plants for people to identify
Create more natural/native walks, suitable
paths for residents, and encourage visitors to
see us as a walking destination!
- Sell what we already have better. Encourage
knowledgeable, economy businesses to estab-
- Plant native vegetation
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