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YOUTH and children are apparently low on the
priority list with the people of Bass Coast Shire,
according to data collated from recent commu-
nity engagement sessions.
Is that really true?
It is according to the ‘Help Shape a Better Bass
Coast’ engagement sessions, rolled out across the
shire over the past few weeks.
According to the data collected so far, only 1.4
per cent of ideas and comments submitted at the
San Remo session related to youth and children.
Ideas relating to youth and children made up
1.3 of discussion in Cape Paterson, 0.2 per cent
in Inverloch, 1.2 per cent in Cowes, and 1.6 per
cent in Bass.
But maybe that says more about the people
who showed up rather than a lack of concern for
skate parks, pools and recreation facilties.
In comparison, rubbish was a hot topic of dis-
cussion in Inverloch, with a whopping 8.8 per
cent of ideas contributed relating to waste and
the Inverloch tip.
The environment was the most popular topic
discussed in Cape Paterson, with 17.6 per cent
Protecting the natural environment and beach
revitalisation plans were high on the list of ideas
suggested by the community.
Roads are a big issue for residents in Bass too,
attracting 13.6 per cent of the comment.
The safety of Phillip Island Road in peak peri-
ods, road safety and infrastructure, and improve-
ment of access onto highways from San Remo,
Newhaven and Cape Woolamai were submitted to
the council as part of their information gathering.
Tourism, public transport, planning, sports
and recreation, and paths and walking trails were
common themes discussed across all wards in
While the young people of Bass Coast didn’t
rate a mention, members of the community still
put forward suggestions affecting young people.
Education, employment, and health and men-
tal health services, as well as a noticeable lack of
services for youths, were issues noted at the Cape
Paterson info session.
At Bass, better youth activities and spaces cap-
tured the attention of participating community
A focus on youth development and support,
support for schoolies, and the encouragement
of youth, were issues of some importance to the
The San Remo session discussed a need for
youth activities in the waterline area, such as a
need for more theatre, music, dance, and youth
rights, as well as a lack of youth infrastructure in
San Remo and on Phillip Island.
One community member suggested “council
seek funding from State Government to better
provide recreational programs for young people,
especially during winter to keep them gainfully
A draft copy of the council plan, which will re-
flect the information collected at the sessions, will
be presented at the March 15 council meeting.
People can also fill out the survey on the shire’s
website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/abetterbass-
Youth miss out in Bass Coast
IT’S on again, the 6th annual ‘Keeping
Kids on Track Fun Run Festival’, at Kilcun-
da on Sunday, March 5, 2017.
And of course, it’s not just for kids, it’s
for everyone with distances from 3km,
5km and 10km, right up to 15km and
the half marathon course of 21.1km – for
walkers or runners.
The idea of the event is: “To provide a
sustainable, family-friendly fun run event
for people of all ages and abilities, while
raising money for local selected charities;
to promote healthy and active lifestyle and
education for the youth of our community. ”
And in the past few years, the entry fees
and sponsorships have helped raised valu-
able seeding funds for local community
groups, projects and worthy individuals.
The Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run is
organised by a subcommittee of the Bass
Coast Triathlon Club and has really been
gaining momentum each year.
For as little as $10 an individual or $20
a family you can participate and to enter or
find out more simply go to www.kkot.org
Taking the opportunity to promote the Keeping Kids on Track fun run at Kilcunda on
March 5, at the Inverloch Parkrun last Saturday was race director Deb Rielly with support-
ers Vincent and Rosa Green, together with Tommy, Aiden and Rory, who all took part in
the Parkrun last Saturday. m260517
Deb’s run is coming up at Kilcunda
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