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The next Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 in the in
the Old Wonthaggi Post Ofce, Corner of Watt Street and McBride Avenue Wonthaggi. This
Meeting will be open to the public from 5.00pm. This monthly Meeting is the only formal
decision-making forum for Council. As a member of the community you are invited to attend
and observe this process. At the beginning of this Meeting there is an opportunity for you to
ask questions of Council, during community question time. Questions must be submitted in
writing prior to the meeting and responses will be published in the minutes. For more details
on question time, please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/meetings.
The agenda will be available on Council’s website at 5.00pm on Friday, 10 February 2017.
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Bass Coast residents and ratepayers can have their say on council’s performance as part of
the 2017 Community Satisfaction Survey. The state government conducts an annual opinion
survey of local government performance during February and March. Four hundred Bass
Coast residents will be randomly called by telephone to participate in a survey that seeks
their opinions on four main criteria, including council’s overall performance, community
consultation, advocacy and customer service. For more information please contact
Coordinator Governance and Engagement, Christian Stefani on the numbers below.
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.
A Special meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 in the Old
Wonthaggi Post Ofce, Corner of Watt Street and McBride Avenue Wonthaggi. The meeting
will be open to the public from 4.45pm.
Item expected to be listed for Council decision as part of the Special Council agenda:
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The agenda will be available on Council’s website at 5.00pm on Friday, 10 February 2017.
Bass Coast Shire Council has prepared Amendment C147 which introduces a schedule
to Clause 52.01 Public Open Space Contributions. The amendment requires a 5 per cent
contribution for public open space on all developments of three or more subdivisions within
residential, commercial, and industrial land. The introduction of this amendment into the
Bass Coast Planning Scheme will provide public open space for Bass Coast into the future,
taking into account population growth, environmental management, and the health of our
The amendment will be available for public viewing free of charge, at the following locations:
During ofce hours, at the ofce of the planning authority, Bass Coast Shire Council, 76
McBride Ave, Wonthaggi, Vic, 3995
At the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website
Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to Bass Coast
Shire Council about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing and include a
name and contact address, clearly stating why the amendment is supported or opposed and
indicating what changes (if any) should be made.
Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions
regarding the amendment. These details are also used to contact submitters regarding
opportunities to attend council meetings and any public hearing held in response to
submissions. The closing date for submissions is 10 March 2017. A submission must be sent to
Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, VIC, 3995.
A friendly reminder that for ratepayers who have chosen to pay their rates in full (not by
instalments), the due date for payment is 15 February 2017.
If you are having difculty paying by the due date, please contact us on the numbers below.
Community Satisfaction Survey
Ordinary Council Meeting
Special Council Meeting
Notice of the preparation of Amendment C147 Public Open Space
By Cr Pamela Rothfield
Bass Coast Shire Council
CAN you believe January has
come and gone already? With
students back at school and
many of our visitors heading
home, it’s starting to feel like
the festive season is coming to
a close for another summer.
Last Monday was our final
community engagement ses-
sion and what better way to
cap off the month of meeting
people from all corners of our
shire than to meet with the
Our ‘Help shape a better
Bass Coast’ engagement cam-
paign officially came to a close
on January 31 after a big
month of conversations, dis-
cussions, comments, ideas,
and councillors and council
staff simply being out and
about in our communities to
hear what you have to say.
To say it was a ‘big’ month is
actually quite an understate-
ment. This truly was the great-
est breadth of any engagement
campaign Bass Coast Shire
Council has ever undertaken
and I am blown away at the
number of people who took
the time to fill out our survey,
stop and have a chat, attend
our community sessions or
send in their thoughts.
To put some numbers to it
all, we had 2651 website page
views, reached over 64,000
people through social media,
sent over 3000 emails, had
over 850 surveys completed,
ran a hugely successful Face-
book Q&A session and spoke
with more than 820 people
across 18 events. Phew!
But it doesn’t end there!
Once all of your comments
have been collated and a draft
Council Plan has been writ-
ten, we’ll be looking for your
feedback on the draft plan in
March and April so watch this
I’d also like to take this op-
portunity to congratulate all of
our community groups and or-
ganisations who ran all of our
fantastic events over the past
I recently attended the In-
verloch Classic Wooden Din-
ghy Regatta and applaud the
committee for accomplishing
so much in the space of four
short years. This is a festival
which has the hallmarks of go-
ing from strength to strength.
Last Tuesday I had the good
fortune of meeting with the
Bass Coast branch of the Vic-
torian Farmers Federation to
hear concerns and ideas for
their sector. We all truly value
the aesthetics of the verdant
green (sometimes yellow) pas-
tures which encompass and
contribute hugely to our beau-
tiful shire. The importance of
our primary industries cannot
be overstated and our farming
community must be acknowl-
edged and supported.
Another area which needs
our attention and support is
our foreshore. The importance
of taking action was under-
lined after meeting with the
Cowes East Foreshore Action
Group, who are a dedicated
group seeking a plan to miti-
gate shoreline erosion.
This is an enormous issue
for us across the shire and one
that needs a carefully crafted
To finish up my week, I was
also lucky enough to attend
the Summer Readings session
in the Wonthaggi Library. The
readers were absolutely won-
derful, as were their selected
Laughter was aplenty with
Aussie Bush Stories, as was
quiet reflection and sadness
on hearing the story of the
Number 20 Coal Shaft Disas-
ter in Wonthaggi in February
It was wonderful to see such
great attendance and I con-
gratulate the Library for its
continued fresh approach and
What a wonderful corner of
the globe we live in!
BETWEEN 3pm and 11pm on Saturday,
April 1, the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism
Association (WB&TA) will be running its inau-
gural Laneway Festival.
No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke!
It’s going to be way more fun than that.
But what the WB&TA needs is your help.
They are looking for community minded
business people that would like the opportu-
nity to help Wonthaggi and this festival grow.
And to that end, WB&TA Vice President
Terry Earl has issued a notice calling for help.
“Although this event is our inaugural festival,
we are estimating that we will attract about
4000 people over the course of the day and
evening, ” said Terry in a communique to mem-
“Our aim is to bring the Wonthaggi commu-
nity together and show case the amazing art-
ists, musicians, dance groups, food, art and
craft groups that we have on our door step,
and we are really encouraging local businesses
to get involved in the festival.”
The business group is looking for major
event sponsorship of $1000 from 10 local or
visiting businesses and several event sponsor-
ships of $500; not only to book the bands and
the entertainment but also to make an invest-
ment in the first festival so that it can begin to
Major sponsorship will secure a logo dis-
played on the main stage and on banners lo -
cated throughout the festival, plus you’ll be
included on thousands of printed materials as
Event sponsorship is equally attractive.
But there are dozens of other ways you might
help as well.
The WB&TA sent out a message to mem-
bers last week to give them an idea of the vast
amount of activities that will occur throughout
the day and evening. “We are still yet to finalise
other activities that will also be happening
throughout the day,” s aid Terry.
“Whilst we have successfully applied for a
Bass Coast Shire Council grant of $10,000
(which is fantastic!), we were not success-
ful with two other similar size grants we had
applied for. Consequently, we find ourselves
short of much-needed funds. Put simply, the
more funds we have, the bigger and better the
festival will be!
“This is going to be a huge annual event that
we know will grow in size each year and the
benefits to our community will be enormous
but it’s a matter of making a start this year.”
Terry said that not only would sponsorship
help the festival take off but it’s also an oppor-
tunity to promote your business via the Lane-
Contact any of the following WB&TA officials
Dee Connell 0409 631 923, Terry Earl 0417
865 532 or Leah Montebello 0427 587 104 for
Laneway Festival needs you
A NuMBER of musicians are set to take
over Wonthaggi’s laneways on Saturday April
1 from 3pm until 11pm.
X-Factor finalist Timmy Knowles leads the
way, along with female singer/songwriter Kit
Watts, blues guitarist and singer Lloyd Spie -
gel, roots, reggae and blues performer Rhys
Crimmin, and roots rock singer/songwriter
The school artwork project is underway,
with six businesses including Wonthaggi Vet-
erinary Clinic, Brian Paynter’s office, One
Stop Shop, Oak Tree Boutique, Trimmer
Tree and TS Constructions sponsoring the
Each school involved in the project will
be given a business and will create artwork
based on the business.
The artwork will be superimposed onto a
4.8m by 2.4m banner to be displayed on a
wall at the festival.
Gourmet donuts, a gourmet mac and
cheese van and twisty potatoes are some of
the food available so far, but there’s still a
few spots left for food vendors.
Local produce and arts and crafts suppli-
ers are also encouraged to get involved.
It will be a huge weekend in Wonthaggi.
The festival will coincide with the opening
round of the Motocross Nationals at Wont-
haggi on Sunday, April 2, with riders visiting
There will be amusement rides at Apex
Park, as seen at the Island Summer Carnival.
X-Factor finalist Timmy Knowles will perform at the first Wonthaggi Laneway Festival on
Saturday, April 1, which is set to take over Wonthaggi’s Laneways from 3pm until 11pm.
Event to have X-Factor
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