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THE Bass Coast Shire Council knocked back
the gift of two disused wind turbine blades at last
week’s council meeting.
The council resolved to not endorse the master-
plan for the Guide Park project, and voted to re-
tain the $45,000 originally allocated for the project
in the Public Art Reserve Fund for another future
public art project.
The council appears determined to stick with
its election promise of being more financially con-
servative, after also opting against progressing the
Cowes Cultural Centre plans and a new basketball
facility for Wonthaggi.
Cr Stephen Fullarton acknowledged the coun-
cil’s apparent lack of action in the first months of
“This is our third council meeting where we’ve
struggled to find money to do anything,” Cr Ful-
In May 2016, two wind turbine blades were of-
fered to the previous council following a visit with
Vison Super, the owners of the disused turbine
In the meeting last Wednesday, councillors voted
against endorsing the masterplan for the Guide
Park Wonthaggi and Wind Blades Creative Project,
and instead will now send a letter of thanks to Sen-
vion Australia for its in-kind support and for the
offer of the decommissioned wind blades.
Given Wonthaggi’s connection with wind energy
and the prominence of the wind turbines in town,
the previous council accepted the gift of two de-
commissioned 42m blades.
The blades were to be used in a public art piece,
to be tied in with the redevelopment of the Won-
thaggi Guide Park. Detailed landscape designs
for the Guide Park have already been completed,
along with the creative art design for the blades.
To date, $5000 of the allocated $50,000 public
art fund for 2015/16 has been spent on the proj-
Deputy Mayor Cr Brett Tessari put forth a mo-
tion not to endorse the masterplan for the Guide
Park Wonthaggi Wind Blades Creative Art/Play
Project, and to not proceed with the wind blade
public art installation project.
This is despite the previous council having al-
ready accepted the gift of the two wind blades, and
spending time and money on a design process and
“I haven’t spoken to anyone in the community
who is for this project,” Cr Tessari said.
“I have real reservations about spending $2 mil-
lion towards this down the track. We have so many
other important projects coming up.”
The Deputy Mayor, who was in favour of the
council spending up to $2 million for a new high-
ball facility for Wonthaggi, was quick to reject sug-
gestions that he is unsupportive of the arts.
“Let it be known that I am for art, and for local
art. I’m all for supporting our local artists but this
is just one that I can’t,” Cr Tessari said.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the
masterplan was grand in scale and not realistic for
council at present.
“The cost estimates to complete the entire proj-
ect range between $1.7 to $2.3 million, and we
have a number of other priorities to consider right
across the shire in the upcoming budget,” Cr Roth-
“The wind blades alone aren’t considered suit-
able for a public play space without the supporting
landscaping, therefore we have decided not to pro-
ceed with the art installation alone either.
“I would like to keep this alive for a little while
longer,” Cr Michael Whelan said.
“I’ve actually spoken to some local artists, who
felt that this was a worthy project. I am concerned
that we are establishing ourselves as art critics.”
Cr Clare Le Serve suggested that the matter be
deferred until further notice, to give councillors
more thinking time.
“I think the Guide Park is a great asset for Won-
thaggi, and I believe we do need a masterplan,
whether the wind blades is a part of that,” Cr Le
The motion to reject the gift of the wind turbine
blades and to not endorse the masterplan for the
Guide Park was won six to three, with councillors
Fullarton, Larke, Tessari, Rothfield, Ellis and Kent
voting in favour.
Only councillors Brown, Le Serve, and Whelan
voted to keep the project alive.
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FOSTER Police and Bass Coast CIU at Won-
thaggi are investigating the circumstances sur-
rounding a workplace accident at Foster over
the weekend in which a man was killed.
Police have been unable to confirm details but
reports from the town relate to the tragic death
of a local, middle aged man on a property, 3km
north of Foster, at Ameys Track.
The Mayor of Bass Coast, Pamela Roth-
field, voted against endorsing the Guide Park
Wonthaggi masterplan at a meeting held on
Wednesday, February 15. The Mayor is pic-
tured with Bass Coast Shire CEO Paul Buck-
Wind turbine art project
knocked back by council
A design by Orchard Design of a potential art installation utilising two donated wind turbine blades previously gifted to the Bass Coast
Shire Council. The council will now be returning the blades to the owners, Vison Super.
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