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One step closer for
Wonthaggi youth hub
THE team behind the proposed YES Youth
Hub has recently met with Bass Coast Shire
councillors, to ask for assistance in establish-
ing a hub in Wonthaggi.
A four bedroom house close to the centre of
town has been offered to the group for use as
a youth hub, allowing the provision of clinic-
based services to the young people of the com-
The YES Youth Hub working group has ap-
proached the council for an annual grant of
$25,500 to pay for the rent, utilities, insuranc-
es and maintenance of the building.
This is a smaller sum than the $300,000 that
would be needed to upgrade and renovate the
old CFA building in Watt Street; an idea that
was floated in late 2016.
After 10 months of searching for a suitable
building, a member of the community, Pat Wis-
hart, approached the working group in Novem-
ber 2016 to offer a suitable building for rent at
$500 per week on a three year lease arrange-
The building is located at 180 Graham Street,
General manager of Healthy Communities at
the Bass Coast Shire, David Elder, said the re-
quested sum of money was not readily available
in the current 2016/17 budget, but that if coun-
cillors wished to support the YES Youth Hub,
the funds might be earmarked for the upcom-
ing 2017/18 budget.
The YES Youth Hub group has also recently
employed a Project Establishment Worker for
Michael Feehan will be employed and based
with the YMCA until the YES Youth Hub has its
own building, and will continue with consultation
and engagement with the youth of Wonthaggi.
The proposed youth hub will be a multipur-
pose space, bringing together young people into
one location and deploying a variety of services
and programs that are focused on young people.
These include existing services and programs
that have previously operated separately or
with lower levels of integration, as well as new
programs designed to fill identified gaps in ser-
The hub model will enable participating or-
ganisations to share resources such as office
space, administration, coordination, planning,
and communications so that services can be
provided more efficiently.
In 2011, the Bass Coast Shire Council com-
missioned a feasibility study to assess commu-
nity support for a youth space.
The proposal grew from the Youth Services
Providers Network, a network of community
organisations and service providers including
Bass Coast Shire.
The working group aims to have a youth hub
established in the Wonthaggi community this
Touring San Remo for some inspiration were, from left, back, Cliff Burtt, San Remo Fore-
shore Committee of Management chairman Andy Chappell, Andrew Kasper, Annie Berlin,
Paul Jesse, Andy Kemp; front, Angela Newberry, Cr Pamela Rothfield, Dean Colls, Trish
Hart, Kirsty Mawer and Tides of Change community group’s Carol Blair.
San Remo focus for visiting artists
CAPTURING San Remo was the focus for
artists recently as they visited the town for
its upcoming public art project.
The eight artists came from across Victo -
ria to photograph and sketch the San Remo
foreshore in preparation for their concept
designs for the $45,000 Tides of Change
Public Art Project being delivered as part of
Bass Coast Shire Council’s annual Public
The site visit was hosted by Bass Coast
Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, and the coun-
cil’s Arts and Culture administration offi-
cer, Rebecca Scott.
Cr Rothfield said community representa-
tives also met with the artists on the day, as
it was important that the final artwork con-
nects to the site and reflects the San Remo
“C hairman of San Remo Foreshore Com-
mittee of Management, Andy Chappell,
spoke to the artists about the reserve,
how it is used and the committee’s future
plans, ” Cr Rothfield said.
“Speaking on behalf of the Tides of
Change community group, Carol Blair in-
spired the artists with the area’s history,
significance and other art projects planned
for San Remo.”
Feedback collected from the San Remo
community as part of the Tides of Change
workshops will influence the final designs.
The preferred design will be chosen by
a selection panel consisting of representa-
tives from local community, Phillip Island
San Remo Rotary, Tides of Change commu-
nity group, San Remo Foreshore Commit-
tee of Management, San Remo District and
Tourism Business, Regional Arts Victoria
and council representatives.
Qualified artists are invited to submit de-
sign concepts to the council by February 24.
Copies of the Expression of Interest and
online application form can be found at
Heavy fines for goose shooting
A 29 year old Donvale man was
convicted and fined $2000 and
ordered to pay costs of $84 at the
Ringwood Magistrates’ Court re-
cently for shooting a Cape Barren
Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandi-
ae) on Phillip Island in January
The man pleaded guilty to three
charges issued by the Department
of Environment, Land, Water and
Planning (DELWP) of hunting pro-
tected wildlife, animal cruelty and
aggravated animal cruelty.
He also pleaded guilty to a
number of other charges issued
by Victoria Police, including fire-
arms charges, unrelated driv-
ing offences and a charge for
For these charges he was con-
victed and placed on a Commu-
nity Corrections Order requiring
him to perform 125 hours of un-
paid community service over the
next 12 months.
In sentencing, the Magistrate
commented that the shooting of
the goose was “foolish, larkish
and without a sense of purpose”.
It is an offence to destroy or in-
terfere with protected wildlife and
severe penalties apply.
If you see something, say some-
thing and report environmental
and wildlife crime to DELWP on
136 186 or to Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000.
A Cape Barren goose. Photo: Nick Talbot.
POLICE within the Bass Coast Shire are
working hard to assure residents that the
renovations of the Cowes police station will
not impact the safety of the community.
Police will run two community informa-
tion sessions in March, touching on state
wide and local crime trends.
An information evening will be held at the
Old Post Office on Watt Street in Wonthaggi
on Monday, March 3 from 7.30pm.
A Cowes community night will also be
held on Wednesday, March 8 from 7.30pm.
Police will provide information regarding
the temporary closure of the Cowes police
station as it undergoes renovations, and
will also discuss state-wide crime statistics
For more information about these ses-
sions, contact the Wonthaggi police station
on 5671 4100.
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