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New childcare centre
for Inverloch approved
A VCAT ruling has granted permission for
a childcare centre to be constructed in Park
The applicants behind the proposal, Mr G
Kilby and Mrs M Baker, made an appeal to
VCAT after the Bass Coast Shire Council pre-
viously refused to grant a building permit for
The original application for the development
of the childcare centre received 32 objections.
Deliberations took place at a hearing on Feb-
ruary 20, with residents alerted to the resulting
decision via email on Friday.
In May 2016, councillors agreed with objec-
tions from residents on Park Street, and vetoed
the plan on the basis that the site was not ap-
propriate, as it was based in a residential area
that would see traffic congestion increase.
At least 20 residents of Park Street attend-
ed the VCAT hearing, and were aghast to hear
that the decision ruled in favour of approving a
childcare centre at 31-33 Park Street.
The proposed centre would be a single sto-
rey building measuring 627 square metres, in-
cluding four separate rooms for the children,
as well as kitchen, staff areas, and 886 square
metres of landscaped outdoor play areas.
Placements at the centre are estimated at
115 available spaces for babies through to
children aged six.
The centre is proposed to operate with 13
staff between the hours of 7am to 7pm, Mon-
day to Friday.
Vehicle access to the site will be from Cashin
Street via a new double width crossover, while
26 car parking spaces will be provided on the
site which exceeds the statutory car parking re-
“The VCAT member took no notice of the
shire council’s decision, nor the neighbour’s
objections, and made the decision based on
the town’s growing need for a childcare centre,”
resident Tad Golian said.
At present, Inverloch has only one kindergar-
ten and one primary school, despite consistent
increases in population and the development of
“The VCAT member believed that the local
roads will carry the capacity of increased traf-
fic, and that there would be sufficient parking
on site,” Tad said.
“They also said that neighbours cannot object
to the noise of children, loss of property value,
or the childcare centre being a business.”
The decision made by VCAT now sets a prec-
edent for similar large childcare centres in resi-
“The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter if the
council or a large number of neighbours object,
nor if there is a covenant on the property if it is
a business permitted to operate in a residential
“That’s the way democracy has gone.”
At least 30 diesel generators have been deployed to the controversial Wonthaggi desal plant, in an attempt to deliver the state’s first water
order on time.
Desal diesel desperation
The design for a proposed childcare centre
in Park Street, Inverloch. The applicant took
the council’s decision against granting a per-
mit to VCAT.
A FAULT at the Wonthaggi desalination plant
has forced operators to resort to a back-up
power supply in the push to meet the plant’s
first water order.
At least 30 diesel generators have been
trucked to the plant over the past week, in an
attempt to deliver the State Government’s wa-
ter order of 50GL by June 30.
In December 2016, a faulty power cable inter-
rupted operations, and threatened Aquasure’s
plan to deliver $3.5 billion water order.
Under the multi-billion dollar desal contract,
if the water doesn’t flow by the deadline then
Aquasure could stand to lose $27 million paid
for the order.
However, with water storage levels currently
sitting at over 67 per cent capacity, many peo-
ple are questioning whether the water order is
Bass MP Brian Paynter said it was clearly a ri-
diculous situation for the State Government to
waste millions of dollars on water from the de-
salination plant that it obviously did not need
He called on the government to come clean
with the power situation at the Wonthaggi plant
and why it was necessary for the operators to
be moving a large number of diesel generators
into position to power the plant.
Committee member for Watershed Victoria,
Stephen Cannon, said that it was a futile en-
deavour to push forth with the non-essential
“If as reported the incoming power supply
cable is unserviceable and diesel generators are
to be needed to meet the 50GL order, it makes
no sense at all to run these with their atten-
dant greenhouse gases, noise and community
risks such as trucking in the massive volume of
diesel fuel, to supply non-essential water,” Mr
“There must be an opportunity to forego the
order and release Aquasure from supplying, to
save the diesel generation and enormous costs
entailed, release the public from unnecessary
expenditure reportedly amounting to $27 mil-
lion which can be used for badly needed com-
munity facilities in Bass Coast or elsewhere,
and keep our Bass Coast community clean and
“A win-win-win for all should be possible.
‘Heads in the sand’ won’t do.”
CEO of Aquasure, Matt Brassington, said
that the generators would be a temporary solu-
tion, only to be used if repairs take longer than
“We do not anticipate that it will be required,”
A faulty power cable that has not been mended is threatening the timely delivery of the
plant’s 50GL water order by June 30.
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