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SOUTH Gippsland Council-
lors Maxine Kiel and Lorraine
Brunt have both welcomed the
proposed rezoning of land lo-
cated at 943 and 945 Berrys
Creek Road, Mirboo North,
to General Residential Zone 1
(GRZ), as it complements the
existing pattern of housing de-
velopment in the town.
And after council voted
unanimously last Wednesday
to approve the change, it will
now be submitted to the Min-
ister for Planning, Richard
Wynne, for his approval.
The Amendment C103 will
rezone approximately 4.2 hect-
ares adjoining an area on the
eastern side of Berrys Creek
Road already zoned GRZ and
developed for detached hous-
es. With appropriate road ac-
cess, the rezoning has the ca-
pacity to accommodate up to
35 new houses.
“It fits in well with other zon-
ing in the area and the strate-
gic plan,” said Cr Kiel, noting
that it would connect to the
sewerage system and develop-
er contributions would pay for
THE Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club has
made an appeal to the Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil for funds to commence construction of a
The existing facility, built in 1969, is rapidly
deteriorating and has insufficient storage for
equipment and inadequate space for members
to gather together.
While the club has raised $500,000 for the
rebuild thus far, and the State Government has
committed $1.5 million to the project, a gap of
$2.6 million remains.
Life Saving Victoria has identified the club-
house as its top priority for a rebuild.
Members of the club, including building proj-
ect coordinator Kate McLoughlin and treasurer
Keith Bartel made a plea to the Bass Coast
Shire Council recently, asking for assistance in
bridging the financial gap.
They asked the council to appoint and pro-
vide a project manager, make a financial con-
tribution to the building redevelopment of up
to $600,000, and to assist in obtaining further
funding by making submissions to both the
Federal and State Governments.
The club estimate that, through concentrated
fundraising efforts, another $500,000 could be
raised for the construction of a new clubhouse.
However, they still need help from the Bass
Coast Shire Council.
With a 60 per cent increase in members in the
past four years, the clubhouse is in desperate
need of a rebuilt, and fast.
“The walls of the building are at serious risk
of collapsing, the overall building has become
unfit for purpose, and it’s really far too small to
house all our equipment and allow for growth
within the club,”
project coordinator Kate
Mayor Pamela Rothfield thanked the attend-
ing members for their time, and took copies of
the presentation made by the club.
The lifesaving club has a deadline issued by
the State Government; the funding of $1.5 mil-
lion is only committed if the build is completed
Lifesavers ask council for funds
More land for Mirboo North
COWES business owners are
fed up with graffiti and tags in
the main street of the visitor
A number of businesses were
hit in January, with police ar-
resting the young vandals from
Some businesses have had
the graffiti cleaned off at their
own expense, while other graf-
fiti has been left on walls for a
number of weeks.
Until recently, there was an
offensive tag on one wall facing
Thompson Avenue, which read
‘F*** the police’.
Deb Sullivan, who owns re-
tail shop Deborucci’s in the
heart of Cowes, is calling on
the council to take action and
have the graffiti cleaned up
“Everywhere on the inter-
net shows that the longer you
leave it there, the worse it is.
It looks like the town doesn’t
care, it looks really low socio-
economic,” she said.
“A cruise ship of 5000 peo-
ple was here last weekend and
teams were here on the week-
end for Superbikes – it’s not a
“They’re trying to build the
branding and uplift everything
and then they leave that sort of
The council’s manager Com-
munity Health and Wellbeing,
Claire Smith said council re-
moves graffiti from council as-
“It’s disappointing when
you’re the victim of a crime
and in turn, have to clean it
up, but the Local Law does re-
quire property owners to clean
graffiti on their own proper-
ties,” she said.
“We are aware that some
metro councils do assist with
graffiti removal, in some in-
stances at a cost to the busi-
“Community Safety Officers
are contacting the property
owners and occupiers and en-
couraging them to clean it off
the side of their buildings.
“It was encouraging to hear
that the police have made
some successful arrests in re-
gard to the graffiti vandalism
in Cowes over the summer.”
Vandals stopped short of
destroying murals near Pino’s
Trattoria, and Deb believes art
could be a way to fix the prob-
“Everywhere where there’s a
mural, it doesn’t get touched
and it doesn’t get tagged,” Deb
“Everybody says ‘let’s just
have murals’, and towns are
famous for murals.
“The architecture in Cowes
is so ‘hotch potch’, it would
be one way of joining the town
and making it look cohesive.”
Ms Smith said council would
be happy to have conversa-
tions with community mem-
bers who are proposing new
strategies to combat graffiti.
“Reducing the incidence of
graffiti takes a whole commu-
nity effort,” she said.
In the meantime, if your
business is targeted by van-
dals, report it to police, take
photos for evidence, then
clean it off as soon as possible,
as most graffiti is easier to re-
move if done so quickly.
Cowes business owner Deb Sullivan is fed up with graffiti taking over the streets of the
town and is calling on the Bass Coast Shire Council to act. rg020917
A 19 year old Korumburra
man who went out driving after
getting home late from a party
lost his licence for 17 months
in the Korumburra Magistrates’
Court last week.
Jared Chesterfield admitted
to consuming 10 cans of bour-
bon and coke between 6pm and
3am at a private party in Ko-
rumburra on May 15 last year,
after which he was given a lift
But he told police, during an
interview later, that he couldn’t
sleep when he got home and de-
cided to go out driving, “to make
him more tired”.
“I’m sorry, could you repeat
that please,” Magistrate Simon
Garnet asked the police pros-
Prosecutor, Senior Constable
Ange Wilken-Eilers, repeated
that part of the summary and
went on to say that Chesterfield
lost control of his 1998 Hyundai
car on a gravel road at the in-
tersection of Elmores Road and
Nason Street, at 4.45am on Sun-
day, May 15, and hit a small tree.
Unable to get out of the driv-
er’s side door, he got out of the
window and called his father
but he was later taken to hos-
pital, with back and leg pain,
where he provided a blood sam-
ple at 7.10am.
The blood sample was later
tested to have a 0.142 alcohol
Magistrate Garnett told the
young man that it was fortunate
he didn’t kill himself or some-
one else and that he should
have been ‘double zero’, not al-
most three times the legal limit
for a full licence holder.
Chesterfield admitted it was
stupid and he had been an “id-
In handing down the pen-
alty, he exceeded the 14 month
minimum cancellation and
made it 17 months off the road,
also adding a $1500 fine with
Drink drive ‘idiot’ gets 17 months
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