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What an absolutely fabulous weekend we
had for the Superbikes!
The weather was divine and the event at-
tracted such a lovely crowd.
It was fantastic to see our ‘adopted son’, Jon-
athan Rea, win by a whisker (or 0.025 seconds
to be precise!) and the crowd went absolutely
The Superbikes is such a great event for
Phillip Island, and Bass Coast as a whole, with
the region busy with visitors across the entire
We continued our community consultation
for the Bass Coast Skate Strategy 2016-2026
in late February.
There was a huge turnout at the Cowes event,
and it as great to see some of our local teens
getting involved at the Wonthaggi session. Un-
fortunately, we had to cancel Grantville’s turn
due to a lack of attendance; however we have
heard many calls for skate facilities in the Wa-
terline and we still really need your input!
The sessions provided skate park enthusi-
asts the opportunity to share their thoughts
on what they use facilities for, where their
most and least favourite park is located inside
and outside of Bass Coast, and, where future
parks should be located in terms of size and
I cannot stress enough that if you like to see
these projects become a reality, we need to
hear from you!
We understand people aren’t always avail-
able to attend community engagement ses-
sions, so we now have an online survey avail-
able that you can complete to help us ensure
the strategy is well informed from community
members across the entire shire. You can find
a link to the survey online at www.basscoast.
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi | DX 34903 | Wonthaggi PO Box 118, Wonthaggi
VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 | email@example.com
Council is working on a Biodiversity Biolinks Plan to map areas of native bushland in the Shire
and identify linkages that will provide key environmental corridors. This will increase the amount
of habitat in the region and allow ora and fauna to move from place to place. The Biolinks Plan
will guide future revegetation and remnant protection projects and provide a strategic approach
by identifying where the greatest environmental return for investment exists. We would like
your feedback on these maps and invite you to a workshop to identify key linkages from the
maps and provide advice on the opportunities and dif culties in seeing them established on
the ground. There will be three workshops focussing on the Powlett, Anderson Inlet and Coastal
Plains regions, Bass Valley and waterline communities, and Phillip Island region.
The workshops will be held on:
Thursday, 9 March from 12.00pm to 3.00pm – Kernot Hall, Kernot
Friday, 17 March from 12.00pm to 3.00pm – State Coal Mine, Garden St, Wonthaggi
Wednesday, 29 March from 12.00pm to 3.00pm – Phillip Island Winery, 414 Berrys Beach Rd,
Please book into your nearest session through Bass Coast Landcare by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5678 2335 or 0488 399 151. A light lunch will
be served at each event, so please include any dietary requirements in your RSVP.
Council is currently reviewing its Road Management Plan. The current plan can be viewed on our
website www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/assetplans or at any of our Customer Service Centres.
We would like your comments to help draft the new Plan.
The sections of the Plan that are being updated are:
Sections: 2.1 – 2 .6, 2.7 and 2.9
Appendix 3: Routine maintenance service targets and response times
Appendix 6: Inspection frequencies – evidence based / risk based / proactive program
(speci cally risk-based)
Any comments about the Road Management Plan can be directed to Council’s Asset
Management Coordinator, Clare Gibson at PO Box 118 Wonthaggi VIC 3995 or via email at
Road Management Plan Review
Council is currently recruiting for the following positions:
• Principal Planner
• Visitor Services Of cer
Applications close on Sunday, 12 March 2017.
For more information visit Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/careers.
The next Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 in the Council
Chamber, Bass Coast Civic Centre, Baillieu Street East, 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
Ordinary Council Meeting
Do you have old tools?
Rotary Club of Wonthaggi’s
Tools for Timor project
We thank you for your donations
and note that the appeal
has been extended to
Friday, March 31
Graeme Sprague - President
Brian Davidson 5672 2002,
Gary Sharrock 5672 5812 HM3408
Saturday, March 18 at Dumbalk Hall
8am to 1pm
Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle
Wide range of stalls booked in
Stalls $15 inside and out
Bookings Bev 5664 4344 / 0429 644 349,
Julie 5664 4266.
Dumbalk Annual Village Market
IN lieu of the upcoming 2017/18 budget,
Bass Coast Shire councillors have requested
that a report of the shire’s current financial
state be released by April 2017.
Councillors are leaning heavily on their com-
mitment to financial conservatism, and are
being cautious with any spending until the
2017/18 draft budget is released.
At a council meeting on Wednesday, February
15, Cr Les Larke put forth a motion asking that
the council’s financial sustainability risk indi-
cators be identified and outlined in a report.
Cr Larke said the report should outline the
council’s net result, liquidity ratio, internal
financing, indebtedness, capital replacement,
and renewal gap.
Cr Larke also put forth a motion which in-
sists that the council be informed in future of
the full design and construction costs of ma-
jor projects, maintenance costs, and operating
cash flow requirements of new, upgraded, or
expanded capital works proposals.
Both of the motions, Cr Larke stated, were
to keep the council disciplined in their future
financial decision making.
“When proposals come before us, it’s essen-
tial we understand the financial implications,
and don’t just run without understanding
them,” Cr Larke said.
“This is important for the community, for us
to maintain this level of transparency.”
Cr Julian Brown agreed.
“This will strengthen our financial gover-
nance,” Cr Brown said.
“When we decide to go forth with projects,
we need to know the real costs.
“I think this is a great tick in the box for dis-
closure; it tells the public the full costs, and I
think that’s a great thing,” Cr Bruce Kent added.
The requested report, which is due to be
delivered to councillors at the April 2017 or-
dinary meeting, will also be presented to the
council at each monthly meeting from April
In addition, a review of the monthly perfor-
mance reporting regime covering financial and
non-financial implementation will be delivered
by October 2017.
THE first Luminous Streets project is con-
tinuing to engage the community, with Bass
Valley Primary School students contributing
The Luminous Streets project will see
light-based sculptures and installations con-
structed using reclaimed plastics and self-
constructed light electrics.
The sculptures and installations will con-
tribute to a series of outdoor light galleries on
the water’s edge parks of Pioneer Bay, Tenby
Point, Corinella, Coronet Bay and Grantville.
The installations will be placed in trees, in
the ground and on existing structures, and
will respond to the unique identity of each
On Sunday, April 8 the lights will turn on,
displaying beautiful luminous gardens in
Five different artists are working with stu-
dents and each student will produce one or
One of the organisers of the project, Jessica
Wilson, said the idea of the project is to have
everyone feel invested in the galleries and
have a feeling of ownership.
“ I t’s about reimagining places as a different
place, ” she said.
“The class I’m working with are making lu-
minous light globes on the end of sticks.
“ The kids are really responsive to what
we’re doing and really enthusiastic.
“ What’s really great about it is they get to
do something that’s non-traditional in terms
of art and think about the individual artistry
and the lighting.
“ The kids have found it fun and interest-
ing to put batteries in lights and see how they
come up and what different materials do un-
“When they see their work in the dark it will
be very exciting. ”
The Luminous Street light galleries will be
launched on Sunday, April 8 with a simulta-
neous light-up, and then audiences can ex-
plore the different towns to enjoy the quiet
splendour of each community’s offering in a
Celebration Night with a difference.
Food stalls will be chosen with a progres-
sive dinner in mind – soup in one town, sau-
sages in another, homemade pies, cake and
ice cream, and coffee.
Audiences can view the galleries in any or-
der starting in any town at any time between
sunset and 11 pm.
Free mini-buses decorated with playful
lights will transport audiences between the
towns, enabling people to meet each other en-
Local musicians will play acoustically at
each gallery, and children will lead tours of
their own town’s gallery.
The Grade 3/4V class at Bass Valley Primary School has been kept
busy producing sculptures for the upcoming Luminous Streets project.
Bass Valley Primary School student Zachary Copeland with his
sculpture to contribute to the Luminous Streets project.
School kids help Waterline light up
Financial risks to
be outlined in report
Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council
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