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THE cleanliness of the Bass Coast Shire
Council’s public facilities has been questioned
by an eagle-eyed member of the community.
Public toilets in Cowes have attracted the at-
tention of visitors and tourists, for all the wrong
With sanitary bins overflowing, sand piling up
in doorways, and a general state of untidiness,
Kilcunda resident Eileen Burns approached the
council to express her concern.
In a community consultation session on
Wednesday, February 8, Eileen made a presen-
tation to the council, asking what they were
planning on doing about the standard of clean-
liness across the shire.
“My question is, due to the poor standard of
cleaning of public facilities in the Bass Coast
Shire, will the shire be reviewing the current
contract?” Eileen asked.
Eileen’s cleaning company, J&E Burns Clean-
ing, held the cleaning contract with the Bass
Coast Shire Council for 20 years.
In 2016, the contract was not renewed, with
the previous council signing on a new cleaning
In its tender for Public Amenities Cleaning,
the council stated it was seeking a “suitably ex-
perienced contractor to provide a high quality
cleaning service for public toilets, barbecues,
rotundas and table and seat sets throughout
the shire. The initial contract term is for three
years with an extension option of up to four
years, to be offered at council’s discretion.”
Now, a disgruntled Eileen said the standard
of cleanliness has slipped.
“I’ve been to Cowes, I’ve spoken to shop own-
ers, and the comments from the tourists are
bad. They’re saying that they’re bad, and are
asking if they’re getting cleaned.”
Island ward councillor, Cr Stephen Fullarton,
agreed with Eileen’s comments.
“You don’t have to tell me twice,” Cr Fullarton
“My office is in the main street of Cowes, and I
am confronted with this on a daily basis. Some-
thing has to give, we can’t just put up with this.”
Eileen commented on the state of toilets
across Phillip Island, noting the urinal at the
Newhaven boat ramp was blocked up with
leaves at 8.40am.
“Because that urinal is blocked up, there is ef-
fluent from the urinal everywhere,” Eileen said.
“The sad part is these Newhaven toilets had
a makeover before Christmas. They had the
floors all painted; it should have been a plea-
sure to clean.”
The council’s Infrastructure general manager
Felicity Sist said that the council is dedicated
to a high standard of cleaning across the shire.
“Council continues to be committed to ensur-
ing the current contractor performs to an ac-
ceptable level that is in line with the contract
“Council officers continue to meet regularly
with the current contractors to ensure we are
monitoring the contract performance closely.”
The Bass Coast Shire Council encourages
members of the community with concerns re-
lating to the performance of any of their con-
tractors to contact the shire on 1300 226 278,
5671 2211, or via email at basscoast@bass-
standard has slipped
ON THE back of the great success and fun
had at the Thorpdale Potato Festival’s ‘Hessians
on the Field’, local personality Jaci Hicken is
this year bringing four dresses, with her staff
members to the competition.
Outfits must be made from new or recycled
hessian or potato bags and are judged on ‘Most
Creative Outfit’ and ‘Most Creative Design’ in
both over 16 and under 16 events, on Sunday,
The Thorpdale festival had been a highlight of
the local area since 1977, and was revived after
hard work by the locals to re-launch in 2015.
Jaci and her staff from Jacican Food Stu-
dio, located in the original Mirboo North dairy
building, have had four individual dresses de-
signed using Hessian by Melbourne designer,
Moz Corrie, who has also been heavily involved
with Leongatha’s Lyrical Theatre in the past.
Not to give away too much information, the
four outfits have been designed to flatter each
of the ladies’ form, all are very different but
quite dressy, including day wear dresses, eve -
ning dress and formal wear.
Jacican will have a special stand at the festi-
val, where Jaci will again have her famous po-
tato macarons, white chocolate (clean spuds),
dark chocolate (dirty spuds), and dark choco-
late vodka (very dirty spuds). All macarons are
made with real potato of course!
Jaci and her staff will then make a mad dash
over to the ‘Hessians On the Field’ at noon
where you can see them in all their finery.
The Thorpdale Potato Festival will be held on
the Thorpdale Recreation Reserve on Sunday,
It will be a fun filled day, with many attrac-
tions including potato picking and stacking
competitions, sheep shearing, sheep dog trials,
vintage machinery, historic car displays, CFA
road rescue, professional wood chop, fashion,
dance, photography, free kids activities, live
music and more than 100 food and market
All frocked up for Potato Festival
Jaci Hicken in her hessian daywear dress at her Food Studio in Mirboo North.
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