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THIS year marks the 16th annual Rotary
District 9820 Ride to Conference. The ride
this year will be based around Hobart from
March 19 to 24.
Approximately 50 riders will cover 600km
over six days arriving to a reception in Hobart
at the commencement of the Rotary District
9820 Conference on Friday, March 24.
In the previous 15 years, the riders have
raised approximately $850,000 for Rotary
The bike riders from the Rotary Club of
Korumburra have raised approximately
$90,000 over that time towards this figure.
In 2017, the bike riders will be riding for
Life Education, Disaster Aid Australia and the
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon.
• Life Education is a non-government, inde-
pendent, registered charity which motivates
and encourages young people to make smart
life choices for a healthy future, free from the
harmful effects of drugs.
• Disaster Aid Australia is a global humani-
tarian project that aims to provide shelter,
warmth and comfort to people around the
world who have been left homeless after
natural disasters and wars. The Disaster Aid
Boxes contain a 10-person tent, thermal blan-
kets, collapsible water container and other
basic survival equipment.
• Gippsland Rotary Centenary House pro-
vides an affordable, comfortable, supportive
and secure accommodation facility for pa-
tients and their families attending the Cancer
Care Centre at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
The Rotary Club of Korumburra will have
five bike riders this year; John and Janette
Shandley, Peter and Dianne Biggins and Lola
Vos, who is the club’s Rotary exchange stu-
dent from Belgium.
John is one of only three people who has
ridden all 15 of the Ride to Conferences! A
If people would like to sponsor the riders
to help raise funds for the causes mentioned,
they can do so by visiting Burra Hardware,
87-89 Commercial Street, Korumburra.
There is a collection box in the store.
Riders from the Rotary Club of Korumburra, from left, Peter Biggins, Dianne Biggins,
Lola Vos, John Shandley and Janette Shandley will Ride to Conference this month.
Rotarians on the road again
I have been a resident of Inver-
loch for some 14 years and what
is very apparent to me is that the
local shire councils, state mem-
bers and federal members for
the South Gippsland/Bass Re-
gion have been dismal failures
when it comes to representing
the interests of this area.
Take the National Disability In-
surance Scheme as an example.
Where are the offices being lo-
cated for this scheme?
Gippsland it would seem, so
while jobs will be lost at the DHS
offices in Leongatha, the new
jobs will be based in the Latrobe
Valley and elsewhere.
Surely the residents of South
Gippsland deserve to have a
more local office with people in it
who understand the local area?
Why is it that South Gippsland
and particularly the Wonthaggi
area is constantly missing out
with regard to these sort of ini-
Bass Coast Shire in particular
is poorly served in a whole range
of health and welfare services
and if and when they do get lo-
cated in South Gippsland it is
generally at Leongatha (closer to
the Latrobe Valley for people to
commute from there) otherwise
it is the Latrobe City that gets
the services and the funding to
go with them.
Whatever our local politicians
and shire councils have been
doing in past years to represent
South Gippsland’s interests, it
doesn’t seem to be very effective.
Let’s hope the new council and
the present State Member can
be more effective.
Getting a local NDIS office in
Wonthaggi or Inverloch would be
a good start.
B.Social Welfare, Master Inter-
national & Community Devel-
I request that Bass Coast
Shire Council rejects any ap-
plication to begin a Planning
Scheme Amendment to rezone
any of the land to the north of
Cape Paterson (900 lots) until
a future strategic plan is devel-
oped which then should ensure
development happens primarily
in government designated high
growth areas rather than in gov-
ernment designated low growth
settlements like Cape Paterson.
The 2010 Cape Paterson
Community Plan developed by
the council and the local com-
munity highlighted the need to
retain the village atmosphere of
The doubling in size of Cape
Paterson will destroy the village
Bass Coast region already has
land supply well in excess of the
15 years supply required by the
If all the land is rezoned at one
time and a development plan
overlay is approved, the com-
munity and the councillors lose
any future input into modifying
The proposed development
should not continue until the
current land supply in Wont-
haggi and other growth areas set
aside are developed.
Council support on this mat-
ter is sought.
Roy McCartney, Strategic
Save the Cape
The 930 allotment housing
subdivision proposed for Cape
Paterson looms as a critical
juncture in Bass Coast’s future.
As was overwhelmingly obvi-
ous at the recent Cape Paterson
Residents and Ratepayers As-
sociation meeting this develop-
ment enjoys only the support
and a handful of vested parties.
The implications of such a
massive development should be
obvious to all who enjoy the nat-
ural beauty, beaches and heath-
lands of the Bunurong coast.
This includes the thousands of
Wonthaggi and district residents
who also consider the beaches,
waters and walking tracks their
backyard and a vital resource in
which to recreate and revive.
The peace and tranquillity and
minimalist development of Cape
is what has attracted and held so
many local and distant lovers.
Aside from risking the peace,
tranquillity, attractiveness and
amenity, to say nothing of the
obvious environmental impacts
resulting from increased popu-
lation, there remains another
significant consideration. Bass
Coast has been blessed having
not suffered the devastation of
wildfire during extreme summer
days, with past fires occurring
on lower risk days yet have pro-
vided a terrifying demonstration
of the ferociousness of heath-
Certainly a decision to double
the population, particularly as
the spectre of climate change
confronts us, is folly.
Council now has the oppor-
tunity to listen to the roar of
spontaneous consultation that
has occurred since this threat
loomed or throw their support
behind the developers.
Let’s hope that justice and
leadership wins the day as the
risks presented through this
overdevelopment are simply too
great for common sense not to
Jim Barritt, Cape Paterson.
No need for
There was a time, not so long
ago, when it was said in America
that ‘Greed is good’.
Well we all know where that
has taken America.
If we look at the current pro-
posal for development to the
north of Cape Paterson there is
only one thing driving it. Greed.
There is neither need nor de-
mand for this development.
There is already plenty of land
available and prices have not been
escalating due to lack of supply.
This is an attempt by a few
people to turn a beautiful place
of peace and respite into just an-
other suburb for their personal
I call on our representatives to
see this for what it is and reject
Andrew Whiteley, Cape Pat-
Tip backflip a
The Messiah has a new name;
it is not Brian. It is Kevin. Kevin
Kevin is worshipped by the
Bass Coast Cult of Fiscal Con-
He has been preaching the
mantra of rate capping and cost
cutting since before he stacked
the ballot papers with the names
of his followers.
Just like the Monty Python po-
litical religious satire ‘Life of Bri-
an’, Kevin’s worshippers follow
him without question because
they want to believe that some-
one will save them, even if they
don’t actually need salvation.
In a bizarre contradiction to
the Council Plan Principle and
his own cost cutting gospel, Kev-
in has theologised that the need
to dump hundreds of thousands
of dollars/annum in operating
costs and millions of dollars in
upgrade and clean-up costs into
the Inverloch tip is more impor-
tant than saving money.
Using political manoeuvring
that would make Machiavelli
proud, Messiah Kevin has man-
aged to convince the new council
to reverse the decision to shut
down the toxic time-bomb that
is the Inverloch tip.
Even Monty Python could not
come up with a plot twist this
Justification for keeping the
site open is based around “com-
munity need”; yet a perfectly
good transfer station is located
only minutes away in Wonthaggi.
A petition of over 600 people
is cited. Interesting that more
than 32 per cent of the petition-
ers were from Phillip Island. I
wonder how many Islanders
use the Inverloch transfer sta-
tion; how many are members
of Stand Alone, the co-worship-
pers of Kevin Griffin...
Every aspect of the decision to
keep the transfer station open
and delaying the rehabilitation
of the site is wrong.
Economically the site is un-
sustainable. The community
deserves to see a cost benefit
analysis of keeping the site open.
dumped an investment in the
future in the shape of the Cowes
Cultural Centre re-development
which had a cost benefit ratio
of 12.7:1. Is the cost benefit of
keeping the Inverloch tip site
open better than 12.7:1?
Our councillors must inform
our community of the real cost/
tonne of keeping the site open.
Environmentally, the site is
bounded by the Screw Creek Con-
servation and Reserve Zone and is
within a wildfire overlay area.
For these reasons alone the
site must be closed down. No
one can say what the cost of the
clean-up will finally be.
Every day the clean-up is de-
layed, the costs will increase.
This is in direct contradiction
to the cost cutting scripture of
Societally, in addition to being
bounded by a Conservation and
Reserve Zone, the site also bor-
ders residential property.
Residential land use is com-
pletely incompatible with the
former tip. Have we forgotten
the toxic gas fiasco of the Cran-
bourne landfill site only a few
Residents were forced to flee
their homes when methane gas
was discovered in houses al-
lowed to be built next to a for-
Who will foot the bill should a
similar disaster occur here; will
it be Kevin Griffin?
The only justification for keep-
ing the site open is political.
Keeping the Inverloch tip open is
nothing more than a demonstra-
tion that the Messiah can deliver
on his promises.
You are correct Kevin; the new
crop of councillors you helped
install are not dancing to the
tune of the CEO; they are wor-
shipping before you.
I commend Cr Michael Whelan
for opposing this ludicrous eco-
nomically, environmentally and
societally unsustainable proposal.
I suppose I will draw solace
from the words of words of
Monty Python: Always look on
the bright side of life...
PS: I have over 30 years’ expe-
rience in the operation of land-
fill sites, recycling facilities and
Robbie J Viglietti, Phillip
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