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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The remaining workshops will be held on:
• 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
Please book into your nearest session through Bass Coast Landcare by emailing
email@example.com 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 recruiting for the following positions:
• Recreation and Open Space Planner
Applications close on Sunday, 26 March 2017.
For more information visit Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/careers.
THE ‘human headline’ himself, Senator
Derryn Hinch, has tweeted that he was ab-
solutely delighted with his first visit to Inver-
loch at the weekend to open the 24th annual
Inverloch Rotary Jazz Festival Parade organ-
ised by the Rotary Club of Inverloch.
The crowd of locals and holidaymak-
ers, estimated as the biggest in the last 10
years, lined the main street and taking pride
of place in the centre of the street was the
“This was Rotary’s best parade with over
30 community groups participating, 40 vehi-
cles and more than 300 people taking part, ”
Rotary president Rosa Turner said.
“The Parade went for almost an hour
through the main streets of Inverloch.”
After presenting the parade awards, Sena-
tor Hinch stayed around for photos with visi-
tors and locals alike.
“He was most generous with his time,” said
a Rotary spokesman.
He tweeted as follows: “First visit to Inver-
loch: The Ode at RSL last night. Float parade
judge Inverloch Jazz Festival today. Great
music at Community Hub. ”
Special guest Derryn Hinch presents The Inverloch Garden Club with $400 from Inverloch
Rotary as the winners of the best parade entry in last Saturday’s Inverloch Jazz Festival Parade.
Senator Hinch votes
for Inverloch festival
Senator Derryn Hinch presents the winners of the best children’s float, the Wonthaggi Ba-
ton Twirlers Association, with their Inverloch Jazz Festival Parade award.
LOSING your beloved pet can be an up-
setting and stressful situation for the whole
If your pet is registered and microchipped,
however, your dog or cat has a much higher
chance of being returned to you if it ends up
in an animal shelter or vet clinic.
Pet registrations this year are due on April
10, with notices due to arrive in mailboxes
within the next week.
Under Victorian law, every cat and dog
three months of age and over must be regis-
tered with their local council.
Pets being registered for the first time must
also be microchipped prior to registration.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield,
said registering your pet is a key part of be-
ing a responsible owner.
“No family wants to experience the distress
of losing a pet,” Cr Rothfield said.
“If your cat or dog does go missing, one of
the best ways to ensure it can be returned to
you is for your pet to be registered and wear-
ing a council identification tag, and it’s also
important to make sure your contact details
are kept up-to-date, including your current
address and phone number.”
As of April 10, 2017, two new orders in re-
lation to the responsible ownership of cats in
the shire will also come into effect.
From this date, the council will not register
a new cat unless the cat is de-sexed or is ex-
empt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994
and cat owners will be required to contain
their cats to their property between sunset
and sunrise, unless restrained and in the
presence of their owner.
Cr Rothfield said the aim of the new orders
are to protect wildlife, reduce instances of
cats causing a nuisance to neighbours, re-
ducing unwanted litters of kittens and, ulti-
mately, making all cats safer.
“Roaming cats, both domestic and feral,
have a significant impact on our environ-
ment,” Cr Rothfield said.
“On average, the council receives around
150 requests each year from people wanting
to borrow one of the council’s free cat traps
to deal with a nuisance cat on their property
and responds to around 80 complaints in re-
lation to cats at large, indicating that stray
cats are causing a nuisance.”
When it comes to feral cats, the council is
working closely with Phillip Island Nature
Parks and Parks Victoria who are active on
the ground implementing feral cat reduc-
tion programs on French Island and Phillip
For more information on cat ownership
and the new controls, contact the council’s
Local Laws Team at local.laws@basscoast.
vic.gov.au, or call them on 1300 BCOAST
(226 278) or 5671 2211.
If you have a new pet, you can also chat to
the Local Laws Team about what you need to
do to register them.
Don’t paws to register
New cat laws will come into effect in Bass Coast as of 10 April 2017
AFTER celebrating International Women’s Day
in the past week, I’d like to highlight the women
of Bass Coast. We have so many dynamic women
we come into contact with every day. While it is
impossible to single out any one person, I thought
I’d mention some of the incredible women I have
had the pleasure of meeting with recently.
I once again had the opportunity of talking to the
Legacy widows in Cowes in the past week. Legacy
and the Legatees who devote their time are to be
congratulated for supporting this service to our
community, as is the RSL, who provides the venue
The wonderful social interaction and friendships
that this group fosters are crucial for a healthy and
In this the week of International Woman’s Day,
we have ladies of a senior age group, running their
committees and ‘getting the job done’ in a sensi-
tive, caring and fun way. It is always a delight for
me to attend these meetings.
To the other end of the age spectrum, I also at-
tended a Youth Leadership Forum held by the Ro-
tary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo.
It was great to see some familiar faces from our
Bass Coast Young Leaders awards a couple of
The guest speaker on the night was Holly Ran-
som, who – to put it simply – is just awesome.
Her credentials are outstanding; she holds a
Bachelor of Economics/Law, has been named by
Westpac and The Australian Financial Review as
Cr Pamela Rothfield,
being one of Australia’s top 100 women of influ-
ence, is the youngest ever female director of an
AFL football club having been appointed to the
board of Port Adelaide, and was the co-chair of
the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, which became the
first Youth Summit in G20 history to influence the
world leaders declaration.
In 2012, Holly became the world’s youngest ever
president of a Rotary Club and in 2016, was ap-
pointed chair of the United Nations Global Coali-
tion of Young Women Entrepreneurs.
The list of world leaders she has met in her rela-
tive young life is astounding. It was a privilege to
hear her speak and I have no doubt she encour-
aged, motivated and inspired all of the young peo-
ple (and us older ones!) in the room.
While we’re on the topic of young leaders, I
would also like to acknowledge our two wonder-
ful 2017 Young Leaders from St Joseph’s Primary
School, Eve Pollitt and Isaac Seuren, who were re-
gretfully missed off the list we issued following the
Eve is known for being a mature and confident
student who is always ready and willing to help
her peers, show empathy for others and is happy
to help around the school without seeking recogni-
Isaac is a wonderful role model for his peers
who has the courage to stand up for what he be-
lieves in and sets a fantastic example both inside
and outside the classroom.
Having spoken to a group of Wonthaggi Second-
ary College students last Friday about what makes
a great leader, both Eve and Isaac are perfect ex-
amples – it’s not about being the best at something,
or the smartest, or the most confident person in
Being a leader can mean doing as little as being
there to help a friend when they need it, or encour-
aging those around you to do their best.
With so many of our own inspiring young lead-
ers, Bass Coast certainly has a very bright future
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