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NATIONAL Ride2School Day is the perfect
opportunity for Bass Coast students to em-
brace a healthier lifestyle by changing how they
get to school, whether that’s on a bike, scooter,
skateboard, or walking.
Bass Coast Shire Council encourages schools
and families to take part in Ride2School Day
this Friday, March 17 and experience the bene-
fits of a happier, heathier, more active commute.
Riding to school is strongly supported in
Each year the council applies for funding to
provide bike education and refresher training
to teachers, police and community volunteers.
The funding is provided through VicRoads’
Community Road Safety Partnership and co -
ordinated through the Bass Coast Community
Road Safety Committee.
These bike education programs explain road
rules and safety skills to pedestrians and cy-
clists, providing children and young people
with the knowledge to safely ride to and from
school and daily activities.
The Phillip Island Bicycle Users Group is
working closely with Cowes Primary and Ne-
whaven Primary on their Ride2School day ac-
tivities and will provide escort riders to help
students get to school safely.
Victoria Police and the council is support-
ing schools by providing additional patrols in
school zones to increase safety, and the council
has provided riding/scooting/walking maps to
some schools to help children plan a route to
get to school safely.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
the advocacy from local schools and Victoria
Police, and the support provided through bike
education programs are paramount in encour-
aging healthy lifestyles and developing a strong
and active community.
“The benefits of riding, scooting or walking
for children include improving fitness, friend-
ships, and their confidence,” Cr Rothfield said.
“It’s a free, practical and fun way for children
to get more active, and is also a great way to
spend quality time with your children.
“If riding the whole way to school isn’t fea-
sible, parking a few blocks away and walking or
scooting the rest of the way is still a great way
to get involved.”
With potentially more kids riding, scooting
or walking to school, the council also asks all
drivers to pay special attention around schools
during drop-off and pick-up times.
Council and Victoria Police will be monitor-
ing school crossings and driver behaviour gen-
erally around schools during coming weeks to
promote safer behaviour around schools.
Jenson and Anabelle Bremner are excited to take part in National Ride2School Day on
Friday, March 17 under the watchful eye of School Crossing Supervisor, Judy Hughes.
Skate, scoot and
ride to school
VOLUNTEERS from across the region
joined forces to fill their rubbish bags and
clean up our environment on Sunday, March
This year there were a total of 17 Clean Up
Australia sites registered across Bass Coast
At Cape Paterson, 29 eager helpers collect-
ed 10 bags of rubbish and 10 bags of recy-
cling from the Cape Paterson beaches, with
glass alcoholic beverage bottles being the
most collected item.
The Cape Paterson clean up also included
the removal of two couches from the surf
beaches with the help of the local surf life -
At the Scenic Estate Reserve on Phillip Is-
land, a much smaller team of six collected
10 bags of rubbish and recycling, and the 1st
Inverloch Scout Group did their bit by clean-
ing up from the Scout Hall in Reilly Street
all the way to Rainbow Park and The Glade.
The Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group tar-
geted a local public bushland area, the Won-
“I t was pleasing to see the Wetlands in such
excellent condition with very little litter,” co -
ordinator for the Wonthaggi site, Liz Glynn,
“However, the majority of rubbish collected
was wind-driven litter from the Wonthaggi
Plaza Car Park. ”
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield,
said it was fantastic to see so many people
involved in the Clean Up Australia Day ini-
“I am always inspired and impressed by
the contributions of volunteers in our com-
munity, ” Cr Rothfield said.
“Whether it be picking up rubbish or coor-
dinating a group and organising a registered
site, the efforts of these volunteers make a
valuable contribution to Bass Coast and do
not go unnoticed.”
Clean Up Australia Day is an annual event
to remind us of our responsibility to help
protect and care for our environment.
If you missed out on being involved this
year’s Clean Up Day, don’t worry – you can
participate in keeping our environment clean
every day of the year by being mindful and
responsible about litter.
Members of the Ist Inverloch Scout group help out on Clean Up Australia Day.
Cleaning up Bass Coast
John and Eleanor Griffin from Meeniyan have welcomed a
beautiful baby girl named Claire Margaret Rose Griffin, born
on March 1 at the Leongatha Hospital.
Laycie Gwen-Lorraine Matthews was born on February 26
at the Leongatha Hospital. Laycie is the second daughter for
Sam and Louise of Leongatha and a baby sister for Mylee,
soon to be five.
Ayden Blake Van Gisbergen was born on February 21 at the
Leongatha Hospital. Ayden is the first child for Justin and
April of Leongatha.
Matteo James North was born on February 12 at the Leon-
gatha Hospital. Matteo is the first baby for Matthew and Jade
of Inverloch and first grandchild for Tony and Leann Ciccia.
Tylah Jordan Marriott was born on February 28 at the Le-
ongatha Hospital. Tylah is the first daughter for James and
Jessica of Leongatha and a baby sister for Dallas who is two.
Max Graham Geitz was born on March 1 at the Leongatha
Hospital. Max is the first baby for Ben and Jemima of Koon-
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