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Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
AOD FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
For family members, significant others and supporters of people
struggling with addiction and susbtance abuse
WHERE: Bass Coast Health - San Remo, 1 Back Beach Road
WHEN: Fridays 10am-12noon (morning tea supplied)
This program is facilitated by BCH Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counsellors and
peer support volunteers and will help participants to be better equipped in knowing
what to do if a friend or relative is struggling with addiction or any substance abuse.
For more information please phone Bass Coast Health on 5671 3278 or 5951 2100.
Waterline district residents often drive more than 30 minutes to do grocery shopping dur-
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Grantville’s pushing hard for a supermarket
GRANTVILLE residents have been waiting
up to 30 years for a supermarket to be built
in their town, but now they’ve had enough and
they’re taking their battle right to the super-
Cheryl Ward created a Facebook group in
February last year to bring together discussions
around the need for a supermarket in the area.
By the end of February, she had about 50
But things quickly escalated in November
when Grantville resident Kylie Slink created a
survey to understand the supermarket habits
of locals, with the idea of then passing the in-
formation onto to council, investors and super-
“Some residents have waited up to 30 years
with lots of false promises and finger-pointing
that it was council’s fault or landowners’ fault.
“A lot of residents were disheartened,” Ms
“I started the survey to find out where people
shopped and I was quite surprised by some of
Ms Slink discovered during the busy summer
months, locals would drive to supermarkets
in Koo Wee Rup, Korumburra and Lang Lang
In December, Ms Slink organised a meeting
with Bass MP Brian Paynter, Cr Geoff Ellis, Cr
Clare Le Serve and staff from Bass Coast Shire
Council’s planning department.
“At that stage we had 399 responses, which
in retrospect is not a great deal of people for
Coles or Woolworths to even look at us, but I
just wanted to let them know that people are
filling out the surveys.
“More than 4000 cars pass through Grant-
ville every day. I think they (council) said there
is more than a million per annum. We are the
gateway to the Island and Inverloch for any of
the Melbourne traffic.
“Honestly, I think if we can find an IGA or
similar that would be the perfect store. The
money goes back into the community and they
source local produce.”
Local businesses have also been helping the
push for a supermarket, with many having cop-
ies of the survey in-store. To fill out the survey,
go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/RNB267S.
“There’s a lot of behind the scenes action.
Residents are being encouraged to continue
filling out the survey, which currently stands at
731 completed,” Ms Slink said.
The responses from major grocery chains
have been mixed, but Ms Slink is remaining
optimistic that the Waterline area will get a su-
permarket within the next five years.
“It’s a beautiful part of the world,” she said.
Council’s acting general manager of sustain-
able development and growth, Peter Francis,
said council has followed up some leads Ms
Slink generated about prospective supermar-
ket operators in Grantville.
“Any decision to build and operate a super-
market in Grantville rests with the developer
and is driven by their return on investment,
which is based on the population of the catch-
ment and through traffic.
“Council officers will continue to canvass in-
terest from potential investors and work with
anyone who express interest in developing a
supermarket in Grantville, to follow the usual
planning approvals process.”
Westernport Water is hosting workshops in May to gain feedback from customers about
prices and charges, guaranteed service levels and other topics.
More than a penny for
your thoughts on water
WESTERNPORT Water is hosting a series
of workshops in May, handing out a $50
voucher and a meal to each customer that at-
It’s for the second phase of engaging with
customers for the 2018-2023 Pricing Sub-
Water corporations are required to submit
a proposal every five years to the Essential
Services Commission, which ultimately de-
termines the maximum price that can be
charged for water and wastewater services.
“It is important to us that our submission
to the Commission represents the views and
concerns of our customers,” said Gareth Ken-
nedy, Westernport Water’s general manager of
customer and community.
“The response we’ve received from the com-
munity has been wonderful.
“Using the customer feedback we’ve re-
ceived so far, we have prioritised six key ar-
eas for further discussion based on the needs
and interests of our customers.”
The workshops will be held next month in
Cowes and San Remo.
“During the workshops we will be present-
ing detailed information on key topics for
consideration and comment.
“Topics include prices and charges, guar-
anteed service levels, major projects, drink-
ing water quality, recycled water, and our re-
sponse to climate change.”
Workshops are expected to take up to three
hours and customers will receive a $50 bill
credit or a $50 Visa Debit card, plus a free
The workshop times and locations are:
• Wednesday, May 10: Phillip Island RSL,
Cowes, 10am-1pm (child minding provided)
• Wednesday, May 10: Phillip Island RSL,
• Wednesday, May 17, Silverwater Resort,
San Remo 6-9pm
To register your interest for the workshops,
go online to www.westernportwater.com.au/
eoi or call 1300 720 711.
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