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AFTER extensive community conversations
and consultation to ‘Help shape a better Bass
Coast’ earlier this year, Bass Coast Shire Council
has delivered its draft Council Plan 2017-21 and
draft Annual Budget 2017/18.
The two draft documents are now on public ex-
hibition after being approved for release at a Spe-
cial Council Meeting held last Wednesday evening.
They can be viewed at www.basscoast.vic.gov.
au/abetterbasscoast, or at Council’s Customer
Service Centres in Wonthaggi, Cowes, Inverloch
The draft Plan includes Council’s Vision, Mis-
sion and Values, as well as seven themes; Ad-
vocacy, Economic Development, Environment,
Governance, Health and Wellbeing, Liveability,
and Our Character.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
she was very proud of the draft Plan, which also
encompasses the Municipal Public Health and
Wellbeing Plan 2017-21, that would direct the
council in the next four years.
“On behalf of the council, I am delighted to
present our draft Council Plan to the communi-
ty; the very community who has played such a
huge role in shaping our priorities for the next
four years, through our Engagement sessions,”
Cr Rothfield said.
“The draft plan reflects not only what we heard,
but how we will meet these priorities, and the
strategies on how the organisation will deliver
and fund these outcomes for the community.”
Cr Rothfield said the draft Budget also reflects
the input and aspirations from the community,
and proposes how council will fund the priorities
outlined in year one of the draft Council Plan.
“We have committed to maintaining services
and infrastructure, as well as delivering proj-
ects and services that are valued by our com-
munity, and doing this within the rate increase
of two per cent mandated by the State Govern-
ment,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Remaining aligned with our Long Term Finan-
cial Plan, the draft Budget includes funding for a
number of priority projects our community has
been calling for.
“We have also focussed on maintaining and up-
grading our existing valuable assets, proposing
over half of our Capital Works budget is commit-
ted to renewal.”
The $83.5 million draft Budget proposes an
$18.6 million Capital Works Program, including
major, minor and renewal projects such as:
• New floodlighting for two soccer pitches at
• Redevelopment of change rooms at Da-
lyston Recreation Reserve
• Development of the Cowes Transit Hub
• Contribution to Wonthaggi CBD Traffic Lights
• Extension of Surf Parade shared path to Ve-
ronica St, Inverloch
• Refurbishment of Wonthaggi Union Com-
munity Arts Centre
• Construction of a new landfill cell at Grant-
• Bass Coast Rail Trail Bourne Creek Pedes-
trian Bridge Renewal
• Resurfacing of Netball Courts at Dalyston
• Replacement of footpath on Anchorage Road,
Ventnor between Ventnor Road and Pall Mall
• Nyora St Helier Road Upgrade – Nation
Building Blackspot Program
• Kerb Renewal – Jenner Avenue, Cowes
• Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve Gymnasium
Building Renewal Works
• South Dudley Road Upgrade – Nation Build-
ing Blackspot Program
• Phillip Island Nature Parks commercial of-
• Pioneer Bay Drainage Improvements
It also proposes Community Facilities Fund-
• a Wonthaggi Shared Highball Facility – pro-
vision for the council contribution of $1.5 mil-
lion transferred to reserve
• the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club –
provision for council contribution of $600,000
(over two years)
“Other highlights from this budget include the
continuation of the Inverloch Transfer Station,
an ongoing commitment to the development of
skate parks across the shire, land contribution
towards a medical facility on Phillip Island, and
commencing community engagement on how we
spend $2 million on open spaces in 2018/19,” Cr
“The draft Budget also continues to support
our agricultural community with a rating differ-
ential of 80 per cent, as well as the opportunity to
apply for the Rural Land Management Program
which returns approximately $602,555 in envi-
ronmental value to the rural community.”
With the draft Council Plan and draft Budget
now on exhibition, the council invites the commu-
nity to have their say by attending an upcoming
drop in session, or making a written submission.
Drop in sessions will be held in:
• Cowes – Monday, May 15, Cowes Cultural
Centre Hall, 91-97 Thompson Avenue from
6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Grantville – Tuesday, May 16 at Grantville
Hall, 1470 Bass Highway from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Inverloch – Monday, May 22 at Inverloch
Community Hub, 16 A’Beckett Street from
6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Facebook – Tuesday, May 23 at www.face-
book.com/basscoastshire from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Submissions to the draft plan and/or budget
can also be made in writing by emailing bass-
email@example.com or by mail to Bass
Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi,
If you wish to speak to your submission, you
must advise Council within your email or letter.
The exhibition period closes at 5pm on Tues-
day, May 30 and submissions will be heard from
4.30pm on Wednesday, June 7 at a Special Meet-
ing of Council.
The Council Plan and Budget will be formally
presented to the Ordinary Council Meeting on
Wednesday, June 21 for adoption, along with the
outcome of any submissions.
For further information about the proposed
budget, contact the council on 1300 BCOAST
(226 278) or 5671 2211
“We asked the community what they wanted us
to achieve over the next four years, and now we
want to make sure we’ve got it right,” Cr Rothfield
“I am looking forward to seeing what our com-
munity members have to say about both our draft
Plan and Budget, and excited about what is pro-
posed for Bass Coast in the very near future.”
Community drives draft
council plan and budget
THE multi- chair space at Safflower Chinese
Medicine in Newhaven is a lovely big room
that can accommodates four to five people at
the same time.
There are small partitions for privacy, but
due to the nature of the treatment, it’s often
“As we acupuncture (put needles into) lower
legs and forearm, sometimes face and head (it’s
where the most important points are located),
you won’t have to disrobe,” Safflower acupunc-
turist and herbalist Brigitte Linder said.
“This method of treating has been widely
used in China, the US and the UK.
“There are a handful of clinics in capital cities
around Australia. We are delighted that we can
offer this to our local community.
“It means that you can have several acupunc-
ture treatments a week at low costs.
“The conditions that we treat are the same that
we have been treating in individual consultations.”
The WHO (World Health Organisation) pro -
vides an extensive compilation of diseases,
symptoms or conditions for which acupunc-
ture has been proved to be an effective based
on clinical trials.
These conditions range from hay fever, to
gallbladder attacks, strains and pain, pregnan-
cy related conditions such as nausea vomiting
and breeched positions, lower back pain or sci-
atica and many more. “Acupuncture works bril-
liantly for relaxation, stress relief, anxiety and
depression,” Brigitte said.
If you are a current patient and have been to
the clinic in Newhaven before, you don’t need to
make time for an initial consultation.
You can come straight to the community acu-
If you are a new patient, please book an ap-
pointment for an initial consultation first.
You can do so by phoning 5956 7011. You can
also book online via the website (www.safflow-
Community acupuncture is a drop-in service
(no need for an appointment) and session times
are as follows:
• Monday from 10am to noon (drop in ser-
vice: first in, first served)
• Tuesday from noon to 2pm (drop in service:
first in, first served)
• Thursday from noon to 2pm (drop in ser-
vice, first in, first served)
Treatments are $30 (cash preferred) and pay-
ment is required on the day. “Wear loose cloth-
ing and make sure that you have contacted us
for an initial consultation first if you are new
patients,” Brigitte said.
“We are looking forward to helping you get your
health on track. Simply get in touch, if you require
any additional information or go to our website.”
THE enrolment period for funded four-year-
old kindergarten in 2018 is now open in the
South Gippsland Shire.
If you have a child who will be ready for kin-
dergarten next year you can sign them up via
the centralised enrolment process.
Centralised enrolment was introduced last
year to help minimise the administrative bur-
den on service providers and to streamline the
placement process for parents.
All funded kindergartens in South Gippsland
are involved in centralised enrolment, which is
coordinated by the council.
Parents or guardians simply need to register
their child via the enrolment website and nomi-
nate their top three kindergarten preferences
before June 30.
Children will then be allocated into kinder-
garten programs in accordance with State Gov-
ernment Priority of Access guidelines.
Where demand for a program exceeds the num-
ber of places available, a waitlist will be created in
partnership with kindergarten service providers.
“Last year was our first year operating a cen-
tralised enrolment system and we were very
pleased with the results,” said Shelley Fixter, the
council’s Community Services project officer.
“It helped us to ensure the maximum number of
children were able to receive their preferred kinder-
garten preferences through an equitable process.
“Knowing how many children required kin-
dergarten services, and from which locations,
also helped us to plan for the future by provid-
ing us with data that we can use to apply for
additional funded kindergarten places.”
There are 10 funded kindergartens operating
in the South Gippsland region, each offering a
mix of services.
Some offer before or after care services.
“Kindergarten is so important in encouraging
childhood development,” Ms Fixter said.
“The programs offered give children a chance
to solve problems, communicate and have fun.
We hope that many parents will look at the
opportunities kindergartens present and start
their enrolment process today.”
Kindergarten enrolments can be completed
online at www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/cen-
Hard copy enrolment forms can be collected
from council, local libraries and Maternal and
Child Health Centres.
The enrolment period for 2018 four-year-old
funded kindergarten closes on June 30, 2017.
Brigitte Linder from Safflower Chinese Medicine has introduced community acupuncture
to the Newhaven clinic.
Community acupuncture is taking off
Piper and Sophia are part of the Leongatha Children’s Centre’s four year old kinder program.
Is your child ready for
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