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THE process to investigate the feasibility of
a car ferry between Phillip Island and Stony
Point on the Mornington Peninsula has begun,
with the tender to develop a business case for
the project now open.
Earlier this year, Bass Coast Shire Council
and Mornington Peninsula Shire agreed to
participate in and contribute $25,000 to the
Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry Infrastructure
Business Case Project, a joint $250,000 proj-
ect between the councils and Regional Devel-
opment Victoria (RDV).
The business case will review the cost, re -
quirements and viability of a car ferry between
Stony Point and Phillip Island.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, has
also been appointed chair of the Project Steer-
Cr Rothfield said investigation into the feasi-
bility of a car ferry is supported by the coun-
cil’s Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Econ-
omy Strategy 2035, Growing Tourism, and
Destination Phillip Island’s Strategic Tourism
There has been strong interest by a range
of key stakeholders, such as Visit Victoria,
RDV, Destination Phillip Island, Destina-
tion Gippsland, key tourism attractions on
the Island, Mornington Peninsula Shire and
the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism
Board to continue to explore the viability of a
At this stage the councils have not commit-
ted to anything more than a business case and
in the second half of 2017 will be asking the
community for input as part of the process.
“There are a lot of factors to consider, in-
cluding of course, an environmental impact
study, before a decision is made, and it is im-
portant for our councils to get involved in the
project at an early stage so we can ensure our
communities have as much input as possible
as the project progresses,” Cr Rothfield said.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Bev
Colomb welcomed the opportunity to work
with Bass Coast Shire Council to develop the
“The project is consistent with the shire’s
Economic Development Strategy 2016-2019
and the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tour-
ism Board’s Destination Management Plan
“Our councils will have the opportunity to
assess the recommendations of this project
before any further decisions are made, and we
will ensure our communities continue to have
input throughout the process,” she said.
Supporters suggest that a car ferry between
Stony Point and Cowes will create an iconic
coastal touring route.
Such a touring route incorporating the Great
Ocean Road, the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip
Island, mainland Bass Coast, Wilsons Prom-
ontory and the Gippsland Lakes has the po -
tential to boost both international and domes-
tic visitation, particularly during the shoulder
and winter seasons.
Interested applicants can find a link to the
tender online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ten-
Tender open for
car ferry study
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has helped
local lifesavers in Venus Bay and Waratah Bay
keep locals and residents safe this summer.
The council provided funding to Life Saving
Victoria to support paid lifeguards that pa-
trolled South Gippsland beaches.
This season six minor first aid actions, 14
rescues and 1217 preventative actions were
undertaken at Venus Bay and Waratah Bay by
While minor first aid cases were reduced by
70 per cent and major first aid by 100 per cent,
there were twice as many rescues performed
compared to the previous season.
Volunteer lifeguards at the same sites also
completed two major first aid actions, seven
rescues, 13 minor first aid actions and 1263
South Gippsland Shire mayor, Cr Ray Argen-
to was pleased that the council could contribute
to the safety of residents and visitors to South
“The work of both our contracted and volun-
teer lifesavers at Venus Bay and Waratah Bay do
a fantastic job at keeping our communities safe.
“The increase in rescues performed demon-
strates the necessity of their service and is also
a reminder for everyone to be mindful when
swimming in the ocean.
“It is our pleasure to support Life Saving Vic-
toria to provide these vital services in our re-
gion and we hope this will continue in the sum-
mers to come,” said the Mayor.
LSV general manager Andrew Foran en-
dorsed the council’s comments.
“The work of our volunteer and paid lifesav-
ing services is critical to keeping the commu-
nity safe and this wouldn’t be possible without
the ongoing support of the South Gippsland
STUDENTS from Wonthaggi Secondary
College have been given the opportunity to
debate a bill in Youth Parliament, which could
Six students from the college will head to
a camp for a weekend to improve their lead-
ership and debating skills before heading to
Parliament for a week in July.
“They follow all the processes that Parlia-
ment would follow and they debate against
each other, so they have a turn as the govern-
ment and then a turn as the opposition where
they refute someone else’s bill,” said Michael
Feehan, YMCA Bass Coast community devel-
There will be 20 teams of six students from
across Victoria who will debate a bill that
could potentially become law.
“They get an opportunity to see how Parlia-
ment works, which is not obviously open to
everyone. They get to meet like-minded stu-
dents from around Victoria and it’s a good
networking opportunity for them.
“The bills that go through Youth Parliament
successfully, they go to the relevant minister
and then they debate it at Parliament to find
out whether they actually get through.”
The program also engages participants,
and their friends, to be more active in politics
because it creates conversations around what
bills are being debated in Parliament and how
it impacts on young people.
A number of bills that have been debated in
Youth Parliament have been passed and Mr
Feehan said this “gives youth an opportunity
to have a real voice and a real say”.
Bills that began in Youth Parliament that
were successfully passed include the ability
to purchase the morning-after pill over-the-
counter, removal of glass in high-risk enter-
tainment venues and mandatory wearing of
a bike helmet.
Bass Coast Shire Council is funding the
students’ trips to Youth Parliament.
Students at Wonthaggi Secondary Col-
lege will be heading to Parliament in July
after spending a weekend learning about
leadership and debating.
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