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THE Wonthaggi CFA joined forces with others in the community to deliver plenty of pre-Christmas cheer last week, delivering hun-
dreds of gifts as part of the successful annual fundraiser. Delighted with the arrival of Santa are Robson and Ari McGee holidaying at
Cape Paterson, with cousins visiting from Cairns Siannah and Katelyn McGee.
BASS Coast Shire Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield
will not run for the top job again after 2018.
She revealed on Thursday her intentions not
to be re-elected as mayor.
“I want to keep running at 110 per cent and I
think two years giving that level is enough,” she said.
Cr Rothfield said she has a list of items she’s
keen to tick off during her last year.
While she wouldn’t elaborate further on list
specifics, it’s a positive approach to 2018, con-
sidering the successful year so far for the shire.
The council successfully rolled out the three-
bin system and its focus on advocacy assisted
in getting funding for a new Wonthaggi Second-
ary College senior campus, a three-court stadi-
um, and an upgrade of the Cape Paterson Surf
Lifesaving Club rooms.
“I want to leave a good legacy for the next lot
of council,” she said.
“Everything’s going in a positive direction.”
Fury over Island tree removal
BASS Coast Cr Michael Whelan reiterated at the
December meeting that the fight to protect the en-
vironment isn’t over, following the removal of trees
from two Phillip Island properties in November.
Residents allege the trees were removed from
two Silverleaves blocks, east of Cowes.
Cr Whelan said the 10/30 bushfire rule allows
for the “wholesale destruction of lots” in bush-
The rule means landowners can – without the
need for a permit – clear vegetation, including
trees, within 10 metres of their house and any
vegetation, excluding trees, within 30 metres of
Cr Whelan intends to raise a motion in rela-
tion to issues arising from the 10/30 rule at the
council’s February meeting.
Corinella permit deferred
HOW many buildings can you fit on an 800m2
block of land?
If you want two double-storey buildings with
a maximum height of 7.7 metres, you could run
into a few issues with the local council.
Proposed for 22 Hamilton Street, Corinella,
Cr Clare Le Serve pushed for the application
to be rejected.
But after hearing arguments from other council-
lors, Cr Stephen Fullarton raised a motion to defer a
decision on the permit until their February meeting.
The Island Ward councillor was under the
impression the planner would re-submit the
plans to ensure the maximum height was below
Peter’s perseverance recognised
PHILLIP Island’s Peter McMahon has been
applauded for his efforts in attending every
council meeting this year.
The secretary of the Phillip Island Aquatic
Centre Fund Committee has previously said he
won’t stop attending the meetings until Phillip
Island gets an aquatic centre.
Speaking favourably of council and their
recent awards, Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield of-
fered Peter a ‘Perseverance Award’ for coming
to each council meeting.
He laughed it off – the man clearly much rath-
er preferring an offer of an aquatic centre.
What about the bins?
AN Inverloch resident raised concerns about
the shire’s bin policy over summer in a written
submission for Question Time.
Ross Verinder asked council why the red bin
collection hadn’t gone to a weekly service over
the holiday period.
In a written statement, council said the land-
fill red lid bin is collected fortnightly all-year
“Household waste can be taken to council’s
transfer station for disposal outside of collec-
tion days if required for a small fee,” the coun-
cil’s statement read.
Ross also questioned the use of the council’s
income from holiday house registrations.
He asked why the money wasn’t being used to
cover the cost of weekly bin collections over the
Council said the disposal of waste is the re-
sponsibility of property owners who rent out
their premises, their agents and guests.
ALTHOUGH usually taking up to 20 minutes,
council’s monthly Question Time took less than
a minute at their December meeting.
It offers the community the chance to ask
questions of council, but it seemed everyone
was already on holiday or didn’t want to make
the trip to Cowes.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield’s rule is if the per-
son isn’t there to hear the answer – she skips
And so when none of the inquisitors turned
up, she skipped all six questions, smashing
through Question Time in no less than a minute.
“That’s a first,” she said. “They’re probably at
The next meeting will be at the Inverloch Hub
on Wednesday, February 21.
THE Bass Coast Shire Council has deferred a
decision on dissolving a key planning commit-
tee until March.
Shire officers recommended the council
dump the ‘Delegated Planning Committee’,
which often sets up meetings between officers,
the permit applicant and objectors if there’s be-
tween one and four objections, and if it’s valued
between $1 million and $3 million.
Between July 2011 and June 2017, the commit-
tee made decisions on 169 planning applications.
Council officers see it as red tape, and some-
thing that’s holding up the time to make a deci-
sion on planning permits – usually adding 20
days to a decision.
They’re facing increasing pressure from the
State Government to work through applications
faster and within the 60-day statutory timeframe.
But Cr Michael Whelan instead moved a mo-
tion to defer the decision on whether or not to
get rid of the committee until March.
He said it had the potential to streamline the
time to make planning decisions.
But he added some community members had
raised concerns about dissolving the committee
and not having the chance to “have their say”
on the move.
Cr Les Larke was keen to see the review of the
Bass Coast Planning Scheme completed before
deciding on whether to get rid of the committee.
No answers yet on planning committee
Bass Coast Shire briefs
Delivering Christmas cheer at Cape
One more year for Rothfield
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