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A big thanks to Foster SES!
Called out at 10pm Christmas night
to rescue Roxy, my Jack Russell, who
was trapped deep underground in a
collapsed wombat hole!
When she poked her head out of the
hole dug to locate her, we were thrilled
to get her out okay.
She received heaps of cuddles and let
out a couple of thank you barks to the
I can’t thank the Foster SES enough!
Rob Ray, Korumburra.
Right turns are
When will something get done
about drivers doing right-hand turns
into angle parking spots in the main
streets of Wonthaggi?
You commence to back out from a
parking spot then check for traffic
coming up the road, then you also
have to check the opposite lane for
drivers trying to do a right turn ei-
ther in front of you or behind you.
This practice also holds up all traffic
behind them. Motorists are even do -
ing right turns on the double lines at
the pedestrian crossing outside the
newsagents and Woolworths.
Definitely need a continuous white
line on all roads with angle parking,
and enforce it. It’s not too hard to
go to the next roundabout and turn
around and come back up the street
and turn left into parking spot.
And how do we expect to encour-
age shoppers to the town with one
hour parking limits on most main
shopping streets. We need to get a
bit more progressive.
A concerned motorist, name supplied.
Bravo! I haven’t been, I didn’t go
and I may never go, but as I sat out-
side last Friday night hearing the
music from the Sounds of Summer
- it was electric and exciting.
To the organisers: well done!
Since we moved down here six
years ago, it has been disappointing
to see the reign of the naysayer.
“Nay” to the bike path.
“Nay” to joy flights down to the
Well, I say “NAY ” to the naysayers
and well done to the people who had
the guts to give this a go. Well done
Events by Kate and yes, even well
Darren Jepsen, Inverloch
refused to help
A working bee by neighbours was
held on Saturday, December 30 to
help a neighbour with health issues
clean up his house and garden.
A 30 cubic metre skip was used.
Bass Coast Council was asked by
the organiser John French to provide
free tipping fees.
Council Coordinator of Waste Ser-
vices Danni Lisle response was ‘no’.
“The waste disposal vouchers are
only issued to Not For Profit organi-
sations who provide a service to the
Our mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield has
also been approached. Cr Rothfield has
been fantastic but ultimately unsuccess-
Cr Rothfield’s official response is
“I am disappointed that the adopted
position under which Council must
operate is so narrow, and feel that
this needs to be looked at.”
Councils are there to serve their
community and to say we’re livid
with the council’s heartless attitude
is an understatement. I’ve also ap-
proached the councils Hardship Of-
ficer, a well-kept secret position. The
hardship it seems is only to Bass
Coast Council if they don’t receive
their rates and the hardship officer’s
role is to get money from those strug-
gling to pay even if a deal needs to be
struck. As to the neighbour in need
“try Bass Coast Health”.
The Bass Coast Council has been
aware for several years about the
health problems of the person in
question and their only response to
date has been the issuing of a warn-
ing and fine.
Cr Rothfield has said she will take
this up at the next council meeting
and with Bass Coast’s CEO a view
not only to reimburse the fees but to
see what other help can be offered to
this neighbour and what long term
changes can be made to Bass Coast
Shire to serve their community.
Regards John French, Inverloch.
Thank you for
spreading the joy
On the Saturday before Christmas,
representatives from the Korumburra
Rotary Club and the St Vincent de Paul
Society welcomed families to the tables
of toys provided by the Korumburra
residents to the Rotary Club Tree at the
A steady stream of mums and chil-
dren eagerly looked over the large range
of toys and soon their faces lit up upon
finding the toy of choice.
One Mum said: “I can now give my
daughter a Christmas present and now
she can also give me one too.”
Another Mum said: “I am so happy
you are here today to help us otherwise
we would not have any presents.”
Ewan and Doug smiled each time the
mums and children went through the
toys with glee and excitement.
Thanks to the Korumburra com-
munity for their generosity and good-
will, the Korumburra Pharmacy, the
Korumburra Rotary and the St Vin-
cent de Paul Society, for without this
support these children would not
have received any presents.
Thanks to the helpers Ewan, Kerry,
Bob, Tony and Doug for supporting our
friends in need.
Doug Knez, St Vincent de Paul
I am completely bewildered. Is
Inverloch going to be teeming with
flies, mice and rats over the next
few weeks as rubbish bins overflow
with the influx of holiday makers to
our usually beautiful town?
I have been boasting about Bass
Coast Council’s foresight in hav-
ing a weekly recycle bin collection
from Christmas Day until the end
of January in the past. I thought we
were so lucky.
The new bin system has been
working so well. But, how can we
cope with one fortnightly collection
of the ‘red bin’ when visitors who
don’t understand our new system,
or don’t have time to, overfill the
bin with nappies and other smelly
nasties! Most holiday rental owners
haven’t even taken the kitchen cad-
dy bin off the back of their organic
wheelie bin, let alone put it out.
How will holiday makers cope
when they arrive at their accom-
modation to find the red waste bin
already full? Even if the owner had
the foresight to order an extra ‘red’
bin, it won’t alleviate the smell of
the full one?
I thought we would have a weekly
collection of our waste over the hol-
iday period. I put my ‘red’ bin out
last night in hope! I suppose we’ll
have lots of ‘red’ bins out on the na-
ture-strip from now until the next
collection. This is already a com-
mon sight in Inverloch in the non-
It might be too late for this holiday
season, but let’s hope I’m wrong,
and Inverloch doesn’t become the
talking point of Melbourne for the
Margaret Pope, Inverloch.
Greens did call
As a correction to last week’s story
in the Sentinel-Times entitled ‘McMil-
lan’s time is up’, Bass Coast Greens
and the Victorian Greens in their ini-
tial submissions for redistributions
from the AEC put in a request for the
change of name from McMillan and
A recognition of what happened
and in our efforts towards reconcili-
ation the topic is of extreme impor-
tance to us.
Donna Lancaster, Convener Bass
Coast Greens and for Greens candi-
date for McMillan.
Editor’s note: The article doesn’t
say the Greens failed to call for the
name change, it simply focuses on
its submission that all of Bass Coast
should be included in McMillan and
VicRoads left to
beat the traffic
How dare you pack up after 2.30pm
at Coles in the Wonthaggi Plaza.
I closed up my workshop (in Ko-
rumburra), and went to Wonthaggi
only to be told by management of the
Plaza that VicRoads had packed up
This is poor, disrespectful to all
The biggest thing is I spoke to four
storeholders over there in Wonthag-
gi, they didn’t even know of VicRoads
in the Plaza.
The newspaper article put in the
papers says: Drop in any time be-
tween 10am and 4pm.
I closed my business went there
then came back, waste of 90 mins.
David Amor, Korumburra.
After more than 10 years of cam-
paigning to get any one of a bunch of
small changes to Thompson Avenue,
even the simplest has failed, yet again.
This one is not asking for some-
thing to be done, just something to
not be done. It’s about roundabouts
in Cowes and big bright yellow sig-
nage, painted on footpaths ‘give way
There was a hope this year that they
would fade away, not be re-painted.
My first check was with a city so-
licitor, to ask if such signage was an
example of “rustic charm” that might
actually be illegal. Everywhere else in
life, power gives way to people. Opera-
tors of power equipment need to be
equipped and trained to make sure
they’re not at risk of expensive liabil-
ity for injury or death of pedestrians.
We pay standards organisations for
performance and insurance premi-
ums to protect us in case of failure to
avoid injury and death to those most
If you talk to the shire, they pass
you on to VicRoads, who pass you
back to the shire.
Talking to friends, assorted grey
nomads, everybody, the give way to
vehicle signs are painted on footpaths
only in Cowes. Of course the experts
are VicRoads, who draw your atten-
tion to a brochure they publish which
explains that, at roundabouts, pedes-
trians really must always give way and
never have any right of way. If you talk
to Learner Drivers, even they don’t get
told about this.
If Cowes is meant to do anything
more than pay just lip service to being
an attractive destination, encouraging
pedestrians and cyclists, as well as
cars, it surely makes sense to check
road rules in other parts. Either in-
terstate or international, nowhere else
has any road rules saying pedestrians
must give way. How foolish does it
make us look?
Some people say, especially VicRo-
ads, that it’s not a big deal, that driv-
ers are always polite and predictable,
no road rage or aggro ever.
This might be fair for occasional pe-
destrians but, walking frequently, as
you approach a roundabout, waiting
for vehicles to exit across your path,
you can get drivers doing things as
crazy as stopping half way around
the roundabout, gesturing that they
choose to give way to you.
Obviously you respond with gesture
that they have right of way. Just a
short delay to other drivers can lead
to road rage blowing of horns. Then
you might suddenly step onto the
road while the driver might suddenly
accelerate towards you. It’s just the
kind of foolishness and anxiety that
nobody needs, whether visitor or per-
manent resident. There are too many
variations to list here.
When it’s very busy, with vehicles
approaching from all 4 directions,
wanting to either go straight or turn in
any direction, with some drivers hasty
and others very patient, it’s almost
impossible to work out who will go
and when. Is it any wonder that visi-
tors are so few in the off season, after
crazy experience in the on season?
The worst roundabout is at Thomp-
son Ave and Settlement Rd. Having
lived very close to it for a few years,
there are many screeches of brakes,
roars of drag racing starts, crashes
and bangs and broken glass, so many
places for unexpected right turns. For
pedestrians, it’s a bottleneck for kids to
get to and from a large primary school.
Simultaneously, it’s the point where
people, old, young, mobility impaired
etc need to cross to the medical cen-
tre, radiology, dentist, family medi-
cine and pharmacy. There’s long been
campaigning for pedestrian crossings
at roundabouts. Relevant VicRoads
office at Traralgon even advises that
such pedestrian crossings are illegal.
It’s disappointing that VicRoads re-
sorts to dismissing the argument when
what we need is clearly legal in places
like Parkville and South Melbourne.
Thompson Ave is the only road in
Cowes subject to VicRoads, all others
being managed by the Shire. If only Vi-
cRoads jurisdiction stopped at Rhyll
Rd, we might be able to make a few
improvements to Thompson Ave. But
the Minister is backing VicRoads that
these dumb painted signs must stay,
that pedestrians are liable for any
incident, that pedestrian crossings
are not necessary, that 40kmh ur-
ban speed limit is not as appropriate
here as it is in urban Melbourne, that
there’s no danger between cyclists and
front-in angle parking, that pedestrian
crossing, with traffic lights, is appro-
priate because “so many pedestrians”
shop at Woolies supermarket, etc etc.
Will it ever be possible for Thomp-
son between Chapel and Esplanade
to become pedestrian only, a pleas-
ant place to hang out, no more roar-
ing and smoke from big trucks and
buses? Thompson Ave is not a major
through road; it’s a dead end and will
never become the kind of major di-
vided highway project preferred for
VicRoads career development.
Bernie McComb, Phillip Island.
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Please, swim between the flags
IT’S a proud boast of Surf Life-
saving Victoria that no one has
ever drowned on a Victorian
beach while swimming between
So, the message is pretty simple.
If you’ve got kids or people in
your group without a recognised
surf lifesaving qualification (or a
surfboard or boggie board lashed
to their ankle or wrist), you need
to head for the beaches that are
patrolled over the summer.
And swim between the flags.
Of course there are relatively
safe beaches for swimming like
Waratah Bay, especially at Sandy
Point, and the main surf beach at
Inverloch, where you can swim in
But the surf beaches at Venus
Bay, Kilcunda and Woolamai can
be treacherous at times, and dan-
gerous at all other times. If you
must take the family to these loca-
tions, swimming between the flags
isn’t simply an option, it’s a must!
How often though, have you
seen a family arrive at the beach
at Venus Bay or Woolamai for ex-
ample, and the kids run on ahead
to get into the water?
There are also those family
groups who seek the seclusion
of our more remote beaches, at
Accidents can and will happen
from time to time and we have
seen a couple of absolute tragedies
in the past week but the govern-
ment, to its credit, has been pro-
moting the water safety message
hard in the run up to the summer.
Via the education department,
they also get kids through the ba-
sics of swimming and water safe-
ty at school but perhaps there is
more that can be done directly
at our beaches through the use
of volunteer groups distributing
pamphlets and water safety leaf-
lets at our key beaches.
But regardless of the impact
water safety, swimming, promo-
tion or advertising campaigns
one simple message remains –
swim between the flags.
The neighbours who pitched in
and helped with the clean-up in-
cluding from left. Ken O’Neill, Jan
Schultz, Jeannie O’Neill and grand-
son Gus, organiser John French,
Gary Jungwirth, Tony Smith, Peter
Sutton, David Schultz, Rhonda Sut-
ton, Margaret Bristow, coordinator
Viv French and Jim Allen. Also
helping was Geoff Pullen and Anne
Jungwirth. This was only 2 hours
into the working bee so everyone
was still looking energetic.
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