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After reading your newspaper article
about ‘Pop Up’ summer businesses in
our area, I feel I need to enlighten you
about what has been really going on in
the business district of Inverloch.
Your story featured a photo of the ‘We
Love Your Soul’ smoothie and juice bar
caravan in the front yard of Offshore
Since Boxing Day these businesses
have endured harassment and bullying
from certain business owners of Inver-
They have vandalized and intimidat-
ed the shiny new ‘kids on the block’.
During the night vandals have been
placing quantities of prawn heads along
the fence line obscuring them in the
bushes, a concoction of dog poo, fish,
prawns was thrown across the Surf
Schools decking and promotional ma-
terial has been stolen.
Bogus claims has been reported to
the Health Department and the Local
Laws Department at the Shire, which
have proven to have no merit.
These incidences have been reported
to the police. These disgraceful acts
have left the small business owners,
teenage staff and patrons feeling vulner-
able and threatened.
Food truck businesses are the new
norm, highly visible when visiting towns
like Torquay, Byron Bay and Meeni-
yan....get with the times Inverloch!
This year, two new surf hire/schools
businesses were given permits to open
up in Inverloch. Offshore Surf School
has been in business for nearly eighteen
years in Inverloch.
Any smart business owner knows
that in order to survive the competition
they need to implement improvements,
be innovative, and adapt.
In previous years, Inverloch has seen
a massage tent ‘Pop Up’ business, a
‘Danish waffle’ food truck, and many
Yoga businesses set up in town over the
But a long standing local small busi-
ness that promotes healthy living, ex-
ercise and well-being is the subject of
harassment. This is underhanded sab-
otage and bullying at its worst.
Footnote: ‘We love your Soul’ sells
RAW food and NO coffee
Trish Hogan, Harmers Haven.
Seeing red over
Over the Xmas break my family
members which included four children
under the age of two, joined me at our
holiday house in Inverloch.
Wow I wonder who thought a 120 litre
bin would cater for us for two weeks?
Do the math on the nappies alone.
They clearly don’t have a grasp on re-
You don’t quote stats in blind Freddy
situations such as this. The new coun-
cil is light years ahead of the Crugnale
regime and I’m sure they will revisit this
with a clear and open mind, not like the
closed and intransigent thinking of the
David Jones, Inverloch.
It’s still a stinker,
Re red bins to landfill... I read that
the mayor thinks holiday home own-
ers in Bass Coast should be making
their own arrangements with regard
to additional rubbish collections for
the weeks which the council fails to
deliver this service.
She should take note that constit-
uents lucky enough to own holiday
houses, pay full rates, but use no
council services at all, apart from
rubbish collection for just a few
weeks a year, because they cunningly
moved the rubbish collection day to
mid-week, when holiday home own-
ers can least use the service, thus
saving council massive amounts of
money in landfill costs.
I take no issue that I am support-
ing a vast array of services I will
never use, but to be totally taken ad-
vantage of is unfair.
With the current rubbish collec-
tion system, I will be lucky to have
a collection twice per year now, I
would be far happier to see a user-
pays rubbish collection which would
save me heaps.
I thought user-pays was the future
direction for council services, ap-
parently not where rubbish collec-
tion is concerned.
The rubbish and smell in our
street is outrageous, particularly in
this hot weather, with many renters
producing many times the garbage a
normal household would, easily fill-
ing the bin in under a week.
If the mayor wanted a suggestion
for a fair system for all home own-
ers, it would collect the 120L bins
every Monday morning in holiday
home areas, so we get at least some
value for our rates contribution to
All I want is a fair go, and council
are certainly not giving that to holi-
day home owners.
Danny Hosemans, Melbourne
As a business owner in Korumburra
Industrial Estate, 2017-18 Christmas
to New Year stats show drop 70% over
last five years due to the shire failing to
finish off on sealing works in the rec
Tourists didn’t have a place to stop,
shop, revive. This year sales were
down, way down. Due to the mistakes
and time wasting works at rec, show
ground have gone way over time.
South Gippsland Shire once again
have gone way over on time! Leon-
gatha rec reserve over by 5/6 weeks
due to incorrect shire engineering
works, three times in-a-row on levels
Korumburra is hurting, shire isn’t
helping delays, communications.
Korumburra business hurt over this
period should be helped financially
by the South Gippsland Shire.
David Amor, Korumburra.
I am writing to you in relation to the
above matter (Phillip Island Ferry Ter-
minal proposal) particularly as your
report in your newspaper of October
11, 2017 of the initial meeting at the
Cowes Cultural Centre was timely and
accurate and supported my assess-
ment of that meeting which was the
subject of the email correspondence.
As I cited various points made in
your excellent article, I am forward-
ing the whole chain of emails which
ensued as I am utterly disappointed
at the attitude and indifference of
the councillors of the Island Ward in
failing to address that which is as I
understand an attempt to deceive the
residents into believing that no firm
location has been mooted.
Indeed, there was a meeting held
by the Consultants with the Cowes
Yacht Club and concerned residents
at which minutes of that meeting
disclose that the Yacht Club was no
longer their focus as a likely location.
The people of Cowes have made it
clear previously that we do not want
a car ferry and yet it comes around
again. Yet when this is given airing it
seems to be a complete irritation to
our representative councillors as can
be seen in the emails I received from
There is now considerable action
being taken by concerned residents
to mount opposition to any proposal
to destroy significant north facing
foreshore west of Cowes and your
continuing support would be greatly
Phil Carey, Cowes.
At the last council meeting where I
spoke and your paper was there! I, Da-
vid Amor, spoke about the extra costs
associated with the Foster Town Centre
project after shire workers damaged
Telstra lids in the road. Mayor said Lor-
raine Brunt! I asked why are ratepayers
paying for their mistake, why not use
insurance – cheaper.
In the afternoon session, live on web-
site Ms Kiel – councillor read out a re-
port and said, quote, "council works
damage Telstra pits" (not lids) due to
their issues and the cost to repair them
and remove six tree stumps size 300
x 300cm, cost ratepayers $250,000.
That’s us. Councillors voted on it to
be passed. Carrier. Sorry yes shire’s
money. Insurance was cheap – shire
David Amor, Korumburra
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Power fears and leadership failure
FEARS of a power Armageddon,
with temperatures last Saturday
in Victoria due to top the 40 de-
gree mark, and higher still in New
South Wales, largely didn’t even-
It has been reported that 2000
homes in the Latrobe Valley were
without power, several hundred
homes in Yarram were still with-
out power on Monday morning
this week and there was a short-
term power outage at Inverloch
and part of Cape on Saturday.
So it wasn’t a disaster, unless of
course you were one of those with-
And the Australian Energy Mar-
ket Operator (AEMO) actually says
Australia is in better shape this
summer to meet peak demand
than it was last summer when Ha-
zelwood was still operating.
It does however say that the real
test is still coming, probably in
February when everyone has gone
back to work, the schools are up
and running again and it’s all sys-
tems go, if you like.
If we have another day like Sat-
urday early in February, when
temperatures are still capable of
going past 40 degrees again, that’s
when we’ll see if there’s enough
So there’s still a high degree of
anxiety within the community, es-
pecially in the older age bracket,
not only of power failing on hot
days but also the high cost of run-
ning appliances, especially air
conditioners, with power prices
It’s something that needs to be
addressed by government – with
real and immediate information
about the state of power supplies,
with education about how indus-
try and homeowners can help
with efficiency practices, and with
a proper national power plan that
is fully supported by both sides of
government and all states.
It’s an absolute disgrace that a
country with such incredible re-
sources, including all the renew-
ables; solar, wind, wave, hydro etc
has been allowed to come to this
Of course it’s symptomatic of
our adversarial two-party system
of government which doesn’t al-
low progress on even the most ba-
sic of infrastructure requirements
or proper accountability by the
departments and highly-paid gov-
ernment executives charged with
the responsibility to plan and im-
plement the necessary improve-
ments in a timely manner.
Of course there’s a lot that
householders can do given the
right encouragement and simply
turning up the thermostat on your
air conditioner from 20 to 24 de-
grees for the three hours during
peak demand (between 4pm and
7pm) can help relieve a lot of
pressure on the grid.
Not turning on the dishwasher
until after 8pm, programing ap-
pliances to operate between 11am
and 2pm (low daily demand), and
switching off the pool pump (if
you’re lucky enough to have one)
between 4pm and 7pm will also
have an impact.
If there was encouragement for
us all to have solar on the roof, it
would also help too but that needs
to be tied into an overall plan to
have the baseload back-up for
when renewables fail.
A comprehensive power in-
frastructure improvement plan
would also generate jobs and, in
the future, low-cost energy for in-
dustry which equals more jobs.
It’s a no brainer.
What it needs, of course, is lead-
ership and that’s one resource that
is sadly lacking in this country.
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