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Draft Meeting Procedure Local Law 2018
Cat desexing at a reduced rate
Council has prepared a draft Local Law Meeting Procedure 2018 and will consider the adoption
of this procedure at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 16 May 2018. Under the
provisions of Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, any person may make a written
submission and if require request to speak to their submission. The draft Procedure is available
online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/consultation or at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres.
Submissions must be received by 5.00pm on 24 April 2018 and be addressed to the Chief
Executive Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995. Submissions will be
considered by Council at a meeting on Wednesday, 2 May 2018 at 5.00pm.
Council and The Lost Dogs’ Home are running a Cat Desexing Event from Tuesday, 17 to
Thursday, 19 April 2018. The Lost Dogs’ Home Mobile Pet Care vehicle will be set up at the Cowes
Cultural Centre and provide residents of Bass Coast an opportunity to have their cat desexed,
microchipped and registered at a reduced rate of $75.00 . Bookings are essential. To book please
contact Sarah Symons at The Lost Dogs’ Home on (03) 9321 8764 or email
email@example.com or book online at www.trybooking.com/361539.
For more information please contact Council’s Local Laws Team on the numbers below.
Council is currently recruiting for the following position:
• Home Support Assessor
Applications for all the above positions close Sunday, 1 April 2018
For more information visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/careers.
Kerbside waste collection services will be unaffected on Good Friday (30 March). Residents in
Wonthaggi, South Dudley and Wattle Bank will receive kerbside services as normal. Council’s
waste disposal facilities in Grantville, Cowes, Wonthaggi and Inverloch will be closed. Waste
facilities and services will operate as normal for the remainder of the Easter long weekend.
Good Friday Waste Services
IN WRITING the history of the Phillip Island
cemetery, as part of the 150th year celebra-
tions, I have to say I am discovering some fas-
For instance a note is made in the 1890s Cem-
etery Trust Minutes to ‘remind the grave digger
to dig the entire eight feet’. I can’t help but envi-
sion the scene - lonely, cold, wet, windy... hand-
digging through the red clay-loam soil, risking
his own life – as OH&S was non-existent and
no shoring would have been used in those day,
there was a real possibility of the walls caving
It was also possible that the grave being dug
was for a friend, a neighbour or indeed a loved-
one, for Phillip Island was a small, tight-knit
What I’ve discovered too, was that our early
settlers were a resourceful lot who well-knew
the priorities of their community and weren’t
afraid to advocate for them!
The first burial, after the Island was opened
up for selection, was 20-month old Mary Smith,
which took place in April 1870.
The site the government of the day had re-
served for the cemetery was a four-acre allot-
ment on the corner of Church Street and Dun-
smore Road, now our beloved footy oval.
The local community, however, held a public
meeting on March 21, 1870, to ask for a more
Despite a visit by the Commissioner for
Lands and Survey, on April 1, 1870, no alterna-
tive site was forthcoming.
However, this clearly didn’t faze the locals
nor the family of little Mary, who obviously pre-
ferred a site high on a hill, overlooking beauti-
ful Western Port – the site where our present
cemetery is located.
It took 30 years for the government to finally
record and gazette the Phillip Island Cemetery
in its present location and henceforth little
Mary, along 75 others buried on that hill over
those 30 years, were guaranteed permanency!
The other two agenda items back at that
March Public Meeting in 1870 were – i) a site
for a Recreation oval and 2) Cowes Jetty! Time-
less topics, needless to say.
Bass Coast has never been stronger when it
comes to recreation planning and doing, and
I am very pleased with last week’s adoption of
the Bass Coast Skate Strategy and the recent
Active Bass Coast community engagement.
Both informed and shaped by the community.
Active Bass Coast had more than 850 surveys
returned and the Skate Strategy was driven by
a passionate and diverse steering committee,
with broad community input.
So plenty of opportunity now and into the fu-
ture to get outdoors, get active and get social!
Finally, wishing you all a wonderful and safe
Easter. There’s so much to do over the Eas-
ter break – from the Easter Fun Festival at
Churchill Island, to the Inverloch School Easter
Fair to Walk With The Kids at San Remo. Easter
is a great time to enjoy a last burst of major
tourism energy and activity, before we settle in
to the middle-months – winter sports, a book
by the fire, windy-walks on the beach...
Special Charge Scheme
on Phillip Island
NOW that council’s proceeding with the Pi-
oneer Bay Special Charge Scheme, can Phil-
lip Island have one too?
That was the question put to the council at
last week’s meeting by Phillip Island’s Lou
Pecora, who said the Surf Beach and Sun-
derland Bay roads and drainage upgrade has
been planned for “years”.
Community consultation for the proposed
Special Charge Scheme will begin in 2019-
20, subject to adoption of that year’s Capital
Works Budget, the shire responded.
Half a footpath
WHAT about the rest of the Inverloch Surf
Kevin Griffin of the Bass Coast Ratepayers
and Residents Association asked the shire
last week when the next section of the exten-
sion would be completed.
It won’t happen until funding’s approved,
the council said, which will be considered in
the 2018-19 budget.
Only ‘weeks’ for a pool site
THE Phillip Island community has been
crying out for an aquatic centre for decades
and they’re getting closer – as hinted by May-
or Cr Pamela Rothfield last Wednesday.
In response to a question about when coun-
cil will decide on a site for the centre, Cr Roth-
field said while the council is still investigat-
ing a preferred location, it expects to make an
announcement in the “coming weeks”.
Cowes’ sub -division approved
A REVISED application for a five lot sub -
division in Red Rocks, Cowes, was unani-
mously approved by councillors.
The application came before the council at
their August meeting, when it was 10 lots, and
where councillors rejected the application.
But the applicant took council to the Victo -
rian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to
have the decision reviewed.
After discussions between council and the
applicant, they scaled back the development
and agreed to retain more vegetation than
The permit came with 50 conditions.
Car ferry petition
MORE than 5000 signatures have been col-
lected on a petition opposing the preferred
site for a car ferry terminal on Phillip Island
midway between the Cowes Yacht Club and
Around 2500 signed the “on-ground” pe-
tition, with an additional 2800 signing the
online version. It’s unknown if there’s any
double-up on signatures between the two pe-
The petition says there is a “groundswell”
against the preferred site for the terminal.
“To ensure the community will support the
proposal, the business case site locations
need to be expanded to include the existing
Cowes Jetty,” the petition read.
Large crowd expected
SHIRE officers are anticipating a huge
crowd at the April council meeting, relocat-
ing it from the Heritage Centre, Cowes to the
Ramada Resort just up the road.
The final business case for the Cowes to
Stony Point Car Ferry will be released next
At their April meeting, councillors will
have their say on the case and could be pres-
sured into asking consultants EarthCheck to
investigate using the Cowes Jetty as the ferry
WHERE do you throw out
a large piece of furniture on
Ideally, you’d drop it off at the
transfer station – if the tourism
hotspot had one, despite years
of campaigning following the
closure of the Rhyll tip.
when the Bass Coast Shire
Council revealed it only re-
ceived one application for the
tender to design, construct
and run a transfer station on
Phillip Island, and for which
it didn’t provide value for
Now the council’s looking
to other “options” – which is
code for negotiations. Coun-
cils have a strict tender pro-
cess they need to follow, but
if the process has officially
closed; there’s nothing stop-
ping them from negotiating
directly so they can get their
“value for money”.
Cr Stephen Fullarton, who
moved the motion to get a
report into options of the fu-
ture development of a station
at next month’s meeting, said
Phillip Island needs the facil-
ity they used to have.
“This whole issue of a trans-
fer station on the Island has
gone on so long... the entire
community’s fed up with it,”
“Over summer, if you’ve
got half a trailer load of rub-
bish you can’t take it down to
Cowes, you’ve got to fight your
way through the traffic to get
to Grantville and it’s just to-
But Cr Michael Whelan
raised concerns around the
one-month timeline for shire
officers to write up the report.
“If we were actually looking
at options and with further
input from the community
perhaps, it would certainly re-
quire more time,” Cr Whelan
But council chief executive
officer (CEO) Paul Buckley
said he was interpreting the
motion as a “where to from
Cr Whelan insisted he wasn’t
opposing the idea to come up
with further options, but said
the one month timeframe was
After the meeting, Mayor Cr
Pamela Rothfield said it was
disappointing the tender pro-
cess didn’t “provide us with
the results we were after”.
She said there was a rigor-
ous tender process which did
not see council exposed to any
legal or financial risk.
“I understand our residents’
frustrations regarding the is-
sue of a full transfer station
on Phillip Island. It has been
an ongoing issue and one we
have tried to solve since being
“What I can’t fault is the pro-
cess. We have gone out to the
market, not once but twice to
find an appropriate tenderer
to express an interest in the
design and operation of a
“The tender review recom-
mendations made it clear
to us that the offer received
was not suitable, especially
based on the proposed costs,
and in comparison to other
“We have a duty of care and
obligation to manage our fi-
nances responsibly. Waste
management is a core func-
tion and service of the or-
ganisation and our waste con-
tracts have to reflect the best
value for our community.”
Island Ward Cr Stephen Fullarton was elected on a promise to “put Phillip Island first”
and led the charge at Wednesday night’s meeting to prepare a report into options for the
future development of a transfer station on Phillip Island. The Cowes Recycling Bank on
Dunsmore Road is open seven days per week and accepts general and green waste, recy-
cling, as well as oil, batteries, scrap-metal, whitegoods and cardboard. It cannot accept
major waste items such as large furniture, construction and demolition waste and loads
larger than a tandem trailer size – all of which could be dumped at a transfer station on
Phillip Island, rather than people driving to Grantville.
‘Fed up’ with no tip
Bass Coast Shire Council briefs
IF ONE policy doesn’t do it, just write an-
That’s the view of the Bass Coast Shire
Council, whom on Friday released a draft
Caravan Park/Camping Policy after commu-
nity concern around free camping.
Cr Julian Brown last year asked shire offi-
cers to prepare the policy, including specify-
ing whether free camping is permitted and if
so, outlining what determines the location of
the free camping sites.
But in response, shire officers have sug-
gested writing another strategy – this time a
‘Caravan and Camping Options’ one.
In full, council offers said: “Council has re-
ceived feedback that the current free camp-
ing occurring in the shire is causing some
concerns for the community.
“Council has also received feedback that
the free camping is a valuable experience for
a number of our visitors.
“This report recommends that the status
quo in regard to free camping is maintained
until a Caravan and Camping Options Strat-
egy is prepared. ”
Cr Brown also asked the council to provide
an update on the camping arrangements at
the Dalyston Recreation Reserve.
Officers said putting in some additional
controls for camping at the Dalyston Recre-
ation Reserve and taking a firmer stance on
illegally camped vehicles should go “some
way” to reducing the amenity impacts.
The report recommends council issue a Lo -
cal Law Permit for 12 months to allow camp-
ing at the reserve, subject to seven conditions.
The conditions include: a maximum of six
vehicles at the reserve at any one time, a
maximum stay of 48 hours and no fees can
be charged or collected for the use of the site.
Free camping policy released
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