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2018/19 draft Budget
Council has prepared a draft 2018/19 Budget for the financial year starting 1 July 2018 and ending
on 30 June 2019. Council will consider the adoption of these documents at the Ordinary Council
Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.
The draft 2018/19 Budget:
1. Proposes to borrow $4.275 million during the financial year
2. Projects that $6.662 million of the amount borrowed by Council will be redeemed during the
3. Projects that as at 30 June 2019, the total amount of Council borrowings will be $14.645 million
4. Projects that the cost of servicing Council’s borrowings during the financial year will be
5. Proposes that the rate in the dollar for each type of general rate to be levied by Council is:
a. Residential Land Rate of 0.34503 cents in the dollar, on Capital Improved Value
b. Farm Land Rate of 0.27602 cents in the dollar, on Capital Improved Value
c. Commercial Land Rate of 0.34503 cents in the dollar, on Capital Improved Value
d. Industrial Land Rate of 0.34503 cents in the dollar, on Capital Improved Value
e. Vacant Land Rate of 0.51754 cents in the dollar, on Capital Improved Value
f. Cultural & Recreation Land Rate of 0.20702 cents in the dollar, on Capital Improved Value
6. Proposes the following annual service charges for each property provided with a service:
a. Standard garbage charge $412.00
b. Additional general waste bin (120 litre) service charge of $110.51
c. Additional recycling waste bin service charge of $100.11
d. Additional green waste bin service charge of $95.09
e. Additional general waste bin (240 litre) service charge of $166.32
f. Upgrade existing waste bin (120 litre to 240 litre) service charge of $55.81
Draft 2018/19 Budget - How you can have your say
Council will be holding information sessions for interested community members to come and
learn more about the draft 2018/19 Budget as well as help them prepare their submissions to
Council. Sessions will be held:
• Cowes – Monday, 30 April, Cowes Cultural Centre Meeting Room 1, 91-97 Thompson Ave,
6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Grantville – Tuesday, 1 May at Grantville Hall, 1470 Bass Hwy, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Wonthaggi – Monday, 7 May at Old Wonthaggi Post Office, Cnr Watt Street and McBride
Avenue from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Facebook Q&A – Tuesday, 8 May at www.facebook.com/basscoastshire, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Copies of the draft 2018/19 Budget will be available for inspection at:
• Bass Coast Civic Centre, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi
• Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Ave
• Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A’Beckett St
• Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy
• Libraries across the Shire, including the mobile library
The draft 2018/19 Budget can also be downloaded from Council’s website at
Under the provisions of Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, any person may
make a written submission on any proposal contained in Budget 2018/19. Any person lodging
a submission may request to be heard in person in support of their submission. Submissions
may be made available to the public. Submissions must be received by 5.00pm on Tuesday, 22
May 2018 and be addressed to The Chief Executive Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box
118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995. Those persons requesting to be heard in person in support of their
submission will have the opportunity to do so at a Special Meeting of Council at 4.30pm on
Wednesday, 30 May 2018, should it be required. This Meeting will be open to the public.
The final 2018/19 Budget will be presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 20
June for adoption, along with the outcome of any submissions.
Council is currently recruiting for the following positions:
• Statutory Planning Administration Officer – applications close on Tuesday, 1 May 2018
• Planned Activity Group Support Officer – applications close on Sunday, 6 May 2018
• Coordinator Social and Community Planning – applications close on Sunday, 6 May 2018
For more information visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/careers
A reminder that pet registration renewals were due on 10 April. If you have not paid your
renewal please pay it as soon as possible. Pet registration is a legal requirement under the
Domestic Animals Act 1994. Every dog and cat three months of age and over must be
registered with Council. Please contact Council on the numbers below if your contact details
are incorrect, you haven’t received your renewal notice or you have received a notice but
the animal is no longer living in Bass Coast. Council Rangers are beginning door knocks across
Bass Coast to identify animals that are not registered and will be taking enforcement action if
unregistered dogs or cats are identified.
Pet registration reminder
AT THE April 18 Council Meeting, I was so very
proud to see our democratic process in action.
I was proud to witness our local community ex-
hibit tolerance and respect for this process. I was
proud that the council – at the grassroots level
of government, along with the Bass Coast com-
munity, could genuinely set an example for our
young people, particularly during National Youth
Week when we celebrate and advocate for youth
in our community.
The first item on the council’s Meeting Agenda
was the Car Ferry Business Case. Usual coun-
cil meeting protocol requires the meeting chair
doesn’t enter into discussion or debate, nor ex-
press an opinion – she is neutral and her role is
to mediate and facilitate.
This supports appropriate discussions and de-
cision making. However, in this instance, it would
have been remiss of me to take the role of chair.
It was important instead, that I fully participated
in the debate.
Phillip Island is my home and as many of you
know I am very much part of the Phillip Island
Additionally, as chair of the Car Ferry Steering
Committee, I felt it was important that I bring the
knowledge gained through the consultation pro-
cess, to the debate.
Hence I took the step of vacating the chair.
Our Deputy Mayor, Cr Tessari took over the role
of chairing the Car Ferry Agenda Item, and I would
like to thank and acknowledge the sterling job he
Prior to introducing the Car Ferry item, I ex-
plained how important it is that council decisions
are made within a ‘policy framework’.
This means that for every decision the council
makes, there is almost always a policy or a strat-
egy that lies beneath the decision.
The strategies have been developed as a result
of rigorous research, community consultation,
and ‘benchmarking’ – ie comparing to similar
councils. This ensures that there is an underly-
ing strategic basis, and community support for
a project. It protects the community from ad-hoc
In 2015, the then council undertook a huge
community consultation to develop the Phillip
Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy
2035. Done over a period of approximately 18
months this was an extensive consultation with a
range of community stakeholders. I was present
at one of the consultation workshops.
In July 2016 the Strategy was unanimously ad-
opted by the council.
This Visitor Economy Strategy was the first
time such an extensive piece of work had been
produced for Phillip Island and San Remo. It was
to become our roadmap for the future - an ac-
tion plan supported by research, community and
Contained in the Visitor Economy Statement
are 10 ‘Game Changers’. Game Changer number
seven is to ‘Showcase the Island with Improved
Marine Access, which includes Cowes Jetty sup-
porting infrastructure; Marine access study and
The current Council Plan, adopted by the coun-
cil in June 2017, a product of award winning en-
gagement and consultation with the Bass Coast
community, endorses and commits to objectives
and actions in the Phillip Island and San Remo
Visitor Economy Strategy 2035.
The Council Plan additionally includes a Stra-
tegic Indicator to ‘Investigate the feasibility of the
Car Ferry from Mornington Peninsula to Phillip
These Strategic Indicators were in response to
what we heard from the community during both
Based on these underlying strategies, we em-
barked on the next step of the process, the Car
Ferry Business Case, which investigated the vi-
ability of such a service being established, and
included a potential preferred location of a car
ferry terminal for Phillip Island.
It was clear at the conclusion of our consulta-
tion period, that the community wanted to ex-
pand the scope of the site investigation and I truly
believe that the council’s decision to defer consid-
eration of the Car Ferry Business Case, request-
ing the State Government to expand the scope to
include the Cowes Jetty, is a win for democracy
and the community.
Now, as a community, we need to move forward
together for the next step in this process, always
allowing others to voice their opinions without
fear of retribution.
Council has never been hell-bent on ramming
anything through – we are all individuals, all part
of this community. We do, however, have an obli-
gation to listen to and represent everybody – and
not succumb to decibel democracy.
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The Bunurong Ward councillor was con-
cerned that council was providing in-principle
support without details.
“It’s just common sense to me. You don’t
make a commitment until you see the detail.”
He also argued that the council might be stuck
with the Mussel Rocks – Cowes Yacht Club loca-
tion if the Cowes Jetty site doesn’t work out.
Cr Rothfield said the original decision to not
include Cowes Jetty as a possible car ferry site
was as a result of community feedback against
a previous 2010 proposal to develop the Cowes
Jetty for a car ferry terminal site.
“We were honouring what the council of the
day had heard from the community in 2010,
however, it is now evident from the recent feed-
back we have obtained that many in the Phil-
lip Island community may not be opposed for
the Cowes Jetty to be considered as an option
again for the car ferry proposal,” Cr Rothfield
said in a statement following the meeting.
“Of course, this needs to be investigated as
per our resolution. I truly believe that our de-
cision to defer consideration of the business
case and requesting the State Government to
expand the scope to include the Cowes Jetty is
a win for democracy and the community.”
During the meeting, Cr Fullarton said the
proposed structure in 2010 was 18m high and
would block out the view of French Island.
Council wants pier
as car ferry option
Around 200 people turned out to the Bass Coast Shire Council meeting last Wednes-
day at the Phillip Island Golf Club, where around half an hour of car ferry debate ensued.
BASS Coast CIU Detectives are investigating
an incident in the vicinity of Daisy Bank Estate
playground near Shellcot Road in Korumburra.
At 3pm on Saturday, April 21 a suspicious
male in a white vehicle approached a young fe-
male who was walking home from the park and
attempted to engage her in conversation.
The male is believed aged 40 to 50 years old
and wearing a hooded jumper.
Police would like to speak to anyone in the
area who witnessed this incident or who may
have information which can assist. Please call
Bass Coast CIU on 5671 4190 or Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000.
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