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IMPROVED medical facilities, an aquat-
ic centre and the Cowes Cultural Centre
were top of the list of issues indicated by
members of the public at the Cowes ses-
sion of ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’,
where the community was invited to voice
their concerns or suggestions.
Approximately 45 residents attend-
ed the session, along with Bass Coast
Shire Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, Cr
Stephen Fullarton, Cr Les Larke and
After an hour of jotting down con-
cerns or suggestions, participants were
handed four orange stickers each to
place on the issues around the room
they felt were most important.
The need for improved medical fa-
cilities, including a 24-hour triage and
doctor service was an obvious favou-
rite, receiving 12 votes.
The construction of an aquatic cen-
tre was also a popular request and the
need for a car ferry was also raised.
The recent decision by the new coun-
cil to tear up plans for a new Cowes
Cultural Centre was also a hot topic,
with seven stickers supporting the con-
struction of a new centre.
Other interesting ideas thrown up on
the night included:
• A set of temporary traffic lights be-
ing installed at the intersection of Sun-
derland Bay Road, Rhyll-Newhaven
Road and Phillip Island Tourist Road,
along with an alternative road to enter
Phillip Island Tourist Road from Sun-
• More recreational facilities for
youth including sports centres, skate
park and bike tracks.
• Improve council response and ease
of planning permit applications for
• Research options for better access
including widening bridge and roads.
Cr Rothfield said the council wants
the community to help shape plans,
strategy and the council’s direction
over the next four years.
“Almost all councillors stood on plat-
forms which guaranteed better com-
munity engagement and here is the
chance for the community to engage
and give us ideas,” she said.
“We started with social media and
online surveys, and last week we start-
ed face to face meetings.
“We’ve had hundreds of completed
surveys so far so it’s a great start.
“This is the very first start of the
community engagement process, we
will finish this at end of January, hav-
ing gone across the whole shire, and
then we will be using the insights that
we gather from the community to build
our draft plans.
“From that, the draft versions will be
presented to council then made avail-
able to the community for comments,
so you really must keep an eye out for
the draft versions. It’s an opportunity
to provide feedback to the council as
to how we’ve interpreted your ideas.”
ENROLMENT enquiries are now open for the
new Catholic primary school to be built at Cowes
on Phillip Island at a cost of more than $5 million.
The Catholic Education Office Sale (CEOSale)
has announced that some of the funding will be
drawn from the Victorian Government’s Capital
Grants program ($1.8 million), CEOSale Supple-
mentary Capital Fund ($1m), and the school’s
own establishment loan ($500,000).
The new school will be named Our Lady, Star of
the Sea Primary School.
It is envisaged Stage One, consisting of a two-
storey building with four classrooms, a staffroom
and administration area will be completed for the
start of the 2018 school year.
The school will eventually be able to cater for up
to 180 students. It is anticipated Stage Two of the
project will comprise an additional four classrooms
and Stage Three a multipurpose stadium/hall.
The Director of Catholic Education in the Dio-
cese of Sale, Maria Kirkwood, said there had been
a strong need for a Catholic primary school on
“CEOSale has been looking at a proposal to
build a primary school at Cowes for several
years,” said Ms Kirkwood.
“The demand by parents wanting a Catholic
education for their children on Phillip Island and
in the Sale Diocese generally has been strong for
a number of years, and that demand is only grow-
ing. Parents understand that Catholic schools
provide a well-rounded education for students in
a caring and pastoral environment. This is a great
outcome for the people of Phillip Island and those
living in South Gippsland.
“I’d like to thank Bishop Patrick O’Regan,
Bishop of Sale, for his continued support during
this process. The Parish Priest, Father Malcolm
Hewitt, has also done an extraordinary amount of
work to move this project along, and he and his
parish committee deserve much credit for their vi-
sionary determination in this regard. I would also
like to gratefully acknowledge the State Govern-
ment’s generous contribution of $1.8 million for
our new Catholic school.”
Owns the land
The decision to build a new Catholic primary
school on the island has been made easier be-
cause CEOSale has not had to acquire any land.
The 5.3 hectares on which the Cowes parish is
situated is owned by the church.
It will be the third new Catholic primary school
in the Diocese of Sale in six years. St Clare’s Pri-
mary School at Officer opened its doors at the
start of 2013 and St Thomas the Apostle Primary
School opened in Cranbourne East in 2014. The
Diocese of Sale stretches across much of Victo-
ria’s east; from Melbourne’s outer south-eastern
corridor, including Clyde, Clyde North, Officer,
Drouin and Warragul, through to Bairnsdale,
Lakes Entrance and Orbost.
For further details about Our Lady Star of the
Sea contact the Director of Catholic Education
in the Diocese of Sale, Maria Kirkwood, on 5622
6600. Enrolment enquiries can be made to Teresa
Brady on 5622 6627.
THE ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ cam-
paign is off to a flying start, having already
received an overwhelming response from the
community only two weeks into the month-long
The feedback will help the shire set its direc-
tion for the next four years.
The campaign kicked off with a pop-up mar-
quee at the Music in the Glade event in Inver-
loch recently, followed by the first community
engagement event in Cape Paterson.
Sessions have also been held in Cowes and
Bass, and pop-ups at the Bass Coast Agricul-
tural Show and Inverloch Farmers Market fol-
Cr Rothfield said ideas and comments were
flying in, and that attendance at the sessions
and pop-ups had been extremely promising.
“In two weeks, we’ve already had over 400
surveys completed, collected hundreds of com-
ments on social media, and had face-to-face
conversations with at least 150 people,” Cr
“We’ve also had over 2,500 emails sent out to
community groups, organisations, businesses,
committees and residents, and have been adver-
tising through our local newspaper and radio.
“To top that off, we’ve reached over 25,000 peo-
ple on Facebook with our targeted posts to-date.
“This is by far the biggest consultation project
Council has ever undertaken, and we’re all very
excited to see it grow even bigger in the second
half of January.”
Of course such a response will raise expecta-
tions to and it will be interesting to see what
ultimately comes out of it.
Join the conversation
The online survey can be accessed online at:
Community engagement sessions still to
come will be held at:
• San Remo Recreation Centre, Wynne
Road, San Remo on Tuesday, 17 January from
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Inverloch Community Hub, A’Beckett
Street, Inverloch on Thursday, 19 January
from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
• Grantville Hall, Bass Highway, Grantville on
Monday, 23 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
• Old Post Office, Watt Street, Wonthaggi on
Tuesday, 24 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
• Rhyll Hall, Lock Road, Rhyll on Wednesday,
25 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Council will also be appearing at local events
• Churchill Island Farmers Market on Satur-
day, 21 January
• Grantville Market on Sunday, 22 January
• Pioneer Bay Aussie BBQ Bash on Thursday,
Inverloch Park Run on Saturday,
• Kilcunda Lobster Festival on Sunday, 29
Huge response to
Bass Shire’s future
New Catholic school
for Phillip Island
Three ways to improve our Island
Peter McMahon, Cr Stephen Fullarton and Lisa-Anne Prendergast look over the response provided by par-
ticipants at the Cowes community session for ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ last week. Rg010317
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