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IMPROVEMENTS to medical facilities and a
hospital on Phillip Island were among the hot
topics discussed at a council-run community
session in Bass on Thursday, January 12.
The Bass Coast Shire Council welcomed
members of the public along to the session to
contribute their ideas and thoughts to the plan-
ning of future projects within the shire.
Although the new council is in its first week
of a month-long consultation period, more than
350 people have completed the online survey,
and 120 people have made contributions via
the shire’s Facebook page.
“People are really rushing to give us feedback,
which is great news,” said Christian Stefani,
from Coordinator Governance and Engage-
ment at the shire.
Residents from Phillip Island, Bass and
Grantville were in attendance at the council
community session on Thursday, and were
happy to contribute their ideas and thoughts
about what could be improved about the shire.
Terry and Dawn McCormack, who have
owned a holiday house on Phillip Island since
1974, are currently in the process of shifting
down to live permanently in Bass Coast.
“We came along today because we’re moving
down, and we wanted to get more involved in
the community, to see what’s happening and to
put forth our ideas,” Terry said.
“I’d like to see a hospital on Phillip Island, I’m
amazed there isn’t one there,” Dawn said.
“I was just interested in coming along and
seeing what ideas would be proposed, and put
forth to the council,” Julie Adkins from San
“I think there’s potentially too much develop-
ment on Phillip Island, particularly in Cowes.
It’s starting to look a lot like an inner suburb
“There’s also the difference between the
larger supermarkets on the island verses the
smaller shops. It seems like the smaller busi-
nesses are struggling while the larger outlets
Topics discussed at the Bass consultation
session included a hospital for Phillip Island,
fishing and boating facilities, youth activities, a
supermarket for Grantville, improvements to
local parks and paths, and a swimming pool
for Phillip Island.
“We believe our community must be active
participants and collaborators in the develop-
ment of our future plan,” Mayor of Bass Coast,
Pamela Rothfield said.
“It’s only early days for our ‘Help shape a bet-
ter Bass Coast’ campaign, and we’ve already
had an overwhelming, positive response from
people putting their ideas forward. We know
how passionate you all are about your own
slice of paradise within Bass Coast and this is
the time to show it.”
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 ad-
vertising through our local newspaper and ra-
“To top that off, we’ve reached over 25,000
people on Facebook with our targeted posts to-
“This is by far the biggest consultation proj-
ect Council has ever undertaken, and we’re all
very excited to see it grow even bigger in the
second half of January.”
Common themes across the Bass Coast Shire
include roads, waste, paths and trails, boating
and fishing, car parking, arts and culture, ac-
cessibility, sports and recreation, economic de-
velopment, tourism, education, youth and chil-
dren, health, environment, public transport,
parks and town beautification, and planning.
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A SWIMMING pool, improvements to medical
facilities, and a hospital for Phillip Island were
prominent topics of discussion at a recent council
engagement session held in San Remo.
Members of the community were invited along
to a Bass Coast Shire Council community engage-
ment session on Tuesday, January 17 at the San
Remo Community Centre.
More than 50 people were in attendance, eager
to make suggestions to the council.
Ideas and suggestions are currently being gath-
ered by the shire, as they work towards putting
together their council plan for 2017-2020.
Mayor Pamela Rothfield said to the 50 plus
group on Tuesday that she hoped the council plan
would be informed by the ideas of the people.
“We want more of a community plan, not a coun-
cil plan,” Cr Rothfield said.
Councillors Bruce Kent, Stephen Fullarton and
Les Larke were also in attendance at the engage-
The people of San Remo were asked to put
down on paper what it is that they enjoy most
about the shire, and what issues they would like
to see rectified.
Some common issues mentioned on the night
- Seal Shetland Heights road
- Provision of sealed, connecting footpaths and
- The revision or development of a master plan
for Phillip Island
- Safer and smoother traffic flow
- Better medical facilities for the San Remo com-
- A pool for Phillip Island
More than 50 residents of San Remo and
surrounding areas attended a community
consultation session hosted by the Bass
Coast Shire council on Tuesday, January 17.
Many ideas for improving the shire were tossed around the room on Tuesday. Recurring
ideas included improved medical facilities for the island and a Phillip Island swimming
San Remo speaks up
A small but passionate group of com-
munity members attended the Bass Coast
Shire community consultation session in
Bass on Thursday, January 12.
Waterline towns give
feedback to council
- Effective community engagement from council
Cr Les Larke said that, thus far, the interaction
between councillors and the community was going
“The community interaction is good,” Cr Larke
“I think we do need to focus on managing the
finances and resourcing side of things. We’ve got to
resolve that first, to do the things that the people
Effective communication and engagement be-
tween the council and the community was a topic
mentioned several times throughout the evening.
Newhaven resident and former acting planning
strategic coordinator at the Bass Coast Shire, Jeff
Nottle, said that clear communication is key to fu-
“What I think the council needs to do is make
it 100 per cent clear where an engagement on an
issue is sitting on that IAP2 spectrum,” Jeff said.
“Because if you suggest to people that it’s a wide
engagement that’s open slather, all you get it disap-
Jeff is an active member of the Phillip Island
Conservation Society, the Preserve Westernport
Action Group, and is a previous Citizen of the Year
for Bass Coast, and also has internationally recog-
nised training in engagement processes.
He said that it was important that both the com-
munity and the council understand what can and
cannot be achieved before starting any engagement
“I think engagement is an over-used word. There
are different levels of engagement,” Jeff said.
“I’ve been through this process, in this hall,
about 10 years ago. Any comments from the com-
munity about issues that are way outside the scope
of what the council can actually do, that’s actually
an indicator of the council to effectively engage
with the community and to tell them what they can
and cannot do.”
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