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WHEN Kathy Reid and her 10 year old
daughter Matilda headed off to Coronet Bay
on Sunday, February 19 for a ride on their
horses, they had no idea what was in store
“It was a cold overcast day so there was
hardly anyone here. We always stick to the right
which is where we are allowed to go and we al-
ways pick up after our horses,” said Kathy.
“When we got back from a lovely ride I
found my car vandalised. My windscreen is
covered in horse poo. They’ve rubbed it ev-
erywhere into my paint job.”
Kathy and Matilda were clearly very shaken
by the incident. Kathy’s mother is a resident
of Coronet Bay and it has left them all feeling
hurt and upset not to mention very angry at
having to clean their car.
“I think for the one or two people who don’t
pick up the manure here, just like dog peo-
ple, do we, who do the right thing, deserve
to have our vehicles vandalised?” said Kathy.
BASS Coast Shire Council will lead the devel-
opment of a business case for a car ferry from
Cowes to Stony Point.
The Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry Infra-
structure Business Case Project, a joint proj-
ect between the council, Regional Development
Victoria (RDV) and Mornington Peninsula Shire
Council, will review the cost, requirements and
viability of a car ferry between Mornington Pen-
insula and Phillip Island.
RDV will contribute $200,000 to the project,
while the participating councils will contribute
A previous bid to establish a ferry service
from Cowes to Stony Point failed in 2010 when
the Bass Coast Shire Council backed the com-
munity’s concerns about a terminal being built
at the Cowes Jetty.
Those plans cost the State Government and
the two shires a combined $600,000.
The community wanted a ferry, but not there.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
investigation into the feasibility of a car ferry is
supported by the council’s Phillip Island and
San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035,
Growing Tourism, and Destination Phillip Is-
land’s Strategic Tourism Plan 2014–2019.
“There has been strong interest from a range
of groups such as Visit Victoria, RDV, Destina-
tion Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Council, Destination Gippsland and key tourism
attractions on the Island to continue to explore
the viability of a car ferry,” Cr Rothfield said.
“A t this stage, the council hasn’t committed
to anything more than a business case, and
will be asking our community for input as
part of the process.
“We will have the opportunity to assess the
recommendations of this project before any
further decisions are made. ”
Supporters suggest that a car ferry be-
tween Stony Point and Cowes will stop Phil-
lip Island being a ‘one way’ destination, and
will create an iconic coastal touring route.
Such a touring route, incorporating the
Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula,
Phillip Island, Mainland Bass Coast, Wilsons
Promontory and the Gippsland Lakes, has
the potential to boost both international and
domestic visitation, particularly during the
shoulder and winter seasons – a key objec-
tive of the Visitor Economy Strategy.
“The Stony Point to Cowes leg is the miss-
ing link, which has the potential to increase
economic activity across mainland Bass
Coast and greater Gippsland,” Cr Rothfield
“There is, however, a lot of factors to con-
sider before a decision is made, and it is im-
portant for the council to get involved in the
project at an early stage, so we can ensure
we have as much input as possible as the
A project brief will be presented to the
council for endorsement in March, with the
project scheduled to begin in July this year.
Car ferry back
on the agenda
Kathy Reid and her daughter Matilda were shocked to find the damage done to their
car on Sunday.
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