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BASS resident Shane Evans fears for his in-
dependence after the Bass Coast Shire Council
asked him to remove signs and old cars from
Shane’s property fronts the Bass Highway
and he uses his small paddock to advertise his
service of collecting unwanted cars.
He attached a sign to an old car a few years
ago and parked it in his paddock to attract the
attention of passers-by.
Shane transports the cars to a caryard in
Pakenham and earns money from scrap metal
It’s his only source of income. He sustained
a serious hip injury which requires a hip re -
placement and struggles to find employment.
He was shocked to find a letter in his letter
box asking him to remove the sign, as well as
five old vehicles on his property and another
sign advertising a local business.
“I t’s my job. If I pull that sign down I haven’t
got a job,” Shane said.
“I’m not making much money but it’s a bit
more than what I would get on the dole.
“I don’t want to be a burden on the taxpay-
ers. I ’d rather work for the money. And this is
a way of doing it with a bad hip.
“Everyone that I’ve picked a car up from says
‘Thanks for putting up the sign, this car’s been
sitting here for 12 months, you’re a lifesaver’.
“I don’t want to do the wrong thing by the
council either. They’ve sent me a letter and I’ll
abide by it.”
The letter also notifies Shane that he may
wish to submit a planning permit application.
He believes a permit application will cost
$700 with no guarantee of being approved,
which Shane cannot afford to spend if it fails.
Council’s Manager Strategic Planning and
Development, Jodi Kennedy said Shane was
sent a letter on the February 23, indicating
that the use of the land requires a planning
permit as it is located in the Farming Zone.
“In addition, the current signage on site pro -
moting his business also requires a planning
permit,” she said.
“The signage promoting businesses not be-
ing conducted on the site are prohibited.
“Council officers have provided the land
owner with the relevant information regard-
ing applying for the appropriate planning per-
mits and offered to provide further advice if
“We are unable to make any further com-
ment as this is an active file that Council Of-
ficers are investigating.”
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Bass resident Shane Evans was shocked to find a letter in his letter box from the Bass
Coast Shire Council recently, asking him to remove this sign, as well as five old vehicles and
another sign advertising a local business on his property on the Bass Highway. The sign in
this photo helps advertise Shane’s service of collecting unwanted cars for scrap metal and
parts, which is his only source of income. Rg211017
‘That’s my business’
POWER has been restored to the Wonthaggi De-
salination Plant, a week after 30 diesel generators
were shipped to the site in an effort to deliver the
plant’s first water order on time.
According to a statement released by AquaSure,
the plant’s operators, it is is now ready to get to
work on the $27 million water order, after a power
cable issue stalled work since December 2016.
“AquaSure is pleased to confirm that permanent
power was restored to the Victorian Desalination
Plan on Friday morning, March 3,” the statement
“As a result, the temporary contingency power
supply will not need to be used.
“Preparations to deliver the 50GL water order
will now commence.”
Water Minister Lisa Neville said she was pleased
with the news the plant was back up and running.
“We were very clear we did not support the use
of generators and it is welcome news they will not
be needed,” Ms Neville said.
“As we have always said, we expect Aquasure to
deliver this water by June 30.”
The water order, along with the recent delivery of
diesel generators to the plant, has angered many
across the community, with residents and mem-
bers of parliament alike deeming the order to be
Mark Robertson, president of Watershed Victo-
ria, has labelled the desalination plant a waste of
“We are paying handsomely for this: more than
$600 million this year. It will soon be time for our
state government to consider next year’s order of
water; with an election on the horizon will they
prop up the corporate cowboys or spend our mon-
ey on schools and hospitals?” Mr Robertson said.
“Concerned community members, Bass Coast
Shire councillors and the environmental defend-
ers all stood up to the corporate bully in a display
of the true meaning of community spirit - the pro-
tection of our special coastal home.
“It appears that we have, for now, been spared
the choking fumes and noise of Aquasure’s Plan
B, but we must still endure the many truckloads
of chemicals and barrow-loads of cash flowing to
the plant, along with the 40 tonnes per day of dead
marine life leaving.”
Aquasure must produce 50GL of water by June
30, 2017, or else risk losing the $27 million pay-
ment, as well as tens of millions of dollars in ser-
Desal plant ready to go
Power supply on, no need for diesel generators
Council order could leave man out of work
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