Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : November 4 2015 Contents PAGE 2 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015
BASS Coast Shire Council has reflected
on its past 12 months with the adoption of
the 2014/15 Annual Report at the October
The Report includes details on the coun-
cil's performance regarding the 22 major
initiatives identified in the 2014/15 budget,
with 19 completed by June 30, 2015.
Out of the three remaining initiatives, the
Communications and Engagement Strategy
and Planning Scheme Amendment process
for the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay
have since been completed.
The Natural Environment Sustainability
Strategy is expected to be completed by the
end of the year.
The report also highlighted the council's
financial performance, including direct
savings of $2.78 million compared to the
2014-15 Budget, and a $6.79 million sur-
plus against what was forecast to be a bud-
geted deficit of $1.55 million.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown,
said the council was also pleased with the
operational savings made over the past
year in the form of reduced employee costs
through an organisational realignment, as
well as ongoing efficiencies made through
service reviews, with more reviews to be un-
dertaken in 2015-16.
"We said all along we would deliver on
our promises, and we believe the Annual
Report reflects an excellent level of perfor-
mance by the organisation," Cr Brown said.
"Our end of year results continue to re-
flect the challenges the council identified
when it released the Long Term Finan-
cial Plan (LTFP) earlier in the year; how-
ever we've seen positive outcomes as well
as identified areas for improvement," Cr
"Overall, we were very pleased to see
significant improvements to the council's
financial position and an ongoing commit-
ment to finding productivity efficiencies,
which are starting to pay off."
The completion of the Annual Report also
gave the council the opportunity to review
CEO Paul Buckley's performance since
starting in February 2014.
"Council committed itself to a process of
change starting with the recruitment of the
new CEO," Cr Brown said.
"At the commencement of his role, the
direction given by the councillors to Mr
Buckley was to focus on providing leader-
ship to the organisation in relation to the
delivery of services and programs that are
linked to the strategic direction set in the
Cr Brown said Mr Buckley, who is con-
tracted until February 2019, from his first
day had endeavoured to build an organi-
sational culture based on three key prin-
• Performance Management – Deliver
what you promise, when you promise it.
• Financial Management – Deliver what
you promise, when you promise it, within
the financial parameters that have been set
i.e. budget and long-term financial plan.
• Relationship Development and Man-
agement – Appreciate the stakeholders and
understand their roles and responsibilities.
Mr Buckley said he was extremely proud
of all staff.
"They come to work every day to make
a difference, deliver on promises, provide
efficiencies and services, and develop rela-
tionships in the community," Mr Buckley
The Mayor echoed highlights included in
the Annual Report, such as:
• Average planning processing times have
increased from 35 per cent within 60 days
to 63 per cent within 60 days
• An organisational realignment was
implemented resulting in improved organi-
sation culture, a stronger focus on account-
ability and improved financial sustainability
• Operational cost increases have been
contained, enabling then council to remain
low rating and low spending
• 10 year financial plan is in place
• Review of rating strategy has been com-
Cr Brown said the council was extremely
satisfied with the performance of the organ-
isation and senior leaders under the leader-
ship of Mr Buckley.
"The vibe across the organisation is very
positive and Mr Buckley has established
strong working relationships with key
partners including State Government, lo-
cal tourism and business organisations,
as well as attending various community
"Overall, the council is extremely satisfied
with the progress that has been made and
we are confident our CEO has built a sound
foundation on which to grow the organisa-
tion's capacity to deliver the key objectives
of the Council Plan.
"Of course, there are always opportuni-
ties for improvement and the council has
provided clear direction, particularly in the
areas of delivering capital projects and the
realisation of efficiency savings."
Mr Buckley said he, along with all staff,
are looking forward to the challenge of
making a difference in the Bass Coast com-
munity every single day.
The 2014-15 Annual Report is now avail-
able to view online at www.basscoast.vic.
gov.au/annualreport and in person at Coun-
cil Customer Service Centres in Wonthaggi,
Cowes and Grantville.
Diversity and benefits of
native vegetation within
an agricultural landscape
French Island Landcare Group is running a field day
which will help participants learn the values of native
vegetation, how to establish it on your property and
the benefits it can provide to agriculture.
French Island field day tour
- $15 - included in an aerial map of your property, morning tea, lunch and
bus tour to properties. Ferry is at own expense.
- Essential! If you are interested in participating please contact Joel on
0409 705 652 or email@example.com
We need your booking by Monday, November 23, 2015 for catering purposes.
This event is supported by the
Victorian State Governments
Communities for Nature Grants.
BASS COAST LANDCARE NETWORK
Ph: 5678 2335 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shade and shelter are vital for a healthy and productive
farming system. It is important to take the time to clearly
identify what you want to achieve to ensure a practical
outcome that suits your farming operation.
Topic: How do you do it and why?
Establishing native vegetation for agrilcultural benefits and biodiversity, timing and
techniques, revegetation methods for your situation.
Short theory session and visit to two French Island properties. Morning tea, tours and
Details: Saturday, November 28, 2015. French Island Ferry times: From Cowes: 8.25am,
Return: 5.20pm arrives back at Cowes.
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Pedestrian hit by car
AN ELDERLY man was
hit by a car in Church
Street, Cowes, outside the
Coles supermarket, after
he stepped back into the
path of an oncoming ve-
Police say that the man
had safely crossed to the
middle of the road, where
he had stopped, waiting for
traffic to pass. However,
he has taken a step back-
wards, into the path of a
Police say the man suf-
fered a broken arm. He
was relayed by ambulance
to hospital, for a thorough
Land Cruiser stolen
A WHITE Toyota Land
Cruiser was stolen be-
tween noon and 5.30pm
on Sunday, November 1
from Pyramid Rock Road,
The vehicle has not
been found and any sight-
ings should be reported to
police on 000.
A WOMAN staying at a
house in Robert Drive in
Cowes awoke to find the
house had been robbed
while she slept.
Police say that the wom-
an was staying at the holi-
day house with friends and
after about 6pm on Satur-
day night, fell asleep on the
couch when her friends left
for a time.
About an hour later the
woman awoke to find the
glass sliding door wide
open. She had shut the
door deliberately when the
others had left the house.
The woman found that
some of her clothing was
A further search of the
house revealed other as-
sorted clothing missing.
A search of the house
and neighbouring houses
failed to locate any of the
Police say it appears that
an offender/s had entered
the house while the woman
was asleep and stolen the
Police remind house-
holders to lock doors at all
times when asleep.
POLICE were called to an
address in Cape Woolamai
last Monday night at about
10pm where a man was re-
ported to be behaving vio-
Police say a 30 year-old
male rang Wonthaggi Police
rambling about an incoher-
As a result, police units
from San Remo and Wont-
haggi attended the address.
The male came out to the
balcony of the two-storey
house, aggressively yelling
and screaming at police.
Police say two children
were inside the house at
The man then began
throwing furniture, includ-
ing a bed, out over the bal-
cony, and threatened vari-
ous persons with extreme
The man then came out-
side, confronting police
and threatening violence.
Capsicum spray was de-
ployed and the male arrest-
ed, at which point, police
After further investiga-
tion, the man was conveyed
to Wonthaggi Hospital for
Slippin' slidin' fun
THE latest craze to hit big cities in
summer is headed for Phillip Island,
subject to approval being given by Bass
Coast Shire Council.
An application has been lodged for
a giant three lane slide to be set up in
Thompson Avenue, running all the way
from Chapel Street to the Esplanade on
Sunday, January 17.
The Slip and Slide is great fun, and
an activity that has gained in popularity
in cities across the nation where a suit-
able hilly incline can be found.
It is fun for participants and specta-
The event is described as a celebra-
tion of all things summer and planning
is for it to 'pop up' in Cowes for one
If it gains approval, it will run from
10am until 8.15pm, and the road will
be closed from midnight to midnight.
The applicant expects 3000 direct
participants and 1500 additional
spectators over the course of the day,
should the event proceed.
Local traders affected by the closure
are currently being asked for their
thoughts on this venture, before a deci-
sion is made.
Council's year in review
From the Bass Coast Shire Council
MAEA, an LPG tanker, will arrive
in Western Port tomorrow (Thursday)
from Apia and set sail for a destina-
tion to be advised the following day on
Arriving from Botany on November
10 will be Grand Ace 6, unleaded pet-
rol/diesel tanker which will depart for
a destination to be advised on Novem-
ber 12. The LPG tanker Syn Zube is
due to arrive from Botany on Novem-
ber 12 and return home later the same
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