Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : November 4 2015 Contents THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 - PAGE 17
THE Preserve Western Port Action Group accepted an
invitation last Wednesday to appear and present to the
Victorian Government Select Committee Inquiry into the
proposed lease of the Port of Melbourne.
A select committee of eight members has been appoint-
ed to inquire into, and report on, the potential outcomes
of leasing Melbourne's current container port.
The legislation is currently before the parliament.
"Our interest centres around the potential impacts of
the proposed lease on the development of a second con-
tainer port In Hastings," said Chairman of the Preserve
Western Port Action Group, Jeff Nottle.
"Stopping the construction of a huge container port and
the associated industrial development in beautiful West-
ern Port has been the focus of our mainly Phillip Island
based group of volunteers for the past 18 months," Mr
"It was an excellent opportunity to inform the politi-
cians of Spring Street of the importance of Western Port
as a unique and fragile marine ecosystem, a nature-based
tourism asset and a much loved holiday and fishing area.
"Importantly, it was made clear to the Select Committee
that Western Port and Hastings are not the natural deep
water port that many politicians have been espousing and
a container port will have serious adverse impacts to the
Phillip Island economy and environment.
"It was such a boost for our cause to present our views
on Western Port directly to the politicians and have it re-
corded in Hansard," Mr Nottle said.
The reporting date for the inquiry is Nov 30, 2015.
AT THE 2014 U3A con-
cert, the audience was
delighted with an exciting
new format which centred
around the comings and
goings of the Phillip Island
Trans-Air Service, better
known as the P.I.T.S.
Well, these talented play-
ers are back, and this year
would like to present to
you: "Pensioners in the
slammer; or, the PITS."
During the performance,
many questions will need
to be answered:
* Why is the entire group
* What are the Creative
Writers doing in there?
* Will any of the U3Aers
manage to escape?
Perhaps Babs will work
out what to do with a mis-
cellany of objects smuggled
walking frame; maybe Ur-
sula will find a way to slip
between the bars; maybe
Lindsey can joke his way
out. Who knows?
What did any of them
do to get imprisoned in
the first place and why did
they find the U3A Choir
even more inspirational
These questions and
more will be answered
when you come along to
the U3A Concert and en-
joy a light-hearted look at
what a group of pension-
ers might get up to if left
to their own devices with-
in the confines of prison
Tickets are available at
the prison door for $10 in-
cluding afternoon tea.
As an added bonus this
year, U3A is holding a raf-
fle at the annual concert,
with some exciting prizes.
First prize is a painting
by noted local artist, John
Adam. Second prize is a
night's accommodation for
two (excluding breakfast)
at: Casablanca Bed and
Breakfast Phillip Island;
and third prize is a Multi-
media Digital Photo Frame.
Raffle tickets will also be
available at the door for $2
each or three for $5.
The U3A annual concert
will be held at the Cowes
Cultural Centre on Sun-
day, November 15 at 2pm.
More needed on climate change
At last week's council meeting, the vote
was unanimous to partner with People's
This is a co-ordinated set of events,
across the whole world, to get as many of
us as possible, out on the streets, to con-
vince our politicians that they will suffer if
they do nothing more than Direct Action
feeble, shonky deals, to address worsening
consequences of climate change.
Biggest event in Victoria is at the State Li-
brary 5.30pm on Friday November 27, with
many more weekend events in communi-
ties across the state.
Obviously, timing is to get attention just
before our leaders depart for UN-spon-
sored Climate Change talks in Paris.
As we're confronted with ever more 1 in
1000 year events, hurricanes, bushfires,
drought, surely it's time for much better
than Direct Action, before it's too late?
Cost of extreme weather reparation is
now getting so expensive that they'll soon
be saying there really is no money left for
mitigation or adaptation.
How about we organise for as many
people as possible to get involved with this
event, especially organising participation by
more local councils?
The photo is zoomed in from the crowd,
to show immediate publicity for Bass Coast
initiative, a banner quickly prepared, for
event at office of Environment Minister
Greg Hunt's office, where GetUp present-
ed for Greg "Worst decision ever" award,
yet again, approving Carmichael mine in
Proposed Carmichael mine is big enough
to double coal exports from Australia. More
than 12 months ago, it was dumped by big
offshore banks, Deutsche, HSBC and more,
now local banks like Commonwealth.
It's hugely expensive to develop each of
mine, rail line, Abbott Point port and ma-
jor dredging in Great Barrier Reef. Propo-
nents, Indian company Adani have a poor
environmental record. Recently, they've
cancelled contractors and consultants and
are left with just 20 employees in Austra-
lia. When first proposed, critics identified
that landed cost of this coal in India was
three times more than existing supply, a
Why is Greg Hunt prepared to even talk
about what has never been much more
than a joke? Big worry is he now says Car-
michael will not be supported by taxpayers'
money, big worry because of so many back
While we all have great expectations of
new PM Turnbull, talking-the-talk is now
less convincing as he takes exception to
open letter, from distinguished Australians,
along with newspaper ads, requesting new
agenda item at Paris Talks "No more new
How much longer before he starts to cut
back on huge subsidies to fossil fuels, over
$10Billion/year in Australia, compared
with $500M for renewables?
CO2e emissions are already more than
475ppm in atmosphere. For such a large
country, with such small population, the
rest of the world cannot understand why we
show no signs of leading the way to a zero
emission economy, onwards to negative
emissions, to repair damage already done.
Except for small oil sheikhdoms, our emis-
sions per capita are worst in the world, by
wide margin, taking no account of wealth
accumulated from fossil fuel exports. Can
we expect Malcolm to begin to walk-the-talk
by making more than nonsensical prom-
ises in Paris. Bernie McComb, Cowes.
Worst example of poor
It is universally accepted that people in
senior positions of management and au-
thority do not appoint family or friends to
the company or organisation they control.
There is a term which is widely known
to describe this outcome, which is "jobs for
The latest senior executive position to
be filled at the Bass Coast Shire Council is
widely seen as a blatant example of jobs for
Within the past two years six of the most
senior appointments in the management
team at Bass Coast have all come from the
Latrobe City Council where five of them
have all worked in the past with the now
CEO of the Bass Coast Shire Paul Buckley.
I cannot recall seeing a worse example of
poor governance in local government.
We are not talking about low or mid-
ranking salaries here. The cost of each of
these people ranges between $3000 and
$5000 per week.
The average worker and ratepayer can
only dream of salaries such as these people
The current councillors are directly re-
sponsible for this outcome.
They appointed Paul Buckley and he is
directly accountable to them.
When Mr Buckley was first appointed to
the position of CEO of the Bass Coast Shire
Council, I was contacted by many people
from his former place of employment, the
City of Latrobe.
I was given eight names of people who
he worked with at Latrobe and was told
he would move to bring most if not all of
them to Bass Coast. However, I didn't really
Five of these people now work with him
at Bass Coast and the names of the remain-
ing three people I was given, I have now pro-
vided to others so that future appointments
can be monitored.
With the salaries, cars and other benefits
the ratepayers of Bass Coast are footing the
bill for, they can rightly expect that the very
best people will be appointed to these most
It defies all logic and beggars belief that
it is being claimed that in five cases, in the
appointment of the most senior positions,
the very best available, all worked with Paul
Buckley at some time in the past at Latrobe.
I know it for fact that many existing staff
at Bass Coast are enraged that their own
well-qualified and experienced workmates
are continuously overlooked for these ap-
The CEO is to appoint two more senior
executives in the next few weeks and his ap-
pointments will no doubt be closely moni-
No wonder the present council is known
as our worst ever and last week yet another
example of unacceptable waste was raised
to my attention.
On Friday, November 6, outgoing Mayor
Kimberly Brown is having a ratepayer-
funded out-going party. All food and drink
provided. This is outrageous. Each year
there is a Mayoral Ball held which provides
the current mayor the opportunity to ad-
dress the community.
This is a gala event and this year provid-
ed the mayor with the opportunity to thank
citizens for their work and also to showcase
herself and outline the work she was un-
dertaking in her Mayoral year.
The Mayoral Ball is a good community
event and I support it but to now follow it
up with another function at the end of her
term is absolutely not supportable.
There is no justification whatsoever. I am
advised that a very large number of invita-
tions were sent out and that many people
have accepted to attend her function so
although the council will deny it, it will be
held at considerable cost.
I have no problem if Kimberley Brown
wishes to put on a costly party at which
food and drink will be provided but she
should foot the bill herself. The ratepayers
certainly should not have to pay for what
is a totally unnecessary function which will
be used for self-promotion purposes. Alan
Brown, Wattle Bank.
Your help wanted for koala
The Great Victorian Koala Count is being
held this Saturday, November 7.
This is being organised by the Depart-
ment of Environment, Land, Water and
The aim of the count is to improve knowl-
edge of koalas and where they are located
Plan a walk for your family and friends
and say where you did, or didn't, see koa-
You can register to take part in the count
For Phillip Islanders it would be great, if
you do see a koala on November 7, to also
let the Koala Conservation Centre know by
phoning 59521307 and stating the location
of the koala.
Friends of the Koalas has assisted the
Phillip Island Nature Parks over many
years to conduct koala counts by having
phone-ins as well as doing physical counts
Results from these surveys show a con-
tinuing decline in koala numbers. To get a
better picture of how koalas are faring on
Phillip Island please report koala sightings
at any time of the year. Patsy Hunt, Presi-
dent, Friends of the Koalas.
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Let U3A entertain you
A merry band of gaol birds rehearse for their big "break out day" on November 15, at the annual U3A con-
cert. From left, they are Babs Kerrison, Sylvia Owers (scriptwriter), David Mann, Lindsay Francis, Ursula
Burley and Paula Summerville.
Lindsey Francis studies tips on escaping from
gaol, written by an expert - Wun Hoo Did. Lindsey is
rehearsing for the annual U3A concert, which will be
held in Cowes on November 15.
The chairman and secretary of the Preserve West-
ern Port Action Group, Jeff Nottle and Kate Whit-
taker, address a Victorian Government Select Com-
mittee Inquiry into the proposed lease of the Port of
Melbourne last week.
Preserve Western Port group
addresses select committee
THE Bass Coast Shire
Council would like to thank
everyone who has contrib-
uted to the recent consul-
tation and conversations
about proposed pathway
options in the Saltwater
Creek Reserve on Phillip
The consultants appoint-
ed by council, ECube Aus-
tralia, has received over 134
written or verbal submis-
sions on the Saltwater Creek
proposal, with 98 per cent
of respondents local resi-
dents and ratepayers from
Ventnor and Cowes. Bass
Coast Mayor Cr Kimberley
Brown said that public exhi-
bition dates in Ventnor were
"Consultation also in-
cluded a presentation to the
Phillip Island Conservation
Society meeting, and face-
to-face and phone discus-
sions with key stakeholder
groups and business own-
ers," Cr Brown said.
A variety of suggestions
were offered and numerous
needs, constraints and op-
portunities for a new path-
way were identified.
"Comments received var-
ied from 'do nothing' and
'leave the reserve as is', to
'making sure existing path-
ways are connected'.
"A large percentage of
respondents want paths
to connect, align, and pro-
vide safe, continuous travel
options," Cr Brown com-
"ECube will now analyse
the information provided by
the community and prepare
a report for council.
"If required, direct con-
tact will also be made with
individuals or groups to
clarify issues that have been
raised in the submissions.
"All public and group
feedback received will con-
tribute to the final recom-
mendations provided in the
Cr Brown said the con-
sultant's report "will be
received in November de-
tailing the consultation out-
comes and assessment of
options." Council will con-
sider the report at a future
meeting, she said.
Shire thanks for Saltwater Creek input
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