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Phillip Island Hospital Action Group report
THE Phillip Island Hospital Ac-
tion Group (PIHAG) fully sup-
port Bass Coast Health in its an-
nouncement of the commencement
of Stage One of the Phillip Island
Health and Medical Hub Building
project, which is an important de-
velopment for the Island commu-
The new Hub will focus on the
health and wellbeing needs of the
people of Phillip Island, now, and
into the future.
We are pleased that this will be
part of the many services now and
in the future Bass Coast will offer,
including the Wonthaggi Hospital,
and will be part of the Wonthaggi
The Roundtable meeting of all
stakeholders held on the island
three months ago was a win for
common sense and all parties;
council, Bass Coast Health, Warley
Advisory Trust, PIHAG, State and
Federal Governments and the gen-
It has been five long years of
hard work by the dedicated mem-
bers of PIHAG, involving constant
research, interviews, meetings,
rallies, a major petition, press re -
leases, and street front face to face
briefings to community members.
We wish to acknowledge the great
support given over all of this period
to PIHAG by Greg Hunt, the Feder-
al Member for Flinders, and more
recently, Brian Paynter, the State
Member for Bass.
We now can look forward, in
time, to a state of the art building
becoming operational in late 2017
or early 2018, with increased med-
ical services as funds become avail-
able, which will serve the local and
visiting community into the future.
PIHAG is looking for young fami-
ly representation from the commu-
nity interested in joining this group
or a similar group to assist Bass
Coast Health to ensure this project
covers their perceived needs.
Please, let us hear from you now
with your thoughts.
Contact Graham Cock (secretary)
on 0419 043 873.
Memorial service for Nick Smith
A MEMORIAL ser-
vice for Nick Smith,
who went missing after
launching his boat from
the Newhaven Yacht Club
on October 15, will take
place on Friday, Novem-
ber 27 at Montsalvat in
Eltham at 11am.
Nick’s boat was found
washed ashore, upside
down and wrecked, on
Wonthaggi, two days lat-
er, on October 17.
Sadly, the massive air
and sea search that fol-
lowed failed to find any
trace of him.
Blackmore, and his teen-
age children Louise 15
and Ashley 12, who live
in Blackburn North but
spend most weekends in
San Remo, are now plan-
ning a memorial service,
to celebrate his life.
Nick, aged 50, was
highly experienced on
the water, and no-one
knows what happened
on the ocean on that
He had preceded his
family to San Remo on
the Thursday, and was
planning to do a bit of
fishing, but was equally
keen to give the motors
on his boat a good run,
after the winter layoff.
Nick was highly experi-
enced on the water.
The family have a holi-
day home at San Remo,
and as members of the
Newhaven Yacht Club
and The Woolamai Beach
Surf Life Saving Club,
were looking forward to
the season ahead.
Nick’s parents Merv
and Jean Smith have
a long association with
Phillip Island, and were
long standing members
of the Cowes Yacht Club.
They holidayed here
for many years at Sun-
Nick’s eldest brother
Gary and family has a
holiday house in Cowes,
and his middle brother
Glenn and family live in
Speaking on Monday,
Fiona has expressed
her heartfelt apprecia-
tion to the many people
who were involved in the
search for Nick, in the
air, and on the sea and
She has thanked mem-
bers of the Victoria Police,
the Water Police, the Ne-
whaven Yacht Squadron
and the Woolamai Beach
Surf Life Saving Club.
have received from our
friends at San Remo and
on Phillip Island has
been greatly appreci-
ated. Thank you!” said
A report has been pre-
pared by Victorian Police
for the Coroner.
Nick Smith, who was lost at sea last month, is pictured helping his daughter
Louise building a penguin box a few years back at a PINP open day. A massive
air and sea search failed to find Nick, after his boat was washed up on Cutler’s
Beach off Wonthaggi, two days after he had set out from Newhaven to catch a
few fish and give his motors a run. A celebration of Nick’s life will take place at
a memorial service in Melbourne on November 27
Premier’s says all the right things
VICTORIAN Premier Daniel An-
drews opened the Victorian Coun-
try Press Association Conference,
held at Silverwater Resort and at-
tended by delegates from newspa-
pers the length and breadth of Vic-
toria, last Friday.
Mr Andrews (centre) is pictured
with representatives of the three
local papers in attendance at the
conference; Mary Bourke, Phil-
lip Island and San Remo Adver-
tiser (left), Michael Giles, South
Gippsland Sentinel-Times (second
left) and Tony Giles, The Great
Also pictured is the new Mayor of
the Bass Coast Shire, Jordan Crug-
nale (second left).
During an hour long address,
the Premier spoke of growing up
in country Victoria, where his at-
titudes had been shaped by the
“common sense and can do outlook
of country Victorians”.
“The media cannot be forgotten
(by government) as an industry go-
ing through enormous challenges,”
the Premier commented, adding
however that he believes there will
always be a place for a strong coun-
He congratulated delegates pres-
ent “as the people who tell the sto -
ries of the local community”.
“The advocacy of the country
press helps governments and the
community to understand the is-
sues better,” the Premier further
added, while recognising that by the
very nature of country communities
“ being a participant and a reporter
is a fine line, but is done very well”.
His address reflected a positive
and optimistic outlook for the state
of Victoria, and emphasised his
government was committed to re-
gional Victoria getting its fair share.
The Premier said he wanted to
reward the community for the trust
placed in his government, and re-
peated the commitment he made
on the night he was elected to listen
and learn from local communities,
because they know what is required
“We are committed to listening
and engaging and learning from lo-
cal communities. This is modern
politics, ” he said.
Local issues raised included the
poor state of the physical buildings
at Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The Premier said he did not be-
lieve that a first rate education can
be delivered in a second rate class-
“We can’t have regional communi-
ties having lower educational out-
comes,” he said.
It was suggested that the Pre-
mier’s rhetoric on listening to com-
munities did not match his gov-
ernment’s actions in relation to a
request by 8000 petitioners and a
large community organisation to
have the governance and adminis-
tration of Phillip Island examined
had not received a response.
The Premier said he would follow
up on this issue.
A regular column by
Jock McKechnie, Chairman.
Welcoming the Premier Daniel Andrews to the media conference at San Remo last Friday were, from left
Mary Bourke (Advertiser), Bass Coast Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale, Michael Giles (Sentinel-Times) and Tony
Giles (Leongatha Star).
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