Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : November 18 2015 Contents PAGE 6 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
The West Telesto drilling rig will be arriving in
Westernport around November 18 and will be
departing by mid December. Arrival timing will be
variable depending on completion of current
contract in Bass Strait, and then being towed
back into Westernport.
The purpose of its presence in Westernport is to
await the arrival of a heavy lift ship to transport
the drilling rig back to Singapore. This transport
ship should arrive between November 29 and
December 15 to pick up the drilling rig.
The rig will be positioned at or near to:
Private vessels and members of public are re-
quested to remain 100m clear of the drilling rig,
for the period when stationary and also for the
period when loading on to the transport ship.
24 hour security vessel patrols will be enforcing
the 100m clearance zone.
For further information contact: Mick Huestis,
Seadrill Australia 0428 803 411.
Rig: West Telesto
Visions of a new Mayor
THE vision of this Council is to be produc-
tive, proactive and progressive. To be that we
must have the confidence of our community, be
financially responsible, continue reviewing and
streamlining services and be creative in finding
alternative revenue and funding streams.
There is a lot more work to do in this space;
in particular better connecting community and
Local government is not a complex system, but
we do need to humanise, clarify and explain how
it actually works.
We do this by being more out and about as a
group of Councillors and where possible, with the
administration itself. We do this by investing in
the participatory policy and budget process, and
inviting various interest groups and community
organisations into the building regularly to open
those lines of communication directly. A progres-
sive Council is one that listens well. A productive
Council is one that gets its ‘planning’ right.
Over the next few months, these mayoral col-
umns will look at a range of topics, issues and
ideas to spark conversations, challenge percep-
tions, confirm views, and possibly even ignite en-
thusiasm to roll up ones sleeves and get an initia-
tive off the ground in partnership with Council or
with each other. Our role is to enable, facilitate
and support a myriad of projects, initiatives and
programs as long as they align with our core val-
ues and principles.
Into the conversation mix will also be rate cap-
ping, cost shifting, advocacy, social capital invest-
ment, cultural tourism, town plans and planning
even the transition to a new electoral structural
system for the 2016 election.
I would like to thank outgoing Mayor Cr Kim-
berley Brown for her energy and commitment
over this past year and congratulate Cr Bradley
Drew on his successful nomination to the posi-
tion of Deputy Mayor.
The skill set and life experience of my fellow
Councillors is remarkable and truly valued at the
council table. We will continue to work together
to bring out the best in our Council for the better-
ment of the community that we are here to serve.
By Cr Jordan Crugnale, Mayor,
Bass Coast Shire Council
Online feedback for Island hospitality
A RECENT survey result show-
ing a high rate of approval from
guests at their motel has thrilled
Lino and Cath Drazzi of the
Seahorse Motel in Cowes, and
confirmed to them the growing
popularity of Phillip Island as a
The Seahorse Motel in Cowes
has been voted as the best rated
accommodation on Phillip Is-
land, for the second year in a
The results are based on in-
formation provided to the 2015
Australian Reputation Ranking
This data is collated by Trivago
using over 200 million online re-
views of hotels from across Aus-
tralia at over 250 booking sites.
Trivago is a global hotel price
Overall, these results show that
Phillip Island is well represented
in this survey and now ranks
28th in Victoria for online hotel
As small business owners and
operators, the award is a testament
to the hard work that Lino and
Cath put into their business, and is
one that they humbly accept.
“We just love what we do. I
think that the most important
thing (in this type of business) is
that you have to love where you
live. Your passion comes through
in what you’re talking about,”
said Cath who is always the smil-
ing face at the front counter.
Most of their bookings, about
70 per cent, Cath went on to
say, is now done online with the
rest either made over the phone
or the occasional walk in off the
The Drazzi’s have had a strong
connection to the Seahorse Motel
for the past 20 years.
Lino and Cath first took over
this business in 1995 and oper-
ated it until 2000 when they de-
cided that it was too difficult to
try and juggle this around-the-
clock lifestyle with the demands
of being parents to two small
It has only been in the past
three years that they have re-
turned to the motel and called it
In that time they have been
extremely busy in providing the
best accommodation they can of-
fer to their customers.
They have completely gutted
and refurbished each of the 24
rooms including the 10 self-con-
tained apartments; and installed
an outdoor swimming pool last
year which has been a hit with
guests of all ages.
As well as these up-to -date fa-
cilities, the convenient location of
the motel appeals to those who
choose to walk into town or to
spend a day on the beach.
In receiving their recent acco -
lade, Cath and Lino readily ac-
knowledge that they could not
operate a successful business
without the loyalty and commit-
ment of their staff; and in partic-
ular, that of their cleaning ladies.
“It’s a team effort and we
couldn’t do it without them,” said
While they are delighted to
receive such positive feedback
from guests, Cath and Lino are
quick to point out that they are
fortunate to be part of a co-op-
erative and local tourism group.
“Those of us who are involved
in accommodation on the Island
all help each other with book-
ings. We get on very well as a
group,” Cath said.
Perhaps, she added, it is an off-
shoot of living in a small country
“I think a lot of the popularity
of Phillip Island as a holiday des-
tination is in the personal recep-
tion that visitors are given.
“People appreciate the face-to -
face contact and taking advan-
tage of the wealth of local knowl-
“They like to know where to go
and what to do when they first ar-
rive,” she said.
A visit to the Penguin Parade
is always high on the list, and
in more recent times, there are
more and more nature lovers
seeking to enjoy our great out-
“I think the construction of the
walking tracks around the island
has helped a lot in this respect,”
“And of course,” she added,
“there are always the beautiful
beaches and coastal scenery to
The team from the Seahorse Motel in Cowes are celebrating. Seahorse Motel was named as the best
rated accommodation on Phillip Island by Trivago, a global hotel/motel comparison site. Celebrat-
ing the announcement were, from back left, Olivia, Lino, Catherine and Jessica Drazzi. Front, Lily
Tappy, Tracey Olsen, Kim Nakon and Peter Tait.
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