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• Special report
ALDI to open in Cowes next week
LOCAL residents are set to enjoy high-
quality products at permanently low
prices and increased employment op-
portunities when ALDI officially opens
the doors to its new store in Cowes next
From Wednesday December 2, ALDI
in Cowes will provide the community
with award winning grocery products
and popular Special Buys, together with
fresh fruit, vegetables and bread deliv-
"ALDI is extremely excited to be open-
ing in Cowes. The new store will provide
local residents with the opportunity to
discover the ALDI experience, offering a
convenient way to shop for high-quality
products at permanently low prices ev-
ery day," an ALDI Australia spokesper-
As a testament to the great value of-
fered to the community, ALDI recently
received Canstar Blue's Most Satisfied
Customers award for Supermarkets in
2015, for the fourth time in five years.
It has also been named 'Supermarket
of the Year' by Roy Morgan Research for
the third time in four years.
Independent research has shown
shopping at ALDI can lead to significant
Consumer advocacy group CHOICE's
2015 Supermarket Price Survey re-
vealed that by buying ALDI exclusive
brands instead of leading brands, cus-
tomers can save approximately 50% off
their grocery bill.
ALDI Cowes will include a friendly
team of new staff who have been in train-
ing for the past few months.
To celebrate the store opening, ALDI
will have a number of unique Special
Buys on sale to celebrate the opening of
the store, that are not collectively avail-
able at any other store.
Special Buys can be as varied as televi-
sions and toys, to kitchen utensils and
"Our experience shows customers love
the surprise element of our Special Buys.
Complementing our everyday range,
the limited edition Special Buys are only
available while stocks last," an ALDI
Australia spokesperson said.
"Customers are given a preview of the
products one week before they are in
store via our catalogue, e-newsletter, app
ALDI in Cowes is located on the corner
of Chapel Street and Thompson Avenue.
Opening hours will be 8.30am 8pm
Monday to Sunday.
Roadworks chaos: What affected parents say
KATRINA Knight tried
to drop her daughter off
at her Settlement Road
kinder just after 9am last
"I approached from the
golf club end. The work-
man told me to go around
to the supermarket end
as he had just closed the
"I drove via Walton
Street and tried again
from the supermarket end
and saw the worker there
was turning cars around.
"I stopped and asked
if I could get through to
kinder. He looked puzzled
as he'd been told to send
people to the golf club end
to enter! I explained that
I'd just come from there.
"He said: 'Now it's after
9am and drop off is fin-
ished. We have work to
"But kinder starts at
9.15am. I don't think he
knew there was a kinder
"He tried to call some-
one on his walkie talkie
and not one of the 10 plus
workers on the road an-
"He promised if I went
around via Church Street
they'd let me though.
Katrina drove around
to Shamrock Avenue and
found a dead-end, and no
one near it to talk to.
"By this time I was late,
and pretty cross and flus-
tered. I parked the car
and we ran across the
road with all of our bags.
"I saw a worker with an
amused look. I told him
that the communication
and planning of the road-
works was pathetic and
they needed to do a lot
better. To which he replied
"OK love, I'll go kick some
heads for you hey," in a
completely smart way!
"If my four year old
wasn't with me I would
have had different words
for him! Not acceptable or
professional on his behalf
"I know of at least two
other mums who were ab-
solutely ropeable by the
way they had been dealt
with and spoken to that
Katrina believes the con-
tractors haven't prepared
for a system to allow safe
drop offs around school
"It's extremely poor
planning and (no) com-
munication with their
staff. I'm just grateful that
I only had one child with
me, as there would have
been no way I could have
walked more children and
carried bags all that way
"How hard would it be
to have a plan of set times
for starting and finish-
ing works around school
and kinder, and allocated
streets for parking. They
need a mum in charge of
Katrina uses the Phil-
lip Island Early Learning
Centre for her kinder aged
"Some of us don't have
primary aged kids, and so
we have no prior informa-
tion on where to go," she
"It's their job to inform
the public, and have a
plan in place."
Serena Cabello says it
has been clear from the
start that the construc-
tion plans didn't consider
the kinder parents at The
"The school started in-
forming us daily (a week
after it started), but even
this upcoming week with
asphalting, what happens
with accessing the kinder
(which starts at 9.15am
and ends at 2.30pm)?
"There are 12 weeks a
year of school holidays!
They could have saved
thousands for the 10-plus
workers supposedly 'di-
recting traffic'. Some were
rude, some were friendly,
but all had no idea what
was going on!"
Chelsea Hart was sur-
prised when her children
said the school's wa-
ter supply needed to be
switched off more than
once during the school
"It's okay to do road
works, but not when it
clearly interferes with the
(Apparently, the con-
tractors hit a water pipe
on more than one occa-
Fran Bruzzese's hus-
band found there were no
detour signs directing him
where to turn, only "loose
"If they want us to de-
tour, how about putting
signage at the Concourse
approach so people know
where they have to turn
off. Instead the workers
were telling drivers to
"back up and turn down
the side street".
Some parents believe
if the works had been
planned ahead, the situa-
tion would have been less
Mother of three Bree
Schepemaker said she
has seen the works un-
folding as she walks to
school each day.
"I don't see it as unsafe.
The crossing lady is still
there and I've seen the
workers helping kids get
"The problem is the par-
ents doing the 'drop and
run' without making sure
their kids are safe.
"I saw one driver drop
off in Shamrock, leaving
the kids to cross the road
"It was after 9am and
the crossing lady was
gone. It's an extra five
minutes to actually get out
of your car, and walk your
kids into school."
Emma Carville has al-
lowed more time for drop
off and pick up.
"We've even parked
in the main street, and
walked for the first time.
I decided to get my daugh-
ter used to the school
crossing, ready for prep
"My three year old
has loved all the trucks!
There's the silver lining."
Bass Coast Shire responds
BASS Coast Shire manager, Infra-
structure Delivery, Cohen Van der Vel-
de has responded to community criti-
cism in relation to work being carried
out by a Bass Coast Shire contractor in
Settlement Road, Cowes, outside the
Cowes Primary School.
"We acknowledge the frustration that
members of the community are express-
ing regarding the road works.
"Council regrets any major inconve-
nience and we do care that the current
situation has not been without impact to
"We appreciate that these kind of
works can be an inconvenience to road
users, but it is difficult to find a time that
suits everyone, particularly when works
need to be carried out in the most favour-
able weather conditions and to avoid the
peak holiday periods. This included the
MotoGP and the Melbourne Cup Public
"Understanding that this is a major
thoroughfare and a well-used high pro-
file road, the council informed residents
and the broader community through a
number of avenues.
"This included a media release and
council update advertisement in the
Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser,
a mail out to property owners, and a let-
ter drop to properties within adjoining
streets, as well as council's website.
"In addition, key stakeholders were
met with in person or advised over the
phone of the coming works. These in-
cluded representatives from the school,
kindergarten, adjoining businesses,
emergency services, amongst other."
"Council staff are meeting with rep-
resentatives from the school on a daily
basis to ensure that they are well aware
of the nature of works that are occur-
ring during that particular day, to avoid
further inconvenience and confusion for
parents accessing the school at these
"Council's contractor has a number
of approved traffic management plans
in place for the works depending on the
nature of the works as well as the time
these works are taking place.
"We are working closely with the con-
tractor to correct any issues and im-
prove the traffic management, especially
surrounding school and kindergarten
pick-up and drop-off times, access to
businesses, access to roads.
"Council staff are presently on-site to
ensure that the contractor is effectively
managing these issues during the course
of the works.
"It is important that if members of the
community have any concerns to con-
tact council officers, so they can then be
acted upon and these concerns can be
raised and addressed with the contrac-
"We have had a number of customer
requests raised by the community, in re-
gard to the works, and council staff have
been actively working to have these is-
"We also ask that road users be patient
over the next fortnight, while the works
are being completed."
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