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Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi, VIC 3995 | DX 34903 Wonthaggi | PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, VIC 3995
1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 | email@example.com | www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
Bass Coast Shire Council
Nominations are now open for the 2016 Bass Coast Shire Council
Australia Day Awards. These annual Awards are a great way to
recognise, acknowledge and celebrate outstanding people within
our community who continually go above and beyond the call of
duty to positively impact the lives of others.
Nominations are being called for:
• Citizen of the Year
• Young Citizen of the Year.
Nominations will close on Wednesday, 9 December 2015.
The Awards will be presented at a special Awards event on
Wednesday, 13 January 2016. For more information on the categories
and the eligibility criteria or to access a nomination form, please
visit Council's website basscoast.vic.gov.au/2016awards or contact
Linda Ryan on the numbers below. Hardcopy forms are also available
at Council's Customer Service Centres.
You are invited to participate in the Future Homes Program. This
is a free program run by Council in collaboration with Bass Coast
Landcare Network. It is designed to help you save money, reduce
energy and water use, create a sustainable home, and prepare for
the impacts of climate change.
A series of six workshops and tours will be run between November
2015 and April 2016.
The second workshop is a tour of homes on French Island that
have been designed using energy efciency principles, showcasing
renewable wind and solar powered systems. Information on latest
technology and rebates available from experts in the eld.
When: 12 December 2015
Time: Ferry leaves at 12.30pm and returns at 5.20pm
Where: Meet at Cowes Jetty
Bookings are essential, to RSVP for this day contact
Rosie Scott-Thompson at Bass Coast Landcare Network on 0409
366914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a parent of a four year old?
Your child is now due for their four year old preschool vaccination
booster against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles,
mumps and rubella.
This can be arranged at one of our public immunisation sessions or
through your local doctor. Give your child the gift they really need
-- immunity against disease.
Immunisation sessions are held at the following venues and times:
Coronet Bay -- Thursday, 1 December 10.30am to 11.00am
Coronet Bay Community Hall, cnr Gellibrand Rd & Bantering Bay Rd
Grantville -- Thursday, 10 December, 11.30am to 12.00pm
Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Highway
Cowes -- Tuesday, 8 December, 10.30am to 11.30am
St Philip's Parish Hall, cnr Thompson Ave and Church St
San Remo -- Tuesday, 8 December, 1.30pm to 2.00pm
San Remo Recreation Centre, Wynne Ave
Wonthaggi -- Tuesday, 15 December, 10.30am to 11.30am
Wonthaggi Senior Citizens Club Rooms (next to medical centre),
46-50 Murray Street
Inverloch -- Tuesday, 15 December, 1.30pm to 2.00pm
Inverloch Warrawee Seniors Club Rooms, 22 A'Beckett Street
(parking at rear)
Please bring your Medicare Card and child's immunisation book
to the sessions. For more information contact us on the numbers
The 13th Annual Christmas Giving Tree Program is on and Council
asks everyone to participate by generously donating gifts for
disadvantaged families. While all donations are valued, this year the
organisation has specically requested new, unwrapped gifts for
children aged 10 and under. These gifts will be included in hampers
which are distributed to local families. Christmas Giving Trees are
on display in all Customer Service Centres and will accept gifts up
to Friday, 11 December. The program is organised by The Combined
Welfare Group which consists of representatives from the Salvation
Army, St Vincent de Paul, The Family Resource Centre and churches
from Wonthaggi and Inverloch. This program will benet families
in need across Bass Coast this year. For more information contact
Customer Service on the number below.
Council is required to establish an Audit Committee which advises
on matters of nancial accountability and internal control. As
well as Councillors, the Committee includes two independent
members and an independent Chair.
Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from people who
may be interested in the position of Independent Member. This
position is for a three year period.
The appointee will have detailed knowledge and experience in
the operations of a large organisation and an understanding of
nancial management, reporting and governance practices. An
inquiring mind and the ability to analyse information will assist in
carrying out these roles.
Persons wishing to register an interest can download an
application kit from Council's website www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
or by contacting Sharon Fowles on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03)
5671 2211 or email email@example.com.
Expressions of interest must be received by the Chief Executive
Ofcer by 5.00pm on Friday, 18 December 2015.
This monthly meeting is the only formal decision-making forum
for Council. As a member of the community you are invited to
attend and observe this process. At the beginning of this meeting
there is an opportunity for you to ask questions of Council, during
community question time. Questions must be submitted in
writing prior to the meeting and responses will be published in the
minutes. For more details on community question time, please visit
our website. The next ordinary meeting of Council will be held on
Wednesday, 9 December 2015 in the Heritage Centre, 89 Thompson
Avenue, Cowes. The meeting will be open to the public from
5.00pm. The agenda will be available on Council's website at 5.00pm
on Friday, 4 December 2015.
Over two days, our project team will be at the Cowes Town Square
in Thompson Avenue to talk about the concept design for the
Cowes Cultural and Community Centre.
Everyone is encouraged to drop-in and view the concept design,
have a chat with our project team and provide feedback. The
marquee will also provide an update on other projects within the
precinct. So come down and check it out on:
Friday, 11 December 2015, 9.00am -- 5.00pm, 5.00pm -- 6.30pm for
Saturday, 12 December 2015, 9.00am -- 4.00pm
No need to book - just look for our marquee, drop-in and have
your say! For more information please contact Council's Program
Manager, Cowes Redevelopment, Robyne Young on (03) 5671 2275
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council will be conducting road works in the following locations:
Inverloch Underway Completed by
Wonthaggi Underway 3-4 weeks
December 2-3 weeks
These dates are weather permitting.
If you need more information please contact Council on the
The Wonthaggi and San Remo Cemetery Trust are holding their
next quarterly meeting on 16 December 2015. As a member of the
community you are invited to attend and observe this process. At
the beginning of this meeting there is an opportunity for you to ask
questions of the Trust, during community question time. Questions
must be submitted in writing prior to the meeting and responses
will be published in the minutes. For more details on community
question time, please visit our website. The next Trust meeting
will be held on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 in the Council
Chamber, Bass Coast Civic Centre, Baillieu Street, Wonthaggi. The
meeting will be open to the public from 10.30am. The agenda will
be available on Council's website at 5.00pm on Friday, 11 December
2016 Australia Day Awards Nominations
Future Homes Program
Christmas Giving Trees
Expression Of Interest - Audit Committee
Cemetery Trust Meeting
Taking the first step
in the right direction
TWO of the shire's major employers, the Bass Coast
Shire Council (BCSC) and the Phillip Island Nature
Parks (PINP) have joined forces to raise awareness in
the workplace of violence against women.
This initiative coincides with White Ribbon Day, held
around Australia on November 25, and the beginning
of the United Nations' 16 Days of Activism Against Gen-
der-based Violence campaign.
The increasing number of women who suffer at the
hands of men is the catalysis for this concerted action
and is a stance that both the council and the Nature
Parks believe is a step in the right direction.
In the past 12 months staff from each centre have
formed a committee to address this issue.
"We decided to get together after last year's White Rib-
bon Day to raise awareness of the horrible statistics of
domestic violence within the community; and to help
educate people on recognising the 'red flags' that are
markers for adverse attitudes and behaviour towards
women," said Jarvis Weston, PINP Ranger and White
The decision to be a part of this committee has been
an eye-opener for Jarvis in becoming more aware of the
incidence of domestic violence throughout all levels of
society and in the way people treat each other.
It is an education that he feels is an important tool in
helping to reduce the statistics and in changing people's
attitudes to women.
"I think a lot that we can do (as a community) is to ed-
ucate men on how to respect women. It is about chang-
ing men's behaviour," Jarvis said.
This committee received helpful direction and input
from Fiona Passarin, the Community Development Of-
ficer with the YMCA.
Part of Fiona's brief is to visit groups, schools and
workplaces to raise awareness of violence against wom-
en and to show the community how to take an active
role in helping to reduce these statistics.
National statistics show that one woman per week is
killed at the hands of a current or former partner.
In taking a leadership role in this campaign, the Bass
Coast Shire is one of 60 Victorian councils to respond
to this issue and to be proactive in creating policy
changes within the workplace.
At present, both the council and PINP are undergoing
accreditation with the White Ribbon organisation.
This accreditation is a thorough and extensive pro-
gram which can take up to 12 months to complete.
Its focus is to equip employees with the knowledge
and skills to respond to instances of violence against
"We have committed to undertaking the White Rib-
bon Accreditation Program as a means of educating
and training our staff, both male and female," said Paul
Buckley, CEO Bass Coast Shire Council.
The information and skills acquired in this program
are not restricted to the workplace but are transfer-
rable to all life situations.
Mr Buckley said he envisaged that this initiative will
be replicated in businesses across the shire and that
the council will be at the forefront of advising and
teaching employers how to implement such change.
"While we have committed to this for our employees
we want to take this to the next level and include busi-
nesses and workplaces across the shire," he said.
This involves a team of trained officers going out into
the community and working with employers on a one-
"We want to send the message that we are not pre-
pared to put up with violence against women," Mr
This message is being endorsed by Brian Paynter,
Bass MP, and a White Ribbon Ambassador.
Brian commended the Bass Coast Council and the
Phillip Island Nature Parks in paving the way for imple-
menting workplace policies and for playing a role in
making people more aware of the need for change.
"It's a credit to them as this is important in chang-
ing the way we talk and act towards women. It's about
nurturing respectful relationships and treating people
equally," Brian said.
"Spoil the women you love on White Ribbon Day"
was sprawled across the entrance to the Barcode
store in Cowes by proprietor Jane Crennan on White
"I think this is a great campaign to give women
more information and support and to encourage
them to stand up for themselves.
"Domestic violence is a big issue in our society
and something needs to be done about it. Chalk it
up is a great way to do this," said Jane.
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