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First the star went missing. It did not even last
through the first night. Then the lights were broken.
And police say they caught schoolies rolling the
baubles up and down the street on Saturday night.
A star attraction no more
IN LESS than 24 hours, the newly erected
Christmas tree in Cowes lost some of its spar-
kle when the shiny bright star that topped the
tree mysteriously disappeared
There was barely time for the community to
enjoy the full beauty of the community Christ-
mas tree before its shining highlight was re-
moved on Tuesday night of last week.
Worse was to follow.
The lights were broken and the tree's lower
baubles were removed, with schoolies using
them to roll up and down the Esplanade
The Christmas tree erected at the bottom
of Thompson Avenue was part of a gift from
PITBA (Phillip Island Tourism and Business
Association); its present to the local commu-
nity this year.
It was strategically positioned at the end of
Thompson Avenue to become a focal point in
Cowes over the festive season.
The treatment of a tree erected to bring joy to
families and children in the local community
has caused great disappointment to PITBA.
"The Christmas tree was provided for the
pleasure of the whole community and it is a
shame that on the first night it was up, van-
dals chose to steal the star from the top and
in doing so, caused other damage to the tree.
"While we are disappointed, this will not
deter us from making this tree a part of our
Christmas celebrations in Cowes in future
years," said PITBA president Lois Gaskin.
This act of vandalism is one of a series of
offences that have occurred in Cowes in the
past two weeks, and coincides with an influx
of young people onto the island for the tradi-
tional schoolies period.
Cowes Police have received reports relating
to offences and disturbances such as damage
to people's property, upturned garbage bins
and later night partying.
In order to offset these occurrences, the
number of police on the island has been bol-
stered by four additional officers from the
Latrobe Valley. They have been undertaking
night patrols both on foot and in vans and
mainly along the foreshore and Esplanade in
Police are advising the community to dial
000 to report complaints and to do so at the
time they occur.
A former State Government Tourism and Major Events Minister of seven years standing is the new chairman of the Destination Phil-
lip Island Board. He is the Hon John Pandazopoulos (front left), pictured at this week's board meeting, with fellow members Fergus
Cameron, Nicoleta Giurgiu, Michaela Salvato (new board member) and Kim Storey (DPI general manager). Back, from left, are Wayne
Reid OAM (retiring board member), Tony Holland, Peter Laydon (retiring board member), Teresa Mahood, Yann Duroselle (new board
member), Geoff Moed and Pauleen Boulton (DPI coordinator).
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"I look forward to working
with the tourism industry, gov-
ernments at all levels, and the
local community, as we grow a
sustainable tourism economy to-
Retiring Board members at
the AGM Peter Laydon and
Wayne Reid were thanked for
their input as foundation mem-
bers of DPI, by outgoing chair
Peter and Wayne were present-
ed with Phillip Island local pro-
duce hampers and thanked for
their support over the past two
and a half years.
Two new board members
Yann Duroselle (accommo-
pertise) and Michaela Sal-
vato (board and accounting
expertise) were welcomed to the
The board membership in-
cludes a diverse range of skill
sets to deliver the Phillip Island
Strategic Tourism Plan, now in
its second year.
DPI will also be involved in the
development of the Phillip Island
2035 Tourism Strategy Plan.
The board looks forward to
strengthening its work with both
the Bass Coast Shire Council and
the local community.
Board members are John Pan-
dazopoulos, Fergus Cameron,
Yann Duroselle, Nicoleta Giurgiu,
Tony Holland, Geoff Moed and
Cr Kimberley Brown is the Bass
Coast Shire nominee, and ob-
servers include Teresa Mahood
(shire Tourism coordinator) and
Chris White (Tourism Victoria).
Destination Phillip Island is
recognised as the independent
peak body for Phillip Island tour-
It is governed by an appointed
skills based board.
The board's focus is on devel-
opment of the tourism industry
in the region; strategic tourism
development; and advocacy for
The latest release of Tourism
Satellite Accounts illustrates the
importance of tourism to the lo-
In 2013-14, the tourism in-
dustry contributed an estimated
$655 million to the Phillip Island/
Bass Coast economy (39.4 per
cent of gross regional product)
and employed approximately
6400 people (43.3 per cent of re-
The Annual Report and DPI
Board profiles are now available
on the organisation's website -
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