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Corner of Goodwood Dr. and Elvington Ave, Phillip Island
There's no place like The Island.
Lots up to m
We do not need two
Since the unfortunate amal-
gamation of councils by our ill-
advised Premier of Victoria, Jeff
Kennett in 1994, Phillip Island
rates have escalated massively
and council services rapidly de-
I guess in return for our ex-
pensive rates, at least we have
our rubbish collected weekly and
fortnightly with other occasional
What a great council we are
We do not need more expense
from our Council and two more
councillors will probably be an
excuse for more expenses, with
little more service?
At least it is good to learn that
the State Government is about to
put a leg rope on ambitious coun-
cils, anxious to milk residents
with expensive rates, by limiting
their opportunity to hit residents
with massive increases.
(Name & address supplied)
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we
were to reach Christmas with no
children left in detention centres!
How can we make this happen?
Here is a proposal.
The very positive response to
news of an extra 12,000 refugee
places for people from Syria has
been very heartening. It dem-
onstrates the compassion and
goodwill in our community for
those suffering great adversity.
Why not now invite the com-
munity to sponsor asylum seek-
ers who have health and security
clearances but no clarity about
their future? There is no third
country likely to receive them.
Many of them cannot be re-
turned home, and there are no
spaces for them in the Govern-
ment's current refugee intake.
In recent years the Federal
Government has piloted, and
now established, a community
program which "allows approved
proposing organisations to pro-
pose someone in a humanitar-
ian situation outside of Australia
for a Refugee and Humanitarian
(Class XB) visa. These organisa-
tions would usually work with
supporting community organi-
sations to identify people to pro-
pose, support their visa applica-
tion, and if successful, help them
to settle in Australia."
Up to 500 places are available
in addition to Government-spon-
sored refugee places.
This has been a means of shift-
ing some of the cost of settlement
from Government to the wider
community. Individuals and
community groups have been
very ready to bear this cost and
thus give some individuals hope
for a better future.
We know there are many thou-
sands of asylum seekers both in
Australia and in the detention
centres and no clarity as to how
this situation will change.
Why not tap into the goodwill
in our community, especially as
Christmas approaches, by giv-
ing Australians an opportunity
to sponsor asylum seekers who
have health and security clear-
If children and their families
were given priority for communi-
ty sponsorship, this could soon
mean that there would be no
children left in detention centres.
Everyone agrees locking up chil-
dren like this is terrible. What we
have lacked is a way out of the
We urge the Government to let
the community express tangibly
its desire to see children and
their families freed from indefi-
If this proposal gained bi-par-
tisan support, as has the com-
munity proposal program, then
it can be communicated without
sending any changed message to
the criminals behind people traf-
Statement by Bishop Phil-
ip Huggins, Chair, Anglican
Church of Australia Refugee
and Asylum-seeker Working
Double standards on
I REFER to the article 'More
Problems in Settlement Road'
(Advertiser December 2) and to
Cr Crugnale's response to Mr
Schinkel's query on what mea-
sures are in place to combat air-
borne particles (dust).
Cr Crugnale responded that:
"Mitigation actions included a di-
rection that spreading additives
should be avoided during very
windy conditions; and the use of
water carts was specified to sup-
press dust and additives", which
of course is a reasonable and ap-
propriate measure to take and
I'm sure was strictly adhered to,
but yet impossible to completely
eliminate all airborne dust.
Even with all the measures tak-
en and traffic speeds controlled
to a crawling pace through the
road works, dust was still bad
enough that teachers and chil-
dren were complaining of the
taste of dust in their mouths.
I now refer to the many re-
quests to alleviate the dust prob-
lem on busy roads that once had
a sealed surface and now have
been returned to gravel by coun-
cil.Some of these roads which
service popular beaches and
are also used as scenic drives,
are extremely busy in summer
where the dust problem is most
They do not have any mitiga-
tion action applied to them and
do not have speed control mea-
sures to prevent the high speeds
which is the major factor in cre-
I can assure you that the dust
created by a vehicle travelling at
any speed let alone in excess of
50km/hr on a windy hot day, is
most unpleasant for residents
and the constant stream of pe-
destrians that walk to the beach.
Apparently the dust created
on these roads, which is much
more severe than experienced
on Settlement Road, must not
have the same harmful effect as
experienced by the teachers and
children at Cowes.
The last plea to have some-
thing done by Mr Bob Hayes in
question time to Council on Oc-
tober 21, has again fallen on deaf
ears and the usual standard glib
answer was given.
In other words, Council doesn't
consider the problem outside of
Cowes to be serious enough to
warrant any action no matter
how severe and how long it con-
tinues, as opposed to the lesser,
short term problem at Settle-
I may be mistaken, but it ap-
pears that the health and wellbe-
ing of residents outside of Cowes
is measured at a lesser standard.
Is there a double standard at
Lou Pecora, Surf Beach.
The mystery of
It is not surprising that wal-
labies were not seen by many
farmers on the island over the
Most farms are well away from
the large areas of bushland such
as the Rhyll Swamp and Ne-
whaven Swamp reserves which
are the wallabies natural habitat.
Harry Cleeland is reported to
have seen wallabies in the 1920s
and 30s on the property opposite
the Newhaven Swamp which is
now the flower farm.
In the 1960s a small market
garden was run on the east side
of the Newhaven Swamp and the
owner had trouble with wallabies
eating his vegetables.
Another reason for not seeing
wallabies is that unlike now, they
were very timid.
In 1972 I worked for three
months for the Koala Reserves
Committee of Management in the
Rhyll Swamp and Oswin Roberts
Reserves and never saw a walla-
by but often heard them hopping
through the thick bracken and
Sometime around 1980, a
trailer load of wallabies was
brought over from Koonwarra
and released in the Oswin Rob-
There have also been reports
of wallabies escaping from the
zoo in Thompson Avenue.
The numbers of wallabies have
increased since then.
Whether the current popula-
tion is descended from these im-
ports or from breeding with the
local population is unknown.
John Jansson, Rhyll.
Change to local
Ratepayers Victoria (RV) host-
ed a public seminar, themed "Re-
engineering Local Government",
at the Mulgrave Country Club on
Saturday November 14.
RV President, Jack Davis, in
his welcome speech, said that
this was the first time a Local
Government Minister has met
with a ratepayer's organisation.
Minister Hutchins was well
received by the state-wide audi-
ence and they commended her
personal engagement with them.
Some of the people came from as
far as Mildura and Ararat.
In her speech, she highly com-
mended and supported the
shared ratepayers' vision -- "that
every council is responsive to,
and reflective of their local com-
munity". She also gave a com-
prehensive overview of her plan
to cap council rates and advised
that a bill has been passed in the
Lower House and that she will
now seek the support of the Op-
position to proceed in the Upper
Several questions were di-
rected to the Minister from the
floor and as many as possible
were answered. Due to limited
time, the Minister stated she
would provide a written reply to
all questions that were not ad-
dressed at the meeting.
There were six other no-
table presenters including the
Mornington Peninsula Shire's
CEO Carl Cowie, Cr Rafal Kap-
ton from Casey and Cr Frank
Deutsch from Ararat. They were
all well received by the audience.
Mr Cowie openly spoke of his
peers' remarks about his brave-
ness to present at a state-wide
Mr Davies stated that the Lo-
cal Government Act is broken
and must be fixed, Councils
have abused the Act for their
own benefit for too long and the
time has come for change. Rate-
payers want more say in deci-
sion making by their councils
and it is hoped that the Oppo-
sition Government will support
changes to the Local Govern-
ment Act and impose strong,
good governance controls over
Jack Davis, President Rate-
payers Victoria Inc.
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