Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : December 9 2015 Contents THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 - PAGE 15
FOUR hundred com-
munity members took
part in the recent Phillip
Island People's Climate
Change march, which
was held in conjunction
with similar events held
across Australia and the
world, to coincide with
the United Nations Cli-
mate Change Conven-
tion, which was held in
Paris and attended by the
in Newhaven, and after
hearing from a number of
speakers, made their way
across the Newhaven/
San Remo bridge where
they were addressed on
the San Remo foreshore
by speakers including
Donna Lancaster, of The
Greens, Moragh McK-
ay, Bass Coast Energy
Co-operative, and Bass
Coast Shire councillor
Kate Bennett, a conve-
nor of the Phillip Island
march, described the
event as a grass roots and
on the Westernport Ho-
tel at San Remo at the
conclusion of speeches,
where they were served
a low carbon menu, and
enjoyed a music and art
performance by the band
Chaos at Play.
Hampers full of locally
produced foods were raf-
fled, with all present en-
joying what they believe
was a very worthwhile
A small band of lo-
cal volunteers worked
hard behind the scenes
to make the day a huge
success and community
groups and the Bass
Shire worked together to
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Four hundred marchers assembled at the park in Newhaven before march-
ing across the bridge to San Remo, as part of Australia-wide Climate Change
marches held to coincide with the UN Climate Change Convention held in
Four hundred march
Climate Change march participants locally head
towards the bridge, en route to San Remo.
There was no doubting the message - coastal ar-
eas such as Phillip Island are susceptible to cli-
Council queried on new
rate cap legislation
INVERLOCH ratepayer Kevin
Griffin expressed his concern over
what he perceives to be the un-
willingness of councillors to cap
Bass Coast Shire rates to the CPI
increase, at the most recent shire
In a question submitted to the
November council meeting, Mr
Griffin said that he had written to
all councillors on this issue.
He said all councillors but one
gave him the courtesy of some
form of reply.
"Regrettably however, in re -
sponding to my query not a single
councillor is willing to restrain the
next residential rate increase to
"It also appears certain that this
council won't restrain its next resi-
dential rate increase to the capped
amount, even though the capped
amount is likely to be around dou-
ble the prevailing inflation rate,"
Mr Griffin stated.
He pointed out that in its final
report to government, the Essen-
tial Services Commission recom-
mended that councils notify any
intention to seek a variation to the
rate cap by January 1 of each year;
and that the government accepted
this recommendation as being at
the discretion of the commission.
"In light of the ESC's recommen-
dation above, will council advise
as to what date it plans to deter-
mine whether or not it will seek a
variation?" Mr Griffin queried.
In response, Mayor Cr Jordan
Crugnale said that council adopt-
ed its Long Term Financial Plan
(LTFP) in April 2015 and that the
plan provides for rate increases in
the order of 4.7 per cent.
"At the time the council also re-
solved to undertake an annual
review of the LTFP as it was ac-
knowledged that circumstances
change and the plan should be up-
Cr Crugnale said the council is
about to undertake its first review
of the LTFP, and must consider the
impact of the new legislation.
"It will be at this point that coun-
cil will determine whether or not
to seek any variation to the pro-
posed cap of 3.05 per cent.
"Please be assured that this will
be an informed decision," Cr Crug-
nale told the questioner.
Port continues to cause concern
THE lease of the Port of Melbourne
and the ramifications for the Port of
Hastings continue to concern Bass
Coast Shire Council, with a notice of
motion moved by Cr Phil Wright sup-
ported by his colleagues.
Cr Wright moved that council write
to the relevant Minister on the Lease
of Port Melbourne, requesting that
before any decision is made, a report
is published and public comment re-
Cr Wright wanted the report to ad-
dress the following:
1. Asset life and function of the Port
2. Location, asset life and function
of Transition Port
3. Opportunities to lease the Port of
Melbourne and Transition Port to the
4. The optimum importation level
of goods into Victoria to ensure long
term sustainable economic growth of
5. The maximum size ships that will
be permitted to enter the ports
6. The peak demand locations in
Victoria including manufacturing and
logistic management industries that
will be using the imported goods
7. A freight strategy to move contain-
ers from ports to demand locations
8. An assessment of export indus-
tries, volumes and freight paths of ex-
ports to Port of Melbourne and Tran-
9. The volumes and freight paths
from Port of Melbourne and Transi-
tion Port to be freighted to interstate
10. The role that the Port of Hast-
ings would subsequently play in Vic-
toria's freight network.
Speaking to his motion, Cr Wright
said that the issue is the fact that Port
of Melbourne is going to run out of
space in another 20 years.
"Municipalities on both sides of the
bay want the Port of Hastings redevel-
opment to go ahead.
"Other councils do not rate West-
ernport's environmental assets as we
"At meetings, it is: Go build the
"I want the Minister to answer these
Cr Clare Le Serve, in support of Cr
Wright, said Bass Coast Council had
made it clear that Bass Coast did have
a point of difference with neighbour-
ing municipalities on this issue.
"The consequences are that if the
Port of Hastings is further developed,
it will affect us, our environment and
our RAMSAR sites."
The motion was carried by council-
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What is a biosphere?
Wright was fairly uncompli-
mentary about the role of
the Mornington Peninsula
and Westernport Biosphere
in the Bass Coast Shire, at
the most recent council
He believes the concept is
not well understood.
His comments were
made when Cr Neil Ran-
kine asked his council col-
leagues to consider install-
ing UNESCO biosphere
logo signage at the entranc-
es to the shire, and as part
of a municipal and town
entrance signage policy.
No councillor opposed
the request, nor comment-
ed on it.
With the exception of Cr
Wright who had the follow-
ing to say: "The concept
has so much potential and
delivers so little.
"No-one understands the
language, or even what this
The motion was carried,
but left no-one any the
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