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24 hour police
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COWES Police station
will be upgraded to a 24-
hour police station, from
this Sunday, December
20 until the end of the
school holiday period.
Officer in charge at
Cowes, Sergeant Robyn
Heal, said that numbers
at the station will also
be boosted, with an ad-
ditional sergeant and an
additional four officers
being deployed to Cowes
over the summer school
The additional num-
bers will see the 11-man
station increase to 16.
Extended hours will
also be in place at the
San Remo Police Sta-
tion, with one additional
member of the force de-
ployed to San Remo over
the busy period.
Sergeant Heal said
that further additional
police resources will be
in place across the dis-
trict over the New Year's
A 40 year old local
man was found dead in
the vicinity of the Cowes
Rotunda, last Wednes-
The man's body was
discovered by a passer-
by, at about 7.30am.
Police, who were im-
mediately called to the
scene, say that it ap-
pears that the man died
at the scene from natu-
Man found dead
Printed and published by the
editor, Anne Oswin, of Cowes,
and printed under contract by
Express Print, Morwell.
PHILLIP ISLAND & SAN REMO
Clock is ticking for
Bass Coast pensioner
SAN Remo pensioner and re-
tired fisherman, Bill Wintle, was
informed by the Bass Coast Shire
Council a fortnight ago, in a letter
dated December 2, that the shire
intend to sell his Boy's Home
Road property at Newhaven,
to recover an unpaid debt of
Bill received the letter on De-
The Bass Coast Shire has de-
manded that Bill pay the money
in full within the next 11 days, by
December 18th or his property,
which he has owned for the last
42 years, will be sold from under
Bill disputes the amount owed,
which is related to a private street
scheme charge, and says he has
told the council for the last six
years that he is prepared to pay
them, but only after they give him
an itemised account for works
carried out in front of his prop-
erty back in 2009.
They have consistently refused
to do that. Bill refuses therefore
The saga which has taken a
huge toll on Bill's health, and that
of his family, began back in 2009.
The land in question is located
at 18-22 Boy's Home Road Ne-
The property houses a scrap
metal collection, and a bin hire
firm uses it as a base.
In 2009, Bass Coast Shire pre-
sented a Special Charge Private
Road scheme to the property
owners in Boy's Home Road.
Bill said it was rejected by resi-
dents three times.
However, complaints were
made at a high level about the
safety of the road, which was
used by school buses carrying
students to Newhaven College
On this basis, says Bill, the
shire proceeded with the road-
works, and property owners were
presented with an estimated cost,
and told they were liable to pay
for the work.
Each property affected was
assessed according to a spe-
cial calculation. Bill's figure was
"It could be more, it could be
less," we were told, says Bill.
"They never told me the same
figure twice when I asked."
Bill went to VCAT opposing
the scheme, on the basis that the
road was already made, and he
should not be liable for the repair
work that was to be carried out.
"VCAT OK'd the special charge
The Shire applied compound
interest to Bill's debt.
Bill went to the Ombudsman
and the actual cost of the work
was then reduced to $29,223.
He asked for an itemised ac-
count from the shire.
"I was told: No we don't do
"All they had done was carry
out repairs outside my place.
There was no private street con-
Bill said he offered to pay the
shire $15,000, for the kerb and
channel improvements that were
"This figure was based on the
cost of the shire's previous street
scheme at Cape Woolamai, where
an average frontage on the made
road was charged $5000.
"Boy's Home Road was also a
made road. There was no benefit
to me other than the kerb and
The Shire rejected his offer.
By this time, Bill, in his seven-
ties, began studying the laws of
the land, in an effort to under-
stand and determine what his
rights in this situation are.
"The more I learned, the more
reluctant I became to pay what
they stated was actual cost.
"The Act states that if a road
is already bitumenised and then
resurfaced with bitumen, that is
classed as a road repair.
"That is what happened. It was
in fact made more narrow. The
road was only resurfaced, with
the exception of a few hot spots
which were replaced"
"The only improvement in front
of my property was the kerb and
channel. I was happy to pay my
fair share for that. And I wanted
an itemised account."
Bill says that Boy's Home Road
is not a private road. It is classed
as a Tourism Road, a Link Road,
an Arterial Road and a Main
"It brings the majority of the
traffic into and out of the town-
ship of Newhaven, including at
the time ten school buses to Ne-
whaven College daily, which were
the major cause of the road's de-
"It is the responsibility of the
state and the shire to maintain
this class of road, as has just
occurred in Settlement Road,
Cowes, outside the Cowes Pri-
mary School and Children's Hub.
"Property owners there were
not required to pay for the work
"I feel this is discrimination."
Bill said Boy's Home Road was
repaired in two stages, A and B.
Part A involved a roundabout
being constructed for buses, and
he believes property owners were
not charged for this.
He asked the shire to view the
costs and charges for this work,
and to see who paid for what, but
"They refused to give me the
parent copy of what each prop-
erty owner was required to pay,
or paid in the end.
Bill says he has been continu-
ally harassed by the shire over
the years, over the "unjust
debt they say he owes, and his
health has suffered immeasur-
ably because of it.
"This is unjust I feel I am a victim
of cost shifting by the shire. When
the shire interferes with a person's
life savings, I say it is a crime."
Through compound interest
and costs, the debt now being de-
manded is $53,463.
A notice of intention to sell
Bill's land appeared in the Herald
Sun in November, signed by the
Bass Coast Shire CEO "pursuant
to powers delegated to him by an
instrument of delegation dated
November 19 2014."
Bill questions the power of the
CEO to do this.
Bill said he does not recall ever
being served by a court order, on
He has saved money to pay an
amount that he considers to be
fair, and has asked for an ite-
In fact, Bill says an itemised ac-
count was in fact a requirement
under the Trade Practices Act at
the time he requested it.
But the wheels of bureaucracy
have ground on, and Bill is now
just weeks away from losing his
He has until 4pm on December
18th to come up with $53,463,
and his Christmas is looking very
Bill believes he has been un-
justly treated, and is at his wits
end as the clock ticks on.
"I hope this does not happen to
anyone else," is Bill's comment.
"I wonder if anyone else has ex-
perienced what he believes to be
a discriminatory situation, which
Bill has not given up, and in-
tends to fight this action by the
Bass Coast Shire with every
means available to him.
Bass Coast Shire Council CEO,
Paul Buckley, speaking on Mon-
day afternoon, said that council
has been in communication and
has been working with the prop-
erty owner, Mr Wintle, for over
five years to resolve the unpaid
He said that the debt related
to a special charge scheme for
a road reconstruction on Boys
Home Road in Newhaven.
"The property is an industrial
zoned property, not residential,"
Mr Buckley said.
"Council always works close-
ly with affected property own-
ers and puts in place payment
plans to meet the contribution
"No payments have been re-
ceived to date. If Council does not
receive payment by the nominat-
ed date in our correspondence,
then under Section 181 of the
Local Government Act, it may sell
the property to recover payment
of the debt."
Retired fisherman and pensioner Bill Wintle (pictured) was informed by the Bass Coast Shire on
December 7 that council intends to sell his Boy's Home Road property, if an unpaid debt, the shire
estimates at $53,463, is not paid by this Friday, December 18.
Shire $20,000 partner in Australian surf title
It's now official.
BASS Coast will host the Aus-
tralian Junior Surfing Titles
next year after Bass Coast Shire
Council gave the tick of approv-
al to the partnership agreement
with Surfing Victoria at last
week's council meeting.
Churchill Ward Councillor,
Phil Wright, said the Junior
Surfing Titles will be a great
event and investment for the
region, with surfing in Austra-
lia being a multi-billion dollar
"Surfing styles continue to
evolve and so do judging, facili-
ties, management and financing.
It is good to see that Council is
engaged in the new model for Na-
tional Juniors," Cr Wright said.
"There is a great community
outcome with the chance to
watch the new styles of the hot-
test juniors and good economic
benefits for local business. This
is the first step in delivering tan-
gible outcomes for the Surfing
Reserve and ensuring that our
coast is valued and managed ap-
Council will contribute a part-
ner fee of $20,000 to host the
event, which will be held in
2016 on Phillip Island from No-
vember 28 to December 5.
The Junior Titles, which will
be held at Woolamai Beach, with
Flynns Reef and Surfies Point
as back-up venues, normally
attracts around 200 surfers in
the 13 to 19 year age bracket
from around Australia and has
potential to provide economic
benefit of around $300,000 to
The event also gets extensive
media coverage, promoting the
Phillip Island Surfing Reserve
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan
Crugnale said Council does not
have an event acquisition pro-
gram and there would be op-
portunities in various sectors
including the outdoor and wa-
"We have world class sites and
the Bass Strait winds and per-
fect conditions whether they be
surfing, and Cr Wright has been
instrumental in bringing the
Junior titles here to the Shire,
windsurfing competitions in An-
derson Inlet, paddleboarding,
sailing and even land based ad-
venture sports and cycling," Cr
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