Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : December 16 2015 Contents PAGE 22 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015
Recently, a large truck visited
Cowes to re-paint line markings
on Thompson Avenue.
There were two hefty blokes on
the back tray who hopped down
onto the road when the truck
From the truck they lifted a
hefty stencil, placing it so that
they could then spray paint.
The first photo is taken at the
pedestrian crossing near Wool-
worths. Looks like some cost-
cutting policy was in place.
It's only part of the bicycle im-
age that was repainted, just the
part covered by new asphalt.
The second photo shows a de-
livery truck parked right next to
the school crossing.
There's just this and one other
car park before a driveway.
Blocking line of sight for driv-
ers and pedestrian alike, surely
this is dangerous. Should these
parking spots be either scrapped
completely or clearly signed for
Where there are bike tracks at
pedestrian crossings, image on
the first photo is supposed to be
painted, in the bike track, both
before and after the crossing, on
both sides of the road.
There's one immediately be-
hind the truck but three oth-
ers completely missing for the
At Woolworths, they get a com-
plete set of four prints. Surely
the school crossing is at least as
important. If not more so?
Looking forward to seeing
Thompson Avenue upgraded so
it's more friendly towards pedes-
trians and cyclists.
Bernie McComb, Cowes.
So this is Christmas
And if ratepayer's stockings
are looking a little lighter this
year, then Bass Coast Shire
Council can take a good deal of
This year our high taxing coun-
cillors increased residential
rates by a whopping 8.2%, al-
most six times the current CPI
By the end of their current
term, these councillors will have
increased residential rates by an
average of more than 7% each
year, while inflation will have av-
eraged only 2.3%.
Earlier this year, in an attempt
to rein in this constant gouging
of ratepayers, the State Govern-
ment introduced the Fair Go
When introducing the system
the Minister stated: "Our Fair Go
Rates Cap will stop the excessive
rate increases of the past, which
have been at double or triple the
rate of inflation. "
Unfortunately, your local coun-
cillors have developed an un-
quenchable thirst for your mon-
ey.So at last Wednesday's council
meeting they unanimously voted
to accept a council report that
recommends giving the Essential
Services Commission notice of
intention to seek a variation to
That is, they want the ability to
increase rates above the Fair Go
But to have any chance of rais-
ing the cap, they must demon-
strate that they've consulted with
So starting this month you'll
see messages from council ap-
pearing in newspapers, Twitter,
There'll be interviews in news-
papers, and on TV and radio.
And there will be community
I urge concerned ratepayers
to attend any such forums and
make their displeasure known.
Surely we must stop the rates
By their recent history, these
councillors have shown that they
are more than willing to transfer
the household wealth of ratepay-
ers to the coffers of council.
Make no mistake, they will
continue to gouge residential
ratepayers for as long as they
can get away with it, cap or no
But whilst many of us are feel-
ing the squeeze this Christmas,
there are a few in the community
who will be well and truly sing-
ing HO HO HO!
Our council CEO for example.
On top of his eye watering
$300,000 salary, the HR com-
mittee has bestowed upon him
another $20,000 of our money.
How very generous of them.
And we can only guess at what
gob- smacking sums are being
paid to his executive team, too
many of whom he has welcomed
aboard from Latrobe City for my
Kevin Griffin, Inverloch.
Cowes behind the times
I write to you because I am
worried about the different proj-
ects that the council wants to do.
Not that I am against them but
it seems that they have to spend
a lot of money.
I have been to many places
around the world and also in
Australia, where the main street
and the esplanade are the two
most looked after places by the
This does not happen in
I think that it would be fantas-
tic to do a bigger footpath on the
beach side of the esplanade, with
other paths and lighting so peo -
ple can actually enjoy this beau-
tiful place properly.
My son Massimo just went to
Port Douglas and when he came
back he was very disappointed to
see how far behind Cowes is.
Their main street is clean and
well maintained and the gardens
All the shop frontages are kept
up to certain standards.
But at the end of the day, apart
from the weather, Port Douglas
has nothing on Phillip Island.
Let's try a move in the right di-
rection instead of always going
Another thing I don't under-
stand is how the council is con-
sidering constructing a skate-
board park at the front of Mussel
Rocks in a residential area.
I believe this is ridiculous.
The joy of Christmas shines through on the faces of these pre-schoolers from
San Remo Kinder, who performed the annual nativity play as part of end of year
celebrations on Monday.
The star (Yasmin Gloria) hovers over Mary (Abbie Wines) and Joseph (Cruz
Maund) in the real Christmas story, which was performed by the children for
family and friends.
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Beach rescue base
still in planning stages
THE Smith's Beach Association has
been advised by the Woolamai Beach
Surf Life Saving Club (WBSLSC) that the
patrol season at Smith's Beach will be re-
duced this year.
That news was announced in the
Smith's Beach newsletter, issued last
Voluntary and professional patrols
commenced last weekend at Smith's
Beach on December 12 and will run un-
til February 28.
The patrols will then be extended
on an as needed basis after that date,
when large crowds might be expected at
WBSLSC advised in the Smith's Beach
newsletter that it has been working hard
to get the rescue base proposed for
Smith's Beach built.
The Club has a design that has re-
ceived conditional support from the Phil-
lip Island Nature Parks, which manages
the foreshore there; and believes there is
strong public support for the facility.
However, it has not been possible to
find a builder that can construct the de-
sign at a cost the Club feels the commu-
nity could be asked to support.
The structure won't be in place this
season, and although WBSLSC has in-
vested considerable time looking at tem-
porary shelter options for this season,
none have proved feasible.
Voluntary patrol members are there-
fore facing the fourth season of conduct-
ing patrols at Smith's Beach without the
shelter in place.
We're fire ready, are you?
BASS Coast Shire Council is work-
ing to ensure its coastal and bushland
reserves are ready for the coming fire
Council works crew and local con-
tractors have been slashing and re -
moving dead wood to reduce fuel
loads, especially in areas close to
houses and other infrastructure.
Other works include clearing fuel
breaks and fire fighting access tracks,
maintaining fire plugs and improving
Each year, Council work with the
CFA to develop the Fire Prevention
Plan's for each of the coastal and
bushland reserves within the Shire.
These plans outline what works need
to be done to reduce the impact of a
fire with in the reserve.
While Council is working hard to en-
sure our reserves are safe, local prop-
erty owners also need to prepare for
the fire season.
Council encourages residents to en-
sure their property is fire ready. This
• Keep your grass cut to under 10cm
• Remove dry grass, twigs and leaves
• Keep wood piles away from the
• Clear your gutters and roof areas
of any leaves and rubbish
The Country Fire Authority's website
www.cfa.vic.gov.au is a good resource,
as is the Victorian Bushfire Informa-
tion Line on 1800 240 667.
This telephone service is also avail-
able for the hearing impaired via the
National Relay Service on 1800 555
These works are in line with the Fire
Prevention Plans which are available
If you would like more information
on Council's fire prevention activities
in readiness for the fire season please
contact 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or
(03) 5671 2211.
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