Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : January 6 2016 Contents PAGE 2 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016
COWES resident Walter
Broussard pointed out to
councillors that the ex-
tremely high cost of the
of the Wonthaggi Aquatic
and Leisure Centre, at a
council’s consultant’s es-
timate cost of $22.5 mil-
lion, is being driven by dry
area usage, not the pools.
aware that their own con-
sultants estimated that
Aquatic Centre patronage
at the Wonthaggi Centre
would increase by only
11 swimmers a day after
the proposed redevelop-
ments?” Mr Broussard
“How do councillors jus-
tify that proposed level of
spending, when the Won-
thaggi Aquatic Centre is
already a well-functioning
and adequate centre, and
Phillip Island has no such
Once again, the re-
sponse issued to Mr
Broussard failed to direct-
ly answer his question.
No- one at the council
table seemed at all inter-
ested in the astounding
figure he had just deliv-
ered, nor take his query
The usual pre-deter-
mined rote response was
delivered, with the usual
council voice of authority.
Cr Crugnale stated that
the redevelopment of the
Wonthaggi Aquatic and
Leisure Centre is driven
by the fact that it is an
ageing asset, and its re-
development needs to be
planned for both current
and future users of the
“The Concept Plan was
prepared in consultation
with all user groups as
well as being informed by
“The Bass Coast Aquatic
Strategy was adopted by
Council at the June 2015
“The Aquatic Strategy
provides strategic justifi-
cation for two pools with-
in the municipality.
“This has led to funding
being available in the cur-
rent budget to undertaken
a concept design for an
aquatic centre on Phillip
Island at the preferred lo-
And that was that!
Phillip Island Aquatic
Centre secretary Peter Mc-
Mahon also posed a ques-
tion to councillors relating
to the need for aquatic fa-
Mr McMahon said that
he noted in the Decem-
ber council agenda “po -
tentially over the next
two years $13 plus mil-
lion is to be spent on ma-
jor infrastructure, while
no Aquatic Centre expen-
diture is planned until
2021/22 for Wonthaggi;
and 2023-26 for Phillip
Mr McMahon said the
timing might fit the coun-
cil’s strategy “but does it
fit in with community ex-
pectations, ” he queried.
“ If not, does council
feel they should revisit
this issue again.”
Again, his question was
Cr Crugnale respond-
ed that: The Long Term
Financial Plan aims to
guide council in its fi-
nancial decision making
with any commitments
to funding services or
projects being made at
the annual budget pro -
The major capital proj-
ects identified in the
LTFP for the next two
years relate predomi-
nantly to the Bass valley
Children’s Centre and
projects in Cowes.
These are council’s
current priorities for Ma-
jor Capital Projects.
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“It would have been better not to have had it, than
present such a poor show,” was his view.
There were many who agreed with him.
Bass Coast Shire Council issued a permit for use
of the toilet block for the fireworks display on New
In the past, displays have always been ignited from
the end of the Cowes pier.
A spokesperson for Parks Victoria said on Monday
that there had been no application made to it for a
fireworks display in Cowes on New Year’s Eve.
Police have also expressed their concern over the
large numbers of youngsters assembled on the Cowes
pier in the very early hours of New Year’s Day.
A 19 year old man fell from the structure which is
fenced only on one side, at about 2am, on to the sand
at low tide.
He was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne
in a critical condition, with spinal injuries.
“The jetty was packed. This will need to be addressed
next year,” a senior policeman has commented.
Police describe the size of the fireworks exclusion
zone on the night as inadequate.
Questions to council on arrangements in place in the
jetty triangle for New Year’s revellers were met with
the response that the event was conducted by the Phil-
lip Island and San Remo Professionals Group, and all
queries should be directed to them.
The group released a press statement on Monday,
which appears on inside pages.
Police say that numerous intoxicated youngsters lay
sleeping on roadsides in and around Cowes following
the festivities, and that this represented a very real
danger to their safety throughout the night.
Police say they were pro -active throughout the day
on New Year’s Eve, working hard to ensure the night
was not overrun by intoxicated youth; adding that the
result could have gone either way in the lead up to
Their resources were stretched significantly with re-
cord numbers of call outs from across Phillip Island
both on the day and into the evening, regularly taking
them out of the Cowes commercial area.
Pleasingly, drug issues of previous years appeared
not to be a major problem this year, they have com-
At San Remo, police say that New Year was celebrat-
ed quietly and in the main, incident free.
Three offenders were charged with possession
of fireworks, and in a Potter’s Hill Road incident, a
small fire resulted from fireworks being ignited on the
The astonishing scenario of a public New Year’s
Eve fireworks event being allowed to launch from
the top of the toilet block at the bottom of Thomp-
son Avenue is being questioned this week by com-
munity members aghast at what occurred in Cowes
last Thursday night.
Aside from the fact that the fireworks event went
ahead against the advice of police and emergency
services, the location chosen from which to fire the
display has caused concern.
Bass Coast Shire Council issued a permit for use
of the site, which they say was ticked off by the CFA
and WorkSafe, with a 10-metre exclusion zone im-
How do you have a 10 metre exclusion zone
around public toilets which are meant to serve 6000
revellers crammed into a small space on the busiest
night in Cowes all year?
Ten metres in any case was clearly not sufficient, if
reports of onlookers sprayed with embers, one man
being burned, and bystanders forced to throw jack-
ets and clothing over children to protect them, is
anything to go by.
Fortunately, no serious injuries were recorded.
Many locals in the crowd looking forward to a New
Year fireworks display say they were embarrassed
for Phillip Island by the quality of the display, and
by the booing and protests from revellers at its con-
clusion; and that the event has damaged the stand-
ing of Phillip Island.
One can only hope that steps are taken by the Bass
Coast Shire Council, to ensure that a similar sce-
nario is never repeated here again.
If we are going to have fireworks, at least make
sure that they are safely executed and done well!
PHILLIP ISLAND & SAN REMO
Nature’s own fireworks
THE best fireworks in the skies over Phillip Island on New Year’s Eve, were arguably nature’s own. Ross Mc-
Grath snapped this magnificent fiery display from west of Pyramid Rock on Phillip Island on New Year’s Eve.
flock to Island
Pool queries get
usual rote response
WITH the arrival of
warmer weather and in-
creased European wasp
activity, Victorians are
being urged not to create
illegal homemade wasp
A number of recipes out-
lining how to use veteri-
nary chemicals to create il-
legal baits have recently
been published online.
Chemicals specialist Ste-
ven Field from the Depart-
ment of Economic Devel-
opment, Jobs, Transport
and Resources (DEDJTR)
said the use of illegal baits
posed an unacceptable
risk to other animals, the
environment and people.
Mr Field encouraged
people concerned about
European wasps to use
products registered for
their control or to engage a
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