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WHYTESANDS ESTATE, COWES
Why is it that the contract on Settle-
ment Road reconstruction, required
mitigation action to manage air emis-
sion such as airborne dust and dirt,
but Council does not consider it nec-
essary to manage air emission on once
sealed roads that they have returned
to gravel and which are known to have
a dust problem? This question was put
by Surf Beach resident, Lou Pecora, to
the December council meeting.
Cr Crugnale reported that the recon-
struction of Settlement Road was un-
dertaken by a contractor appointed by
Under EPA guidelines for the manage-
ment of a construction site, civil con-
struction contractors are required to
manage airborne emissions from their
These guidelines are not applicable to
an existing road network.
Under the Road Management Act a
responsible authority has the power to
decide the way in which their road net-
work will be managed. This includes the
power to decide levels of intervention for
when a road requires renewal or main-
tenance and levels of service – including
levels of service related to dust. In the
case of roads that were subject to a dust
suppression trial in 2005-2007, Council
has adopted a management approach
through Council resolution.
This resolution means roads that had
a primer seal dust suppression appli-
cation during the trial, would be man-
aged in a particular manner including
improving the road surface by remov-
ing the failed primer seal and applying a
light re-sheet once the road has reached
a condition rating of 7 or higher.
At the end of the dust suppressant trial
an evaluation was undertaken and pre-
sented to Council in 2010 for decision
and the program was not continued to
other unsealed roads in the Shire.
It was decided to continue to support
Council’s Urban Streets Improvement
Policy which ultimately aimed to bring
all urban streets in Bass Coast Shire
Council to a sealed status.
This policy has recently been revised
by the adopted Urban Roads and Drain-
age Improvement Policy which includes
a priority list and program of areas to be
considered for upgrade.
The policy also allows for residents
to approach Council to consider an up-
grade for their area outside that pro-
gram, if they can demonstrate that 70%
of property owners in the area are willing
to contribute to the upgrade.
This policy provides Council with the
framework to permanently resolve con-
cerns with dust that the community may
have coming from unsealed roads in ur-
In the interim, under the Road Ser-
vices Asset Management Plan, Council
will continue to provide safe and efficient
access to all residents with appropriate
THE problems experienced by Surf
Beach residents living along the Espla-
nade at Surf Beach were raised at the
December council meeting, this time by
Mr Pecora posed the following ques-
1. What has been the cost so far in
maintaining the sections that have
been returned back to gravel on The
Esplanade at Surf Beach and Sun-
derland Bay, and also on other busy
roads that have been returned to grav-
el; and how does that compare to the
cost of maintaining a primerseal ap -
plication for the same period of time?
2. Can Council provide the cost
comparison of maintaining gravel
roads with that of the better perform-
ing primerseals over a five-year pe-
3. If the cost of maintaining a prim-
erseal is less than or similar to main-
taining a gravel road over a five-year
period, does Council consider the
cost of reinstating a primerseal at
about $2000 per 100 lineal metres
is justified in maintaining the health,
wellbeing and liveability of ratepay-
ers who are constantly exposed to air-
Bass Coast Mayor Cr Jordan Crug-
nale responded by stating that a num-
ber of different bitumen mixes were
used for the dust suppression trial,
and a cost comparison should only be
made with the best performing mix.
Cr Crugnale said cost is based on a
four metre wide seal at $4.50 - $5.50
per square metre.
Cr Crugnale further advised that:
1. In August 2013 Council adopted
the Primer Seal Dust Suppressant
Roads – Long Term Management Plan.
The plan identifies costs of maintain-
ing poor performing dust seal roads as
being up to six times more expensive
to maintain than unsealed roads. Feed-
back from council’s maintenance team
is that The Esplanade is performing in
accordance with a standard unsealed
2. Council cannot identify the cost
of roads with a primer seal applied to
a pavement which has not been con-
structed to standard for sealing. As evi-
denced in the dust suppression trial,
applying primer seal to roads which
haven’t been constructed in accordance
with standards is an unknown quantity
number of dust suppression trial roads
which deteriorated quickly resulting in
higher maintenance costs compared to
the unsealed road network.
3. As evidenced from the dust sup -
pression trial the cost of maintaining a
primer seal which has been applied to
a road not constructed in accordance
with standards for sealing is more ex-
pensive than an unsealed road.
SURF Beach ratepayer Lou Pecora told Bass
Coast councillors at the December shire meet-
ing that their response to ratepayers who air
legitimate concerns during question time at
the start of council meetings is “disgraceful” .
Question time at the start of council meet-
ings is the only opportunity ratepayers and
residents have to put questions or express
concern to councillors publicly.
Questions must be lodged in advance of the
However, questioners are often met with
short shrift, and closed down quickly.
On one memorable occasion early in 2015,
a gentleman was ordered to leave the chamber
when he politely persisted with a very legiti-
mate concern he wanted a response from the
council on, but which was not forthcoming.
Ratepayers, particularly those not familiar
with the council process, often leave the cham-
ber disillusioned with what they feel is a dis-
missive reply, that brooks no discussion or
further comment from them that could lead
to a better understanding of the concern be-
Mr Pecora, along with many others, is ex-
tremely upset over the council’s removal of the
dust suppressant surface that was applied to
the Surf Beach Esplanade nine years ago.
The surface was pulled up rather than mon-
ey being spent on reapplication.
Residents want the relatively inexpensive so-
lution to what is a major dust problem for them
Council refuses to accede to this request, and
when the issue is raised during question time,
which it is from time to time, present the same
standard reply telling ratepayers they must wait
their turn for a Private Street Scheme Special
Charge Scheme to be implemented by the shire.
And that, as far as council goes, is that.
Mr Pecora refused on this occasion to accept
the standard monotone response and persisted.
“Can we get a human response to our ques-
tions? We are all sick of the same old standard
response given to everyone who asks this ques-
He described the same old response read out
by the mayor as “predictable, standard and mo-
notonous” and stated that this was unaccept-
“It is disgraceful the way residents are being
treated and the way they are dismissed with
simplistic and unreasonable responses,”
told councillors present.
Mr Pecora, at this point, then ignored several
directions from the chair to sit down, and per-
New mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale, faced with
Mr Pecora’s obvious determination to politely
proceed and present his case, finally gave him
the courtesy of a hearing, to the obvious dis-
pleasure of a number of councillors at the table.
Mr Pecora pointed out to the council that the
Esplanade is a tourist attraction, heavily used
by tourists who enjoy the spectacular Bass
Strait views it offers, but that its use causes
huge dust problems for ratepayers living there.
“We need to get 75% of residents to show an
interest in having a Special Charge Scheme,
but we haven’t been told whether that is for the
roads in question, or the entire estate!
“I still haven’t had a response to my query I
submitted some time ago.
“How many of you councillors live on a dirt
road and how many of you live on a busy one
that is mainly used by non-locals and particu-
larly on very hot windy days when dust becomes
“How many of you have had an essential ame-
nity that you have enjoyed for nine years, sud-
denly taken away from you?
“It has been argued that there are many un-
sealed roads where residents are subjected to
dust. But, how many of those roads carry the
high volume of non-local traffic that The Espla-
“It has also been argued that if you have
bought a property on a dirt road you can’t ex-
pect ratepayers to pay for sealing it.
“That is true if traffic conditions don’t change.
But when they increase in volume and speed
to unacceptable levels by mainly tourists and
other members of the community, then I believe
that we have every right to expect assistance, at
least until we have a chance to vote for a Special
“Did the state government argue that island-
ers chose to live here, so why should they con-
tribute to building the San Remo bridge in
“Did they argue that we should have foreseen
that the 1939 bridge would not cope with future
traffic volumes and they therefore should not
contribute to its replacement in 1969.
“Did the state government argue that the du-
plication of the Bass Highway and the Koo Wee
Rup deviation should be borne by the prospec-
tive shires because residents chose to live there
and now have to put up with the consequences.
“It’s called growth and progress, with up-
grades needed and provided with public funds
for the benefit of all the community.
“Did Silverleaves residents who bought prop-
erties knowing that there was no road drainage,
have to pay for the $90,000 pump installation
for floods that occur occasionally?
“As for the path to nowhere, instead of spend-
ing in excess of $150,000 of ratepayers’ money
for a service which no one asked for and is
rarely used, but is believed to be required for
future tourism, how about spending a fraction
of that amount on something that residents are
screaming for and which tourists and ratepay-
ers are already using it in their droves.
No further response to Mr Pecora’s comments
were forthcoming from council.
Council question time disgraceful, says ratepayer
Why council rules on dust differ
How much to provide quality of life?
IN A major summer coup for Bass Coast libraries, the
popular ‘NGV Kids on Tour’ roadshow will be visiting all
three Bass Coast libraries.
The program, organised by the National Gallery of Vic-
toria to bring contemporary art to children and families
throughout regional Victoria, will give Bass Coast kids
the chance to try out all sorts of arty activities, in an
exciting and fun environment.
Steven Haby, newly appointed Principal Librarian for
the Bass Coast, is excited about the events.
“There’re some amazing arty things on offer, from
decorating footy pots, to drawing, making an art book,
and even making a bottle brush and possum sculpture,”
Mr Haby added that the Library owes a big vote of
thanks to Josephine Kent from Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil, for her amazing work in bringing the tour to the area.
The tour will kick off with a session at Inverloch Li-
brary on Tuesday January, 19 moving to Wonthaggi Li-
brary on Thursday, January 21 and ending at Phillip
Island Library on Friday, January 22.
The sessions will all run from 2.30pm-3.30pm.
Steven says it is important to book early to avoid dis-
“These sessions are free, but we only have a limited
number of places, so you need to book a ticket as soon
Lovers of art, or their parents, should contact their
local library to reserve a ticket for one of these very spe-
cial events, or visit the West Gippsland Regional Library
website at www.wgrlc.vic.gov.au and follow the link to
the library’s booking system.
NGV Kids on Tour roadshow to visit
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