Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : January 6 2016 Contents PAGE 12 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016
JOY Huson of South Gippsland Own-
ers Corporate has over 30 years’ ex-
perience in the property management
From shopping centre and residential
management to small and high-rise com-
mercial property management, she has a
varied range of industry experience.
She even had a six-month assignment
as manager for all HSBS Bank branches
in the South East of England – many of
the buildings dating back to the 1700s -
imagine the challenges of looking after
heritage-listed properties that pre-dated
Captain Cook’s landing in Australia!
While working in Real Estate at Inverloch
several years ago, Joy noticed a shortage
of Owners Corporate Managers through-
out South Gippsland and Bass Coast.
She jumped at the opportunity to start
training in Owners Corporate Manage-
ment at the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.
After completing the vital qualifications
she decided to set up her own business,
South Gippsland Owners Corporate.
Now, Joy is very excited to welcome
daughter Sarah to the business,
“Sarah has extensive experience as a
high level executive assistant and her or-
ganisational and technical skills will be in-
valuable,” Joy said.
“She will be taking care of administra-
tion, promotions and supporting me with
owner’s corporate management.”
Since leaping into the world of Own-
ers Corporate Management, Joy has
found many of her clients through word of
She believes it is important to provide
exceptional customer service and will
continue to work hard to satisfy her clients’
“I’ve received great feedback from cli-
ents which I am very proud of,” she said.
Maximising the value of assets is a natu-
ral expectation of most property owners,
whether it be a residential, commercial,
retail or industrial property.
To assist in achieving this goal, South
Gippsland Owners Corporate undertakes
regular inspections of properties under its
management, at no extra cost to the client.
“Transparency in financial management
is a primary focus of our business and
our clients know and appreciate this,” Joy
“I don’t want us to be a big business
where we can’t provide first class, prompt
service with fast response times. It’s all
part of the service.”
Corporates in Gippsland
Joy Huson has brought together her many years of experience in the property
management industry to operate South Gippsland Owners Corporate. Rg080116
As professional Owners Corporate managers servicing your community,
we specialise in residential, commercial and industrial strata
management, retail shopping strips and shopping centre management.
We are industry qualified
We have over 30 years property management experience
Are dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service to
We provide 24/7 telephone response
Our rates are competitive
Our reliable team of qualified trades people and contractors will
promptly respond to your emergencies.
“Thank you once again for all your hard work. It sometimes took me
weeks to get a response from our previous Body Corporate managers”
– Dr Greg Bull
Local Professional Management Service
Phone 0408 739 605
LOCAL TO YOU
Phillip Island San Remo Young
Professionals Incorporated (PIS-
RYP) is pleased to announce an-
other successful Phillip Island New
Year’s Eve (NYE) Carnivale was held
in Cowes this year. This marks the
third year the group has organised
and managed the event, to the de-
light of thousands of visitors and lo-
The event drew close to 10,000
people over the course of the day.
Featuring over 70 market stalls,
attractions, rides, local and Mel-
bourne based buskers and street
entertainers, the 2015 Carnivale
culminated in a family-friendly fire-
works display at 9.30pm in Cowes.
The attendance figures are confir-
mation of the community desire for
a NYE event, with an expectation
that a family friendly fireworks dis-
play will be presented at 9.30 pm.
PISRYP would like to take this op-
portunity to clarify a number of in-
correct and misinformed comments
currently circulating in the commu-
nity with regards to the event:
Market stall operators were
charged a modest fee to attend the
event. First preference was given to
market stall operators that are lo-
cally based; in addition many local
traders also took up markets stalls.
The market stall operators were
subjected to incredible difficulties
on the day including the oppressive
hot weather conditions of over 40°C
measured on the street.
The severe heat on the day not
only detracted from the market ex-
perience and visitor numbers, but
also to general trade in and around
the Cowes CBD.
Once the temperature began to
drop, traders and businesses who
remained open found themselves
with very good patronage.
There was a delayed set up and
start as the closure of Thompson
Avenue did not occur until 11am
rather than 8am as in previous
The delayed start resulted in sig-
nificantly reduced trading time for
market stall holders.
The delayed start occurred at the
request of the council staff in re-
sponse to comments made by ap-
proximately 17 individuals.
It should be noted that it was a
condition of the event permit that
the majority of affected traders
needed to support the event in or-
der for it to proceed. The event pro-
ceeded with an overwhelming 80%
support of local traders. Written
details of all data was presented to
The event was entirely self-fund-
ed, with the exception of a commu-
nity events grant awarded by Bass
Coast Shire Council to the value of
$5000. These funds were used to
cover insurance costs, administra-
tion costs, event safety and man-
agement costs, first aid costs and
associated expenses incurred with
the planning and deployment of an
event for up to 10,000 people.
A condition of the grant funding
was that these funds not be used for
a fireworks display.
The fireworks display was entirely
self-funded. The funds for the fam-
ily-friendly display at 9.30pm came
from private donations from local
businesses along with the revenue
generated from the market stall and
Bass Coast Shire Council did not
fund the fireworks display.
The event was organised and
managed by a group of highly moti-
vated and dedicated volunteers.
Despite numerous requests for
additional community input and
support via a series of organized
public meetings, no input or sup-
port was received from any indi-
vidual or other local organisations.
It is noted that the local media
reported that the regional tourist
group DPI raised concerns about
“event safety” yet offered no direct
input, support or resourcing to
the event organisers to assist with
mitigating risk associated with the
“event safety”. In relation to event
safety, the following should be not-
Prior to the event, no written sub-
missions were provided to PISRYP
from any emergency services outlin-
ing concerns for public safety.
A professional event management
company was appointed to man-
age and mitigate any potential risks
during the event.
Paramedic staff were on duty for
the whole event.
Local business provided fire ex-
tinguishers and staff to mitigate risk
Local business provided regis-
tered security staff from 2pm until
10.30pm to directly mitigate risk
in the event area and indirectly to
support police in the proximity of
Cowes’ only late license venue until
No input or support was received
from the local business and tourism
It was disappointing to see that
PITBA chose not to engage with the
event organisers to discuss how the
event could be improved for the
benefit of all.
This is despite a letter of support
being requested from the organisa-
Despite already having planning
approval for the event, the granting
of an event permit was deferred un-
til the last Council meeting of 2015.
The very late granting of a permit
made the organisation and funding
of a large scale fireworks display
Large scale fireworks require a 55
metre exclusion zone and one could
not be organised on public land in
the available time. In addition, the
cost of setting up the exclusion zone
and the cost of large scale pyrotech-
nics are considerable and in excess
of $10,000; no time was available to
organise sponsorship to contribute
to these costs.
A modest “stadium scale” pyro-
technic display requiring a much
smaller exclusion zone and lower
costs was all that could be arranged
in the given time. The proposed
display was presented by the pyro-
technician to council and local au-
thorities and emergency services in
detail outlining the deployment site,
exclusion zone, length and breadth
of display prior to the event and
agreed upon unanimously.
No incidents were reported to
police or event personnel during
the event, or immediately after the
fireworks display. No arrests were
made, and no major infractions
were reported. At the time of writing
this, we are unaware of any major
or minor incidents that occurred
as a direct outcome of the Phillip
Island NYE Carnivale and fireworks
display. The Police and Council
representatives in attendance were
satisfied with the conduct of the
event and hand-over was success-
fully completed at 11.30pm with no
With respect to the individuals
criticising the display of the fire-
works on NYE on social media
sites, we remind the community
that this event caters for both local
and visitors alike. Many of whom
cannot attend the popular Carols by
the Bay event, and many of whom
are spending their holiday period
on Phillip Island for the first time.
These individuals (many of whom
are ratepayers) expect that one of
the largest tourist destinations in
Victoria will provide them and their
loved ones with a memorable expe-
rience during their visit.
Continued page 13
New Year’s Eve
carnival round up
The Twittersphere went into meltdown on New Year’s Eve over the
disappointing fireworks display at Cowes, first with complaints about
it being 20 minutes late and then with only a couple of fireworks being
launched. It didn’t stop this beautiful Tweet hitting the airwaves, “in
case you missed it”!
By Rob Easton,
Phillip Island San Remo Young
Professionals Inc (PISRYP)
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