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INVERLOCH ratepayer Kevin Griffin,
speaking during question time at the
December Bass Coast Shire Council
meeting, asked council to clarify com-
ments made by Cr Neil Rankine in No -
Cr Rankine suggested at the Novem-
ber meeting of council that the shire
consider acquiring certain proper-
ties with unique environmental values
in future, and that rates could be in-
creased by $20 to fund this.
“ With regard to Cr Rankine’s com-
ments, will council now advise the
community as to the following,” Mr
a) What cash reserves does council
currently have designated for private
property acquisitions, and what is the
value of those reserves?
b) Does council intend to create any
cash reserves for future private prop -
erty acquisitions, and what will be the
value of those reserves?
c) What is the cash amount that coun-
cil intends be added to future rate in-
creases in order to fund the acquisition
of private property?
Mayor Cr Crugnale advised Mr Grif-
fin that council does not have a cash
reserve designated for private property
“ Council has committed to prepar-
ing a property strategy in 2016. Such
strategy may identify future property
requirements and if so will identify
funding options,” Cr Crugnale said.
“ Council’s Long Term Financial Plan
makes no specific allocation for private
Mr Griffin also asked councillors to
elaborate on comments made at the
November meeting, in relation to effi-
“A t the November 18 meeting of coun-
cil, in response to my question, Cr
Crugnale advised that efficiencies are
achieved by not replacing staff who
have left the organisation or whose em-
ployment arrangements have altered.
“ Will council now advise the commu-
nity as to what specific types of altera-
tion to employment arrangements are
deemed to have achieved efficiencies?”
Cr Crugnale said that council does
not make public comment in regard to
specific details on personnel matters,
or alterations to employment.
However, she stated that arrange -
ments resulting in efficiencies include
transition from full time to part time
work and redeployment at lower band-
THE Bass Coast Shire Council will seek
expressions of interest from community
members in the formation of a Smith’s
Beach Drainage Reserve Friends Group.
The reserve is located at the residential
end of Smith’s Beach in an area classed
as of high biodiversity and contains en-
dangered and vulnerable vegetation.
A creek flows through the three hectare
reserve into the ocean.
Management aims for the reserve in-
clude control of weeds, limiting foot
traffic through the reserve to preserve
vegetation, pest animal control, fire risk
management and an indigenous planting
A report to councillors on management
of this reserve stated that council has
become aware of encroachment into the
drainage reserve, and is working with pri-
vate property holders to rectify this situ-
The report commented on significant
public risk with informal access to the
top of the foreshore cliff.
Revegetation of the reserve has com-
menced and a small part is being fenced,
to protect plantings and to inhibit pub -
lic access, the report stated.
It suggested that the fence could be
removed, once the vegetation planted is
While the level of interest in the forma-
tion of a friends group for this area is
assessed, council officers reported the
shire will continue to conduct commu-
nity plantings and revegetation in 2016,
in conjunction with the Smiths Beach-
Future consideration will include im-
proved public access and connectivity to
the natural environment whilst protect-
ing and enhancing native vegetation.
Cr Phil Wright welcomed the move at
the December council meeting.
He said the reserve needed a manage-
ment plan and a committee to look after
“Smith’s Beach did not have the luxu-
ry of suitable town planning back in the
1950s, like all other estates that were
developed on the island at the time,” he
“They went through farms with grad-
ers in those days, and said ‘she’ll be
“There is eight acres at the end of
“The vegetation there is highly valued.
It will be fenced off.”
Cr Wright said the land outside the
fenced area is also critical.
Councillors voted unanimously to in-
vite expressions of interest from com-
munity members to form a Friends
Group in the New Year.
Rankine’s rate increase
Smith’s Beach Reserve Friends Group to be formed
MEMBERS of the Phillip Is-
land community enjoyed the
fifth Christmas Day Community
Lunch which was held at St Phil-
ip’s meeting room, in Cowes.
Volunteers looked after 12
guests who came from all over
the Island and San Remo.
The gathering sat round a large
family style table laid with festive
trimmings donated by the One
Stop Discount Store on top of the
U3A table cloths.
Phillip Island is fortunate to
have a strong community of tal-
ented volunteers who are gener-
ous with their time and skills.
The volunteer cooks and
kitchen staff worked together to
provide a meal of three meats,
scalloped potatoes and salads
purchased form Kristos the day
before, with plum pudding or
fruit salad followed by Christmas
cake and coffee, served to the
guests with a warm and friendly
Some volunteers donated part
of their day before going to their
own celebrations and others
came at the end of their lunch to
help clean up.
Volunteer coordinators Car-
men Bush and Margaret Hancock
said they were very pleased with
the generous response from all
sections of our community, and
would especially like to thank all
volunteers and guests involved in
making the day so successful.
They also extended their
thanks to those local businesses
and service groups who have
generously donated or supported
this event; they include: Phillip
Island RSL, Phillip Island One
Stop Discount Shop, PICAL,
U3A, Judith Wright-Stockdale
and Leggo, First National, YMCA,
Phillip Island Lions Club and San
Remo and Phillip Island Rotary,
and of course St Philip’s Anglican
Church and Rector Greg Magee
for providing the perfect venue
and catering support.
This is the fifth Christmas
Day lunch which has been orga-
nized by a sub- committee of the
Phillip Island Community Ser-
vices Group (PICSG); member-
ship is extended to all service
providers and groups who have
a substantially local (Phillip Is-
land) community focus.
The current membership
includes Bass Coast Shire
Council, Bass Coast Health,
Uniting, Catholic and Anglican
churches, Inter-Church Coun-
cil, YMCA, St Vincent de Paul
Conference, Red Cross, Phillip
Island RSL and the Phillip Is-
land Community and Learning
Guests and volunteers wish each other a Merry Christmas at
the fifth Christmas Day community lunch, held in St Philip’s
Community enjoys Christmas lunch
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