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A PROPOSED ‘Slide the Island’ event which was
planned for the main street of Cowes in mid-January
will not proceed, with the organisers running out of time.
Organisers and the Bass Coast Shire Council con-
firmed last week that the event – which would have seen
Thompson Avenue transformed into a massive water-
slide – has been postponed until next summer.
Council’s events co-ordinator, Frank Angarane, said
council supported the event, as did local businesses.
“We’re still keen for it to happen in the future,” he said.
“It would have been a fantastic spectacle.”
Organisers had already obtained a permit from VicRo-
ads and it was all systems go until last week’s announce-
Here’s hoping now for next year.
Smith’s Beach sculptures
rise and demise lamented
A NUMBER of Smith’s Beach readers for-
warded photos on to the Advertiser of these
quirky sculptures that appeared on the pop-
ular surf beach last week.
The structures created much interest with
beachgoers, who were curious about their
origins, and were delighted by them.
Alas, they have now gone, much to the dis-
may of Smith’s Beach resident Noel Halford,
who has sent the following account through
of their rise and demise.
“I have been a long term holiday maker
and property owner at Smith’s Beach and
I have always enjoyed the community spirit
from others who enjoy our unique environ-
ment and contribute in so many ways,” Mr
“The Smiths Beachcomber Association is
a fine example of those who care for their
community and environment.
“This year I had the pleasure of observing
a visitor, who on his own built a number of
small rock creations on our beach each day.
“ People would comment and take pleasure
in watching the scene unfold and in more
recent times they joined with him creating
their own structures.
“ I must say it was wonderful to watch chil-
dren use this form of creativity and be in-
volved as well.
“I eventually met the initiator of this infor-
mal community activity and congratulated
him on his work and community spirit.
“His name is Peter Kay and he is a social
worker involved with elderly citizens, many
of whom come from another culture and
English is certainly their second language.
“I asked Peter if he would mind me men-
tioning his rock structure creativity to the
local media to which he had no objection.
“He believed that activities such as these
are wholesome and bring a community to -
gether, albeit fleetingly over a holiday sea-
“His work clearly provided additional
pleasure to those who walk along our beau-
tiful beach each day.
“Eventually Peter had to return to his
home and left his work to be enjoyed by the
many visitors to Smiths Beach who would
“Sadly, it only took a few days before some
of the work was destroyed, not by natural
elements which may have been expected,
but by a Council employee, who when ques-
tioned by a resident stated he considered
the structures to be unsafe and proceeded
to demolish them.
“What a sad reflection on those who govern
“It is a further example of unwarranted in-
trusion by authorities into our way of life.”
There is however a happy conclusion.
Others are now creating their own struc-
tures, despite bureaucratic interference, Mr
SES volunteers were quickly on the scene last Wednesday after-
noon after high winds brought down a huge limb in the car park at
the rear of Island Surfboards.
The limb crashed onto the top of a vehicle owned by an Island
Surfboards employee, and was hanging dangerously and precarious-
ly over the car park.
SES volunteers Noel Duffy and Brian Asbury (pictured) removed
the limb in sections, in a fairly dangerous operation, and soon had
the area safe.
Noel has thanked drivers for heeding the SES flashing lights to al-
low the SES vehicle to get through the heavy holiday traffic to get to
the scene after the limb came down.
The news, however, was not good for the owner of the almost brand
new car. Sadly, it was a write off.
An almost brand new vehicle
parked in the car park at the rear
of Island Surfboards was writ-
ten off, when this huge gum limb
came crashing down in last week’s
THE Phillip Island SES is always looking for
new members, to help with the vital work that it
carries out in the community.
The local unit welcomes anyone interested in
joining the SES to come along to a regular training
night session and learn about the work the unit’s
volunteer members carry out.
Training sessions are held each Wednesday
at the SES Unit in Settlement Road, Cowes, at
7.30pm; or contact Di Duncombe on 0400 407
888 or visit www.ses .vic.gov.au and click on the
‘ volunteer’ link.
SES seeks new members
Main street slide
PHILLIP ISLAND & SAN REMO
Quirky sculptures that created much interest at Smith’s Beach last week were fashioned by a visitor Peter Kay (pictured) who said
he wished to provide pleasure to beach goers passing by. In what has been described as a sad reflection on the bureaucracy, however,
a Bass Coast Shire employee came along and demolished them, on safety grounds.
“It’s a further example of unwarranted intrusion by authorities into our way of life,” says Smith’s Beach resident Noel Halford, who
believes the action was unwarranted.
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