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Rate capping legislation seeks to apply a ‘cap’ on increases to local government
rates. This prevents councils from increasing rates above a limit linked to CPI each
year. The state government has announced the cap will be set at 2.5 per cent in
2016/17. The legislation also allows councils to seek a variation where more rate
income is needed to deliver on community expectations.
How does this affect me?
The rate cap will determine the percentage of Council’s average rates increase in
2016/17. It also means Council is nancially limited in what it can and can’t deliver
for the community, which may affect you directly. Regardless of whether Council
pursues the option of a variation to the cap, there is a need to have a meaningful
discussion concerning the impacts the rate cap model may have on services, capital
projects and Council’s overall nancial position.
How can I get involved?
There will be a series of workshops and forums held as well as the opportunity for
Workshops are being held in:
Wonthaggi – Thursday 28 January, Old Post Ofce Meeting Room,
Cnr Watt St and McBride Ave
2.00pm to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Tuesday, 2 February, Heritage Centre, Thompson Ave
2.00pm to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 8.30pm
All workshops are the same so please choose the time that best suits you.
Alternatively, you can make a personal appointment with a senior member of
Council staff. Please contact Simone Short, Media Communications Ofcer on
(03) 5671 2703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
For more information on how you can get involved and how the rate cap could
impact works and services, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ratecap or contact
Council on the numbers below.
Join the conversation on rate capping
Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | DX 34903 Wonthaggi
PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211
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CURRENT users of the Cowes
Cultural Centre hall are excluded
from the proposed Cultural Centre
The plans reveal the Cultural Cen-
tre hall has been transformed into a
theatre with stage and fixed seating
for 180 people.
Suggestions from the commu-
nity representative on the working
group involved with planning for the
redevelopment of the Cultural Cen-
tre, that the hall be extended and
the space designed with retractable
seating to accommodate multi-func-
tional use, were ignored.
Council officers instead argued
that retractable seating, which is
in common usage in municipalities
across Australia, and which would
result in the space being multi-
functional and able to be used by a
multitude of groups, is not possible
in Cowes, for a variety of reasons.
Council representatives have stat-
ed their decision to include fixed
theatre seating, as opposed to re-
tractable, is based on the following:
Retractable seating would
breach occupational health and
• Labour involved to pull retract-
able seating in and out is excessive
• Damage to the floor if seating is
pulled in and out would occur
• Retractable seating is not as
comfortable as fixed seating
• Ambience: Fixed seating is more
appealing to look at, than retract-
Community groups who use the
hall oppose this reasoning.
They believe the space should be
functional for the largest number of
groups possible, and that fixed seat-
ing will limit its use to just a couple
of times a year.
Offshore Theatre, possibly the
main user group of a fixed seating
facility such as the one that has
been designed, is in sync with other
They agree that retractable seating
and an extended hall space, which
can be partitioned off as needed ac-
cording to the different uses and
functions of the many groups who
require a community hall for a
myriad of activities, is preferable to
Council officer in charge of the
project David Elder argued with
proponents for retractable seat-
ing and retention of a hall space at
the recent exhibition of the Cowes
Cultural Centre Plans that a hall
in Cowes is unnecessary, because
there is commercial space that the
community can access instead.
Partitioned meeting rooms in-
corporated in the design could be
utilised, according to Mr Elder, for
community functions that require
The architect present stated that
120 people could be seated com-
fortably in these meeting spaces, at
a function such as a ball.
User groups say that a public hall
is a requirement for all communi-
ties, large and small, and that an
auditorium is an essential require-
ment in Cowes.
Fixed seating will preclude ac-
tivities such as fundraising lunches
and dinners, community balls, an-
nual events such as this weekend’s
model train show, cabaret nights,
and weddings and parties organised
and catered for by a family them-
selves, who are unable or unwilling
to pay large fees to private enter-
prise for these functions.
hall in new centre
BASS Coast councillors,
commenting on the adop-
tion of a financial strategy
to fund council’s proposed
$15 million Cowes revitali-
sation plan, at the shire’s
December meeting, demon-
strated varying degrees of
Should funding applica-
tions for $10 million from
state and federal govern-
ments be achieved, to add
to council’s $5 million al-
location, and this is by no
means certain, then the
projects will proceed.
If not, they won’t.
This fact failed to deter
some councillors from cele-
brating what they described
as a great achievement.
Cr Neil Rankine was cer-
tainly in self-congratulatory
“I would like to say what
a great council we are,” he
told his colleagues.
“We have identified these
“There is a community
need for this.”
Cr Andrew Phillips de-
scribed the resolution to re-
quest funding from the state
and federal governments as
“a great opportunity”.
“We have heard for so
long that we have not had a
lot of funding going towards
“The community has
asked for this.
“The jetty triangle redevel-
opment is a project that is
Cr Phillips said that The
Cowes Activity Centre Plan
is important for the island.
And he said that the Cul-
tural Centre redevelopment
will provide the community
with a great location to have
a lot of cultural events.
“We will be taking away
some car spaces on the
foreshore, and so the Tran-
sit Centre in Church Street
will be essential.”
Cr Phillips said that it
was fantastic to see a $15
million project for Cowes
“We have gone a long way
to get some great outcomes
for the Cowes and Phillip
Island community,” he com-
Cr Bradley Drew de-
scribed the bundling of
the three priority projects
identified by council as
“We are delivering on
our commitments. If there
is anything we have done
well in our term, it is this
Cr Clare Le Serve was a
little more circumspect.
“The community thought
there would be things hap-
pening straight away,” Cr
Le Serve commented, refer-
ring to the adoption of the
Cowes Activity Centre Plan
at the time that it was hoped
that work would commence
on the jetty triangle area be-
fore the end of 2015.
“The completion of this
will hopefully coincide with
the island’s 150th celebra-
tions due to take place in
2018,” said Cr Le Serve.
“This project will have re-
Cr Phil Wright said that he
did not share the optimism
of his fellow councillors.
“In three years, I don’t
consider we have delivered
at all. Very few capital proj-
ects have been carried out.
“Nothing has happened
with the Cowes Activity Cen-
tre plan. We have now bun-
dled three projects together
and are looking for funding.
“If that works, fantastic.
But if not! Nothing!
“The bigger issue in my
view is: “What are the com-
munity’s priorities for ex-
penditure of government
money in the shire?
“Some would say the re-
development of the Wont-
haggi Secondary College,
or regional hospital, is the
“Some would say a Phillip
Island Aquatic Centre, or
Penguin Parade upgrade is
“There are so many items
“We as councillors have
not faced up to this.
“We oscillate from one to
“But nothing happens.”
The Phillip Island Aquat-
ic Centre Committee and
members of the Phillip
Island Hospital Group (PI-
HAG) believe a plan should
be drawn up for the whole
of the Cowes Cultural Cen-
tre Precinct, before any ap-
plication to government for
funding is made.
$10 million funding sought
BASS Coast Shire Council has reduced
its internally generated greenhouse emis-
sions by 26 per cent over a five-year peri-
od, with much of this achievement thanks
to solar power.
Council has installed solar systems to-
talling 25kW on various facilities across
the municipality, including 12kW at In-
verloch Hub, 5kW on the infrastructure
building at Wonthaggi Civic Centre, 5kW
at Wonthaggi Centennial Centre, 2kW
at the Wonthaggi Depot and 4kW on the
Other activities undertaken to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions have included
environmental upgrades to the Wonthaggi
Civic Centre, such as air-conditioning ef-
ficiency upgrades, day-light dimming and
sensor installation. Retrofits have also
been undertaken in the Inverloch Hub.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale,
said Council is also considering large scale
energy efficiency projects in the develop-
ment of an emissions reduction target for
Council’s internally generated emissions.
“With the current climate Change talks
happening in Paris and such powerful
and ‘last chance, act now’ statements
coming from our world leaders, we can
all do something in our homes, in our
streets and as a collective on varied levels
and as a Council we have a role to play
in leading by example,” Cr Crugnale said.
According to figures from the Clean En-
ergy Regulator, across Bass Coast at the
end of October 2015: 3,017 solar power
systems were installed with a capacity of
9.339kW; and 13.2 per cent of dwellings
have solar installed
If you’d like more information about
saving energy in your home, you can call
Positive Charge on (03) 9385 8555 or
visit postitivecharge.com.au. They offer
free, independent energy advice through
their energy helping, as well as monthly
Bass Coast saving with solar
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