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You’re invited to our rate capping and review of the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP)
workshops which will help inuence the 2016/17 Annual Budget.
You’ll have many opportunities to have input with forums, workshops and drop in
sessions starting in January and continuing through to the end of February. This will
help inform the draft budget which will be developed in March.
First community workshops:
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. To RSVP for a workshop or to organise an appointment, please
contact Simone Short, on (03) 5671 2703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
gov.au. If you can’t attend the initial workshops please visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.
au/ratecap to nd out how you can still have your say.
Council’s Community Grants Program has been reviewed. One of the changes is
that Community Grants will be open all year with applications assessed in March
Three information sessions will be held in February 2016 to explain program changes
and how to apply for a grant:
• Coronet Bay – Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4.00 pm to 5.00pm Coronet Bay Hall,
39A Gellibrand St
• Cowes – Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Meeting Room 1, Cowes
Cultural Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue
• Wonthaggi – Monday, 15 February 2016, 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm Old Post Ofce
Building, Cnr of McBride Ave and Watt St
Revised Community Grants guidelines and application forms will be available from
Friday, 29 January 2016 on Council’s website at basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants. For more
information contact Council’s Grants Ofcer on email@example.com
or phone 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
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
Australia Day Celebrations will take place across Bass Coast on Tuesday, 26 January
2016. For the most up-to-date information on Australia Day activities visit the Event
Calendar on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/events.
For a coastal location, local schools have worryingly low swimming competency, according to a recent
feasibility study. File photo of San Remo’s Channel Challenge, this year to be held on Saturday, February
20 at 11am.
Schools need access to a pool
Phillip Island Aquatic
The article below comes from the
November 2010 Phillip Island Aquatic
Centre feasibility study, plus an inter-
view with one of our Committee Mem-
bers, who is a long-time resident of
We hope that once everyone reads
and understands what we are endeav-
ouring to do, you will donate to our $2
million tax deductible fund through
our partnership with the Australian
Sports Foundation (ASF).
At long last, we have a chance to ac-
tually achieve a Phillip Island Aquatic
But I must remind you that, if we
fail this time to reach our fundraising
target, Council will decide to rebuild
Wonthaggi’s Centre first, at a cost to
all Bass Coast ratepayers of $24 mil-
lion, for little real improvement in that
centre’s aquatic facilities.
Discussions were held with four
schools in the immediate catchment
area; San Remo Primary School, Ne-
whaven Primary School, Newhaven
College and Cowes Primary School.
The findings of the consultation are
With the exception of Cowes Pri-
mary School, which has its own pool,
every other school expressed that the
level of activity in aquatic education
activities is lower than is desirable.
Newhaven: Newhaven Primary
School stopped running an aquatic
education program for students fol-
lowing the closure of the Silverwater
Resort pool to non-guests.
Lessons had previously been con-
ducted at the Wonthaggi Aquatic Cen-
tre but the travel time and the lack of
appropriate lane availability resulted
in lessons being discontinued by the
school at that venue.
The teachers now believe that al-
most 50% of children at the school
cannot swim to a level that reflects the
aquatic risks of a seaside area.
They have tried to access Cowes Pri-
mary School pool but there is limited
They believe that the construction of
an aquatic centre on Phillip Island is a
necessity if children are to learn basic
aquatic safety skills.
San Remo: San Remo students par-
ticipate in aquatic education activities
at the Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre four
times per year. In many cases these
lessons are the only time the children
undertake aquatic education activi-
ties. Teachers estimated that at least
10% of students have no water famil-
iarisation experience before attending
The schools would like to offer
more opportunities for students, but
the three hours round trip impacts on
It was believed that the construction
of an aquatic centre on Phillip Island
would result in a significant increase
in aquatic education opportunities for
San Remo students.
Newhaven College: Newhaven Col-
lege utilises the Wonthaggi Aquatic
Centre for swim lessons, with 175
students participating in eight lessons
However, the three-hour round trip
is extremely disruptive to other pro-
The program for senior school stu-
dents is limited due to accessibility
and travel time issues.
The school believes that the con-
struction of an aquatic centre on Phil-
lip Island would result in a significant
increase in aquatic activities and
programs conducted by the school.
This would involve conducting swim
squads, an expanded aquatic educa-
tion program and expansion of cours-
es offered in the senior school.
Cowes: Students at Cowes Primary
School have higher levels of access
to the pool located on their site. Pro-
grams are run in both terms 1 and
term 4 and students experience nearly
20 hours per annum of aquatic educa-
Cowes Primary School is satisfied
that the students at the school receive
adequate aquatic education instruc-
tion and are well prepared to safely
swim in the bay and patrolled open
There was genuine concern that the
low level of aquatic education pro-
gramming at Newhaven Primary and
San Remo Primary fails to provide
children with the necessary skills to
minimise the risk of drowning associ-
ated with living in an area surrounded
There should be opportunities
for all schools in the area to further
utilise the Cowes Primary School and
this should be explored further in the
However, until a year round indoor
facility is created, the travel time to
Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre will con-
tinue to limit aquatic education op-
portunities for children who attend
schools in the Phillip Island and San
The following is PIACF new commit-
tee member Kelly’s story, of why she
Learning to swim on the island
was never an easy task. As a child
you had the option of paid private
lessons at the Anchor Belle, or school
sports in an outdoor pool that ran
for a maximum of three months in a
Being from Cowes Primary School,
I was one of the few lucky ones who
actually had access to that pool.
However, I was never what you
would call a strong swimmer. Ca-
pable, yes, but not strong.
When I enlisted in the Defence
Forces, where your main focus is to
remain fit for duty, it was imperative
that I improved upon my base level
of survival swimming prowess.
So I jumped back into the pool.
Faced with the lack of aquatic facili-
ties provided in our local area, I was
forced to regularly drive the long
(and time consuming) distances to
Wonthaggi, to gain access to a pool
with, at best, only one to two lanes
That is, if they weren’t using those
lanes for their own community swim-
ming lessons, competitive swimming
or senior aqua classes.
Upon incurring an injury I received
treatment from various health pro-
fessionals. All of them came to the
same conclusion, for potential reha-
bilitation whilst avoiding surgery,
low impact exercise and localised
stretching were required, both pri-
marily achieved through water-
Being in my mid-20’s and coming
from a highly active background, I
would not have considered regularly
attending “Aqua Movers”, but that
was the light activity that I was per-
mitted to do, together with my lap
Again, I am required to travel to
gain access to such facilities and
again experience minimal lane
availability and severely limited
time frames to utilise the services.
Every visit is a battle between ex-
acerbating my injury by sitting in
the car for too long and exercising
enough to make the trip worthwhile.
But I don’t have a choice.
As an aquatic centre advocate,
I see it as my responsibility to sup-
port the fundraising goal we’ve spent
decades trying to achieve. No matter
how that task is approached, it really
begins and ends with local support.
Reaching the $2 million goal will
give our kids a better chance of sur-
viving in our (sometimes dangerous)
waters by allowing them to learn to
swim competently on their own turf.
The Centre will also assist every
single age group of our community
to maintain active and good health.
All we need to get this project up and
running is a show of strong commu-
nity backing via your financial sup-
If you would like to help us build
this Aquatic Centre by donating to
our funds, you can do that in one of
the following ways:
For Tax Deductibility
For non-Tax Deductibility
NAB Cowes BSB 083593, Account
No. 560653544. (Make sure you no-
tate your name).
To find out more please visit our
website at www.piac.org.au
Since our 2010 feasibility study was
conducted, Newhaven College has
reduced its classes travelling to Won-
If you have any queries or would like
to suggest ways to assist in fundrais-
ing or committee work please contact:
PIACF Secretary on 0418533256 or
write to PO Box 808 Cowes 3922.
By Peter McMahon (secretary)
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