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BASS Coast Shire
Council’s Acting Gen-
eral Manager Gover-
nance and Organisation
Development, Brett Ex-
elby, speaking on Friday,
said that council isn’t
required to apply for a
variance to the rate cap
by January 31.
“It is required to give
notice of intent to poten-
tially seek a variation to
the cap by this date, ” Mr
“ If we hadn’t indicated
this to the ESC by Janu-
ary 31, we would be
locked in to the rate cap.
“ Council has not de-
cided on its rating levels
at this stage, but wishes
to retain flexibility as it
engages with the com-
munity in the lead up to
the 2016/17 budget.
“As per the council
resolution in December
2015, council has given
notice (to the Essential
Services Commission) to
potentially seek a varia-
tion, and is now consult-
ing with the community
and discussing the po -
tential impacts of the
rate cap model.
“A number of work-
shops are being held
next week and will be
followed by a variety of
ties, including drop-in
sessions, an online sur-
vey and one-on-one ap-
pointments with senior
members of staff. ”
In response to the Ad-
vertiser’s request for
information on the rea-
sons why Bass Coast
Shire may seek an ex-
emption, council said
the information can be
found on its website.
Printed and published by the
editor, Anne Oswin, of Cowes,
and printed under contract by
Express Print, Morwell.
Penguins killed after
boom gates smashed
THREE boom gates at the Penguin Parade Reserve
were rammed in the early hours of Saturday morning
and penguins were killed in a rampage that followed.
Police say that after smashing through three boom
gates on the Summerland Peninsula, the occupant/s
of the vehicle/s involved have careered along the
road, killing three penguins in the process.
Phillip Island Nature Parks CEO Matt Jackson and
rangers at the Parade have been shocked by such a
senseless incident, and the deaths of three penguins
in such a deliberate manner.
“The actions were deliberate and dangerous,” Mr
“Our rangers are shocked and distressed by what
CCTV footage from PINP has been handed to po-
lice, and it is hoped that the vehicle will soon be iden-
tified and traced.
Mr Jackson said the gates have been repaired and
the safety of the 30,000 penguins in the Summerland
colony has been secured again.
It is a criminal offence to kill protected wildlife.
It is believed that the vehicle involved will have suf-
fered obvious damage.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may
have information in relation to this wanton act of de-
Police are searching for the vehicle involved
in the ramming of three boom gates on the Sum-
merland Peninsula in the early hours of Saturday
morning. This gate was badly damaged in the in-
Couple rescued from Ancient Rock
A COUPLE who walked on to a narrow rock for-
mation at Cape Woolamai, known as Ancient Rock,
required rescuing on Sunday afternoon.
The 65 year-old man and 58 year-old woman from
Eltham, had gone walking to the Pinnacles from the
track at the end of the Cape Woolamai beach car
park, from there they headed across a narrow rock
formation onto ‘Ancient Rock. ’
The couple were unable to return when gravel on the
steep five metre slope has become loose and moved
when they attempted to cross back to the main land.
Police, CFA, SES, Ambulance Victoria and Phillip
Island Nature Parks, and the Police Search and Res-
cue Squad all responded to a call from the marooned
couple, requesting help.
It took rescuers three hours to bring the couple
back across to solid ground, using a harness and
Fortunately the couple escaped from the ordeal
Police acknowledged the great work of all the res-
cue services that were involved in this incident.
RIGHT: Rescuers construct a harness and rope
line structure on a narrow section of pathway from
the Pinnacles to Ancient Rock, in order to bring a
stranded couple to safety.
ON December 22, 2015 the Min-
ister for Local Government, Natalie
Hutchins, announced a rate cap of
2.5% to apply to all Victorian Councils
for the 2016-17 financial year.
Councils that require a rate increase
higher than the rate cap may apply to
the Commission for a higher cap.
Councils have until January 31 to
notify the Essential Services Commis-
sion of their intention to apply for a
Notifying the Commission of an in-
tention to apply for a higher cap as
early as possible will help to ensure
that the Commission is adequately re-
sourced to assess each application in
a timely manner.
Having passed in Parliament at the
end of 2015, the Fair Go Rates sys-
tem aims to protect ratepayers from
uncontrolled rate rises, which have
on average risen 6% every year for the
However, any council wishing to ap-
ply for an exemption has until March
Under the terms of the legislation,
councils that do apply will be expected
to demonstrate extensive consulta-
tion with their local communities on
whether their ratepayers support
such a move.
Councils have a two-month period
from February 1 to March 31 to sub-
mit an application for a higher cap.
All applications will be made public
on the Essential Services Commis-
sion’s website upon receipt.
The Commission will endeavour to
make its decision in respect of an ap-
plication within two months of receipt.
All Commission decisions will also
be made public, including a statement
of reasons explaining the decision.
The new Fair Go rates system
Council consults on rate
cap, after closing date?
THE approach of Bass Coast Shire
to consultation on rate capping has
been found to be wanting, with a
council community information ses-
sion scheduled two days after a state
government mandated closing date for
council to notify of their intention to
apply for a higher rate cap.
A council consultation session on
rate capping is to be held in Cowes on
Tuesday, February 2, while the clos-
ing date for the shire to notify the Es-
sential Services Commission (ESC) of
their intention to apply for a higher
rate cap is January 31.
The ESC is the authority tasked by
the state government to implement
what is known as the ‘Fair Go Rates
System’ or rate capping.
A Bass Coast Shire information
session on rate capping is to be held
in Wonthaggi on January 28, and in
Cowes on February 2.
The ESC regularly produces a
newsletter for stakeholders and any
member of the public who wishes to
be kept informed of the rate capping
The most recent newsletter of the
ESC contains a reminder to Councils
that they have until January 31, 2016
to notify the Commission of their in-
tent to apply for a higher cap.
The closing date for council submis-
sions of January 31 had been estab-
lished by the ESC earlier in the pro-
cess of the implementation of the Fair
Go Rates System.
The most recent newsletter of the
ESC also advises that all applications
made by council for a higher rate cap
will be made public on the Commis-
sion’s website upon receipt.
Guide not included
In December 2015, the ESC pro-
duced the publication, “The Fair Go
Rates System Guidance for Councils
(2016-17)”, but that guide has not
been included in explanations of rate
capping on the Bass Coast website.
The website of the Bass Coast Shire
has a banner with the title “Long
Term Financial Plan and Rate Cap
Workshop”, which leads to a section
on ‘Consultation’, and what is titled
“Long Term Financial Plan and Rate
Capping – Open”.
None of the ‘Related documents and
links’ in this section of the council
website is the Essential Services Com-
mission guide to the Fair Go Rates
By Maurice Schinkel
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