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Mayor and councillors
thanked for listening
CHAIRMAN of the Cowes Community
Committee (formerly Colour in Cowes),
Peter Paul, has commended Bass Coast
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale, Cr Andrew
Phillips and Cr Bradley Drew, for con-
vening a two -hour meeting last week of
representatives of community groups
and community members with con-
cerns over the concept design for the
Cowes Cultural Centre redevelopment,
to voice those concerns.
Mr Paul has had a strong interest in
the redevelopment of the Cowes Cul-
tural Centre, and was the driving force
during his time as a Bass Coast Shire
councillor behind the purchase of the
Dixon land behind the Civic Centre for
the establishment of a Health Hub and
other community facilities.
Mr Paul said that last Tuesday night’s
meeting gave community members not
privy to the plan until it was put on
public display in mid-December, the
opportunity to voice their concerns to
their elected representatives, and com-
mended the councillors involved for fa-
cilitating this opportunity.
He said it was clear that the council-
lors present were listening carefully
to the “logical” community discussion
that took place, and that they under-
stood concern over the current propos-
al was “significant” .
“Two things became patently clear at
that meeting, ” Mr Paul said.
“The floor/hall space in these plans is
inadequate for the needs of our grow-
ing community. ”
Referring to the proposal to trans-
form the present hall into a theatre
with fixed seating, Mr Paul said that
adapting the plan to install retractable
seating would offer part of the solution
to that problem.
“Insufficient floor space has always
been an issue with the Cowes Cultur-
al Centre hall, and this has been dis-
cussed on many previous occasions.
“It is not a new issue.
“It is an old issue, and an issue that
always caused difficulties for commu-
nity groups and for the council.
“ Here we have a wonderful opportu-
nity to address this. We have sufficient
time to get this right, and it is essential
that we do. ”
Community comes first
Mr Paul also expressed the view that
when it comes to use of space in the
building, and by whom, that commu-
nity interests should always take prece -
dence over commercial interests, large
“ In terms of this being a council fa-
cility, community interests should be
paramount, and it should be designed
with the community interest as their
number one priority, over and above
any consideration for commercial in-
“ The meeting was overwhelmingly in
favour of the need for more floor/hall
space in order that the development
accommodates the largest possible
number of users groups of the hall. It
agreed that theatre seating should be
retractable to accommodate this. ”
Mr Paul, who is also a Bendigo Com-
munity Banks Board member, said
that the Bendigo Community Bank last
year committed to help fund a Cowes
Cultural Centre hall to the tune of
“The Community Bank notified the
Bass Coast Shire Council that it would
allocate $250,000 toward this project,
on the basis of provision of an expanded
and multi-use hall being developed and
completed in time for Phillip Island’s
150th birthday celebrations in 2018.”
Mr Paul said it was clear to councillors
that those invited held deep concerns,
and that the opportunity to air them had
been appreciated by all present.
The Phillip Island RSL is calling for Anzac Day Community Award nominations.
Pictured is last year’s winner John Weston, being congratulated by RSL President Tom Mallaghan at
the Anzac Day ceremony in Cowes.
Nominations open for RSL
ANZAC Community Award
PHILLIP Island is extremely fortu-
nate to have many hardworking vol-
unteers assisting the community in
so many areas, whether it be sport,
the arts, health and wellbeing, edu-
cation, or caring for our sick and
elderly members of the community.
For the last two years, the Phillip
Island RSL has recognised these
wonderful people through its Phil-
lip Island RSL ANZAC Community
Award, which is announced on AN-
The award is presented to a mem-
ber of the local community who
demonstrates true ANZAC Spirit by
extending a hand beyond the ordi-
nary in helping others and showing
Last year, John Weston was
John was recognised for his long
history of community service on
Phillip Island, particularly in the
If you know someone worthy to
nominate, visit www.phillipislandrsl.
com.au to submit your nomination.
Closing date is Friday February
Whilst January is an action packed
month of activities with the San Remo
Fishing competition, Inverloch Classic
Timber Dinghy Regatta, Australia Day
gatherings and BBQs across the Shire,
as well as plentiful inside options, we
have been swept with an overwhelming
number of tragedies.
Fatalities in Venus Bay, Cape Woola-
mai, Koo Wee Rup, Koonwarra and
Coronet Bay, casualties and incidents
in Cape Paterson, Inverloch, Wont-
haggi, the Gurdies and Grantville just
to name a few, and near misses every-
where and in between.
Beach, road and fire the protagonists.
On behalf of councillors and staff,
our sincerest condolences to each of
the families and their friends who have
so unexpectedly lost someone dear and
treasured to their heart.
On behalf of councillors and staff,
the biggest arm-wrap and thank you to
all our emergency services, surf clubs,
volunteers, incident control personnel,
local clubs and organisations, and in-
dividuals who have been so brilliant
and super co - ordinated in their res-
cues, responses and public dealings,
not to mention the preventative actions
through direct face to face warnings
As an example, Woolamai Surf Club
has carried out 1150 of these actions
so far this season.
The scope of call outs are quite
broad, the type ranging from sheer ac-
cidents to plain stupidity.
Get your fire ready app, make a plan
and re -familiarise yourself with litera-
ture on rips, tides and water safety.
Keep an eye out for our visitors
from afar. It is the Bass Strait and the
land is dry.
What is happening with the safety
messaging Australia wide? Seems a
massive something has to biff us all
over the head to wake us up to ‘think’
about water and fire in particular.
Our local Surf Life Saving Clubs have
not been immune to dramas and all
have eventful stories to tell.
One that needs no introduction is
Cape Woolamai, which I visited the
weekend prior, that had the mammoth
rescue effort into the night that left two
people dead, five people in shock and
30 surf club volunteers, some as young
as 16, exhausted.
Tragic incidents like these bring peo -
ple and clubs together and President
Georgie Wettenhall and the Committee
have shown leadership in organising
post-incident support and counselling
to their members.
There is a Georgie at every Club along
Woolamai was the first Victorian surf
lifesaving club with female members to
complete their bronze medallions. My
hat goes off to Barb Webb who was one
of the original crew and is now, most
fittingly, a life member. I met Barb
with her husband and they were an eye
catching treat on the sand, in their hot
pink swimming outfits and rashies. All
in the name of Pink Zinc Day – National
Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser
and celebrating the inclusiveness of
Where would we be without these ser-
vices pillars that work so hard to hold
us all up to keep us well and safe?
Thank you to all our pillars.
can now apply for a once-
to visit Vietnam as part of
a study tour to mark the
50th anniversary of the
Battle of Long Tan.
Minister for Veterans
John Eren recently joined
the Vietnam Veterans As-
sociation of Australia Vic-
torian Branch (VVAA Vic-
torian Branch) Education
Team at Albert Park Col-
lege, which teaches stu-
dents about the war that
helped shape Australia’s
Some 60,000 Austra-
lian ground troops, air
force and navy personnel
served in Vietnam, and
521 were killed.
The State Government
and the VVAA Victorian
Branch will support 10
students to see for them-
selves a nation so pivotal
to Australia’s story, and
to learn more about the
sacrifices of our Vietnam
The group will visit Aus-
tralia’s key battle sites, as
well as places of histori-
cal significance in Ho Chi
Minh, Saigon and Hanoi.
When entering, students
are asked to explore the
topic of the “controversial
Vietnam War”, and the is-
sues that prompted de-
bate amongst a nation.
The 13 year war was set
against a backdrop of di-
vided public opinion over
conscription and the use
of chemical and guerrilla
warfare. Students can
make written submis-
sions, or enter craft or au-
dio visual projects.
The Vietnam War His-
tory competition is open
to all Victorian students
in Year 10 and 11 in 2016.
Entries close on March
Teachers wishing to
secure a chaperone posi-
tion are also encouraged
to apply. The study group
will be announced at the
Vietnam Veterans State
Reception at the National
Gallery of Victoria. The
group will travel in Sep-
Small towns can get $350,000 each
SIX small towns with populations
fewer than 2000 people will be grant-
ed $350,000 each for collaborative
projects that leave a lasting legacy of
creativity and artistic passion.
Projects incorporating everything
from design, performance, game
development and film-making to
visual arts, music and beyond con-
“Now is the time to start thinking
about how art can transform your
town,” said Regional Arts Victoria
director Esther Anatolitis.
“Small Town Transformations is
all about contemporary approaches
to creative collaborations that last.
“We’ll be asking for expressions
of interest to be made in partner-
ships, so gather together and be
Expressions of interest from
towns opened on Monday, Novem-
ber 9 and close February 29.
Regional Arts Victoria presents
Small Town Transformations on
behalf of the Victorian Govern-
The first Small Town Trans-
formations from 2012 to 2014
were awarded to Avoca, Dookie,
Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouy-
By Cr Jordan Crugnale
Students can apply to
attend Long Tan 50th
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