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will be available to answer your questions and take your feedback.
Grantville – Wednesday, 17 February, 2.00pm to 6.00pm
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Newhaven – Tuesday, 23 February, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, Newhaven Meeting Room,
Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, 895 Phillip Island Road
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Creative Gippsland? Do you want to be involved in this month-long celebration of
the arts during May? Then come along to a session to share ideas and learn more
about how you can get involved.
When: Thursday, 11 February – 5 .30pm to 7.00pm
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The next ordinary meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, 17 February
2016 in the Council Chamber, Bass Coast Civic Centre, Baillieu Street, Wonthaggi.
The meeting will be open to the public from 5.00pm. The agenda will be available
on Council’s website at 5.00pm on Friday, 12 February 2016. This monthly meeting
is the only formal decision-making forum for Council. As a member of the
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Impact of rate capping
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Ordinary Council Meeting
It’s Chinese new year
IT’S Chinese New Year, and local
group the Phillip Island San Remo
Young Professionals (PISRYP) got into
the swing of things last week.
To the great delight of many visitors
and residents, the Year of The Mon-
key was welcomed in across Phillip
Island and in San Remo in authentic
Chinese style, thanks to the efforts of
PISRYP, with Chinese drummers, lion
dances, and crackers in public spac-
es and throughout a range of venues.
The entertainment was provided by
Master Bill and the Melbourne Kuan
Yi Lion Dance Association.
Lions, drummers and a troupe of
15 commenced the festivities at the
San Remo foreshore, moving into
Marine Parade before heading to
Churchill Island where they climbed
the trees and visited the working
After a visit at the Koala Conserva-
tion Centre and blessing ceremony
for Ranger Ian, the lions headed to
the Nobbies Centre and new Antarctic
Experience attractions, showing their
aerobic skill with flair and true style.
The visit concluded with a lion
parade down Thompson Avenue in
Cowes, where a number of support-
ing venues and their patrons were
treated to an up close visit from the
larger than life lions as they danced
along the footpath, through restau-
rants and dining areas and put on an
impressive show leaping from table
The drummers and lions contin-
ued to the Jetty Triangle to take in the
Cowes iconic vista where their sound
was only drowned out by the roar of
the Chinese fire-cracker finale.
Lead lion performer Ian Tsang was
thrilled to have been involved in this
year’s CNY activities on Phillip Island.
“This is the first time we’ve visited
Phillip Island, and it was an honour
to help bring in the Lunar New Year
of the Monkey in such a unique place!
“We hope everyone enjoyed our per-
formance - we can’t wait to come back
again next year!”
And judging by the many smiles
and photos taken by the hundreds
of spectators, the feeling was mutual.
PISRYP secretary Rob Easton said
the group was proud to have brought
a great cultural, grass roots event to
the visitors and residents of Phillip
Island and San Remo.
He thanked the local businesses
who supported bringing such a great
activity into the district.
“Without their support, this event
would not have been able to proceed.
“We see the success of CNY as a fan-
tastic example of just what a unified
business community can achieve
when they begin to work together.”
Chinese New Year festivities con-
tinue across a range of venues for the
Lunar New Year, with special dinner
and retail offers available until the end
of February at many local businesses.
If you are interested in joining PIS-
RYP or volunteering your time and
knowledge to contribute to the suc-
cess of local events like Chinese New
Year, contact PISRYP via email: pis-
Good luck for the Chinese New Year
CHINESE New Year or the Lunar
New Year is a centuries old tradition
that is being celebrated this week by
Chinese patriots the world over.
This year is the ‘Year of the Mon-
The monkey is one of the
12 Chinese zodiac signs. It is the
ninth in the 12-year cycle, and as
the monkey is considered a clever
animal it is usually associated with
The importance of this festive
occasion is explained by local resi-
dent, Mei Ng of the Wing Lock Chi-
nese Restaurant in Cowes.
Mei was born and lived in the
province of Canton (Guandong) in
southern China and has been a resi-
dent of Cowes for the past 27 years.
The new year for Mei and her fam-
ily was always a festive and family
oriented time. It was a much antici-
pated month of enjoyment wrapped
up in age-old customs. Its embodi-
ment is spiritual in that the cus-
toms centre round warding off the
old and welcoming in the new. It
is all about the imparting of “good
luck” wishes to family and friends.
Mei well remembers the lead up
to New Year’s Day (this year on Feb-
ruary 8) which saw a flurry of ac-
tivity in people’s homes in the days
Every room and all the fur-
nishings were thoroughly spring
cleaned, and in some cases, with
walls being repainted and new fur-
“It gives the household a new start
to the year. We’d go out shopping
to the street stalls and buy the new
year decorations, red money enve-
lopes and special foods,” said Mei.
These foods she said included
dumplings, rice cakes and various
fruits and seeds. The choices vary
with the different provinces around
the country as each region has its
“We’d buy bunches of orange and
cumquats branches laden with fruit
to place around the house as well as
bowls of melon seeds and flowers.
It is all for good luck for the coming
year,” said Mei.
The main colour for new year is
red and with gold lettering on the
various decorations, envelopes and
As night fell the younger mem-
bers of the household would put
money into a red envelope and
place these under the pillow of their
grandparents or parents. It is an-
other of the customs to wish them
a year of prosperity and wealth in
their old age.
Out in the streets and in front of
their houses, the townsfolk would
set off fire crackers to welcome in
the new year.
“This is a way of sending all the
old happenings of the past year and
inviting in the new,” explained Mei.
On New Year’s morning the house-
hold awakens to the season’s greet-
ings of “gong xi fa cai” (Happy New
Year) and in the giving of red money
envelopes by the married couples to
the younger members of the family.
Generally the parents present these
to their young children to wish them
luck in the coming year.
“We call these lucky money enve-
lopes,” said Mei.
During the rest of the day and the
coming week, people would be out
and about with baskets laden with
food and gifts as they visited the
houses of family members. It was
an important social occasion that
was strictly observed by all classes
Although she and her extended
family continue to enjoy these cus-
toms, Mei has noticed how these
have changed over time and how
they have been modified by the
younger generation. Much of this
she says has to do with the fact that
life has changed, people are more
educated, have migrated to other
countries and are choosing to travel
All of which has contributed to a
breakdown in traditional thinking
Instead of staying home and
cleaning their houses, Mei says that
many of the Chinese people now
choose to use their week off work (a
public holiday time) to go travelling
and enjoy the time for themselves.
This is particularly so for the
young people who are studying
overseas and cannot afford to re-
turn home or who take the oppor-
tunity to relax or holiday elsewhere.
As far as Mei and the Wing Lock
Restaurant are concerned, this
week and the rest of the month
are among their busiest times of
the year. It is the time when more
Chinese are travelling and heading
south to our shores.
The Ng family celebrated the Year
of the Monkey with a small family
gathering and dinner of their own
before opening the doors of the res-
taurant to welcome in their country-
“We are expecting more Chinese
visitors this year so we are ready to
cater for them in our restaurant,”
The popularity of the island for
these Asian visitors is its natural at-
“The Chinese love coming here be-
cause of the clean, fresh air, clear
skies and to get away from the pol-
lution at home. They think that the
ocean is beautiful and they know
that the food is safe to eat.
“We are looking forward to a busy
new year period and we would like
to wish everyone “gong xi fa cai!”,
Chinese born Mei Ng is celebrating the Lunar New Year by decorating
the family restaurant, Wing Lock in Cowes, with Chinese wall hangings
(left) and in presenting special New Year money envelopes (in hand) to
her closest relatives. These decorations are all symbols of good luck for
the Chinese at this festive time of the year.
Lions, drummers and a troupe of 15 celebrated the Chinese New Year
the length and breadth of Phillip Island and San Remo last Friday, end-
ing up on the Cowes foreshore, with members of the CFA, Rob Easton
front centre (PISEYP secretary) and shire event staff.
Island to host
THE Phillip Island Golf
Club is proud and ex-
cited to announce that it
is hosting the Legends of
Australian Golf on March
This is the first event
of this magnitude to
be staged in South
Managed by the PGA of
Australia, the PGA Leg-
ends Tour is the profes-
sional golf circuit for pro-
fessional golfers aged 50
throughout Australia and
New Zealand, with ap-
proximately $1 million in
prize money on offer each
Former Major Cham-
pionship winners Wayne
Grady (US Open), Ian
Baker-Finch (The British
Open) along with Austra-
lian golfing legends such
as Rodger Davis, Peter
Fowler, Michael Har-
wood, Michael Clayton
and Peter Senior all fea-
ture regularly on the PGA
Increasingly, golf clubs
are finding that a Legends
Tour event is the most
successful way of promot-
ing their facility.
With a high percent-
age of amateur players
at golf clubs being in the
45+ age category, they
remember these players
in their heyday and enjoy
the interaction with some
of Australia’s golfing leg-
The Legends Tour is
a national tour and al-
though the players are
still very competitive in
their golf, they have the
benefit of experience and
present a more relaxed
approach to Pro Am com-
petition, enjoying social-
ising with their amateur
partners both on and off
the course, and are happy
to share stories of years
This event is a great op-
portunity for amateurs to
join some of Australia’s
leading Legend Profes-
sionals and show case the
Phillip Island Golf Club.
The event for the
amateurs will be a
How to enter
Visit the Phillip Island
Golf Club website www.
pigc.com.au and down-
load the entry form.
Entries close Monday,
February 29 and can be
mailed to Legends Pro-
Am PO Box 500, Cowes,
For all enquiries, phone
the Phillip Island Golf
Club Pro-Shop on 5952
1121 or email proshop@
The Phillip Island Golf Club is hosting the Leg-
ends of Australian Golf on March 6 and it’s a case
of all hands on deck with course superintendent
Ryan Hall (left) and pro golfer Marcus Lieberman
(right) ensuring that this course is in prime condi-
tion for this national sporting event.
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