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chick killed in Cowes
LOCAL Hooded Plover Watch vol-
unteers are distraught and angry at
the recent killing by a loose dog of
the last chick of an original clutch
of three at a roped off refuge area
on the beach west of the Anderson
Road boat ramp.
At 7am on Sunday, February 14,
volunteers discovered the mauled
body of a hooded plover chick with-
in the beach enclosure intended to
protect the birds.
Dog prints all around the body,
and blood from the beak of the
bird, indicate that it was shaken to
death and discarded by a loose dog.
The chick was 31 days old, and
was due to fledge (fly) in four days.
The body of the chick is now in
the possession of a relevant author-
ity, undergoing further investiga-
At the same location on January
29 and February 11, two Hooded
Plover chicks at 15 and 28 days
of age respectively were taken by
roaming cats, with cat prints evi-
dent in the enclosure and leading
into the local foreshore vegetation.
The enclosure has now been kept
in place in the hope that the adult
birds may establish another clutch
of eggs at that location.
The occurrence near the boat
ramp follows a similar incident at
a hooded plover site on the beach
west of Justice Road where on
January 23 a loose dog killed three
chicks in one attack and injured an
In that instance a dead chick
was found by a beach walker who
passed it on to a Hooded Plover
Watch volunteer at the site.
That incident coincided with the
damaging of advisory signs on the
beach and at beach access paths,
according to local Hooded Plover
Hooded Plovers are a protected
species under the Commonwealth
Environment Protection and Bio-
diversity Conservation Act and the
Victorian Flora and Fauna Guaran-
A count undertaken in November
last year revealed that only 41 hood-
ed plovers were present on Phillip
Island beaches, thus the impor-
tance of protecting eggs, chicks and
fledglings, a Hooded Plover Watch
volunteer told The Advertiser.
That volunteer also conveyed
their thanks to the dog walkers
and beach users who responded
favourably to the beach signs and
the presence of the roped off enclo-
sures containing eggs and chicks,
and urged that anyone observing
breaches of the rules on the beach
report any occurrences to either the
council or the Nature Parks.
The hooded plover chick, sur-
rounded by paw prints from a
loose dog. Volunteers who are
working hard to ensure the sur-
vival of this endangered species
are devastated at its loss.
The efforts of volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure the
survival of a hooded plover chick hatched west of Anchorage Beach
were dashed just four days short of it fledging, when the defenceless
creature was killed by a dog.
A TINY band of residents at the fringe
of Bass Coast Shire will fight planning
changes to their farm land.
A group of seven residents in the
town of The Gurdies, which has under
20 residents near Grantville, mostly
farmers, told last week’s shire meet-
ing they will be fighting the rezoning
of their area under the Rural Land Use
Liz McDonald, spokesperson for the
group, said they will be objecting to the
rezoning of The Gurdies from ‘Farm-
ing’ to a ‘Rural Activity Zone’ at State
Government-appointed panel hearings
on March 15 and in the week of April 4
She said residents received letters
last October informing them the area
would be rezoned.
“We attended consultation meetings
and most people had the impression
that the Rural Activity Zone would not
make many changes, so my question is
why do it, why rezone?” Liz said.
“We are not a very loud voice. The Ru-
ral Land Use Strategy is an immense
document, quite daunting in formida-
ble bureaucratic language, and we’ve
tried to make sense of it.
“We are concerned about what the
change will bring, not necessarily in
the immediate future but ever. It allows
for things such as backpacker accom-
modation and trail rides – but is that
horses or motorbikes?
“ The farm zone has worked perfectly
well up to now.”
Council adopted the Rural Land Use
Strategy in August 2013 and in June
2015 resolved to commence a Planning
Scheme Amendment (C140) that intro -
duces the Strategy into the Bass Coast
The document sets out the long-term
vision for the shire’s rural land use.
Climate change forum
NEARLY 200 people attended a fo-
rum at the Wonthaggi Town Hall on
Friday night to listen to the latest
news about climate change from three
world renowned experts following the
UN Paris climate conference last No-
The presenters were Professor of At-
mospheric Science David Karoly, Pro-
fessor John Freebairn, Ritchie Chair
in Economics (both at Melbourne Uni-
versity), and Carol Ride, Convenor of
Psychology for a Safe Environment.
They gave the audience a sense of the
urgency if the world is to stay below
1.5°C warming. The world has already
reached 1°C warmer than pre-indus-
Professor Karoly stated the fact
that sea levels would rise by 5 metres
should we reach 1.5°C.
Professor Freebairn cut through the
political spin of the current govern-
ment’s stance on its Direct Action Poli-
cy, showing the audience the truth that
it cannot in isolation achieve meaning-
With a previous carbon tax, $8 bil-
lion was collected each year and half
of this was recycled to households.
Australia is the only country to re-
move a price on carbon pollution; and
since then our emissions have been
growing, not reducing.
Carol Ride explained how people are
‘wired’ for immediate threats such as
fire and flood, and although we spend
money on insurance, we are reluctant
to act on threats that seem to be more
distant in me and place.
While understanding people’s fears,
we must continue to have conversa-
tions with everyone about climate
The good news is that we know what
we have to do to reduce emissions –
communicating this information to ev-
eryone and getting them to take action
is the challenge.
At the end of question time a motion,
to be sent to all political leaders, was
enthusiastically endorsed by those
present. The motion demands im-
mediate, measurable and substantive
action be taken to reduce Australia’s
greenhouse gas emissions.
As well, documents outlining these
policies and actions, and a timetable
for implementing them, must be pub-
lished and available to all.
The following motion was put to the
meeting and carried.
This meeting understands that cli-
mate change presents a threat to the
life and natural systems of Gippsland
and our planet.
We demand our governments take
immediate, measurable, substantive
action to reduce Australia’s green-
house gas emissions, and adopt with
urgency policies that will ensure a
rapid transition to zero emissions.
Australia must be carbon neutral by
2040 to help limit global warming to
no more than 1.5C.
* A price on pollution
* Ending government subsidies to
fossil fuel industries
* Facilitating rapid and widespread
installation of currently available so-
lar and wind technology
* Financially supporting innovation
and new jobs in renewables, and
* Providing financial certainty for
potential investors in large scale re-
newable energy projects. There are
currently no such investments
We demand that these policies and
related actions, and a timetable for
implementing them, be outlined in a
public document available to all.
Contributed by Groundswell Bass Coast
BASS Coast Shire residents are sign-
ing up to Premier’s Active April to get
their hands on a host of fitness free-
bies and offers to stay active through-
Premier’s Active April encourages
people of all ages and fitness levels
across Bass Coast Shire to dedicate
30 minutes each day to physical activ-
ity for one month to support their long
To help Bass Coast Shire residents
on their way to getting more active,
Premier’s Active April, Phillip Island
Leisure Centre and Wonthaggi Aquatic
and Leisure Centre are offering 10 free
passes to everyone who registers.
Taking part in Premier’s Active April
is as easy as heading to your local
sporting centre, cycling to work, tak-
ing the dog for a walk or playing back-
yard cricket with the family.
Participants can log their Active
April progress online and collect re-
wards in their Virtual Trophy Cabinet.
Participants can also access healthy
recipes, activity programs and motiva-
tional hints and tips from Active April
Everyone who registers will also re-
• Discounts at Sportsmart
• Free tennis court hire at Melbourne
Park or Albert Reserve
• One free Get Into Cardio Tennis
• A two-for-one ticket offer at SEA
LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
• A chance to win great prizes, in-
cluding tickets to the 2017 Australian
Open tennis finals.
People can register now for Pre-
mier’s Active April by visiting: www.
activeapril.vic.gov.au – it is easy to do
and completely free!
Register for Premier’s
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