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SeaKote is a technologically advanced, self
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SeaKote provides superior long term protection
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Shown here are results from 30 day corrosion
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standards for corrosion in salt water.
Now available from Phillip Island Marine, 14 Beach Rd Rhyll.
1800 15 53 56
At home in his laboratory in Newhaven, industrial chemist Christopher Nor-
thover with his new anti-rust product SeaKote. This spray-on product is now
available from Phillip Island Marine in Rhyll.
rust with SeaKote
ONE of the drawbacks in living in a
coastal area like Phillip Island is the con-
stant threat of rust to outside machinery
and other equipment.
This especially applies to fishermen and
others who like being around the water.
While many accept that rust is a fact of
life, it is now being kept to a minimum
with the launch of a new product called
SeaKote is a spray-on product that is
safe and easy to use. Its main function is
to prevent rust appearing on metals.
In layman’s terms, SeaKote coats the
metal with a colourless film thus protect-
ing it from water and salt.
Along with being waterproof, SeaKote
has the appealing feature of being long
lasting in its application. In fact, labora-
tory trials have shown that SeaKote can
protect metals for over 10 times longer
than its nearest rival!
It is the brainchild of Newhaven resi-
dent Christopher Northover who has
spent more than three years designing,
testing and fine-tuning this invention.
Chris is well qualified to perform this
task as he is both a skilled tradesmen
and a scientist. He began his working
life as an electrical and instrumentation
tradesman (a “dual trader”), then studied
at The University of Melbourne and grad-
uated as an industrial chemist.
This has seen him work for some of the
larger companies, such as BHP Billiton,
working in the iron ore sector in Port
At present, he is working for Origin En-
ergy both onshore and offshore on oil rigs
in Bass Strait.
When he’s not at work Chris enjoys
launching his boat and doing a spot of
His quest for an antirust product led
him to setting up his own laboratory and
spending countless hours in experiment-
ing and perfecting.
“None of the products on the market
could deliver the results that I wanted.”
Other lanolin-based products only con-
tain two components - lanolin and sol-
“The SeaKote formula contains six com-
ponents including powerful corrosion in-
hibitors and lubricants,” Chris explained.
The result of his hard work now sees
a product that has been shown to keep
metal samples 100 per cent rust free af-
ter more than 30 days immersed in salt
Best described as a ‘corrosion inhibi-
tor’, SeaKote is ideal for all types of water
craft, trailers, outdoor equipment and for
“It’s ideal to use on the underbody of
cars and four wheel drives and on boat
trailers, protecting them from salt water
damage during the launch and retrieval of
boats and other water craft,” Chris said.
“It is perfect for the recreational fisher-
man and for the lifestyle of Phillip Island,”
For most effective results, Chris advises
that SeaKote is applied 24 hours before
use, with a second coating increasing lon-
SeaKote is 100 per cent Australian
made and owned, and is now available at
Phillip Island Marine in Rhyll.
Further information can be sought by
telephoning 1800 15 53 56 or by visiting
the website: www.nordkote.com.au
Doesn’t agree with
I’d like to express my disgust at
your recent ‘article’ titled ‘Shame
file.’ Shame on you for generalising!
I am a mother of a teenager who
skates, and I skate myself, and I
can tell you that your ‘opinion’ does
not represent mine or anyone else’s
that I know!
Your ‘shame file’ claims that “a
skatepark at Mussels Rocks” would
be “downright ugly” and suggests
that all skateboarders are graffiti
artists when you question if “graf-
fiti, concrete and skateboards”
would be an asset to Cowes fore-
If you had done any research
what-so -ever, you would see that
most of Australia’s famous seaside
towns have amazing skate parks on
their foreshores (Bondi, Bermagui,
St Kilda, Bar Beach, Cairns and
Port Macquarie... are just some
among many others).
Do you really think our foreshore,
with the run down rotunda, is bet-
ter than theirs?
I believe that having a skate park
built in a public area will actu-
ally reduce the chances of graffiti,
as it is in the open instead of hid-
den away! If you bother to look up
photos of these other famous fore-
shores you will see the skate parks
have been designed to blend in with
the area and a lot of the features are
created to look like artwork as well
as be great skateparks.
Where exactly would you prefer
the locals to skate? At the hovel that
is hidden behind the YMCA, out of
the public eye, where drug dealers
can easily prey on our teens?
And how dare you generalize and
assume that it is local kids who
vandalise and graffiti our local fa-
The graffiti done at Erehwon
Point last weekend was done by
tourists not locals.
Why should we be punished?
I come from a skateboarding
community who are supportive,
friendly, young, old, male and fe-
male... and for you to generalise
that we are all hooligan vandalisers
is really quite disgusting!
Some of our locals kids have
reached national level with skate-
boarding, which is really quite
amazing given the facilities we cur-
rently have. All other large sporting
bodies are provided with a suitable
area to call their own, so why can’t
Local family’s travel weekly
around Victoria, to skate better
parks and take their kids to com-
A world class skatepark would
draw more families to the area, and
give local kids (and adults) some-
where safe to skate and something
positive to do with their spare time.
We are a surfing community and
skating and surfing go hand in
As a newspaper aren’t you sup-
posed to report the news not give
your obviously biased opinion that
clearly does not agree with a large
chunk of the community?
Jess Asbury, Cowes.
Question of support
for Island projects
I was most dismayed to read your
article in the Advertiser (February
24) concerning the Concept Plans
for the Cowes Cultural and Com-
Invitations to attend the mar-
quee at the Town Square last year
were sent to 12,000 residents and
ratepayers with or without holiday
In addition, invitations were also
sent to every community group on
the shire’s email list, and an ad-
vertisement was in this newspaper
in the two weeks prior to the mar-
quee’s opening. I personally made
contact with some of the commu-
nity groups I know of and they were
glad to know of the Marquee’s ex-
What happened after that was up
to the individuals concerned.
Everybody on the Island was in-
vited to attend, 360 chose to do so.
Perhaps the remainder were busy
ferrying children to and from school
or supervising homework; perhaps
others had doctors’ appointments;
we simply do not know.
Neither can we – or you – know
why so many declined to place a
yellow dot on their preferred spot.
Certainly every person was invit-
ed to place a dot, but no one can
therefore come to the conclusion
that those who declined the invita-
tion were necessarily opposed.
As for the Cultural Centre not be-
ing a priority in the Cowes Activity
Plan, I refer you to page 8 of the
Activity Plan Consultant’s Report
which says: 2.2 Connect the Two
Ends of Town: “Redevelop the li-
brary and Cultural Centre site into
a high quality, active public space
that will attract pedestrians and
tourists up Thompson Avenue.”
And on page 46 of the report:
“The centre of the town is not clear-
ly defined and lacks activity and a
key focal point, and represents the
missing link between the two ends.
The Civic and Cultural buildings
are not designed in a way to activate
the town square. The library does
not have a street presence to draw
The working group for the Cowes
Cultural Centre has been very care-
ful to ensure the centre becomes a
focal point at the centre of the town
as the jetty is at the northern end.
We have been most concerned to
heed the views of those currently
using the centre and how these ac-
tivities can best be accommodated.
Clearly council felt the Cultural
Centre would be the key element
to link the Jetty with the Transport
Hub (and also the Medical centre
and one day the Aquatic centre)
making a sensible practical and
useful addition to the Town Square
as a whole. All the tourist informa-
tion, Cowes historical story, and
knowledge base for Phillip Island
will come together for the mutual
benefit and encouragement of the
David Rathgen, Cowes.
1. Everyone who attended the
marquee was not invited to place
2. We agree that it cannot be con-
cluded that those who inspected the
plans and did not place a dot are
opposed. But nor can it be conclud-
ed that they are in favour.
3. As you state, the working party
has heeded the views of current
users of the centre. Current users
were all represented on the working
party, and therefore had input into
the plan’s development.
It is the failure of the plan to ad-
dress the needs of the broader com-
munity that is currently in question.
4. The Cowes Cultural Centre
precinct was discussed as you state
in the Cowes Activity Centre Plan
(CACP)2014. The Cultural Centre
redevelopment however, was not an
identified community priority.
Major Action Projects identified
were the Jetty Triangle, Transit
Centre, All Day Car park and Mus-
sell Rock Skatepark, in that order,
at a cost of $4.1 million.
Under the heading Secondary
Action Projects, and coming in at
Number 7, the paragraph you refer
to is addressed.
It involved redeveloping the li-
brary and Cultural Centre SITE
into a high quality, active public
space “through streetscape and
town square works to activate the
mid-block, at a cost of $510,000”...
and was prioritised under the head-
ing “Secondary Action Projects,”
to be addressed over the next 10
There is no mention in the entire
CACP of a redevelopment of the
Cultural Centre itself at a cost of
No passing trade on
Re: Phillip Island’s Museum
A suggestion of moving the Phillip
Island Historical Society’s Museum
to Churchill Island was made in last
week’s Advertiser. (February 24).
There is no building there avail-
able for us and the location is un-
suitable. Many of our visitors are
just walking past in Cowes at the
current location and come in.
We had over 50 visitors from the
ship, Golden Princess a few weeks
The society is in discussion with
the council to try to improve the
design of the proposed museum.
Members are unhappy with the de-
sign for the following reasons:
The area of the proposed muse-
um is about one third the size of the
current one which means many of
the artefacts will not be on display.
Display cases are planned for the
hall but paintings, fabrics and tim-
ber furniture are damaged by UV
light and cannot be put there.
The displays are spread out with
part in the museum, some glass
cases in the hall and a long “His-
toric time line” in the East Library
This makes it difficult to present
and explain a cohesive display and
with part in the library access may
not always be available.
It will also be difficult managing
school groups and adult groups
with everything spread out.
A storage room and an office will
be on the other side of the Library
when they should be adjacent to the
Museum for convenience.
We often need to photo-copy doc-
uments for visitors or bring an arte-
fact out from storage to show them.
We cannot leave the museum un-
attended so we would have to shut
the museum while we are out.
No provision has been made for
a bigger storage area for the future.
The storage room planned will be
just adequate for our present col-
A significant private maritime col-
lection will eventually go to the mu-
seum if there is space.
We were told initially that because
we only used the museum two or
three days a week it was not used
efficiently and we would have to
share parts of the building with
This is wrong.
The museum is the home for
much of the Island’s valuable his-
tory and is used 100% of the time
for that purpose.
John Jansson, Member Phillip
Island and District Historical So-
Not the time for
In reply to the article in the Ad-
vertiser (February 24) in regards
to nine councillors, I agree with
Cr Phil Wright that now is not the
time to have nine councillors for the
Bass Coast Shire.
It is unrealistic and the cost of
$110,000 per annum cannot be
justified at this time and ratepayers’
money could be better spent.
The comments by Cr Neil Ran-
kine that he was concerned that
giving offence to a State Minister by
objecting to a VEC recommenda-
tion may jeopardise state funding
to council, and that state ministers
are avoiding the Bass Coast Shire;
is a negative attitude.
I am also disappointed by the
mayor’s response that it has been
decided and we have to wear it and
her refusal to support this motion
of writing to the minister.
I am pleased to see that the mo-
tion was carried to write to the Lo-
cal Government Minister Natalie
Hutchins requesting that the status
quo should be maintained.
I had a discussion with a senior
council officer on writing to and
lobbying the minister.
His comments were that it was a
waste of time writing to the minis-
ter as they have already decided –
We need councillors and the shire
to take a positive stand on this mat-
I disagree with Cr Phil Wright that
now is the time to restructure the
John Trigt, Surf Beach.
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