Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : June 22, 2016 Edition Contents THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016 - PAGE 15
Fire mess still here
On Christmas day last year there
was a house fire in Winbledon
Heights. It totally gutted one house
and partly burned the other one.
Since then not much has been
done apart from the owner getting
a contractor to remove a couple of
loads of rubbish.
The residents around this property
are very concerned about the safety
factor and have had to remove young
children from the site, replace fenc-
ing that blows down in heavy winds
and even one man mowing the na-
ture strip to make it look at least a
little more respectable.
On windy days and nights, the met-
al from one house bangs and rattles
and we feel this eye-sore is reducing
the value of our homes.
The owner obviously does not live
in the area and does not seem to be
concerned. He did not even have the
courtesy to speak to anyone and let
them know what was going on.
I wonder if he would like this near
Many of us have rung Bass Coast
Shire but so far nothing has hap-
Recently we found water gushing
from a burst pipe in the backyard of
Once again it was up to the resi-
dents to report this.
I am sure, seeing the properties
were rentals that the owner would
have insurance, so we would like to
know why this is not being cleaned
Time to go, Cr Wright
I take umbrage to the opinion piece
by Cr Phil Wright “How many shades
of average” (Advertiser June 15) with
the following comments.
1.That those with the greatest dis-
satisfaction with council are men,.
older people (65+)and Phillip Is-
landers (approximately 30%).
2. Finally younger people under-
stand what the current council is on
about, but not the old men from the
The article in the same column
“Is ignorance bliss” a street survey
asked residents between 18 and 34
on council matters and they were
quick to confess that they took little
interest in municipal matters.
I have over a number years attend-
ed council meetings and information
sessions such as rate capping, cul-
tural centre development and vari-
ous other sessions and also I attend
whenever possible the monthly meet-
ing organised by Cr Phil Wright and
attended by other councillor and find
I would like to point out that most of
the participants at these meetings are
the new younger generations of 50+.
I understand the amount of time
and passion that Cr Wright has put
into the council representing Phillip
Island but I think it is time for Cr
Wright to go. You are so out of touch.
John Trigt, Surf Beach.
Acceptable garbage guide
So the shire council has recently
distributed a comprehensive guide
for the collection and disposal of all
the garbage and rubbish we gener-
ate, which is well worthy of a steady
read by all of us.
And perhaps also by holiday home
owners who are not always au fait
with what’s going on around their
piece of real estate.
A lot of the council’s guide makes
very good sense, better sense if the
major food retailers took notice of
what they are achieving.
It’s not long ago that meat and fish
were wrapped in white butchers pa-
per, vegetables were dumped in your
hessian shopping bag, bread was in
tissue paper and ice creams had to
be eaten quickly.
Admittedly tinned fruit and canned
meats have to come that way, and
likewise with milk. Mind you, our
milk was delivered from a horse-
drawn bulk tanker out in the street,
then measured off into our billy.
But that was a while ago.
The longer I live the more food-
stuffs are presented pre-wrapped,
pre-bunched, even pre-flavoured
and all plastic sealed and laid out in
purpose-made plastic trays.
The corollary of course is the
vast increase in household rubbish,
most of which is not recyclable and
ends up in an enormous hole in the
ground. Think Grantville.
Council’s list of acceptable garbage
all makes good sense, it spells out
what is and not acceptable for this
collection. Recyclable stuff is bottles
and tins and cans and paper and
cardboard but what surprised me
were aerosol cans, which I had imag-
ined would just be waste. But those
huge blocks of polystyrene that sup-
port white goods and electronic pur-
chases don’t have any future use and
so are just buried for future archaeo-
The guide confirms that all green
waste is acceptable at the transfer
stations, for a charge but the trick
for trailer-less householders is to get
this stuff to the station, while being
careful not to include things like aga-
panthus, blackberry, mirrow bush
and other nasties, which are only
good for the garbage truck.
Once we had a chargeable green
kerbside pickup but progress has
moved on from those olden days.
Personal composting systems
make a lot of sense and are great
for any sized garden but there is
the chance you’ll feed a native rat
or a marsupial or whatever it is that
sometimes slinks around at night.
What should be noted is the grand
design and presentation of council’s
valuable waste guide. Good stuff.
Other councils could copy.
Derek Scales, Ventnor.
Lies, lies lies,
says the Premier
There have been a lot of lies told
about the new CFA agreement. And
these lies are causing unnecessary
concern for volunteers and the com-
munities they protect every single
This nasty and spiteful dispute
went on for over 1000 days. It sim-
ply couldn’t go on for another 1000
days and that’s why we’ve brought it
to a close.
Under the agreement, CFA volun-
teer fire stations will continue oper-
ating as they always have – with their
own independence, their own special
connections to the community, and
their own unique knowledge of their
The role of volunteer firefighters in
this state is sacrosanct. At no stage
has our Government questioned it or
It is time to debunk the lies of this
nasty scare campaign:
1. The need to dispatch seven fire-
fighters to a fireground is limited
to 34 integrated stations in highly
populated areas, like Frankston
and Geelong. This won’t apply to the
other 1200 CFA stations around our
state – that’s 97% of them.
2. There is no veto power in this
agreement. Like most workplaces,
there will be consultation on issues
that affect the employment of career
firefighters, such as the recognition
of prior learning. But let’s be very
clear, there is no veto power.
3. The agreement specifically
states that the role of volunteers is
not altered by the agreement, and to
suggest it will destroy the CFA is the
most irresponsible lie of all.
I promise your readers this: by
the time the next fire season rolls
around, this long running dispute
will be behind us, the CFA will be
stronger than ever before, and so
will be the dedicated volunteers who
have protected our state for so many
In the meantime, the Emergency
Services Minister James Merlino
and I will be visiting volunteer and
career firefighters across Victoria to
explain the agreement, to listen to lo-
cal brigades and to honour the work
done by volunteer and career fire-
fighters to keep our state safe.
Hon Daniel Andrews MP Pre-
mier of Victoria.
before Taj Mahal
It’s good news that the Department
of Education is looking to the future
of our state secondary school needs
for the local community of Phillip
Island and closer townships as well.
It’s time the Education Depart-
ment, along with support funding
from the Federal and State govern-
ments becomes a top priority espe-
cially now - in a Federal election year.
There has been talk of land being
set aside at San Remo for this proj-
ect, but, if this land is not yet avail-
able, why not use the Hilton Chad-
wick Reserve in Cowes.
The reserve on the Ventnor Road is
40 acres or 16.18 hectares, plenty of
room for a Secondary School Cam-
pus or Year 7-10 Junior Campus as
well as utilising the land for present
But it must be rezoned for mu-
poses to ensure it cannot be sold off
in the future.
It’s extremely urgent that the
school be built as soon as possible.
The Bass Coast municipality and
particularly Phillip Island more
than contribute to the Victorian
State Economy - maybe it’s time we
stopped being taken for granted.
Bass Coast Council should be lob-
bying the State and Federal Govern-
ments now, or an educational crisis
will be inevitable.
Private Secondary School Educa-
tion is the only other option in this
region so this proposal needs fast
As a parent of two future pupils
and myself a past Wonthaggi stu-
dent - who endured the long ardu-
ous commute daily, this must be a
I’m sure most locals and all par-
ents would rather back this propos-
al, more so than plans such as an ex-
pensive $10 million Cowes precinct
Come on. All levels of government
must come together and pursue this
local demand for a State Secondary
School -or we will never see it in our
Kylie Gilder and Friends, Cowes.
Morning tea for
a good cause
We would like to sincerely thank
the Phillip Island community for its
generous support of Australia’s Big-
gest Morning Tea during May.
We were proud to be one of the
9000 hosts across Victoria who sup-
ported Cancer Council Victoria’s
fight against cancer by attending or
hosting a morning tea.
We are extremely grateful to the
many local businesses who sup-
ported this event and our mega raffle
and made the final tally possible. A
total of $1635 was raised for Cancer
Council Victoria’s prevention pro-
grams, life-saving research and sup-
Examples of how this money will
be invested include:
• Funding for about 280 talented
researchers and their cutting-edge
• Educating the public on how they
can cut their cancer risk through
prevention programs including Sun-
Smart and Quit.
• Staffing Cancer Council’s sup-
port and information line 13 11 20
with experienced cancer nurses who
are there to assist all people affected
Again, we would like to sincerely
thank our wonderful community as
Cancer Council Victoria would not
be able to complete the work they do
without your support and generosity.
Bev Forrest, Palm Lake Resort.
Cost of direct
Questions for candidates: Greg
1. What is the cost in dollars of
“Direct Action” over the years it will
2. How much revenue did the Gov-
ernment lose each year after the Car-
bon Tax was stopped?
3. Is it correct to say that we pay
for Direct Action through our taxes?
Michael Brinkman, Ventnor
(Editor’s note: We have forwarded
your questions to Mr Hunt’s office,
and await a reply.)
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Letters to the Editor
• Local lowdown
A new column in the Advertiser starts this week, profiling
members of our community in a quick Q and A session.
Send your suggestions for future subjects to
John Cook, a retired gardener, is a
well known member of the local com-
munity, who was once head of the Parks
and Garden team for the old Shire of
Phillip Island, in the days when 40 out-
door staff took care of the island’s en-
He recalls laying, at great cost, a sprin-
kler system between Erewhon Point and
“It must be still there,” he muses.
It was installed so that visitors could
enjoy cool green lawns to sit on over
Q. How long have you lived on Phil-
A. I came here to live in 1985.
Q. Why did you move here?
A. I had been living overseas in Africa
and the Middle East working for a Brit-
ish Consultancy Group as a surveyor. I
came home to live here because I mar-
ried a local girl.
Q. What’s your favourite place?
A. I love Silverleaves.
It’s where I have chosen to live be -
cause it is quiet, the beach is beautiful
and it’s safe.
I can hide away, and it’s close to ev-
Q. What would you most like to
change about Phillip Island?
A. We need better infrastructure such
as a hospital and access roads.
I worry about planning on Phillip Is-
land and the number of subdivisions
that are being created on rural land.
Q. Name something that your island
friends and acquaintances would not
know about you.
A. I have travelled a lot in my younger
days and again since I married Peta.
I have travelled through Cambodia,
Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Thai-
land, Japan and China, and loved every
minute of it.
The advantage of travelling individual-
ly is that the locals are more interested
in you, and you learn a great deal from
They go out of their way to help you
and are always very friendly.
James Fisher is a well known local
florist who has worked in Cowes doing
beautiful arrangements for the commu-
nity’s special occasions and celebration
for the past 22 years.
Q. How long have you lived in
A. I ’ve lived here for 22 years.
Q. Why did you move here?
bourne so I went home that night, de-
cided to sell the business, and put my
home in Richmond on the market.
It sold in two days, and I moved here.
The whole process took four weeks.
I chose to come to Phillip Island be -
cause I am a country boy, and wanted to
get back to my roots.
I bought the original hospital in Geni-
sta Street, and turned it into a B and B.
The old Phillip Island Flower Shop in
Chapel Street had a for sale sign in the
window when I was walking past one
day. I thought, this has potential, bought
it, called it Tropical Zone and the rest is
I’m still doing flowers today.
Q. What’s your favourite place?
A. I love the island’s beaches, and I
love the beaches in winter.
Q. What would you like to change
about the island?
A. I would like to re-landscape the
main street in Cowes, to make it look as
though someone actually cares.
And I would like to see the empty
shops in the street filled.
Q. Name something your island
friends and acquaintances would not
know about you?
A. I have met and worked with some
very interesting people, prior to coming
to Phillip Island.
We used to do all the flowers for the
Hotel Como, where many famous people
Liberace was one such person. I deco-
rated his hotel suite with flowers, and his
assistant showed me all his costumes.
That was amazing.
I decorated a suite for Princess Anne at
the St Kilda Travel Lodge.
Also Whoopi Goldberg, who I met. She
was gorgeous. Years ago I was on a TV
show called Good Morning Melbourne
with Annette Alison, doing floral dem-
onstrations once a month. I once did an
entire show with Dame Edna. There were
lots of celebrities that came through Hotel
Como; Raquel Welch, Olivia Newton John
and Neil Diamond to name a few that I
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