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$6 million development for Smiths Beach
From page 1.
The plan outlines two sealed carparks for 42
car spaces, as well as a network of new vehicle
and pedestrian access ways.
The main building will be made out of a com-
bination of brickwork, colourbond, weather-
board and timber cladding, aiming to minimise
impact on the environment.
“The proposal will significantly enhance the
experience of camp guests with modern facili-
ties and new activities,” the planning permit
“The existing camp is showing clear signs of
age and it’s the YMCA’s goal to modernise the
facility, improving the level of accommodation
and marginally increasing the range and quality
of outdoor recreational opportunities.”
Sections of vegetation will be removed but Jai
said there will also be new plantings.
“Any vegetation removed to meet bushfire
regulations will be balanced out with extensive
revegetation of indigenous costal species,” he
The plan states that the development “over
time will appropriately blend with the coastal
bushland setting as revegetated zones mature”.
The proposal states that archaeologists and
members of the Aboriginal community attend-
ed the site for three days in June 2014 and
found no Aboriginal objects.
Jai said the YMCA is seeking to extend its
lease on the site from the YCW to about 30
“We want to be as open as possible with the
community about everything planned,” he said.
“I would encourage residents to phone if they
have any queries.”
YCW is named after the Young Christian
Workers movement that still owns the Phillip
Island Coastal Discovery Camp.
It was the YCW Camp Committee Patriotic
Fund that bought the land after World War II
- founding it in about 1946 - for ex-servicemen
and their families to have holidays, which is
still one of the camp’s primary objectives.
The Patriotic Fund was established by Mel-
bourne businessmen running charity events,
with an annual luncheon still held each May to
raise funds for the camp, raising about $7000
a year for maintenance.
In the 70s YCW sold off some land, a section
of foreshore, to the shire council, and another
section on a headland which is now occupied
by St Bede’s College camp.
In the early years two buildings were hauled
to the site on the back of a truck, making a total
of four buildings, as well as manager’s house
From 1978 to 1998 the camp was managed
by Bill Cassidy, whose daughter Janine Courtis
runs the Arthur Phillip Motor Inn in Cowes.
Since 2004 the camp has been managed by
the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association),
which has caused some confusion among lo-
cals, according to Jai.
VCAT to determine Smith’s Beach application
AN APPLICATION for the construction of a
dwelling over seven metres in height at Smith’s
Beach will be decided at VCAT, after the Bass
Coast Council failed to determine it within the
statutory 60 days.
Bass Coast Planning Officers recommended
that the position that council take to VCAT was
support for the application.
However, councillors rejected the recommen-
dation on a vote of 6-1.
Cr Crugnale was the only councillor to support
Council will now oppose it at VCAT on the ba-
sis of maintaining the area’s character and ambi-
ence, and significant view lines.
A similar application for construction of a
building exceeding 7 metres in height in the new
Cape Woolamai subdivision was also refused by
The application, for construction of a dwelling
to a height of 7.5 metres above ground level, at-
tracted 28 objections.
Council planning officers recommended ap-
However, councillors described the new Cape
Woolamai subdivision as an historic and impres-
sive precinct, and felt that 7 metres should be the
height limit in the vicinity of the Woolamai House
homestead, with consideration to be given to ap-
plications exceeding seven metres as the housing
estate fans further out from the historic building.
Councillors noted that this height would be vis-
ible from San Remo and coming over the bridge,
commenting that the application showed the
need for a seven metre height limit to be adhered
to along the coastline, as the impact of anything
higher is significant.
Camp manager Jai Marchinton with Janine Courtis of Cowes, whose father Bill Cassidy
managed the camp from 1978 to 1998.
Jai Marchinton in front of YCW beach,
which derived its name from the camp
The YCW Camp Committee Patriotic Fund
bought the land at Smiths Beach after World
War II, founding it in about 1946, for ex-ser-
vicemen and their families to have camping
“It’s even more confusing because the CYC
(Christian Youth Camps) runs two totally sepa-
rate camps on the island (at the Adventure Re-
sort and on Church Street at The Island).”
The YMCA runs seven camps around Victo-
ria, including at Mt Evelyn and Anglesea, with
most of these as large as the proposed develop-
ment at Smiths Beach, Jai said.
He said the YMCA every year fully sponsors
individuals or groups who can’t afford to attend
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