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New centre opens at San Remo
A NEW San Remo Hub, officially
opened by the Scope organisation, now
offers greater opportunities for people
with disability living in this area.
Scope is a not-for-profit organisa-
tion that exists to support people with
physical, intellectual and multiple dis-
abilities achieve their goals in life.
While Scope has been delivering dis-
ability support services from Cowes to
Wonthaggi for the last two years, the
new location at San Remo will reduce
travel time, and allow more time for
the people Scope supports to engage in
their hobbies and interests.
Ron Green, Scope Service Co-ordi-
nator and Manager for this area, is one
of seven staff members based at San
Remo to manage the day programs on
offer to the 15 clients who attend.
The week is filled with a variety of
activities including swimming, visits
to a gymnasium, bowling, community
garden work at PICAL, plus a lot more.
Clients also volunteer their assis-
tance at facilities in the community, and
Scope is always keen to work with com-
munity groups, Ron said.
Jenni Hendy, General Manager Scope
South Division, says the move to San
Remo will provide people supported by
Scope more access to community re-
sources and new opportunities.
“With the roll out of the NDIS across
the country, choice and control have
never been more important for people
with disability,” she said.
“By moving the service to San Remo,
Scope will provide the people we sup-
port with more opportunities in both
the local and wider community, which
will give them more choice of what they
want to do each day.”
Scope Bass Coast Lifestyle Options
is based in the heart of the Bass Coast
People supported at the site will be
surrounded by work and volunteer op-
portunities, new activities to try, and
most importantly; control over what
Hayden Smith is supported by Scope
and says he is very excited about the
“The new office is great! It’s in a good
location and has more room than
where we were before,” said Hayden.
There has already been plenty of
engagement by clients out in the com-
munity, with Scope Bass Coast Lifestyle
Options’ very own rock band Skull
Force performing on the streets of San
Remo to the delight of local shoppers.
Sterling Coulton who is supported at
Scope Bass Coast Lifestyle Options is
enjoying the new location.
“As a member of Skull Force, I prac-
tise my guitar and do my art work when
at the San Remo office,” he said.
The band also performed at the
Gippsland Eisteddfod over the last
World surf event for island?
THE Bass Coast Shire Council have sup-
ported a proposal submitted by Surfing Vic-
toria to conduct the inaugural World Surf
League Phillip Island Pro QS in 2017, with
the preferred date of Melbourne Cup Day.
This World Qualifying Series event would
be a final in the national series of QS 1000
events that will be held in November 2017.
A budget of $40,000 was also approved by
council at its July meeting, to go toward the
conduct of the event, and the Phillip Island
Boardrider’s Club will be invited to form a
community working group to plan for the
Council have also stipulated to Surfing
Victoria that they would like the event to in-
clude junior categories, as well as competi-
tion at senior levels.
A report presented to council on the re-
quest from Surfing Victoria for the shire to
host this World Surf League Series compe-
tition pointed out that Phillip Island has
Victoria’s first national surfing reserve and
world-class surfing venues, but the oppor-
tunities this presents could be far better
During discussion on the request, Cr Phil
Wright pointed out that the economic ben-
efits of having such an event were consider-
able and he felt the $40,000 to be stumped
up by the shire would be easily recouped
“The economic benefit of the junior titles
can be judged by 240 competitors staying
here for ten days and families come too, ” he
“I am confident that the local community
will sponsor this. $40,000 is achievable. ”
Having the local Boardrider’s Group on
the working party to plan for the event was
suggested and supported by all councillors.
Cr Neil Rankine commented that he could
envisage Bass Coast becoming a surfing des-
tination to rival the Surf Coast.
Council will continue to work with Surfing
Victoria to confirm the preferred date and
investigate the implications of including ju-
nior categories in the proposal.
Once the foreshore’s gone, it’s gone forever
ABOUT 500 households in Cowes East have
been urged to join the fight to stop accelerating
Members of the Cowes East Foreshore Pre-
ventative Action Group (CEFPAG) have knocked
on the doors of 500 homes in Silverleaves and
around the Stradbroke and Rose Avenue area
over the past month, to discuss resident frustra-
tion about lack of action to stop rapid erosion,
which is shrinking the much-loved foreshore
CEFPAG member Pat Bowen said household-
ers received information detailing how they could
take action including joining the group, writing to
the Bass Coast Shire CEO, contacting councillors,
and writing to State and Federal Government
“We have received a lot of interest when we chat
to them and everyone we’ve spoken to has a view
that something should be done,” Pat said.
“People can see the erosion is definitely getting
worse, even just this winter. You can’t say it’s not
getting worse, given the evidence is so clear.”
Pat said while the majority of those door-
knocked felt the issue was serious and the shire
needed to quickly take action, some people be-
lieved the sand regularly came and went.
“Yes, sand comes and goes but the foreshore
doesn’t come back again. Trees don’t come back
“There are swathes of trees and bushes, de-
cades old, which are disappearing and the fore-
shore is moving further and further back. We
can’t get that back.”
He added that some residents thought the ero-
sion was being caused by people walking on the
“That’s clearly nonsense. In Silverleaves there’s
just not the population of people walking on the
edge to cause that much damage.”
Pat said CEFPAG was escalating its campaign
in the lead-up to the council elections in October,
which will see a CEFPAG candidate stand.
The campaign follows last week’s announce-
ment by a frustrated Silverleaves resident who
has vowed to erect a series of public billboards
targeting the shire.
These actions follow regional and national ero-
In June, huge waves and king tides pummelled
the NSW coast, eroding about 50 metres of Nar-
rabeen and Collaroy beaches, where a number of
badly damaged waterfront properties were at risk
of toppling into the sea.
Pat said CEFPAG had consistently been calling
on the Bass Coast Shire to take action – including
building groynes, rock walls and even temporary
sandbagging – only to be told the shire was moni-
toring the situation.
“That’s their only official response. If they are
monitoring it then they should be doing some-
thing because it is clear action is needed,” he said.
“It gives one a lot of comfort to know it’s being
Members of the Scope Bass Coast Lifestyle Options rock band “Skull
Force” entertained guests at the opening of a new hub in San Remo which
will offer greater opportunities for people with a disability. Band mem-
bers, with their individual band names, are Sam ‘Chaos’ Haycroft, Stir-
ling ‘Silver’ Coulton, Kenny ‘Bayhawk’ Galvan, Hayden ‘Hades’ Smith,
and Youki ‘Dragon’ Innes. The band also performed at the Gippsland Ei-
steddford over the weekend.
Pat Bowen (pictured) and members of the Cowes East Foreshore Preventative Action
Group (CEFPAG) have knocked on the doors of 500 homes in Silverleaves and around the
Stradbroke and Rose Avenue area over the past month, to discuss resident frustration about
lack of action to stop rapid erosion, which is shrinking the much-loved foreshore zone.
Ron Green, Scope Service Co-ordinator and Manager at San Remo,
with Kerryn Watt, Vicki Williams and Harry Green, who enjoy participat-
ing in the day programs on offer from this not for profit organisation.
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