Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : August 10, 2016 Contents PAGE 6 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
COUNCIL elections will soon be upon us.
So, as a community, should we now think
about what representation is desired to deliver
better outcomes for the Bass Coast Shire popu-
This time there are three wards, down from
seven, with the population almost equally di-
* Bunurong Ward: Cape Paterson, Inverloch,
Pound Creek, Wonthaggi/North Wonthaggi.
* Westernport Ward: South Dudley, Dalyston,
San Remo, eastern end of Phillip Island, the
Waterline community, Lang Lang to Wattlebank
* Island Ward: Eastern end of Phillip Island
as far as the Rhyll Road/Sunderland Bay inter-
Equitable Representation, a concern of many
citizens of Bass Coast in the past, especially
those on Phillip Island, now becomes more of a
reality, with each ward having three councillors
to advocate for and advance the expectations of
The Local Government Act is framed to en-
sure councils deliver to community expecta-
tions and needs by exercising wise manage-
ment over the revenue received.
The diversity of ideas and expectations with-
in the community, coupled with the stringent
parameters of the Local Government Act, does
not make that task easy.
However, could it be managed better?
Therefore, when an election is held, candi-
dates must thoroughly question their capacity
to undertake the role and responsibilities of a
councillor - a role that is similar to that of a
director of a company, utility or other board
of management member, but one which con-
sumes more time and is rewarded with a much
The community, on the other hand, must
know what the prospective councillors stand
for and what special experience and abilities
they can bring to enhance the effectiveness of
decision making and the quality of the services
delivered to the community.
Only then will community satisfaction be re-
corded at a level at the top end of the scale.
Councillors are responsible for making the
policy settings for the council, in line with the
community needs. The council management is
then compelled to steer the operational activi-
ties towards those policy settings and are held
accountable for their performance.
The community has many needs which must
first be heard.
These can then be filtered, consolidated,
costed and if reasonable, delivered in the short
to medium term within the Council Plan and
Budget or, if not immediately affordable but
necessary, included in the long term Strategic
Enthusiasm and drive are good pre-requi-
sites for prospective councillors but is it not
also essential that they possess the skill sets
to be good communicators, negotiators, inno-
vative thinkers and importantly, have an above
average understanding of money management
and the Local Government Act?
In the next article in this series some thought
provoking material will be presented on what
might be seen as the ‘ideal councillor’.
PROOF TO JANE
Support for Wildlife Rescue
and Carers Phillip Island
Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21
from 9.30am - 3.30pm
Outside Cowes Newsagency
Kaylene Mendola (pictured) and Colleen Gilbee who
rescue injured and abandoned wildlife, are facing
CLOSURE due to LACK OF FUNDS. Jude Donahoo is
appealing for community assistance to raise funds for this
very worth while cause through donations of:
Sauces Cakes Jams Vegies Fruits
l Helpers to sell raffle tickets and man stall
And donations towards hamper raffle prize
Call Jude on 0409 961 904 to arrange drop off and
collection or leave non-perishables at Advertiser
or drop at stall on day.
SUPPORT OUR ISLAND WILDLIFE
Enrol to vote in shire elections by August 26
Insight - Council elections October 2016
The first of a series of seven articles leading
up to October council elections
IT’S time for all eligible residents and rate-
payers to enrol for the upcoming Bass Coast
Shire Council elections.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately has
issued a call ahead of the enrolment deadline:
‘You must be enrolled by 4pm on Friday, August
26 to have your say—if you’re 18 or over and
you live or pay rates in Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil, check your enrolment now.’
Australian citizens living within Bass Coast
Shire who have recently turned 18 or changed
their address can enrol or update their details
Paper enrolment forms are also available at
any Australia Post or Australian Electoral Com-
People are already enrolled if they will be 18
years of age or over on October 22, 2016 and:
• live in the council area and are on the State
electoral roll for their current address
• own property in Bass Coast Shire but don’t
live in the council area and are the first or sec-
ond-named person on council’s rate records.
Who has to enrol?
Australian citizens, aged 18 or over on 22
October 2016, living in Victoria, must enrol if
• have never enrolled
• have lived at their present residential ad-
dress for at least a month and have not updat-
ed their enrolment details.
Australian citizens can enrol, check or up-
date their State enrolment details at vec.vic.
Further information on enrolment is avail-
able by calling 1300 805 478 or at vec.vic.gov.
Prospective candidates are reminded that
they must be enrolled for the Bass Coast Shire
Council elections in order to nominate.
Voting is compulsory for all State-enrolled
If voters are required to vote, don’t vote and
aren’t excused, they will be fined.
Voters aged 70 years or older and council-
enrolled voters are encouraged to vote but will
not be fined if they don’t vote.
The Bass Coast Shire Council elections will
be conducted by postal voting.
Ballot packs will be mailed to all enrolled vot-
ers between Tuesday and Thursday, October 4
Ballot packs will not be mailed to voters in
any uncontested wards.
A Bass Coast Whale Trail will be created to highlight well-known whale watching spots
along the coastline. Photo courtesy of Wildlife Coast Cruises.
Now a whale trail for Bass Coast
A BASS Coast Whale Trail between Phillip
Island and Inverloch is to be created, thanks to
a funding grant of $25,000 from the Australian
Government’s National Landcare Program.
The Whale Trail will see the installation of
educational and interpretative signage at sev-
eral well-known whale watching locations
along the coast.
This will give both locals and visitors the op-
portunity to watch for majestic whales during
their annual migration which begins in June,
at the best viewing locations around the coast-
This re-scoped project has taken several
discussions over an extended period of time,
and reflects the preferences of the community,
including Watershed Victoria.
Its potential was identified during develop-
ment of the Kilcunda Foreshore Management
The new project was due to commence at the
end of July, and will involve planning and co-
operation between land managers and stake-
holders, including Watershed Victoria and
The project is supported through funding
of $25,000 from the Australian Government’s
National Landcare Programme.
The number of whales spotted off our coast-
line is increasing annually, with an estimated
30 per cent increase in sightings than oc-
curred 10 years ago.
There have been 83 whale sightings by Wild-
life Coast Cruises between June 2 and last
week, this year. That number is similar to the
numbers recorded last year.
Three species are involved in the sightings:
humpback whales, southern right whales, and
Mika Peters, Environment and Education Of-
ficer at Wildlife Coast Crusies, said this week
that the three most popular sights for whale
watching have been off the Nobbies, Pyramid
Rock and Cape Woolamai, where the great-
est numbers of these beautiful creatures have
been recorded this year; with regular sightings
off Grossard Point and the Punchbowl at San
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Manager Sus-
tainable Environment, Deirdre Griepsma, said
the project will be managed and delivered by
council’s Sustainable Environment Depart-
“Council will co-ordinate the design and in-
stallation of interpretative signage at existing
whale watching locations located along the
coastline between Cowes and Inverloch.
“The project will be conducted in partner-
ship with Whale Watch Gippsland, a local com-
munity whale watching organisation.”
The scope of the project is currently being
It is envisaged that there will be 10 signs at
existing whale watching locations featuring
information on the whale species that pass
the sign locations (eg whale migration, whale
biology, conservation status, where to report
Consultation will need to be undertaken
with the relevant Crown Land Foreshore Re-
serve land managers, including Phillip Island
Nature Parks, the San Remo Foreshore Re-
serve Committee of Management, Parks Victo-
ria and council.
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