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Important information for consideration
given the upcoming Council elections.
Why does Phillip Island require an
Aquatic Centre to be built NOW?
A minimum of 44% of people on Phillip Island could benefit from an Aquatic Centre for
medical help, here is just one who has and is waiting to be able to get involved again.
(Figures from 2011 census)
Eleven years ago one of the members of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Committee
(living on Phillip Island) then in their early sixties, was experiencing the debilitating
effects of two types of arthritis –osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Tiredness,
soreness and difficultly walking more than short distances were some of the debilitat-
ing effects. Then they discovered that Bass Coast Shire Council was providing free
mini-bus transport for Phillip Island (and surrounds) residents to and from the
Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre each Wednesday so that a few interested ratepayers
could use the heated pool at the centre. On Wednesdays, the temperature of the pool
is raised an additional 3-4 degrees so that interested patrons can engage in the cen-
tre–s warm water exercise program –in effect a de-facto water aerobics. The guided
sessions last just one hour each week.
So the particular Aquatic Centre Committee Member started catching the bus to
Wonthaggi each week and continued for the next three months. The positive results
were amazing. –On the first day I did the program, I entered the pool feeling like an
80-year-old, and an hour later left the pool feeling like a 40-year old, with a new
spring in my step. And suddenly my physical health began to vastly improve, and it
never went backwards during the whole three months.– That experience led them to
enrol, ten years ago, at the Y–s Living Longer Living Stronger program at the Phillip
Island Recreation Centre, as a foundation member. They commented to the writer
–That program is great, but how I would love to have easy access to a warm water
program in a pool on Phillip Island, now that I am eleven years older.–
I wonder how many similar stories there are on Phillip Island. What a great exam-
ple of the incredible benefits for improved physical health that could be unlocked for
many residents if the long hoped for building of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre
were to become a reality. This article was written as an interview with one of our
committee members expressing their experience. I ask is Bass Coast Council, reading
this story and are they listening to their ratepayers? Do they care? Why did the free
bus cease to operate?
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Current Vol (ML) 3,218
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There’s still time to complete Census
THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
reminds Australians there’s still time to par-
ticipate in the 2016 Census and help make a
difference to the nation’s future.
Since taking the online Census form down
as a precautionary step on August 9 to pro-
tect people’s data, more than half of Australian
households have now completed the Census.
Head of the Census Program, Duncan Young,
said the online form has been performing
smoothly since it was re-opened, and with good
responses over the weekend, the Census is pro-
“We thank the many Australians who have al-
ready completed the Census and we apologise
again to everyone for the inconvenience caused
on Census night,” Mr Young said.
“If you have not completed the Census, we
remind you to complete it as soon as possible.
“Your information is safe and you won’t be
fined for completing it after Census night, but it
is important to complete the form either online
or in paper as soon as possible.
“If you have lost your online login or require a
paper form, please call our help lines now and
we will send you one. If you are having trouble
accessing the online form, this might be due to
the tight security protocols we have in place, so
please try a different device,” Mr Young said.
The ABS has 38,000 Census field officers
now working across Australia to visit house-
They will remind people to complete their
Census, and make sure they have the Census
materials they need.
Field officers will be able to provide houses
with a 12-digit login code to facilitate online
completion, or provide a paper form, with a
blue reply paid envelope.
Reminder letters containing 12-digit online
logins required to access the online form will
also shortly be sent to households that haven’t
yet returned a Census form.
If you don’t have your login or a paper form,
please wait for your letter or visit.
The Census Inquiry Service is still open sev-
en days from 8am to 8pm local time, to help
with any questions people have about complet-
ing the Census online or on paper.
The dedicated Paper Form Request service is
also still available 24 hours a day.
Important Census numbers:
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS):
13 14 50.
Paper Form Request Service: 1300 820 275
Census Inquiry Service: 1300 214 531.
THERE was no doctor available at the
Cowes Medical Clinic over the weekend, from
Saturday afternoon, to the absolute conster-
nation of Ventnor mum Rose Saw, when she
attended at the clinic during its advertised
Rose said her 17 year old son had become
progressively more unwell as the weekend
unfolded, and on Sunday afternoon, she took
him into the clinic.
“I was confronted by a sign that said that
there was no doctor in attendance on both
Saturday afternoon and Sunday, with in-
structions to go to Wonthaggi. ”
Rose said the clinic was open and the re -
ceptionist and nurse were “lovely” .
But she wanted to see a doctor, describing
the situations as “simply not good enough”.
“I am quite angry about it. My son had a
severe upper respiratory tract infection. We
are told not to unnecessarily fill up hospital
emergency waiting rooms.
“I cannot believe that an island with a popu-
lation of 10,000 people, plus visitors, could
be left so unattended.
“I found it ludicrous. Why did they not get a
locum? It’s like we live in the dark ages here,
when a weekend on a place like Phillip Island
has no doctor at its advertised clinics.
“Why was there not a Plan B in place, to cov-
er if an unforeseen circumstance occurred?”
When asked to comment, Alice Bradley,
manager, Cowes Medical Group, said that
the doctor that was rostered to work over the
weekend pulled out with very late notice given.
“Our regular doctors were all unavailable, ”
“We attempted to find a locum, but were not
able to at such short notice. ”
Ms Bradley said that surrounding clinics at
San Remo and Wonthaggi, as well as the Won-
thaggi hospital, were notified of the situation,
and the ambulance service put on an extra
vehicle and staff.
She said the clinic remained open and was
staffed by a receptionist and Division 1 nurse
who was able to deal with minor issues, and
“We apologise for the inconvenience that
this has caused residents, ” Ms Bradley said.
No weekend doctor at Cowes
Stall for wildlife carers a great success
A WEEKEND fundraiser for the Wildlife Res-
cue and Carers group located on Phillip Island
raised a tally of $1847, and it is still going.
Such was the success of the stall that another
will be held on Saturday, September 17, out-
side the newsagency again.
The amazing raffle, with great prizes and
vouchers valued at $1800, will continue, and
will be drawn at 2pm on that day.
There are plenty of tickets available locally,
and at just $2 each or three for $5, it’s afford-
As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.
The Wildlife Rescue and Carers Group is set
to close its doors in the near future unless on-
going funds become available.
It is run by Kaylene Mendola and Colleen Gil-
bee who rescue injured and abandoned wildlife
across the island.
The decision to close is heartbreaking for the
ladies, but the simple fact is they cannot afford
the continued costs involved.
For the past 10 years the two women have
devoted much of their time, and resources, to
the rescue and welfare of injured wildlife across
They are the first port of call locally, as the
only wildlife rescue in the area, and can be re-
lied upon to be there.
Most of the call outs are to animals and bird-
life that have been hit by cars, while others are
the result of attacks from dogs off-leash or feral
cats or being poisoned by baits.
The work is a labour of love, but there is a
huge financial tag attached to it.
Food alone costs $300 a week.
And that’s not including petrol, food, medica-
tion, cages and things like heat pads.
All of these costs come directly out of their
The ladies are supported along the way by
willing helpers and the occasional food dona-
tion from friends and local traders.
Jude Donahoo was the organiser of last
weekend’s stall, and extends thanks to those
who supported it.
If anyone would like to support the Septem-
ber 17 stall with home produce or baking, call
Jude on 0409 961 904.
Kaylene Mendola and Jude Donahoo, man the stall in Thompson Avenue at the weekend
fundraiser for the Wildlife Rescue and Carers group.
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