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Friction over wind turbine art
AN ALLOCATION from the public art funds
of $45,000 toward a Wonthaggi Wind Blade Art
Project in the Wonthaggi Guide Park at the Au-
gust shire meeting certainly raised the ire of
Cr Phil Wright.
Councillors were told during the meeting
that Bass Coast Shire Council’s advisory group
for public art projects was now “in recess” and
that in the absence of this committee, council
officers had made a recommendation on pub-
lic art allocations.
This included the installation of two 42 me-
tre decommissioned wind turbine blades in
the Wonthaggi Guide Park, as an art works
The turbines have been made available to the
council for this purpose.
An allocation of $15,000 was allocated to-
ward preparation of a master plan for the park
site, to facilitate the rather large turbines.
“This is a really large project,” Cr Neil Ran-
“It needs to be thought out how this will fit
But Cr Wright was furious, telling Bass Coast
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale that there was no
community push for this, and accusing her of
using her position to push the project through.
“How come your project jumps to the top of
the list,” he queried.
“There is no community reference group to
advise on this. They have gone.
“And there is no community push for this. It
is all coming from you!
“I don’t think you should be sitting in the
Cr Wright said that Smiths Beach in his ward
has had an application in for public art funds
for five years, which has never been granted.
“Smiths Beach had an application for public
art funds in five years ago.
“This is a totally flawed process.
“You have too much of a bias.”
He was aggrieved that his council colleagues
would not support a request he made at a re-
cent council meeting for $45,000 to go toward
revegetation works, but can find it for this
Cr Crugnale said that a council action was
to review the work of the public art reference
“In that process, the committee went into re-
cess,” she said.
San Remo project
A second allocation, of $45,000 for a San
Remo art project and artworks, was also
passed by councillors.
This will go toward major artworks, with a
fishing theme, which are proposed for a site
within the San Remo jetty precinct, to be locat-
ed with a view of the foreshore and the wharf.
A report presented to council stated that the
key theme of ‘Pescatori-Fishermen/Barca da
Pesca’ will relate to San Remo’s fishing indus-
try with particular focus on the unloading of
the shark catch - a dramatic scene played out
on a squid ink stained wharf.
“Artwork placement in the water is a consid-
eration that will add to this drama of changing
tides, hardworking fishermen bringing in their
daily catch and feeding of the pelicans and
stingrays during the day,” the report stated.
“Lighting of the sculpture will enhance San
Remo’s night life and activities and events on
Ceramic mural story tiles are also envisaged,
relating to the early history of San Remo; the
port’s development into a fishing village to -
gether with inscribed phrases and motifs of
sea life, such as pelicans, King George Whiting,
stingrays and squid.
Cr Crugnale told the meeting that the San
Remo art project has a great deal of commu-
nity support “and amazing momentum for this
through the Tides of Change project”.
The San Remo community put in a great deal
of effort to attain State Government funding
for a recent Small Town Transformation arts
project, but were not successful.
The allocation of $45,000 will allow a com-
ponent of that project to be delivered and will
help the community maintain momentum to
deliver on its plan to revitalise San Remo.
Cr Phil Wright wanted to know why Smiths
Beach was not invited to be involved in the
project selection process.
“What is the community role in all of this? In
my view, this process is flawed. ”
Councillors supported both the Wonthaggi
Wind Turbine public art project, and public art
works for San Remo, on a vote of 6-1.
Cr Wright did not support the motion.
Have your say on the future of Victoria’s coast
VICTORIANS are encouraged to share their
views on the protection of Victoria’s coastal en-
Minister for Energy, Environment and Cli-
mate Change Lily D’Ambrosio last week
launched the Marine and Coastal Act Consulta-
tion Paper at a meeting of Australian and in-
ternational coastal management specialists for
the Coast to Coast 2016 conference.
The Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Pa-
per is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s
work to strengthen Victoria’s coastal manage-
Strengthening our coastal management will
ensure we can protect our coastlines and meet
long term challenges such as the impacts of
climate change, population growth and ageing
The Coast to Coast meeting is Australia’s
national, biennial coastal management confer-
In 2016, Coast to Coast is being hosted by the
Victorian Coastal Council in partnership with
the Victorian Government and the Australian
It aims to connect individuals who are inter-
ested in Australia’s marine and coastal envi-
ronment, and will feature a number of expert
• Professor Edward Blakely, Adviser to the
City of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hur-
• Professor Tim Flannery, Australian Climate
• Dr Tundi Agardy, Marine Ecosystem Ser-
vices Program (USA)
• Dr John Church, IPCC Coordinating Lead
By providing an opportunity to share ideas
and experiences, Coast to Coast 2016 will as-
sist delegates to plan for and respond to coast-
al and marine issues, now and into the future.
To get involved in the conversation on the
new Marine and Coastal Act, and contribute to
the discussion go to
coastal-act before October 23 2016.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Cli-
mate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said that the
conference offers an excellent opportunity for
attendees to share knowledge and experiences
in coastal and marine science, policy and man-
“There are great opportunities to have a posi-
tive impact on the management of coastal and
marine areas by harnessing the collective intel-
ligence of Coast to Coast delegates.
“Our Consultation Paper is a valuable oppor-
tunity for people to have their say on the best
ways we can look after our coastal and marine
environments that support our livelihoods, re-
gional economies and businesses and our ma-
rine plants and animals.”
Coastal outcomes on the agenda
COASTAL and marine advocates (pictured) from across Australia recently descended on
Victoria with a view to better understand and respond to coastal and marine issues and
Phillip Island Nature Parks welcomed approximately 55 of the delegates attending the
three day 2016 Coast to Coast Conference held in Melbourne last week.
The delegates arrived on Wednesday to learn about habitat rehabilitation for the little
penguin colony, long term research, new and innovative projects, and self-funding as a
Dr Roz Jessop, Nature Parks’ Environment Manager, said the field trip to the island was
an important opportunity for delegates to witness first-hand the results of PINP’s ongoing
habitat rehabilitation program, especially on the Summerland Peninsula, where they met
with rangers in the field.
“They were generally quite amazed at the speed of the transformation from the former
housing estate into penguin habitat,” Dr Jessop said.
Delegates were impressed by the long term marine and coastal research that underpins
management of the Nature Parks, following a presentation by Dr Peter Dann, Nature Parks’
They also enjoyed a presentation from Michael Dortmans from the Department of Environ-
ment, Land, Water and Planning about erosion in Western Port.
Nature Parks’ Major Projects Manager Damian Prendergast gave the delegates an under-
standing of the development of the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, along with some of
the key management principles for operating successfully as a self-funded organisation.
The Nature Parks’ Wildlife Clinic and Rehabilitation Centre also opened its doors to a
number of the delegates who enjoyed a talk from Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranger Jodi Bellett
before they headed back to Melbourne.
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