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Contributed by Vic Roads
Improving safety and traffic flow on Phillip
Island Road is gaining momentum with plan-
ning progressing for three key sections of the
Identified in the 2014 Phillip Island Inte-
grated Transport Study (PIITS) as a priority,
VicRoads understands the long term planning
for Phillip Island Road is crucial to the Island’s
future and its status as one of the state’s pre-
miere tourist destinations.
Issues identified by the community as part
of PIITS included improved transport during
peak holiday periods with improved safety,
easier access onto Phillip Island Road from
side roads and improved traffic flow.
Since then, VicRoads has undertaken special-
ist modelling to understand the needs of Phillip
Island and what will serve its tourism industry
and community now and into the future.
VicRoads Eastern Region Acting Regional
Director Harvey Dinelli said proposed round-
abouts at Woolamai Beach Road and Back-
beach Road had been strongly supported,
while a more complex proposal at Newhaven
was still being explored.
Mr Dinelli said the proposed changes at
Newhaven were integral to the wider Phillip
Island Road system and would ensure Back-
beach Road and Woolamai Beach Road round-
abouts worked to their full potential.
“Consultation has occurred at each stage of
the process, with the community providing
great feedback and ideas on how we can create
long term safety and traffic flow improvements.
“More recently we have focussed our dis-
cussions with the landowners and businesses
along Phillip Island Road in Newhaven.
“We’ll soon be engaging with the broader Ne-
whaven community for further input and feed-
back,” Mr Dinelli said.
“This is vitally important for the long term
future of Phillip Island. At this stage of plan-
ning, Newhaven is a key element which we see
as ultimately creating a vibrant gateway and at-
tractive activity centre while making journeys
safer and more enjoyable.”
Mr Dinelli said feedback from the PIITS
Community Reference Group, the Bass Coast
Shire Council and local landowners had been
appreciated, and he was looking forward to Vi-
cRoads sharing more information with the Ne-
whaven community over the coming months to
gain valuable feedback.
“While we thank all who have contributed to
the process, I can reassure everyone that this is
not the end of our consultation. We are looking
forward to further discussion as we continue to
progress our planning for the overall benefit of
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not being provided with the same opportunities to have their
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are completely without substance.
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and will continue to be given the opportunity to provide letters,
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Not all candidates have availed themselves of the
opportunity on offer.
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upcoming election have been used.
Our policy is to accept all election comment material, and we have
made available to candidates free space to get their message out to
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This paper has provided space without fear or favour throughout
the current election campaign.
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Planning for Phillip Island Road
Vic Roads has released an artist’s image of how Newhaven could look with the upgrade it
Public rally this Sunday,
A SHIRE wide rally is being held by the Bass
Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association
this Sunday, to protest what president of the
association Kevin Griffin describes this week
as “the appalling performance of the Bass
Coast Shire Council”.
Mr Griffin said the public rally has been or-
ganised to reflect the level of community con-
cern that exists in the shire at the standard of
council representation of ratepayers’ views.
“Widespread communication that I have re-
ceived from people across our shire is that
after four years of pitiful representation from
their elected representatives, many people have
had more than enough of the current council-
“Having wasted hundreds of thousands of
ratepayer dollars on failed schemes, having
repeatedly failed to reinstate a waste transfer
station on Phillip Island, having unnecessar-
ily torn up a perfectly serviceable residential
street in Pioneer Bay, having secretly decided to
close the Wonthaggi Visitor Information Centre,
more and more people throughout Bass Coast
are fed up with this council.”
Mr Griffin said that the recent decision to
close the Inverloch Transfer Station was the
final straw for many ratepayers and residents.
“This rally will be a focal point for community
members from all parts of Bass Coast Shire to
clearly express their dissatisfaction with Bass
“Come and hear four presentations from
speakers across all areas of the shire, outlin-
ing why they feel Bass Coast Shire Council has
failed their community.”
The rally is being held at the Inverloch Recre-
ation Reserve, this Sunday, October 2 at noon.
Pool recommendation a stunt, says PIACC
From page 1.
“It is important to plan strategically. We have a
plan in place,” he stated.
Cr Phil Wright then turned on Cr Rankine.
“How ironic that Cr Rankine calls this election-
eering politics,” he thundered.
“He seconds a motion and then speaks against
it. And then talks about Wonthaggi projects that
could go ahead.”
Cr Wright told his colleagues that Cr Drew’s mo-
tion was “forward thinking”.
“The incoming council can throw this out the
door. I am sad to hear the pot calling the kettle
Cr Andrew Phillips, who supported the motion,
“Whether this is an election grab or not, let’s
consider if it is a good motion.
“We have only just found this $2.5 million. The
justification is there. But we can’t make a decision
in the caretaker period.”
Cr Jordan Crugnale argued that it was up to an
incoming council to determine its own priorities
for the money found.
“Whether we look at an art’s centre, library,
skate parks, it is not our place to suggest this to
the new council.”
Cr Drew had the last word on the subject, before
a vote was taken.
“We have just found $2.5 million. As a council-
lor, I have always been visionary. In essence, we
are asking the next council to look at this, review
Cr Drew’s motion was passed five votes to two,
with Cr Crugnale and Rankine voting against it.
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre secretary Peter Mc-
Mahon, seated in the gallery while debate contin-
ued, was unimpressed with what he considered to
“It is misguided and misappropriated when you
underspend on capital works and then have the
audacity to claim that it is money that you have
saved, and can be applied for this purpose.”
He said that the current council position is that
the Wonthaggi pool redevelopment will proceed
ahead of a pool for Phillip Island, and that Phillip
Island must raise 50 per cent of the cost of their
pool, to be raised by residents and government
And that the current motion adopted changes
none of that. “No such condition applies to Wont-
haggi,” he said.
The Wonthaggi redevelopment is estimated to
cost $24 million, with no community contribution
sought by council.
He said recommending a non-binding course of
action to the next council was in his view, nothing
more than a political stunt.
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