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Phillip Island Nature Parks will be conducting a 1080
fox baiting program from 15th August until 25th
December 2016 to help protect Phillip Island’s wildlife.
Fox baiting programs are strictly
controlled by the Victorian
Government and only approved
registered fox bait types are used.
In accordance with strict safety
protocols, the baits will be buried,
bait sites marked, warning signage
placed at all formal access points
to these areas and adjoining
neighbours notified. Baits will be
checked regularly and any remaining
baits will be destroyed.
Dog owners must ensure their
pets do not access private rural
properties or Phillip Island Nature
Parks’ land where baiting signs
Domestic dogs are at risk if they
eat a fox bait. Contact your local
veterinarian immediately if you
believe your dog has eaten a fox bait.
Phillip Island Fox Eradication Program
FOX BAITING PROGRAM
on 0419 369 365
The question council
refused to answer
A day prior to last Wednesday’s Council
meeting regular gallery member and coun-
cil questioner Maurice Schinkel submitted a
question, stating that it related to an agenda
item, in accordance with required council pro -
cedure, in expectation of having his question
answered at the council meeting.
Mr Schinkel’s question related to a recent
report by the Victorian Ombudsman.
However, when he rose to put his question,
Mayor Crugnale refused to accept it or answer
it at the meeting.
Mr Schinkel protested that the question re -
lated to the agenda and complied with council
guidelines, but to no avail.
No councillor challenged the ruling of the
mayor or sought to have the question read out.
Mr Schinkel has expressed his dismay at the
treatment meted out.
The question that was refused was a fairly
simple one, relating to the handling of com-
It was as follows:
“Is Council one of the over 50 local councils
mentioned in the Ombudsman’s ‘Good Prac-
tice Guide to Handling Complaints Report and
Guide September 2016’
“The Ombudsman report stated: “Over 50
local councils have told my office that they
are taking steps to improve their complaint
handling, through new policies, staff training
and clearer information for the public about
options for complaining and appealing deci-
“The meeting agenda item I recorded on my
question form was number I.5 on the sub -
ject of the council audit committee, which in-
cluded mention of Ombudsman reports, ” Mr
Schinkel said after the meeting.
“The Ombudsman is one of Victoria’s chief
oversight agencies and for council to not an-
swer a question that derives from an Ombuds-
man report mentioning local government is
almost beyond belief.
“What an attitude - if the Shire was one of
the over 50 local councils that had contacted
the Ombudsman then they should gladly ac-
knowledge that, but I think it is clear they are
not, and have instead chosen to ignore the
“This is just another example where unfor-
tunately the new council will have to re -build
relationships with oversight agencies and the
government” he said.
Mr Schinkel has nominated as a candidate
for one of the three positions available in the
Island Ward for the forthcoming council elec-
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Why chuck them all out?
It’s disappointing to read in the letters sec-
tion (Advertiser, September 21) that the an-
swer to issues in the Bass Coast Council is
“to get rid of every current councillor” .
If a business is not going that well, you
don’t sack all the staff. You try to improve
The last thing any business needs is to get
rid of all the experience that currently exists.
I would believe that Bradley Drew as first
time councillor has done an excellent job rep -
resenting the views of his current ward.
As a first time councillor he was very aware
of many issues in the area having attended
many community meetings prior to being
elected and very strongly represented the
community making himself available at all
hours to discuss the issues of the time.
Council is just the same as Federal and
Views of councillors vary. Just because
a Council votes for or against a decision it
doesn’t mean every councillor is in favour of
I strongly agree with Rob Easton’s recent
letter (Advertiser September 14). It’s impor-
tant that the councillors elected represent
the views of all the community of Bass Coast
While the new ward boundaries decided by
State government department have caused
some debate, the reality is the larger wards
with three representative councillors, may
well prove to mean that decisions being made
are more about the whole Bass community
rather than one off issues.
The Bass community has a wide range of
candidates to choose from.
Some years ago some wards didn’t even get
enough candidates to hold an election.
It’s great that people are enthusiastic about
our wonderful area.
Take the time to read about those prepared
to represent us all and use your vote wisely
based on who has the knowledge and experi-
ence to represent us all well.
Chris Day, San Remo.
Candidate for the Island ward, Maurice Schinkel, believes the present council has nobbled
the free flow of information via its monthly question time opportunity. He says a new council
will have to rebuild its relationships, not only with the community, but also the oversight
agencies and government.
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