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BURLAP When will I know who
won the election?
THE Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
will start counting votes in the Bass Coast Shire
Council elections immediately following the postal
ballot deadline of 12 noon this Friday.
Recent changes to electoral regulations allow
the VEC to accept postal votes that were mailed by
close of voting last Friday, October 21 for another
week due to a changes in Australia Post delivery
Given complete results can only be determined
once all admissible ballots have been received and
counted, results timelines will vary and extend
compared to previous council elections.
Results will be published on the VEC website as
they become available at vec.vic.gov.au, according
to the timeline below.
All results are provisional until the official dec-
laration ceremony is held. The Bass Coast Shire
declaration ceremony will be held on Wednesday,
November 2 at 10am at the Bass Coast Shire
The counting process
Frequently asked questions.
Q1. Why are some counts being conducted
manually and others by computer?
A1. The counting method for each election is
determined by the number of vacancies to be
filled and the size of the election. Single-councillor
wards are counted manually using the preferen-
tial counting system. Un-subdivided councils and
Kids have reason to smile
at Bass Coast Health
Dentists at Bass Coast Health are encourag-
ing parents to book child dental visits now, to
ensure they don’t miss out on current funding
that is available!
As such, the Dental Clinic at Bass Coast
Health (BCH) is encouraging all local parents
to pick up the phone as soon as possible, to
enquire as to their children’s eligibility for the
scheme, and advises that parents can do this
either by phoning the BCH Dental Clinic, the
Department of Human Services on 132 011 or
checking their myGov account.
To be eligible, children must be aged between
2 and 17 years, be eligible for Medicare and the
family must already be receiving certain gov-
ernment benefits such as Family Tax Benefit or
Benefits for basic dental services are capped
at $1,000 per child over two consecutive cal-
Benefits cover a range of services including
examinations, x –rays, cleaning, fissure sealing,
fillings, root canals and extractions.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is avail-
able now for eligible families.
Friendly and knowledgeable dental staff at
BCH, are more than happy to answer any en-
quiries concerning this.
Interested parents should phone the Dental
Clinic at BCH on 56713 268 for further infor-
mation, or for an appointment for their chil-
Violence against Wonthaggi
hospital staff on rise: report
About a quarter of acute patients admitted to
Wonthaggi Hospital in the past year have come
from Phillip Island and San Remo, according
to Bass Coast Health’s 2015-16 annual report.
Of the 7765 patients treated at Wonthaggi
Hospital in 2015/16, 1863 or 24 per cent came
from this area.
The number is a rise on the previous year of
20 per cent or 1631 patients.
Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child said
broadly speaking about 75 per cent of health
services should be delivered in a local commu-
nity, but Phillip Island was well below this.
“Across the whole of the region the figure is
about 50 per cent,” she said.
“Our 10-year plan is to grow more local ser-
vices and that is where the Medical Hub (to
be built next year in Cowes) will deliver more
Shockingly, the report showed there were
65 reports of occupational violence incidents,
while 10.77 per cent of occupational violence
incidents resulted in a staff injury, illness or
Ms Child said anecdotal evidence suggested
violence to staff was escalating, especially by
patients suffering alcohol and drug problems.
“In the past we haven’t had a propensity to
charge patients but now we are, with the help
of police,” she said.
The annual report showed Wonthaggi Hospi-
tal had a deficit of $972,000, an improvement
on the previous year of $3.915 million, along-
side a projected surplus of $28,000 for the
coming year’s budget.
Mr Child said the improvement in the bot-
tom line came from a change in strategy on the
previous management, which focussed on cut-
ting staff and services; whereas now they have a
focus on increasing patient care to attract more
“Bass Coast Health has had some troubling
times but I think we are turning that around,”
“You get funded for the work you do and this
year we’ve seen more patients than the previ-
ous year. For instance, we have four new beds
in sub-acute care and three new medical beds.”
The report showed there were 11 consultants
engaged under the $10,000-range in the past
year totalling $29,381, with four consultancies
over $10,000 - the most expensive being Ernst
& Young Aged Care Review at $32,400.
“I don’t consider that a lot. If we don’t have
the in-house knowledge, then we will employ a
multi-councillor wards are conducted by comput-
er using the proportional representation counting
Q2. What is a computer count?
A2. Computer counts involve manually enter-
ing the data from each ballot paper into the VEC’s
secure computer count application. The result is
calculated after the completion of entry of all bal-
lot papers admissible to the count.
Q3. Why won’t results be available for all coun-
cils on election weekend?
A3. New electoral regulations allow the VEC to
accept postal votes (that were mailed by the close
of voting) up to 12noon Friday, October 28, five
working days after the close of voting. Because
preference distributions or data entry can only
be completed once all admissible votes have been
received and processed, the availability of results
will be delayed accordingly.
Q4. Why not publish results for all councils as
votes are counted?
A4. The VEC will only publish actual results
information. While counting activities will com-
mence from election weekend, the VEC will not
provide provisional, progressive results for com-
puter counts, because these can be misleading,
especially for multi-councillor elections where the
proportional representation counting system can
produce results quite different to first preference
information. The VEC will progressively provide
full provisional results for these counts after 12
noon Friday October 28 following the deadline for
the receipt of postal ballots. Why will results for
some wards in a subdivided council be available
before other wards?
Q5. Why do some elections take longer to
A5. Tailored count programs for every election
have been developed based on principles of bal-
lot security and resource efficiency. Timelines for
these counts will differ according to the number
of vacancies, voter turnout, the venue/s used for
the count, and the method of counting used.
Q6. When will results be official?
A6. Election results are provisional until the
Returning Officer makes their official results dec-
Declarations will take place after the comple-
tion of all counting. A public declaration cer-
emony for the Bass Coast Shire will be held on
Wednesday, November 2 at the Bass Coast Shire
Q7. Where can I read more about the counting
A7. More information about the counting pro-
cess is available in the VEC’s Local Government
Election Information Series publication Counting
Arrangements (PDF or DOC).
Kids have reason to smile at Bass Coast
Pictured in the Dental Clinic at the hos-
pital are Pauline Hille (Bass Coast Health)
looking after Andrea Jones, with Archie and
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