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Councillors bow out in Cowes
The final Bass Coast Shire Council meeting for
the term of the current council was held in Cowes
last Wednesday night.
The results of the Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil 2016 elections will be known on this coming
weekend, with the poll officially declared next
Wednesday (November 2)
Councillors were given the opportunity to reflect
on their four years at the council table, at the end
of last week’s council meeting.
Cr Phil Wright, who has renominated for anoth-
er term, led tributes to his colleagues and council
staff, recalling that he was the only member of the
preceding council to be elected.
“It has been a great pleasure,” Cr Wright said.
“I was the only person re-elected, and in through
the door walked six great people.
“We worked together, and identified where we
“We did a great job getting out a council plan.”
Cr Wright described the biggest decisions to be
made at the table involved the council budget.
He was also proud of the fact that three out of
the four mayors to lead the shire in the last term
He referred to meetings with State Ministers,
and meetings off island, from which councillors
returned with information.
He regretted not having enough money available
to do everything that council wanted to.
“I regret that we did not deliver the Cowes Jetty
Triangle project,” he commented.0
Cr Wright described completion of the Phillip Is-
land and San Remo Tourism Strategy as the high-
light of his 11 years at the council table.
“I thank my colleagues for four enjoyable years,”
Cr Andrew Phillips
Cr Andrew Phillips, who has not renominated
for a second term, said that whether this coun-
cil had made a difference was up to individuals
But he reflected that if council had made on av-
erage ten major decisions a month, then 480 ma-
jor decisions had been taken by the present coun-
cil over the last four years “That have affected our
families, neighbours and community.”
Cr Phillips said he had listened to every submit-
ter, and had tried at all times to make the right
decision, in the best interests of the community.
It often was not easy, he commented, adding that
he was told early in his term of office that you can
please some of the people some of the time, but
not all of the people all of the time.
And this had proved to be true, he commented.
Cr Phillips thanked the media for keeping coun-
cil on its toes.
He thanked the colleagues with whom he has
served, acknowledging that while councillors did
not always agree, they had worked well together.
And he thanked the ratepayers of the shire for
the opportunity to serve that he had been given.
Cr Neil Rankine
Cr Neil Rankine, who has renominated for a
second term, acknowledged the many people
throughout the shire who had put their hand up
over the last four years to help him.
“I have had an incredible amount of assistance,”
he commented, particularly thanking his wife and
family for the support given.
Cr Bradley Drew
Cr Bradley Drew, who has also renominated for
a second term on council, was very upbeat with
his farewell comments.
“I’ve had the time of my life,” was his opening
Cr Drew thanked his colleagues for their sup-
port over the term, noting that while councillors
were not always on the same page, they did their
best for the community.
He thanked the Bass Coast Shire CEO, and
General Managers for their support, commenting
that their doors were always open to him.
He thanked the media who he said played a
valuable role in the community, and the commu-
nity, who he said brought a lot to council discus-
Cr Drew commended the mayors of this council
term of office, commenting that it was a tough job
to control seven councillors.
“They have represented us with distinction.”
Cr Drew described his family as being of great
support and of great strength to him.
He concluded by stating: “We are here for the
Cr Clare Le Serve
Cr Clare Le Serve, who has renominated for
council, thanked the community for the opportu-
nity given her to represent them; and the CEO and
council’s executive staff for their guidance.
“We don’t always agree, but we do find our way
forward,” she commented.
She said she had grown personally over the last
four years, and had gained a better understanding
of local government and the community through
listening to what people had to say.
Cr Le Serve appreciated the support she had
received from fellow councillors, and the com-
mitment given her by her family as she embraced
She reiterated her passion for the community
which she has served.
Cr Kimberley Brown
Cr Kimberley Brown, who has also renominated
for a second term as a councillor, referred to the
serious highs and lows that have been encoun-
tered over the past term, as she thanked her fellow
councillors for the support given.
She said council had at times been tough, but it
had also been rewarding.
Cr Jordan Crugnale
Cr Jordan Crugnale, the current mayor, has not
renominated for a second term. Cr Crugnale de-
scribed her journey over the last four years as “an
intensive road trip that we have been on.”
She recalled rigorous debate and opposing
views, commenting “we were green, but not naive”
and referred to the great skill set and experience
that existed across the council.
Cr Crugnale wished the new incoming council
“We all want a better place, and I hope the new
council will work well together.”
She felt it was a privilege to have served in the
public arena, and said she had received a lot of
help over her term on council.
Council had achieved a great deal, including
a ten year financial plan, and an organisational
She commended CEO Paul Buckley on building
“a cultural connect with staff.”
“You have done it with integrity and without col-
lateral damage,” Cr Crugnale commented.
Cr Andrew Phillips.
Newhaven College’s Class of 2016
Newhaven College’s Class of 2016 celebrated
the completion of 13 years of school life last
Ninety students and their families enjoyed
a family breakfast before attending their final
Heads of the College’s four Houses prepared
special presentations honouring each Year 12
student including a ‘Personal Reflection’, a speech
given by a fellow student, sibling or teacher to
commemorate their time at Newhaven.
At the conclusion of the House assemblies,
families and students gathered on the lawn in
brilliant sunshine where 50 white doves were re-
leased to symbolise the students’ path forward.
The doves represent the hopes and dreams
that the graduating Year 12’s hold for their fu-
tures and also the hopes and dreams that their
teachers and parents hold for them as they ven-
ture into the next phase of their lives.
College Captains Jaz Hendry and Duncan Hunt
addressed the final assembly and awards were
presented to individual students for outstanding
College Principal, Gea Lovell, presented the
coveted Principal’s Prize to ‘an outstanding
friend, mentor and student who espouses Ne-
whaven College’s values’, College Captain Alex
Swan from Leongatha.
The prestigious Papworth Prize is given in
memory of Mr W G Papworth, the founding
Chairman of the Newhaven College Council, to
a student who displays all round excellence and
consistent and impressive commitment to the
aims of Newhaven College.
Chair of the College Board, Greg Price, pre-
sented this year’s Papworth Prize to a very de-
serving and popular choice, Emma Volard from
The Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award
recognises students who demonstrate leadership
and teamwork within the school and local com-
munity and display strong Australian values such
This award, accompanied by a $500 cash
prize, was awarded to Pippa Treppo of Cowes.
Three students were recognised for achieving
Duke of Edinburgh Awards with Caitlin McAskill
and Jessica Wain receiving their Gold certifi-
cates, and Jessica Colla receiving silver.
The celebrations continued in the evening
where students and their families attended the
Valedictory Dinner at the Silverwater Resort.
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients Caitlin McAskill and Jessica Wain are pic-
tured with their Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator and Newhaven College teacher Ann-Marie
McLean, at the school’s Year 12 final assembly.
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