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Expression of Interest
Bass Coast Project Coordinator – Creative
Council ofces and Customer Service Centres
will close at 3.00pm on Friday, 23 December
and will re-open on Wednesday, 28 December
at 8.30am. We will also be closed on Monday,
2 January for the New Year’s Day public holiday.
Our normal emergency after hours service will
continue to operate on 1300 BCOAST (226 278)
or (03) 5671 2211 during this time.
Christmas Ofce Hours
Council is seeking a Project Coordinator to
assist in the planning and delivery of the Bass
Coast component of Creative Gippsland
“Come and Play - All of May 2017, celebrating
the arts of Gippsland” project. The Coordinator
will be responsible for planning and organising
a launch event, artist in residence, delivering
promotional material, working with the
community and liaising with Council.
Expressions of Interest forms are available on
at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/creative or by
contacting Arts and Culture Ofcer, Josephine
Kent on email@example.com or
5671 2492. Expressions of Interest close on
Wednesday, 18 January, 2017.
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue,
Wonthaggi | DX 34903 | Wonthaggi PO Box 118,
Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03)
5671 2211 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
During the festive season there are many
celebrations that include reworks. Please
take note of when they are occurring in your
area and be mindful of your pets. Dogs and
horses in particular can be terried by reworks
and may try to run away, sometimes injuring
themselves in the process. Please make sure
that your pets are safe and secure when there
are reworks displays in your area. Fireworks
will be held at 9.30pm in Cowes on December
20 (Christmas Carols) and at 9.30pm in Inverloch
and Coronet Bay on New Years Eve.
Animals and Fireworks
Pony club festive celebrations
At the Christmas gymkhana: Imogen Price and Mac.
PHILLIP Island Pony Club topped off a terrific
year with a fun-packed Christmas Gymkhana.
Three local pony clubs, Phillip Island, Bass
Valley and Tarwin Lower, join together every De-
cember to celebrate the end of year with a day of
It was Phillip Island’s turn to host this year and
PIPC families worked hard to provide a great day
Showcasing their newly purchased showjump-
ing equipment - with thanks to local businesses
Bendigo Bank and Westernport Water - riders
had the opportunity to compete in jumping,
showing and games events.
A highlight of the day was the fancy dress where
riders and ponies dressed up to win the coveted
most authentic and most creative costume prizes.
PIPC has seen a recent surge in membership
and - with the support of the Ventnor Recreation
Reserve - have been working to improve the facil-
ity for both members and the public.
The reserve is one of the few places left on the
island where horses are permitted to be ridden
and is therefore an important asset to the horse
PIPC wishes to thank the VRR for its ongoing
PIPC meets for rallies on the first Sunday of the
month and welcomes new members.
Enquiries can be directed to district commis-
sioner Wendy Christensen: 0411 114 574.
Winners of the most authentic costume were Josie Green
Giselle Smith and Snooks decorated the Christmas tree in the handy
THE PIITS Community Refer-
ence Group (CRG) was established
in 2014, under the auspice of Bass
Coast Shire Council.
The role of the CRG is to provide
input into the priorities for action
from PIITS, liaise with a working
group which involves VicRoads, the
council and Public Transport Vic-
toria on the implementation of the
strategy and report to the commu-
nity about progress.
Since 2014 the CRG priority for
action was to improve safety and ac-
cess at the key intersections on Phil-
lip Island, specifically at Woolamai
Beach Road and Back Beach Road.
Detailed analysis by VicRoads
identified the Boys Home Road
roundabout also as one of the three
key traffic problems for Phillip Is-
land during high traffic volume days.
Congestion is identified in PIITS
and by residents and visitors as a
significant problem on the days of
high traffic volumes.
VicRoads has advised that Boys
Home Road intersection adversely
impacts traffic flow. The recently
completed Tourism Strategy antici-
pates a greater number of days per
annum with these high traffic vol-
The CRG has given strong encour-
agement to all community members
to participate in the information ses-
sions for planning the upgrade to
Phillip Island Road.
The opportunity to hear the infor-
mation offered and to give feedback
has been taken up by many people
in 2015 and 2016 sessions.
As well as improving the road net-
work the CRG has also been actively
engaged in two other key transport
areas in the PIITS Strategy. These
are Public Transport and Pathways.
Public transport is an important
focus within PIITS.
An appropriate starting point
within the Community Reference
Group has been to evaluate the ser-
vices currently available.
Surprising to some is that the
number of weekday opportunities to
catch the VLine bus to Melbourne is
not the four services on the printed
timetables, but actually eight.
The local Cowes-Wonthaggi bus
service links nicely at Anderson with
the Inverloch-Wonthaggi VLine ser-
Local bus PTV timetables show
this connectivity and so does the
PTV travel planner.
CRG has been pushing hard for
VLine to integrate its printed timeta-
bles (online, at bus stops, at South-
ern Cross and the available personal
cards) to clearly show travel options.
CRG has been impressed that a lo-
cal bus operator is participating in
the “bike racks on buses” trial.
With the increasing opportunities
to cycle on our safe and extensive
pathways and rail trails, CRG would
like to see this bi-modal travel op-
tion becoming a permanent feature.
Increasing alternatives to private
vehicle travel was a key recommen-
dation for PIITS and this was to be
achieved by improvements to walk-
ing, cycling and public transport
To date there has been some prog-
ress on addressing the road net-
work issues but more could be done
on the short term recommendations
for public transport of improving
coverage of the existing network to
include bus stops within 400m of
residents in townships.
During 2016 the Bass Coast Shire
Council has completed a process of
mapping all existing shared paths
across the shire.
The next step is to check that
the accuracy of the information on
which these maps relied can be
verified by the actual paths on the
ground. Along with existing paths,
proposed extensions, links and new
paths have been mapped in an Aspi-
rational Network Path Plan.
During 2017, interested groups,
including the Community Refer-
ence Group, walking clubs, cycling
groups, etc., will be invited to par-
ticipate in a consultation process to
prioritise new works, given that this
plan has identified decades of net-
work path development (at current
Meanwhile, Phillip Island Nature
Parks has also been planning new
shared paths for the areas of Phillip
Island under its management, and
has conducted community consulta-
The Community Reference Group
may have a role in linking the priori-
ties of these two groups.
For example, the proposed net-
work path development at the Sum-
merlands Peninsula should proceed
at the same time as an off-road path
along Ventnor Road, between Vent-
nor and the Nobbies.
Opportunity for interested
When the CRG started in 2014 a
term of two years was considered to
be a useful contribution.
At the November meeting chair-
man Rick McKay and secretary Rus-
sell Riseley both resigned from their
roles and the committee.
These two members have made
significant contributions to the work
of the CRG and have its thanks and
Committee members Mary Whel-
an, Don Turner, Bob Hayes and
John Halford indicated they would
continue in 2017.
Other members not present will
indicate their ongoing involvement
on their return from leave etc.
Interested members of the com-
munity are now advised to see the
Public Notice from Bass Coast Shire
Council in this edition of the Adver-
tiser and contact Mary Whelan of the
CRG to register their interest.
Email address to request EOI to
A public meeting is scheduled for
Monday, January 16 to elect new
members and positions.
Transport group is happy with progress
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