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THERE has been a happy ending to the saga
of the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club beach
tower, following a removal order placed on it by
Bass Coast Shire Council late last year.
The intercession of the new Bass Coast Shire
Council Bunurong ward representatives has
resulted in the council working with the Inver-
loch Surf Life Saving Club to complete works
to relocate the club’s observation tower in time
for the holiday season.
The building was placed on specially de-
signed metal skids at a location approximately
50 metres west and further inland from its for-
Relocation of the building was necessary due
to the damage caused by ongoing erosion of the
beach and sand dunes.
Placing the building on skids, as opposed
to the previous posts on concrete footings,
will improve the ease of further relocating the
building in the advent of future beach erosion.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
the outcome was the work of a great partner-
ship between all parties involved.
“It is fantastic to see that council, the lifesav-
ing club and the Department of Environment,
Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) were able
to work through some difficult challenges
caused by the natural environment,” Cr Roth-
“The relocation of the building ensures the
club can observe the beach and provide a valu-
able safety service for the holidays.
“I’d like to thank the Bunurong Ward coun-
cillors, Cr Brown, Cr Tessari and Cr Larke, as
well as council staff for the work they’ve done
with the club and DELWP that has enabled us
to arrive at this great outcome.”
Cr Brown said that he was very pleased the
Life Saving Club continues to have a tower on
“We also now have a new access track just
in time for the summer peak season,” he said.
Cr Tessari said the relocation of the tower
was a great result.
“It’s good to see what can be achieved when
everybody is working for the common goal,” he
Cr Larke said council is endeavouring to
adopt best practice with regard to listening to
the community, but more importantly, engage
with the community about their concerns.
“Wherever possible, we’ll respond positively
to resolve issues in concert with the adminis-
tration,” Cr Larke said.
Works to relocate the building also included
cleaning up the former tower site and return-
ing the beach profile to a natural level.
Works were also undertaken to stabilise the
nearby sand dunes in order to protect against
Funding for the project was provided by the
council, the club and DELWP.
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New home for Inverloch Surf Beach tower
Bass Coast Shire Council and the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club moved the Surf Beach ob-
servation tower at Inverloch to its new home. The three new Bass Coast Shire Bunurong ward
councillors wasted no time working to save the tower after a directive from the council late
last year ordered its removal following severe wave erosion around its base over the last year.
Stay safe and save your seat
THE Bass Coast Community Road Safety Com-
mittee is urging community members and visitors
to be safe when driving in Bass Coast during the
busy summer period.
“Life gets busy and we are encouraging all driv-
ers to keep paying attention across Bass Coast
during the holidays,” Sergeant Jason Hullick, of-
ficer in charge of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol in
“We urge everyone to join the ‘Save My Seat’ safe
“We want as many people as possible to make a
commitment to friends and family to take care on
the roads over the holidays so they can be all sit-
ting together at the Christmas table later this year.”
The ‘Save My Seat’ campaign was developed by
“When drivers get behind the wheel of the car, we
want them to take a moment to think about their
loved ones and what actions they can take to be a
safer driver,” Sgt Hullick said.
There are a number of things to consider when
driving in Bass Coast during the summer.
Summer usually brings two of our favourite
things – sunshine and holidays – so the council’s
acting general manager of Healthy Communities
and Governance, Antoinette Mitchell, said there’s
no surprise there are lots of visitors and an abun-
dance of events happening around Bass Coast to
keep everyone entertained.
“There’s nothing worse than sitting in traffic
knowing that you’re missing out on all the fun, so
it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead to ensure you arrive
on time,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Getting stuck in traffic can be frustrating, but
remember the only behaviour you can control is
When travelling during peak times:
• Be patient, courteous to others and enjoy the
• Make sure you allow plenty of time for travel,
especially when driving long distances, and are
travelling with children, pets or both!
• Ensure you pack enough food, water and en-
tertainment, and plan plenty of opportunities to
stop, get out and stretch your legs.
• Finally, the summer sun is hot, so try to avoid
travelling in the middle of the day when tempera-
tures are at their highest.
“Comply with all road rules, put a seatbelt on,
slow down and arrive at your destination safely,”
Sgt Hullick said.
The Bass Coast Community Road Safety Com-
mittee is reminding people that everybody has a
key role to play in preventing death and serious
injury on the road.
Bass Coast Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Hullick, Constable Michael Thatcher and Lead-
ing Senior Constable Scott Simcock are encouraging everyone to make a commitment to the
‘Save My Seat’ campaign over the summer holidays.
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