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Better idea for Jetty Triangle
Further to the article published in the Phillip
Island Advertiser on December 21, concerning
the development of the Cowes Jetty Triangle,
I would like to make the following comments:
1. I am deeply concerned that the develop-
ment is inappropriate for Cowes and will ad-
versely affect many of the present users of the
existing layout. In my 40 years as a ratepayer
on Phillip Island, I among many others, have
utilised this triangle space for many activities.
It is my observance that this triangle is one of
the first ports of call for the many tourists that
visit Cowes. Their stay may be as brief as a few
minutes for a walk on the jetty or just to take
a photo. Others utilise this area for parking,
while they do a bit of fishing, an activity that
takes place throughout the year, at all hours of
the day and night. Night Markets are another
popular activity that utilise this area for its
vehicular access. Most importantly the drop-
ping off and retrieval of ferry boat passengers
is essential for both the convenience and safety
2. Cowes particularly during busy periods al-
ready has insufficient parking areas and it is
unwise in my opinion, to reduce existing park-
ing at the most tourist focal point Cowes has
3. It also seems absurd to demolish existing
infrastructure, which services year-round us-
age, for something that the same users, would
have to find parking elsewhere, to make use of.
4. In my opinion should Council construct
the now proposed layout, Cowes will be the
loser, as many visitors may not bother to visit
the jetty. Also, another opportunity will be lost
to enhance the Cowes foreshore, which has had
no major improvements, since the middle of
The provision of a further “Green Area” is
fine, should it enhance and not diminish the
However, I would like to submit my concept
plan, which would allow the existing infrastruc-
ture to remain intact, whilst also include the
requirements of Councils present proposal.
Basically, my proposal is to construct a
raised level above the existing triangle, which
would come with steps from the existing Es-
planade roadway, to such a level that vehicular
access can be achieved, at the western end of
The structure would provide a fully covered
area over the existing Triangle and may have
light and ventilation areas inbuilt.
The concrete structure may have a variety
of surface treatments with vegetation and en-
hancement as warranted.
The reinforced concrete structure would be
supported by concrete columns located to pro -
vide minimum disturbance to the Triangle’s
existing parking and roadway.
As a further alternative the area of coverage
over the existing Triangle could be reduced, by
canter levering over upper section of the exist-
ing walling only, as a less expensive approach.
My concept may be less disruptive to the com-
munity and visitors alike during the construc-
tion phase, than Council’s present concept.
It would also enhance the present usage, with
an all-weather venue for a variety of events, for
a minimal increase in cost over Council’s pro -
Please find attached a brief plan of my pro -
posed concept, which is based on observation
only of existing levels and services.
As a retired Civil Construction Engineer with
many years’ experience in the design and con-
struction of a variety of Municipal and Indus-
trial projects, I consider the Triangle site well
worthy of further investigation, before going
ahead with the present concept.
Should Council not be prepared to consider
any alternatives for this Triangle, then I urge
them on behalf of all users of the existing facil-
ity, to abandoned their present proposal and
spend the monies allocated, on much more
urgent foreshore enhancement and protection
Norm Hall, Cowes.
Council has made a good start
Re: Bass Coast Shire Council meeting at
Cowes on December 14, 2016.
We have greatly enjoyed our first two years as
residents of Phillip Island and we are delighted
to have had the opportunity to attend the BCSC
meeting on December 14, 2016, at Cowes – and
we were well satisfied by the experience.
As with other residents who attended the
meeting, we were eager to see more positive
directions for the Island, as part of the overall
We were impressed by the conduct of the
meeting and the deliberations.
It was obvious that some other visitors at the
meeting were disappointed that the Council
decided not to proceed immediately with some
proposals, including aspects of the Cultural
Centre and the pool.
From our perspective, these decisions were
responsibly taken, as financial foundations for
much of the work requires further clarification.
It would have been easy for the council to fol-
low the recent global trends towards populist
policy design and decision-making and to ac-
cede to the demands of resident groups.
In these financially volatile times, it is most
important to move forward within the current
financial capabilities of any organisation, which
is what the council appears to have done.
Clearly, the door is still open to proposals but
all decisions need to be wisely considered.
We came away from the meeting, understand-
ing more about the workings of the council and
what the new councillors appear to offer.
We also realised that this council appears to
be well-led and adopts a responsible decision-
making approach, based upon sound business
and financial management... all of which is es-
sential in managing the multi-million dollar en-
terprise that is the Bass Coast Shire Council.
At a time when there is dissatisfaction with
governments in many parts of the world, the
BCSC has an opportunity to showcase a style
of local government that reflects an administra-
tion that demonstrates the
transparency, communication, connection
with community and accountability that is both
possible and essential in any vibrant society in
the 21st century.
A good start, so far. We will follow progress
with great anticipation and interest.
Peter and Honey Spence, Ventnor.
Give new councillors a fair go
The knockers have not waited long to stick
the boots into Cr Pamela Rothfield and Cr
Steve Fullarton (Advertiser letters to the editor
Dec 21) on the Cowes Cultural Centre redevel-
opment design plans.
I congratulate the two councillors, and the
other four who voted the same way, as the
majority of ratepayers probably do, on dem-
onstrating the fiscal responsibility that they
pledged they would show when they stood for
I am amazed that anyone would expect coun-
cil to proceed with expenditure of $800,000 on
plans for a project valued at $12 million, when
funding for the project has not been secured
and remains up in the air.
I am amazed that $800,000 is needed in the
first place to produce detailed design plans.
That figure is the equivalent of 2.5 years of
the CEO’s salary.
I find it interesting that six of nine councillors
voted against committing $800,000 towards
the detailed design plans for the unfunded
Cowes Cultural Centre, but only two were at-
tacked by the letter writers.
That to me says more about the letter writers
than it does about the two councillors.
In my opinion, they voted responsibly, which
is exactly what they were elected to do.
Putting yourself forward for four years to
work for your community deserves accolades,
and not the pack attack mentality that those
letters showed, particularly so early in the new
Helen Baptist, Cowes.
Getting the big bucks to perform
Reading our local papers, and hearing feed-
back from many community members, I be-
lieve that the early performance of our new
Bass Coast Council augurs well for our com-
munity in this new year and beyond.
Already our Councillors have demonstrated
that they are genuinely listening to the com-
munity, and that they are working in the best
interests of the whole community by leading,
rather than by following, the CEO.
For example, we see the great result achieved
with the successful relocation of the lifesaving
patrol tower at Inverloch’s surf beach.
Whereas the previous council appeared to
adopt an adversarial approach to the tower
situation, our new Councillors immediately
turned that position on its head.
They swiftly engaged with the surf club, coun-
cil officers, and the Minister, to produce a very
timely and satisfactory outcome.
And only just in the nick of time for the sum-
Visitors, both local and from around the
world, will enjoy their beach holiday in added
safety as the great team of lifesavers and volun-
teers keep a watchful eye over the water pre-
cinct from the relocated tower.
For another example, we have the recent deci-
sion by councillors to pause and reconsider the
merit and feasibility of committing almost $1
million of ratepayers’ money into design draw-
ings for the Cowes Cultural Centre.
Rather than blithely waving through the rec-
ommendations from Councils senior officers,
our new Councillors pointed out significant de-
ficiencies in the report on this issue to them
such as: important information about the
amount of borrowings associated with the proj-
ect had not been disclosed to the community;
important financial information about grant
funding and other conditions had not been
fully disclosed to Council;
the Federal Government did not accept the
figures claimed in Council’s business case, and
thus rejected Council’s application for funding.
In hitting the pause button on part of this $18
million combined project, our councillors have
demonstrated prudent and proper manage-
ment of ratepayer monies.
Our community, like all others, has compet-
ing needs and wants.
But just as our individual families must live
within their financial means and determine ap-
propriate priorities for spending and borrow-
ing, so to must our community family. Our new
councillors understand this.
But it seems to me that the CEO and perhaps
some of the senior officers at council are not
accustomed to these higher standards of fiscal
rigour, and they have some way to go in order
to step up to the more disciplined approach be-
ing applied by the new councillors.
With the CEO on $330K and his senior offi-
cers averaging $150K, let’s hope they can catch
Kevin Griffin, Inverloch.
‘Fully funded’? That’s laughable
I am writing regarding a news item which
appeared in the Advertiser on December 21
2016, headed “$12 million Cultural Centre put
I read the item and pretty well knew that
there would be uproar in the ‘Letters to the
Editor’ section from the vocal minority.
Sure enough, there was the normal bleating
that occurs when these people don’t get what
However the letter that really stood out, was
sent in by some bloke called Robbie J. Vigglietti
who tells us that the previous Council had a
“fully funded vision” regarding this whole deal
(Cowes Activity Plan and redevelopment of Cul-
I thought to myself if that is the case, why
wasn’t it underway before the council elections
back in October 2016.
Then my memory kicked in. Back in 1966, I
went to the local branch of the State Bank and
asked the manager for a loan of $1200 to buy a
block of land. He asked how I intended to make
I told him I had a vision.
The little bugger knocked me back.
Then I thought I would go back to the report
on the council meeting and have a gander at
the Auditor General’s report, released Novem-
It appears he was not that confident in the
previous council’s financial ability or their per-
To quote, he said:
1. Present and projected financial sustain-
ability of council across key financial measures
indicate significant reason for concern.
2. Compared to other large Shires in its
group, the data presented across key financial
measures indicate Council is underperforming.
3. Council’s financial sustainability is at risk.
4. The need for costs savings will be essen-
tial in the near term in order to provide new
5. Debt repayment rather than taking on
more debt is important to improve council’s,
in the short and long term, financial sustain-
Now here is where I’ve got to ask myself,
did the rest of the electorate feel the way the
Auditor General and I felt, and simply throw
the previous council out due to their incompe-
Or were the rest of the electorate intimidated
to vote against their better judgement.
While I have got the microphone, regarding
Cr Michael Whelan’s statement in the Sentinel
Times December 20, 2016, saying that council
will be a “laughing stock”, I think I can assure
you, given this present Council’s performance,
that tag was removed on October 22 2016, on
the Bass Coast Shire Council election day.
Mike Toovey, Rhyll.
Don’t smash bottles
To the two boys who smashed bottles outside
the Cowes Veterinary Surgery and again further
along the road, let’s hope your parents find out
and do something about it before you smash
They were about 12 years old, both in shorts,
one with a whitish t-shirt and the other with a
grey one with a black 72 on the back.
They were from somewhere around the end
of St George’s Road/Matthew Street.
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Shipping in the bay
THE steel carrier Bunun Dynasty which
arrived in Western Port from Port Kembla
yesterday (Wednesday) will return home on
Arriving from Fiji on January 8 will be the
LPG tanker Maea which will depart the next
day for a destination to be advised.
Pointis, a very large gas carrier, will arrive
from Bonython on January 11 and leave for
a destination to be advised on January 13.
Also arriving on January 11 will be Sa-
brewing, from Botany. The unleaded petrol/
diesel tanker will sail for Bell Bay on Janu-
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