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Beating the plastic bag menace
The second Bass Coast Boomerang Bags sew-a -thon was held at
the Wonthaggi Library last week, with another 50 bags completed.
The bags are distributed to shopkeepers and customers, the aim
being to reduce the use of plastic bags and the amount of plastic
pollution in the district.
“They’re fantastic, lots of people are using them and returning
them,” has been the enthusiastic response of shopkeepers partici-
pating, who note a reduction in plastic bag use.
Anyone is welcome to come along and help cut out, iron or sew
To become involved, contact Aileen Vening 0408726717 for
Pictured are Jasper, Margie, Suzi, Tanealle and Brian on the
They knew a jetski accident was coming
LAST week’s jet ski accident off Cowes has
underscored an issue that has caused anger and
frustration for local residents for many years.
Wildlife Coast Cruises captain John Dickie
said he was continually frustrated at the dan-
gerous antics of jet skiers and at the powerless-
ness of authorities to track them down and stop
“We have been waiting for an accident like this
to happen and can’t believe it hasn’t happened
yet. It was inevitable” he said.
“We’re amazed it doesn’t happen more often.
This has been going on for years.”
He said while the captain on duty on Thurs-
day afternoon did not see the accident occur, his
staff were “powerless to do anything about it.”
“We run a business to a timetable and jet ski-
ers ignore our warnings.”
John has already said this summer – and in
previous years – that jet skiers have put lives at
risk by speeding under the Cowes jetty and next
to jetty jumpers, while racing to the beach next
The Wildlife Coast Cruises fast boat is often
raced by jet skiers, with the boat having had to
dodge jet skiers to avoid an accident in the past.
John said by law jet skiers were not allowed
within 100 metres of a tourist vessel conducting
a marine mammal tour, yet at Seal Rocks the
ferry was constantly buzzed by the water craft
within that limit.
“We would have seen jet skiers at Seal Rocks
about six times this summer alone,” he said.
“There’s not much we can do because by the
time the Water Police arrive the jet skiers are
“Western Port is such a large area. They get
their jet ski licences too easily – it’s like a fish-
“There’s no understanding of the rules and
dangers out there.”
Senior Sergeant Holding said the Water Police
are based at Williamstown but have a 7.4 metre
patrol vessel at Hasting, from where they have a
“constant presence” in Western Port.
He said jet skiers aside, Water Police had been
impressed with the boating public that the safe-
ty message was getting through.
“One of the big issues this summer is kayak-
ers and stand-up paddle boarders wearing life-
Jet ski accident
inevitable, say locals
From page 1.
The boy was riding the jet ski about 100
metres off the Portarlington Pier when he
struck a tinny boat.
No one was injured in the incident.
Senior Sergeant Holding said jet ski driv-
ers had to have an extension to their boat
operators’ licence, while 12-16 year-olds
wanting to drive a jet ski must have a re-
stricted boat operators licence.
“The message to those operating jet skis
is that they need to be licensed, need to
know their responsibilities and be aware of
their surroundings. ”
A 16 year old girl hitchhiking along the Bass
Highway at Bass is lucky to be alive after being
hit by a passing car.
The girl was with a male companion at
10.20pm on January 12 walking along the
highway when she strayed on to the left hand
lane and was struck by a passing vehicle, trav-
elling at approximately 80km/h.
According to San Remo police, who attended
the incident, the girl impacted with the bull bar
then the windscreen of the vehicle before com-
ing to rest on the bonnet.
She suffered a severely broken arm and cut to
her head and was flown to the Alfred Hospital
via air ambulance.
San Remo police said they were amazed she
survived the impact and believed the girl was
affected by alcohol at the time.
The driver and passengers of the vehicle were
left shaken but uninjured.
Hitchhiker lucky to be alive
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