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Cowes Medical Centre & Grandview Family Clinic are
undergoing major computer upgrades over the next 3
We are trying to keep disruptions to our service to a
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 there should be no
disruptions or changes to our service.
Saturday, May 27, 9am until Sunday, May 28, 10pm the
clinic will be open as usual but will operate from Grandview
Family Clinic and will be accessible only from 3 Grandview
From Friday, June 2, 6pm until Monday, June 5, 8am we will
have no computer service. We will be open as usual but ask
that you be understanding as we will be running a manual
system which may be a little slower.
There will be no disruption to the phone system and we can
still be contacted on either 5951 1800 or 5951 1860.
We thank you for your understanding.
164 Thompson Ave, Cowes
Phone: 5951 1800
No mandate for street scheme
So Cr Fullarton wants to pave the streets of Sun-
set Strip with gold from the food bowls of the poor.
A $7 million project seems like overkill because
two ladies complained about the dust.
Young families and single parents won’t be able
to afford bikes for the kids and zimmer frames for
the elderly after coughing up $20,000 plus for a
project most of us don’t want.
What a shame Cr Fullarton never declared his
support of Special Charge Schemes before the
Bass Coast Shire Council as declared on its web-
site has been using spray on roads throughout the
shire with no cost to the residents.
If Sunset Strip had this same road surfacing
there would be no dust upsetting the ladies and
kids and the elderly could zimmer and cycle to
their hearts content.
Colleen McGrath, Sunset Strip.
It’s still ‘no’ to $7 million scheme
The Sunset Strip Road Watch Collective
(SSRWC) is appalled that the Special Charge
Scheme (SCS) wounds have been re-opened by Cr
This road and drainage scheme for Sunset Strip
was voted down in a council vote last year.
After a majority of residents in two Bass Coast
Shire Council (BCSC) questionnaires said a re-
sounding ‘no’ to the council scheme.
A rousing rally of protesters at the Rhyll hall
made it abundantly clear the SCS was a no go.
Yet here we are again after a few residents appar-
ently asked Cr Fullarton to put the issue back in
play once again.
How many people approached Cr Fullarton?
We would be impressed if your numbers exceed-
ed the angry numbers that flocked to the Rhyll hall
What does Cr Whelan really know? When did he
contact the majority of people of Sunset Strip? If
the scheme was stopped after two questionnaires
where respondents said ‘no’ then no further action
Meanwhile, requests for the spray-on road sur-
face seal paid for out of rates collected for many
years in Sunset Strip have been ignored.
This would be a simple solution for the kids on
bikes, elderly pedestrians, the two ladies who have
health issues from dust and prevent low income
people who were ignored after approaching coun-
cil about losing their homes because they can’t af-
ford $20,000 for roads.
We know BCSC’s hardship payment policy
means the poor pay more through interest rates.
It must be remembered that BCSC is still ap-
plying the spray on road surface across the Shire
including parts of nearby Smiths Beach.
Thanks to the mayor Cr Rothfield and Cr Kent
for having the sense to vote against this motion.
We hope they can put their energies behind a
spray on road project.
Perhaps Cr Fullarton could represent the major-
ity and put a motion forward to have the spray on
road surface applied in Sunset Strip and paid for
out of rates revenue.
If you are in doubt Cr Fullarton, why don’t you
initiate a mail out to gauge the enthusiasm for
such a project.
To sting this low socio-economic community for
around $7 million dollars will bring nothing but
anxiety, worry and sleepless nights to many. It’s
H and J Reid, Graeme and Glenda Howard,
Paul Doherty, Joan and John Sammartino ,
Phil Slater, Zann Gava, Eva Stephan, Anne Ken-
nedy and George Kratsas, Sunset Strip.
We should value urban green space
It is a pity that everyone who visits Cowes is
about to lose the last public green oasis on Thomp-
A public green space in the centre of a built-up
area is a thing to be treasured, for now, and for
It saddens me to see our last few square me-
tres tossed aside for an office block. (And I am no
Then it is a pity that PINP could not find those
few square office metres in the 1805 hectares of
land that they administer on this island, to accom-
modate their staff in a state of the art, eco -friendly,
ecologically sustainable building that would dem-
onstrate to the world how mankind can live in har-
mony with the natural environment.
What a missed opportunity!
Then too, it was a pity that our open, transpar-
ent, consultative, council chose to rush through
Agenda Item H6 at their meeting on May 17.
They certainly destroyed any hopes that I was
clinging to, that we had a council that would act in
the interests of the broader community.
Looking on the bright side - one of these days I
will be dead, and past caring about this once beau-
Peter Foden, Rhyll.
More important work needs doing
Cr Stephen Fullarton must have a short memory
if he thinks the residents of Sunset Strip want a
private street scheme.
Cr Fullarton will recall that Crs Wright and
Brown both got ousted at the last election in part
for their unwarranted support for this unneces-
There is nothing wrong with the existing
streets; most of the estate is on high ground, is
well drained, and doesn’t need the assistance of
a make work scheme for underemployed council
Let’s set the engineers to work on a more impor-
tant project, such as a swimming pool or cultural
Phyllis McKenzie, Sunset Strip.
Let us hear from you
I am only new to the island but I must applaud
everyone that writes in to letters to the editor.
I read every one. I may not always agree but keep
up the good work.
We need passionate people like you.
Yvonne Morgan, Cowes.
Let Nature Parks do it themselves
Council is over-reaching its mandate with this
controversial and monumental plan, for the build-
ing and leasing of an office block in Cowes to house
Phillip Island Nature Parks.
As Phillip Island Nature Parks has incredible re-
sources, let them build their own complex on their
This is an unwarranted intrusion on our only
green space in this town.
Building and renting office space should not be
part of this Council’s agenda, as this is not in the
best interest of its ratepayers.
This money could be used in many ways to ben-
efit our community and not feather-nesting Nature
Yvonne Greenhow, Cowes.
Act sets rules for road schemes
Your analysis of the Sunset strip project in last
week’s edition, is seriously flawed.
In your calculations, you omitted the 344 prop-
erty owners affected by the scheme.
It may well be that 192 people responded to
the last questionnaire of whom 84 owners were
opposed to the scheme, while 108 favoured the
scheme in one form or another.
Your article omitted from the calculations the
remaining non-responding property owners, they
are the crucial number, not merely those 192 who
What the Local Government Act calls for is
whether or not 50 per cent plus one of the 344
property owners support the scheme - not only
those who replied to a questionnaire.
It is better and fairer to say that 24% (84) of 344
are opposed to the scheme, not 44%.
Of the 344 property owners, 260 (76%) raised
no objection. Only 84 (24%) did.
Please also make it clear that no vote has ever
been taken, nor will one ever be taken.
The Act only invites (but does not require) a
questionnaire to gauge support or opposition.
Furthermore the Act only requires the number
of objectors to be counted, not those who support
Objectors are also required to put their objec-
tion in writing. Silence, or non-response, is thus
taken to mean support. This is not a whim of the
shire but a requirement of the Act.
Finally your statistical data of the population
suggests there are too many people on limited in-
comes who can’t afford to pay for the scheme.
This begs the question of whether or not they
should therefore put up with inferior conditions
simply because they can’t pay for it.
Again the Act requires shires to make provision
for hardship - and Bass Coast Shire does provide a
mechanism by which those who are hard-pressed
to pay their rates are able to negotiate rate relief.
Rate relief comes out of the general rate - all the
rest of us who pay our full rates are effectively sub-
sidising those who cannot.
Similarly those of us who can pay our rates in
full subsidise those who, in a scheme such as this,
are unable to pay the full cost.
David Rathgen, Cowes.
Sunset Strip scheme is
done and dusted
It is perplexing to read recent reports that dem-
onstrate Cr Stephen Fullarton’s paternalist ap-
proach in what he believes is good for a commu-
nity that overwhelmingly rejected an unfair special
charge road scheme.
His alleged pet hate that “It’s time we did it- bring
it on” negates community consensus.
An unfortunate aspect of Cr Fullarton and other
newly elected councillors agreeing to reopen an is-
sue firmly rejected by residents, suggest their bel-
ligerence towards community consensus.
In an era where populism has grown globally
based on the backlash against the idea of those
in positions of responsibility hurting communities,
Cr Fullarton and co appear to have quickly defied
the trust invested in them as representatives of the
Ironically some of the councillors who voted to
reopen a wound which brought considerable suf-
fering to the Sunset Strip community appear to be
in conflict with their own campaign platform to
“provide a greater role to the community in coun-
I would also suggest to Cr Michael Whelan that
residents certainly “had their day” – and firmly re-
jected the special charge scheme. This was more
so evident in the final roads planning presentation
meeting in Rhyll where the majority of residents
in attendance firmly rejected the various road op-
tions and costings.
Perhaps this was not communicated to Cr Whel-
an given not one councillor was in attendance to
share their special roads scheme presentation
with the community.
The Sunset Strip community overwhelmingly
voted against a special road scheme through two
ballots - yet the council proceeded with spending
taxpayer’s money on concept designs the majority
of the community did not want.
There was understandably a deep mistrust of
the council in engendering a special charge scheme
that clearly and unfairly disadvantaged residents
in one of the lowest socio economic communities
on Phillip Island.
If Cr Fullarton wishes to truly represent the ma-
jority view he would be well advised to revisit the
two-ballot outcomes as opposed to citing a few
cases of those residents who have apparently only
recently approached him. As a resident of the es-
tate I have certainly never experienced Cr Fullar-
ton’s alleged clouds of dust or mud.
However perhaps if the council were to invest a
portion of the funds from the rates collected from
the estate to provide the long awaited spray on
road surface, instead of punishing residents for
voting against a special charge scheme, Cr Ful-
larton’s alleged dust claims would undoubtedly be
A large portion of residents who opposed the
special charge scheme were in fact the elderly and
there is little evidence that children are restricted
in riding bikes in the estate. In fact the absence
of made roads allow children to enjoy the natu-
ral landscape in safety, unencumbered by the ad-
ditional cars roads would inevitably bring to the
estate compromising safety as a thoroughfare to
Cr Fullarton’s description of made roads and ap-
propriate drainage presents little to preserve the
estates distinctive rural coastal character. Sunset
Strip and Smiths Beach are unique estates which
draw residents electing to coexist with the natu-
ral environment and as such this should be pro-
tected and preserved rather than bulldozed and
Instead of revisiting old failed models unequivo-
cally rejected by the community, the current coun-
cillors could seize their unique opportunity to
serve the community and demonstrate some long
awaited innovation in their approach to the estate.
The reopening of a special charge scheme will
only serve to incite fear and anxiety and greater
resistance from residents concerned about los-
ing their homes or being unduly constrained with
council imposed loans.
If members of the council wish to truly represent
community consensus they should adhere to what
Cr Kent finally conceded, “They had their day and
Paul Mangan, Sunset Strip.
No fly zone please, asks ex-councillor
I am seeking the support of Bass Coast council-
lors as I attempt to oppose an application for the
use of land at 5610 Bass Highway, Inverloch for
the operation of joy flights and other developments
contained in Planning Permit No.160367.
My reasons for objecting are many and include
the fact that we are almost immediate neighbours
and are directly affected by the noise of planes al-
ready flying low over our land. Joy flights will also
have the same effect on the town’s people of Inver-
loch if they are allowed to operate by BCSC.
The proposal will also affect our entitled enjoy-
ment of our land and our lifestyle, thus depreciat-
ing the value of our local properties and quality of
life. We run cattle on our land and the noise from
low flying aircraft disturbs them considerably.
I suggest that with light planes and helicopters
being permitted to fly around all the time, this will
affect the quality of the meat when the cattle are
And what of the misuse of the land, which is con-
sidered by BCSC to be valuable farming land.
It is zoned as farm land as I understand it and
here it is being considered for commercial use,
should joy flights be given the go ahead.
We have tried hard to establish and maintain
habitats for wildlife and if this proposal is accept-
ed by BCSC, all our efforts will be in vain.
I also have serious road safety concerns.
The Bass Highway is operating to it maximum
We know from experience when we try to turn
right into Bambrook Road, (where we live), which
is about a further kilometre along the entrance to
the airport, that it can be a frightening experience.
Big lorries and buses hurtle along at 100km/h
from both directions and don’t slow down on the
two lane highway.
They are forced onto the verges thus providing
the potential for a serious pile-up.
The same situation is replicated for traffic com-
ing from Wonthaggi and turning right into the air-
port.In addition, there are concerns about planes
flying in or out of the north-south runway, already
established, as they have to fly low over the Bass
Highway and low over high tension power lines.
Another worry for motorists. I therefore seek your
support in opposing the application for joy flights
when this comes before Council in the future.
Ross Smith, Inverloch.
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