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The original Newhaven College Boys Home Road campus will be demolished at the end of the year to make way for a 31-lot housing
Newhaven to get 31 new homes
A PLANNING application for a 31-lot subdi-
vision at Boys Home Road Newhaven has had
to go through extensive Aboriginal cultural as-
sessments, with concerns the site has sensitive
The application by Newhaven Property In-
vestments, which is on display at the Bass
Coast Shire offices, is for 31 lots in three stag-
es, with an average size of 622 square metres.
“In addition a larger lot is proposed to the
north-east section of the site. This lot may be
further developed in the future for medium
density housing,” the permit states.
“Any such development would require a sep-
arate planning permit application.”
The total parcel of 2.75 hectares is bordered
by Forrest Avenue to the north and Malcliff
Road to the south.
The site is occupied by the senior campus of
Newhaven College, but at the end of the school
year it will be handed to the developers as “flat
ground”, with all buildings to be removed from
The school sold the land to the developers
at an undisclosed price, in order for all year
levels to be based at the one campus on the
Phillip Island Road, near Sunset Strip.
The planning application details how a con-
sultant specialising in indigenous history or-
dered a cultural heritage management plan be
created for the site, given the subdivision was
high impact and was in an area of “cultural
“There is a risk that the work may impact
on as yet unidentified Aboriginal cultural heri-
tage,” the consultant said, adding that if no
plan was created developers could face legal
A subsequent draft plan was submitted to
the Bass Coast Shire on behalf of the develop-
er, with five “shovel test pits” around the prop-
erty conducted, with four of those measuring
.5m x .5m.
Results showed no artefacts were identified.
“It has been assessed as unlikely that in situ
Aboriginal cultural heritage is present within
the activity area,” the heritage plan states.
Bass Coast Shire’s Strategic Planning and
Development acting manager Donna Taylor
added that while the plan has been prepared, it
was yet to be approved by Aboriginal Victoria.
She said the Bass Coast planning scheme re-
quired developer contributions to be made to
the council for public open space.
“This contribution is typically either five per
cent of the value of the land or five per cent of
the land within the subdivision,” Donna said.
“An assessment of the most appropriate open
space contribution will be made following the
IF YOU’VE been wandering the streets of Wonthaggi
lately, you may have spotted another bright addition to
one of the many laneways!
As part of the council’s commitment to revitalise the
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, we’ve recruit-
ed the Wonthaggi Secondary College Satellite VCAL stu-
dents and local artist, Tom Murray-White, to bring art
into the public arena.
It was our Wonthaggi VCAL students, under the guid-
ance of Tom and his fellow local artists, who were re-
sponsible for painting the amazing artworks along Abra-
hams Lane in 2014 and by what I have seen so far, this
latest project will also be sensational.
The wall mural will reflect all the crazy, colourful, won-
derful events that happen inside the walls of WUCAC,
and it’s just so good to see more young people getting
involved in the arts in whatever form they choose.
We’d like to thank the owners of the neighbouring
property who have allowed access and use of the wall
as a blank canvas. Keep an eye on the wall – it should be
finished in the next week or so.
It was great to see that, thanks to a $24,520 grant
from the Phillip Island Community Benefit Fund, Bass
Coast Health was able to purchase a new car to be used
to transport patients from Phillip Island to medical ap-
pointments – both locally and to Melbourne.
This service is run by volunteer drivers and is of in-
credible value to Islanders.
We seem to be celebrating a number of milestones late-
ly, with more to come – including the 50th anniversary of
the Phillip Island and District Historical Society.
This society was actually first established in 1941, but
subsequently closed down during the 1950s.
Thank goodness for some forward thinking locals,
who re-established the society in 1967, which led to the
Historical Museum to be opened in 1982.
The value of local history cannot be overstated, the sto-
ries of our early pioneers tell us something about how
people lived, they paint a picture of days gone by and
they are personal and compelling.
Through our local history society, we learn to under-
stand the challenges faced by those who went before us,
including our indigenous history.
I’d like to congratulate the society on their achieve-
ments over the past 50 years, and look forward to the
next 50. I would like to congratulate the 12 residents
who officially became Australian citizens at our Citizen-
ship Ceremony held in Wonthaggi last Wednesday.
It is always a pleasure to welcome new citizens to Bass
Coast Shire, although many have lived here for many
years. I would like to acknowledge the significant con-
tribution these people make in enriching our varied and
diverse local community.
By Cr Pamela Rothfield, Bass Coast Shire
Work on new Cowes police
station finally underway
WORK on a new Cowes Police Station
has finally commenced.
Demolition of the old station was under-
way on Monday morning, with construc-
tion expected to begin next week.
Senior Sergeant Andy O’Brien, on site on
Monday as the bulldozers moved in, said
he was relieved that the rebuilding project
was now finally underway.
Sergeant O’Brien said that with the sched-
uled completion date March 2018, VicPolice
would be investigating the establishment of
a temporary police facility in Cowes over the
busy summer holiday season.
Currently, police are available in Cowes
on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm
in Meeting Room 2 at the Cowes Cultural
However, this arrangement will be re-
viewed at the end of August, as the service
being provided by police has not been em-
braced by the community, and is rarely
A new $3 million police station for
Cowes was announced in 2016.
While the usual practice during station
rebuilds is the provision of portable build-
ings to house police personnel during the
construction period, this option has not
being taken up with this project because
of budget constraints, and Cowes police
personnel are being temporarily housed at
Sergeant O’Brien said that the new
building and facilities, when finished, will
be a vast improvement for police mem-
bers, and he is very much looking forward
to the completion date.
Senior Sergeant O’Brien is pictured on Monday with Rob Wienzerl, Riedau Tech-
nologies, the local contractor in charge of demolition of the Cowes Police Station,
as work on a new $3 million facility for the district’s police finally gets underway.
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