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0-4 yrs 5-9 yrs 10-14 yrs 15-19 yrs Totals
Bass Coast Population 1,669 1,897 1,779 1,587 6,932
1622 1,439 6,379
NB: Missing numbers would come from small farming districts across the Shire
2016 Census Under 19 Population
The 2016 census figures support an aquatic centre pool being built on Phillip Island.
Population demands pool
THE Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund (PI-
ACF) challenges everyone to help build the
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre.
Back in June 1994 the then Shire of Phil-
lip Island worked with members of our group
and the Warley Hospital to establish an aquatic
centre for Phillip Island, mainly around a hy-
I have recently discovered correspondence
to and from these parties.
I even have an outline of design and costings
of a similar facility.
These facts were shared with the community
and a bigger group was formed which has ex-
panded and is now known as the Phillip Island
Aquatic Centre Fund Inc.
Many of the founding members have either
left the island, or lost faith in a centre ever
Those that remain can’t believe all these
years later that nothing except concept plans
have been started and approved by our cur-
rent Bass Coast Shire Council.
An aquatic centre was needed back then and
is more important today with the latest cen-
sus figures showing between Phillip Island and
San Remo there are 4232 people aged over 60
who are permanent residents.
Add to that the fact that we have 12,164 pri-
vate dwellings, which allows for a greater po -
tential increase of people within our area at
Now we must add the need for all of our chil-
dren going to school to be able to swim 50 me-
tres before entering higher education.
There are 1905 children aged up to 14 years
and 878 children and youth aged between 15
and 24 on Phillip Island.
In the 25–59 age group are 4627 adults that
could benefit from an Aquatic Centre through
a variety of services.
What can you do to help?
What can we do to make what was started
officially in 1994 happen, and happen soon?
Our forefathers started this push for an
We need to get behind the push of the last
few years to make it happen. Words are not
We must use every opportunity to make it
The 2017 AGM of the Phillip Island Aquatic
Centre Fund Inc is to take place on Tuesday
August 29 at 7.30pm in the Heritage Centre,
89 Thompson Ave, Cowes.
Everyone is invited to come along.
All positions will be declared vacant and a
new team will be established. Anyone interested
in being part of the committee should contact
the secretary Peter McMahon on 0418 533 256.
The numbers used in this article come from
the 2016 Census figures.
By PIACF secretary Peter McMahon
Patient opinion invited
online at Bass Coast Health
BASS Coast Health (BCH) recently intro -
duced a new online feedback system for con-
sumers that is easy to use and guarantees
greater transparency about the feedback
BCH receives from consumers.
The Patient Opinion website has been used
in health services across Australia since
Its aim is to capture both positive and neg-
ative experiences from patients and clients
and encourage honest and meaningful con-
versations between them and our health care
staff, to improve care.
There are many advantages of the new sys-
tem for BCH.
One is that interactions on the site are in
real time, so experiences can be responded
to promptly and personally.
BCH CEO Jan Child said that the intro -
duction of patient opinion to BCH makes
it faster and easier for patients and clients
to share their experiences “and let us know
what we’re doing right and what we could do
“I t gives our consumers a strong voice and
helps us to respond quickly to what they’re
saying and address issues raised in their
“The real beauty of this new system is that
other members of the public can see the feed-
back that is provided, as all experiences and
responses published on the site are public.
“This means the community can see how
the health service uses its patient feedback
to improve its care. ”
Ms Child said the initiative “is another im-
portant way to listen to our community, and
show we are serious about making real-time
improvements based on what our patients
and clients and their families and carers say.
“Health care is about continually improv-
ing what we do, and this provides a very con-
structive and transparent way to continue to
improve, ” Ms Child said.
Bendigo Community Bank representatives, and the principals of a number of local pri-
mary schools, are pictured at a meeting held last week to launch a Bendigo Bank initia-
tive, whereby all of next year’s Prep students, on enrolment, will be offered the opportu-
nity of opening a Bendigo Community Bank account, with a complimentary $20 deposit,
along with a $10 book voucher. Pictured at Cowes Primary School, where the meeting
was held, are, from left, Peter Paul (BB board), Sue Becker (Cowes Primary principal),
Terry Ashenden (BB board chairman), Bruce Procter (BB board), Michael Scott (Ben-
digo Community Bank), Carlie Jordan (Cowes BB branch), Tanya Donnan (BB San Remo
branch), Karen Bowker (San Remo Primary principal), Sharyne Munday (Newhaven Pri-
mary principal) and Leanne Edwards (Bass Valley Primary principal).
Community bank to start them young
NEXT year’s enrolment of Prep students
across eight local schools will be offered
a great opportunity by the Bendigo Com-
munity Banks, which will give them a great
start when it comes to saving money for
All Preps, on enrolment, will be offered a
Bendigo Bank account with a deposit of $20
to start them off, as well as a $10 book vouch-
er, in a new initiative announced last week.
The initiative was given strong support by
principals at a meeting last week between
the Bendigo Community Bank Board and
staff, and the schools involved.
“It’s a very generous offer from the Ben-
digo Bank, ” s aid San Remo Primary princi-
pal Karen Bowker.
was the verdict from
Sharyne Munday of Newhaven Primary,
with Leanne Edwards, Bass Valley PS,
commending the bank on the great oppor-
tunity the offer presents to young students.
Under the scheme, parents will be of-
fered the opportunity to open an account
for their Prep student on enrolment, and a
gift of $20 will be deposited in the account.
Banking will be made easy for the stu-
dents as they go through the school, and
the new program will certainly help young
children get off to a good start when it
comes to saving for the future.
A $10 book voucher, which can be re-
deemed at Turn the Page in Cowes, will en-
sure their literacy learning is also off to a
Bendigo Bank board director Peter Paul
said he and fellow board members are very
proud of this initiative “which will intro -
duce many young children to banking and
enable youngsters to go into a book store
and select their first book”.
Or for those geographically disadvan-
taged, the bank will deliver boxes of books
for the Preps to their schools.
The program will be an ongoing one, of-
fered to each new intake of Preps every year.
And of course, as the Community Bank
reminds us, all bank profits go back to the
community through grants to the district’s
cultural, sporting and recreational organi-
Eight schools within the Bendigo Bank’s
Cowes, San Remo and Grantville catchments
have been invited to join this program.
They are Cowes, San Remo, Newhaven,
Bass Valley and Powlett River Primary
Schools; the Phillip Island Village School,
Newhaven College and the soon to be
opened Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary
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