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ENVIRONMENTAL damage and traffic conges-
tion remain the key concerns surrounding a pro-
posed caravan park at Forrest Caves, according to
objectors who attended a meeting last week.
Eleven residents met with the caravan park
developers Ken and Janice Rowlingson to detail
their concerns, in a two-hour drop-in meeting at
the Newhaven Visitor Information Centre held for
objectors-only last Wednesday.
The Rowlingsons, from San Remo, originally
submitted plans to the Bass Coast Shire for a
266-site caravan park at 1285 Phillip Island Road
Newhaven in 2014, but went back to the drawing
board following feedback from the community
A new planning permit application was lodged
earlier this year with an amended 204 sites, which
received 40 objections and will be considered by
council at its ordinary meeting on September 20.
The new application has redesigned the layout
to include more replanting around the perimeter
and throughout the site, with more walking paths.
Stormwater will be treated on site, including
sediment and treatment ponds located in the front
of the site near Phillip Island Road.
The ponds will be surrounded by wetland veg-
etation and a screen of trees and shrubs.
The caravan park will be screened from the
main road, by trees and shrubs.
According to the Rowlingsons, the caravan park
will not disturb sand dunes, as the park will be lo-
cated on the existing cleared, flat land on the north
side of the dunes.
Access to the beach will be via the existing For-
rest Caves car park and access track.
The dunes will be fenced from the proposed
park, with direct access to the beach not permit-
A traffic assessment - undertaken by Traffix
Group - concluded the car parking was sufficient,
and traffic impacts can be readily accommodated
by Phillip Island Road.
Turning lanes into the site have been designed
with input from Bass Coast Shire and VicRoads.
Last week’s meeting was also attended by en-
gineer Matt Brosnan and the developer’s planner
“Over the two hours, several of the submitters
dropped in, with many commenting that the de-
sign and landscaping were a vast improvement on
the original proposal,” Chris said.
However, according to objectors who attended
the meeting, their concerns still remain.
Cape Woolamai resident Nyree Davis said the
revised plans did not allay the environmental or
visual impact of the caravan park.
“I asked about the shearwaters, trees and sand
dunes, the whole ecosystem being walked on, and
they said while there will be fencing they can’t guar-
antee people won’t walk there,” Nyree said.
“Even though these are amended plans it’s still a
caravan park being planned for an environmental-
She said she requested a photo of what the cara-
van park would look like at capacity, but the only
photos the developer could provide was of a “pret-
ty picture with a few motorhomes”.
Forrest Caves is renowned as a dangerous
beach, which is not patrolled by lifesavers.
“I asked them about Surf Lifesaving and they
said signs will be put up on the beach saying it’s
dangerous,” Nyree said.
Objector Peter Jacobs – who has lived at Cape
Woolamai for three decades – said despite the
amended plans, he believed the park should not
“We still really don’t want to have it there,” Peter
“I don’t think it’s good for traffic management
and I still don’t believe the dunes are going to be
“Turning out on to the Phillip Island Road is go-
ing to be chaos. Even though they have turning-in
lanes, it’s the only road we’ve got and VicRoads
isn’t going to be putting in a round-about for the
financial benefit of one business.”
Comments from residents in online Facebook
forums also underscored these concerns.
Jeff Clarke commented that traffic exiting into
Melbourne-bound traffic during peak holiday
periods or events such MotoGP and Superbikes
“could be very interesting”.
“Will this be a third roundabout we have to wait
for,” Jeff wrote.
Newhaven resident Elaine Brown agreed, saying
the turning traffic issue “is the big one”, describing
it as a “death trap”.
“There’s no safe way in or out. In either direc-
tion in an 80km/hr zone with limited visibility up
the hill to whatever is coming perhaps too fast,”
Elaine added that traffic congestion would be ex-
acerbated as there was no local shop within walk-
Michael Waser wrote that his concern was the
“It seems there is a slight buffer zone at the front
that might be screened off with vegetation, but the
sides have little to no buffer zone or vegetation,”
“Let’s be honest caravan parks - even cabins -
are an eye sore and look like shanty towns and it’s
in a very exposed area.
“If it’s ever to be done it needs to be done very
tastefully and well-screened with vegetation.”
Michael said it was interesting to see how the de-
velopers would manage drainage problems.
“It’s basically a swamp much of the year.”
Caravan park a ‘death trap’
and ‘eye sore’ say objectors
Environmental concerns were aired by objectors at a meeting called to discuss a caravan
park proposal for land near Forrest Caves.
Severe flu season hits near-record levels
VICTORIA is currently hitting the
peak of one of the worst flu seasons
with Wonthaggi Hospital’s Emergen-
cy Department facing a significant
increase in demand (up 7% on last
year) because of it.
“The flu season started earlier this
year” said CEO Jan Child this week.
“So far in 2017, there have been
more than 10,000 confirmed cases
of influenza across the state, with
many more notifications still ex-
“We have had multiple presenta-
tions to our Emergency Department
by patients with significant respira-
tory illnesses, and BCH inpatient ar-
eas have experienced 9 recent cases
of influenza, including Influenza
A, Influenza B and Parainfluenza
“This includes an outbreak at
Griffiths Point Lodge aged care fa-
cility in San Remo.. This outbreak
has been successfully contained and
managed with the support of our
GP’s,” Ms Child said.
Wonthaggi has to date reported
eight confirmed cases of Influenza A
and three confirmed cases of Influ-
enza B in its wards.
“Across all of BCH, we have had
many staff confirmed as having in-
fluenza and other respiratory Ill-
nesses, with our staff sick leave at
Workplaces across Phillip Island
have also been hard hit, as well as
aged care facilities.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Pro-
fessor Charles Guest has called on
all Victorians to take steps to protect
their health and stop the spread of
High risk groups include the el-
derly, infants, those with chronic
conditions such as heart or lung
disease, renal failure, diabetes and
chronic neurological conditions, the
women, smokers and Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people.
Professor Guest said the flu is a
highly contagious viral infection,
spread by contact with fluids from
coughs and sneezes.
“The most common symptoms of
the flu are sudden high fever, a dry
cough, body aches, and feeling very
tired and weak,” Professor Guest
“Infections in children may also
be associated with gastrointestinal
symptoms such as nausea, vomiting
and diarrhoea. Croup is a common
presentation in children.
“Most symptoms resolve within
seven days, although the cough may
persist for longer.
Complications of influenza in-
clude middle ear infections, second-
ary bacterial pneumonia and wors-
ening of underlying chronic health
“Most otherwise healthy adults
will be able to infect other people up
to seven days after becoming sick.
“Therefore, anyone sick with the
flu should avoid visiting loved ones
in aged care or in hospital, as it can
spread quickly and be very seri-
ous for people most at risk such as
Professor Guest said better hand
washing is one of the most impor-
tant ways to reduce the spread of
infectious diseases such as the flu.
“It is also important to practice
good cough etiquette at all times.
This includes covering your nose
and mouth when you cough or
sneeze and disposing of tissues im-
mediately,” Professor Guest said.
“Vaccination is also vital in stop-
ping the spread of influenza. With
about two months of the flu season
to go, it is still not too late to get your
The Influenza vaccine is available
from GPs and also from pharma-
cists who are qualified and trained
to give immunisations.
Even the pelicans at San Remo were affected by last week’s icy
They preferred roosting on this pylon and pier, to getting into
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