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Are you fire ready?
Now is the best time to understand your fire risk and get prepared, not when
a fire starts. Talk to your family about the fire risk where you live and make
plans for what you’ll do on hot, dry, windy days.
This is particularly important if you live in the bush, coastal areas with lots
of scrub or places where the bush or grasslands meet urban areas. Fires in
Bass Coast will start and spread very quickly in some conditions, threatening
homes and lives within minutes.
Prepare your property
• Use the Green Waste Amnesty period (3 November until 19 December
2017) and your green-lidded Organics bin to help tidy up your property
• Know which fire district you live in (Bass Coast is in the Central district)
and what Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to act
• Visit emergency.vic.gov.au or ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line
on 1800 240 667 for more information on how to stay safe this summer
• Download the Vic Emergency app for access to timely, relevant and
specific bushfire warnings for Bass Coast
Fire Safety Tips
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi, VIC 3995 | DX 34903 Wonthaggi | PO Box 118,
Wonthaggi, VIC 3995 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 | email@example.com |
Bass Coast Pony Club
PI Rips Basketball Club
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the Heart of
Bank is on board
WHETHER it’s footy or bowling, tennis or cricket, the Bendigo Community Bank sup -
ports our local clubs.
Pictured here, Bendigo Bank board member Peter Paul, and Robyn George from the
bank’s Cowes branch presents representatives from Phillip Island Cricket Club, presi-
dent Ron Young (right) and secretary Matthew Wright (left) with a cheque for $1000 to be
used towards the promotion of junior and female participation in cricket.
still a concern
A NUMBER of residents are calling on the
shire, estate agents and holiday property owners
to put measures in place over summer to ensure
waste does not become an added problem in
their locality, instead of insisting the responsibil-
ity belongs to other parties.
With the high season upon us some locals are
concerned with the amount of waste they have
witnessed in their neighbourhood in previous
summers. With the new three bin waste system,
and fortnightly collection of general waste, they
wonder whether holidaymakers, some interna-
tional, will be responsible for correct waste prac-
Stephanie Anne Higham runs a local business
servicing the holiday rental market.
“I clean holiday homes and the bin systems
aren’t working at all,” said Stephanie.
“We take bags of rubbish away, because the
new guests are complaining there’s no room in
the red bin.
“We are then stuck with it!
“We also notice the green bags are getting filled
with everything from food to tampons, then tied
up and thrown in the outside bin.
“You can’t even tell what’s in the bag once the
top is tied.
“I can see holiday home waste being a huge is-
sue over Christmas!
land for landfill it would be okay, but to drive to
the Grantville or Wonthaggi tip in the summer
traffic will be insane.
“We have made signs for each bin inside the
holiday homes to assist those staying.
“Most homes have colour coded indoor bins
which helps, but many guests just don’t care.”
Local mum and business owner Jo Viney ini-
tially believed the new waste system would not
work effectively with holiday homes.
“I work with quite a number of them. I made
time to meet with the Council Waste Management
team so that I could get my head around it, and
work with my owners to help it succeed,” she
“The problem is that most property managers
have just said: ‘this won’t work’ and stuck their
heads in the sand.
“It infuriates me that they take this attitude,
especially given we are in a highly sensitive envi-
“I have taken the time and cost to develop my
own signs for my holiday homes.
“As it is and without the additional signs,
guests will not understand or work with the new
“They usually put supermarket shopping bags
in the caddies for general waste, and dispose ac-
“The council could have provided better re-
sources, at the very least spent a little more on
decent magnets so that the signs they did pro-
duce actually stick on the fridges.
“If we all took on a little bit of compassion
for our environment and were more thoughtful
about our waste, we can make it work.”
“I’ve reduced my red bin waste by half. Despite
having chickens, I still fill my green bin by about
half each week, although I’m an avid gardener so
that accounts for most of it.
“Education and a will to help reduce the land-
fill in the world will go a long way.
“There will always be holiday guests that don’t
care what bin they use as long as the waste is in
a bin, but let’s just focus on helping the majority
understand and work with the new system.”
Some residents have advised they are contact-
ing the mayor to voice their concerns in the wake
of the Mornington Peninsula’s new local laws.
“The Peninsula has recently tightened regula-
tions for the short-term holiday rental market.
“I worry that there will be a flow on effect to
the island,” said one local mum who also runs a
“Renters could see the Bass Coast as being
more relaxed about partying all hours, and too
many people allowed to stay in the one property.
More property owners are cashing in with online
bookings, and are not here to deal with the extra
waste and noise.
“Council have said there are private waste re-
moval services for holiday rental. But who will
compel holiday property owners to use it? Cer-
tainly not Air BnB!”
Carolyn Lipscomb has an Air BnB property
and has experienced no issues so far.
“I have different bins and tubs clearly labelled,”
“I have a fridge magnet three bin system flyer on
the fridge. I also explain it in the information docu-
ment I send to guests before their stay. I ask them
to contact me if there are any issues or confusion.
“I also warn guests in the information docu-
ment that our council monitors items in bins,
and any fines will be passed onto the relevant
“Last January we did have to do some extra
trips to the waste collection centre to empty
Jess O’Brien believes it is the property owners
and managers’ responsibility to educate renters.
“If it is not done right then as a neighbour we
should be able to call council to deal with it. The
bill would be sent to the property owner, and the
amount taken out of the bond renter’s pay.”
From Paul Zennaro: Bins after one weekend with young family. This new bin service is
terrible! All our neighbours hate it, and the council are not open to adjusting the service.
By Natasha Crestani
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