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let us down
I have been inspired by Roger Han-
sen’s recent photo-essays on the op-
portunities to enhance the loom and
feel of the Island’s public spaces.
The same sort of rationale applies to
It is the tourist gateway to the Island
and we should expect it to get well-
presented to all the Island’s visitors –
particularly when there are big events
But, two days before the “Blessing of
the Bikes” that closed the main street,
San Remo is not at its best.
On one side of the main road to the
bridge, the council staff have done a
wonderful job with good plantings,
mown lawns, neat mulch and all rub-
bish picked up.
On the other side of the road – oh
dear! The Foreshore Committee has
provided all of our guests and resi-
dents with rubbish, long grass, dead
shrubs and scraggly trees.
When can we get some co-ordina-
Or, better still, the council does a
great job, so when will the foreshore
committee hand over the reins to coun-
Ray McNamara, San Remo.
Support shown for
Mental Health Week
On Monday, October 9, 2017, thou-
sands of Australians across the coun-
try generously threw their support
behind Headspace day, kicking off Na-
tional Mental Health Week.
Headspace day is an opportunity to
educate young people on the impor-
tance of taking care of their mental
health issues early, before they become
Every year, a quarter of all young Aus-
tralians will experience mental health
issues and we want them to know that
Headspace is here to help. Research
shows that 75 per cent of mental health
issues emerge before the age of 25.
By getting on top of issues early,
the chances of recovery are greatly in-
On Headspace day we asked all Aus-
tralians to share their personal mental
health tips, telling us how they take
care of their mental health.
We gathered thousands of ideas to
show young people the many different
ways to maintain a healthy headspace.
It has been inspiring to see so many
Australians share on #headspaceday,
including Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull, Opposition leader Bill Short-
en, musicians, sports stars, and our
own Headspace day ambassador Anna
Our headspace clinicians say talking
about how we take care of our mental
health can encourage others to do the
same. It is just as important to take
care of our minds, as it is our bodies.
With 100 centres across Australia,
and phone and online chat service,
over the past decade Headspace has
enabled over 355,000 young people to
access mental health care.
There is still time to support Head-
space just visit headspaceday.org.
au, write your personal mental health
tip on a headspace day postcard and
share this on your social media with
Thank you to everyone who took part
in headspace day, we look forward to
your support in the future.
Jason Trethowan, CEO at Head-
space, the National Youth Mental
Better to use
I read with interest Bruce Gibson’s
letter to the editor (Sentinel Times Oct
10) supporting the joy flight operation
on Inverloch farmland, an application
recently rejected by Council.
Mr Gibson speaks only for himself
and not the families who live within
500 metres from the proposed site to
operate joy flights.
These include young families with
children who have moved to lifestyle
properties to enjoy a quiet and peace-
ful existence for many years to come.
Mr Gibson has been around for a
very, very long time and has been lucky
to have fully appreciated the peaceful
lifestyle others now aspire to enjoy.
All the other neighbours, except one
absent property owner, did not want to
put up with the continuous noise cre-
ated by numerous daily flights of small
aircraft and helicopters: which were
mentioned in correspondence between
the applicant and council but not men-
tioned in the application. The council-
lors listened, heard their concerns and
sensibly rejected the application.
Small regional airfields are under
threat, as seen in the news recently,
and there is one at Leongatha South.
It would be very community-minded
to support this facility by operating the
joy flights from there, after all it is only
a few minutes away from Inverloch.
Ross Smith, Inverloch.
Good move with new plants
The Shire is asking for feedback
about the recent planting of what ap-
pear to be waterwise native shrubs at
the edge of the street, at bottom left of
Thompson Ave in Cowes.
The original triffids planted here, and
at street edges from Esplanade to Cha-
pel, were removed a couple of weeks
ago, during excavator digging to repair
a burst water pipe. Don’t replacements
Then just before school holidays,
and probably again this week before
the MotoGP, shire workers were out
again, as many as eight to 10 of them,
trimming the remaining triffids.
Evidently such trimming is only
possible with manpower and garden
shears, even the biggest Stihl power
hedge trimmer being blunted in min-
utes on such hard and fibrous plants.
So how about we give some response,
to applaud the efforts by the parks and
gardens people, and ask the shire man-
agement to give a big tick of approval to
go ahead with the replacement with wa-
terwise native shrubs for whole street?
Bernie McComb, Cowes.
Warning of suicide danger
An epidemic is affecting our island
home, yet no-one is talking about it.
Another young man has taken his
life, another child will not get to call
him daddy ever again.
Thirty nine men aged between 19
and 24 lose their lives in Australia ev-
That is epidemic.
The injustices of the Family Court are
noted and thankfully, reviews of family
laws are happening as we speak.
Children are not pawns and should
never be used as such.
(Name and address supplied).
Editor: If you need help call Life-
line 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300
for bin debacle
Council are not able to sell the old
wheelie bins because the 10 year waste
contract apparently gives the bins to
the Waste Collection Contractor to en-
able them to be recycled into garden
This calls into question the details of
the waste contract.
The decision to push this forward
for a decision at the last meeting of the
previous Council was made by the CEO
It is obvious that this was put on the
agenda for the final meeting of the pre-
vious Council because after four years
councillors were following all the direc-
tives of the CEO.
Leaving this decision for the incom-
ing Council would have meant consid-
erable delays and may have even been
It is also worrying that our present
councillors have no knowledge of the
details of the 10 year waste contract.
The waste management contract has
been criticised by probably the major-
ity of ratepayers and part of the con-
tract was the three new bins for 25,000
Why did the CEO and his executive
not realise that the old bins could be
sold at $50 each, realising $2.5 mil-
lion, even with Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil stamped on some of the bins.
Even if they only sold for $20 each it
would increase revenue by $1 million.
Our Mayor’s message of about three
weeks ago stated that advice from the
executive was that the bins could not
be sold to industry as they were not
suitable and it would not be safe.
Please examine the photos which
were taken this week on a large build-
ing site. All the bins given away to our
waste contractor look like new when
compared to those currently in use.
The information given to the Mayor
was wrong, which in itself is a worry.
Did the executive have any accurate
knowledge before advising the Mayor?
It seems that the CEO and his execu-
tive have let down the ratepayers, who
pay their exorbitant salaries by not
I wonder if our waste contractor will
recycle the bins into garden furniture
or take the opportunity to sell them (a
potential $2.5 million).
The incorrect advice to councillors
recommending closure of the Inverloch
Transfer Station and now the debacle
of the Waste Management Contract
rushed through at the last meeting of
the previous council is not satisfactory.
The CEO’s contract ends, I believe, in
This contract should be advertised
on the open market and not automati-
cally renewed as has happened in the
Councillors should be able to choose
the best candidate at possibly a lower
salary than $340,000 per annum cur-
John Swarbrick, Member, Bass
Coast Ratepayer’s Association.
Careful to protect
It was interesting to read Bruce Lang-
ford-Jones from Surf Beach (Adver-
tiser letters 11.10.2017) stating “more
affordable land must be re-zoned for
Correct me if I am wrong, but if you
look Mr Langford Jones up on the
internet he is a local builder of many
It’s a pity if this is true, as he didn’t re-
veal his motivation, especially consid-
ering many, many islanders are aware
Phillip Island is so special because it is
one of the only seaside locations close
to Melbourne which has not been spoilt
by over development.
Let’s look after it for the enjoyment
of not only us, but future generations.
We need to be very careful, consider-
ate and not selfish.
Jennifer Grimwade, Cape Woola-
Marriage under attack
I am OBE and have been subject to
many ups and downs in Australian pol-
itics, and no longer can I support the
major parties in pushing for a ‘yes’ vote
for same sex marriage which is being
forced down my throat.
The yes vote will be detrimental to
all Australians including the yes voters
who are being hassled and told public
opinion decrees that we do away with
thousands of years of Christianity,
which decries the yes vote as un-Chris-
tian, and accept marriage between a
man and a woman as equal to same
sex agenda. Bollocks.
It can never be. How we have been
scammed people, and many of us have
fallen for it.
Look at what has happened in other
parts of the world when same sex mar-
riage has been ratified.
If you speak out about same sex mar-
riage you can be thrown in jail, truly.
Check out on the internet and you
will be shocked, and it could happen
here if the yes vote goes through.
You have been betrayed by people in
power who have pushed for this yes
vote because of pressure from a minor-
ity outspoken group.
The legal ramifications are enor-
Vote as your good sense would have
Once we have lost our freedom of
speech you may as well go to jail as a
volunteer because you won’t be able
to speak out about anything and be
Proceedings will prevent you from
telling it as it is. Is this what you want?
Do not give up your freedom of
If you do you may as well curl up and
Marriage is between a man and a
woman and is sacred.
Marriage is the word that is driving
this platform and it cannot be.
Call it a union, partner, acceptance,
joining together or whatever else you
can think of but not marriage.
Marriage is sacred and can only be
between a man and woman for the re-
production of the human race to con-
It cannot happen between two males
or two females. Logical.
Allan Droscher, Cowes.
Why not ‘pumped hydro’
for State Coal Mine?
Teachers and policymakers are miss-
ing a golden opportunity to show peo-
ple the best ways to cut climate change
and reduce their carbon footprint, a
It identifies four ways of behaving
that it says will have the most sub-
stantial effect in decreasing someone’s
climate impact: eating a plant-based
diet, avoiding air travel, living without
reliance on a car, and having smaller
The researchers, from Lund Uni-
versity in Sweden, analysed 39 peer-
reviewed papers, carbon calculators
and government reports to calculate
the potential of a range of individual
lifestyle choices to reduce greenhouse
They say their comprehensive analy-
sis identifies what people can do to
have the greatest impact.
“For example, living car-free saves
about 2.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent
per year, while eating a plant-based diet
saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a
year. These actions, therefore, have
much greater potential to reduce emis-
sions than usually promoted strate-
And while it was good news to see
government funding for renewable en-
ergy at State Coal Mine, at last a project
east of Melbourne, doesn’t it look like
something is missing?
Even PM Turnbull and deputy
Frydenberg are getting so much mile-
age out of buzz words “pumped hydro”.
But State Coal Mine is proposed
as just “pump”. It’s claimed to pump
100,000 litres/day from bottom of
mine to surface. Unfortunately it then
just goes to waste. Down below, doesn’t
100,000 litres more seep back in for
pumping the next day?
Mr Gupta, the new saviour of the
steel mill at Whyalla, is not happy
about high energy prices in Australia.
He plans to pump sea water into
abandoned mines along the coast so
that new large-scale solar electricity is
consumed to pump water up to stor-
age so that it’s stored for gravity feed of
water back through pump to generate
electricity when needed.
This is the battery equivalent pre-
ferred by Turnbull government,
pumped hydro, as per Snowy Hydro
1.0, PM Turnbull’s 2.0 and many oth-
So why not pumped hydro for State
Coal Mine? Of course it does need stor-
age at the surface but 100,000 litres is
only 10 cubic metres. From memory,
claim was that electricity from the grid
has been as much as 200kWh/day. So
cost of 10cubic metre storage (above
ground pool?) represents a battery
close to 200kWh compared with actual
25kWh battery included in the project.
So why only pump?
Bernie McComb, Cowes.
Telstra gets ‘grand
prix’ for bad timing
WHEN else would you decide to
dig up Thompson Avenue in Cowes
to replace a section of telecommu-
nications cable other than on the
Tuesday of Grand Prix week and
the day after the street had been
beautifully cleaned by the Bass
Coast Shire Council in prepara-
tion for the Australian Motorcycle
That’s what Telstra did on Tues-
day, much to the consternation
of everyone at Pino’s, with access
to their premises impeded and a
muddy mess outside the property.
When asked why they would
choose Grand Prix week to under-
take the works, the response from
Telstra workers on the site was:
“What Grand Prix. When!”
“Why were we not notified by the
council or Telstra of works that will
affect access to our property,” was
the question Rosa Scalato wanted
“Our staff were here early as we
prepare for the grand prix, to find
a huge truck and trailer outside
Pino’s and the pavement being dug
The good news is that once ac-
quainted with the fact that a major
event is happening on the island
and the street needs to be in pris-
tine condition, the workmen un-
dertook to have everything in ship
shape order by Wednesday after-
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