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PROOF TO LISA
TWO men have drowned at Woolamai Beach
in separate incidents in a tragic start to the
summer holiday season.
The first tragedy occurred on Christmas Day
in front of the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving
Clubhouse when an Indian-born man and two
others got into trouble at about 5.30pm in the
Two of the three swimmers were able to get
back to the beach, which was unpatrolled at the
Surfers in the vicinity tried valiantly in the
treacherous conditions prevailing at the time to
save the 28-year-old, but sadly, he disappeared
Local lifesavers in conjunction with Life Sav-
ing Victoria immediately commenced a search
using an IRB, when the alarm was raised, with
Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club mem-
bers operating until half an hour before sunset.
The police air wing, HEMs and Life Saver 36
were also involved.
Police from Cowes and San Remo were also
at the scene.
An extensive search resumed on Tuesday,
with the Victoria Police, Victoria Police Search
and Rescue, Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club,
the Water Police, Police Air Wing and SES units
Human remains, presumed to be those of the
missing swimmer, were found by a beachgoer
the following day washed ashore at the Sunder-
land Bay end of the Cape Woolamai area.
Sergeant Bruce Kent, of the San Remo Police,
said that DNA tests were being conducted by
police to determine the identity of the remains.
The second drowning tragedy occurred on
New Year’s Day, also at Woolamai.
A 40 year old man from Mitcham died after
getting into difficulties there in the late after-
The beach was patrolled at the time and the
man was swimming between the flags.
The man was seen in difficulty shortly before
5pm but rescue attempts to reach him were un-
His body was located and recovered about 20
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Life Saving Victoria has issued the following
warning to swimmers:
• Rips are the number one beach hazard for
• Each year more people drown in rips than
from shark attacks, cyclones and floods com-
• Three quarters of people can’t identify a rip
• Two thirds of people who think they can
spot a rip, can’t
• Know how to identify and avoid a rip cur-
• If you’re caught in a rip current, stay calm,
conserve your energy and consider these op-
• Raise an arm and call out to seek help.
• Float with the current. It may return you to
a shallow sandbank.
• Swim parallel to the beach. You may escape
the rip current.
• Reassess the situation – if what you’re do-
ing isn’t working, try another option until you
return to shore
• Whenever possible, swim between the red
and yellow flags
• Learn how to spot and avoid rip currents –
find out more at beachsafe.org.au or download
the beachsafe app
Paul Shannon of Life Saving Victoria said that
learning how to identify and avoid a rip current
is essential for beachgoers swimming at surf
Tragic start to summer holidays
A NEW association has been formed on Phillip
Island, in response to the proposal mooted for the
construction of a Vehicle Ferry Terminal Docking
Facility in the vicinity of the Anderson Road Boat
Ramp beach in Cowes.
The association, which was incorporated on
December 22, has called a meeting at the Ander-
son Road boat ramp this Saturday, at 11am, and
invites concerned members of the community to
The meeting will take the form of an information
sharing session relating to the proposed Cowes
Ferry Terminal, and discussion on the way for-
Its purpose is also to recruit members.
One of the meeting convenors is Terry Heffernan.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Heffernan said that
many community members are extremely con-
cerned that at a meeting between consultants en-
gaged to prepare a business case for the vehicle
ferry proposal, and members of the Cowes Yacht
Club, it was stated that the preferred location for
the terminal is in the vicinity of the Anderson Road
Minutes taken of this meeting state:
“Preferred location thus far is down towards the
Anderson Road boat ramp. Look to utilising exist-
ing car park. Not yet raised with council, this is
a possible option. Passengers would come off at
existing Cowes pier, and vehicles would come off
at Anderson Road. “
The existing car park accommodates car and
Mr Heffernan said that concerns include the
possibility of compulsory land acquisition to ac-
commodate the proposal; the effect of an indus-
trial structure on the beautiful north facing beach
and sand movement; and adverse environmental
effects, including the threat to endangered hooded
plovers that nest on either side of the boat ramp
along this stretch of beach.
Meeting convenors are hoping for a large turn-
out, and advise anyone with concerns that it is vital
that they put their concerns in writing and forward
these to the Bass Coast Council.
They are particularly concerned that after door
knocking the area last weekend, a large number of
ratepayers who own homes in the area had no idea
of what was being proposed.
Convenors are opposing a ferry terminal in the
vicinity of the Anderson Road Boat Ramp on the
1. The beach is a community asset and this
would destroy the visual amenity and reduce ac-
cess to a beautiful sandy, rare, north facing family
2. A large section of beach will be unusable due
to installation of a rock wall and concrete pier
about 30-50 meters wide
3. Erosion effect from dredging and large ferry
motion; negative impact on sandy beach of rock
wall which occurred at Sorrento, Queenscliff and
4. Negative impact on wildlife; the existing Hood-
ed Plover nesting area, seals, dolphins, native bird-
5. Loss of existing boat trailer parking for boat
6. Loss of existing car parking for beach users.
7. Unsuitability of a commercial/industrial
structure and activity in a residential area.
8. The area is used as a recreational boating,
fishing, and sailing area; not compatible with a
large commercial vessel.
9. Negative increased traffic impact -up to 40
cars hourly and possibly buses coming off an on
the vehicle ferry, which could become a large ve-
hicle ferry over time, on quiet urban streets.
10. Negative impact on noise from the ferry and
the many vehicles
11. Negative impact on surrounding residents of
traffic, light and noise; and
12. Loss of native foreshore vegetation.
The Save Cowes West Beach Association has
set up a website at savecoweswestbeach.com and
more information can be found there.
Anderson Road down to the boat ramp
was chockers last weekend, and residents in
the area are aghast to learn that the current
preferred terminal option for the proposed
Cowes to Stony Point Vehicle ferry is on the
stretch of beach near the boat ramp.
Save Cowes West beach public meeting
AN out of control car
has slammed into a
phone pole in Cowes,
cracking it in half.
The car was being
driven along Settlement
Road, near the round-
about at McKenzie Road,
at 10pm on December 8
when it lost control, skid-
ding along the nature
strip and colliding with
the pole, which prevented
the car from slamming
into a nearby house.
The impact snapped
the pole in half and sent
the phone lines dropping
to the ground.
The single occupant
of the car, a male from
Leongatha South, was
taken to hospital by am-
Locals – including
nearby neighbours Tyler,
12 and Ryan, 11 - report-
ed hearing a loud bang
with police attending.
Phone pole snapped in half
Pictured inspecting the damage to the phone pole are locals
Tyler, 12 and Ryan, 11.
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