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Tender No 18001 – Blackspot Program Works
- Nyora St Helier Road, Woodleigh
Council invited tenders from suitably
experienced contractors for blackspot
program works on Nyora St Helier Road
between Woodleigh-St Heiler and Williams
Tender No 18007 – Rehabilitation of Water
Sensitive Urban Design Elements Seagrove
Council invited tenders from suitably
experienced contractors to undertake
wetland and raingarden rehabilitation works
in Seagrove Estate, Cowes.
Tender documents can be downloaded free
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Procurement on (03) 5671 2134 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tenders open
9.00am on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 and close
at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 6 February 2018.
Council is currently recruiting for the
• Senior Statutory Planner – applications
close Sunday, 28 January 2018
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Dates for 2018
BASS Coast Shire Council, Mornington Peninsu-
la Shire Council and the Victorian Government are
preparing a Business Case to determine the cost,
requirements and viability of a vehicle and passen-
ger service between Stony Point, French Island and
The draft Business Case recommends that the
preferred site for the Cowes terminal and pier be
developed near the current site of the Cowes Yacht
Club, with 10-14 sailings per day.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield rein-
forced that the Cowes West beach site is not the
“From recent discussions with the Phillip Island
community, I think Phillip Island residents will be
pleased to see that the area near the Yacht Club is
the preferred location for a terminal,” Cr Rothfield
“It will be great for the community to have a
look through the Business Case once it has been
released, as it shows how each possible site was
“The project aims to create an iconic route that
would connect Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Is-
land with the Great Ocean Road, bringing together
three of Victoria’s most significant tourism regions.”
From the Bass Coast Shire
The 333km touring route would provide
a unique experience for tourists in a single
circuit and without the need to pass through
a major city.
This project will:
• Support the development of a touring
route which will increase overnight stays and
tourism spend in the Western Port side of the
Mornington Peninsula and on Phillip Island
• Develop a broader Victorian touring
route that will enable tourists to travel from
the Great Ocean Road to Phillip Island and
onto the Gippsland region, without the need
to pass through Melbourne
• Provide an alternative route for Phillip
Island residents to reach the mainland for
employment, services and recreational op-
Bass Coast Shire Council, Mornington
Peninsula Shire Council and the Victorian
Government are reviewing the first draft of
the Business Case, which will be released
in February 2018 for more extensive public
For the second time in-a-week, the Bass Coast
Council has gone into damage control.
Following the red bin backflip (see separate ar-
ticle), the council on Monday issued a hastily-writ-
ten media release about the car ferry terminal, in
response to the weekend protest at the Anderson
Road boat ramp.
Concerned that consultants had spoken out of
order when they told a meeting late last year that
Anderson Road was now the preferred site, coun-
cil on Monday issued a media release, confirming
the preferred site is the Cowes Yacht Club.
That in itself is interesting, as community com-
ment invited by the consultants for consideration
of their discussion paper does not close until Jan-
So much for the efforts of everyone still to put
pen to paper, assuming their views would be taken
The phrase “token consultation” certainly comes
to mind following Monday’s shock revelation.
Councillors at Saturday’s public meeting would
also have been aware of the recommendation,
but clearly chose not to share it with the 300 con-
cerned residents present.
Yet in no way does this latest hastily prepared
shire media release offer clarity to the community.
(So hasty was its preparation that the Cowes
Yacht Club was not afforded the simple courtesy
of advance notification. They heard the news from
Instead it muddies the waters significantly.
The overview that follows here shows just how
muddled this issue is becoming.
1. In November, a private meeting was held
between the ferry business case consultants and
Cowes Yacht Club members, where consultants in-
dicated to those present that Anderson Road was
their preferred terminal site.
2. At that same meeting, the Cowes Yacht Club
passed a resolution clearly stating they do not
want to move.
3. In late November, a discussion paper was re-
leased by the consultants stating all sites in Cowes
west were considered inappropriate.
“The Cowes Yacht Club is unsuitable due to its
proximity to residents, insufficient size of the site,
the cost of relocation, and the impact on resident
use of the beach,” the discussion paper stated.
It noted that the yacht club held a special general
meeting to discuss the issue and “unanimously re-
solved that the club does not want to be relocated”.
4. Cowes West residents, as the weekend protest
demonstrated, clearly don’t want the car ferry ter-
minal at the Anderson Road boat ramp.
5. The Cowes Yacht Club is considered to be a
Cowes West beach.
A battle certainly appears to be brewing with the
key issue being where to put a terminal.
As protestors highlighted on the weekend: which
beach - loved by the community - will be sacrificed
for the purposes of a private ferry operator?
Many would argue for the merits of a car ferry.
But who would argue for the loss of a central and
popular beach for a car ferry terminal?
The loss of that beach will not be contained.
It will extend along the north shore, given the
amount of environmental damage that will be re-
quired to build and maintain a terminal.
Furthermore, the shire seems to have second-
guessed the business case, with Monday’s media
release appearing to fully support a car ferry, no
matter where a terminal is placed.
Up to now, they have sought to be as neutral as
Watch this space.
Reading the temperature of protestors on the
weekend, and on Monday, residents are prepared
Car Ferry Business Case due for release
WILDLIFE Coast Cruises
has reported an increase in
the amount of plastic waste –
especially balloons and beach
balls - blown into waters off
Phillip Island and San Remo
The plastics – usually le -
thal to sea life and birds who
mistake them for food or get
tangled in them - include up
to 10 beach balls and several
balloons, all found since Box-
The biggest find was a large
remote - controlled deflated
helium balloon depicting
the cartoon character Nemo,
found about 500 metres off
Pyramid Rock, according to
Wildlife Coast Cruises’ Renee
“We were on a day cruise
from San Remo to Cowes on
December 28 when we saw a
big orange object off Pyramid
Rock, with a light that was
flashing, ” Renee said.
“C hris (crew member) got
the gaff and hooked it.
“It’s a remote-controlled
balloon that’s meant to be
used indoors because they
blow away outside. The tail
even had moving pieces.
“It’s a reminder that what
goes up must come down –
and people shouldn’t release
“ They inevitably end up in
waterways and oceans. We
were very lucky to find this
one before it harmed any
Renee said every day
through summer Wildlife
Coast Cruises staff were also
picking up several bags full of
rubbish on the Cowes jetty,
which has no rubbish bins.
“ People just drop their rub -
bish on the pier, or stick it
in a gap, not thinking it will
blow into the water. It’s abys-
mal, ” she said.
“ Council workers don’t pick
up rubbish on the jetty in the
afternoon so we take it upon
ourselves to pick up all the
“ We love the area and we
see where the rubbish ends
up and what harm it does to
“ So we would ask people
not to drop rubbish and if
they see rubbish pick it up
and put it in a bin, don’t just
assume someone else will do
Phillip Island Nature Parks
is part of the Zoos Victoria
campaign ‘Seabirds die when
balloons fly’, as well as the
‘ blow bubbles - not balloons’
campaign, which urges peo -
ple not to release balloons.
The CSIRO recently found
balloons to be in the top
three most harmful pollut-
European scientists recent-
ly calculated shellfish lovers
eat up to 11,000 plastic frag-
ments in their seafood each
year, with fish mistaking
plastic for prey.
Wolf responded on the Wild-
life Coast Cruises Facebook
site to the Nemo balloon find.
“Nowadays there is so
much information what bal-
loons do to the ocean and
people still buy balloons
and let them fly at funerals,
birthdays and parties. It’s
just unbelievable, ” she said.
Wildlife Coast Cruises’ crew member Chris Hetherington fished this Nemo balloon out of
the ocean off Pyramid Rock. Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless
we drastically cut our use of plastics.
Plastic not fantastic
for local wildlife
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