Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : January 10th 2018 Contents PAGE 10 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018
Would you like thousands of
vehicles driving past?
Re the San Remo Access Strategy: The com-
munity put in two years or more of input to
Bass Coast Council. Both executives includ-
ing the then CEO attended most of the pub -
lic meetings. Plus the councillors and those
standing for council at the time.
I’ve mentioned many times of the frustrating
process it was but eventually a very detailed
report was prepared by an independent com-
pany and following many more meetings, the
report was adopted by Bass Coast Council.
This whole process was about how the San
Remo area going to cope with the planned ex-
pansion of the San Remo township.
Of course history shows that the new bound-
aries were passed and that was it.
Never mind about what had to occur to man-
age this growth.
Many ratepayers of San Remo who spent so
much time on this are totally disappointed at
what has occurred since and don’t want to do
anything else dealing with both Bass Coast
and Vicroads staff again.
Some of us did follow through with Vicroads
on their survey last year and obviously some of
it is covered in the current discussions.
I find it mind blowing that after years of al-
most no action the community is now asked to
respond by January 14th.
A very senior Vicroads representative came
to one of our public meetings and told us our
area was low on their priority list and it was
up to us to put pressure on our members of
parliament, both Federal and State, before
they would even consider doing anything!
That was the attitude that we had to deal
with as a community.
I notice that Vicroads are still saying that
the community still need to deal with the Bass
To be frank that gives me no confidence that
anything will happen.
This issue was taken up in January last year
at community meetings with new councillors,
and the response there clearly showed they
had no idea of the issues and the San Remo
Access Strategy, and the answer basically was
along the line that there was no money and at
some stage we might need to get a report pro -
duced to consider, but it will be a long process!
And governments, Federal, State and Local,
wonder why they are held in such poor regard
by the community.
In relation to the Vic Roads plans on display,
I’ve looked at Vicroads website and sent a re -
Firstly under this plan the Melbourne-bound
buses can’t turn right into San Remo, stop at
bus stop and pick up/drop off passengers!!
People in San Remo eastern end of town who
use Backbeach Road can’t access Marine Pa-
rade and therefore access all the shops!
People shopping at all areas like banks, post
office etc can’t turn right at Bergin Road to
head back across the bridge to areas like Ne -
whaven, Cape Woolamai etc which are regular
users of those services.
They would have to do a U Turn and try to
get back on to the Phillip Island Road in slip
turn which will also include all the traffic wait-
ing for traffic lights to head to Melbourne.
This plan has two major problems. It is only
based on PI Tourist Road accessing San Remo.
It has not even thought about how residents
of San Remo will access the shopping areas.
Plus it hasn’t taken into account the volume
of traffic including buses, trucks and cars that
access the town in big numbers every day of
Might have looked a simple fix at the desk in
Melboure but shows no understanding of the
issues. Chris Day, San Remo.
Anderson Road is ‘not’ the
On Saturday I attended a meeting with the
Cowes West Beach Association on the beach at
It was a great meeting of concerned local resi-
dents. They were polite and friendly and the
Mayor and I mingled to answer questions.
On arriving at the boat ramp I saw for the
first time a poster that said that Anderson Road
was the consultants’ preferred site for the Car
Ferry. This is contrary to the briefing that the
Mayor and Councillors received. The convenor
of the meeting said he had a copy of minutes
stating that it was the preferred site.
I asked to see them but he refused, so at the
meeting I categorically stated that Anderson
Road was not the preferred site.
Objectively I confidently maintain this view.
However, since the meeting I have had it con-
firmed that one of the consultants did indeed
say that Anderson Road was the consultants’
I am appalled at the lack of process involved
here and have conveyed my concern to the lead
I will also ask the CEO to inquire as to wheth-
er Council was misled in the briefing.
At the meeting I also gave the criteria that I
will use when the business case is presented
1. That there are minimal environmental im-
2. That it is financially viable and if not fully
viable then that Bass Coast ratepayers are not
burdened with the cost of subsidies
3. Minimal community and social disruption
This remains my criteria and the business
case will be reviewed to a fine detail. Cr Mi-
chael Whelan, Island Ward, Bass Coast Shire.
Surely bin collection
is a health issue
To Bass Coast Council. Could you please help
us at Smith’s Beach on Phillip Island regarding
red bins and landfill?
In January, red bins are emptied once a fort-
The streets have had these bins (and lots
more) out since last Monday (New Year’s Day).
Previously if the bins were over full they
would not get emptied! Recycled bins are larger
than the red landfill bins, and are being emp-
tied every week in January.
It’s a smelly disgrace especially as Smith’s
Beach is extremely popular with visitors and
locals. Surely this is also a health issue? Anne
Sherwood, Smith’s Beach.
Council did the right
thing with our bins
Who are these people who can’t read a Coun-
cil info letter or a rubbish collection calendar?
How come they didn’t pay attention to all the
info about the new three -bin system, and the
special Christmas rubbish arrangements?
Why don’t they know what rubbish goes in
Don’t say that you didn’t know – you didn’t
Every owner got information mailed to them
personally at rates’ time.
There is a Council webpage and there’s Face -
book. On the Island, this newspaper even had
a half-page advert reminder about which bin
to use for what rubbish (20/12/17) plus a no -
tice about Christmas bin arrangements. And
by the way, there were not one but three differ-
ent public info meetings offered in this shire
in December – two were cancelled for lack of
Next, why are there all those red-lid waste
bins out on the street at the wrong time? If
owners are renting out their property over
summer (at premium charges, no doubt!) why
aren’t they making sure that their renters are
fully informed and are doing the right thing
And are their real estate agents earning their
money, by making sure that renters know –
and by checking properties properly, includ-
ing rubbish, afterwards? (After all, there is a
Better yet, if there is excessive rubbish in
the off-week, why aren’t those owners of rental
properties paying for the rubbish contractor to
do an off-weekly pickup, like the more respon-
sible owners already do?
Consider it a tax deduction. (And yes, your
real estate agent should be advising you about
extra pickups, too. One Inverloch agent al-
ready uses a rubbish levy on renters).
Enough whinging! I live here and I congratu-
late the Council on their scheme. I encourage
everyone to get used to using it properly – and
to help make visitors do the right thing too.
Name and address supplied.
Shire should review dog-off-leash
areas, especially at Ventnor!
My neighbor had the misfortune of witnessing a
Staffie dog chase and kill a wallaby joey.
The dog chased it. Then followed it into the wa-
ter and killed it.
My neighhbour tried to resuscitate it to no avail.
This dog was outside the dog off-leash area on the
I don’t understand why this beach is not fenced
to prevent dogs getting into the Ventnor Common
and to keep the wildlife off this part of the beach.
All too often we hear dogs yipping through the
Common chasing wild life. Why was this particu-
lar beach that has direct frontage to the Common
with no fence separating the whole length of the off
leash zone chosen?
I commend those who have their dogs under
control and pick up after their dogs but this is just
a part of the problem.
After a short period of dry weather it is almost
impossible to find a spot to spread a towel or pic-
nic rug without pungent smell of dogs urine.
There is a viable option. On the corner of Vent-
nor Beach Road and Ventnor Road there is a va-
cant block owned by the descendants of the origi-
nal settlers. It’s easily accessible, and shade from
the row of cypress trees.
This area could easily be a dedicated off leash
area and there’s a lovely lot of room to get around.
It is not fair to give off-leash dogs the temptation
of chasing the wild life. The majority of dog owners
are responsible and do the right thing, but even
well trained dogs will chase and kill.
I ask the powers that have control over these
matters to please review the above and come up
with a better solution. Tom Goode, Ventnor.
Our beaches too precious
for a ferry terminal
On behalf of my wife and three children and all
our grand children I wish to formally object to the
use of beaches in the business case for a car ferry
to Cowes on Phillip Island.
The public consultation period was extended
to January 12, 2018 because the mail out to resi-
dents was botched. It was to be redressed and to
this date we have not received any notification.
Yet the draft business case has already been
completed (before the consultation period ends
next week). What a farce and shame to all those
involved for trying to steamroll the public. It’s a
whitewash. The consultants say there is popular
support. How do they know?
They were supposed to write to residents about
it. They didn’t. They acknowledge they stuffed up.
We have a house and an investment apartment in
Cowes. No one wrote to us about it.
Our house is right next to the Anderson Road
boat ramp and West Beach. Why? My family
learned about it two days before New Year.
Since then we have spoken to hundreds of peo-
ple near the West beach boat ramp.
All are angry in opposition.
A new opposition group was formed in just a few
days, signs were put about, notices put in letter
boxes and in the 40 degree heat on Saturday, hun-
dreds attended a rally on the beach.
All angry and in opposition.
In just a few days, thousands have signed peti-
tions against a car ferry. This fight is about to begin
and it won’t be pretty.
It’s a scandal that Council have voted to preserve
the Cowes jetty and not the beaches from being a
possible ferry site.
They have offered our beautiful northern family
beaches to the ferry proposal.
If the car ferry is good for tourism and business
on Phillip Island, why not locate it where day visi-
tors go and stay, Cowes.
But no. Business doesn’t want it in Cowes. Too
much traffic. They want it away from Cowes, at
someone else’s beaches and in residential areas.
Shame Victorian government. Shame Bass
Coast Shire. The ferry terminal will take away sev-
eral beaches. Is this what those businesses that
are advocating it want?
It will destroy what we all go to Cowes for and
what past and future generations went and will go
for. Where can you locate the massive terminal? If
the existing pier is off the table, it will have to be
on the east or west beaches. No more safe sand
beaches for families. No more long beach walks.
No more quiet amenity. Just think hard about it
before you say anything further in support for a
There is a price to pay and the price is what
makes Cowes such a popular destination for holi-
day makers, The northern beaches are for families
now and for future generations. They are our cul-
tural heritage and must not be traded for a hand-
ful of silver.
A car ferry on any northern beach will require
massive dredging as the northern beaches are very
shallow. Look at what happened to Portsea beach
from the dredging there. It is now a rocky shore-
line. It used to be a great sandy beach for families.
Vandals! Who goes to that beach now? How good
for tourism was that move?
I do support progress. I do support develop-
ment. I do advocate a better world by adding ame-
nity to peoples’ lives. All this is good but not where
a precious thing is destroyed to achieve what some
people want to make a dollar.
Many or all the businesses, and Governments
wanting this, are here today and gone tomorrow.
The people remain and have to put up with the
negative consequences for ever.
I object to a car ferry terminal on any Cowes
beaches or any other beaches on Phillip Island on
the following grounds:
1. Environmental degradation of beaches.
2. Loss of amenity.
3. Loss of foreshore and beach access.
4. Low frequency noise from large vessels close
to the shore on a
regular basis year round.
5. Traffic congestion.
6. Loss of car parking.
7. Loss of pedestrian access to beaches.
8. Environmental degradation of the bay and sea
9. Water and beach pollution.
10. Misuse of public funds necessitated by
Council rate payers having to fund new car park-
ing, road widening, road closures, traffic lights,
additional footpaths, public lighting, barriers and
11. Loss of continuous walking routes along the
beaches requiring tunnels or stairs to cross the
13. Impact on threatened wild life species on the
beaches and foreshore Reserves.
14. Impact on sea life including seals, fish,
whales, dolphins and sea flora.
15. Potential destruction of recreational fishing
spots and reefs which form a large part of the at-
16. Incompatibility of large and fast vessels with
small pleasure craft such as boats, jet sky’s, kay-
aks, yachts and swimmers.
17. Damage to private boat moorings and boats
along the coast from constant ferry wake.
18. Loss of trailer parking (already inadequate
during good boating conditions, particularly dur-
ing holiday periods) near the boat ramp.
19. Danger to recreational boating in times of
emergency, particularly when storm or weather
conditions threaten and many boats are waiting
to use the boat ramp. At these times, there are
many boats speeding towards the ramp and there
are many boats around the ramp and surround-
ing beaches. It can take up to 1.5 hours to use the
ramp at these times. A car ferry in the mix is disas-
ter waiting to happen.
20. Loss of yacht racing courses which overlap
Cowes pier and waters near the boat ramp. These
yachts contribute to the character of Cowes as a
holiday and recreational spot for Victorians.
21. People’s safety in interacting with visitor traf-
fic. Most roads in Cowes do not have foot paths
and where there is a footpath on one side it is dis-
continuous requiring people to cross roads mul-
22. Danger in importing overseas visitors not
used to driving on the left and causing road acci-
dents and deaths. This is a real problem along the
Great Ocean Road already and will only get worse
once the “grand ol vision’ of linking all of southern
Victoria to overseas tourists becomes reality.
23. High tides and rough weather on Western
Port Bay make any ferry service impossible during
a significant time each year. The business case will
be inadequate in addressing this fact.
24. Introducing a potential disaster of a large ve-
hicle capsizing or running a ground and causing
an oil spill similar to the recent Gulf of Elefsina
ferry disaster in Greece.
25. Setting up the ferry service with all its nega-
tive effects and with tax payer money, only for the
operator to go broke at some future time and walk
away leaving Council and the people of Phillip
Island with the mess. (How many times has this
happened over the years???).
In addition, I object to the lack of public consul-
tation and the poor quality of whatever consulta-
tion was carried out. Estimates of how many peo-
ple would have read a newspaper article or said
something on Facebook are just that, estimates,
not evidence of interaction between the consul-
tants or Governments with the stake holders.
Stakeholders include, Cowes businesses, resi-
dents, land owners, visitors and tourists. We own
two properties in Cowes, an investment apartment
in Warley Avenue (one over from the main street)
and a new house in Glen Isla Court (opposite the
boat ramp car and trailer park and where one of
the terminal sites are to be located).
Our holding represent a substantial investment
in the local community and economy. We were
not told anything about the current proposal by
Council or consultants or any authority with that
responsibility. Hopefully, logic and sanity will pre-
vail and we won’t see a car ferry.
John Zourkas, Cowes.
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