Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : January 27, 2016 Edition Contents THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2016 - PAGE 21
Phillip Island Bridge
WINNERS for North/South on Monday, January 18
were Sylvia Ronchi and Allan Sims.
John Farr and Shirley Stewart were second, Yvonne
Mears and Kaye Douglas third and Hannah Martin and
Leila Bell fourth.
East/West winners were Bron Sund and Neville Chap-
Margot and Rob Kilcullen were second, Karen Klym
and Diane Coleman third and Penny Loughran and
Dawn Jolly fourth.
On Wednesday, January 20 the winners were Don
and Trish Stewart-Uden.
Their score of 71.11% should stand up well against
the overall nationwide results.
Lorrie Read and Barbara Moloney were second, Kaye
Douglas and Yvonne Mears third, and Dee Reynolds
and Leng Haggith fourth.
Don’t forget the Helen Graham Charity day next Mon-
day, February 1 (10am for a 10.30am start).
This is the club’s major charity day and all table fees
and raffle money is donated to a charity of the mem-
Players are asked to bring a plate to share.
For information or a partner the club mobile is 0400
Tuesday ladies tennis
SOUTH Gippsland Midweek Ladies Tennis starts up
again on Tuesday, February 2 for its autumn season.
Matches are played on Tuesdays from 10am and
cover clubs from Phillip Island, Wonthaggi, Inverloch,
Bena, Leongatha and Foster.
With 21 teams in the three sections there is some
great competition and fine lunches.
New ladies are welcome to join the competition.
If you are interested in playing or filling in please
email email@example.com or contact your
local tennis club.
THE Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, has an-
nounced a full length duck hunting season for 2016,
but with modified bag and species limits.
Below average rainfall has reduced duck numbers
Therefore, the Game Management Authority recom-
mended that a reduced bag limit is necessary to ensure
the sustainability of duck populations.
Once the season commences, the bag limit will be
reduced from 10 birds per day to eight birds for the
opening day and four birds per day for the remainder
of the season.
Because of reduced habitat and low numbers, the
hunting of blue-winged shoveler will be prohibited.
The duck season will last 12 weeks, from Saturday,
March 19 until Monday, June 13.
The decision to modify the 2016 duck season is based
on expert advice from the Game Management Author-
ity (GMA) and extensive habitat and waterbird surveys
across eastern Australia.
The GMA and partner compliance agencies, including
DELWP, DEDJTR, Parks Victoria and Victoria Police,
will be out in force in 2016 to ensure compliance with
hunting and public safety laws and to ensure the new
restrictions are adhered to.
The GMA will continue to monitor conditions in the
lead up to and during the season. Certain wetlands may
be closed to hunting to protect duck numbers or en-
Details of the 2016 duck season will be regularly up-
dated on the GMA website www.gma.vic.gov.au and the
Game Hunting Victoria phone app.
NUMBERS are slowly returning as the school holi-
days draw to an end, with 80 children participating on
The young athletes dodged the drizzle to record 128
personal bests for the morning.
Once again the turbo javelin event saw records tum-
Rose Iverach broke the Under 6 Girls record with a
throw of 9.95 metres while Archie Jobe set a new re-
cord in the Under 7 Boys, with a throw of 17.60 metres.
Five PBs: Under 10 Boys - Sebastian Ori, 800m, tri-
ple jump, 80m hurdles, discus, 200m.
Four PBs: Under 7 Boys - Nate Pugh and Felix Bath-
gate, triple jump, long jump, 70m, 200m.
Under 10 Girls - Chloe Butcher, 800m, triple jump,
80m hurdles, discus.
Under 11 Girls - Georgia Dakin and Tevuro Ihomana
Montgomery, javelin, 80m hurdles, 1500m, 200m.
Under 13 Girls - Harriet Fallaw, shot put, 80m hur-
dles, 1500m, 200m.
There are only seven days left to register for the re-
gional competition, held in Berwick this year on Febru-
ary 20 and 21.
There will not be a Wonthaggi meet for that weekend.
The competition is open to all athletes from the Un-
der 9s up, regardless of ability.
A junior carnival runs at the same venue on the morn-
ing of Saturday, February 20 for Under 6s to Under 8s.
Registrations are also open now for that event. Go to
the Little Athletics website to register.
Where is promised
Re: Phillip Island Stand Alone
Although I am a signed up
member of the Phillip Island
Progress Association (PIPA), I
am not a committee member
and the views expressed in this
letter are my own.
As far as I can ascertain, the
position with respect to the Phil-
lip Island Stand Alone initiative,
the previous State Government
agreed that there should be a re -
view of the provision by the Bass
Coast Shire of infrastructure
and services on Phillip Island,
and a Steering Committee was
This review has never pro-
ceeded although the current
Government has never advised
that a decision has been made to
abandon it. The only response
to letters sent during the first
half of 2015 was that the Gov-
ernment was considering how it
In mid-2015, a PIPA deputa-
tion met with the Minster for
Local Government, who prom-
ised to get back to PIPA within a
This has not occurred.
In November 2015, the matter
was raised with Premier Daniel
Andrews at the VCPA Confer-
ence in San Remo.
The Premier promised to get
back to PIPA and to respond to
the previous correspondence.
At the time a request was made
to resend the unanswered cor-
respondence which was done,
accompanied by a further letter.
There has been no response.
I personally find it deeply dis-
appointing that politicians can
look people in the eye and give
firm assurances which appear
to evaporate entirely on them
leaving the room.
It is not likely that the Phillip
Island Stand Alone issue will go
The numbers of people who
have signed the petition and the
numbers who have joined PIPA
indicate the depth of feeling
about the issue.
Phillip Island has very individ-
ual needs and problems, arising
from its separate island exis-
tence, its distinctive ecological
characteristics and its status as
a significant tourist destination.
All of Phillip Island’s available
resources should be directed
to addressing these needs and
It is very unsatisfactory that
Phillip Island’s rating income
has to prop up a shire, the bal-
ance of which (judging by some
Council decisions) seems to
have very little in common with
Andrew Lumb, Ventnor.
Just wanted to say a huge
but belated (I’m still recover-
ing from the heat!) thank you
to Robert at The Fat Seagull,
Elaine from Elaine’s Cakes and
everyone else involved with the
organising of the New Year’s Eve
We had a market stall with sil-
ver and gemstone jewellery and
we had afantastic day.
Yes it was very hot, but every-
one seemed to enjoy themselves.
I think that this sort of event
should happen more often. It
gives the locals, but more im-
portantly the visitors and holi-
day makers just one more rea-
son to love and come back to
our beautiful Island.
Just a thought, but how about
Easter Saturday evening, say
3pm to 8pm. That wouldn’t dis-
rupt the local traders too much
and would give us something to
look forward to.
Many thanks again to all in-
volved in what I know was a
Andy Daniels, Cowes.
Speak out now on
Re Cowes Cultural Centre.
I understand the members of
the working party for the Cowes
Cultural Centre redevelopment
are not allowed to speak out-
side the meetings about serious
matters of concern, and I under-
stand that they all have serious
matters of concern which are
not being addressed.
For example, space for the
Historical Society Museum and
the hall being converted into a
theatre with fixed tiered seating
concerted, eliminating multi use
for other groups.
David Elder should be listen-
ing to the community, not telling
them what should happen.
If you agree with this view,
write to council at once or send
a letter to the Advertiser.
John Swarbrick, Rhyll.
We all know that NSW has had
rate capping for a number of de-
cades but I am not sure that it
has done much for ratepayers.
That said I believe that CPI
is a good political measure but
only a guide when it comes to lo-
cal government rates. Example,
it does not include movements
in the road price index such as
With petrol prices coming
down it is very likely that bitu-
men products will increase if
history is repeated.
I have two comments.
Staff costs represent 60% of
the Bass Coast Shire budget. I
know the response will be that
this is a problem for the CEO.
Both the Commonwealth and
State Governments impose lim-
its (I think about 2% maybe a
bit more) upon departments
negotiating enterprise agree -
ments. Bass Coast Shire and
South Gippsland Shire each
have agreements which provide
increases of 4% plus.
This has been going on for 20
These agreements tend to be
finalised towards the end of
the council term of office which
means that the new council is
locked into an agreement which
extends over their term of office.
In the 60’s and 70’s the state
government had a similar prob -
lem to that which exists in local
Namely, that wage increases
would commence in the SEC
(power industry) and quickly
flow to Gas and Fuel, Board of
Works, Country Roads Board,
Railways and even to local gov-
That is what is happening in
Local Government today.
There is strong incidence of
pattern bargaining in existing
Council Enterprise Agreements.
What the Bass Coast Shire
Council meeds to do is quite
In the same way as the Com-
monwealth and State determine
a figure for bargaining it needs
to determine a reasonable figure
for wage increases; say an over-
all increase of 2% and leave it to
the CEO to negotiate the detail.
This needs to be done now as
it is likely that a new agreement
will be in place before the term
of the present council ends in
This would also place pres-
sure upon the CEO to exercise
more control over salaries for
Re Home and Community
Care. When these programmes
commenced in the 60’s lo -
cal government was chosen as
a provider and generally had
no contact with the rest of the
Gippsland Hospital and the
Shires of Buln Buln and Warra-
gul who ran a very cost effective
system linked to the hospital.
Fifty years on things are very dif-
ferent. We now have Gippsland
Southern Health Service and
Bass Coast Health Service.
They have the specialist peo -
ple (not sure about the funding)
who could administer these ser-
vices much more cost effectively
than local government.
My observation is that West-
ernport Water and South
Gippsland Water provide overall
more efficient services than the
large number of small authori-
ties which they replaced.
My view is that Bass Coast
Shire should retreat from pro-
viding these services in favour of
Bass Coast Health Service.
This would involve a re -ar-
rangement of funding between
Commonwealth, State and Local
Government but it would pro-
vide an improved service to the
recipient which is paramount.
We need to keep people in
their home and out of aged care
facilities for as long as possible.
(Name and address supplied)
Learn from history
or you’ll repeat it
An open letter to Bass Coast
Councillors, I hope you are
aware of the great job that your
Mayor and Cr Andrew Phillips
did in bringing together repre -
sentatives of community and
community groups to openly
discuss concerns with the De -
sign Concept for the Cowes Civic
A broad spectrum of commu-
nity group representatives and
community leaders were able
to be heard by the convenors
as well as many members of the
Community Working Group.
The evening did beg the ques-
tion as to why the Working Party
had not had regular sessions
such as this as part of the pro-
cess but that is a question for
I am confident that the Mayor
and Cr Phillips will bring back
to you the ideas clearly ex-
pressed by the meeting regard-
ing flexibility around the the -
atre space, the potential move
of PICAL/U3A/Community use
rooms to the old ‘Water Board’
offices leaving the way clear to
create a Great Hall (instead of a
Great Hallway) which could flex-
ibly meet the needs of the com-
munity and the dissatisfaction
expressed with commercial op-
portunities displacing commu-
nity from their own community
I would like to raise with you
some other very concerning as-
pects which I observed during
1. A member of the Commu-
nity Working Group stated that
the group had been directed by
Council Officers to ignore any
plans or proposals previously
submitted before 2011. (His
recollection was that they were
told this was Council policy). If
any of you can produce a copy
of this policy I would be pleased
to see it. I find this position to
be highly disrespectful of previ-
ous contributions of community
2. On a number of occasions
when Cr Phillips highlighted el-
ements of the design concept in
leading discussion it was notice -
able that a number of Commu-
nity Working Group members
were shaking their heads and
at least two of them made com-
ments to the effect that this was
‘not part of the Working Group
brief to the architects’ . If there
has been any distortion of the
message between leaving the
Working Group and being re-
ceived by the architect then the
mechanism of such distortion
should be identified and reme -
diated as a matter of urgency. If
there is any evidence that Offi-
cers of Council have influenced
the communication to the archi-
tects to the detriment of the in-
tent of the Working Group then
it must be followed to its source
and appropriate actions taken.
3. I was disgusted to hear
from a community member that
they had been told by a Coun-
cil Officer that they were ‘out
of touch’ with the needs of the
community. The community
member in question, by virtue
of their professional activities
and their community activities,
would find it difficult to be any
more in touch with the Phillip
If I might presume upon my
status as a past councillor to
provide a little advice to cur-
rent Councillors, I would do so
more as someone who served on
the Board of Governance of the
Victorian Local Governance As-
sociation beyond my term as a
At any time you become
aware, or even just concerned,
that an Officer of Council is rep-
resenting a position as being
‘ Council position’ where it can-
not be clearly demonstrated to
be Council Policy or established
practice, you must require the
CEO to investigate and take ac-
tion if appropriate.
At any time you become aware,
or even just concerned, that an
Officer of Council is unduly in-
fluencing the outcomes of con-
sultations or meetings by pre -
senting a position or bias which
is incompatible with Council
Policy or established Practice
you must require the CEO to
investigate and take action if ap -
The manner in which Coun-
cil staff behave directly reflects
upon those who sit at the Coun-
I also urge you to keep in
mind that the Officers of Coun-
cil about whom we might have
concerns from time -to -time rep-
resent an incredibly small pro-
portion of staff and yet they have
great potential to injure the im-
age of Council and you as Coun-
Early in my term on Council
we were challenged with a deci-
sion regarding a ‘Principle Li-
brary’ project for Wonthaggi.
We were presented with an
extensively developed design
but quickly became aware that
a large number of community
members were concerned that
their contributions to the pro -
cess had been ignored or misin-
terpreted by the architects.
The project had some need-
lessly expensive elements in
the design (especially the roof)
amongst other concerns to do
with flexibility, functionality,
and linkage with existing facili-
The project was also placed in
front of us with a need to make
decisions very rapidly due to
tight time frames for funding
(Elements of this story may be
When we asked for design
modifications we were told it
was too expensive and there was
I will always regret the deci-
sion that the Council was forced
to make at the time. The deci-
sion itself was, in my opinion,
the right one given that Council
had been forced into ‘take it or
leave it’ position.
The result was no Principle Li-
brary in Wonthaggi because the
proposal arrived in the chamber
with, in my observation, inad-
equate attention to the clearly
expressed concerns of the com-
I am very concerned that his-
tory may be repeating itself and
I ask you all to be highly diligent
in making sure that this pro -
cess and project is being run
by Council on behalf of, and
respecting the aspirations and
needs of, the community that
they are elected to represent.
Let this project be one which
is owned and directed by the
community and their Council.
Let it be executed by Officers
(under the CEO) within that di-
rection and with full respect to
community input past and pres-
Ross W Fairhurst, Cowes.
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