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TWO Phillip Island dog owners were success-
fully prosecuted by the Bass Coast Shire in the
past year, including a Surf Beach resident whose
dog was involved in an attack on another dog re-
quiring vet treatment.
Across Bass Coast there were five prosecu-
tions during 2015-16, which involved breaches of
the Domestic Animals Act, with owners taken to
court rather than being issued a fine.
The second island prosecution related to a
number of unregistered dogs at a property in
The prosecutions are outlined in the Bass
Coast Shire 2015/16 annual report, which also
shows the council issued 223 animal infringe-
ments, for wandering dogs and dogs or cats not
being registered, with 63 related to Phillip Island
and San Remo.
James Bremner, the shire’s coordinator of local
laws and emergency management, said because
most dog attacks in public places occur on the
footpath or road bordering the attacking dog’s
property, the shire had strict ownership policies.
“In all public places in Bass Coast - other than
those in private ownership - dogs must be on a
lead at all times, unless in a designated off-leash
area,” James said.
In 2015/16 a total of 556 animals were im-
pounded by the shire – which has five rangers - or
surrendered by members of the public.
Council were able to reunite 306 of these with
their owners (55 per cent) and of the remaining
animals 156 or 28 per cent of the total animals
impounded were rehoused.
The shire euthanized one per cent of the total
dogs impounded; 41 per cent of the 218 cats im-
pounded or surrendered to council were eutha-
“On average 86 per cent of cats euthanized are
feral,” he said.
James said dogs and cats three months and
older must be microchipped and registered with
“Registering your pets means they can be iden-
tified and returned if they get lost.”
In the past year there were 7610 registered ani-
mals in Bass Coast.
To register a non-desexed cat or dog costs
$105; a working farm dog is $35; and a desexed
cat or dog costs $35.
The infringement for not registering a dog or
cat is $311.
Fines can be issued for dogs being at large dur-
ing the daytime of $233, with an increased pen-
alty of $311 during the night.
New cat laws
The shire will implement new laws regarding
cat ownership following a decision at council’s
As of 10 April 2017, cat owners will have to
compulsory desex newly registered cats from
three months of age, and also enforce a night time
containment order for cats from sunset to sun-
rise on public land.
“Newly registered cats being desexed and all
cats are not allowed in public between sunset and
sunrise will reduce the occurrences of nuisance,
attacks on native fauna and unwanted cat litters,”
On average, the shire receives about 150 re-
quests each year from people wanting to borrow a
free cat traps to deal with a nuisance cat on their
The shire responds to an average annual 80
complaints in relation to cats at large.
James Bremner, the shire’s coordinator of local laws and emergency management, said
because most dog attacks in public places occur near the attacking dog’s property, the shire
had strict ownership policies.
Dog owners prosecuted
BEACH goers are being warned to take
care to avoid being stung, after significant
numbers of potentially harmful bluebottle
jellyfish have been spotted around coastal
Parks Victoria is asking people to be
aware and avoid being stung by these
animals. Look for their presence on the
beach, do not touch the animals with bare
skin and if present do not enter the water.
A Parks Victoria spokesman said the
sudden appearance of large numbers of
bluebottles were a consequence of prevail-
ing easterly winds and currents pushing
these open ocean animals ashore, with
some washing up on beaches.
Bluebottle jellyfish have a small deep-
blue air-filled float that looks like a half
blown-up piece of chewing gum about the
size of an egg.
Long, thin retractable tentacles hang
below this float and can get up to three
The tentacles are covered in powerful
If stinging occurs, leave the water im-
mediately and wash off any adherent ten-
tacles with salt water.
If any tentacles are still attached to
the skin, gently lift off with tweezers or a
gloved hand to minimise more stinging
capsules from being fired.
Do not rub the area with wet sand or
towel, or wash with alcohol or vinegar as
this will only make it worse.
Be wary of bluebottles
on the beach this summer
PETER has done it again! The prized pos-
session of a local car enthusiast has won an-
Peter Murphy of Cowes is celebrating a sec-
ond trophy for his 1964 Compact Fairlane, in a
state run competition recently held in Ballarat.
The Compacts at Springfest was labelled
The Big Event. The same car took out an
award in New South Wales in 2012 for Best
1964 Model. It was the 50th anniversary of
Compact Fairlanes in Australia.
This trophy features a large golden rock in
a nod to the history of Ballarat. It’s an exciting
win for Peter who has loved and cared for the
car for nine years.
“I never wash it, just polish it,” he said. “I
only take it out for a drive on nice sunny days.”
Peter has the car insured with Shannons for
$40,000. Each time the car is out at an event
he receives numerous offers from buyers.
“It’s not for sale!” he said firmly.
“I rent it out for the odd wedding. I place
some lace in the back and it looks the part.
It’s booked for a wedding in two weeks for a
The immaculate condition of the car fea-
tures the original Kurrajong green colour, and
a shiny original 1964 engine.
While the car is American, it was assembled
in Australia. A mere 1,344 were only made
available here, making the model a valuable
Peter’s sons live in Melbourne and also
share their father’s love of cars. Aged in their
30s, they accompany their dad to car events.
“One of my sons has a project going at the
moment, he’s doing up a car. There’s always a
project for a car buff.”
With a car like this it will only be a matter
of time before we hear about the next trophy!
Car enthusiast Peter Murphy of Cowes with the latest trophy for his 1964 Compact
Fairlane. The car’s second award was achieved in a state run competition recently held
in Ballarat. The same car took out an award in 2012 for Best 1964 Model at the model’s
Second trophy for 1964 Fairlane
KATHRYN Shadbolt’s print ‘Pot of Chai’ and
Will Hurst’s image ‘Little Black Cormorant’ won
the print and image of the year at Phillip Island
Camera Club’s final meeting for 2016.
Kathryn has been a member of the club for
four years, during which time she has built up
her self-confidence in using the camera and as
can be seen, with successful results.
A keen photographer, Will joined the club five
years ago following a suggestion from a friend.
He started by entering photos in the novice
section and says that he says he learns some-
thing new from each meeting and can see the
improvements he has now made.
The competition was judged by David Sum-
ner, a landscape and nature photographer.
Awards for Highly Commended for images
and prints were given to Will Hurst ‘Rainy Day’,
Lynne Cook ‘Come Walk,’ Jenny Skewes ‘Back
Lit Birdbath’ and ‘Rainbow Bee-eater,’ Rhonda
Buitenhuis ‘Vibrant Flowering Gum’ and Di-
anne Davy ‘Paika Lake.’
Although David wasn’t able to attend the
meeting, he sent along a presentation of his
photography including landscapes, with some
around Philip Island, as well as nature shots.
Club members have enjoyed several excur-
sions in the last month which included a visit
to William Ricketts Sanctuary and trying to
capture the Super Moon from Newhaven Boat
Ramp on a cloudy evening.
Images were shown in a slide show during the
Members are preparing entries into San Re-
mo’s Art Exhibition in March and for the VAPS
Conference to be held in Mornington in 2017.
The next meeting will be held on Monday,
February 6 2017, at 1.30 pm at the Heritage
Centre. All inquiries to Susan Brereton on
0408 136 717.
Phillip Island Camera Club coordinator Susan Brereton (centre) congratulates Kathryn
Shadbolt (right) for her Print of the Year “Pot of Chai” and Will Hurst (left) for his Image of
the Year “Little Black Cormorant”.
Camera club winners
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