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By Brad Lester
INVERLOCH has such a fas-
cinating past that everyone
should be able to learn about
it in a public place.
That is the view of the members
of the Inverloch Historical Society
who have long been seeking a build-
ing to house and display their exten-
sive collection of some 4600 items.
Most are now stored in the homes
of historical society members and
unable to be regularly shown to the
Society members are also seek-
ing a location with enough space for
a work room, said society patron Eu-
“People are quite intrigued about
what this little town once was,” she
The society bought the former
Inverloch lock-up three years ago
to store some of the collection but
has still been unable to find a public
home for the old building.
The society now houses mari-
time items in the rocket shed store
behind The Ripple ship replica in
The Esplanade. The rocket shed
was open to the public during the
wooden dinghy regatta over the
Australia Day weekend and 221
people passed through.
The society was interested in us-
ing the rangers hut now used by the
South Gippsland Yacht Club on The
Esplanade, near The Ripple, to create
a historical precinct.
“We could make it a beautiful
maritime precinct with the rocket
shed, The Ripple and the historical
society. Having a working area is
our greatest need at the moment,”
Mrs Brewster said.
Society member Ian McBurnie
siad, “It is a visible spot for a histori-
cal display area. The Foster society
is very visible right in the middle of
the main street.”
Yacht club commodore Allan
Driver said he was unaware of any
approach by the society to the yacht
club regarding the rangers hut.
“The yacht club has had access to
the old rangers hut for more than 25
years and some members believe at
least 35 years,” he said.
“Over that time we have regularly
maintained it as male toilets/change-
rooms and female toilets/change
“In the last five or six years, we
have spent around $20,000 for la-
bour and materials to upgrade the
male toilets in 2007 and female toi-
lets in 2009. We have also installed
a toilet for people with a disability
as part of the building the new club
house and sheds.
“All this work has been done
with the assistance of a $7000 grant
for minor capital works from the
Bass Coast Shire Council.”
Mr Driver said the club would be
happy to be involved in any discus-
sions to reach a solution that does
not compromise the yacht club and
Bass Coast Shire Council agreed
the society needed a permanent
home, said council’s manager of
community strengthening Antoinette
“We have, and are still, working
through all possible options, but need
to be considered of other user groups,
including the South Gippsland Yacht
Club who have occupied the rangers
hut for many years, when planning
for them to possibly locate at the
hut,” she said.
“We are still in the process of
formalising the land management of
the area the hut sits, as it is currently
classed as road reserve. Once this
is completed, we can consider the
long term management of the site
and whether a shared arrangement is
The society found the lock-up at
the Anderson Buck Stop secondhand
store. It had previously been parked
in a yard at Archies Creek for many
The lock-up was originally placed
at the old Inverloch police station in
A’Beckett Street and relocated to the
new station in Bayview Avenue built
Someone named R Hickey in-
scribed their name inside the lock-up
in the year 1937 and was believed
to have spent time in the building,
mainly used to secure drunkards
overnight until they sobered.
“The lock-up is believed to be the
oldest public building in Inverloch,”
Mr Burchett said.
“We bought it in a hurry because
a hotel wanted to buy it. We bought
it naively assuming the council was
going to give us permission to put it
near the rocket shed. All we wanted
was 10 square feet.”
The lock-up has been in the Bur-
chetts’ yard for the past three years.
“A bloke turned up the other day
with the old butcher ’s scales that were
used in the old butcher’s shop in Inver-
loch in 1945,” Mr Burchett said.
The society now meets at the
RSL Hall in Inverloch.
Hunt for home for
Long time waiting: Inverloch Historical Society patron Eulalie Brewster inspects the old Inverloch lock-
up that could be used by the society to store artefacts.
A MEETING with officials
from VicRoads, VicTrack, South
Gippsland Shire Council and the
Korumburra Agricultural Society
has mapped out a way forward to
address drainage issues affecting
the Korumburra Showgrounds.
The meeting was organised by
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien
who is working with the show society to
address this longstanding issue.
“The show society has been complain-
ing for a long time about drainage issues
affecting the showgrounds, particularly in
winter and spring, and has been unable to
work out who is responsible or how it can
be addressed,” he said.
“With water running down the hill
from the railway line and the South
Gippsland Highway, I though it important
to get all the stakeholders involved to see
if the issue could be progressed.
“The source of the water that’s caus-
ing problems on the showground is still
unclear, but both VicRoads and VicTrack
have promised to do some drain clean-
ing work to eliminate their assets as the
source of the problem, while the South
Gippsland Shire is also happy to assist
with some technical advice.”
Mr O’Brien said the wet ground added
extra cost for the show society and some
of its tenants such as the Strzelecki Lions
Club and the annual South Gippsland
“The wet ground means exhibitors
have to put down temporary floors and
that reduces money being returned to the
community by these charity organisa-
tions,” he said.
“We don’t have a solution but we are
on the right path and I’m pleased to have
been able to at least get the main parties
together to plan a way forward.”
Backing show: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien (second from left) met
with Doug Appleton, president of Korumburra Show Society; Graham Walker,
member of Korumburra Show Society; and Cliff Wallace of Strzelecki Lions
Club to discuss drainage issues at the showgrounds.
By Tayla Kershaw
NINE Bass Coast councillors is
two too many for Cr Phil Wright.
Bass Coast Shire Council underwent
a Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
representation review last year. After pub-
lic consultation, VEC handed down the
recommendation council should become
a three ward shire with nine councillors
following the October election.
Cr Wright moved to challenge this
recommendation at council’s first 2016
ordinary meeting on Wednesday night.
“Around $1 million will be spent on
councillors over the next eight years. I
personally consider $1 million to be a lot
of money,” he said.
“We have an obligation to spend every
cent of our budget wisely and I don’t see
any benefit from having nine councillors
instead of seven. Our current councillors
do not consider themselves burdened
within their wards.”
Cr Wright said he could see no logic
in the restructure, and claimed council-
lors would be able to handle the popula-
tion growth without making a $1 million
However, fellow councillors voiced
concerns over rejecting the umpire’s deci-
sion, though acknowledged the communi-
ty’s recent theme of spending efficiency.
“I find it interesting Cr Wright has wo-
ken up today wanting to save $1 million
after wanting to have rates in the double
digits over the last three years,” deputy
mayor Cr Bradley Drew said.
“It’s a great thing and I hope Cr Wright
continues to look for these efficiencies.”
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said it
was important to remember the majority
of public submissions requested a nine
“I think seven councillors work well
but there was a clear process and this was
the recommendation,” she said.
According to Cr Wright, the VEC
report stated seven councillors matched
Bass Coast’s past, not its future. However,
he failed to see how VEC could predict
Bass Coast’s future.
Councillors moved to advise the
Minister of Local Government Natalie
Hutchins that it rejected the need for nine
councillors in Bass Coast, however Cr
Wright’s subsequent motion to discuss
implementing a seven councillor structure
with the minister and a VEC representa-
tive was lost.
“It’s not our role. This is up to VEC
and we should not be spending time,
money and resources on this,” Cr Andrew
Cr Wright said his subsequent motion
was not about spending money, but about
acting quickly before this year’s election.
“We need the mayor to take control
and prod action. We should not fear the
State Government because we are the
people of Victoria. Something needs to
happen.” he said.
By Tayla Kershaw
WITH Wonthaggi transition-
ing from coal to carbon free,
Bass Coast Shire Council has
discovered a creative way to
celebrate – building a chil-
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale and
Cr Neil Rankine toured the Wont-
haggi wind farm in 2014, and two 42
metre decommissioned wind turbine
blades were given to the council at
Cr Crugnale suggested these
blades should be used to create a
public art display or a children’s
playground to promote the town’s
support of renewable energy.
“The wind turbine playground
would be the first of its kind in Aus-
tralia. Creative playgrounds are gen-
erally a major drawcard for both lo-
cals and visitors, attracting people of
all ages and backgrounds and there-
fore having a social, educational and
economic benefit shire wide,” she
“The creative project is a unique
opportunity to present wind turbines
in a different format and promote the
shire’s clean and green image by us-
ing materials that would otherwise
go to landfill.”
Cr Crugnale referred to a similar
style playground in the Netherlands,
which also transformed discarded
wind turbine blades into a children’s
Councillors moved to commit
$50,000 from its unallocated public
art capital fund in the 2015-16 bud-
get to design and establish the play-
“People will want to travel to a
unique adventure playground that
has moved away from ordinary flat
pack attractions,” the mayor said.
Children to play on turbine blades
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