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By Tayla Kershaw
THE new Inverloch childcare centre is
set to be in full swing by January 2017.
Approved by Bass Coast Shire Council’s plan-
ning officers, the application was met with no com-
munity objections and was not put before the coun-
cil as it did not exceed $3 million.
To be constructed in Williams Street, the ap-
proval has come as a relief for parents with young
children in the town.
“I take my daughter to Wonthaggi when I need
childcare. Unfortunately she might be a bit old when
this centre is finished but we might look into going
there one day a week,” Inverloch resident Alli Hayes
Developer Trevor Ireland of IS Holding Pty Ltd
said Inverloch has seen a certain shift in its population,
and while it was once a desired seaside town for retir-
ees, it is now the town of choice for young families.
“The town has completely changed. The primary
school has around 400 students attending now when
only 20 years ago it only had 70,” Mr Ireland said.
“This is absolutely something Inverloch needed
and our recent survey showed we could have the
centre half filled – and we haven’t even opened
The childcare centre will cater for 45 to 55 stu-
dents at a time with up to 260 overall enrolments.
The early year ’s classrooms cater for ages zero to
18 months, 18 months to three years and three to six
years. Around 10 staff members will be employed.
A new kitchen and playground will also be con-
structed, and parking for 15 cars will be provided.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale believed the centre
was a necessity for Inverloch’s growing population.
“The childcare facility provides a service for
the wider catchment area, with Wonthaggi and sur-
rounding areas growing places are, and will continue
to be, limited,” she said.
“The approved location is central and within
walking distance to the kindergarten, school and ma-
ternal child health and playgroup area at the hub.”
Coming soon: Inverloch’s new childcare
centre on Williams Street is set to open next
year. Pictured, from left, is Taya and Alana
Hayes. While Taya is now in Grade Prep at
Inverloch Primary School, Alana currently
goes to childcare centres in Wonthaggi. Her
family is pleased they will have more options
closer to home next year.
Thumbs up for childcare centre
WONTHAGGI North Primary School’s
Grade 3 and 4 students recently discov-
ered the history of Wonthaggi.
The students visited the Wonthaggi Historical
Museum and went on a town walk to explore how
Wonthaggi has changed over time.
At the town library, students used iPads to go
on a digital tour of the historical buildings around
Wonthaggi. They then looked at old buildings in
the centre of town.
At the historical museum students learnt about
early forms of communication, the significance of
the whistle, early forms of transport and other im-
portant historical events in Wonthaggi’s history.
The school thanked the Wonthaggi Historical
Society for its help.
Hello: Sophie from Wonthaggi North Pri-
mary School uses an old phone during the
school’s history tour.
Children step back in time
IMPORTANT outpatient cardiology ser-
vices will be available in Wonthaggi and
San Remo thanks to a new partnership
between Bass Coast Health (BCH) and
Together, the health services have developed
a process whereby all patients assessed at Won-
thaggi Hospital as requiring inpatient cardiac
services will be prioritised for admission into the
new Coronary Care Unit at Frankston Hospital.
This important initiative will ensure patients
with a cardiac condition will be accepted and
transferred into specialist care as soon as it is re-
BCH, Peninsula Cardiology and Peninsula
Health are working together to ensure cardiac
care is easily accessible and affordable for all
members of the Bass Coast community.
General practitioners will be able to refer
patients to Wonthaggi or San Remo sites for
exercise stress echocardiograms, transthoracic
echocardiograms and cardiologist consultation
from the end of May – all cardiac investigations
will be bulk billed for eligible patients.
For booking and general information please
call Stacey Sorati of Peninsula Cardiology on
For other information, contact BCH CEO Jan
Child on 5671 3209.
New service: from left, Bass Coast Health emergency department senior medical officer Dr
James Taylor, Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child and Frankston Hospital cardiologist Dr Ja-
mie Layland were thrilled to announce more cardiac services would be offered in Wonthaggi
and San Remo.
care to heart
COUNCIL is scheduled to formally con-
sider the 2016-17 Annual Budget at its
meeting on June 22.
The 2016-17 Proposed Annual Budget is a
responsible budget with an ambitious $19.97 mil-
lion capital works program.
Remaining efficient while ensuring the com-
munity has vital infrastructure and assets avail-
able is a high priority for council.
It is a significant achievement to be in a solid
financial position and able to increase our capital
works program compared to past years while also
adapting to rate capping.
The capital expenditure program for 2016-17
has been set and prioritised based on ongoing
consultation with our community, as well as stra-
tegic planning to assess needs and develop sound
business cases for each project.
If adopted, allocations of the funding for the
capital works program will include: $3.84 million
for property; $2.74 million for plant and equip-
ment; and $13.39 million for infrastructure.
I would like to remind families to enrol now
for funded four year old kindergarten. Enrolments
will close at midnight on Thursday, June 30.
Late enrolments will still be accepted, but will
not be eligible to receive a first round offer, so I
encourage parents and carers who have not yet
enrolled their children to get in quick to meet the
This year is the first year kindergarten enrol-
ments in South Gippsland have been centralised
and the response has been positive.
More than 200 applications were received by
the start of June with more expected as the end
of the month draws closer. After the enrolment
period has closed, children will be allocated into
Allocation will be in accordance with State
Government Priority of Access guidelines and in
consultation with kindergartens.
As the end of this council’s term draws near,
it is pleasing to see many of council’s strategic
planning goals coming to fruition. The Children
and Families Plan 2016-2021 and Foster Com-
munity Infrastructure Plan will be considered at
the next council meeting, while the Korumburra
Town Centre Streetscape Masterplan and Leon-
gatha Streetscape Master plan (Re-imagining
Bair Street) are in their final stages.
These projects mean so much to their respec-
tive communities and it’s an honour to be able to
plan for their sustainable future in close consulta-
tion with residents.
It is with great sadness that I end this mes-
sage by passing on council’s sincere condolences
to the family of West Gippsland Regional Library
Corporation CEO, John Murrell. John passed
away peacefully earlier this month following a
relatively short battle with cancer.
He will be greatly missed by the board, staff
and volunteers of the library corporation and by
his colleagues more broadly in the public library
John was a leader in the library world, hold-
ing a number of key positions including president
of Public Libraries Victoria Network from 2009
to 2016 and member of the first ever Ministerial
Advisory Council on Public Libraries.
As WGRLC CEO for 19 years, John was
highly regarded for his kindness and humble na-
ture. He was also renowned for his dry sense of
humour. He will be sadly missed.
Cr Mohya Davies
VICTORIA’S Country Women’s As-
sociation voted in favour of marriage
equality and will write to the Federal
Government asking it to adopt the legis-
lation following its state conference last
Leongatha Twilight Branch president Niki
Curtis said delegates from her group attended the
conference and voted in favour of the motion in
“Each branch sent two delegates who were
given the opportunity to vote on behalf of their
branch after each group voted internally. Leon-
gatha Twilight absolutely voted in favour of the
proposal,” she said.
“Our motion will carry some weight and it is
an indication of the ground swell of feeling in the
community in regards to marriage equality.”
Ms Curtis was joined at the confer-
ence by vice president Ellen-Jane Browne
and Rinchen Wilson.
“I think the motion to support marriage equal-
ity first kicked off at last year’s state conference
when the Social Issues Committee brought forth
the discussion and put things in motion,” Ms Cur-
The same conference in 2015 saw the
CWA support the motion to legalise medici-
“We discussed a number of motions at the
conference which included the idea of painting
speed limits on roads, continuing funding of rural
counselling services and encouraging the State
Government to implement federal reviews for
Crime Safe,” Ms Curtis said.
“We also encouraged the Federal Government
to commit to green house gas emissions, a motion
raised by our branch.”
Leongatha Twilight Branch met for its month-
ly meeting recently to discuss other potential mo-
tions for the future.
“Last week we discussed the debacles within
the dairy industry at the moment,” Ms Curtis
“We have been active in supporting drought
affected areas and this issues hits particularly
close to home.”
CWA supports marriage equality
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