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By Tayla Kershaw
BASS Coast Shire Council CEO Paul
Buckley rebutted accusations made at the
recent draft budget submissions meet-
ing from Wonthaggi resident Les Larke,
claiming rate revenue was unfairly dis-
tributed in the proposed budget.
Mr Larke said capital works expenditure represents
16.1 per cent of rate revenue – well below the state av-
erage – and had not been equitably distributed.
He suggested new strategies to win over the com-
munity, including allocating 50 per cent of rate reve-
nue to capital works by 2019-2020 and cost savings.
“A community and shire ‘win win’ could be
achieved through such a transformation and we
wouldn’t be squabbling about whether the shire
could afford a playground in Dalyston or whether
or not some money could be made available for our
valued cemetery and so forth,” he said.
“Stop holding the community to ransom because
the executive suggested a pathway that lacks an ap-
propriate strategic vision and intent through a con-
tinued lack of financial discipline, waste and an inef-
fective allocation of resources to operating expenses
instead of asset renewal and upgrade.”
Mr Buckley said Mr Larke’s figures were inaccurate
and did not reflect the intention of this year’s budget.
“Mr Larke has been selective in the use of infor-
mation and data in his submission to council to suit
his argument,” he said.
“For example, his claim concerning the rate rev-
enue allocated to capital works uses one set of figures
for Bass Coast and another for larger councils. If we
were to use the same data sources, Bass Coast’s rate
revenue allocated to capital works is actually 22.4 per
cent, not the 16.1 per cent as claimed by Mr Larke.”
Mr Buckley also challenged Mr Larke’s claim
that council operates inefficiently, stating council’s
operating costs were the 15th lowest in the state.
“Council is somewhat limited in its capacity to di-
rect more revenue to capital works due to its low rate
income compared to similar sized councils, therefore
limiting its potential to attract external funding,” Mr
FOUR students from Mirboo North Sec-
ondary College are in for the challenge
of a lifetime when they tackle the Koko-
da Track in September.
Brock Thomson, Matt Powell, Heath Ferguson
and Jason Fahey will join VCAL coordinator An-
drew McGrath on a 10 day hike of the enormous
270km trail in Papua New Guinea next term as part
of their studies.
“We studied the history of World War One in our
studies last year and we became really interested in
pursuing the hike so we have been planning it since
late last year,” Brock said.
The group of four have worked alongside Mr
McGrath in conducting extensive research, fund-
raising, organising the trip and attending various
meetings with community organisations. In do-
ing so the project has become the outcome of
their personal development skills unit within the
“This is the first time a trip like this has been run
at the school so there have been a lot of hurdles we
have had to overcome,” Matt said.
“We have spent a lot of time this term meeting
up with sponsors who are helping to donate goods
for the trek. We are also hosting a raffle to help raise
funds for the trip.”
The boys will document their entire adventure
on GoPro cameras and will compile the footage.
“We will be hosting a presentation evening once
we get back so our sponsors can see how they have
helped us on our challenge,” Jason said.
“Other students will be able to watch our adven-
ture and maybe it will inspire them.”
Two of the four students have never stepped foot
outside of Australia conceded the challenge would
be an eye opener.
“It is going to be the biggest challenge we have
ever done and maybe will ever do, so we will be
training hard in the lead up to the trip,” Matt said.
The boys said they hope their persistence and
organisation will reduce a perceived stigma around
“I feel like a lot of people think VCAL students
are lazy or that we do not work as hard as VCE stu-
dents,” Brock said.
“But we have worked really hard to arrange
the trip and we have put in plenty of hours outside
of school because it is something we really care
Young adventurers: from left, Mirboo North Secondary College students Brock Thomson, Jason Fahey, Heath Ferguson and Matt Powell
will take on the enormous challenge of hiking the Kokoda Track as part of their VCAL studies in September.
Teens to tackle Kokoda
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