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By Jennifer Bals, work experience
BASS Coast Shire Council is gather-
ing information on the vulnerably listed
Hooded Plover, together with commu-
nity groups, agencies, and interested in-
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale,
said council was aiming to devel-
op two management strategies for
the management of this species.
tainable environment, Deirdre
Griepsma said, “The manage-
ment of the hooded plover has
been occurring for over 20 years
after it was discovered that their
numbers were declining. There
are two hooded plover groups
made up of community volun-
teers who are very dedicated to
helping them survive and breed
successfully. Parks Victoria,
Phillip Island Nature Parks and
Birdlife Australia have also un-
dertaken significant work over a
long period of time to help the Hooded Plovers.”
The way Hooded Plovers have been handled has
become more efficient over time, and is still expand-
“Hooded Plovers have recently been listed as a
vulnerable species and as such need special manage-
ment,” Cr Crugnale said.
“The birds begin breeding in September, with
eggs being laid directly on the sand over the summer
period, and the high use of Bass Coast beaches by
humans and dogs over summer impact significantly
on the breeding success of this vulnerable species.”
“Hooded Plover populations at Kilcunda and In-
verloch have been heavily affected by foxes. Vent-
nor, Red Rocks and Cowes have been affected heav-
ily by human activity.”
“It gives the community a chance to discuss the
issues around managing this vulnerably listed spe-
cies and contribute their ideas to the development of
the strategies.” Ms Griepsma said.
The project is being run in
collaboration with Birdlife Aus-
tralia, Parks Victoria, Phillip Is-
land Nature Parks, conservation
groups, the Department of En-
vironment Land Water and Plan-
ning (DELWP) and other valued
All these groups and individ-
uals play an important role in the
management of Hooded Plovers
across Bass Coast.
“Becoming a volunteer with
either the Friends of the Hooded
Plover (Bass Coast mainland)
or Hooded Plover Watch (Phil-
lip Island – Phillip Island Nature
Parks) is the best way. Volunteers
are always welcome to help maintain the monitoring
of nest sites throughout the breeding season.” Ms
Next time you’re strolling along the beach make
sure you keep an eye out for the Hooded Plovers.
“They are well camouflaged and quite small
making them not easy to spot. Look out for a little
bird with a black hood and a red beak.” she said.
For more information about this project please
contact Council’s Natural Resources Officer, Da-
vid Martin, on email@example.com, (03)
5671 2774 or 1300 BCOAST (226 278).
By Brad Lester
PARENTS may face parking restric-
tions in Inverloch to improve children’s
VicRoads and Bass Coast Shire Council may
consider the possibility of no parking signs dur-
ing certain times on the eastern side of William
Street to reduce the risk of a collision between
cars and pedestrians.
The street is a popular parking space for par-
ents when delivering or collecting their children
to and from Inverloch Primary School.
The school had sought a reduced speed limit
of 40km/h along William Street, which provides
an informal second entrance to the school via
But VicRoads has ruled out a lower limit,
opting for the prospect of parking restrictions
instead, only on the eastern side of the street to
discourage families from crossing the busy road,
one of the main entrances to town.
School principal Wendy Caple was pleased
progress was being made at last.
“Our preferred option is for everyone to park
in the recreation reserve and then people can
walk to school and not worry about the cars,” she
VicRoads Eastern Region regional direc-
tor Scott Lawrence said VicRoads and council
were investigating safety options for side streets
around the school, including school-day timed no
parking areas that will encourage parents to use
the designated drop-off and pick-up areas.
“VicRoads continues to encourage parents to
use the designated school drop-off and pick-up
zones at the Bayview Avenue entrance as this site
has been identified as the safest option in an area
of high pedestrian activity,” he said.
“It is important for parents and carers to take
extra care around schools, obey parking restric-
tion signs and keep clear of children’s crossings.
“VicRoads has a range of materials designed
for schools and local councils to use to help them
address issues and improve safety during drop off
and pick up times.”
Council has also altered signs on a safety ref-
uge at the intersection of Sandymount Avenue
and Dixon Street, after the previous signs were
too low and blocked children’s vision of ap-
Caution urged: Inverloch Primary School principal Wendy Caple, with students Ethan and
Zack, is urging parents to park in Inverloch Recreation Reserve when delivering children to
school and then collecting them at the end of the school day.
School parking under review
THERE’S nothing worse than waking
up to the sound of a garbage truck and
realising you’ve forgotten to put out
To make sure all residents know when to put
out their garbage and recycling bins, Bass Coast
Shire Council’s annual recycling and waste col-
lection calendars for 2016/17 have recently been
For residents that do not have a mail service
or have not received one in the mail, the calendar
is available for collection at all council customer
service centres, visitor information centres, most
general stores and post offices around the Shire.
The calendar is accessible to view on Coun-
cil’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste-
Bass Coast mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale ex-
plained the role of the calendar, highlighting the
certain important aspects relatable to the public.
“The colour coded, pictorial, informative
and easy to read calendar highlights everything
you need to know about waste including your
fortnightly recycling week, the changeover to
weekly dates during the holiday period and the
green waste amnesty, which is there to encour-
age residents to get ready for the fire season,” Cr
This year, the Green Waste Amnesty period, is
when you can drop off green waste free of charge
at all waste transfer stations, between October 28
and December 14, while the weekly recycling
service will continue to run from December 26,
2016 until January 27, 2017.
Cr Crugnale said this year’s calendar is also
a quick reference guide for all things related to
“It provides information about what can and
cannot go in your recycling and garbage bins,
what to do with green waste, how to make a hard
waste collection booking, what to do with some
hazardous substances and what recyclable items
can be taken to the transfer stations and Cowes
Recycle Bank free of charge,” Cr Crugnale said.
A reminder that no plastic bags are to be
placed in your recycling bin; items in plastic bags
are sent to landfill and not recycled.
Off the printer: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council’s waste education officer Danni Lisle
and customer service officer Leanne Du Plessis show off the new recycling and waste collec-
tion calendars available from customer service centres, visitor information centres and most
general stores and post offices.
New calendars keep
up with waste
Hooded Plover: Bass Coast
council was aiming to develop
two management strategies for
the management of this species.
Care for Hoodies CHANGES to some of Bass Coast Shire
Council’s customer service centres and
visitor information centres came into ef-
fect as of July 1.
In Cowes and Inverloch, customer service offi-
cers and visitor service officers are moving to a new
shared service model to improve efficiency.
Customer and visitor services will be integrated
Customer service will now be offered from 9am
to 5pm from Monday to Friday, seven days a week.
Planning services will also operate out of the
Cowes centre on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a
planning officer available to lodge applications and
Customer service at the Inverloch Community
Hub, which is currently delivered by library staff,
will be merged with hub operations and visitor
Customer service transactions will now be pro-
cessed at the visitor information centre and will be
offered by council’s visitor services staff from 9am
to 5pm on weekdays.
The hub office is separate and will operate from
9am to 5pm on weekdays, a change from 9am to
3.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
Council also resolved to temporarily continue
providing visitor information services from Wont-
haggi after July 1.
The centre will continue to operate with modi-
fied hours until a suitable tenant is found.
The centre will be open from 10am until 4pm
from Tuesday to Friday staffed by volunteers, sub-
ject to availability.
The visitor information centre will also be open
from 10am to 3pm on weekends.
If you have any questions or would like more in-
formation about these changes, contact council on
1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.
Centres are a changing
By Tayla Kershaw
PHILLIP Island’s Sue Saliba is fighting
to save two remaining eucalyptus trees
at the Phillip Island Golf Club.
One tree has already been cut down, and the re-
maining two were permitted to be cut down by Bass
Coast Shire Council.
“We were told the reason the trees had to be cut
down was because there had been claims of inci-
dents,” Ms Saliba said.
She demanded justifying evidence from council
at the community question time session on Wednes-
day, June 15.
“It has been written in Coastell that council
wants to protect and restore the natural environment.
These trees were big and mature – they were really
important,” she said.
“The removal of the first tree was appalling and
many people were upset about it. It’s happening all
over Phillip Island; chainsaws are going like mad
and we are losing our natural environment. Do we
care about the environment or is it all just talk?”
Council said the removed trees were in decline
and attributed some of the removal to branches fall-
ing on traffic, parked cars and gas bottles.
Tree removal sparks anger
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