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WORK on the new multi-million Ne-
whaven College Senior School on Phil-
lip Island is set to start in term four.
Principal Gea Lovell said, “The College is al-
most at the tender stage for our new buildings which
will be a new Senior School and a Science, Arts and
The new Senior School will accommodate Years
10 to 12 students and Mrs Lovell said,
“We hope to commence building in Term Four,
for completion at the end of Term 3 in 2017. It is
expected all our students will be at the Phillip Island
Road site by the end of 2018.
“These are exciting purpose designed buildings
created by our new architects Hayball Architects.”
The award winning Melbourne firm has designed
for many schools in Melbourne including Caulfield,
Ivanhoe, Yarra Valley, Carey Grammar, Camber-
well Girls Grammar schools, a number of primary
schools and for Monash University.
Mrs Lovell said, “The new buildings will include
state of the art facilities for all the specialist subjects,
a lecture theatre, Year 12 common room, general
classrooms with operable rooms, the latest technol-
ogy, discussion areas and performance areas, break
out spaces and quiet study nooks.
“The new school will have the look and feel of
an adult learning facility, much more in line with
age level of our senior students. There will also be a
strong connection with the environment, and part of
the plan incorporates an outdoor science facility.”
Mrs Lovell said, “The school has a master land-
scape plan, and as part of this plan, another 1000
trees will be planted over the next few weeks.”
Mrs Lovell is thrilled to be part of an award win-
ning designed college for the region and said the
latest Masters Builders Award won by local builder
DAS Constructions is just recognition for the its
great work .
“This is now the third award DAS has received
for buildings at our Phillip Island Road site:
The Year 9 Environmental Centre, The Trades
Skills Centre, and now the Library Administration
“It is definitely great for Newhaven College, but
more so for our wider community. To have a build-
er and buildings of this calibre in our community is
great for the Bass Coast Shire.
“The team at DAS constructions was great to
work with. They were flexible, understood our vi-
sion and were willing to offer suggestions and to
HIGH TIDES and big swells at the Inver-
loch surf beach are again posing a threat
to the surf life saving patrol tower, precar-
iously teetering on the edge of the dunes.
Inverloch’s Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) is con-
cerned for the future of its patrollers’ tower threat-
ened by high tides and continued erosion of the dune
Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club secretary Chris
Malan said, “The the club is very concerned about
the ongoing viability of the tower that is being threat-
ened by continued erosion of the dune system.”
As to what action can be taken, Mr Malan said,
“The club is working with Bass Coast Shire and
DELWP to determine both immediate and long term
“The club is a volunteer emergency service which
relies entirely on generous public donations, grants
and government funding. Once we have determined
the appropriate course of action we will look at every
available avenue to assist with funding.”
As to plans of relocating the tower, Mr Malan
said, “No, not currently however we have not dis-
counted any options to address the issue.”
Mr Malan said, “Power and data services have
been disconnected (at the tower) as they had become
exposed over the last few days. The club is working
with Bass Coast Shire and DELWP to determine if
additional immediate actions are required.”
Bass Coast Shire’s manager sustainable environ-
ment, Deirdre Griepsma, said, “We’ve had some sig-
nificant weather events – some high tides, some high
swells and some storm surges – which have caused
“This occurred around Sunday or Monday (July
30 and 31 ). We inspected a lot of the coastline
knowing that we had some pretty significant weather
events. Over the weekend, we had some high tides
and high swells, which is the combination that causes
“It’s a natural process. We live in a dynamic envi-
ronment and we can’t hold back the tide.
“The surf life saving club erected some sand bags
around it, which has helped prevent further erosion
around the base of the structure.
“Obviously, it’s not a permanent solution. We’re
working with the club and with DELWP to figure out
New beginnings: Newhaven College principal Gea Lovell and students from left Charley Lo-
gan, Amaia Beaumont, Kobey Carlson and Tamika Poustie attended the opening of the award
winning library last year and look forward to the new Senior School starting next term.
Newhaven College senior school set to start
Tower watch: Bass Coast Shire manager sustainable environment, Deirdre Griepsma in-
spects the damage, with Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s patrol being threatened by high
tides and big swells of late.
Surf tower under siege
a way forward and to assess public risk. At the mo-
ment, the structure is quite safe. It doesn’t pose a
public risk. Council has had its municipal buildings
surveyor come out and assess the structure.”
Bass Coast Shire Council is inspecting the In-
verloch Surf Lifesaving Observation Tower and as-
sociated infrastructure as well as the beach access
track daily after large tides and swells caused further
erosion to the area.
Council’s Municipal Building Surveyor and a
structural engineer assessed the structure and sur-
rounds on Monday afternoon, August 1 for public
risk and safety, and will make a further assessment
later in the week.
Ms Griepsma said, “Any services to the tower have
been secured as well. The club organised for those to
be removed so they don’t pose a public risk.”
“Where it is eroding, it also cuts out and forms
these sand cliffs, which is why we have blocked the
track to the beach.”
“The risk with this type of path – where there is
some gravel surface – is that the erosion cuts in un-
derneath and when you’re standing on it, you can’t
see what is solid and what is not.
“At this point in time, we’re asking the commu-
nity and any visitors to assist us by staying away
from the sand cliffs that have formed.
“We’re assessing it on a day to day basis de-
pending on the weather events that are occurring.
Council is also seeking some funding under DEL-
WP’s coastal risk program for the access track to
have it reopened for the summer period.”
“Repair may or may not be an option. It depends
on the coastal processes. We know that this volume
of sand that has been moved is not going to redeposit
in a four month period.
“There had been a previous structure that ex-
perienced erosion and was removed a number of
years ago. When this current structure was built, it
was built very differently than the previous one. It
certainly wasn’t predicted to experience this level of
erosion along the coastline.
“The structure was designed to be portable. It can
actually be craned out of there.
“Council has had discussion with the Depart-
ment of Environment, Water, Land and Planning
(DELWP), and is in contact with the (Inverloch) surf
lifesaving club to determine the future of the tower.”
The public access track to this area beside the life
saving club building has been closed to the public
until works can be undertaken to make this safe.
“We are expecting more severe weather in the
next few days, including high tides and swells, which
will continue to erode the area around the tower,
coast line, and access track,” Ms Griepsma said.
“We have a dynamic coast line that is constantly
changing. We live in Bass Coast because we love the
environment; however, it also presents us with ongo-
ing challenges and we can’t hold back the tide.
“When consent was given by DELWP and Council
for the observation tower to be placed in its location in
October 2014, this extent of erosion was not foreseen.”
The tower was designed to be removable, was
craned in and bolted onto concrete pylons, meaning
if required, the structure can be removed in the same
The club has removed and made safe the infra-
structure services connected to the tower, being pow-
er and telecommunications.
Council’s immediate priority is public safety,
however, the track it will remain closed until the
works can be done to make it safe.
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