Home' The Great Southern Star : August 30th 2016 Contents PAGE 16 - “THE STAR” Tuesday, August 30, 2016
STUDENTS from Chairo Christian School in
Leongatha recently took time out from regular
classes to participate in a day of service to the
From packing and delivering food to the Salvos and sell-
ing sausages for the 40 Hour Famine, to mulching at the Le-
ongatha wetlands and planting trees at the penguin parade,
it was a busy yet rewarding day.
Students in Prep to Year 3 brought in non-perishable food
items and assembled hampers, and these were delivered to
the Salvation Army for its Community Centre pantry.
Grade 3 student Jazzy Ramsbottom said the pantry is
stocked with food for local families in need.
“We learnt that families might need a helping hand due
to sickness, death, family breakdown and many other rea-
sons”, she said.
Grade 3 student Josh Doolan thanked donors for their
“Prep to Grade 3 students and their families donated
tinned soup, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, baking items, peanut
butter, jam toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries and more,”
Students in grades 4 to 6 spent time at the wetlands pick-
ing up rubbish, mulching and cleaning up large sticks, while
students in years 7 to 10 were involved in three activities.
Some went to visit elderly people who needed a hand with
gardening, others went to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
to plant trees, and some sold sausages to raise funds for the
school’s 40 Hour Famine drive.
THE Nationals members of par-
liament have vowed to continue
to fight for safety improvements
outside Poowong Consolidated
School following the latest rejec-
tion of request by the State Gov-
The Nationals’ Gippsland South MLA
Danny O’Brien and Eastern Victoria Re-
gion MLC Melina Bath have been cam-
paigning for safety improvements around
the school following concerns from parents
“There is a deal of concern about the
traffic movements along Ranceby Road
and also traffic heading down Gardeners
Lane to the abattoir,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The school community has been call-
ing for the installation of electronic speed
warning signs, but VicRoads and the gov-
ernment are resisting.”
Ms Bath recently raised the issue in
State Parliament for the attention of Roads
Minister Luke Donnellan, but has received
a disappointing response.
“According to the minister, the traffic
movements on both roads are well below
the threshold set by VicRoads for the in-
stallation of electronic warning signs,” Ms
“While VicRoads says it will work with
local police to improve the enforcement of
the speed zone around the school, we will
continue to advocate for speed warning
Mr O’Brien said the school safety is-
sues and the ongoing concerns about the
intersection with Drouin Road were signif-
icant issues for the Poowong community.
“The community remains frustrated
there remains a sign outside the now-
closed Athlone Primary School, yet the
vibrant and active Poowong School cannot
get access to them,” he said.
Labor ’s Eastern Victoria Region MLC
Harriet Shing said police would be enforc-
ing speed limits of 40km/h during school
times and warned offending drivers risked
losing their licences.
Light up soccer club
PHILLIP Island Breakers Soccer Club re-
ceived a significant boost when Bass Coast
Shire Council supported its application for
the Newhaven Reserve Lighting project.
The club will contribute $65,000 to
the project and has applied for a $100,000
Council’s support will mean the project
will receive a $65,000 contribution in the
2016-17 budget to complete the funding if
the club receives the $100,000 grant.
“This is the biggest soccer club in Bass
Coast and this project will be significant for
practice,” Cr Andrew Phillips said.
“The club is doing really well for infra-
structure and is looking at building a club-
house in the future.”
Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew said
soccer is a growing sport.
Art allocation scrutinised
CR Phil Wright argued against the public
art allocation fund, angered that Smiths
Beach has been left out again.
Bass Coast Shire Council recently voted
to allocate $45,000 to the Wonthaggi Wind
Blade project and $45,000 to a project in
San Remo in the 2016-17 budget.
“I think $90,000 is a huge amount.
Smiths Beach applied for a grant five years
ago and we’ve still had no sign of funding,”
“I think there’s incredible bias here.
The community has not pushed for these
projects. It’s a flawed process pushed by
council. Where’s Smiths Beach?”
Regardless, council voted for the allo-
cation, six votes to one.
Bass Children’s Centre
on the way
BASS Coast Shire Council supported the
revised costs of the Bass Valley Children’s
Centre at its meeting on August 17.
The project will now cost $2.49 million
with a required contribution of $1.52 mil-
lion from council.
The remainder of the funding includes a
$70,000 contribution from the community
committee and a $900,000 grant from the
Department of Education and Training.
“This project has been on council’s
books for five years. The earlier you can
get education for children, the better the
outcomes, so I think it’s best we note the
costs and the contribution for council,” Cr
Clare Le Serve said.
Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew said it
was fantastic to see the project to fruition
and thanked the community for the work it
put in to find efficiencies and savings.
The project is now tender ready with
construction to be undertaken in 2016-17.
Protecting the park
GAVAN O’Connor was appointed onto the
Surf Beach Community Park committee of
management following Bass Coast Shire
Council’s meeting on August 17.
Mr O’Connor will assist the committee
to protect, promote and develop the park
for the community’s enjoyment.
He was well endorsed by the council-
“Gavan is a fine young man and has
done excellent work on the coast. I’m sure
he will manage this project well,” Cr Phil
Second home approved
BASS Coast Shire Council approved a plan-
ning permit for 89 Justice Road, Cowes, at
its meeting on August 17.
The proponent submitted a proposal to
build a second double storey house on the
property, which would be located behind
the original house.
The overall height is 6.5 metres and
seven objections were received.
Cr Phil Wright supported the planning
permit, believing council could not justify
a refusal if the proposal was heard at the
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribu-
“I’d much prefer it if I didn’t have to
accept the higher density, but they’ve kept
to the height limit and we won’t be able to
defend it at VCAT so we will just have to
run with it,” he said.
The permit will expire if construction
does not start within two years and if it is
not completed within four years.
Looking after Woolamai
BASS Coast Shire Council endorsed the
Phillip Island Nature Park Cape Woolamai
coastal reserve master plan draft at its re-
The plan will be put in place to protect
Cape Woolamai’s cultural and natural as-
sets, resolve traffic and access issues, and
enhance the experience for visitors in the
“The reason we live in Phillip Island
is to surf Woolamai. It’s beautiful and this
draft plan is 10/10,” Cr Phil Wright said.
“It covers dogs, walkways – so many
issues have been addressed. It’s great to
have a plan now.”
Cr Kimberley Brown agreed with Cr
Wright, believing the plan presented an
excellent opportunity to manage the area
The plan will be presented to the Phillip
Island Nature Parks board before it is re-
leased to the public.
BASS Coast Shire Council accepted the
municipal public health and wellbeing plan
at its recent meeting.
The document aims to improve health
and wellbeing across the shire by partner-
ing with key health providers.
Cr Clare Le Serve said the plan was
well considered and would enable council
to improve health and wellbeing within the
next 12 months.
Some of the priorities include reducing
health inequalities, healthy eating and look-
ing after mental health.
MAYOR Cr Jordan Crugnale acknowl-
edged the work of SES volunteers in San
Remo and Inverloch at Bass Coast Shire
Council’s meeting on August 17.
Cr Crugnale attended the annual VICS-
ES awards ceremony, held at the Leongatha
RSL on August 14.
Around 180 years of service was ap-
plauded throughout this ceremony.
Bass Coast Council briefs
Slow down: The Nationals’ MPs Danny O’Brien and Melina Bath with Poowong Consolidated Primary School
principal Cate McKenzie (centre) outside the school. The MPs are calling for safer speed signs there.
Children’s safety at stake at Poowong
Helping out: from left, Grade 5 and 6 students Seth Rockall, Ethan
Davis, Georgia Burns and Jett Rylance help clean the Leongatha wetlands
during Chairo Christian School’s recent Service Day.
Chairo students serve
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