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‘The Final Straw’
COMMUNITY RALLY TO PROTEST THE APPALLING
PERFORMANCE OF BASS COAST SHIRE COUNCIL
Shire wide: Excessive rate hikes and wasted $100,000’s on failed schemes
Pioneer Bay: Unnecessarily destroyed a sealed residential road
Wonthaggi: Secretly decided to close the Visitor Information Centre
Phillip Island: Closed the community’s waste transfer station
and now the final straw...
Inverloch: Last month councillors decided to close the transfer station
despite the clearly demonstrated wishes of the community to keep it open!
Come and hear four brief presentations by speakers from across the shire
outlining how Bass Coast Shire Council has failed their community.
Sign the petition and add your voice to tell Council that
enough is enough.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016 at 12NOON
INVERLOCH RECREATION RESERVE
Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc. (A0096952H)
By Brad Lester
A DRUG and alcohol re-
habilitation centre will no
longer be built at Loch.
The proposal has been
withdrawn after the Victorian
Civil and Administrative Tribu-
nal (VCAT) overturned South
Gippsland Shire Council’s deci-
sion to issue a planning permit
for the proposal.
The site mooted for the cen-
tre, in Clarence Street, is now for
Sankar Subramanian, of
Australian Addiction Hospitals
Pty Ltd, the proponent of the
centre, has since withdrawn the
His company had intended to
buy the site, once the Greenhills
Hosted for the Aged, a branch of
Korumburra Medical Centre and
a respite centre run for accident
The proposal was for a
private hospital for alcohol and
drug rehabilitation for up to 20
Up to 20 single occupancy
rooms were proposed with a
maximum of seven staff during
the day and two at night.
Patients were proposed to be
admitted for four weeks.
Council voted to approve
the proposal in November 2015,
despite receiving 34 objections
from the community.
The VCAT report stated the
proposal lacked adequate detail
about how the centre would
operate and the works required,
and so overturned council’s
development services Bryan
Sword said proposals to
establish drug and alcohol
rehabilitation facilities could
become contentious planning
“This is demonstrated by the
number of applications from
around the state which proceed
to VCAT for review,” he said.
VCAT found the site was
suitable for such a centre and
was not persuaded it would
have “significant adverse social
and economic effects”, but still
believed there was insufficient
detail to support the proposal.
recommendations about what
additional information should be
supplied if a future application
was lodged, but Mr Sword felt
these matters could have been
addressed by permit conditions.
“Often VCAT will address
these issues through the hearing,
however as the applicant sought
to withdraw the application once
proceedings commenced, this
was likely a moot point,” he
“Council accepts the decision
of the tribunal.”
VCAT also stated Loch
residents had not given evidence
to support their claims the
proposal would have negative
social and economic effects on
Loch, particularly its reputation
as a tourist destination.
“Nor is there any evidence
available to us that similar uses
in other locations have impacted
those locations in the manner
feared by the objectors,” the
VCAT report stated.
The VCAT application
was lodged by objecting Loch
The site is now for sale
through SEJ Real Estate, Leon-
By Sarah Vella
FAMILY and friends of Albury’s Ella Mor-
gan are aiming to raise $110,000 for sur-
gery that will be performed in the United
States of America.
Ella requires combined microtia and atresia sur-
gery and the only two surgeons in the world who can
perform it are located in California, USA.
The people of South Gippsland raised some of
the funds for the surgery by supporting a car raffle
organised by Ella’s grandparents Jim and Joy Mor-
gan of Leongatha.
The raffle was drawn last Wednesday and was
won by Nar Nar Goon’s Alison Lester, who was
thrilled to win the Nissan Micra.
“The Leongatha and Inverloch communities
have really rallied around Ella. We couldn’t have
done it without Joy and Jim,” Ella’s mum Belinda
“We want to thank them for putting the raffle
together, which will take us a huge step forward to-
wards Ella’s surgery.”
Ms Taylor said before the raffle, they had another
$25,000 to raise.
“The car raffle will be a major contributor to
those funds,” she said.
Ella said the support shown to her from both the
Gippsland and Albury Wodonga communities has
“I am speechless, I can’t say enough,” she said at
the raffle draw last Wednesday.
“I can’t believe it is happening to me and my
family, and I am thankful to everyone for their sup-
port and generosity.”
Ella’s life changing surgery on the way
Family fun: from left, Nick and Lucy Morgan, Jim Morgan, Adam Leys, Charlie Adkins,
Joy Morgan, Claudia Leys, Chloe Adkins, Ella Morgan, Belinda Taylor, Kate Adkins and
Kristy Leys holding Evie Morgan at the drawing of the Nissan Micra raffle at Edney’s Le-
ongatha last Wednesday.
A rare congenital condition, microtia is a term
used to describe the malformation of the external
part of the ear. Absence of the ear canal is known
“Ella has profound hearing loss in her right ear
and mild hearing loss in her left ear. The surgery
will aim to reconstruct her ear and rebuild her ear
canal, meaning she can be totally unaided,” Ms Tay-
Ella’s condition has caused her to struggle aca-
demically and she also experiences hearing loss in
large crowds and other noisy situations.
“After the surgery, that won’t be an issue,” Ms
The family has been fundraising for the surgery
for almost a year and have held a gala dinner, a
dance, a golf day, movie nights and sausage sizzles.
“Also people have been holding benefits on our
behalf. The Albury Wodonga and Gippsland com-
munities have been incredible,” Ms Taylor said.
“We are very lucky to be a part of both com-
Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from
Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from
Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belong-
ing to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.
Right: The winner is: Joy Morgan, Claudia
Leys and Ella Morgan pull the winning ticket
from the barrel last Wednesday. Alison Les-
ter from Nar Nar Goon was the lucky winner
of a new Nissan Micra.
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