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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 DISPUTE over an illegal extension to
Venus Bay’s skate park is causing ten-
sion within the community.
Skaters have wanted to update the skate park on the
grounds of the Venus Bay Community Centre, but be-
fore an agreement was reached and the necessary plan-
ning approvals sought, a local resident skater built his
own extension to the ramp, even paying for materials.
South Gippsland Shire Council is now seeking to
contact the builder to find out how the extension was
built, before determining its next course of action.
Council has also received an online petition calling
for the extension to stay.
In the mean time, council has made the site safe by
placing para-webbing around the area under construc-
The Venus Bay Community Centre’s Facebook page
states, “The skate park was originally constructed with
funds raised by community members, and in response
to a group of young folk who got together to provide
a public area for recreation...an excellent outcome for
our whole community.
“It has been identified that the skate park needs im-
provements, it needs to have better flow and cater for
all abilities of users.
“This has been on the radar of the community centre
for some time. We have submitted a number grant re-
quests for funds to support this; we have tried to engage
the community in the design of the improvements, we
have liaised with the shire to get these improvements
started...this all takes time and is frustrating for com-
munity members who just want to see it happen.
“Over recent weeks, a community member has
started construction on the western end of the skate
park...he has designed and undertaken this work him-
self, he has paid for the materials needed. Making a
contribution to our community is to be applauded; this
is how many things get started; from the enthusiasm of
one or more passionate individuals.
“When the work was started, the community mem-
ber was advised that this was not approved by council;
that while the work is desperately needed, the commu-
nity centre as the leaseholder, has responsibility to liaise
with the shire about any work undertaken; to acknowl-
edge the guidelines in place for a public facility.
“At this point, the work undertaken has not had the
appropriate safety approvals; it will have to be out of
bounds until a solution is found.
“This is a great opportunity to work together as a
community to get this work finished and perhaps even
extended. Currently the centre is liaising with the shire
about how to get the construction retro approved, but
unfortunately, this may take time.
“It is a shame that it was not undertaken in this way
in the first instance, as this now puts the community
centre, and all the programs and activities for our com-
munity at risk regarding the lease with the shire.”
By Tayla Kershaw
WONTHAGGI’S Jessica Harrison
wants to see the herbicide glyphosate –
a possible cause of cancer - phased out
of key areas of Bass Coast Shire.
Concerned for the health of children, pets and
council workers who could be impacted, Ms Har-
rison believed glyphosate should not be used in
schools, childcare centres and parks.
The chemical is commonly used to kill weeds
and Ms Harrison said International Agency for
Research on Cancer found glyphosate may be
Correlations have been found between the
herbicide and various cancers including non-
Glyphosate exposure has also been linked to
respiratory problems in farmers.
Ms Harrison said there has been a big inter-
national response to phasing out glyphosate and
Bass Coast Shire Council should jump on board.
“One way to do it is to use soft fall matting in
playgrounds. At the moment our playgrounds use
bark chips, which can be soaked in glyphosate,”
“It’s important for Bass Coast to be respon-
sible and keep people as healthy as possible.”
Cr Neil Rankine said he uses a frog friendly
form of glyphosate. Ms Harrison said this could
potentially be a safer product, but would depend
on the percentage of adjuvants present in the gly-
phosate formula. Adjuvants are additional agents
that increase glyphosate’s toxicity.
“The effects of glyphosate are going to be ar-
gued long into the future,” Ms Harrison said.
“It’s up to us to set up a pilot scheme to phase
Ms Harrison put together a petition, which
calls for council to review its duty of care for the
health and safety of citizens – children in par-
ticular – and assess chemical free weed control
such as weed steaming and Bioweed – in areas
where children play.
The petition also calls for the phasing out of gly-
phosate based herbicides near schools, playgrounds
and children centres, and funding of a pilot scheme
using alternatives to glyphosate as a first step.
Council received the petition at its meeting
last Wednesday. It will lie on the table until the
next meeting in October.
Cr Clare Le Serve thanked Ms Harrison for
raising the issue, saying it took many years to
highlight the health risks of substances such as
Phase out chemicals: from left, Wonthaggi’s
Liz Glynn, Jessica Harrison and Norm Glynn
want to see glyphosate phased out of sensitive
areas like schools, children centres and parks
to protect the health of people and pets.
Skate ramp splits Venus Bay
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