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Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc. (A0096592H)
Following many requests from our members, and from other community members, the following information is being published for people who
wish to know the voting preference of the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association committee. The committee has considered
information provided by candidates, together with other publicly available information, in determining this preference information. Please note
that the committee has not approached any candidate to seek their endorsement of this information. This information is provided for
information purposes only.
Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc. - VOTING PREFERENCES
REMEMBER: For your vote to be valid you must place a number for each candidate on the ballot paper.
WESTERN PORT WARD
1 LARKE, Les
2 DE RUN, Mohan
8 HARRISON, Jessica
4 BROWN, Julian
6 DALMAU, Peter
5 TESSARI, Brett
9 RANKINE, Neil
3 WELLS, Max
7 ROBERTSON, Mark
7 WHELAN, Michael
3 SCHINKEL, Maurice Christian
4 OGIER, Val
9 BROWN, Kimberley
5 SPOTTISWOOD, Rodney
8 WRIGHT, Phil
2 FULLARTON, Stephen
1 ROTHFIELD, Pamela
6 PARTRIDGE, Ruth
4 ELLIS, Geoff
2 KENT, Bruce
6 BARLOW, Mikhaela
3 LE SERVE, Clare
5 DREW, Bradley
1 LAMERS, Ashley
Authorised by Judith Lawrence, 16 Beach Road, Rhyll, Victoria, 3923.
THE Bass Coast Shire Council elections are almost
here. In Bunurong Ward alone there are nine candi-
I am glad to see some people running who have
some business background as I also have. Council
is not a corporation and is not driven by profit mo-
tives but like any organisation, it absolutely must live
within its means.
Some may believe local government debt is no big
deal. I do not agree with that. After all, when budgets
are balanced we actually have money to spend on pro-
grams which people want to see.
There will be a clear choice in the election be-
tween those who believe that the environment is an
important thing (as I do) and those who believe it is
the only thing.
I read with interest where one candidate for Western
Port Ward argued “council has stubbornly remained re-
liant on rates and government grants” and is looking for
more creative ways of getting even more revenue.
I think otherwise. Rates always form the bulk of
council income. I don’t think residents should be pay-
ing significantly more in rates.
We don’t have a revenue problem. We are not us-
ing the money we already have in the best way as evi-
denced by our low capital works.
I commend concerned resident John Swarbrick for
having the interest and knowledge of audit matters to
make recent comments in his letters to the editor.
He makes many prescient points especially in his
comparison between how Bass Coast Shire uses its
income and how councils like Baw Baw Shire spend
Finally, I would like to say that I have not been
endorsed by any political party nor have I sought en-
I hear that quite a few candidates may be doing
preference deals. That is their choice. The system
does allow for that. I have chosen not to do preference
deals despite having my own opinions on who are
good candidates and who are not-so-good candidates.
It is possible that I may turn out to be the only
candidate in Bunurong Ward who chooses not to do
preference deals. That is my choice. But at least it is
a clear choice.
I trust residents to make their own decisions about
who will best represent their area.
Candidate for Bunurong Ward
Digital economy opens doors
THE digital economy refers to the devices most of
us use each day such as computers, phones and game
It includes the online maps that we consult, the
web searches that we do to find information and
our electronic banking. If adopted in the right way
it can help drive growth, employment and future
opportunities for the next generation:
economic growth and diversity;
strong skilled, and engaged community that
participates in the global economy;
accessible public services that connect
communities to people so they can have their
a connected, liveable and desirable location to
live, do business and visit.
We need to enhance digital infrastructure in our
towns, nurture a digital culture and build stronger
digital skills in our community, particularly with our
candidate for Coastal-Promontory Ward,
South Gippsland Shire Council,
RATEPAYERS have a golden opportunity this Octo-
ber to elect a council which will address the many is-
sues which have caused the Bass Shire council in the
past to be so maligned.
It is of interest to note that an outstanding candi-
date for Bunurong Ward has, among other matters,
identified accountability and financial transparency as
two areas that need attention.
The ratepayers need a clear statement from coun-
cil as to why it is essential to pay large fees to outside
consultants on various issues while we pay Council
Staff employed in positions which cover those is-
Accountability requires council to account for ev-
ery action taken, not just some and the ratepayers rely
solely on the councillors to ensure this is achieved.
Hence the need for councillors to be steadfast in en-
suring they have council act accordingly.
There are many areas where it is essential that
council provide full financial transparency of all al-
It is ratepayers’ money with which they are en-
trusted to use for the benefit of the community. For
example, the rapid growth in population has been met
with an increase in sub-divisions, mainly of agricul-
tural land, re-zoning and a new approach to planning,
where existing town blocks can now be sub-divided
into two or three smaller blocks.
This increases the rates collected without Council
spending a penny, so one has difficulty in understand-
ing how they justify rate increases. The new coun-
cillors must ensure full financial transparency in all
such matters is readily available to the ratepayers. Au-
dit reports must be made available to the community.
Surely it is our money and we are entitled to know if
it is being mishandled
To achieve this we must look to qualified and ex-
perienced candidates who can professionally analyse
all matters arising and ensure the CEO is steering the
council in the right direction so we can have comfort
the ratepayers money and interests are correctly and
WELL at last a sitting Bass Coast councillor has come
out of the bunker and tried to justify all the bad deci-
sions made by this current crop of incompetents.
Cr Rankine, who only got into council on former
Cr John Duscher’s second preferences, has tried to
justify all the bad decisions made since 2012 in his
letter to the editor of last week.
And I’ll list just a few of these bad decisions –
shutting the highly successful Wonthaggi information
centre, bumping up all the rates excessively, closing
the Inverloch transfer station, the waste of ratepayers’
money on the Surf Parade Inverloch chicane and the
$500,000 wasted on the special charge scheme.
Cr Rankine is always looking back over his
shoulder instead of looking ahead to the future of the
What a hide! Anyway we’ll see how many sup-
porters this current lot have got, at the well publicised
protest rally being organised by the Bass Coast Rate-
payers and Residents Association at the Inverloch Re-
serve on Sunday, October 2 at noon.
Let’s give this council the biggest vote of disap-
proval ever, at the October election and remember to
put sitting councillors last on your ballot papers.
There’s two down so far but five more to go, in
cleaning out this mob.
We want a new broom through council, so the ad-
ministration will also get the message that they can’t
fool all the people all the time.
Keep up your letters to the local and metropolitan
papers, the radio stations and the TV channels to voice
your disapproval about this incompetent mob.
Post: PO Box 84 Leongatha 3953
Fax: 03 5662 4350
Post: PO Box 84 Leongatha 3953
Fax: 03 5662 4350
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