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Ms Rothfield and Mr Fullarton are members of
the Phillip Island Standalone movement and have
pledged to get a better deal for Phillip Island.
Councillor-elect Mr Hill said, “There is noise
going around from some people in Leongatha saying
they will not be represented. I find that offensive. All
the councillors should represent all the ratepayers in
Mrs Kiel of Mirboo North vowed to represent
the whole shire.
Unsuccessful candidate Mr Fawcett said he was
surprised a candidate from the three major towns
was not elected, but said that would not hinder coun-
cillors’ ability to serve the towns.
The previous council was plagued by personal-
ity clashes, with councillors Hill, McEwen and the
retired Kieran Kennedy often battling with other
Mr Hill said, “One of the first things we have to
do as a new council is to heal the rift between the
council and the community that was left over from
the previous council.”
Messrs Hill and McEwen – who share an agenda
for ‘progressive reform’ - were elected with a high
proportion of first preference votes, with Mr Hill
second in Tarwin Valley Ward with 1263 votes and
Mr McEwen winning the Strzelecki count. The pair
also attracted the second preferences of many other
candidates to help them secure victory.
Mr Hill said ratepayers wanted independent
councillors and voted out what he perceived to be
the “majority bloc”.
“That’s the biggest win for the community: they
will now have nine independent councillors who
will not vote as a bloc,” he said.
Mr Fawcett was “disappointed” by his loss, but
said the result indicated the community wanted
“Certainly the result is not a reflection on what
council did. The previous council has a lot to be
proud of,” he said.
Mrs Kiel, the current shire Citizen of the Year,
received 1385 first preference votes, the highest in
Mr McEwen could be a chance of being the new
mayor, should he stand, given his previous experi-
ence as a councillor and director at council. Mr Hill
Staff, council offices
COUNCILLOR-ELECT Don Hill indicated
the new South Gippsland council may re-
view the long term municipal precinct proj-
ect, featuring new council offices in Leon-
gatha, and review council’s staffing, saying
management was 30 percent higher than
Councillor-elect Maxine Kiel said the new council
needed to thoroughly debate such issues before making
CEO Tim Tamlin said council did not have author-
ity to reduce management levels without reducing ser-
and Mrs Kiel said they would not contest the may-
oral election in two weeks.
Mr McEwen, Mr Newton and Mrs Brunt did not
return messages from The Star before going to print.
The election result will be formally declared to-
Voters choose new look councils
TWO sons of former Borough of Won-
thaggi mayor Alan Brown, who went
on to become a local MP, were voted
to councils at the weekend.
Aaron Brown will represent Strzelecki Ward
in South Gippsland Shire and Julian Brown is
a councillor-elect for Bunurong Ward in Bass
Councillors booted out
New Bass Coast council may review ‘poor’ decisions
By Brad Lester and Tayla Kershaw
THE Bass Coast Shire Council may re-
view controversial decisions made by
the previous council, including the clo-
sure of the Inverloch transfer station and
Wonthaggi visitor information centre.
Those prospects come as voters returned just one
councillor: Clare Le Serve.
She will serve with fellow Western Port Ward
councillors-elect Bruce Kent and Geoff Ellis,
Bunurong Ward’s Les Larke, Brett Tessari and Julian
Brown, and Island Ward’s Pamela Rothfield, Stephen
Fullarton and Michael Whelan.
Ms Rothfield and Mr Fullarton are members of
the Phillip Island Stand Alone movement.
Mr Larke said voters believed council had wasted
money “at the top” and had lost faith in council.
“The mutual trust and respect between council
and the community had completely broken down,”
He said the Wonthaggi visitor information cen-
“I want to revamp the finances so we can stream-
line and rationalise head office and corporate servic-
es expenses to get savings from that area and transfer
those to capital works expenditure for infrastruc-
ture,” he said.
Ms Le Serve said the election outcome was “de-
mocracy at its best”.
Ms Le Serve said the community had opposed
some of the previous council’s decisions and the new
council may review those.
Mr Brown, the son of former Borough of Wont-
haggi mayor Alan Brown, said he would fight to keep
the Inverloch transfer station open.
Mr Ellis said the new council would work with
ratepayers, and he would work to support farmers
and tourism operators in his ward, and lobby for im-
proved internet in the Kernot area.
Mr Fullarton said Phillip Island had been ignored
for 22 years.
“In some ways, we have been presented like a
third world country,” he said.
“Our aim is to provide significant facilities and
infrastructure for Phillip Island.”
Mr Fullarton said the immediate priority was
to develop a transfer station for Phillip Island and
review the waste management strategy to recognise
Phillip Island as tourism destination.
“We need to overturn council’s decision develop a
swimming pool on the condition that the community
raises $5-7 million – half the overall cost – to fund
it,” he said.
New faces: from left, Brett Tessari, Les Larke, Stephen Fullarton, Bruce Kent, Clare Le
Serve, Geoff Ellis and Pamela Rothfield were elected to Bass Coast Shire Council on
Saturday night. Not pictured, Julian Brown and Michael Whelan were also elected.
tre was closed without community consultation,
and council had wasted money on preparing special
charge schemes at Cape Paterson and Phillip Island
that were later abandoned after public outrage.
The controversy over the closure of the Inver-
loch transfer station and dogs on Inverloch beaches
debacle were other sore points, he said.
Mr Larke said would he would support a review
of the transfer station and information centre clo-
Dad inspires sons
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