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By Tayla Kershaw
FOR the ratepayers looking for a fresh
start for Bass Coast Shire Council, the re-
sult of Wednesday’s mayoral election was
The new look council unanimously voted for Cr
Pamela Rothfield to take up the mayor’s role. She,
and fellow councillor Stephen Fullarton, are mem-
bers of the Phillip Island Standalone movement that
advocated for the Island to breakaway from Bass
Coast and have its own municipality.
She is joined by deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari,
who was also unanimously elected to the position.
Cr Rothfield said she was waiting to review de-
cisions made by the former council before setting
a list of priorities, but Phillip Island residents have
high hopes for the future.
“Phillip Island residents were delighted with the
election of Stephen (Cr Fullarton) and Pamela (Cr
Rothfield). With more than 50 per cent of the pri-
mary vote in their favour, this election is a sign that
the shire needs a clean slate and a fresh start,” Phil-
lip Island Progress Association acting chair Greg
“We are excited to see what these nine council-
For Phillip Island, the big ticket items on the
wish list are a medical centre, a transfer station and
an aquatic centre.
To do this, Mr Price said council need to con-
sider a larger capital works budget that benefits the
“Historically, the capital works budget has been
appallingly low. Phillip Island has been neglected
for 22 years and has paid 50 percent of the rate,”
“Phillip Island is the draw card for this state,
COUNCILLOR Pamela Rothfield is the
new mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council.
She was unanimously elected alongside Cr Brett
Tessari, who is the deputy mayor.
Both councillors will retain these positions for 12
Cr Rothfield said she was “absolutely chuffed” to
be the first mayor on the newly elected council.
“I look forward to working with the new council-
lors. We all have L plates on and it will be a real learn-
ing curve,” she said.
“It is wonderful to have the confidence of my fel-
low councillors and I look forward to a great year.”
Cr Tessari said there were several priorities on the
cards for the new council, in particular a full scale re-
view of the Inverloch Transfer Station which the pre-
vious council decided to close from September 2017.
“There are so many things we want to look at to
cater for the whole shire in the long term,” he said.
Cr Tessari said he was excited to serve his term as
deputy mayor alongside Cr Rothfield.
“She (Cr Rothfield) is the breath of fresh air that
our community’s been looking for,” he said.
“On a personal note, I’m very proud to hold the
position of deputy mayor. I can’t wait to get down to
business and represent the community.”
The mayoral allowance is $74,655 and councillor
The new council’s first ordinary meeting will be
held at 5pm on Wednesday, November 23, in the
council chamber in Wonthaggi.
The meeting is open to the public and the com-
munity is encouraged to attend.
New hope for Phillip Island
New mayor congratulated
which is not how it is presented. You can’t have a
fortnightly rubbish pick up for a place where the
population explodes from 9000 to 90,000. It is inad-
equate and shows a lack of foresight from the senior
Mr Price believes Phillip Island should have a
24/7 accident and emergency unit to cope with the
“You can’t have this sort of population without
a health facility. Wonthaggi does a good job but it is
limited to triage and transfer,” he said.
“On Phillip Island, you might as well keep the
blinker on and keep going to Dandenong. However,
this is an issue for the State and Federal governments
as well. It is important they recognise the limited re-
sources and give the appropriate funding.”
In the meantime, the new councillors will be ful-
ly briefed on the current situation within the shire,
and have suggested they will review former deci-
sions such as transfer stations and dogs on beaches.
Representatives: Bass Coast Shire Council unanimously elected Cr Brett Tessari as deputy
mayor and Cr Pamela Rothfield as mayor last Wednesday.
Great cause: the Ladies Auxiliary put together another successful Christmas fete at Bass
Coast Health on Saturday.
Cakes, crafts, books and toys were on sale to help people find great Christmas presents
and raise money for the hospital. The Ladies Auxiliary recently funded the purchase of
an ECG machine.
The proceeds of the fete will go towards the next project – the purchase of an ultra-
sound machine for the emergency department valued at more than $50,000. Pictured from
left are Ladies Auxiliary president Marg Hender with Lyn Martell, who were busily sell-
ing craft items on the weekend.
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