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THE death of an elderly woman near
Wonthaggi on Monday was the first road
fatality in Bass Coast in 2017.
Police believe the woman, aged in her 80s,
crossed to the opposite side of the road while
driving and collided with another vehicle.
The woman was from Inverloch and was the
sole occupant of her vehicle.
Emergency services worked on the woman
but were not able to save her and she died at the
Police believe she had a medical episode be-
fore the collision occurred and so her death was
not added to the road toll, but this could be re-
viewed in the future.
The female driver of the second car received
She was also the sole occupant of her car and
was conveyed to hospital.
The collision occurred on the Bass Highway
just before 4.30pm.
Police are investigating the incident and urge
any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800
Six people were killed on the region’s roads
in 2016: three in Bass Coast Shire and three in
South Gippsland Shire, up from four in 2015.
The road toll in Victoria was up 15.9 percent
from 252 in 2015 to 292 in 2016.
By Caroline Varrasso Crawford
A POLICE officer was assaulted and
another officer was nearly run-over by a
rogue driver on New Year’s Eve.
An 18 year old from Traralgon was arrested in
Inverloch in relation to the assault of a person on
the street and assault of a police officer.
The police officer walked away unharmed but the
civilian sustained minor injuries from the incident.
The man was arrested and released pending
summons to court at a later date.
At Newhaven, police were conducted prelimi-
nary breath testing when one driver was deter-
mined not to be tested.
A Bass Coast Highway Patrol officer was left
with minor injuries after jumping out of the way
of a car. The driver did not pull over when di-
rected to by police.
The red hatchback failed to stop and almost
ran over the police officer, but the officer nar-
rowly avoided serious injury.
Police have launched an investigation and are
looking to speak to witnesses who may be able to
identify the occupants.
Police have generally praised New Year’s Eve
revellers for good behaviour across the region,
with only five arrests for public drunkenness.
Sergeant Glenn Parke from Inverloch Police
said, “It was quieter than previous years. In gen-
eral, the crowd was well behaved.
“Obviously we appreciate the public’s coop-
eration and everyone was able to enjoy the fire-
Police officers attacked
Jumping for joy: Lucy Hilton and Eboni Miriklis of Melbourne celebrated their sum-
mer holidays on the shores of Venus Bay last Thursday.
Police hauled three drunks from Inverloch’s
streets and two from Cowes’ central business
district. After sobering up in the police cells for
four hours, the drunks were released with a siz-
able fine to pay.
A small amount of illegal fireworks were
found abandoned in Cowes and while many other
fireworks were released unlawfully, no charges
In Cowes, police arrested a 19 year old Somer-
ville man for theft from two shops, and also ar-
rested two men, aged 16 and 20, on the Cowes
foreshore for possessing drugs.
THE State Government’s decision to
cap rates at two percent next year has
significant implications for rural and
regional councils already struggling
with a road and infrastructure
maintenance backlog, Eastern Victoria
Region MLC Melina Bath said.
“With the announcement of the rate cap,
whilst ratepayers will be happy with this news,
it reminds us of the ongoing headaches for
councils after the Andrews Labor Government
significantly reduced funding for rural roads
and bridges,” she said.
“I call on the Andrews Government to
provide specific and targeted funding programs
to local government, similar to the previous
Coalition’s Country Roads and Bridges
Program, which provided $1 million each
year over four years to 40 rural councils for
infrastructure maintenance and renewal.”
Ms Bath is a member of Parliament’s
Environment and Planning Committee, which
conducts a six-month rolling Inquiry into the
impact of rate capping.
“As a member of the Environment and
Planning Committee, I have listened to the
testimonies of many CEOs and councillors
from rural and regional shires who raised
significant concerns about their capacity to
meet community expectations for service
delivery and infrastructure upgrades,” she
“The Nationals understand that city councils
have options to raise revenue from sources other
than rates, such as money received through
parking meters and fines. In addition to that, not
only are metropolitan councils geographically
smaller, they have more rateable properties
which means lower average rates.
“Meanwhile, infrastructure maintenance
and renewal requirements for country councils
are quite large with extensive road networks,
hundreds of bridges plus extensive walking
and cycling paths that need to be maintained
for local communities.”
Rate cap headache for rural councils
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