In 2007, the mayor of Bass Coast was totally surprised when he first learned by news media that desalination was coming to Wonthaggi.
In last week’s South Gippsland Sentinel-Times, the Bass Coast Mayor Neil Rankine was reported as saying “The Minister made a decision without even consulting us”.
Cr Clare Le Serve was also left in a ‘compromised position’. She also was not “respectfully” advised.
The State Minister and PIPA were tippling celebratory champagne before Cr Le Serve and Mayor Rankine were advised of the Phillip Island separation review.
These, our representatives on council, were all properly ‘miffed’ by the lack of appropriate protocol. Quite rightly so!
Bass Coast Shire and councillors should please remember that indignity when next they act ‘without due diligence’ against the interests of the citizens they represent.
Residents of Cape Paterson and Sunset Strip and beach-loving dogs all should have been consulted before decisions were made and our money was wasted.
Farming landowners in the Bass Valley should also have the respect of discussion before any action is taken to push a public access track through their farms!
Peter Brown, Glen Forbes.
Deciding first, consulting later