AFTER only one person attended the Bass Coast Shire Council Budget information sessions, it was good to see about 20 questions thrown at the council on a live Facebook Q and A last week.
On Tuesday evening, Cr Bruce Kent, Deputy Mayor Cr Brett Tessari and Cr Les Larke – alongside Mark Brady, general manager finance and organisation development, answered questions around the draft Budget 2018-19.

Here are some of the key questions asked:
Q. Has there been any preliminary discussion requiring property developers to have a certain percentage (of new estates) as affordable housing? – Mary Chambers.

A. “Council is not able to have conditions for developments to include a percentage of affordable housing, this would be a state-led initiative.
“However, the council is very aware of this as an issue that effects our community and when the opportunities arise we will continue to have conversations with relevant decision makers and partners to advocate for increased affordable housing.” – Cr Larke.

Q. Are there any regulations on the size of the houses getting built in Coronet Bay? Some are outrageous and look like they belong in the back streets of Toorak. – Matt Hurford.

A. “Protecting our township character is a theme that councillors hear quite often. There are legislated minimum areas that must be designated as garden and site coverage limits.” – Cr Tessari.

Q. Has there been any money allocated to making the entrances to Wonthaggi more welcoming/appealing? Also has there been anything put towards doing anything to the Wonthaggi cemetery or just a couple hundred bucks to fill some more pot holes throughout the year? – Carly Chizzoniti-Wylie.

A. “We are undertaking a Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan which will consider the issue of the entrances to town and much more.
“Town entrances are also included in the draft Wonthaggi Structure Plan which council will be considering at next week’s council meeting.
“An action in the draft Structure Plan is to enhance the town entrance, gateway and streetscapes. So in short, there is no funding specifically allocated in the draft Budget 2018/19, however it is certainly on our agenda.
“The Wonthaggi Cemetery Masterplan includes major works including drainage. The second drainage stage which is substantial is currently being implemented.” – Cr Larke.
Budget submissions are open until May 22 at 5pm.