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Wonthaggi lifesavers remain stranded without any beach access

MORE than 170 days on from the ‘freak storm’ that near plummeted the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club (WLSC) into the sea, redeeming the observation building from near-catastrophic damage has been an ongoing challenge for volunteer members and their challenges aren’t over yet. Recent work

Cape Paterson’s $150m boost – up to 900 new lots

THE proposal to build up to 900 new homes at Cape Paterson is officially “back on the table” as Bass Coast Shire Council announces it’s received authorisation to prepare the necessary planning scheme amendment. The amendment (c136) would rezone 53 hectares of land to

Boom town – Wonthaggi continues to expand

NEW housing developments in Wonthaggi’s north east are filling up fast, as developers take advantage of a population boom. Bass Coast Shire’s population is forecast to double within the next 20 years, with developments like the hospital upgrade and new secondary college campus putting

Motorless Max raises $15,000 for charities

AFTER two weeks cycling motorless, Max Homer has arrived in San Remo following a 2000km ride from Brisbane. Max has also reached his fundraising goal of $15,000 for research into sarcoma and leukemia. Max was motivated to start the ride and fundraiser following the

New op shop arriving in Loch by Christmas

LOCH will be getting a new op shop by Christmas as the town’s roaring tourism trade continues to attract new hospitality and retail ventures. The project is being spearheaded by new Loch residents Rebeka Axon and Donna Sullivan, who both moved to the town

State Government promises stricter planning controls in Bass Coast

BUILDING height limits and strict town boundaries will soon be introduced in the Bass Coast Shire, after the State Government officially declared the area as a Distinctive Area and Landscape. Bass Coast’s now “permanently protected from over-development”, according to the State Government. But for

Newhaven locals fight plans for a regional skate park

Listening, working with community NEWHAVEN residents are protesting the construction of a competition grade skate park at a local reserve. Residents are against the proposed plans for a regional skating hub at Richard Grayden Memorial Reserve – on the right just as you come

Final touches going on new Wonthaggi Secondary College campus

WONTHAGGI Secondary College’s (WSC) new senior campus is well on track to be ready for students at the start of next year, with a new junior campus at San Remo two years later. College principal Darren Parker says the new campus will be “like

Erosion ‘emergency’ rocks Inverloch, locals call for rock wall funding

RESIDENTS of Inverloch haven’t hit the ‘panic’ button yet at the rapid pace of erosion along the town’s surf beach. But as heavy swell threatened to break through Cape-Paterson Inverloch Road at the weekend, surging to within a few metres of the surf lifesaving

‘Not guilty’ plea – Island murder trial off to Supreme Court

THE man charged with the murder of Phillip Island psychologist, Samantha Fraser, her estranged husband Adrian Basham, 42, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and not guilty to five earlier offences allegedly involving the same victim. Ms Fraser, 38, was found

More off-leash beaches for dogs in Bass Coast

NEW dog off-leash beach areas, including a 24-hour off-leash beach, will be introduced in Bass Coast from December 2019, in time for the coming summer season. Bass Coast Shire Council made the decision at its ordinary meeting last week following community consultation earlier this

Council pushes ahead with $19m plan for a new community centre

THE long-awaited redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre is finally moving ahead, with Bass Coast Shire Council committing $19 million to begin the process of demolishing and rebuilding the facility next year. The demolition and new build option was endorsed, over the

Cr Julian Brown’s push for more footpaths rejected

A BID to get Bass Coast Shire Council to put more funding into footpaths has failed, with councillors voting against a motion at last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting on the grounds that such decisions should be made at budget time. Bunurong Ward Cr Julian