View from the Chamber
After years of stagnation, Cowes is moving at last, writes Cr Michael Whelan. So why isn't everyone celebrating?
Thereby hangs a tale
May 20, 2017 - Phillip Island’s first literary festival features activists, musicians, athletes, politicians, artists - anyone with a story to tell.
What happened to Freddy and Rex
May 20, 2017 - A Newhaven private home for boys, a callous superintendent, two dead boys and links to the shadowy world of eugenics … journalist and playwright Joe Fairhurst promises to reveal all at next month’s Phillip Island Literary Festival.
The man with kaleidoscope eyes
May 6, 2017 - Where most of see chaos, Werner Theinert sees patterns. Liane Arno reports
All aboard for Port Albert
May 5, 2017 - John Wells guides us along a journey on the Great Southern Railway.
My bathroom bird hide
May 6, 2017 - There’s plenty to see and enjoy outside Nola Thorpe’s bathroom window.
Light at the end of the tunnel
April 22, 2017 - A nervous Geoff Ellis sets out to track down the creature digging up his lawn.
Chapter and verse
April 22, 2017 - Prize-winning Gippsland poet Jim Walton will share some of the tricks of his craft at a poetry workshop in Wonthaggi.
Our John Clarke
April 15, 2017 - Bass Coasters share precious memories of the private man behind the public profile.
Let’s just do it
April 15, 2017 - Twenty-three years and $600,000 … that’s how much time and money has been spent on a Cowes arts centre, and still the community has nothing to show for it. Anne Davie calls for action.
What’s on at ‘The Union’?
April 15, 2017 – Cinema continues to flourish in Wonthaggi, writes Larry Hills.
Facts and figures
April 1, 2017 - Is Bass Coast Shire almost broke or in good financial shape? Well, that depends on who you ask. While Cr Les Larke insists we are well on the road to financial ruin, Frank Schooneveldt analyses the numbers and concludes that he is leading his fellow councillors down the wrong path.
Remembering Kit Sleeman
April 1, 2017 - Carolyn Landon celebrates Kit Sleeman’s exquisite essays on growing up in Wonthaggi.
Crossing the border
April 1, 2017 - These days, Bob Middleton has given up outback safaris for a more sedate mode of travel but he still finds himself in strife.
A force of nature
March 14, 2017 - Julia Price has too much on her mind to paint pretty pictures or decorations, writes Anne Tindall
Back to basics
Geoff Ellis talks to a Korinne farming family who turned their backs on Big Milk and found a brighter future.
March 4, 2017 - Bass Coast travellers report back on what they have learned from their travels. This week, Jordan Crugnale on the town of Alfedena in Italy.
Wonthaggi's blackest day
February 18, 2017 - Eighty years ago, Wonthaggi was rocked by an explosion at No. 20 shaft that killed 13 miners.
February 4, 2016 - Bass Coast travellers report back on what they have learned from their travels. This week, Liane Arno on Mai Chau in Vietnam.
Caricatures and stingrays
February 4, 2016 - The artist and the scientist have always been part of Jill Rogers’ makeup. Marian Quigley finds out more.
Student leaves his mark
February 4, 2016 - Jye Anderson made a big impression during his week of work experience with the Phillip Island Conservation Society. John Eddy reports.
Congratulations to us
May 20, 2017 - While she has no personal interest in being married, Sally Conning applauds council's support for marriage equality.
What if we gave up the booze?
May 20, 2017 - A contentious community issue, a lively panel, an open-minded audience … welcome to Bass Coast’s first hypothetical.
Cold, hard facts
Oceanographer John Hunter and refugee advocate Julian Burnside discuss the implications of climate change at the Wonthaggi Town Hall next week.
May 5, 2017 - In our daily travels throughout Bass Coast, we are never far from thousands of years of human history. By Geoff Ellis
On location in Rhyll
May 6, 2017 - Fishing and ferrying are in the spotlight in Rhyll this week, reports Carmen Bush, with filmmaker Jakeb Anhvu in residence to document the town’s rich maritime history.
Let's start the ball rolling
April 23, 2017 - Councillors’ change of mind on a new indoor sport stadium for Wonthaggi could be the start of better prospects for our young people, writes Brian Paynter.
Stuff and stories
April 22, 2017 - San Remo residents and visitors are invited to bring out their old mementoes, memories and photos.
Thank you, Dr Brooks
April 15, 2017 - Over 50 years, Peter Brooks made a big mark on his adopted home town of Wonthaggi. Gill Heal recalls a man who valued music and theatre almost as much as medicine.
Inspired by dread
Local artists have risen to the challenge of interpreting climate change in a major new exhibition, reports Bron Dahlstrom.
Sea creatures, bathing ladies and other old curiosities
April 15, 2017 - A childhood visit to the Old Curiosity Shop in Ballarat triggered Heather Fahnle's lifelong fascination with mosaics. By Marian Quigley
View from the chamber
April 1, 2017 - A regular series in which councillors expand on the issues that matter to them. This week, Pamela Rothfield on why the Cowes CBD may not be the right place for Phillip Island’s aquatic centre.
Let there be lights
April 1, 2017 - The luminous light galleries of the Waterline townships officially turn on next Saturday night in Pioneer Bay, Grantville, Tenby Point, Corinella and Coronet Bay.
A weight on your mind
April 1, 2017 - Miriam Strickland asks why we’re getting fatter in spite of so much good advice.
Here’s to Paul
Tracey and Ross Denby want their new cafe to feed the soul as well as the body. Gill Heal reports
March 18, 2017 - The wild Back Beach has exerted a powerful pull on generations of Terri Allen’s clan.
March 4, 2017 - Once upon Geoff Ellis knew exactly what the council should do. And then he became a councillor.
Art and soul
March 4, 2017 - A waste of money or the start of something wonderful? Jeannie Haughton explores the value of community arts projects such as The Edge of Us.
Signs of the times
March 4, 2017 - Victoria’s first road sign was erected at Ventnor in 1801. Libby Skidmore explains
Tunnellers and burrowers
February 17, 2017 - Mark Robertson goes underground for his series on the strange and special species that share our Bass Coast home.
What makes us tick
February 4, 2016 - The Australian character leaves other nations a bit perplexed, writes Julian Brown, as he reflects on Australia Day.
February 4, 2017 - A talk given to the Wonthaggi and District Historical Society 54 years ago gives an invaluable insight into the lives of the early settlers, writes John Wells.