FEATURE ARTICLES 2018
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The numbers talk
The Post’s own Anthony Green – Phil Wright – crunches the numbers from the state election and concludes that Bass Coast’s future is looking rosy.
The day the mine closed
December 14, 2018 - Fifty years ago the last shift of Wonthaggi miners emerged from Kirrak shaft to be greeted by a fairly important person from the Railways Department and a contingent of reporters and photographers.
My life as a candidate
December 14, 2018 - First-time candidate David Arnault admits he was naive to imagine politics as a contest of ideas.
Out of the closet
November 29, 2018 - Almost 50 years ago, Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps appeared in a TV program about lesbians. Mikhaela Barlow reports on an act of courage that helped to change Australian society.
Vale Malcolm Dunn
November 29, 2018 - Rob Parsons pays tribute to a backbone of the Kernot community who helped build the hall, church, tennis courts and playground.
View from the Chamber
Nov 16, 2018 - Farewelling our much loved mobile library is a wrench, writes Geoff Ellis, but there has to be a better way to deliver library services to our small communities.
Reading the riot act
November 2, 2018 - Everyone reaches a stage when they say “Enough!”
For Joy Button it was when she heard her community will lose its mobile library.
A place to call our own
November 2, 2018 - Germans have platze, French places, Italian piazzas. Frank Coldebella imagines a Wonthaggi version of such a meeting space.
Island of dreams
November 2, 2018 - Descendants of some of Phillip Island’s first selectors will be among a cast re-enacting the first land ballot in Cowes next weekend.
Glampers on a mission
November 2, 2018 - Young conservationists can meet like-minded people in a beach clean-up and glamp on Phillip Island.
My highlands home, my Bass Coast home
October 19, 2018 - After eight years in PNG, Jennifer Boer counts her blessings in Cape Paterson – and recalls a taste of paradise in PNG.
A put-up job
October 19, 2018 - The reality for older job seekers is a humiliating round of interviews with their job service agency and a complete lack of interest from employers, writes Geoff Ellis. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak
Queen of the cast-off
October 19, 2018 - Regina Dudek collects the stuff discarded by less imaginative people and creates something wonderful. Report by Liane Arno
People like us
October 5, 2018 - Twelve years ago, Joy Button knew nothing about depression or suicide. Hers was just a normal family with two daughters and a mortgage.
The art of living
October 5, 2018 - Artist, teacher, conservationist, a man who spoke his mind … James Glover made quite an impression on Wonthaggi from the time he arrived in the 1940s.
Cheers to the local vintage
October 5, 2018 - Bass Coast's award-winning wines augur well for local tourism, writes Dick Wettenhall.
Coming to a cinema near you
October 5, 2018 - Films from Australia, France, Lebanon, Iceland, Japan, Israel screen in this weekend’s Wonthaggi International Film Festival.
Take me home, country roads
September 21, 2018 - Driving on the back roads was always a source of joy for Geoff Ellis. These days he wonders what’s around the next bend.
The shape of things to come
September 21, 2018 - John Mutsaers looks to another former mining area to see how art might transform Wonthaggi’s future. Liane Arno reports
Step this way
September 31, 2018 - The great traditions of the bush dance will be revived in Cowes next month, writes Mary Whelan.
Where are the women?
September 14, 2018 - We need more women in positions of power everywhere, writes Cr Michael Whelan, starting with our own council.
September 14, 2018 - Tim Shannon explores the magical place where land meets sea. Painting by Jill Shannon
Island artists on national stage
September 14, 2018 - Phillip Island artists Warren Nichols, Jill Rogers and Marian Quigley have been selected as finalists in national art awards.
Walk on the wild side
August 31, 2018 - If you’re lucky enough to encounter a goanna in The Gurdies, don’t stand staring at it for too long, advises Dick Wettenhall
The shape of things to come
August 31, 2018 - John Mutsaers looks to another former mining area to see how art might transform Wonthaggi’s future. Liane Arno reports
The change starts here
August 17, 2018 - The murder of a young woman at Cowes has prompted communal grief and a determination to tackle family violence in our community, writes Bass Coast Mayor Pamela Rothfield.
Inverloch, but not as we know it
August 17, 2018 - A century of developer ads spruiking the charms of “Victoria’s Most Beautiful Seaside Resort” are on display in a fascinating new exhibition by the Inverloch Historical Society.
The waste lands
August 3, 2018 - A visit to the abandoned St Paul’s Boys’ Home at Newhaven prompts Pete Granger to wonder whether Australia should adopt China’s restrictions on foreign buyers.
Tammy steals the show
August 3, 2018 - When the Post asked readers to name their favourite moments of the Literary Festival, one name kept coming up.
Full steam ahead
August 3, 2018 - While the politicians are still arguing about renewable energy, Phillip Islanders are getting on with it. Linda Cuttriss reports
View from the Chamber
July 20, 2018 – Cr Geoff Ellis throws down the gauntlet in defence of the humble battle-axe block.
Welcome to our world
July 20, 2018 - A moving NAIDOC Week opening in Inverloch left Liane Arno feeling a welcome guest in this place.
Singing with the whales
July 20, 2018 - Two whales seen swimming towards the Cowes jetty augured well for the Island Whale Festival. Words by Laura Brearley, photos by Terry Melvin
Coal-fired hydrogen plan ‘takes prize for stupidity’
July 20, 2018 - The award for the stupidest idea of 2018 goes to Daniel Andrew and Malcolm Turnbull for their plan to turn brown coal into hydrogen and export it out of Hastings, writes Caroline Giles
View from the Chamber
July 6, 2018 – Want to know what Bass Coast could be like in 20 years? Look at the Mornington Peninsula, writes Cr Julian Brown.
The bright lights of Tenby Point
July 6, 2018 - A tiny community turned on a mighty show for their winter solstice festival, writes Jeannie Haughton
July 6, 2018 - After 42 years as an Australian, Anne Heath Mennell has never had to prove her status or justify her loyalty. But then she’s white …
‘Keep your dirty hands off our land’
June 22, 2018 - Fines of $100,000 mooted for landowners who encroach on foreshore reserves.
They named it Monash
June 22, 2018 - With Monash trumping Bunjileene-Purrine as the new name for our federal electorate, we must find other ways to honour indigenous culture and people, writes Marg Lynn.
The great unknown
June 22, 2018 - “When we are told it’s not all men, it’s said as though this is new information to us.” Janice Orchard reflects on the response to Eurydice Dixon’s murder.
June 22, 2018 - One-hour jobs, cheap cab rides, cheap food deliveries … Geoff Ellis wonders whether the digital economy has freed us or enslaved us.
Clothes encounters with cream and black
June 15, 2018 - Liane Arno takes a glimpse behind the scenes of a fashion exhibition opening in Wonthaggi next week.
Happy Bloomsday, Cowes
June 15, 2018 - James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place on June 16, 1904 in the city of Dublin. Tomorrow night Cowes joins the international Bloomsday party when Maggie Millar reprises her acclaimed reading of Molly Bloom.
View from the Chamber
June 1, 2018 - With a new high school and hospital upgrade ticked off, Cr Clare Le Serve thinks our next objective should be a rail link to Lang Lang.
Smells like home
June 1, 2018 - A Bunurong smoking ceremony gives Catherine Watson a deeper sense of belonging.
June 1, 2018 - In every Graeme Myrteza painting are the initials of his son Brett because he is such a big part of the story.
Classic cream and black
June 1, 2018 - The success of a vintage couture fashion exhibition in the Wonthaggi Town Hall has inspired curator Marny Javornik to stage a second show this month.
View from the Chamber
May 19, 2018 - Ten years ago, Wonthaggi was down on its luck, writes Brett Tessari. But suddenly a lot of people are proud to call the place home.
May 19, 2018 - Professor Tim Flannery will celebrate John Clarke, the bird lover, at this year's Literary Festival of Phillip Island.
It’s almost $100 million and it’s our money … but try talking about the Bass Coast budget and watch the eyes glaze, writes Mayor Pamela Rothfield.
Life after Warley
May 4, 2018 - The legacy of Warley Hospital lives on in Phillip Island’s new health hub, writes Mary Whelan.
Try again, AEC urged
May 4, 2018 - Plans to rename our federal electorate as Monash have upset locals who say it’s time for an Aboriginal name.
May 4, 2018 - Bron Dahlstrom has no doubt climate change was a factor in the 2009 bushfire that nearly killed her. ClimArt is part of her mission to spread that understanding.
Under the Southern Cross
April 20, 2018 - Bert had places to go but she didn't know how to ask for help along the way. In the tragic death of one of our own, Geoff Ellis sees the national tragedy of homelessness.
In sickness and in health
Ahead of the opening of the new Phillip Island health hub this weekend, Mary Whelan looks back on a century of health care on the island.
The art of biography
April 20, 2018 - For Sheridan Palmer, the South Gippsland coast provided the ideal setting to write about art and the getting of wisdom.
Welcome to Bass
April 6, 2018 - Ross and Tracey Denby are growing a community of diners who value companionship and conversation as much as good food. Geoff Ellis reports
The story of everything
April 6, 2018 - Mark Robertson is uncovering the stories of the everyday objects in the Wonthaggi museum. He shares some of them with Carolyn Landon.
Out of the darkness
April 6, 2018 - The world of commercial photography has long been digital but Trevor Foon still loves the alchemy of film. By Liane Arno
Kilcunda newcomer takes centre stage
April 6, 2018 - Virtuoso pianist and organist Jon Wade will be special guest when the Jackson Four perform at the Phillip Island Jazz Club next weekend.
What’s the point of tourists?
Tim Shannon questions the government plan to boost tourism on Phillip Island..
March 9, 2018 - Geoff Ellis had every reason to be suspicious when a stranger rang with an offer that sounded too good to be true.
Beasts of burden
March 9, 2018 - Bob Middleton mourns the loss of Murray Goulburn, Australia’s last great dairy farmers’ co-operative.
The Last Resort
February 23, 2018 - You probably wouldn’t be staying at the Miners Rest if you had somewhere else to go. With a major redevelopment planned for the landmark Wonthaggi site, Tom McNish finds residents face an uncertain future.
All hands on deck
February 23, 2018 – Anxious eyes will be scanning the horizon when a flotilla of wooden boats sails into Rhyll next weekend to kick off the first and only Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival, writes Carmen Bush.
The well of creativity
February 23, 2018 - An isolated childhood forged Filippa Buttita’s pre-occupation with art, she tells Liane Arno
Island farewells Cherry McFee
February 16, 2018 - This much-loved identity enriched life on Phillip Island, writes John Eddy
Softening the edges
February 16, 2018 - A young neighbour’s request for help with a school art project introduced Bill Binks to the work of Picasso and cemented his love affair with art. Marian Quigley reports
The F word
February 16, 2018 - Legumes are a great source of protein, filling but low in calories, yet many of us fear them. Miriam Strickland addresses the fart factor.
The magic of trees
December 14, 2018 - Tree clearing on Phillip Island has reached epidemic proportions, writes Bernie McComb, as new research shows the profound effect of trees on keeping our planet habitable.
Along for the ride
December 14, 2018 - After some great experiences of carpooling in Europe, Vanessa McGrath wants to create a carpooling community in Bass Coast.
December 14, 2018 - After 25 years in the construction industry, Frank Schooneveldt revels in the freedom to create landscapes, on canvas and in real life. Liane Arno reports
A clean break
December 14, 2018 - An accident forced Etsuko Yasunaga to change her mindset, with unexpected benefits.
View from the chamber
November 29, 2018 - Former mayor Pamela Rothfield pays tribute to retiring CEO Paul Buckley and winces at the memory of her first combative exchanges with him.
Famous last words
November 29, 2018 - Bob Middleton was the Post’s second subscriber, one of the Post’s first writers and the only Post writer ever to be mobbed by a fan. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak
A sense of belonging
November 2, 2018 - Etsuko Yasunaga came to Australia with a suitcase, a little savings and a little English. These days she is happy to call Inverloch home.
We will remember them
November 2, 2018 - The Bass Coast Chorale will perform local composer Larry Hills’ acclaimed cantata They Went With Songs next weekend to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.
November 2, 2018 - Forget saving the whales, it’s the whitebait we need to worry about if a marina is built at Maher’s Landing, writes Mark Roberston.
Lifetime award to ‘revered’ Island historian
November 2, 2018 - Christine Grayden’s combination of meticulous research and an engaging approach to sharing history has been recognised by Museums Australia.
View from the chamber
October 19, 2018 - It's up to councillors to set the direction of the council and the CEO to follow, writes Cr Les Larke
The wreck of the Amazon
October 19, 2018 - Few visitors to Inverloch are aware of a shipwreck buried in the surf beach for a century and a half.
In the flesh
October 19, 2018 - A series of crucified women hover over the wild landscapes of Phillip Island in Josephine Allen’s arresting new exhibition.
Enough to drive you wild
October 5, 2018 - The council whipped up a storm when it confiscated signs warning motorists to slow down and watch for wildlife. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak
The band played on
October 5, 2018 - A musical and acrobatic show pays tribute to some of the least likely heroes of the First World War.
The web of life
October 5, 2018 - A garden is more than its plants, writes Anne Heath Mennell. It’s also a refuge for birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, bats, plants, fungi and even bacteria.
Out of the depths
October 5, 2018 - One of Australia’s most esteemed printmakers, Jennifer Marshall pays homage to the mysterious sea sponges she collected on walks along South Gippsland’s wild beaches.
Bass Valley’s Anzacs
September 21, 2018 - Private Ernest Berryman of Glen Forbes killed in action in April 1918, two days after making a lone attack on enemy lines, is one of 103 Anzacs honoured on a new plaque in Bass.
September 21, 2018 - Miriam Strickland muses on the mysterious and enduring bond between siblings.
The art of mystery
September 14, 2018 - Liane Arno gets up close with Ken Griffiths’ enigmatic Mardi Gras 1, the winner of Bass Coast’s top arts prize for 2018.
Men at war
September 14, 2018 - Gill Heal sat in on a rehearsal of the Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s production of The Boys and was struck by the way it asks questions of all of us, men and women.
The stories of Arthur Baker
September 14, 2018 - “The hiss of the air-hose, the creaks and groans of the ‘big deeps’ and I'm sitting looking at something no man has ever seen ...” So begins a hand-written slice of memoir by a Wonthaggi miner.
You can lean on them
Cr Bruce Kent salutes our volunteers, from the men and women who turn out to an accident on a winter night to those who run our hall committees and manage our foreshores.
A newspaper is reborn
August 31, 2018 - More than a century after the first Western Port Times went out of business, a new online version is uncovering the rich history of the Waterline communities, writes publisher Roger Clark.
All at sea
August 17, 2018 - As the Coles plastic bag debate raged, Susan Hall watched another plastic-fuelled disaster unfold on Inverloch beach.
August 17, 2018 - Research shows that after 55 our emotional intelligence begins to decline. Liane Arno can believe it after a recent stint in hospital. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak
A cut too far
August 3, 2018 - Councillors have to make some tough choices, but shaving 30 local jobs would diminish our community, argues Neil Rankine.
Mud between the toes
August 3, 2018 - Mahers Landing is no place for millionaires’ yachts, writes Mark Robertson, but it has plenty of riches for those who are willing to see.
August 3, 2018 - With the range meter dropping precipitously in their hired electric car, Neil Rankine and Geoff Ellis find themselves somewhere between the shire’s two recharge stations.
The allure of the back lane
August 3, 2018 - Terri Allen walks Wonthaggi’s maze of back lanes and finds a wealth of stories.
July 20, 2018 – Expect the unexpected at Phillip Island's literary festival, including a former Australian of the year sharing the stage with an indigenous rapper.
All together now!
One of Australia’s most exciting community choirs. THECHO!R will perform in Wonthaggi next Sunday with the Bass Coast Chorale.
July 20, 2018 - The shacks built in the dunes of Harmers Haven and the fibro shacks that followed were holiday homes to a tight-knit socialist community, writes Marguerita Stephens.
A world of wonder
July 6, 2018 - After turning her back on her scientific studies, author Robyn Arianrhod was lured back by some great men and women of science. Liane Arno reports
Would you like a credit card extension with that?
July 6, 2018 - Catherine Watson finds she’s too feckless to get a loan from her bank but still qualifies for the special offers. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak.
The big fix
July 6, 2018 - Jim Bell never forgot the day the gaming squad used sledgehammers and axes to raid the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club.
High hopes for cannabis operation
June 22, 2018 - A medicinal cannabis factory in Wonthaggi is expected to create around 20 local jobs and provide new opportunities for local farmers.
Songs of the Betayil
June 22, 2018 - The humans will be singing back to the whales at next month’s Island Whale Festival, writes Laura Brearley.
In the footsteps of the ancestors
June 22, 2018 - Revegetation of a coastal woodland near Rhyll has special meaning for John Eddy, writes Gabrielle Mahony
View from the Chamber
June 15, 2018 - As our own mountains of waste grow higher, Cr Geoff Ellis finds plenty to admire in the South Korean approach to recycling almost everything.
Their chance to shine
June 15, 2018 - One of the joys of The Edge Of Us project has been the discovery of the interesting and talented people in the Waterline communities, writes Jeannie Haughton.
A purler of a day
June 15, 2018 - Terri Allen gives thanks for a perfect winter’s day at the mouth of the Powlett
Leader of the pack
June 1, 2018 - Chris Davies was a horse woman through and through … until the day Charlie the pet kelpie started herding sheep. Gill Heal reports
Winners and losers
June 1, 2018 - The first Australian win in the famous Indianapolis 500 gives Geoff Ellis a chance to reminisce on another Australian who lost the race but won many hearts.
Life and death in old San Remo
June 1, 2018 - Samuel Pickersgill’s memoirs of life at Griffiths Point (San Remo) in the 1870s and 1880s make fascinating but often harrowing reading.
Mutton bird special
May 19, 2018 - On one side, a sign warning motorists to slow for young shearwaters; on the other a sign advertising the special of the day: grilled mutton bird.
Clean bill of health
May 4, 2018 - Last Friday’s announcement of a $115 million upgrade for Wonthaggi Hospital caught even Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child by surprise. Catherine Watson reports
May 4, 2018 - While the old guard is still arguing about coal, our own community has clearly seen the future. Susan Davies welcomes a surge in local new energy projects.
Coal to green
A short video by Tom McNish looking at Wonthaggi’s transformation from a coal town to a centre for renewable energy projects.
May 4, 2018 - From patchwork farms to new suburban estates, Phillip Island is living testament to a democratic ideal played out on a finite treasure island, writes Tim Shannon. Illustration by Natasha Williams-Novak
My beautiful lagoon
April 20, 2018 - To some it's a stinking cesspit, but to local artist and printmaker Susan Hall, the ephemeral Inverloch lagoon is a place of environmental richness and artistic inspiration.
Watch this space
April 6, 2018 - Activist-scholar Anitra Nelson discusses options for small and shared living at the eighth South Gippsland Sustainability Festival on Sunday.
A force of nature
April 7, 2018 - Many a Phillip Island farmer about to cut down a tree looked both ways to make sure ‘Zing’ Oswin-Roberts wasn’t watching. Zing’s story is told in a new book about 23 women who have fought to protect the island’s natural beauty.
Word gets around
April 6, 2018 - Those who attended the final session of the summer readings in the Wonthaggi library last month were Treated to two hilarious readings of personal works by Gill Heal and Hamish Trumble.
Ferry facts and fantasies
In the past 50 years, Phillip Islanders have defended “their bay” against a container port, a ferry terminal, a marina, a canal development, an oil refinery and a nuclear plant, writes Anne Davie.
Day of reckoning
March 9, 2018 - On International Women's Day, Pamela Rothfield looks forward to the day when no one will be surprised to see a woman driving a petrol tanker.
Looks like trouble
March 9, 2018 -
A temporary disfigurement gives Liane Arno an inkling of what some people have to endure their whole lives.
View from the Chamber
February 23, 2018 - The environmental, social and planning impacts of a car ferry must be assessed, writes Cr Michael Whelan.
And the bands played on
February 23, 2018 – The first Inverloch Jazz Festival in 1994 featured 13 bands and 61 musicians. Some of them will be back for this year’s festival, the 25th, writes Carol Young.
The Creature stirs
February 23, 2018 - The Wonthaggi Monster still stalks Bass Coast in Sydney artist Filippa Buttitta’s new exhibition.
Out to the Wreck
February 23, 2018 – Any time after Guy Fawkes Day, the cry would be raised, “Let’s go out to the Wreck!” Carolyn Landon revisits Joe and Lyn Chambers’ beautiful essay.
A journey with Parkinson’s
February 16, 2018 -David Kemp has been ticking off milestones on a path few others will travel. Next is brain surgery under a local anaesthetic. Geoff Ellis reports
February 16, 2018 - In a world filled with hate and violence, Bob Middleton hankers for a bit more fantasy. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak
Villain or victim?
Thanks to Steve Irwin, stingrays have an image problem. Mark Robertson delves deeper.
Don’t miss this boat
February 2, 2018 - A car ferry would see Phillip Island evolve from a “dead-end destination” into the new gateway to Bass Coast and beyond, writes Rob Easton.
Under the boardwalk
February 2, 2018 - It’s not for the faint-hearted but diver David Haintz discovers a gorgeous new world beneath the San Remo Pier.
February 2, 2018 - Terri Allen finds the hood can be a dangerous place.
Mr Toull’s big day
February 2, 2018 - In Coronet Bay, a morning walk can bring all sorts of revelations. Gill Heal reports