Planning certainty essential
April 19, 2019 - Clear guidelines on development in Bass Coast will help us balance growth and protection of what we most value, writes Mayor Brett Tessari
The bald and the beautiful
April 19, 2019 - Deb Rielly didn’t quite make it to the inaugural Archies Bald Portrait Prize, but her grace and courage will be celebrated throughout the exhibition, writes Liane Arno.
Tall tales and true of San Remo
April 19, 2019 - The small coastal town hits the big screen with 10 mini movies based on local stories and photos.
How much is a tree worth?
April 5, 2019 - To civil engineers and shire planners, a tree is an obstacle to a straight road or rectangular car park. To others, it may be an old friend and object of great beauty. Last Sunday the community gathered in Cowes to mourn the loss of an ancient blue gum.
Thanks for the memories
April 5, 2019 - At the age of 80, Wonthaggi artist Kathy West held her first solo exhibition. At 90, she has just launched her first book, writes Ellen Hubble.
A road to chaos
April 5, 2019 - Our council needs to work with VicRoads to sort out San Remo’s traffic tangles, argues Chris Day, rather than leaving it to the community.
The ties that bind
April 5, 2019 - Common garden plants and discarded objects are the raw materials for a group of abstract artists now showing their work at ArtSpace Wonthaggi.
An oasis on a crowded planet
March 22, 2019 - Phillip Island is being diminished by too many private operators with the mantra “The environment is the foundation of my business plan”, writes Phil Wright.
Let’s stand by them
March 22, 2019 - No more being a bystander on climate change, writes Moragh Mackay. It’s time to stand with our young people.
View from the Chamber
March 22, 2019 - Jobseekers are being punished for being unemployed, writes Cr Michael Whelan, and the rest of us need to speak up on their behalf.
Immersed in a landscape
March 22, 2019 - Seascapes abound in Warren Nicholls’ new work as he revels in the changing light over Western Port. Just don’t expect to see a fish in his minimalist work.
‘This is Bass’
In her inaugural speech to Parliament, the new Bass MP praises the resilience of the Bass community but reminds Spring Street that many are doing it tough.
Dogs versus birds no contest
March 8, 2019 - Phillip Island Conservation Society takes issue with the council’s push for more dogs-off-lead beaches on the island. By Jeff Nottle
Back to the drawing board
March 8, 2019 - No matter where life took her, Jackie Moss always found her way back to art. Liane Arno reports
Beware: four lane highway ahead
February 22, 2019 - What started off as an attempt to untangle Phillip Island’s notorious holiday traffic congestion seems to be morphing into a monster highway bisecting the island, councillor warns.
First steps for $19.6m coastal park and walk
February 22, 2019 - Consultation will start within a few months on the boundary of the $19.6 million Bass Coast Coastal Park and George Bass Coastal Walk.
Why I run
February 22, 2019 - When Allison Jones’s best friend asked her why she ran, she found that even writing about it made her happy.
At home on the hill
February 22, 2019 - Pamela Rothfield’s history of the first 73 occupants of the Phillip Island cemetery provides a moving snapshot of a fledgling society: the vulnerability of babies, children and pregnant women, the prevalence of depression, the high rate of death by accident.
Lost and found
February 22, 2019 - The house may hide but it does not steal, writes Luciano Prisco. Cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak.
My first bushfire
February 8, 2019 - Like hundreds of other Bass Coasters, Anne Heath Mennell watched anxiously as the Grantville fire threatened for days. She realised how short a step it is from normal to disaster.
50 years of exits and entrances
February 8, 2019 - As the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group begins its second half century, Gill Heal reflects that the group has changed many lives, on and off the stage
The Campbells of Kernot
February 8, 2019 - Bruce Campbell believes he has grown up in the luckiest family, in the luckiest district, in the luckiest country in the world. His grand-daughter Merryn Chapman recounted his story at Kernot’s Australia Day breakfast.
In a class of his own
February 8, 2019 - Like many former art teachers, Arthur Nilsson is relishing the time to practise his craft. Liane Arno reports
May Day in Wonthaggi
April 19, 2019 - Frank Coldebella celebrates the achievements of forgotten, ordinary people who fought for a better world.
April 19, 2019 – When Etsuko Yasunaga gave up Facebook for three months as an experiment, she had no idea how much her life would change.
The shape of things to come
April 19, 2019 - Catherine Watson tries her hand on the pottery wheel at the Rescue Station arts centre and finds that time stops still when you’re mucking around with clay.
Round the bend
April 19, 2019 - Roundabouts won’t solve Phillip Island’s traffic problems, argues Bernie McComb. And just think of what else we could do on the island with close to $40 million.
The Wastie way
April 5, 2019 - New council CEO Ali Wastie gives her first impressions of Bass Coast and lays out her blueprint in an extended interview with Post editor Catherine Watson.
A bolt from the blue
April 5, 2019 - Could Western Port’s mangroves help to tackle climate change? The answer, writes Neil Daly, is in the tea leaves, if only the politicians would take notice.
A young man and his truck
April 5, 2019 - Every day when the mine whistle blows in Wonthaggi to signal midday, Fred Webb’s presence is felt. Carolyn Landon describes a clever, energetic man whose ingenuity helped to shape Wonthaggi.
Lifting the curtain on small town Australia
April 5, 2019 - With its engaging characters, dark mystery and a 1960s small town setting, Jasper Jones is a rich work for the stage, writes director Sue Lindsay.
The weed warriors
March 22, 2019 - Years of hard work to control weeds is being undone by infestations of ragwort, thistles and blackberry on neglected properties. Geoff Ellis reports
Study hub a game changer
March 8, 2019 – Some country kids struggle to make their way in a big city, writes Cr Brett Tessari. A local university hub could make study a whole lot easier.
It’s funny about the fire
March 8, 2019 - A bush fire changes everything, writes Allison Jones. It's a pause. It is reflection and perspective.
Reminiscences of The Gurdies
March 8, 2019 - Born in 1897, Florence Guilfoyle swam at The Gurdies beach, fished for black fish in the Hurdy Gurdy Creek and looked forward to the thrills of the Grantville show.
The triangle revisited
February 22, 2019 - On a visit to Cowes Jetty, Tim Shannon finds plenty to enjoy in our new “she’ll be right” triangle.
Buckley signs off
February 22, 2019 - At his first meeting with a hostile new council in 2016, Paul Buckley confronted rumours of personal corruption, affairs and big staff bonuses. The departing council CEO recalls some challenging times in an extended interview with Post editor Catherine Watson.
Riding a wave of goodwill
February 22, 2019 - The skies were black and the wind icy as Etsuko Yasunaga joined a team of volunteers on Inverloch beach to share the joys of surfing with those who usually miss out.
Time and tide
February 8, 2019 - Rock walls, groynes, mangroves …Cr Geoff Ellis asks whether anything can save our crumbling coastline, and what we should do about it.
February 8, 2019 - When a young Bill Robertson arrived in Wonthaggi in 1958 he wasn’t too keen about living in the sticks. But then he fell in love– first with Barbara Dakers and then with the community. So much so that within 10 years he was mayor.
The forgotten people
February 8, 2019 - Australia Day rightfully celebrates European settlement and multiculturalism, writes Marg Lyn, but it ignores our first people.
It does not compute
February 8, 2019 - By the time you learn how to do something on your computer or mobile phone, it’s already out of date. Chris Day decides he’s had enough of the digital revolution.