A new chapter
Farewelling our much loved mobile library is a wrench, writes Cr Geoff Ellis, but there has to be a better way to deliver library services to our small communities.
It's up to councillors to set the direction of the council and the CEO to follow, writes Cr Les Larke
Where are the women?
We need more women in positions of power everywhere, writes Cr Michael Whelan, starting with our own council.
You can lean on them
Cr Bruce Kent salutes our volunteers, from the men and women who turn out to help at an accident scene on a winter night to those who run our hall committees and manage our foreshores.
The change starts here
The murder of a young woman at Cowes prompted an outpouring of grief and a determination to tackle family violence in our community, writes Cr Pamela Rothfield.
Battle of the back yards
Cr Geoff Ellis throws down the gauntlet in defence of the humble battle-axe block.
A test of our character
Want to know what Bass Coast could be like in 20 years? Look at the Mornington Peninsula, writes Cr Julian Brown.
The rubbish sorters
As our own mountains of plastic and cardboard grow, Cr Geoff Ellis finds plenty to admire in the South Korean approach to recycling almost everything.
Next on the wish list
With our new high school and a hospital upgrade ticked off, Cr Clare Le Serve believes our next objective should be a rail service to Lang Lang.
Look at us now!
Ten years ago, Wonthaggi was down on its luck, writes Cr Brett Tessari. But suddenly a lot of people are proud to call this place home.
It’s almost $100 million and it’s our money … but try talking about the Bass Coast budget and watch the eyes glaze over, writes Mayor Pamela Rothfield.
Questions remain over ferry plan
The environmental, social and planning impacts of a car ferry must be assessed, writes Cr Michael Whelan.
Island at the crossroads
Strategic thinking is needed to retain Phillip Island as a special place rather than a dormitory suburb of Melbourne, argues Cr Michael Whelan.
Watch this space
By Brett Tessari
IN MY other life I’m a Wonthaggi real estate agent. Lately people have been asking about all the SOLD properties on display in our office windows. Shouldn’t we replace them with houses that are actually for sale?
In the lion’s den
A year on from a torrid election campaign, Bass Coast Mayor Pamela Rothfield reflects on how skewed one’s impression can be looking in from the outside.
On the road again
By Cr Clare Le Serve
IN THE aftermath of the Yarra and Darebin councils’ rebranding of Australia Day, I listened to a highly paid federal MP talking across the airwaves. ‘Councils should stick to roads, rates and rubbish’ he declared. I smiled as I set the cruise control the morning after our historic Grantville council meeting.
Driving along Settlement Road you could easily imagine yourself in Pakenham, writes Michael Whelan. He argues that state planning policies are killing the character of Phillip Island.
Amid the insults, abuse and threats, Cr Geoff Ellis gives thanks for the voices of reason.
We have more information than ever, but how do we cut through it to pinpoint what is important, asks Julian Brown.
On the front line
Police officers often step into the worst moments of someone’s life, writes Bruce Kent. At least they know that in an emergency council staff are there to help pick up the pieces.
What I’ve learnt
By Brett Tessari
SIX months ago, as far as I knew, I had never met a transgender person. Nor did I know any kids living on the streets. Being a councillor has certainly opened my eyes!
Kick start for Cowes
After years of stagnation, Cowes is moving at last, writes Cr Michael Whelan, but not everyone seems happy about it.
Pride of place
Agreement on a Phillip Island aquatic centre has been a long time in the making, writes Pamela Rothfield, and it’s worth waiting a bit longer to get the right place.
Once upon a time Geoff Ellis knew exactly what the council should do. And then he became a councillor.
Wonthaggi highball stadium
Prudent financial decision or missed opportunity? The three local (Bunurong Ward) councillors were at odds on whether the council should proceed with an application for State Government funding for a Wonthaggi highball stadium. The Post asked them to explain why they voted as they did.