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Weather Forecast

Waring Wombat Season [Apr-Jul]

Cool, rainy days follow misty mornings. The time of highest rainfall and lowest temperatures.  Waring (wombats) emerge to bask and graze in the sunshine.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males perform their courtship displays.

Hearts of Kombadik (Soft Tree-ferns) are the major food when no fruits are available.

Days are short and nights are long.

The constellation of Sagittarius rises in the southeast after sunset, indicating the mid point of cold weather.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

 

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Development to the North - proposal returning to Council

History:  The original motion to seek authorisation from the Planning Minister to prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment for the development to the North of Cape Paterson (to include 900 houses) was considered at the August 2016 meeting of the Bass Coast Council and deferred until March 2017 when it was again deferred, this time at the request of the developer after community outrage at the size of the proposal.

The proposal has now been amended by the applicants (to include 480 house lots) and will return to Council for a decision on Wednesday 21 March at 5PM.

The full Council Agenda can be found here or you can read an excerpt (H4 Cape Paterson North) and view a map of the proposal here.

CPRRA Position:  Our hastily prepared response to the current proposal, emailed to Councillors and the CEO on Mon 19th March 2018 can be found here. It includes background to the proposal along with strategic reasons why it should not be approved.

In brief: The original proposal which went to Council in August 2016 and in March 2017 was to rezone ALL of the land to residential which would mean 900 extra houses along with the 220 dwellings already approved to the west in THE CAPE (ecovillage), most of which are yet to be sold.  

The new proposal (March 2018) has been reduced to 480 lots however the CPRRA position remains that there is already sufficient land available in Cape Paterson and that an application to develop further land, at this time, should be rejected by Council.  As the land has been within the town boundary since 2011 we understand that it will be developed eventually but believe it should be over a long period of time (50 years?) and in proportion to designated high growth areas like Wonthaggi.

What you can do now:  Attend the Council meeting on Wednesday 21 March 5pm to signal to the Councillors that you are opposed to this proposal and want Councillors to represent your interests and not begin the Planning Scheme Amendment Process.

Also please email Councillors and the CEO directly to express your concerns

Councillors (copy and paste addresses into your email):

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CPRRA Members

Membership is open to "residents of Cape Paterson or ratepayers of the Bass Coast Shire owning property in Cape Paterson" (Constitution §4.3).

To join, simply fill-i the Membership Applicationon the left and pay the membership fees.

You can download the Rules of Association by clicking here

CPRRA is a not-for-profit
incorporated association

Whale Watch

There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

Then e-mail this info to our local Whale Watcher by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Our Hoodies

    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here