Next working bee - Saturday 14 October.  

Meet at the Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club at 9am.  All welcome.

Weather Forecast

Poorneet Tadpole Season [Sep-Oct]

Temperatures are rising but the rain continues. Pied Currawongs call loudly and often.

Flax-lilies are flowering.

The flowering of plants such as Myrnong, (Yam Daisy), indicates the tubers are ready for eating.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males have finished displaying.

Days and nights are of equal length.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

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Proposed Upgrade and Special Charge Scheme

cp100Council has written to some 500 Cape Paterson ratepayers about a proposed special levy to upgrade roads and drainage.  The proposed charge ranges from $2K - $20+K per lot, so ratepayers owning two lots pay double.

CPRRA notes that impacted property owners DO have a say as to whether this goes ahead (shaded blue in the image left -click on it to see an enlargement).  To assist, we have prepared summary info - click on the title above to read more.


Facts about the Proposed Upgrade
and Special Charge Scheme

  • Each impacted property owners MUST make their opinion known to Council. They are currently seeking community feed back to decide if they proceed to the next stage.

  • Your opinion MUST be lodged with the Council during the Submission Period of 25 June 2013 to 23 July 2013

    • Note that a letter from CPRRA will carry zero weight.as it, in itself, is not impacted

  • If more than 50% of property owners object to the proposal it will not proceed

    • ... unless Council contributes more than ⅓ rd of the total costs - and it is currently only proposing to contribute $800K of the total $6.9M (~12%)

  • Council is refusing to release their cost estimates for analysis or checking.

  • If the scheme is rejected by property owners, the Council may still proceed with some drainage works in problem areas.

  • If the scheme proceeds:

    • Scenic Rd., Park Pde Rd., and part of Spear St. will be made wider than Surf Beach Road

    • Seaward Drive will have an 11.0m carriageway which is nearly double the width of Surf Beach Road.

    • A lot of the existing nature strips will be taken up with road and footpath.

    • Property owners will have options regarding the payment terms:

1) Pay in full within 60 days of commencement, OR

2) Quarterly instalments over a minimum of 4 years with interest costs.

In addition, Bass Coast Council has a Debt Management Policy to assist those in financial hardship.

You can download document released by Council below:

 

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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