Phillip Island,

Thanks for Saltwater Creek input

Bass Coast Shire Council would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the recent consultation and conversations about pathway options in Saltwater Creek Reserve on Phillip Island.

In assisting Council with this consultation throughout September, ECube Australia has received over 134 written or verbal submissions, with over 98 per cent of respondents being local residents and ratepayers from Ventnor and Cowes.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said public displays on 26 September in Cowes and 3 October in Ventnor were well attended.

Consultation also included a presentation to Phillip Island Conservation Society meeting, and face-to-face and phone discussions with key stakeholder groups and business owners.

A variety of suggestions where offered and numerous needs, constraints and opportunities identified. Comments received varied from do nothing and leave the as reserve as is, to making sure existing pathways are connected. A large percentage of respondents want paths to connect, align, and provide safe, continuous travel options.

“ECube will now analyse the information provided by the community and prepare a Consultation Report for Council,” Cr Brown said.

“If required, direct contact will also be made with individuals or groups to clarify issues that have been made in the submissions. All public and group feedback received will contribute to the final recommendations provided in the report.”

The consultants report will be received in November detailing the consultation outcomes and assessment of options. Council will consider the report at a future Council meeting.