An elected Liberal Nationals Government has reconfirmed its 2014 commitment to fund a municipal review for Phillip Island. This follows a petition of over 8000 residents calling for a review to determine whether Phillip Island should form a separate local council municipality.
The process to establish whether Phillip Island Shire Council will be formed has two steps – a review of the Bass Coast Shire’s rates, charges and service provision to Phillip Island and a referendum to give residents their choice on the creation of a standalone Phillip Island Shire Council.
The rates, charges and service review will determine if a standalone council would be both financially and socially sustainable.
The following vote on creating a new council would occur no later than the end of November 2019, allowing a new council to be established for the 2020 council elections.
Ratepayers and residents in Phillip Island are frustrated, feeling there is a disparity between the rates they are contributing to the council and the level of services they are receiving on the Island.
If determined favourable by the review, and supported by the referendum, a future Phillip Island Council will ensure that local people will have a much greater say in how their community develops and the sorts of services and infrastructure that their council provides.
Despite a commitment from the previous Liberal Nationals Government, in 2015 Daniel Andrews refused to allow the promised review to proceed, snatching control from the ratepayers and residents to determine what kind of place they want to live in.
The Liberal Nationals believe it’s so important that the Phillip Island community has a say and control over decisions affecting the community on the island.
The review will provide a comprehensive picture of the services and facilities provided to Island residents, and establish whether they are consistent with community needs.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Local Government, David Morris:
“A vote for Brian Paynter is a vote to get a say in the future of Phillip Island.
Daniel Andrews has ignored the wishes of local residents who want to be in control of their own lives and the community they live in. The Liberal Nationals are going to fix that.”
Comments attributable to Liberal Member for Bass, Brian Paynter:
“A Liberal Nationals Government will give residents the control they deserve to determine what type of community they want to live in.
This issue has gone on for too long and it’s time to put it to bed. The Phillip Island residents and ratepayers should be able to determine their future and this review will give them exactly that opportunity.”