Big Ideas

 Periodically FOCS surveys the Cape Schanck community to get an understanding of issues that they would like represented or initiatives they would see as desirable for our area. While this inevitably leads to a long list, by selecting the highest priorities we use this to guide what actions we pursue.

The most recent “Big Ideas” survey was conducted in 2017, and the results of this are summarised here. 



FOCS has actioned several the identified priorities from our various surveys to date, and either achieved or substantially progressed some as listed here

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Push for upgraded road and cycling facilities

Continued representation in particular for upgrading and sealing shoulders of Boneo Rd and upgrading/pathway along Cape Schanck Rd. Most recently active input to the Southern Peninsula traffic study. VicRoads have advised Boneo Rd sealed shoulders are now on a nominal plan, but as yet no timeframe or funding allocated.

Make use of council land for community reserve

$60,000 grant allocated in Council Budget from their “Placemaking” allocation. Council to commence community discussions on appropriate design.

Green Bin or extra green waste Tip vouchers

Green bins now available to Cape Schanck residents (as well as other communities nearby) as a result of FOCS actions

Occasional community social gatherings

A range of events are now run to provide opportunities for neighbours to meet and get acquainted. In particular monthly “Tapas” nights and an annual Neighbour Day Picnic

Extension of Gas reticulation

While we did get a notional proposal from the gas supplier, it was prohibitively costly and concluded that pursuing Green Energy options was a better option

Negotiate access to RACV facilities for local residents

Ongoing representations. While we had some initial positive indications, RACV do not currently appear focused on engaging with the local community.

Push council to maintain fire safe vegetation

More regular verge clearing is now undertaken within the Cape Schanck precinct

Southern Peninsula News delivered

This is now available online to all

Promote local businesses/services

We list local businesses that are interested in our newsletters and will be also listing them on FOCS website.

School Bus Shelters

One installed on Bernards Way and a second is imminent for Cape Schanck Rd

Community Green Energy Plan

Ongoing. A household energy audit was arranged and made available for residents who wished to participate. The initial vision of a community based plan is morphing into a potential group purchase (solar/battery options) to achieve savings.

Support Green Wedge policy

Active in supporting and providing input to a Red Hill Ward level submission to Council position on the State Government proposed  Green Wedge amendments

We do not currently have a revised survey planned for 2019, but in the meantime if you have any further thoughts or suggestions please submit them using our