Home' The Great Southern Star : February 23rd 2016 Contents PAGE 8 - “THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Wednesday 24 February
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 24 February - 2.00pm
NOTICE OF APPROVAL OF AMENDMENT
Planning and Environment Act 1987 – South Gippsland Planning Scheme
2016 COMMUNITY SATISFACTION SURVEY
Tuesday 1 March
Wednesday 2 March
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Demolition & Construction:
Road Rehabilitation & Reconstruction:
Bookings for speaking times essential, phone 5662 9222.
10.00am - Public Presentation
Outcome of 9 February, 2016 Special Committee of Council - Strategic Land
Review 2015/16 - hear, consider & determine 2015/16 properties for sale
Quarterly Performance Report - October - December 2015
Councillor Expenditure Report - 31 December 2015
Report on Assembly of Councillors - 22 November 2015 - 13 January 2016
Documents sealed and contracts awarded, varied or extended by the CEO -
25 November 2015 - 22 January 2016
Response to petition - Ban on Coal Mining in the Mirboo North region
Response to petition - Return of the Leongatha to Melbourne rail passenger
Priority projects for advocacy, funding and focus 2016
Parliamentary inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria - Final report
10. Port Welshpool Long Jetty rehabilitation funding update 2016
11. Council support to refugee crisis
12. Korumburra roundtable - progress report
13. Councillor Discretionary Fund Policy Revocation and Allocation Report
14. Review of policies: C49 Use of Council Term 'Mayoral'; C50 Use of Council
logo; and C56 Civic and Mayoral Reception Policy
15. CLOSED item - 2015/16 Community Grants Program Round 2 - early
assessment of an application to the Festivals, Celebrations and Events
16. CLOSED item - Strategic Review of Landholdings 2015/16 - referral of three
properties for Council decision from Special Committee held 9 February
The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C99 to the South Gippsland
Planning Scheme. The Amendment comes into operation on the date this notice is
published in the Government Gazette (11 Feb 2016). The Amendment introduces
and applies Schedule 8 to the Environmental Significance Overlay on the Burra
Foods site and land in the immediate surrounds in Korumburra. The Amendment
amends Clauses 21.15 and 21.16. The Amendment changes the Schedule to
Clause 66.04 to include the Environment Protection Authority as a recommending
referral authority. A copy of the Amendment can be inspected, free of charge, at the
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website at
www.delwp.vic.gov.au/public-inspection and free of charge, during office hours, at
South Gippsland Shire Council, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha.
DELWP Acting Executive Director Statutory Planning, John Ginivan.
Interviewing for the 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey will commence 29
February and continue into early March. The survey is conducted by telephone by
the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on behalf of
Council. A minimum of 400 local residents and ratepayers over 18 years of age will
be selected at random. The survey is used to collect direct feedback from the
community covering the following main areas: Council's overall performance,
community consultation and engagement, advocacy, sealed local roads, customer
service and overall Council direction.
Council's 2016 Animal Registration period is now open, giving dog and cat owners
over a month of free registration if registering that animal for the first time. Animals
that are currently registered are still registered until 9 April, 2016. Renewal notices
will be sent soon and Council is encouraging pet owners to pay online via Council's
website, or by scanning the QR code on the renewal form using their smart phones
or devices. This way, pet owners with multiple animals can pay them all in the one
Foster: 10.00am - 10.30am, War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street
Leongatha: 12.30pm - 1 .30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street
Mirboo North: 9.00am - 9 .30am, Maternal & Child Health Centre, Brennan Street
Korumburra: 11.30am - 12 .00pm, Community Meeting Room, Commercial Street
Nyora: 1.00pm - 1 .30pm, Nyora Community Hall, Henley Street
Free immunisations as per National Immunisation Program available. Full list of
session details is available on Council's website. Bookings for catch-ups and adult
immunisations are essential 24 hours prior to session.
A'Beckett St, Leongatha, John & Princes Sts, Korumburra
Leongatha Skate Park
McCartin St, Leongatha
Spencers Rd, Leongatha Nth
Foster & Walkerville area
Grand Ridge Rd, Trida
Station St, Korumburra
Mackins, Samman & Stewarts Rds, Fish Ck/Leongatha
Yarragon Rd, Griggs & Allambee Estate Rd, Hallston
Mardan/Koonwarra/Nerrena/Toora/Mt Best/Pt Franklin
Dumbalk Nth area
Toora/Pt Franklin/Mt Best
9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4) Ph: 5662 9200
Fax: 5662 3754
A presentation was also
given in honour of the late
Rob Hutton, a long serving
and respected legatee.
With the annual lun-
cheon comes a list of cal-
endar events coming up in
2016, the most significant
being the formation of a
younger widow group to ad-
dress the needs of the fami-
lies of recent servicemen.
“We are doing this for
the families of soldiers in
this generation who show
a remarkable amount of
strength and effort during
these times. Soldiers are
kissed goodbye by moth-
ers and wives who care for
the family and take care
of the jobs the men would
usually do if they were at
home. We are exceedingly
privileged to help these
families,” president Peter
Mr Fraser said he is re-
taining is presidency for a
second year, and will help
Legacy focus on widows
and their families post
World War Two.
“To have legatees from
the recent wars in Afghan-
istan, Timor and Iraq will
continue the value of Leg-
acy for another 80 years.
Legacy leaders: from left, past president Alex Moon, president Peter Fraser,
guest speaker veteran liaison officer at Austin Health Robert Winther OAM,
JP, and past president Brian Arnold were pleased with the turnout at the 66th
annual Legacy luncheon on Sunday.
Legacy invites new legatees
By Tayla Kershaw
THE South Gippsland
Group of Melbourne
Legacy Inc held its
66th annual Legacy
luncheon at the Leon-
gatha RSL on Sunday.
Around 75 legatees and
friends were invited to the
luncheon, and were joined
by guest speaker veteran
liaison officer at Austin
Health Robert Winther
OAM, JP, and McMillan
MP Russell Broadbent.
We are looking for young
legatees to join our ranks,”
“I feel privileged and
humbled to have the op-
portunity to lead such
a kind and good willed
Mr Fraser said legatees
enjoy each other’s compa-
ny, and there are a number
of events coming up for
them to participate in.
As well as film nights
and concerts, Legacy will
continue its church ser-
vices, which were initiated
“The church services
were successful and well
received by legatees,” sec-
retary Sue Loughridge said.
A charity bowls day
will also be held on Sun-
day, April 19, at the Phillip
Island Bowling Club.
The competition will
be mixed fours starting at
9.30am and finishing at
4pm. Following the Bowls
Australia dress code,
bowlers will play three
games of 12 ends and en-
try will be $20 per head,
which includes morning
tea and lunch.
by Tayla Kershaw
WONTHAGGI received a
blow after Bass Coast Shire
Council announced its visitor
information centre will close
cent service review.
Council said the centre would
be closed to reduce service costs of
$330,000 a year. Customer and visi-
tor services would be integrated at
Cowes and Inverloch.
One full time staff position would
be made redundant.
Council’s manager economic de-
velopment and tourism Peter Francis
said there would be opportunities for
the other staff members to work at
the other centres.
However, the Wonthaggi Busi-
ness Association (WBA) did not
support council’s decision.
“Our members have expressed
their concern that this is a backwards
step for Wonthaggi and the WBA
whole heartily agrees,” WBA busi-
ness liaison officer Leah Montebello
“The WBA committee is deter-
mined to ensure we achieve the best
possible outcome and ensure visitor
services remain here.
“Although we understand the
visitor numbers are low in Wont-
haggi, we believe a lot can be done
to increase the efficiency and use of
the site. We are currently working on
an alternative plan of how the site
could be used in the future that we
hope will benefit local businesses
and visitors to our town.”
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said
the Wonthaggi visitor centre had the
lowest number of visitors and the
highest cost per visitor, prompting
the decision to close the centre.
“The volume of visitor services
being delivered out of the Wonthaggi
Centennial Centre and the capacity
of the building makes it difficult to
justify continuing the service,” she
“Unfortunately, the fixed infra-
structure costs per visitor of deliver-
ing the service are more than twice
that of the other centres and it’s not
sustainable. Costs per visitors at
other visitor centres are on average
$4.84; at Wonthaggi it is $9.22.”
The next step is for council to
engage with local businesses and
the community to find a suitable use
for the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre
building, as well as identify an al-
ternative deliver method for visitor
services with Wonthaggi.
Wonthaggi loses tourism service
Burglars hit church
A LEONGATHA church was burgled by offenders
overnight on Tuesday.
Thieves broke into the Seventh Day Adventist Church
in A’Beckett Street building between 2.30pm on Tuesday,
February 16 and 10am on Wednesday, February 17.
Offenders entered the church through an unlocked
window and stole a flat screen television and a laptop
from a room inside.
A WONTHAGGI man was arrested following an at-
tempted robbery and assault at a Wonthaggi venue on
The 46 year old Wonthaggi man took some bottles of
alcohol from the McBride Avenue bar around midnight
and attempted to leave the premises with the stolen li-
The man was challenged by staff members and as-
saulted staff when he tried to leave the building.
The offender was wrestled to the ground by staff and
passing police were flagged down and assisted in arrest-
ing the man.
The man was locked up for being drunk and was
charged with theft, resisting arrest and assaults. He has
been bailed to appear at Korumburra Magistrates Court
on Thursday, June 30.
Golf course arson
OFFENDERS set fire to a vehicle at Wonthaggi Golf
Club last Friday.
The arsonists drove the vehicle onto the practice fair-
way and set it alight around 1am. The car was completely
destroyed before Wonthaggi CFA attended to put out the
Police are still trying to determine what sort of ve-
hicle it was.
Hit and run
POLICE are looking for witnesses of a hit and run
which occurred in Leongatha on Friday.
The incident occurred at 3.25pm at the intersection of
Peart Street and Smith Street.
The car of interest is a blue sedan silverfish. The driv-
er has been described as a Caucasian male in his 50s, of
medium height with dark hair and glasses.
A TWO car collision has left a driver with a penalty
notice after they drove dangerously on Saturday morn-
The accident occurred on Meeniyan Promontory
Road near Buffalo when a small car went to overtake a
four wheel drive towing a trailer with a boat.
The car drew up beside the four wheel drive when it
decided to also overtake and began to move into the lane
with the small car.
The cars collided and the four wheel drive crossed the
road and went through a fence onto a private property.
The small car stopped and sustained little damage.
The boat towed by the four wheel drive was exten-
sively damaged and the four wheel drive sustained some
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