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Bookings for speaking times are essential, phone 5662 9222.
Wednesday 23 March
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 23 March - 2.00pm
Main office closure
Aged and Disability Services
Maternal & Childhood Health (M&CH)
Garbage, recycling & green waste collection arrangements
Transfer Station & Landfill opening hours
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Demolition & Construction:
Road Rehabilitation & Reconstruction:
Major Culvert Works:
Asphalting Court Bowls:
10.00am - Public Presentation
Finance Performance Report July 2015 - Feb 2016
Report on Assembly of Councillors: 13 Jan - 21 Feb 2016
Documents sealed and contracts awarded, varied or extended by the CEO:
Petition - Request for two street lights in Miles Ln, Leongatha
Petition - Request for flashing 40km/h speed signs at the Poowong
Consolidated School entrances
Proposed Budget 2016/17 Long Term Financial Plan
Draft Foster Community Infrastructure Plan
Policy review: C30 Election Period Policy
Policy review: C34 Council Land Ownership Policy
Closed item - Personnel matter
Council will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 24 March and re-open at 8.30am on
Tuesday 29 March. For urgent Council matters (eg: livestock or trees on roads) call
5662 9200. General emergencies call 000.
Closed for the Easter period, however essential services (Showers &/or Meals on
Wheels) will continue. Please call 5662 9200 for anything urgent.
Closed for the Easter period. M&CH support number is 13 22 29, but if you or your
child is unwell, please seek medical advice from your GP, or attend the nearest
hospital emergency unit.
There will be no changes to the collection arrangements for the Easter period.
Residents who normally receive a collection on Fridays or Mondays should place
their bins as normal, for collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Visitor Information Centres in Korumburra & Foster 7 days/ 9am to 5pm.
(www.visitpromcountry.com.au) Coal Creek 7 days/10am- 4.30pm
Leongatha Info Centre, Memorial Hall 7 days/hours variable, phone 5662 2111.
All open Good Friday.
All transfer stations and the Koonwarra landfill will be closed on Good Friday. Regular
opening hours will apply for the remainder of the Easter period for the Koonwarra,
Mirboo North, Korumburra and Foster transfer stations. Public Holiday hours are
applicable for Venus Bay and Walkerville transfer stations on Easter Saturday, Sunday
and Monday (Venus Bay will open 9.00am – 5.00pm and Walkerville 1.00pm –
5.00pm). Transfer station hours on www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au
A'Beckett St, Leongatha, John & Princes St, Korumburra
Leongatha Skate Park
Balook St, Mirboo Nth
Spencers Rd, Leongatha Nth - road closed from 21-24 March
Outtrim & Poowong
Grand Ridge Rd, Trida
Station St, Korumburra
Ten Mile Ck Rd, Delburn, Old Nicholls Rd, Mardan, Elphicks
Rd, Foster, Rathjens Rd, Toora, Devils Pinch Rd, Toora Nth
Trembaths Rd, Mirboo Nth
Loch Wonthaggi Rd, Loch
Dollar Rd, Dollar & Carmodys Rd, Leongatha
9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4) Ph: 5662 9200
Fax: 5662 3754
By Stuart Biggins
A BOOK commemorating the
lives of the 231 men listed
on the Korumburra Cenotaph
was launched on Saturday af-
The book, Far from Home, was
unveiled at the Korumburra Scout
Hall after years of work and study
by the Moon brothers of the Koru-
Attended by dignitaries and the
families of service men and women
honoured by the book, Gippsland
South MLA Danny O’Brien read
an excerpt from the book before
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent
declared, “The greatest compliment
we can pay to you brothers is to read
your work publicly.”
Mr O’Brien said, “The book
puts faces to the list of names on the
cenotaph and is an absolute credit to
The aim of Michael, Tony and
Andrew Moon was to make the
words uttered at the cenotaph on An-
zac Day, “We will remember them,”
ring truer than ever by detailing the
service of each and every one of
those named on the monument to the
Before Mr Broadbent officially
launched the book, South Gippsland
Shire Council mayor Cr Bob New-
ton, who officiated at the function,
described Far from Home as an ab-
solutely incredible book and a credit
to the Moon brothers.
Kevin Moon, president of Koru-
mburra’s RSL sub-branch, said the
service men and women deserve to
be remembered and the book was the
best way of doing so.
The book is the culmination of
close to four years’ research.
Kevin Moon said, “The book
allows us to quiet confidently trace
their service life from the day they
enlisted until they met their fate.”
Copies of the book will be do-
nated to local schools, libraries, and
The book priced at $85 is avail-
able to the general public; 50 of the
first print run of 100 have already
All money made from the book
sales will be returned to Legacy or
the local RSL. Contact Tony Moon
on 03 9036 3668 or Kevin on 5655
Honouring our heroes: from left, Michael Moon, Gippsland South MLA
Danny O’Brien, Tony Moon, Andrew Moon, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent
and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Bob Newton at the launch of the
Moon brothers’ book Far from Home in the Scout Hall, Queen Street, Korum-
burra on Saturday afternoon.
Book brings cenotaph to life
FOSTER Police issued five penalty notices for speed-
ing at Fish Creek on Monday, March 14.
Police were posted at Old Waratah Road after hav-
ing received complaints of speeding in the 50km/h zone
Five drivers were caught speeding at between 59 and
64 km/h and received fines between $190 and $303, and
three demerit points.
FOSTER Police received complaints of people fail-
ing to abide by the stop sign on Main Street, Foster.
Police attended the intersection on Wednesday, March
16 and issued two penalty notices to drivers who failed
Both drivers received a $303 fine and three demerit
POLICE are investigating the burglary of two proper-
ties in Inverloch last week.
A property on Wallis Road was broken into on Satur-
day, March 19 between 10am and 3pm while the house
Offender/s forced entry and stole thousands of dollars
worth of goods including office equipment, an air com-
pressor, televisions, guitars and crockery.
The offender also broke into a safe and stole a regis-
tered firearm and ammunition.
Another burglary occurred at a holiday house on the
Esplanade last week.
The house was vacant between Tuesday, March 15
and Friday, March 18 when offender/s broke in and stole
such items as food and stationery.
There were no signs of forced entry and police are
investigating both incidents further.
Anyone with information relating to either of the bur-
glaries is asked to contact Inverloch Police Station on
P Plater fined
A PROBATIONARY driver was fined for failing to
display his P Plates on Sunday.
Police intercepted a young man in Welshpool at 9pm
who was found to be driving without his P Plates. He was
fined $152 and given three demerit points.
Drink driver nabbed
A TARWIN Lower man will appear in court after he
was caught drink driving in Leongatha on Sunday morn-
Police intercepted the 20 year old man on Ogilvy
Street around 3am and conducted a breath test. The driv-
er returned a reading of 0.1 per cent.
Aside from being over the legal limit, the probation-
ary driver was required to have no alcohol in his system
He will appear at Korumburra Magistrates’ Court at
a later date.
By Brad Lester
VIGOROUS debate or coun-
Whatever one calls it, fiery ex-
changes between councillors at
South Gippsland Shire Council
meetings risk harming council’s
reputation, particularly with phone
polling for the annual Community
Satisfaction Survey being under-
Councillors will meet again
tomorrow, at the March meeting,
and with the budget on the agenda,
views could be expressed passion-
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks
said ongoing disputes between
councillors could impact the com-
munity’s perception of council.
“It is not helpful when minor-
ity factions continually frustrate
good governance. When a decision
is made, it is a requirement of the
Local Government Act that council
that is all councillors - accept the
majority decision and move on,” he
“Having said that, the vast ma-
jority of council decisions are unan-
Cr Andrew McEwen questioned
whether councillors were disputing
or rather having “healthy democrat-
“The issues of confidentiality,
equity of treatment of all areas, and
improving productivity and perfor-
mance are very important,” he said.
“To hide the real issues behind
antiquated views that councillors
should not debate their positions
and represent the community’s
views is counterproductive to good
governance. Transparency, account-
ability and healthy debate are the
mark of a healthy democracy.”
Cr Mohya Davies said council-
lors “all have strong opinions and
there is robust debate”.
“However, once a decision is
made we need to accept the demo-
cratic process and move on. The
2012–2016 council has had sig-
nificant challenges to deal with and
there have been factions formed,”
Cr Jim Fawcett said some coun-
cillors were unable to accept coun-
cil decisions and move on.
Cr Lorraine Brunt agreed.
“Extraordinary lengths are
gone to create community angst, of
course the purpose being to build
unrest. I believe the majority of
people can see what’s happening,”
Cr Don Hill said council needs
to have more rigorous debate in
open council and other forums.
“In my view, it is not possible
to inform the community - a role
of councillors - if debate is behind
closed doors and pressure is exerted
on councillors who communicate
through newspapers to cease that
form of communication,” he said.
“I also believe that ratepayers do
not want to see the situation where-
by a single councillor appears to
run the whole show by telling other
councillors how to vote and closing
down alternative points of view put
forward by anyone not in their vot-
Cr Kieran Kennedy said having
served on four councils, this council
was not that different.
“Yes, there are many varied and
sometimes heated points of view,
but at the end of the day, I believe
people will be surprised by the ac-
tual amount of unanimous decisions
made since November 2012,” he
Cr Harding said once council
makes a decision, other councillors
must accept that and “not write ar-
ticles in the press, stirring the pot”.
Cr Newton said only the reputa-
tions of councillors causing the dis-
putes were being hurt.
Reputation on the line
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