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INVERLOCH will be the
venue for a national forum
promoting the benefits of
community foundations from
October 11 to 13.
The National Community Foun-
dations Forum, at the RACV resort,
will be hosted by the Bass Coast and
Mirboo North community founda-
tions and is expected to attract 100
delegates from foundations across
Mirboo North and District foun-
dation executive officer Derrick
Ehmke and Kate Buxton addressed
South Gippsland Shire Council re-
cently. Ms Buxton is also executive
officer of Australian Community
Philanthropy, which will auspice the
The pair sought a financial con-
tribution from council to help run the
event, saying the forum would also
promote council and the region.
They also asked council to adver-
tise the forum and maybe take part in
a panel discussion.
The forum will talk about
strengthening communities, inspire
and educate delegates, and help
grow the foundation movement in
The foundations are benefiting
their communities, with the Mirboo
North foundation distributing more
than $500,000 in five years and the
Bass Coast foundation offers com-
munity grants, education support,
back to school vouchers and a per-
“It’s not about the money. It is
about the outcomes, the benefit to
the community,” Mr Ehmke said.
Inverloch to host national forum
Making a difference: Mirboo
North and District Community
Foundation executive officer
Derrick Ehmke and members
Kate Buxton, Wendy Major,
Walter Aich and Ned Dennis are
creating opportunities for their
THE 2015-16 season for the Poo-
wong Swimming Pool has been
hailed a success by swimmers.
More than 7000 people used the
pool over summer, with people of ages
attending for a swim, swimming lessons,
events or just to unwind after a hot day.
The Poowong pool was the only pool
to open on the last day of the season in
South Gippsland Shire, when the end of
season pool party took place.
Although the weather was cool, 120
people attended and had a great day,
celebrating the 18th birthday party of
Maurice the inflatable bought by the
Poowong Swimming Club in 1998 and
named after one of the long standing
members of the swimming pool
The inflatable has been enjoyed by
many children over the years and is a
This season, the Poowong pool agreed
to loan Maurice to Foster pool and the
inflatable was returned to Poowong in
time for the party, which included party
games and a birthday cake.
The YMCA has managed the pool
and the South Gippsland Shire Council
continues to support it financially and
with maintenance requirements. The
Poowong Swimming Club and Friends
of the Pool continue to work together
with the YMCA and council to keep the
pool a family friendly environment to be
enjoyed by all.
Fun times: children have a ball at the Poowong pool’s end of season party.
7000 use Poowong pool
POOWONG, Loch and Nyora
residents can save thousands of
dollars by connecting to their
township’s new sewerage sys-
tem before June 30, 2016.
The Poowong, Loch and Nyora
Sewerage Scheme is in place to ad-
dress existing public health and envi-
ronment issues from aging, failing and
poorly maintained septic systems.
Connections in the Mandatory
Scheme Areas for each of the three
towns are currently underway and many
savvy property owners are taking ad-
vantage of a subsidy available through
South Gippsland Water - connection to
the sewerage system for a one-off pay-
ment of $800. This payment applies to
both vacant and developed allotments.
South Gippsland Water’s acting
managing director Justin Wightman
said, “Over the past 12 months, all res-
idents within the Poowong, Loch and
Nyora Mandatory Scheme Areas have
been contacted by South Gippsland
Water staff with respect to options for
“More than 155 properties in the
Poowong, Loch and Nyora mandatory
areas have already been connected
and we are currently connecting 12-15
properties per week.
“We encourage eligible residents to
take advantage of the current subsidy
and save themselves thousands of dol-
lars by signing up before June 30.”
Connection to the sewerage scheme
in mandatory areas is compulsory. Af-
ter July 1, 2016, properties within the
Mandatory Scheme Areas in each of
the three townships will be charged
the full cost of $10,000 for connection.
This consists of an $800 scheme con-
tribution plus $9200 for on-property
“The subsidy on offer is signifi-
cant, we urge as many eligible people
as possible to make the most of it,” Mr
“However, for the subsidy to apply,
we need to hear from all mandatory cus-
tomers before the June 30 deadline.”
A South Gippsland Water Connec-
tions team member is available to meet
with property owners to discuss works,
connection and payment plans. Please
call 1800 728 256 to make an appoint-
ment for an on-site visit or 1300 851
636 for general enquiries.
Deadline nears for sewerage subsidy
SOUTH Gippsland Shire
Council is still pursuing the
introduction of community
Council hosts its 2015-16 commu-
nity budgeting nominees at a forum on
Council’s first foray into com-
munity budgeting – the allocation of
$400,000 to each of Foster, Korum-
burra, Mirboo North and Venus Bay,
with the projects to be recommended
by community panels – was discussed,
particularly its shortcomings and how
it could be better implemented next fi-
Twenty-three nominees attended,
giving councillors the opportunity to
hear first-hand about why the nominees
had been interested in participating,
what impediments they saw in attract-
ing more nominees, what capital works
projects they would have supported,
and how community budgeting had
been perceived in their communities.
While there was general support
for the project and consensus it should
be revisited in 2016-17, many in the
group felt the project was rushed and
that most people either did not know
about the project or did not understand
what was involved. There was also
quite a robust discussion about who
should get to sit on the panels.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton was appre-
ciative of the time people had commit-
ted to attend the forum.
“It is opportunities such as this –
even if it is to discuss how something
could have been done better – that help
us to improve as councillors,” he said.
“We know that our communities
want more say in how council works
with them. We know that community
budgeting has been successful around
the world. We now know that we
rushed the process. This forum was
about us getting feedback so we can do
it better next time around.
“The issue for us as councillors is
that it’s not simply finding $1.6 million
in the budget to fund the capital works.
We need to have an understanding
about the extra costs to run a project
like this. Some of the participants yes-
terday asked why we hadn’t sent letters
to every household, others asked why
we hadn’t purchased full-page ads or
run community forums.
“Frankly, the reason is cost. We now
understand that for community budget-
ing to be a success we need to allow
more time to educate our communities,
but we also need to allocate enough
money outside the $1.6 million to en-
sure the project is properly financed.”
Council will receive a report at its
June meeting detailing how the commu-
nity budgeting project could be imple-
mented in 2016-17 for projects to be un-
dertaken in the 2017-18 financial year.
Council heeds budget concerns
LAST year, 11 students from
South Gippsland Secondary
College worked with the Fos-
ter Historical Society and the
Foster RSL to complete 22 bi-
ographies of soldiers from the
Foster district who fought and
died in World War One.
These names make up the list on
the Foster cenotaph. The group was
nominated by their teacher Justine Kir-
wan for the Victorian Young Achievers
of the Year Award in the Achievement
in the Community section.
They progressed to the semi-finals.
“It was a wonderful experience to
look back through so many years of lo-
cal history and see the names of people
who went to war from our town,” stu-
dent Troy Van Dyke said.
Ms Kirwan was proud of the stu-
dents and their efforts.
“It’s wonderful for the students to
be nominated for awards like this that
encompass the whole state. They re-
ally do deserve the recognition they
have received after such an excellent
approach to a difficult task,” she said.
Standout entry: South Gippsland Secondary College students nominated for a Victorian Young Achievers
of the Year Award were, from left, Maxi Park-Deere, teacher Justine Kirwan, Troy Van Dyke, Melissa Va-
nin, Tori Cripps, Kate Jenkins, Sharni Cripps, Mariah Lawrence, Carmen Tracy and Jayden Migliorisi.
Teens achieve at SGSC
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