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OAKLEYS Law is a firm built on a
strong sense of community, so it’s no
surprise that giving back to the
community is part of its business.
With offices on the main streets of Leongatha
and Korumburra, and servicing the communities
within South Gippsland, Bass Coast and beyond,
Oakleys Law has a strong presence in the heart of
One of the defining features of the firm is its
relationship with the local communities in which it
operates. The firm encourages and supports that
relationship through sponsorship activities,
volunteering activities, and pro bono legal support.
Oakleys Law was recently recognised by the
Apex Club of Leongatha for the professional service
it has provided to the club over recent years.
To meet the evolving challenges with the
growing business and of ongoing compliance and
regulatory changes, the firm has recently
restructured its practice management platform to
increase efficiency so the firm can improve their
service and adapt to the future needs of their clients.
Oakleys Law is committed to keeping up to date
with any new law requirements. This enables the
firm to meet the needs of clients, minimising their
risk and making their interaction with the legal
system as smooth as possible.
One such new requirement is the Verification of
Identity (VOI) process.
VOI has been largely driven by the move toward
electronic conveyancing. Banks are increasingly
registering mortgages and discharges of mortgages
Verification of Identity
electronically and property settlements can now be
conducted electronically, rather than with the lawyers
and banks (with their documents and cheques) being
physically present at the same time and place.
This requires any person involved in a property
transaction or obtaining finance from a bank to
provide proof of their identity. This includes
Executors administering estates that involve real
property and persons who give a personal guarantee
for another person or entity’s loan.
Most people would be familiar with the 100 point
identification check and the VOI process is similar to
this. However, the categories of documents used to
identify someone are narrower. The best way to
provide proof of identity is to present either a
passport or birth certificate (not a “birth extract”).
Those born in Victoria can apply for a birth
certificate online through the Victorian Registry of
Births, Deaths and Marriages. Those born outside
Victoria, will need to obtain the necessary certificate
from the Registry office of the state, territory or
country of their birth.
Oakleys Law recommends that all people ensure
they have a birth certificate now so as to avoid any
delays that would arise if they do not have the
necessary identity documents later when they wish to
conduct these legal transactions.
For those unable to come into Oakleys Law’s offices,
Oakleys Law can supply the necessary forms for clients
to have their identity verified at an Australia Post outlet.
Oakleys Law takes pride in knowing the clients it
has served over a long period of time and whom staff
know through being active in the local community.
However, these requirements are unavoidable and staff
may have to ask to clients prove their identity in this
Giving more to community
Professional team: among the staff at Oakleys Law, Leongatha, willing to help the
community are, from left, Mimmie Ng, Irene Brumley, Rose Smith, Jane Wright, Julie
Thorp, Cherie Brumley and Colin McKenzie-McHarg.
TWENTY-FIVE businesses braved the
wild winds last Tuesday, May 3 to at-
tend Prom Country Regional Tourism’s
second business forum.
The event featured two guest speakers who spoke
on minimising red tape and improving intercultural
Dr Barb West, a respected cultural anthropolo-
gist, spoke about the differences between Australian,
European and Asian cultures and how understand-
ing, and accepting, the differences can help to im-
prove business communication.
She looked at how some cultures are less clock-
oriented than others and how family hierarchy can
have a strong influence on behaviours and even pur-
The second speaker, Matthew Butlin, addressed
red-tape issues that he deals with in his role as the
Victorian Red Tape Commissioner.
After a short introduction, Mr Butlin called for
businesses to put forward examples of red tape they
have encountered in their businesses. Examples in-
cluded issues such as difficulties with food registra-
tion and liquor licencing, problems with inequitable
rate distribution and onerous permit requirements.
He explained that in his role, he acts as an inter-
mediary between government agencies. By travel-
ling to different areas and discussing red tape issues
with local businesses he can help to identify, and ad-
dress recurring red tape concerns.
Businesses with complex problems were encour-
aged to contact the Red Tape Commissioner online
via the red tape rubbish bin.
“We were very pleased to have Barb and Mat-
thew speak to our local businesses,” said Philip
Botte, chair of Prom Country Regional Tourism.
“Both are well recognised within their respective ar-
eas and were able to provide attendees with a broad
range of ideas and issues to consider.
“Hopefully everyone who attended left with
something new or interesting to consider.”
This year’s business forum was held at The Green-
house in Foster and was coordinated by Prom Coun-
try Regional Tourism with support from Destination
Gippsland Ltd and South Gippsland Shire Council.
By Stuart Biggins
THE consultation process to determine
the form and location of an upgraded
skate park in Korumburra is well under-
Milpara Community House manager Jenni
Keerie, who is hosting the consultation process,
said 23 people ranging from primary school age
and upwards, including two over 18 year olds, at-
tended the first meeting on February 20.
A smaller number attended the second due to a
school camp and sport training commitments.
South Gippsland Shire Council has funded a
local consultant, Michelle Harris, who has worked
on a number of skate park designs including Le-
ongatha, to steer the consultation process.
The current location of the skate park is far
from ideal, with many users of the park locked out
on days when the showgrounds is hosting another
event such as football or the show.
A number of future site options have been
identified the Petersen Street park, Korumburra
Secondary College, Coleman Park, Coal Creek
upper parking space/picnic area, recreation re-
serve, the railway reserve and the existing site.
While the existing site is the preferred site, the
others are currently being assessed by the consul-
tant who will report to the next meeting on May
12 at 8pm.
Mrs Keerie said the young people who are in-
volved in the process are learning a lot about com-
munity engagement and how projects get done.
“They are really forthcoming and willing to
participate in the conversation,” she said.
One of the matters the consultation group is
looking at is funding and to raise the profile of
Group members want to encourage people to
give freely to fundraising drives that eventuate
and the possibility of a skateboarding exhibition
has been floated for the town.
Burra builds more
than a skate park
Sunshine or rain: at the Korumburra Skate
Park, which is desperate for an upgrade, are
from left, Chairo Christian School Year 12
student Levi Courtier, who lives near the
park, and the manager of Milpara Community
House Jenni Keerie. Her role in the consulta-
tion process is to make sure the skate park us-
ers’ thoughts and ideas are listened to.
Teenager Liam Courtier who lives a short dis-
tance from skate park, said the activity is under-
He said, “You’re outside and active. It’s a great
alternative to being stuck on computer games.”
A delegation from the Milpara House consul-
tation group will brief council on June 15.
at business forum
Sharing culture: from left, Philip Botte, chair of Prom Country Regional Tourism, Christine
Legg of PCRT, Brent Moran and guest speaker Dr Barb West talk about cultural differences.
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