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Festival just fine
CR MOHYA Davies praised the recent Tea
Cosy Festival held at Fish Creek.
“It was a day filled with music and fami-
lies. The whole community pulled together
and provided fabulous entertainment, and
it really showed the strength of the commu-
nity,” she said.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has ad-
opted a new erosion management overlay to
reduce the risk of new buildings being dam-
aged by landslips.
Council will consider new guidelines
to determine if land is prone to erosion and
landslips when assessing planning permit ap-
However no permit will be required for
building or other works where the difference
between finished ground level and natural
ground level as a result of excavation or fill-
ing does not exceed one metre; when the floor
area of a building extension is less than 100
square metres; and to construct roadworks.
Council to sell land
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will relin-
quish its committee of management status for
a small parcel of Crown Land that was part of
the former Leongatha fire brigade site.
The Department of Environment, Land,
Water and Planning will sell the land to the
Country Fire Authority, which will in turn
include the land into the broader station site
for public sale.
The fire station site failed to sell at auction
earlier this year.
CR MOHYA Davies will continue to be
South Gippsland Shire Council’s representa-
tive on Rural Councils Victoria.
Council has supported the incorporation
of the organisation that represents the state’s
rural councils, in order to reduce the risk to
individual members, including council, if
the organisation fails to conduct its business
rules at Foster
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will seek
to become the committee of management
for the entire Crown Land site occupied by
Foster Court House, including Manna Gum
Gardens, at Foster.
Once this appointment is made, council
will also issue a licence to Manna Gum Com-
munity House to use the site under licence for
five years, with an option of a further three
years at a rental of $104 a year.
THE Loch community plans to take re-
sponsibility for a second set of public
toilets that could be built in the town.
South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday
voted to progress a proposal by the Loch Community
Development Association (LCDA) to install a commu-
nity-managed public toilet at Sunnyside Park.
Council is proposing to lease 25 square metres of
land to the association for 21 years.
The LCDA plans to construct and maintain a nine
square metre public toilet structure with a pump and col-
The association has reached agreement with the
Strzelecki Lions Club to help maintain the proposed
Mayor Cr Bob Newton said the project was an ex-
ample of the public wanting to fill a desire within the
community that fell outside the ability of council to
“As there are existing public amenities in Loch that
are maintained by council it was difficult for council to
incorporate the project into the existing 15 year long
term capital works plan or to provide financial assis-
tance,” he said.
“The LCDA continued to lobby within its commu-
nity and to council to support the project, and in doing
so has received support from council in the form of this
The LCDA is seeking toilets in Sunnyside Park giv-
en the park’s popularity and distance from the existing
toilets in the main street that Cr Andrew McEwen said
were in “appalling condition”.
Cr Mohya Davies initially opposed the proposal,
saying Fish Creek would have liked two toilets but was
only able to build one set to replace a toilet block re-
moved from the Fish Creek-Foster Road and replaced
with toilets in the town park.
Cr Jim Fawcett was concerned council could be left
to pick up maintenance responsibilities should the Loch
community decide not to maintain the toilets.
Cr Don Hill said the project was an example of the
community being able to do more than council and at
The public will be able to make a submission on the
proposed lease from June 6 to July 6.
Council will consider all submissions received and
make an overall decision at the next available council
meeting after submissions close. If no submissions are
received, council agrees to enter into the lease.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has
been urged to strengthen ties with the
community by one of its own council-
lors, Andrew McEwen.
He attended the Future of Local Government Con-
ference run by the Municipal Association of Victoria
recently and last Wednesday told council the forum ad-
vocated the value of citizen juries in shaping budgets, re-
vamped office space to reduce the cost of new municipal
buildings, cloud computing and the sharing of services
between councils to result in the need for less staff.
“We are behind the gun in that. We really have not
being doing that,” he said.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton thought otherwise, saying
council shared services with Bass Coast and that CEO
Tim Tamlin had been working on such improvements for
Cr McEwen quipped, “I’m looking forward to hav-
ing the staff savings.”
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said council had been
using cloud computing since the current council was
elected nearly four years ago.
Cr McEwen also took the opportunity to respond by
a comment by Cr Jim Fawcett in The Star of May 24, in
which Cr Fawcett said some councillors were creating
conflict, gaining attention and creating publicity to get
elected at the October council election.
“It’s straight out of the textbook, under Politics 101,”
Cr Fawcett said.
Cr McEwen said, “I read about Politics 101 in the
paper. I have done Politics 301 which says that if you are
out of touch with the community, if you are perceived
poorly, you have a groundswell of action to change,
whether you like it or not.”
A RE-ELECTED Coalition Government
will provide $3 million to establish traf-
fic signals at the Bass Highway and Ko-
rumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection
in Wonthaggi, and a new heavy vehicle
rest area at Moe.
Liberal Member for McMillan Russell Broad-
bent made the announcement with Minister for
Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester last
Mr Broadbent said installing traffic signals at
the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi
Road intersection would improve safety at the
primary freight access point to the commercial
“For some time, heavy vehicles have been us-
ing an alternate route rather than facing a delay at
this intersection,” Mr Broadbent said.
“A signalised intersection will improve traffic
flow which is critical for the 1390 heavy vehicles
that use the intersection every day, and it will also
increase safety for all road users.”
Mr Chester said the projects were another
example of the Coalition delivering safer and
more efficient roads for heavy vehicle operators
travelling through McMillan to Gippsland and
He said the signalised intersection works
would start commence in mid-2017.
THE Subaru franchise is back bigger
than ever in the form of Leongatha
Subaru which has opened at 8 Koon-
warra Road, Leongatha.
There is a grand opening on this Saturday,
June 4 with plenty to entice the purchaser. Not
only does the opening coincide with an extraor-
dinary five year warranty on cars delivered be-
fore June 30, but buyers on the day will also
receive $500 worth of accessories to their new
Star FM is broadcasting there live so grab a
sausage and talk up a deal with the sales team,
Russell Hemming and Neil Forth.
Mr Hemming is general manager of Leon-
gatha Subaru and said a second franchise was
always planned for the dealership that already
houses the iconic Holden brand. The two show-
room areas have now been divided, with Subaru
at one end and Holden at the other.
“With the dairy industry going through a
struggle at the moment we were really pleased to
be able to show faith by adding the well known
and respected Subaru brand to Leongatha, which
will service the whole South Gippsland area,”
Mr Hemming said.
“Subarus have the right mix of cars to com-
plement what we already have with Holden and
all Subarus are all wheel drive vehicles. There is
something for everyone.”
The range starts from the smaller Impr-
eza sedan or hatch, to the SUVs like Forrester,
Outback and XV. The Liberty sedan is one of
Subaru’s top sellers while the high performance
WRX is sure to turn heads.
The top of the range Outback as well as the
rare XV special edition in bright red will be on
the floor this Saturday.
The XV 2.0i special edition only comes in
Pure Red and includes red stitching on the seats,
satellite navigation, leather steering wheel, and
CVT auto for just $33,900 drive away.
Subaru product training has been extensive,
with both Mr Hemming and Mr Forth also com-
pleting an all wheel drive course in Sydney to
test out the cars’ capabilities.
“The Outbacks, the Libertys and some For-
resters have eye-sight crash avoidance, an adap-
tive cruise control which can assist in avoiding
an accident,” Mr Hemming said.
All service and warranty work for all new
Subarus purchased will be done at the home of
Leongatha Subaru at Koonwarra Road.
To take advantage of the five year warranty,
the $500 worth of free accessories and to view
the big range, get along to Leongatha Subaru
this Saturday from 8.30am.
Subaru shows faith in Leongatha
Welcome Subaru: general manager of Leongatha Subaru, Russell Hemming, is excited
about the Subaru car franchise now here in Leongatha.
High performance: Subaru salesman Neil Forth is pictured with the Subaru WRX which will
be one of at least 12 Subarus on the floor for this Saturday’s grand opening in Leongatha.
Election announcement: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council’s manager for assets Jamie Suther-
land and general manager for infrastructure Felicity Sist with McMillan MP Russell Broadbent at
the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection in Wonthaggi. The Coalition
Government has promised to build traffic signals at the busy junction if re-elected.
Traffic lights pledged
Loch busting for second public toilets
Councillor: shire is out of touch
South Gippsland Shire briefs
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