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hard to achieve all that we did over
the past four years to get it going
again as soon as we can.
South Gippsland Shire Council
has also been supportive and offer-
ing assistance with moving forward
with our plans.
So thank you everyone for all
you did to help and when we are
back on our feet we will invite ev-
eryone back to celebrate.
60 year reunion
I WOULD like, on behalf of
the footballers and netballers,
to thank the Stony Creek Foot-
ball Netball Club for the time
and service they put in to make
the 60 year reunion such a great
They had afternoon tea and
some speeches, and then the su-
perb tea and speeches to finalise
Don’t forget the main day was
60 years ago so it was a smaller
gathering of those members.
The day in those Stony Creek
rooms where photos, etc, filled the
walls was something to behold.
Thank you to president Neil Cope
and helper Don Wilson for organis-
ing this wonderful day.
Time for new
AS A long term ratepayer in the
South Gippsland Shire, I wish
to express my disgust at the
actions of the current council-
lors with their handling of the
saga of the two caravan parks
at Yanakie and Port Welshpool,
and now potentially a third at
I object strongly to council becom-
ing a business enterprise with no skills
or common sense to back them up.
It is not their money they are
playing with and as the balance
sheet shows, they are losing money
in a big way.
This money should be going
to community projects as it always
has, instead of ending up in a bot-
Coal Creek Historical Village is
at least a community asset which is
used heavily by the community.
The mess council has made
benefits no one and will take years
to recover. My wife and I operated
a caravan park which we built up
from scratch and we know how
hard it is to have a successful park.
Yanakie has no real amenities
for the overnight travellers and
does not have the infrastructure to
support more overnight travellers,
even if they can get them.
Probably the best park in Vic-
toria is the Cobram RACV Resort
Park which has every choice avail-
able to make it a top holiday stay.
The daily fees at Yanakie are high-
er than Cobram and they do not have
running water to the sites, no sullage
disposal, have to rely on drinking wa-
ter being carted in at peak times and
few amenities for the travellers.
I have decided to stay at the
park because I love the place, but
I hope the current councillors get
voted out and some more realistic
people take their place.
The money that has been wast-
ed in bad management, the money
(income) that has been lost, could
have done a lot of good in many ar-
eas of our shire.
WONTHAGGI Library staff
deserve a huge compliment
for the way the library is trans-
forming as an essential com-
I recently attended a Reconcili-
ation Week movie night. The ame-
nity of the space was much appre-
ciated by the movie goers and the
service provided by the staff was
exemplary. The movie was well
chosen and very inspirational.
The WGLC facilitates many
community events across the re-
gion; I urge people to acquire cop-
ies of their What’s On Booklet.
My only concern is that, with
fiscal restraint enforced through
rate capping, there will be pressure
to reduce funding.
In the near future hard decisions
will have to be made. Genuine con-
sultation needs to occur about what
is valuable to the community. Users
of public facilities need to be clear
about what matters.
I’M concerned about the impacts
of a mid-season price change on
dairy farmers across Australia.
Traditional methods of inform-
ing farmers on expected milk prices
seem to have been abandoned with-
out warning and left farmers in
budget shortfall in many cases.
Following deregulation ac-
cess to the fresh milk market for
farmers has become restricted to
fewer farmers meaning some are
completely exposed to the export
market and some not. This has the
potential to create a volatile envi-
ronment for all dairy farmers to op-
erate in, when they have no control
over farm gate prices.
This is something that needs a
senate inquiry. Dairy farmers de-
serve a national examination into
the effects on the industry of de-
Sustainable agriculture is a very
important policy of the Greens and
this goes to the heart of regional
communities in Gippsland. It’s
not ok for the Leader of the Na-
tional Party, Barnaby Joyce to say,
“There’s little we can do”.
I am deeply concerned by the
impact of lower prices on dairy
farmers and where this will lead in
the near future.
The timing of price changes
and how these were communicated,
when farmers have set their bud-
getsfor the coming year based on
opening prices is to my knowledge
We Greens will continue to lis-
ten to farmers concerns and work
to ensure our agricultural industries
can maintain a sustainable model
that will enhance Australia’s clean
Greens candidate for
DOESN’T it give one a nice
warm glow in the chest when
we read in the paper that the lo-
cal mayor and church leaders are
going to invite some refugees to
live among us in Leongatha.
I wonder if that same warm
glow will be felt by the family at
the top of the housing list when
they receive the letter saying their
expected house has been given
away to a non Australian.
Again I wonder if the family,
that late at night asks the church for
emergency accommodation, will
have that warm glow in its chest
when it is told there is no house
available for it to use.
Shouldn’t we look after our
Brian S. Overmass,
“Thousands of people across the
state have worked for years with
the previous Minister for Energy
and previous governments. We
deserved an answer on Tuesday.”
The State Government announced on Tuesday, June 7 that it would not come to a
decision on the CSG moratorium until August. What does this mean to you?
“I hope there will be a good
outcome even though it means I
have to wait longer to hear their
“It is a decision which has been
pending for too long. We do not
have a clear answer and we deserve
“It is very disappointing for us.
We have been working very, very
hard to show the government that
the community wants a ban and we
THE Coalition’s election pledge of $4.8 million to
restore the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool yesterday
(Tuesday) was news long awaited.
Now it is time for Labor to come forward with the same commit-
ment, should it win the poll on July 2.
While the Coalition pledged $3 million towards the project in 2007,
it lost the election and the jetty has been falling into the sea ever since.
Now the jetty is closer than ever to being restored and becoming a
tourist destination in its own right, luring anglers, sightseers and boaters.
The jetty could also become an asset for any sort of marine industry
and could possibly lure a new industry or business to Corner Inlet, a
district that would certainly benefit from the jobs that would result.
The Port Welshpool community has previously flagged the potential
for an underwater observatory similar to that at the Busselton Jetty in
Western Australia as a means of attracting investment, but without that
project, the jetty alone will attract anglers who will spend locally.
Should the Coalition be returned to power, the community looks
forward to seeing how the new jetty will look and seeing the project get
underway sooner rather than later.
South Gippsland Shire Council has made restoration of the jetty
a priority project, saying it would result in more than $6 million in
increased expenditure during the first 10 years of operation, as well as
a $26 million increase in economic output associated with construction
over three years, creating 96 additional jobs during the construction
phase and five ongoing jobs.
The fact the Coalition has committed funding to the project shows
it meets the criteria the necessary bureaucratic departments require
and therefore there is no reason while Labor cannot make a funding
commitment too. Let’s hope it comes before July 2.
Labor must match
Long Jetty pledge
THANK you to all the CFA
units, police and our family and
On Sunday, June 5, Waratah
Lodge burnt to the ground. We
were at church and were alerted via
a phone message that the lodge was
By the time we arrived on the
scene there were many wonder-
ful CFA people doing their best to
control the blaze but to no avail, as
it had really taken hold and within a
very short time the lodge was gone.
The police were there for two
days staying overnight in freezing
conditions to keep an eye on it.
Thank you guys.
We also want to say thank you
to our family and friends who have
been a wonderful support through
this difficult time.
Our daughters Megan and Ra-
chel and foster son George and our
grandsons were all there as quickly
as they could be and helping as much
as they could in the circumstances.
Nathan, our son was visiting his
son in Mount Gambier, but he had
done a huge amount to help us get
the lodge going when we started
four years ago, so he is feeling the
pain of it as much as the rest of us.
We had worked really hard over
the past few years to build up the
business and renovate the building
only to lose it all before the last
renovation bills were paid.
We are both feeling flat but are
very much aware that at least there
was no loss of life, which would
have been a far greater tragedy and
not one we could easily live with.
We will rebuild but the next 12
months will be tough as we have no
income from the lodge but still a
mortgage to pay off.
However because the lodge had
become well known as a good place
to stay, I feel we owe it to the area
and the people who have worked
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