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THE Leongatha man who lost the con-
tract to manage Leongatha’s Memorial
Hall is considering running for South
Gippsland Shire Council.
Graeme Heath was well known as the hall
manager for 20 years, undertaking minor main-
tenance, testing and tagging equipment, cleaning,
setting up, catering and administration.
“The work was my life helping community,
family, corporate and council functions,” he said.
Mr Heath, of Leongatha, has said he is consid-
ering nominating as a candidate in this October’s
South Gippsland Shire Council awarded the
new contract to the Dandenong based firm, Clean-
ing Wizard Australia Pty Ltd. The contract is for
a term of three years, with two optional one year
Council issued the following statement,
“While the company is based in Dandenong, they
have sourced a locally-based person to manage
the hall management and cleaning.
“There will be no change to the services pro-
vided within the contract.
“The incoming hall manager will be available
to all user groups as per the current hall manager
for all set ups/bookings, etc.
“All key user groups have been advised in
writing of the changes to the contract and have
been advised that all currently provided services
will continue under the new contract.”
Mr Heath said he harboured no ill feeling to-
wards council, as council had to followed com-
pulsory competitive tendering regulations.
“I think the local part of local government has
gone because they have to obey state rules and
regulations,” he said.
Throughout his service, Mr Heath has helped
organise a morning tea for former Prime Minister
John Howard, been a part of 70 deb balls, wed-
dings and even a concert by children’s perform-
ers, The Wiggles.
“The best part of the job was being involved
in community events and you do not mind putting
in a bit extra because you are part of the commu-
nity,” he said.
Mr Heath’s contract ends on June 30.
By Lucy Johnson
INTERNET users across South Gippsland
will benefit from a faster connection as
the National Broadband Network (NBN)
grows to cover more of the region in the
The rollout of the NBN has come after some
districts went active almost 12 months ago. While
other towns are yet to join the network, HiTech
Connections Leongatha owner Greg Carruthers
said it was only a matter of time.
“Leongatha South, Ruby, Koonwarra and
Bena areas already have access to the NBN be-
cause they were on the government’s three year
plan,” he said.
“Wonthaggi, Dalyston, Cape Paterson and San
Remo are set to go active in August along with
Upgrade time: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Bob Newton and HiTech
Connections Leongatha manager Greg Carruthers will not have to rely on internet from their
smart phones once the NBN is active at their homes.
NBN rolls in
Nyora, Loch and Woodleigh.”
Poowong will receive the NBN next, with the
network going live in the town in July. People in
Inverloch may have to wait longer than other ar-
eas in the Bass Coast, with the township set to
receive the NBN in September.
“At the moment, people in Leongatha South
have a download speed of up to 50mb per sec-
ond,” Mr Carruthers said.
“There is a capacity to have this boosted to
100mb per second in the future.”
Mr Carruthers stressed customers would not
be switched to the NBN automatically and would
need to discuss the switch with their current inter-
net provider to make the change.
“Internet users will need to connect their home
with a required antenna and a connection box in
order for the NBN to be installed. If they live in
town they can be connected through existing tele-
phone infrastructure to the street,” he said.
“Customers are more than welcome to come
in store and enquire about what they will need to
join the NBN.”
Most internet providers are connected to the
NBN, with Gippsland’s major companies Telstra,
DCSI and Aussie Broadband all on board for fast-
er connection speeds.
“It should be noted that people have 18 months
to connect to the NBN before their existing pro-
vider is disconnected,” Mr Carruthers said.
Much like the switch from analogue to digi-
tal television, the existing internet providers will
phase out broadband to be replaced by NBN 18
months after the township is considered NBN “ac-
“So now is a good time to look into your NBN
options,” Mr Carruthers said.
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