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property he re-
vacant land on
Giles Street, but
this land was
sold to another
new owner starts
Cr Hill will not
be able to access
his property, de-
spite needing to for farming.
Council officers recommended council open
the road reserve to provide access, as per the
Local Government Act.
But Cr Fawcett said he concerns about
the steepness of the land and believed Cr Hill
should have told councillors earlier he was the
Cr Fawcett moved the matter be deferred
to the August council meeting to allow another
council officer’s report to consider other
potential access points, despite the land being
surrounded by private property.
All other councillors, except Cr Andrew
McEwen, supported him. Cr Hill was absent
Cr Lorraine Brunt felt
council should sell the land
to Cr Hill to avoid ratepayers
taking liability for a road and
bridge or culvert that would
need to be installed.
But Cr Hill was unimpressed
and wondered why Cr Fawcett
did not raise his concerns about
the land in the two weeks before
the meeting, when the agenda
“Why is it that over the years
that all road opening applications
were approved? Why is that that
when he (Cr Fawcett) found out
it was my property that he found
it to be problem?” Cr Hill said.
Cr Hill said an engineer he engaged to quote
about access works did not believe the land was
Cr Hill said the block via which access was
previously gained was sold before he had the
opportunity to buy it.
He said he advised council of his ownership
of the land on the day of the meeting, as
“The act states that I am not
allowedtodiscuss my application
with other councillors. That
would be called lobbying and
is not allowed. That is why no
other councillors knew of my
application until I declared the
appropriate form on the day,”
Cr McEwen told the meeting
the road opening should have
been approved as a procedural
“One is left with why did this
not matter until it was identified
that Cr Hill was the applicant?”
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By Brad Lester
THE stoush between South Gippsland
Shire councillors Don Hill and Jim
Fawcett intensified at last Wednesday’s
Cr Hill believes he was targeted after not
being granted access to his property. He ap-
plied to council to open an unmade road re-
serve south of Giles Street, Mirboo North, to
AFTER an extensive consultation pro-
cess, Bass Coast Shire Council adopted
its 2016/17 budget last Wednesday (June
The budget was developed with clear direc-
tion from community feedback received during
the rate cap consultation sessions – most notably
asking council to achieve the State Government
set rate cap of 2.5 per cent by making operational
efficiencies and savings.
The budget proposed a $16 million capital
works program, including projects such as the
Bass Valley Children’s Centre, Cowes revitalisa-
tion projects, the Wonthaggi netball court upgrade,
the priority bike network, the Thompson Reserve
lighting, and black spot programs.
CEO Paul Buckley said council considered
349 submissions on the draft budget, and the ad-
opted budget aligns with the revised long term
The budget proposes to deliver a range of
council services and support community assets to
the value of more than $76 million, maintain the
operation costs of council, limit overall operating
costs to a nil increase, and provide the capacity to
deliver intergenerational assets and meet the de-
A SMOULDERING rubbish bin had
the Wonthaggi CFA on alert at 9.30pm
last Wednesday night.
CFA captain Kim O’Connor said it was
likely to have been caused by a cigarette butt
thrown into the rubbish bin on Wonthaggi’s
Only one truck was required at the scene
and it was extinguished within minutes.
Adopted: Bass Coast Shire Council’s dep-
uty mayor Cr Bradley Drew and mayor Cr
Jordan Crugnale were delighted to adopt the
2016-17 budget, which includes a $16 mil-
lion capital works program.
Budget backs community projects
mands of the community.
“Council will continue to be a low rating and
low spending council, with a continual review
process for services provided by council, seeking
out efficiencies and assessing the appropriate-
ness of services provided. Council will continue
to plan for the future sustainability of the Bass
Coast,” he said.
Cr Neil Rankine added the unfunded Surf Pa-
rade footpath in Inverloch for council consider-
All councillors voted with Cr Rankine, with
the exception of Cr Phil Wright.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said council be-
lieved the budget met the community’s expecta-
“The 2016/17 budget focuses on containing
operational spending and ensuring there is suf-
ficient investment in capital works and asset re-
newal, and we have achieved this by redirecting a
larger percentage of rates from operating costs to
both capital works and renewal of infrastructure,”
“Twenty one per cent of rate income will fund
capital works, whilst council will fund 100 per
cent of its renewal target for the second year run-
“The budget also contains overall operating
and employee costs, with no increase from the
2015-16 budget assisted by efficiency savings of
Councillors’ rift widens over road
• Cr Jim Fawcett.
• Cr Don Hill.
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