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Find out more about standing for Council
Monday 18 July
12.00pm - 2.00pm
To register contact June Ernst
on 5662 9200 by Friday 15 July
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MOTORISTS on Phillip Island will
benefit from a re-elected Coalition
The Coalition has pledged $275,000 to build
of a new roundabout at Cape Woolamai.
“Phillip Island residents have long been con-
cerned with the state of this intersection, which
provides a crucial link for residents and tourists to
Cape Woolamai,” Flinders MP Greg Hunt said.
“Upgrades to the Woolamai Beach and Phil-
lip Island Tourist Road intersection will ensure
motorists, pedestrians and cyclists enjoy safer
trips on our roads.”
Mr Hunt said Phillip Island was shaken by a
multi-car collision at the intersection that caused
serious injury and delayed traffic for several
The intersection has been identified by Vi-
cRoads as a priority.
Bass Coast Shire Council has also advocated
for works there.
THE Phillip Island Health and Medical Hub received
$500,000 in federal funding to prepare detailed de-
sign plans for the new facility.
Construction is set to begin early next year.
A further $2 million will be transferred to the State Govern-
ment once the design has been finalised and approved.
Flinders MP Greg Hunt said, “Securing a much needed health
facility for Phillip Island was my number one priority for the
electorate at the last election and it is terrific to see this project
now well underway.”
Mr Hunt said the state of the art hub would become part of
the Wonthaggi Hospital network, and will expand as the demand
for health services increases.
Bass Coast Health is undergoing a review of its clinical ser-
vices to identify which services the hub should offer.
While the Coalition Government offers $2.5 million to the
$6.5 million project, the State Government will provide $2.2
million and the Warley Trust a further $1.1 million.
“I particularly want to thank the Phillip Island Health and
Medical Action Group and the Phillip Island Progress Associa-
tion for their hard work on this project,” Mr Hunt said.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will
host a free public information session
for residents interested in understanding
more about being a councillor or con-
sidering standing for South Gippsland
Shire Council in the upcoming elections
Council’s coordinator corporate planning and
council business, June Ernst, said standing for
council could be daunting for those not certain
about what is required or how to nominate and
“This early information session will outline
the roles and responsibilities of a councillor, de-
scribe the election process and provide useful ad-
vice for getting elected,” she said.
“I strongly encourage any residents contem-
plating standing for election to attend this infor-
mation session. It will certainly provide you with
some valuable information from a variety of ex-
perts that will help you in so many ways.”
The candidate information session will be
held on Monday, July 18 from noon to 2pm at
the Council Chamber, Leongatha. Guest speak-
ers will include Bass Coast Shire Council chief
executive officer, Paul Buckley, and representa-
tives from the Municipal Association of Victoria
(MAV) who will provide information about the
area and advice on who can nominate, how to
nominate and what is required of a councillor.
A video presentation question and answer ses-
sion with councillors from various municipalities
will assist prospective candidates to gain an un-
derstanding of what the public will expect of you
as a councillor, time commitments, challenges
For further information and to register, con-
tact June Ernst on 5662 9200 by Friday, July
registrations and enquires will be treated in the
Considering running for
council? Then come along
Next step: from left, chairman of the Phillip Island Progress Association Steve
Fullerton, Phillip Island residents Angus Van der Zwet, Hunter Van der Zwet and
Carly Van der Zwet and Flinders MP Greg Hunt are pleased to see progress on the
Woolamai Beach and Phillip Island Tourist Road intersection on Phillip Island.
Coalition names island
intersection a priority
Look out for farmers
CR NIGEL Hutchinson-Brooks
praised the creation of a new
group to help dairy farmers in
the wake of drought and severe
milk price drops.
The group brings together agen-
cies that can help the industry and
farmers deal with the financial and
emotional pressures of the state of
“Different people react in
different ways,” Cr Hutchinson-
THE new president of South
Gippsland Shire Brass Band,
Natalie Stewart, was acknowl-
edged for establishing two
bands for learners.
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks,
also a member of the band, said Ms
Stewart was imparting her own mu-
sical expertise gained from working
in Australia and London.
He hoped her initiative would
help attract younger musicians to
the band, which like many groups in
the shire, is facing an ageing mem-
bership and pool of volunteers.
Vets to be honoured
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil will honour Vietnam veter-
ans at a special event in Leon-
gatha to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the Battle of
Long Tan in the Vietnam War.
A commemorative service will
be held on Thursday, August 18,
at Leongatha Memorial Hall from
5.30pm to 7.30pm.
The day is also Long Tan Day.
The battle saw 108 Anzacs defeat
a Viet Cong (North Vietnamese)
force estimated to be between 1500
The encounter killed 18 Aus-
tralians and wounded 21 and killed
245 Viet Cong and wounded many
Foster road set
Council plans to open a road in
Council will declare a road
status over council owned land in
The move will formalise legal
abuttal to adjacent properties.
The land now functions as a
road reserve but this is not reflected
in the land’s legal description.
Without a road status, the seven
properties do not have legal abut-
tal to Wood Court, rendering their
Council will now seek commu-
nity responses to the proposal until
COMMUNITY groups urgent-
ly needing money will soon be
able to apply for a new grant of-
fered by South Gippsland Shire
Council has introduced Quick
Response Grants to the 2016-17
Community Grants program, al-
lowing grants of up to $1000 to be
Applications will be assessed
monthly with a total of $2500 per
month available from the Commu-
nity Grants budget of $300,000.
Councillors will be able to com-
ment on the applications supported
by CEO Tim Tamlin.
The new grant aims to fill the
void left by the cessation of coun-
cillor discretionary funds in Febru-
ary due to new legislation.
Council is hosting a workshop
for community groups interested
in submitting an online commu-
nity grants application via the
The workshop will be held
at the Council Chambers, Le-
ongatha on Tuesday, July 19.
Session one will be from 2pm
to 4pm, and session two from
6.30pm to 8.30pm.
For more information and
bookings, contact Virginia Stacey
on 5662 9852 or email virginia.sta-
Information about council’s
Community Grants program is also
available on council’s website.
buy lane land
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil will move to discontinue an
unused part of Gardner Lane,
Poowong and sell the land to
the adjoining landowner, GBP
Australia, which operates an
GBP will use the land to load
and unload cattle, which now
partially occurs on public road
reserve due to the positioning of
The discontinuance of the por-
tion of unused road would not pre-
vent the continuation of Gardner
Lane if it was needed to be open to
public traffic in the future.
The purchase price will be no
less than the valuation determined
by council’s valuer.
The public will have until Au-
gust 3 to comment.
SOUTH Gippsland Matters, the
newsletter of South Gippsland
Shire Council, will now only be
Council opted to cease send-
ing hard copies after postage prices
Leongatha South’s Paul Nor-
ton enquired about the cost of the
newsletter at the May 25 council
A FOOTPATH will be built
in Leongatha to link Ogilvy
Street with McIndoe Park, but
not until the 2017-18 financial
South Gippsland Shire Council
had planned to build a path along
the eastern side of Hassett Street
from Ogilvy Street to the Hassett
Street Preschool but will now ex-
tend this path to the park in Turner
MINOR changes have been
made to South Gippsland Shire
Council’s Occupational Health
and Safety Policy.
Alterations were made to word-
ing to make the policy more acces-
sible to the average person.
A PUBLIC company charged
with promoting tourism in
Gippsland is closer to having
an amended constitution.
Destination Gippsland pro-
poses to increase the minimum
of directors from two to seven,
implement a new director’s ex-
penses policy and other adminis-
The alterations were considered
and approved by South Gippsland
and Bass Coast shire councils at
their meetings last week.
South Gippsland council CEO
Tim Tamlin is the representative
of the Gippsland Local Govern-
ment Network on the Destination
South Gippsland Shire briefs
• Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks
• CEO Tim Tamlin
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