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THE first step in South Gippsland Wa-
ter’s water security project to connect
Korumburra, Loch, Poowong and Nyora
to the Lance Creek Reservoir and the
Melbourne Supply System was complet-
ed last week.
The commissioning of the Delivery Point Five
valve station and the transfer pipeline connections
at the Powlett River and Lance Creek Reservoir
were completed, allowing water stored within the
pipeline between Cardinia Reservoir and the de-
livery point to be transferred to the Lance Creek
Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson are
connected to the Lance Creek Reservoir and now
have a non-rain dependent, secure water supply,
thanks to the access to the Melbourne Supply
South Gippsland Water was successful in re-
ceiving $30 million of State Government funding
in May for the Lance Creek Water Connection.
The project is a key component in South Gipps-
land Water ’s long-term strategy to secure water
supply for the region over the next 50 years.
South Gippsland Water managing director
Philippe du Plessis said, “This is the first step
in a three year project to secure water for the
townships of Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and
“The project will provide a dependable envi-
ronment for community development, economic
growth and future investment.”
The next step in this project involves the align-
ment of the Lance Creek to Poowong pipelines.
Landholders adjacent to and affected by these
works are currently being identified and will be
ROADWORKS on Leongatha’s Heavy
Vehicle Alternate Route have seen the
intersection of Long Street, Nerrena
Road and South Gippsland Highway
Contractors have spent recent months working
on the intersection which will become an integral
component of the bypass. Work has seen the integra-
tion new road infrastructure including traffic islands
and median strips. Traffic lights are set to be con-
structed in the near future.
The new phase of construction means inbound
traffic travelling along Nerrena Road will have right
of way while drivers on the South Gippsland High-
way will give way to merging traffic.
Further along the South Gippsland Highway, at
the intersection with the Strzelecki Highway, the
road is being reconfigured to cater for B-double
movements while the road levels are being improved
to provide drivers with safer conditions. Additional
street lighting will also be installed.
VicRoads claimed the Heavy Vehicle Alternate
Route will provide increased safety, amenity and
economic benefits to Leongatha by removing ap-
proximately 600 heavy vehicles from the central
business district every day.
The project will also support South Gippsland
Shire’s Bair Street Rejuvenation Project and will
provide more opportunities to improve parking and
pedestrian safety along Bair Street.
Significant moment: water from the Melbourne Supply System flows into Lance Creek
Reservoir after a valve station and pipeline were commissioned successfully last week.
closer to reality
Right notes: performer Greg Champion
(pictured) entertained more than 120 peo-
ple at the Free Pizza and Entertainment
Evening held at Kernot Hall last Thursday.
The event, hosted by the Bass Coast
branch of the Victorian Farmers Federa-
tion, also featured head and neck massages,
and children’s entertainment.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has
replaced public litter bins with public
place recycling bins in the Leongatha
central business district.
Residents and visitors now have the option to
make sustainable choices when disposing their
waste in this public area.
The $84,110 project was partly funded by the
Australian Packaging Covenant through a grant of
This new service will help to reduce the amount
of litter and waste sent to landfill each year and
increase the recovery of recyclable packaging ma-
Council’s waste management supervisor Peter
Roberts said it was vital residents and visitors make
use of the new service available.
“Internal audits have determined the initiative
will increase the recyclables recovered by 11 tonnes
per year. This figure is expected to grow as residents
and visitors are made aware of the service avail-
able,” he said.
“There are also a number of items that people
may not realise are recyclable including takeaway
coffee cups, takeaway sushi containers, cardboard
boxes and fish and chips paper wrapping.
“Council would like to encourage our residents
and visitors to utilise the service to its full potential
by also recycling these items.”
A similar project was implemented in Korum-
burra in 2014, which was a great success.
These projects are consistent with the aims and
objectives of council’s waste management strategy,
which supports projects that reduce waste in landfill
and recover recyclable materials.
By Tayla Kershaw
BASS Coast Shire Council back flipped
on its decision to move the Cuttriss
Street toilet block in Inverloch at its re-
Council agreed the construction of the toilet
block should be built west of the Angling Club in
May, but has since had a change of heart which led to
the decision to keep the toilet block in the originally
proposed spot near the car park.
CEO Paul Buckley said a meeting with the stake-
holders had forced them to reverse their decision in
May, as the area that had been the proposed construc-
tion site is used for activities such as tai chi.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale called for a redesign
of the toilet block, eliminating proposed change
rooms. Her fellow councillors did not back this idea,
fearing it would delay the construction of the toilet
“We need to get this done. The community has
waited long enough,” Cr Clare Le Serve said.
The community has been waiting for action since
July, 2014, when the Cuttriss Street Area Activity
Plan was originally adopted.
Cr Kimberley Brown said she understood relo-
cating the toilet block back to its original site, but
could not accept the removal of the change rooms.
“I quite like the original plan and if it’s too big
for the site we could always shrink it, but it needs to
include change rooms,” she said.
Recycling made easy
Toilet moved again
Cr Le Serve upped the pressure, and asked Mr
Buckley if council could deliver the toilet block be-
fore the Christmas rush of visitors.
“It would be a tight ask, but we will endeavour
to do it,” he said.
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