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BASS Coast Shire Council has received
the Planning Panel Report for Amend-
ment C140 recommending Council
adopts the exhibited amendment with
In early April, an Independent Planning Panel con-
sidered submissions to Amendment C140, which seeks
to implement the findings of the Rural Land Use Strat-
egy and the Review of the Rhyll Wetland.
The Amendment C140 Panel Report will be consid-
ered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on August 17.
The Planning Panel complimented the process as-
sociated with Amendment C140 and Council’s respon-
siveness to community submissions, concluding that:
“...the Rural Land Use Strategy and Amendment C140
have been through an extensive consultation process.
As a result of the Hearing process, a number of changes
have been proposed by Council in response to submis-
sions. The Panel acknowledges and appreciates the
responsive nature of Council’s considerations of sub-
The Panel Report continues by stating that the
Amendment provides: “...a planning framework that
delivers on Council’s vision for the future of its rural
The Panel report recommends adoption of Amend-
ment C140 subject to a number of minor changes. No-
tably, the Panel Report recommends that the proposed
Rural Activity Zone not be applied to the majority of
land at The Gurdies. This recommendation responds
to community submissions regarding the environmental
qualities of The Gurdies area. The land is recommend-
ed to remain in the Farming Zone until further environ-
mental investigations have been undertaken.
New Zones and Policies
The Panel Report recommends the majority of the
Amendment be adopted as exhibited to implement the
long-term vision for the Shire’s land use as identified in
the Rural Land Use Strategy. This includes the applica-
tion of Rural Activity Zones in Coronet Bay-Corinella
and Inverloch-Cape Paterson; and the Rural Conserva-
tion Zone and Environmental Significance Overlay to
the Rhyll Wetlands study area. The new zonings are
proposed to support a range of different uses includ-
ing rural-based tourism as well as protecting areas of
significant environmental quality.
The Panel Report also supports proposed new lo-
cal polices that have been designed to give land own-
ers and decision makers clear direction when seeking
and assessing planning permit applications within the
Farming Zone. The policies relate to Rural Subdivi-
sion, Rural Dwellings and Non-Agricultural Uses in the
The Report is available on Council’s website at
www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/c140and at any of the Bass
Coast service centres.
For more information, please contact Council’s
Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278)
or (03) 5671 2211.
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Be part of the Corporation’s five-yearly review
of its service standards, capital and operating expen-
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for the delivery of water and wastewater services.
Philippe du Plessis, Managing Director said,
“Every element of the business is open for discus-
sion and examination including how the business op-
erates, customer service standards, pricing, business
strategies and major projects.”
The Advisory Panel will be a significant voice in
driving the Pricing Review and will meet approxi-
mately six times over the next 12 months, with mem-
bers receiving a sitting fee and travel reimbursement
from home or workplace for meetings attended.
South Gippsland Water is seeking feedback from
individuals, groups, local businesses and industry
regarding matters of significance.
“There will be a range of opportunities for cus-
tomers to learn more, have a say and feed into the
review process, but a key component is the forma-
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Expressions of interest for panel membership are
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RESIDENTS in the Dumbalk communi-
ty finally have their long awaited phone
coverage after the town’s phone tower
went active on Thursday, June 30.
The service did experience some disruptions
in its early hours. Mobile service was inacces-
sible for a couple of days due to a power outage,
however Telstra worked to solve the problem and
it was up and running on Monday morning.
Dumbalk Village Store owner Ineke Veale said
since the hiccup there have been no concerns.
“The phone coverage was great for about five
hours on Saturday and everyone was thrilled, be-
fore it went out and did not return until Monday,”
“That is not to worry though. It has been run-
ning perfectly since and I have full coverage ev-
erywhere in the store and in town now.”
The phone tower is part of the Federal Gov-
ernment’s Black Spot Program, which invested a
total of $8.51 million into improving mobile cov-
erage in patchy rural areas.
Ms Veale said Dumbalk was a deserving re-
cipient of the new tower after locals “battled for
years” to improve coverage.
“It will certainly be of a benefit to all of us
and it was well worth the wait,” she said.
Jan Stirling, another Dumbalk local, said she
is grateful for the work done by those who cam-
paigned for the improvement.
“Since the tower was turned back on I have
full reception on my phone all over the house,”
“It is going to be a great change for everyone
in the area.”
Dialling strong: from left, Jan Stirling, Andrew Hutton and Yolanda Vender Spek enjoy the
improved phone coverage now available in Dumbalk.
Coverage rings true
Nyora residents fined
for livestock breach
February 2016. Council’s Manager of Regulatory
Services Matthew Patterson said it was a con-
tinued process for a property that had received a
number of complaints.
“The property is situated in a Rural Living
Zone and the number of birds they have on the
property is a major breach of local laws and leg-
“Intensive animal husbandry is prohibited in
this zone but a permit is necessary for any resi-
dents living in the area with more than two ani-
mals on their land.
“Council will continue to work to ensure the
residents bring the property in compliance,” said
Individuals wanting more information on the
issue or animal management can contact Coun-
cil’s Local Laws team on 5662 9200. Council’s
Planning Department is also available for more
information on the Planning Scheme.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Regu-
latory Services department has undertak-
en investigations at a property in Nyora
and found the land owners in breach of
Council’s Planning Scheme, Local Laws
and a provision of the Impounding of
During the investigation the officers found
several hundred chickens, ducks, pheasants, tur-
keys, pigeons and other birds in cages, pens and
roaming on the land.
Some of the birds were located on the property
of an adjoining neighbour and were able to pass
through the strand wire fencing at will.
Prior to the investigation both the owner and
tenants had been previously served a directions
letter requiring that this behaviour cease and that
the property be made compliant.
The tenants failed to appear to answer the charg-
es at the Korumburra Magistrates Court last week.
In their absence they were fined a total of $9,000 and
ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs of $376.
These fines were in addition to other charges
served at the Korumburra Magistrates Court in
Panel supports land use strategy
Our business is your business
Fines issued: South Gippsland Shire offi-
cers found several hundred chickens, ducks,
pheasants, turkeys, pigeons and other birds
in cages, pens and roaming on the land in
Nyora in breach of a number of regulations.
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