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OPINIONS Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
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risen rapidly, much faster than the
CPI, and yet the council is now
considering cutting our services.
I don’t understand the logic that
says we should pay more money
for a worse service. I find myself
asking the question, “What is the
council spending all the ratepay-
ers’ money on?” In my opinion
council’s primary function should
be to provide essential services for
We live eight kilometres from
the Inverloch transfer station, a
round trip of 16 kilometres. I have
measured the distance from our
place to the Wonthaggi tip. It is a
round trip of 56 kilometres; 40 ki-
Not only will this be difficult,
costly and time consuming for us
personally, it is also environmen-
tally unfriendly because of all the
extra petrol used.
I noticed in the council submis-
sion, justifying the potential clo-
sure, it was stated the green waste
pile could be an environmental
threat to Screw Creek.
I’ve spoken to my neighbour
who has been a long time Landcare
member and a passionate advocate
for Screw Creek and he doesn’t be-
lieve the green waste is a problem
for the creek.
However if the council is still
concerned then surely the simple
solution is to move the green waste
pile to the other side of the depot
where it is another 100 metres
away. You could also use a bull-
dozer to push up an earth bund to
trap any potential run off.
There is one very major con-
sideration I think may have been
overlooked altogether in the coun-
cil review. On country roads we
already have a significant problem
from illegal roadside dumping of
things like lawn and garden clip-
pings, bags of rubbish, and even
We frequently pick up garbage
dumped along our road and take
it to the transfer station at our ex-
pense. If the council closes the
transfer station, a lot of people sim-
ply won’t bother going the extra
distance and illegal dumping will
Does the council have a plan
to cope with the extra roadside
garbage and can you please let me
know who at the council we need
to call to come and pick it up? I’ll
need to stick that number on the
Finally, I would like our coun-
cil, that after all is the representa-
tive of the residents, to understand
the Inverloch transfer station is an
important facility for us and many,
many others. It has operated effi-
ciently in rain, hail or shine for a
very long time.
If there is, as has been stated
by council, a need to make some
changes surely there is no need
to go to the extreme option and
“throw the baby out with the bath
Surely the council could work
with the EPA to implement some
sensible and cost effective solu-
tions that don’t cost the earth.
Perhaps someone at council
could open a dialogue with their
EPA counterparts along these
I hope the council will consider
these words carefully and realise
that closing our transfer station is
not progress but a very backward
step for the many residents who re-
ally need and rely on this service.
Spotlight on rates
THANKS must go to the South
Gippsland Shire Council for at-
tempting to explain/remind rate-
payers that a 2.5 percent rate in-
crease doesn’t mean your rates will
increase by 2.5 percent. Hoping to
divert ratepayer anger I guess.
We are reminded, although
I’ve never heard the explanation
before (including writing to my lo-
cal Labor MP), that the total rates
income shire receives will not be
more than 2.5 percent more, al-
though the article in last week’s
Star later says “the overall amount
of rates council receives will not
Fairly confusing so far, but it
seems waste charges and Fire Ser-
vices Levy may increase by more
than 2.5 percent.
Why doesn’t the government
and our shire at least fix this situ-
While the State Govern-
ment fixing ‘maximum rate in-
creases’ gives some rate relief,
more, yes, more ‘efficiency’ mea-
sures need to be implemented by
MY husband and I have just re-
ceived our South Gippsland Shire
Council rates due February, 2017.
Our rates have continued to
increase and this year have gone
up yet again from $5200 to $5700
which equates to a 10 percent in-
This is not OK.
It is not OK for our council to
keep putting up rates every year
on our property when we do not
get any extra services, and very
little services at that.
Perhaps it is time the council
started putting off staff and cutting
costs in the office. Perhaps it could
communicate with other shires in
the area to cut costs and work to-
Perhaps council needs to be
externally audited. Perhaps we,
the ratepayers, are sick of ineffi-
ciency in an office with office staff
having phones and cars in a gov-
ernment job that will just continue
to increase rates to cover poor
management within the office.
It is not OK.
We the ratepayers need to take
a stance and request answers. Our
rates are on a 250 acre dairy farm.
From the rates increase over the
last 15 years I could easily believe
we are being rated out.
It would also be very easy to
believe council has no interest
in supporting farmers. It is also
very easy to believe council is
not aware that local dairy farmers
have just been through a very dry
and difficult season.
It is not OK.
The CPI is not 10 percent so
why are our council rates rising
at such a significant rate? Why
should dairy farmers, and other
farmers pay more than $100 per
week for the privilege of putting
food on your table.
It is not OK.
I have started a petition about
the issue: www.change.org/p/
FINALLY, the penny has
Councillors have a “duty of
care” to ensure the Council Plan
delivers appropriate services in
the most efficient and cost effec-
tive way. Councillors appear to be
sitting back and allowing the bu-
reaucracy to call the shots.
As a past local government
employee with in excess of 25
years experience, I have observed
the corporate ‘takeover’ of local
government by highly paid bu-
This process has been occurring
gradually over time since council
amalgamations in the mid 1990s.
While CEOs have extensive
powers to hire and fire staff, the
CEO does not have the power to
decide what services will be deliv-
ered or to set council’s budget.
Having personally witnessed
the infighting and bullying that is
happening amongst councillors of
the South Gippsland Shire, I won-
der how the ratepayers of this mu-
nicipality will view their individual
performances in the upcoming
While attending a recent coun-
cil briefing session, I assessed the
total cost of the bureaucrats that
were in attendance.
My very subjective estimate
was in excess of $1 million per an-
num. The only interaction these
bureaucrats had on the day was to
berate a ratepayer for trying to raise
a subject that had not been previ-
ously notified. Bureaucracy at its
During the last four years this
council has done nothing to reign
in management costs or in fact take
back control of the ship. The ship is
Until the community elects
a council that is committed to
change, it will be the same old
story of waste, higher executive
wages and bureaucrats running
be own man
THE culture displayed by some
councillors at South Gippsland
Shire Council is disgusting.
This is not democracy, but
autocracy, where anyone with a
differing view is maligned by the
majority. Might is right! I have
been going to council for over six
years on my own behalf, repre-
senting the views of many people
Council needs to tighten its
governance and respect differ-
ing views as legitimate as per the
shire’s own code of conduct – a
code, in my opinion, that has been
regularly breached with impunity
by the majority.
The most important thing is
that I am an independent and be-
holding to anyone else. I have not
have in any conspiratorial meet-
ings with councillors or prospec-
tive councillors in the last four
I will be standing as and in-
dependent councillor for the
Strzelecki area. Council desper-
ately needs independent council-
lors, who cooperate with each oth-
er, who respect when people have
differencing views and should re-
solve issues on their merit.
WE wish to thank the Korumburra
RSL Sub-Branch for organising
the 100 year commemorative ser-
vice last Tuesday, July 19, mark-
ing the loss of Australian lives at
the Battle of Fromelles, July 19 to
The bugler was a wonderful
addition. Lest we forget.
Dave and Marianne Clarke,
KORUMBURRA-Bena Giants may not be kicking too many
goals on the footy field this year in the Alberton Football Net-
ball League (AFNL) but it has certainly won its big battle to
move to the new West Gippsland Football Netball League as
announced last week.
While this is viewed by the Giants as a huge win after the club
fought tooth and nail to leave the AFNL after first failing in its attempt
the major changes have seen the guts pulled out of the Alberton league,
left now with only seven teams.
It has to be remembered over the years the Alberton league has
opened its arms to teams including Phillip Island, Dalyston, Kilcunda
Bass and others from the defunct West Gippsland and Bass Valley
These drastic changes have in effect left a very much depleted and
now struggling Alberton league.
You could say AFL Vic has really not looked at the bigger picture
or planned for the future. If there was a big picture plan the decision to
let Yarram follow Woodside to the North Gippsland league a couple of
years ago may not have been approved.
Now with the new look weakened Alberton league, Yarram does not
have the arguments - the Alberton league changed when the Bass Valley
teams were allowed to join in 1996 or that it is too far for the club to
travel to Dalyston, Kilcunda-Bass and Phillip Island.
It does appear there wasn’t appropriate planning structures and these
massive changes to the leagues seem to benefit the new West Gippsland
league to the detriment of the Alberton league.
Maybe if Yarram was party to these major changes years ago it
would have been happy to remain in the Alberton league.
After all there were those in the club who were saddened by the
move to the North, especially when Yarram boasts such a proud history
in the Alberton league, being Yarram was a founding member of the
league in 1946 and has hosted and won many grand finals.
It does seem there is no real plan for the poor Alberton league and
while there is so much excitement surrounding the new whizz bang
West Gippy league, Alberton has been left high and dry to pick up the
crumbs. Quite frankly this rather ad hoc decision making process is not
A solution calling for Yarram to return and see an eight team compe-
tition could be the likely fix. Over to you AFL Vic!
Keep the tip
A copy of letter to Bass Coast Shire
mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale (cc to
the council CEO Paul Buckley).
I am writing to express my
great concern the council is con-
sidering closing the Inverloch
Firstly, it was said council
conducted a consultation process.
Well, my wife and I have not been
consulted by anyone. The first we
learned of it was on the cover of
the local paper last week.
I understand it was notified in
one of the papers, on one occa-
sion, last year but I think this is
The council could have notified
ratepayers by letter or, at the very
least, put up a sign at the transfer
station asking for comments.
And what of all the holiday
house owners who flock here in
the summer months. Has anyone
notified them and will there be a
procession of trailers full of gar-
den clippings rolling through the
main street of Wonthaggi during
the busiest months of the year.
We moved to the area 18 years
ago and in that time our rates have
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