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Cr Bob Newton
ON Wednesday, council’s waste management
team presented a report on the implementation of
new technology at council’s landfill.
Peter Roberts, Geoff McKinnon, and the coun-
cil team at the Koonwarra Landfill site investigated
ways to save time and airspace at the landfill and
came upon Tarpomatic.
This system had never been approved for ongo-
ing use at any other landfill in Victoria when Pete
and Geoff suggested it to council.
They were passionate though, convincing us
to invest more than $200,000 in this new piece of
equipment. They also convinced the EPA to approve
its ongoing use.
Standard practice at landfills is to cover each
day’s waste with 300mm of soil to prevent rubbish
blowing away, to reduce odours and to reduce the
likelihood of vermin infestation.
The Tarpomatic spreads weighted tarps over the
waste instead. The tarps are then retracted the next
day, saving time, soil and – most importantly – air-
space within the landfill cell.
The outcomes have been extraordinary: the life
of the cell has been extended by five years and the
airspace savings in the first year are within a bull’s
roar of a million dollars.
Well done to Pete and Geoff. This sort of innova-
tion often goes unheralded as our very talented of-
ficers strive to find new and more efficient ways to
do the work we task them with.
Last week’s community grants were – as always
a wonderful celebration of the plans and achieve-
ments of various groups from across the whole shire.
It makes me so proud to speak to the people
who provide the passion and drive to make their
communities better places to live, work and play.
Council is honoured to support these groups in
It’s that time of year again – rates time. I know
none of us enjoy getting our rates notices, but it is a
necessary part of living in a vibrant and supported
I want to point out rates are not imposed as a fee
for service the way that a power bill is. Rates are a
tax, levied by local governments to provide services
to the whole community.
And as with the other levels of government
(which, by the way, collect 96.6 percent of Austra-
lia’s total taxation revenue, leaving local govern-
ments with just 3.4 percent of tax to provide an ex-
traordinary range of services) the services that you
as an individual receive may not be immediately
commensurate with the tax you pay.
We contribute in the knowledge that those who
need services and infrastructure will have access
to them. This is one of the more complex roles of
all levels of government – balancing their ability to
raise revenue with the competing demands of their
It is also important for all residents to be aware of
how their rates notice is calculated. I want to ensure
residents are mindful of how the rate cap will affect
their rates notice to avoid any misunderstanding.
Council charges rates equitably by using prop-
erty values to fairly distribute rates charged across
the municipality. Rates revenue provides council
with the income to undertake more than 150 services
for our local community and is vital in maintaining
community quality of life.
A common misconception is that the 2.5 percent
rate cap is applied universally to all rate notices.
However, the rate cap applies to the overall rate rev-
enue collected by council, not individual properties.
Waste charges (charged by council) and the Fire
Services Property Levy (determined by State Gov-
ernment) are exempt from the rate cap.
This year rates notices will also be affected by
property revaluations as council is required by law
to review valuations every two years based on mar-
ket movements and recent sales trends.
The overall amount of rates council receives will
not increase but the percentage residents pay of the
overall general rates may change if your property
has increased or decreased in value. Any individuals
needing more information about their rates can visit
THERE may not be a pub in town but
that does not stop the people of Nyora
from getting together.
The town’s recreation reserve is Nyora’s social
hub, with a commercial cook employed to create up
to 100 meals some nights to unite residents over a
chat and feed.
Meals after football and netball training are pop-
ular on Thursday nights, but the reserve committee
also runs community nights on Fridays, opening the
doors to the broader public as a way of building a
sense of community.
Reserve president Brett Hume last Wednesday
told South Gippsland Shire Council of the commit-
tee’s successes and future ambitions when he briefed
council about the updated reserve master plan that
provides a vision for the next 10 years.
“The master plan is something we will use ag-
gressively to ensure we have the best reserve in the
community,” Mr Hume said.
The plan lists the need for an electricity upgrade,
new $90,000 cricket net, and an overhaul of the
main oval that will entail irrigation improvements,
the planting of drought tolerant grass, new lighting
and an al fresco dining area at the clubrooms.
Other initiatives include a new scoreboard, pub-
lic toilets, men’s shed projects, landscaping, storage
upgrades, speedway works and the prospect of a
second playing field in the next 10 to 15 years, all
possibly valued at around $3 million.
The reserve has been transformed over the past
eight years, with new netball courts, a men’s shed
building, and carpark and drainage improvements.
A memorial garden was established to honour
the late Dick Carrigy, who undertook significant
volunteer work at the reserve.
Walking trails, tree planting, a new security sys-
tem, seating, upgraded kitchen and landscaping were
among the goals achieved by the reserve committee.
Long term dreams: Nyora Recreation Reserve president Brett Hume with Michelle Harris
of Hands On Community Solutions, who helped prepare the reserve’s updated master plan.
THE challenges faced by local coun-
cils were expressed to Victorian Local
Government Minister Natalie Hutchins
when she visited South Gippsland last
The minister heard from South Gippsland
Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin of his con-
cerns about the ongoing sustainability of local
Rate capping has reduced councils’ revenue,
while cost shifting from State and Federal gov-
ernments to councils was placing pressure on
councils’ already stretched finances.
Mr Tamlin and mayor Cr Bob Newton repre-
sented the council at a meeting of the Gippsland
Local Government Network with the minister in
“It was a general discussion in the lead up to
the review of the Local Government Act and gets
us on the radar,” Mr Tamlin said.
The government is now talking with councils
about the directions paper: An Act for the Future
Directions for the New Local Government Act.
A draft bill of new legislation for local gov-
ernments could be released by the State Govern-
ment later this year, with a bill introduced to par-
liament in 2017. New legislation could take effect
Network representatives at the Yarram meet-
ing also came from Baw Baw, Latrobe, Welling-
ton and East Gippsland shire councils.
Other issues raised were funding for libraries,
planning and litigation risks related to climate
change, rail services in Gippsland and the future
of the Latrobe Valley.
Hearing views: Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins met with South Gippsland
Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin and mayor Cr Bob Newton in Yarram last
Wednesday. They joined with representatives from three other Gippsland shires to discuss
local government issues.
Minister hears councils’ plight
Excitement aplenty at Wonthaggi North
Science minds: from left, Jasmyn, Lily, Sarah, Logan and teacher Marissa Cashmore are
looking at a wide range of topics in science during 2016.
THERE is plenty of ex-
citement in store for stu-
dents at Wonthaggi North
Primary School during
The fun begins from August
1, when students in Grades 3 to 6
will participate in the bike educa-
This will be followed up with
whole school first aid training,
with professional instruction
from St John Ambulance.
August 15 will bring an ex-
cursion for Grades 3 and 4 stu-
dents to the National Gallery of
Victoria and science week, which
will culminate in a science fair to
be held on August 17.
The fair is a day to showcase
the science learning from across
The end of August will be bus-
ily filled with book week thrills.
A dress up day will be held
on August 26 with a parade to be
held in the gym, and the books
will be available for purchase
throughout the whole week.
On September 5, Grade 6 stu-
dents will be off to Wonthaggi
Secondary College for Fantastic
Fantastic Racers Day is a
chance for students to get used to
the high school, meet new people
and have a fun day racing home-
The week of September 5 will
also be arts week. During arts
week, the students will be able to
experience a plethora of music,
dance, puppeteering, drama and
The week’s activities will in-
clude both international perform-
ers as well as local performers.
During the week’s activities,
the students will attend a multi-
tude of performances.
There will also be an extended
focus on technology throughout
the whole of term three.
The school has introduced a
coding club, which will run once
a week during lunchtime for stu-
dents from Grade 2 to Grade 6.
The children will be given the
opportunity to construct and pro-
gram a robot, and create websites
“Students who are interested
in technology and coding are
nominated by teachers to get in-
volved with the club,” teacher
Sean Webb said.
“Last year, we asked the Grade
6 students what they would like to
see happen in the school and they
suggested coding, so this is an idea
that has come from our students.”
Tech savvy: from left, Wonthaggi North Primary School
students Jasmine, Charlee, Matthew and Zavier looked over
the pieces of the robot they would be creating during the
school’s lunchtime coding club.
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