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ARTIST Chris Robson is taking her
artwork to new dimensions inside her
The skilled embroiderer started her craft in 2003
when she moved to South Gippsland from Canberra
five years prior.
“I had always enjoyed sewing but I had not
Council takes over
THE Sandy Point public amenity facility will cost
around $150,000 to $180,000 to replace, a cost the
Sandy Point foreshore committee of management is
unable to afford. If the facility is to be replaced, it
would have to be funded by the council. The council
currently spends $1000 to $3000 per year maintain-
ing the facility. Council has therefore resolved to ne-
gotiate with the Department of Environment, Land,
Water and Planning and the foreshore committee for
it to become the committee of management for the
section of Sandy Point foreshore that comprises the
public amenities facility, including the barbecues
and picnic tables.
The project to replace the amenities block will
go out to tender in the next fortnight, and is expected
to be completed in time for summer.
PLANNING scheme amendment C100 proposes
to correct around 60 zone and overlay mapping
anomalies in the South Gippsland Planning Scheme.
The South Gippsland Shire Council has resolved to
prepare the amendment for formal exhibition. Fol-
lowing the completion of the formal exhibition time,
the council will request the Minister for Planning to
consider and submissions to amendment C100 that
cannot be resolved be negotiated between the coun-
cil and submitters.
COUNCILLOR Lorraine Brunt praised the work of
the late Blair Donaldson, who was an active member
of the council’s disabled advisory committee.
Cr Brunt said on behalf on council, she would
like to acknowledge the contribution Mr Donaldson
made to the community, for the betterment of people
with a disability.
Audit policy passed
THE South Gippsland Shire Council has adopted a
revised audit policy which determines how council
approaches review and audit processes.
Several minor edits were made to the policy,
which was originally adopted in June 2013.
The policy will be reviewed again in July 2019,
or earlier, depending on proposed changes to the Lo-
cal Government Act 1989.
THE Community Transport Policy provides frame-
work and guidelines for the provision of the South
Gippsland Shire Council’s community transport ser-
vice. The policy has been reviewed and revised and
was adopted by council at last Wednesday’s meet-
ing. The revised policy does not require an increase
or change to the council budget. The service will be
reviewed again before the cessation of the existing
agreement in 2019.
THE South Gippsland Shire Council will fund the
Poowong Community Consultative Committee’s
project to restore the Poowong cenotaph. Council
will provide $11,000 for the project and apply for a
$20,000 grant through the restoring community war
memorials and avenues of honour grants program.
The community will provide $5000 towards the
project. Councillor Lorraine Brunt said the cenotaph
needs to be moved to address safety issues caused
by its current location.
“We need to move it to where is can stand tall
and proud and honour those who didn’t come home
for the next 100 years,” she said.
“The community is over half way there raising
its contribution to the project. It is doable.”
Home studio: Chris Robson produces ex-
traordinary embroidered vessels in her studio
Art forms from nature
touched it in years and wanted to get into it again
and try something different,” she said.
“I trained in clothing design and production at
Canberra Institute of Technology before working
for a clothing manufacturer and opening my open
screen printing business so I knew bits and pieces
but I was looking to challenge myself.”
Ms Robson drew from her surroundings on the
Great Southern Rail Trail and started producing de-
tailed bird and native fauna illustrations on her sew-
“I have always had an interest in birds and life
in the garden from the very beginning of my work,”
Ms Robson said.
“Living where I do is great for my work because
I am always coming across beautiful inspiration and
ideas in nature.”
Always looking to push herself in her craft, the
former teacher recently started turning her works
into three dimensional vessels.
“I took part in a workshop with an artist who
created vessels and I adapted it to my works and
changed my approach,” Ms Robson said.
“I hand dye a lot of my fabrics and I enjoy play-
ing with colour which I find pretty instinctive.”
Ms Robson first quilts her hand dyed fabric onto
thick felt before machine embroidering images of na-
tive wildlife and flowers onto the panels. She often
appliqués the animals to make them appear three di-
mensional, popping out of the panels.
From there Ms Robson stitches the panels to-
gether to form vessels in various shapes resembling
vases and pots.
“It is a very tactile activity and I enjoy working
with my hands. It is really intense work and I can
spend long hours on each piece. Often it takes a cou-
ple of months to complete a vessel,” she said.
“I have based my recent vessels on ceramics so
I have used a sheer organza to make it shine like a
Ms Robson is currently completing her first six
sided vessel which she hopes to enter in an art exhi-
bition in Castlemaine.
South Gippsland Shire briefs
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