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Cr Drew said the decision was not made
lightly, but it was an effort to ensure Bass Coast
remains a low rating shire.
“We understand there will be some angst but
there is a change coming to waste and the long term
benefits will outweigh the short term pain,” he said.
The coming change is the introduction of a
green organic waste bin to be collected weekly in
effort to cut down the amount of food scraps and
organic kitchen waste going to landfill.
Although the decision was handed down al-
most unanimously, Mr Griffin said he will con-
tinue to fight for the people of Inverloch.
“This decision flies in the face of the wishes
of a clearly demonstrated majority of the com-
munity,” he said.
“I can assure the people of Bass Coast that
their new Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents
Association will work alongside the community
to ensure that every endeavour is made to have
this appalling decision reversed.”
SOUTH Gippsland is mourning the loss
of an Inverloch woman who died in
Cambodia on the weekend.
Website cambodiaexpatsonline.com reported
Kristy Blackney, 24, was found floating in the riv-
er by the owner of a backpackers lodge, presumed
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade said the department was provid-
ing consular assistance to the family of an Australian
woman who died in Cambodia.
According to her Facebook page, Ms Blackney
had previously being holidaying in Phuket, Thailand
and visited a tattoo shop, before heading to Cam-
The Star received a report to say the owner of
Arcadia Backpackers at Kampot found Ms Blackney
in the river around 10am on August 21 and notified
Her Facebook page lists her as a beloved friend
and the life of a party.
The former student at Mary MacKillop Catholic
Regional College owned a business, Earths Trea-
sures, and had worked in hospitality in Perth and
Fremantle, Western Australia, and in Melbourne.
She had also managed property at PBE Real Estate
and studied beauty therapy.
A crowdfunding campaign has begun to bring
Ms Blackney’s body home and to help with her fu-
neral costs. To support the campaign, go to www.
REDUCING landfill reliance is a priori-
ty for the Gippsland Waste and Resource
Recovery Group (GWRRG).
The GWRRG draft implementation plan was
recently released for public consultation in Leon-
gatha in an effort to better manage waste into the
GWRRG engagement and education team
leader Ian Needham said the group believed there
was enough airspace in the five Gippsland land-
fills to appropriately service the community for
well beyond 10 years.
“We expect small landfills to close but there
is no need for more landfill space unless things
change dramatically,” he said.
GWRRG CEO Matthew Peake said part of the
plan is to identify sites where infrastructure can
and cannot be built early to avoid troubling the
“This is a proactive approach to ensure infrastruc-
ture – whether it be for composting sites or landfills
does not encroach on farming land,” he said.
Education is another big part of the draft plan
to build responsibility and accountability in the
Leongatha South’s Ron Wangman suggested
using a penalty system to stop illegal dumping
and to move the public to do the right thing with
“People often resist the cost of landfill and if
they think the cost is too high, they will dump
their rubbish anywhere. That’s something that
needs to be looked at,” he said.
“A point system or rebate could be used as en-
couragement to deal with waste properly.”
Mr Needham said hot spots would be moni-
tored around tourism areas as part of the plan.
“We are receiving new data on problem areas
to identify the magnitude of illegal dumping, and
reduce the cost for landowners and environmen-
tal damage,” he said.
The GWRRG will have a similar session in
Foster today (August 23) and in Wonthaggi later
next month to discuss finalising the implementa-
International tragedy: Inverloch’s Kristy
Blackney died in Cambodia at the weekend.
Inverloch woman dies in Cambodia
Better future for
By Sarah Vella
NO NEW landfills is the key recom-
mendation of the draft Gippsland Waste
and Resource Recovery Implementation
Plan now out for public comment.
This is bad news for French waste management
giant Veolia, which proposed to develop a new land-
fill at Leongatha South.
A Leongatha South resident, who wished to re-
main anonymous, was eagerly awaiting the release
of the draft plan and was thrilled the Veolia develop-
ment is not likely to go ahead for now.
The resident said the site is next to a quarry
where blasting still occurs.
“Good water runs through it and around in basalt
aquifers which feed into the Woorayl groundwater
basin. That water feeds into a lot of farms and is pos-
sibly also used for domestic water,” they said.
“Farm and agriculture is sustainable going
through generations, whereas this landfill only had
an expected lifespan of 15 years.
“Looking at it long term, it didn’t make much
The draft plan said Gippsland’s existing landfills
run by local government have sufficient airspace to
cope with the needs of the region for at least 10 years.
The plan said works approvals will be required
to allow extensions of a number of the current land-
fills to meet future needs.
Should these works approvals not be granted, or
if councils decide to discontinue landfill operations
for any other reasons, then a process of seeking in-
terest from other providers may take place.
The Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery
Group is now seeking industry and community
views on a draft plan
Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Board
chair Dick Ellis said they will be undertaking a se-
ries of sessions across Gippsland to allow interested
groups and individuals to discuss the details of the
plan, including at Leongatha last Friday. and Wont-
haggi on Tuesday, September 20, and Phillip Island
on Wednesday, September 21.
Ian Needham, engagement and education team
leader with Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery
Group, said the report stated an assessment about
whether landfills are required is based on commu-
“There is no demonstrated need for new landfills,
given the resource recovery group believes there is
Mega dump relief for now
enough land space in existing landfills around the
Gippsland region,” he said.
The draft implementation plan is now available
online at www.rightcycle.com.au
Feedback: from left, Leongatha South’s Ron Wangman gave feedback to Gippsland Waste
and Resource Recovery Group CEO Matthew Peake about the draft implementation plan
for future waste management at a consultation session in Leongatha last Friday.
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