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Gippsland men leave
it too late!
Why are Gippsland
likely to die
By Brad Lester
A CRAFT shop run by volunteers to
benefit the Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay
communities is unlikely to be sold by
South Gippsland Shire Council.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton told The Star he believed
council would not sell the site, which had been
among nine earmarked as surplus to council’s needs
and recommended by council staff for potential sale.
The matter will be considered at tomorrow’s
(Wednesday) council meeting and the recommenda-
tion before councillors is to not sell the site.
The decision to list the craft shop infuriated the
volunteers, who work under the banner of Riverside
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will
vote on a proposal to support the dairy
industry at tomorrow’s (Wednesday)
A recommendation before the council meeting
earmarks $22,220 to back dairy support programs
and events this financial year, through community
A further $15,000 will be allocated to the fund
once this sum is received from the State Govern-
ment, as expected.
The initiative comes in the wake of farm milk
gate prices plummeting in April and then again in
June this year, seriously impacting the short term
viability of many farming businesses, as the cost
of production exceeds returns for some farmers.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton said council was left
with no other option than to back dairying.
“We rely on our farmers. If we have not got
farmers, we have not got anything. They support
our businesses and so we have to support our
farming community,” he said.
The dairy industry generates around $1 billion
in economic growth in the shire and the shire’s
438 dairy farmers make it one of the most impor-
tant dairy regions in Victoria.
Dairy farming is the largest employer in the
shire and employs an estimated 1700 people.
The $22,220, from council’s community grants
budget, could go towards community events, and
health and wellbeing activities. A panel could as-
sess and determine grants of up to $5000.
Council is expecting to receive a further
$15,000 from the State Government to add to the
Council has worked government and the pri-
vate sector to coordinate a response effort so far.
A report before tomorrow’s meeting states
some farmers had sufficient equity or other means
to survive the downturn, while the Federal and
State governments had announced support pack-
ages to help the industry via psychological and
social support, financial advisory services and lo-
“It is expected that the sector will continue to
feel the effects of these changes for several years
to come, during which time a well-coordinated re-
sponse program will need to be maintained to help
the sector return to a more sustainable financial
environment,” the report stated.
Farmers are dealing with the stress caused by
their financial situation and the drought of last
“More broadly, many local suppliers such as
veterinarians, feed suppliers and transport pro-
viders will also be facing challenging financial
circumstances as their clients seek to wind back
CONGRATULATIONS to Mikaela
Cornelissen from Leongatha who is the
Gippstar August ‘Open’ award win-
ner for her achievements in the pool. I
attended the 56th Gippstar Awards in
Traralgon where Mikaela was one of
24 athletes recognised for their sporting
pursuits throughout Gippsland over the
past 12 months.
Mikaela is an inspiring young athlete who has the 2020
Tokyo Olympic Games in sight. She competed in the Vic-
torian Country Championships where she won seven Gold
and one Silver. She also smashed three Gippsland and two
Victorian Country records. At the Victorian State Champi-
onships she won two Gold, three Silver and three Bronze,
while breaking four Gippsland and five Victorian Country
The Gippstar Awards have a long and proud history in
recognising highly talented Gippslanders who have pro-
vided inspiration for others to follow in their sporting foot-
steps. Congratulations to all of the award recipients.
I know I speak on behalf of all South Gippslanders
when I say how proud I am of Eleanor Patterson. While
she may have been disappointed in her performance, to
represent your country at the Olympic Games is a wonder-
ful achievement. There were a lot of very bleary-eyed folks
on Friday morning! Thank you Eleanor.
From sport to cheese and the gold medal state award
winners for the 2016 Delicious Produce Awards were recent-
ly announced with Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese selected
with its Riverine Blue. The team will now travel to Sydney
to attend the awards dinner in September. Judges across the
country deliberated over the best produce from each state
and what an amazing recognition for the Fish Creek based
business. Fingers crossed for them next month!
Coal Creek is keeping Victoria beautiful! Congratula-
tions to the staff and volunteers at Coal Creek after being
announced as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2016
Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards in three
categories. To be recognised in three categories with three
different projects demonstrates Coal Creek’s capacity to
reach beyond tourism. The Tidy Towns name has always
been synonymous with community pride and as a finalist;
it demonstrates Coal Creek’s commitment to cohesion and
community action and education at a grassroots level.
Coal Creek is a finalist in the following categories:
Community Government Partnerships - Coal Creek Pro-
fessional Development Local History Network; Cultural
Heritage - The Story of the Dawes Brothers: Our Commu-
nities Anzac History; Environmental Sustainability - Inter-
pretive Self-guided History Tour.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in
Horsham on 15 October. Good luck team!
I joined dedicated SES volunteers from all over the re-
gion at the annual VICSES awards ceremony in Leongatha.
Congratulations to this year’s National Medal recipient,
Darryl Harrap, from the Yarram unit. The ceremony is an
excellent opportunity to recognise the time SES volunteers
commit to the service. They do their job so well, always
with such precision and teamwork. The SES is made up of
such a highly skilled bunch dedicated to our safety.
Something you may not know is how committed local
primary and secondary schools are in supporting various
student exchange programs. In the last week alone I was
made aware of over 10 international students who were
staying with local families on a two week to 12 month ex-
I would like to acknowledge this effort made by schools
and local families for hosting these students and pushing
the boundaries because experience is everything. Imagine
living overseas as a teenager for anything from up to 12
months. I feel privileged when I hear that international stu-
dents are living here in beautiful South Gippsland learning
not only about this wonderful part of Australia, but learning
a lot about themselves too. I would like to extend a warm
welcome to those here on exchange and my best wishes to
those heading abroad on their exchange adventure.
Community needs us: Riverside Crafts treasurer Pamela Dunstan is hoping South Gippsland
Shire Council will not sell the Tarwin Lower craft shop.
Race for survival
Mayor buoys craft shop hopes
venue for residents to socialise.
Riverside Crafts treasurer Pamela Dunstan said
the group presented a petition with 666 signatures
opposing the sale to council.
“The shop gives local people a purpose and gives
money back to a community cause,” she said.
“We do not just sit here and knit. We do that at
home. This is our retail outlet. We were visited by
councillors Jeanette Harding, Mohya Davies and
Kieran Kennedy and they have all seen we are a pro-
fessional outlet for people who do craft in the area.
“Other towns are trying to set up something like
we have got and what we have is under threat. It’s
not sensible at all.”
The Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have op-
posed the proposed sale of 3-5 Marine Parade, Ve-
nus Bay, saying the site is public open space and
Secretary Lorraine Norden said, “People have
put a seat on it, planted trees on it and people use it,
but the council says there is no evidence that people
“Council’s consultation is not consultation at
all. We’ve spoken to the council in the past and you
might as well have been speaking to a rock.”
Other properties mooted for sale are Lot 7, Smith
Street, Loch; 82A Victoria Street, Toora; Lot 16 and
Lot 1, rear of Main Street, Welshpool; 13 Symmons
Street, Leongatha; and Reserve 1, Warralong Court,
input costs,” the report stated.
“Some farmers have already, or will be faced
with the prospect of having to lay off staff as
they seek to reduce operating costs. The effects
of these decisions include potential loss of em-
ployees, skills and knowledge, which could lead
to future challenges for business as they seek to
rebuild their workforces when milk prices are re-
Council will meet at the Leongatha RSL.
Council heeds dairy’s bellow for help
Council is also considering selling a playground
in Sloan Avenue, Leongatha, and a reserve at 3-5
Marine Parade, Venus Bay, but Cr Newton was un-
sure if those properties would be retained in public
“There will be properties that will not be sold
and there will be some that will be sold,” Cr Newton
“I’m sure Riverside Crafts won’t be sold. We
won’t put people out. The council may decide other-
wise but I don’t believe it will be sold.”
If the shop is not sold, this will not be the first
time council has worried communities unnecessarily.
In the last round of land sales, council had consid-
ered selling a park in Foster ’s Berry Street, only to
withdraw that land from the list following commu-
Asked if the land sales process had become a
public relations disaster for council, Cr Newton said
council had a process to follow and there was no
other way around the matter.
“It’s a local law that we have to go through. We
can’t just pick one or two here and there, and say
you’re not going to sell it,” he said.
“There is a lot of land that is not sold because
people have concerns. You can’t blame people for
getting uptight over a proposed sale and that’s how
you get the land off the list, but people don’t under-
stand the process.”
Riverside Crafts is at 29 River Drive, also the
site of the popular town markets that raise funds to
maintain the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute. The
shop has raised $9000 for cash strapped community
groups in the district over the past nine years and is a
Cr Robert Newton
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