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in Gippsland, my children are
5th generation Gippslanders and
my hope for them and other local
children is that the future council
/ we work together, as community
representatives with each other,
be sound advocates with other
levels of government, listen to our
communities and together with
council administration optimise
opportunities and sustain what
makes our region great.
My professional (Agri Business
Banking & Marketing) and
community background has given
me the experience (incl lessons
at times) and skills, growing up
actively working on a dairy farm
instilled my hard work ethic and
my passion for future generations
of South Gippslanders gives me
the heart to be a solid contributor
Are you with us?
Candidate Tarwin Valley
Support for strong
COUNCILLOR Nigel Hutchin-
son-Brooks in one of the local
papers last week stated that
some councillors don’t under-
stand the meaning of TEAMS.
Some history is illuminating.
The first term under the leadership of
Cr Kennedy Council did function as
a high performance team with high
levels of mutual respect drawing on
people’s different talents. Under Cr
Kennedy’s leadership, we achieved
the funding of sewerage for Nyora,
Loch and Poowong and made
progress on a number of fronts.
This progressively collapsed in
the second year of council because
in my opinion some councillors
shifting to a ‘winner take all’ block
voting pattern on policy matters.
Such patterns are in contravention
of the Local Government Act.
Key fundamental principles of
good teams are mutual respect,
open mindedness, a willingness
to listen to different opinions and
cooperate. Much of the internal
discussion and debate become
fractious with little or no respect
shown for differing opinions. Brute
numbers ruled too often, rather than
respectful dialogue. Sadly this has
been marred in at times by poor
behaviours directed at Crs. Hill,
Kennedy and myself.
the behavioural problem publicly
when he used 15 terms to describe
me when discussing my Notice of
Motion seeking exemption for CSG
under the Mining Act. “Playing the
man and not the ball”. Clearly he
was not fulfilling his own principles
of being a good team member.
There has been at times a
bloody minded approach, where
opinions and initiatives from Cr
Hill, Cr Kennedy and I have been
rejected out of hand, rather than
discussed their merits as a team.
The rejection out of hand of the
Notice of Motion to, “calling an
interest meeting on extending the
rail trail’ and calling for a report
for the new council on the potential
for a “Small Town Capital Works
Community Budgeting Program”
is indicative of such destructive
Good teams function well when
there is mutual respect, when there
is a willingness to listen to differing
opinions and in short being
collaborative. In my opinion the
majority block has failed to display
these qualities and hence there has
led to a dysfunctional team.
I have always debated the issues
with and evidence based approach
and not ‘played the man’ as some
of my colleagues have chosen
to do. We do, as Cr Hutchinson-
Brooks says, need fresh new blood
of independent councillors working
collaboratively for the betterment
of the shire, rather than a pattern
of self-interested decision making
that has led to gross inequality
in funding new capital initiatives
between towns. I look forward
to a new council of independent
councillors genuinely committed to
building a high performance team
and ensuring equity and fairness
for the whole shire not just some
I REFER to an article that ap-
peared in a local paper entitled
‘Wonthaggi’s future depends
Bass Coast Shire Council is run-
ning a series of focus group work-
shops to “identify the place Wont-
haggi has in the modern world”.
Really? These sessions will be run
by external facilitators. Again, re-
ally? Why on earth would council
need to outsource asking residents
what they think and noting down
their responses? I’m baffled!
Candidate for Bunurong
COPY of letter to Mr Tamlin,
CEO of South Gippsland Shire,
and department managers,
I write to you as you are all
responsible to provide an efficient
and economically managed shire
council on behalf of its ratepayers
pursuant to the Local Government
While the current sitting mayor
and councillors have a responsibil-
ity under The Charter of the Lo-
cal Government Act and generally
take the brunt of ratepayers’ anger,
especially in regards to the rating
strategy, it is you who set the an-
nual budget and rates and simply
table them at council meetings for
the councillors to approve.
There is no prerequisite for in-
coming councillors to be learned
in economic management and they
and the ratepayers fully rely on
your supposed skills in this area.
There is a very strong current of
ratepayers’ dissatisfaction with the
way you are managing the finances,
in particular the proposal for a new
$32 million dollar shire office in
coming years and which four per
cent of the rate return is now being
consolidated annually for this cost;
the shire cannot afford this.
I also raise the issue of the ‘va-
cant land’ rate which is 200 per cent
of the general residential rate and
also applies to farming zone small
acreage; this is downright robbery.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire, a
similarly based mix of rural, farm-
ing and township zones, only at-
tracts a 20 per cent differential rate
above the general rate to vacant
I drove through Korumburra
recently and noticed at least five
shops vacant, similarly in Leon-
gatha. The biggest budget item is
wages to council staff and I believe
that a stop to further staff recruit-
ment should be immediately put on
hold or reduced until you can get
the budget in order and reduce the
I am always hearing about the
need to attract new residents to in-
crease the rate revenue; what then
when you also run over budget?
Increase the rates further?
COUNCIL’S decision at the
August 17 meeting to close the
Inverloch Transfer Station was
based on an extremely biased
report by Officers determined
to effect the closure.
Reference was made to the costs
to upgrade the site to Best Practise
Standards (Sustainability Victoria;
Guide to Best Practise at Resource
Recovery Centres, 2009.)
Council have known of the
Best Practise Guide since it was
published in 2009. Council have
ignored this guide for 7 years and
only refer to it now when it suits its
Furthermore if they had fol-
lowed The Best Practise Guide, they
would not have rezoned the area
Rural/Residential.Why is it that the
transfer station is not operating to
the guide recommendations after 7
years? It should be noted that the
guide is intended to promote Best
Practise, it is not mandatory !
If Council Officers were aware
of this surely a business case should
have been prepared by the Officer
responsible not a consultant, and
included in the report that was pre-
pared to close down the transfer
station. There was insufficient in-
formation to properly consider the
Council was also responsible for
rezoning the land to Rural Residen-
tial which “ ...has caused a number
if unverified complaints regarding
odours and green waste mulching”
entirely due to as the officer stated
to”...the continued encroachment
of residential development”
Was this decision to rezone the
land made behind closed doors be-
cause a decision had already been
made to close the transfer station?
It was also mentioned that the
site is located on top of a closed
landfill “which will be the subject
to a future EPA Victoria Pollution
Abatement Notice requiring cap-
ping of the landfill”. This implies
that Council did not properly cap
the landfill before starting the trans-
fer station so recapping will be re-
quired in any case and has nothing
to do with the argument to close
the transfer station. This would be
the second time that Council has
botched the capping of landfill. The
old Rhyll Tip required recapping at
considerable expense to meet the
EPA requirements before being
It should also be noted that
if the closure proceeds then the
Best Practise Guide referred to by
Council Officers states in section
5 Rehabilitation. “The future use
of the site should be determined in
consultation with the local commu-
nity, planning authorities and other
This Council have failed to
properly address the Shires Waste
problems and do not deserve to be
re-elected in October.
MR Auddino’s excitement
about the secret sale and de-
struction of the Korumburra
shire offices (“Star”, last week)
may be what you would expect
from a real estate agent keen on
But developers should not be
allowed to engage with councils in
secret purchases of valuable land
on which important community as-
sets are utilised.
The sale and destruction of the
council chambers should be the nail
in the coffin of the current dysfunc-
tional South Gippsland Shire coun-
cillors. The redevelopment of an art
gallery, library, historical society
etc will cost millions of ratepayers’
What a waste when we have a
large earthquake proof building at
the entry to the town with histori-
cal significance dating back at least
50 years. There is plenty of room
behind the council chambers for
the construction of a supermarket if
one is required.
The current councillors must
not be re-elected when they are so
short-sighted and wasteful with
IT seems the Bass Coast Shire is dumping on Inverloch again
and serving up another round of rubbish decision making and
residents have every right to be angry with the Bass Coast Shire
unanimously voting to close the town’s tip last week.
Here is another service ripped out of one of the Bass Coast towns,
just like the Council did at Phillip Island. That Council closed its tip
back in 2013 and while there was a promise another site would be estab-
lished, that never happened-another pork pie instead!
Inverloch residents will now face a nightmare, just like the Island,
of trying to dispose of their rubbish and it won’t be easy with the nearest
tip at Wonthaggi.
For those who don’t have a trailer, good luck with that and look out
for all the rubbish you will start to see piling up along the roadsides as
people will not want to travel all the way to the Wonthaggi tip and why
Bass Coast Shire views closing the tip as another cost cutting mea-
sure and saving some $185,000 per year but guess what? The ratepayers
in Inverloch will be left to pay to have their rubbish removed.
What exactly does Inverloch get for its rates anyway? You would
have to wonder how much is being spent in one of the jewel towns in the
Bass Coast crown- the other being Phillip Island where the Stand Alone
group was formed because residents had a gut full of the inaction by the
Bass Coast Shire. Yes, Phillip Island is not giving up the fight and is still
pushing to break from this shire.
So, is it any wonder Bass Coast has recently formed its own resi-
dents and ratepayers group.
Well may outgoing mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale be proud of her four
or so years serving the Bass Coast Shire and her achievements, but there
will be those who vehemently disagree.
Cr Crugnale and councillors could well be seen as the Council in
charge of closing facilities rather than opening new ones.
For example she helped close the wonderful Wonthaggi Information
Centre, that seemed to be closed just as quickly as it opened, never given
a real chance to thrive, it shut down the Phillip Island tip and now for the
hat trick, the Inverloch tip.
Oh and let’s not forget the debacle and furore when the Council
closed the beaches to dogs at Inverloch and that went down like a lead
One would not be surprised for thinking Inverloch is not feeling the
love from the Bass Coast Shire.
Well the council elections are looming in October and Inverloch and
all the other towns in the shire will be able to send a clear message and
either dump the standing representatives or vote for a fresh new team.
What about dumping the Council?
Copy of letter to South
Gippsland Shire council,
I am forwarding a photo of
an old hot water service together
with the box of its replacement.
It has been dumped along Hakea
Street. As there are only 4 houses
in the street, I have a suspicion as
to whom it belongs but I am unable
to prove it. It would very easy to
prove that it’s not mine.
I venture to say that if the Shire
provided a hard rubbish collection
as part of our rates this would not
It would be appreciated if Shire
saw to its removal ASAP.
Why I’m running for
I’M not out to turn the world on
its head, not out to take an axe
to anything, nor am I proposing
to reform South Gippsland....
we live in a wonderful part of
the world already.
I don’t see the world as ‘them
& us’ we can achieve far more by
recognising that we essentially
want the same things; quality of
life, creativity/purpose, peace,
sustainable environment. That
doesn’t mean we always need
to agree on how to get there and
can appropriately challenge the
process, but if we can respectfully
consider & empathise with each
other’s positions and the impact
that ideas and initiatives have on
each other, we are more likely to at
least understand, accept and achieve
outcomes. While I welcome new
ideas, I respect our foundations.
As community member
and candidate (not an existing
councillor) my perception is that the
council is not a perfect organisation
but it’s not a terrible one either,
every business or organisation can
continually fine tune. The staff that
I have had dealings with, in the
main, has been extremely helpful,
transparent and committed to their
roles and the community, they are
part of the community, they are
We have more to gain by
valuing the people we have and
treating them with respect and they
in turn will give their best.
Last Sunday my family
celebrated 90 years of farming
THE article which ap-
peared in The Star, on
Tuesday, August 9,
‘Boaters reject parking
plan’, contained incor-
The article wrongly stated
the Walkerville Foreshore proj-
ect would receive $130,000
from VR Fish. The correct
source of the funding is the
State Government’s boating,
safety and facilities program.
VR Fish general manager
Dallas D’Silva said the organi-
sation was not responsible for
funding boating infrastructure.
The Star was supplied with
the wrong information.
SOUTH Gippsland Sec-
ondary College’s tourna-
ment of the minds team was
crowned regional champi-
ons over the weekend.
Competing in the loaded
Language and Literature division
the team were terrific in their re-
sponses to the difficult questions
posed to them in the final.
Jess Maguire was thrilled with
their efforts on the day.
“They were outstanding,
working really well as a team
and handling the pretty high
stakes with ease. They’re a real
chance to go well at the state
championships next term,” Mr
The team consisted of
George Nicoll, Amy Tudor,
Sam Lazaro, Ethan Burrow,
Ema Hodgson and Allie Lem-
chens from Years 7-9.
The school is really proud
of their efforts and can’t wait to
see them go for it at the State
Go team: the team consisting of George Nicoll, Amy Tudor,
Sam Lazaro, Ethan Burrow, Ema Hodgson and Allie Lem-
chens from Years 7-9 were crowned regional champions on
Tournament of the minds success
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