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By Stuart Biggins
THE owner of Michael’s SUPA IGA
in Leongatha, Michael Lorenz donated
$80,000 to the Rural Financial Counsel-
ling Service to support local dairy farm-
The money was raised through the IGA Com-
munity Chest, which raises funds to support local
charities, across Victoria.
Approximately 1300 IGA store owners across
Australia collect funds through the sale of spe-
cially marked products.
Mr Lorenz said, “We want to thank the com-
munity for its ongoing support of IGA and our
Community Chest program.
“These donations go some way towards help-
ing dairy farmers in need. I personally have made
an additional donation of $20,000 from Fairleys
SUPA IGA to support our dairy farmers and their
dedicated work for the local community.
“The community is able to support our local
farmers when visiting us in IGA stores across Vic-
toria to buy milk from our local farmers.”
Grand gesture: from left; Rural Financial Services Counselling Service Board member
Gary Van Sinderen, John Markham, Michael’s SUPA IGA, store owner Michael Lorenz and
Rural Financial Counselling service executive officer Peter Jennings at the hand-over of
$80,000 donated to assist farmers through tough times.
IGA backs farmers
By Sarah Vella
VEOLIA has not given up
developing a new landfill
in Gippsland, despite the
Gippsland Waste and Re-
source Recovery Group’s
draft regional plan failing
to identify any new landfill
The company will maintain an
ongoing interest in Leongatha South
and Yallourn North, should either
site be registered in the future.
Veolia’s Max Spedding said,
“The draft plan is likely to be fi-
nalised in early 2017, but until then,
the company is in a position of not
being able to proceed.”
Mr Spedding said despite the
waste group’s recommendations,
Veolia believed there would be a
need for additional landfill capacity
in the long term.
“It will be interesting to see
whether the Metropolitan Waste and
Resource Recovery Group (MWR-
RG) puts its hand up and calls for
neighbouring regions (to take its
waste),” he said.
“Typically a period of seven to
10 years is required to establish a
new landfill facility.
“However, failure to include
potential new landfill sites such as
Leongatha South in the current re-
gional plan means it is not possible
to continue to invest in planning for
future landfill infrastructure.
“Specifically, the current legisla-
tive framework only allows for EPA
Victoria to consider applications and
grant approvals to landfill sites that
are listed in a regional plan.”
Mr Spedding said Veolia supports
adopting a long term view to ensure
that potential new landfill sites are
identified in a timely manner.
“Unfortunately, the current ap-
proach is likely to inflate landfill
costs in the short term and result in
a rush to develop new sites when the
realities of the shortfall in disposal
capacity start to become apparent,”
Landfill still on the cards
By Tayla Kershaw
THE recent decision to close the Inver-
loch Transfer Station has sparked action
from outraged residents.
The Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents
Association has called a public rally to protest
the closure and the performance of Bass Coast
The rally will be held at 12pm on Sunday,
October 2, at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve,
and attract speakers from across the shire.
“Having wasted hundreds of thousands of
ratepayer dollars on failed schemes, having
repeatedly failed to reinstate a waste transfer
station on Phillip Island, having unnecessarily
torn up a perfectly serviceable residential street
in Pioneer Bay, and having secretly decided to
close the Wonthaggi Visitor Information Centre,
many people throughout Bass Coast as fed up
with this council,” association president Kevin
“The recent decision to close the Inverloch
Transfer Station is the final straw for many rate-
payers and residents.”
However, South Gippsland Conservation
Society is pleased with council’s decision.
Society president Dave Sutton said, “We
were concerned the transfer station was in a very
important environmental location and it’s going
to require a lot of ongoing rehabilitation.”
Mr Sutton said the transfer station was put in
as a temporary measure more than 20 years ago,
and putting it in the wrong location meant the
closure was long overdue.
“This is a good thing. It’s good for the envi-
ronment and it’s good for Inverloch,” he said.
“It’s only going to take a few minor habit
changes to accommodate this decision and waste
will be managed in a better fashion.”
Tip closure ignites rally
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