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By Brad Lester
A CONTROVERSIAL $600,000 pro-
posal to redevelop the Walkerville
foreshore will proceed.
South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednes-
day voted to support the Walkerville Foreshore
Committee of Management’s proposal for road-
works, car parking, sea wall works and native
vegetation removal at Bayside Drive.
The proposal was amended following con-
cerns raised by the Walkerville Bluewater
Boating and Angling Club about loss of car
parking and lack of consultation by the fore-
The revised proposal includes 15 car and
trailer spaces, 19 car only spaces and multi-use
parallel parking spaces that can accommodate
a further 16 car and trailer spaces, or 43 car
only spaces. There will also be new turning ar-
The sea wall works will protect the land
from erosion, separate pedestrian and vehicle
traffic, and improve seating, drainage and weed
Foreshore committee president Bill Bray
told council, “Our priority has been to save the
caravan park and the infrastructure from which
we get the income to advance the second stage
of the hall area and where the parking is.”
Council will contribute $130,000 to the
project and the foreshore committee will seek
funding from the State Government.
Cr Mohya Davies described the project as
“a solid proposal by a hard working foreshore
“I believe the foreshore committee has
copped a lot of criticism undeservedly over
this,” she said.
“It has designed something that is very
workable in a limited space.”
Cr Andrew McEwen believed some ele-
ments of the Walkerville community could
appeal the proposal to the Victorian Civil and
Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
He suggested council defer the matter and
said the community had been poorly consulted
about the project.
Cr Lorraine Brunt said the erosion needed
to be addressed sooner than later to avoid more
costly works in the future.
Walkerville holiday home owner Don At-
kins said the final plan actually reduced the
number of carparking spots now offered.
“The ratepayers of the shire have not been
given the opportunity say ‘aye’ or ‘nay’,” he
On the way: from left, South Gippsland
Shire councillors Kieran Kennedy and
Mohya Davies discuss works for the Walk-
erville foreshore with foreshore committee
president Bill Bray.
Controversial makeover approved
By Brad Lester
THE redevelopment of
Leongatha’s Bair Street is
South Gippsland Shire
Council last week adopted
Option B of the Leongatha
following community support.
The plan will guide road and
footpath improvements, new
landscaping, street furniture
and other upgrades.
Council will now prepare
detailed plans for construction
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-
Brooks said the works would
help rejuvenate the street and
Cr Don Hill said people
want experiences and the
redeveloped Bair Street would
help achieve this.
Cr Jim Fawcett said, “This
is an exciting proposal for our
community. It’s the first leg of
the trifecta: first Bair Street,
second the Anderson Street
entrance and the third part will
be what we decided to do with
the VicTrack land.”
estimated the works would cost
about $4.8 million but the final
cost will not be known until the
detailed design is done.
CBD on the move
A COWES man was arrested after he
was caught climbing out the window
of the Cowes General Store on Sunday
The 31 year old attempted to steal alcohol
and confectionary from the store, all of which
An off duty police officer was initially
alerted to the suspicious man after seeing him
hooning in his car at 5.30pm in the Cowes area
and later parked outside the general store.
The police officer notified the on duty San
Remo unit, which arrived on the scene and ar-
rested the man.
The offender had caused significant damage
to the side of the shop and had gained access by
smashing the window.
He was taken to the Wonthaggi Police Sta-
tion, where he was processed and charged with
seven offences, including burglary, criminal
damage and driving offences.
He was bailed to appear at the Korumburra
Magistrates Court on September 26.
Caught in the act
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