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Nyora may welcome thousands
NYORA could be as a big as Korumburra and Leongatha
in the future, Cr Andrew McEwen told South Gippsland
Shire Council last Wednesday.
“It has a lot of people who travel to Dandenong al-
ready so this could become a commuter zone,” he said.
Council adopted the final version of the Nyora De-
velopment Strategy last Wednesday, with a council re-
port predicting the town could have nearly 4000 people
in 20 years’ time. The plan guides the expansion of the
town centre, intersection upgrades, road sealing, new
trails for pedestrians and cyclists, improved stormwater
management and better landscaping.
Cr Lorraine Brunt said Nyora lacked basic infra-
structure and the plan provided scope for drainage and
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will spend an extra
$395,000 on revamping the centre of Foster.
Council had budgeted to spend $1.005 million on the
Foster Streetscape Project but will now spend $1.4 mil-
lion in 2016-17.
The estimate for the project increased due to the in-
clusion of the Foster Laneway Project that resulted from
a community grant to the Foster Community Associa-
The project was included to minimise public disrup-
tion and to increase council’s chances of successfully ap-
plying for a grant to Regional Development Victoria.
The laneway project is estimated to cost $150,000.
Pavement costs have also increased by $170,000 due
to an investigation revealing the need for a more expen-
sive, deeper asphalt pavement.
Council will find the savings for the Foster project
from works at Princes Street, Korumburra ($70,000);
Waratah Bay public toilet ($40,000); Carmodys Road,
Leongatha ($120,000); 2015-16 road rehabilitation pro-
gram ($120,000); and design services ($50,000).
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will take over man-
agement of the rail trail toilets at Koonwarra.
The Great Southern Rail Trail Committee had asked
council to consider the availability and management of
public toilets near the rail trail, in particular at Koonwar-
ra, Buffalo and Leongatha.
Council opted to take on responsibility for the Koon-
warra public toilets as these are close to cafes and shops,
and so used often, at an extra cost of $9000 a year.
Council will also develop a policy detailing council’s
position regarding the level of service provided for pub-
During this review, council will also consider in-
creasing service levels at Buffalo and Leongatha.
The rail trail committee wrote to council, saying
Koonwarra and Buffalo were not serviced by council
managed public amenities, and other facilities were not
up to standard.
The committee was concerned about the increasing
cost of cleaning toilets, water rates and vandalism, and
also the fact the closest public toilets to the rail trail in
Leongatha were in Michael Place, some distance away.
“Toilets are important to everyone and it is impor-
tant we provide an appropriate service level,” Cr Mohya
STUDENTS and teachers from Leon-
gatha Primary School attended a week-
long Natural Disaster Youth Summit in
Niigata, Japan recently.
Students Molly-Mae Nicols, Courtney Embury, Ja-
cob Stewart and Josh Allen, and teachers Megan Hol-
land and Leonnie McCluskey were invited to attend the
summit as a result of an earlier global project the school
had been involved with, Water is Life.
The school was the only school from Australia in-
vited to the summit.
This year, more than 50 students from China, Tai-
wan, India, Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Columbia, Amer-
ica, Mongolia, Japan and Australia came together to
discuss natural disasters that affect communities, how
people can reduce the risks of these natural disasters
happening, what they can do when they do occur and
how can they reconstruct after they have occurred.
The topic for discussion at the summit was ‘Disas-
ter Reduction, Mitigation and Reconstruction’ in towns.
The aim was to solve abnormal weather problems by
Leongatha primary students chose ‘bushfires’ as
their natural disaster. They gave a presentation at the
summit outlining what a bushfire looks like, how it has
affected Victoria in the past, when bushfires have oc-
curred, how they can be prevented and what has hap-
pened as a direct result from a bushfire, such as clean-
up, restoration and aftermath.
Other natural disasters discussed at the summit in-
cluded earthquakes, floods and tornadoes.
Representatives from each country performed a cul-
tural performance at a gala dinner in front of an audi-
ence of more than a hundred people.
The Australian group sang Waltzing Matilda and
was taught to play a traditional Japanese instrument, the
Taisho-Koto, and performed, en masse, at the Concert
Hall in Niigata.
At the end of the summit, a student from each coun-
try gathered to make the NDYS2016 Declaration.
The declaration statement was adopted at the clos-
ing ceremony and announced by the each representa-
tive in his or her own language.
Courtney Embury read the declaration for Austra-
lia: “To kindle the passion within, students must take
responsibility for the world is in their hands.”
Bushfire message spread to the world
South Gippsland Shire briefs
International adventure: Leongatha Primary School students met with children from other countries while in Japan recently. Back, from
left, Jacob, Josh, Courtney, Sara (Iran), Sydney (America), Courtney and Rojen (Iran), and front, Kevin (China).
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