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DURING 2016, secondary college stu-
dents have been undertaking a work-
place learning placement as part of their
South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning
and Employment Network is working with local
businesses to create placement opportunities as
part of the Department of Education.
The program enables students undertaking
Vocational Education and Training students ac-
cess to placements as part of their Victorian Cer-
tificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate
of Applied learning (VCAL).
The Structured Workplace program facilitates
engagement between schools and employers, and
supports schools to source local placements for
students while identifying the needs of local in-
dustries, said program coordinator Karena Kerr.
Russell Hemming, manager of Leongatha
Holden, offered a placement in 2017 for a stu-
dent studying Certificate Two in Automotive at
the new South Gippsland Trade Skills automotive
workshop at the Leongatha Education Precinct.
He knows the importance of supporting stu-
dents with work placements as he sees the posi-
tive outcomes not only for the student, but also
for his staff and business.
If your business would like the opportunity to
host a structure work placement student in 2017
or you are a student, parent or employer who
would like further information on the program,
contact Karena Kerr on 5662 5500.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will
continue to aim to reduce its green-
house gas emissions by 20 percent on
2009-10 levels by 2020.
This will be done by looking for further
efficiency improvements, and renewable energy
and resource efficiency initiatives in public and
Council adopted its Sustainability Strategy
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said the
previous strategy had secured grants worth
than $450,000 in grants to implement projects.
Cr Andrew McEwen felt the new strategy
should be left to the new council to consider,
after the October election.
“When the new council comes in, there may
be new opportunities for funding,” Cr McEwen
The strategy describes climate change as the
“preeminent environmental issue of our time”.
“Increasing concentrations of greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere are changing the
climate in ways detrimental to social and
economic well-being,” the report stated.
Current research suggests climate change
impacts in South Gippsland will likely result in
more days over 35 degrees, less annual rainfall,
more days with high and extreme fire danger,
more extreme weather events, less water in
rivers and wetlands, more weeds and pests, and
higher sea temperatures and sea levels.
“With the economy of South Gippsland
so heavily reliant on its natural resources
(agriculture and tourism) the South Gippsland
Shire is vulnerable to the impacts of climate
change,” the report stated.
Council, together with Bass Coast Shire
Council, will also coordinate the running of
the annual South Gippsland Sustainability
The strategy also calls for:
encouraging carpooling for council staff,
councillors and the public;
encouraging community gardens and kitch-
ens to promote home vegetable gardening,
local produce and composting education;
promoting local food producers and retailers
and sustainability practices;
supporting and promoting the continuing
development and implementation of the Sus-
tainability Gippsland website;
working with the community to implement a
community energy project; and
supporting audits for households, businesses
and community groups to identify opportuni-
ties to improve energy and water efficiency.
Proposals within the 2016 strategy will be
funded by allocated budgets. Grants will be ap-
plied for when possible.
The final strategy was considered after
council considered a draft version at a briefing
on May 18.
The draft was placed on public exhibition
from May 23 to June 17.
Creating opportunities: Structured Workplace learning coordinator Karena Kerr of South
Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network with Leongatha Holden
manager Russell Hemming. Leongatha Holden hosted a student as part of the program.
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