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Ben Corcoran is putting
his hand up for Tarwin
Valley Ward at the South
Gippsland Shire Council
Mr Corcoran said he would
bring greater transparency and
accountability to council.
“There have been too many
decisions made behind closed
doors. I will be supporting an
up front and straight forward
approach, where council works
with community to get robust
decision making that people can
understand,” he said.
Mr Corcoran was born in
Melbourne and lived in Korum-
burra for 21 years before living
in Leongatha for the past seven
“Having grown up in South Gippsland, I have experienced the
challenges that young people and people with a disability face first
hand. We can do so much more to make our community safer and
more welcoming and it won’t cost the earth,” he said.
“Young people and people with a disability are underrepresent-
ed in our community and it is really important that we get greater
diversity of views in the council chamber.”
Mr Corcoran nominated economic development, job creation,
civic infrastructure and community services as the top priorities for
“I think council has an important role ensuring our roads and
footpaths are properly maintained. We should also be advocating
for better public transport. I am not convinced we should be spend-
ing millions of dollars on new council offices,” he said.
Mr Corcoran is a member of the Koonwarra CFA, studies poli-
tics and law at Victoria University, and volunteers with New Wave
He is determined to make a positive difference in his commu-
“I am a big believer in a fair go for all, but I also think everyone
should do their best to make a contribution,” he said.
“South Gippsland will only go ahead if we work together and
stay focused on the big picture.”
Mohan de Run
Clare Le Serve
A DEDICATED commu-
nity man who loves Leon-
gatha will vie for election
to represent Tarwin Valley
Ward in South Gippsland
Graeme Winkler was born in
Leongatha and is proud to call
the town home, but plans to serve
the broader ward and shire, if
“I want to get out amongst the
community and try to get a handle
on what the community wants,”
He has pledged to advocate for
cheaper rates, fewer empty shops
in towns and improved control of council’s finances.
He proposed closer ties with the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce
and Industry to lift the town’s businesses and a strong relationship with
VicRoads to address the region’s roads.
As president of Woorayl Golf Club and a member of the Leongatha
Recreation Reserve Committee, Mr Winkler said he knows the value
of quality sporting facilities to the community and said he would con-
tinue to advocate for improvements to those facilities across the shire.
At Mirboo North, Mr Winkler proposes to continue to help the
community maintain and improve the swimming pool, and upgrade
the road around the town’s recreation reserve and accessibility to the
“There are still a lot of gravel roads around Mirboo North, and kerb
and channeling and footpaths that need upgrading,” he said.
The former shift worker at Murray Goulburn spent his working
days committed to his family, job and community, and now retired, he
wishes to further serve the shire.
“I’m looking forward to being involved with council because some
of the councillors have been there too long and do not work as a team,”
Mr Winkler said.
“I would be one of nine councillors so you have to get councillors
on your side to get motions passed.”
A self professed good listener and debater, Mr Winkler promised to
respond to constituents’ questions.
“I have one daughter and three grandchildren in the town and I
want a future for them,” he said.
“I want them to be able to say their grandfather did some good
while he was on council.”
CANDIDATE for South
Gippsland Shire Council,
Jeremy Rich, has rejected
a claim by mayor Cr Bob
Newton that he is single
Cr Newton recently told The
Star he thought Mr Rich was a
not serious contender for council
and was standing on a single is-
sue: to advance the Rich family’s
Walkerville Village residential
Mr Rich dismissed the
“Fellow residents and ratepayers know there are numerous issues
that need to be addressed and for the incumbent mayor to think oth-
erwise reveals that he has not been listening to my or other people’s
concerns, which is part of the problem,” Mr Rich said.
“We need change. We need proper vision, leadership and gover-
nance if we are going to make South Gippsland a better place for all
residents and not just a select few.”
Mr Rich will contest Coastal Promontory Ward at the October
He aims to:
reduce rates and improve the quality of services and infrastruc-
call for fairer distribution of public investment across the whole
re-assess the planned new $32 million centralised council offices;
promote agriculture and businesses to create more opportunities
for the future;
work with the community to identify what people value;
develop sustainable growth strategies that increase the rate base of
the shire; and
support and grow a sustainable local value added economy, build-
ing on the strengths of agriculture, lifestyle, tourism, and the arts.
Mr Rich called for elected councillors who lead and direct the
shire’s executive rather than be led by unelected administrators, and a
council that sets productivity and performance targets for senior staff
“This is not about me; it’s about all the other small people that
have not been treated with common courtesy, let alone with the re-
spect and professionalism that we all deserve and should expect from
our shire council and leaders,” he said.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire
Councillor Jim Fawcett
will seek re-election as a
councillor for Tarwin Val-
“I have had the good fortune to
represent the Tarwin Valley Ward
for the last eight years, including
three years as mayor,” the Leon-
gatha accountant said.
“I seek a further term to build
on the substantial advances council
has either made or is progressing.”
In co-operation with other
councillors, he said council has:
invested $900,000 towards im-
proving the Leongatha Recreation Reserve;
built the Leongatha Skate Park;
doubled recreation reserve maintenance grants across the shire;
built a rail trail from Leongatha to the sea;
allocated $400,000 to the Mirboo North community for a direct say on
how those funds are to be spent. This is part of a shire wide commit-
ment of $1.6 million across four communities;
progressing towards revitalising the Leongatha CBD including the
Bair Street streetscape, Leongatha entrance, railway land behind Bair
Street and the heavy vehicle bypass which makes all this possible;
secured funding for the Long Jetty; and
attracted additional funding for arts and culture.
“All of this has been done with this year’s budget projecting the low-
est rate rise for over 15 years,” Cr Fawcett said.
“I stand for sensible policy and planning outcomes, a stable motivated
and efficient organisation, a commitment to support a vibrant arts and
cultural community which includes a dedicated performing arts centre in
“I will continue to work with other councillors to get things done and
not just talk about them.”
For more than 30 years Cr Fawcett has held voluntary roles in a num-
ber of community groups such as Gippsland Southern Health Service,
Leongatha RSL, SG Splash, Leongatha Football Club, Leongatha Scouts,
Leongatha Recreation Reserve and the former Latrobe Valley Football
League, now Gippsland Football League.
“I have been a director of South Gippsland Water since 2007. I am a
Certified Practising Accountant and have conducted an accounting prac-
tice in Leongatha for over 30 years,” he said.
“My children and grandchildren live locally. I love and am heavily
invested in my community. I am not just passing through.
“At election time I seek your vote to continue the good work. Work-
ing with others to get things done.”
Coast’s natural assets is
just one of the things Won-
thaggi’s Jessica Harrison
is passionate about.
After running for Hovell Ward in
the previous election, Ms Harrison has
put her hand up once again to stand
for the Bunurong Ward in Bass Coast
Shire Council in the upcoming Octo-
“I was inspired to stand again
by the ban of unconventional gas in
Victoria, announced last week by the
State Government. The successful
grassroots campaign was supported
by the Bass Coast Shire Council advo-
cating strongly for the ban,” she said.
“I have lived in Wonthaggi for 13
years, working from home as a campaigner against genetically modified food
and crops. My children enjoyed their teenage years here and have left home to
pursue their careers. I am very active in my local community and can bring my
knowledge and understanding of local concerns to my councillor role.
Ms Harrison is the volunteer coordinator of the Harvest Centre Community
Garden at Mitchell House in Wonthaggi.
She is an active member of Rural Australians for Refugees and the Bass
Coast Art Society.
She is a swimmer at the YMCA and looks forward to the planned improve-
“As a councillor, I would like to see job creation – especially increasing the
opportunities for youth and part time work during the holiday seasons. I support
the initiatives of the youth centre in Wonthaggi,” Ms Harrison said.
“I recently attended the first “Food Hubs” conference in Bendigo discussing
local food solutions. Better support for on the Bass Coast is a priority, including
more opportunities to showcase local produce.”
As an electric bike rider, Ms Harrison is also aware of the increased traffic in
the area and the need to look after pedestrians, bike and scooter riders by build-
ing safer paths and crossings.
She also believes in full consultation before any major decisions are made
on services and infrastructure in the shire.
“Any planned closures – such as the Inverloch tip – must have support from
the whole community before they are approved by council,” she said.
“I will advocate for tight budgeting, with a cap on the hiring of consultants.
I would like to see the appointment of a ‘complaints officer’ for each ward, who
can respond to resident concerns and track outcome within a set time frame to
keep residents informed of progress.
Ms Harrison is contactable at email@example.com or follow her
campaign on Facebook – Jessica Harrison Candidate.
Many ambitions: Jeremy
Rich is a candidate for Coast-
al Promontory Ward.
Cheaper rates, better services Graeme has a vision
Promising to serve: Graeme
Winkler wants to work for
the community he adores.
Jim wants to achieve more
Track record: Cr Jim Fawc-
ett wants to continue to serve
Jessica Harrison will run for
the Bunurong Ward in the
upcoming Bass Coast Shire
vows to protect the coast
Ben stands up for fairness
Many matters: Tarwin Val-
ley Ward candidate Ben Corc-
oran has named economic de-
velopment, job creation, civic
infrastructure and community
services as his top issues.
Tarwin Valley Ward
South Gippsland Shire
Council candidates so far
Bass Coast Shire
Council candidates so far
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