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By Brad Lester
THE Korumburra community is on
track to have a new children’s hub by
early next year.
Construction of the Karmai Community Chil-
dren’s Centre is due for completion by the contract
date of early December 2016, with the fitout expected
to take place soon after.
The $5.345 million centre comprising childcare,
kindergarten, and maternal and child health was the
flagship of South Gippsland Shire Council’s 2015-16
engineering capital works program, valued at $12.92
Council’s manager engineering and assets John
Moylan proudly informed councillors of the pro-
gram’s success recently.
The Karmai centre is being jointly funded by
council ($2.045 million), the Federal Government
($1.6 million), State Government ($1.6 million) and
the Korumburra community ($100,000).
Wonthaggi firm TS Constructions is completing
the project and due to the competitive price, extra
items have been added, including a staff carpark for
15 vehicles and drainage in nearby Little Princes
To coincide with the project, council also brought
forward the reconstruction of Princes and John streets,
Korumburra, to minimise the impact on neighbours
by completing this project, and the children’s hub, in
the same year, rather than over two years.
Up to 60 variations to the original design have been
made due to small changes that have arisen.
Other capital works projects of note included:
two new public toilets at Tarwin Lower and Wara-
footpath renewal, including Shellcot Road and
James Street, Korumburra; Jupiter Boulevard,
Venus Bay; Walkerville Road, Tarwin Lower and
Turner Street, Leongatha;
new guardrail contracts, including new bridge
barriers on Spencers Road Bridge, Leongatha
North, over Coalition Creek, following a truck
accident in 2014;
completion of the new Leongatha skate park;
recreation projects: soccer lighting at Mirboo
North, resurfacing of netball courts at Mirboo
North, Yanakie Recreation Reserve improvement
works, Meeniyan Recreation Reserve youth space
(new skate park and playground), new synthetic
bowls green at Korumburra, and Korumburra
Training Centre of Excellence indoor cricket
rural road rehabilitation program: Leongatha-
Yarragon Road, Wooreen; Buffalo-Waratah Road,
Buffalo; and Dollar Road, Dollar.
reconstruction of A’Beckett Street, Leongatha;
Station Street, Korumburra;
sealing of Grand Ridge Road, Trida and Carmod-
ys Road, Leongatha;
extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail between
Koonwarra and Meeniyan. Savings were direct-
ed towards the reconstruction of the trail from
Welshpool to Port Welshpool, and the construc-
tion of a new asphalt path along the foreshore in
Port Welshpool. New rail trail signs are expected
to be in place by November this year; and
Koonwarra landfill. Completion of entire Cell
4 completed in one session, saving council
Mayor Cr Bob Newton said he would like to see
one of the new bridges on the Koonwarra-Meeniyan
section of the rail trail named in honour of Eric Cum-
ming, who undertook significant work in establishing
By Brad Lester
SOUTH Gippsland Shire residents could
one day receive an organics waste col-
lection service from their kerbsides.
South Gippsland Shire Council officers flagged
the option recently, to reduce the amount of kitchen
compostable and green waste entering the Koon-
warra landfill, filling precious space, and emitting
gas and leachate.
Council has set aside $20,000 in the 2016-17
budget to investigate the viability of a full organics
collection in the future.
“What is regarded as best practice will involve
major changes in collection and in people’s behav-
iour,” council’s waste management supervisor Pete
A SOUTH Gippsland Shire
councillor has defended his
plan to return decision mak-
ing powers to the Mirboo
North community as original,
saying his proposal is differ-
ent to that already in train by
Cr Don Hill, who is seeking re-election
to Tarwin Valley Ward, is proposing an
elected local board similar to the former
Mirboo North Shire that would be respon-
sible for determining and delivering local
area services to the community, “rather
than having these decisions made in Le-
Council already has in place a Com-
munity Capital Works Allocation project,
whereby the community will have a say
in how an extra $400,000 will be spent on
capital works in Mirboo North, Foster, Ko-
rumburra and Venus Bay in 2017-18. People were recently
invited to express their views by being involved in online
Cr Hill said, “The model I’m proposing is there would
be elected boards of locals and there would be services
they would be responsible for.
“They should end up with more rates
being spent in their areas. My trial would
see the whole shire being covered by local
Cr Hill said boards would comprise
local representatives and councillors, and
they would receive council administration
He said board members would receive
a small allowance and be elected to their
positions by the community.
Cr Hill said his idea was based on the
program implemented in New Zealand’s
Thames-Coromandel District Council,
where community boards are in place for
“They had a six percent reduction in
their rates overnight when they started
this. They find the local area boards are
getting more done for less dollars, like
the current recreation reserve committees
do,” he said.
“They tend to have more local sup-
port and get more involvement from the community. They
work on projects the community has identified as opposed
to some asset manager.”
The NZ model was presented at a local government
conference Cr Hill attended some years ago and he has
since joined a group that is considering how the NZ model
could be implemented in Australia.
Children’s hub on schedule
Reducing waste: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s sustainability coordinator
Geoff McKinnon and waste management supervisor Pete Roberts discuss the possibility of
introducing an organics waste collection service in the shire.
Kitchen scraps appeal to council
Bass Coast Shire Council will introduce a kitchen
organics service that will entail households receiv-
ing a bin with cornstarch liners that break down, and
South Gippsland could do the same.
Bass Coast will collect garbage fortnightly and
green waste/organics weekly, given that waste pro-
duces more odour.
Mr Roberts did acknowledge people already
composting would have some concerns about the
cost of the service.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton suggested a user pay sys-
tem so as ratepayers would not pay for a bin they
do not use or even suggested a service to be shared
“The only other way we could do it is to change
the local law and let people have pigs and chooks in
their backyards,” he quipped.
Council introduced a fortnightly kerbside green
waste collection service in July 2014, but an organics
service was not, due to the need to send such waste
to a licensed processing facility, the nearest being at
Dutson Downs near Sale.
The green waste service removed 1700 tonnes of
green waste during its first year, far above the 1000
tonnes that had been anticipated.
Green waste is taken to Pinegro Pty Ltd in Mor-
well for composting and Mr Roberts was pleased to
note no loads from South Gippsland Shire had been
turned away due to contamination. Waste is compos-
ted and turned into soil conditioner that is sold.
The service has reduced the amount of kerbside
waste to landfill from each property from 411kg to
Kerbside waste composition 2014-15:
recycling 2091 tonnes, garbage 4086
Kerbside waste composition 2015-16:
recycling 2225 tonnes, garbage 3890
tonnes, green waste, 1700 tonnes.
337kg a year a – reduction of about 18 percent.
Spring is the peak time for green waste collec-
tion, with 9026 bins collected in October, above the
monthly average of 7218 green waste bins.
Properties receiving green waste paid $78 for the
service during the 2015-16 financial year and this has
risen to $79.35 in 2016-17.
“The introduction of the service has led to a signif-
icant reduction in the volume of green waste dropped
off at all transfer stations except Walkerville where the
service is unavailable,” a council report stated.
“Overall there was a 23.5 percent drop in green
waste volumes dropped off at transfer stations since
the service began compared to 2014-15 .”
That reduction is equivalent to 4976 cubic metres.
“The reduction in green waste volumes at the
sites has led to savings in green waste mulching and
management costs of approximately $30,0000 but
also a drop in green waste disposal income of ap-
proximately $23,000 compared to 2014-15, creating
a net saving in transfer station management costs of
$7000,” a council report stated.
Local focus: South
Gippsland Shire Coun-
cillor Don Hill wants to
implement a local board
in Mirboo North that
will be responsible for
delivering council ser-
vices to the community.
Power to the locals
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