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LANDOWNERS are learning how they
will be affected by the new pipeline
linking Lance Creek reservoir with the
Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyo-
ra water systems.
South Gippsland Water is making contact
with landowners as the route is finalised and is
eager to minimise disruption to landowners.
The proposed pipeline alignment has been
planned to follow property boundaries and exist-
ing road easements.
That will minimise the impact of difficult ter-
rain such as high hills and steep slopes, and to
avoid significant areas of flora and fauna, and
Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.
The Lance Creek Water Connection project
will secure the water supply needs of Korumbur-
ra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora over the next 50
years to secure water supplies for the region.
A pipeline will connect Korumburra, Poo-
wong, Loch and Nyora with South Gippsland
Water’s largest reservoir, Lance Creek.
This system will use an existing connection to
the Melbourne Water Supply System, including the
Wonthaggi desalination plant, for use as required.
The supply system will allow the community
to expand, the economy to grow and encourage
further investment in the region.
The project will cost a total of $43 million.
In May this year, the State Government promised
“At this stage of the process, it has been identi-
fied that planning for the Lance Creek Water Con-
nection pipeline requires some extra land survey
and Aboriginal cultural heritage studies in order
to finalise the alignment of the pipeline,” a South
Gippsland Water newsletter stated recently.
Project staff are making contact with affected
landowners to provide more detailed, one on one
discussions and to arrange site visits.
Further south at Yanakie, South Gippsland
Water is continuing to work on the preliminary
stages of a feasibility study to explore long-term
water supply options for Yanakie.
A call for tenders closed recently and a con-
sultant is expected to be appointed within soon.
Last summer, the Yanakie district experienced
record low rainfall and the local farming commu-
nity joined forces to look at options for long term
water security for the area.
Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville recent-
ly announced $50,000 to undertake the feasibil-
ity study to determine viable options for securing
water for both residential and on-farm supply.
The study will take into account possible pipeline
options and improvements to on-farm surface
During 2015 and 2016, farmers pumped water
from a nearby spring, under a scheme overseen
by the Yanakie Progress Association.
That group is committed to exploring options
to secure Yanakie’s water supply to meet the
needs of the community, and local farming and
South Gippsland Water is expecting to release
further information after the progress associa-
tion’s next meeting.
Pipeline talks underway
AS the days start getting longer and
there is a hint of warmth in the air, our
thoughts turn to spring on Phillip Island
and another season full of promise for
our wonderful wildlife.
The little penguins are getting right into the
swing of things. For those penguins still looking for
love, the males have renovated their burrows in an
effort to attract the attention of the opposite sex.
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ researchers have re-
ported many burrows already have two podgy pen-
guins inside, busily preparing for the breeding season.
The first eggs should be seen soon, leading to
chubby and fluffy chicks. They don’t stay fluffy for
long though, as chicks usually only take between
eight and 11 weeks to fledge and find their own way
in the world.
Millions of short-tailed shearwaters are on their
way to the southern hemisphere. Their incredible
trip of around 15,000km takes up to eight weeks as
they fly from the northern feeding grounds in the
Aleutian Islands near Alaska to arrive at Phillip Is-
land in late September.
More than one million shearwaters will breed on
Phillip Island before starting the cycle all over again
and returning to the northern hemisphere in April.
The Cape Barren geese, with their fluorescent
green beaks, are a familiar sight right across the is-
land, and there are plenty of gorgeous, stripy young
chicks to be seen. They grow incredibly quickly
from tiny little fuzzballs through the awkward and
ungainly ‘teen’ period to mum and dad size within a
short couple of months.
Drivers are urged to take extra care in their cars
if they are on the island over the next little while, as
these birds are not known for their road sense.
Male koalas are developing that pungent aroma
that is a sure sign they are thinking about breeding.
Rangers say it is not the best smell, and so far the
female koalas don’t seem too thrilled about it either,
but it’s only early days in the koala world, so hope-
fully there will be koala joeys in the near future.
Located 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip
Island Nature Parks is a not for profit ecotourism
organisation that manages 1805 hectares of Phillip
Island, encompassing wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands,
woodlands and breathtaking coastlines.
The Nature Parks also engage in research, educa-
tion and environment programs designed to protect
Phillip Island’s unique flora and fauna. All profit gen-
erated is re-invested into research, environment, con-
servation, infrastructure and community projects.
For more information, see www.penguins.org.au
Out, about: a Cape Barren goose and her chick are among the natural sights now at Phillip
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The Cape Barren geese with their fluorescennntttttttt
Spring in the air on Phillip Island
WELSHPOOL and Dis-
trict Primary School’s
better buddy leaders
built two buddy benches
These benches were bought
with money the school received
from a grant which was to be
used to promote resiliency in
These benches will be paint-
ed by the school’s leaders and
placed in the playground.
The better buddy benches
will be used to help and sup-
port all of the students at the
school. When a child is feel-
ing lonely or upset they can use
the benches to sit on and the
other students, particularly the
leaders, will know to approach
them and find out if anything is
wrong and try and help them.
This can include finding an
activity for them to join or just
have a chat.
THE State Government has announced
upgrades to men’s shed upgrades, thanks
to $172,888 in grants across eastern Vic-
Wonthaggi Woodcrafters will receive $27,589 to buy
a portable building to use as a new meeting room and
kitchen, and to redevelop the old meeting room to create
Meeniyan and District RSL Men’s Shed will use
$30,000 to build extra workspace to accommodate met-
alwork projects, improve safety, and add space for health
and wellbeing activities.
Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said
the new shed and upgrades would boost space for com-
munity programs, and support the physical and mental
wellbeing of locals.
Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for men
to meet, make social connections, develop new skills and
participate in their communities.
The sheds also promote social inclusion and enhance
the physical and mental wellbeing of men.
Bench builders: from left, Welshpool and District Primary School Grade 6 students Sophie,
Erik, Leo, Brianna and Olivia put together benches for their school’s playground.
All done: Welshpool and District Primary School Grade 6 stu-
dents Michael, Erik, Sophie, Brianna, Olivia and Leo sitting on
finished benches, which will be placed in the playground.
Benches provide support
Dollars build men’s sheds
ACCORDING to the Australian Govern-
ment Department of Employment, jobs in
South Gippsland have been much harder
to come by since the election of the current
Unemployment rates have risen by a full per cent in
the last quarter.
Since Labor came into office, the unemployment rate
in Bass Coast has risen from 5.9 per cent to 8.3 per cent
in June 2016.
In South Gippsland shire, the rate has risen from 3.8
per cent to 5.1 per cent.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said the State
Government was too focused on a big spend up in Mel-
bourne and neglected the regions.
“Anti business policies like the grand final eve holiday
that no one asked for and costs local businesses money and
cuts to vital initiatives like the country roads and bridges
program have hurt regional Victoria,” he said.
The Coalition is working on a plan to manage Victo-
ria’s population to drive economic growth and create new
job opportunities throughout all of Victoria.
“The State Government needs to release funds into the
Bass Coast for important local projects such as the Wont-
haggi Secondary College rebuild, and also recreational and
sporting facilities such as basketball and aquatic centres,
which are sadly lacking,” Bass MLA Brian Paynter said.
“I’ve continually requested funds to be injected into
local community and with the recent sale of the Port of
Melbourne there are no longer any excuses.”
Jobs dive according to Nats
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