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A CANDIDATE in the South Gippsland
Shire Council election is calling for new
council offices to be spread throughout
Jeremy Rich, a candidate in Coastal-Promontory
Ward, said a new single council building, as mooted
for Leongatha in the future by council, was not the
best option for the region.
“Well planned and designed council precincts
spread across a variety of our shire’s townships would
reinvigorate our small and larger towns,” he said.
“I envisage purpose designed spaces which re-
spond to the needs of current residents and allow for
future expansion when needs arise.
“The proposed centralised council offices in Le-
ongatha could be reduced in size to offset the cost
of multi-community hubs that house decentralised
council services, libraries, meeting halls and market
places, including attractive spaces for public exhibi-
tions of our local artists or visiting exhibitions.”
Mr Rich urged council to target strategic invest-
ments to deliver better and more accessible services,
and help regain the trust and connection between
council and its communities.
“I believe that strong regional centres grow and
develop from the strength of our smaller settlements
and towns, which invariably require the services of a
larger centre,” he said.
“Healthy and happy settlements, hamlets, villag-
es and towns will help restore and re-invigorate our
ailing larger centres and make all of South Gippsland
a desirable living location.”
Mr Rich said the current council had been unsuc-
cessful in making Leongatha the key focus of the
“The impact of this failure is compounded by
the fact that it was undertaken at the expense of our
region’s smaller towns by directing the majority of
council funding solely toward the development of
Leongatha,” he said.
“The additional fallout of all this is that, rather
than ensuring its future prospects, Leongatha is now
a shadow of the town it once was when I was grow-
“We deserve a council which places a high value
on fairness and sensible distribution of services, fa-
cilities and investment across the entire shire so that
everyone feels valued and included, rather than just
New vision: South Gippsland Shire Council candidate Jeremy Rich believes council should
decentralise council buildings and possibly create a community centre at Foster, as shown in
the artist’s impression designed by architect Peter McIntyre.
Candidate urges council to decentralise
a few select sectors.
“Appropriate and contemporary facilities need to
be readily accessible to all within a reasonable dis-
tance, be it from their residential or holiday home.”
Mr Rich called for council to increase the num-
ber of ratepayers in the region to increase the funding
required to modernise and expand council’s services
while relieving the pressure being placed on too few.
“We need to be strategic in how we approach deal-
ing with and resolving the long established issues
which continue to hinder regional Victoria,” he said.
“This can be done by sensitive and sustainable
development policies that enhance the region’s fa-
cilities, and attract new residents and visitors whilst
ensuring that we do not impose problems for farmers
nor reduce the quality of life for our region’s people
and the wonderful livability and beauty of the re-
gion’s cherished environment.
“I ask you to use your vote wisely and support
candidates that have vision and policies that aim
to address the current and future issues required to
make our region a better and brighter place for all.”
A CONVICTED sex offender was jailed
after being convicted of abusing a teen-
age boy he met through a radio station in
Daniel John Freeman appeared in the Victorian
County Court yesterday (Monday) and was sen-
tenced to a minimum of 22 months behind bars.
He had been charged with two counts of fail-
ing to comply with his reporting obligations and
another two of indecent assault of a child under 16.
His total effective sentence was two years and eight
months, with minimum of 22 months.
The court heard Mr Freeman had access to chil-
dren while working at the community radio station,
including work experience students.
The 40 year old had been convicted of previous
sex offences against children.
Sex offender behind bars
POLICE are searching for trailers stolen
from Outtrim and Corinella recently.
A blue six by four trailer was taken from a rural
property at Outtrim and a black six by four trailer
was stolen from a home in Corinella.
Both thefts occurred over the weekend of Octo-
The trailers were visible from the road.
A LEONGATHA man will face court in
relation to thefts from vehicles in Leon-
gatha’s streets last week.
In four separate incidents, cars were robbed in
Eleanor Court, Carr Avenue and Parkside Close - all
in the same vicinity - during Sunday and Monday,
October 2 and 3.
Police arrested a 26 year old man and he will face
Korumburra Magistrate’s Court at a later date.
According to Detective Senior Constable Syd
Hadley, the frustrating part for police was the ve-
hicles were all unlocked.
“Valuables taken from the unlocked cars were
varying but included cash and tools,” he said.
“It was pretty easy for the culprit who basically
just walked around the streets checked car doors and
stole from the ones which were open.
“It is a timely reminder for people to lock their
doors as well as take any valuables inside.”
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