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By Tayla Kershaw and Brad Lester
THE Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club is
hoping Bass Coast Shire Council will al-
low the club’s patrol tower to remain for
the looming summer season.
The plea comes after council ordered the tower to
be removed within the next month, saying it was un-
safe after erosion undermined the surrounding beach
just two years after it was built.
But surf club president Fiona Hughes said a build-
ing surveyor’s report found the tower was safe and the
club is now obtaining a second report by a coastal engi-
neer in a bid to strengthen its case to keep the tower.
Club volunteers met with council officers yester-
“We would like the tower to remain this season
and discuss a long term plan,” Ms Hughes said.
With the patrol season starting on November 26,
Ms Hughes said removing the tower would hinder
“We need to have that visual of the whole beach
from Point Smythe to Flat Rocks because over 90 per
cent of rescues happen outside the flags,” she said.
The club may formally appeal council’s instruc-
Council is discussing with the club about improv-
ing access to the beach, as there is now a two metre
drop from the track to the beach due to erosion.
Council’s manager sustainable environment Deir-
dre Griepsma said discussions about the future of the
tower had been ongoing between council and the surf
club for the past year and a half.
“The previous tower was removed due to erosion
and this tower was built to be removable were it to
happen again,” she said.
“We had discussions with the Department of Envi-
ronment, Land, Water and Planning about how we can
start to make the tower safe again, but unfortunately it
poses a public risk.”
The footing of the structure is eroded, exposing its
concrete pillars and telecommunication cables.
Although Ms Griepsma said while the tower was
not at risk of imminent collapse, a municipal build-
ing surveyor had reported the tower was not safe for
people to be in.
“The surf lifesaving club doesn’t have insurance,
so if there is an accident council would be libel,” she
“If someone is swimming and is washed too far
up the beach, they may hit one of the exposed pillars
Life savers fight to save patrol tower
Unsafe: Bass Coast Shire Council’s
manager sustainable environment
Deirdre Griepsma said the Inverloch
Surf Life Saving Club patrol tower
will be removed within the next
month as it was risk to public safety.
and be seriously injured. There is also a
significant risk someone – particularly chil-
dren – may fall from a great height along
the eroded areas.”
Ms Griepsma said the club would bring
a portable tower onto the beach.
“We seek the cooperation and under-
standing from the public while we sort out
these erosion issues,” she said.
FONTERRA Australia last Thursday
advised suppliers it had increased its av-
erage farmgate milk price to $5.10 per
kilogram of milk solids.
The company also lifted its forecast closing price
for the season to $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids.
Fonterra Australia managing director René De-
doncker said this revised price reflected the strength-
ening global dairy prices.
Suppliers’ milk prices will vary across Fonterra’s
supply regions, depending on the individual farm’s
milk profile, regional production factors, milk qual-
ity and farm management systems.
By Sarah Vella and Brad Lester
DAIRY farmers will enjoy a temporary
reprieve after Murray Goulburn delayed
repayments on its controversial clawback
packages and joined with rival Fonterra
to announce small step-ups.
MG struggled to retain suppliers in the wake of
demanding they pay back money under its Milk Sup-
ply Support Package while farmers also received a
low milk price.
The company last Thursday suspended repay-
ments this financial year, effective from October 1,
2016 “in recognition of climatic conditions” and a
low farmgate price.
The recoupment period for the support package
has been extended from three years to six years - the
2021-22 financial year.
Annual recoupment has been reduced to one cen-
tre a litre plus interest from July 1, 2017, but MG
expects this impact to be offset by cost savings.
However the company said it would retain the
right to accelerate recoupment in years when the
milk price was high.
Step-up payments this financial year will total
about $0.26 per kilogram of milk solids or two cents
a litre, bringing the forecast milk price by June 30,
2017 to $4.95kg/MS.
MG chairman Philip Tracy said, “The annual
MSSP (support package) recoupment has essentially
been halved, and no supplier will repay more than
the support they originally received. This should
contribute to confidence for suppliers.”
MG’s decision came after announcing the previ-
ous week it would suspend the support package until
June 30 next year, as it faced a 20 percent reduction
in the season’s milk production.
Retirements, supplier departures and wet season-
al conditions were being blamed for a net milk loss
of around 350 million litres this season.
Leongatha South MG supplier Gordon Vagg wel-
comed the suspension of the milk supply support
“It wasn’t a good proposal in the first place, but
they got it wrong and have admitted it,” he said.
Matt Harms from On Farm Consulting said while
the suspension of the support package was positive
for cash flow, he said farmers would be concerned it
was not removed.
He said the increase of $0.14kg/MS translates to
around 10 to 11 cents for the full year, because it was
not being back paid.
“It puts the spring price at just under 30 cents
for a standard litre, which is still not good by any
means,” he said.
“Because it is only a suspension, people are con-
cerned about it continuing on.”
Mr Harms welcomed Burra Foods’ recent step
up of $0.10kg/MS and said sentiment around South
Gippsland was rising.
“We aren’t seeing it transpire into greater cash
flow yet, but there is a definite lift,” he said.
“While we have been wet, we haven’t
had floods the north has had. However, pas-
ture growth rates are well down for October
and the spring surplus hasn’t kicked in yet.”
At MG’s annual general meeting on Friday, Mr Tracy
was re-elected as chairman and said he planned to
retire from the board once a new chairman was in
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