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ROAD safety, security and accommoda-
tion are some of the changes aspired by
the Meeniyan community.
Facilitated by South Gippsland Shire Council’s
community strengthening officer Barbara Look,
Meeniyan residents gathered on Friday afternoon to
celebrate their past successes and discuss goals in
the community plan, which they will drive toward
Community engagement began in 2010, and al-
ready the town has established a dump station, up-
grades to the recreation reserve and skate park, the
instalment of town wifi, and a new Garlic Festival
which will be held in 2017.
Now the resounding message from Meeniyan
residents is to improve road safety in the town.
Meeniyan Progress Association president Peter
Twigg suggested lowering the speed limit as cars
enter the town.
“At the moment, the conditions frighten me.
I ride a lot and it frightens me when I’m trying to
cross the road. Two people have been killed there
already,” he said.
“The progress association did a marvellous job
dropping the speed limit to 50 in the main street, but
that was like extracting teeth. It’s crazy to have these
speed limits coming into town.”
The association’s Kathryn Smith maintained the
road theme, saying she would like to see Tonkins
Road sealed but it would be a disaster if it were to
become a one way street.
Resident Jacqui McCowan expressed the need
for improved pedestrian crossings – especially near
the primary school and the sports stadium.
On the back of Dumbalk’s successful community
centre opening, resident Richard Powell suggested
Meeniyan establishes its own transaction centre.
This centre may include services such as a li-
brary, Centrelink, visitor information, a laundromat,
ticket bookings, and professional rooms for doctors.
Mr Powell also suggested the installation of
CCTV cameras in the main street.
“Some people don’t like the idea of CCTV be-
cause they don’t like to think they are being moni-
tored, but it would be good to have if something hap-
pened,” he said.
“We could have three cameras – at $150 each –
and we would be able to establish central recording
through the existing wifi.”
Meeniyan’s tourism is on the rise, as is the need
for more accommodation.
“A big thing we need to do is focus on public
relations and communication outside the town,”
Meeniyan Hotel’s Greg Willcocks said.
“We need to generate more Melbourne traffic
and show that we are on the map. To facilitate this,
we need more accommodation.”
The Meeniyan Hotel offers some accommoda-
tion, but Mr Willcocks said increasing rooms would
not be feasible or fire compliant.
The Meeniyan Hall continues to be an ongoing
project, with the upgrades to the kitchen next on the
Meeniyan’s new community plan priorities will
be reviewed early next year and the community will
be able to bring its big ticket projects before the new
South Gippsland Shire Council.
Setting goals: from left, Richard Powell, Eric Mould, John Cocking, Cr Andrew McEwen,
Rod McConchie, Kathryn Smith, Jacqui McCowan, Brian Hoskins and (front) Ruby Mackie
are looking forward to seeing new developments begin in Meeniyan next year.
Meeniyan’s new wish list
Good cause: agricultural contractor Phil McNaughton and Peter Birch have used plenty of
pink silage film this year.
SILAGE is in full swing at the moment
with bale wrap colours pink and blue
standing out in the paddocks.
Agricultural contractor Phil McNaughton and
Peter Birch have used plenty of pink silage film
this year, to help raise money for the McGrath
Foundation to fund breast care awareness.
Mr McNaughton said it was a good way to
raise awareness of the cause on farm. Launched
in 2015 by Tapex, the pink silage film acts as a vi-
sual reminder of supporting breast cancer aware-
ness in rural Australia.
Women play an integral role in the contracting
and farming business, but seldom get the recogni-
tion they deserve. Rural women do not have the
access to health care and information that those
in our towns and cities do. In supporting the
McGrath Foundation, Tapex is playing its part in
Bales go pink for a cause
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