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TO start this week’s Mayor’s Message
I wish to dispel a myth I hear all too of-
ten within our community – that coun-
cil employs far too many staff.
Council employs 230 full time staff, not 600
as rumoured, many of whom work on the out-
door crew where some assist in servicing 2093
kilometres of local roads within our shire.
This figure doesn’t include VicRoads roads
which interconnect our towns. What is also im-
pressive is that council’s valuable community
services are supported by 900 council volun-
Someone who knows a great deal about vol-
unteering is my deputy, Cr Maxine Kiel. Her
passion for South Gippsland and commitment to
making decisions for the greater good are obvi-
ous and invaluable.
She is driven by a desire to support every
community and her connection with our volun-
teer community is vitally important.
Cr Maxine Kiel – deputy mayor
I am a Sydney girl having grown up in the
inner western suburbs. I was fortunate to receive
a scholarship after secondary school to allow
me to further my education with a four year part
time position in accountancy, at the same time
working for the Australian Tax Department.
I am a Justice of the Peace in NSW being
inducted by Paul Keating who was our local
I have two adult children from a previous
marriage and moved to Melbourne after meeting
Colin on the Gold Coast.
Here, we started Kiel Industries Pty Ltd,
which is a plastic rotational moulding business,
making large hollow parts such as pallets, play-
ground equipment, motor parts and bins.
Our daughter Jacqueline was born there and
in 1994 we moved to Mirboo North with the as-
sistance of the Mirboo Shire Council on a de-
centralisation program. The best move we ever
I have been on school council, hockey club,
scout and dance committees, and various busi-
ness and development committees.
For the last 20 years I have been part of the
committee dedicated to promoting tourism and
business in Mirboo North.
I am heavily involved with the RSL, com-
pleting a history of their previous committee
positions, along with a full list of the World War
One soldiers from our area. I am also a mem-
ber of the Mirboo and District Historical Soci-
ety and the community foundation, as well as a
shareholder of our community bank.
But it’s not all business! I have a passion for
older vehicles, being vintage and veteran cars
dating back to 1912. We have a small collection
and enjoy taking them out for a spin, especially
when our wintry South Gippsland weather per-
I look forward in serving my region as coun-
cillor and supporting Cr Argento as deputy
THREE Wonthaggi community groups
are soon to settle into their new home.
Wonthaggi ArtSpace, Wonthaggi Business
and Tourism Association and the Information
Centre volunteers signed the memorandum of
understanding, and will be calling the Centen-
nial Centre home.
“ArtSpace Wonthaggi is looking forward to a
bright future ahead,” ArtSpace president Ursula
“A big thank you to all of the committee, art-
ists and volunteers for your generous and kind
support and forward thinking resolve to move
ArtSpace into a new beginning.
“The renovations have begun and hopefully
by the end of the week we will begin moving
The centre will continue to offer information
to locals and visitors through the professional,
dedicated information volunteer team.
Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Associa-
tion will support local businesses from the new
site and is looking forward to what it will be able
to achieve with a designated space to work.
It will be a great space used to link local art-
ists with collectors and provide a vehicle for
the continuing pursuit of art excellence in the
ArtSpace Wonthaggi will continue to oper-
ate from its current location in McBride Avenue
until January 9 to help with the transition.
Ms Theinert thanked ArtSpace Wonthaggi’s
landlords Neil Rankine and Nola Maxfield for
providing the opportunity for the gallery to be-
gin its journey.
“The Centennial Centre is a beautiful build-
ing and will make a stunning art gallery,” Ms
“There is also a spacious boardroom for hire
in the centre, which can be used to host a range
of meetings, training, information sessions and
“The alliance is looking forward to making
use of the beautiful surround of the Wonthaggi
Centennial Centre. The grounds make an excel-
lent backdrop to any number of community, ar-
tistic and cultural events. It’s an exciting time
The businesses, artists and volunteers will
work together to make the centre a dynamic
community and tourism hub.
New look: the Centennial Centre will continue to be a Wonthaggi icon with a new purpose,
housing artists, businesses and volunteers.
New life for
Cr Ray Argento
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