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DRIVERS were frustrated by
traffic problems as a result
of the successful fifth Moss-
vale Markets at Berrys Creek
on Sunday, December 18.
The event at Mossvale Park also
caused concern for the parks advi-
sory committee, with fears soil com-
paction could permanently damage
trees at the park.
The market attractes some 5000
visitors and brought an estimated
$100,000 worth of revenue to the
Kerrie-Ann Garlick from market
organiser Seed Folk Events said at-
tendance was around double that
“We didn’t expect the numbers
that came out to support the market.
The traffic management plan that
is part of our permit to hold these
events was followed accordingly,”
“We are working closely with
Vic Roads, the local police and
the South Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil to try and find a way for this
event to continue with road safety
our number one priority.”
Mossvale Park Advisory Com-
mittee president Suzanne Wightman
said while she commended the mar-
kets’ popularity, it was held in the
“We are going to suggest the mar-
kets find another venue,” she said.
Ms Wightman said the high level
of prolonged foot traffic would cause
compaction around the roots of the
trees in the park.
“I know they set up within the
guidelines, but there is a lot of foot
traffic all at once around those trees.
While you can’t see the impact to-
day, you will see it in the next few
years,” she said.
“The park was set up to be free
for the public to use. It is becoming
famous, people are learning about
it, but our focus is how to protect it
while also allowing people to enjoy
Ms Wightman said the market
would be discussed at the advisory
committee’s next meeting.
Sue Johnson from Leongatha at-
tended the market and said after ar-
riving at Mossvale Park at around
10am, she queued on the Strzelecki
Highway for around 15 minutes.
“There was no traffic manage-
ment there at that time. There was a
volunteer on the highway when we
left but I think they need a profes-
sional doing it,” she said.
“Overall, our experience was a
positive one, I found it enjoyable.
Bins were few and far between, but
the main issue was definitely traffic
Ms Garlick said the traffic man-
agement plan would possibly be re-
vised to keep roads safe.
She said a change of venue for
the market was not something the
organisers were considering.
“It is a public park and it needs
to be utilised. No damage was done
and people were really respectful of
the park. Our number one priority
is traffic flow on the highway,” she
Council’s community strength-
ening coordinator Ned Dennis said
the park had been inspected since the
market and did not appear to have
been negatively impacted.
“There are guidelines about num-
bers of people attending activities at
the park, with the focus on numbers
present for a long period such as a
whole day event,” he said.
“A market might attract more
visitors but for short periods of
time, therefore not necessarily cre-
ating issues for park maintenance
Huge attraction: the fifth Mossvale Markets was held recently at the beautiful Mossvale Park in Berrys
Creek, amid concerns about traffic management and damage to the park’s trees.
causes traffic delay
PARKS Victoria’s new crew of
37 seasonal rangers is heading
out to parks around the state
to help out during its busiest
season, with two members of
the new crew joining the team
in South Gippsland.
Daniel Norman will be based in
Foster and will be working across
a number of parks and reserves
throughout the South Gippsland
district, while Annette Cook will be
based at Wilsons Promontory Na-
Daniel will be involved in a
broad range of park management
activities including the delivery of
interpretation and education activi-
ties, visitor facilities maintenance,
predator control programs including
assisting with fox control activities
within Nooramunga Marine and
Coastal Park, and threatened species
“I am excited to be joining the
Parks Victoria team as a seasonal
ranger, having completed my de-
gree in Outdoor and Environmental
Education at Monash University in
2013,” he said.
“This opportunity will allow me
to enhance my experience so far as
an outdoor education teacher and
seasonal ranger at El Questro Wil-
derness Park in the Kimberleys in
“I am really looking forward
to working with the community in
promoting and managing the spec-
tacular parks of South Gippsland
for all to enjoy as well as extending
my knowledge of region by working
with the experts in the field.”
Annette Cook comes to Parks
Victoria with a host of experience af-
ter undertaking her own tree change
from the publishing industry and is
now working in conservation and
“I have led 4WD tours through
the Top End and the Kimberley, day
tours through the Daintree Rainfor-
est and the Tasmanian Western Wil-
derness,” she said.
“While working as an interpreta-
tion officer with Australian Wildlife
Conservancy, I studied for my mas-
ters degree where I studied the effect
of fire on the threatened northern
“I am looking forward to my time
at Tidal River where I hope I can
make a positive contribution during
the busy summer period.
“I am hoping to gain some vital
operational skills as well as learn
new skills and knowledge from the
Seasonal rangers also benefit
from their summer stint with Parks
Victoria by learning a wealth of
practical and management skills
through a wide range of projects.
For those aspiring to become full
time rangers it’s a great hands on
and fun experience.
Seasonal rangers sign on
Sharing outdoors: new seasonal rangers with Parks Victoria in South
Gippsland, Annette Cook and Daniel Norman.
SOUTH Gippsland businesses
will have the chance to cut their
energy and water costs and re-
duce their impact on the environ-
ment via Environmental Upgrade
The agreements help businesses re-
duce their operational costs while increas-
Using support from the Sustainable
Melbourne Fund, any non-residential
property in South Gippsland will have
the opportunity to enter into an EUA – an
agreement between the property owner,
council and a participating bank.
Repayments will be collected from the
business through their rates payments and
passed onto the bank.
EUAs offer 100 percent project fi-
nance, competitive interest rates and long
term finance compared to other financial
options. By deciding to introduce EUAs
in South Gippsland, council is taking an
innovative step in providing a way for
businesses to access capital and improve
their business opportunities.
Council’s manager sustainable com-
munities Chris Van Der Ark said the up-
grades are expected to create more local
jobs, investment, improved environmen-
tal outcomes and asset values in the re-
“Having the loans repaid via the coun-
cil’s rates system means an EUA loan is
prioritised over other debts attached to the
property in the event of a loan default,”
Ms Van Der Ark said.
“This gives lenders more security, al-
lowing them to offer long term loans at
competitive interest rates.
“Upgrading buildings within our shire
will deliver savings on utility bills, driv-
ing down the overall cost of energy for
business, while also reducing the impacts
of climate change – a win, win situa-
More information will be provided to
local businesses wanting to be involved as
the program is implemented by council.
Save money, be
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council
proposes to undertake a deviation
and land exchange of Houlihans
Lane in Poowong to address land
Houlihans Lane was created by the
former Country Roads Board but now
council is the responsible road authority.
Part of it was constructed on private land
owned by the adjoining landowner.
To formalise this situation, council
will create a road status over the privately
owned part of the road, remove the road
status from the road area that is not used
as a road and complete a land exchange
with adjoining landowner.
Council’s manager sustainable com-
munities Chris Van Der Ark said, “Situ-
ations like this are common throughout
South Gippsland however rectification is
not actively pursued by council as usually
there is no interest or risk.
“The adjoining landowner to Houli-
hans Lane is keen for the process to pro-
ceed to ensure boundary lines are clear in
case the property is sold in the future.”
Council is undertaking public consul-
tation about the proposed change and will
accept written submissions from the com-
munity until 5pm on January 18, 2017.
All feedback received will be consid-
ered at the next available council meeting
where submitters will have the opportunity
to speak to their submission if requested.
If no submissions are received, coun-
cil will proceed with the deviation and
Poowong land swap
Mayor hits our streets
THE new mayor of South
Gippsland Shire Council is taking
his message to the streets.
Cr Ray Argento and some of his
councillors will walk the streets of South
Gippsland towns to meet with residents
and businesspeople to discuss their opin-
ions and needs.
The mayor joined with councillors
Aaron Brown and Andrew McEwen and
walked through Korumburra last month,
where people raised such issues as the
Korumburra streetscape, tidiness of the
town and planning issues.
The closure of the NAB bank also
Cr Argento and council CEO Tim
Tamlin also visited Port Welshpool,
Welshpool, Toora, Foster and Fish Creek
to hear locals’ views.
The Long Jetty, boat parking at Port
Welshpool, drainage issues at Toora and
the prospect of a dump point for recre-
ation vehicles in Welshpool were among
the issues raised.
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