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supply may be backed up
with supplementary water in
coming weeks, as the town’s
The Coalition Creek system is now
at 81 per cent capacity and may be
backed up with water from the Tarwin
South Gippsland Water is urging
customers and visitors to the region to
use water wisely at all times, with re-
cent warm weather and below average
rainfall predicted by the Bureau of Me-
teorology for parts of eastern Australia
from January to March.
South Gippsland Water managing
director Philippe du Plessis said, “All
water supply systems have begun to
drop as rainfall has decreased and de-
mand for water across communities,
particularly coastal townships, increas-
“The region’s water supply systems
currently have storage levels at or above
84 per cent capacity, however, the Co-
alition Creek system (Korumburra) is
currently at 81 per cent and it is likely
supplementary water may be drawn
upon in the coming weeks to augment
Leongatha’s supply is at 84 per cent,
Lance Creek (Wonthaggi, Inverloch
and Cape Paterson) at 87 per cent, Little
Bass (Poowong, Nyora and Loch) at 86
per cent, Battery Creek (Fish Creek) at
88 per cent and Foster Dam is full.
Minimal rainfall was recorded at
South Gippsland Water’s storages from
December 31, 2016 to January 7: Lance
Creek 1mm, Ruby Creek 1mm, Coali-
tion Creek 0mm, Deep Creek 1mm, Lit-
tle Bass 2mm and Battery Creek 2mm.
Total rainfall figures for December
2016: Lance Creek 53mm, Ruby Creek
37mm, Coalition Creek 56mm, Deep
Creek 44mm, Little Bass 46mm and
Battery Creek 43mm.
Permanent Water Saving Rules are
in place to help all Victorians maintain
a common sense approach to water use.
The rules are in force permanently and
are separate from any other water re-
strictions South Gippsland Water may
need to impose from time to time.
Simple water saving practices cus-
tomers can activate at home include:
using a half flush when flushing the
fixing any leaking or dripping taps;
ensuring hoses are fitted with a trig-
ger nozzle and free of leaks;
installing a pool cover;
installing a water saving shower
only running washing machine and
dish washers when there is a full
load to be washed;
limiting showers to four minutes;
planting water wise garden plants
and using mulch to hold moisture in
Information about Permanent Water
Saving Rules can be found in the Ser-
vices section of South Gippsland Wa-
ter’s website www.sgwater.com.au .
By Tayla Kershaw
JOB growth and improved lo-
cal transport could be a real-
ity, according to Leongatha’s
Mr Semken has developed mul-
timillion dollar plans for 90 seater
and 120 seater buses, which would
be built in Latrobe Valley and fre-
quently service regional Victoria
The concept is based on a design
currently used in Brazil, and in-
cludes appropriate disabled access,
toilet facilities, luggage racks, and
driving compartments on both ends
to allow the vehicles access to small
Mr Semken’s vision is to have
two or three services running in and
out of Bass Coast per hour, giving
locals easier access to metropolitan
areas and bringing tourism into the
The Fincher Street Reserve in
Wonthaggi has been pitched as an
ideal bus station, as well as hav-
ing smaller maintenance depots in
towns like Inverloch, Meeniyan
and Yarram. Leongatha, Traralgon,
Morwell and Bairnsdale would also
be major stops.
“The land on Fincher Street is
just sitting there. This would make
the visitor information centre more
viable and open up the caravan
park,” Mr Semken said.
Wonthaggi’s Fiona Fleming en-
dorsed the plan for a better bus con-
nection between the local towns.
“We have young people who
want apprenticeships in the area but
can’t get to work because there’s no
public transport. We won’t be able
to keep young people in the region
if there’s nothing here for them,” she
“We’ve also got a lot of vacant
land because no one is willing to
build here without access to trans-
port. There’s no way to commute.
There’s been a lack of foresight and
have to start looking into plans like
Mr Semken predicts a job boom
for manufacturers and young ap-
prentices if the plan were to go
RESIDENTS are fed up of
living with the smell wafting
from Ayr Creek in Inverloch.
The creek water has stagnated, al-
lowing algae to form, and the hot weath-
er has caused the creek to smell.
Conditions at Ayr Creek are currently
being monitored by Bass Coast Shire
Council as a result of the natural closure
of the creek and formation of the lagoon.
Resident Kate Edwards said the
smell was disgusting and it is not the
first time the community has had to put
up with it.
“I live 200 metres from it (Ayr
Creek). They have to dredge it and let
the water in and out. They cannot let the
water be stagnated,” she said.
Given the concerns raised by resi-
dents the Environmental Protection
Authority (EPA) has been notified and
asked to test nutrient levels which may
be contributing to current conditions.
Clean Ocean Foundation CEO John
Gemmill has dealt with the creek’s
stench in the past.
“The creek doesn’t flow as it should
and bacteria are created, which causes
the smell,” he said.
“The health of the river has to be
looked at. The South Gippsland Conser-
vation Society has done a lot of work to
restore the creek – such as replanting –
but it is under resourced.”
Cr Julian Brown said the feature has
formed due to a huge amount of sand de-
positing in the area.
“The lagoon is constantly changing
in shape and size. I would have hoped
this feature would have disappeared by
now through natural processes,” he said.
“That may still occur, but it is dif-
ficult to know when this would be as it
depends on the creek water level, sand
movement and movement of the tides.
“Councillors are aware of residents
concern with this matter and believe
council should advocate strongly on
their behalf and work with the relevant
Mr Gemmill said he personally
would like to see a walking track stretch
right along the area, hoping that the
more people can appreciate the natural
asset, the more mindful they will be of
Council has been in contact with the
West Gippsland Catchment Manage-
ment Authority, the responsible authority
for Ayr Creek, to discuss the issue and
options for an artificial opening.
To complicate matters further,
Hooded Plovers have decided to set up
camp right where works would have to
Cr Brown said part of the problem is
if remedial works were undertaken, there
was no guarantee a new channel would
not be closed off again by movement of
Council will continue to monitor the
status of the lagoon and will provide fur-
ther updates when they are available.
Talented boy: Clive Landy, with Barbara
Ford, both of Walkerville, displayed his
cooking skills by providing a basket full
of cookies and a cake for the Waratah Red
Cross Annual Cake Stall on Saturday.
Famous cakes in demand
All together: Caroline Fryer, Liz Davies, Jill
Harvey and Barbara Ford enjoyed themselves
at the Waratah Red Cross Annual Cake Stall
A LARGE roll up of enthusiastic pur-
chasers came to the Waratah Red Cross
Annual Cake Stall on Saturday.
Clearly the customers appreciated the wonderful bak-
ing and other fresh produce available, all of which vanished
out the door at great speed.
This year the group had children’s books and general
magazines available as well. Branch president Margaret
Windisch thanked everyone who contributed to the cake
and produce stall and making it such a success.
The stall made just under $1390 - an excellent re-
sult. A lot of young people came this year and some like
Clive Landy of Walkerville contributed a basketful of
homemade cookies and a cake which he had baked.
The hamper winner was Rosemary Livingstone
from Fish Creek.
Jobs by the busload
Big plans: from left, Wonthaggi’s Fiona Fleming and Leongatha’s
Max Semken look over the plans for 90 and 120 seater buses. Mr
Semken predicts an economic boom if the plans were to go ahead.
“This will revolutionise public
transport in regional Victorian and
Australia. It will encourage people
to live here and boost local employ-
ment,” Mr Semken said.
“It will also boost local tourism
because it will create so much inter-
est. The next step will be to appeal
to the State and Federal govern-
Mr Semken will be pitching the
idea to Minister for Public Transport
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