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THE Committee for Gippsland
held its sixth annual general meet-
ing (AGM) in Traralgon recently,
capping off a busy six years in op-
Committee for Gippsland chief execu-
tive officer (CEO) Mary Aldred said the
AGM was an opportunity to report back
to members and showcase the work under-
taken over the year.
“The Committee for Gippsland has had
a active year with the launch in July this
year of the Our Region Our Future: Se-
curing an Economic Future for Gippsland
and Latrobe Valley report that looked at
the opportunities and challenges with the
possible closure of a power station in the
Latrobe Valley,” she said.
“Now with the announced closure of
Hazelwood, there are many challenges that
face Gippsland and it is important a con-
sidered and united approach is taken when
advocating for our region. The Committee
for Gippsland continues to be an active ad-
vocate for Gippsland.”
Keynote speaker at the AGM was vice-
consul of the United States, Todd McGee,
who prior to working for the State Depart-
ment, served in the US Navy, spending
time in Mexico as well as Afghanistan.
“Mr McGee provided members with
an insightful presentation on the important
and long standing relationship between the
United States and Australia as well as the
opportunities for furthering these connec-
tions through trade, investment, employ-
ment and tourism,” Ms Aldred said.
Long serving Committee for Gippsland
Board member and local Radford’s Meats
owner, Robert Radford, stood down from
the board of Committee for Gippsland
with CEO Mary Aldred thanking Mr Rad-
ford for his tremendous contribution to the
Committee and Gippsland.
The AGM also saw Bairnsdale local
and director of Tim Weight Consulting,
Tim Weight, elected to the board of the
Committee for Gippsland with Ms Aldred
welcoming Tim’s commitment and knowl-
edge of the Gippsland region.
The Committee for Gippsland is a not-
for-profit, member driven organisation
and for more information please visit
Leading the way: from left, Committee for Gippsland directors Sean Dignum of SDA Strategic, Rochelle
Wrigglesworth of DMG Financial, Harry Rijs of Patties Foods, US vice-consul Todd McGee, Committee
for Gippsland CEO Mary Aldred and Committee for Gippsland director Toni Wakefield of Safetech at the
committee’s annual general meeting.
Gippsland advocates celebrate
VENUES in Foster stand to bene-
fit from recycled water in the long
term but the short term focus is on
South Gippsland Shire Council re-
cently voted to pursue recycled water to
irrigate the Foster showgrounds, as part
of its Community Capital Works Alloca-
At this stage the project is limited to the
showgrounds as the original council reso-
lution that the project was based on noted
the expenditure of capital funds could only
be associated with council owned or con-
trolled infrastructure and assets.
Mayor Cr Ray Argento said while
council made a decision in keeping with
the constraints of the original council res-
olution, he was hopeful the project could
ultimately provide recycled water to other
facilities in Foster.
“At the moment council has approved
$400,000 to undertake the connection of
recycled water to the showgrounds. We
will now work with South Gippsland
Water to further develop this project and
confirm costs,” he said.
“Ideally we would like to provide as
much community benefit as possible for
the $400,000 so we are keen to consider
the possibility of connecting other com-
munity facilities as part of the project.
“During the online phase of the com-
munity budgeting it was suggested the
water could service not only the show-
grounds, but also the golf club and Prom
Country Aged Care for its gardens.
“Once this infrastructure is in place it
could end up providing an alternative to
potable water for any number of organisa-
tions, as long as it doesn’t lead to an in-
crease the water bills for South Gippsland
Water’s other customers.
“The most important thing to remem-
ber at this stage is that we don’t know
how far the $400,000 will stretch. Our
first concern is to get recycled water to ir-
rigate the showgrounds, which is a coun-
Council will work with South
Gippsland Water over the coming months
to scope the project and to determine a
timeline for the construction phase.
Water project may
benefit broader Foster
THE final meeting for Leongatha Red Cross
for 2016 was held on December 1 when the
results of the year’s activities were discussed.
In November, the unit catered for the Leongatha Rose
Show and also held a cake stall for the two days.
The popular raffle for a wheelbarrow full of plants was
won by Ian Lester.
The unit held a Christmas stall in the foyer of Memorial
Hall, which was successful. At the conclusion of the meet-
ing, members enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch.
The unit wishes to thank friends who have helped with
baking and the like, and also those who have given gener-
ously to fundraising efforts.
Members hope this will continue into 2017. March is
Red Cross Calling month and in conjunction with that the
unit intends to hold a coffee morning in the RSL Annexe on
March 21. All welcome.
The next meeting will be held at the RSL on Thursday,
February 16 at 10.30am.
HAPPY New Year and welcome
to 2017! It’s already proving to
be a big year for Bass Coast, and
we’re only one week in!
I had the honour of meeting with Nip-
pers at the Cape Woolamai Beach Surf
Life Saving Club this past week as they,
along with hundreds of Nippers at Cape
Paterson and Inverloch, took part in their
The beach is such a big part of our
everyday lives here, and I love how the
Nippers program teaches children how
to enjoy the beach in a safe environment,
look out for others and important lifesav-
ing skills, such as CPR. It also encourages
them to be active and make new friends
what’s not to love?
Throughout the month of January, you
may notice the council logo out and about
even more than normal. We’ll be popping
up at a variety of events around the shire
and holding community engagement ses-
sions in a number of towns as we embark
on a monumental community conversa-
tion to ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’.
We believe our community must be
active participants and collaborators in
the development of our future plan.
This is a fantastic opportunity for all
of us to shape a better future for Bass
Coast and the ideas and comments we re-
ceive will help us develop our direction
over the next four years. It’s only early
days for our ‘Help shape a better Bass
Coast’ campaign, and we’ve already had
an overwhelming, positive response from
people putting their ideas forward.
We know how passionate you all are
about your own slice of paradise within
Bass Coast and this is the time to show
So please do not miss our face-to-face
engagement sessions and pop-ups, get on
board with our social media exchanges,
complete our online survey and come and
have a coffee with a councillor so we can
hear your thoughts.
You can find all the details of how to
get involved at www.basscoast.vic.gov.
We need your input, so please join the
Cr Pamela Rothfield
Leongatha Red Cross
Serene location: Lucky and Ken Dunn of Morwell relaxed with a rod in hand on the jetty at Tarwin
Lower recently, hoping for fish for tea.
community and some were
concerned about the barbe-
cue area and the large re-
serve where young people
often like to go out and
kick the footy. We need
to think about what type
of fencing is needed and
whether we need a barrier
running beside the high-
way,” he said.
Cr Stephen Fullarton
supported the idea to de-
fer the decision, stating the
council needed time to con-
sider a durable option for
the playground fence.
A community meeting
will be held to engage the
broader Grantville commu-
nity and discuss preferences
for the fencing.
ARE you a not for profit community group
based on Phillip Island looking for funding?
The Phillip Island Community Benefit Fund is now open
for applications and closed on Wednesday, March 1.
With a total funding pool of $140,434, eligible groups
are invited to make applications for funding from $5000 up
Bass Coast Shire Council officers are available to assist
applicants to understand how to address the requirements of
the fund application.
The fund is derived from losses on electronic gaming
machines from the Continental Hotel in Cowes.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said this was a rare oppor-
tunity for community groups and organisations from Phillip
Island to fund projects with the significant grant amounts
“We encourage those groups thinking of applying to plan
early and ask for assistance from council’s grant officer,”
“Several groups have already contacted council with
some amazing project ideas and we have assisted them with
planning their application to the fund.
For more details on council’s grants program, visit www.
Council to talk playground safety
cussion will be con-
sidered before a fence
is installed around the
Due to the playground’s
proximity to the Bass High-
way, a petition with 381 sig-
natures was put before Bass
Coast Shire Council stating
a fence was required to in-
However, the petition
will lie on the table until the
“This merits having a dis-
cussion with the community
to ensure the fence adequate-
ly meets community needs,”
Cr Clare Le Serve said.
“We want to make sure
we cover all bases and we
will have a better idea of
how to do that by the meet-
ing in March.”
Cr Bruce Kent shared
Cr Le Serve’s concerns, as
the whole area needed to be
“I spoke to the local
Funding for Island projects
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