Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : December 15 2015 Contents PAGE 10 - THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
Wednesday 16 December
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 16 December - 2.00pm
REIMAGINING BAIR STREET
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Road & Vegetation Maintenance:
Upgrade of Existing Footpath:
Rail Trail Reconstruction:
Bookings for speaking times are essential, phone 5662 9222.
10.00am - Public Presentation
1. Notice of motion (NOM) - survey on Coal Seam Gas
2. NOM - Undertake amendments to the Local Planning Policy Framework to
make specific reference to support the Walkerville Coastal Village at 2075
Walkerville Rd, Walkerville
3. Finance Performance Report July - Nov 2015
4. Report on Assembly of Councillors, 22 Oct - 21 Nov 2015
5. Councillor Discretionary Fund Allocation Report, Nov 2015
6. Documents sealed and contracts awarded or varied by the Chief Executive
Officer, 5 Nov - 24 Nov 2015
7. Seasonal Population Impacts in Coastal Towns Plan
8. Priority project - Northern Towns Connection Project
9. Long term financial strategies
10. Country Football Netball Program - application
11. Procurement Policy review
12. Council delegation to Chief Executive Officer
13. Council meeting timetable 2016
14. CLOSED session - Audit Committee Report, 30 Nov 2015
15. CLOSED session - contractual matter
This is the final week to tell us your ideas for redeveloping Bair Street, Leongatha!
Your feedback will form part of the Bair Street Master Plan and the deadline for
submissions is this Friday 18 December. You can share your ideas by:
Completing the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/re-imaginingbairst
Sending us your ideas via post and email (photos and illustrations are
The plan will guide road and footpath improvements, new landscaping, street
furniture and other upgrades to revitalise the town. This work takes advantage of the
planned construction of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route, which will
divert most heavy vehicle traffic away from Bair Street. An Ideas Plan has been
prepared to show you some of the possibilities for the street. More details are
available at the Council offices, at the Leongatha library and online at
southgippsland.vic.gov.au/Re-ImaginingBairSt. Please email your ideas to Re-
imaginingBairSt@southgippsland.vic.gov.au or post to South Gippsland Shire
Council, Attention Chantal Lenthall, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953. For enquiries,
use the email provided or phone Chantal on 5662 9200.
Council is seeking submissions from qualified companies/applicants for the following Tender:
RFT/91 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE WARATAH BAY PUBLIC TOILET
Tenders close 2.00pm Tuesday 22 December, 2015. Documentation is available
from Council's website or phone 5662 9254.
Council impounded the following vehicle in accordance with Schedule 11 of the
Local Government Act 1989 on 12 November, 2015 from McCartin Street,
Leongatha: Make - Homemade boat trailer, Registration Number - F89123
(Unregistered). Unless the vehicle is collected and relevant fees paid within fourteen
(14) days of the date of this notice, the vehicle will be offered for sale to the public.
For enquiries please contact Local Laws Officer, Laurie Arundale, 5662 9200 during
One black Angus Bull was impounded on 8 December, 2015 from Amiets Road,
Korumburra. If not claimed and relevant fees paid within seven (7) days of the date
of this notice the Angus Bull will be sold at the Koonwarra Saleyards on 16
December, 2015. If you have any queries please contact Local Laws Officer,
Graeme Peters, on 5662 9200 during business hours (8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to
Leongatha/Leongatha Sth/ Welshpool/ Hedley/
Koonwarra - Pound Ck Rd, Leongatha Sth/ Old Koonwarra
- Meeniyan Rd, Koonwarra/ Huttons Rd, Kardella/ Toora Wonyip Rd, Toora Nth
Fairbank Rd, Arawata/ Houlihans Lane, Poowong
Bena/ Poowong Nth
Pt Welshpool Foreshore Path
Welshpool – Pt Welshpool
Walkerville Rd, Walkerville/ Fish Ck – Walkerville Rd,
9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4) Ph: 5662 9200
Fax: 5662 3754
By Cr Bob Newton
South Gippsland Shire Council
I AM so proud of the council’s Economic
Development and Tourism unit that was
recently presented with a Fire Awareness
The award is in recognition of the coun-
cil’s successful Business Continuity and
The program involved a series of sce-
nario and crisis planning workshops and
was invaluable in the creation of the shire-
wide Business Emergency Leadership
The BELG is a voice for business in time
of crisis. The program involved significant
contribution and collaboration with the
council’s Emergency Management team,
the region’s relief and recovery agencies
and the South Gippsland business com-
munity. Congratulations to all involved.
The award is a reminder for businesses
to always be prepared for emergency and
as we are heading into summer, now is the
It’s also imperative that I remind resi-
dents of South Gippsland’s designated
Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) – the
Sandy Point Community Centre.
NSPs are municipal council-designated
buildings or spaces within the community
that may afford some protection from ra-
diant heat, the biggest killer during bush-
They are not designed to replace a per-
sonal bushfire survival plan and the CFA
advises that everyone should have a writ-
ten Bushfire Survival Plan.
As a NSP, the Sandy Point Comment
Centre is a place of last resort in bushfire
emergencies only that may assist people
when there is imminent threat of bushfire
and they have no plan, or their planned
options are not possible.
You can always check on the Emergency
Management Victoria website for updated
information at www.emv.vic.gov.au.
The annual Carols in the Drome brought
Leongatha to life at the weekend, showing
that the Christmas spirit is truly in the air.
I would like to thank Cr Nigel Hutchin-
son-Brooks for attending this fantastic
community event on my behalf.
Run by the combined churches of Le-
ongatha, the event featured the impres-
sive One Hundred Voice Children’s Choir
made up of Years 2–8 students from local
Scumbags get their whack
From front page
Initially the man denied involve-
ment in some of the worst excesses
of damage, saying through his law-
yer, that he came on to the scene
later but he did admit to the thefts.
In the end though, he agreed that
he was complicit in the damage
Having failed to appear in court
on an unrelated matter last month,
police opposed bail when the man
said he wanted to contest the string
of burglary, criminal damage and
theft charges but it all came un-
stuck when police opposed bail
and brought the additional charges
While on bail, facing the burglary
and criminal damage charges, he
was picked up by police in July this
year after fish-tailing his car away
from a set of lights in South Oak-
Blake had his car impounded on
After altering his “not guilty” plea
to “guilty” on all but four of the
charges, his lawyer agreed the mat-
ter was very serious and that jail
“would be a starting point”.
He said his client was facing dif-
ficult personal circumstances at the
time of the offending with his father
battling prostate cancer and his
mother a heart condition but it was
still no excuse.
He admitted that drugs and alco-
hol were implicated in the episode
of offending describing it as “a dis-
graceful way to treat someone else’s
Magistrate Raleigh said the cir-
cumstances were all too frequent.
“Unfortunately this sort of thing
happens all too frequently in the
area,” Mr Raleigh said.
“Just imagine what it must be like
for the owners of these houses to
come in finding they’ve been bro-
ken into and their property dam-
“I couldn’t tell you what the mo-
tives are; jealousy, drugs and alco-
hol; whatever it is, it’s unaccept-
able,” he said.
The lawyer agreed.
“Drugs and alcohol were involved
in this case,” he said, saying that
the owners would no doubt be
scared, but also very angry about
what had taken place.
“He’s disgusted with himself and
on hearing it read out again, even
Mr Raleigh handed down a 90
day jail sentence, to be followed up
by a 12-month Community Correc-
tions Order with conditions includ-
ing drug, alcohol, mental health
and offending programs.
There’s also the six-month ban
from licenced premises.
Blake was ordered to pay $34,414
for the criminal damage and stolen
He was fined $500 on the traffic
One of the other offenders in the
case, the man who allegedly broke
into the first house in Surf Beach,
received an even harsher penalty
some weeks ago after several inci-
dents of wrongdoing were rolled up
together and the man’s lengthy re-
cord was taken into account.
Ross Langlois of Raneye Systems
in Wonthaggi, the president of the
Wonthaggi Business Association
said that while the first line of de-
fence was to lock your house secure-
ly, there were a lot of other things
that could be done to secure your
home against these sorts of inva-
“You can’t beat alarms and cam-
eras and the alarms they have today
actually have cameras in them that
send you photos of the culprits via
the Cloud,” Mr Langlois said.
“They’ve already been instrumen-
tal in catching offenders all around
Australia and they also act as a great
In recent months, there have been
a number of cases go through the
Wonthaggi Magistrates’ Court involv-
ing break-ins and thefts from holiday
homes, mostly by youths looking for
alcohol and a place to sleep.
In another case, a local youth was
found guilty of spraying tags and
graffiti inside the old Warley Hospi-
tal in Cowes.
One of three people responsible for trashing a holiday home on Phil-
lip Island, Scott Blake, 21, is brought into court in Wonthaggi last
Friday to face the music by local police. He received an immediate jail
AN ANGRY phone call from a
South Gippsland resident forced
South Gippsland Shire CEO Tim
Tamlin to take stock of where the
shire was heading with the prospect
of rate capping to be introduced.
Since that call, Mr Tamlin has
been called upon by other councils
to share how South Gippsland has
planned and improved efficiencies.
He presented a talk at the Munici-
pal Association of Victoria confer-
ence on the issue in November, and
on Wednesday shared it with coun-
cillors and the public.
“Twelve months or so ago I re-
ceived a call from a gentleman and
he basically said: ‘I’ve got a property
in metro Melbourne that’s worth
$640,000 and I pay $1494 in rates;
I’ve got a holiday house in South
Gippsland Shire (Venus Bay) that’s
worth $350,000 and I pay $2198 in
rates – you’ve got to be joking?! How
do you justify that?!’
“I went away and thought, that is
a very good question, what the hell’s
going on here?
“I did a little exercise where I
grabbed the City of Stonnington’s
draft budget... they had an $800,000
residential property collecting $962
of rates; I extrapolated to South
Gippsland, for an $800,000 resi-
dential property and they would be
paying $4339 in rates.
“I thought that was very interest-
ing, and no wonder (this gentle-
man’s) getting upset.”
Mr Tamlin said further compari-
sons showed South Gippsland was
rated highly for an $800,000 prop-
erty, but was still lower than the
huge Buloke Shire Council (Mildura
region) at $6990.
This piqued his interest, and he
went on to investigate each shire’s
square kilometres, and overall rev-
enue generated in rates – Stonning-
ton 26sqkm - $98million, Morn-
ington 723sqkm - $149m, South
Gippsland 3305sqkm - $38m, and
Buloke 8000sqkm - $12m.
“Here’s Buloke charging $6990 in
rates for an $800,000 residential
property, but it only pockets $12
million,” Mr Tamlin said.
“When you extrapolate the dollars
per kilometre, it’s quite staggering.
“Rural shires generally have a
much harder time in raising fees
and charges or rates, or deliver
other sources of income to deliver
the services they need to do with a
much bigger infrastructure burden.
“But, back to [the gentleman] who
rang me up, he said ‘I don’t care!
You just need to do something!’”
Mr Tamlin said the State Govern-
ment vowed to ‘do something’ and
went to the election with a plan to
curb rates, by introducing rate cap-
ping to the consumer price index.
It is scheduled to be implemented
The first (of six) report of the gov-
ernment’s rate capping committee
was released last week.
South Gippsland Shire coun-
cillors have generally spoken out
against rate capping.
South Gippsland’s representative
on the Rural Councils of Victoria
committee, Deputy Mayor Mohya
Davies is amongst the most vocal
along with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-
Mr Tamlin said it was unfair of
the State Government to say all
councils were bringing in ‘uncon-
trolled rate hikes’.
He said South Gippsland was in
the process of finding efficiencies
and “new ways of doing things”
to reduce the impact of a rate cap
when it was introduced, and to keep
Mr Tamlin said the challenge for
local government was to work out
how to respond.
He said ‘business as usual’ was
“clearly not an option” for ratepay-
ers; amalgamations has been ruled
out by the state; and whole of gov-
ernment efficiencies (like how rates
are collected or even if two levels of
government would be better) was
out of the shire’s control.
Mr Tamlin suggested councils
find ‘new ways of working’ and said
the council had identified and im-
plemented cost-saving measures.
Amongst those he listed: upgrad-
ing to better internet speeds to im-
prove connectivity, relocating its
back-up drives to a shared, secure
facility; using an external provider
for the shire’s new website; reduc-
ing administration burden on of-
ficers by connecting to ‘the cloud’
and streamlined programs; and,
collaborating with nearby shires for
services, procurement and staff.
He said savings had already been
found and will continue in the fu-
He said it was time the shire em-
braced ‘less talk, more action’ to get
on with providing services the com-
munity needed and wanted.
Mr Tamlin’s presentation attract-
ed polite applause from councillors
around the table, but not all share
Mr Tamlin’s vision.
Cr Don Hill raised concerns about
the proposed municipal precinct
and a ‘wasted $32 million’.
Cr Andrew McEwen called for
more residential growth, encourag-
ing developments like the Walker-
ville Coastal Village (88 lots) to
spread the rates burden over a larg-
Others have previously said the
State Government must indicate
what the minimal level of services
council’s should provide, and how
those would be funded – Mr Tamlin
suggested that should include a re-
view in how rates are collected.
more action on rates
South Gippsland Shire CEO Tim
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