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THE Mirboo North out-
door pool has been shut
indefinitely after its floor
was discovered to be lift-
ing yesterday morning.
was made via the South
Gippsland Outdoor Pools
social media page late yes-
“It is with regret we in-
form everyone that Mir-
boo North Pool will be
closed until further no-
tice,” the statement said.
“Following the hot
weather over the weekend
staff have discovered sec-
tions of the bottom of the
pool have lifted, prior to
opening for early morning
swimming this morning.”
According to the state-
ment, a pipe that returns
the filtered water has
broken under the pool,
causing sections of the
expansion joint covers to
separate from the pool
Pool maintenance con-
tractors are working to
develop temporary mea-
sures that would enable
the pool to reopen.
Further updates will be
provided via the Council
and South Gippsland Out-
door Pools Facebook pag-
es when more information
Season ticket holders
are able to use their pass-
es at any other YMCA-run
pool including SG Splash.
THE heat went out of
the day and conditions
were ideal for the annual
Carols by Candlelight at
Coal Creek in Korum-
burra last Friday night.
With the street pageant
going on up in the main
street and also predictions
of scorching weather, there
wasn’t as big a crowd as
there had been last year
but the crowd of 150 or so
that turned out was thor-
oughly well entertained.
Leading the carols was
the South Gippsland Con-
cert Band, under the ba-
ton of Syd Jackson. They
practice at Coal Creek
every Monday night dur-
ing school term and were
quite at home in the tran-
quil setting of the rotunda
by the lake.
The grass bank outside
the Pig and Whistle Hotel
creates a natural amphi-
theatre and the crowd was
fully engaged in a wide se-
lection of carols, featuring
soloists Kerrie Giles and
Gavin Van Eede.
Santa and his help-
ers came along mid-way
through the program and
it was clearly the mo -
ment that the kids had
been waiting for and they
mobbed the jolly man,
with well wishes and also
with requests for next
Santa in turn had a sack
full of lollies to dispense.
It was altogether a fun
night and one that Coal
Creek plans to build on
THE overwhelming response to a survey of views
about Coal Seam Gas activities in South Gippsland is
that the local shire should seek a permanent ban on
unconventional gas mining in the shire.
But at a council meeting last Wednesday, the council
rejected that course of action, saying it already had a
firm position, opposing CSG and fracking, adopted in
Instead, tactics adopted by Crs Don Hill and Andrew
McEwen, again seeking to use the Notice of Motion
mechanism to call for a ban, may have backfired on the
Cr Moyha Davies said it was an abuse of the Notice
of Motion process when council had already voted on a
similar motion in August this year.
She said the survey used as the basis for the Notice of
Motion wasn’t balanced and it called on the community
to criticise council when it had strongly supported the
Cr Lorraine Brunt agreed, claiming some of the ques-
tions in the survey were “mischievous”.
Cr Jim Fawcett said the actions of the two councillors
were “self-serving”, in an election year.
He also said the survey wasn’t statistically represen-
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said the council was al-
ready supporting the moratorium on unconventional
gas mining whereas calling for a ban at this stage would
have no effect.
But Cr Hill said insisted that the community wanted
a ban on CSG mining, the council had a clear advocacy
and it should be petitioning the government for a ban.
He criticised the council for not allowing its ‘Our Say’
website to be used to gauge public opinion and said it
was no wonder the shire got a bad response to the an-
nual community satisfaction survey.
“This council has voted down the chance to put the
views of this community on the record,” he said.
Hi motion was lost with Crs Kennedy, McEwen, Hard-
ing and Hill in favour.
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Council offices will open on normal trading days except
Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Days.
Phone 5662 9200 (24/7) for urgent
Council matters eg. livestock or trees on roads.
General emergencies: 000.
Visitor Information Centres in Korumburra
and Foster 7 days/9am to 5pm.
(www.visitpromcountry.com.au) Coal Creek 7
days/10am- 4 .30pm. Leongatha Info Centre, Memorial
Hall 7 days/ Hours variable call 5662 2111. (All closed
Meals and showers for HACC
clients continue as usual. All M&CH Centres are open
but limited to Key Ages and Stages (KAS) checks.
Appointments required. For support, call 13 22 29. If
you or your child is unwell, seek advice from your GP
or nearest hospital emergency unit. Council and
community playgroups do not run during school
holidays. Go to www.playgroup.org.au to find contact
details for your local playgroup.
garbage/recycling/green waste collections on
Christmas Day. Properties scheduled to have their bins
emptied on Christmas Day will have them emptied on
Boxing Day instead. (If your bins have not been
emptied by 4pm, please call Council.) At Sandy Point,
Waratah Bay and Venus Bay, recycling will be collected
weekly from the Monday following Christmas Day, until
end of January. Bins must be placed out for collection
on each Sunday night for collection on Monday.
Transfer stations/Koonwarra landfill closed Christmas
Day. Opening hours displayed at sites and on
Tickets are now on sale for Coal Creek's annual
Gippsland Geekfest on 16 January, 2016. A range of
activities will be held from 10.00am - 4 .30pm for all
ages, featuring Minecraft, Steampunk, table top games
and best dressed competitions. The Kostume Ball for
over 18s will be held from 7.30 - 11.00pm featuring DJ
Hemphill. Don your geekiest outfit and be crowned
King or Queen of the Ball. Tickets can be purchased
from Coal Creek or via Moshtix. Prices vary for
different events. Go to www.coalcreek.com.au or Coal
Creek Geekfest on Facebook for more information.
10.00am - 10.30am 5 January 2016 - War
Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street
12.30pm - 1 .30pm 5 January 2016 -
Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street
9.00am - 9.30am 6 January 2016 -
Maternal & Child Health Centre
11.30am - 12.00pm 6 January 2016 -
Community Meeting Room
1.00pm - 1.30pm 6 January 2016 – Nyora
Bena Kongwak Rd,
Kongwak & Pound Ck Rd, Koonwarra
Foster/ Foster Nth
Mardan Dumbalk Rd, Mardan
Bayside Drv, Walkerville
Loch – Wonthaggi Road, Loch
9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4)
Ph: 5662 9200 | email@example.com
Fax: 5662 3754
It was fantastic to see Mirboo North Secondary Col-
lege’s (MNSC) small scale nursery announced as joint
winner of the Environment Minister’s Award for a
Cleaner Environment at the Banksia Sustainability
Awards in Sydney.
To have such a project receive national attention is
a major achievement, so I would like to congratulate
Project Manager and MNSC teacher, Allen Riseley and
all involved in the project for producing such a success-
With 10,000 native trees produced by the school each
year and having 30,000 trees distributed locally over
the last three years the project is making a significant
contribution to our environment which we should all
be proud of.
I also wanted to encourage any Tarwin Valley commu-
nity members to enter the Heroes of the Tarwin Valley
photography competition that is open until January 31,
Applications can be made under three categories in-
cluding People, Places and Events which will showcase
the great area of Tarwin Valley.
With the Christmas season upon us there will be plen-
ty of opportunities to take a picture of the hustle and
bustle of this busy time.
Keep in mind prizes will be awarded to the Best in
Show, runners-up and Juniors for the best applications
This week I had an emergency at my own property
as a fire erupted in the warmer weather; thankfully my
close neighbours and the Korumburra Fire Brigade
were quick to attend to the situation and put out the
I cannot stress the amount of thankfulness and grati-
tude I have to all involved who were able to help.
This event just proves how lucky we all are to have a
number of volunteers that support the community in
times of need.
It is scary to think how we would be without their
assistance, so we must take the time to recognise and
thank all the wonderful people that use their valuable
time to help others.
Volunteers often are the backbone to our community
as they provide a range of services that would not be
possible without their aid.
It is the least we can do to take the time to thank them
for their service.
I would like to commend Martyn and Heather Scrim-
shaw from the Salvation Army for their 12 years of ser-
vice to the community.
We are truly thankful for the difference you have made
in our community and your certificate of appreciation
is highly deserved.
I would also like to wish everyone compliments of the
season and a happy, safe and prosperous New Year.
Please drive carefully as this season is shaping up to
be a very dangerous fire season, so please be very care-
ful as our wonderful volunteer fire fighters need to be
with their families.
By Cr Bob Newton
CSG calls are an
abuse of process
Carols on a big night in Korumburra
Vocalists Gavin Van Eade and Kerrie Giles, accompanied by the South Gippsland Concert Band, sang their way through a large num-
ber of popular Christmas carols at the Coal Creek Carols by Candlelight last Friday night. m735115
Saxophonist Geoff Watsford was one of the feature soloists on the night at
the Coal Creek Carols by Candlelight, playing a sublime arrangement of ‘Have
Yourself a Merry little Christmas’. m805115
Fault shuts down
Mirboo North pool
SOUTH Eastern Secured Investments Limited
(SESI) debenture holders last week received a 19th
interim distribution in the latest return of money for
The Gippsland based rural finance company was
placed into receivership in February, 2009 which saw
around 3000 depositors, mostly locals owned more
than $178 million.
Upon the company being placed into receivership
all deposits were immediately frozen.
But in good news for debenture holders, almost
seven years on more than 90 per cent of investments
has been returned, with many locals now recouping
their full amount due to the interest gained since the
funds were frozen.
To date, Receivers and Managers of SESI Korda
Metha, have collected and distributed over $169 mil-
lion to debentures holders, a return of approximately
95 cents in the dollar.
The amount is a significantly larger figure than ear-
lier estimates of total distributions which were in the
range of 80 to 90 cents in the dollar.
Timely pay out
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