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POLICE were on the scene at a fatal collision at Koo
Wee Rup well into Sunday night.
It’s believed a car travelling towards Melbourne on
the South Gippsland Highway turned right into Sybella
Road about 4.50pm on Sunday afternoon, hitting the
The motorcyclist was travelling towards Phillip Island
on the South Gippsland Highway and collided with the
car at the intersection.
The male rider of the motorcycle died at the scene.
The driver of the car, an 83-year- old Lang Lang man,
and his passenger, a woman believed to be in her 80s
also from Lang Lang, where taken to the Dandenong
Hospital with minor injuries.
Cardinia Highway Patrol are investigating and appeal
for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at
near Koo Wee Rup
THE South Gippsland Shire Council’s
controversial attempt to sell 23 parcels
of land, it considers surplus to require-
ments, has hit a bureaucratic hurdle.
And it’s all very secretive.
Not scheduled to meet until February
24, 2016, for the first Ordinary Meeting
of the year, Council has been forced to
call a Special Meeting of Council, this
Wednesday, January 13 to consider a
Notice of Rescission.
Having met behind closed doors at its
December meeting, to decide the make-
up of the panel that will hear submis-
sions about the proposed land sales,
one of the councillors has since issued a
Notice of Rescission about the decision.
It is understood that the panel is to be
made up of a handful of councillors and
They will consider the submissions,
hear from any people who wish to ad-
dress the panel and then make 23 deci-
sions – yes or no – about which proper-
ties should be sold.
How the Notice of Rescission will affect
the outcome is unknown.
Most of the controversy has been
around the sale of six properties at Ve-
nus Bay and one at Foster.
The shire needs the money from the
land sales to boost income after the State
Government announced a cap on rates
starting from this year.
Proposed land sales hiccup THE Sentinel-Times asked the Minister for Environ-
ment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, what
the government was doing about Korumburra’s inad-
equate water supply.
“The government is in discussions with South
Gippsland Water about securing supplies,” Ms Neville
“As with all water corporations, South Gippsland Wa-
ter has contingency planning in place to manage water
demand and supply scenarios.”
Asked when the government would fund the North-
ern Towns Connection Project, Ms Neville said an an-
nouncement was expected shortly.
“Work is being done on a new plan for water for
Victoria. A draft is expected to be released shortly for
community consultation. The Water Plan will address a
range of strategic water issues for all Victorians includ-
ing increasing water security.”
Water Minister responds
A FAMILY was shocked
and high-tailed it out of
the area when they came
upon some asbestos at
the Ritchies Bushland Re-
serve just outside of Ko-
rumburra last week.
The bush track follows
the old South Gippsland
Highway alignment and is
popular with dog walkers,
and apparently dumpers.
Along with the asbestos
that was dumped some-
time over the last two
weeks, there was evidence
of other dumping near the
Just over the embank-
ment was a decomposing
horse carcase, in the car
park was a heavy fireplace
(minus the flue), house-
hold items and green
Parks Victoria, which
manages the park said a
small amount of asbestos
was due to be removed
from the park this morn-
“Late last week, Parks
Victoria staff were made
aware of a small amount
of asbestos 50 – 60 metres
from the highway in the
reserve that was partially
buried and other general
ter, Parks Victoria’s Dis-
trict Manager for South
“Parks Victoria staff
were on site yesterday
morning (Monday, Janu-
ary 11) cleaning up the
rubbish and cordoning off
the area where the asbes-
“The contractor is com-
ing today (Wednesday,
January 12) to remove the
The old sign warning of
asbestos was also removed.
“Ritchies Bushland Re-
serve in Korumburra is
not a historic asbestos
dumping ground, however
there was some asbestos
removed by a contractor
engaged by Parks Victoria
approximately a year ago
and it is possible that the
asbestos that was recently
discovered was missed in
the clean-up,” Mr Baxter
“The contractor is re-
quired to put a sign ad-
vising the public that as-
bestos is being removed
and should have removed
the sign when the job was
The asbestos was first re-
ported to South Gippsland
Shire Council, who in turn
informed the land manag-
ers – Park Victoria.
Dumping remains a sig-
nificant problem for the
shire, which has, in the
past two years prosecut-
ed 12 people for illegal
items reported to coun-
cil include household
items – typically clothing,
toys, electrical goods and
crockery, general waste
and green waste like tree
branches, weeds and lawn
clippings,” council’s Man-
ager Regulatory Services
Matthew Patterson said.
“Rates of illegal dump-
ing complaints are con-
sistent throughout the
South Gippsland Shire
Council has an asbes-
tos disposal area at the
Koonwarra Landfill, how-
ever, as Mr Patterson
said, “there are steps that
they need to take to pro -
tect their health and the
health of others.
“We recommend that
people engage a profes-
sional licenced asbes-
tos removalist but if
they want to perform
the works themselves
and take the material to
the Koonwarra Landfill,
guidance can be found at
“Once dropped off at
the Koonwarra Landfill
asbestos is disposed of
in the landfill as per EPA
guidelines. No further
transportation is neces-
“The Koonwarra Land-
fill is open Monday to
Friday 8am to 4pm and
weight based fees apply.
“Asbestos from com-
erations and asbestos re-
in public reserve
What is asbestos?
ASBESTOS is the name given to a group of natu-
rally occurring mineral fibres which were used ex-
tensively in many products due to the versatility,
strength, fire resistant and insulating properties of
The versatility of asbestos made it attractive to
many industries and is thought to have more than
3000 applications worldwide.
Australia was one of the highest users per capita
in the world up until the mid-1980s.
Approximately one third of all homes built in Aus-
tralia contain asbestos products.
The widespread use of asbestos has left a deadly
Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and the inhala-
tion of asbestos fibres is associated with increased
incidences of a number of diseases including pleural
disease, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Even limited or short-term exposure to asbes-
tos fibres can be dangerous but exposure does not
make development of an asbestos related disease
* How do I know if there is asbestos in my home?
Approximately one third of all homes built in Aus-
tralia contain asbestos products.
As a general rule, if your house was built before
the mid-1980s, it is highly likely that it would have
some asbestos containing materials.
If your house was built between the mid-1980s
and 1990, it is likely that it would have asbestos
If your house was built after 1990, it is unlikely
that it would have asbestos containing materials.
It is not possible to determine whether a material
contains asbestos by simply looking at it.
The only way to be sure is to get a sample test-
ed by a National Association of Testing Authorities
(NATA) accredited laboratory.
For information on testing and accredited labo-
ratories in your area, visitwww.nata.com.au or call
1800 621 666.
If you are in doubt, treat the material as if it does
What appears to be a horse carcase was dumped at Ritchies Bushland Reserve last week. D030216.
Visitors to Ritchies Bushland Reserve were shocked
to find this sign indicating asbestos had been dumped
in the area. Asbestos was due to be removed by a
Parks Victoria contractor today. D040216.
movalists is not allowed
to be disposed of at Koon-
Failure to follow guide-
lines for removing asbes-
tos, and disturbing as-
bestos so fibres become
suspended in the air and
breathed into the lungs
can cause a range of dis-
eases including mesothe-
lioma, lung cancer and
Council and Parks Vic-
toria urge people to report
illegal dumping to South
Gippsland Shire Council
on 5662 9200, or Parks
Victoria on 13 19 63. To
crime, like dumping as-
bestos call Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000, re-
port it to your local Parks
Victoria office or police
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