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BASS Coast Shire Council will soon begin
construction on stormwater drainage works
in Goroke Street in Inverloch.
The project is an important part of the
Stormwater Drainage Renewal Program un-
der the 2015 Drainage Asset Management
Plan and will ensure delivery of the adopted
Community Service levels.
The current drainage system for Goroke
Street consists of an open channel, which
requires constant maintenance due to over-
grown vegetation and silting.
The open drain is also now within a resi-
dential area since the development of the
Surf Beach Estate.
This stage will involve the installation of
large concrete underground drainage pipes
and back filling to the end of the caravan
park, alleviating costly maintenance and re-
moving any risk to the public.
Further works will be programmed as re-
quired downstream and as budgets allow.
Construction of drainage works will com-
mence this week and are expected to be com-
pleted in late March, weather permitting.
“Council will be working closely with the
contractor to ensure a minimum amount of
inconvenience and disruption to the public,”
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said.
“The community, local residents, business-
es and other stakeholders will be kept up-to-
date with the project through the council’s
website updates and letterbox drops or mail
outs where appropriate.”
This project will be carried out by Car-
riford Earthmoving and the project cost is
For further information, contact the coun-
cil on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671
for Goroke Street
Failed to stop after road rage
A WOMAN who failed to stop at a red light
in Melbourne, allegedly because another driver
had been tailgating her and harassing her for
several kilometres through the eastern sub-
urbs, escaped without a fine or conviction in
the Korumburra court last week.
Portia Williamson of Foster told the court that
she had actually stopped at the lights but was
so agitated by the experience that she took off
again as the lights changed, 1.2 seconds after
the lights had changed it was alleged.
Magistrate Hayes accepted that the woman
had had a bad experience and due to her clean
driving record, did not impose a fine.
Ms Williamson was however placed on a six-
month good behaviour undertaking.
Didn’t apply for bail
A PHILLIP Island resident, who was brought
into the Korumburra court last week in cus-
tody over a string of deception offences in Mel-
bourne, was remanded in custody for a bail
hearing in the Latrobe Valley last Friday.
No details of the offender’s charges were
read out in court but it was acknowledged that
person was especially anxious about spending
their first night in jail, away from young family
It is understood that the alleged offences
were not committed in the Bass Coast or South
Magistrate lays down
the law on abuse
A DRUNK Mirboo North man who used the
worst sort of abuse to denigrate his partner at
home in January last year was left in no doubt
about what Korumburra Magistrate Fiona
Hayes regarded as family violence.
The accused man, who allegedly contravened
a Family Violence Intervention Order by com-
ing home drunk and abusing his partner, was
found to have a blood/alcohol level of 0.112
when police attended the scene.
The man denied using the worst of the terms
but said he didn’t regard calling his partner a
“lying piece of sh--” as a breach of the order
because “if the shoe fits”.
The man’s lawyer asked for a fine for her
client but Magistrate Hayes opted for a much
higher penalty, reminding the man that such ac-
tions could incur a five-year jail term.
“You might not think that the abuse you hand-
ed out is family violence but I certainly do,” Ms
Hayes said. “You need to know that the maxi-
mum penalty for this is five years in jail.”
Ms Hayes said it was up to the accused man
to change his approach.
The magistrate placed him on a Community
Corrections Order, effectively a therapeutic or-
der, requiring him to get treatment for his alco-
holism and behaviour.
Scary trucky the problem
A SPEEDING charge against a local woman
was dismissed in the Korumburra Magistrates’
Court last week after details were revealed of a
scary, late-night ride down the Hume Freeway
in July last year.
Andria Kliszewski ultimately pleaded guilty to
travelling at a speed of 120km/h in a 110 zone
(alleged speed 117km/h) but as she explained
to the court, she wasn’t at fault.
According to Ms Kliszewski, she was overtak-
ing a truck which was being driven erratically
when she passed through a speed zone over the
She said the truck driver had harassed her
for half an hour on the road, speeding up and
slowing down in front of her car before she fi-
nally decided she had to pass him and acceler-
The matter was reported to police the next
The magistrate found the charge proven but
then dismissed the case without penalty.
A SMALL grassfire started on an embank-
ment of the South Gippsland Highway just out
of Leongatha last Thursday when contractors
were slashing long grass.
Crews from Ruby Fire Brigade and Leon-
gatha Fire Brigade attended the fire to black
out the area after the contractor had used his
extinguisher to contain it.
The Ruby CFA says the incident provided a
timely warning of the dangers of grassfire this
“Even though it was not a hot day the fire
was sparked by a mower working on the side
of the highway,” the brigade’s Facebook page
“The quick work of the contractors, using
a fire extinguisher, helped slow the spread of
the fire before crews from Ruby Fire Brigade
and Leongatha Fire Brigade arrived.
“This highlights the need to carry fire extin-
guisher and mobile phone when working with
Crews from the Leongatha and Ruby fire brigades blacked out the area of the small grass
fire on South Gippsland Highway just out of Leongatha. N030617
Slash and burn
Edney’s Leongatha dealer principal Darryl McGannon has welcomed back Heather Walker
to the team after a couple of years north. N040617
Heather’s back at Edney’s
EDNEY’S Leongatha has welcomed back Nis-
san expert Heather Walker who has returned to
the area after almost two years away.
Prior to that Heather had been with Edney’s
for five and a half years, and had previously
worked for Nissan for 25 years.
It’s fair to say she knows the brand inside
out, although she’s noticed significant changes
in technology in the two years she’s been away.
Heather said she’s glad to be back ‘home’
with her horses in the hills, and was pleased
dealer principal Darryl McGannon had a va-
cancy on the team.
“I enjoyed my time here at Edney’s talking
to the people, whether they were retirees or
“My background at Nissan was in the com-
mercial vehicle area. I’d just left and moved to
South Gippsland and I was looking to buy a Na-
vara for the farm from Edney’s.
“I started chatting with Darryl and he asked
what I was planning to do workwise.
“I said I was looking for part time work but
I had no intention of selling cars. I’d done fleet
sales before but that’s different.
“But before I knew it I was working full time
and really enjoying it and it’s great to be back
again. Darryl and I are just like old mates!”
It’s been a week now so Heather will be back
up to speed, so if you’re in the market, head in
to see the expert team at Edney’s who’ll have
the right vehicle for you at the right price.
A 12 year old boy, tested for drug use by
police and found to have methamphetamine
in his system, was denied his application to
return home to be with his mother in a local
court last week.
The child, whose father is allegedly in cus-
tody, awaiting trial on serious trafficking
charges, involving the drug ice, was instead
placed in approved custody, away from his
family, by the magistrate.
12 year-old on ice
GIPPSLAND Carers Association works to sup-
port family carers of people with disabilities, aged
frailty, chronic or mental illness.
Gippsland Carers’ free service includes infor-
mation, support, advocacy, links to services and
a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear for carers of
family or friends.
Its drop in centre – Carers Place - at 185
Commercial Road Morwell is open on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 9am until 3pm.
Lorraine, the carer mentor, is also available to
come to you if you are unable to come to the office.
Support groups are run across Gippsland and
the association can put you in contact with one
The carer support group in Morwell meets
from 10am to noon on the first Wednesday of
each month except January, at the ‘Rose Garden
Carer support group in Warragul meets at War-
ragul Regional Library, Victoria Street, Warragul
from 10am until noon on the fourth Wednesday
of each month except December.
Supporting our carers
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