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Bass Coast Shire Council briefs
Code query for Bass Coast
HAVING already signed two slightly different
Codes of Conduct, the Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil is considering a motion to do it all again
at a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday,
It is not yet clear what the issue is with the
second incarnation of the code but all will be
revealed at the Special Meeting, to be held at
4.45pm on Wednesday, February 15.
$72m waste contracts review
THE new Bass Coast Shire Council is con-
sidering a review of the rubbish and recycling
contracts let by the shire, for an unprecedent-
ed 10 year period, in the final months of office.
Let behind closed doors on July 20 last year,
and due to commence on August 30 this year,
the contracts were worth in the order of $72.5
This figure does not include the estimated
$243,104.40 pa it is expected to cost to oper-
ate the Inverloch transfer station.
The new council is yet to call for a review
and it will not be considered at the February
15 council meeting.
But it will be discussed by the new council,
CEO power clipped
THE Bass Coast Shire Council is likely
to conduct a complete review of the powers
delegated to the shire CEO Paul Buckley, to
make decisions on its behalf.
All municipal bosses have power delegat-
ed to them by the council so that they can
keep day-to-day operations going and func-
tional aspects of council’s responsibilities
But there is an impression within the new
council that the old council let that go too
far, and they intend to rein it in.
It is likely that council will bring on a no-
tice of motion soon to review the powers of
Shire questions changed
RESTRICTED to asking questions about
items on the upcoming agenda by the old
council, the new Bass Coast Shire Council
has opened up its pre-meeting question time
to any questions relating to council business.
The first public session of the New Year will
be held at 3pm this Wednesday, February 8,
Community Engagement Session in the Old
Post Office, followed by the first Ordinary
Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 15.
AS A progressive council, one of the most
difficult tasks ahead is the ability to visualise
where we perceive the future direction and
growth of our region; how our towns will evolve
and what our jobs of the future will look like.
The answer to these and many other ques-
tions rest on the shoulders of all who are pre-
pared to participate and contribute.
Our children can often hold the key. What en-
gages them today is often what drives our needs
As we look around the world today it appears
changes are afoot with the advent of many tech-
nical advances in solar and battery upgrades:
renewable energy has some of the largest ad-
vances to date.
We need to look at what types of other appli-
cations may derive from their use.
Council is already on the front foot with Envi-
ronmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA) involving
business upgrades to offset rising power costs.
The agreements aim to assist businesses by
reducing their operational costs while increas-
Utilising support from the Sustainable Mel-
bourne Fund, any non-residential property in
South Gippsland will have the opportunity to en-
ter into an EUA – an agreement between the prop-
erty owner, the council and a participating bank.
By deciding to introduce EUAs in South
Gippsland, the council is taking an innovative
step in providing a way for businesses to access
capital and improve their business opportunities.
Want to know more about renewable energy?
Council, in partnership with the Energy Innova-
tion Co-Operative, is hosting a free community
information session on solar power and batter-
ies including money savings, practicality of sys-
tems and what sort of systems to use.
It will be held on February 19 at Coal Creek
Community Park and Museum.
I encourage everyone interested in alternative
energy sources to attend.
And in the final contribution from my council-
lor colleagues, the following is from Cr Don Hill.
“I am interested in making a positive contri-
bution to have progressive change occur within
council for the benefit of the community. I be-
lieve we now have a chance to progress ideas
that the community desires and abilities within
the council group to enable them to happen. We
have many good ideas about how to change oth-
er areas that matter such as customer relations.
“We as a council are working on the annual
plan and then on the budget. I believe many of
the ideas the community desires will be reflect-
ed in these two documents, which will come
out to the public for review over the next few
“If we get live streaming in the next two
months you might even be able to listen and
watch the debate from the comfort of your own
By Cr Ray Argento
A COMBINATION of warm weather and
increased demand for water across com-
munities has seen all water supply systems
throughout South Gippsland drop, to the
point where Korumburra’s supply is now be-
ing topped up from the Tarwin River.
Rainfall was recorded at South Gippsland
Water’s storages from January 28 to Febru-
Lance Creek received 12mm, Ruby Creek
5mm, Coalition Creek 7mm, Deep Creek
0mm, Little Bass 0.2mm and Battery Creek
Total rainfall figures for January 2017 were:
Lance Creek 51mm, Ruby Creek 24mm, Co -
alition Creek 42mm, Deep Creek 36mm, Lit-
tle Bass 35mm and Battery Creek 20mm.
Pumping from the Tarwin River to supple -
ment Korumburra’s water supply system
commenced last week.
While there has been heavy rain over the
weekend, a great deal of the water received
will most likely have been absorbed by dry
“Any run- off reaching South Gippsland Wa-
ter’s storages is influenced by the surrounding
catchment and the quality of water entering
rivers and reservoirs needs to be continually
monitored during periods of warm weather
to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water, ”
said Philippe du Plessis, South Gippsland
Water managing director.
Westernport Water storages at the Candowie
Reservoir, which supplies water to Phillip Is-
land, San Remo and Waterline communities,
are sitting at 70.5 per cent capacity, which is
14.5 per cent higher than this time last year.
However, water use in comparison to the
same time last year is much higher.
Customers are reminded that they still need
to be wary of their water use and that Perma-
nent Water Saving Rules still apply.
Pumping from the Tarwin
SOUTH Gippsland Hospital (SGH) in Foster
has appointed a new CEO, Chris Trotman who
commenced in the role last week, following the
retirement of Peter Rushen.
Ms Trotman, from Leongatha, is a former reg-
istered nurse with tertiary qualifications in ac-
counting, business management and governance.
She has extensive experience in the health
sector – most recently as CEO of a disability
support service in the Latrobe Valley.
Until her appointment at SGH Chris was a
member of the board of Gippsland Southern
Health Service, and she sits on several other
local boards and committees.
Ms Trotman said she was looking forward to
working with the board, doctors, hospital staff
and local community members to ensure the
hospital and community health centre continue
to provide valuable services to the Corner Inlet
Foster hospital’s new CEO
Samantha Park, the director of Community Health, left, with new CEO Chris Trotman, and
Anna Stefani, the director of Nursing, right.
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