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ASKED for a response on the
losses quoted by Mr Love at last
week’s presentation session, South
Gippsland CEO, Tim Tamlin, didn’t
address those losses directly.
“When the leases expired on the
caravan parks at Long Jetty and
Yanakie in 2013 Council made the
decision to take over direct manage-
ment of both parks. This was done
for a number of reasons, the topmost
being that the parks had become
rundown and needed a significant in-
vestment to bring them up to a stan-
dard to market to tourists,” he said.
“The Yanakie Caravan Park is ide-
ally positioned to provide accommo -
dation for people looking to visit Wil-
sons Promontory and surrounds at a
lower cost than staying at the Nation-
al Park camping area at the Prom.
“ The Long Jetty Foreshore Cara-
van Park is perfect for people inter-
ested in the outdoors, for fishing, re -
laxation away from crowded spaces
and enjoying the coastal and rural
“As a result of the investment
Council has made both parks are
now being marketed to a growing
number of people attracted to our
region. This has a significant eco -
nomic multiplier for surrounding
towns, so while the investment in
the parks can be measured – that
said, I ’m not sure where Lindsay got
his numbers from – the benefits are
much greater than the takings at the
parks themselves. ”
Mr Tamlin didn’t comment on the
alleged cost of operating Coal Creek
but he responded to Mr Love’s com-
ments as follows:
“As for selling Coal Creek, that is
simply not an option as it is Crown
IT’S the elephant in the room for
the new council.
The amount of ratepayers’ mon-
ey it has so far cost the South
Gippsland Shire Council to restruc-
ture the operation of its caravan
parks at Yanakie and Port Welsh-
But, at a public presentation ses-
sion in Leongatha last week, local
businessman Lindsay Love, ad-
dressed this issue, revealing that
by the shire’s own admissions, it
had spent $750,000 on the facilities
in the three months, from June to
The main problem with that, ac-
cording to Mr Love, is that the shire
is likely to nett only $50,000 income
annually from the two parks after
operational expenses were paid.
“You’ve got to drop the concept of
running caravan parks. You should
not be in this business,” he told the
Mr Love laid out his estimate of
income and expenditure from the
two caravan parks and claimed the
shire had “a major issue if council
thinks it can continue to run its
He said it was OK that they had
spent money to improve the parks
and to comply with government re-
quirements but it had to stop haem-
orrhaging ratepayers’ funds by leas-
ing the parks out to an approved
“Ratepayers don’t want the expen-
diture of $750,000. They want to
see a surplus of income coming in.”
Mr Love said he had also seen
that the shire advertised recently
for another employee to help run
the parks but he advised that the
council should discontinue the re -
cruitment and immediately move to
lease the park out, possibly clear-
ing $100,000 annually, and start to
cover the horrendous losses it had
so far incurred.
Mr Love said that when the hid-
den costs were added in, including
the cost of work done by head office
staff, losses could be considerably
And it has to stop he said.
“The public can readily see that
we have a defined income source,
no strings attached, no hidden
charges and no extra staff on the
payroll, ” he said, if the parks were
leased out rather than operated di-
rectly by the shire.
“The lease payments can have a
CPI increase built-in and hence the
income source should grow over
time for the Council.
“I urge council to urgently advise
the administration that council
will no longer be running caravan
parks and that the staffing addition
should be avoided. ”
Coal Creek concerns
Mr Love also raised concerns
about the on-going cost of operating
Coal Creek Community Park and
Museum which he claimed was in
the order of a $600,000 loss annu-
He claimed such losses were un-
“You’ve got to decide what you are
going to do with Coal Creek,” he
“You might have been able to go the
route of selling it to the school camp
operator which recently purchased
Rumbug and Campaspe Downs Ad-
venture Park but that might not be
an option now,” he said.
Lindsay Love, a member of the newly formed South Gippsland Action Group, tore strips off the shire coun-
cil last week over caravan park losses. M070817
$750,000 caravan park
Young girl assaulted
A 12 year old girl was assaulted by three teen-
age boys on South Dudley Road, Wonthaggi at
3.50pm on Wednesday, February 15.
The girl was punched in the face by one of the
boys, who all fled the scene heading towards the
Two of the boys were riding BMX style bikes,
and all three were wearing black clothing.
Two of the boys had long, curly hair while the
other had long, straight hair.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the
Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100 or Crimestop-
ICE arrest Leongatha
A 44 year old male has been charged with traf-
ficking drugs after being intercepted in Leongatha
on Saturday, February 18.
Foster Police members intercepted a car at
4.50am, before searching the vehicle and finding
cannabis and methamphetamine (ICE).
The male was arrested and taken to the Wont-
haggi Police Station, where he was charged with
trafficking drugs and committing indictable of-
fences while on bail.
The male was put before a Bail Justice in an
after-hours remand hearing and subsequently re-
leased on bail with strict conditions.
Unlicensed driver skids into trouble
FOSTER Police detected a 37 year old male
from Foster performing an 85 metre long burn-
out on Station Road, Foster at 11.20pm on Tues-
day, February 14.
The unlicensed male was arrested and taken to
the police station where a breath test provided a
reading of 0.150.
He was later interviewed for reckless conduct
endangering person, possess a controlled weap-
on, two counts of careless driving, driving a ve-
hicle whilst causing loss of traction, unlicensed
driving and drink driving.
The male was charged and bailed to appear at
the Wonthaggi Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
His vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a
cost of $1306.
Petrol theft in Wonthaggi
POLICE are asking for public assistance in
identifying a male person in relation to a petrol
At approximately 6pm on Tuesday, February
14, the suspected male attended the BP service
station on McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi, driving a
silver Ford Falcon sedan fitted with false number-
The man drove off without paying for the petrol.
Anyone with information can contact the Wont-
haggi Police on 5671 4100 or Crimestoppers.
Shire wide thefts
BETWEEN Thursday, February 2 and Thurs-
day, February 16 unknown persons accessed a
rural property on Densley Road, Woolamai and
stole a spot light, along with electric fence equip-
Between February 14 and 15, an unknown
offender entered an unlocked garage in Harriet
Street, Toora, stealing a small 50cc quad bike.
Overnight between February 18 and 19 un-
known offenders forced entry into the Wonthaggi
Laundromat on Graham Street, stealing a small
safe and forcing open a coin dispensing machine.
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