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THE proposal by the Leongatha RSL to exchange
its clubrooms site in Smith Street for shire-owned
land on the other side of the road is the opportu-
nity of a lifetime.
That’s the view of the council after it voted unani-
mously last week to commence investigations with
the Returned Services League of Australia into the
“This is a fantastic project. I believe it opens up a
huge amount of opportunities and it’s a good idea
to do the land swap,” said Cr Maxine Kiel at last
week’s council meeting.
“Fantastic is the word. It could lead to the revi-
talisation of Leongatha. It’s an excellent initiative of
the RSL and could result in an additional $5000 to
$10,000 a day being spent in Leongatha if the hotel
goes ahead. It could also save the council $2 mil-
lion to $3 million and result in a major net benefit
for the community,” he said.
But Cr Allyson Skinner wanted to see the intent
of the motion before the council to be spelt out.
“This motion is not approving the whole project.
This is to investigate the logistics and the benefits.
Potentially it could be fantastic but at this stage we
are just entering into an initial investigation.”
“Yes, it’s just a heads of agreement but as soon
as I heard about it, I thought this has got the li-
brary written all over it and the community hub.
It’s in the right location and could be great for Le-
ongatha,” said Cr Hill.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity if not
more,” said Cr Aaron Brown, noting it was exciting
to hear the concept plans laid out by the RSL at a
“There’s nothing like the accommodation and
conference centre they are proposing in South
Gippsland,” he said.
Cr Lorraine Brunt agreed it could be the oppor-
tunity of a lifetime, for the shire, the RSL and for
Leongatha as a whole. “We are saying we will defi-
nitely look at what you bring forward,” she said.
The Mayor, Cr Ray Argento, welcomed the pro-
posal as exciting.
He said representatives of the Returned and Ser-
vices League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc
and the Leongatha RSL recently briefed Council-
lors and Council’s Executive team to discuss their
priorities for a new multi-level RSL building com-
plex in Leongatha, highlighting the inadequacies of
the current facilities to cater for future growth.
“The RSL wants to enter into the land exchange
in order to develop a new multi-level dining and
accommodation complex which will address
some concerns of the organisation regarding its
long-term viability and provide its membership
with new and improved facilities,” Cr Argento ex-
However, after all the encouraging words at the
council meeting, local political commentator, Wil-
ma Western, injected a sober note during ques-
She asked the council to consider what its re-
sponse would be if the RSL expansion project
resulted in an application for more poker ma-
chines, alleging that some local people, particu-
larly the elderly, had run into difficulty playing the
“I would not like to see it increase the number
of machines but I bet they will,” she said.
At other times during last week’s meeting, the
potential presented by the shire taking over the
existing Leongatha RSL Club was discussed, with
councillors noting that the shire stood to save
millions by not having to build either a new li-
brary or civic centre.
At the meeting, the council also officially shelved
plans to build a new $24m/$32m new shire office
RSL offers ‘lifetime’
opportunity for Leongatha
Under the proposal put to the South Gippsland Shire Council by the Leongatha RSL, the
shire and the RSL would exchange parcels of CBD land to suit their own development plans.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is keen to fol-
low Bass Coast’s lead with waste services, reduc-
ing garbage collection by half.
The council has developed a new draft Waste
Management Strategy 2016-2021 (WMS) to guide
its waste management activities for the next five
Among the recommendations is the fortnightly
collection of the 120 litre garbage bins, instead of
weekly as is the current practice.
To compensate, it wants to expand its recycling
services to include soft plastics, and introduce a
food organics, green organics (FOGO) service as
an extension of the green waste service now in
Details are listed in the new draft document that
was developed after a review of the existing Waste
Management Strategy 2011-2021, which identi-
fied that many of the recommended actions of the
strategy had been implemented or were no longer
This updated WMS reinforces the council’s com-
mitment to provide sustainable solutions for the
collection, disposal and resource recovery from
waste generated within South Gippsland Shire.
Developed by the council’s Waste Management
team, this WMS describes strategies and actions
to be undertaken by the council with the key aim,
according to Sustainability Coordinator, Geoff
McKinnon, to reduce waste to landfill and increase
the recovery of materials for recycling through the
development and improvement of current waste
“The waste management industry is rapidly
changing,” Mr McKinnon said.
“And actions within this strategy have been de-
veloped with consideration of current waste man-
agement practices and likely and potential chang-
es that may occur in the waste industry during the
timeframe of the document.”
The provision of waste management services, in-
cluding landfill construction, operation, rehabilita-
tion and aftercare, transfer stations management,
kerbside garbage, recycling and green waste col-
lection services, public litter and recycling bin ser-
vices, hard waste collection and other waste man-
agement activities accounts for (on average) more
than $4 million of the council’s annual budget.
The draft strategy is now open for public com-
ment until March 31, 2017.
The document can be downloaded from the
council’s website while hard copies are available
for viewing at the council offices and at libraries
across the shire.
Submissions can be made via the council’s web-
site or in writing to Waste Management Strategy,
Private Bag 4, Leongatha, 3953.
Changing of the bins in South Gippsland
THE Prom Coast Food Co-Op (PCFC) is an
exciting, new collaboration by a growing tribe
of local farmers, backyard producers, business
owners and conscientious consumers.
They’re creating a regional food network that
draws attention to issues surrounding our cur-
rent food systems, whilst cultivating healthier
communities through a more resilient and in-
clusive local food economy.
The Co-Op will meet on the third Sunday
of each month at Blue Tree Honey Farm in
Dumbalk, where producers deliver pre-or-
dered goods to customers.
The PCFC is due to roll out in April with the
grand opening set for Sunday, April 23.
“We believe the Prom Coast Food Co-Op has
immense potential to effect lasting impacts for
the Gippsland community, and that a small
producer-centric initiative is vital to the vibran-
cy and economic diversity of regional towns,”
said Amelia Bright from Amber Creek Farm at
“If you believe it too, join us on this exciting
You can join by signing up on the website:
by connecting on Facebook and Instagram via
Prom Coast Food Co-op
to deliver the goods
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