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RESIDENTS of Smiths Beach have made a plea
to Bass Coast Shire councillors to reduce the
speed limit along Smiths Beach Road and Back
The Smiths Beach community fears another
tragedy, after the devastating death of an infant in
a car accident in December 2016.
John King, who lives along Smiths Beach Road,
presented a petition to the council at a meeting on
Mr King said that the accident and resulting
death of a small child had impacted the lives of
those living nearby.
“This tragic event has had a deep emotional ef-
fect,” Mr King said.
As he presented the petition to the council, Mr
King struggled with his emotions while recounting
the horrible events of the fatal crash.
“I’m standing here to table this petition. I’m ac-
tually having trouble getting through this myself,”
Mr King said.
“I was on the scene seconds after the collision,
and witnessed CRP being administered. The vi-
sion of the desperate attempts to revive this small,
broken child lying on the grass will stay with me
forever, and has made an impression on my soul.”
Mayor Pamela Rothfield appeared visibly moved
by Mr King’s impassioned appeal to the council to
reduce the speed limit in Smiths Beach.
“Many residents are traumatised by the series
of accidents, causing more stress than some can
even discuss openly,” Mr King said.
“We await another tragedy. Back Beach Road re-
quires a speed reduction.
“Councillors, I put it to you, to just for a mo-
ment contemplate if it were your family, your
child. Consider our constant torment, listening
to the sound of speeding vehicles, spewing stones
and screeching tyres down Smiths Beach Road.
“It’s forever spoiled our amenity, and our life-
The petition presented to council has more than
130 signatures, and asks that the council look
at solutions to reduce the incidence of speeding
and accidents at the intersection of Smiths Beach
Road and Back Beach Road.
“We believe it is imperative to do what is rea-
sonably possible to reduce the speed of traffic
approaching the intersection from all directions,”
the petition reads.
“The only way to ensure drivers comply and
slow down on Smiths Beach Road is to install
speed humps or chicanes (whatever you deem
most appropriate) between Back Beach Road and
the Smiths Beach car park, and to reduce the
speed limit to 40km/h.
“This alone would not only reduce the speed
of drivers approaching the intersection and the
beach, but also make it safer for pedestrians cross-
ing Smiths Beach Road to the footpath and for resi-
dents to enter and exit their driveways safely.”
Cr Bruce Kent, who is also a police officer at
San Remo, recently went and visited the Smiths
Beach Road and Back Beach Road intersection
whilst on duty.
“I do have some concerns about the roadway be-
ing used by pedestrians,” Cr Kent said.
“Long term I would suggest getting a crossway
getting looked at.”
As far as the current speed warning signs, Cr
Kent believes these are adequate at this time, but
mentioned that some trees have been cleared
from near the intersection to increase visibility.
“I believe the signage is correct for that area. For
a prudent driver, I can’t see any issues.”
The petition will now lie on the table at council,
with a report to be presented to the council at a
meeting on Wednesday, March 15.
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EVERYONE in Leongatha knows Darren Bone.
Whether it’s through his involvement with the
Leongatha Football Netball Club, his work as
chairman of the shire’s Access and Inclusion
Committee, his recent job at Serafino’s Pizzeria
or just noticing him around the town; he’s been a
constant in the local community.
And at this year’s South Gippsland Shire Aus-
tralia Day awards, he was recognised again for his
untiring efforts on behalf of those with a disability.
Unable to attend on the awards day last month,
Darren was presented with the ‘South Gippsland
Achievement Award for a person with a Disability’
award at last week’s council meeting.
Arriving at the meeting with his new, two year
old guide dog leading the way, Darren was de-
lighted with the “honour” bestowed on him by the
council and the people of South Gippsland.
“This is an absolute honour,” Mr Bone said,
thanking Mandy and Fred Truscio of the pizza
shop for nominating him, and council staff mem-
bers for their support.
“I was a part of the issues paper 15 years ago
which resulted in this committee being formed
and we’ve achieved a lot of this as a result,” he
said, noting the appointment of two committees
(Bass Coast and South Gippsland) and a rural ac-
The committee has since made representations
to VicRoads and to both shires on a range of is-
sues to do with town planning and access to fa-
Mayor Cr Ray Argento, who said he had known
Darren for many years, starting out with a friend-
ship by CB radio, said the award was thoroughly
Leongatha’s Darren Bone is presented with the 2017 Access and Inclusion award by the
South Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Ray Argento. M030917
Honour for Leongatha’s Darren Bone
Smiths Beach resident, John King, made
an appeal to councillors to reduce the speed
limit along Smiths Beach Road. ms040917
Plea to reduce speed
limit in Smiths Beach
AN INVERLOCH resident who circulated a
petition in response to recent changes made to
Bass Coast Health’s district nursing services has
met with staff to discuss the changes.
Margaret Pope felt disheartened by the news
that Bass Coast Health (BCH) would be amal-
gamating their district nursing and palliative
services teams to one central San Remo office.
She decided to act, and started a petition sup-
port the retention of a district nurses and pallia-
tive care team in Wonthaggi.
Within a week, the petition received more than
200 signatures. Early last week, Mrs Pope was
invited to meet BCH CEO Jan Child and execu-
tive director of Primary and Community Care,
Mrs Pope said both addressed many of her
concerns about the changes to district nursing
and palliative care services.
“There will be no reduction in client service at
Inverloch, or Wonthaggi. Streamlined processes
and systems will enable 8am visits in Inverloch.
“In fact, over time the services should expand
due to the new integrated structure, strength-
ened leadership model and increased efficien-
“Staff are being supported to ensure a smooth
transition, and all changes will be monitored
and evaluated to continually improve this ser-
“We are very lucky to have such dedicated and
caring nurses to service Bass Coast.
“I valued the opportunity to meet with Jan and
Paul. They were very approachable and confi-
dent that the changes will improve the service.
“I am sure that Jan and Paul are committed to
a more open approach to communication, and
are keen to engage with the communities they
concerns for nursing
THINGS that council has been able to talk
about for 22 years, they can no longer talk about,
according to South Gippsland Shire’s Cr Andrew
He made this comment during discussions led
by Cr Don Hill, following the tabling of an Assem-
bly of Councillors report, in which Cr Hill com-
plained that everything raised at briefing sessions
appeared to be “confidential” these days.
“We should identify things that are not confi-
dential and include them in this report,” Cr Hill
“There are very few topics coming out of these
meetings that are confidential,” he said after Cr
Meg Edwards tried to stop the discussion with a
‘Point of Order’.
“Nothing discussed in the Planning Committee
is confidential. All the things in the Economic De-
velopment Committee, none of it is confidential.
They keep saying that it’s ‘Commercial in Confi-
dence’ and that when the nine councillors go to
separate meetings, they can’t talk about anything
discussed here,” he said.
Cr McEwen agreed.
“We’ve been elected on a platform of being open
and transparent but things like building approv-
als, which become public anyway, should be in-
cluded,” he said.
“We should be endeavouring to make things
Cr Allyson Skinner said she wished to make
it clear that councillors had already had a dis-
cussion along these lines and would be trying to
make information as open as possible.
Can’t talk about it anymore
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