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AS A new council begin-
ning its four year term, we
are required under the Local
Government Act to produce
a Council Plan within six
months of being elected.
Now in our fifth month, we
are in the final stages of ap-
proving the Council Plan for
its imminent release for pub-
Collectively and with many
hours spent discussing issues
and collating information, we
are proud of where all of this
planning has led us.
This document sets the
theme and future direction
of our shire for the next four
years. We have taken the ex-
pectations and feedback from
many community groups,
residents and ratepayers on
board during this process,
with rate- capping being an
The underlying factor of
rate- capping and the council’s
ability to deliver and manage
community expectation will
play an important role in our
The next 12 months will see
State Government rate -cap-
ping set at two per cent.
As a result of this, the coun-
cil could receive $27 million
less in rates and charges rev-
enue over a 14 year period
fore, it’s imperative this new
council makes decisions
based on living within our
means to reduce the strain on
Being financially prudent
and responsible in our ser-
vice delivery and expenditure
means we have to be smart in
ensuring we maintain contin-
We need to be far more ef-
ficient while embracing tech-
nology and taking opportuni-
ties as they arise.
Working in partnership with
other levels of government will
be very important and we will
be actively tapping into State
and Federal government re-
sources, for example funding
for bridge and road repairs,
which are generally costly
items for the council.
Ensuring quality infrastruc-
ture within our smaller ham-
lets is also a priority. They are
the life and blood of country
living, and for many of us,
they form part of our identity.
Priority projects need to be
identified that give growth to
all aspects of our economy.
within our agriculture indus-
try will see some very innova-
tive concepts developed whilst
still affirming dairy and beef
as the main contributors to
These are just some of the
Council Plan will focus on.
I encourage everyone to
contribute to its finalisation
and ultimate success once it
is available for public com-
By Cr Ray Argento
South Gippsland Shire Council
PHONE scammers don’t seem to miss a
The South Gippsland Shire Council is
urging residents to be alert when complet-
ing community satisfaction surveys.
Legitimate surveys are occurring now, but
there are concerns that scammers may be
using the survey as a cover to try to extract
The council’s Corporate Planning and
Council Business coordinator June Ernst
is encouraging residents to complete the le-
gitimate survey but to be alert if asked any
questions that don’t appear quite right or
that make you feel uncomfortable.
“We have received a number of calls from
community members who have received
phone calls from a person purporting to be
conducting a survey on behalf of council but
the questions they have been asked do not
follow the prescribed script.
“People have reported that they have been
asked questions that are of a personal na-
ture and that the interviewer was pushy in
their approach to obtain information.
“We want to assure residents that in the
real survey this would not occur and that
they do not have to answer the questions if
they have any doubts.”
If you do receive a phone call to complete
a survey, please note:
• The person will advise that they are
completing the survey on behalf of the
South Gippsland Shire Council (not Leon-
gatha Council or Korumburra Council).
• They will advise the name of the com-
• They will not ask you for any person-
ally identifiable information (date of birth,
• The phone call will have an (02) area
If you believe you have received a scam
survey, capture any details such as a phone
number, end the call immediately and call
Contact the council on 5662 9200 if you
have received a suspicious call.
VIOLENCE against women is one of the great-
est issues affecting members of the Bass Coast
In the past 10 years, Victorian Police statis-
tics demonstrate that the incidence of family
violence in Bass Coast is higher than the state
average, and is increasing annually.
In Bass Coast between 2012 and 2014, there
were 1718.8 recorded crimes against the per-
son per 100,000 people, compared to the Vic-
torian state average of 1043.8.
Between September 2015 and September
2016, the number of family incidents state-
wide has increased by 8.9 per cent, according
to Crime Statistics Victoria.
As the number of women and children who
are affected by family violence continues to
grow, organisations from across the shire are
working hard to tackle this issue head on.
Fiona Passarin from Bass Coast YMCA and
Julia Lomas from South Coast Primary Care
Partnerships, are running free mentors in vi-
olence prevention training throughout Bass
Coast and South Gippsland, in an attempt to
highlight the link between gender inequality
and the prevention of family violence.
“People don’t appreciate the link between fam-
ily violence and gender inequality,” Julia said.
“This is happening behind closed doors, and
the community isn’t comfortable talking about
“Violence against women is the leading cause
of death and disability in women aged 15 to
44. That’s more than cancer, suicide, or other
“It’s a major preventable social issue that is a
breach of human rights. It’s an issue that soci-
ety needs to address and needs to talk about,”
The free mentoring sessions aim to highlight
the link between derogatory behaviour in so-
ciety and the incidence of violence committed
“Unfortunately, there is an unconscious bias
in our communities,” Julia said.
“Most men don’t choose to perpetrate vio-
lence. We’re not picking on either of the sexes.
We’re just raising that level of understanding.
“When we refer to gender inequality, we are
speaking about the unequal participation or re-
striction to participate in society.”
“We’re trying to create this awareness in our
community, because there is such an alarming
rate of violence,” Fiona said.
Sexist jokes, language, and the objectification
of women can often spiral into physical and
sexual assault, and in too many circumstances,
According to data from the Australian Bureau
of Statistics, one in three women has experi-
enced physical and/or sexual violence perpe-
trated by someone known to them.
One in five women over 18 has been stalked
during their lifetime, and one in five women ex-
perience harassment within the workplace.
Every week, one woman is murdered by her
current or former partner.
The violence prevention training operates as
a leadership program, focusing on preventing
men’s violence against women.
The training views everyone as everyday by-
standers who can confront, interrupt, or pre-
vent violence, and works to make the link be-
tween gender equality and preventing violence
Training sessions are discussion based, dy-
namic, and interactive, designed to challenge
thinking, inspire people to be leaders, and to
The training has already been undertaken in a
number of organisations and businesses across
the community, including South Gippsland Wa-
ter, Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature
Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Chisholm
TAFE, and more.
And the training sessions are working.
“I recall a group of apprentices we were work-
ing with one time,” Fiona said.
“At the end of the session, I had a young man
come up to me and tell me how it all made
sense to him now how important it is not to be
a passive bystander. That was really a standout
moment for me, because he listened.
“We’re really keen to get this into the sporting
Julia said that raising awareness is the key to
addressing the perpetration of violence within
“Be aware. Be concerned and critical of what
you’re seeing and saying.
About relating it to you in your own life,” Ju-
“Most people have a person in their lives who
they love who is a woman.”
To book a session in either Bass Coast or
South Gippsland, contact Julia on 5672 2494
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making the link between
inequality and violence
Julia Lomas and Fiona Passarin are pushing for gender equality and a reduction in vio-
lence against women across the Bass Coast region. ms031117
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