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Koonwarra Farmers' Market, 1st Saturday monthly
Coal Creek Farmers' Market, Korumburra, 2nd Saturday monthly
Prom Country Farmers' Market, Foster, 3rd Saturday monthly
From the farms and homes of Gippsland
authentic producers community owned
and operated by Inverloch Lions
Visit the Glade on Inverloch's foreshore
See you there on the last Sunday of every month
SOUTH Gippsland Water is activating Stage
1 Water Restrictions in Korumburra following
continuing dry climate conditions, a resultant
increased water demand and issues with oper-
ating aged infrastructure reliably.
“Given multiple factors at play, including the
current reservoir storage levels and continued
forecast for further warm and dry conditions,
it is prudent that South Gippsland Water ac-
tivates Stage 1 Water Restrictions, ” managing
director Philippe du Plessis said.
Reservoir levels in Korumburra’s Coalition
Creek system were at 63 per cent last Tuesday,
As of Thursday, March 23, Stage 1 Water Re-
strictions will apply to South Gippsland Water
customers of the Coalition Creek Water Sup-
ply Systems, under uniform State Model Water
South Gippsland Water commenced pump-
ing a supplementary water supply from the
Tarwin River for the Coalition Creek Water
Supply System at the beginning February.
To date 63ML has been pumped to assist in
meeting demand for Korumburra.
Mr du Plessis said warm and dry weather
leads to pressure on the water supply system,
with many homes using more water for show-
ers and watering gardens and lawns, at the
same time the sunshine evaporates water from
“The activation of Stage 1 ‘Alert’ Water Re -
strictions is a step taken in order to alert the
community that water storages are starting to
“This means that customers connected to
the reticulated water supply system within and
surrounding Korumburra need to implement
more water efficient practises.
“The key difference in Stage 1 Water Restric-
tions compared to Permanent Water Saving
Rules is the introduction of alternate days for
“This means odd numbered houses can wa-
ter on odd dates of the month and even num-
bered houses can water on even numbered
“Both odd and even numbered houses can
water on the 31st of the month. Where there is
no house number the property is considered
an even numbered house.
“If warm, dry conditions continue, this could
lead to higher level water restrictions in the
near future. ”
A snapshot of Stage 1
Gardens & Lawns
• Watering systems can only be used to wa-
ter gardens and lawns between 6am and 10am
and 6pm and 10pm on alternate days (see
• Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, a
bucket or watering can may be used at any
Paving, Concrete & Other Hard Surfaces
• Hosing banned except for construction
purposes or in emergency; or for health or
• A bucket, high pressure cleaning device or
commercial car wash can be used at any time
for vehicle washing. A hand-held hose fitted
with a trigger nozzle can only be used for rins-
ing and re-rinsing.
Pools & Spa
• To fill or top up a new or existing pool or
spa with a capacity 2000 litres or less, a hand-
held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a water-
ing can or a bucket, or an automatic water top
up device must be used.
• Pools and spas of greater than 2000 litres
capacity must not be filled unless a Water Con-
servation Plan has been submitted to South
Additional water restriction areas include:
public gardens and lawns, ponds, lakes,
fountains, water features, pools, spas, tanks,
water tankers, commercial car washes, food
transport vehicles, commercial production of
plants and/or animals.
Exemptions may be applied for the watering
of public sporting grounds.
Interested customers can download full de-
tails for the staged restrictions and definitions
from the South Gippsland Water website www.
sgwater.com.au under the ‘water’ tab or con-
tact South Gippsland Water’s Customer Ser-
vice Team on 1300 851 636.
South Gippsland Water is encouraging all
customers to consider simple water saving
practices that they can activate at home such
• Using a half flush when flushing the toilet
• Fixing any leaking or dripping taps
• Ensuring hoses are fitted with a trigger
nozzle and free of leaks
• Only running washing machine and dish
washers when there is a full load to be washed
• Limiting shower time to four minutes
• Planting water wise garden plants and us-
ing mulch to hold moisture in garden beds
• Installing a pool cover
• Installing a water saving shower head
South Gippsland Water will continue to
monitor all water storages and will activate re-
strictions on water supply systems as needed.
begin in Korumburra
Cr Ray Argento
AS I become more familiar with the day-
to-day operations of South Gippsland Shire
Council I find that local government is often
an easy target to criticise.
Disgruntled groups are eager to point out
the perceived flaws, often before researching
The council’s public presentation sessions
are frequently used as an avenue for those
wanting to vent their displeasure.
If the criticism is warranted we will gra-
ciously accept it and learn from it, but flaws
are not deliberate attempts at deception as
some would have you believe.
The reality is that we will never please ev-
As I get more involved I can genuinely state
that decisions are made to best serve the
public interest and are based on the infor-
mation we have available to us.
By contrast to those in the community who
are quick to criticise, it is great to hear from
those we have been able to assist.
Last week a group of young people from
disability support service,
Yooralla, presented to the council.
Damian, Justin and Dale had recently at-
tended the Have Your Say Disability Confer-
ence in Geelong, and came to speak to us.
They gave a very inspiring account of
their experience, talking about making new
friends and – with obvious pride – about
their admirable public transport skills.
The dedicated team from the Dumbalk
Community Centre also recently thanked
council for the financial support provided
via the Community Grants Program.
The grant helped it become an established
committee: a prime example of a community
taking control of its destiny.
Further to my point above about a few
people using the public presentation ses-
sions to vent, sometimes it is disappointing
to read those same views presented in the
While the weekly papers play a valuable
role in our communities, social media is
changing the way we work, socialise and
Council’s Facebook page and website are
channels that complement more traditional
methods of engaging with and communicat-
ing to the public.
Social media is a great platform for resi-
dents to get council news, to receive quick
responses to their enquiries, to have their
opinion heard and taken into account and to
be more involved in council matters.
It also makes council more open and ac-
countable, which can only be a good thing.
Lastly, I would like to draw people’s atten-
tion to the fact that our proposed 2017-2021
Council Plan will soon be out for public com-
It gives a detailed outline of our challenges
and hopes, and highlights how we want to
I encourage everyone interested in the
council’s plan to make comment as this will
set our agenda for the four years of our term.
I can’t promise that it’s a page-turner, but
if you’re interested in assisting us set the
course for council this is the ideal opportu-
$1300 fines for abalone poaching
TWO Melbourne men who took 27 abalone
from the rocks, south of Gap Road on Phil-
lip Island in November last year were facing
fines of up to $42,518 in the Korumburra
Magistrates’ Court last week.
The men, Angus Chen and Zhu Jie, were
fishing off the rocks at the location when
they allegedly noticed abalone on the rocks
at low tide.
Mot previously intending to take the shell-
fish, according to the lawyer, Deb Leonard of
Phillip Island, they got excited and took over
the legal limit of four, although they took
them outside the proper season.
They also took a quantity of periwinkles
and other shellfish.
Through an interpreter and Ms Leonard,
they explained that while they had fishing li-
cences, they didn’t know the rules relating
The shellfish, including 17 undersize aba-
lone, were returned to the water at the time
and the men were fined $1200 with costs of
$156.54 and $96.55 respectively.
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