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CHANGING the Bair Street landscape, now
heavy vehicles have an alternate route, tops the
major roads priority list for the South Gippsland
The council will seek funding for nine significant
road projects that would enhance the economic
prosperity and liveability of South Gippsland, ad-
vocating to both State and Federal governments to
have the projects funded.
The road projects identified include:
• Bair Street, Leongatha
• Bena Kongwak Road, Bena
• Powneys Road, Middle Tarwin
• Ruby Arawata Road, Ruby
• North Poowong Road, Loch
• Simon Lane, Leongatha
• Hughes Street, Leongatha
• Coal Creek/South Gippsland Highway Bends,
• South Gippsland Highway between Foster and
If the council is successful in attracting funding
the existing capital works program will be adapted
to facilitate the project delivery.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Ray Argento
said it was vital for these roads to receive funding
for business, residents and visitors alike.
“Council is advocating to the State and Federal
Government to ensure we can improve our roads
for all users.
“Many of these roads have been identified as car-
rying a large amount of vehicles, have been danger-
ous for motorists or are in need of an upgrade. Up-
grading these road projects will ensure the safety
of our motorists and also improve our rural road
network that is accessed by vital industries such
as agriculture, dairy and manufacturing,” Cr Ar-
STUDENTS from Marist Sion College in War-
ragul opened up a treasure trove recently with
the discovery of two possible dinosaur claws at
the Inverloch dinosaur dig site.
The fossils were discovered by two Year 8 stu-
dents (pictured) while on a school excursion to
They will be sent to Museum Victoria for anal-
ysis and to confirm the identification.
Inverloch palaeontologist Mike Cleeland con-
gratulated the students on their discoveries and
remarked that the finding of two possible claws
on one day, plus three other bones, was a great
result for the group.
“Young bright–eyed students regularly find
bones at Inverloch,” Mr Cleeland said. “But it’s
not often they discover something as interesting
He said the fossils are probably from small
herbivorous dinosaurs such as Qantassaurus,
which lived in South Gippsland about 125 mil-
lion years ago.
TOP RIGHT: Marist Sion students had a
successful dinosaur dig at Inverloch recently.
RIGHT: One of the two possible claws that
were found, along with three other dinosaur
Dinosaur claw discovery
PRESSURE is being brought to bear on the
South Gippsland Shire Council to rewrite its
schedule of capital works and ‘bring forward’
several community development projects in Ko -
So far the council has resisted that pres-
sure, coming principally from the Korumburra
Roundtable, but with the backing of the whole
community and several councillors.
At a media briefing about the shire’s annual
budget last week, South Gippsland Mayor Cr
Ray Argento was adamant that the shire would
be sticking to its program of streetscape works
in Foster and Leongatha before moving on to
But there’s still a public process to go through
for this year’s SGSC Budget and Council Plan
and time still for the community of Korum-
burra to try and force the issue.
“Your debt levels are low, why not borrow
some money now and continue the momentum
developed by the opening of the Karmai Chil-
dren’s Centre and get on with the Korumburra
streetscape and other major projects in the
town now, rather than in 2020-21?” we asked
the CEO and Mayor.
“It will take us a year or two to do the design
work, then the tenders have to be let and the
project prepared. We’ve scheduled Korumburra
to follow after Foster and Leongatha and un-
less we hire more staff or consultants to do the
work, that’s how we would prefer to roll it out,”
said shire CEO Tim Tamlin.
Cr Ray Argento agreed.
“We also have some pressing projects in the
Corner Inlet area as well,” he said.
“We will be looking at delivering on some effi-
ciencies to free up some funding but at the mo-
ment, we’re not looking at borrowing any more
money,” he said.
“We don’t want to be taking out bank loans
that we can’t pay back,” Mr Tamlin said, ac-
knowledging that rate-capping combined with
rising costs would continue to cause tightening
in the budget.
So good luck to those groups that want to try
and crack a hole in what looks to be an iron-
South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednes-
day endorsed the 2017/18 Proposed Annual
Budget. The budget has been prepared in
accordance with the 2 per cent rate cap an-
nounced by the Minister for Local Government
Under the rate cap policy Council will receive
$27 million less than forecast in rates and
charges revenue over the next 14 years.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor Councillor Ray
Argento said it was vital to create a budget that
was community focused.
“Despite the increased financial pressure rate
capping places us in Council is glad to see we
are still currently financially stable and able to
provide capital works projects for the commu-
“While we are financially sustainable at the
moment the continuation of rate capping will
continue to reduce our operating capacity,” said
In that environment, Cr Argento was asked
why the council was allowing staff costs to in-
crease by upwards of $1/2 million a year, eating
into surpluses that are being saved for capital
“We will be going after efficiency gains and
while we haven’t set a target in that area yet,
those opportunities will come out as council-
lors become more familiar with the business,”
Mr Tamlin agreed that delivering on efficien-
cies was one of his personal aims.
Public submissions are being sought on the
budget until Wednesday, April 26 at 5pm. Indi-
viduals wishing to make a submission on the
Annual Budget can do so by addressing the
Chief Executive Officer, South Gippsland Shire
Council and send it via email to submissions@
southgippsland.vic.gov.au. Alternatively sub-
missions can be addressed to, Private Bag 4,
Leongatha 3953 or delivered to the Council Of-
fice, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha.
A public hearing of submitters that have re-
quested to be heard will be held on May 17 at
10.45am. Council will consider and determine
submissions at a Special Meeting of Council on
Shire won’t ‘bring forward’
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council indicates that
it will spend a total of $20 million on capital works
of all sorts this coming financial year, almost $29
million down on last year, reportedly as a result of
The list of capital works projects in the South
Gippsland Shire’s 2017/18 Proposed Annual Bud-
get includes the following:
• $4.59 million Bair Street Redevelopment
• $2.1 million Bena Kongwak Bridge
• $130,650 Walkerville North Road and Retain-
ing Wall Protection
• $379,199 Pools Renewal Program
• $86,710 Long Jetty Caravan Park
• $107,699 Yanakie Caravan Park
• $1.8 million Road Reseals
• $829,348 Road Reseal Preparation
• $110,692 Guard Rails Replacement
• $142,694 Waratah Bay Caravan Park Toilet
• $25,000 RSL Land Swap Investigation
• $195,135 Capital Works Design
• $104,040 Bridge Rehabilitation Program
• $91,941 Major Culvert Renewal Program
• $320,000 Powneys Road Bridge
• $221,450 Footpath Extension Program
• $319,129 Footpaths Renewal
• $133,644 Drainage Rehabilitation
• $61,200 Koonwarra Landfill Cells Cap
• $431,805 Leachate Evaporation System
• $565,899 Buildings Renewal Program
• $950,000 Community Capital Works Alloca-
• $1.03 million Fleet Purchases
• $1.2 million Plant Purchases
• $1.5 million IT Capital Works
Savings of almost $1 million gives Council the
opportunity to include two rehabilitation projects
in the 2016/17 Capital Works Program.
Remedial works on Bass Valley Road, Bena
and Walkerville Road, Tarwin Lower/Walkerville
will now be carried at a cost of $685,000 and
$250,000 respectively after $980,000 in savings
was received via the Anderson Street Town En-
trance Project, Leongatha and the Sealed Road
Budget adjustments in the 2016/17 Capital
Works Program will now be made to reflect these
In addition, the Federal Department of Infra-
structure and Transport has advised that $1.6 mil-
lion of Council's allocation from Roads to Recovery
(R2R) funding in the 2016/17 financial year will be
transferred to 2017/18 as part of a national adjust-
ment for all local councils.
“Therefore, most of the reconstruction and
sealing of three kilometres of Hudsons Road, Ko-
rumburra South will now occur in the 2017/18 fi-
nancial year,” explained Director Sustainable Com-
munities and Infrastructure, Anthony Seabrook.
The proposed amendments have minimal
change to the total budget for the 2016/17 Capi-
tal Works Program with the exception of Hudsons
Road where $1,150,000 will be carried forward to
the 2017/18 financial year.
“The works on Bass Valley Road and Walkerville
Road are deemed necessary as the pavements in
these areas are distressed and will continue to de-
teriorate unless remedial works are carried out,”
Mr Seabrook said.
Capital works down $2.9m
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