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• DENHAM'S TYRES
THE community has been asked to pro -
vide feedback on its preferred option for how
South Gippsland Shire’s Visitor Information
Services (VIS) should be delivered during the
final stage of public consultation.
There are five options to consider, which
were developed following three periodic stages
of the VIS Review:
• Maintain the current operating model
• Increase digital service offering
• Integrated model
• New VIC location
• Close VICs and increase volunteer offering
Each option is outlined in detail under the
Options section in the Visitor Information Ser-
vice 2016-17 Options and Recommendations
Report available on the council’s website.
The council will make a decision on the pre -
ferred option at its June 28 meeting.
Director Development Services, Bryan
Sword, said the purpose of the VIS Review was
to consider the current situation and identify
the most suitable service profile which offered
the best value and was consistent with visitor
needs and current trends.
The council operates two fully accredited
Visitor Information Centres (VICs) based at
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
(Korumburra) and Stockyard Gallery (Foster).
They perform an important tourism promo -
tion function and analysis undertaken through
this review highlighted their broad purpose.
VICs increase awareness of local activities,
accommodation availability and encourage
visitors to stay in the region longer.
South Gippsland’s current visitor services
model also includes an accommodation book-
ing service and VIS staff team provide addi-
tional marketing and promotional support to
both the council’s Economic Development and
Tourism team and Prom Country Regional
“The five future service model opportuni-
ties were identified following extensive con-
sultation around industry and local visitation
trends, usage and perceptions, booking servic-
es and technology considerations,” Mr Sword
“For example, with a noted increase in
smartphone usage and access to new popular
information websites, the findings suggested
that there was an opportunity to further devel-
op and improve accessibility to the Visit Prom
“Consideration should also be given to a
more appropriate organisational structure
which offers a more integrated, consistent ser-
vice delivery and rather than continue with the
current outdated booking system, there is an
opportunity for the council to adopt a ‘referral’
model whereby VIC staff provide advice and
encourage visitors to make bookings direct on
their smart devices. ”
By completing this review in consultation
with the community, the council will ensure
that future visitor information services are be-
ing delivered as efficiently and effectively as
possible, while meeting customer and indus-
try needs, and delivering value to ratepayers.
Tourist services review BASS Coast Shire Council is undertaking
rabbit pest control in council-managed fore-
shore reserves. A licenced contractor is baiting
foreshore reserve sites until mid-April 2017.
The baiting program aims to minimise the
impacts of rabbits on the indigenous vegetation
in these conservation reserves, as well as re-
ducing the effect on the nearby properties.
The targeted areas include Ventnor, Red
Rocks, Cowes, Rhyll, Newhaven, Cape Woola-
mai and Kilcunda foreshores.
Signs will be displayed on all access tracks
and areas which will be affected.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said
the pest control program upholds the coun-
cil’s responsibility to preserve and protect local
foreshores and reserves.
Dog owners should follow the normal council
regulations and have their dogs under control
and on a lead when walking them in these areas.
For further information, contact David
Martin, Natural Resources Officer on 1300
BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211, or via email
Rabbit control on
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GIPPSLAND South MP Danny
O’Brien tabled a petition in Par-
liament with 1089 signatures
calling for the rebuild of Foster
Mr O’Brien said the petition
was a great credit to the school
council led by Matt Wallis, princi-
pal Lorraine Gurnett and the en-
tire staff and student body.
“These petitions deliver a clear
message to the Labor Govern-
ment that Foster wants its school
“Foster has a population of
around 2000 so more than half
have put pen to paper to show
their support for a new school.
“It’s at the point where the
school can’t continue to spend
money on maintenance for things
that really need to be replaced.
“Foster’s environment is not
conducive to good learning for
our kids and needs to be upgrad-
“I call on Daniel Andrews to
deliver the funding we need for
this school in the next budget or
at the very least deliver the de -
sign and development money that
the school needs to plan for new
Mr O’Brien thanked the school
community and local businesses
which had hosted the petitions
and congratulated the entire Fos-
ter community for supporting the
new school push.
RIGHT: Gippsland South MP
Danny O’Brien tabled 1089 sig-
natures calling for the rebuild
of Foster Primary School.
Foster school petition delivered
MORE than a thousand community sport clubs
across Australia are being encouraged to take
part in a Federal Government program to reduce
the impact of illegal drugs on local communities.
As part of the National Ice Action Strategy,
the Good Sports program is being expanded
with an additional $4.6 million in funding to
include a new education module on tackling il-
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will imple-
ment the program over the next three years and
around 1200 community sporting clubs will be
provided with information, tools and support
should they find or suspect that illegal drugs
are in their club.
Club members, management, volunteers, play-
ers and supporters will be able to participate in
hands-on forums and learn how to respond to
a person suspected of using or being under the
influence of drugs, as well as what to do if some-
one is found dealing drugs in their club.
“Sporting clubs are at the heart of Australian
communities so I want them to have practical
and targeted support to deal with illegal drugs –
including ice,” Sports Minister Greg Hunt said
“Australians are proportionally using more
methamphetamine, including ice, than almost
any other country. Conservative estimates sug-
gest there are more than 200,000 ice users in
“Clubs are a snapshot of the larger commu-
nity and this is a great opportunity for them to
promote positive behaviour when it comes to
tackling illegal drugs.
“This initiative is part of the government’s
investment of $298 million over four years to
stamp out illicit drug and alcohol abuse.
“We are committed to tackling drugs at the
grass roots and beyond so our kids, families
and community have the knowledge and re-
sources to live long and happy lives free of il-
Sporting clubs wanting more information on
where forums will take place and how to become
involved in the Good Sports Program are en-
couraged to visit the Alcohol and Drug Founda-
tion website or go to http://goodsports.com.au/
We’re the world’s
biggest ice users
THERE’S still time to enter
teams for the golf day fundrais-
er for the Bass Coast Specialist
School this Friday, April 7 at the
Wonthaggi Golf Club.
The day will raise funds to
help buy a new accessible bus
for the school, after the school’s
van was written off in an acci-
dent with a tram in late 2016.
The Ambrose event with teams
of four will be marshalling at
7.30am for an 8am shotgun
Individuals are also encour-
aged to join the event, as you will
be placed in a team.
Bass MP Brian Paynter and
Tony Cuzzipi of Wonthaggi Toy-
ota and Wonthaggi Holden have
thrown their support behind the
event, and are looking for spon-
Sponsorship of the day is $500
for a team of four and includes
golf, lunch and promotion.
Teams of four golfers can have
a hit and lunch for $340.
The post-game presentation
will start at 1pm, with presenta-
tions and auctions at approxi-
The event is seeking auction
items and is calling on local
businesses for donations.
For all enquiries, please call
Brian Paynter’s office on 5672
4755 or Wonthaggi Holden on
Golf day for a new
specialist school bus
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