Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : April 11, 2017 Edition Contents THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017 - PAGE 11
IT’S hardly surprising, according to Brian
Hess of Korumburra, that access to Melbourne
via public transport is so poor.
This area is left out of every major discussion
paper about public transport improvement, he
told the South Gippsland Shire Council.
“And if you’re not in the plan, you’ve got no
hope of getting the funding,” he said.
And there were plenty of heads nodding in
support when Mr Hess, a member of the South
and West Gippsland Transport Group, ad-
dressed council recently.
He was making a pitch for the council to ap-
proach other municipalities with a view to pre-
paring an integrated transport plan for South
and West Gippsland.
And news recently that plans for a new in-
ternational airport located between Lang Lang
and Koo Wee Rup could be fast-tracked, only
enhances the need for a transport plan.
“Access to Melbourne is bad and getting
worse,” said Mr Hess, referring to overcrowd-
ing on the Monash Freeway and problems with
V/Line coach services through the area.
“We’ve also got no local networks of buses
that feed into the V/Line buses,” he said.
Rail loop at least
The South and West Gippsland Transport
Group has consistently pushed the need for an
extension of rail services, at least into the rapidly
growing Casey and Cardinia shires.
On its website the group quotes a recent re-
port by Victoria’s Auditor General which indicat-
ed that the volume of traffic on the Hallam and
Pakenham bypasses was already significantly
ahead of traffic forecasts and Pakenham has al-
ready reached its estimated capacity for 2030.
“With continued growth, Casey and Cardin-
ia are estimated to grow by at least another
300,000 to over 520,000 people by 2026 and
the Gippsland region by about 45,000 people
to 305,000 people, the cost of congestion to in-
dustry and in time and inconvenience to people
will continue to escalate unless decisive action
They propose a new Cranbourne-Pakenham
rail loop, through Koo Wee Rup, which picks up
the rapidly expanding suburbs south of Cran-
bourne, while also pitching for a return of rail
services through to Leongatha.
The latter may be many years in the future
but they say as an interim measure that V/Line
coaches should be rerouted into a new public
transport exchange at Pakenham to link with
improved rail services.
Mr Hess said he believed South Gippsland
Shire Council had the opportunity to play a key
facilitating role in the development of such a
South and West Gippsland Transport Group
spokesman Brian Hess chats with Cr Andrew
McEwen about the lack of public transport
planning in the local region at a recent South
Gippsland Council meeting. m081217
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THE Korumburra Fire Bri-
gade team took part in the Can-
cer Council Relay for Life held
recently at the Fish Creek Oval
and raised $7200 for the cause
in the process.
The team had nearly 50 mem-
bers and the majority took part
in the walk. The purpose of the
team this year was to again raise
funds for the Maureen Rodda
Any team raising more than
$5000 is granted an award they
can direct their funds to and
this is the second year that the
brigade has achieved this feat.
The team total at the end of
the fundraising campaign was
approximately $7200 which was
achieved by fundraising activi-
ties combined with donations
from clubs and individuals.
“Koringal Women’s Service
Club donated $1000 for the sec-
ond year and was once again an
example of the excellent work
this group does in supporting
our local community, ”
leader Bill Rodda said.
Other activities included a car
trial, a trivia night with silent
auction and a raffle.
A handmade coffee table do-
nated by Gary and Gail Dowel
using 100 year old timber raised
$840 when raffled.
It was won by Davin Nicholas
with Alma of Korumburra gain-
ing the second prize.
“These activities which were
well supported by local busi-
nesses and combined with do-
nations enabled our team to be
the highest fundraisers, ”
“There are too many to indi-
vidually list here but the brigade
sincerely thanks all the people
who helped us with this effort
and we all hope that this fund-
raising does ultimately help in
finding a cure for this insidious
Brigade’s relay amazing effort
The Korumburra Fire Brigade’s team that took part in Relay for
Life with the HOPE sign after the closing ceremony.
MEMBER of the South Gippsland Action
Group, Gus Blaauw of Venus Bay, asked the
council what would happen to the funds “ac-
cumulated for the Municipal Precinct”?
Council provided an answer recently, saying
there are no accumulated funds: “The deci-
sion to remove the municipal precinct project
from the forward budgets does not make more
money available. As of today there is the same
amount of money available as there was prior
to the decision as the project was not planned
for several years into the future. There is $5.5
million in reserves and $3.67 million in work-
ing capital capacity. It will be up to the council
how they allocate this money in future budgets.”
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