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Leongatha bypass, the things that are
going on and why it’s so wrong.
There is no sign on the Korumburra
side telling you there is a bypass of the
Traffic coming from Korumburra on
Anderson Street, who are doing a right
hand turn into McCartin Street, have to
give way to traffic coming around from
Roughead Street, heading to Korum-
burra, which banks up with many vehi-
cles turning right; I’ve seen up to 10 there.
The traffic from McCartin Street go-
ing down to Roughead Street also has to
give way to traffic which is coming along
Anderson Street going left around onto
Roughead Street. The traffic then ends
up banking up McCartin Street.
I have seen the traffic banked up
through the Bair Street–McCartin Street
roundabout, all the way to the Peart
Street–McCartin Street roundabout.
Then this stops traffic that is coming
out of Bair Street into the roundabout
who are trying to do a right hand turn
or go down Michael Place.
The next problem is traffic coming up
Roughead Street heading to McCartin
Street roundabout. They get stopped by
the traffic using the roundabout.
I have seen vehicles banked up back
over the old railway line.
Next problem is vehicles trying to do
a right hand turn off Roughead Street
onto Long Street. I have seen two B-
doubles with four cars behind them all
trying to turn right, which also stopped
the traffic flow.
Too bad if a B-double wants to do
a right hand turn out of Long Street,
down Roughead Street. There’s not
much room to turn safely and it has to
be clear on their left.
Now what I have seen happening
in Leongatha is vehicles avoiding this
area, turning off Roughead Street, down
Turner Street, past the caravan park to
Anderson Street, then turning right to go
to Korumburra or vehicles coming from
Korumburra, turning right into Smith
Street to also avoid the intersection.
I followed a B double truck down
Turner Street, which turned back onto
Anderson Street and headed Korum-
burra way last week.
Another way to avoid the area for
trucks, when coming into Leongatha
from Mirboo North, is to go down Horn
Street, into McDonald Street, right on
to Parr Street, left to go Koonwarra way.
I followed a truck one day and that is
what it did.
There isn’t a bypass for heavy vehicles
coming from Leongatha South way and
there are many trucks driving down Mc-
Cartin Street to this intersection as well,
some go right down Bair Street, so as to
avoid the intersection.
has seen all of this happening.
Everyone has to have a say. It’s your
town, not VicRoads or the council, and
someone is going to be hurt soon.
VicRoads has wasted $5.12 million
of our money on this bypass. It’s not
even funny what is happening. If I make
a mistake doing my job, I have to fix
it at my own cost, so whoever decided
to make this big mistake (he or she)
should be accountable as it was never
going to work from the start. Any local
would have told them.
Noel Grayden, Dumbalk.
of date already
Just five years after construction and
commissioning, and five years moth-
balled, there are signs our mega “white
elephant” desalination plant could soon
A UK-based team of researchers from
Manchester University has created a
graphene-based sieve capable of remov-
ing salt from seawater (Ref 1).
They report that this has the potential
to revolutionise desalination, providing
a much lower energy/lower cost process
than reverse osmosis (ref 1& 2).
• (1) http://www.bbc.com/news/sci-
• (2) http://www.iflscience.com/tech-
Aquasure proudly tell us the plant has
a design life of 100 years, and we public
are no doubt paying a premium for that,
also for Aquasure to meet the contract
condition to maintain it in full operat-
ing condition at contract expiry, when it
reverts to government (our) ownership,
but the plant is likely to be worthless,
maybe even earlier, aka Hazelwood.
No wonder Minister Neville wants to
run it now, needed or not, before the ob-
solescence curtain drops.
Stephen Cannon, WV Com-
mittee Member, on behalf of
News about the council having fum-
bled the application for grant for the
highball stadium is obviously disap-
From previous experience, meeting
shire people for guidance, about what
kinds of topics might help them to ad-
dress climate change problems, the
first answer was they couldn’t do any-
thing because the shire doesn’t have
any money. Of course, they must be do-
ing something to continue to be paid.
The second answer was that they’re
always busy, updating plans, which are
needed so that applications to State,
for grant funding, are convincing. Evi-
dently State expects every topic to be
included as an element of the 30 Year
This may not be a command from
State but, allegedly, other shires do
this, so that they win, while shires
without such gloss keep losing. So, al-
legedly, shire folks spend most time
juggling updates to lots and lots of
plans but how do they decide which
At a ‘Build a Better Bass Coast’ ses-
sion, in the opening address, the main
objective was a request to tell the new
council what they needed to do.
My immediate reaction, in context of
Cowes, was “make a difference”. This
remark quickly felt empty and unkind,
except for trying to visualise what dif-
ference previous council had made in
the streets of Cowes.
Turning around, Kimberley Brown
was close by. So, politely asking what
kinds of results had consumed most
time and effort, the answer was the big
plan for Cowes, long term tourist plan
Inevitably, there are rarely any new
plans. Previous ones are excavated
from the cobwebs, debated, edited
and added to by the latest consultant,
which means they just keep getting big-
ger, which means more time and mon-
ey for reviews, with fewer and fewer
people prepared to bother.
Finally, when decisions are made, the
bigger they are the more trivial is the
process, often no more logical and ra-
tional than the flip of a coin.
Checking a while ago, it looked like
shire people are targeted to chase
PDS points(professional development
seminars) about how basic nature of
planning, leading to more events to pri-
oritise topics, then address likely stake
holders, then green paper, then white
paper, then full community consulta-
tion etc, etc, etc.
Sure would be useful to get a few
shade sails in Town Square, relocate
a few park benches into shade under
trees and won’t even start on need for
traffic/street design changes in Cowes.
Can the shire please advise any way
to ‘de-complexify’ whatever it is that
they do? Main speaker, key person on
de-amalgamation of Mansfield Shire, at
big event about Island de-amalgamation,
emphasised that you get much more ef-
fective when you can bump into shire/
council people in the street. They hear
what you care about and can’t get too
carried away with delusions of their own.
Would it help to expose a list, of sum-
mary data, already collected, of how
many plans are on the go, how many
person hours and dollars, whether or
not they’re meeting the timeline and
what rate of success and fail?
Bernie McComb, Phillip Island.
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Costing them, costing us, costing you!
A FEATURE of Magistrate Court
lists across the state, day-in day-
out, is the number of people ap -
pearing to seek relief from the
crippling fines and costs associ-
ated with unpaid Citylink and
It is estimated that there could
be as much as $800 million in
unpaid toll warrants sloshing
around in the system.
Of course, anyone who travels
on these toll roads should know
that they need to have an eTag, a
toll account or at least have paid
the appropriate fees before or
soon after they travel.
And we are told by Citylink that
they make reasonable efforts to
recover the fees before handing
the matter over to Civic Compli-
ance – which is where the prob -
lems really start escalating.
But the fact is that some people
aren’t quite as organised or as
logical as that, for one of a num-
ber of reasons.
And quite often you’ll see people
with serious mental health issues,
either on-going or temporary, who
have fallen foul of the system, or
drug addicts trying to get clean,
who finally find their way into the
courts looking for help.
They are often at the end of
their tether by the time they get
there, having weathered consid-
erable financial and family hard-
ship along the way while they
worry about debts of $10,000,
$20,000 or even $100,000, al-
though these often include traffic
and possibly other offences.
The fact is though, that the
penalties, processing costs and
interest added on by Civic Com-
pliance are completely unrealis-
tic and well beyond the ability of
most people to pay.
There’s also the cost of getting
psych and health reports, plus a
lawyer (often paid for by Legal
Aid) when making application for
relief; the cost of which is often
being met by the taxpayer.
“It’s bureaucracy gone crazy,”
as Korumburra Magistrate Simon
Garnett so eloquently put it last
Thursday and it’s appropriate
that the State Government is do-
ing something about it.
We have been contacted by the
Attorney General Martin Pakula
today to say that the Andrews
Government is introducing a
range of measures to address
exactly this situation; reducing
the hardships on vulnerable indi-
viduals, reducing the load on the
courts and bringing responsibil-
ity for enforcement of fines under
a new body.
We will be watching to see if it
works to improved what has de-
veloped into a wicked system.
BASS Coast Shire Council is call-
ing for nominations from community
members for its Access and Inclusion
This committee provides advice
and guidance to the council on dis-
ability related issues and supports
development and implementation of
the council’s Disability Action Plan.
Nominations for the next two year
term of the committee close on April 28.
Committee members must have a
good understanding of issues fac-
ing people with a disability across
Each day, people with disability
face a range of challenges and issues
far different to those encountered by
If you are interested in issues that
affect people with disability and have
direct experience that could provide
useful insights and advice, you may
like to nominate for a position on the
The committee is made up of six com-
munity representatives and three repre-
sentatives from organisations as well as
council officers and a councillor.
Community representatives volun-
teer their time but may be offered at-
tendance at training or conferences to
support them in their role.
Meetings are held every two months.
There is provision for support for peo-
ple with disability on the committee.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela
Rothfield, spoke on the importance
of the committee and its guidance to
“With the NDIS due to be rolled out
in our community on October 1 the
committee will be a valuable resource
in identifying and supporting com-
munity information needs,” Cr Roth-
The committee also supports ac-
cessible events such as Social Inclu-
sion week and International Day of
People with disability.
For nomination forms or for more
information, go to www.basscoast.
vic.gov.au/Accessibility or contact the
Community Development team on
1300 BCOAST (226 278).
LATROBE Community Health Ser-
vice will work with other community
organisations to develop a three-year
strategic plan to strengthen multicul-
turalism in Gippsland, after receiving
funding from the Department of Pre-
mier and Cabinet.
The strategic plan will strengthen
regional multicultural communi-
ties, including refugees and asylum
“Gippsland is blessed with a range
of organisations that work to strength-
en our region’s diversity,” said project
coordinator Leslie Smith.
“This plan aims to build on that
good work, as well as identifying other
areas where we may be falling short.
“At the end of the project we will
have a shared vision for fostering
multiculturalism in Gippsland, and
a clear roadmap to coordinate our ef-
Funding will be available for small,
localised projects to help address any
service gaps that the plan identifies.
Latrobe Community Health Service
will deliver the strategic plan in part-
nership with Gippsland Ethnic Com-
munities’ Council, Latrobe City Coun-
cil and Centre for Multicultural Youth
however consultation will reach far
Ms Smith said that gathering the
views of multicultural community
members would be crucial to the
“We will be going to great lengths to
get the views and ideas of ordinary
community members. It’s really im-
portant they feel a sense of ownership
of the final plan.”
Key focus areas for the strategic
plan will be:
• social inclusion
• family relationships
• housing and transport
• access to services
“Three years from now, I think
we’ll look back on this strategic plan
and say ‘we have really strengthened
the diversity and cohesion of our
Community consultation will take
place throughout March and April
2017. Community members and com-
munity organisations interested in
contributing to the plan are encour-
aged to contact Ms Smith on 1800
New plan to foster
Help improve access
Akout Magouk with Charlie and
Tonya celebrating Harmony Day at
Latrobe Community Health Servcie.
Community members enjoying
Fun in the Park 2016 for Social In-
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