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More time for a drink at Nyora
NYORA General Store is preparing for a
boom in business this year after the owner’s
applied to extend their liquor licence hours.
After taking over the store, Blair and Shona
Lynch began building rapport with customers
and asking them for feedback on the store.
“ The number one thing that everyone said
was longer trading hours, because a lot of
them are travelling outside of Nyora for work
and they often wouldn’t be back until after
6.30pm, ” Ms Lynch said.
The couple extended the store’s trading
hours but are now forced to padlock the
doors on the alcohol fridges each night be -
cause their liquor licence prohibits them
from selling alcohol after 6pm.
Ms Lynch said it hasn’t bothered most cus-
tomers, although there has been one or two
grumpy ones come in and complain.
But the couple are siding with their custom-
ers and have applied to the Victorian Com-
mission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
to extend their liquor hours to 9pm on week-
“Once the liquor licence catches up, cus-
tomers will be even happier. ”
The couple are hoping the extended opening
hours at the store will bring in more visitors
to the town and help out locals.
“The longer hours help out when you don’t
realise until you get home that you’ve run out
of bread or the cream for the dessert.
“And it’s helped some of the elderly who
don’t need a lot when living on their own, so
it’s saved them having to make the distance to
a supermarket. ”
Nyora General Store owner’s Blair and Shona Lynch want to extend their liquor licence
hours to align with their trading hours. mm141617
Beware of shire inspecting your septic, they say
THE owners of some of the 3698 proper-
ties in the South Gippsland Shire sent letters
by the council recently about the ‘Waste Wa-
ter Compliance Program’ are concerned that
it’s actually a Trojan Horse for finding what
they are doing wrong.
This week we were contacted by a Dumbalk
farmer, who wishes to remain nameless for
fear of getting ‘red flagged’ by the shire, say-
ing he’d heard reports of shire officials turn-
ing up, ostensibly to look at the septic, but
then asking questions about sheds built on
the property and whether or not they were
constructed in line with regulations.
“The septic system we’ve got has been op-
erating satisfactorily for 100 years. We don’t
want the shire coming on the property and
poking around,” he said.
But the shire has denied it’s a fishing ex-
Dumbalk resident Ed Hanley said there
were actually problem issues in town that the
shire should investigate but he also strongly
advocates for connection to the Meeniyan
“It will be cheaper and better in the long
run,” he said.
In answer to relayed questions from the
Sentinel-Times this week the shire has said:
“The purpose of the inspection is to gather
information about the onsite wastewater sys-
Here’s what we asked the shire:
Q1. How many letters have gone out to
property owners – who has received the
A1. Letters were sent to 3698 properties
are located within the South Gippsland Wa-
ter declared Tarwin catchment area (and out-
side the declared sewer district) on March
10, 2017. Letters were sent as a result of
the implementation of the South Gippsland
Shire Domestic Wastewater Management
Plan 2016-2020 (DWMP) adopted by Council
in September 2016.
Q2. Farmers in particular are concerned
about shire officers coming out to do an
inspection and what it might cost to re -
place their existing septic.
(a.) Under what circumstances would they
have to replace the septic system?
A2 (a.) Septic systems will only require re -
placement as a last possible resort. Should
an existing system be found to be failing,
Council’s Wastewater Compliance Officer
will work with the property owner to come
up with the best possible solution to fix/
repair the system. This may include pump-
ing the system out, repairing effluent pipes,
(b.) Are they being given any idea of the
cost and alternatives? How much does a
new system cost?
A2 (b.) The cost of a septic system depends
on the type of system installed, plumbers’
fees, etc. System replacement is the last
resort. Should system replacement be re-
quired, Council will work with the property
owner to achieve compliance.
Q3. They are concerned that the shire
officers might gather other information
while they are visiting the farm – how
many dogs, whether a shed has been built
without a permit etc.
(a.) Will information about properties in-
spected be passed on to other shire depart-
ments for action?
A3 (a.). The purpose of the inspection is
to gather information about the onsite waste-
water system only. If people would like to be
present when the inspection is conducted,
they are encouraged to contact Council’s
Wastewater Compliance Officer Corey Noble
on 5662 9262.
(b.) Will farmers be asked to comply with
other shire regulations as a result?
A3 (b.) The purpose of the inspection is to
gather information about the onsite wastewa-
ter system only.
Q4. The farmers say their septic systems
have been operating without incident for
100 years, why fix something that isn’t
A4. If a domestic wastewater systems
is well-maintained and operational, then
Council will not be asking anyone to fix any-
thing. We are purely gathering information
about what kind of wastewater systems are
out there. Historic record keeping has been
poor and a great deal of information was lost
during amalgamations. The main aim of the
Compliance Program is to provide education
and information to Council’s residents about
wastewater systems. The Compliance Pro -
gram will protect the water catchment (South
Gippsland drinking water source) and allow
development in the catchment area.
Q5. Please provide any other details you
A5. Domestic wastewater disposal is one of
the most important environmental issues in
South Gippsland. Poorly maintained onsite
wastewater systems can affect public health,
the environment, local waterways, drinking
water, ground water and the storm water
system. There are approximately 8000 on-
site wastewater treatment systems installed
across South Gippsland.
The shire provided copies of the two letters
sent out to property owners for additional in-
formation. They can be read in full on the
Sentinel-Times’ website at www.sgst.com.au
In essence they advise that during the
months of April and May 2017, Council
officers will be visiting properties in the
Dumbalk and Dumbalk North areas to up-
date records of existing onsite wastewater
If you would like to organise a specific time
for inspection of your onsite wastewater sys-
tem, please contact Council’s Wastewater
Compliance Officer, Corey Noble on 5662
9262 to arrange a suitable time
Letters from the South Gippsland Shire
about a series of on-farm inspections has
local farmers worried but are their con-
cerns well founded? m831617
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