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Save the Date - NDIS Workshop!
Tuesday 16 May 2017, 9.45am to 12.30pm
Meeting Room One, Michael Place, Leongatha
Rural Access and South Gippsland Shire Council together with the Centre
for Access are delivering a workshop about the National Disability
Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The session is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about
the NDIS. Please arrive at 9.45am for a 10.00am start.
For more information or to RSVP contact
Alisha Gilliland on 5662 9376 or
HAS the South Gippsland Shire got enough
open space and recreation land?
It’s a fair question.
And during a briefing session for the
council recently, planning staff frankly
admitted that they didn’t know exactly where
its open space was located, what condition
it was in and what was needed in various
parts of the shire.
But according to manager of planning, Paul
Stampton, and senior strategic planning of-
ficer, Chantal Lenthall, it’s a deficiency that
the shire plans to rectify.
The pair talked up a proposal by the shire
to review its open space strategy, part of
which will include deciding under what cir-
cumstances it accepts money or a 5% contri-
bution of land from developers.
The shire will apply for a government grant
to do the work but will go ahead regardless.
To be conducted over a number of years,
the review will include a full audit of all of
the shire-owned and shire-controlled recre-
ation land and open space, as well as includ-
ing land that the community uses but isn’t
under the control of the shire or government.
It was noted for example, that with the ex-
pansion of residential development in north-
ern parts of Korumbiurra, near the second-
ary college, further recreation and open
space land will be needed in that area.
Cr Andrew McEwen agreed it’s Korum-
“We’ve committed to spending $6 million
in the southern part of Leongatha and while
I’ve got no problem with that we will need to
address the need for a third recreation area
in Korumburra, ” he said.
Where else is open space lacking? Venus
That too was discussed at last week’s
There’s a policy that there should be
recreation land within 400 metres of all
houses but the council has no idea if it com-
plies or not.
Later in the process, a draft strategy will
be prepared for community comment.
Have you got a park
within 400 metres?
THE Wonthaggi BAM Allstars dance group
for people with disabilities was launched
recently at the Wonthaggi Scout Hall, with a
great response to the new activity.
Thirteen participants between the age of
two and a half and 20 joined in the fun,
and weekly Saturday morning sessions will
Tiny Tots for ages 2.5 to seven will be
held from 9.30am to 10.10am, and class-
es for 12+ will be held from 10.15am to
Fees are $130 for the 10-week term or a
casual fee of $15 per session.
The group is looking for a second dance
instructor which is a paid position, as well
as volunteers to support the group.
Those interested can contact Emma on
0466 114 222 or come along on Saturday
MEMBER for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has
backed a call from the RACV for the State Govern-
ment to restore funding to rural and regional roads.
Ms Bath has also added her voice to the many
concerned about the speed limit on many ru-
ral roads being dropped to 80km/h, which she
says is a consequence of the funding cuts to
“Budget cuts by the Labor Government two
years ago are obviously now having a negative
and visible impact on rural roads,” Ms Bath said.
“The Country Roads and Bridges Program was
axed by this government, and VicRoads had its main-
tenance budget cut by 10 per cent in 2015/16, too.
“Every day I see roads in need of urgent repair.
“The solution to this seems to be dropping
the speed limit on many rural arterial roads to
80km/h, although this is happening on roads in
good condition as well,” she said.
Ms Bath said that the RACV’s budget sub-
mission to the government for 2017/18 further
highlighted the need to reinstate funding to the
levels provided under the previous Coalition
Government for the management of roads in
rural and regional Victoria.
The RACV submission states:
“RACV commissioned an independent re-
view of the funding and condition of Victoria’s
regional highway network that has found that
the network is seriously underfunded and its
condition is declining.”
The RACV has called for “substantial increas-
es in funding to repair and maintain Victo-
ria’s highway network, which has deteriorated
alarmingly in recent years and is now causing
increased safety risks” among its critical initia-
tives in the 2017/18 budget.
Ms Bath said many people across Gippsland
had expressed their concerns to her around re-
ductions in speed limits.
“We all want to do things that are reason-
able to promote road safety, but the limit on
more and more rural roads seems to becoming
“What these roads need is to have their funding
restored to allow for overdue maintenance work.”
Road funds not speed
limit reductions: Bath
The Wonthaggi BAM Allstars dance group for people with disabilities was launched
recently at the Wonthaggi Scout Hall, with 13 participants enjoying the opportunity
BASS Coast Shire Council is inviting commu-
nity members to take a glimpse into the future
by learning more about the future growth and
development of Wonthaggi.
The emerging Precinct Structure Plan for Won-
thaggi North East will guide the future develop-
ment of the town for the next 30 years, including
identifying the future locations of roads, com-
munity hubs, schools, parks, housing, employ-
ment opportunities and transport connections.
A Development Contributions Plan is also be-
ing developed, which will identify costs of devel-
opment and ensure they are provided equitably
across the precinct.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
the council is now seeking input and thoughts
from the community during a week-long con-
“We’d love to hear what the local community
thinks about these plans for our future growth,
and will be asking for input into the Precinct
Structure Plan in particular,” Cr Rothfield said.
“There will also be opportunities to speak
with the council and Victorian Planning Author-
ity staff, and find out more up-to-date informa-
tion on the project, and how work around key
infrastructure issues such as road, drainage and
land to generate employment is progressing.”
Consultation will take place at the Wonthaggi Li-
brary in Murray Street, Wonthaggi from Monday,
May 15 to Friday, May 19 from 10am until 6pm,
and on Saturday, May 20 from 9.30am to 1pm.
An opportunity to speak with staff from both
the council and the Victorian Planning Author-
ity will also be held at a drop-in event at the Old
Library in Watt Street, Wonthaggi, on Tuesday,
May 16 from 6pm to 8pm.
For younger community members, a colouring
competition will also be held, with all entrants
going into the draw for a chance to win a prize.
For more information about the Precinct
Structure Plan, contact the council’s Planning
team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671
2211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonthaggi’s future on show
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