Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : May 9, 2017 Contents PAGE 10 - THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017
PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT ACT 1987
SOUTH GIPPSLAND PLANNING SCHEME
NOTICE OF THE PREPARATION ON AN AMENDMENT
The South Gippsland Shire Council has prepared
Amendment C100 to the South Gippsland Planning
Scheme. The land affected by the amendment is 54
properties across the municipality and various road
reserves. The amendment proposes to correct mapping
anomalies in the South Gippsland Planning Scheme and
to introduce the Heritage Overlay on 175 Ameys Track,
Foster. You may inspect the amendment, any
documents that support the amendment and the
explanatory report about the amendment, free of
the office of the planning authority, South
Gippsland Shire Council, 9 Smith Street
the Department of Environment, Land, Water and
Any person who may be affected by the amendment
may make a submission to the planning authority about
the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing
giving the submitter’s name and contact address,
clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is
supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if
any) the submitter wishes to make. Name and contact
details of submitters are required for council to consider
submissions and to notify such persons of the
opportunity to attend council meetings and any public
hearing held to consider submissions. The closing date
for submissions is 8 June 2017. A submission must be
sent to Danielle Simpson, Strategic Planner,
9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953
Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953
P: 5662 9200
F: 5662 3754
South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha
3953. The planning authority must make a copy of every
submission available at its office for any person to
inspect free of charge for two months after the
amendment comes into operation or lapses.
Paul Stampton - Manager Planning
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Sealed roads maintenance & tree requests: Whole Shire
Zone maintenance: Korumburra South, Outtrim, Foster,
Carpark & sealing works: Leongatha Rec Reserve
Footpath renewal: George St & King St, Korumburra
Pavement stabilising: Walkerville South Rd, Walkerville
Roadside slashing: Mirboo North, Mardan, Stewarts &
Dunlops Rd, Buffalo
Streetscape works: Main St, Foster
Guardrail renewal: Lower Toora Rd, Bennison & Greens
Road reconstruction: King St, Korumburra
Guardrail extension: Cooks Outlet Rd, Loch
Road resheeting & vegetation maintenance: Nerrena
Intersection works: Walkerville Rd, Walkerville, Lower
Toora Rd & Lower Franklin Rd, Bennison
Road resheeting & drainage works: Egans Rd,
Koonwarra, Carmodys Rd, Leongatha South & Meeniyan
-Nerrena Rd, Nerrena, Mt Nicoll Rd, Meikle Rd, Harmons
Rd & Powells Rd, Fish Creek
Endwall replacement & drainage works: McIndoe Park,
Drainage works: Hudsons Rd, Leongatha South
Road & drainage upgrades: Anderson St, Leongatha
Pre winter unsealed road grading: Korumburra South,
Kongwak, Bena, Pound Creek, Yanakie, Welshpool
THE week I’d like to discuss two issues that are
particularly close to my heart: the dairy industry
The recent announcement by Murray Goulburn
that our manufacturing facility in Leongatha will
remain in operation following their Asset and
Footprint Review is extremely good news.
The announcement will be a weight off the shoul-
ders of its employees and associated businesses.
An even bigger relief is the forgiveness of the
Milk Supply Support Package which will reduce
a lot of the financial pressure that was placed on
those farmers who supply Murray Goulburn.
It removes the repayment of funds overpaid as
a result of the retrospective milk price cuts.
With around 425 dairy farms in South Gippsland
the industry is a major contributor to the local
economy, as it has been for well over 100 years.
It’s been said that if our dairy farmers are doing
well, we all do well.
Murray Goulburn has long been a large em-
ployer of local people with flow-on employment
in a range of South Gippsland businesses.
While there will be still some industrywide ad-
justments to come these decisions are hopefully a
step closer to better times ahead.
This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to
recognise all those people who contribute to the
fabric of communities across the nation.
Small towns, like those dotted across our shire,
would not continue to exist as vibrant, vital com-
munities without volunteers.
In fact, South Gippsland is extremely fortunate
to have one of the highest rates of volunteering
across the state.
Every day many people take the time to con-
tribute to making South Gippsland a safer, better
place to live and enjoy.
I know I speak for all in the community when I
say we are truly thankful.
There are many reasons why a person may
choose to volunteer.
For me personally it was the desire to give a little
back and help someone at their time of most need.
Being a CFA volunteer has enabled me to meet
many likeminded individuals with common in-
terests from all walks of life.
South Gippsland Shire Council has over 900
volunteers assisting in delivering its many ser-
vices throughout the shire: from being part of a
committee through to delivering meals on wheels.
Many of our staff members can often be seen
volunteering in their communities too.
Fifty-seven per cent of council staff volunteer;
on average giving 14 hours per month.
Fostering the next generation of volunteers to
be contributors rather than spectators will be the
challenge in the future, with those claiming to be
time poor and too busy not necessarily under-
standing the rewards that volunteering can bring.
Encouragingly, while the rate of volunteer-
ing among young adults remains lower than for
other age groups, the rate for 18-24 year olds in-
creased from 16 per cent in 1995 to 27.1 per cent
I hope that those who volunteer take National
Volunteer Week as an opportunity to discuss the
benefits of their contribution to someone yet to
experience the rewards. I also invite people to
view the Catch a Volunteer in Action Exhibition
at Manna Gum Community House in Foster on
Cr Ray Argento
THE State Government has confirmed it
will allocate $25 million to realign the South
Gippsland Highway near Koonwarra and make
other improvements between Meeniyan and
It matches the $25 million the Federal Gov-
ernment will spend fixing the notorious Black
Spur section of the highway.
A new section of highway will be built to
reduce the length of the Black Spur section
from 3.4km to 2.3km and two new bridges will
be constructed over the Tarwin River.
The upgrade will also see a new highway un-
derpass east of Old Koonwarra-Meeniyan Road
to connect the Great Southern Rail Trail and
an access path to the trail underneath the new
bridge near Minns Road.
Elsewhere on the highway, more shoulders
will be sealed and new safety barriers installed.
The South Gippsland Highway is a major re-
gional transport route leading more than one
million visitors a year to some of the state’s
most popular tourist destinations, such as Wil-
sons Prom and Venus Bay.
Local farmers and the freight industry will
also get their produce to markets and the ports
of Melbourne, Hastings and Barry Beach fast
It will also reduce fuel and maintenance costs
for the freight industry by removing the need to
slow down to navigate bends through the Black
The upgrade will reduce travel times for the
5000 vehicles, including 800 trucks that travel
daily through Koonwarra.
There have been 13 reported crashes on the
highway over a five-year period, most caused
by cars running off the road through the Black
Works are expected to begin in early to mid-
2018 and construction is expected to be com-
pleted by early 2021.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
the Black Spur realignment will make it safer
and easier to travel through one of Victoria’s
most popular tourist areas.
“There have been a number of tragic acci-
dents along the South Gippsland Highway and
that’s why we’re straightening the road and re-
moving the nine tight bends.
“Our priority is ensuring that farmers can get
produce from paddock to port safely and more
Black Spur funds confirmed
FRACKING may be banned but onshore
gas mining is still very much a possibility in
our local communities according to the State
It’s funding a geoscience program to better
understand Victoria’s gas supplies.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes
$42.5 million over four years to fund the
Victorian Gas Program – a comprehensive
study spearheaded by the state’s Lead Scien-
tist Amanda Caples.
The program will be completed during
the extended moratorium on onshore con-
ventional gas exploration and development
part of the Labor Government’s Fracking
Currently, there are no proven or probable
onshore gas reserves in Victoria.
This program will include geoscientific,
environmental and economic studies – every
bit of hard evidence needed to properly as-
sess the potential for any onshore conven-
tional gas exploration in the future.
It will also examine Victoria’s prospectivity
offshore and gas storage options.
“The Victorian Gas Program will go further
than any study has gone before to determine
the impacts, risks and potential benefits of
onshore conventional gas exploration and
development,” Minister for Resources Wade
He said the community will be heavily con-
sulted during the study – including a stake-
holder panel made up of farmers, industry,
local government and community members.
“The Labor Government will always back
our farmers and do what’s right to protect
our world-class food and fibre heartland.
“Victoria’s agricultural sector exports $12
billion in food and fibre products each year
and employs about 190,000 people.
“We won’t put this at risk. The Victorian
Gas Program provides the means to get the
answers we need on gas, consult communi-
ties and inform future decisions on Victoria’s
“We’re not wasting a minute. By engaging
experts and communities in this study, we
will inform future decisions on gas supplies
and do what’s best for our food and fibre
$42.5 million gas study
THOUSANDS of extra daffodil bulbs have been
planted in gardens beds around Leongatha, to flower
in spring, as part of the annual Daffodil Festival.
But it was just one of the projects on an extensive job
sheet for the shire’s outdoor staff last week.
Right across the shire, all the beds have been dug
over with manure and had compost added. They will
be weeded, liquid fertilised and the parks team will
keep an eye out for any pest and diseases and replace
plants that have died or been vandalised.
“The daffodils planted will be fertilised now and again
after flowering. With plenty of rain and sunshine the
plantings should get a great start,” according to the shire.
Plantings have included the following locations:
• Bair St - Mixture of Primula, Pansy, Kale, English
Daisy, Alyssum, Nemesia and Tulips
• Centenary Park -Cineraria, Alyssum, Tulips and
• Post Office Roundabout - Pansy, Kale, Alyssum,
Nemesia and Tulips
•Top Roundabout - Alyssum, Kale, Primula, Ciner-
aria and Daffodils
• Commercial St beds - Kale, Pansy, Primula, Nem-
esia, English Daisy, Alyssum and Tulips
• Commercial St plant boxes - Pansy, Primula, Eng-
lish Daisy and Tulips
• Coleman Park - Kale, Primula, Pansy, Alyssum and
• Polyanthus , dianthus, chives, red cabbage cauli-
flower, nemesia, alyssum daffodil tulip ranunculus.
Shire outdoor staff set to work preparing town garden beds throughout South Gippsland
for spring. M171917
Everything’s coming up daffodils, tulips and Primulas
THE Loch Public Hall Market
is an iconic market that regular-
ly brings in large crowds.
And it’s expected this week-
end will be even busier, falling
on Mothers’ Day.
Committee treasurer Irene
Hunt has been involved in the
market for around 14 years.
“The market was started to
raise money to refurbish the
kitchen and supper room, ”
“Then we got working to raise
more to refurbish the toilets
and put a disabled toilet in.”
In addition to this, the floors
were retiled in the foyer and toi-
lets, and the building got a fresh
coat of paint.
It’s full of friendly stallhold-
ers, selling a variety of items
from bric-a -brac, to soaps and
oils, to food.
The committee also welcomes
four new stallholders this year,
giving visitors even more places
Come and see the market that
truly gives back to the commu-
nity, it’s on this Sunday, May 14
from 9am at the Loch Public
Hall on Smith Street, Loch.
Links Archive May 2, 2017 Edition May 16, 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page