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KORUMBURRA’S Elmores Road is not the quiet bush track it
used to be.
It’s on the edge of town and it’s been opened up for lifestyle living.
Beautiful big homes and gardens feature along its length.
The only problem is the road itself.
It’s gravel road with some serious potholes.
Justin Fleming lives at the end and his ute is paying the price.
Its latest injury was a cracked windscreen. Stone chips, regularly
worn brake pads wheels out of alignment are common.
He’s hit a tree to avoid a collision with an oncoming car.
“My dad graded roads in New Zealand for a living and he reckons
this is the worst road he has ever seen,” Justin said.
“We pay rates, and expect that it would be maintained to a higher
standard,” Margaret said.
Jo Trewin and her family have been there for years.
“It’s no fun with a learner driver!” she said.
“There are a lot of kids who ride or walk along the road, and
mums with prams, because there’s no path.”
According to a recent traffic study, Elmores Road is the second
busiest gravel road in the South Gippsland Shire.
It’s only going to get busier with more homes under construction.
Justin said he calls the council when things get rough.
“They usually come and grade it when you ask them, but they’ve
been really slack lately.
“You can see it’s not well prepared for winter. There’s no crown,
hence the potholes, and it’s hard to clean the drains when there
According to a council spokesperson, they’ll get to Elmores Road
in a week or two.
“The council’s Maintenance team has just started their autumn
“As part of these works they reshape the pavement, cut out all the
potholes and apply a minor re-sheet to areas of need.
“They also check the drains to ensure they are flowing freely and
fix as required.
“They fixed potholes in the first 250 metres from the Kardella
end on Friday, May 5.”
Former councillor Warren Raabe suggested residents team up
and pay for the road to be sealed themselves as part of a special
But that didn’t get far and was not raised officially with the coun-
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BASS Coast Shire councillors and the CEO
will this week be questioned over an article in the
‘Sentinel-Times’ earlier this month where CEO
Paul Buckley said 6.5 positions in management
had been wiped, apparently saving the council
President of the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Res-
idents Association, Kevin Griffin, will ask council
at its meeting this Wednesday why figures in the
council’s annual report last financial year “appear
to be at odds” with Mr Buckley’s statement.
Following a special council meeting to commend
the draft annual budget 2017/18 and council’s
2017-21 plan, Mr Buckley claimed council had
achieved savings of $6 million in the past three
years, in an article in the Sentinel-Times on Tues-
day, May 2.
He said reduction of 6.5 management positions
had saved council $900,000.
In council’s 2013-14 annual report, senior offi-
cers’ remuneration totalled $1.91 million, which
included any officer who has “management re-
sponsibilities and reports directly to the CEO”
or whose total annual remuneration exceeds
And then the cost dropped the following year to
But the cost of senior officers’ remuneration
suddenly skyrocketed more than $700,000 to
$2.14 million during the 2015-16 financial year,
where an extra three senior officers were appoint-
ed bringing the number of senior officers to 14,
double what it was in the 2012-13 financial year.
Live stream meetings
Mr Griffin is also planning on asking council to
begin live streaming council meetings.
Alpine Shire Council spent $1300 to purchase
equipment to stream council meetings online, a
Victorian Ombudsman report titled ‘Investigation
into the transparency of local government decision
Mr Griffin will use this example, combined with
a survey noted in the report that found 10 out of
79 councils live stream their meetings, to ask, “Will
Bass Coast council agree to follow the lead of other
Victorian councils, and introduce live streaming of
council meetings before the end of 2017?”
It cost the South Gippsland Shire Council $2500
to purchase equipment to live stream meetings.
Buckley vs Griffin
Lovely street, pity
about the potholes
Justin Fleming, Jo and Will Trewin and Margaret Fleming want some
serious action to fix Korumburra’s Elmores Road. N012017
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