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9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953
Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953
P: 5662 9200
F: 5662 3754
5. Proposed sale of Council land in Korumburra
6. Proposed road deviation and exchange in Stony
Creek (Moyes Road)
7. Councillor expenditure report June 2017
8. Assembly of councillors: 22 June 2017 to 21 July
9. Document sealed awarded or extended by CEO 22
June to 21 July 2017
VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
Council and the Leongatha RSL will be recognising
Vietnam Veterans Day next Friday 18 August. A wreath
laying ceremony will be held at the Leongatha Cenotaph
on McCartin St at 2.00 p.m . All welcome to attend.
Council currently has positions available in Aged and
Disability Services. For more information on these
positions and to apply please visit Council’s website.
WORKS THIS WEEK
Sealed roads maintenance: Whole Shire
Tree requests: Whole Shire
Zone maintenance: Nerrena, Toora, Port Franklin
Roadside slashing: Mirboo, Toora North
Streetscape works: Main Street, Foster
Road and drainage upgrades: Anderson Street,
Road shoulder maintenance: Dollar Road, Dollar, Ruby
Drainage installation: Korumburra Show Grounds
Culvert maintenance: Foster area
Gravel road resheeting: Cornwalls Road, Fish Creek and
Stewart and Dunlops Road, Middle Tarwin
Retaining wall construction: Corner Lewis and Keane
Street, Port Welshpool
CONTRACTORS’ BREAKFAST SEMINAR
Come along to hear about Council’s e-Tendering
process, As Built Drawings, occupational health and
safety requirements and the 2017/18 Capital Works
Program. 22 August - Memorial Hall Leongatha - 7.15am
Contact Council to RSVP to Shahn Hoggett.
PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT ACT 1987
SOUTH GIPPSLAND PLANNING SCHEME
Notice of Approval of Amendment - Amendment C108
The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment
C108 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme.
The Amendment comes into operation on the date this
notice is published in the Government Gazette.
The Amendment rezones 2 Hogans Road and part of
590 South Gippsland Highway, Leongatha South, from
the Farming Zone to the Special Use Zone Schedule 6
(SUZ6); introduces SUZ6 at Clause 37.01, and updates
Clause 21.15-14 to reflect the development of the
Koonwarra Agricultural Services Precinct.
The Minister has granted the following permit(s) under
Division Five Part Four of the Act:
Permit No. Description of land
2016/202 590 South Gippsland Highway, Leongatha
South, (Lot 2 PS346292D)
A copy of the Amendment can be inspected, free of
charge, at the Department of Environment, Land, Water
and Planning website at
www.planning.vic.gov.au/public-inspection and free of
charge, during office hours, at the offices of the South
Gippsland Shire Council, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha.
Director, State Planning Services, Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning
*Expressions of interest to present are made by
accessing Council’s website Public Presentation page,
contact 5662 9222 for details.
Wednesday 16 August - Council Chambers, Leongatha
12.55pm – Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-
1.15pm – Leongatha Railway Site Transformation –
Leongatha Secondary College Presentation (45 mins)
2.00pm*; 7.00pm* (by COB 11/8)
3.15pm – Draft Tennis Facilities Plan – Outcome
Community Consultation (30mins)
(may commence earlier, contact Council to confirm)
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (Council Agenda Topics only)
*Expressions of interest to present are made by
accessing Council’s website Public Presentation page,
contact 5662 9222 for details.
Wednesday 23 August - 10.00am (by COB 18/8)
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
*Register your questions (by COB 18/8) by accessing
Council’s website Public Presentation page, contact
5662 9222 for details.
Wednesday 23 August - Council Chambers, Leongatha
- 2 .00pm
Please note that Council live streams and records its
Ordinary Council Meetings, refer to the Policy on
Council’s website for more details.
1. Rating strategy review 2018-2022
2. Planning scheme amendment (PSA) C100 -
general amendment - adoption
3. PSA C90 - housing and settlement strategy and
restructure overlays - authorisation
4. 2017/18 major grant program - children’s facilities
A WISE former councillor once advised me to
never start a discussion on rates: it’s an argument
you will never win.
Given that many of our 19,000 ratepayers will
have recently received their annual rates notices
and are probably asking how the dollar figure
is calculated – I think I have to ignore that advice.
Rates revenue helps fund the services council
provides to ratepayers and residents. This revenue
is collected through charging rates to the owner or
occupier of every property in the municipality.
In setting the rates, the council aims to charge
rates equitably by using property values to fairly
distribute rates charged.
Council uses the Capital Improved Value (CIV)
of each property as the base for setting differential
rates that apply to various property classifications.
Further information on your rates can be found
on the council's website: www.southgippsland.vic.
An important component of the yearly rates no-
tice is the Fire Services Levy, often confused with a
council charge. While council does collect this levy
it is done so on behalf of the State Government. It
is a charge for the provision of the fire services that
have nothing to do with council. In some instances
this levy may add a significant amount to the bot-
tom figure, distorting the true rateable amount.
Ratepayers who own more than one property
with adjoining boundaries may be entitled to have
these properties valued as one property and there-
fore only pay the Fire Services Property Levy once.
If you believe this may be the case please, contact
the council’s Rates & Valuations team to discuss
Valuations also contribute to your rates amount
with the last valuations taking place in January of
2016 and adopted for use in the current rate no-
tices. Valuations are conducted in a two year cycle
and will be next conducted in January of 2018.
If you believe your valuation is incorrect you can
choose to object. Under the Land Act 1960 you
have up to two months from the time of receipt to
lodge an objection with the valuer.
The South Gippsland Shire rates review process
is about to get underway.
We will shortly be asking for input from a cross-
section of ratepayers to assist council in assem-
bling a Rate Strategy Committee to considering the
council’s various rating differentials.
The differentials establish the prescribed
amount in the dollar payable for each category
of rates. Currently the council has nine different
categories of rateable properties; each charged a
different rate of cents in the dollar.
This newly formed committee will endeavour
to cover all representative groups from farmers,
industry, business, householders and vacant land
holders with a view to setting the differential rate
that will apply in the future.
I encourage those who have an interest in this
area to nominate once council calls for expres-
sions of interest.
Cr Ray Argento
PLANS for a $7 billion airport in Melbourne’s
south-east have stalled.
Paragon Premier Investment Fund announced
the proposed airport in early July, and at the
time its chairman Alanda Mustafa Safi said the
fund was going to submit plans to the State
Government in mid-July.
But neither the State Government, nor the in-
vestment fund, would say if the plans had been
“There’s no update at this stage,” a spokes-
woman for Paragon Premier Investment Fund.
“So the project’s on hold?” the Sentinel-Times
“Essentially, yes,” the spokeswoman said.
In July, Mr Safi said the financial backer was
a European and Middle East-based consortium
that’s built a number of airports.
The investment fund’s spokeswoman de-
clined to answer questions about the identity
of the financial backer willing to contribute $7
billion to the airport.
Minister for Public Transport and Major
Projects, Jacinta Allan, did not respond to
questions on if the plans had been lodged or
if the State Government would support the
The proposal last month received support
from the Bass Coast and South Gippsland
Shire Mayors, and Bass MP Brian Paynter.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council expects
redevelopment works to begin on the Meeni-
yan Commons project on Tompkins Road,
Meeniyan next week.
Works will be undertaken by the success-
ful contractor South Gippsland Quarries to
complete the $400,000 project.
The project was made possible with
$70,000 from the council and $330,000 in
grant funding from Regional Development
Victoria which was a result of savings on the
Black Spur Section of the Great Southern
The project will include upgrades such as:
• Increased car parking
• Increased long vehicle parking
• Better linkage to the Great Southern Rail
• New kerb and channel and asphalting
The project, which was initiated by the
Meeniyan Progress Association, has been
designed to improve access links from the
Great Southern Rail Trail into Meeniyan.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor Ray Argento
was pleased to see the works go ahead in
“The Great Southern Rail Trail is a pre-
mier tourism asset in South Gippsland and
it is vital that we ensure adequate support-
ing facilities are provided for all users.
“I envisage that the Meeniyan Commons
project will increase the user experience
of the rail trail, which can increase visitor
numbers and boost the tourism economy.
“These works will also improve linkage to
Meeniyan itself, which will create a greater
opportunity for visitors to stop and enjoy
the many cafes and shops Meeniyan has to
offer, ” Cr Argento said.
The project is expected to be completed by
late 2017, weather permitting.
A DOZEN people braved the
wind last Saturday at Coronet
Bay to create a man-made mes-
Coronet Bay residents and
visitors lied down in the sand
to create the phrase ‘Always
planned the event with sister-
in-law Jess Smith and they
were planning on having a
drone take a photo from above.
“It was too windy for the
drone so I ended up taking
the photos standing on top of
a FWD,” Jayde said, laughing.
“There weren’t too many
people so we did one word at a
time, but we did it.”
While it was a little awkward
at the start, the group found
their feet with assurances from
The activities were part of a
fundraiser scavenger hunt or-
ganised by GISHWHES, rais-
ing money for a ballet school in
“They were excited. There
were about 210 things you
could do and you did what
you wanted, we even made a
model house out of Wombat
poo, there was some weird
“It was all to make you laugh
or smile. One of things was
to make a care package for a
cancer patient and another one
was sunbaking in the snow.”
While the event was a compe-
tition, with the winners receiv-
ing free airfares to Hawaii, it
was all for a good cause.
The ballet school was going
to close after the founder was
diagnosed with cancer, but it
will remain open after the scav-
enger hunt raised more than
“It gets you out of your com-
fort zone and it’s the last year
they’re doing it,” Jayde said.
“They’re organising some-
thing else next year. Whatever it
is, I’ll be doing it.”
Keep fighting Coronet Bay
Coronet Bay residents, and visitors, met at the local
beach on Saturday morning to create three words in the
sand to tell people to ‘Always keep fighting’.
THERE’S been a lot of recent discussion
about recycling which has left some people
wondering if it’s worth putting their glass and
plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard out
for collection because it might end up in a land-
The answer is, unequivocally, ‘Yes – keep re-
cycling!’ according to Sustainability Victoria
acting CEO, Carl Muller, who says recycling
plays a vital role in Victoria’s environment and
“Choosing the landfill bin for items that can
be recycled guarantees that it will end up in the
“It would be ideal if all material put out for
recycling was used straight away, but like any
other resource, prices for it and other raw ma-
terials fluctuate, which means they are at times
less competitive than virgin material.”
Fun facts about recycling
• Glass made from recycled materials re-
quires only 40 per cent of the energy needed to
make glass from sand
• Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy
to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours,
or a fluorescent bulb for 20 hours
• Paper and cardboard products made from
recycled material conserves trees, and their
production uses up to 50 per cent less energy
and 90 per cent less water than making them
from raw materials
• Recycling one tonne of paper saves three
cubic metres of landfill space
• Producing plastics from recycled materials
saves approximately 88 per cent of the energy
needed to make plastic from the raw materials
of oil and gas
• The energy saved by recycling one plastic
drink bottle would power a computer for 25
• Making new products from recycled steel
cans helps save up to 75 per cent of the energy
and 40 per cent of the water needed to make
steel from raw materials. Air pollution is also
reduced by almost 90 per cent.
• Making new cans from used aluminium re-
quires only five per cent of the energy needed to
make a new can from scratch.
• Recycling six aluminium cans you can save
enough energy to offset the carbon emissions
from a 10km journey in an average-size car,
17km bus ride or 25km train trip.
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