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COALITION Creek (Korumburra’s supply) is full
for the first time since last summer but the threat
of water restrictions for Leongatha still looms.
South Gippsland Water said without significant
rain, it’s likely water restrictions will be activated
for Leongatha this spring.
“The corporation is watching closely the stor-
age levels for Leongatha, however, based on past
experience, it is looking increasingly likely that
water restrictions may be needed in the future,”
said South Gippsland Water managing director
Philippe du Plessis.
Ruby Creek is the only reservoir not full, sitting
at 68 per cent. From Saturday, August 26 to Fri-
day, September 1, Lance Creek received 22mm,
Ruby Creek 17mm, Coalition Creek 12mm, Deep
Creek 22mm, Little Bass 11mm and Battery
During August, Lance Creek received 123mm,
Ruby Creek 89mm, Coalition Creek 127mm,
Deep Creek 125m, Little Bass 128mm and Bat-
tery Creek 109mm.
Meanwhile, for the week ending August 29, Can-
dowie Reservoir, which supplies Phillip Island and
the Waterline communities, was 86 per cent full
at 3837 ML compared to 73 per cent at the same
time last year.
Leongatha needs rain
LEONGATHA’S Chamber of Commerce is
toasting an amazingly successful Daffodil
Street Festival on Saturday, with an estimated
3000 people partying in the streets.
But there was a sour note to an otherwise
perfect event, and it came from the South
Gippsland Shire Council’s Local Laws officers
who all of a sudden appeared in town, issuing
fines for parking infringements.
As Bair Street and other parts of the CBD
were blocked to traffic, parking close by was
at a premium.
It has been described as mean revenue rais-
ing exercise and it is understood the chamber
of commerce will be lodging an official com-
plaint about the matter.
The South Gippsland Shire Council has ad-
mitted there were no complaints that prompted
the presence of the Local Laws officers.
“Local Laws attended pro -actively and with-
out a request being made by the traders but the
traders often request their presence nonethe-
less,” a council spokesperson said.
“Council officers endeavour to attend all
events where there is a likelihood of need for
“Local Laws try to ensure the safety of road
users by patrolling red sign offences (no stop-
ping, bus/taxi zones, loading zones) because
when people illegally occupy these areas it
means that the intended user usually has to
park illegally to carry out their functions (deliv-
eries, setting down passengers).
“Local Laws also try to ensure that parking
areas are patrolled so all users have a fair go in
the timed areas.
“This ensures that businesses get a turnover
of customers and drivers get an opportunity to
park and carry out their business.
“Only one vehicle was issued an overstaying
infringement which means that the vast major-
ity of users behaved legally.
“Disappointingly, there were four red sign in-
fringements issued but when this is viewed in
the context of how many people attended over
the weekend council was happy with the overall
See more about the event in our Daffodil pag-
Bair Street, blocked off to traffic, was full of people on Saturday for the street festival.
Parking inspectors rain on parade
LAND sales in Wonthaggi have soared in the past
12 months, and if numbers continue to accelerate,
there could be a six month back log for blocks of
The price for a block of land in Wonthaggi has
steeply increased in the last few years.
In the Vicars Estate, prices started at $112,000
when blocks of land were made available between
18 and 24 months ago.
That number has increased $20,000 and as of
last week, the cheapest block was $132,000.
The 79-lot estate has blocks ranging from
403sqm to 809sqm, although most of the lots are
between 600sqm and 800sqm.
The developers enforced a restrictive covenant
for the 10 years following the date from when the
subdivision plan was registered by the Land Titles
Office, to prevent the estate turning into an area
full of units.
The covenant stops land-buyers from building
more than one private dwelling per block, pre-
vents subdividing the lot and stops any houses be-
ing built that are less than 110sqm.
Real estate agent Kainen Schrape at PBE Wont-
haggi said only 11 lots were remaining in the Vic-
ars Estate last week.
He said the Tower Views Estate also has only
four blocks left out of 22 lots.
“The Tower Views has been on the market for
years but it’s only just starting to kick along re-
cently,” Mr Schrape said.
House prices are driven up by their close prox-
imity to the beach, he said, and even though Wont-
haggi is only a five to 10 minute drive to the beach,
it’s still one of the cheapest areas.
“Wonthaggi’s a lot more affordable than Cape
Paterson or Phillip Island or even Kilcunda. Won-
thaggi’s still pretty cheap. There are a lot of other
estates that are filling up just as quickly”.
“For most of the estates, it was going to be seen
as an oversupply when they were released and
now it’s an undersupply.”
He said it can take a few months to develop land,
get titles, and build roads and other infrastructure
“There won’t be any new titles around until prob-
ably mid-next year.
“If all this land dries up by the end of the year,
there could be a shortage of six months.”
He said there are a lot of people from Melbourne
who are interested in moving to Wonthaggi, who
see it as a “good place to live”.
“It’s close to services, specialists and a good
hospital, it’s affordable but close to the beach,” Mr
“Everyone moving here are people coming to live
here. Most of them are retirees, but some fami-
lies are relocating here and getting work, there’s a
Recent Census data shows the average Won-
thaggi resident is 52, with monthly mortgage re-
payments of $1171 and average weekly household
income of $758.
“In Wonthaggi, people are still close to their
friends and family, or their job,” Mr Schrape said.
“An hour or an hour and a half to some people,
they’d probably sit in traffic for that long to go to
While Wonthaggi’s growth spurt has soared in
the past 12 months, it’s likely land sales will slow
down as developers need time to build the neces-
sary infrastructure in estates.
Bricklayer Adam Williams has been working in the Vicars Estate, Wonthaggi, and says there’s been more work in Wonthaggi in the past
12 months than in the past 10 years. mm073617
Wonthaggi’s growth spurt
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