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VENUS BAY Surf Life Saving Club officials
were delighted to share the first architect’s
view of the newly designed clubhouse.
The image shows an all-new structure with
minimal impact to the public realm with the
use of natural materials which fit in with the
Equipped with additional toilet facilities
and a modernised club space, the new build-
ing will breathe new life into the club mem-
bers’ vital work while also being a useful
structure for the community.
After the grant from the South Gippsland
Shire Council community budgeting allowed
for planning to begin and club members
have been busy laying the ground work for
the new project.
Club president Craig Watson says the club
is prepared to take the next step for the con-
struction of the building.
“We are shovel ready, we have a great archi-
tect who has developed some amazing plans
and now we’re ready to hopefully get the ball
rolling on the construction.”
South Gippsland Shire Cr Alyson Skinner
is also excited by the updated plans saying
discussions between key stakeholders and
other financial partners are still being un-
“Projects like these take time but progress
is definitely being made and I think we will
see action in the very near future.”
THE South Gippsland Shire
Council is proposing changes
to the site known as Gold-
smiths Quarry at Fish Creek,
as well as entering into a new
20 year lease with Goldsmith
Quarries Pty Ltd.
But the issue will go out to
a public consultation process
before the council ultimately
decides what it wants to do.
While the feature of a mo-
tion, passed unanimously by
the council recently, was to
commence the statutory pro-
cedures for entering into the
lease, the shire is proposing
significant planning changes to
The current leased area in-
cludes land that falls within
the Battery Creek Catchment
overlay, including areas of na-
tive vegetation that can’t be
quarried so the shire is saying
this area should be excluded
from the lease.
Another section of the for-
merly leased quarry site in-
cludes 1.123km of the pro-
posed Hoddle Mountain Trail
walking track and the shire
is proposing to leave that out
of the quarry area as well,
save for the access road to the
Due to the lease expiring at
the end of June 2018, there is
the opportunity for Council to
exclude these areas whilst still
leaving sufficient land for quar-
ry operation into the future.
South Gippsland Shire May-
or Councillor Lorraine Brunt
encouraged community mem-
bers to have their say on the
proposal once the submission
“Council has no immediate
need for the rock produced in
the quarry however it is seen
as a valuable resource for ru-
ral properties,” Cr Brunt said.
“The upcoming submissions
process is an opportunity
for residents to share their
thoughts about the proposal
which will ensure the right de-
cision is made for our commu-
nity,” said the Mayor.
A public notice will appear in
the week commencing January
8, 2018 giving an opportunity
for community members to
make a written submission by
February 6, 2018.
IT’S been a walking track for generations
and the community of Fish Creek wants it.
So said an avalanche of calls to the Senti-
nel-Times last week after an article appeared
on the front page putting an adjoining land-
owners’ views in opposition to the formal
establishment of the Hoddle Mountain Trail.
But it seems that the campaign to provide
clear access to the trail has some way to go yet.
A survey map of Fish Creek Quarry Road,
pitched as the key link and also a long-es -
tablished link to the trail, appears to show
that there’s no width in the road reserve, po -
tentially requiring the shire to compulsorily
acquire land from nearby landowners so it
can declare the road open.
But the shire says the way is clear, if that’s
how the community and council wishes to
go: “On the attached plan (not provided this
edition) Fish Creek Quarry Road from Fish
Creek Foster Road to Beards Road showing
“white” in colour has road status and vests
with Council. Council will not need to ac-
quire any private land. ”
There are however claims that a shire staff
member tipped off the supporters of the
Hoddle Mountain Trail, alerting them to an
application by the neighbour, Carl Talbot,
for the purchase of the unused road reserve.
Of course, all that would have come out in
the public process, adopted in December by
Way clear to Hoddle trail
Quarry changes better
for water and walkers
The architect’s view of the new Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club has been released and
although this isn’t exactly the finished design, the image delivers a great insight into what
the new clubhouse will look like.
First glance at new
Venus Bay club
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