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THE Bass Coast Shire Council will begin live
streaming its meetings from September to become
more transparent – according to councillors.
The six-month trial will cost $2500. Council-
lors who voted against the move said they were
all for transparency, but weren’t keen on spend-
ing money on a service not many people will
The council will also be up for around $3000
in staff wages annually to manage the live
streaming, although the shire says this will be
“accommodated through existing resources”
during the trial.
Cr Kent suggested the council look at just
recording audio, believing it would be a much
He said in a worst-case scenario, only 12 peo-
ple would view it for an average of 10 minutes
each; at a total cost of $5500.
Cr Julian Brown argued it would improve ac-
cessibility for those who can’t attend meetings.
“It’s one more thing we can do to improve
transparency,” Cr Brown said.
“I don’t think we will have many viewers,
not as many as the World Cup ... and of those
[meeting] viewers, they’re not going to watch the
whole thing. Just whatever issue they’re inter-
Cr Stephen Fullarton didn’t mind whether the
meetings were live streamed, but thought the
trial was worth a shot.
“I would be concerned if it reduced the gal-
lery to nothing, we need the interaction with
people,” Cr Fullarton said.
Councillors were tied 4 v 4 as Deputy Mayor
Cr Brett Tessari was away. Mayor Cr Pamela
Rothfield used her casting vote to vote in favour
of live streaming.
Come along to one of Council’s community drop in sessions
for Community and Home Support Services.
The sessions will provide more information on provision
of services and is an opportunity to raise any concerns or
3 July: Leongatha Dakers Centre - 2.00pm to 7.00pm
5 July: Loch Masonic Lodge - 2.00pm to 7.00pm
10 July: Foster War Memorial Arts Centre - 2.00pm to 7.00pm
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
Each session corresponds with V/Line bus services. Those
who may have difficulty attending can contact 5662 9200.
Community and Home Support
South Gippsland Shire Council
Has relocated to:
Unit 1, 49 Eramosa Road West
SOMERVILLE VIC 3912
PO Box 647, SOMERVILLE VIC 3912
Tel: (03) 5977 9082
Fax: (03) 5977 9515
The electorate office of
Hon Greg Hunt MP
Federal Member for Flinders
A SMALL group of men and women joined together at ‘The Glade’ in Inverloch last
Monday evening to contemplate the fatal attack on a young woman innocently making
her way home following her comedy performance.
The vigil, triggered by a Facebook suggestion, provided an opportunity for people un-
able to attend the public vigil in Melbourne, to show their respect for Eurydice Dixon,
and all women whose lives are shattered by male violence.
“Cultural change, which ensures the safety of access to public (and domestic) space
for women, is well overdue,” said Karen Chugg, who was part of the Inverloch vigil.
AS AUSTRALIA’S first ever piece of Treaty
legislation was debated in state parliament, the
Victorian Governments launched a ‘safe’ space
to ask questions directly to Aboriginal people,
questions non-Aboriginal Victorians may not
have felt comfortable asking before – often for
fear of offending or appearing ignorant, given
the emotion and controversy of the past.
Deadly Questions is an online platform en-
couraging all Victorians to ask those questions
they have always wanted to ask of the Aborigi-
nal community, to learn more about their cul-
tures, and the purpose, value and process of
Treaty. This has never been done before.
One of many Deadly Questions champions
who has already recorded answers to these
questions is Gunaikurnai man, Ben Abbatan-
A published author, Westpac Social Change
Fellow, former athlete, and now as a Deadly
Questions Champion, Ben encourages Austra-
lian’s to learn more about Aboriginal cultures
and engage with the Deadly Questions platform.
Go to www.deadlyquestions.vic.gov.au and
NATIONAL Cat Day is Monday, October 29
and we’re told that National Dog Day is Sun-
day, August 26.
But, despite a post on the Sentinel-Times’
Facebook page last Friday that it was ‘Dog
Catcher Free Day’ – there is no such occasion.
Many of the local laws officers from Bass
Coast and surrounding shires had parked
their cars in the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club
carpark in the morning and were attending a
professional development day.
An officer who spoke to the Sentinel said it
was all valuable information.
Here’s what Bass Coast’s Manager Advocacy
and Engagement, Christian Stefani, had to
“Bass Coast Shire Council arranged a train-
ing session for our Community Safety Team
(Local Laws) regarding recognising and deal-
ing with aggressive dogs. We invited colleagues
from Baw Baw Shire Council and South
Gippsland Shire Council to attend the train-
ing which covered many causes and types of
aggression in dogs, aggressive behaviour and
how to safely deal or prevent situations if con-
“This also included catch pole and ‘Snappy
Snare’ training and maintenance.
“Some further information from our Com-
munity Safety Team:
“A dog of any size or breed can become ag-
gressive when defending its territory. Even a
friendly dog may guard the area on or around
his/her property, especially when the owner is
not present. Most dog attacks in public places
occur on the footpath or road bordering the
attacking dog's property. For this reason, it is
important to make sure that dogs are securely
contained and your fences and gates are ad-
equate. Obviously, if you are concerned about
people's safety around your dog, keep your dog
securely confined to your property and don't
allow visitors to interact with your dog until
you have resolved the aggression problem.
“If your dog is displaying aggressive behav-
iour, you must seek professional advice as
soon as possible. You should have your dog
checked by a vet for any health problems that
might be contributing to the aggression, and
you could also contact an animal behaviourist
or dog trainer.”
The shire also used the opportunity to re-
mind pet owners that dogs and cats three
months and older must be microchipped and
registered with Council.
“Registering your pets means they can be
identified and returned if they get lost. If you
do not register your pet or fail to renew your
registration, you risk receiving a $317 fine. ”
Registrations are due in April each year.
THE South Gippsland Shire Council will be
holding community information sessions during
July about the future of Community and Home
The sessions will provide further information
for those involved about how they can expect to
receive services into the future.
At this point, services will continue as normal
as Council is continuing to investigate options with
regard to a suitable alternative service provider.
These community drop-in sessions will be held
across South Gippsland at the following times:
• Tuesday, July 3, 2018: Leongatha Dakers Cen-
• Thursday, July 5, 2018: Loch Masonic Lodge
• Thursday, July 10, 2018: Foster War Memorial
Arts Centre – 2pm to 7pm.
Community members are encouraged to drop
in during these times to have conversations with
Council staff about any of their concerns regarding
the future of their or their family member’s ser-
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available at each
All meetings have been arranged to correspond
with V/Line bus services. Those who may have
difficulty attending are asked to contact Aged and
Disability Services on 5662 9200.
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Director Cor-
porate and Community Services Faith Page said
these conversations were vital to help reduce some
worries in the community.
“Council wants to ensure our Community and
Home Support clients that we will be supporting
them and ensuring any transition of services will
be with their wellbeing in mind,” said Ms Page.
“We will continue to seek alternate arrangements
but all clients should have some peace of mind
that services will continue.”
Ask a deadly
Vigil promotes a
change in culture
What next with Home
and Community services
It was dangerous
dog awareness day!
It’s not about catching dogs, it’s about pro-
tecting the community from dangerous dogs,
they say, and the problem could do with
more community awareness. m612618
Would you watch this?
Korumburra 5655 1422
Wonthaggi 5672 1888
2, 3 and 4 drawer available
in a range of colours
The Bass Coast Shire Council last week
voted to spend $2500 on a trial of live
streaming its meetings. mm052618
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