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Instead the council has made a counter-offer
to Ansevata that it be invited to “put forward for
council’s consideration a proposal that will cost
the same or less than the estimated future ex-
pense of $188,448 by virtue of the 1990 agree-
ment for taking of water”.
Shire CEO Tim Tamlin advised council that
the matter should be dealt with in “urgent busi-
ness” at last week’s meeting due to its looming
deadlines, including that the dam must be com-
pleted by April next year.
Cr Andrew McEwen, as he has consistently
done, urged council to try to settle the dispute.
“Council has been put into a position where
we really need to resolve this as fast as possible.
On my own calculations that I can’t talk about,
based on advice we have received, this could
potentially impact both Ansevata and ourselves
the amount of $700,000 or $800,000 plus so
it is in our interests to see if there is a way to
negotiate this through,” Cr McEwen said.
He said the idea of the shire’s offer was that it al-
ready had a cost of $188,000 by virtue of the 1990
agreement which required the shire to test the wa-
ter and maintain the retarding basin until 2070.
“The concern that I’ve got is that if we went
down to full mediation costs, we’re talking
about substantially much greater costs to both
parties and if it went to final arbitration or Su-
preme Court action we’re talking about literally
hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
He said he would like to see the shire try to
negotiate an outcome to the dispute.
However while Cr McEwen voted to offer a
settlement proposal up to the $188,000 mark,
earlier in the meeting he had abstained from a
vote which effectively rejected Ansevata’s claim
to $249,369 in damages for not being able to
take the water from the retarding basin.
Cr Don Hill agreed it was an “awkward situ-
ation” to have a council member involved and
felt the council could potentially be blamed
whatever the outcome, either seen as “handing
out money to a fellow councillor” or wasting
ratepayers’ money in legal action “whether we
win or lose it will cost a lot of money”.
He didn’t support the offer from Ansevata but
agreed a solution to the “alleged pollution” of the
retarding basin was the development of a wet-
lands associated with the existing 15mgL dam.
The Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said the re-
tarding basin was put there to catch stormwa-
ter from the estate and that there had been no
problem there for 30 years.
It’s interesting to note that in reports and com-
mentary supporting the original application for
the Rich family’s Walkerville Village develop-
ment of 80 large residential blocks adjoining the
Promontory Views Estate, the applicants offered
to build the dam and wetlands themselves.
“Effectively the developer is offering to pro-
vide land and facilities which will provide an
“avoided cost” saving to South Gippsland Water
Corporation and the Walkerville Promontory
Views community of $1 million for the provi-
sion of a wastewater system.”
In the same application documents, consul-
tants for Ansevata, the Tomkinson Group said:
“On inspection in February 2015, the dam ap-
pears healthy with a significant amount of flora
present in and around the basin and no signifi-
cant evidence of waste discharge/storage.”
The newly appointed municipal monitor Pe-
ter Stephenson witnessed how the council dealt
with the matter in his first attendance at an Or-
dinary council meeting.
THE small but active committee that conducted
the South Gippsland Cancer Council Relay for Life
in Korumburra held their final meeting where the
result of their efforts was announced.
The committee was astounded when the final fig-
ure raised was announced as $58,602.89.
They were naturally very proud considering that
this was their first effort.
“We had 21 teams entered and had 378 par-
ticipants registered,” committee president Bill
“The figure was boosted by local sponsorship
with approximately 42 local businesses provid-
“Once again it demonstrated what a wonderful
supportive community we live in.”
During the relay teams that raise more than
$5000 can nominate a particular research project
that their funds can be directed to.
“We had four teams that achieved that result,”
“They were the The Burra Flames ($9464.69),
Bike Riders Walking in Memory of Margaret M
($7003.05), Rotary Club of Korumburra ($7146.70)
and Team DC (from Wonthaggi, $6554.25).
“Feedback indicated that the venue was consid-
ered a great place to have a relay.
“We express our sincere thanks to the Korum-
burra A & P Society and the Korumburra Bena
Football Netball Club for their complete coopera-
tion throughout the organisation of the event.
“Because of the success of the event we are now
looking at preparing for next year which will be held
at the same venue on a date to be announced soon.
“This year’s committee was very small and we
are now hopeful that as other community mem-
bers are aware of what it entails, they may see fit to
volunteer to help out.”
The committee met once a month for a couple
of hours at the Korumburra Fire Station and then
groups worked on their part in between meetings.
It is anticipated the first meeting for the 2019
Relay will be held on July 18, so if you think you
may be interested or would like some more in-
formation, do not hesitate to contact the relay’s
Cancer Council Support Person Jo Walster on
0427 801 858 or Bill Rodda on 5655 1389 or
At the final meeting for Korumburra’s 2018 Relay for Life team, from left, Jo Walster (Can-
cer Council), Shane Maskell, Syd Whyte, Jan Parry, Geoff Wyatt, Herb Treacy and Bill Rodda
(committee president). Absent: Ken Sim, Shirley Arestia, Vanessa Osman and Shirley Cowling.
Korumburra relay’s stunning total
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