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A COWES man who claims he was distracted
from driving when his phone “beeped” wound
up in the Korumburra Magistrates’ Court last
week after crashing his car at Leongatha South.
So smashed up was the car in the incident
on June 8 last year, that Kristophe Phillips, 35,
had to crawl out the back window in order to
extricate himself from the written off vehicle
and ultimately faced careless driving charges.
In the police summary of the matter, it was
reported to the court that Mr Phillips heard
his mobile phone beep, and while he was look-
ing down to reconnect his phone to the in-car
charger, he lost control of his partner’s car and
crashed it into trees.
He said the weather conditions at the time
were bad and this contributed to him losing
He only suffered minor injuries to his hand.
Magistrate Fiona Hayes accepted the man’s
explanation of what occurred, that there had
been significant financial impact from the loss
of the car and while she found him guilty, with-
out conviction, of careless driving, the magis-
trate placed him on an adjourned undertaking
to be of good behaviour for 12 months.
Crashed after phone distraction
THERE’S still the potential for the Local Gov-
ernment Inspectorate to do something about
the satirical pamphlet that was distributed
during the last South Gippsland Shire Council
That’s the claim being made by Korumburra
businessman David Amor.
Mr Amor said he had provided the inspector-
ate with CCTV surveillance footage of, allegedly,
one of the candidates distributing the horse-
racing theme pamphlet in Korumburra.
He says the evidence is clear in the video foot-
And he claimed they were also investigating
the use of council-owned cars for electioneer-
“People can still lose their positions on coun-
cil over it,” he claimed.
“I understand there will be some response in
March,” Mr Amor said last week.
haven’t gone away
A PRIVATE planning consultant has accused
the South Gippsland Shire Council of one of
the worst oversights it can commit, allowing a
town to run out of home sites.
That town is Leongatha and according to
Trevor Ludeman, a director of regional plan-
ning consultancy firm Project, Planning and
Development Pty Ltd, it will be out of new
blocks of land inside two years.
He’s not just any planning consultant.
As a former employee of the South Gippsland
Shire, he knows the local planning scheme in-
side out and he has intimate knowledge of the
dynamics of the Leongatha property market.
“Since 2008, there has been hardly any re -
zoning,” Mr Ludeman said, during a presenta-
tion to the new council last week.
“With the existing 90 lots available and be -
tween 47 and 65 new homes being built in
Leongatha each year, you’ve possibly got two
years land supply left.
“Long term, the demand will be an average
of 59 dwellings a year if Leongatha is to reach
its projection for a population of 8000 people
Of course, Mr Ludeman is representing a
would-be land developer, one who is offering
to add an additional 140 blocks to the town’s
stocks, or three years supply, at the end of
But even though the site already has strate -
gic support in the shire’s planning scheme, it
could take two years to rezone the land, de -
velop it and bring it to the market.
It’s a very tight timeline, according to Mr
The local shire’s director of Development
Services, Bryan Sword, begs to differ.
He claims there are actually “hundreds of
“There are well in excess of 90 lots in Leon-
gatha at the moment,” he said, directly deny-
ing Mr Ludeman’s claims the supply of home
sites will be exhausted within two years.
Either way though, it’s clear the council has
dropped the ball on its responsibility to pro -
vide between 10 years and 15 years of residen-
tial land supply in the town.
“The rezoning of Parr Street would equate
to a modest increase of three years supply,
increasing current supply from three to six
years,” Mr Ludeman said in summary.
“The project has a very strong strategic ba-
sis and you should be supporting it, ” he told
“What you are doing is artificially constrain-
ing the growth of Leongatha.”
Cr Jeremy Rich responded to Mr Ludeman’s
challenge saying that when council looked at
rezoning land it had to consider the overall
benefit to the community.
Cr Andrew McEwen asked the consultant for
his opinion on whether he thought Leongatha
was going to run out of land for housing.
“I t’s going to get very tight, ” Mr Ludeman
Private planning consultant, Trevor Ludeman, right, answered Cr Andrew McEwen’s query
about the likelihood of Leongatha running out of residential land in the next two years say-
ing: “It’s going to get very tight”. m130817
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