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RARELY short for a word at South Gippsland
council meetings, Cr Don Hill left the council
chamber in Leongatha last Wednesday, Febru-
ary 22 at 2.59pm without explanation.
He was gone for exactly eight minutes, a fact
that is detailed in the minutes of the meeting.
While he was gone, his council colleagues
agreed to the opening of approximately 211
metres of an unused government road, to the
south of Giles Street, Mirboo North.
The road, if constructed, completely at the
councillor’s expense we are assured, is needed
to provide access to a rural property recently
purchased by Cr Hill.
The councillor will also be responsible for the
maintenance of the road during a ‘defects liabil-
ity period’ usually 12 months but after that the
ratepayers will be expected to pick up the tab,
which is standard procedure for a public road.
In July last year, council officers wrote the
following in a report to council: “The property
in question has recently been purchased by the
applicant and access to the main area of the
applicant’s farm was previously gained through
vacant land on Giles Street. This vacant land
will not be available in the future for the ap-
plicant to access the main area of their farm.”
The ‘applicant’, the ‘applicant’, the ‘appli-
cant’... nowhere in the reports to council is the
applicant’s name recorded.
But it is Cr Hill’s land.
At the end of eight minutes of discussion last
week, the council voted 5/3 to open the road;
Crs Brunt, Brown, Rich, Skinner and McEwen
in favour and Crs Edwards, Kiel and Argento
The one person on council with arguably the
best local knowledge of the situation, Cr Maxine
Kiel of Mirboo North, was adamant.
The opening of the road is a very bad idea,
“This road is opening at the worst possible
place, at the intersection of Giles Street and
Grand Ridge Road, off the Strzelecki Highway,”
Cr Kiel said.
All formal objections raised road safety con-
cerns as well.
“The road into the property is extremely
steep and native vegetation would have to be
removed. There is massive community opposi-
tion to this,” she said.
Cr Kiel noted that a huge amount of water
ran through the property and its development
would present major drainage issues for the
“The impact would be horrendous,” she said,
claiming that road construction works would
destroy pristine native vegetation in the area.
Tree ferns and significant trees will have to
go, according to a council report, but Cr Hill is
expected to pay a native vegetation off-set.
But the council went ahead anyway, advised
by officers that it was the only viable location
for an access road.
The road reserve, being approximately 4.5ha
in area, is presently licensed to an adjoining
farmer for his use. He objected to losing the
land for Cr Hill’s road.
A list of conditions applies, including that
engineering and drainage plans need to be ap-
proved by council, that the road be constructed
to CFA standards, and that the design not com-
promise safety standards at the intersection of
Giles Street and Grand Ridge Road East.
There were no fewer than five documents at-
tached to last week’s agenda which included an
eight-page report. There were also some con-
fidential documents, not included. The matter
has been occupying council’s time since Janu-
It has been reported that, during that time, Cr
Hill has used his access to shire officials to ask
questions about his application.
He has, however, declared a pecuniary inter-
est in the proposal, which is why he left the
council chamber last Wednesday.
Council clears way
to Cr Hill’s land
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council meetings will
be streamed live to the public via the internet as
a means of enhancing transparency and public
Three possible options were identified for live
streaming in council meetings, with the council
adopting Option 2 – Split Screen (tripod floor
mounted cameras) at its meeting last week.
At a cost of $2500, acting director of Corporate
and Community Services, Vanessa Adams, said
Option 2 could be set up in-house with some use
of existing resources and could be implemented
within two months.
“Option 2 will feature a single tripod set-up pro-
viding a three or four tile split screen view showing
various angles on the debate including what is being
projected on to the AV screen,” Mrs Adams said.
“This solution enables the viewer to see the out-
put of three cameras tiled into one screen with
a fourth tile able to view the Council Agenda or
the optional remote controlled camera to focus
on the speaker as required.”
The feed has a built-in safety delay of 90 sec-
onds, which can be adjusted, and recordings will
be made available on the web via the council’s ex-
isting YouTube channel at no extra cost.
“It will be important to manage live streaming
in a way that is respectful to all participants, as
well as taking account of confidentiality require-
ments where appropriate,” Mrs Adams said.
To support the operation of live-streamed
meetings small amendments to the Local Law
will provide for recordings to be paused, stopped
and re-started as required.
A Live Streaming Policy will be prepared. This
will include provision for speakers making public
presentations at Council Meetings to consent or
decline to be recorded should they prefer.
Live streaming of
SUE Loughridge has retired as secretary of
the South Gippsland Legacy Group after 20
years of dedicated service.
This stellar record was acknowledged at
the group’s 67th annual changeover and lun-
cheon held at the Leongatha RSL on Sunday.
Melbourne Legacy president Graeme Plum-
ridge presented Legatee Sue with a certificate
recognising her dedication, efficiency and
expertise while her group thanked her with
a plant and a red enamel brooch evoking a
Legatee Sue told the gathering she had felt
honoured to be the group’s secretary and
mentioned the support she had received from
her husband Legatee Tom and family. She will
continue as a Legacy member.
In his annual report, outgoing president
Legatee Peter Fraser said his role had taken
him across South Gippsland and allowed him
to “observe the effort, commitment, compas-
sion and determination of individual Legatees
in catering to the needs of individual widows
or groups of widows”.
He thanked the many people and organisa-
tions in the district who support Legacy in a
variety of ways.
Legatee Graeme Plumridge inducted Lega-
tee Tony Kamphuis as South Gippsland
Group president and presented a past presi-
dent’s certificate to Legatee Peter Fraser.
Legatee Tony will be supported on his new
committee by his wife Legatee Pauline as sec-
retary, Legatee Peter Fraser as immediate
past president, Legatee Denise Poletti as trea-
surer, Legatee Mal Grant as contact secretary,
Legatee Jane Ross as minutes’ secretary and
Sergeant at Arms Legatee Tom Loughridge.
Legatee Sue Loughridge is thanked for her 20 years as secretary of the South Gippsland
Legacy Group by incoming president Tony Kamphuis, left, and immediate past president
At the South Gippsland Legacy Group
changeover meeting last Sunday, from left,
outgoing president Peter Fraser is thanked
for his work, and incoming president Tony
Kamphuis is inducted by Melbourne Lega-
cy President Graeme Plumridge.
Sue Loughridge honoured
for her service to Legacy
THE Inverloch Art Show Committee is appeal-
ing to local artists to enter the upcoming Inver-
loch Annual Art Show.
Opening on Friday, March 10 at the Inverloch
Community Care Centre (14 Reilly Street), the
show is not just a chance to showcase the talents
of local artists, but to give back to the community.
Each year, for the past 30 years, the committee
raises funds through the art show for its food box
program, which is run through the Bass Coast
Regional Health Family Resource Centre.
Funds are generated through a raffle held on
the night, as well as the entry fee and a commis-
sion taken from artists who successfully sell their
work on the evening.
“It’s a great cause, and it’s not just money that’s
being donated back to the community; it’s boxes
of food which can help people who are in short-
term financial strife,” secretary of the Art Com-
mittee, Sarah Spencer-Smith Said.
“We’re different to other charitable organisa-
tions in that we don’t donate vouchers, it’s actual
food items that you can make a meal from, not
just a can of spaghetti.”
All are welcome to attend the show’s opening
night, with wine and nibbles on offer.
“And the show itself is just wonderful,” Sarah
“The committee has been set up by some won-
derful people in the past. I’d really like to make
mention of Joan Ziebell, who died last year but
she had been a member right up until the end.
“Faye Fell does a wonderful job, and one of the
founding members Margaret Atkins is also in-
Major sponsors of the show for 2017 include
Bendigo Bank, Inverloch Foodworks, and South
Coast First National Real Estate.
“This year we are very grateful to be supported
by the Inverloch Lions Club, who will help trans-
port the heavy art stands,” Sarah said.
A wide variety of prizes are available for artists
to win, with one lucky artist to have their piece
acquired by the Bass Coast Shire Council as part
of their Your Art Collection Award show in Sep-
The successful artist will receive $1000 prize
money for each award won. At the YAC exhibi-
tion, one piece will be chosen for the council’s
Art Collection and the artist will receive a further
With lots of incentive to participate in the show
or even just attend, be sure to put the Inverloch
Art Show in your diary.
Entries close Friday, March 3.
Opening night is from 7pm on Friday, March 10.
For more information or to obtain an entry
form, contact the committee on 0409 747 181.
Inverloch Art Show turns 31
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