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AS COUNCILLORS, we often receive com-
plaints about the state of certain roads. Gen-
erally these are dealt with on a priority basis.
Our crews may take some time to get the
job done but I want to assure you that the
jobs are never forgotten.
The teams that work in the Operations
department (the Depot) are tasked with the
responsibility of maintaining and improving
our parks and gardens, undertaking civil
works programs, road resealing, gravel road
re-sheeting, tree and roadside management,
playground maintenance, drains, footpaths,
cleaning public amenities and plant mainte -
nance – just to name a few.
Crews respond to all manner of jobs, de-
pending on scheduled works and priority
requests that get placed through Council’s
Customer Service team.
Once a request is logged – whether that is
for a road or anything else – it is then allo-
cated a job number before being transferred
to the relevant department to be resolved.
While the process doesn’t guarantee that
your issue will get an immediate response,
it is necessary.
With the number of assets under our care
and around 28,000 people living in South
Gippsland, it’s a process that helps priori-
tise and deal with the demands.
Council has two fully- equipped mainte-
nance teams: one team operates in the north
of the shire, and the other in the south. For
effectiveness, and to ensure a fair mainte-
nance program can be delivered, the shire is
broken down into 16 zones (eight north and
Zone size is determined by the amount of
work that can be undertaken in one week.
The Zone Maintenance map can be found
on the council’s website.
Teams rotate through the zones, spending
one week in each, carrying out works such as
gravel road maintenance, vegetation control,
drain cleaning, sign repairs, post and street
furniture repairs and general maintenance.
Once the week is complete, they move onto
the next zone.
The program is continuous and is reviewed
In order for the Operations teams to main-
tain all the community’s assets, the council
requires a large inventory of numerous types
of equipment that aids in performing the
various tasks that are required to maintain
our day-to-day network of roads, bridges,
From leaf blowers through to our five
heavy road graders that are given the job of
looking after more than 1300km of unsealed
roads – about the equivalent of driving from
Korumburra to Woomera in South Australia.
I’d like to take this as another opportunity
to promote Snap, Send, Solve, the phone
app that can help us to help you.
Simply snap a photo, send it to us and
we’ll do our best to solve the issue.
For a list of the works being undertaken
across the shire, check out the Noticeboard
section of the paper each week.
9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953
Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953
P: 5662 9200
F: 5662 3754
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Sealed Roads Maintenance & Tree Requests: Whole
Zone Maintenance: Jumbunna, Bena, Dumbalk
Carpark & Sealing Works: Leongatha Rec
Footpath Renewal: George St & King St, Korumburra
Pavement Stabilising: Walkerville South Rd, Walkerville
Roadside Slashing: Buffalo, Middle Tarwin, Mirboo
Streetscape Works: Main St, Foster
Guardrail Renewal &/or Extension: Lower Toora Rd,
Bennison & Greens Rd, Loch, Cooks Outlet Rd, Loch
Road Reconstruction: King St, Korumburra
Road Resheets & Vegetation Maintenance: Nerrena
Intersection Works: Lower Toora Rd & Lower Franklin
Resheeting &/or Drainage: Old Koonwarra-Meeniyan
Rd, Meeniyan, Simons Lane, Leongatha South, Meikle
Rd, Harmons Rd & Powells Rd, Fish Creek, Hudsons Rd,
Endwall Replacement & Drainage Works: McIndoe Park
Road & Drainage Upgrades: Anderson St, Leongatha
Unsealed Road Grading: Korumburra South, Kongwak,
Mirboo North, Hallston, Pound Creek, Yanakie,
LEONGATHA RAILWAY SITE IDEAS EXHIBITION
Friday 19 May 4.00pm - 7 .00pm, Council Chambers,
Wednesday 17 May - Council Chambers, Leongatha:
10.45am - Council Plan & Budget Submission Hearings
- O pen Hearing - Hearing of submissions as prescribed
under the Local Government Act 1989, s.223 in respect
of 2017/18 Budget and 2017-2021 Council Plan.
2.00pm; 7.00pm (5662 9222 to book - by noon 16/5).
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (Council Agenda Topics only)
Wednesday 24 May - 10.00am
SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL
Wednesday 24 May - Council Chambers, Leongatha,
11.15am - Business to be transacted: That Council
consider and determine submissions to the 2017/18
Budget and 2017-2021 Council Plan, pursuant to s.223
of the Local Government Act 1989.
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 24 May - Council Chambers, Leongatha,
1. Quarterly Performance Report: January - March 2017
2. Councillor Expenditure Report: 31 March 2017
3. Assembly of Councillors: 20 March - 21 April 2017
4. Documents sealed and awarded or extended by CEO
5. Petition response: Preservation of public open
spaces in Venus Bay
6. Petition response: Stop Council land sale between
Sutherland Lane and adjacent to Welshpool rail trail
7. Mirboo North Structure Plan refresh: adoption
8. South Gippsland Art, Culture and Creative Industry
Strategy 2017-2021: adoption
9. Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021: draft
10. Road discontinuance in Arawata - part Fairbank Rd
11. Road discontinuance in Fish Creek (part Williamson
12. Policy review: C65 Public Participation in meetings
13. Proposed changes to structure of Council agenda
14. Policy review: C24 Investment of Council funds
15. Policy review: C42 Special Charge Scheme Policy
16. Audit Committee Report: 3 April 2017
17. MAV contract - Electricity for small tariff sites - CEO
18. Closed session - nil
Please note Council will be Live Streaming and
recording its Ordinary and Special Meetings of Council.
Refer to the Policy on our website.
Cr Ray Argento
VICTORIAN dairy farmers have acknowl-
edged Fonterra’s effort to forecast a closing
milk price for next season, noting it would
assist in farm planning.
But while farmers lobbied extensively for
milk processors to give early price indica-
tions, the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria
raised concerns over the processor’s move
not to reimburse farmers who switched pro-
cessors when it slashed the farmgate milk
price from $5.60/kgMS down to $1.91/kgMS
“Fonterra has listened to industry and is
taking steps to provide a more stable com-
mercial environment for their farmers by
providing an indicative forecasting for the
season’s milk price,” UDV President Adam
“However, this was an opportunity to draw
a line in the sand and start rebuilding trust
in the industry after the milk crisis, but
nothing has been done to rectify the heart-
ache caused to many farmers who bore the
burden of management decisions last year.”
Mr Jenkins said Fonterra’s refusal to com-
pensate farmers who switched processors
for financial reasons would make the dairy
industry more inequitable.
“Farmers who were financially forced to
leave their processors should not be forced
to continue to bear the cost of processor
actions and serious questions must be an-
swered about the fairness and equity of the
treatment of those who have left through no
fault of their own,” he said.
“They should be paid a fair price for the
milk they delivered last year and all farmers
who supplied should be paid no matter who
they now supply.”
The UDV has been working to implement
a code of conduct for the dairy industry in
a bid to avoid a milk crisis from occurring
“Australian dairy farmers need to have a
say in how our contracts and supplier agree-
ments are determined and what is reason-
able, and the Code is integral to achieving
that outcome,” he said.
“No one wants to see the milk crisis repeat
itself, so it's important we obtain clarity and
simple clear pricing mechanisms in our fu-
ture supply agreements and contracts. ”
THE South Gippsland Shire Council
hosted a delegation of parliamentari-
ans and dairy industry representatives
from the Indian state of Maharashtra
The delegation began its 14-day
study tour of Australia, New Zealand
and Singapore on Sunday, May 7.
As part of the excursion to South
Gippsland, the delegates toured Burra
Foods in Korumburra and visited a
Bena dairy farm. They plan on visiting
a number of locations across Austra-
The purpose of the tour is to learn
as much as possible about Austra-
lia’s world-renowned farms, especially
those of this region.
Mayor Ray Argento hosted the visit.
“I t is terrific recognition of the
world-class food production facilities
in South Gippsland that we are visited
by international delegations such as
this,” Cr Argento said.
"Being able to show these visitors
both the Burra Foods plant and a dairy
farm in Bena really demonstrated how
adept we are at managing not just the
primary production, but the value-
adding as well."
RIGHT: At a tour of Burra Foods
last week were, from left, Graham
Scott, Food and Fibre specialist at
Regional Development Victoria; Ni-
gel Hutchinson-Brooks; Hon Shri
Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, chairman,
Maharashtra Legislative Council;
Hon Shri Haribhau Bagade, speaker,
Maharashtra Legislative Council; Cr
Ray Argento, Mayor South Gippsland
Shire Council; and Tim Tamlin South
Gippsland Shire Council CEO.
Fonterra suppliers in South Gippsland are far from happy about the announcement by
their company this week that the ‘clawback’ provisions remain in place. They say the firm
was quick to follow Murray Goulburn last year, claiming the arrangements under the former
Bonlac suppliers agreement, so why not follow MG when they dropped their ‘Milk Supply
Support Package’. m082017
Farmers read mixed messages
from Fonterra announcement
Indian dairy group
sees how we do it
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