THE three members of South Gippsland Shire Council’s administration panel travelled to Foster on Wednesday September 4, 2019 to meet the staff of the municipality’s south area maintenance zone outdoor depot.
Panel chair Julie Eisenbise and her fellow administrators Rick Brown and Christian Zahra were accompanied by shire acting chief executive officer Bryan Sword on their introductory excursion.
The southeastern half of the shire falls within the south area zone, extending from Venus Bay to the west, Dumbalk, Meeniyan and Buffalo to the north and north-west, Welshpool and Hedley to the east and Yanakie and Walkerville to the south, and is managed from the Foster depot.
The Leongatha shire depot covers the north area zone including Kongwak, Korumburra, Nyora, Poowong, Mount Eccles and Mirboo North and all points in between.
Panel deputy chair Mr Zahra said the administrators “wanted to go and meet the workers at Foster in person, as they are important part of the shire’s workforce.
“We hadn’t been to the Foster depot before and we all enjoyed seeing some of outdoor staff’s work including the street garden beds in Foster,” he said.
“The council gets a lot of great feedback about the state of the shire’s parks and gardens and what a feature they are, and all of this is due to the efforts that the people at the Foster and Leongatha depots make.”
Mr Zahra said the panel members wanted to hear what issues the Foster depot outdoor staff thought were important and to let the staff know what the panel “hopes to achieve during this two-year term.
“We’re starting to get properly into our term and wherever we’ve gone so far we’ve been made to feel very welcome,” he said.
“This shire certainly has a strong community and local people have an awareness of the job we need to do.
“Having a panel of administrators appointed to run a council doesn’t happen very often, and we know how important it is to clearly communicate with and to listen to the community.”After leaving the Foster depot the panel and Mr Sword also visited Toora where the members met Red Pig Bakery proprietor Anne Roussac-Hoyne and inspected the historic Scotch oven she is having restored, before returning to Leongatha for the next round of their municipal workload.