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Status quo on ratings strategy

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted to maintain the status quo on its ratings strategy, effectively rejecting the ideas of a Rating Strategy Review Steering Committee. It was argued by […]


Form B : SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 The land affected by the application is  located at 725 Walkerville Road Tarwin Lower […]

Hill defends report card

CR Don Hill has defended South Gippsland Shire Council’s record after a dismal report card from ratepayers in the annual Community Satisfaction Survey, saying slanted reported was affecting public perceptions. […]

Green Waste Amnesty until 31 December

Kerbside garbage collection to continue at Venus Bay

A COMPULSORY six-month kerbside garbage and recycling collection service will continue at Venus Bay. The service, first introduced last summer, the time of year when resident numbers are at their […]

Have your say on waste management

INDUSTRY and business representatives and members of the general public will have a chance to have their say on the waste management and resource recovery needs of Gippsland at local […]

Cr Bob Newton is new mayor

COUNCILLOR Robert (Bob) Newton, a lifelong resident of the Korumburra area and long-time councillor for the Strzelecki Ward, is South Gippsland’s new mayor. Cr Newton was elected in a 7-2 […]

Foster Streetscape Information Session

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will be holding a drop-in session on Thursday of next week to update the Foster community about the plans to revitalise Foster’s Main Street. The design […]

Calls for Council to dig in against coal mining

SOUTH Gippsland Shire residents concerned about the possibility of mining on their doorstep are asking Council to take a stronger stand against coal and coal seam gas exploration and mining. […]

Staff restructure at shire council

THE number of directors and managers at South Gippsland Shire Council will decrease under an organisational restructure proposed this week by CEO Tim Tamlin. The position of Corporate Services Director, […]

OurSay Budget building proves popular

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council appears to be onto a winner in partnering with online engagement provider OurSay to improve community engagement with its ratepayers. An informal survey of people attending […]

Deadline looms for OurSay on our shire spending

THE people of South Gippsland have only a couple more days to let South Gippsland Shire Council know via OurSay where Budget dollars should best be spent. At a cost […]

Rates and charges to rise 4.13 per cent

ON AVERAGE, ratepayers across South Gippsland Shire can expect their rates and charges to increase by 4.13 per cent overall in the 2014-15 year. Rates alone will rise 5.5 per […]

Council to help with water worries

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has strengthened its resolve to advocate on behalf of Sandy Point and Venus Bay landowners concerned that their use of land will be restricted by the […]

Fish Creek landowner calls for Farming rates discount

WHEN is a farmer not a farmer? The answer, found Fish Creek landowner Steve George, is when he farms a property classified as Rural Lifestyle. Mr George was given sympathy […]

Pool shock

Foster Outdoor Pool ad

SUPPORTERS of Foster Swimming Pool are reeling from the latest ultimatum from South Gippsland Shire Council. Council has essentially given the Foster community less than a year in which to […]

Rates will rise but burden will be redistributed

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has endorsed a Proposed Budget for 2014-2015 and is inviting public feedback before May 28. At the same time, Council has endorsed a Proposed Rating Strategy […]

Survey finds community dissatisfaction with shire council

THE results from the 2013 Community Satisfaction Survey indicate that there is much room for improvement in the community’s satisfaction with South Gippsland Shire Council’s performance. The results are not […]

Shire council defiant on caravan parks

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is forging ahead with its plan to take over the direct management of the Yanakie and Long Jetty (at Port Welshpool) caravan parks, despite strident opposition […]

Council’s planning service now among the best

AFTER years of languishing in the doldrums, infuriating anyone – developers or small landholders – who needed a planning permit in a reasonable period of time, South Gippsland Shire Council’s […]

Community gets council to withdraw Foster block from sale

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is to proceed with the sale of half a dozen surplus blocks of land, but the block at 1 Pioneer Street, Foster, will not be among […]

Council gives generously to community projects

COMMUNITY rage over rate rises was put aside last Wednesday night as shire councillors and CEO Tim Tamlin joined with community members in an evening of happy celebration. The occasion? […]

Council considering permit for Leongatha Aldi supermarket

THE development of an Aldi Stores supermarket in the centre of Leongatha is likely to move a step closer at today’s (Wednesday July 24) meeting of South Gippsland Shire Council. […]

Rate rise reduced to only 6.75 per cent

FACED with a storm of protest from ratepayers at the prospect of a rate rise of 7.5 per cent, South Gippsland Shire Councillors returned to the drawing board, wrestled the […]

Can’t get no satisfaction with Council?

THERE is little for South Gippsland Shire Council to celebrate in the latest Community Satisfaction Survey results. The 2012 results were nothing to write home about; the 2013 results are […]

Rate rise fury

RATEPAYER reaction to South Gippsland Shire Council’s proposed 2013-2014 budget has been fierce. At 25 the number of written submissions is a record for recent years at least, as is […]

Last chance to fight rate rise

THE deadline is looming for the people of South Gippsland to exercise their democratic right and comment on what South Gippsland Shire Council has planned for the coming year – […]

Help plan development of shire settlements

IF YOU have an interest in how your town looks and is developing, you may want to take a look at Council’s draft Housing and Settlement Strategy (HSS), which will […]

Petition calls on Council to drop green waste charge

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to introduce fees for the disposal of green waste has raised the ire of more than a few ratepayers. Opposition to the charge of $10 […]

Planning Panel hears from locals on C77 Amendment

AN interested gallery of 19 observers watched presentations on the proposed C77 Amendment from community submitters at the Planning Panels Victoria hearing in Foster last week. This Amendment to the […]

Money making ventures? Council takes over caravan parks

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is to take over management of the Yanakie and Long Jetty (Port Welshpool) caravan parks. At a closed session of the April meeting, Council voted to […]

Council proposes 7.5 per cent rate rise

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has released its draft 2013-14 annual budget and is inviting public comment. Well aware how unpalatable many ratepayers will find the budget’s proposed general rate increase […]

A shared vision for South Gippsland

THE community will be given every opportunity to assist South Gippsland Shire Council in developing a long-term vision for the shire. At last Wednesday’s meeting, Council voted to establish a […]

Shire takes proactive approach to road repair – at a cost

ADDITIONAL annual funding of $1 million will be required for South Gippsland Shire Council to continue to take a proactive approach to maintaining its roads, eliminating risks before they present. […]

South Gippsland Shire Council Australia Day Awards

A LARGE crowd assembled in the Leongatha Memorial Hall last Wednesday evening for South Gippsland Shire Council’s 2013 Australia Day Awards Announcement Ceremony. Council’s Community Strengthening Manager, Ned Dennis, was […]

How valuable is Toora’s heritage?

AFTER extensive community consultation, a modified version of Amendment C77 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme, relating to the eastern district of the shire, has been adopted by Council, with […]

Councillor Kennedy is new mayor

SOUTH Gippsland Shire councillors have elected Coastal-Promontory ward councillor Kieran Kennedy as the new mayor of South Gippsland. The Venus Bay resident has notched up around ten years as a […]

Old guard returned to council

Results for South Gippsland Shire Council Elections 2012 ALL five South Gippsland Shire councillors who re-stood for election have been returned for a new four-year term. It is a pattern […]

Farewells, tributes and reflection at final council meeting

“SUSTAINABILITY and growth are two very different things… we must take action as a species, for ongoing growth is not sustainable.” His fellow councillors, for the most part, confined themselves […]