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Seawalls on the agenda of today’s council meeting

LANDHOLDERS along the five earth seawalls which stretch for 25 kilometres across the Corner Inlet coastal flats, protecting around 17,000 hectares of land from inundation from the sea, are awaiting […]

Wall of opposition

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is facing a high tide of community opposition as it contemplates changes to the management of the seawalls which stretch for 25 kilometres or so across […]

Grim warning on finances for incoming councillors

COUNCILLOR – and accountant – Jim Fawcett had sobering advice for incoming councillors (of which he will be one) at the September 26 shire council meeting during deliberation on the […]

One shire, two views

LAST Wednesday morning, in a special meeting of South Gippsland Shire Council held to consider Council’s draft Financial Statements and draft Annual Report, the praise – by shire councillors – […]

Call for council candidates

NOMINATIONS for eligible candidates considering standing in the South Gippsland Shire Council elections will open tomorrow – Thursday, September 20. Anyone who is interested in representing their community on their […]

It’s official – work has begun on Bald Hills Wind Farm

THE Bald Hills Wind Farm website paints a glowing picture of a facility which will produce enough clean green energy to meet the electricity requirements of over 62,000 homes. As […]

Decision on seawall management postponed

FOLLOWING pressure from local landowners, South Gippsland Shire Council has agreed to delay a decision on the management of the seawalls on the Corner Inlet coastline in the vicinity of […]

Community gives shire council the thumbs down

THE results of the latest Community Satisfaction Survey, carried out from May to June this year, reveal profound dissatisfaction with South Gippsland Shire Council. In the survey, the results of […]

Municipal Emergency Management Plan document audit

THE recent audit of the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) delivered a perfect score to its authors. It is a legislated requirement that the MEMP is […]

Super bill of $4.61 million hits shire hard

A MASSIVE unfunded superannuation liability has South Gippsland Shire Council reeling. Council is up for $4.61 million, payable from July 1 next year. Up until recently, Council was expecting the […]

Proposed rural zone changes – have your say!

Zones logo - DPCD

From the Department of Planning and Community Development website, I have gathered these links below to provide our readers with information about the proposed changes to zoning of land in […]

Development on Pioneer Street land

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has acknowledged the importance to the township of Foster of a large parcel of land it owns in Pioneer Street and is taking the views of […]

Industrial action looms at shire

INDUSTRIAL action is looming at South Gippsland Shire, with the union which covers shire workers encouraging its members to reject the current offer from management. Negotiations over a new enterprise […]

Council urged to reject coal exploration licence at Mirboo North

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor David Lewis will move a motion at today’s council meeting calling for the council to lodge a written objection to the granting of a mining exploration […]

Shire Council urges feedback on community transport

COMMUNITY transport options were clarified last week when South Gippsland Shire Council’s Transport Connections Committee met with community members at Foster, Leongatha and Korumburra. Approximately 30 residents attended the session […]

People power wins Council action against coal seam gas

WILD applause erupted in the Leongatha RSL last Wednesday afternoon as South Gippsland Shire Council voted unanimously to pressure the state government for a moratorium on coal seam gas exploration […]

Sandy Point Community Centre still on track

THE Sandy Point Community Centre is nearing completion and should be ready for use within a few weeks, despite the company responsible for the build, Core Properties, going into voluntary […]

Dollar residents demand road repairs

DOLLAR residents have served notice on the local council that they will not stop agitating until the local roads are repaired to their satisfaction. Graeme Dyke, President of the Dollar […]

Council changes direction on roads

A BOLD new direction for the management of shire roads is anticipated in a budget proposal to come before next week’s meeting of South Gippsland Shire Council. Council plans to […]

Community grants boost funds across shire

ANTICIPATION was in the air during the presentations of grants totalling $138,000 to South Gippsland community organisations, in round two of the South Gippsland Shire 2011/12 Community Grants. Representatives of […]

Residents rejoice over dollars for Dollar Road

RESIDENTS of the hilltop district of Dollar turned out in force to a public presentation session at South Gippsland Shire Council chambers last Wednesday to make their views known to […]

Shire on the right track to progress priority projects

PROGRESS is powering ahead on an alternative heavy vehicle route through Leongatha. Construction will begin shortly on an extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Foster to Welshpool. Construction […]

South Gippsland supports Bass Coast action on coal seam gas

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has added its voice to that of Bass Coast Shire Council in a plea for Victoria-wide action on coal seam gas exploration and mining. Bass Coast […]

Shire debt dives in prudent Budget

BACK in 2003/04 South Gippsland Shire Council had outstanding borrowings of $13.51 million. Nine years later the projected debt is $135,000 and Council is on track to be debt free […]

A long road to recovery

ROAD repair – or the lack of it – has become a hot topic all over the district in recent months. Anger has been vented in letters to the paper […]

Democracy at work from the mountains to the sea

MOUNT BEST and Toora North residents are set to have their way and join the Coastal-Promontory Ward of South Gippsland Shire Council. That is a key recommendation from the review […]

New aquatic strategy holds all community pools equal

THE latest Aquatic Strategy from South Gippsland Shire Council takes into account the high value communities across the shire place on their local swimming pools. Council was left in no […]

A way ahead for land use and urban design in shire’s east

PORT Franklin, Toora, Welshpool, Port Welshpool, Mt Best, Agnes, Hedley – there will soon be a guide for land use and urban design in these towns and localities in the […]

Communities update plans for Meeniyan and district

IF some local dairy farmers have their way, there could soon be an automated local weather station providing information specific to the Tarwin Valley. This is one of the ideas […]

Holes in shire’s red carpet service?

RED carpet, not red tape – an increasing focus on customer service. That, said chief executive officer Tim Tamlin, is what the shire council is aiming for. Mr Tamlin was […]

Council takes over Koonwarra landfill

FOLLOWING the dismissal of its transfer station contractors on October 7, South Gippsland Shire Council has moved swiftly to ensure that the community’s domestic and commercial waste disposal requirements continue […]

Council gives green light to rural land use strategy

HISTORY was made last Wednesday when a majority at South Gippsland Shire Council gave approval to the Rural Land Use Strategy August 2011. Fittingly for a document which was developed […]

More room to move? Rural Land Use Strategy aims to please

STRIKING a balance between competing interests in land use in South Gippsland Shire has been the driving force behind the Rural Land Use Strategy 2011. The authors of the newly […]

What price our pools?

COMMUNITIES across South Gippsland are being asked to place a value on their public swimming facilities. Do they want the shire council to fork out for upgrades of ageing pools, […]

“People’s Meeting” at the Sandy Point Hall

A group of more than 58 Sandy Point residents attended a “People’s Meeting“ held at the Sandy Point Hall on 19 June, 2011.  Councillor Mohya Davies was in attendance to […]

Great news for Shire!

GREAT news for South Gippsland Shire has come as a result of the meetings on Tuesday May 31 between the Mayor Cr Warren Raabe (accompanied by Chief Executive Officer Tim […]

Community grants bonanza

FIFTY-SIX community volunteers loudly applauded 45 announcements of successful grants through South Gippsland Shire Council’s Round 1 Community Grants program 2010/11 at a sociable ceremony last Wednesday evening in Leongatha. […]

Raabe is New Mayor for South Gippsland

IN A five to four vote by South Gippsland Shire Council, Cr Warren Raabe of Strzelecki Ward was elected to the position of Mayor for the next year in front […]

Council takes strategic action on paths and trails

COUNCILLOR Mohya Davies described it as “the best report I’ve seen since I’ve been in Council”. Cr Mimmie Jackson, well-known for her love of cycling, was equally enthusiastic. “Everyone knows […]

Three new Directors appointed to Council

TWO Victorians and a New Zealander have been appointed to the three new Directors’ positions that have been created by the recent organisational restructure of South Gippsland Shire Council. Council’s […]