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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 […]


THE recent survey to gauge community response to the proposed Foster Laneways Design Project has indicated strong support for the refurbishment of the township’s three laneways. The Project is part […]

Foster’s laneways

The Foster Community Association has received funding to develop a plan to beautify and make safe Foster’s three town centre pedestrian laneways, to provide attractive, inviting spaces where people can gather, […]

Reforms relax rules in rural zones

THE State Government’s Reformed Zones for Victoria project resulted in many changes to the Rural suite of planning zones – Farming Zone, Rural Activity Zone, Rural Living Zone and Rural […]

Have your say on the Port Franklin Crown Reserves Management Plan

THE Draft Port Franklin Crown Reserves Management Plan has been prepared by the Port Franklin Public Purposes and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management and the Department of Environment and Primary […]

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. […]

Have your say on Housing and Settlement Strategy

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council planning staff will be on hand at a series of public information sessions on the council’s draft Housing and Settlement Strategy (HSS). The sessions will be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Call for people power to advance Foster Station Park

A HANDFUL of enthusiastic volunteers have already made good progress on the development of the old Foster railway station precinct as Foster Station Park. Now, as the Foster Station Park […]

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 […]

New direction for national parks

IN A move some say could lead to the resurrection of the ‘Hands Off The Prom’ campaign of the 1990s, the Baillieu government has outlined plans to allow private tourism […]

Government gets tough on coal seam gas

THE State Government has announced tough new reforms to further safeguard the interests of communities, the environment and food production in the exploration for coal seam gas. Deputy Premier and […]

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 […]

Sample letter to oppose open cut coal mining exploration at Mirboo North

This letter has been provided Friends of the Earth for people who wish to object to the prospect of open cut coal mine opening at Mirboo North. Adapt and send […]

A new approach to coastal planning

STATE Planning Minister Matthew Guy promised he would be taking a “commonsense” approach to coastal planning policy, as he released the Coastal Climate Change Advisory Committee Report and his responses […]

Planning a future for Fishy and Buffalo

STREETSCAPING, community gardens, special events and waste water management were given top priority at a recent community plan workshop for the Buffalo and Fish Creek communities. The workshop at Fish […]

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 Planning Scheme

If you are planning to build and looking to apply for a planning permit in South Gippsland, you will find this page useful. It provides links to the relevant South […]

Planning permit requirements

Below is an excerpt from the 22.08 Rural Dwellings Policy Application Requirements An application for a dwelling must include: A site analysis outlining notable features of the site and surrounding area […]

Minister paves way for Prom Gate development

A MAJOR tourism development proposed for just outside the gates of Wilsons Promontory National Park is a step closer to becoming a reality following action by the Minister for Planning, […]

Planning clarity for South Gippsland

LANDOWNERS in South Gippsland Shire now have more certainty following action by Planning Minister Matthew Guy to bring forward the long awaited South Gippsland Rural Land Use Strategy 2011. “South […]

Sale of land opens up possibilities for Foster

THE proposed sale by South Gippsland Shire Council of the Pioneer Street land formerly occupied by the Foster kindergarten represents an excellent opportunity to consider a planning blueprint for the […]

Launch of Foster Community Plan

FOSTER Community Association is calling for volunteers to carry out projects to improve the town and surrounding area. At the launch of the Foster Community Plan 2011 at the Exchange […]

Progress on channel for Toora Boat Ramp

THE publication of a public notice in this week’s Mirror signals that a measure of progress has been made in the long, involved process to get all-tide access for small […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 desires prioritised

COORDINATED by Foster Community Association (FCA), some 25 residents from Foster and district were joined by two South Gippsland Shire Councillors and two community strengthening staff at a workshop held […]

Plans underway for Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty

DEPUTY Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has announced that the Victorian Coalition Government is committing $300,000 towards detailed planning for the redevelopment of the Port Welshpool Long […]

Great plans for Foster

THE people of Foster and district enthusiastically embraced the opportunity last Saturday to put forward their ideas on how Foster can be made a better place to live in, work […]

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 […]

Plan for Foster’s future

WOULD you like to see a pedestrian crossing in Foster’s main street? Should there be a designated parking area in Foster for caravans? Is there a need for a footpath […]

Going for rural tourism

WITH South Gippsland Shire Council’s formal endorsement last Wednesday of its Rural Tourism Strategy, a major step forward has been taken to redress the problem of many tourism businesses being […]

Progress on Foster’s community planning

DRAWN from Foster Community Association (FCA), Foster Chamber of Commerce, Corner Inlet Transition Inc., Foster Rotary, Manna Community Garden and Corner Inlet Men’s Shed, 17 people met last week with […]

Toora Primary School forging ahead

CONSTRUCTION of a multi-purpose hall at Toora Primary School is expected to begin soon, now that the tender process has been completed. The building is being constructed with the help […]

Have your say on redevelopment at Tidal River

PARKS Victoria is seeking comments on a draft concept plan for the redevelopment of the former works depot site at Tidal River. Chief Ranger Wilsons Promontory National Park Craig Stubbings […]