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Wednesday November 23, 2016

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Ray Argento is Mayor

• Newly elected South Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Ray Argento, and Deputy Mayor, Cr Maxine Kiel.

COUNCILLOR Ray Argento is the new Mayor of South Gippsland Shire.
Cr Argento was elected unopposed to the position at the first meeting of the freshly elected Council last Wednesday. Cr Maxine Kiel was elected Deputy Mayor, also unopposed.
Both Mayor and Deputy have just commenced their first term as South Gippsland Shire Councillors, but both have proven track records of service to the community, Cr Argento at a high level in the CFA and for many years in the Toora community, where he owned a dairy farm until recently. Earlier this year Cr Maxine Kiel was awarded the distinguished title of South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year because of her service to the Mirboo North community, in particular.
Mayor Cr Argento and Deputy Mayor Cr Kiel will retain their positions for the next 12 months.
“Being Mayor is such a privilege and I am very much looking forward to working for our wonderful community,” Cr Argento said. “Most importantly, however, I look forward to working with the other Councillors as my colleagues in coming together for the benefit of the region.”
He promised to lead by example and that “our actions will speak louder than words”, adding that he hoped any critics of Council would become allies.
The self-proclaimed “loud voice in Council”, Cr Kiel said she believed her colleagues had the skills to “run a sensible Council with sensible decisions”.
“Every town has special needs and we have a strong staff base and a committed partnership that wants to be a part of the solution,” she said. “We all want to achieve great things.”
Describing herself as “passionate, tenacious and committed to making a difference”, she vowed to work as hard as she could for Council.
Cr Argento was nominated for the position of Mayor by Cr Andrew McEwen, who was one of only three councillors to be voted back in (along with Crs Don Hill and Lorraine Brunt).
Cr McEwen said the election results had demonstrated the community wanted change and the unanimous agreement on Cr Argento as Mayor demonstrated a changed Council.
“The advantage of this Council is that there are such diverse backgrounds and talents in the room, and we will work together in a mutually respective way as a high performance team,” said Cr McEwen.
Other appointments included Cr Jeremy Rich to the Chief Executive Officer Review Committee, along with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor; Cr Lorraine Brunt to the Audit Committee, along with the Mayor; and Cr Meg Edwards to the West Gippsland Regional Library Board, with Cr Alyson Skinner as her substitute.
The next Council meeting will be held at 2pm today (Wednesday November 23) in the Council Chambers, Leongatha.








Commonweath Games fish
takes to a new trail

• Fish Creek’s new fish flies high above its creators, Andrew McPherson and Ray Jones.

TWO of the giant fish involved in Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games of 2006 are now flying as one in Fish Creek, welcoming Rail Trailers as they enter town from the west.
The two fish were among the 72 which played a key role in the opening ceremony of the Games, forming a bridge for the arrival of the Games Baton in conjunction with the events at the MCG and were televised internationally to over 1.5 billion viewers.
Two of the fish involved in that visual treat appropriately found a home in Fish Creek. As they were not designed to be exposed to the elements indefinitely, the years took their toll on parts on them, but being same shape and size, Ray Jones was able to salvage parts of the outer frames of each fish and join them together and also incorporate some of the bowed metal bars which give the fish its shape.
This basic frame was then added to and covered in ‘scales’ created by Fish Creek artist Andrew McPherson from recycled aluminium road signs, sourced from various places including South Gippsland Shire Council. These are adorning one side of the fish in brilliant colour and in gleaming chrome on the other. Andy and Ray estimate that close to perhaps 3000 rivets were used in attaching the scales.
The fish was installed on Saturday November 12. Andy and Ray are very grateful to Adam Bright of Fish Creek who handled the excavating and to concreter Grant Flather of Yanakie who donated labour.
The fish has been installed upon a pole, rises to six metres and indicates wind direction. It is located beside the Great Southern Rail Trail between Andrew’s Ride the Wild Goat gallery and the old butter factory.
It has been a labour of love for Andrew and Ray and others who have been involved including those of the Great Southern Rail Trail committee of management and members of the Fish Creek Community Development Group.
Come along and admire Fishy’s newest fish this Saturday when the official re-launch of the Great Southern Rail Trails with completed signage takes place near the Community Garden from 11am.



New way proposed to manage our coast

THE Victorian Government is proposing a series of reforms to the coastal and marine management system, including a new Marine and Coastal Act.
An expert panel identified seven drivers for change:
Clearer governance and institutional arrangements;
Strengthening marine management, policy and planning;
Integrating planning systems;
Adapting to climate change;
Sustainable resourcing;
Improving knowledge;
Involving the community.
At a local level the biggest impact is likely to be felt by the small committees of management who currently manage much of the coastline. There are about ten of these from Lang Lang to Loch Sport, including at Sandy Point, Walkerville and Port Franklin. The proposal on the table is that they be swallowed up by larger committees or their responsibilities transferred to local government or Parks Victoria.
A Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper was released on August 30 and was followed by an eight-week public consultation period. Four community members attended a public open house session in Yarram in early October. Representatives of South Gippsland Shire Council’s Planning Department attended a practitioner workshop in Traralgon and have put in a submission on behalf of SGSC.
Public submissions formally closed on October 23, however further targeted consultation, particularly with local government, is occurring over the coming months. 
The manager of the Policy and Strategy Unit at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Jeremy Reiger, said that the new Marine and Coastal Act is expected to be introduced in 2017.
“Approximately 100 submissions were received which are currently being reviewed,” he said. “A summary of feedback is expected to be released in early 2017. A transition plan for other reforms that do not require legislative change will also be released later in 2017. Submissions where permission has been granted by the authors will be made publicly available at that time.”
While acknowledging the “huge contribution” made by individuals, organisations and local communities to the management of Victoria’s coast, the consultation paper suggests that committees of management are unlikely to be able to deal with some of the larger challenges facing coastal management in the future.
The paper suggests a need for smaller Category 2 committees of management (with annual revenue less than $1 million) being combined or consolidated into bigger, better-resourced Category 1 committees or possibly transferring their management responsibilities to local governments or Parks Victoria.
“The risk is that small CoMs will struggle to generate the capacity to deal with the impacts of climate change and population growth,” suggest the experts in their paper.
The consultation paper makes it clear that any changes to management arrangements will need to be worked through with the community, local government and Parks Victoria to determine the best arrangements in each area. The costs and benefits of the different options would also need to be considered. 
One of the consultation paper’s other proposals is for a comprehensive review of fees and charges along the coast to be undertaken to ensure greater consistency.
Asked for his views on the proposed changes, Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said that he was yet to see the results of the government’s consultation on a new Marine and Coastal Act or what the new Act would involve.
“We will consider our position when the new legislation is presented to Parliament,” said Mr O’Brien.
“What we need to do is make sure that this Act does not disadvantage our local communities in any way, make things more difficult with red tape or impose restrictions on our way of life or past-times.
“It needs to strike the right balance between local communities managing our coast and having access to it and ensuring it is well protected.”



Celebratory lunch under hall’s new verandah roof

LAST Thursday the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre was the venue for a delightful al fresco lunch held to thank Russell Broadbent MHR and the South Gippsland Shire Council for funding the hall’s new verandah roof.
Construction of the roof extension was prompted by letters sent several years ago from the South Gippsland Hospital Auxiliary and the Foster Football Netball Club who suggested some shelter at the rear would assist with deliveries and catering, including barbecues.
The Federal Government and the shire council contributed around $7000 each, with the hall committee supplying the final $2000 to $3000 of the approximately $17,000 project.
The committee believes the added shelter will prove very useful, especially in inclement weather, as well as adding aesthetic value to the building, which is widely used by the community for meetings and social functions.
Constructed a couple of months ago, it has already come in handy during preparations, in wet weather, for the FAMDA production ‘Australia Day.’
The weather last Thursday was much better. The luncheon was held at a long table, with the new roof providing welcome protection from the sun.
Around the table with Russell Broadbent and staff member Jenny Paproth were:
Cr Alyson Skinner representing Council;
Ian Lyon from the Foster Football Club;
Jeanette Allan and Karen Rathjen from the South Gippsland Hospital Auxiliary;
Mohya Davies (past member of the Hall Committee);
Peter Clyne (President of the committee) and member Leonie Clyne both representing FAMDA;
Robert Paragreen (caretaker and Treasurer);
Ros Wathen (Farmer’s Market rep);
Gwen Combridge (Senior Citizens rep);
Ian Sutton (RSL rep);
Jo MacKenzie (Vice President and Youth Assist Clinic rep).
The committee served a simple lunch of chicken pie, a vegetarian pasta and salads, accompanied by white wine and water.
Committee members unable to be present were Joyce Simpson, Liz Hurst and secretary Robert Fulton.
Mr Broadbent congratulated the hall committee on showing initiative and organising for the new roofing to be built and paid his compliments to the cook, Jo MacKenzie, for the superb lunch.

Funding cancer research one golf swing at a time

• Jen and Paul Delaney take time out for a bit of practice in the lead-up to Paul taking on the Longest Day challenge to raise money for cancer research.

THE Longest Day is an endurance golf challenge designed to test skill, strength and stamina. The challenge is to successfully complete 72 holes of golf on a single day between dawn and dusk in a stableford format. The challenge will take place at Welshpool Golf Club on Monday, December 19.
The Longest Day is to be held just two days after the actual longest day of the year (December 21) and is a Cancer Council initiative to raise funds to aid in cancer research.
Toora resident Paul Delaney has a very good reason and strong motivation for taking on the challenge; his wife Jen has follicular lymphoma which is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It develops when the body makes abnormal B-lymphocytes - the lymphoma cells, (B-lymphocytes are white blood cells that fight infection). The lymphoma cells build up in lymph nodes. The most common symptom is a painless swelling in the neck, armpit or groin.
Jen had originally noticed a small lump behind her ear. It didn’t hurt. The doctors thought it was a cyst. When the lump grew in size Jen had it checked again, this time by ultrasound. She was told that ‘it looks too pretty to be cancer’ as it was perfectly round.
A sample of the lump was taken and the doctor told her the lump was a benign tumour. Nothing showed in a blood test as there are so many forms of lymphoma that it’s not possible to test for all at once.
Four days later Jen received a call from the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon where the sample had been sent. She was told that the results were inconclusive and that the lump should be removed. Following its removal and three rounds of chemotherapy, Jen and Paul are absolutely thrilled that she is now is remission.
“It pays to get lumps which you think may be glands or cysts checked by a medical professional and if you’re given the all clear, rejoice - but if you’re at all uncertain, get a second opinion first to be absolutely sure,” Jen advised.
“I’ve seen how the Cancer Council operates and the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at Latrobe Regional Hospital and they are amazing”, Paul said. “This one day will be a bit tough for me, but it’s a walk in the park compared to what Jen and so many others have gone through and are going through. It’s not much really, but it’s one way in which I can help.
“Please join me in the fight against cancer by using the ‘Give Now’ button on the Welshpool Golf Club’s facebook page to sponsor me in this game of skill, strength and stamina,” Paul urged.
Within two days of registering with the Cancer Council to raise funds, Paul had raised $1000, with some donors stipulating to the Ford man and keen Geelong supporter (rather ‘tongue in cheek’) that he’ll have to wear a Holden T-shirt or perhaps a Carlton cap.
“If they want me to wear something in particular they will have to supply it, but if they’re willing to donate money, I’ll wear it,” Paul said.
“This event is to raise funds for skin cancer, but if they can find a cure for that one type of cancer then maybe that will lead to finding a cure for other types of cancer as well,” he said.
By following the link the funds donated to the cause will go directly to the Cancer Council.
As The Mirror goes to print, Paul has so far raised $1500 and it is his and Jen’s hope that readers will jump on board to help raise additional funds for cancer research.
So, come on down to the Welshpool Golf Club and urge Paul on as he tackles 72 holes of golf on the Longest Day.



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