The News Headlines
Wednesday November 23, 2016
Letters to the Editor
From The Mirror,
November 13, 1996
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
“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
“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;
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
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
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
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
“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
Mohya Davies (past member of the Hall Committee);
Peter Clyne (President of the committee) and member Leonie Clyne both
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.
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
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,”
“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 www.facebook.com/welshpoolgolfclub 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.