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South Gippsland Shire Council update early March 2022 - Great Southern Rail Trail project
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The Great Southern rail trail is an important contributor to the local and regional economy, attracting a large number of tourists
Great Southern rail trail
There is a new way to travel between Leongatha and Korumburra. Along the rail trail! This section opened last week and spans 15.8 kilometres, featuring magnificent views of rolling, green hills and connects two of our biggest townships. The construction of the trail involved the installation of two new bridges, three new bridge decks and railing, fencing, drainage and gravel placement to ensure the safety of those using the trail.
Some bits and pieces still need to be finished off in this section such as interpretive signage, distance markers and furniture which will be completed in due course. Bridges in the Korumburra to Nyora section are still under construction so some parts of that section remain closed for now. It is hoped that the project will be completed by the end of 2022 which will see the Great Southern Rail Trail span 107 kilometres from Nyora to Port Welshpool.
Funding has also been secured for the expansion of the trail from Welshpool to Alberton which will increase the length to 135 kilometres, making it one of the longest trails in Australia. Right in our backyard! To keep up to date when new sections open up, visit the Great Southern rail trail projects.
Venus Bay skate park
Planning for the next stage in the redevelopment of Jupiter Boulevard in Venus Bay is underway with concept designs for a skate park and new basketball area being released. Now, we need your help to refine the designs, which were prepared by leading skate park designers, Convic.
To have your say on the plans before 14 March, visit the Venus Bay skate park.
Council needs your help to design the new Venus Bay Skatepark, you can have your say on the plans via the survey page until 14 March
Request for Tender
Council is seeking submissions from qualified companies/applicants for the following:
- RFT/319 Timms Road, Poowong North - Intersection Reconstruction
- RFT/321 Supply and Installation of Guardrail - Various Locations
Tenders close Tuesday 5 April 2022 at 2.00pm AEST. Documentation is available from council's e-Tender Portal.
South Gippsland maps
Have you used our South Gippsland mapping system? The system is a handy that you can print out at home way to:
- Find out which bins need to go out each week
- Source high quality satellite imagery (updated in 2020)
- Easily measure your property boundaries and area
You can view the maps at our region map page.
A new digital format has been created for easier access to planning scheme information online and is running in parallel with this site while we transition
Council Meeting 468
The next Council Meeting will be held on March 16 at 2.00pm at Council Chambers, Leongatha. For all the details on council meetings, visit the council meetings web page. If you would like to watch the meeting live or when it suits you, please visit the council meetings live web page.
Community grants round two open are available in the following categories:
- Minor Projects and Equipment Grant (up to $5,000)
- Major Projects and Equipment Grant (up to $10,000)
- Festival and Events Grant (up to $10,000)
- Planning and Development Reports (up to$10,000)
Applications close midnight 31 March 2022. To read the guidelines and submit your application, visit the community grants web page.
Feedback for murals
The Social Crew, the team who lead the murals that now light up Korumburra and Toora, want to hear from you. They have a three minute survey that aims to capture the feedback of our community. If you would like to have your say, please visit the public art satisfaction survey.
Council would be grateful for your feedback which will assist us in extending the mural locations within the townships in the South Gippsland region
Wonga Square Top Road, Wonga between Bakers Road and Mt Square Top Road is closed for slip repairs being performed by RRV from 28 February to 28 March 2022. More information on road closures can be found by visiting the road hazards and closures web page.
Know which roads are closed so you can do a reroute to avoid inconvenience during your travel
Streetlight upgrade project
In an effort to reduce energy usage and increase safety for our community, South Gippsland Shire Council, alongside East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council, is undertaking a bulk streetlight replacement project. The upgrades will run until the end of March. For more information or to ask any questions, please contact Brad Kijlstra-Shone on (03) 5662 9200.
South Gippsland 'Your Say'
If you haven't already checked out our new engagement platform, Your Say South Gippsland, now is the time. With a mountain of opportunities coming up in the next five months or so, registering for this platform is a great way of keeping your finger on the pulse.
Registering allows you to receive regular updates on projects you follow and when new opportunities to voice your views come up. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, register now by visiting 'Your say' web page.
Pets for adoption
Here are two pets that you might interested in adopting and giving a new home:
Cat - #3362
- Domestic short hair black female
- Microchip number: 956000014686840
- Approximately 2 years old
A young mother cat that needs a warm, loving home
Cat - #3466
- Domestic shorthair ginger desexed male
- Microchip Number: 956000014619108
- Approximately 4 months old
Coordinator operational support
Do you pride yourself on your customer service skills, particularly during an emergency? Keep reading! We're currently looking for someone who can support two of the council's largest departments, Infrastructure Maintenance and Open Space and Environment. In this role, you will be a customer liaison and handle requests such as rapid response to emergencies. You will also assist the teams with tendering and contract management to ensure compliance with council policies.
So, we want to know more about you. Do you have experience doing this kind of thing? Are you customer focused, enthusiastic and flexible? Do you love working as part of a team with lots of different individuals? You're speaking our language! Apply now so we can chat! Applications close midnight Sunday 20 March 2022.
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