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Community Satisfaction survey results for South Gippsland Shire Council and more

South Gippsland Shire Council's draft plans and other projects and activities.

By news@gippsland - 28th July 2022 - Back to News

The Draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan is open for feedback until 5.00pm Friday 5 August. The Plan brings together community priorities for health and wellbeing, the work of council and local organisations, and local health and wellbeing data to identify priorities and strategies for the next three years.

This draft Plan aims to be used by Council and organisations that work closely with us to support improving the health and wellbeing of our community

This draft Plan aims to be used by council and organisations that work closely with us to support improving the health and wellbeing of our community

Draft plan priorities

During the engagement for our Community Vision and council plan, we heard loud and clear how important health and wellbeing is to our community, so we are glad to have a draft ready for your feedback.

What's in the plan:

  • Five priorities - all of which align with the Victorian Health and Wellbeing Plan, and local organisation strategic and work plans
  • Range of strategies to guide how organisations will work to improve health and wellbeing over the course of the plan
  • Localised population focus with some strategies providing additional focus on some population groups experiencing greater inequity in health

For more information, please visit the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan website.

Catching up with a councillor

Over the next few weeks, our councillors are hitting the road to hear from anyone and everyone about anything and everything!

  • Saturday 30 July 8.30am to 9.30am at Borough Department Store, Korumburra - Councillor Hersey and Councillor Keerie
  • Friday 5 August 9.00am to 10.15am at Loch Village Food Store (back room) - Councillor Hersey
  • Friday 5 August 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Bread and Pickle Cafe, Meeniyan - Councillor Hersey and Councillor Rae
  • Saturday 6 August 9.30am to 10.30am at Poowong Cafe and Takeaway - Councillor Hersey and Councillor Keerie
  • Thursday 11 August 7.00pm to 8.00pm at Nyora Hall - Councillor Felton and Councillor Hersey
  • Friday 12 August 10.00am to 11.00am at Koonwarra Store - Councillor Hersey and Councillor Ra
  • Friday 12 August 12.30pm to 1.30pm at Lamezleigh's Cafe and Bar, Mirboo North - Councillor Hersey, Councillor Rae and Councillor Williams

This is a fantastic opportunity for our community to drop in for an update or a chat. No need to book, just show up at one of the locations.

Community satisfaction survey

South Gippsland Shire Council is heading in the right direction according to the latest Community Satisfaction Survey results. Council's score for Overall Council Direction this year was 51, six points higher than last year's result and twenty one points higher than 2019. The Community Satisfaction Survey is conducted annually by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions on behalf of local governments in Victoria. A minimum of 400 local residents and ratepayers in each municipality are selected at random.

The survey measures the performance of councils, including the customer service they provide, how well they consult with their local community and their overall direction. Other positive indicators for South Gippsland Shire Council were that of the nine key areas, six areas were improved, one remained the same and two dropped by one point. The largest increase was for Customer Service, which was ten points up on the 2021 result.

The feedback about local roads is consistent with what was heard during the Shaping South Gippsland community engagement program. Council is seeking to improve this result through the allocation of additional road maintenance funding approved in this year's budget. A summary of the results is shown below with more details available at Community Satisfaction Surveys website.

The areas for improvement were in advocacy/lobbying and in sealed local roads. Both of these areas had reduced one point since last year’s survey

The areas for improvement were in advocacy/lobbying and in sealed local roads. Both of these areas had reduced one point since last year's survey

Street light outages

Ausnet has advised some scheduled power outages that will affect the operation of street lights in some areas. Streetlights are likely to be impacted in:

  • Bena on Sunday 7 August between 10.00pm - 11.00pm and 4.00am - 5.00am
  • Nyora on Monday 8 August between 10.00pm - 5.00am

Works may be impacted or rescheduled due to weather. For more information, please contact AusNet.

Request for tender

Council is seeking submissions from qualified companies/applicants for the:

  • RFT/332 - Design & Construction of a Pedestrian Bridge and Elevated Walkway at Leongatha Rail Precinct

A pre-tender meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th August at 11:00am at South Gippsland Shire Council Offices. All submitters are requested to attend. Tenders close 2pm AEST on Wednesday 24 August 2022. Documentation is available from council's e-Tendering Portal.

Areative industries strategy

South Gippsland now has a new Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Strategy after it was adopted at last week's council meeting. The strategy aims to strengthen creativity in our community by establishing a creative vision, goals, themes and a five-year action plan.

It builds on previous strategies and encourages the further development of a thriving arts and creative industry in South Gippsland. One of the first actions outlined in the strategy is the establishment of a South Gippsland Advisory Network who will work with council to guide the implementation of the strategy.

Other actions include support for youth-focused programs to provide mentorship and training in the creative industries sector, development of an events policy that supports the growth of cultural events, advocating for State and Federal funding for local creative projects and encouraging opportunities for creatives of all abilities.

To view the strategies and more actions, please visit Council Strategies & Plans web page.

Creative industries are evolving which include activities that are commercially driven, and community based, experimental and export intense

Creative industries are evolving which include activities that are commercially driven, and community based, experimental and export intense

Get ready, get techy

There are a range of apps that can help you stay informed during an emergency. But sometimes it can be difficult to know how to download and use them. During August and September, council is running free Get Ready. Get Techy training that will guide you - step-by-step - through the set-up process and show you how to get the most from your emergency apps.

Free training sessions will be held in the following locations:

Leongatha Community House

16 Bruce Street, Leongatha
Thursday 4 August 4 - 2.30 to 4.00pm
Thursday 8 September - 2.30 to 4.00pm

Milpara Community House

21 Shellcott Road , Korumburra
Wednesday 10 August - 11.30 to 1.00pm
Wednesday 7 September - 11.30 to 1.00pm

Toora Community Hall and Library

23 Gray Street, Toora
Thursday 11 August - 10.00am to 11.30am
Thursday 15 September - 10.00am to 11.30am

Baromi Centre

38 Couper Street, Mirboo North
Wednesday 24 August
1.00pm - 2.30pm
3.00pm - 4.30pm

Light Afternoon tea provided at 2.30-3.00 pm. What to bring: Smartphone or Tablet, Apple ID or Google Play passwords, pen. To book, please contact Tanya or Kalsie on 5662 9200 or direct with the venue.

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency visit the council's Emergency Management web page.

Suburbs and regional towns

The state government's new Living Local Fund aims to support local councils and community groups to create better public spaces and improved streetscapes across Victoria.

Local councils and community organisations can apply for two types of grants:

  • Grants between $20,000 to $200,000 will be available for infrastructure projects, including new playgrounds and community gardens, splash pads, art installations and community halls upgrades
  • Grants between $2,000 to $20,000 will also be available for local councils and community organisations to undertake minor refurbishments, and buy new equipment such as kitchen appliances, laptops and audio-visual equipment

The Fund is designed to support a wide range of locally-led projects and equipment purchases for community organisations to improve livability. The Living Local Fund grant applications are now open and close on Sunday 14 August 2022. For more information, visit council's Living Local Grants web page.

Applications are now open for the Victorian government’s $20 million Local Living Fund, giving community organisations a chance to buy new equipment to aid their important work

Applications are now open for the Victorian government's $20 million Local Living Fund, giving community organisations a chance to buy new equipment to aid their important work

Council meeting 473

The 20 July council meeting was held last week. To view the livestream, please go to South Gippsland Shire Council's Live Streaming web page. You can also view a summary of key outcomes by visiting council's agendas and minutes web page.

Vacant positions

The below employment opportunities are currently available at South Gippsland Shire Council:

  • Team Leader Open Space (Closes Thursday 11 August 2022)
  • Coordinator Risk and Procurement (Closes Sunday 14 August 2022)

For more details on the above positions, please visit South Gippsland's Employment at Council web page.

Pictures from South Gippsland Shire Council website.


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