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How South Gippsland Shire Council is supporting National Volunteer Week 2024 and other council updates

South Gippsland Council update on National Volunteer Week and other council projects.

By news@gippsland - 23rd May 2024 - Back to News

This National Volunteer Week (20 to 26 May), we recognise and thank our volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives and the significant contribution they make to South Gippsland.

During National Volunteer Week (20-26 May), we express gratitude to volunteers for their crucial role in South Gippsland, fostering community connections

During National Volunteer Week (20-26 May), we express gratitude to volunteers for their crucial role in South Gippsland, fostering community connections

South Gippsland volunteers

Some statistics:

  • 14% of Australians volunteer
  • 13% of Victorians volunteer
  • 22% of South Gippslanders volunteer

South Gippsland is extremely lucky to have so many people who actively volunteer in our community. Volunteers help to make our communities better and provide valuable opportunities for people to come together to meet and to connect.

Thank you to everyone in our community who chooses to volunteer. If you know a volunteer, say 'thank you' to them this week for all their hard work. If you would like to volunteer with the Council, please click the link below. Details of South Gippsland community groups (many of which are run or supported by volunteers) can be found at South Gippsland Community directory.

Volunteering Awards 2024

The 2024 Volunteering Awards are now open for nominations. The Volunteering Awards are an opportunity to recognise and thank Victorian Volunteers for the incredible contributions they make to our local communities. There are a number of award categories and a handful of information sessions to help you submit your nomination. Submissions close Monday 22 July 2024.

Local government elections 2024

A new election page has been added to Council's website to assist the community to prepare for this process. The page contains details about becoming a candidate, how to enrol, how voting works and so much more.

Detox Your Home

Drop off your household chemicals for FREE at the Wonthaggi Transfer Station. The Detox Your Home event is taking place Saturday 8 June from 9.00am - bookings are essential. Accepted items include weed killers, herbicides, pool chemicals, fuels, cooking oil and lots more! Register to Detox Your Home - Wonthaggi website.

Recent excessive wood debris burning in regional areas causes significant smoke pollution. When burning, adhere to CFA and Council regulations

Recent excessive wood debris burning in regional areas causes significant smoke pollution. When burning, adhere to CFA and Council regulations

Burning off

Lately there has been large amounts of wood debris being burnt off causing large amounts of smoke pollution in our regional areas. When burning off, please and comply with CFA and Council requirements.

Community engagement

Marinus Link wants to hear from you

Marinus Link's Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Effects Statement (EIS/EES) and draft Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) will be on public exhibition from 31 May - 12 July 2024. They will be hosting drop-in sessions through Gippsland to answer questions and provide information on the documents. The first sessions will be held at:

  • Mirboo North landholder drop-in: Tuesday 4 June (10.00am - 12.00pm)
  • Mirboo North community drop-in: Tuesday 4 June (5.00pm - 7.00pm)
  • Fish Creek community drop in: Wednesday 5 June (1.00pm - 3.00pm)
  • Dumbalk landholder drop in: Thursday 6 June (10.00am - 12.00pm)
  • Dumbalk community drop in: Thursday 6 June (5.00pm - 7.00pm)

Other sessions to follow are in Sandy Point, Churchill and Meeniyan. If you are unable to attend the in-person drop-in sessions, two webinars will also be available.

Marinus Link's EIS/EES and draft PSA will be publicly exhibited from May 31 to July 12, 2024, with informative drop-in sessions across Gippsland

Marinus Link's EIS/EES and draft PSA will be publicly exhibited from May 31 to July 12, 2024, with informative drop-in sessions across Gippsland

Have Your Say on VicGrid's Draft Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Community Benefit Plan

VicGrid is developing a Community Benefit Plan and your feedback is needed to ensure it hits the mark for local people and communities. Victoria is currently undergoing a transition to renewable energy, replacing fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, with renewable energy resources such as solar and wind, to generate affordable and sustainable energy for the future.

The Plan proposes the creation of new benefits for:


Regional Communities

Traditional Owners

Significantly Impacted Neighbours

The Draft REZ Community Benefit Plan is currently open for community feedback until Sunday 16 June. Read more about the Draft Renewable Energy Zone Community Benefits Plan and Provide your feedback through Victorian Transmission Investment Framework - REZ Community Benefits website.

Save the date

Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival

Be sure to not miss out on the final weekend of the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival. Fish Creek has transformed into a hub of tea cosy delight featuring an exhibition of traditional and contemporary cosies showcasing the boundless imagination of the entrants.

Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival program includes Devonshire teas, craft workshops, artistic performances, gallery exhibitions and the very popular Bendigo Bank Village Market Day. Be sure not to miss this biannual event! Read more about the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival.

Loch Village Food and Wine Festival

Save the date! The Loch Village Food and Wine Festival is happening Sunday 9 June from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Meet the people behind our wineries, breweries, great produce and eateries, celebrating some of what South Gippsland has to offer. Enjoy beer and wine tastings, local restaurant pop-ups, international food trucks, live music and the festival vibes before exploring the historical village. Purchase your tickets from Trybooking website.

Things to know

Impound of vehicle

Council impounded the following vehicles in accordance with Schedule 11 of the Local Government Act 1989.

  • A champagne Mercedes sedan from Ridgeway, Mirboo North on Wednesday 24 April 2024
  • A silver Mitsubishi hatchback Louis Road, Venus Bay on Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Year: 1998
  • Engine Number: JMFMNCJ2AXU000723

Unless the vehicle is collected and relevant fees paid within fourteen (14) days of the date of this notice, the vehicle will be offered for sale to the public. For enquiries, please contact our Community Safety team on 5662 9200 during office hours.

Community training

Grant Writing Workshop

  • Tuesday 4 June
  • 6.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Council Chambers

Are you eager to secure funding for your community groups projects? This workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn the ins and outs of grant writing. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this workshop will equip you with the skills to maximise your chances of grant success.
Register for theSouth Gippsland Community Training.

Funding opportunities

Woolworth Pick Fresh Play Fresh Netball Grants

Woolworths Pick Fresh Play Fresh Grants, support grassroots netball clubs and associations across Australia. Over the past six years, the funding stream has provided support to over 311 netball clubs across the country.

Grants of up to $8,000 are available as well as $20,000 for the People's Choice Award. This is a funding opportunity your netball club won't want to miss. Submissions close 11.59pm Sunday 7 July. For more information and to send an application, visit Woolworths Pick Fresh Play Fresh Grants website.

Telstra Footy Country Grants

Applications are now open for Telstra Footy Country Grants. Local footy clubs across Australia will have the opportunity to apply for grants up to $20,000 to help strengthen, sustain and grow local footy in three strategic areas:

  • Grow and assist volunteer capacity
  • Grow and diversify participation
  • Improve club environments and experiences

Submissions close 5.00pm Wednesday 7 August. Sen your applications to Telstra Footy Country Grants website.

What's on the weekend

Take a Look at What's On this Weekend

There is a heap happening in South Gippsland this weekend. If you have nothing planned, take a look at the events section of the Visit South Gippsland website.

Shop local produce at the Mirboo North or Kongwak Market, enjoy an eclectic exhibition at the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival, listen to live tunes at the Sandy Point Community Centre and play with clay at a beginners Pottery Workshop.

Snap send and solve

Spotted a dangerous pothole? Or maybe some broken playground equipment? Get it reported quickly and easily using Snap Send Solve. It's free! Download the app to your phone now or report it online at this link: Snap Send Solve.

Pictures from Pictures from South Gippsland Shire Council website and South Gippsland Shire Council Facebook page.


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