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The Gippsland Local Government (GLGN) Network is currently pursuing several issues on behalf of the broader Gippsland community.

By Kim Gilliland - Public Relations Coordinator, South Gippsland Shire Council - 10th September 2001 - Back to News

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The Gippsland Local Government (GLGN) Network is currently pursuing several issues on behalf of the broader Gippsland community.

Key issues raised at the network meeting in Wonthaggi on August 28 included toxic waste disposal at Dutson Downs in Wellington Shire, a regional staff recruitment project and a public lighting initiative.

GLGN chairperson and South Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Jeanette Harding, said the network strongly opposed the establishment of a toxic waste disposal facility at Dutson Downs.

"The network expressed unanimous opposition to the suggestion that Dutson Downs could become a toxic waste disposal site for the State," she said.

"GLGN opposes the establishment of a toxic waste dumping ground at Dutson Downs or any other Gippsland location."

Cardinia Shire Council is coordinating a study on behalf of GLGN to establish the optimum approach for the recruitment, development and retention of local government staff within the Gippsland region. The project is funded by the Federal Government under the Local Government Incentive Program.

"This project will provide a model for best practice human resource management for all Gippsland councils and its application will be relevant for use throughout the industry," Cr Harding said.

She added that the study would include research into specific staffing difficulties and involve discussions with industry stakeholders, government agencies and educational and training bodies.

"GLGN is seeking a solutions to a range of current problems such as recruitment and retainment of qualified and experienced personnel, particularly in areas such as town planning, environmental health and engineering."

In relation to public lighting, Gippsland shires will save approximately $650,000 per year following the establishment of the Gippsland Public Lighting Consortium.

A joint tender has been prepared for street lighting in the Shires of South Gippsland, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe and Wellington.


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