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					Excellence at South Gippsland Shire Council
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Date

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C o u n c i l l o r
21 June 2005

W a r d

M e e t i n g
Time 10.00am

P O R T

F R A N K L I N

Location Port Franklin Hall

Meeting Objective Attendees

PORT FRANKLIN COMMUNITY MEETING Community John Kay, Alan Cripps, Daphne Perry, Ernie Perry, Don Fuller, Alf Wilder, Bruce Standfield, Catherine McGlead, Max Parnell, Jackie Fuller. SGSC Staff Cr Heather Bligh Joseph Cullen, Chief Executive Jayda Tumino, Executive Assistant

No GENERAL BUSINESS 1.

Actions and Agreements

Who

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FOSTER SHOW GROUNDS SHOW DAY The Foster Showgrounds Committee is conducting their 100th show and needs the ‘pig sheds’ available for stall sales in February 2006. Stephen Scimonello, Councils Building Surveyor, deemed the building unsafe & said it should be condemned due to;  Roofing needs replacing due to damage  Roof is too low (min 1.8 ht)  Not structurally safe  Tripping hazard – unlevel concrete Not all of the Section 86 Committee were aware that any discussion took place regarding the sheds being removed. The committee are more than welcome to provide a structural report and building report by a registered building practitioner in the category of civil Stephen Scimonello

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engineer and / or building surveyor commenting on the structure. I will then be more than happy to consider this report. The committee feel the building is structurally sound and simply needs the roof replaced. The committee want a shed built in its place if the decision is made to pull it down. This building is used frequently for markets / stalls. Not all the Section 86 committee members were aware that the shed was to be pulled down. The Committee of Management should be made contact with to discuss openly the expectation on the building. The Showgrounds Committee were advised that the „pig shed‟ must be tied off for safety issues until works are determined and a decision is made. It is a Council requirement that signage be placed around the shed to ensure no issues will occur. A letter has been sent to the Section 86 Committee during July 2005 by Alister Fixter advising of their requirements to fence off the „Pig sheds”. Is the current position of the shed the preferred site? Could it be better if built in a different area? The Showgrounds Committee have received a funding via Community and Recreation Grants to replace shed roof - this grant money has been carried forward for this year’s budget. Successful funds Council 2004/05 $4,636.00 Pending Council 05/06 Cr Heather Bligh

Chief Executive

Alister Fixter

Chief Executive

Re-roof shed

$3 - $4,000 $1 for $1 Community to match funds

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The committee need more time to apply for additional funding to raise enough money for the sheds to be replaced. If the shed were to be rebuilt it would need to be at least the size of the hall as it needs to hold at least 6-7 markets. $25,000 – $30,000 will be needed to construct new building. 2. PLAYGROUND The Foster Showgrounds Committee is pushing for a new playground in the showgrounds. They have applied for a Community and Recreation grant for a playground. The current playground near fire station is not utilized. The appropriate site for the playground should be visible to tourists and locals. Majority of Council Playgrounds are not highly visible and are still used frequently. Residents often use the playground next to the Ambulance station due to its close proximity to the shopping area and residential homes. The other option for a new playground could be Wilson Park Andrew Nixon put $40,000 in budget for Foster playground now carried forward to 2005/06 Budget. Major issues include:  no community land for playground to go.  toilets become issue for where playground should be. Foster must organise within 12 months or the community will lose $40,000. Robert Ayton Chief Executive

Cr. Heather Bligh

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3.

SEWERAGE Towns prefer sewerage. Over 20 years the Port Franklin population has grown. The Inlet is becoming smelly – sewerage should be mandatory. Will Port Franklin be getting sewerage? A Wastewater Management Plan will soon be commenced which will provide information to the community on the options for improved wastewater management, including sewer and septic upgrade. The community will then be asked to indicate via a survey their preferred option. Council will then submit this preference to the State Government under the current Country Towns Sewerage and Water Supply Program, which is due for completion in March 2006. Generally, to successfully seek sewer for Port Franklin it is likely that 70% community support will be required. Sewer will generally cost approximately $20,000 per house for sewerage system. This cost is usually shared between the state government and the water authority. Owner contributions have been previously capped at $800 by the State Government. Council strongly supports the improvement of wastewater management in all towns in the municipality and is endeavouring to provide detailed evidence to the state to achieve this for the long-term viability and health of our communities. Is storm water included in sewerage? No – the stormwater system is primarily for rainwater, however the removal of wastewater from the stormwater drains (removal of direct grey water Skye Scott Skye Scott

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discharges) is likely to improve the amenity of the drains, reduce odours and allow the planning of improved stormwater management to occur. 4. STREET SWEEPER The street sweeper does not work properly due to the roads unevenness. The street sweeper sweeps the kerb and channel and in some areas this is in poor condition. In the current budget there is an amount for replacing kerb and channel. The priority is for roads on the reseal program and for roads where the adjacent pavement is failing. Also, the street sweeper does not operate on gravel roads or sealed roads with gravel shoulders as the gravel material removed as part of the sweeping operation then needs to be replaced onto the pavement. 5. TENNIS COURTS The Cripps family donated the land for the tennis courts. The courts are in a bad condition as the concrete surface has cracks - old surface and is beginning to lift. The tennis courts need to be resurfaced. Due to the unsafe conditions, the Port Franklin community play at Foster. The courts are used during the school holidays. Community needs to patch up court just to use it. There are no sporting facilities at Port Franklin. Can Council help with funding to resurface the tennis courts? Have originally been quoted at $8.000 to resurface. Funding of up to $5,000 is available for not for profit organisations in relation to these kind of works can be applied for via Council‟s Community and Recreation grants. Can Council fund the paint for the court surface?
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The community have agreed to carry out the labour. Expert advice is needed to determine the best surface for the tennis courts. The Councillor discretionary fund could be an option for the purchase of the paint. The Community and Recreation grants are also an option. 6. WALKING TRACK ALONG RIVERBANK Walking areas are all landscaped, with seating and the conditions of the track are good. Both access points to the walking tracks are not user friendly for those with disabilities - along Bowen St (near jetty). The access points are steep and on wet days can be rather slippery. The community could apply for funding for this type of project but it would need to fit into Council‟s adopted priorities as outlined in the paths and trails policy and strategy to be eligible for Council supported grant application/s. Can Council organise for gravel to be delivered at the access points? The residents are happy to look after the maintenance. These could possibly be a “Councillor discretionary fund” issue. Council would not normally commit road maintenance costs to non Council land. 7. PICNIC AREA Near Wayne’s fish place, overlooking the look-out – eating area for tourists and locals. If the locals lay down 2 x concrete slabs, is it possible for Council to provide 1 or 2 picnic tables? Rob Ayton Lew Wilson Cr Heather Bligh

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This is not Council Land and the current program is to repair, maintain and replace councils existing Park Furniture. There is already one table in this location. 8. ROADS On Centre Street there are a lot of potholes. Can these be fixed? No requests had been received in the last 2 years regarding these potholes. An inspection revealed minor potholes which currently meet minimum service levels, hence no action is planned at this stage. The Roads Inspector is programmed to inspect this road in late August and if it has further deteriorated to the extent that vehicles are thrown off the driven line, he will organise for works to be carried out. On Barnes Street, there is a tight left hand turn and a large hole (pulling into Wayne’s Fish Place). Can this entrance road be widened? Inspected on site – this is a culvert with open drains both sides. Widening would require extending the culvert. I believe this is unwarranted as vehicles are required to enter at a low speed, visibility is good and vehicles are not required to pass each other at this entry. The road in question is not a road for which Council is responsible – it is on the river reserve. The attendees praised Council for the fantastic work Andrew Nixon had done for the community.

Rob Ayton

Rob Ayton

Rob Ayton

FOR REQUESTS RELATING TO ROADS, FOOTPATHS, TREES, PARKS AND GARDENS, PLEASE CONTACT DENNIS CONN ON COUNCILS MAINTENANCE REQUESTS LINE – 5662 9111.

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