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Planning complete to make Leongatha town centre truck-free

* * - Friday, August 30, 2013
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said a future heavy vehicle bypass of Leongatha’s busy Bair Street was a step closer with the completion of a detailed planning study.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government provided VicRoads with $270,000 in December 2011 to complete a detailed planning study for an alternate heavy vehicle route, following requests from the South Gippsland Shire Council and community groups.

“VicRoads has now completed this study and earmarked a selected route, which runs along Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway), Roughead Street (Strzelecki Highway), Long Street, and back on to the South Gippsland Highway,” Mr Ryan said.

“With the alternate heavy vehicle route for Leongatha now selected, future development and growth in Leongatha can now proceed with greater certainty.

“It will enable the South Gippsland Shire Council to plan for changes to parking and landscaping along Bair Street, providing improved amenity and shopping conditions for both the local community and tourists.”

Mr Ryan said VicRoads had considered a number of options and alignments during this planning project, and had taken into consideration safety, environmental constraints, heritage, land acquisition, traffic engineering requirements and social impacts.

“The chosen alignment uses existing roads and provides the best solution in terms of cost, time and safety,” Mr Ryan said.

“It also means there will be minimal impact on adjoining properties, and by using the existing road network, it would not require a Planning Scheme Amendment to proceed.”

Mr Ryan said developing plans for an alternate heavy vehicle route for Leongatha was an important and much needed project, with up to 1,000 heavy vehicles passing through the Leongatha shopping strip along the South Gippsland Highway each day.

“Leongatha is one of the region’s most vibrant communities and the provision of a heavy vehicle alternative route is a priority for the future development of the town,” Mr Ryan said.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Wellington Shire heritage gets a planning boost

* * - Friday, August 02, 2013
Wellington Shire Council will receive a $21,000 planning boost from the Victorian Coalition Government to better protect local heritage significant areas, structures and plans.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government funding would go towards local advisory services and a new ‘heritage toolkit’ that would assist councils develop Municipal Heritage Strategies.

Mr Ryan said looking after local heritage was important to current and future generations of Victorians whether they lived in the city, a suburb, a town or the country.

“Heritage advisers assist councils to develop strategies and guide the management of heritage assets, as well as promoting heritage conservation and providing free advice to owners of heritage places,” Mr Ryan said.

“The heritage advisers also help residents make appropriate decisions on restoration and development plans for heritage buildings and other places.

“The benefits of these services are now evident in many towns with restored heritage buildings, appropriate signage and upgraded streetscapes.

“The ‘heritage toolkit’, which was released this week by Planning Minister Matthew Guy, will provide guidance on the development of each council’s Municipal Heritage Strategy.”

Mr Ryan said each strategy would help to highlight the importance of significant buildings, their role in our lives, how they enhance streetscapes and enrich our understanding of our past.

Wellington Shire is one of Victoria’s regional councils to share in $440,000 of Coalition Government funding made available to enrich and protect local heritage.

“This funding builds on last year’s $586,000 grant to back councils’ roles in the identification, protection and management of much valued heritage places,” Mr Ryan said.

Copies of the Heritage Strategy Toolkit are available online at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/heritage or can be requested by contacting Mr Ryan’s electorate office in Sale on 5144 1987.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au.  

Information boost for local businesses

* * - Monday, April 29, 2013
Small businesses in South Gippsland can access relevant and affordable information on how to better organise their business at two upcoming seminars in Leongatha and Korumburra, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

The first seminar, Get Your Business Organised, will be held at Korumburra’s Milpara Community House on Wednesday, 15 May at 7pm and will focus on working smarter, not harder.

“The Get Your Business Organised seminar will provide tools on ways to prevent poor time management,” Mr Ryan said.

“Attendees will learn how to identify and remove distractions, prioritise effectively, useful strategies to improve productivity and tips to create more time in their day.”

The second seminar, Budgeting and Forecasting, will be held at Leongatha’s Community College Gippsland on Thursday, 16 May at 7:30am and will focus on planning for successful financial performance.

“Budgeting and cashflow forecasting are essential tools to ensure that business ideas are profitable and generate adequate cashflow,” Mr Ryan said.

“This seminar will be perfect for the business owners who make a profit but struggle to pay the bills. Attendees will learn how to manage future profitability and cashflows and gain tips on making instant improvements to the finances of their business.”

Mr Ryan said last year more than 3,000 businesses participated in Small Business Victoria’s workshops and seminars.

“All workshops and seminars are delivered by private sector business specialists who are well-qualified and experienced in small business,” Mr Ryan said.
Innovation, Services and Small Business Minister Louise Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government recognised the vital role Victoria’s 533,000 small businesses played in the economy of the state.

“We are committed to encouraging small business and individual initiative, and to creating an environment that rewards those who work hard, save, invest and create employment,” Ms Asher said.

For more information about other workshops and seminars that are available please go to: www.business.vic.gov.au/workshops.

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au.  

Loch Sport moves closer to reticulated sewerage system

* * - Monday, April 15, 2013

Work has begun on the $40.3 million project to connect Victoria’s largest unsewered town, Loch Sport, to a reticulated sewerage system.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan visited Loch Sport on Friday to inspect the first construction works on the Loch Sport Sewer Project.

Mr Ryan said more than 1500 residences would receive reticulated sewerage when the project is completed in 2015.

The Victorian Coalition Government contributed $9.2 million towards the planning phase of the project, with the remainder provided by Gippsland Water.

“The project will provide significant benefits for Loch Sport residents, as well as the Gippsland Lakes and its users,” Mr Ryan said.

“This can only be a good thing for everyone who enjoys fishing, swimming and boating in the iconic Gippsland Lakes.

“This project will also end many years of community concern regarding the public health and environmental risk of more than 1500 septic tanks situated on small sandy blocks beside Lake Wellington.”

Mr Ryan said the project had been a long time coming through its conception, investigation and planning stages.

“Loch Sport is the third community in the Wellington Shire connected to sewerage by Gippsland Water through the Victorian Government’s Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program, alongside Seaspray and Coongulla /Glenmaggie,” Mr Ryan said.

“These projects are significant to the future development of the Wellington Shire.”

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

Mansfield makeover to connect community

* * - Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A project to better connect Mansfield and improve its liveability will soon
be completed with the help of $100,000 in Coalition Government funding,
announced today by Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes on behalf of the Deputy
Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan. 
 
Dr Sykes said Mansfield Shire was one of Victoria’s fastest growing rural
municipalities, attracting more than 1.2 million visitors annually and
boasting population growth of 18 per cent over 10 years. 

“The Mansfield Landscaping and Pathways to Connect Community project will
consolidate Mansfield’s place as a prime tourism and rural/residential
lifestyle destination, supporting social and economic growth in the
community,” Dr Sykes said. 

“The project will improve key areas of public open space in the township,
building on its physical features and liveability. 

“Works will include improvements to the Botanical Gardens and the town
amenities used most by residents and tourists alike. 

“The project is consistent with Mansfield Shire’s strategic plans and
policies in relation to the preservation and enhancement of the key
characteristics of the town, which make it a prime tourism and lifestyle
destination.” 

Mansfield Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Russell Bate said, “This particular
funding allows council to undertake works at Mansfield Botanic Park that
will make the Park more enjoyable for locals and visitors. In particular it
will allow the development of a series of connecting pathways that will
inter-connect community centres of activities around the greater Mansfield
township area.” 

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government funding towards the $152,000 project
would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund’s Putting
Locals First Program
to Mansfield Shire Council, who will contribute the
remaining funding. 

Putting Locals First is a $100 million initiative designed to enable
regional communities to plan and deliver the services and infrastructure to
meet local priorities,” Mr Ryan said. 

“It is supporting stronger and more sustainable regional communities by
building their capacity to drive development in their region.” 

The Mansfield Landscaping and Pathways to Connect Community project is
expected to be completed in October 2014. 

For more information about the Putting Locals First program, please visit
www.rdv.vic.gov.au/putting-locals-first 

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

Continuing support for rebuilding after bushfire

* * - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Victorian Coalition Government will continue to support Victorians rebuilding after bushfire, by extending the role of full-time officers at the Rebuilding Advisory Service (RAS) within the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).

 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan said the formation of the RAS was a significant step in the rebuilding that commenced after the 2009 bushfire tragedy that swept Victoria.

 

“The Rebuilding Advisory Service has two full-time officers, located at the Kinglake Library, who provide valuable advice to families across Victoria who lost their homes in the Black Saturday fires, as well as those with homes damaged in more recent floods.

 

“I’m very pleased that this service will continue to support the re-housing and rebuilding process for individuals and households that lost their principle place of residence in the 2009 bushfires.

 

“Key findings from the DPCD Fire Recovery Unit  Housing Survey show there are at least 268 households in temporary accommodation in the bushfire-affected community, which represents 19.4 per cent of those who lost their homes.”

 

Mr Ryan said the funding to the RAS was provided through DPCD’s Planning Statutory Services, and would continue until 30 June 2013.

 

“The RAS will continue to support the re-housing of those affected by the bushfires up until the end of this program, which includes advising on the responsible distribution of funding by the Victorian Bushfire Appeals Fund,” Mr Ryan said.

 

“The welfare of those whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the 2009 bushfires has been a primary focus in the bushfire recovery efforts of the Victorian Government.”

 

Mr Ryan said the extension of the RAS would be reviewed prior to 30 June 2013.

 

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au

$50,000 for Leongatha industrial zone investigation

* * - Monday, April 30, 2012
South Gippsland Shire Council will do an economic assessment of the supply and demand for industrial land in Leongatha with the help of $50,000 in Victorian Government funding, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.

Mr Ryan said Leongatha was the major town and industrial centre for South Gippsland and a key service provider to the smaller towns and communities in the region.

“Leongatha is experiencing significant growth and the South Gippsland Shire Council is progressing with a number of residential rezoning projects that have the potential to add approximately 700 to 900 new residences in the area over the next 25 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“With the expansion of major industrial and port activity in South Gippsland Shire, it is critical Leongatha is well placed to service future works.”

Mr Ryan said the Leongatha Industrial Zone Investigation project would assess further sites for potential industrial rezoning.

“The study will be benchmarked against similar reviews undertaken in Gippsland and Melbourne, particularly the recent Wellington Shire Council Industrial Land Review covering, Yarram, Maffra and Stratford,” Mr Ryan said.

“The study is intended to identify and cost infrastructure upgrades for transport routes, gas, water, electricity and sewage, and telecommunications.”

Mr Ryan said the South Gippsland Shire believed a supply of affordable and readily available land could create up to 200 jobs in the industrial sector within 18 months.

“The project will enable South Gippsland Shire Council to plan for the future infrastructure requirements identified in the study,” Mr Ryan said.

“The study will ensure the Council has suitable industrial land available to support the growth of the current businesses in Leongatha and any potential new businesses wanting to locate to Leongatha.

“Identifying and providing suitable areas will reduce economic ‘leakage’ outside the town and district, helping to revitalize the area.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government funding for the $125,000 Leongatha Industrial Zone Investigation project would be provided to South Gippsland Shire Council.

He said the project was expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 108 870

New guide reveals secrets of landscaping for bushfires

* * - Friday, March 30, 2012

A new guide to landscaping and designing gardens to best defend homes against bushfires has been launched by Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show today.

Mr Ryan said the 65-page publication called Landscaping for Bushfire: Garden Design and Plant Selection was developed by the CFA in response to Recommendation 44 of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and would be an invaluable resource.

“With the right advice, landscaping and garden design can minimise the effects of direct flame contact and radiant heat on a house during a bushfire,” Mr Ryan said.

“Even though all plants burn in severe bushfire conditions, greater understanding of vegetation, suitable plant choices and more practical garden layouts can help reduce the likelihood of losing a home.”

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the booklet and associated online tools would further educate people living in high-risk areas of simple measures to reduce the impact of bushfires.

“The booklet will demonstrate planning and design principles for gardens in coastal, hilly, rural and suburban environments,” Mr Ferguson said.

“It also discusses the importance of appropriate water supply, access, house construction and general property maintenance, as well as keeping areas around homes and other structures free of plants that could easily catch fire and ignite a building.

“For the first time, people can also assess the flammability of certain plant species using the plant selection key, which is available in the booklet as well as on the CFA’s website.

“The plant selection key will help guide decisions about the suitability of trees, plants or shrubs in gardens in areas of high bushfire risk.”

Mr Ryan said improved garden landscaping and design could help protect property, but on severe, extreme and code red days, leaving early was always the safest option.

To download a copy of the booklet or use the online plant selection tool visit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/firesafety/bushfire/prepare-your-property/prepare-garden.htm.

Media contact: Sonia Heath 0413 485 526

Wellington receives $12,000 heritage support

* * - Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wellington Shire Council has received $12,000 towards the provision of Heritage Advisory Services for 2011-12, Deputy Premier and Member for South Gippsland Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the funding would be used to provide Heritage Advisory Services through the appointment of an experienced professional to:

· Provide free advice to owners of heritage places;
· Assist councils with the management of heritage assets; and
· Promote heritage conservation in the municipality.

Mr Ryan said advisors helped residents make appropriate decisions on restoration and development plans for heritage sites.

“The Wellington Shire is home to Gippsland’s first city, Sale which was discovered in 1840, and Gippsland’s first port, Port Albert which discovered a year later in 1841,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Shire has a long and rich history and the Heritage Advisory Services will be of great assistance to the local community.”

Mr Ryan said the funding was based on previous expenditure and reflected the council’s commitment to preserving local heritage, with council supplementing the funds with a minimum $1 for $1 expenditure.

Planning Minister Mr Matthew Guy said the programs provided by Heritage Advisory Services had been successful in developing a positive attitude towards heritage through the provision of free heritage advice to councils, communities and owners and managers of heritage properties.

“The benefits of these services are now evident in many towns with restored heritage buildings, appropriate signage and upgraded streetscapes,” Mr Guy said.

“These services have helped people recognise the importance of early buildings, their role in our social lives and how they can enhance streetscapes and enrich our understanding of the past.”

Mr Guy said the Heritage Advisors would also be used to assist councils with the development of a Municipal Heritage Strategy for their municipality, a Victorian Coalition Government planning commitment.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 108 870

Wilsons Promontory tourism gets a boost

* * - Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has streamlined the planning process to enable the development of the Wilsons Promontory Gateway Tourist Facility at Yanakie.

“The amendment to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme facilitates the development of an environmentally responsive tourist precinct on the doorstep of the iconic Wilsons Promontory at 4215 Meeniyan-Promontory Road.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Louise Asher welcomed the amendment as it would contribute to the long term economic growth and sustainability of Gippsland by encouraging returning visitors, increasing both tourism and job opportunities.

“Investment attraction and development of our tourism infrastructure plays an important part in retaining Victoria’s competitiveness as a leading tourist destination,” Ms Asher said.

Mr Guy said the amendment would allow for the new tourist facility and subdivision to provide a significant local economic stimulus.

“Rezoning the land allows for individual cabins but excludes use of the land for permanent residences ensuring the integrity of the resort. The proposed development consists of 50 cabins, 20 semi-permanent safari tents, as well as a conference and restaurant facility,” Mr Guy said.

The tourist development has the support of the South Gippsland Shire Council, Parks Victoria and Tourism Victoria.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the tourism proposal had been long awaited, regionally significant and represented a turning point in the Prom’s history.

“The Coalition Government continues to provide for local employment opportunities by improving regional tourism, which in turn directly benefits Gippsland South,” Mr Ryan said.

Earlier this month Mr Guy brought forward the long awaited South Gippsland Rural Land Use Strategy 2011, which now provides very clear direction to support growth of dwellings and tourist activities in identified areas.

Amendment C57 will be gazetted shortly and available at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/planningschemes.


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