By Michael Giles
WHEN every single customer coming into a local hairdressers last week declares, of their own volition, that the local shire council should be sacked, you know they’ve got to be in trouble.
The other comment many of them wanted to make was “we’re over it!”
And here at the Sentinel-Times, we’re over it too. Let the process take its course from here after the Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek issued what amounts to a ‘show cause’ notice, calling on councillors to say why they shouldn’t at the very least be suspended.
Only the State Parliament can sack a council, but this appears to be firmly on the table as well especially with the likes of the Local Government Inspectorate apparently homing in on Cr Andrew McEwen, whom they have accused of leaking confidential legal information to the complainants in the Bald Hills Wind Farm nuisance noise case.
Most unwise, if true, in a case that potentially has huge ramifications for private investment in the state’s renewable energy sector.
There’re more forces at play here than this little newspaper can muster, so we’ll leave it to the bigger players now.
Of far more importance and interest to local communities across the region is the work of our fantastic volunteers and we saw some evidence of the work they do over the weekend.
Out at Fish Creek, Thirds’ coach Dave Dorling was saddling up for another season after the heady days of a premiership in the AFL Thirds last year.
Dave has much more modest hopes for ultimate success this year, but the focus is firmly on giving a terrific group of young blokes some exercise, fun and comradeship in a safe, caring environment.
President of the Leongatha FNC Rob Van Rooy was of a similar mind when he asked Glenn and Shirleyanne Wright to unfurl the Seniors and Reserves flags on match day.
“It takes a lot of volunteer effort to put a flag up on the pole and that’s what we are honouring here today,” he said.
It was the same at Wonthaggi Power where hard-working club volunteers were pleasantly surprised with how well it all came together on the field against Warragul.
And at the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary raffle draw and afternoon tea on Sunday, CEO of the hospital Jan Childs paid tribute to the health service’s 200-plus volunteers headed up by the auxiliary ladies.
That’s what a community is all about. Not the damaging shenanigans that have been going on at the South Gippsland Council.
Next month, between May 20 and 26, it’s National Volunteers Week, a time to celebrate what these wonderful people do. Hopefully the other matter will be resolved by then as well.