Applauding their efforts

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council administrators stood and applauded the community, emergency service workers and front-line workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The heartfelt tribute came as council opened its second ordinary meeting behind closed doors and only available to the public and media via livestream.

Chief administrator Julie Eisenbise said she wanted to acknowledge emergency service workers, healthcare workers, people working in supermarkets and those keeping other stores open as well as “our farmers who are feeding the nation at the moment”.

She also praised community members who were checking in on their neighbours, cooking meals and shopping for others.

“We are so proud,” Ms Eisenbise said.

Over-governed?

HOW many policies does it take to manage a museum collection?

Chief administrator Julie Eisenbise says South Gippsland Shire Council has 14 policies in place related to the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum!

The administrators adopted a reviewed version of the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum’s Collection Policy last week to replace an inactive Curatorial Advisory Committee with a museum professional on an ad hoc basis.

Together again

Council’s three administrators did not meet face-to-face between the March and April ordinary council meetings, instead relying on technology for briefings and other meetings.

Ms Eisenbise also noted administrators were fully reliant on technology instead of printed papers for last week’s meeting.

The time gap between in-person meetings of the administrators is set to increase as the Victorian Parliament passed the Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill on Thursday, April 23, which paves the way for virtual council meetings from May 1.

Previous legislation required councillors or administrators to attend council meetings in-person.

Caravan park site options

Several possible sites have been identified for a caravan and camping ground in Sandy Point, however, council will not play a role in developing any of the sites.

Council adopted a strategy ‘Undertaking investigations to support the future of caravan and camp grounds at Sandy Point’ at its meeting last week. The strategy identifies sites “where a new privately owned and operated [facility] might choose to locate should market demand support its development”.

The strategy was described in an officer’s report as “a response to the likelihood that the privately-owned Sandy Point Caravan Park will be replaced by incremental subdivision and residential development in the near future”.

A site west of the township was identified as council’s preferred location in June last year.