Letters Archive

Urgent call for more public housing

By Michael Giles Every Victorian deserves the safety and security of a home. But for many, that’s becoming increasingly harder. A significant number of Victorians, particularly young Victorians, are struggling to break into the housing market. House prices are rising and upfront costs –

Give us a safe boat ramp

Phillip Island has the worst boat ramps in Australia! Even now plans have been drawn up [for Rhyll] to repeat what is already there and totally inadequate for the increasing use. We need a boat ramp that is safe in all weather! Facing to

Long fight to save forests

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell. Therefore, congratulations must go to the Preserve Our Forest Committee for their commitment, expertise and professionalism in their long fight to save our forests from logging. The

More costs for rural landowners

The South Gippsland Shire has proposed local law amendments that seriously erode the rights and safety of people living on rural land. Under proposed amendments, land zoned as Rural Living, Rural Activity and Rural Conservation will no longer have the right to own agricultural

More red tape for animals

Thank you to the many in the community who have warned of the impacts of the South Gippsland Shire Council’s proposed General Local Law 2014 (Amendment 1 of 2019). If this is passed all will be affected in one way or another as Australia

Fire response your responsibility, says CFA Chief

Sentinel-Times editorial comment THE experience of ‘Ash Wednesday’ in February 1983, when 2545 people lost their homes and there were 75 fatalities in Victorian and South Australia was that well-prepared residents could stay and defend their homes. All that changed after ‘Black Saturday’ in

Unsuitable for a skate park

As reported two weeks ago, the goalposts have changed. Back in February this year the council deemed Grayden’s Reserve, Newhaven, unsuitable because of close proximity to houses; insufficient parking; future construction of a roundabout may impact on the size of the Reserve and limited

Don’t chop down ‘Gatha’s trees

It was astonishing to learn that the South Gippsland Shire Council has determined that the removal of the 17 remaining 50-year-old Queensland Brushbox trees in Peart Street, Leongatha, is justified, and should then be replaced by one of the most ineffective street shrubs conceived,

Ask the people about the train

I attended the presentation at Leongatha’s Dakers Centre by Southern Rail Group (SRG) on November 19. SRG has plans for a Tourist Train to run from Nyora to Leongatha on the current rail tracks, not only that, they claim they will build the rail

‘Burra deserves this venture

The Korumburra Historical Society invited Mr Sword (South Gippsland Shire acting CEO) to provide information on the most talked about issue of this beautiful town (the hub). Lots of questions were asked. Getting my thoughts together, that all people of different ages will come

Let’s hope Labor delivers on coastal park promises

By Michael Giles AHEAD of the last State Election, Daniel Andrews trumpeted an “historic boost for camping in Victoria’s great outdoors”. And a key aspect of that promise was a pledge to establish a new coastal park along the Bass Coast “linking up the

More red tape for livestock

I am writing in the hope that this letter will alert readers in the South Gippsland Shire of the disastrous impacts the proposed General Local Law 2014 (Amendment 1 of 2019) will have on a significant number of landholders. Under the proposed amendments, landholders

Find another spot for skate park

This is not brief, it’s impossible to be brief on this topic of the ‘Regional Skate Park’ planning in Newhaven’s only age-appropriate little playground and open green space at the gateway to our natural attraction at Phillip Island. We are all for the youth