Clo­sure de­ferred

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - COUNCIL NEWS -

A de­ci­sion on a pro­posed road clo­sure of a sec­tion of McDon­ald’s Trk, Thor­p­dale has been de­ferred pend­ing le­gal ad­vice.

Baw Baw Shire has de­ferred a de­ci­sion un­til it re­ceives a fur­ther re­port to coun­cil next month.

Coun­cil heard sub­mis­sions from two prop­erty own­ers in Oc­to­ber who were di­vided over a pro­posal for coun­cil to de­clare a sec­tion of the road un­used.

Coun­cil gave pub­lic no­tice in Au­gust of its in­ten­tion to dis­con­tinue the por­tion of road that was not deemed re­quired for pub­lic use.

One prop­erty owner, Ali­cia Teska, had ex­pressed in­ter­est in pur­chas­ing the sec­tion of road re­serve which is cur­rently the sub­ject of a DELWP li­cence.

The neigh­bours are in dis­pute over a crossover within the road re­serve.

Cr Dar­ren Wal­lace said he would have liked to have dealt with the mat­ter but it was a del­i­cate sit­u­a­tion that needed le­gal ad­vice.

He said it was ap­pro­pri­ate coun­cil con­sid­ered the mat­ter along­side le­gal ad­vice to make the best de­ci­sion fi­nan­cially and in the best in­ter­ests of the res­i­dents who are af­fected.

Cr Peter Kos­tos said coun­cil had sought le­gal ad­vice and had to con­sider the ad­vice in its de­ci­sion – “par­tic­u­larly with le­gal argy-bargy on both sides.” the com­mu­nity as it con­tin­ued to face the chal­lenges of a rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion with age­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

She said the board was hum­bled by the ac­tions of the com­mu­nity in voic­ing its de­sire for a new hos­pi­tal and to the com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als whose fundrais­ing and dona­tions con­trib­uted an “im­pres­sive $1.37 mil­lion”.

Spe­cial ac­knowl­edge­ment was also given in the re­port to the ex­ec­u­tive team, staff and vol­un­teers.

The op­er­at­ing sur­plus was achieved de­spite ex­pen­di­ture ris­ing to $108.5 mil­lion, 8.1 per cent more than the pre­vi­ous year, against a 7.5 per cent in­crease in in­come to $109.1 mil­lion.

Em­ployee ex­penses and non-salary labour costs ac­counted for the bulk - $81.6 mil­lion – of ex­pen­di­ture.

On the rev­enue side gov­ern­ment grants to­wards op­er­at­ing costs to­talled $86.7 mil­lion, an in­crease of more than $6 mil­lion on 20162017.

West Gipp­s­land Health­care Group awarded life gov­er­nor­ship at its an­nual meet­ing Jan Ben­nett in ac­knowl­edge­ment of her 27 years’ ser­vice to nurs­ing at the War­ragul hos­pi­tal.

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