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Councils bat for future

GIPPSLAND councils heard of a state-wide push to ensure the viability of rural councils, when mayors and CEOs met in Leongatha recently.

South Gippsland Shire Council hosted the monthly meeting of the Gippsland Local Government Network and among the speakers was a representative of Rural Councils Victoria.

GLGN chair Cr Peter Neal said smaller councils do not have as many ratepayers to draw on as their city counterparts and with the likelihood of rate capping, councils were concerned about their viability.

Cr Neal said rural councils needed to know the level at which rates would be capped.

“Is it going to be the same in Melbourne as it will be in the regional areas?” the mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council said.

The meeting also received an update about the rollout of the National Broadband Network from NBN Co.

A speaker from Regional Development Victoria also spoke about the expansion of the conventional gas network in Gippsland, namely to Lakes Entrance and Orbost. 

Heads together: members of the Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) met at South Gippsland Shire Council’s chambers recently.  Front, from left, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding and East Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Peter Neal.  Middle, mayor of Wellington Shire Council Cr Carolyn Crossley, Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley, Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Helen Anstis and mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council Debbie Brown.  Back, East Gippsland Shire Council CEO Gary Gafney, CEO of Latrobe City Council Gary Van Driel, South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin and mayor of Latrobe City Council Cr Dale Harriman.

Heads together: members of the Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) met at South Gippsland Shire Council’s chambers recently.
Front, from left, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding and East Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Peter Neal.
Middle, mayor of Wellington Shire Council Cr Carolyn Crossley, Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley, Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Helen Anstis and mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council Debbie Brown.
Back, East Gippsland Shire Council CEO Gary Gafney, CEO of Latrobe City Council Gary Van Driel, South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin and mayor of Latrobe City Council Cr Dale Harriman.

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