Traralgon growth plan delayed

Adoption of the Traralgon Growth Areas Review has once againbeen deferred by Latrobe City council to a future meeting.
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A Traralgon West resident speaking at Wednesday night’scouncil meeting raised feelings of not being properly consulted on the plan.

Council was also informed that a scientific report detailingthe odour buffer to be included around Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill, wouldbe finalised and released soon.

Further community consultation will now be undertaken.

No jump yet on police band-wagon

Latrobe City Council has asked for more information beforeit weighs into the discussion about Victoria Police’s decision to cut two ofits three bands.

Banyule City mayor Wayne Phillips wrote to councilrequesting it to show support for the bands and oppose the decision to disbandthe Show Band and Code One rock band.

Mayor Sandy Kam said councillors decided the informationprovided was insufficient to make a decision to write letters to relevantmembers of Parliament.

Council has requested a detailed explanation of the decisionfrom Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

Waste change concerns

Latrobe City Council has formally opposed the StateGovernment’s proposed structure changes to the Gippsland Regional Waste ManagementGroup, saying they “diminish” the role and input of Gippsland’s localgovernment representatives on waste issues.

Although the GRWMG is a government body, it is legally ownedby the councils it encompasses and all six Gippsland municipalities haverepresentatives on the group’s board.

Under the proposed changes, the group would become a fullgovernment statutory authority and the councils would be able to elect onlyfour of the eight directors, effectively leaving two Gippsland localgovernments without direct representation.

The government would elect the other four board members.

“Waste is the biggest line item in local government budgetsand planning decisions are always tempered by local government representativeswho are a lot closer to the issues,” Cr Graeme Middlemiss said.

Cr Middlemiss, who is also Latrobe City’s representative onthe GRWMG, moved a motion as a matter of urgent business on Wednesday nightthat council advise relevant members of Parliament of its concerns and requestthe support of the other Gippsland councils.

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