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Rates review misses mark

Rates review misses mark

The rates review announced by the Labor State Government last week has missed the boat in relation to specifically reviewing farm rates, according to Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.“The terms of reference indicate the review will consider current rates and charges, current rating exemptions and concessions and the autonomy of councils to provide rates,” Mr Bull said.“The Nationals promised...
Stop campaign launched

Stop campaign launched

Mine Free Glenaladale launched its #stopkalbar campaign last Thursday in Bairnsdale at a community information night, drawing a crowd of more than 170.All Gippsland Federal Election candidates were invited to the meeting to present their views on the proposed mineral sands mine at The Fingerboards. Three attended in person, Labor candidate, Dr Antoinette Holm, of Churchill, Greens candidate, Deb...
Paint the town blue for Dolly

Paint the town blue for Dolly

Bairnsdale will band together for ‘Do It For Dolly Day’ on Friday, May 10, if Bairnsdale Horse Centre’s Carlee Knight has anything to do with it.“Do It For Dolly Day is an initiative which hopes to extend the Dolly’s Dream message within our community and build on the support available for those impacted by bullying,” Carlee said.“We want to continue to raise awareness about the issue of...
Budget up for revision

Budget up for revision

East Gippsland Shire councillors will consider a Revised Draft Budget 2019/20 next Tuesday, May 7, with the revision centering on a potential change to council’s rating strategy.If the revised rating strategy is adopted, the farm differential rate will be set at 82.5 per cent (rather than the originally proposed 90 per cent) and the commercial/industrial differential rate at 143 per cent (rather...
Sonia makes her case for federal seat

Sonia makes her case for federal seat

Benambra’s Sonia Buckley is running as an Independent candidate in the Federal Election on May 18.Ms Buckley is no stranger to elections, having contested both state and federal seats in the East Gippsland region in the past. During the recent Victorian State Election, Ms Buckley ran as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the seat of Gippsland East, which was retained by sitting member, Tim Bull,...
Rates remain on farming agenda

Rates remain on farming agenda

In February, a $300 jump in rates from the previous year had Goon Nure/Bengworden farmer, Robert Hoffman, wincing.To add insult to injury, they’ll increase yet again if the East Gippsland Shire Council’s recently released draft budget for 2019/2020 goes ahead.Council last week announced it may revisit its draft budget prior to public submissions formally closing on Friday, May...

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