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Gippy AGchat February 5, 2018

Draft Gunaikurnai Management Plan

2017 Gippsland Regional Assembly

Planned Burns latest

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Skyfest New Year’s Eve Family Festival

Lakes Entrance Action & Development Association are currently  in the process of organising the Skyfest New Year’s Eve Family Festival 2017, Market and Activities.

The Festival this year will run from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight and will be conducted on the Foreshore and Esplanade as in previous years.

This year the focus is strongly on Families as indicated in the naming of the Festival.

Last year there were many, many comments from Locals and Visitors stating that they expected to see activities during the day in the lead up to the Concert and Fireworks, this year we are addressing those comments by extending the trading hours of the Market and activities from 12 noon to 12 Midnight.

In conjunction with Chants extending their Carnival with a new rollercoaster ride we will have an event which will be enjoyed by all.

As such LEADA are currently extending invitations to Clubs and Community Groups who may be interested in conducting a demonstration or workshop as part of the entertainment.

LEADA are also now taking applications from Stallholders who wish to be part of the Day/Night Market.

LEADA would greatly appreciate if you would pass this on to any of your contacts whom you believe may be interested in holding a stall in the Market.

Also if you are a member of a club or Community Group who you think would like to be part of the entertainment on the day, or would like to be involved in anyway during the festival, please contact:

Cheryl Wille
Lakes Entrance Action & Development Assoc. Inc
Po Box 486 Lakes Entrance Vic 3909
Mobile: 0488705774

The stallholders application is on our website

Thank you for helping LEADA to spread the word, in an effort to create an event our town will be proud to present to families throughout the region and beyond.

Maritime Safety Victoria advisory

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) recently held a discussion session at Lakes Entrance for commercial businesses who hire or run kayak, canoe or SUP activities.

This is one of several discussion sessions being held around Victoria. Transport Safety Victoria TSV is the State Government Agency that manages all waterways.  They delegate various waterway management responsibilities to Water Police, Gippsland Ports, Parks Victoria, Coast Guard etc.

The session held at SEAMEC Lakes Entrance had 7 attendees. The presenter was Gareth Johnson, Marine Surveyor with Marine Safety Victoria (MSV), which is part of TSV.  Gareth is also an active sea-kayaker and recently crossed Bass Strait.

The presentation was aimed at any business who hires or loans out Kayaks, Canoes or SUP boards. This includes accommodation business who may have a few kayaks in the back shed which are available to guests!  All “boat” hire businesses have many responsibilities and procedures regarding safety and maintenance of vessels… These responsibilities and procedures also apply to businesses hiring or conducting kayak tours.  While it is acknowledged Kayaks, Canoe and SUP boards are not a registered boat and users do not need a license, research has shown many users do get into difficulty due to lack of training, advice and proper procedures.  Unfortunately there has been several deaths from Kayak accidents and many searches for lost kayakers.  As a business hiring or loaning kayaks, it is important to have procedures in place as the cost of a search (lost kayaker) can be a big expense on the hirer.

TSV are encouraging any business who hires or conduct tours to undertake the following.

  • Regular maintenance of all equipment (Kayak, paddle, jacket etc)
  • Instruction on the use of equipment
  • Fitting of suitable Lifejacket
  • Defined geographical limits
  • Explanation of weather conditions
  • Time frames to conduct activity.

TSV encourage all Kayak, canoe or SUP Board hire or tour businesses to produce a “Safety Management Plan” (all commercial boat tour or hire businesses must do it now by law) thus this document (SMP) will contain all information about the water activity including check lists. Thus demonstrating to authorities and insurance companies you have taken all possible care to inform the user.

The TSV website has more information.

Strengthening Parks Victoria Program

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Strengthening Parks Victoria Program
East Gippsland Community and Education Hub, Bairnsdale


Victoria can expect an increased risk of grassfire this season while late spring drying has the potential to escalate bushfire behaviour in forested areas in late summer.

The highest risk will be across central and western Victoria in both grass and bush areas.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook was released today in Brisbane and is used by fire authorities and emergency agencies to make strategic decisions about bushfire preparedness.

Developed by the Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with fire and land managers, the seasonal outlook predicts Victoria’s bushfire season to start later than in previous years with the potential for fire risk to increase in January and February.

Above average winter and spring rainfall combined with warmer temperatures is likely to result in extensive grass growth in the urban interface, increasing the risk of grass fire.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said fire preparedness would need to focus on western and central Victoria including the urban interface areas.

“With increased rain and higher temperatures leading to considerable grass growth it will be critical for people living in interface areas to be prepared, and to be prepared early,” he said.

“This means the community needs to plan for fire prevention works and take action to complete the works before summer commences.

“Strong grass growth will prompt the need to consider a two stage management process this season, that is the first phase beginning in November with follow up works in December and January as there will be significant regrowth.

“It will be important that we start early this season rather than risk leaving preparedness to the last minute when it’s too late.”

“Grass fires can start unexpectedly, they are fast-moving and can have significant impacts. We need to make sure we are prepared this summer.”

Mr Lapsley said the seasonal outlook also predicted an increase in bushfire risk across forested areas later on in summer.

“Victoria is a bushfire prone area, and we will continue to experience significant fires. What’s important is how we plan and prepare for this, how we respond and make the critical decisions and how we build resilience so we can more easily recover.

“We’re in this together and it’s about community, government, agencies and business working as one to build safer and more resilient communities”

The seasonal outlook expects the fire potential across Victoria to be:
-Below normal for East Gippsland due to above average rainfall
-Normal for Far East Gippsland and the Murray Valley
-Late fire behaviour is expected across west and south Gippsland, including Melbourne’s water catchments and across most of the south west.
-Above normal for the eastern Otway Ranges, Brisbane Ranges, Wombat Forest and dry forest areas bordering Victoria’s box iron bark belt.
The Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for southern Australia is published by the Bushfire and National Hazards CRC and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC).
For media enquiries please contact Lauren Pike on (03) 8684 7166
A full copy of the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook can be viewed below.

East Gippsland Official Visitors’ Guide (OVG)

The East Gippsland Official Visitors’ Guide (OVG) is the region’s premier publication showcasing the unique, exciting and intriguing attractions our Naturally Magic destination has to offer is now selling advertising opportunities.

Advertising rates and further details for you to consider are attached. Please complete and return the “Booking Form 2017/Tax Invoice” if you would like to be part of the 2017 East Gippsland Official Visitors’ Guide.

Payment and advert approval must be received by Monday October 3 2016.

If you would like to speak to us further please reply to

with your name and contact details and a OVG sales representative will get back to you shortly.

Small Business Breakfast: What makes Us Buy & Buy In!

7:00 am - 9:00 am Small Business Breakfast: What makes Us Buy & Buy In!