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O’Brien tables petition to save Foster jobs

The Foster and district community has rallied strongly to deliver the clear message that it won’t accept the move of South Gippsland Water out of Foster.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has tabled a petition in State Parliament with over 1,000 signatures objecting to the authority’s plan to relocate its corporate office away from Foster.

Mr O’Brien said the Corner Inlet community was deeply concerned by the inevitable economic impact that the community would feel if South Gippsland Water was to move its offices to Leongatha or Wonthaggi.

“This petition which I have prepared and has been spearheaded by the Foster Chamber of Commerce, calls on the government to see sense and keep South Gippsland Water in Foster,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Locals are rightly concerned that taking 50 jobs out of a small town like Foster will have a flow on impact to the rest of the community.

“South Gippsland Water claims it needs to be closer to the bulk of its customers in the western end of the region, but I find it hard to see the logic in that reasoning when very few of their customers ever physically attend the corporate office.

“In my mind the negatives, including the expected cost of a green-field site which would be passed on to all SGW customers, far outweigh the perceived benefits.

“It’s clear the local community agrees, with 1054 people signing the petition in just a couple of weeks, with more to come.  Local businesses will continue to offer the petition for signing over coming months.”

The tabling of this petition follows Mr O’Brien raising the issue in State Parliament last month, calling on the Minister to intervene and ask South Gippsland Water to halt its plans to build new offices in Leongatha or Wonthaggi.

He is yet to receive a formal response from the Minister.

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has tabled over 1000 signatures on a petition to halt the relocation of South Gippsland Water from Foster.

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