Mayor Harriman to finish degree

Latrobe City mayor Dale Harriman has successfully sought approval to use most of his allocated personal development allowance to undertake a Bachelor of Applied Management through Federation Training.

Councillors are allocated a $2500 allowance per year to undertake study, short courses or other training opportunities.

Cr Harriman will use $8600 toward the $9600 cost of the course, which will see him study about eight hours per week part-time over two years.

Through previous study, Cr Harriman said he had obtained credit for two years of the three-year degree.

“I saw it as an opportunity for development as a councillor,” Cr Harriman said.

Tree stands in McDonald’s way

An agreement for landscaping works around the western entrance to Moe to improve the visibility of the McDonald’s Restaurant sign has been held up due to one Eucalyptus tree.

Latrobe City Council has been forced to negotiate an amendment to the plan to appease VicRoads, who objected to lights being installed under a eucalypt.

McDonald’s raised concerns last year that trees were obstructing the view of the signs for passing motorists and the franchise was losing business as a result.

A landscaping plan needs to be agreed upon by both parties.