CCF Regional Chapter Forum - Bairnsdale

Join us for our upcoming CCF Victoria Regional Chapter Dinner in Bairnsdale! This is a great opportunity to network with contractors and suppliers in your local area! This dinner event will include discussions on key issues currently facing the civil construction industry, as well as presentations on CCF’s latest advocacy work and new initiatives, designed to benefit the civil construction industry. If you are registered, please save the date, and if you haven’t registered yet, please make sure you do to not miss this vital industry forum that will be relevant to all civil companies in the Bairnsdale region!

Event Host: Shiga Chakkiath
Client Services Officer – East, CCF Victoria


Guest Speakers:

Melina Bath MP
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region

A Gippslander through and through, Melina was raised on a dairy farm and carries six generations in her DNA.

A love of Gippsland, its people and a strong sense of community propelled Melina into politics.  Melina believes that enhancing innovation of Gippsland’s natural and built resources, protecting agricultural industries, and investing in and growing regional communities should be a key priority for all levels of government.

In this 59th Victorian state parliament, Melina currently holds the positions of Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land Use and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education.

A passionate supporter of Gippsland, Melina uses her role to advocate for improved services across regional communities to support her constituents, industries, and employment.  Addressing the rising cost of living, fixing the state’s health crisis, and improving the state’s neglected regional infrastructure is a prime focus.

Fiona Weigall
General Manager Assets and Environment – East Gippsland Shire Council

Fiona Weigall is East Gippsland Shire Council’s General Manager Assets and Environment, overseeing a large and diverse portfolio of services focused on planning, developing, managing and maintaining the shire’s assets. Her directorate comprises over 300 staff.

Fiona has lived in East Gippsland for over a decade and has worked in a range of roles with Council. In her current role Fiona has overseen a range of initiatives related to both bushfire recovery and delivering essential services during a pandemic. Her energy and commitment have ensured that East Gippsland delivers and maintains a broad range of assets valued at over $1.1 billion.

Fiona embraces change and is outcome, focused, ensuring that community benefit is at the core of her team’s work.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Business Administration and has been with East Gippsland Shire Council in a variety of leadership roles since 2011. When not working you can find Fiona on the soccer field sidelines as a soccer mum.


Fiona will present an overview of the planning, delivery and maintenance of Council’s diverse asset portfolio. The expectations that Council has of its civil contractors and the challenges associated with delivering works in today’s challenging environment.

Tony Cantwell
CEO – Committee for Gippsland

Tony is the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Gippsland. He has a lifelong connection to Gippsland’s agriculture sector, growing up part of a family-run beef farm in South Gippsland. He has also worked across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors both locally and in Melbourne.

Beginning his career as a journalist at a local Gippsland newspaper, Tony then went on to study law and work as a commercial litigation lawyer with a full-service national commercial law firm based in Melbourne.

Tony has served on the Board of the Royal Flying Doctors Service as part of their Directors First Program and is currently on the Committee at the Stony Creek Racing Club and is a graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Passionate about Gippsland’s future, Tony committed to helping realise the opportunities open to the greatest region in Australia, Gippsland.

Tony will discuss the opportunities for Gippsland in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games  and provide an update on work being undertaken by the Committee for Gippsland including the Gippsland Clean Energy Future and the refresh of the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan.



In light of the current global pandemic situation, CCF Victoria has taken preventative measures in order to ensure the safety of our delegates, partners and members of staff thus reducing the risk of spreading the virus. As such, and to be able to attend our event, we will require for you to adhere to the following measures:

  • Do not attend if you are displaying signs/symptoms of COVID-19 (these typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath).
  • Upon arrival you will need to present a confirmation of your vaccination status.
  • You are required to wear a mask in confined areas (e.g. lifts).
  • There are hand sanitising stations around the building. Please use these regularly.
  • You are certain that you have not been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of COVID-19.

We will continue to monitor the situation and official updates on government guidance with respect to Covid-19 and as a result, please bear in mind that our event may be affected by this and could be postponed or cancelled.