Home' Yarram Standard : February 3rd 2016 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD”, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - PA G E 5
HOLIDAYMAKERS at the
Yanakie and Long Jetty cara-
van parks will soon be sub-
jected to further action by
South Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil if their caravans are not
brought up to standard.
Council expects annual site-
holders to be compliant by the end
Council CEO Tim Tamlin told
The Standard site-holders at the
Yanakie and Long Jetty caravan
parks had been informed.
“Council will also be sending
final reminder notices for 2015-16
permits to be signed and returned
shortly,” he said.
“In both cases council will take
further action if site-holders don’t
respond to requests within the time-
Damien Lindau is an annual
permit-holder and chairperson for
the committee representing Yanakie
and Long Jetty caravan park annual
He said current legal action may
alter council’s timeframes.
“We are in negotiation with coun-
cil’s solicitors to set a mediation
date, which was originally set for
early December,” he said.
“Our solicitor hopes it will be as
soon as possible, to get a positive
outcome for both parties.”
Mr Lindau said council had pre-
viously stated it had no intention of
kicking annuals out of the parks.
“However, council is making it
so hard for annuals to comply they
are leaving on their own. The condi-
tions are ridiculously expensive and
difficult,” he said.
“These are retired caravans, the
majority with annexes attached and
draw bars removed. Some of us are
looking at up to $15,000 to become
compliant,” he said.
Mr Lindau said annuals at both
caravan parks were proactively en-
gaged with the council to try to ne-
gotiate a more mutually beneficial
set of permit conditions and fees.
“Unfortunately early in our dis-
cussions with the council they made
it very clear they were not willing to
negotiate on the key issues of fees
and compliance,” he said.
“In an email sent in September
2014 to the committee representing
the annuals, acting CEO Anthony
Seabrook said ‘these areas are not
Mr Lindau said the unwilling-
ness to negotiate was further re-
iterated by council through its
solicitors on January 22, 2015.
“Council’s solicitor wrote: ‘our in-
structions are that unless your clients
are prepared to accept the new per-
mit fees established by council and
the need for unregisterable movable
dwellings to be made registrable and
compliant, or else removed, council
does not see any point in meeting to
discuss the matters raised in corre-
spondence between our offices’.”
Mr Lindau said until the matter
between the committee and council
has gone before court, he will not be
making his van compliant.
“I can’t reasonably do it; the cost
will be extraordinary. I have made
some changes towards compliance.
The van is not registered or towable,
but it is removable,” he said.
“I don’t think there is a single van
in the park that is registered or genu-
Mr Lindau said across the two
parks, 100 annuals are already gone
and more are preparing to go.
“Yanakie has gone from a park
full of people, full of annuals and
full of life to one that is dying, which
is a real shame,” he said.
“Due to council’s unwillingness
to work with annuals to resolve these
issues, many annuals from both cara-
van parks felt little option but to va-
cate the parks or engage a solicitor.”
Annual at Yanakie, Rod Francis,
said he has “not done a thing” to
his caravan in an attempt to become
compliant and welcomes court ac-
tion from council.
“I refuse to do anything because
I can’t find anyone who knows what
they are talking about. I can’t believe
council is not trying harder to nego-
tiate a resolution with the annuals,”
flick, they can take me to court.”
Shape up or ship out
AT the Port Welshpool Long Jetty Meeting
on January 15, there was almost universal
support for community management.
This offer was read by South Gippsland
Shire Councillor Nigel Hutchinson–Brooks:
“...Gippsland Ports would, with government
approval, willingly relinquish responsibility for
management, operation and maintenance to any
party prepared to accept and which is demon-
strably capable of exercising these functions in
their entirety on an enduring basis...”
This change in management is fundamental
to restoring the Long Jetty as envisioned by the
late John Parker, past secretary of Gippsland
Trades and Labour Council.
Gippsland Ports can’t charge universally
supported jetty entry fees or take up any offers
To it there is no source of revenue for main-
tenance and the jetty can only be concrete - to
stand for 40 years without maintenance.
To the community the wooden jetty is far
cheaper to restore and creates local ongoing
employment in its restoration and maintenance
all ‘costs’ Gippsland Ports wants to avoid.
The oil industry, exempt from paying jetty
fees and charges, is the most likely to use a
concrete jetty, if constructed, and due to secu-
rity the public would then be banned from the
Gippsland Ports and council shut down a
successful local committee that had generated
an offer to build an underwater observatory
worth $5 million, create income for jetty main-
tenance and more than 20 fulltime jobs, insur-
ance sponsorship, etc in 2010.
Gippsland Ports and council then created
another committee where all those appointed
had to sign the Secrecy Act.
However, the offer of community manage-
ment, even if five years late, is what the com-
munity has long sort.
Mr Parker kept working with the Gippsland
community to restore the Long Jetty after 2010,
continuing even when he was gravely ill.
With him the community developed a plan
for the staged opening of the Long Jetty; first to
the slipway shed, as had been done when the
jetty was first built in 1938.
Then, into the future, the plan was to gener-
ate funds from jetty entry fees and sponsorship
for its ongoing restoration and maintenance.
Mr Parker’s shared vision was for appren-
ticeships and ongoing work funded by jetty en-
try fees and sponsorship.
A council business plan estimated 80,000
people would use the jetty annually. Small en-
try fees would easily raise sufficient funds for
Its wooden restoration for pedestrians and an
ambulance was quoted by the principle engineer
of Marine and Civil in 2011 as $3.3 million.
Peter Ryan, who became Deputy Premier,
went to the 2010 election with this quote and
promise of restoration and was resoundingly
However, Gippsland Ports has used money
designated to restore the jetty to ‘build the case’
through consultants reports to make it concrete
and act like ‘two legged termites’, forever
spending restoration funds pulling bits of it.
This is despite heritage listing by the Na-
tional Trust. In 2011 Peter Ryan raised another
We now have $5 million set aside which
is easily enough to get started with the first
stage which could be completed and insured in
This funding can then be built on with spon-
sorship and jetty fees, and underwater cameras
and large screens could provide a budget under-
Toilets and shelter would attract more
visitors and more income for the Long Jetty’s
restoration and maintenance, while generating
tourism for local businesses.
One mention on ABC’s Australia All Over
generated more than a thousand responses na-
tionally on its Facebook site, proving the na-
tional value Australia’s third largest wooden
The National Trust and the Gippsland
Trades and Labor Council can support com-
munity management for the ‘John Parker Plan’
and have the project management capacity and
experience to better use $5 million restore and
manage the jetty to maximise it value to em-
ployment, training and tourism.
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Community push to
take over long jetty
WARRINGA Hereford Stud
showcased its finest livestock
on Monday, as part of the an-
nual Beef Week event.
Bill and Minnie Kee opened
the farm gates to visitors and cli-
ents throughout the day, which saw
around 35 people attend to inspect
This year, the Kee’s had six of
Bowmont Z458 Victory’s sons on of-
fer, which Mr Kee said were some of
the best bulls the stud had ever bred.
Mr Kee said the day was very
successful and included the sale of
three bulls and two heifers.
“There was a lot of interest in our
cattle and a lot of complimentary re-
marks, which is gratifying for us,”
“We sold three bulls out of six
and there is a likelihood we will sell
another stud bull in the near future.
The stud heifers went to a Hereford
stud that wanted some animals for
their poll herd.”
Many regular clients and visi-
tors attended the open day, but Mr
Kee was extremely pleased with the
number of new visitors to Warringa
“We sold cattle to return clients,
as well as some new clients,” he
Mr Kee said the stud has a few
bulls left that he hopes will sell in the
“We will probably take one away
to the Herefords Australia National
Show and Sale in Wodonga in May,”
Good bulls: Warringa Hereford Stud owner Bill Kee, left with Yarram dairy farmer and beef producer
Damian Moore at the stud’s Beef Week open day on Monday.
AFTER a weekend of rain and
storms, the Yarram SES unit had just
two callouts, both for downed trees.
The unit also attended three incidents the
previous weekend, one of which was a car
Yarram deputy controller for training
and operations Mark Holland said it was
about average for this time of year.
“Summer is one of our busy periods,”
The Yarram unit has 22 active members
and wants to build that number to at least 30
over the next 12 months
As a part of its recruitment, the unit is
holding an open night on Tuesday, February
9 at 7.30pm at the shed on Railway Avenue.
“The open night is designed to give
people an idea of what we do as a unit, and
as the SES generally. We are looking for re-
cruits, so we want people to know what is
involved,” Mr Holland said.
Mr Holland said the Yarram unit is look-
ing for people who are able to make a com-
mitment, as SES volunteers are on call 24
hours a day, 365 days a year.
He said the unit is for anyone and everyone.
“Our unit is very evenly split between
men and women, all of our members par-
ticipate in the same training and together at
incidents,” he said.
Mr Holland said the Yarram unit is an all
“In this region we are the primary road
crash incident unit, one of the main search
and rescue groups and the main flood and
storm agency,” he said.
Mr Holland said the Yarram unit is one
of the more highly trained units in the state.
“We have made leadership development
a key part of what we do,” he said.
“Between October 2013 and October
2015, as a unit we completed 364 courses
and achieved 702 competencies. We do
so much training, we have to organise the
schedule 12 months in advance.”
This year, the Yarram unit will cover
hazmat training and urban search and rescue
training, as well as swift water rescues.
“We take a really professional approach
to our training,” Mr Holland said.
“Because of the nature of the work we
do, we also do a lot of multi agency cross
The SES works closely with the CFA,
the police, the Department of Environment,
Land, Water and Planning and the ambu-
Make a commitment to SES
Join us: Yarram SES member Shaun Clark, left and deputy controller for train-
ing and operations Mark Holland will be at an open night on Tuesday, Febru-
ary 9. The night will help educate the public on the role of SES and hopefully
encourage some new members.
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