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THE Holy Trinity Anglican
Church and Yarram Commu-
nity Garden will be holding
a harvest festival on Sunday,
April 17 beginning with a
church service at 10.30am.
The church service will be fol-
lowed by a barbecue lunch in the
Reverend Jo White said the harvest
festival has been a part of the church
“forever”, aimed at giving thanks to
the Creator and to recognise the fruits
of the earth.
“The earth is a gift, we need to
change how we approach it,” she said.
“The church is rediscovering its
commitment to environmental issues.
The harvest festival is a great opportu-
nity for us to really highlight that.”
In 2015, the Yarram Community
Garden was established, which is lo-
cated between the Holy Trinity Church
and Crossley House.
The garden, which is real commu-
nity asset, will also be celebrated at the
Rev. Jo said the harvest festival
is no longer just for the people of the
church, it is for the whole community.
“Everyone is invited to come along
to the service and to stay for a nice bar-
becue lunch in the church grounds after-
wards,” she said.
“It will be very much about the
food and the environment. We will not
be using paper plates or plastic cutlery,
we will be doing it with care.”
Rev. Jo said apart from the usual
barbecue suspects, there will be sal-
ads prepared with local produce and
scones so people can enjoy the jams
people have made.
“It will be all about things people
have grown themselves,” she said.
“It is really about giving thanks to
the Creator, for all of the earth produc-
es that sustains us.”
Rev. Jo said the festival will be par-
ticularly poignant this year, as it has
been hard for farmers and those grow-
ing their own food.
“We are not expecting heaps of
baskets brimming with produce this
year, but we will be including hay in
this year’s display,” she said.
“We will be bringing that aspect
into the conversation. It is hard but we
have still got enough, we can still put
on a barbecue and say thank you for
what we have got.”
Pope Francis recently released
an encyclical letter on ecology and
climate, called On The Care For Our
Common Home, which Rev. Jo said
reflected the meaning of the harvest
“Pope Francis said, ‘Whether be-
lievers or not, we are agreed today that
the earth is essentially a shared inheri-
tance, whose fruits are meant to benefit
everyone’,” she said.
“In his address to European Parlia-
ment in 2014, he said, ‘Respect for the
environment, however, means more
than not destroying it; it also means us-
ing it for good purposes’.”
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Thankful for earthly delights
Good food: Reverend Jo White from the Anglican Parish of Yarram said this year’s harvest festival will
be a celebration of the earth’s provisions, as well as the town’s community garden.
LOOKING over the farm gate is a com-
munity event providing families with an op-
portunity to get off the farm and catch up
with likeminded members of the rural com-
munity. The event will be held at the Yarram
Recreation Reserve on Wednesday evening,
April 27 from 6.15pm till 9.30pm. A barbe-
cue dinner will be provided and for catering
purposes please call Wilma on 0407 300
348. See advert in today’s Yarram Standard
for more details.
THE Ada Crossley Concert is on this
Sunday from 1pm at the Tarraville his-
torical school house and members of the
public are invited to attend and learn
about this amazing performer.
MORNING teas will be hosted across the
country in aid of the annual Biggest Morn-
ing Tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
Last year, 90 biggest morning teas were
hosted in Wellington Shire with friends,
family and colleagues, raising $23, 239 to
help beat cancer.
On average, 253 people are diagnosed with
cancer in Wellington Shire every year, with
118 locals losing their lives to the disease.
To host an event, simply register, set a
date and invite your friends for morning tea.
In return, guests make a donation. While the
official date for Australia’s Biggest Morning
Tea is Thursday, May 26, hosts can hold an
event anytime during May or June.
YARRAM Junior Badminton registra-
tion forms can now be collected from the
Yarram Sports Store and are to be returned
to the sports store before Monday, April
25 or can be filled out and handed in at a
practice night. Practice nights for new and
returning players will be held on Friday,
April 15 and Friday, April 22 from 4pm to
6pm. The new season will begin on Friday,
April 29. If you have any enquiries contact
Sarah Gregory on 0429 173 667.
WELLINGTON Shire Council
has identified that a business case
for the extension of the Great
Southern Rail Trail and the Tarra
Trail is the next step towards at-
Wellington Shire’s general manager
development John Websdale issued a state-
ment in relation to questions put to the Shire
regarding the extension extending the Yar-
ram Rail Trail to connect with the Great
Southern Rail Trail and therefore boosting
tourism in this area.
“As part of a priority list of tourism proj-
ects for Gippsland given to State Govern-
ment, Council outlined the need to develop a
business case for the extensions of the Great
Southern Rail Trail and Tarra Trail.
A comprehensive business case which
will map out the stages of the trail, confirm
funding needs and identify benefits from its
Estimated funding needed for comple-
tion of the Great Southern Rail Trail within
Wellington Shire is $1 million, a further
$750,000 will be required to extend the trail
inside South Gippsland Shire and an esti-
mated $700,000 funding will be required to
extend the Tarra Trail.
Subject to Council approval, $200,000
has been allocated for the extension of the
Tarra Trail in forward budgets.
Rail trails are not Council assets; they
are located on Crown Land which is gov-
erned by the Department of Environment,
Land, Water and Planning. They are oper-
ated and maintained by voluntary commit-
tees of management.
However, Council sees the overall tour-
ism benefit of both the Great Southern Rail
Trail and the Tarra Trail and is advocating
for these extensions.
There will also be many flow on ben-
efits for the Port Albert and Yarram small
business sector which will become the end
or start points for visitors to these trails.
We understand this will be a long term
project but we look forward to working
with the Great Southern Rail Trail Commit-
tee and DELWP to see it come to fruition.”
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