Home' Yarram Standard : July 13th 2016 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - PAG E 3
WITH the Turnbull Coalition returned
to government with a 76 seat majority,
expectations are the $11 million Port
Welshpool Long Jetty restoration will
begin as soon as possible.
The restoration of the Long Jetty is expected
to generate $32 million in total economic impact
over the first 10 years of operation and 96 ad-
ditional jobs during the construction phase with
five ongoing jobs.
The South Gippsland Shire Council is cur-
rently awaiting official confirmation from the
Federal Government for the funding towards the
“Due to this there is no further comment on
the process at this stage,” council CEO Tim Tam-
Councillor Jeanette Harding said when the
time comes to advertise for tenders, she hopes it
is done Australia wide.
“I will be fighting very hard to make that hap-
pen,” she said.
“The restoration will not only benefit Port
Welshpool and South Gippsland, but all of
Cr Harding said once the jetty has been re-
stored, she would expect to see growth in the sur-
“We have turned a corner, but now the hard
work starts,” she said.
Port Welshpool Working Group vice president
Vern Suckling said the group is looking forward
to work on the Long Jetty starting.
“We are happy that now the election has been
the decided, planning and work can begin as soon
as possible,” he said.
Mr Suckling said having the jetty restored will
create jobs and improve tourism for the regions.
Peter Rose from the Port Welshpool General
Store said the imminent rehabilitation of the
Long Jetty has caused a lot of excitement within
the community from both tourists and locals.
“Everyone is waiting in anticipation for the
project to start. As long as it is done, it will be
something positive for the area, anything done
will create employment,” he said.
“The local real estate agent has even reported
an influx of enquiries since the announcement of
funding was on the news.”
Mr Rose said it was good thing to see both
major political parties working for the same out-
come prior to the election.
“Now it is just a matter of getting it organised,
getting the condition assessment done and tenders
out so we can see what the plan is,” he said.
A spokesperson for Gippsland Ports said the im-
portance of the Long Jetty to the South Gippsland
community in supporting regional social and eco-
nomic values has long been recognised.
“Following confirmation of funding, the first
steps will include: finalising project implemen-
tation management arrangements; developing
funding agreements in conjunction with South
Gippsland Shire and State and Federal Govern-
ment funding agencies; carrying out a current
condition assessment to inform a review of the
scope of required works and developing contract
documentation and tendering arrangements,”
“Gippsland Ports has dedicated significant
resources with State Government support to fa-
cilitate and develop initial assessments, evalu-
ations and designs to inform and support deci-
sions on the rehabilitation direction and funding
The rehabilitation will result in a significant
reduction in risks associated with the deteriorat-
ing condition of the jetty. “Given the condition of
the structure, this will not be without significant
challenges,” the spokesperson said.
“Ports is looking forward to working in part-
nership with the State and Federal funding agen-
cies and South Gippsland Shire to realise the
outcomes of this important project to the South
THE incidents of burglaries in and
around Yarram are of major concern to
While figures just released by the RACV insur-
ance claims were down in Wellington Shire. Police
officers in Yarram say thieves seem to be targeting
the local area and want property and home owners to
step up their security to deter would be thieves.
According to new data put out by RACV, Wel-
lington households lodged 28 burglary claims in
2015 compared to 30 in 2014 with the total home
burglaries dropping by 20 percent from 84 to 67.
Yarram Police say the incidents of burglaries in the
Yarram district is going the opposite way and wants
property owners to be aware of this worrying trend.
Senior Constable Scott Beekman said there were
many ways to secure your property and deter would
Some of these include tnstalling a security cam-
era. Ensure all doors and windows are well secured,
leave a spare key with someone you trust rather than
hiding at your house and consider a small energy ef-
ficient light at the front of your property which will
turn on and off to give the impression that someone
is at home.
When away from your property for extended pe-
riods ask the post office to hold your mail or ask a
friend to collect your mail from your mailbox. Don’t
post on social media that you are away from your
home. Lock your tool shed and don’t leave items
laying around your residence that could be used by
someone to break into your home. Don’t leave wal-
lets, mobile phones, car keys or any other valuables
unattended in places easily sighted through a win-
dow. Keep your garden trimmed and well lit.
“People should keep an eye out for anyone acting
suspiciously and report this to police immediately,”
SC Beekman said.
You can call Yarram Police on 51825033 and re-
port incidents. If the police are out on the road and
not in the office the phone is diverted to Sale or a
police officer out in the field.
YARRAM Police are feed up with handing
out warnings to people who continue to park
their cars in the wrong way in Yarram.
Burglary spike a
Senior Constable Scott Beekman said if people
continue to park their cars in the wrong direction
on the side of the road they will be issued with a
“We have been warning people, but that
doesn’t seem to be working so now we will start
issuing penalty notices, so be warned if you park
your car in the wrong direction outside your home
or where ever you will be fined,” he said.
A WELSHPOOL man has had his car
impounded after he was caught doing
burn outs in Toora on Sunday.
The 24 year old did several burn outs in the
Victoria Street and Stanley Street intersection
around 4am. His car has been impounded for 30
days and he has summons to appear in court.
A FOSTER farmer lost $1000 worth of
farm equipment stolen from his property
after it was stolen between Friday, June
24 and Sunday, July 3.
Thieves entered the property from the South
Gippsland Highway and walked through pad-
docks before stealing floats and valves from 10
cattle troughs around the farm.
The total loss is estimated to be $1500. Any-
one who witnessed suspicious behaviour around
the time is asked to contact Foster Police.
THE fight to save Port Welshpool’s
Long Jetty, a South Gippsland icon
started in 2003 when it was closed to
the public and fell into disrepair but the
long wait is over and jetty supporters
are thrilled it will now be fixed.
It has been 13 long years of campaigning
to save the jetty and finally with the Turnbull
Government returned, successful Member for
McMillan Russell Broadbent will be held to his
pledge for Federal funding to restore the jetty.
A pat on the back needs to go to all the hard
working Save the Jetty campaigners past and
present, the Port Welshpool Working Group,
South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeanette
Harding, newly returned Member for McMillan
Russell Broadbent, Member for Gippsland South
Danny O’Brien and former Victorian State Pre-
mier and Member for Gippsland South Peter
Ryan for the initial State funding.
Mr Ryan, one of the first to jump on board
and help save the jetty believed the Port Welsh-
pool Long Jetty was an important recreational
asset that should be restored to be enjoyed by
many generations to come.
Well that belief is becoming a reality and Cr
Harding said the restoration will not only benefit
Port Welshpool and South Gippsland, but all of
It is indeed great news for the region that
such an important part of South Gippsland’s his-
tory will be restored and create jobs and boost
tourism in the region.
Gippsland Ports is up for the challenge and
is looking forward to working in partnership
with the State and Federal funding agencies and
South Gippsland Shire to realise the outcomes
of this important project to the South Gippsland
The Yarram Standard too has been campaign-
ing for many years to help Save the Long Jetty
and never let this issue be forgotten. We are
proud to be part of saving this wonderful Long
Jetty and will continue to fight for a better deal
Long Jetty an election winner
Quick fix: proponents of Port Welshpool Long Jetty’s restoration are hoping now a federal
government has been decided, swift action will be taken to repair the structure.
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