Home' Yarram Standard : October 5th 2016 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - PAG E 3
ESSO Australia’s operation of the Barry
Beach Marine Terminal could be com-
ing to an end, as the company looks to
find a new operator for the facility.
The company said a recent review of the ter-
minal located near Port Welshpool, “identified
significant underutilised capacity” at the facility.
A spokesperson for Esso’s parent company
ExxonMobil said it is intended any new operator
would provide supply depot services to Esso’s off-
shore platforms, as well as utilise unused capacity
to provide services to third party customers.
“A new operator, appropriately skilled in lo-
gistics, will be able to better manage the com-
bined needs of Esso and other potential facility
users,” they said.
When oil production was at its peak, Esso
had over 1000 employees at Barry Beach. In
more recent times, the workforce is substantially
The company told The Standard until an
agreement was made, it was too early to indicate
the impact on current employees.
Despite looking to divest itself of local assets,
ExxonMobil said it will continue to have an on-
going presence in the Gippsland region.
“For over 50 years, Esso has been an active
member of Gippsland communities and has in-
vested over $1 million through the Gippsland ba-
sin joint venture,” the spokesperson said.
Esso has recently changed catering and house-
keeping contractors for its offshore facilities from
Sodexo, with Gippsland based employees, to ESS
and Western Australian employees.
Australian Workers’ Union Victorian secre-
tary Ben Davis said there are 110 people, the vast
majority of whom live in and around Sale with
their families, who are now out of work.
“Their replacements are flown in from West-
ern Australia to earn 28 per cent less than is the
situation currently,” Mr Davis said.
“There are people who have been working off-
shore for decades who were given precious little
notice of this major disruption to their lives.
“This will tear a hole in local communities
and disrupt families who have built their lives in
Gippsland. They deserve better.”
A spokesperson said Esso will provide simi-
lar service quality, while delivering efficiencies
at competitive costs to help the company build a
stronger business into the future.
“Esso remains committed to its Gippsland
operations, however, as our industry evolves,
we need to identify opportunities to improve ef-
ficiency and productivity so that we can continue
to compete in this changing market,” they said.
“Esso requires all of its contractors to comply
with the Fair Work Act and that where enterprise
agreements are entered into by the contractor,
they must be approved by the Fair Work Com-
mission,” they said.
Esso seeks terminal exit
THE FEDERAL Government funding
promised for the restoration of the Port
Welshpool Long Jetty has still not been
received by the South Gippsland Shire
Prior to the July federal election, the Coalition
Government announced it would commit $4.858
million toward the project.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said at the
time the major infrastructure investment would
deliver extensive benefits to the region.
“Together with the community, I have been
fighting relentlessly over a number of years for
the restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty
for the McMillan community and I’m proud that
together, we have finally prevailed in securing
this funding,” he said.
A spokesperson from the office of Minister
for Regional Development Fiona Nash told The
Standard the election promise was binding and the
funds will be made available in the near future.
He said a letter had been sent to the council to
inform them of the funding progress.
Council’s manager engineering and projects
John Moylan said while the funding had not yet
been made available, the project had progressed.
“Three additional sections of deck opened for
condition inspections in early September, under-
water pile inspections started last week and an
additional condition assessment of structure is
scheduled,” he said.
The project was expected to reach practical
completion in June, 2018.
Still waiting: the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is being prepared for work to begin on its res-
toration, which will happen when the Federal Government funding comes through.
Jetty restoration nears
Flying the flag: from left, staff at Neilson’s Pharmacy, from left Geoff Neilson, Marion
Attenborough, Tayla Chaplin, Nancy Audrians, Susie Davis, Katy Finn, Rhonda Ste-
phens and Stacey Coles dressed in the football best last Thursday and raised around $345
dollars for the Kids with Cancer Foundation. The day was a huge success with the help
of Back Bakery, Foodworks, Moores Butcher, Yarram Lions Club, the Yarram Bargain
Centre and Neilson’s Pharmacy.
A FAMILY, including two
young children, found
a man ransacking their
Mills Street home in Too-
ra last Thursday.
After making a number of
threats to the family, the man
left the house and smashed win-
dows with rocks.
He then returned and
splashed petrol over the build-
ing, threatening to set it alight.
No one was injured.
The police are presently
looking for the offender, who
is advised to contact Foster
or Toora Police and surrender
A MAN barricaded him-
self in a locked car and
threatened self harm at
Ned Neale’s Lookout car
park in Sandy Point on
Police from Foster, Inver-
loch, Wonthaggi and Leongatha
were called out at 10.30pm to
attend the scene.
Police secured the vehicle
and started negotiations with
the man over a period of sev-
eral hours during heavy rain to
convince him not to carry out
This was finally successful
and the 38 year old man from
Reservoir was arrested under
the mental health legislation
and conveyed to the Wonthaggi
Hospital for assessment.
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