Home' Yarram Standard : October 19th 2016 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - PAG E 5
THE theme of the 2017 Tarra Festival,
The Dreaming, will focus on the stories
of the local indigenous Gunaikurnai
Participants in the street parade will be en-
couraged to focus on the Gunaikurnai stories with
local relevance, including Tiddalik the frog and
the creation story of Borun and Tuk, while em-
bracing the theme.
Tarra Festival committee president Kim Hat-
ton said the committee hopes to involve even
more community groups and organisations in
next year’s event.
“If groups have an event on in the area over
the Easter weekend, the Tarra Festival is happy to
put it in the program,” she said.
“Regardless of whether or not there is any af-
filiation with the Tarra Festival, we are prepared
to include other events in our promotion.
“In areas where there is some reciprocity, we
will do more to grow and promote those events,
similar to the growth seen by the Monday mar-
kets and Really Living Expo in 2016.”
The festival and the Really Living Expo have
both received grants of $5000 from the Welling-
ton Shire Council.
Ms Hatton said the Tarra Festival funded the
expo last year and the expectation was it would
take up to three years to be up and running on
“To the organisers’ credit, it is already up and
standing on its own two feet, which they should
be commended for,” she said.
Easter falls later in 2017 and the festival will
be held on the last weekend of the school holi-
days, from Thursday, April 13 to Tuesday, April
Ms Hatton said the Monday could be affected
by people heading back to work and the weather
at that time of year could also be a challenge.
“The big aim for 2017 is Saturday morning
and Sunday. We have several grant applications
specifically to focus on those two days,” she
Sunday is traditionally focussed on Port Al-
bert and 2017 will be no different.
Ms Hatton said the Saturday morning will be
given more of a carnival type feel, with musicians
and roving entertainers, rides and attractions.
“We have things like trackless trains which
will be running up and down the street, stilt walk-
ers and pony rides, which will then participate in
the parade,” she said.
Other attractions already secured for the fes-
tival include Museum Victoria, the family fun
day at the recreation reserve, which will feature
a community expo and much more.
Borun and Tuk
In dreaming terms, the first Gunaikurnai came
down from the mountains in Victoria’s northwest
carrying his canoe on his head.
He was Borun, the pelican. He crossed over
the river at what is now Sale and walked on alone
to Tarra Warackel (Port Albert) in the west.
As he walked, he heard a constant tapping
sound but could not identify it. When he reached
the deep water of the inlets, Borun put down
his canoe and, much to his surprise, there was a
woman in it.
She was Tuk, the musk duck.
He was very happy to see her and she became
his wife and the mother of the Gunaikurnai peo-
ple - they are the parents of the five Gunaikurnai
Festival of dreams
HYLAND Highway’s $328,000 road re-
build at Willung South will commence
next week. The project will make the
road smoother and safer for motorists
ahead of the busy summer period.
VicRoads Eastern Region director Scott Law-
rence said motorists will notice an increase in
roadworks as improvement projects and mainte-
nance are stepped up during spring and summer.
“These works will improve the road network
and make it safer for people travelling in and
around Gippsland,” he said.
Other road rebuilding project include:
South Gippsland Highway at Yarram
• Two sections of the Tarra Valley Road at
Yarram ($815,000) and Tarra Valley ($232,000).
As well as Traralgon-Maffra Road at Cow-
warr ($755,000) and Maffra Rosedale Road at
“Road rehabilitation works are larger scale
projects that involve strengthening the existing
road base and adding a new bitumen seal,” Mr
“These works are done when the temperature
is suitable for construction; however the time it
takes to complete the works is dependent on the
weather and may be delayed by rain.
“Typically, road rebuilding takes two to six
weeks to complete.”
Resurfacing works will be carried out on a
number of arterial roads in the footprint of Wel-
“Resealing a road is a lot like repainting a
house, rough areas will be patched before a new
top coat is applied,” Mr Lawrence said.
“Resealing works improve the ride quality for
all road users and make the road more waterproof
and resistant to future damage.”
The Eastern Region Alliance, a partnership be-
tween VicRoads and contractor Fulton Hogan, will
deliver maintenance works for the Gippsland region.
The spring/summer program includes impor-
tant repairs to bridges and roadside maintenance
including mowing and vegetation trimming to re-
duce the fire risk and improve road safety.
“VicRoads has other safety improvement
projects planned for the South Gippsland High-
way at Yarram, Seaspray Road and Longford
Loch-Sport Road,” he said.
“There may be speed reductions and some de-
lays while the works are carried out and we thank
motorists for their patience.
“The message is simple; slow down, drive
carefully and let’s get everyone home safe.”
MEMBER for Gippsland South, Danny
O’Brien is urging emergency service
volunteers to apply for grants to provide
new equipment, updated facilities and
further education and training.
The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustain-
ability Grants Program is open to brigades, units,
clubs and volunteers from the Country Fire Au-
thority, State Emergency Service and Life Sav-
ing Victoria, along with marine search and rescue
providers and other organisations identified in the
Emergency Management Manual Victoria.
“Emergency service groups are invaluable
to our community and up to date equipment, fa-
cilities and training help save lives,” Mr O’Brien
“Emergency Management Victoria is offering
a grant pool of $15 million, with grants available
for a range of programs and equipment.
“I strongly encourage our local emergency
service organisations to apply and will gladly of-
fer my support for anyone doing so.”
Grants are available for operational equip-
ment, facility improvements and maintenance,
community engagement and education, training
and development (which includes program fees,
travel and facility hire, and other requirements
that volunteers believe will develop their brigade,
unit or club’s services to the community and en-
hance their sustainability.
For more information and to apply, local
groups should visit the Emergency Management
Victoria website at: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/
Grants open to emergency
YARRAM trader Angela Bonser is lead-
ing the charge to light up Yarram this
Christmas and encourage people to shop
She is encouraging all traders to put up some
Christmas lights in their windows and on the ex-
terior of their buildings.
“Every year customers say the township does
not look festive,” Angela said.
“Imagine if every shop fitted exterior Christmas
lighting, what a difference it would make. People
drive by houses to see the effort owners have made
on their homes, why not the entire business shop-
ping strip,” she said. “Yarram needs a point of dif-
ference to entice shoppers to stop and shop here.
Angela has the backing of the Yarram and dis-
trict traders group.
“With the new street scape taking shape the
township is going to have a new street appeal,
let’s add some more,” she said.
Angela acknowledged there is expense to buy
and fit the lights but added that if you buy solar
powered lights there would be no running costs
“Let’s get with the trend like Melbourne has
White Night which is a massive success.”
If all businesses in Yarram get on board we
could be the township in South Gippsland that
everyone wants to visit and see its Christmas
lights and in the process do some shopping.
“The traders are planning late night shopping
or a twilight market, by lighting up it will add
atmosphere to the street,” she said.
Angela added that you don’t need to travel
out of town to get your lights, as both Matterns
Hardware and Coopers Home Hardware in Yar-
ram have a good range and more on the way, so
call and see them now,” she said. Anyone wanting
more information on lighting up Yarram should
talk to Angela. She is hoping all the lights will
go up by the first week of December.
Light up: Yarram business women Angela Bonser is urging all Yarram businesses to light
up in time for Christmas.
Lighting up for
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