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“The shark was spotted around 100 metres from
shore and outside the red and yellow flags.
“The shark was two metres in length and the spe-
cies is unknown.
The beach was closed following the sighting, but
reopened about an hour later.”
Woodside Beach is patrolled everyday over the
summer period. Paid lifeguards patrol the beach on
weekdays from 10am to 5.30pm while volunteers
from the Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club are
on duty on weekends, Saturday from 1pm and Sun-
day from 10am and public holidays.
Life Saving Victoria key messages surrounding
• If you recognise a danger to community dial
• Search Vic Emergency website or download
Vic Emergency app for current sightings at patrolled
• Swim between the red and yellow flags;
• Avoid hazardous waters (places where human
or animal waste enter the water);
• Recognise the danger signs (keep away from
large schools of fish, seals or wildlife behaving er-
• Swim with a friend.
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At peak times, there are often significant delays
at the Port Albert Boat Ramp causing queues whilst
launching and retrieving boats. There are delays
when boaters are leaving the area and the existing
jetty, adjacent to the boat ramp, is past its effective
Council has prepared a proposed boat ramp con-
cept design for the Port Albert boat ramp in line with
its boating facilities master plan.
The proposed plan identifies works that include:
• Providing two additional boat ramps
• Providing two floating pontoons to the replace
the existing timber jetty.
The boat ramp upgrade works are estimated to
cost approximately $800,000 and require funding
from the State Government’s Boating Safety and
Facilities Program. A grant application to this fund
was submitted by Council with letters of support
from Gippsland Ports in September 2016. Council
is expecting to be notified about the grant funding
in the first quarter of 2017 and will progress these
works as soon as possible if the grant application is
Council is now seeking broader community
feedback on the proposed designs for improvements
to the traffic and parking in and around the boat
There is often parking congestion during peak
periods and a high demand for recreational vehicle
(RV) and boat trailer parking spaces to support high
The proposed traffic and parking improvement
Realignment of the existing carpark spaces on the
north end to provide additional boat trailer spaces
Move the entry to the car park 30 metres north
of the existing entrance to separate the RV and boat-
Provide additional RV spaces within the existing
car park area and along Wharf Street
Provide additional formal car parking on Gippsland
Ports land south of the toilet block and in Bay Street
adjacent to the Rutter Park pedestrian entrance.
The estimated cost of the traffic and parking im-
provements is $220,000.
Council recognises many users of the Port Al-
bert boat ramp are not permanent residents of Port
Albert. Therefore, we are hosting two drop-in ses-
sions on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 at 9.30am to
11.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm, adjacent to the toi-
let block next to the car park on Wharf Street.
Council staff will be available to answer any
questions and proposed designs will be available to
Anyone interested in providing feedback are
asked to complete an online survey www.survey-
monkey.com/r/PortAlbert. The survey will close at
5pm on Friday, February 3. Hard copies of the sur-
vey will also be available at the drop-in sessions.
Further information is available at www.wel-
lington.vic.gov.au/portalbert or by contacting the
coordinator Built Environment Facilities on 1300
$1M Port boat
The vision: This image shows the Port Albert Foreshore Precinct parking concept design.
YARRAM Police and the Criminal Investigation unit from Sale were called to an
address in Yarram on New Year’s Eve where they seized a shot gun and one other
fire arm and arrested a 37 year old male.
The man was remanded in custody in Sale over the weekend before appearing in the Latrobe Val-
ley court on Tuesday where he was again remanded in custody until January 30 to answer fire arms
Police also charged a 30 year old female with assaulting and hindering police. She will be charged
on summons to appear in court at a later date
AN Echuca family had a wet start to its
camping holiday at Jack Smith Lake last
The family of four arrived at the Jack Smith
Lake camping area around 8pm on Thursday
evening, just a few hours after heavy rain hit the
area dumping more than 18.5mm in a matter of
Yarram police praised the efforts of a bystander
who assisted the family, after calling police and the
local State Emergency Service (SES).
“The family arrived at the camping reserve at
around 8pm and was planning to camp over the
new year holiday period when they drove into flood
waters and became stranded,” Yarram Police Senior
Constable Bradley Guenther said.
“A bystander witnessed the family’s plight and
called police and the SES. We arrived on scene and
decided it was too risky to take the police vehicle
into the area and so proceeded on foot to assess the
situation,” he said.
“The bystander had been able to get the occu-
pants out of their vehicle and to dry land before he
briefed the SES on the situation and took its chain
back to the stranded car to try and get it out, which
he did successfully.”
The ordeal failed to curb the enthusiasm of the
family that proceeded to set up camp in the reserve
and enjoyed the rest of the holiday.
Many drains in the Yarram central business dis-
trict were flooded including the drains in front of
the Yarram Hospital, Commercial Lane and Nicol
The storm hit Yarram around 3.15pm on Thurs-
day with the Parkside weather station recording
18mm in a 10 minute period followed by another
10mm up until 9am on Friday morning.
Residents in Yarram recorded 20mm while at
Balook, Tarra Valley and at the Fernbank Caravan
Park 30mm fell in just 10 minutes.
The rain took Balook’s December total to 79.4
mm and its yearly total to 1514 mm which was
390.8mm more than in2015.
Woodside received 32 mm in the down pour
while Woodside North residents measured 40 mm.
Four rescued from flood
Water: clients visiting the Yarram and District Health Service had trouble accessing their
cars after heavy rain caused flooding outside the hospital and medical centre
Police seize gun
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