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One lady told the Yarram Standard that many
locals were talking about its removal and hoped by
bringing the issue to the attention of the Council, it
would consider the opinions of the locals and have
However it appears their pleas to have the
walkway reinstated maybe in vain with Wellington
Shire Council Built and Natural Environment
manager, Chris Hastie releasing a statement to
Yarram Standard on Monday.
“Council undertook an extensive consultation
process prior to the streetscape works commencing.
Feedback was received from many residents,
community members, traders, South Gippsland
Water and VicRoads throughout the design and
planning of this project.”
“Prior to works being undertaken on Commercial
Road in Yarram, the majority of the median
crossings did not have corresponding laybacks or
pram crossing in the kerb and channel on each side
of the road. Therefore, people had to step down into
a deep kerb to cross the road.”
“When complete, the new streetscape will
provide more formal crossing points at each
intersection as well as the mid block pedestrian
operated signals. People may still cross the road
where they wish but to maximise parking and to
provide compliant crossings some of these median
crossings will not be reinstated.”
Recently elected Wellington Shire Councillor
Garry Stephen said he understood the Council’s
stance on the issue of safe crossings in the town.
Mr Stephens was a trader and member of the
traders streetscape consultation committee when the
StreetScape was being planned.
“I was aware the ramps and crossing from
Foodworks to Betta Home Living were to be
removed as there was a crossing just metres from
this,” Mr Stephens said.
“However I cannot recall discussion on taking
the centre crossing out, that has been there a long
time and I have used it on many occasions dodging
cars that were backing and stepping up onto the
footpath. ” he said.
“My personnel view is it could have been left
however if you are a person who needs assistance, you
should be using a designated crossing,” he said.
Locals are urged to contact the shire if they feel
this walk way needs to be reinstated
PORT Albert is up in arms about the lack
of consultation shown regarding the $1
million redevelopment of the boat ramps
and parking in the town and locals are
urged to have a say today.
Wellington Shire Council will be holding two
drop in sessions in the car park near the public toilet
block. The first is at 9.30am till 11.30am and the sec-
ond from 4.30pm till 6.30pm.
Port Albert Progress Association president
Saul Stainer cannot stress enough the need for lo-
cals to have their say about what he describes as
not the best way to spend money in Port Albert
Mr Stainer and his committee have written to the
Wellington Shire Council chief executive officer Da-
vid Morcom to express their disappointment at the
Council’s total disregard for the association’s com-
munity survey which was conducted in June 2016,
in which there was no call for more boat ramps for
the community. However there are, according to Mr
Stainer calls for addressing parking and traffic flow
problems in the Bay and Wharf streets vicinity.
“We think it is wonderful Council is looking to
spend money here in Port Albert, $1m is a lot of
money and we just want to make sure that this is
money well spent,” Mr Stainer said.
“We cannot see adding two more boat ramps and
eight extra parking bays as the best use of ratepayers
money and it will not solve our traffic and parking
problems. In fact we feel it will have an even greater
impact on the problem,” he said.
“We feel the money would be better spent on
making better use of Rutter Park, a swimming area
and better planning for the whole of the Port Albert
foreshore than we have seen to date.
“These were all issues raised in our community
“As residents and ratepayers of Wellington we
expect the Shire to be initiating this long term plan-
ning and establishing collaborative committees to
ensure projects are value for money and successful.
“We do welcome the expenditure of $1 million
of public money on the Port Albert foreshore but it is
not acceptable this funding again be spent to achieve
nothing but a failed project.”
Lack of consultation appalling
Value for money: from left, Port Albert Progress Association leaders Michael Hobson and Saul Stainer would like to see as many locals as
possible turn out to the Wellington Shire’s Port Albert’s drop in session today (Wednesday) to have their say on how $1m will be best spent
in the town.
Mr Stainer said this project must consider the
Port Albert Community Plan Survey of 2016 results
and the input Wellington Shire Council has received
from Gippsland Ports.
“After all both have an interest in and expert
knowledge of the Port Albert foreshore area and
must be genuinely consulted in order to achieve a
result that is worthy of spending so much public
money,” he said.
“Port Albert is slowly recovering after the long
running C33 flood overlay which seemed to suck all
the oxygen out of the town.
“We have a really good vibe down here again,
we have had a new business start up, the Port Albert
Fishin’ Charter business, new owners of the Port
Albert Boat Hire who have introduced paddle boats
into the area and the re-opening of the Port Albert
Motel whose owners have some great plans for that
area as well.
“We want to keep that feeling going.
“It is our desire to work with the Wellington
Shire Council and other relevant agencies to de-
velop a plan for Port Albert that has foresight in cel-
ebrating our historical significance and succeed in
making the natural environment the gateway to an
enviable destination for a diverse range of visitors.”
Mr Stainer hopes locals will turn out and give
their views on how the $1million should be spent
to help Port Albert grow over the next 25 years and
AUSTRALIA Day falls on a Thursday this
year and Port Albert is making the most of the
extra long weekend with two days of celebra-
tions. Mick Gribble will be back with his heli-
copter to take people for joy flights out around
Port Albert water ways. More details in next
week’s Yarram Standard
THE Gippsland Vehicle Collection at Maffra is
a great place to take the children these school hol-
idays. It is open every day from now until January
30, There is something for everyone and parents,
grandparents, aunts and uncles are urged to take
the children for a trip down memory lane. With a
wide range of vehicles and associated memorabil-
ia from throughout the ages, plus a great Lego col-
lection, there are some great conversation starters
to keep even the most devoted tablet users enter-
tained away from their screens for hours.
YARRAM and District Historical Soci-
ety is now open Saturday as well as the usual
Wednesdays. Drop in and see the society’s lat-
est exhibition which includes some wonderful
memorabilia from the local football clubs.
JUST got married or had a baby? Yarram
Standard would like to share your news with the
wider community. Call in and see Deb or Sarah.
Wedding write ups and baby photos are published
free in the Standard.
My favourite street crossing from Neilson’s
Chemist to the Commercial Hotel was there be-
fore Christmas and vanished by the New Year.
Now we all have to walk up to the traffic lights
or stumble our way across the plots. Not so easy
as you get older.
Does anyone else miss it too?
THROUGHOUT January the Yarram
and District Historical Society will be
trialling extended opening times, adding
an extra day so people can now visit on
The museum has many items of historical inter-
est, an extensive archive of local district history and
History museum extends hours
Football eras: Yarram and District Histori-
cal Society member Cheryl Howie with the
historical football display.
other memorabilia covering the Old Alberton Shire
located on the Murray Goulburn site and is now open
on Wednesday and Saturday from 11am and 3pm
Inside you will find many rooms, each with a dif-
ferent historical theme including tools, babies, sport,
Murray Goulburn history, schools, kitchen utensils
The society is also planning a dreamtime themed
display for the Tarra festival this Easter.
Cooking utensils: Yarram and District His-
torical Society member Cheryl Howie hold-
ing up old fashioned cooking scales in the
kitchen appliance display room located in
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