Home' Yarram Standard : January 18th 2017 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - PAG E 5
ONE of Port Albert Fire Brigade’s
newest volunteers is not going to need
the famous yellow CFA overalls – it’s
the Port Albert water tower.
Brigade Captain Rob Killury says the tower
is online in time for summer and gives the Port
Albert volunteers the capacity to refill scores
of tankers in any emergency.
“The water tower can deliver a full tanker
load very quickly, it holds enough for 40 to 50
tankers and when we use it the town’s water
supply can still deliver normal pressure to the
rest of the community,” Captain Killury said.
“Whenever there’s a major fire in the area,
we can easily have 20 or 30 tankers at work, and
the tower gives us the capacity for a quick turn-
around when they come in to refill,” he said.
“It is added firefighting power for Port
Albert CFA and the volunteers would like to
commend the Wellington Shire Council and
South Gippsland Water for getting the hydrant
installed and technical side sorted out in time
Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV)
District 10 President Mark Jones says the Port
Albert Fire Brigade is in a key position to help
protect a large area of South Gippsland.
“Port Albert Fire Brigade not only protects
its immediate community, it supports Yarram
on any larger calls, and it has recently gained
a number of younger members, with some of
its juniors qualifying as operational firefighters
and some new arrivals in the district joining up
too,” Mr Jones said.
“CFA has also based a Forward Operating Ve-
hicle – a mobile command centre – at Port Albert,
and now the capacity to quickly reload multiple
tankers during any major incident has made the
Brigade even more of an asset,” he said.
Port Albert’s volunteer firefighters are
among the 60,000 CFA volunteers who protect
60 percent of suburban Melbourne, regional
cities and all of country Victoria every day and
night of the year.
They train to professional standards and
are backed by thousands of non-operational
volunteers in support roles such as equipment
maintenance, fundraising, administration and
“Summer is here and members of the com-
munity should be making sure their properties
are prepared and they have a sensible plan of
action for their own safety on days of high fire
danger,” Captain Killury said.
“Your local CFA volunteers will be there
when you need them, and we’d like you to be
ready too,” he said.
For useful tips on preparing your property
and planning for your family’s safety on days
of high fire danger, visit emergency.vic.gov.au
or call 1800 226 226.
Tower full: The Port Albert water tower is
the latest recuit for the local CFA brigade.
Captain Rob Killury and brigade member
Wyatt Kilgower and Matt Goulden are
pictured in front of the tower which gives
the local brigade the capacity for quick
fills but not interfering with the towns wa-
ter pressure if an fire emergency arises.
Port Albert’s iconic water tower
becomes CFA’s new fire fighter
PADDLE boats adorned the shoreline
at Port Albert, flags wave in the wind
in the car park and big smiles greet you
when you walk in the door of Port Al-
bert Boat Hire.
Kerry and Shane Parkinson were regular visi-
tors to Port Albert and when they saw that the
Port Albert Boat Hire business was up for sale
they decided it would be a good fit for them.
“We own two other businesses over in the La-
trobe Valley, a trucking business and an entertain-
ment business so this is a great add on to those
businesses,” Kerry said.
The Parkinsons are no strangers to Port Albert
they have been going there to fish for the past 10
“We decided to buy an onsite van at Seabank
Caravan Park two years ago, we brought the boat
hire business back in mid September and have
enjoyed every minute so far,” she said.
“We love Port Albert so much and we wanted
to do something to help revive it and that’s why
we are building up the boat hire business,” she
The couple have introduced peddle boats as
well are reintroducing kayaks and canoes as well
as the self drive boats.
“We are attempting to do something for the
whole family not just those who want to fish,”
“This section of Port Albert is chockers on
a good day and now that we have new picnic
benches, it draws the families further down this
way to enjoy their fish and chips.
“We get lots of people coming for a day trip
who are staying at Waratah Bay, we would like to
see them come and stay here for more than a day
as well. We also get lots from Yarram and Wood-
side caravan parks as well,” she said.
“We are open every day over the school holi-
days and during the main fishing season however
Take a ride on Port Albert waterways
Kayaking fun: new owners of the Port Albert Boat Hire business at Port Albert, Shane Par-
kinson and son Cooper have some fun in one of kayaks last week.
Overseas interest: Shane Parkinson from Port Albert Boat Hire with visitors from Germany
who were checking out the kayaks and canoes available for hire from the Port Albert Boat
Hire at the slip jetty on Wharf Road.
we are hoping to encourage people to come down
to Port Albert all year round.”
“If we are not here Tom Jones our manager
will be only too happy to help you enjoy your time
on the water,” she said. “Toms great, he has been
a great asset to us over the past few months.”
Port Albert Boat Hire’s focus is on making
sure you enjoy your experiences out on the wa-
ter, they supply fishing rods for those wanting to
head out in the self drive fishing boats and they
also stock a large range of baits and refreshments
which you can purchase.
To secure your canoe, kayak, peddle boat or
self drive boat give them a call on 0447 527 222.
Watering: Wellington Shire outdoor staff,
Sally Nowak and Tracey Parker inspect the
new pop up sprinklers which were installed
in the Commercial Road plots recently. Both
Sally and Tracey have been tweaking the
water direction and timing of the sprinklers
over recent days to ensure that watering is
done effectively and efficiently. The new ir-
rigation system is part of Yarram’s ongoing
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