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Landmark Harcourts Yarram real estate agent
Robyn Campbell said they have sold quite a few
properties in Port Albert recently.
“Some are looking for holiday houses, some
are looking for permanent dwellings. We have
sold a couple of vacant blocks as well,” she said.
Ms Campbell said sales have definitely in-
creased this year.
“I don’t believe it is for any particular reason
and I hope it continues. It is good for the whole
region,” she said.
“Interest is coming mainly from out of town,
sometimes they are people who have come down
for a holiday and have never been here before.
“People are often quite surprised at how
peaceful the area is.”
Ms Campbell said other beachside villages
like McLoughlins Beach, Robertsons Beach and
Manns Beach are also selling well.
“In those villages, we are getting interest in
everything from smaller weekend housing to
larger permanent homes,” she said.
“Properties are coming onto the market and
selling quite quickly.”
Sales consultant Brendan Williams from
Keith Williams Real Estate in Traralgon said he
has probably had the largest amount of enquiries
for the Port Albert area in five or six years.
He said he noticed the increase in interest be-
gan around November last year.
“We have had a few sales in Port Albert, as
recently as last week and we also had an offer
come through for a property in the town last Fri-
day,” he said.
Mr Williams said in his experience, 99 per cent
of people interested in purchasing a property in the
region are from Melbourne and looking to retire.
“People are after a lifestyle change. Prices are
attractive in this area so people can save money
in the sale and have some left over to retire on,”
“Vendors are becoming a little bit more flex-
ible in their pricing, which helps a lot as well.”
Snap it up: this modern property is on the market with Elders Yarram for $420,000. It has
four bedrooms plus an office and is garnering some interest from prospective buyers.
Melbourne buyers seeking out coastal properties
A Binginwarri man is going to be hoping one
of his mates can give him a lift home after his
car was impounded for drink driving in Shep-
parton this morning.
Police received a call about an erratic driver on Wynd-
ham Street about 2.45am.
After intercepting the Ford Falcon Ute shortly after,
the man returned a positive breath test.
Police also discovered that the 33-year-old, who
was visiting the Goulburn Valley, was driving without
He then returned a reading of 0.165% on an eviden-
tiary breath test.
His vehicle has been impounded for 30 days and he will
be charged on summons with a range of traffic offences.
Written off: a 28 year old Yarram man had a lucky
escape after his Holden V8 Ute hit a power pole in
Duke Street around midnight on Friday night.
YARRAM Police are astounded
that a 28 year old Yarram man was
not killed after his car hit a power
pole in Duke Street, Yarram at
around midnight on Friday night.
Senior Constable Scott Beekman said
they received a call about hoon driving,
and as they made their way to the area a
call came in to advise of an accident.
“When police arrived at the scene a
resident of Duke Street was administrat-
ing first aid to the drive who was out of
the car,” Senior Constable Beekman said.
“The Holden V8 Ute had hit a power
pole,” he said.
Yarram Paramedic treated the man
at the scene before transporting him to
Latrobe Regional Hospital. He was later
transferred to the Alfred Hospital in Mel-
bourne with suspected head injuries.
SC Beekman reported that an update
of the man’s injuries revealed he had es-
caped the accident with just a broken toe
and some cuts and lacerations. “We have
been told that he will be released from
hospital soon, he is a very lucky person,”
Police are investigating the cause of the
accident but believe speed was a factor.
Driver’s lucky escape
Long walk home
THIS year’s Tarra Festival
planning is well underway,
with the final program expect-
ed to be released at the end of
The festival will include events
held across the region from Thurs-
day, April 13 to Tuesday, April 18.
Tarra Festival committee presi-
dent Kim Hatton said a lot of effort
has gone into boosting the schedule
and creating more attractive events
for the whole family.
This year, Saturday morning will
have a children’s carnival theme
and will include trackless trains,
carnival rides, balloon artists, jug-
glers, pony rides, face painting, free
fairy floss and snow cones, as well
as live music.
“Some of the things like the
trackless trains and the ponies will
then also participate in the parade,”
Ms Hatton said.
“We are hoping to get other small
animals involved in the parade this
year as well, including alpacas,
sheep, goats and maybe even cattle.
“We are also trying to get some
agricultural equipment into the pa-
rade this year.”
After the parade, the festival
moves its focus to the Yarram Rec-
reation Reserve for the Lions Family
The afternoon will include dem-
onstrations from local service groups
and will have a bit of a field day feel,
so there will be some agricultural
equipment to interact with and pos-
sibly a chainsaw demonstration.
The family fun day will also in-
clude the usual activities, including
the giant Easter egg hunt.
Ms Hatton said a lot of local
sporting clubs will be involved in
this year’s festival, including bowls,
golf, tennis, football and netball and
“The local clubs will be holding
come and try days, as well as tour-
naments right across the weekend,”
As is typical of the festival, Sun-
day’s activities are based mainly in
Port Albert, after church services
and a pancake breakfast in Yarram.
“On Sunday at Port Albert, there
will be an international food festi-
val, entertainment, markets, boating
demonstrations and various perfor-
mances throughout the day,” Ms
Monday’s monster market is
shaping up to be a big one, while
the popular Really Living Expo will
also include a performance from The
The Bicentennial Gardens will
also host a concert and a free bar-
becue on Monday, as an initiative of
the Yarram Urban Landcare Group
and Nightingale Park Committee.
Another big addition to this
year’s festival will be shuttle buses,
operating across the Saturday, Sun-
day and Monday of the festival.
The buses will operate hourly
between Port Albert and Yarram and
regularly between Yarram and Fos-
ter and Yarram and Carrajung, via
The buses are free, however peo-
ple using the service will be encour-
aged to provide a small donation to
Mirridong Services, to raise money
for a memorial garden and to up-
grade one of their buses.
Yarram’s Mark Wigg has been
appointed bus master general and
will be riding the bus between
Yarram and Port Albert collecting
Support it: Tarra Festival com-
mittee president Kim Hatton said
the organisation of this year’s
event is coming along nicely.
The festival is the biggest on the
region’s calendar and attracts
thousands of people over the
Tarra Festival shaping up
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