Home' Yarram Standard : February 1st 2017 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - PAG E 5
A DOLPHIN frolicking in the sea 100
metres from Woodside Beach caused
quite a stir on Sunday for beach goers.
Woodside Beach volunteer life saver Wyatt
Kilgower said they noticed the mammal around
“We initially thought it may have been another
shark but on closer inspection we realised it was
the fin of a dolphin,” Wyatt said.
“We followed it as it swam south along the
beach towards Reeves Beach, before we lost sight
of it,” he said.
According to Wyatt, dolphin sightings are not
uncommon along the beach. “We usually get a
few each year but usually there is a pod of them,
this one was swimming alone which is unusual.”
Right, Auctioned: Gippsland wool growers
have raised $10,000 for Helimed One after
auctioning a bale of donated wool. Geoff
Pollard Chairman Helimed One Auxiliary,
Mal Nicholls Elders and the winning bidder
Lou Morsch Modiano celebrate the generous
donation following the auction last week.
THE South Gippsland Shire
Council’s decision to sell “un-
used” land in Welshpool caused
unrest in the community as it
faced the loss of what it deemed
valuable open space.
The Welshpool and District Advi-
sory Group was disappointed to learn
the land was going to be sold and now
wants to take over its management.
However, it may be a case of too
little too late, as council has already
acted on its decision and has prepared
the property for sale.
A spokesperson for the council’s
property department said the recent
community interest and objection
to the council’s decision to sell the
land should not provide an opportu-
nity for the decision to be revisited.
“For council to reconsider its deci-
sion it would be via a notice of re-
“This can only be done provided the
actions on the land to date would not
have an adverse effect on anyone, such
as an interested party who may have
gone to some expense in researching
the land for purchase.”
The land proposed for sale is Lot
1 and Lot 16 on Sutherland Lane, lo-
cated between the rear of the shops and
the Great Southern Rail Trail.
Council said the land is being sold
because it is unused.
“It has never been used for any com-
munity purpose, has no community in-
frastructure on it and is not identified
in any strategic documents of council
for a future community purpose,” the
council spokesperson said.
Advisory group president Eddie
Fowler said the council knew about
the community’s opposition to the
sale very early on. He said the group
will present a plan for the land to the
February council meeting, which will
include providing access from the rail
trail, tables and chairs and possibly
some fruit trees.
“The plan will have to demonstrate
the area will be used and maintained
by the community. We want to keep it
as open space for the town,” he said.
“The whole town needs a freshen
up. If you look at some of the larger
towns in the shire, we start to feel a bit
A community meeting was held
recently which attracted around 20
people, who agreed the town should
be given the opportunity to manage the
“The community is behind retain-
ing the land and the council indicated
Land sale upset for Welshpool
Keep it: Welshpool and District Advisory Group president Eddie Fowler, left and treasurer Dan Conley are
opposed to the sale of land in the town by the South Gippsland Shire Council.
it may consider a lease,” Mr Fowler
“It lends itself to be left how it is.
It is currently used for parking by long
vehicles and the area does flood, so if
someone bought it, they couldn’t use
The decision to sell the land was
made in May 2016, after council had
considered submissions pursuant to
Section 223 of the Local Government
There were two submissions made
to council, opposed to the sale of the
Record wool sale
GIPPSLAND woolgrowers raised almost
$10,000 for Helimed One after they do-
nated a premium merino fleece to be auc-
tioned by Elders in Melbourne last week.
The wool was auctioned during a record break-
ing session at the market last week.
The 170kg bale of average 18.6 micron wool,
valued at 1040 cents-a-kilogram, was bought by
wool buying company Modiano’s Lou Morsch, at
the fall of the auctioneers’ hammer, for 5500 c/kg.
The Modiano family regularly supported Aus-
tralian rural services and in the past had purchased
wool bales auctioned on behalf of the Royal Fly-
ing Doctor Service and the Epilepsy Foundation.
That sort of money can buy three defibrillators
or half the cost of a portable ultrasound machine,
or go towards the cost of many other items, like
blood transfusion equipment
The government provides the helicopters but
the Royal Flying Doctors Service rely on charity
to equip them.
It was the second consecutive year woolgrow-
ers competing in the Omeo show fleece competi-
tion donated their entries to charity.
Show steward Belinda Smith and Elders
Gippsland wool manager Mal Nicholls organised
the donations and auction respectively.
Right, Wool donated: Gippsland Wool
growers with their donated wool which was
auctioned at the wool sales last week.
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