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THE Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival
is on this Saturday and Sunday, January
6 and 7 at the Old Ferry Terminal in Port
Run by the Port Welshpool Working Group, the
family friendly event is in its 13th year.
Always a highlight of the festival, come and try
fishing workshops will be held from 10am to 2pm
For just $2 per child, experienced fishermen will
teach children between the ages of five and 15 years
the basics of fishing, with fishing rods, tackle and
Parents are required to supervise younger children.
“As group sizes are limited to 25, it is necessary
to pre-book your place by phoning 5688 1554 or
by visiting www.seadaysfestival.com.au,” working
group secretary Alma Mattingly said.
On Saturday morning, meet students from Welsh-
pool and District Primary School to create decora-
tions, before heading off at 12pm to walk along the
beach to pick up rubbish.
South Gippsland Bee-Keepers will be at the fes-
tival on Sunday to demonstrate the art of beekeep-
ing and talk about the importance of bees to agri-
Also on Sunday, Marg O’Toole from Coast Care
will hold craft activities for children and Andrew’s
Reptiles will have an interactive display.
Throughout the festival, visitors can enjoy dis-
plays from the Australian Marine Mammals Foun-
dation, marine and shark expert Kent Stannard and
Friends of Agnes Falls, Rob Gardiner Underwa-
ter Photography and the Port Welshpool Maritime
Museum will also have displays running throughout
The museum, located in Turnbull Street, will be
serving Devonshire tea in conjunction with a histori-
cal display featuring the Port Welshpool Long Jetty.
While at the festival, be educated on illegal
shark fishing by members of Sea Shepherd, or boat-
ing safety by Marine Safety Victoria and the Port
Welshpool Volunteer Coast Guard.
Yanakie’s Prom Helicopters will be having joy
flights over Corner Inlet, starting at 10am and Krak-
en Boat Tours will be running 20 minute cruises
leaving from the boat ramp jetty from 11am.
The boat tours will be $20 per adult and $10 per
child 12 and under.
Live music will be played from 10.30am each
During the festival the Port Welshpool Working
Group will run a barbecue, while the Welshpool and
District Primary School parents association will be
operating the kitchen, serving snacks and hot and
Alternatively, take away food and restaurant meals
are available at Port Welshpool and Welshpool.
The Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival is an al-
cohol free event.
Sea Days Festival
On again: the 2018 Sea Days Festival will
be held this weekend, January 6 and 7. Pic-
tured is Andrew, Molly, Abbey, and Tony
Lees from Welshpool, who learned the basics
of fishing at last year’s festival.
FIREWORKS, live music and dancing
across Yarram and district was enjoyed
by hundreds of locals and holidaymakers
who heralded in a festive start to 2018.
New Year went off with a big bang at the Alber-
ton West Recreation Reserve where the Allies Foot-
ball Netball Club hosted its annual New Year’s Eve
fireworks that attracted a big crowd..
“It was a fantastic night with lots of great activi-
ties organised for the children before the first of the
two fireworks displays,” according to one partygoer.
Partygoers were treated to two fireworks dis-
plays, the first at 9.30pm for the young children fol-
lowed by the big one at midnight.
“The dance-off was a highlight especially the
grandparent section which saw the young children
encouraging their grandparents to get up and dance,
it was a lot of fun,” she said.
The Yarram Country Club celebrated New Year ’s
Eve into the early hours of Monday morning.
Members and guests were supplied with all the
necessary items including hats, balloons, whistles
The big celebrations got under way at 9pm when
the balloons came down and the cannons were
According to club manager Terry Blackwood
everyone had a wonderful time.
‘All had a great night dancing and celebrating the
old year away. There was talk around the club that
this is how we used to say good bye to the old year
and hello to a new beginning of 2018,” he said.
The club’s next big celebrations will be for Aus-
tralia Day with a members raffle on the Wednesday
night, January 25 for three bar fridges.
Just up the road at the Yarram Club Hotel the
glasshouse and bar was packed with revellers wait-
ing for the clock to strike midnight.
Over the road at Yarram’s Commercial Hotel the
scene was similar with visitors and locals joining in
While out at Port Albert the foreshore in front of
the Port Albert Coast Guard and Port Albert Yacht
Club was rocking to the music of The Badgers and
its lead singer, Port Albert local, Trevor Fletcher.
Port Albert Coast Guard’s Terry Young estimat-
ed around 200 people turned out to welcome in the
New Year and said “ it was a great night”.
Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club enjoyed
a quiet night after a very busy Saturday evening
which saw the clubrooms buzzing with people. Pres-
ident Anthony Banik and his committee had to put
up the booked out sign on their Saturday night tea.
“We served 265 on the Saturday night which was a
fantastic effort by our volunteers,” he said.
Entertaining the big crowd were locals Paul Sav-
age and Bruce Morgan who helped to raise funds for
the club by busking and then donating all the money
they raised back to the club.
Yarram Police praised the behaviour of all the
revellers. “It was a fairly quiet night for us with ev-
eryone behaving themselves,” Sergeant Brian How-
New Year a real cracker
Rocking: Andrew, Sarah, Pim and Nellie Race enjoyed listening to the live music which
filled Commercial Road during the Yarram Traders Christmas Party on December 23, with
their auntie, Anne KingChurch. Their uncle Jack was up on stage making the music.
Packed: Port Albert Coast Guard/yacht club clubrooms was packed out with New Year’s
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