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invited to help
invited to help
at Yarram Drycleaners
at Yarram Drycleaners
Join John and his family
for a barbecue from 10AM
SATURDAY, JAN 13
SET to celebrate his diamond 60 year
anniversary in the dry cleaning business
on Saturday, January 13 is Yarram’s John
He will be marking this major milestone with
a barbecue from 10am and everyone is welcome
to come along and join the celebrations which will
Sparkling clean for 60 years
Cleaned up: John Jeffs has been working as a dry cleaner in Yarram for the past 60 years
and will be celebrating with the community this Saturday, January 13 from 10am, with a
Stand outs: John and Elsa Jeffs will be cel-
ebrating John’s 60 years at the Yarram dry
cleaners this Saturday, January 13 from 10am
with a community barbecue.
be held out the front of the dry cleaners on Com-
On January 13, 1958 at the age of 16, John
started working in the dry cleaners for £4.50 a
week, on the first day it opened in its current loca-
“Back then, the dry cleaners employed
something like eight people. It was all woollen
clothes those days and very little could be simply
washed,” he said.
“In the early days, it cost about three shillings
to get a pair of trousers cleaned.”
John worked his way up to the position of
manager, before purchasing the business with his
wife Elsa in 1969.
They ran the business for several years paying
rent, before they decided to purchase the premises
as well 10 years later.
The premises included the dry cleaners cot-
tage, which the Jeffs moved into with their five
“The only way we could afford to buy the
business was with a loan from Mr Cecil Wynne.
Yarram’s baker,” John said.
“He wrote out a cheque for $6000 which cov-
ered our deposit. For the first five years, we paid
back the interest only and then we paid back the
“You just couldn’t do that these days.”
John said the banks weren’t keen lenders back
then and it was only because of Mr Wynne’s gen-
erosity they were able to purchase the business.
The coin laundry was added to the dry cleaners
in around 1980 and is only on to its second lot of
washing machines since it was installed.
While working in the dry cleaners, John was
offered a job on Esso’s Snapper Platform in the
Bass Strait in the laundry and as a kitchen hand.
He worked 12 hour night shifts, seven days
on, seven days off.
“I did that for five years. On the seven days
back onshore, I came back and ran the dry clean-
ers,” he said.
Just recently, Jan Whitford who worked for
the Jeffs at the dry cleaner for 37 years as a press-
er retired and John and Elsa hope to follow suit
sometime this year.
AFTER four years of no sightings, the
highly invasive and predatory North-
ern Pacific Seastar, Asterias amurensis,
has been rediscovered by Parks Victoria
divers at Wilsons Promontory National
Three divers were conducting a routine search
in the lower end of Tidal River challenged by low
visibility recently when they found a single mature
seastar measuring 15 centimetres in diameter under-
neath the park’s popular Tidal River footbridge.
In 2012, the Northern Pacific Seastar was dis-
covered for the first time at Tidal River prompting
significant efforts to prevent the pest from becoming
established and spreading to the pristine marine envi-
ronments around the Prom and further east.
This involved extensive diver surveys and hand
removals of seastars over the following year.
This recent finding will spark a series of follow-
up surveys in the river over the coming months to
determine the extent of infestation and control efforts
to prevent resurgence of the marine pest.
The Northern Pacific Seastar can be easily trans-
ported by currents or relocated to new areas attached
to fishing and diving equipment and the hulls of ves-
sels, including kayaks and canoes.
Parks Victoria marine pest officer Jonathon Ste-
venson said, “We urge all visitors who enjoy being in
and on the water to wash and dry their boats and gear
thoroughly before moving to a new location.”
THE Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve, just
north of Toora, has had a busy summer
season with around 2000 people visiting
the falls between Christmas and New
The picnic area was a popular place on Christ-
mas Day, with every picnic table in the grounds in
use for most of the day.
Friends of Agnes Falls secretary Kathy Whelan
said on one of the days between Christmas and the
New Year, she counted 40 cars entering the car park
in just one hour.
“The park has had terrific visitation this year,”
Ms Whelan said the park received nearly 1000
more visitors in December 2017 than in the previ-
“In the 2016 calendar year there were around
32,000 visitors to the falls and in 2017, there were
34,100,” she said.
Some of the reserve’s park benches have been re-
moved and are yet to be replaced, which Ms Whelan
said was disappointing.
She said a recommendation from Parks Victoria
states any new seats installed in the grounds needed
to have a back and arm rests.
“That could be holding up the reinstallation (of
the benches),” she said.
In October last year, the scenic reserve was al-
located funding from the South Gippsland Shire
Council to build a cantilevered viewing platform
overlooking the falls.
The $170,000 from council joined existing fund-
ing for the $520,000 project.
Ms Whelan said the council would act as project
manager and was expected to use the original de-
signer of the viewing platform as a consultant.
“Hopefully the plans will all be completed be-
fore winter and the platform constructed by the end
of the year, which will coincide with the completion
of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty,” she said.
“It all connects the Corner Inlet tourism precinct
Friends of Agnes Falls will be at the Australia
Day celebrations hosted in Port Albert over the up-
coming long weekend, with their information stall.
They will also have Agnes Falls souvenirs for
sale and will run a raffle with some great prizes.
Agnes Falls visitor
numbers keep growing
Great result: Friends of Agnes Falls vice president Peter Lee and secretary Kathy Whelan
were thrilled with the number of visitors to the Agnes Falls Scenic reserve in 2017, espe-
cially over the Christmas and new year period.
Seastar back at Prom
Back again: Parks Victoria ranger Chris
Hayward unfortunately found this Northern
Pacific Seastar during routine marine pest
surveys of Tidal River in December. The
seastars have not been seen at the Prom for
“Now we know the Northern Pacific Seastar is
back in Tidal River, our challenge is to stop it spread-
ing to other parts of the park or further along the Vic-
Mr Stevenson said sightings of the seastar can
be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the location, date, time and a photograph to
WOODSIDE Beach was closed for about
one hour on the evening of Tuesday, Jan-
uary 2. Beach goers reported a pod of
baby dolphins swimming in the area just
prior to the suspected shark sighting.
The beach was deemed safe shortly afterwards
and the beach was reopened to the public.
$2000 fine for carrying knife
A 44 year old Yarram woman has been fined $200
after she was found to have a fold out knife in her
handbag in a public place.
Yarram police were undertaking regular security
checks at a local hotel. “The officer on duty has re-
ported that the women was undergoing the security
check and casually took the knife out of her bag and
place it on the bench,” Sergeant Brian Howard told
Yarram Standard. “The knife was confiscated and
the women was issued with a $2,000 fine,” he said.
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