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REFUGE Cove Cruises is now taking
bookings for their cruise at Wilsons
Promontory, allowing visitors to
explore previously hard to access parts
of Wilsons Promontory National and
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore
the east coast of the Prom with its spectacular
granite cliffs and sheltered coves.
With daily departures planned, highlights of
the tour include the famous sheltered blue
waters of Refuge Cove, Waterloo Bay and the
heritage listed Wilsons Promontory
Visitors will enjoy lunch on board the brand
new 42 seat catamaran built locally in
Inverloch and have a close-up view of some of
the richest and most diverse habitats in
Australia for spotting wildlife.
The waters in the region support dolphins,
sharks, seals and migrating whales, as well as a
rich diversity of birdlife, including albatross,
shearwater, fairy prions, little penguins and
white-bellied sea eagles.
“The wildlife and geography on this tour are
nothing short of breathtaking, and to date,
visitation to this side of the Prom has been
New angle: Refuge Cove Cruises enables visitors to see Wilsons Promontory National
Park in a fresh light – from the sea, including this close up view of skull rock.
See the Prom from the sea
relatively low. Our plan to operate daily
departures opens up visitation to guests from
around the world, as well as the domestic
visitor,” Jason Bingham, director of Refuge
Cove Cruises, said.
The full day cruise coasts past the nearby
island of Kanowna, which supports a breeding
colony of Australian fur seals. The area has
fascinating geology, with Cleft Island often
referred to as Skull Rock due to its remarkable
The operation supports a team of local
guides who provide an entertaining
interpretation of the coastline and park, its
history, the Indigenous custodians, geology
The vessel has been specifically designed
with a bow door to provide convenient access
for passengers directly onto the beach at
Once at Refuge Cove, there will be plenty of
free time to explore the national park or take a
swim in the azure waters.
Tours depart daily, weather permitting from
Port Welshpool. The cost of the tour is $225 per
adult, $135 per child and family bookings for
two adults and two children start from $575.
To book phone 0418 789 916 or visit
THE Port Welshpool Long Jetty and work site
was well respected over the Christmas shutdown
period, which enabled works to start up on time
in early January.
With stage one now complete, stage two, including pile,
crosshead and deck panel installation has now started, with the
restoration still on schedule for a late 2018 finish.
So far, more than 200 metres of the jetty has been restored
and rebuilt. Once complete, the jetty will be around 760 metres
Deck panels for the jetty are now in full production, which
will enable fluent installation and significant progress on site.
Stage two will see the existing jetty demolished and new
piles and headstocks installed, before the steel beam and con-
crete deck is put in place.
Stage three will include the reinstatement of the slipway and
THE Minister for Planning will not
require an environment effects state-
ment (EES) for Synergy Wind’s pro-
posed Alberton wind farm.
The decision was announced on December
The proposed wind farm would provide 460
gigawatt hours of renewable energy per year
and comprise 34 turbines, with an overall height
of up to 200 metres to the blade tip, located on a
total footprint area of around 59.4 hectares.
The wind farm would be located on existing
farm land cleared for grazing and cropping.
The minister’s report found the effects of
the wind farm on native vegetation and other
biodiversity values were unlikely to be sig-
It also found the potential effects on the
Corner Inlet Ramsar site during earthworks and
construction could be managed.
The notice of decision said, “The project has
some potential for significant environmental ef-
fects on bird species listed under the Flora and
Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Environ-
ment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation
Act 1999 known to utilise Corner Inlet Ramsar
site and Albert River habitats.”
It said the swift parrot, orange bellied par-
rot, fork-tailed swift and white-throated needle-
tail could be impacted.
“There is some uncertainty related to infor-
mation on their occupancy, migration routes
and/or flight heights, as well as the avoidance
and mitigation measures that will need to be ad-
opted for these species,” the notice said.
“The potentially significant effects and re-
sidual risks for the mentioned bird species will
need to be further assessed and mitigated, in-
cluding bird collision rates with turbines, to in-
form relevant offset requirements and statutory
The minister found other potential effects
on amenity, landscape values and cultural heri-
tage were unlikely to be significant.
THE area is bracing for another heat
wave this Australia Day Long Weekend
and it’s time to hit the cold waters of the
beaches and pools.
Celebrations will be evident for Australia Day
this Friday and all weekend as children enjoy the
last weekend before the return to school.
See the Standard’s Australia Day ‘What’s On’
on pages 8 and 9.
Making a splash: from left, Charli
O’Loughlin from Yarram, Ella Lorimer from
Sale and Emily Hale from Sale were cooling
off at the Yarram Pool last Friday as the sum-
mer heat kicked in.
Wind farm jumps environment hurdle Long Jetty work on time
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