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At times of high bushfire risk, power outages are more likely.
Stay safe and consider your need for back-up power such as:
Keep safe this fire season. Know what to do.
If the power goes out.
It’s easy to be prepared.
Battery-powered radio to hear alerts
Torch and some spare batteries
A fully charged mobile phone
Non-electric pump with alternative
water supply i.e. pool, tank or dam
The township locals all agree, in café
groups and coffee chats,
It’s been a very fruitful year, a bumper
crop for fruiting trees.
Of apricots galore to jam and pickle.
There were no winged harbingers of
doom, to strip the cherished crop,
Before it ripened and was proudly picked
and bulging bags of fruit were shared
With those who love to cook and bottle.
We eager look to hopeful crops, of nascent
apples, peaches, pears.
No signs as yet of yearly parrot perils.
Our language can be so expressive of
such aggressive avian advents.
We call them a Murder of Crows - a black-
robed Luftwaffe who assault
The new born, small and sickly; easy mar-
tyrs to their strafing claws and beaks.
A sacrifice to the survival of the fittest.
Nature is both so generous and harsh.
Most years we see what I will call
a Looting of Lorikeets
Swooping down to raid our early apricots
and cherries, In noisy songs of destructive
But this year was instead a Carnage of
A raucous ransacking rabble, leaving
nothing but the dismembered debris
Of their rapacious rampage on our now
Another sign of nature’s random reverse
of what was first so generously given.
(Written by The Reverend David Head of
Yarram and Morwell - Jan 2018)
A Carnage Of
Bundle of joy: Lilly and Lachie Kidd are
over the moon to have a new brother. Levi
Anthony Kidd arrived on January 5, 2018 at
2.58 pm, much to the delight of his parents
Marcus and Sarah. Levi weighed an impres-
sive 9lb 5oz. He is the third grandchild for
Anna Moore and Jennifer and Mark Kidd.
Road crash stats unacceptable
SIX of the 28 people killed on Gippsland
roads in 2017 were in the Welling-
ton Shire compared to five in 2016,
while three deaths occurred on South
Regional Victoria remains over represented in
fatalities, with 155 lives lost on country roads last
year compared with 150 in 2016.
New road trauma data showed crashes into
roadside obstacles were the leading type of fatal-
ity crash in Gippsland in 2017.
Run off road crashes was a prevalent factor
in regional road trauma rates across the state,
with all regions recording more deaths from the
TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore said
the trend of run off road crashes in Gippsland
and across Victoria highlighted the importance
of building a road system that is more forgiving
when people make mistakes.
“We know most people are doing the right
thing and the majority of journeys on roads in the
south west are safe ones, however, every death
on our roads is an unacceptable and preventable
tragedy,” he said.
“It’s not only fatalities that are over represent-
ed in country areas, one in five people seriously
injured are on high speed regional roads.”
In Gippsland VicRoads and the TAC are
improving the safety of the highest risk roads
in the region, installing flexible safety barriers
on the Princes Freeway between Traralgon and
Sale and between Longwarry and Traralgon,
Princes Highway between Sale and Bairnsdale,
Paynesville Road from Bairnsdale to Paynes-
ville, and the Maffra-Sale Road from Sale to
VicRoads acting deputy chief executive Peter
Todd said mistakes are made by everybody on the
road, but it should not cost them their life.
“People driving on country roads are four
times more likely to be killed than those driving
in metropolitan areas. We should not accept this
statistic,” he said.
MEMBERS of local community groups,
service clubs and businesses met in Yar-
ram before Christmas with members of
the Outer Gippsland Senior Leadership
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the forma-
tion of a group that could explore community driven
initiatives, with the view to empower local communi-
ties to drive and create their own sustainable future.
Present at the meeting were representatives from
Yarram Rotary, Yarram Secondary College, Yarram
Football Netball Club, Woodside Football Netball
Club, Yarram Standard, Anglican Church and Yar-
Also in attendance were services provider rep-
resentatives from Yarram District Health Service,
Wellington Shire Council, Department of Human
Resources and Uniting Care services.
Facilitator Linda Rowley outlined the aims of
the meeting which include the review of a commu-
nity consultation feedback and its alignment with the
views of those present, share information on collec-
tive impact and how it works. Also to see if there was
an appetite for a community initative in Yarram and
if so to agree on the next step.
Those present watched a short TED talk which
highlighted the sustainable community development
from whats wrong to whats strong.
Constructive comments from the floor revealed
that Yarram Secondary College and Yarram District
Health Service have commenced conversations on
how they can work together to enhance opportunities
for the youth of the district. The group recognised
that there is a lot of good work and many success
stories happening within Yarram District .
After discussion it was evident that people in-
volved in the conversation had a strong sense of
community pride and belief in the existing good
works of groups and agencies within the commu-
nity. “There is a need to acknowledge and validate
the current work and identify strengths to build on,”
Linda Rowley said.
“Those present responded positively to the no-
tion of a collective impact initiative. Of critical im-
portance will be ensuring community members and
representatives from all aspects of the community
are involved in the conversation and are seated at
the decision-making table, to identify and drive their
own initiatives” she said.
“The initiatives should be well defined, and call
community and organisations to align behind them.”
“Teasing out what “collective impact” means, and
deepening the understanding of the approach will be
critical to the success of identified initiatives. Of im-
portance will be enhancing the appreciation that col-
lective impact requires community and organisations
Discussion: Yarram Secondary College Principal Brett Pedlow, Yarram District Health Ser-
vice Health Promotions officer, Rob Preston, YDHS director, primary care Bernadette Ken-
nedy, UnitingCare representative Mandy McFarland, Community Impact facilitator Linda
Rowley and UnitingCare Family Violence councillor Pam Jarvis attended a community im-
pact meeting prior to Christmas with a number of other community leaders with a view to
empowering the local community to drive and create their own sustainable future.
Community impact on the table
to cooperate in ways that go beyond superficiality
to work as a team across organisational boundaries.
This will require building trust, mutual accountabil-
ity and transparently sharing information.”
The following representatives’ self nominated
(or nominated on behalf of their organisation) to
work together to convene a February 2018 meeting:
Cr Garry Stephens (Councillor, Wellington Shire
Council) Deb Lucas (The Standard) who can assist
with promotions, Brett Pedlow (Yarram Secondary
College) Karen McLennan (Wellington Shire Coun-
cil) and Bernadette Kennedy(YDHS) who can assist
with resourcing have volunteered to work together
to convene a meeting on February 5 to move the
This will include clarifying the purpose of the
February 2018 meeting and provide potential at-
tendees with information to “prime” their thinking
prior to the meeting. For example, is the purpose of
the meeting to:
Identify current community groups and provide
the opportunity to create connections?
Identify what’s strong in Yarram?
Identify Yarram community values / what’s im-
portant to the people of Yarram and start drilling
down on one or two initiatives?
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THREE unlocked cars in Campbell Street Yarram
were accessed on Sunday evening.
A set of five keys on a blue tag were stolen from
one of the vehicles along with some loose change.
Investigating officer Senior Constable Bradley
Guenther reported that some of the items from the
vehicles were found dumped nearby however the
keys have not yet been located.
“If anyone has found the keys, they should hand
them in immediately at the Yarram Police station or
if anyone has any information that could help police
apprehend those responsible, again please contact us
here at the station,” he said.
“It is a timely reminder to vehicle owners that
they should never leave their vehicle unlocked.”
Port Albert disturbance
POLICE are investigating a disturbance in the Port
Albert Wharf area on Sunday evening between the
hours of 9pm and 11pm.
Senior Constable Bradley Guenther is asking
boat and yacht owners to check their vessels to en-
sure nothing has been stolen or damaged and to re-
port any damage or theft to them immediately.
“If anyone saw or heard anything they should call
us here at the station or if anyone saw a newer model
Holden Hatch, blue in colour, again, could they please
contact police,” he said.
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