Home' Yarram Standard : January 31st 2018 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - PAG E 3
WORK on the $1million up-
grading of the Port Albert
boat ramp is scheduled to
commence in February.
The works have been awarded to
SMC Marine Pty Ltd.
Established in 2001 SMC Marine
has branches all around Australia
and is a maritime contractor with a
wide range of marine construction
The company started out install-
ing commercial marinas and now
delivers major marine construction
projects throughout the country.
The works will include the de-
molition of the existing jetty and in-
stallation of a new ramp and floating
walkway to the north of the existing
ramp. The new north ramp is planned
for completion prior to Easter and
the existing boat ramp will remain
operational during the works.
Works will also include the con-
struction of new boat ramp lanes
over the existing ramp and extension
of the existing floating walkway to
match the new Northern floating
walkway. This part of the work will
commence after Easter 2018 and is
due to be completed mid 2018.
Adam Neville is supervisor for
the project and he and his crew ad-
vise there will be some disruptions
and inconveniences at various times
and request understanding as works
to complete the project are carried
Work to commence: work is set to commence on the $1m Port Albert boat
ramp project in February.
Port boat ramp works set to start
RECENT warm weather has
proven the Yarram Swim-
ming Pool to be quite a hit
“It hasn’t been extremely busy al-
though we’ve had quite a lot of peo-
ple from out of town come through,”
Yarram Swimming Pool lifeguard
Holly Jonston said.
“We’ve had lots of children
coming in these last few days due
to the end of the school holidays
and the pool has also stayed a good
temperature because of the recent
Miss Jonston said a lot of adults
have come to the pool to swim laps
in the morning also due to the waters
“The pool has not been as busy as
it was this time last year,” she said.
“I think the weather has attracted
people to head to the beach instead
The pool closes when the weather
temperature is below 25 degrees and
this season the pool has been open
80 percent of the time, keeping the
community cool and happy.
Pool attracts tourists
Hot summer: lifeguards Holly Jonston and Chelsea Petterson kept an eye out on swimmers safety at the
Yarram Swimming Pool during the heat on Monday.
WHILE the Wellington Shire
Council is considering solar and
electric heating options for the
Yarram Swimming Pool the Ro-
tary Club of Yarram is looking at
forming a new committee to take
charge of development at the pool.
Community members met with Wel-
lington Shire Council on Wednesday to
discuss improvements of the pool facility.
“The impression I got from many
community members spoken to is that
for many years the community has been
asking Council for improvements and
not receiving any,” Yarram Rotary Club
member Paul Savage said.
“The numbers of community members
at these kind of meetings has gotten fewer
and fewer and a community member at
one meeting in particular tried to get her
circle of friends to come along and their
overwhelming response was “why would
we waste our time? The council has never
listened in the past.””
Mr Savage suggested to Council that
rather than Council proposing to the Yar-
ram community, the Yarram community
would form a committee that would put
forward to Council what it wants.
“Importantly, before that commit-
tee spends valuable time it should seek
a memorandum of understanding from
Council stating what Council believes is
a reasonable budget for infrastructure and
running costs,” he said.
“If the committee puts forward a prop-
erly costed and evidenced proposal that
falls within those budgets then the Coun-
cil will pursue that line in good faith for
the best of its abilities as an administra-
“The Rotary club was asked if it could
put the call out to the community and to
form the committee where the commit-
tee’s role would be to come up with the
proposal based on community input.”
Councillor Garry Stephens said Coun-
cil is now waiting to hear back from Ro-
tary to see if it is going to agree to coor-
dinate a local committee to look at which
ways it can move options for the pool
“If Rotary is happy to do that, we will
organise for it to meet with Council rep-
resentatives to discuss what can be done,”
Cr Stephens said.
“It’s not 100 percent certain what will
be done but there is an offer from Council
to look at peaking the pool to 29 degrees
via an electric option or with solar panels.
“Other things such as the pool opening
for longer hours are also on the table but it’s
still early days yet to make any decision.”
Mr Savage said there is a limited
amount of funding for the pool and an
amount of the funding will come from
other sources outside of Council.
“No one can predict how much will be
available therefore the final solution for the
pool is unlikely to satisfy everyone’s desires
but having a committee maximises every-
one’s chances of satisfaction,” he said.
Rotary dives into pool debate
Holiday fun: Woodside’s Andrew and Emma Rich enjoyed a relaxed day
swimming at the Yarram Swimming Pool on Monday afternoon.
Summers day: from left, Jessica, Thomas and Matthew Selzer from Tarra
Valley spent Monday afternoon cooling off at the Yarram Swimming Pool.
THREE new teachers were
welcomed to the Yarram Pri-
mary School (YPS) on Tues-
day, the first day of term one.
Kate Steele joins YPS from the
Hamilton North Primary School in
the western district.
“She is a highly experienced
teacher and has joined our middle
area team and has relocated with
her family to the district,” principal
Penny Earle said.
Kirsty O’Keefe has come to YPS
as a graduate teacher.
She is locally well known and
highly regarded to many families as
she has worked for several years in
the kinder program at Yarram Early
Hope Haughie has also recently
graduated with distinction and is
very excited to also commence her
career at YPS.
“We know our local commu-
nity will extend a warm welcome
to these new additions to our team,”
Ms Earle said.
“We also are very excited to
welcome Braydn Wilson as a sports
trainee to support our students in
their recreational and sporting en-
Mr Wilson is a past student and
already many students know him
from his involvement in local sport-
Tara Brennan is joining YPS as
part of the student wellbeing team.
Ms Brennan will be available to
support children socially and emo-
tionally in the school environment
and will add a further dimension to
the pastoral care for families.
“Obviously there is great excite-
ment around welcoming our entire
school community into our new
spaces and providing the very best
educational programs we can for all
children,” she said.
YPS welcomes new faces
New teachers: from left, Kate Steele, Hope Haughie and Kirsty
O’Keefe are the new Yarram Primary School teachers for 2018.
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