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BRENDAN Maher was wel-
comed as the new principal of
St Mary’s Primary School in
Yarram this week.
Mr Maher and wife Jillian have
made the move from Ballarat and
are looking forward to getting to
know the community.
“For the past 11 years I was the
founding principal Emmanus Catho-
lic Primary School in Ballarat. This
was a wonderful professional experi-
ence, opening and creating a school
from nothing,” Mr Maher said.
“Over my long teaching career I
have had taught at 39 different cath-
olic schools,” he said.
While Mr Maher loved his posi-
tion at Emmanus, in recent times he
was looking for new challenges.
“Jillian found the advertisement
for St Mary’s one Sunday afternoon.
I found it a very interesting posi-
tion, I had never ventured into the
Gippsland area so decided to apply,”
Mr Maher said.
“The position closed on the fol-
lowing Tuesday so I quickly put my
resume together and sent it off and I
was offered the position in the Oc-
“It has been a very busy time
since then, we hurriedly put our
home on the market at Ballarat and
notified my current employer.”
Mr Maher is now living at Won
Wron in what he describes as a beau-
“We have rented a beautiful home
with acres, my wife loves horses so
we had to have some land,” Mr Ma-
Coming from a school of 375 to
St Mary’s with an enrolment of 72 in
2018, including 10 new preps, is an
exciting prospect for Mr Maher.
“I am passionate about education
especially catholic education, I love
education generally and nothing
gives me more pleasure than seeing
children learning and thriving and
being happy at school, Mr Maher
Mr Maher and his teaching staff
were all at school on Monday pre-
paring for their students return on
Wednesday. Preps will attend school
on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Fridays for the first four weeks.
Exciting new venture: St Mary’s Primary School’s new principal Brendan Maher
is looking forward to welcoming his students back to school today (Wednesday).
New principal for St Mary’s
THE Port of Sale redevel-
opment official opening
attracted a large crowd on
Saturday with representa-
tives from all three tiers
of government coming
together to celebrate this
$14.6 million project.
The project emcompasses a
skate park, Wellington Centre,
which houses the new library
and art gallery and the existing
Wedge entertainment centre
and the Port at Sale.
Watching on in the crowd
was former Gippsland South
MP, Peter Ryan who was the
force behind getting the Vic-
torian Government onboard
during his tenure as deputy pre-
A smoking ceremony and
welcome to country provided
a spectacular start to proceed-
Wellington Shire chief ex-
ecutive officer David Morcom
officially welcomed everyone
to the opening and expressed
his sadness that one of the driv-
ing forces and major contribu-
tors, the late John Leslie, was
not there to see his dream come
Wellington Shire mayor Cr
Carolyn Crossley spoke next
and highlighted the fact all
three levels of government had
worked together with the com-
munity and local organisations
to deliver the project
“We are proud to celebrate
this much anticipated opening
of the revitalised Port of Sale,”
Cr Crossley said.
“We are thrilled at how the
interior of the centre has been
transformed into a light, mod-
ern public space and how the
whole precinct ties in together,”
Gippsland Darren Chester said
the new cultural centre en-
hanced the area for residents
and visitors, with a new regional
art gallery, public library, visitor
information centre, café, com-
munity spaces and free Wi-Fi.
“This project has created 45
jobs in the community, includ-
ing 17 ongoing roles, and has
created a major cultural centre
incorporating existing facilities,
such as The Wedge performing
arts centre,” Mr Chester said.
“What we’ve created here is
a new destination for locals and
visitors alike of which we can
all be very proud.”
Nationals Member for
O’Brien acknowledged his for-
mer leader Peter Ryan for the
part he played in securing state
government funding for the
“This facility will be an as-
set for all of Wellington Shire
for decades to come and is a
great example of cooperation
between local, state and fed-
eral governments and the local
“It is another legacy of my
predecessor Peter Ryan who
committed the state funds when
we were in government and it
was a pleasure to see him there
enjoying the opening on Satur-
Member for Eastern Victoria
Harriet Shing, representing Min-
ister for Regional Development
Jaala Pulford and Minister for
Local Government Marlene Kai-
rouz added her congratulations.
“We’re making sure Cen-
tral Gippsland gets the arts and
cultural facilities it deserves
and working hard to improve
community facilities across the
“This hub will be a real draw-
card for visitors and the upgraded
library and art gallery will con-
tinue to build on Sale’s reputa-
tion for artistic and creative ex-
cellence,” Ms Shing said.
Brian Castles spoke on be-
half of the John Leslie Founda-
tion about the late John Leslie
and his passion for the arts in
Sale and how much this project
had meant to him and the foun-
Minister for Regional De-
velopment, Territories and Lo-
cal Government John McVeigh
said the new Port of Sale pre-
cinct would enhance the vi-
brancy of the region.
“This new precinct has cre-
ated an all-ages community des-
tination, extending the existing
space, creating a forecourt and
plaza area and even a new skate
park,” Dr McVeigh said.
The Coalition Government
contributed $4.5 million to-
ward the $14.6 million proj-
ect, the Victorian Government
$4.75 million, Wellington Shire
Council $3.805 million, The
John Leslie Foundation $1.53
million and Esso Australia Re-
sources Pty Ltd $30,000.
Port of Sale $14.6M revamp opens
Working together: three tiers of government work together to ensure the Port of Sale Pre-
cinct became a reality on Saturday. They were helped with a large contribution from the
John Leslie Foundation to the tune of $1.53m. Cutting the ceremonial cake was Brian Cas-
tles represented the John Leslie Foundation, Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester,
Victoria Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Wellington Shire Council
mayor, Cr Carolyn Crossley.
Team work: the National party Gippsland team were back
together for the opening of the Port of Sale precinct. Mem-
ber for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, retired Member
for Gippsland South Peter Ryan and Federal Member for
Gippsland Darren Chester pose for photos following the
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