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Fog Then Sunny
Fog Then Sunny
LEO William Reakes was born on Thurs-
day, February 1 at 2.30am at the Foster
Hospital to Tara and Michael Reakes of
YARRAM district sweltered through
three long days of temperatures in the
high 30’s towards the end of January.
Australia Day the mercury reached a pleasant
26 degrees in Yarram.
Saturday it was a few degrees higher with the
maximum recorded 20.1 degrees during the day.
The minimum temperature was 18 degrees mak-
ing for a sleepless night.
Sunday and the mercury rose to a steamy 35
degrees with the minimum over night tempera-
ture a sweltering 22 degrees.
There was no relief on Monday with the mer-
cury continuing to rise and it hovered around 36
degrees for most of the day.
At around 4 pm saw rain falling in Yarram and
threatening skies over the rest of the district.
Overnight on Monday night the temperature
plummeted and soft gentle rain continued to fall.
16mm of rain had fallen by 9 am Tuesday morning.
Outlying areas have had welcome rain as well.
Woodside North had 6 ml of rain at 7 am Tues-
day. Balook had had 8 ml of rain overnight.
Woodside Beach was packed for the three
days of the heat wave. Lifeguards were on duty
for the entire weekend.
“The beach was packed but fortunately we did
not have to initiate any rescues during that pe-
riod,” a lifesaving club spokesperson said.
The Woodside Beach Surf Lifesaving club
serve 176 meals on the Saturday night with many
holiday makers and beach goers choosing to stay
at the beach well into the evening in order to keep
Temperatures are to be in the mid 20’s for the
remainder of the week and into the weekend
tional Centre), and was promoted to Prison Supervi-
sor in 2006.
Both Ararat and Langi KalKal Prisons, where he
undertook secondments, contained a predominance
of sex offenders, and he was at the forefront of cus-
todial staff seeking to learn more about the best ways
of case managing this complex offender group. His
leadership in this area was recognised by the Sex Of-
fender Management Branch for which he was liaison
point in the prison.
In 2012 he transferred to the Melbourne Assess-
ment Prison (MAP), including working as a Prison
Supervisor at the County and Supreme Courts. The
MAP is the main entry point for all male prisoners in
Victoria, and he was promoted to Operations Man-
ager there in 2014.
In 2015 he took up the position of Manager,
Court Practice at Morwell Community Correctional
Services in Gippsland and in this role he is required
to have daily contact with offenders, including high-
risk offenders released by the court or the Adult Pa-
Mr Webb’s contribution to the corrections system
in Victoria has come about through his dedication to,
and experience with, new offender cohorts, including
serious sex offenders, and the challenges that arise
in managing these offenders whilst ensuring their
safety and the safety of the community.
Margaret honoured with OAM
Honoured: former local, Margaret Barry has
been honoured with an OAM for her chari-
table working helping the children of Bali.
Heat wave hits
FOR her charitable work in helping the
children of Bali, receive an education
former local Margaret Barry has been
honoured with an OAM.
Margaret was born and raised on the Barry family
farm at Alberton West and still has family in the dis-
trict today. Her parents ( both deceased), were promi-
nent figures in the local community. Father Ned was
a former shire councillor and shire president of the
Margaret attended Yarram Secondary College
and completed a degree in Arts, History in Literature
at La Trobe University before becoming a fashion
Margaret had no experience in education or in-
ternational development when she started the Bali
Children’s Foundation 15 years ago.
She told the Yarram Standard she was extremely
honoured to be included in the Australia Day hon-
“We started the work which lead to the Bali Chil-
dren’s Foundation straight after the Bali bomb. It has
since grown into Bali’s largest education foundation,
currently offering opportunities to more than 2,100 dis-
advantaged children in 40 communities in North, South,
East and West Bali. August 2016,” Ms Barry said
Today the foundation gives scholarships to 1100
Balinese students, and holds regular classes in lit-
eracy and information technology.
“There’s no way any one person could ever have
done it,” Ms Barry said after receiving notification
of her OAM.
“It’s about teamwork. It’s a huge body of work
achieved by a big group of people.”
For the past five and half years Ms Barry has
been a director for Magg & Me, an Australian fash-
ion label born out of friendship between Margaret
and Helen Byrne.
Another well known former local Mr Ian Webb
was also honoured with an OAM for his service to
the correction system in the Australia Day Awards
Ian Webb lived in the area from 1998 until 2003.
Ian Webb’s career with Corrections Victoria com-
menced in 1998 when he joined the Victorian Prison
Service as a Prison Officer at the former minimum
security Won Wron Prison and he served there un-
til the prison’s closure in 2003. He then transferred
to Ararat Prison, (later renamed the Hopkins Correc-
BOATING is fun for everyone.
A well known advertising slogan and usually it
Gippsland Water Police certainly don’t want
to be known as the anti-fun police. Unfortunately
though, when we become involved the fun has usu-
ally ended for someone. Hopefully it is just damage
to, or loss of a boat, but sometimes it involves seri-
ous injury and loss of life. We speak to thousands of
people on the water each year and usually it is just a
routine safety audit.
We check things because you don’t, or at least not
often enough. Expired flares, not enough life jack-
ets for everyone on board, torches with flat batteries,
discharged fire extinguishers and boats with expired
We see these things on a daily basis, they all have
a tendency to slip under the radar and get forgotten
about in the rush to get out on the water and have
some of that fun.
It may seem trivial to some people on a calm sun-
ny day when we are checking you, but when the situ-
ation arises where you need that equipment, believe
me you will wish you had it. No one intends to break
down or capsize, but it happens all too often.
When we aren’t doing the routine safety audits,
we are responding to calls for assistance and see
the other side of boating, the side most people don’t
want to think about.
These are the times when those pieces of safety
equipment can mean the difference between being
safe and well, or being cold and wet, or worse.
It is not just equipment that is important, but be-
haviour as well. Think about how your actions will
impact on others.
We don’t want to have that conversation about
why you were speeding near other boats, or operat-
ing in the swimming zone and endangering children,
but we really don’t want to be having that same con-
versation in the Coroner’s Court.
So when we get the information someone has
been doing the wrong thing, we follow it up, get you
in, have a chat about it and hopefully prevent it from
If the safety breaches were serious enough a fine
will be issued.
Electronic navigation has made life much easier
on the water, but you can’t just rely on that alone.
No one wants to see photos on social media of their
boat high and dry, so use your chart plotter or GPS to
point you in the right direction, but make sure someone
is actually looking at where you are going.
Travel at a speed where you can stop or turn in
time to avoid running aground. Most insurance poli-
cies for boats will require you to have the equivalent
of a roadworthy vehicle, a seaworthy boat.
If there was a fire on board and you couldn’t put
it out because your fire extinguisher was discharged,
will your insurance still cover you?
You’ve run aground and it is an expensive re-
covery and repair bill, but your registration or boat
licence has been cancelled because you haven’t re-
newed it, will your insurance cover that?
What if there are medical bills, who pays
those? So, make sure you do all your checks before
you get out on the water, think about your actions,
how they will impact on others and what the reper-
cussions could be.
If you are going to tow a skier, take the time to
learn the hand signals that help keep everyone safe.
Make sure you have an observer on board. Check the
signage where you launched and see where the five
knot zones and no boating zones are and stay clear
Do the right thing and the next time we meet on
the water it will be one of those pleasant conversa-
tions, not the one that ends with a fine in the mail or a
summons to attend at court. Make sure boating stays
fun for everyone.
ON THE WATER WITH GIPPSLAND
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