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“That money doesn’t quite cover the cost of pro-
viding the program, which is probably why small
stand alone kindergartens are slowly starting to dis-
appear,” she said.
“The funding doesn’t keep pace with the costs as-
sociated with running the service.”
Ms Heron said the centre’s committee is in the
process of determining how it can continue to meet
the needs of the community.
“I think what is happened is the centre filled up
quicker than anyone expected and now we are left
wondering what to do,” she said.
“Do we expand the service here, do we expand
the service somewhere else, what do we do?”
The centre opened in the Yarram and District
Community Hub in July 2015 and since then had
seen a steady increase in enrolments.
“This year has been the hardest. Last year we
were full from around July, but this year we have
been full since we opened and now we have a wait-
ing list,” Ms Heron said.
“We reached this stage a lot quicker than we
thought. The need for the service is obviously there
so we need to look at all our options.”
The centre moved it’s after school hours care to
the Yarram Primary School, but that has had little im-
pact on the rest of the services.
Ms Heron said there are some options for the cen-
tre, but no decisions have been made yet.
“We do need to survive, there is no more fund-
ing available from the Wellington Shire Council,”
“This is all Yarram has. The baby room is full, the
toddler room is full and any children who turn three
this year can’t move on.”
The committee is exploring further funding op-
tions. There is no room for growth within the hub, so
the centre would have to look at different locations
to increase in size.
Ms Heron said if solutions can’t be found, chil-
dren could potentially miss out on kindergarten and
people who want to work may not be able to because
they can’t access care.
“Last year, we were able to help people who had
casual work, this year we can’t because we have no
vacancies, which makes it hard for some families,”
“If we had another room for 22 children, we
would be alright.”
Ms Heron said when the centre first opened it had
trouble finding qualified staff, as people didn’t “see
it as a career”.
Now, the centre provides jobs for 30 local people,
which is great for the town.
“It is in the town’s best interest that we survive,”
Ms Heron said.
The centre is currently trying to determine num-
bers for next year’s kindergarten intake.
“It will certainly be full, but whether or not we
have to spill into two rooms again, we are not sure
yet,” Ms Heron said.
Yarram can’t keep up
with centre demand
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The drama began when Le-
ongatha Police were alerted to an
incident around 10.35am in Le-
ongatha after a 21 year old man
crashed the first stolen car he was
driving in McCartin Street, Leon-
gatha, Witnesses were horrified as
the vehicle burst into flames on
impact with two other cars. The
flames spreading to other cars
parked on the street.
The offender then, assaulted a
woman and snatched her car, be-
fore driving off down Young and
Bair streets at speed. He then pro-
ceeded along the South Gippsland
Highway towards Yarram.
Witnesses driving along the
South Gippsland Highway have
estimated he reached speeds of
more than 180 km per hour. A post
on the Yarram Standard facebook
page told how the speeding vehi-
cle nearly took out the V/ Line bus
on the Franklin River corner.
The Police Airwing chopper
tracked the offender and reported
back to units on the ground. Po-
lice from Latrobe Valley and Sale
Criminal Investigation Units as
well as Leongatha and Wonthaggi
uniform branches were involved
in the operation at this stage. With
the car heading towards Yarram,
Yarram Police were deployed to
the Gelliondale area where they
deployed road spikes. LSC Elliott
and SC Beekman were successful
in stopping the stolen vehicle how-
ever the driver escaped on foot to a
Here he stole a four wheel drive
wagon and proceeded to drive
through fences and paddocks to-
ward the Alberton West state forest.
All the while he was being tracked
by the airwing. The four wheel
drive came to a stop and again the
driver escaped on foot this time to a
nearby house in the Hedley Range
Police moved in quickly. He
was arrested trying to break into
the house by Latrobe Criminal In-
“The air wing played a pivotal
role in the capture of this man, it was
able to track the offender’s move-
ments and report back to the police
on the ground and police were able
to move in quickly to affect an ar-
Crazed driver nabbed
rest without further incident around
1 pm,” LSC Elliott said
The offender was taken to
Morwell police station where he
was interviewed and then charged
with 74 offences by the Latrobe
Crime Investigation Unit Detec-
tives. He fronted a Latrobe Mag-
istrate Court yesterday afternoon.
Yarram Police are calling on
anyone who may have witnessed
the vehicle travelling at speed on
the South Gippsland Highway
on Monday to contact them on
51825033. They also want to re-
mind car owners to remove keys
from their vehicles even when
they are in their own driveways.
Right, Fiery crash: local
firefighters were quick to
extinguish the cars on fire in
Leongatha on Monday.
Stopped: Yarram police officers deployed road spikes to stop a stolen car near Gelliondale on Monday afternoon. The driver
escaped on foot and stole another vehicle in order to evade capture.
Ditched it: a car stolen in Leongatha on Monday morning
was eventually stopped by Yarram police near Gelliondale
in the afternoon. The driver was later caught and faced court
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