Home' Yarram Standard : June 6th 2018 Contents “THE YARRAM STANDARD” Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - PAG E 3
TARRA Valley Road residents are fed
up with the lack of maintenance being
performed on the road’s iconic, but de-
graded wooden bridges.
The bridges are under the management of Vi-
cRoads and often have pieces missing or damaged,
threatening the safety of road users.
Built in the 1950s, the wooden bridges are a fea-
ture of the road.
The Standard ran a story earlier in the year after
a vehicle owned by Tarra Valley Road residents Josh
and Kirsten Crocker was impaled by a loose board
from the third bridge, causing thousands of dollars
worth of damage.
Ms Crocker said since the incident around four
months ago, a few boards on the bridge had been
patched and some hazard signs were placed on either
side of the bridge.
She said the condition of the bridge continues to
“They need to maintain the bridges properly.
They need proper maintenance and a lot of it needs
to be replaced,” she said.
“Quite often a bit of spray paint goes on and it
wears off before anything is fixed.”
Ms Crocker said there is only one way in and out
for residents, so the bridge should be maintained for
She said the poor condition of the bridge was also
a detractor for visitors to the area.
“It is damaging to tourism, we had friends stay-
ing in Yarram from Western Australia and they only
came up here once, because after walking on the
bridge and wood flipping up, they refused to drive
over them again,” she said.
Ms Crocker said when the bridge had another
chunk out of it recently, she reported it to VicRoads
“It was before business hours, so a person logs
the incident and I get a text message to tell me it has
been logged, and another to tell me it was in prog-
ress,” she said.
“No one actually cares. The school bus was going
over that bridge with planks missing.”
Ms Crocker said the lack of maintenance is 12
months of the year, not just over winter.
Brianna Brewer lives near the third bridge and
uses it every day.
She said the bridge is always in a state of disre-
pair and when it gets bad enough and a few people
call VicRoads to complain, a few boards might get
“That’s it. They need to spend a few days and fix
the bridge completely, rather than replacing boards
here and there,” she said.
Ms Brewer said if VicRoads was inspecting the
bridge once a month, “they are not actually looking
at the bridge”.
She said a couple of the boards had been rotten
for months and it was only a matter of time before
one fell in, which happened recently.
“I was really concerned about the school bus
coming over so I phoned the secondary college to let
the bus driver know about it,” she said.
“If the bus had hit the missing section, there
would have been an accident.”
Vicki Weston from Tarra Valley Caravan Park
Fernholme said the lack of maintenance on the bridg-
es is bad for business.
“There are two caravan parks and a lot of people
will not go over the bridges with their caravans,” she
“We have an issue in the fire season, what hap-
pens if a spark lights them? If the bridges burn we
have no way out.”
Ms Weston said as a regular user of the road, even
she doesn’t trust the bridges and always approaches
THE organisers of the plane
project, recently unveiled in
Yarram Memorial Gardens,
have reported that someone
has already climbed the pole
and stood on the wings.
David Dickson notified the
Yarram Standard last Friday and
said the pole had been scuffed
where the person or persons had
attempted to climb up and there
were footprints on the wings
where they had stood.
Yarram Police were notified
about the incident and have en-
couraged anyone who may have
seen anyone acting suspiciously
around the plane last Thursday
evening or early Friday morning
to contact them immediately.
THE Mirridong Players return to the
Regent Theatre with their latest pro-
duction of Rock is How I Roll for one
night only on Wednesday, June 27.
Tickets for the show are available at Mirri-
dong or from the door on the night.
“This year we have a modern fairy tale of a
young dancer who twists to her own tune until
someone believes in her and makes her into a
star,” director Darren McCubbin said.
“Featuring lots of toe tapping rock and roll
delivered with Mirridong’s trademark joyful
comedy where anything can happen.
“Come along and be entertained in a show
for the whole family.”
Rock on: Mirridong Players Anita, Joel (inside chicken) and Chris are getting their dance
shoes warmed up for this year’s production of Rock is How I Roll.
Mirridong show set to rock
Vandals target plane
Bridges are still bad
Breaking bad: the state of the bridges on
the Tarra Valley Road is angering residents,
who just want to see them made safe for all
users. The bridges are the responsibility of
YARRAM police will be out in force over
the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The will be targeting motorists who do not
obey the road rules. Leading Senior Constable
Scott Beekman said motorists can expect to see
plenty of high visibility police on the road over
the long weekend, targeting excessive speed, driv-
er distraction, seat offences, fatigue and impaired
Yarram police are urging all drivers to obey
the road rules, take regular breaks and be aware of
ongoing roadworks across Gippsland during the
long weekend period.
The operation will run from 12.01am on Fri-
day, June 9 to 11:59 pm on Monday, June 12.
A Tarraville man had his license imme-
diately suspended for six month after he
was pulled over by Yarram Police on the
South Gippsland Highway at Woodside
on Friday evening.
The man was clocked on the police radar do-
ing 138kmh. He also failed a drink driving test.
He will be summoned to appear in the Sale
Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Car hits trees
A TOORA man collided with trees after
travelling along the wet highway near
Foster on Wednesday.
The 20 year was driving along the South
Gippsland Highway towards Toora from Fos-
ter when he lost control of his vehicle around a
sweeping bend, near Port Franklin Road around
He was taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital,
Traralogn, in a non life threatening condition with
The vehicle was towed from the scene after
sustaining significant damage.
Police are investigating the cause of the incident.
Avoiding the law
A TOORA man was caught by police
driving with no interlock fitted when
The 37 year old man was intercepted by po-
lice on the South Gippsland Highway in Toora on
He had also failed to notify VicRoads of his
change of address after previously being warned
He received a summons to attend court at a
them with caution.
“We approach them really slowly and inspect
them before attempting to go over them. We drive
on them on an angle, so if they do give way the car
doesn’t get stuck,” she said.
Ms Weston said short of replacing the ailing
structures, the surface could be sealed to help prevent
degradation and protect the wood.
VicRoads told The Standard the bridges are in-
spected monthly and an inspection of the supporting
structure occurs every six months.
Eastern region alliance manager Michael Flegg
said the bridges are around 70 years old and can
show signs of ageing and deterioration.
“VicRoads undertakes regular inspections of all
bridge structures on arterial roads and repairs are
completed as required to ensure they are in a safe
and acceptable condition,” he said.
“The Tarra Valley Road bridge has been identified
in need of repairs, which are scheduled for next week.”
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