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COUNTRY Fire Authority units at-
tended a burn off in Ruby after it burned
out of control last week.
CFA attended a rural address at Lows Road,
Ruby where a large tree caught fire with flames
threatening to spread at around 2pm.
Leongatha captain Andy Kay said people
should plan ahead before conducting a burn off
and should attend the fire at all times.
“If people are lighting fires they have to su-
pervise them. Do not leave them alone and defi-
nitely do not light them under trees,” he said.
“Fires must be at least 3m from trees, in-
cluding tree canopies. Residents can be up for
fines if CFA attends out of control burn outs,
regardless of whether or not fire restrictions are
Trees on fire
MEMBERS of the Easy Rider Monday
bicycle group recently met to discuss
what they feel is a danger bend at the
underpass at Koonwarra on The Great
Southern Rail Trail.
They say the highway underpass on the
trail presents some problems at the Meeniyan
end entrance by way of a blind right angle
Some suggestions from the group included
a mirror to allow vision both ways; a white
line started inside the tunnel continuing
around the corner and up the hill and keep left
signs on both sides of the approaches painted
on the trail surface as a warning to riders and
Group member Sue Marriott said riders and
walkers hope all these suggestions will be taken
seriously and implemented as soon as possible to
make the trail a safer place to ride.
“There have been some near misses with rid-
ers and walkers and between riders and riders,”
SOUTH Gippsland roads are to benefit
from a $3million road safety upgrade.
Harriet Shing Member for Eastern Victoria
said the safety upgrades will address a high crash
history on Mirboo North-Trafalgar Road, Meeni-
yan-Mirboo North Road, Boolarra South-Mirboo
North Road and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road,
Traralgon West Road, and Mt Baw Baw Road,
Over the past five years, 84 casualty crashes
have occurred along bends on these roads, with
three lives lost and 36 people seriously injured.
The improvements will aim to reduce crashes
at these sites by up to 35 per cent.
Works will include the installation of reflective
guide posts, advisory speed signs, curve warning
signs and some safety barriers.
The signs will help guide drivers along the road
and allow them to anticipate tight curves so they
can slow down to an appropriate speed, while the
safety barriers will redirect vehicles that come off
the road and away from roadside hazards.
The projects will be delivered by VicRoads
as part of the Safe System Road Infrastructure
Program, funded by the Transport Accident Com-
mission to support projects across Victoria that
achieve specific and immediate safety benefits.
“Victorians are four times more likely to die on
rural and regional roads compared to metropolitan
Melbourne and we’re upgrading Gippsland roads
THE Yanakie Station cemetery commem-
oration ceremony took place on Sunday.
Forty-five people attended including ancestors of the
deceased buried at the Yanakie Station cemetery, mem-
bers of the Foster Historical Society, Friends of the Prom,
Wilsons Promontory historian Ian McKellar and his wife
Margaret and Parks Victoria staff.
The event was hosted by Acting Parks Victoria Dis-
trict Manager (South Gippsland) Brett Mitchell. Michael
Heal (Foster Historical Society) gave an introduction to
the history of the Yanakie Station pastoral run and, having
travelled all the way from New Zealand, Bill McKeich,
great great grandson of James and Mary McKeich (bur-
ied at the Yanakie Station cemetery) spoke passionately
about the five people buried in the cemetery, in Maori
and also in English.
Five people are buried here in three graves, not far
from the site of the old Yanakie Station homestead. Their
deaths are largely attributed to the remote and harsh envi-
ronment faced by early settlers on Wilsons Promontory.
Riders discuss danger bend
Bike safety: bicycle riders gathered on a recent Monday to discuss ways of making the underpass on The Great Southern Rail Trail safer.
Yanakie Station remembered
On site: the McKeich family at the grave site of James and Mary McKeich includes from
left, Bill McKeich (great great grandson of James and Mary McKeich), Milly McKeich
(wife of Murray McKeich), Saul McKeich (4 x great grandson), Murray McKeich (3 x great
grandson), Sybilla McKeich (4 x great granddaughter), Judith Holdsworth (2 x great grand-
daughter), Valli McKeich (4 x great grandson), Linda Dudley (4 x great granddaughter) and
husband Johnathan and daughter Jamie.
so everyone can get home safely,” Member for
Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.
“These safety treatments can make a differ-
ence and help lower the number of deaths and
serious injuries on our roads.”
Works are expected to begin on these projects
later this year.
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