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VICROADS has been working with
Bass Coast Shire Council and in turn,
the community to investigate safety con-
cerns at notoriously dangerous Lynne’s
Road intersection at Wattle Bank that
claimed a life and seen three others seri-
ously injured in recent times.
Council has made recommendations to VicRoads,
which were implemented 18 months ago and included
fresh line marking and installation of larger stop signs
on either side of the road in the approach to the inter-
A safety audit was also commissioned at the request
of Council and the results of that audit have now deter-
mined a need for further improvements at this site.
These improvements include signage and line mark-
ing, raised reflective pavement markings (RRPMs),
lighting and removal of some vegetation.
This work will be considered alongside and pri-
oritised against all other road improvement projects
should funding become available.
Local residents have been campaigning for some
time to see safety measures put in place and are wor-
ried more accidents will occur unless remedial road
works are undertaken in the near future.
Safety works on the way
for Wattle Bank crash site
SOME $11,000 in tools, gardening
equipment and safety gear was stolen
from the Stony Creek Racing Club last
week when thieves broke into a big
Colorbond machinery shed sometime
between 3pm on Friday, August 12 and
Monday morning, August 15.
Leading Senior Sergeant John Hynd from the
Wonthaggi Police is heading the investigation and
police attended on Monday morning after the rob-
bery was reported.
According to Stony Creek Racing Club chief ex-
ecutive officer Sarah Wolf the club is devastated and
left wondering how it will replace all the equipment
stolen that is much needed now to prepare the course
for the upcoming season.
Ms Wolf said the offenders forced their way into
the locked shed and stole all the whipper snippers,
drills, hand lawnmower, the new eight drawer tool
chest, valued at $1300, an air compressor, pruning
and safety gear, batteries, storage tubs and even si-
phoned petrol from the ATV 4X4 motorbike.
“We were just fortunate our track manager Cindy
Logan had taken the tyre off the ATV to get it fixed,
otherwise that may have gone too,” she said.
Ms Wolf is quite upset as she said the committee,
volunteers, family and friends all work very hard to en-
sure the club prospers now and well into the future.
“We had a fantastic season last year and great
crowds attending, we had 7000 people through the
gates for our five meetings last season and that was
including the very disappointing Boxing Day meet-
ing when we were 900 down.”
Ms Wolf said this is a real blow to the club as
they will not be able to make an insurance claim, as
the excess would be more than the $11,000 stolen.
“That is because we are a thoroughbred racing
club, that comes under the very high claim and high
risk insurance. We are just going to have to find the
money somewhere else to replace all the equipment
stolen,” she said.
Ms Wolf and the Wonthaggi Police are calling for
information from anyone who may have seen anything
suspicious at the track around the time of the robbery.
People can call Wonthaggi Police on 56714100.
“We do rely heavily on support from the com-
munity, sponsors and donors and we do give back to
the community .
“Last season we gave back $16,000 to local
groups who helped run the meeting including the
DWWWW football netball club working the bars,
Foster Netball Club, the ticket box, Meeniyan Pony
Club, was in charge of the horse movement area,
Foster SES, carparking, Toora Heated Swimming
Pool, the gates and the Stony Creeek Football Net-
ball Club, the divot work on the track following the
Ms Wolf said it definitely is not the ideal start
to the new racing season at Stony Creek that gets
underway on December 5 with horse trials and the
first meeting scheduled for December 27.
Looking ahead Ms Wolf said they are thrilled to
see Noni the Pony coming back to Stony and are
hopeful of an even better season this year.
Thieves race off
Club suffers: Stony Creek Racing Club track manager Cindy Logan indicates where thieves
gained entry to a machinery shed.
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