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MASON Robert Greenwood was born at Leongatha Hospital on August 19. He is a son for
Heidi and Justin Greenwood of Korumburra, and a brother for Max, 4, and Harry, 2.
AFTER being unmanned for nearly a
year, the Boolarra Police Station now
has a new officer in charge.
Following the appointment of Leading Senior
Constable Matt Ryan, rumors that the Boolarra
Station would close have quieted and Boolarra
residents can rest assured once again.
Since he started, S/C has dealt primarily with
complaints of people speeding in the area.
When he is not patrolling the streets and keep-
ing an eye out for speeders, he continues to famil-
iarise himself with the new station.
“It’s a different challenge,” he said.
“I’ve done 15 years at this job and being at
a one-man police member facility, there’s a bit
more to it. You get involved with your commu-
nity and you get to do things and it’s not all about
catching bad guys.”
With a 316 square kilometre response zone,
S/C Ryan is available 24 hours a day, even at
night when he’s not at the station. Residents sim-
ply have to dial “000” and he will be dispatched.
In the time Boolarra was unmanned, polices
from Churchill covered the area.
After graduating from the police academy in
2002, S/C Ryan spent his first eight years on the
job at Moe Police Station. In that time, he also
worked at other units, including the drug task
force in Melbourne.
Following his service to the Moe community,
he went to the Morwell Regional Response Unit,
which is now the divisional task unit. He has also
worked with the crime investigation units in Mor-
well and Wonthaggi.
THE Phillip Island shared path is one
step closer to connecting with the ex-
isting pathway network from Cowes
to Wonthaggi, following the comple-
tion of stage three of the $1.1 million
Now open to the public, the recently com-
pleted 1.3 kilometre section connects Clifford
Road and the Anderson bus interchange, where
it links with the Bass Coast Rail Trail.
Completion of this section has also allowed
the fourth and final stage between Potters Hill
Road and the existing footpath at Panorama
Drive in San Remo to begin, with works antici-
pated to be completed by December this year,
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor and
Anderson Ward councillor Bradley Drew re-
cently enjoyed the stunning ocean views across
Westernport Bay, from the path.
“It’s been called ‘the path to nowhere’ and
‘the path to somewhere’, but at the end of the
day, this is a great outcome for the communi-
ty,” he said.
“It’s been a $1.1 million project funded by
the State Government and a small contribution
from council and, overall, what we’re seeing
today and with the new part going on, it’s go-
ing to be an asset for future generations and our
The works involved the construction of
a 2.5 metre wide shared gravel and concrete
path, with incorporated drains to divert rainwa-
ter away from the path.
In accordance with current standards, the
project also included installation of fencing,
bollards or handrails at appropriate locations
along the path.
Council appointed local contractors SR Ex-
cavations Pty Ltd to build this section using lo-
cal suppliers and staff.
The total cost for stage three was $420,000,
with the project funded through grants from the
State Government and council.
WONTHAGGI North Primary School’s
grades 3 to 6 students are participating
in a bike education program.
The program involves students checking their
bikes to ensure they are safe, using the power po-
sition for starting off, learning how to stop safely,
and riding straight while scanning and turning in
a tight area.
On the completion of the program, there will
be a bike ed challenge involving other schools
from the region.
Pillar of community: Leading Senior Constable Matt Ryan stands outside the Boolarra
Police Station, ready to protect and serve his community.
Police return to Boolarra beat
Milestone: Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew celebrates the comple-
tion of stage three of the Anderson to San Remo shared path.
Coast path on track
A GAS heater malfunction caused a
scare in Inverloch last Thursday.
The owner of a home in Correa Place at-
tempted to turn on the gas heater at around
8.30am and appeared to have left the gas on
The build up caused a loud bang and
smoke to fill the room, which set off the smoke
As a standard safety precaution, CFA units
from Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Pound Creek
attended the scene and found the resident had
vacated the premises.
It took a couple of hours to clear the smoke,
and CFA members from Wonthaggi used a gas
detector and thermal imaging to ensure the
home was safe.
The smoke caused no damage or injury.
Geared up: from left, Madison, Xavier and Luke were all set for their bike ed lesson at
Wonthaggi North Primary School recently.
on two wheels
A Star is born
A Star is born
A Star is born
A Star is born
Gas fright at Inverloch
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