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CHEMIST ON DUTY
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MEENIYAN was one of 11 Gippsland
towns to achieve tourism town excel-
lence as part of Destination Gippsland’s
2016 pilot project.
The Gippsland Tourism Town of Excellence
project was developed to encourage Gippsland
towns to improve their tourism offering in relation
to a range of areas including first impressions, ac-
cess, signage, parking and presentation.
Town facilities, tourism experiences, food
and beverage offerings, accommodation, visitor
services and departure impressions were also as-
Marty Thomas and Rhia Laera from the Meeni-
yan Tourists and Traders Association accepted the
certificate on the town’s behalf.
Mr Thomas said being a part of the pilot proj-
ect was an excellent experience for the town.
“The traders association was approached to be
a part of the pilot program,” he said.
“A person came to the town, as if they were
a tourist visiting for the first time and assessed
Meeniyan from a visitor’s point of view on things
like signage, friendliness and accessibility.”
Towns which received a score of 80 per cent
were acknowledged with excellence status.
Meeniyan was awarded its certificate at the
RACV Gippsland Tourism Conference dinner
WORKS to remove the railway level
crossing and improve the road surface
on the Strzelecki Highway at Leongatha
started yesterday (Monday).
A detour will be put in place with minimal
traffic disruptions expected.
Works should take a week to complete, weath-
VicRoads regional director Scott Lawrence
said the temporary removal of the crossing would
improve the ride quality of the road and assist pe-
“While the railway line remains unused, the
level crossing removal will provide a number of
benefits including minimising road maintenance
costs, improving the connectivity between road
and pedestrian networks and provide a smoother
ride over the crossing. VicTrack will retain the
right to reinstate the railway crossing, with the
road design allowing for that should it be required
in the future,” he said.
“The upgrade of the crossing will also include
a dedicated footpath link for pedestrians on the
“This continues the ongoing works for the
construction of the Leongatha heavy vehicle al-
ternate route, which has been identified as a prior-
ity project for South Gippsland.”
During the rail crossing works, vehicles will
need to detour through Long Street and Bair
“We expect minimal disruptions and we ask
motorists to respect workers and follow detour
signage and roadwork speed limits during this
time,” Mr Lawrence said.
“We thank the community and motorists for
their patience and support as we deliver this im-
portant road infrastructure project.”
The overall project is currently ahead of
schedule and is expected to be completed by the
end of the year.
Updates regarding programmed works can
be found on South Gippsland Shire Council’s
website at http://www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/
held at Wild Dog Winery on Tuesday, September
Destination Gippsland CEO, Terry Robinson
said, “The project was an opportunity for towns to
understand their tourism offering, to capitalise on
their strengths and to improve their overall visitor
History made: works to remove the level railway crossing in Leongatha began yesterday
Rail crossing goes
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“Recent signs of recovery
have come as global milk sup-
ply slows year-on-year,” he
Agnes dairy farmer and
Fonterra supplier Wendy Whel-
an said while her milk price
was below cost of production,
a strong spring season was en-
“We have had good grass
growth here, although it did
slow down a bit last week. Late
winter and early spring have
been good,” she said.
“We need a couple of sunny
days now to help the grass take
Ms Whelan said she is look-
ing forward to a decent silage
season, after she was only able
to cut around 50 per cent of her
usual yield in 2015.
“There is plenty more grass
now compared to this time last
year. At the moment I am try-
ing to minimise damage to the
paddocks so I can cut them for
silage,” she said.
“The silage could be a bit
later this year, but as long as it
keeps growing I’ll be happy.”
Inverloch agricultural con-
tractor Tony McGarvey said
good rain in the early part of
September and any rain going
forward, would be beneficial
for silage making and the sea-
“It certainly looks better
than this time last year, now we
have had this rain. It is shaping
up to be a much needed season
for silage,” he said.
“We need it to be substan-
tially better than last year. It
was very ordinary. Recent rain
will give us a good start.”
Mr McGarvey said he has
already made 300 round bales
of silage this season, which is
Tim Burgess, general man-
ager of Gendore Tractors and
Machinery in Leongatha, said
while sales had been slower
compared to previous years at
the Leongatha dealership, he
remained optimistic about the
“The season is shaping up
well. What would probably be
good is 10 days of sunshine and
then in a fortnight’s time, get
another 25mm of rain, just to
get a bit of growth,” he said.
Mr Burgess said South
Gippsland was hit particularly
hard by last year’s drought.
“East Gippsland had a
good season last year and West
Gippsland was bad but not as
bad as South Gippsland was,”
“Everyone bought in hay
and now they’ve got to make as
much as they can.”
Project secretary for South
Gippsland Dairy Expo Deanne
Kennedy, said sites were still
be adding to this year’s expo –
to be held at Korumburra next
week – to accommodate exhibi-
She said the expo was at ca-
pacity and was shaping up to be
a wonderful event.
“We are expecting good
crowds this year and with free
entry, we are hoping that will
encourage farmers to come
along,” she said.
Party time: from left, celebrating Meeni-
yan’s tourism award are Rhiannon Nix of
Trulli Woodfired Pizza and Marty Thomas of
Moos at Meeniyan.
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