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THE Friends of Agnes Falls will be host-
ing an open day at the Agnes Falls Sce-
nic Reserve, providing a great opportu-
nity for first time and repeat visitors to
Between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday, Octo-
ber 9 the friends group will be manning the bar-
becue and will also have refreshments and limited
edition souvenirs for sale on the day.
The team will also be selling raffle tickets,
which will be drawn at 4pm. Prizes include a $30
gift voucher from the Welshpool Post Office and
a $20 meal voucher from the Pier Port Bistro at
“If you have never been to see the beautiful
Agnes Falls and gorge, or have not been for some
time, do come for an outing and bring a picnic
to enjoy in the bushland picnic grounds beside
the Agnes River,” friends’ group secretary Kathy
“If you plan to cook please bring your own
Members of the Good Times Motoring Club
of Yarram will be visiting the reserve on the day
with their vehicles from 2pm and have asked the
friends group to give them a talk and provide them
with afternoon tea in the rotunda.
“Our group recently hosted a most successful
visit by the Classic Motorcycle Club of Victoria,
so if your group may be interested then please
also contact us,” Ms Whelan said.
“You can see lots of photographs on the Friends
of Agnes Falls Facebook page, which now has al-
most 1600 likes.”
If you are interested to support or to join,
FoAF further information can be obtained from
Ms Whelan on 5688 1400, or email kathleencw@
SUPER fast internet has arrived in Mir-
boo North, with hundreds of local resi-
dents now able to connect to the NBN
for the first time using Fibre to the Node
More than 900 homes and businesses in Mir-
boo North are now eligible to connect to the NBN,
setting new benchmarks for the area’s broadband
speeds and reliability.
Over the past six months Telstra has been heav-
ily involved in testing the performance of FTTN
technology ahead of its roll-out to residents Austra-
Telstra Area General Manager Loretta Willaton,
said the local launch of the NBN around Mirboo
North would give locals the opportunity to use a va-
riety of new and emerging technologies.
“The introduction of the NBN in Mirboo North
marks the beginning of a new brilliantly connected
era for locals,” Ms Willaton said.
“Residents in FTTN premises connect to the
NBN via a community node or pillar. Telstra will
make this next generation in telecommunications
technology available to more than 900 homes and
businesses surrounding Mirboo North.
“The launch of the NBN comes as broadband use
in Australia has reached unprecedented levels. Last
year the volume of traffic carried over Telstra’s fixed
network increased by more than 30 percent.”
The streaming video revolution is accelerating
demand for fast, reliable connectivity, with more
than half of Telstra’s fixed broadband traffic now
DREDGING of the Toora channel at the
boat ramp has been a proposed project
for the South Gippsland Shire Council
for several years.
The project is dependent on an additional
$250,000 to make up the funding shortfall.
The total cost of the project is $600,000. Council
has committed $300,000 and $50,000 has been pro-
vided by the State Government’s boating, safety and
Council’s coordinator grants/emergency man-
agement Penni Ellicott said the remaining funds will
be sought through an appropriate grants program
which has not yet been identified.
“Council has 12 months to expend the funds pro-
vided by the government, however a time extension
may be sought if another funding opportunity pres-
ents for the shortfall. This will be discussed with the
funding body,” she said.
Ms Ellicott said the work on the channel would
allow for increased use of the Toora boat ramp.
The ramp is currently only usable by small boats
around an hour either side of high tide, thus limiting
its efficiency in providing all tide access to Corner
Inlet and impacting on the area considerably.
“Dredging of the Toora Channel will allow for
increased use of the Toora Boat Ramp; it will ad-
dress the current lack of boat launching and retrieval
options for Corner Inlet,” Ms Ellicott said.
“The project will further assist in decreasing the
congestion at the Port Welshpool boat ramp.”
Ms Ellicott said a busier boat ramp would enable
an increased number of recreational boating days to
be spent on Corner Inlet.
“This is expected to provide local economic ben-
efit because a share of these additional recreation-
al boating days will be spent by visitors to South
Gippsland shire, who will also spend money on sup-
plies such as food and fuel in local stores,” she said.
Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien said he is
happy to work with the council to identify a source
of funds for this important project.
“I’m very supportive of improvements to the
Toora boat ramp and channel and have previously
called on the State Labor Government to provide
funding for this important project,” he said.
“Boating and fishing is a critical driver of the local
economy and improving facilities at Toora would add
to the attraction of Corner Inlet as a destination.”
Visit the falls: Friends of Agnes Falls mem-
bers Kathy Whelan and Peter Lee look for-
ward to welcoming visitors to the scenic re-
serve on Sunday, to experience the park and
of course, the falls.
Agnes Falls well
worth the trip
NBN switches on in Mirboo North
No action at Toora
Colour me in: team member Ben Leh-
mann and shire parks and gardens team
leader Kevin Thorne at work on one of
the most spectacular garden beds around
the shire, the McCartin and Peart Streets
roundabout in Leongatha.
IT is impossible to miss the culmina-
tion of the planning and plain hard
work that the shire parks and garden
staff have put into beautifying our
towns, and it is very easy to take for
granted the joy these street gardens
bring to our daily lives.
Our towns would actually be quite dull with-
out the garden beds which right now are a riot of
colour as the spring planting reaches its peak.
The displays, which are carefully planned,
begin with the daffodils which are followed by
the tulips after which the spring annuals take
The spring annuals will be followed by the
summer plantings which promise to be as spec-
tacular as always.
Like any home gardener those who care for
our civic plantings have to deal with vandal-
ism, theft and disease not to mention the dam-
age done by semi trailers navigating the round-
This year, team leader Kevin Thorne points
out, the pansies have been hit by collar rot.
“Because of the mild winter,” said parks and
gardens coordinator Steve Missen.
For the same reason, this year’s tulips, while
still glorious, have not been as prolific.
A lot of tulips and daffodils are lost to thieves
but the good news is that vandalism is much less
common now than it has been in the past.
Two seasonal displays come at the modest
cost of $60,000 which covers labour, plants,
material and equipment.
Ownership is an important aspect of the
design of street planting with beds allocated
to teams who then have the choice of what is
planted and the design.
“Water use is always an issue for us, par-
ticularly during summer restrictions, but to
have displays like this we have to use a certain
amount of water,” said Steve Missen.
Blooming for our enjoyment
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