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WE’RE IN TOWN
Giving blood feels good
Leongatha Mobile Blood Donor Centre
Gippsland Southern Health Building, 66 Koonwarra Road
In town until 4 November 2016.
To make an appointment call 13 14 95
or visit donateblood.com.au
POLICE are appealing for public assis-
tance to help locate missing kayaker Pe-
The 63 year old Parkville man went missing over-
night on Sunday, October 16 and the matter was re-
ported to police about 8am the next day.
Police, including the Water Police, Air Wing and
local police, along with the Coast Guard, State Emer-
gency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue person-
nel searched for Peter in Western Port Bay off Phillip
Island for two days last week.
His kayak was located with no paddles at Red
Rock Point, Cowes, about 9.45am Monday, October
The paddle was later handed into police after it was
located by a member of the public on October 17.
Police have released an image of Peter and are
keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him be-
fore or while he was out kayaking.
Police are no longer searching for him but anyone
who sights Peter is urged to call triple zero (000) and
any other information can be reported to Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000.
By Sarah Vella
A LARGE puddle that accumulates in
front of shops on River Drive in Tar-
win Lower has been causing problems
for tenants for many years now, made
worse by recent persistent rain.
Annie Roylance works at Terry White
Chemist and said numerous calls to the South
Gippsland Shire Council to have the problem
fixed have resulted in the provision of two
‘watch your step’ signs.
Ms Roylance said the council has allocated
funds for capital works in Tarwin Lower in this
year’s budget, but it is unclear whether this is-
sue is earmarked for repair.
“There is no drainage, it is just disgusting
and when the water goes, we are left with mud
that we have to sweep up,” she said.
“They (council) should be the one’s coming
down and putting the signs out every morning,
Michael Chizzoniti from Chizza’s Scizzors
said council has indicated they would do some-
thing about the drainage issue, but not until af-
“It is a mess, it should never have been
allowed to get like this in the first place,” he
“It has been an ongoing problem. It is a
health issue and an occupational health and
Mr Chizzoniti said negotiating the water
can be hard for customers, many of whom are
elderly, with the water often coming to within
30 centimetres of his shop entrance.
“It is beyond a joke and something needs to
be done. We are sick of hearing excuses more
than anything else,” he said.
“If it rains enough, people can’t even use
the footpath and walk undercover, because it is
underwater. I would hate to see someone fall
Ms Roylance said as a Tarwin resident, she
has seen the water so high in the past that peo-
ple are simply unable to access the shops from
“If people are visitors to the area, or are
coming down here to look at a house, the flood-
ed shop front is one of the first things they will
see,” she said.
“It all needs to be redone. Our posts are rot-
ting, the paving is terribly dangerous and the
design is dreadful,” she said.
Ms Roylance said people have reported the
problem with the flooding as far back as 2005.
“It is too long for something like this to go
on. It is like the council doesn’t care about Tar-
win at all,” she said.
“The toilet block has recently been upgrad-
ed, but that isn’t for permanent residents, we
don’t need to use the public toilets.
“Our rates are so high and all we get is rub-
bish collection. That’s it.”
Shire - spend money on fixing Tarwin’s street
needs to go
Too much: Michael Chizzoniti and An-
nie Roylance have shops on River Drive
in Tarwin Lower, which in wet weather
are impacted by a large puddle.
Missing on water: police are asking the pub-
lic to help find missing kayaker Peter Cole.
A KORUMBURRA man will face court
after police found ice and cannabis at a
Korumburra home on Friday.
Police from the Bass Coast Tasking Unit executed
a warrant at the home and found methamphetamine
A 33 year old man has been charged and bailed to
appear at the Wonthaggi Magistrates Court at a later
Police wish to remind the public of the dangers of
ice, saying police see people start as casual users and
become addicts within months, ruining their lives and
causing their families anguish.
If you or someone you know is struggling with ice
addiction, you can find information and links to sup-
port online at https://ice.vic.gov.au/facts-and-help/
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