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FISH Creek and District Primary School
will get a badly needed new school
crossing with state and local govern-
ment funding now confirmed.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said he
was thrilled that after two years of fighting for
a crossing at the school, funding was now forth-
coming and construction should begin early next
“I first got called to visit the school over two
years ago when I was still a member of the Up-
per House to discuss an issue that has concerned
students, parents and teachers for some time,” he
“The road through town is a busy thorough-
fare with lots of trucks, caravans and other tour-
ist traffic, and there is poor visibility for children
crossing the road to catch buses or be picked up
by their parents.
“It’s great that we have now been able to se-
cure $60,000 from the TAC Local Government
Grants Program which will be match by South
Gippsland Shire with another $60,000 to get the
“I am advised by the shire that detailed plans
will now be finalised and approved through Vi-
cRoads, but that work should begin during the
first term of next year.”
Mr O’Brien said the result was a “great credit
to the work of the school council and the entire
Fish Creek community”.
Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath
said it had been a long fight to secure funding for
the much needed school crossing.
“As an ex-student, the safety of the school
community at Fish Creek has been of concern
to me for some time and I’ve raised the issue in
parliament in the hope that funding would be se-
cured for this crossing,” Ms Bath said.
“With a number of near misses and many
speeding infringements occurring around the
school, it really must be such a relief for the
whole school community that safety will now be
TEENAGERS were inspired by a young
politician in Leongatha last Wednesday.
The Nationals deputy leader and Shadow
Minister for Training, Skills and Apprentice-
ships and Shadow Minister for Young Victorians,
Steph Ryan, visited Leongatha to discuss issues
for young people and challenges for local train-
Ms Ryan visited at the invitation of The Na-
tionals Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien.
Ms Ryan held a youth forum with senior stu-
dents at Mary MacKillop College and visited
Community College Gippsland and the South
Gippsland-Bass Coast Local Learning and Em-
Mr O’Brien said the visit was a good opportu-
nity for South Gippsland to put its issues directly
to the Shadow Minister.
“Steph Ryan is a committed and passionate
advocate for young people and the training and
skills sector, and this visit gave her the opportu-
nity to hear directly those issues that are affecting
South Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We learnt a lot from the visit and I know
Steph is taking away some good ideas and also
evidence of problems encountered by the training
sector under the current Labor Government.”
Ms Ryan said she was impressed by the cali-
bre of young people and training opportunities in
“Gippsland is a great part of our state and as a
country member of parliament I am acutely aware
of the challenges that are often faced in regional
areas by training providers,” she said.
“We need to do more to get young people
trained for the jobs of the future, and in particular
to help get disengaged youth into the workforce
and operating well in society.
“It was also good to talk to some local stu-
dents about the issues they face and get their
insight into the opportunities and challenges of
living in a country town.”
Mission accomplished: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, Eastern Victoria Re-
gion MLC Melina Bath and Fish Creek and District Primary School acting principal Dale
Banks, with students Tom Vuillermin, Grace Wilson and Gretta Paul, celebrate the school
Fishy crossing win
Future planning: from left, Mary MacKillop College students Julia Enter, Billy Wilson,
Rani Knight and Nathan Rowley met with The Nationals Deputy Leader Steph Ryan and
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien last Wednesday.
on MP’s agenda
A NEW visitor centre for
Phillip Island’s much-
loved Penguin Parade is
a step closer with the ap-
pointment of Terroir as
The State Government provid-
ed $48.2 million for the develop-
ment through the Regional Tour-
ism Infrastructure Fund, along
with a $10 million contribution
from Phillip Island Nature Parks.
The new visitor centre will
boost the local economy and tour-
ism in regional Victoria, with the
creation of 620 new jobs plus an
estimated 110 jobs on-site during
It will also restore 6.7 hectares
of habitat for the Little Penguin,
ensuring world-leading research
can continue in a thriving penguin
Terroir is an architectural firm
based in Australia and Denmark
with experience in designing com-
plex buildings in internationally
significant and sensitive locations,
including a large number of proj-
ects in regional areas, and where lo-
cal cultural and environmental con-
ditions are central to the project.
Terroir will now start an ex-
tensive consultative process with
Phillip Island Nature Parks to
ensure the new visitor centre will
provide the best facilities for the
penguin parade for many years to
The new visitor centre is due to
open in late 2019.
Minister for Energy, Environ-
ment and Climate Change Lily
D’Ambrosio said, “This new visi-
tor centre is a significant develop-
ment for the local economy, the
Penguin Parade and the hundreds
of thousands of people that visit
the attraction each year.”
Eastern Victoria Region MLC
Harriet Shing said, “This project
will significantly improve the visi-
tor experience and is part of our
on-going plan to showcase the
very best of what Gippsland has to
offer to the world.”
SPRING is here, grass is growing
and so are the weeds, ragwort, thistle
and blackberry, South Gippsland’s
most troublesome weeds.
With ragwort starting to emerge in its
rosette stage now is the time to start an
early control program on your property.
Ragwort can be sprayed with an appropri-
ate herbicide right up to flowering stage,
which usually begins is around January.
Before the flowers start to turn to seed
it is prudent to remove flower heads before
spraying. Bag flower heads in a black plas-
tic bag and leave in the sun to destroy any
Every ragwort plant that seeds will dis-
perse thousands into the surrounding area
affecting not only your property but prob-
ably your neighbours’ as well.
Thistles are also on the move some al-
ready coming up to flowering stage. Once
again early control is desirable, saving on
herbicide use in the long term.
You can usually start spraying black-
berry from November onwards and before
and up to flowering is the best time.
Blackberry can be controlled right
through to April, bearing in mind once
they fruit, the birds and foxes will start
spreading the seed.
The Catchment and Land Protection
Act requires declared noxious weeds have
to be controlled or eradicated. So get onto
your weeds early and maintain effective
follow-up weed control.
Start spraying now
WONTHAGGI is gearing up for
the inaugural Laneways Festival
to be held on April 1 next year.
The Wonthaggi Business and Tourism
Association is gaining interest from the
community as the festival starts to take
“We’ve had a number of youth groups
and community groups wanting to con-
tribute, but nothing has been confirmed
yet,” association president Dee Connell
The Laneways Festival will be held from
3pm until 11pm.
It will encompass the IGA car park
where the main stage will be, arts and crafts
stalls and food vendors will be located in
Jongbleod and Taberners lanes, and will
stretch right through to a sideshow alley set
up in Apex Park.
The association is still looking for more
“We have been pleased to hear everyone
loves the idea of the festival. We are con-
firming that is definitely on the calendar for
next year,” Dee said.
To wrap up the year, the association’s
loyalty program was launched on October
30 and prize winners will be drawn just be-
This year, the major sponsors are Wrench’s
Footwear and Bass Coast Batteries.
To enter the prize pool, make a purchase
at a participating local business.
Last year there was $4000 worth of
“The aim is to encourage people to spend
their money locally and keep business thriv-
ing here,” Dee said.
“This opportunity to go into the prize
pool is absolutely free. There is no added
cost on top of your purchases in the local
For more information and news about
the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Asso-
ciation, head to its recently launched web-
Festival to revitalise Wonthaggi
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