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EASTERN Victoria Region MLC
Melina Bath has highlighted some of
Gippsland’s most dangerous roads in
parliament, calling on the State Govern-
ment to immediately release funding al-
located to country roads.
“With the Andrews Government cutting 10 percent
from the road asset management budget and scrapping the
$160 million country roads and bridges program, we have
watched the roads in Gippsland deteriorate,” Ms Bath told
“There is an urgent need to invest in our country roads,
and I have highlighted this through a campaign which al-
lows constituents to identify which roads are in most ur-
gent need of repair.”
More than $970 million will be spent on regional and
rural transport infrastructure with the Liberal-Nationals
Coalition securing a 10 percent slice from the sale of the
port of Melbourne.
“The response from my campaign has shown that
these funds are truly needed in my electorate, with constit-
uents sending images of dangerously deteriorating roads,”
Ms Bath said.
Roads that have been identified include the South
Gippsland Highway near the Korumburra South road in-
tersection; the Strzelecki Highway between Mirboo North
and Muirhead Drive; the Strzelecki Highway between
Timmins and Lesters Road and Huntingfords Road; the
Boolarra South–Mirboo North Road; Walkerville Road,
Tarwin Lower; Foley Road, Yanakie; and Waratah Road,
“People have spoken about continuous patch-up jobs
with roads continuing to crumble because they are never
truly repaired or even worse roads that are completely ig-
nored,” Ms Bath said.
“The response to my campaign shows that concerned
residents need action, and therefore the action I seek from
the minister is for an urgent release of funding for local
government and VicRoads to fix these hazardous roads
in rural and regional Victoria in my Eastern Victoria Re-
A spokesperson for the Minister for Roads and Road
Safety Luke Donnellan said the government had invest-
ed more than $10 million to improve the roads locals in
Gippsland rely on every day.
“Works to rehabilitate sections of road to make them
smoother and stronger will be carried out on almost 18
kilometres of roads including the Princes Highway, Bass
Highway and Hyland Highway,” he said.
The spokesperson said other rural roads to receive
funding in the region include Fish Creek-Foster Road at
Fish Creek and Foster, and Waratah Road at Fish Creek
and Waratah North.
Works will reduce the level of deterioration of road
surfaces and will support local primary producers to get
their products to the market or to the factory, as well as
support local residents as they travel to work and school.
POLICE are searching for a hive full
of bees taken from a private property
at Inverloch on the night of Friday,
The property was located in Inverloch-Venus
ALMOST 1.5 million Australians have
the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pul-
monary Disease (COPD).
For the people who live with it, it feels like
breathing through a straw and makes everyday ac-
tivities like hanging out the washing and walking
to the shops difficult because they get breathless.
November 16 was International World COPD
Day and, like every year, Lung Foundation Australia
encouraged all Australians to recognise the symp-
toms of COPD - breathlessness and cough - and ask
their health professional for a lung health check.
Bass Coast Health (BCH) supported the pro-
motion of World COPD Day with an afternoon tea
and games afternoon for clients who have attended
BCH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program over the
They were joined by members of the monthly
support group, the Wonthaggi Wheezers.
Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan
said, “Don’t wait until your lifestyle is adversely
affected. If you are feeling breathless when doing
simple activities like walking up a flight of stairs, it’s
time to see your doctor to get it checked out.”
Those most risk of COPD are people who are 35
years or older and have a history of smoking or oc-
cupational exposure to dust, gas and/or fumes and
have a persistent cough with or without phlegm or
are more breathless than others their age.
SUMMERS Road at Fish Creek will be
renamed to Kerrs Road.
South Gippsland Shire Council recently voted to
clarify the location for ease of navigation.
Both road names are located on one continuous
stretch of road which is confusing drivers.
The general public, transport vehicles, and emer-
gency services often find it difficult to navigate the road
names and property numbers.
There is also another road named Summers Road
seven kilometres away to the north east of Fish Creek.
Council called for community comment on the pro-
posed renaming in September 2016 and received no sub-
missions against the name change.
The entire length of road will be called Kerrs Road if
approved by the Registrar of Geographic Place Names.
If approved, council will place a notice in local
newspapers and advise adjoining land owners and oth-
ers of the new road name.
This change will make the overall extent of road ap-
proximately 6.8km from Fish Creek Walkerville Road
to Buffalo-Waratah Road.
WE are really pleased with the support
shown for the Orange the World Cam-
paign – Victoria against Violence 16
days of activism.
It’s wonderful to see the main street proudly display-
ing orange. We’d like to send a heartfelt thankyou to
everyone who has got behind the campaign by wearing/
displaying orange anddiscussing domestic violence and
all its tricky bits.
The orange sends a clear message that domestic vio-
lence/abuse is not ok in our community and beyond. We
hope the campaign will allow people who’d like to get
help to have more confidence and clarity on where help
can be found. And finally that people who use do-
mestic violence as their go to tool to deal with difficult
situations, will decide it’s time to explore less negative
ways, and support for that is available too.
Fantastic support services are available and the more
people are aware of them, the more people that will get
the right help.
1800 Respect a national sexual assault, domes-
tic family violence counselling service 1800 737 732
The Men’s Referral Service provides tele-
phone counselling and referrals for Australian men
impacted by family violence; victim or when
behavior is impacting on others. Call 1300
766 491 www.mrs.org.au
Safe Steps Family Violence confidential support and
information response line 1800 015 188.
Lifeline 24 hour telephone crisis support 13 11 14
On site: Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath and Gippsland South MLA Danny
O’Brien inspect the Meeniyan–Promontory Road, one of many roads in the electorate re-
Call to fix danger roads
Breathing easier: members of Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group
and the Wonthaggi Wheezers Support Group at BCH’s recent World Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease Day promotion held at the Wonthaggi Hospital. Back, from left, Lyn-
nette Haddon, Marlene Myers, Graham Martin, Jutta Martin, Myrna Ferwenda, Kerry Rigby
and Ernie Maloney. Front, Bass Coast Health staff Mairead Taylor, Denise Escreet, Sally
Lowe and Jane Dell.
Support a breath of fresh air
Dr Nicole Dyer BCH said, “What starts as feeling
a bit ‘puffed’ can develop into severe breathing dif-
ficulty quite quickly. Getting symptoms checked out
early and being treated early can prevent an urgent
trip to the hospital or a lengthy hospital admission.
“Your doctor can advise a plan about what to do
when you feel things are getting worse.”
Ms Allan said COPD was not curable but it was
treatable if properly diagnosed.
“That’s why identifying the early signs of COPD
and acting early is important. There are many easy
strategies people can put in place to help manage
COPD if it is diagnosed early enough,” she said.
These strategies are provided locally through
BCH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program - an eight
week exercise and education program for people
with COPD, chronic asthma or other lung conditions,
as well as people awaiting lung transplants.
The program’s focus is on participants becoming
more active, interacting with other people with simi-
lar conditions, increasing their confidence, becoming
better at self-management and increasing their un-
derstanding of medications involved in their care.
Denise Escreet, BCH’s cardiac and pul-
in addition to the pulmonary rehab pro-
gram, people find value from the ongoing support a
group can provide.
“We also facilitate the Wonthaggi Wheezers – a
monthly support group for clients with lung problems
and their partners. It provides useful resources and
practical information designed to make life easier for
clients to manage their condition at home, all within
in a supportive environment,” she said.
To fi nd out more information about these pro-
grams, contact Ms Escreet on 5671 3336 or by email-
Last market a success
Left, Excellent finds: from left, Mardan’s
Chelsea Fincher and Leongatha’s Leonie
Baulch had a successful shopping experience
at the Koonwarra Market.
KOONWARRA turned on the weather
for its final market for the year.
A good crowd came along to enjoy the sun-
shine and explore South Gippsland’s finest pro-
As well as a fantastic array of food, market
goers found a great range of plants and organic
products to finish off the Christmas gifts.
Christmas spirit: from left, Koonwarra’s Sharon Weymouth and Nerrena’s Genevieve Ellt
were festively selling coffee at the Koonwarra Market on Saturday.
Milpara Community House Korumburra
Kids Helpline Private, confidential telephone coun-
selling services for 5 – 25 years 1800 55 1800 www.
Together we can make a difference. # VictoriaA-
New road name
THE RACV Great Victorian Bike
Ride will start at Tidal River, Wil-
sons Promontory next year.
The event, which attracts thousands of cyclists,
will start at the Prom and the first day, Sunday, No-
vember 26, will be a 58km ride to Foster.
From there, cyclists will pedal to Yarram, then
onto Seaspray and Bairnsdale for a rest day, be-
fore travelling to Maffra, Glengarry and finishing
Great ride to
start at Prom
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