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AN IMPECCABLE 10 acre
botanical garden property at
Wattle Bank was open to the
public for the first time in 20
years, on Saturday.
Owner Ken Sowler has transformed
the property into a timeless wonderland.
The house originally belonged to the
Foon family, where weddings were ca-
tered for and even played host to John
Howard during his time as Prime Min-
This amazing botanic masterpiece
was on show for people to wander
through the secret garden and explore
the many delights of the property.
The new route
THE proposed route for the realign-
ment of the Black Spur section of the
South Gippsland Highway is east of
the existing highway.
The works will construct a new section of high-
way, reducing the length of the Black Spur section
from 3.4km to 2.3km and entail:
removing nine tight curves;
constructing two new bridges over the Tarwin
constructing a highway underpass east of Old
Koonwarra-Meeniyan Road to provide access
for the Great Southern Rail Trail;
providing access for the Great Southern Rail
Trail underneath the new bridge near Minns
closing off the old section of highway east of
Caithness Road to through traffic, but retaining
access for local residents.
VicRoads Eastern Region regional director Scott
Lawrence said VicRoads had worked with the com-
munity and stakeholders to get the project to a stage
where it could be funded.
Gippsland South MLA Danny
O’Brien (centre) celebrates the
funding announcement for the
Black Spur realignment and
South Gippsland Highway
works with Toora based live-
stock carrier Stuart Storr and
his grandson Mitchell. Storr
Transport will be among the
transport businesses to benefit
from the major works.
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“These works will make it safer for anyone travel-
ling through this stretch, and cut travel times for motor-
ists,” Ms Shing said.
She said the upgrades would also boost tourism in
the region, with more than one million visitors travelling
along the highway each year to see South Gippsland’s
popular tourist destinations.
“It is also a major link to Victoria’s rural road net-
work and is the main route to major ports and markets
for many industries including agriculture, dairy, oil and
gas,” Ms Shing said.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Ar-
gento said the works would benefit the region.
“The South Gippsland Highway is a major sup-
ply route for all farming and tourists heading to Wil-
sons Promontory and Agnes Falls and other attractions
throughout the shire,” he said.
The $50 million project is joint-funded by the Vic-
torian and Federal governments as part of the Victorian
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien welcomed
the announcement after campaigning for state funding
to match the federal contribution.
“This is fantastic news for the South Gippsland
community which for too long has been living with sub-
standard roads,” he said.
“I have been working on the Black Spur realignment
since I got elected nearly two years ago. It has been
frustrating the business case funded by Federal and State
Coalition governments has taken so long, but thanks to
the funding put forward by my federal colleagues Dar-
ren Chester and Russell Broadbent, we can now get this
important project underway.”
Mr O’Brien has written to Victorian Roads Minis-
ter Luke Donnellan suggesting some of the money for
the sections of highway east of Foster go towards a new
overtaking lane, as well as widening and alignment im-
“We must continue to upgrade local roads for the
safety and convenience of locals, for our local economy
and for the many thousands of tourists that come to our
region each year,” he said.
Over the bridge: from left, Louise and Pearl Cruickshank with Marie Creed and Mabel
Cruickshank, and Fleur Speed from South Coast First National real estate on the bridge in
the secret garden at the Foons’ manor open house in Wattle Bank on Satruday.
Incredible scenery: from left, Inverloch residents
Judy Caughey, Hannah Martin and Libby Seebeck
wander through the immaculate Foons’ manor house
garden at Wattle Bank on Saturday.
Children explore secret garden
Right, Win for safety: East-
ern Victoria Region MLC Har-
riet Shing celebrates the Black
Spur funding news.
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