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A MAN will face driving charges in
court after a two car collision at Pound
Creek last Wednesday.
The 49 year old from Ringwood will be sum-
monsed to Korumburra Magistrates’ Court on
charges of careless driving and failing to keep
left of centre.
Police said the Ringwood man was driving
a Subaru Forrester towards Inverloch on the
Inverloch-Venus Bay Road at 3.40pm, when he
drifted on to the wrong side of the road and col-
lided with an oncoming Holden Commodore, at
The impact caused the front driver’s side
wheel of the Forrester to be removed and the For-
rester rolled, coming to rest in roadside scrub.
The Commodore sustained damage to the
front and side, and the driver managed to pull up
the car. Both vehicles were written off.
Five people with minor injuries were taken to
Wonthaggi Hospital’s emergency department by
ambulance for assessment and later released.
They were a 71 female driver, her 64 year old
husband, and the couple’s 11 year old grandson
from Hurstbridge, who were on their way to their
holiday home at Venus Bay. The trio was the sole
occupants of the Commodore.
Also taken to hospital were the 36 year old
wife of the Ringwood man and the couple’s four
year old son.
Leading Senior Constable Scott Simcock of
Bass Coast Highway Patrol urged drivers to con-
“People need to pay attention to what they are
doing. This was a straight bit of road and it should
not have happened,” he said.
By Sarah Vella
SOUTH Gippsland’s reputation as a
tourism destination is growing rapidly,
boosted by iconic attractions such as
Destination towns such as Fish Creek, Meeni-
yan and Loch have benefitted from rising tour-
ism. Neil Travers of Waratah Hills Winery, Fish
Creek, said you have to provide an alternative
experience for visitors.
“The towns of Tarwin Valley are all expe-
riencing a huge increase in tourism at the mo-
ment,” he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray
Argento said the Port Welshpool boat ramp car
park was constantly full to capacity, especially on
weekends with fish on the bite.
“It seems to be the spot to be over summer to
get a decent size fish out of Corner Inlet that is for
sure,” he said.
“That combined with Agnes Falls, which is
another great tourist destination in the area, will
attract plenty of visitors.”
Venus Bay Caravan Park owner Mary Holgate
said her park was booked solid over Christmas
and the New Year.
Ms Holgate said Venus Bay’s popularity as a
tourist destination seemed to be growing.
“Christmas is really busy in Venus Bay. I
think the area is becoming much better known,”
Drew Studham, owner of the Prom Central
Caravan Park in Foster, said his bookings were
fairly stable, however he had noticed an increase
in visitor bookings in January and that people
were staying for longer.
Mr Studham said visitors to his park usually
plan to visit Wilsons Promontory, however he lets
them know about Tarra Bulga National Park as
“We have two national parks roughly same
distance from us. A lot of people don’t realise
Tarra Bulga is there,” he said.
Both the Yanakie Caravan Park and Port
Welshpool’s Long Jetty Foreshore Caravan Park
were booked at close to capacity for the Christ-
mas and New Year period.
“Booking numbers are up for both parks com-
pared to the same time last year, with more sites
now available due to park layout changes that
have occurred during the last 12 months,” a South
Gippsland Shire Council spokesperson said.
Changes to the council managed free camp-
ing area at the Franklin River Reserve are almost
Landscaping has been completed. Signage on
bins and signage regarding the 48 hour camping
restriction have been installed, with tourist infor-
mation signage to be erected in the New Year.
The changes have reduced the camping area.
“The Franklin River Landcare Group was
consulted on this matter and provided valuable
and positive feedback and information regard-
ing location of fencing and signage,” a council
“Council’s local laws officers have already
engaged with a number of people at the re-
serve. They have received positive feedback
about the new look, with most campers being
happy to engage with them.”
Local laws officers have been directed to do a
drive through in their marked vehicles whenever
they are in that area.
“It is anticipated that regular patrols of this
nature will occur,” the spokesperson said.
Collision injures families
Happened so fast: Leading Senior Con-
stable Scott Simcock of the Bass Coast
Highway Patrol inspects one of two vehicles
involved in a collision at Pound Creek last
Tourism boost Home break-in
THIEVES stole electrical items and alcohol from
a house in Surf Beach last Tuesday, January 3.
The theft occurred between 10am and 9pm.
A MAN will appear in court after police found
him with a knife in the central business district of
Cowes last Wednesday.
Police found the Somerville man, 19, with a
knife about 3pm. He was interviewed and will
appear in court at a later date.
THIEVES took numberplates from a blue Holden
Astra parked on the naturestrip in Cape Woola-
The theft occurred in Vista Drive between De-
cember 31, 2016 and January 2, 2017.
Overnight between January 6 and 7, thieves
stole the numberplates from a silver Holden sta-
tion wagon parked on the naturestrip outside a
house in Matthew Street, Wonthaggi.
On Saturday, between 9am and 2pm, unknown
people stole number plates from a red Holden se-
dan parked in a carpark in Bridge Street, Koru-
THIEVES stole a dog and a high pressure water
unit from the Bass Coast Shire Council pound in
Wonthaggi last week.
The Staffordshire bull terrier and Gerni unit
were taken overnight between last Tuesday and
Drink driver nabbed
AN Inverloch man lost his driver ’s licence for 14
months and was fined $661 after failing a breath test
The 44 year old man returned a reading of 0.142
Police have recently been testing thousands
of drivers throughout the Bass Coast and South
A TELEVISION and laptop computers were stolen
from Kongwak Primary School.
Burglars broke into the school between January
Thieves steal from cars
ROBBERS stole small items from unlocked parks
at houses in Mirboo North between last Tuesday and
Police said the thefts served as timely reminders
for people to ensure they lock their vehicles and not
leave valuable items inside that may be visible.
THIEVES stole a large amount of fuel from two
tractors parked opposite the Poowong Swimming
Pool overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.
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