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The beach was the place to be as the mercury climbed towards 40 degrees for the first
time this summer, last Saturday, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the region,
at Whiskey Bay on Wilsons Promontory, was as popular a place as any. It was here that
this adventurous young man still managed to find the energy to jump between two of the
granite boulders for which the Prom is so famous. Meanwhile cricket, tennis, bowls and
other sports were called off under various heat-out rules. How did you ‘beat the heat’ last
Saturday. See stories inside. (Photo Franz Schoys).
Cool image for a hot day
AN Inverloch teenager remains at the Royal
Children’s Hospital in a critical condition after a
quad-bike rollover near Yarram last week.
The 15 year old female was driving the bike,
which belonged to her father, while her 16 year
old friend from Narre Warren South was riding
on the back in Devon North.
The driver lost control and rolled on a gravel
section of Bolgers Road at around 4.30pm and
both teens were airlifted to hospital with serious
injuries: the driver with significant head trauma,
as well as fractured ribs and a broken clavicle,
and the passenger with head, face and arm in-
juries, including several broken bones in his left
The identity of the driver has not been released
but the 16 year old passenger has come forward
in an effort to defend his friend’s actions and
clear up any false reports, such as early media
reports that he had sustained spinal injuries.
Jarrod Dalm was discharged from the Alfred
Hospital on Sunday, after having a deep cut on
his forehead cleaned up in theatre.
Jarrod said he “may have had some spinal
pain” after the crash but he had no spinal inju-
Fifteen year old Hayley had surgery on Wednes-
day night and remains in hospital in a stable but
Doctors were unable to say if, or when, she will
recover from serious head injuries sustained in
the accident and say further tests are needed to
determine the full extent of her injuries and the
extent of damage to her brain.
Jarrod told the Sentinel-Times that when he
regained consciousness after the crash, he ran
to the unconscious friend and used his first aid
training to roll her onto her side “so she didn't
choke on her tongue” and check her pulse, which
was “very slow”.
Jarrod then called his mother, who was visiting
friends at a nearby property and told her which
direction the teens had travelled in.
Sergeant Brian Howard of Yarram Police at-
tended the scene of the accident and said it ap-
peared as if the bike had gone around a corner
“a bit too fast,” slid sideways, gripped the road,
then slipped and rolled over, possibly several
times, with the two teens either being propelled
head-first into the road or going under the bike
as it rolled.
Neither teen’s parents knew they had taken the
quad-bike out onto the road, in what Sergeant
Howard described as a “joyride”.
Jarrod, however, says it was a “miscommunica-
“They thought we were just riding in the pad-
dock but we thought they knew we were taking it
out,” he said.
Jarrod said he had “no idea” how fast the bike
was going at the time of the accident and was un-
able to say what caused it.
He did say, however, that the driver was “very
experienced” on a quad bike and that he wanted
people to know “it was just an accident not just
two teenagers mucking around. She [the driver]
knows what she is doing.”
The two teens had enjoyed horse riding at their
family friends’ Devon North property earlier in
Melinda Darer, who lives on a neighbouring
property in Devon North, has met the teens sev-
eral times and describes them both as sensible
and farm safe.
“The young lady stays on property with horses
and quads frequently.
“She's a lovely, sensible, responsible and funny
“The young man grew up in the country and is
a funny, intelligent and caring guy. It was just a
terrible, unfortunate accident.
“Both the kids and their families are lovely peo-
ple and as a mum myself my heart aches for what
they are going through,” she said.
Neither Jarrod or Hayley were wearing a hel-
met, nor any safety gear, at the time of the crash
and Sergeant Howard said the incident served
as a terrible lesson that “underage children
shouldn’t be riding on the road” and that quad-
bikes are a lot less stable than people think.
Sergeant Howard said it was the third accident
in the area in the last couple of months in which
people had been seriously injured and he urged
quad-bike owners to fit their bikes with roll bars
to improve safety.
Victorian farmers can get rebates to retro-fit
rollover protection bars to existing quad bikes in
a bid to cut the worrying toll of deaths and inju-
ries from quad bike crashes.
According to figures from Work Safe Australia,
there were 10 quad bike fatalities in Victoria be-
tween 2015 and 2017 and almost one in seven
fatal quad bike incidents involve children under
Work Safe Australia recommends children
under 16 never be permitted to ride adult sized
According to VicRoads, a person driving a quad
bike on a road must be at least 18 years of age
and be the holder of an appropriate car licence.
Inverloch teen critical
after quad accident
FAR from being the villain in
this story, as painted by some
local retailers, a new ‘pop-up’
shop in Inverloch has been the
target of a dirty tricks cam-
paign which has been referred
to the police.
And the defence of the ‘We
Love Your Soul’ business has
come from no less a creditable
source than Trish Hogan, Bass
Coast’s 2016 Citizen of the Year.
In a letter to the editor this
week, Ms Hogan has decried
the tactics employed, allegedly
by another business operator,
to put the pop-up out of busi-
“After reading your newspa-
per article about ‘Pop Up’ sum-
mer businesses in our area,
I feel I need to enlighten you
about what has been really go-
ing on in the business district
of Inverloch,” said Ms Hogan.
“Your story featured a pho-
to of the ‘We Love Your Soul’
smoothie and juice bar caravan
in the front yard of Offshore
“Since Boxing Day these busi-
nesses have endured harass-
ment and bullying from certain
business owners of Inverloch.
“They have vandalized and
intimidated the shiny new ‘kids
on the block’.
“During the night vandals
have been placing quantities
of prawn heads along the fence
line obscuring them in the
bushes, a concoction of dog
poo, fish, prawns was thrown
across the Surf Schools deck-
ing and promotional material
has been stolen.
“Bogus claims has been re-
ported to the Health Depart-
ment and the Local Laws De-
partment at the Shire, which
have proven to have no merit.
“These incidences have been
reported to the police,” she
Operator of the surf school
and lessee of the property in
question, Shane Hogan sup-
ports these sentiments.
“I’m letting the space for a
fee because it helps me pay my
rates and it also gives me a bit
of a buffer because, to be per-
fectly frank, I’ve been getting a
bit of competition in my busi-
ness lately too.
“I mightn’t like it but I’ve got
to suck it up.
“I’m giving him a good price
because I hope he stays and ev-
ery effort has been made not to
compete with the nearby food
“It sort of goes with my busi-
ness anyway, healthy food with
a healthy lifestyle which in-
“The operator Chris is a real-
ly nice bloke and he’s got Leon-
gatha connections so hopefully
he goes well and stays locally,”
“It’s good for my business
and it’s good for the town, I
reckon,” he said.
Inverloch ‘pop-up’ target
of dirty tricks campaign
trolled by South Gippsland
Water and Westernport Water
are all currently sitting at sat-
isfactory levels with all catch-
ments boasting percentages
north of 82%.
South Gippsland Water is
closely monitoring the Coali-
tion Creek system as we move
into the second half of summer
with the permeant water sav-
ing rules still in place.
The Candowie Reservoir is
up 6.2% on last years record-
ings with 3790 mega litres cur-
rently sitting in the catchment
at 84.9% capacity.
Customers are reminded
that the permanent water sav-
ing rules are still in place all
year, with the top three rules
to remember being; Water dur-
ing the cool – between 6pm
and 10am, sweep don’t hose
hosing hard surfaces such
as paths and driveways is not
permitted and install trigger
nozzles – all outdoor hoses are
required to be leak free and fit-
ted with trigger nozzles.
For more information on the
permeant water saving rules
go to www.sgwater.com.au/ser-
Steady levels in all storages
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