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A BEAUTIFUL walking track runs behind
Coal Creek Historical Park and Museum, but
it has potential to be so much more.
The Rotary Club of Korumburra has tak-
en the ‘Skip Track’ project as far as it can
go, well short of the intended destination,
A gateway restricts public access, as a
grazing licence has been issued to a farmer,
even though the path runs along a waterway
and should be accessible to the public.
Supporters of the track want just a small
amount of land on the north side of the creek
to be made available to continue the path.
That’s why they’ve called Gippsland South
MP Danny O’Brien in to make some enqui-
ries and hopefully pull some strings.
The path has significant historic value as
it follows the route of the early 1900s horse
drawn skipway which transported coal from
the Sunbeam Mine to the screens at Coal
The coal was then sorted for size and load-
ed onto rail for transport to Melbourne.
Club members believe the track would add
an extra attraction to Coal Creek, and can
become an important community asset.
“Korumburra is the only town in South
Gippsland that doesn’t have a walking
track, ” Ken Sim said.
“This could easily be the best walking track
in the shire’s towns, but we keep hitting a
bureaucratic brick wall and we’re tired of it.
“The South Gippsland Shire Council says
they’re in favour of it, but they’re not going to
do anything with it.
“We’ve contacted Parks Victoria and West
Gippsland Catchment Management Author-
ity and they’re all playing with a straight bat.
“I t’s all too political and we’ve had a gut-
Rotary eventually wants to see the path
also connected to the Ivy O’Neill Park and
then to the Botanic Gardens.
But first thing’s first.
The path is well worth a look. Drive behind
Coal Creek, past the Korumburra Transfer
Station, and you’ll find the start of the track
It’s about 700m in length until you reach
the gate. Another 400m of track is all that’s
required to reach the beautiful Ritchies Re-
serve, but you’ll have to wait for that.
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Western Port ferry re-tender launched
PUBLIC Transport Victoria is inviting inter-
ested parties to bid for the contract to provide
the Western Port Ferry Services.
Alan Fedda, executive director of Franchise
Operator Management at PTV said tougher KPIs
will be introduced into the new contracts to en-
sure locals and visitors benefit from improve-
ments to service standards and reliability on the
public transport service.
The ferry operates daily services between
Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula and
French and Phillip Islands.
“The Western Port Ferry Service provides an
important service for the communities of French
Island, Phillip Island and Stony Point,” Mr Freda
“PTV understands the importance of public
transport to remote communities and the suc-
cessful bidder will need to be able to demon-
strate they can provide a reliable service for the
local community and for visitors.”
The contract for the public transport service
finishes in June 2017.
The new contract term will be for five years
with a five year extension option.
The public tender for the service went to mar-
ket on March 9 and will remain open until April
Tender applications will then be evaluated by
PTV, with the successful bidder expected to be
announced in May.
Ferry services will operate as normal over the
period of the tender process and during any
transition period should a new operator be ap-
Interested parties are encouraged to register
their interest at: https://www.tenders.vic.gov.au/
tenders/notifications.vm to receive tender alerts.
Wind farm techs help save the day
WHEN wind farm service technicians Trek Da-
vis and Tristan Walker saw a plume of smoke by
the side of the road last Friday they knew exactly
what to do.
Each Senvion Australia wind farm service ve-
hicle is equipped with a fire extinguisher so the
two men were able to quickly put the fire out be-
fore it spread any further.
However, there was more to come - as they
travelled between the Wonthaggi and Bald Hills
Wind Farms they soon came across another
Half a dozen locals were gamely trying to
stamp the fire out.
Trek and Tristan were happy to assist, and
had water on board that could be used to extin-
guish the flames.
Finally, the men came across an even larger
fire that was burning out of control.
A number of people were already on the scene,
and the CFA firefighting crews were on the way,
so by this stage there wasn’t anything more that
Trek and Tristan could do.
The hot and dry conditions on Friday meant
that a small grass fire could have quickly spread.
The quick action demonstrated by Trek and
Tristan potentially helped prevent the establish-
ment of a much more serious fire.
Trek Davis, left, and Tristan Walker had an eventful road trip putting out fires as they
travelled between wind farms.
Historic Korumburra path needs a push
Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien, front, met with supporters of the Rotary Club of
Korumburra’s ‘Skip Track’ on Friday morning including, from left, historian John O’Neill,
Brian Enbom, Ken Sim, Euan Coutts, Max Hall, Kerry Coutts, Stewart Woods and Marilyn
Coal Creek is you see it from the beautiful
and historic Skip Track. N061117
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