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Second fire in two years hits Wonthaggi backyard
From page 1
Fortunately, the Wheel-
ers are insured for dam-
age and there were no
mementos stored in the
But the family is still
incredibly shocked by
the second unexplained
fire to hit their shed in
“I’m stunned. I think I
did nothing but swear for
an hour, ” Brian said.
“What I’m doing next is
once this gets cleared up,
I’m blocking off the back
lane completely, no more
back exits. I just want to
make sure no one can get
in because I’m bloody sure
it didn’t start on its own.
“It’s wired for electricity
and there’s a power point
in a corner, but nothing
was plugged in.
“If it started on its own
I’d be buggered to know
how. We had no petrol in
there and the gas tanks
on the trailer didn’t catch
“When we had the fire
bugs two years ago, we
had a lot of older people
in the town who were
scared and you think
more about people than
property, but this time
I’m really pissed off.
“A decent metal shed
like that, you don’t expect
it to go up. There’s noth-
ing anybody can do but
it’s going to be another
“If anybody saw or
heard anything, let the
police know, because I’ve
got no bloody idea.”
Wonthaggi Police would
like to hear from anyone
who may know anything
about the fire, or saw
suspicious people hang-
ing around the area at
Call Wonthaggi Police
on 5671 4100 if you have
DANGEROUS bluebottles have been found at
Local Trevor Allan first noticed the bluebot-
tles on Sunday, March 2. He said he’s never seen
them at the beach before and he’s lived in Kil-
cunda for 26 years.
“I was walking along the beach and I noticed
along the high tide mark these little plastic bags
in the seaweed.
“I thought that it was a bit peculiar and then
when I looked closer I knew they were sea life,”
Mr Allan said.
That afternoon he looked them up on the in-
ternet and realised they were bluebottles.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen them at Kilcunda.
“I didn’t see any in the water so they had all
been washed up on the beach.”
Parks Victoria manages the Kilcunda-Harm-
ers Haven Coastal Reserve. Program leader for
marine and coasts at Parks Victoria, Mark Ro -
drigue, said they haven’t received many reports
of bluebottles in Victoria in recent months, com-
pared to the beginning of summer.
“Although these are reasonably common ani-
mals along the eastern Australian coast at this
time of year, especially in eastern Bass Strait
and further north.
“Most sightings in central Victoria (including
Bass Coast) occur when strong prevailing east-
erly winds blow them in our direction.”
To avoid being stung, beach goers should re-
frain from touching the animals and keep away
from the water if there are bluebottles present.
Local Trevor Allan spotted seven bluebot-
tles at Kilcunda beach.
A camper trailer with an array of camping gear, a queen size bed, sound sys-
tem, electric guitar and electronic devices were amongst the items destroyed in
the shed fire. Rg281517
ROAD users in Bass Coast and
South Gippsland will almost
certainly be stopped and tested
for alcohol and/or drugs over
the Easter holidays.
which extends through until
Tuesday, April 25, State High-
way Patrol cars and motorbikes
will be transferred into this area
to boost the efforts of local of-
It’s all about the influx of visi-
tors into the region from Phillip
Island to the Prom over Easter,
and the fact that many people
will take a four- day long week-
end to include Anzac Day.
“ We’ll be targeting speed,
drink-driving and drug-driving,
distractions like mobile phones,
impatient and hoon behaviour, ”
said Acting Sergeant Garth
Campbell of the Bass Coast
“I t’s one of the busiest times
of the year for us and we’ve also
got the V8s on the following
weekend, which also attracts a
“The V8 fans are generally
very well behaved but with both
major arterials, the Bass High-
way and South Gippsland High-
way, very busy, we need to have
a deterrent effect as well. ”
Operation Nexus runs from
Thursday, April 13 through to
Tuesday, April 25 and all police
hands will be on deck.
State Highway Patrol here at Easter
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