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Gecko Studio Gallery
15 Falls Rd, Fish Creek 3959
Open Thursday to Monday. 10am to 4pm
Phone 5683 2481
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There’s a Currawong in the Garden by Karen Barnes
21 Falls Road,
Fish Creek, 3959
Phone: 5683 2378
Fax: 5683 2434
THE residents who live along Old Waratah Road
at Fish Creek don’t need to do an investigation.
They know what the problem is already. They
live with it on a daily basis.
“The concerns are legitimate. Something really
needs to be done,” said one resident last week.
“It’s dangerous. They go too fast, up and
down the hill,” said another.
After presenting a petition to the council signed
by virtually every resident in the street, the spokes-
man for the Old Waratah Road residents group,
Peter Woods, admits to being a little bemused at
the decision by the council to delay making a deci-
sion by sending it off for an investigation.
“I’m not sure why they need to investigate it
but we’re open to any solution that achieves the
same thing as partial closure of the road,” he
said this week.
“If they can do something else with signs,
speed humps whatever, OK, but it must stop all
but resident traffic and those going to proper-
ties in the road from getting access.
“Something has got to be done. There’s no
footpath so it’s unsafe for the children and for
all residents who’ve got to use the road when
walking down to the town.”
He’s also hopeful that “investigation” doesn’t
mean “procrastination” and that council comes
back with a solution to the traffic problem
sooner rather than later.
SOME little country towns have simply waved
the white flag and given up as time and technol-
ogy passes them by but not Fish Creek.
It certainly helps that the town is on the
way to Victoria’s iconic national park Wilson’s
Promontory but the community spirit shines
through in what the local people have been able
to do with that opportunity.
And local rural resident, Tracey Mathieson
loves what they’ve done with the town.
“What’s not to like? I love it,” said Tracey, in
town last Wednesday to pick up her mail and a
“There’s a lot of life in the place for a small
town; the cafes, the galleries, even the opp
shops and all the rest. There’s a lot for visitors
to do and it’s good for the locals as well to have
plenty of life in the place.
“The people in the town are just so friendly
and community minded. It’s a great place to live
and to visit.
“It’s always kept so clean and tidy too which
is an example of the community pride.”
As well as the cafes, the galleries, shops, hall
and pub, there’s also the rail trail which has be-
come increasingly popular over the years, lead-
ing to the ‘discovery’ of Fish Creek by a whole
new group of people.
As Tracey says: “Fish Creek, what’s not to
DAVE Jacka is one amazing person.
After breaking his neck in a motorcycle ac-
cident at the age of 19, some 29 years ago, he
developed a determination that the problem
wasn’t going to hold him back.
And he’s gone on to achieve things that most
able-bodied people would never dream about
Last week, he had the Great Southern Rail
Trail on his list of ‘must do’ things and he
knocked that over in his typically determined
“I was down to 2km/h pushing up some of the
rises,” he said.
“But generally the grade on these rail trails
“This one has a very good surface for this
sort of thing, it’s quiet, secluded and you’ve got
the bush and farming land around you. It’s a
“It’s also off the road so it’s really safe. You don’t
have to worry about other traffic around you.”
Dave is in the perfect position to rate the
rail trails and popular walking/riding tracks
around Victoria. He’s already completed most
“I’ve done the Bright to Wangaratta trail, the
Mansfield to Tallarook rail trail, the Warby
Trail (in Melbourne’s Warburton Valley), and
several of the other ones.
“I’m going to do them all.”
Strapped into a specially adapted Greenspeed
Recumbent Trike, which he has been riding for
seven years, he is able to make the most of his
limited movement as a full quadriplegic to turn
the hand-propelled crank and also to change
gears and apply the brakes as required.
Among those on the ride through South
Gippsland is Paul Lucas of Mornington, a vol-
unteer with an organisation called Solve Dis-
ability Solutions, an organisation which de -
signs and adapts equipment for people with
“When Dave did his Murray River marathon
we built him a launching trolley so he could get
his kayak in and out of the water, and in some
places it had to be winched out so it needed
This time, together with several other friends,
Paul was just along for the ride, helping with
logistics and generally supporting Dave’s team.
Being left with just 6 per cent of his previous
physical function has been a challenge but not
a barrier to fully participating and enjoying life.
Dave’s mission is – “show that limitations can
be overcome when you do it differently”, and
he’s certainly lived by that.
His achievements include:
• First person with quadriplegia to fly solo
• First person with quadriplegia to fly solo a
• First person with quadriplegia to paddle a
kayak 2226km down the Murray River from
Lake Hume to the sea
• Represented Australia in the 1996 Paralym-
Dave is regularly booked for motivational
talks during which he highlights how he has
achieved what he has – “through the power of
goal setting, strategies to overcoming challeng-
es, dealing with change and more”.
For his achievements, Dave was a Victorian
Australian of the Year finalist (2014) and was
awarded an Order of Australia Medal (2015)
for his contribution to people with a disability
Ain’t no river wide enough
For someone who has covered the full length of the Murray River in a kayak, you’d think
the 68km Great Southern Trail Trail was a walk in the park but everything is a challenge to
be confronted, engineered and solved for quadriplegic marvel Dave Jacka. m201917
Old Waratah Road resident Peter Woods is bemused about the decision by the South
Gippsland Shire Council to “investigate” the problems with the unofficial alternative route
through Fish Creek. M021917
On the road to solving problem
Friendly Fish Creek
is the place to be
Local rural resident Tracey Mathieson looks forward to coming into Fish Creek to pick
up the mail and do her shopping. The people are just so friendly and community-minded
says Tracey. M011917
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