Across Gippsland: Road works at Trafalgar East

MOUNTAIN Glen Drive between Trafalgar and Trafalgar East is one of 35 roads in Baw Baw Shire set to be resealed in the coming months.

The resealing works by Quality Roads Sealing and Asphalt involve spraying bitumen onto the road pavement, followed by a layer of stones.

About 44 kilometres of roads will be sealed, including small courts, access roads and local link roads.

Roads earmarked for works are Contour Road, Trafalgar and Wilkes Road, Willow Grove.

Baw Baw Shire mayor Joe Gauci said the resealing works would make the surface waterproof and help to extend the life of the roads.

“Resealing these roads will reduce the risk of them deteriorating and potholes appearing during poor weather. When complete, the roads will be safer for all road users,” Cr Gauci said.

“These works further reinforce the level of commitment council has in improving the overall road network.” He warned of minor traffic delays during the works.

WATER restrictions were put in place at Korumburra and Fish Creek last week as South Gippsland continues to feel the effects of poor rainfall and heat.

South Gippsland received its lowest spring rainfall since the late 1930s and has had a dry start to summer.

The stage one ‘alert’ restrictions require households to limit watering their gardens, and restrict filling pools and washing vehicles.

Tougher restrictions are possible if the region does not receive rain.

The Great Southern Star

A BUSHWALKER survived five days and nights in remote bushland near Buchan, using vegetation to protect herself from the elements.

Dutch national Veronique Biunkens went missing from a retreat, sparking a search early last week.

Ms Biunkens was found next to a creek on Tuesday about 1.3 kilometres from where she disappeared at W Tree.

According to police, she survived on water from the creek bed and built a small shelter from bush and bracken.

She covered her skin with mud to protect herself from the sun and used tree moss as a doona to stay warm at night.

TWO people died last week after being swept out to sea in a strong rip at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island.

The man and woman were among a group of people reportedly wading in knee deep water last Sunday night when a sand bank gave way.

Five members of the group were taken to hospital, and two later died.

The beach was unmanned by surf lifesavers at the time.

AN application for six more gaming machines at Sale club Sporting Legends has been rejected by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Licencing Regulation.

While Wellington Shire Council disputed the application, saying more pokies would have a negative effect on the community, Sporting Legends had planned to donate $30,000 a year to the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club during the lease of the machines.

According to a report by the commission, there is a high density of poker machines in Wellington Shire, with 9.4 per 1000 adults.

The shire also boasts the second highest gaming expenditure among rural Victorian councils.

The commission found the proximity of the venue to low socio-economic housing concerning.

Gippsland Times