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Public Safety Issue Closes Viewing Platform at Woakwine Cutting

In the interest of public safety, Council has been forced to close the very popular viewing platform at Woakwine Cutting.  A recent inspection of the platform highlighted a number of structural concerns, which resulted in its temporary closure.
Subsequently Council engaged the services of structural engineering firm Tonkin Consulting, who have provided a detailed assessment of the platform. The assessment confirmed that the structure is unsafe and warrants immediate removal.
“This is a very unfortunate situation with the platform a very popular stop with tourists travelling to the Beachport area” Council’s Director Engineering Services, Peter Halton said. “The structure was built decades ago and allowed the public a bird’s eye view of the Cutting. It was a bit of a thrill due to its height,”
“The detailed report confirmed that corrosion of some of the main support structure is to a point at which the platform it is unsafe and thus Council is planning for its immediate removal.”
“The project for the replacement will be costed and referred to the 2016/17 financial year budget for consideration, with Council also looking at potential funding opportunities.” Mr Halton added.


Source: – Statement from Wattle Range Council

The Millicent Bowling Club Night Owls.

 by Ella Pietersma for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
How nice to see the smiling faces arrive each Wednesday night as so many bowlers arrive ready not only to play bowls but also greet so many friends both old and new. It is nice to hear some gentle ribbing at the end of the night as winners are announced and encouragement given to those teams who achieve something extraordinary.
Touches in RED Division were James Varcoe and Gary Davis both with 3.
Touches in the BLUE Division was Janine Clark with 3.
Touches in the White Division was Tom Turner with 3.
Winners in the White Division were Beanz Team (Maris, Ian, Tony and Rhonda) with a score of 29+12 beating the Snappers, other winners were Gizzy Crew 28+5, Rocky Campers 27+2, Somerset Legends 27+1, Skeeters 26+4.
Winners in the Blue Division were the Beefa’s Bunch (Marilyn Thomas, Coota, Brentley Thomas and Benny Cabot) beating the Rotary Team 29+11, other winners were Max’s Longhorns 28+8, Rovers 27+9, Tant Tigers 27+7, Bobcats 27+4.
Winners in the Red Division were the Untouchables (Barry Smith, David Reichelt, John Cockrum and Terry Barnes) beating the Grand Hotel 30+17, Red Delicious 29+11, Wiggles 27+1, Royal Reserves 27+1 and the Lions 25+1.


Bowling with “Gizzie’s Crew” new bowler Melita Knight is pictured below

Ella announces the winners

Early Learning Centre ‘Exceeds’ National Standards

Gladys Smith 14

Council’s Director of Corporate Services Paul Duka, Co-director Clare Walker and Sarah Murphy

Wattle Range Council congratulated the Gladys Smith Early Learning  Centre this week saying:-
The hardwork and dedication of the Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre management and staff has been recognised with an impressive rating achieved in their most recent National Quality Standards (NQS) audit, a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
The Centre received an overall rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ in the industry’s new rigorous assessment and rating process.
The Framework is designed to give children the best possible start in life, a national system aimed at providing transparency and accountability in early childhood care.
The Quality Standards sets a national benchmark, and is assessed over seven Quality Areas including:
1. Educational program and practice
2. Children’s health and safety
3. Physical environment
4. Staffing arrangements
5. Relationships with children
6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
7. Leadership and service management
“The ‘Exceeding’ rating is a credit to Co‐Directors, Clara Walker and Sarah Murby and every one of the educators and staff at the Centre,” said Mayor Peter Gandolfi.
“It is a reflection of their commitment and dedication. Their passion and belief in the importance of providing the best possible learning outcomes for all children is evident in this result.”
Co‐director, Clara Walker also praised the efforts of the staff. “We are thrilled with the rating”
Mrs Walker said. “The Centre has undertaken previous assessments and has always achieved a ‘High Quality’ rating, but as this is a new format and the bar continues to be raised, we are
pleased once again to exceed the required standards.”
The Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre is operated Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
at 60 Bonshor Street, Millicent. For information and bookings contact 08 8733 3030.