Big Easter weekend

Liz Bell

THE Easter long weekend brought plenty of visitors to Wellington Shire to enjoy the fabulous autumn sunshine and a range of Easter-related activities.

The shire’s coastal attractions were hot spots this Easter, with plenty on offer.

Golden Beach’s surf fishing competition from Thursday midnight until Sunday attracted dozens of angling enthusiasts.

The popular annual event offered major prizes and showcased three days of family fun and entertainment centred on the Golden Beach area.

An Easter egg hunt on Sunday pitched at anglers and non-anglers meant everybody was catered for. Seaspray’s Twilight Music and Market on Saturday along the foreshore provided an afternoon of relaxation and entertainment for all ages in a magnificent coastal backdrop.

Further up the coast at Loch Sport the Lions Club’s annual Easter fair drew its biggest crowd ever.

The event began at 7.30am for a sell-out barbecue breakfast, and there were stalls and competitions.

One of the organisers, Wendy Dodd, said there were 40 stall holders this year, and feedback showed everyone enjoyed the occasion.

Port Albert was the place to be on Sunday, with a ‘make it, grow it and collectables market’ on Sunday morning, as well as family fun day in Rutters Park, from 11am.

Everywhere else around the shire, from Yarram, to Rosedale and Maffra, there were Easter fairs, markets, festivities and of course, chocolate.

Thousands of motorists making the journey up the coast and travelling through the shire had the chance to rest and recuperate on Thursday at the Stratford Lions Club’s driver reviver stop at McMillan Park.

Club secretary Ben Davis said it was a bit quieter than previous years, with about 95 people stopping for a cuppa or a cordial and a piece of much-loved Lions Christmas cake.

“It’s really important to have a place to stop, because we hear stories all the time of people heading north and driving long hours without a break,” he said.

“One year we had a guy who had started at Warnambool early in the morning and driven all the way through until he stopped at our driver reviver site,” he said.

“He grabbed a cuppa, sat on a chair in the corner and fell asleep for two hours.

“Better he did that here than on the road.”

Despite the large amount of traffic in and around the shire over Easter, Wellington traffic police said drivers were mostly well behaved.

There were two minor collisions on Good Friday, but neither resulted in injuries.

In the morning, a vehicle with a trailer heading toward Stratford from Sale ran into the centre road barrier after braking to avoid hitting the vehicle in front.

Later that day, about 2.30pm, the driver of a car hit a lamp post on the corner of Myrtlebank Rd and the Princes Highway.

He will be charged with failing to have proper control of a vehicle.

On Sunday, about 12.38pm, two motorcyclist were involved in a head-on collision on McKenzies Rd, Won Wron, which left a 34-year-old local rider with a fractured leg.

The other rider, a 19-year-old Koo Wee Rup man, was uninjured.

On Friday, Rosedale police were shocked to see a learner driver heading through town allegedly at 170kmh.

He was stopped by police and will appear in court at a later date.

The accompanying driver will also receive an infringement notice, in line with legislation.