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THE Prom Coast Seachange Festival goes from strength to strength. It grows in size, reputation and participant numbers, so much so that it now needs two weekends to do justice to the big program of 60 events on offer.

The 2015 program will offer a diverse range of events taking in the dates of 17-19 and 24-26 April and will incorporate the many significant ANZAC Day events already planned for the area.

According to festival chairperson Deb Bray it became clear from early in the planning process that more and more people, including businesses and community groups, want to be involved in the festival.

“Word is spreading and it is quite exciting now, that instead of the committee having to approach artists and groups to be involved, we are now being contacted by people from far and wide who don’t want to miss out on being included.”

The festival celebrates creativity, culture, lifestyle and landscape and provides a fantastic platform that attracts quality artists and performances to the region.

“The past four festivals have been extremely successful and well attended by locals, as well as the region’s regular holiday-makers, and visitors from a wide area including Melbourne and interstate,” explained Deb Bray.

“The festival committee is very passionate about providing a structure that is driven from within the community; one that showcases established activities and emerging skill-sets and, importantly, fosters quality events that draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnificent region.”

These priorities dovetail well with those of festival sponsors Toora & Foster Community Bank® branches, Esso BHP Billiton and South Gippsland Shire Council.

“We are pleased to welcome ABC Gippsland on board as our official media partner for 2015,” said Deb. “They have some great things planned for the festival, and will be with us during the first weekend running a free 1-day workshop titled ABC Open Gippsland Writer’s Festival and covering the festival through a series of interviews content for online features.”

Playwright and theatre director Chris Dickins’ Waratah The Musical will be produced in conjunction with FAMDA; accomplished violinist Cath Shugg will again play at the Celia Rosser Gallery in Fish Creek; Melbourne male choir, Low Rez take to the stage at the Fish Creek Hall; and, the Prom Coast Arts Council’s annual The Great Southern Portrait Prize will be exhibited at the Stockyard Gallery in Foster.

“The festival is a wonderful way to draw people together by providing something for everyone,” said Deb Dray. “From food and wine to sustainability and the environment, musicals and art to tours, sport and workshops.”

The Sustainable Architecture Tour and the Gippsland Food Adventure tour, both over subscribed events in 2013, will be on offer again in 2015 and, to get people out and about even more, activities such as bush walking, bike riding and garden tours are on the program.

Children will enjoy opportunities offered by renowned local author and artist Alison Lester at her recently opened headquarters in Fish Creek; there will be kite making and flying in Sandy Point; and, quirky performances such as dog dancing.

Long established events, such as the Prom Country Farmers Market, ANZAC Day commemorations and local sporting events such as the South Coast Boardriders surfing competition are included in the program and are an important part of promoting what’s on in the local area over the festival’s two weekends.

The traditional long lunch in Foster’s main street offers local traders the opportunity to showcase their wares. Many such business are partnering with local artists to turn their shop windows into exhibition space for exciting works of art that will be created utilising or depicting elements particular to the hosting trade. While lunching be entertained by acts including Bec and the Acquaintances and the South Gippsland Brass Band. Adjacent to the long lunch will be The Magic Theatre of Curiosities and Wonder. Be enchanted by mesmerising circus, magical mime, exquisite puppetry, curious clowns, accordion music, storytelling and film.

“There really is something for everyone”, remarked Deb Bray. “With so many great events organised by local community groups, sporting clubs and traders it’s impossible to list them all.”

“Pick up a program from local traders or check the festival website and Facebook page for updates and details on how to make bookings.”

Please visit www.promcoastseachangefestival.org.

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The Prom Coast Seachange Festival is on from Thursday 25th April to Monday 29th April in Fish Creek, Foster, Sandy Point, Tidal River, Toora and Yanakie. Visit the website www.promcoastseachangefestival.org for more details.

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It’s the second last weekend of Summer! How about Inverloch, Kilcunda, Port Albert, Port Welshpool, Sandy Point, Toora, Venus Bay, Walkerville, Waratah Bay or Yanakie? Visit www.promcountry.com.au and search for accommodation.

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We love Yanakie

 

Yanakie is the last township before Wilsons Promontory, 192 kms south east of Melbourne.

 

There are approximately 250 people living in the Yanakie Parish which stretches from the Waratah Bay turn off at Soldiers Road in the North West to the Prom Gate in the South East, and from the Shallow Inlet and Bass Straight in the West and Corner Inlet to the East.

 

The majority of the population is involved in dairy farming and a few large scale beef properties, and there is a variety of small business ventures focused on the tourism industry.

 

In the Yanakie township you will find: > a picnic and barbeque area > a children’s playground > public toilets – next to the hall > tennis courts for hire > hall – available for hire > tourist information > general store, and petrol

 

Corner Inlet Campdraft is held annually in February in the Reserve next to the hall.

 

The Yanakie Progress Association is establishing indigenous (local) wildflower gardens the length of the main street with the assistance from the South Gippsland Shire Council.

 

Aboriginal History:

 

The Brataualong clan of the Kurnai (Ganai) nation lived in this area alongside the Bunuron of the Kulin nation for 10,000 to 20,000 years. Aboriginal people still play an active caretaker role over public land in the area. Shell middens are found throughout coastal areas in the district.

 

Places to go:

 

Things to do (all distances are quoted from the general store) > Shallow Inlet Foreshore Reserve – 7 kms > Hourigan Camp Lane to Shallow Inlet (via Millar Road) – 4.8 kms > Boat ramp and picnic area (via Foley Road) – 8.2 kms > Foley Road circuit walk – 7.2 kms

 

Dairy Industry:

 

The farms on the Yanakie isthmus are of varying sizes. Some are very large enterprises providing significant employment opportunities. The majority of farms have Holstein Friesian cows with a couple of farms preferring the Jersey breed. Cross breeding of Friesian and Jersey is also a common practice.

 

Dairy herds in Yanakie are predominately pasture fed and supplemented with grain, grain based pellets or other mixed rations during pasture shortfalls. Spring surplus pasture is conserved as silage, either in a pit that is covered with plastic sheeting to form an airtight seal or in round bale form and wrapped with plastic. In late Spring or early Summer, when the temperature is higher, pasture can be conserved as hay.

 

Most dairy farms in Yanakie supply milk to Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Limited, a 100% Australian dairy farmer owned company. This company markets under the “Devondale” brand. Remember, next time you enjoy a Devondale product, it may be made from milk produced on a Yanakie dairy farm.

 

Tourism Industry:

 

Yanakie has the fastest growing tourist industry in South Gippsland. 10 years ago there were approximately 10 beds available for tourists. This has now grown to approximately 440 beds.

 

Yanakie, the entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park, is becoming a favourite holiday destination for a steadily growing number of travellers. Tourists are radiply discovering the beauty of Yanakie and flock to the area for many activities including fishing, boating, swimming, bird watching, bushwalking and of course to visit the world famous Wilsons Prom.

 

Yanakie is a perfect holiday destination which is centrally located to a wide variety of South Gippsland’s attractions.

 

Yanakie History:

 

Several graves associated with Yanakie Station, where a homestead was built in 1852 by Richard Bennison, is located West of the Prom Gate. In the 1920′s the grasslands, known as the Yanakie Run, were made available for agistment. Land clearing commenced in 1954 and farms were taken up by soldier settlers between 1958 and 1965 under the Government Land Settlement Scheme. East of Promontory Road were soldier settlers, West of Promontory Road were allotted under the Land Settlement Act of 1959 taken up 1961 to 1965.

 

Wildflowers and Wildlife:

 

Eucalyptus kitsoniana (Gippsland Mallee or Bog Gum) is restricted to a few near coastal sites in southern Victoria. This multi-stemmed small tree can be seen on road sides and in the local bushland. A very prickly shrub – Cyathodes juniperina (Yanakie Berry / Crimson Berry) is also restricted to a few near coastal sites around Corner Inlet. The Yanakie bushland, some of which is protected on coastal reserves and road sides, is very valuable habitat for many birds ranging from superb Blue Wrens to White Bellied Sea Eagles. It is also home for the tiny mouse-like marsupial Mouse – the antichinus, for various Possum species, Swamp Wallabies and various snakes including Tiger Snakes.

 

Yanakie CFA:

 

The fire brigade is participating in an innovative project of fuel reduction and regeneration burns along the Meeniyan – Promontory Road.

 

Prom Plains Landcare Group:

 

This group has liaised with VicRoads in the removal of pine trees along the road sides. Annual direct seeding projects have resulted in windbreaks of indigenous trees and shrubs along farm fence lines.

 

Walking Tracks:

 

Foley Road Circuit Walk – Walk down the track for about 200 metres to a viewing platform, then continue down the track to the water where you can walk around the little inlets or fish off the rocky areas. Boat Ramp to Duck Point Walk – From the Left of the Boat Ramp walk to Duck Point. Hourigan Camp Lane Walk (off Millar Road) – Walk to Shallow Inlet beach.

 

Stay at Bass View Cabins, Black Cockatoo Cottages, Buln Buln Holiday Cabins, Coastal View Cabins – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coastal-View-Cabins-Yanakie-Wilsons-Promontory/113098175395502?ref=ts&fref=ts , Elouera Cottage by the Sea, Just Inside The Gate – http://www.facebook.com/JustInsidetheGate?ref=ts&fref=ts , Lester Homestead, Prom Gate Vista Cabins – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prom-Gate-Vista-Cabins/7434626681?ref=ts&fref=ts , Promegranite Beach House, Red Bluff Retreat, Tidal Dreaming Seaview Cottages, Tingara View Cottages, Top of the Prom, Wilsons Prom Retreat or Yanakie Caravan Park.

 

Please upload your Yanakie photos and write a comment about your holiday in Yanakie – https://www.facebook.com/groups/11955880942/

 

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