Mildura Weekly : Friday April 29 Vol 10 No 25
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By GRANT MAYNARD ‘PRISTINE’ was the brand name on the toilet paper dispenser in the cubicle, and I had time to muse that it was probably not a bad word to describe Sea Lake’s travellers’ rest stop. Fronting the Calder Highway, next door to the Buloke Shire’s of- fices in the town, and across the road from a service station that has seen better days, the rest stop provides top class amenities. The set-up is impressive, with the angled toilet block providing facilities for men and women, as well as a toilet for those with a disability, and a change room for mothers with youngsters. It is joined to a modern barbe- cue area by a wide breezeway that features the history of the area, and its points of interest on large, easy-to-read display boards. The public barbecues are modern and clean, as is the seat- ing provided for weary, hungry travellers. There is a lawn area between the breezeway/barbecue structure and the roadway, all neatly con- tained by a low fence. Perfect for letting the young ones play with- out the danger of them straying onto the busy highway. The lawn would also be the perfect place to throw a rug on the ground for a picnic. Parking for single vehicles is available on the highway, or there is plenty of room for RVs and car/caravan combinations in the bitumen carpark at the rear of the complex. Access is available from the highway, through a set of stonework gates towards the northern (or Mildura) end of the complex, or off the Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road behind the Council of- fices. The parking area abuts a large, open, oval-like area, regrettably sans grass at the moment, but still a handy place to take your ca- nine friend for a walk after being cramped in the car for a couple of hours. Although not stipulated by signage, it would only be right to clean up after your pet should they feel the need ‘to go’ while they are stretching their legs. There are plenty of bins so there is no excuse for littering of any kind. What strikes you about the complex is that it is scrupulously clean and very neat — a credit to the people of the town and their municipality. It is popular too. Vehicles and their passengers come and go with the regularity of a bustling train station. It is about two hours from Mil- dura on your way south, a perfect place to break the trip. Take a break at Sea Lake • BREAK TIME: The Sea Lake Traveller’s Rest, ABOVE, is next door to the Buloke Council offices and under the shadow of the town’s water tower. That’s the toilet block, RIGHT, and the barbecue area, BELOW. The barbecues are nice, neat and new, while the Sea Lake story is prominently featured on the display boards, BOTTOM. Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme THE Federal Govern- ment has taken “the next step” toward creat- ing more pathways for indigenous Australians to start a career in pub- lic service through the Indigenous Appren- ticeships Programme (IAP). The 12-month initiative provides a full-time entry level position, competitive salary and a nationally- recognised certificate or diploma qualification. Applications close on May 11 and more information about the program is available by visiting www.human- services.gov.au, and fol- low the links. 1/50 Madden Avenue, Mildura Phone (03) 5021 3883 Mildura Solar are now proudly installing Sapphire Solar 100% Australian Owned solar panels. Talk to us today about the huge benefits of installing Sapphire Solar panels. • 100% locally owned • Australian supported products and warranties • Customized design • Finest after sales care • Lower your power bills • $0 Upfront finance available • Paybackin3–6years • Extensive experience. UNBEATABLE SERVICE UNBEATABLE PRICES Mildura solar have completed over 800 installations in excess of 2.9Mw of power.
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