Tuesday in Lakes Entrance

Funny day here in Lakes. Yesterday it was so hot, today it’s almost cold!

The town is really busy – which is great and will go a long way to helping some of the local businesses continue into the new year. The new works on the Esplanade are terrific, and that end of the town was really busy this morning, with virtually no parking in any of that section.

Lots of boats out and about enjoying our beautiful waterways. Most seem to be doing the right thing, being patient and courteous with other boaties, but of course, there are always those few who go roaring around, creating backwash that can damage the environment and other boats. Boaties need to observe the restrictions and signs as to speed, but also remember their manners when it comes to passing other vessels, particularly those moored at jetties. Remember that not everyone is an expert at the boating thing, and many need time to learn the skills needed. So relax, chill, be patient and considerate, and we’ll all have a great time on the water.

Remember to watch out for our dolphins and seals too – there are restrictions about how close you may be to our wildlife, and we take that very seriously!

To our wonderful visitors to Lakes Entrance and surrounding areas, thank you for visiting us, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the town. BUT, please remember that you are our guests, we live here and you are visiting us. You come here because of all the things we have to offer for your enjoyment, please respect our town, take home your rubbish, or dispose of it properly.

Be patient in shops that are not used to dealing with big crowds, we are doing our best to accomadate you all. Many of our local businesses are struggling and have had to put off staff, so we may not be able to serve you as quickly as the big shops in the city. Remember you are here to relax and enjoy, so do that, and everything will be fine.

Show respect and it will be shown back to you. If you have a problem with anything, approach the owner of the business with respect, and it is certain they will listen to you. Don’t go posting nasty comments on social media about “backward” towns and people, that does not help anyone, and certainly does not resolve any issues you may have encountered.

The lifestyle here is relaxed, chilled and laid back, isn’t that what you come here to enjoy?

We have all had a rough year – particularly those of us here in East Gippsland, first with the bushfires and then the virus. I have to say that we have been blessed to have been kept safe during both events, and we genuinely thank all those who worked so hard to keep us safe, and those who obeyed the rules, did the right thing, and made their contribution to everyone’s safety.

To the others … well what can I say?

We had a pleasant afternoon tea at Johnsonville today, with thanks to the staff at The Black Stump for excellent coffee again!

Johnsonville, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

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