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Friday, February 11, 2011 A Star News Group publication PROPERTY LIFTOUT INSIDE Phone: 5221 5200 Trades and Classifieds: 1300 666 808 CHARGES OVER RAPE IN CITY FINALLY FRIDAY PAGE 3 PAGE 43 Foreshore walking toward new plan for future after input BY KIM WATERS PORTARLINGTON and St Leonards residents want their foreshore manager to carry out “broader” works and engage with them “more effectively”, according to its new boss. Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management chief Cathy Whelan said the organisation heard the messages in a “listening posts” program to gauge community feedback. The committee launched the listening posts after residents gathered a petition with 1600 signatures last year calling on State Government to sack the committee’s previous board. Residents had accused Bellarine Bayside of failing to maintain the foreshore, locking residents out of committee meetings and financial mismanagement. Ms Whelan said the new board, appointed late last year, would use residents’ input in a community consultation program to develop a new management plan for the foreshore. “The main message as far as I’m concerned was about building on the good work in our caravan parks to embrace a broader foreshore planning and management role. “Local communities want us to do better in relation to the broader foreshore and to engage more effectively with them and the authorities such as City of Greater Geelong and Department of Sustainability and Environment. Ms Whelan said Bellarine Bayside would launch the project at a twilight community walk this Friday night. “While taking in the stunning natural beauty along the trail participants will be entertained along the way by an array of creative arts, performances and displays.” Walk this way: Pat Crotty, Wayne Kebble and Ingrid Novosel prepare to step out on the twilight walk. Picture: Tommy Ritchie 60009 Disaster ‘hit on hall plan’ BY KIM WATERS NATURAL disasters in Queensland could blow away plans to restore St Leonards’ public hall, according to fundraisers. Steve Walsh said cyclone Yasi and Queensland’s floods disaster threatened to soak up council and state funding for small Victorian projects such as the hall restoration. “It’s hard to say how long it will take for us to raise the money we need,” Mr Walsh said. “It depends on the support we get from local and state government but with the recent natural disasters a lot of the minor funding support for projects like this is in question.” Mr Walsh said St Leonards Progress Association was about $97,000 short of the money it needed to start the restoration. “The fundraising committee is working pretty hard. If we could get some funding then we could start seeking grants but that’s also subject to how much state and federal governments have after the floods and the cyclone.” Mr Walsh described the hall restoration as caught in “a Catch 22” dilemma. “We need to get the hall at least partly restored to have a place for more fundraising but it’s difficult to raise the money with the facility like it is, so under-utilised. “We have to be patient and take a positive approach that if we have to do all the fundraising ourselves then that’s what we have to do.” Roos ‘wreak havoc’ continued “rapidly multiplying”. He said the club was no closer to fixing the problem after a year-long battle with the Defence Department whose base on the island was responsible for the animals. The damage was now costing the club thousands of dollars each month, Mr Warren said. Club officials had organised a volunteer working group this week Red Weddings to fill in hundreds of holes because grounds staff could no longer cope with the amount of repairs. “It’s a never-ending battle,” Mr Warren said. “Some of the greens have over 100 holes and then the next day there are more. We get complaints from people saying ‘It’s a magnificent course but shame about the kangaroo holes’.” April that the Defence Department had “no current plans” to adopt the club’s proposal for a kangaroo cull. Club officials said they were “shocked and surprised” when the department also denied introducing kangaroos to Swan Island. The club said the department had accepted responsibility for the animals in an official environmental management document. Mr Warren said finding a solution was “a slow process”. “We talk to them (the Defence Department) monthly and three months ago they said they would organise an environmental assessment and then work on an action but that hasn’t happened.” The Defence Department did not respond to the Independent’s call for comment. CHECK THIS OUT CLICK 2 KITCHENS THE ARIZONA 9 PIECE DINING 8X4 FREECALL 1800 153 353 Geelong’s Ultimate Wedding Video Experience 498815-JF39-10 be em rs f M • Bathrooms • Laundries • Kitchens O | 5221 4408 Mr Warren said the club was spreading fertiliser on the grounds every two weeks to deter the “pesky” roos but the expense threatened to cripple the club’s finances. “It’s a very costly exercise. It’s about $450 every two weeks. “But we don’t have much of a choice – we need to do whatever we can to help keep our members.” The Independent reported in 508094-KS06-11 BY KIM WATERS AN EXPLODING kangaroo population is wreaking damage “worse than ever” on Queenscliff’s golf course without a solution in sight, according to club officials. Queenscliff Golf Club greens chairman Robert Warren said hundreds of roos were now tearing up the Swan Island course as they WAS $1,199 NOW $999 Available in Red, White, Black & Chocolate Bi-Cast Leather Choc/Antique Oak/Timber Check in store for much more… 327 Shannon Ave, Newtown (Next to St Josephs College) P: 5222 4583 M: 0431 702 252 475823-JM6-11

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