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A new chapter for New Year Snapper anglers taken hook, line and sinker

IF it’s a New Year’s resolution to finally take the writing plunge then classes at Longbeach Place community centre could be the start or the next step of a writer’s journey. Writing Creatively Towards Your Future classes hosted at Longbeach Place community centre in February and June are a relaxed but disciplined way to explore writing ambitions. The 20-hour course, including five hours of online learning, involves research into blogging, journalism and screenplay writing and other literary endeavours that may lead to employment opportunities. Teacher Mairi Neil says the course is suitable for writers of all abilities. “Writing classes can be a stepping stone for people who would like to be published. They can learn the skills in the writing class,” she said. Ms Neil is the founder of the Mordialloc Writers’ Group. The group recently published an anthology called Kingston My City featuring 20 stories by 20 writers to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary. One of the writers published in the anthology, Barbara Davies, began her writing journey in local writing classes. “We have to value the stories in our community,” Ms Neil said. n See longbeachplace.org.au for further information on Writing Creatively Towards Your Future classes held on Thursdays, 4 February-24 March and 28 April-16 June or call Longbeach Place on 9776 1386. Course fee $45, amenities and materials fee $18.40.

MOST anglers on Port Phillip Bay know the rules, but a few who didn’t felt the weight of Operation Billit over the Christmas holidays. The Fisheries Victoria operation targeted snapper anglers off Carrum and Chelsea, as well as Hastings in Western Port, with “a mixed bag of results”. Fisheries Victoria’s Bob Hutton said 93 per cent of anglers were found to be obeying the rules and regulations. “We inspected 2100 recreational anglers on the water and at boat ramps and detected 144 offenders,” he said. “This was not a covert operation and was widely publicised before it started, so there is no real excuse for those 144 anglers not knowing, or deliberately flouting, fishing regulations. “One man will be going to court for allegedly exceeding the catch limit of southern calamari and another will face abalone-related charges.” Altogether 39 infringement notices were issued, with two relating to exceeding the catch limit of snapper. The fish were seized and the anglers fined $455 each. Other offences included taking other species below minimum size – also a $455 fine – using more than four lines and fishing without a licence. “All of these rules are outlined in the Recreational Fishing Guide, which is available free from most good tackle stores or by downloading the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app for smartphones,” Mr Hutton said. He said there was lots of night work

Turn over a new page: Mordialloc Writers’ Group founder Mairi Neil, left, and Barbara Davies prove the writing journey to publication can begin with writing classes. Picture: Gary Sissons

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