AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
Service station furore
Community group says a firm 'no'
STEPHANIE NAYLOR THE DRYSDALE and Clifton Springs Community Association is objecting to a proposed industrial scale project. A six double-pump service station has been proposed on the land running between the southern ends of Jetty Rd and Portarlington Rd in Drysdale. The application made to the City of Greater Geelong by Caltex franchisee Milkemaker Petroleum, has the community group up in arms, believing the application has been made inept for public comment as well as transgressing and contradicting many planning policies. “The proposed area the Caltex service station would be is in a rural living zone,” Patrick Hughes of the Drysdale & Clifton Springs Community Association said. Features of the proposed petrol station include car and truck refuelling areas, parking space for seven cars, a building approximately 400 square metres and landscaped frontages surrounding the property along Jetty Rd and Portalington Rd, which would include the removal of trees. “Council has invited public comment on this major development proposal in a way that prevents many of the public from
commenting,” Mr Hughes said. The Drysdale & Clifton Springs Community Association believe the deadline given for comment from the community was unfair. “Council has set a shorter period for public comment than it took to act on the application. The council took 22 days to publicise the application after receiving it. Residents only have 17 days to object, with the deadline February 7,” Mr Hughes said. Inappropriate timing of the proposal, while many people are away during summer, and the isolated project notices are other ways locals believe the council has invited its comments, while at the same time preventing them. “The two notices on the property's boundary are the only way in which the council has actually advertised this application,” Mr Hughes said. “There are no road reservations surrounding the property’s fencing, so for many people reading the notices is virtually impossible. People may have prams and elderly people and anyone with limited mobility will have trouble,” he said. The Drysdale & Clifton Springs Voice contacted the City of Greater Geelong for comment, but was not received by close of business on Friday.
21st inspires regular gig
THERE is something for everyone in Drysdale – from local bush dances, to bands, to social groups, but there was one thing missing – a fun night out for people with special needs. Last October, Drysdale's Taylor McVean celebrated her 21st birthday. The night was attended by over 100 of Taylor’s family and friends. This was no ordinary 21st. It was a fun-filled, dancing-allnight-long party with Taylor’s friends from the day program she attends. Taylor has Down Syndrome. Mandy Webb, a Drysdale local for the past 23 years, attended Taylor’s party after driving the 21-year-old to Geelong each day for her REAP day program. Mandy has been a maxi taxi driver for the area for seven years.
BACK WHERE IT BEGAN: Taylor McVean with mother Elizabeth and brother Ben at Taylor's 21st. “After driving Taylor every day, I’ve become emotionally attached and have come to know her and her mother quite well. After having such an overwhelming response from everyone that attended Taylor’s birthday, I knew we had to do it again,” she said. Mandy took the idea of a disability dance to the Clifton Springs Lions Club, with the group deciding to make the event into a community
initiative. “The purpose of the dance is for friends, family and carers of people with special needs to come together and have fun socialising in a non judgmental environment with a view to encourage long-term freindships,” Mandy explained. Together with fellow Lions Club members and parents of young adults with special needs, it was unanimous in
lots of Australian bush dancing, a waltz, a contra dance and a few songs between dances, it was fantastic,” Dennis Jones, the band organiser said. “We had eleven local musicians representing the SpringDale Open Dance Band, they
performed melodiously with the Newport Bush Orchestra,” Dennis added. The next Bush Dance at the SpringDale Hall will be on Saturday 12 April starting at 7.30pm. For information call Dennis Jones: 0419 543 920.
Taylor McVean (left) and David Salmetti (right) with Lions Club's Mandy Webb and Denise Ainsworth. acknowledging the need for a social outlet for all specialneeds people on the Bellarine. “It will also be a great opportunity for parents to see who their kids are with every day at their programs, as well as seeing them have a great time. After school, young adults with special needs go to these programs and most of the time we don’t play a big part in it,” Taylor’s mother
Elizabeth said. With Clifton Springs Lions Club being a new organisation, having only opened in 2012, this will be the club's first major event in which it is fully funding. The plan is to run the event every two months, with the first on March 1 at St James’ Hall in Collins St. For information, contact Mandy Webb on 52532635.
Bush band opens 2014 with a bang in Drysdale THE SpringDale Open Bush Band played its first dance for 2014 last Saturday. The night exceeded expectations, with many Drysdale families dancing the night away. “We had folk mixing, great music was played,
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Fired up for glass fest LOCAL ARTIST Glenda MacNaughton is fired up for Drysdale’s Festival of Glass. Glenda’s flame work and bead threading will be exhibited along with over 60 other glass artists from around the country. International glass artist Kathy Peavey is making the trip from Alaska especially for the festival on Sunday 16 February. “The festival has been, and will continue to be, great for Drysdale, it would be great if our town could become known for its glass art,” Glenda said. As well as the artists themselves, the event will be showcasing demonstrations,
workshops and businesses. “Without the festival and the chance of exhibiting our work, locals wouldn’t be able to get their work out there and see other art, – it’s more than just jewelry, and it’s great for Drysdale,” Glenda added. Glenda started bead weaving as a hobby over a decade ago. Since moving back to Drysdale five years ago, after growing up in Ocean Grove and living in Melbourne, Glenda started her flame work in her Wyndham St garage. Having entered a range of international competitions, a career highlight for Glenda was winning second prize in 2012 in Japan at the
NUMBER 97 to 105 Murradoc Road could soon become a housing location for a new bus depot. An application was lodged in late 2013 by McHarry’s Bus Lines for the planning of the site to be built in Drysdale. The proposed depot would support the buses
which service the major Drysdale stops on High St. The depot would also be able to house vehicles for the three McHarry’s routes from Drysdale Shopping Centre to Clifton Springs, Geelong to St Leonards and Ocean Grove. “A depot in Drysdale, being such a central location,
Glenda MacNaughton will exhibit at the glass festival. Treasures of Toho advanced beading contest. The passionate artist believes the festival has helped not only boost Drysdale, but her own business, Dax Bead Art. The festival has award opportunities for glass artists which includes wearable
glass art, nonwearable glass and photography. Mayor Darryn Lyons is officially opening the Glass Expo, as well as judging the photography category. For more information visit www.festivalofglass.net.au.
would also be ideal for both the current school and public routes,” McHarry’s manager David Doig said. Cheetham Ward Councilor Rod Macdonald has welcomed the application. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the application goes with council. I’m pleased about the potential business opportunities being sought after by McHarry’s through a depot being built in Drysdale,” Cr Macdonald said. "With Drysdale and the Bellarine’s growing population, we need to develop more business and employment opportunities and this is definitely an innovative idea currently being reviewed,” Cr Macdonald added. The amendment would make a number of changes to the planning controls in the Drysdale Town Centre. “Changes would include extending the Commercial 2 zoning along Murradoc Rd up to the proposed bypass alignment,” City of Greater Geelong Strategic Implementation Coordinator Peter Smith said.
Positive aspects of the proposed depot includes vehicles not having to travel as far to provide services to and from Drysdale. “Having a site which houses the buses in Drysdale means less ware on our roads, less fuel being used which in turn benefits our environment,” Mr Doig said. “The proposed depot has the potential to help provide McHarry’s with proper facilities which would in turn be able to provide additional services in the future,” he added. Currently, there are a number of depots housing buses at a number of locations including Geelong, Ocean Grove, Portarlington and Queenscliff. The planning application which has been lodged by McHarrys Bus Lines is currently on public exhibition until 24 February. The request is being exhibited alongside Planning Scheme Amendment C283 which implements the Drysdale Urban Design Framework. For more information visit the ‘Have Your Say’ section at: www.geelongaustralia.
Space for bus depot
: 75.3m 5.0m
Proposed Landscape Buffer
Proposed Bus Parking area (5,082.0m2)
Total Site Area 1.2149 Ha
Fuel + Wash Bay area (692.0m2)
Existing shed to be demolished
Two Storey House
Employee + Visitor Car Parking area (886.0m2)
Employee Amenities to be accomodated within existing building
10m wide crossover
Murradoc A3 SCALE 1:500 0
Low level landscaping area
Concept Plan - Indicative Bus Parking 10
Drysdale McHarrys Bus Depot
news in brief
Shops struck DRYSDALE businesses Get Smart and the $2 Shop were broken into in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A considerable amount of damage was made at both premises, with both of the front glass doors being smashed. “Luckily I don’t leave any money at the shop, however they did take around $400 worth of products,” hairdresser and Get Smart owner Louise said. If anyone has any information, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or 000.
THE Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association have been busy suggesting a range of community concepts submissions to the City of Greater Geelong. Submissions by the association include improved access to the Clifton Springs Foreshore, especially at the Dell and Beacon Point, enabling the creation of a Foreshore Walk. Another suggestion being put forward to council is a ceramic and glass ‘Welcome to Drysdale’ mural to showcase the town's history and future direction. The submissions come via council inviting community groups and individuals to submit proposals which have the ability to be considered within the Captial Works Budget. To read the DCSCA submissions, visit www.drycliftdays.blogspot. com.au.
Sustainable living EDIBLE gardens in Drysdale are being showcased on the Bellarine. On Sunday 9 February locals will have the opportunity to explore these picturesque vegetable gardens, for free, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. City of Greater Geelong Environment Councillor Andy Richards said the event will demonstrate that people can be more sustainable. For information visit www. geelongsustainability.org. au.
LEFT: Enjoying the atmosphere of Drysdale's Australia Day event.
Drysdale Fire Brigade took time out to meet the locals on Australia Day.
Drysdale and Clifton Spring Lions Clubs were both involved in the event.
AUSTRALIA Day Ambassador Bronwyn King addresses the audience at Drysdale.
IN THE SPIRIT: Glenn Richards.
AUSTRALIA Day Ambassador Alistair McCooke.
Australia Day Drysdale Drysdale celebrates national day in style
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY: The Smith, Lace and Dumbells families. DRYSDALE’S annual Australia Day celebrations at the Village Green were yet again a great success. Clifton Springs Lions Club organised the event with the support of local service clubs and volunteer
groups including the Girl Guides, Drysdale Seniors, Landcare Nursery, Portarlington Drysdale Lions Club, Drysdale Rotary, the CFA, Bellarine SES and the RAAF Cadets. Local Clifton Springs and
Drysdale Schools also contributed to the event. Drysdale was lucky enough to have two Australia Day ambassadors address the crowd, Cancer Radiation Oncology Specialist Dr Bronwyn King and local
Ocean Grove resident and former paramedic Alistair McCooke. “Alistair had a truly inspirational story and delivered a very memorable and poignant speech for the occasion,” Cheetham
Ward Councillor Rod Macdonald said. The Coryule Singers, Ampersand, SpringDale Dance Band and Ash Hamilton Band entertained visitors throughout day.
Craft club thrives ALMOST a decade ago the Drysdale Community Craft Club nearly fell to pieces when a number of committee members resigned, taking the books with them. The club faced an uncertain future, however the six remaining members believed it deserved, and needed, to stay with the group virtually rebuilding and starting again. Recently celebrating 31 years, the Craft Club calls the 130-year-old free library of Drysdale home. Not only does the club occupy a historic Drysdale landmark, having been built in 1887, the club too is just as well known. “We’re really the only craft club and store in the area – we have people as far as Melbourne bringing things down to show the store,”
secretary and treasurer Sue O’Shannassy from Portarlington said. The creative group is driven by local, determined volunteers who pride themselves on directing all profits back into the community, supporting local crafts and charities. The artistic hub is also known as an information center for Bellarine tourism, where every pamphlet, brochure and travel map can be found. “Being a part of the club really creates an outlet for us. We are unique to Drysdale and we are all very proud of what we have here,” assistant treasurer Cheryl Healy from Clifton Springs said. Solely run by local volunteers on a rotation, the current 28 members are always open and happy to welcome newcomers. “The only criteria we
Council budget Thank you to those groups and individuals who participated in the budget information sessions in December and submitted community concepts for consideration. Across the municipality, 207 projects were identified and work will now commence to assess them as part of the overall budget process. A draft budget will be released for public comment in
late April and adopted by Council in mid-June. A full list of Community Concept submissions can be viewed on the Council website at www. geelongaustralia.com.au. Follow the link on the front page. Drysdale/Clifton Springs road works – renewal program There have been a significant number of streets in the asphalt and resealing
CRAFT PRIDE: Sue O'Shannassy, Cheryl Healy and Lyn Nurnaitis. really ask for is that you can bring something new to the club, something that no one else is doing,” member Lyn Nurnaitis from Ocean Grove said.
Lyn, for example, used to specialise in patchwork. She has now moved on to bright, colourful windsocks, which she is well known for. “Creating craft is really
a snowballing effect, once you finish something you want to move onto the next project,” Lyn added. For more information phone the club: 5251 1605.
program this financial year, with a number of projects scheduled for completion. Improvements to the open drain in Sproat St are included in this program. The remaining streets in the resealing program include: Anembo Crt, Elanora Way, Tawarri Ave, Ningana Crt, Maraboora Ave, Carapooka Ave and Goondiwindi Ave. Bahloo St is programmed for an asphalt overlay in the new financial year.
Councillor Community Grants Applications are open for the Councillor Community Grants Program. Throughout Greater Geelong hundreds of community groups have been assisted to expand and develop their activities through this program. The grants are designed to assist groups with the purchase of capital items or activities to promote events
and to increase community participation. The details for eligibility for a grant and an online application form are located on the council web site. Click 'C' at the bottom of the home page and look for Community Grants, and follow the links. Cr Rod Macdonald Councillor for Cheetham Ward, City of Greater Geelong
Councillor thanks local community
Local band's time to shine Audemia band members Jake Camilleri, David Lauritsen and Tony Calleja.
Tony Calleja and Pearl Jam Drummer Matt Cameron backstage (above); Tony and MTV Host Kate Peck (above left); Tony with a signed guitar from The Deftones guitarist Steph Carpenter (left).
CLIFTON SPRINGS band Audemia has had a whirlwind fortnight. Locals David Lauritsen, John Downey, Tony Calleja and Jacob Camilleri performed at the Big Day Out music festival last Friday. “The Big Day Out was a great chance for us to get a taste of what lies ahead for Audemia if we keep working hard,” band member and Clifton Springs local Tony Calleja said. The day before the festival, Audemia had the chance to play alongside celebrity musicians at the Rock n Ride gig in Geelong. The band got to hang out backstage in the artist
compound with some great musicians as well as being able to shake the hand of Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron. “It was great for me to have the opportunity to meet some of my musical influences and simply thank them for the inspiration. It was a great day,” Tony added. The band was given the gig of a lifetime after winning the Headspace Triple M music competition in December last year. “We will never forget the Triple M Music Jury and Triple M, Headspace, The Big Day Out and everyone else that has made this amazing opportunity possible for us,” Tony said.
Club's name change hope DRYSDALE Soccer Club remains hopeful its name change will continue to enhance its soccer profile in the wider Geelong region. The club, formerly known as the Springdale Soccer Club, changed its name to Drysdale last year. Club spokesperson Geoff Briggs expects the Drysdale name to benefit its identity in the community. “The club changed its name from Springdale to Drysdale in 2013. We found that people from outside the Drysdale/Clifton Springs community didn't understand where we were from,” Briggs said. “We wanted to fly the
flag more effectively for our community.” In 2014, Drysdale will field a womens' soccer team that will play against neighbouring sides on the Bellarine, including Surfside Waves (Ocean Grove), Bellarine Sharks (St Leonards) and Barwon Heads. The club currently has around 11 experienced players training. Any interested women who wish to play at Drysdale in 2014, can contact coach Steven D'Acunto on 0448-419 188 for further information. Drysdale will field up to three senior mens' teams and several junior teams for boys and girls in 2014. The new season is expected to start in April.
BIG SEASON AHEAD: Back row: Christine Cuff, Bridget Wallace, Steven D'Acunto (coach). Front row: Indiah Van Galen, Cath Sattler, Mikki Clarke-Adams. Other players not pictured: Emma Riley and Sarah Drew.
SWEATING IT OUT: Drysdale footballers were put through their paces at Eastern Gardens in Geelong last Wednesday. The Hawks are aiming to go one better than their 2013 runner-up performance.
Coach welcomes tough pre-season Coming and going... DRYSDALE’S 2014 LIST CHANGES ARRIVALS: Paul Davis (Melton), Daniel Gage (Otway) DEPARTURES: Luke Matthews (retired), Shaun Wells (Forrest), Andrew White (Forrest), Bodie Malone (travelling overseas)
DRYSDALE coach John Fitzgerald insists that his club's pre-season form is important as the Hawks prepare for the Bellarine Football League season. Last season’s BFL grand finalists will play the first of three competitive preseason practice games next month with an away trip against Colac District Football League Club Camperdown on Sunday March 9. The Hawks play two other practice matches against 2013 Ballarat Football League premiers N o r t h Ballarat City at h o m e (March 15) and Geelong Football League– based club St Albans on March 23. The Hawks, who will have the weekend off before the BFL season starts, face last season's premiers Queenscliff in round one on Saturday April 5. “I like having to play good quality opposition and having pretty hard games coming into the season is certainly worthwhile,” Fitzgerald said. “We have got a tough practice match schedule – we are playing three
major league teams in three weeks. “We have Queenscliff first up (in round one) and we are going to have to be ready to go.” Fitzgerald said the Hawks’ main goal is to play finals in 2014 after a second-placed finish last season. Drysdale tasted success over eventual premiers Queenscliff in last season’s second-semi final before going down to the Coutas by 53 points, who have won the last three BFL flags. “Your aim is to play finals and (finish) top three preferably,” he said. “As we proved last year, anything can happen…once you get there you are a chance and that’s what we would be hoping after finishing second last year and holding our list together pretty well. “We would be pretty disappointed if we weren’t playing finals this year.” MEANWHILE the Hawks hit the track last week and over the month of January after their Christmas and New Year break. Drysdale will continue to train three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to complete their pre-season schedule.
"As we proved last year, anything can happen..." John Fitzgerald
HARD WORK: Drysdale footballers do the hard yards during a pre-season training session at Geelong's Eastern Garden's last week.
LUSTY SWING: gun Drysdale opener Kane Taylor smacks a ball to the legside while Portarlington's Adam McGrath waits for a mistake in the slips cordon. Taylor and Jason Malcolm added 62 for the opening partnership in yet another show of strength by the consistent pair. Taylor made 34, but the Hawks failed to capitalise on the solid start and crashed for 146, but Port was on the ropes at stumps on day one at 6/75 in the annual twilight game. Drysdale went on to win by 10 runs on Saturday. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY
Hawks falter, then recover to win thriller grudge match against Port
Hawks still undefeated MARK HEENAN
DRYSDALE’s flawless Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A grade season has continued following a hard-fought win against neighbouring rivals Portarlington on Saturday. The Hawks, who are undefeated after nine rounds, secured a 10-run win over a competitive Portarlington outfit in a low scoring two-day clash at Drysdale. Drysdale and Portarlington both shared honours on day one, wickets tumbled at a rapid rate in fact 16 wickets were lost in total. Winning the toss and batting Drysdale were dismissed cheaply for 146 from 40.2 overs, its second lowest team total score in 2013/14. Gun Portarlington allrounder Paul McGrath ripped through the Hawks’ batting line-up and claimed his season’s best figures of 8/16 from 12.2 overs which included eight maidens. Portarlington, which resumed at 6/75 on day two, faced an uphill battle as Drysdale made early inroads on the visitors’ batting tail and were left at 9/115 at one stage. The match reached a thrilling climax as Dean Gray, 21 not out, and Devlin Foot, three, shared in a critical 21-run 10th-wicket partnership stand as Portarlington had almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the Jason Malcolm made 26 in an opening partnership of 62 with Kane Taylor.
season. Portarlington was eventually bowled out for 136 off 51.4 overs. Hawk bowler Cameron Clayton was the main star with his figures of 4/50 from 18.3 overs. The Hawks will face Jan Juc this Saturday in a two-day clash at Drysdale Recreation Reserve. IN B grade, Drysdale cruised to a comfortable 111-run victory over Portarlington in its twoday game at Ron Evans Oval in Portarlington. Batting first, the Hawks piled on the runs on day one and finished at 7/265 from 75 overs. In reply, Portarlington was dismissed for 154 from 53.1 overs. PORTARLINGTON claimed a thrilling onewicket win against Drysdale in its C grade game at St Thomas Catholic Primary School in Drysdale. Drysdale compiled 9/181 from its 60 overs, and in reply the visitors were eventually bowled out for 186 from 55.1 overs. IN D grade, Anglesea claimed a 132-run victory over Drysdale in its oneday clash at Anglesea on Saturday. Batting first, the home side compiled a competitive score of 5/224 from its 40 overs with Anglesea opener Brent Hager the main star with unbeaten 102. In reply, Drysdale was bowled out for only 92 in 32 overs.
Annual twilight match against Port ends in 10-run thriller
Brendan Arnott is free of weekend work commitments and can now devote his time to cricket. Previously he could only play in the Hawks' D grade side every fortnight. The big all-rounder is a handy acquisition to Drysdale's A grade team.
Brett Harding made 31 for the Hawks against Portarlignton.
Footy training in full swing
Hawks leader Shane Cutajar (pictured) says Drysdale Recreation Reserve is the best in the comp and the A grade final must be played there despite a probable home-ground advantage.
MARK HEENAN LADDER leader Drysdale has urged the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association to consider using its home ground as the venue for this season’s A grade final. Drysdale Cricket Club coach Shane Cutajar believes the immaculate playing conditions and great facilities at the Hawks’ nest were far superior to any other BPCA club in the region. First-placed Drysdale has earned the right to host a home A grade semifinal starting on March 8. “The condition that our ground is in we would
like to think we are an extremely high potential for getting maybe even the A grade grand final at our ground,” Cutajar told the Voice. “I think you look at our results over the course of the season, both our scores and the opposition’s scores have been high at our ground. “It is a very high scoring ground, it is in fantastic condition and as far as I am concerned it is the best ground in the competition by a country mile. “I think it should be seriously considered for the A grade (Grand) final anyway.” The Portarlington-
based Ron Evans Oval has hosted the last three A grade finals. The last time Drysdale Recreation Reserve played host to the BPCA A grade final was the season decider between Queenscliff and Collendina in 2009/10, where the Cobras won by 145 runs. "Going by the results if the league wants to have a good high scoring grand final which always makes people pretty happy (so) they would have to look pretty seriously at our ground," Cutajar said. This season’s A grade final will be played on Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16.
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