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February 11-24, 2009

An Independent Voice for Ocean Grove

BACK FROM HELL Grove CFA saves homes and businesses in the state’s worst ever bushfire tragedy Page 3.


Ocean Grove man among more than 100 victims

AN Ocean Grove man is among more than 100 victims of the Victoria bushfires. Danny Shepherd, married to Bree and a keen surfer, is believed to have travelled to Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads crew members the Kinglake region to try and help his family return after a night fighting fires in Bunyip. during the horrific fires sweeping the state. Mr Shepherd who is believed to be in his 30s was a gym instructor, lifeguard and aquatics centre manager at Leisure Link in CALLING all Ocean Grove citizens...There together and help our fellow Victorians. are people in this state that need your help. The Ocean Grove Voice along with many Belmont . City of Greater Geelong councillors, officers With more than 700 homes destroyed businesses and sporting organizations and countless lives lost over the weekend are joining forces to raise money and help and staff said they were “deeply saddened” by now is the time for this community to bind clothe the victims. See page 2 the loss.


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Grove firefighters did their bit to help the victims now it’s up to the rest of us

THOUSANDS of folk in Victoria need your help. Fire has ravaged parts of the state with over 700 homes destroyed and countless lives lost over the weekend. It is now time for this community to bind together and help our fellow Victorians. The Ocean Grove Voice along with many businesses and sporting organizations are joining forces to raise money and help clothe the victims. If you would like to donate clothing, blankets, or towels, please do so by dropping them off to our local Salvation Army Op-Shop in Marine Parade, Ocean Grove. Businesses are also invited to join the cause. Some have already jumped on board with some healthy donations including: - Ocean Grove Pizza and Pasta and House of Nails - $500 donation - Home Hardware - $500 donation - Bakers Delight, 50 cents from every traditional loaf sold starting from Thurs 12 - Thurs 26 Feb - The Olive Pit, 50 cents from every cup of coffee sold, starting Mon 9 - Fri 13 Feb

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- Beachside Blooms Florist, $2 from every bunch of flowers sold, starting Mon 9 – Sat 21 Feb - Club Grove, 20 cents from every beverage sold, (alcoholic, soft drinks, coffees) starting Mon 9 - Sun 22 Feb - The Zebra Bar, $1 from every meal sold, starting Mon 9 Feb – Sun Mar 1 Sounds like a great excuse to get your group together and go out for a meal or a drink, or buy your loved ones some flowers, and don’t forget to take home the bread! These are just a few businesses, but we would love more! So please get on board and donate anything that you can. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, through its Community Enterprise Foundation, has launched a Bushfire Appeal. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible and can be made online or at the Ocean Grove branch. Our wildlife is also suffering and Wildlife Victoria are in desperate need of donations. You can donate online at their website


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Suburbs not immune Ocean Grove’s Matt Walker at the scene of the fires, and the second strike team returns to base. TWO Ocean Grove strike teams went to fight the fires and protect properties in Bunyip over the weekend. With the scale of the tragedy still unfolding as the Voice went to press on Monday 111 units were still tackling a fire in Kilmore East, 55 were at Murmungee, 67 were at Murrindindi, 41 were at Maiden Gully and 18 were at Redesdale the horrific situation was far from over. However, by Sunday evening both Grove strike teams were safely back home having played their part in battling the worst bushfires in Australian history. Ocean Grove’s role began along with all Region 7 stations being manned for what was always predicted as a nightmare day. At about 1.30pm on Saturday the call went out and by 2pm five Grove crew members along with colleagues from Barwon Heads were on the Queenscliff ferry on their way to assist colleagues. The first team of five Grove team members on

board Grove’s newest tanker were Wayne Noble, Matt Fisher, Matt Walker, Martin Geerings and Susie Thatcher. Three crews were also called out to a burning extractor fan on the roof of Market Place Shopping Centre on Saturday afternoon. The first strike team was highly successful in asset protection, saving a house, farm buildings and even a goat that was circled by flames. That team was relieved on Sunday morning by a second Grove strike team that was Matt Matthews, Graham Ferguson, Jason Greenwood, John Koronui and Sarah Goette. That team left Ocean Grove at 4am on Sunday and returned to the Shell Road base at about 9pm. THE key message Ocean Grove CFA would like to get out is that residents of our town must have a fire plan. The incidents in the last week have shown that suburban areas are not immune to this sort of tragedy. For more information see

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Flight of fantasy

By Alan Barber

“YE, I’ll go. Could get some great photos of the beach and the Grove.” A phone call later. “No problem Alan. When do you want to go up?”, asked Peter. “How about Saturday 9am?” I boldly suggested. “Sure,” replied Peter. “Meet me at the hangers at Barwon Heads Airport at 9am.””Done”. Oh heck … what had I done. Now, to put this in perspective, the author of this article isn’t a coward, he’s just not a danger junky. Surfing good, bungee jumping bad. Get it? How on earth did I get myself in this situation? Trouble is - the other side of me just has to get the photos. I’m a photographer and – for good or for worse - the picture comes first. Then there was another factor. That was the extraordinarily reassuring manner of instructor Peter Pendergast. Peter not only got me through it but gave me the chance to experience some of the most sensational views imaginable. Our flight was surreal, calm, stunning, comfortable, controlled and beautiful. It went something like this. We taxied down the side of the runway and waited patiently for a ‘real’ aeroplane to land.

Is that you? Dateline: Ocean Grove Main Beach line up 09.50, Saturday January 31. With headsets and microphones Peter is communicating with you all time. As this was a trial flying lesson Peter was talking me through the procedures he was carrying out, detailing what to expect throughout take off, flying, turning and landing. Understanding what’s going on is a great help. We headed straight out to the coast, flying well above the sewage plant and the single windmill before turning slowly to follow along 13th Beach. It was a disappointment not to see it on a

good surf day but we cruised over surfers at Boings, the clubhouse and Beacon before banking around at over the end of the Bluff. That first hard turn was probably the first time I felt a little indifferent but you soon realise you’re strapped in and you’re not going anywhere. We can see the bridge but we continue along the spit, over RAAFs and along the beach to the clubhouse and the Dunes where multicoloured surfboards make an interesting photo speckled over the clear turquoise ocean.

5 By now I’m a lot braver and I willingly accept Peter’s suggestion that we do a u-turn and come back along the beach for another shot. As long as I’m taking photos I’m happy and not thinking too much about it my circumstances. There again I wouldn’t have been comfortable taking the photos if I wasn’t 100 per cent confident in Peter. As we swing around the back of Kingston Park we get a good view of where Ocean Grove is heading. Kingston Park and the planned growth area will certainly put the town’s footprint out a lot further. That said, at this height you really notice how green the town remains - a Grove bordered by an Ocean. The Nature Reserve is substantial. Continuing over paddocks towards Connewarre and we do one final sweep near the golf course. The greens look good but the fairways are parched. We start heading back to Barwon Heads via the meandering Barwon River. By now Peter has made contact with traffic control We bank around a rectangle shape to line up for landing. Peter brings the Autogyro in slowly, steadily, and without even a jolt. We were virtually at walking pace by the time all the wheels are on the ground. Great thrill yes, but more of a magic carpet ride than a rollacoaster. Peter Pendergast runs Southern Auto Gyro from Barwon Heads Airport. Pictured right, above, the Voice’s Alan Barber looks out on Ocean Grove Main Beach., and below, pilot Peter Pendergast and the Autogyro.

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Traders urge festival move OCEAN Grove Business Association has pledged its support for future Ocean Grove Summer Festivals – on condition they are held in February and possibly on a Sunday. The view was raised among a number of Business Association members who say that the festival has been held at a time when trade is already heavy in the town and staging it during

the busiest time of the year was actually detrimental to the trade of some retailers. President Paul Drake said: “My personal view is it’s a great event, but it is a timing issue.” There was also discussion about whether the festival would be better suited to Ocean Grove Park, although Mr Drake said he was happy that the festival added vibrancy to the street.

Power blackouts in Grove OCEAN Grove and the Geelong region were hit by a spate of power cuts last week, this time the culprit was the local effect of dusty and drizzle rather than the Melbourne grid overheating. Grove CFA had dealt with five pole fires in the two days up to Tuesday last week. The most serious blackouts happened on Monday night and Tuesday morning. The one on Monday night happened at about 6.20pm when a build up of dust and salt that followed the hot weather conspired with drizzly rain to cause a small fire at the top of an Eggleston Street power pole, said Powercor spokesman Damien Batey.

Ocean Grove firefighters and Powercor were called to the scene and dealt with the immediate fire danger. By 8pm Powercor workers isolated the problem power pole and electricity was restored accross most of the town. Mr Batey said that in all 3,827 customers had been effected and that at 9.15pm a further 317 were still cut off. Mr Batey said the drizzly weather had offered ideal ’pole fire conditions’. They were also called to a more serious pole fire in Sweetman Parade on Tuesday morning. The pole was so badly damaged Powercor were forced to replace it.

a day in the life - alex o’halloran


Coastal convert MY name is Alex O’Halloran. I grew up in Mt. Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula and went to school at Mt. Eliza Secondary College. I have always had a love for cartooning and Derwent pencils, pantone Textas, Walt Disney and painting. No formal training, but I come from a family of artists. I also have a deep love of animals, especially dogs. A lot of my classroom hours were spent doodling and not paying attention, as I preferred to be in the art department compared to the other compulsory subjects. After leaving school I worked for Sportsgirl as an assistant buyer for their shoes and dress department, but was desperate to travel. I back packed for two years basing myself in London, travelling extensively throughout the Middle East, then living in a Kombi van with 3 others for 5 months through Europe and then plonked myself on a Greek Island for 6 months before I headed home. On returning, I moved back to the city and started painting, selling my art to numerous stores in Melbourne, but soon tired of a home office and working on my own. I returned to work landing a job in TV and radio production which, without a doubt, was a big highlight in my life. I met some great characters from the TV world, one who still remains one of my dearest friends. In my spare time I also worked in an architect’s office where I assisted clients in finishes for their homes. Interior decoration is another huge passion. Quite unexpectedly in 2001, I moved to Barwon Heads. It was a shock at first, as I missed the city and my friends, but I fell in love with the laid back life of the coast and, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing now. In 2003 I moved over to Ocean Grove. My first memory of Ocean Grove was holidaying at Barwon Heads caravan park and riding the waves at Ocean Groves’ surf beach on a canvas surf mat. The best thing about Ocean Grove is the fabu-

Artist Alex O’Halloran lous open space of beach, its proximity to Melbourne and its casualness. Buildings like the old ‘Coffee Palace’ and old holiday beach cottages are missing. If I was Mayor of Ocean Grove I would turn the shops around to face the ocean, I’d give the whole streetscape and shops a face lift because the current architecture is horribly ugly. I’d try to give the Ocean Grove town centre a soul! In 2006 my sister Danielle Fraser and I opened up Moss Industry Florist in Barwon Heads. I get an incredible amount of satisfaction from the store as it gives me the opportunity to express my creative side with buying of giftware and the visual display of our windows. I can also exhibit and sell my art. My passion away from work is travelling with my husband John, painting, a love for animals, op-shopping, poring over the latest mags, and photography. I never go anywhere without my camera in my bag. I’m always trying to capture the “golden hour”. Having Moss Industry florist never allows me enough time to do these things or to catch up

with my girlfriends from Melbourne, but I always find the time for my husband John and of course my magazines. If I’m honest, a lot of my spare time is wasted putting away the ridiculous amount of clothes I own. That’s something I wouldn’t admit to my Mum! I’m known for having unusual taste. If something is in fashion – well it’s immediately out in my book. I have an obsession with op-shops, garage sales and going to the tip. It’s the thrill of the unknown find that excites me. Sometimes I think I need therapy to stop, but it is my therapy..... I met my husband John O’Halloran nearly 4 years ago, marrying in Noosa at my Dad’s property last year. Definitely the happiest day of my life. If I wasn’t in Ocean Grove, I’d like to be footloose backpacking the world again, only this time with my husband John and get stuck for another 6 months on Santorini in the Greek Islands to take up where I left off in 1991. Perfect weather with sunshine everyday and it’s cheap, cheap, cheap!


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Patrick Hughes and Glenda MacNaughton. SHOPPERS file in from 9am, but for some the day starts up to five hours earlier. At least one trader who travels from the other side of the bay starts setting up at 4am in anticipation of the month’s market. Pina Di Cecco travels from Eltham to sell her kitchenware at the market. It’s Phil Edwards’s first year as Rotary’s market co-ordinator. He gets started about 6am and like everyone else on the 15-strong roster, his day ends about nine hours later. For the February market Phil expects about 85 stalls. It’s a good turn out. Shopper numbers are best for the January and Easter Monday markets, but that said there are still about 800 cars through the gates for each of the other markets. “It goes fairly smoothly,” he said. “Most of the traders are regulars and arrive on time and set up pretty quickly.” It’s always free entry to the markets but recently Ocean Grove Rotary has started a gold coin donation on the gate. In January that raised $1000 for the Amy Gillett Fund. In February the recipient will be the Neighbourhood House and in Easter it’s the Surf Club.

Early riser Pina Di Cecco. The market generates about 40 per cent of the club’s income - so it’s vitally important income that goes towards helping the local community. Just as well the machine is so well organised and manned by the local Rotary team. “Makes you much more sympathetic to the parkers at the MCG,” said Geoff Chandler who was on car park duty with fellow Rotarians Colin Brown and Geoff Brentnall in February.

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The new memorial at Ocean Grove Bowling Club is thanks to Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads Lions Club. Pictured right are RSL member Ron Johnson, David Gilroy and Reg Guest.

OCEAN Grove RSL’s move to Ocean Grove Bowling Club is now marked by a fitting monument at its entrance. The new RSL moment has been made possible by the Lions Club of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and in particular Lion Ed Corless. RSL secretary David Gilroy said the new monument would not replace the community cenotaph in the town centre but it is possible that memorial services could be held there. In time the RSL intends to inscribe the names of the Bellarine’s fallen service personnel, but only after substantial research has been carried out to ensure no names are left out. The monument was built by Bartlett Brothers of Geelong and Colac.

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Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 7.30pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Enquiries - Marg Wylie 5256 2550 Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7.30pm - 9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove Ph.52551641.

First Monday of every month Ocean Grove Ladies Probus, 10am: Ocean Grove Golf Club. Contact Thelma Evans on 5255 1806. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm: Bellarine Secondary College. Contact Tony on 0409 545929.

Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL. 2.30pm at Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club. 1.30pm: St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper Street. Enquiries, pls contact June McLellan on 5255 1399

Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10.30am to 12..30pm: Surfside Centre, inquiries 5255 5515. Friendship is our theme.

Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club,10am-12 noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph.52551641. Bellarine T.O.W.N, 6pm: Uniting Church Hall, cnr Eggleston Street and The Parade. Contact Glenda 5255 5463.

First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus. 10am-12noon at the Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers., make friends. Visitors

welcome. For details please contact Geoff on 5255 4355. Second Wednesday of every month Parkinson’s Self Help Support Group, 1.30pm: Grove Centre (next to library), Presidents Ave. For details contact Pam on 5255 5152 Third Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove on Barwon Probus Club, 9.45am, St Peter’s Ch Hall.

Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Angling Club. 7.30pm: Minerva Close sporting oval club house. Contact: Jason Bowers 0418 737 808

Last Wednesday of every month Cancer Support Group, 10am, Community Health Centre. Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Stamp Club, 10am: Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. For more details contact Dianne on 5255 1372.

Thursdays Tai Chi - 6.30 pm. Uniting Church Hall, The Parade. All welcome. Christine McKay 5255 1948/0417 508 857. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am-12 noon(adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph. 52551641.

First Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Nightlights CWA, 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, visitors welcome. Enquiries Faye 5255 4430.

Fridays Uniting Church Outreach Coffee Morning, 10.30am, Hibiscus Cafe.

Fourth Friday of every month Ocean Grove 4 Villages Mixed Probus Club, 10.30am, the Surfside Centre. Meet new friends, visitors welcome. Call 5256 2037

Site “will be Target or Aldi” ALDI is a potential tenant of the currently idle ‘Target’ site, the construction firm Dzine has confirmed. As reported in the last edition of the Voice the delay in building Ocean Plaza on the corner of Presidents Avenue and the Parade had heightened speculation about whether Target would be patient or another retailer would move in. According to a spokesman for Dzine - who categorically affirmed that it would finish the project – Target is still the number one client but Aldi has been in touch and has shown an interest. The spokesman said that Aldi had gone as far as to ask to do drawings. Currently Dzine is in the Supreme Court attempting to secure 100 per cent ownership of the project from the previous owner the Marxx Property Group. In the last week Aldi has also confirmed that the site was “in the mix” with regards to its intentions to open a store in the town. The spokesman for Dzine told the Voice: “We still haven’t settled. We were in the Supreme Court today with the previous vendor trying to achieve our goals of acquiring 100 per cent ownership of the site. “We don’t know for fact whether it will be Target or Aldi.

“DZINE Group will be finishing the project and it will be a retail shop. It could well still be Target providing they’re still there and on board etc. But if they’re not it could well be an Aldi store. Either way it’s going to be one of them. “We haven’t shut the door on Aldi and we haven’t shut the door on Target. The spokesman said the company had also received offers of interest from agents representing buyers.

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ummer Fun Ok we all like to get away for a holiday but Ocean Grove and the surrounds are up with the best when it comes to summer activities. Here’s the perfect day. Wake up early and head over to Barwon Heads and take a spectacular coastline ight with Peter Pendergast at Southern Auto Gyro. After that breathtaking treat you’ll have worked up a good appetite so why not treat yourself to lunch at Kalamata at the Lighthouse Olive Grove. The afternoon offers something completely different, a trip out to North Geelong and some family fun at the Geelong NAS Karts. Still got some energy left? Or do you have a young teenager looking to learn something new? How about drum school. Scott McCutcheon runs Fishpond Drum School back across the bridge in Barwon Heads. See, there’s plenty do if you look for it.

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Bid for Tuckfield traffic lights OCEAN Grove could be in line to get its second set of traffic lights if State Government funding gets approved. Lights are being proposed for the junction of Tuckfield Avenue and Marlin Drive and would also include a pedestrian crossing. The intersection was one of five major issues raised by the traffic forum organised by Ocean Grove Community Association 18 months ago. VicRoads have prepared a detailed drawing with slip lanes turning in to Marlin Drive. The project has not yet been budgeted for and

would cost approximately $700,000. A second option is also being considered that would feature just slip lanes and no lights, again costing in the region of $500,000. Under the lights plan the school crossing would go, with the lollypop person using the lights to help youngsters cross safely. Community Association president Michael Harbour said the junctions was now “in their system� but not yet budgeted. Comments?



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Ocean Grove’s new Bellarine Aquatic Centre is also the home of a new tourist information collection. Visitors arriving in the town will now be able to pick up an armload of maps, accommodation brochures and activity leaflets from the foyer of the new centre. The initiative was promoted by Ocean Grove Business Association. Pictured is local Bellarine Aquatic Centre staff member Sharon Kirkwood with some of the goodies available.

Stamp fair next month

OCEAN Grove Stamp Club is holding its 5th Annual Stamp Fair on Saturday March 7 in the clubrooms of the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall. Members of the club will be offering Australian and worldwide stamps, postcards and other philatelic material at reasonable prices. There will be 3 dealers in attendance with a great range of material. The dealers will also be available for valuation and buying. Doors open from 10am to 3pm at the hall at101 The Terrace Ocean Grove.

Entry is by gold coin donation with door prizes. Juniors under 12 free with parental supervision. All children will receive a “showbag”, containing philatelic material. Light refreshments will also be on sale. If you are unable to come to the Fair, but would like to be part of an enthusiastic stamps club, then join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10am at the same address. Membership is $5 per year. Philatelists of all kinds are welcome and more information may be obtained from the Secretary Dianne on 5255 1372.


Ten year workout

OCEAN View Health Club is celebrating ten years under the ownership of Mark and Louise Rapa. Mark, a competitive power-lifter turned surfer, soccer player and Surfside Waves president, first got into the gym game as an 18 year old looking after a bodybuilder’s gym. “It was mainly males, mainly bodybuilders, there were no aerobics,” he explained. “It was very basic. We were the only gym for 20 kilometres. Now in that area there are five or six big gyms.” Mark took one of the first fitness leader’s courses before leaving Australia in 1986 to travel to Europe and America for six months. He returned and started his Bachelor of Education degree at Footscray Institute of Technology, graduating in 1990. Mark did just a year of emergency teaching before he was lured back into working in gyms. “Then the guy at the gym I was working at made me an offer to be involved in the business. It was a good offer so I ended up taking it. That’s when Mark got more involved in bodybuilding, and even started promoting bodybuilding shows, training a junior Mr Australia along the way. “I competed myself twice as a bodybuilder. Too much hard work, too much dieting,” he said. “Then I was managing the fitness area of quite a large aquatic centre in Melton. I was there for three years when I got the bug to come down the

Mark Rapa coast. I just pulled up in my driveway one day, I was living in the suburbs, and I thought that was it I’d had enough. I’d been surfing for a number of years, loved being down the coast, and my goal had always been to move down here. I went inside and said to Louise I want to go down the beach, I want to live there.” Louise quickly landed a job with Surf Coast as a children’s family day care officer while Mark found himself phoning the Surfside Centre looking for casual work. “I was only looking for casual work and she (a woman at Surfside) said there wasn’t any casual work but that there was a gym for sale in town. To cut a long story short I bought it.” That was Beach Bods (previously Poseidon), and now Ocean View Health Club. “I took over on 24 December, Christmas Eve, 1998. (At the time) they didn’t have a weight training approach. We brought in equipment and we brought in a weight training program for women. “In saying that at the time the industry was just on the verge of growth. I was probably to some

degree lucky in that I got in at the right time but also I brought a fair bit of expertise and experience with me and I was lucky I had a really good team around me, Louise and really good staff that have been here for years. “Also the people in Ocean Grove are easy to work with too. They are quite receptive to what we offer them. I’ve worked in big gyms, but this is no frills, very social, very community-minded, no pressure when you’re here. It’s got a good feel about it. It’s small enough not to lose people in it.” Satisfaction-wise Mark says he likes to see people “get results”. As well as introducing a range of programs at the gym staff have also been involved in research projects with Universities such as Deakin.


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other reptiles, are cold blooded, so they are often seen on rocks or logs warming themselves in the sun. The female skink lays about 6 eggs at any one time, and often eggs are laid in a communal nest where up to 250 eggs are laid by many different female skinks. Skinks can fall prey to foxes, possums, snakes, crows, kookaburra’s, cats, dogs, and hawks This skink was having a swim in my backyard dog water bowl. I saved it from the dogs and it ran away under a rock. By Jenny Carr


SHAKESPEARE came to Oakdene’s vineyards on Sunday, with mostly locals making up an audience of more than 360. The cool breeze and a sunny but mild evening were in extreme contrast with the weather 24 hours before. The cast of the Midsummer Night’s Dream

also did well to make the show at Oakdene, after being caught in Gippsland the night before. But the almost autumnal feel, the grassy stage, the straw bale walls, and the setting sun, provided the perfect backdrop for the bard’s classic.


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Purple Duck team: Jodie Ling, Garry Norris and Lynne Donohue.

Garden setting LYNNE Donohue is the new owner of The Purple Duck Restaurant, a licensed restaurant and cafe situated on a couple of acres of gardens in Wallington. “I have been managing the restaurant under the previous owner for about one-and-a-half years but have only purchased the restaurant in the past month,” said Lynne. “All the staff are family or locals. My daughter and son work at the restaurant, my daughter’s boyfriend is the apprentice chef. Our Chef Garry Norris owned and operated Pepper Jacks in Winchelsea. We also employ his nephew as our other apprentice chef and seven part time waitresses who are all local people.” Lynne has been involved in hospitality for over 30 years, either as a dishwasher, waitress, kitchen hand or bookkeeper. She is also a teacher and teaches accounting part time, as well as running a small bookkeeping business. “I moved to the Bellarine eight years ago after spending 21 years in Perth,” Lynne explained, “but was originally from Jacana in Melbourne where I grew up. When I moved back to Victoria, I wanted to be near the beach and in the country, so the Bellarine was the perfect place.” Lynne says she bought an already

existing business in the Ocean Grove area because I could see the potential of the restaurant to provide a venue “like no other on the Bellarine. “We have casual dining for breakfast and lunch, a-la-carte in the evening; you can sit inside in our comfortable and interesting restaurant, sit in the garden room overlooking the pond or sit outside and enjoy the country like surroundings. “We are only 10 minutes from all the major shopping centres on the Bellarine and have parking for 40 cars so there are never any hassles parking. “Business is very good at the moment and improving all the time, especially since word is getting out about how good our food is. “We are doing little things to improve the restaurant – we have had new heating and cooling installed, work has started on the gardens, we are installing herb and veggie gardens, lemon, fig and lime trees, extending the bar and creating a courtyard where we will be able to have acoustic music on a Sunday afternoon. “We look forward to seeing you at our restaurant, and remember to book so that we can make your dining experience that little bit better.”

Talking Italian NEW restaurant owner Hamish Hames aims to bring a bit of Carlton to Ocean Grove – with his new Bolzano – Cucino Italian restaurant. I am a chef with 13 years experience in the industry. Hamish, who grew up in Ocean Grove and moved away at 19 to travel and eventually work in Melbourne, has a fascination with Italian cuisine – developed through a very interesting few years at the likes of Café Distasio in St. Kilda and Universita Cafe in Lygon Street. “It was during this time I developed a deeper understanding of both high end and mid range, regional Italian cooking,” he said, “usually from people who would scare Gordon Ramsay and more than occasionally from someone’s grandmother or mother, who is still there rolling out damn fine pasta and bulk sauces, well beyond retirement age, commanding the humble respect of the same bunch of lunatics I mentioned earlier. “My previous job was head chef at the Elephant and Castle Hotel in Geelong, I enjoyed this place very much and was sad to move on. “ Hamish is opening Bolzano – Cucino this month at the newly renovated shop – formerly

Hamish Hames. 13 Steps - upstairs at the south end of The Terrace. “This is a culmination of everything I love about this type of food, the use of fresh local produce in a simple, traditional, fashion. “I think Grove and surrounding areas are lacking good, affordable, mid range eateries with a strong identity, plenty of choice for everyone, that are open consistent hours all year round. “Having a business in Ocean Grove will have other benefits also, like probably running into


people I haven’t seen for years, more entertaining than facebook that’s for sure.” Hamish also hopes to get approval to serve food and drinks on the new timber bench outside on the balcony. Away from the job Hamish’s passions revolve around his wife Roz and four year old son Quinlan, Jack Russell named Piper and a brand new, ‘psychotic Somali kitten’. “It is very nice to be back home doing what I love.”


what’s ON Oakdene – Jazz in the Vineyards with Hot Club Swing 3pm–6pm: The Zebra Bar – Live music with Steve McEwan. Resident local artist. 3pm–6pm: Bar Deli – Live music with Andy Rice Monday February 23 6.30pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night. 7pm–8.30pm: Line Dancing at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Elaine 0413 690 597 Tuesday February 24 6.30pm: Mental Illness Community Forum, The Wave, Lake Avenue, Ocean Grove. Supper provided, admission free. Keynote speakers Dr Anne Ward, Peter Brocklehurst and Pamela McIntosh. Organised by the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove and Barwon Health. Wednesday February 25 1pm–3pm: Line Dancing at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Elaine 0413 690 597 5.50pm: Pub to Pub fun run from Barwon Heads Pub to the Ocean Grove Pub. All welcome, free entry. Walk, run or jog it. Start on foreshore near Barwon Heads Pub.

Join Ocean Grove Scouts for their field day and birthday on February 28.

Friday February 13 7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop – Live music with Sally Dastey [Tiddas] & Squeeze Box Wally [WPA] Saturday February 14 6.30am: Victorian Old Mal Titles, check in 6.30am, Ocean Grove Main Beach. 6.30pm: Zebra Bar – Valentine’s Day – Romantic Ballads 7.30–11.30: Club Grove – Live music with Brendan Britt 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with Easy Tiger + resident dj

Crooners Around The World. $10 per person, show only. Bookings essential. 6.30 pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night. 7pm–8.30pm: Line Dancing at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Elaine 0413 690 597

Wednesday February 18 1 pm–3 pm: Line Dancing at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Elaine 0413 690 597 Saturday February 21 7am: SOUL Longboard club competition, Main Beach. Sunday February 15 7.30pm– 11.30pm: Club Grove – Live 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live music with Better Days Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis with The Badloves 3pm – 6pm: Bar Deli – Live music with 9.30 pm: The Zebra Bar – Live music with Rent and Bree Anne. Fred Smith and Band 3pm–6pm: The Zebra Bar – Live music with Justin Keenan of The Go Set. Solo Sunday February 22 acoustic 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Monday February 16 Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 10am: Club Grove – Morning Melodies. 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis

Saturday February 28 8am: Victorian Surf Lifesaving Championships, Ocean Grove Main Beach. Championships run until March 1. 11am-4pm: Happy 50th Birthday Ocean Grove Scouts. Come and celebrate 50 years of scouting at their annual Ocean Grove Scout Field Day., 312 Rhinds Road, Wallington. Activities include abseilling, rope bridge, mini olympics, giant catapaults and sausage sizzle. 7.30pm–11.30pm: Club Grove – Live music with The J Band 7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop – Live music with Sarah Carroll, Alex Burns with Adventures in Paradise 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with Baxta + resident dj Sunday March 1 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis 3pm–6pm: The Zebra Bar – Live music with Justin Keenan of The Go Set. Solo acoustic Saturday March 7 10am-3pm: Ocean Grove Stamp Club Incorporated 5th Annual Stamp Fair, Senior Citizens Hall, The Terrace.


What do you think about the speculation that Aldi may occupy the site where Target is planned?

By Clive Whitworth

Retiree Darrell Madden, 66, of Ocean Grove said: “I would like Aldi there, especially if they keep their prices the same as the other Aldi stores. On a pension you don’t have a lot of money to play with.”

Ocean Grove Community Centre volunteer John Kirkman, 70, said:”I would prefer it was businesses which was good for the rest of the shops in Ocean Grove, I don’t’ think it will make much difference if it is Aldi or Target.”


To advertise here contact Michele on 0431 149020 Mum, Leanne Irving 42 of Barwon Heads said: “I think it would be a shame for the Ocean Grove shopping precinct in General. I was disappointed when I heard that it was going to be a Target store there.”

Taxi driver Mark Wallace, 44, of Ocean Grove said: “Personally I would prefer the old Tudor style houses that were there in the first place, but I would rather have Aldi than Target, anything to cut down the price of groceries.”

Home maker Margo Beneka, 68, of Ocean Grove said: “I like Target there, but Aldi is good too, either one would be good.”

Aircraft maintenance worker Mark Wallace and son Tom of Ocean Grove said: “It should give a bit of competition for the supermarkets so it could be a good thing”.


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Girls takeoff IN small onshore conditions, the Ghanda GRLmobile Girls Surf Spree was run at Ocean Grove Beach at the end of last month. The surf contest specifically for girls gave everyone regardless of age or skill level a chance to get in the water and experience a surf contest. The blue ribbon open women Short Board division was taken out by talented 18-year-old Phoebe Clarke (Jan Juc). Having represented Victoria on numerous occasions, Clarke was a dominant force in the tiny swell. Clarke defeated other previous Victorian representative Jade Ogilvie (Pt. Lonsdale) who came in second. Other winners included Naomi McCarthy (U/18 Short Board), Kelly Laity (U/14 Shortboard), Molly Powell (Open & U/18 Longboard) and Heather Peck (O/35 Longboard). The White Water Wahine division was one of the most popular divisions on the day with 15 participants. It is a special division for girls who have never competed in a surf competition before and lets them get tips in the water from Victorian representative Kate Wells. Eventual winner was Learne Toltish.

Putting smiles on dials

MORE than 130 OCEAN Grovers have been praised for turning out to help a disabled surfers organisation – despite Saturday’s searing 47 degree heat. The volunteers turned up for the first training day with the Disabled Surfers Association of Victoria – and more than succeeded in their aim of putting smiles on dials. Five surfers with disabilities also gave their time to help train the volunteers, again overcoming the record temperatures to do their bit. Gary Blaschke, national president of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia, said: “It was absolutely fantastic and probably the second largest roll up around Australia that we’ve had for a first event. “I think we had roughly about 130 volunteers turn up. I think most of them were pretty amazed with what we actually do.” Gary said the next step will be a full hands-on day on March 7 where participants will come along and be looked after by the new volunteers,

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while still getting further training from national members. “Other volunteers can come along and be part of this event as well and we call on other volunteers to get involved,” said Gary. That event will start at 9am at Ocean Grove Main Beach. Gary said high spots of the day included gaining more acceptance on the beach. “We had a five disabled people who came along who hadn’t been out with us before, they were absolutely raving about it, saying that they had never been involved with an organisation that has the attitude that we have. We’re surfers - never say die, get out there, get involved. We’re surfers first, disabled second. Lots of smiles on dials. Surfers helping surfers. Putting smiles on dials. “It’s also breaking down barriers and accepting people with disabilities on the beach. They have the right to get there. National Secretary Jim Bradley who visited the Grove back in October to rally support for a Disabled Surfers group in Victoria said: “It was a really great roll up. 47 (degrees) or something. I’ve just got to say it’s a testament to the community that 130 volunteers turn up to train (in the heat). That’s just a credit to the local community. If ever you wanted an excuse not to turn up, today was the day. Well done Ocean Grove.” For more information the local contacts are: Dave Renton on 0431 601760 or Mark Beshara on 0431 601760.


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13th BBRs season start Pictures: Gary Stephens

Masters with Simon Anderson.

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Cobras footy Ocean Grove Junior Cricket sign up day Ocean Grove Junior Cricket. The juniors resumed on 31/01 with the Under 17’s and Under 13’s playing 20-20 games and the Under 15’s OCEAN Grove – Collendina Cobras Junior having a bye. Football Club is holding its sign up day on Under 17’s: Our Under 17’s made the trip into Sunday February 15 at Ocean Grove Memo- Geelong to face the strong Thomson line-up rial Reserve in the Avenue. reasonably confident of putting in a good showSign ups will be between 10am and 12noon. ing in their first attempt at the shorter version Under 10 affiliation with Auskick is available of the game. Thomson batted first and made a and is HIGHLY recommended to allow players formidible 5 for 162 off their 20 overs with Ben an opportunity to participate in half time AFL Williams (2 for 9), James Bennett (2 for 22) and Grid Games, when available. Billy Foorde-Englesman (1 for 27) our only wickAll new players must have copy of birth certifi- et takers. With Thomson restricted to 6 fielders, cate or passport to verify date of birth. our boys were quietly confident of chasing down Cobras are also looking for Junior Coaches the runs on the hard, fast outfield, however it for the U/14 Divisions. Interested parties can wasn’t to be, with several of the lads unnecessarily call Darren Moroney on 0415567585. throwing away their wicket in the quest for quick Ocean Grove football and netball club family runs. Aaron Habgood (53 retired), his younger membership can also be paid. brother - James (20) and Matty Boore (12 not out) batted sensibly, but in the end the target was beyond us and we finished on 7 for 116 off our 20 overs. With last Saturday’s game cancelled due to the excessive heat, the boys have a chance to redeem themselves against Collendina in another 20-20 game this week. Under 13’s: Greg Taylor’s Under 13’s continued where they left off last year thrashing Wallington by over 100 runs. Wallington batted first and were dismised for 38, with all of the boys bowling exceptionally well. Brad Fendyk (2 for 4) and Lachie Barber (2 for 1) were our only multiple wicket takers with Lachie Barber on a hat-trick when he gets handed the ball in his next game. Jackson Kent (27 retired) and Miles Henderson (24 retired) again got the team off to a great start with the bat and they were ably supported in the middle order by Tom Beasley (15), Brad Fendyk (18 retired) and Cameron Habgood (11 retired). After their allotted 20 overs the team finished on 3 for 142, which gave the team valuable percentage as they attempt to break into the top two and gain a Grand Final berth. A special mention to Jackson “Jacko” Kent who played in the Bellarine Division 1 Under 13 team during Country Week in early January. Jacko was awarded the Division’s most valuable player for

his performances with the bat and the ball, which was just reward for this talented young cricketer. Under 11’s: Our Under 11’s resumed their season on the 30th of January, however their first game was cancelled due to the excessive heat. The boys fronted up again last Friday night against Drysdale and had a great game with young gun - Jack Edmonstone leading the way with a swashbuckling 18 runs, which included a massive 6. The two “Lefties” - James Buttriss and Lachie Hooper, bowled extremely well and if all the boys continue the improvement they have displayed all year, the Junior section of the club has a lot to look forward to in future years. All junior cricket was cancelled last Saturday (07/02) due to the excessive heat, so all games this week will be 20-20 fixtures. Go Grubbers!


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Pictured right: Collendina line up after a close fought Barwon All Abilities match against Werribee. The visiting Tigers just took the match by 130122 at the Snake Pit.

Cobras B Grade during the match with Drysdale in the weekend before the big heat. Collendina had set a tough 292 target for the Hawks - Ben Riccardo 83, Kade Norquay 62 and Will Handley 56, helping them along the way. However, the elements conspired against them and the extreme temperatures meant the two-dayer was drawn

Cobras back in the chase after points reinstated COLLENDINA is back in the mix after all the clubs punished for failing to pay affiliation fees won an appeal on Friday. Until then Collendina A Grade had dropped out of the top six after being stripped of 21 premiership points and it’s other grades had lost ground too.

The only team really unaffected was Barwon Heads which remained top despite losing points. Cobras president Mark Ginn said that the reversal that followed a motion put in by Bellarine league clubs was “in the interests of cricket”. Mark also thanked the clubs that put forward the motion to reverse the punishment.

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Sun stops play at 46째, Sunday 20-20

Only B Grade got started on Saturday, the rest were called off before they began. No one can remember the cricket being pulled because of heat before.

A celebrated catch during the Big Bash 20-20 against Geelong West.

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Dave Turner bowling against Geelong West.

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“Marvellous” MORE than 130 OCEAN Grovers have been praised for turning out to help a disabled surfers organisation – despite Saturday’s searing 47 degree heat. The volunteers turned up for the first training day with the Disabled Surfers Association of Victoria – and more than succeeded in their aim of putting smiles on dials. Story page 27 - 0400 721185

Ocean Grove Voice 11 February 2009  
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