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Local waiter hits big time STEPHANIE NAYLOR

YOU might recognise Keith Purcell as a friendly waiter from a cafe on The Terrace who takes your coffee order or brings you your lunch. Other days, this 16-yearold is in front of the camera shooting scenes for the TV show Neighbours. Keith’s second appearance on the Aussie show aired last Thursday and he is back on set at the moment filming a new

scene. “I’m playing the character of Bryce, the school bully Jayden’s side kick,” Keith explained. The Clifton Springs teen is anything but a villain in real life. Anyone who sees him working at the Driftwood Cafe in Ocean Grove knows him for his polite demeanor. “Bryce is a fun character to play. I made him a bit of a smart arse,” Keith added.

Keith has shot Coles commercials alongside Curtis Stone, played a pickpocketing boy in Underbelly’s Squizzy series and has featured in an array of short films. In September, the budding actor is travelling to Los Angeles to meet casting directors. “It will be my second trip overseas and my first time to the States. I’m really excited," he said. Continued page 3.

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Keith Purcell (pictured left) in a scene from Neighbours. Picture courtesy of Channel 10


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Grove farewells Lola BEHIND every great man there’s a great woman. If that is correct that is certainly true for Lola Menheere, who sadly passed away on April 29. Lola was farewelled by family and friends at a packed St Peter’s Church last Thursday. On a sunny afternoon, old Ocean Grove came together to celebrate the life of Lola, the wife of Lofty Menheere and the mother of Anne, Mark and Noel. Lola Ettie was born in Geelong to her parents Rita Valencia Winifred and Gilbert McKinley McKeown on 25 October 1925. From 1930 she went to school at Swanson Street Primary School and she completed eighth grade by 1939. She began work at 15 at Solomon’s Department store and then later on at Burnside and McClure as part of the war effort. During her early years she was very fond of, and proficient in, music, learning both piano and singing from Miss Barbara Pigdon. Lola completed all her exams gaining her LLCM. She played in a band with her older brother Ken who also played piano and drums at Wallington. Lola joined up for army service but they required her father's approval which he gave, but her mother never did. Whilst nursing in Heidelberg she cared for Gordon Henry Akers whom she later married, continuing to take care of him. Lola met Lofty, who was born Aalbrecht

Mark speaking with Allan and Noel at last week's funeral with Lola (inset).

Antonius Maria Menheere, in 1955. It was the year he brought out his family from Holland and they moved into the house next to Lola’s. It was in December 1955 that Lofty began his own business with one truck. Meanwhile, Lola befriended the Menheere family particularly Mrs Menheere and her daughters. In January 1956, Lola’s husband Gordon died after his battle with ill-health. So at age 30, and widowed, Lola had dreams of a quiet life to follow, with perhaps a trip to England at some time in the future…Lofty had other ideas. They were married in September in a quiet ceremony at Christ Church in Geelong. On the morning of the wedding, he had to go and cart a load of loam to help pay for the wedding costs…or for his new shoes! They began married life in Guthridge Street. In

Lola's funeral, with a photo of her as wartime nurse in the foreground.

November 1957 Anne was born and in November 1958, Mark was born. Six years later Noel was born. The family ran Lofty’s Garage on the corner of Bell Street and Wallington Road and continue to run Menheere’s Earth Their son Mark finished his tribute with: “I look back on her life and see someone who gave so much to so many and asked for so little in return.” Other speakers included Noel, almost ‘adopted son’ Allan Croke, and Lola’s

granddaughter Hayley. It was a constant theme of Thursday with vicar Jill McCoy summarising the speakers saying that Lola seemed to have elastic walls on her house, always finding space to welcome others in. St Peter’s church was adorned by pictures of Lola as a wartime nurse, mementos of her musical background and a pair of gardening gloves. Those attending left with a sense of the warmth that shone from this Ocean Grover.

BYAC exhibition underway THE Bellarine Youth Action Crew’s ‘May There Be Art’ is underway after the grand opening last Friday night. The art exhibition is showcasing 87 pieces of artwork created by local young artists at the Potato Shed in Drysdale. “The opening night had a really nice vibe. The young people did really well with the music, MC’ing and organising the whole event,” Youth Development Officer Aleisha Harling said. Youth Development

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The BYAC group.

portfolio holder Cr Jan Farrell said she was impressed by BYAC’s latest exhibition.

“We have so many talented young artists and it’s fantastic to see their work on display,” she said.

The artwork, consisting of photography, paintings, sculptures and canvas artwork will be on display from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday until 30 June. “Congratulations to BYAC on another successful and positive event for young people in the region,” Cr Farrell said. BYAC is a group of dedicated 12-25 year olds who organise positive community events for young people around the Bellarine Peninsula.

POLICE were called to Ocean Grove Primary School last Wednesday after a suspicious male was seen loitering around the school grounds. Reports of this incident have circulated throughout the town, mainly through social media, causing grief and worry amongst parents and families. Since the report, the matter has been investigated by the Bellarine Police and the male in question identified and spoken to. “This information was passed onto police and the sexual offence and child abusive investigation team. Police have no concerns for welfare of the children or community. Victoria Police encourages social media and the positive aspects it brings. In this situation however the hype and incorrect information has led to unwanted stress and panic amongst the community,” acting Sergeant Shaun Moore from the Bellarine Police told the Voice. Each primary school in the Ocean Grove area took action whether the reports were true or not, reiterating the importance on stranger danger. “The school acknowledges that everyone needs to be vigilant at all times. It is important that here children feel safe and well supervised, during school hours on all days and especially now,” Our Lady Star of the Sea told parents in a newsletter. Ocean Grove Primary School has added extra staff on yard duty since the report. “It is important if you see anything suspicious to dial 000 and crime stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Sergeant Moore added.


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Soapie role for Keith Continued from front page. Discovering his passion for acting five years ago, Keith started lessons here in Ocean Grove with Screen Actors Australia, ultimately leading him to his current professional representation with Melbourne talent agency Derrick Talent Management. “My favorite actors include Robert De Niro, Julia Roberts and Emma Stone. The ultimate television show I would love to act in would be

the Aussie show Puberty Blues, the UK show Misfits or the US show Parks and Recreation,” Keith told the Voice. Any movie or show with a plot draws Keith close. The classic film Donnie Darko is one of his favourites along with the more recent movie Super 8. “Film or television, it doesn’t bother me. Wherever I can get work is great. Who knows where it will take me,” Keith said.

Keith Purcell at the Driftwood Cafe.


CINDY HarrisonRoberts is hanging up her firefighter's helmet after 20 years. As the current Ocean Grove Fire Brigade Secretary, her volunteer journey started 26 years ago. “I joined Queenscliff Fire Brigade in 1988 when I met my husband Brendan and then transferred to Ocean Grove in 1995,” Cindy (pictured left) explained. Having spent the last four years as Secretary, before then Cindy was an Operation Firefighter and Community Educator Coordinator. “In the role of Community Educator Coordinator, I really enjoyed educating Ocean Grove kids, from kinder to secondary, in fire safety matters,” Cindy said.

As an integral part of the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade family, Cindy’s children Jayden, Kiana, Kody and Jai, make up the next generation Brigade, especially Jayden, with the 16-year-old having just become a qualified volunteer Operation Firefighter. Kiana was also a junior brigade member whom Cindy thinks will most likely follow in her mum’s footsteps and join the junior ranks, “Cindy has been a great asset to the volunteers and the Brigade over the past two decades. She eats, sleeps and breathes CFA,” Brigade Captain Steve Gibbs said. “Being a part of the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade has been like being in a big family where you don’t only gain great life saving skills, but friends for life,” Cindy added.

Blanket Appeal wrapped up THE Salvation Army’s Blanket Appeal and Red Shield Appeal are over for another year. Over 60 blankets were collected across the Bellarine, with 20 received in Ocean Grove. “To the Bellarine community, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for your assistance this year with the Red Shield Appeal,” Lt Peter Hobbs said. Although Australia wide, donations for the appeal were down 20%, the Geelong and

Bellarine region matched 2013. In Ocean Grove shops $1760 was collected, contributing to the $19,650 collected so far along the peninsula. "Your donations will help many underprivileged individuals and families in Ocean Grove and on the Bellarine,” Greg McDonald, Branch Manager for LJ Hooker Ocean Grove and Chairperson for the Red Shield Appeal on the Bellarine, said.

Ocean Grove LJ Hooker's property manager Alisha, office manager Tania and Peter Hobbs of the Salvation Army.

Speed humps spring up on The Terrace

ROAD safety upgrades for an Ocean Grove intersection took a step forward with improvements being made to the intersection of The Terrace and Hodgson Street recently. An example of this was two weeks ago where speed humps were built before the lights along The Terrace. “This intersection is one of Ocean Grove’s most dangerous, with three crashes involving pedestrians between 2007 and 2012, of which, one tragically resulted in a fatality and another, a serious injury,” member for Western Victoria David Koch said. We can expect to soon see a $170,000 flashing ‘Give way to Pedestrians’ sign as well as a raised pedestrian island, fencing, yellow crosswalks, and line marking over the next eight weeks.

Champ runner to speak MORE than 15 of the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads Breast Cancer Support group members will be attending a Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer information forum in Geelong on Thursday June 26. The free forum will be attended by guest speaker Raelene Boyle, a well known Olympian and breast cancer survivor. Friends and family are welcome also. Register online now at or call 1800 500 258.


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Shell Rd plans revealed STEPHANIE NAYLOR

THE designs for Ocean Grove’s $5.5 million Shell Road Reserve Pavilion were shared on Friday May 30. Members from local sporting clubs, who will be sharing the space, joined Cr Jan Farrell and Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson in the unveiling. “This is a huge milestone for the Ocean Grove community as the planning and development of Shell Road Reserve and its sporting infrastructure has been 20 years in the making,” Cr Farrell said. The facilities included in the architectural designs are based on the Ocean Grove Sporting Infrastructure Plan. Among them are four B class soccer change rooms, two local level football and cricket change rooms, two local football and netball league netball change rooms, a sports store, a commercial kitchen and first aid room. These features, and others, were identified as essential in the plan as the population of Ocean Grove grows. “Council has worked hard with the key sporting clubs to come up with the best design possible to meet their needs. State sporting associations such as the FFV, AFL and Netball Victoria have all given the

design a tick of approval,” Cr Farrell added. It is anticipated that the project will be out to tender before Christmas. If the planned timeline is followed, the pavilion will be ready to go for the 2016 winter sport season. “This has been a long time coming for Ocean Grove residents and I thank them for their patience. It’s going to be fantastic to see this pavilion take shape and be the heart and home of local sport,” said Cr Farrell. “I would like to thank Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson for her dedication and contribution towards the project.”

Ocean Grove Netball Club's Gill Hodgson, football club president Geoff Cunningham, Ocean Grove Cricket Club's Richard Bate, Sarah Henderson MP, Cr Jan Farrell, Surside Waves' Chris Royle, Ocean Grove Football Club's Phil Emery and Surfside Waves' Gill Black.

Local sports clubs respond MARK HEENAN OCEAN Grove sporting club representatives got a first-hand look at the new architecture designs of Shell Road Recreation Reserve sports pavillion. The $5.5 million facility will be home to the Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club, Surfside Waves Soccer Club and Ocean Grove Cricket Club. Ocean Grove–based councillor Jan Farrell, and Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, unveiled the architectural plans to clubs.

Ms Henderson said the feedback had generally been well received. “I think the process has been a positive one. The City of Greater Geelong provided the final designs to the clubs and each club was given the opportunity to give their feedback,” she said. “I know the Surfside Waves Soccer Club had one issue with the design and the City of Greater Geelong has responded very positively to that.” Surfside Waves president Ian Waugh said the club’s concern related to the ‘floor plan’ layout as the

sports pavilion did not include a referees’ room on the second level. “We have raised that with council as part of their process,” he said. “We are more than happy with the overall design and the architecture.” Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club committee member Phil Emery said there was ‘immense’ upside that the centralised state-ofthe-art venue would house superior changeroom facilities. “The facilities will be excellent from a club point of view,” Emery said. “Currently we operate in

some of the oldest and most dilapidated change rooms and shower rooms in the whole of the (Bellarine Football) league, so we will have a greatly improved facility there.” The cricket club’s home will stay at Memorial Recreation Reserve, but Shell Rd will host C and D grade games. Committee member James Nessell said: "One of the benefits of having a pavilion there would be having shade, which we haven’t had. Anything we can get there and improve the facilities is fantastic for us."


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Heritage properties abound OCEAN Grove is changing fast but it still boasts a number of significant properties. There remain 11 individually listed heritage properties that also include Ocean Grove Park and the Uniting Church. Those properties are part of Ocean Grove Primary School, the St Peter Church Hall, the former General Store on the corner of The Terrace and Hodgson Street, as well as private homes at 13 Powell Street West, 'Bonny Vale' 252-262 Shell Road, 111 The Avenue, 'Almora' 56 The Parade, 'Kingston' 65 Tuckfield Street and 1-5 the Avenue. Each of those properties carries varying amounts of local history. The General Store, now a video shop, was built in the 1890s by Mr T Prescott, a local builder. The original fabric is believed to be underneath the current facade and extensions. 'Almora' was the residence of local historian Gill McKeown from 1950 and in the 1890s then known as Frisckney. It could have been the residence of another Ocean Grove identity Mr J Ingamells

proprietor of the Coffee Palace. The house has links with Ocean Grove's history as a summer holiday resort and was a guest house for a number of years. 111 The Avenue Ocean Grove was built of brick in the 1890s and is believed to be the first substantial brick house constructed in the town. The house was built for Mr Glew, a retired brickmaker from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, who used locally made bricks for the building. There are no precinct based overlays, as there are in inner Geelong, where the heritage character of an overall streetscape is a key factor in considering permit applications. Currently the state government is consulting with local councils about modifying the existing rules.

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'Almora', 56 The Parade

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Aussie first for Grove OCEAN Grove will host the first Australian version of a worldwide charity concert supported by rockers Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Grushecky, Darlene Love, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys and many others. What began as a birthday party to lift the spirits of co-founder and guiding inspiration Bob Benjamin, a well known New Jersey/ New York music business figure, after his Parkinson’s diagnosis 15 years ago, the Light of Day Foundation has raised over US$3 million worldwide through the power of music in its fight against Parkinson’s and related neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and PSP. The Light of Day Australia (LODA) charity concert, staged in aid of Australian and US Parkinson’s charities, will take place at the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill on Saturday July 19. The event promises to be the biggest in the venue’s history with the

likes of Marshall Okell, Chris Wilson, Rebecca Barnard, Nick Barker, Jackie Marshall, Tim Neal, Sarah Carroll, Sweet Felicia and the Bash Big Band packing the bill. LOD Australia is organised by local music fans Alan Barber and Richard Grimmett. Alan and Richard were involved in last year’s New York Marathon for Parkinson’s campaign which netted $17,500 for Parkinson’s Victoria. It was during that time that Alan met with the organisers of the Light of Day Foundation in New Jersey and was given their blessing to bring the event down under. Alan and Richard are committed to establishing the show as an annual event to raise funds and awareness for the Parkinson’s cause. In future years they hope to bring over some of the American performers to play guest spots. 'Light of Day' is the title of a Springsteen song and a film starring Parkinson’s campaigner Michael J Fox, who himself lives with the disease.

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The first LOD event was in the Springsteen home territory of Asbury Park, New Jersey, where it now runs for 10 days of shows each year with satellite tours in Europe and Canada. “We can’t have Springsteen but we do have a great line-up of home-grown Aussie talent,” said Alan.

Half the money raised will go to Parkinson’s Victoria and half will go to the LOD Foundation in New Jersey. “We promise this will be a memorable evening of music for a very good cause. Hopefully everyone who attends will leave informed about Parkinson’s as well as the positive

message that everyone needs to work together to beat this cursed disease.” Tickets are $65 from the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill. For more info: w w w. l i g h t o f d a y. o r g ; w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / light of day australia; w w w. t w i t t e r . c o m / lodsaustralia1.


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Grateful dog Red Cross thanks owner praises Ocean Grove for community Dear editor, I’m writing to say a huge thank you to the Voice and the beautiful community of Ocean Grove. Last week, our dog went missing and in the midst of the anxiety, I posted his photo to the Voice Facebook page. The Voice re-posted it instantly and I was blown away by the kindness of the people of Ocean Grove. So many of you shared it on your own personal pages and volunteered to help search for our explorative little pet. My heart is truly so

grateful to everyone who got involved. In a world where it seems that people are becoming continuously more selfcentered I am honoured that I live in a town where the sense of community thrives so vibrantly. You have all inspired me with your compassion and I cannot thank you enough. PS: Our dog is back home and safe! He managed to get himself locked in our neighbour's garage to both their and our surprise. Jessica Wozniak, Ocean Grove

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Dear editor, We would like to thank your readers for the marvellous support that the people of Ocean Grove gave us during our Red Cross Calling Appeal in March. We especially want to thank Rotary for their assistance in collecting. We raised nearly $10,000 in Ocean Grove and just over $94,500 in the Geelong region.

What a great f igure in this diff icult climate of giving. Red Cross has been running in Australia for 100 years this year and so we continue to try and fulf il our logo of 'People Helping People'. Much of our work is in disaster areas but our volunteers are busy here addressing the needs of loneliness and

f illing needs such as breakfast clubs in some of the primary schools. What a great community spirit exists in the Geelong region of Victoria as shown by people's generosity in this appeal. Carol Richardson (Chairman Red Cross Calling Zone 6), Barwon Heads

Park debate continues Dear editor, I would like to comment on the extraordinary lack of transparency and the secretive and paternalistic attitude demonstrated by the

Committee of the Ocean Grove Park Association in not attending the third public meeting of Save Ocean Grove Park again. At the second meeting

Dear editor, A lot of publicity has been given to the opposition to the building of a performance space at the Ocean Grove Park. Over the years, I have enjoyed going to the Tranquility Fair, Carols in the Park and other fundraising efforts in the park, and I am at a loss to understand why some people are against a facility that will enhance these events and actively encourage greater community use of this wonderful space.

A building, funded by grants from government, council, Bendigo Bank and the years-long fundraising efforts of local people, would surely be the best protection against any future sale of the land by the Trust for Nature as well as giving local people a valuable community asset. The opposition is very short sighted. Anne Osborne, Ocean Grove

on February 24 many questions about the park remained unanswered due to time constraints, so a third meeting was agreed upon. In a letter to local papers (2/5/2014), Tony Hudson (spokesperson for SOGPA) [and others] stated, "we now understand that the committee has decided it may not attend the next meeting.� They did not attend, and many of those questions remain unanswered. That hoary old euphemism 'commercial-inconf idence' was given as a reason for not informing members about details, particularly f inancial

ones, of the business plan. 'Commercial-inconf idence' is a phrase used by governments or corporations when they feel it unwise to disclose certain matters for strategic or military reasons. I really don't think Ocean Grove Park Association is in this league. Why is the committee so reluctant to share information with its members? The grants for the building are via organisations that are f inanced by our rates and taxes. The Ocean Grove Park Association's donation of $155,000 was raised by members from the local community at annual fundraising events traditionally held to

meet park maintenance costs or enhancements which fell within the passive nature of the park. A $1 million-plus permanent pile of bricks and mortar with proposed uses such as weddings, funerals and commemorations and conferences and forums, does not fall within the environmental and passive nature of the park. None of the money is private money. Yet the committee decided not to attend the meeting as it had promised, no apology and no reason given. Gail Macrae, Member of Ocean Grove Park Association

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Brave Josh keeps on fighting ELEVEN-year-old Josh Bouma from Ocean Grove has recently been diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and has spent the past two months in the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, writes Stephanie Naylor. Josh requires a bone marrow transplant, but unfortunately an initial search for a match has been unsuccessful. The Wallington Primary School student is receiving blood transfusions every four to six days. Locals are rallying behind the Bouma family, helping to raise money and blood and bone marrow donation awareness for Josh. On Sunday June 22, a movie fundraiser is being held at the Reading Cinemas in Waurn Ponds. The film How to Train your Dragon 2 will be showing, with tickets costing $15 from Murfs Longboards at 82 The Terrace. For more information on how you can help the Bouma family call Kerstin on 0409-097 227 or Penny on 0407-891 599.

Josh is only able to have one frriend visit at a time at the moment due to a weakened immune system.

Josh (left) with mates Kieran, Jet and Luka. For more information on donating blood and bone marrow visit www.

Josh with dad Nick, mum Hilary and brother Sebastian.

With celebrity chef Curtis Stone visiting Geelong last week, reporter Stephanie took to the streets to ask 'what celebrity would you like to see come to Ocean Grove'?

Gemma Bell, a student from Ocean Grove said: "Netballer Madison Browne from the Melbourne Vixens because she is a great player and could take a training session."

Grace Synnott, a student from Ocean Grove said: "Kelly Slater because he is a really good surfer and he could come and surf the waves down at Ocean Grove main beach."

Graham Lockhart, a bus driver from Ocean Grove said: "Actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson because he’s a funny bugger who’s very amusing – something different."

Kieran McNally, a student from Ocean Grove said: "Brad Pitt because he is a really good actor and seems like a gem of a person. I especially liked him in World War Z and Troy."

Sophie Collins, a student from Ocean Grove said: "Young surfer Jackson Coffey from Queensland because he’s a talented and inspirational surfer with really cool hair."


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Euan with the mentees.

CFA encourages women OCEAN GROVE Fire Brigade is taking one step further in encouraging local women to join the CFA. Women and Fire is a program which supports the role of women, providing committed participants with a support network as they work towards their CFA goals. Ocean Grove Fire Brigade volunteer Su Tayler graduated from the program at the end of May. “The Barwon South West CFA area’s Female Mentoring Program operated over a 12-month period. The program consisted of four training sessions, social events and guest speakers. Each mentee was matched with a mentor. Mentee’s and mentors met and spoke on

the phone after the first session,” Su explained. “My mentor and I have been helping each other. We have supported and helped each other over the last 12 months, ” Su said. Ocean Grove local Sandra Beasley, from the Mannerim brigade, graduated with Su. With them were women from the Portarlington brigade and others from around the Barwon South West District. Ocean Grove hopes to have more members involved in the program and possibly running a similar program out of our local brigade. “I fully support the programme and believe it helps women that are joining CFA or have been

Su Taylor presented with her certificate by Euan. in CFA for some time. They can quite often be the only female in a brigade or are a minority group in brigades. I hope to have Ocean Grove as a base for the continuation of women in fire program for the Bellarine Group of brigades initially,” Officer in Charge at the Ocean Grove Fire

Sandra Beasley and Su Taylor with Euan at the last session at Anglesea. Station Ian Beswicke said. of the broader CFA. Then “I would see that they if the group felt it was the could meet quarterly or direction they wanted to more often if required to take and there was a need discuss items of interest, then they could allow issues, have guest speakers other women from other and arrange visits to a groups in the District to variety of location in CFA to be involved,” Ian Beswicke have a better understanding added.



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Exciting new website for local businesses

Site to boost Grove traders CYBER Grove just got a whole lot more Gucci with a dynamic new website promising regular updates and many more opportunities to promote local businesses. The all new Ocean Grove

Business Association website was launched at the Ocean Grove Hotel at the end of last month. The event featured talks by website designer and administrator Lisa Dale as well as Chapel Street

Precinct marketeer Oskar Cebergs, whose own website was the model for the new Grove platform. Grove businesses dined at the venue and then were encouraged to log in and start using the

new facility. Go to www. au. You can also like the OGBA facebook page and keep up with events and get networking with fellow businesses.

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Maryanne Brewer, Cathy Staehr, Lisa Dale and Felicity Dales.

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THE Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre took 21 local kids for a Friday night drop in activity to The Park last week. The indoor skate park in North Geelong was a hit. “It was awesome, a great night and luckily no injuries,” OGNC Manager Nicki Dunne said. Next Friday, June 20, there will be an excursion to the MCG for the Tigers v Swans game. To book or for more information on other drop in activities, contact Nicki on 5255 4294.

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BEFORE AND AFTER: how 21-23 The Avenue looked before the trees were removed (left) and after (right)

Locals raise concerns over moonah trees

Tree removal outrage STEPHANIE NAYLOR

DISTRESSED Ocean Grove residents from along The Avenue have raised their concerns over the removal of trees from 21-23 The Avenue at the start of May. General Manager of Planning and Tourism,

Peter Bettess, from the City of Greater Geelong conf irmed to the Voice that a Moonah tree, estimated to be at least 200 years old, had been among the vegetation removed without authorisation. A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, shared with the Voice her

communication with Council. “I think it’s really important for people to know the consequences of these type of actions as well as what other locals can do if they see this sort of behaviour. From what I can gather from my dealings with council, the owners

of each site where the trees were removed have agreed to make a donation to the local Landcare group, as well as an Off icial Warning issued to the contractors and director of the company which undertook the works. But, are these punishments enough?

Is a f ine going to mean much to an owner of a multi million dollar piece of land?” The resident told the Voice. Mr Bettess added that a signif icant landscape overlay in the area meant that a planning permit was required to remove vegetation of more than four metres

in height from the properties concerned. “The owners of the three properties in Ocean Grove have been issued with f ines for the unauthorised removal of vegetation. The f ines were of $721.80 each,” Mr Bettess explained.












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friendly, coffee was strong and the local Imperial beer was tasty,” Jill added. With the surfing a highlight of the trip, the skilled instructors and warm water made the experience even more of a delight. The value of experiencing different surfing conditions with a group has even inspired a plan for coaching through the winter. “Everyone improved. We came home to two weeks of sunshine and surf for all levels. I still say Ocean Grove is one of the most user-friendly places in the world to learn to surf,” Heather Peck said. “It was an adventure from start to finish, and most importantly, I progressed my surfing. I’m looking forward to the next one already Chica Helen said on her return. For more information, visit: www.womenwhosurf. com or https:// w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=AJkYwpv06mc.

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SURF: the Chicas get ready to enjoy the surf.

THE CHICAS INTREPIDAS group has returned from their surfing trip to Costa Rica. Bound together by the Ocean Grove business Switchfoot Surf Coaching, led by Grover Heather Peck, the eight local female surfers formed strong friendships after the whirlwind two week adventure. “The trip exceeded expectations. The Chicas Intrepidas are already motivated for a second trip,” Ocean Grove Jill Rush said. The trip revolved around seven days of non stop surfing at Pura Vida Adventures, along with a bit of zip lining, rafting, paddle boarding, hiking and a tour of a coffee plantation, here and there. “I noticed the quality and range of food, including the popular local dish of spicy black beans and rice,” Chica member Trish explained. “I was intrigued by jungles and wildlife, including toucans and sloths. People were



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Volunteers building more raised beds for future community gardeners to enjoy.

Diane Gent and Russell Neville.

Gaynor Powell and Emily Henry putting up shelves in the hot house.

Garden fun for the community THE green thumbs down at the Ocean Grove Community Garden have been working hard. An array of projects have been finished, with new plans on the horizon. “The greenhouse and the internal shelving and seed-raising beds are finished which means members can start raising seedlings over winter and spring should see a rush of new plants,” Alice King from the garden management group said. “Some of these will be used by members and friends in their own plots or home gardens, but we also hope to have some

available for sale to help raise money to support the operational costs of the garden,” Alice added. The gazebo and toilet are almost complete which means the garden is nearly ready for onsite community activities. With the recent inclusion of the wood fire pizza oven, the garden is looking forward to having social gatherings and pizza. Working bees are on the last Sunday of the month, 10am until noon. Everyone is welcome. For more information, email ogcommunitygarden@


Comedy legend in town 'Let's go Anna...only if Din goes'

ON Saturday June 28 the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill will host a heavyweight in Australian Comedy – Austen Tayshus. Tayshus’s career was born at Sydney’s first Comedy Store in Jamieson Street in 1981. He stood up for the first time after a fairly precarious delivery, in March of that year. By 1982, Australiana was ready to record and it was released by Regular Records through Warner music in June 1983. It sold in excess of two hundred thousand copies, went double platinum and still holds the record for the highest selling Australian single ever. Austen Tayshus became a household name immediately and began touring e x t e n s i v e l y

throughout Australia and New Zealand. ‘AUSTRALIANA’ was a hit in New Zealand too. Austen hosted the Narara Rock Festival in 1983 and 1984, which showcased many big Australian and international rock bands. Throughout the 1980’s Tayshus appeared with the biggest bands in Australia, as MC and as support act, including Mental as Anything, Inxs, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Uncanny X Men, Richard Clapton etc. In 1984 Austen Tayshus sold out the Sydney Entertainment Centre, supported by local comedians. He also released the ‘PHANTOM SHUFFLE’, produced by Martin Armiger, which reached No.16 on the Aria charts. At the Countdown

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Awards in the same year he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for ‘Australiana’. By the 90s, Austen had moved to LA to begin pursuing a movie career. He had a small cameo in the Sharon Stone movie ‘Sliver’ and by day auditioned for many big movies. By night Austen Tayshus worked in all the comedy clubs in L.A.

including the Comedy Store, the Improvs in Santa Monica and on Melrose, the Laugh Factory, Igby’s and Carolines in New York. His stay in Los Angeles culminated in a collaboration on a low budget feature film Dream Factory, which he co-wrote and starred in. The film was a tragicomedy about Austen’s last days in L.A. trying to

become a big shot. Currently Austen Tayshus is touring Australia. He is developing several film and television projects. Austen will be supported on the night by two awesome local up and coming comedians, Jackson Hand and Tait Middleton. Doors open 7.30pm, first act 8pm, tix $20, book early: 5255 1566.

Graney to rock the Chook Shop DAVE Graney and the mistLY will turn the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill on its head on Friday June 13. Graney (pictured right), who has been described as a 'cryptic rock voyager,' is songwriter and singer without peer in the Australian music scene. To some he's a tooled-up clown, to others he's a freewheeling champ. People talk about his clothes for fear of approaching his 25 album career of authentic hardboiled greatness. He’s carved out his own country there. Dave Graney and drummer Clare Moore played with the Moodists from 1978 to 1986. They then played with the White Buffaloes/ Coral Snakes from 1987–97. Their classic 90s albums with their band the Coral Snakes were re-released in 2013 as a four-disc box set through Universal

Music Australia. His live band is the mistLY. Graney and Moore joined by Stuart Perera (guitar since 1998) and Stu Thomas (bass since 2004). They like to play upbeat, high-energy shows. Dave Graney is a singer songwriter, guitar player, entertainer and author. A new solo album Fearful Wiggings was released earlier this year. For a taste of his ways see dXpeqoy6m5c. Tickets $20, book now 5255 1566.




with Krystal Pigdon, 28, from Leopold at The Kingston •Favourite local building/architecture? There is a little weatherboard home in Ocean Grove with a winding driveway and a cute little front garden. Workplace: The Kingston – it’s very cottage-like. •Most relaxing night out? Out for drinks with the girls, anywhere new in town is great. There’s a new place along Pakington St (Geelong) called Strasse Bar, which is cool. •Your ideal breakfast or lunch spot? Sticks and Grace along Pakington St in Geelong is my favourite. It’s very cute, small and comfy with great

food. •Favourite local food store? The Green Room along the Terrace is great. They’re always really helpful. I bought a hat there recently for a friend. •Favourite thing about working locally? The atmosphere we get here in the cafe is great. We have lovely customers and we very seldom get a bad customer. What book/ magazine are you reading? The only thing I read is the newspaper every day. Always the Geelong Addy. •Favourite music to play at work? We usually have Foxtel on the

television for background music. We're still figuring out what music we’ll play here. •What is your own coffee order? A mocha. I’m a chocoholic! •What is your favourite coffee to make? A cappuccino because I like to do patterns on the top with chocolate. •Favourite thing about your workplace? Seeing different faces every day day as well as our regulars. We have our regulars from The Mex and The Dunes coming in and checking the new restaurant out.


Winter fare on the menu AS THE chilly season is well and truly upon us, it is time to recommence the ever popular Leleans Winter Special at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Available all day Sunday and Monday to Wednesday evenings, customers can purchase two main meals from the selected menu and receive a complimentary bottle of house wine for only $45. With six varieties of wine and five hearty dishes to choose from, this offer is sure to appeal to many so bookings are suggested. Our winter menu has started and has been receiving outstanding feedback. On this new menu customers can expect to find a broad range of cuisine catering to all palates. The introduction of some Middle Eastern influenced dishes has been well received and have fast become amongst the most popular dishes on the menu. With Leleans trademark wine wall, customers can enjoy the perfect accompaniment to their meal assisted by our courteous and knowledgeable staff. Members of the Entertainment Book will find Leleans located on their website. With this offer customers can receive 25% off their total bill when ordering from the a la carte menu. The promotion is available to card holders and those with the digital membership app.



music/live events

• Piping Hot Chicken Shop - June 13 Dave Graney Fearful Wiggings Album Launch - June 28 Austen Tayshus (ticketed) - July 5 Phil Manning - July 19 Light of Day event (ticketed) - Dave Steel and Tiffany Eckhardt CD launch (ticketed) - August 8 The Hornets - August 30 Pugsley Buzzard (ticketed) • Barwon Heads Hotel - Wednesday Trivia Night 7:30pm - Thursday Master of Darkness 8.30pm - Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm raffle live music - Open mic for youth show under 21's every second month on a Sunday 3pm-5.30pm. More info contact Jill Meehan 0431 606 476. • Ocean Grove Hotel - Saturday Night Live at The Ocean Grove Hotel Saturday from 9pm. • Pototo Shed, Drysdale - June 13 Spud Dance

- June 14 Aisha the Geisha - June 17 The Songs To End All Wars • Springdale Community Centre Hall - Making waves music/ poetry arvo every third Sun of every month 2pm - 5.30pm • Ocean Grove Bowling Club - June 12 Morning Mekodies Jeana Davidson - June 14 Coldshot - June 21 Matt Orchard - June 28 Sam Hanson - July 5 James Carigg •BookGrove - Emily Bitto, author of The Strays, Wednesday June 18, 7pm. To book phone 5255 5973 • Cafe Maritana - Live music from 7pm - June 12 Alex Stone - June 19 Rach Brennan

markets & fairs

• Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington - June 29 9am to 2pm •Bellarine Community Farmers' Market -June 15 Ocean Grove

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Park • Rotary Club of Ocean Grove Winter Market at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre - Sunday July 6 • Buy Bellarine Produce Barn - Tuckerberry Farm Saturdays and Sundays 9am-3pm


• Leura Park Estate Sundays 12.30pm – 4.30pm Live music, sensational food and wines available Ph: 5253 3180 • McGlashan’s Wallington Estate Swan Bay Road Wallington - Open weekends and public holidays 11am 5pm new release wines, gourmet platters and classic car displays Ph: 5250 5760

get active

• Ocean Grove Recreation Hall, Ocean Grove Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity

Ph: 0438 055 679 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove - Monday 9.15am gentle exercises to music for 55plus, 10.15am gentle exercises to music for 65plus contact Marg on 52 551 335 - Thursday 1pm Craft Group • Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove - Wednesdays 9am Volleyball, 9.30am exercises to music for all ages contact Marg on 5255 1335 • Queenscliff RSL Hall - Mondays 1.30pm exercises using chairs for all ages contact Marg on 5255 1335 • Marcus Hill Hall cnr Banks Road and Bellarine Highway - Tuesdays 7.45pm – 10pm Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance Ph: 5251 3393 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove - Mondays 7-8.30pm and Wednesdays 1-3pm Line Dancing Ph: 0413 690597 • Barwon Heads

Community Hall Yoga and dance with Tara Lynch classes for all ages and abilities Ph: 0435 481 920 • Scout Hall, The Avenue Ocean Grove - Wednesday 7pm 1st/2nd Ocean Grove Scout Group Clubs Meet Enquiries Ph: 0422 700951 • Yoga classes in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads: Beginners, Hatha, Vinyas and Svaroopa Yoga Ph: 0413 955 331 or email Kerryn@

reading & writing

• Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue. - Wednesdays 10.30am – Toddlertime - Thursdays 11.30am Babytime - Nursery Verses - Fridays 10.30am Preschool Storytime. - First Wednesday of the month 4pm-5pm Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 8-12 - Third Tuesday of each month 2.30pm-3.30pm

Book chat for adults. All welcome.www. au

family fun

• Koombahla Equestrian Park - Tuesday to Friday After school riding programs special school holiday courses available Ph: 52 562 742. • Bellarine Church of Christ Hall 17 Tareeda Way Ocean Grove - Saturdays 10-11am Tuesdays 7.30- 8.30pm Ocean Grove Toy Library Borrow a range of toys for children aged six months to six years, open to all families on the Bellarine www. oceangrovetoylibrary. • Uniting Church Ocean Grove - Friday 10am-noon Ocean Grove Play Group Any children 5yrs and under welcome to join a friendly play group large indoor and outdoor area, lots of toys, great craft activities, music and story time contact Chelsea Cole

at oceangroveplaygroup@ classes & exhibtions • Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities Ph: 52 554 294

classes & exhibtions

• Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Check our program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities Ph: 52 554 294

health & wellbeing

• The Zebra Bar Ocean Grove 1/85 The Terrace Last Friday of every month 1pm-3pm Breast Cancer Support Group (lunch and nibbles). Details Julie Rodger 0435 362 573 or julesrodg@

What’s On phone: 5255 3233 or email: journo@ oceangrovevoice. com

Clubs meet Mondays Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 1pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Phone Marg 5256 2550. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7-9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone 5255 1641. Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed - Mon, Tue and Fri: 9am to 3pm, and Wed 9am to 12pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ted Price 5255 2595. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper St. Details 5251 2268 or 51542873. Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL, 2.30pm, Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club, 1.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Margaret 5255 2848. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10am, Ocean Grove Golf Club. Friendship is our theme. Phone Marianne Rogan on 5256 1619. Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Bellarine T.O.W.N., 5.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Doreen on 5255 2856. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club, The Terrace Tuesday 1pm. Also Thursday and Friday 1.30pm. Phone Dianne on 5255 2996 Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, 6pm, Club Grove. Phone 0457 315 900. Barwon Heads Chorale 7.30pm at the Anglican Church Barwon Heads. All abilities welcome to come along for a sing and a laugh. Phone Jo 5254 2670. First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus, 10am to noon, Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers, make friends. Visitors welcome. Phone Terry 5255 5587. First and Third Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club, 7pm, Moorfield Park, Grubb Road. New Lions most welcome. Phone 0418 524 873.

Wednesdays Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed, 9am to 1pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ernie 0421 703 368. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Wednesday of every month Bellarine Business Women. From 7pm, Suma Park Winery, Bellarine Highway. For details contact or 0412 199 467 Second Wednesday of every month Parkinson’s Self Help Support Group, 1.30pm, Grove Centre (next to library), Presidents Avenue. Phone Pam 5255 5152 Third Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove on Barwon Probus Club, 9.45am, St Peter’s Church Hall. Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Angling Club, 7.30pm, Minerva Close sporting oval club house. Phone Peter 0419 782629 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. Phone Dianne 5255 1372. Thursdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. First Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Nightlights CWA, 7.30pm, Senior Citizens Hall. Visitors welcome. Phone Faye 5255 4430. Second Thursday of every month Prostate Support Group-Bellarine meets at Ocean Grove Community Health Centre at 1.30pm. Contact John Lee on 5221 8862 for details. Fourth Friday of every month Ocean Grove 4 Villages Mixed Probus Club, 10.30am, Club Grove. Meet new friends, visitors welcome, no waiting list for membership. Phone 5256 1671. Saturdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 3-5pm, Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Coasters Social group. Social events for people of working age. Dining out, movies, trivia, bands/ trivia nights. or phone 0411 952 598.





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Catriona making a difference Catriona at the camp at Zaatari with one of her interpreters, Ahmed Shobaki.

other natural disasters throughout the world. The camp holds approximately 100,000 refugees, and costs an estimated $500,000 per day to run. Catriona's role was to support the work of UNHCR at the camp. The UNHCR provided shelter for the refugees, and worked with the refugees to create a system of governance, law and order, and ultimately a sustainable existence. “The refugees are given a say through local area committees as to how they are governed, there are programs for the children and

opportunities to establish markets selling produce and wares,” said Catriona. “These people are homeless and in a foreign land, so to be supported by an organisation such as the UNHCR, they are treated with dignity and respect, making their stay in the camp as "normal" as possible,” she added. Catriona was there for seven months and could see how life had improved for the refugees in that short time. She had two translators assigned to her and worked alongside many other people for countries throughout the world, also called in by their governments to respond to a time of

crisis. The Syrian crisis is complex and protracted. Support for Syrian families is crucial in alleviating their suffering. ShelterBox is able to make a real difference on the ground. Rotary and ShelterBox have developed strong partnerships with those able to operate on our behalf in the country, and through careful distribution management and the increasing use of technology, we are able to effectively identify and reach the most desperate.’ Rotary Ocean Grove aims to supply at least two shelter boxes per year to be deployed to disaster areas throughout the world. Money raised from site rental at our markets goes towards supporting this cause Individuals can also donate a shelter box, or give towards one. The shelter box is deployed with the name of the donor attached to it. The total cost of a shelter box is $1000. If you would like to donate contact Rotary Club of Ocean Grove Inc., P.O Box 252, Ocean Grove 3226. Marg Campbell, Rotarian

Sculpture home ideas FOLLOWING on from the article two editions ago in the Voice, there have been a number of suggestions on where Rotary could relocate its water sculpture. “How about in the Ocean Grove Park? Easy to get to and easy to see. Ocean Grove doesn't have much in the way of highly visible permanent art. The main street would be good too if there was a space that one could place it and have seating close by to listen to the the sound,” local Jenny Warren suggested. Jeanette Williams, who has lived in the area for over 37 years, also suggested the Ocean Grove Park. “I recently visited Brick Bay

Farm in New Zealand and there they had a sculpture trail. It was remarkable and is great for stimulating minds. It’s just an idea, and I’m not suggesting one on the same scale, but the idea would be nice for the Ocean Grove Park,” Jeanette said. An idea also put forward by Mrs Williams was to perhaps have an annual sculpture event in Ocean Grove to add to some sort of trail. “I think a small sculpture walk would be great. The rotary sculpture could be the start of this,” Jeanette added. A suggestion was also put forward by Kingston Ocean Grove. “I suggest perhaps re-homing it to the Kingston Lake reserve.

We at Kingston Ocean Grove have intended on installing a sculpture but haven’t found anything appropriate or with meaning at this stage,” Allason Lynch said. The waterfall, made by local Sculptor Noel Essex, was presented to the community in 1993 by Rotary, when the Surfside Centre was built along Shell Road. “It’s an attractive piece of artwork and it would be a shame for it to go to waste,” Rotarian Noel Emselle said. Do you agree with either of these suggestions? Have you got any other ideas to put forward to Rotary? Email Stephanie at the Voice: journo@

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THIS week marks three years since civil war in Syria sparked one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. ShelterBox Teams have worked tirelessly to get aid to thousands of refugees over the border in Jordan and to internally displaced families. I have written about shelter boxes before in this column and the destinations to where we have sent them. You may have seen one at our summer and indoor markets. While we provide shelter boxes for emergencies, no one from Ocean Grove Rotary has experienced first-hand life in a refugee camp. We were delighted when Ocean Grove’s Catriona Heath was able to speak to us about her experiences as a field officer at a large refugee camp called Zaatar close to the Jordan–Syria border, an area where we have deployed shelter boxes. Catriona is on a register funded by the Australian government to assist when an emergency response is required; this could come about due to refugee crises, floods and




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Milla and Isaac planting around the Senior Learning Community.

OCEAN GROVE Primary held a School Pride day last Friday. Students had the choice to come to school with crazy blue hair, blue nail polish and blue face paint. “School Pride Day is where you celebrate your school and you think about all the good things we do,” Grade two student Sadie explained to the Voice. “Many students brought along plants to rejuvenate and improve our school grounds. Students wrote poems, stories, and drew pictures to demonstrate what our school means to them and how they can exhibit pride and respect,”

Kerryn Skuza explained. “I like to celebrate School Pride Day because it is important to be proud of your school. You need to include everyone when you play, be respectful of the school by picking up rubbish and making sure everyone is happy,” Grade three student Milla said. “I planted my plant on the day and I liked planting it with my friends. Our school is good because of the Principal and we’ve got friendly kids and nice teachers,” grade two student Lola said. Each student received a wrist band on the day with the words ‘We always fly high @ OGPS’.

Sadie and Lola busy doing some planting.

Sibling success at showjumping WALLINGTON Primary School twins Bianca and Rohan Lock have achieved great success on their ponies over the last six months. It’s a family affair, with the 12 year olds from Marcus Hill being coached and managed by their mum, Cheryl Wright, and helped out on competition days by grandfather Peter Wright. “My pony's name is Crackers, who helped me in two wins at Ivanhoe Grammar School recently as well as two wins and a champion overall in my section at Assumption College in Kilmore,” Rohan explained. Sister Bianca rides a pony called Monahan Harrison and inspired Rohan to take up competing and show

Rohan Lock on Crackers (left) with grandfather Peter and Bianca on Monahan Harrison with mum Cheryl Wright.

Rohan Lock on Crackers at Assumption College Kilmore. jumping, after standing recently,” mum Cheryl on the sidelines watching explained. her success. “Bianca As well as representing has been competing at a Wallington Primary progressive level at 95cm School, the local twins and has had two wins represent Barwon Heads at Ivanhoe Grammar Pony Club. and Geelong Grammar

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Goshawk encounter

WINTER has been very mild so far, which has been lovely for getting out and about. I had a very pleasant stroll around Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale, during the week, where I saw three red-necked avocets, which are very beautiful waders. I also spotted a pair of red-necked stints that obviously have decided not to fly to Siberia but rather winter in Point Lonsdale. I'm determined to try to take a decent photo of an avocet, but alas they do not want to partake in a photo session. Hopefully one day one will pose for me. The highlight of my fortnight was a close encounter with a grey goshawk at Swan Bay. I was driving along the Portarlington–Queenscliff Rd when I spotted a white bird in a tree by the side of the road. It was a tricky area to turn around, get out the camera, set the camera and line up the photo, and I thought after doing all that the bird would fly away for sure, but fortunately it was preening and not watching what was going on around it (most unusual for a Goshawk). I ended up with a decent photo before it took off. I'd previously only seen

This grey goshawk was happy to pose for a photograph for our Nature Watch columnist Jen Carr.

a grey goshawk in Moruya in southern NSW, so it was lovely to see one down here on the Bellarine. Apparently the white form of the grey goshawk is the only pure white raptor found in the whole wide world. The grey goshawk is a medium-sized raptor (250cm), with two colour morphs (or forms), namely grey and white.

The white morph is pure white all over, with a dark red eye and yellow legs and feet. The grey goshawk is found in coastal areas in northern and eastern Australia, in the more open forests of northwestern Australia and coastal Victoria. So when you are driving near Swan Bay look out for the impressive white

morph grey goshawk that may still be preening by the side of the road. The next outing for the local Birdlife Bellarine group is on June 15 around the Bellarine. If you are interested in going on an outing check out the website at www. group-events/birdlife bellarine-peninsula/. Don't forget to check

out activities at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve via the Facebook page at groups/34794023030/. I have to thank Tom Fletcher for helping me to identify this bird, I knew it was a goshawk but he confirmed that it was a grey goshawk, so thanks to Tom. Jen Carr



Boardwalk for Grove?

A long-standing and active member of the Ocean Grove community, Noel Emselle, vicepresident of the Friends of Marine Discovery Centre in Queenscliff, discusses his vision for a boardwalk on the Ocean Grove side of the Barwon River.

MANY people in our community who travel around Australia and overseas must have come across a special place or a piece of infrastructure that would fit perfectly into the Ocean Grove/Bellarine natural environment experience. Personally, I have been impressed by many of the national parks that I have visited where one is able to get up close to the flora and wildlife on defined trails and boardwalks or guided boat tours. As a keen recreational kayaker and a supporter of the educational efforts of Parks Victoria, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and the DEPI Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, I am familiar with the Barwon River and Lake Connewarre wetlands and fully in support of the protection of the local and migratory bird life mandated under the Ramsar treaty. The mangroves and coastal saltmarsh are also critical in the life-cycle of the fish some love to hunt in the estuary and out at sea. We have this underappreciated natural jewel

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Part of the 1.75km boardwalk in Merimbula.

on our doorstop and I fear that uncontrolled access by fishers, birdies and power craft will have negative effects on the mangroves and the coastal saltmarsh to the west of our town. Even the users of paddle craft who venture up the river or into the wetlands drainage channels have the potential to damage the mangrove breathing roots, and to trample sensitive saltmarsh plants if they attempt to beach their craft and disembark. I believe we can do more to inform the public about Ramsar and the threats to the wetland habitat from indiscriminate access, by giving them limited access to a small, but typical, area under controlled conditions. I can imagine a win-win solution if the government

used some of our taxes (through Parks Victoria) to provide a nature appreciation trail through a section of mangrove and into the coastal saltmarsh to access bird observation spots and fishing platforms along the eastern tidal channel. It would provide passive recreation for walkers and opportunities to interpret the features of the Ramsar wetland and the reasons for its establishment. It would also give better access to parks management and volunteers to work on weed and feral animal control. I would also like to see Parks or CoGG invest in better paddle craft launch facilities on the Ocean Grove side of the estuary for outdoor education groups and the public

with interpretive signage and instructions about safety and behaviour in the wetlands. The 2003 Strategic Management Plan for the Barwon Estuary provides an excellent basis for planning a nature trail. Initially there would need to be an Environment Assessment Report but as a layman, I would start with the area between the golf course and the eastern drainage channel. I can imagine a boardwalk commencing at the boat ramp where there is already parking and other facilities. These photos of the popular 1.75km Merimbula Top Lake Boardwalk give some idea of the potential. Closer examples of boardwalks through wetlands can be seen at Coogoorah Park

in Anglesea and Edwards Point near St Leonards. At the moment the attention of Parks Vic is on the Barwon Heads side of the river with a wellplanned (but as yet not funded) major extension to the trail north of Sheepwash Rd. Residents of both towns should support the completion of the project. I hope that robust public discussion will lead to a request by our politicians to the authorities to seriously consider a complimentary project on the Ocean Grove side. I invite readers to make comments that would protect the Ramsar-listed environment, educate tourists, and improve quality of life for the fish, birds, and our residents.



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LEFTY: Zane Beazley in action.

Saira Shah (pictured above) plays a forehand shot.

Encouraging results OCEAN GROVE Tennis Club have had some brilliant results over the past two weeks. Full marks to all emergency players for coming in to help at the last minute, when illness or injury has caused some players to pull out. Even though we have had some cold mornings the juniors turn up with a smile on their faces ready to play their hearts out. The parents also deserve thanks for coming down to volunteer, help with club duty or mop up wet courts. We couldn’t do it without you! Before we get to this fortnight’s results, a big thank you to all of the ladies who came down to the club rooms for the charity night held there last Friday. The club rooms were abuzz with chatter and laughter when a shopping night was held to raise money for special care nursery neonatal cribs at Geelong Hospital. There was sparkling wine, delicious food, raffles, spinning wheel and lots of stall holders to sell their wares. Close to

$1000 was raised and we will continue to support this cause with some more activities coming soon. Here are the results for Saturday May 24. Section 3 Mixed travelled to Moolap and lost 4,28 - 2,24. Sabastian Bouma and Zane Beazley won the two sets for the match. Section 4 Boys hosted All Saints and lost in a nail biter by just 2 games 3,27 - 3,29. Julian Powell and Michael Maertzdorf won their singles and doubles. Section 5 Girls Red played at home against Torquay and lost 3,20 -3,26. Liz Lowe played well winning her sets 6-1 and 6-2. Section 5 Girls White travelled to Geelong Lawn and lost 4,29 - 2, 23. Alexandra Caldow had a great day winning both her singles and doubles. Section 7 Boys ventured to Grovedale to play their Black team and won by just two games 3,19 - 3,21. Edward Ford and Tom Soutar won their singles and doubles 6-0 and 6-1. Section 9 Boys played at home against Centre

Court and lost 1,23 - 5,35. In this very tough match Louis Beale and Scott Campbell fought to win their doubles 6-5. Section 12 Girls hosted Geelong Lawn with a frustrating drawn match 3, 27 - 3, 27. Erica Crawford won her singles and doubles. Section 13 Boys went to Leopold and won 0,16 6,36. Harry Mullen, Jack James, Thomas Grundell and Josh Miller all played very well to secure the win. Section 15 Boys played at home against Barwon Heads and won 6,36 - 0, 4. Lochie Dwyer, Daniel Townsend, Drew Honey and Sam Hines did well to win by such a big margin. Section 16 Girls travelled to Wandana Heights and won 1,17 - 5,34. Kiana Harrison Roberts and Ruby Fry won all of their sets. And the results for Saturday May 31. Section 3 Mixed hosted Leopold and won 5,34 1,16. Anna Williams, Saira Shah, Joel McMahon and Sabastian Bouma won all of their sets. This makes

them third on the ladder. Section 4 Boys travelled to Geelong Lawn and lost 6, 36 - 0,12. Not such a good day for these boys but they are placed eighth on the ladder. Section 5 Girls Red travelled to Waurn Ponds and won 3, 23 - 3, 28. Three sets were won by Brooke Vigilante and Liz Lowe. They are now fourth on the ladder. Section 5 Girls White hosted All Saints Anglican and won 4,29 - 2,24. Jaweria Shah and Emma Riley won their singles and doubles. This team have pipped the White team and are third on the ladder. Section 7 Boys played at home against Geelong Lawn and lost 2, 21 - 4, 31. Our boys won their doubles but couldn’t capture those singles sets. They are currently sixth on the ladder. Section 9 Boys had a tough day against Geelong Lawn at their home courts losing 6,36 - 0, 8. They are eighth on the ladder. Section 12 Girls went to Wandana Heights and won 2,22 - 4, 31. Saige

Campbell and Sophie Beale won their singles and then won their doubles with the other two team members, Emily McGurk and Ruby D’Arcy. They have risen to third on the ladder. Section 13 Boys had a bye this week and top of the ladder. Section 15 Boys played Geelong Lawn White at their home courts and won 1,18 - 5, 30. Lochie Dwyer and Thomas Pukepuke won all of their sets. They are second on the ladder. Section 16 Girls hosted Bellbrae at home and lost 0,10 -6,36. Paige McGurk just lost her singles 5-6. Currently placed sixth on the ladder. In the Seniors Section 4 - 2nd on the ladder Section 5 - 6th Section 6 - 1st Section 7 - 2nd Section 9 - 3rd Section 11 - 5th Results compiled by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ Facebook page for results, tips and more information.

Jack hopes to be back OCEAN Grove coach Shane Jack remains hopeful to receive an all clear from his physiotherapist this week to resume playing on Saturday after enforced five-week injury layoff, writes Mark Heenan. Jack, 34, has been sidelined since he sustained a hamstring injury in Ocean Grove’s 32-point win against Modewarre in round five on May 3. He and key tall Daniel Maloney, who has not played since round six

after being sidelined with a hamstring, are likely to push their claims for a senior recall against Newcomb on Saturday June 14. Gun Ocean Grove forwards Brayden Warren and Max Rooke are likely to play for at least one of the games against Drysdale in round 11 and Torquay in round 12. “Hopefully me and Dan (Maloney) will be returning this week and then we will start to roll Max (Rooke) back in and

Shane Jack addresses his players on Saturday.

Brayden Warren if he is not at Geelong Falcons,” Jack said. The playing coach

who has missed Ocean Grove’s last four games, admitted it was ‘frustrating’ he could not

lead his players on the field despite his side’s 7-2 record in 2014. “It is very frustrating that I am not out there – I think I probably showed a bit of that on the bench,” he said. “It is frustrating you can see things from the bench and cannot react quick enough to get the runner out. “So obviously I would like to be out there, the body won’t let me, but hopefully it will be soon.”

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Waves undefeated going into break AFTER a tough test against Elcho Park at home the Waves division two soccer side played away to Drysdale this weekend. The home advantage proved vital as Drysdale took an early lead in the first half. The Waves tried hard before the break with chance after chance, but were thwarted by a very good defensive

performance by Drysdale. The breakthrough came in the second half as Alex Ketchen ran onto a great through ball from Gabe McClelland to round the keeper and slot the ball into an empty net. The Waves searched for the winner but could not convert their chances and it looked like a draw was on the cards. But in the last minute a sublime cross from

Mathew Boore landed on the head of Steve McGain to give the Waves a 2-1 win. Waves player and coach Luis McClelland said he was pleased with his side's character after coming from behind, and praised the second half performance. The Waves go into the long-weekend break with a 5-0 record to start the season.

It was a bad day at the office against Deakin on Sunday, with the division three Waves losing 6-nil. The game was evenly balanced at half-time with a 2-nil scoreline with the Waves having a few very good chances. On another day it could have been level. The Deakin Ducks pulled away in the second half as the Waves' younger players got tired and the

Surf veterans together

experience of the Ducks added another four second-half goals. Coach Kevin Bowers, although disappointed with the result, said the Waves had tried hard but just could not find the net. The experience the younger players are getting will benefit them later in the season.

TWO Ocean Grove surfing veterans recently caught up with good friend and legendary figure Wayne Lynch to speak about his latest movie, Unchartered Waters. Locals Steve ‘Chooka’ Piec (pictured left) and Bill Kelly (on the right) are pictured here with Lynch (middle) at his home along the Great Ocean Road with the 'evolution model replicas' surf boards, which are very rare. The iconic surf boards also featured in the film Evolution which Wayne starred in. Kelly said he, Chooka and Lynch catch up regularly have surfed together since their teenage years. “Wayne and I have been mates ever since we were little kids, we grew up together and surfed together most of our lives,” Kelly said. Lynch is widely considered one of the best goofy footers to set foot on a surf board. Unchartered Waters is available on DVD at some surf shops and at JB HiFi.

Two victories for Bellarine Bears

WINS to both Bellarine Bears A grade sides was the story from Wallington Reserve in week seven of the Geelong Baseball Association winter season. The A grade Bears put up a dominant 11-3 win over the visiting Ballarat Brewers. The Bears jumped out of the blocks in the first, courtesy of a Jonathan Lowe three-run bomb. This was soon followed by a five-run second innings, with the Bears well on their way to a 16hit tally for the day. A solo home run from Chris Barker in the fourth and three hits to Brad McKentish for the day were other highlights for the Bears. Simon Murry on the mound locked down the opposition going five innings without conceding a run. The Bears now find themselves at 5-3 going into the midseason break. IN the A reserves, it was a 7-4 win to the

Bears over Ballarat City. Brad Hockey had his first outing as a starting pitcher for the seconds going 2.1 innings. Graham Rowe was a standout in offence with three hits for three RBIs,

backed up with hits to Alex Hockey, Luke Sarah and Andy Riddett. The Bears were able to get crucial hits at the right time to take the game out. The Bears B reserves went down to the Colac

Braves 2-5 in a tight one. Pitcher Danny Nichols was able to go deep into the game backed up by some sturdy defence. Hits to Brad O’Brien and Tim Meaden were the standouts in a

Bears offence that was threatening all day. Interested in finding out more about the Bellarine Bears Baseball Club? Pay them a visit online at au.


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Grubbers appoint new cricket coach Fair play Clem OCEAN Grove 17 and under player Clem Praud (pictured above) received the Spirit of Sport award from AFL Barwon recently. This award is given in conjunction with the Victorian Police and rewards fair play, sportsmanship and mutual respect among teammates and opposition players.

Continued from back page. “The (Ocean Grove) players came up and introduced themselves and it is really friendly environment like my old club who I used to play with. “I said to the club at the end of last year that I would love to get involved if it is helping with coaching or something like that.” Hanson is also a keen golfer and is member of the Portarlington Golf Club and plays off a handicap of 10. M E A N W H I L E Ocean Grove Cricket Club president Colin Bate said although the Grubbers weren’t necessarily seeking a nonplaying coach, Hanson’s experience in local cricket coaching and mentoring the club’s youth was imperative. “Obviously he is a bit older than usual, but his experience goes pretty deep and he has coached and captained a lot of premierships,” Bate said.

“He has had a fair bit of success and the knowledge he has got and the experience that he has got will bring something to the club.” Bate emphasised it was important to relieve star performer Lucas Cameron of the stresses of coaching, a role he held with Ocean Grove for the last four seasons. Cameron won the association A grade bowling average last season in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association after he took 32 wickets at a remarkable average of 12.38. “It will take the pressure off him. He won’t have to do anything for selection anymore,” Bate said. “He won’t have to stress on a Friday night about who is playing C grade or D grade. “Lucas had a fantastic season as it was in 2013/14, but if he can concentrate more on his cricket it should improve him to be honest.”

RON HANSON Premierships played in two for Warburton. Coaching highlights two Country Week premierships for the Yarra Valley Cricket Association. Previous clubs a one-club player – for Warburton. Playing skills during his playing career, Ron was a batting all-rounder, who came in at No 3 and bowled off-spin. Centuries well over a dozen. Ron estimates '15 or 16'. Highest score 184, which is still a club record at Warburton.


junior footy

Cobras dig deep

Action from Division 2 Ocean Grove U16 (1) vs Anakie.

On Saturday Collendina Cobras under 12s beat Anglesea 9.8.62 to 3.3.21. The game supported four local Home Timber & Hardware stores which have teamed up to provide major sponsorship to AFL Barwon’s "Kids First" Program. Anglesea Hardware & Building Supplies, Drysdale Timber & Hardware, Muddy’s Home Timber & Hardware (Bannockburn) and Ocean Grove Home Hardware have signed a two-year sponsorship contract with the program. The five “Kids First” fair play reminders for parents and spectators were enforced to encourage a positive environment at the footy. This was demonstrated at the end of the game when a Collendina player called for three cheers for the umpires and the opposition team without being told to do so.

Grovers win Round 9 Ocean Grove U16(1) v Anakie Ocean Grove 11.9.75 def Anakie 4.10.34 An away game at Anakie is never something to look forward to. Leaving home in darkness, the winter chill has kicked in, but the mission for the Grubbers from coach Featherby was pretty simple – get through the game unscathed, win the four points. Playing with the bare minimum 18 players, it was imperative that the Grubbers hit the ground running. Kicking into the wind in slippery conditions Ocean Grove quickly had four goals on the scoreboard before the Kangaroos knew what had hit them. Kyle Ewart continued his impressive form, roaming across half forward setting up scoring opportunities for the likes of Flynn Kelly, Hamish Drake and Riley Maloney. With Anakie held goalless and leading by 27 points, things were going swimmingly for the Grubbers at quarter time. In the end, the Grubbers completed the mission set them by the coach, some sore and sorry bodies but the four points in their possession. Goals: Flynn Kelly 4, Michael Smith 2, Byron Taylor 2, Hamish Drake, Riley Maloney, Darcy Pearson Best: Byron Taylor, Kyle Ewart, Connor Harvey, Sam Quigley, Fletcher Sharrock Round 9 Ocean Grove U16(2) v Bell Park Ocean Grove 2.3.15 def by Bell Park 14.16.100 A tough day at the office for the undermanned Ocean Grove (2) boys against the Bell Park Dragons who had just dropped down from the higher division. With some key players missing die to injury and a few boys playing under duress, the Grubbers were up against it from the word go, and held their own in an intense first quarter. Once again Pete Attard led the way in the ruck division and Nathan Taylor got plenty of the ball in his new role playing in the centre. Bell Park started to gain control in the second term despite the best efforts

of the backline. Reed Jordan was stoic under great pressure and Jack Tregenza, returning from injury, was terrific with his attack on the ball and clever usage. Unfortunately the Grubbers had their backs to the wall at half time, 36 points down and under the pump. The Dragons came out after half time breathing fire and took the game completely out of the Grubbers hands, kicking six goals to nothing as the injury hit home team struggled to stay in touch. The message was clear at three-quarter time – restore some respectability by hitting the scoreboard. Josh Hirt led the way in the midfield, Connor O’Keefe racked up the possessions and Sam Beasley made the most of his opportunities up forward by snagging the Grubbers only two goals for the game. Although a disappointing result, hopefully the return of our injured players next week will lead to better time for the Grubbers. Goals: Sam Beasley 2 Best: Peter Attard, Josh Hirt, Reed Jordan, Sam Beasley, Nathan Taylor, Jack Tregenza Round 8 Ocean Grove U16(1) v Queenscliff Ocean Grove 20.9.129 def Queenscliff 6.4.40 Ocean Grove rocketed to the top of the ladder after a convincing 89-point win over Queenscliff. Newly promoted from Division 3, the Coutas were keen to test themselves in the higher division, and took up the fight to the Grubbers in the first quarter. The second quarter belonged completely to Ocean Grove as it did what good teams should do – put their opponents to the sword, dominating through the middle and finishing off the good work with seven goals. Co-captain Darcy Pearson had a purple patch kicking three goals for the quarter as the Grubbers went to the main break with a 55-point lead. The procession continued in the second half with the Grubbers running rings around their hapless opponents. Flynn Kelly continued his good form

up forward finishing with six goals, Byron Taylor and Michael Smith played the consumate midfielder's games kicking five goals between them, and Corey Pfeiffer again displayed his versatility. In the end the Grubbers were too good for a Queenscliff side that never stopped trying. Goals: F. Kelly 6, D. Pearson 4, B. Taylor 3, B. Gist 2, M. Smith 2, Z. Leist 1, H. Drake 1, F. Sharrock 1 Best: B. Taylor, D. Pearson, M. Smith, N. Giblin, R. Featherby Round 8 Ocean Grove U16(2) v St Mary’s Ocean Grove 16.13.109 defeated St Mary’s 1.5.11 The momentum continues to build around the Ocean Grove Under 16(2) team after an impressive win over St Mary’s. The Grubbers once again hit the ground running, Craig Goodger kicking the first goal after some sharp work through the midfield, and continuing to pour on the pressure. Darcy Copeland continued his stellar form this year picking up kicks at will and using the ball wisely, and Jak Bergmann was a constant threat up forward. Harry Dodds had the big crowd roaring in delight after slotting a long bomb from just inside the 50m line and the ever reliable midfield trio of Spencer Luppino, Jack Priestley and Pete Attard were outstanding. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with the Grubbers keeping the scoreboard ticking over, and keeping their opponents to only four behinds. Reed Jordan repelled attack after attack with his run and carry from the last line of defence, while it was good once again to have Brayden Allan run around in the red and white taking on his opponents with his hard-atit approach. Goals: D. Copeland 4, J. Bergmann 4, C. Goodger 2, H. Dodds 2, B. Allan 1. S. Luppino 1, N. Taylor 1, A. Tormey 1 Best: P. Attard, D. Copeland, R. Jordan, J. Priestley, S. Luppino, J. Bergmann

Swans too good

South Barwon 13.14.92 def Ocean Grove 4.4.28 OCEAN GROVE Colts (1) came up against premiership favourites South Barwon in their Division 1 round 4 clash and while the scoreboard showed a big win to the Swans, the Grubbers' commitment was just what the coach was looking for. Cam Habgood relished his new role and was one of his team’s best. Harry Walker continued his good form. Che Durran and Christian West are arguably the two most skilful players in the side. But their leadership and blue collar grunt was also on display on Saturday, but South Barwon won. Goals: C. West, T. Dow, R. Procter, A. Shiels Best: H. Walker, C. Habgood, T. Dow, J. Evans, C. Durran, C. West Winchelsea 17.10.112 def Ocean Grove 12.5.77 Unfortunately, only 13 players presented for duty including a couple of walking wounded. Fortunately, Winchelsea had the same issue so a 13-per-side game was fashioned. Jacko Kent continued his good form for the Grubbers and kept his side in the game with two majors for the first quarter. James Peers was busy up forward and when he had the ball it looked like something good was going to happen. The Grubbers ran the game out well with four last quarter goals including two more classy

efforts from Peers, but the damage had been done. It was no fault of Adam Milich and Arthur McPhee who both had great games. Goals: M. Peers 5, J. Kent 2, T. Beasley 2, I. Wilkins, B. Ryan, D. McManus Best: J. Peers, T. Beasley, A. Milich, A. McPhee, J. Kent, D. Whitley St Josephs 17.6.108 defeated Ocean Grove (1) 4.6.30 OCEAN GROVE found the might of St Joseph’s too much in their round three clash. Harry Walker and Mitch Lindkvist tried hard all day and Read BakerHutchinson put in his usual honest performance. Goals: R. Procter 2, J. Peers, J. Teague Best: H. Walker, M. Lindkvist, R. BakerHutchinson, J. Evans, C. Durran, R. Procter Torquay 13.19.97 def Ocean Grove 7.2.44 Ben Ryan, Alec Hernan and James McGarry were the common denominators in the Grubbers getting on the scoreboard. Jackson Kent had the ball on a string in the second quarter. He was rewarded for his efforts with three classy goals for the quarter. Jake Taylor’s efforts on a couple of classy forwards was full of merit while Jesse Copeland battled bravely . Goals: J. Kent 3, A. Hernan 2, I. Wilkins B. Ryan Best: B. Ryan, A. Hernan, J. Kent, J. McGarry, J. Taylor, J. Copeland


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Style, quality and location in Ocean Grove THIS eloquent home ticks all the boxes, style, quality and location. Perched above the Blue Waters Lake district, the solid brick home features an elegant refurbishment bringing every surface a quality finish. With touches of both modern design and decorative period elements, the property has the addition of many practical bonuses. The location brings peace and harmony with an abundance of flora and fauna all attracted by the nearby lake. Styled in a way that signifies fine architectural details of days gone by yet places them within a practical and modern layout more suited to today’s life, features include double hung cedar windows and French doors accessing multiple alfresco areas, while an updated European-style kitchen is a true showpiece. Beautiful Caesarstone benchtops surround a central timber island where elegant hardware and cream coloured cabinetry surround a commercial quality Westinghouse

Price guide: $570,000$620,000 Sale type: For sale Inspection details: by appointment Robyn Grumley 0448-510 134 4 bed 2 bath 2 cars 2 living areas oven. The kitchen sits within an open casual living space with raked ceilings that soar to a ribbon of highlight windows, maximising north light. A large servery connects to the adjoining dining area, also facing north, which is connected to a second lounge by a large wood heater. This more formal living space flows to a large alfresco deck covered by a peaked pergola structure matching ceilings inside. Four queen-sized bedrooms are zoned for families. A master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe is separated from three minor bedrooms by the living spaces. Two bathrooms and laundry are also stylishly refurbished. A huge laundry offers storage cabinetry and fresh tiling while the central bathroom can be used as a second

ensuite thanks to dual access to one of the bedrooms. New spa bath and semi frameless shower are all surrounded by quality tiling with metallic mosaic features. All minor bedrooms offer BIR’s with a large hallway linen closet plus ducted gas heating to warm this section of the home in addition to the wood fire. The elevated corner site and great dimensions provide ample off street parking and storage. Twin lock up garages exist below the home (with plenty of storage), while a large concreted parking bay provides even further space. A long verandah lining the Riviera Cr boundary of the home offers a spot to relax and take in the leafy outlook while a courtyard area to the rear features a built in brick barbecue.


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10-goal loss for A grade OCEAN Grove made the trip into Queens Park to tackle top of the ladder Geelong Amateur in perfect conditions. Grove A grade challenged the undefeated new-look Ammos side with pressure netball across the court and maintained their focus throughout the game, letting this one slip and going down by 10 goals. A grade – Ocean Grove 30 vs Geelong Amateur 40 Best players: C Parker, L Bell, B Friend A grade Grove took it right up to Ammos and kept up the pressure and intensity for the four quarters getting to within three goals during the game. Candice Parker was at her usual defensive best, cutting off stray balls with Laura Bell and Bec Friend controlling the attacking circle. B grade – Ocean Grove 28 vs Geelong Amateur 48 Best players: T Sinnott, P Birch With the girls down by four at half time it was hoped that their consistency would continue. But Ammos thought differently and had Grove reeling from a 20-goal battering at whistle time. Tahlia Sinnott and Paula Birch worked defensively all game. C grade – Ocean Grove 13 vs Geelong Amateur 37 Best players: A Binns, T Splatt, B Gavin The girls started slowly and were then playing catch-up for the rest of the game. Amber Binns and Britt Gavin were doing their best through the centre while Tamara Splatt had her workload increased in defence. D grade – Ocean Grove 15 vs Geelong Amateur 29 Best players: K Ferrier, E Moran, R Mayor The girls came up against a very determined top of the ladder Ammos side with the Grove scoreline perhaps not reflective of their determination. Defence end was on fire with Kylie Ferrier and Emma Moran trying desperately to slow the

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Action from the under 13 Division 2 game. Under 17 Division 1 Ocean Grove's under 19 team lost a close tussle against Geelong Amateur by nine goals.

Under 15 Division 2 Ammos goals and Rachael Mayor, back in her favourite position on the wing, feeding in. 11U-1 – Ocean Grove girls are improving each week thanks to their dedication and determination. 13U-1 – Ocean Grove 27 vs Geelong Amateur 15 Best players: K Hart, S Thebes, M Crothers 13U-2 – Ocean Grove 22 vs Geelong Amateur

1 Best players: M New, M Smith, M Dodds 15U-1 – Ocean Grove 44 vs Geelong Amateur 1 Best players: I Bosch, T Payne, I Jones 15U-2 – Ocean Grove 40 vs Geelong Amateur 4 Best players: S Beasley, P Drinkwater, M Giblin 17U-1 – Ocean Grove 38 vs Geelong Amateur 8 Best players: B McElligott, J Sutton, C Abel

17U-2 – Ocean Grove 25 vs Geelong Amateur 24 Best players: J Fendyk, L Conquit, S Duckett 19U – Ocean Grove 24 vs Geelong Amateur 33 Best Players: D Neal, M Babb, M Doyle Results from 30 May 13U-3 – Ocean Grove 25 vs Lara 1 Best players: J Allen, M Friee, S Franken 13U-4 – Ocean Grove 13 vs Bannockburn 18 Best players: P Awramenko, M

Gannon, C Doran 13U-5 – Ocean Grove 1 vs Bell Park 33 Best players: team effort 15U-3 – Ocean Grove 22 vs St Marys 18 Best players: C Fraser, T Stapleton, M Smith 15U-4 – Ocean Grove 11 vs St Marys 21 Best players: E Simpson, N Ansell, H Grasso All Abilities – Ocean Grove 3 vs Geelong West Blue 13 Team effort

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Ocean Grove's A grade netball side went down to Geelong Amateur by 10 goals.

All pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

Roos too good by nine OCEAN GROVE packed the picnic lunch and travelled down the highway to take on Anglesea. Grove A grade couldn't close the gap on the Anglesea side and went down by nine goals. A grade Ocean Grove 31 vs Anglesea 40 Best: B. Friend, K. Ollis, A. Durling A Grade started slowly against the Seas and were trailing by five at half-time and seven at three quarter time going down in the end by nine. Bec Friend and Allison Durling were covering the centre area trying to slow the Anglesea scoring and Kelsey Ollis and Candice Parker were defending every shot. B grade Ocean Grove 37 vs Anglesea 46 Best: T. Sinnott, M. Goodger, T. Birch B grade tried different combinations to overcome the Anglesea side to no avail. Tahlia Sinnott carves it up on the wing week in, week out, along with goalers, under 17 player Maddy Goodger and Tina Birch. C grade Ocean Grove 24 vs Anglesea 38 Best A. Binns, K. Carroll, K. Collett The C girls tried their best but the margin kept growing throughout the game. Amber Binns was active in the centre along with Kim Carroll in the goalring and Kylie Collett in defence. D grade Ocean Grove 21 vs Anglesea 17 Best: R. Mayor, K. Burden, K. Ferrier D grade hung onto this determined win with a gutsy effort from all girls. Rachael Mayor, Kylie Ferrier and

Kirrilly Burden were instrumental in their positions. 19U Ocean Grove 44 vs Anglesea 22 Best: K. Boswell, B. Wemyss, M. Babb 17U-1 Ocean Grove 27 vs Anglesea 28 Best: M. Goodger, P. Woolhouse, M. Badrock 17U-2 Ocean Grove 47 vs Anglesea 2 Best: S. Page, K. Peatling, O. Duhamel 15U-1 Ocean Grove 40 vs Anglesea 15 Best: A. Badrock, C. Britt, B. King.Read the Play Round ball winner E. Moroney. 15U-2 Ocean Grove 38 vs Anglesea 4 Best: team effort. Read the Play Round ball winner M. Giblin. 13U-1 Ocean Grove 23 vs Anglesea 31 Best: J. Connellan, N. Page, I. Teague 13U-2 Ocean Grove 35 vs Anglesea 0 Best: E. Winter, M. Mills, K. Reid 11U-1 Ocean Grove girls played a great game. Kardinia Park 6 June 13u-3 Ocean Grove 9 vs Torquay 4 Best: M. Taylor, J. Allen, S. Franken 13u-4 Ocean Grove 3 vs St Mary's 23 Best: T. McVilly, M. Casey, B. Broughton 13u-5 Ocean Grove 3 vs Queenscliff 20 Best: M. Maroulis, C. Harris, T. Horzitski 15u-3 Ocean Grove 23 vs Torquay 17 Best: M. Wilkins, L. Doyle, M. Carr 15u-4 Ocean Grove 3 vs St Mary's 24 Best: team effort All Abilities Ocean Grove played a great consistent game against Geelong West Blue

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POSSESSION: Mark Laidler prepares to dish out a handball.


CONTEST: Sam Fairway fights to gain possession of the ball against Geelong Amateur.

Ammos too strong for Grubbers

LADDER leader Geelong Amateur confirmed its BFL premiership favouritism after a solid 27-point win against Ocean Grove at Queens Park on Saturday May 31, writes Mark Heenan. The home victory gave Amateur an 8-0 record in 2014, while the Grubbers fell to third place on the ladder behind Drysdale on percentage with their 6-2 start. Amateur led at every interval. The gutsy Grubbers did give the home side

a fright and got within one point of the highly favoured Ammos on two occasions in the second and third terms. Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack was proud of how his players competed despite Amateur seizing control of the match in the final quarter. Jack and Daniel Maloney did not play after failing to overcome hamstring injuries. “I just wanted them (our players) to bring effort and I thought for three-

SCOREBOARD OCEAN GROVE 13.9.87 def by GEELONG AMATEUR 17.12.114 Goals: T. Gavin 4, D. Freeman 2, S. Britt, J. Rawlings, L. Sinnott, D. West, J. McTaggart, A. Higgins, A. O'Callaghan Best: K. Long, S. Fairway, P. Maloney, J. Rawlings, M. Kellett, D. Freeman and-a-half quarters, probably nearly four quarters, they brought effort and they competed really well,” Jack said.

“We probably lacked a bit of polish with some of our skills going forward. “I think the thing that let us down was probably

entry into our forward 50.” The Grubbers went into the game without star player Max Rooke, who was named before the match but did not play due to a calf injury, while key backman Sam Rankin missed through injury. On a positive note, Grubber small forwards Travis Gavin booted four goals and Daniel Freeman, kicked two. MEANWHILE at the other end, Amateur sharpshooter Damien

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Zaparenkov was pivotal up forward with six goals. Zaparenkov, who booted six majors in last season’s match against Ocean Grove in round 11, won high praise from his co-coach Cory Bauer. “We ask a lot of the forwards in terms pushing and presenting up – for a guy of Zaparenkov’s size it is a taxing game style, and week after week he continues to do that,” Bauer told the Voice. “He is doing what the team needs and that is

creating a contest.” The home side did not have it all its own way as it had 17 players for most of the second half after Luke Souter was sent from the ground for striking in the third quarter and Kane Smith was ejected for a head-high bump in the last term. IN other news, a quirk in the BFL draw means the Grubbers will face Geelong Amateur again in round 15 at Ocean Grove on Saturday July 26.


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That winning feeling The Grubbers recorded a stirring away win on Saturday at Anglesea. They sung the team song with gusto in the rooms after the game. Picture: MARK HEENAN

Gutsy win Grove MARK HEENAN

FOUR valuable second half goals from Ocean Grove playing assistant coach Mark Laidler proved a masterstroke in his side’s 10-point win against Anglesea at Alcoa Oval on Saturday. Down by 14 points at half-time after Anglesea’s dominant second term where the home side kicked six goals to Ocean Grove’s one, Laidler, an accomplished key defender, moved into attack to trigger a Grubber revival. “We lacked a focal point (up forward) and that it is why we put Laidler down there and I thought he made a big impact in the second half,” Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack said after the match. Laidler said the ‘spontaneous’ positional move occurred in the absence of Grubber trio Shane Jack, Daniel Maloney, both injured, and former AFL star Max

SCOREBOARD OCEAN GROVE 12.16.88 def ANGLESEA 11.12.78 Goals: M. Laidler 4, T. Gavin 2, A. O'Callaghan, K. Williams, D. Moroney, B. Poulter, A. Higgins, D. Freeman Best: S. Fairway, M. Laidler, J. Rawlings, K. Williams, P. Maloney, T. Lundberg

Rooke, who all have been used as key targets in 2014. The last time Laidler, 30, kicked four goals in a senior BFL match was against Torquay in round seven at Ocean Grove in 2009. “It was a little bit circumstantial going forward,” Laidler told the Voice. “I hurt my back a bit and I wasn’t moving as well as what I would normally, so the team were able to play me in more of a stationary role, so I could move up forward and lead out." “It certainly wasn’t a

pre-determined move, it was just probably dealing with the game at the time. “Hopefully that is what we are trying to work towards by having players that can play different roles at different times, so we don’t become too predictable.” MEANWHILE the win from Ocean Grove, which has a 7-2 record in 2014, pushed it back into second place on the BFL ladder after Torquay downed Drysdale by 68 points on Saturday. Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack was proud of how his players gritted

out the win after Anglesea took control of the game in the second term and overturned an 18-point deficit at the first break. “We started really well, so that was really positive in the first quarter, and I said to the boys it was a 32-point turnaround (in the second quarter) and that should not happen to us or any footy side," Jack said. “It was a bit of a reflection on the boys not working hard enough for each other. “But I thought our players really dug deep in the second half.” For Anglesea, Josh Bouwman was a clear standout in the second quarter and displayed great goal nous and kicked three majors, while Brett Cunningham booted three goals. Utility Sam Leeds also had a positive impact for the home side and booted two goals. On the flipside, Ocean Grove dashing defender

Sam Fairway had a game to savour and provided great run out of the backline with his highrisk run and carry game style. “He (Fairway) has been terrific for a while now,” Jack said. “He has taken on a real leadership role – he was fantastic.” The tight tussle dried up scoring-wise in a thrilling fourth quarter climax where Ocean Grove kicked 2.6 compared to Anglesea’s five behinds. Jack said it was pleasing to chalk up a win on the away surrounds of Alcoa Oval at the half-way point of the BFL season. “It is good to get a hard fought win and we are 7-2 at the halfway mark and I know I could not have asked for anything better than that,” he said. Ocean Grove's next assignment is against bottom-placed team Newcomb at home this Saturday at 2.10pm.

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Singing the song for a mate

COLLENDINA Cobras under 12 team had a big win against Anglesea on Saturday morning. The Cobras and the Kangaroos joined forces

to support four local Home Timber and Hardware stores, which are actively promoting AFL Barwon’s "Kids First" Program. Full story

page 39. The boys were also supporting their mate Josh Bouma, who is pictured in the background standing

at the door of the white 4WD. Josh was too sick to join the boys in their team huddle after the game, but the Cobras took the huddle and the

team song over to be as close to Josh as possible. Josh is being treated for a serious disease called aplastic anaemia and his immune system is low,

which means he can't get too close to others at the moment. For the full story, see Stephanie Naylor's report on page 9.

OCEAN GROVE Cricket Club has appointed Ron Hanson as its new nonplaying coach for the coming season. He will take over from Lucas Cameron, who will continue as a player. Hanson said that he feels the Grubbers are already like his new cricketing home. The 66-year-old Curlewis-based resident who works as a landscaper, was announced as the Grubbers nonplaying coach at the start of June for the 2014/15 season. Despite his age, Hanson is an experienced cricketer, coach and long-time mentor and has played in multiple premierships with the Warburton Cricket Club in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley region. He is a life member of the Warburton Cricket Club. Hanson had been keen observer of the Grubbers last season after both of his sons, Ben and Sam, took up playing senior cricket at Ocean Grove. “I went there a few times last season and watched my sons play and walked into the clubrooms and it was like I had been there for years,” Hanson told the Voice. Continued page 38.

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