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April 6-19, 2011

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THEFT MISERY

AN 11 year old boy has had his Christmas present stolen in a brazen, overnight theft. David Sheehan was staying at a friend’s house on Saturday, March 26, and woke up to find his treasured BMX bike had been taken from the driveway. People at the house in Aldebaran Road believe the bike was stolen between 11pm on the Saturday night and 8.45am on Sunday morning. David’s mother, Toni, said she was devastated when she was told about the theft. To make matters worse it is an important mode of transport for the youngster. “He rides it to school and home from school every day, to the skate park and to Barwon Heads,” she said. “Whoever stole it knew it was a kids’ bike. “I would rather it have been my car or the TV, but this was his bike.” The bike is a BMX, MirraCo Essex, commonly used for tricks on ramps and at skate parks. Toni has been unable to work for more than a month and cannot afford to buy David a replacement bike. “I’m currently borrowing my mum’s car so that bike was (David’s) only transportation,” she said. Residents in the area should call Bellarine police immediately if they know the whereabouts of the bike or its parts, or simply have information about the theft itself. “I hope whoever did this sees the photos around the town and is reminded of what they did, this was a kid’s bike.”

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VAN Loon’s Nursery is Australia’s Best Large Garden Centre for 2011. The Wallington garden centre received the accolade at the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Awards at Crown last Friday night. The awards recognise excellence within the nursery and garden industry and acknowledge industry leaders that strive to achieve best business practice. After winning the Victorian award for the Best Large Garden Centre in November, Van Loon’s Nursery was judged by a national judge in February. “This award is very special for us as it recognises the hard work of our team to run a successful business,” said Loretta Hart. “Winning it a second year in a row gives us a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.” In accepting the award on Friday night Matt Hart paid tribute to their staff and customers. He acknowledged how “pleasant it was to come to work when you are surrounded with great people in a great environment”. They plan to celebrate with a dinner for the staff and a few special events planned for their customers. NOT HAPPY: David Sheehan is gutted after having his treasured BMX bike stolen.

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Teens raise $2,500 for charity Despite a less than expected turn-out, Ocean Grove’s Family Fun Day raised over $2000 for Cancer Council Victoria. Thirteen year old TahleaRose White organised the event at the Ocean Grove Hotel on March 27 with a silent auction, raffle and kids activities. Tahlea said she was disappointed with the attendance but pleased with the money they raised. “There was about 30 adults and maybe 15 children,” she said. “Including the auction, the casual dress days at school and donations from some of my teachers and donations on the day we raised about $2500.” Tahlea said she would like to thank all the sponsors who donated their time, money and auction items to make the Fun Day a success.

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THE Victoria Police Showband and Pipe Band are putting on a concert to aid funds for Bellarine Police Community Support Register. The concert is being staged on Sunday April 17 at the Parks Hall, Newcomb Street, Portarlington from 1.30pm. Tickets are $12 per person and this includes tea or coffee and a biscuit. Tickets may be purchased at the Bellarine Community Health Centre in Presidents Avenue. Ticket enquiries: 5255 3968

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NOT that usual that you come across a group of nuns eying up the surf conditions. This classic image was spotted by local John de Vries who came across them looking out at 13th Beach.

Surfside welcomes ‘awesome’ building FEDERAL MP Darren Cheeseman looked a little taken by surprise by the cheer he got from youngsters while opening the Surfside Primary’s long-awaited new classrooms and library. Perhaps he got the message just how much youngsters will appreciate the new learning space. Both youngsters and teachers have had to be pretty patient having been shuffled around from class to class for two years after the old portables were removed. If he didn’t hear that rousing welcome, he

certainly would have heard Doug Fairbrother’s rallying thanks later on. Doug explained that it had been thrilling to hear youngsters walking around the new school classrooms commenting that is was ‘awesome’. There were also thanks to the volunteers who have organised working bees to help with landscaping the outside of the new building. The Federal Government contributed $2,1M to build the new classrooms as part of its national Building the Education Revolution.

MP Darren Cheeseman (centre) was on hand to open the new library and classrooms at Surfside Primary. He is pictured with school council president Doug Fairbrother, principle Mark Huglin and year 6 pupils Lachland Gawley-Price and Brody Franken.

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RSL to mark ‘Lone Pine’ with planting OCEAN Grove RSL will be planting a Lone Pine on the Avenue of Honour in Curlewis. The pine, which is a seedling from the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli, will be planted on the avenue which is part of the Bellarine Rail Trail, on the corner of Curlewis and Portarlington roads, at 11.30am on April 15. The tree will be planted by John Burton - Legatee

and chairman of the Welfare board in Geelong and a dedication will be performed by the Rev James Douglas of Ocean Grove Uniting Church. Ocean Grove RSL president Bill Huggins will give a short talk. All are invited to the Ocean Grove RSL rooms at “Club Grove” afterwards for tea, coffee and sandwiches. Meanwhile plans to

mark ANZAC Day are well underway. Starting on April 17 Ocean Grove sub-branch will be holding a service at the Uniting Church on the corner of Eggleston and the Parade. Members are asked to form up at 10.15am for the 10.30 service. ANZAC Day, April 25, will begin with a dawn service at the Cenotaph. This will be followed as

usual by tea and breakfast at the Neighbourhood Centre, thanks to Ocean Grove Rotary Club. Later that day the traditional ANZAC Day parade will start on the corner of Presidents Avenue and The Terrace and will march to the Cenotaph. Full details of the ANZAC Day service in the April 20 edition of the Voice.

House of Nails

quick news Lost and found Bellarine Police have a number of items in lost property to give back to their rightful owners. The lost property was found around Ocean Grove and handed into the Bellarine Police Station over the last fortnight. Items include a Diesel watch, a backpack filled with dolls and two boys’ bicycles. For more information call the Bellarine Police Station on 5256 2698.

Boot sale for the park

OCEAN Grove Park is staging a car boot sale on Saturday April 30. The boot sale will run from 8.30am to 12.30pm and will feature a sausage sizzle, books, plants and bargains. Proceeds go to park improvements for the community. Sites are availalbe at $12 each. Details 5255 2302 or 5255 2505.

BREATHTAKING VIEW: An Orton Street property is likely to realise more than $3m.

$3m sea view hits the market BOASTING one of Ocean Grove’s most breathtaking decks, an Orton Street property could fetch more than $3 million. With absolute ocean frontage and breath-taking water views, number 114 provides direct access to beach the via the rear gate. Although the house is open for expressions of interest, the “three mill-plus” estimate relates nearby sales. Designed by renowned architect John Lochhead, and residing on a significant allotment of approximately 2600sqm, the

panoramic views over the ocean and the Barwon Heads bluff are extraordinary. The garden has been designed by Jim Sinatra, one of Australia’s most respected landscape architects. Featuring magnificent interiors by Rina Cohen and designer fittings throughout, the property comprises a lavish ensemble of living spaces that deliver a lifestyle without compromise. For the price you also get four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one car garage and multiple off street parking. Key highlights

include two expansive living areas with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, award-winning Carrara marble kitchen with top quality appliances and cabinetry, main bedroom with luxurious en suite, solar/gas heated pool and accommodation for six cars. It is also fitted with Bose sound system, central heating/cooling, double-glazed glass and drip system irrigation. Just in case you can find the cash, the agent is Hayden Real Estate. Expressions of Interest close at 5pm on Friday, April 29.

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Milo Cricket Coach Penny Bailey has been thanked for her service at Wallington Cricket Club. This was Penny’s final year as coach after many years of nurturing the juniors, and she will focus her support in the 2011/2012 season on her two sons, Kieran (under 11’s) and Seamus (under 13’s).

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BBQ & Refreshments Rev James Douglas, Lyn Mulligan and Isabel Thomas Dobson, moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania at the Uniting Church release the second of two doves at the opening of the Dove, the Uniting Church’s new Outreach Opportunity Shop.

A DEDICATION and the release of two doves marked the official opening of the new Outreach Centre Opportunity Shop last recently. The new ‘op shop’ and Uniting Church community centre is called the Dove.

The opening comes less than a year after the church’s most senior member Myrtle Thomas turned the first sod. Work commenced in September and the name The Dove was agreed in December. The official opening was

carried out by Isabel Thomas Dobson, moderator of the synod of Victoria and Tasmania at the Uniting Church. A grand public opening will be held this Saturday (April 9) from 9am. Diane Sapwell, secretary of the

church, said: “Come along and see what this new opportunity shop has to offer you. “As well as good quality clothing, trading for this day only will include a sausage sizzle, the selling of homemade jams and tea and coffee will be available.”

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THIS NEWSPAPER The Voice Ocean Grove Voice is published as a business in Ocean Grove, Victoria. ABN: 84 015 758 697. The editor Mr A. Barber accepts responsibility for editorial content.

Your views matter to the Ocean Grove Voice. If you are unhappy about anything you read in this newspaper either email: news@ocean grovevoice.com or write to PO Box 54 Ocean Grove, Victoria 3226.

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for taking an interest in lobbying on behalf of Ocean Grove. Jenny Robson Ocean Grove

YES, I am having dreadful trouble watching digital television. It has become so bad, I have resorted back to watching analogue, if I choose to watch at all. The digital picture pixilates and drops in and out completely in a rapid on and off manner. It has become worse over summer, yet we are now in early autumn and the reception has not improved at all! I live in a high part of Ocean Grove, in Rainbow Court. At present my digital reception is the worst it has ever been. Over the last couple of years a number of double storey homes have been built behind my property. My home is a single storey. I don’t know, but wonder if this has anything to do with it. I need to get a TV person to look at it, but for now am holding off because I have other financial commitments to meet. Thank you

It’s just atrocious WE REALLY appreciate your efforts with this. We live in the river precinct which at this stage does not have a colour on the map. I suggest that the colour be black. Our reception is atrocious. We have a good large antenna on a two story house, cables, booster etc. Anthony Gravener Ocean Grove

Spending overboard WHEN we bought our HD TV we had great difficulty receiving good reception. Since that time we have spent approx an extra $1000 getting a new aerial and booster to no avail. We still have intermittent TV reception and at one stage could

not get any channel for a period of two weeks. Sometimes we manage to get analogue instead of HD. I have contacted Conroy several times but found him to be totally useless in assisting, even when they have been informed that we have installed a new aerial, all I get is the standard “install a new aerial etc”. R Nelson Ocean Grove

Often lose signal WE LIVE in Kingston Estate, which is in the pink area described as having no major issues. We require a booster unit to get reception and even with that we frequently loose the signal from the major stations for short periods of time. Our neighbours have had to get “high gain” antennas installed to receive good reception so I think we also have our issues with reception. I look forward to hearing more about this topic and

whether there will be any action taken to improve our TV reception. Richard Olsen Ocean Grove

Why bother? I LIVE in Collendina and reception is often very poor. I purchased a HD TV about two years ago but frequently have to resort to watching the old analogue stations through the DVD player because reception is poor and the HD channels are unwatchable. I also purchased a set top box for a small portable TV but it is generally unwatchable too. Picture freezes, (pixelates?) or the sound breaks up making it impossible to follow a program. I often wonder why I bothered buying the new technology when I frequently can’t use it. I now find out that a new HD aerial might help the situation but that means another $700 or so and there is no guarantee it will fix the problem, so

why would I bother? I would like to endorse an appeal for a repeater station in this area. Lynne Toleman Ocean Grove

Cost a concern WE LIVE near Wallington Road and have a six-metre high digital antenna with mast head amplifier. We continually have drop outs, pixellation etc, especially on Channel 7, but some days can be worse and be all. SBS is always great. When this happens at least we can go back to analogue even though it is a bit snowy, but at least can be watched. The mySwitch website shows we are in a nocoverage area; the digital service switches over in December 2013 but we cannot apply for the vast satellite service until June 2013. And, even then, if eligible will cost some $300 plus dish. Mark Watson Ocean Grove

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Bellarine Aquatic Centre Award Congratulations to Bellarine Aquatic Centre for recently being awarded Life Saving Victoria’s Platinum Pool awards in recognition of their outstanding safety facilities and practices. This centre, run by the City of Greater Geelong, has proven to be a very popular focal point in the Bellarine community for fun and recreational activity catering for people of all ages. The development of this project was a result of a Council grant and a grant I secured from state government and the efforts

of the whole community. I am delighted to see the centre recognised by this award. Easter Art Show The Drysdale Rotary Club will again hold its Annual Easter Art Show on April 23 and 24, with more than 400 paintings available for sale and including displays of student art. A highlight this year will be the launch of the Young Artist Mentorship Program with students from Geelong High School and Bellarine Secondary College exhibiting year 11 art. I am very proud to be the sponsor of this great initiative.

The art show is open from 10am to 5pm at the Leopold Indoor Neighbourhood Centre, with the funds raised going to the Andrew Love Cancer Research Centre in Geelong.

Emergency grants Local community-based clubs or organisations delivering sport and active recreation are eligible to apply for grants to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost of destroyed as a result of fire, flood, significant sport event, theft or criminal damage. Grants of up to $2000 are available up to three months

after the loss or damage. Program guidelines are available online www.dpcd.vic.gov.au. Easter greetings I wish all the readers of The Voice, both Bellarine residents and those holidaying on the beautiful Bellarine, a safe and happy Easter break and school holiday period. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if there are any issues I may be able to assist you with. Hon Lisa Neville MP Member for Bellarine 5248 3462


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TV reception anger gives a clear picture OCEAN Grove residents have bombarded The Voice with details of their dismal digital TV reception. In response to the article (TV Blackspot, Ocean Grove Voice, March 22-April 5 2011) locals from all over town have told of difficulties when trying to watch their favourite show, and their concern in the lead up to 2013’s analogue switch-off. People, many of whom believed they were the only ones experiencing problems, have revealed their dismay at not being able to pick up an acceptable digital signal on their televisions. Glenn Campbell said he had experienced problems since they moved into their Collendina home 16 years ago. “We have had troubles with analogue reception pretty much since the first summer after the installation of our TV system – summer is the worst reception time of the year,” he said. “Total loss of signal can vary from minutes through hours, to several days in the worst cases, during this time of total signal loss, we will often still be able to get an analogue signal, albeit snowy.” Glenn said they have had an aerial specialist asses their home and have had numerous discussions with state and federal government representatives – a story typical of many who have contacted The Voice. “We engaged an aerial specialist to provide us with the best aerial when we went digital and we have a booster as well, however this has not solved the problem by any stretch of the imagination,” said Steve Bishop, who lives in a low lying area of Ocean Grove. Several people said they had spent up to $1000 on new aerials, boosters, televisions and set top boxes to no avail. Justin Dunn, manager of HiGain Antennas in Geelong, said they have several call outs to Ocean Grove every week and usually can help resolve any problems. “Mainly we help out people who have bought a new TV or set top box and we set it all up for them,” Justin said.

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“There are some areas around the river in Ocean Grove that are especially worse than other areas but with satellite services it should help that over time.” According to the federal government website mySwitch, as of June 2013 people who live in blackspot areas can apply for Viewer Access Satellite Television which bypasses the need for television towers. The satellite system will cost about $400 with installation costs extra. Glenn said he believes that the satellite system will not be any better than what they are currently experiencing. “I work remotely via satellite

and it has just as many if not more drop outs than signal that comes from towers,” he said. Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman said they are working very hard on the issue for Ocean Grove. “We have made the broadcast companies aware of the reception problems in Ocean Grove, and the frustration of people living in this area,” Mr Cheeseman said. “The broadcasters have said they are considering the possibility of a new gap filler transmitter to serve the area.” Mr Cheeseman recommends people contact the broadcasters directly to inform them of their

signal issues and consider the VAST system in the meantime. “We will keep on the broadcasters backs about this issue to see if we can get a long term solution,” he said. Justin said he could give advice to people who were struggling with their reception but needed to assess them individually. “It’s about speaking to someone and taking them each on an individual basis,” he said. For more information visit www.digitalready.gov.au Have your say journo@ oceangrovevoice.com

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A Google Earth camera car travels up Field Street South as it logs Ocean Grove 2011.

Grove getting re-Googled A Google Earth car has been running around the town mapping out the Grove for the world to see. Currently the maps show Ocean Grove a few years behind, Country Target was still a hole in the ground waiting to happen and the swimming pool was yet to be completed.

Surf Lifesaving Victoria carried out simulated rescue exercises at Main Beach on Saturday.

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Easter artist search

Getting ahead doesn’t have to mean letting go.

BUDDING artists have the opportunity to win enough chocolate to last them through Easter and beyond. NewsXpress Ocean Grove is running a colouring competition to be drawn on Good Friday, with the winner taking home a 3.5kg, Darrell Lea, easter egg. The competition is open to children aged one to 12 years. Entry forms are available at the newsagents and the artwork will be on display until the winner is announced.

CHOCOLATE DESIRE: Young artists are hoping to win the giant easter egg.

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Cliff concerns raised THE Hodgsons Street beach car park is under proposal for an upgrade. The foreshore redevelopment is designed to provide more car parks, improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians as well as fix storm water overflow problems that have harmed the beachfront. The project is being co-ordinated by Barwon Coast with input from Geelong City Council and will result in the creation of more than 50 designated car parks. Barwon Coast general manager Bob Jordan said the redevelopment was aimed at making the car parking more structured especially for the busy summer months. “The general plan is to improve the usability of the car park and to try and find more of a structure,” he said. Residents, however, are worried that the upgrade, which includes plans to remove more than 100 square meters of vegetation, may harm the surrounding cliffs and sand dunes. Julie Pedler’s home

overlooks the area and said she was worried about the removal of a mature Norfolk Island Pine located against the cliff in the northwestern corner of the car park. Norfolk Island pines are classified as a non-native species. “My father worked on the foreshore in the 1970s carting the pipes for the road that continued from the Esplanade through and up to Hodgsons Street and the project undermined the cliff face, resulting in it being shut off,” she said. “You start mucking around with cliff faces …” she trailed off, looking at the cliff area around her home. Julie shares, with her neighbour, a concrete retaining wall which was installed in 1994 after works on the neighbour’s home undermined the stability of the cliff on which they live. “If that made the cliffs shift then what will happen when they remove all the tea trees and the pine?” she said. Julie said she was also concerned that the

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Gain requirements of the Victorian Native Vegetation framework. This means the overall vegetation gains will be more than the losses and will only consist of native species including 13 established trees, 300 coastal shrubs and 300 grasses. Resigned to the fact the redevelopment will probably go ahead, Julie is fighting to retain the vegetation in front of her home which will ultimately result in the loss of only three planned

car parks. Julie said she has gathered more than 200 signatures from residents and visitors who support her objection. “I have had great feedback and that’s what is giving me hope, spreading the word is my quest,” she said. Objections to the project are currently being taken by Geelong City Council. Visit the council website – http://www. geelongaustralia.com.au – for more information.

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Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Office open hours – Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 5pm

91 THE PARADE OCEAN GROVE

Look forward to seeing you at OGNC Nicki Dunne Manager

Community Development Projects and Events Coming up at OGNC Drop in Reunion 10 Years On

On Friday 15th April 2011 from 6pm to 10pm at Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre – 91 The Parade Ocean Grove. Have you ever attended drop in? Or do you know someone who has? Join all the staff of the last 10 years and come along to our reunion. It would be great to catch up, here your news and reminisce about the great times, camps, raves and adventures we went on. For those who cannot attend please post a message on our event page in FB and let us know what you are doing with

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Pop into the centre to pick up a copy of the term 2 program of courses. I am sure you will find something of interest in our course list. Remember you are never too old to learn something new. Over the coming months OGNC will have published the new business directory. Watch this space for the launch. Don’t forget about the Drop in Reunion. Pass the info onto any one you may know who has attended drop in over the past 10 years. Details Below. I have great pleasure in announcing that we are now able to take young people who are currently in Grade 6 into drop in. OGNC has secured some extra funding and has appointed another youth worker so that we can expand the program. If you are in Grade 6 or have a child in Grade 6 and would like further details please do not hesitate to contact me. Remember our doors are always open to suggestions or support to community members so please pop in and talk to one of our friendly staff.

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11th April 8am - 6pm Excursion: Movie Day @ Readings Cinemas: A movie of rating G or PG will be seen. Departure: 9:30pm Return: 1:30pm Venue: Waurn Ponds Shopping Complex, Pioneer Rd Phone: 5249 2800

12th April 8am - 6pm Activities: Indoor/ Outdoor games and craft activities.

13th April 8am - 6pm Excursion: Indoor Rock Climbing Departure: 9:30am Return: 1:30am Venue: The Rock Adventure Centre, 403 Pakington St, Newtown Phone: 5221 3101

14th April 8am - 6pm Activities: Indoor/ Outdoor games and craft activities.

15th April 8am - 6pm Excursion: Amaze ‘n’ Games Departure: 9:30am Return: 12:30pm Venue: Bellarine Hwy, Wallington Phone: 5250 2669

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18th April 8am - 6pm Excursion: Movie Day @ Readings Cinemas: A movie of rating G or PG will be seen. Departure: 9:30pm Return: 1:30pm Venue: Waurn Ponds Shopping Complex, Pioneer Rd Phone: 5249 2800

19th April 8am - 6pm Activities: Indoor/ Outdoor games and craft activities.

20th April 8am - 6pm Excursion: Indoor Play Centre. Departure: 9:30am Return: 12:30pm Venue: Kids Runamuk 24 Aparel Cl, Breakwater Phone: 5229 3499

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Drop in Youth Group Year 6 to Year 12 – Whats Coming Up

Drop In Youth Group at OGNC operates every Friday night, 6-9pm. All young people are welcome from years 6-12. Socialise with other young people within a safe, friendly environment, fully supervised by supportive, qualified youth workers. Call or pop in to OCNC for all enquiries and enrolments. 1st April Excursion Rock Climbing 8th April In house – End of Term party 15th April Drop in Reunion at OGNC

National Playgroup Week 25th April – 30th April At OGNC Lisa provides Playgroup to over 50 pre-schoolers. During National Playgroup Week an extra special activity and morning tea will

be provided to children and parents who attend OGNC Playgroup. Please contact OGNC for all enquiries and enrolments for term 2.

Accredited Training (Nationally Recognised) ON OFFER AT OGNC Certificate III in Childrens Services (CHC30402)

This course is designed for those who are working or would like to work within the Child Care Industry. This course will run on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am to 3pm commencing the 4th May 2011 Fee: 895.00 funded or $602.50 concession (This course fee includes Workplace first aid level II and Food handling certificates)

Certificate III in Hospitality

This course is designed for the learner who would like to work or currently works in the hospitality industry.

This course runs Wednesday 9am to 3pm and Thursday 11.30am to 3pm commencing 4th May Please contact the centre for further details

Certificate III in Business Administration

This course provides the learner with the tools to work within an office or administrative role. This course runs Monday 9am to 3pm and Friday 9am to 12noon commencing 2nd May Fee: $795 funded or $382.50 concession

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This class utilises light weights, a Swiss ball and concludes with 15 minutes of stretching and relaxation. Monday 11.15 am each week Member fee: $7.00 per session Non member: $10.00 per session

Good Friday Centre Closed

Cost: $50 less CCB

Walking Group Heather will lead you on a fortnightly walk around the local area. This is a great way to exercise and socialise at the same time. Please bring a water bottle. Friday 9.15 am each fortnight starting the 11th February Member fee: $7.00 per session Non member: $10.00 per session

The Art of Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping can be a real art, as you will discover when you attend this fantastic workshop. The theme will be based around Mother’s Day. Friday 1mp on 1st April Member Fee: $15.00 1x2 hour session Non Member: $25.00 1x2 hour sessions

STOP PRESS Last Chance For Enrolments Certificate III in Education Support Last Chance For 2011 at OGNC – Bookings Still Accepted!!

This course is designed for the learner who would like to enter the education system as an integration aide or teacher’s aide at Kinder, Primary or Secondary level. This course covers all relevant modules in working with students with special needs, language and numeracy support to children as well as general modules in the support and behaviours of children. This course is subsidised by Victorian Government funding. This course will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week from 9 am – 3:15 pm commencing on 22th March 2011. Fee: $825.00 (funded) Concession: $560.35 (Course fee includes Workplace First Aid Level II and Back Care Certificate)

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During this class you will learn how to cook simple but sophisticated food, with the emphasis on quick and easy! Wine matching will be incorporated into the class and a taste of all dishes is provided. Wednesday 6.30pm from 30th March Member Fee: $60.00 2x2 hour sessions Non Member: $70.00 NEWS FLASH Stay tuned - OGNC will be releasing Term 2 Program by the end of March.

School Holiday Program

Bookings are now open for the upcoming School Holidays in April. Please contact the centre for an enrolment form or down load off our web site. Payment is required at time of booking and spaces are limited.


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day in the life — derrick humphrey

A musical life lived to the full “Music is my passion and has been the guiding force throughout my life,” says Derrick (aka Derek) Humphrey. He was born and went to school predominantly in London, although as an evacuee during World War II, he also attended school in Essex and Norfolk. Career opportunities were limited at that time and as Derek already loved most forms of music, he naturally chose music (the Armed Services being the only avenue available) … and so the journey in music began. In early 1941 he enlisted as a boy musician with the band of the East Surrey Regiment. The band was based in Kingston upon Thames and it was there that Derek learnt Music Theory, the saxophone, regimental history and finished his formal education. At the age of 19, he became

a fully-fledged band member, taking part in performances regularly A year later he was appointed principal alto sax player. Not long after this the band was posted to Greece, returning to the UK in 1951. Later, he felt the need for a change and, in 1952, successfully passed an audition for the Band of H.M. Scots Guards and was posted to their headquarters in London. Many memorable years and incidents were to follow: being at St James’s Palace for the Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation (1953); the Coronation itself; being part of Queen Mary’s funeral procession; Trooping of the Colour ceremonies; many Changing of the Guard ceremonies; guards of honour for visiting royalty and other dignitaries; FA Cup finals at Wembley; rugby internationals at Twickenham; Murrayfield

MUSICAL PASSION: Derek Humphrey has spent his life dedicated to music.

Commonwealth Games; a number of Edinburgh Military Tattoos and the list goes on. In 1964 he read an advertisement for a saxophone player with the RAAF Central Band at Laverton, Victoria. Another successful audition found Derek with his wife and two daughters on their way to a new life in Australia. For the next 30 years Werribee became home and where their son was later born. Derek was very happy to be a member of the finest service band in Australia (and rising to the rank of sergeant). The band travelled extensively

throughout Australia and visited Canada for Expo 1967, Nauru and entertained the troops in Vietnam. There were more ceremonies, receptions for the Queen, parades and concerts. In his private life, Derek still continued his musical involvement. In 1968 he formed the Werribee Choral Society (later the Werribee Music Society) becoming the musical director until retiring in 1983. Derek was voted Citizen of the Year in 1981 for his services to music. In 1979, Derek and a music colleague Roy Hamilton

formed the Westgate Concert Band. Their aim was to provide an opportunity for students in their area to extend their musical capabilities. This was certainly achieved with the band being successful in the VBL championships several times. Westgate won B Grade three years in a row and A Grade twice, and was placed fourth in the National Titles. The band participated in the Pacific Basin Band Festival in Hawaii in 1987, winning a few trophies. Derek finally retired from those musical activities in 1993 before moving to

Ocean Grove to live. Since coming to the Geelong area, Derek has been involved in adjudicating, concert band workshops and singing with, and arranging music for the Ocean Grove Uniting Church choir. Derek’s time these days still includes arranging concert band music and supporting young musicians. However, his interests have widened to include bowls, Probus, Lodge, RSL, gardening, the beach, wood turning and attending concerts.

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A love of the landscape AWARD winning local artist Simeon Walker, who is renowned for his portraits of native trees, is set to open a major new exhibition. Simeon’s highly anticipated solo exhibition, opening in May at Flinders Lane Gallery, will feature his painstaking oil paintings, exquisitely bringing the Australian landscape to life through careful attention to light and shade, colour and texture. Simeon is a long-term resident of the local area, living in Ocean Grove and working out of his studio in Geelong. The local area and landscape provides much of the inspiration for his work. He has a long standing interest in examining the borders where the natural world meets the edge of the civilised one. Many of his paintings are situated on the urban fringes where housing estates and shopping centres constantly push back the farmland and open scrubland. On the Bellarine Peninsula, where the artist lives,

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this is happening at an alarming rate. Simeon said: “The point of interest for me lies where naturally dramatic forms meet the edge of civilized suburbia. It is here where human society is pushing out into the open land to both

embrace and eradicate it. I am fascinated with these paradoxes and recurring opposites that define our relationship with the landscape.” His upcoming show Verticals examines the world above us. The world between

the earth and the sky which, in our busy lives, we rarely pause to contemplate. Rich cloud formations and sculptural tree forms become studies in composition for the artist in this latest series of paintings. Simeon Walker was a

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A book and a cuppa’ BOOKS on Parade is a unique new business in Ocean Grove, combining owner Lisa Sutherland’s three favourite things; pre-read books, loose leaf tea and vintage homewares. Moving from Melbourne to Ocean Grove nine years ago Lisa saw a need for a second hand bookshop for the area. “I’ve always had my nose in a book and there is nothing better than finding that perfect read. For many years now, I have wanted to open my own bookstore in order to share my passion for reading with others and I believe there is no better spot than Ocean Grove. It’s a cliché, but my favourite book is “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen, with “Round Ireland with a Fridge” by Tony Hawks coming a close second”. The shop is light and bright, with easy to scan bookshelves,

a table with clusters of books atop it, shelves full of quaint teacups, teas in all kinds of flavours, gorgeous vintage home wares and of course pre-read books, with the quality of each item being of the highest importance. With biographies, classics, travel, romance, cooking, crime and suspense novels, there is a book in store to suit everybody! A Book Circle will be held in store on the first Tuesday of every month (the first meeting was due to take place on Tuesday April 5 at 10.30am). “The Book Circle will be an informal and relaxed affair. With no set book list there is the opportunity to discuss a wide range of books and broaden peoples reading attitudes.” There is also a large selection of quality loose teas. Classics such as Jasmine, Peppermint,

Earl Grey, Lemon Mint and Chai and will make the perfect compliment to the quiet time spent reading. There are varieties that can become your new favourites, such as Chocolate, Aloe Vera, Spiced Plum, Autumn Glow, Whisky Shot and an interesting blend of Strawberries and Champagne. There is even a tea for marriage! All teas come in gorgeous packaging, with a range that comes in a small packet for $2 each. Caffeine free teas are also available, as are flower blooming teas, which are guaranteed to give the tea drinker a unique experience. As an opening special, there are a number of books where if you buy two, you will get the third free and prices start from just $1. Books on Parade is open seven days and is located at 1/96 The Parade.

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Just loving their learning BELLARINE Secondary College is into its fourth year of giving gifted students a leg up throughout their secondary education. The Select Entry and Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program gives high achieving students the chance to complete years 7 to 10 in three years ! giving them more freedom when undertaking VCE. ! The program co-ordinator Brian Thomas said the program placed like-minded students together to learn at a similar speed. “The value of this has already 1/96 the parade, ocean grove been proven with outstanding victoria 3226 scores in regular nationwide testing in English, maths, phone: 0400 051 365 science, geography and computer skills,” Mr Thomas said. booksonparade@hotmail.com Sam, 12, and Kelsie, 13, are part www.facebook.com/booksonparade of Bellarine’s latest group both coming from grade six at Ocean Grove Primary School. “In year six we were just sitting there bored but when we went Books on parade BCard.indd 1 16/02/11 12:38 PM to SEAL it was a challenge,” Sam said. The group has classes together but blends with the mainstream year sevens for technology and physical education to encourage friendships across the year level. Mr Thomas said the SEAL class comprised 24 students chosen about 40 tested across the WALLINGTON AQUATIC from Bellarine. LEARNING PTY LTD “Generally you end up with a 1590 BELLARINE HWY, WALLINGTON PH: 5250 2259 class of the brightest kids on the peninsula,” he said. Wallington Aquatic Learning is a Potential program students are privately owned family business purposely built for “You” the Community. usually recommended by their primary teachers and are then THE CENTRE OFFERS: assessed while still in grade six.

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SIGNED AND SEALED: Kelsie and Sam have taken up the SEAL challenge.

“Its reasonably rigorous testing trying to separate all the top kids, the test is set by the University of New South Wales as virtually a scholarship test,” Mr Thomas said. “We interview both students and their parents; one of the factors of SEAL is the academic side and the other is their work habits at home, and their

enthusiasm to learn is really important too.” Mr Thomas said the program was not only for academic kids, but attracted many students who had a wide range of interests and were gifted in other areas, including sport. “This group this has been the most diverse we’ve ever had,” he said. Sam said he would recommend

the program for anyone who may feel unchallenged by their grade six school work. “I’d say go for it ‘cause there’s such a wide range of things they can do especially for kids coasting through year six,” he said. 2012 SEAL applications close at the end of term one. Visit www.bellarinesc.vic.edu. au

Out with texting, Twitter and Gameboy, in with chess, marbles and bocce Christian College Year 8 students participated in their annual Medieval Day on March 24th. The day was full of excitement, colour and experiences based on their medieval studies throughout the term. Activities consisted of dressing up into Medieval costumes and experiencing a banquet with dancing, great food, and a sword fight between two knights. The games played involved skittles, students locked in the stocks, balancing on a set of stilts, and playing chess, marbles and bocce. The school said that teachers, parents and the students had an enriching and unique experience from the day.

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OCEAN GROVE FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB 2011

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Go Grubbers

Ocean Grove Football Club preview DAYLIGHT savings is over, the temperature is dropping and the lawns don’t need to be mowed every half hour. Footy must be close. After solid performances over the preseason and some active recruiting over the summer, people around town are thinking finals for the Grubbers. ‘We’d be aiming to win at least two out of every three games this year,’ says senior coach Cameron McGregor. ‘Which makes twelve wins, so yeah that should have us in the finals.’ ‘Along with the eight or nine new players we’ve picked up this year, we’ve also got Rohan O’Callaghan who’s coming back from a broken leg. He only played two games last year so he’s like a new recruit.’ O’Callaghan is a playing assistant, and along with another playing assistant Shane Jack (new to the club this year) and Mathew ‘Tissa’ Tyrell, completes the coaching panel looking to advance the club into the finals. Tissa joins the senior coaching ranks after coaching the under 18s to a trifecta of flags in the last three years, where he became famous for his colourful and impassioned half time addresses. The success of the under 18s in the

last few years highlights the strength of the clubs depth. ‘Along with our new recruits, we’ve got five or so players in the seniors who’ve come through that system,’ says McGregor. ‘And others in the 18s who will probably get a game through the year, as well as players like Sean Britt, fresh out of the under 18s, who put his hand up for first round selection with a strong game against Strathmore.’ The first game of the season is away to Portarlington on April 9, before a big game against Anglesea at home the following week. The anticipation for this game is already building. ‘Anglesea beat us quite convincingly early in the season last year and ultimately took our spot in the five. We’d be looking to return the favour this year,’ says McGregor, with determination and confidence in his voice. At the same time he notes Anglesea have picked up some good talent in the off season. ‘I’m looking forward to the game.’ With the makeshift ruck division of last year replaced by a genuine ruckman in Tom Foott this year, and some extra talent added all over the ground, Grubbers fans should be too.

Ben Ricardo.

Grubbers New Recruits:

Luke Sinnott.

KADE WELLINGHAM: flanker/midfielder from Warracknabeal who played one game for the club last year, when Warracknabeal had a bye. TOM FOOTT: ruckman from University Blues who was second best on ground in their reserves preliminary final win last year. SHANE JACK: forward from Geelong West-St Peters and Werribee in the VFL. One of two playing assistants.

Mat Gorski.

BEN RICARDO: midfielder and vice-captain of the club who returns after a year in the GFL with Geelong West. LUKE SINOTT: midfielder/flanker from Spotswood. PETER CORRADING: key back. TAYLOR MOORE: utility from Beuarth MAT GORSKY: former Grubber backman returns from Portarlington. JOE HINKLEY and CLINTON PLACE: onballers from Camperdown.


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environment

Pacific Gull on the Southern Ocean PACIFIC Gulls are commonly seen in Ocean Grove around the Barwon River Estuary and also on the main beach. The Pacific Gull is a large (58-66 cm) seabird, with black wings, white front, yellow legs, and a large yellow and red bill. A young Pacific Gull has brown and black feathers and a black bill. The Pacific Gull is smaller than an albatross, which can grow to a metre in length, but larger than a Silver Gull (Common Sea Gull), which is usually about 40 cms in length. Pacific Gulls are usually seen alone or in pairs, not in large flocks like seagulls. The Pacific Gull is endemic to the Australian coastline, from Western Australia, right around the south coast of Australia, to northern New South Wales. The gull prefers to live in areas where there are sandy beaches and estuaries, so we have a perfect habitat here in Ocean Grove for Pacific Gulls. Pacific Gulls feed on

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while the male stands guard and forages for food. What a team! •MEANWHILE, in regard to duck shooting, I have written to the Minister for the Environment to ask why Lake Connewarre is a game reserve when it is an internationally

recognised wetland of importance under the Ramsar Treaty. I haven’t received a reply as yet. I will continue my onewoman crusade until the end of time if that is what it takes! Just a reminder that the Bellarine Branch of the Bird Observers Club of

We conserve, present and enhance the natural & developed coastal environs for the enjoyment and use of all

BARWON COAST

Barwon Coast your local coastal foreshore manager has the responsibility for the management of 13km of coastal crown land from Collendina to Blue Rocks including our beautiful beaches in Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and 13th Beach. We are also the manager of the Port of Barwon Heads and operate two large coastal caravan parks – Barwon Heads Caravan Park and the Riverview Family Caravan Park, Ocean Grove plus the Riverside Camping area. Our Committee members are all local residents from Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and are appointed by the State Government following the public advertising for expressions of interest 13th Beach Trails Barwon Coast’s draft plan to provide 3 trails within Barwon Heads to improve safety of access to the beaches on 13th Beach Rd for pedestrians and recreational cyclists has been on display for comments and submissions. Two of the trails link Stephens Parade Barwon Heads to beach access points on 13th Beach Rd whilst the third links alongside the road to the 13th Beach SLSC. Whilst the period of time for the lodging of submissions has now closed, details are still available on our web site www.barwoncoast.com.au Our Committee members are reviewing all 119 submissions prior to deciding on the next stage of this project. Dog Free Beaches The dog free beaches declaration changed on 1st February with dogs allowed back on the Ocean Grove Beach (west of 13W Hodgson St), but they must be on a leash until the end of April. This also applies to the Barwon River beaches. From 13W (Hodgson St) east towards Collendina, dogs are permitted under effective

Australia (BOCA) meets on the first Monday of every month at the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood House. Please ring Neil Hickman on 52552724 if you are interested in BOCA activities. By Jennifer Carr

control. Effective control is when your dog is within your sight and can be controlled by voice command. There are some sections of beach where dogs are prohibited all year around including west of 40W on 13th Beach which is a known Hooded Plover nesting area. There are from time to time other areas temporarily fenced off when a Hooded Plover nest / scrape is found and we ask that dogs be put on a leash in such areas. Please remember to “pick up after your dog” so that other users of beaches are not inconvenienced. Use the “Scoop the Poop” bags provided by Barwon Coast. Ocean Grove Main Beach When the seawall and promenade at the Ocean Grove Main Beach was rebuilt in 2009, new terracing was constructed beside the amenity block and beach access. The terracing was “completed” with a course sand surface rather than grass, acknowledging the then existing water restrictions and drought conditions. Work has recently commenced on replacing the coarse sand with kikuyu grass (drought tolerant) that will be laid (in rolls) across the area this week. Sheepwash Classic Fun Run This year will see the 30th Anniversary running of the Sheepwash Classic Fun Run and for the fifth consecutive year we are taking the opportunity to further support our local community by sponsoring the naming rights for the event which is a significant part of the Barwon Heads Primary School Easter Fair. Additionally we will sponsor the first prize both male and female in Fun Run for the 15th consecutive year. We look forward to your participation and enjoyment of the natural environment during the Barwon Coast Sheepwash Classic Fun Run on Saturday 23rd April as the course winds its way through the coastal reserve, the caravan park , onto the beach and back to the school. A slightly different course is planned for this year including running across the new pedestrian bridge and continues with last year’s addition of a full lap of the trail around the top of the Barwon Heads Bluff. Great views if you are not running to hard! I encourage you to contact me to discuss any issues related to coastal management in our region by phoning me on 5254 1371 Bob Jordan General Manager Barwon Coast, Ewing Blyth Drive, Barwon Heads


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Geelong Performing Arts Centre presents

Julie Anthony in Concert with Kevin Hocking 20 & 21 April 10.30am The Playhouse Lauded as one of Australia’s most loved entertainers, Julie Anthony was recently given lifetime achievement awards by both her peers and the industry. Julie has chosen to “retire quietly” and consequently we are delighted to have her back in what will be not only her usual brilliant solo show, but one of the very last times she will be thrilling audiences anywhere.

Musical Mornings Season One 2011

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ALTMANN PULLING INTO CHOOK SHOP Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Altmann is in town on Saturday night on tour with the Wildes. The South Australian is playing the Chicken Shop after Saturday’s Festival. Altmann’s sound is influenced by the Texas border town grooves of Doug Sahm and Jerry Jeff Walker, combined with the up-tempo country rock beats of Chuck Berry and Levon Helm. Altmann released his debut solo album, ‘Que Paso’, in September 2010 on his newly formed record label, Ridin’ High Records.

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Singing workshop on song OCEAN Grove resident and singer Virginia Cooke is organising a singing workshop for singers of all levels of ability in Queenscliff on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April. Entitled Song Safari, the workshop will be run by the talented Rachel Hore, who has performed and taught throughout Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Virginia is excited about this opportunity to bring Rachel, who hails from the Blue Mountains, to the Bellarine as she doesn’t often come to Victoria. “I know we’ll be in for a treat”, Virginia said.

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A word on Grove poets’ get together A REMINDER for past and present Ocean Grove’s U3A poetry group members that they will be celebrating 20 years of reading and writing verse on Friday April 8. The gathering will run from 2.304.30 at Ocean Grove Library. Remaining original members Dorothy Cook and Margaret Duckworth will be speaking about the beginning of the group at the reunion. All who wish to attend call Ena on 5256 1205.


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music/live events

• Piping Hot Chicken Shop. Phone 5255 1566 — Saturday April 9- Chris Altmann and the Wildes. — Saturday April 23 8pm – The Hornets. Tickets $20. • Barwon Heads Hotel. Phone 5254 2201 — Wednesdays: Trivia in the BacBar — Thursdays: Live acoustic music with Lucas Parsons in the BacBar — Fridays 9.30pm: DJ in the BacBar. — Friday April 22: James Reyne. • Ocean Grove Hotel. Phone 5255 1122 — Saturdays: Live music and open mic from 6pm. — Friday April 29, 8:30pm – Wild Turkey. • Nectar Bar. Phone 5255 5382 — Bellarine Underground Musicians, Monday nights from 6pm. — Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. • Potato Shed. 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale. Phone 5251 1998 — Spudfest 2011. Saturday April 9. Youth run music festival with acts including Hopeless, Grips and Tonic and Rise from Ruin. Presale tickets $18.40 from www.oztix.com.au — The Keeper. A gothic tale of dark and light … a fascinating play about a lightkeeper’s daughter. Friday May 27, 8pm. • Queenscliff Uniting Church. Crn Hesse and Stokes streets, Queenscliff. — Sunday April 17, 5pm: Vocal quartet, The Nymphs. Tickets from Queenscliff Information Centre or at the door. Visit www. unitingqueenscliff.org.au • FESTIVUS for the rest of us! Sunday April 24 from noon. The Carlton Hotel, Malop Street, Geelong. Guests include Little Red, Children Collide and local acts Mock Turkey and 1 Fish, Two Fish. Tickets from $42.35

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get active

classes

• Tai Chi- New Beginners Classes starting Thursday April 28 at 6pm and Tuesday May 3 at 9:30am. Contact Christine McKay on 5255 1948 or 0417 508 857. • Adult yoga/dance classes. Friday nights 7-8pm. Kyo Yoga106 Orton Street, Ocean Grove. Phone 5256 2723 / 0438 562 723 • Functional Exercises to Music for Older Adults. Mondays 9:15am – Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Wednesdays 9:30am – Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Contact Margie 5255 1335 • Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance: Tuesdays 7:45 – 10pm. Marcus Hill Hall, crn Banks Rd and Bellarine Hwy. Phone 5251 3393 • Line Dancing: Wednesdays 1-3pm and Mondays 7–8.30pm. Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Contact 0413 690 597 • Body Torque. Phone 5255 2604 for upcoming rides or spin classes. Bike riding and coffee club – ride 30km every Wednesday from 9:30am. Meet at Body Torque on Grubb Rd opposite the Car Wash. Phone Felicity on 5256 2431.

food/wine

• Oakdene Vineyards - Monday and Tuesday nights: 6:309:30pm. Masterclass with Martylearn the secrets to fine food and wine. Phone 5255 1255 • Leura Park Estate – sensational wines and food available. Live music every Sunday from 12:30pm. 1400 Portarlington Rd, Drysdale. Phone 5253 3180 • McGlashan’s Wallington Estate – New release wines, gourmet platters and classic car display weekends and public holidays 11am – 5pm. 225 Swan Bay Rd

• Bridge classes for beginners. Every Friday from April 1 to June 3, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Phone 5256 2550 • Sticky Fingers adult cooking classes. Friday nights 7-8:15pm, April 29 to May 13. $30 per class per person. Phone 0400 307 040 • Check out the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre timetable for a range of fun and informative classes from cooking to CPR. Phone 5255 4294 • Ganesh Delights vegetarian cooking classes. Wedenesday evenings, fortnightly. Surfside Primary School kitchen. Phone 0413 125 955.

family fun

• Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group presents The King and I. Limited season 10 shows from Friday April 8 until Saturday April 16. Queenscliffe Town Hall. Phone GPAC on 5225 1200 to book. • Sticky Little Fingers kids gourmet cooking classes. Saturday mornings 10-11:15am, April 30 to June 4. $20 per class per child. Bookings on 0400 307 040 • Koombahla Equestrian Park: After school riding programs Tuesday to Friday. Phone Tracey Rodgers 5256 2742

markets, fairs and fundraisers

• Sunday April 10 – Point Lonsdale Market. 9am to 2pm. Point Lonsdale Primary School • Sunday April 17– Drysdale Community Market. 9:30am to 1:30am. Drysdale Recreational Reserve. • Saturday April 23- Barwon Heads Market. 9am to 1pm,

Clubs meet

Mondays

Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 7.30pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Enquiries - Marg Wylie 5256 2550 Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7pm-9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove Ph.52551641. Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed, 9am-1pm at the Queenscliff Neighbourhood Centre, Tobin Street. Details Ernie Mason 0421 703368.

First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm: Bellarine Secondary College. Contact Tony on 0409 545929. Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 1.30pm at St Peter’s Ch Hall, Draper St. Details 5256 1863. Ocean Grove Ladies Probus, 10am: Ocean Grove Golf Club. Thelma Evans on 5255 1806.

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

Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10.30am to 12..30pm: Surfside Centre, inquiries to Pat Virtue on 5256 2155. Friendship is our theme.

Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club,10am-12 noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph. John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Bellarine T.O.W.N, 6pm: Uniting Church Hall, cnr Eggleston Street and The Parade. Contact Glenda 5255 5463. Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, 6pm at Club Grove. For information phone 0457 315 900

First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus. 10am-12noon at the Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers., make friends. Visitors welcome For details please contact Terry on 5255 5587.

First and Third Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club, 7pm Moorfield Park, Grubb Road. New Lions most welcome. Details 0418 524 873.

Third Tuesday of every month

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Barwon Heads Community Hall, Hitchcock Ave • Sunday April 24 – Queenscliffe Community Market. 9am to 2pm, Lower Princess Park, Queenscliff. — Portarlington Community Market. 9am-2pm, Parkes Hall, Newcombe Street, Portarlington.

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• Barwon Heads Hand Drumming. Wednesday nights 7-8:30pm. Anglican Church 61 Hitchcock Avenue. $20 entrydrums supplied. • April 23 & 24 – The Rotary Club of Drysdale’s Easter Art Show. Leopold Neighbourhood Centre.

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• Free journalism writing workshop, with The Voice subeditor Eve Fisher, for 12-25 year olds. Tuesday April 12, 11am to 3pm Ocean Grove Library. The workshops are run by The Piercing Truth magazine and include lunch and all writing materials. Book at www. geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au. • Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Please note these sessions do not run during school holidays. — Preschool Storytime. Every Friday 10:30am. — Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 7-12. Last Wednesday of the month 4-5pm. Next date April 27. — Bookchat – share your love of books over light refreshments. 2:30-3:30pm third Tuesday of the month. Next date May 17. For more information visit www.geelonglibraries.vic.gov. au

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Have your event included in What’s On. Phone: 5255 3233 Email: journo@ oceangrovevoice.com

Ocean Grove branch of the Liberal Party. St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper Street. Contact Ben on 0420 374 032.

Wednesdays Jujitsu, 6.30pm: Juniors; 7.30pm Adults, Surfside Centre, Steve Cosgrave 0405 022084

Second Wednesday of every month Parkinson’s Self Help Support Group, 1.30pm: Grove Centre (next to library), Presidents Ave. For details contact Pam on 5255 5152

Third Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove on Barwon Probus Club, 9.45am, St Peter’s Ch Hall.

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

Last Wednesday of every month Cancer Support Group, 10am, Community Health Centre.

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

Thursdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am-12noon at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph. John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996.

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

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

Saturdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 3pm-5pm at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph. John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Coasters Social group Social events for people of working age. Dining out, movies, trivia, bands/trivia nights & more. www.groupspaces.com/coasters-social-group, or 0411 952 598


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DAWSON TO ROCK GROVE FESTIVAL JO Dawson will headline this weekend’s Ocean Grove Festival in the Terrace. This fourth annual music and community festival boasts a full line up on two busy stages. Sharing the main stage with Dawson is Guthrie Pastiche, Rory Ellis and local ska band Ska Bang – and more. While a community stage at the Hodgson Street end will include drum workshops, dance and live music from Ocean Grove youngsters from 10am until 4pm. The street will also include market stalls, aboriginal art for kids and and an art display.

The main stage music will kick off at 1pm with Shannachie. A big feature of the festival will be the annual busking competition, buskers will be competing between 10am–12.30pm with the winner announced outside the chicken shop 12.30pm. Great prizes! Other acts on the main stage will be Michelle Meehan who recently performed at Port Fairy Folk Festival and is representing the winning band ‘Shannachie’ from 2010 busking comp, folk singer/guitarist Jill Meehan and local accomplished flautist Howling wind. Headliner Jo Dawson will be a huge treat

for Ocean Grove. Growing up in Torquay provided the perfect backdrop and inspiration for Dawson to explore and develop her song writing. Now based in Melbourne, the fruits of those years are about to be realised with the imminent release of her debut Album. The depth and honesty found in Jo’s strong lyrics are fuelled by dynamic grooves and driving guitars and will entice you into her world. Equally at home performing delicate ballads through to raw, edgy rock, Jo Dawson can only be described as the real deal. The secret is out! Jo is busy playing to sold

out shows in Melbourne and interstate supporting some of the biggest names in Australian music (You Am I, The Beautiful Girls, James Reyne and more). When she hits the stage you will be captivated by the honest talent of this amazing songwriter. Her band: Andy Welsh/guitar, Stuart Jaymes/Drums and Gary Soloman /Bass, provide the perfect chemistry to deliver Jo’s stories. Jo Dawson is set to write a new and exciting page in the chronicles of Australian Rock History and will play Ocean Grove on her way there.


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LAST month saw the culmination of a successful summer season for the Ocean Grove Tennis Club both on and off the court. Five junior teams made their way to the grand finals and after many close matches 5 teams returned victorious. The afternoon saw 3 teams battle for grand final supremacy however only grade11 were victorious with a resounding win over Grovedale 6sets 36 games to 0sets 11games after having lost to them in the semi final. The successful team members were Bev

Lockwood,Pam Schmidt, Helen Brotherton, Sally Hall, Rod Hendrickson, Chris Dickenson, Adam Fry and captain Leigh Trebl. Grade 7 went down to Highton in a close match 6sets 48 games to 3sets 36 games. The club’s other finalist grade8 men failed to fire in losing to top team Grovedale in a disappointing 6sets 36 games to 0 sets 16games loss. At presentation night on Saturday evening many members were recognised for their untiring efforts during the year and many previous years

.The club’s best aggregate to the player performing the most consistent over the season went to Pam Schmidt. The best clubman award is an award given for untiring service throughout the year was a tie between the most deserving recipients Heinz Dahl and David Blakeborough. The most improved player throughout the 2010/2011 season was split between two of the clubs up and coming players in Megan Vicary and Tom Wesols. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of life

membership to long serving member Sue Gourley. Sue has been a member of the club for over 30 years and has served not only as a competent pennant player but as a most constructive and hard working committee member. The President Steve Vicary spoke in glowing terms of the enormous amount of time Sue spent in the organisation of the laying of the synthetic grass courts and lights. Along with this Sue has also served the club as secretary and treasurer for many years.

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Ocean Grove was represented by 5 teams in the Grand Final of the Tennis Geelong Summer Season. After some hard fought battles, all 5 teams came out on top. Section 8 Mixed White: Defeated Inverleigh; 4 sets 31 to 2 sets 24. After finishing the season in 4th they became the surprise packets and made it into the grand final. Anna Williams and Anthony Williams helped set up the win by winning their singles 6-4. Congratulations to Anna, Todd, Anthony, Ryder and

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necessarily correctly) they can further their careers elsewhere. Matching the football club’s recruiting of ruckmen Tom Foott, Tracey has secured the services of his younger sister Elkanah. “We’re pleased she’s come back. She played all her juniors here, but had two years away in a higher league. She’ll play forward.’ Tracey has also created a development squad from the under 19s. It contains five girls who’ve done the majority of the pre-season. Two of them, Maddie Morris and Lauren Ollis, will play in the A side, while the other three, Sally and Lucy Hood, and Molly Murray will play in the B team as well as in the under 19s. There will be room for advancement and other

girls to join the group over the year. “It will be a very steep learning curve, but there are plenty of opportunities for those girls who listen and grow as players throughout the season.” Emma Doolan, a player from the under 17s, is also a chance to see some senior netball gametime. “She did heaps of the preseason and is a good goaler, but has unfortunately got glandular fever so we’ll have to wait and see on her through the season,’ Tracey said. The preseason has been an arduous one. “I had 48 girls in training, but it dropped to 18 three weeks ago when other coaches started their seasons. I have to acknowledge all the hard work team manager Jackie Montgomery is doing too. She

has been great so far and a big help. She played last year but hurt her knee. “All in all I’m feeling really positive about the year and the girls are too.” On the whole club, Director of Netball, Jo-Anne Britt said: “We are proud to say we have teams for every one of the 120-plus girls who have participated in selection trials over the past few weeks. Every age group is well represented with Ocean Grove fielding 13 Junior and 4 senior teams in total. Twelve teams will follow the football on a Saturday and a further five teams will play under Netball Geelong on brand new courts at Kardinia Park.” The first game is away to Portarlington on April 9, the first home game is the following week against Anglesea.

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Franco’s Vietnam took home the Ocean Grove Voice Community Challenge Trophy after a late surge in the tournament.

Franco scoops bowls title ANOTHER successful Ocean Grove Bowling Club “Community Bowls” series has just wound up and our Club would like to thank all the teams for making it such an enjoyable event. Our clubhouse leaders early were last season’s winners

from Surfside Tyre Centre, Darren, Ji, Reg and Mitch who finished undefeated on four wins and 28 shots up. The late surge came from Franco’s Vietnam who won their last game by a convincing 17 shots to steal the overall victory

with 4 wins and 30 shots up, winning the major prize by 2 shots. Well done to John McConville and his team and thanks to all the businesses who donated prizes for the event. For those who don’t want to wait

until next year’s event to play again, the Club is conducting Free Coaching for beginners and seasoned community bowls players on Monday at 5.30pm. Please contact Peter on 5255 1662 if you wish to attend or call to arrange an alternative time.

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IT’S been a great start to 2011 for the 13th Beach Boardriders. The Junior State Rounds have been completed with 13th members doing extremely well. As mentioned in an earlier article, Gus Harfield took out the Under 18 State Title. Congratulations must also go to young gun Henry Hutchins who won the Under 13 Title. An outstanding second place at Phillip Island in the last round of the competition , saw Henry’s sister Jermima finish third in the under 16 Girls Championship, a wonderful effort considering she was bottom age for this age group. These achievements are a fantastic result and a great deal of credit has to go to the surfers

for their determination and also the fantastic 13th coaching team that has supported them. At the recent State Teams Titles, also held at Phillip Island, the 13th Team finished runners-up to eventual winners Torquay. The 13 competitors of the 13th Beach team pushed the strong Torquay team all the way to the final hooter only narrowly being defeated. Great Performances by Josh Johnson Baxter, Gus Harfield and Cam Lamperd in the Power Heats put the 13th team in a strong position from the start but the depth and competitive experience of the Torquay surfers proved too much for the local team. Look out next year Torquay!

The first two comps of the 2011 have been run and won. Comp 2 created great local interest when it was held at Mick’s Steps, on Ocean Grove’s Main Beach in fun 2 to 3 foot onshore waves. There was a great club turn out with some very impressive surfing. The divisional winners were:

Cody Open Women: Ash, Lizzie, Cassie, Paige Open A: Josh J-B, Ben C, Simon C, Shawn T

U13 Boys: Billy, Henry, Fergus, Joe U13 Girls: Katherine, Isabella, Jamilla Cadets: Will, Bronson, D’arcy, Charlie, Junior Women: Cassie, Paige Junior Men: Cody, Kajeera, Austin, Charilie Senior Men: Matt T, Cam L, Thommo & Gerrit Masters: Hutto, Mark W, Nat & Steve D Open B: Leigh B, Ethan, James J,

The Micro Groms had an awesome Expression Session, also at Mick’s steps on the Friday evening prior to the main comp. Zeph and Jett L, Archie T, Jack B, Fletcher F, Elly H, Dominique O and Jem H, all rocked and blew the spectators away with their go for it surfing! The young girls and guys had a load of fun and are showing plenty of promise and talent. For all club information, photos and gossip, head to the club’s Facebook page. See you in the surf Gaz

out to be a lot of fun. This event incorporated the Ladies day and each team had Woman captains and all teams ended up with at least 2 female surfers. A great effort from all the girls on such a day. Heather Peck provided some training and surfing tips for all the girls and everyone found it

beneficial no matter what level of surfing they are at. The next club comp has been changed to Sunday April 17. Meet at Ocean Grove Main car park 7am. For more info go to www. soullongboardclub.com.au or find us on facebook.

Fun start to SOUL season

SOUL Longboard club kicked off its 2011 season in what could only be described as less than favourable conditions at Ocean Grove Main Beach. Once again after a week that had so much promise (especially with Wednesday being what some people are saying that it

was as good as it gets) the club was greeted with a cold blustery south west wind and a big lumpy Ocean. The club members, about 40 of them, were keen to get things underway and by about 9am they had formed into 5 teams and had a team’s challenge day all organised, which turned


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Pre-season promise

RED Trevean’s cousin Mick Trevean, wife Claire, three children Ted, Bonny, Will, and Digby Morrell, accepting the memorial shield.

STR ATHMORE narrowly overcame the Grubbers in a physical contest in wintry conditions on Saturday 19 March. In doing so they helped their club retain the Red Trevean Shield. In their second practice game of the year, kicking with the aid of a cold southerly blowing down the ground, the Grubber’s started well with the first two goals of the game. Strathmore played a man behind the ball and

defended strongly before answering with a couple of goals of their own. Pressure was good from both sides all game, it being apparent early that we were in for a more physical contest than that seen the week before against the Hampton Rovers. Featuring a couple of former AFL listed players, including Ty Zantuck, Joel Reynolds and John Dorian, Strathmore dominated early in the second

quarter and scored two quick goals. Strathmore captain-coach, former North Melbourne player Digby Morrell didn’t play but was vocal on the boundary line. The grubbers steadied. They kicked three unanswered goals through good pressure and capitalised on Starthmore’s resulting turnovers. Sean Britt, in his first year of senior footy after playing under 18s last year, stood out on the far

wing with clean hands and some long accurate kicks into the forward line. At the main break Ocean Grove were five points up, a fair representation of the evenness of the contest. A dominant third term with the breeze saw the Grubbers go up as much as twenty points. The style of footy the club is seeking to play this year was exemplified by some swift movement from half back, through the corridor to goal. The side’s forward line pressure was also a standout. To Strathmore’s credit they hung in there and kept the margin to within 15 points at three quarter time. What had been a physical contest all day went up another notch in the last quarter. Ocean Grove’s pressure took its toll on more than the opposition when a hurried Strathmore kick sailed over the boundary and took out a spectator’s gin and tonic.

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It wasn’t quite enough though. With the aid of the breeze in the last quarter Strathmore made their charge and hit the lead with seconds to go. They won by five points. Grubber’s coach Cameron McGregor was rightly upbeat after the game. “We saw two better, stronger sides go at it this week so we definitely got more out of the game than we did last week even though we lost.” Fitness was one of the side’s strengths last year and McGregor expects it will be the same this year. “We’re probably as fit as we were last year but our skills are up. We’re already seeing less turnovers and our goal accuracy is at 6070 per cent compared to 40 per cent last year.” McGregor’s one complaint for the day was a lament for his own fitness. “I was running the boundary at 8:30 this morning for the under 16s. My knees are shot.” By:Hamish Brooks

Stats man with stats THERE used to be sign up in Ocean Grove, on the way in from Wallington, which welcomed travelers to the town. In the mid sixties it read: Population 1,000. When Peter Keating, the long serving OGFC stats man, was born it read 1,000 plus 1, thanks to the initiative of a cheeky uncle. Little did the uncle know then that the way the town of Ocean Grove first got to know of Peter, as a very visible stat, would be synonymous with his life. His fate was sealed. Peter began taking stats at the Ocean Grove footy club in 1986 when he was 17. His brother was playing in the under 18 side and he used to come down to watch. ‘I loved watching footy and grew up around the club because dad played there through the 70s. I wasn’t much taken with the physical stuff so I didn’t play,’ recalled Peter. “The under 18s side was coached at the time by Dennis Wall, who worked part time at Collingwood and Geelong. He wanted the stats done and I felt I was pretty good with numbers so I put my hand up.” Wall obviously liked what he saw and

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recommended him for a job to Col Hutchinson, who is now the head statistician of the AFL, but at the time was doing the stats at Geelong. For a lifetime Geelong supporter this was a serendipitous turn of events indeed. “I got to meet and know many of my childhood heroes,” said Peter. “When I was a boy I had my photo taken with (former players) Ian Nankervis and Terry Bright. When I started doing the stats at Geelong, Nankervis was the reserves coach. He lived in Ocean Grove and drove me into Geelong where I’d travel into the game on the team bus. Before that Michael Turner (wingman in Geelong’s official Team of the Century) used to drive me in.” Peter’s time at Geelong took in the tenure of coaches John Devine, Gary Ayres, Malcolm Blight and a year with Bomber Thompson. “When Bomber came on board he brought his own stats men. I’d been doing the video editing of the games for the club for three years but got relegated to just doing the reserves stats. I wasn’t

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enjoying myself so I left.” Geelong’s loss proved to be Ocean Grove’s gain. Since 2000, Peter has been doing the stats every weekend on a voluntary basis. The system has evolved over the years, for both the AFL clubs and Peter. “Back in the late seventies they used to have one stats person for each player, then they reduced the number by having people watching and calling the stats and others writing. Now with computers it has changed again.” As a one man stats band, Peter’s workload is considerable. “On the Saturday, I watch both the reserves and seniors and call the stats into a voice recorder. Then on

Sunday I spend five to six hours laying it all out in Excel and get it to the coaches on the Monday or Tuesday.” Just about every stat you can think of is observed and collated by Peter. Listening to him speak his AFL experience is obvious. Whilst he records the obvious stats of kicks and handballs, he also gets for the coaches the more complex team oriented stats of clearances, inside fifties, handball receives, missed and made tackles, hard and loose ball gets, and marks inside fifty both defensively and offensively. Peter watches the game from the other side of the ground because the crowd noise can interfere

with the recorder. He watches it outside and in spite of some fierce weather has only been forced to stop doing the stats once. “Not last Easter but the one before, the game started late, a storm came in, the second half was played in pitch darkness and pouring rain. That’s the only time I threw in the towel.” So other than being good with numbers and largely impervious to the weather, what’s it take to be a good stats man? ‘Good concentration. Most people who try to do it fail because they get caught up in the game. Most players the club gets to do it can’t because they become so involved,” said Peter.

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