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READ THE PLAY Support for our youth “READ the PLAY” is an innovative program which addresses the health and well-being of young people. "READ the PLAY" is a mental health literacy program designed for the junior levels of sports clubs. It imparts information about mental illness through engaging the young players in fun and interactive games, thereby helping to remove the stigma and increase help seeking behaviour. The program targets under-16 football and under-15 netball clubs The program is delivered at the club by mental health workers, in conjunction with the club’s Player Wellbeing Officer. The format of the program is interactive and designed to engage young people through a series of team games. Participants engage in team based activities which develop a better understanding of mental illness, the value of looking after your mental health and the importance of early help seeking if there are signs and symptoms of emerging mental health problems. Our Mission To raise awareness of young people's health issues and guide them to the relevant support services. The aims of read the play are to: Increase knowledge and awareness about mental health problems Increase knowledge about local support services Increase confidence and skills in guiding our youth to relevant support services Why? One in four young people between the ages of 15 – 24 will experience a mental health problem in any 12-month period. 75% of mental illnesses first occur in people aged 15 to 24, yet . . . only one in four young people with mental health problems receive professional help.
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**Increase confidence to assist people to access appropriate support **Improve attitudes towards mental health problems **Improve attitudes towards help seeking. The Club representatives, nominated as Player Wellbeing Officers (PWO), participated in a 3 day training session, which equipped them with mental health knowledge. They were encouraged to become a support for young people whom they were now able to identify as having, or potentially developing a mental health problem, and guiding them to appropriate sources of help. After evaluation of the program, the PWOs were further supported in their role with the development of a trivia quiz night which enabled them to introduce themselves to the players and also impart the much needed, mental health information. Following a year of trialing, the final stage of development, saw the PWOs involved in a competitive games evening which facilitated both the introduction of the officer and a fun and friendly forum for the delivery of mental health messages. The program also recruited local mental health workers, who were the key deliverers of the evening, as well as a constant resource and support for the PWO and the respective football and netball clubs as a whole.
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To some, it might seem like just a hole in the ground…………….
Drysdale Landfill Cell 4A: a big project with little fanfare To some it might seem like just a hole in the ground – albeit a very big hole in the ground – but it represents the latest developments in safe and environmentally responsible waste disposal to landfill. Cr Lindsay Ellis, who holds Council’s Portfolio for Infrastructure and represents Coryule Ward on the Bellarine, said the big hole in the ground – official title ‘Drysdale Cell 4A’ – incorporates the latest advances in committing waste to landfill.
“Landfill is still a very important part of waste policy as the world moves toward more sustainable methods of waste disposal, he said. Cr Ellis said the technology used now in the construction of modern landfills ensures that landfill gas collection is optimised, which in the case of Drysdale will ultimately produce sufficient electricity to power more than onethousand households. Cr Ellis said Cell 4A, two years in the making and now nearing completion, is the fifth cell in Stage 2 of the Drysdale Landfill.
“Cell 4A - the new kid on the block - is 20 metres deep, 60 metres wide and 200 metres long, and will start accepting landfill in September,” he said. “The airspace contained within Cell 4A is 350,000 m3 (square metres?), which represents two years of tipping at 105thousand tonnes of waste per year,” Cr Ellis said. “New technology and more sophisticated methods of applying the technology ensures that waste now going to landfill causes minimal or no impact on the environment,” he said. “All the cells at Drysdale have been built with one-metre thick, compacted clay liners, along with sophisticated clay leachate systems. “These systems are designed to capture any rainfall that falls on the cells, ensuring that this moisture does not mix with natural run-off as the natural run-off finds its way down to the water table,” Cr Ellis said. “From this sump, water that has come into contact with waste is pumped out into a shallow pond, where it is allowed to evaporate.” Cr Ellis said the new cell, Cell 4A, differs from those before it in that it has an additional lining mechanism that complements the safeguards of the compacted clay liner. “The level of construction detail, quality assurance and auditing conforms to the highest standards of any area in the construction industry,” Cr Ellis said.
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Councillor Lindsay Ellis - Coryule Ward Another busy month. Amongst other engagements I was pleased to meet and discuss many matters of community interest. Unveiling of mosaic seat at the Neighbourhood House. What a wonderful achievement! Attended briefing by Andrew Stevens, IBM General Manager Digital Economy, where we spoke about the future digital communications, including the NBN. Toured Seabreeze Estate Indented Head with Ingrid Novosel from the Indented Head Community Association. There are many of environmental issued regarding this estate. There is some thinking around a land swap with a developer and council open space. Toured the Drysdale Landfill. (see front page) Met with the St Leonards Progress Association to discuss issues Disabled Parking, the provision of a bus shelter in Murradoc Road and signage around St Leonards Lake. Attended under 16 footy match at Portarlington for "Read the Play" launch. (see back page) This program supports youth mental health and wellbeing, and should be of immense benefit to our youth. Met with Local member Lisa Neville
to discuss a variety of issues affecting the North Bellarine and Geelong in general. Met with Vin McKay CEO Bellarine Bayside, Gary Van Driel GM City Services CoGG with regards to maintenance issues on boundaries. Attended meeting of the Advisory Group Street Access for the aged and people with disabilities. Both the WiFi network and the extensive CCTV in Newcombe Street have been fully completed. Briefing on the Bellarine Strategic Plan, which is due for an audit, to ascertain what has been completed and what needs to be progressed. The Bellarine Peninsula Strategic Plan was developed over a period of 18 months in response to community concerns about the pace of growth. More than 2,500 residents were involved in the plan's development resulting in a detailed representation of community views. Nine townships and the rural community formed working groups to prepare a 'vision' for their area. While the visions did vary, all emphasised the need to retain the character of the Bellarine Peninsula. Strategies were developed for application over the 2006-2016 time frame. Lindsay Ellis Coryule Ward Councillor Ph: 0427 842 693
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Masters Victoria Short Course Swimming Titles Once again, only two Port Mussels Masters swimmers represented Portarlington at the recent State Titles in Melbourne. Andrea Parke and David King attended the Masters Swimming Victoria Short Course Titles at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre on Sunday 21 July. Andrea claimed second place in the Women’s 50 – 54 years age group 50m Breastroke with a personal best time of 52.71 seconds. She also improved her 50m freestyle, claiming fifth place overall with another personal best time of 40.57 seconds. David King was unable to improve his personal best times in the highlycompetitive Men’s 55 – 59 years age group but held onto fifth place in the 50 metres Butterfly (43.66 seconds) and sixth place in the 50m freestyle (35.81 seconds). He also swam the 100m Individual Medley in 1:43.76 - ten seconds faster than his nominated time - claiming third place in his heat and eighth place overall in spite of swimming the demanding event with chronic obstructive lung disease. Port Mussels Masters swimmers are now training for the Australian Masters Games whose swimming events will be held at the Leisurelink aquatic complex in Waurn Ponds in October. The club held a successful fund-raising sausage sizzle at Bunnings Waurn Ponds on Sunday 13 July and will be subsidising the $115 entry fee for each swimmer. Any swimmer interested in joining Port Mussels Masters Swimming Club should contact club secretary Karen Pecar on 0437 356 013. David King Media Officer Port Mussels Masters Swimming Club Tel: (03) 5257 2019 Email: email@example.com
GOLF CREATIVITY Funny game, golf. Rules are made, basically, to prevent players taking unfair and unwarranted advantage. Terms such as “through the green”, “in the bunker” or “on the tee” can be totally confusing to the uninitiated. As can terms such as “birdie”, albatross” and “bogey”. But. It seems, our lady members have invented even more confusing terms, perhaps to suit the unique character of our wonderful course. I wonder if they would care to share with the rest of us the meanings of the “FISH” shot and the reasons for renaming some of our densely planted native vegetation as “LOVE GRASS”. I’m quite sure that the male membership would love to have these explained. Ed.
LADIES GOLF… and other things Answers to the June edition Quiz: 1Twit. 2.Q. 3. King of Hearts. On the final day of the 4BBB, Jean Pardy and Barbie Schwarz won on a count back from Mary Menzel and Margie Holt who snatched second place from Marg Quick and Kathleen Howes on a count back. Cheers and applause to Mary Menzel and Marg Holt as they beamed winning smiles on winning the overall comp. Well done girls! Marian Keskinen and Judy Dietrich demonstrated their skills and won the NTP’s and Maureen Walsh and Joy McGregor cleaned up on the Pro Pins. Jackie Rowe fired up with another A grade win and the June Medal, and a very bubbly Megan Siotos wore the B grade sash. Rebecca Waldron skilfully took the best gross overall, kudos Bec. NTP’s were joyfully collected by Irene Edmunds (whose ball cleared the water, landed on the green, rolled to the flag, hit the flag and just rolled past the cup (sounds like the “fish that got away” story) but (I saw it with my own eyes) Marg Quick and Carmel Scarff were also rewarded for their skills. Val Tither and Megan Siotos won the A & B grade Pro Pins, Sonia Dall the putting comp. as well as a barrow load of prizes in the Saturday comp. and finally, Megan Siotos the July monthly medal. Quiz 1 What colour is a Himalayan poppy? Ladies Wednesday saw Donna Utt standing tall with Marg Quick 1st in B grade and Sandy Paddle victorious in C grade. NTP’s were earned by Jackie Vietri and Angie Foott. Pro Pins in A & B grades, Donna Utt and Jenny Durante respectively and Marg Quick took home The Trophy of the Day. Well played gals. Quiz 2 How many steps would you have to take before you reached the first level of the Eiffel Tower? The following week Angela Foott, Ann Watts and Liz Stoward were the successful winners of A,B & C grades respectively with Beth Peterson and Wendy Thomas snaring the N.T.P’s. Judy Dietrich and Marg Quick earned the Pro Pin prizes and Angie Foott held aloft the Trophy of the Day. Quiz 3 Which events take place at a natatorium? Margi Mascoll
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Portarlington Community Association Update Community Information Centre Proposal During July Portarlington Community Association executive members John Rae and Phil Cameron met with Councillor Lindsay Ellis to further discuss the PCA proposal to establish a Community Information Centre at Portarlington’s Newcombe Street historic Rotunda. The Rotunda is owned by CoGG and will shortly have its lease retendered. At the meeting we were again able to promote our proposal that Portarlington and the Bellarine needs a Community Information Centre and the most appropriate location we believe is the Portarlington Rotunda. Councillor Ellis provided an outline of the steps and broad timetable that CoGG is working towards. We expect the advertisement for expressions of interest in the Rotunda before long but the process probably will not be completed until the end of this year. This provides us with sufficient time to increase our information to the community on the PCA proposal as well as enabling us to finalise it. The Case for a Community Information Centre: Portarlington and the Bellarine needs a Community Information Centre Unlike many other locations with a Community Information Centre Portarlington and the Bellarine does not have one. Our community and business groups miss out on the opportunity to showcase what we have to offer to visitors and locals and to network around a central information point. Current locations of notice boards in various places are adhoc at best and are not regarded as comprehensive sources of information. The Bellarine needs an Information Centre that is centrally located, easily assessable and clearly identified. This Community Information Centre would provide an opportunity for Portarlington and attractions in the Bellarine to promote themselves and be an attractive resource point for community members and visitors alike. The best location for the Community Information Centre is Portarlington’s Newcombe Street Rotunda. The centre needs to be visibly identifiable to community members and visitors, enabling information to be easily conveyed
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in a variety of methods. There is no better location to achieving this than the refurbished Portarlington Rotunda in Newcombe Street. This iconic building located in one of the major gateways to the Bellarine meets the criteria for a Community Information Centre. The town Rotunda offers uniqueness in its structure, being of historical significance and shape, and design. Locating the Community Information Centre at the Rotunda would provide a central point for information about the towns and the many attractions in the Bellarine. There would be very few other Community Information Centres that could also provide a venue for the performing arts as is offered by the upper level of the Rotunda. PCA Community Information Centre Vision. It is the PCA’s intent to develop our vision with Community input. As we develop this we intend to progressively communicate it through the Port Report over the next few months. Here is the outline of our vision: Based on the small i Tourist Information Centre concept the facility would be open for limited hours each week, adjusted for seasonal time frames. Information contained within the Centre would be informative for community members and visitors alike. Community volunteers would be in attendance to help with enquiries and the provision of information. It will be important that the experience of visitors to the Centre is rewarding so that they leave with a positive feeling towards Portarlington and the Bellarine. When not open information can be gained either from a continuous presentation displayed on a computer monitor located in one of the Rotunda windows and from other information points in Bellarine towns. The PCA is seeking community input as it develops the proposal for the Community Information Centre and we are keen to hear your thoughts and ideas. If individuals and community groups would like further information, to provide ideas or would like a PCA representative to speak on this proposal at one of your community group meetings please contact Phil Cameron, Portarlington Community Association on 5259 3138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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BOOKS & THINGS by Bernard P Ryan Rash,Blain,Saunders: Short Stories I have theorised in an earlier piece about the ancestry of the Short Story as a literary genre. I suggested that by the mid19th century the gentleman [sic] had time to read a shortish piece of fiction as he tippled his preprandial G&T. It was published in gentlemen’s' [ ditto sic!] magazines and would have a couple of characters, a single-event plot, usually a single location, a bit of dialogue and hopefully some sort of dénouement - or even a surprise at the end. Illustrious magazines later developed - "Esquire", "The New Yorker" - which lauded and enshrined the Jack Londons, the Chekhovs and Hemingways into literary history...as our "The Bulletin" did Henry Lawson, indeed. I doubt the short story has ever gone out of fashion, but it seems to be very popular with publishers at the minute. RON RASH has lately been lauded by many for his novella-length fiction [“Serena”, “The Cove"] and his new collection of stories is worth reading as he takes us again into his particular fictional turf, America's Appalachian region. It is a region that has long fascinated historians, film-makers and songwriters, from the Civil War to recent times. Rash talks about it in disarmingly simple prose. His characters are ordinary locals, though perhaps from the lower end of the socio-economic scale prisoners, feckless youth, small-town desperates, trying to survive in a hostile world. Rash actually lives in the Appalachian Mountains and it's interesting to wonder what the locals make of his approach because his artistic examination is unsparing. The writing style is appealingly poetic: concise, impressionistic. A story such as "Three All And The Stars Were Out" reads almost like a prose poem. Be ready for the occasional twist at the end
aug 2013… the port report 13 of a story [cf Hitchcock, Rod Serling TV shows!] There is a new anthology from GEORGIA BLAIN, an Australian novelist and journalist, entitled "The Secret Lives Of Men' [after one of the stories.] Blain's themes are quite conventional and familiar, really, as she is Australian after all. I found the honesty of her subjects and approach quite challenging as one's own experiences often seemed just out of the picture. She lifts the curtain on contemporary Australian lives to reveal some of the scars - perhaps mundane, but nonetheless there - many of us carry. For instance, the title story is a little alarming, tackling buried guilt and shame in one of those 'wotif' scenarios. GEORGE SAUNDERS is very different to both the above in both themes and style. He not only has the widest of imaginations, but writes in such varied styles that some readers may find him confusing if not darned annoying. He can write the sparest of dialogue and then shift to almost luscious description. Playful, humorous, inventive, even shocking by turns. He is probably more explicitly a social commentator than the other two, latently political in seeking out of his disempowered and fringe-dwelling characters. One critic has called Saunders' stories “fresh episodes from a long-running sitcom of the damned." I suspect writing short stories that work is difficult, yet Saunders seems to revel in it. The stories are sometimes humorously brutal and nearly always dark. A different voice, new to me. Ron Rash: Nothing Gold Can Stay, text, pb, pp 251, 2013. Georgia Bain: The Secret Lies Of men, Scribe, pb, pp 246, 2013 George Saunders: Tenth Of December, Bloomsbury, hb, pp 251, 2013 Bernard Ryan [who hosts a two-hour weekly books program, “The Blurb", every Tuesday on Geelong community radio 94.7fm THE PULSE now streaming at www.947thepulse.com]
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PORTARLINGTON FIRE BRIGADE Member Profile This month we return to our theme of regularly profiling key members of the Portarlington Brigade. There is no more important member to the Brigade than our Captain and this month we feature him – Darren Nisbet. Darren has been Brigade Captain since 2010 and as a testament to his support amongst members on our station honour board his tenure is already shown as 2010 – to Life. Although Andrea his wife may have something to say about this tenure. Darren grew up in Port being the son of our local Police officer at the time. He joined the Portarlington Fire Brigade when he was 15 having been attracted to the running teams that were then part of the brigade. Darren has always displayed a strong commitment to community service and at the time of joining the brigade he had other good local CFA role models – Bob Trezise, Merv Locke, Royce Collier and the late Kevin Allen – to encourage him. One of the biggest changes to occur in Darren’s current 25 year in the CFA has been the introduction of the formal training programs now a standard part of our volunteer firefighter skills development process. For 8 years Darren held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and training officer in the brigade. His commitment to training is as strong as ever. It also has become a key part of his working life being a driver instructor and professional driver with Cootes Transport. Throughout his CFA career Darren has participated in and as Officer in Charge led the brigade’s response to countless incidents. When asked about his most memorable incidents he mentions the Golf Club Fire when as a teenager he alerted the CFA to the fire. He participated in 2 motor vehicle fatalities where the whole community came together to support the grieving families and the 2000-01 bush fire campaign in NSW. As one of many CFA volunteer fire fighters sent to NSW to help with these fires he recounts the size of the fires as being the biggest he had ever seen. Again the scale of the 2003 Bright fires
made a memorable impression on him. Being an observer of the management practices used to fight these large fires Darren’s strong belief in the value of proper and regular training has been strongly reinforced. Darren’s leadership and training was called upon as the Brigade Captain and Officer in Charge for the fatal Dylene cabin fire. He was new into his role and had a largely inexperienced crew however the fire was quickly contained and the site preserved for the Police and Coroner’s investigation that followed. In addition to being our Captain Darren is an auxiliary member of the Drysdale Fire Brigade and turns out with them at times. I suspect that one of the reasons for joining them was to be near to Andrea, a Drysdale girl who is now his wife. Andrea and Darren married in 1997 and have two daughters Erin and Sophie. We would not be surprised if one or both follow dad into the CFA, hopefully with our Brigade. In addition to regularly responding to and dealing with fires, motor vehicle accidents and cats stuck on 2 storey roofs the role of Captain and Training Officer involves an enormous additional time commitment. There are constant meetings and activities involved in running the brigade that need to be attended to each week. Darren like all our members is an unpaid volunteer giving up a large amount of his non work time to continue to support the brigade. Through his leadership he binds the brigade together and has developed a strong comradeship between our members. His strong commitment to professionalism has developed a highly competent brigade at Portarlington. Captain from 2010 for life, looks good, sorry Andrea. Emergency Calls During July the Portarlington brigade responded to 3 incidents – a car fire, a motor vehicle accident and a reported explosion. All incidents occurred after 5pm, two incidents were late at night. If you are considering community service and would like to join the Portarlington Fire Brigade please contact either: Captain Darren Nisbet on 0409 860206 or Lieutenant Rob Snell on 0414 432253
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The Minister for Environment and Climate Change the Hon. Ryan Smith has appointed five new members to the Bellarine Bayside Board. The new members are Ms Sherry Babcock, Mr Chris Chetcuti, Dr Andrea Lindsay, Ms Vicki Perrett and Mr Paul Simmons. Ms Cathy Whelan was re-appointed as Chair. The three year appointments were made via a formal Expression of Interest process administered by the Department of Environment and Primary Industry. The new members join on-going Board member Ms Hazel Ingram who is appointed until 2014. Positions on the Bellarine Bayside Board are taken up on a voluntary basis. "We are delighted with the new appointments to the Board" said Chair Cathy Whelan. "The new Board brings skills, experience and knowledge across a range of areas including integrated natural resources management, community engagement, education, law, financial planning, local government, Aboriginal Heritage, land and marine use planning, public sector governance and organisational change and leadership". The first meeting of the new Board will be in August 2013. The date and time will be advertised on Bellarine Bayside's website later in July. 'We will be inducting new Board members in July and August in readiness for our first meeting" said Ms Whelan. "We hope community members will come along to Bellarine Bayside's 2013 AGM and meet the new Board". "I would like to take the opportunity to thank retiring Board members Amy Paterson, David Gray and Julie Elterman" said Cathy Whelan. "Amy, David and Julie contributed hundreds of hours to governing Bellarine Bayside during some challenging and rewarding times and they should be very proud of what was achieved under their leadership". Profiles of the new Bellarine Bayside Board will be available on the Bellarine Bayside website www.bbfcom.com.au by the end of July. For further information Contact: Cathy Whelan, Chairperson Bellarine Bayside 0418 387 312 Vin McKay, CEO, Bellarine Bayside 0438 010 563
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Sunday: Yes! The ugly “always in someone’s way” power pole has been removed from just outside the Senior Citizens. A great collaboration between CoGG and Powercor. The flag poles outside the school will be shifted to this area soon in keeping with the “Town Square” concept. We’ve been asked to bring to your attention.............. The Bellarine Woodworkers Inc are a local woodworking group with 59 members. We have a fully equipped workshop in Drysdale. Our annual exhibition will be held in Drysdale on January 4 and 5 2014. Edward Ford We’ll provide more details as they become available
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Lisa Neville MP VIETNAM VETERANS’ MEMORIAL DAY I was honoured to have been invited to attend and lay a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Day observations and service held by the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation Victorian Branch at Christian College Middle School. It is an important time to recognise and pay our respects to those service men and women who lost their lives as well as those who made significant sacrifices in service to our country. INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSES WEEKEND The International Lighthouses Weekend held on August 17-18 is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to the Bellarine to celebrate our two iconic lighthouses at Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. The Queenscliff Maritime Museum organise the weekend’s activities which are part of the international event recognising the role of lighthouses and radio operators around the world. More information can be found at www.maritimequeenscliffe.org.au FIRE SERVICES LEVY The Fire Services Levy has been creating a great deal of concern amongst residents and businesses on the Bellarine. The levy is set by the State Government and collected by the Council through your rates. Many people have contacted my office because they are facing large increases
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Lions Club Community Raffle on again Terry Parsons, President of the Portarlington/Drysdale Lions Club hopes this fundraiser will be even bigger than last year’s. A variety of very desirable prizes have been secured by the club including a $1000.00 credit account with the Bendigo Bank, several holiday prizes like 3 days at Murray River Resort or 2 nights at the Four Points Sheraton with meals, to mention a few. Terry explained that, as well as organising the raffle, the club was able to arrange many donated prizes and some top-ups from the club’s funds. Last year’s project raised an amount in excess of $10,000.00 and all these funds went directly to the community organisations that sold tickets. Some organisations raised more than $1,000.00 . Community organisations that took part in last year’s effort have already received their tickets. Sales will commence 1st August and continue to mid September and the winners will be drawn on 25th September. Any clubs or community organisations wishing to take part in this year’s event should contact the club raffle chairman Graeme Tonzing on 03 5259 1860
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WOOFERS & WALKERS - responsible dog owners’ group Our annual Winter Social Event will be lunch at Clifton Springs Golf Club to be held on Saturday August 24th. We have booked for 12.00 o’clock and would appreciate confirmation of numbers to June (5259 2298) by August 23rd. Please note that our lunch will be in place of our ordinary August meeting. Hope to see you there. As previously advertised Dr. Jack Ayerbe is coming to Portarlington. Dr. Jack Ayerbe has been a practising veterinarian for more than 30 years. He is a popular media presenter and currently has a radio program on 3AW Melbourne. Meeting Format: Join us from 10.45am onwards for a cuppa Start time 11.00 am for a ‘doggy event’ outside, weather permitting (20 minutes) Meet & Ask Our Guest Expert. Dr. Jack will speak about a topic of his choice. Open forum for questions about anything you wish to ask Dr. Jack. (1 hour) This will lead into a light lunch around 12.30 Soup & Sandwiches. Thanks to a kind donation from Keith Smith there will be a Silent Auction during lunch for the following donated items: a dog travel crate (size for smaller dog), a dog coat, harness & muzzle. All proceeds will go towards Neighbourhood House. When: Saturday September 28th at 10.45 am to about 1.00 o’clock. Where: Portarlington Neighbourhood House, 28 Brown Street. $4.00 donation covers Neighbourhood House costs and gift. Thank you. Everyone is welcome & hope to see you there! Woofers & Walkers have convened a committee to respond and negotiate on behalf of responsible dog owners in relation to Bellarine Bayside’s Draft
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VIEW! Drysdale Ladies VIEW Club recently celebrated their 12th Birthday at Portarlington Golf Club. The theme for the day was “Year 12- Red Letter Day”. So, of course, wearing red was what most people did. We had 25 visitors join with our 60 members to enjoy the day. Among our visitors were our Zone Councillor, Mary Fielding, Smith Family Learning for Life coordinators, Jacqui and Mara; visiting club members from Altona, Geelong and Macedon Ranges VIEW clubs. Mary Fielding presented 10 Year Service pins to Margaret Howard and Heather Sprake. Following lunch we were entertained by one of our members, Jennie Tonzing, who took us on a journey of her life through song and anecdotes. Jennie was accompanied by Ron Sudden who also had us laughing and singing along. Drysdale VIEW consists of ladies from Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Portarlington, Newcomb, Ocean Grove, Leopold and Indented Head. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. We are a friendship club which supports The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Programs. LFL assists disadvantaged students and their families. Jennie McMahon (Publicity Officer)
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The Neighbourhood House brings Opera to Portarlington!
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In response to a suggestion that The Neighbourhood House should hold a major event to raise funds, Gemma Tobscall (Committee Member) sent a tentative email to the renowned Savoy Opera Company to come to Portarlington. To our amazement and delight the company accepted her invitation with great enthusiasm and agreed to give a matinee and an evening performance of the musical play “Tarantara, Tarantara” featuring music from Gilbert & Sullivan at Parks Hall on Saturday, 19 October 2013. The group will bring old costumes and props to get children to interact with the performers prior to the matinee performance. We will also be encouraging local nursing homes to bring their residents to this performance at Parks Hall which is very well equipped for wheelchair access. We are confident that Gilbert & Sullivan music will bring them great memories and much happiness, together with many children being introduced to Gilbert & Sullivan for the first time. The matinee session is scheduled for a 1.00pm start and the evening session will start at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available at the Neighbourhood House from the 26 August and will cost $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. The Art & Garden Trial will be the next day ~ so what could be better than a weekend of world class opera, art and inspirational gardens in beautiful Portarlington? This year our bi-annual Mid-Winter Words was held at the Portarlington Golf Club. This proved to be a successful move with all those attending this literary event having access to great facilities while building writing skills at a series of workshops. Many comments were received on the delicious lunch enjoyed by participants and the venue proved to be a great place to welcome visiting authors to on the SUNDAY. Again, well done to Pearl Wilson and Jenny Macaulay for organizing this important literary event. A Mosaic Hobby Group has now been established on Wednesday afternoons to follow on from the success of our Mosaic Community Arts Project. This community arts project, sponsored by The Bendigo Bank, and facilitated by Lorraine Stokes, has proved a great success and it is wonderful to have such a vibrant work of art outside the Neighbourhood House. It is great to have the vibrancy of what happens on the ‘inside’ of the Neighbourhood House reflected on the ‘outside’ too. Our Neighbourhood House Committee Member
It is that time of the year again where a change of office bearers take place for the Rotary Club of Drysdale. The new faces who are now in office for the next twelve months are Peter Downes (President), Kaye Beresford (Secretary), Colin Harding (Treasurer), Bruce Van Every (Board Member), Caroline Rickard (Board Member) and Keith Stasinovski (Board Member). Committees are varied and each of the people you see are on a committee for one or more such as the Miniature Train at Point Richards, the BBQ Trailer that operate at local markets and other venues, Youth ,which contributes to our local schools and offers Rotary based leadership training in many and different areas, and the Annual Art Show held here in our local area at the Christian College Drysdale Campus. This was also a time to recognise the work of members who have contributed much to Rotary over many years. Brian Knights received the Paul Harris Fellow award, Keith Stasinovski, who is already a Paul Harris Fellow. earnt another award by way of a Sapphire Pin. Both members were given a commemorative certificate and a pin as well as $1,000 to donate to a Rotary Charity of their choice i.e. Polio Plus, Humanitarian Grants. If you happen to see one of these faces in the street don't be shy make sure you introduce yourself and let us know of any other ideas that you may feel the club could assist with.
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Vale - Adrian Robert Shaw (Billy Butterfly) On 9th of July 2013 Adrian passed away peacefully in his sleep and on the 17th was given a musical memorial to remember with one final packed house. Known locally as Billy Butterfly the singing bus driver with Advance Tours and later with Ocean Grove Coaches. Always passionate in whatever he did, he had a very interesting life. Previously, Adrian had been a farmer, a city councillor, hotel owner, model boat builder, music shop owner, music teacher, piano tuner and entertainer on the peninsula in groups, nursing homes and schools. Adrian is survived by his wife Angela, three children; Dean, Neil and Heather, four grand children, and four great grand children. Rest in Peace, Adrian, It was good to have known you.
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In the last twelve months we have donated money to Andrew Love Cancer Centre and Leukaemia Foundation, work in Cambodia and many more worthy charities. We have also been able to fund and install a defibrillator at our local Woolworth's Supermarket. Rotary is a very worthwhile organization to get involved with and brings about many rewards that can be measured. We meet Mondays at the Clifton Springs Golf Club 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. I personally am looking forward to being involved on the Board and also to Chairing the Art Show Committee for 2013/2014. If you would like to offer to sponsor in the way of advertising or Awards for the Art Show please contact me on 0408 989 221. Caroline Rotary Club of Drysdale
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MEETINGS Portarlington/St Leonards Branch, Liberal Party of Australia, meets monthly in Portarlington. New members welcome. Please phone Colin on 5259 1565 or 5259 2443 for information. PROBUS CLUB OF PORTARLINGTON INC. Meets the second Monday of each month at the Church by the Bay. Excellent parking facilities. For further information regarding membership contact the Secretary - Len Newcombe on 52592426 DRYSDALE LADIES DAY VIEW CLUB Lunch meetings on 4th Friday of each month at Portarlington Golf Club, 130 Hood Rd, Portarlington, at 10.30am New members welcome Phone Wendy - 5257 1009 or Patricia - 5259 2179 ALP - Portarlington Branch Meets 2nd Monday, monthly at 7pm at the Portarlington Hotel Enquiries welcome to Neil on 0419 0337 147
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STAYING IN PORTARLINGTON INC The 2013 Geelong Seniors Festival is again celebrated in October. SiP is pleased to announce its participation with a “Tour de Fort “ planned for THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER, 10am. This is your opportunity to join friends and meet new people on a picturesque coach trip from Portarlington to the historical Queenscliff Fort. A private guided tour, informative speaker, lucky prizes and a delicious 2course lunch, all for $25. The tour will depart from the car park adjacent to Senior Citizens clubrooms. Make a note of this date in your diary now and make sure you book seats with SiP by Friday 27th September! Many local residents would remember working on the Bellarine Strategic Plan with Geelong Council’s Social Planner, Carmel Boyce. During the past 2 years, Carmel has been establishing her planning consultancy and is now in the process of completing a Masters degree on a theme of Ageing in Coastal Communities. The aim of this research is to understand the impact of moving into coastal environments on aspirations, expectations and circumstances .If you would like to contribute and have your say through completion of Carmel’s survey go to http://ageingonthecoast.wordpress.com There are some aspects that are quite thought provoking and you may wish to take time to best express your views. Carmel plans to schedule a Portarlington focus group in mid August, if she has sufficient respondees. Your input and assistance would be greatly appreciated and may provide useful information for service planning for ageing in Portarlington. With the days starting to lengthen as we pass the winter solstice, spring is (almost) in the air. A recent email from the Uniting Church in Queenscliff on behalf of Rural Action for Refugees sought very basic goods for “Welcome” packs for Asylum Seekers under the No Advantage Visa settling in the Geelong region who are in desperate need of care. This got several people using indoor time clearing out items that were unused or surplus to requirement.
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The list of items required included toiletries for women, men and children, warm clothing and large, bulk items of specific groceries, such as long grain rice, cous cous, coconut milk and other items for large group household cooking. If you can assist, please drop goods at Queenscliff Uniting Church or contact SiP for pick up. July 1st saw the introduction of Disability Care in the Geelong region. New intake and assessment officers at CoGG will be deciding eligibility for Aged or Disability packages, depending on age and other criteria. No doubt there will be teething problems with this new roll out, but hopefully the outcome will bring great relief to many individuals and families who have previously had minimal assistance. COTA has summarised key recommendations for action arising from its May conference. Of particular relevance to Portarlington residents is Hospital Discharge Planning, Ageing in Place and Housing Affordability and creating Affordable and Accessible Transport by strengthening the relationship with the Public Transport Ombudsman. SiP has recently joined voices with the Portarlington Community Association and Bellarine Community Health appealing to the Public Transport Minister to make the myki system more responsive to people living on the Bellarine Peninsula. In his response Minister Mulder informed us that “ Public Transport Victoria (PTV) advises that the commencing of myki services on the Geelong line has been scheduled for 29th July 2013.From this day on, passengers will be able to purchase all four kinds of myki card (Full Fare, Concession, Seniors and Child) as well as top up their myki cards at ALL staffed stations on the Geelong line.” Please keep SiP informed of your experiences of myki when using public transport on buses and trains to allow us to continue our advocacy on your behalf. MONICA HAYES Convenor SiP 5259 3708/ 0418319256 firstname.lastname@example.org WANTED— MOTORCYCLE 200cc - 500cc Project bike. Must be complete - running preferred. Phone Terry 52571438
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