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GOSSIP FROM THE GREENS With the Hawks supporters arrogantly strutting their stuff it’s a bit bemusing to hear them say, “We won’t miss Buddy.” After all, he is only a 100 goal a year player no one misses them. Oh! These are bowls notes, you say. Strange opening - an even stranger scribe some might say. Bowls, yes! The Saturday pennant players have been off to a good start in their practice matches winning the inaugural tri series with Albert Park and Drysdale then following up with good wins in all grades against Leopold. Winning form is good form. Our rank have been bolstered with the addition of some new blood and some players returning after stints with other clubs. Gary Boxall (the bloke who bought Bob Bone’s house) from Montmorency and Wayne Page from Ballarat Memorial and Sports Club. Both of these players will be in serious contention for our top side .Ray Bensch from Clifton Springs. Ivan Gribble our resident tourist with the his new arm (not that sort of arm, a bowling apparatus) coming back from Leopold, Geoff Isaac back from Clifton Springs and former Club Champion Brian George back in the fold. A big welcome to you all and I hope you enjoy your time at ” Port”. Congratulations to Jimmy “what’s his name” Chapman on making the last 4 of the over 60s singles a good effort for a young bloke of 87 years young. Barbara Miller from Bannockburn is a welcome addition to our ladies. The Ladies notes a bit scant for this edition hopefully this will be addressed in the future. The opening of the pennant season was held at Pt. Lonsdale with all 25 clubs in the region represented saw Portarlington victorious where an in form Gail Poole, Colin Ranger and Robin Roberts, and Joyce Buchannan (she has been telling me for years what a good bowler she is now I sort of believe her.)

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The Pleasant Music Sundays with Des Camm and his Jazz Band will be held on November 10th and December 8th they are a great day so let’s get behind Jim and Co and support them. For Tables or further information contact Jim Nielsen on 5259 3429. There will be 2 sessions (Friday 29th November and December 6th 4-6pm) for those that would like to try bowls or the dedicated Community bowlers who want to shake the cobwebs from their newly acquired bowling prowess. Coaches will be available free of charge for those who would like just a little bit of help. There will be nibbles at completion and drinks at bar prices. Contact Milton 52591757 or John 5259 1090. Tip of The Month - Great or Greater Expectations Your performance is closely linked to your expectation. If you go with low expectation and/or a defeatist attitude you will almost certainly lose. If you practice on regular basis you will become confident in your ability. If you go confidently expecting to perform well because you have put the time in, you will perform well, if your opponent performs better so be it. You will know in your mind you gave yourself the best chance possible. Take this attitude in you will be pleased with your improved performances.


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St Leonards Community Festival The St Leonards Community Festival kicks-off the 2013/2014 holiday season on Saturday, 2nd November 2013 at the St Leonards Primary School oval. Festival organiser, Ken Foxcroft, said this year’s festival is about promoting St Leonards as a seaside holiday location with strong community involvement and the Festival hosts cultural, culinary and historic activities and club exhibits.

Free entertainment for the whole family, musical entertainment by local live bands , children’s activities including face painting, pony rides, the animal farm and the jumping castle, displays for water enthusiasts and representations from Local Government environment groups, Volunteer Services and Local Community Groups make up for a colourful day. A family fishing competition is again available for all ages with prizes totaling $1000 and the Foreshore Market will also be at the school site offering food, stalls with local produce as well as clothing, jewelry and a variety of secondhand goods. Historic displays showcase the development of St Leonards township and region, and depict the achievements of the local Progress Association during its first hundred years. There is also a historic walk around the township with Key sites marked with large information boards containing details of St. Leonards past with a walking tour map available on the day. Mr Foxcroft reiterated, “We welcome visitors to our sea change village to enjoy our festival, meet locals and discuss the benefits and challenges of living in our wonderful seaside environment.” Further information at stleonards.communityfestival

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JOINT FUNDING The Geelong to Drysdale section of the Bellarine Rail Trail will be more user-friendly, accessible and functional thanks to a $550,000 grant from the Victorian Government and City of Greater Geelong. The Bellarine Rail Trail Improvement project would involve asphalting 2.5 kilometres of trail between Geelong and Drysdale, with a focus on the pathway near new growth areas at Curlewis. Improvement works that are to be carried out include an addition of a picnic shelter, extra park furniture as well as beautification works along the trail. Public safety will also improve with the installation of a pedestrian/cyclist crossing where the trail crosses Jetty Road in Drysdale. The City of Greater Geelong, which contributed $255,000 towards project, will use regionally based contractors to deliver the construction activities associated with the project that will create local jobs and boost the local economy. The 35-kilometre rail trail is one of our most important assets on the Bellarine Peninsula.



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Councillor Lindsay Ellis - Coryule Ward I was recently invited to Jerilderie, NSW by Tim Sheed who is a councillor with the Jerilderie Shire. (many of you will know Tim as a poet and musician and partner of Christine Middleton) During this private visit I had the opportunity to sit in on the shire council meeting. Although this shire is only small in comparison to Geelong their issues are, in the main, the same as ours. I also had the opportunity to speak in the chamber about our area and invited the mayor and councillors to visit the Bellarine Peninsula. I attended a council briefing where the reformed residential zones (and the revised terminology) were discussed. There has been much discussion on the future development of the St Leonards Lake precinct. A planning guideline is to be drawn up and full community consultation will follow. This is a lovely area which until now has been highly underutilised. I attended the opening ceremony of the Master Games recently held in Geelong. These games drew thousands of

participants from all over Australia, and there was a small international contingent as well. I met with Davis Koch, MLC, to announce funding for the Bellarine Rail Trail. As part of the State Government’s “Putting Locals First” program a total of $555 000 has been allocated for general improvements and remedial works for the trail ($300 000 from State Government and $255 000 from CoGG). The refurbishment works at the Sproat Street cricket/football clubrooms have been completed. These works have certainly charged new life into the 35 year old facility. I also attended a meeting of the Barwon South Western Waste Management Board. I’m looking forward to the upcoming meeting of the Association of Bayside Communities which is to be held at the Geelong Yacht Club later this month. It is most interesting to discuss the special needs and aspirations of similar type communities from around the bay. If I can help you with matters relating to the CoGG, I am available on 0427 842 693

LOCAL BUSINESS GREATLY APPRECIATED To everyone who has had dealings with Anthony and Michelle Krivohlavek in having their motor vehicles, boats and trailers serviced, or perhaps bought fishing gear or bait, they would appreciate the extra mile they will go to ensure that the customers are more than satisfied in everything they do. From our dealings with them in the past, we can speak only highly of Anthony’s expertise and professionalism, and at drop of pen and spanner Michelle and Anthony will attend to other customers to ensure they are satisfied.

PROMISE….PROMISES….PROMISES Rumour has it that the work that was supposed to start on our new fuel outlet on October 1st has now been delayed until January 1st (middle of the holiday season?) Still, I suppose it makes a change from the promises of “signing up next Monday” that have been proffered up consistently (forever) in the past. But, seriously, what’s going on?

Anthony’s friendly approach and warm personality goes a long way, and that’s what people like to see. We all know this sounds like a reference, but it is in appreciation, and Anthony needs to be highly recommended for his work ability, vast knowledge and experience, and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone we know, and are proud that we have a mechanic of his calibre in Portarlington to serve the community. The defibrillator was purchased from money raised at the last charity dance hosted by Charles Attard and Lucy and Chris Kaminaras and presented by the Portarlington Maltese Pensioners Association. Anthony and Michelle have kindly volunteered to keep the defibrillator on their premises at Portside Automotive & Marine in Geelong Road (telephone 52591110 mobile 0428493685) for the benefit of the community, and of course, with the hope that no one will ever have to use it. We would like to say thank you to Anthony, Michelle with their beautiful children Mikayla and Jacob. Charles Attard and Maureen Matheson

LADIES GOLF….and other things Last Edition’s Quiz answers: (1) Louis Pasteur (2) A tomato can (3) Sean Connery (4) Moriarty, enemy of Sherlock Holmes (5) Aikido (6) Calais. The Carnival of Golf will be done and dusted at the time of printing – if you missed it, ohhh, next year will be upon us before we know it, and there is your chance. It is such an exciting week to meet new friends, compete on a fabulous course, have a laugh, a cry and feel elated. Look forward to meeting you there next year. On to our popular and talented duo, Jenny Edmanson and Angela Foott who were selected to play in the Country week team along with other talented players in the South West District Ladies Golf Association. Jenny was again nominated squad Captain and, teamed with the meritorious Angie and other ladies team members, proved an irresistible force winning the prestigious Alice Coltman Cup. Kudos ladies, well done. Accolades, you make us proud. Quiz 1. Doctor Who’s robotic dog’s name was? I would like take this opportunity to thank Joyce Vagg. Kathy Carroll was to play in place of one of our absentee interclub team members. Unfortunately the weather was against us and motorized vehicles were banned, Kathy had to step aside. In the worst weather conditions, Joyce Vagg was most gracious in accepting a place in our team. Team members, Marg Mascoll, Helen Davey, Liz Culph, Tracey Jeffrey, Megan Siotis and Chris Watson, together with Joyce, brought home the shield. Thank you Joyce for your unselfishness, it was great to have you in our team. Quiz 2 In 1986 who became the youngest ever World Heavyweight Boxing Champion? Our ladies members playing in the Wednesday comp following the Carnival of Golf applauded the following players: Sue Hazell A grade, Glenis Ranger B grade and Lyn Spence C grade. All winners and grinners. Best Gross Overall was awarded to Jeanette Barclay and Sue Hazell, N.T.P’s; Val Tither

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PORTSIDE PHYSIO The Running Shoe Debate With the advent of Nike's product, The Nike Free Shoe, the development of a wide range of lightweight, flexible shoes that aim to mimic the foots natural running motion, strengthen the foot muscles and improve balance. But are these shoes really good for our feet? This is a question I am asked regularly, and here is my opinion. I believe that the shoes were originally created as a training tool for athletes who would perhaps wear them for a couple of sessions per week. The theory being, improved muscle strength, improved balance, improved (and more natural) running technique. I think this genre of shoe is particularly good for training, but not so much for those whose feet are less than perfect. For example, high arches, flat feet, excessive rotation, the list goes on! Our foot position affects the mechanics of the whole lower limb chain. People with foot problems such as high arches can often end up with knee, hip and even back pain. Before buying your sandshoes, make sure to have them fitted to your foot and to your particular condition. You may not know your foot type! Brea Turnley Portside Physiotherapy

MOVEMENT TO END POVERTY Recently members of the congregation at Portarlington’s St Andrew’s Uniting Church, stood together to support the Movement to End Poverty. The focus was the completion of what was begun in 2000 when Australia, along with 188 other nations, signed the Millennium Declaration which says: “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty”. In doing so we agreed to help achieve 8 Millennium Goals (MDG’s) which together aim to halve the incidence and worse effects of extreme poverty by 2015. Much progress has been made but we now need to FINISH THE RACE. To do our fair share towards meeting these goals, we need to increase effective lifesaving aid to 70 cents in every $100 of national income by 2020 and ensure that we tackle corruption and tax avoidance that robs poor countries of the resources they need to tackle poverty. We encourage the Australian Government to take responsibility to ‘finish this race’ in a timely fashion. Merilyn Bertram (member of the St Andrew’s committee for Justice and Mission)

AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADOR The Portarlington Golf Club is pleased to announce that Ms Beverly O’Connor has accepted the position of our Australia Day Ambassador for 2014. Bev is a well known journalist and media presenter. Born in South Africa and now an Australian citizen, it will be interesting to hear about “what it means to be Australian”. January 26th 11.00 am

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FOUR GENERATIONS OF FISHERMEN Peter “Jerka” Jenkins’ grandfather used to fish out of Port Melbourne. Then so did his dad Dick. But Dick decided that instead of him travelling across the Bay to find the fish he’d move to where the fish were. So almost fifty years ago Dick moved his family to Portarlington, one of whom was a very, very young Peter. Peter followed on the family tradition of fishing the Bay. But now young Ben Jenkins has now become the “gun” fisherman amongst the relatively few licensed commercial fishermen who work in Port Phillip Bay. Peter and his wife Donna have recently moved their retail operation to Geelong Road Portarlington. Where we used to buy our fish from their home block in Queenscliff Road is no more. Peter, Donna, Ben and daughter Maddy would like us all to know that their new premises offers the same high quality produce. Much of the fish is caught locally. But Peter buys from the Melbourne

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PORTARLINGTON SPRINGTIME DANCE FESTIVAL The Portarlington Community Dance Group, founded originally by Lorraine Andrew, Darryl Andrew ( dec.), Pauline Kendall Ron Medson, Laila Mistri, Roy De Moor (dec.) Deslie Noon ,Lionel Noon (dec.) Mary Wilson and Alan Wilson decided, some five years ago to conduct the annual Portarlington Springtime Dance Festival. It has been very successful with people coming from all over Melbourne, Country Areas, NSW and locally. With the help of our Major Sponsors Bellarine Bayside, Bendigo Bank, Portarlington Beach Motel, N H Abbey Real Estate, Neville Richards Real Estate, Jack Rabbit and other Real Estate and Businesses in Portarlington / Drysdale (too many to name) we were able to donate $5000 to ANDREW LOVE CANCER RESEARCH CENTRE The Group would like to thank all for their Sponsorship & Donations because without their help this would not have been achieved.



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Staying in Portarlington Inc. As part of the 2013 Geelong Seniors Festival SiP hosted a fun- filled, informative bus trip to Fort Queenscliff. The tour was well guided and opened pages of local history for participants. A delicious lunch followed at the Victoria Hotel with those attending eagerly awaiting the 2014 SiP event, should we be successful again in receiving a City of Greater Geelong Seniors Festival Grant. Thank you to the team who made this event possible and so pleasurable. For several years, SiP has lobbied CoGG to provide hard rubbish collection to residents who are house bound or have limited access to transfer of items to the tip. It is pleasing to note that HACC service packages may now contain a hard rubbish collection, which assists residents to discard unwanted items. CoGG’s new initiative provides great motivation for that spring clean and de-clutter in this “Buy Nothing New” month of October. On the sustainability front, SiP has approached the new Portarlington supermarket to join forces with our promotion of reusable shopping bags to reduce plastic waste. Our successful grant application with Bellarine Bayside will further our work on reducing beach detritus, which endangers marine life. This month also celebrates and promotes mental health and wellbeing. Some of the realities of ageing can be confronting for people as they face changes in capacity and energy levels. A frequently repeated mantra comes

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Portarlington—Early Settlement The township of Portarlington was formally surveyed around 1850 and was at that time named Drayton. It was renamed Portarlington in 1851, reportedly in honour of the English peer, Sir Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, however it is also suggested, and perhaps seems more likely, owing to the number of early Irish settlers in the area, that the town was actually named after the town in Ireland bearing the same name, Portarlington, which was itself founded by Sir Henry Bennet in 1666. The newly surveyed township was neatly laid out, with broad streets, and planted with English elms and pines. The first sale of town lots in Portarlington took place on 22 October 1851. It was described in the Geelong Advertiser newspaper as a "new township at Indented Head" and buyers were confident that it would quickly become "a place of importance". The first buyers were mainly speculators, so although the lots initially sold well, few purchasers settled on their lots, and the town was slow to fill. A steam-powered flour mill opened in 1857, and after a competing mill in nearby Drysdale was destroyed by fire in 1861 the development of Portarlington began to progress more rapidly. The mill owners built a private jetty and began receiving grain shipments from Geelong, and returning processed flour and bran. Around this time, the Bellarine Peninsula was regarded as the granary of the Victorian colony. A Post Office opened on 1 March 1863 (incidentally, known as Port Arlington until about 1866 but this may have been in error). By 1865, the population of Portarlington had passed 200, and the town boasted two hotels and a blacksmith's shop. The Wesleyan congregation, who were the most numerous, built the town's first church in 1866. Before this they had conducted their services at the mill. The Portarlington Pier was constructed in 1859, after a petition from local farmers demanding access to a public jetty, and it quickly became an important port of call for the network of steamers plying the Bay, both for goods and passengers. The first vessel servicing the direct run to Hobsons Bay, the Petrel, was reportedly doing a brisk trade by 1866, delivering hay, butter, eggs, cheese, potatoes, wheat, flour, geese, turkeys, poultry, bacon, pork, and pigs, and returning with supplies of tea, sugar, coffee, wine, beer, spirits, and other commercial items. The jetty was extended in 1870, allowing sufficient depth for shallow draft vessels to dock at any tide, and soon daily steamers from Melbourne were calling. The first to pick up passengers and cargo was the Despatch, in 1872. The direct run to Melbourne provided markets for large deliveries of potatoes and onions from around Portarlington, and lines of carts laden with produce were a common sight heading down to the port. At times up to eight or nine lighters would be loading at the jetty with cargo for Melbourne, as well as a steamer. The jetty was reconstructed in 1872, and storage sheds added.


Portarlington Mussels Masters Swimming Club The Portarlington Mussels Masters Swimming Club punched well above its weight at the XIV Australian Masters Games swimming events at Waurn Ponds from October 4 - 6. The small Bellarine Peninsular club could only field 14 competitors and needed to import outside swimmers to fill its mixed relay teams, but nearly every club swimmer won a medal and the medals were evenly spread across all distances and strokes.


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Emily Kennedy snatched gold, silver, and bronze in the Women’s 35 – 39 years 200m individual medley, 200m backstroke, 800m and 400m metres freestyle. In the same age group, Rachel Evans won the 100m butterfly and claimed silver in the 200m individual medley. Felicity Sayle also came second in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle, and took bronze in the 200m backstroke. Lachlan Williams claimed another bronze in the Men’s 45 – 49 years 200m Freestyle. He and fellow team member Keenan Boon also had the honour of swimming against 1964 Olympian Peter Doak in the 50m breastroke and 50m freestyle respectively. Clare Wilson and Mia Cook took bronze in the 60 – 64 years 50m backstroke and the 35 – 39 years 100m breastroke, while Leanne Gunthorpe claimed silver in the Women’s 50 – 54 years 50m backstroke. Peter Doak - who claimed silver in the 64 – 69 year men’s freestyle and butterfly events - joined the Portarlington Mussels for the mixed freestlye and medley relays. The Mussels mixed teams battled intense competition and only narrowly missed adding to the medal tally. The women’s realy teams gained revenge, taking gold in the 120 – 139 years 200m freestyle and 120 – 139 years medley, and bronze in the Women’s 200 – 239 years 200m Freestyle. Club coach Fiona Brown said she was delighted with the outcome. “We hardly ever race because there’s not much for Masters swimmers in Geelong and district, but when we do, we do really well,” she beamed.


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Lisa Neville MP COMMUNITY RECYCLING GRANT Congratulations to the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management, Portarlington for being granted more than $8,000 to implement recycling initiatives though the Keep Australia Beautiful’s Beverage Container Recycling grants program. The grants program funded by CocaCola Foundation and Coca-Cola South Pacific has been running for four years and has funded almost 200 community recycling projects across Australia. This year’s program will lead to the recovery of a combined 450 tonnes of recyclables and is a fantastic environmental initiative. PORTARLINGTON ROTUNDA After lobbying the Transport Minister last year, he approved the transfer of the road area near the rotunda to the City of Greater Geelong. This would mean the area can be properly managed, landscaped and utilised for the benefit of the community. Unfortunately, there continues to be a delay in the actual handover from VicRoads. BELLARINE RELAY FOR LIFE I am delighted to have been invited to again be part of the Bellarine Relay for Life being held on the weekend of November 9-10 at the Collendina Reserve in Ocean Grove. This is a fantastic community event with so many enthusiastic people of all ages

oct 2013… the port report 11 turning up to be part of the relay and in doing so, raise much needed funds for the fight against cancer. It is also an important time to celebrate cancer survivors and remember loved ones who have passed away. I encourage you to support this event by sponsoring an individual or a team or by coming along to show your support over the weekend. PORTARLINGTON SAFE HARBOUR Despite numerous attempts through the parliament, the State Government is yet to release the business case that was due to be completed last year. I have again raised this with the Ports Minister and it is very disappointing that no progress has been made on this important project. I will continue to push this as a priority. LED STREET LIGHTING Portarlington residents must be very happy with their new status as having the best street lighting in the country! I understand this new LED street lighting system installed by the City of Greater Geelong is not only cheaper to run that the old lights, but produce lower levels of greenhouse emissions while also emitting less light in an upwards direction which can affect views across the bay. I look forward to my next evening visit to Portarlington to see the lighting in action! 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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Portarlington Community Association Update – Community Information Centre Proposal During September we continued to collect information to develop a winning proposal for a Community Information Centre located at Portarlington’s Rotunda. Our focus in September was to improve our understanding of the requirements for Visitor Information centres with both a blue and gold italic i and a blue and white roman i. The following is a summary of our findings and our current thinking in regards to our Community Information Centre proposal. Geelong Otway Tourism accredited (italic i and non-accredited roman i) Visitor Information Centres and Outlets The City of Greater Geelong fully funds the two accredited Visitor Information Centres in Geelong. The Borough of Queenscliffe fully fund the Visitor Information Centre in Queenscliff. These centres comply to the state accreditation requirements. The main requirement being that they must be open seven days a week 9.00am – 5pm. Lead-up signage on streets and roads is permitted for these centres. The Geelong Visitor Information network includes two accredited centres. One on the highway located at the BP Service Station at Little River and the other at the National Wool Museum Geelong. Located within the City of Greater Geelong are four Visitor Information P.O. Box 290 Portarlington 3223

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booths (located at Avalon Airport, Waterfront Geelong, Market Square Shopping Centre and Barwon Heads (during holiday season). These booths display the roman i which is located on buildings only and no lead-up street signage is permitted. The Geelong Visitor service also has four Visitor Information Centre outlets on the Bellarine. Drysdale Community Craft Shop, Bellarine Estate, Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre and Amazen-Games (Wallington). These outlets are open seven days a week at various opening hours and staffed by employees from those businesses. The Geelong Visitor Information Service provides the signage, brochure racks and free call phone line that diverts to one of our accredited centres if assistance is required. Geelong Otway Tourism is funded by the City of Greater Geelong and is a membership based organisation. All brochures on display in these centres and outlets are members of their local tourism association (eg. Bellarine Tourism). A Visitor Information Centre outlet (the roman i) need to recruit and manage their own volunteers, if applicable. This is the case with the Drysdale Community Craft Shop. On visiting Drysdale Community Craft Shop, thanks to Sue the volunteer on duty, we gained further valuable information about how they organise their volunteers. Sue felt a set day once

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a month worked well for them. Portarlington Community Information Centre – our current thinking Becoming an non-accredited Visitor Information Outlet as part of our Community Information Centre offers a number of advantages. We gain ongoing material and expert support from Geelong Otway Tourism ( ie Bellarine Tourism). We can easily network with other Visitor Information Services, thereby providing a better service to visitors. It would also strengthen the attractiveness of our proposal. Typical items we would need to fund will be a brochure rack for Community Information, a desk or counter for volunteers to work from and a computer for information. With free WiFi available in our Newcombe Street shopping precinct we will gain internet access via WiFi. Our thinking on days and hours of the Centre opening has always been guided by the seasonal aspects on the North Bellarine. This thinking has been supported by the information we have collected so far. A pool of volunteers will be vital for our success and its size and the availability of individuals during our peak season will guide the frequency of days of operation. Call for expressions of interest to become a volunteer in our proposed Portarlington Community Information Centre If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in this exciting and rewarding endeavour we would like to hear from you. At this stage all we would require is your name, phone number and likely availability. This information will support our proposal and will also provide a starting point if we are successful. Please see contact details below. The PCA continues to seek 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


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Reading - 20 minutes every day Reading books is a relaxing way to get ready for sleep. For a child, daily reading with an adult begins in infancy, and by the time the child reaches 5 years old they have gained 400+ hours of brain food. The reason you want to spend 20 minutes reading time with your child each night can be worked out mathematically. Reading can be the child reading, the adult reading or talking about books and stories. Child A reads 20 minutes each night by 7 nights every week Child B reads 5 minutes a night Child A 20 minutes x 7 nights a week = 140 minutes/week Child B 5 minutes x 7 nights a week = 35 minutes/week Child A 140 minutes x 4 weeks each month = 560 minutes/month Child B 35 minutes x 4 weeks each month = 140 minutes/month Child A 560 minutes x 10 school months = 5600 minutes/year Child B 140 minutes x 10 school months = 1400 minutes/year Which student do you think will be more successful at reading? Which student do you expect to be more successful at school? Rotary Club of Drysdale supports local schools and kindergartens in their literacy endeavors to provide the brain food for your child. Parents, grandparents and siblings can also assist by adding more brain food at bedtime. Set a time each night to read and talk with your child (based on Early Start, Strong Finish 2000). Caroline Publicity Officer Rotary Club of Drysdale Published by the Port Report Association Inc. A0047668W Editor Rod Elms Postal Address: P.O. Box 177, Portarlington 3223 Distributed in Portarlington, Indented Head, St Leonards and selected businesses in Drysdale. Articles may be left in the Port Report Box at the IGA Everyday Supermarket (next to the Grand Hotel) in Newcombe Street Portarlington. We encourage contributors to e-mail their information or provide it on disk in Word format. We welcome written copy from those without computer access. Deadline for articles is the FIRST day of every month.

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cover to the pipe. They had also attempted to remove the hose coupling attached to the pipe as indicated by the damage done to it. The brigade needs the community assistance to stop vandalism of this kind and requests that anyone seen tampering with any fire fighting equipment in town be immediately reported to the Police and to our brigade phone numbers below. Fire fighting equipment is provided by the state and our community to save lives and property and it needs to be working properly to do that. Emergency Calls In September the brigade responded to 4 incidents. These involved assisting an ambulance, a gas leak, a grass and a house fire. It was a quiet month for the brigade, however across the state CFA’s statistics show the trend in residential fires for August worsened compared to the previous year. August 2013 has 11% more residential fires than 2012. Increases occurred in kitchen and lounge fires and decreased in bedroom fires. Major causes of the increase in residential fires were unattended cooking, electrical and heating fires, particularly wood heaters. The brigade encourages our community to be aware of these risks and ensure that actions are taken to never leave cooking unattended, electrical appliances that are faulting are replaced or repaired and chimneys are cleaned annually. 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 Editor The Port Report, Dear Sir, I write to advise of my intention to stand for election, for the position of Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong. Following my recent retirement / resignation from the City as the Executive Assistant to Councillors in August, I believe that I am in a unique position to take over the role of Mayor, to work with the Councillors to provide strong and decisive leadership, for the benefit of the Citizens of the Geelong Region. No one else other than of a small number of current staff, would know all of the Councillors better than I, as well as a full understanding of the infrastructure of the Council administration, its Policies and Procedures. I will hit the ground running, all of the otherwise extensive induction that would normally be required by any other candidate. I am not politically aligned, nor will I accept any funding from any individual or organisation as part of my election campaign. I will be beholden to no one. Nominations will open on 17 October and Postal Voting will follow, with the Election Day being Saturday 23 November 2013. I look forward to working with the good people of Portarlington and other key localities within the Bellarine Peninsula to strengthen its resolve to make Geelong the best place to live, work and play. Stephen Yewdall, Mayoral Candidate 2013 Contacts: Stephen Yewdall 26 Sandringham Parade Newtown 3220 P: 5221 1273 M: 0427 211 273 E:

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Portarlington Fire Brigade Vandalism is unacceptable Monday nights is the brigade’s regular weekly training night. It is quite common for community members to see our trucks at various locations around Portarlington as we practise our fire fighting skills. On Monday September 21 our fire training practice was based on a simulation exercise involving a car on fire located near the mussel boat moorings on the Portarlington Pier. There was no real fire it was only a training exercise. We arrived at the pier with the brigade’s three vehicles and two of them, our pumper and hilux ute proceeded to the end of the pier to deal with the simulated fire. Our tanker cannot go out onto the pier due to it being above approved pier weight limits. On the pier at this time were fishers and other onlookers so we proceeded down the pier at an appropriate speed to a location to commence our simulated fire fighting exercise. All was going well as we use our brigade pumper to supply water to suppress the simulated fire. The pumper has 800 ltrs of water available before it needs to refill. It does have the ability to draw water from the bay and the CFA has installed a red painted pipe to achieve this. We attached our hoses to the pipe coupling to draw water for the pumper and immediately experienced a significant problem. There was not enough water coming up the pipe to provide the pumper with water to maintain the fire fighting exercise underway. The exercise was immediately suspended whilst we investigated and attempted to fix this problem. We found the problem had been caused by drink cans and glass bottles being inserted into the pipe causing a significant restriction in water flow. Some of these cans and bottles were sucked up the pipe by the pumper and thankfully we were able to stop the pump quickly enough before they entered the pumper’s pump. This could have caused a major equipment failure resulting in the pumper being unavailable for fire fighting duties in the town. The drink cans and bottles had been inserted after vandals cut the padlock and removed the protective


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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. 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

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oct 2013… the port report WOOFERS & WALKERS - responsible dog owners’ group Our special meeting last month was well attended with dog owners entertained by some of the participants in the dog training classes at Neighbourhood House. Our woofers jumped over hurdles, weaved through poles and ran through a tunnel of hoops. Seek and find the ball was an eager challenge for Simba and Molly May. Sam (a rehomed Jack Russell) delighted the audience as he raced through the agility course. For the finale when he placed his paw on a small toy piano and as Joan his owner said “play it again Sam,” he did just that. This was followed by our guest speaker Dr. Jack Ayerbe who warmly engaged us with his many humorous stories about his days as a young vet practising in Ireland. Here’s one of those stories just to give you a taste. The pub as you all know is the hub of community life and the place to meet and have a yarn and find out what’s happening. As the new vet in town and as he described one who felt he knew a fair bit and could just about do anything. He was also very eager to please and so when a local farmer after a number of beers at the pub said ay doc I have a sick cow at home do you reckon you could come and have a look. Dr. Jack didn’t hesitate and they both jumped in his van to take a look at this sick cow. It was a pretty quiet trip as the farmer was not much on conversation as he fell asleep after his beers and woke up only when they arrived at the farm. They both headed off to find the sick cow and after a bit an examination Dr. Jack said, “There is nothing wrong with this cow.” The farmer said, “Gee, I don’t know doc. “She was pretty sick this morning.” Next night at the pub the farmer was enjoying himself over a few beers again and said to Dr. Jack, “Doc. You know that cow ye saw the other night? I reckon she has definitely come down with something. Do you think you could give me a lift home and have another look?” “Sure thing,” replied the vet. As you may have guessed, the farmer didn’t have a sick cow nor did he have

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the money to pay for a ride home. So a free ride with the new young vet in town was a pretty good deal. The examination fee was cheaper than a taxi! Many thanks to those who contributed to organising this special meeting that turned out to be a lot of fun. Thanks also to all those who contributed items to the Raffle at Neighbourhood House that has been running for a number of months. It was drawn and raised $70.80c that will go towards dog training conducted at Neighbourhood House. Lead the Way – Be a Pooper Scooper Thank you to all the dog owners who take responsibility for their dog/s waste. Unfortunately dog poo continues to be left along our foreshore walking trail, open spaces such as our parks and worst of all in the main street. Woofers & Walkers has received a number of complaints this month about the large amount of dog poo left around Portarlington footy oval. Please act responsibility and bag it & bin it. Snake Alert. With some warmer days and summer approaching it is important to keep yourself and your dog safe when you are out and about by staying alert for snakes. There has been a recent report of a large brown snake by beach goers along the rock face near to Steeles Rocks and the drain area along the Esplanade. Our next meeting is Saturday October 26th 11.00 o’clock. Our next monthly community walk is Saturday November 2nd. See you at 11.00 am at Parks Hall. Contact Details for Woofers & Walkers: 5259 3138 (Julie/Phil) or

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National SES Week 2013 Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) alongside our SES colleagues around Australia celebrate National SES Week from 11th to 17th of November to recognise and acknowledge the incredible yearround efforts of our combined 27,000 volunteers who work tirelessly to keep their communities safe during flood, storm and road accident emergencies. And the volunteers of the Bellarine SES Unit have been no exception having not only maintained a round the clock response to communities across the peninsula but also being deployed to other parts of the state in response to large scale emergencies. This included a response to help clean up after the wild storm that hit Ballarat at the end of November 2012, assisting the CFA at the fire ground of the Kentbruck fire in far Western Victoria in early January 2013, and more recently helping Victoria Police search for a missing women with dementia in Corio in September 2013. National SES week also endeavours to increase awareness within communities of SES core roles and culminates in ‘Wear Orange Wednesday’ on November 13th where all Australians are encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the tremendous work done and commitment shown by our SES volunteers. A range of events will be held across the state to celebrate National SES Week. To keep informed of National SES Week events and competitions as they are announced visit Victoria SES at The Uniting Church has the annual Blooming Plants & Home Made Fair coming up on Sat. 16th. November. Portarlington Uniting Church will conduct the annual “Blooming Plants & Home Made Fair” in the church hall, Newcombe Street Portarlington, from 9-00am ‘til early pm. A feature will be over 200 colourful potted pelargoniums, most in full bloom and very reasonably priced. Other garden plants will also be on sale. The Home made Stall will feature craft items and other very useful things. Yummy home made cakes and slices will be on the Cake Stall and Morning Tea or Coffee (Scones, jam, cream) will also be available. Please mark the date in your diary and come and join us on Saturday 16th November, from 9-00am. Further details from Barry on 04275 13950.

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