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Voice Bellarine

November 2016






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Mural gives town a bit of sparkle THE ‘Welcome to Drysdale’ mural is now proudly on display in the town square. The mural is fixed to the outer wall of the Senior Citizens Club, which faces across the town square and is an initiative of Drysdale’s annual Festival of Glass. Festival convenor Doug Carson said: “The glass and ceramic mural gives glimpses of Drysdale then and now. It’s the latest link in the area’s long association with glass and we’re very grateful to all the local people and organisations that have made the ’Welcome to Drysdale’ mural happen”. The project started almost three years ago, in December 2013, when Bellarine Secondary College students – led by their teacher Tess Grace and by

local ceramicist Kaye Clancy – created a collection of ceramic tiles, each depicting a moment in the area’s past and present. The ceramic tiles form a border to the mural, which has at its centre a sign in ‘slumped glass’ saying ‘Welcome to Drysdale’, made by Geelong’s Wathaurong Glass. Festival of Glass members in Drysdale built the mural’s steel and wood frame. Festival of Glass committee members Doug Carson and Mercedes Drummond have led the mural project, and Uncle David Tournier of the Wauthorong Aboriginal Co-op has been an advisor. The Rotary Club of Drysdale and local travel agency Helloworld have supported the project financially.

Tess Grace (Bellarine Secondary College), Uncle David Tournier (Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op), Mercedes Drummond, Kay Clancy (both Festival of Glass) and Sue Van Every (Rotary Club of Drysdale) unveil the mural. 160038

On the march LOCOMOTE is a walkability action group that wants to make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to walk around St Leonards, Portarlington and Indented Head. The group has been advocating for walkable communities since 2008 and has recently launched a new campaign called ‘Happy Feet St Leonards’. The campaign includes four ‘projects’ which are locations in St Leonards that require changes to make them more walkable. The community is being asked to give their input by voting for their favourite project.

Among the four projects is the creation of a pedestrian crossing which will connect the end of the Murradoc Road to Harvey Park. “This is a popular place which families walk to. Many people have difficulty trying to safely cross the road from the shops to the playground. This is especially the case over the summer months when it gets busy with cars and caravans,” Locomote member and St Leonards resident Jan Wade said. A shared pathway along the north side of Murradoc road is another project which both Locomote and others in

the community are keen to see built. “There is no footpath once you get past the primary school and it makes it really hard for people who use electric scooters, wheelchairs or walking frames to safely walk along the road to get to the school, bus stops or shops,” St Leonards resident and electric wheelchair user Mary-Anne Cosic said. St Leonards Primary School has also expressed issues with the lack of bike lanes on Murradoc Road. The school has been requesting a path along this road for a number of years as many students walk or ride

this route to get to school. “Our kids are in danger when they are walking or riding to school as there is no footpath or off road bike path for them to use,” St Leonards Primary School principal Jenny Cowburn said. Locomote believes a shared pathway would take pedestrians and bike riders away from the traffic and make it safer for them to get to the school and into the town centre, both destinations which are often visited by many residents. A footpath along Bluff Road between Dudley Parade and Mcleod Street has been included on the cam-


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paign list as it is seen as necessary to connect the existing footpath network along The Esplanade. “There is already a footpath from the corner of Bluff Road and Murradoc Road to Dudley Parade and we would like to see this footpath extended all the way to McLeod Street so that people can enjoy a continuous sealed footpath that would connect with the St Leonards Lake Reserve walking track, as well as an alternate route for campers in Bengalat Reserve,” Locomote member Ingrid Novosel said. Continued on page 2

Bellarine Voice - 26th October 2016