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Wacky Geelong power play Oscars, babies, chooks and twitter feuds all featured at ‘Wacky Wednesday’ as Geelong Cats players drowned their sorrows after last Friday’s prelim final loss. Patrick Dangerfield took the micky out of outspoken former footballer Kane Cornes, arriving as a fireman with an old Port Adelaide guernsey underneath. The lighthearted jab reignited the pair’s long-running Twitter banter with 2004 AFL Premiership winner Cornes posting, “He forgot the premiership medal...” “I’ll give you that!” Dangerfield admitted, before posting a picture of himself reeling

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Barwon Prison set for 150 bed boost By Natalee Kerr Lara’s Barwon Prison is set receive more than 150 extra beds as part of a $1.8 billion investment, State Government announced yesterday. The funding for the additional 162 beds will expand the jail's capacity to 640 prisoners, ensuring the maximum-security facility continues to meet future demand, the government said. The prison is also set to welcome a new medical and clinical administration building, industry building and visitor centre, according to the government. Meanwhile, its existing medical facility and programs are expected to be refurbished and

repurposed in order to strengthen security and services. Lara MP John Eren said the expansion of the facility will boost local employment. “Across the state our infrastructure projects are creating hundreds of local jobs,” he said. The announcement follows the opening of a new detention centre for Victoria’s “most dangerous offenders” at the facility last week. The $21 million 10-bed Piper Detention Unit accommodates “serious” sex and violence offenders who posed an unacceptable risk of re-offending after completing their sentences, the government said. Corrections Minister Ben Carroll said the recent investments will allow for a more "se-

Geelong Crime dropped 6.1 per cent in the year to June 2019 according to Crime Statistics Agency data released this week. State Government lauded drops in burglary and vehicle theft, but assaults, stalking and weapons offences were up on the same time last year.

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cure" prison system. “We are strengthening Barwon Prison by increasing its capacity and investing in key infrastructure to keep staff and the community safe,” he said. The number of inmates in the jail decreased by 7.2 percent in the last year, dropping from 428 in August 2018 to 397 last month, according to Corrections Victoria data. But the rate of offenders within the Barwon South-West region has remained stable, with 1036 at the end of last month compared to 1049 at the end of July. A tender for early works, including fencing, carparks and site offices was released yesterday, while the extra beds are expected to be operating in two years.

Young people from across the region will gather at GMHBA Stadium on 31 October for Geelong Youth Summit, the city’s junior mayor Josie Horne has announced. Ms Horne invited schools from across greater Geelong to nominate students aged 12 to 17 to tackle issues like mental health and the environment.

Farm Inspector Geelong Investigation and Response Inspector Karl Curren will soon begin work as the state’s Farm Crime Inspector, Victoria Police has announced. Insp Curren will work with Victorian Farmers Federation and 71 crime liaison officers to crack down on livestock, wool and diesel thefts and other rural offences.

7/11 heist A man threatened a Newcomb 7/11 attendant with a knife before making off with the till about 7.40pm on Tuesday, police have alleged. Police described the alleged offender as Caucasian and wearing a black top and pants.

Political potholes Roads in southwest Victoria are the worst in the state, an RACV-commissioned study has found. Western Victoria MP Bev McArthur criticised State Government’s “poor maintenance” stating its “solution to dangerous, pothole-ridden roads is slow-down signs.”

Search warranted Geelong police are searching for a man and two women who failed to front court on separate offences including theft and drug possession. Police released images of Cameron Brereton 33, Jackie Smith, 24, and Rebecca Hoystead, 29, following the issue of warrants for their arrest. WHEELIE GREAT CAUSE: Riley Bowers, 12, Tucker Kooloos, 11, and Darcy Kelly, 12, are raising money for friend Judd Hughes, 11, to get a new Picture: Rebecca Hosking sports wheelchair. 198333

Classmates back Judd’s basketball dream By Natalee Kerr Drysdale’s Judd Hughes, 11, has his eyes set on becoming a professional wheelchair basketball star. Since age three, Judd has suffered from McCune Albright Syndrome – a rare genetic disease that left him unable to run or walk for more than 100 meters. Judd’s mum, Claire, recalls the difficulty of telling her “sports-mad” son he was unable to pursue football because of his incurable condition. “I remember the day we had to explain to him he couldn’t play footy… that broke his heart,” she said. “He just simply couldn’t be tackled because

he would break.” Judd struggled to find a sport he could play before becoming involved with Geelong not-for-profit organisation Parallel Sports 18 months ago. Claire said the organisation allowed Judd to chase his sporting endeavours. “He has always had a massive passion for basketball (but) we had no idea there were these wheelchair opportunities,” she said. Judd participates in an adult competition but is in need of a new wheelchair so he can “go faster and be more competitive”, Claire said. Now the community is rallying behind the St Thomas Primary School student in a bid to help him reach his dream – representing Victo-

ria in wheelchair basketball. They have raised $1300 for Judd’s new wheelchair, $1700 shy from a target of $3000. “We’re overwhelmed by the support… we’ve been so lucky with his school and the kids getting behind this,” Claire said. Judd, who loves wheelchair basketball because it lets him “go fast for once”, said the fundraising efforts from his schoolmates meant “a lot” to him. “I like having their support, I feel pretty special,” he said. Judd hopes to give the wheelchair to another young athlete once he outgrows it, he said. To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/ sports-chair-for-judd.

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Council rejects emergency By Luke Voogt A council climate change emergency declaration has fallen short by one vote despite a large and impassioned crowd during Tuesday night's heated meeting. Greens councillor Sarah Mansfield urged council to declare an emergency after several locals voiced their fears during public question time. “A huge mistake we make is in thinking what we do doesn’t matter,” she said. “We are all responsible and none of us can fix this alone – we have to work together.” Her motion followed worldwide climate strikes last Friday, including about 1000 pro-

testing in central Geelong. But Stephanie Asher proposed an amendment, saying council was “not yet ready to call a climate emergency” and described doing so as merely “ticking a box”. Council voted 6-5 for her amendment that acknowledged “climate change poses a risk” instead, prompting jeers and angry chants from the crowd. Earlier Cr Mansfield asked how she would explain failing to act to her children, while highlighting rising temperatures and sea levels. Councillor Jim Mason argued climate deniers had become a threat to "global security . But Cr Asher instead proposed council of-

ficers update its Sustainability Framework as an "immediate priority" and undertake a raft of environmental measures. “It’s not a denial (or) watering down of anything,” she said. Cr Asher said her amendment had “significantly more substance than the original” motion without the “politicised” word emergency, meaning “all councillors” could support it. The crowd reacted angrily as six councillors spoke in support of the amendment, forcing Mayor Bruce Harwood to interject several times. Council’s “bread and butter” was “roads, rates and rubbish,” councillor Ron Nelson re-

peated over an irate crowd. “We all drove our cars in tonight and we all drive to Melbourne every other day,” Eddy Kontelj said, drawing a similar reaction. Cr Kontelj also said the amendment would hold councillors more accountable than just declaring an emergency. But Cr Mansfield and Cr Mason described the amendment as a “false choice” between declaring an emergency and updating the sustainability framework, stating they were separate issues. Cr Mansfield added that she regularly rode to work, while Cr Mason said, “I accept the science. It’s not a matter of belief.”

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Bell Post Hill’s Emily Connell is a lively and healthy five-year-old with “bundles of energy”. But her entry into the world was anything but easy at 27 weeks premature and weighing only 659 grams. Emily spent her first 98 days in hospital, an emotional “roller coaster” for mum Amanda. “She had one or two nurses constantly monitoring her, there were multiple cords attached to her – she couldn’t breathe on her own because she was so small," Amanda said. “Leaving her at the end of the day was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” The beginning of Amanda’s pregnancy was “completely normal” before a “lingering cold” at the 26-week mark. Amanda saw her GP when she felt something was wrong. “I was initially told that it was just a cold and that relaxing should get rid of it,” she said. But blood pressure and urine tests found she had pre-eclampsia – a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication. “My GP turned around and said to me ‘if you don’t get to the hospital straight away, I’m calling the ambulance',” she said.

Amanda immediately went to University Hospital Geelong and paramedics rushed her to the Royal Women’s for an early delivery. “It was a lot more severe than I first thought… my husband was told that I could lose my life and my daughter could lose hers too,” she said. Following Emily’s birth, Amanda discovered premature birth help group Life’s Little Treasures Foundation. The foundation provided fact sheets, helped her decipher complex medical language and connected her with others going through the same journey. “I honestly don’t know how we would’ve coped without them,” Amanda said. Now the mother-of-two is hoping to raise $1000 for the charity through her fourth Walk for Prems fundraiser in Melbourne on 27 October. Through the walk Amanda hoped to repay a charity that meant “the world” to her. “I just want to make sure that others have the same support when they are thrust into the scary and unknown world of (premature birth),” she said. To support Amanda in Walk for Prems visit www.facebook.com/teampremmieemmie. geelongindy.com.au


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Care ‘driving down’ local youth crimes By Luke Voogt Targeting substance abuse and family violence, rather than increasing juvenile detention, is vital to driving down Geelong’s youth crime, a 15-year study has found. University students posing as underage alcohol purchasers and family education programs were reducing youth crime and injuries, according veteran Geelong researcher John Toumbourou. “These programs have been very effective in Geelong,” he said. Professor Toumbourou has been part of the 41,000-person study since it began in one WA municipality and three Victorian municipalities. “This is one of the areas that I’ve devoted a lot of my career to,” he said. The study used a Communities That Care approach, which researchers said led to faster reductions in alcohol, tobacco and drug use and youth crime. Youth alcohol use fell 28 per cent in the intervention communities, more than double the rest of Australia, researchers found. The overall program had been running in Geelong for several years, with some components beginning more recently, Prof Toumbourou explained. While researchers were yet to make conclusive findings for Geelong, there were “early indications of reductions in child injuries and youth crime”, he said. “We think the results are likely to mirror those we’re seeing in the first four communities. We're confident that Geelong will enjoy the same reductions. “It takes quite some time but we’re now finding that the program is becoming more efficient and making changes faster.” Deakin University in 2017 began sending students “who look underage” into sports clubs and shops to buy booze, Prof Toumbourou explained. This resulted in “huge drops” in children reporting being able purchase alcohol and retailers selling it, he said. “We’ve got pretty good indications this is having flow-on affects for youth injuries and crime. And parents tell us it’s much easier to set rules around alcohol." Barwon Child Youth and Family coordinated the other major component of the program; teaching family management skills to primary students and parents, Prof Toumbourou said. “It’s clear that we’re getting benefits both for parents and the children.” Researchers were recording reductions in children’s anti-social behaviour and violence, family conflict and parent depression, particularly in “disadvantaged areas”, he said. “We heard a number of accounts from families reporting it had been a big game-changer for them.

Police officer hospitalised From page 1 The driver then sped away before crashing into a police van, police said. Police followed the car a short distance to Ballarat Rd where it rammed another police car before coming to a stop where the driver was then arrested. Paramedics were called to the scene about 2am and treated three people, according to Ambulance Victoria. Paramedics took the driver, the female passenger and the officer to hospital, according to police. The pair remained in custody as investigations continued, police said. Police urged anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www. crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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COMMUNITY OUTPOURING: Geelong researcher John Toumbourou says targeting substance abuse and family violence is reducing youth crime. “Leadership of those schools have told us they find it much easier to teach the children when they have a family support program of this nature.” Practical measures like having a family dinner table led to outcomes such as shared preparation and healthier meals, Prof Toumbourou added. He acknowledged community sentiment about getting tough on youth crime but said the program was about prevention, “not letting people off the hook”. “We’ve got a huge problem with more children going to prison than we’ve seen in

generations. “Some (Geelong) postcodes have very high numbers of children that go to prison. “Imagine if you’ve been raised in a family where there’s violence, neglect and abuse, and you mirror those behaviours growing up. The programs results indicated State Government should divert some of its “big” prison-building budget into prevention, Prof Toumbourou said. “What we need to do is take crime prevention approach. "When people come out of prison, they’ve often learnt new and more severe forms of offending.”

A rejuvenated $10 million student hub and library at The Gordon TAFE officially opened in a State Government ceremony yesterday. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Skills Minister Gayle Tierney and local government MPs to announce the revamp. “We said we’d save The Gordon TAFE and we’ve delivered,” he said. “Whether it’s world-class new facilities or free TAFE, we’re making sure The Gordon is better than ever.” The upgrade featured a new modern library and courtyard, computer lab, digital screen and auditorium. “The new digital screen and improved façade is a benefit for all people in Geelong,” Ms Tierney said. “It visibly demonstrates the state-of-the-art facilities available to train up people in the local community.” The upgrade is part of the City Campus Rejuvenation Project to build “world-class facilities” in central Geelong for “high-quality training”, according to State Government. The project includes a $10 million co-contribution from The Gordon and government expects to complete it in 2021. The Gordon TAFE had experienced a 41 per cent increase in enrolments – from 734 in June 2018 to 1,032 in June 2019 with the introduction of various free courses, according to government. “It’s only Labor that is investing in the TAFE facilities that Geelong students need to grow and prosper,” Geelong MP Christine Couzens said.

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Waste burner ‘last resort’ By Luke Voogt A leading recycling expert who visited Geelong recently has warned a waste-to-energy incinerator should be a “last resort” to its rubbish crisis. Veena Sahajwalla issued the warning after local MP Bev McArthur last week suggested an incinerator could temporarily burn recycling in Geelong until the crisis abates. “You have to look very closely at the materials in the mix,” Professor Sahajwalla told the Indy following a Geelong ‘circular economy’ forum. “(Some materials) would be worth a lot of money and you wouldn’t want to burn (them). “Even if you saw that as a workable solution, what are you going to do with the left over

residue of products that are simply not going to burn?” Prof Sahajwalla acknowledged waste-to-energy was a good use of non-recyclable materials. But using it to incinerate recycling only addressed “the needs of today” and ignored longer-term solutions. She added some materials, like paper, were still useful even when recycled to the limit of their current use. While fibres broke down in paper that was recycled a certain amount of times, the remaining product was still rich in carbon, she said. Prof Sahajwalla became a fellow of the esteemed Australian Academy of Science after devising a way to use old tyres in the production of steel.

She patented the technology, using carbon in tyres to replace coking coal in steel production, which has been exported worldwide. “After it finishes its life as a car tyre the rubber molecules in there are still in perfect condition,” she explained. Prof Sahajwalla was developing a method to recycle carbon fibre waste and residue from Geelong’s research facilities, she said. “You wouldn’t want something as high-quality as carbon fibre to be simply burnt away.” But she declined to reveal her planned use saying it was “commercial-in-confidence”. “We are working on some products that we are making at this point in time,” she said. A Geelong researcher approached her during the forum to ask “how many tonnes” they

could send her to recycle, she added. Joining Prof Sahajwalla on the panel was Sydney’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre director Michael Sharp. “The products Veena can recycle from different types of waste are amazing,” he said. Mr Sharpe hinted at a significant announcement for Geelong recycling but declined to confirm a date. “We’re planning to back here early in the New Year,” he said. He and Prof Sahajwalla cited a Victorian business that turns milk bottle tops into glasses frames and manufacturing plastic car panels as examples of how Geelong could better recycle waste.

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A historic Geelong boatyard re-opened on Wednesday as a family park featuring a 103-year-old fishing boat. The boat sits on an old slipway to show how it would have launched, following a $340,000 Geelong council restoration of Western Beach Boat Yard Reserve. Mayor Bruce Harwood and deputy Peter Murrihy joined relatives of the original boatbuilding families who operated the site at the official opening. Relatives provided photos and family stories to assist in the research and design of the reserve, Cr Harwood explained. “The project has been a huge collaborative effort between the City, contractors and other stakeholders over many years to open this prominent piece of foreshore for public use,” he said. The space now features restored boatbuilding infrastructure, original boats and in-

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Boom ‘squeeze’ on parks By Natalee Kerr

PARK ANGLE: Ratepayers Geelong president Peter Mitchell says a CBD worker boom is putting a squeeze on parking.

A boom in people working in central Geelong is causing a parking squeeze in the city, according to a community watchdog. The CBD needed more multi-level carparks as parking restrictions “pushed” workers out to surrounding areas, Ratepayers Geelong president Peter Mitchell said. “There is more and more dependence on public parking and on-street parking is simply not going to cut it." He urged council to build extra levels for existing carparks below or above ground. The call comes after a central Geelong trader urged council to “open up” the under-used Civic Centre Car Park during off-peak hours. Restaurant owner Milton Mavromoustakos told the Indy he was “losing customers” because people were unable to find parking.

The parking struggle comes as council on Monday released figures highlighting “significant” employment growth in central Geelong. People working in Geelong’s CBD jumped from 20,000 in 2011 to 28,000 in 2018, according to Census of Land Use and Employment data. Mr Mitchell urged council to enforce tougher parking requirements for businesses and organisations building headquarters in the CBD. “Any of the new buildings going up around town should include more than enough parking for their staff,” he said. “(They) should include multi-level car parks, not only for themselves but also available for general use. “Visitors to the city need short-term parking while they shop, workers need long term parking for the whole day.” Mr Mitchell also insisted City Hall find a

“clever and creative” alternatives for motorists. “Since the council have been trying to discourage traffic through the CBD, there needs to be a number of options,” he said. “Melbourne does this with trams but the Geelong bus network as it stands is not a real option to many people and there is almost no other public transport available.” Council's recent parking survey found that 66 per cent of respondents commute to central Geelong for work, with 80 per cent of those travelling by car. Mayor Bruce Harwood said CBD parking was “only one piece” of Geelong’s "transport picture", with more alternatives “desperately” needed. "We need a safe, reliable and connected transport network that can serve us for the long-term."

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Surf Coast teen conquers ultra marathon By Natalee Kerr Torquay teen Shayne McFarland credits “amazing” community support for getting him through a 100km ultramarathon last weekend. “Seeing the impact I made on people gave me the motivation to keep going,” Shayne said. The 16-year-old ran in the Surf Coast Century last Saturday raising more than $2500 for Heartkids in memory of his cousin Sammy, who died of heart disease in 2017. “It was one of the best runs I've had all

year ... this was the race I had to do," he said. “I kept telling myself I had to enjoy it…the thought of my cousin helped a lot.” Shayne was the youngest runner in the 100km race and placed 68 out of 551 competitors, with a time of 11 hours and 43 minutes. “I was aiming for 12 but I told myself I would be happy with under 14,” he said. “So I was pretty stoked.” Shayne said he “felt pretty good” during the race until he started cramping at the 50km mark.

“I had this.. like.. shooting pain, so I had to slow down, walk and stretch for a bit,” he said. “The day after I had to use crutches, but my body has been fine since.” His mum Amanda, who ran alongside him for part of the race, said she was inspired by her son. “No other 16 year old has done it before,” Amanda said. “It takes a lot of effort, commitment, discipline and hard work, so seeing him run so strong made me feel super proud.”

Fairy lights, a water feature and a performance stage are at the centre of a $315,000 makeover for Little Malop St’s troubled mall. Councillors on Tuesday voted for a range of trial initiatives to “breathe new life” into the city’s most notorious strip. The changes will divide the mall into three zones – live entertainment and events, socialising and eating, and a children’s play area, according to council. The proposal follows Brownbill ward councillor Eddy Kontelj's motion last June to “activate” the mall. “My notice of motion was about taking back ownership of the mall; and installing consistent actions and continuous activation initiatives," he said. “These activations and minor capital works aim to make the space more engaging, appealing and safe, and deter those who choose to intimidate or cause fear in others.” At Tuesday’s meeting Cr Kontelj jokingly offered to drive a bulldozer through the mall’s public toilet, which the stage is set to replace. The trial initiatives came after public concern for the mall reached “boiling point” in the past few months, he said. “We have a space we must act on." The recent measures follow a much-publicised operation to crack down on crime in the long-time trouble hotspot. Police Minister Lisa Neville last month said police “invested significant resources” including 24-hour CCTV, mounted patrols and specialist youth workers to fight crime in the mall. Council’s proposed works for the area are expected to begin “within weeks”, with maintenance and monitoring also set to increase, according to City Hall.

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The next Community Focus Council Meeting of the Greater Geelong City Council will be held at the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, 3/39 Smithton Grove, Ocean Grove on Tuesday 8 October from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

COMMUNITY DROP–IN SESSION THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 3.00PM TO 7.00PM LARA RSL, MCCLELLAND AVENUE, LARA

The community is invited to an informal meet and greet with councillors from 6.30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your Council in person. The meeting will commence at 7.00pm. For more information visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/cfc/

Drop-in any time between 3.00pm to 7.00pm to learn more about the clean-up plans for the Broderick Road recycling site. Representatives from EPA, City of Greater Geelong, Emergency Management Victoria, CFA and WorkSafe will be there to answer your questions.

HISTORY BUFFS: Cheryl Scott and Margaret Phelan hold their shortlisted book in front of Osborne Picture: REBECCA HOSKING House. 198260

By Luke Voogt Two Geelong history buffs have made the shortlist of a state-wide award for telling forgotten stories of Osborne House. Their book remembers 50 World War I nurses who came to Geelong after suffering “exhaustion” from treating bloody soldiers, injuries or illnesses like pneumonia and malaria. “It brought these women, who had faded into oblivion, back into the limelight,” said coauthor Cheryl Scott. “The nurses were fairly-well ignored throughout the history of the war.” She and Margaret Phelan began "18 months of solid" research after meeting a few descendants of war nurses at an exhibition in 2016. “The amount of work Marg and I put into this was astounding,” Cheryl said. "We spent hours every day. You can see it by the number of footnotes – there’s about 750!"

With limited army records on nurses, Cheryl and Margaret had only a 1918 article about a garden party to begin their search. They tracked down the nurses via shipping records and were fascinated to learn many lived into their 90s, despite a lack of welfare and antibiotics. “They sort of became like family during the research,” Cheryl said. War Worn and Weary: The Convalescent Nurses of Osborne House Geelong is now vying for a prize at Victorian Community History Awards. The shortlisting comes after council last month sent "vague" plans for the iconic property's future back to the drawing board following campaigning by Cheryl and others. “Anything that highlights the history of Osborne House has to be good for the property and the community who own it,” she said.

Bushfire risk for business By Luke Voogt As a hot, dry bushfire season approaches an opposition MP has warned “hugely expensive” and incompatible safety infrastructure is “causing” power outages in the Otways. Polwarth MP Richard Riordan slammed State Government’s “reckless pursuit” of the technology following “at least five power outages within the past two months”. But government and Powercor hit back saying vegetation touching power lines during high winds caused most of the faults. The warning comes after Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre forecast a “higher than normal” fire potential for Victoria this summer. Mr Riordan described State Government’s “pet project”, the Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL), as an “elephant in the room”. “Through increased charges on power bills, (Energy) Minister (Lily) D’Ambrosio has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the controversial REFCL technology,” he said. REFCLs detect phase-to-earth faults and can cancel voltage within milliseconds to prevent fires during summer. Powercor recently temporarily disabled an REFCL that is incompatible with Apollo Bay’s Auto Switchover Scheme. The scheme automatically redirects power through one of region’s two feeders if the other has a fault. The recent outages during “peak trading times” had a “huge impact” on retail revenue geelongindy.com.au

by spoiling food and impairing electrical equipment, Mr Riordan said. “Despite warnings now for years, Powercor has had to turn off this hugely expensive technology, to keep doors open in Apollo Bay.” Mr Riordan urged Ms D’Ambrosio to personally guarantee local communities would not “face economic hardships this summer due to intermittent power supply”. A Government spokesperson admitted Powercor was “having compatibility issues” with the systems but said REFCLs were not causing the problem. “(It) is occurring due to a fault with the Apollo Bay network. "Other sites have the same configuration and have not run into these issues. “The REFCLs are anticipated to be back online before the bushfire season starts and we’ll be monitoring the situation closely to ensure this occurs.” A Powercor spokesperson said vegetation touching power lines during high winds in heavily-forested areas had caused most of the faults. “We understand the concerns raised by the Apollo Bay community regarding reliability.” Powercor would work closely with emergency services to assess fire danger and determine when to turn the REFCL back on, the spokesperson said. “We will continue exploring different solutions to ensure we can continue to maintain reliability for the community while operating the bushfire safety device.”

A Special Meeting of the Greater Geelong City Council will be held at the Council Conference and Reception Centre, City Hall, Little Malop Street, Geelong on Wednesday 9 October 2019, commencing at 6.00pm to consider one confidential item that relates to a contractual matter. The meeting will be closed to the public whist this matter is considered.

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A large number of cyclists will be on the region’s roads with peak times expected between 6.00am and 11.00am on Sunday 6 October. Rippleside Park is the start for the 135km ride and the event’s official rest area for cyclists participating in the 300km, 210km and 250km rides.

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LETTERS Why not on weekends? There are effective solutions to environmental issues, but children neglecting their education is counter-productive. The underlying sentiment of last Friday’s Climate Strike that ‘education is meaningless on a dead planet’ is misguided. The solution to environmental problems is precisely education, enabling technological advancement and inspiring human ingenuity. If students want to make a genuine contribution to reducing Victoria’s environmental impact, they can reduce their use of energyconsuming mobile phones and computers, and begin walking or cycling to school. Waving placards in Treasury Gardens or on Warrnambool Civic Green is questionable in its effectiveness, especially during crucial school hours, in a time in which NAPLAN results are particularly poor. The Federal Labor Member for Corangamite Libby Coker was totally irresponsible in encouraging children to attend the strike. Adults should be setting a good example for these children who undoubtedly cherish the natural environment but are being fed lies by radical green ideologues. There are avenues which Victoria should explore if it wants to minimise its environmental impact, particularly in solving our waste and energy crises, that don’t involve encouraging children to miss school. Victoria should begin the construction of highly effective waste incineration plants that are used around the world, to combust nonrecyclable waste and generate energy, instead of burying waste or exporting our problem. We should begin to utilise more biomass facilities like those at Skipton and Beaufort hospitals, which incinerate organic grain stubble to generate hot water and heating. The sustainability fund that is collected through landfill levies from ratepayers should be used more wisely to assist projects which result in cost-effective and energy-productive facilities, rather than for the installation of solar panels on Melbourne trams. There are ample solutions to our environmental problems, which we should be encouraging, but avoiding class time is not one, and if students and others want to take their placards to the streets, why not do it on a public holiday or weekends? Bev McArthur Member for Western Victoria

Free spaces parking mad I always find it perplexing when a business owner will buy or rent a property and then expect the council to provide free or near-free parking. Perhaps the business owner should factor this in at the start of the enterprise. It's not as if it's an unknown cost. A wise old sage once opined there is no such thing as a free lunch. Kevin V Russell Geelong

Loyal customer no longer Until recently, I was a client of Optus for my home phone and internet for a very long time. But the company took my custom for granted. At no time, did the service provider reach out to speak to me about cheaper, better plans. All the legwork had to be done by me - the customer - and even then nothing special was ever offered to me. Even though telecommunications costs were dropping across the board and new Optus customers could negotiate better plans than the one I was on! No reward for loyalty. As a consequence, they have lost me. Almost certainly for life or what's left of it. Not good business practice taking your customers for granted. Michael J Gamble Belmont

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BUCKETS & BOUQUETS Buckets to drivers who undertake dozens of cars in peak-hour traffic only to expect others to let them back in when their lane merges. Your selfishness holds everyone else up. Fed up, Whittington

A bouquet to the man who stood me up this week on a date. If that's how you treat people, looks like I dodged a bullet. So thank you. All the single ladies, Geelong West

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Presumably using information from Geelong Climate Sense Coalition's database, because he cited the group, its convenor on 13 September wrote: "Besides, what has a slight warming given us? Better weather and increased crop yields." Their data base is out of data. Crop yields have fallen. France's health minister Agnes Buzyn stated that 1435 French people died from heat stress in June and July 2019. Some French and German coal plants had to shut down to avoid raising river temperatures high enough to kill aquatic life. Alan Barron's use of the word “slight" is characteristic of the approach taken by many climate deniers. Senator Malcolm Roberts used the same approach when he said that, of every 2500 molecules in the air, only one is a CO2 molecule, so it couldn't possibly have any effect. How can these people possibly not know that in the past Earth has entered ice ages several times, and emerged into ice-free ages several times? Our planet's climate is close to a state of dynamic equilibrium. To put that in colloquial terms, it is balancing on a knife edge. A change in one of the determining factors, however slight it may appear to Messrs Barron and Roberts, upsets the equilibrium. To make sense of what is happening the group, at its next meeting, should focus on the rate of the current change, which is much faster than historical rates of change. Kevin Crough Lara

Last week, Kevin Crough again declined to acknowledge the true cost of renewables. Instead he keeps referring to a report which only looks at generating capacity but ignores intermittency, requirement for 100 per cent backup, greatly increased grid and interconnector costs and huge frequency control costs. None of these were required before the advent of renewables. These triple the true cost of renewables but renewable generators are not required to pay these costs, governments and consumers are. Fifteen years ago, before wind and solar, our electricity system had two components, "baseload” consisting of coal plants which ran at near capacity 24/7 and “peak load” which consisted of gas and hydro which provided extra power for peak periods. Our system was equal to the cheapest and most reliable on the planet, was largely selfregulating and included a feature called “spinning reserve”, where the sudden loss of any coal generation unit on the eastern seaboard could be immediately be compensated for. That is all gone now and about a quarter of the coal fleet has closed. With the rise of renewables, our grid is becoming increasingly fragile as they do not have what is known as “synchronous inertia”, which coal and gas generators have. Germany has the highest proportion of renewables on the planet and is having enormous problems trying to stabilise their grid and their electricity costs are about double France's (nuclear) and four times that of China, which intends building another 200 coal plants. Peter Rees Bell Park

How Dare they! How dare the media propose young people to say that the governments of the day are responsible for climate change, when the tectonic plates of Earth are responsible for the rising waters? It is the tectonic plates that are slowly falling down as the Earth is still growing bigger and below the natural level of water. It has absolutely nothing to do with climate change. It is purely coincidental to be associated by this natural happening. It is not the carbon dioxide either; CO2 is as natural as the air we breathe and without which we would not prosper. It is time to get to the truth about what is causing this climate to change and it is coincidence that the two subject matters are happening together. CO2 will not go beyond 400 parts per million, for it becomes saturated and will not take on any more carbon. Now see what this is in a fraction 0.000000400 to one. That value has no hope of changing the barometric pressures of life. There are many other facts that are not commonly-known to the public, such as the red CO2 fire cylinder to put out fires. If CO2 went up to the clouds the fire would not go out. Thomas T S Watson Lara

Hey big spender! Australia's $1.5 billion outlay along with US assistance in upgrading PNG's deep water Port Lombrum on Los Negros Island in Manus Province is timely. Yet in a country where women, girls and babies, including the Western Province, are treated like chattels, there remains much more to do. Recently PM Scott Morrison lauded the fact that we would fund a $300m spend in the Pacific together with $100b on national infrastructure. Both commitments represent in their current form a scatter-gun spread of tax-payer dollars. In the Pacific, where countries are 60 per cent dependent on tourism and where islands, due to volcanic plate structures are actually rising, it would be more prudent to collaboratively pin-point a few projects and then rigorously oversee every cent of expenditure. Locally, given drought downsides are the new black, that is only going to increase and inhibit food-bowl potential growth; a large spend to capture, store and pipe monsoonal run-off within and from Northern Australia should be a priority, irrespective of flora, fauna and other stone-age impositions. Richard Worland Manifold Heights

In Letters 20 September, Alan Barron said that as a greenhouse gas SF6 is a whopping "23,500 times more warming than carbon dioxide". Therefore, how much of it is in the air, and how it got there, must be carefully studied SF6 is used in several different industries. In the electrical industry it has been a component of switchgears used since 1953 for transmitting electricity made from coal and is used today for electricity from all sources, including renewables. It is not emitted during operation of the plants or switchgears, but through leakages in handling the gas. Twenty per cent of SF6 is used in industries other than electrical. In these industries the gas is not always contained, but allowed to escape to the air. So how much of the SF6 in air comes from the electrical industry is a moot point. In 2016, SF6 concentration in air was 0.0000086 parts per million. Multiplying that by 23,500 gives a CO2 equivalent of 0.20 parts per million. At the same time, CO2 concentration was 400 parts per million. So the damage from CO2 is currently 2,000 times greater than the damage from SF6. Nevertheless, an eco-friendly substitute is being trialled. C5PFK, a perfluorated ketone developed by Asea Brown Boveri, has passed laboratory tests and is being field-tested in a Swiss pilot plant commissioned in 2015. If successful, C5PFK will solve the minor problem of SF6 from the electrical industry. Carbon dioxide remains as the big threat to the climate. Stuart Walker Bell Post Hill

‘Slacktivism’ on water supplies It was recently reported that Barwon Water was looking for ideas to supply water. Apparently the customer, your family, might start running short of water in as little as 10 years. For a brief moment I thought that I was reading a script for the comedy, Utopia. It beggars belief that the extent of the borefield drawdown came as any surprise to Barwon Water. And the public water authority still clings to the peculiar and persistent delusion that the aquifer might recharge sufficiently for use in five to 10 years’ time, plainly contradicting its own calculations. Ten years is also scarcely enough time to plan and complete any major new engineering solutions to address the emerging supply issues. This one trick pony appears to have its head still firmly buried down its own bore hole. And while Barwon Water says it wants your ideas, in reality this tends to turn into the ideas of the non-working partners of the upper middle class - the only ones who really have the time for these sorts of indulgences while the rest of us are flat out with the escalating cost of power and trying to keep food on the table. If only the public water authority could stop the slacktivism. Slacktivism being defined as feel good measures in support of an issue or social cause with the main purpose of boosting the egos of participants in the movement. Bernie Franke Upper Gellibrand

Cheater Smith never a great On 19 September a current Australian bowler stated on TV that Steve Smith should be placed amongst the greats of Australian cricket. He did not state the captain, vice captain and another player were caught cheating during an international game. It is my opinion they should never be placed amongst Australian greats. Albert Dennis Herne Hill

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FINALLY FRIDAY ROCKABILLY FUN: Rats, Tatts N’ Pinups returns to Gateway Hotel next month with, inset, Rebel Jess and The Mighty Kings’ Donny G leading a big line up of bands. Pictures: JIMMY TEE PHOTOGRAPHY AND SUZANNE BALDING

Rods ’n’ rockers hit Corio By Luke Voogt Rockabillies will flock to Corio for shiny hot rods, American muscle cars and pumping tunes when Rats, Tatts N’ Pinups hits Gateway Hotel next month. Rebel Jess and The Mighty Kings lead a big line-up of bands keen to get the fun started

when the event kicks off at 1pm on 12 October. The band's “powerful, energetic and charismatic” new singer Jess loves nothing more than getting crowds excited, according to longtime member Don Giovinazzo. “She knows how to judge a crowd,” the double bassist known onstage as Donny G said. The band goes on a wild rockabilly ride

from Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, through to ’70s band Stray Cats and modern Melbourne rockers The Living End. “We’re just an energetic, fun band,” Donny said. “What I don’t like is when people just stand onstage and play and do nothing. I like to muck around with the crowd and get

them involved.” Donny looked forward to getting among the crowds and checking out the event’s huge variety of pimped-up rides. “I love these events – you get to see cars you’ll never see again; it’s family friendly and it’s like a community – that’s what the Rockabilly scene is all about.”

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Creek Sheikh Chad back By Luke Voogt Country rock comedy legend Chad Morgan “is not dead yet” as he returns to Geelong next month. The Sheik of Scrubby Creek returns to play side-splitting songs like I’m My Own Grandpa, There’s Life In The Old Dog Yet and Fatal Wedding. Morgan’s prolific 67-year career began with a dare while serving as a national serviceman in the air force, he explained in a recent interview. “I was always singing just for fun,” the 86-year-old told Queensland State Library. “One of the officers heard me and they actually asked if I could sing between (boxing) bouts.” When Australia's Amateur Hour came to Brisbane in 1952 “one of the other fellas” in his unit entered the talent quest. “He was a good singer too – I’ve gotta give him credit for that,” he said. But the unit disliked the other airman and egged Morgan into entering too. “They said, ‘We dare ya.’ Never dare me to do anything,” he laughed. “I got on but he didn’t. Somebody from the record company heard me and they offered to record me. “All my life that was my one ambition, to record for Regal Zonophone … that was the country label, they had nothing else on it." Morgan made the semi-finals, where the show's host Terry Dear broke the news. “He said, ‘EMI has offered to record you’," Morgan said. “And I said, ‘no, I’m not interested.’ “He said, ‘why not, EMI are the biggest record company in the world?’

“‘It doesn’t matter,’ I said, ‘I want to be on Regal Zonophone.’ “He said, ‘but they are Regal Zonophone!’” Morgan began recording for the EMI subsidiary label, when he wrote a song that made him a comedy music icon. “I was writing straight, ordinary songs which nobody wanted to hear and then there was a girl I fancied, so I decided I’d write a song for her, you see,” he said. “I’m sitting down and I’m writing this song and I thought, ‘what do I have to write her a love song for? I can get any sheila I want!’ “I’m the Sheik of Scrubby Creek.” From small-town pubs to Sydney Opera House, Morgan would tour the country alongside country legends like Slim Dusty. He remembers writing his favourite song Fatal Wedding with Gordon Parsons, who wrote A Pub with No Beer, during their ritual nightly scotch while on tour together. “This night I think we must have had more

ON A DARE: Chad Morgan, pictured in the 50s and, above left, recently, returns to Geelong on 11 October than one because at about 2am in the morning we were still yacking away,” he said. The two talked about how morbid country songs were and Morgan said: “Let’s write one and knock the lot of them off!”

In the resulting song both a bride and groom die, their hearse capsizes and a flood washes their whole town away. Morgan plays alongside The Muirs at Sphinx Hotel on 11 October.

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FINALLY FRIDAY Talent quest winner on Elton John tribute tour

Craig rockets into Geelong By Natalee Kerr

CHANNELING ROCKETMAN: Harrison Craig will head to Geelong as part of his Elton John Love Songs Tour.

At a young age, Harrison Craig discovered singing was a remedy to his stutter. Now, the former The Voice winner is set to embark on his fifth national tour. The past six years have been a whirlwind for the 25-year-old, who has been climbing the charts since winning the singing competition in 2013. “I was this kid that couldn’t really talk on stage and everyone was saying, ‘oh he’s just nervous’, but it was so much bigger than that,” Craig said. “To share that with the world was pretty daunting.” The Melbourne crooner went onto set ARIA records with his first two albums, later following them up with a series of sold-out shows. But Craig said the experience on the show acted a “launch pad” for his career rather than guaranteeing him “success”. “As we’ve seen over many years around the world, people can come into that kind of role and in a flash be gone,” he said. “I think it’s important to nail down a plan and build a good team around you - one that’s going to work for the love it rather than just work for a tour." Accompanied by a piano, Craig is now set to bring his crooning style to Geelong for an

“intimate” performance honouring the music of Elton John. Following an extensive 54-show tour last year, Craig said he is excited to “finally” tour again. “You kind of get used to not being on the road but then you start rehearsing and realise this is the best thing ever,” he said. “The last two tours I played in Geelong and it was really nice, what I enjoy the most is the cruisy people, it’s a good vibe there.” Craig said he was inspired to dedicate a tour to Elton’s love ballads after exploring some of his songbook last year. “I really enjoyed it and thought one night, 'why not do a tour of the most beautiful love songs Elton has written?',” he said. After watching the Rocketman movie Craig began researching Elton’s life, shortly realising he wanted to incorporate an element of storytelling into his latest tour. “Anyone can get up and do an Elton John song, but to do them justice you have to really know what they’re about,” he said. “It was beautiful to explore his stories and that’s what I want to impart to the audience.” Craig's Elton John Love Songs Tour will come to Geelong Arts Centre on 12 October.

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Value on the Oppy’s menu It’s the value for money that keeps diners returning to Oppy’s Bistro at Norlane Hotel. The bistro’s fantastic all-day menu from midday to 8.30pm offers tummy-filling goodies starting at just $11, making Oppy’s a great spot for a quick and hearty lunch. Add fast and friendly service and pleasant surroundings and it’s no wonder Oppy’s Bistro has a stream of regulars enjoying the venue. But the value doesn’t end there - public bar meals are available for lunch and dinner from $8. The Oppy’s Bistro classic menu offers a great range of casual and seasonal dishes for both lunch and dinner, including steaks, seafood, pastas, risottos and stir fries. A lovely display of sweets is in the dessert case for patrons who still have a bit of room left. There are also plenty of good-value deals including senior two-course meals from just $16.90 for lunch. Oppy’s Bistro features speciality nights with pizza or pasta from $12 on Mondays, schnitzels from $11 and parmis from $13 on Tuesdays, and steak from $15 on Wednesdays. And now the bistro has even more variety on its specialty night menu with burgers starting at $13 on Thursday and curries from $16 on Friday. Oppy’s Bistro is family friendly with a

Norlane Hotel chef Ash with a curry. children’s menu and playroom facilities. Norlane Hotel is renowned for its homage to Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman, one of Australia’s sport heroes in cycling during the early part of last century. You can’t miss Oppy’s at Norlane Hotel, located on Princes Highway and open seven days a week.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR GARDENS – Rotary seeks professionally designed local gardens for fundraising public open days as part of state-wide biennial Garden DesignFest from 10-11 November. Proceeds to End Trachoma by 2020. Enquiries b.sheehan@optusnet.com.au, gardendesignfest.com.au. RAILWAY – Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway seeks volunteers. Enquiries 0476 124 598. WRITERS – Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Rip Writers Group seeks members. Meets 12.30-3pm second Tuesday monthly at Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House. Includes barbecue lunch. Enquiries 5258 3367, dmain6@bigpond.com APPEAL – Volunteers wanted to help in Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast schools. Enquiries 1800 668 550, edconnectaustralia.org.au BREASTSCREEN – Free appointments for 10-minute screening available, BreastScreen, 78 Gheringhap St, Geelong. Bookings 132 050 breastscreen.org.au AA – Alcoholics Anonymous invites enquiries about its service and support on 5229 1710. U3A – Surf Coast U3A runs 15 weekly classes and occasional talks. Enquiries 0419 578 598. TUTORS – AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program seeks volunteers 1-2 hours weekly to help newly arrived adult migrants and refugees learn English and about life in Australia. Free training. Enquiries 9009 7900, wazihr@djerriwarrh.org YOUTH – Raise Foundation seeks mentors for high school students for two hours weekly in term three. Enquiries 0406 412 376, email mentorvic@raise.org.au

SATURDAY DANCE – Ballroom dancing 8-11.30pm at Leopold Hall, 805-809 Bellarine Hwy, Leopold. Cost $10 includes supper. Enquiries 0400 500 402. BALLROOM – Geelong Ballroom Dance Club dances 8-11pm at The Ballroom, Carey St, Hamlyn Heights. Entry $10. Enquiries 0418 584 051.

SUNDAY HISTORY – Mack's Hotel, a Geelong institution. Ted Stephens will talk about its 100-year history 2pm at National Wool Museum. FAITH – Victory Faith Centre PowerPoint presentation: Information and design in creation 5.30pm at 313 Bellerine Street, South Geelong. Details 0421 728 128. SERVICES – Gospel services 7pm at Aberdeen Street Baptist Church Centre, 7 Aberdeen St, Newtown. BAPTIST – Anglesea Baptist Church 10.45am at Murch Cres, Anglesea. Enquiries 5263 2744. RAIL – Miniature railway 11am-4pm at Portarlington Bayside Family Park, Pt Richards Rd, Portarlington. Enquires 0476 124 598.

MONDAY ART – South Barwon Community Centre Art group meets 1-3pm at South Barwon Community Centre. Cost $2. Enquiries 5243 8388. BOWLS – Indoor carpet bowls 1-4pm at Portarlington. Cost $3. Enquiries 0431 789 048. LOUNGE – Village Listening Lounge open 11am-3pm on first floor, Corio Central, Bacchus Marsh Rd, Corio. Also Tuesday-Thursday. Enquiries 5275 5807. SENIORS – Line dancing 9am-midday at Highton Senior Citizens Club, 84 Barrabool Rd. Also Tuesday & Friday. Carpet bowls 1.15pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday. Tai chi 9.30-10am, bingo 1.15pm Friday. Enquiries 5244 2258.

TUESDAY SUPPORT – Geelong MF/CFS/FM/Lyme Support Group meets. Carers/family welcome. Enquiries 0438010990, geelonggroupcfsme@hotmail.com SQUARE – Geelong Club Dancers square dance class for children and parents 6.30-8pm for $5, mainstream dancers 8-10.30pm for $12, 33 Myers St, Geelong. Enquiries 0435 091 277. DANCE – Scottish Country Dancing 7.30-10pm at Leopold Hall. Cost $5 includes supper. Enquiries 5250 5540. MUSIC – Mainly Music program for carers and babies, pre-schoolers 10-11am at St Albans Uniting Church, 276-282 Wilsons Rd, St Albans Park. Cost $2.50 per family. Enquiries 0447 646 364 or 0417 252 832. COMMUNITY – Vines Road Community Kitchen 9.30am-

12.30pm at Vines Road Community Centre, 49 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights. Enquiries 5277 9027, communitykitchens.org.au

WEDNESDAY ART – U3A recreational drawing and painting 1-3.30pm at Drysdale Tennis Club. New members welcome. Enquiries u3ageelong.org.au, 0421 559 592. BALLROOM – Dancer’s Club Geelong ballroom dance including old-time, new vogue and Latin 7.30-10.30pm at Leopold Public Hall, Queenscliff Rd. Cost $5. Enquiries 5250 1937, 5278 7720. BOWLS – Carpet bowls every Wednesday and Friday 12.45-3pm at Leopold Hall, 805-809 Bellarine Hwy, Leopold. All ages welcome. Details 0400500402. ALCOHOLICS – Alcoholics for Christ 12-step program 7.30pm at South Barwon Salvation Army, 176-180 Francis St, Belmont. Enquiries 0420 910 763. YOGA – Free Sahaja yoga meditation lessons 7-8pm at Vines Road Community Centre. Enquiries 0430 536 280, sajajayoga.com.au.

THURSDAY

BLUE AND WHITE: Phillipa and Bob Gartland with Bella Walsh and Rachael Gartland at Geelong Gallery for the opening of The Greatest Team of All exhibition.

CHOIR – Geelong Youth Choir classes, incorporating Lets Make Music and Raise the Bar adult vocal groups. 4.308.30pm at 174 Barrabool Rd, Highton during school terms only. ELECTRONICS – Geelong Radio and Electronics Society meets 8pm at rear of Belmont Community Youth Centre, 237a High St, Belmont. Enquiries 5243 2737. BOWLING – Mature league 10-pin bowling 1.30pm at Belmont. Enquiries 5221 0826, 5229 4987. DANCING – Life Activities Club dance 2.30-4.30pm at Belmont Pavilion, Barrabool Rd, Belmont. Entry $5. Enquiries 5251 3529. PLANT – Plant sale 10am-3pm at The Heights, 140 Aphrasia St, Newtown. Proceeds to Heights gardens. HELP – GROW meets to help depressed, lonely, isolated, anxious 7pm at 248 Latrobe Tce, Newtown. Also Friday 12.30pm at Vines Rd Community Centre, Hamlyn Heights. Enquiries 1800 558 268. CHESS – Geelong Chess Club meets 7pm at 33 Myer St, Geelong. Enquiries geelongchess.com.au. PHILOSOPHY – Practical philosophy discussion groups meet 2-4.30pm at Italo’s Pizza Café, Gilbert St, Torquay, and 7-9.30pm at Community House, 14 Price St, Torquay. Enquiries 5264 7484.

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FRIDAY TAI CHI – Beginners Tai Chi 9am at St Davids UCA, Talbot & Aphrasia Sts, Newtown. $10 per class. Contact Sandra 0409662106. BOWLS – Carpet bowls every Wednesday and Friday 12.45-3pm at Leopold Hall, 805-809 Bellarine Hwy, Leopold. All ages welcome. Details 0400500402. BOCCIA – Geelong Boccia Club meets 10am-midday at Geelong Basketball and Netball Centre, 1 Crown St, South Geelong. All ages and abilities. Cost $5. Enquiries bocciageelong@gmail.com MUSIC – Bellarine Country Music Group meets 6pm at the Belmont Pavilion, 162 Barrabool Rd, Belmont. Enquiries bellarinecountrymusicgroup.com. COMMUNITY – Lara Community Drop In Centre 6-8pm at Lara Uniting Church, 1 Flinders Ave. Refreshments provided. The Geelong Indy’s Community Calendar is a free service for not-for-profit community organisations only. Entries appearing under specific days are printed the week of the event only. Deadline for submission is the Friday before the intended date of publication. Please keep submissions short, simple and include the day, date, time, location and a contact phone number. Emails without attachments are preferred. Email editorial@geelongindependent.com.au or write to Geelong Indy, 1/47 Pakington St, Geelong West, 3218.

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Lyn's HCP allowed her to continue to enjoy gardening.

Vital help for local gardener Breakwater’s Lyn Thompson has been a passionate gardener her whole life, and she makes sure to tend to her beautifully manicured plants each day. Lyn prides herself on using all of the vegetables she grows in her cooking; including silver beet, spring onions, carrots and her favourite, Japanese turnips. Daily gardening has become increasingly difficult over the years however, as the dedicated green thumb has significantly impaired mobility as a result of severe scoliosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately Lyn has been able to continue her love of gardening thanks to modifications made in her yard with the assistance of a genU Home Care Package (HCP). The HCP has supported Lyn by funding four raised garden beds and creating safe and easily-accessible pathways. “I’ve always been gardening, it used to

just be flowers but now I grow everything. There’s nothing I don’t grow, except brussels sprouts,” Lyn said. “Because I’m in constant pain with my back and it goes down into my legs it’s something I’ve got to live with. “But I can do anything on the ground and I just feel good. The HCP support services came out and put in four raised gardens for me so that I could do things there. "The built up gardens are really good because you can lean on them,” she said. GenU is hosting a HCPs seminar as part of this year’s Geelong Seniors Festival at 285a McKillop St, East Geelong on 17 October between 10am and 11am. Residents aged 65 and over can learn how to access government funding to help with everyday tasks. RSVP by emailing @genu.org.au or phoning 1300 558 368 by 14 October.

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Alarm button a life-saver Leyna lives independently in her own home near Geelong. She was referred to MePACS in January 2017 by her friend. “I wasn’t well and in and out of hospital but live alone and I needed extra support,” said Leyna. Leyna can recall the time in April 2019 that she needed to press her MePACS alarm. She was in her laundry waiting for her washing to finish, so she sat down on the stool which was covered in beaming sunlight, enjoying the relaxation and warmth on her back. The next thing Leyna recalls is waking up in horror and immense pain. “I had face planted the floor! My head, arms and body ached from the hard impact with the ground," she said. "I pressed my MePACS pendant which I had around my neck and the response monitor answered immediately – I was so grateful and relieved that help was on its way.” An ambulance arrived within 10 minutes and the MePACS operator had also called her emergency contact who arrived just after the ambulance. "I was transported by ambulance to the hospital. I had x-rays as they wanted to check that I hadn’t broken any bones, as the force of hitting the floor so hard made my forehead look like the Hulk,” said Leyna. She said she is grateful for the way MePACS supports her lifestyle. "I want to stay living at home and like to be independent and MePACS allows me to do

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Funeral plan for loved ones Leyna says her MePACS pendant saved her life. that," she explained. "If I do need support at any time I know they are there for me anytime day or night. They’re just wonderful! Without my alarm, I don’t know what I would’ve done, it saved my life. "The MePACS response staff are brilliant – I appreciate everything they do and can’t speak more highly of them. My friends and family are also so thankful I have it too," she said.

Have you ever spent time, sometimes months in advance, arranging a wedding or birthday party? Imagine if these events were arranged not only shadowed by grief, but in less than a week. When the time comes to arrange a funeral, a lot of decisions need to be made. This can be eased by pre-planning. Kings Funerals offer a complimentary service where we can sit down with you and record your personal details so that when the time comes, your thoughts are already documented. Pre-planning funeral consultant Julie Spriggs says that apart from ensuring your wishes are considered, more importantly, pre-arranging

can assist your family with the grieving process. “Research shows that many people have chosen which songs are to be played at their funeral, yet only a very small number have made provisions for how the funeral will be paid,” she says. “For pensioners, in January 2017, changes to the Pension Assets Test were introduced. The amount that can to be invested into a Funeral Bond, which is exempt for the Assets test, was recently increased to $13,000. Speak to your Financial Adviser to see if this relates to you. “And don’t forget, if your funeral is pre-paid, we’ll lock in costs at today’s prices.” For more information, call Kings Funerals on 5248 3444.

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Best scooters a stop away Scooters and Mobility Geelong is the Bellarine's one stop shop for all mobility and home help needs. Scooters and Mobility Geelong stocks in excess of 20 scooters and powerchairs at all times, ensuring that there is a mobility solution that meets any customer's needs. They are the region's specialists in small, portable mobility aids. These lightweight and easily portable machines are designed for local, interstate and overseas travel. They stock a wide variety of scooters such as the Freerider Luggie and the full range of Su-

paScootas to meet everyone's needs. The Freerider Luggie is the worlds best portable scooter and the SupaScoota Range will shortly include the world's lightest scooter, the Microlite. Scooters and Mobility Geelong also stocks the full range of Afikim S and C model scooters - the only brand of mobility scooter that has a three year warranty. They also stock tyres, tubes, batteries and many spare parts and accessories for scooters and powerchairs at the region's best prices.

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The professional team can help customers with no-obligation demonstrations and trials in store five days a week or at anytime, day or night, in their own home. Scooters and Mobility Geelong is conveniently located in Newcomb with plenty of offstreet parking available. Call now on 5248 7338 or just pop in to 52 Charles Street Newcomb to see the extensive range. Mark Dillon has the world's best scooters at the best prices.

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Join us for a special screening of The HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

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Wednesday 16th October 1.00 pm for 1.30 pm start Tuckers Chapel – Barrabool Hills Centre 4–32 Province Boulevard, Highton

Amy Fisher from Succession Legal, Dr. Deb Harley - Advanced Care Directive, Sue Marshman and Alyson Burchell from Tuckers offer an interactive afternoon, discussing Legal, Medical and Funeral topics. Facilitated by Andrew Kors, bring your questions and be empowered with the latest information. Tea and coffee provided.

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Living in style with Uniting Tuckers’ 136 years of giving Long-lasting organisations make their mark by giving back to the communities in which they belong, and Tuckers is no exception. "With the upcoming Geelong Seniors Festival, it is our chance to give back and celebrate the contribution that seniors make every day in every corner of Geelong," says general manager of Tuckers, Andrew Kors. Tuckers' history dates back to 1883, and the company has many established traditions that incorporate giving back and supporting people that live in the community that the business serves. For more than 60 years, Les Cole taught those that worked with him the value of giving back to the community, a proud trait that his son Trevor carried on during his time leading the company. The team at Tuckers today continue this tradition, supporting a wide variety of community groups and organisations throughout

the region. “As we embark on another year of supporting the Geelong Seniors Festival we are delighted to offer three events across the Geelong region," Mr Kors says. Tuckers is proud to again present the Melbourne Welsh Choir, performing at Geelong's St Mary's Basilica. This year marks the choir's 17th visit, and Mr Kors says the community "can't get enough of them". "We are already getting calls to book tickets for the recital from people who have made it their tradition to attend every year," he says. "We ask that a gold coin is donated on the day and this will go towards the Trevor and Les Cole Fund, part of the Geelong Community Foundation, which supports many not for profit organisations." For more information on the Tuckers events go to www.tuckers.com.au or call 5221 4788.

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munity where seniors can remain independent but with peace of mind. Costa Court independent living units have a central dining room where residents gather to eat lunch and dinner cooked fresh daily by the chefs. It has a sitting area with a large TV connected to Foxtel and milk, tea and coffee, with fruit and breakfast food provided on request. Stylish communal areas include comfortable lounge rooms and peaceful sensory gardens. “Moving out of the family home and into retirement living shouldn’t be a time of sadness or anxiety,” says Uniting AgeWell's Vanessa Dukovic. “We want our residents to feel comfortable and able to continue doing the things that have always been important to them. No matter their age, people want choice and independence." Costa Court is located at 48 Settlement Rd, Belmont. Call 5243 9566 for more information.

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When chatting with residents of Uniting AgeWell’s Costa Court, one thing quickly becomes evident: they enjoy being part of their small community. Residents Lillian, Joyce and Raymond say they appreciate each other’s company, but still enjoy their privacy. As Joyce explains: “I love my unit because it’s bright and airy. It gets the winter sun which is lovely, but I still like to come out for meals and see everyone.” “We all support and care about each other,” Joyce adds. “It’s a close little family group here, and staff here are so kind and really respect our wishes.” Lillian says she enjoys her independence and their small corner of the world. “I liked the place from the first moment I saw it and it’s easy for me to get around here,” she says. “I have fantastic neighbours… but I like my peace and quiet." "It’s nice to know there are people I can join in with if I feel like it,” says Raymond. Part of the Uniting Church in Australia, Uniting AgeWell provides a raft of services for older Australians including respite and carer support, in-home care, social support, independent retirement living, allied health and therapy services, and residential care. Uniting AgeWell’s two residential care communities in Geelong provide outstanding support in a warm and welcoming environment. Its independent living units provide a com-

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Book a tour today to see our independent living and serviced apartment options for yourself. Call Vanessa on T: 5243 9566 (select option 3) 48 Settlement Road, Belmont

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Come and join the Apia Steppin Out walking group and take the steps towards a happier healthier lifestyle. In partnership with the Heart Foundation, Apia run a free local walking group in Geelong to provide their customers and local over 50’s residents with a fun, free way to become more physically active. Local residents are invited to come along on Thursday’s at 10am to have a try and find out more about joining the group. The walking group meet at

the Apia Branch at Westfield Shopping Centre in Geelong and enjoy taking in the Waterfront views. There is no need to register prior, just come along for a walk and stay for a chat and complimentary coffee or tea. Heart Foundation Walk Organiser and Apia staff member Mikaela Hughes is encouraging over 50’s to take up walking, no matter what their age or fitness level. There are many health benefits of regular exercise and is also a great way to socialise and meet new people.

“Heart Foundation Walking is fun, free and easy—so why not give it a try. We walk every Thursday at 10am.” “In celebration of VIC Seniors Festival we are hosting a ‘Walk With Us’ event next week on Thursday 3rd Oct so come along and meet our friendly group and stay for some morning tea,” says Mikaela. Participants of the program receive Heart Foundation Walking newsletters and recognition for their walking (in-

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Issi coming back again?

Help to hear again Ashlee Willis is loving being back in Geelong and working for Geelong Hearing Aid Services. Ashlee moved to Lara with her family when she was in her mid-teens but then studied in Melbourne and worked in Yarrawonga, Wangaratta and Deniliquin, before making the move back home. And she couldn’t be happier. Geelong Hearing Aid Services is an independent family-run clinic and is not tied to any brand of hearing aid. This means customers have the full range of solutions to choose from to achieve better hearing. Geelong Hearing Aid Services visits private homes and nursing homes. The Belmont clinic is where audiologist Ashlee helps the people of Geelong, the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula to be able to hear again. “It’s just so great being able to help people bring back their wellness in life and I get to work with so many different people,” Ashlee says. “I just love seeing how much you can impact the community and individuals and make their lives better. “Geelong Hearing Aid Services is such a friendly and supportive company to work for, too.” Ashlee says technology around hearing aids has come a long way in recent years. “You’re looking at something that you’re not even going to see in the ear,” she says. “They are much smaller these days. You can stream phone calls and music through them. “Every five years there’s a major advancement in the technology of hearing aids.” Ashlee’s advice to anyone contemplating better hearing is simple. “There’s no harm in coming and getting

Iconic '70s singer and TV host Issi Dye still surprises his fans by reinventing himself at age 72. “I get a lot of, ‘Issi Dye – is he still going?’,” the Melburnian told the Indy recently. The man born Israel Dyzenhaus will do anything to stay on stage, after a career performing alongside legends like Roy Orbison, Ray Charles and The Beach Boys. “To me it’s a labour of love,” he said. Dye returns again with some of the biggest songs of the 20th Century when he presents The Al Jolson Story at Drysdale’s Potato Shed on 8 October. Al Jolson was a big Broadway star in the 20th Century, appearing in countless shows, many of them running for years. Active on the stage from the '20s until his death in 1950, Jolson is considered to be the first true solo musical star. Hits such as My Mammy, April Showers, Swanee, Give My Regards to Broadway, Let Me Sing and Caroline in the Morning characterise one of the most successful entertainers of the 20th Century. Issi Dye stars as Al Jolson in his tribute to the original song and dance man in a one-time Morning Show Time performance.

Geelong Hearing Aid Services audiologist Ashlee Willis is back in Geelong and loving helping her clients. checked out,” she says. “You never know. You can try lots of hearing aids and there’s no obligation and it’s always good to look after your health. "Your hearing is just as important as your vision.”

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Cats’ season, final tales of two halves By Natalee Kerr After an impressive season that resulted in a top-of-the-ladder finish, Geelong had arguably its best shot to end a recent string of finals knockouts. But while last Friday’s 19-point preliminary final loss to Richmond dashed the Cats' premiership hopes for another year, it was also a metaphor for their season. Despite winning 16 games and securing the minor premiership, Geelong’s 2019 homeand-away season has been a tale of two halves. Following a dominant 11-1 start to the year, the Cats struggled to find consistency following the mid-season bye, going loss-win for their last 13 games including finals. In a similar fashion last Friday night, the Cats looked dominant early on. Geelong surged to a 21-point lead at the main break, but despite a strong start, the Cats could not resist the wave of Tiger pressure for long enough. Richmond ran rampant in the second half, kicking five goals straight to begin the third term that led to an inspired comeback victory. Dejected coach Chris Scott conceded postmatch his side was “not good enough” after giving up their half-time lead. “I understand completely the emotional investment that Geelong people commit to and its brutal when it doesn’t work out, it’s frustrating and heartbreaking,” Scott said. But he refused to go into "too much detail"

HURTING: Geelong coach Chris Scott said last Friday's preliminary loss to Richmond will take a long time to get over. about the loss or disclose his message to his players post-match. “We’re disappointed, so it’s not the time to elaborate too much because we’re not as clearheaded as we’d like to be," he said. “We’re just not in the business of explaining that to people, I don’t think that’s our role." But Scott admitted he was frustrated with

the Cats’ inability to hit the scoreboard in the second term. “There were things in the third quarter that will take a long time to get over,” he said. “We didn’t challenge them enough and that’s going to be difficult to come to terms with because we showed in the first half, in particular, that we had the capacity.” The loss added further heat to the future of Geelong’s playing group with speculation surrounding the potential departure of key figures including veteran Gary Ablett and young gun Tim Kelly. But Scott declared it was “not the time” for discussion about Ablett and declined to elaborate about the future of an out-of-contract Kelly. “I’ve got absolutely no control over what’s going to go on…but if the question is would you like to keep him? I’d fight tooth and nail to do that,” he said. Scott said that although the Cats weren’t good enough to contend for the ultimate prize he still had optimism going forward. “We are proud of them, it’s clear whatever our failings, we’ve got a group of players that don’t give up,” he said. “When the dust settles, we’ll rue the opportunity lost, but we’ll look to find a way to improve." Patrick Dangerfield finished runner-up at the Brownlow on Monday night. The 29-yearold polled 27 votes, joining teammate Kelly who finished fourth with 24 votes.

Squid hauls on Bellarine ON THE BITE Peri Stavropoulos Fishing around the Bellarine Peninsula is really starting to heat up and once we see that water temperature increase a little more we should see snapper really come on the chew. Inner Corio Bay is still fishing really well for the land-based guys, with bait and soft plastics finding a wide variety of fish. Before work Wednesday morning I managed to have a quick flick around Fisherman’s Pier casting 4 inch Turtleback worms in and around the structure resulting in some flathead and snotty trevalla. Other anglers were also catching silver trevally, mullet and pinkie snapper, mainly using baits such as pilchard and chicken. Another species I noticed plenty of was silver whiting. With snapper season just around the corner this is a good opportunity to stock up on some quality bait. Boat fishing is going well for similar species with the exact same tactics. Chris from Trellys and Trelly himself snuck out during the week and the pair caught similar fish plus some black bream whilst casting soft plastics. Whiting continued to bite over the past week with Clifton Springs being the standout location, fishing one hour before and after dark is the prime time and producing some cracker fish to over 40cm. A little bit of berley doesn’t hurt but if you go too hard it can attract a few unwanted guests. Moving around to St Leonards, whiting are still on the go there and usually a more consistent bite in size and numbers. Squid are still biting well in the same area; moving closer to the heads will produce a much better average size. David Le went out for a cast off St Leonards Pier and managed a nice haul of squid. He said 3.0 and 3.5 size jigs were worked best. Portland is still producing plenty of barrel tuna, as mentioned in nearly every report, from Cape Bridgewater to the back of ‘The Rock’ with 55m water holding most of the fish. Fish have exceeded 100kg in weight and the Tornado Sniper in Redbait is still a hot lure to troll around. Lake Bolac has had some reports starting to roll back in with rainbow trout to 1.5kg. Bait fishing from the bank with glassies, whitebait, pilchard and powerbait is the best tactic. However it’s well worth throwing some spoons around if the fishing is a bit slow to mix up your options.

TAIWAN BOUND: Jan Juc surfer Xavier Huxtable has secured a spot at the WSL World Junior Championships this week. Picture: CAHILL BELL-WARREN

Jan Juc grom ready to take on the world By Natalee Kerr Jan Juc surfer Xavier Huxtable has secured a spot at the WSL World Junior Championships following an impressive performance at the Pro Junior this week. The 17-year-old told the Indy he was “stoked” to qualify at Jan Juc on Wednesday for the world titles. “I’m really happy as it was a big goal of mine heading into this year,” Huxtable said. “I was just trying to take it as it is and not get too worked up – stay calm and relaxed and take it heat by heat.” 26 GEELONG INDY

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Torquay alongside his dad and “just fell in love with it”, he said. The talented grommet said he hopes to “keep enjoying his surfing” with a dream to one day get a world title under his name. Pro surfer Nikki van Dijk was the last Victorian before Huxtable to make the championships in 2012, according Surfing Victoria's Liam Robertson. "She won that year at the world juniors and then went onto qualify for the world tour, and has been on it since," he said. "So this is a big deal for us and it's just fantastic for Xav."

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