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January 29 - February 4, 2020

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Pink ladies ready to play Ray Menzies Oval at Shell Road will be awash with all things pink on Saturday, February 8. Ocean Grove Cricket Club is staging its annual Pink Ladies Day, which has been highly successful in the past. An afternoon of friends, sisters and mothers with a dash of pink is being promised. Proceeds will go to the McGrath Foundation, which funds breast-care nurses who support individuals and their families experiencing breast cancer. The day kicks off at 2pm and runs through until 5pm, with the Ocean Grove vs Anglesea A1 Grade clash being played at the same time. It’s a battle of last season’s grand inalists. Players will wear pink caps to support the day. Tickets are $25 and includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival. There will be grazing tables, rafles and entertainment provided by Ocean Grove’s very own Sam Hanson. Pink Ladies Day is at Shell Road Pavilion on 8 February and tickets are available at LamiSaru Boutique or at the cricket club. Jackie Montgomery, Andrea Frankpitt, Andy Wirth, Yon Willman and Fiona Millard can’t wait for Pink Stumps Day. (Justin Flynn) 203581

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Fire fears hosed down Fears of a ire catastrophe at Ocean Grove Nature Reserve have been hosed down by Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve group. Around 250 locals crammed into Shell Road Pavilion last week to be presented with a series of presentations by land managers and ire professionals about the risk of ire in the much-loved nature reserve. Some locals voiced their concerns of a potential ire hazard at the reserve while others said the situation is well managed. Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

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I am conident that the risk is well managed

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- Guy Dutson president Fiona Topolcsanyi said the group welcomed the “extra fuel reduction work planned to be carried out at the reserve by the DELWP Forest Fire Management team in the near future”. “he Friends have strongly supported and helped to fund Parks Victoria in the use of mechanical cutting and mulching of undergrowth at the reserve since 2007 to

reduce the ire risk to acceptably low levels,” Ms Topolcsanyi said. “his process has also helped to retain much of the open grassy woodland habitat rather than allowing encroachment of thicker scrub growth of wattles and sheoaks.” However Senator Sarah Henderson said the “lack of adequate management” at the reserve posed a “considerable bushire risk”. “here have been only three hazard reduction burns in 13 years,” she said. “While a community meeting involving the CFA, Parks Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong committed to a mulching program, tougher

action is required.” However local resident Guy Dutson said he felt safe, despite living alongside the reserve. “I bought a block immediately backing onto the nature reserve and investigated the ire risk and fuel reduction activities,” he told the Voice. “I am conident that the risk is well managed, and our family lives here without concern, appreciating the wonderful trees and natural environment.” Mr Dutson said the key message from the presentation was that the risk is “well managed with annual fuel reduction activities and regular CFA drills”. “he risk of ire from the nature reserve is perhaps less than the risk from grass ires in adjacent paddocks,” he said.

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By Justin Flynn

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Ocean Grove Voice - 29th January 2020  

Ocean Grove Voice - 29th January 2020