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BY CHERIE DONNELLAN COASTAL cops have reviewed their summer policing strategy in a bid to improve productivity and streamline services, according Surf Coast’s police service co-ordinator. Senior Sergeant Angelo Ferrara said allocations of additional police for the summer holiday period were yet to be finalised but would be similar to previous years. “Our main concern is to implement intelligent rostering so we’re able to best place police
cars would be priorities for police. “We understand there’s an increase in traffic and holidaymakers are not as familiar with our roads, so there’ll be an emphasis on road policing, particularly on the Great Ocean Road. “We’ll be cracking down on speed, people using mobile phones while driving and drink driving.” Sen Sgt Ferrara said licensed venues would be heavily policed, while “anti-social
members at key locations and times. This will be different to previous years.” Snr Sgt Ferrara confirmed police would continue operating 24-hour services in coastal holiday centres. “We know that coastal resort towns have increased visitor numbers over the summer, so we’ll have firm tasking operations in place.” Sen Sgt Ferrara said road safety issues, liquor licensing laws, drug and alcohol consumption issues and thefts from
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BY CHERIE DONNELAN THIRD-YEAR apprentice Saskia Leahy is ready to scorch her competitors to prove she’s a real master chef. The 23-year-old Torquay resident was “really proud” to be one of nine finalists in Restaurant and Catering Victoria’s 2012 Thierry Marx Career Development Award competition. “I can’t believe I’m a finalist,” Ms Leahy said. “I heard about the competition last year but I didn’t feel confident enough to enter (until) I worked at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this year and a few chefs I worked with encouraged me to enter. “I also won a second-year apprenticeship award at Gordon last year, so that gave me confidence as well.” Ms Leahy has spent the past two years working under head chef James White’s guidance at Torquay’s Scorched restaurant. “James is really encouraging and supportive – he’s fantastic to work for. He always encourages me to keep learning and to take opportunities like this.” Geelong’s Mary-Jane Barca is also a finalist for her work as a firstyear apprentice at Melbourne’s Crown Culinarium. Two finalists will win a onemonth internship in August to work with the award’s namesake in his Paris restaurant.
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behaviour” with drugs or alcohol “wouldn’t be tolerated”. Thefts from motor vehicles were an ongoing concern for police during holiday periods, he said. “We’ll be monitoring the congregation of vehicles left unattended during daytime in coastal car parks. Past operations targeting those areas were successful so we will continue running them.” Sen Sgt Ferrara said the review was part of a statewide initiative to streamline and
improve police services. His confirmation of a continued police presence on the coast during holidays followed reports earlier this week that the force might decrease coastal staffing this summer. Command usually sends reinforcements to the coast in summer, drawing officers from Geelong and other regional centres in Victoria. Bellarine, Geelong police at odds on extra officers – page 5
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BY MICHELLE HERBISON STATE Government was â€œselective and selfservingâ€? in its premature release of Geelong Hospital transfer figures this week, according to the opposition. The Independent received information from Health Minister David Davisâ€™ office this week stating Geelong Hospitalâ€™s patient transfer figures were above benchmark rates. The Governmentâ€™s figures for the three months to the end of March stated that 93 per cent of emergency patients at Geelong Hospital received transfer from ambulances to hospital care in less than 40 minutes. The transfers figure was released about a month ahead of additional data on hospital services for the March quarter. Health Minister David Davis said the latest information â€œshows the community of Geelong to receive excellent service from their ambulance and hospitalâ€?. The Governmentâ€™s Health Services Performance Report for the December 2011 quarter showed 64 per cent of emergency patients were treated within the benchmark time. Patient transfer rates, at 92.9 per cent in December, were one of Geelong Hospitalâ€™s strongest figures in the report. But shadow health minister Gavin Jennings said releasing the positive figures before the complete report failed to â€œtell the whole storyâ€?. â€œTheyâ€™re trying to hopefully just sneak out this information and not put it up on the website so you canâ€™t do a cross-reference about how itâ€™s sitting within the performance of the health sector more broadly,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™re getting people out of ambulances and into the emergency department pretty quickly but once they get there a major problem
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is their flow through the system.â€? Health Department spokesperson Graeme Walker said information about Geelong Hospitalâ€™s performance in other areas was unavailable until the â€œlengthy documentâ€? was compiled. â€œThis information was available now so it was released,â€? he said. The Government had â€œincluded a lot more indicatorsâ€? in its reports than previous governments, Mr Walker said. Ambulance Employees Australiaâ€™s Steve McGhie suspected the Government was â€œplaying with figuresâ€?. â€œThe hospital is not keeping up with the demand and the volume of patients coming through the door.â€? Mr McGhie was surprised at the Governmentâ€™s claim of 93 per cent efficiency because Ambulance Victoria total transfer time figures released under Freedom of Information showed waits of about 14 hours a day. Paramedics were â€œstanding in lineâ€? for hours while they waited for hospital staff to take on patient responsibility, he said. â€œThe easy answer to it is if they put in more hospital beds and staff. We want paramedics freed up earlier so they can respond to the next emergency.â€?
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Bike clubs ‘split’ over Barrabool track plan BY CHERIE DONNELLAN GEELONG dirt bike clubs are divided over Motorcycling Australia plans for new facilities at its Barrabool track. Residents have also criticised the motorsport organisation’s plan to build new clubrooms and widen the track at the Haines Rd facility. Sporting Motorcycle Club’s Cameron Dixon said he and several members had objected to the plans for McAdam Park, fearing complaints from residents would force authorities to close the track “altogether”. Mr Dixon said Motorcycling Australia failed to consult the club before submitting a planning application to Surf Coast Shire. He was concerned the plan had fur-
ther angered Barrabool Rural Protection Group as it continued fighting the development. “The neighbours seem okay with the current facilities but are against any new facilities and we’re concerned they’ll kick up and we’ll lose the facilities we’ve currently got.” Mr Dixon said the objecting riders wanted a second track in the region to reduce use of the Barrabool track to keep the residents’ group “happy”. But Motorcycling Australia chief executive officer David White said a second track was “unnecessary”. “The McAdam Park facility is capable of hosting both (Sporting Motorcycle Club and Geelong Motocross Club). It makes far more
economic sense for the clubs to be at one venue.” Mr White said the proposed clubrooms at Barrabool were “adequate for both clubs to share”. Geelong Motocross Club was forced to relocate to McAdam Park in 2006 after complaints from residents and development of plans for a new Breakwater Bridge on part of the site. Club secretary Mark West said motocross riders were “committed” to staying in Barrabool. “We made a commitment three years ago with the support of City of Greater Geelong (COGG) to be located at Barrabool. “That commitment was the underlying factor for State Government to pro-
vide one million dollars of funding to save the Barrabool track (in 2009). Without that money and Geelong Motocross Club’s commitment to Barrabool the land would have been sold. “The Sporting Motorcycle Club couldn’t come up with the money to buy the land in 2009, so without help from us, City of Greater Geelong, State Government and Surf Coast Shire they wouldn’t have any facilities.” Mr West said the City’s initial proposal of an Avalon site was “not viable”. “It’s now definitely come to light that Avalon Airport management doesn’t support that site.”
City Freemasons allow ‘first peek’ into secret realm BY JOHN VAN KLAVEREN THE “INSTALLATION” of a Freemasons lodge master will go public for the first time in Geelong next week. The new Master of Geelong Lodge of Unity and Prudence, Mick Alexander, said the organisation would “reveal its secrets” as part of the ceremony. He said the event would include the inaugural visit of Freemasons Victoria Grand Master Bob Jones to Geelong, the second oldest lodge in Victoria. Mr Alexander said the public was invited to the event, including an explanation of the symbolism and practices of Freemasonry. When not at the lodge, Mr Alexander is a financial advisor and mortgage broker. Mr Alexander said a common perception of the men-only organisation as a secret society was exaggerated. “My goal as master this year is to put Freemansonry on the same level as other service clubs, like Rotary or Lions. “We’re no different to those organisations. We just do it a little more quietly.” Mr Alexander said the 61-member Geelong lodge had donated $5500 to various local causes in the past year, including three year 12 scholarships. He admitted the organisation was “starting behind the eight ball” in changing community perceptions. Freemasonry was increasingly “intriguing” to young men, he said, with enquiries up from one or two a year to four or more. “They’re looking for a social network where they can be themselves without expectations. “We have no religious connotations, even though we borrow from the Bible. “The Lodge initiated a member of the Islamic faith into the lodge recently and has now included the Koran as a volume of the lodge.” The open installation of the master will be at the Regent St, Belmont, Masonic Centre from 4pm on June 9. Mr Alexander asked anyone wanting more information to phone Graham Berry on 0419 403 651.
in brief Kinder supported CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new early learning centre in a public park at Barwon Heads have earned 70 per cent support in a submissions process, according to a council statement. Council said it received about 730 submissions, with 508 favouring the proposal for Village Park and 223 expressing opposition.
Crime surge ROBBERIES and assaults surged in Geelong during the 12 months to the end of March, according to new police figures. The Victoria Police statistics showed robbery was up 49 per cent, assault 20, with Chief Commander Ken Lay suggesting financial hardship might be behind the statewide increases.
Storages up THE REGION’S water storages have climbed to 72.4 per cent capacity after heavy rain in the region late last week. Barwon Water recorded a .8 per cent increase and 37.8mm of rain for the week to Wednesday, with storages capacity similar to the same time last year.
Racing boost A PERMANENT broadcast facility will “better showcase” horse racing in Geelong, a State Government minister has announced. Racing Minister Denis Napthine said the new facility would replace a temporary marquee to improve coverage of “top-quality” events at Geelong’s racecourse.
Canberra contingent TORQUAY and Ocean Grove primary school staff have joined a Victorian “contingent” in Canberra “to celebrate Public Education Day”, according to a communications firm. Essential Media said the two-day trip included attending an Australian Education Union forum and meeting Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman about his commitment to school funding recommendations.
Parks award A GEELONG trial program encouraging medical patients to use parks to improve their health has won a national award, organisers have announced. International Parks Management and Leadership Conference gave the program an excellence award for its “extensive stakeholder engagement, strong buy-in with local organisations and…robust sustainability framework”.
Projects funded A STATE Government funding injection has boosted plans for a $16 million child centre at Leopold, according to Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos. He said the Government had granted $1.5 million to the Leopold Community and Children’s Centre project while two Bell Post Hill and Geelong West early learning projects would receive $300,000 each.
Images recognised CONVERSION of historic pictures to digital images has earned Geelong Heritage Centre recognition in an annual Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards. Councillor Cameron Granger said the centre won a community archives category for a project to safeguard and make available for public inspection its “priceless collection of historic images”.
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A NEW Geelong service club is seeking donations of clean blankets and back packs to help homeless people through winter. Lions Club of Corio Norlane said K-Mart Corio would collect blankets and Bank of Melbourne would accept back packs, with Belmont’s Salvation Army Connect to distribute the donations.
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BY JOHN VAN KLAVEREN THE LATEST entrant to Geelong’s directly elected mayoral race has welcomed more candidates putting up their hands. Fagg’s Mitre 10 director Keith Fagg said he would make a formal announcement in a few weeks. But Mr Fagg said a field of nominations would be healthy. “If there are good candidates considering standing for mayor it would offer Geelong a broader choice,” he said. Incumbent Mayor John Mitchell is the only other candidate to have nominated so far. Mr Fagg said he was not running against Cr Mitchell but for the position of mayor. Directly electing a mayor was a “significant opportunity” for Geelong, he said. “If a candidate for directly elect-
Candidate: Keith Fagg ed mayor can articulate their plans for Geelong and is elected then they have a mandate for their vision. “The directly elected mayor has to work constructively with all councillors to have a shared vision for the good of Geelong.” Mr Fagg said he had put no
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Health chief blogs on performance BY MICHELLE HERBISON BARWON Health’s chief executive officer has turned to social media to “demystify” his organisation’s performance. David Ashbridge said his blog allowed him to personally explain performance data. “I have the opportunity to clarify and provide local context around how information applies specifically to Barwon Health.”
Dr Ashbridge wanted to clarify misinterpretations in some media coverage. “It’s not my intention to be a parallel media source but, to understand some data, I need to provide the background.” One of his blog posts this week responded to figures for cancer surgery waiting times published on Federal Government’s MyHospitals website.
“Without context, the Geelong community could form the view that…Geelong Hospital is not performing as well as other hospitals. This is not the case,” he wrote. Dr Ashbridge planned to continue posting on bhceo.org.au at least weekly. He had “been fairly diligent” in personally replying to comments on the blog, he said.
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BY MICHELLE HERBISON THE REGION’S top cop has sparked a rift with Bellarine Peninsula police over plans for staffing the area over summer. Insp Gary Bruce said a meeting with officers-in-charge from Ocean Grove, Drysdale, Queenscliff and Portarlington this week revealed most were “not convinced” of his plans for a staffing overhaul. Insp Bruce said he was reviewing the way police resourced the Bellarine Peninsula over busy summer months to ensure efficiency. “I’m certainly not comfortable with some of the arrangements in place in the past.” But Bellarine Police’s Senior Sergeant David Magher said the meeting to discuss the peninsula’s requirements revealed a rift. “The majority of the meeting (participants) aren’t convinced yet
“major thought” into campaign costs. The Independent reported two weeks ago that a mayoral campaign would cost up to $250,000. “It’ll be nothing like that from my point of view. I don’t believe in large presidential-style campaigns. “I’ll simply explain who I am and my vision in the most cost effective way. “There will be some costs but large campaigns are not my style and it will be self-funded.” Mr Fagg said the direct mayoral election was “new territory” for everyone involved. “We’re reaping the benefits of the hard work of those who held office previously. I see this as being the next stage, as a custodian of that responsibility and adding my own impetus to it. “I’m a strong believer in undercommitting and over-delivering.
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BY MICHELLE HERBISON SOCIETY will embrace reconciliation more deeply with the next generation, according to a spokesman for the region’s Aboriginal community. Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative’s David Tournier attributed education in Aboriginal issues to creating “more-open-minded” young people. Mr Tournier made his prediction before leading a “walk and talk” session in the You Yangs National Park as part of Reconciliation Week. “We’ll get a lot further when the older generation in politics retires,” Mr Tournier said. “The older ones have limited knowledge of the issues because the teaching profession wasn’t interested in looking at Aboriginal studies back then. Hopefully there’ll be a change when those younger ones start to stand up and take over.” Mr Tournier said Reconciliation Week was about “coming together to reconcile past differences”.
“I think the general population needs to be made aware of the atrocities and government policy that was forced upon us. We need to try to make the community aware of these issues so they don’t happen again.” Mr Tournier taught participants on the weekend walk about the Aboriginal culture, heritage and modern uses of the area. The session included tea and damper for participants while he told stories of Geelong’s history and about the You Yangs. “The co-op has been interested in doing tourism for a long time,” he said. Mr Tournier estimated that Geelong’s Aboriginal community had between 2500 and 3000 members, comprising about 2.5 per cent of Geelong’s total population. “Here in Victoria we’re not as much of a noticeable Aboriginal community. The stereotype of stuff is not necessarily the case these days.”
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Stretch: Ocean Grove’s Elliott Taylor and Harry Rawlings, both 17, help trainer Kane Reardon warm up. Picture: Tommy Ritchie 82090
Players giving study a leg-up “Player injuries like knee reconstructions can have significant long-term effects. “Essentially, this is a series of exercises aimed at preventing injuries that can be included into existing training drills. “The program has a warm-up component with an emphasis on specific hamstring injury prevention exercises. There are also groin strength exercises as part of an aim to build core strength. “We have a number of jumping, landing and change-of-direction activities. “Research shows poor technique in this area is a risk factor for knee and ankle injuries.” Mr Donaldson said Footy First was working with Football Geelong to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in injury prevention. Ballarat Football League and Southern Metropolitan Football League are also participating in the study.
Mr Donaldson said long-serving former Geelong Cats club doctor Hugh Seward was an associate investigator on the research team. Dr Seward would act as a link between the research study and AFL medical officers. “We also have a mentors program with human movement and sports science trained people acting as mentors at local clubs,” Mr Donaldson said. “Footy First is under a local advisory group including club coaches and strength and conditioning staff.” Mr Donaldson said the program aimed to have online video resources available soon. Ocean Grove Football Club senior coach Cam McGregor said the club was keen to be involved. “We had a run of hamstring injuries and we’re keen to find ways of reducing that incidence,” he said.
BY JOHN VAN KLAVEREN A HIGH-LEVEL study is investigating Geelong and Bellarine league footballers in a bid to reduce the severity and number of leg injuries in their sport, researchers have revealed. They said the Footy First study had recruited 17 of the leagues’ 22 clubs as part of the pilot program. The program could be rolled out statewide and then nationally if successful. Monash University’s Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention is conducting the study with support from the AFL and State Government. Researcher Alex Donaldson said the program aimed to transfer lessons learned at the elite level to weekend warriors. “Leg injuries are the numberone issue for local footy because they really affect the performance of the club,” Mr Donaldson said.
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Car crash led to fine for ‘Kronic’ MICHELLE HERBISON POLICE believe Geelong has recorded possibly its first charge for possession of synthetic cannabis Kronic since it became illegal last year. Magistrate Stephen Myall gave Bradley McCooke, of Alsop St, Belmont, a 12-month good behaviour bond for possession of synthetic cannabinoids after police found the drug in his abandoned car after a crash. The court heard police initially believed the drugs in McCooke’s car were cannabis but a spot test identified them as Kronic. McCooke accepted responsibility, telling police “if it’s Kronic it might be mine”. McCooke had crashed his car into a fence while driving a friend home about 5.45am on September 12. McCooke’s defence said the prosecution had no evidence McCooke was speeding but the road was wet. He was relying on his passenger’s directions and turned “too late”, the court heard. McCooke appeared in court clean-shaven and wearing a suit. Mr Myall fined him $850 and suspended his driver’s licence for one month.
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Opportunities: NMD Data’s John Kovacs.
GEELONG’S waterfront was among residential areas to record rising mortgagee repossessions last year, according to a property data company. Geelong-based National Mortgagee Deceased Data (NMD Data) also recorded increasing repossessions at Grovedale, Belmont, Waurn Ponds, Leopold, Hamlyn Heights, Corio and Norlane. Coastal towns in the region to record increases were Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Queenscliff, Anglesea, Apollo Bay and Lorne. NMD Data also noted rising repossessions at Lara, Bannockburn and Meredith. Company owner and operator John Kovacs said NMD Data listed over 9000 mortgagee repossessions nationally, with 130 in the greater
Geelong area. The properties covered all types, including residential and commercial buildings and vacant land, he said. Mr Kovacs, who worked in real estate for 30 years before establishing NMD Data, said repossessed property presented opportunities in Australia’s “buyer’s market”. Repossessed properties could be bought “well-below market value”, he said. “In today’s market 10 to 30 per cent is achievable” Mr Kovacs said repossessed properties also presented a “more-affordable” option for first-time buyers. He noted that Geelong and Surf Coast properties in general were reflecting national price “instabilities”. “Statistics from RP Data show
that median house prices across Geelong, the peninsula and Surf Coast have fallen between four and 22 per cent in the March quarter,” Mr Kovacs said. “Nationally, only 373,000 sales were recorded last year, down 25 per cent from the decade average and sitting at a 16-year low. “This year is expected to be no better, with interest rates scaring off most buyers.” Mr Kovacs said house prices were falling at a “steady rate” in the Geelong region, commercial property was also down but units were up. “Vacant land in Geelong has seen positive growth because Melburnians consider Geelong as a stronger, more-affordable option to build their dream home.”
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‘New leadership’ for city chamber GEELONG Chamber of Commerce has a new management team after “the recent stepping down” of former director Mark Davis after less than a month as president. The chamber said Jim Walsh, who Mr Davis had replaced as president, would continue serving on the management team with executive officer Bernadette Uzelac. Ms Uzelac said Mr Davis left due to “personal reasons”. The Independent reported his appointments on May 11. The chamber said new management team members included architect Mark Sanders, public relations and marketing professional Kylie Warne and banker John Fitzgerald. Mr Sanders said leading the chamber as its new president was an “honour”. “The chamber is committed to supporting member businesses and corporate partners,” he said. “This in turn will ensure that Geelong is regarded as a vibrant and innovative region in which to operate a business and to reside. “Geelong, like other local and international economies, is facing future challenges but also significant opportunities. The chamber will play an increasingly crucial role as the voice of small and medium business for the region.” The chamber revealed the management team announcement with plans for a “business super conference” on August 23. The chamber said international fashion designer Alex Perry and Australian futurist Peter Ellyard would address the conference in “one of the first major initiatives” under the new executive team. More information about the August 23 conference would be released “in coming days”, the chamber said.
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THE TERM organic has become something of a divisive issue. But not for the 100 or so members of Geelong Organic Gardeners. Perhaps a better description of what the club pursues is natural gardening, with the absence of articifial inducements. Club president Steve Findlay said the club members gardened “as organically as possible”. “Basically, we grow free of chemicals and articifial fertilisers in our food and soil preparation,” Steve explained. “There is certainly an interest in the community in having more control over food and whats going into it. “Our membership is swelling and it’s become a really diverse group with varying degrees of knowledge. “We are what we eat but we have to get our soils healthy again, for instance by introducing good compost and mulch. Healthy soils mean healthy plants. “We reinforce the message about the degradation we have done to the land over the years and how it can affect our health through the foods we produce. “People are looking for alternative farming practices and going back to buy from farmers markets or from the farm gate.” Steve said the group aimed to cater for the wide range of interests, mainly by increasing garden knowledge. “We have some people who are very experienced who are happy to share their knowledge but it’s up to each individual to use it as they see fit.” The club has a seed bank to