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THE community has spoken about the future of Bells Beach, and the overwhelming response has been “leave it the way it is”. More than 400 people cast their votes in the Talking Bells online forum, which is providing advice to the Bells Beach Community Visioning Taskforce set up by the Surf Coast Shire. A crowd of more than 40 attended a meeting at the council chambers in Torquay, where the top five ideas in the OurSay-run forum were put to the taskforce, chaired by John Thwaites. Several of the submitters spoke passionately about the need to preserve the natural environment of Bells Beach, and how surfers should be prioritised ahead of

commercial tour operators. Phil Roache, who had the top-voted idea, said the reserve needed protection and widespread community support, and made reference to the recent ruling on Amendment C66. “We have seen what Matthew Guy just approved. “We said no to development, but with one quick tick from his computer, our say is gone.” Graeme Stockton from SANE, Richard Bennett from the Surfrider Foundation and Andrew Cherubin from the Bells Beach Preservation Society submitted their joint vision of creating the world’s first surfing sanctuary at Bells Beach, which would channel tour groups to Surf World in Torquay. Mr Cherubin said a good example to follow would be Tasmania’s

Phil Roache (left) makes his submission, watched by taskforce members Colin Birch, Alistair Lawson and Cr David Bell. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

Wineglass Bay, as it drew significant numbers of tourists with no infrastructure. Mr Stockton said the sanctuary’s charter would respect, protect and cultivate all elements of Indigenous and surfing heritage in harmony with the natural, coastal and marine environments. Torquay Boardriders Club president Cahill Bell-Warren said the reserve was a sacred place for the club and the wider surfing community. “We are frustrated when decisions that will change the reserve forever are being made by people who do not fully understand the cultural significance of Bells, and the impact their decision will have on the reserve and its users.” Two submissions suggesting that a restaurant be built at Bells Beach received a frosty reception from the crowd. Mr Thwaites said the taskforce was not established to develop policy, but would deliver all of the submissions to the council. The taskforce will hold a second round of community consultation, starting this month. To see all 77 ideas submitted to the forum, head to oursay.org/ surfcoast/bells.

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Barwon Heads Primary School Easter fun run The Barwon Coast Sheepwash Classic Fun Run, which has become a local institution, is now held almost entirely on Barwon Coast managed land, starting and finishing on the Barwon Heads foreshore The coastal course has significantly reduced the potential impact of runners with vehicles on the open

road and introduced even more “fun” into the fun run. This will be our seventh year as naming rights sponsor for the 8 kilometre fun run and the 17th year as the major prize sponsor for the first female and the first male to finish. We look forward to your participation and enjoyment of the natural environment during the Barwon Coast Sheepwash Classic Fun Run at 9am on April 19. For 2014, the run will be held over the same course as last year and entries for the event are now open. Go to the Barwon Heads Primary School website for details: bhps.vic.edu.au/sheepwash-classic-funrun. Event parking will be available in the car park on the Ocean Grove side of the bridge. Don’t rubbish the coast That’s the message Barwon Coast is trying to get through to all locals and visitors to the area. Our coastal reserves natural values are being compromised by a few. Why is it that some people do not value this incredibly diverse natural environment that provides for us unconditionally? Rubbish, litter, whatever your preferred word is... it comes in all shapes and sizes. Most is deliberately left behind. This was the recent case where hundreds of tiny pieces of paper and foil of different sizes and shapes appears to have been thrown around in what looks like confetti on the banks of the Barwon River in Barwon Heads. Barwon Coast cleaned up that which had not already been blown into the adjoining estuary, private properties and other sections of our coastal reserve. That foil will be in the environment forever.

Cigarette butts aren’t litter – are they? Yes, they certainly are. In fact, cigarette butts are the most common type of litter on earth. Everyone has seen them – cigarette butts littering our roads, sidewalks, parks, streams and beaches. But cigarette butts are biodegradable aren’t they? Actually, no. Most cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic. The white fibres you see in a cigarette filter are not cotton, but a plastic that can persist in the environment as long as other forms of plastic. We encourage all beach users to bring minimal waste with them when visiting, and ensure that you care for our amazing environment by taking all your rubbish home with you or dispose of it responsibly in the bins provided. I encourage you to contact me to discuss any issues related to coastal management in our region by phoning me on 5254 1118.

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Greenearth to shine a light for Quiksilver BY JAMES TAYLOR THE energy company behind the stalled Anglesea geothermal plant has bounced back with the announcement of four energy-efficiency projects for one of its subsidiaries, including in Geelong. Greenearth Energy Efficiency (GEE) has secured the contract to carry out lighting retrofits at Quiksilver’s distribution centre in Geelong and at 401 Collins Street in Melbourne. Last week, Greenearth Energy managing director Samuel Marks said GEE would be the ongoing supplier of upgrades to intelligent lighting systems across the portfolio of the Impact Investment Group

(IIG), which owns both properties. “GEE’s lighting systems will deliver performance improvements and support IIG to achieve improved National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and Green Star targeted ratings for their property portfolio. “IIG is a good long term partner for GEE, focused on investment in properties that offer commercial returns alongside positive environmental and social impacts.” Last month, Greenearth Energy announced it had suspended work on its Geelong Geothermal Power Project due to lack of funding and the state government’s moratorium on fracking, and would now concentrate on developing its Energy

Efficiency and NewCO2Fuels businesses. Mr Marks said GEE continued to gain momentum in the industrial energy efficiency market. “GEE’s intelligent Metrolight controllers are becoming the driver of choice across the industrial energy efficiency lighting market, as its OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) customers offer solutions to the growing number of Green Star industrial properties, as rated by the Green Building Council of Australia.” The two other projects secured by GEE are supplying lighting technology to an ALDI distribution centre in Brisbane and retrofitting the lighting at Schweppes’ Perth bottling facility.

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Calls for green break consultation BY JAMES TAYLOR THERE will be a green break in the Spring Creek Valley between Torquay and Bellbrae, and South Barwon MP Andrew Katos has asked Planning Minister Matthew Guy to help determine how it will look. Mr Katos has requested that the Surf Coast Shire be provided assistance from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. “The Coalition government wants to see a permanent green break in the Spring Creek Valley between Torquay-Jan Juc and Bellbrae;

hence there is a need for a strategic investigation into the best way to achieve that. “The area in question is zoned for farming, and by farming standards the lot sizes are smaller.” He said the best uses of the land to preserve the green break needed to be investigated “These uses may involve horticulture, viticulture, tourism opportunities or hobby farms. “The land needs to be used for purposes that are sympathetic to a green break, but at the same time provide either a return for the owners or lifestyle opportunities.”

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BY TIFFANY PILCHER AROUND 30 volunteer lifesavers from the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club are in Western Australia competing at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships at Scarborough Beach. Four surf boat crews as well as a number of ironmen and ironwomen will continue competing over the weekend including the Torquay Mach 4 Masters crew who are looking to defend the gold they won at the

Australian Surf Rowers League Open in February. Torquay has a number of medal chances including the Torquay Open Women surf boat crew and Millie Holding and Tess Dubberely in the Under 19 Board and Ski races. Both girls are expected to be extremely strong in the Under 19 team events along with the third member and one of the strongest athletes in the state, Victorian representative Kira Kinsey. Kira will be striving for success in a

range of individual events along with the team events including Board Relay, Ski Relay and the Taplin Relay. TSLCS’s Aaron Tannahill said all the Torquay athletes had been preparing with intensive training sessions before the event. “The group have trained the house down for months and hopefully all of the hard work will pay off. “I can't wait to see the group enjoy the experience and assist one another throughout the championships.”

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Community workshops for climate change A RESEARCH project investigating the detrimental impacts of climate change along our coast is under way and community input is being sought. Scholar and architect Phillip Roös and Professor David Jones of Deakin University are looking to build sustainable communities that consider the future impacts of climate change and sea level rise. “Our aim is to establish a rigorous adaptation planning and design method for considering the impact of climate change and sea level rise on the built and natural environments of the Great Ocean Road Coast region,” Mr Roös said. The adaption framework will be established through the Design Based Adaption Model (DBAM), a model developed by Mr Roös himself. “The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that the changing climate is accelerating. “Considering how long and difficult it is to put in place planning controls, policies, planning guidelines, adaption plans and risk management plans it is important to start the process now.” Significant assets on the coast are already exposed to the potential effects of climate change while residential areas, native vegetation, wetlands, and heritage and cultural assets are at risk to of being impacted over the longer term.

Climate change forecasts suggest the coast is likely to face increased impacts on built and natural assets, like the Anglesea boat ramp.

Mr Roös believes that working with coastal community members through Adaption by Design (AbD) workshops is a crucial stage of the research project and an important part of the process in establishing an adaptation framework. “It’s important for the community to be proactive rather than reactive. “Local communities understand what values and attributes are important for their town to be sustainable, and this knowledge is critical in planning for a sustainable community for future generations.” The workshops are aimed at understanding

local issues and values, attributes of the buildings, culture and the natural environment and more in the consideration of future climate change impacts. “AbD workshops are multi-day planning, risk and design forums that explore and test design and coastal settlement development ideas.” Everyone is welcome to register for an Adaptation by Design (AdB) workshop which will be held in Apollo Bay, Wye River, Lorne, Anglesea, and Torquay. For more dates and details and to register, visit coastalclimatechange.net/register.html.


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Joint effort to rescue hiker praised BY JAMES TAYLOR A TEAM effort from emergency services led to the successful rescue of an injured hiker from the forest near Lorne last week. The 33-year-old woman from Western Australia was hiking with her husband and their three-month-old daughter on the Erskine Falls walking track on Wednesday when she fell, suffering a broken ankle. Senior Constable Russell Harrup from Lorne police said difficult terrain hampered the three-hour rescue effort, which involved services from Lorne

and surrounding areas. These included Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, State Emergency Service, the Country Fire Authority and Parks Victoria. “The husband of the injured hiker has expressed his gratitude for the quick and professional response, and Lorne Police would like to thank the combined efforts of all services involved,” Senior Constable Harrup said. Some of the emergency services personnel involved in last week’s rescue of an injured hiker.

News on Bob Pettit Reserve coming soon BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Surf Coast Shire hopes to have an answer on the future of Jan Juc’s Bob Pettit Reserve by as soon as the end of the month. Mayor Rose Hodge revealed last week that the council was continuing to hold serious talks with the state government about purchasing the parcel of land, which is used as a community recreation and play space but is owned by the Department of Education. As revealed in the Surf Coast Times on January

16, the land – which includes part of the Jan Juc Cricket Club clubrooms, tennis courts and the playground infrastructure up to Sunset Strip – has been identified by the state government as surplus to their needs. Protocol dictates that the land – initially valued at $4 million – be offered to the relevant council first before an alternative purchaser is sought. Cr Hodge, who was responding to a question from the audience at a meeting of the 3228 Residents Association, said the council was still negotiating with South Barwon MP Andrew Katos so she could

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not disclose all of the details. “I’d love to tell you but as some negotiations are, they’re confidential. “However, it’s not behind the scenes; we hope to have an answer into open council at the next meeting (on April 22).” She said the Jan Juc land was one of 60 places across Victoria owned by the Department of Education to be sold, but unlike some of the others – such as a parcel of land in Anglesea – Bob Pettit Reserve was “very complicated”. “Over the years, we’ve leased it, we’ve never had

an inclination that it was all of a sudden going to be sold and we’d be asked to pay $4 million, so we’re negotiating as hard as we can to get it down.” She said there had been about $800,000 worth of infrastructure created on the land, supported by grants from Liberal and Labor governments. “We can’t lose it, we just can’t lose it.” Cr Hodge and shire chief executive officer Wall endured some tough questions from the audience, including about the recent ruling on Amendment C66, the coming Coles supermarket and dog issues on Anglesea’s beach.


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Council sets list of state election priorities BY JAMES TAYLOR MORE childcare places in Torquay and a traffic solution to a dangerous intersection are among the Surf Coast Shire’s highest priorities for funding at November’s state election. At last week’s meeting, councillors resolved to focus on advocating all sides of politics to support three projects in each of the South Barwon and Polwarth electorates. The contributions requested in South Barwon are: • $3.2 million towards the $8.3 million Torquay North Early Years Hub • $3 million towards the $4.7 million upgrade of BanyulWarri Fields, and • Half of the $1.2 million cost of putting traffic lights at the intersection of Surf Coast Highway and Beach Road. In Polwarth, the council is seeking: • $30,000 and half of future costs of the beautification of Winchelsea Common • $100,000 for the implementation of the Anglesea River Estuary Management Plan, and • $700,000 towards the $900,000 redevelopment of Lorne’s Stribling Reserve.

The council will also advocate for a shire-wide review of the Bushfire Management Overlay (as detailed in last week’s Surf Coast Times). Cr Rod Nockles said it was important for the council to have a strategic approach to its advocacy. “This list becomes a matter of public record, and I think that’s quite important as well. “It’s important for the community to see what we see as the priorities. “These are items that deserve not only our resolve and support, but resolve and support from other levels of government.� Cr Brian McKiterick agreed, and said he was particularly pleased to see the Surf Coast Highway/Beach Road intersection on the list. “It’s been significant for some time, there have been a number of collisions and it needs to be addressed.� The state election is scheduled to be held on November 29. There have been four accidents causing injury reported at the intersection of Beach Road and the Surf Coast Highway since 2011, and an upgrade is among the Surf Coast Shire’s highest funding priorities at the state election. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

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and making sure each customer leaves with a smile. “We spend so much time and energy searching for new products and excellent quality products for our customers so to be rewarded for that is great. “For us it’s about having friendly staff and being consistent too, that’s so important especially in a small town.� Torquay Larder staff Emily Gezun and Sophie Anderson with the provedore’s Australian Good Food Guide award.

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Shire keeps Asian Cup bid rolling BY JAMES TAYLOR THE draw has been finalised for the 2015 Asian Cup but the ball is still in play for the shire to host one of the 16 teams. Banyul-Warri Fields in Torquay is on the shortlist of 27 Australian venues for a pre-competition camp ahead of the international soccer tournament. Surf Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge said the council was continuing to work to attract one of the competing teams to the Surf Coast as a training base. “Teams are making contact and seeing that the Surf Coast has a lot to offer in terms of the relaxed and friendly environment, quality facilities, our wonderful coastline and access to transport. “This makes it a great place for teams to train, prepare and perform at their best in one of the world’s

most significant sporting events. “Hosting a team is also a great opportunity for the Surf Coast to achieve world-wide exposure, to further develop our sporting culture, and to build lasting links and friendships. “Soccer has grown so much on the Surf Coast and the local passion for the sport is a vital part of this bid.” The shire’s bid has prioritised six countries: Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, China, Qatar and Iran. Representatives from the competing teams visited Sydney on March 26 for the draw. Of the 16 teams, at least 10 will play at Melbourne’s AAMI Park – known as Melbourne Rectangular Stadium for the tournament – across six qualifying matches and a quarter-final.

The Asian Cup begins on January 9 at the same venue, when Australia plays Kuwait. Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said he saw many opportunities for Victoria through the draw. “Looking at action on the field, some of the top teams in the tournament such as Australia, Japan, Iran and Uzbekistan are playing in Victoria, meaning we are showcasing some of the best international football ever seen on these shores. “In addition we have the economic weight of Saudi Arabia playing two matches here, as well as a Japan match that brings a range of benefits to the state through tourism and television exposure.” The soccer facilities at Banyul-Warri Fields are being touted as a training base for one of the Asian Cup teams.

Big plans to grow Winchelsea BY JAMES TAYLOR

Heather Wellington, Terry Mulder, Rod Nockles and Rose Hodge launch Growing Winchelsea outside the Winchelsea Tea Rooms.

A PROJECT to drive huge growth in Winchelsea has been launched, with the announcement of a strategic plan to increase the town’s population from 1,400 to 10,000 residents by 2050. The $160,000 Growing Winchelsea project is being supported by a $120,000 contribution from the state government’s Regional Growth Fund and $40,000 from the Surf Coast Shire. It is aimed at stimulating economic development and employment creation strategies for business, retail and industry. The project was launched in Winchelsea on Tuesday by Polwarth MP Terry Mulder, Surf Coast Shire

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mayor Rose Hodge, and Winchelsea ward councillors Rod Nockles and Heather Wellington. Consultations for Growing Winchelsea, which will be managed by the Surf Coast Shire, are expected to start within weeks. Mr Mulder said the strategic plan – which is expected to be completed by May 2015 – would build on the road and rail networks and the connection of natural gas to strengthen the town’s future economic development. “Options to accommodate a population of more than 10,000 people will be prepared that will emphasise diversity and affordability. “An inventory of social infrastructure and assessment of future needs will

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COMMUNITY PROFILE The town of Lorne has come a long way in a short space of time and it’s fantastic to be exposed to external comments that reinforce that we are on the right track and moving forward together as one. And yes there will always be some that disagree and that’s OK, because therein lays one our continuing challenges. Last week in Lorne the Surf Coast Shire Council held its monthly meeting and it was great to host our local Government contingent with the support of approximately 20 local on-lookers. The feedback from the Council Chamber was most encouraging and thank you to Cr Margot Smith with such positive comments on the ongoing work of the Committee for Lorne. It is these types of comments that everyone associated with the re-uniting of Lorne should feel part of and be proud that our collective ongoing efforts and enthusiasm from for our continued push are starting to make a “real difference”. Some to levels that the executive were not predicting quite so quickly. I wrote in a column earlier this year about how Peter Spring and myself attended a meeting with Hon MP Ryan Smith (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) late last year and have continued ongoing dialogue with his South Western Regional Manager Helen Vaughan. It was feather in the cap of all involved with the CfL and our community as a whole with what was to follow. On Sunday last, Peter Spring received a personal email from Minister Ryan Smith requesting a delegation from the CfL to speak with the community leaders within his Warrandyte electorate. After ongoing discussions and dialogue with Minister Smith, including the formal presentation of our draft copy of our visioning document, it is great to see that he too recognises the great work being done by the Lorne community. As Minister Smith continues to assist our town, you can imagine we have no hesitation in ensuring we send a delegation to share our experiences with the people of his electorate. Who knows, we may need his assistance one day with a project like the Point Grey Precinct? On a personal note I shared with you that in January my son recently headed to England to engage in a year working in a boarding school in East Sussex as a gap year program prior to starting university. Well, with three months apart I couldn’t help myself and as I write this I am in the air above the English Channel, 30 minutes out of London. The two of us will be crossing to Ireland and then into Scotland as we drive through the United Kingdom together to explore another part of the world and hopefully visit the grave sites of 6th and 7th family generational descendants.

Eating Local – Treat Yourself and Support Local Business For businesses in Lorne, it’s been a good summer. Lots of people, some patches of good weather and streets were busy. Labour Day weekend was huge. The attraction of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and some great weather meant that once again the town was busy. Lorne experiences some of its best weather in Autumn; clear sunny days and pleasant temperatures. It’s a great place to be at this time of the year and it seems that the word is getting out! These days, Lorne continues to enjoy a steady stream of visitors right up until after Easter. But after Easter, the town becomes much quieter and for many, that, in itself, is an attraction. For the businesses however, that quiet time which extends through to August or beyond, is the time when you just hope that you built up enough of a nest egg over summer to pay the bills which keep on coming. For those who live in Lorne, this is the time when the businesses in Lorne need your support. The hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants in particular, find this a tough time. Many will close for some of that time, just to keep expenses to a minimum. We try to rotate the closing so that there are still places to go throughout this quiet season, but we welcome the support of our local community. You can do this by taking the time to come and enjoy a meal at any of the variety of food places that Lorne has to offer. We are lucky enough to have a tremendous variety of venues, food styles and a range of prices to suit everyone’s pocket. There is dine-in and takeaway. Some venues offer entertainment. Whichever way you look at it, there is a range of offerings which provide an alternative when someone can do the work and cook the meal for you. It’s not fair to single out individual establishments and not others but here is a brief list of some of the dishes on offer at various establishments in town:

s Slow Braised Beef Cheek w red wine, onion and garlic on creamy mash potato and steamed vegetables $24.00 s Portarlington mussels, steamed in white wine with garlic, chilli, bacon and basil. $18.00 s Cheese Quesadilla, 3 cheeses coriander chill pineapple garlic pepper & sea salt $14.00 s Sand crab Pad Thai with sprouts, lime juice, soy bean, peanuts and flat rice noodle $26.00 s Local Tiger flathead with Drysdale goats yoghurt, pickled baby beetroot, puffed wild rice and garden herbs $28.00 s Twice cooked duck on potato mash with traditional balsamic sauce. $36.00 s Argentine style BBQ ribs with chimmi churri 500grm. $25.50 So you can see, there’s something there for everyone, and the eateries in town need your support over the winter months. In the past few years, the Lorne Business & Tourism Association, through the LoveLorne campaign, has worked hard to promote Lorne as a destination just as attractive in the off season as it is in the summer. We have had great success and we a seeing a real lift in the number of visitors in the “shoulder” months – February to April and September to November. But the reality is that Lorne is still a seasonal destination and in those winter months when the population dwindles back towards the 1,000 number – that’s when the businesses need local support. So when the crowds have gone, and you just feel like something different for lunch or dinner sometime, remember the variety on offer at the establishments in Lorne and “support local”. Thanks. Chris Tutungi PRESIDENT Lorne Business and Tourism Association

With a passion for motor sports, Pam and her daughter are foundation members of the Mark Webber Club. She has attended 21 Grand Prix in Australia and two in Singapore, with frequent visits to Avalon Speedway and even experiencing a ride around Calder in an ‘Auscar’. However, most of you will know her as a valued community member, always ready when people need help. Towards the end of her 18 years working at Youth for Christ in Geelong on a fund raising auxiliary, as office manager, organising band and drama group visits to schools and concerts and assisting with an adventure based program, she moved to Lorne. Since then she has been a member of the Uniting Church Council being secretary for ten years. She was part of the LORNCH initiative, Lorne Arts team that organised the Arts Ball for the 75th Anniversary of the Great Ocean Road and the ones that followed. Together with Jennie Shaw, she led a successful bushfire relief program, Camp Recharge, after the 2009 fires offering support to affected families. Pam supports The Leprosy Mission and has been to India and Nepal seeing firsthand the work they do in hospitals, rehabilitation and research. She is heavily involved with Carols on the Lorne and started the pancake stall at St Cuthbert’s on Shrove Tuesday several years ago. Since moving to Lorne, Pam has helped many local businesses when they were short staffed including the Country Club kitchen, Gazman, Blue Illusion, Shoe Shop and Mermaids B & B. She wears a beautiful gold watch “the boys gave me” after working at Lorne Plumbing for ten years. Now when she is not busy with her own cleaning business, she enjoys sailing with her husband Robin, going to Queensland to see her two grandchildren, sewing, tennis and listening to music. She has two children Sam 34 and Emma 31. This is one busy beautiful lady. CW

LORNE WARD EVENTS CALENDAR APRIL 1

Murray to Moyne Fundraising Dinner for the Lorne Community Hospital, 6:15pm at The View @ The Lorne Hotel, bookings via jenna.smyth90@gmail.com or 0421 159 459 4-6 VicBeach and Mantra Beach Volleyball, from 10:30am to 4pm on the beach in front of Mantra, enquiries to Al Lyne 0422 242 308 11 Community Luncheon hosted by the Committee for Lorne, 12pm for 12:30pm at The View @ the Lorne Hotel, $25 for set lunch and coffee, bookings essential to nicola. muxworthy@gmail.com or 0411 711 001, RSVP by 8 April 12 Love Lorne Model Boat Regatta, 10am-12:30pm at the Swing Bridge, sign-up on the day, $5 entry 17 Lions Easter Art Show Opening Night, 7pm at Senior Citizens Centre 18-21 Lions Easter Art Show, 10am-5pm at Senior Citizens Centre 19 Lorne Kinder Fair, 9am-4pm on the Lorne Foreshore 20 Easter Tennis Tournament, from 12:45pm at the Lorne Country Club, mixed “round robin” formal, all welcome, visitors $15, queries to John Ford 5289 5060

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Theft spurs police debate BY JAMES TAYLOR THE brazen theft of a caravan from outside his home has spurred one Jan Juc resident to push for the Torquay police station to be open 24 hours a day. As reported in last week’s Surf Coast Times, Brad Papworth caught someone hooking the caravan parked in front of his house onto their car at 3am on March 21. After a short pursuit, the thieves dumped the caravan near the corner of the Great Ocean Road and Duffields Road and took off. Mr Papworth reported the theft and received a response over the phone immediately from the Colac and Geelong police stations, but the nearby Torquay station could not respond as it was closed at the time. He said he did not blame police for their response but that Torquay needed a 24-hour station as a deterrent against similar thefts. “If the politicians want expansion in towns like Torquay – and I am not against it – make sure you have the services and infrastructure in place to cope with it. “At the moment we have neither and it’s like a free run between midnight and 7.30am. “Why are we any different to Ocean Grove which has a 24-hour police service? “We are never going to be the same coastal town we were 10, 15, 20 years ago and I get that, but we should be able to expect a level of safety and security in our community.� Surf Coast Police Service Area (PSA) Inspector Peter Seel said police provided a 24-hour emergency response to the Torquay community and across the PSA. “Workload data shows no demonstrated demand for Torquay to operate as a 24-hour station.

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The Department of Health advisory for eggs from the Green Eggs company to only be used in cooked products and dishes has been lifted. Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Michael Ackland said the advisory was lifted on Tuesday after he was satisfied that measures instituted by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and the Department of Health meant eggs from the company should be safe for consumption. The alert was issued on March 3, after eggs from the company were linked to outbreaks of gastroenteritis due to salmonella at two restaurants – including The Bottle of Milk in Torquay – which used them in raw-egg products.

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Live shark washes up at Bird Rock BY TIFFANY PILCHER A Bronze Whaler shark, like this one pictured, has been spotted around Torquay in recent weeks.

Shark sightings spike in Torquay BY TIFFANY PILCHER THERE was a massive spike in shark sightings around Torquay towards the end of March with up to four confirmed sightings around Torquay within one week. Local Mark Byrne reported a shark lunged onto his surfboard at Winkipop on March 20, Torquay surf beach was closed on March 21 when a shark was spotted 100 – 120 metres off the beach, and several other sightings were made around Point Danger and Cosy Corner. Two sharks were identified as a 3-metre

bronze whaler and a 1-metre sevengill. It is not known if they were the same sharks being sighted more than once or if there was more than one of each species in the area. Local fishermen said it’s likely a school of tuna “about the size of a football field” had attracted the sharks close to shore. Torquay Surf Life Saving Club captain David Nankervis said the sharks were more of a nuisance than a threat to humans. “They were seen to be passing swimmers and surfers. They’re well fed and single minded about hunting down the tuna.

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IT WAS a case of fish out of water when a two-metre sevengill shark was found beached and fighting for life at Bird Rock on Thursday morning. The shark was found struggling on the beach by locals who removed a fishing hook from its mouth and attempted to refloat it before alerting the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC). GORCC officers inspected the area soon after and found it had washed back up again on the beach and could not be saved. A local professional fisherman confirmed that it had been hooked or caught on a long line.

A sevengill shark was found beached at Bird Rock on Thursday and was buried on a nearby beach.

Coastal reserves manager Rod Goring said it was abnormal for a shark to become beached while still alive. “This was a very unusual occurrence and not one I had observed in my time working for GORCC. “Large animals can sometimes wash up dead on the beach, however, a live shark washing up is not something I have witnessed before.” Following standard procedure, the shark’s body was buried in the sand to ensure the comfort of beachgoers. There had been several sightings of one or more sevengill sharks in the area in the days leading up to the beaching, however, there have been no sightings since.


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Variety cycle passes through A PELOTON of 25 philanthropic, lycraclad cyclists including high profile participants such as race founder Christopher Mapp and seasoned cyclist Stef Haussler passed through Lorne on Sunday and Monday on the Great Ocean road leg of the Variety Cycle. The epic 26-day cycling event covers more kilometres than the Tour de France in an effort to raise funds to help Variety - the Children’s Charity. The inaugural Variety Cycle departed Sydney on March 22 with a route that’s travelling across five states and territories. As well as the Great Ocean Road, the route takes in Sydney Harbour and the Barossa Valley, before finishing up at Uluru on April 16. More than just a bike ride, in true Variety style akin to the famed Variety Bash, the Variety Cycle will touch the lives of children in the areas they pass through. Riders will engage with communities and special needs and disadvantaged schools along the expansive route, delivering much needed equipment and resources. Variety – the Children’s Charity is hoping that the event will become a major fundraiser, raising much needed funds to assist Australian kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live life to the fullest. Those not keen to hop on a bike themselves can commit to a healthy personal challenge in March at everydayhero.com.au/event/bike-lesschallenge. The Variety cyclers under the Great Ocean Road archway near Eastern View and upon their arrival in Lorne. Photos: STEFANO FERRO

Old Beech has a slip, will be closed THE Old Beech Forest Road will close for a fortnight from April 7-18 to allow Colac Otway Shire Council to realign the road and repair a landslip. The Old Beechy Rail Trail will also close to all pedestrian and bike traffic between Wimba and Banool stations during this period. Colac Otway chief executive officer Rob Small said during the Spring of 2013 the failure of an old retaining wall, built around the 1950s resulted in a significant landslip which had encroached into the road, potentially compromising safety. As an interim measure, the council has deviated the road slightly to maintain vehicle access. The Old Beech Forest Road is an important road for local traffic and the timber industry. It is often used as an alternative to the Colac-Lavers Hill Road, particularly by residents of Beech Forest. “We recognise how important the Old Beech Forest Road is to our community, and as such we’re investing $250,000 in repairs to ensure that the road continues to meet the community’s needs,” Mr Small said. “We are going to permanently realign the road, and construct

a retaining wall to reinstate the slipped embankment. These works will also include reestablishing a short section of the Old Beechy Rail Trail in the vicinity of the slip. “To do that, we need to have a full closure of the road, and we apologise for any inconvenience this causes. “This project has been of a complex nature given the challenging ground conditions in the area which required the involvement of geotechnical engineering specialists to complete the realignment and retaining wall design.” Mr Small said all property owners on the south side of the work site would have to exit the Old Beech Forest Road via Beech Forest during construction. “Our Cosworks team are doorknocking with the intention of talking to all property owners who will be affected by this work. “We are also talking to logging companies, emergency services and VicRoads to ensure the work goes smoothly and the disruption is minimised as much as possible.” The Old Beech Forest Road and Old Beechy Rail Trail will be closed from 7am on April 7 to 5pm on April 18.

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Henderson defends stance on satellite broadband BY JAMES TAYLOR CORANGAMITE federal member Sarah Henderson has criticised the former Labor government for its provision of satellite broadband but has denied the Coalition is being inconsistent on the issue. Last week, Ms Henderson announced there would be an $18.4 million upgrade of the interim satellite service (ISS), which would upgrade its capacity for all users by a third. Ms Henderson said many people in the electorate using the ISS – which was launched in 2011 – were feeling let down by the service. “Labor promised that 250,000 people across rural and regional Australia would be able to access broadband via satellite; but the real number is only 48,000. “Once again, Labor got its numbers

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dramatically wrong. “This has meant that many people wanting to access a satellite service across the region have literally been locked out.” Two new satellites, announced in 2012, are due to be launched next year to improve the satellite broadband

coverage of the NBN. However, the decision was criticised at the time by then-shadow minister for communications and broadband Malcolm Turnbull, who said NBN was spending more than it needed to achieve its mission. “There is enough capacity on

private satellites already in orbit or scheduled for launch for the NBN to deliver broadband to the 200,000 or so premises in remote Australia without building its own,” he said. Ms Henderson said the Coalition claiming the satellites were not needed in 2012 did not conflict with the party’s position now. “Satellite broadband has always been an important part of our government’s broadband plan.” Under the Coalition’s NBN, satellite broadband will be provided to about three per cent of users who cannot receive fibre connections or fixed wireless. Ms Henderson said the federal government was also instituting a new fair use policy for satellite broadband users “to ensure a minority of very heavy users can’t crowd out the majority”.

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TWO street art installations by eight young Surf Coast artists have been stolen from the Torquay Skate Park two days after they were completed. The two street art panels were designed and installed by artists aged between 13 and 21 as part of an installation at the Torquay Skate Park to beautify it and prevent illegal tagging. The pieces of stolen art are easily

recognisable as a treasure chest and a fire ball. They are believed to have been stolen on the night of Friday March 28. Surf Coast mayor Rose Hodge said the theft was particularly disappointing as the artwork was community produced. “This artwork, produced by local young people, has been taken two days after it was installed and I think

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Planned burn startles Mount Duneed residents BY JAMES TAYLOR A PLANNED burn in Mount Duneed startled some of the nearby residents in two of Armstrong Creek’s new housing developments when farmers ignited their paddocks on Monday and Tuesday nights. Monday’s burn took place from about 8pm north of Lower Duneed Road, between Charlemont and

Horseshoe Bend roads – east of the Warralily Coast estate and southwest of the Warralily estate. Several people phoned the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to report a grassfire, but CFA district 7 operations officer Mick McGuinness said the burns were always under control. He said they were one of many carried out by farmers every year under the conditions of their

permits, which mandated clear earth breaks and appropriate firefighting equipment. “There’s lots of grass and paddocks in Mount Duneed, the farmers need to do stubble burns, and the locals in the new subdivisions aren’t used to that.” He said Monday would have been a boon for farmers waiting for the right conditions, including

very limited winds of less than 10 kilometres per hour, temperatures of less than 30 degrees and an appropriate level of relative humidity. The Mount Duneed planned burn was one of about 40 taking place across the state on Monday. Mr McGuinness said nearby burns were carried out in Bannockburn and Winchelsea, and others in Victoria were as large as 20-30 hectares in size.

The burn in Mount Duneed illuminated the night for nearby residents. Photos: JAMES TAYLOR

City confirms NDIA arrangements BY JAMES TAYLOR

THE City of Greater Geelong has reaffirmed its support for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), with the council’s aged and disability services department to continue to be a provider and to price its services to fully cover expenses. As part of the arrangement, the city is providing Home and Community Care (HACC), an in-home service to allow people to live in their own homes and remain as independent as possible. The council has provided about $170,000 worth of services between July 1 last year and February this year. Cr Kylie Fisher, who holds the council’s community development portfolio, said the transition of clients from HACC to the NDIA was progressing well. “In the eight months since the start of the Barwon region launch site, 130 of our clients have transferred from HACC to the NDIA’s new system. “We’ve been working through the transition

arrangements with the NDIA and are happy to remain service providers as long as we can charge prices that cover our costs. “We welcome the announcement that prices will be deregulated from July. “The NDIS is proving to be life changing for many people and we are so fortunate to be one of the five launch sites around the country.” She said the city was committed to continuing as a high-quality service provider of vital services to residents who need extra help in their daily lives. “Our aged and disability services team are working hard to ensure our role in the launch of the NDIS is as positive and constructive as it can be. “People with disabilities who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the NDIS will continue to be eligible for HACC services. “Our 350 qualified Community Care Workers have been doing a wonderful job over many years to provide care to people in their own homes, and we look forward to continuing this important role.”

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HONOUR SOMEONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THEIR MUNICIPALITY OR NEIGHBOURHOOD! Councillors are calling for nominations for community ambassadors to carry a Municipal ward flag in M~M2014 – Geelong’s 24hr Extreme Arts Walk. Ambassadors will be part of an exciting 80km relay procession from the top of the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May 2014. Flag bearers will walk one of 12 stages, varying in distance from 3-14 kms. Nominate someone who has made a special community contribution to your ward by COB Wednesday 9th April. Contact Janine Jerinic on 5272 4878 or jjerinic@geelongcity.vic.gov.au www.geelongaustralia.com.au/mtom


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Surfers enjoy the view MORE than 140 surfing business men and women gathered at top Melbourne restaurant Vue De Monde for the Surfers in Suits Cocktail Function last week. Presented by Crowe Horwath Accounting Firms, the night featured guest speaker Ben Cryan who miraculously recovered from severe coral blood poisoning after hitting the reef at a popular surf break in Micronesia in 2011. Surfers in Suits co-founder Max Wells was stoked to see a massive turn out for the night. “These events are a great way to engage the corporate world in Melbourne, many of whom are passionate surfers. “It provides them with a connection to our sport and allows them to get together and swap surf stories in an amazing restaurant such as Vue De Monde.” The next Surfers in Suits function is the Rip Curl Pro Corporate Day at Bells Beach on April 16. For more information on the upcoming events and memberships head to surfersinsuits.com.au.

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Plan to build a better lifejacket revealed BY JAMES TAYLOR

Research is under way to design and manufacture a lifejacket good for not only lifeguards but also people taking part in water sports.

SURF LIFE Saving Australia has announced a project to create lifejackets suitable for both lifeguards and water sports participants. The water safety authority has teamed with SAI Global to develop the world’s first standard for low-buoyancy water safety gear, starting with lifejackets. Existing lifejackets restrict movement or have a buoyancy level higher than the Level 50 Australian Standard, which prevents wearers from moving quickly through the water. SAI Global and Surf Life Saving Australia will test the products in saltwater, fresh water, surf, rivers and lakes. The first round of testing will be held in Sydney this month and consider minimum buoyancy levels and functions, with the ultimate aim of creating a compact, low-buoyancy lifejacket that allows free movement, buoyancy and speed in the water. SAI Global health and safety team leader Richard Donarski said accidents and injury could easily occur in the water, and without a lifejacket, even the best swimmers might find themselves in danger when an incident occurs.

“A simple incident, such a head injury due to a collision with a board or boat or fainting due to fatigue, could result in a person sinking to the bottom of the water and not be able to be quickly located and rescued. “This new product will help in the recovery of people in cases where injury or fatigue has occurred.” He welcomed the support of the various government agencies and associations who will work on the research and development of the products. Surf Life Saving Australia chief executive officer Greg Nance said his organisation remained committed to the ongoing enhancement of safety and protection of all of its members and the broader community. “In any situation, multiple risk control measures are activated to make the environment as safe as possible. “We approached SAI Global to partner with Surf Life Saving Australia on this important project due to its outstanding reputation in product assurance and our confidence that they will deliver research that will help us continue this high level of safety in Australian waters.”

Parking meter plan for Apollo bay cancelled BY JAMES TAYLOR A STRONG backlash from the community to introducing parking meters in Apollo Bay has resulted in the Colac Otway Shire abandoning the idea. A report to the council’s March meeting recommended that the shire embark on formal community consultation to gather the views of Apollo Bay residents and businesses

on the proposal. An initial investigation found that parking meters in the coastal town could generate an estimated annual income of $165,000 after costs for the council. However, mayor Lyn Russell said an upswell of opposition to the idea of even discussing parking meters had made the council’s decision obvious. “The recommendation was that we commence discussions with the Apollo Bay community.

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our decision making.” Initial investigations determined parking meters in Colac would not be viable due to the relatively low occupancy rate during peak periods, but parking occupancy rates in Apollo Bay indicate that meters could be viable. The study area for Apollo Bay was the Great Ocean Road and “feeder streets” between Nelson and Hardy streets, and the harbour precinct. Pascoe Street was not included.

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Pooches set the pace at Dog Walk BY TIFFANY PILCHER

Katie Hunter with Louie from Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, Julie Smith, Rose Hodge and Susan with Charlie who assists her child with autism. Photos: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

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THE Surf Coast Dog Walk and Torquay Rotary Dog’s Breakfast has been hailed a huge success, attracting hounds and their humans from across the region to take part in the festivities on Sunday. The sun came out at Torquay Common along with the crowds, with 129 adults, 24 children, 106 dogs, and 24 families pre-registering for the event and plenty more registrations were taken on the day. The dogs took on the four-kilometre scenic walk before sheep dog and search and rescue dog demonstrations. There were also novelty events including “Most like their Owner” and “Best Costume Dog”. Final calculations are yet to be made to determine exactly how much the event raised and all proceeds will go towards Rotary Torquay’s work in assisting the community. The Surf Coast Shire was the event’s major supporter and Mayor Rose Hodge said she was pleased to see so many people and their pets revelling in one of the town’s best assets. “The Surf Coast has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in Victoria, so it was really pleasing to see so many dogs and their owners enjoying the event and practising responsible pet ownership,” she said. “As part of the event it was also great seeing so many people enjoying the Surf Coast Walk, which is a great recreational and tourism asset for our community all year round. “This walk includes many great trails for dogs and their owners throughout the Surf Coast. “I’d like to congratulate Torquay Rotary for putting the event together, and for its support of companion dogs for children with disabilities, which is a fantastic cause.”


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Fun never stops at state’s playgroups BY JAMES TAYLOR THE organisation that has helped Victorian families join and start playgroups for the past 40 years has marked National Playgroup Week with seven days of activities. Playgroup Victoria took its roadshow to Geelong’s Steampacket Gardens and seven other Victorian towns last week. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos celebrated the occasion with his three-year-old son at St Paul’s Playgroup in Grovedale on Monday. “What an amazing opportunity it is to see firsthand the significant contributions playgroups make to children’s learning,” he said. There are 25,000 families and 40,000 children

attending playgroups each week in Victoria. Mr Katos said playgroups brought parents of young children together, and enabled them to form bonds and feel a sense of community as well as community pride. “It’s fantastic to see the way in which they create a powerful support network for parents and enable them to actively participate in leadership roles in their playgroups. “Such involvement also gives the parents a chance to develop skills and experience to go on to being active committee members in kindergartens and schools, sporting groups, and other community volunteer groups.” For more information or to find a playgroup in your area, head to playgroup.org.au.

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Fodder demand is steady BY DEAN WEBSTER DEMAND remains steady from the dairy industry, with interest in high protein hay, such as lucerne, still strong leading to increased prices on the Bellarine and Surf Coast for high quality hay. Gippsland dairy farmers are now sourcing hay this side of Melbourne, having eaten through their supplies. A1 grade lucerne hay rolls testing up to 25 per cent protein have been moving at around $100 per roll with good quality rye grass or rye grass and clover hay achieving up to $60 a roll for bulk orders. Basic pasture hay can be still sourced from $45 a roll but securing hay that has not had weather damage is proving difficult. There are good stocks of cereal hay still available but quality is variable. Although our region produced a large amount of hay last season the extended dry spell has eaten into winter reserves. Supplies may come under pressure later in the year with ongoing demand from Gippsland and Northern Australia with price rises expected in the coming months. Feed barley out of Geelong is in the $245-$264 a tonne range with feed oats not far behind at $234-$244 a tonne.

The art of grazing management BY DEAN WEBSTER THE main aim of grazing management is to achieve a balance between plant growth characteristics and animal requirements. The easiest way to accomplish this in annual and perennial ryegrass pastures is by using the leaf stage grazing method, according to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) pasture specialist Sarah Brown. Ms Brown said that traditionally, grazing management decisions have been based on day rotations, pasture height and/or pasture mass. Using day rotations is the least accurate method, because even if it is based on expected seasonal changes in pasture growth, it does not account for changes in weather variations that affect both the stage of regrowth and the amount of pasture present. Pasture height is slightly more accurate, however, it does not allow for variation in pasture density. Pasture mass takes into account both pasture

height and density and is the most accurate method of the three. However, it is more useful as an indicator of the amount of feed available, rather than if the pasture is ready to be grazed. When compared to other grazing methods as noted above, leaf stage grazing is more accurate at indicating when pastures are best grazed to maintain pasture quality and is flexible to changes in growth rates resulting from changing weather conditions. This method allows the plant adequate recovery times to assist in maintaining pasture persistence. Ryegrass tillers maintain only three living leaves and as each new leaf emerges after the plant has grown three leaves, the oldest leaf dies, reducing pasture quality. Grazing after this stage in the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life cycle represents a missed opportunity as the leaf has been grown but not utilised. This can be a hidden cost to your business due to increased supplementation or reduced production.

A grazing rotation that uses two to three leaves or canopy closure (whichever comes first) as the indicator for grazing is optimal for ryegrass persistence, productivity, utilisation and quality. Grazing at this stage allows the plants time to recover from the previous grazing, ensuring energy stores are replenished and that the plant is grazed before leaf death occurs and quality declines. Leaf stage grazing is only part of the story when it comes to good grazing management; the other important factor is the grazing residual that the cows leave behind. The ideal grazing residual for a perennial ryegrass pasture is between four to six centimetres. Grazing too low into the base of the plant decreases plant energy reserves and the dry matter yield next grazing. For practical ways to implement leaf stage grazing, enquire about the upcoming Whole Farm Grazing Strategies course starting in Inverleigh in May. For more information or to register your interest, contact Neil James DEPI Ballarat on 0417 353 929.

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YOUNG CATTLE (Steers) G. Walsh 633 198.0 J. Calvert 610 190.0 R. Bodey 580 188.0 A. Scholl 620 183.0 YOUNG CATTLE (Heifers) D. & V. Steel 570 170.0 J. Calvert 605 155.0 F. Beames 595 150.0 K. Latta 605 144.0 COWS D. Parker P.S. Gray Sitebarb Futura Kelpies F. Beames I. McKenzie K. Latta

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Geelong livestock market report THIS week’s yarding of 364 cattle saw values for young cattle 4-5 cents per kilogram dearer with the top price realising $1253.34 or 198.0 cents per kilogram for steers sold on account of G. Walsh.

Big heavy bullocks lead the way jumping 10 cents a kilo. Livestock agent Will Richardson said that cows were 4-5 cents dearer making up to $934 with lighter cattle holding firm.

108.00 99.00 93.00

MERINO WETHERS Caromia P/L 103 E.P. & A.K. Grigg 33

98.00 88.00

MERINO EWES J. & G. Stevens 45 M. Carrol 28

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HF Richardson sold a pen of six steers for Graeme Callahan on behalf of his daughter Shae from Winchelsea. Graeme’s daughter’s pen of six Angus steers ranging from 510-600 kilograms sold at 176 cents a kilo giving a top price of $1,056 each for the top two in the pen. All classes of veal firmed on last sales rates: Steer veal (milk) selling to 190.0 cents per kilogram. Steer veal (grass) selling to 175.0 cents per kilogram.

CROSSBRED WETHERS G. Martin 14 110.00 Est. Ron Clarke 17 85.00 CROSSBRED EWES B. Ellis 15 E. Day 13 Austin 13

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Heifer veal (milk) selling to 195.0 cents per kilogram. The yarding of 2,232 sheep and lambs saw values for sheep remain firm as did quality lambs. Best prime lambs sold to $151 for a draft of 83 lambs sold on account of G. & G. Gugger of Stonehaven. Other sheep prices: Two Tooth – $110 Cross Bred Wethers – $110 Cross Bred Ewes – $108 Merino Wethers – $98 Merino Ewes – $86.50.

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Competition to find the champions of rural firefighting BY JAMES TAYLOR CFA’s rural members are preparing to showcase their skills at the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) Rural State Championships in Geelong this weekend. With the Urban State Championships now over, Geelong will welcome junior and senior teams for the rural competition on Saturday and Sunday at the Geelong Showgrounds. Several local brigades are competing, including teams from Torquay, Connewarre, Leopold and Wallington. CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson said more than 1,000 competitors will take part in different fire fighting skills events from hosing a target and climbing sky high ladders to rolling hoses. “Throughout the weekend we will see 74 senior and 46 junior teams from brigades across the state compete in these championships. “This is a very important weekend for CFA rural juniors. They are the future firefighters in Victoria and this is an opportunity to showcase their skills and their enthusiasm. “It is also a great chance for them to visit displays and to make new friends.” The CFA VFVB Rural Junior and Senior Championships are always held on the same weekend each year and the event is the last in the championship calendar. “The annual championships are always a highlight for us and an important part of CFA’s volunteer culture,” Mr Ferguson said. “This is also the first time the event has been held in Geelong and it is set to provide a fantastic boost for the Geelong City area.”

“CFA on Display” will also be at the championships, showcasing new projects and providing recruitment information, activities and fire safety messages. There will be entertainment for the whole family with the interactive Captain Koala and friends show. The Mobile Education Units and various other CFA trucks will also be on display to the public. Entry is free.

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Refugees revel on the Surf Coast BY DEAN WEBSTER TORQUAY locals and community groups hosted a weekend on the Surf Coast for newly settled refugee families recently. The weekend was organised through Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR), Spring Creek Community House (SCCH) and Diversitat’s settlement program. Four refugee families from Sri Lanka and Somalia newly settled to Belmont were hosted for the weekend by local Surf Coast and Barwon Heads families. Spring Creek Community House co-ordinator Laura Conner said it was great for these newly settled families to experience some of what we have to offer on the Surf Coast. “We started with a pizza dinner provided by Danawa Community Garden. “Unfortunately the weather was so wet and cold we had to move to the Uniting Church who very kindly took us in,” Ms Conner said. “On Saturday morning, Go Ride a Wave provided surfing classes and at midday the Torquay Bowling Club gave us all

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some bowling tips which got many laughs. “On Sunday, a beautiful shared lunch was provided by the Imperial Rhino. Everyone was so generous and it was greatly appreciated by all. “The weekend was a great success and it was a very humbling experience. I am so grateful to have been part of it. “These amazing people who have been through so much and have so little, were so open and grateful for everything they experienced. “Many have left loved ones behind and with heavy hearts they still manage to smile and be willing to embrace a new life. We have great deal to learn from their courage. “It was a great reminder that refugees are the human face of unwanted suffering in this world and random acts of kindness go a long way in repairing their hearts. “Thank you to everyone involved and who gave so generously.” Rural Australians for Refugees meet at 11am on the first Saturday of the month at Spring Creek Community House, 14 Price Street, Torquay, with everyone welcome. For more information, visit ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org.

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A TALENTED Clifton Springs artist is exhibiting her work from her home studio to create a more peoplefriendly environment. Jan Trickey is holding a solo exhibition of drawings, paintings and wall hangings from April 4 to 6. Vibrant colours and her travels across Australia and throughout South America are reflected in her work. Ms Trickey’s involvement in the world of visual arts has spanned many years including solo exhibitions at modern and contemporary galleries in Geelong and Melbourne, including Niagara Galleries, Richmond and

Chapel Off Chapel Gallery. “Over the past four years I have preferred to exhibit my work in my studio home; it is more peoplefriendly,” she said. “It also gives me the chance to talk to exhibition visitors about my past and current works. “I would hope people gain an ongoing interest and better understanding of the arts after visiting my exhibition.” Ms Trickey’s solo exhibition opens daily at 8 Calumet Rise, Clifton Springs, from 11am to 5pm, with free entry. Visit her website at jantrickey.com.

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Community urged to help drive down the state’s road toll MINISTER for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells this week joined with Victoria Police to launch the “The Road to Zero – it starts with you” campaign calling for motorists to take ownership and help drive down the state’s road toll. Mr Wells said the campaign, which runs from April 1 until June 30, will use social media to promote road safety, encouraging people to share their road safety ideas and tips through videos, photos or messages. The campaign will run in conjunction with a series of statewide road enforcement operations including the consecutive Easter and Anzac Day long weekends, as well as the Queen’s Birthday holiday. “We are proud of the work done so far to reduce Victoria’s road toll to the lowest we’ve seen for almost 90 years,” Mr Wells said. “It is thanks to the work of police, all arms of government and other agencies joining together to enforce the law, educate the community, design and build better roads as well as advances in medical treatment. “The Victoria Coalition government wants this downward trend to continue and is asking the

community to make small changes in their lives that could make a big impact on Victorian roads. “The message behind this campaign is for the community to take ownership and act now. We can all play a major role in reducing road trauma. “It will require everyone on our roads to take individual responsibility for improving safety by making safe travel choices.” Mr Wells encouraged community members to lend support to the campaign by posting their ideas and sharing their stories through the campaign’s facebook and twitter pages using the hashtag #roadtozero. “As always there will be a strong enforcement effort to ensure the message gets through,” Mr Wells said. “If you’re doing the wrong thing on the road, then expect to be stopped by police. “The human cost of road trauma is the thousands of people who are affected by those suffering serious injuries and death.” The focus of the ‘Road to Zero – it starts with you’ campaign will be wider than the death toll, it will highlight the overall community impact. “Although the community cost can be measured in terms of Transport Accident Commission claims – an average of $33,000 per injury – this is only the tip of the iceberg. Costs can rise into the millions if someone is seriously injured and becomes a paraplegic or quadriplegic.

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“Looking at a text, being more interested in your phone call, speeding while rushing to your next destination, or simply not respecting other road users, can lead to a situation from which you

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NATIONAL motor insurer AAMI announced recently that it will commit research funding to help tackle the issue of distracted driving, especially among young drivers. With police highlighting distracted driving as a growing cause of major accidents and the 18th AAMI Crash Index showing technology distraction is escalating, AAMI is in discussions with research partners to explore and better understand specific aspects of distracted driving. “We are looking at a range of responses to this growing problem, including technology and education solutions,” AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said. “In particular, we are keen to understand the psychology behind the creation of a social stigma, something we believe is necessary in

reducing technology distraction, particularly in younger drivers.” The announcement by AAMI comes after new research showing the unsafe use of technology devices in cars is getting worse in Australia, despite stricter laws, increasing awareness and widespread advertising campaigns about the dangers associated with it. “AAMI’s Crash Index research is showing some terrifying behaviours are on the rise. “More than half of young Aussie drivers have sent or read a text message while driving and more than a quarter have read emails or surfed the internet while driving. “The latest trend, with the emergence of short video platforms like Vines, is young drivers taking short videos and uploading them while driving. And

it has to stop. So much has been done to reduce the number of young drivers dying on our roads in past years and we cannot let this growing threat undo all that good work. “The police are working hard to try and curb this behaviour and have undertaken campaigns to enforce the laws around using mobiles while driving, catching tens of thousands of drivers in the act, but it is not always easy. A multifaceted response to this issue is required to support the police’s enforcement and community awareness efforts. “AAMI believes the key to combat the issue of distracted driving among younger drivers is creating a social stigma around it, much like we have with drunk drivers. When texting and driving becomes socially unacceptable and uncool, we will start to see a change in behaviour within this age group.”


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The people’s movement of our time Dear Editor, When federal Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek gave a quick rundown on Labor’s top priorities recently, climate change didn’t make the list. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott avoids even the term. When pressed, he makes “I’m not a denier, but...” statements and adds non sequiturs about Australia always having had some extreme weather. It’s going on seven years since a Labor leader declared climate change “the great moral challenge of our time.” Australians, millions of Australians, rose to his challenge and joined his call for action, electing him prime minister. Time passes, the IPCC urgings become more harrowing and desperate, and the government remains unmoved. The good news is that people still care. Rallies are well attended. Letters to the editor persist. Solar panels crop up on rooftops. Climate change might well be not only the moral challenge, but the people’s movement of our time. The danger is that we become inured to it, numbed into a grudging acceptance of the climate changes we see on TV news and in newspapers and in neighbourhoods, and by the government’s continuing failure to act. That can’t happen. The future depends on what we do now. Please let our elected leaders know you demand that they act now. John Cameron Torquay

ARSAG advocacy Dear Editor,

ANDREW KATOS MP

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Please feel free to contact me to discuss any State Government concerns you may have. Electorate Office: 152 High St Belmont 3216 Phone: 5244 2288 Fax: 5244 2327 Email:andrew.katos@parliament.vic.gov.au Authorised by: A Katos 152 High St Belmont

I note with interest the recent news articles referring to the Surf Coast Shire and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) stating that their decision not to open the Anglesea River mouth is vindicated by the fact the low pH (high acid) water in the system had returned to normal. This was always going to occur over a period of time once the acid inflows diminished but the fact remains we were left with a “dead river” with very questionable water quality and no angling fish over the entire holiday season as depicted by signage advising people not to swim in or eat fish from the river. What the Surf Coast Shire and Corangamite CMA are saying is that it is OK to have a dead river with no fish and poor water quality flowing through an iconic tourism town at the commencement of the famous Great Ocean Road in peak holiday season. In a recent draft report commissioned by the Corangamite CMA it was stated “the influence of tidal exchange on acidification of estuaries is important since tidal exchange can buffer acidic events and highlights the importance of having the estuary mouth open”. It also states the importance of opening the estuary mouth to allow bream to move to sea in the event of acidic conditions thus potentially avoiding the ongoing major fish kills. The Anglesea River Support Action Group (ARSAG) is advocating four deeper river mouth

openings on a trial period over 12 months in an attempt to remediate water quality issues, potentially eliminate the mass fish kills and allow many fish species (including legal size angling species) to recolonise the estuary. I call on the Surf Coast Shire and Corangamite CMA to act responsibly in relation to these important issues. John McKenzie ARSAG

Street but not at the end of the main street. Brett Abbott Torquay

Public concrete concerns Dear Editor,

I have lived on the Great Ocean Road for over a decade and was always very proud to show it off to our visitors from overseas and interstate, but now I am embarrassed. The section of the road from Bellbrae to Anglesea looks like a rubbish dump. Litter is strewn the length of the roadway and neither the Surf Coast Shire nor VicRoads make any attempt to clean it up. Local residents are discouraged from tidying up the land at the front of their properties so the rubbish just accumulates. As well as the increasing rubbish, the long grass is rarely mowed on the roadside so the appearance is disgusting. I regularly holiday in North Queensland and the towns north of Cairns take pride in their roadside appearance and they are regularly maintained and always look great. For our greatest local tourist attraction we need to do a lot more.

In 2010, public concerns were aired in the local press about broken concrete residues spoiling the beach near Steels Rock, Portarlington, close to The Esplanade. The broken concrete had been dumped many years before when this area had little nearby housing and the area was considered as being remote. Today, The Esplanade is lined with quality housing, is part of a busy bus route, and the beach is used by many local people including those from nearby caravan parks. The organisation responsible for the maintenance and protection of our foreshores – Bellarine Bayside – dealt with this problem in 2010 not by removing the mess, but instead covered the broken concrete with several tons of sand so that it was no longer visible. Out of sight, out of mind! Today in 2014, we see the same hideous mess which was complained about less than four years ago has reappeared as a result of wind and tide action. Will Bellarine Bayside – as protectors of our foreshores – please take appropriate action to deal this problem permanently?

John Roker Bellbrae

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Embarrassed for the Great Ocean Road Dear Editor,

Dear Editor, Why is it that my six-year-old son can walk up the stairs at home but not the stairs from the Torquay surf/back beach (with his boogie board under his arm). I believe that a legal step is 190mm yet the steps at the beach are around 300mm plus .Thank you to the Torquay SLSC for pushing sand up towards the steps. If I was to have this size step in my house the council would be all over me. Maybe if we scrap GORCC and all the executive wages there might be some money to pay for some simple infrastructure projects. Our older citizens of Torquay must be quite frustrated at the fact that our council had to have/produce an extra branch of management to do simple tasks like public infrastructure management. If our councillors cannot manage these simple tasks maybe they should seek a position at an inland shire where no coastal Crown land management is involved. Some councillors from a bygone era must shake their heads in bewilderment/shame. On a separate note, maybe this paper needs a polite suggestion section: 1. A pedestrian crossing at the beach end of Gilbert Street. A bit bizarre that there is one in Bell

Dear Editor, On March 4, the VCAT decision was published that gives the covenant against the manufacture or sale of liquor on land of old Ocean Grove, from 1887, to be valid but unenforceable. That is because those benefitting from the covenant, and able to defend it, are not identified with the Registrar of Titles. Consequently now the City of Greater Geelong, under the Planning and Environment Act, may remove such covenants, when anyone applies for a permit. The decision was made in favour of the BarkHut restaurant in Orton Street, whom may now serve liquor with meals, when allowed by the Liquor Licensing Commission. Three of us, Graeme Tribe, Michael Ellis, and myself appealed to have the Greater Geelong Council permit heard at VCAT. This covenant is an encumbrance on all land purchased of the original 2,500 lot “Ocean Grove” subdivision, for many decades seen and celebrated as a valid contract, including in 1924 under barrister R. G. Menzies when it was restored to the title of the Coffee Palace. The titles system, however, is more strict than

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“contract law”, and so although today the “scheme of development” of that time is known and can be found, it was not made a registered document under Torrens titles. This is the “end” of a long era for Ocean Grove. The character of the town and of generations of those who live here has been influenced strongly for 125 years, since 1887, by the restriction of the covenant on the commerce of alcohol; the time has come to discuss what should happen next. What I want to know, and the question should be put to both the “old town”, and to the “new”, is “What do we want to do now?”. Peter Linaker Ocean Grove

Vigils continue Dear Editor, On Thursday a fortnight ago, a group of concerned citizens held a vigil at federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson’s office calling for a humane and just response informed by the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol to people seeking asylum in Australia. Last Thursday, a further vigil was held at federal Member for Corio Richard Marles’ office. The vigils condemn the demonising and vilification of refugees by the federal government and by the opposition. The vigils will continue at these offices on a weekly basis and will continue to call on the government and the opposition to develop progressive, legal and compassionate policies. We call for the closure of offshore and onshore detention centres, and to permanently settle in Australia those deemed to be refugees under the Refugee Convention. We call on the Australian people to protest against

Letters the shameful policies of the government, its agencies and of the policies of the opposition. Yvonne Adami East Geelong

Bistro on the Green Dear Editor, We were very surprised there wasn’t even a mention of Bistro on the Green in your recent front page Surf Coast Times article (“Roll up”, March 13) about the newly upgraded Torquay Bowls Club, especially since the photo was taken on the balcony from which one can be served something from Bistro on the Green’s delightful and innovative menu. We love it and look forward to working our way through the menu, and it would seem word of mouth is already making this a very popular casual dining venue. Sharon Marshall Torquay

Can’t fix things, can’t maintain them Dear Editor, Why is it that we can’t fix the things that are broken but destroy the successes that have been achieved. Ann Nichol House, Portarlington, is an example of community working at its very best. Local staff, residents, volunteers, fundraisers etc. It has brought peace of mind to many in their final years as they have made the transition out of their homes and into care. Seeing the friendly caring faces of local staff and volunteers has made it feel like home. It is a

difficult time for families to make decisions to put their loved ones in care and it is so wonderful to have a local loved and supported facility to make the transition easy. Why can’t Bellarine Community Health put their time and energy into investing in our loved ones rather than selling them off. Other societies value, love and care for their young and elderly – we question where we are going wrong. Well valuing the dollar over respecting community connectedness and humanity will never return dividends. Take some time, sit and hold the hand of someone living their final years, hear their stories and then decide if it is OK to sell them off to the highest bidder.

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I agree that bylaw officers should get out of their cars and onto the beach and enforce bylaws but it’s more than dog regulations. How about no smoking, no glass and no alcohol on the beaches for a start? I would much rather share the beach with dogs and the responsible owners than bogans that leave their broken glass, rubbish, cigarette butts and irresponsible fishers that leave line, sharp tackle and stinking bait behind. I agree that very busy areas of our beaches are not the place for dogs, but dogs could use some more beach space over summer. Personally, I would rather stand in a barker’s bomb than broken glass or fishing tackle as I can just wash dog poo off. David Fredericks Bellbrae

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Barker’s bomb better Dog free section of than broken glass Ocean Grove beach Dear Editor,

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Regarding “Dogs in Torquay”, Letters, March 20. I am a dog owner and abide by the laws that come with owning one, like I would suggest most that live in 3228 do. We do not currently have enough summer time beach space to take our dogs. There is the east end of Jan Juc beach which is hard to access, particularly if you or your dog are seniors. We share this small part of the beach with many fishers, which is not a great mix. Then there is Point Addis, with poor parking, very difficult access for the aged of both species and you cannot take your dog off the lead, so what is the point? Then you have Whites Beach with hardly a car park to be had and quite a distance for a lot of people. My dog is very well trained, a member of the family and summer days at the beach are exactly where he should be with the family, not locked in a hot yard alone.

Many people feel scared of dogs and often won’t walk on the beach or leave the beach when dogs keep approaching them. I don’t like it when dogs come near or jump on my children and I. Just because dogs don’t bite us doesn’t mean they are not doing harm or making us feel threatened. I would like to have permanent dog free sections of the beach for families and people who feel intimidated by dogs. From my frequent observations dog owners do not comply with the dog restrictions and no-one enforces them either. Keep everyone happy by dividing up the beaches and simplify the rules instead of having numerous restrictions at different times of day and year. Kathryn Bellarine Peninsula

Council to consider dog walking petition BY JAMES TAYLOR

There have been calls to allow walking dogs on leads on Fisherman’s Beach.

MORE than 500 people have signed a petition calling for dogs on leads to be allowed on Fisherman’s Beach for all of the summer school holidays. The petition was tabled at the Surf Coast Shire’s meeting on Tuesday, and a report will be prepared for councillors in April. Torquay residents Sheryl Jamieson and Anna Carroll – who sent the petition to the shire on March 11 – would like an expansion of the existing arrangement, which only allows dog walking on the beach between Deep Creek and the boat ramp between December 1-March 1 and during the Easter break. “It is understandable that uncontrolled dogs should not be allowed on the beach during the peak holiday times, but we would ask you to consider shortening the restriction period to summer school

holidays, and also to allow us to walk our dogs on lead within that restricted period of time,” the petition states. It also calls for dogs to be allowed to be walked on leads between 9am-7pm. The signatures were collected on Fishermans Beach and at the kiosk between February 14 and March 3, and “are from legitimate dog owners”. Cr Margot Smith, who successfully moved that the petition be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting, said the proposal was worth considering. “As an RSPCA director, I believe the shire really should be commended for its dog laws. “It is a responsibility of dog owners to ensure their dogs are behaved at all times. “However, it’s a good thing to look at the laws from time to time.” The report will be presented at the council’s next meeting on April 28.

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Fergus Jacoby, Baxter Kay and Will Sorensen had their heads shaved for charity last week.

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Thefts from Motor Vehicles This crime continues to be our most annoying and increases pressure on our local police and hinders them from other important duties when these incidents are very easily prevented. Please! Lock your motor vehicles at all times! It is costing you money and the inconvenience!

NHW signs Several signs have been purchased by NHW and erected along our streets by our local council staff over the past two weeks in an ongoing effort to further reduce crime in our area.

Message from Inspector Gary Thompson, Geelong The latest quarterly crime figures continue to show a steady improvement in property damage, robberies, burglary (residential) and theft of and from motor vehicles. Local police have been working with licensed venue operators, their staff, the City of Greater Geelong and local taxi providers in an effort to reduce violence in the highly frequented areas of Geelong and surrounds. Results have been pleasing; however, offences occurring

in the outer suburbs are on the increase. Police operations will be conducted to address this issue. Local police, with the assistance of the Family Violence Unit, will continue to target family violence assaults and recidivist offenders. Theft from motor vehicle offences are reducing, however, the numbers remain high. Our continual requests to ensure all valuables be removed from vehicles is simply the best way to address this issue. We rely heavily on community cooperation to reduce this preventable crime. Unfortunately, too many people are continuing to lose their lives in fatal collisions, with 13 people killed during the latest reporting period. The number of serious injury collisions has again increased. Speeding, drink driving, driver distraction and especially the use of mobile phones while driving will remain a high priority for traffic enforcement. As the Local Area Commander, I encourage the community to call Triple Zero (000) in any emergency or if witnessing a crime or suspicious behaviour, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with information about crime.

Do you have unpaid fines? Before you find your vehicle’s wheels clamped or your licence suspended, take

action today and pay your fines. To contact the Sherriff’s Office in Geelong, go to State Government Building, Level 5, 30 Little Malop Street, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, phone 5215 8500, or go online to online.fines.vic.gov.au/fines. If you do not pay your fine and you ignore all reminders, the matter becomes more serious and costly. The Infringements Court may issue an infringement warrant, giving the Sheriff power to enforce that warrant. The measures the Sheriff can take to enforce an unpaid infringement warrant include: • the seizure and sale of your property • suspension of your driver licence • suspension of your vehicle’s registration • non-renewal of your vehicle’s registration • wheel clamping of your vehicle • your arrest.

Victorians alerted to small business con Consumer Affairs Victoria director Claire Noone said con men were using a Queensland roofing business’ identity to lull Victorian homeowners into a false sense of security. “Both Consumer Affairs Victoria and the business, Strongguard Roofing and Guttering, have received reports of

this activity. Strongguard has posted a warning on its website to alert potential customers,” said Dr Noone. “These con men knock on doors to spruik for roofing work, telling homeowners to check Strongguard’s website to establish their credentials – when in fact, they do not represent the business at all.” Dr Noone said travelling con men door-knock with offers of cheap, “today only” deals on jobs such as painting, roof repairs and sealing bitumen driveways. They pressure householders to say yes and pay up front, then often perform shoddy work or leave the job unfinished. “If someone knocks on your door, check their credentials,” Dr Noone said. “Look up the business’ contact details – don’t use the details the person provides – call the business to ask if the person at your door represents the company. “Small businesses that receive complaints or other indications that con men are using their identity should contact Consumer Affairs Victoria. Reports provide valuable intelligence to help us warn the community and stop con men.” If you decide you need work done on your house, you should: • shop around for the quote that is right for you • only use tradespeople who provide written quotes and have the required qualifications

• ask for contact details of previous clients for references • do not sign any agreement until you are ready. For more information, view the travelling con men page at consumer. vic.gov.au/resources-and-education/ scams/travelling-con-men.

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Businesses help clean up Anglesea BY JAMES TAYLOR ANGLESEA’S business community rolled up their sleeves for the fourth year in a row last month as part of the national Business Clean Up Day. Workers from a variety of companies pitched in on March 18 for the event, part of the annual Clean Up Australia Day activities. The focus this year was on the east bank of the Anglesea River, the carnival site and Cameron Reserve. Business and Tourism Anglesea Assocation president Raylene Fordham thanked everyone involved, and said it was terrific to be able to dispose of a whole trailer’s worth of rubbish at the end of the day. “On board a couple of canoes, trawling the river

Workers show off their collected rubbish after the clean-up.

for rubbish was Saul from the council and our very own Stan and Melva Stott. “Scouring the river edges all the way from the Life Saving Club into Coogoorah Park were teams from Alcoa, Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park, Go Ride a Wave, Surf Coast Council and The Anglesea River Paddleboats. “There was one man, who with dogged determination picked up a bucket full of cigarette butts – well done, Adrian.” She also thanked Gordon of Stabb’s Butchers for the sausages for the free barbecue and the Anglesea Backpackers for organising and cooking lunch. As well as the official Clean Up Australia Day on March 2 and Business Clean Up Day, other associated events include Schools Clean Up Day.

Kids fail to run out of steam for good cause PINT-sized runners recently took on a steam train during the Rotary Kids Fun Run at Drysdale. The fun event gave kids aged between one and 12 years the chance to run alongside the train at Drysdale Railway Station, while helping to raise funds for local charity, the Kids Plus Foundation. There were lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained on March 23, including train rides, jumping castles, an animal farm, easel painting, face painting and crazy hair, and a monster raffle. Centre stage performances included music from the Mik Maks and illusions from Dazzling Dan the Magic Man.

Rotary Kids Fun Run participants begin their race.

Under 10s Max Dekker, Georgie Gill, Mel Davidson, Carin McConaughey and Toby Gill prepare to race the train. Photos: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

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Deans Marsh Festival hits the mark BY DEAN WEBSTER THE community of Deans Marsh banded together to host their recent annual festival, which was another great success. Crowds of over 3,000 people came from far and wide to enjoy everything the event had to offer. Event co-organiser Donna Nolan said that the new festival layout and packed program captivated visitors all day. “The dog races proved to be popular, with crowds four deep around the 50 meter track watching on as two cheeky mutts were disqualified due to race fixing,” Ms Nolan said. “Kids were kept busy with face painting, craft activities, giant maze and pony rides. “A new attraction – boxology was a hit with kids of all ages.

“Grooving tunes all day on the main and hall stages made it impossible to restrain the dancing shoes for many visitors.” Festival goers enjoyed the focus on local art, craft and produce in the market village showcasing more than 60 stalls. The annual Deans Marsh Gift Open was won by Helen Wilkie and Lachie Rowan. The Sheaf Toss winners were Mark Drayton and Georgie Beale. Local community groups, including the Deans Marsh Primary School, CFA, Cricket Club, Red Cross, Community Cottage and Hall Committee, all reported great results from fundraising efforts on the day. Ms Nolan said that orgainsers would like to thank all the volunteers that made the festival a huge success, and looked forward to their continued involvement in 2015.

A variety of activities kept strong crowds entertained at the Deans Marsh Festival. Photos: WARWICK TUCKER

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FORENSIC SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED O N A C RU I S E S H I P. A D E A D FEMALE IN A LOCKED CABIN A N D O N LY 3,000 S U S P E C T S. Your job is to solve the crime, analysing evidence and interrogating witnesses and suspects before issuing an arrest warrant. Who:

Girls and Boys from Year 5 to 8

Where: The Geelong College Middle School 399 Aberdeen St, Newtown When: Thursday 10 and Friday 11 April from 9.00am to 3.30pm What:

Over the 2-day camp Detectives will learn different Forensic Science techniques including lifting fingerprints, plaster casting, cracking codes, testing and matching soils and mystery substances, matching hairs, threads, footprints and fingerprints and testing for blood!

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Build the National Wool Museum with Lego bricks THE National Wool Museum will be a riot of activity this school holidays with loads of fun things to do on offer. Take on the Make a Pyramid Lantern workshop – a fun, hands-on school holiday distraction. In the one hour workshop kids will construct a lantern from bamboo, pva, greaseproof paper and, of course, their imagination! Each participant will take home their finished lantern. Suitable for kids of all ages. Kids under 8 years will require adult assistance. Phone to book your place now as bookings are essential. There will be a maximum 20 participants per workshop. Entry to the workshop is included in the Museum entry fee. Equal, if not more fun is on offer in another activity during the school holidays - Lego workshops where a Lego version of Geelong will be created! “We’ve got over 16,000 Lego bricks of every shape, size and colour to create within our construction zone!” a National Wool Museum spokesperson said. “The possibilities of what you can construct are endless the Geelong waterfront, iconic bollards, Simonds Stadium, your house…” The Lego workshop is suitable for kids aged 5 and over. Bookings are not needed. Entry to the workshop is included in the museum entry fee. The National Wool Museum has many more fun activities and exhibitions to explore during the school holidays so visit geelongaustralia.com.au/nwm for more information. The Lego workshop runs from April 5 to 21. The pyramid lantern workshop runs from April 9 to 16. The National Wool Museum is located at 26-32 Moorabool Street, Geelong. Entry costs: Adult $7.50, Concession $6, Child $4, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $25.

The Torquay College Easter Fete is on again this year.

Easter Saturday fun at the fete

Lego workshops will be held at the National Wool Museum during the school holidays where a Lego version of Geelong will be created.

MORE than 30 years ago, the tradition of the Torquay College Easter Fete began. A spokesperson for the school said the school’s name had changed slightly, but Easter Saturday is still best spent having fun at the fete. “This year will be bigger and better than ever! Market stalls make a return this year and include a huge variety of different foods, crafts, baby items, jewellery, novelties, homewares, etc. “There is still room available for more stalls, contact the school to purchase a site.” Other stalls include a cake stall, barbecue, Devonshire teas, secondhand books, toys, clothes and jewellery (donations accepted), lucky tubs, showbags, plants and many more.

“There will be tours of our famous Enviro Centre, which houses reptiles, fish, stick insects and a brilliant aviary. “The big rides (Cha Cha, Cyclone) will be back along with Orb Balls, jumping castles, a train and other rides for the littlies. At $40 to ride all day it’s excellent value! “Thanks to Arthur Reed Photography, the Kidzone will be painting faces, creating some crafty items and other fun stuff! “School bands will be providing the entertainment on the day, so bring the family, grab a coffee and some food, take a seat and listen to some great music. The Torquay College Easter Fête is on Saturday April 19, 9am-3pm, at Torquay College on Grossmans Road.

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Let’s create a LEGO® brick version of Geelong! We’ve got over 39,000 LEGO bricks to play with and the possibilities are endless!

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5 – 21 April (closed Good Friday) 10am – 4pm National Wool Museum 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong Bookings are not needed. Entry to the workshop is included in the Museum entry fee.

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Splash into Sea Life these school holidays IF THE only school you want to see over the holidays is one made up of fish, waddle, wade and whirl into Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. With seven experiences and 12 attractions – including nine new additions – to explore, there’s so much learn, see and do. One of the biggest attractions is the aquarium’s Penguin Playground, and now is the time to see the newest King penguin chicks before they’re all grown up. Check out the fluffy youngsters including the eldest Nog, as they continue to test their happy feet, slipping and sliding among the rest of the penguin colony. Not yet grown into their adult feathers, the royal penguin brood are easy to spot chilling out on the ice, sporting their juvenile brown, fluffy feathers. Dive in for cool presentations and plenty of penguin activities on offer throughout the entire school holidays including colouring-in and themed days. Kids can also follow Breed, Rescue and Protect characters Tyler, Mia and Magnus on an interactive quiz trail and even win a variety of penguin prizes. For a closer look at the King penguin youngsters, get suited up in your Antarctic snow gear and discover Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium’s Penguin Passport experience: a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins. Visitors have the exclusive opportunity to huddle among the penguin population and y as well as tour the watch them swim and pplay,

food preparation and veterinary areas. Don’t miss these vocal creatures as they call out to each other with their unique honking noises or sing together in a loud chorus. For a more chilling experience, visit the all new Crocodile’s Lair and come face-to-face with Pinjarra – one of Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Crocodile's Lair is designed to be one of the most captivating aquarium exhibits ever created. It’s the all new Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium's centrepiece display and offers an unrivalled viewing experience of Pinjarra – one of the biggest crocs on display anywhere in the world! Plus there’s plenty more to do and see including the Bay of Rays, Mermaid Garden, daily animal feeds and special presentations or get your hands wet in the rockpools, where you can touch beautiful sea stars and shark eggs. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is located at the corner of King and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. Book online and save through melbourneaquarium.com.au, family tickets start from $86.40. Penguin Passport tickets are $199 (available Monday to Friday) and Penguin Passport holders must be over 14 years. The aquarium is open 9.30am to 6pm daily, last admission is at 5pm. For more information, jump online and visit melbourneaquarium.com.au or call 9923 5999.

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Join the Kids Club for quality care BY TIFFANY PILCHER THE Surf Coast is officially home to one of the highest rating child care centres in the country with Kids Club Torquay Early Learning and Child Care Centre testing above the national standard recently. The centre was recently rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard, offering high quality, affordable care and education for children 0 to 6 years in a welcoming and safe environment. Centre manager Shayne Cronin holds a

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Kids Club centre manager Shayne Cronin and educators Shae Elliott and Shelby Crampton share reading time with children this week.

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Aerosport Allstars dances for all AEROSPORT Allstars aerobics, gymnastics and dance studio has fostered state, national and world champions as well as many long-lasting friendships formed during dance and gymnastics classes. The studio’s teachers pride themselves on developing a positive and fun environment for all of their classes. This year marks studio owner Justine Bratanavicius’s 20th year teaching. New cheer and breakdancing classes are now available with Aerosport Alllstars coaches from beginners to advanced as well as our new adult dance classes in Torquay. Hip-hop classes are available to boys and girls with both competitive and non-competitive lessons open to primary and secondary school-age children as well as open-age students. Junior, teen/tween dance classes are also available.

Aerosport Allstars dancers after a performance.

Aerosport Allstars is pleased to offer a “dance for all” class, and gymnastics class for those with special needs. Classes are held at two fantastic locations – Torquay and Grovedale. The studio will host its fourth birthday with an open day from 12-4pm on Wednesday April 9 at 12 Essington Street, Grovedale. The day will feature free activities, and prospective students and their parents are invited to join in the fun. With so much happening in 2014 at Aerosport Allstars, including new competitions and performance opportunities, prospective students should book now for the limited spaces available in most classes. For more information, visit aerosportallstars.com.au call 5245 8777 or email aerogymdance@bigpond.com.

Chocolate bunnies abound at Barwon Park in April BY JAMES TAYLOR GET your Easter Bunny ears on, twitch your whiskers and discover the treasured grounds of one of Victoria’s oldest manors by hopping down to the National Trust’s annual Easter Fun Day on April 20 at Winchelsea’s Barwon Park. Bunnies have always been part of the Barwon Park story, with the estate’s original owner Thomas Austin bringing rabbits into Australia in the 1860s, which then multiplied and spread across the country. This year’s egg-tastic Egg Hunt will enable chocolate-lovers to find and collect a complete set of cut-out Easter egg tokens,

which youngsters can then return to the Easter Bunnies at Easter Hunt HQ. Each child will be rewarded with a prize of chocolate eggs, donated by Heritage Fine Chocolates. Families are invited to bring a picnic or take advantage of the delights available, including Devonshire Teas and barbecue food. As well as the Easter Egg Hunt, the day will also be chock-a-block with activities including face painting, storytelling, and a giant hunt for bunny dolls hidden throughout the 42-room mansion. The Easter Bunny also promises to hop in to visit the children, and Barwon Park will be open for all to explore and brush up on the

history of the estate. The National Trust’s Easter Fun Day runs from 10am to 4pm. It is one of four such events being held across Victoria on April 20. The others will be held at Rippon Lea House & Gardens in Elsternwick, Gulf Station in Yarra Glen and Mulberry Hill in Langwarrin South. Barwon Park is located at 105 Inverleigh Road, Winchelsea. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for concession, $9 for children and $35 for families (two adults and two children). National Trust members enter free. To book, head to nationaltrust.org.au/ vic/EasterFunDay2014 or phone 9656 9804.

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g n i s i a r d n u F l l a b l a r o y ma r e s o l c s e c n a d Borough of Queenscliffe mayor Helene Cameron and chief executive officer Lenny Jenner dancing in the street in the lead up to the Queenscliffe Mayoral Ball. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

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THE upcoming Queenscliffe Mayoral Ball this month promises to be a gourmet delight. Local cooking legend Michael Barrett, who has long been associated with many of the Borough’s finest eateries, will be head chef for the occasion. Mr Barrett ran the kitchen at Mietta’s before opening his own restaurant, the iconic Harry’s at Princess Park, in the 1990’s. Recently back from Ireland, Mr Barrett is poised to again make his mark on the local restaurant scene. “The ball menu will have a strong focus on fresh local ingredients and produce,” he said. “The entrée will be a tasting plate of five different local delicacies, the main will offer a choice of beef or seafood and sweets will consist of a tasting plate of three separate desserts.” A memorable dinner will be just one of the many enjoyable facets of the Mayoral Ball. There will be plenty of raffles, charity auctions and some top class entertainment. Local residents and business people have donated many of the prizes. Queenscliffe Mayor Helene Cameron said all proceeds would go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. “This occasion is all about giving and making a contribution,” Cr Cameron said. “So many people in the Borough give freely in so many ways and the Mayoral Ball is an opportunity for everyone to come together in the spirit of community involvement.” The ball will be held at the new Monahan Centre on Thursday April 17 at 7pm. There are only 150 tickets available so get in quickly to secure your seat. Entry is $90 per person. You can book a table of 10 or purchase single tickets. Tickets are available from the Borough of Queenscliffe Council offices.

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A+E news in brief Surf Coast Arts Trail registrations open ENTRIES are now open for the 2014 The Surf Coast Arts Trail to be held on August 9 and 10. The event invites art enthusiasts to enjoy a weekend of celebrating local Surf Coast and hinterland artists by visiting them in their studios. Artists who want to be involved in the August 2014 trail can find forms online at surfcoast.vic.gov.au, applications close April 14. Visit the Surf Coast Arts Trail Facebook page for updates at facebook.com/SurfCoastArtsTrail.

Apply now for The Seed grants PRACTISING musicians and music practitioners are encouraged to apply for The Seed 2014 grants program. The Seed was established by John Butler in 2005 and aims to assist Australian artists from any background, creating art and music across any genre, to establish themselves as selfsustained, professionals. There are three categories and two initiatives for artists and managers to apply for. Entries close on Monday May 5. For more information and to apply, head to theseedfund.org.

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Play time for Totes Ma Goats BY TIFFANY PILCHER TAKE the kids to the Potato Shed fun farm over the school holidays to see an exciting new pantomime presented by Sally Pearson Productions. The play, Totes Ma Goats and the Magical Coat opens on Tuesday April 8 and features a thrilling cast of characters that children are sure to love. Join Mary Lou and her friends on the farm as they venture beyond the paddock and the big fence to a land where the grass is greener. Sing and dance along with Totes Ma Goats, Horse Ma Gorse, Wiggly Piggy Wig and Mrs Quack as they discover and learn new things on the farm and come face to face with some unexpected obstacles on their journey. Find out if Mary Lou and friends will stick together to make it past the grumpy old troll hiding under the bridge and see if the grass is really greener on the other side. Totes Ma Goats is an original musical play written and produced for children by Sally Pearson, who also presented Bread and Butterflies in 2012 and Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jolly Pirate Adventure in 2013. Performances will take place daily on April 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets are $9 each or $32 for families of four, to book, call the Potato Shed on 5251 1998.

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New direction for QMF BY TIFFANY PILCHER

Newly appointed Queenscliff Music Festival director Andew Orvis.

JUST when you thought the festival frivolities were over for another year, Queenscliff Music Festival (QMF) have announced they have a new director and early bird tickets for this year’s event are now on sale. The festival is set to take place from November 28 to 30 and newly appointed director Andrew Orvis is already working on his vision to create the best QMF yet. Orvis was born and raised in Queenscliff and has attended each of the 17 festivals to date, including

working as part of the festival team for the last six years. Orvis’s genuine passion for Australian contemporary music, particularly the local Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast music scenes, has driven his dedicated and long-term involvement with the festival. “As a music festival lover myself, I’m focused on developing the experience for all QMF attendees,” Orvis said. “This experience is built through several key elements, one of which is our wonderful program of

diverse artists. “Another key part of the experience at QMF is Queenscliff itself. “We have amazing beaches, restaurants, hotels, cafes, a steam train, beautiful parks and so much more, and I really want to showcase everything that Queenscliff has to offer. “The 2014 program is shaping up to be a beauty! “We’ll be featuring a few select international artists this year to complement roughly 50 fantastic Australian acts. “There will be something in the

program for everyone, but we’re not a Big Day Out, or a Splendour in the Grass, we’re Queenscliff, and our strengths lie elsewhere. “We’re a family friendly event. We really want everyone to come and experience Queenscliff in all its glory this November.” Early bird adult, youth, VIP silver and gold, camping and ferry tickets for the 2014 Queenscliff Music Festival are on sale now at qmf.net.au. Get in quick, as tickets are selling out at a record pace with pre-early bird tickets having sold out in less than 24 hours.

Workshop with the best at Literary Fest BY TIFFANY PILCHER

BUDDING authors can learn how to write like the wind at a series of workshops to be held in Aireys Inlet as part of the 2014 Lighthouse Literary Fest throughout April. One of Australia's best-loved playwrights, Hannie Rayson, is wading in to explore writing about the coast – think summer holidays, melancholy autumn romances, winter solitude. What is the connection between

picking through a rock pool and creating a memorable character? You’re invited to come along and find out at the workshop, In the Ocean. Actor and author of Sinning Across Spain, Ailsa Piper, uses techniques from her decades as a walker, performer and director to clarify landscape’s relationship to story. Walking Into Words is a three-hour travelling workshop that will take people out into the elements.

Maria Takolander is a senior lecturer in literature and creative writing and the author of three poetry collections and a collection of short stories. In this short story workshop, Writing What You Know, she invites participants to explore what they know and gives tips on how to write about it. In the workshop There’s a Trick to it: the Lives of Real People on the Page, novelist Robert Hillman and his subject Najaf Mazari, reveal the devices, techniques and

outright trickery that go into the creation of a nonfiction character. Workshops begin this weekend, visit lighthouseliteraryfest.com.au for times, dates and the full program. Bookings for workshops can be made through Great Escape Books by calling 5289 7052. Actor and author Ailsa Piper is one of the acclaimed writers presenting workshops at the 2014 Lighthouse Literary Fest in Aireys Inlet this month.

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Ménage a Noir a tasty trio PERCEIVING value can come in many guises when it comes to the wine game. It’s not always about the cheapest wine as I can think of many $40-$50-$60$100+ wines that I deem to be outstanding value for money, but that’s for another day. Today we’re going to look at a label that’s quite modestly priced, really well made and absolutely terrific value. I’m always on the look out for wines that tick all the boxes when it comes to quality, packaging and price, and the wines that “over deliver” on all fronts certainly receive special attention. The label in question is the “entry level” Wickham’s Road wines from Hoddles Creek Estate in the Yarra Valley. They source the fruit from three top cool climate regions – the Yarra Valley of course, plus grower’s vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland. I know I’m prone to exaggeration from time to time, but these wines from Wickham’s Road are simply unbelievably good for the price. Their varietal and regional definition and expression is quite remarkable and begs the question: “how can they achieve such flavours and seductive qualities at the price point?” Maybe it’s the quality of the 2013 vintage also having a big say in the wines with its forward richness and generosity coming through? I have noticed this in a few wines recently as more and more 2013s make it to market. But let’s take a step back or two. The Hoddles Creek Estate vineyards were established in 1997 by the D’Anna family, who initially purchased the property back in 1960, with all their estate fruit hand pruned and harvested due to the steepness of the slopes. Minimal winemaking practices are their mantra, ensuring balance and freshness in the wines. Franco D’Anna oversees all viticulture and winemaking. He started out in the family liquor store business when he was 13, went on to study business and viticulture and cut his winemaking teeth with a traineeship at Coldstream Hills in addition to valuable work experience

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gained alongside the likes of Peter Dredge from Red Edge and Mario Marson (Mount Mary and Jasper Hill). Franco likes to work closely with his retinue of growers to ensure he receives the best possible fruit in order to produce wines that express their varietal character and origins. All his wines show good tannin structure, which is important, and are un-fined and unfiltered to retain and capture as much flavour, character and energy as possible. All three wines featured below are medium bodied, with “pretty” fragrance and supple flavours that offer a great insight into the strengths of each region and their unique flavour profiles and make for an interesting study of southern Victoria’s Pinot Noir growing regions at a very modest price point. I think they’ll be a very popular trio and if three’s a crowd, bring it on!

Wickhams Road Gippsland Pinot Noir 2013 ($17) A finer, more elegant and complex example with interesting savoury notes yet still juicy, fresh and supple. Sappy and fragrant, this is pretty easy to like.

Wickhams Road Mornington Pinot Noir 2013 ($17) Unexpectedly richer and deeper in texture than I would’ve thought but it’s still very Mornington with accented raspberry and rhubarb notes and a savoury/ sour cherry nuance which doesn’t detract as the wine is still fragrant, supple and generous, with dark choc/spice and fresh acidity on the finish.

BY EVAN HOCKING AFTER the roaring success of their first comedy night late last year, Bomboras held a follow-up event on Friday March 7. We had three comedians on the bill with myself MCing, local comedian Tony Knight in the first bracket and Melbourne based comedian Tommy Siegert headlining. I opened up and could tell the crowd were in a good mood, being the Friday of a long weekend. Tony, who hadn’t been on stage for a while, delivered a sharp set with a bit of banter from the younger audience members sitting on couches up the front. I did a short bit before bringing on Tommy who is a regular on the Melbourne comedy circuit and is performing during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He came out all guns blazing and the crowd gave Tommy’s punch lines the response they deserved. A few of the younger crew down the front were trying to match him with some witty remarks, but by that stage, some of their comments needed subtitles. Tommy thrived on it and it looked like a few of the boys were going to leave with their tails between their legs – another successful night down on the Surf Coast. Thanks to Josh from Bombora’s for giving comedy a chance in his venue we look forward to the

next one in early May with some more Melbournebased comedians making the trek down the highway. Stay updated on the Bomboras Facebook page and until next time, keep laughing Torquay.

Tommy Seigert captivated crowds at the Bomboras latest comedy night.

Wickhams Road Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013 ($17) Typical Yarra Valley lifted strawberry/savoury fruit aromatics at play here and juicy too with added forest/earth tones and spice, but it’s the darker fruits, evenness and depth of flavour that surprises with its plumpness and mouth-filling succulence on the finish.

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Paintings from a different point of view BY TIFFANY PILCHER TORQUAY’S Jean Bohuslav has blended her passion for art and philosophy to create a whimsical new exhibition to be held at Qdos Gallery in Lorne this month. The exhibition is titled Philosophy, Oil and Wax for Bohuslav’s lifelong love of philosophy. She said the art of living for many years and seeing it change her life and that of many others is the inspiration behind her work. Her expressionist paintings are created with oil and melted wax on canvas, giving the pieces a uniquely textured surface with paint under and on top of the wax. Depictions of animals are a common thread throughout the exhibition, influenced by Bohuslav’s time living on a farm, and the paintings tell intuitively philosophical tales which are also available in writing for viewers. “An example for the painting called Caring comes

the saying – to love is not to ask anything in return – not even to feel that you are giving anything. “This love knows freedom,” Bohuslav said. “Another work, Life’s Circus, has the caption after it – Life is like a play – it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that makes the difference.” To further share her love of philosophy with the local community, Bohuslav will begin tutoring the Surf Coast University of the Third Age (U3A) philosophy group at Grant Pavilion in May. Philosophy, Oil and Wax opens at Qdos Gallery on Sunday April 6 at 2pm and will run through to April 27. For more information on U3A courses and to register for classes, contact the Spring Creek Community House on 5261 2583 or call Jenny Trezise on 0423 153 953. Local artist Jean Bohuslav is exhibiting artworks based on philosophy at Qdos this month, including Attachments, pictured here.

Local show for homecoming King Gizzard BY TIFFANY PILCHER

Local lads King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are playing at the Barwon Club this weekend before jetting off to tour the US.

ROWDY Surf Coast psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are heading home to take the stage at the Barwon Club this Sunday April 6. This tour features the last Australian King Gizzard dates before the band embarks on an extensive US tour, so this is your last chance to catch them on home

turf before the end of the year. The show comes after the prolific music-makers released their fifth album in just three years last month. The new album, Oddments, shows a distinct move away from the band’s trademark garage racket into a more considered, but no less frenzied sound. If they were grabbing headlines for their expansive

line-up, reckless shows and hectic noisemaking a few years ago, they’re now commanding attention for their rapidly evolving knack for catchy surf grunge. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard is performing at The Barwon Club, Geelong on Sunday April 6, supported by Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk. Tickets are $18.40 including booking fee and can be purchased online at oztix.com.au.


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Two friends, three artists, one dream at Boom Gallery BY TIFFANY PILCHER

Now the Truth by Doug Bartlett is one of the works featured at Boom Gallery’s triple treat exhibition, The Dream Starts Here.

LONGTIME friends and respected artists Nick Morris and Dave Bowers are joining together for an exhibition featuring their solo work as well as their joint creations, made under their moniker “Doug Bartlett”. The exhibition, The Dream Starts Here will be showing at Boom Gallery in Geelong from April 3 to 26. Individually, Morris and Bowers have worked as commercial artists and designers for several leading surf labels over the past two decades including Mambo and Quicksilver. In their paintings, they work with themes around pop culture, surfing, fashion and graphic design and their boldly colourful paintings are layered with screen-printed, hand-painted and stencilled imagery. The pair has been working together since 1990 and when collaborating as Doug Bartlett, the rules of engagement are that either one can paint over each other’s images at any time. “You really have to believe in someone and have an incredible relationship to do this,” Morris said. “This is a friendship that has endured running the clothing label Umgawa and steered

through its demise. “Not many friendships would survive that, let alone be able to collaborate on art together.” Bowers agreed and said their mutual respect allows their friendship to survive their intrusive painting method. “We have a rule that says ‘you can paint over anything, and the other one can’t protest’,” Bowers said. “Whole vistas appear and disappear, hours of work can be swept away with one brutal sweep of a brush. “‘Doug has entered the building’ is the only explanation required.” The pair can be working on up to 40 paintings at one time and the layering process continues until both artists are satisfied the work is complete. Boom Gallery is presenting The Dream Starts Here from April 3 to 26, opening night will be held on Friday April 4 from 5.30 to 8pm. The gallery’s Lunch with the Artist event will also take place on April 4, from 11.30am to 2pm, with Morris and Bowers attending to speak on their ideas and practice. All inclusive tickets are $55, for bookings call the gallery on 0417 555 101 or 0428 305 639, or email info@boomgallery.com.au.

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IT’S funny where things spring from in autumn. I’d been blessed with gifts – the surplus produce from a friend’s backyard veggie patch and among the freshly picked zucchini, the 3-varieites of homegrown apples from The One Apple Tree, and the fuzzy peaches all luscious and dripping with juice, the prize of the crop was the pumpkin! Well, for me anyway! I just love pumpkin and this was a beauty – of the golden nugget variety. I was able to enjoy the multi-colours of the skinto-flesh as I merrily chopped away – preparing it for the soup pot. In moments I was sautéing some roughly chopped onion and just because it was there – I added a generous amount of finely chopped fresh ginger. The combination of the flavours was just the ticket to warm me and set the palate zinging for the second course for dinner that night. Ginger is so good for you and the pumpkin? Well it’s the comfort food par excellence! Of course in America, pumpkins are used to make pumpkin pie – a traditional dessert eaten during autumn as the pumpkin is truly a symbol of harvest time. Flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger – but this time the powdered ground spice – ginger - is used. But do you see how these flavours marry well yet again? We eat a lot of salads in our household and so for some inspiration, I am enjoying a book by Yotam Ottolenghi. As befits the harvest season,

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the book is titled Plenty and its primary focus is on vegetarian recipes, as the author is an Israeliborn British citizen, chef and food writer, who has championed to a large degree, vegetarianism. He came to cooking via academia and journalism, has launched a chain of very successful Ottolenghi delis, supplying fabulous takeaway food. He also has a formal restaurant, Nopi which has won many awards. The book, his second, is beautifully photographed and the range of recipes, combination of flavours, and use of spices has been a real kick-starter for me to try some new combinations. For those who love good food and the joy and the challenges of cooking, we are always seeking out and sharing new ideas and recipes! The recipe for spiced pumpkin wedges is scrumptious combining grated parmesan, with loads of lemon zest, breadcrumbs (I used Panko or Japanese crumbs), fresh thyme and parsley, combined with EVOO and generously smothered over thin wedges of pumpkin (skin on). These are oven roasted till the pumpkin is tender and the lovely crumbly topping is browned – great as an accompaniment to lamb, chicken or beef dishes – or with a green salad for lunch! There are so many quick and flavoursome soups to make with pumpkin, and with the change of seasons my mind now starts turning towards some old favourites.

Spiced Pumpkin and Ginger Soup INGREDIENTS 40 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 medium brown onion 5cm piece fresh ginger 1.25kg pumpkin 1/2litre stock (or water) Salt and pepper METHOD To make this soup, heat the olive oil – or, if you are feeling decadent, use 70gms butter – in a heavy-based saucepan. Add one medium brown onion, finely sliced, the ginger, peeled and grated, pinch of salt and freshly ground white pepper and cook gently until soft (about 10 minutes). Add 1.25 kilogram pumpkin, peeled and de-seeded and roughly chopped. Sauté for a few minutes before adding ½ litre stock (chicken, or vegetable to keep this as a vegetarian dish) and simmer until pumpkin is completely soft. Use only just enough stock or water to just cover the pumpkin as you don’t want a “watery” soup. Puree with a stick blender and pass through a coarse strainer if desired. Reheat and serve with a drizzle of cream or yoghurt and a few coriander leaves. Serves six. This soup can be frozen.

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Statewide oral health survey in schools THOUSANDS of school students will take part in Victoria’s first statewide survey of child dental health, Health Minister David Davis announced recently. “The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to ensuring children have the best start to life, and that includes ensuring children have healthy and bright smiles,” Mr Davis said. “We know having healthy teeth, gums and good oral health helps people stay healthy overall. “This survey will assess the oral health of our children and help shape the future of Victoria’s dental healthcare system.” Mr Davis said the survey will see 6,000 randomly selected children aged four to 14 from 150 schools receive dental examinations and parent questionnaires. “This will provide a valuable insight into the state of children’s teeth and help us target health promotion programs and dental services where they are most needed,” Mr Davis said. “It will draw upon children from Victoria’s government, independent and Catholic schools to ensure a good representation of the oral health status of all Victorian children.” The survey is funded by the state government and will be conducted by the Department of Health and Dental Health Services Victoria, in partnership with the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at the University of Adelaide. Mr Davis said the state government was taking action to prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease through the Healthy Together Victoria – Action plan for oral health promotion 2013 – 2017. “We are delivering $14.9 million through the plan to boost access to vital dental health services and improve the oral health of all Victorians, especially those most at risk,” Mr Davis said.

Everybody’s going coco loco EVERYONE is going crazy for all things coconut at the moment, yes? I’m about to tell you why. For a long time, the coconut and its oily goodness have been slammed as an unhealthy, artery clogging baddie when it comes to fats. Previously reserved for a luxurious, indulgent “treat” in the form of a delicious, creamy laksa once in a blue moon and last resort snacks for survivor contestants, we now have hundreds of reasons to eat it, drink it and heck, roll in the stuff, its wonderful for the skin! That’s right: coconut in all of its wonderful forms has been given the green light to come over from the dark side and into our pantries. Although it is classified as a saturated fat, many myths are now being dispelled about the once purported health hazards pertaining to saturated fats and coconut oil in particular. Health professionals, medical and alternative alike, are turning away from margarines and vegetable oils in favour of butter, coconut oil and cold pressed olive and nut oils. A general rule of thumb when considering which fat or oil to use is if you are heating it, use a fat which is solid at room temperature such as butter or coconut oil and save the olive and nut oils for dressings as heating causes oxidative damage, destroying the good properties of the oil and damaging our bodies in the form of free radical damage to cells. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are primarily lauric acid, which is an anti-vital, antifungal, immune boosting fatty acid. Lauric acid contains a chemical known as monolaurin, which accounts for lauric acids immune boosting property. Interestingly, monolaurin is also found in human breast milk, go figure! Known widely as the “tree of life” for its wonderful and diverse range of health benefits, the coconut tree and its fruit has so much to offer. Lets break it down: • Coconut oil and butter used for frying and cooking, extracted from the flesh. • Coconut cream and milk also from the flesh of the coconut, great in curries and as a smoothie base. I also use it a lot in sweet baking. • Coconut water, from the centre of the coconut, this wonderfully hydrating liquid is full or electrolytes and also excellent as a smoothie base. Blend with frozen bananas and berries. Yum! • Coconut yoghurt, possibly the most delectably indulgent thing you could ever eat. I dare you to stop at one spoon! A yummy after dinner treat

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with raw macadamias and strawberries, heavenly! • Coconut flour is made by drying and grinding coconut flesh. A great gluten-free flour for baking. • Coconut sugar and nectar. These do not contain coconut oil, rather they come from the trunk of the coconut tree themselves. • Topically, coconut oil is great for dry skin and hair.

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NOTHING beats that feeling when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a great cut and colour. And there are some luscious locks walking out of the new salon at One Spa, RACV Torquay Resort. This is all testament to the new freelance stylist who has joined the team there, Michelle Carroll. Michelle brings with her over 25 years of hairdressing experience garnered from innercity Melbourne and Torquay. She has a relaxed uncomplicated style with all her hair services, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re guaranteed to achieve a look thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you. Michelle specialises in natural hair extensions and colour treatments, and having recently mastered an intensive colour seminar on blondes is looking forward to putting her skills into practise at One Spa. Outside of hairdressing, Michelle loves keeping fit, and you may just bump into her on the treadmill at One Lifestyle, the fitness centre at Torquay Resort. She also enjoys spending time at the beach, and listening to the ocean. Her passion though is her work, although she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it as work! One Spa at RACV Torquay Resort is privileged to have Michelle on board. She is available Tuesday to Saturday, 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm. By appointment only.

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Healthy employees a shire focus SINCE February this year, more than 65 personnel from the Surf Coast Shire have taken part in an innovative mental health training model, culminating in mental health general awareness training for outdoor workers over the past week. The outdoor workers, who are predominantly male, were presented with strategies for identifying symptoms of mental illness and related issues in themselves and others. Organised by the Surf Coast Shire with Karingal Training, the model is designed to raise awareness and promote discussion of the strategies for identifying and dealing with mental health issues, both personally and in the workplace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The training model teaches participants how to recognise and provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis,â&#x20AC;? Karingal Training manager Brett Cassar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;According to a 2007 Australian Bureau of Statics survey into mental health and wellbeing, one in five Australians aged 16-85 years will experience mental illness in any given year.â&#x20AC;? The Surf Coast Shire received a $10,000 grant from Worksafe and as part of the grant application shire staff highlighted the three most important health items to them as mental wellness, healthy eating and physical activity. Part of this grant was used for mental health training with Karingal, commencing in February, with 19 staff members trained in Mental Health First Aid, an internationallyaccredited intensive two-day course. The course covered mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and psychosis and substance misuse. Participants learnt the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems as well as where and how to get help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Increased stress is unfortunately part of modern life for many people. Innovative training models such as this provide a real opportunity for the Surf Coast Shire and other organisations to discuss and then implement strategies to further support our own wellbeing as well as our colleagues,â&#x20AC;? Surf Coast Shire manager people and culture Matt Connell said.

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MOORE WEEKLY STARS Many Rams feel ridiculously restless, as projects seem stalled at every turn. Retrograde Mars is doing a number on you, and forcing you to be patient, something that definitely doesn’t come naturally. Mercury moves through your sign from April 8-23 so expect your inventive and imaginative side to blossom. But once again guard against being too impetuous and impulsive!

Expect intense communication, as tricky aspects trigger emotional outbursts and power games. So strive to keep your emotions under control. With the sun, Mercury and Uranus shaking up your career zone aim to be more creative, communicative and unconventional at work. Some singles will be drawn to a mysterious and romantic overseas suitor, but are they all they appear to be?

Your daily routine seems to be moving along at a slow snail’s pace but have faith that things are happening behind the scenes. When it comes to a friend or acquaintance, all is not as it seems so use your trusty Bull**** detector to separate fact from fiction. This week’s stars favour getting involved in charitable work with a global reach, or helping someone closer to home.

The sun and Mars are at odds so you’ll feel rushed and reckless, but being impulsive and careless will backfire badly this week Cats! Be extra careful when emailing, texting or tweeting, as it will be very easy to accidently send a message to the wrong person. So proceed with caution, plus do plenty of physical activity so you can channel your fiery energy in productive ways.

With Venus visiting your work zone, strive to patch up professional problems and deal with disagreements in a careful and considerate fashion. If you’re in line for a promotion, bonus, raise or new job, then dress to impress. And with Mercury moving into your friends and acquaintances zone from April 8-23 perhaps it’s time to expand your peer group to include some fresh faces?

Don’t ponder and stew over making decisions. Your ruling planet Mercury moves into Aries this week, which encourages you to think on your feet and then act with lightning speed! And do you want to attract more love and lust into your life? With Mercury planet of communication also shifting into your intimacy zone, the best form of foreplay is stimulating conversation.

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Work issues look complex and confusing this week, as colleagues offer you vague instructions or complicated directions. When in doubt, ask for clarification, and keep your Libran cool. Saturday’s Venus/Neptune hook up is fabulous for flirting, romantic candlelit dinners, creative partnerships and spiritual pursuits. You’ll also lose a few hours via some delicious daydreaming.

You’ll feel pulled in opposing directions, as conflicting demands unsettle your Capricorn cool. Things are constantly changing, so keep your schedule flexible. With Mercury in your home zone, the more you communicate with family members, the more connected you’ll feel. The work place is a bit of a minefield though, as you or colleagues become irritable about constant changes

Scorpios are awesome organisers, supreme strategists and marvelous managers. But this week, aim to be more collaborative, otherwise colleagues and loved ones may refuse to cooperate. It’s a wonderful weekend to get together with family, friends and acquaintances, as you share your dreams for the future and set goals together. Romance and creativity are also highlighted.

This week favours fast thinking and plenty of lively discussions, as Mercury moves into your communication zone. Money matters look confusing though, as you underestimate the true cost of a current project and overestimate the ease at which you will be able to finance it. Avoid “comfort shopping” Aquarius – buying expensive things you don’t need, to boost your spirits.

This week you’ll be easily bored, so make sure your timetable’s full of entertaining things to do. A situation with a friend or acquaintance is frustrating but hang in there Sagittarius! If you are patient, then things will gradually improve after Mars moves forwards on May 20. Home is a hive of activity on the weekend, as people come and go at a constant and confusing rate.

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Last year’s successful Torquay Tigers A Grade side of (back row L-R) Kierlie Shepherd, Ginger Brown, Lauren Berridge, Sophie Masek, Kendall Lock, Amy Vogels, (front row L-R) Courtney Cuolahan, Emma Corry, Anna Masek and Joey Warnes are out to defend their title this year. Club president Laura Cole said the Tigers were looking forward to another successful season across all divisions and age groups and reminded supporters that on Saturday, due to the football being a twilight game, all netball matches had been pushed back two hours. The A Grade side will play at 4.20pm.

BY HARRY WILKS WITH Queenscliff going for four flags in a row in 2014, the club has had another solid pre-season with Colts players stepping up ready for seniors this year. Over the time, players have been hitting the gym hard, working on developing their games and fitness has been another improver. Like every year, there have been a few niggles and small injuries over the pre-season, but there is no major concerns and majority of the guys are fit and raring to go.

recruiting well, having great numbers at training and suffering very few injuries. “Jason Todd and Cam O’leary have had standout pre-seasons with both of them coming up from the under 18s system. Todd had a broken arm last year so he wasn’t able to play much, but he has had a solid pre-season and can’t wait to play round one. “O’Leary won the under 18s best and fairest last year and has carried his form over to the senior preseason.” With Armstrong, Mitchell White, Nathan Storer, Chris Martin and Tom Cashin all joining the club Playing coach Tom Limb said the side was going this year, the Seagulls have added some valuable into the season with no illusions that it would all experience and knowledge. happen for them again, and knew other clubs had Armstrong believed Geelong Amateurs and recruited well and trained extremely hard to fight Torquay had recruited well and would fight for the premiership this year. Queenscliff for the premiership, with the rest of the “The beauty right now is everyone is still a sides fighting to round out the remaining two finals chance to win the premiership.” spots. Time will tell whether it will be the Coutas Ocean Grove should be one of those sides and for the fourth straight time or whether someone will be looking to go deeper into the finals after else will come out and clinch the 2014 Bellarine being knocked out in the first week last year. Football League premiership. Geelong Amateurs football manager Ben Hunter Barwon Heads football manager Tim Armstrong said his club had filled needs with recruiting, and said his club had an extremely good pre-season by were expecting to be playing finals and hoping to

challenge for the 2014 flag. He said Queenscliff were the team to beat again, due to the fact they were 7-8 goals better than any other side last year. At Portarlington, the club has had 65-70 people turning up to trainings consistently and getting kilometres into their legs. Tom Driver and Jake Muscat held the Demons together last year and, with the help of others, are expected to break out in 2014 to start their 3-5 year plan to get experience into the younger members of the side and attract more players to their club. After finishing runners-up in the grand final last year, Drysdale have had another productive preseason with great numbers and intensity at training. With Mitch McGuire and Steve Benstead spending time with the Geelong VFL over the preseason, they are expected to have a good year at the Hawks. Drysdale don’t have any injuries to worry about, which can be considered lucky after two ambulances were called within 20 minutes to treat head knocks to two of their players at a recent training session. INSET: Queenscliff celebrate back-to-back-to-back flags last year. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

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Reports still of some kingfish being caught offshore, Those fishing of the rocks continue to report not only salmon catches but pinkies, trevally and gummy shark The beaches are also producing salmon and gummies. Painkalac Creek is still producing some nice bream as is the Erskine River. For all the latest fishing news and all the right advice, drop by and see us and we will do our best to get you out there, fishing productively with the right gear and the right bait. The Great Ocean Road Outdoor Centre, Anglesea, phone 5263 2330.

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Squid and trevally continue to be caught in the harbour along with a few whiting Pinkies and salmon continue to be caught off the breakwater Plenty of salmon off the beaches. For all your bait and tackle in Apollo Bay, contact Steve or Jen. They will be more than pleased to help you, phone 5237 6434.

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Still kingfish being caught offshore as well as pinkies The Barwon River continues to produce some whiting and trevally Salmon and bream are also being reported.

TORQUAY Still some whiting to be had in close on the inshore reefs Salmon continue to be caught off the beaches A few good size bream to be caught in Spring Creek. Remember Torquay Tackle and Sports. For all the best available advice in Torquay on tackle and bait, drop in and see Gareth and Jonathan. They will do their best to ensure you get the most up-to-date information available, phone 5264 8207.

QUEENSCLIFF

St Leonards, some good whiting catches continue plus squid and snapper Swan Bay, flathead continue to be caught as well as a King George whiting out the front of Swan Bay The rip is still producing the odd Kingfish on jigs and squid Point Lonsdale pier is producing salmon, trevally and sharks The White Lady has whiting and squid to be had The creek still has the usual trevally, salmon and mullet being caught Threshers and Makos being caught outside the heads.

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FISHING has been excellent along our coastline. Those fishing from our beaches have been experiencing some really good fishing and some nice catches have been reported. Our local streams and estuaries including Spring Creek in Torquay, Painkalac Creek in Aireys Inlet and the Erskine River in Lorne are all fishing well and producing some nice bream. Unfortunately, the Anglesea River, since the last fish kill, has not produced any legal size fish for anglers to catch for over six months and is not expected to do so in the near future. Though the water quality has improved, the river is still basically closed to recruitment of fish and until such time as the mouth is opened deeply enough by the responsible authorities, it will remain as it is now and into the near future. The open letter condemning the management of the river at our business, the Great Ocean Road Outdoor Centre, in Anglesea now has over 800 names and we are sure it will grow to even more over this Easter. Those signing the letter consist of local community members, holidaymakers and overseas tourists, many of whom are not fishers but who have a genuine concern for the health of the river and wish to voice their concerns over the management of the system. The letter carries some weight, especially in light of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) draft report produced in April 2012 that highlights the importance of having the river mouth open during acidic runoff events to help mitigate fish kills. Photos: If you have some real catches you want to send in, please forward them to the email address below, with type of fish, weight, length, location and your name. I am more than happy to place your photos in My Big Catch or online. Email your photos to mybigcatch@ bigpond.com.

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Anglesea golfers triumph ANGLESEA triumphed in one of the most wellrespected club golf events in the region on Monday. The cream of lady club golfers gather each year for the prestigious Betty Kernot Scratch Foursomes Trophy, struck in honour of Ms Kernot, patron of the South Western District Ladies Golf Association (SWDLGA). The difficult format of foursomes tests the partners in this five-round knockout event, which began at Colac Golf Club on March 21, moved to Curlewis on March 24, then on to Torquay for rounds 3 and 4 on March 28 where morning victors were then sent out to compete again, some tallying up to 36 holes for the day. Finally the event rolled into The Sands Torquay, where the last two pairs standing competed in a monumental battle to claim the coveted salver. Over the course of the tournament, some sensational golf has been played on some of the best courses in the district. Such is the calibre of the event, lady captains choose their teams after much consideration and deliberation to vie for this title and claim it for their club. As the final day arrived, the teams gathered on the first tee among a sea of spectators, some members of the clubs competing, but also a healthy smattering of district club members hoping for a

tight match befitting the final. And they were not disappointed. Right up until the last hole it was anybody’s match. Curlewis’s Judy Scarrott and Pat Malloch along with Anglesea’s Sue Bowler and Ann Stokes fought a superb battle, entertaining the huge crowd who were riding every drive, every chip and every putt for both sides. Sadly, there can be only one winning team as both pairs would have been worthy victors – but at the very last putt on the 18th a very emotional Ann Stokes dropped the putt from the position-perfect chip of Sue Bowler and it was all over. The 2014 Betty Kernot Scratch Foursomes winning club is Anglesea Golf Club with Curlewis Golf club runners-up. The tournament this year has been one of the closest for some time, a spokesperson for the SWDLGA said. “Ms Kernot would be very proud to see the event produce some excellent, tight matches, culminating with our victors on Monday.” District women will now be primed and ready to open the Division 1-7 Ladies Scratch Pennant which begins tomorrow when 245 women compete weekly for their club, making the total Pennant players for the season over 1,700. Also under way is the SWDLGA Sunday Business Ladies and Junior Pennant, adding

Sue Bowler, Captain Stefi Bates and Ann Stokes give the thumbs up to their victory.

another 330 women competing in the very successful Pennant Season. Add Otway and the recently completed Leigh

XTERRA champions crowned in Angelsea WITH the XTERRA Great Ocean Road 2014 championships being held in Anglesea over the weekend, Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack have taken out the male and female pro categories. Allen charged to the finish line in 1:57:14, which was 2:53 ahead of competitor Roger Serrano from Spain. The pair had a tough battle throughout the whole race but especially during the mountain bike course. Third in the male pro was Drew Box, who was in front into the first change. Allen and Serrano were chasing each other into the bike ride until Allen broke out in the final part of the course and was coming first leading into the run. In the women’s, Slack finished over 10 minutes in front of second-placed Deanna Blegg. Penny Hosken rounded out the podium in third place, and finished just under a minute after Blegg. Age-groupers lined up to race in the XTERRA triathlon event and were chasing Victorian Offroad Championship status.

group Pennant won this year by Winchelsea, and ladies’ golf is alive and well in South Western Victoria.

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ABOVE: The male podium in the XTERRA Great Ocean Road triathlon Drew Box, Ben Allen and Roger Serrano. RIGHT: The top three in the women’s XTERRA Great Ocean Road triathlon Penny Hosken, Jacqui Slack and Deanna Blagg.

With the Victorian Off-road Championship title up for grabs, people were also fighting for qualification spots in the XTERRA World Championships in Hawaii. Anglesea local Sam Hume stood out with a 2:05:14 finish. Hundreds of other competitors competed in the XTERRA sprint tri, 21km Trail Run and 10 km Trail Run/Walk events.

THE Winchelsea Football Netball Club have secured a big name as their number 1 ticket holder for the 2014 season, with Premier Denis Napthine announced as the holder of the singular honour earlier this week. Dr Napthine is reported to be excited to be involved with the club from his former home town and was looking forward to watching the Blues kick off their season in the Geelong and District Football League (GDFL) tomorrow against Bannockburn from 6pm. A big crowd is anticipated on the night, with meals being made available in the Community Bank Rooms for $25 for a two-course roast meal. Bookings are advised - phone 0409 335 226 or email winchelseafnc@hotmail.com. Speaking of Lorne, the club has announced the arrangements for the first four rounds of its season in the Colac and District Football and Netball League (CDFNL). The season opener against South Colac will be played at South Colac tomorrow, round 2 will be played away against Forrest on April 12 and round 6 against Apollo Bay will be played at Apollo Bay on April 19. The Dolphins’ first home game of the season, and the first on the resurfaced Stribling Reserve, will be played against the Western Eagles on April 26.

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ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB SOME weeks the results are hard to find and can be easily missed. In the Seniors Championship we had a couple of other winners. Vida Brenner and Barb Croaker won their age group nett events over the two stroke rounds and Vida made the semi final for the 65 plus match play. Colin Favre also had his win missed - he won the A Grade event earlier in March in the first round of their championships. The Pennant results aren’t hard to find though – it is just hard to score a win. The Mens Vets lost their round against The Sands at Curlewis 5/0 and are out of contention. The Otway ladies also won’t be winning the flag, but they did win their round against Colac at Apollo Bay 4/1. The Sunday competitions are a bit early to call, but the ladies didn’t help their cause with a 3/2 loss against Torquay at Lonsdale. In mens pennant, Division 1 squared against Barwon Valley at Barwon Valley, and Division 2 lost to Barwon Heads at Anglesea. But the biggest news of the week is the Betty Kernot Scratch Foursome where our team, of Sue Bowler and Ann Stokes, has made the final. A mammoth event after 37 holes of match play on Friday sees them fronting up against Curlewis at The Sands.

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in the seniors. NTP winners were Andrew Daffy, President Ian Burgess, Peter Hester and Peter Calvert. The ladies had a teams modified stableford event on Thursday and I can tell you the winners were Janice Calvert, Jill Emerson and Judy Talbot, and runnersup were Helen Stewart, Claire Brennan and Suellen Eskrigge – but I can’t tell you any more. I was busy winning the two-person Ambrose at The Sands with Marg Hales!

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The event was stableford on Wednesday and winners were Rob Stevens in A Grade with 41 points, Scott Downey in B Grade with 40 points, Peter Jackson in C Grade with 40 points and Robin Harvey with 39 points

Saturday was stableford again. Ella Coleman won the ladies event with 35 points. In the men’s, the winners were Peter Richardson in A Grade with 40 points on a count back from Steve Sinnott, Paul Stratham in B Grade with 43 points and Sam Leeds in C Grade with 40 points. NTP winners were Colin Favre, Barry Coleman, Steve Sinnott and Tony Fry. Back to Par for Sunday and our winners in a small field were, Vida Brenner and David Jessup both scoring 2 up. NTP winners were Geoffrey Howlett, Sandy Talbot, David Jessup and Ray Shaw. On Monday, the Anglesea ladies claimed the prestigious Betty Kernot Scratch Foursomes with a win on the 18th hole after a very close tussle. Sue Bowler did her best chip of the day, leaving Ann Stokes a short downhill putt for par, and their Curlewis opponents Judy Scarrott and Pat Malloch missed their long putt for par. This is only the second time Anglesea has won – the last time was in 2003.

TUESDAY, the ladies hosted their annual guest day. The course as always was in great condition and even Mother Nature turned on a nice day what more could we ask for except good golf, great company and of course lunch to finish. Thanks to the ladies committee for all their work as kind words were heard from guests about the course the day and the lovely lunch. As usual though it was all about the winners and with 48 points the team off Sue Booth and Susan Scott (13th Beach GC) took out 1st place from Gill Patten and Barbara Foley (Commonwealth GC) on 46. NTPs June Laidler, Alison Black, Sue Morris & Esma Sim. Cheryl Brunt hit the jackpot. Wednesday, the men played stableford and visitor Joe Sdraulig (The Sands) won A Grade with 39 points. B Grade winner Graeme Riches scored 44 points. Shayne Hope took out C Grade also with 44 points and for D Grade Peter Thorsen had the round of the day with 45 points. Jim Newton won the Resort course with 43 points. NTPs Tim Sinnott, George Udvardy, Jim Fraser, Phillip Brown and John Russell. Bob Hayles took out the jackpot. Friday’s competition was close with Rob Harding taking out 1st place with 42 points from John Vale who also scored 42 points. June Laidler won the ladies with 38 points and for the Resort course Bill Brushfield finished on top with 38

points. NTPs Paul Brunt, Ron Cronin and June Laidler. Darren Looker hit the jackpot. Saturday we had the 1st round of the Black Tee Challenge. Unfortunately, due to some safety issues on the course not all the black tees were in play. Not to worry as comments from members that did play were very positive. Ross Bottomley scored well to take out A Grade with 43 points. B Grade winner was Geoff Grayling with 45 points and for C Grade Garry Buchanan had 41 points. Really good scores for the 1st round. It was also interesting to note that most players opted for the Black Tee as 98 players entered over the Blue Tee where 66 players entered. The Blue tee winners were for A Grade Philip Smith 47 points and for B Grade Gary Rogers 45 points. Ron Hedley took out the Resort with 40 points and Heather Dixon won the ladies with 34 points. NTPs Peter Gorfine, Philip Smith, Ray Furphy, Travis Ely, Roy Ball, Ainsley McCallum and Heather Dixon. Jeff Welsh hit the huge jackpot prize. Sunday, Bob Hayles finished of a good week on the course with 45 points taking out A Grade. B Grade winner was Anthony Gosgrove with 42 points. Anne Travers won the ladies with 39 points. NTPs Andrew Carr, Wayne Rau and Keith Warburton won the jackpot. The Vets/Seniors is also coming up on April 14 make sure you put your name down for this fun day.

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MIDWEEK RESULTS

THE SANDS TORQUAY THE SANDS INAUGURAL GOLF WEEK This week The Sands hosted its inaugural golf week, welcoming golfers from around the district and state. There was fun had by all, thanks to all the hard work done by The Sands committee and its members, the golf operations team along with grounds staff. The Sands is looking forward to next year’s event and welcoming all guests back for another great tournament.

LADIES Monday Challenge Cup: The Ladies challenge cup this year was worked into The Sands golf week fixture with players representing clubs from all over the district. The individual honours went to Wilma Skinner from Rosanna with a great score of 41 points from Coral Drayton with 38 points from East Geelong. Saturday Stableford: This day belonged to Lynne Hyett as she was on fire from the get go scoring 43 to run away with a 9 point win, well done Lynne! The runnerup in a count back was the always improving Gabrielle Tokolyi who scored a 34. Tuesday 4BBB: The ladies 4BBB was played in the morning it was the locals who combined well with a good score of 42 points from the Fuller girls Libby and Judy on 41 points.

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FROM THE MEMBERS’ ROOM Brian Breuer who ran out victors with a solid score of 43 points from locals Peter Cox and Rod Carroll. Wednesday Stableford and 55+ Stableford Conditions were great for scoring it was John McKoy who posted 40 points from Mark Eccles who keeps up the good form with 38 points. In the over 55s it was Richard Fearon who ran out with the chocolates. Saturday Stableford: It was an absolute ripper of a day, and the scores were solid as we had a three grade field for the men and the comps scores couldn’t have gotten much closer. In the A Grade, Craig Willian was able to edge his way past the field with a score of 41 points, winning by one over runner-up Chris Burke. In the B Grade, Noel Mullen scored a one point victory with 41 points, runner-up was Michael Flemming who scored 40 points. In C Grade, Wayne Rees scored 38 points, winning by 1 over Ted Matson. Thursday Men’s & Ladies Ambrose: The conditions were a bit wet at times but the field braved the threatening clouds. We had Nick Clarke and Garry Wilson come in early with a score of nett 62.75 and it was not to be beaten on a day that saw lots of good scores. In the ladies comp, Marg Hales and Margot Smith come through with a nett 70.25 to squeak out a win by less than a stroke. Sunday Stableford Medley: Great day for golf at the sands today, the scores showed it with Wayne Rees continuing his great form with 40points from Taylor Raunik with 39 points. Golf Memberships: 5264 3303 Email: sands@peppers.com.au Web: www.thesandstorquay.com

PORTARLINGTON GOLF CLUB AN INCREASINGLY popular method of fundraising is by organising a Charity Golf Day, and our club run several of these each year. Entries have recently opened for a Stableford event in aid of the Portarlington Primary School, which is being held on Monday May 5. They are always enjoyable days, with great prizes and after game snacks. This one also includes an auction trading table for some after game retail therapy. Entries close April 30. All this for $30! Tuesday March 25 Men’s Stableford Only two players made the 40s out of 144 of us, they being our past Pres Barry Ruler, who won the trophy of the day and D Grade on a count back from John Cormack. Ken Hughes took out the A Grade prize with his 38 points from Frank Carter on 37, and Ron Peacock’s 39 points gave him the B Grade voucher on a count back from Gavan Pitcher. C Grade honours went to Stan Hollingsworth with 38 points by a shot from Arthur McPhee. NTPs were won by Len Elder, Michael Davies (visiting from Curlewis) and Peter Kerber. Wednesday March 26 Ladies’ Stableford Our long-hitting past treasurer Joy McGregor must have had the radar working as she put together a scintillating 43 points to win The Phyllis Russell trophy, B Grade, and the ProPin with her great birdie on the 2nd. B Grade runner-up was our recently appointed Finance Manager, Joyce Vagg with 40 points. Nancy 130 Hood Road, Portarlington Tel: 5259 2492 Fax: 5259 2959

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Hendy was the A Grade winner with 38 points from Donna Utt on 37, while the C Grade star was Jacqui Vietri on a count back from Geraldine Collison, both with 35 points. The other ProPin went to Marilyn Mooney, while Gweneth Barnett and Bev Munis won the pinshots. Congratulations also to Angela Kiely who won the recently concluded Summer Plate. Saturday March 29 Men’s and Ladies’ Stroke Under perfect golf conditions, great scoring was the order of the day, with twelve sub 70 nett scores. The best of these was by Gary Edwards, who won the Trophy of the Day and B Grade with his nett 66, beating Stuart Anderson by a shot. Our top two C Graders also finished with 66s, they being Wayne Hood and Ian Thomson, while our top two A Graders, Peter Steele and Greg Lipscombe, both had 67s. Mark Shone continued some recent good form to win D Grade with his 71 from wily veteran Will Pressnell’s 73. Christian Hyland had a profitable day by taking out the ProPin and a NTP on the 17th, other pinshots going to Craig Plummer and Andy Brough. Our Ladies winner was Karen Thomas on 70, who also won the putting with 29 and best gross with 83. A Grade runner-up was Sue Hazell with a 72, while B grade was won by Ann Watts with a 75 from Heather Spry on 77. Jean Pardy and Jacky Rowe won the NTPs and Beth Peterson won the ProPin. Pro Shop: 5259 3361 Email: info@portarlingtongolf.com.au Web: www.portarlingtongolf.com.au

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BY HARRY WILKS THE national Jim Beam Surftag competition was held last Thursday on Durunbah Beach on the Gold Coast, and Torquay finished 9th out of 32 different surf clubs from across Australia. Torquay got knocked out by Le-Ba and Bronte in the second quarter final. Le-Ba scored a total of 81.17, Bronte close behind on 80.33 with Torquay trailing on 63.50. The Torquay team consisted of Harry Mann, Troy Brooks, Cahill Bell-Warren, Jack Perry and Todd Rosewell. On a major positive note from the Torquay region, Bell-Warren finished second individually and won $1,000 for his outstanding efforts. There were 40 competitors in the individual event. Mitch Parkinson from Snapper Rocks won the tournament, with last year’s winner Wade Carmichael rounding out the podium. Bell-Warren rode exceptionally well and did a great job to finish second in a national tournament, and said he was stoked with the judge’s scores.

CONGRATULATIONS to Graeme Mathias on winning this year’s Men’s 100 Up championship, and to runner-up Gerard Morrison. The winners of the Mixed Invitation Triples Day, sponsored by Anglesea Big4 Holiday Park, were Ron Murray, Merle Wapling, Mary Porter. Runnersup were Bob Jennings, Pauline Andrewartha, Noel Johns and the consolation award went to Allan Fletcher, and Geoff and Kaye Kendall. Another day of great bowls and a happy social event. The annual Anglesea versus Torquay Shield event was hosted by Torquay this year. The midweek pennant players enjoyed this friendly rivalry game of triples. Torquay were victorious and will need to travel to Anglesea next year to defend their title.

Cahill Bell-Warren in action at the Jim Beam Surftag competition.

Grove kids footy program about to kick off OCEAN Grove’s AFL Auskick program is looking to attract about 200 children this year and would love a greater participation from girls. Co-ordinator Daman Moran said the program had been going for many years and taught children the basic fundamentals of footy, including kicking, handballing and marking. Mr Moran said most sessions concluded with a grid game (scratch match) where the children got to apply their new skills. He said the group would attend a “Super Clinic” at Simonds stadium in July, where the AFL Auskick

coaches would be joined by the entire Geelong Cats team to run the kids through their paces. Two Geelong footy players will visit an AFL Auskick session in Ocean Grove in August and help the coaches run the sessions. Mr Moran said parents were encouraged to help out with the sessions each Friday night. He said he also needed additional coaches and a free half-day AFL coaching accreditation course would be run in May for those interested. Phone Damian Moran on 0409 960 747 for further information.

ACTIVE APRIL Everybody is encouraged to register with the Premier’s Active April campaign of “get more active, more often” – see activeapril.vic.gov.au. During April, the YMCA Anglesea will be running a range of free activities for both children and adults at the Anglesea Bowling Club such as bowls footy, bowls golf, bowls tennis etc. Come along to the Bowling Club and join in the fun. For more information and the program of events contact either the Bowling Club or YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp on 5263 1512. COMING EVENTS Saturday April 5, 1pm, bowls “Directors Day” Men’s Monday April 7, 12.30pm, “Remember a Mate Day” Contact the club before 9.30am (5263 1229) to enter your name.

Ocean Grove AFL Auskick kids playing at halftime in the recent round 1 Geelong Cats Vs Adelaide Crows match at Simonds Stadium.

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