Tuesday 27 July 2010
VOL 3. No 30
FLAGS FOR PORT? Community gains support over introduction of lifeguards for Portarlington
BY ALISON MARTIN ‘SWIM between the flags’ is widely promoted as the safest option when using Victoria’s beaches, but the fact is it’s not an option on the northern Bellarine. A number of Port Phillip beaches – around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula – with equal numbers of users to Portarlington, have Life Saving Victoria lifeguards patrolling over peak summer periods. However, despite the increasing number of visitors converging on northern Bellarine beaches, including Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards, there are no lifeguards and no flags. The need for summer patrols – particularly at the busy Portarlington beach – which attracts a mix of swimmers, boat users and commercial and recreational fishermen, has been raised by community members. While no action has been initiated, the introduction of lifeguards at Portarlington has the support of all local authorities “if warranted” and has been welcomed by Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club secretary, Matthew Ponsford, “We would support any extra life saving services on the Bellarine as the population increases,” he said. “We have life guards at Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale seven days a week from Boxing Day to the Australia Day weekend, with about 200 active (volunteer) lifesavers. But we don’t have the capacity to put lifesavers at other beaches. “Portarlington has a lot of boating activity and swimmers and just because it’s a bay beach doesn’t mean it doesn’t warrant a life saving service “Life Saving Victoria only started patrols at Raffs Beach a few years ago, because there were too many people at Ocean Grove Beach and they started using Raffs so there was a need. “As time goes on and more people come to the Bellarine you have to re-evaluate these things and it’s probably time to look at Portarlington.” City of Greater Geelong, Bellarine Bayside and Life Saving Victoria representatives all indicated they would support a lifeguard service “if warranted”, however, the need had not been identified by authorities at this stage. Bellarine Bayside chief executive, Tim Page-Walker, said while he was not aware of any regularity with water-based incidents over the past eight years, he was sure everyone would agree that water-based activities did present risks. He said he could not determine if summer beach users had increased in recent years but the Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park at Portarlington accommodated between 5,000 and 6,000 people per night between Boxing Day and Australia Day. City of Greater Geelong manager sport and recreation, Paul Jane, said Life Saving Victoria determined the beaches in the region that required lifeguards. “At this stage Life Saving Victoria has not identified Portarlington as a beach that needs to be patrolled by lifeguards, but we will we continue to work with them,” he said. Life Saving Victoria general manager, Paula Butler, agreed LSV would work with CoGG to determine the needs of northern Bellarine beaches. Send your views on lifeguard services at Portarlington and other northern Bellarine beaches to Letters to the Editor at editor@ bellarinetimes.com.au
Geelong forward James Podsiadly and former star Billy Brownless have thrown their support behind the Bike Safe ‘share the road’ initiative. The Geelong and Bellarine local community campaign aims to promote better behaviour by cyclists and motorists, encouraging everyone to obey the road rules and to show courtesy and respect.
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Meetings with politicians
AS WE move closer to the upcoming federal and state elections, council has been advocating over a number of issues of importance to the Borough. In meeting with Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, Council outlined four key projects and one key issue with the Minister.
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Council and the local community are keen to see the Crown land, which includes the Senior Citizens Club and the Sea Scouts, transferred to DSE and council-appointed committee of management. Council are committed to maintaining the existing functions and uses of the land that are fundamental to meeting the requirements of the various community groups, local residents and visitors to Queenscliff. Council is seeking State Government support for this transfer.
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Council has been working with officers from Parks Victoria and Regional Development Victoria to develop a concept plan for upgrading this foreshore area. Council is seeking a State Government funding commitment for this project.
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Council has appointed an architect and developed a draft concept plan along with the project costing. Stage one is relocating the â€˜former MAFRI buildingâ€™ to the site with a stage two development that incorporates additional meeting and activity spaces and a comprehensive kitchen area. Council is seeking a funding commitment for this project.
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Council is seeking State Government support for the development of these sites. Both sites present a fantastic opportunity for development that is sensitive to the environment, cultural heritage and the aspirations of the local community.
Maintaining the Borough
Council and the community have a very proud place as the only municipality that has retained its original geographic governance and local government area since its inception. Council sought and received confirmation that the Labor Party will continue to support the independent status of the Borough of Queenscliffe and a continuation of its independent role. Council has also met with Liberal Federal candidate for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson and received confirmation that the funding for the redevelopment of the Monahan Centre is a Liberal Party priority project. Council has also met with Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman, and is awaiting his support and commitment to completing this project.
Council is concerned that a recent comparison of rates in the Herald Sun indicated a rate increase higher than the rate adopted by council as part of its budget process. The article indicated an average rate rise of 6.3 per cent, per assessment, as against an approved rate rise of 5.5 per cent. The proportion of councilâ€™s total rates income you pay is calculated on the Capital Improved Value of all properties in the borough, so if your property CIV varies relative to other properties it doesnâ€™t mean council get more money it just alters the proportion you pay.
Council also does not have a municipal charge or separate waste management charge which is an additional charge in some municipalities.
VIC wins regional business award
The Borough of Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre won the Regional Business Award sponsored by the Bendigo Bank at the 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards. The VIC plays a key role of informing visitors of these attractions and events in the Borough, as well as providing tourism member businesses with various referral service as well as providing a ticketing service for community events. They do a fantastic job! The 25 volunteers that generously give their time are the ambassadors of the borough, its tourism related businesses and the council. The VICâ€™s primary role is to provide a first class information service to visitors, support local tourism enterprises and to maximise the contribution of tourism to the local economy. Council is always impressed by our volunteersâ€™ energy and willingness to go that extra step and willingness to give back to the people that visit our wonderful borough. Cr Bob Merriman Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe
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Panel hearing postponed BY ALISON MARTIN
CITY of Greater Geelong’s decision to delay a panel hearing on objections to a special charge scheme has provided some relief for the Clifton Springs and Drysdale community. Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association secretary, Patrick Hughes, said affected landholders and submitters were entitled to adequate notification of the hearing date – particularly on such a contentious issue. He said council had initially only given the “active opponents” of the scheme a few days notice,
by announcing the panel hearing would be held on July 20. However, Hughes said after contacting council offices and councillor, Jan Farrell, the hearing had been postponed until August 16 to enable objectors to attend. “We applaud councillor Farrell’s decision to postpone the panel until August 16 and we have thanked her for her sensitivity on this issue,” Hughes said. “People have work and family commitments and can’t just set them aside at three working days notice.
“Councillor Farrell’s decision gives local landowners a reasonable time in which to prepare their arguments. “The outcome will be a more thorough and rigorous examination of the issues than would have been possible in the council’s original timetable.” The special charge has been proposed as a levy on landholders in the Central Road area to offset the cost of a new drain required for the construction of a retirement village. Owners of the 39 blocks to be served by the drain face charges depending on their block size, with a majority expecting levies between $3,000 and
$256,888 if the scheme goes ahead. The DCSCA has opposed the scheme, offering six key reasons why the scheme should be abandoned, and is providing support for landowners. Hughes said the special charge contradicted CoGG’s structure plan for Drysdale and Clifton Springs and there was no evidence the infrastructure would accommodate the proposed developments in Central Road. He said among other concerns the DCSCA has raised in its formal submission is the threat to the financial security and wellbeing of local landowners if the scheme is introduced.
$3.39m sporting promise THE LIBERAL Party has promised almost $3.5million to Bellarine sporting infrastructure if it wins the vote at next month’s Federal election. Liberal candidate for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, has pledged $2m for Ocean Grove’s Shell Road Sporting Precinct and $1.39m for the upgrade of Queenscliff’s Monahan Centre. She said the substantial funding commitment would deliver major investment in local infrastructure to meet the needs of growing communities. “The Monahan Centre will be an incredible asset for the Queenscliff community,” she said. “The community has certainly been fighting for funding for a long time
and had an application in with Federal Government, which failed; so to secure this is great.” Henderson said she had met with Borough of Queenscliffe mayor, Bob Merriman, and chief executive, Lenny Jenner, and they were disappointed with the Federal Government decision. “The Queenscliff community hasn’t had the Federal Government investment that it needs,” she said. “It will be an absolute dream for everyone in town and what’s so exciting is that this funding will see the project completed. “We are listening to the needs of the community – so it would be great to be able to provide this.”
The proposed Monahan Centre project will involve a major upgrade and incorporate a community gymnasium and a range of fitness and health programs. There will be new community meeting rooms, a refit of the main pavilion and improved player and umpire facilities. Henderson said the Coalition would also commit $2m to the Shell Road Sporting Precinct in Ocean Grove. “The total project is costed at $8m, with the City of Greater Geelong fully committed to the project. The first stage involves the construction of the football soccer, cricket and netball clubs pavilion,” Henderson said. “These projects will provide a real boost to communities across Corangamite.”
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Ocean Grove in Focus
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A happy redundancy MANY people are devastated when they lose their job, but Portarlingtonâ€™s Brian Sutterby is extremely pleased he wonâ€™t have to be shovelling seagrass in the future. The Bellarine Bayside redevelopment of the Point Richards boat ramp, construction of a new groyne and reshaping of the shoreline will not only improve boat access and reduce sand movement, it will also assist in the collection of seagrass. Sutterby said he had been regularly shovelling seagrass off the old ramp for more than three years and was pleased the new groyne would form a pocket to collect the naturallyoccurring grass. â€œI started doing it (voluntarily) when I came down here one Sunday morning and the ramp was chockers with seagrass,â€? he said. â€œThere was a man and his kids who were wanting to go fishing but he couldnâ€™t launch his boat. â€œSo I started raking it in and then they (Bellarine Bayside) would bring down a truck every week to clean it up. â€œI didnâ€™t mind doing it; it is hard to stop when you retire and it was good therapy. â€œI just wanted to be able to keep the ramp open and some people would even give me fish.â€?
News in brief Ready for revitalisation
THE BOROUGH of Queenscliffe has adopted the final report and concept plans for the revitalisation of Queenscliffâ€™s Hesse Street. Council has also allocated $100,000, including the projected $65,000 State Government funding, in the draft 2010/2011 budget for priority works indentified in the Hesse Street Revitalisation Project. See next weekâ€™s Bellarine Times for details of the major improvement project.
RESIDENTS and staff at Portarlingtonâ€™s Ann Nichol House will celebrate the opening of its community garden today at 2pm. The garden has been created through a substantial grant to Bellarine Community Health, which operates the aged care facility in Portarlington, and through the support of the Portarlington and District Garden Club.
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LOCAL non-profit contemporary dance ensemble, Collision Dance, will premiere its new work The Dress at The Potato Shed next week. The Dress fuses contemporary dance with original text, music, costume and set design to explore one dress and how it touches the lives of its many owners and the life-defining events that happen when it is worn. The Dress will be presented on August 5, 6 and 7. For more information, phone 5251 1998.
Portarlingtonâ€™s Brian Sutterby will be glad to see the new ramp at Point Richards free of seagrass.
BARWON Heads Film Society will celebrate its 10th birthday this week. The decade-old society, which has brought the world of cinema to town, will screen Australian film Bran Nue Dae, at the Barwon Heads Community Hall this Thursday. For more information, phone 5254 2948.
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Energy forum on Friday A DIVERSE range of speakers will feature at the inaugural Clean Energy Coast Forum at Anglesea this Friday. The forum’s steering committee chair, Simon Pockley, said the event – to be held at Anglesea Memorial Hall from 3.30pm-5.30pm – is a chance for local groups and individuals to form a united front on tackling climate change. “The reason for having this forum is that whole of region planning is being developed for the southwest coast of Victoria,” he said. “The objectives of community groups wanting to take action on climate change do not readily align with government policy, planning overlays, or funding. “Any significant shift towards energy saving and generation from renewable sources will necessarily involve the community. “It is important that we try to speak to the various
levels of Government with one voice.” Speakers at the forum will include environmental consultant, Chris Mason, Monica Winston (Geelong Sustainability Group), Andrew Lucas (Transition Towns), as well as Mike Lawrence (Beyond Zero Emissions), and the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt. “The launch of the Zero Carbon Australia Plan has given us a credible and 'do-able' case for renewable stationary power by 2020, the community now wants regional action,” said steering committee member and Transition Town speaker, Andrew Lucas. The forum programme has been developed by a steering committee from community groups with a focus on facilitating community action. The meeting is free and is open to anyone wishing to attend.
Victorian Resources and Energy Minister Peter Bachelor (left) and Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson attended a roundtable discussion hosted by Federal Member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, last week. The Bellarine’s standing as a renewable energy hotspot was underlined with the release of a new report at the meeting, which said the state’s future energy needs could be entirely met from renewable energy sources. Photo: LAURA DUKE
BARWON Regional Waste Management Group has won the inaugural Enviro 2010 Innovation in Sustainability Award for its development of a sustainable Expanded Polystyrene Recycling Programme. The innovation award was presented at the Enviro 2010 conference last Thursday, July 22. City of Greater Geelong Environment and Sustainability portfolio holder, councillor and BRWMG director, John Doull, congratulated Barwon Regional Waste Management Group on winning the Sulo Innovation in Sustainability Award. “This is a tremendous achievement and shows that Geelong really is at the forefront when it comes to cutting-edge sustainable innovations,” Doull said. “The system developed for collecting and processing expanded polystyrene so that it can be reused locally has made a huge difference by diverting this non-biodegradable waste from landfill. “Barwon Regional Waste Management Group was up against 22 national finalists including international companies like Siemens, Veolia, and Intec with very worthy projects so to win this national award is a major coup.” Group chair, John Burgess, said EPS had long been considered “a nasty packaging option” by the waste management industry, because it was extremely light weight and quite difficult to recycle. “The project offers an EPS recycling service to Geelong businesses at a cost effective rate, recovering the material and returning it as a product for light weight concrete manufacturing,” he said. “It utilises a trader stewardship approach to recycling, assisting and encouraging local businesses to act in a socially and environmentally responsible way. “Local businesses can recycle their EPS in a more cost economical way than disposing of it at landfill. This will assist in diverting large volumes of material from the region’s landfill sites.”
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Local girls represent Victoria BY ALISON MARTIN OCEAN Grove sisters, Corrin and Heidi Demeo, will be flying the flag for Victoria at the National Primary School Cross Country Championships in Brisbane next month. The girls, who attend Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, were two of 130 students from across Victoria who competed at state level for national championship selection. Corrin gained first place in the under 12 age group at the state championships at Bundoora Park earlier this month, while Heidi was successful in the under 10 age group. Classmate and Ocean Grove cross country club member, Caitlin Pickett, also performed well in the under 11 age group, finishing sixth
and narrowly missing a place at national level. Under 10 cross country entrants ran a two-kilometre course, while the under 11 and 12 course was over three kilometres. Corrin and Heidi, who are the daughters of Terry and Belinda Demeo, are members of Ocean GroveBarwon Heads Little Athletics and the local cross country club. The girls will represent Victoria at the national cross country championships on Saturday, August 21. Star of the Sea principal, Rhonda Boyd, and school sports co-ordinator, Garry O’Callaghan, are proud of the students who have represented the school and have “wished them every success in the national championships”.
Netball star is Canberra bound OCEAN Grove netball star, Maddy Traynor, has been selected in the Victorian Primary School team to play in Canberra in October Maddy has been selected after many trial games for the state’s under 12 team, despite breaking her arm and rolling her ankle at the last state trial.
She will train over the next few months at the state hockey/netball centre in Parkville and will compete in Canberra between October 9 and 15. Maddy plays goal defence and goal keeper and is a member of the Under 13s (1) Ocean Grove netball team.
Our Lady Star of the Sea CPS state sporting achievers: Caitlin Pickett, Heidi Demeo, Corrin Demeo and Maddy Traynor.
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Music to make a difference BY ALISON MARTIN BELLARINE musicians will mix a great night out in Ocean Grove with an important fundraiser to help people struggling with multiple sclerosis. Well-known local singersongwriter, Bree-Arne Chamley, who is now Point Lonsdale-based and a regular at open mics, is organising another event after the success of her first fundraiser 12 months ago. The event will be held at Bardeli on Friday, August 13. She said more than 50 musicians arrived to support the charity open mic event at Bardeli last year but unfortunately time did not allow everyone to perform. “So, we are starting at 4pm – for the school kids – and I have promised everyone they will be able to play this year,” she said. “We raised almost $3,000 last year, which was great, and we will be having an auction to help raise money for people with MS this year. “We already have a $3,000 rainwater tank donated for the auction and we will probably have a sausage sizzle.” There will also be drinks and food from the menu at Bardeli available and owner, Kerri, has offered to donate a percentage of the profits from the
night, as well as providing the café as the fundraiser venue. Chamley, who is forced to divide her time between her talent and passion for music and managing the frustrating effects of MS, is “a lot better and happier” than she has been for a while. She organised last year’s open mic to raise money, but also to create awareness and understanding of the disease, particularly of the number of young sufferers. Chamley also provided a positive inspiration for the community of what could be achieved, despite the debilitating symptoms. “Winter has actually been great for me; I’m better in the cold weather and I went for my first bike ride in years last week and my legs actually worked,” she said. “I’m a lot more independent, I can dress myself and I’ve only been sick twice which is really good for me.” Help the MS Foundation support people with MS by circling August 13 on the calendar and joining the many talented local performers at Bardeli in Ocean Grove. Contact Bardeli for further details or if any businesses are willing to make a donation for the auction, email Bree-Arne Chamley at brees_ Bree-Arne Chamley has organised the open mic night to raise funds and awareness for people living with MS. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bill McDonald is a carpenter with local builder, Burchell Constructions, and is pleased with the progress of the new Ocean Grove beachfront public toilet project.
BARWON Coast’s million-dollar toilet amenities are taking shape and are on schedule to be completed in time for the summer rush. The Ocean Grove surf beach public toilet and shower building will be a huge improvement on the old amenities and have been designed with consideration to the surrounding environment and sustainability. The large underground tank – which is now in place – will collect rainwater to flush the toilets and flow reduction showerheads will be installed. The design will maximise natural light and the building will be less visually obtrusive, blending with the area as much as possible. The project has been funded by Barwon Coast, which spends profits from caravan park operations on management of the local foreshores.
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Scholarship by the sea QUEENSCLIFF and Point Lonsdale students are being offered a unique opportunity to gain a scholarship through their ideas of bringing environment and community together. To honour a life dedicated to family, education and a love of living by the sea, the Friends of the Marine Discover Centre and the Tingay family have announced the Elaine Tingay Memorial ‘Living by the Sea’ scholarship. Elaine passed away in December 2008 and her family believes it is a fitting tribute to her life to create a scholarship fund open to Point Lonsdale/Queenscliff Year 6 primary school students. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a student to help develop their knowledge of the local marine environment. Year 6 primary school students from the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale area have been invited to apply for the scholarship. They will be able to submit a written paper,
story, painting, photograph or drawing, using their chosen type of technology, to describe what they love about their local area and what they would like the Point LonsdaleQueenscliff area to be like when they are older. The scholarship applications will be judged by Friends of the Marine Discovery Centre on the basis of the student’s vision for how people and the local marine environment can live together. One submission will be selected by October and will be awarded a cash scholarship of $300 and an annual membership to the Marine Discovery Centre. Submissions to the scholarship can be made to the Marine Discovery Centre, 2A Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff, by Friday, August 27. For donations to the Elaine Tingay Memorial ‘Living by the Sea’ scholarship, contact Friends of the Marine Discovery Centre at email@example.com
News in brief BFA relocates BELLARINE Futures Alliance office has relocated ‘upstairs’ from its previous site at Gallop House in Drysdale. The BFA is also in the process of upgrading its website and members are welcome to advertise on the site, at no charge. BFA convenor
Tom O’Connor, said the alliance had about 70 group or individual members and new members who were passionate about “building a better Bellarine” were welcome to join. BFA annual memberships are also up for renewal and more information is available by visiting www. cleangreenbellarine.com
Saint Ignatius students were ‘caged’ to create awareness of the plight of HIV sufferers.
‘Caged’ students make their mark SAINT Ignatius College senior student leaders joined other regional catholic students to show their support for HIV sufferers this month. Seven senior students and teachers voluntarily spent 24 hours in a wire cage next to the basketball courts. Saint Ignatius development manager, Claire Hewitt, said the idea of the wire cage was to symbolise the physical and emotional isolation felt by those in third world countries, particularly African children, suffering from HIV/Aids. “Those inside the cage were all allowed water, but none of them had any food other than a few barley sugar sweets from time to time to keep them going during their confinement,” she said. “The aim of this isolation for these students and
teachers was to empathise with the suffering and despair felt by those with this disease, and to take the action of enabling all students in the college to be aware of this problem and to encourage them to write letters to the Australian and overseas governments and pharmaceutical companies urging the supply of medicines to ease the troubles of victims. “Thirty-three children die every hour around the world from HIV/Aids and during the time our students were confined, as many children as our entire school population had died. “The college community congratulates these students in their tenacity to achieve what they set out to do, their strong sense of purpose and desire to make a difference to the lives of others.”
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Enjoy some festive fare SUMMER is perfect for holidays but winter is a much better climate for enjoying traditional Christmas fare! Kilgour Estate Winery is celebrating the cold nights on the Bellarine with its annual Christmas in July feasts overlooking the bay and lights of Melbourne. The â€˜Winter Christmasâ€™ seven-course degustation menu is being served over two weekends; enjoyed by a large crowd last Saturday and again set to treat more festive diners this Saturday night. The degustation feast starts with an oyster shot or champagne cocktail, moves through four courses before reaching the traditional roasted turkey, glazed ham, roasted root vegetables and condiments, followed by plum pudding and â€œhandmade chocolate delightsâ€?. Winter Christmas has been the first event at Kilgour Estate, in McAdams Lane, since the winery and restaurant was sold to Leura Park Estate owners, David and Lyndsay Sharp, this month.
[MURMUR] BELLARINE Got a story to share? Get involved in an exciting project on The Bellarine. Murmur â€“ Bellarine is being developed as part of a major arts project called Connecting Identities, celebrating links between people and places across Geelong. Murmur needs your stories to make it work! Using mobile phone technology, Murmur will be installed at various significant locations around the Bellarine Peninsula. Recordings of stories will be accessed via SMS and online. This simple yet totally modern story-telling platform is another way of interpreting this beautiful region.
Kilgour Estate Winery owners, David and Lyndsay Sharp, and head chef, David Holl (centre) are celebrating Christmas in July.
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represents the Holy Spirit in Christianity. The building of the church on Peninsula Drive, adjacent to Saint Ignatiusâ€™ College and St Thomasâ€™ Primary School, has enabled the students who attend the two schools to access the spiritual and educational opportunities through the versatility of the building design. The church can be adapted for secular needs such as for assemblies and as a venue for exams. The official opening and blessing will be held at the church tomorrow
Murmur has already been succesfully installed in The Botanic Gardens, Eastern Beach and Waterfront Geelong, joining other â€œMurmurâ€? cities around the world such as Dublin, Vancouver and Toronto. Come along to an information session between 7.30pm and 9.00pm on Thursday 29 July at Parks Hall, Newcombe St, Portarlington. For further information please contact Ross Mueller at The Arts & Culture department on 5272 4703. Murmur Geelong can accessed online at www.murmurgeelong.com
DRYSDALEâ€™s Catholic Church will be officially opened and blessed tomorrow night by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart. The building of the church has been the vision of Head of Saint Ignatius Collegeâ€™s Canonical Administrators, Father Des Panton, who is also Drysdaleâ€™s Catholic parish priest. The architecturally-dynamic building faces east and is in the shape of a dove. The dove is the symbol of peace and hope and
Saint Ignatius College and the Drysdale Catholic Church parish will celebrate the official opening of the communityâ€™s new church this week.
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Find your perfect career INTERESTED in a career as a professional chef or a fashion designer â€“ perhaps marine biology is more your calling. Whatever career has captured your imagination, chances are this yearâ€™s Herald Sun Melbourne Career Expo will reveal the next step in finding a profession that truly inspires you. More than 150 exhibitors from all over Australia and New Zealand will be under the one roof to inform Victorians of all ages about finding a new career. â€œThis year the careers on offer are quite diverse,â€? said Nicole Capper, expo event manager. â€œFor example, the Melbourne Aquarium will be promoting its aquarist for a week programme, which provides students
interested in a career in aquatic science the opportunity of diving in the oceanarium with sharks and stingrays. â€œIf that seems a little too wet and wild for your liking you could consider one of the rewarding careers being promoted by the Department of Justice, like that of a community correctional officer.â€? A broad range of seminars covering topics such as â€˜VCE examination strategies that really workâ€™ to â€˜A career in disability â€“ aspire to inspireâ€™ will be running in one of the three seminar rooms operating throughout the event. â€œOne of the interesting topics being discussed within our seminar rooms this year is finding a new career at 50 years and over,â€? Capper said.
Whether you are 15 or 50, you are sure to find a seminar to answer questions about a career of interest. â€œOur live and interactive stage is designed to both entertain and inform,â€? Capper said. â€œWe have it allâ€Ś from science shows to cooking demos with a well known Melbourne Chef. â€œWhether you are thinking about your first career, considering a new career or simply want to find out about volunteer work, we will have the information to help you at our career event.â€? Other free event services include career counselling and workshops targeted towards specific career goals all provided by the Career Development Association of Australia.
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â€œWe used to only have six or seven pastas, and weâ€™ve also added a few more pizzas along the way,â€? he said of the ever-expanding business. And he doesnâ€™t plan to stop there, revealing plans to enlarge the restaurant in the future to allow more space for dining in, as well as extend the areas for home delivery and possibly even add new items to the menu. â€œWe strive for quality and aim to keep the customer happy â€“ and
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STANDARD economic commentary would have you believe that the Australian banking system is healthy and strong and that all is well with the Australian economy. It is not that long ago that there was a good oldfashioned bank run that required the Australian government to step in and guarantee deposits up to $1million; a guarantee that is still in place. Throughout this period, Australian banks have remained relatively tight-lipped about any potential vulnerability. As such, the recent remarks made by a senior banking executive, highlighting the financial industryâ€™s fragilities, were rather refreshing. Joseph Healy is head of business banking at the National Australia Bank and recently indicated that the way banks lend money in Australia
and our love affair with property is bleeding investment away from other more productive sectors of the economy. As a result of the Basel II Accord there is a bias that has led to increased household lending. Banks can on average do three to four times more lending per dollar of capital to households. As Mr Healy points out: â€œYou have the perverse situation where it is actually more profitable and attractive to banks to lend to a weekend holiday home because of capital rules than it is to support a small business.â€? This aggravates the strongly increasing levels of household debt, which has grown from $280billion in 2000 to $1.1trillion today. The longer term consequences are obvious with small business employing seven out of 10 workers.
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Sarah Henderson scores $4.79 million for local sport and community groups Sarah Henderson’s hard work on behalf of our community has secured a Coalition commitment of almost $5 million for sporting and community groups in Geelong, the Surfcoast and the Bellarine Peninsula.
South Barwon Football & Netball Club upgrade The Coalition will commit $350,000 to the South Barwon Football and Netball Club. The Club is planning an additional social club area, a kitchen upgrade, additional indoor toilets and extra lighting.
Shell Road Sporting Precinct The Coalition will commit $2 million to the Shell Road Sporting Precinct in Ocean Grove. The development will deliver a premier sports precinct and will be home to the Ocean Grove Football & Netball Club, Ocean Grove Cricket Club, Surfside Waves Soccer Club and Surfside Tennis Club.
Torquay Football & Netball Club Pavilion Upgrade The Coalition will commit $350,000 to the upgrade of the Torquay Football & Netball Club, the home of the Torquay Tigers. The development, which is expected to cost around $1 million, will include the refurbishment and expansion of clubrooms and toilet facilities. This upgrade will go a long way to meeting the growing needs of the Torquay community.
Monahan Centre upgrade Queenscliff The Coalition will invest $1.39 million to the Monahan Centre upgrade in Queenscliff. The project will involve a major upgrade of the Queenscliff Recreation Reserve and Centre The new facility will incorporate a community gymnasium, as well as new community meeting rooms and improved player and umpire facilities.
Grovedale Football & Netball Club upgrade The Coalition will commit $350,000 to the Grovedale and Football Netball Club. This funding commitment will contribute to the cost of extending the function room to double the size of the current facility at a total cost of $850,000. The new development will see an extended verandah and spectator seating area, new toilets and storage areas.
Barwon Soccer Club Upgrade The Coalition will commit $350,000 to the Barwon Soccer Club. This funding commitment will contribute to the cost of construction of suitable clubrooms, fencing, a small sided game pitch, upgrade of lighting and asphalting of the car park.
‘I have been working with these groups for a number of months now and am absolutely delighted that a Coalition Government will commit to these upgrades.’ SARAH HENDERSON
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Concerned parents still waiting for answers
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Dear Editor, Concerned Parents About Torquay Surfcoast Schooling (CPATSS) has just received a letter from Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, in relation to the issues we raised with her following the public forum on June 21. Attached to this letter is a Torquay College Year 10-12 update (June 2010) flyer that outlines the principles and approaches to secondary school and a timeline for implementation (letter and flyer are available on our website at www.cpatss.com CPATSS is disappointed that the letter from the Minister of Education again fails to answer the questions raised at the forum, and also fails to address our request for a meeting with the minister. The flyer attached to the letter has provided some information to the reader, but again fails to answer concerns raised by CPATSS. The flyer makes a statement of including a wide range of information and consultation process to develop the college to meet the needs and expectations of our community. This open-ended statement does not provide a mechanism of how the consultative process will be conducted, and represent the broader community needs for Surf Coast secondary schooling. This is by far the most information that has been provided to the community on this matter and we commend government for this. A core focus for CPATSS has been to ensure information is available and transparent to the school community in order for parents to make informed decisions about the critically important issues regarding their childrenâ€™s education â€“ we have worked very hard to see this happen. The information provided has little indication of future secondary school planning in our rapidly growing community. From our data analysis it would seem that even when Torquay College 7-12 is fully operational at least 1,000 children per day will still be transported to Geelong and beyond to access secondary education. The plan may all seem fine on paper but of course the test will be in its implementation. CPATSS will continue to monitor information as it becomes available and provide it to the wider community via our website. CPATSS also welcomes the opportunity to participate in planning and development committees to assist in attaining the same top-class
secondary experience already realised in the current environment at Torquay College. Glenda Arenson On behalf of CPATSS
The time has come for a Liberal government Dear Editor, Over the past three years of this Labor government control, boat people have really come our way in force. It is fair enough that we, in turn, try and help them and their families to lead better lives in Australia. But when they take over the jobs of us Aussies â€“ who then may have to be forced onto benefits â€“ I object strongly. I do find it strange that their boat motors seems to stop working when they get here. Itâ€™s good thinking on their behalf, as they cannot be sent back to their own countries. Diesel motors are, in fact, very reliable â€“ but they do not like water in their fuel and cannot be fixed at sea. It is past time that the Labor government took a good, hard look at itself in this, and other very important issues, in which they need to change for the better. I think it will be Liberals for me, thank you. Cliff Winkler Torquay
No need to move Ocean Grove toilet block Dear Editor, I am writing in regards to the recent article â€˜Safety Concernsâ€™ re the toilet block in the retail centre car park in Ocean Grove. One of the main concerns regarding the current position of the toilet amenities block was the safety of elderly and children. If this is the case, then all the adjoining car parks should also be removed and allocated to a different position. There is absolutely no difference between walking from the toilets or walking from your parked car.
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The toilets are in a very convenient place for all shoppers and moving them will simply mean an inconvenience for many who wish to use these amenities. It was also stated that the moving of the toilet block will mean there are more car parks available. This is correct as we would gain approximately six to eight car parks, except what about the loss of car parks where the new amenities block will be? There is talk about it being behind Coles, but wherever it is will mean a loss of car parking spaces. At a minimum we would lose another six to eight spaces so there is no advantage to moving the amenities block at all. Perhaps it would be an idea if Ocean Grove residents had a say in this matter regarding their community, rather than the Ocean Grove Community Association president saying what should or shouldnâ€™t happen. Residents didnâ€™t vote for him so he is not speaking for us. Denise Gunn Ocean Grove
Time to be upfront and honest Dear Editor, The response by Woolworths Corporate and Public Affairs to my letter of July 6 in the Surf Coast Times indicates to me that I may have hit a rather raw nerve. It strikes me as trying to defend the indefensible. It neglects to acknowledge that the sole purpose of Woolworthâ€™s existence is to provide a return to shareholders. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I have no issue with this, however, this brings with it a requirement to be honest. There are really only two ways for Woolworths to make a profit. Either encourage more folks to use their supermarkets or reduce costs. No amount of corporate spin would convince a rational person that requiring customers to scan their own purchases is a path in the direction of providing a greater level of service that would in turn encourage more customers. This leaves the only conclusion to be drawn, no matter how much spin they put on it, customer scanning technology is a cost-cutting measure. To say that 40 per cent of Torquay customers have embraced the new technology puts a smile on my face as I envisage affection-starved Torquay residents passionately relating to the new machines. Forty per cent of customers may indeed use these machines but begrudgingly so because of the longer queues at the fewer lanes staffed in the traditional manner. My original comments still stand; the introduction of these machines is driven by one thing and one thing alone and that is the reduction of costs and with it the reduction of job opportunities within the Torquay community. At least be up front and honest. Peter Brighton Torquay
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THE LEUKAEMIA Foundation is calling on Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula residents to support one of its major fundraisers of the year â€“ Light the Night. The evening â€“ to be held at Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong on Saturday, September 1 â€“ is an inspiring event to remember, celebrate and give hope to people living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families. The foundation aims to raise $1.8million through Light the Night to fund blood cancer research and free services to support the estimated 40,000 Australians currently living blood cancers or related blood disorders. Families, friends and colleagues will gather at twilight to give witness to hope for a better future by carrying coloured balloons with a tiny light inside. The balloons are coloured according to the following: â€˘ Gold to REMEMBER a loved one â€˘ White to CELEBRATE being a blood cancer survivor â€˘ Blue to GIVE HOPE and show support. Now in its second year, Light the Night will be an inspiring
night as local ambassadors relate their experiences and lead gentle evening walks. In the weeks leading up the events, registrants raise funds for blood cancer research and free support services to support patients and their families â€œI helped to Light the Night at an inaugural event last year. It was stunning to see thousands of illuminated gold, white and blue balloons against the night sky,â€? said Stephanie Hechenberger, general manager of the Leukaemia Foundation in Victoria and Tasmania. This year, it is projected that 2,480 Victorians will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma each week and blood cancer will be the second biggest cancer killer in Australia after lung cancer. â€œLight the Night is a powerful expression of Australiaâ€™s blood cancer battles and this year, Victorians can help to give hope in a brighter future simply by attending,â€? said Hechenberger. Light the Night will be held in 25 locations across Australia. For more information or to register a team, phone 1800 500 088 or visit www.lightthenight.org.au
Helping young people make the transition YOUNG people leaving out-of-home care now have easier access to a comprehensive package of supports to help them make the transition from foster care, kinship care and supported accommodation to more independent lives. Visiting the Leaving Care Helpline headquarters at Melbourne Citymission last week, Minister for Community Services and Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, officially launched a one-stop-shop for advice and assistance. â€œJust like most teenagers, those living in outof-home care need support when they take the step from living at home with their carers to
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Hearing clinic comes to Torquay GOOD hearing is integral to good communication and quality of life. The ability to hear is essential at all ages – whether it is a child hearing their classroom teacher’s instructions, a husband hearing about his wife’s day or a grandparent being able to hear the punch-line of a family joke over dinner; our hearing is important. But did you know that hearing loss is the world’s single most common disability? The fact is, the majority of people who suffer from hearing impairment don’t have to, and improving the hearing problem can result in a significant improvement in their quality of life. Surf Coast Hearing Clinic is a new, local audiology clinic based in Torquay, which understands hearing
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Tuesday 27 July 2010
Grants up for grabs SURF Coast and Bellarine community groups can help seniors access a new world of information and communication by applying for Telstra Connected Seniors workshop grants worth up to $50,000. Grant amounts range up to $5,000 for local community organisations and up to $50,000 for state and territory organisations. Eligible community organisations can apply for Telstra Connected Seniors grants at www.telstraseniors.com.au until 5pm Wednesday, August 18. Telstra consumer executive director, Jenny Young, said the Telstra Connected Seniors workshops enable older Australians to embrace the digital age and enter a new, exciting communication horizon.
â€œThe workshops have been strongly attended across the country as older Australians are keen to learn how to communicate and access information using their computer and mobile phones,â€? Young said. â€œThe workshops are conducted by experts in a friendly and comfortable environment where seniors learn specifically tailored skills at their own pace. â€œOnce seniors have mastered the basics at the workshops, they can then revise their skills and learn other communication skills by accessing the online â€˜how toâ€™ guides log at www.telstraseniors.com.au.â€?
Telstra area general manager Geelong and the Surf Coast, Jodi Manion, said modern day technology can be easily embraced by all community members to help overcome isolation. â€œEveryone, no matter their age or background, can learn about modern technology at these workshops and the vast array of advantages they present,â€? she said. â€œWorkshop attendees will learn how to send and receive emails and text messages, which is the ideal way to keep in touch with family members who live in and out of town. â€œMore often, migrant groups have friends and relatives who live overseas and the workshops
will teach their members how to use features such as sending photographs and videos. While people living in rural and regional areas always enjoy learning new ways to keep in touch. â€œAnd of course everyone can benefit from learning how to do online banking and shopping, as well as how to stay in touch on social networks which are increasingly popular with seniors.â€? Not-for-profit community organisations with a primary member base of people age over 60 are eligible to apply. Organisations that have previously received grants and successfully completed their training can reapply for further funding.
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DEPARTMENT of Veteransâ€™ Affairs clients will have their new Repatriation Health Cards delivered by the end of next month. The new and improved cards are being mailed out over an eight-week period, and some clients may have already received theirs. Minister for Veteransâ€™ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan Griffin said around 40,000 new gold, white and orange cards began arriving in the letterboxes of clients earlier this month. Griffin said to coincide with old Repatriation Health Cards expiring this year, new cards had been designed to include a number of new and improved features. â€œNew cards will now have a magnetic strip which Drysdale Senior Citizens Club president, Mary Wilson, and members, Glenys McKenzie and June Naylor, will contain data including the veteranâ€™s full name, prepare a nutritious â€˜home-cookedâ€™ lunch for local seniors on Wednesdays â€“ one of many services provided by the club. To find out more about the weekly activities and events at Drysdale Senior Citizens Club, call in at the file number, card type and expiry date,â€? he said. centrally-located venue in Wyndham Street or phone 5251 2983. â€œMicro-printing and the addition of a DVA-
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The trip of a lifetime GEELONG Lutheran College student, Reife Braun, is only 12-years-old but is preparing to set off on an experience of a lifetime next week. Reife and his father will fly out to the African village of Kande, Malawi, on August 3 for a threeweek adventure he expects to learn a great deal from. The father and son team will be members of a 10-person work party for the Mphatso Children’s Foundation and will be helping to build a nursery school for children aged two to six years. Reife said they will also help to construct a maize, or corn, mill to grind the maize needed to make porridge for the children.
“The maize porridge costs about 10 cents per bowl; and a lot of the people in Malawi cannot afford food so they starve,” he explained. “Mphatso Children’s Foundation provides a free bowl of porridge every day to over 1,000 children in the nursery schools, some children walk up to two hours to get their free bowl of porridge. “This experience will change my life and I look forward to seeing how I can use my experience to benefit others in the future and help Malawi and others in need.” For further information about the foundation’s work in Malawi, go to www.mphatso.org
A monster of a fair ONE of the State’s largest book offerings, the Geelong West Rotary Club’s ‘Monster Book Fair’, will be held early next month. The Fair will take place over three big days at Geelong West Town Hall, Pakington Street, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 6, 7 and 8. Opening times are 11am-5pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-2pm Sunday. Thousands of books will be on offer at just $1 for soft-covers and $2 for hard-covers. All funds raised go to local and other Rotary
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Realise your dream at Estuary Senior auctioneers’ competition 2010 ADRIAN Butera from Compton & Green won the highly coveted REIV Senior Auctioneers’ Competition, beating a firstclass field of contestants. In order to win, Butera displayed a high degree of technical proficiency and professionalism, skills he will now use in his attempt at the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships in New Zealand in September. He will be joined in that event by runnerup Matthew Young from Buxton (St Kilda) Pty Ltd. The REIV conducts a yearly competition to find the best novice and senior auctioneers in Victoria. The purpose of this competition is twofold: it helps estate agents to develop and improve their skills; and it offers the industry an opportunity to highlight the skills required to conduct a successful auction and achieve the highest return for the vendor. Victoria is the residential auction capital of Australia and people expect not only an interesting auction but one that gets the best return possible for the owner. Entrants are judged by some of Victoria’s most experienced auctioneers on their understanding of the laws and regulations that relate to property transactions, as well as their ability to run the auction professionally and present the property. This year’s finalists were: Adrian Butera of Compton & Green; Peter Clark of Clark First National; Richard James of Jellis Craig; Alisha Hobart of Harcourts; and Matthew Young of Buxton (St Kilda) Pty Ltd.
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the estate’s central community park and walking distance from planned wetlands and the future fivehectare recreation reserve. “With nearby shopping, schools and the beautiful Lake Connewarre, buyers will enjoy a plethora of lifestyle opportunities, and all just 10 minutes from both Geelong city and the coast at Ocean Grove,” Cottesloe said. “Estuary will offer future residents the best of both worlds in a safe and secure small-town environment at Leopold.” For more information on Estuary and the release of stage 3B, contact Alan Smith on 1300 737 598 or visit the onsite sales office located off Melaluka Road Leopold, open from 12noon to 5pm daily. For more, visit www.estuaryleopold.com.au or www.villawoodproperties.com.au
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Warralily on display WARRALILY, Geelong’s first master-planned residential community, is set to become the region’s most sought after address for home hunters with the announcement of plans for a new display village within the estate. Due for completion mid-2011, the display village will be accessed off Barwon Heads Road and will feature the latest in home designs from some of the region’s most acclaimed builders. According to Warralily sales and marketing manager, Crystall Mousios, it will be the largest display village in Geelong. “The display village will feature 55 home designs from 23 local and metropolitan builders, however, residents will not be restricted to using one of these builders,” she said. “We know building a new home can be stressful and the purpose of Warralily’s display village is to help make those decisions easier by providing a wide variety of home designs and layouts you can touch and feel.” Each home will provide home builders with a ‘life size’ representation of the Warralily Design
Guidelines, which have been established to enhance the overall character of the community. “The aim of these guidelines is to protect each resident’s investment by creating a consistently high quality standard of homes and a community that all residents can be proud of.” Mousios emphasised Warralily’s focus on creating a sustainable community, with ‘intelligent solutions’ proposed to achieve minimal water and energy use. “This will include access to recycled water for parklands and private gardens and an advanced fibre optic network, connecting residents to high speed broadband, access to Pay TV without the need for a satellite dish and access to a unique community intranet with information on community events, forums and message boards,” she said. With residential lots already being snapped up, homebuyers are encouraged to register their interest via the Warralily website to stay up to date with activities and future land releases. For more information, visit the Warralily Sales Office at 259 Charlemont Road, Connewarre, phone 1300 661 719 or visit www.warralily.com.au
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LEOPOLD’S premier new residential development ‘Estuary’ is set to become a haven for first home buyers, with developer Villawood Properties’ recent release of 15 new land lots in stage 3B. Strong demand for lots at Estuary has led to the early release of stage 3B, which offers a mix of allotments ranging in size from 438sqm to 597sqm and affordably priced from just $147,000. Located in the bourgeoning new suburb of Leopold, first time buyers at Estuary will be well positioned to benefit from the Government’s new regional First Home Buyers Boost. Presenting a $26,500 grant for buyers building their first home in regional Victoria, the boost is now available to buyers (introduced July 1, 2010). Villawood Properties executive director, Rory Costelloe, said the release of stage 3B comes at an
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Double Storey Delight $420,000 60 YARRAMUNDI DVE, CLIFTON SPRINGS
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Dare To Be Different $342,000
4 DUMBURRA AVE, CLIFTON SPRINGS
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16 ACHILPA AVE, CLIFTON SPRINGS
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Relax, Entertain and Enjoy This home is a showpiece combining contemporary design with class and quality. Upstairs comprises a fantastic kids retreat area, four bedrooms including the master which has a WIR and ensuite. Ground floor features a spacious formal lounge, separate theatre/games room, open plan kitchen/meals, family space that seamlessly transitions to the undercover and decked outdoor entertaining area, fully landscaped low maintenance gardens. With a RC garage and features including heating, polished floorboards, stone bench tops, solar hot water and water tank to name a few.
Perf Perfect In Every Way Located in a quiet court location and only a short distance to the beach lies this magnificent 3 bedroom family home. Boasting a spacious open plan living area comprising of the lounge room, meals area and kitchen, which is spacious with dishwasher and pantry. All three bedrooms have built in robes and the master is of generous proportions. Outside is an outdoor decking area which is perfect for the lazy Sunday mornings or BBQ’s. Other features include a remote control single lock up garage, canara wood heater, gas heating, all set on a private yard amongst an established garden. Be quick as this is perfect for the first home buyer, retired couple or an investment, it is sure to go fast.
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Meleah Meade 0415 690 161
Glenn Hardman 0419 006 480
Join The Sea-Change Lifestyle This modern seaside townhouse situated in a quiet location has all of the ingredients for a comfortable and stylish lifestyle. On an allotment of 2, this 3 bedroom townhouse boasts ocean views from the second storey which comprises of a large living area, front and rear balcony’s and master bedroom with WIR and Ensuite. There are also 2 bedrooms both with BIR, a central bathroom and separate laundry. Outside is a low maintenance tropical garden with great use of space and a single lock up garage with space for a second car. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to buy your very own piece of Torquay!
Feature Packed – Quality Lifestyle Flowing floor plan, generous proportions and warm tones create a harmonious living environment in this well positioned family residence offering stunning views across the fairways. Upstairs incorporates a fantastic open plan kitchen/dining and family area, master bedroom with WIR and ensuite, study, powder room area overlooking the sixth hole fairway and green. Downstairs consists of two more bedrooms with BIR, rumpus, main bathroom, separate laundry to RC double garage. Extras inc reverse cycle heating/cooling, soaring high ceilings, PFB and stone bench tops. Access to the indoor pool and gym also within walking distance to the beach.
36 St Georges Way
1/24 Dumfries Court
23A Pearl Street, Torquay
Meleah Meade 0415 690 161
Meleah Meade 0415 690 161
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6 Brent Avenue, AIREYS INLET STUNNING VIEWS $825,000 • • • • • •
Solid three bedroom house. Magnificent views to Lorne and beyond. Never to be built out. Walk to beach and shops. Quiet court location. Parents retreat upstairs with study.
Inspect: By appointment Agent: Great Ocean Road Real Estate, Aireys Inlet Contact: James Worssam 0418 585 815
BELLBRAE 100 KURZMANS ROAD TORQUAY - BELL'S BEACH - BELLBRAE
Strikingly beautiful 10 acres of treed grass land beneath a canopy of mature Iron Barks in secluded valley setting only 5 minutes from Bell´s Beach, including ranch style solid brick four bedroom home, two living areas, billiard room and study, tiled and carpeted, double carport, workshop, shed, three dams and two paddocks. Close to bus stop, easy access to Deakin Uni, most sought after location. FOR SALE: $1,150,000 INSPECT: Sun 1:00-1:30pm CONTACT: Bryan Hayden 0417 613 250 Patrick Hayden 0437 882 088
TORQUAY 34 GREAT OCEAN ROAD FAMILY ENTERTAINER
> Four good sized bedrooms all with built in robes, master with ensuite > Downstairs spacious open plan living, kitchen and dining > Separate upstairs living with entertaining balcony capturing views to the water over Torquay golf course > Double garage, exposed timber flooring, reverse cycle heating/ cooling & a short walk to the club house & Jan Juc surf beach FOR SALE Price: $598,000 INSPECT: Sat 12:00-12:30pm CONTACT: John McMahon 0400 866 634
TORQUAY 15 - 17 COWRIE ROAD Prime Residential/ Development Site
17 Cowrie Road, Torquay 200 metres to beach and parkland, cosy four bedroom residence with spacious lounge/ dining room, land area 803 m2, gas ducted heating plus air conditioning, north facing sun deck, ideal holiday home/ residence/ development site. 15 Cowrie Road, Torquay Excellent development site- land area 803 m2. AUCTION: Sat 14 Aug @ 12 noon Terms 10% deposit, balance 30/60 days INSPECT: Sat 1:00-1:30pm CONTACT: Marianne Keane 0413 555 753, Wayne Mackay 0418 522 536
TORQUAY 31 ROCKLEA DRIVE FAMILY LIVING AT IT'S BEST
A fantastic coastal lifestyle, just minutes from schools, shops and the beach this spacious 5 bedroom family home is ideal for a large family, holiday home or investment. > Open plan, light filled living zone upstairs with access to entertainers deck > Views over Spring Creek and ocean glimpses > Large two car garage and plenty of storage spaces throughout the home AUCTION: Sat 7 Aug @ 11am Terms: 10% deposit, Balance 30/60/90 days INSPECT: Sat 1:30-2:00pm CONTACT: Patrick Hayden 0437 882 088 John McMahon 0400 866 634
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St Georges Way Cul-De-Sac 8 ONLY - LOTS 283 - 290
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NEW EXCLUSIVE RELEASE OF ONLY EIGHT ALLOTMENTS A rare opportunity now exists to secure your own piece of coastal paradise. Offering an ideal lifestyle location in a quiet Cul-De-Sac at the end of St Georges Way, with breathtaking course views overlooking the 4th and 5th holes of The Sands golf course. These recently released blocks range from 694sqm to 1080sqm. These allotments offer the perfect place to build your dream coastal home.
Hayden Real Estate 21 PEARL STREET, TORQUAY, VIC 3228 PH: 03 5261 2101 FAX: 03 5261 4422
PATRICK HAYDEN 0437 882 088 surfcoasttimes.com.au
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GREAT OCEAN ROAD REAL ESTATE TORQUAY YOUR WINTER SALES SPECIALISTS S
THE COMING MONTHS
We can again report excellent sales volumes & results from your dedicated sales team. A record land sale in Jan Juc & top results in home sales have been achieved over the cooler months. There has also been several exceptional sales in the rural area in and around Bellbrae / Bells Beach. The market remains buoyant across all sectors & we are seeing time on the market decreasing whilst prices across the board continue to escalate.
Stock levels have remained constant for the last few months after a dramatic drop in availabilities as we moved out of the effects of the GFC late 2009. Despite the cooler weather enquiry is strong though naturally numbers around town are down. As buyer confidence continues to improve we see further decreases in stock levels which can only impact positively on prices.
If you are considering selling we would be pleased to view your property at a time convenient to yourselves and provide a current market appraisal and report. Our report will include recent sales, availabilities, market conditions and options for marketing and selling programs.
Geoff Bennett 0458 513 860
Michael Ferris 0428 882 666
We are available 7 days a week so feel free to call us at any time.
Simon Hunnam 0488 203 737
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