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First steps Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine’s Narrelle Needham and Roger Grant at the tourism campaign launch on Monday. Photo: REBECCA LAUNER

VIDEO STARS Ocean Grove brothers highlight the best the region has to offer

BY REBECCA LAUNER

TWO Ocean Grove brothers are the creative force behind a new marketing campaign which is showcasing what the Bellarine Peninsula has to offer. Filmmakers Craig and Jarrod Boord produced and directed a series of short films which promote the region’s major tourism areas – Queenscliff, Ocean Grove, Wallington, Portarlington and the wider peninsula. Member for Western Victoria David Koch launched the three 90-second films during a function in Queenscliff on Monday. Roger Grant, executive director

of Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, said the best part about involving the local film makers in the campaign was that they knew the region and live in it. The launch was the first initiative of a major tourism restructure in the region. The move will see Mr Grant’s team and organisation become more dedicated to Geelong and the Bellarine, and move away from the traditional representation of the Great Ocean Road. During the launch the Boord brothers, who own Streamline Media in Ocean Grove, spoke about their ideas behind creating the videos, which involved using them as a social marketing tool.

“We wanted to get people talking and to ask the question, how did you capture that shot?” Jarrod said. The brothers, whose career choices stemmed from making motorbike films as kids, said they were lucky enough to involve world class musician Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire and other local talent to support their vision. “We take so much pride in our work and we went above and beyond our brief,’’ Craig said. The brothers won best documentary at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2010. Mr Grant says he is excited about the impact the videos will have. “Advances in technology and good

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quality access to the web mean visitors and potential visitors are more likely to watch a clip online,” Mr Grant said. Mr Koch said the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had provided $45,000 towards the marketing campaign, with funding partner Geelong Otway Tourism contributing $25,000. “The Regional Growth Fund invests in community-led projects such as this to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Koch said. To view the clips head to the following websites: visitqueenscliff. com.au, visitoceangrove.com.au, and visitportarlington.com.au.

Craig and Jarrod Boord at the launch. Photo: REBECCA LAUNER


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MAYOR’S COLUMN Proposed Fisherman’s Wharf Precinct development The Queenscliff Harbour has received state government support for a major redevelopment of the Fisherman’s Wharf precinct in Queenscliff, with a $1 million funding contribution announced earlier this month. The key project elements include a complete renewal of the dilapidated wharf, a unique stingray attraction, upgrade works in the Dinghy Basin and general infrastructure improvement works in the immediate precinct. The Borough of Queenscliffe has welcomed the announcement of funding by the Coalition state government, seeing the project as a rare opportunity to revitalise this iconic section of Queenscliff’s water front. Council has been advocating to the state government to upgrade Fisherman’s Wharf for the past five years given its desperate state of disrepair, its threat to public safety and its potential detrimental impact on the pristine marine environment. Implementing the proposal is dependent on a successful planning application and council is well aware of its legal obligation to objectively review the merits of the planning application, which is yet to be received from Queenscliff Harbour Pty Ltd. The Queenscliff Harbour will also need to make an application to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to conduct activities associated with the stingray attraction. The proposed project has the potential to transform what has become a derelict wharf

area into a major asset for the local community and one that will attract a significant number of visitors to Queenscliff. It will result in public safety improvements and address imminent threats to the pristine natural environment; while providing significant economic and social benefit for the Borough of Queenscliffe. It will also accommodate the needs of several community groups and emergency services. As part of its 2013/14 budget council has scheduled to undertake road and drainage improvement works in Bay Street through to Harbour Street.

This will include some road improvements in Harbour Street, opposite Fisherman’s Wharf. If a Fisherman’s Wharf planning application is approved by council, these works will be extended to include improvements to pathways, pedestrian safety and landscaping in the road reserve. When a planning application is received by council and all supporting documentation is provided, council will advertise the application and seek feedback from the community. Cr Helene Cameron Borough of Queenscliffe mayor

District manager Port Phillip Western Port at Parks Victoria Graeme Davis, Ryan Smith, Helene Cameron and Queenscliff Harbour director Peter Sidwell at the funding announcement. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

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Port honours dedicated duo BY REBECCA LAUNER A PORTARLINGTON man who always has time for others and has the patience of a saint was last week honoured with a business award. Portarlington Business Development Association president John Rae presented Merv Locke with the honour during an award night at Terindah Estate. Sue Wilson, who has given countless hours to strengthening her town, also took out the community 2013 award. Mr Locke and Ms Wilson received a plaque inscribed with; “In appreciation for your years of generous and outstanding service to the community of Portarlington”.

Mr Locke, who attended Portarlington Primary School from 1958, joined the fire brigade in 1978 and remains a member today. He played football with Portarlington as did his three sons and was a volunteer for many years and spent many weekends building the football club in the 70s. Mr Rae said Mr Locke was always on hand to help out his neighbours and he would never let a battler down, which was the Portarlington spirit. Ms Wilson, who moved to Portarlington in 1971, was involved in providing the children’s playground near Parks Hall, organised the Family Fiesta, Christmas spinning wheel events, held the secretary, treasurer and vice president positions with

the community association, and was instrumental in organising the initial meeting to bring the Bendigo Bank to Portarlington. She also chaired the Bellarine North Natural Gas Committee which resulted in having the gas connected to North Bellarine and helped facilitate the first National Celtic Festival in Portarlington. Ms Wilson is currently president of the Portarlington Neighbourhood House, a position she has held for the past three years and is a life member of the house. Mr Rae said Ms Wilson had an amazing list of achievements and thanked her on behalf of the Portarlington community.

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Merv Locke and Sue Wilson after the award presentation. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

HOGS rumble up a record BY REBECCA LAUNER

Santa leads a large convoy on the Geelong Toy Run last weekend. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

THE rumble of motorbikes echoed across the Bellarine at the weekend when more than 2,000 riders took part in the 21st annual Geelong Toy Run. This year’s ride attracted its biggest turnout yet, with more than 1,300 bikes joining the convoy from Richie Boulevard at Eastern Beach to Queenscliff foreshore to deliver much-needed donations to local community groups. Toy Run committee member and rider Craig Martin said the Harley Owners Group Annual Toy Run had come a long way from when it began 21 years ago, when just 21 bikes participated. “The last two years have been our biggest because we’ve had a bigger location at the start

and it’s filled up, so we are very happy with the turn out,’’ Mr Martin said. “It was a nice day which brought a lot more people out and there was such a great atmosphere.’’ Mr Martin said it was great to see so many kids on the side of the road waving and holding up signs as the convoy drove past them. “But I think they were fixated on Santa who rode at the head of the queue,’’ he joked. This year’s Toy Run included 53 per cent of riders from Geelong, which highlights the support received from riders state-wide. Geelong HOG members will spend this week sorting and distributing the truckloads of gifts and cash to local charities Bethany Family Services, Cottage by the Sea, Geelong Hospital children’s ward and the Queenscliff Coast Guard.

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Good grounds for play BY HAMISH BROOKS BARWON Coast officially relaunched the upgraded Flinders Parade Playground in Barwon Heads on Saturday. The existing playground was developed and constructed in 1996 as a joint project with the Lions Club of Barwon Heads/Ocean Grove and Barwon Coast. The recent $200,000 upgrade was funded with support from VicRoads, Parks Victoria and Barwon Coast. Barwon Coast general manager Bob Jordan was happy with how the playground has been transformed. “Today is the official opening of the refurbished playground and toilet facilities and we look forward to seeing continued high use of this improved and valuable asset to our coastline,” he said on Saturday. “I invite you all to come and enjoy the ambience of the area and the new equipment.” Barwon coast manager community liaison and education Maddie Glynn said the new design went through an extensive community consultation process, with designs being on display for nearly a year. “The final design reflects much of this community input. “The playground and park amenities within the Frank Ellis Reserve have been upgraded to become an interactive playground with passive and active play equipment and spaces. “The play equipment installed has been selected to cater for a range of ages and abilities as well as different types of play. “The new design and layout provides hard surface access to most of the pathways allowing access for all abilities and ages.” She said the equipment installed was creative, robust and environmentally sustainable.

ABOVE: Poppy Robertson, 4, from Barwon Heads, enjoys the upgraded Flinders Parade playground. RIGHT: Lara, Abigail, Poppy and Louis enjoy the new equipment. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

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Historical district celebrates its 160th BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Bellarine Peninsula today marks the 160th anniversary of the Portarlington Road District, which was the precursor to the establishment of the peninsula’s first shire. In 1853, residents in the area were among the first to benefit from “an Act for making and improving roads in the Colony of Victoria�. In the Government Gazette of August 12 that year, the Portarlington Road District was proclaimed, leading several years later to the establishment of the Shire of Bellarine. Cr Lindsay Ellis, who represents Coryule ward, said that although

the Portarlington Road District was proclaimed on December 12, 1853, it was nearly six months before 10 local residents requested the police magistrate at Geelong, William H. Bonsey, to call a meeting for the purpose of appointing a Road Board for the District. The meeting at Bellarine’s Buck’s Head Inn decided to appoint a board to superintend “the providing and completing the construction, repair and maintenance of roads in the Portarlington road district�. Cr Ellis said that under the Act, the board had the power to levy rates and could raise money from tolls on those who used the roads. A toll house and gate was subsequently

constructed at a point thought to be close to the intersection of Portarlington and Moolap Station roads, with another on the road to Shortland’s Bluff (as Queenscliff was then known). Cr Ellis said that with the money raised from the rates and tolls, the board got to work clearing the local roads, grubbing out the stumps and large rocks that were the major road hazards of the time. He said the population of the Bellarine was growing steadily, and it was only a short time until the shire was formed. Moves are now under way for major celebrations in 2016 to mark the formal establishment of the inaugural Bellarine Shire.

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Cr Lindsay Ellis has come across some interesting information about the origins of local government on the Bellarine Peninsula

Johnson-Baxter’s tradie triumph Ocean Grove’s Josh Johnson-Baxter was crowned the inaugural A&L Tradies Surf Challenge champion after claiming the open men’s division in marginal surf at Jan Juc on Saturday. The contest is the first of its kind in Victoria to specifically cater for tradies and saw tradesman from all over the state battle it out for the chance to win $4,000 worth of Quiksilver vouchers. Johnson-Baxter was in form, winning all of his heats throughout the day and claiming three of the top five highest scoring waves. In the final, JohnsonBaxter was unstoppable, amassing a heat total of 13.33 to beat Portland’s Marcus Elridge. James Healey from Aireys Inlet placed third and Brendan Murphy from Torquay came in fourth.

POLICE are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault of Torquay racing identity Bill Vlahos at his Connewarre property on Sunday night. Mr Vlahos, 48, was assaulted and his ute torched at Grace Park - where BC3 Thoroughbreds is based - in Randles Road at about 8pm. Police, ambulance and firefighting crews attended the scene. Mr Vlahos has since resigned as chairman of BC3, which was placed into voluntary administration earlier this week. The first meeting of creditors will take place on December 19, but horses under the BC3 banner will be allowed to keep racing. Mr Vlahos faced court in New South Wales last week regarding his management of an exclusive punters’ club, in which more than $194 million of funds has gone missing.

Offer details released, paramedics rally THE state government has released more details of its latest wage offer to paramedics, which has been rejected by the Ambulance Employees Association (AEA). Health Minister David Davis said the most common grade of paramedics, the advanced life support paramedic with at least six years experience (ALS6), would earn a total annual remuneration package worth around $110,000 by the last year of the proposed agreement. Ambulance Victoria has offered an upfront wage increase of six per cent, followed by two further increases of three per cent. Signon bonuses of $1,500 have also been offered. Hundreds of AEA members held a rally outside Parliament yesterday.

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Protect the coast with a government grant BY JAMES TAYLOR COASTAL conservation Groups in Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Otways have been invited to apply for their share of $200,000 for projects to protect and enhance Victoria’s coastline. Polwarth MP Terry Mulder and South Barwon MP Andrew Katos said funding from the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program was now open to volunteer coastal conservation groups to apply for up to $20,000. The program is open to applications that focus on works such as biodiversity and habitat protection, revegetation, weed and pest control, and community engagement. Projects funded in the October round included: • $9,075 to ANGAIR for woody weed control and

revegetation at Soapy Rocks in Anglesea • $12,980 to the Barwon Heads Golf Club Volunteer Group for invasive weed removal from coastal bushland perimeter of golf course and controlled burn site • $11,088 to the Friends of Queens Park to protecting ecological values through weed control at Queens Park in Lorne • $6,534 to Jan Juc Coast Action for controlling woody weeds at Rock Point, Jan Juc • $15,000 to Southern Otway Landcare Network for Sands Road dune rehabilitation • $9,810 to Torquay Coast Action Group for the enhancement and restoration of coastal moonah woodland at Fisherman’s Beach. “Thousands of Victorians do a fantastic job along the coast in volunteer groups such as Coastcare,

Landcare, foreshore committees of management, education providers and environmental groups,” Mr Mulder said. “The Coalition government’s funding towards the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program helps groups take practical local action to protect and enhance coastal and marine environments.” Mr Katos said along with the $9 million investment into coast care protection, the program ensured the protection of critical habitat, the management of erosion and enhancement of knowledge about coastal protection in coastal communities. “These projects have left lasting benefits for coastal environments beyond the Bellarine and Surf Coast region, so that all Victorians can continue to enjoy their favourite coastal places.”

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No ifs, no butts in EPA litter crackdown BY JAMES TAYLOR

More than 90 per cent of littering fines issued this year were for cigarette butts. Photo: DARREN NOYES-BROWN

CIGARETTE butts will be the key focus of Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria’s summer litter crackdown, with figures revealing about 25 bushfires in Victoria’s park and forests are caused every year by discarded butts. Launching its new mobile litter reporting site, epa.vic.gov.au/ reportlitter, on the first day of summer, EPA chief executive officer John Merritt revealed more than 90 per cent of the $3.5 million in fines issued for littering this year were for butts thrown from cars. He said the crackdown on litterers would continue over summer, as the fire

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Mystery surrounds Mobile coverage calls answered no plastic protest BY TIFFANY PILCHER

BY TIFFANY PILCHER OCEAN Grove has gone a bit baggy with an anonymous public awareness announcement taking over a building site in Hodgson Street this week. An installation made of plastic bags has popped up and reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;keep our sea plastic bag freeâ&#x20AC;? and appears to be in support of Ocean Grove Coastcareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Plastic Bag Free Ocean Grove campaign. The campaign aims to involve the community in reducing the amount of plastic bags unnecessarily ending up in the ocean and landfill. Ocean Grove Coastcare president John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly said he was aware of the installation but it was not orchestrated by the environmental volunteer group.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a private work and it has been put up legally with the permission of the owner of the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been put together by Coastcare but we do support the message.â&#x20AC;? Mr Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly said he was impressed with the initiative of the artist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a piece of visual art that gets the message across and raises awareness about the issue of litter and rubbish in Ocean Grove. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very well done and it seems whoever has put it up has put a great deal of care into making sure none of the bags fly off the fence.â&#x20AC;? The work first appeared near the corner of Hodgson and Orton Street on Sunday and was moved to another site further up Hodgson Street towards The Terrace on Monday.

An unknown protester has created an artwork to raise awareness in Ocean Grove about plastic bags ending up in the ocean and landfill. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

WITH many Ocean Grove residents still hanging on the line, member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson has promised to continue fighting to fix mobile phone black spots in the area. As part of an election promise, the federal government is set to deliver $100 million in funding to improve mobile coverage in regional and remote areas across the country. The program will include $80 million for mobile network expansion to improve coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to natural disasters. There will also be $20 million to address

unique mobile coverage problems, such as in popular tourism locations. With Ocean Grove qualifying in both categories, Ms Henderson said she will battle for the town to be selected as one of the areas that receives the upgrades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ocean Grove is high on my list of priority areas for the mobile phone black spot program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many pockets of Ocean Grove where the reception is frankly terrible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will fight hard to ensure Ocean Grove receives funding under the program but it will be a competitive process.â&#x20AC;? Applications for the program will open in the new year.

Hub works set to start BY REBECCA LAUNER PASSERS by will begin to see some movement on the Leopold Community Hub site by Christmas. Construction company Devco plans to start site establishment works before December 25, which includes fencing, on-site sheds and security. Cheetham ward councillor Rod Macdonald said construction of the hub would begin in the new year and its doors would open in time for the 2015 school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m delighted that work will soon start on the Leopold Community Hubâ&#x20AC;?, Cr Macdonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leopold is a fast growing area with a current population of 11,000 predicted to grow to 15,000 by 2021. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new hub will cater for the huge local demand

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Dry catchment required for Anglesea River recovery BY HAMISH BROOKS THE Surf Coast Shire and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) will not deepen the Angelsea River mouth in time for the Christmas holidays, preferring to let the water quality improve naturally over time. Last week, representatives of the shire and Corangamite CMA met to discuss the river’s water, which has become unsuitable for swimming and fish life following run off from the naturally acidic soils in the river’s catchment. The organisations released a joint statement,

where they said they were supporting Anglesea River’s natural recovery. “The Anglesea River is currently acidic. To protect public health, council and EPA Victoria advise the public not to eat dead or dying fish and not to swim in the river as this may cause eye or skin irritation. “Generally, the river returns to normal naturally as the catchment upstream dries out. “Short term options have been considered to accelerate the river’s natural recovery including a deep artificial opening of the estuary mouth. “While this may improve the acidic water, there are other impacts that may occur for up to two

months including: significantly less water in the river estuary limiting public recreation opportunities, exposure of large areas of mudflats with prevailing winds blowing odours into the town and an elevated risk of additional fish deaths. “These impacts are considered too high to warrant a deep opening of the river mouth.” The Anglesea River Support Action Group had been strongly advocating for an artificial deepening of the mouth in the hope that high tides before Christmas would flush the system and make it safe for swimming. They hoped fish would quickly return to the

system to provide options for summer anglers. The Corangamite CMA said it is reinstating river fish habitat to improve the long term health of the river, a decision informed by the Anglesea Estuary Management Plan 2013–2020. The plan can be found at ccma.vic.gov.au/Whatwe-do/Water/Estuary-Management/AngleseaRiver.aspx. The shire and Corangamite CMA said public health warning signs at the river will be removed when water quality returns to the national standards for swimming. See Letters, pages 26-27.

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The Anglesea River estuary upstream of the Great Ocean Road. INSET: The Anglesea River mouth when it was flushed naturally by king tides and a large swell in April 2011.

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THE federal government is pumping $8.15 million into four infrastructure projects in the Geelong region that are expected to create almost 1,000 jobs. The Community Developments Grants funding has been approved by Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, and announced last week by Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson. The funding includes $3 million for the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, which will bring together clinicians, researchers and animal health specialists that will stimulate investment and mitigate the economic risk of emerging infectious disease outbreaks. The $12.12 million collaboration between the government, the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University, Barwon Health, and the CSIRO will create 107 jobs during construction and 30 ongoing positions. The $1.4 million second stage of Banyul Warri Fields in Torquay North will receive $500,000,

and will include a regional skate park, district playground and multi-purpose sports training facility. The other two grants are $4.17 million for the $11.78 million Water Infrastructure in Golden Plains Food Production and Employment Precinct, and $480,000 for the $1.2 million Meredith Integrated Community Hub. Ms Henderson said the federal government was providing certainty by delivering funding for the projects. “The projects will provide a much-needed jobs boost to communities across our region, and much needed community infrastructure. This diverse range of projects will also provide a host of fantastic new opportunities.” She said that under the program, the three recipients – City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and Surf Coast Shire – had six months to sign their funding agreements. “The four projects are ready to proceed and I am very much looking forward to seeing construction getting underway as soon as possible.”

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Plaque honours town pioneer BY REBECCA LAUNER A PIONEER among the Indented Head community has been recognised for his contribution to the coastal town over many years. A plaque honouring Herbert Hague Lewis, who constructed the Batman Memorial and eight of the first boat sheds in the 1920s and 30s before he died in 1943, was unveiled last month. The plaque recognising Lewis as the builder of the Batman Memorial was unveiled on November 23, and stands adjacent to Batman Memorial. The unveiling came almost seven years after the Indented Head Community Association, on behalf of Herbert’s family, approached the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee to construct the monument. Sadly, Herbert’s daughter Lynette Chambers died

aged 94, just months before the ceremony, but she knew her family’s request had finally been granted. Before she died, Ms Chambers shared some of her first memories of Indented Head, where she grew up on a farm, which ran between The Esplanade, McDonald Street and Ibbotson Street. She recalled her childhood when transport was by horse and cart or by Pigdon’s van – a T-model Ford, and when her parents took her to the beach to watch the Ozone being towed in to Indented Head. “It was a beautiful sight, watching the Ozone, fully outlined in lights, slowly coming towards us, and there was excitement in the crowd,” Ms Chambers recalled. “Suddenly, a storm blew up and the Ozone began to drag anchor, the captain panicked and rowed back out and let her down where she was.”

The fireworks light up the sky at Cosy Corner.

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The fire twirlers light up the sand. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

Torquay Festival up in flames Mrs Chambers’ family at the unveiling (L-R) Elspeth Chambers, Nicholas Chambers and Marianne Vessey. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

A SOLID crowd visited Torquay’s foreshore over the weekend for this year’s Torquay Festival, which ran from mid afternoon until dark. The annual event celebrating Torquay’s diverse community, culture, environment and arts didn’t let the hundreds of attendees down,

with the now famous fire twirlers and fireworks show again highlights. A host of musicians performed including the now ubiquitous Imogen Brough. Children’s entertainer Willow Star and comedy, circus and improvisation act Justin Sane also drew big crowds.

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Kiitos comes to Torquay BY TIFFANY PILCHER BARWON Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Maria Malakellis has turned another ugly duckling coastal building into a retail swan, opening her second Kiitos Living by Design store. This one is on Bell Street in Torquay. The former dilapidated retail space is now a visual feast of fashion, design, homewares, textiles and gifts for loved ones or yourself that will last a lifetime. The original Kiitos is located in an old Barwon Heads petrol station and Ms Malakellis decided it was time for a sister store in Torquay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torquay is more than ready for a store like this,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a replica of the Barwon Heads store, everything in here has been hand selected to suit the relaxed Torquay lifestyle.â&#x20AC;?

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Red and yellow flags are flying at the beach BY JAMES TAYLOR

Maria Malakellis is thrilled to invite customers to her new Kiitos Living by Design store in Bell Street, Torquay.

THE red and yellow flags have been raised at all patrolled beaches across Victoria with the return of coastal life saving patrols for the 2013/14 summer season. Life Saving Victoria (LSV) manager life saving operations Greg Scott said thousands of life savers were back patrolling just in time for Water Safety Week, which ran from December 1-8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ask all beachgoers to take care of themselves and assist our life savers by swimming at the patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. If our life savers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see you, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t save you. While we encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy our coast, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important that people realise just how dangerous beaches can be â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even on those days of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;perfectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beach weather. Rip currents will occur at all beaches, even in bays. They are extremely dangerous and difficult to spot.â&#x20AC;? People have been urged to plan ahead: â&#x20AC;˘ check the weather conditions, including tides and swells for the beach you are visiting. Look out for any forecasted changes as they can

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Oh Hark! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carols in the Park THE sounds of the season filled Ocean Grove on Sunday night with Carols in the Park. It was a night for the whole community with classic and modern Christmas songs delighting

people of all ages throughout the evening. Held in Ocean Grove Park and featuring a host of talented local performers, the carols are the largest community event in Ocean Grove each Christmas.

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WorkCover shift to Geelong supported BY JAMES TAYLOR

Former Surf World directors (L-R) Simon Loone, Jack Finlay, Brett Ince, Melinda Stewart, Brooke Jaworski, and present director Craig Baird cut the cake. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

Celebrating 20 Years of Surfing Culture SURF World Museum in Torquay celebrated its 20th anniversary with the launch last week of a unique exhibition chronicling 20 years of surfing culture. Following the launch, Cr David Bell thanked the local community for its support of Surf World’s growth. “Many local residents have loaned items to Surf World Museum or donated items to help shape its permanent collection. “It was great to have the opportunity to recognise people who have been pivotal in the museum’s founding and operation, including Peter Troy, Vic Tantau and Allen Reed; former directors Jack Findlay, Brett Ince, Melinda Stewart, Brooke

Jaworski, Simon Loone and current director Craig Baird.” Surf Coast mayor Rose Hodge paid tribute to Surf World’s growth and its place as a cultural asset of the community. “Surf World is home to so many stories that are special to international surfing and to the Surf Coast community,” Cr Hodge said. “I encourage local residents to catch the 20 20 exhibition and celebrate this anniversary of our major cultural institution in style.” The 20 20 exhibition at the world’s largest surfing museum will feature material from Australia’s most successful competitive surfers, Layne Beachley and Mark Richards; who are both

multiple world champions. The exhibition also features a tribute to Kelly Slater as well as sections devoted to indigenous surfing, design, history, art and culture and other never before seen artefacts from the museum’s significant permanent collection. More than 14,000 people including thousands of school students visit the museum annually, with more than 40 per cent of visitors coming from overseas countries. The 20 20 exhibition will be on show over summer, finishing during May. Surf World will also run its International Film Festival over the Christmas/New Year period, with the program to be released shortly.

A PLEDGE to move the Victorian WorkCover Authority head office to Geelong now has bipartisan support, with the Opposition supporting last week’s proposal by the Coalition government. About 550 jobs would be relocated to Geelong, mostly in the administration and back office operations of WorkCover such as IT, finance, procurement, legal, payroll and human resources. Last week, Premier Denis Napthine said based on the relocation of other state government offices to regional centres, the shift was expected to generate more than $50 million per year in additional economic benefits for the Geelong region. “The relocation of WorkCover’s head office to Geelong, in combination with the national headquarters of National Disability Insurance Scheme and the TAC, will create a cluster of insurance and disability related services.” Shadow cabinet minister and Lara MP John Eren confirmed that Labor would move WorkCover to Geelong if it won office at next year’s election. Central Geelong Taskforce chair and Brownbill ward councillor Michelle Heagney welcomed news of the relocation. “The WorkCover head office would be a great boost to Central Geelong and build on our already considerable industry strengths and expertise in insurance, health and disability-related services,” she said. “The Central Geelong Taskforce is clear about the need to attract more people to the city centre, and an extra 550 workers would not only be a significant economic boost but help to create the bustle and life that characterises vibrant cities.” The Community and Public Sector Union has criticised the proposal, with secretary Karen Black saying it would force WorkCover employees to choose between their job and their family. “No analysis will have been done on where the workforce resides and experience says 80 per cent will not move and will be forced to take redundancy.”

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Aged care facility planned for Star of the Sea Village CATHOLIC Homes, owners and developers of the highly successful Star of the Sea retirement village in Horseshoe Bend Road in Torquay, have applied to the Surf Coast Shire for a planning permit to develop a 90-bed aged care facility in the south east corner of the site. The strategic direction to allow residents to age in place on the one site is similar to successful projects undertaken by Catholic Homes in Clayton, Pakenham and Bacchus Marsh. Star of the Sea Village sales manager Pip Walker said that some of the residents were reaching the stage where higher levels of care will soon become necessary. This enticing prospect of continuum of care has sparked a strong interest in the village in recent times. A fully integrated aging in place facility provides a wonderful opportunity to village residents to transition from retirement living to aged care as seamlessly as possible. The state-of-the-art, purpose-built Aged Care Facility will also open to the broader community, welcoming all people from diverse cultures, nationalities and faiths. Catholic Homes is very proud to offer this unified approach to retirement living and is pleased that they are able to support the senior community as their care needs increase. Star of the Sea Village is located at 1 Headland Drive, Torquay and is open for inspection seven days a week. For further information please phone village manager Pip Walker on 5264 3600 or visit staroftheseavillage.com.au.

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Spate of recent harvesting fires sparks warning BY DEAN WEBSTER THE Country Fire Authority (CFA) has urged farmers to be extra vigilant during harvesting period after a spate of fires caused by headers in the past few weeks. Recently, there were 10 crop fires near Horsham and all of them were sparked by headers. The largest at Kalkee burnt 100 hectares of lentil crop and threatened nearby properties; another three crop fires broke out in a similar area, all caused by headers. Farmers in the Surf Coast and Bellarine are now harvesting subject to finding gaps in the weather. Chief officer Euan Ferguson said while the CFA understands the importance of cropping and harvesting, farmers need to be aware of their local conditions and have the correct equipment

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with them at all times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While harvesting can still go ahead during the Fire Danger Period, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important farmers monitor the weather conditions closely throughout the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We encourage farmers to use on-site weather reading instruments to monitor the air temperature and relative humidity, average wind speed and gust strength. These can be really useful tools to assist farmers to identify when conditions become too risky to harvest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farm machinery should be free from faults, fitted with a spark arrester and carry a knapsack pump or fire extinguisher. The most important thing you can do is take regular breaks to clear out grass, sticks and seeds that become caught in airflow vents, stone guards and bash plates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important to regularly look behind you and know when to shut your machinery down â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hot

exhausts can easily start fires as can sparks when machinery hits stones.â&#x20AC;? Mr Ferguson said being extra cautious not only saves potentially tens of thousands of dollars in loss of assets, it also minimises the risk of unplanned fires which could risk lives and property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety should be your first priority, extinguishers with the required nine-litre capacity should be fitted to every tractor or self-propelled header, and harvesters and other large machinery should also be equipped with a shovel.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done it already, now is also a good time to check that your fire fighting equipment is on hand and is in good working order.â&#x20AC;? Farmers, contractors and landholders can find fire safety advice and guidelines online at cfa.vic.gov. au/farming or call 1800 240 667 to request a free copy of CFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booklet. The CFA advises farmers to: â&#x20AC;˘ make sure headers are checked and cleaned before starting work and repeat this every hour â&#x20AC;˘ postpone unnecessary or nonessential work â&#x20AC;˘ make sure fire fighting equipment is on hand and extinguishers fitted to the headers â&#x20AC;˘ remain vigilant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; look behind regularly to check for fires and take regular breaks to check for build-up of flammable materials in the machinery â&#x20AC;˘ check for straw of grass build up while harvesting â&#x20AC;˘ when carting hay, have a fire-resistant shield behind the exhaust â&#x20AC;˘ double check all spark arrestors â&#x20AC;˘ avoid driving motorbikes through long, dry grass â&#x20AC;˘ leave the angle grinder in the cupboard on bad days.

  

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Residual risk of Fundraising sandtrooper troops through region bushfire falls BY ALI DEANE

BY JAMES TAYLOR THE chance of a major bushfire in the Barwon Otway region is expected to drop to 50 per cent or less over the next two years, according to the latest Victorian Bushfire Risk Profiles. Last week, the state government released details on its fuel management profiles for 2012-13, which contain details on the inherent risk of a bushfire in different places across the state. The residual risk of a bushfire in the Barwon Otway region peaked in the early 1980s at about 90 per cent – and the predictions were proven correct with the Ash Wednesday bushfires – before falling to about 30 per cent in 1984 and steadily rising to hit about 85 per cent in 2002. Planned burning over the past decade appears to have been a great success, with residual risk dropping from about 80 per cent in 2003 to about 60 per cent this year and to less than 50 per cent by 2015 if conditions are favourable. The risk profiles also show that planned burning of highly treatable public land reduces the region’s minimum residual risk to 20 per cent, much lower than other landscapes. This indicates that the highly treatable public land plays an important role in the spread and impacts of major bushfires. Incorporating private land burning could reduce this theoretical minimum to below 10 per cent. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the state government was evolving its approach to managing bushfire risk to maximise the safety of Victorian communities. “We’ve now using advanced computer modelling to develop the first Victorian Bushfire Risk Profile report to indicate how much bushfire risk there is in a particular area before and after planned burning and bushfires. “Victorians need to take action to address risks around private property by clearing weeds and removing firewood, rubbish and other fuel.”

FORMER serviceman and Melbourne father Scott Loxley set off on foot in his Sandtrooper Star Wars costume to help sick kids a month ago. After a successful trip around Tasmania, Loxley made his way through Geelong in pelting rain last Thursday, to be greeted by sun on Friday as he walked into Torquay and continued down the Great Ocean Road. Loxley is only at the start of his 18-month solo mission, Storming around Australia, to raise money for the Monash Children’s Hospital, but the driven father of one said he was feeling good and there had been no issues so far. “It’s going slowly, but I did Tassie in under two weeks, so I’m pretty happy with that. I’ll be walking roughly 15,000 kilometres, and usually I stop each day wherever 50 kilometres takes me.” Loxley is pushing a lightweight trolley with supplies including a tent, solar panels and a radio to break the monotony, and expects to go through 15 pairs of runners. He said it was easy after overseas work assignments, where he had to carry a 50 kilogram pack. “It’s simply that I can do it, so I should do it. “I was discharged from the army in 2011, and this was something I was always going to do. It’s been in the works for a couple of years, I didn’t expect it to grow into this, but it’s for the kids in hospital, and I always wanted to give back.” Loxley’s aim is to raise awareness for kids battling illness and raise $100,000 for the Monash Children’s Hospital, which provides care for over 30,000 children every year and is being rebuilt in 2014. “People stop with drinks to help me, and with donations and well wishes. I’m winning straight away, and the hospital’s winning.” Loxley has raised $1,338 so far, and is looking forward to going on a honeymoon with his wife he married the week before he set off, when he completes his mission in approximately 18 months. To support Loxley’s Storming around Australia head to his Everyday Hero page give.everydayhero.com/au/ scott_MCH or his Facebook page for more information.

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Surf Coast Secondary College open for inspection BY ALI DEANE

Assistant principal Nick Lynch (left), principal Scott Diamond (right) and students Cooper and Scarlett in front of the new Surf Coast Secondary College standing in one of the courtyards.

CONSTRUCTION of the new state-of-theart Surf Coast Secondary College in North Torquay is officially complete, and on Monday the keys were handed over, right on schedule. The new campus will cater to approximately 400 students from years 7-12 in 2014, and it is not hard to see why it is being labelled the most contemporary secondary college in Victoria. Modern design, flexible open learning spaces, various specialist wings, theatrettes, wireless infrastructure, student courtyards, an outdoor amphitheatre, gym and sporting facilities, hydronic heating and architecturally designed natural cooling, plus stylish landscaping is what students can look forward to next year. The new school was designed by Suters Architects and was built by construction firm Ireland Brown. Principal Scott Diamond said he was blown away with how special it looked. “The builders, architects and team have done a great job,” Mr Diamond said. “To get it finished on time and looking so good, I’m blown away. “The finish, the design of the spaces, the facilities, the position and the landscaping, we couldn’t ask for a better outcome.” Mr Diamond said the new school was designed with views in mind, and it fits in

really well with the Surf Coast. “We have 14 new staff, 30-35 year 12 students and we have added an extra year 9 class for next year, which is a great sign, and we are still taking enrolments. “The new school can cater to 950, and there is plenty of scope for growth. “We’ve waited a long time for a secondary school in Torquay, so it’s hard to express the significance of this day. “It’s a great setup, we can’t wait to move in, and it will be great to share it with people on the community open night.” Surf Coast Secondary College’s Scarlett von Brandenstein who will be stepping up into year 8 next year said she was very excited about moving over to the new campus. “We’ll feel more mature, and it’s great because it is bigger; it will feel like going to a new school.” Cooper Willingham said he liked the whole idea of the new buildings and more open spaces. Final landscaping works and finishing touches are being completed, and furniture will be going in this week. The new Surf Coast Secondary College will be open for inspection to the community on December 19, 4pm-7pm. For more information or to discuss enrolment phone 5261 6633 or go to surfcoastsecondarycollege.vic.edu.au.

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Good work on prison project recognised BY JAMES TAYLOR A PROJECT in the Geelong region where Indigenous offenders and prisoners helped preserve traditional land has been recognised at this year’s Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards. The awards recognise the huge range of programs Corrections Victoria undertakes every year across the state to benefit the community. The Wathaurong Traditional Land Environmental Conservation project was the joint winner in the Best Project Involving Diversity, Indigenous and Aged Offenders/Prisoners category and runner-up

in the Educational Institution/Educational Programs category. It encouraged Indigenous offenders and prisoners on community-based orders to work with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative to help conserve Wurdi Youang, an ancient Aboriginal stone arrangement near Little River. Department of Justice Barwon South West acting regional director Len Norman said Indigenous offenders and prisoners had completed a considerable amount of conservation and land management work. “The offenders completed work such as fencing, and planting vegetation and trees in order to

conserve the traditional site.” Since the project began in 2011, offenders have built three kilometres of fencing, including around the stone arrangement for protection from disturbance, while also eradicating about 365 hectares of weeds. “The project gives Indigenous offenders an opportunity to contribute to the Aboriginal community, as well as obtain qualifications relating to the work undertaken in the project,” Mr Norman said. He said it was a remarkable example of the wider benefits of work partnerships, with broad reaching improvements to the lives of communities

and offenders alike. Other projects and people from the region recognised at this year’s awards were the Borough of Queenscliffe Conservation Program, the GDP Industries Waste Management and Recycling Program, the Building Stronger Corangamite Communities project, and Colin Kelly from the St Vincent de Paul Society. Not-for-profit groups interested in forming a community work partnership should contact their local prison or regional Community Correctional Services Community Work office. For more information, head to corrections.vic.gov.au.

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Lions summer raffle launched

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BY JAMES TAYLOR EVERYONE loves a good raffle over the Christmas break, and the Torquay Lions Club opened the book for its 2013/14 summer raffle earlier this week. Volunteers from the club set up outside the Bendigo Bank branch on Gilbert Street for the first time on Tuesday morning, and had sold about half a dozen tickets when the Surf Coast Times visited half an hour later. Torquay Lions Club member Alan Douglas said ticket sales were originally meant to start on Monday, but heavy rain postponed the start of the annual raffle to the following day. First prize in the raffle is a Weber family barbeque worth $900, including gas bottle, cover and brush set. Second prize is a 21-inch Sharp flatscreen television worth $500. Bendigo Bank Torquay branch manager Robert Harris has hosted the raffle outside his bank for four to five years, and said he always made a point of buying the first ticket every year. Mr Douglas said the raffle typically sold between 3,000-4,000 tickets. The proceeds will be combined with other funds raised by the Lions Club over the year through events such as sausage sizzles, for a total pool of between $30,000-50,000. Mr Douglas said community organisations such as surf life saving clubs and junior football clubs could then make an application for a grant, which could be as much as several thousand dollars. Tickets for the summer raffle – $2 each or three for $5 – will be sold until January 25 and be drawn at Taylor Park, Torquay at 10am on Australia Day, January 26. Head to torquayau.lionwap.org where results will be published.

Robert Harris and Alan Douglas show off the first prize in this year’s Torquay Lions Club summer raffle. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

COLAC Otway Shire will speak to the organisers of the Great Victorian Bike Ride after the community expressed concern about traffic management during the event. An event debrief with all stakeholders will occur in the new year and chief executive officer Rob Small said the meeting would be an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the ride, including road safety. Mr Small said the event brought more than 5,000 people to the shire over two days and provided significant economic and tourism benefits. However, he said the community had expressed genuine concerns about road safety, which the council would follow up. “This will be an opportunity to not just talk about the event’s successes, but about how traffic management and safety can be improved when the event returns to the Otway hinterland in six years’ time.”

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Landslide alarm Dear Editor, I have been a resident of Torquay for over 17 years, and have read, with alarm, the Surf Coast Times front page story “Landslide” about the state government’s plan to initiate a pilot with the view of transferring management of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) to the Surf Coast Shire. To hand over such a beautiful area of our coast to the shire, to my mind, is fraught with danger. When we moved to Torquay we found ourselves members the Save Taylor Park group, as the Surf Coast Shire were contemplating taking over the park for development. The take over attempt was only dropped when the Surf Coast Shire found out that Taylor Park was not theirs to take over in the first place, it being under control of the old foreshore committee, and belonging to the people of Torquay. It does not take any great leap of the imagination to see that if the Surf Coast Shire becomes the new owners of Taylor Park, which is now part of GORCC, that this valuable piece of real estate will become an easy way to make money for the shire. It only takes approval from the state minister for a subdivision to take place and our nightmare will become a reality. Therefore, those who have the oversight of any pilot study, should make sure that legislation is framed in such a way as to make it absolutely impossible for any group to take possession of coastal land. John Adams Torquay

A foolish bit of public policy Dear Editor, The news the Liberal Party wants to abolish the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) and give management of Victoria’s most used coastal area to the shire would be a very foolish bit of public policy in my opinion. While there is no doubt GORCC has not always got things right and sometimes got behind on

projected timetables, the track record overall is in fact impressive, including: • significantly improving the quality of the 37 kilometres of coastal vegetation and reducing weed threats, through the ground-breaking Coastal Conservation and Land Management Plan (that won Victoria’s Premier Coastal Award) • finally getting the public caravan parks in Lorne and Torquay on a sustainable financial footing, including upgrading the utilities infrastructure and amenities blocks • building large sections of the Surf Coast Walk • building the award winning Voss’s car park kiosk • rebuilding the Fishermans Beach facility to include public access • funding the development of the Torquay Yacht Club • development of the Split Point master plan • managing the rebuilding of Lorne Pier • a myriad of improvements to coastal pathways, disability access and beach accesses. Also, securing much greater revenues for coastal works, particularly getting the Erskine House income dedicated to the coast, has been very important. It is perhaps not surprising the initiative to abolish GORCC has been initiated from Lorne, where I agree GORCC’s performance has not been terrific. The foreshore area is overdeveloped without a clear plan, although a tremendous amount of work is going into getting things right at Point Grey. But to the people calling for blood, I’d say careful what you wish for. Would you really substitute the group of passionate and highly skilled people that currently run GORCC (for no financial remuneration) and hand it over to the shire who’s staff and budget is already groaning under enormous “community growth pressures”? I’d stick with a board of management and staff who are totally focused on, and dedicated to, the goal of getting the best for our coast, beaches and caravan parks. This Surf Coast coastline and Great Ocean Road beaches and foreshore need their own management body to make sure this unique coastline is protected. (GORCC founding committee member) Joe Taylor Torquay

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coffee park as we normally call in to Napona on the way to pick up a coffee for nan. That said, I have no intention of jeopardising the park as public open space, and I am committed to protect its current usage and environmental value for future generations. Council’s intent to accept ownership of the park from Trust for Nature is based on three premises. Firstly, legal documentation will be in place that protects the park from any future development except those already on foot – the transfer of the cenotaph to the southern side of the park and the construction of the performance space. Secondly, the clearly articulated desire of Trust for Nature to hand over the park to council. And finally, Greater Geelong council’s ability to fund the performance space, which has been the subject of discussions between council, Ocean Grove Park Inc and the wider community for three to four years. Council supported the Ocean Grove Park Association with funding to develop their business case and detailed design some years ago. That work has been completed and the performance space will cost over $1 million to construct. All permits and authorisations are in place. An allocation of $200,000 towards construction of the performance space was made in council’s 2013/14 budget, subject to the park being transferred to council ownership. That funding will be withdrawn if the park does not become a council asset. Other funding has been secured via the state government’s “Putting Locals First” program ($500,000) the Ocean Grove Community Enterprise ($150,000) and the OG Park Association’s own funds. Discussions are on foot with the park’s owners Trust for Nature and the president of Ocean Grove Park Inc Colin Atkins. All parties want to make sure there is a covenant or memorandum of understanding that maintains the park as public open space for future generations. We will continue to negotiate with Trust for Nature in good faith. Matters concerning the members of Ocean Grove Park Inc are an internal matter for them. Cr Jan Farrell Ocean Grove

The river’s needs Dear Editor, The last thing the Anglesea River needs right before summer is a further opening of the mouth (“Inaction could leave acid river sore for summer”, Surf Coast Times, December 5). The river has been flowing out almost constantly since the several openings in winter and is now about 40 or 50 centimetres below its “normal” depth. The acidity and the water table discussion are two separate issues. This constant outflow may have saved our car tyres from getting wet, it may or may not have saved the road from deterioration, but it has not apparently changed the water acidity. Tidal water cannot “flush” the source of the acid input well upstream. The input continues. A further lowering of the outlet will further lower the river level. For summer we need a river, even if it is not a very healthy one. Watching the wide river retreating almost to the jetty has been a worrying sight to daily observers. I ask the responsible authorities to give us a public and detailed explanation in the press of the current state of the river (height and acidity) and the management plan. Let’s hope they can keep enough water at least to look pleasant for our visitors, to allow at least for canoeing, boating and the historic New Year’s Day regatta. Amanda Mitchell Anglesea

‘Twas soggy ever thus Dear Editor, Lea Quail (“Anglesea River Disquiet”, Letters, December 5) has raised the subject of excess water in the Anglesea River and the possibility of the Great Ocean Road washing away and causing road accidents – so far this has not actually happened. The flooding of this area is not connected to the river. Excess water has always been associated with the Anglesea region. The first travellers to this spot

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called it Swampy Creek for that very reason – it was a swamp! All along what is now our grassy riverbank, that stretch of the Great Ocean Road and the properties along its western verge, was swampland. The site where the service station and motel stand now was known as Noble’s Swamp. The swamp continued up into Coogoorah Park and still exists as proof of the true nature of our area. There were springs and watering holes where the Lions Village (Sirovilla) is today – Cobb and Co watered their horses at this location. The backyard of a property in Noble Street subsided dramatically overnight about 40 years ago! Plus there are sink holes opening up all over town and not just near the river. So there’s not much we can do about our soggy environment. It has been forever thus. Melva Stott Anglesea

Spring Creek questions Dear Editor, Regarding “Community support for C66” (Letters, December 5), which I found to be full of emotive, unsupported motherhood statements. How is Spring Creek Valley “rare and unique”? It has been developed, cleared and farmed like much of the land across the shire for 150-plus years. Yes, it probably does provide habitat for many birds and animals, including rabbits, foxes and feral cats. How will stopping the development of this part of Spring Creek valley protect and maintain the unique character of Torquay and the Great Ocean Road when Torquay North tracks on with suburban development, old Torquay disappears under units and 1 Great Ocean Road now has a massive resort? Waterways? There is only Sping Creek in Spring Creek Valley. I believe that any development in the 1K West area would have stormwater and be sewered, unlike Bellbrae which is soon to be subdivided with no stormwater. Here, run off near septic tanks near the head of Spring Creek during very wet winters may be a problem.

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As for significant risk to human life as a hot summer approaches, if you choose to live in a high risk area you plan for it and live with the risk. As for sufficient land supply, not everyone wants to live in a on top of their neighbours, some may wish to live on larger blocks with some space, trees, the creek and green areas around them. I believe this is what is planned, should 1K West be developed. David Fredericks Bellbrae

Freedom from fracking Dear Editor, On behalf of Frack Free Geelong/Surf Coast/ Bellarine/Moriac/Deans Marsh, I would like to congratulate both the Surf Coast Shire and Barwon Water for their recent public statements of concern about the negative impacts which they believe the exploration and extraction of unconventional gas will have in our area. The question now remains, how do the City of Greater Geelong Council and Barwon Health view this practice? With this in mind, we have invited representatives from both organisations to a public meeting which will be held at the Trades Hall in Geelong on this Thursday (December 12). This meeting will start at 7pm. Everyone who wants to know more about this potentially destructive industry should attend. Anthony Gleeson Newtown The opinions expressed here are the opinions of the letter writers exclusively and do not express the views of the Editor or Surf Coast News Pty Ltd. Letters to the Editor may be submitted to the Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times by writing to PO Box 714, Torquay, Vic, 3228 or email: editor@ surfcoasttimes.com.au or fax: 5264 8413. Your letters should not exceed 250 words. Please provide your name, address and telephone number, which may be withheld from publication on request. As publication space is limited we may not be able to publish all letters received. We also reserve the right to edit letters that we publish.

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Country risk takers under the microscope NEW Transport Accident Commission (TAC) research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads. The study examined the behaviours and attitudes of 92 country drivers with poor driving histories, including repeat speeding offenders, drink drivers and others who had received a licence suspension or disqualification in the past. Among the key findings was that many speed on country roads because they think they know the roads and irresponsibly drink drive when they feel that there is no other way to get home. Risky drivers aged 19 to 35 in three regional municipalities – Cardinia, Mitchell and Golden Plains shires (taking in part of the Ballarat area) – each took part in two focus groups held six months apart. They were questioned about their driving habits and attitudes towards road safety. TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said the study focussed on regional drivers because vehicle occupants were three times more likely to be killed and 40 per cent more likely to be seriously injured on regional roads than in Melbourne. Ms Dore said the commission regularly conducted research into risky behaviour in order to effectively target public education campaigns and plan road safety programs.

“Unfortunately too many country drivers still feel that they can ignore road safety laws. This research helps the TAC have a better understanding of how we can change these attitudes. “This research was not about determining the extent of risky driving across the state, it was more about talking to the people who we know take risks and finding out what makes them tick.” In the first round of focus groups, 67 per cent of males stated that within the past six months they had driven over the legal alcohol limit. That figure had decreased to 61 per cent when the second session was held in May this year. Females were significantly less likely to drink drive, with 33 per cent saying they had driven under the influence in the six months before the first focus group, decreasing to 19 per cent by May this year. In the first sessions, 49 per cent of all respondents stated they speed in 100 kilometres per hour zones “often”, with 31 per cent saying they did it “occasionally”. By the second focus group speeding had reduced, with 34 per cent doing it often and 53 per cent doing it occasionally. Ms Dore said it was encouraging that the process of discussing the potential consequences

of their risky driving during the first round of focus groups had appeared to result in a decrease in risky behaviour by the second round. “It does demonstrate how encouraging people to think about how their actions can cause serious

injuries or death can work to curtail their risk-taking behaviour,” she said The table below summarises the most common reasons participants gave for risky driving.

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• I know the roads well • Running late

Exceeding Speed limit by 30km/h +

• For fun • Because I drive a high-performance car

Drink driving

• There is no other way to get home • I’m a good driver and in control despite of alcohol consumption

Drug driving

• Because I’m the nominated driver • To stay awake after a late night

Mobile phone use

• It’s the only time I can make phone calls when I’m busy • I don’t want to miss a call

Driving on suspended licence

• Need to get to and from work • Public transport not available

Drive without seatbelt

• Not in the habit • They’re uncomfortable

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A regional partnership with TAC and the Victorian Government Maintain vigilance about road safety. (Rural Vic Toll YTD) The above figures represent regional Victoria’s road toll.

ANYONE looking to register their shiny new boat should get in quick or risk missing out in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday period. VicRoads regional director William Tieppo said that in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the VicRoads Customer Service Centres in Geelong, Colac, Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton always experienced a boom in new registrations of cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and trailers. “Most locals wouldn’t be aware that our offices take bookings from all over the state. With the increase in demand, we find that at this time of year people need to allow up to two weeks to book an appointment. In the lead up to Christmas registration appointments can double, so our message is book now to avoid disappointment.” While VicRoads sees a significant increase in registrations generally, the real spike is in the registration of boats due to the proximity of offices in south-western Victoria to popular holiday spots on lakes, waterways and the coast.

VicRoads is encouraging new boat owners to register their boat before Christmas.

“Despite the offices’ attempts to accommodate this increase in bookings, this alone does not guarantee a registration appointment,” Mr Tieppo said. “If you plan to hit the water in that new boat or jet ski or take that road trip to visit family, then get in early to make sure it’s registered and able to be

enjoyed over Christmas. “The overwhelming message is ‘make a booking’ as members of the local community can’t assume they’ll be able to register their vehicle simply by turning up to a Customer Service Centre.” To register at VicRoads phone 131 171.

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Don’t forget your letter to Santa BY JAMES TAYLOR IT’S beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, so it’s time for children across Geelong and the Surf Coast to put pen to paper and write their letter to Santa. Last Christmas, Australia Post delivered more than 150,000 letters to Santa, which all received personal replies, and children are again being encouraged to post their Christmas wish lists ahead of his busiest night of the year. Australia Post executive general manager of retail services Christine Corbett, said that like previous years, Australia Post expected a huge number of letters to be sent to Santa in the lead up to Christmas. “Nothing compares to the excitement of a child when they receive a reply from Santa and we love being a part of that connection. “Christmas is our busiest time and Australia Post is committed to ensuring that all letters and deliveries make it to their destination.” Wish lists can be sent to Santa, North Pole, 9999. Don’t forget to put a 60c stamp on the front of the envelope and your name and address on the back so that Santa knows where to send his reply. Letters can be posted at any Australia Post red street posting box or at any Australia Post retail outlet. Parents, teachers and children are also encouraged to check out Australia Post’s Santa Mail website at auspost.com.au/education/ santamail, which includes letter writing tips,

Chelsea Wisemantel personally delivers her letter to Santa, and children have been encouraged to get their letters finished and posted.

Christmas education resources, activities and interactive games. Santa and his helpers are getting busy so remember that the sooner you send your letter ahead of Christmas, the sooner Santa can send a response. Australia Post retail outlets throughout Geelong and the Surf Coast have extended trading hours during the week and at weekends right up until Christmas Eve and also stock a wide range of gift ideas.

Join the good work of Operation Santa BY JAMES TAYLOR COMMUNITY welfare agencies are bracing for a huge increase in service demands over the festive period, but people in the Geelong region have been encouraged to help everyone enjoy the holiday through the Uniting Care Christmas Appeal. The non-government service provider estimates that more than 2.6 million people live below the poverty line, including 575,000 children. Uniting Care Victoria and Tasmania director Charles Gibson said many experiencing hardship were worried about basic provisions, making gifts for their children unattainable luxuries. “As we busy ourselves preparing for family gettogethers many are left to fall further through the cracks of our communities. “We launched the Uniting Care Christmas Appeal, Operation Santa, because we believe all children should know a happy Christmas. “This includes a gift so they can feel the same as everyone else.” To help, go to the Operation Santa tree at any Target or Target Country store, take a gift tag from the tree and donate a gift for someone in need. You can also donate a gift card by selecting a dollar amount tag from the tree and taking it to any Target store register, where a team member will organise the donation. In its 22nd year Operation Santa is again set to reach children, teenagers and older people across the country – who, without the support of the community, would not receive a gift this Christmas. Uniting Care and Target have collected more than 1.8 million gifts over that time, with 31,015 gifts and $116,530 worth of gift cards donated at Target and Target Country stores across the country last year. Operation Santa began on November 4 and runs until December 23. Online donations can be made by heading to operationsanta.org.au.

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Owl Eyes is headlining the entertainment lineup at the second Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong next year.

THE perfect accompaniment to a delicious craft beer is great live music and The Great Australian Beer Festival has both. The festival will be held at Geelong Racecourse on February 1 and organisers have just announced a musical lineup that’s as fresh and Australian as the beer that will be flowing on the day. Sublime singer-songwriter Owl Eyes will be leading the charge with her hugely popular progressive pop tracks. Owl Eyes, also known as Brooke Addamo, hails from Werribee and consistently intrigues audiences with her exceptional ability to walk the fine line between light and shade. Addamo is now unrecognisable from her days as an Australian Idol finalist in 2008 with hit indie singles including “Closure”, “Raiders” and a guest spot on Illy’s “It Can Wait”. She’ll be joined by Triple J Award nominees Tigertown, who are cementing themselves as one of the country’s most exciting new bands. Tigertown’s popularity has exploded with them gaining airplay on Triple J and support shows with Husky, Matt Corby, Founds, Charlie Mayfair and Emma Louise. Soul sensation and leading lady of the ARIA nominated The Bamboos, Kylie Auldist will thrill crowds with her seven-piece funk and soul orchestra, The Glenroy Allstars.

Local artists Murdena, The Evening Cast, The Kite Machine and Spyndrift will also take the stage and Bendigo’s remarkable pop sensation Grim Fawkner rounds out the lineup. These fine musicians will provide the soundtrack to what is sure to be a rollicking summer's day in Australia’s biggest alfresco craft beer garden. As well as the fantastic entertainment, artisan brew fans can indulge in a journey of sipping, sampling and tasting the 150 craft beers and ciders on offer at the festival. Take advantage of the huge range and test out some new local brews or something from the far flung corners of the country. If beer isn’t your thing, there will also be an excellent selection of ciders and wine available. While you’re at it, treat yourself to the region’s best gourmet food on offer and a variety of free seminars ranging from how to taste beer, matching it with cheeses through to everything you ever wanted to learn about home brewing. The Great Australian Beer Festival will be held at Geelong Racecourse on February 1. There are several ticket types on sale to suit everyone from accompanied 13-17 year olds through to group bookings. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gabfgeelong. com.au.

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Aix marks the spot with Rosé SUMMER is here (kinda), and to celebrate let’s all get on the rosé revolution - viva la Rosé, I say! In fact, I’m starting to think that maybe, just maybe, is rosé becoming the new Sauvignon Blanc? That might sound a little over-optimistic but it’s getting harder to argue against as we see the popularity of this versatile wine style gain a following here over the last few years as more and more wine and food lovers make the pilgrimage to Mediterranean meccas such as Provence in France. From Cannes to St Tropez, they hoover the stuff up especially over lunch, and it’s this idyllic atmosphere and approach that has really struck a chord with people. More and more we are seeing an acceptance of rosé as a drink of choice for wine lovers and with summer in our midst, now is definitely the right time to enjoy a glass or two of a cool, crisp dry rosé as an aperitif, with a light lunch or some seafood. In Australia, rosé wines are generally either red cordial-like in colour, fresh, and fruity, or lean to the other end of the scale where the more food friendly style is dry, pale and savoury. The sweeter styles initially were all the rage but now thankfully as our palates become more sophisticated, we’re seeing a shift towards the more dryer and savoury styles. If you haven’t yet succumbed to the delightful charms of a rosé, then here are some reasonably priced wines from the home of rosé – Provence – that will definitely whet your appetite... oui?

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Fall down The Village’s arty rabbit hole BY TIFFANY PILCHER THE unsung hero of the Falls Music and Arts Festival is back and wackier than ever. Tucked away behind one of the campsites, The Village is a mini festival within a festival, bursting with its own colourful lineup of fascinating performers, installations and music. Some of the diverse acts and activities this year include hip-hop yoga sessions, biscuit readings, 10 minute dance parties, magic shows and interpretive dance contests. There will even be a Swiss “Latinobilly” cowboy performing country-trash and fake tattooing audiences with a permanent marker attached to a drill. The Falls Fiesta will also be back, with dancing, costumes and a huge parade through the festival with puppets and sculptures created in The Village. The Village curator Iain Pidd spent the last year

scouring the world for the most entertaining and creative performers for the program. “We try to make it somewhere you can chill out and maybe have your mind blown at the same time,” he said. “The Falls community has really embraced it, you aren’t just going to a music concert, you’re going to have a deeper cultural experience.” With such a unique variety of performances and activities on offer, Mr Pidd said it’s something everyone should experience first-hand. “Come and expect the unexpected, come with your eyes open and you’ll see performances that will delight, surprise and sometimes even shock you. “It’s not pristine, it’s not the Opera House and it’s always really, really interesting.” The Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne is sold out but there are still tickets available for the Marion Bay event. For more information and the full line-up, head to fallsfestival.com.au.

Domaine Ott Aix en Provence Rosé 2012 ($30) A more serious style for sure: some would even go as far to say that it’s the star of Provence. It’s a great wine that’s definitely true, showing greater clarity, depth of flavour and complexity with bright, fresh fruit compote and a swirling savoury edge to the bouquet, yet it’s the beautiful, weight, purity and texture on the palate that sets this apart from the pack. A classic

Chant Du Midi Rosé Provence 2012 (2 for $30) There are three things that make this wine a winner on all fronts. The look? Tick. The style and quality? Tick. And of course, the price? Tick, tick, tick! A no-brainer in my opinion and the timing is perfect as we head into prime summertime weather. The colour is coral pink, the aromatics display plenty of bright raspberry and strawberries aromas, complemented by subtle savoury hints and floral notes. In the mouth, the weight is just perfect and the rich but crisp fruit flavours are soft and creamy but refreshingly dry on the delicate finish. If ever there was a wine that says summer in a bottle, then surely this is

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Young rockers on the rise BY ALI DEANE MANY great things begin at high school – first love, career choices, lifelong friendships and sweet bands. The journey of Geelong rockers Where’s Joss? started two years ago, and although its members are still in school, they’ve been hitting every major pub on the Surf Coast and Bellarine this year. Geelong College’s Joss Russell, Harry Booth, James Fitzpatrick and Julian Kenny launched the band at Geelong’s pub venues back in 2011. Despite the workload of year 11, Where’s Joss? has enjoyed a packed schedule through November and this summer is set to be even bigger. From small gigs playing covers to opening for Ross Wilson at Portarlington’s Harvest ‘n’ Graze Festival this summer, a slot on the Heineken Main Stage at the Australian Open and an appearance at St Kilda Festival, the future is looking bright for Where’s Joss?. “When everyone’s dancing we really get into it. We get a few friends come along to some of the venues, but next year when everyone turns 18, it’ll be a lot more packed,” lead singer and keyboardist Joss Russell said. “We played to a huge crowd at Bellarine Estate during Toast to the Coast recently, and every single

person was up dancing, it was such a good time.” Where’s Joss? takes influence from bands like the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd, and although they’re known for their party covers, their own material has been receiving widespread local acclaim and airplay on Triple M. “We’ve moved from just hoping to play well, to entertaining. We were so nervous and self-conscious at our first gigs. “We can entertain a lot with covers, especially if the crowd knows the songs. The thing about original work is when you perform it, you’re putting yourself out there, you write a lot about your own experiences. “We made the transition into making our own music, taking elements of the bands we like. “We’re really enjoying it, we’ve gotten good reactions, so it’s been exciting. “This year we focused on our music a lot, we’ll be focused on our Year 12 next year, but that won’t mean less gigs.” Be sure to check out Where’s Joss? this summer at a venue near you. December 26 Joss hits the Lorne Hotel solo, December 29 the full band will be at Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne, and January 1, they play Angasi Portarlington. Head to wheresjoss.angasi.com.au or find them on Facebook for more show dates.

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Settle in and sing out at Lorne carols BY TIFFANY PILCHER IT’S time to warm up your vocal chords and round up the family for Carols on the Lorne on Saturday night. The annual community carols will be held in the grounds of St Cuthbert’s Church, Mountjoy Parade, Lorne from 6.30pm. Geelong’s Tim Edwards will act as MC with Imogen Brough, Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12 College choir and other local and visiting acts performing throughout the evening. There will also be a Lion’s Club sausage sizzle from 6.30 to 7.30, face painting and a live nativity scene. Lorne Lions Club president Stephen Hishon said he is looking forward to bringing families and friends

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Find the perfect Christmas gift at the Cowrie Market this Sunday on Torquay’s Elephant Walk, like a popular succulent from Fin and Gary Crothall’s stall.

THERE’S always plenty to discover in local talent, creative wares and taste bud tempting fare along Torquay’s Elephant Walk on the third Sunday of the month, when the Cowrie Market rolls out its offerings. Torquay’s foreshore transforms into a hub of entertainment and good vibes as bands and performers play and stalls of all kinds pop up. This weekend, market-goers will be treated to a new set of foot-stomping folk tunes, sea-faring tales and murder ballads by Victorian folk-rockers Zeptepi. Fresh from their hugely successful UK Tour, Zeptepi is on the road to launch their new album, Coming Up For Air. Torquay has become a second home for the band with banjo player CC Thornley based in town and Claire Johnstone up the road in Ceres. Zeptepi fuses elements of postpunk acts like The Pogues and The Waterboys with a hint of Neil Young, all led by the infectious groove of the electric banjo. Frontman Phil Dean said there’s something about Zeptepi and Torquay. “Every time we play here it’s been great, so I’m really looking forward to the Cowrie Market show.”

In recent years the band has played at Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Celtic Festival and Apollo Bay. “We’ve played a number of shows in Torquay in the last couple of years as well as recording parts of the new album here, but this will be our first appearance at the Cowrie.” Zeptepi hits the main stage at 1.15pm. Market-goers will also be able to catch Nice Verdes, Victoriana Gaye, The Bonnie Upwelling, Like Honey and Solid Time. If it’s tantalising food, homegrown produce, quality handcrafted and designed items or gifts you’re after, you’re bound to find something special at the Cowrie. Fin and Gary Crothall’s 14-year connection with the Cowrie Market offers a prime example. Their stall, which started out as a plan to beautify their own garden, features an array of popular, drought tolerant succulents, in a wide variety of pots, tea cups, quirky tea pots and hanging baskets ready to display on your deck or garden. The Crothall’s sell a variety of species in a range of sizes and colours. Fin also produces a range of beautiful indoor handmade mobiles. Cowrie Market is on Sunday at The Esplanade in Torquay between 10am-3pm.

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Summer’s looking sweet at Bird Rock BY ALI DEANE THE institution that is Bird Rock Café in Jan Juc, the renowned party place with the chilled out coastal vibe, has just welcomed new additions that will make this summer even better. A brand new summer menu, lunches on weekends, live music and DJ’s plus a new coffee and cocktail list – it couldn’t get much better. Owner Michael Bennett said he was stoked summer was here and invited everyone to come down to enjoy alfresco dining, live music and sample the new menus and drink offerings. “Summer’s going to be big, we’ve just launched live music night on Thursdays which has been awesome so far,” Bennett said. “I wanted to support local musos. “We’ve already had Henry Lee Smith, Brayden and Neil from London. “It’s a live session format with three or four artists playing a 45-minute set each. “And on Saturday nights and Sunday late afternoon/evenings we’re having DJs spinning funk, soul, dub, reggae and hip hop including our resident DJ, RJ.” Cocktail connoisseurs can celebrate with Bird Rock’s new cocktail list – featuring four favourites – espresso martinis, mojitos, daiquiris and caprioscas. The new menu, featuring all the old school favourites, has a mix of entrées and mains, thanks to head chef Susie. Get in for Mexican specials on Wednesdays, pizza specials on Thursdays, steak and pizza specials on Sundays, and pizzas and mains on Fridays and

Saturdays. Bird Rock also has a new coffee machine. “We’re opening at 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays now, and our alfresco dining area out front is open till 9pm. “Everything is special, so come down and check it out! “I’d also be more than happy for local musos to contact me.” Contact Bird Rock Café to book a table on 5261 5590, or rock down to 2 Stuart Avenue Jan Juc this summer. Present the Bird Rock ad from this page to receive a free coffee, beer or wine with your lunch. A refreshing summer mojito on Bird Rock’s new cocktail menu.

A tantalising steak sandwich is one of the favourites on Bird Rock Café’s new summer menu.

Little Creatures brewery launch pulls crowd THE Little Creatures Brewery in South Geelong opened on Monday providing a boost to the local economy. The brewery’s development signifies a $60 million investment by its owner Lion, and it’s opening is expected to create 50 new jobs. City of Greater Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons joined the celebrations at the official opening on Monday. “This is an exciting milestone for Geelong, with the old Valley Worsted Mills being pulled forward from history and reinvigorated to become an

exciting new addition to our city. “The city’s Enterprise Geelong team have worked closely with Little Creatures since they began scouting for a new brewery location, providing critical support in their endeavour to secure the old mills for their Geelong headquarters in 2011. “This is one of the most exciting new major private enterprises to open in Geelong, and I urge the Geelong community to get behind it. “It is a brilliant addition to the city and further builds on our whole region’s reputation as a

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Human jukebox bowls into Ocean Grove BY TIFFANY PILCHER MAKE your morning a musical one next Thursday at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club with one of the region’s best cover artists, Don Fisher. Fisher is often referred to as the “human jukebox” for his incredible repertoire that spans more than 600 popular songs. As a seasoned performer, with a well tuned sense of humour, he never leaves audiences disappointed. Fisher is set to perform all the hits from Tom Jones, Elvis and Neil Diamond and more as well as some Christmas songs and carols. He said if there is a song he doesn’t know, it isn’t worth singing. “The jukebox nickname came from a show I was playing at, someone had been listening to me perform and said they thought it was a jukebox playing in the next room. “Everyone will know the words to all of my songs and I also take requests, especially if they’re written on a $50 note,” he laughed. “It’s always a fun show, music is the common language of everyone and I always make sure we all have a good

laugh at some funny stories. Don Fisher will perform at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club’s Musical Mornings on December 19 from 10am to 12 noon.

Don Fisher, or the human jukebox as he is commonly known, will be performing classic hits at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on Thursday December 19.

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Rev up for Torquay Motor Show BY TIFFANY PILCHER

CAR enthusiasts and fanatics, start your engines, the Torquay Motor Show will be back again on February 9 and this time the tradies are getting in on the action. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Torquay and supported by RACV featuring more than 300 brilliantly restored and original design collectors’ cars. There will be trophies up for grabs in more than 20 categories next year including two new sections for trade and commercial vehicles. After the success of the Best Surf Vehicle category last year, the Best Tradies Ute category has been added. Vehicles in this category must have a toolbox to be eligible; however, work dogs are an optional extra. Tradies with vans needn’t feel left out; there will also be a new category for Best Sign Written Vehicle too. Peter Hehir of the Rotary Club of Torquay said organisers are looking forward to seeing something different at the show this year. “It’s a good way to add a bit of creativity to the event and include as much of the

The Torquay Motor Show is coming back to the foreshore with brand new categories designed just for tradies.

community as possible,” he said. “We know there are so many tradies’ utes and commercial vehicles around town and we’re not expecting it to be the Deni Ute Muster but we thought it would be a lot of fun.” The Torquay Motor show will be held at

Elephant Walk on the Torquay Esplanade on February 9. Entry is $15 for a car and driver, $5 for adults and kids under 14 get in free and proceeds will be distributed to community and international projects through Rotary.

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Audemia chosen for a Big Day Out BY JAMES TAYLOR CLIFTON Springs band Audemia will be rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in music next year after winning a place in the lineup at Melbourne’s Big Day Out (BDO). The four-piece – who describe their sound as “a blend of grunge, alternative, post-grunge (apparently that’s a real thing), metal, sugar, spice and all things nice” – were one of four bands selected to play on the headspace stage at the festival on January 24. The band will appear on the same bill as

headliners Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, as well as Beady Eye, Deftones, The Hives, Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer. The headspace competition, a joint initiative of the youth mental health foundation and the BDO, invited bands from across Australia to submit their music online for the public to vote on, with winners for each state’s BDO chosen by a panel of industry experts. Audemia finished in first place in the public poll, and were chosen by the Triple M Music Jury for one of the four Melbourne slots. On their Facebook page, band members Tony Calleja, Dave Lauritson John Downey and Jake

Camilleri thanked “everyone that voted and helped with our campaign to play the BDO... the entire community of Geelong, Clifton Springs, Drysdale and Portarlington and every single one of you who stood by us, we truly appreciate it. “Congrats to the other bands Let’s Not Pretend, Arcane Saints and our local buddies Altitude. Looking forward to sharing this amazing experience with you all.” Audemia have since launched their EP The One at the Barwon Club, and will play at Bendigo’s Newmarket Hotel on December 14 ahead of the BDO.

Audemia was one of the four winners of the headspace BDO competition in Melbourne.

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With the Bellarine Peninsula being so rich in farmland and community connectedness, resident Lindsay Smith is looking for people interested in a Community Sponsored Organic Food program.

THERE is change in the air on the Bellarine with residents, farmers and producers looking for a more holistic solution to traditional trade and consumption. With so many functioning farms, home producers and a focus on community, the opportunity is now knocking to implement the Community Sponsored Organic Food (CSOF) concept. Bellarine resident Lindsay Smith believes this is the way of the future and is now looking for other like minded people to start up a local exchange program. CSOF involves swapping food and produce for labour, cash, services or other food. The idea of the program is to involve and support

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EVERY year, the lead up to Christmas is lined with good intentions isn’t it? Every year, I say I will start a little earlier, be more organised, and now with under two weeks to go, who wants to tackle the shops again? No need, there are so many gobsmacking gourmet gifts that can be made quickly and easily. So bring out that list of the friends and family that you still need “a little something” for and head into the kitchen, via the supermarket. Mini mince tarts are such a treat to enjoy even after Christmas when the socialising continues but at a gentler pace! Chatting with friends over a cuppa springs to mind; in fact it was considered lucky to eat a mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas. In Elizabethan times, they were still a mixture of fruit and meat – carrying on from the Middle Eastern ways of cooking which were introduced to England by the Crusaders. They were baked in an oblong shaped pastry, which represented Jesus’ crib. A very quick version for our hectic days is to use store-bought sweet shortcrust pastry (best to roll it out to make it as thin as possible), mini muffin tins and a filling of Robertson’s mince – decorated with little star shapes, a cello bag of half a dozen ‘pies’ is a very worthy gift. The $2 shops are a great source of lovely jars for last minute Christmassy relishes such as spicy cranberry and ginger sauce. Triple the recipe and

pour into small jars, jazzed up with paper and ribbon – voila – a handmade gourmet gift in minutes! Similarly, a quick citrus butter using any combination of lemon, lime or orange juice presented in little jars or shapely glasses will be a treasured gift to help fill the stocking. Melt 280 grams of butter with 900 grams of sugar together with a cup of citrus juice. Reserve the zest from about half the fruit used for juicing, and put the zest into the butter as well. It’s easiest to zest the fruit before squeezing – forgive me if I’m telling you how to suck eggs? Squeeze another cup of juice and add this to 12 eggs, which have been lightly beaten. Once the sugar has melted, remove from the heat and gradually add the egg mixture, stirring well so it doesn’t “scramble”. Mix until smooth and return to the heat over water. Stir often as the mixture warms up, then stir constantly as it thickens to the consistency of runny honey. Pour into sterilised jars, seal and cool before refrigerating. Before you know it – Boxing Day will arrive. In Victorian times this was the day housemaids and servants were allowed off to visit their families. Perhaps this is partly where the tradition of snacking on the left over ham, turkey came from? Left to their own devices m’lord and lady would picnic on the remains of an overload of food from the Christmas table. Jars of chutney, scrumptious relishes and the

soul fuel bianca & janine

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TART UP THE STOCKING WITH CHRISTMAS TREATS cannot-do-without jar of Meredith Goats’ Cheese all come into play now – and again these can easily be bought at delis – a gift of any of these treats is always welcome. In a blink, it will be New Year’s Eve. Getting together with friends? Cheat and buy some really lovely sushi; a jar of salmon roe is a very glam and jewel-like topping on blinis with sour cream; use mini bake-at-home buns filled with rare roast beef, smoked salmon or a chicken filling – all of these are quick and easy to prepare. Bring out the little shortbreads and for fun, packets of fortune cookies! If you are going to make resolutions, at least the decision making just might be more rational if you are snacking on yummy food at the same time? New Year resolutions go back about 4,000 years to when the Babylonians resolved to return any farming equipment to the rightful owners in time for the New Year’s planting. The tradition of starting each year with a clean plate continues in one form or another in that we resolve to “better” the habits of the past! The usual notions of getting fit, drinking less alcohol, getting more organised are some of the old statements we make – but how about considering these ideas. Try out the slow lane; turn off the mobile; read a book a week; use a broom instead of noisy leaf blowers; dine in often enough to make dining out an occasion. Overall, may your Christmas and New Year be especially happy and good health to you!

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bird rock cafe rebecca, bianca & jackie

bird rock cafe archie & miffy

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bird rock cafe jamie & chalal

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Ocean Grind coffee daily handcrafted BY ALI DEANE

Ocean Grind’s Mark Clatworthy in his element – inspecting a fresh batch of beans at his Jan Juc micro-roastery.

THE aroma of freshly roasted coffee has been popping up in homes around the Surf Coast over the past 12 months. It’s being handcrafted and personally delivered to customers’ doors and if you haven’t yet enjoyed an Ocean Grind coffee, your taste buds will thank you the day you do. Ocean Grind is a combination of its creator Mark Clatworthy’s two main passions – the coast and good coffee. The urge to roast coffee was sparked when backpacking through Central America in 2006. “We came across a café in Nicaragua and they were roasting their own coffee, and I became really intrigued,” Mr Clatworthy said. “When we got home I kept pursuing fresh coffee – and started looking into home roasting. “I ended up getting a small roasting machine and began sharing my coffee with family and friends. I’ve really enjoyed the process of trying beans from different

countries, to seeing the impact of different roast profiles on the beans.” Mr Clatworthy then decided to get serious about roasting and invested in a larger machine from Turkey. Ocean Grind now has a dedicated list of subscribers who love having fresh coffee delivered to their door and the opportunity to experience a range of different bean origins. “People say they have been enjoying the variety. I create blends to appeal to an array of tastes, and it’s a constant refining process. “I’m always working on it and always wanting to get new beans in. I choose the beans carefully, dependent on whether I’m after a certain flavour or characteristic, and experiment with the temperature and length of the roast.” Mr Clatworthy records all his roast data to ensure consistent results. The current Ocean Grind range includes ebb and flow espresso, the organic blend, tranquilla (Swiss water decaf) and an everchanging single origin or blend of the month. Ocean Grind’s business ethos is centred on sustainability borne out of connection to the coastline.

“The coffee bags I use are 100% compostable, as I wanted to avoid adding plastic waste to the environment. “I’m also wary of where the beans come from, whether the estates are using sustainable farming practices and looking after their workers.” Mr Clatworthy expressed his gratitude for a few of the local Surf Coast businesses supporting his product. “A couple of local cafés have started serving my coffee which is really exciting and the feedback from customers has been great.” You can find Ocean Grind coffee at Swell Café in Jan Juc and Elvis Parsley in Ocean Grove. Bags are also available for purchase at those two venues plus Peach’s Torquay and Angahook Café Anglesea. Ocean Grind has launched a website to help make the ordering process easier for the home coffee lover. Why not take your taste buds on a journey with a three-month subscription of freshly roasted Ocean Grind coffee, delivered free to your door? Head to oceangrind.com.au or find Ocean Grind on Facebook.

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Opera under the stars at Thirteenth Beach TWO of Australia’s internationally-based opera stars will perform at a one-off concert at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links next weekend. The Opera@theBeach concert on December 21 will feature award-winning Australian soprano Amy Corkery and tenor Thomas Birch under the stars on the members’ lawn. Thirteenth Beach has an increasing reputation as a first-class events venue where stars are born (and not just in golf), and the concert is open to all. The couple will sing arias and duets by Puccini, Verdi and Donizetti, some favourites from The Merry Widow, a range of traditional Italian songs, and many more. Birch is a former member of The Ten Tenors and has sung the role of Marius from Les Miserables alongside Rob Guest in his Australia-wide concert series. He is a former student of Grovedale secondary and Belmont high schools and played soccer for both Geelong and Country Victoria. It was only after achieving a business degree at La Trobe University in Bendigo that Birch was discovered as a potential star with a natural ability for opera and was offered a place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was awarded a post-graduate Diploma of Opera in 2012. He also spent four years touring the world with The Ten Tenors and performed at significant events such as Carols in the Domain, the Melbourne Cup,

the Oprah Winfrey Show and various international sporting events. Corkery graduated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in November 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance with first class honours, and an Advanced Diploma of Opera following seven years’ study. She quickly distinguished herself internationally as “one of the most amazing young sopranos and artistic personalities”, according to Italian artist director Alberto Triola. She has been a finalist in various Australian national and international singing competitions including the McDonald’s Operatic Aria, the Bel Canto Award, the Italian Opera Award and the Fairfax New York Award. Her operatic credits include as a soloist in the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and performing the roles of Arminda in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Rezia in Gluck’s La Rencontre Imprévue and Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orfée aux Enfers. Last year, Corkery understudied the title role of Handel’s Rodelinda with maestro Richard Bonynge and this year took a place in Italy’s Accademia del Belcanto followed by understudying the role of Giovanna in Verdi’s Giovanna D’arco (Joan of Arc) in the famous Festival della Valle d’Itria. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the club by phoning 5254 2922.

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Motor city gets ready to rock BY TIFFANY PILCHER GEELONG is gearing up to host a string of bands, musicians and entertainers at the first Motor City Music Festival over Labour Day weekend next year. Over three days and five stages with more than 40 acts, the festival will feature Australian music legends, local performers, tribute bands and a family day on Sunday. There will also be a special celebration for the Blues Train’s 20th Anniversary with a whole stage dedicated Queenscliff’s famous musical ride. Producer Hugo T Armstrong said he created the festival with the Blues Train team to give Geelong it’s very own music event. “We think Geelong needs to rock. “So we’ve created a new three-day music festival on the March long weekend to celebrate our place,

our people and our icons and our music with a kick-arse soundtrack.” Mr Armstrong has carefully chosen the lineup so everyone can have some fun from the seasoned hard rockers to the little ones. Everyone from Daryl Braithwaite, Boom Crash Opera and The Chantoozies to Chocolate Starfish, Nick Barker and the Heartache State and Chris Wilson’s Crown of Thorns will be performing along with many more. Friday night and all day Saturday and Saturday night are exclusively adults-only while Sunday is all about family with entertainers for kids of all ages. The event will wrap up with a huge fireworks display on Sunday night. Weekend tickets as well as single day tickets are available now with prices starting from $25. For the full line-up, tickets and more information, head to motorcitymusicfestival.com.au.

Daryl Braithwaite is one of the top Aussie acts performing at the inaugural Motor City Music Festival in Geelong over the Labour Day weekend in March.

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too cautious Capricorn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this week, good luck comes to Goats who hustle! Jupiter forms a fantastic trine to Saturn your ruling planet on Friday, which makes you more ambitious, and more proactive about turning average opportunities into good fortune. Your motto for the moment is from Emily Dickinson born on December 10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortune befriends the bold.â&#x20AC;?

Your ability to motivate others is high, as Mars rushes through your partnership zone. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keen to say whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on your mind but avoid being too blunt and bossy, especially mid-week. Friday is marvelous for making amends with a family member who you may have unintentionally offended. If you eat some humble pie, the relationship will head into positive new territory.

Jupiter gives you a welcome confidence boost, while Saturn provides the impetus to get things done. With energy and application, you can tackle the todo list and still have time for leisure activities. For some smart Crabs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; quick thinking saves the day at work. For others with pressing family problems â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to speak up and say whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really on your mind?

Jupiter and Saturn send professional opportunities your way, but you must have the confidence and work ethic to capitalise on them. Attached Librans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; surprise your partner with an erotic email or a tantalising text. Singles - have you been looking for love in the usual places? Uranus encourages you to think outside the box, as you search for your soul mate in adventurous new places.

Utilise your intuition and imagination to find creative solutions to pressing problems. Attached Bulls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aspects are perfect for cementing your commitment to your partner, while Jupiter helps you find spontaneous ways to show your affection. Singles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; give superficial suitors a wide berth. Look for lasting love with a soulful Scorpio or a conscientious Capricorn.

Wednesday is wonderful for lightning flashes of inspiration; while Thursday is terrific for fraternising with local and international friends. Putting off domestic chores might seem like a good idea now, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay the price further down the track. This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturn/Jupiter trine helps you sort out your priorities and face your family responsibilities with a sunny smile.

Focus on pet projects that require plenty of short-term sweat for long-term gain, as Jupiter trines Saturn in Scorpio. Plus clarify and consolidate your aspirations and ambitions for the future. But are you being too stubborn or suspicious about a relationship issue? Compromise and trust are required, if you want to steer a romance or friendship into calmer waters.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to persuade someone to do something - but are they ready for your unconventional Aquarian approach? With charm and a convincing argument you can get them onside, as positive Mercury/Uranus aspects boost your communication skills. And is it time to contribute your innovative ideas to a group, club or organisation within your local community?

Are you troubled by a rickety relationship? A completely fresh approach will blow away the cobwebs and get things moving in a positive direction again. Clever communication is the key. When it comes to business matters, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done the hard work required then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to capitalise on the lucky breaks that come your way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in the preparation and timing.

Avoid being cynical and over-critical. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot on your plate and family, friends and colleagues are happy to help â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you let them. When you pool your talents with like-minded souls, magical things happen! Uranus gives you a welcome jolt of electric energy so make the most of it. With Virgo vim and vigour plus creative communication youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a productive week.

Jupiter forms a fabulous trine with Saturn on Friday. Opportunity meets preparation and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done the work required then lucky opportunities will come your way. But you must grab good fortune when it appears, or it will just pass you by. Be inspired by birthday great Emily Dickinson - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luck is not chance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toil; fortuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expensive smile is earned.â&#x20AC;?

Artistic inspiration is high but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste the week with chaotic thinking and constant daydreaming. The Jupiter/Saturn trine encourages you to have the confidence and discipline to turn your creative thoughts into tangible form. But remember thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fine line between communicating your ideas with plenty of Piscean passion and being completely misunderstood.

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AIREYS INLET SUNDAYS Uniting Church Service Anglican Holy Communion on 1st & 3rd Sundays. Uniting Church service 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays www.surfcoastunitingchurch.org.au

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FORREST Neighbourhood House For the complete program and classes please ring or email. You can access computers & internet, printing, scanning and photocopying, book lending library, AV equipment and even some local produce from right here at the hall. Contact Gillian Brew - Co-ordinator Phone: 03 5236 6591. Email: gbrew@swarh.vic.gov.au

LEOPOLD Bellarine Community Health Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

LORNE 14th December Carols On the Lorne 6.30pm at the St Cuthbert’s Church in Mountjoy Parade Enquiries to Pam 0419 108 501

Lorne Anglican-Uniting Church

23 Cameron Road, Anglesea Painting every day 10am - 4pm. Cost from $5. Canvas, bollards,porcelain, plaster moulds, wooden shapes, mosaics, etc. Enquiries: Pat 0418 179554

Service 10 am each Sunday All Saints or St Cuthbert’s Contact Lynton : 0418 831 703 OR 03 5289 5220 for other services

10am every Saturday and working bee every 1st Saturday of the month Community Hub, McMillan Street. Contact Winsome on 0413 946 343

APOLLO BAY SUNDAYS Farmers Market Youth Club Hall Moore Street 3rd Sunday of every month.

SATURDAYS Community Market 9am-1pm on the Foreshore Visit www.visitotways.com for full events for the month

BARWON HEADS 11th January Barwon Heads Uniting Church Fete Wanting goods to be donated for the fete Please call Mark 5264 1536 or Ken 5254 2876

SATURDAYS Community Market Last Saturday of the month from 8am-1pm. Community Hall in Hitchcock Avenue. Contact Lila on 0402 642 357.

CLIFTON SPRINGS Bellarine Community Health Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

DRYSDALE 4th & 5th January The Bellarine Woodworkers Annual Exhibition

TORQUAY Coastal Sound Youth & Children’s Chior

3rd -5th January Landscapes of Tea Cosies & More

Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 35 Boston Road. All enquiries www.salvors.org.au/torquay

Queenscliff Uniting Church

5th January Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Sand Sculpture Contest 9.30am at the front beach near the Pilot’s Jetty. Enquiries to Carolyn 5258 3367

Light up a Life appeal Queenscliff Uniting Church is raising money to bring joy to local refugees this Christmas - $40 will fund a holiday for refugee women in Queenscliff, $20 will go towards a helmet to go with bikes up-cycled by the Men’s Shed. Contact Heather 5258-2854 for details.

Fig Tree Community House 5289-2972 fig.tree@bigpond.com Lorne Laughter Yoga Mondays 6pm Games Group Thursday from 1pm Toy Library – NOW OPEN Playgroup Thursdays 9.30am January Child care – Book Now Carols on the Lorne - December

OCEAN GROVE

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

3 Tobin Drive next to the Pilot’s Jetty. Phone for a program to be sent to you on 5258 3367. Or email qnhouse@fastmail.fm

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PARAPARAP DrolKar Buddhist Centre Summer calendar for 2013-2014 Meditation Dec. 13th 11-12noon Mindfulness Meditation Dec. 14th 9.30-12.30 January Wednesdays 10am Philosophy 11am Meditation Re-opens February 2nd 2014 Please see website for full program 625 Nortons Road, Paraparap. Closed on total fire ban days drolkarbuddhistcentre@hotmail.com www.drolkarbuddhistcentre.org.au

POINT LONSDALE

Free meetings Torquay Philosophy 2pm-4.30pm at The Pear Tree Cafe, Gilbert St. Inquiries: Michael 52647484

Meditation and Ways to release stress 10.30am-12.30pm at Spring Creek Community House , 14 Price Street. Gold coin donation. For more information contact Jean 5264 7484.

TORQUAY Sunday 15th December TORQUAY COWRIE MARKET

FRIDAYS Anglican Church Torquay Op Shop

Torquay Esplanade, 10am-3pm Contact: cowriemarket@yahoo.com.au

Friday & Saturday mornings from 9am-12 noon. Tuesdays 10am-1pm Cnr Pride & Price Streets.

Charity raising money for our local children with cancer If you can get sponsored to lose weight or get fit Then CLU needs YOU! www.facebook.com/CluGeelong

Every 3rd Saturday of the month 9am-1pm at the Ocean Grove Park, cnr Draper & Presidents Enquiries Sally 0418 141 208

Wednesdays at 35 Boston Rd, Torquay Grades 1-4 3.45 to 4.25pm Years 5-8 4.30 to 5.15pm www.salvos.org.au/torquay

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CLU - Choose It, Lose It, Use It

SATURDAYS Bellarine Community Farmer’s Market

WEDNESDAYS Coastal Sound Children’s & Youth Choir

Bellarine Community Health

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

Meets every second Thursday at 1.30pm Ocean Grove Community Health Centre For more information contact 5221 8862

Every 4th Tuesday. 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Rooms Price Street. New members welcome. Phone 5264 7476.

10.30am-12.30 weekly S C Community House, 14 Price St, Torquay. Inquiries: Jean 52647484

Bellarine Community Health

Prostate Support Group

Torquay Garden Club

THURSDAYS Meditation and Philosophy

Bellarine Community Health

Queenscliff Neighbourhood House

ANGLESEA ART HOUSE – “KIDS ART BASH”

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Torquay Playgroup 9.30am-11am at Torquay Christian Fellowship at 25 Grossmans Road Enquiries Kirsty on 0408 719 861

Spring Creek Community House For more information phone 5261 2583 or www. springcreekcommunityhouse.org.au M.A.P (Morning Activity Programme for Kids & Parents) Mondays – 9:30am-10am Little da Vinci’s 3-5 years old Tuesdays – 9:30am-10am Bells & Beats 0-5years old. 10.30am-11am 0-5years old. Wednesdays – 9:30am-10am Tiny Dancers 3-5 years old Thursdays – 9.30am-10am 0-5 year olds. Music and Movement Quirky Craft & Morning Coffee-Wednesdays 10.30-12 noon. Community Art Studio-Tues at 1.30-3.30pm. Taking enrolments now for 2014: Certificate III in Education Support Certificate III in Business Admin (medical) Certificate IV in Youth Work Spring Creek Community House is closing for the holidays on Friday 20th December until January 20th but we still have a lot of great courses available over the summer.

SATURDAYS Torquay Central Farmer’s Market

MONDAYS Combined Probus Club of Torquay Surfcoast

10am at 25 Grossmans Road Phone 5261 6831 or www.torquaybaptist.com

Meets 2nd Monday of each month. 10am at the Lion’s Village, Kooringa Place. Contact Yvonne on 5261 9120

Bells Beach Christian Church

8:30am-1pm at Torquay Central Car Park.

SUNDAYS Torquay & District Historical Society Open every Sunday throughout winter 2pm-4pm at the old Police Station, 18 Price Street.

Uniting Church Worship 9:30am at Uniting Church, 27 Anderson Street. www.surfcoast.ucaweb.com.au

Torquay Salvos Christian Church 10.30am at 35 Boston Road Torquay For more information go to www.salvos.org.au/torquay

Torquay Christian Fellowship and Youth Hub

Grant Pavilion Go to www.bbcc.com.au

Enquiries 5251 5253

Bellarine Community Health

Xtreme KidZ Club for primary school aged kids

Bellarine Community Health

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

3.30-5.30pm at 35 Boston Rd, Torquay www.salvos.org.au/torquay

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TUESDAYS No Lights No Lycra

MONDAYS Winchelsea Toy Library

8.15pm at the Torquay Improvement Association Hall in Price Street Enquiries to Jessica 0428 881 254

11.30am-1.30pm (no school holidays) Call Carrie on 5267 2028 or email winchelseatoylibrary@ gmail.com

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS Buy Bellarine Produce Barn 9am-3pm at Tuckerberry Farm www.buybellarine.com.au

TUESDAYS The Springdale Toy Library 4pm-5pm at the Neighbourhood Centre in High Street Enquiries to Alison on 0438 224 468

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

Portarlington Senior Citizens Centre Mondays – 10am Exercises. Tuesdays – 9am Table tennis, 7pm Bowls. Wednesdays – 9am Concert practice, 1pm Cards & Bowls, 7pm Bingo. Thursdays – 9am Table tennis, 1pm Bowls. Fridays – 10am Exercises, 1pm Bingo. Saturdays – 9am Line Dance, 1pm Bowls.

WINCHELSEA

Anglican Church Torquay Op Shop

Winchelsea Community House

Friday & Saturday mornings from 9am-12 noon. Tuesdays 9am-12 noon Cnr Pride & Price Streets.

28 Hesse Street. For all the classes and timetables please ring 5267 2028 or email education@winchhouse.org.au

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Dangerous Christmas toys crushed BY JAMES TAYLOR THOUSANDS of dangerous toys were crushed last week by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) as part of an extensive inspection program of retailers and wholesalers across the state. Minister for Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria said the toys were seized by CAV due to hazards that could lead to choking, eye injuries or lead poisoning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The toys being destroyed today failed to meet the safety standards that exist for a very good reason â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the health and wellbeing of Victorian children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a priority of CAV to remove any products that put consumers at risk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This should send a clear warning to manufacturers and retailers that unsafe goods will not be tolerated.â&#x20AC;? More than 26,500 toys were removed from sale in the lead-up to Christmas, including: â&#x20AC;˘ toys for children under three years old, which can break into small parts and potentially choke a child â&#x20AC;˘ projectile toys, which can injure childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes â&#x20AC;˘ toy-like novelty cigarette lighters â&#x20AC;˘ toys that contain lead and other elements that could cause poisoning. The toy crush was part of CAVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual preChristmas toy survey inspections, which aim to remove from sale as many unsafe products as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy sales skyrocket at this time of year so it is vital that anyone purchasing toys ensures that products suitable for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ages comply with safety standards. We will continue to monitor traders for any toys that breach safety standards and pursue individuals and companies who trade in unsafe toys, to ensure that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put children at risk,â&#x20AC;? Ms Victoria said. Under Australian Consumer Law, a supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for a body corporate. Anyone with concerns phone CAV on 1300 558 181 or head to consumer.vic.gov.au.

Experienced local optometrist Carol Hinch has joined OPSM Waurn Ponds.

Accomplished optometrist sharpens focus at OPSM Waurn Ponds THE team at OPSM Waurn Ponds is excited to welcome experienced local optometrist Carol Hinch to their eye care team. Ms Hinch has more than 10 years experience as an optometrist and joins OPSM having practiced with Pettit and Mallett Optometrists in Ryrie Street for many years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so glad to have Carol joining our practice,â&#x20AC;? principal optometrist Rowan Prendergast said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her experience in eye care is a great enhancement to the breadth of services we already offer.â&#x20AC;? Born and raised in Geelong, Ms Hinch earned her Bachelor of Optometry degree from Melbourne University.

As a mother to two young children, Ms Hinch is caring and empathetic, especially with little ones having their first eye check. In addition, Ms Hinch is a clinical tutor at Deakin University, working as a mentor for the optometry students in their Bachelor of Vision Science course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides my work with patients of all ages, I find it extremely rewarding to teach optometry. Sharing my knowledge and experience with upcoming young optometrists also keeps me up to date on new developments in eye care.â&#x20AC;? A believer in serving her community, Ms Hinch regularly performs diabetic eye disease screenings and other eye health or vision checks for the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As diabetes continues to rise, public awareness

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Big cheque from Pink Ladies Day THIRTEENTH Beach Golf Links was a sea of pink last Monday as 132 women, all dressed in various shades of pink, competed in the annual Pink Ladies Day to support research into breast cancer. As well as Thirteenth members, golfers came from many Melbourne clubs as well as Ballarat, Horsham, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Torquay and Anglesea. Winners were Barb Craker, Stefi Bates, Lyn Macvean and Tess Brown from Anglesea Golf Club. The day raised more than $21,000 with proceeds

going to Breast Cancer Network Australia. The greens featured pink flags, pink holes, pink ducks swam on the pond and pink champagne and meringues helped make the day memorable. Many participants have been touched by breast cancer either personally or through a family member. Others just like to participate in this day and support their friends and Breast Cancer Network. There was a full field and a waiting list for players to participate. Places in the field were hard to come by and were much sought after by locals and visitors

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Winners are grinners (L-R) Barb Craker, Stefi Bates, Lyn Macvean and Tess Brown.

A SCORE of residents from the Geelong region will learn how to be better public speakers, social media users and interview subjects after being chosen to be part of the Leading, Educating and Advocating for Disability (LEAD) Barwon program. The 22 participants – mostly from Geelong but including Ocean Grove’s Brad Connelly and Torquay’s Dylan Slater – were officially inducted into LEAD by South Barwon MP Andrew Katos on Wednesday last week. Speaking at the ceremony in Geelong, Mr Katos reflected on the development and leadership opportunities that the LEAD Barwon program will bring to participants. “This is an innovative program that will equip local residents of the Barwon area with the confidence and skills needed to influence the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). “Participants will take part in communication workshops, develop individual communication

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Torquay fields two under 18 footy sides FOLLOWING on from a successful year for the under 18s, the Torquay Football Club recently announced that a second under 18 team will be introduced in 2014. The club has appointed Marty Lanyon to be the coach of the second under 18 team. He and David McCormick, who has been reappointed in his role as under 18 coach in 2014, will work together to develop and prepare the under 18s for senior football. Tigers football committee member Luke Hayward said that the club was looking forward to continuing

the development of the under 18s in 2014, and said that with quite a few players moving up from under 16 level at the end of 2013, it was important that the club created a second team in 2014. Luke said that the club would like to give the young kids the opportunity to continue to develop, improve and play football and more importantly see them play football at Torquay. The under 18s are hoping to have a few training sessions before Christmas and will commence on December 11 at 5pm at North Torquay.

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Peri good Gray wins adventure fest AN ANGLESEA local triumphed in the 9th Lorne Adventure Fest in the women’s division on Sunday, while a New Zealander took out the men’s event. Peri Gray was ecstatic to come away with a win in 4:44:20 after four previous attempts. “It definitely helped being on home turf,” she said. “I’ve been training on the course the last few weeks to try and get stronger after my knee surgery, and I’m glad I could do it for the locals. “This is my fifth time racing and I’ve never had a win, so today I raced possessed and worked hard; I’m really happy.” The Dornom sisters, Bernadette and Elizabeth, came in second and third in times of 4:50:29 and 5:01:31 respectively. New Zealander Braden Currie won the men’s event, making it three wins in a row there. Currie once again bolted around the course, this time in a time of 3:39:34. Fresh from his recent win at the Swiss Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania, Currie also took the crown at Lorne’s sister race, the Augusta Adventure Race in WA last month. “I was struggling today because of last week’s Webber Challenge,” Currie said. “I really enjoyed the run course with the awesome single track, coastal tracks and waterfalls.” Currie’s fast running saw him catch super-fast youngster Jack Hansen after the paddle and swim. “Jack had such an awesome swim and paddle and I was a bit worried when I saw how good he looked on the paddle. “But I caught up to him after a few kilometres on the run leg and just kept going.” Elite level adventure racer Jarad Kohlar used local knowledge to his advantage to finish in second place, seven minutes behind in a time of 3:46:10, followed by Paul Patrick in 3:54:18.

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A REMINDER to all – Christmas is fast approaching – so don’t forget Sunday December 15 is the Club’s Christmas Break-up commencing with a game of mixed drawn triples at 1pm followed by high tea and kindly sponsored by our members Heather Chalmers and Jim Reed.

Triples for Triers Once again, all the entry forms for the annual Twilight Triples for Triers were quickly filled. The first round commences on Thursday January 9. So there’s plenty of time for teams to start practicing. This year the club is urging all players to arrive early to register, select bowls and participate in a free sausage in bread served from 5-6.30pm. The evening concludes with a snack and presentation of awards.

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Men’s winner Braden Currie streets the field in the run leg.

For those wishing to come and try bowling, contact the club on 5263 1229 or 0499 856 613 to arrange a suitable time. Bowls will be supplied by the club together with some coaching at a cost of $10 per player for two hours (wear flat sole shoes). Perhaps incorporate a meal at the bistro afterwards.

“It’s such a fantastic course with perfect weather for racing today. “Although the wind was up in the kayak, I hope everyone managed to finish and not get blown to Tasmania.” Kohlar said. The Lorne Adventure Race attracted over 800 participants as individuals and relay teams. The race included a 1.9 kilometre ocean swim, 13 kilometre paddle, 14 kilometre trail run, 18 kilometre mountain bike and a 1.2 kilometre beach run to finish. Visit rapidascent.com.au for more results.

Results Saturday’s mixed social bowls winners were Ray Murphy, Edna Gleeson, Wilma Jones and Len Cockerill. Monday’s men’s pairs winners were Barry Mason and Les Hocking.

Bowls program For those bowlers not wishing to play pennant, there are organised games on MONDAY Men commencing at 12.30pm TUESDAY Mixed commencing at 10.30 am BYO lunch SATURDAY Mixed commencing at 12.30pm Any experienced bowlers holidaying in the area will be made most welcome. Contact the Club by 9.30am on 5263 1229 to register your name. Dress is “neat casual”.

Happy hour Everyone is invited to the Anglesea Bowling Club for a happy hour or two from 4.30pm onwards every Friday. Also the members draw (now jackpotted to a sizeable amount) will be held at 6pm but you must be in attendance to claim your prize.

Bistro – New hours The Anglesea Bowling Club bistro - Double B – meaning bistro and bowls – will be open Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8pm. Also from 8.30am to noon Sundays for breakfast. Trading hours will increase in late December and all of January. Bookings preferred. Telephone 0412 481 711 to make a reservation. Come along and try out this family friendly venue.

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MY BIG CATCH WITH GARRY KERR

FISHING REPORT ANGLESEA

Still snapper being caught offshore as well as seven gills and some gummy sharks There are still salmon begin caught off most beaches along our coast as well as some trevally Reports of whiting close on inshore reefs continue. 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. Yes, we still sell fishing licences. The Great Ocean Road Outdoor Centre, Anglesea, phone 5263 2330.

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Salmon continue being caught off local beaches Large schools of bait fish, being sighted off back beach near Marengo Offshore fishing still producing snapper and gummy shark as well as schoolies Harbour is producing some couta and grass whiting and squid being caught The odd bream in Barham River Aire River fishing well for bream mullet and small salmon. For all your bait and tackle in Apollo Bay, contact Steve or Jen, who will be more then pleased to help you, phone 5237 6434.

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MANY of us use the fish cleaning tables at boat ramps, we do so without even giving it a second thought. However, sometimes the waste left behind, such as carcasses, does not get washed out till the next high tide arrives. Most other scraps are cleaned up by sea creatures such as rays. It’s amazing to watch the way the rays effortlessly glide over the sand in search of food, the vacuums of the sea, making the recycling of fish waste a most environmentally friendly method. However, it does not always work out this way with some of the fish waste. Occasionally, I receive complaints from other beach users because of unsightly remains left near fish cleaning tables often in their belief that the these remains may attract other species to the area to

feed on the waste. Recently, it has become clear it can be just as dangerous to go into the water under normal circumstances let alone when fishers are cleaning their fish. However, as fishers, we can try and help ease the mind of those members of the public who feel this way. Cleaning of fish can take place at sea where and when appropriate, rather than back on shore or we may even want to take home the fish waste and turn it into burley, otherwise, all we can try is to do our best to make sure that fish carcasses left behind are washed back out to sea on the next high tide. So if you show a bit more care when getting rid of your fish waste, others I am sure will appreciate it . Just remember we do share our beaches

and it’s up to all of us to work together, rather than against each other, to maintain them. This week’s photo highlights the ongoing problems with the Anglesea River. Thomas, 7, came into our store on the weekend with his dad Steve. Thomas asked me when I thought he could catch a fish from the Anglesea River again, but unfortunately it is unclear when fish might return to the river. All I could tell Thomas was we are hoping the mouth will be opened shortly and that this might help the fish come back. Then Steve showed me a picture of the last fish Thomas caught in the river and Thomas said he just wants to catch more like this one (see photo).

BARWON HEADS

Still some bream being caught Some nice trevally have also been caught in the river Snapper are being taken offshore Reports of some gummy shark as well.

TORQUAY Snapper continue offshore A few gummy shark have also been taken Still a few flathead being caught Salmon off most local beaches continue The odd bream is still being 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.

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St Leonards has snapper being taken out wide as well as the odd gummy shark with whiting and squid in close Swan Bay has nice garfish with the odd flathead showing up as well Point Lonsdale still has reports of the odd snapper being caught off the pier as well as garfish and salmon The White Lady continues to produce whiting and calamari The creek is fishing well with some good trevally being caught, salmon and mullet.

FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER 2013 8KM – 4KM –1.6KM EVENTS ANGLESEA, VICTORIA

Thomas, 7, with the last fish he caught in the Anglesea River prior to the fish kill.

Anglesea Motor Yacht Club and local community groups present the inaugural ROO RUN.

5.30PM, FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER A recreational run taking in beautiful Pt. Roadknight and Anglesea’s spectacular cliff-tops and beaches. A category to suit every runner: 8KM ROO RUN (the main event) 4KM ROO RUN (a friendly jog) 1.6KM GROMMET GALLOP (for under 12 yrs) ROO RUN is a twilight event & precludes the traditional Rock to Ramp swim which takes place the following morning.

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ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB IT SEEMS we are getting a slow start to summer and while we still welcome a little rain to ward off the bushfire threat, a bit more sunshine would help the fairway renovations and allow the summer wardrobe to get a decent airing. Again the men had the best of the weather this week, while the ladies had the wet weather gear and warm winter layers for Thursday. The Independence Cup was decided on Sunday after the nominated three rounds of stableford. Our winners were Aileen Morton for the ladies with rounds of 40 and 34 points, and Frank Tait for the men with two rounds of 40 points each.

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opted for coffee and cake in the clubhouse. Winners were Suellen Eskrigge and Judy Talbot with 70.5, and Barb Hinton and Helen Stewart were runners up with 71.25. Friday was the Pro Shop VIP day and fundraiser. Winners were Peter Atherden and Dee Mathieson, who both scored 40 points, and $1,900 was raised for Binandapur Village.

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Wednesday was a Stableford round for the men and their medal of medalist round. The rain held off and the scores were good. Andrew Ohlson won A grade with the 44 points â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the best score for the day. Other winners were David Cook in B grade with 41 points, Denis Croaker in C grade with 43 points, Cyril Leith in the seniors with 38 points and Ian Burgess won the medal of medalists. Special mention should be made of Cyril â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he is 85 and has just been fitted out with a new set of clubs. Wednesday was the first day of play with them and he won. NTP winners: Ian Lewtas, Brent McDonald, John Mooney and Keith Turner. Barry Coleman started his round with an eagle on the first. Fortunately, Thursday was a team event with twoperson Ambrose, otherwise a few of us would have

It was a par event on Saturday and it seems like the men are taking advantage of the long winter handicaps. Peter Richardson was the winner in A grade with 9 up and Brett Balloch was runner-up with 7 up off his handicap of 2. In the other grades Ian Treloar won B grade with 5 up and Graeme Mills won C grade with 3 up on a countback from Denis Croaker. For the ladies, the winner was Liz Lee with square on a countback from Robyn Schepers. NTP winners: Keith Turner, David Lewis, John Keeble and Mark Hannan. Sunday was the last round of the Independence Cup and we had warm conditions for play. Brenda Balderstone won the ladies with a tidy 40 points and Lyn McVean was runner-up with 36 points. In the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grades, our winners were John Keeble in A grade with 40 points, Dick Fowlston in B grade with 41 points and Frank Tait in C grade with 40 points. NTP winners: Paul Brown, Don Callahan, Mary Funder and Frank Tait. Enjoy your golf.

AS WE near the end of the year, summer is once again upon us so we have a timely reminder to all members and guests on the course that not only do we need to slip, slop and slap alas we also must take the fly repellant as we are attacked by those pesky flies the minute we walk out the door. It is just another item to carry in our already bulging golf bags. Snakes are yet another peril but there are no sprays for them, unfortunately. As we wander into the rough, though, a keen eye should be on the lookout at all times. On Tuesday the ladies played stroke and Jenni Cottrill with a superb 64 took out A grade and the medal. B grade winner Sue Barnes had 72 and for C grade Sandra Martin scored 74. NTPs: L. Grebe, K. Grayling, T. Morris and R. Soulsby. S. Duff won the jackpot. On Wednesday, Max Ellis had a solid round of +7 to take out A grade. Ron Campbell with +5 won B grade. Alan Scholten had the round of the day with +8 and for D grade James Hobill shot +2. David Dickson, enjoying the seniors a little too much, had a very impressive +9 to win. NTPs: F. Dean, B. Hewitt, A. Moore, R. Hughes and R. Waters. R. Kenny hit the jackpot. On Friday, Steve May with 42 points won A grade for the men, while B grade winner Clive Smith had a great day out with 46 points. Barbara

Young-Harding won the ladies with 34 points. NTPs: S. May, B. Hayles and B. Young-Harding. W. Rau hit the jackpot. On Saturday, Ron Haeberle won A grade with 66. B grade winner John Vale had 64. Alan Scholten took out C grade with 66 and Rod Ryan won D grade with 64. Don Jennings won the seniors with 44 points. The ladies went to Marilyn Young with 67. NTPs: B. Higgins, C.T. Fitzgerald, R. Brown, S. Chandley, D. Dickson and R. Beacom. M. Gannon scored an eagle on the 11th and R. Brown hit the jackpot. Tim Sinnott had the best gross with 74 and Eric Black won the November medal. December medal will be a playoff. On Sunday, the morning competition winner was Andrew Knox with +5. NTPs: N.Kerby and D.Miloshis, and A.Carr won the jackpot. In the afternoon, the members had their Christmas party and played a mixed 4BBB competition, and with 49 points Cheryl and John Brunt took the honors. NTPs: R. Soulsby, D. McOhail, K. Caldwell, J. Burton, K Bourke, G.Lamont, M.Buckley, A. Moore and T. Mensch. B.Booth won the jackpot. Junior members Tom Powell and Alana Yates successfully competed in the Primary School Golf Tournament at Curlewis on November 22. Alana finished third with a score of 59 and progressed to the state final, held at Kooringal Golf Club on December 2.

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MIDWEEK RESULTS

THE SANDS TORQUAY LADIES Thursday Irish 3 Ball: The conditions were less than ideal but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the ladies from completing this team event. The comp went down to the wire, with the team of Judy Hodgkins, Carol McDonald and Sue Morris squeaking out a win in a countback. Saturday Stroke: It was a lovely day out at The Sands and the conditions were good for scoring. Carol McDonald decided this was as good a day as any to absolutely shoot the lights out as she posted an outstanding nett 63. Merle Whitnall was second with a score of nett 74, with Lynn Hyett again winning NTP honours on the 17th.

MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Wednesday Stableford: There was a solid turnout by the men ensuring another full grade one field and we saw some great results. Russell Quick was able to catch fire, scoring 43 points to distance himself from the pack, with Paul Martonhelyi finishing second with a great score of 41 points. NTPs to Luke Rayner on the 7th and Frank Kevric on the 17th. Saturday Stroke: Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition was a two-grade event, and we were able to see plenty of good scoring in both. 2 Sands Boulevarde, Torquay Clubhouse: 5264 3333 Pro Shop: 5264 3307

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FROM THE MEMBERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ROOM Graham Altmann scored 68 points to beat Charlie Celi in a countback in A grade, with John Eddington scoring a 69 to beat Paul Barrett by 1 in B grade. NTPs to Stephen Andrews on 5, Paddy Handbury on the 7th and Tony Spence on 13. This Saturday also marked the medal of medallists comp, where Billy Mitris was able to secure the win against this prestigious field with a score of 70.

MEDLEYS Tuesday Stableford: it was crowded at the top as we saw plenty of great scores in the Tuesday medley, which was once again well attended and continues to be the fastest growing comp at The Sands. Graham Wise was able to win in a countback over two others with a score of 19 proving the importance of a strong finish. Sunday Stableford: The conditions were comfortable for the Sunday Medley and were obviously to Ron Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liking as he was out early and posted a score of 42 points to win by 3 over the field.

PORTARLINGTON GOLF CLUB IT IS very interesting to see the new Slope system course ratings now completed and published, ready to commence on January 23, 2014. The intention of this is to level out the handicap system for when club members play on various courses, including their own. With a neutral slope rating of 113, our menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating is 128 off the white markers, and ladies are 130 off the red. This means that a man off, say 18.3 under our existing system will go out to 20.7 on our course, but if he plays at Barwon Heads with a rating of 124, would play off 20.0. Similarly, a lady off 18.3 will play off 21.0 on our course and 19.9 at Clifton Springs (CR of 123). The good news - you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to work these out for yourselves (although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to do so if you have a calculator handy).

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countback from Leigh Wilson (19), both on 38. Peter Ward (25) with 39 points got in by one shot over Will Pressnell (26) to win D grade.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4 Our ladies enjoyed a 9-hole festive season novelty game so results are irrelevant, with certain members assigned to sabotage their games. Pity about the weather. Ladies, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that if you miss your regular Wednesday game for whatever reason, you are most welcome to play in the mixed comps on Thursdays, Saturdays (7 day members only) and Sundays.

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Thursday, December 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stableford Saturday, December 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Par Black and Blue Tee, Ladies Stableford Sunday, December 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stableford

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stableford: Our annual Christmas break-up day was held with 152 men ready for some golf, and more importantly, good food and fun to boot. Club president Tony Meagher (21) seems to come good on the special days, and this was no exception as he compiled an outstanding 43 points to win C grade and Trophy of the Day. Gordon Atkins (22) was just behind Tony with a very credible 42. A grade winner was Mark Schreuder (13) on 42 from Michael Wheat (4) with 38, Paul Smelter (16) took out B grade on a

Jack and Pat Taylor Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ambrose: This annually staged event, open to other clubs, was enjoyed by 168 players, including teams from Anglesea, Heidelberg, Elcho Park, Latrobe, Bannockburn, 13th Beach and Castlemaine. The weather was superb, lending itself to some outstanding scores, none moreso than local winners Barry Lincoln (24), Troy Gundry (15), Jason Wilson (20) and David Mikelsons (16) who carded eight birdies and only one bogey to have a nett 55â&#x2026;?. Runners-up were Greg Vagg (20), Phil Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor (20), Perry Gourley (17) and Dave Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor (26) with 57â&#x2026;&#x203A;, who had seven birdies and two bogeys.

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