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VOL 11. No 52
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Matthew Chun takes in the view from the balcony of the new Fairhaven SLSC clubhouse. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
Fairhaven SLSC clubhouse opens
BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Fairhaven community has an impressive new building to enjoy all year round with the completion of the town’s new surf life saving club (SLSC). The clubhouse was given a certificate of occupancy on Thursday last week, and Fairhaven SLSC members immediately began fitting out the building with the aim of opening for patrols and about 600 nippers on Boxing Day. The two-storey clubhouse cost $4 million and took about 12 months for contractors Ireland Brown Constructions to build. It has a notably modern design for a SLSC clubhouse, with prominent use of wood and stone. Fairhaven SLSC building works committee chair Matthew Chun said there
were “three essential ingredients” when it came to designing the building. “It had to be functional, obviously; it had to be extremely sympathetic to the environment given we’re one of the few structures on this side of the Great Ocean Road; and it had to be environmentally friendly. “What you see throughout the building is a lot of natural products, and a lot of products that are very sympathetic to the natural surrounds, the colour scheme in particular – the colour of the roof, the colour of the timber – so it sits within the landscape. “If you’re driving along the Great Ocean Road, it folds into the backdrop, as opposed to sticking out, and I reckon we’ve achieved that much better than we expected so we’re really happy with that
as a result.” The club’s equipment will all be kept downstairs on the lower storey. “Storage was a big issue, previously, so we’ve doubled that capacity,” Mr Chun said. Construction hit a major snag in October after works were stopped following the discovery of unexpected asbestos at the site. The club was paying $4,300 a week to the builder to keep construction huts and fencing on the site, but work resumed in earnest in March. Mr Chun said all the SLSC’s members could be proud of the final building. “It’s been a massive journey, and there have been lots of obstacles, lots of planning, and probably 50 members have donated their time – hour after hour after hour – in order to achieve a stunning result.”
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Former GORCC chair comes to its defence BY JAMES TAYLOR A FORMER chairman of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has come to the defence of the organisation after its performance and accountability were called into question. As reported in the Surf Coast Times, a Liberal Party state conference in Lorne recommended transferring the coastal land managed by GORCC to the Surf Coast Shire. The Committee for Lorne has also made several criticisms of GORCC in its submission to the
Victorian Coastal Strategy. Dr Lawrie Baker said GORCCâ€™s committee was appointed every three years and were responsible to the minister in charge of the Department of Sustainability and Environment. â€œA problem for GORCC is that every group, particularly those with a vested interest, think that they are the â€˜communityâ€™.â€? Dr Baker said he would prefer â€œparty politics to be kept out of the shire and GORCCâ€?, and criticism of GORCC over improvements to Lorneâ€™s swimming pool was unfair.
â€œIt is about time, that in these calmer times, it is acknowledged that a heated swimming pool open every day of the year for a population of about 900 is grossly uneconomical, given that in normal circumstances a contributing population of more than 20,000 is required.â€? Regarding the Lorne swing bridge, he said delays could occur in all stages of the works. â€œTwo significant delays involved shire approval and a single objection from an individual. â€œItâ€™s wishful thinking that the shire could do better.â€?
It has been suggested it would be more efficient for the shire to take over GORCCâ€™s responsibilities, but Dr Baker said inadequacies could be pointed out in the shireâ€™s performance and â€œno organisation was perfectâ€?. â€œAdditionally, it needs to be pointed out that shire rates are not allocated to GORCC. â€œIn cases where a shire has been made responsible for coastal Crown land, the foreshore generally suffers as ratepayers demand that the urban and residential areas be given preference for council expenditure.â€?
Three car smash at highway black spot BY TIFFANY PILCHER DRIVER error caused a three car collision at a notorious crash zone on the Surf Coast Highway on Friday. The female driver of a black Citroen attempted to make a right hand turn onto the highway from Boston Road and did not see an oncoming car travelling south on the highway causing the initial collision. The impact caused the Citroen to spin onto the break in the dividing strip, crashing into another car waiting to turn from the highway onto Boston Road. Leading senior constable Lisa Kearney said the intersection was a black spot for collisions. â€œHere and the intersection at Beach Road are terrible intersections for crashes. â€œEspecially with the extra summer traffic and the fact that itâ€™s Christmas time, everyone has to
be somewhere so just slow down and be careful. â€œToday is a bit busier than normal but still no different to any other day â€“ people need to take appropriate care whenever theyâ€™re driving.â€?
There were no severe injuries but a woman and her three grandchildren who were travelling in the car heading south on the highway were being treated at the scene for superficial injuries.
Two of the three cars that were damaged in a collision at the intersection of Boston Road and the Surf Coast Highway on Friday.
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GREEN THE COAST COLUMN
Kinder coastal conservationists JAN Juc preschool pupils participated in a hands-on environmental education session in Jan Juc recently with the aim of fostering a life long love for the coastal environment. The activities, which were coordinated by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), are part of a free program designed to encourage others to understand and respect their beautiful coastal surroundings. Teacher Jane Wilson said the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were able to better connect to where they live. “The day gave the children lots of opportunities to build on their understanding of their world and learn about becoming responsible to care for their environment. “We discussed littering and all the reasons we need to take any rubbish home and leave only our footprints or the sand castles we make. “Then we had a bit of fun exploring the beach and learning about all the different items that can be found, from cuttlefish to sharks’ eggs to all the things that are made with kelp.” GORCC conservation officer Georgie Beale said the children learnt about the marine and coastal environment and explored relationships between living and non-living things.
“We also encouraged the kids to become more aware of change and the impact of human activity.” The children also learnt about coastal vegetation, including the importance of habitat for birds and animals. Ms Beale said the GORCC education program offers schools and groups a practical way to make a difference to their environment and the skills and understanding to help protect and enhance the coast. “We encourage children to be involved in practical experiences relating to their environment and helps them to feel connected to their world, and in this case, their unique and special back yard. “We want everyone to love, protect and enjoy our beautiful coast as much as we do and it’s great to have the opportunity to get the children involved in hands on learning about their local coastline.” The GORCC environmental education and activities program is free and provides participants of all ages with opportunities to learn about and care for coastal environments. Activities are led by experienced conservation experts who have teaching experience and a wealth of knowledge about coastal environments. For more information, visit gorcc.com.au.
Conservation team member Peter Crowcroft shows some kelp to Jan Juc reschool pupils.
Thursday 26 December 2013
Aireys Inlet water supply investigated BY JAMES TAYLOR A WATER pipeline could be built between Aireys Inlet and Anglesea as Barwon Water considers how to best maintain the supply of water to Aireys Inlet. The water authority is investigating options to upgrade the townâ€™s water supply system as its water treatment plant approaches the end of its operational life. The plant, commissioned in 1991, is required
to treat water high in organic matter, seasonal blue-green algae blooms and high manganese concentrations, which result from the types of soils and vegetation in the Painkalac catchment. The large catchment area for the Painkalac Reservoir â€“ four kilometres to the north west of Aireys Inlet â€“ can also result in rapid water quality changes after rainfall. These are major risks in the production of safe drinking water. A specialised process to deal with the high
organic load was added in 2003 but is now outdated and undersized to meet peak summer demand. While a detailed design and cost estimate have been completed for replacing the water treatment plant, Barwon Water is investigating whether constructing a pipeline to supply Aireys Inlet from Anglesea could be an option. These investigations will be carried out during summer and autumn and include preliminary environmental and cultural heritage studies,
geotechnical surveys and service locations. Community consultation will begin early next year. For further information about the Aireys Inlet water supply upgrade, phone the Barwon Water alliance community and stakeholder engagement team on 5226 9950 or email alliance@ barwonwateralliance.com.au. As of last week, water storage for Aireys Inlet was almost full, at 99.8 per cent â€“ up from 87 per cent at the same time last year.
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Barwon Water is considering how to best maintain the supply of water to Aireys Inlet. The townâ€™s water treatment plant is approaching the end of its operational life.
COMPLETION of road works on the Surf Coast Highway between McCanns and Blackgate roads has been delayed until February 2014. VicRoadsâ€™ regional director William Tieppo said despite the best efforts of contractor, Civilex, this section of the highway will not be open in time for Christmas as was originally planned. He attributed the delays to above average rainfall and cooler daytime temperatures experienced in recent months. â€œThe road is close to being completed but difficult conditions have really impacted our schedule and the delivery of the project,â€? Mr Tieppo said. â€œThe weather during construction has been unprecedented and confirms recent reports that we have experienced a cooler and wetter spring. â€œLabour and equipment has regularly been
on standby, access to the site compromised, and normal construction activities continually interrupted. â€œIt is the first time we have had to deal with such conditions during my 15 years working with VicRoads.â€? Works to be completed include preparation of pavement on the Torquay bound lanes, sealing of all traffic areas, installation of safety barriers, line marking and signage. â€œThis is certainly not an ideal situation and we know that traffic volumes during this time will increase considerably,â€? Mr Tieppo said. Road work will be suspended over the Christmas period to minimise disruption to holiday traffic. The existing traffic arrangement will remain in place to assist traffic flow. Surf Coast Highway businesses will remain open throughout the remaining roadwork period.
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News in brief Take a snap of the king tide COASTAL communities have been asked to start the New Year by photographing and sharing images of January’s king tides as a part of the Witness King Tides project, coordinated by Green Cross Australia. King tides will affect much of Australia’s eastern coast on January 2, but will hit Melbourne and parts of southern Victoria on January 5 between 3-4pm. Head to witnesskingtides. org for more information.
Crackdown on illegal fireworks VICTORIA’S fire authorities will be cracking down on any illegal use of fireworks over the New Year’s period. CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson said that although many people see illegal fireworks as an innocent celebration, they cause serious issues for fire services. “It’s an added strain on services at a time of year when the fire risks are already heightened. Pyrotechnics are dangerous, they are explosive devices, and people need specialist training and a licence to use them.” People caught with illegal fireworks could face severe penalties, including jail. To inform authorities of illegal fireworks phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Deadline looms for campaign donations THE deadline for Geelong mayoral candidates to lodge their election campaign donation returns is fast approaching. All candidates who contested the Geelong mayoral by-election have 40 days after the election in which to lodge campaign donation returns, disclosing all donations in money or in-kind worth $500 or more. The final date for by-election candidates to submit their campaign donation returns is January 2. A person who fails to provide a campaign donation return as required by the Local Government Act 1989 is currently liable to maximum fine of $8,661.60. Summarised returns for the by-election must be published online by January 16.
Mobile coverage discussion paper released BY JAMES TAYLOR THE federal government has released a discussion paper seeking feedback from communities in Corangamite on how to structure its regional mobile coverage program, which is being touted as the first step towards improved mobile coverage in many areas of Australia. The $80 million mobile network expansion project will improve mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in areas that are prone to experiencing natural disasters There will also be a $20 million mobile black spot project, to improve mobile coverage in locations with unique coverage problems such as areas with high demand for services. Mobile phone congestion was particularly bad on the Surf Coast last summer, and Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson made a commitment to address mobile phone black spots in the lead-up to the election. She announced the release of the discussion paper last week. “This discussion paper is an opportunity for residents and community leaders in Corangamite to provide input on this important program and to help make sure that Corangamite gets its fair share of the money.” She said inadequate mobile phone coverage was a significant concern for regional communities. “Lives can literally depend on accessing mobile phone networks in emergencies, so expanding mobile phone coverage has clear benefits to public safety – as well as to the productive capacity of regional communities. “The government is keen to hear from residents, community leaders and from other levels of government in outer metropolitan, regional and remote communities around Australia.” Submissions close at 5pm on February 28. Head to the Department of Communications’ website at communications.gov.au/mobile_services/mobile_ coverage_programme to download the discussion paper.
Submissions have been invited to a federal government study into improving mobile phone coverage. Here a Torquay tower is upgraded by Telstra workers.
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Torquay traders add Christmas flash BY ALI DEANE A SMALL group of traders and a “flash” mob of a different kind took it upon themselves to spread Christmas cheer in Torquay’s Gilbert Street, decorating trees with shiny baubles and tinsel. Earlier this month, Surf Coast Shire provided the Torquay Commerce and Tourism Association with Christmas banners for Gilbert and Bell streets, however, according to a trader, they were not in a
good condition to go up. Powercor has restrictions on placing decorations on light and power poles, further dampening the Christmas spirit. “The Torquay traders did pay for some Christmas decorations out of our grant money, but they didn’t last,” an unhappy trader said. “We’ve had so many customers comment. “We noticed there were decorations at Torquay Central, so we asked Coles if they would extend
their Christmas cheer, and they said they would love to come on board next year. “So we put baubles in the trees, and put some lights up, it definitely made it look pretty. “We had a lot of help from volunteers. “We’re going to apply for a grant, so hopefully there’ll be something next year.” Surf Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge said in recent years, council had worked closely with local traders on developing an understated but stylish approach
to public Christmas decorations in Torquay. “This approach is in keeping with the township’s laidback coastal vibe,” Cr Hodge said late last week. “This weekend (December 21-22) will see Torquay fully dressed for the festive season with new Christmas banners on the highway and Gilbert Street tastefully decorated thanks to the efforts of local traders.” On Friday, four Christmas banners were installed on the Surf Coast Highway.
Aussie, Aussie and more Aussies A “flash” mob helped bring Christmas cheer to Torquay’s Gilbert Street, decorating trees lining the strip with shiny baubles and tinsel. INSET: One of four Christmas banners installed on the Surf Coast Highway on Friday.
The latest group of Australians has been welcomed to the Surf Coast Shire at a citizenship ceremony at council chambers. On Thursday, 27 Surf Coast residents from across the world, including the South African van Niekerk family, received their Australian citizenship from shire mayor Rose Hodge (second from left). The shire runs several citizenship ceremonies each year, and the next will be held as part of the Australia Day celebrations on January 26. For more information on becoming an Australian citizen, head to citizenship.gov.au.
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It is an exciting time for the Committee for Lorne (CfL) as over the next week we will be making public a document that has been a work in progress since early in the year. It is the result of delivering on a promise that we made to the community of Lorne that, with representative community members, we would develop a Vision and Plan for how we saw our future. In early 2013, we issued a public statement that simply read: “The Committee for Lorne is excited to lead a generational change and ‘put under the mat’ the criticisms of the past that have been directed at various agencies until we can put together a collective view that our agencies can be conﬁdent are representative of the entire Lorne Ward.” Our ﬁrst formal draft plan for Lorne is now complete – “Achieving Lorne’s Aspirations” with the goal of this being a guiding document to ensure that our “sense of place” is maintained and enhanced for generations to come. Our plan is to distribute and share our draft plan with our entire community to ensure we have captured the visions of all and create the unity under which we are looking to move forward. We look forward to sharing this document with our community and will take on board your feedback to complete our Lorne community plan. As we make our draft public, I would like to thank the Surf Coast Shire for providing consultants Neil Noelker and Gretchen Gibson and their support staff to ensure the project was guided with the relevant professional experience. Another exciting event this week is one that always ﬂies under radar and that is the Lorne Surf Club’s annual Bronze Camp. For those who are unaware there are approximately 70 young Lorne Surf Club members in residence at the Lorne Club as they go through a demanding seven-day intensive training program. At the completion of their week they have to successfully complete a timed 400m ocean swim and run, undergo an examination of theory and practical skills to be awarded their Bronze Medallion. Once they have achieved their award they are then allocated, with other experienced lifesavers, into the Patrol Roster of the Lorne Surf Club to patrol our beaches on a volunteer basis through the summer months. Many are unaware of the enormity of this program given that there are also 20 volunteer Bronze Instructors to deliver the course and a kitchen team to feed them all. What is very, very special is that the majority of the participants in the course and the instructors have all progressed through the life saving pathway after starting in the Lorne Nipper program – good luck to them all.
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A Holiday in Lorne – A Reflection At the Committee for Lorne, we’ve decided to take a break over Christmas and New year from our major projects and our focus on issues such as the Point Grey Development. However, we thought that we could further develop the idea of Lorne’s ‘sense of place” by looking at what Lorne meant to people in another era. Keith Dunstan, for many years a journalist with the Herald Sun passed away in September this year. He wrote many humorous books observing the quirkiness of the world and people around him. In his autobiography, “No Brains At All”, he recounted his memories of a family holiday in Lorne in 1939. It talks of the grandeur of Erskine House and also talks of something which is in the consciousness of all who live in or visit Lorne today – bushﬁre. For his holiday in Lorne was in 1939; the year of Black Friday. Keith writes: “There was one last glorious summer holiday in 1939 before I went to boarding school, the last of an era. Every year, dad booked the entire family into Erskine House, a large, gracious guesthouse at Lorne, which had been there since the 1880’s. We stayed there from immediately after Christmas until the ﬁrst week of February, although dad sometimes returned to the city and came down at weekends. Erskine House had its own gate right on the surf beach, its own grass tennis courts, bowling greens, croquet lawns, ballroom, billiard room and even its own 9 hole golf course. There were both ancient areas and modern. There was a new wing, absolutely the latest in art deco, with modern bathrooms and a splendid foyer, but then Erskine House wandered into antique areas, mysterious passages and alcoves, up and down to the picture theatre-cum-ballroom, onto the games area, and ﬁnally out to the scattered bungalows among the cypress trees near the tennis courts. Dad did not like the main building; he preferred the isolation and quiet of the bungalows in the garden. The expedition to Lorne was always a grand affair. In the early days we went in an Essex sedan. Several suitcases would be strapped to both running boards, others lashed on the luggage carrier at the rear. By 1939 our travelling had been reﬁned. Dad sent a Herald and Weekly Times van on ahead. This was loaded not only with luggage, but also with enough whisky, gin, vermouth and beer to last a month. There was also ice. It was tricky trying to ﬁnd ice for a whisky out in the bungalows so dad also carted ice to Lorne in large insulated boxes. This way he was able to entertain in style. The drama and magic of Lorne was the Great Ocean Road, which started at Anglesea and twisted, turned its way along steep cliffs to Apollo Bay and on to Peterborough. It was completed in the depression years around 1936 to become one of the most spectacular coastal roads on earth. In the 1930’s it was narrow and required very careful driving. Every year three or four cars went over the edge and dropped to the rocks below. From Anglesea, through Airey’s Inlet, the drive was partly coastal, partly in thick bush. At Erskine House we were always a large community of several hundred. All meals were provided, breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus morning and afternoon tea, in the dining room. Bells called us to meals. The ﬁrst bell was the early morning warning bell at 7-30am. The old hands used to say this was not the get up bell, but the warning bell to advise males to return to their own beds. Gentlemen dressed for dinner in black tie and ladies wore long gowns. There was a dance in the ballroom every night with a live band, except on Sundays when there were movies. The projector did not run sound so we had silent pictures; the Best of Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and cartoons, such as Felix the Cat. Once a week, say Thursdays, there was a fancy dress ball. Each Sunday a committee was elected to arrange the entertainments and sports for the following week. Archie Whyte, a born entertainer and compere, was a favourite president. The week’s program included tournaments for bowls, tennis, golf, croquet and
table tennis, complete with a treasure hunt and a sand castle competition for the children. Another important event was the Erskine House photograph, which took place at least once every summer. The entire complement of guests gathered on the lawn in front of the verandah at 11-00am. Carefully the photographer arranged us in appropriate rows. The camera was on a wooden tripod, with a black cloth shade for the photographer’s head, and it had an extraordinary lens that operated by a clockwork motor. The lens moved in a 45 degree arc so that it could produce a panorama of the guests. My cousin George Farmer and I always made sure that we were positioned in the left hand corner of the group, then, as soon as the lens started whirring, we sprinted around the back and got into position on the right hand side of the group. Somewhere in the family archives there is still a picture of the Lorne gathering that curiously depicts twin boys on either side of the group. The summer of 1939 was drought ridden, hot and dry. Victoria was famous for its dreaded north wind. In the 1850’s and 60’s Melbournians had called it the Brickﬁelder because it blew hot, red dust from the Mallee. Come January 1939 the Brickﬁelder was ready to break all records. On Friday, 13th January 1939, the temperature in Melbourne was 42 degrees celsius and all Victoria was ablaze. Millions of hectares of forest were destroyed, 71 people died and 1,500 were left homeless. The ﬁre swept through Airey’s Inlet and burned right down towards Lorne. The ﬂames raced through the houses we used to call “Little Colac” and burned the Suspension Bridge over the Erskine River at the back of the Erskine House Golf course. At one stage it seemed all Lorne would go and we gathered on the beach by the waters edge. From there we looked in awe at the columns of rising black smoke. Everything smelled of burning bush and charcoal and the sky was raining ash. There were other holidays at Erskine House after 1939, but never again was it the same. There was no formal dressing for dinner, and the balls, the tournaments, the elaborate weekly program were all gone. After the war the crowd that could afford to holiday at Erskine House went elsewhere. For the Tooraker’s it became the fashion to have a second house at Sorrento or Portsea, so that the people who drank and supped with each other all the working year continued to drink and sup together through the summer break, not having to meet anyone else. Of course, Victorian holidays should never be in January. Schools should take their recess in late February or March when the weather is mild, soft, dry and sublime. In January it takes on all sorts of ingenious variations, both hot and cold, designed to torture campers. In January 1971, we had a week of rain, with southerly winds blowing straight from the Antarctic. A friend looked at our little house, watched me trying to prepare a barbecue under an umbrella in the near blizzard and commented, “Boy, what a dump”.” With thanks to the Lorne Historical Society for providing access to material.
28 years ago Leigh responded to an advertisement for a butcher in the Lorne Supermarket. Needless to say he got the job. With his wife, son Tim, and daughter Sasha on the way, he moved from Colac to take up the position. In no time he was managing the store and did for so 17 years. Leigh appeared next as “Front of House” at Mark’s Restaurant where he worked for 8 years. In 2010, he purchased the Sandridge Motel and extended the business to include rental accommodation. With management an inherent skill it’s no surprise that after buying a share in Chorki’s Ski Lodge at Falls Creek in the 90s, it wasn’t long before he was running it. For the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons he did so full time. In spite of also having to clean the 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, he says the experience was “awesome”. He adores skiing and although having tried overseas ski ﬁelds, says Falls Creek is home. ”That’s where my friends are “. Leigh is a self confessed “control freak” which is probably why he is successful at whatever he does and why a nasty ski accident, which resulted in a complicated ankle fracture, will be but a mere hiccup in his busy life. How does he feel about living here? “I’ll never leave Lorne,” he said. CW
LORNE WARD EVENTS CALENDAR DECEMBER 27
Summer Golf Competition, Stableford, ladies and gents, everyone with an ofﬁcial Club handicap welcome, Lorne Country Club – every Wed and Fri through January
Mountain to Surf Run, 8:30am at Stribling Reserve
Pier to Pub Ocean Swim, 10am at Lorne Pier
Lions Club Seaside Market, 10-4 at Lorne foreshore
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Coalition breaks promise on NBN rollout BY JAMES TAYLOR CORANGAMITE federal member Sarah Henderson has defended the Coalition breaking its election promise on the National Broadband Network (NBN), but it is unclear what mix of internet technologies will be rolled out across the Geelong region. Earlier this month, the government released a strategic review into the NBN, which found the Coalition’s pledge to give all Australians download speeds of 25MBps (megabytes per second) by the end of 2016 could not be met. The review instead recommended a “multitechnology mix NBN”, which comprises 26 per cent fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections and 44 per cent fibre to the node (FTTN) connections. A major change is that 30 per cent of Australians will be covered by upgrades to the existing hybridfibre coaxial (HFC) network, which is operated by Telstra and Optus and also used to deliver pay TV. There is a small HFC network in Geelong, but its exact coverage is not widely known. Several technology commentators have criticised NBN’s use of HFC, as it becomes congested as more connections join the network. In the new $41 billion NBN – which will cost $11.5 million more than the Coalition promised before the election – only 43 per cent of Australians are projected to receive 25MBps by the end of 2016, with 91 per cent expected to get 50MBps speeds by the end of 2019. The review also found Labor’s NBN plan to roll out FTTP to all homes would cost $73 billion – nearly $30 billion more than projected – and would be finished three years later, in 2024. Ms Henderson said the review found only one in
five Australians would receive the NBN by 2016 under Labor’s plan. “It reveals Labor’s mismanagement of the NBN has led to the single largest waste of taxpayers’ money in the nation’s history. “We will complete the NBN sooner, at less cost to taxpayers and more affordably for consumers.” Ms Henderson had not answered questions about how Geelong’s HFC network would be used in its NBN rollout at the time of publication. Head to nbnco.com.au/content/dam/nbnco/ documents/NBN-Co-Strategic-Review-Report. pdf to read the review.
NBN fibre optic cable being laid in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Only about a quarter of Australians will receive FTTP connections under the Coalition’s new NBN plan. Photo: BIDGEE
CFA declares start of Fire Danger Period BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Fire Danger Period (FDP) for three councils in the Geelong region has begun, which means fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) or a municipal fire prevention officer. The restrictions, which came into effect at 1am on Monday, apply to the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe and four other councils in the CFA’s Barwon South West region. Lighting a fire in the open without a permit is an offence and can bring a penalty of more than $17,000 and/or
12 months imprisonment. Barbecues and fires for cooking and warmth do not require a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces (for example metal, stone or concrete), not be used in strong winds (defined as 10 kilometres per hour or higher), be clear of all flammable material for three metres from the outer perimeter and be supervised at all times by a person who has the capacity and means to extinguish the fire. Using an incinerator, chainsaw/ lawn mower, welding/grinding equipment, vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and machinery with an internal combustion/heat engine are
permitted, provided guidelines are followed. FDPs are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall. Barwon South West regional director Bob Barry said the community needed to be fire ready – especially those living in high risk areas. “CFA looks to the community to do the right thing by their family and neighbours and follow the fire restrictions that are in place throughout the Fire Danger Period. “Fire restrictions are in place for a reason – to help prevent fires from starting.
“Preventing fires is something that every member of the community should see as their responsibility. “Last season Victoria experienced more than 4,000 grass and bushfires, and this summer we can expect similar conditions.” He said Victoria was one of the most fire prone regions in the world and it only took two weeks of hot, dry and windy weather to create dangerous fire conditions. “While we saw several bushfires last season, grassfires should not be underestimated. They travel faster than you can run and can kill.” For more information, head to cfa. vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/ can/ or phone 1800 240 667.
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Thursday 26 December 2013
Local life savers share safety skills overseas BY ALI DEANE
LOCAL surf life savers have just returned from a trip to Sri Lanka where they shared their expertise in water safety and survival with locals. Courtney Higlett and Ashlea Smith of Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), Brydie Murrihy (Lorne SLSC) and life savers from Cape Paterson,
Woolamai and Sea Spray were part of the Life Saving Victoria (LSV) program that empowers communities. The program began with a week training hotel staff in Negombo, followed by pool lifeguard updates with military and police in Colombo, and finished with a day at Mt Lavinia Beach – the life saving headquarters of Sri Lanka. Anglesea life saver Courtney Higlett said it was
scary to think that staff had been manning a pool without any training in that area. “Very little people had first aid training, including those working as life savers on the beach. The water environment at some of the beaches was scary.” Ms Higlett said many locals swim only in pools, as it’s not the culture to go in the ocean. “We were promoting that everyday people need to
have these skills. A lot of the people were a lot older than us, but their enthusiasm ... was massive.” It was the second year of the LSV program that aims to empower communities as well as provide opportunities for young life savers to grow and become leaders. The group spent seven months preparing and training in preparation as part of their intensive Building Leaders scholarship. “I’ve loved life saving from when I was young, and I love travel, so it was an amazing opportunity,” Ms Higlett said. “It was life changing for most of us. And the people really welcomed us, they were all so lovely. “With summer holidays here it’s great to promote life saving and the opportunities we have.”
The six life savers on the beach in Sri Lanka, where they conducted training on a recent program empowering local communities.
Anglesea SLSC’s Courtney Higlett coaches locals in Sri Lanka on water safety, survival and CPR.
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Thursday 26 December 2013
“Rumpole” Santa loves Lorne Santa didn’t have time to stop by Lorne before his biggest night of the year last night so local identity Andrew “Rumpole” Ramsay stepped in to lend a hand. Ramsay toured Lorne in the big red suit spreading joy to tourists, youngsters and the young at heart on December 14 and 15. He took advantage of everything the town has to offer including golfing, boating, fishing and even kicking back with a beer to enjoy the view. The Lorne resident said he thought it was a good thing to do for the people of Lorne. “The kids’ eyes lit up, people wanted photos with me and I even got to take my boat, The Lorne Ranger, out for the day. I got an extraordinary reaction and it was an incredibly fun thing to do.”
Colac Otway adopts GOR closure guidelines BY JAMES TAYLOR COLAC Otway Shire has adopted new guidelines to clarify the process for closures of the Great Ocean Road during major events. At its final meeting for the year, the council backed the guidelines, following a call for public input which saw several community members raise their concerns. The guidelines were drawn up by VicRoads, the
shires of Colac Otway and Surf Coast, Victoria Police and the community. Under the guidelines, event closures can only take place during the low tourist season, between May and October, with the exception of the Great Victorian Bike Ride which takes place in the region every six years. Event organisers will also be required to complete a formal process to demonstrate via an independent assessment, the overall benefits they are providing
to the host communities. Colac Otway mayor Lyn Russell said the shire was seeking to provide a balance between the social, cultural and economic benefits of events, with the needs of people living along the Great Ocean Road. “Closure of the Great Ocean Road for events can have detrimental social and economic impacts on local communities, in particular the landlocked communities between Lorne and
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Benâ€™s a major player in robotics TO SAY Ben Thomas is dedicated to the world of robotics is an understatement. The Bellarine Secondary College student has spent hundreds of hours designing, constructing and programming soccer playing robots, which have been described as â€œclose to perfectionâ€? in this field. Ben, who just completed year 12, was recently presented with the NECA (National Electrical Communications
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MITCHELTON BAY CYCLING CLASSIC SATURDAY 4 JANUARY 2014 Start off the New Year at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, now recognised as one of Australiaâ€™s best sporting events, featuring international and local elite cyclists to our region. Witness future cycling champions compete in Portarlington. Stage 3 of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic commences in Portarlington from 11am to 4.00pm. To ensure everyoneâ€™s safety, the Esplanade between Fisher Street and Pier Street, Harding Street and the east-bound lane of Newcombe Street will be closed from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 4 January 2014. The Newcombe Street bus stop will be relocated to Fenwick Street, during the events conduct. To ensure the event is run safely, roads are required to be closed during the events conduct. Emergency access will be maintained at all times. The event organiser apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Further information on the road closuresâ€™ is available on www.geelongaustralia.com.au or visit Cycling Events Downunder on www.baycyclingclassic.com.au
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Aboriginal flag flies over Geelong BY TIFFANY PILCHER THE Aboriginal flag is now permanently and proudly flying alongside the Australian flag on the City Hall rooftop. City of Greater Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons, councillor Eddy Kontelj and elders from the Aboriginal community raised the flag together in early December. Before the official flag raising, Welcome to Country was performed by members of the Wathaurung and Wathaurong communities followed by a Smoking Ceremony. A Signing of Occasion was also carried out by representatives from the City of Greater Geelong and the Wathaurung and Wathaurong communities as a record of this historic event. “This is a significant day in the history of our city. “I wholeheartedly support the decision to fly the Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian flag on City Hall, ” Cr Lyons said.
“This is a very powerful visual statement acknowledging Wadawurrung’s traditional owners and the Aboriginal people who live in and around Geelong and have connection with this land. “The world celebrates our amazing Aboriginal history and so should we embrace this rich cultural heritage and story.” Aboriginal affairs portfolio councillor Eddy Kontelj described the event as a highlight of his term as councillor. “The flag is for all Aboriginal people and is a symbol of our deep commitment to maintaining strong relationships with all of the Aboriginal community,” Cr Kontelj said. “Our work with Aboriginal communities is both symbolic – like the permanent flying of the flag – and practical through programs to address gaps and improve opportunities for Aboriginal people.” The City of Greater Geelong formally committed to reconciliation and partnership with local Aboriginal communities in 1997.
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Councils’ finances cleared by Auditor-General BY JAMES TAYLOR VICTORIA’S Auditor-General has given pass marks to municipalities in the Geelong region on their financial health. Earlier this month, the Auditor-General’s report into results of the 2012-13 audits into local government was tabled in state Parliament. Clear audit opinions were issued on all the financial statements of the 102 local councils, regional library corporations and their associated entities for the financial year ended June 30. Clear audit opinions were also issued on the performance statements of 78 of 79 local councils. In the Geelong region, all three councils – the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe had a risk rating of no higher than “medium” for financial sustainability both now and for the next three years in almost all categories, including underlying result, liquidity, indebtedness and capital replacement. The only high risk result was for the Borough of
Queenscliffe’s self-financing, which is a measure of a council’s ability to replace assets using cash generated by its operations. This was projected to drop from 25.08 per cent next year to 1.08 per cent in 2015, before recovering to 11.40 per cent in 2016. The report stated the risk to financial sustainability to councils overall was assessed as low as of June 30. “However, the number of individual councils with a high financial sustainability risk increased from one in 2011–12 to two in 2012–13 and those with a medium financial sustainability risk increased from five in 2011–12 to 11 in 2012–13. “The results were affected by the early repayment of defined benefit superannuation funding obligations and the timing of infrastructure works associated with natural disasters. “However, over and above the short-term factors, councils continue to face the ongoing challenge of maintaining spending on capital works and existing assets at sufficient levels.”
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WITH the first real taste of summer last week when temperatures topped 40 degrees, itâ€™s timely for farmers to consider their livestock bushfire survival plan. A key factor in minimising risk to stock during a bushfire is to identify safer areas on the farm where livestock can be moved according to the Department of Environment and Primary Industriesâ€™ (DEPI) Dr Jeff Cave. â€œThe area you choose will depend on the type of livestock you are farming and their expected behaviour during a fire,â€? Dr Cave said. â€œHaving a livestock fire plan that has been carefully thought through and can be quickly executed will ensure the risk to stock is minimised.â€? Other factors to consider include the terrain and accessibility of the area as well
as the behaviour of the fire itself. Examples of safe areas include paddocks with green summer crops or lucerne, bare paddocks with no dry feed or a ploughed paddock. Dr Cave advised that you should not allow stock on to public roadways, as in smoky conditions they will be a hazard to people driving on the road. On days of extreme fire danger or when there is a fire alert in your district, stock should be moved into these lower risk areas. Aim to act early and donâ€™t get caught trying to move stock as a fire approaches as radiant heat can kill. You should also listen to weather forecasts and observe your own environment to help you decide when to put your plan into action. Having a firebreak of some sort is imperative; bare laneways and ploughed breaks can be effective, as can heavily
grazed paddocks with low-level vegetation. It always pays to heavily graze around houses, farm buildings and stockyards to help protect your assets, livestock, and of course yourself. Horses should not be confined in small areas or stables, but be moved into a large open paddock with minimal vegetation so they can move freely. Horses are known to be capable of moving themselves to safer open ground and suffer minimal burns if left to do so. If equipment such as rugs, halters and flyveils remain on horses the plastic may melt and buckles may cause burns. However, leaving on a halter will make it easier to manage the horse, so discretion is needed depending upon the circumstance. For further assistance on preparing a farm and livestock bushfire plan go to depi.vic.gov.au/emergencies or contact DEPI on 136 186.
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Summer in Queenscliff is full of fun BY ALI DEANE
HAVE YOUR SAY DRAFT ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2013-2017 We are developing a new plan to help guide the Council and our partners in future decisions about our environment. Following extensive consultation with our community, as well as government departments and agencies, a new Draft Environment Management Strategy 2013-2017 has been developed. The Draft Strategy can be viewed at: 7KH&LW\·V&XVWRPHU6HUYLFH&HQWUHV $W¶+DYH<RXU6D\·RQRXUZHEVLWH www.geelongaustralia.com.au/council/yoursay Submissions will open on Friday 20 December and should be received by Friday 31 January 2014 in one of the following ways: 8VHWKHIHHGEDFNVHFWLRQRQRXUZHESDJH HPDLOHQYLURQPHQW#JHHORQJFLW\YLFJRYDX :ULWWHQFRPPHQWVFDQEHDGGUHVVHGWR
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THE Queenscliff Uniting Church has put together a fantastic program of activities and events these summer holidays, with exhibitions, film nights and a summer concert series. From January 3 to 5, tea cosies return to Queenscliff and this time there will be whole landscapes of them. Cute animals, marine life and gorgeous floral designs; knitted, collected and exhibited in themes. There will be Queenscliff Church’s famous Devonshire teas, and on Saturday night, a special poetry performance by Melbourne’s Jessie Giles. Ms Giles has been studying the humble tea cosy in preparation for her gig. She said writing poems for the event had her pondering the tea cosy as a symbol for connecting with friends. Her performance, in conjunction with the Queenscliff Uniting Church’s Landscapes of Teacosies and More, will be at 4pm on January 4. Admission is free and Devonshire and high teas will be available. The fun continues with a huge lineup of artists for the summer concert series, including The Little Stevies, Jimi Hocking and Hot Club Swing Café Style.
Following the release of their new album Diamonds For Your Tea, Queenscliff’s favourite singersongwriter sister folk-indie-pop duo Beth and ‘Byll aka The Little Stevies will play an intimate show on January 8 at 8pm. Last seen strutting the stage at the Queenscliff Music Festival with The Screaming Jets, Jimi Hocking returns for a solo gig. His combination of banter and storytelling, wailing guitar and mandolin with superb songwriting and performance makes Hocking one of today’s must-see blues acts. Jimi Hocking will perform at Queenscliff Uniting Church at 8pm, January 15, tickets $20, refreshments included, and bar available. The following January 22 at 7pm, Hot Club Swing brings their unique style of French Gypsy Jazz for a captivating showcase performance, café style. Bookings can be made for tables of 6-8, and tickets ($35) include dinner. All events are at the Queenscliff Uniting Church, corner of Hesse and Stoke streets, for bookings phone 5258 2854 (or Heather on 0478 611 481) and for more information head to unitingqueenscliff.org.au or like Uniting Queenscliff on Facebook.
Shire NYE low key, alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebrations are happening early on the Surf Coast, with fireworks scheduled for 9.30pm in Lorne and Torquay. No public entertainment will be provided in Lorne or Torquay, with fireworks to be visible from most residential properties. Lorne foreshore and the Torquay hill will be alcohol and glass free, with security checking
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Thursday 26 December 2013
Heat wave splash BY TIFFANY PILCHER
(L-R) Maddy Carter, Jane Douglas, Greta Gertagercovich, Nathan Patrikios, Sarah Hawkes and Haley Jarvis from Torquay, Ballarat and Melbourne celebrated the end of the uni by kicking back on the sand.
BEACHGOERS from all over the country flocked to the Torquay surf beach to beat the scorching 41 degree heat last Thursday, before the weather turned for the weekend. With most university students finished for the year and families making a start on their summer holidays, it was something of a struggle to find towel space. However, the sunbathers weren’t complaining, they welcomed the heat with open arms after a very slow start to the summer. The heat arrived as the annual Play it Safe by the Water campaign was launched last week. With so many Victorians spending their holidays in or near the water, everyone was reminded to learn and remember water safety strategies to keep the summer fun, not catastrophic. The campaign urged everyone to check weather conditions, including tides and swells for the beach they are visiting, to look out for any forecasted changes as they can come across quickly and read safety signs located at the beach, and ensure you understand the local hazards and dangers.
Geelong’s Maddi Lynch, Cory Hausler and Bianca Harrison escaped the city to make the most of the perfect beach weather.
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TAC plea for holiday safety A RUN of 19 road fatalities in 18 days has prompted a plea to Victorians to keep safe as the community heads into the busiest time of the year on the roads. Transport Accident Commission chief executive officer Janet Dore said that despite a positive start to the year, the state was heading towards a tragic December road toll. With 13 days still remaining in December, including the dangerous New Year period, this month’s road toll was at 19 – just five fewer than last year’s December total. “This is more than a statistic, this is 19 people who will not see Christmas, and countless others who will be experiencing unimaginable sadness going into what should be a happy time of year,” Ms Dore said. “It should be unacceptable to the community to have this many fatalities on the eve of the holiday season. This should be a wake-up call to everyone using the roads this summer.” The 2013 road toll stood at 232 on December 18, 40 less than at the same time last year.
“Unless every road user makes a solid commitment to safe driving this holiday season, it is inevitable that more families will experience a knock on the door from police telling them a loved one won’t be coming home. “If you’ve had something to drink or you feel tired or distracted, you really have to stop and ask yourself whether you should be driving.” Ms Dore said fatigue was a major factor in road trauma over holiday periods, with many Victorians travelling long distances on unfamiliar roads. “If you are driving after 17 hours without sleep, it is the same as driving with a .05 blood alcohol content,” she said. “The easiest way to keep yourselves and others safe at this time of year is to plan ahead. If you’re planning to consume alcohol, make sure you have a safe way to get home and if you’re travelling long distances, take plenty of rest breaks and don’t speed or allow yourself to be distracted.” Reducing death and serious injury is a key objective of the state government’s 10-year Road
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Safety Strategy. To view the Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan visit roadsafety.vic.gov.au.
VicRoads and TAC awarded for mentor program THE innovative learner driver mentor program, L2P, for young and disadvantaged drivers has been recognised for its contribution to the health and wellbeing of Victorians at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards. Minister for Roads Terry Mulder applauded VicRoads and the TAC on delivering the program which enables vulnerable young people to obtain the necessary 120 hours of supervised driving practice. “The L2P program, funded by the TAC, is a community-based program that offers learner drivers between 16 and 21 years old driving experience with fully licensed volunteer mentors,” Mr Mulder said. “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award which recognises the collaboration between VicRoads, TAC, local councils and community groups across Victoria which delivers the L2P program. “Being mentored by committed community volunteers, the L2P program assists our young people in becoming safer drivers.”
The award recognises the contribution of L2P in not only improving road safety outcomes for young people, but its contribution to improving access to employment opportunities, enhanced mobility and increased social connection. “L2P would not be possible without the volunteer mentors who invest their personal time to actively contribute to the program,” Mr Mulder said The L2P Program was developed to support Victoria’s Graduated Licensing System, which requires learner drivers under 21 to complete at least 120 hours of supervised driving before they can go for their probationary licence test. Sixty-two L2P programs are operating across Victoria, with approximately 2,000 learner drivers gaining driving practice and benefitting from the program. TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said overseas research has identified a 30 per cent reduction in crash risk for new drivers with 120 hours of supervised experience, compared to those with
only 50 hours. “For most young people, gaining the 120 hours of supervised driving required to apply for a probationary licence isn’t a problem, however it can prove very difficult for some,” Ms Dore said. For more information visit roadsafety.vic.gov.au.
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.
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Environment strategy adopted BY REBECCA LAUNER THE Geelong council is inviting the public to comment on a draft strategy that addresses local environmental challenges. The City of Greater Geelong last week adopted its draft Environment Management Strategy 2013– 2017, which councillor Andy Richards says will serve as a roadmap for the council’s stewardship of the local environment. “It will guide our council’s planning, decision making and activities wherever they relate to the local environment and the Greater Geelong community,” Cr Richards said. “A great many of council’s key strategic plans will be informed or guided by the draft environment management strategy – everything from our procurement policy to the housing diversity strategy.’’ Cr Richards said specific local environmental challenges addressed by the strategy included the health of our waterways, bay and coastline, and the preservation of remnant vegetation and local biodiversity – this included indigenous fauna and flora – much of which has been identified as being at significant risk. The draft Environment Management Strategy 2013–2017 has been made available for public comment for a period of six weeks from December 20.
The City of Greater Geelong has adopted its draft Environment Management Strategy 2013–2017, which will serve as a roadmap for the council’s stewardship of the local environment, including waterways and wetlands like Lake Connewarre
Youth encouraged to guard their “secret identity” online BY JAMES TAYLOR PRIVACY Victoria’s Youth Advisory Group has encouraged the state’s young people to take their lead from Batman and Superman and treat their most private information online like a secret identity. The group has released Keep Your Super Hero Safe, an information booklet advising young people how to keep their personal information safe from identity theft. Youth Advisory Group member Marcel Boulat said much like super heroes, everyone had a secret identity which they would prefer to keep private. “This secret identity is information about yourself which you would rather not share with the whole world. “Everyone cares about privacy to some extent, including young people. “The common misunderstanding that young people do not care about privacy may arise because young people are comfortable sharing information that older generations would never disclose. “But the popularity of
Facebook’s privacy settings demonstrates that young people do care about privacy.” He said there were many privacy risks for young people, such as the social ramifications of sharing information online. “In today’s highly connected world, it is entirely possible that anything you share will be disseminated to a far wider audience than you intended. “As a result, sharing that juicy bit of gossip, or that funny photo, is a decision that can come back and bite you. “This can ruin friendships and make someone the target of bullying, both online and offline.” Fellow group member Candice Jansz-Richardson agreed. “Keeping your super hero safe is about protecting what makes you, you – your reputation, your information and those of your friends and family. “It means not sharing information that makes you feel uncomfortable, knowing it’s okay to say no, or checking that a request for information is legitimate.” For more information or to download the booklet, head to privacy.vic.gov.au.
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Schoolie swaps drinking for benevolence and doing good BY TIFFANY PILCHER WHILE most schoolies look forward to partying hard on the Surf Coast, the Gold Coast or in Kuta, Torquay’s Katie Bishop knew she had a better idea. Ms Bishop, 18, graduated from Christian College at the end of November and chose to celebrate by teaching children English in a Cambodian orphanage. She said she couldn’t imagine a more rewarding way to mark the momentous occasion. “The image of Surfers Paradise enshrouded in lights and drinks and teenagers filled my mind, and somehow I couldn’t see myself there. “I wanted to be useful, I had learned and I had all the resources to teach at my fingertips, I just didn’t know how to use them. “I wanted an experience that would penetrate my mind.” Ms Bishop travelled to Cambodia with two
other schoolies from Sydney and met other volunteers upon arrival. She volunteered at the Heart and Love Centre, located just out of Siam Reap in north western Cambodia. The centre houses 33 children and two adults live there permanently. Every day Ms Bishop taught the children simple English sentences in their grass hut classroom. She also donated money and teaching resources as part of the program. She has now returned home and said she would not change a thing about her version of schoolies. “We got to travel the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, drink in the popular bar, Angkor What?! on weekends and spend a lot of hands on time with the children, who are so superbly loving,” she said. “Cambodia is a really special place and I’ve never been so fulfilled.”
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Local plumber wins national grant BY TIFFANY PILCHER
Apprentice plumber Jacob Hunt, from Jan Juc, has won a national grant from Rheem for his hard work and positivity.
JAN Juc apprentice plumber Jacob Hunt has proven he is one of the best in the country, winning one of only 25 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants worth $1,000. The 21 year old works for CB Roofing and Plumbing and found out he won the grant in September. He has used the cash to purchase equipment and power tools to use on the job. The grants program is open to all apprentice
plumbers in Australia and is aimed at people who show promise in their work and may be helping in the community or have future plans to do so. Mr Hunt is just about to start his fourth year of the apprenticeship will become a registered plumber in March. He said he was thrilled to find out he had been chosen as a grant recipient. “It has definitely come in handy. I needed the tools so it’s definitely been very helpful.” He said spending his career stuck indoors behind a computer was not an option.
“I enjoy being outdoors, just being involved in a trade that allows me to use my hands and be active is a great fit for my personality and lifestyle. “I work from Geelong to Lorne so I’m usually out in the sunshine with some great views. “My dad’s a chippie so I knew I wanted to get into a regulated, protected trade so I could have the skills and be able to use them forever.” The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants scheme was developed to assist apprentices and young people in achieving their dreams and career objectives in plumbing.
Thursday 26 December 2013
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Faith in kids Dear Editor, I was appalled in reading in your December 19 issue (“Mayor ‘disgusted’ by Christmas tree arson”, Bellarine Times) about the Christmas tree made by school children that was damaged in a deliberate fire in Little Malop Street. I cannot understand why these amazing symbols of Christmas spirit and joy would be targets of vandalism. Congratulations to the children and teachers of Clifton Springs who showed great courage and resilience to move forward and redecorate another tree. They show the great community spirit in our world. I thought that a fitting consequence, if and when these arsonists are found, was for them to visit the school and apologise to the students and teachers. I bet they would not do it again when they witness firsthand the effect on others by their actions. Thank you Clifton Springs Primary School and all other schools in our community who make our world a better place. Mary Burger St Leonards
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From its modest beginnings as a small community festival, this nationally-renowned music event now attracts around 18,000 visitors to the Bellarine and some of Australia’s best established and new performers. Well-known groups like The Living End, John Butler Trio and Spiderbait were among the main attractions. Also proving popular were the emerging artists like the five-piece alternative folk band from Hamilton, Buddha in a Chocolate Box, which made its first appearance at Queenscliff this year. More than half of festival attendees come from Melbourne and interstate, injecting a considerable boost to the local economy. The Napthine government understands the important role of the Queenscliff Music Festival in promoting tourism and encouraging longer stays on the Bellarine Peninsula, and through Tourism Victoria, provided $18,500 to assist in marketing and growing this popular annual Queenscliff event. My congratulations to all the musicians and performers who entertained audiences over the three-day event, and to festival director Michael Carrucan, his dedicated team and the many volunteers who have worked tirelessly to put the Queenscliff Music Festival firmly on the entertainment calendar in Victoria. David Koch Member for Western Victoria Region
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Last month, I was honoured to represent Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the honourable Louise Asher, at the launch of this year’s 17th Annual Queenscliff Music Festival. The state government is proud to support this iconic festival, which for many years has been a boon in promoting Queenscliff and the beautiful Bellarine region.
Coal and coal seam gas exploration licences cover large areas to the west of Geelong. They extend over western suburbs, along the coast as far as Anglesea, Port Campbell and across the Bellarine Peninsula. Farmers can be forced to allow companies to carry out exploration and after obtaining the relevant licences, commence drilling, fracking or mining
on their property. Coal seam gas extraction with associated fracking can result in water pollution, reduced water availability and salinity. The extraction process involves the use and transport of heavy equipment and very many trucks. The large vehicles servicing drilling rigs, travel country roads very frequently and can cause serious damage to roads. Pipes traversing the paddocks can be a hazard. These are problems frequently reported by farmers in New South Wales and Queensland. Valuable farmland may eventually be lost, causing reduced food production. Farmers are becoming more concerned about the threat posed by coal seam gas and coal mining and are attending information meetings in country halls. Perhaps our politicians are taking notice. Joan Lindros and Rod Clark Geelong Environment Council
Hope for the future Dear Editor, The last week of the year is suddenly upon us and the festive season is in full swing. While it is a time of celebration and goodwill, it also provides an opportunity to reflect on the year that was. This year Australia was named as the most liveable country in the world and I also believe we are one of the most generous. In a year of international hardships including natural disasters, civil wars and ongoing poverty, Australians extended their mateship and fair go culture to those who needed it most. I saw this spirit of compassion firsthand in July when I visited Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. With the help of donations from people around the country, World Vision has been able to set up temporary housing, food distributions and supply much needed blankets as the harsh winter sets in. While the situation facing Syrian refugees is dire, there are glimmers of hope beginning to shine
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through. One evening in Beirut as I was walking back to my hotel I was beckoned in to a small workshop and offered coffee by a total stranger. The man was a Lebanese Christian called Milat. Sitting with him in the dim torch-lit room was a Syrian Sunni woman and her two sons. Without any place to call home, Milat had taken them in. He explained that he supported President Assad as most Christians in the region do, but the woman and her sons were praying for the rebels’ victory. Genuinely surprised, I asked the man how he could provide food and shelter to a family who supported ideals so opposing to his own. He simply shrugged and said “they are fellow humans”. That same spirit of humanity coming before creed or culture is what sticks in my mind in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines last month. I was moved to see the people of Australia urgently give what they could to help people who lost everything they owned. While the road to recovery for the Philippines is a long one, through the generosity of Australians World Vision has been given the opportunity to help families and communities rebuild their lives. In Australia we have truly been big winners in the lottery of life. Throughout 2013, I have been humbled to see the people of regional Victoria including child sponsors, primary school students and small business owners share their fortune with those in need. The festive season is a time for children to be children – no matter where they come from or what part of the world they live in. Protecting them and giving them hope for the future is at the heart of what this time truly represents. Tim Costello Chief executive, World Vision Australia
Be prepared with simple steps Dear Editor, Victorians know all too well the heartbreak caused
Letters by disasters large or small. And as we have seen with the recent bushfires in NSW, they can strike at any time. With so many people still recovering from the effects of floods and fires in the last few years, Red Cross is working hard to support as many people as we can to be prepared not only for fires, but any emergency or disaster event which could catch you off guard. Each year disasters affect thousands of people across Australia. Lives are lost and disrupted, people injured, jobs affected, significant damage caused to homes and property, and communities can be fractured. Despite disasters being fresh in our minds, many of us still aren’t adequately prepared and haven’t really thought through protecting those irreplaceable items that are most precious to us. New research commissioned by Red Cross found 59 per cent of Victorians had not included items of personal value in their emergency plan; 62 per cent of Australians said they wouldn’t be upset at all if they lost those irreplaceable items. But we’ve seen firsthand how losing precious and irreplaceable items makes it even harder for people to recover from a disaster. The loss of these objects can be as traumatic as coping with the disaster, as they anchor us to our past and make us who we are. When making your emergency plan, don’t overlook cherished items like your photos, special gifts, mementoes or the kids’ favourite toys. Take some time to identify beloved belongings, what they mean to you and take steps to protect them. Then tell your family and friends. There are simple steps you can take to ensure your safety, the safety of your loved ones, your livelihood and the things you hold dear. Find out what the risks are in your community, download an emergency REDiplan from Red Cross and work through it with your family, get an emergency kit and get to know your neighbours. It is never too early to be prepared. It could save your life. Adam Dent State manager emergency services, Red Cross Victoria
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Dear Editor, I just want to have my say about the fishing resource debate. I have just read all these figures about the netters and quantities they are taking. If these figures are true, how come when we go fishing for seven to eight hours, we can’t even get a bite? I have been fishing Corio Bay for 50 years and I have never been so angry and disgusted in all my life. To see the ruin of this beautiful bay is embarrassing. There are no excuses. The proof is us, the people that spend heaps of money per year, just to get a bit of sport and family time. Now my kids will not come with me because it’s boring sitting there for hours and nothing.
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Bridge club celebrates
More than thirty local bridge players came together for Torquay Bridge Club Christmas lunch and bridge breakup at the Beach Hotel, Jan Juc last week. Members enjoyed games, a Kris Kringle and some special prizes throughout the day. The Bridge Club has been operating for 13 years for University of the Third Age (U3A) as a social club. With the help of a grant from the Surf Coast Shire, the club is now a registered, affiliated with the Victorian Bridge Association and members of the Australian Bridge Federation. The club holds lessons on Thursday and duplicate sessions on Monday afternoon at the Grant Pavilion. New members are most welcome. Contact Elizabeth Wapshott on 5261 4717 for enquiries.
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Get out and explore these holidays BY ALI DEANE THERE is so much to discover right here in our backyard on the Surf Coast whether you’re holidaying in the region or local. So why not get exploring these summer holidays! You can join in on a rockpool ramble, go snorkelling by the Lorne pier, canoe on Anglesea River, take a tour of the Split Point Lighthouse, or hunt for fossils at Point Addis National Park. There are twilight rockpool rambles, craft activities and spotlight walks where you can discover creatures of the night like possums, owls, bats and more. The January school holiday program is packed with fun activities thanks to Eco-Logic, a local company passionate about sharing the stories of the Surf Coast’s people, places, flora and fauna. On the Fossil Safari at Point Addis you can hunt for fossils in rocks that are millions of years old, find out how fossils are formed and make your own to take home. On the Snorkel Safari you can explore the amazing underwater world with qualified instructors. Rockpool Rambles run at Eagle Rock, Lorne and Point Addis, and participants can hold crabs, pat sea stars and find barnacles in one of Victoria’s special Marine Sanctuaries. You can discover more about our local waterways and the animals that call them home on the Canoe Discovery Paddle at Anglesea, as well as learn basic skills. If you know your way around a canoe, why not hire one, and take a paddle with a friend at Spring Creek in Torquay. And if you prefer to explore through art, why not get creative with a craft session like Funky Fantastic Plastic Fish Craft or Rockpool Creations Craft at the Fig Tree House in Lorne.
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See a warm blooded polar dinosaur at Cape Otway Cape Otway Lightstation has brought Leaellynasaura, a tiny warm-blooded polar dinosaur, home. Leaellynasaura, the pin up girl of the dinosaur world who rewrote the world’s pre-history books, is back on her stomping ground. THE remarkable little dinosaur, discovered during digs in the 80s, is on display at Cape Otway Lightstation until April in an exciting exhibition created by palaeontologists who have made a string of internationally important discoveries on the coast immediately east and west of the iconic lighthouse. Monash University’s Emeritus Professor of Geosciences Pat Vickers-Rich, who was part of the team who discovered Leaellynasaura, said the exhibition represented some of the rich finds in the region and was of great interest to those fascinated by life on earth dating back more than 100 million years. Professor Vickers-Rich said Leaellynasaura, named for her daughter Leaellyn, changed the world’s understanding of dinosaurs – she was warm blooded, hibernated and had huge eyes so she could see in the long, polar winters. Professor Vickers-Rich, who heads up the UNESCO International Sciences program, said palaeontologists continued to work on the Otways’ coast and were looking forward to making more finds this summer at Point Franklin, a beach within sight of the Lightstation. “Every time we have a dig we find something –
we’ve literally got a treasure trove here,” professor Vickers-Rich said. “All the way along this Otways coast is scientifically very important, because it has the most biodiverse polar fauna on the planet. “The exhibition here at the Lighthouse is a taster for what a lot of us are trying to grow into a proper and permanent display down here. It’s about time we promoted what we have.” Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said showcasing the pre-history of the cape for locals and tourists during summer was an exciting new addition to the heritage precinct. “We’re all about history at the lightstation – Indigenous culture and stories, our rich maritime history, our active role in guarding the coast in World War II, and now we’re travelling way, way back in time to meet our local stars of prehistory. “Apart from the museum standard exhibits, including fascinating fossils and dinosaur eggs, we will have guides and activities for young people – including a dinosaur dig. “We’re committed to bringing history alive with our performers Characters of the Cape, our Aboriginal Cultural Centre guides, and this exhibition helps us to understand the prehistoric
Cape Otway Lightstation manager Paul Thompson, Monash University’s Emeritus Professor of Geosciences Pat Vickers-Rich, Greg Denney from Otway Dinosaurs and Leaellynasaura.
creatures that roamed the cape and the important discoveries that palaeontologists continue to make on the lightstation’s doorstep.” Entry to the exhibition is free with a ticket to the lightstation until April. Otways Dinosaur’s Deb Moore said her company
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BY ALI DEANE WHETHER it’s a set from your favourite band or that moment you discover a new sound, one thing is for sure, experiencing music live is hard to forget. This summer the Falls Music and Arts Festival line-up is brimming with big names, and memories will be created across the continent as revellers rock out at Lorne, and Marion and Byron bays. Set times have been announced for the festivals which feature The Roots, MGMT, The Cat Empire, Violent Femmes, The Preatures, Rufus, Hermitude, Vampire Weekend, Chet Faker, Oliver Tank, Horrorshow, Big Scary and many more. And the people behind Falls have just released the new iPhone and Android apps, so you won’t miss a beat. Even though Falls Festival producer Jessica Ducrou might be under the pump come December 28, she said she had felt
really privileged as a music fan be involved in picking the artists. “First and foremost I’m a music fan. I go to other festivals, I love them, and I have a really good time; the fans’ experience is what we work towards the whole year, and think this year’s show is going to be really great. “Vampire Weekend is always great to see, I’m excited to see Solange, Johnny Marr, Pond of course, London Grammar are going to be huge, MGMT, and a bunch of the smaller, upcoming Aussie acts, The Preatures, Wave Racer, Dustin Tebbutt and The Wombats.” The event build for Falls Festival in Lorne in the rolling foothills of Erskine Falls started weeks ago, and according to Ms Ducrou the site is looking fantastic. “This year, we’ve made a few tweaks and changes, so it will be an even better experience. I really like the artwork and the whole presentation of the show, and we are
way ahead of schedule. “Our new Byron Bay venue is looking beautiful, in the same way Lorne and Marion Bay are; they’re incredibly pretty venues. “The destinations are all similar; regional coastal towns, it couldn’t be better to have the addition of Byron, now there is more sense of completeness to the Falls.” Ms Ducrou said to make sure you pack clothing for all weather, and plenty of supplies for camping to make sure you are set up. “But most of all come with a smile and get ready to have some fun.” Falls hits Lorne December 28 to January 1. If you’ve got your ticket, and you’re heading to beautiful Lorne for this New Year’s celebration, head to fallsfestival. com.au to check out when your favourite bands are playing, download the app, travel tips and find out about the new free return shuttle bus services from Geelong.
Fans as far as the eye can see at last year’s Falls Festival. Music lovers from around Australia will be making the pilgrimage to Lorne this week. Photo: WARWICK TUCKER
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Bonjah cruise to the coast on tour BY TIFFANY PILCHER THERE’S few better ways to kick back on a summer night than being at the pub with a stellar live band and next week Bonjah are stepping up to do the honours. The soulful roots and rock four-piece will take the stage at the Torquay Hotel on January 3 and the Barwon Heads Hotel on January 5. Bonjah have carved out a reputation as one of the most engaging live acts on the Australian and international music scene.
They’ve experienced huge success this year selling out live shows across the country and gaining extensive radio play of their latest single “Blue Tone Black Heart”. Their cover of Lorde’s “Royals” on triple j’s Like a Version became a huge hit with more than 400,000 views on YouTube, scoring them a coveted spot on the annual Like a Version album. The boys are leaving the confines of the recording studio for their summer tour but are promising to release a new album in 2014. Tickets to both shows are available from oztix.com.au.
GIVEAWAY! The Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times have five double passes to the Torquay show, five double passes to the Barwon Heads show and five signed Bonjah albums to give away. For your chance to win, email your name and phone number to email@example.com and don’t forget to tell us which show you want to go to! Entries close on December 30 at 9am – winners will be drawn and notified on the same day.
Bonjah’s (L-R) Regan Lethbridge, Dave Morgan, Glen Mossop and Dan Chisholm are hitting Torquay and Barwon Heads next week as part of their summer tour.
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Xavier Samuel catches a beauty whilst filming the Australian feature film Drift, which is one of the award winning surf films on the Surfworld International Surf Film Festival program this January. Photo: WORLD WIDE MIND FILMS
International Surf Film Fest returns BY ALI DEANE GET ready for a surfing journey that will amaze and inspire this summer when Surf World Museum brings a selection of award winning surf films and documentaries from Australia and around the world to Torquay. It will be the fourth annual Surf World International Surf Film Festival, and will run over five nights this January. Each year audiences are treated to a diverse program and this year will be no different. In the 70s, two Australian surfers headed on a quest to find the perfect wave. Serendipity, directed by Simon Lamb, tells the story of Anthony Hussein Hinde, one of two Australian surfers who stumbled upon an idyllic paradise – the then unknown surf breaks of the Maldives. Hussein Hinde decided to call the Maldives home and the film about his journey will be the featured opening night film of the festival. Nathan Oldfield’s feature documentary, The Heart & The Sea, explores the joy that lies at the very heart of surfing: family, friends and a shared connection with the sea. The film recently won Best Feature Film at the San Diego Surf Film Festival, and features surfing by Dave Rastovich, Sage Joske, Belinda Baggs and many more. Wayne Lynch is undeniably one of the most legendary, influential and intriguing surfers and
shapers on the planet. The story of the legendary Wayne Lynch’s surfing life, which began in Lorne, has been captured in a feature length documentary, Uncharted Waters, directed by Craig Griffin, This film features historical surf footage and takes the viewer on a personal journey with Lynch as he travels the world, dodges the draft and surfs isolated surf breaks on Victoria’s wild south west coast. It will feature on Saturday night. On Sunday Going Vertical, a documentary about the rivalry between the United States and Australia over who was the first to develop the short board, will screen and features an interesting, entertaining and at times heated account from Australian shaper Bob McTavish and Hawaiian shaper Dick Brewer. On closing night, audiences will be able to enjoy the 2013 Australian feature film Drift, directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott. Surf World played a significant role in research for both Uncharted Waters and Drift, thanks to their archives of rare photographs and video footage. The film festival runs at Surf World from January 2-6. Seating is limited so pre-purchase tickets or festival passes at surfworld.com.au, phone 5261 4606 or pop into Surf World on Beach Road, Torquay. Doors open at 7.30pm, films start at 8pm.
THE Apollo Bay Music Festival has lifted the lid on yet another stellar line-up for the revolutionised event next year. Classically trained contemporary songbird Kate Miller-Heidke leads the announcement with multiaward winning roots and country artist Shane Nicholson. They’re joined by Dallas Crane, Ngaiire, Backsliders, New Zealand’s Hollie Smith and many more. Festival director Lee Rosser said he’s thrilled to announce another diverse line-up of acts on the rise. “It’s all coming together really well now. We had over 800 acts apply this year which is a record for us and 12 people listening to bands for months. “We’ll have dancing, swing, soul, neo-soul, nufolk – heaps of different styles. “We chased Hollie Smith for quite a while. We really wanted to get her here. “I’m also really excited to have Ngaiire. I think both of them are going to go really far.” Mr Rosser said he is always looking for the next big thing to showcase and he knows what he is talking about. This year, the relatively unknown Hiatus Kaiyote were featured as a headline act at the festival and now nine months later, they’ve been nominated for a Grammy for best R‘n’B performance. The festival itself is undergoing something of a transformation this year with a slight change in location and 1,500 less tickets and all new dates.
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Usually taking place on Easter weekend, the festival will be held from February 28 to March 2 this year. “We’re trying to improve it all the time and these changes will make it more intimate, there will be more angles to view the stage from and it will incorporate the beach a lot more,” Mr Rosser said. Head to apollobaymusicfestival.com to check out the full line-up and to buy tickets.
New Zealander Hollie Smith will perform at the Apollo Bay Music Festival.
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SLIP, slop, slap – we all know only too well that summer is the time to rub plenty of 30+ onto our exposed parts. All those buffed and bronzed lithesome bodies by the beach – hey not me though! I rub the 30+ on liberally, and stay in the shade. Lately I have found myself rubbing kangaroo as well. The shades of summer are bright colours, fiery barbecues and cool salads – they all combine to make summer fare a thrill for all the senses. In all this summer of native vibes (read: languid days, loose minimum clothing, and rhythmic tribal music) my thoughts turned to native tucker – kangaroo! Readily available in the supermarket – it is an inexpensive, lean form of protein and is really versatile. You can make your own version of cured kangaroo and serve this as part of an antipasto platter. Simply rub the fillet with a “curing” mixture of equal parts (approximately one tablespoon each) sea salt, cracked pepper and raw sugar. Place fillets in a stainless steel
or glass dish, seal with cling film and place a heavy weight over the meat. Refrigerate for minimum 36 hours. Pat the fillets dry, leaving as much of the pepper mixture on and place the fillets on a wire rack with a paper cover or mesh sieve so that it is “airdried” in a cool location – over four or five days a leathery crust will form. Serve sliced paper thin with perhaps cornichons, olives, beetroot dip, smoked trout patẽ and lavosh crisps. Kangaroo is perfect for the barbecue grill as it needs to be cooked on high heat for only a few minutes, and allowed to rest before serving. The flavour of kangaroo is like venison – a rich taste that marries well with bold spices. I think it is better to rub the ‘roo rather than marinate it, as the usual marinades of wine and herbs will dry out the meat, as the fillets have basically no fat in them. My current favourite rub is of cracked black pepper, dried chilli flakes to taste, dried porcini powder and a little salt. The fillet is drizzled with just a
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little olive oil before cooking for only a couple of minutes each side – it really is best to serve kangaroo medium to rare. I combined thin slices of the fillet as a warm, colourful salad – all laid out on a large platter – of salad leaves, including rocket to further emphasise the pepperiness – grilled slices of sweet potato, baby beets (which I oven roasted with garlic and a few strips of orange rind), fine ribbons of zucchini – sliced lengthways using a vegetable peeler. I drizzled the lot with my other new, yummy gift from Santa – avocado oil infused with lime – try it soon. This oil is delicious over green beans and makes a great summery dressing when combined with some orange balsamic vinegar. Lastly, the kangaroo salad had the finishing touch of a dressing I made using equal quantities of yoghurt and sour cream, a generous amount of finely chopped mint leaves and enough lemon juice to form a consistency of runny cream. Oooh - I can you see you salivating and lusting after a barbecued roo right now. Enjoy!
ROO BURGER INGREDIENTS 400g kangaroo fillet – minced finely 1/2 brown onion – finely chopped 1 clove of garlic – crushed 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 tbsp seed mustard 1 egg Freshly ground black pepper to taste Pinch of salt 2 extra brown onions – sliced 1/2 cup tomato chutney Lettuce leaves 4 slices tasty cheddar cheese 4 sourdough bread rolls – split open. METHOD Combine together the mince, onion, garlic, mustard, breadcrumbs, egg and seasoning. Mix well together – easiest done with your hands, and really pummel the mix before shaping into four rissole shaped patties. Fire up the barbecue. To one side, grill the sliced onions until golden brown and soft. Cook the patties 2-3 minutes each side and then assemble on the burgers on the toasted bread rolls with lettuce, cheese, relish/chutney, rissole and onions. Serve immediately with paper napkins to catch the yummy juices!
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Art attack in Apollo Bay BY TIFFANY PILCHER APOLLO Bay is showing off its creative side with the annual Apollo Bay Art Show opening tomorrow night. In its 37th year, the show will run until January 5 and feature established and emerging artists from the Surf Coast, Melbourne and some regional areas including Ballarat and Creswick. Show coordinator Sally Forrester said this is one of the biggest exhibitions in the history of the show. “I’m really excited, it’s going to be quite a large and varied show, this year we have 85 artists participating and 340 artworks. “I love the range of artists we get and some of
them have been exhibiting with us for 35 years. “We also have a blog and a Facebook page now so we’re attracting younger artists too which makes for a very diverse and interesting show.” The show is the biggest hung gallery in Apollo Bay and this year has attracted prominent artists including Sally Ford, Barbara Gleeson, Judy Cohn, Jo Forrest and Lyn Cooke. The Apollo Bay Art Show will open tomorrow night at 6pm and will then be open daily from 11am to 5pm until January 5 at the Catholic Church Hall, Trafalgar Street, Apollo Bay. Artists interested in being featured online or at next year’s show are encouraged to visit apollobayartshow.blogspot.com.au.
Moriac artist Sally Ford with one of her works that will feature in the Apollo Bay Art Show. The exhibition opens tomorrow night and will run until January 5.
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Cider The popularity of cider has been nothing short of phenomenal over the last few years or so, with the growth in this sector we’re seeing the creation of a burgeoning boutique/handcrafted cider industry. Down on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Leura Park/ Jack Rabbit wineries saw the trend and created the Flying Brick Cider Co, producing three styles of cider in the range including a pear, and have hit the ground running with all three being very popular with cider lovers, both new and old. Also, Prickly Moses from down in the Otway’s have been producing ciders to complement their beer range and their Forbidden Fruit Cider – a clean, fresh semi-sweet style that is best served ice cold over ice – is certainly in high demand.
Wines Where do we start? Our wine region now boasts some truly significant and important producers and across all styles the wines are impressive to say the least. There’s our history of vines first planted in the Geelong region back in 1842. By 1861, Geelong had risen to become the most important winegrowing region in Victoria with over 400 hectares under vine by the end of the 1860s, peaking in 1875 before disaster struck in 1877 with the discovery of the disease “phylloxera”, which ended Geelong’s winegrowing Golden era. Resurrection began in the 1960s. The region began to flourish again under vine into the world class “cool climate” producer that it is today. Within the Greater Geelong wine region, there are three distinct sub-regions – the Bellarine Peninsula, the Moorabool Valley and the Surf Coast wine region. All are doing a great job producing fantastic sparkling, red and white wines and deserve our patronage! From a purely local perspective, it’s hard not to go past the wines coming out of Bellbrae Estate, Brown Magpie, Wolseley, and Coastal Estate.
Beer Finally, every beer nut’s dream has come true and we can boast that our region has the biggest craft brewing complex in Australia with the Little Creatures Brewery down by the Barwon River in Geelong now open to the public! It’s a great venue and one we can all be proud of. Pop down for a brewery fresh ale or three and take in a tour, it’s a great day out. For now, let’s just celebrate the fact that we have a growing plethora of quality craft breweries in the region all pumping out some terrific boutique brews. Labels like Forrest Brewery, Bellarine Brewing Co, Prickly Moses, Southern Bay Brewing, and Red Duck are all challenging our taste buds with some amazing flavours.
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Eyrie by Tim Winton A NOVEL from great Australian writer Tim Winton is always something to look forward to and anyone after a different summer read should get their hands on Eyrie. Unlike his previous novel Breath, which so eloquently described the power and allure of the ocean and beauty of sweeping coastal landscapes, Wintonâ€™s latest novel is very urban. Set in Fremantle in the stiflingly hot summer, it has a claustrophobic feel to it that ties in expertly with the characters trapped in their lives and their troubles. Tom Keely is the anti-hero of Eyrie. A once successful environmental activist he finds himself divorced, unemployed and having lost faith in everything he once believed in. He hides away from the world in his seedy flat overlooking the Port of Fremantle, relying on booze and prescription drugs to get by. But Keely comes from a family of rescuers and without meaning to he finds himself dragged into this role when a woman from his past comes back into his life. With the arrival of this damaged woman and her anxious and unusual little boy, Keely once again has a sense of purpose and a reason to engage with the world. What follows is a gripping narrative that although at times takes on the cynicism of its protagonist, is extremely funny â€“ thanks to the self-deprecating, caustic wit of Keely. The Guardian described Eyrie as a novel of â€œdisillusionment and redemption, loss and beauty, the taking of responsibility and the overcoming of disappointmentâ€? and with so much in it, it makes for a rewarding summer read.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan DEDICATED to â€œprisoner san byaku san ju goâ€? (p.335), the identification number of Richard Flanaganâ€™s father, the late Archie Flanagan, who died aged 98 earlier this year and 12 years in the writing, Richard Flanagan wanted to do justice to his fatherâ€™s haunting story of his time on the â€œdeath railwayâ€? â€“ the Thai-Burma railways. This is also a tale of a passionate love story as the narrative crosses from sleepy Tasmania, to the pre-war years where the central character of Dorrigo Evans becomes a student surgeon and engages in a forbidden affair. In the war he is captured and serves selflessly as a doctor to other prisoners of war in the Japanese death camps. The book then travels full circle back to his uncomfortable journey as he is celebrated as a hero back home when so many others have fallen. This is a beautifully constructed story that asks the central question, what makes a man a hero, a leader of men in their darkest hours and can a man be a hero when he is wracked with self doubt and guilt?
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The new moon on New Year’s Day is in your sign, which promises an exciting 2014, chock full of challenging new projects for can-do Capricorns. It’s also the perfect time to update your physical appearance via a revamped wardrobe, a make-up makeover or a hot new hairstyle as you experiment with a revitalised look. Thursday is terrific for activities that require intense concentration.
It will be oh-so easy to upset others this week Rams, with your brash demeanour and seemingly disorganised approach. So strive to be spontaneous and dynamic, rather than rebellious and disruptive. And don’t give others the power to push your emotional buttons! The new moon on New Year’s Day lights up your career zone, so prepare for fresh professional pastures in 2014.
New Year’s Eve is usually an emotional time for sentimental Crabs, as you reflect on the highs and lows of the past year. So pace yourself, keep things in perspective, and don’t drink too much. The new moon on New Year’s Day lights up your love zone, so 2014 is the time to clear the decks and start afresh, with a revitalised long-term relationship, or a sparkling new romance!
With dynamic Mars powering through your sign, you’re in the mood to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. So shake out your dancing shoes, shimmy into your favourite party gear, and turn the music up, loud! 2014 is the year to get the balance right between professional commitments and domestic responsibilities. Plus some Librans will expand their family, extend their home or move house.
Home is where the heart is, as you host a New Year’s Eve party or just enjoy a quiet night with loved ones. Next year (2014) is the year to utilise your brain power Bulls! The new moon energises your education zone, so look for opportunities to learn whether through study, travel, or the guidance of a mentor or teacher. Singles – look for someone who is emotionally mature and ready to commit.
Look out, Lions are on the loose as Uranus, Pluto and Mars stir up your temperamental and attention-seeking side! So expect some first-class shenanigans on New Year’s Eve, as you bid farewell to 2013 in flamboyant fashion. With Wednesday’s new moon waking up your wellbeing zone, health and fitness are a major priority in 2014. It’s time to be the best Leo you can be.
The Mars/Pluto square arouses deep and powerful energies on New Year’s Eve so tread carefully. Avoid getting drawn into pointless arguments and petty power struggles, plus strive to keep your possessive streak under control. If you cool down and calm down, then you’ll have a great night. Clear and open communication is the secret to success for smart Scorpios in 2014.
With Uranus squaring the sun and Mercury, Aquarians are feeling mighty contrary! As you hurtle through the holiday season, resist the overwhelming urge to unsettle others with controversial remarks and rebellious behaviour. You have many adventurous dreams and avant-garde schemes but make sure you also have the discipline and determination to make those aspirations a reality in 2014.
Tricky Mercury aspects to Uranus, Mars and Jupiter could see Twins talking your way into a whole lot of trouble this week. So think long and hard before you speak, as you heed the wise advice of birthday great Rudyard Kipling “Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind.” Expect a passionate and prosperous start to 2014, as the new moon lights up your lust and loot zone.
This week, be careful what you say, and whom you say it to, as hasty words can cut like a knife and if you’re not careful you could end up with a fiery argument on your hands. With four planets powering through your children/ leisure zone, it’s time to have plenty of holiday fun with the kids in your life as you explore new sports, hobbies and creative activities together.
This week’s spontaneous stars boost your holiday spirits, and your impulsive side. So don’t let someone talk you into doing something foolish or buying something that you really can’t afford. You’ve got ambitious plans for 2014 but resist the temptation to do everything in a mad Sagittarian rush. Be inspired by JRR Tolkien born on January 3, 1892 “Little by little, one travels far.”
Friendships and social networking are a major focus in 2014, as you search for influential professional contacts to add to your ever-expanding peer group. Attached Pisceans – passionate Mars encourages you to add some extra sizzle and spice to the partnership. Are you sick and tired of being a solitary Fish? Jupiter sends a bevy of suitors your way in the first half of the year.
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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
ANGLESEA 5th January-10th January Seasise Safari-Scripture Union Phone Lauren 0413 422 142
ANGLESEA ART HOUSE – “KIDS ART BASH” 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
Bellarine Community Health
Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
Xtreme KidZ Club for primary school aged kids
Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
3.30-5.30pm at 35 Boston Rd, Torquay www.salvos.org.au/torquay
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS Buy Bellarine Produce Barn
9am-3pm at Tuckerberry Farm www.buybellarine.com.au (Closed 28th & 29th December)
Bellarine Community Health
SUNDAYS The Bellarine Railway Car Boot Sale 2nd Sunday of the month Stall Holders welcome Phone 0418 379 245
TUESDAYS The Springdale Toy Library 4pm-5pm at the Neighbourhood Centre in High Street Enquiries to Alison on 0438 224 468
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Closed from December 19 and reopens January 20
FRESHWATER CREEK 28th December Ballroom Dancing
10am every Saturday and working bee every 1st Saturday of the month Community Hub, McMillan Street. Contact Winsome on 0413 946 343
8pm-midnight at the Freshwater Creek Hall Enquiries 5264 5169
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
Clifton Springs Play Group Fridays 10am-12pm. Drysdale Community Church, 276 Jetty Road For more information call Caitrin on 0402 488 163 or Malory on 0425 825 023
DRYSDALE 4th & 5th January St James 2nd Hand Book Sale Drysdale Community Activity Centre Enquiries 5251 2594
4th & 5th January The Bellarine Woodworkers Annual Exhibition Enquiries 5251 5253
Bellarine Community Health
SATURDAYS Anglesea Community Garden
LEOPOLD Bellarine Community Health Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
TUESDAYS No Lights No Lycra
Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
8.15pm at the Torquay Improvement Association Hall in Price Street Enquiries to Jessica 0428 881 254
Portarlington Senior Citizens Centre
Anglican Church Torquay Op Shop
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.
Friday & Saturday mornings from 9am-12 noon. Tuesdays 9am-12 noon Cnr Pride & Price Streets.
Torquay Garden Club Every 4th Tuesday. 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Rooms Price Street. New members welcome. Phone 5264 7476.
WEDNESDAYS Coastal Sound Children’s & Youth Choir
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
3rd -5th January Landscapes of Tea Cosies & More Queenscliff Uniting Church
5th January Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Sand Sculpture Contest
THURSDAYS Meditation and Philosophy 10.30am-12.30 weekly S C Community House, 14 Price St, Torquay. Inquiries: Jean 52647484
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.
Bellarine Community Health Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
OCEAN GROVE Bellarine Community Health Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
Prostate Support Group Meets every second Thursday at 1.30pm Ocean Grove Community Health Centre For more information contact 5221 8862
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 email@example.com www.drolkarbuddhistcentre.org.au
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.
FRIDAYS Torquay Playgroup
3 Tobin Drive next to the Pilot’s Jetty. Phone for a program to be sent to you on 5258 3367. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
9.30am-11am at Torquay Christian Fellowship at 25 Grossmans Road Enquiries Kirsty on 0408 719 861
SATURDAYS Torquay Central Farmer’s Market
ST LEONARDS Bellarine Community Health
8:30am-1pm at Torquay Central Car Park.
Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291
SUNDAYS Torquay & District Historical Society Open every Sunday by appointment 2pm-4pm Phone Lorraine 0409 212 479 or 5264 7058
Fig Tree Community House 5289-2972 email@example.com RSA course Dec 9 4.30pm Bookings essential 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
Free meetings Torquay Philosophy
Queenscliff Neighbourhood House
Lorne Anglican-Uniting Church Service 10 am each Sunday All Saints or St Cuthbert’s Contact Lynton : 0418 831 703 OR 03 5289 5220 for other services
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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
9:30am at Uniting Church, 27 Anderson Street. www.surfcoast.ucaweb.com.au
Torquay Salvos Christian Church 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 December 20 until January 20 but we still have a lot of great courses available over the summer.
MONDAYS Combined Probus Club of Torquay Surfcoast Meets 2nd Monday of each month. 10am at the Lion’s Village, Kooringa Place. Contact Yvonne on 5261 9120
10.30am at 35 Boston Road Torquay For more information go to www.salvos.org.au/torquay
Torquay Christian Fellowship and Youth Hub 10am at 25 Grossmans Road Phone 5261 6831 or www.torquaybaptist.com
Bells Beach Christian Church Surfcoast Shire Grant Pavilion, Merrijig Drive Go to www.bbcc.com.au No Service on the 29th December Next service 6th January
WINCHELSEA MONDAYS Winchelsea Toy Library 11.30am-1.30pm (no school holidays) Call Carrie on 5267 2028 or email winchelseatoylibrary@ gmail.com
Winchelsea Community House 28 Hesse Street. For all the classes and timetables please ring 5267 2028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Will be closed from December 19 until January 28
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Thursday 26 December 2013
Time for teens to get sun smart LIVING under the harsh Australian sun, most people know exactly what to do to protect themselves. However, it seems Australiaâ€™s teenagers are not getting the message. A new poll commissioned by Cancer Council Australia shows Australians think secondary students should do more to protect themselves from the sun. The poll results were released on Wednesday and coincide with new World Health Organisation data showing Australia and New Zealand continue to have the worldâ€™s highest rates of melanoma. The poll reflected data from other studies showing that although todayâ€™s teens were more aware of the harms of UV than their predecessors, they were less likely to protect themselves than other age groups. â€œWhile years of Cancer Council sun smart (campaigning) have helped protect primary students,
when they graduate to secondary school the behaviour changes. Kids become more autonomous and start to act as if theyâ€™re bulletproof so it was no surprise that 47 per cent of Australians think teenagers are the most poorly protected from UV.â€? To help tackle the problem, Cancer Council Australia is joining forces with EFTPOS to encourage high schools to improve the shade they provide to students through a unique grant program. Olympian Stephanie Rice also supports the program. â€œAround 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year and two in three Australians are diagnosed by the age of 70,â€? she said. â€œI remember my high school years â€“ lots of swimming and lots of sun â€“ Iâ€™m hoping this program will help reduce future generationsâ€™ skin Stephanie Rice spreads the sun smart message to students at Marrickville West Public School. cancer risk.â€?
Put a new twist on old resolutions VICHEALTH is putting the solution in resolution with a unique take on the old promises many Victorians will make as the clock strikes midnight on December 31. While pledges to exercise more or eat more vegetables begin with the best intentions, they probably wonâ€™t last a lifetime unless those promises turn into actions.
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1. Get more exercise Solution: use your phone to work out VicHealth has recognised that people donâ€™t have time to commit to a rigid exercise schedule and released TeamUp â€“ a free app which acts as a marketplace for organised and social sport. People can connect with others to exercise when and where it suits them to go for a walk, find a new player for a soccer team, or train for a marathon. Check it out at teamup.com.au or through the app store.
3. Give up smoking Solution: donâ€™t quit on New Yearâ€™s Day Vowing never to smoke again at the stroke of midnight on New Yearâ€™s Eve, isnâ€™t a clever move because the quitter usually hasnâ€™t put a support plan in place. Quit Victoria recommends smokers delay the quit date until mid-January, once the stressful holiday period has finished and routine has been reestablished. For more information and advice visit quit.org.au.
2. Cut back on the alcohol Solution: letâ€™s talk about it Why not broach the topic with your friends and family? Ask the question of what drives your drinking, recognise the social triggers and think about when to draw the line.
4. Eat healthier food Solution: shop smarter and recognise marketing spin You donâ€™t have to rely on supermarkets, many fresh food producers deliver seasonal fruit and vegetable packs that can be ordered online for a very reasonable price.
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Forget deciphering the baffling Daily Intake Guide, try the George Institute and Bupaâ€™s FoodSwitch app. This little gem lets you scan the barcode of any product to tell you at a glance, using a traffic light system, whether an item is green, yellow or red for fat, salt and sugar. Go for green most of the time and youâ€™re on your way to a healthy diet. 5. Make more friends Solution: volunteer The VicHealth Indicators survey of 20,000 Victorians found people who volunteer are generally happier than people who donâ€™t. Volunteers gain a lot from giving, including work experience, valuable skills, personal satisfaction, new friendships and support networks. Research shows volunteering can alleviate depression, increase satisfaction with life, lower the frequency of hospitalisation and boost a personâ€™s ability to cope with illness. For ideas on how to get involved go to volunteer.vic.gov.au.
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Nia Dance Summer Intensive Dance into the New Year with power, passion and purpose at the Nia Summer Intensive in Torquay. Nia is a dynamic barefoot dance practice set to a funky global beat and is all about moving in your bodyâ€™s unique way. Based on the premise that the body and mind are interrelated, dance has an amazing capacity to create positive change and focus your intentions for 2014. Nia Teacher and Life coach Ginny West has been working in health and wellbeing for over 15 years and says Nia is now an integral part of her work. â€œTo me Nia is proof that we can grow and change through joy, and a willingness to step out of our comfort zone and into a vibrant life. Dance is about coming
together with the local community and having a rip-roaring time on the dance floor. Sometimes by letting everything go, you find your wayâ€?. Nia routines offer a unique combination of moves extending from the base, core and upper extremities of the body, and can be danced at 3
different levels of intensity, so the class is easily adapted to individual needs and abilities. No need to worry if you feel uncoordinated as anything goes movement wise in Nia! â€œWeâ€™re not here to be perfect, weâ€™re just here to have fun and express ourselves. The emphasis is on the pleasure of being in your body and in the moment. Itâ€™s a great way to start the day. Nia has an amazing capacity to change the way you feel, look, think and liveâ€? The Nia intensive runs Monday to Friday from 8-9am from December 30th until Jan 10th at Bellbrae Hall, 90 School Road (just near the Anglesea roundabout). For all enquiries call Ginny West on 0413 596 784.
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Thursday 26 December 2013
Get a bone density scan to prevent osteoporosis BY JAMES TAYLOR SOMEONE in Australia is admitted to hospital with an osteoporotic fracture every five to six minutes. The figure is set to rise as the population ages, so Winchelsea residents have been encouraged to use a bone density scanning service when it visits the town early next year. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone mineral density, or weaker bones. The most common sites are the hip, lower back and the bones just above the wrist. Osteoporosis is called “the silent disease” because there are usually no signs or symptoms until a fracture occurs. The good news is osteoporosis can be prevented through diagnosis and treated before any fracture occurs, and there are also effective treatments to decrease the risk of further fractures. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
measurement of the hip and spine is the technology used to establish or confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis, predict future fracture risk and monitor patients each year. Bone density testing is a vital component in the detection and management of osteoporosis. Bone density is linked with bone strength and is an excellent predictor of future fracture risk. The quality of your bone density is important in your risk of fractures from falling, as 95 per cent of hip fractures result from falls. Measure Up will bring DEXA for bone mineral density testing to Winchelsea on January 6-7. The company will bulk bill this service for Medicare items determined by your doctor, which includes a yearly scan for those over 70 years of age. A referral from your local GP is required for the service. For more information, phone 1800 101 163. A mobile bone density laboratory will visit Winchelsea next year.
Health worker launches joyful book BY JAMES TAYLOR HEALTH and wellbeing worker Ginny West has released her first book, The Art of Joy. The book – subtitled “Inspirational and practical tools to cultivate a life filled with passion and joy” – was launched at the Zeally and Cliff studio in Torquay by Rosemary Featherston from Torquay Books last week. The author said it was a night filled
Grace Ambrook and Felicity Green pick up a copy of The Art of Joy at the book launch.
with joy, warmth and laughter. “I was really overwhelmed by the amazing support I have received for the book from my clients, friends and colleagues.” The Art of Joy, which took four years to write, is a personal development guide for individuals, group work or practitioners. Ms West has been leading inspirational workshops, retreats and holistic health training since 1997 and has a wealth of
knowledge and experience that supports her work. Her first love is assisting people to find that deep sense of inner peace and belonging that comes from connecting to their true path. The Art of Joy is available online at theartofjoy.com.au, or at Torquay Books. Alternatively, phone Ms West on 0413 596 784, and she will hand-deliver a signed copy in the Torquay, Jan Juc area in time for Christmas.
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Get sorted this stinger season AS EVERYONE rushes to the beach this summer itâ€™s important to not only remember how to safely stay above water, but also how to deal with the dangers that lurk below. A team of University of Sydney researchers has examined a host of common methods to relieve the pain of a jellyfish sting to determine which is the most effective. While stinging jellyfish are uncommon on the Surf Coast and Bellarine, if you do get stung here or on holiday the research has found the best way to relieve the pain is not vinegar as commonly thought, but hot water immersion. Senior author of the paper associate professor Angela Webster said despite jellyfish stings being a common problem in some areas of Australia, there has been ongoing confusion about the best way to treat them. â€œOur research showed that immersing the sting in
hot water was 50 per cent more effective than ice packs in relieving pain,â€? she said. â€œA hot shower following bluebottle stings is the best treatment for pain. â€œTreating the sting with vinegar or Adolphâ€™s meat tenderiser compared with hot water actually made the skin appear worse.â€? All jellyfish have stinging cells which are triggered by physical or chemical stimuli, after which a barb is fired and venom is injected into the victim. A jellyfish sting may produce a range of signs and symptoms of varying severity. Milder symptoms of a jellyfish sting include pain and redness and itching. More severe reactions include hypertension and tachycardia â€“ a dangerously fast heartbeat. Jellyfish in Victorian waters rarely cause serious illness but can cause severe pain.
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