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Thursday 6 February 2014

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The renovation of the iconic pole house in Fairhaven has been completed. See page 3.

Rally protests WA cull, Great White spotted off Lorne

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THE subject of sharks was on everyone’s lips over the weekend on the Surf Coast. A rally against the culling and baiting of sharks in Western Australia drew about 1,000 people to Torquay on Saturday, and a Great White Shark estimated at up to five metres in length was spotted close to the shore in Lorne the next day. Saturday’s rally – held at the same time as many others across Australia – drew a passionate crowd of people wearing blue and white to the corner of The Esplanade

and Beach Road. Guest speakers included Sea Shepherd Australia coordinator Graham Wells, Greens Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale, marine biologist and Greens candidate Lloyd Davies and K-Rock radio personality Paul “Chicken� Dyer. There was also a performance by local youth band De Porsal. The next day, hundreds of swimmers were evacuated from Lorne beach at about noon after a shark was spotted about 300 metres off shore. The shark – first seen by the Westpac

lifesaving helicopter – was forced out to sea near the pier by Lorne SLSC volunteers in their inflatable rescue boat. Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club president Graeme Norton said his members also played a part in keeping the shark away, and snapped a photograph (see left) of what they believed was a Great White Shark. “Club member Warren Norton watched the shark swim near to the pier and assessed the length as five metres with a girth from pectoral to pectoral fin of three metres.

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“Two other members were fishing when they encountered the beast near the She Oak River one kilometer south of the pier. “They tried in vain to drive it out to sea but the very persistent beast wanted to follow the coastline. “Knowing that swimmers were in the water at Cumberland River, an emergency call was made to alert the caravan park owners of the pending visit. “Eventually the fishermen were able to drive it out to sea off Mount Defiance.� See page 3 for shark rally pictures.

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Famous Pole House stunning renovation complete BY DEAN WEBSTER THE famous Pole House overlooking spectacular Fairhaven Beach is now back on the holiday rental market having just completed a magnificent makeover in time for a special feature on the Seven Network's Better Homes and Gardens. The original house was built between 1974 and 1978, said owners Ray and Kathi Adams. “We loved it, but at nearly 40 years old, it was getting dated and a bit shabby and needed some major repairs. The original place had a cubby house/tree house feel which was cosy and had some amazing views towards Lorne and the lighthouse, but the design was closed in at the southern point, which has the most spectacular view. “It was also such a great spot, slap bang in the middle of Fairhaven Beach, that we felt some further development in the form of a larger, family home to complement the Pole House, would be a great idea. “This way, the compound (the main house and self-contained Pole House) can cater for a large family with up to four bedrooms and bathrooms.� Ray and Kathi said they had a great architect, Franco Fiorentini from F2 Architecture, and they

left it to him to work out. His only brief was to “open the place up, maximise the southern view and design it so we can see the ocean and the fireplace at the same time�. Lorne builder, George Dragovitch from GD Construction, brought the vision to life for them with a minimum of fuss. “We think the new pole house improves on what was already a remarkable place and has taken the concept well and truly into the 21st century, with its ultra modern, minimalist design and fittings,� they said. Great Ocean Road Holidays accommodation manager Matthew Neill said it was great to have this property back on the holiday rental program. “We have always felt privileged and honoured to represent the iconic Pole House, we are now more excited than ever,� Mr Neill said. “I congratulate Ray and Kathi for the fantastic way they have presented this iconic property.� The Pole House can be booked at greatoceanroadholidays.com.au or by phoning 5220 0200. Better Homes and Gardens will feature the Pole House story on Friday February 21.

The Pole House seen from the Great Ocean Road and the new interior.

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Anti shark cull rally pulls big crowd BY JAMES TAYLOR HUNDREDS of Victorians showed their support for Western Australian sharks at a rally in Torquay on Saturday. The rally protested the federal government’s recent exemption of laws in Western Australia, which now allows sharks to be hunted and killed if they swim into “kill zones�. Baited drum lines have also been set. Despite high levels of public criticism, the West Australian government has refused to repeal the measures.

LEFT: Victorian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale addresses the crowd. RIGHT: Julian and Kate Drury brought an inflatable toy to show their support. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

A POWER outage left thousands of homes along the Surf Coast without electricity on Monday afternoon. The outage affected about 4,600 homes in Torquay, Jan Juc, Bellbrae and surrounding areas, including the office of the Surf Coast Times. Power was restored at about 6pm. The cause of the fault was unknown at time of publication.

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Jemma Cripps has been involved in researching the Anglesea kangaroo population since 2008 and explained the benefits of using GPS collars. “The GPS collars should be able to show us exactly how the kangaroos are moving through Anglesea and how often they return to the golf course,” Ms Cripps said. “This will assist in determining potential ‘hotspot’ areas where kangaroos might be at risk of collisions with vehicles.” Extensive research about the ecology and management of Anglesea’s kangaroos has been carried out by both academic staff and zoology students at the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Kangaroo Advisory Group. Ms Cripps said that the kangaroo population at the Anglesea Golf Club is extremely unique. “It is rare to find kangaroos living so harmoniously with people. The kangaroo’s behave as naturally as they would in the bush.” The golf club is ideal urban habitat for the kangaroos as it is surrounded by bushland and abundant with water. More than 300 kangaroos have been marked with ear tags and collars with coloured reflectors, making them more visible at night. Data suggests road accidents cause a majority of kangaroo deaths in Anglesea, with an estimated 18 per cent of males and 12 per cent of females killed yearly. In response, emergency kits have been developed and made available at the Anglesea Shell service station, the Police Station and the Golf Club. Kits are also available from the Aireys Inlet Hotel and the Veterinary Clinic. “The emergency kits include instructions on what to do if you hit or find a kangaroo injured by a car.

They also include a list of numbers to call and a thick woollen blanket that can be placed over the kangaroos head to keep it calm.” If you spot a kangaroo or are involved in an incident with one, please fill out a Kangaroo Report

Form available from angleseagolfclub.com.au. Any sightings of Kangaroos in backyards in Anglesea can also be emailed to kangaroocontact@unimelb.edu.au.

Elle and Prue are two of the tagged and collared kangaroos that inhabit the Anglesea Golf Club.


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Environmental projects funded by grants Pool taskforce BY JAMES TAYLOR

THREE Surf Coast environmental groups will share in more than $311,000 in grants for projects over the next two years in the latest round of the state government’s Communities for Nature program. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos met representatives from the Surf Coast and Inland Plains Network (SCIPN), the Jan Juc Coast Action Group and Torquay Landcare Group at Spring Creek Reserve on Monday. SCIPN will receive $294,650 for stage four of its biodiversity project, the Jan Juc Coast Action Group

will use $9,000 to conserve clifftops along the Great Ocean Walk, and Torquay Landcare Group will spend its $7,480 grant on improving the Ocean Acres estate. Mr Katos said $4 million would be distributed in this round of the Communities for Natures grants, so the Surf Coast had done well in receiving nearly 10 per cent of the total. “It is great news to see so many of the South Barwon environmental groups and community organisations receiving grants to fund environmental projects close to home. “The Communities for Nature grants program

supports local community groups by providing grants to complete on-ground works to conserve and enhance their local natural environment.� Jan Juc Coast Action Group chair Luke Hynes said working with other groups under the umbrella of SCIPN had allowed his group to be part of much larger initiatives, such as the latest funding round. “We would never do a $300,000 project on our own; we just don’t have the staff.� Surf Coast Shire environment and community safety manager Rowan Mackenzie said as some of the projects were taking place on council land, the shire would provide support.

Surf Coast Shire environment and community safety manager Rowan Mackenzie, SCIPN coordinator Mandy Coulson, South Barwon MP Andrew Katos, Torquay Landcare Group president Margot Galletly and Jan Juc Coast Action Group chair Luke Hynes. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

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THE Surf Coast Aquatic Centre Taskforce is considering all the options as it works to develop a plan that will finally lead to a pool being built in Torquay. The taskforce was established by the Surf Coast Shire in July and held its third meeting last week. Cr Brian McKiterick, who chairs the taskforce and moved the motion to establish it in July, said taskforce members were working hard in gathering information and examining the cost-effectiveness of other pools. “There’s been good input from the community members. “There have been a lot of ideas put on the table and we’re sifting through them to develop a concept plan.� He said the process of obtaining finance for the pool was just one of several significant challenges, along with developing a design that met the community’s needs. “It may not be just a pool – there’s the possibility of a gym, the possibility of childcare, we’ve looked at outside retail having their stores there as part of a larger complex.� The taskforce is reviewing and updating a 2009 feasibility study, which suggested the shire would need to borrow $13 million for a pool and it should not be built until 2015. It will also provide advice on what the aquatic centre might look like, including comparisons to pools in similar demographic catchments. The taskforce has two scheduled meetings left in the six-month period given to develop its findings, but has committed to meet more often if necessary and has the option to extend if more time is needed. Cr McKiterick said he believed the taskforce would be ready with its report by the April deadline, but also said it was important not to end up with a rushed decision.

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who donated all these terrific gifts to make this possible.” The recipients of the gifts for the inaugural 2014 Surf Coast Salute were: • Karen Brown, who along with running a business with her husband is on the school council, parents and friends group, and fundraises and helps other parents who need that little extra hand. Karen won a two-hour pillion ride along the Great Ocean Road on the Indian Chief –valued at $250 provided by Moto God, Torquay. • Danielle Walker for her social media administration of many community Facebook pages along with rescuing her nominator’s, Lisa Corker’s, dog. • Naomi Wadling was nominated by her brother Peter with a cheeky post on Facebook. Naomi has been courageously fighting breast cancer throughout 2013, and Pete wanted to acknowledge her challenging year. “Don’t stop saying thanks to these people even though the Surf Coast Salute has officially finished, it’s the little things that need to be recognised every day,” Ms Hayden said. “Look out for 2015 Surf Coast Salute in planning now.”

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Ms Wingad said. Anglesea Riding Club has two rallies each month for members, and also offers regular clinics and lessons with high profile instructors such as Peter Fischer, Chantal Wigan, Cheryl Fort, Murray Lampard and other local instructors. The club prides itself on its inclusiveness and support among members who travel from all corners of the Surf Coast Shire. Ms Wingad said all fingers and hooves were crossed for continued fundraising success so the club can provide some basic facilities for its members. For more information on the club, phone Ann Wingad on 0438 271 713.

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It’s time for more minimum chips BY JAMES TAYLOR

Paul “Chicken� Dyer and Jimmy Tsiantas couldn’t wait until Friday to tuck into some minimum chips. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

ONE serving of minimum chips isn’t enough, so the celebration of the fish and chip shop staple will return tomorrow. The second National Minimum Chips Day will be held on Friday, and the event is again being spearheaded by K-Rock radio personality Paul “Chicken� Dyer and Torquay Fish and Chips owner Jimmy Tsiantas. Mr Dyer said the idea for day sprung from a discussion with the other members of K-Rock’s “The B Team� – Leroy Brown and Kelli Paun. “We were just talking about it one day, and it always stuck with us, and it led to National Minimum Chips Day. “It started off as a fun thing, and it turned into something a lot bigger.� He said he was proud to share his love of hot

chips wrapped in paper. “Minimum chips is a childhood dream that lasts a lifetime. “It’s the most simple way to fill the belly; good, simple carbs.� Mr Tsiantas, who has been in the fish and chip industry for 13 years, said he was happy to support the day and would donate part of the cost of every order of minimum chips or larger to the Torquay Football Club. The Gilbert Street store will also give away minimum chips to the first 30 customers. Chicken said National Minimum Chips Day had already attracted a lot of interest. He encouraged everyone to support their local fish and chip store on the day, and people could post pictures of themselves eating minimum chips on the K-Rock Geelong page on Facebook.

Three cars caught up in highway crash BY JAMES TAYLOR A CAR ended up on its side after a crash on one of the major roads heading into Torquay on Sunday. The three-car collision took place near the intersection of the Surf Coast Highway and Coombes Road at about 3pm. The crash resulted in a red Toyota hatchback ending up on its right-hand

side, while a white Holden sedan and black Alfa Romeo sedan suffered damage to their front ends. Police said the Toyota was travelling east on Coombes Road, stopped at the intersection but was collected by the two other cars as it tried to cross the highway and travel south. Rural Ambulance Victoria spokesperson John Mullen said two people – the male driver of the Toyota

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COMMUNITY PROFILE As we break into February with kids back at school, there is no better time to reflect on the month of January that passed us by with a “blink of the eye”. The first day of the new month was an absolute cracker that had our town brimming at the edges in record numbers and the petrol tanks at our only service station empty as a result of the huge weekend traffic. There are a lot of people who don’t realise the demands that are put on a small community to cater for the thousands that descend to enjoy what the 1046 permanent local residents enjoy all year round. To have restaurants, shops and trades available seven days a week is an enormous task and our town does it as good as any, given we realise the importance of our summer trade. But it’s not easy to do so and I say a “big pat on the back“ to every member of our community whose month of January sees very few leisure hours. Whether it’s our local shopkeepers, our tradies, our contractors, our service industry staff or any one of our multitude of volunteers, another busy January was very well catered for – congratulations to you all. Whilst on reflection, the second day of February echoed the scenes from the Jaws movie as the Lorne water’s edge was quickly evacuated after the sighting of a shark from the Westpac Life Saving helicopter. The swift actions of the volunteer teams on the beach put safety first in a wellorganised evacuation process. With helicopter, siren in full swing, circling above the Lorne Surf Club’s “rubber duck” at sea level and the Lorne shoreline packed with people, the memories of a famous shark movie was on everyone’s lips. The day ended successfully as the shark was guided to deeper water and left Louttit Bay to enjoy his habitat in an area less populated by foreign invaders. The event brought back memories to me of thirty years ago when it was a very common occurrence to see the fixed wing shark spotting plane scouring the coast, as the Westpac chopper did on the weekend. On many occasions through the summer holidays the roar of the siren would echo over Louttit Bay to alert the presence of a shark. In what has become such a topical issue of the past year, all the major media were all over the weekend’s event and the hysteria on the shoreline was fuelled by recent commentary. There is one thing for sure and that is whether it be thirty years ago, last weekend or tomorrow, there are always going to be sharks in the ocean enjoying their own habitat.

Everyone Needs Respite! The Lorne Community Hospital offers a unique respite service for the elderly, either privately or under the aged care government funding. If you’re caring for someone who still lives in their own home, you may occasionally need to take a short break. This could involve anything from a few days to a few weeks off, to attend a wedding or special event, go on a holiday or to simply take some time for your-self. For many, the challenges of caring for an elderly family member are simply a part of daily life. Caregiving, though, is a demanding job and some support can be greatly appreciated. Respite care provides, short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life. Ms Kate Gillan, CEO, Lorne Community Hospital said, ‘Our service at Lorne provides an opportunity for a restorative rest in beautiful surroundings amongst caring and capable staff.” At the Lorne Community Hospital we take great pride in providing a service that offers a safe home-like environment. It also provides the opportunity for our staff to get to know the person and them to know us. If the need arises for full time care, then they can book into a familiar environment. Staying at the Lorne Community Hospital also provides new experiences, new conversations and community engagement. Permanent Resident Joan Wheal stated ‘the Lorne Community Hospital aged care facility is a home away from home, we are very well looked after’. The Lorne Community Hospital offers a high level aged-care facility with 19 long term beds and one flexible respite bed which can cater for high and low level needs. The home has a relaxed atmosphere with

caring and dedicated staff to manage each residents care requirements. We offer a range of services from activities programs, physiotherapy, podiatry, dietician, speech therapy, palliative care and volunteer programs to name a few. Those requiring dialysis are able to continue their treatment while staying for a rest. Being a small facility has its benefits of a family like environment which the residents feel secure and safe in. “The friendliness of the place is most important and the care of staff, you couldn’t do better here at the Lorne Community Hospital”, said resident Irene Schroeter. Our facilities are excellent with mostly single and some shared (double) rooms. Each room has its own en-suite. The facility also has a garden area, activities room and a balcony that overlooks the superb ocean views, in one of the most unique settings on the Great Ocean Road. Doctor services are provided through the general practice which is on site, ensuring prompt care if required. “Plenty of attention when I need it, couldn’t be better”, said resident Vera Young. Currently the aged care facility is in a unique position with a limited number of either short term, respite or permanent places available. To receive more information on our aged care service, please contact the Lorne Community Hospital on 5289 4313 or visit our website www.lornecommunityhospital.com.au. Also visit the aged care government funding website http://www.health.gov.au/acfi ‘Partnering for a Healthy Community’ Emily Lens Marketing and Communications Officer

Babbington story is to come later but in the meantime Eddie’s should be told. With a heart in the right place and solid Christian values, he does a lot of good around town most don’t know about. Eddie grew up with his family who owned the Deans Marsh Caravan Park for 60 years, until 1998. His father Ted and Uncle Erwin also owned and operated the saw mill at Benwerrin. Eddie began his education at the Lorne School and completed it at Geelong Grammar while Prince Charles was there. “I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do when I finished”. For 5 years Eddie took on seasonal work in shearing sheds and carted hay during the summers, returning home to play footy and work as the postman on a one gear bicycle, in the winters. At age 23 glandular fever struck, putting him out of action for six months. “But everything happens for a reason and at the end of that, my dad got me a job with a builder, Wilfred Lowe, who was working on The Masonic Lodge. He became my mentor and still is.“ Through Wilfred many doors opened. Twenty years ago he helped Eddie set up business as a cartage contractor with his mate Keith Causon. They had two trucks, later deciding to include demolition services. In 1973, Wilfred provided an opportunity for Eddie to purchase a house on an acre of land at the edge of town. Today this acre is deserving of its own story. Eddie has also been a self taught arborist. Most residents in Lorne will have a story about Eddie and a tree. His specialty was dangerous trees and clearing blocks for houses. “I climbed by the seat of my pants until I fell out of a tree and had to change my ways.” In 1972 Eddie lost his brother in a car accident and decided from that day he had to live for him too. He has a strong belief in making your community work. Among contributions he will admit to are providing wood in winter to the aged, training officer with Lorne CFA, member of the Church Council, helping with religious education at the school, has provided work for 50 part time young workers over 30 years and then there’s the countless “love” jobs . In 1985, he married Marcia, a teacher at Lorne School at the time and who happened to have moved in next door. When Eddie needs a break he heads for the High Country or treks is secret places in the Otways. “I like the straight and narrow way. I was given a chance and now I am happy to be giving other young people one to.” CW

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Group urges council to show its stance on fracking BY JAMES TAYLOR A GROUP opposed to fracking in the Geelong region has called on the City of Greater Geelong to specifically put the brakes on unconventional gas exploration in its new environmental management strategy. The council has put its draft 2013-17 strategy on public exhibition, but it does not mention coal seam gas or its extraction through fracking (also known as hydraulic fracturing). The state government’s Gas Market Taskforce report, released in November, recommended lifting Victoria’s moratorium on fracking if the “highest environmental and safety standards” are met. In its submission to the strategy, Frack Free Geelong argues the council should not allow gas mining in the region until a comprehensive investigation is conducted into the likely effects on public health, the environment, agriculture and food security, local communities and tourism. “In failing to regulate, the council is essentially promoting new, high-risk fossil fuel extraction in Geelong region. This is a blow for Geelong citizens, for the environment, and for the Environment Management Strategy.” Frack Free Geelong spokesman Anthony Gleeson said the council needed to make a clear stand on fracking. “The biggest problem - and perhaps the council is indicative of this - is lack of awareness. “So many people don’t know what fracking is, they don’t know the harm it does, and they don’t know that it could happen right here.” The Surf Coast Shire resolved in November to reaffirm their support for a moratorium, and Mr

Gleeseon commended the council for its stance. “On behalf of Frack Free Geelong I would like to congratulate both the Surf Coast Shire council and Barwon Water for their recent public statements of concern about the negative impacts which they believe the exploration and extraction of unconventional gas will have in our area.

“Now we would like to see the City of Greater Geelong council and Barwon Health make a clear stand against this practice as well.” Submissions on the draft strategy close on February 28. For more information, email environment@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or head to geelongaustralia.com.au/council/yoursay.

A coal seam gas (CSG) derrick. Frack Free Geelong is campaigning to prevent any extraction of CSG in the region.

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Perry good day for Juc’s Jack JAN Juc’s Jack Perry and Georgia Fish (Flinders) took out the first round of the TOLL Victorian Open Series in pumping four foot waves at Gunnamatta on the weekend. Perry flew under the radar throughout the event, placing in second in heats and dealing with the challenging conditions. “It was pretty hard out there, there was lots of close outs and wash through sets. But when you got on to one they were sick” said the powerful natural footer. With the win, Perry will gain a spot into the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Pre-Trials, which he won last year and gained an entry into the main event eventually facing off against Joel Parkinson and Gabriel Medina. “That was really the main reason for entering. It would be awesome to make it through again, but I’m just happy with winning this comp. It has been awhile since I have won an event.” The women’s division saw a strong battle between WQS warrior Georgia Fish (Flinders) and up and coming junior Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc). Clarke and Fish battled it out in both the semi final and final trading high scores. The final saw Fish dominate with an 8.50 and 8.40 in the final, showing her supreme knowledge of the break. Clarke tallied a 7.67, however, could not find a strong enough back up to challenge the local girl. “The waves were really fun, but there was heaps of duck-diving and paddling!” Fish said. “Last year was a real learning curve for me (on the WQS), but I’m really looking forward to this year and hopefully have a good year. It is a good start.” The Toll Victorian Open Series is presented by Be the Influence and HIF. The next event will be held at Phillip Island, March 1-2.


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Grants can improve Aspiring officers start their training public safety BY JAMES TAYLOR COUNCILS have just over two weeks to apply for funding to improve public safety in their municipality. The state government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund provides councils with grants of up to $250,000 to help develop public safety and security infrastructure. Last week, Minister for Crime Prevention Edward O’Donohue said crime prevention initiatives improved safety and confidence in and around public spaces, and had the flow-on benefits of improving liveability and the local economy. “These grants support Victorian councils to make their communities safer by reducing opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour and developing tailored security solutions to local issues.” Suggested projects for the grants include improved lighting, streetscape and amenity improvements, and CCTV systems in high-risk areas. “More than $5.5 million in funding has already been awarded to councils to fund 47 infrastructure projects under previous rounds of these highly competitive grants. “I encourage all councils to look at how infrastructure projects could make their communities safer and apply for the latest round of grants before applications close.” He said well-lit, well-designed and well-maintained public places that built community confidence were safer and more likely to attract residents and businesses. “The Coalition government recognises that local communities are best placed to develop strategies to address crime problems specific to their local public spaces. “These grants support councils to develop innovative projects that will deter criminals and make a real difference to community safety.” Mr O’Donohue said the government had allocated $35 million to community crime prevention, which included the Community Safety Fund and Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants. Councils have until February 21 to apply for the Public Safety Infrastructure Grants. For more information, head to crimeprevention.vic. gov.au/infrastructuregrants.

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THREE aspiring officers from Geelong and the Surf Coast have been farewelled by their family and friends and have started their training at the Royal Military College (RMC) in the ACT. Torquay’s Nicolas Piper, Jamie Frisby from Waurn Ponds and Kelly Strickland from Armstrong Creek are among the more than 25 Army candidates from Victoria to begin their training at the college in Duntroon. The RMC is one of the world’s outstanding military officer training institutions. It focuses on bringing out the best qualities and equipping appointees with self-confidence, decision making skills, public speaking, problem solving, and self-motivation as well as the ability to motivate others in any situation. Ms Strickland is among the record five women from Victoria being offered appointments this year at the RMC, who intend to embark on careers in electrical and mechanical engineering, transport and intelligence on completion of their officer training. Last month’s appointment ceremony was marked by Brigadier Simon Welsh, director general of Integrated Soldier Systems, Land Systems Division, who presented the appointees with their official appointment certificates. Victorian candidates make up almost a quarter of the 105 appointees nationwide. Defence Force Recruiting has achieved 100 per cent of the national recruitment target for this intake. RMC is now recruiting for its 2014 mid-year and 2015 intakes. For more information about RMC and a career in the Army, Navy, or Air Force, head to defencejobs. gov.au or call 13 19 01 today. Brigadier Simon Welsh, Director General - Integrated Soldier Systems, Land Systems Division, presents Kelly Strickland with her official appointment certificate. Photo: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

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Councils endorse major bicycling network BY JAMES TAYLOR COUNCILLORS at the Surf Coast Shire and City of Greater Geelong have supported the idea of identifying, developing and promoting a network of major bicycle routes across the Geelong region. VicRoads, BikeSafe and G21’s Transport Pillar have developed the G21 Principal Bicycle Network (PBN), based on the Melbourne PBN that provides access to major destinations in the Melbourne metropolitan area. The intent of the PBN is to develop a network of strategic, linked roads and sealed bicycle paths which are made safe and encourage commuter and recreational cyclist use. A report prepared for the Surf Coast Shire states

the G21 PBN aligns with the shire’s 2012 pathway strategy, and also identifies several priority cycling routes: • Surf Coast Highway • Anglesea Road • Great Ocean Road • Lorne Deans Marsh Road • Horseshoe Bend Road • Blackgate Road • Coombes Road/Hendy Main Road • Cape Otway Road • Bells Boulevard/Jarosite Road • Duffields Road • South Beach Road • Fischer Street, and • Forest Road

Surf Coast councillors unanimously resolved their support for the PBN at their January meeting. Speaking for the motion, Cr Libby Coker said there were many cyclists in the shire and there had been a number of cyclist deaths over the years, so improvements to cycling routes would be welcome. Cr Eve Fisher agreed. “For anything that can encourage such a sustainable use of transport, we should do everything we can.” The G21 Principal Bicycle Network was also endorsed by City of Greater Geelong councillors at their meeting last month. Horseshoe Bend Road has been identified as one of the major routes in the G21 Principal Bicycle Network.

Include companion animals in fire plan BY DEAN WEBSTER

Dr Kate Gittings with her beloved horse Luke.

THE Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is urging the community to plan early for the management of their companion animals and horses in case of a fire emergency. DEPI acting chief veterinary officer Malcolm Ramsay said procedures and escape routes should be pre-planned, with alternate routes well-known in case the planned route is not accessible. “If possible, prearrange a safe location to take your animals to; this may be family or friends, a boarding establishment or the local evacuation centre,” Dr Ramsay said. Ensure all your animals are properly identified, for example, by a collar and tag or microchip. “It is advisable to prepare an animal evacuation

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kit including food, water, bowls, leads, halters, blankets/bedding, cages, relevant documentation and any medication they might require. “Fires are unpredictable and plans can fail, so people need to think and prepare for each possible scenario.” Torquay and Surfcoast Veterinary Clinic principal Kate Gittings said every household should review their fire plan annually. “When making a fire plan we too often forget to include plans for our pets, horses and livestock,” Dr Gittings said. “Panic can easily set in when a fire is approaching and if we at least have an idea of what the plan is, we can put this into place much faster and safer, either taking the animals with us, or for large animals opening gates and providing the largest possible

safe area.” If you plan to leave your animals at home or your evacuation plans fail, with no option other than to leave your animals behind, there are measures you can take to assist their survival. Horses are likely to receive only minimal burns if kept in grazed down paddocks and given plenty of room to move. They will gallop through flames or around their edges, and stand on the blackened, previously burnt area and remain there until the fire has passed. Sand arenas, bare paddocks or similar bare areas can be used for horses in times of fire. . For more information and practical fact sheets to assist people to care for companion animals, livestock and wildlife please go to depi.vic.gov.au/ fire-and-emergencies/animals-in-emergencies.

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Geelong’s future strategy and policy discussed BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Committee for Geelong discussed how the region will develop over the next 20 years at the first meeting of its new strategy and policy committee last week. Representatives from major professional services network Deloitte travelled from Sydney to present the paper ‘Building the Lucky Country - Positioning for Prosperity?’. Invited guests included representatives from diverse local businesses, as well as the community,

government and the not-for-profit sectors, federal and state MPs and Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons. Following the presentation, the forum discussed how the information from the Deloitte presentation could be used to assist Geelong with the further potential structural changes it may face this year. The strategy and policy committee will guide the Committee for Geelong's work with members, leaders, stakeholders and governments to independently advocate for the best overall longterm outcomes for Geelong. This year, the committee will focus on strategic

projects that include: • developing a rail strategy for Geelong that is evidence based and deliverable • actively supporting the development of a Geelong region defence alliance • developing a strong “Second-tier City” policy, and • actively supporting the development of infrastructure projects that advance the prosperity of Geelong (including Avalon Airport, Geelong Port, Vision 2 and cultural infrastructure such as GPAC, the Geelong Gallery and Geelong Football Club).

Committee for Geelong chief executive officer Rebecca Casson said members of the strategy and Policy Committee represented the depth and the breadth of industry both by sector and size. “These local representatives have put themselves forward to engage with the Committee for Geelong because they believe in what we do. “We can do what other interest groups are often not in a position to do.” For more information on the Deloitte presentation, head to deloitte.com/view/en_AU/au/ news-research/index.htm.

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LOCAL surf school Great Ocean Road Surf Tours (GORST) is offering a series of surf clinics to help surfers progress their surfing. The course is designed to help participants understand how to perform basic manoeuvres such as gaining speed, bottom and top turns as well as how to cut back. “The Surf Clinics’ are going to open the eyes of all participants and create a real understanding of surfing,” GORST owner and director Alistair Lawson said. “Throughout these sessions we will break down the moves to show everyone what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Having a good understanding of the biomachanics of each move is vital to a surfer’s success.” Sessions start this Saturday from 6pm-7pm at Great Ocean Road Surf Tours shop at 106 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay and will be based on watching video analysis to break down moves as well as recreating the moves on Streetboardz to simulate the body performing the move. Places are limited and sessions are just $30 or $100 for four weeks. For more details or to book your spot, you can call GORST on 1800 787 353.


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Wanted at car show: tradies and their utes THE Torquay Rotary Motor Show returns this year with new trophies and a new competition for tradies looking to show of their ute, their tools and perhaps, their dog. Rotary’s Peter Hehir said the winner of the Best Tradie’s Ute section would win a trophy specially handcrafted by people at the Torquay Men’s Shed. “We really want to get as many tradies down there as possible. With so many living locally it could be a fantastic division.” Along with the tradies division (tools need to brought as proof of being a tradie), all the old favourites return to the Torquay Rotary Club 2014 Motor Show this year, including the surfer vehicle division. “Over 300 hundred cars will be on show in over 20 categories, covering the spectrum of feature classes.” The winner of each division will win a trophy handcrafted by members of the Torquay Men’s Shed, while the overall winner and celebrity’s choice winner will receive impressive trophies supplied by Freestone’s Roadhaven in Aireys Inlet. Mr Hehir thanked other major sponsors of the motor show: Hayden Real Estate, Bunnings and the RACV. The fundraising event will be held on Sunday on the Torquay Foreshore, gates open at 9am, with award presentations made between 2pm and 3pm. For more information and/or an entry form for your ute or other suitable vehicle, visit torquaymotorshow.com.au.

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Plenty hop to it as beer fest bubbles along THOUSANDS of beer lovers went through the gate at the second Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong on the weekend. It was held in beautiful hot sunshine, with conditions perfected by the south easterlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gentle caress. Organiser Kieran Blood said he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier with how the day went. Up-and-coming cider company Lucky Dick had to turn the taps off two hours before the festival finished due to the high demand for their easy drinking product. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were queues 50 metres long all day,â&#x20AC;? Lucky Duck co-owner Shane Capron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may have under catered slightly, but it was a great event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to rescue our helper Quentin Boan and our mascot Lucky (a wooden duck) from some amorous punters, but it was all good.â&#x20AC;? All other stall holders reported bumper days, with attendees keen to explore the variety on offer. Of the food vendors, Hop Skip and Jump again proved popular with those hankering for a burger. Otway Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farmhouse Ale was one of the many standout beers served, with their lighter Summer Ale also proving very popular. Live music from headliners Owl Eyes, Tigertown, Kylie Auldist and the Glenroy All Stars also kept the festival crowd entertained throughout the day.

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Hot rods drive into Queenscliff BY REBECCA LAUNER HUNDREDS of hot rods were on show at the weekend for the annual Queenscliff Rod Run. The event at Princess Park, organised by the Geelong Street Runners, attracted enthusiast from far and wide, including owners wanting to show off their prized possessions to those wanting to check out the latest trends. Enthusiast Peter Nathan, of New Zealand, described the show as “awesome”. “Shows back home are nothing like this. I have a ‘69 Monaro and I put that on show.” Mr Nathan said car shows had improved slowly in New Zealand during the past five years. “We come over here to take the ideas back.”

The machinery scenery in Queenscliff on the weekend.

Penny Wytkamp with brothers Brendan and Joey, from Ocean Grove. Photos: BEC LAUNER

Paddlers take to the ocean

Surf skiers head for open ocean on their way to Urquhart Bluff. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

INTERSTATE paddlers were successful in Victoria’s marquee ocean surf ski race, the 2014 Great Ocean Paddle on Saturday. Queensland’s Cory Hill finished first after a great tussle with second placegetter, Greg Tobin of New South Wales, and South Australia’s Sam Myatt, third. With the preferred south-westerlies replaced by a light easterly breeze, the traditional 26 kilometre course from Urquhart Bluff to Fishermans Beach was run in reverse for the first time in the

history of the event. A residual northerly wind swell from previous days’ breezes, made the course quite technical and helped push the 104 paddlers to the finish line at Urquhart’s Bluff. “The conditions were actually better than I thought they’d be, and I could still pick up great little runners,” said winner, Cory Hill, who was third at the 2013 surf ski World Championships in Portugal, and third home (first Aussie) at the recent

Doctor race in Perth. “This was my first time paddling down here, and the coastline is really dramatic and unique.” Hill, a former Uncle Tobys and Nutri Grain ironman, has now turned his focus to the fast growing sport of ocean surf ski racing. Best placed locals were Lisa Wadling who finished second open female and first in the female Vet40s and Tim Altman from Jan Juc who finished fourth overall and first in the male Vet40s.

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Charity cyclist celebrates completion BY JAMES TAYLOR TORQUAY’s Kevin Beale and four other riders have finished their gruelling charity ride between Geelong and Adelaide. Starting in Geelong on January 10, the 810 kilometre trip passed through Mortlake, Casterton, Kingston, Meningie, Strathalbyn and Clarendon and reached Adelaide on January 16. Mr Beale said the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) Cycle was “the hardest thing I have ever done in my life thus far” but believed it had raised at least half of its $50,000 target. “Kilometre after kilometre, hill after hill – some felt like mountains – long rough vibrating roads, some lovely and smooth, B-double trucks passing at over 100 kilometres per hour almost knocking us off our bikes.” The 68-year-old said he had to endure not only strong, hot headwinds but also temperatures in the mid to high 40s. “The first few days started at 10 degrees Celsius, quickly rising through the 30s then the 40s. “If that wasn't enough, the salt lakes seemed to last all day long – talk about The group stops for a break at the Kangaroo Inn ruins in South Australia. a thirst!” Mr Beale said the mornings became harder and harder, but he kept reminding himself that the ride was supporting children through HFF CASA Herbalife programs, which help to provide proper nutrition to children in need through more than 90 locations in more than 50 countries. “Our group of five riders and three road crew were absolutely awesome. “We supported and encouraged each other for the duration and as the challenges became bigger each day with tiredness and exorbitant temperatures, we took it pedal by pedal and planned accordingly. “The reception in Adelaide was so inspiring and we expect the ride to become an annual event with more legs to the journey and more riders joining the challenge. “Thank you to all our followers for all the amazing encouragement & support – it truly meant so much to each of us every single day.” Donations are still being accepted. For more information, head to facebook. com/HFFcycle.

Kevin Beale (front) rides through Adelaide

The riders celebrate reaching the South Australian border.

Kids in hot cars warning goes online BY JAMES TAYLOR

IN THE wake of the recent heatwave across the state and with temperatures forecast to reach above 30 degrees this week, Kidsafe has turned to social media to increase awareness of the life threatening dangers posed when children are left unattended in cars on hot days. During the recent heatwave in Victoria, where temperatures exceeded 41 degrees on four consecutive days, 53 children were rescued after being left unattended in a car. Tests have found that even on a 29-degree day, the inside of a car can reach 44 degrees within 10 minutes and 60 degrees within 20 minutes. Kidsafe Victoria chief executive officer Melanie Courtney said her organisation was using social media to increase the reach of important and lifesaving information about the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars to parents and the wider community. “Kidsafe is encouraging all parents, carers, community organisations, local governments, schools and companies to share the messages and tips through their social media accounts in order to reach as many parents and carers as possible across the country.” Kidsafe Victoria has a range of resources, including a hot cars graphic and fact sheet which can be shared to help raise community awareness. Tips on the graphic include: • If you have to leave the car, even to run a quick errand – take the children with you • Never use the car as a substitute “babysitter” • Never leave children in a car without adult supervision for any length of time, not even a minute, and • Lock cars and secure keys when at home to prevent children playing inside the car. The Kidsafe Hot Car graphic has already been shared more than 100 times on Facebook by emergency services, community organisations and individuals across Australia. On Monday, Minister for Children and Early Development Wendy Lovell also launched the state government’s “No Exceptions, No Excuses” campaign in response to the recent increase of cases of children being left in hot cars. To download the graphic, search for “Kidsafe Victoria” on Facebook.

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ON THE BEAT Welcome to 2014 NHW Torquay Jan Juc committee wishes all our community members a safe and healthy New Year. Hopefully, most have enjoyed doing what is special for you and your loved ones, including family gettogethers and a time to reflect on the past year. NHW with our local police, will be working on projects this year to keep our community as safe as possible. NHW Volunteers We are always seeking volunteers who love a half to one hour walk to keep fit and at the same time contributing positively to your community by delivering a quarterly NHW Newsletter. Please contact David on 0419 529 210 if available. Tougher penalties for illegal use of mobile phones From 25 November 2013 all drivers faced tougher penalties for illegal use of a mobile phone or interacting with other units that have visual displays while driving (eg. DVD players or tablet computers) that are not driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aids. The penalties are: â&#x20AC;˘ 4 demerit points â&#x20AC;˘ $433 fine Young drivers are over-represented in serious road crashes so there are particular changes to mobile phone rules for probationary drivers. P1 and P2 drivers must not use a mobile phone (hand-held or hands-free) for any function while driving (including while stationary but not parked). Remember, all probationary drivers who reach 5 demerit points may incur a licence suspension. Research shows that using any mobile phone while driving increases your chance of being involved in a crash or near crash.

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No summer holiday for Torquay Lions RATHER than have a break over the summer holidays, Torquay Lions Club members have been busy working at various activities throughout the holiday season and it has paid off. Club President Barry Mackie said working through the summer season helped the Torquay Lions gather thousands of dollars to be distributed where needed in the community through the rest of the year. “During the year our local community is most supportive of the Torquay Lions Club and donates many thousands of dollars to be shared in local, national and even international Lions projects,” he said. “But over the summer season we rely greatly on the generosity of visitors to Torquay to swell our funds to the level where we are able to help more and more needy cases. “First we sold Lions Christmas cakes throughout Torquay and then we sold tickets for the past six weeks for the barbecue raffle drawn at Taylor Park on

Australia Day. “As well, we had a large group working the Lions train and sausage sizzle at Cowrie Market last week and another group worked at the Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club during the Bell’s Bash. “Altogether we have raised just on $17,000 from a very generous community,” he said. “And, most importantly, every cent raised we must give back to the community in some form or other, whether it is to help our local community or other national or international Lions clubs projects.” Torquay Lions supports each school in the area, the SES and Torquay Marine Service, Torquay and Jan Juc Lifesaving Clubs, and many individuals. “We provide small scholarships to two students at Bellbrae Primary School, Torquay Primary School, and St Therese School.” The summer raffle winners: Weber barbecue – Ken McDonald of Torquay; Sharp television – Judy Knappe of Templestowe.

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Two Brothers Juice Co. has been selling cold pressed juice in Aireys Inlet over summer.

COLAC Otway Shire Council has endorsed a draft rating strategy for 2014-2017 and is now calling for public input. The draft strategy was passed at the council’s January meeting and will be placed on public exhibition for six weeks. The strategy determines how the council will classify land for rating purposes within the municipality. After considering the options, the existing regime with some minor changes was found to be the most appropriate. The proposed changes are to: • Include all residential properties within Colac, Colac East, Colac West and Elliminyt within the residential rating category. This removes the existing inequity where two adjoining residential properties are being rated differently based upon the size of the property. • Include all vacant land assessments of five hectares or less that for town planning purposes are zoned for farming use, in the rural-farm rating

category rather than the residential – balance of shire rating category on the grounds such lots are highly unlikely to be issued with a town planning permit for a dwelling to be built. Colac Otway mayor Lyn Russell said the second change would ensure those properties were correctly valued by recognising a farming use was the highest and best use to which the property may be used, and to subsequently include them in a more appropriate rating category. “This will result in these assessments paying less rates.” She said the shire received 52 per cent of its total revenue by way of property-based rates and waste collection charges. “The development of strategies for our rating base is critically important to both the council and its community. “The rating strategy sets out how the overall rating level is distributed or collected from the community. “The rating levels are set to adequately resource the council’s role, functions and responsibilities.”

Brothers squeeze the juice in Aireys

Nominations open for Indigenous learning grants

BY JAMES TAYLOR

INDIGENOUS communities in Corangamite can now nominate for a federal government initiative that helps parents and carers put their children on the path to school success. Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson welcomed the launch of the process for selecting the locations of the next 25 sites from across Australia for the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY). The program is a home-based initiative that supports parents and carers with regular visits from tutors to help integrate learning activities and materials into daily family life. “HIPPY provides families with regular in-home support and works with them to help put their kids on the path to school success from an early age,” Ms Henderson said. She said the additional sites, to be operational from early 2015, would focus on supporting Aboriginal

A NEW Melbourne juice company is having its first taste of the market here, opening a pop-up store in Aireys Inlet over summer. Brothers Harry and Zander Croft are the founders of Two Brothers Juice Co., which will launch in Melbourne later this year. Harry said their store on the Great Ocean Road was the Surf Coast’s first pop-up cold pressed juice store. “Myself and my brother Zander Croft have been coming to Aireys Inlet for 22 years and couldn’t resist the temptation to launch our business here. “Our juices are cold pressed, which is a method of juicing that slows the oxidization process of nutrients in fruit and vegetables, resulting in fresh juice being better for you and allowing it to last up to 72 hours.”

He said highlights of the Two Brothers menu were the healthy green juice (kale, cucumber, apple, celery, ginger and lemon) as well as the watermelon, mint and strawberry juice, which has been extremely popular on the hot summer days at the beach. “We are passionate about healthy living and about educating people on what goes into the food and drinks they consume. “We have received some great feedback from both the local and holidaying community who seem excited to have a new, healthier option at Aireys Inlet.” He said the pop-up venture would end this month, but the company was excited at the prospect of returning bigger and better next summer. For more information, search “Two Brothers Juice Co.” on Facebook.

and Torres Strait Islander communities. “The Coalition has a clear commitment to empowering local Indigenous communities through better access to education and setting a solid foundation for future success. “Part of this includes recognising the challenges that isolation poses for many indigenous communities.” Nominations close on February 14. “I strongly encourage Indigenous communities interested in being considered for HIPPY to put forward a nomination,” Ms Henderson said. Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion, said the Brotherhood of St Laurence delivered HIPPY for the federal government, and more than $100 million had been committed to the program. For more information about HIPPY and the community nomination process, phone (02) 6240 7308 or head to education.gov.au/home-interactionprogram-parents-and-youngsters-hippy.

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Sustainability the way of the future THE federal government through the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) and the City of Greater Geelong have funded the upgrade of three buildings to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Waterworld, Splashdown and the National Wool Museum have all received energy efficient retrofits to their lighting, heating and cooling systems. The outcome of the project has seen a reduction in energy expenditure, improved energy maintenance practices and an overall reduction in the council’s greenhouse gas emissions. From the instillation of energy-efficient lighting Spashdown and Waterworld have seen a significant reduction in electricity use and emissions by 45 per cent and 34 per cent respectively. CEEP was managed within the Future Proofing Geelong team. Future Proofing Geelong is about making Geelong more resilient through the delivery of projects which improve the productivity, liveability and sustainability of Greater Geelong. One of the first projects by Future Proofing Geelong was the production of a Low Carbon Growth Plan, which sets out a series of measures to achieve a positive transition to a low carbon economy. The project has increased the capability of the council to engage with the community and lead by example on energy efficiency. To complement the changes that have already been put in place by Future Proofing Geelong, Geelong will be taking part in the Sustainable Living Festival from February 8 to 23. The festival showcases methods for people to live more sustainably with hundreds of events state wide to raise awareness, inspire and educate people on the issue. Future Proofing Geelong and Innate Ecology will be running Smarter Living Seminars at GPAC where 25 guest speakers will provide an insight into residential retrofitting, local food, sustainability for business and community action. Along with Future Proofing Geelong, community

groups and local Geelong businesses have pulled together more than 50 events in the two week period. GPAC will feature a Sustainability Expo on Saturday February 8 featuring Geelong’s biggest

food swap. Armstrong Creek Sustainable House display will provide tours of 7 star and 9.1 star rated homes and there is free, expert advice available to help people

learn how to save money on energy bills and running costs with simple design tips. Go to futureproofinggeelong.com for more information.

Matias and Teemu Brasier in their backyard vegetable garden in Barwon Heads.

Decisions made today can have a positive impact on future generations and ours. The City of Greater Geelong recognises this and through its Community Energy Efficiency Program aims to reduce the energy consumed at National Wool Museum, Splashdown and Waterworld.

MEET THE GARDENING GURU Host of Gardening Australia the irrepressible Costa Georgiadis is coming to Geelong for the Sustainable Living Festival. Costa will be sharing his passion for edible gardening at two free public events.

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Letters Save Grove green space for future generations

The opinions expressed here are the opinions of the letter writers exclusively and do not express the views of the Editor or Surf Coast News Pty Ltd. Letters to the Editor may be submitted to the Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times by writing to PO Box 714, Torquay, Vic, 3228 or email: editor@surfcoasttimes. com.au or fax: 5264 8413. Your letters should not exceed 250 words.

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Please provide your name, address and telephone number, which may be withheld from publication on request.

Angie Gallagher Ocean Grove

As publication space is limited we may not be able to publish all letters received. We also reserve the right to edit letters that we publish.

Hon. Terry Mulder, MP Minister for Public Transport Minister for Roads

I have forwarded this letter to the Premier, State MPs, and City of Greater Geelong councillors. The state government has committed $500,000 for a building (performance space) to be put on the Ocean Grove Park. People that use the park have been surveyed and about 95 per cent strongly oppose any buildings being put in the park and believe it should be kept as open space. Please read and comment on this letter.

Round ball struggles continue To the writer of “Round ball struggles” (Letters, January 30): I am staggered at your lack of loyalty to our netball club. Those rooms are ours and no one else’s, even though the council paid for them. They are no concern of the Surfside Waves Soccer Club. We hope that the soccer club turns down the rooms, because they should not have been offered them in the first place. They ought to get their own. I am quite prepared, unlike you, to put my name to this letter, I’m proud of my involvement with the club. That reserve belongs to Ocean Grove Football Netball club, end of story.

A fair go for all sports Dear Editor, I read the headline in this week’s Bellarine Times (“Shell Shock”, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads edition, January 30) and my heart sank. “Shell Shock” the headline read, and shell shocked I was. I was involved with Surfside Waves Soccer Club last year and was very outspoken in my views,

Cath Sattler Kingston

Anglesea’s condition Dear Editor, Over this summer period, Anglesea has suffered from a chronic condition caused by too many cars! We’ve had the usual bumper-to-bumper crawl through town caused by the bottleneck at the bridge. But parking in our streets has also been a major problem this year. As an example, cars have been parked along both sides of Noble Street which means traffic can move only in one direction and in single file. There has been stationary traffic at a stand-still as far up as Camp Wilkin! This is exacerbated by the continuous line of drivers on the Great Ocean Road (GOR) who are unwilling to allow entry to those emerging from sidestreets. In streets like Noble Street, where congestion has become a problem – emergency vehicles would not be able to gain access, or could be caught up in delays. An unbroken yellow line on one side would keep two lanes open. In regard to through-traffic on the GOR, there is nowhere to build another bridge. A second or wider bridge would only lead to a bottleneck further along

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so we’d be no better off. What is needed is a bypass road for those who don’t stop here and so do not contribute to our town. This could turn off the GOR at Coal Mine Road which could be widened; then widen and seal No 2 Track and Distillery Creek Road which would take motorists into Aireys Inlet. In times of crisis, either the GOR or the bypass road could be closed for a time to allow emergency vehicles - ambulance, police, SES, CFA – to have access to the town or any accidents or fires along either route. Now is the time to start thinking about next summer and the consequences of an ever-increasing number of vehicles passing through Anglesea. Action needs to be taken now to avoid a future disaster such as locals needing to evacuate because of extreme heat or the threat of a bushfire. Thankfully we have not faced that situation this summer. Melva Stott Anglesea

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opinions and quotes. Sadly I had to step down from my involvement there. A combination of the backlash I received from those who I believed to be friends, coupled with my employer’s continued unrest and dissatisfaction with my position within the club left me no alternative but to leave. There is a great relationship between the soccer and netball clubs, which is why I am perplexed by the news story. I recall discussions last year where we chatted about sharing the barbecue and kitchen facilities. We talked about sharing the new portable change room if the netball club needed more space for finals etc. The relationship was very cordial. After my heart sank on reading the front page story it then went out to the lovely anonymous netball club member who wrote a letter (“Round ball struggles”, January 30) indicating their support for the soccer club and saying how unfair this is. Whoever you are, you are extremely brave for writing to the paper. I salute you as a fellow community sports activist. I am an advocate for community facilities for all sports at all levels, everyone deserves a fair go. I will always have a very strong passion for soccer. It’s in my blood and I hope that soccer gets its fair go in Ocean Grove. Whether it will or not remains to be seen.

Living Victoria Fund Round Two

The Victorian Government is delivering a smarter, more sustainable and affordable approach to managing Victoria’s urban water needs. This involves introducing whole-ofwater-cycle management and making much greater use of rainwater, stormwater and recycled water for non-drinking purposes. To drive the transformation of our urban water systems the Victorian Government is opening Round Two of the Living Victoria Fund.

To apply for funding visit livingvictoria.vic.gov.au

As Commissioner for Senior Victorians, I would like to thank the many Victorians in the community who have responded to our call to look out for our senior citizens in the recent heat wave conditions. But the challenge is not over. There is an ongoing role we can all play in looking out for our elderly loved ones and neighbours during days of extreme heat this summer. While heat waves do affect us all, there is no doubt that older people in our community can be some of the most vulnerable. We can all make a difference by taking the time to check up on older, sick and frail relatives, friends and neighbours who may need help coping with the heat. Take that few minutes to make a phone call, pop in and visit. There are many simple things we can all do to beat the heat – drink plenty of water, keep cool using wet towels, spend as much time as possible in cool or airconditioned buildings, avoid strenuous activity and stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. The community can access a lot of information through the Better Health Channel at betterhealth. vic.gov.au and see my video on seniors online at seniorsonline.vic.gov.au. For health concerns, contact your doctor or nurseon-call on 1300 60 60 24. Gerard Mansour Commissioner for Senior Victorians\

Through the Fund, up to $15 million is available to assist community organisations, education institutions, sporting groups, local councils and the private sector to deliver whole-of-water-cycle projects. This investment is designed to enhance Victoria’s liveability by making better use of local water. The Office of Living Victoria administers the Living Victoria Fund and funding guidelines can be found at livingvictoria.vic.gov.au Applications close 17 March 2014.


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A better lifestyle at Sea Views Manor BY TIFFANY PILCHER

Ocean Grove’s Homestyle Aged Care Sea Views Manor prides itself on offering the best care and a relaxed and homelike environment for older members of the community. Residents enjoy high quality personal care as the fully trained and qualified staff recognise their needs during a time of changing social and physiological needs. Quality of life is a priority at Sea Views Manor

with an optional activity program designed to engage residents in social events and activities that interest them as well as promoting a sense of community. Some of the activities include barbecues, picnics,

bus trips, library visits, bingo, discussion groups and visiting entertainers. Staff are always willing to assist residents who wish to engage in different social activities including garden clubs, bowling clubs and church

Members of Sea Views Manor’s walking group, Ray Voight, Barry May and Mariel Derrick and director of nursing Sharina Lynam take a stroll before enjoying morning tea at a local lake.

among others. All resident’s meals are prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked daily on site by qualified catering staff. The menu rotates every four weeks and is planned to provide a balanced diet with a wide variety of choices. Director of nursing Sharina Lynam said it’s important that residents at Sea Views Manor receive the best care and enjoy a comfortable and healthy lifestyle. “It’s a well established facility with excellent staffing ratios,” she said. “It’s our aim to give our staff the best of everything and it’s a real community here. “Because most of the residents are local as well, everyone knows everyone and that creates a nice ambience for the residents and the staff too.” She said the residents love the chance to participate in different activities such as their daily walking group. “We have a few groups that go out each day and they take morning tea or a trolley with supplies to have a cup of tea by the lake. “They like being able to get out and about and the walking helps to prevent falls so it’s great for their health in many ways.” Resident and walking group member Mariel Derrick agreed Sea Views Manor offers an ideal lifestyle. “The staff are very caring, the food is fantastic and everyone looks after each other, it’s a lovely place to be,” she said. “I’m very happy and at peace here.” For more information, contact Sea Views Manor on 5256 2866.


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All your care needs met Aged Care Services Australia Group (ACSAG) is the finest choice in aged care with 35 residences across Australia, including six premium residences across Geelong and the western region of Victoria. ACSAG is passionate about providing individualised care for all residents by offering the best in high and low care, respite care, and dementia specific care.

ANGLESEA Anglesea Aged Care Residence is nestled alongside beautiful Kuarka Dorla Nature Reserve, within a 10 minute stroll to the shopping precinct and beach. Anglesea offers 60 high care, low care and dementia care rooms, as well as a 24 hour nursing service in a family friendly environment. Residents can enjoy a selection of single rooms with en suite, and twin share accommodation, offering spouses the opportunity to live together with the benefit of 24 hour care.

BALMORAL GROVE Balmoral Grove offers 110 low and high care beds in Grovedale, 10 minutes from Geelongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CBD and set amidst stunning gardens and courtyards. Residents can enjoy a selection of single rooms with ensuite, and twin share accommodation, perfect for couples wanting to live together with the benefit of 24 hour care. Balmoral Grove offers extra services.

BARONGAROOK GARDENS Barongarook Gardens in Colac offers 60 residential low and high care beds, respite and palliative care also available in a relaxing family friendly environment. Most rooms are private with an individual ensuite with outlook to the cheerful courtyards and gardens.

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Aged Care is nestled in the coastal town of Torquay and offers 75 low care and high care beds, respite care, and secure dementia specific care. Each room and ensuite is luxuriously appointed. Family and friends are welcome to visit anytime. There are day rooms, sitting areas and lovely gardens for entertaining or relaxing with loved ones.

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ROCCOCO Roccoco Aged Care is a high and low care residence set in a tranquil setting amidst gardens and courtyards in St Albans Park. They offer 77 beds and a 24 hour nursing service in a family friendly environment. Residents can enjoy a selection of single rooms with ensuite, and twin share accommodation, offering spouses the opportunity to live together with the benefit of 24 hour care.

VONLEA MANOR Vonlea Manor Aged Care in Norlane offers 38 high care and low care and respite care places in a comfortable home-like environment surrounded by caring and qualified staff. Each room is spacious and well-appointed and family and friends are encouraged to visit. The leisure and lifestyle programs are designed to stimulate and entertain residents in a friendly, relaxed setting. Our care services: â&#x20AC;˘ 24 hour registered nursing care â&#x20AC;˘ visiting physiotherapist â&#x20AC;˘ visiting podiatrist â&#x20AC;˘ visiting medical director â&#x20AC;˘ person-centred lifestyle program

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Program helps older adults live well BY REBECCA LAUNER

More than 400 older adults from across the Bellarine are taking part in a program which is keeping them fit and social. The Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live Well program is for people aged over 55 years and provides strength training classes for its members, many of whom have never been to a gym before. The classes are held in a private circuit room under the guidance of supervised instructors specifically trained in older adults, who provide all the education

and support needed to feel confident. But while the program focuses on fitness training, a centre spokeswoman said many members also enjoyed the social atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have many members who live on their own or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any family, so they use these sessions as a social outlet,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some come for the session and then have a coffee afterwards at the centre cafe, or then there are some who organise their own social get-togethers outside the centre.â&#x20AC;? The Live Well program has two programs, the first runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the second runs on a Tuesday and Thursday. The classes last for 50 minutes. If you would like to enroll, phone the centre on 5256 2111.

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JAPARA Retirement Living is excited to announce the completion of their new addition to Balmoral Mews Lifestyle Villas located at 36 Hollows Court, Grovedale. The new stage consists of five high quality residential villas that add to the existing 22 units built over the past four years. Another six villas will be built shortly which will complete the 33 unit village. The village is in a quiet and tranquil setting, with the added advantage of being co-located

with Balmoral Grove Aged Care Facility operated by the highly experienced and well-renowned Aged Care Services Australia Group (ACSAG), which is part of the Japara Group of companies (see page 32). All of the units are spacious and offer comfortable accommodation which our residents are very proud to call home. Should you have any further queries, be interested in a unit or wish to view the property, please contact Japara Retirement Living on 1300 674 071.

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Lifestyle options abound at open day In late 2013, Star of the Sea Village hosted a fabulous open day to introduce prospective residents and their families to the wonderful facilities and lifestyle opportunities on offer at the village.

The Star of the Sea Village team spent many weeks tirelessly planning the exciting schedule of events including a fashion parade showcasing the ‘Fashion of the Ages’, a historical exhibit featuring garments and artefacts from as far back as the 1800s, a bowls tournament, live music and a fabulous high tea. The fashion parade was the highlight of the day, with residents, staff and family members modelling wedding gowns from throughout the ages. The gowns were in exceptional condition, with some dating back as far as the 1920s. Amazingly, many of the dresses modelled in the fashion parade were personally designed, sewn and decorated by talented village resident Phyll. Throughout the day, guests were treated to a complimentary high tea with a range of sweet delights and ribbon sandwiches. With a little bit of food under the belt, visitors were encouraged to join in a village tour or simply stroll around the grounds to get a feel for the atmosphere and exceptional village facilities. The open day was an enormous success, resulting in many sales enquiries from prospective residents eager to embark on a new and exciting phase of their lives.

After speaking with so many visitors, it became evident that the village appealed to a broad spectrum of people. With existing residents ranging in age from 50 right up to 90, life at Star at the Sea Village is whatever you choose it to be. For those entering retirement, a vibrant and flexible lifestyle is often a priority. To this group, the village offers an extensive activity schedule, a great range of facilities, a funloving community and the choice to lock up and leave everything safe and securely at the drop of a hat! On the other hand, we often hear people tell us that they are “too old to move into a retirement village”. Moving into Star of the Sea Village offers a sense of security as you settle in your own home, all while knowing that there are others around you. Catholic Homes can help to ease the load by arranging an in-home support package that includes a variety of services including cleaning, personal care, nursing care, allied health services and much more. Star of the Sea Village is located at 1 Headland Drive, Torquay and is open for inspection seven days a week. For more information, phone village manager Pip Walker on 5264 3600 or visit staroftheseavillage.com.au.

Catholic Homes property manager Geoff Crawford and village manager Pip Walker promote the fabulous lifestyle at Star of the Sea Village.

Resident Phyll Morris dressed in one of her own gowns while performing “The Merrilyn” with fellow resident Chris Smith.

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Explore your funeral options Many years ago a funeral would be held in the parlour of someone’s home and everyone attending the service would wear black. Today, funerals are a public event bringing together a mixture of memories, colours and reflections to personalise the celebration of life. Each year more and more Australians are planning their own celebration of life. For those seeking some form of funeral planning product, it is important to conduct research as under some funeral insurance plans you can end up paying more in premiums than the value of the cover. There are more cost-effective options available for example, prepaid funerals and funeral bonds. Local company Tuckers Funeral and Bereavement

Service is educating the community about the options available. “When it comes to planning ahead, we have a range of options that can be fully explained so people can make an informative decision,” Tuckers director of community relations Michele Van Liessum said. “At Tuckers we provide a range of funeral planning options, including the facility to pre-plan without a financial commitment.” Tuckers provide detailed options, giving you the right information to suit your individual needs. Based in Geelong, Victoria, Tuckers provides funeral care to the entire Barwon region, including the City of Greater Geelong, the Golden Plains Shire, the Surf Coast Shire, the Bellarine Peninsula and the western suburbs of Melbourne. The company also provides services to families in the Central Highlands and Western Districts of Victoria. For more information, phone Michele at Tuckers on 5221 4788 or head to tuckers.com.au.

Alyson Burchell and Michele Van Liessum from Tuckers.

Van rolls out aged care training across the state

Two nurses try out the Simulation Training Van at its launch in Melbourne.

A NEW van to assist with the training of clinical staff will improve the skills of workers at aged and community care centres across the state. Victoria’s peak body for aged and community care officially launched the first Simulation Training Van last month, which will directly support the skills growth of the age services workforce. Leading Age Services Australia Victoria (LASA Victoria) president Ingrid Williams said the van would enable delivery of high-quality and innovative clinical training. “Rather than develop a fixed simulation training room, our Training Division saw an opportunity to provide simulation training to age services facilities

by way of a modified mobile van. “Through the van, LASA Victoria will be directly contributing to the critical need for clinical experience with the long term view of building the capacity and capability of the age services workforce. “This flexible, onsite delivery of basic clinical training can also assist aged care staff manage the increasing complexity of residents’ care needs; potentially preventing Emergency Department admissions.” Ms Williams said the van was made possible through funding from Health Workforce Australia (HWA), which has predicted Australia will face a shortage of 109,000 registered and enrolled nurses

across the healthcare system by 2025. “This concerning statistic demonstrates the vital importance of investing in, and ensuring the growth of, Australia’s healthcare workforce over the coming decades – this is especially critical in aged care due to the ageing population and increased complex care needs of the elderly in our care. “LASA Victoria viewed the availability of the HWA funding as an exceptional opportunity to provide a Simulation Training Venue to assist the clinical practice of aged care staff.” The Simulation Training Van will now start onsite training visits across Victoria. Any providers interested in the service can phone LASA Victoria on 9805 9400.

Barwarre Gardens Lifestyle retirement village

• Low maintenance • Private • Close to transport • Affordable • Operated by experienced and caring people

• Great place to spend fun times with family and friends • Fully self-contained 2 bedroom units with private courtyards • Separate powder rooms • Study nook

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• Community Centre inc bar & café (to be completed in 2014) • Additional support for residents through continuing care services • Gated community / 24 hr emergency call service

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A place that feels like home the moment you move in OUR thinking starts with the wellbeing of our residents. Geelong Grove along with all our other villages is tailored to that purpose. We don’t just offer accommodation but a holistic range of health, lifestyle and care services that integrates well with the amenities that cater to the individual and changing needs of residents. Geelong Grove is conveniently located five kilometres south east of the Geelong CBD off the Surf Coast Highway on Barwarre Road, Grovedale and is a 60-minute drive to Melbourne. Geelong Grove is fully developed and offers a wide range of architecturally designed independent living units intended for residents who wish to keep active and remain independent. As a resident, you will not only enjoy the use of the village’s facilities, surrounded by a warm and vibrant community of like-minded people. Living in the village also gives you the advantage of being with and enjoying the company of friends, with the peace of mind that your privacy is respected and that you can be as independent as you wish. At Australian Unity Retirement Living enhancing

resident wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. Our approach to village management involves working actively on maintaining a quality lifestyle for residents, offering support services for residents’ health, providing an environment for personal growth, encouraging supportive relationships and interaction between neighbours and staff. We actively monitor village safety and encourage all our residents to feel part of the village community by providing choice and opportunities to realise their full potential. Book your private tour of the village with Lindy on 5244 1984. Take a look around and see why Geelong Grove ticks all the right boxes. For more information about Australian Unity Retirement Living, visit australianunityrl.com. Geelong Grove offers a wide range of living units intended for residents who wish to keep active and remain independent.

WHAT’S ON AT GEELONG GROVE? Ever wondered how much that heirloom or collectible item you’ve been keeping for years is worth? They may be items you’ve picked up at op shops or personal treasures that have been handed down through generations. Get the independent antique experts to take a closer look at these pieces for free and find out if these valuables are indeed priceless treasures!

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIR Wednesday March 17 Geelong Grove Community Centre Pre-register your item by calling 5244 0844

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ENJOY THE GOOD LIFE AT GEELONG GROVE Make the move and retire amongst friends. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often you ďŹ nd a retirement village that feels like home the minute you move in. With established gardens, community facilities, services and warm active community living, Geelong Grove ticks all the right boxes.

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Funeral planning – know your options Many consumers who take out so-called “funeral insurance” policies find themselves trapped with escalating premiums that must be paid continuously until their death. A 2010 Rice Warner report found that a person who takes up funeral insurance at age 60 for a $6,000 funeral will pay: • Over $7,000 in total by age 70 • Over $14,000 by age 75 • Over $28,000 by age 80 • Over $85,000 by age 90 Kings Funerals offer a range of options to plan for your funeral and reduce the financial pressure on your family. In addition to Fixed Price Funeral Plans and Prepaid Bonds by Instalment, you can now access a new product. Ezicover Funeral Advantage: • Is available to people aged between 35 and 70 • Provides coverage between $5,000 and $15,000 • Cover is for accidental death in the first 12 months • Once cover begins, premiums do not increase with age, and • Once your premiums paid reaches the benefit amount, you pay no more. Phone Kings Funerals on 5248 3444 to discuss your options or to receive information on how to apply for Ezicover Funeral Advantage.

Cook up a storm after hours BY JAMES TAYLOR THE SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre has a range of courses starting soon for people who are looking to expand their recipe repertoire or getting to know their digital camera. Interested in making your own cheese? Cheese Making With Corinne is a very relaxed way to spend a day. This session will include haloumi, sour cream and ricotta. You will be asked to bring some kitchen equipment. Bring lunch to share and make new friends. It will be held on March 22 from 10am-4pm. Cost is $80. Another course will teach a variety of skills for making jams and preserves, including hot chilli jam, double baked tomato sauce and citrus tomato jam. Take home a number of jars of the condiments to be used for dipping, in sandwiches, on a pizza base or even a cheese platter. The course will be held on March 1 from 9amnoon. Cost is $80. If you’ve always wanted to make your own Italian tomato, now you can learn how at a passata workshop. Take home a number of jars of tomato

sauce to turn into a great Italian meal. The course will be held on February 15 from 8.30am-10.30am. Cost is $80. Italy is beautiful in the Northern Hemisphere’s spring if you are planning to go from Easter onwards, so now is the time to learn the language. The two-day course will cover be basic conversational Italian, and tutor Agata Commisso is a native Italian speaker. The course will be held on February 8 and 22 from 10.30am-noon. Cost is $30. Confused by all the settings on your new digital camera? Learn how to get great results from qualified teacher and master photographer George Stawicki at the Digital Photography Doctor workshop. Understand shutter speeds, ISO, aperture, different file formats, downloading images, red eye reduction and lighting techniques. The four-session workshop will be held on Tuesdays from February 11 to March 4 from 7-9pm. Cost is $100/$92 concession. For more information on the courses at SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre, phone 5251 1960 or head to springdale.org.au.

Stretch out with yoga in Anglesea BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Anglesea Community House has reopened for the year, and there are several yoga and fitness classes for people to try in the latest course guide. Yuva Yoga is a new course this year, and is a yoga and wellbeing program for teenagers. Classes incorporate fun and challenging yoga poses to make bodies super strong and healthy, relaxation techniques and study techniques to help when teenagers return to high school, nutritional advice and healthy recipe ideas to try at home. Classes are held on Wednesdays between 5-6pm, and cost $15 per class. Phone Carly on 0488 443 089. Enjoy the benefits of correct posture, building muscle strength and awareness of your breath at Great Ocean Yoga with Evelyn Switajewski. This class aims to leave you feeling relaxed and more aware of your body. Classes are on Mondays from 7-8.30pm and on Tuesdays from 9.30–11am during school

terms, and are $12 per session. Phone Evelyn on 0423 768 979 for more information. Improve your fitness with NICFIT, a feelgood class that includes cardio and resistance training, boxing, fitball and circuit work. Have fun while improving your mental and physical wellbeing. Suitable for all levels of fitness. Bring a bottle of water and towel/ mat. Classes are held at the Anglesea Memorial Hall in McMillan Street on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 8.30am, and there is also a new outdoor class on the riverbank on Thursdays at 7pm. Cost is 10 classes for $100 or $12 casual. Bookings essential, phone Nicky on 0403 779 084. Shane Lewis is tutoring beginner and general yoga classes at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall on Mondays from 6-7.30pm. Cost is $10 per week/$8 concession. For more information, phone Shane on 5289 6862. To download a copy of the 2014 course guide, head to anglesea.org.au.


SURF COAST 1/10 Beach Road, TORQUAY FOR SALE BY EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Registrations closing 5pm, Friday 28th February 2014 This amazing property showcases every conceivable luxury, from the imported floor coverings to the travertine feature walls, no expense has been spared. Just off The Esplanade, adjacent to Taylor Park, and in the most central of positions, this secondto-none location allows you the pleasure of sitting on the beach or dining at your favourite cafe within minutes of leaving home.

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Once past the security gate and through the main door you can see the meticulous workmanship that has crafted this superior residence. Both bedrooms are on the ground floor, the master with full ensuite, built in timber cabinetry and cleverly designed window seat capturing water views. The guest bedroom has ensuite facilities also, and both have access to an undercover courtyard with outdoor shower. From the spacious foyer, with glass brick highlights, you ascend the stairs to the most amazing first floor. Incorporating the lounge, kitchen, dining, powder room, study area, and balconies, you will be mesmerised by the magnificent nature and beach aspects that prevail. The quality fixtures and fittings are again a feature of this room, comfort being the key ingredient, along with the most relaxing environment imaginable. Other standout features include: electronic blinds, stone benches throughout, remote controlled lockup garage, reverse cycle cooling, gas-ducted and log-fire heating, double-glazed windows, ducted vacuum, stainless steel appliances, imported American pile carpet, imported porcelain tiles and still so much more. The welcoming seaside community of Torquay is only 10 minutes drive to Geelong and less than an hour to Melbourne, making Torquay the most accessible Surf Coast destination from the city.

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Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson of The Waifs are getting back to their roots at the Port Fairy Folk Festival as The Stray Sisters in March.

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PERSONALLY and professionally, The Waifs sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn have experienced incredible highs and overwhelming lows over their 22 year career. Despite their rough ride and the fact that there’s half a world separating the two now, they’re more connected than ever before and performing again as The Stray Sisters. Their set at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March will be the first time they will play at their well-worn stomping ground without their Waifs band mate Josh Cunningham. It will be a big change for their legions of fans that have followed the trio’s roots-inspired folk music through many incarnations from indie to verging on country pop. “He is on a different journey now and we just aren’t a part of that journey,” Simpson said. “He’s very invested in his Christian faith, which we both completely respect, but we’re going in different directions musically.” Even losing Cunningham couldn’t stop the pair from taking to the Port Fairy stage, which Simpson said had been an arena showcasing their ups and downs over the years. “It’s where we met our drummer, Dave, and back when we were starting out the crowd there really dug our songs,” she said. “I also had one of the worst performances of my life there, I was off partying with my friends then I realised I had to go on stage, I forgot what I was there for. “The band had a massive fight about it and it was awful, it was really, really awful. “I was really ashamed of myself afterwards and I was absolutely devastated.” That performance was four years ago when Simpson was facing personal issues

that resulted in the end of her marriage and time spent in rehab. Both sisters were living in the US at the time but Simpson has recently returned to her roots in Western Australia while Thorn remains in Utah. “I am so glad to be out of America, so, so glad,” she said with palpable relief. “I’m just an Aussie, that’s all there is to it. “I missed the ocean and the skies and the colour blue, I missed it so much I came home and called my son Blue. “I think that’s why I can write again, I’m where I’m supposed to be.” It’s been three years since Simpson and Thorn have played, performed or written together, which is the longest stretch since they first realised they could harmonise as teenagers. Simpson said the combination of being home and with Thorn while she was visiting recently was the only cure. “I hadn’t written a song in five years, my guitar had been packed away and I haven’t even cleaned it; the strings are still dusty. “Every time I would pick it up I’d play the same chords over and over but something happened when Vik was here and now songs are pouring out of me.” While many sisters have strong ties, theirs is impenetrable, and in some cases endearingly bizarre. “We’re weird, we’re the exact same,” Simpson said. “We both married American guys and we toured together for 20 years so we totally synched up. “We fell pregnant with our first babies on the same night, we had the exact same due date, and now we both have three boys each. “It’s crazy but it’s always been like that, I love it.” The Port Fairy Music Festival will be held from March 7 to 10. For tickets, more information and the full line-up, head to portfairyfolkfestival. com.

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Aireys goes back to the Mic It’s back! The now legendary Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival is heading for its seventh year – so if you have a musical itch you want to scratch, why not register to be part of all the action? THE annual Open Mic Festival celebrates music, the people who make it and the people who love to experience it live. Organiser Marty Maher said he was always on the lookout for great musicians to get involved. “This year’s festival will run from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March and will once again take over the beautiful coastal town of Aireys Inlet, with nine indoor and outdoor stages hosting music from over 160 artists. “The Festival is open to acts big and small, so whether you’re a seasoned gigger or an up-andcoming muso looking for a chance to play in front of an appreciative audience, this is the weekend for you! “The good folk of Aireys (and surrounds) love a good time and love great music, so there’s sure to be bumper crowds of eager fans. “And you can say you got to play on the same

bill as an Aussie music legend, as the festival is well known for producing an awesome special mystery guest each year.” So far Colin Hay, Dan Sultan, Tim Rogers and Mark Seymour have performed on the festivals main stage in the marquee adjacent to the pub – who knows what organisers have in store this year? To get involved log onto aireysinlet.com.au and get all the details. There are more than 150 places available but over half are already subscribed. “We’ll need a description of your act and any links to your website, video or soundtrack,” Mr Maher said. “But get in quick before all the performance slots fill up.” Last year’s Aireys Open Mic Festival special mystery guest Mark Seymour belted out his Hunters and Collectors’ and solo hits. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

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One step beyond FROM time to time, I come across wines that, for whatever reason, totally change my preconceptions and expectations. So it happened the other night when I was treated to a tasting of the wines from the Beresford and Step Rd labels, originally established in 1985. I had tasted these wines some years ago under different owners and while they were good honest wines, I must admit they didn’t set my world on fire. But things have changed a great deal over the ensuing years in many aspects with VOK Beverages now in ownership – a fast growing multi beverage company that owns an impressive array of reinvigorated brands across their diverse drinks portfolio. With heavy investment in new winery equipment, premium McLaren Vale vineyards in the famed Blewitt Springs sub-region, and the appointment of an experienced senior winemaker in Chris Dix, whose resume includes successful stints working with Jim Barry Wines, Fox Creek Wines, d’Arenberg, Southcorp and Katnook Estate, things are certainly starting to happen, creating an intoxicating environment of positivity and passion. With many labels under his control (as the company has a huge export focus), Chris is able to really flex his winemaking skills with two brands in particular in the portfolio – Step Rd and Beresford. The Step Rd Winery is located in the Langhorne Creek region of South Australia, renowned for producing richly flavoured and robust reds. Step Rd has built up a core group of half a dozen quality growers in the region, working with them and sourcing fruit to produce a stylish and elegant range of terrific value red wines alongside fruit sourced from growers in the cool, crisp and very fine Adelaide Hills region, for their white wines. So, the old adage “Never judge a book by its cover” certainly rings true again. These wines being a case in point!

earth but the highlight is the softness of the fruit and the overall elegance… this is a good wine, and quite unexpected I must admit.

Step Rd Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2010 ($18) Again, the richness of the fruit, the fleshy feel on the palate and the elegant feel impress making this a really approachable drink now wine that will go with a variety of foods.

Beresford McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012 ($25) Straightaway, the bright and expressive aromatics are loaded with intense dark fruit aroma’s that say loud and clear – this is McLaren Vale Shiraz, with a palate that’s well structured with superb balance for a wine at this price point… there’s a richness of fruit that one expects from the region, but there’s also an elegance to the weight of the wine that was unexpected but very welcome… a flourish of savoury spice characters add further complexity and dimension to the overall picture and the oak treatment is beautifully integrated.

Beresford McLaren Vale Sparkling Shiraz NV ($25) A new addition to the Beresford range and probably one of the best value sparkling reds on the market at this point in time in my humble opinion. The base wine used in the production is from the ripping 2008 vintage Shiraz, giving a solid foundation of richness, texture and complexity to the wine. Lovely and fresh, this is bright and intense, with a great depth of rich blackcurrant, raspberry, and fruitcake flavours. Terrific.

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Moriac set for Crocodile Rock BY TIFFANY PILCHER ELTON John fans, get excited – this Valentine’s Day one of Australia’s best impressionists, Crocodile Rocket is coming to the Moriac Hotel. The show promises lots of laughs, sing-alongs and a performance so close to the original that Crocodile Rocket has been accused of lip-synching to a recording many times before. The Melbourne-based performer, whose real name is Brenton Edgecombe, has been doing Elton John impressions for about 20 years and has performed all over the world. He has performed accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, played for drunken revelers in St Tropez and thrilled crowds on many luxury cruise ships. Another of his highlights was being the guest performer for the 2011 royal wedding celebrations at the exclusive Australian Club in Melbourne. Edgecombe will be playing all the hits including everything from “Candle in the Wind” and “Your Song” to “Daniel” of course “Crocodile Rock”, and the list goes on. Moriac Hotel manager Hubert Tuechler said it’s sure to be a highly entertaining show. “It’s going to be a great night for couples and friends on Valentine’s Day,” he said. “We’ve had a great response to this particular

show and we’re expecting it to sell out.” Crocodile Rocket is coming to the Moriac Hotel on Friday February 14. Tickets for a two-course dinner and the show are $50 and tickets to the show only are $30. For more information and to book, head into the hotel at 1,115 Princes Highway, Mount Moriac or call 5266 1372.

Top Elton John impressionist, Brenton Edgecombe, is performing his Crocodile Rocket Show at the Moriac Hotel on Valentine’s Day.

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Something for everyone at glass expo BY REBECCA LAUNER MORE than 50 exhibitors are set to display a range of glass art and craft and demonstrate various glassworking techniques. Visitors to the 2014 Festival of Glass next weekend can become glass workers themselves through exhibitors’ workshops in kiln-forming

glass, making glass beads, bead weaving and glass decorating. A rolling program of short films about the art, craft and industry of glass will run throughout the glass expo, with sections on glass and art, glass and music, glass and architecture - there’s something to interest everyone. During the 2014 Drysdale Art Glass Awards

Interesting glass items of every imaginable variety will be on display at the 2014 Festival of Glass.

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February 15 between 10am and 4pm, followed by an evening of bottleneck at Harvester Moon cafe, Portarlington Road from 7pm to 10pm. The Glass Expo is on Sunday February 16 at Christian College, 40 Collins Street, Drysdale between 10am and 4pm. Visit festivalofglass.net.au for more information.


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Literary lights to shine in Aireys BY JAMES TAYLOR A LIGHT will shine on the written, spoken and performed word in Aireys Inlet in April at this year’s Lighthouse Literary Fest. The three-day event at the Fairhaven SLSC not only features some of Australia’s most highly regarded established and emerging authors, screenwriters and playwrights, intellectuals, thinkers and presenters, but also some of the country’s most well-known actors performing pieces from books, film and plays along with musical accompaniment. After writing workshops on April 24, the festival sits down to an intimate lunch on April 25 with actors Steve Bisley and Sigrid Thornton and screenwriter David Roach, with Caroline Baum as MC. Another highlight of Friday’s program will be John Clarke’s Top 8. The writer and satirist will be in conversation with The Wheeler Centre’s Michael Williams about the writing that has influenced his life, with selected readings by Sigrid Thornton and Steve Bisley. On April 26, Sian Prior moderates a forum about the line between fact and fiction, Amanda Smith asks what makes us sick,

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and feature event “Coast” will include readings and performances by Bruce Pascoe, Robert Drewe, Favel Parrett and local authors, accompanied by music by cellist Michelle John and clarinet player Jason Day. April 27’s sessions are about France, memoirs, risking friendship for a story, sport and red wine. For a full program, tickets and more information, head to lighthouseliteraryfest.com.au or phone 5289 7052.

BY TIFFANY PILCHER PREPARE your ears for an onslaught of heavy rolling riffs when Cleveland Blues performs at the Anglesea Hotel this weekend. Made up of Cleveland Blues (Ihaia Pirere) and BamBam (Andrea Norden), the pair creates a unique style of new age, old time and rocked up blues. It’s set to be a high energy show filled with the unique sounds of a dobro, a resonator and cigar-box guitars alongside thumping drums. With miles of road travelled behind them, these two live music fans are dedicated to bringing their self-described “dirty swamp blues rock” to the masses. They played more than 60 shows including five festivals at the end of 2013 and they’re nowhere near ready to stop yet. Cleveland Blues will be supported by the Surf Coast’s very own one-woman band, Jessey Jackson. With unique and powerful vocals backed by electric guitar, slide guitar and the driving beat of electronic drums, Jessey Jackson is an impressive solo

Sigrid Thornton is one of the big names appearing at this year’s Lighthouse Literary Fest. Photo: EVA RINALDI

package. She will perform her emotive original blues, folk and soul tunes as well as her all time favourites from artists such as Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley and Stevie Nicks. After five months of blood, sweat, tears and marathon stints in front of

the computer Jackson’s latest album, Deliver Me, is finally finished and will be available soon. Cleveland Blues are performing at the Anglesea Hotel on Friday February 7 from 9pm with support for Jessey Jackson, tickets are available on the door.

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Beans – broad, green, french, runner, yellow, snake – so many types and even more ways to enjoy them. We are spoilt these days in being able to buy beans all year round, and sometimes they seem to scream at you from the greengrocer’s shelf “buy me – I’m so fresh!” And if we are to do our bit about being green then jump onto the bean – bag some now! The cost of food is increasing – so to keep the bean counters in your household happy! At least you can take the view that there is virtually no wastage with beans – simply trim the end which has attached the bean to the plant. I think leaving their curly “tail” adds to the visual appeal on the plate! Here’s a few ways to enjoy them as we make simple, fresh meals on hot summer nights. I personally never tire of beans and get all overcome with nostalgia when I use the Krisk to slice them into slender ribbons that require only a few minutes cooking in rapidly boiling water. Together with baby chats and Dutch carrots, these veggies simply dressed in melted butter and loads of parsley take me straight back to the times when Mrs Mac – the stocky and thrifty Scottish cook –

used to prepare our meals when we were growing up in the pub. She would regularly dish up “well cooked” (read grey) vegetables alongside grilled chops. No garnishes or colour – the parsley was absent – far too exotic for the 60s! We used to be transfixed by the length of ash hanging off the fag perched in her mouth, anxious lest it should drop into the saucepan, as she vigorously drained off the water from the aforementioned vegies! But I digress. Here’s a few ideas to get you started into making beans, the main event on your plate. Firstly, buy beans in small quantities so you are using them within 2-3 days. I actually use the mesh “smalls” bag (for washing knickers and hosiery) to keep beans neat and tidy in the crisper drawer. Best not to store them in a plastic bag – they need to breathe. Or you can bundle them together with an elastic band if a bit of bondage of the bean is more your speed? Beans need only 3-4 minutes cooking in a generous amount of fast boiling water (or they can be steamed) to really reserve colour and nutrients. Cook until just tender, drain them and plunge them in icy

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water for a few minutes. (OK, you can be canny and reserve this water for the pot plants! Mrs Mac would be proud!) Toss them in a shimmer of olive oil, just a smidgen healthier than butter. Now, you can “dress” the beans in a myriad of different coatings or flavours. Try a dash of soy, a few drops of sesame oil and toasted almond slivers – add fine strips of red capsicum – all served at room temperature. Beans marry very well with garlicky sourdough breadcrumbs, or crispy slivers of bacon; throw in a few sliced mushrooms and a slurp of black bean sauce – oooh, yum – a side dish with an Asian slant. Just the merest of cooking times in a pan or wok, some steamed rice and you are basically there with a tasty and colourful meal in a flash. Or be patriotic and go green and gold – using a medley of butter and green beans. Finely chopped (raw) beans make a great visual and textural addition to homemade Thai fish cakes – or the more pedestrian tuna patties for Friday night’s dinner. For beans that zing – toss a little onion in a pan – trick this up with garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and a hint of cayenne! Bean me up, Scotty!

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Let’s do the time warp again SHARPEN your stilettos, get ready to say “Damn it Janet” and re-open your Valentine heart to the funny, fickle Frank N Furter! It’s the 40th anniversary of Richard O’Brien’s musical and novel Rocky Horror Show and the Potato Shed is celebrating with a screening of the classic 1970s movie, which began life as a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1940s. Who can forget the naïve and stranded Janet Weiss and Brad Majors or Frank’s peculiar handyman Riff Raff and sister Magenta? To commemorate this fantastic night of cheeky

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fun, the team at the Potato Shed is also offering a door prize to the “best dressed” on the night, so fish out your fishnet and bring back your basque! As is customary with Rocky Horror Picture Show showings, fans are also allowed to bring their own props (rice, confetti, newspaper, torches etc) to the screening. If the candlelit dinner for two isn’t for you, this is one Valentine’s night that will see you shiver with anticipation! The Rocky Horror Picture Show will screen on Friday February 14 at 8pm at the Potato Shed. All tickets are $15.

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Response collaborations explores female beauty

The collaboration between Mike McLean and Morgan Connoley (Colour and Skulls) which features in Response Collaborations exhibition, which opens at Courthouse Arts Meraki Gallery on Valentine’s Day.

A TORQUAY artist has brought 10 Surf Coast artists together to create an exhibition celebrating and responding to female beauty. Mike McLean painted 10 female faces onto canvases and gave them to artists to do whatever they wanted to. The results have been diverse and stunning with Aboriginal artists, poets, graffiti artists and illustrators being involved. Mr McLean is inviting anyone who is interested to join him and the other artists at the Courthouse Arts Meraki Gallery on Friday February 14 (Valentine’s Day) from 6-8pm for the opening night. “It’s about the artists exploring the concept of and responding to female beauty,” Mr McLean said. “A really broad range of artists are involved and the results are pretty amazing.” The exhibition runs until March 27 at Meraki Gallery at Courthouse Arts, located at the corner of Gheringhap and Little Malop streets.

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8. Mycology is the study of what? 9. Which animals feature in the annual Iditarod race, held in March? 10. What position does George Brandis hold in the Federal Parliament? 11. Which disease is also known as infantile paralysis? 12. What did the Warren Commission investigate? 13. Who partnered Lleyton Hewitt in the men’s doubles at this year’s Australian Open? 14. In which city would you find Grassmarket and the Royal Mile?

MOORE WEEKLY STARS Your Valentine’s Day stars encourage impulsiveness in relationships. Some singles will fall in love at first sight – while attached Aries are in the mood for spontaneous displays of affection. Saturday’s fiery full moon and sun/Mars trine are a combustible combination so avoid the temptation to overreact, and blurt out things that you later regret. This week certainly won’t be boring!

Cash-strapped Crabs – avoid going on a spending spree or lending money to others, as you’re liable to make decisions based purely on your emotions which are fluctuating wildly under this week’s full moonbeams. With Saturn in your romance zone, your quote for Valentine’s Day is from William Barclay “Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice.”

With Saturn in your relationship zone, don’t take your partner or potential partner for granted. “Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone. It has to be made like bread, remade all the time, made new” - Ursula Le Guin. You’ve got so much on your professional plate that the last thing you need is domestic drama but that’s what you’ll get on Saturday, when the full moon heats up your home zone.

This week’s fiery Leo full moon boosts your energy levels and gets your creative Cat juices flowing. So strive to be gregarious and generous rather than pompous and pushy as you do something special that brings joy to others, and makes your heart sing. Your motto this week is from French writer George Sand: “There is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved.”

Gregarious Geminis love to chat but you need to stop talking long enough to hear what your partner has to say. So, on Valentine’s Day, heed the wise advice of Paul Tillich “The first duty of love is to listen.” Singles, you may feel a surprisingly intense attraction to an amorous Aries or a sexy Sagittarian. The weekend is a wonderful time to take an impromptu trip or learn something new.

Your days are organised with military precision, as you squeeze every last drop out of the time available. But this week, the full moon tosses your timetable out the window and shakes up your usual routine. Romance is in the air on Friday but the energy is behind the scenes, suggesting a private and passionate Valentine’s Day. Singles – amazing signs and synchronicities will lead you to love.

15. Which is the only state of Australia that has never had a female Premier? 16. Which band produced an album called Willy And The Poor Boys? 17. The Blue Danube was written by which famous composer? 18. What word is given to the edible lining of a cow’s stomach and also means ‘nonsense’? 19. What movie is based on the true story of the FBI’s ABSCAM operation? 20. Name the author who created the lady detective Precious Ramotswe.

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It’s a fabulous week to set goals for the future as the full moon highlights your hopes, dreams and wishes zone. But expect the unexpected on Valentine’s Day, when Uranus shakes up relationships. Attached Librans – take your partner for granted at your peril. Singles – your love life continues to be unpredictable, and the person you have your eye on won’t be the one you end up with.

Singles, love and work are linked this week, so make sure you dress to impress. Attached Scorpios – it’s time to surprise your partner with a night on the town. Saturday’s full moon sees you swing between being dramatic and demanding; sexy and secretive; passionate and possessive. You could also be thrust into the public spotlight hopefully for all the right reasons!

You’re keen to catch up on current news, but resist the urge to be the neighborhood nosey-parker. If you pass on gratuitous gossip, you could end up in hot water! Plus be extra careful when emailing, texting and tweeting, as it will be very easy to unintentionally send the wrong message to the wrong person! Saturday’s full moon sets the stage for a holiday before October.

With Venus visiting your sign, prepare for a romantic, stylish and sexy Valentine’s Day. But expect dramatic developments involving the big two – sex and money – on the weekend, when the full moon stimulates your lust and loot zones. If you’re a clever Capricorn, you’ll resist the urge to control everything and everyone around you. Cool compromise is the smart way to go.

This Valentine’s Day holds deep significance, as Venus visits your spiritual zone. “Two people who love each other are in a place more holy than a church” – William Lyon Phelps. Saturday’s full moon amplifies your unpredictable Aquarian nature, so you’re in the mood to shake up a close relationship. But are you ready for the long-term consequences of your actions?

Attached Pisceans, this Valentine’s Day, find a dream you can share together. Single Fish, a firm friendship could suddenly turn into a romantic relationship. Saturday’s full moon lights up your reflection zone so you’re keen to reminisce about the past, ponder the present and peer into the future. But, if you overdo helping others, you’ll end up overworked and underappreciated.


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AIREYS INLET SUNDAYS Uniting Church Service 10.30am at St Aidan’s church:(See church notice boards). Anglican Holy Communion on 1st, 3rd and alternate 5th Sundays. Uniting Church service on 2nd, 4th & alternate 5th Sundays www.surfcoastunitingchurch.org.au

ANGLESEA 4th March The Surf Coast Family History Society Special session with Lady Teviot 2pm-4.30pm at the Anglesea Senior Citizens More information http://home.vicnet.net.au/~angen/ fn_home.htm

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

SUNDAYS Sunday Worship at St Aidan’s Church 1st & 3rd Sunday Anglican Service. Other Sundays Uniting Service

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

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

BARWON HEADS 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

DEANS MARSH Deans Marsh Community Cottage For an up to date program email deansmarshcottage@ bigpond.com For more information go to www.deansmarsh.org.au or phone 5236 3388.

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SUNDAYS The Bellarine Railway Car Boot Sale 2nd Sunday of the month-January 12th-April 13th 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: gbrew@swarh.vic.gov.au

FRESHWATER CREEK 8th February Ballroom Dancing 8pm-12pm at the Freshwater Creek Hall Enquiries 5264 5169

LEOPOLD 1st March Book Fair & Fete

MONDAYS Torquay Ladies Probus Club Meets every third Monday 10am at the Senior Citizens Rooms in Price Street. 17th February come and help celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

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FRIDAYS Port Produce 8:30am-11:30am at Portarlington Primary School. For more information contact Helen 0432 518 014.

Bellarine Community Health Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291 3 Tobin Drive next to the Pilot’s Jetty. Phone for a program to be sent to you on 5258 3367. Or email qnhouse@fastmail.fm

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

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

Prostate Support Group Meets every second Thursday at 7.30pm Ocean Grove Community Health Centre For more information contact 5221 8862

Senior Citizens 101 The Terrace, Ocean Grove Mondays - Hairdressing by appointment, 1pm Crazy Whist Tuesdays - 1.15pm Indoor Bowls and Snooker Thursdays - 1pm Card Games and Snooker Thursdays - 1pm Card Games and Snooker As well as many other monthly activities. For more information phone 5255 2996

FRIDAYS BCNA (Breast Cancer Support Group) Meets on the last Friday of the month at the Zebra Bar 1-3pm for casual lunch Contact Julie 0435 362 573 or julesrodg@gmail.com

SATURDAYS Bellarine Community Farmer’s Market Every 3rd Saturday of the month 9am-1pm at the Ocean Grove Park, cnr Draper & Presidents Enquiries Sally 0418 141 208

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

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

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

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CLU - Choose It, Lose It, Use It 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

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: Cert III in Education Support– Mondays and Wednesdays from 17th February 9am-3pm Mummy’s Aid Baby and Child Resuscitation – Saturday 15th February 10am-12pm Cert IV in Youth Work – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18th February 9am-3pm Sewing for pleasure and Purpose – Fridays 10am-12pm from 21st February Mastering Microsoft – Thursdays from 27th February 6.30-9pm

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SUNDAYS Torquay & District Historical Society Open every Sunday by appointment 2pm-4pm Phone Lorraine 0409 212 479 or 5264 7058

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

Torquay Christian Fellowship and Youth Hub 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

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Bringing healthy back to Geelong BY REBECCA LAUNER A FREE 13-week challenge giving more than 350 people from across Geelong the motivation to lose weight started this week. Glenn Gattellaro, owner of Athletes with Attitude Supplements, came up with the concept to inspire those who wanted to live a healthier life, but didn’t know where to start. “Firstly, we needed to make it 100 per cent doable and long term, so we made it 100 per cent free,” Mr Gattellaro said. “We are offering free support throughout the challenge, our time to offer weigh-ins and measurements, along with educating people on eating foods.” Mr Gattellaro said he was also offering 20 free bootcamps, had gyms offering free access, discounts from fruit and vegetable shops and beauty

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salon discounts. “We believe it is the first 13 weeks of the rest of your life and some have already changed their lifestyle habits,” he said. “We have had varied interest from 18 to 60 year olds, and people who are 50 kilograms to 200 kilograms. “Everyone is equal, not judged and we are all here to work together, chasing our goal weight.” Mr Gattellaro said although it would have been better business for him to get everyone on shakes and bars, instead of food, it was not worth his integrity and conscience. “There is no quick fix – no shakes to replace all foods,” he said. “I personally believe they are supplements, not replacements.” Athletes with Attitude Supplements is at 102 Ryrie Street, Geelong.

Port woman forms perfect invention BY TIFFANY PILCHER IN A world first, Portarlington breast cancer survivor Julie Brand has created lightweight, customised breast forms for women who’ve had a mastectomy. Having undergone a mastectomy herself, Ms Brand found the existing, weighted and ready-made breast forms on the market were simply too unbearable to tolerate every day. Along with her technical wizard

partner Franco, she designed an inventive way to make breast forms and Perfect Again was born. The pair started making breast forms in their garage with Julie taking a plaster cast of a woman’s chest and from the hollow of the remaining breast would create an exact replica. After receiving an overwhelming response they rented a Portarlington factory and purchased a high-tech, Italian prostheses machine. The machine takes away the need

for a messy plaster cast and instead scans the woman’s chest in just three minutes. With around 6,000 women having mastectomies in Australia each year, Perfect Again can make a huge and importance difference in the lives of thousands. Ms Brand is launching Perfect Again on Friday February 7 at the Perfect Again offices, Factory 2, 3 Rajah Court, Portarlington from 5pm to 7pm. Delicious canapés and

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Sally stands up to new challenge BY TIFFANY PILCHER SALLY Louise of Sanctuary Yoga Studio has floated to new heights in her personal practice, mastering poses on a stand up paddleboard (SUP). When the conditions are right, you might spot Sally balancing upside down on her board at Cosy Corner or Spring Creek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the feeling of peace and serenity being on the water brings,â&#x20AC;? Sally said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps me to cultivate these energies on the inside to bring to everyday life, especially to my son, my partner and my students.â&#x20AC;? Yoga classes assist in building strength and flexibility in the body and taking your practice on to the SUP board increases the work on the muscles by 30 to 40 per cent, so the benefits are significant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important, however, to have a solid yoga practice on the mat first otherwise you may spend a lot of time in the water!â&#x20AC;? she said. She advised itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to consult your yoga teacher before heading out on the water. Sally runs regular classes at Sanctuary Yoga Studio in Jan Juc with two new six week courses beginning soon. One will run on Thursdays, beginning February 20

at 10am; the other on Mondays beginning March 10 at 6pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately and eventually practicing yoga is all about finding a space inside of you that feels great,â&#x20AC;? Sally said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me the physical yoga practice, which holds

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Surf Coast surf boats head to Newcastle BY JAMES TAYLOR SURF Coast surf boats will be rowing out against the best in this weekend’s Navy Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open in Newcastle. The final event for the year will see more than 300 crews from 100 Surf Life Saving Clubs across Australia racing off Stockton beach. With a race distance of 400 metres and good size surf predicted, it’s expected to be a nail-biting competition with plenty of spills and tight finishes. There will also be an interstate series on Saturday, with representative crews from each state racing against each other. Lorne SLSC boat captain Geoff Matthews said the Navy series was run over December and January, and this weekend’s Australian Open was the pinnacle event of the year. Lorne is sending eight crews – two Open Men, two Reserve Men and four Open Women – to the Navy ASRL Open. The Surf Coast will also be represented by crews from Jan Juc and Anglesea Mr Matthews said his club had gone through a rebuilding phase in recent years but was now in good form. “We’d be the strongest Victorian side. “Our open men’s and women’s crews raced in Manly at the Australian team trails, so they’re highly competitive.”

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THE annual Australia Day Pairs Play Fours event was another fantastic bowling and social experience. Winners: Merle Wapling and Len Cockerill. Runners-up: Heather Boyd and Laurie Jacobs. Consolation winners: Doris Wendler and Gerard Morrison. Closest to the Ditch: Carmen Koster and George Schulze. At the completion of play, a typical Aussie style barbecue steak and salads complemented by sweets of a creamed lamington and strawberry was enjoyed by all. Thanks to the sponsorship of life member Len Cockerill and family and the other club members who assisted in various ways.

Final round tonight - Thursday February 6 at 6.30pm. Everyone eagerly awaits the announcement of the five week aggregate winner of the best red and the best blue team, plus the person with the highest number of “touchers”.

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Night Tigers step out early in 2014 THE Tigers will have the chance to show off the lights at Spring Creek Reserve early in the season, according to the just-released fixture for this year’s Bellarine Football League. Torquay is scheduled to play three out of the first four games at home under lights, including the season opener against Geelong Amateur on April 5. The remaining two games will be against

Modewarre in round 3, and against Ocean Grove in round 4. Fans looking to experience night football should take note of these dates, as they will be the only night games of the season. The first round of the 2014 BFL season also sees Newcomb play Ocean Grove, Queenscliff play Drysdale, Portarlington play Barwon Heads and Anglesea host Modewarre. The interleague game, in which the Bellarine FNL

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will play the Casey Cardinia FNL, is scheduled for May 24 (between rounds 7 and 8) at a venue to be determined. There will be a league bye on July 12, and Round 14 the following week has been designated as the EJ Whitten Rivalry Round. In other Tigers news, Torquay is believed have further improved its stocks for 2014 by signing former AFL defender Ty Zantuck to their list. Zantuck, who racked up 77 games for Richmond

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and Essendon between 2000 and 2005, played most recently for Maribyrnong Park and Strathmore in the Essendon District Football League. He previously played for the Western Magpies in the QAFL, Heidelberg in Victoria’s Northern Football League, and Kangaroo Flat in the Bendigo Football League. To download this year’s Bellarine Football League fixture, head to aflbarwon.com.au and click on the BFL link.

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FISHING REPORT ANGLESEA

Some Pinkies still being caught offshore Gummy shark catches continues both from those out in boats and those fishing from the beach Leatherjackets and salmon off Point Roadknight Salmon are still being caught off most local beaches Some small whiting have been caught on local inshore reefs Painkalac Creek continues to produce some nice bream Reports of the odd Mulloway continue of the beaches. For all the latest fishing news and all the right advice, drop by and see us and we will do our best to get you out there, fishing productively with the right gear and the right bait. Yes, we still sell fishing licences. The Great Ocean Road Outdoor Centre, Anglesea, phone 5263 2330.

APOLLO BAY

Salmon being caught off local beaches Offshore fishing is producing snapper, pinkies, gummy shark, couta and the odd flathead Still reports from Johanna Beach of gummy shark being caught. Rock fishing providing sweep and King George whiting The harbour continues to produce, some grass whiting, King George whiting, mullet and squid. For all your bait and tackle in Apollo Bay, contact Steve or Jen, who will be more than pleased to help you, phone 5237 6434.

BARWON HEADS

Still bream being caught in the river Trevally are still being reported Some gummy shark are also being caught along with some pinkies.

TORQUAY The odd pinkie is still being taken offshore Reports of some whiting in close on the grass beds Salmon continue to be caught off most local beaches Bream are being caught in Spring Creek. Remember Torquay Tackle and Sports. For all the best available advice in Torquay on tackle and bait, drop in and see Gareth and Jonathan. They will do their best to ensure you get the most up-todate information available, phone 5264 8207.

QUEENSCLIFF

St Leonards has whiting, squid, gummy shark and snapper being reported Swan Bay is still providing plenty of garfish with some flathead also being taken Point Lonsdale is producing some pinkies and salmon Reports of some kingfish at the Rip. The White Lady is producing salmon, whiting and still the odd cuttlefish The creek continues with trevally and small salmon.

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WELL, it’s that time of year again when we at the Great Ocean Road Outdoor Centre carry out fishing clinics to teach young and old alike how to catch a fish. Recently, we had a request from the Darebin Council Youth Services to provide clinics for 57 underprivileged young people over two days. This gave these kids a chance to experience fishing. For many of them, it was the first time they had been fishing. These kids don’t get a chance very often to go fishing, so it was a real treat for them to visit Torquay. They fished Spring Creek with us and learnt the basics of how to fish. Upon their arrival at the first clinic, the teenagers were split in to two separate groups, which enabled the instructors to provide them with more individual advice on how to fish and what they needed to do to improve their chance of catching a fish. This resulted in a few small bream being caught. All fish were returned to the water safely. The facilitators of the family service group advised us that the day or two of fishing was a great way to provide the children with an outlet and engage them in the outdoors. The facilitators thanked us for the time and effort spent in helping the kids. The clinics are open to schools as well as individuals. We provide both river and surf fishing clinics. With more schools and children now wanting to participate in learning how to fish, we are making it affordable to do just that. The clinics are basically run at cost to help facilitate the introduction of young people into recreational fishing. All gear and bait and tackle is provided as well as qualified instructors, who are used to teaching people best practices while fishing. The clinics have now been running successfully for a number of years. We look forward to improving them into the future and helping more people get involved in fishing. We have also provided our support to the Surf Coast council in grant applications to fund more fishing platforms in Spring Creek for public use. If you want to find out more about how to fish, email mybigcatch@bigpond.com for more details.

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ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB ENTRY forms are out now for the Hardings Hardware Pro-Am 2014. The date is Friday March 7 and entry fee is $70 including dinner. It is a shotgun start at 11am, and a Stableford event with two grades for the men and two prizes for the ladies. It is a great opportunity to play with the professionals and you never know – you might have a game with a future Australian champion!

WITH MARGOT SMITH

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FROM THE GOLF SHOP

This week was the last for midweek medley fields with the men and ladies getting back their special days at the start of February. The fields were busy and the conditions were great on both days. Wednesday was a Stableford round and star of the day was Alan Hendrie in the seniors, who blitzed the course scoring 45 points. Other winners for the men were Calvin Robbins in A Grade with 37 points on a count back from Peter Gannon, James Lee in B Grade with 40 points and Doug Marr in C Grade with 42 points. For the ladies, Valda Connelly won with 38 points and Aileen Morton was runner up with 34 points. NTP winners were Uwe Morzinek, Dale Saunders, Peter Gannon and Kent Taylor and Ian Burgess scored an eagle on the 8th. Thursday was par and winners for both the men and ladies scored 5 up. Kate Donkers won the ladies and runner up was Jenny Inman with 1 up on a count back from Suellen Eskrigge. In the men’s event, Neil Daw won with Sam Leeds runner up with 3 up. NTP

Saturday was Stableford and a day for high scores across the board. Margot Parton won the ladies event with 39 points and Ros Holland was runner up with 37 points on a count back from Valda Connelly. In the three grades for the men the winners were, Brent McDonald in A Grade with 40 points, Colin Watson in B Grade with 40 points on a count back from Richard Stark, and Michael Cariss in C Grade with 41 points. NTP winners were Ross Robbins, Damien Withers, Andy Lee and Janet Coombes, and we had two eagles for the day – Tommy Midolo on the 18th and Chris Bowman on the 8th. Sunday was Open Day for the 2014 season and over the years we have had a few washouts, and heat waves to start the season. But this year was almost perfect – the course was in great condition and it wasn’t too hot. The scores were very competitive and you had to beat 63.5 to make the podium. Winners were club president Ian Burgess and Pete Griffiths, who got the last-minute call up saving him from house painting – what would you rather do? They scored a nett 60.75 ahead of runners up, Peter and Lynn Thompson with 62.5 and third place getters, Tim Walker and Justin McCusker with 63. NTP winners were Peter Thompson, Richard Hammett and Jill Emerson.

ON Tuesday the ladies had the challenge of the hot weather and not knowing if they would make it around. Of course, most battled it out until the very end. The beverage cart was kept busy supplying drinks and ice. The golfers found uses for the ice that had never been seen before! Just goes to show it is not just for your drinks. While I leave you to ponder the ways in which it was used, we will get into some of the results for the day. Dee Matheson had 36 solid points to take out the A Grade win and for B Grade Sheena Scholten scored 38 points. A great effort ladies. NTPs to Sheena Scholten, Bernadette Oliver, Tim Radcliffe and Dee Matheson. On Wednesday, the men played Stableford and Barry Grigg, in good form of late, had 44 points to take out A Grade. Richard Pekin had a very impressive 48 points to win B Grade. John Bishop with 45 points finished first for C Grade and Terry Lyons also had a good day on the course scoring 47 points to win D Grade. Jim Newton is once again on top for the resort course shooting 49 points to win. NTPs to John Riordan, John Brunt, Peter Wills, Tyson Gill and Brian Brown. Brian Smith hit the jackpot. Bob Manning played an impressive shot on the 10th for an eagle while Robert Muffett was equally impressed with his on the 1st. On Friday, 74 men played in what was a beautiful sunny day and making the most of the

good conditions was Paul Brunt shooting 47 points to win A Grade. The B Grade winner, the eversolid John Richards, had 49 points and C Grade went to Ross Martin with 47 points. There were four entrants in the resort field and with 43 points. Alec Hand finished on top. The resort course will be open to all competitors in any competition day from now on so make sure you let the golf shop know if you would like to play in it. The ladies’ field was also quite strong this week with 19 players. Deb Shoesmith had a rather good day out scoring 51 points to win. NTPs to John Richards, John Vale and Ronnie Beacom. Rob Hawkins hit a close shot early to claim the jackpot. Saturday’s round was stroke, and taking out the A Grade win was Danny Willersdorf with 63. B Grade went to Garry Lenehan with 60. The medal was taken out by C Grade winner Andrew Crowley with an impressive 59. Ken Ballard won D Grade scoring 61. Bob Gough had 50 points to win the resort. Ainsley McCallum won the ladies with 67. NTPs to John Laidlaw, Rick McNamara, John Fischer, Herb Hertaeg, David Dickson, Ainsley McCallum and Lyndsey Dunstan. Three eagles were scored: Jason Richards on the 18th, Doug Hutchinson on the 1st and Paul Walters on the 7th. Captain Ross Duff was hot on the 17th taking out the huge jackpot win. Opening Day winners will be announced next week.

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THE SANDS TORQUAY LADIES Thursday Irish 3 Ball: It was a ripper day to kick off the start of the ladies’ season and we had a great turn out for a fun three-ball comp. The winners of the day were the team of Lynn Hyett, Heather Smith and Beverly Dimmick, beating out two teams by a single point! Gail Richards won NTP on the 5th and Ritva Harley earned NTP honours on the 13th. Saturday Stroke: In what turned out to be another beautiful day we had a rising-star junior run away with the comp. Gabrielle Tokolyi posted a nett 68 as she continues to improve at a steady rate. Second place went to a guest of the Sands, Tauree Uluave, who posted a nett 70.

MEN Saturday Stroke Medal (Rd 1 Club Championship): It was the first day of the men’s club championship and the conditions were primed for some good scores. The results are in after the first round with the second to be played this coming Saturday. In the Seniors Grade we have a two-way tie at gross 75 between David Mallett and Charlie Celi. A Grade leader is Tim Jarman with 74, in B Grade, two players are tied at 82 and in C Grade Charlie Repcak leads by 2. In the daily medal event we had 2 Sands Boulevarde, Torquay Clubhouse: 5264 3333 Pro Shop: 5264 3307

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enforced rest. Dianne Roede (24) collected trophy of the day and B Grade with her 40 points, from Helen Davey on 37. C Grade went to Glennys Jones (38) with 37 points by a shot from Kathy Carroll (35). NTP’s went to Jacki Vietri and Joy McGregor, who also collected the other Pro-pin.

Tim Jarman take A Grade in a count back over Alan Hartley with each player scoring net 70. In B Grade, we had the medal winner Bruce Hay winning with a Nett 69 beating Tony Spence by 1. In C Grade, we saw Hamish Anderson run away with it scoring nett 71 winning by five over second place Steve Troon. The NTP honours went to Mike Trickey on the 7th, Darrell Nash on the 13th and Tim Matthews on the 17th. Wednesday Stableford: It was a good turnout by the men as we had a two grade comp for the weekly event. We saw some outstanding scores on the day as both grades ended up having some heated races. In A Grade, we had Russell Tate beat Gavan Clark in a count back with each player scoring a sizzling 41 points. In B Grade, a red-hot George Richards followed up his hole-in-one from the weekend with a 39, for a one point victory over Daryl Griffiths. NTP honours went to Jeff Treloar on the 5th and Richard Metcalf on the 13th.

OUR golf club is very proud of David Kirk, who participated in the 100 holes in a day charity event held at 13th Beach golf course on January 24. His mammoth effort raised $1,590 towards the chosen acquired brain injury charity, a most worthy cause. Well done David! Another reminder to get your entry in for our big Pro Am event on March 6. Places are filling up quickly, entry forms are available on the club website or at the club.

MEDLEYS Monday Stableford –Robert Foster won with 36 defeating Michael Proposch in a count back. Tuesday 9 hole Stableford: Ray Robinson ran away with the comp, scoring an impressive 19 points winning by 6 over second-placed Ritva Harley.

Wednesday January 29, Ladies’ Stableford Sam Jones (12) is making her presence felt at our club with a very solid 39 points to win A Grade from Jacky Rowe (15) on 37, who also won a Propin. It’s great to see Jacky getting back to where she was before some nasty health issues caused her an

Saturday February 1, Men’s Monthly Medal With five players scoring nett 67, it came down to a count back, resulting in Max Boyle (19) taking out the Monthly Medal and C Grade from Dieter Menzel (19). Andy Brough’s (8) 67 won him the A Grade voucher by a shot from David Hyslop (11), with B Grade going to Russell Allen (16), also on 67 on a count back from rapidly improving Christian Hyland (16). Mick Reynolds (29) won D Grade with a nett 68 from Paul Trezise (25) on 69. NTPs went to Gavin Whyley, Mark Tomlinson and Rob Green, and Anthony Mrhar took out the pro pin. Well done to Spencer O’Connor for his eagle on the 15th. The ladies’ Stroke event and B Grade was won by Kay Williams (26) with a nett 70 from Sue Gregory (28) on 75. Jacky Rowe (14) won A Grade with a nett 73 by a shot rom Marg Burchell (22). Jacky also scored a NTP on the 17th and the pro pin. The other NTP went to Angela Royal, and best putter of the day was Sue Gregory with 28 putts.

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Tuesday January 28, Two Person Stableford Multiplier The extremely hot conditions halved the size of our normal field for a Tuesday comp, but it didn’t deter Gordon Mainsbridge and James Flanagan, whose combined score of 88 won them the trophy of the day from Andrew Fitzsimons and Bob Dalton, who put together 78 points. Pinshots were won by Ian Flanders (2nd), Nate Horsfall (5th) and David Robjohns (17th).

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