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Thursday 20 March 2014

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Planning Minister makes the final call on C66

DECISION TIME BY JAMES TAYLOR

PLANNING Minister Matthew Guy has ultimately rejected the Surf Coast Shire’s position of no growth in the Spring Creek valley and sided with the independent planning panel on Amendment C66. The amendment to the shire’s planning scheme will be gazetted today. It includes the Sustainable Futures 2040 Plan, the Torquay-Jan Juc Retail Strategy, the Torquay Town Centre Parking and Access Strategy and the Torquay-Jan Juc

Neighbourhood Character Study. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos said the state government agreed with the Planning Panels Victoria recommendation to retain the TorquayJan Juc settlement boundary at 1km west of Duffields Road, and had rezoned the land within that boundary to give certainty. “We have also ensured that local planning policy will preserve a permanent green break between Bellbrae and Torquay-Jan Juc. “The council can now move forward

with long-term strategies to preserve that landscape break in the Spring Creek valley between the towns.� Mr Guy said he was pleased to implement multiple long-term strategic plans for Torquay. “This amendment provides longterm certainty for the council’s future growth plans in Torquay-Jan Juc, not just for expanding outwards, but also for the growth of the town centre and local businesses. “We are putting in place the long term planning vision for Torquay-Jan Juc, and

identifying sensible locations for growth, including a new local shopping centre at Torquay North.� Amendment C95 will also be gazetted today, which rezones the area within 1km west of Duffields Road to Urban Growth Zone, and creates the Special Use Zone for the development of Christian College’s Torquay campus. “The Urban Growth Zone requires comprehensive structure planning that takes into account local needs. Densities within this area will be lower than those found in other recent

developments such as Armstrong Creek, to ensure that the relaxed lifestyle of Torquay-Jan Juc remains in focus,� Mr Katos said. He also commended the amendment’s provision for a new non-government school. “A brand new campus for Christian College will provide more local choices for P-12 education, along with associated child care provision.� What do you think of the state government’s decision? Email james@ surfcoasttimes.com.au.

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McAdam Park to close in two years

BY JAMES TAYLOR

THE long-running dispute about motorcycling at McAdam Park has come to an end, and only one side of the debate seems fully happy with the outcome. Community groups have hailed the plan to close the 50-year-old Barrabool track in two years as a victory for common sense, but the Sporting Motor Cycle Club has blasted Motorcycling Australia (MA) for its resolution of the issue. MA purchased the track in 2009, and its plans to develop the site into a major regional motorsports centre led to a backlash from nearby residents and neighbouring communities. The plans were challenged at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) by the Barrabool Rural Protection Group (BRPG) and the Barrabool Hills Community Association (BHCA). However, both groups announced earlier this month that they had reached a settlement with MA and had withdrawn their VCAT action. Motocross activity at the 300-acre site will wind

down over the next two years and cease by December 16, 2015. Until then, there will be motorcycling on Thursday afternoons and for about 21 half or full weekend days both this year and next year. BPRG and BHCA spokesperson Paul Morgan said such a major regional facility needed to be located where its noise would not intrude on neighbours. “The community had been willing to tolerate ongoing low-level club-based use as had occurred for years, but the expansion plans were clearly completely incompatible with surrounding land use and residents' reasonable amenity expectations.” Sporting Motor Cycle Club president Gary Adams said he was bitterly disappointed with the outcome. “MA’s decision to exit McAdam Park was welcomed by not just the neighbours; we have been saying for some time that their vision for McAdam Park was fraught. But to also willingly extinguish the hard-fought for legal existing usage rights and deny our club any chance of seeking resolution with neighbours, through what was a secretly-arranged agreement, just reeks of arrogance and self interest.”

Motorcyclists line up at McAdam Park in June last year. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

Work cools on geothermal energy project BY JAMES TAYLOR A GEOTHERMAL energy project near Anglesea has been put on ice for at least the next 14 months as the company considers its next move. On Friday, Greenearth Energy announced the state government had granted a request to suspend its work program requirements for all three of its geothermal exploration permits, and to an extension of permit terms. In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Greenearth said its decision was influenced “by

the lack of geothermal funding by government (following withdrawal of funding for Greenearth’s flagship geothermal project by the Victorian government in 2013), and by current government policy relating to a moratorium on ‘fracking’ (hydraulic stimulation) and well activity”. Greenearth intended to establish the Geelong Geothermal Power Project test well and 12-megawatt test plant at a site in Anglesea using a $25 million Energy Technology Innovation Strategy grant. However, the state government withdrew the

grant in October after Greenearth could not attract co-funding in time. The suspensions on the GEP10, GEP12 and GEP13 permits end in May next year, at which time the company can re-apply for additional extensions. Greenearth managing director Samuel Marks said the suspensions gave the company “the opportunity to retain our geothermal areas of interest, with no commitment to further geothermal work or costs while these permit conditions are suspended”. “Importantly, it now provides us with the ability to concentrate on developing our Energy Efficiency

and NewCO2Fuels businesses. “We continue to achieve key milestones in the development of both of these businesses, and see further exciting opportunities ahead.” The company’s statement also says fully completing its geothermal programs “would require securing specific project funding, as well as stimulation of its previously planned exploration well. “Greenearth does not intend to pursue its geothermal work programs without securing government funding.”

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GREEN THE COAST COLUMN

Litter costing our coast AN INNOVATIVE reporting campaign to raise awareness and prevent illegal littering from cars has been established to keep our beloved coast clean. The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is working with the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group (BRWMG) and a number of other organisations represented on the Barwon Region Litter Prevention Task Force to combat roadside litter, an issue which costs our region $2 million a year to clean up. Chair of the BRWMG Councillor Andy Richards said: “we’re trying to encourage the community to take ownership in protecting our beautiful region so it remains clean and litter free for generations to come”. The message “A cleaner coast, Geelong or Otway’s is in your hands – stop litter where it starts – reports litterers”, aims to remind Barwon communities and visitors to report offenders immediately. The Report Litterers campaign, launched on December 13, 2013, aims to significantly increase the reporting of litterers in the Barwon region by 30 per cent. To ensure this target is achieved, the campaign leverages the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) litter reporting system so that local residents and visitors can promptly report offenders using their phone or mobile device. Reports can be made online through the EPA

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website, by calling the EPA hotline, by mailing a downloadable report form from the EPA website or by downloading the free EPA Report Litterers App onto your smart phone. “The EPA mobile litter reporting system means that anyone can take prompt action against litterers,” Cr Richards said. GORCC’s coastal reserves manager Rod Goring explained GORRC’s involvement in the campaign. “GORCC has been actively involved in the campaign from attending the campaign launch in December last year, to providing advice and funding for the BRWMG’s priority projects. “GORCC’s ongoing work also ensures our coast remains clean through litter removal, providing dog hygiene bags and providing waste disposal information on our website and blogs.” It is well known that litter can have devastating effects on our environment, especially our coastal rivers, estuaries and beaches. Fifty per cent of Victoria’s litter is cigarette

butts, which pose a serious risk of igniting fires. Figures reveal that approximately 25 Victorian bushfires are caused every year by improperly discarded cigarette butts. More than 200 people have already registered to report litterers. You too can get involved by visiting epa.vic.gov.au/reportlitter. For more information on how you can help GORCC keep our coast clean, visit gorcc.com. au.


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Answers sought over Anglesea River report BY JAMES TAYLOR A COMMUNITY group has criticised the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) for ignoring a report that underlines the benefits of artificially opening the mouth of the Anglesea River. The river has been suffering the effects of natural acidic runoff since September of last year, but authorities have resisted calls by the Anglesea River Support Action Group (ARSAG) to do more to improve the river’s health. ARSAG member Garry Kerr said a report produced in 2012 by the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management for the Corangamite CMA showed the mismanagement of the issue. The report, while not recommending opening the river mouth, highlights the importance of having the river mouth open so the acidified estuarine waters can mix with seawater. It also notes that fish species such as black bream can avoid the acidification by swimming out to sea, if the river mouth is open. In December, the Surf Coast Shire and the

Corangamite CMA said artificially opening the river mouth may result in significantly less water in the river estuary limiting public recreation opportunities, exposure of large areas of mudflats with prevailing winds blowing odours into the town and an elevated risk of additional fish deaths for up to two months. Mr Kerr said there was a high acidic smell from the river all summer, which would have been lessened if the river mouth was open. “Secondly, all the fish were killed by not opening the mouth when the event happened. The report supports all ARSAG has ever said about the river and the actions that needed to be undertaken to mitigate such events.” The Anglesea River Estuary Management Plan 2012-2020 – drawn up by the Corangamite CMA – rates “managing the estuary mouth opening using a risk-based approach which protects community values - social, economic and environmental” as the second-highest item on its action plan. The Corangamite CMA had not replied to questions at time of publication.

A fisherman tries his luck in the Anglesea River on Australia Day. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

Share your thoughts on Lorne’s churches BY JAMES TAYLOR LORNE has two churches but only one congregation, and the community has been encouraged to share their thoughts about what should happen next at a public meeting on Sunday. The Anglican and Uniting congregations merged in August 2012 to become the Lorne AnglicanUniting Church, and the parish has been under the ministry of Lynton Wade ever since. Reverend Wade said the services had blended

together well. “One of the intentions was so there could be a fulltime minister for the church – neither of the churches had ever had a full-time minister living in Lorne. “The downside is that we have two church buildings, two properties and one congregation.” At the moment, services alternate monthly between the All Saints Anglican Church and St Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church, but Reverend Wade said this could not continue. “We knew in the beginning that we didn’t want to

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which would mean we would effectively lose one of the churches.” Reverend Wade said both churches had significant historic and cultural value to the town, as they were built in the late 19th century. “They’ve been there about as long as Lorne has been there.” Any solution will have to be approved by the diocese and the higher church authorities. The meeting will be held on Sunday at the Lorne Senior Citizens Centre in Mountjoy Parade from 7pm.

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VicTrack and Andrew Katos admire the improved Buckley level crossing as a freight train passes through. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

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COULTER Roache Lawyers is offering the same sophisticated legal advice from a new location in Torquay. Now situated in the Davidsons Business Centre, Coulter Roache Lawyers will continue to provide their expert and personalised service from the modern and spacious offices at Level 1, 6 Walker Street, Torquay. With their head office in Geelong, and other regional offices across the Surf Coast and Bellarine, Coulter Roache Lawyers has a diverse client base which includes large and small commercial enterprises, the public sector and individual clients. Accordingly, they have the size and experience to handle complex legal challenges but remain focussed on providing a personalised service. Coulter Roache Lawyers Principal and Torquay local Martin Reid said he is looking forward to servicing clients from an even more convenient location. “We are a full service legal firm so it’s now even easier for clients who would usually have to travel to Melbourne for this level of service. Having lived here my whole life, I am thrilled to continue offering local people the same high level service across all areas from a fantastic new location.” Mr Reid is the head of the Litigation and Dispute Department and provides many of Geelong and the Surf Coast’s leading employers with strategic advice on all areas of Employment Law and Workplace Relations among others. Coulter Roache Lawyers Torquay is now located at Davidsons Business Centre, Level 1, 6 Walker Street, Torquay. For more information and to book an appointment, call 5264 8728 or visit their website coulterroache.com.au.

Buckley level crossing made safer BY JAMES TAYLOR

ANOTHER level crossing in the Geelong region has been made safer, with the installation of boom gates and flashing lights at Considines Road in Buckley. The improvements to the level crossing on the Geelong-Warrnambool railway line were finished on Wednesday, and South Barwon MP Andrew Katos visited the site with VicTrack staff on Friday. The level crossing, between Buckley and Moriac, was the site of a fatal accident in 2008, and has had a history of near-misses. Mr Katos said the safety of the crossing had been improved by the $310,000 works, part of the state government’s $47 million Fix Country Level Crossing Program.

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“Country level crossings, like this Buckley level crossing, have been upgraded sooner than anticipated under the program.” He said 40 V/Line trains and 10 freight trains travel through the level crossing every week, as well as occasional works trains on the Geelong to Warrnambool rail line. “The state government has accelerated safety works to install boom barriers on busy rail passenger lines, such as the Geelong to Warrnambool line.” The timing of level crossing upgrades are determined by Public Transport Victoria in the context of other state-wide upgrade priorities, based on the risk rankings derived from the relative risk ranking model, Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM), as well as other factors.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the program was also an economic boost for country Victoria. “The program relies on a skilled workforce and each level crossing upgrade requires many skilled hands to deliver the safety boost and improved protection. “We now have 55 level crossing upgrades completed, with further works this year to take the total up to 60 upgrades. “Level crossing upgrade works will continue next year to bring the total to 75 level crossing upgrades completed over the four years.” He said it was important that Victorians continued to take care at all level crossings, whether or not crossings had give way or stop signs, or flashing lights with or without boom barriers.


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Surfer dies at Bells Beach

BY TIFFANY PILCHER

A SURFER aged in his fifties suffered a suspected heart attack and died at Bells Beach on Thursday. The man was found unconscious in the water around 10.30am by a group of nearby surfers who pulled him to the beach and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Paramedics also worked on the man for around half and hour and an air ambulance landed at Southside but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Attending police sergeant Brian McKiterick praised those who assisted the man. “They called the ambulance and undertook first aid for a significant amount of time in an attempt to resuscitate the man but unfortunately he couldn’t be revived. “It appears he was surfing alone at the time so they have done a great job in spotting him and helping him as best they could.” The SES assisted in recovering the body from the beach. “It was quite a strenuous recovery given that he was at quite a secluded part of the beach,” Mr McKiterick said. Surf conditions at the time were calm and predictable and are not expected to have contributed to the man’s death.

RESURFACING of Lorne’s Stribling Reserve oval is on track to meet its mid-April completion date, which will get the football club back on its home ground. The majority of work has already been completed, with the oval reshaped and a new sub-surface and drainage system installed.

News in brief Juc surfer encounters shark A SURFER had a close call with a shark at Jan Juc on Tuesday morning, after the fish lunged out of the water and landed on his board at Winkipop. The man said he punched the 1.5 metre shark in the head to dislodge it but it did not move. He eventually manoeuvred the board, freeing the shark which swam away immediately. It is not known what type of shark it was.

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Police recover a man’s surfboard at Southside on Thursday after he died from a suspected heart attack while surfing.

Stribling Reserve works are on target BY JAMES TAYLOR

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Planting works are also well advanced. “Turf has recently been placed in the centre and goal squares, and rye grass planted this week. Now we just need it to take,” Lorne Ward councillor Clive Goldsworthy said. The shire’s capital works team will monitor growth over the next few weeks to ensure the new playing surface is settled. Cr Goldsworthy said the council had worked

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closely with the Stribling Reserve Committee of Management, Lorne Football Netball Club and other reserve users throughout the project. “The council realises the importance of this oval upgrade and the need to complete the works to the highest standard.” The 2014 Colac and District Football and Netball League season starts on April 5.

The Bells Beach Community Visioning Taskforce is half way through an online consultation forum at oursay.org/surfcoast/bells and anyone interested in the reserve’s future is being encouraged to get involved. The forum, which will run until Thursday 27 March, provides a point for people to raise their visions for the Bells Beach reserve, to raise major issues affecting the reserve and vote on ideas. The taskforce respond to top ideas raised in the online consultation at a public forum on Monday March 31. The forum will be a public event, with details to be announced on the OurSay Forum and the Surf Coast Shire website next week. Written submissions can also be lodged by post to Talking Bells, C-/ Surf Coast Shire Council, PO Box 350, Torquay, 3228 before Monday 24 March.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE The many fantastic pieces of sculpture that adorn the Lorne Foreshore continue to be the talking point of the town, social media and networks of people that in some way are linked to Lorne. To complete the sculpture walk is not only a unique cultural art experience but it’s also a grand showing of Lorne’s sense of place. With the initiative of three colourful information booths strategically placed along the journey you are always greeted by the smiling, helpful faces of the volunteers that add another dimension to this world class event. Our community members of all ages, interests and periods of association with the town are facilitating a daily service to ensure the Lorne Sculpture Biennale is made even more memorable and we commend every one of them for their contributions. You will recall that a couple of weeks ago we wished the best of luck to the Lorne Surf Club nipper team that was heading to Warrnambool for the State Championships over the Labour Day long weekend. The 70 odd strong team represented the Lorne Surf Club with not only the great team comradery and spirit that has continually evolved within the Club, but they are fast becoming one of the dominant Surf Coast Club’s in junior competition. With their bag of 7 individual State Titles, 15 individual medals, 13 team medals and a number of finals, the Club experienced their best ever State Title performance finishing 6th overall and only seven points behind 5th placed Torquay. A magnificent achievement by all involved and a special pat on the back to Jenn Brown, Steve Atkinson and their team, who all did the Surf Club and Lorne proud – well done! After a “shaky start”, the works at Stribling Reserve Oval are on track for the projected hand over date prior to the game scheduled for Easter Saturday in Lorne. The new surface is looking a radiant green and the contractors from Turfcare are doing a great job in preparing what will be on of the best playing surfaces in the Colac and District Football and Netball League. Interestingly, in speaking with sources close to the contractors, the project handover date has always been on track irrespective of what has been incorrectly reported in other media. A key date to put in your diary is for our fourth Committee for Lorne lunch to be held at the Lorne View at the Lorne Hotel on Friday the 11th of April at 12noon for a 12.30pm start – further details will follow.

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David’s aunt and uncle had a “shack”’ at Big Hill when he was a teenager and says Hershell Road was created by Uncle’s old Buick wearing a track. Little did he know that Lorne would be his home in later life. Meryl spent holidays here in the 70s so they were both familiar with the area when they decided Lorne would be the perfect location by the beach that they were searching for. Soon after they met, together with Meryl’s brother, they opened South Yarra’s highly regarded book shop, Black Mask Books. Twenty years later they sold that business, moved to Lorne and established Lorne Beach Books in 1999. When they were selected as The Regional Bookseller of the Year in 2013, David and Meryl were in Italy. At the time and to their amusement they were contacted and asked to make a video of themselves for the acceptance occasion in Australia. After a supreme effort on their part to meet the request, to their horror, the video wasn’t used. On their return they were humbled by the pride and joy customers expressed for them, one even making a sign for the window. Both have elderly mothers living in Melbourne whom they visit once a fortnight. They refresh their energy by taking a six week annual holiday overseas in the winter. For leisure Meryl takes pleasure in her garden and David reads and listens to music. They have always loved Lorne but more so now they say, with the more multicultural feel. “The nicest aspect of tiny town living is meeting people from every part of Lorne. In a large city so many people fall under the radar and you never meet the gems that make a community whole.“ CW

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Come and celebrate the rich and diverse hinterland community of artists, crafts people, local producers and musicians at the annual Deans Marsh Festival. In it’s 18th year, the festival welcomes thousands of visitors to the quirky town of Deans Marsh to enjoy great live music, street performers, Otway food and wine and a unique artisans craft market. Kids can enjoy activities all day including woolly creatures workshops, bag decorating, badge making, treasure hunt, giant maze, lawn games, dress ups, face painting, jumping castle and boxology…… Foodies will love the new local harvest tent showcasing cheese making, tempting chocolates, bush food cooking and goat milking! With the opportunity to taste the regions beer, wine and amazing local produce. For those with a competitive nature, come and try your luck in the Deans Marsh Gift, gumboot toss or sheaf toss. Or feeling nostalgic, how about vintage modes of transport, fashion and farm machinery? The annual dog jump and jack russell races are also back for another year, as are the

working dog demos. This year’s new addition is the Top Dog Competition, including prizes for ‘most like owner’, ‘best trick’, ‘best golden oldie’ and top prize ‘2014 Marsh Top Dog’. Bring your family & friends, enjoy the sunshine and colourful atmosphere, there is something for everyone.

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Festival Flag Project Update Creative folk in The Marsh started with a ‘little’ idea to create small flags in the community for the 2014 Deans Marsh Festival. The project has grown and now over 700 students from 18 local schools are currently working on creating flags, a must see at this years festival.

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G21 ready to push priority projects at election BY JAMES TAYLOR G21 HAS included Portarlington Safe Harbour and the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area among the projects it will push at this year’s state election. The board decided on a list of 15 priority projects at its meeting in Queenscliff last month. The Geelong Future Cities Project (redevelopment of GPAC and upgrading of the Geelong Gallery) and the Yarra Street Pier Redevelopment were rated as the equal top two priorities. Other projects on the list include: • Creating a safe harbour for commercial and recreational use in Apollo Bay • Creating links from the Geelong Ring Road across to the Portarlington Road, upgrading freight connections to the Port of Geelong and the duplication of the Midland Highway to Bannockburn • Developing of a major network of foot, bike and horse trails across the region, including the Great Ocean Walk, Bellarine Rail Trail and Barwon River Parklands, and • securing Geelong as the home of the Land 400 military vehicle project. A G21 delegation was also scheduled to meet yesterday and today with federal politicians and their advisers, including the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. G21 chief executive officer Elaine Carbines said all of the projects would plan for the region’s future needs and directions; growing jobs, accommodating future growth and adding to the prosperity of communities. “We have identified a diverse range of projects that

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News in brief Hear the economics of small business BIZZ 3228 will hear from the Surf Coast Shire’s economics team about small business and local economics at the next Bizz Boost meeting next week. The 15-minute presentation will be part of the meeting, which will be held at the Surf Coast Shire’s office in Merrijig Drive, Torquay on Wednesday between 6.30-8pm. This is a great opportunity to ask questions you may have, increase your knowledge and be provided with resources to take home. Entry is $25 for members and $30 for non-members (includes drink on arrival and nibbles). For tickets, head to bizz3228.com/marchevent.

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are ready for investment and will stimulate considerable economic outcomes for our people. “These projects will continue to diversify our economy, will create employment and add to the liveability of our region.” She said it was important to go into a state election campaign with a robust understanding of what the region needed, and taking a strong, unified approach to their championing.

“In the past the advocacy by G21 during election years has been crucial in gaining important infrastructure and social improvements for the region. “Just over a year ago we announced our campaign to upgrade Great Ocean Road as a regional priority. Only nine months later it was fully funded. “Our hope is that some of these projects that have been identified will garner the same success in coming months.”

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‘Tis the season to be shaving Vigil to protest BY JAMES TAYLOR MOUNT Duneed Regional Primary School pupils and teachers sported fluoro wigs, whacky up-dos and sky-high mohawks on Friday to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. For Funky Hair Day – part of the World’s Greatest Shave initiative – pupils Jaxon Mohr, Tyler Pekin and Tom Burchell volunteered to shave off their locks in exchange for donations. Tyler’s grandfather Robert and aunt Maree also had their heads shaved. The school has so fair raised more than $5,338 through online donations and proceeds from the

sausage sizzle, raffle and cake stall sales. The funds will be used to continue the search for cures for blood cancers and support families of leukaemia patients throughout Australia. Junior school council coordinator Sonja Ballard said that while the school might only have 196 pupils, the school community had a huge heart and amazing generosity when it came to helping others. “Our Funky Hair Day’s success is a credit to the junior school council’s hard work and enthusiasm. “The junior school council has organised the whole day’s activities, including a fundraising web page, sausage sizzle lunch and cake stall. “We’ve already smashed our fundraising target of

$500 with donations from families and friends of our students and staff members.� The Lions Club of Torquay has also done its part for the Leukaemia Foundation, raising more than $1,000 after members Bill Ryan and Peter Murton had their heads shaved. Torquay Club President Barry Mackie thanked the two men for their courageous decision. “It was a great effort by Peter and Bill,� he said. “Not only did they provide some great entertainment for our members but Bill’s moustache, coloured in his favourite football colours of black and white, fell away as Damian the hairdresser removed it to the roar of the Collingwood theme song.�

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Tails are wagging for Surf Coast Dog Walk FOUR-legged friends across the Surf Coast Shire are straining at their leashes to take part in the first Surf Coast Dog Walk and Torquay Rotary Dogs’ Breakfast, which will be held later this month. Organised by Torquay Rotary and supported by Surf Coast Shire Council, the event at Torquay Common offers a feast of fun for dogs and their owners. It features a four kilometre walk along a section of the picturesque Surf Coast Walk, a jam-packed canine entertainment program and festive community village. One of the attractions will be an appearance by therapy dog trainers Dogs For Kids With Disabilities, which visited Bellbrae Primary School on Tuesday. Surf Coast mayor Rose Hodge has already signed up online to reserve bandanas, show bags and dogs’ breakfasts for her two dogs. “We’re looking forward to the day, which offers something for everyone: fresh air, onleash exercise and socialisation for dogs, and friendly, family fun for humans. “Given Surf Coast Shire boasts one of Victoria’s highest rates of dog ownership per capita – about one dog for every five people – I commend the organisers for initiating this event. Torquay Rotary president Jeanette Crowther encouraged people to head to rotarytorquay.eventbrite.com.au to find out more and register before March 28. “I can’t wait to see Torquay Common teeming with people and dogs, heading off for walkies, exploring the community village and enjoying the competitions and demonstrations in our two arenas. The Jack Russell races are bound to be a highlight,” she said.

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BY JAMES TAYLOR RENEWABLE energy projects could lead to thousands of extra jobs in Australia but only if the government were supportive, according to a Surf Coast Shire councillor’s study tour. Cr Eve Fisher presented the findings of her three-month tour of the US, Canada, Denmark and Germany at the Surf Coast Energy Group’s renewable evening earlier this month. Cr Fisher, who worked on SCEG’s Big Solar community energy project, investigated how communities were working to have electricity generated and transmitted at a local level. “I was inspired by the many community energy projects which I visited, plus the very dynamic people working in this space,” she said. “My biggest realisation was the employment opportunities which countries like Germany and Denmark have created. “In Germany, there are 60,000 people working in the coal industry compared to 370,000 working in the renewables sector. “Overall, I found that the most significant factor for community renewable energy projects was government policy

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A BROKEN crank shaft on his penny farthing when he was halfway up one of the more challenging climbs in the Otways couldn’t stop an intrepid Englishman completing his ride along the Great Ocean Road. Nick Hunwicks penny farthing odyssey began in Torquay in early March and finished a week ago in Peterborough. He undertook it as a fundraiser for TLC for Kids, a charity which provides emergency distractions to nurture the emotional wellbeing of kids undergoing medical treatment, within 48 hours of the request being made. Despite the challenges of riding a penny farthing up some unsuitable gradations – so unsuitable that he broke the crank shaft on the bike – Mr Hunwicks

said it was a great experience. “To be honest mate, all the locals, everyone from Torquay to the end were unbelievably nice.” He said a passerby stopped after the penny farthing’s crank shaft broke, and dropped Mr Hunwicks and the bicycle back to Apollo Bay where a local welder, “Snowy”, fixed it, allowing him to continue his ride. Mr Hunwicks is donating $1,000 to TLC for Kids out of his own pocket and has a concurrent fundraising page, which has so far attracted over $1,700 in donations, open until April 6 for others who would like to donate to the charity. Visit give.everydayhero.com/au and search for “Nicholas Hunwicks” to donate. For a firsthand account of Mr Hunwicks’ journey, head to facebook.com and search for “TLC for kids Cranking it: Nick Hunwicks on the Great Ocean Road on his way out of Lorne on his penny farthing. INSET: Nick and his penny farthing at Gibson Steps. Main photo: WARWICK TUCKER Charity Penny Farthing Bicycle Ride”.

Plan to improve Colac Otway’s walking and cycling BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Colac Otway Shire is looking to better promote walking and cycling in Apollo Bay and Colac with the development of an integrated walking and cycling signage strategy. The council placed the draft Colac and Apollo Bay Wayfinding Signage Strategy on public exhibition at its meeting last month. The project includes the installation of map-based information and directional signs, with the objective

of encouraging active and healthy connected communities. In Apollo Bay, the strategy focuses on promotion of the coastal path and more extensive cycling paths, while in Colac, it includes the lake walks right through to the Beechy precinct. “The project involves three stages – a signage strategy, detailed design development and then the subsequent manufacture and installation,” shire chief executive officer Rob Small said. “We’re aiming to provide greater pedestrian

orientation to the two townships, including key walking routes.” The strategy provides the framework for planning and investment for walking and cycling in both towns, while supporting the council’s Active Transport Strategy. “The Active Transport Strategy aims to create an environment that is supportive of active transport modes as an alternate to driving,” Mr Small said. “By putting in more effective signs, which link our areas in a clear way, we encourage the community

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Diversitat grows with new warehouse HQ BY JAMES TAYLOR DIVERSITAT Training has unveiled its new headquarters in Geelong, making it the largest registered training organisation in the region. Diversitat’s central training precinct now boasts four locations: the new renovated warehouse at Ryan Place, Pulse Media Centre, Centrepoint Arcade and the old GPO Youth Hub, with more than 5,000 square metres of space invested in central Geelong. These locations offer training rooms, as well as a television studio, community radio, production room, and recording studio with up-to-date facilities. The warehouse was officially opened last week by City of Greater Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons, along with Diversitat chief executive officer Michael Martinez and Diversitat general manager of training Judy Jamieson. Cr Lyons congratulated Diversitat on investing in central Geelong, adding that this type of renovation served as a catalyst for others to invest in the central business precinct of Geelong and set an example of what could be achieved in a former industrial building. “This is my first plaque (as mayor), and I am so very pleased it is for Diversitat.” Mr Martinez thanked the City of Greater Geelong council for their cooperation with the warehouse conversion, enabling the project to be completed in under a year. Diversitat offers many community services to the Greater Geelong region including services in settlement and community, youth, aged support, Diversitat has grown to operate more than 10 employment, arts and events, and training. It also manages 94.7 The Pulse community radio sites in Geelong and one in Colac, employing more station, Wholefoods Café/Shop & Catering, as well as than 300 people and co-ordinating an extensive volunteer program. organising Geelong’s annual Pako Festa.

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Women encouraged towards alternative careers BY JAMES TAYLOR A WORKSHOP designed to encourage women to embrace alternative career options will be held in Geelong later this year. The workshops, delivered by Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT), would be run across the state in May and September, to encourage women to consider careers in trades. Minister for Women’s Affairs Heidi Victoria announced the 13 workshops on March 8, to mark International Women’s Day. “One of the themes for this year’s International Women’s Day is inspiring change and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do,” she said. “We want to encourage women and girls to consider alternative or non-traditional careers, to pursue a trade, or a job in an industry such as engineering, science or construction. “The Action Agenda supports and links women to pre-apprenticeship mentoring, support programs and work experience. “We are creating partnerships with industry in order to provide pathways for women – and the SALT workshops are about providing hands-on experience in trades, led by women role models. “SALT is a group of women who are committed to their trades and to bridging the gap to create a skilled workforce in Australia.” The program to introduce women to non-traditional careers is a initiative being promoted through the stage government’s $2.4 million Women’s Economic Participation Action Agenda 2013-15. In the lead up to International Women’s Day, there were 20 new inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, bringing the total to 538 women who have been recognised for their leadership, ambition and dedication to their chosen fields since 2001.

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Dig dahlia for breast cancer research BY TIFFANY PILCHER FLOWER fanatics are invited to head to the Otways and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig a Dahlia for Breast Cancerâ&#x20AC;? this Sunday. The fundraiser has been organised by Weeaproinah resident Dora Griffiths after she and her husband purchased a property covered in 8,000 colourful dahlia plants. They are turning the property into a dairy farm and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the plants to go to waste. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can appreciate them but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look after that many. It would be a shame to let them go to the cows and this way we can raise money for breast cancer research too,â&#x20AC;? Ms Griffiths said. Bring a shovel and dig out a dahlia plant for $2 per plant at 4,065 Colac Lavers Hill Road, Weeaproinah between 10am and 4pm on Sunday March 23. Assistance is available if anyone needs help

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Hedge bets on bright surf future THE Play it Safe By The Water Nathan Hedge Surf With The Boys Tour finished at 13th Beach on Friday, with a excellent turnout from young local surfers. A solid swell and light onshore winds forced the session to move to the western, more protected end of 13th Beach, where participants were greeted with enjoyable overhead peaks. Twenty-two local surfers joined Hedge, a 15-year tour veteran and former top 10 surfer on the ASP World Championship Tour, for a high performance surf coaching session. All participants were given a warm-up session and some crucial water-safety skills before getting in the water and learning from one of the world’s best surfers. “I have always loved coming to 13th Beach, especially back when I was on the World Tour and in town for the Rip Curl Pro,” Hedge said.

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A Villawood well done

David Wojinski plays a shot during a past Tessie’s Day event.

Tessie’s Day on again THE third year of the Endless Summer golf and lunch event will be held at 13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads on Sunday April 6. Event organisers expect the charity event to raise more than $10,000 this year, accumulating over $30,000 for Parkinson’s disease research since its inaugural event in 2012. The event, also known as “Tessie’s Day” was the idea of four local Torquay brothers to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease and was inspired by their mother, Tess, who has Parkinson’s. Andrew, Jack, Nathan and Tim Diamond got together after a round of social golf with their father Peter and decided to combine golf with the opportunity to have some fun and raise much needed funds and awareness for Parkinson’s. “It’s really a chance to have a good day out and raise money for a worthy cause,” Tim Diamond said. “Parkinson’s is commonly known as an old person’s disease, so we aim to let people know that it can attack people at a younger age and there’s now great research that will hopefully see an end to the disease in our life-time.” Presenting partner Morris Finance has added a huge boost to the event this year. Tess Diamond has lived in Torquay with her husband Peter for more than 45 years. Mrs Diamond had been amazed by the support. “It’s been a great event over the last couple of

years, to have my family, our friends and local supporters come out and make it a success, it’s really inspiring.” The Endless Summer event is not just for golfers; following the ambrose golfing event in the morning is a carnival-atmosphere lunch. The lunch, with an end-of-summer theme, will cater to all individuals, with a jumping castle, kid’s activities, the Austin’s Wine Experience and music by local artist Max Rudd. Three-time AFL premiership player David Wojcinski, who’s a regular starter for the event, said it was a great event to be a part of. “Especially the fact that you don’t have to be a golfer. The lunch afterwards is perfect for families with the relaxed atmosphere and plenty of activity.” Wojcinski’s father, also a sufferer of Parkinson’s disease, is the inspiration behind his involvement. “You don’t often see fundraising or an event for Parkinson’s, so it’s great to be involved and make a difference.” All funds for the day are dedicated to cutting edge Parkinson’s research and also therapeutic art classes for Parkinson’s sufferers. Bookings are essential. For bookings, taxdeductible donations or more information please contact tessiesday@gmail.com or Amy Spokes on 5277 7384.

Two weeks ago, Villawood Properties celebrated its 2014 Community Partnerships program at an official get together. Each group was given their official certificate and entertained the room with live demonstrations and presentations about their group or club and how the funds from Armstrong’s program are contributing to their organisations. LEFT: Rory Costelloe speaks to the crowd. ABOVE: Mr Costelloe hands a certificate of appreciation to Roosters “Kicking Goals” Academy members and brothers Jack, Max and Sam Kelly. TOP: Mt Duneed Primary pupils Georgie Hager, Mercedes Armstrong, Lauchlan Gennill and Clayton Paul pose for a photo following their presentation. Photos: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

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Your feedback on the draft will now help us finalise the strategy. The draft strategy can be viewed and comments made online at: www.G21Transport.com.au Hard copies of the draft strategy may also be viewed at: City of Greater Geelong • All Customer Service Centres Golden Plains Shire • Bannockburn Customer Service Centre, 2 Pope St, Bannockburn • Linton Customer Service Centre, 68 Sussex St, Linton Surf Coast Shire • Torquay Customer Service Centre, 1 Merrijig Dr, Torquay • Lorne Visitor Information Centre, 15 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne • Winchelsea Community House, 28 Hesse St, Winchelsea Borough of Queenscliffe • Queenscliff Customer Service Centre, 50 Learmonth St, Queenscliff • Queenscliff Library, 55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff Colac Otway Shire • Colac Customer Service Centre, 2-6 Rae St, Colac • Apollo Bay Customer Service Centre, 69 Nelson St, Apollo Bay • Colac Community Library and Learning Centre, 173 Queen Street, Colac Hardcopy feedback should be mailed to: G21 Public Transport Strategy, PO Box 104, Geelong 3220. Feedback will be accepted until COB Friday 28 March 2014.

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World first injury crash study THE state government has unveiled a world-first study into the causes of serious injury crashes that will cement the state’s status as a global leader in road trauma prevention. Over the next three years, the TAC will spend $8 million on the Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS) as part of its strategy to reduce road trauma by 30 per cent by 2022. The cutting-edge study will examine more than 400 serious injury crashes in microscopic detail, giving researchers an unprecedented understanding of how crashes and injuries occur. Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the findings would guide the state government’s efforts to prevent accidents and reduce the cost of crashrelated serious injuries to the community, after TAC support costs alone last year exceeded $1 billion. “We have made real progress in reducing the road toll in recent years and the ECIS is the next step in continuing to drive down fatalities and serious injuries,” Mr Rich-Phillips said. Researchers from Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) will examine approximately 5,000 individual pieces of information relating to each crash, with support from an international team of experts. “This study will help give us a level of understanding of the science and the human factors

involved in serious injury collisions that we’ve never had before. This understanding will then inform our decisions about where best to invest money to save lives and prevent injuries.” Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the ECIS would ensure Victoria retained its position at the forefront of the global effort to reduce road trauma. “The success that Victoria has achieved in reducing fatalities is already seen as a benchmark throughout the world. By shifting the focus to serious injury with this world-first initiative, we are ensuring we remain at the cutting edge. We can’t be satisfied with our achievements to date when we still have a situation where close to 6,000 Victorians are hospitalised due to transport accidents each year.” The study will help underpin Victoria’s efforts to implement the Safe System approach to road safety. The Safe System aims to prevent road deaths and injuries by ensuring Victorians are safer drivers, driving safer cars, on safer roads and at safer speeds. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the ECIS would help Victoria Police determine enforcement priorities. “It will inform us what elements of driver behaviour police need to address to ensure maximum safety on the roads for everyone,” Mr Wells said. (L-R) Roads Minister Terry Mulder, TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore, Assistant Treasurer Gordon RichVisit tac.vic.gov.au/ecis for more about the Phillips, Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells and Prof Ray Bingham from University of Michigan Enhanced Crash Investigation Study. at the launch of the road trauma prevention initiative.

Speed limits to drop on some roads BY JAMES TAYLOR

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

A LONG list of roads in the Geelong region will have their speed limits lowered as part of a Victoria-wide review by the state government. The changes – which will see some roads have their speed limit drop by 10 kilometres per hour – are intended to make speed limits less confusing and more consistent. Locations where the 90km/h limit will be reduced to 80km/h include: • Geelong-Portarlington Road, at the Bellarine Rail Trail crossing, Curlewis • Geelong-Portarlington Road, between Drysdale and Portarlington • Bellarine Highway, between Moolap and Leopold • Bellarine Highway, at the intersection of Banks Road, Marcus Hill • Bellarine Highway, between Portarlington –

Queenscliff Road and Fellows Road, Point Lonsdale • Lower Duneed Road, between the Surf Coast Highway and Ghazeepore Road, Mount Duneed, and • Hendy Main Road and Coombes Road, between Vickerys Road and Ghazeepore Road, Bellbrae. Locations where the 70 km/h limit will be reduced to 60 km/h include: • Geelong-Portarlington Road, between Wilsons Road and Boundary Road, Newcomb • Portarlington-St Leonards Road, between Batman Road and Oxley Street, Portarlington • Bellarine Highway, between Fellows Road and King Street, Point Lonsdale • Ash Road and Melaluka Road in Leopold • Clarendon Road in Drysdale • Earls Road in Moolap • Great Ocean Road, between Bells Boulevard and Torquay Boulevard, Jan Juc, and

• Hendy Main Road, between Heidi Road and Deppeler Avenue, Moriac. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos said regular users of these roads need to be aware of the changes and change their speed accordingly. “Members of the community identified roads they considered changes would be appropriate for safety and traffic flow, and following a thorough review by VicRoads engineers, these changes are being implemented. “One of the key outcomes of the Victorian Speed Limit Review was to reduce the number of changes to speed limits along short sections of road to make it easier for motorists comply with.” He said changes would only be made following a thorough review of the road including the surrounding land use, the design of the road and the crash record, and a reduction in the speed limit would not come at the expense of safety.


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The opinions expressed here are the opinions of the letter writers exclusively and do not express the views of the Editor or Surf Coast News Pty Ltd. Letters to the Editor may be submitted to the Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times by writing to PO Box 714, Torquay, Vic, 3228 or email: editor@surfcoasttimes.com. au or fax: 5264 8413. Your letters should not exceed 250 words. Please provide your name, address and telephone number, which may be withheld from publication on request. As publication space is limited we may not be able to publish all letters received. We also reserve the right to edit letters that we publish.

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Correcting the record on Ocean Grove Park Dear Editor, There have been many articles and letters regarding Ocean Grove Park in the local papers in recent weeks. I would like to put the correct record out to the local community. I have been the treasurer of the park for the past 14 years, and, in conjunction with other committee members and regular volunteers, have been involved in all the fundraising efforts over that time. The committee has worked long and hard for the benefit of the park, and we find it hard to understand that people think we would easily give away all that effort. The facts are: • Councillor Jan Farrell promised, at least two years ago, to assist with funding for the performance space. At that time, there was no provision for that money to be tied to a transfer of the land, and we find it hard to understand why she keeps re-iterating that statement. It has caused so much controversy. We only read about the condition subsequently in the Bellarine Times. • The performance space has been on the park overlay since 1998; concepts and designs for the building were on display for six weeks in 2009 to gauge support for the proposed building. Funding was provided by Geelong council for design and development plans of the building, and the model building and plans have been shown at stalls at the Tranquility Fair, together with membership applications. • The move to investigate a transfer of land to council was made at the instigation of the Trust for Nature – responsibility for a small local park is not their usual mode of operation – with the provision of an iron-clad covenant to be put in place to protect the park for passive recreation in perpetuity. This proposed transfer was backed by two separate legal opinions as being the best and safest option. People need to be aware that the Trust for Nature owns the park, and has the legal right to sell it. • The park committee were not advised of,

nor invited to, the community meeting held recently, so were not able to correct misinterpretations of the proposal – a courtesy phone call may have been able to clear up a lot of misinformation. I personally feel insulted by comments made on Facebook and elsewhere, and all the committee feel very disheartened and upset that this matter has produced such division in the community. We were not able to hold a public meeting about the matter as we had no information from council as to whether or not they would accept the draft covenant. Following council’s decision not to accept the proposal, the park remains with the Trust for Nature, but we reject the assertion by Cr Jan Farrell that the legal issues could not be resolved – they had been. This letter is my personal response to the issues raised in the past weeks. I am proud of this committee’s financial record and advise that the financial holdings of the park amount to $270,000. The audited Annual Financial Statement is available to anyone on request, and I hope that future committees will treat these hard-earned funds with care and consideration. Betty Glasgow Ocean Grove

Wildly disappointed Dear Editor, Women in Local Democracy, Geelong, (WILD) is astounded that the recent ratepayer-funded document celebrating the mayor’s first 100 days in office, 100 Days of Action, included a backward looking, page 3 tabloid, bikini clad portrayal of women. WILD expects that in future all mayoral and council publications will convey 21st century messages that promote women’s equality in community, civic and political life. The mayor could utilise the 10 fact sheets for councils on advancing gender equity, Why Gender Matters, distributed to councils by the Municipal Association of Victoria, and access the women’s webpage of the Victorian Local Governance Association. WILD is available to assist as a resource in this matter and the mayor could also call upon

the multiple talents and expertise of council’s recently established women’s policy advisory committee. WILD calls on the mayor to promote the City of Greater Geelong as a leader in gender equity, diversity and active citizenship so that next March the people of Geelong can proudly celebrate International Women’s Day. Jenny Wills, Yvonne Adami, Monica Hayes, Sophia Shen, Priscilla Pescott WILD

Dogs in Ocean Grove Dear Editor, I was reading “Dogs on lead please” (Letters, March 13) about dogs being off leads in Ocean Grove. I can sympathise with the young family whose children are frightened of dogs running up to them as I have had a bad experience in the past myself. We have council regulations regarding when dogs have to be on leads, but not every dog owner abides by them. What is the use of having these laws if they are not enforced? Robyn Ocean Grove

Dogs in Torquay Dear Editor, I love dogs but since moving to Torquay I am not so sure about dog owners. Now they are seeking a relaxation of the dog laws. It is my experience that dog owners ignore them anyway and the shire officers refuse to police them. I don’t think I have been to the beach once without seeing the laws flouted. A by-laws officer, who was busy booking cars along The Esplanade, responded to a request to go onto the beach and book a dog owner with the reply “that’s too hard. Cars are easier”. Dog owners don’t seem to realise that they can spoil the beach for other users. A crowded beach is not the place for a dog and any responsible dog

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owner would recognise this fact. Dogs need space to run, jump and be free. A crowded summer beach is not the place and it is cruel or irresponsible to think otherwise. The current regulations allow plenty of space, including beach space for dogs to be exercised. Dogs do not need to access the more popular beaches at busy times of the year. We also need by-law officers who are prepared to police the regulations. Tim Robinson Torquay

Waugh of words Dear Editor, Thank you to Ken Worthington for your insightful comments regarding Surfside Waves Soccer Club (SWSC) fundraising. I must say, however, I am not sure why you chose to make such negative comments on something you clearly know nothing about. The article (“Soccer club kicks off fundraising campaign”, February 27) that appeared in the Bellarine Times was generated by a journalist from the paper, not from a “begging letter” from the club. The fundraising campaign being undertaken by SWSC includes a variety of initiatives. It should be remembered that we are all volunteers, not professional fundraisers. Perhaps you should not be so quick to personally attack people that are trying to make a contribution to ensure that our kids are supported to participate in sport and physical activity. It would be also worth making sure that you have your full facts before putting pen to paper. A phone call or email to clarify the details or offer support rather than criticism would have been warmly received. Ian Waugh President SWSC

A specious piece of reasoning Dear Editor, I have, on several occasions, spoken to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee asking that something be done about the condition of the steps and handrails at the eastern end of Whites Beach. To date, nothing has happened. Many older residents find it almost impossible to access the beach here, thus denying them the pleasure of beach walking (with or without their dogs). The excuse, “there’s no point in clearing there as sand soon covers the walkway”, is specious to say the least. Why were the facilities put there in the first place if they were to be abandoned to the weather as soon as they were swallowed by sand? Stella Muschamp Torquay

There were 306 of them; but who was counting? Well, it might have been me. Further on about 2,000 more drivers were unknowingly racing to join the end of this queue. Now here’s the drum: no one in this cavalcade could stop off in Anglesea for a coffee-break. A coffee stop needs a parking spot; and there weren’t any. All that Anglesea gets out of this conga line is a bad name, inconvenience, and congestion. This is no time to procrastinate. Procrastinating season is over! Anyone interested in tourism along the Great Ocean Road needs to get on the case now. Start lobbying. Patience is not a popular virtue anymore – these motorists will mooch off somewhere else with their money. A safe by-pass road is needed. This is not a daydream. Maybe it should happen before smart alec sat-navs start directing tourists down Coalmine Road, No 2 Track, and Distillery Creek Road to avoid the bottleneck nightmare, thus causing a nightmare of a different species as city-slickers are not good stickers on gravel. Melva Stott Anglesea

Time for an Anglesea bypass

Aireys Inlet/Fairhaven water supply upgrade

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It was Saturday when we headed out of Anglesea. Not just any old Saturday. It was 12.26pm on the long weekend. We glided gleefully towards Geelong. But the myriad masses heading the other way were not gliding anywhere. Come to think of it, they were not gleeful either. And their long weekend looked like being very long. A month of Sundays had nothing on this! I’ll give you all the details. It wasn’t even a beach day. But a line of stationary vehicles had beached itself on the roundabout. This crocodile of cars stretched way out beyond Eumerella.

Barwon Water is investigating two options to upgrade the water supply system to Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven as the water treatment plant reaches the end of its operational life. Contrary to an assertion in last week’s Letters (“Aireys Inlet/Fairhaven water supply”), no decision has been made. While a detailed design and cost estimate have been completed for replacing the water treatment plant, Barwon Water is now investigating whether constructing a pipeline to supply Aireys Inlet from Anglesea is feasible and may be a better option.

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A difficult summer Dear Editor, Floods, fires, cyclones and heatwaves have made this summer a difficult one for many Australians. Disasters can happen in a moment, but their effects can be felt for a lifetime. As time passes and media attention shifts, those not directly affected tend to forget, but for people impacted by the disaster the process of recovery has just begun. People who have experienced a disaster this summer may be contemplating significant changes to their lives. Whether this includes rebuilding, missing friends and loved ones who have relocated or dealing with the trauma of the experience, it can be a daunting time. It’s so important that people look after themselves emotionally, and not be afraid to reach out for help. If you are recovering, seeking support from family, government agencies or organisations like Red Cross is a critical part of taking care of yourself. Red Cross has developed recovery resources to help with the psychological and practical stages of recovery, which are available on our website. Andrew Coghlan National manager emergency services Red Cross

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Geelong to host state tourism conference BY JAMES TAYLOR GEELONGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S push to secure a conference through the power of social media was ultimately unsuccessful, but the city has been confirmed as the home of the first Victorian Tourism Conference. It is estimated that more than 200 tourism and event operators from throughout Victoria will be in Geelong for the July event and will contribute more than $134,000 to the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. The conference is an industry-led event which explores future trends, the latest research,

consumer insights, and examples of leading operators aimed at strengthening and showcasing the industry. Victoria Tourism Industry Council chief executive Dianne Smith said the organisation was excited to bring its inaugural conference to Geelong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The conference is a great opportunity for people from throughout our industry to share ideas, experiences and learn best-practice strategies to grow their businesses. It also provides an opportunity for the Geelong region to showcase its amazing tourism assets (are an) increasingly

important economic driver for the region.â&#x20AC;? City of Greater Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons said the YouTube clip produced as part of Geelongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bid to be the host of the Social Media Tourism Symposium had grabbed the VTICâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement certainly goes to show the power of an innovative social media campaign.â&#x20AC;? He said the conference and business events industry was a highly lucrative niche within the broader tourism industry, and an area of tourism that Geelong delivered well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, more than 1,600 business events were

held in the region, approximately 64,000 delegates visited and an estimated $40 million in direct economic impact was generated for the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The entire Geelong community will welcome tourism industry leaders and operators from across the state to this conference, being held outside of Melbourne for the first time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Business events are generally held midweek, filling properties during periods that are traditionally off-peak times for leisure visitors.â&#x20AC;? For more information on the conference, head to vtic.com.au/vtc14.

Fitness push rolls on with free camps BY JAMES TAYLOR

The Shape Up Surf Coast camps are held over four weeks.

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CYCLING between Geelong and Adelaide for charity wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough for Torquay man Kevin Beale, who now wants to improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of others through free fit camps. In January, Mr Beale rode 810 kilometres with four other riders between the two cities and raised nearly $30,000 for the CASA Herbalife program, which provides proper nutrition to children in more than 90 locations in more than 50 countries. He said he and his partner, Gail, were passionate about changing peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives through better health and nutrition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are concerned about the obesity situation in Australia and across the world; along with the many diet related illnesses so many people suffer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our immediate goal is to change the lives of 5,000 people in the Surf Coast region and

surrounds through better health and nutrition, and healthy activity.â&#x20AC;? To that end, the couple have established the Shape Up Surf Coast fit camps, which are open to everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have participants from ages 17 to 68, with a broad range in fitness and flexibility levels,â&#x20AC;? Mr Beale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The group is lots of fun and everybody is very supportive of each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fit camp has really generated a fantastic community spirit, and individuals are realising a real improvement in their personal fitness and wellbeing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is simply wonderful to be able to work with people to help them make a difference to their own lives.â&#x20AC;? The fit camps comprise 12 sessions over four weeks, and are run both during the day and in the evening. For more information, phone Gail on 0418 334 917.

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Your ewes want pregnancy scan BY DEAN WEBSTER AUSTRALIAN sheep breeders battling with dry seasonal conditions should consider pregnancy scanning to better manage their flock size and increase profit margins. In times when stock feed is in short supply, pregnancy scanning allows breeders to identify ewes which are not in lamb for culling, and to provide targeted nutritional support to twin-bearing ewes. Scanner coordinator at the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) Chris Shands said that from about 90 days from the

start of joining, autumn lambing flocks could be accurately scanned for twin, single or dry. “With this information, the dries can be sold, held onto or re-joined, and feeding priorities can be established for the twin and single bearing ewes,” Mr Shands said. A recent study conducted by the Sheep CRC indicated that the benefits of scanning for either pregnant or dry ewes, or for litter size, were doubled in poorer seasons. The study was based on a scanning result of 95 per cent (95 foetuses/100 ewes joined) for Merino ewes sampled, either on adequate nutrition or compared

to a 25 per cent reduction in availability of pasture. Bannockburn Farm Assist livestock contactor and manager of “Do Ewe Scan” Lisa Virgona said that preg scanning is an important tool to improve flock fertility. “You can sell off those dry ewes, concentrate on your more productive sheep and put less stress on your available pastures,” Ms Virgona said. “For producers with more manageable stocking rates, deciphering whether you have ewes with twins or singles will enable you to split your flocks and feed accordingly. “Ewes bearing twins will require more feed than

those bearing singles and better nutrition for twinbearing ewes can have a big impact on twin-lamb survival.” Recent surveys have shown that pregnancy scanning enabled producers to focus on their more productive ewes and in turn increase their lambing percentages. For example, a 5 per cent increase in a flock of 1,600 would be an increase of 80 lambs and if you sell the lambs for $100, that equals $8,000. More information on scanning ewes is available at sheepcrc.org.au or contact Lisa Virgona from Do Ewe Scan on 0448 804 100.

Improve your community with an Australia Post grant COMMUNITY groups and charitable organisations in Geelong and the Surf Coast have been encouraged to apply for a grant through an Australia Post initiative to fund local projects that support those in need and improve local neighbourhoods. Now in its second year, the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program offers one-off cash payments of up to $10,000. Grants will be awarded in the following five categories: • projects that connect and/or educate regional and remote communities digitally • projects that support the start-up of small businesses in regional and remote communities through technology • projects that support social enterprises to increase employment opportunities for marginalised Australians • projects that foster community spirit through connecting and supporting marginalised Australians, and • projects that support communities to be better prepared for a disaster. Australia Post managing director and chief

executive officer Ahmed Fahour said the grants provided the opportunity for Geelong and Surf Coast community organisations to drive positive change in their own backyards. “Community service is part of Australia Post’s DNA. Providing funding to community groups for local projects that bring people together, where everyone feels included, involved and connected, is a natural extension of that community service.” “Last year we received more than 4,600 applications for grants, which tells us there is not only great work being done in communities around the country, but that the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program can help to build capability and connect people in their neighbourhoods.” The grants will be funded by the new Our Neighbourhood Trust (Australia Post’s public charitable fund) as well as funding directly from Australia Post. Applications close at 5pm on April 4. To apply or for more information, head to ourneighbourhood. com.au or pick up an application kit at your local Australia Post retail outlet.

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Women invited to Turkey retreat BY TIFFANY PILCHER

WOMEN looking to relax, rejuvenate and nourish their minds and bodies are invited to join Aireys Inlet alternative therapist Susan Reilly on a twoweek wellness retreat in Turkey. The tour departs on May 19 and includes 14 nights twin-share accommodation, all meals, activities, transport, and an intensive yoga course taught over seven days. Also included are daily lectures and small-group workshops on massage, alternative medicines, reiki, colour therapy, meditation, naturopathy and nutrition. All workshops will be lead by Susan Reilly and Tegan Wallis, who are both experts in the field of alternative medicines and therapies. The itinerary includes staying and exploring at a resort in the mountains behind Gocek, a visit to ghost town Kayakoy, trips to the famous fish

markets in Fethiye and more. There will also be Turkish cooking lessons, an afternoon at Saklikent Gorge and lots of free time to read, sunbathe, swim or simply unwind. Ms Reilly said she organised the retreat to give women a chance to get away together with friends or as individuals. “I worked in Turkey for three months and for me, it was a completely life changing experience. “I want to share that with other women, whether they have lost their confidence, are looking to nourish themselves in different ways, or simply want some time to getaway.” The retreat costs $4,700 for the 15 days and a $1,000 deposit is required when booking. The payment does not include international and domestic airfares, travel insurance, visas, drinks and items of a personal nature. For more information and to book, email rosie@ portakalturkeytours.com.

Aireys Inlet’s Susan Reilly is inviting women on Turkish Mediterranean retreat, which will tour through the stunning scenery of Gokec and other surrounding areas.

Rodda for Southern Rural Water back Clinton Rodda.

THE board of Southern Rural Water reappointed managing director Clinton Rodda for another five years recently. Board chair Terry Burgi said the board was delighted that Clinton had agreed to continue to lead the rural water corporation until 2019. “Clinton is held in high regard throughout the water industry and beyond, and we believe his leadership has transformed Southern Rural Water into a modern, customer focused business.

“Southern Rural Water is facing a number of challenges, including continuing to modernise its irrigation districts, making more water available for production across southern Victoria, and completing a long-running program of dam safety upgrades. We believe that Clinton is the ideal person to lead Southern Rural Water during these challenges.” Mr Rodda said he was excited about the future of Southern Rural Water, and its customers. “We have been looking hard at the long-term

future of our customers, particularly around Asian markets,” he said. “We are keen to add value to their businesses and to regional economies, while sensibly protecting the environment and water sources. “I believe that a well-managed, flexible rural water supply is going to become critical to Victoria’s economy. “I’m very pleased to be able to help guide Southern Rural Water’s direction as its managing director for the next five years.”


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t a s d n u o s t Swee c i M n e p O Aireys CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Special mystery CL g gue guests, Sweethearts dance up a storm at the Air Aireys Pub on Sunday night; show stoppers Sw w Sweethearts perform for the large crowd; David J Jo Johnson of DidgeEra brought something a little dif different to the festival; drummer and vocalist Ja Jacob Linnett of Hunted Crows shows off his m multitasking skills at the Music Workshop Band M Marquee; We Disappear rocking out at the main st stage; the Sweethearts saxophonists. B BOTTOM OF PAGE Georgia Hughes belts out a tune at the Truffles stage; Quiv Kingston p performs an acoustic set at the Lighthouse s stage; vocalist and guitarist Travis Suttie of T The Spinset; local celebrity Imogen Brough m made an appearance; singer Richelle Boer p performs her original music under her alias, IIris. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

BY TIFFANY PILCHER SUPERCHARGED soul stole the show at the Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival as the 25-peice all girl band, Sweethearts were unveiled as the event’s special mystery guest on Sunday night. The all singing, all dancing group, made up of Geelong high school music students, mixed original and reworked classic soul and nu-soul hits to thrill a huge crowd at the Aireys Pub. Festival director Marty Maher said organisers were looking to break the mould with their special mystery guest this year. “We’ve always had an individual, celebrity male as the mystery performer in the past and we wanted to shake things up a bit. “Sweethearts absolutely rocked the stage and the crowds loved it, we received an overwhelmingly positive response. “We were also looking for aspirational performers, a big part of the festival is getting kids and youth interested and involved and inspired by music and this was perfect for that.” Approximately 5,000 music fans attended the event which ran from Friday to Sunday at nine stages dotted

throughout Aireys Inlet. A flash storm on Saturday didn’t dampen spirits, though one stage was shut for around half an hour for safety reasons. Maher said attendance and enthusiasm was at an all time high this year. “It was massive, our best year ever the crowds were up and the standard of the acts were incredibly high and the crowd, in turn, responded to that. We got so many positive vibes all weekend. “We’ve got some ideas up our sleeves for next time, we’ve got the formula right but you always keep working to improve wherever you can. We’ve already got our hit list for special mystery guests, but that’s a secret for now.”

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Komedy with Kevin at Narana BY TIM SMYTH NARANA Creations is already well known for its souvenir shop, education programs, nature trail, native animals, boomerang and didgeridoo lessons, campfire area, and cafe. Now they can add another element to the list: venue for live entertainment. Recent months have seen live music performances but February 28 saw something completely different: comedy! Australian comedian Kevin Kropinyeri performed his show, Welcome to my World, and what a delightfully funny world it turned out to be! Kropinyeri is a seasoned performer and it soon became obvious he is not just naturally funny, but he also has a warm and generous personality. I had gone along expecting some laughs, but that turned out to be just the tip of the comic iceberg. Kropinyeri is a gifted storyteller, historian, physical comedian, and impersonator with clever accents. His polished performance involved plenty of topical humour, some music, lighting, and at one point some hilarious dance moves that had everyone in tears of laughter. As the show progressed it became important to remember to breath between all the laughs, and I noticed my tear ducts had dried out from the tears of joy. Nice one Kevin. Kropinyeri will be performing at the 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival, which begins in late March. Catch him if you can!

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Deans Marsh puts the community in festival BY DEAN WEBSTER THE ever popular Deans Marsh festival is on again this Sunday. A genuine festival of the community, it has relied on the generosity of the locals for its success and this year is no exception. Local festival legend Mark Fissenden, formerly from the Little Buckley Fest, is donating his stage, equipment and expertise to give the musicians a stage they deserve. All musicians at the festival perform for the love of it. This year, local trio Mountain Grey, comprising Steve James on guitar, Kev Foster on the brushes and Mike Robinson-Koss blowing the harp will be perform their original acoustic music with local stories of life, love and land. Other equally talented local musicians include the Bells Blues Band, James Ramsey and Josh Goddard and friends. Along with great local musicians, event coorganiser Donna Nolan said that they are excited to have Melbourne eight piece band Sol Nation grace this year’s stage. “Sol Nation’s music is a spicy mix of reggae, salsa, latin, afro-beat and funk,” Ms Nolan said. “For those with a competitive nature, come and try your luck in the Deans Marsh Gift a sprint for men, women and youth categories, all fiercely contended each year and all with great prizes on offer.” Defending his Sheaf Toss title for the past two

years, Luke Sayers said he’s ready for another great competition. “If you can hold a pitchfork and hurl a bag stuffed with straw over a bar at increasing heights come and have a go,” Mr Sayers said. The annual dog jump and Jack Russell races are also back for another year, as are the working dog demos. This year’s new addition is the Top Dog competition, including prizes for “most like

owner”, “best trick”, “best golden oldie” and top prize “2014 Marsh Top Dog”. The festival will also feature street performers, Otway food and wine and a unique artisans’ craft market. This festival is on Sunday March 23, 10am -5pm on the Recreation Reserve, Deans Marsh. For more information go to deansmarshfestival. com.au, facebook/DeansMarshFestival or call 5236 3388.

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Music hits the right note at Growlers BY TIFFANY PILCHER DUE to extremely popular demand, live music performances will continue at Growlers on Friday and Saturday nights. After being introduced over the past few months, several local performers have accompanied diners and drinkers and the positive response has led to a more permanent roster of entertainment. This weekend, Apollo Bay’s Matt Orchard will be performing on Friday night and Lucas Williams will bring his acoustic stylings to the mic on Saturday night. Orchard has played more than 1,000 gigs at hundreds of venues and private functions around Victoria. A total professional, he delivers everything from subtle background music to pumped-up, sing-a-long tunes. He is looking forward to showcasing classic hits at Growlers this weekend. Growlers entertainment booker Zane Carroll said introducing live music has brought a new element to the restaurant.

“All the performers are completely different so people get to see a real mix of local professional musos. “They’re all playing covers too so you get to have a drink and enjoy your favourite songs performed by great artists, it’s a great way to spend a night,” he said. Popular performer Kristy Freeman will also be returning to perform at Growlers in April. Mr Carroll said audiences were blown away at her last performance at the restaurant. “Kristy has one of the best singing voices in the region, the feedback we received from that was amazing and rightly so, she’s an incredible talent,” he said. Live music at Growlers starts at 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Apollo Bay’s Matt Orchard will sing everyone’s favourite hits at Growlers on Friday night.

Two Roberts to perform at Barwon Park BY TIFFANY PILCHER

Acclaimed musicians Robert Chamberlain (above left) and Robert Ekselman are set to perform a cello and piano concert in Winchelsea on Sunday.

IN A once-off performance, two musicians, both named Robert, are coming together for a cello and piano concert at Barwon Park in Winchelsea on Sunday March 23. The show, R2R: The Two Roberts, features Julliard-trained cellist Robert Ekselman and Team of Pianists partner Robert Chamberlain, playing works by Marias, Stravinsky, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. The Team of Pianists has played at Barwon Park for a number of years and Mr Chamberlain said it’s a wonderful setting with excellent

acoustics. “We are very happy to bring our first performance in the 2014 Rigg Bequest series here.” He said it will be “a passionate classic music recital, full of drama and contrast”. “The main course of the musical feast will be two Russian masterworks – Rachmaninoff’s sweeping cello sonata and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne.” The two performers also look forward to playing Marais’ popular La Folia and Ravel’s Spanish-inspired Habanera. Barwon Park newcomer Robert Ekselman

said he can’t wait to experience the unique atmosphere of the property. Both Roberts are internationally respected performers, teachers and judges. The recital will be followed by afternoon tea and the opportunity to explore Barwon Park. R2R: The Two Roberts will be at Barwon Park, 105 Inverleigh Road, Winchelsea on Sunday March 23 at 2pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children and $30 for pensioners, and include afternoon tea. Group discounts available, for bookings call 9822 2959, or visit trybooking.com/DZHP.

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PICTURE this: a suitably chic yet dainty “tea salon” within the classy department store complex, seated at the table, the matriarch of the family, her eldest daughter and her great granddaughter. It’s a girly day out and needing a break from the retail therapy they’ve indulged in, it’s time for tea. A young and eager-to-please waitress addresses the group who order Devonshire tea. “Ooh?”, the waitress responds, “I’m not sure we have that – we have Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Pekoe…” The list went on and you could see she was scrambling to find plenty to compensate, lest her customers be dissatisfied and leave without ordering. Eager to ease her dilemma, the matriarch threw out a rescue line – “but m’dear, it’s right here on the menu, you do have tea and scones with jam and cream”. “Oh?”, the bewildered lass sighed, “yes, but…?” “Well that’s Devonshire Tea! Being of another era, the Gen-Y waitress just hadn’t heard of Devonshire Tea, or “Cream Tea” as it is sometimes called. This caused much bemusement between matriarch and daughter – while great-grandchild was just happy to be surrounded in such a lovely room, playing grownups. Originating in Devon, England, there are regional variations as to how a cream tea should

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preferably be eaten. The Devonshire method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top. I much prefer my scones with the jam first, but totally agree with the practice of splitting the scones, which should be warm and ideally, freshly baked. Traditionally clotted cream (not whipped) was served – all in dainty fine china, with a porcelain teapot and cute napkins – very twee. Certainly butter should never be included and the jam should be strawberry, although raspberry jam is sometimes used as an alternative. As for the scones – well my main advice is when making the dough, it should be handled as little as possible. To the basic mix of flour and butter, the liquid added should be just “cut” through, enough to bring the dry ingredients together. Lightly turn the dough out onto the bench, hardly rolling it at all, and use a metal scone cutter to shape the scones, giving them a clean cut so their sides rise evenly in a very hot oven. The recipes that call for making scones using lemonade always intrigued me, and they do work. It’s an old recipe – sort of CWA meets gastromolecular cooking?! So you can see it is quite a ritual, and such a lovely way to enjoy afternoon tea, catching up on gossip, and whiling away a little time, harking back to a more genteel era, when time did not seem to speed by as it does in our busy lives today!

Easy-As Lemonade Scones INGREDIENTS 325g self-raising flour 2/3 cup (170ml) cold lemonade 2/3 cup (170ml) thickened cream Pinch of salt METHOD Preheat oven to 210C – fan forced. Sprinkle a bit of flour on a baking tray to stop sticking. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add salt. Combine lemonade and cream in a bowl. Add the lemonade and cream mixture to the sifted flour and gently fold ingredients together until just combined (don’t over mix the dough as this will make tough scones). The dough will be fairly soft and a bit sticky. Place dough on a lightly floured bench and spread dough to approximately 3.5 cm thick. Use a shaped cutter (or a knife to cut the dough), make sure that the knife or cutter is sharp and cuts cleanly so it won’t affect the rise of the scone. Place scones on the tray, with just a little space between them. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until pale golden and cooked through. Cover scones with a clean tea towel for a few minutes on a cake rack for a few minutes but they are at their absolute best when served hot. If re-heating scones, wrap them loosely in a foil parcel, sprinkling them first with a little milk – heat in a moderately hot oven. Avoid micro-wave ovens when re-heating scones.

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Broadway musical hits Geelong BY TIFFANY PILCHER GEELONG is enjoying a taste of Broadway with hit musical Next to Normal showing now at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC). The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features a Tony Award-winning contemporary rock score and is presented by independent Geelong theatre company, Doorstep Arts. In the hilarious and heart-wrenching show, Diana is a troubled woman in danger of being engulfed by her past and fracturing her family unit which hangs by a thread to the notion of a “normal” existence. Well known actress Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia) leads a superb cast as Diana and Mark Dickinson plays Diana’s long-suffering husband Dan. Ballarat’s Academy of Performing Arts graduate Kiane O’Farrell plays their rebellious teenage daughter Natalie and fresh from touring the Australian/New Zealand production of Jersey Boys, Brent Trotter plays their son, Gabe. Director Darylin Ramondo said she was overwhelmed by the response from actors wanting to audition for the highly sought-after roles. “The reason Next to Normal is so popular with actors is the honesty and complexity of these characters,” Ramondo said. “Not to mention the extraordinary music, originality of the lyrics and the riskiness of the storyline. “This makes directing and acting such a brave and powerful play a challenge and a complete joy. “I am thrilled to have assembled such a talented cast.”

Natalia O’Donnell as Diana for the musical Next to Normal which is now showing at GPAC.

Blackly comic, with provocative themes of mental illness and teenage drug abuse, Next to Normal has also been included in GPAC’s 2014 Education Program.

Next To Normal is showing at the Drama Theatre, GPAC until Saturday March 22. Book your tickets at gpac.org.au or by calling 5225 1200.

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Expo a celebration of child friendly services and businesses AN EXPO in Geelong this weekend will boast free children’s activities, demonstrations and stalls. The Greater Geelong Kids Expo is a celebration of Geelong’s child friendly services and businesses, with a day of great activities planned for the whole family. Visitors will be treated to free face painting, jumping castles, activities, music and sports sessions, a range of food stalls and the Corio CFA fire truck and barbecue. There will also be information sessions and demonstrations from health and wellbeing professionals, support services and businesses, and a lovely range of items and services to purchase. Expo organiser Stacey O’Keefe said families attending the event would see many of Geelong’s best children’s services and activities in the one place. “The expo will help link parents in with services and businesses which are in the community,” Mrs O’Keefe said. “There’s so much out there that parents may not know about. Greater Geelong Kids and Bellarine Kids are an online resource, linking child friendly services to families in the Geelong and Bellarine region. The expo is on Sunday March 23, tickets cost $15 per family and include one free photo booth picture. It will be held at the Leisuretime Centre, 262-282 Anakie Road, Norlane. Buy tickets on the day or online at greatergeelongkids.com.au.

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Phew, it’s a nice Pacha, mama I’VE mentioned many times before about the Yarra Valley and its beauty in this column – so picturesque and so close yet so very much a world away from the everyday. The region flourishes as a tourist destination – especially wine/food tourism – and this continues to gain momentum from a pioneering wine heritage that stretches back to when vines were first planted in 1838, with productivity and popularity having fluctuated over the ensuing years, but grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have become synonymous with the region and justly famous for their high quality. There’s also been a new spirit of adventure emerging over the last decade or so, with young winemakers prepared to experiment in the winery and focus more attention on the land, i.e. the “terroir”. This spirit of innovation and inventiveness has lead to a more down to earth and natural winemaking approach and philosophy that challenges modern winemaking processes. A new label that’s been around for only a few years but with an experienced team behind it definitely upholds this ideology and approach. “Pacha Mama” is its name - Pacha means world, and Mama, Mother – and is taken from the beliefs of the indigenous people of the Andes, where it is also known as the earth/time mother which can be seen as “nature” itself. A dynamic duo of femme fatales heads up the winemaking team – Nina Stoker and her trusty assistant Callie Jemmeson. Nina fits the culture perfectly. She is a mother and a talented winemaker who I’ve featured in this column before when she was heading up winemaking at Catalina Sounds and Crowded House. She has an impressive resume of previous work with the likes of Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley and a background growing up in Switzerland and time spent discovering wine and winemaking in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. The winery is based out the back at Sticks Winery in Yarra Glen, and on the perfect day that we visited we had a great time “helping” plunge some soaking whole

bunches of Pinot Noir, plus filling and topping up barrels while learning how to master the art of siphoning the juice from tank to barrel, a messy business, yes, but lots of fun. The fresh bright juice of the Pinot Gris was Rosé like in color, which is pretty cool, some producers tend to bleach this coloring out but Nina and Callie definitely prefer to keep the wines as natural as possible and feel that stripping the natural color stain takes away from the end wine in flavour and phenolics, tannin and acidity, so it’ll stay the way it is. To visualise the layout of the valley from the air gives one a real sense of place and so as it turned out, down from the heavens did a helicopter come, ready to take us on a ride around the vineyard sites. The pilot gave us a well-intentioned briefing on how unsafe these copters used to be with the old petrol tank set up that now thankfully has been changed. Yes, nice topic before take off, thanks for that! Taking in the sites was awesome to say the least and considering the perfect weather on offer, the valley and all its wonder was indeed a site to behold from above, no wonder the “earth goddess” does doth now dwell therein.

Geelong’s freshest musical talents Nick Cousins, Sam Burtt, Andy Rankin and Josh Carter of Residual are performing with British India this weekend.

Residual success for fresh Geelong band BY TIFFANY PILCHER NEW Geelong indie band, Residual is hitting the music scene in a big way. After forming only last year, the boys are already grabbing lots of attention, coming second in the statewide FReeZA Push Start competition and taking out the APRA|AMCOS Songwriting Award at Moomba last week. For your chance to see what all the fuss is about, head to the Wool Exchange on Friday as Residual support Melbourne rockers British India. Bassist Josh Carter said the show is set to be one of their biggest yet, ahead of their debut single release tour in April. “We’re all blown away with how it’s all going. It’s been such a whirlwind since we first got together.

“We were all in heavier bands before this but our sound has progressed now in a really positive way. “It has lots of indie vibes but with those edgy, heavy influences – it really depicts the style we want and that came through well on the EP.” Three of the band members are 20 years old, and Carter who is 18, said they all went to high school or primary school together in Geelong. “We’re all the best of mates and the single tour is going to be the biggest any of us have done so far, we can’t wait to get out there together for the first time.” Residual are supporting British India at The Wool Exchange on Friday March 21, tickets are available from oztix.com.au. They will also be performing at Beav’s Bar in Geelong on Thursday April 10 as part of their single launch tour.

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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 24th March Angair Environmental Care Working Bees Contact Carl 5263 2193 or Janet 5263 3369

20th March Anglesea Senior Citizens Cruise around Corio Bay Enquiries 5263 1377

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

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

Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS Buy Bellarine Produce Barn

Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au.

BELLBRAE 21st March Singing for Fun 6pm-8pm at the Bellbrae Hall Enquiries bleebraesingforfun@yahoo.com.au or 0408 102 542

CLIFTON SPRINGS Saturday 22nd March, 10am-3pm Annual Bunyip Festival

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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 5253 1960

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 22nd March Ballroom Dancing 8pm-midnight at the Freshwater Creek Hall Enquiries 5264 5169

St Davids Lutheran Church 11 am Third Sunday each month Ph. Pastor Tom Pietsch 52415141

LEOPOLD Bellarine Police Community Support Register

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

PORTARLINGTON 23rd March Charity Dance in Memory of Darryl & Others 1.30pm to 5pm at the Parks Hall Community Centre All Profit to the Cancer Council of Victoria

28th March Bellarine International Women’s Group 3 Day Trip to Warrnambool Bookings ring Pauline 5259 1208 or Rita 0413 574 930

Bellarine Police Community Support Register Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

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LORNE Fig Tree Community House 5289-2972 fig.tree@bigpond.com Certificate IV in Mental Health, Alcohol & Other drugs – Starting March RSA – June Games Group, Maj Jong, Scrabble Thursday from 1pm Playgroup Toy Library Thursdays 9.30am Intro to fitness and resistance training 5.30pm

OCEAN GROVE 29th March Bolt Blowers Single Fin Fundraiser for Mental Illness 8am-3pm at Ocean Grove Beach 6pm to late at Quiksilver Headquarters

Bellarine Police Community Support Register Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

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Prostate Support Group

Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

Clifton Springs Garden Club

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

Meets 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month Drysdale Uniting Church Call Lorraine 5251 1660

BCNA (Breast Cancer Support Group)

Bellarine Community Health

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

PARAPARAP DrolKar Buddhist Centre Summer calendar for 2013-2014 January Wednesdays 10am Philosophy 11am Meditation Re-opens February 2nd 2014

TUESDAYS Torquay Art History Book Club for Artists Lunch time meetings last Tuesday of the month Enquiries 0430 079 833

WEDNESDAYS Coastal Sound Children’s & Youth Choir Wednesdays at 35 Boston Rd, Torquay Grades 1-4 3.45 to 4.25pm Years 5-8 4.30 to 5.15pm www.salvos.org.au/torquay

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

SATURDAYS Torquay Central Farmer’s Market

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

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Torquay Esperanto Club

Bellarine Police Community Support Register Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

Meet First Saturday of every month, 1-3pm Feb to Nov, The Coffee Club Torquay Central. Beginners Welcome Ph 5261 2899

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SUNDAYS Torquay & District Historical Society

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

Open every Sunday by appointment 2pm-4pm Phone Lorraine 0409 212 479 or 5264 7058

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Torquay Salvos Christian Church

Bellarine Police Community Support Register Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

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

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

Bells Beach Christian Church

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Surfcoast Shire Grant Pavilion, Merrijig Drive Go to www.bbcc.com.au

30th March Torquay Rotary Surf Coat Dog Walk

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29th March Uniting Church Annual Auction

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.

Special Event Price Street Community Precinct Open Day Free Children’s Activities, Craft and Art Group Expo, Historical Society display , Men’s Shed BBQ and choir, Theatre Troupe costumes, Senior’s Ploughman’s Lunch, tea and cakes, plants, books, Tai Chi and Boot Scooting demo, R.A.R- Rural Australians for Refugees, S.C.E.G-sustainable Stall and Car Boot sale (book your spot!) New Courses for Term 1 2014: Workplace First Aid Level II – Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th March Candlewicking for Beginners– Wednesday 26th March 10.30am-12pm Travel Apps for iPad–Thursday April 3rd 2pm-4pm

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Bellarine Police Community Support Register

Fridays 10am-12pm. Drysdale Community Church, 276 Jetty Road For more information call Caitrin on 0402 488 163 or Malory on 0425 825 023

3.30-5.30pm at 35 Boston Rd, Torquay www.salvos.org.au/torquay 1.30pm-2.30pm at 35 Boston Rd Bookings essential-www.salvos.org.au/torquay

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Clifton Springs Play Group

Xtreme KidZ Club for primary school aged kids

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SUNDAYS The Bellarine Railway Car Boot Sale

Clifton Springs Primary School

Well Women’s Clinics Pap Test Phone 5251 2291

Meets every third Monday 10am at the Senior Citizens Rooms in Price Street. AGM 17th March

Mainly Music pre-school program

Free Bellarine Community Health

Bellarine Police Community Support Register

MONDAYS Torquay Ladies Probus Club

Contact 5253 3968 or www.bellarineregister.org.au

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

Starts 14th March At the Community hall in Hitchcock Avenue

Please see website for full program 625 Nortons Road, Paraparap. Closed on total fire ban days drolkarbuddhistcentre@hotmail.com www.drolkarbuddhistcentre.org.au

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14th March Seachange Quilters of Barwon Heads

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SATURDAYS Community Market

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MONDAYS 22nd March Dancing at the Globe Theatre 8pm-11.30pm Enquiries 0409 253 188 Winchelsea Toy Library 11.30am-1.30pm (no school holidays) Call Carrie on 5267 2028 or email winchelseatoylibrary@gmail.com

Winchelsea Community House 28 Hesse Street. Fri. 28th March March Food Handling. Sat 29th March Intro to Digital Photography (happy snap camera’s - no SLR)

Sat 29th March Cheese Making!!! BLUE CHEESE!!! Limited spots available!!

Sat 5th April Hare Krishna Cooking Workshop. Tue 29th April Anaphylaxis and Asthma training Intro to Social Media and Advertising on Social Media for small business Mon 19th May Intro to computers (x 6 sessions each Monday) Intro to MYOB - coming soon, need expressions of interest Intro to Floristry - coming soon, need expressions of interest For all the classes and timetables please ring 5267 2028 or email education@winchhouse.org.au

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ACAI, Maca, Camu camu, Spirulina… No these are not the names of exotic mountain ranges, these, my friends, are the bees’ knees of super foods. How do we distinguish between a fad and the real deal? Are super foods all they are cracked up to be? Is investing in the best quality food and supplements really worth it? You walk into any health-food store and the choice of anti-oxidant promising super foods is enormous! The question is, are they any good? I will give you my simple answer: yes! Generally speaking, Western diets are high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and packets, tins and jars galore. Very sadly our diets are too low in fresh, local produce, good quality meats, fish, good fats, water and antioxidant rich food choices. Every toxin, chemical, stressor and bad food choice has consequences at a cellular level, causing free radical damage to our precious cells trying their very best to keep us thriving. Thus it is imperative that we not only do our best to avoid the nasties, is it also important to infuse our bodies with the nutrients that are equipped to go in to battle for us and win the cellular war against the junk! Super foods and antioxidant rich goodies including acai berry, maca, spirulina etc are excellent additions to your daily smoothies, juices, cereals and yoghurt. However, as some super foods do interact with medications and can be contraindicated in certain medical conditions, always consult with a naturopath or qualified natural health practitioner before taking any supplements. Spirulina is one of the highest sources of

Bec Winkler is a qualified naturopath with 10 years experience. She is resuming practice locally at Jan Juc Chiropractic Centre, 1 Stuart Ave, Jan Juc. She specialises in natural fertility support, women’s health, babies and children. She also teaches first and second year medical students at Deakin University’s School of Medicine, Waurn Ponds. She is the mother of two young boys, has lived in Torquay for 20 years and is a believer in “let food be thy medicine”.

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Together with a clean, healthy diet, exercising, adequate sleep and doing things that bring you happiness and joy; antioxidant rich super foods make a wonderful combination. We need to take any and every opportunity to nourish and protect our bodies from the barrage of rubbish it is exposed to each and every day. They are not synthetic or artificial; they are real foods with huge nutritional gain.

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Narana education programs include cultural history from when time began in the Dreamings. Find out how Aboriginal societies remained intact for 60,000 years. We discuss the abundant laws, lores, customs and protocols that ensured this unique longevity. See and hear of written symbolic languages, stories delivered in the oral tradition with numerous lessons and parables entwined within them. Wonder at the Aboriginal library made up of the constellations in the night sky. Go out one night and see the symbolised stories for yourself. Weapons such as killer boomerangs and other implements are displayed and demonstrated. See the tribal designs etched and painted on them. Learn to throw a returnable boomerang on our throwing range. Stroll through the adjacent bush food and medicine garden to see a smorgasbord of foods and hear of Aboriginal hunting and environmental preservation techniques. Cap this off with a kangaroo tasting platter with bush spices, chutneys and sauces. Our program topics and issues are wide reaching and cater to all age groups. From the complexities of the old culture, invasion, mission eras to present-day lifestyles, all are discussed in an interactive and inclusive environment.

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After a fulfilling program or self-guided tour, relax in Café Narana, where the chef dishes up daily culinary delights. Wander through the retail store to see the range of bush food products, Aboriginal implements and many other items. Coming soon is a new art gallery, exhibiting artworks, ceramics and jewellery from around Australia. All of this is immersed in a relaxing natural bush environment.

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through? 9. What nationality was the artist Vincent van Gogh? 10. Which is bigger - London’s Hyde Park, New York’s Central Park or Sydney’ Centennial Park? 11. Name the two singers who had hit singles in 1980 with songs called 9 To 5. 12. Which meat would you associate with saltimbocca and Wiener schnitzel? 13. How many times was Marilyn Monroe married? 14. Which London landmark was first opened to

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MOORE WEEKLY STARS You’re full of innovative Aries ideas, but Mars is in retrograde mode. So, just because you’ve thought of something and talked about it enthusiastically and endlessly doesn’t mean you’ve actually done it. Perhaps it’s time to plan a little more and pontificate a lot less? Venus and Mars boost your charm on the weekend, when the love factor is high for many romantic Rams.

Are you making the most of Jupiter being in Cancer? It only happens every 12 years so up until July 16 explore, experiment and be enthusiastic about the opportunities that are around you. On the weekend, use deft diplomacy to navigate your way through a domestic dispute. The more generous and forgiving you are with a family member, the more responsive they’ll be.

Looking for work? With Venus in your career zone, make sure your outer appearance is as immaculate as your job resume! On Thursday, it’s time for tentative Taureans to charge out of your comfort zone and do something challenging, exciting – and different. Take the rough with the smooth in relationships on the weekend, as those around you demand your undivided attention.

Regal Lions love to be Number One but putting others first is the secret to fabulous relationships ATM. Plus find genuine ways to compliment others on work that they do well. Attached Cats – be proactive about partnership problems, as you hold out the olive branch of peace. For some singles, love and travel are linked … so start planning your holiday itinerary ASAP!

Mercury is powering through your career zone until April 8. So, the more you communicate and network with work colleagues, the more progress you’ll make. Lucky opportunities are all around but you have to grab them, before they pass you by. Jupiter favours financial matters until July 16 – as long as you are careful with cash and responsible with credit.

Give your Virgo mind a vigorous workout, as the stars stir your curiosity and stimulate your desire for updated information. On Thursday you’re keen to contact friends, in person and online. All types of research are recommended on Friday, as your eye for detail is boosted by the Mercury/Pluto connection. The perfect time to go through paperwork with a fine-toothed comb!

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Light-hearted Librans – this week you’ll relate to loved ones in a deeper way than usual, as you strip back the layers of politeness and get to the bottom of relationship issues. The weekend is wonderful for love and romance, as Venus boosts good vibes and general joie de vivre. But if you are longing for a calm and comfortable partnership be warned … the only certainty is change!

This week your business side goes into overdrive. Others appreciate you being professional, but try to add the personal touch as well. People are looking for practical support and encouragement, rather than Capricorn criticism – however “constructive” it is. If you’ve been neglecting a friend or family member, they may have exciting weekend plans that don’t include you!

It’s the perfect week to put on your detective cap as you dig up a mystery, uncover a secret or research a topic that has always intrigued you. And you won’t have the patience or predilection for superficial conversations. Instead, you’ll seek out meaningful connections and intense encounters, as powerful Pluto deepens your feelings and increases your Scorpio sensitivity.

With vivacious Venus sashaying through your sign until April 6 you’re on your best behaviour, as you charm the cynics and flirt in fabulous style. Attached Aquarians – this weekend, Venus and Mars help you come up with a grand romantic gesture that sweeps your partner off their feet! Sick of being single? Love is waiting online, with someone from another country or culture.

Get out and about in your local community, as you nurture relationships with neighbours, and make new connections further afield. Mercury/ Jupiter aspects on Thursday promise a fun day, full of stimulating mental and physical activities. Communication is the buzz word on the weekend. You’re in the mood to talk, but be careful idle chatter doesn’t degenerate into hurtful gossip.

When it comes to travel or education, you’re keen to zoom ahead but there are delays or obstacles forcing you to slow down and tick all the boxes first. Thursday’s stars encourage you to let your hair down and indulge in life’s little luxuries – good food, good living and good loving. On the weekend a secret is revealed, a mystery is solved or you find something that’s been lost.

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IT’S the end of a golden era! Microsoft is going to stick to their guns and end support for Windows XP on April 8. After XPs launch in 2001, it quickly gained a foothold and has become both the end user and system technicians favourite operating system. Ease of use, speed, compatibility and support from manufacturers all aided Windows XP to become the most popular Microsoft operating system. When Windows Vista was released it was nowhere near good enough to topple XPs dominance and was neither taken up by home users or business enterprise. Now we are 13 years down the track and I am still seeing Windows XP computers on a daily basis. What does the end of Windows XP support mean

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More premiership glory for Barwon Heads BY JAMES TAYLOR

ABOVE LEFT: Torquay Surf Life Saving Club’s Tess Dubberley, Millie Holding and Soph Thomas came away with a huge haul of 32 medals between them. ABOVE RIGHT: Competitors charge into the water at the Victorian Lifesaving Championships held at Ocean Grove over the weekend.

Close competition at Life Saving Championships BY TIFFANY PILCHER IN AN incredibly tight finish, Mordialloc Life Saving Club has clinched the top title at the Victorian Lifesaving Championships in Ocean Grove over the weekend. Almost 1,000 athletes from 35 different clubs came together to attend the competition hosted by Ocean Grove SLSC for a variety of beach and water events. The competition was so close, the final result was not announced until Monday after the results had been carefully counted. Finishing up on 478 points, Mordialloc won by only 11 points after beating out Anglesea SLSC, whose final total was 467 points. Half Moon Bay SLSC came in third on 360 points, followed by Ocean Grove SLSC on 330 points,

Torquay SLSC on 225 points and Point Leopold on 224 points. Jan Juc SLSC weren’t far behind on 221, Mount Martha LSC finished on 107, Mornington finished on 67 and Lorne rounded out the competition on 64. Jan Juc SLSC was named the Life Saving Victoria Club of the Year for the club overall point score after all senior championship events for 2012/13. Individually, Torquay Surf Life Saving Club had a hugely successful day with Tess Dubberley, Millie Holding and Soph Thomas taking home 23 gold, five silver and four bronze medals for a total of 32 medals between them. LSV sport events co-ordinator Tom Mitchell said the second day of competition was exciting for competitors and spectators alike. “It was finals time, and there was clearly a strong

sense of competition and rivalry on the beach today,” he said. “We saw some exciting finishes across the competition and strong performances from both bayside and coastal clubs alike.” Winners from the weekend will now set their sights on the Australian Lifesaving Championships to be held at Scarborough Beach in Western Australia from March 31 to April 6. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos paid tribute to the state’s lifesavers at the championships at Ocean Grove. “With more than 28,000 Life Saving Victoria volunteer members in 57 lifesaving clubs, our lifesavers symbolise strength, safety, resilience, community spirit and the importance of volunteering.”

BARWON Heads has won the BPCA’s A Grade premiership for the fifth time in nine seasons in emphatic fashion, triumphing over Queenscliff at Jan Juc Park. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Barwon Heads had both openers dismissed cheaply but steadied in the middle order through 50 from Lachie Campbell and 32 from Daniel Lowery. Ashley McDonald and Toby Smith each took three wickets for Queenscliff. Chasing 193 to win, Queenscliff were in immediate trouble, losing their first wicket for only three runs and slumping to 7/49, Patrick Lowery’s five wickets tearing the heart out of the resistance. Queenscliff was eventually all out for 92 and Barwon Heads lifted the premiership shield. In other grand final results, Drysdale will go into the reserve day of its B Grade match against Wallington. The home side are 4/176, chasing Wallington’s total of 228. In C Grade, Portarlington successfully defended 235 at Ron Evans Oval, knocking over Drysdale for 150. Dean Deluca had a big day out for the winners, making 80 and taking six wickets. Collendina won the D Grade premiership against Wallington, making 187 and dismissing the visitors for 160.

The victorious Barwon Heads A Grade players celebrate with the premiership shield.

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MY BIG CATCH WITH GARRY KERR

FISHING REPORT ANGLESEA

Reports of sweep being taken by those fishing off the rocks continue with some reports of salmon and snapper being caught The odd gummy shark continues to be caught, as well as some pinkies every now and then Plenty of salmon still to be caught off the beaches Reports also of some school shark and seven gill being caught Painkalac Creek is producing some nice bream also. For all the latest fishing news and all the right advice, drop by and see us and we will do our best to get you out there, fishing productively with the right gear and the right bait. The Great Ocean Road Outdoor Centre, Anglesea, phone 5263 2330.

APOLLO BAY

Mackerel in the harbour and the odd trevally Still King George whiting and grass whiting in the harbour plus squid Still plenty of salmon still to be had both at the end of the pier at the entrance of the breakwater and of the beaches Those in boats are still catching some gummy, pinkies and flathead The Barham is producing some bream and mullet. For all your bait and tackle in Apollo Bay, contact Steve or Jen. They will be more than pleased to help you, phone 5237 6434.

BARWON HEADS

Some pinkies are still being caught by those out in boats The Barwon River is producing whiting, trevally, salmon and bream.

TORQUAY Whiting still in close on the reefs as well as a few pinkies Some good salmon are being caught off the beaches The odd flathead as well has been taken offshore Plenty of bream to be caught in Spring Creek. Remember Torquay Tackle and Sports. For all the best available advice in Torquay on tackle and bait, drop in and see Gareth and Jonathan. They will do their best to ensure you get the most up-to-date information available, phone 5264 8207.

QUEENSCLIFF

St Leonards continues with some good whiting catches being taken and squid and snapper are still around Swan Bay, still has a few good flathead and King George whiting to be had Salmon along with kingfish being caught in the rip from 3 to 5 kilograms jigging with lures Point Lonsdale pier is producing a few salmon and some trevally The White Lady is still producing a few squid and whiting The creek has the usual trevally, salmon and mullet being caught Both thresher shark and makos are being caught outside the heads.

SURFBOARDS

RECENTLY, we have had a number of people come into our store us asking about how you go about catching lobsters and what you can use to catch them. The fishing regulations are quite clear that the only “equipment” you can use is a pair of good dive gloves (your hands) or two hoop nets not exceeding 77 centimetres in diameter with a drop of no more than 50 centimetres. Nets must also be properly labelled with your name and address. The legal size for lobster is 11 centimetre carapace length for a male and 10.5 centimetres for a female, which means you measure from the front edge of the groove between the large antennae to the nearest part of the rear edge of the carapace (basically the head of the lobster). Bag limit is only two lobsters per person. The fishing regulations will show you exactly how to measure the lobster as well as what other restrictions apply including season dates. Fisheries Victoria has recently expressed their concern over the increased use of illegal snares, hooks and spears to take Southern Rock Lobster through illegal methods. A Fisheries spokesperson noted that: “Spears and snares seem to be the weapons of choice, and unfortunately this means they can target rock lobster that would normally be uncatchable, and recently they have had several offenders found with undersize rock lobster, as well as having more than their allowed daily catch limit”. “With the warmer weather, they have seen an increase in people taking more than their daily catch limits by diving or drop netting several times over the course of a long, hot day. “Rock lobsters show obvious signs when taken illegally and spears leave puncture wounds and snares can also partially crush the animal.” Fisheries also noticed the use of hooks, which will often kill or damage the rock lobster regardless of the size. “When taking part in any form of diving for rock lobster, only hands are to be used to take them. By taking only by hand or drop net, this acts as a control measure to conserve our valuable stocks. “Divers need to respect the rules around catch limits to ensure there are healthy levels of rock lobster into the future for everyone to enjoy along

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TENNIS IN GEELONG

Fun day on the courts TENNIS Geelong’s March 8 tournament at Geelong Lawn was an excellent warm-up for this Saturday’s grand final for some. For others, it was a bit of fun and a hit on those great grass, plexicushion and en tout cas courts. Senior players had men’s doubles and mixed to choose from, while the junior players entered as a single and were given a partner - just to keep things interesting. Weather was great and a respectable contingent of 102 players participated. Results can be found on the Tennis Geelong website tennis.com. au/tennisgeelonginc.

Junior masters Ladies in full flight midweek THE very popular junior singles event, the junior masters tennis series, kicked off its 2014 series last month at Ocean Grove. Junior players in age groups of 10, 12, 14 and 16 and under compete in singles against others of their own age, with points gathered from each event being tallied at the end of the series (in October), where the highest point earner in each age group, girls and boys, are declared “junior masters”. The second event was held at Waurn Ponds just a fortnight ago and it was most successful. On Sunday March 23, it’s Leopold Tennis Club’s turn to be host club. Club junior reps should have entry forms for the series. Ring Ry Davies on 0404 538 540 for enquiries regarding Leopold. In April, the event goes to Lara, with Moolap in May. Geelong Lawn also have a May date, followed by Newcomb in June, Centre Court in July, Grovedale in September, winding up with Highton in October. Enter in one or go in the lot - your choice. Play well and you just might be a “junior master”.

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MIDWEEK ladies tennis started their new season on Tuesday February 4, with 115 new players coming into the competition with just about everyone now playing under the Tennis Geelong banner. All this equates to 16 new teams, making a grand total of 101 teams, involving 37 clubs right across the Greater Geelong area and beyond. Two new clubs have teams entered, Point Lonsdale and Sutherlands Creek – and a very warm welcome to them and to all the other newcomers – and regulars too. The Tuesday ladies’ competition is certainly going from strength to strength, catering for highlevel players right down to the novices and beginners. Any ladies interested in getting involved can have a look at the Tennis Geelong website tennis. com.au/tennisgeelonginc or contact me on phil. hunt@moolaptc.org and I’ll put you onto a club somewhere near your home.

(L-R), 12 and under runner-up Georgia, Ocean Grove co-ordinator Julie and 12 and under winner Anastasia.

Grass to be full of class TOP: Aiden, Justin, Dylan and Andrew ready to get started. ABOVE LEFT: Oliver, George, Tom, Jarrod, Harvey and Will ready to get under way. ABOVE RIGHT: Mixed doubles partners Anne and Mark looking forward to start the game.

FROM THE

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WITH ANGLESEA BOWLING CLUB CONGRATULATIONS to the Saturday Pennant Division 2 side – a great effort to make the final four the season immediately after promotion to that division. Our Mixed Invitation Triples Day, sponsored by Don and Jocelyn Aitken (in conjunction with

Anglesea IGA), was a great success with 22 teams competing. Victors – with wins in all four games – were Bob Jennings, Nathan Chrzanowski, Collette Talbot. Runners-up (three games and a draw) were Jim Reed, Heather Chalmers, Sue Rolls. The winner of the raffle of a hand appliquéd queensized quilt was Tony Wagner of Anglesea. Sixty bowlers participated in the annual Len Christie Memorial tournament held on the Labour Day Monday. Winners were: Peter Gordon, Pauline Andrewartha, Don Aitken. Runners-up were: Barry Mason, Moss Darby, Renate Holdinghausen. Well done to Alan Newton who drew Closest to the Ditch in both the above tournaments.

BARWON Tourist Park’s Victorian Grasscourts Championships took place from Boxing Day to December 30, 2013. International, national and local players participated in the prestigious Platinum level event, held at Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. Men’s winner was fourth seed Daniel Byrnes, who played some great tennis to take the title comfortably from Mitchell Ian Burman. On his way to winning the

event, Daniel caused an upset win over tournament top seed James Lemke. Daniel also teamed up with his brother Nathan to win the doubles title. Ladies champion was number three seed Alison Bai, who defeated second seed Sally Peers in a hard-fought and entertaining threeset final. Geelong Lawn general manager, Brendan Parker was very pleased with the high standard of tennis played and vowed to make next year’s event even better.

COMING EVENTS Please support these sponsored events and remember to put your name down to play before 9.30am.

Bowls will be supplied by the club together with some coaching at a cost of $10 per adult (and a special rate for children) for two hours (wear flat sole shoes).

Saturday March 22 – Nominated Mixed Triples, 10am, BYO Lunch

HAPPY HOUR Everyone is invited to the Anglesea Bowling Club for happy hour from 5pm every Friday. Followed by the members draw at 6pm but you must be in attendance to claim your prize.

Tuesday April 1 – Mixed social bowls on April Fool’s Day Men’s Monday April 7, 12.30 pm “Remember a Mate Day” BAREFOOT BOWLS Come and try bowling - contact the club on 5263 1229 or 0499 856 613 to arrange a suitable time.

BISTRO CLOSED The Anglesea Bowling Club Bistro is closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our loyal supporters.

TORQUAY TIGERS

Junior Family Fun Day Sunday 23 March 2014, 10am–12pm Spring Creek Football Ground U10 & U12 Teams announced. Meet the Junior Coaches. Jumping Castles, Games, Boot swap and much more!

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golf

Thursday 20 March 2014

ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB LOTS of golf results to get through so here goes! Sunday March 9 it seemed like past Captains Day with two of our past Captains winning A and B Grade. Richard Hammett won A grade with 38 points and Daryl Britnell won B Grade with the best score of the day with 42 points. C Grade was won by Paul Brown with 40 points and the women’s event was won by Liz McConchie with 37 points. NTPs were: Frank Tait 3rd, Anthony Ivelja 6th, Jane Hills 13th and Wade Britnell 16th.

TORQUAY GOLF CLUB

WITH RACHEL KANE

back. NTPs: Andrew Daffy 3rd, Warren Heinnen 6th, Barry Walker 13th and Jackpot Hole 16th Brian Virtue. The Seniors’ event winner was Alan Parton 36.

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

Wednesday March 12: Men’s Stableford saw terrific scores returned and you had to score better than 37 count back just to win a ball. A Grade was won by Calvin Robbins 41 points, B Grade Bill Black 38 points and C Grade Peter Jackson 39 points on a count

Well the members may not have thought so but we welcomed 12mm of much-needed rain on Saturday to freshen everything up. A Grade was won by Chris Duffield +3 c/b, B Grade Marcus McDonald +3 c/b, C Grade Barry Edwards +1 and the women’s Di West +2. NTPs Neville Henderson 3rd, AJ Foster 6th, Sheamus Sushames 13th and Doug Green took the jackpot hole 16th . Sunday was a teams event with members playing Irish BBB Stableford. The winning team was Wally Karnilowicz, Peter Gowans, DJ Wylie and Tony Leeds with 119 points. Runnersup were: Maralyn Cross, Roz Holland, Bernie (a rose between three thorns) Stokes and Claire Brennan with 118 points. NTPs: Tony Leeds 3rd, Peter Thompson 6th, Roz Holland 13th and Geoff Hose 16th.

TUESDAY, some of our ladies competed in the Joyce Graham Cup which is played against Anglesea Golf Club. In the 60th year of vying for the title, Torquay has won 24 times and Anglesea 36. This year, however, Torquay, which last won in 2006 after years of trying, won 7/4. It was a very proud victory. In the daily Par competition Trish Morris took out A Grade with +5 and for B Grade Gail Hilton also scored +5. Jenny McGaw won the resort with +1. NTPs W. Johnson, B. Oliver, G. Hilton and J. McGaw. J. Chick hit the jackpot. Wednesday, Malcolm Brown from The Corowa GC shot 43 points to win A Grade. B Grade went to Bill Fitzpatrick 42 points. Donald Lyne took out C Grade with the score of the day 47 points and Wayne Bodley finished on top for D Grade 46 points. Well done to one of our finest elder statesman Cec Browning who scored 44 points to win the Resort course. NTPs A. Roy, D. Hughes, R. Papworth, P. Brown and R. Hedley. J. Shanahan with a good shot early hit the jackpot. Friday, our octogenarians, as our club captain so eloquently stated at presentations, competed in the Ken Sizer Memorial Day. Players from around the district were represented as well as our own. It was nice to see so many of the over 80’s out on the course. Playing off the Resort markers two Torquay members played well to win. Gerry Phillips won the Nett with 54 and for

the Gross John Richards had 71. The ladies’ was taken out by Sheila Currie also from Torquay GC with 41 points. In the daily competition, Wayne Bent scored 45 points to win A Grade and, for B Grade, Uli Schmetzer had 43 points to win. Anne Staig won the ladies with 39 points. NTPs M. Franklin, D. Locker and A. Staig. L. Taylor hit the jackpot. Saturday we had two shotgun starts, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. In the morning field, the A Grade win went to Paul Byron who said watching C Grade winner John inspired his solid 43 points. B Grade winner Terry Lee was not up to any speeches, he just let his 44 points do all the talking and for C Grade John Monro making his acceptance speech said his partners were to thank and it was a good day on the course. In the afternoon, the scores were not so high due to the wind, rain and lightning some good scores were still posted like A Grade winner John Calnin with 41 points. B Grade was taken out by Noel Jeffery with 43 points and for C Grade another good score in the conditions Colin Stone shot 47 points. Cheryl Brunt won the ladies with 39 points and the Resort winner was Doug McGregor scoring 42 points. NTPs M. Ellis, P. Byron, A. McCallum, K. Grayling, B. Brown, P. Brunt and G. Fletcher, who also took out the jackpot.

Golf Links Road, Anglesea Clubhouse: 5263 1582 Pro Shop: 5263 1951

Email: info@angleseagolfclub.com.au Web: www.angleseagolfclub.com.au

1 Great Ocean Road, Torquay Phone: 5261 1600 Pro Shop: 5261 1677

Email: golf_torquay@racv.com.au Web: www.torquaygolfclub.com.au

MIDWEEK RESULTS Monday of the long weekend and the weather was perfect and was reflected in the scoring. There was a common theme among the men with Damien Withers winning A Grade, Anthony Devlin B Grade and Mark Smith C Grade all with +5. Ann Stokes won the women’s with +4. NTPs: Margaret McCarthy 3rd, Geoff Trethowan 6th, Chris Sawyer 13th and Daniel Wright 16th. Chris Duffield also eagled the 18th.

THE SANDS TORQUAY LADIES Saturday Stableford: THE afternoon brought extreme conditions for golf forcing a lot of the afternoon ladies to retire. Some of the ladies beat the weather and were able to post some decent scores! Sarah Tokolyi won the day with a score of +1 to win by 2 over Susan Barrett. NTP went to Marianne Bridgart on 7.

MEN’S Saturday Stableford: Conditions were good in the morning despite some light showers, the afternoon, however, brought the thunderstorms forcing a lot of players off the course. Despite the weather, overall scoring was pretty good. In A Grade, we had Craig Willian win on a count back from Billy Mitris with a score of +5. In B Grade, it was Wayne Monaghan posting a terrific score of +6 to take the win over Ian O’Brien. In C Grade, we had Hamish Anderson win on a count back from Michael Fleming with a score of +4. NTP went to Louis McFadden on 5, Charlie Repcak on 13 and Peter Hampson on 17.

Thursday March 13 Women’s Stableford winners were: A Grade Sue Bowler 36 points, B Grade Dinah Kosky 36 points and C Grade Lesley McMaster 34 points on a count back.

WEEKEND RESULTS

to persevere. When the day was done it was Bobby Brackin who was able to best handle the conditions, posting a 39 to win by 1 over Gav Sheahan. Medleys Tuesday 9 hole Stableford: It was a hotly contested affair, and in the end it was Gillian Connely winning with a great score +3 from Jim Demetrious +2. Sunday Stableford: The conditions were fairly windy but nothing The Sands members can’t handle. At the top of the leaderboard was Simon Strahan with another great score of 44 points I’m sure his handicap will be coming in a lot more for his next round. Sarah Tokolyi came in second with a good score also of 37 points.

COMING EVENTS Thursday March 13 – Stroke (Singles Matchplay Qualifying) Saturday March 15 – 2 Person Ambrose Sunday March 16 – Open Week Begins (Mixed Pinehurst)

Wednesday Stableford: It was a humid day but the men were able 2 Sands Boulevarde, Torquay Clubhouse: 5264 3333 Pro Shop: 5264 3307

PORTARLINGTON GOLF CLUB

FROM THE MEMBERS’ ROOM

Golf Memberships: 5264 3303 Email: sands@peppers.com.au Web: www.thesandstorquay.com

WITH ROB CASEY

MID-WEEK fixtures were delayed this week as our greens had their bi-annual coring and/or scarification, which reminded me to mention what a great job head curator Steve Burchett and his ground staff have done to make our course such a delight to all concerned. It is a mammoth task, and in particular they had the course better than ever for the recent ProAm. While all golfers have the odd (well, frequent!) whinge when we hit a bad shot, very rarely is it due to the course condition. Thank you, gentlemen, from all the golfers at PGC, and our highly impressed visitors. It is an absolute pleasure to hit balls off our second to none fairways. Thursday March 13, Men’s Par Our newest member of the golf committee, Ian McAuliffe decided it was time to put in a good game, and this he did with a brilliant 7 up to win trophy of the day, and B Grade from David Kirk’s almost as good 6 up. A Grade winner was Martin Shembrey on a count back from Jim Collison, both with +5, and C Grade went to Alan Grainger on +6 from in-form Barry Leonard’s +3. Joe Sacco’s +5 was easily the best D Grade score, 4 shots clear of the improving Michael Myatt. NTPs went to John W Bowman, Jim Pyke and Don McKenzie. Friday March 7, Ladies’ 4-ball Stableford Joy McGregor and Wendy Wood combined beautifully to post the score of the day with 48 points and win the

team event from Beth Peterson and Madge Pinge’s 46. Kathleen Howes and Marg Quick won bronze with their 42. NTP’s went to Sally Schaller and Angela Royal, while Beth Peterson and Judy Paton scored the ProPins. Saturday March 8 – Men’s and Ladies’ Stableford Our former club manager Jim Trevillian showed the benefit of having more time for golf with a sensational 46 points to win trophy of the day, and C Grade from Ken Stanley’s 42. Our reincarnated version of Maurie Fields, our very own Brian Webster, whom we don’t have to pay to hear his jokes, proved that he can also play golf by scoring 39 points to win D Grade by a shot from David Wallis. Lynton Barmby won B Grade with a great 42 points from Rod Gurney on 40, while our A Grader of the day was Craig Plummer who beat last week’s hole-in-oner, Scott Hopgood on a count back, both with 39 points. Our NTPs were won by Sean Rogers, Mannie Golfis and David McCutcheon, and the ProPin on the 1st went to Shane Cahill. A clear winner in the Ladies event was Helen McSparron with 40 points from Gweneth Barnett and Judy Dietrich, both on 36. Jenny Pearson won both the ProPin on the 2nd and NTP on the 17th, while Yvonne Casey had the best shot on the 5th.

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