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Thursday 27 March 2014
VOL 12. No 13
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The Lorne Sculpture Biennale ends this weekend. See our photo gallery, pages 34-37. Photo: WARWICK TUCKER
Planning Minister’s C66 decision gets praise and scorn
MIXED RESULTS BY JAMES TAYLOR
A WEEK has passed since the decision to ignore part of the Surf Coast Shire’s plan for Amendment C66, which has received a mixed reaction from the community. As revealed in last week’s Surf Coast Times, Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s final determination on the amendment was to set Torquay’s urban growth boundary at one kilometre west of Duffields Road. This was in agreement with a Planning Panels Victoria report but against the wishes of the council, which wanted the
boundary set at Duffields Road. Shire mayor Rose Hodge said the council had formed its position – which was reaffirmed in December on a 4-3 vote – based on community consultation and the preparation of planning documents such as Sustainable Futures Torquay Jan Juc 2040. “This has been a difficult and complex issue, which has included extensive community involvement and strong views have been expressed. “Council has listened and responded to the feedback received and I know
many people will be disappointed by the decision of the Planning Minister.” Feedback on the gazetted version of Amendment C66 to the Surf Coast Times ran about even, ranging from “a vote for common sense” to “anti-democratic”. Writing in favour, Lynton Smith said it was a wonderful outcome for the community. “Spring Creek is a beautiful area and with a little investment from the council, could become a welcome extension of the paths that already exist. “The Planning Minister has acted on
the recommendation of the independent panel, which takes in the interests of the whole community – not a minority group with vested interests.” Steve Schutt claimed the decision would do nothing for Torquay’s liveability. “10,000 more people, plus another 60,000 or so from Armstrong Creek, will only overtax resources and put huge pressures on our natural resources. But of course it will make the developers become far richer. “Once again, big business has won.” Former Speak Up For Spring Creek
spokesman David Bell was pragmatic, describing the result as much more than the community thought was possible six years ago. “From loss of the whole valley to suburban development to one kilometre of lesser density housing and a commitment to create a permanent green break to the hamlet of Bellbrae,” he said. “It is a zoning that gives the community, through their elected council, a chance to shape the development and have protection and restoration of the waterways in the valleys.”
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Lorne bridge is back in the swing
Bushfire reform heats up
BY JAMES TAYLOR
BY JAMES TAYLOR
THE Lorne Swing Bridge is back to its former glory after a $527,000 makeover. Closed because of structural issues about a year ago, an investigation determined the bridge â€“ built next to the Great Ocean Road in 1937 â€“ needed to be demolished and rebuilt. The new bridge, which provides a key pedestrian link to the Lorne foreshore and was largely rebuilt with â€œlike for likeâ€? materials to retain its original appearance, opened to foot traffic on March 5. It was officially opened by Polwarth MP Terry Mulder last Friday. Mr Mulder said the state government was proud to have invested $220,000 in the project through
the Regional Growth Fund and $50,000 through the Coastal Environments Program. â€œThe project replaced all decking, handrails and reconstructed the supporting end towers of the bridge, which is an important piece of community and tourism infrastructure on the Great Ocean Road. â€œThe Great Ocean Road attracts more than 8.2 million people annually so it was important to restore the bridge to re-establish access across the mouth of the Erskine River and provide an essential link to tourism attractions in Lorne. â€œRe-opening the bridge will help bolster community pride in the town, as this bridge is synonymous with Lorne and is often featured on promotional material supporting the town.â€?
Toy boats sail underneath the new Lorne Swing Bridge. Photos: WARWICK TUCKER
Surf Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge, GORCC chair John Carlile, Surf Coast Shire Lorne Ward councillor Clive Goldsworthy and Polwarth MP Terry Mulder open the bridge.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) contributed $182,000 to the project, and the Surf Coast Shire tipped in $75,000. Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister Peter Ryan said the Regional Growth Fund was investing in community-led projects to strategically drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria. In the Surf Coast Shire, the fund has provided $8.2 million to 16 projects, leveraging about $12.2 million in total investment. Those projects include: â€˘ $4.1 million for the supply of natural gas to Winchelsea â€˘ $500,000 for the $750,000 Great Ocean Road National Heritage Centre, and â€˘ $215,000 for the $315,000 Surf Coast Shire Town Parks Community Infrastructure Project.
SURF Coast Shire councillors have turned up the heat on Planning Minister Matthew Guy, urging him to start a planned review of the stateâ€™s Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO). In response to the Royal Commission into the Black Saturday bushfires, the state government introduced the BMO in 2011, which applies to land that may be significantly affected by a bushfire. The mapping of the BMO covers about 2,684 lots in the Surf Coast Shire â€“ or about 11 per cent of the total â€“ including around the fringes of Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Lorne. According to the existing BMO policy, developments will only be supported if â€œrisk to life and property from bushfire can be reduced to an acceptable levelâ€?, and some Surf Coast Shire landowners have thus been unable to secure planning permits for their blocks. A planned expansion to the mapping may cover substantial areas of coastal towns, and the council flagged this would make infill development around shopping centres in Anglesea and Lorne difficult. Late last year, Mr Guy announced changes to the BMO were to be investigated, but no further advice has been received by the council and the expanded mapping project also remains on hold. At Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting in Lorne, Cr Rod Nockles said the townâ€™s residents would be well aware of the complications the BMO had caused. â€œThe Royal Commission recommendations are pretty clear when applied to greenfield developments, but when you talk about existing townships, itâ€™s quite problematic. We ought to formalise our position and seek a timeline.â€? Lorne Ward councillor Clive Goldsworthy agreed - â€œIt is clearly a hot topic and itâ€™s time to get on with it,â€? he said.
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Thursday 27 March 2014
Torquay pool taskforce asks for more time BY JAMES TAYLOR THE team investigating the plan for Torquay’s pool has asked for more time to crunch the numbers and find the best model. Surf Coast Shire councillors heard an update on the first three meetings of the Aquatic and Leisure Centre Taskforce at their meeting on Tuesday night. The council also extended the taskforce’s term from six to eight months.
The taskforce, established in September, will hold two more meetings and will present its findings to the council in July. Cr Brian McKiterick, who is chairing the taskforce, said the delay was “not because of anything untoward” but because of the amount of information the taskforce had received and the work it had already done. “It’s been a very intense group which has had a lot to think about.” The taskforce’s benchmarking of
Big cats sighted Geelong Cats players Tom Hawkins and Brad Hartman pose for a picture with the school captains at Mount Duneed Regional Primary School. On Tuesday, Grade 5 and 6 students were absorbed by a talk by the two footballers, who spoke about teamwork, healthy lifestyle and dedication. The students quizzed
the pair on a range of topics, including how many pairs of footy boots they went through in a year, their favourite player outside of the Cats, and how they got their confidence back after playing a bad game. The talk was part of the club’s School Cats program, which visits about 120 schools each year.
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other aquatic centres across Victoria has found the facilities were expensive to construct and operate, but councils largely accepted these operating losses as part of a suite of community services. Operating losses could be partially offset through high memberships, as well as attractive membership packages, gymnasiums, fitness services and allied health services that would draw visitors to the centre. Cr Heather Wellington, who is also
on the taskforce, said the pool was “an unequivocal good” and the challenge was to find a model that was affordable. “In the end, the ratepayers of the shire will have to bear the cost financially, but I’m hopeful we’ll find a way to do it.” Surf Coast Aquatic Leisure Centre Action Group co-founder and longtime pool advocate Tony Smales acknowledged the work done so far. “The mid-term report shows a
committed and thorough approach from all involved including councillors, council officers and the community members,” he said. “The taskforce’s investigation of all aspects of what is needed to ensure a leisure centre becomes a reality has been heartening for our group and for the Surf Coast community. “We look forward to the final report in July and the positive future actions that the community expects will arise from the taskforce’s work.”
Thursday 27 March 2014
Corangamite CMA defends river action BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) has defended its decision to allow a natural recovery of the Anglesea River estuary. As revealed in last week’s Surf Coast Times, the Anglesea River Support Action Group (ARSAG) has called on the authority to artificially open the river mouth, citing a report commissioned by the authority in 2012. The report highlights the importance of having the river mouth open so the acidified estuarine waters can mix with seawater. In December, the authority said the impacts of artificially opening the river were too high. Last week, a Corangamite CMA
spokesperson said the estuary has since “made a significant recovery, with water quality returning to a level where there are regular reports of fish sightings back in the system”. The spokesperson referred to reports from the authority’s EstuaryWatch website, which show that the river’s acidity had been steadily decreasing since the decision was made not to trial a deeper opening. “An Anglesea Implementation Committee has been formed through the development of the Anglesea Estuary Management Plan (EMP) to oversee implementation of the plan and to inform future management decisions, and met earlier this month to review the current state of the estuary and progress with EMP actions. “Through this committee, the relevant
School door smashed Police are investigating after a break-in was reported at St Therese Catholic Primary School on Thursday. The perpetrator or perpetrators attempted to get into the office and administration area of the school by smashing the glass door at about 5am. St Therese principal Pauline Audley said security guards responded to the alarm, but nothing had been stolen. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
agencies work together to weigh up the social, environmental, economic and cultural risks regarding potential artificial openings at any given time.” Meanwhile, Senator John Madigan from the Democratic Labour Party visited the river last week and called for immediate action, saying the ongoing repeated fish kills were having an impact on tourism and local businesses. The Victorian Senator said the river was key to Anglesea’s well-being, providing economic stimulus and recreational facilities for residents and regional, interstate and overseas tourists. “This is a problem that must be fixed as quickly as possible.” He called for at least four dredgings of the river mouth each year.
Anglesea businessman and ARSAG member Garry Kerr, professional fisherman Gary Bonner and Senator John Madigan visit the Anglesea River.
News in brief Multiple shark sightings in Torquay TORQUAY Surf Beach was closed on Friday after a shark was seen swimming in the area. Lifesavers sounded the alarm around 11.30am, closing the beach and evacuating all swimmers from the water before the water was declared safe again at 12.30pm. It appears the shark took a liking to the waters around Torquay point last week, being spotted there four times within five days. Lifesavers estimated it was around three metres but there have been no sightings since.
Man surprises caravan thieves A JAN JUC man surprised some would-be thieves stealing his caravan in the early hours of Friday morning. The man woke at about 3am to discover the brazen crime in progress
and pursued the thieves, who noticed they were being followed, dumped the caravan near the corner of the Great Ocean Road and Duffields Road, and took off. Police are investigating.
Restaurant goes dark for Earth Hour Lorne’s Maple Tree restaurant has registered to take part in Earth Hour this Saturday, and will be running service with the lights off from 6pm. Chefs will don solar-battery powered headlamps, and eco-friendly candles will adorn the table tops. The restaurant’s Brendan Lane said this year’s Earth Hour was extra special for Australia as the main focus was the Great Barrier Reef, “which is under threat, now more than ever”. For more information, phone 5289 1004 or head to mapletreelorne.com.
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Survey reveals mixed results for businesses BY JAMES TAYLOR A SURVEY carried out by Torquay Commerce and Tourism (TCT) has found the town’s businesses have experienced mixed results this summer. As revealed by the Surf Coast Times on February 13, TCT has carried out a survey of how the Gilbert Street and Bell Street precincts performed between December 1 last year and January 31 this year. TCT president Barrie Sutherland released the results earlier this week. Nearly half of survey respondents reported sales revenue increases, mostly due to business expansion, price increases and strong stock clearances strategies; while 36 per cent reported decreases, with some respondents reporting very high decreases and cash flow pressures. Mr Sutherland said there had been fragility in consumer confidence, “especially at the higher end of discretionary spending where the variability of sales revenues is the greatest”. “Full time employment has remained flat with decreases in casuals. “High energy costs have added to pressures on margins on those businesses that are energy intensive, particularly in the takeaway food and café sectors.”
Significant issues affecting Torquay’s businesses were: • Cool weather between Christmas and New Year • Surf Coast Highway reconstruction from Thomsons Creek to Blackgate Road • Great Ocean Road signage that warns of road construction delays to Torquay • Great Ocean Road signage that conveys the message that going via Torquay is a detour • Markets operating in parallel throughout the peak trading period, and • Higher costs of camping. Bell Street businesses performed marginally better than those in Gilbert Street. Mr Sutherland said like retailers elsewhere, many Torquay retailers were on sale over the summer period to clear slow-moving stock. “A few years ago this was an abnormal strategy, now it appears to be normal, which adds to margin pressures.” He said only 26 of the 80 surveys that the TCT sent out were returned, and “higher returns would have been better”, but there were consistent answers on the significant issues. “The outlook is cautionary with tight control on casual employment, variable and discretionary expenditures.”
Local children are excited to go on a massive search for Easter eggs at the Surf Coast Times Easter Hunt on April 6.
The hunt is on this Easter BY TIFFANY PILCHER
THE Easter bunny is visiting Bellbrae early this year to drop off a bunch of chocolate eggs for the Surf Coast Times Easter Hunt on April 3. All kids, big and small are welcome and entry is $7 for each child and free for adults. The entry fee includes a basket to be filled with all the chocolate the kids can get their hands on. Proceeds from the evening will go towards upgrading some paving areas within the Bellbrae Primary
School grounds. Entertainment will be non-stop with local musician Patrick Wilson performing an acoustic set followed by a performance from local psych surf rock band Surf Fusion. The barbecue will have all the classic favourites and homemade vegetable burgers, pumpkin soup and lemonade will also be on offer. Organiser Rachel Baulch said it’s going to be a fun way to bring the community together to celebrate Easter. “It’s a great way to finish off the school
term and have a fun social activity planned before the days get too short. “Everyone within the broader community is welcome to join in the fun and games and we’re really hoping to build on it from here and make it an annual event.” The Surf Coast Times Easter Hunt will be held at the Bellbrae Primary School Oval on Thursday April 3 from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are for sale now at Bellbrae Primary School, Whitford Torquay and the Surf Coast Times offices.
Thursday 27 March 2014
GORCC works on final Point Grey plan BY JAMES TAYLOR THE Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is pressing on with its vision for the Point Grey precinct, and is incorporating feedback into the development of the final plan. Last month, the committee met to consider the results of the recent consultation period and other factors which may affect the Point Grey Precinct Plan, including the Victorian Coastal Strategy. GORCC’s plan to merge the precinct’s two buildings into one has been met with backlash from the community, particularly from the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club. GORCC chair John Carlile said the feedback received on the draft plan was acknowledged and appreciated, and had been a catalyst for further discussions with local groups. “We have commenced discussions with key Lorne groups such as the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club and are working with them to explore areas of common ground and work towards balancing all stakeholders’ requirements.” He said the committee was also looking to meet again with other stakeholders, including commercial leaseholders, the Committee for Lorne and the project’s community reference group. The development of a final plan is expected to take some time as the committee works to integrate the diverse stakeholder considerations and consider relevant coastal planning guidelines and policies, as well as other more recently
The final version of the plan for the Point Grey Precinct is being drawn up.
identified factors. “We are also working with relevant government bodies to identify how the community’s desires can be consolidated with public policy requirements. “Of particular importance is the development of the new Victorian Coastal Strategy, which is the Victorian government’s key policy for planning and managing the coast and therefore has strong relevance to this project.
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“The new Victorian Coastal Strategy, which is expected to be released over the coming months, will be considered by the committee as part of the planning process as it may contain new or updated policies and directions that are of relevance. “We consider it vital that we take the time required to work together with all stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for this iconic area.”
Campaign wants some dam digital support BY JAMES TAYLOR THE push to keep Aireys Inlet connected to the Painkalac Reservoir has gone digital, with campaigners setting up a page on Facebook. In December, Barwon Water announced it was investigating options to upgrade the town’s water supply system as its water treatment plant approaches the end of its operational life. While a detailed design and cost estimate have been completed for replacing the plant, Barwon Water is investigating the option of constructing a pipeline to supply Aireys Inlet from Anglesea. There has been some community dissatisfaction with the plan. Aireys Inlet resident Peter Kaye accused Barwon Water and the Barwon Water alliance in a March 13 letter to the Surf Coast Times of “trying to pull the wool” over the eyes of residents in an attempt to save money. The “Save Aireys Inlet Dam” page was set up on the same day, and a post on the page said that by being connected to the Barwon Water supply, residents of Aireys Inlet “will then become subject to restrictions, limitations, increased costs – all factors that they currently DO NOT have imposed upon them due to the fact that their water supply comes from the Painkalac Reservoir”. In last week’s Surf Coast Times, Barwon Water general manager of infrastructure Paul Northey said a final decision was expected in August, and another public information session was planned for May.
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Another busy week for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) as the Swing Bridge is formally opened and the latest press release on the Point Grey precinct plan is issued. Fantastic to have our iconic bridge back in operation again and linking foot trafﬁc to all sections of Lorne. After failing to listen to the clear message that was delivered through the consultation process, GORCC seems to have “re-aligned the ship” in looking to work with stakeholders to incorporate their feedback into the development of a ﬁnal plan. Chairman John Carlile said “the feedback received on the draft plan was acknowledged and appreciated and has been a catalyst for further discussion with local groups.” “We have commenced discussions with key Lorne groups such as the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club and we are working with them to explore areas of common ground and work towards balancing all stakeholders’ requirements.” Mr Carlile went on to say that the Committee was also looking to meet again with other stakeholders, including commercial leaseholders, the Committee for Lorne and the project’s Community Reference Group. Having been a participant in the Community Reference group, along with a great cross section of Lorne Community members, it has been a breath of fresh air to see this newfound desire to not just listen to community feedback but to incorporate it into an amended draft plan. This is a major, major change from the ﬁrst round of the process that involved listening to but not implementing the community desires. To read Mr Carlile’s words – “We consider it vital that we take the time required to work together with all stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for this iconic area”, is certainly encouraging at a time when frustrations were building. In closing, Mr Carlile listed the issues that GORCC would be prioritizing which complimented those in the Committee for Lorne’s recent draft “Visioning Document” which was released in December for comment. Great to see this document being referred to by our Government Agencies as we look to jointly guide the direction of our town in line with the wishes of those who have such a strong interest. The Committee for Lorne has looked to be involved in the process to ensure the interests of the Lorne people being not only listened to, but their visions implemented to ensure the amenity of our town is enjoyed by future generations, and let’s hope we are ﬁnally making ground in the process. To hear the GORCC chairman refer to community feedback as the catalyst for further discussions with local groups was very encouraging, a directional change and welcomed by all. Who knows what may be achievable if we ever look to rally support from higher levels? Stay tuned!
Not Bad for a Little Village by the Sea! For Australian kids privileged to live and play by the ocean, what could be healthier or more constructive than learning to love and respect the sea, build surf skills and awareness in an environment of fun loving games and competition? Surf Lifesaving Clubs around Australia are experiencing a resurgence of popularity with an unprecedented number of kids aged 8-14 years participating in junior lifesaving or “Nippers” programs. Over the prime holiday weeks in January it is not uncommon to see hundreds of kids and their families involved in Nippers programs at one of the many beautiful beaches along our Surf Coast. This year the Lorne Surf Life Saving Junior program hosted almost 500 kids. While many kids join in for the fun, friendship, games and camaraderie, others are also keen to better their surf skills and become proﬁcient in ocean swimming, board paddling and other beach related events. As well as involvement in regular training sessions, these kids also race and compete against each other in Lifesaving Carnivals around the State, that culminate in the Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships. This year the championships were held in Warrnambool. On 8-9 March, thousands of junior lifesavers from among the 57 Victorian Lifesaving Clubs came together in a sea of colour and excitement at Warrnambool’s Lady Bay Beach to participate and compete in the State Championships. A Lorne team of 73 junior competitors and their families and friends descended upon Warrnambool. With their new Lorne team hoodies and club colours, it was a sight to see. The ﬁrst day of competition was focused on individual events where competitors raced in sea and on sand with the hope of winning a place in a ﬁnal or even bringing home a medal. In over ten hours of racing and with a mixture of
COMMUNITY PROFILE In the mid 80’s Rose arrived in Darwin from West Timor to represent her company at a Travel Expo after which she came south to visit a friend in Jan Juc. Loving it so much and deciding to stay in Australia, she made arrangements with her employer to change her plans. In 1996 she moved to Lorne to work for Glenda Cameron, the police ofﬁcer’s partner who operated a cleaning business . After three and a half years Rose was recruited to be head of housekeeping at the Sandridge Motel. During her time in Lorne she has also worked for The Comfort Inn and been Duty Manager at The Paciﬁc Hotel. Currently she is back at The Sandridge, in reception. “Our culture is a very social one so reception work, relating to people, comes naturally to me.” Rose was a qualiﬁed science teacher in West Timor and taught for two years before coming here. She returns annually to visit her parents and family. She has 2 daughters who are both nurses working overseas. As an island girl she already had a passion for ﬁshing by the age of seven, so was pleased that Lorne offered her the opportunity to ﬁsh in the estuary and the ocean. She used to go ﬁshing with the late John Alsop and Bonnie Treloar. Rose loves to cook and has helped with cooking classes at the Lorne Information Centre. To help keep healthy and mobile she does yoga at home. Wilbur Smith is a favourite author and she enjoys the movies. She “loves Lorne to death and would never leave”.
anticipation and excitement, smiles and tears, jubilation and commiserations, the young Lorne competitors managed to make a top-ﬁve place in 24 events and walk away with 15 medals – ﬁve gold, six silver and four bronze! The day concluded with 180 Lorne competitors and family members gathered for a team dinner to celebrate, tell stories and laugh together. Day two of competition was focused on team events. Starting early with sunshine and clean, small waves, the nerves had calmed down and friends rallied together to race and cheer each other on. Building on the thrills and spills of day one, the Lorne competitors raced hard for their team and in an extraordinary day exceeded all expectations: almost all teams made the ﬁnals and the Lorne team walked away with ﬁfty medals across the thirteen teams that ranked either ﬁrst, second or third in the State. Overall the Lorne Nipper team placed the highest it ever has in State Championships coming in sixth, ahead of some very strong clubs. It was truly an exceptional weekend! As for the Lorne locals, these kids should be proud; they are some of the best in the State: Jasper Atkinson (U9): 2nd Wade Relay, 3rd Board Relay, 3rd Surf Team, 4th Surf Race. Kai Enticott (U10): 1st Beach Flags, 2nd Beach Relay, 3rd Board Relay. Angelique Atkinson (U11): 2nd Beach Relay, 3rd Wade Relay. Tilo De Bon (U13): 4th Board Rescue, 5th Board Race. Not bad for a little village by the sea. As parents and ocean lovers, it brings a smile to faces and a glow to our hearts to see so many kids growing in conﬁdence and skill in the ocean and loving their time at the beach.
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Working Bee at the Lorne School, 5pm near the primary school entrance, sausage sizzle will be provided for all volunteers
Murray to Moyne Fundraising Dinner for the Lorne Community Hospital, 6:15pm at The View @ The Lorne Hotel, bookings via email@example.com or 0421 159 459 12 Love Lorne Model Boat Regatta, 10am-12:30pm at the Swing Bridge, sign-up on the day, $5 entry 17 Lions Easter Art Show Opening Night, 7pm at Senior Citizens Centre 18-21 Lions Easter Art Show, 10am5pm at Senior Citizens Centre 19 Lorne Kinder Fair, 9am-4pm on the Lorne Foreshore 26 Lorne vs Western Eagles football and netball, at Stribling Reserve, juniors matches from 9am, seniors at 2pm, ﬁrst home game of the season! Fund-raising rafﬂe will be drawn with 50% of proﬁts going to Casey Tutungi.
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Don’t forget to vote on Bells Beach issues BY JAMES TAYLOR ANYONE interested in the future of the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve has until the close of business today to get involved in an online consultation forum. The OurSay forum – similar to the one held during the federal election – was set up by the Bells Beach Community Visioning Taskforce to provide 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 will discuss and respond to the five most-highly voted ideas raised in the online consultation at a public forum on Monday. As of last week, the top idea – which had received 66 votes – suggested removing “ugly” signs, parking bays and plastic rubbish bins; not installing hot showers; and more rigid enforcement of the bus licensing system. Taskforce chair John Thwaites said it was important a broad range of views were raised and
discussed in the online forum. “There will be a second stage of consultation once the Taskforce has analysed information from the online forum and other submissions. “It is important that people with views come forward and get involved in this process so the Taskforce is able to provide advice to the Surf Coast Shire council on a proposed vision for the reserve. “This will also assist council with their new Coastal Management Plan in 2015, which is required under state government legislation. “The Taskforce has already received some strong feedback via the online forum and through conversations with people who regularly visit Bells including surfers, walkers, local residents, tour operators, environmental and community groups. “I would encourage anyone with a passion for Bells who hasn’t logged on yet to get online and put forward their ideas.” Votes at oursay.org/surfcoast/bells close at 5pm. Stage two of the consultation will begin in April.
Hooded plover chick found dead BY JAMES TAYLOR THE hard work by volunteers to protect a population of endangered hooded plovers near Point Addis has suffered a blow, with one of the birds found dead last week. This chick hatched on Point Addis’ Red Rocks beach about February 17. A second chick hatched a couple of days later but had disappeared within a fortnight. Friends of Point Addis president Bronwyn
Spark found the dead chick on the morning of March 18. She said the degree of decomposition suggested it had died at least 36 hours before late Saturday or Sunday. It was one week off fledging. Friends of Point Addis and ANGAIR volunteers have put in scores of hours, monitoring the chicks and filling weekend rosters to alert beach visitors to the presence of the chicks since the nest was found.
The cause of death is unknown but foxes, Pacific Gulls and ravens have been ruled out as the body is intact. It is possible the chick died from exhaustion after being chased by a boy and two dogs on Saturday afternoon, or that heavy human traffic in the area at the weekend prevented it from feeding so that it starved. The body has gone to Birdlife Australia for an autopsy.
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G21 outlines its priorities in Canberra BY JAMES TAYLOR
The Elantra (left) and Tiida (right) hatchbacks were heavily damaged in the crash. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
Three injured in Mount Duneed Crash BY JAMES TAYLOR
A THREE-car crash in Mount Duneed on Monday backed up traffic on the Surf Coast Highway and resulted in three people being transported to hospital. The collision took place at about 12.12pm, near the intersection of the highway and Boundary Road. It is believed a gold Hyundai Elantra crossed into the path of and then collided with a white Nissan Tiida, which was travelling on the north-bound carriageway of the highway in the inside lane.
The Tiida then collided with a black Holden Astra in the neighbouring lane, and the two cars crashed into the treeline on the left-hand side of the road. The Elantra came to a halt between the two lanes. Emergency services were called, and several passing motorists stopped and diverted traffic east onto Boundary Road while awaiting the arrival of police. Courtney Granger, who was driving the Astra, was uninjured in the crash. She said she had no time to avoid the collision with the Tiida but did not see the first collision.
â€œWhen I hit the trees, I thought the car was on fire but it was dust from the airbags.â€? The 26-year-old was returning to her home in Ceres after a girlâ€™s weekend in Torquay. She praised the work of the emergency services personnel, as well as the motorists who stopped to help. An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said three people â€“ a man in his 70s who was driving the Elantra, and two women in their 20s â€“ were transported to hospital with cuts, abrasions and non-lifethreatening injuries.
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MAYORS and chief executive officers from the Geelong region have hit the corridors of power in Canberra to push G21â€™s priority projects. The representatives from the five member councils â€“ Greater Geelong, Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Golden Plains â€“ as well as G21 chief executive officer Elaine Carbines and other G21 directors met a long list of politicians from both sides of politics during their two-day visit. The delegation advocated for G21â€™s 15 priority projects, which include the Yarra Street Pier, the Land 400 project, improved rail and road transport links to Melbourne, and infrastructure support for the growth of Avalon. Ms Carbines said the trip was part of a long-term strategy to reinforce the importance of the projects with key government and opposition decision makers.
She said funding promises on the projects were always unlikely, but the aim was to ensure the G21 regionâ€™s needs were top-of-mind as future budgeting decisions and commitments were made. â€œItâ€™s a strategy that we are confident will pay dividends over coming months and years. â€œA trip of this nature demonstrates that we are united as a region.â€? In Parliament on Thursday, Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson commended the work of the G21 in Canberra. â€œTwenty years ago, the Liberal state government - including my mother Ann as the local member transformed the waterfront, triggering many millions of dollars in private investment. The Yarra Street Pier would be a huge boost for jobs, tourism and our local economy. What a wonderful way to visit our jewel in the crown, the Great Ocean Road.â€?
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Bolt blowers are surfing for change BY REBECCA LAUNER A GROUP of surfers will grab their boards this weekend to raise awareness for an illness that has affected them all in some way. The Bolt Blowers are board riders, professionals, tradesmen and artists, who have been affected directly or indirectly by mental illness. It’s through their shared love of surfing that the Bolt Blowers are making a difference by creating opportunities and creating “speech with no barriers” to those that are affected. On March 29, the Bolt Blowers will grab their boards and hit the ocean for a retro surf competition at Ocean Grove beach to raise awareness about the rise of drug-addiction, depression and suicide in surfing communities (having lost a number of mates themselves). Passionate about finding avenues of alternative support systems that help those who are suffering from mental health, this year the money raised will go towards a grass roots program with Good Life Farm that helps youth with mental health issues, and One in Five, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to mental illness research.
Bolt Blower Nick Garnham said he was blown away by the turn out to the first event and response to the cause. “We realised there are too many stories to be told and sufferers to be heard,” he said. “This surf comp was the beginning of something very special.” Since its inception, the Bolt Blowers group has become aware of people in their communities who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide who don’t have any support or know how to ask for it. Their ultimate goal is to offer care, support, and someone to listen to those who live, love and care for others who suffer from mental health, all whilst empowering them through action. The competition will run on Saturday March 29 from 8am to 3pm, where teams (including at least one female) of seven surfers are required to ride original single and twin fin surfboards that pre-date 1983. There will be a sausage sizzle, burgers, massages and fun for the family. A fundraising after-party will continue on from 6pm at Quiksilver’s Torquay Headquarters where there will be a DJ and prizes up for grabs.
During the competition surfers are required to ride original single and twin fin surfboards that predate 1983.
Clubs play on with VicHealth’s active club grants program NINETEEN sports and active recreation clubs across the Geelong region will benefit from funding as part of VicHealth’s $1.8 million Active Club Grants program. The grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety. The successful recipients included: • 13th Beach Boardriders
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• Torquay Surf Life Saving Club, and • Wingrove School of Calisthenics. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos said half of all Victorian adults did not get enough exercise. “As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth.
“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life,” Mr Katos said. VicHealth chief executive officer Jerril Rechter said it was good to continue to support local sporting organisations. “This year, we’re proud to announce we have reached the tremendous milestone of awarding over 10,000 small VicHealth
grants to sport and recreation clubs. “This has benefited more than 1.2 million people throughout Victoria over the past 25 years. “We hope these grants will encourage community members to join their local club, renew their membership, or continue playing their favourite sport.” For more information about the Active Club Grants program, head to vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.
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The vigil shows its disapproval of Australiaâ€™s treatment of refugees. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
Vigil keeps pushing for changes to refugee policy BY JAMES TAYLOR THE group that held a silent vigil outside the office of Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson last week says they will keep pushing for changes to Australiaâ€™s treatment of refugees. About a dozen people gathered at Ms Hendersonâ€™s Waurn Ponds office last Thursday, and are holding another event outside the office of Corio federal member Richard Marles this morning. The vigil urged the federal government to significantly change its refugee policy, including developing a humane response to people seeking asylum (informed by the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the immediate release of detained children to community care, and
closing all detention centres (onshore and offshore). Vigil organiser Yvonne Adami said the intention was to hold a vigil outside either of the MPâ€™s offices every week. She said there was widespread local support for more compassionate treatment of refugees, shown by a well-attended forum run by the Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) in February. â€œWe want the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party to change their policies.â€? Ms Henderson was not in her office on Thursday as Parliament was sitting, but Ms Adami said their group was open to meeting with the MP. â€œWeâ€™re not interested in just hearing platitudes. â€œIt depends whether sheâ€™s willing to talk to us.â€? Ms Adami said Australian governments had
previously had a more compassionate attitude to refugees, notably in the mid-1970s. â€œWhen you look at the Vietnam War, we had leadership that said we would accept refugees, and we did. â€œPeople do accept what our leaders say.â€? Ms Henderson said it was unfortunate the vigil visited her office on a day when she was in Parliament. â€œThe parliamentary sittings calendar is readily available. â€œI am surprised that no one approached my office either beforehand or on the day to request a meeting. â€œI am always happy to hear from Corangamite constituents who wish to raise an issue with me.â€? CRAG is holding a rally for asylum seekers in the Market Square Mall on April 5 at 12.30pm.
THE Winchelsea Uniting Church will hold their annual fundraising event on Saturday. The auction, at the Hesse Street Reserve, will be conducted by Colac auctioneers Charles Stewart & Co and starts at 9.30am. Vendors may deliver items for sale from tomorrow between 9am-7pm and on Saturday between 6.30-8.30am. There will be a wide selection of goods offered including household furniture, knick-knacks, books, crockery, an antique cane pram, toys and everything including the kitchen sink. The machinery section is offering implements including pumps and generators both new and secondhand, a Holden Commodore sedan, fencing materials, a variety of estate tools, a full spa bath with pump, and all the bits and pieces too numerous to mention. A selection of poultry will be on offer. There will also be a well-stocked cake stall, white elephant items and plants. For the hungry, there will be a barbecue, hot doughnuts, sandwiches and other refreshments. For more information on household items in the event, phone 5267 2488 or 0409 418 766. For more information on machinery in the event, phone 5267 2630 or 0417 059 683.
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Porkers are corkers but not just for Christmas BY DEAN WEBSTER
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New players invited to roll up to Anglesea BY JAMES TAYLOR YMCA Victoria and the Anglesea Bowling Club have got behind the Premier’s Active April campaign ahead of time with a new bowls program for all ages and abilities. Tomorrow night, the club will launch Bowl With It, which incorporates extra equipment, obstacles and teams into the traditional game. Bowl With It games and activities – such as bowls footy, bowls cricket and bowls golf – are designed to introduce new bowlers and children to the sport, and also offer variety and challenges to more experienced bowlers. YMCA Victoria has also announced a partnership with the Anglesea Bowling Club to introduce Bowl With It to many more people through its Anglesea Recreation Camps. YMCA Anglesea camps manager Vicki Chrzanowski said having another recreation option for campers would add tremendous value. “Getting involved in sport and recreation contributes significantly to our quality of life and leads to healthier, happier and stronger communities.
“We could not have hoped for better timing, launching Bowl With It in time for Premiers Active April.” Premier’s Active April is a state government program to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Anglesea Bowls Club president Kaye Kendall said Bowl With It would build on the recent success of barefoot bowls and help get more young people interested in the sport. “The club is very excited about being part of the Premier’s Active April campaign and the new youth program with the Anglesea Sport and Recreation Camp and local schools, because, put simply, the new program will result in healthy young people and healthy older people.” Bowl With It will be a major part of the club’s community engagement program and support plans to redevelop the facility into a new Anglesea Sporting and Community Hub. To register for Premier’s Active April, head to activeapril.vic.gov.au or drop into the Anglesea Bowling Club or Anglesea Sport and Recreation Camp.
Anglesea surfer Paul Weight, Vicki Chrzanowski from the YMCA, Bob Dwyer from the Anglesea Men’s Shed, Bob Evans from the Anglesea Lions Club, Barb Hinton from the Anglesea Golf Club, Graeme Boardman from the Anglesea Fire Brigade and Gerard Morrison from the Anglesea Bowls Club, with (front) youngsters Archie and Finn. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
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RESEARCH shows readers of community newspapers are 77 per cent more likely to visit a store or business as a result of an advertisement than a letterbox flyer according to “The Newspaper Works”. Advocates for the publishing industry across the spectrum of commercial and editorial media, The Newspaper Works provides comprehensive data on audience and content trends. Key metro and regional titles were among the top performers in an increase in total audience readership across all platforms over the seven months from June, 2013, the latest monthly release of emma (Enhanced
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St Therese’s cross country cousins a twin set BY TIFFANY PILCHER TWO sets of twins, who are also cousins, have represented their school at the regional cross country finals in Geelong this month. The St Therese Catholic Primary School pupils were selected to run the three kilometre event after their school cross country day at the beginning of March. The two brother-and-sister teams, Angus and Macy McKoy and Lachlan and Abbey McKoy were pleased with their results, coming in 15th, 11th, 37th and 16th in their sections respectively. Born only a month apart, all four have inherited their parents’ athleticism and as well as running, they enjoy basketball, calisthenics, ballet, little athletics, hockey and golf between them. Angus said they trained for the event at home with
their parents as well as at school. “Our parents said ‘wow, that’s phenomenal,’” “We went for runs with our parents and did circuits as well. “It was really weird and fun to run together, Lachie and I were really close the whole way and so were the girls.” Abbey said their parents encourage them to do as much sport as possible “to get all the energy out of our bodies and wear us out a bit”. St Therese teacher Beth Humphries said it was wonderful to watch the twins’ eagerness and enthusiasm for sport and school in general. “They always give everything their best, whatever that may be on the day. “All four kids display excellent sportsmanship and show thoughtfulness and encouragement to their schoolmates.”
Twins and cousins Abbey and Lachlan, and Macy and Angus McKoy showed their love and talent for sports run in their family, representing St Therese at the interschool cross country competition in Geelong this month.
Kids race into sports carnival BY TIFFANY PILCHER
Neshren Inis and Remy Locke dash for first place in the Grade 4 girls sprint finals at the St Therese Catholic Primary School sports day on Monday.
ST THERESE Catholic Primary School pupils hit the track for the school’s annual sports carnival at Jan Juc’s Bob Pettit Reserve on Monday. Dressed in their house colours of red, blue, yellow or green, the whole school was a sea of colours as they cheered on their teammates throughout the day. The carnival began in the morning with field events including high jump, long jump, discus, shot put and more. In the afternoon, everyone was off and racing for the sprint section of the day. Parents and schoolmates cheered on the runners as they made their way down the track with ribbons going to the winners in each category and a special
parents race was held at the end of the day. Assistant principal Darren Gibbons said the carnival was a fantastic way to get the kids out of the classroom to learn important skills while also having some fun. “It’s been a great day. We have 470 kids participating and as well as the events we’ve had a sausage sizzle and a few fun races too. “All the students are really excited to be taking part, and they’re earning extra points for good behaviour and cheering on their teammates. “The carnival encourages team work and leadership, our grade 6 leaders have had meetings to come up with chants for the teams.” Every pupil took part in a running and a team event and overall winners will be selected to go to regional and state competitions.
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Old dogs, new trips â€“ senior pet care Having an older pet in the family is great. They know you well, you know them well, and their companionship is worth its weight in gold. Theyâ€™re also worth special care to keep them well and happy for as long as possible. A PETâ€™S health changes with age. Physical and mental changes occur, just as they do with people. They may not be able to jump quite as high. They may lose or gain weight, depending on their metabolism. However, itâ€™s a mistake to assume that slowing down is just age. Itâ€™s entirely possible that thereâ€™s a treatable medical condition behind not wanting to play or be patted. If you see a sudden slow down, itâ€™s definitely time to see the veterinarian. But remember even a gradual change can be caused by a medical issue. You will most likely find that your cat or dog needs to go to the veterinarian a bit more often as it ages. You will also find it beneficial to prevent a health issue from becoming serious by going to the veterinarian early. Itâ€™s always easier to treat a disease in its early stage. Common medical problems seen in older pets include: â€˘ Arthritis â€“ Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that occurs when cartilage in the joint is damaged, either following a traumatic event or with wear and tear. Signs of arthritis include reluctance to exercise, stiffness, difficulty climbing stairs or rising from rest, or even spending less time playing with family. Weight management, controlled exercise, nutraceuticals
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Spokes well on the way around Otway Classic BRISK conditions greeted cyclists beginning the eighth annual RACV Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride on the weekend. However, entrants were treated to fantastic conditions as they made their way through the 145 kilometre or 60 kilometre rides which took in the beautiful Surf Coast coastline and hinterland. According to an event spokesperson, the infamous Benwerrin Climb lived up to its reputation, challenging riders to their aerobic limit as they pedalled up and around the 12 kilometre section of the course. “Along with the challenge came a fantastic sight, individuals and teams came together to cheer and encourage their fellow riders, giving them that extra spark of motivation needed to conquer the challenging section of road. “To all finishers, congratulations on your achievement, it was a truly fantastic event and until next time please stay safe on our roads.”
CLOCKWISE: Cyclists begin the eighth annual RACV Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride; A drive by shooting on the Surf Coast; Cyclists wave on their way out of Lorne. Brisk conditions greeted cyclists at the beginning of the ride; A pair of cyclists on their way out of Lorne. Photos: PETER MARSHALL.
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Dollar for dollar donation doubled LOCAL cycling team, the “Lorne Spinners” have twice the incentive this year to fundraise with the Anglesea and District Community Bank matching every dollar raised up to $50,000. The proceeds of the cyclists’ Murray to Moyne fundraising ride will go to Lorne Hospital. In their sixth year in the 520-kilometre ride, the riders have been growing the annual event which now raises over $125,000. This years fundraising from the Lorne Spinners will be channelled toward youth orientated programs facilitated by the Lorne Hospital, while the matched funding by the Community Bank will be directed toward some much needed on-site building redevelopment. “The Anglesea and District Community Bank has been a supporter of our Murray to Moyne team for the past few years,” Lorne Spinners team leader Hugo Johnson said. “This is a great opportunity for the community to support our riders and raise funds toward some much needed youth programs to be co-ordinated by the hospital. “Having a local hospital in our township is an extremely valuable asset and a big benefit to the community and those who holiday in Lorne.” Lorne ward councillor Clive Goldsworthy said the hospital now had the funds required to commence rebuilding the doctor quarters at the rear of the hospital. The project cost is over $700,000, of which $200,000 has been raised locally from the Lorne Opp Shop as well as the $1 for $1 match funding from the local Community Bank. Local Community Bank director and Lorne Spinners rider John Tebbutt said the Community Bank plays a pivotal role in leveraging funding of
John Tebbutt, Clive Goldsworthy, Dee Stewart, Brock Shiels, Jeremy Morris and Hugo Johnson.
local infrastructure. “Our agency at Beachouse Gifts (in Lorne) will give local residents the ability to perform transactions and open accounts, and generate referrals for the full suite of Bendigo Bank products and services. “Under the Community Bank model, we decide at a local level where to distribute the profits. And quite simply, the more banking with us in Lorne, the more money we can give back to the local community groups and organisations.” The popular Murray to Moyne annual fundraising dinner will be held at the Mantra on April 1. For bookings, contact Jenna Smyth on 0421 159 459. To make tax deductable donations to the Lorne Spinners and leverage the $1 for $1 matched funding from the Community Bank go to mycause.com.au/page/lornespinners2014.
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Conference focuses on palliative care BY JAMES TAYLOR A CONFERENCE in Torquay last week discussed the latest research in palliative care and the need to raise community awareness of the area of healthcare. The two-day “Evidence and Wisdom” event at the RACV Resort in Torquay was hosted by Barwon Health’s Palliative Care Program, and drew a crowd of about 150 professionals, presenters and sponsors. Associate Professor Peter Martin, regional director of palliative care at Barwon Health, said the profession could be understood as caring for people with advanced life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, but
that was “usually the end of the journey” when it came to palliative care and it applied to many other illnesses. “I’m keen for people to understand it’s the whole area under the curve.” He said the aims of palliative care were also to maximise a patient’s quality of life and to provide support to their family. Professor Martin said the conferences, held every two years, had a continuing focus on communication – not just from practitioner to patient, but between practitioners themselves. “We’re getting people to think about palliative care in the broader sense.”
Keynote programs and workshops at the conference included questioning techniques for establishing an accurate disclosure, trust and rapport; providing palliative care for children and adolescents; dignity therapy; and cultural diversity, therapeutic communication and the ethics of “truthful disclosure” in cancer care. Professor Martin said the body of knowledge surrounding palliative care had increased significantly in recent years, driven by wider research in the profession. “People are living with a lot of complex problems for a lot longer.”
Russell Armstrong speaks about dignity therapy at the palliative care conference. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
Bakers raise funds with buns
Ocean Grove Bakers Delight owners Craig and Sally Humphrey.
BAKERS delight staff at Torquay and Ocean Grove will swap their white uniforms for hospital scrubs next month when they help raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. On Saturday April 5, all Bakers Delight bakeries in Victoria will take part in “Bundraiser Day”, where a donation of $1 from every six-pack of Hot Cross Buns sold will raise more than $40,000 towards funding the purchase of a vital piece of equipment, the Haag-Streit Slit lamp. The lamp with digital imaging is used by ophthalmologists for improved diagnosis and management of various eye conditions in young patients. RCH Ophthalmologist Dr Jon Ruddle said the slit-lamp microscope with stateof-art imaging enabled accurate and detailed photography of childhood eye conditions. “We are grateful for the support of the local community to help make this purchase possible,” he said. Elise Gillespie, Bakers Delight regional manager Victoria, said every year she was humbled by the generosity and charitable
spirit of their customers who come out in support of Bundraiser Day. For 34 years, Bakers Delight bakers have been baking fresh Hot Cross Buns from scratch, each day in the lead up to Easter. This year will be no different with Bakers Delight Torquay, Ocean Grove and Ocean Grove Marketplace providing traditional, choc chip, mocha and fruitless varieties.
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Local media integral to CFA’s warnings and advice BY DEAN WEBSTER CFA volunteers are warning all Victorians that it is still important to be alert to fire conditions in their local area and everyone should have a plan of action for their own safety. Lieutenant Adam Barnett from Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) said while the risks of summer have dropped away in some areas, there were still parts of the state where bushfires, and especially grassfires, are still a hazard. “There are still plenty of areas where dry grass is ready to burn, and as any CFA volunteer can tell you, a running grass fire can still be a significant threat to life and property,” Lt
Barnett said. “In other areas, there’s fuel reduction burning going on. That’s an important way of protecting nearby towns for several years to come, and staying aware of the local situation will give you some peace of mind and help to reduce the number of false alarm calls in your area. “Wherever fire occurs, Victorians are much better off when they have a plan of action for their own safety, which is why CFA volunteers have been campaigning with the simple message that Fire Safety Starts With You.” Torquay CFA Captain Phil Campbell also urges the community to continue to be vigilant in regard to fire risk.
“We've had very little rain and last week's troubling fire at Barrabool was an example of just how volatile conditions are. “The situation will remain this way until we receive decent rains.” Otway Fire Brigade captain Erika Nash (pictured, in the recording studio) and Echuca Fire Brigade captain Mark Hooper have featured in television and radio commercials, telling every Victorian “fire safety starts with you”. The volunteers’ Fire Safety Starts With You campaign has included commercials on the three regional television networks and radio stations in regional cities, and advertisements in 80 local newspapers.
Otway Fire Brigade Captain Erika Nash recording the message “fire safety starts with you”.
It’s Easter, it must be fete in Torquay
The Torquay Primary School Easter Fete is on again this year.
MORE than 30 years ago, the tradition of the Torquay Primary School Easter Fete began. A spokesperson for the school said the school’s name has changed slightly, but Easter Saturday is still best spent having fun at the fete. “This year will be bigger and better than ever! Market stalls make a return this year and include a huge variety of different foods, crafts, baby items, jewellery, novelties, homewares, and more. “There is still room available for more stalls, contact the school to purchase a site.” Other stalls include a cake stall, barbecue, Devonshire teas, secondhand books, toys, clothes and jewellery (donations accepted), lucky tubs, showbags, plants and many more. “There will be tours of our famous Enviro Centre, which houses reptiles, fish, stick insects and a brilliant aviary. “The big rides (Cha Cha, Cyclone) will be back along with Orb Balls, jumping castles, a train and other rides for the littlies. At $40 to ride all day, it’s excellent value!
“Thanks to Arthur Reed Photography, the Kidzone will be painting faces, creating some crafty items and other fun stuff! “School bands will be providing the entertainment on the day, so bring the family, grab a coffee and some food, take a seat and listen to some great music.” The Torquay College Easter Fete is on Saturday April 7, from 9am to 3pm, at Torquay College on Grossmans Road.
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New program to make sure learners are fit to drive
The state government has teamed up with F2D Foundation (Fit2Drive) and secondary schools to role out a revamped road safety workshop in secondary schools.
‘P’ stands for peace of mind THIS YEAR
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A PROGRAM designed to help new drivers develop safe attitudes and behaviours on the roads is giving a Wyndham Vale mum peace of mind. Marie Willett’s son Stuart joined the P Drivers Project last year and she said he was now making responsible decisions about his driving. “He DJs at night, so he does a lot of late night driving, sometimes as late as 1am, after working all day,” Mrs Willett said. “Now he’s able to make a judgment call if he’s too tired to drive home. So he’ll stay at a mate’s instead. I commend him for taking that responsibility and it gives me peace of mind.” The P Drivers Project involves small group discussions and an in-car coaching session. There are 110 program and coaching sessions being held this month across Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo. Mrs Willett said the P Drivers Project had encouraged Stuart to look at what
road safety issues he might find difficulty with on the road, such as fatigue. “The project gives him a chance to get information from others, instead of being harped on by us,” Mrs Willett said. About 27,000 probationary drivers have registered for the project since October 2011, including 8,411 present participants. The P Drivers Project partners, including TAC, VicRoads and RACV, are investigating whether this type of behaviour change program will reduce the crash risk of newly-licensed drivers. P Drivers are 30 times more likely to crash in their first six months of driving solo, compared to when they were learning to drive. If you know a P Driver who could take part, send them to mylivetribe.com.au. Parents are also encouraged to support their P platers in the first six months of driving through saferpplaters.com.au, which offers handy tips on how to support your child. To find out more, visit roadsafety.vic.gov.au.
MORE than 60,000 year 11 students are the focus of a new campaign to save young lives on the roads. A revamped road safety workshop is being rolled out in schools to encourage teenage passengers to positively influence their friends who are considering drink driving, speeding or engaging in other dangerous behaviour. The state government teamed up with F2D Foundation (Fit2Drive) and secondary schools to launch the workshop recently. As part of the program, students develop personal and school road safety plans. Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the workshop had Victoria at the forefront of road safety behavioural change at a secondary school level. “The dangers of irresponsible behaviour on the roads can be dire. Teenagers need skills and practical strategies to get themselves out of potentially dangerous situations.” The workshop includes group discussions, using scenarios to explore strategies to keep young people and their friends safe, role plays to support the development of problem solving skills, and development of personal and school road safety plans. Education Minister Martin Dixon said the F2D workshop targeted teenagers who were nearing the age of getting their licence. “Peer group pressure can influence the way young people behave in a vehicle, so I’m pleased that the F2D workshops are providing a stronger focus on passenger safety,” Mr Dixon said. Assistant Police Commissioner Robert Hill of the Road Policing Command and patron of the F2D Foundation said the program will empower young people to challenge dangerous behaviours and understand the risks involved. “Young people continue to be over-represented in road trauma,” Mr Hill said. F2D Foundation secretary Graham Spencer said the workshop was delivered by trained university students and includes group discussions and using various scenarios to explore strategies to keep young people and their peers safe. The revamped F2D workshop, with involvement from police and MFB is increasing its reach to approximately 500 secondary schools. Mr Mulder said the state government together with road safety agencies had been successful in reducing young-driver-casualty crashes by 20 per cent in recent years through measures such as the Graduated Licensing System (GLS), a ban on mobile phone use for all probationary drivers and a range of support programs like F2D. More information can be found at F2D.com.au.
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A leading issue Dear Editor, Tim Robinson (“Dogs in Torquay”, Letters, March 20) appears not to have understood the intent of the petition seeking to vary the regulations for walking dogs on the stretch of Fishermans Beach between the Boat Ramp and Deep Creek between December 1 and February 28 and over Easter between 9am and 7pm. Dog owners, especially those who are more elderly, those who have some disability, those who are pushing children in prams and those who wish to access the beach when tide conditions make the beach more accessible, are seeking to walk their dogs on lead from the Boat Ramp to Deep Creek between 9am and 7pm during the school holidays and for the regulations applying for the rest of the year to apply during December, January and February. The “offenders” mentioned by Mr Robinson will offend regardless of the regulations. Responsible dog owners, including the 500-plus signing the petition, generally pick up poo, rubbish and other discarded stuff dropped by irresponsible users of the beach. Again, generally speaking, dog owners control their dogs either on lead or off lead especially when the beach is crowded. Perhaps Mr Robinson (who says he loves dogs) could take the time to look at the overall picture rather than just the small section of easily accessible beach referred to in the petition. Barrie Jamieson Torquay
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Market mourning Dear Editor, For more than five years I have been a regular at the Torquay Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, browsing, buying and meeting friends for coffee in a nearby café. The market has provided a focus for locals and visitors to mingle in a reasonably sheltered spot in the centre of town and enjoy a sense of a village community, a feeling that is disappearing as
Torquay’s population grows. It was close enough to other shops for people to be able to complete their Saturday shopping without driving further or, in many cases, without driving at all. Due to the impending construction of another supermarket, the farmers’ market has been forced to relocate, initially to the sports pavilion and eventually to the car park near the shire offices. Last Saturday, some store holders had to transport their goods to the first floor of the pavilion, some were located inside and others were outside the building. Shoppers were unable to park close to the market, a cold wind was blowing and all sense of friendly village atmosphere had disappeared completely. I cannot see the market surviving for very long under these conditions. The farmers’ market needs to be near the centre of town, close to a retail area, in a position that invites locals and visitors to explore what the stall holders have to offer. The foreshore at the end of Gilbert Street would appear to be the obvious location, but is apparently off limits because the market is a commercial venture and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) does not permit such ventures on the foreshore. The farmers’ market has provided a venue for small businesses to present and sell their products, for local residents, visitors and tourists to share an enjoyable community experience and for nearby shopkeepers to benefit from the increased number of shoppers in the area. It needs to be retained in a central, reasonably sheltered location, not stuck in a windswept carpark on the edge of town where there is no atmosphere and where the only nearby shop is an oversized hardware store. Come on GORCC! For the sake of the farmers’ market and the residents of Torquay why don’t you bend the rules a little? Gay Bell Torquay
Guy lacks steel Dear Editor, Matthew Guy’s decision to overrule the Surf Coast council and open the Spring Creek Valley
to development is just another example of how developers (and their money) are ruling this state. Logical arguments against lateral expansion of coastal towns, which creates urban sprawl and traffic chaos, have been lost in the all consuming drive for rapacious development. Torquay residents thought that Matthew Guy had more steel than he has shown. We would have applauded if he had backed the council in curtailing lateral development, but instead he sought a weak justification in blaming the former Labor government (who were certainly at fault). Guy would have won our hearts, but alas developers have won the day and we will be left with the mess in future with extra traffic lights and gridlock on the Great Ocean Road, long after the developers have taken their profits and disappeared. Spencer Leighton Torquay
C66 sewerage concern Dear Editor, So, we now have the Torquay West Estate approved by the planning minister. As a resident of Torquay, I am concerned about the infrastructure that I presume will be put in before any building commences, especially the sewerage. Where is the effluent going to go? I suspect that the sewerage system in Torquay is at breaking point already, especially if the sewerage is connected to the Jan Juc system which travels through Old Torquay. John Adams Torquay
Green army grassroots action Dear Editor, The federal government’s Green Army program will encourage hands-on, practical, grassroots action that will have real benefits for our natural environment.
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The program, which was a key election commitment, is all about the environment and giving young people training and experience which will help them move into full-time work. This newspaper has carried criticism of the program and the allowance its volunteers will receive (“Green Army plan comes under fire”, March 13). The fact is this is a very significant training program which will be scaled up to involve 15,000 participants by 2018. The program will give hands-on experience, skills and training to people aged 17-24 such as school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. Just as apprentices do not receive the same amount as fully qualified workers, the Green Army volunteers will receive a training wage. We are delivering Green Army projects in Lorne, Apollo Bay, Queenscliff and Colac which will have a lasting impact on our environment. The program will make a real difference to the environment through actions such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places. I am very proud of this program and I look forward to working with communities across Corangamite as the projects are rolled out from mid-year.
Ocean Grove Park”, Letters, March 20). This is not the case. The analysis and concept plan drawn up around that time specified a modest sound shell with removable fabric roof/reflector supported on wire strung between appropriately themed bollards. This concept was in the master plan adopted by the park association. Yet again and again, I hear from the park committee and council that the performance space building was in the master plan. This claim has helped to progress the $1 million dollar overblown project and it has serious ramifications. If the proposed performance space building goes ahead we will never get the long-awaited Ocean Grove Community Hall to replace the Green Hall demolished by council. We will lose a chunk of our precious little park to a permanent multi-purpose building and council will tell us this venue will have to make do as our community hall – a very sub-standard community hall. Christine Brooks Ocean Grove Park Association member
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Performance space no community hall Dear Editor, Ocean Grove Park Association committee member Betty Glasgow justifies the performance space building proposed for Ocean Grove Park by arguing that is has been on the park overlay since 1998 (“Correcting the record on
Dear Editor, Thank you to the man who handed in my prescription sunglasses to the bus driver on McHarry’s Buslines in Geelong on Saturday morning. I’d left them on my seat and was very grateful to get them back on my return bus. It may seem a trivial act but these glasses are expensive to replace so his thoughtful action saved me money and time waiting for a new pair. May good Karma come your way. Grateful pensioner Ocean Grove’
His thoughts on a penny Dear Editor, I read with some amazement that Nick Hunwicks penny farthing odyssey got him as far as Gibson Steps (“Nick pushes the farthing further”, March 20). This is the idiot I passed on my way to Lorne early one morning on my way to work. The sun was not up and in the very first stages of twilight, and here he is, pedalling along in semi darkness, with no front or rear lights. Not even a reflective vest! This bloke is by no means on his own. Bike riders on the Great Ocean Road in the dark are just plain dumb. Philip West Jan Juc
Let’s talk about alcohol Dear Editor, Alcohol-fuelled violence has been a hot topic for years, but lately the public debate has shifted to the underlying Australian drinking culture at the heart of this issue. VicHealth’s research shows drinking is seen as normal in most social situations, from funerals to children’s birthday parties, to the footy and everything in between. In fact, the only places where Australians think it’s not right to drink are at church, a baby shower and a study group. So it’s not surprising we are starting to question whether alcohol – and quite often a lot of it – is needed to enjoy our social lives. VicHealth thinks this conversation is an important step towards changing the culture of alcohol in Victoria, so together with the state government, we are almost at the end of our summer campaign to get people talking. We’ve asked young Victorians aged 16 to 29 to come up with a creative name for the point in the
night when clear thinking turns into more drinking. We’ve had a great response so far from thousands of young people who are ready to talk about alcohol. The competition is down to the final top 20 names. We encourage all Victorians to go to namethatpoint.com to take part in the conversation. Anyone who votes for their top name has the chance to win $1,000. Jerril Rechter VicHealth chief executive officer
A question for regional Victorians Dear Editor, After the Napthine Government sacked almost a quarter of workers from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, I had to ask the question: What’s deteriorating faster, the department’s workforce or the National Party’s soul? The Napthine Government sacked 548 workers who protect our farming communities from diseases and pests. They cut millions from important services and funding to our rural communities. So how can the National Party claim to put regional Victoria first? The facts are clear: Denis Napthine puts regional Victoria last and the National Party can’t do a thing about it. National Party MPs know they will only get promoted if they stay quiet and take their orders from city Liberals. The National Party is no voice for regional Victoria. They’re ready to sell us out for a seat at the Cabinet table. They can’t stand up to Liberals and they won’t stand up for you. Jacinta Allan MP Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development Shadow Minister for Agriculture
Students embrace pedal power in Barwon Heads BARWON Heads students are swapping their feet for wheels as they embrace pedal power. Federal Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson congratulated local schools for supporting National Ride2School Day. “I visited Barwon Heads Primary School which has a fantastic bike riding culture, with a huge number of children riding their
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Check your smoke alarm in April BY JAMES TAYLOR SMOKE alarms provide an essential early warning for fires in the home, and time to evacuate safely – but only if they work. Australia’s fire and emergency services – including the Country Fire Authority – and Duracell have urged Australians to change their smoke alarm batteries during April. Fire and emergency services attended more than 12,000 residential fires throughout Australia last year alone. Residents in Victoria should change their smoke alarm battery when they change their clocks at the end of Daylight Saving on April 6. ACT Fire & Rescue chief officer Paul Swain, who is national spokesperson of the campaign, said his role as a firefighter exposed him to a devastating number of house fires every year and, unfortunately, not everyone got out alive. “Smoke alarms save lives by providing a critical early warning and can give you time to evacuate
safely – but only if they work. “We’re working with long term campaign sponsors Duracell to continue encouraging Australians to change their smoke alarm battery this coming April.” The campaign recommends using long-lasting 9V alkaline batteries to ensure year-round protection. The CFA also recommends: • Using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to dust around the smoke alarm • Installing photo-electric smoke alarms rather than ionisation smoke alarms where possible • Testing smoke alarms once a month using a broom handle - the alarm should produce a beeping sound when the test button is pressed • Replacing all smoke alarms after 10 years (the year of manufacture is shown on the alarm), and • Purchasing smoke alarms that meet Australian Standards. Look for the AS3786 marking. For more information, visit cfa.vic.gov.au/planprepare/smoke-alarms.
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Colac Otway Shire offers grants for festivals and events FUNDING for community groups in the Colac Otway Shire is now up for grabs through the council’s annual grant schemes. Applications for the Community Funding Program, and its sister program the Festival and Events Support Scheme, opened on March 21. The funding programs provide clubs, event organisers, community groups and other organisations an opportunity to access funding for a range of projects. Program categories include community projects, recreation facilities, recreation/
community projects (small equipment and training) and COPACC assistance grants. The small equipment and training grants category offers funding up to a project cost of $2,000. “This really is a great opportunity to encourage community groups to get their applications in so that the funding is used to its best advantage,” shire mayor Lyn Russell said. “These programs enable groups to carry out improvements to facilities, as well as conducting programs, activities and events which otherwise
might not receive funding from state or federal government sources.” She said the funding programs were always well subscribed and encouraged potential applicants to start planning now if they wanted to submit an application. “Council considers the Community Funding Program, and Festival and Events Support Scheme, to be an extremely important way of supporting community projects, events, arts and recreation in our community.”
There will be an information session at COPACC, Gellibrand Street, Colac on April 14 from 7pm to 8.30pm; and at the Marrar Woorn Community Centre, Pengilley Avenue, Apollo Bay, on April 16 from 7pm to 8.30pm. Application forms and funding guidelines for both programs are available at the council’s customer service centres in Colac and Apollo Bay, and online at colacotway.vic.gov.au. Applications then close on May 2, with funding announcements expected to be made in mid-July.
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ANGLESEA Primary School has said thanks to everyone who helped make its village fair a success earlier this month. Organisers have particularly thanked businesses who helped out with in-kind donations; musicians Craig and Georgina Sayer, Tristan Ross, Jesse Jackson and Barberella; and the 2014 business sponsors, including platinum sponsors Anglesea IGA, Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park, HJC Accountants and Anglesea SLSC. The school has raised enough funds to install a muchneeded shade structure over the playground.
Princes Highway duplication project – Winchelsea to Colac AMENDMENT C91 SURF COAST SHIRE PLANNING SCHEME – AUTHORISATION A02688 AMENDMENT C80 COLAC OTWAY SHIRE PLANNING SCHEME – AUTHORISATION A02689
VicRoads has prepared Amendments C91 to the Surf Coast Shire Planning Scheme and C80 to the Colac Otway Shire Planning Scheme. The amendments apply to land required for the proposed duplication of the Princes Highway between Deans Marsh Road, Winchelsea and Corangamite Street, Colac.
Have your say on highway duplication PUBLIC submissions on the proposed duplication of the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac close soon. VicRoads project director Tony Hedley said the community only had less than a week to provide a written submission about the proposed design. “This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the plans, including what you may like or dislike about the project, any suggested changes and any important issues that have not been addressed.” Mr Hedley said that if it was not possible to resolve issues raised in the submissions, VicRoads would refer all submissions to an independent panel. Submissions must be received by April 1. For more information, head to vicroads.vic.gov.au/princeshighwaywest.
You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendments from Monday 3 March, free of charge, at the following locations during office hours: VicRoads Geelong Project Office, 174-212 Colac Road, Highton
In accordance with section 9(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Minister for Planning authorised VicRoads to prepare the Amendments. In accordance with section 9(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, VicRoads is the planning authority for these amendments.
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Apply Public Acquisition Overlays (PAO) to land equired for the proposed duplication of the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac. Insert maps 7PAO, 23PAO and 24PAO, amend map 8PAO, amend the Schedules to Clauses 45.01 and 52.03 and amend Clauses 61.03 and 81.01 to the Surf Coast Planning Scheme to apply Public Acquisition Overlay 5 (PAO5) for the land abutting the Princes Highway. Amend Maps 9PAO and 12PAO, amend the schedules to Clauses 45.01 and 52.03, and amend Clause 81.01 to the Colac Otway Planning Scheme to apply Public Acquisition Overlay 3 (PAO3) of the Colac Otway Planning Scheme to apply Public Acquisition Overlay 3 (PAO3) to land abutting the Princes Highway, and remove Public Acquisition Overlay 1 (PAO1) Insert an incorporated document titled Princes Highway duplication – Winchelsea to Colac, December 2013, in the Schedule to Clause 52.03 and to Clause 81.01 of the Surf Coast and Colac Otway Shire Planning Schemes.
VicRoads Level 1, 3 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell Surf Coast Shire, 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay Colac Otway Shire, 2-6 Rae Street, Colac By appointment only (via telephone number 03 9655 8600) during business hours at the Victorian Government Library Services, 25/121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne At the Department of Planning and Community Development website at: dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/publicinspection Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority. Please note that submissions may be made available to any persons as part of the planning process. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 1 April 2014. All submissions must be sent to: Princes Highway duplication project – Winchelsea to Colac Director Planning, Land Acquisition and Survey Level 1, 3 Prospect Hill Road Camberwell VIC 3124 If required, a Directions Hearing will be held on Wednesday 16 April 2014 and a Panel Hearing commencing Tuesday 6 May 2014.
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Last days of Lorne BY TIFFANY PILCHER With only one weekend left before the Lorne Sculpture Biennale ends, now is the time to see why this year’s event has been the most successful so far. Already, more catalogues were sold in the first 24 hours and twice the number of sculptures were sold in the first 48 hours than in the entire 2011 event. The children’s and adults’ workshops sold out
within three hours, more than 600 artists applied to participate in the event and more than 50 submissions were received for the Scarlett Award. The event wraps up on Sunday, but there are still plenty of activities and tours to be involved in. Artist Laine Hogarty is inviting the public to take part in Line in the Sand, a temporary artwork that is part of the Sculpturescape. Borrowing its name from the common saying “it’s time to draw a line in the sand”, the suggested construct of a boundary line is addressed by the gathering of reclaimed shopping, bags which are
filled with sand. The filled bags will extend across the foreshore to create a subtle divide in the sand and bring to mind the use of plastics which are detrimental to the environment. The line aims to illustrate the number of plastic shopping bags used by the local supermarket in one week. Everyone is invited to help fill bags and place them in a line between 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Lorne Foreshore near the swing bridge past the caravan park. Tours guided by event curator Julie Collins are
also available by arrangement and can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Other activities include Sculptors On Site, Sculptors in Conversation, workshops and community build projects. The Sculpturscape, People’s Choice Awards and Main Street Commission Public Prize winners will be announced at the closing party to be held at the Anglers Club, Lorne Pier at 4pm on Sunday. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com. For more information on events, activities and tours, visit lornesculpture.com.
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Schools show off their sculptures BY JAMES TAYLOR
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STUDENTS at schools along the Surf Coast have created artworks that have gone on show at this year’s Lorne Sculpture Biennale. The five schools – Surf Coast Secondary College, Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College, Apollo Bay P-12 College, Colac’s Trinity College and Warrnambool’s Brauer Secondary College – have taken part in the Sculpture for Schools project, developed by the biennale and the Victorian College for the Arts (VCA). Each school was allocated an artist-in-residence for four days last week, across a variety of projects developed in conjunction with their school. On Friday, artists, staff and students travelled to Lorne to install the five “Sculpturscape” projects on the beach for the day. Students at Surf Coast Secondary College worked with artist Nicole Breedon to create The Kraken - a transparent, inflatable squid with trailing tentacles - 10 metres in length and about a metre high. Speaking to the Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times on Thursday, Ms Breedon said the inspiration for the sculpture was her asking the students about their lives and how they felt about living on the coast. “They were using words like ‘the unknown’, ‘mystery’, ‘fear’ – there was also a lot of a talk about climate change and concerns about habitat.”
The sculpture created by students from Brauer Secondary College in Warrnambool. Tenjen – Robert Hague
She said there were various challenges to consider in creating a sculpture, including the need to build something that could be set up and taken down quickly. “There’s always the chance it might not work because it’s too windy.” She said the industrial plastic used for the squid – which was sewn together with an overlocker – added to the aquatic quality of The Kraken. Completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the VCA in 2010, Ms Breedon received an Australian Council for the Arts Artstart and the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists. She has exhibited and been involved with projects in various spaces and galleries in Australia and abroad.
Surf Coast Secondary College year 8 students (L-R) Ilalia Omachen, Kasey Stevens and Zeesha Cummins pose with Nicole Breedon (right) next to The Kraken. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
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Flush new toilets planned for Elephant Walk BY JAMES TAYLOR A NEW public toilet is proposed to replace the existing one at Torquay’s Elephant Walk, with plans now on display and open for comment. The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has earmarked $180,000 for the project, which chief executive Richard Davies said would cater for walkers, picnic-goers and other recreational users. “There is currently a well-used public toilets located at Elephant Walk, which is a popular destination for families and visitors. However, its design and condition require improvement. “The existing Torquay Play Park toilets (located on the Foreshore at the eastern end of Zeally Bay Road) – was constructed approximately 30 years ago. “These facilities are currently in poor repair and the toilet block is located parallel to the Esplanade, Torquay.” As identified in GORCC’s Torquay Foreshore Master Plan, the preferred location for the new
facility is similar to the original facility, which will be demolished. “The current layout is poor and there is a lack of disabled access,” Mr Davies said. “The new facility will be sensitively designed and located and will provide for all ability access. “The toilets will be designed to integrate with the foreshore, whilst providing a user-friendly facility consistent with its high visibility and use. “Sensitive material selection and landscaping mean the building will integrate with the natural coastal landscape.” The building design adheres to requirements set out in the Victorian Coastal Strategy and associated sitting and design guidelines for structures along the Victorian coast. The plans are available for viewing online and feedback is sought via email or hardcopy submissions. Submissions close 5pm tomorrow. For more information on the project, head to gorcc.com.au/projects/389.
The public toilets at Elephant Walk. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR
Don’t fall for health insurance myths AUSTRALIANS will be hit with the nation’s highest health insurance price rise in over a decade from April 1, but an online comparison service has warned people to do their research and get the right insurance for their needs. Private health insurance rates are expected to rise by an average 6.2 per cent. Help Me Choose general manager Julie Ryburn said people should review their health policy by comparing its costs and benefits with those offered by other health funds. “However, it’s also important not to base
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Local designs seated in Nordic style BY TIFFANY PILCHER
An unexpected tour through Scandinavia three years ago led Torquay’s Alex Sedger to create a furniture business that encapsulates the beauty of classic Nordic design. Upon returning home, the 27-year-old recognised a gap in the market for well-designed pieces that weren’t mass produced yet remained accessible for a wide range of people. This realisation formed the basis for her business, Alska, meaning “love” in Swedish. Skilfully handcrafted with the finest timbers and high-quality materials, Alska furniture is simple, functional and distinct. “I wanted to give people like myself the opportunity to have furniture like this; beautiful pieces that are within a reasonable price range,” Ms Sedger said. Every piece of furniture in Alex Sedger’s collection is named after a Swedish friend she made while on her backpacking adventure three years ago. Ms Sedger said she was in Europe and had no plans to visit the Scandinavian region but some new friends convinced her it might be worth a look. “I met two guys in Barcelona and they wanted me to come along with them to Sweden. It wasn’t even on my radar but the people I met and the inspiration I found was incredible. “I made lifelong friendships with people there and naming the designs after them is my way of thanking them for inspiring me to get Alska off the ground. “It also shows how personal the collection is for me, and how important my connection to the people there are to my designs. Visually, I was really inspired by the Nordic style of furniture and the whole lifestyle; the fashion, lifestyle, culture – everything.
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“The simple lines mimic simple forms and I love that the designs are ergonomic and comfortable as well as focusing on the beauty of the natural timber. “It’s also so timeless. You see these designs everywhere, in cafes, bars and homes – some of the best pieces I found were 50 years old and they still look so contemporary.” All pieces in the Alska collection embrace tweaks on tradition and eclectic, vibrant fabric combinations to give a fresh new style of Scandinavian furniture.
Ms Sedger said the response she had received from the local community since launching the label in December last year had been incredibly supportive. “This is something I have always wanted to do. I have always been inherently interested in furniture design but studied environmental science and communications at university. “It took a bit of time and a lot of pondering and organising before I was able to actually set the wheels in motion, but the feedback and support I’ve had
from local people and retailers has been incredible. “I was so excited to get started and I thought I was onto something special, but to have that reinforced by the people around me has been fantastic. “Finally getting it out there is really satisfying also. It’s important to do what you love and this is it for me, there’s been a lot of work to get to this point but now I feel very fulfilled.” Ms Sedger’s work can be viewed at her Torquay showroom or online at alska.com.au.
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Funds to build disaster resilience FUNDING support from the state government is now available to support communities in the Polwarth district to build their capability to prepare for, withstand and recover from hazards, including bushfires, floods and storms. Applications for the Resilient Community Program close on Monday. Councils, community groups and business associations in the Polwarth electorate can apply for grants of up to $110,000 through the program. “This funding may be used for projects that establish shared responsibility for managing and responding to hazards, education and engagement activities, community-led local risk and hazard workshops, or projects that develop and support emerging leaders,” Polwarth MP Terry Mulder said. He said communities across Polwarth faced unique challenges and a “one-size-fits-all” approach was not always appropriate, as some communities could face multiple hazards. “The Resilient Community Program supports local people in Polwarth to take an active role in emergency management through local projects which deliver flexible and networked responses across all hazards and all agencies. “Our funding enables local residents to fully understand local risks, and improve their own capacity to tackle and recover from hazards. “Funded projects will build community confidence to share the responsibility of handling emergencies alongside government, emergency management agencies, and community and business sectors.” Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister Peter Ryan said the program had already provided more than $730,000 to support eight projects across regional and rural Victoria as well as in interface metropolitan areas. “It’s the local people who know what it takes to make their communities safer, better informed and more prepared to tackle the impact of all types of hazards.” For more information, head to rdv.vic.gov.au/ community-programs/resilient-community-program.
Bloke out the calendar this week BY DEAN WEBSTER THE health and wellbeing of the region’s boys and men has once again been the focus for this year’s Blokes Week and Blokes Day Out Festival. Convened by Barwon Health, Blokes Week and Blokes Day Out launched on Monday at the opening of the Blokes Spaces and Places exhibition at Courthouse ARTS. The exhibition, running until Sunday, is a collection of paintings, articles and photos exploring and celebrating male identity. The opening of the exhibition and the launch of Blokes Week provided Barwon region services and groups with a platform to extend an open invitation for blokes, their families and friends to participate in a diverse range of activities and events. Dragon boating, games afternoons, hearing tests, music workshops, becoming-a-dad education sessions, community kitchens and a football night are among a host of activities being offered by local clubs and organisations. Blokes Day Out spokesperson and health promotion officer Peter Kelly said Blokes Week filled a gap where many groups wanted to be able to highlight the diverse activities and programs that contributed to the health and wellbeing of boys and men. “The Barwon region has really embraced exploring concepts of male health and wellbeing,” Mr Kelly said. “These activities and events provide a wonderful opportunity for blokes to participate,
learn and share experiences about all aspects of male health – whether it be physical health, mental health, spiritual health, social connection, or relationships.” Blokes Week will culminate with the Blokes Day Out Festival on Sunday March 30 on the Geelong Waterfront with a range of services,
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THE use of a ring as a symbol of matrimony is deeply established in most western cultures, and its circular shape, one with no beginning and no end, embodies the eternity of marriage. Even its position on the left hand arises from the belief the vein of the ring finger travels directly to the heart, honouring the concept of endless love. The diamond engagement ring has long been the subject of envy from women the world over. Your engagement and wedding ring carries major significance and is one of the most emotionally significant moments during your wedding planning experience. Coming from a trade with skills perfected over hundreds of years - handmade rings are crafted with love. They are individual, inherently stronger and made to last a lifetime. In purchasing from a
qualified jeweller you can be part of the designing process. From discussion regarding design to the selection of stones â€“ a handmade ring results in a more meaningful creation. The process should be an exciting, romantic and fun experience. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, there is a complex anatomy attached to this heart-yearning piece of jewellery and should therefore be an informed decision with the assistance of a qualified jeweller. Lili Fine Jewellery is the only manufacturing jeweller on the Surf Coast where you can meet and discuss directly with the jeweller about your ring made to order. Lili Fine Jewellery is located at the corner of Pearl Street and Boston Road, Torquay, 3228. Phone 5261 9999 or visit lilifj.com.au.
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Bride-chiller Julie Taylor. Photo: LINDSAY ADDISON PHOTOGRAPHY
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WEâ€™VE all heard horror stories. Girls who were once calm, sensible, polite, rational and friendly people turning into crazy, frenzied monsters. Bridegrooms wondering what happened to the girl they love. Bridesmaids secretly dreading every phone call. Does it have to be so? Here are some tips to harness a bridezilla, and channel your inner bridechiller: â€˘ Set a realistic budget and stick to it. Work out what you can afford, who is going to contribute, and how much you are prepared to pay â€˘ Be comfortable with your suppliers. We are spoiled for choice in this region, with countless venues, celebrants, photographers, florists, hair and make-up artists, caterers, and entertainers (to name but a few) wanting your business.
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Choose someone you can trust, and who fills you with confidence. You want to enjoy your day, not worry about whether someone will show up, or if they will do what you have asked. Donâ€™t be afraid to shop around Be kind to your bridesmaids Donâ€™t let the wedding planning take over your life. Enjoy â€œdate nightâ€? with your fiancĂŠ. Go for coffee with your girlfriends. Have a boyâ€™s night out. Your life should not go on hold, especially if youâ€™re planning a long engagement Look after yourself. Eat well, exercise regularly and stay healthy Plan some â€œdown timeâ€? on your wedding day. Everyone says it â€“ and itâ€™s true â€“ the day flies Try not to put the wedding on a pedestal. It may not be perfect. It will be memorable, and Remember, your wedding is just one day. Youâ€™ve got your whole life together.
COLOUR: When it comes to colour, less is more. The whiter the diamonds, the better, and chances are all diamonds you see and will be able to afford, will range from white to yellow. Determined through a range of letters, D, E and F refer to colourless (white) diamonds while G,H, I and J are nearly colourless.
CLARITY: Clarity is the measure of the number of blemishes (external defects) and inclusions (internal defects) of a stone. An SI1 or SI2 (SI = slight inclusions) diamond has inclusions or blemishes larger than a grain of salt when viewed under 10x magnification.
CUT: The cut refers to the workmanship
CARAT: The final C refers to the carat
of a diamond and the manner in which it has been polished and shaped to give it its brilliance and fire. Not to be confused with a diamondâ€™s shape, a stoneâ€™s cut or make refers to the number, placement, and shape of the facets that create a finished diamond. The light performance of a
of a diamond, a unit of weight (not to be confused with karat, which indicates goldâ€™s purity). A carat is equivalent to a fifth of a gram, or exactly 200 milligrams. The larger the diamond, the more valuable it becomes, since larger diamonds are both rarer and more desired.
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‘At the Heads’ A FRESH and exciting era is unfolding at Barwon Heads’ iconic waterfront venue At The Heads. Situated on the water’s edge at the mouth of the Barwon River, just a short drive from Geelong CBD, At The Heads is a very unique place. At The Heads wedding and events manager Laura Hill said that with full panoramic views from Barwon Bluff to Port Phillip Heads and beyond, At The Heads is an ideal natural setting for any special occasion. “Our modern, contemporary menu showcases impressive local produce from the surrounding regions and being situated at the most prominent water front location available our team is passionate about fresh and uncomplicated seafood,” she said.
“Our head chef has the experience and knowledge to cater to all individual tastes and we are happy to plan any adjusted menus to suit your ideas creating a unique experience for you and all your guests.” Phone 5254 1277 or visit attheeheads. com.au for more information.
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Trevor and Somer against the striking textured backdrop of At The Heads. Photo: ANNE MCCALLUM
One stop shop: Ocean Grove Camera and Photo is your one stop shop when it comes to showing off your big day. Photo: EL PHOTOGRAPHY
OCEAN Grove Camera and Photo is your one stop shop when it comes to showing off your big day. The store is conveniently located in Ocean Plaza (close to Target Country) with lots of free parking. Ocean Grove Camera and Photo owner/ manager Brendan Waites said he would print your wedding photos on archival quality paper in all sizes from standard 6x4 inch prints up to life size posters. “Our highly skilled print staff have years of combined experience and all of our equipment is properly calibrated and
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maintained to deliver only the highest quality. “You can even order your prints online through our award winning online printing service which can be found at cameraandphoto.com.au. “We also stock a great range of frames and albums for you to show off your wedding photos. “We also have an excellent canvas printing service with turnaround times as short as 24 hours if need be.” Already printing for a number of talented
local photographers based on the Bellarine and Surf Coast, Ocean Grove Camera and Photo can also recommend a wedding photographer for your big day, with a comprehensive list of contacts that will cover all budgets. “Give us a call or drop by and let us discuss with you the best way to preserve the memories of your wedding day.” Ocean Grove Camera and Photo is at Shop 3, Ocean Plaza, The Parade, Ocean Grove. Phone 5255 3311, visit cameraandphoto. com.au or find them on Facebook.
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How would you picture your perfect wedding? RACV Torquay Resort offers breathtaking ceremonies and receptions, with the picturesque rolling fairways of Torquay Golf Club and surf beaches as a backdrop.
IMAGINE taking your vows with the ocean sparkling in the background, looking out over the picturesque rolling fairways of Torquay Golf Club in Victoria’s surfing capital. Imagine sharing your special day with your family and friends, in the new RACV Torquay Resort. There’s no doubt a coastal wedding at this contemporary, stunning resort would be pure bliss. RACV Torquay Resort offers breathtaking ceremonies and receptions, with the Great Ocean Ballroom, catering to up to 410 guests (cocktail) or 240 guests (seated), with floor to ceiling windows and uninterrupted views of the ocean and
golf course. Wedding menu packages range from extravagant banquet to cocktail style receptions. The chefs create amazing menus from the freshest of local produce and fine wine. Every accommodation room has ocean or golf course views. For those guests so inclined, be pampered in the luxurious day spa, One Spa. Experience the state-of-the-art water therapy facilities, including the region’s only Hammam bathing area. The resort’s guest facilities are perfect for relaxing before and after the wedding, with a 25-metre indoor heated pool, spa
and sauna, tennis courts, fitness studio and activities room with pool table, table tennis and more. With Torquay’s town centre just a short stroll away, the resort is perfectly positioned for enjoyment of the surf coastline and scenic hinterland. RACV Torquay Resort’s personal wedding coordinator can assist you with all the finer details from themes and table decorations through to floor plans and menus. Perfectly complemented by a highly experienced and dedicated team, your dream wedding can come true. Head to racv.com.au/venues to find out more.
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THE prestigious Vue Grand Hotel has recently added a “real wedding” section to their website, vuegrand.com.au, which begs the question: what makes a Vue Grand “real wedding?” Is it the venue, staff or maybe the food? The staff at the Vue Grand hotel are a fun and outgoing team. From the minute you step into the building it feels like they are welcoming you into their home. They make the extra effort to ensure everyone is made to feel relaxed, comfortable and ready for the big day.
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The building itself, with the breathtaking Grand Dining Room and sumptuous accommodation, is enough to take you back to a place of oldworld glamour. The venue lends itself to beautiful wedding photographs and there is no entrance quite like descending down the grand staircase to make you feel like the star of the show. Then there is the Rooftop and Vue Street Bar with their impressive craft beer and wine list in a casual setting to calm any last minute nerves and a great place for guests to gather, mingle and grab a bite to eat. The conservatory at the Vue Grand is equally as photogenic as the surrounding natural environment, with stained-glass windows, red carpet and plush seating for your guests. The spacious Grand Dining Room is perfect for dining and dancing the night away at your reception; with a menu created and prepared by the same team who walked away with esteemed 2013 State Golden Plate awards you can be sure they will satisfy the tastebuds of all your guests. The dining room in all its versatility also converts into the gathering area for breakfast offering a chance to see your guests again. General Manager Connie Trathen said: “getting married at the Vue Grand is more than just a wedding”. “We see couples coming back year after year to celebrate their wedding anniversary. It’s wonderful to see how they are doing and meet the families they have created, we feel very lucky to have that relationship with our wedding couples.”
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Some things to consider when looking at a marquee wedding are: • Location – we are blessed to be in an arm’s reach of such beautiful coastline and surrounds that truly capture what life is all about. What better place to say “I do”. • Guests and style of wedding – how many guests to invite, will all be seated? What type of table plan? Will it be cocktail style function? Will I need room for dancing? • Caterer – there are many wonderful caterers in the Geelong and coastal region you need to choose one that suits your taste and budget. If you are thinking of going down the path of having a marquee wedding please feel free to contact us through our website, surfcoastpartyhire.com.au or give us a call on 5261 6522 to discuss the marquee option to make your wedding dream come true.
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IT’S your wedding day. The very last thing you do before walking down the aisle is scoop up that gorgeous bouquet of flowers and make sure the flowers are perfectly tied in the hair of the pretty flower girl. Somewhere close by the boys are pinning a flower to their coat. The groom is ready. Flowers add that essential last touch. Every bride has a dream for that special day. Imagine walking through a garden flush with beautiful soft rose blooms and smelling the heavenly scents and choosing the dream bouquet that will complement all the creative choices that have been made to make this a magical celebration. At Robertson’s Farmgate, Kylie and the girls delight in collaborating with the bride and groom to make this fantasy a reality. They work hard to make each wedding unique to the couple, their setting, and to wow family and friends. Whether you are heading down to the beach for a romantic ceremony or planning a spectacular marquee for your wedding, beautiful flowers and petals together with love and having fun are magical ingredients for the perfect wedding day. Robertson’s Farmgate is a family-run business and has been creating beautiful flower arrangements for brides for over 25 years. Robertson’s Farmgate has more than 5,000 rose bushes in the field and specialises in David Austin roses. They are one of the very few farms in Australia that grow garden roses. They also have contacts with other local flower growers and can guarantee delivering the freshest flowers. At Robertson’s Farmgate you can buy roses and other flowers direct from the garden. Brides love walking in the garden and choosing colours that match dress fabrics and taking time “to smell the roses”.
The Robertson girls, Helen, Kylie and Katie all love garden roses but are also passionate about an extensive range of other flowers that they stock including oriental lilies, tulips, freesias, peonies, poppies, delphiniums, dahlias, gladioli and hydrangeas. Robertson’s Farmgate cater for all your needs and are happy to create beautiful bouquets, to supply buckets of flowers so that you can do jam jars yourself, or to make elegant arrangements in vases and deliver to the venue. They understand weddings can be expensive and have lots of ideas that are cost effective and are happy to work to a budget. They also stock a wide range of beautiful vases and ceramic vessels that are gorgeous for table settings. Robertson’s Farmgate can be found at 1,170 Surf Coast Highway, Mt Duneed and they are open seven days a week. Wedding consultations are by appointment and can be booked by emailing info@ robertsonsfarmgate.com.au.
Imagine walking through a garden flush with beautiful soft rose blooms and smelling the heavenly scents and choosing the dream bouquet that will complement all the creative choices that have been made to make your wedding a magical celebration.
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acoustic tour hits the coast
Music fans are getting more bang for their buck this weekend with psych-folk quartet Cloud Control playing free shows at Torquay Hotel and Lorne Hotel on Sunday as part of the Corona Extra tour. BY TIFFANY PILCHER THE hugely popular Blue Mountains band will present an acoustic show to coincide with the release of their Dream Cave Unplugged album. Stripping back their 2013 release, Dream Cave, the new album emphasises the band’s greatest strengths; their outstanding writing and superb harmonies. Like their 2010 debut Bliss Release, Dream Cave is filled with classic songwriting and melody. Unlike their debut, it sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation. Cloud Control have come full
circle, Dream Cave Unplugged breathes new life into the original release, bringing it home to Bliss Release days. The band first burst onto the scene in Australia and abroad in 2010 with their debut album winning them an avalanche of praise, fans, ARIA Award nominations and the 2011 Australian Music Prize. After the overwhelming success of that first album, Cloud Control moved to the UK, took stock, set up in a cave in the Kentish countryside and started to work on their second album with Barny Barnicott, who has also worked with Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Spiritualized.
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Cloud Control are bound for the Surf Coast this weekend, playing free acoustic shows Hotel and the Lorne Hotel on at the Torquay Sunday. They’ve just wrapped up a tour of the UK and Europe and locked in a tour of the US with electro group Metronomy but first, the Corona Extra tour will take them on a 36-show, month-long trip across the nation from Cairns to Margaret River. They kicked off in Western Australia
last week and couldn’t be more excited. “You can't keep us away for long. “Biggest tour we've ever done, but it’s acoustic and intimate. “So many shows, so many beaches, so much fun – see you there!” they said. Cloud Control is presented by Corona Extra at Lorne Hotel on Sunday
March 30 from 3pm to 4.30pm and at Torquay Hotel, also on Sunday March 30, from 6.30pm to 9pm. Entry is free and on a first in best dressed basis. The shows are expected to reach capacity so those attending are encouraged to get to the venues early to avoid disappointment.
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Music Victoria membership drive MUSIC Victoriaâ€™s annual membership drive is under way with the representative organisation calling on all musicians and music lovers to support the independent voice of the Victorian contemporary music industry. Music Victoria is responsible for the reintroduction of mixed-ages gigs, helped develop a Live Music Best Practice Guide for venues, and prompted a commitment from the state government to legislate to protect venues from gentrification and noise complaints. Each membership fee helps them continue working for positive change. For full details on membership and benefits, visit musicvictoria.com. au/become-a-member-ofmusic-victoria.
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Be off to see the Wizard at GPAC BY TIFFANY PILCHER TO CELEBRATE the 75th anniversary of the much-loved film, The Wizard of Oz, youngstars2.com is bringing their Yellow Brick Road Tour to Geelong on April 8. The show has been performed more than 3,800 times internationally and kids will love the enduring storyâ€™s adventure and wacky characters. Children can rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation. Bums wonâ€™t stay on seats at this show. The kids are invited to come dressed as their favourite character and thereâ€™s plenty of catchy tunes and loads of interactive fun ideally suited to children between 2 and 8 years of age. â€œOur shows are really about inviting kids to get up and move around, to relate to our music and to laugh and have a great time,â€? director Brian Laul said. â€œBesides having all the ideal elements of fascinating entertainment, (the show) also carries a powerful message of hope so necessary for young people today. That somewhere over the rainbow, you can make your fondest dreams realities if only you dare to believe that you have the power
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Heavy blues and rock trio Dallas Frasca are launching their new single at the Torquay Hotel on April 4.
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MELBOURNE blues and “riff rock” trio Dallas Frasca are preparing to unleash their trademark sonic assault on the Surf Coast with a show at the Torquay Hotel on Friday April 4. They’re hitting the road with their new single “Lizard Boy”, which lead singer Dallas Frasca said they’re releasing prematurely because they feel it reflects many Australian’s dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s handling of various situations recently. “There’s a lot happening right now and I think a lot of people are feeling the same way so we wrapped this one up and got it out early,” frontwoman Dallas Frasca said. It’s not the band’s first foray into political territory, since forming in 2006 Frasca has fronted Midnight Oil in support of Amnesty International and they have played countless charity events for Sea Shepherd. They also made headlines around the
world when they performed alongside Slash at the opening of Bob Irwin’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Brisbane in 2012. “Lizard Boy” comes ahead of the release of their third album, Love Army, which is due out mid-year. For the first time, Frasca shared the duty of writing the lyrical content with bandmates Jeff Curran and Zane Rosanoski on this album. She said it was heavily influenced by their recent stint in Europe. “The boys are very politically minded and passionate about humanity and things being right in the world. “That comes through on the single but the album itself covers a whole lot of topics. “We wrote it all in Europe and were very inspired by the French. “The people there are so passionate about art and culture.” Dallas Frasca are performing at the Torquay Hotel on Friday April 4, tickets are $14.30 including booking fee and available from oztix.com.au.
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If your computer crashes, have dinner COMPUTERS seem to have a mind of their own. They are supposed to be a machine which should perform the same task consistently. Every computer I use has the ability to behave in one way, and then do something completely different under exactly the same circumstances. I know this story is old, but it encapsulates my frustration with using computers over the years. Many years ago, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If GM had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon”. In response to Mr Gate’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating (among other things): “If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 1. For no reason at all, your car would crash twice a day. 2. Occasionally, executing a manouevre such as a left-turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, and you would have to reinstall the engine. 3. When your car died on the freeway for no reason, you would just accept this, restart and drive on. 4. Apple would make a car powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only five per cent of the roads. 5. The airbag would say ‘Are you sure?’ before going off. 6. Occasionally, for no reason, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed the radio antenna. 7. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 8. You would press the ‘start’ button to shut off the engine.” What, you may well ask, does any of this have to do with food? Well absolutely nothing other than the brilliant article I wrote yesterday has disappeared and I had to start again. To calm myself, I am about to open a bottle of wine and try the following recipe from Justine Schofield’s “Everyday Gourmet” show.
Baby snapper, whole with soy seasoning INGREDIENTS 10g fresh ginger 1/4 bunch fresh coriander 4 stalks spring onion 1.4 tspn sea salt 50ml vegetable oil (Soy seasoning) 3 tspn light soy 1/2 tspn dark soy 2 tspn water 1 tspn sugar METHOD Put a bamboo steamer on the boil. Rinse and dry fish and make a slash on the thickest part of its back. Set aside. Finely slice the spring onion and fresh ginger. Arrange the fish on a plate, place two spring onions under the fish and one slice of ginger inside the belly of the fish. Steam over high heat for 10 minutes. Make the soy seasoning in a pot and slowly bring to the boil. Once it boils, set aside. When the fish is ready, remove from the steamer and drain any liquid on the plate. Arrange the finely cut fresh ginger and spring onion over the fish and drizzle the soy seasoning over the fish. Heat the vegetable oil in a pot until smoking hot, pour over the steamed fish, spring onion and fresh ginger. Garnish with sprigs of fresh coriander.
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Gold ‘n Brown Brothers I MUST confess that it’s not often that I feature Brown Brothers wines in my articles…why? Well, no real reason but I guess they’re so well known in a commercial sense and I just don’t normally see their wines at tastings etc., but their “Patricia” wines are simply that good that I must review them after being shown the wines recently! The Brown Brothers history celebrated 125 years since their first ‘crush’ in February just gone, harking back to John Francis Brown who first planted vines in Milawa back in 1889 as an 18-year-old keen to get started in the buzz industry of the time. If you’ve never been up in the region, it’s a must visit and their cellar door is just fantastic, located up in the beautiful King Valley region in northeast Victoria. So why name the wines “Patricia”? Patricia Brown was seen as the matriarch of the Brown family and so to honour her commitment, contribution and memory, a range of wines were created in her name that are seen as the epitome of Brown Brothers winemaking and signature style. When assembling the wines for selection and blending, the “devil is in the detail”, so to speak, when it comes to the fastidious approach taken to the blending trials. Only the best parcels of fruit are selected from vineyards that have been isolated as special enough for consideration for their Patricia wines which then are sent to the “Kindergarten” winery where they receive intensive attention to detail within the winemaking process. There’s a shiraz and a chardonnay also in the range but for the sake of this article and space constraints I’ve narrowed my selection from the range down to the following wines that I prefer…read on.
Brown Brothers “Patricia” Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut 2008 ($40) All the fruit for this fantastic sparkling wine is from their high altitude Whitlands vineyard that is 800 metres
above sea level at the top end of the King Valley. It’s a pinot noir dominant blend – 79 per cent, with the balance being 21 per cent Chardonnay giving a richer, more expressive flavour profile that is further enhanced by spending a further five years on lees to add richness and complexity to the flavours that show yeasty, citrus, and crisp apple freshness on the nose, while the palate is full bodied, with lemon/lime cut and bready, creamy mid-palate flesh, finishing elegantly, dryly and crisply.
Brown Brothers ‘Patricia’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($55) Loved this! Incredible primary fruit richness and drive considering the bottle age – concentrated sweet blackcurrant fruits dominate yet are well supported by the complex cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spice and cedar notes. But the overall feel is elegant, seamless and extremely palatable due to the soft tannins on the finish; 83 per cent of the fruit was sourced from vineyards in central Victoria, while the remaining component came from the King Valley. Juicy, fleshy, intense and interesting, this is a great wine!
Brown Brothers ‘Patricia’ Noble Riesling 2009 375ml ($38) I think this would have to be the pride of the range, definitely a classic in style, fantastically balanced with beautiful weight, complexity and seamless mouth-feel. Clean and refreshing from the high natural acidity that balances the inherent residual sweetness of the wine. A small portion of the grapes used in the blend were left to hang and gain in concentration and sweetness for late harvesting, further enhancing the delicious richness of this wine. It is just beautiful to look at in the glass, with the colour a bright golden yellow. Aromatically, this is indulgent to say the least, with classic traits of marmalade, lemon and honey dominating and reverberating on the palate. Just gorgeous.
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BANDS +EATS / THE ARTS
A complex Webb of work on display
BY TIFFANY PILCHER
NOTED Torquay artist Peter Webb is exhibiting at Geelong Gallery for the first time in 21 years. Webb is well known for being a key player in the surf art revolution through his work at Quicksilver in the 80s and 90s and his art has been featured
prominently around Australia and the world. The exhibition, The Hard Times Dance, examines the theme of navigating through life with high key colour and cartoon-like characters. “I’m not making a personal statement. My paintings are observations about the human condition, guilt, indifference and that whole
gamut!” Webb said. Inspired by the Mexican artist, Posada, whose work dates back to the 1890s, Webb said he hopes the paintings speak for themselves. “(Posada) composed street gazettes in a heady political climate. “He was the people’s artist who shared their
hopes and exalted in their struggles.” The exhibition is a triumphant return to Webb’s hometown and he has had a relationship with Geelong Gallery for 40 years. “It’s a perfect scenario, a full circle” he said. “I worked at the Geelong Gallery when I was at art school, I was the weekend custodian. “Katrina Rumley, one of the directors in the 70s brought one of my student paintings and it was just a great environment. “It just feels like the right time for me, it means a lot.” Peter Webb’s The Hard Times Dance is on display at Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street Geelong, until April 6.
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ENTRIES are now open for Geelong Gallery’s 2014 Geelong contemporary art prize. The prize is the gallery’s biennial $30,000 acquisitive award for contemporary painting. The event assists with the development of the gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general. Entries must be received before 5pm on Friday May 2 and an exhibition of shortlisted works will be held from August 30 to November 23. For more information and to enter, head to geelonggallery.org.au/prizes/geelongcontemporary-art-prize.
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Art to make a splash at S&R
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GIFTS, fashion and homewares store, S&R Torquay, is bringing together a host of artists for a collaborative exhibition of local and interstate talent next month. The Fluxus collective exhibition features nine artists from the Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong, one from the Mornington Peninsula and a fresh face from Byron Bay. Their work varies from abstract paintings and watercolours to decorative wall hangings and handcrafted jewellery. Two of the exhibiting artists, Barwon Heads’ Megan Weston and Torquay’s Prudence Caroline, have been featured prominently on the Channel 9 television series, The Block. Another highlight will be Byron Bay artist Jai Vasicek’s work. Mr Vasicek has recently exploded onto the art scene with his vibrant, colourful paintings and decorative crosses which are covered in layers of eclectic prints and patterns. All are welcome to attend the opening event
of Friday April 11 from 7pm, and with drinks, music and giveaways, it’ss sure to be a night to remember. Store owner Rebeccaa Martin said: “I am very interested in a variety ove being of artworks and I love surrounded by it everyy day. I thought this was a great ogether opportunity to bring together a group of talented local ouple artists as well as a couple of outstanding artists from egion. outside the immediate region. me we “This is the first time ke this are doing something like ed, this and I’m incredibly excited, ffer and area has so much to offer this will be fun way to show off nts.” our wonderful local talents.” Fluxus is showing at S&R eet, Torquay Torquay, 3 Gilbert Street, from April 11 to 25.
Megan Weston’s stunning g abstract paintings k that will be on display are just some of the work at S&R Torquay for their Fluxus exhibition next month.
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Mad about the Buoy at the shed WITH one of the silkiest voices in the business, the internationally acclaimed cabaret star Tim McKew is heading to the Potato Shed for one show only before heading off to New York. The spirit of Noel Coward comes alive in Mad about the Buoy – An afternoon with Noel Coward with McKew taking Coward’s best loved songs and stringing them together with autobiographical and anecdotal delights. McKew combines razor sharp wit, haunting ballads, social satire and philosophical musings to have a humorous dig at the political climate of the Art Deco era. McKew has been recreating Noel Coward for over eight years. The son of an Italian mother and a wharfie, he planned to teach music and drama when he left Melbourne University in the 1970s – but the performing bug bit. “I started at the Flying Trapeze and Last Laugh, then began touring my own cabaret shows. But I had always tried to include a bit of Coward.” Tickets ($20, Concession $18) are available at City of Greater Geelong customer service centres or by phoning 5251 1998. Mad about the Buoy – An afternoon with Noel Coward is on Sunday March 30 at 2pm at the Potato Shed, Drysdale.
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TASMANIA’S founder of The Agrarian Kitchen and celebrated chef Rodney Dunn is holding a masterclass at Kiltynane Wines on the Bellarine this Saturday. This rare opportunity will give participants the chance to meet and learn from Dunn and create a delicious feast from his highly acclaimed first cookbook The Agrarian Kitchen. Former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian chef, Tetsuya Wakuda, Dunn left the frantic pace of Sydney in 2007 and established the sustainable farm-based cooking school in 2009. The Agrarian Kitchen has since become a mecca for those looking for a meaningful connection with the food we eat and the land that produces it. “The Agrarian Kitchen represents the chance to share the simple pleasures of cooking and eating in tune with the seasons, and the rewards of a life lived close to the earth,” Dunn said. Places are limited for “A day with Rodney Dunn from The Agrarian Kitchen Tasmania” to be held on Saturday March 29 in the Basil’s Farm Kitchen, overlooking the vineyards and Swan Bay. The masterclass will be held from 12.30 to 3pm, where participants can learn first-hand, the secrets behind the recipes. While classes at the Tasmanian school start at $385, tickets to this special event are only $150 and include the class, a meal and glass of wine and wine tasting. Book signings will also be available on the day. For further information about The Agrarian Kitchen visit theagrariankitchen.com and further
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BOOK REVIEW WITH GREAT ESCAPE BOOKS
Half Bad AS AN adult who only occasionally ventures into young adult reading, I was excited by Half Bad. Although firmly set in the supernatural world (as all good teen books seem to be), there is not a vampire in sight! This debut novel from UK author Sally Green comes with high expectations, having been sold into 27 languages in just three months and with film rights being sold before the book was even released, and it does not disappoint. Itâ€™s a fast-paced, captivating story of Nathan, the child of a black witch and a white witch in a world where white is good, black is evil and there is no in between. We first meet Nathan as a prisoner in a cage from which he must escape before his 16th birthday if he is to become a full-fledged witch. Half Bad is an action-packed tale with plenty to keep the pages turning, but it also delves into interesting ideas about those in society who are seen as different. In fact, Nathanâ€™s interactions with the council of White Witches of England, Scotland and Wales, with their increasingly restrictive Notifications, are reminiscent of the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. And the treatment of him as a child of mixed blood echoes stories from Apartheid South Africa, or closer to home, the history of Australiaâ€™s Aborigines. And that is why this book is so great â€“ it tells a fascinating story that will have you on the edge of your seat, but it also touches on some deeper, important issues.
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Published by Penguin UK RRP: $16.99 Review by Andi Lawson-Moore @ Great Escape Books
The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble
THOSE fortunate to have seen Margaret Drabble when she was in Geelong recently will know of her extensive back catalogue of acclaimed novels. Her latest, The Pure Gold Baby, tells the story of Jess, a charismatic anthropology student in 1960s London who falls pregnant after an affair with her married professor. Suddenly her life is turned around. Not only will there be no more research trips to Africa, but with the birth of her special Anna, Jess realises she will be a mother for life. Anna is not a normal child and she will be the most incredible blessing to Jess, as well as a lifetime burden. The Pure Gold Baby explores ideas of parenting, responsibility, friendship, community and family life in a touching and often humorous way. Drabble has chosen not to tell the story of Jess and Anna from either of their perspectives and instead a friend, somewhat removed from the heart of the special mother/daughter relationship, is the protagonist. This serves to remove sentimentality in the story (which could easily creep in given the subject matter) and also allows for a great deal of honesty and even judgement about Jess and her role as Annaâ€™s carer. The book is written now, looking back on the 1960s and 1970s, and this also gives it a different perspective â€“ the protagonist has the benefit of hindsight and modern life with which to judge how the world was for Anna and Jess. The Pure Gold Baby is a very moving story about motherhood and its challenges â€“ and ultimately its incredible rewards.
Published by Text Publishing RRP: $29.99 Review by Andi Lawson-Moore @ Great Escape Books
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Resistance is futile Urgency needed against antibiotic resistance BY BARBARA GRACE DURING my sonâ€™s teenage years, his Borg battle cry: â€œResistance is futileâ€? (Star Trek fans will know this line) was often heard whenever a clash of wills arose â€“ as it often did. He was usually right â€“ his relentless will had me seeking peace in another galaxy early on. From these clashes, I learnt to â€œfight the battles worth fightingâ€?. Most issues my son and I faced merely involved his metamorphosis from childhood to manhood in claiming his rite of passage. This got me thinking about managing personal change and avoiding Borg-type battles within ourselves. Research says the biggest barrier to change is usually resistance to change itself. This can happen because we havenâ€™t updated our values and beliefs to support the actions we want to take. The humble caterpillar offers a great analogy. Caterpillars have cells that evolve during their metamorphosis that form legs, wings and a body inside the chrysalis. Essentially, these cells devour the caterpillar during its transition to moth. Even though this is an evolutionary inevitability, the caterpillar still rejects
Knowing our values helps us manage change. This delicately folded â€œValues Bookâ€? draws inspiration from our values being transparent and is one of the activities in the Advanced Art Inspiration e-course at the School of Modern Psychology.
the initial cells. (Who wouldnâ€™t protest at being eaten alive even if the result was emerging as a higher species!) Similarly, for us to emerge as a more highly functioning person with more skills to manage emotions, think at higher levels and act in ways that support our values, we must go through a metamorphosis-like process to make way for new growth. From work with leaders and people from all stages of life, I often find people caught in what I call a â€œchrysalis momentâ€?, cocooning themselves against change through fear of an unknown future that reinforces a rigid way of
thinking which keeps them stuck. This isnâ€™t an effective process for growth â€“ either on a personal or a professional level. While cocoons may be a safe place for change to occur, facing fear and embracing metamorphosis can help us reach our potential â€“ it just depends where you are on the evolutionary path of resistance. The School of Modern Psychology, of which Barbara Grace is director, helps people reach their potential. Its next online program starts soon. Discover more at schoolofmodernpsychology.com.au.
WITH new data released showing the prevalence of healthcareassociated Staphylococcus aureus or â€˜Golden Staphâ€™ bloodstream infections in Australian hospitals, NPS MedicineWise is urging everyone to take action to help stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections. The report by the National Health Performance Authority shows there were 1,724 cases of the potentially deadly Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection acquired through public hospitals in 2012â€“ 13. NPS MedicineWise chief executive officer Dr Lynn Weekes said the new data highlighted the importance of both health professionals and other individuals taking responsibility to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. â€œWe know that without substantially changing our behaviour and attitudes when it comes to using antibiotics wisely, we are potentially facing a future in which we return to the pre-antibiotic era where simple infections can no longer be treated with antibiotics,â€? Dr Weekes said. â€œIn light of the new data about
the number of Staph aureus cases in hospitals, NPS MedicineWise is urging hospital staff â€” including doctors, nurses and pharmacists â€” to take our pledge to fight against antibiotic resistance.â€? The pledge asks all hospital and community health professionals to be a champion for appropriate use of antibiotics when prescribing, dispensing, offering advice or answering questions about antibiotics. The health professional pledge sits alongside a pledge for other individuals, which asks all Australians: â€˘ Not to expect antibiotics for colds and the flu as they have no effect on viruses. â€˘ To take antibiotics as directed if they are prescribed. â€˘ To practise good hygiene to help stop the spread of infection. â€œAntibiotic resistance is everyoneâ€™s problem,â€? Dr Weekes said. NPS MedicineWise is undertaking a five year campaign to help stop the spread of antibiotic resistance in Australia. To read more about antibiotic resistance, and to take the pledge, visit nps.org.au/pledge.
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I HAVE had quite a few customers recently caught by unsolicited calls from people claiming to be from Microsoft, and thought it was time for a friendly reminder on these types of imposters. The unsolicited calls generally start off with a phone call from someone explaining that they work for Microsoft or Windows and they have detected that your computer has a virus. They will ask you to follow a few steps and bring up your Event Viewer, which will generally show a few nasty looking crosses and errors. These are logs for technicians, which even in healthy computers generally show a few errors. However, it gives the phone call that extra credibility that there is in fact a problem. These scammers will also offer you a local
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Let the Wookey win “I’m excited to get to go over to Margaret River and compete, hopefully we get some good waves.” Placing in second was Rikki Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) with Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) in third. The Under 16 Boys saw Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) take out the West Coast round in convincing fashion. After a summer spent competing in Pro Junior events and several weeks in Hawaii, Harrison has come back improved and is surfing well above his years. Henry Hutchins (Barwon Heads) placed in second, narrowly ahead of local Josh Cammarere (Jan Juc) in third. Noah Stocca (Moggs Creek) walked away with the highest wave score of the event, a 9.33; however, he could not find the waves needed in the final and placed in fourth. Taking out the state title was Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) with Henry Hutchins placing in second. The Under 16 Girls saw India Robinson (Jan Juc) take out the west coast round over Grace Day (Jan Juc). However, Day had already claimed the state title leaving Robinson to take second place overall. The Victorian Junior Titles is supported by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking, Play it Safe by the Water, The Illicit Drugs in Sport Program, TeamUp and Surfing Victoria. Full results and ratings can be found online at surfingvic.com. TOP: Barwon Heads Billy Harrison on his way to taking out the Under 16 Boys West Coast round of the Victorian Junior Titles at Jan Juc on the weekend. MIDDLE: Under 18 Girls Victorian Junior champion Courtney Dunlop won the championship and the West Coast round of the competition in Jan Juc on the weekend. BOTTOM: Boys Under 18 Victorian Junior Champion Joel Wookey in action. Photos: LIAM ROBERTSON
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JOEL Wookey from St Andrews Beach and Courtney Dunlop from Phillip Island were crowned Under 18 Victorian Junior Champions at Jan Juc on the weekend. With the title wide open coming into the final round, both Wookey and Dunlop needed a strong result to secure the title with Taj McEntee (Inverloch) and Jemima Hutchins (Barwon Heads) also in contention. McEntee placed fourth in the semi finals alongside Wookey, who placed one spot ahead of him in third, giving Wookey the title. Only 40 points separated the two, with Wookey on 3,220 and McEntee on 3,180. Australian team member, Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island), was the in-form surfer of the event taking out the West Coast round. Van Dijk is in preparation for the ISA World Junior Surfing Titles in two weeks time. “The conditions improved a fair bit over night so there was a couple of fun ones out there,” Van Dijk said. “The ‘worlds’ are going to be great fun. It will be a whole new experience for me and it should be fun going over there with Cody (Robinson).” In the Under 18 Girls, Jemima Hutchins was knocked out in the semi finals leaving Courtney Dunlop a clear path to the title in the final; 540 points separated the two overall, with Dunlop on 4,000 points and Hutchins on 3,460. In a wave-starved final, Dunlop found the waves she needed including an 8.17 to seal the win and cap off a big weekend for the Phillip Island junior. “I’m so stoked to win at Jan Juc after winning at home. The waves were pretty tough yesterday, but today was a lot more fun,” Dunlop said.
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FISHING REPORT ANGLESEA
Reports of some kingfish being caught offshore Those fishing of the rocks continue to report salmon catches The occasional gummy shark has made an appearance as well Our beaches are also still producing salmon in numbers Painkalac Creek is still producing some nice bream. 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.
Squid and trevally are being caught in the harbour as well as a few whiting Pinkies are being caught off the breakwater wall as well as salmon Salmon off the beaches Barham River is producing some bream Blanket Bay is also fishing well. 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.
Thursday 27 March 2014
WHITING is one of the most popular table fish going around, a little bit of salt, pepper and a dash of lemon to taste makes for a great meal at anytime. So the good news for all those whiting lovers out there is that at least for now our fish stocks of whiting seem to be secure. Not only are they secure, according to fisheries research, they are increasing. Recent Fisheries Victoria research points to greater numbers of catchable King George whiting in Port Phillip Bay in two to three years following one of the best larval collection seasons on record. Fisheries Victoria director Ross McGowan said surveys by Fisheries Victoria found the third highest number of King George whiting post-larvae – fish smaller than 20 millimetres – in Port Phillip Bay since surveys began in 1998. “This equates to better fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in two to three years,” Mr McGowan said. “Fisheries Victoria surveys the same eight sites around the bay in October and November each year, using a fine mesh net to capture and measure the small whiting. “Data collected indicates the relative abundance of King George whiting post-larvae in the bay yearto-year. “Results from last season’s research surveys
indicate the next peak season for King George whiting catches will begin in 2015/16 – a great result for recreational anglers.” Fisheries Victoria scientists have found the number of young King George whiting entering Port Phillip Bay has been relatively low over the last four years compared to an above average period during the mid-2000s. “Such a downturn in King George whiting catches was the result of natural recruitment cycles and was to be expected,” Mr McGowan said. King George whiting spawn in ocean waters, possibly along the far western Victorian and South Australian coast, during winter. The tiny larvae then drift on ocean waters for three months before eventually making their way into Port Phillip bay in spring. Mr McGowan said strong westerly winds had resulted in a higher than normal number of whiting larvae entering the bay last year compared with 2012. “Westerly winds and the currents they drive bring the whiting larvae into the bay where they will stay for up to four years. At this point, they leave the bay forever, returning to oceanic waters to spawn. “The success of whiting entering the bay each year is highly variable and is monitored by Fisheries Victoria to forecast the strength of the fishery.”
Whiting will generally reach the minimum catch length of 27 centimetres in two to three years. Fisheries Victoria, in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and the South Australian Research and Development Institute, is in the second year of a three-year research project to determine where Victorian whiting are spawned, their movement patterns and the replenishment of populations in south-eastern Australia. This project is part-funded by a contribution of $186,000 from the sale of Victorian recreational fishing licences. “It is possible that Victoria’s whiting fishery depends on spawning grounds in South Australian waters. This new research will inform the design of spatial management systems which could improve our whiting fishery in the future,” Mr McGowan said. “Just one more great example of your fishing licence fees at work.” Photos: If you have some real catches you want to send in, please forward them to the email address below, with type of fish, weight, length, location and your name. I am more than happy to place your photos in My Big Catch or online. Email photos to email@example.com.
Kingfish are being caught offshore as well as a few pinkies The Barwon River is still producing some whiting, trevally, salmon and bream, with a few elephant fish also being caught.
TORQUAY Still whiting to be had in close on the reefs Some good salmon are being caught off the beaches as well as a few pinkies Still 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.
St Leonards is still seeing some good whiting catches as well as some squid and snapper In Swan Bay, a few good flathead have been caught as well as King George whiting with calamari out the front of Swan Bay also being caught The rip is still producing kingfish on jigs and squid Point Lonsdale pier is producing a few salmon and some trevally plus a few bronze whalers have been caught, one at three metres The White Lady has squid and whiting still being caught The creek has trevally, salmon plus mullet being caught Thresher and mako sharks continue to be caught outside the heads.
A nice King George whiting taken near Anglesea.
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RACV Torquay Resort manager Dean Newell, Sam Hayward, Jack Prosser, James Saw and Torquay AFL Auskick co-ordinator Peter Saw are excited to kick off the new AFL Auskick season next week.
Kids get cracking for AFL Auskick TORQUAY AFL Auskick is starting up for the 2014 season with registration day this Sunday March 30. AFL Auskick makes learning to play AFL fun and easy for boys and girls and through specialised coaching each week they can learn all the skills to play their favourite game. Sessions are generally held on Sunday mornings from 9.30am to 11am at Spring Creek Reserve and the first session will be held on Sunday April 6. This year, the RACV Torquay Resort has continued their jumper sponsorship through the RACV Good Citizen program. To register your child for AFL Auskick, visit aflauskick.com.au, enter your postcode in the centre
Athletes to descend on Anglesea this weekend PRO triathletes Australia’s Ben Allen, Argentina’s Eduardo Sturla and Spain’s Roger Serrano will be among the field fighting it out for a share in a $15,000 prize pool at the XTERRA Great Ocean Road event on Sunday. The event, which will offer an XTERRA Triathlon, XTERRA Sprint Tri, 21 kilometre Trail Run and 10 kilometre Trail Run/Walk, will also double as the Victorian Off-road Championships for age-group participants. This group will have the chance to secure one of 15 possible qualification spots for the XTERRA World Championships in Hawaii in October. The Race Village, situated in the park at the mouth of the Anglesea River, will be live from 7am with music, local MC Adam Kelsall and partners 2XU and XTERRA Wetsuits Australia displaying their product ranges. There is still a chance to register with online registrations closing today at 5pm via xterraaus.com.au. On-the-day registrations will be available (unless sold out prior), with on-the-day entry rates and forms at the registration tent in the Race Village from 7am. The event is the first Australian leg of the 200-plus strong global XTERRA event series.
Anglesea local Peri Grey, pictured here winning a different event, will compete in an XTERRA event in Anglesea this weekend. Photo: WARWICK TUCKER
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locator and select the centre you would like your child to attend. Then complete the registration questions and pay the registration online. Take advantage of the special early bird special and register for $65 before Friday March 28, otherwise registration is $70. Once you’ve registered head along to registration day on Sunday March 30 from 9.30am to 11am at Spring Creek Reserve and bring along your printed registration form to pick up your AFL Auskick pack. For more information, visit torquayauskick.com or facebook.com/TorquayAuskick or email info@ torquayauskick.com.
CELEBRITY footy tipping is back in the Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times, and a baker’s dozen of personalities from across the Geelong region have signed up. Given the success of the two expansion teams in the opening round – especially the Giants’ shock win over Sydney – it would have been remarkable for anyone to pick all nine results. Leading the pack on 7 is South Barwon MP Andrew Katos, who followed the crowd by tipping Sydney and went for Carlton instead of Port Adelaide, but was on the money in all other games. There is a four-way fight for second place, with G21 chief executive officer Elaine Carbines, Wendy Greaves from the Winchelsea Community House, City of Greater Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons and Jeremy Morris from the Anglesea and Winchelsea Community Bank all on 6. In joint third place on 5 are The Blues Train’s Hugo T. Armstrong, Surf Coast Times and Bellarine Times managing editor
Hamish Brooks, Surf Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge, Ian Stewart from the Committee for Lorne and the mysterious Kiss of Death. Fighting it out for the wooden spoon after scoring less than passing marks are Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson, Christian Bartley from Bellarine Property and Villawood Properties’ Rory Costelloe. Leaderboard at the end of round 1: Andrew Katos – 7 Jeremy Morris – 6 Darryn Lyons – 6 Elaine Carbines – 6 Wendy Greaves – 6 Hugo T. Armstrong – 5 Hamish Brooks – 5 Rose Hodge – 5 Ian Stewart – 5 The Kiss of Death – 5 Christian Bartley – 4 Sarah Henderson – 4 Rory Costelloe – 4
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ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB THE Betty Kernot Scratch Foursomes started last Friday and by the time you read this we will have had two rounds. Our number one team of Club Champ Julie Taylor and Margot Parton were despatched in round one by 13th Beach (2) 5/4 but our second team of Ann Stokes and Sue Bowler had a better day in the rain at Colac, defeating The Sands (2) 6/5. They play Inverleigh (2) in round 2 at Curlewis. Our Sunday Pennant had their first game on Sunday. Unfortunately they were defeated 3/2 by Queens Park at Portarlington, but mention must be made of Denise Penning’s debut with a 3/2 win in her match. The Otway ladies had their fifth round on Friday at Clifton Springs and walked away with a 3/2 win. Last week, was also the ladies Seniors Championship at Curlewis and congratulations to Valda Connelly who played in the final for the 65 plus category and lost 5/3 to Curlewis member Anne Howard.
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eagle’s nest with a three on the 2nd hole. Thursday was back to summer for the ladies and par again. Winners were Vida Brenner in Division 1 with 1 up, Stefi Bates in Division 2 with square and Maralyn Cross in Division 3 with 2 up. NTP winners were Dianne Williams, Rosanne Chisholm, Julie Taylor and Anne Mangan.
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Wednesday was a par event for the men. A and C Grades were decided by countbacks, with Director Allan Foster winning A Grade with 3 up from Jared Matheson, and Paul Stratham winning C Grade from Colin Patterson with 2 up. Long Island visitor M Grossman won B Grade with 5 up and Bernie Dalton won the seniors with square. NTP winners were Geoff Trethowan, Mervyn Worsfold, Allan Foster and Alex Sutherland. Chris Bowman cleaned out the
Hopefully everyone likes playing par because it was par again on Saturday. Brad Eskrigge had the best score of the day with 6 up winning A Grade. Other winners were: Marcus McDonald in B Grade with 4 up on a countback from John Prince, Gary Shugg in C Grade with 2 up and Ann Wylie in the ladies with 1 up. NTP winners were Nigel Forsyth, Colin Favre, Tony Tobler and Kevin Friel, and Nigel Powers had a lucky second shot on the 15th to score an eagle. Further west at Port Fairy Claire Brennan and Suellen Eskrigge combined well to win the ladies 4BBB with 5up. Sunday was time for something different with stableford – thankfully! Winners were: Calvin Robbins in A Grade with 38 points, Daryl Britnell in B Grade with 41 points, John Somerset in C Grade with 38 points and Nancye Warhurst in the ladies with 35 points. NTP winners were Colin Kosky, Judy Talbot, Sue Britnell and Anthony Ivelja, and Pete Griffiths scored the third eagle for the week – on the second hole.
SUNDAY March 16 was Guest Day an event starring our mixed winners Sally Torney (ladies captain) and Alan Hunt with 48 points. Also featuring Don Miloshis and his partner Thomas Boicos together scoring 47 points to win 1st place for the men member and guest. NTPs with award winning shots were J. Evans, R. Martin, C. Bishop, J.W. Thompson, L. Brady and L.Moore. The best performance on the 17th was D. Washington taking out the jackpot. Highlights mainly came from the weather, lightning, thunder and even some rain, not seen for a while on our shores it caused gasps of shock from our golfers who in turn stampeded back to the clubhouse for safety. After all that excitement it was a well-earned drink and some nibbles that really stole the show, all in all an adventurous day out. Tuesday, Marg Joyner took out A Grade with 41 points. B Grade winner was Barbara Stuchbery scoring 39 points and for C Grade Sue Morris won the honors with 42 points. Judith Hobill won the Resort course with a magnificent 51 points. NTPs S. Booth, C. Barr, S. Barnes, L. Grebe and J. Sparkes. C. Barr hit the jackpot. Wednesday, stroke for the men and finishing in front for A Grade was Danny Willersdorf with 68. Garry Smith won B Grade with 64. C Grade went to Alan Roy scoring 63 but it was
D Grade winner Robin Dennis who had the round of the day carding 58. Brian Brown with 45 points won the Resort. We must mention Kevin McDonald’s good score of 44 points on the Resort course which also included a birdie on the par 3 12th and a hole in one on the 13th making 11 points in two holes, his sixth ace no less and at 87 years young there is hope for us all yet. NTPs R. Hutchins, B. Manning, R. Kenney, S. Hope and K. McDonald. G. Touzel took out the jackpot. Friday Rex Hutchins hit a super +7 to win the men’s and for the ladies, Anne Staig finished with -2 to win. The Resort course winner Bill Brushfield had a good day on the course with +9 to finish on top. NTPs R. Martin, W. Gaunt, G. Riches hit the jackpot. Saturday the foursomes trophy 1st round was played and the winning score was posted by Max Simpson and Graham Jennings with 66. The best gross went to Danny Willersdorf and Rod Brown with 81. Final round results will be announced next week. In the Resort Course, Sid Chandley and Jim Newton finished on top with 61. Sunday’ s A Grade winner Jarrod Fox scored 46 points while for B Grade Brian Makin only had a mere 45 points well done to both winners. Deb Shoesmith won the ladies with 38 points. NTPs B. Castieau, M. Harrison and S. Morris. K. Warburton won the jackpot.
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FROM THE MEMBERS’ ROOM it was Rod Carroll who was able to pull away with a +4, 1 point win over the always steady Darryl Kitchen who was runner up in a countback. In the B Grade, Ross Millar ran away with it as he went off for a +7, winning by 4 over Gavan Clark.
LADIES Thursday Stroke: It was a lovely day for the ladies which lent itself to some good scoring. Christine Yelland showed she is in top form, scoring a nett 71 to run away from the field with a three stroke win. Second belonged to Julie Bottomley, who finished 3 back with a 74. NTP went to Merle Whitnall on the 7th and Christine Brackin on the 17th. Saturday Stableford: It was a quiet day for the ladies, as many took the opportunity to rest up before a big week of golf ahead here at The Sands. In the end the day belonged to Christine Brackin, who won in a count back over Susan Barrett with each player scoring 31 points. MEN’S Saturday 2 person Ambrose: It was a fun one for the men as they competed in the team event. In the end the team chemistry between Chris Burke and Neil Trevena proved to be too much as they scored a net 60. In second we had Calem Hoffman and Doug Hastie shoot an impressive net 63.75. NTP honours went to Phil Coulter on the 13th for his second NTP of the week, and we had a fine display put on by Bob Newton as he was clearly locked in earning two NTP’s on the 5th and 13th. Wednesday Par: It was a two grade field on Wednesday as we had a mixed bag of results in what proved to be a mixed bag of results. In the A Grade 2 Sands Boulevarde, Torquay Clubhouse: 5264 3333 Pro Shop: 5264 3307
MEDLEYS Tuesday 9 hole Stableford: It was a nice day and with the company of the seniors “9 & wine” field we had a great turnout once again for the fastest growing comp at The Sands. This week (thanks in part to the new driver) Martin Ward was able to win in a count back over Tim Freer, each player scoring 20 points. Sunday Mixed Pinehurst: It was an exciting start to the inaugural golf week here at The Sands, as we had a great turnout for the mixed Pinehurst event. The results from the field were great, as were the conditions as we had an ideal scoring day for the field. A dominant performance was put on by Gaile and Brian Kruger who came out with a score of 67 to win by 4. Second place belonged to Cam and Wendy Muller, who always seem to be around the leaderboard in these team events. This time it was a score of 70.13 that got them the p osition. The NTPs went to Lyndon Langan on the 5th, 7 and 17 went to Marj Bayard, and a special mention to Judy Fuller who got a hole in one on the 13th! Way to go Judy! Golf Memberships: 5264 3303 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.thesandstorquay.com
PORTARLINGTON GOLF CLUB VETERANS Golf is a very popular and highly utilised activity in this country, and within our region. At Portarlington, we are about to embark on another opportunity for the veteral golfer with a “Senior Social Mixed Competition” to run on the last Friday of the month. There will be a trial 9-hole run on this Friday March 28 with tee times commencing at 10am, and lunch will be provided in the clubhouse following. If you would like to give it a go, put your name on the list in the foyer, or ring the Proshop for more information.
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Helen Boyle with a nett 73 from Jean Pardy’s 74. NTPs went to Kath Wright and Emma Zahl, Maureen Walsh won the B Grade ProPin and Sally Schaller took out best putter with 28 putts.
Tuesday March 18, Men’s 2 person Ambrose It was a day out for the low markers, with Lee James and Michael Wheat taking the honours with a sensational nett 61.5 – many birdies in that tally I suspect! Two shots behind them were Michael Jennings and Scott Hennigan, and only another ½ a shot away were Matt Salter and Doug Hill. Pinshots were won by Robin Burns, Scott Hennigan and Chris Vakidis.
Saturday March 8 – Men’s and Ladies’ Par Kim Bright had a great day out winning the Trophy of the Day and D Grade with his 6 up, edging out Jerome Woods by a shot. Robin Burns took the A Grade prize with his +4 by 2 shots from James Smith, with Mannie Golfis not far behind on +3. Peter Nash’s 5 up won him the B Grade award on a count back from Jarrod Poole, and I had one of those rare good days by winning C Grade with +5 from Mannie Golfis on +3, and a lucky bounce got me a NTP on the 2nd. Other winners for NTPs were Lee McMurrich and David Mickelsons. The winner in the Ladies event was Bev Munis with a -1 by a shot from Jean Pardy. NTPs going to Maureen Hogan and Bec Waldron, who also collected the ProPin cash.
Wednesday March 19, Ladies’ Stroke It was showtime for Marg Mascoll, who played the round of the day with a sizzling nett 66 to clean-up trophy of the day and C Grade from Jacqui Vietri on 76. Sonia Dall had a solid 71 to win the A Grade event by 2 shots from Jill Barker, who also won best gross with her 85 and the A Grade ProPin. B Grade went to
Men’s Foursomes Championship An annual event held on both days of the weekend. The winning pair was Scott Hopgood and Max Gregory with two rounds of 72 each. However, only one shot behind after an opening round of 69 was Robbie White and Raff Carnevale, but they couldn’t keep up quite the same high standard on the Sunday with a 75.
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Torquay touch footy kicks off again BY TIFFANY PILCHER IF YOU have ever been interested in trying out touch football, now is the time with the Surf Coast’s competition starting up again after Easter. The mixed competition is open to everyone from children through to older adults and people can enter as a team or as individuals to be placed in a team. Surf Coast Touch Football organiser Melanie Jackson said the competition has grown from four to six teams in under 12 months and interest in the non-contact sport is continuing to rise.
“It’s something a bit different and people definitely want to know what it’s all about. “It’s a great way to get fit or stay fit while meeting likeminded people. “We get a lot of footballers and netballers who want to play either in the off-season to keep their fitness up or during winter to complement their training too.” Ms Jackson said the best part of the sport is that families can play together. “We have a couple of teams that have a dad and a daughter or a whole family all on the one team.
“There aren’t many sports that you can actually play with your kids, but with touch, you can actually get out there and share time and be active with them.” Games start in three weeks and will be held at 7.15pm and 8pm on Thursday nights at the Banyul Warri Fields sports precinct. Anyone interested in joining the competition can sign up at Surf World Museum, Surf City Plaza, Torquay, email Ms Jackson at jackson. firstname.lastname@example.org, or by call them on 5261 4606.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Midweek pennant Division 2 team for making the grand final and earning promotion to Division 1 next year. Unfortunately, the Bannockburn squad was too strong on the day and took the flag, but under the conditions that the club was forced to endure during the redevelopment, it was an enormous effort. No flag either for the Saturday pennant Division 1 side, which put up a valiant struggle against the dominating Lara team but fell just short. The overall effort of getting two Midweek and three Saturday teams into finals was a tribute to the resilience of the players who represented the club over the year and all should be congratulated. Getting the crystal ball out, all looks rosy for next year and the more distant future as everyone settles into the new facilities. Rousing cheers should also be heard for greenkeeper Bill Hamshere and his band of helpers who have maintained the quality of our greens to such a level that we hosted Premier League finals. That was achieved while working from makeshift facilities. In closing off the on-greens season, congratulations to Casey Van Berkel for winning the club’s minor singles title. He beat David McKenzie in the final on Sunday. Back in the clubhouse, things are progressing brilliantly, with the Bistro on the Green fully functional and everyone excited about the development. Backbreaking work has gone into the reorganisation and all who helped should be congratulated. Lots of praise should also go to the Bistro crew. They have the show up and running for lunches and dinners from Wednesday to Saturday nights, breakfasts on Saturdays and Sundays and lunch on Sundays. Everyone is looking forward to next season and building on the success of the club this year on and off the greens.
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