Surf Coast Times
Tuesday 16 August 2011
VOL 9. No 33
The Bellbrae Primary School community celebrated the school’s 150th anniversary on Saturday. It was a grand day out for families and a history lesson for all. Walking down memory lane were current and former students and friends of the school who enjoyed the historical memorabilia on show. Among those who took part in the festivities were students, from left, Summer Harvey, Ruby Issell and Chloe Salvador.
Photo: PETER MARSHALL
BLOCK-AID New development in Torquay to give housing a boost
BY HAMISH BROOKS THE latest application for a new, large housing estate in Torquay is set to reverse the negative trend in building approvals revealed by the latest Housing Industry Association figures. Ritzcorp Developments’ application for an 882lot development bordered by South Beach Road, the Surfcoast Highway and Horseshoe Bend Road coincided with the release of the figures which, according to HIA economist Mathew King, revealed an eight per cent drop in housing approvals across the Barwon region in the last financial year. “In original terms, there were 2,762 dwelling
approvals over the financial year 2010/11 compared with 3,001 over 2009/10,” he said. “We would expect the Barwon region to follow the overall Victorian outlook over the short to medium term, that is, a cooling of activity after unprecedented rates of building. After enjoying a stellar two financial years, new home building activity will decelerate considerably over 2011/12.” He said a number of factors including above average lending rates, a constrained credit environment and a lack of residential land supply will culminate to force a substantive slowdown. However, the latest estate bid would contradict
“We’re going to do it in stages – and unless there’s another big meltdown where the whole world stops – we should have 100 to 140 lots ready to develop by November next year.” While the application is for 882 lots, the area of land contains a seven-acre block and house not owned by Ritzcorp, which fronts on to South Beach Rd and brings the actual number of lots to be developed down to around 850. It was included in the application at the council’s request so the development did not impinge on the residents’ road access. Most blocks on the development will offer ocean views.
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this trend, or at least soften the blow. Ritzcorp Developments joint managing director John Minuzzo said there were still a lot of boxes to be ticked before a house was built on the land, but all things going to plan they’d have at least 100 blocks ready to be developed by November next year. “Once we get the go ahead from council we’ll have to get the engineers in for all the infrastructure works, plumbing, sewage, roads and the like,” he said. “We’ll then have to put that out for tender to get companies in to build the roads. “We’ve been talking with local agents and talking to builders and once the infrastructure is in we’ll put up display homes.
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MAYOR’S COLUMN Festival of Words to light up in Aireys
PREPARATIONS are finishing in Aireys Inlet for this year’s Aireys Festival of Words, to be held over August 19-21. This biennial event is always a hit with lovers of literature, music and the arts and is an important occasion on the Surf Coast’s winter calendar. This year will include the pre-sale release of Alice Pung’s new book Her Father’s Daughter and Tony Birch’s new book Blood. Popular authors and illustrators including Graeme Base and Tom Trumble head the festival’s line-up with local music and art also coming to the fore. My fellow councillor, Libby Coker, who fancies herself as a woman of letters, will also speak at the event’s launch. This year’s Festival of Words also coincides with the Aireys International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. To check out the extensive program of free and ticketed events, visit www.aireysinlet.com.au/ words
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WINCH lift for Eastern Reserve
Last week marked another milestone on construction of the WINCH Hub building at Eastern Reserve, with interior work at the building complete. External landscaping is about to start, while the community naming competition for the building has been extended, to finish on Thursday, 25 August, 2011. You can leave your suggestion by following the link under the latest news tab at www.surfcoast. vic.gov.au or emailing email@example.com. au with the subject “Winch Naming Competition” or posting them to Winch Naming Competition, Surf Coast Shire, PO Box 350, Torquay 3228. Remember to leave contact details to be eligible to win a package of local produce, worth more than $100. Eastern Reserve has had many upgrades in recent years, including new netball courts. The WINCH building will continue this trend and includes a multi-purpose function space, commercial kitchen, a community gym and meeting rooms.
Torquay North development plans
have concluded, which means greenfield land in Torquay North that already had been rezoned residential can now be released for development. Council estimates there is up to 20 years of residential land in Torquay North.
More on grants and climate change
Council will be running a number of sessions providing information on the Surf Coast Community Grants Program and council’s Draft Climate Change Strategy, which is now on exhibition. You can drop in at any time during these two-hour sessions to either find out more about applying for community grants, or to discuss council’s Climate Change Strategy with council officers on hand. Sessions will be held: • Spring Creek Community House, Torquay, on Tuesday, 30 August from 1:30pm; • Anglesea Community House on Wednesday, 31 August from 10am; • Fig Tree Community House in Lorne on Wednesday, 31 August from 1:30pm; • Aireys Inlet Community Hall on Thursday, 1 September from 10:30am; • Winchelsea Community Hose on Friday, 2 September from 11am; • Deans Marsh Community Hall on Tuesday, 6 September from 11am; and • Moriac Community Centre on Thursday, 8 September from 11am.
Over the last couple of months, council has received Last week, Surf World Museum, in Surf City and put on exhibition development plans for two Plaza, Torquay, was nominated as a finalist in two large estates that will provide 1,280 residential categories of the 2011 Victoria Museum Awards. lots on residential zoned land in Torquay North; With more than 700 museums in Victoria, making near the Surf Coast Community and Civic Precinct the finals in the Archival Survival Award for Small which is now being developed. These are the first Museums and People’s Choice Award for Best developments to take advantage of residential land Museum Experience is a great achievement for the council has earmarked in Torquay North. Recent council decisions including the decision museum and is confirmation of the important asset on the Torquay-Jan Juc Sustainable Futures 2040 Take care, it is for our region. With the popular Bells Gold exhibition on Plan have confirmed council’s view that growth display, it’s a great time to drop in and enjoy this in Torquay should be directed to the north. display of surfing culture and memorabilia, which State government department investigations Cr Dean Webster is unique to the region. into education and transport services in this area Mayor, Surf Coast Shire
Tuesday 16 August 2011
Aireys pub saved by locals BY ELEANOR WOODS AIREYS Inlet Pub has been bought by a group of â€œInlet-loversâ€? who couldnâ€™t stand the thought of their local watering hole falling into the wrong hands. A consortium of ten people â€œchipped inâ€? and purchased the iconic chunk of Surf Coast property for more than $3 million. Others competing for the tender included developers with visions to build either a caravan park or subdivide it into 300 square metre blocks. Owner of Blazing Saddles and Martians CafĂŠ, musician and builder Tim Wood, was among the syndicate of saviours, who
signed off on the deal last Thursday. â€œThere was a strong feeling that our pub was a really important part of our town,â€? he said. â€œNot only is it a destination for food and music but it is a common meeting place. â€œI kept driving past and having this fear that someone would come in and buy it and wreck it, you know.â€? The consortium was made up of a variety of people who all own homes in the town, including a director, a model, builder and other entrepreneurs. â€œWe are just a group of people with a common love of Aireys Inlet,â€? Mr Wood said.
â€œWe did it because we didnâ€™t want to lose the place. I think so many people have good memories of their times at the Aireys Inlet Pub. â€œWhat a great outcome. Now we get to control what happens there. We get to protect the site and I think thatâ€™s whatâ€™s important. â€œIt has a spectacular view, itâ€™s a huge space and itâ€™s safe for kids. And what a beer garden! Thereâ€™s such huge potential at the site. What better place to have a beer and watch the sun go down? â€œThis is such a positive thing. Now, hopefully, it will be back up and running by summer.â€?
Iâ€™ll drink to that â€“ the Aireys Inlet Pub is hoped to be reopened by summer after a syndicate of saviours has rescued it from potential ruin.
News in brief This weekend is International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Lighthouses along the Surf Coast are running events in celebration of the annual honorary event. Pictured is Split Point Lighthouse, in Aireys Inlet. The fondly named â€˜White Ladyâ€™ can be seen from miles off the coast and is a tourist must-see for Great Ocean Road explorers. Tours of The Lady take 45 minutes and bookings can be made at http://www. splitpointlighthouse.com.au/ or by calling 1800 174 045. Photo: PETER MARSHALL
School debacle continues
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THE TORQUAY school community is fed up with slow progress on securing the future of education in the region. MP Darren Cheeseman recently slammed the government as negotiations for land and associated school sporting facilities for Torquay High School seemed to have grounded to a halt. â€œThe whole Torquay High School situation is such a mess. Still no land has been secured for the high school, and now the shire has been forced to walk away from negotiations, with the State Government trying to pull a swifty by forcing ratepayers to foot most of the bill.â€?
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BY ELEANOR WOODS LITERARY lovers are counting the days before the Aireys Festival of Words, which turns its first page on Friday and runs until Sunday. The line-up of authors and presenters at this year’s event, which is staged at various locations around Aireys Inlet, are set to impress. Acclaimed picture book extraordinaire Graeme Base will engage the senses of listeners and wellloved, youthful author Alice Pung will, on her return to the inlet, offer perceptions of her world. Pung, whose first book, Unpolished Gem, won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award brings her latest novel Her Father’s Daughter to festival prior to its official release in September. According to the festival committee’s Sally Conway the three day event was inspired by a group of book lovers to draw likeminded people to the area during the quiet winter season. “The festival is targeted at lovers of art, books, writing, poetry and literary discussions,” Ms Conway said. “It is fun, casual, humorous, witty, and inspiring. “The festival has managed to attract internationally acclaimed writers, including Graeme Base, who was recently shortlisted for the 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for Younger Children for his book, The Legend of the Golden Snail.” Also set to share his wisdom is Robert Sessions, a book publisher for more than forty years. Others attending include Roland Harvey, Jackie Kerin, Milli Ross, Kate Herd, Liz Honey and Tom Trumble.
There will be readings of children’s stories by the authors on Saturday morning, the Annual Sculpture Trail competition, writing workshops, cryptic crosswords and Scrabble as well as music and nibbles with musicians Hartley Newnham and John Griffiths. “Come and celebrate a love of art, words and
literature this weekend,” Ms Conway said. “Get inspiration from published writers and poets, get involved in the workshops, enjoy some good food.” For more information and the full program details, visit www.aireysinlet.com.au/words
Committee members and friends of the festival checking out some of the books featured in this year’s event, which starts this weekend.
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What’s going on at the sunset bar? BY HAMISH BROOKS PLANS for the new Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club remain in limbo, with a new engineers report to decide its fate. The Department of Sustainability and Environment initially approved the planned $3.5 million new building but has since requested new reports into the building due to significant erosion of the sand dune beneath the old surf club. King tides and big swells in June and July washed away large portions of the grassy dune beneath the club’s famed sunset bar and clubhouse, leaving the club’s fence-line clinging centimetres from a precarious 30-foot sand cliff. Club treasurer Paul Shannon said the club has met with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and the DSE to inspect the erosion on the sand dunes along the Surf Coast, and specifically at the clubhouse. “The club has commissioned an additional engineering assessment of the proposed new clubhouse in view of the
erosion and will be reporting the results to GORCC and DSE when they become available,” he said Surf Coast Mayor Dean Webster said that the council issued a permit for the building following a geo-tech report completed before March and following DSE consent. “DSE provided coastal consent for the project, which is basically them being confident it won’t fall into the sea,” he said. “I imagine the DSE would be reconsidering consent if they deemed it necessary, but they’re obviously waiting for the new geo-tech report. “I know from our own report into the Bells Beach area that we copped ten years of erosion in one hit during the same tides and swells.” DSE manager for environmental planning Michael Noelker said the DSE “has sought the views of the Surf Life Saving Club on the accuracy of reports that supported the proposal and suggested that the club seek the views of an independent and suitably qualified individual to undertake this review.”
Ramp demolished due to safety concern BY ELEANOR WOODS THE FAIRHAVEN Beach access ramp that recently suffered severe environmental damage has been demolished by the Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee (GORCC). According to GORCC, the large concrete ramp - which was the main public access to the beach - was beyond repair after king high tides tore at its foundations. GORCC’s coastal project manager Mike Bodsworth said the affected portion of the ramp had been demolished in the interests of public safety. “The damage to the ramp posed too high a risk to beachgoers for it to be left in place, or salvaged,” he said. Bodsworth said the committee was working with the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club and considering options to reinstate beach access at the site. “Future access infrastructure must be carefully planned to minimise the possibility of similar damage.” GORCC has put up barriers to prevent public access to the ramp, but at present the beach is still accessible via another nearby ramp.
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Lock it or lose it BY ELEANOR WOODS
POLICE have urged Surf Coast residents and holidaymakers to lock their cars and secure their caravans, boats and personal property after thieves have struck the seaside towns, Torquay and Jan Juc. The Torquay Police Criminal Investigation Unitâ€™s Detective Sergeant Craig Blunt said four caravans, to the value of close to $150,000, had recently been stolen from homes in Grovedale, Highton and Waurn Ponds and he feared the coast would be targeted next. In Torquay and Jan Juc, six cars were broken into on Monday, August 8, and a car stolen from a house in Elm Grove Court. â€œWe are worried that these kinds of incidents are happening and want people to be more aware,â€? Detective Sergeant Blunt said.
â€œPeople need to be vigilant about locking up their possessions and take note of suspicious people when they see them hanging around. â€œIf you do see someone acting dodgy, call 000 and report them.â€? This spree follows a similar spate a year ago, in which a number of caravans were stolen from Surf Coast homes by a Melbourne-based crime cluster. â€œThis place is targeted because people are so relaxed and a leave a lot of valuable property lying about. â€œPeople are just so lax around here. Itâ€™s frustrating. Donâ€™t just leave you caravan or boat on your front yard where it is easy to steal. â€œLock it up. â€œDo whatever you can to make it hard for thieves to steal it.
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Climate Project hits Torquay A FREE event at Surf World this Thursday aims to reveal the science behind climate change. The Climate Project, the Australian branch of Al Goreâ€™s climate change leadership program, is a non-profit organisation educating the public about the harmful effects of climate change and to work toward solutions at a grassroots level
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Lorne in Focus
Tuesday 16 August 2011
Expert direction for cultural fest MONIQUE HARVEY, former producer and programmer of The Famous Spiegeltent, has been announced as the festival director for the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts; 50s and 60s Culture by the Sea. Commissioned to provide the artistic vision for the new event, Ms Harvey will draw on her 17 years of global experience in the arts and entertainment industry to guide the festival’s inaugural launch in September. “I am incredibly excited to be involved in what will be a remarkable event,” Ms Harvey said. “The high calibre of acts involved will create a vibrant and fun filled weekend for all who attend. The support of the local community in Lorne will also contribute to what I see as being a wonderfully inclusive event that hopefully will continue for years to come.” Ms Harvey was involved in music management for over six years and managed several Australian artists. She has worked for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals (UK), Melbourne
Film Festival, St Kilda Festival and St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, National Circus Festival and most recently the Art of Difference Festival and the White Night Festival, Brighton (UK). She has worked as an event producer, publicist, artist liaison representative and programmer. Ms Harvey joining the Lorne festival is an exciting development for the event and the town, which already boasts a strong arts calendar with the Falls Music and Arts Festival, over the New Year period, and the Lorne Sculpture event in October. According to Chris Tully, president of the Lorne Business and Tourism Association, the town is very excited about the inclusion of this event on Lorne’s calendar and pleased to showcase local talent alongside internationally renowned artists. Ms Harvey has already begun recruiting artists who will be performing at the festival including Melbourne Surf Western legends Mikelangelo and the Tin Star featuring St Clare, the sensational and sassy Go Girl Gadget Go Go Dancers, local jazz and burlesque star Jessie
Upton, sideshow and circus queen Lilikoi Kaos, The Shuffle Club, the Swing Patrol Dancers, the acrobatic troupe Circus Trick Tease and the very glamorous ladies of Hi Ball Burlesque. Residents will be welcoming visitors to all the festival events with a number of local businesses opening up their venues for performances. Mantra Erskine House Resort, babalu Bar, QDOS Arts, The Cumberland, The Ovenhouse, The Grand Pacific Hotel, The Lorne Pier and various other locations throughout Lorne will be part of the action. For more details regarding the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts; 50s and 60s Culture by the Sea visit www.lovelorne.com.au
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Tuesday 16 August 2011
Music helps tackle violence in Lorne LORNE high school students have taken part in a State Government anti-violence initiative, writing song lyrics for an album that tackles the issue. The Words Not Weapons program involved ten schools across Victoria giving students the opportunity to work with leading musicians such as Pez, Mantra and Dobe Newton to interpret the various ideas, experiences and issues surrounding violence and conflict resolution into song. Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College principal Helen Gaylard was extremely pleased with program.
â€œIt is normally very challenging to get students to openly discuss these sorts of issues,â€? Ms Gaylard said. â€œWhat was most positive and encouraging was seeing so many of the students opening up and talking about the conflict they see in their everyday lives and ways they can overcome it.â€? Rob Tremlett, better known as hip hop artist Mantra, was one of the artists working with students through the program who was impressed by the attitude of the students involved.
â€œThese kids just attacked it with so much enthusiasm, but also made really considered choices with lyrics, phrasing and storytelling,â€? Mantra said. The program was run by the Department of Justice, in partnership with Mushroom Marketing who produced a CD compilation of the songs developed by the students. Andrew McIntosh, Minister for Crime Prevention, said the program enabled students to express themselves about the confronting issue of violence with some of Victoriaâ€™s popular music talent.
â€œThe idea is that through the songwriting workshops, students learn to use their words as weapons,â€? Mr McIntosh said. â€œThere are alternative ways to deal with your feelings, rather than violence. It was also a unique opportunity for students to work and learn from people they respect, outside of the usual classroom experience.â€? Lyrics from each school were recorded and produced by Styalz Fuego. The tracks are available for download at www.livenofear.com.au
The peopleâ€™s pavilion IF YOU fancy the idea of dining within a stoneâ€™s throw from the sea then make Lorne Pavilion your next outing. The fine eatery is nestled on the fringe of Lorneâ€™s sandy, sheltered shoreline and offers customers a range of fare. Lorne Pavilionâ€™s general manager, Tony Culpitt, is proud to invite people to the newly renovated restaurant and alfresco cafĂŠ. â€œIt has a lot of history, this place. It was the original kiosk change rooms for the Lorne pool and has seen a massive upgrade and development,â€? Mr Culpitt said. â€œIt is now an amazing facility that seats about 100 in the restaurant and about 150 on the
outdoor deck. â€œThe atmosphere is relaxed and there isnâ€™t a bad seat in the house. Wherever you sit, you can see the ocean.â€? Lorne Pavilion is currently holding exclusive Winemakers Dinners, in which participants are guided by winemakers through a four course meal with six specially matched wines. â€œThese events are fantastic,â€? Mr Culpitt said. On September 24, winemaker from Sticks in Yarra Valley will take diners on a taste journey through the latest reserve releases from the winery. To book contact 5289 2882 or visit www.lornepavilion. com.au for more information.
For a taste of Lorne, visit Lorne Pavilion - literally a stoneâ€™s throw from the sea.
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Catholic Homes turns over a new leaf CATHOLIC Homes has announced the acquisition of Greenleaf Retirement Resort, in Torquay, from Summerwood Developments Pty Ltd. The acquisition is in accordance with Catholic Homes’ Strategic Plan to expand its geographic footprint in areas of demand for retirement living choices and to establish new services that are aligned to its existing service and core business model. Catholic Homes operates multiple residential aged care facilities, retirement units, independent living units, community care packages and respite services throughout the Melbourne
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metropolitan area and outer surrounds. Current residents will continue to enjoy the high standards of accommodation, service and ongoing security that are presently provided. Catholic Homes is also committed to the expansion of Greenleaf Retirement Resort and are considering further enhancement opportunities including the development of an aged care facility on the site in the future. The guiding values that define Catholic Homes - dignity, compassion, integrity and collaboration - will become a part of the principles that guide the day to day management of Greenleaf Retirement Resort, Torquay.
The services offered by Catholic Homes are available to people living in Victoria from diverse cultures, nationalities, faiths and walks of life. Chief Executive Officer Joan Donoghue said “it is our humanity, our respect for one another, and the community we create together that we share”. Greenleaf Retirement Resort is set to expand in the near future with multiple independent living units planned for construction. Superbly positioned in one of Victoria’s premier coastal locations and only minutes from the beach, Greenleaf Retirement Resort offers seniors exceptional living conditions in a beautifully landscaped environment. Also on offer are resort style club facilities including bar and lounge areas, gymnasium and indoor heated pool, private cinema, library and craft studio, billiards and games rooms, outdoor bowling green and excellent dining facilities. Furthermore, a wide range of activities including water aerobics, art and craft, tai chi, bowls, snooker and a social club are available for residents to enjoy. At Greenleaf Retirement Resort, you will enjoy a premium living experience; where you can appreciate beautiful surrounds supported by a caring and friendly community. We would love the opportunity to discuss your individual needs and to show you first hand the excellent opportunities and services offered at Greenleaf Retirement Resort. Village manager Pip Walker would like to extend an invitation to you to join her for a coffee and a tour of Greenleaf Retirement Resort. Greenleaf Retirement Resort is located at 1 Headland Drive, Torquay. VIC 3228 Units in Stage Two selling now. For sales enquiries please phone Pip Walker at 5220 5600 or email email@example.com Open 10 to 4pm Monday to Friday.
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Tuesday 16 August 2011
Bookshops not bereft of hope or magic BY HAMISH BROOKS LITERATURE will line the coast on August 20 when two award winning authors visit Ocean Grove. As part of the inaugural National Bookshop Day, award winning crime author Chris Womersley and renowned Geelong children’s author Sally Learey will be at bookgrove to help celebrate the contribution local bookshops make to our culture. Womersley will be signing his books and mingling with the crowd. His latest novel, Bereft, won both the Indie Book Award and the Australian Book Industry Award for Fiction 2011 and has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2011 and the Ned Kelly Crime Awards 2011. Learey is the author of Corio Bay
Kingdom and Louttit Bay Treasure and will launch her forthcoming book, Melbourne Magic - a charming story in keeping with her previous “destination” books, which combine fantasy and discovery in Victorian locations. Bookgrove owner Stacey Moore is a passionate advocate for the existence of local bookshops in the face of the challenges posed to their existence, with the emergence of e-books and online retailers and the collapse of Borders. She said National Bookshop Day was a fantastic initiative. “It happened as a bit of a response to (Small Business Minister) Nick Sherry’s comments earlier in the year that local bookshops won’t see out the next five years,” Ms Moore said. “Britain have a national bookshop day
and so do Germany and America, so it’s good that we’re having one. “Sherry’s comments acted as a bit of a catalyst for us to say we’re here loud and proud and we’re not going anywhere. “Bookshops are a big part of Australian communities and offer a lot more than just a shop front and books for sale.” National Bookshop day at bookgrove will also feature door prizes and random spot prizes and refreshments. Get along to the event at bookgrove, The Terrace, Ocean Grove, at 11am on August 20.
Stacey Moore at her shop, bookgrove, with the books of visiting authors, Chris Womersley and Sally Learey.
Aboriginal work in Anglesea awarded
An Anglesea-based Aboriginal education project has won a Landcare award.
AN ANGLESEA Aboriginal education project has won the Landcare Indigenous Award at the 2011 Corangamite Regional Landcare Awards. Goopmala Ngardang-dja balert, meaning To Keep Mother Earth Strong, was a revegetation project at Anglesea’s YMCA Recreation Camp in 2010 - run by The Gordon Tafe in partnership with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, YMCA and Barwon Youth. The unique project combined elements of local Aboriginal culture,
education delivery, recreational fun, and restoration of a coastal environment by removing noxious coastal wattle which was destroying native grasses in the area. Gordon Skills Centre manager Andrew Palmer says it was a tremendous community effort involving people of all ages from all areas. “The focus of this project was the protection of indigenous vegetation and fauna habitats surrounding the YMCA Recreation Camp. However, our outcomes proved much greater,” he said.
“This program has not only assisted Aboriginal participants to develop their connection with the land, we also developed pathways to further education and employment, and built upon ongoing partnerships with community groups and organisations involved.” The success of the project - now nominated in the Victorian Landcare Awards to be announced in November - has also led to further work at the Anglesea YMCA Recreation Camp in 2011.
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Passion for people BY GAIL CHRISFIELD A PASSION for helping others has led Fairhavenâ€™s Ella Price to join a team travelling to Cambodia later this year to help build houses for some of the countryâ€™s poorest families. â€œThese are families who have spent the past five years struggling to raise the $30 needed towards the cost of building a house. Many Australians wouldnâ€™t even think twice about spending $30 in a day or even an afternoon,â€? Ms Price said. â€œThis is why five friends and I decided recently to form a team through the Tabitha Foundation to raise money for the building materials and to go to Cambodia to finish the houses and help the families move in. â€œOur aim is to help six families by each raising the $1,500 needed for each house while funding our travel and living expenses ourselves. â€œWeâ€™re up against it because weâ€™ve only been a team for the past month and we need to raise $9,000 by October. â€œTo date, weâ€™ve been asking family, friends and anyone else who can to donate to our team. Weâ€™re also planning a couple of fundraising events, including a fun run and a charity night, and are in the process of contacting all our networks to ask for help. â€œItâ€™s very exciting because itâ€™s such a great opportunity to help people who struggle with meeting their basic day-to-day needs due to the lasting effects of conflict and landmines, which have impacted so dramatically on their lives. â€œSome of the people weâ€™ll be helping are landmine victims. Others are widows. Iâ€™m really looking forward to seeing their faces when we help them move into their new homes.â€? While Ms Price grew up in Fairhaven and attended
Aireys Inlet Primary School as a child, her current university studies keep her in Melbourne throughout the week. She does however come home most weekends and at every other opportunity to spend time with her family and friends. â€œIâ€™m really grateful for the support Iâ€™ve already received down here and am hoping other locals will jump on board by donating to my team. Every dollar donated goes directly to the project so it is an amazing way for everyone to help.â€? More information can be found on the Tabitha Foundation website www.tabitha.org.au To donate to Priceâ€™s team, select the College Crescent Building Team on the donations webpage or contact Price directly on 0407 368 854. Ella Priceâ€™s humanitarian spirit has led her to Cambodia.
Sing for ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli THE Minister for Veteransâ€™ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, has encouraged choral groups across the country to consider becoming involved in official ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli, Turkey. Mr Snowdon said an expression of interest is open to community choral groups - involving performers of all ages - to participate in the commemorations at Gallipoli from next year until Centenary commemorations in 2015. â€œThis is a great opportunity to be a part of Anzac Day commemorations at locations of great significance to our wartime heritage,â€? he said. â€œOn ANZAC Day we gather to remember all
those who have served our country, from the Anzacs, to those who are currently serving today. â€œBeing a part of ANZAC Day commemorations is a great experience for all Australians and for choral groups, and is a chance to play an integral role in the Gallipoli Dawn Service and Australian Service at Lone Pine. â€œMusic is a key element in the commemorative program and the successful group will help lead the singing at the commemorations from 2012 through to 2015.â€? The music program may include hymns, national anthems and relevant period and
contemporary music. Choral groups with a wide range of performers from all walks of life, with experience performing at different events and who are keen to take on the challenge of performing at an international commemorative service are encouraged to apply. For more information on how to apply, visit the AusTender website at www.tenders.gov. au Responses must be lodged by this Friday, August 19. For more information on ANZAC Day commemorations in Gallipoli visit www.dva. gov.au/gallipoli
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New home for health TORQUAY Physiotherapy and Surfcoast Podiatry have found a new home on the Surf Coast. Originally located on Geelong Road, the health specialists have now found bigger, better premises to work from. They are excited to welcome their clients to the new centre, on the corner of Hoylake Road and Surfcoast Highway. Physiotherapist Adrian Deans and podiatrist Bec Johnson, owners of the business, say their new digs are just what they were looking for. “This new bigger premises is great,” Mr Deans said. “It’s a much better location for us. We already have a strong clientele so we want to tell our clients where we are and welcome to come in and check the place out.” Ms Johnson agrees, saying the new location is perfect. Ms Johnson, from Jan Juc, and Mr Deans, from Bellbrae, have worked together for ten years. “It’s great because we can utilise each other’s skills,” Ms Johnson said. “We have a great variety of clients, from sporting, to elderly, to kids. We see all sorts of people with all sorts of conditions and can provide a range of treatment options. “We really enjoy helping people feel better.” Torquay Physiotherapy also has a number of physiotherapists who speccialise in a range of treatments for the entire body; including neck and
back pain, dry needling, electrotherapy and more. “Physiotherapy is all about the movement of the entire body,” Mr Deans said. Surfcoast Podiatry deals with any foot conditions; including sports injuries, diabetic conditions, calluses and ingrown toenails. “Basically, we deal with anything to do with feet,” Ms Johnson said. The business is part of the Corio Bay Health Group, which has 10 clinics across the Surf Coast, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula. For more information or to make an appointment email torquay@ coriobayhealth.com.au or call 5261 6416.
Feel better at the new premises of Torquay Physiotherapy and Surfcoast Podiatry, on the corner of Surfcoast Highway and Hoylake Road.
Clinic manager Cheryl Leijer, physiotherapist Adrian Deans and podiatrist Bec Johnson pictured at the new premises.
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Champion rockstars reign supreme BY ELEANOR WOODS GEELONG based motocross team CDR Rockstar Yamaha has won its fourth consecutive Open Class Australian Motocross Championship. According to the team’s chief, Craig Dack, the 10-round competition is the top-rated championship of its kind. “This is a great result for us,” Mr Dack said. Dack and his winning team met with industry partners at McAdam Park in Barrabool last Wednesday to celebrate the recent win. Attendees at the event had access to the team’s
star rider Jay Marmont, 28, and his winning Yamaha motorbikes, which were on show and available to ride. “There’s been a lot of negativity around McAdam Park and the sport but when people see the size of what we are achieving here, they will know it’s the real deal. “There is a lot of history of motocross in the Geelong region. “This win is very important.” Surf Coast Mayor Dean Webster attended the event to acknowledge the contribution the local team was making in the sport.
Recognition for women in primary industries From left, Craig Dack, Jay Marmont and Dean Webster pictured in Barrabool.
Jay Marmont show what he’s made of.
AUSTRALIA’s most inspirational rural women are again to be recognised. Submissions are open for the 2012 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. This peak national award will provide financial assistance and mentoring to the winners as well as nation-wide access to some renowned business and community leaders. Dr Sharman Stone encourages local women involved in primary industry to enter themselves or nominate someone they think is ready for a new challenge. “This could be a life changing opportunity,” she said. “It allows winners to take the next step in their leadership development. “We have so many talented women in
agriculture ... who have a positive, long term outlook. I strongly urge all those interested to apply for the $10 000 bursary.” Dr Stone encourages applications from women involved in all aspects of primary industries. “Be it broad-acre farming, intensive livestock, cropping, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, new and emerging plant and animal enterprises, indigenous rural enterprises, natural resource management and related services industries, every woman involved in the agricultural sector should feel entitled to apply for the award and chase the opportunities it presents.” Applications close on World Rural Women’s Day, October 15, and can be downloaded and submitted online via www. rirdc.gov.au
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Tourism industry must cultivate locals WITH MORE and more visitors to Victoria listing ‘visiting friends and relatives’ as the reason for their visit, the state’s tourism industry must adapt. The number of inbound overnight visitors to Victoria classifying their travel as ‘visiting friends and relatives’ (VFR) increased 11.7 per cent to the year ending March 2011 and with signs this trend will continue to increase, it has the potential to dampen profitability for operators, unless the industry responds. This issue along with many others affecting Australia’s tourism industry will be discussed at the Tourism and Events Excellence conference, being held 5 – 7 September at Melbourne’s MCG.
Conference co-convenor Todd Blake says while the VFR sector may not contribute as much to some parts of the economy as others, visitors in this group generally stay longer and spend more when visiting friends and family when compared to ‘holidaying’ visitors. “The tourism industry must harness the potential of this group and that means harnessing the potential of the group’s local tour guides – Victorians themselves,” Mr Blake said. “These people are the gate keepers to our industry and will have a significant impact on business. They are the ones who decide whether the group goes for
a walk in the park or visits an attraction; whether they eat at home or go to a restaurant. “It’s obvious the local community will be acting as local tour guides more often than not and the local tourism industry must design and market their product accordingly.” Research from Roy Morgan shows it works both ways, with ‘visiting family and friends’ a dominant motivation for Australians’ next trip, when they were asked about their plans for the upcoming 12 months. Mr Tony Charters, co-convenor of Tourism and Events Excellence conference, warns the industry and governments cannot rely on raw visitor numbers
to boost the industry’s profitability. “The landscape for the Australian tourism industry is changing rapidly and there are many emerging trends that will become critical and growing influences on the business environment. “Australian business is renowned for being innovative and nimble and that is exactly what our tourism industry needs to be to embrace the 21st century marketplace,” Mr Charters said. The Tourism and Events Excellence conference is in September. A full program is available at www.teeconference. com
First school for 3217 BY HAMISH BROOKS BEFORE the postcode, and the suburb, there was the school. Geelong Lutheran College is proud to be the first school in the new suburb of Armstrong Creek, which is being rezoned and will be given the postcode 3217. School principal, Gary Jewson, who is also the principal of St John’s Lutheran School, was pleased with the recent announcement for a number of reasons, not least of which was the added weight it will give to the new school’s identity. “It’s really good to have an identity of location,” he said. “The history of Lutheran schooling in the area goes back 150 years to the 1850s when a school was established in Grovedale, so it’s nice to be carrying that tradition on.” There will be no confusion for parents of prospective students with other schools in the suburb, because they’re the only one. Head of school Barry Krueger also expressed happiness at the announcement.
“We’re strategically placed within the development area and the announcement coincides with our purpose to serve and grow with the community,” he said. The school, which currently runs classes from prep to Grade 9 but will expand to Year 10 next year and VCE the following years as the current crop of students move through the grades, is situated on 26 acres of land which is surrounded by paddocks in every direction. As the community grows, the school will be bordered by a commercial development to the north, a crematorium to the east and a wetland to the west. Land to the south could be developed for housing. “The good thing for the community is that this school will be fully up and running with established programs by the time people start moving in,” Mr Krueger said. “The school will add value to the community.” Work is scheduled to begin on a new technology space later this year, while the building of more specialist buildings and senior facilities is planned for next year, which should also see work underway on a soccer field.
From left, head of school Brian Krueger and principal Gary Jewson of Geelong Lutheran College in Armstrong Creek.
Wheeling into Aireys Inlet In 2011 the Wheeler Centre heads out of Melbourne to bring ten great events to regional towns across the state. This month we’re in Aireys Inlet as part of the Festival of Words with Tony Wilson and Adam Zwar talking about their experiences writing about tabloids.
Tony Wilson Tony Wilson has worked as a professional AFL footballer, a lawyer, television and RRR radio presenter. Tony has written two novels, Making News and Players which are both comic novels about celebrity and media.
Adam Zwar Adam Zwar is best known for co-creating the award-winning comedy series Lowdown and Wilfred. He will share stories from his time as a Sunday Herald Sun reporter, and the inspiration they provided for Lowdown. Saturday 20th August, Aireys Inlet Community Hall, Great Ocean Road. Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
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