Surf Coast Times
Tuesday 25 January 2011
VOL 9. No 4
The inaugural Surf Coast Knockout lived up to the hype with an action-packed last day thrilling the huge crowds at The Sands, Torquay, on Sunday. At the end of the groundbreaking tournament, it was Scott Laycock who emerged victorious. As well as walking away with the winner’s cheque, Laycock becomes the first player to add his name to a Quiksilver surfboard, which will remain at The Sands and will be signed by the winner of the tournament each year. See more PETER MARSHALL photos on pages 14 and 15 and a full report on page 151.
BLITZ IGNORED Road blitz figures reveal motorists are continuing to ignore warnings
BY ELEANOR WOODS A HOLIDAY road blitz helped quell illegal driving over the hectic period – but the Surf Coast still suffered five road deaths and police charged more than 1,000 drivers breaching the law. In the Surf Coast region 1,092 offences were reported during Operation AEGIS, which ran from December 17 until January 9. During the stint, police recorded 19 people with excess blood alcohol, six people were caught driving while disqualified and 14 unlicensed drivers were nabbed. A further 521 drivers were caught speeding, 77 were stopped for not wearing seatbelts and 45 for
driving while using a mobile phone. Throughout the state, more than 12,500 speeding motorists and 1,560 drink drivers were removed from the roads during Operation AEGIS. Another 3,175 drivers were detected for using mobile phones and 2,241 for not wearing seatbelts, while 735 disqualified drivers and 1,463 unlicensed drivers were caught. In total, 38,960 traffic offences were reported state-wide over the 24-day period, which is one of the most high-risk times of the year for drinkdriving and alcohol and drug-related road trauma. Road policing superintendent, Neville Taylor, said police had been cracking down on speeding drivers, distracted drivers and dangerous drivers.
“We’ve had more police out patrolling our roads, carrying out more preliminary breath tests,” he said. “We’re still disappointed with such a large number of drivers ignoring the risk and getting behind the wheel after a few drinks too many. They put themselves and others in danger – and that’s not at all acceptable. “Our message is still the same: if you drink and drive you will get caught. “This operation might have come to an end but our focus and emphasis on road safety has not. We will continue to target drunk, speeding and dangerous drivers throughout 2011. “Tackling the road toll is not something that police can do alone. Drivers must take responsibility
and support us as we go about preventing further carnage on our roads this year.” Deputy commissioner, Kieran Walshe, said drivers needed to remember the risks that country roads pose. “Our country roads are still incredibly busy. People are still returning from holidays, and with that comes impatient drivers, delays and people travelling on unfamiliar roads. It can be a recipe for drivers taking risks,” he said. “Although we’re coming to the end of one of the most high-risk times of the year on our roads, we won’t be letting up on road safety. We won’t be tolerating unsafe, speeding and dangerous driving. It’s for everyone’s sake – it will save lives.”
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The dedicated team has built a reputation of offering the most comprehensive product knowledge and highest level of service throughout Geelong. As a local supplier, customers are attracted from the Surf Coast, Bellarine and Geelong regions, including many holiday owners as well as permanent residents. Furniture franchisee Chris Goodhand has been at the Waurn Ponds store for more than seven years and has a comprehensive understanding of what local buyers want. “We basically provide a one-stop shop for all your furniture needs, from lounge and dining suites to occasional and office furniture, and even outdoor furniture,” Chris said. When you shop at Harvey Norman you have the security and buying power of dealing with Australia’s largest furniture retailer. Only the largest and most respected suppliers are selected to provide a diverse range of furniture, from lounges - including modern contemporary - to recliner suites, dining suites, occasional furniture and office furniture. The new season range of outdoor furniture has been very strongly received with a large variety on offer, including wicker, timber and aluminium suites. If you are looking for quality Australian made furniture, Harvey Norman is the only destination to consider. “We are proud supporters of the Australian Made campaign, which is reflected in our floor stock,” said Chris. All Harvey Norman leather suites are 100 per cent cow hide and fully comply with the rigorous AFARDI Australian leather standard. You can confidently
purchase your new leather lounge suite with this guarantee. Come into Harvey Norman at Waurn Ponds and be impressed by the friendly staff, comprehensive range and exceptional prices. Harvey Norman has been supporting and supplying the Surf Coast region for over seven years and can be trusted to be here for many more. “I would encourage anyone in the market for some new furniture to come in and talk to us about their needs. Our friendly team has the knowledge and skills to help you make the right choice for your lifestyle, home and budget.”
IF the growing popularity of espresso machines is anything to go by, then Joe Marruso reckons people are sipping more lattes at home than in cafes these days – and shunning the cinema too!
mobile phones!” Robert and his team are committed to working with their customers to find the right technology solution that best meets their specific needs. “It’s about getting to know our customer, finding out what they really need, and recommending the right solution to them. “Our customer focus extends to our after sales service, with our in store tech team available to resolve any problems or issues that may arise.” The recent arrival in-store of the world’s first 3D consumer video camera is proof that Harvey Norman always has the most up-to-date technology available from the get-go.
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“Over the past 12 months, fully automatic coffee machines have recorded the biggest sales growth while flat panel televisions and digital DVD recorders have also maintained solid growth,” Joe claimed. “With television prices continuing to fall, home entertainment systems have become bigger, better and more affordable. Even the new 3D televisions are already well within the reach of the average consumer – and will become even more so as time goes by. “It’s also very cheap and easy to upgrade from analogue to digital TV without having to buy a brand new TV. All you need is a set top box, which currently costs less than $80.” Joe speaks from a base of 11 years experience with Harvey Norman, including seven years as electrical franchisee. In addition to TVs and other home entertainment products, Harvey Norman Electrical offers consumers a wide choice of electrical products, from small home and personal care appliances to fridges, washing machines and other white goods, and major kitchen appliances such as stoves and cook tops. “Most of these products are becoming increasingly technology-based, making it easier for the customer to use them, coffee machines being a case in point. “As part of a large Australian retail network, we can offer our customers the best products at the best prices.
“Our amazing computers division does not only carry computers, but is rather a one-stop shop for technology offering an incredible range of digital cameras, laptops, GPS navigators, smartphones, digital SLR cameras, gaming and computer software,” explained Robert. “We also have our digital photo centre where we print your photos in outstanding quality while you wait at a great price. “We’re finding our customers also love the other photo centre services on offer, such as personalised photo books, prints on box mounted canvas and personalised photo gifts. “We can even print photos stored on most
“At the same time however, as local franchisees we are committed to providing good old fashioned customer service, which makes us more like a corner store than a big retail chain.”
Electrical franchisee Joe Marruso has seen huge growth in home-based coffee machines.
Computer franchisee Robert Keoylian (left) and his friendly sales team.
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One unwelcome result of recent rain in the Surf Coast is likely to be more mosquitoes around private properties. The best way to help beat the bite is to clean up any potential breeding sites by emptying or disposing of any cans, tyres, tins or bottles that might hold water and attract mosquitoes. Put sand around the base of pot plants to absorb excess water and empty bird baths, pet water bowls and small water features. If you have a pond, consider stocking it with fish that will eat mosquito larvae. Empty and clean out tarpaulins after rain, clear out leaves and any blockages from guttering, and inspect your house and yard to see if any stagnant water has gathered. You can also protect yourself by wearing long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing and using an effective repellent on exposed skin. For more information, visit www.surfcoast.vic. gov.au/mosquitoes.htm
Building the Surf Coastâ€™s facilities of the future
Flood waters around the region in most areas receded quickly last week. Council has been pumping two pools of water on the Community and Civic Precinct site to a nearby holding dam to ensure it is used productively and does not go to waste. Construction on the project will continue in February. For more information on the project, see the summary below or visit www.surfcoast.vic.gov. au/ccp.htm
Making the most of summer
Beach life, festivals, markets and events all bring colour and atmosphere to the Surf Coast during summer. Visitor information centres are a great place to find out more about whatâ€™s on offer. At Lorne Visitor Information Centre you can find out about the dozen waterfalls in our backyard or at the Torquay Visitor Information Centre you can enjoy Surf World; Australiaâ€™s first surfing museum. The Torquay Nightjar Market, Cowrie Market, Aireys Inlet Community Market, Anglesea Riverbank Market and Torquay Central Farmers Market are also on throughout the season. Summer on the Otway Harvest Trail is all about fresh berries and enjoying al fresco dining. Doing the trail is also a great way of buying local and supporting local producers. Youâ€™ll find out more at www.otwayharvesttrail. org.au
Surf World seeks your Bells memories
With this yearâ€™s Rip Curl Pro marking the 50th year of pro-surfing at Bells Beach, Surf World museum is seeking community contributions to create the most significant exhibition of prosurfing competitions at Bells Beach. Surf World staff are collating the Bells 50th Exhibition, which will coincide with this yearâ€™s Rip Curl Pro; celebrating the competitionâ€™s golden anniversary. The search has already unearthed historical photographs and vintage super 8mm footage from various Bells contests. If you have anything to contribute contact Surf World Curator Craig Baird on 03 5261 4606 or
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email firstname.lastname@example.org The current Revolutions exhibition at Surf World is entering its final days at Surf World. Revolutions covers the 1970 World Surfing Titles at Bells.
Welcome upgrades to local halls
Connewarre, Modewarre, Deans Marsh, Wurdale and Winchelsea have all started 2011 with upgraded halls after the council completed $260,000 in hall upgrades in these communities. Upgrades included split system air conditioning and toilet upgrades at Connewarre and Modewarre, kitchen upgrades in Modewarre and Winchelseaâ€™s Globe Theatre, extensions to the Deans Marsh Hall and a new veranda at the Wurdale Hall. The upgrades were funded by a $195,000 contribution from Regional Development Victoria and $65,000 from Surf Coast Shire. Community Halls play an important role in Surf Coast Shire and we will continue to work with our hard-working committees of management to ensure this continues.
Have your say
I look forward to hearing from you as a Surf Coast resident or ratepayer. If you have a topic to discuss or would like more information about an item in this column, please contact me via email on email@example.com. gov.au Take care,
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Tuesday 25 January 2011
Anglesea’s big summer BY GAIL CHRISFIELD
DESPITE the recent wet weather and concerns about the river, Anglesea has been busier than ever these summer holidays, according to a host of local business owners. Both Camp Wilkin’s director, Geoff Caldwell,
and Vicki Chrzanowski of the YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp reported a significant increase in bookings on their figures for the same period last year. They have also been able to run their full holiday programs, which include activities on and around the river, and on the beach.
Anglesea’s is booming, according to local business owners (clockwise from top left) Geoff, Justin, Andy, Ari, Raylene, Vicki and Adrian.
Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park’s Justin Morris wasn’t surprised his park was similarly busy. “Anglesea has plenty to offer families and tourists, and is still as popular as ever,” he said. “The river is a great place to learn to fish but people don’t come here just for the fishing. They also come to surf, to play golf with the kangaroos, to bushwalk, paddle, bike ride and other fun activities, and to enjoy our cafés and restaurants.” Business and Tourism Anglesea president, Raylene Fordham, agreed. She said the river’s natural opening, following the recent week-long deluge, had provided a rare opportunity for many youngsters to enjoy ‘white water rafting’ their boogie boards at the mouth. “It’s been lovely to see families relaxing by the river, including many still throwing in their fishing lines,” Fordham said. Canoeing, kayaking and other boating activities continue to draw in the crowds according to Anglesea Paddle Boats owner, Adrian Booth, and Andy Gray of Eco-Logic Education and Environmental Services. “Our river canoeing sessions, both free and paying, have been completely booked out, even during the rain. That’s never happened before,” Gray expained. Trailhead Bike Co owner Ari Lingam also reported being busier than ever with many customers commenting on the quality of the purpose-built mountain biking park and the town’s bike paths and trails in general. Fordham said local business owners were now looking forward to a huge end to January. “We’re hoping for a fun, peaceful Australia Day and lots of sun and warmer weather. That would really be the icing on the cake to a fabulously busy summer.”
News in brief Stalker stopped A 54-year-old man will appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court on February 17, after he was caught filming a nude sunbather on the beach at Point Impossible. Two men reported the man acting suspiciously on January 1 to nearby Police. The man was arrested and charged with stalking, public nuisance and up-skirting. Detective Sergeant Craig Blunt said the man had a specially modified bag made to conceal a camrecorder. Three other “flashers” has also been reported at Torquay, 13th and Bancoora beaches. “We are working with Ocean Grove Police to try and apprehend these people who have been approaching women and exposing themselves.”
Shark sighting beach
TORQUAY Beach was closed for two and a half hours on Sunday after a shark sighting. Several surfers reported seeing a large fin shortly before 8.30am; at which stage the shark alarm was sounded and the water cleared. A Surf Life Saving Victoria helicopter was called in to scour the water but no further sightings of the shark were confirmed and swimmers were given the green flag to return to the sea at 11am.
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BY ELEANOR WOODS DEAF youths reached new highs last week when the country’s Crossing Borders camp took place. Close to 50 deaf and hard of hearing teenagers aged 14 to 17 converged on YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp from Monday to Friday to build skills, increase confidence, and have fun. Crossing Borders, run by Deaf Children Australia and supported by the Deaf Society New South Wales included 19 kids from Victoria, 25 from NSW, two from Queensland and one from Western Australia. As well, the annual camp welcomed its first international campers, two 16-year-old girls, Baurina and Keita, from the Pacific island of Kiribati, who were
sponsored by Melbourne Rotary to attend. Camp director, Andrew Welshe, said the event was a great opportunity for deaf kids to meet others in the same boat. “A lot of the kids here feel isolated in their home environment because of the language barrier. This is a utopia for them,” he said. Twelve camp leaders and staff that were a mix of deaf and hearing were joined by six Australian Sign Language (Auslan) interpreters to aid the many activities on offer, including a ropes course, mountain biking, skateboarding, orienteering and canoeing. The youths also took part in a beach carnival with Life Saving Victoria, as well as surf lessons and a Deaf Do Dance workshop.
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Rhys Walker, 17, builds confidence on the giant swing at Deaf Children Victoria’s annual camp, which was held at YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp.
THREE men were charged with burglary on Thursday for a string of robbery and destruction. The trio, one aged 22 and two aged 19, reportedly broke into a Winchelsea pub twice, stealing alcohol, cigarettes, food and cash. They are also thought to have stolen a car, which was later found burnt out and are alleged to have smashed the Ocean Grove car wash with an axe, stealing money. “We are glad we got these guys. It’s a small place. Shake a few trees and the truth comes out,” said Detective Sergeant Craig Blunt, from the Torquay Crime Investigation Unit. The men are due to appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court on February 25.
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Tuesday 25 January 2011
Celebrate our day
BY LAURA DUKE
TOWNS throughout the shire will celebrate Australia Day with a host of activities along the coast. The Anglesea and Torquay Lions Clubs are both holding Australia Day events tomorrow, with a barbecue breakfast on the Anglesea riverbank and a barbecue brunch at Torquay’s Taylor Park Rotunda. Shire mayor, Dean Webster, and Australia Day Ambassador, Dr Hugh Wirth, will be at both events to present various Australia Day awards and there will also be guest speakers to explain the history of Australia Day. The Anglesea Lions Australia Day Breakfast will run from 8am-10am on the Anglesea riverbank, next to the Information Centre, offering sausages, eggs, bacon, coffee and tea at a cost of $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years. Entertainment will include town criers Stan and Melva Stott and guest speaker Anglesea Lions Club president David Morris.. The Young Citizen of the Year Award and the Australia Day Community Event Award are expected to be presented around 9.20am. Torquay Lions Australia Day Brunch will be held at the Taylor Park Rotunda on The Esplanade, next to the Bowls Club (or in the Bowls Club if it’s wet). The brunch is sponsored by Ryan’s IGA and is free of charge, and the guest speaker will be Torquay Lions Club’s Kevin Egan. Torquay Lions president Esther Rosewall said the Lions Bush Band will perfrom at the event, playing some old Aussie classics. “The concert begins at 10am and it is always wonderful to have a large crowd of people to welcome and encourage our new citizens,” Rosewall said.
Torquay Surf Life Saving Club nippers (from left) Charlie Horan, 12, Indy Horan, 5, Brodie Tweeddale, 13, and Sam Coles, 12 are ready to take on the annual Thong Challenge tomorrow.
Thong record challenge
BY ELEANOR WOODS BE PART of a world record attempt this Australia Day. The Annual Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge will be held at Torquay Beach tomorrow. The aim of the Australia-wide challenge is to have the most participants joined end to end on giant thongs floating in the ocean.
Last year more than 1,000 people took part at Torquay. Torquay SLSC nipper, Sam Coles, 12, encouraged people of all ages to take part in the event. “I’ve done it the last few years and it’s really fun. We got heaps of people last year but we need even more to beat the record,” he said. “Everyone should come along. You even get to keep the giant thong at the end of it.”
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Club’s driving force BY ELEANOR WOODS ONE LUCKY punter will score a new Suzuki Alto worth $11,990, this summer. Torquay Surf Life Saving Club is raffling the car after it was donated by Geelong car dealer Suzuki Blood. Club captain, Keith Millar, said the raffle was a great opportunity to win an excellent prize while supporting the club. “We are a voluntary organisation, so in order to keep doing what we do we need support. We don’t get handouts very often. We are self supporting,” Millar said. At just $2 a ticket, the club hoped to sell 10,000 tickets to reach their target of raising $20,000 before the winner is drawn during Easter Weekend. The black, 5-speed manual vehicle is on display at the Torquay club, where tickets are available at the Torquay Surf Club Lounge Bar and Kiosk; club members are also selling tickets privately. The owner of Blood Suzuki has supported the club for many years and was acknowledged for the huge contribution. “It is a great gift to the club,” Millar said. The money raised will go toward new equipment and support for the club in its continued service to the community. Already the club has conducted more than a dozen rescues this summer and continues to guard vigilantly the sandy shores that are a playground for thousands of summer loving residents and visitors to the region.
Make your trip a travel journey BY GAIL CHRISFIELD
Torquay Surf Life Saving Club captain Keith Millar pictured with the new Suzuki Alto, which will be raffled to raise funds for the club.
AFTER holidaying on the Surf Coast for more than 20 years, Geraldine Caesar relocated permanently from Melbourne to Jan Juc some six months ago bringing her home-based business, Travel Journeys, with her. “I was looking for a better balance between my work and personal life, and decided living on the coast would offer a more relaxed pace of life where I could run my business and live my life,” she explained. “As a web-based company, it doesn’t really matter where my business is based, which made relocating everything very easy.” Caesar has extensive experience in the travel industry, having worked in wholesale travel and as a travel agent and tour leader. After China opened its doors to tourists in the 1970s, she led one of the first tours there. Four years ago she established Travel Journeys, which specialises in small group tours and personalised itineraries. “Our group tours are limited to 14 people and offer the security and companionship of a small group while providing plenty of opportunities for people to enjoy their own independent adventures,” she said. “They’re perfect for just about anyone, but are especially popular with singles and couples. “We also work with clients to design an individualised itinerary, which includes organising guides and drivers at various destinations across Europe.” While Travel Journeys has, to date, focused on providing European adventures, Caesar is planning her first Australian tour, which will take in Kakadu, Darwin. She said all tours promise a more relaxed and complete travel experience with multiple nights in each destination and 3.5 to four star accommodation. For more information, visit www.traveljourneys.com.au
VICTORIAN FLOODS RELIEF RED CROSS VICTORIAN FLOODS APPEAL 2011
Torquay & Moriac to Waurn Ponds & Winchelsea Torquay – Pearl & Boston Streets Jan Juc Bellbrae Moriac – Buttercup Rd & Hendy Main Rd Moriac Primary School Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre Waurn Ponds - Bunnings Moriac Primary School Moriac – Buttercup Rd & Hendy Main Rd Winchelsea
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To donate to the Red Cross appeal call 1800 811 700 or visit www. redcross.org.au
For further information call 1300 842 737 or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au
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Relief centres are now open in flood affected areas.
Winchelsea & Moriac to Waurn Ponds & Torquay Winchelsea Moriac – Buttercup Rd & Hendy Main Rd Moriac Primary School Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre Waurn Ponds - Bunnings Moriac Primary School Moriac – Buttercup Rd & Hendy Main Rd Bellbrae Jan Juc Torquay – Bell Street Torquay – Pearl & Boston Streets
The Victorian Government is offering support, shelter and access to financial assistance for communities affected by the Victorian floods.
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Tuesday 25 January 2011
Take on the Blue Water Challenge THE OPEN water swim season turns its attention to Queenscliff this weekend with the Blue Water Challenge. The challenge – to be held on Saturday – is a 1.2-kilometre open water event organised by the Boroughcoutas Masters Swimming Club. It is a popular event attracting hundreds of keen swimmers from throughout the state to Queenscliff. The first competitors hit the waters off Queenscliff pier at 12pm on Saturday, with swimmers divided into age categories ranging from juniors (12-13 years) upwards to 70 years and above. There will be two races held; the main event is a 1.2km race designed for all ages from 14 years and over, while the junior event is a 600-metre race for the 12-13 year age group. “Great prizes are on the line for all placegetters in each age group as well as the Helen Shepherd Encouragement Award for the juniors, which is presented in memory of a club member who passed away five years ago,” said Boroughcoutas Masters Swimming Club president, Margie Heffernan. “All entrants receive a tote bag, swim cap and T-shirt. This year our T-shirt design is by local artist and Boroughcoutas member, Pip Williams, and I’m sure the shirts will be well worth the entry! “The challenge is a fantastic community event with profits donated back to the Bellarine and Geelong swimming community by way of a Junior Scholarship Programme for local swimmers to compete at National and International competitions. “We also put some of the money raised towards our club training at the new Bellarine Aquatic Centre and in Geelong to encourage the more ‘mature’
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Telstraâ€™s new local boss TELSTRA Country Wide last week announced the appointment of Duane Dalton to the role of area general manager for Geelong and the Surf Coast. Dalton has served Telstra for 13 years in various capacities, more recently as regional manager for Telstra Licensed Stores Victoria and Queensland. Dalton said he was delighted to be joining the Telstra Country Wide team and looked forward to delivering high quality telecommunications services to customers in Geelong and the Surf Coast. â€œTelstra Country Wide has been an
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The recent heavy rains are caused havoc in some areas of the shire â€“ while in others they have added to the remarkable beauty on show. LEON WALKER took this picture of Erskine Falls, near Lorne, recently.
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