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Oh dear Christmas is here and we are in December ; some schools have already broken up. Happy Christmas everyone enjoy the holidays. Welcome to our new visitors, and welcome back to our regular holiday makers and old friends. Community Safety was the theme of our November meeting. Bellarine Police Senior Sargent Shane Madigan reminded us to be smart. We repeat some of his advice: － Ｄｏｎ＇ｔ ｌｅａｖｅ ｂｅｌｏｎｇｉｎｇｓ ｉｎ ｙｏｕｒ ｃａｒ． － Ｄｏｎ＇ｔ ｌｅａｖｅ ｃａｒ ｋｅｙｓ ｏｎ ｔｈｅ ｂａｃｋ ｗｈｅｅｌ － Ｄｏｎ＇ｔ ｌｅａｖｅ ｋｅｙｓ ｊｕｓｔ ｉｎｓｉｄｅ ｔｈｅ ｄｏｏｒ ｏｒ ｉｎ ｏｐｅｎ ｖｉｅｗ － Ｌｏｃｋ ｙｏｕｒ ｈｏｍｅｓ － Ｌｏｏｋ ａｆｔｅｒ ｙｏｕｒ ｎｅｉｇｈｂｏｕｒｓ ａｎｄ ｂｒｉｎｇ ｉｎ ｔｈｅｉｒ ｂｉｎｓ ｉｆ ｙｏｕ ｋｎｏｗ ｔｈｅｙ ａｒｅ ａｗａｙ － Ｔａｋｅ ｐｈｏｔｏｓ ｏｆ ｓｕｓｐｉｃｉｏｕｓ ｂｅｈａｖｉｏｕｒ － Ｂｅｃｏｍｅ ａ ｍｅｍｂｅｒ ｏｆ Ｆａｃｅｂｏｏｋ Ｐａｇｅ Ｅｙｅｗａｔｃｈ Ｇｅｅｌｏｎｇ － Ｒｅａｄ ｔｈｅ ｂＳａｆｅＣｏｍｍｕｎｉｔｙ ｃｏｍｍｕｎｉｔｙ ｗｅｂｓｉｔｅ － Ｒｅｇｉｓｔｅｒ ｗｉｔｈ ｔｈｅ Ｂｅｌｌａｒｉｎｅ Ｃｏｍｍｕｎｉｔｙ Ｒｅｇｉｓｔｅｒ ａｔ ｔｈｅ Ｏｃｅａｎ Ｇｒｏｖｅ Ｐｏｌｉｃｅ Ｓｔａｔｉｏｎ － Ａｔｔａｃｈ ｙｏｕｒ ｎｕｍｂｅｒ ｐｌａｔｅ ｗｉｔｈ ｏｎｅ－ ｗａｙ ｓｃｒｅｗｓ．
New Years Eve Shane advised that the local NYE minimisation team has agreed that there will be 10:00pm fireworks again this year on New Years Eve.
Ｏｕｒ Ｎｅｗ Ｇｅｅｌｏｎｇ Ｃｏｕｎｃｉｌ Ｗｅｌｃｏｍｅ ｔｏ ｏｕｒ ｎｅｗ Ｂｅｌｌａｒｉｎｅ Ｃｏｕｎｃｉｌｌｏｒｓ Ｓｔｅｐｈａｎｉｅ Ａｓｈｅｒ， Ｊｉｍ Ｍａｓｏｎ ａｎｄ Ｔｒｅｎｔ Ｓｕｌｌｉｖａｎ． Ｗｈａｔ ａｎ ｉｎｔｅｒｅｓｔｉｎｇ ｍｉｘ ｏｆ ｐｅｏｐｌｅ ａｎｄ ｅｘｐｅｒｉｅｎｃｅ． Ｗｅ ｌｏｏｋ ｆｏｒｗａｒｄ ｔｏ ｂｅｉｎｇ ｗｅｌｌ ｒｅｐｒｅｓｅｎｔｅｄ ａｎｄ ｅｘｐｅｃｔ ｔｈｅｍ ｔｏ ｓｕｐｐｏｒｔ ｏｕｒ ｃｏａｓｔａｌ ｃｏｍｍｕｎｉｔｉｅｓ． Ｇｏｏｄ ｌｕｃｋ ｔｏ ｔｈｅ ｎｅｗ Ｍａｙｏｒ Ｂｒｕｃｅ Ｈａｒｗｏｏｄ． How much growth can we manage Barwon Heads is witnessing significant changes within our town, but also feeling the impact of rapid population growth on our boundaries at Armstrong Creek and across the Bellarine (Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Leopold). This growth is combined with increasing levels of tourism in our wonderful coastal village especially over the busy December/January period and until Easter. The speed and scale of this pressure and intensity of the impacts of growth are starting to create significant environmental, social and economic challenges. It doesn't seem that there has been much analysis of these impacts. Some of us
remember the Bridge Project, and the VicRoads reports which specifically stated that they had not considered the impacts of growth when determining the location of the Bridge. We ask everyone to recognise that we are not really designed to host a major road through town, and our beaches only have so much space. There is growth of traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists. We have many more day visitors and many families and visitors have dogs. Traffic is increasing and will be heavy. Please stop at the pedestrian crossings and allow extra time to get through town. If you have alternative routes you can take please do so. Pedestrian Amenity we have seen a significant increase in pedestrian activity throughout the town. Please be careful. There are lots of little people on scooters and bikes, mums pushing prams, oldies on mobility scooters and many driveways entering and exiting across Hitchcock Ave across crowded footpaths. We have witnessed a reluctance of many cars and cyclists to stop when they are legally required to. Cyclists how amazing that so many people are riding bikes, but they don't all seem to be fitting. There are a number of cyclists on the “pedestrian paths”, and many more pedestrian paths that have now become shared zones. “They” ie the authorities haven't planned for this. How can we make it work so we all stay safe? Where are the bike paths and bike racks? Dogs City of Greater Geelong advises that it is an onleash area. This includes all of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, except for the areas that are designated off leash. This means that your dog must be on a leash at all times on paths, roads, in parks etc. You can be fined for having your dog off its leash in most areas of town. Look at the Barwon Coast website for information about dogs on beaches. Dogs are banned on the Barwon Heads River Beach, and from Barwon Heads to Ocean Grove from 19th Dec to the end of Jan and around the Barwon Heads Bluff ALWAYS.
Support Local Businesses Hopefully you are all shopping locally and walking whenever it is possible. Most of our local businesses are owned and run by locals. We all know each other and they welcome your support. Such choice. Great food and coffee, wonderful clothes, and the best range of home wares shops outside of Melbourne. Have a local Christmas.
Where is the Public Transport? One of the major challenges on the Bellarine and Geelong is the poor public transport, and lack of connectivity of the services that exist. Despite a myriad of entities and plans there does not seem to be anything resembling a Master Plan for Public Transport. We will lobby for this during 2018 and at least expect that the Bellarine Connections program be re-instated.
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Council is installing a new storm water discharge outfall at the Ozone Road jetty. We have initiated discussions with the EPA, Corangamite Catchment Authority and Barwon Coast to implement appropriate water testing regime during 2018. We are amazed there is little baseline data, and none which measures e-coli.
And a final sign off for 2017 － － Ｔｈｅ ｕｎｉｑｕｅ ｃｏａｓｔａｌ ｃｈａｒａｃｔｅｒ ｏｆ Ｂａｒｗｏｎ Ｈｅａｄｓ ｎｅｅｄｓ ｔｏ ｂｅ ｐｒｏｔｅｃｔｅｄ － Ｗｅ ａｒｅ ｎｏｔ ａ ｄｅｓｉｇｎａｔｅｄ ｇｒｏｗｔｈ ｚｏｎｅ － Ｏｕｒ ｔｏｗｎｓｈｉｐ ｄｏｅｓ ｎｏｔ ｈａｖｅ ｔｈｅ ｉｎｆｒａｓｔｒｕｃｔｕｒｅ ｏｒ ｃａｐａｃｉｔｙ ｔｏ ａｂｓｏｒｂ ｌａｒｇｅ ｓｃａｌｅ ｄｅｖｅｌｏｐｍｅｎｔ ａｎｄ ｉｔｓ ｃｏｎｓｅｑｕｅｎｃｅｓ． － Ｌａｒｇｅ ｓｃａｌｅ ｄｅｖｅｌｏｐｍｅｎｔ ｉｓ ｎｏｔ ｓｕｉｔａｂｌｅ ｆｏｒ Ｂａｒｗｏｎ Ｈｅａｄｓ ａｎｄ ｉｓ ａｔ ｌｏｇｇｅｒｈｅａｄｓ ｗｉｔｈ ｔｈｅ ｐｌａｎｎｉｎｇ ｏｂｊｅｃｔｉｖｅｓ ａｇｒｅｅｄ ｗｉｔｈ ｔｈｅ ｃｏｍｍｕｎｉｔｙ ｏｖｅｒ ｔｈｅ ｐａｓｔ １５ ｙｅａｒｓ． － Ｔｈｅ ｆａｉｌｕｒｅ ｔｏ ｐｌａｎ ｆｏｒ ｌｏｎｇ ｔｅｒｍ ｉｍｐａｃｔｓ ｏｆ ｔｈｅ ｄｅｖｅｌｏｐｍｅｎｔ ｏｎ ｏｕｒ ｂｏｕｎｄａｒｉｅｓ ｈａｓ ｒｅｓｕｌｔｅｄ ｉｎ ｏｖｅｒｃｒｏｗｄｉｎｇ， ｐａｒｋｉｎｇ ｄｅｆｉｃｉｔｓ ａｎｄ ｓｅｒｉｏｕｓ ｔｒａｆｆｉｃ ｐｒｏｂｌｅｍｓ． － Ｔｈｅｒｅ ａｒｅ ｓｉｇｎｉｆｉｃａｎｔ ｓａｆｅｔｙ ａｎｄ ａｍｅｎｉｔｙ ｃｏｎｃｅｒｎｓ． HAVE FUN AND PLEASE TREAT OUR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT WITH RESPECT. OUR NEXT MEETING IS ON 11th DECEMBER XMAS DRINKS 7:00PM AT STARFISH ＢＨＡ ＭＥＭＢＥＲＳＨＩＰ ＦＯＲＭＳ ＯＮ ＷＥＢＳＩＴＥ； ＡＴ ＴＨＥ ＢＡＲＷＯＮ ＨＥＡＤＳ ＰＯＳＴ ＯＦＦＩＣＥ ＡＮＤ ＳＴＡＲＦＩＳＨ． ＴＨＡＮＫＹＯＵ ＴＯ ＡＬＬ ＷＨＯ ＨＡＶＥ ＲＥＮＥＷＥＤ ＮＥＷ ＭＥＭＢＥＲＳ ＡＲＥ ＶＥＲＹ ＷＥＬＣＯＭＥ Sandy Gatehouse On behalf of the BHA Committee
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Over the past year the City of Greater Geelong has reviewed the Barwon Heads Structure Plan and SBHA has advocated on behalf of our membership. SBHA membership has now grown to 2400 and over the year members have participated in a number of Council's public engagements which means the community's views have been clearly heard. During the Structure Plan process to date, there have been two opportunities for all interested parties to make submissions to CoGG planning. SBHA encouraged the use of an SBHA Online Form that resulted in 970 submissions. This is an outstanding achievement and clarifies what the Barwon Heads community wants. The Structure Plan was approved by Council in August and it clearly articulates the logic for retaining the boundary. Now the Council is preparing the planning scheme amendment to facilitate changes inside the boundary and the scheme's exhibition is likely in February 2018. This will be the next opportunity to make submissions and we will let everyone one know when and how this can be done. These are vital and normal steps in the process. But the land developers beyond the boundary WILL object and force Council to the Victorian Planning Panel. Council Officers have confirmed the Panel will take place in June or July 2018. The developers and landowners who seek to have land rezoned from farming to residential will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal and planning experts. We do not have that financial depth. As a grassroots organization, we are extremely grateful for all the donations we have received so far. We are asking for donations from the public and our members. Every little bit helps and without continued financial support we are at a very considerable disadvantage. We are not a tax-exempt organisation. The SBHA is comprised of volunteers who donate their time and expertise. We have had regular meetings with our team who will represent SBHA members at the Victorian Planning Panel. This part of our involvement will be intense and expensive. We will be represented by a number of expert witnesses, barristers and instructing lawyers. SBHA will again be out and about in Hitchcock Avenue over summer. Please come and say hello, share your views, concerns and questions. We hope that with our combined efforts we will ensure that the township and the surrounding Ramsar wetlands are protected from the negative impacts of unnecessary urban sprawl.
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GRATITUDE With Christmas approaching, it's a good time to cultivate gratitude. By doing so we can increase our wellbeing and happiness. We can feel gratitude towards others in response to being given a gift or being the beneficiaries of good intentions. We can also feel a sense of gratitude towards the local environment, our homes, the world and other people. By doing this we appreciate the goodness in our lives and outside our lives. Simply being grateful for being alive is a great motivator. Some of the benefits of having an attitude of gratitude include;
Being happier and liked more by others, Strengthening our emotions and helping us to be optimistic, Reducing materialism and increasing spiritualism, Increasing our self-control and resilience and Making us more concerned about others than ourselves. Writing a gratitude journal can increase wellbeing by more than 10% and writing a gratitude letter to someone can also serve as a happiness booster. Simply talking about what you have been grateful for at the end of each day is a powerful activity for celebrating all the good things happening in your lives. Another fun idea for Christmas could be to make a paper chain with gratitude messages to decorate your Christmas tree. At Barwon Heads PS, a jar and small blank paper notes are organised for each class. The students can express their gratitude to their teacher and place it in the jar. This is such a meaningful Christmas present. There is always something to be grateful for Lisa Kebbell Positive Education Leader
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Our 'Friends of Barwon Heads Community Library' group was officially launched at an evening event at the library on 13 November. We were thrilled that Gideon Haigh, well known journalist and author accepted our invitation to be our guest speaker. His address was informative, amusing and entertaining. Gideon is a strong advocate for libraries and has been a strong supporter of our library since he became aware that it was likely to close earlier in the year. Local student Oskar Gustafsson gave a fascinating talk about the book reviews on his blog followed by a Q & A with Karen Firth. You might like to visit his blog at www.booksfromtheshade.wordpress.com We were delighted that so many people joined with us to launch the group and that many have subsequently become members of our Friends group. Thank you for your support. Thank you to those in our local community who generously helped us prior to the evening and to those who continue to do so. We value your support and are fortunate that you so willingly and generously assist us. We will hold further events at the library in 2018 and will make sure that you know about them. Following our first Book Chat earlier in the month our final Book Chat for the year will be held at the library on Thursday 14 December at 7.30pm. Please come along with a book that you have enjoyed and join us for tea or coffee and a chat. Membership numbers of our library have continued to increase. We see this as vital and encourage those who may not be a member to join up and to enjoy using the library. We welcome new members to our Friends group and encourage you to join with us to support our library. Membership forms are available at the Barwon Heads Post Office where you can fill in and leave the form for us to collect. W e can be contacted by email at _____________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org
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$3,000 per year for many years. This is the excellent Connewarre Fire Brigade. I went with friend Janet to the most wonderful celebration of 75 years of the brigade. Not only was the actual event really super, but the whole atmosphere of community fellowship and service was quite inspirational. I guess one of the things which most impressed us was the effort put in to encourage and retain many young volunteers.
COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON Once again on behalf of all the volunteers who work at All Saints’ Op Shop, I’d like to wish you all a very happy christmas. It’s a very funny expression “Compliments of the Season”. We are always delighted to have compliments about our shop, so I’d like to also compliment the many town organisations run by volunteers. To show our appreciation, when we distributed $62,000 recently, which makes $140,000 for the year, we were able to give money to the very worthy group of volunteers who run the Barwon Estuary Group. This recently formed organisation which seeks to preserve our wonderful river area asked for our help for the first time and it was great to donate to them.
As I have frequently pointed out, we have many very dedicated volunteers but few of us are young. We try to stay as fit as possible but two of our most dedicated workers have had accidents which meant they have had to take extended leave. (We don’t dock their pay!!) But, when we recently reviewed the list of possible workers for our busiest holiday period, the upcoming school holidays, we recognised that it will be impossible to fill rosters for five days of the week during January. So for the first time ever, we have reluctantly decided that instead of Tuesday to Saturday openings, we will instead to Tuesday and Wednesday then Friday and Saturday. We have observed over many years that Thursday is the most difficult day to
staff and also the least well attended by customers. But more importantly, it will allow our willing volunteers to have a break for that day, especially during what might be a record hot summer. I will make sure that I publicise this changed January opening, as well as changing days on our church notice boards. The kind lasy who master-minds our facebook page will note the difference and I’ll put it in the Echo Town by Town. I’ve no doubt we will still be very well stocked with your donations of all kinds. As regular customers may have observed, we have had many ‘Snap Sales’ recently of everything from Tshirts to crime novels. As usual, I can recommend that if you are looking for those last minute stocking fillers or Kris Kringles, for fellow workers, you’d be amazed at the things we can offer. Once again, let it be a safe and happy holiday period for all, God bless you, Helen Edwards Shop Supervisor
As usual, a full list of all the beneficiaries of our distribution will be placed for your perusal near our counter in the main shop. Meanwhile, I’d especially like to compliment another volunteer run organisation to which we’ve donated
Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden In August this year, four enthusiastic Garden Members (Colin, Russell H, Chris and Russell M) braved the winter chill and set to work to rebuild the Eastern fence of the Garden. Using
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sheets of steel reinforcing panels and supporting timbers, we raised the fence to 1.8 metres over a distance of 30 metres. While this also improved garden security, its main purpose is to enable us to grow plants up and over the fence as a wind barrier, and as an attractive boundary to our beautiful garden. Now it's December, and already plants are growing up the fence, thanks to the combined efforts of numerous Garden Members at recent working bees. A gorgeous green barrier is emerging, and we are making even better use of our garden space. Community Members working together, that's what our Garden is all about. Together we can achieve great things! If you are thinking of joining, take a stroll through the Garden or our Website Russell Mitten, Committee Member
The fencing team: Russell Mitten, Chris Bowly, Russell Hudson and Colin Bridges
New plantings along the fence. In foreground is one of several passionfruit-yum!
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Connecting with your Kids - Love Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu Young people in our communities are experiencing higher rates mental stress and anxiety. It is vital that we are connected with our children so they feel they have someone they can come to if they experience any mental stress. For our children to succeed in the futures they design for themselves, more and more they will need executive skills, also known as life skills. These skills are often learnt later on in life by trial and error. They help us to be adaptable or to 'read the play'. Executive skills are the people skills that enable us human beings to be able to socialise, communicate and interact with each other in harmony. They are many and may include gratitude, empathy, communication, imagination, organisation, self-awareness, resilience and so forth. By linking the teaching of executive skills at home together as a family, it is hoped that you will all connect together as a close unit, so if your child experiences stress or anxiety, they will comfortably and confidently approach you to seek help. As Trinidadian-German singer Haddaway asked in his 1993 hit, “What is love?”. So, what is love? There are many dictionary definitions and explanations from various philosophers over time. Some say it is a tender affection or personal attachment towards another. There are many benefits of experiencing love such as improved connection with others and better physical and mental health. It may even help us to have a longer and happier life. Some say that love can help reduce stress and to help us to feel more upbeat. Whatever love is, the Dalai Lama seemed to sum it up best when he said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Here are some ideas to try together as a family that may help you to create some more fun and love in your family: · Draw a big love heart and inside it and list of all the people that you love and the people who love you. · Think about someone you love and perform a random act of kindness for them. · Go on a special parent child date together. Only one parent and one child. · Write everyone's name in the family on a separate piece of paper. Write one thing you love about each person. Put all the notes into a jar then read them out one at a time. · Make a card for someone you love. Inside the card, just tell them that you love them then give it to them. · Write a list of some things that you enjoy doing together as a family and see how many of them you can do. · Send someone a Valentine's Day card even if it isn't Valentine's Day. · What does unconditional love mean to you? Discuss. · The Dali Lama said that “Love and compassion are necessities…” What do you think? Discuss. · Find someone who you love and give them a really big hug. Repeat many times. I feel so blessed to have the family that we have created. How different life would have been if I did not meet Sandi in London all those years ago. I love Sandi so much and also love our three kids Daisy, Finn and Monty. No matter what choices they make in their lives, whatever they choose to do, I know that I'll always love them so much. They are all such amazing people and it is such a pleasure to be a part of their lives and watch them grow. I also feel so much love to my parents Rob and Kate. Although they separated many years ago, they are the reason that I have been given a life. I remember thanking them for giving me my life many years ago and I am still so grateful for them both for creating me, helping me to grow and being with me whenever I have needed them. I have also been blessed with my siblings that I truly love. We often go for long periods of time without communicating with each other, however I know that does not affect my love for them. Then there is Sandi's family who I am also grateful for and who also I love. And there have been so many friends throughout my journey so far who I have loved along the way. Love I'm not sure what the world would be like without it. And I wonder what the world could be like if there was only love. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa I love my family. Andy McNeilly Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. George Sand Have fun connecting with your kids. For further information, visit the Facebook page 'Connecting with your Kids' or follow connectingwithyourkids on Instagram for some fun ideas. Even better, go to my new website www.andymcneilly.com.au for lots more information and to find out about some workshops and courses that are on offer. Here you can download a free 'Screen Free Family Time' chart that'll get you started. Cheers, Andy McNeilly ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Word about the Hood For those readers who are new to the area, the Hooded Plover is a small, timid, endangered beach-nesting bird which is indigenous to our local beaches. (Not to be confused with the Masked Lapwing which nests on footy ovals, Roundabouts and backyards and tends to be noisy and swooping.) Hooded Plovers are the masters of camouflage and are well-adapted to life on the beach – that is, life on the beaches of 100 years ago. Their once tranquil beach habitat has now been overwhelmed by people visiting the beach for recreation, bringing all sorts of things that the birds are unfamiliar with – dogs, horses, 4WDs, beach balls & toddlers! Hoodies now struggle to find a bit of undisturbed space on the beach to breed and because their nesting failure rate is as high as 90-95%, their numbers are declining, as too few young are added to the population to sustain it. Birdlife Australia and hundreds of coastal volunteers are turning this dire situation around; by monitoring hoodies and detecting when they have eggs or chicks and putting protective management in place to relieve many of the human pressures. Hooded Plovers lay their eggs directly on the sand in a simple, shallow nest scrape. The nest can be anywhere above the high-tide mark, on the beach or in the dunes. Hooded Plovers eggs are small (about the size of a 20-cent piece) and very well camouflaged; so well camouflaged that they are easily trodden on by accident. Egg incubation takes 28 days and if completed successfully, the tiny fluffball chicks hatch out with surprisingly powerful legs. Adult hoodies don't feed their young; the chicks must fend for themselves, feeding on the sandhoppers found in decomposing seaweed. With sufficient undisturbed feeding time, growth is rapid and in just five weeks they can fly. During those five weeks before flight, however, they are at their most vulnerable. When a chick is disturbed or feels threatened it quickly runs into the sand dunes and hides. While it is running, the chick uses up valuable energy, and while it is hiding it is unable to feed. A chick that is forced to run and hide throughout the day because of human disturbance or by dogs could easily starve to death! Currently, 6 of the 9 pairs along the Bellarine and 13th Beach Coast have nests, keep an eye out for the signage on the beach and at beach accesses. To reduce disturbance to the birds while they're breeding, please remember to leash your dogs at this time whenever you approach or are in the Hooded Plover breeding area. For more details, or to become involved in Hooded Plover monitoring, please contact Meg Cullen at Birdlife Australia: Meghan.Cullen@birdlife.org.au More information: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/beach-nesting-birds or http://mybeachbird.com.au/ or http://www.facebook.com/hoodedplover
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some, a liar, the bearer of bad news, a messenger from 'the other side', a teller of tales, a gossip, and a trickster who will lead you astray. It is wondrous strange how we sprinkle magic on all manner of things to make meaning: find eternity in a mackerel sky, a message in a fantail, the future in tealeaves, a lifetime in lifelines. With a little leap of faith, or suspension of disbelief, we leave carrots out for reindeers, trade teeth to fairies, make merry and miracles with demons and dragons and angels and giants, tell stories about werewolves, mermaids and leviathans to embellish, subdue, explain, and give meaning to all manner of mystery and possible parallel worlds connected by wormholes, quantum particles, incantations, magic and fantails. Or as Shakespeare explains There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. - Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio It is a magical morning on a verandah in Barwon Heads. There is a profound and hazy stillness in the air. The outline of a mackerel sky rises from the deep dreaming of the night as the earth turns toward the sun. There is the muted dentist drill sound of a mozzie nearby. The night call of a willie wagtail is coming to an end. Its plaintive 'sweet sweet creature' call has washed unimpeded across the neighborhood all night long. During the day this gregarious and endearing little creature's voice will be more chatty and at times scolding, 'chick-a-chick-achick' as it flutters and prances nearby. Yet this fearless little fantail is, according to
Which brings me to a reading recommendation: Philip Pullman's The Book of Dusk, in which, among other things, “every person is attached to a daemon, an animal counterpart who accompanies its human partner everywhere. Until its human reaches puberty, a daemon can manifest as any creature, mythological or otherwise. These shifting personae reflect a person's psychological and emotional states, and the daemon's ultimate, adult appearance signifies one's deepest, underlying self one's soul, perhaps” Elizabeth Hand The Washington Post
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As 2017 draws to a close, Bellarine for Refugees thought it would be a good time to let you know what we have been up to over the past year. The group has grown over the past 12 months and we now have more than 40 members. Our focus is on three main areas: advocacy on behalf of refugees, providing practical assistance for refugees and their families, and hosting, where we organise outings for refugee families. Working with Refugee Legal and Barwon Community Legal, volunteer administrative staff from the group assisted 76 refugees to complete their Temporary Protection Visa and Safe Haven Enterprise Visa applications. This was done through the Seeking Refuge Project which we initiated. The group also provided practical support such as transport or learning about Australian ways and culture to refugee families in both our local area and further afield. Bellarine for Refugees has a very active social media presence through our Facebook page which enables us to reach a wide audience and to disseminate information and raise awareness about refugee issues and events. Keeping our pollies on their toes through active letter writing and making time to visit and speak with them personally, is a key feature of the work the group does. Throughout the year, many of our members attended rallies and other activities designed to draw attention to the plight of refugees. A special day at 'Meerkat Indoor Play Centre' at Ocean Grove for refugee families was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. Another big success this year was the group's collaboration with the Geelong Football Club. We supported their 'Welcome to Geelong Day' by supplying and giving out free footballs to all the young people who attended. Overall, it has been a busy year and it looks as though our dedicated and enthusiastic members will be just as busy in 2018 as we continue to respond to the evolving challenges of working for and with refugees and their families. If you're interested in finding out more about Bellarine for Refugees, including membership and when our meetings are held, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org _________________________________________________________
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The summer 17/18 season has kicked off well! With over 12 teams representing the Seagulls Basketball Club, the committee are proud to have helped place so many young and older kids into new teams and existing teams. This is a complicated and tricky job, which requires many hours of finessing. The committee works very hard to help slots new players into teams that suit their ability and age group as well as socially, and to help keep established teams together. Thanks for everyone's patience and support during this team selection period. Once completed and finalised the committee love seeing new teams evolve and learn together. It is very rewarding watching them grow as a team over time. Our Seagull teams playing in the Geelong league have been fortunate to experience playing in the brand new Crow's Road Basketball stadium in Belmont. This brand new 1.65 million dollar stadium was built to help accommodate the growing participation numbers in the Geelong region. The new Stadium has 6 courts and a cafĂŠ/kiosk. The Belmont stadium has been so convenient and has saved 15min of travel time for us Barwon Heads players! Win Win! On a festive note, The Seagulls Basketball Club would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday break! We are forever thankful to our volunteer's. Without them we would have no club! Your time and energy is very much appreciated! Happy New Year!! Viva Partos Vice President
Barwon Heads Arts Council Bellarine Arts Trail The crowds flocked to the 2nd Annual Bellarine Arts Trail, organised by the Barwon Heads Arts Council. As a community and artist led initiative, the event doubled in size this year to over 100 artists across 40 venues in Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Pt Lonsdale and Queenscliff. Crowd numbers were up from the 2016 event despite the cooler weather over the long weekend. The Hive Gallery in Ocean Grove welcomed over 680 visitors over the two days, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year. Owner, Karen Spreadborough said of the event 'We were thrilled with the patronage and community support with over 680 people through the door at The Hive. It was fabulous to see the growth of the Arts Trail itself and also to see the relaxed interaction between the many visitors and artists. Congratulations to the Barwon Heads Arts Council for a well organised second Trail. We look forward to this event going from strength to strength in the future with the combination of the Arts Trail and Toast to the Coast Cup weekend being a real drawcard on the Bellarine tourism calendar'. LIbbet Loughnan opened her family's sprawling beachhouse in Barwon Heads bringing together locally and internationally celebrated artists under one roof. Over 400 visitors enjoyed the laidback environment where afternoon tea was served. Libbet noted that the Arts Trail offered a great platform for the artists to get together for a weekend, catch-up and share their work with all who dropped in. Victoria Strachan, President of the Barwon Heads Arts Council said "the big crowds shows the enormous interest in the Bellarine as an arts destination and the calibre of our local arts community. With Geelong Council's drive to be a creative region, the Bellarine deserves to be a major player in this strategy.â&#x20AC;?
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he walked it out. He continually checked his phone, tapping the screen to find his next instruction. I watched to see where he was strong and where he was not. To see where he could open and where he remained closed. I saw where he was trying too hard and where he had forgotten to try at all. I wanted to go over and help him. To explain my skill and expertise in all things mind-body. To use my expert hands to adjust his spine and my wisdom words to teach his heart. Until he began doing some burpees, making me pull back from my own projections of self grandeur. I began to wonder what I was looking at. And if I was seeing anything real here at all. Think standing strength, inversions and core plank holds.
So, I saw his towel before I saw him standing on the sand. It was early Sunday morning and I could tell he was my tribe. He - in forest green while I - was wearing flares. Both of us boldly awake and out amongst it before the day had begun. I was walking my two old dogs as he stood to the side of his towel. We greeted each other with a smile, as if acknowledging shared kinship of our clan. Then, he put his hands down on his towel and pressed his feet back in the sand. I pretended not to watch but found it so hard not to. I could see he was doing some yoga. But he was doing his yoga all wrong. I watched openly while his head was south and his bum was north wondering why his down-face-dog wasn't facing east. His back was too rounded with his feet slipping away in the sand. I could hear his hamstrings screaming as he tried to force his legs straight. His breathing was sharp - telling me that he was working too hard. Then just as quickly as he began, he stood up and walked it out. I began to secretly watch in wonder. That watch you do when you don’t want someone know your watching because maybe you’re being creepy. I felt that sideways sting of strained eyeballs as I tried to see without being seen. I watched him check his phone device - I assumed his yoga app - and proceed to move his body into a plank-hold. He seemed strong. He even added a few push-ups. But his arms were out way too wide and I thought I heard his rotator cuff cry for mercy. Until again, just as quickly as he began, he stood up and walked it out. There were a few more down-face-dog poses. A few more plank and push-up poses. Each time he huffed and puffed. Each time
So often we forget to see things as they really are because we see things as we are. This is because our unconscious tends to create a picture. One where it takes all the sensory information our brain can understand, and paints a construct of the situation where we star as the first person. We colour the picture with our opinions. We shape the construct with our prejudice. The portrait our head paints is layered with the layers of our own experience and the veils of our memory. This is how we are wired to make sense of what is happening in front of us and relate to any unfolding story. And even though we have five senses that feed information into our highly functioning brains - a third of what we interpret is visual. Because our brain likes to believe our eyes. Our yoga practice invites us to every so often draw in from what our eyes are telling us. To discern as to whether the picture we have created is real or even relevant. Through self-study (svadhyaya), we come understand our truthfulness (satya). So we can begin to unpack some of the stuff we may have packed into our head. We realise that our tribe isn’t defined by the colour of one’s shorts. Or that the world needs to be subjected to our desire to be heard. I left the guy in green alone with his towel and his app, to do whatever he was doing on the riverbank by himself. I turned my eyes to the east and watched the dawning of the sun. Where I could reflect that there is no such thing as doing your yoga wrong. Because in the end the practice isn’t something that you try to do, it’s something that you try to become. X
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On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, eight young musicians performed in the Anglican Church to an audience of about 60.
They were all from different areas in the Geelong region, even as far away as Apollo Bay, with parents & friends & many of our regular music-lovers supporting them. Anne Pilgrim organised the program & introduced each one, giving a “thumbnail sketch!” provided by them before each performance! Three of the players had recently participated in the Scholarship Competitions for the Musical Society of Geelong. Jonathan Williams played a Bach Prelude & the Rachmaninoff Prelude in C# minor! He is 17 & in Year 12 at Covenant College & has been learning piano for 10 years & His teacher is Kae Sullivan Danielle King played the slow movement of Wieniawski's concerto in D minor followed by Monti's Csardas! She is in Year 12 at Clonard College, learns from Jess Higgins & recently won the string section in the Music Society of Geelong Scholarship Competition. Sarah Williams, sister of Jonathan, played the Chopin Nocturne in C# minor & Moscheles Etude in G minor. She is in Year 10 at Covenant College & started learning piano when she was 8, passed Grade 7 with Honours & Grade 6 clarinet. Nicholas Bond played Chopin prelude in E minor & three contemporary pieces, bringing to the programme some very interesting modern music, including film music & jazz by Martha Mier. He attends Geelong Lutheran College and has been learning piano since he was 6 & now learns from Selmo Carreira. Eamon Dooley performed Chopin's “Raindrop” Prelude & Brahms' op.10 No 1 Ballade. He is 19 & studying a Batchelor of Design at Melbourne University and has completed AMEB grade 6 for Oboe, & last year completed VCE Music performance on piano. Jacinta Padanyi, accompanied by Selmo, performed Bach Partita No.1 & the gorgeous Brindisi Waltz by Alard (French!). She began her violin lessons at 6, at The Geelong College & is now learning from Rita Souza. Usha Shao played Bach: Little Prelude; Delibes: Passepied & Ibert: La Cage de Crystal. He was born in Southern China in 2002 & came to Australia when he was 10 & to The Geelong College in 2014 at the start of his Year 7. He started playing piano when he was 5. Ella Summers, accompanied by Selmo, played a Bach Partita & Praeludium & Allegro by Kreisler. She is 17 & goes to school in Apollo Bay where she enjoys playing music of all genres on her violin, from classical to rock! We do enjoy giving young musicians a forum for experience & they are generally so enthusiastic about their music! The quality of every performance was extraordinarily high & we thank the teachers as well as the performers, & their parents! We are all extremely grateful! OUR MUSICAL FUTURE IS IN SAFE HANDS! Our next concert is the delightful piano trio with REGINA, BRIGHID & SIOBHAN (Not to be missed!). Sunday,10 December at the Anglican Church Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads at 2.30pm. Donation: Friends/Members:$10; Visitors: $15. All welcome to join us for afternoon tea following the concert. Best wishes Jenny.
1900 Footprints In October this year Barwon Heads received a visit from Tristan O'Brien, a young man who is hoping to raise awareness of native Australian endangered animal species by walking from Adelaide to Hobart. Having walked from Adelaide and along the Great Ocean Walk Tristan arrived to stay the night in Barwon Heads and set off the next day to Queenscliff for another overnight stay before catching the ferry across to continue to Melbourne and onto the ferry to Tasmania. He commented on the friendliness of the locals, saying most drivers gave a wave and a smile as they passed him by. Tristan is raising money for BioR an organization which replaces diverse habitat for wildlife and for Wollangarra the o u t d o o r education centre open to all young people. You can follow his journey at https://www.1900 footprints.com Jan O'Sullivan
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From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock and as a solo artist with no less than 26 ARIA Top 40 hits to his credit as a singer, songwriter and producer, Ross Wilson is one of Australia’s most awarded, respected and well-known artists! From the legendary band Daddy Cool whose number one anthem Eagle Rock smashed all previous sales records in Australia, to the 1977 formation of Mondo Rock, delivering 80’s hits ‘Cool World’, ‘State of The Heart’, ‘Chemistry’, ‘No Time’, and ‘Come Said The Boy’ and into the 21st century as a solo performer, Wilson has never been out of the limelight. Twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Wilson has written hits for Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and Joe Cocker, and produced smash hit albums for Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Skyhooks and Screaming Jets. Come Back Again to see an absolute solid gold legend of rock and his full band ‘The Peaceniks’ perform all his hits! Sat 6 January 8.30pm Tickets Full $49/Con/Grp $39 More shows to be announced – Full Program Released November 10.
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BARWON HEADS URBAN FIRE BRIGADE The decorations are up and our town is getting ready for Santa to arrive. The annual Christmas Eve Santa lolly run will commence at 5.40pm on Christmas Eve. The fire truck with Santa and his helpers will appear at the following three locations: · 5.40pm Barwon Heads Caravan Park, near the football oval · 6pm River Parade Boat Ramp, opposite Minah Street · 6.20pm Barwon Heads Skate Park, Sheepwash Road Keep an eye out for signs around town on the day, which will promote what time and where he will be. We welcome the many holiday makers who visit our little town during the Christmas holiday period. Many of you have been coming for years and for some it may be your first time visiting the Bellarine Peninsula. The Barwon Heads CFA is here to keep our community safe across the whole year, but the summer period can be especially busy. Whether you are a visitor or resident, or simply passing through, everyone has a responsibility to ensure they have a fire safe summer. Here's a few tips: · If staying in a holiday house or at the caravan park, check to see where your exits are in the event of a fire ensure all guests know how to get out of the house and where you will meet. · If you are on the road and you hear the sirens when the fire truck is responding to a job, ensure you safely pull over and allow it to pass. · Understand the fire danger ratings; if it is an extremely hot day the Fire Station on Sheepwash Road will fly the Total Fire Ban flag and we will also post to our Facebook page. This means you can not light any camp fires or fuel based bbq's. · Download the Vic Emergency app, which provides information about bush fire activity in your choice of locations. Simply go to the app store on your smartphone or tablet and search Vic Emergency app. · Like and follow our Facebook page as we will post regular updates and tips throughout the summer. Simply search for Barwon Heads CFA and 'Like' and 'Share' us with your friends. Summer has certainly arrived with warm, dry days now the norm. The warmer weather means the grass, scrub and bushland is drying out and in recognition of this the official Fire Danger Period for the Bellarine area has been declared to commence on 4 December. This means we switch into a heightened level of management and response for fires. Rest assured as a Brigade we are trained and ready to protect our town and assist other Brigades across the state if required. The Barwon Heads Fire Brigade is seeking new members. If you are interested in learning new skills, meeting new people and being part of a team that contributes to the safety of our community, please call Captain Helen Wood on 0438 507 273, or email Secretary Kira Crawford-Brooks on firstname.lastname@example.org The Barwon Heads Fire Brigade wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas and holiday season.
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We were thrilled with the turn out at our recent Open Day. Captain Koala was a popular new addition as was the smoking marquee where kids big and small learnt to 'drop down low and go, go, go'. A big thanks to the parents who brought their children along and to the members who were there on the day and those who helped our Fire Station to look its best.
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What's cooking at the lobster pot?
Marvelous Music In May a Huge Success
The Magic of Christmas Lobster Pot
LOCAL MARKETS =Barwon Headsl Each Saturday 9am - 1pm LOcean Grove-Ocean Grove Park l 1st Sunday 9am - 1pm l Pt. Lonsdale l at Pt Lonsdale Primary School 2nd Sunday 9am - 2pm l Drysdale at Recreation Reserve l 3rd Sunday 9am - 1pm l Portarlington at Newcombe St l (Opp Port Hotel) 1st Saturda | , Â¨ y 9am
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Despite common sense and advances in science I am amazed by how widespread the belief in mythical figures remains. Understandably, at this time of year children are either excited, surprised or fearful of Santa Claus. At the same time adults appear to have a firm belief in the rubbish fairy. Some apparently expect that conscientious sprite to clean up after summer activities on our beaches and foreshores. It's time to shatter that illusion: there is no rubbish fairy. Those unwanted beach-going accessories such as bottles and coffee cups will remain on the beach, in the water or in the gastro-intestinal systems of marine creatures. In the interests of the fragile natural world around us let's consign the rubbish fairy to the world of fantasy. To find out more about the natural heritage of our river estuary you can visit to the Barwon Estuary Heritage Centre also known as the Lobster Pot. It's the neglected looking green building on the riverfront near 'At the Heads' restaurant. The opening season coincides with the arrival of summer visitors. It is open between Boxing Day and Australia Day. Opening time is 1.00p.m.-4.00p.m. daily.The Friends of the Lobster Pot is the volunteer group that operate the centre, provide advice and answer questions. New members to share their love and knowledge of the river estuary are always welcome. Please contact the group through Barwon Coast. Visit the office or phone Maddie Glynn (52541118). The Friends of the Lobster Pot wish all readers an ocean friendly Christmas and a sustainable New Year. Rob Kuebler
Gideon Haigh on libraries... Some years ago when I was in the market for a house, I could not get over how many homes it would probably be still fewer now had a library. They might have spas. Or gyms. Or rooms for meditation, or music, or pool, like the Kerrigans. But bookshelves were disarmingly scarce. My girlfriend noted that whenever I walked into a house that did have a bookshelf, I would be drawn to it like a dog to a lamppost. Of the house I eventually bought, I recall that its shelves contained Geoffrey Blainey's Short History of the World, Anthony Beevor's Stalingrad and a dvd of Starship Troopers, a movie of which I'm incontinently fond. People I could do business with! I also remember being asked afterwards about the bathroom and having to admit that I could not be sure it had one, as I never got there. Anyway, you're getting the picture. I'm a librarian's son. I grew up surrounded by books. Nobody ever remarked on this. It just was. In a library's presence, I feel instinctively at home. To me it is not a comfort but a necessity. It's a house's nervous system, interacting with its user, or its circulatory system, of ideas. A city or town, meanwhile, can be evaluated on the quality of its libraries. They signify an engagement with life beyond the obvious, the immediate, the superficial. They connect us with worlds beyond the everyday: as Lord Samuel put it a library is thought in cold storage. They are places of intergenerational communion and reciprocity. So when my mother brought to my attention the plight of three small libraries in my home town, I was at once engaged. Such vandalism in the name of thrift is the thin end of a large philistine wedge, that keeps writers in penury, that treats book as leisure product, that exalts
price above value, that treats communities as markets. I won't have it; and when I see others who won't, no matter where they are, I'll do what's in my power to help. The campaign to save those libraries, in Barwon Heads, Highton and Chilwell, was an inspiring example of democracy in action. So why a library in this day and age. After all, they are costly, bulky, static, difficult to update, out of fashion. We are in an information economy that privileges not the most nourishing fruit but the lowest hanging. A library does not come looking for us; we must go looking for it. It requires of us a certain seriousness about our inquiries. It nourishes an esteem of the value of knowledge. Facts have never been cheaper; yet there is a corresponding paucity of knowledge and an almost impossible rarity of wisdom. We used to laugh about athletes who had written more books than they had read. That now applies to the president of the United States. I often get asked advice about area of cricket history and culture; I often refer to so-and-so's book or so-and-so's chapter. The responses can be dismaying, as though the idea of seeking out a book, using an index or a contents page is a labor comparable to slaying the Nemean lion, even though I have guaranteed that what will be found is exactly what's required. We must strain every particle to break that tyranny of Google, lest we face a mass forgetting. Recently I read a piece in the Guardian opining with claimed expertise about the evolution of cricket literature. The writer was dismissive of Cardus and Swanton. Nothing wrong with that, I thought. They are not universal tastes; they transact in certain hard-to-embrace archaisms. Then, however, writer then admitted that she'd never actually got around to reading either of them. Again this is not to call either of them canonical or compulsory. What struck me was the writer's sheer, brazen incuriosity. It would have taken so little effort to acquaint herself with what she had predismissed, yet she could not trouble to make even that. On the other hand, I recently had an email from a schoolboy in Sydney wanting to do a project on the origins of cricket. He excitedly told me that we could use Google docs and a Google hang-out to share information. No, I said patiently; here are half a
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________________________ dozen books to look at and some pages numbers; here are some libraries on trove where they can be seen. Get back to me when you've read them; then we'll talk. I had an email from his mum a few weeks later. For their 12-year-old son, this had been hugely challenging but very rewarding. Another soul saved, eh? But look out for this lad. Because he now knows what a library looks like and how it works, he's going to have a huge edge on his contemporaries. To quote Neil Gaiman: 'Google can give you 10,000 answers; a librarian can give you the right one.' As for technology, books have affordances that no technology can rival. They're simple, familiar, tangible, portable, exchangeable. They're easy to use. They require no batteries. They require no software updates. They don't need to be externally backed up. You need not press save when you close them. They don't crash and need rebooting. Of all the manifold recording media, paper remains the most stable. The oldest item in our National Library is a volume of woodblock-printed Sutras almost 900 years old. Yet it is more intelligible than information stored on formats created in the last 20 years made obsolete by moving frontier of technological progress. One other thing: in these hurried, hustling times, where it seems impossible to find a place simply to sit without someone trying to sell you a 50c coffee for $4.50, libraries are one of the last remaining bastions in our cities and town of repose and sanctuary, and thereby render them more tolerably inhabitable. They make bearable life as they did for Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice, who was prepared to put up with folly and conceit in every other room of his house because he knew that his library guaranteed leisure and tranquillity. Yet to paraphrase Jefferson, the price of libraries is eternal vigilance. I welcome the Friends of Barwon Heads library because a library can't have too many friends. And it's high time those in power got the message: we're readers and we vote.
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BARWON HEADS BOWLING CLUB
Local Hero by Leanne Braddick
You didn't know I smelled your roses But I hope you did. I smelled them passing by your house With my brand new kid. I smelled them while I shed a tear I smelled them with a skip I saw your maggies wait for you My child upon my hip. I smelled them as we walked to school And said our first goodbyes. I smelled them as I knew the truth My own dear Dad had died. I wonder if you knew the love Your roses often brought Your house was plain and old and small In wars for us you fought.
Schools program on a beautiful, sunny day Pennant bowling continues, with Midweek teams going OK, but Saturday teams having a battle. During November the Community Bowls and Schools Program were again run under the guidance of Jan and Alan Walter and some helpers. The Community Bowls was again very competitive with some potential stars on display. Full results, with MVPs etc in next months Talking Heads. The Schools program saw students from Barwon Heads Primary School strut their stuff and make the whole exercise of learning to bowl look very easy. No such thing as bodies that won’t bend, or aches and pains, it’s too easy. The latest addition to our bowling calendar is the Scroungers Bowls on Thursday social bowls. Designed to make draw bowling the highpoint, the new game has been very well received. Played as individuals, not teams, it’s no surprise our best draw bowler Ken Allen was quickly into the winners circle. With Christmas nearly here we wish all a Merry and safe Christmas and New Year. The Christmas Dinner will be held on Sunday 10thPhoto: December at ourGarden Clubrooms, once again good Secret numbers are expected. Don’t forget the barefoot bowls, Friday nights through January. Until next time, Good bowling.
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EMERGENCY: POLICE - FIRE - AMBULANCE 000 Animal Rescue (Jirrahlinga) Police Barwon Heads Fire Brigade Secretary/Admin. Enquiries Ocean Grove Fire Brigade Barwon Water
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CLUBS & ORGANISATIONS
CARPENTRY & HOME MAINTENANCE Damien Mason Carpenter Dangerfield Construction & Home Maintenance David Cole Reliable Carpenter. Loves small jobs. Call Mick
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CARPET & TILE CLEANING
1st Barwon Heads Scout Group 5251 2210 13th Beach Golf Academy & Public Driving range 5254 2622 Barwon Grove Golf Club (The Tin Shed) 5254 2826 Barwon Heads Association Pres. Sandy Gatehouse 5254 1654 Barwon Heads Bowling Club 18 Geelong Road. 5254 3124 Barwon Heads Community Hall FOR HIRE email@example.com Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden Judy 5254 1034 Barwon Heads Film Society Alex 5254 1139 Barwon Heads Fine Music Society Inc. Jenny Wallace Smith 5254 2580 INC. Barwon Heads Chorale Jo 5254 2670 Barwon Heads Football & Netball Club 5254 2675 Barwon Heads Heritage Group (Part of BHA) Richard Hastings 5254 2621 Barwon Heads Red Cross 5254 1128 Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Club Norm Buckley 5254 3079 Barwon Heads Tennis Club 5256 1527 Barwon Heads 13th Beach Surf Life Saving Club www.13thbeachslsc.asn.au 5254 2469 Bellarine for Refugees Group Margaret 0419 323 166 Ocean Grove Bridge Club Marcus Hill 5256 2550
DOG GROOMING & ACCESSORIES
Barwon Carpet Cleaning All areas 7 days 0428 502 670 F & G Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaning Geoff Stanley 0428 520 525/5250 1845
CHIROPRACTOR Bellarine Chiropractic 14 Tuckfield Street Ocean Grove 5255 2200/0439 559173
CLEANERS Tri ama Cleaning Services
Tracey 0412 135 866
COMPUTER REPAIRS www.barwonheadsresort.com.au & TUITION Leigh – No fix, no fee. I will come to you. 50+ a speciality. Riversholme P/L firstname.lastname@example.org
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COOLROOM HIRE (MOBILE) 5254 2051
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DENTAL CLINIC Ocean Breeze - Trak Arcade 73 The Terrace Ocean Grove
DENTURE CLINIC Coastal Dentures
Claire Dagley Dietician @ The Heads
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2/76 Hitchcock Ave.
Steve Sowden 5254 1100
Barwon Heads Caravan Park Ewing Blythe Drive Barwon Heads 5254 1115 Surfcoast Dog Grooming Ocean Grove 5255 1336 Barwon Grove Holiday Rentals www.bgholidayrentals.com.au 0412 102 145 / 5255 4676 DRIVING SCHOOL Ocean Grove Holiday Rentals email@example.com 0403 515 605 Dashcam Driving School 0430 219 119 Laura’s Beach Houses Jetty Rd Barwon Heads 5254 1115 Chris Walters SeahavenVillage.com.au 1-7 Geelong Rd Barwon Heads 5254 1066 ELECTRICIANS / ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES The Nook 1 bedroom cottage, private get away near river 0400 871 073 Brendon Brice Electrical Phones/Data 0416 165 855 Green Lead Electrical Martin 0467 097 101 ACCOUNTING & FINANCIAL SERVICES firstname.lastname@example.org 0435 418 704 PFG Financial Services – 4/50 Hitchcock Ave Barwon Heads 5255 9555 Mick Leverett - Electrician 0419 705 313 Ocean Grove Accounting & Taxation Services Luke Joyce 5256 2815 Thirteenth Electrical email@example.com Warren Jankowski Electrical 0404 163 609
B & C Air conditioning, Installations, Breakdown & Service
0418 827 642
ANTENNAS Kendall Antenna Service Point Lonsdale Television
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FENCING AGM Fencing
0425 715 373
FITNESS HEALTH HEALING MASSAGE Bowen Therapy Andrea Neale 0407 794 087 Ocean Grove Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture 5255 2905 / 0432 961 910 Barwon Heads Massage, Seaside Serenity, Daryl Wilkie 0403956900
Irons McDuff Architecture www.ironsmcduff.com.au 5254 1337/ 0404 041 337 Roös & Smith Architects + Planners firstname.lastname@example.org 5254 2789 / 0427 012196 Victoria Hamer Architects www.victoriahamer.com 0408 990 929
ArtsKool @ Kazworks Adults & Kids Art Classes email@example.com 0437 582772 Seaview Gallery ~ Queenscliff ~ Contemporary & Traditional Art & Glass 5258 3645
FLY Screening Solutions - Insect screens & doors; Security doors
0408 699 690
ATTRACTIONS Jirrahlinga Wildlife Centre Taits Rd Barwon Heads
BANK Barwon Heads Community Bank 70 Hitchcock Avenue
03 5254 1700
BEAUTY THERAPY Skin and Soul Aesthetics
1st Floor 51 Hitchcock Ave.
0411 727 930
BOOKKEEPING Cath Latimer
0403 601 470
BUILDING , EXTENSIONS & RENOVATIONS Homes by Chapman. HIA AWARD Winning Builders. Www.homesbychapman.com.au 0414752159 Jardine Homes Design & Construct Will Gordon 0414 354 079 Jason O’Neill Builder Spec. in Environ. Sustainable Homes www.jasononeillbuilder.com.au 0419 393 173 ReKooporations Building Services- renovations, bathrooms & more 0418 357092
CAFES/ RESTAURANTS Barwon Orange 60 Hitchcock Ave Barwon Heads Beachhouse Barwon Heads 48 Hitchcock Ave. Hanoi Kitchen Cnr. Bridge/Hitchcock Mangroves cnr. Hitchcock Ave/Bridge Rd Barwon Heads Starfish Bakery 78 Hitchcock Ave. Barwon Heads
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GIFTS & HOMEWARES Frith
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FLOORING & CARPET SALES
5255 2044 5254 1811
PICTURE FRAMING Jeanius Graphics 50 Carr St. Barwon Heads
5254 2101 / 0419 588 069
PILATES Pilates Connect www.pilatesconnect.com.au/ email@example.com 0402 413 933
HAIRDRESSERS - LADIES, MENS & CHILDREN PLASTERERS Hair Dudes- Mens 84b Hitchcock Ave. B.Heads 5254 1933 Kylie Curcio Hair Stylist 66 Hitchcock Avenue Barwon Heads 5254 1705/ 0408 036 383 Melissa Connoley Hairdressing, Make Up, Beauty 0432 187 767
Barwon Heads Handyman Experienced and problem solving 0422 340805 Nick Gilbert “My Handyman” for all those little jobs. 52543186 / 0411 225 516
Newbold Interior Design decorating and styling for new homes, renovations and makeovers Newboldinteriordesign.com Sarah 0407 008 813 Pip Interiors- Interior Design, Colour Consulting & Custom Made Blinds 0425 710 784
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Bellarine Black Diamond Garden Service 0429 990 850 Bellarine Mowing - Garden Care and more Andrew 0432 714 762 Bellarine Property Care - Total Property Maintenance Andrew 0432 714 762 KR Garden Care – Mowing, pruning, mulching. Barwon Heads 0457 265 852
LEGAL SERVICES Coulter Roache 4/50 Hitchcock Ave Barwon Heads Jeannette Ernst/Licensed Conveyancer Whyte Just & Moore 1/50 Hitchcock Ave. Barwon Heads
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Plaster patching / small jobs - Paul Rouhan
BMC Plumbing Blair McGregor 0418 376 014 Coastal Roofing New and re-roofing 5255 2732 / 0418 593 434 Davis Plumbing P/L 0419 504 085 / 0421 814 669 K2 Plumbing New, re-roof & repair specialists Kerry 0402 071 093
PODIATRY Kim Nankivell 13th Beach Osteopathy & Health Services Barwon Heads Podiatry @ The Heads Lizzy Ryan 2/76 Hitchcock Ave Barwon Heads Next to the Community Bank
Concept Psychology Services. Suzanne Brown, Clinical Neuropsychologist. 0488 992 721
RUBBISH REMOVAL Prompt same day clearance The Rubbish Guy www.therubbishguy.com.au Sylont Watching Service
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SELF DEFENCE Ju-Jitsu Self Defence www.jikishinjujitsuaustralia.com.au/bellarine-peninsula/
OPTOMETRY Greg Sly Optometrist 87 The Parade Ocean Grove Ocean Eyes Optometrists 2 Park Lane, 99 Presidents Ave. O/Grove
0432 544 079 5256 1295 5255 5655
13th Beach Osteopathy & Health Services 1/86 Hitchcock Ave. B/Heads 5254 2668 Osteopathy at Barwon Heads Geelong Osteopathic & Healthcare Clinic 5229 8021
PAINTER & DECORATOR
5255 4422 5254 1279
0406 636 201
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOING Gary Priest’s Photo & Video Wedding Package – $1195
0417 121 702
WINDOW FURNISHINGS Ocean Grove Blinds and Awnings 67 Madeley St. Ocean Grove
WINDOW CLEANING Peter Macmillan Barwon Heads Winestore
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Pian/keyboard lessons with Deb Podbury in Barwon Heads
Mobile Ph. 0476 277 423 Hank 0419 518 523
Caravan, boat etc - storage
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Lasty’s Mobile Mechanic Unit 2/168-170 Fyans st South Geelong Darren 0409 955768
MOWER SALES & REPAIRS Bellarine Mower Service
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WINESTORE Wine, beer, cider, spirits & more 2/86
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Just in Time Personal Training - Workplace Health Justin Moran 0411 798 934
PHYSIOTHERAPY Physio @ The Heads Wayne Clarke 2/76 Hitchcock Ave. Barwon Heads
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The Barwon Estuary Summer news Mudflat meander with Jon Duthie The tides will be perfect for investigating the life of the mudflats along the Barwon River on Tuesday, 5th December at 6.30 p.m. Jon Duthie, environmental expert and popular local educator, will lead the group out from the Ozone Jetty (or the end of Talbot St if the drainage works are still in progress). Wear shoes that can get wet, as there will be some traversing thorough shallow water. Bookings essential: Send your email address and mobile phone number to email@example.com
Introduction to Botanic Art: Classes with Rhonda Favaloro The November/December series of Botanic Art classes is going well. In 2018 there will be another 4 series of 5 classes, one per school term, on Friday mornings at 9.30 in the community room at the Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden. Enrol now for Term 1 classes. Rhonda Favaloro, accomplished local botanic artist and experienced tutor, will be taking the classes. Places are limited. To enrol or for enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Barwon Estuary Nature Watching Diary Please remember to keep using your Nature Watching Diary to record your estuary observations via photography, art, scientific data and creative writing. If you don't have your free diary, you can collect one from the Barwon Heads Community Bank. Margaret Griffith
Kangaroo Apple, Rhonda Favaloro
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BARWON HEADS CYCLING CLUB Whenever you enter or leave Geelong via the Princes Highway you pass The Norlane Hotel, an unremarkable pub in many ways, but notable for the recognition it pays Sir Hubert Opperman in the form of 'Oppy's Bistro' and the accompanying sign of a cyclist at full pace.
At one stage voted the most popular athlete in France, Oppy's achievements included victories in races such as the 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1,160km suffer-fest of legendary status. He set several 24-hour records, including one of 505 miles in 1939. To put this in context, the current record for the 24 hour period is 556 miles, a clear illustration of Oppy's prowess, given all the advances in bike design and technology that have occurred in the intervening period. In one 24 hour race in Sydney in 1940, Opperman broke 100 separate records and over 13 torturous days, 10 excruciating hours and 11 painful minutes in 1937 he set a new benchmark for the bicycle crossing from Fremantle to Sydney. Which brings us back to the Princes Highway in a way so that the next time you pass the Norlane Hotel, where you may be tempted to grab a traveller, pause for a moment to remember the man that inspired the sign.
Opperman was a genuine Australian sporting legend, a god on wheels who forged his reputation at a time when cycling was at its zenith as a sport that captured the imagination of nations around the world. 'Oppy' belongs in the pantheon we reserve for such stellar names as Catherine Freeman, Dawn Fraser, Don Bradman, Neviille Wright et al possibly elevating Nev a tad there. The reason that the Norlane Hotel acknowledges Oppy is not confined to his spectacular achievements on a bike. Following a career during which he set some 100 world cycling records, Opperman embarked upon a second phase of life as Liberal parliamentarian where he was the Member for Corio and served with distinction as, among other posts, the Minister for Immigration. He is credited with significantly advancing Australia's approach to accepting non-white immigration and his time in public life including five years as High Commissioner to Malta the role for which he received his knighthood. On the bike, always a Malvern Star due to his enduring sponsorship by Bruce Small the proprietor of Malvern Star, (the factory still stands, as the Readings bookshop in Glenferrie Road Malvern) Oppy set record after record across Europe during the late 1920s and 1930s.
Fittingly, he died, at the age of 91, on his exercise bike in a nursing home where the grounds featuring several 'No Cycling' signs. If you keep travelling east along the Princes Highway from Oppy's Bistro you can reach Buckley Street Footscray, where, at number 127, you will arrive at Beasley Cycles. This shop, a mecca for western suburbs cyclists, was established by John Beasley (Senior), a sporting icon who warrants the status conferred upon Footsray's other (Senior) figure, the immortal Ted Whitten.
an acknowledged great of Australian track cycling, gained enduring fame as one of the Australian pioneers in the Tour de France. In his first TdeF, the 1952 event, he rode for the Luxembourg team the Tour at the time was raced by national teams, not commercially sponsored teams. Due to crashes and mechanical mishaps Beasley missed the time cut off at the end of day two and that, as they say, was that. But it was only that until 1955, when he again lined up wearing the Luxembourg team jersey. This time he lasted until the end of stage 3, when food poisoning acquired pre race finally laid him low. He subsequently returned home and worked on the business that to this day carries his name. In addition he endeared himself to many modern day elite riders as a mechanic of rare skill, an attribute that culminated with him serving as Australian Team mechanic on many occasions, most notably the 1984 LA Olympic Games. Beasley's name also endures as Australia's oldest surviving Tour de France rider. And in the tradition of (Seniors) and (Juniors), his son John (naturally) continues the family line by not only running the Buckley Street bike shop but also performing with distinction as the coach of the Malaysian National Cycling Team. On Sunday 29th October BHCC held a great Sunday morning session at the You Yangs, where plenty of adults and an even greater number of kids enjoyed the MTB trails while a smaller group took to the roads around the area. The weather was ideal, the riding was fun and the catering, thanks you Dean and Tracie for organizing, was exceptional! We intend holding more events like this in the future so watch out for news of them during 2018â&#x20AC;Ś Please note, the annual BHCC Christmas Party will be held on December 9th. During the late afternoon and early evening that day there will be many kids, and adults, on the road, on bikes. Please look out for us, give us a wave and help keep everyone safe.
John, whose father was the (Senior Senior) JJ Beasley,
This fun day in one way marks the end of the year, but in another suggests the start of the summer season when the weather can encourage anyone to come out for a ride. We'd be happy to have you along, same time, same channel CFA 5.45AM Monday to Friday. Saturdays 6.30AM.
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It's a farce, it's a sham, it's a fiasco. Administrative errors and inattention to deadlines and detail have meant that the country has ground to a halt for at least an entire month. People's lives have been put on hold and the multitudes are in a state of unrest. The expectations of the population are that these administrative errors will have a serious consequence and be fully rectified in very short order, so that their lives can get back to normal and have the meaning of their existence restored. As a result I believe it is reasonable for those responsible to make full and heartfelt apologies without delay.
It is therefore my duty to apologise for no cricket report in the last edition of Talking Heads and admit to an
administrative error and throw myself on the mercy of the readers. Unfortunately when the inevitable deadline for TH arrived I was interstate and unable to file copy and so the publication went to press with no cricket content for only the second time since god knows when. Of course since I was born in Melbourne and live in Ocean Grove, I may have to refer myself to the High Court of the Nightwatchmen in order to validate my right to even write for TH due to clear citizenship conflicts, but that's a whole set of other administrative errors, for another time. For the record my parents were both born in Australia, but my mother's parents were both born in the UK before WWI and migrated to Australia before 1920. Since there was no such thing as Australian citizenship before 1949 and mum was born before that, then she would definitely have had entitlement to full UK citizenship after 1949 and may well have bequeathed UK citizenship to me at my birth and I am therefore a Pom and ineligible to stand for parliament, but entitled to stand with the barmy army, not than many of those lads can stand after about three o'clock in the afternoon.
So the Christmas season is upon us and the season is almost half way done. There have been some terrific performances thus far with Micheal Moulton in B Grade and Mark Paisley in C Grade scoring centuries, Michael Fallon in A Grade taking 8-79 from 26 overs and a 12 year old Cambbell Snookes scoring 54 on his senior debut in C Grade. Team wise all teams are competitive at the moment with A Grade sitting 5th, B grade in 4th, C Grade 5th and D Grade in the mix with 4 wins so far. Juniors has Under 15s in 3rd, Barwon Heads Hyland in 3rd and Under 13 Hyland in 2nd place on the ladder. Of the junior players a large number have been selected to represent the BPCA in their age group at interleague level and they are as follows. Continued page 26
Above the Net
Well it has been a very busy month at the Barwon Heads Tennis Club with Summer weekend pennants in full swing for both seniors and juniors alike, the current Tuesday Ladies season is winding up with finals presently underway, the junior coaching programs are at max capacity and we recently held our inaugural Trivia night at the bowling club. Organised Wednesday evening social tennis is also ongoing with numbers consistent especially with the weather improving all the time.
As always, new members always required and very, very welcome any enquiries please contact either Jason Ah Sam on 0437 783 743 or myself on 0474 133 436 to discuss. Senior Report The section 1 and section 2 teams have faced a high standard of tennis every week and each team has had mixed results with some good wins and a few losses a piece. As a result, we find ourselves in 5th and 4th places on respective ladders accordingly. The team and club atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon, especially when both teams play at home together has been terrific and something we can continue to build upon in the future with more teams and people involved. Facing both injuries and absentees, in some weeks we have had to do the Barwon Heads ring a round (SMS these days) and thank you very much to the guys and gals whom have put their hands up to fill the void when required. With only 4 or 5 more rounds until the Xmas break hopefully we can get some momentum going and secure positions in the top 4 to have a good tilt at finals in the new year. There is a team at home most Saturday
afternoons so if you are anywhere near the courts between 1:30pm and approx. 4pm please drop in and cheer the local teams on. Junior Report Dave Brauer
The junior summer comp is in full swing and the courts on a Saturday morning are abuzz with juniors of all varying ages and abilities and it's great see so much improvement in all kids over all sections. There's been a couple of forfeits due to lack of numbers which has come about for various reasons, but apart from the odd long term injury all teams are back at full numbers and should all be good to compete strongly as we run up to the summer break. Our last games this year are December 16th and then we break until Feb. 3rd. A big thank you to all parents who have assisted and we need such efforts to continue, as the more people that get involved and help, then the easier this makes it for everyone. The home duty teams that assist on Sat. mornings have all been of great assistance, and it's crucial that when your kids team is on home duty that we get as many of these parents there as possible. I also need to thank certain members on our committee who have also helped me out. Midweek Ladies Report Maz McIntosh
you fancy some great tennis, contact Kim Pate (0425791532) to join our midweek competition. Kim is our new midweek representative. After quite a few years, it's time for me to hand over to a new person. Thanks for amazing times, great tennis and lasting friendships in my time as midweek rep! Trivia Night On Friday the 10th November we held our inaugural Trivia night at the Barwon Heads Bowling Club. It was a ripper evening, well supported by both members and guests with John Duthie as our Quiz Master / funnyman for the evening. A big thank you to the BHTC committee and volunteers with a special well done to Nicki Hartney for driving the event. It also goes without saying that these events are moot without the support and sponsorship of our local businesses and as such acknowledge the following with sincerity: 13th Beach Golf Club, Seaside Serenity Massage, Symons Organic Dairy, Yogipeace Club, Barwon Heads Golf Club, Physio@the heads, Medispa@the heads, Essential Tennis, IGA Barwon Heads, Bennos Meat Barwon Heads, 10,000 Things Barwon Heads, Barwon Heads Newsagent, Scandinavian Ice Cream Shop, Tennis Australia and the Barwon Heads Bowling Club. Xmas
Midweek ladies are chasing more 'silverware', or at least another premiership photo for the wall. Last Tuesday our Section 8 girls (Sally Ford, Danielle O'Halloran, Amanda Searby and Vicki McKee) were victorious against Anglesea in the preliminary final. They will be playing off in the Winter season Section 8 Grand Final this coming Tuesday…good luck girls! Celebrations will continue at a dinner on Grand Final night organised by Sally Ford at the Barwon Heads Golf Club. The midweek winter season was a great success with 3 of our 5 midweek teams making the finals. The new Summer season will commence next February.....so if
On behalf of the Barwon Heads Tennis Club I would just like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Xmas and New Year period. Obviously an extremely busy time for our coastal enclave with many visitors and holiday makers alike. The good news is, the courts are always open so get yourselves down for a hit of tennis and burn off some of that Xmas cheer……ho, ho, ho. Lets hope Santa finally remembers my new racquets this year as he seems to have forgotten for the past 14 and the ones I have presently are way past their prime.
BARWON HEADS CRICKET CLUB Cont... Ned Hicks (Under 16), Bryce Dunell (Under 16), Matias Brasier (Under 15), Zac Muir (Under 15), Will Snookes (Under 15) (vice-captain), Luca Vella (Under 14) (captain), Oskar Walter (Under 14) (vice-captain), Will Duncombe (Under 13), Donovan Shier (Under 13), Mitchell Duncombe (Under 12), Murphy Moulton (Under 12). Good luck to all those player in their respective games.
The development in front of the club rooms in coming along and is scheduled to be completed before the end of December and hopefully in time for the club's Annual Christmas party on December 16th. The fat fellow in red will attend and there will be refreshing drinks at very very reasonable prices.
To finish it is not always the person that has the most experience and the most knowledge that takes charge. This was borne our recently when the youngest senior player and the oldest senior player came together at the wicket in a C Grade game. Cam Snookes, who was on
debut at senior level, had been batting for a while and was doing ok when a wicket fell at the other end and he was joined by his captain, club president and the clubs oldest regular player Paul Stormy Summers.
As Paul strode to the crease with only a few overs left in play until the tea break, he was confronted by the stern faced 12 year old who simply said to the 20 tear club veteran, “Now - don't you do anything stupid Stormy! That's just gold from a player so young. To realise the situation in the game and to freely give advice to the most senior player and person in the club with that level of confidence is remarkable. Or there is the possibility that Cam had no idea who the hell Stormy was and just didn't want to get run out. The two ended up putting on a productive partnership and Cam, as previously mentioned went on to score 54 in a solid win. That 54 by the way included not a single boundary. He made them in 1 and twos and threes. Until Stormy got there and told him in no uncertain terms that there would be no threes, and anything that might look like a two was indeed a one. The young bull and the old bull eh? More next month. Matt Dunell.
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