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35th ANGAIR annual wildflower & art show
BanksiaAs Spring approaches, preparations are well underway for the 35th Annual ANGAIR Wildflower Show and Art Show. The ANGAIR Show has been an annual event since its inception in 1970. The Show is not only an important local event, but is also a highlight of Victoria's wildflower calendar. It celebrates that special time of year when the unique bush and heathland surrounding Anglesea and Aireys Inlet is transformed by the appearance of showy wattles, heath and pea flowers...story>>
Tips for the Spring Swooping Season
Magpie feeding its youngSeptember 2004
Spring has arrived and with it the need for extra caution in the great outdoors, as some of Australia's bird species take drastic action. Spring heralds the start of the breeding season for species including magpies, mynas, butcherbirds and masked lapwings...
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$13.5 million land and transport plan
Click here to visit photo galleryMonday, September 6, 2004
A new 20-year land and transport plan, unveiled in Jan Juc today by the the Premier, Steve Bracks, will ensure Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road is preserved for future generations. Mr Bracks said the Government had committed more than $13.5 million to the Great Ocean Road Region Strategy, which will protect the area from inappropriate development while improving roads and transport...story>>
Premier announces $600,000 boost for G21 projects
Geelong Region Strategic PlanClick here to visit photo galleryMonday, 6 September 2004
A blueprint to capitalise on the strong economic and population growth expected in the Geelong region over the next 20 years today received a $600,000 boost from the Victorian Government. The Premier, Steve Bracks, and the Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, said the funding would assist the G21 Geelong Region Alliance implement and facilitate key projects identified in the Geelong Region Strategic Plan...story>>
Maternal and Child Health funding boost
Community Services Minister, Sherryl GarbuttMonday, September 6, 2004
Community Services Minister, Sherryl Garbutt, today announced a $25,000 funding boost to improve access to Maternal and Child Health Services for families and children in the Surfcoast Shire. Visiting the Anglesea Maternal and Child Health Service, Ms Garbutt said the funding boost would make a real difference to the delivery of MCHS across the Shire, particularly in Anglesea...story>>
$1.5 million Book Bonanza funding
Monday, September 6, 2004
Victoria's public libraries can go on a $1.5 million book buying spree following the announcement today of the Book Bonanza grants by Local Government Minister, Candy Broad. Announcing the Book Bonanza grants at the Torquay Library, Ms Broad said the funding would help public libraries replenish books stocks and other resources including CDs and DVDs. Victorian libraries will receive a total of $5 million over three years from the program...story>>
Highest month ever for building permits
Monday, September 6, 2004
Victoria's building industry has broken another record, with building activity hitting $1.55 billion in July – making it the highest month for building permit approvals ever. The all-time-high of $1.55 billion in July was also up 22.5 per cent on July 2003. Minister for Planning, Mary Delahunty said July 2004 also marked another first for the building industry with the state recording its 17th consecutive month of building activity above $1 billion...story>>
New train station for Geelong
The Minister for Transport, Mr Peter BatchelorMonday, September 6, 2004
The Minister for Transport, Mr Peter Batchelor today announced Marshall would be the name of the new train station to be located in the southern suburbs of Geelong. Mr Batchelor said it was an appropriate name for the station, which was located on Marshalltown Road, in the locality of Marshall. "There were some very compelling entries submitted into the naming competition for this station...story>>
Leunig, Spooner & Petty
Leunig7 September 2004
Little Malop Gallery has brought together the work of Michael Leunig, John Spooner and Bruce Petty in an exhibition of their etchings, engravings and monoprints. These three artists have found notoriety over the years as contributors to the Age newspaper, and their ongoing work for the Australian media has made them household names and an undeniable part of contemporary Australian culture...story>>
$10 million dairy factory proposed for Winchelsea
September 7, 2004
JOBS, economic growth and community prosperity will be flow-on benefits of a proposed $10 million dairy factory in Winchelsea, according to Surf Coast Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson. Cr Davidson said the Shire was working closely with milk broker, United Diary Power, to determine a suitable site for the factory which meets the needs of both community and developer and takes into account amenity issues of noise, odour...story>>
New rate options for Pensioners
7 September 2004
SURF COAST pensioners, low-income earners and eligible ratepayers will now have a cheaper and more streamlined approach to deferring rate payments following amendment of the Shire’s hardship policy. Under the new rate deferral scheme, passed by Council on June 15, rates deferred will now attract interest of around 7%, in contrast to the penalty rate of 12%per annum. The new scheme interest rate will be tied to the local government borrowing rate and will incur an additional 1% administration fee...story>>

Surf Coast Councillor discusses coastal pressures at Geelong Forum
September 7, 2004
Spectacular and unprecedented change has been a constant item on the Surf Coast Shire Council agenda for the last ten years. Rapid population growth, increased 'urban' community expectations, high property prices, increased development pressures, and a spiralling number of visitors who want to share the lifestyle and magnificent coastal environment, could threaten what makes this area so attractive...story>>

Grand Final - Dolphins do it again!
Rack'em & Crack'em - The SurfCoast Pool Comp Newsletter
Issue 21, 09/09/2004
Dolphins Pool Team - Surfcoast Pool Comp Winners, 2004The Dolphins from Lorne regained the shield on Wednesday night in the closest Grand Final we have had for many years. The match went down to the last game in a night of fluctuating fortunes. F-Troop won the first two games, Dolphins won the next four. At the end of the singles it was 4-2 Dolphins way. F-Troop then won the first two doubles games, evening up the match...results>>
From the G21 Chair
G21 Chair, Cr Coopes14 September 2004
G21 is now a Company Limited and has secured Local and State Government funding to continue the great work started by so many people and organisations across the region. Premier Steve Bracks and Minister John Brumby announced $600,000 State Government funding for G21 over 3 years at the Community Cabinet meeting held in the Surf Coast Shire Offices on 6th September...story>>
Community Cabinet at Surf Coast
14 September 2004
G21 was just one small part of a big day for the Surf Coast Community Cabinet with the major announcement being $13.5m funding to support implementation of the Great Ocean Road Strategy. The State Government funding for G21 of $600,000 is exactly what we were seeking and thanks must go to a number of people including our G21 “Political Champion” Michael Crutchfield and colleagues in Lisa Neville, Elaine Carbines, John Eren and Ian Trezise who have certainly been promoting our cause in Spring Street...story>>
Colac Otway Shire appoints new CEO
Gary Dolan16 September, 2004
Gary Dolan, Colac Otway Shire's General Manager Infrastructure has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer following a special meeting of Council last night. Mr Dolan will remain in the role until new CEO Tracey Slatter takes over on November 1, 2004...story>>
Funding Available For Local Sporting Clubs
21 September 2004
Colac Otway Shire's Recreation Unit is currently facilitating applications under two separate funding schemes. The 2005 Country Action Grants comprises four categories: Improving Organisations, Enhancing Skills, Including Everyone and Victalent which provides financial assistance for organisations to support developing athletes, coaches, officials and teams who must travel extensively to participate in training or competition...
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Youth Encouragement Award
Leandra Convery-Oborne21 September 2004
A dedicated volunteer with young people and the disabled, Leandra Convery-Oborne has won the Shire's Youth Encouragement Award. Leandra was presented with $500 at a special presentation ceremony at COPACC last night (September 14) with the money designed to go towards advancing the winner's talents...story>>
Musical Voyage on its way to COPACC
21 September 2004
An exciting community performance event - "Voyages" - is coming to Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre on October 16 at 8pm. The Voyages project is being developed in partnership with the CEMA Arts Centre in Portland and will feature up to 60 local musicians and singers from Colac Otway and Glenelg Shires...story>>
State commits $500,000 for children's service hub
L to R - MP, Michael Crutchfield MLA, Community Services Minister, Hon. Sherryl Garbutt and Surf Coast Mayor CR. Beth Davidson September 28, 2004
SURF Coast Shire is one step closer to acquiring a children's service hub with the Victorian Government today committing $500,000 towards the project. The Children's Hub will cater to the growing number of families who live in Torquay, Jan Juc and Bells Beach areas, and will be providing child and maternal health services, double unit kindergarten, playgroup room occasional care, in-venue family day care, visiting specialists and a toy library...story>>
Alcoa Earthwatch fellow returns from Iceland
Icelandic landscape28 September 2004
The Station Chemist from Alcoa's Anglesea Power Station has returned from Iceland where she studied glacial areas as an Earthwatch Institute fellow. Maryann Thorp was one of 16 Alcoa employees chosen world-wide to participate in the Earthwatch program that places them in some of the world's most remarkable ecosystems to carry out research under the guidance of leading research scientists...story>>
Percy visits Anglesea
Giant Pig Race for very special kids29 September 2004
The're big, the're pink and the're racing around Victoria until the 17th October raising money for the Very Special Kids' annual fundraising appeal. This year's theme is 'The Great Race', with the participants being five giant pink piggy banks, each individually named and each being accommondied by a volunteer support team....story>>
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Remembering
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The
End of a Voyage:
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William Buckley:
A Timeline

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Local History:
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Xanthorrhoea:
our local Grass Trees

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