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Business Awards Night Approaching
November 1, 2004
The finalists have been announced and everything is in place for the announcement of winners in the Powercor Colac Otway Business Awards for 2004 this Friday (November 5) at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre. Master Of Ceremonies, Grant Johnstone will host the evening which sees the presentation of awards in fourteen categories: Going Greener, Retail, Professional Service, Trade Service,...story>>
Making backyard frog ponds
2 November 2004
In the Alcoa September Anglesea Environment Report, there is an informative article about our local frogs and what you can do to encourage them to live in your garden. Follow the link to find out more about our local frogs and listen to what they sound like. You can also download the September Environment Report as a pdf document...September Environment Report>>
Help Clean Up Mobile Phones
Clean Up Australia4 November 2004
Surf Coast Shire is calling all residents to donate their old mobile phones to Clean Up Australia for recycling during National Recycling Week, from 8 - 14 November. Surf Coast mayor Cr Beth Davidson said National Recycling Week was a good opportunity for people to dig out their old mobile phones and put them to good use....story>>

“Reflections at the Villa”

Opening Thursday 2nd December 2004 at 5pm. Exhibition open 3rd, 4th, 5th & 9th,10th December from 11-5pm. Your chance to exhibit in “Reflections at the Villa” in Torquay's classic old home “Sea View Villa” Cnr Anderson & Pearl St


Taking ACTION on women’s health
Boots5 November 2004
This year, more than 1200 women in Australia will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over 700 women will die from the disease - almost double the number of women who will die on our roads. By the time most women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it has spread to other parts of the body and the survival rate is less than 30%...story>>
Refugees Welcome
5 November 2004
Surf Coast Shire has joined 52 other local councils across Australia in declaring the Shire a "Refugee Welcome Zone". Cr Glenda Shomaly, who raised the issue at Tuesday night's council meeting, said that the declaration was a way of demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing the cultural diversity of local communities. "By doing this, we are making a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees to our community," Cr Shomaly said...story>>
Peregrine Falcons at Alcoa Anglesea
Peregrine Falcon chick10 November 2004
Four rare Peregrine Falcon chicks have been born in a nesting box constructed by employees at Alcoa's Anglesea Power Station. The news of the successful hatchings were confirmed last week when Alcoa employees, members of the Victorian Peregrine Project and students of the Anglesea Primary School retrieved the chicks, 2 male and 2 female, from their elevated home to band and name all four...story>>
'Look before you leap' this summer warn chiropractors
Play it safe this summer15 November 2004
As part of Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Week, 15 - 21 November, chiropractors are warning parents to make sure their children "look before they leap" and take care when enjoying the great outdoors this summer. Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA) National President, Dr Andrew Lawrence, said the summer holiday period saw a big increase in outdoor activities, coinciding with a rise in spine and neck related injuries...story>>
Here He Comes The Suburban Beast
Craig, Jeff and Bruce15 November 2004
Mick Jagger said that he hoped he wouldn't be singing (I Can't Get no) Satisfaction when he turned 50. He did. Pete Townsend said he hoped he'd die before he got old, he didn't. What happens when we reach a certain age, apart apart from physical impairment and faccidity. We only have to drop The Hornet's new CD The Suburban Beast to find out...story>>
Tell Me a Story
15 November 2004
The benefits of reading to, and with, children are greatly underestimated. It is much more than simply an easy, fun way to help children develop reading skills. Reading to and with children also assists with the development of language skills generally, encourages imagination, the ability to think abstractly and to think beyond themselves and their immediate environment. Additional to this, sharing a book can provide a wonderful opportunity to develop positive...story>>
Funding gives green-light to Roo Research
KangarooTuesday 16 November, 2004
A generous donation from Alcoa Anglesea will enable vital research into Anglesea's Kangaroo population. A joint venture with researchers from Melbourne University will proceed, thanks to Alcoa's community grant of $1,000 to the Kangaroo Advisory Group (KAG) overseeing the project. Honours student Helen Catanchin will study Anglesea's famous kangaroos over the next four months, under the guidance of kangaroo research expert Dr. Graeme Coulson...story>>
Puppeteers join in High Tide Festivities
High Tide 200516 November 2004
IN CELEBRATION of the 10th Surf Coast High Tide Festival, budding puppeteers are urged to design and showcase puppet creations at the community parade in Torquay on Saturday, 4 December. Shire arts officer, Julie Dyer, said this year's festival, December 3 - 5, would celebrate the diverse talents and lifestyles of the Surf Coast community with the parade featuring local musicians, visual artists, the surf culture and surfing automobiles, along with giant puppetry creations designed by local primary school students...story>>
Trudi Harley "Bloom"
Roses by Trudi Harley17 November - 1 December
Little Malop Gallery presents “Bloom” by Trudi Harley, an exhibition of super-realistic paintings of larger than life flowers. Harley’s big canvasses crop in close to full-petalled blooms from her garden, creating rich and beautifully drafted compositions. The scale of these works gives them an exquisite, contemporary edge...story>>
Old fashioned methods wins award for the Colac Botanic Gardens
Colac Botanic Gardens in flower18 November 2004
Colac Otway Shire's Botanic Gardens has won the Victorian State Award in the inaugural Australian Local Government Flower Garden Awards. The awards, sponsored by Bedding Plants Australia (BPA), aim to acknowledge the work done by Councils in creating gardens in public places...story>>
Landowners Urged To Reduce Bushfire Risks
November 19, 2004
As the warmer weather approaches and the risk of fire increases it is important for all Colac Otway Shire residents and landowners to cut and clear fire hazardous materials from their properties. Municipal Fire Prevention Officer David Fenn has been monitoring the risk of fire hazards and urged property owners to clear up debris and cut long grass and weeds before the fire danger period begins...story>>
Meet the Candidates
Leonie Dillon, 20 November 2004
In the run up to the shire elections, the Surf Coast Women's Network held a 'Get to know your candidate' evening at the Anglesea Golf Club last Thursday. Of the 20 candidates standing, 13 were able to attend. Each candidate was given 5 minutes to present themselves as potential councillors, to outline their aims and objectives and to answer questions from the audience. Anglesea Online was there and recorded the evening. Follow the link to find out more about the candidates and listen to what they had to say...story>>
VEAC'S final report due 24 November
Otways meet the sea22 November 2004
The Final Report Victorian Environmental Assessment Council's Angahook-Otway Investigation into a new, larger national park in the Otways will be handed over to the Minister for the Environment on November 24. VEAC's Draft Proposals Paper received 715 submissions with initial analysis showing approximately 1000 different proposals. "The Draft Proposals Paper showed the community the proposed 'lines on the map' for the first time and in response there have been many very detailed submissions...story>>
Great Ride along a Great Road
Great Victorian Bike Ride22 November 2004
The Great Ocean Road will host this year’s VicRoads Great Victorian Bike Ride with thousands of cyclists participating in the nine-day, 570km adventure. More than 7,000 riders are expected to pedal their way through the region, starting their adventure at Port Fairy on Saturday 27 November and concluding the odyssey at Geelong on Sunday 5 December. It is the world’s largest fully supported bicycle adventure. The Ride is made possible by volunteers...story>>
Population Statistics now online
22 November 2004
DID you know that population across The Surf Coast Shire population is forecast to grow by 11,300 to reach 32,209 by the year 2016 and that young families and retirees will be the key drivers of this growth? Well, now the Surf Coast Shire web site @ can provide you with a wealth of data on population change and growth within the region...story>>
Maintenance to interrupt Sunday TV
Anglesea retransmission tower23 November 2004
Anglesea television viewers hoping to watch the Aussies punish the Kiwis at the cricket in Adelaide this Sunday may have their enjoyment interrupted. Contractors will be completing essential maintenance work on the Anglesea retransmission tower between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday 28 November. This will mean shutting down the UHF signal for all television channels during this time....story>>
National taskforce formed to present sea change councils
24 November 2004
SURF Coast Shire will benefit from the formal constitution of the National Sea Change Taskforce which will promote the interests of councils affected by the rapid shift in population growth to coastal areas, Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson said.
Cr Davidson said the movement of population to the coast around Australia is gathering momentum and is placing enormous pressure on councils in coastal regions...story>>
Minor Grants Scheme delivers $13,000
24 November 2004
FAMILY, youth, aged, recreational and cultural organisations are key recipients of this round of Surf Coast Shire minor grants scheme, which delivered more than $13,000 to 29 community groups. Speaking at the funding presentation, Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson, said the minor grants scheme was an essential means of funding worthwhile ventures and facilities that enhanced people's wellbeing...story>>
Kookaburra: King of the Bush
the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)25 November 2004
BOOK REVIEW: Kookaburra: King of the Bush is the result of PhD research by the author, Sarah Legge. It sets out clearly and in great detail the life cycle of this best-known Australian bird, the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). Of the four kookaburra species, three are in New Guinea, which shares the Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leacheii) with us...story>>
2005 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards
Geelong Gallery News25 November 2004
Entries are now invited for the 2005 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards. Entry forms are available at reception or by phoning the Gallery on (03) 5229 3645. An exhibition of selected prints will be held at the Geelong Gallery from 3 June to 31 July 2005. Sponsored by the Geelong Gallery Grasshoppers, this $4,000 acquisitive award recognises the contemporary print collection at Geelong as one of the Gallery’s particular strengths. Closing date for entries is Friday 29 April 2005...more gallery news>>
Volunteer Small Grants Available
November 25, 2004
The Department of Victorian Community's Victorian Volunteer Small Grants are provided directly to organisations that wish to extend local volunteering opportunities. Grants of up to $5,000 are now available for projects such as: The provision of computers for a projects encouraging young volunteers to help older people learn basic computer, email or internet skills, running a publicity campaign to attract new volunteers with disabilities...story>>
Surf Coast Shire Election Results
Libby Mears, a new face on council27 November 2004
Surf Coast Shire has a new look council after 20 candidates stood for nine positions in a poll which saw the end of the ward system and proportional voting used for the first time. New faces are Rose Hodge, Libby Mears, Jim Tutt, Dean Webster, Rolly Livingstone and Ron Humphrey. Three former councillors were re-elected at the poll: outgoing mayor Beth Davidson...story>>
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