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Possible Algae Outbreak On Lake Colac
February 1, 2005
Colac Otway Shire officers have observed a green discolouration of water in Lake Colac near the Lake Colac Caravan Park. Tests of the water will be taken and sent for analysis to assess whether or not there is a blue green algae bloom and determine the level and type of algae present. Signs have been placed in the suspect areas of the Lake warning the public that contact with blue green algae may cause skin irritation. Officers are advising people who may come into contact with affected water to wash their eyes and other parts of the body...story>>
Coast Walker Puts Best Foot Forward
coast walker Lynn Murrell with Surf Coast Shire Mayor Cr Keith Grossman1 February 2005
Surf Coast mayor Cr Keith Grossman yesterday welcomed coast walker Lynn Murrell when he arrived at Bells Beach on his 2,000 km solo walk around the Victorian coastline. Mr Murrell, who has many years of voluntary service to both local government and coastal management, began the walk on 4 January at the South Australian border and plans to get to New South Wales by the end of April. He has been a community representative on many coastal organizations over the past 30 years...story>>
Planning For The Future Of Colac Otway Shire
February 3, 2005
Colac Otway Shire is conducting a series of workshops to give members of the public the chance to have a say in the development of the four year Council Plan. These workshops will be held in four areas across the Shire: Colac, Apollo Bay, Birregurra and Beeac. There is potential to hold another workshop in Colac depending upon demand. Colac Otway Shire's CEO, Tracey Slatter said she believed it was essential that the community had input into the setting of Councils' priorities...story>>
Happy Healthy Families
Be Active, Eat WellFebruary 3, 2005
A new 6-week program to help parents make healthy lifestyle choices is starting at Bluewater Fitness Centre on Friday, February 11. Happy Healthy Families is a part of the 'Be Active, Eat Well' project and aims to help participants gain knowledge and skills in healthy eating, physical activity, parenting and self esteem. The program will run during school hours and will include the provision of transport and onsite childcare to alleviate some of the barriers to participating...story>>
Don't swim in stormwater
4 February 2005
Recent EPA readings have prompted Surf Coast Shire to remind residents and visitors not to swim near stormwater drains after heavy rain. Along the coast in particular, these drains typically empty into local creeks, rivers or onto the beach. Stormwater from drains, rivers and streams can affect water quality on nearby beaches and in the waterways themselves...story>>
Parks, roads and walking tracks closed due to flooding and storm damage
Monday 7 February 2005
Flooding, fallen trees and other storm damage have created many risk issues in parks and forest areas across Victoria. Parks Victoria and DSE are assessing the storm damage in parks, reserves and state forests across the state, and have already begun a major clean up. Visitors to parks are urged to be cautious particularly around trees, which may have been damaged or weakened by the storm activity. Otways Ranger In Charge Will Cox advised that roads, campgrounds and walking tracks within a number of parks and reserves would be closed until further notice...story>>
Long Lunch For A Great Cause
February 7, 2005
The 2005 World's Longest Lunch in Memorial Square will feature the very best regional gourmet produce, wine and entertainment according to event organisers. The event, which will be held on Friday, March 11 from 12pm to 4pm, is part of the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. This year the five-course "Banquet Under The Elms" will feature Funky jazz band, Hot Club Swing with all proceeds donated towards Colac Area Health's $14 million Aged Care Facility redevelopment, due to commence later this year...story>>
South-West Food Producers Group To Be Launched This Month
February 8, 2005
Eel products, buffalo cheese, ice-cream, berries, olives, baked goods, fine wine and seafood will be just some of the items on the menu when the Great South Coast Food and Wine Group is officially launched next month. More than 70 food and wine producers from Portland through to Colac are already members of the group, with organisers hoping to bolster numbers through the six member councils - Colac Otway, Glenelg, Southern Grampians, Moyne, Warrnambool, and Corangamite. Colac Otway Shire's Tourism Development Coordinator, Georgina Wheeler said the six councils had provided the group...story>>
Surf Coast tackles speed on residential streets
8 February 2005
Last week saw the launch of the Surf Coast Shire's Not so Fast campaign. A mobile speed advisory sign is the latest weapon in the campaign to stop motorists speeding on residential roads, particularly around schools, shopping precincts and retirement villages. The Shire's speed sign will be positioned in streets where there is a known speeding problem or a high level of residential complaints. The electronic sign will be shifted to different locations across the Shire and will advise and display motorist speed...story>>
Arthur Wicks - Global Images notes from the Solstice Voyeur
Geelong Gallery - until 20 March 2005
Arthur Wicks is a Solstice Voyeur. Sounds kinky, and it is ... in a cerebral kind of way.Over the past two decades, Arthur Wicks has travelled the world, tracking summer and winter solstices - those points in the year when the world tips on its axis and the sun moves higher or lower in the sky. He takes up a position above the city - on the Berlin Kunstlerhaus or the Hamburg Kunstverein or the Art Gallery of New South Wales...story>>
Dreams and Memories
February 2005
Dreams and Memories is the February exhibition at Ocean Gallery in Torquay's Surfworld Museum by sisters Lurien Webb and Andrea Clifford. Both Artists are working across a range of media including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture and demonstrate a strong connection to the ocean and changing nature of the beach and surrounding environment. "Our dreams make us unique"- Lurien and Andreas' interpretations of their dreams...story>>
It's time to have your say on Victoria's Fire Management
Thursday, 10 February, 2005
The Discussion Paper for the future direction of managing fire on Victoria's public land has been released and now is the time for the community to review it and comment. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is updating its Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land, and is calling on all Victorians to have their say on the direction of the Code for the next 10 years. The Discussion Paper is the next phase of the review process and the community has one month to provide comment...story>>
Go For Your Life - Seniors' Week 2005
February 10, 2005
Seniors from across the region are preparing for a week of socialising, entertainment and activities. The Shire's Aged and Disability Services unit is coordinating a week of varied activities to recognise Seniors' Week which runs from March 15 to March 23. This year organisers have extended the program by three days to enable more people to participate...story>>
Alpine National Park safety
Friday 11 February 2005
The Captain of the remote Licola Fire Brigade, in the mountains of Gippsland Victoria, has asked the State Coroner to hold the Government and bureaucrats accountable for manslaughter from deaths resulting from a fire in or escaping from the Alpine National Park. Captain Ralph Barraclough said that while the government pushed legislation to hold industry accountable for workplace safety it seemed hell bent on neglecting the safety of the Alpine National Park and adding to the fire danger...story>>
Shoppers have GE-free poultry win
Friday February 11, 2005
Australia's top three poultry product suppliers - Ingham, Bartter-Steggel and Baiada - agreed today to ban genetically engineered (GE) grain from their animal feed. These companies grow 80% of the chicken supply. This is a great win for Australian shoppers. "Thousands of shoppers, organised by Greenpeace and a coalition of others, scored a decisive victory for honesty, food safety and quality today," says GeneEthics Network Director, Bob Phelps. "We congratulate the chicken industry on its decisive rejection of GE soy and corn from the USA...story>>
Great Ocean Road Roadworks
Report as at Friday 11 February 2005 for period 14/2/05 - 18/2/05
The list below shows the works planned for the coming week. Please note that, in addition to the works listed, other maintenance work will sometimes be required for unforeseen events such as landslips or fallen trees. Motorists are requested to take notice of roadwork signing and obey all traffic instructions. Motorists are advised: the Great Ocean Road is not expected to be closed at any time due to these works, due to the narrowness of the available roadside...information>>
G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar
G21February 14, 2005
Colac Otway Shire is participating in two studies as part of the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar. The Sports Development and Regional Sports Infrastructure studies aim to provide a framework and strategies for the development of sport and sporting facilities. The studies have been jointly funded by the G21 Councils and Sport and Recreation Victoria...story>>
Volunteer Small Equipment Grants
February 14, 2005
Funding of up to $3000 is now available from the Federal Government under its Volunteer Small Equipment Grant program for community organisations to purchase equipment that supports volunteers by making the workplace safer or more efficient. Priority will be given to organisations that have relatively small operating budgets...story>>
Winchelsea Facelift
14 February 2005
Winchelsea township will receive a $30,000 facelift in the coming autumn. Surf Coast Shire mayor Cr Keith Grossman said the money would be spent improving and reinstating landscaping in the centre of the town, in accordance with the town streetscape plan. "Council's current budget include funds to plant more trees and replant and landscape garden beds near the main shopping precinct, from the post office to the river bank," Cr Grossman said...story>>
Winchelsea Grandstand Heritage Listed
Winchelsea Grandstand14 February 2005
Surf Coast Mayor Cr Keith Grossman today welcomed the announcement that the War Memorial Grandstand and Gates at Eastern Reserve Winchelsea were now listed in the Victorian Heritage Register. The memorial precinct, which commemorates the wartime military service of people from Winchelsea and district, joins 27 other listed sites in the Shire The grandstand was opened in 1923 with a meeting place for the RSL and Legion of Ex-service Men and Women in its under croft...story>>
Kyoto Protocol becomes international law
14 February 2005

Climate Change action to highlight Australia's missed opportunities as the Kyoto Protocol becomes international law! On the 16th of February the Kyoto Protocol will come into effect after Russia recently joined the global community by signing-on to the agreement. To mark the event, Victorian environment organisations, including Friends of the Earth, Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace and Environment Victoria will come together in a colourful display on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne to protest the federal government's inaction...story>>
Local public libraries proud supporters of Pako Festa
Geelong Regional Library Corporation Logo14 February 2004
The Geelong Regional Library Corporation is delighted to be involved with this year's Pako Festa this year held this Thursday February 24. GRLC and Geelong Writers Inc are co-hosting Polyglots at Pako Festa. Now in its 9th year, Polyglots will feature readings by local authors Bev Roberts and Susan Kruss. Includes the announcement of the winner of the “Arrival” writing competition, with winners reading their entries...information>>
Anglesea Fire Brigade gets red hot donation
Wednesday February 16, 2005
Anglesea Fire Brigade will be even better equipped to fight fires following a $32,000 donation from Alcoa Australia, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Tim Holding, said today. Presenting a cheque to the CFA today, Mr Holding said the money would be used to build a new garage, known as a satellite station, to house a fire tanker on the west side of town. "The new satellite station means the brigade will be able to respond rapidly to...story>>
Alcoa welcomes National Pollutant Inventory update
16 February 2005
The 2005 update of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) for the 2003-2004 reporting period shows Alcoa continues to provide comprehensive reporting of emissions to the Australian community by sharing information and data on its operations. Alcoa Anglesea Manager Mr Phil Cooke said data reported to the NPI provided the community with accurate information on emissions and Alcoa's record of meeting its environmental commitments...story>>
Sports Expo As Part Of Kana
February 16, 2005
A Sports Expo will be held in Colac Otway Shire as part of the Kana Festivities on March 19. The Shire and Leisure Networks are organising the Expo to provide the opportunity for sport and recreation clubs to showcase their organisation's activities. Leisure Networks Recreation and Disability Officer, David Schram said the expo would be a very worthwhile way for clubs to promote their facilities and programs in an effort to increase membership...story>>
Ash Wednesday, 22 years on
16 February 2005
After a long hot summer and drought 22 years ago, one of the worst fires in Victoria's history burnt from Deans Marsh through to Anglesea, destroying 729 homes and claiming four lives. In memory of those lives lost and those who's lives were changed forever, here is an account written by local Anglesea resident Lea Quail in 1998 of the event and its aftermath...story>>
Funding For Colac Marketing Strategy
February 17, 2005
Colac Otway Shire, in conjunction with Otway Business Inc, has received $7000 from the State Government to prepare a Marketing Strategy which will promote the region's strengths and attract new investment by identifying opportunities to invest, work and live in Colac. The Project, partially funded by Council and Otway Business Inc will see the creation of a brand for Colac and policy guidelines for its use, style guides, a marketing plan and a program for implementation...story>>
Permanent Water Saving Rules from March 1
Monday, February 21, 2005
Water saving will become a part of everyday life for Melburnians for the first time with the introduction of permanent water saving rules from March 1, the Premier, Steve Bracks, announced today. Mr Bracks said the new rules would replace the Stage 2 restrictions now in force and would become the first permanent water use regulations in the city's history...story>>
Surf Coast Clean-up Army Targets Torquay Reserve
February 22, 2005
SURF Coast's 150-strong staff clean-up army will be out in force on Tuesday 1 March to take part in a major rubbish removal initiative - Business Clean-up Day - at Torquay's Deep Creek Reserve. At 9am on Tuesday, the mayor, Cr Keith Grossman, and CEO, Peter Bollen, will join fellow employees in a three-hour mission to rid the reserve of rubbish. Once collected, garbage will be sorted for recycling and waste disposal...story>>
Surf Coast Shire Pathways Strategy Workshops
22 February 2005
Improvements to our walking and cycling path network were amongst the highest ranked needs in the Surf Coast Shire Community Plan. As a result the Surf Coast Shire has prepared a Shire wide Pathways Strategy. The Shire has collected details of all existing pathways and have produced township plans showing their location. Potential pathway linkages have been identified on these plans and these include footpaths, shared pathways, on-road bike lanes and walking tracks...story>>
Anglesea Primary School
24 February 2005
Car Boot Sale & Sausage Sizzle: Yes we are holding a car boot sale. Time to clean out those cupboards and garage and bring all your unwanted treasures to school to sell. The sale will be on Saturday March 12th, 9am – 1pm. There will also be a Sausage Sizzle on the day...information>>
Great Ocean Road Roadworks
Report as at Friday 25 February 2005 for period 26/02/05 - 04/03/05
The list below shows the works planned for the coming week. Please note that, in addition to the works listed, other maintenance work will sometimes be required for unforeseen events such as landslips or fallen trees. Motorists are requested to take notice of roadwork signing and obey all traffic instructions...information>>
Anglesea Golf Club News
Friday 25th February 2005
A reminder to members that subscriptions are due by Tuesday 1st March. Members can pay by sending a cheque or credit card details in the post, ringing through their credit card details over the phone or paying in person at the office. There is a two part payment plan for Ordinary and Senior members who wish to take up that option. Bag Tags and syllabus can be collected at the office or sent on request...news>>
Duck Hunters must be prepared
27 February 2005
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is urging duck hunters to make sure they are completely prepared for the 2005 season, starting on Saturday 19 March. Hunters should check the accuracy of their bird identification skills and make sure that their game licences are current. Anyone found shooting without a valid licence will face stiff penalties...story>>
Robert Ingpen - Peter Pan
Robert Ingpen - Peter Panuntil 10 April
An exhibition of original illustrations by the noted artist, Robert Ingpen, who was invited by the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London to illustrate the centenary edition of the classic story Peter Pan and Wendy. Australian royalties from sales of the book will be donated to the Barwon Health Foundation Gala Appeal, for the redevelopment of the Emergency Depart...information>>
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Remembering
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End of a Voyage:
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William Buckley:
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