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December
Fire fighting helicopter after re-fillingPhoto GalleryDay one of November's Otway fires
1 December 2003
On the last weekend of November, during stormy weather along Victoria's coast, lightning struck in the Otways starting several fires. On Sunday 30 November fire fighters from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Parks Victoria and the CFA were...
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Update on Otways and Anglesea fires
1 December 2003
1500 hrs
As the Otway and Anglesea fires are steadily brought under control, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and CFA are reminding local residents to be prepared for the coming fire season. "Fortunately, yesterday's rain and today's mild weather conditions have allowed us to consolidate control lines around the fires," said the...
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Gum Flats fireOtways fires declared controlled
3 December, 2003
The four fires in the Otways, started by lightning strikes have all been declared Under Control. Since Sunday, teams of fire fighters from DSE, DPI, Parks Victoria and the CFA have been deployed to fires in the Anglesea, Hordern Vale and Chapple Vale areas. The Ingoldsby Fire was contained on Sunday night and...
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Planning application for Anglesea aged care facility
11 December 2003
Developer Blue Cross Community Care Services Group has recently lodged a planning application with the Surf Coast Shire for a 60-bed aged care facility in Anglesea. The home will accommodate both high care and low care residents...
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Planning applications urged to "get it right first up"
16 December 2003
Surf Coast Shire Council is tonight expected to approve a State-supported trial, designed to free up its staff to determine more planning applications more quickly. Described as "carrot and stick" approach, the council will next year run a six-month trial of two measures...
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New youth strategy for Surf Coast Shire
18 December, 2003
THE SURF Coast Shire is urging the community to get involved in the development of a new youth strategy that will give young people support and guidance and innovative employment, educationand lifestyle opportunities...
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Torquay Easter trading exemption
23 December 2003
Surf Coast mayor Cr Beth Davidson says the government decision to exempt Torquay shops from Easter trading bans is a sensible response to community expectations. The Minister for Small Business Marsha Thompson has advised the mayor of the exemption, which means Torquay shops can trade on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday...
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Financial Framework for the Future
23 December 2003
Surf Coast Shire Council last night unanimously adopted an updated version of one of its most important guiding documents - the five-year financial plan. The document, known as the Strategic Resource Allocation Plan or "SRAP", reviews and updates the original version prepared in January 2003...
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New uniforms for information centre volunteersNew Uniforms for information centre volunteers
24 December 2003
Surf Coast Shire visitor information centre volunteers have a new uniform.
The bright aqua polo shirts feature the Surf Coast Tourism logo as a motif on the collar and armbands. "The new uniforms create a synergy between the information centres and the Shire, making this a fresh, new update," tourism officer Glenn Jones says...
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Fun in the sun for free
24 December 2003
Have fantastic fun in the sun this summer – for free!
1 January 2004 to 14 January 2004. Join in the fun of the fantastic and free ‘Summer by the Sea’ beach activities with Coast Action/Coastcare this summer, between Thursday, 1 January 2004 to Wednesday, 14 January 2004...
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Summer by the Sea‘Summer by the Sea’ program
24 December 2003
Activities are FREE of charge and require BOOKINGS unless otherwise stated. Remember to be Sunsmart at all daytime activites - wear a hat, a shirt, sunscreen. And bring a drink. For walks, wear sturdy shoes and B.Y.O. insect repellent. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian...
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Cool Communities
24 December 2003
Merry Christmas everyone. As a Christmas Eve present Anglesea has now been branded a Cool Community. Our funding application to the Australian Greenhouse Office was successful and we received the letter of confirmation yesterday. Anglesea was one of only two communities in Victoria to be chosen...
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January
Geoff McQualter - "Landfall"Geoff McQualter - "Discovery Series"
runs from 3 - 18 January 2004
Melbourne artist Geoff McQualter is exhibiting his "Discovery Series" of paintings / assemblages at Little Malop Gallery. McQualter's interest is in the world of exploration, setting out for new lands and charting new territories. In creating this series, he gives us a metaphorical glimpse of his own journey...
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Notice of intention to declare special charges
14 January 2004
The Surf Coast Shire Council, on Tuesday 16 December, 2003, notified its intention to declare three Special Charges under Section 163 of the Local Government Act 1989 for the purposes of recouping costs incurred by the Council associated with the proposed construction of the following road and drainage works: Elizabeth St, Anglesea & Strathmore Drive, Jan Juc..
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Exciting Hot Jazz At Minya By Moonlight
14 January 2004
1920's style Hot Traditional Jazz Band "Kanga Bentley's Hot Foot Seven with Gail Kingston" will be performing at Minya Winery on January the 24th 2004. The band, featuring "the woman with the very big voice" Jim McLeod ABC Jazztrack, will be performing a wide selection of hot tunes from the roaring twenties...story>>
Australia DayAustralia Day Celebrations
19 January 2004
Australia Day, the day we contemplate, consider and celebrate what it is to be an Australian is being held at the Anglesea River on 26 January 2004. Starting at 8.00am with Breakfast by the river, it is a combined community day, run by the Lion's Club, the Historical Society and the Combined Churches...
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William BuckleyInfamous convict returns to Anglesea
19 January 2004
SURF Coast Shire minor grants funding is helping to celebrate the life of infamous convict escapee, William Buckley, who endured starvation and isolation in the untamed colonial landscape of Victoria's south west in the early 1800's...
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The Big Arvo at Aireys Foodhaven

The Big Arvo at Aireys Foodhaven
Australia Day Weekend - The Biggest Arvo Music Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Soul Jazz R & B Country and Acoustic Guitar. A Feature of our music weekend is Melbourne based ex New Yorker Big Kev and his band Bay of Pigs. Joining us for a big Saturday night, and unplugged Big Sunday. Fresh from Albert Park Hotels Sunday music venue, Bay of Pigs...story>>

Garbage binHoliday Recycling & Garbage Drop Off Points
14 January 2004
Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne.
Between Monday 5 January and Monday 9 February 2004, Council is trialing a special household garbage and recyclables drop off service in Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne. These drop off points are for residents who will be away from their property at the times of their normal kerbside collection service...
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Lorne Golf Course development fails to meet State & Local Guidelines
14 January 2004
The Surf Coast Shire Council will not support a proposed 100-unit development next to an expanded Lorne golf course because it does not comply with local planning and State Government vegetation protection guidelines. The developers have provided no details to indicate the height, scale or appearance of the 100, two-storey unit development...story>>
Lorne Golf Course Planning Application Appeal
14 January 2004
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has approved a planning application to redevelop and expand the Lorne Golf Course after an appeal by the developers, which was heard early this month. The Surf Coast Shire's had decided in November not to support the application, after concern about the removal of native vegetation...
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February
Electoral Changes Accepted by Minister
12 February, 2004
Local Government Minister, Candy Broad, today endorsed reforms to the electoral structure and voting system of the Surf Coast Shire, as recommended by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Ms Broad said the Surf Coast Shire would be reconstituted as an un-subdivided council with nine councillors elected by proportional representation...
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Minor Community Grants 2004
18 February, 2004
The Surf Coast Shire Minor Community Grants Program provides up to $1000 to support local projects and activities which contribute to the diversity of our local communities and foster local involvement. The grants are offered twice per year in March and September...
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Duck hunters must take test
20 February, 2004
Duck hunters wishing to take part in the 2004 season must have passed a Waterfowl Identification Test before obtaining a game licence endorsed to hunt ducks. The 2004 duck season will open on 20 March and close at sunset on 16 May..
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Fuel Reduction BurnFuel Reduction Season Begins
24 February, 2004
Communities in parts of south west Victoria can expect to see smoke in the air as the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) begins its annual autumn burning program. DSE will be conducting burns from late February to May within selected parks, forests and reserves across the five South West Fire Districts...
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Remembering
Ash Wednesday

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The
End of a Voyage:
The story of the Inverlochy

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William Buckley:
A Timeline

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Local History:
Now & Then

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Xanthorrhoea:
our local Grass Trees

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Coastal
Gardening

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Anglesea
Wildsound

 
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