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Westconnect - The Geelong Ring Road
1 June 2004
From Cr. Ed Coppe, Mayor, City of Greater Geelong.
Your community needs your help today. We need your help to convince Canberra to fund Westconnect - The Geelong Ring Road. All you have to do is send another email from This is especially important now as the Federal Government is currently finalising its national roads funding program, to be announced on 7 June 2004...
Rack'em & Crack'em
Surf Coast Pool CompThe SurfCoast Pool Comp Newsletter
Issue 8, 11/06/2004
Dolphins had the biggest win this week, with a 7/2 over A-Team. The other games were all close ones (5/4) with two going down to the wire, last ball of the last game. Angleseamen beat Stickmen, Inlet Army beat Swampy Creek, and F-Troop had a narrow escape over Aireys...
Shire draft budget announced
Surf Coast ShireJune 15, 2004
SURF Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson, today announced the draft budget which delivers more than $6 million in capital works and a lower-than-expected rate rise, while remaining firmly committed to debt reduction, the Council's 5-year financial strategy and the new community plan - Your Visions...story>>
Anglesea Primary School News
16 June 2004
White Elephant Stall:This weekend is the one to clean out all your unwanted treasures and bring them along to school for the White Elephant stall. Bring along some unwanted toys, books, clothes, trinkets and even shed gear if you can get it away from your men or encourage them to go through the shed!!! Junior S is having the white elephant stall and you can start bringing along your gear. All unloved goods accepted!...information>>
Players wanted for new season
17 June 2004
We are coming to the end of the current sporting comps season. The next season for basketball and netball comps start mid July. There are vacancies for teams in the womens basketball, girls grade 4/5/6 basketball, girls 7/8/9 basketball, boys 16 under basketball, and girls 9/10/11 netball competitions. Interested teams need to contact Surfworld on 52614606 by 25th June>>
Little Malop Gallery presents:
Simone Millman17 June 2004
During June the Little Malop Gallery is featuring paintings by Simone Millman, who is one of the newest artists represented at the gallery. Her contemporary paintings are made up of colourful and playful iconic pictographs revealing stories of myths, journeys and dreams. Millman’s work shows influences of her colleagues, exciting Roar Studio artists like Tanya Hoddinott and David..story>>
Aireys Inlet Story Telling Festival
Aireys Inlet Story Telling Festival posterFriday June 18th,
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th 2004
Long dark nights, blazing fires, old friends and new neighbors. True stories, crazy yarns, a few tears, and lots of laughs. A celebration of Aireys Inlet in all its diversity...
Zarafa18 June 2004
This Month Music @ the Marsh goes seriously rhythmical. Join the Heartbeat with Greg as he wows us with his wonderful African drums. You will even get a chance to join in- great way to warm up on a cold winters night!! Once the energy is firing, its time for some energetic Gypsy music; great European melodies, unusual instruments, and dynamic rhythms from the top Melbourne band Zarafa. Another not-to-be missed [email protected]info>>
GSODA Junior Players - The Sleeping Beauty
The GSODA Junior PlayersA Modern Pantomime - The GSODA Junior Players are pleased to present their major production for 2004 – The Sleeping Beauty, a classical pantomime with a modern twist. Norman Robbins has created a sparkling new version of the time honoured fairytale of the beautiful young princess (Princess Aurora) who...story>>
World Refugee Day message
Angolan refugees, seen here before repatriating from Divuma camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, were the second-largest group to return home in 2003, after the Afghans.  UNHCR/S.Hopper18 June 2004
Sunday, June 20, is World Refugee Day. UNHCR and our partners around the globe will be marking it with a variety of events over the next several days. The High Commissioner will be in Barcelona this weekend for a series of World Refugee Day activities, and will be joined there by Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie. This year's theme is "A Place to Call Home," reflecting the continuing efforts of UNHCR and its partners to find lasting solutions...
What's New on Anglesea Online
Anglesea Online23 June 2004
Halls for hire...more>>
News Archives upgrade...more>>
The Kangaroo Day Club...more>>
SurfCoast Pool Results & latest rounds...more>>
What are weeds?
23 June 2004
WEED WEEK begins this Sunday. It is a week set aside every year to focus and bring attention to the problem of weeds in our environment. Because of Anglesea's rich natural biodiversity, weeds pose a real threat to our environment. The following information is taken from "Environmental Weeds...story>>
Major water reform for Victoria
Securing our Water FutureWednesday 23 June, 2004
Premier Steve Bracks today unveiled the most comprehensive action plan in Victoria's history to secure sustainable water supplies for the State's future. Mr Bracks said the Our Water Our Future action plan would turn around decades of degradation of Victoria's rivers, and was one of the most significant reforms of the Government...
Surfworld Sporting Program
Surfworld News Update23 June 2004
Surfworld's Summer/Autumn sporting season 2004 was successfully completed in June with 54 basketball, 40 netball and 5 indoor soccer teams involving more than 750 players competing each week over a six month period. The basketball and netball competitions...
Westconnect campaign - Mayoral perspective
Westconnect advertising photo25 June 2004
For the last 30 years the Geelong region has been talking about and planning for a ring road. Finally the moment has arrived. Earlier this month the Federal Treasurer announced that the Geelong Ring Road would receive $186 million through the new AusLink transport program...
Control Serrated Tussock Now
Claire Norris, Rural Extension Officer, Landscape Protection removing Serrated Tussocks29 June 2004
Now is the perfect time to control Serrated Tussock. Seeding season is fast approaching and it's time to prepare and get stuck into the plants on your property. Serrated Tussock has the ability to spread quickly and take over an area in a matter of years...
The SurfCoast Pool Competition
Surfcoast Pool Competition2/07/2004
Things are getting tight at the top, with 1st, 2nd & 3rd all on seven points, F-Troop having a game in hand. The ladder leaders lost their second match of the season to a determined Swampy Creek outfit (5/4). Stickmen had a good away win against the A-Team (5/4, and thanks for a great night), as did the Dolphins over the Angleseamen (6/3) and River Rats pulled off the biggest win, beating Aireys...
Get ready to attack Paterson's Curse
Paterson's Curse2nd July 2004
Control Paterson's Curse now to reduce infestations and halt the spread of seed. This is the message to landholders in South-west Victoria from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). DPI is again targeting Paterson's Curse. Over the next few months the DPI will be running a Paterson's Curse Compliance Program throughout the Geelong region...
Extra student places for Deakin
3 July 2004
The Federal Government has allocated an extra 140 university places to Deakin University next year - increasing to 383 in 2008. The extra places will mean a funding boost to the University to support the new places - to the tune of an extra $1.9 million for 2005.This will grow to $5.1 million in 2008 and every year thereafter. Deakin's nursing school - widely recognised as one of the best in the world - will receive an extra 80 places (35 general nursing at the Waterfront campus (Geelong)...
Music at the Marsh
Understorey13 July 2004
It all started three years ago when a group of musicians and music lovers felt like something was missing down at Deans Marsh. Sure we have clean air, great community, the Otways and the beach not far away, but there was nowhere for local musicians to get together and perform, and if you wanted to catch a great act or see a band, it meant a trip to the big smoke...
Works begin on the Lorne Streetscape Project
13 July, 2004
LORNE streetscape works are about to begin with the creation of new roundabouts, pathways and boardwalks enhancing both the safety and amenity of Mountjoy Parade. Works, which start on July 19, will include construction of : Otway Street roundabout and lighting, East side kerb and road pavement from Otway Street to Kosta's Corner, Foreshore side gravel pathway from the Erskine River bridge to Bay Street and Foreshore side timber boardwalk opposite the Cumberland Resort...
New design for High Tide Festival
Part of new High Tide design13 July, 2004
GLITTERING FISH in shades of turquoise and gold is the winning image for this year's Surf Coast High Tide Festival inspired by the theme, Reflections - looking back, looking forward. Local Aireys Inlet artist, Susan Romyn, created the colorful ink-on-paper etching as part of a series of works, inspired by her own inwards reflections following a life-changing illness...

Women in local government
It's time to get involved!

  • Local government elections will be held in November 2004.
  • Training available in August for people who are interested in being involved.
  • Surf Coast Mayor, Beth Davidson, will give a brief talk about her experiences in Local Government...information>>
"Get involved", says Mayor
Surf Coast Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson13 July, 2004
WOMEN across the Surf Coast are being urged to stand for council at the November elections as part of a statewide campaign to get more women involved in local government. Surf Coast Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson, applauds the move by the Women's Participation in Local Government Coalition, to raise the percentage of female councillors across the State, and encourages...
Anglesea Primary School receives $13,000
15 July 2004
The Hon. Minister for Education and Training Lynne Kosky was on hand to present a US$10 000 Alcoa Foundation grant to the Anglesea Primary School on Wednesday the 14th of July. The Alcoa funding was in recognition of an innovative new program that within the past two years, has seen the 156 student Anglesea Primary School implement changes to middle years curriculum to increase student involvement in "Community Based Action Projects"...story>>
Managing Seachange Growth
July 19, 2004
SURF Coast Shire is joining the push for a national strategy to help councils tackle the challenges that stem from unprecedented and rapid population growth. The Shire is one of the 56 coastal councils to call on State and Federal governments, to help develop a plan to tackle environmental, service provision and infrastructure issues that result from the recent seachange phenomenon. Speaking at a Seachange Taskforce meeting earlier this month, Surf Coast Councillor, Julie Hansen, said councils wanted major political parties to recognize that this...story>>
Shire to set up new oil disposal tanks
July 20, 2004
SURF Coast Shire is helping householders safely dispose of, and recycle, unwanted and potentially hazardous sump oil in new waste disposal tanks at local disposal centres. The tanks, located at the Anglesea and Lorne transfer centres, will store the oil before it is recycled into useful products including industrial burner oil, mould oil, hydraulic oil, transformer oil or as an additive in manufacturing and bitumen-based goods. Surf Coast Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson, said these new permanent waste disposal tanks build on the council's existing oil recycling facilities in Winchelsea...
First Whale Calf arrives at Logans Beach
Tuesday, 21 July 2004
The first Southern Right Whale calf of the season has been spotted with its mother at Logans Beach this week…..and there could be more to come. DSE Flora and Fauna Management Officer Mandy Watson said there have been two adult whales regularly sighted off Logans Beach for several weeks. "The cow and her recently born calf can be considered residents and may stay for as long as two to three months before returning south again. As two adult whales have been sighted it is also possible that another calf may be born in the area."...
So what is community consultation?
Alcoa's Anglesea Community Consultation Network meets every six weeks8/08/2004
Alcoa's Anglesea Community Consultation Network meets every six weeks to discuss issues and share information regarding the impact of the power station on our environment. Broader issues pertaining to Alcoa's global operations are also presented and local occurrences that may influence outcomes are discussed. The intention is to encourage community participation to promote strategies for the effectivet...story>>
Anglesea CFA's Big Day Out
Winter 2004
Anglesea CFA’s only fundraiser of the year was held at the Anglesea Golf Club in frequent pouring rain and bitterly cold winds — but no one’s spirit was dampened and the day was hailed a complete success. The hours of preparation from the CFA volunteers paid off as the players and volunteers enjoyed a day full of laughter and fun despite the rain...story>>
Artful Anglesea
Anglesea OnlineWinter 2004
Anglesea’s Arthouse is the meeting place for artists and budding artists. Its unique attraction is that members are more than willing to teach and help others achieve their artistic dreams. Perhaps it’s the great scenic beauty around Anglesea that has given inspiration to so many artists here. The area is full of creative people. If you doubt this, just check out the Surf Coast Art House in Cameron Road. Local artists and craftspeople display their works for sale, and entry is free...story>>
A Delicate Balance - 'agent of change'
Steve CarmichaelWinter 2004
It takes “agents of change” like Steve Carmichael to bring balance to the debate about the environment. Look out for an invitation day in August where Steve will showcase his environmental classes to teachers from local and surrounding primary and secondary schools as well as camps. ‘I was living in Far North Queensland in 1982, and one day...story>>
Surf Coast Innovative Participation Program (SCIP)
SURF Coast Shire is opening a phone hotline to discover how local recreational clubs and organisations can attract wider community participation in new and existing activities. The 5261 0666 hotline, to operate from August 13 - 27, is part of a new campaign to get more people to pursue recreational and sporting endeavours through existing facilities at clubs and organisations. The hotline will seek to discover what 'gaps' exist in the range of activities on offer to the public, and how clubs and organisations can work with the community to encourage greater participation...story>>
Country House Prices outperform Melbourne
Median house prices in country Victoria increased by 19.3 per cent in 2003 compared with Melbourne where prices increased by 12.9 per cent according to Victoria's official property sales figures. Planning Minister Mary Delahunty today released the Guide to Property Values 2003, which provides a summary of sales activity for every local government area in Victoria. "For the second consecutive year the median house price in country Victoria has outperformed metropolitan Melbourne," Ms Delahunty said...story>>
"Reclaim the Forest" - Protest Rally
Mr. Bracks announced at the last election that there would be one single National Park in the Otways from Anglesea to Cape Otway. The Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC), appointed by the Bracks Governement to investige the extension to National Parks, released a Draft Proposals Paper last month which has outraged locals and users of the bush. Not only have VEAC proposed one single National park from Anglesea to Cape Otway, but have added dozens more parks all the way to Colac. For many bushusers this is not acceptable...story>>
Gene Tech Sell Out in FTA
Australia's national interests and sovereign independence will be gravely damaged if the ALP votes with the Coalition to legalise Howard's and Bush's so-called Free Trade Agreement with the USA. The ALP's prospects of winning the federal election will also be lost among voters who want an end to the government's sycophantic pandering to US interests...story>>
The Sands, a growing concern
PLANS for a 100-unit hotel development on The Sands Torquay Estate will now go on public exhibition along with an amendment to the planning scheme, following a Surf Coast Council decision last night. The public will have four weeks to examine and comment on the proposed development and the C19 amendment which recommends an increase in the number of dwellings on the North Torquay estate from 600 to 700...story>>
Rampaging Barb proves that Stickmen can't jump
Surf Coast Pool Comp12/08/2004
Angleseamen scored their biggest win of the year with a 6/3 over the Stickmen. Barb (Angleseamen) ensured that the Stickmen couldn't take top spot with a match-winning cut on the black. This was after her "Round the World" shot that visited every cushion before disappearing into the hole (see quote below). All this after delivering a handbag in her singles game. What a player!!
Building Industry tackles Stormwater pollution
August 16, 2004
TWENTY Surf Coast builders will now display Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution billboards on work sites as part of a new campaign to raise awareness among contractors about potential pollutants and their impact on water quality. The campaign to alert local tradespeople about harmful stormwater pollutants carried in sediment, litter and other building waste, precedes the expected introduction of new local laws later this year...story>>
Walking School Bus to begin service in Moriac
August 17, 2004
ROAD safety awareness and improved youth fitness are key benefits of a new Moriac school bus service that is powered by legs not pistons and manned by volunteer conductors. Torquay senior constable, Nigel Morrison, who will lead the walking school bus on its inaugural journey through the Moriac streets this Friday, says the initiative reinforces road rules and identifies traffic hazards for youngsters, particularly around the Moriac Primary School on busy pick-up and drop-off times...story>>
Park Protesters make a stand at Apollo Bay
17 August 2004
Despite threatening weather a large crowd from around Victoria made their way to Apollo Bay on Sunday to protest against the expansion of the Otway National Park. While the date for the final submissions to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has passed, the aim of the protest was to send a message to Premier Bracks that many in the community oppose the expansion of the Otway National Park and have no confidence in the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC)...story>>
Shire ramps it up on roads
August 18, 2004
A NEW Surf Coast plan to manage and enhance local roads for the next 10 years was last night adopted by Council. The Roads Assets Management Plan (RAMP) recognises the community's desire to have safe, well-maintained roads and footpaths and establishes technical, financial and administrative, monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure these expectations are met...story>>
Surf Coast Pool Comp

Rack'em & Crack'em
The SurfCoast Pool Comp Newsletter
Issue 18, 19/08/2004
Faltering finish leaves final four undecided. A win by the River Rats over the Stickmen (5/4) kept their finals hopes alive this week. Inlet Army took out the local derby with a 5/4 win over Aireys, F-Troop defeated Angleseamen (5/4) and A-Team had a huge win (that could have been bigger) over Swampy Creek (6/3), although I think the barman was the big winner...results>>

Ban on bees in Otway National Park
20 August 2004
The VEAC draft report says beekeeping will not occur in the Otways National Park, beesites can be taken out in the Forest Park. The reason the four beesites were located at Anglesea was to take benefit of the mild winter climate and the flora that flowers late autumn and through the winter. The bees come out strong ready for pollination service at the Almond orchards at Robinvale and fruit orchards at Bacchus Marsh. The forest park areas are different floral resources and much colder and wetter. Finding suitable open flat clearings is also difficult in the hill country...story>>
Anglesea CFA News
Barry Davidson receives Life Membership "For Outstanding Service"20 August 2004
Life Membership to Barry Davidson - Anglesea CFA really treasures its Life Memberships "For Outstanding Service", awarding only the sixth honour in the sixty four year life of the Brigade to Barry Davidson. In his 36years as a member of the Brigade Barry has seen a lot of fire activity (including Ash Wednesday, many fires in the Otways, and the 2002 north east fires) and has taken on many different roles and responsibilities within the Brigade...story>>
Introducing An Improved Waste Management Service
Colac Otway Shire waste management serviceAugust 26, 2004
Colac Otway Shire's new waste management service will begin on Monday, September 6, 2004. The improved service involves some changes to collection days as well as the introduction of a fortnightly, commingled recycling collection. The location and times of operation for Transfer Stations and Drop-off Facilities will remain the same throughout the Shire...story>>
GOT Membership Renewed
Colac Otway Shire logoAugust 26, 2004
Colac Otway Shire Council has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding with Geelong Otway Tourism for the next three years. Geelong Otway Tourism Inc (GOT) was formed in 1993 and provides an industry-based tourism partnership between the City of Greater Geelong, the Shires of Surf Coast, Golden Plains and Colac Otway and the Borough of Queenscliffe...story>>
Improved Reception for Colac Otway Townships
Communications relay towerAugust 26, 2004
Residents in the townships of Wye River, Separation Creek, Kennett River, and Forrest could soon have access to "urban quality" television reception with the proposed installation of new television transmitters. The Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information, Technology and the Arts has provided $150,000 towards each of the projects with the unfunded portions to be paid for by beneficiaries through a special charge scheme...story>>
Rate Notices To Be Issued for 2004-2005
August 27, 2004
Colac Otway Shire's rate notices for 2004-2004 are being delivered to over 13,000 ratepayers. Rates and charges are due for payment either in a lump sum by February 15, 2005 or by four instalments to be paid by September 30, 2004, November 30, 2004, February 28, 2005 and May 31, 2005. Colac Otway Shire Mayor Cr Jim Ryan explained that the rate revenue would be used to balance the needs of the community with the demand for financial responsibility and ongoing capital works and infrastructure programs...story>>
Colac Otway Council Supports GOR Marathon
Colac Otway Shire logoAugust 27, 2004
Colac Otway Shire Council will financially support the Great Ocean Road Marathon to be held in May next year. Council agreed to donate a total of $10,000 to the race at its August Council Meeting on Wednesday. This amount is inclusive of in-kind support...story>>
Celebrating 150 years of the telegram in Australia
Cape Otway Telegraph Station29th August 2004
Cape Otway Telegraph Station Opening Ceremony
The Cape Otway Telegraph Station was originally built in 1859 for the first submarine cable to Tasmania. This submarine cable to Tasmania was the longest attempted anywhere in the world. (The first successful Trans Atlantic cable was laid in 1865.)...story>>
Lorne's new $180,000 skate park soon to start
August 30, 2004
LORNE youth and holiday-makers will soon have a new recreational venue with work starting on a new $180,000 skatepark next month. The 576 square metre reinforced concrete venue will be located on the foreshore, south of Grove Road between the swimming pool and Mountjoy Parade. It will feature twin bowls, half pipes, ramps, grind rails a double back camel hump and street skating areas...
Local Mix - Anglesea Operations notice of closure
August 27, 2004
Local Mix would like to advise the Anglesea community of the closedown plans for their washed sand operations on Coalmine Rd in Anglesea. Dismantling and removal of site infrastructure - Local Mix has commenced dismantling of the sand washing plant which will be fully completed by 30th September 2004...story>>
New Land Sale record for Anglesea
Sold26 August 2004
On Sunday 15th August, the sun had returned after a spate of heavy winter weather and the auctioneers of L.R. Reed had arrived early from Melbourne to prepare for the sale of 137-143 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, a piece of land embroiled in controversy for many years...story>>
Prevent Fire Panic - Register Your Burn-off
August 30, 2004
SURF Coast Shire is urging householders to inform neighbors and Vicfire about their burn-offs to prevent fire panic and unnecessary turn-outs by firefighters. Householders should contact Vicfire on 98877766 to register the location of a burn-off regardless of its size or content, according to Shire municipal fire prevention officer, Graham Butcher. Residents and ratepayers who live...story>>
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