Monthly Archives: April 2015

Krav Maga hits Coastal Boxin

Called Krav Maga, the devastating selfdefence system has been proven in battle and on the streets for many years.

In Krav Maga, you’ll learn to defeat unarmed attackers, rapidly resolve ground fights, and deal with sticks, knives and guns.

Additionally, you’ll learn how to debilitate your opponent rapidly irrespective of his size, training background or experience level.

Most importantly the system can be learned quickly and applied under extreme stress.

The system is based on simple and reflexive moves that work when you need them to.

As a constantly evolving system, the effectiveness of techniques is constantly tested, evaluated and developed. Krav Maga is ideal for men and women of all ages.

Krav Maga does not have 400 techniques, and fancy moves. A common Krav Maga anecdote is: “If it looks great, it’s probably not Krav Maga, if it works, it probably is.” Former Australian paratrooper Kyle Tyrrell, who served for 23 years, will teach the discipline at Coastal Boxing in Torquay.

By the time he had retired from the army, at the rank of lieutenant colonel, he had commanded soldiers in both war and peacekeeping duties around the world.

After leaving the army, Kyle has worked as a consultant in the fitness and security industries.

With a long history in boxing, he established an interest in Krav Maga through his exposure to unarmed combat and close quarter battle in the army.

Certification as an instructor with Combat Krav Maga International was a natural progression after many years.

Kyle is now available for Krav Maga personal training and also offers group classes in Krav Maga 6.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Torquay Coastal Boxing and Fitness.

Also available at the 24/7 fully equipped fitness gym at 6 Baines Crescent run by manager/trainer Ashley Lynch (ex-army too) are classes in boxing and fitness, cardio-tone boxing and circuit, kick boxing, mixed martial arts, self defence, and personal training.

Come and join, enjoy yourself, and support the local gym that is not just another corporate franchise.

For more information phone Ashley Lynch on 0417 144 794 or Kyle Terrell on 0400 705 079, or visit coastalboxing.com.

MUTCH EXCITEMENT OVER WINDOW ART

His work, titled Shelter II, is a sculptural installation that employs concrete, plaster, commercial shelving, and polyurethane, described by Mutch as “poignantly reminiscent of the idea of a doomsday bunker”.

With an uncanny resonance with the grey salt lakes around Beeac, the work and the lake share some reflection on the issue of climate, and by implication, on the state of the contemporary world.

Originally from Barongarook in the Otways, Mutch now lives in Melbourne.

He uses concrete as a symbol of the manmade, built environment.

“With Shelter II, we are confronted by cast objects that are rough yet well finished, their materiality suggesting both fragility and fortification.” The work incorporates shelves that are well stocked with canned food and drink in preparation of some external conflict. The items seem to be decaying as they sit there waiting for the next apocalypse.

According to the essay that accompanied an earlier exhibition, David Ashley Kerr said there was an intangible, ambiguous sense of causality with the piece.

The window is on the federation building on Main Street that was used as an automotive workshop and showroom for the Gainger Bros.

The rejuvenated window is now dedicated to showing provocative artwork from around the country, set up as an artist-run initiative.

The not-for-profit space is now inviting proposals for single work exhibitions.

Mutch’s work will be in the window until May 3. On the final day of showing, he will offer a talk and a tour of the local lakes from 2pm.

Head to windowspace-beeac@blogspot.

com for profiles on each artist exhibited in the window.

Titles defended at Bells Beach

MICK Fanning has received a push forward in his quest for the world title, named champion of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach for the fourth time.

In a nail-biting final that ended in a tie-break for the first time in the competition’s history, an ecstatic Fanning was victorious over the 2013 winner Adriano de Souza.

While both surfers finished on 15.27, Fanning won with the heat’s highest single-wave score of 8.17.

The win was a trip down memory lane for Fanning, with the Pro being his first ever ASP World Tour win back in 2001.

“Bells is a special place for me and it’s the first event I ever came to as a kid.,” he said.

“The support and the crowds here are always amazing – every time I paddle out I just want to do my best, throw myself into it and not have any regrets. You have to take it heat by heat because you never know what’s going to happen next.” Fanning said that while the win was elating for him, it was heartbreaking for de Souza.

“He’s such a top bloke and he throws his heart into everything and trains so hard. He’s the elder statesman for the Brazilian storm and does an impeccable job at leading them.” Hawaii’s Carissa Moore also reclaimed her title as women’s champ, defeating Australian Stephanie Gilmore in the final.

The two have faced off in 20 other Championship Tour heats, with 10 wins each until Moore’s victory last week.

“It’s been such a beautiful experience and I feel super blessed,” Moore said.

“It’s challenging not only to regroup after a win, but you’re also competing against the best in the world so you really need to be in tip top shape.

“I’m just stoked to continue my momentum here.

“It’s a long year, there has only been two contests so far, and I know that all of the girls are fired up and they want (to win) really bad.” Moore won the final with a score of 14.00 to Gilmore’s 13.27.

The tour now heads to Western Australia for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

The competition window for the event opened yesterday and closes on April 26.

Large swells have been forecast for the first few days of the competition window.

Federation-era Heads’ home under hammer

BELLARINE Property will auction an iconic riverside home at 14 River Parade, Barwon Heads this weekend.

Positioned opposite the river, Elandra is an iconic Federation-style homestead, built circa 1910.

Set on a tranquil 854 square metre riverside allotment among spacious gardens, this four bedroom home is very charming.

You can sit back and watch the Barwon River wind on by from your stunning veranda or wander down along the river on the many nearby walking tracks.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase an iconic piece of Barwon Heads in sought after River Parade, according to Bellarine Property’s Christian Bartley.

“It’s been a long time since we have taken a property to auction in this beautiful quiet location,” Mr Bartley said.

“Barwon Heads and this home certainly deserve the opportunity of having buyers bid for it.

“Having been built in 1910, moved here to Barwon Heads 40 years ago then having an extension to the original home, it’s still in such pristine condition with an amazing northern view of the river. Located on 854 square metres of land, the word rare keeps on arising when talking about this property.

“We have had three house sales in excess of $1.45 million occur along River Parade over the past few years.

“While this home is attracting interest into the        won’t be over capitalising should they wish to renovate and modernise the charm of this rare beauty.” Parade Barwon Heads, will be auctioned this Saturday This welcoming home has a comfortable family living space that has retained many period features like four-metre pressed tin ceilings, exquisite lead lighting, decorative plaster work and original  Serene river views from the north facing front veranda guarantee a lovely spot for tea and a chat or just to enjoy the peacefulness of the river setting.

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The open plan living boasts a striking vaulted         entertaining space.

Relaxing times are assured in the tiled outdoor dining room with bistro blinds for added protection or you can enjoy summer barbecues on the extensive paved patio adorned with a leafy green canopy.

A neatly laid out kitchen with stainless steel appliances and step-in pantry is supported by a Blanco dishwasher, Simpson electric fan forced oven and instant heat cooktop.

The expansive master bedroom has an inviting garden window seat and enormous spa ensuite.

There are three further queen sized bedrooms with robes and a main shower room with pedestal basin and separate toilet.

Skylights inject natural light into the vintage design, and gas central heating along with split systems to the lounge and living with ceiling fans throughout ensure your comfort.

The auction will take place at 11am April 18.

For more information, phone Christian Bartley on 0410 695 325.

Traders suggest weekend and holiday surcharge

SOME Torquay traders have floated the idea of charging a surcharge on weekends and public holidays as a response to Victoria’s new public holidays.

The Labor state government has created two public holidays – Easter Sunday, which was held this year on April 5; and Grand Final eve, which will be held this year on October 2.

This has sparked a backlash from some Victorian traders, particularly about the Easter public holidays, as it meant some businesses had to pay penalty rates four days in a row.

Torquay Commerce and Tourism president Barrie Sutherland convened a meeting about the issue with about 10 Torquay small business owners last week, attended by shadow minister for small and medium enterprises Neale Burgess and South Barwon MP Andrew Katos.

Several traders at the meeting expressed their dissatisfaction with the new public holidays, particularly their impact on a town so heavily dependent on tourism as Torquay.

It was suggested businesses could introduce a five per cent surcharge on Saturdays, 10 per cent on Sundays, and 15 per cent on public holidays.

“In the CBD, there’s constant trade coming, and that’s totally fine, but down here we die in the winter and we make our money on public holidays, so to strangle us during those days is ultimately strangling our industry and making it very difficult to trade properly and, I would say, professionally,” one hospitality trader said.

Mr Burgess was non-committal about supporting a surcharge but said the new public holidays were introduced without a regulatory impact statement.

“It’s just a thought bubble… and the ramifications are pretty severe.” Mr Katos said the policy was geared at big businesses such as Coles, Myer and Woolworths, which “probably had the highest proportion of union members in the retail sector”.

“They’re the businesses which can absorb it the best out of anyone, whereas you guys can’t.” In response to the backlash, Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney said the share of business income going to wages in retail and hospitality had fallen in recent years.

“While the rest of us wind down for the Easter break, millions of Australian workers will give up their family time and they should be compensated for that.”

Coles jobs up for grabs

APPLICATIONS are now open for more than 100 jobs at the new Coles supermarket in Torquay, scheduled to open in June.

Team members appointed to positions at the market-style supermarket at Torquay Village will be involved in customer service, on the check outs, in the delicatessen, fresh produce, meat, bakery and grocery areas, as well as in the product replenishment and administration areas.

Coles state general manager Leah Weckert said Coles had already begun the employment process for the supermarket.

“By June, we will have employed nearly 100 new people to work at Torquay with Coles team members from other stores.

“The new store will offer a huge range of fresh food and groceries and importantly create a large number of local employment opportunities for locals.” The Torquay supermarket will feature an open market-style fresh produce section, displaying an impressive range of locally sourced fruit and vegetables on ice for optimum freshness.

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      bread daily, as well as premium cut meats thanks to the in-store bakery and butcher.

There will also be a slice-on-request service.

Coles Torquay store manager Darren Grootveld, who has moved to Torquay after managing the Coles supermarket in Colac, said he was looking forward to welcoming the new team members and local shoppers into the new store.

“I am very excited that shoppers will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful new store and  provide a top quality customer experience.” The supermarket will be open from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week.

For more information, head to colescareers.com.au.

Shire wants health protection in new clean agreement

THE Surf Coast Shire has called for protecting human health to be one of the key principles of a new National Clean Air Agreement.

The federal government has called for feedback to a discussion paper on the agreement, which aims to “reduce air pollution and improve air quality through cooperative action between industry and government at the national, state and local level”.

In its submission, the council notes its particular interest in the issue because of the Anglesea coal mine and power station, as well as its previous efforts in pushing for stronger standards for particulate matter and sulphur dioxide emissions.

The shire is generally supportive of the agreement’s seven proposed principles for action, to protecting human health and acknowledging pollution.

“Human health is noticeably absent from the current principles, as is the precautionary principle.

“The submission also takes issue with the discussion paper’s ‘strong emphasis’ on reducing regulatory burden,” the report states.

costs are commendable, human health and the preservation of human life warrant clear enforceable regulatory standards for air pollution.

“Regulation should not be just a ‘last resort’ when it comes to air quality and impacts on human health.

“As the discussion paper notes, the health costs of air pollution in Australia are estimated to be between $11.1 billion to $24.3 billion, solely as a result of mortality.” Surf Coast Shire councillors endorsed the council’s submission at their April 7 meeting.

“This is a chance for the council to push ahead and express the view that we need to have world standards of air quality,” Cr Libby Coker said.

Cr Clive Goldsworthy and director of planning of interest in the issue, and took no part in the discussion or the vote.

For more information on the National Clean Air Agreement, head to environment.gov.au/ protection/air-quality/national-clean-airagreement.

RISING WAVES

THE Surf Coast Shire has argued its unique economy and surging population must be taken into account in any new state government policies designed to drive economic growth in regional Victoria.

The newly-formed Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is asking councils for feedback on its regional service delivery model.

In its submission, the shire states its economy is “distinctly different” to Geelong, the surrounding regions and Victoria, with the surfing industry representing almost 27 per cent of all jobs (more than 2,000) and 26.5 per cent ($217 million) of all value-added activity.

The importance of tourism is highlighted, with the nearly two million visitors in the year ending September 2014 directly spending more than $440 million.

There are more than 700 construction businesses in the shire, which have helped drive more than $2.5 billion of development over the past 10 years.

The submission also notes the Surf Coast Shire is Victoria’s sixth-fastest growing municipality since 2008, with growth of 3.3 per cent shire-wide and 5.3 per cent in Torquay alone.

The shire’s population is expected to rise from 29,247 last year to 44,787 in 2031. To ensure employment keeps pace, the council projects another 3,025 jobs will need to be created by that time.

That projection assumes three-fifths of the population will work outside the shire in Geelong, Melbourne, Golden Plains Shire or elsewhere.

However, the shire has emphasised the generally small nature of the shire’s 3,060 businesses, which include 1,900 nonemploying businesses and another 750 that employ four people or less.

“It is important that DEDJTR recognise the importance of the unique and rapidly growing economies such as Surf Coast Shire that are not based on traditional sectors such as manufacturing (or) large scale retail,” the submission states.

“Programs with enough flexibility to facilitate growth in sectors such as surfing, tourism and sustainable agriculture should be provided.” Councillors endorsed the shire’s submission at their meeting on April 7.

Cr Heather Wellington said the council already had a very good relationship with the state government but that it was important to continue having a strong regional structure based in the G21 area.

Surf life’s waves with mindfulness

We all work hard to make our lives secure and comfortable, but in the end it’s just not possible to completely control what happens.

To use a popular analogy, life is like an endless series of big waves coming at you in the ocean. You can try to stop them – and get regularly dumped – or you can learn how to surf them.

Mindfulness is a bit like learning to “surf” stressful situations instead of being constantly dumped by them.

It’s a proactive mental health skill.

It’s about discovering that some of the habitual ways we try to mentally and emotionally deal with stress actually make it worse.

Two of our most common habits are also two of the least productive – see if you can recognise them in your own life.

The first habit is the trap of thinking about a stressful situation over and over again.

Psychologists call this ruminating. We’re not talking about productive thinking, where your thoughts are intentional, focused and actually achieve a positive solution.

We’re talking about rehashing the past and worrying about the future in a way that is not only unproductive, but even seems unstoppable at times.

Sound familiar? The second habit is the trap of trying to push away or avoid stressful feelings. Most of us would agree that feeling afraid, sad, angry, lonely or tense is not pleasant.

So it makes sense that we try to distract ourselves from these feelings, or get rid of them somehow, right? In mindfulness, this is called aversion.

The trouble is psychologists now know that aversion actually makes things worse in the long run.

Through mindfulness training, we learn new mental habits that allow us to handle difficult situations more productively.

Instead of aversion, we learn the surprising power of having a nonjudgemental acceptance of all our thoughts and feelings, including unpleasant ones.

And instead of being caught up in endless ruminating about the past and future, we learn how to be simply present.

Through learning these new ways of working with the mind, we learn how to deal with stressful situations in ways that are more positive, balanced, and calm.

We learn how to surf the waves of life instead of being dumped by them.

All of which means: less stress.

Of course, the best way to understand any of this is to experience it for yourself.

For a free guided mindfulness meditation, visit mindfulnessforliving.com.au.

MENTAL

HOCKING RETURNS TO MAKE UP FOR MISS

Jimi Hocking will be making his way to the Bellarine to make up for a show cancelled earlier this year.

Having settled into the role as a new father, Hocking has now rescheduled the show for Saturday night.

“I’ll be making good on my gig at the Uniting Church in Queenscliff,” he said.

“It’s such a great sounding venue for a solo show.” Hocking has been in the blues scene for decades, with a solid and successful career alongside many different acts.

“I have a few different hats, the Screaming Jets, session work, mandolin trio – my career has been a great mixed bag,” he said.

“The past few decades has been an absolute rollercoaster for me – one minute you’re hot, the next you’re not… but I’ve won awards, had number one albums and that must mean I’m doing something right.” Reflecting on the first time the Screaming Jets had a number one album in Australia, Hocking refers to it as a “surreal and amazing feeling”.

“I thought, surely now I’ve made it!” His stage presence is one of many factors that set Hocking apart from the rest.

“I’m no shoe-staring artist.

“I’m famous for my style jumps and guitar history, I’m the flashy guy!” With a long career spanning over decades and 14 solo albums ranging from retro to rock – this is one show not to miss.

Tickets to the show are $20.

The venue is located at the corner of Hesse and Stokes streets in Queenscliff.

To book, phone 5258 2854.