Monthly Archives: February 2016

Regional Arts Fund grants open

Surf Coast and Bellarine artists can apply for up to $15,000 in grants from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities through the development of partnerships and cultural networks. There are two funding rounds per year. Applications for round one close on Tuesday March 15. Artists can also apply for Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grants at any time throughout the year. To apply, visit funding-opportunities/ regional-arts-fund.

Facing family in 4,000 Miles

A touching and poignant tale of colliding generations, written by one of America’s brightest playwrights, is coming to GPAC’s Drama Theatre in March. 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog explores the funny, frustrating, and ultimately life-changing relationship between a grandson learning to face his life and a grandmother who is starting to forget hers. 4,000 Miles is part of the 2016 Deakin University Theatre Season and is showing from March 2-5, tickets are $20-$57. Book at or phone 5225 1200.


Surf Coast Relay For Life will get a burst of Will power with local band Famous Will announced last week as headliners for the fundraiser’s entertainment program. The relay is being held in Torquay on March 18 and 19 and participants will complete laps of Spring Creek Reserve over the course of 24 hours to raise money for cancer research.

Entertainment kicks off at 7.15pm, following the opening ceremony.

Famous Will is lead by Geelong’s Will Gardiner and features Liam Bennan (bass and backing vocals), Cam Gerabek (piano and vocals), Sean Kil (guitar) and Conor Walkeden (drums).

Gardiner is writing their first album, which he expects to release later this year, and debut single “Lonely” has already made it to number four on the triple j Unearthed chart.

“Our most significant effort was winning the Rick Merrigan Award as Geelong’s best folk singers of 2013, giving us a gig at the Port Fairy Folk Festival where we won the Maton Guitars’ Best Emerging Act award,” Gardiner said.

“After the Great Ocean Road fires came through this year, we got to open at the Lorne Hotel for Thirsty Merc.

“Our genre is ‘country folk’ and we liken ourselves to Crowded House and The Beatles and are very inspired by Johnny Cash.”

Other wins for Famous Will include taking out Battle of the Bands competitions in 2013 at Revolver, in 2014 for K-Rock, and in 2015 at the Queenscliff Music Festival.

As a prolific performer, Gardiner has become one of the region’s favourite local artists.

“Between the band and my solo work, I’m doing about 150 shows a year. It’s a full-time job away from my regular full-time job.”

The Relay For Life entertainment program will continue on the evening of Friday, March 18 and during daylight hours on Saturday, March 19.

Head to and search “Surf Coast 2016” for more information and to donate.

Have your say on netting of Gippsland’s river mouths

MORE and more recreational fishers are getting involved in taking responsibility for their sport, from understanding rules and regulations to following best practices and taking responsibility for their environment around them.

This is apparent by the amount of issues that recreational fishers are now involving themselves in how they have stood up for and against issues that threaten their sport to obtain outcomes on issues that are less detrimental to their sport and to the environment they are active in.

All recreational fishers now recognise the importance of “having their say”

Recreational fishers are no longer just interested in their patch of river or ocean but they are interested as a whole in what is happening around them and how that is affecting recreational fishing.

This is apparent by the attention being given to recreational fishing by those in power and the recognition that is being paid by those now in government and in opposition.

Here is another opportunity – Fisheries Victoria is now consulting stakeholders about how best to deliver the Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million commitment to ban commercial netting at river mouths in the Gippsland Lakes.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said commercial and recreational fishing both had a long history in Gippsland and contribute much to the social and economic fabric of the region.

However, commercial netting at the mouths of rivers flowing into the Gippsland Lakes has been a contentious issue for many years and is one the state government says it is committed to resolving.

The state government wants to bring an end to commercial net fishing in river mouths of the Gippsland Lakes, but has no plans for a buyout of commercial fishing licences in the Gippsland Lakes as part of this process.

Public consultation will be led by Craig Ingram, co-ordinator of the Target One Million plan.

Mr Ingram will report to government by August 26 and make recommendations on the best way forward to deliver this election commitment.

“Recreational fishing is a healthy pastime for the whole family that gets people active and spending time together in the great outdoors,” Ms Pulford said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to getting more people fishing more often, which is why we have invested in Target One Million to increase angler numbers to one million by 2020.

“Recreational fishing isn’t just a great social an activity, it’s contributing more than $2.3 billion to economy and we aim to boost that figure even higher.”

economic driver of Victoria Submissions can be sent via email to craig. by April 15.

Midweekers’ new season

TENNIS Geelong’s midweek ladies summer pennant began on February 4, with 12 grades and 91 teams of players, from Aireys Inlet to Winchelsea and a host of other clubs in between participating.

This equates to nearly 400 ladies playing in the very popular fourplayer format, with each lady playing three sets of doubles.

For any queries regarding the midweek competition, please phone Janeene on 0407 823 714.

Barwon stars in Inter-Regionals

This year marked the 60th anniversary of the championships, which involves regions from all over the state, including Loddon, Gippsland, Mornington, Goulburn and Wimmera, with Barwon the only region in the event’s history to triumph on eight consecutive occasions. Fantastic!

The championship caters for everyone from 12 and under, right up to senior players, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

It features some of the Geelong region’s very best players as well as many of the young guns who may one day rule the courts of Geelong and possibly beyond.

Event highlights included Matt Hicks successfully defending his open singles crown and then teaming with Adam Lasky to take out the open doubles, while young star Ryan Lee won his three events, dropping a mere two games on his way to the singles title.


Barwon Region won 13 titles, with 10 runners-up and were dominant and convincing champions.

All the details can be found on the Barwon Region Tennis website at – and look for some photos on their Facebook page too.

Henderson says East West Link must be built

CORANGAMITE Sarah Henderson says a report from Infrastructure Australia (IA) shows the East West Link must be built, but she is less committed to IA’s recommendation to sell off the National Broadband Network (NBN).

In reports released earlier this month, IA has outlined the strategy for what needs to be done over the next 15 years.

This includes an infrastructure priority list, which connectivity between Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway and CityLink – as would have been done by the now-cancelled East West Link – as a “high priority She said the Andrews government’s decision to pay $1.1 billion in compensation not to build the East West Link was “one of the most reckless political decisions in Victoria’s history”.

“The Western Distributor is very Melbournecentric and a poor cousin to the East West Link, which does nothing for the long-term needs of the Geelong and Corangamite regions. “Without action, the cost of road congestion in the Melbourne-Geelong area is projected to increase from $3 billion in 2011 to $9 billion in 2031.”

The IA Australian Infrastructure Plan’s other recommendations include privatising the NBN in the medium term (within 10 years) and possibly breaking it up into smaller companies based on technology or geographic location.

The government-owned NBN Co is not expected to complete the NBN until at least 2020, but there have been reports that the federal government is considering privatising the NBN before the rollout Asked if she supported the idea of selling the NBN, completed or not, Ms Henderson said: “Infrastructure Australia is an independent statutory body with a board of experts and the government will carefully consider the recommendations in the report.

“The government has no plans to sell NBN at this time and therefore will not speculate on the potential asset value of a completed national broadband network.”

Tour de Transplant to roll through soon

AUSTRALIAN cycling legend Phil Anderson Road and the Bellarine Peninsula next month in an attempt to raise $150,000 for essential recovery accommodation for heart and lung transplant families.

The 2016 Tour de Transplant cycling team of 35 riders – including four transplant recipients – will Melbourne on March 6.

The ride is being organised by the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust of Victoria (HLTTV) and follows the success of the inaugural event in 2014.

A Commonwealth Games gold medallist and coveted yellow jersey, Phil Anderson, personally designed the 600-kilometre route.

“Each kilometre of the 2016 Tour de Transplant route represents one family that has needed help with accommodation after receiving a transplant at The Alfred Hospital since 1989,” he said.

Through fundraising efforts, HLTTV’s Second Chance Accommodation Program provides $60,000 every year (around $2,500 per family) to country and interstate transplant families to give them much needed accommodation at the nearby Second Chance Task Force chair Jon Rolfe received a double lung transplant in 2009 at The than 70 per cent of their normal function.

“A transplant recipient cannot use public transport after their surgery, so they must be within walking distance of The Alfred for three months,” he said.

“And for many families, unless they already burden, especially when they’re already going through such a traumatic experience.”

Mr Rolfe said the HLTTV was passionate about promoting the opportunity to give others a second chance at life through encouraging organ and tissue donation.

“At any time there are about 1,600 people across Australia desperately waiting for a transplant and one donor has the power to save the lives of up to ten people and improve the lives of many more.”

To donate money to the Tour de Transplant, head to

To sign up to the organ donor register, head to

Geelong could learn a northern UK lesson

THERE are lessons for Geelong to be learnt from the efforts to revitalise northern England, according to the British High Commissioner to Australia.

Menna Rawlings was the special guest at the Committee for Geelong’s (CfG) annual Leadership Breakfast, held at The Pier last Thursday.

“There’s a link, I think, between leadership and the growth of second cities like Geelong, because basically it all comes down to people,” she said.

potential and develop and grow, then we’re not their potential either.”

She said Geelong and the big cities in England’s north (such as Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester) faced similar challenges in moving the economy away from traditional manufacturing industries and into new sectors.

Leaders should use language to instil a sense of pride and passion, Ms Rawlings said – for example, the initiatives in northern England have been dubbed the “Northern Powerhouse”.

“Reading about Geelong and how it was called in ‘the pivot city’ in the 1860s make me feel there’s something positive about what Geelong’s doing now, as it pivots into the 21st century.”

She said the British government was focusing on the private sector as an instrument for growth, and promoting greater devolution and local power for city councils and mayors.

“We can use our cities for what David Cameron calls ‘incubators for enterprise’, creating jobs, improving lives and going for growth.

“We can learn from each other in this. What you’re doing in Geelong is fantastic and impressive, so let’s keep talking to each other about we can cities – as we go through the economic transitions.”

Ms Rawlings has been British High Commissioner to Australia since April 2015.

(FCO) in 1989, she has served in a wide range of diplomatic service roles.

She is the second successive high-level diplomat to speak at CfG’s Leadership Breakfast, following US Ambassador to Australia John Berry last year.

Geelonglivestock market report

THIS week’s yarding of 386 cattle at Geelong saw values for young cattle 2 to 3 cents per kilogram dearer with the top price realising $1,710.27 or 279.0 cents per kilogram for steers sold on account of G McFadden of Bangammi.

There were a good number of heifers and cows presented, some were showing the signs of a tough season with the better quality cows selling firm to a top of $1,897.00.

All classes of veal were 2 to 5 cents per kilogram dearer on sales rate. Steer veal (milk)

Steer veal (grass) Heifer veal (milk) Heifer veal (grain) selling to 297.0 cents per kilogram selling to 290.0 cents per kilogram selling to 296.0 cents per kilogram Heifer veal (grass) selling to 278.0 cents per kilogram selling to 283.0 cents per kilogram Earlier in the day at Ballarat, agents penned a mixed quality offering of cattle with prices mainly staying around the levels of the previous week’s sale.

The Ballarat yarding comprised of 187 steers, 215 heifers, 126 cows and 51 bulls.

Prices for young cattle were mainly unchanged with quality vealers to processors making 270 to 310 cents per kilogram.

Grown steers sold from 250 to 265 cents per kilogram with grown heifers from 235 to 248 cents.

Cows were up to 5 cents per kilogram cheaper with best cows making 234 cents per kilogram.

The yarding of 1,805 sheep and lambs at Geelong saw values for sheep $3 to $5 per head dearer with two tooths up to $8 dearer.

Good lambs were firm with light lambs up to $6 per head dearer and best prime lambs sold to $145 for a draft of 10 lambs sold on account of D J Craig of Balliang. OTHER QUOTATIONS: Two Tooth – $115 Cross Bred Wethers – $119 Cross Bred Ewes – $100 Merino Ewes – $92