Monthly Archives: March 2016


FRIDAY 1/4 Cricket scandal comes to the stage The Underarm is the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in cricket history. As adults, they are reunited at another test clash in Wellington. What results is a tumultuous ride through sport, politics, family and the perennial AussieKiwi sledging match. The Underarm is a riotous show that has tremendous appeal to children, sports clubs and corporate groups.
Showing at 2pm and 8pm at Drysdale’s Potato Shed, tickets are available from City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Centre or by phoning 5251 1998.
SATURDAY 2/4 Portraits of Hawaii’s finest French photographer Bernard Testemale is exhibiting a portrait collection exploring the parallels connecting the histories of surfing and photography at Torquay’s Bar 61. The exhibition features portraits of the big wave riders of Hawaii, using a wet plate collodion process that Testemale says gives a 3D effect and “brings the soul of my subject to life”. Showing now until April 19 at Bar 61, located above Boardriders Torquay.
Entry is free.
SUNDAY 3/4 Final acts for Lorne Sculpture Celebrate world-class art at the closing day of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale. A full program will be running throughout the day, including Sculpturescape at the Swing Bridge, free sculpture workshops at the foreshore, a mini tour with sculptors on site, and artist talks. The closing event will take place at the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club from 4-6.30pm with the announcement of the Sculpturescape and People’s Choice awards. For program details and more information, head to

Have a beer with Mick

If you didn’t bump into Mick Fanning at the Rip Curl Pro, you still have a chance to meet the former three-time world champion surfer at Beer vs Beast in St Kilda on May 15. Fanning will be appearing alongside AFL legends David Neitz and Neale Daniher and Hunters and Collectors’ Mark Seymour for a night of beers, yarns and entertainment to raise money for the Victorian Cure for Motor Neuron Disease Foundation. Held on Sunday May 15 at Ormond Hall in St Kilda, tickets are $49.95. For more information head to


CenterStage Geelong is presenting Broadway classic Oklahoma! at GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre from April 7-9. The high-spirited rivalry between farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.
Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a cart ride down a country road. For more information and tickets, head to

Swooning over the land

Jennifer Riddle’s exhibition, Swoon – Song of the Land is open now at Queenscliff’s Salt Contemporary Art. The exhibition features paintings of the land and sea surrounding Riddle on the Mornington Peninsula, along with remote areas of Tasmania. Riddle was a finalist in the prestigious 2015 Glover Art Prize and her work has recently been acquired for the permanent collection at Parliament House in Canberra. Swoon – Song of the Land is showing now until April 17.


Byron Bay brewers Stone and Wood along with the Clean Coast Collective (CCC) will tidy up Jan Juc’s coast, check out local produce and throw a party for all those who help as part of their Festival of the Stone Tour this weekend. The tour is travelling the east coast, collecting ideas, people and materials including hops from Tassie, malt from Victoria and artists from all over.
They’ll use what they gather for their upcoming winter seasonal Stone Beer and along the way, they’re aiming to restore beaches, parklands and waterways to pristine condition.
The tour lands at Jan Juc on Saturday April 2 and individuals, community groups and anyone keen to lend a hand is invited to get involved.
To say thanks to everyone who helps, Stone and Wood will host a Clean Up After Party at Bells Beach with all profits to be donated to CCC.
The Stone and Wood vintage Landrover beer truck will serve as the bar and there will also be live music and locally sourced food for all to enjoy.
Stone and Wood and CCC have teamed up for the tour with the vision to positively impact environmental and social issues and engage local communities.
“We want to combine protecting our oceans and waterways with good times, good people and good business,” CCC director Natalie Woods said.
“The tour is an exciting opportunity to generate greater awareness about the impact of marine debris, finishing each AND an after party that celebrates sustainable business practice and communities making a difference.”
The Festival of the Stone Tour will be cleaning up at Jan Juc beach from 3-5pm and the after party will be at Riparide’s Bells Teepee from 5-9pm.
The Stone Beer will be released at the annual Festival of the Stone in May, after the team return to Byron Bay with the materials needed to create the new beer.
For more information on the tour and the festival, head to

Under 19s on way to nationals

FOLLOWING a successful raid on the Victorian Surf Life Saving Championships in Lorne a couple of weekends ago, where they won three gold and one silver medal, the Torquay under 19s men surf boat crew are in training of the national championships.
The four local teenagers – Davis Kontelj, Manning Gatwick, Jacob Morgan and John Fannon – won gold in the under 19 and under 23 divisions and won silver in the men’s reserve grade surf boat championships.
The boys were also members of the Torquay SLSC surf boat relay team which also took out gold.
All four boys were selected to the Victorian team in February this year and represented the state in the Australian Surf Rowers League Challenge in New South Wales that month where they made the sis team final, finishing a very close fourth after working their way through the heats and semis involving 32 teams from around Australia.
Coached by local surf boat legend Scott Tannahill, the boys are now in training to attend the Australian SLSC Championships in Queensland in April.

Union doorknocks for Gonski

WITH an election earmarked for July 2, the Australian Education Union (AEU) is not wasting time drumming up support for the Gonski education reforms, doorknocking houses across the Corangamite electorate last week.
AEU Victorian branch president Meredith Peace said the doorknock was part of the AEU’s campaign for bipartisan support for the full six years of Gonski funding.
The Coalition has not committed to the $4.5 billion 2018 and 2019), but instead wants to negotiate a new funding arrangement.
“Teachers and parents were out on the streets letting people know exactly why Gonski is so important for their community and their kids’ future,” Ms Peace said.
“Needs-based Gonski funding has begun flowing to schools in Corangamite this year for the first time and it is delivering extra resources to schools that educate high numbers of disadvantaged students.
“Schools can use Gonski funding to provide more one-on-one support, smaller classes and targeted literacy and numeracy programs. All of these things will help support students and lift their results.”
She said more than half the increased resources would be delivered in the last two years of Gonski, with Corangamite schools due to receive between $14.3 million and $16.7 million in 2018 and 2019.
“If Malcolm Turnbull does not match Labor’s commitment to fund the full six years of the Gonski agreements and invest the extra $4.5 billion, then these schools will not get the funding they need to properly support their students.”
In a speech earlier this month, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said state governments had to bear responsibility for the issue, as federal per student funding for students in state government schools had grown 66 per cent in 10 years “yet some states still have the gall to say there’s a funding crisis”.

Active April begins tomorrow

ACTIVE April kicks off tomorrow (Friday), and all Victorians have been urged to take part.
Premier’s Active April encourages people across the state to do 30 minutes of activity every day throughout the month. It’s free, fun and part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.
The initiative’s ambassadors this year include Paralympian Milly Tapper, exercise science professor Paul Gastin, netball champion Bianca involved in Premier’s Active April by getting used to including exercise into their everyday routine,” she said.
More than 60 per cent of Australian adults fail to meet the recommended daily levels of physical activity, while 80 per cent of children don’t exercise enough.
VicHealth research also shows on average one in three Victorians are inactive for more than seven hours during the day. for Premier’s Active April at
It’s free to join, and every participant will receive: 10 free passes to a participating YMCA or local government facility one hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve one free Get into Cardio Tennis session Aquarium, and  a chance to win prizes including entry into the Tennis Finals.
Active April was a great way to encourage Victorians to develop active habits.
lifestyle is crucial to good health and wellbeing, both in the short and long term.”
For more information or to register for Premier’s Active April, head to

Help shape local health care policy

WESTERN Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking community members and health professionals to join their Clinical and Community Councils.
Trethowan said he was delighted to have the opportunity to work with community members who had a passion to improve the quality, accessibility and co-ordination of primary health care across the region.
“The Clinical and Community Councils will form an important plank in our governance structure, ensuring our staff and Board are actively engaged in local communities.
“We will have four separate Clinical and four separate Community Councils in each region including Geelong Otway, Great South Coast, – representing local views on how to improve community.”
Western Victoria PHN regional manager organisation was inviting members of the community and local health professionals to submit an expression of interest.
“The purpose of the Geelong Otway Coast Clinical Council is to inform our board on the unique needs of our community and assist in developing local solutions to improve the health system for patients.
“The Geelong Otway Community Council will bring a local community perspective and experience to ensure that any improvements to the health system are patient centred.”
“We are really excited to have the opportunity to engage regularly with people interested in making a difference in our local community.”
“Recruitment of council members involves an online application, shortlist and interview process.”
Applications close at 5pm on April 11. For more information and to apply, head to

Childcare centre pledges to support families

A GROVEDALE childcare centre has spoken out about proposed changes to the childcare rebate system, saying it is standing by families with young children.
The Coalition’s $40 billion childcare package, which has yet to pass the Senate, has been criticised for its tougher requirements, including families having to pass an activity test to be eligible for funding.
Modelling released earlier this month by the Australian National University suggested more families would be worse off under the changes. to support families Torquay Road Early Learning and Kinder director Stephanie Archer said families were already doing it tough and “we don’t want to see any children disadvantaged by losing access to early learning”.
“In an industry that should be focused on the provision of quality early learning and care, of good old-fashioned love, individual attention, learning and support, it is disappointing to see the shift in focus.
“We are and will always be advocates for the children in our care; they are the future of our local community.
“In fact, our resolve has been strengthened by the shift and now more than ever we are dedicated to providing every child with the best possible start in life.”
She said her centre remained focused “on providing every child with quality early learning and care in a fun and dynamic environment,” including a recent investment in landscaping its outdoor area into a purpose-built, all natural-environment for children.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Coalition’s childcare package included $3 billion in extra funding.
He said the changes included abolishing the $7,500 cap on childcare for families earning $185,710 or less, and increasing the cap to $10,000 for families earning more than $185,710.