Monthly Archives: January 2016

Marketing event not to be missed

Marketing event not to be missed

A free marketing media forum offers businesses the knowledge needed to grow and increase market share on the Surf Coast and the Bellarine.

TIMES News Group (publisher of the Surf Coast Times, Bellarine Times and Armstrong Creek Times) is presenting a free marketing media forum for all business owners, managers and marketing specialists.

The media forum is geared towards providing media marketing knowledge to local businesses.

The guest speaker is accomplished media consultant and presenter Steve Nicholas.

Mr Nicholas has been in the media industry for more than 25 years; his career has spanned many of the mainstream media platforms.

A highly regarded and sought-after presenter, his knowledge of the media in general is extensive.

He is the developer of the Accelerator Plus forward sales program, which helps SMEs in achieving the best results in long-term sustainable growth.

Mr Nicholas’ experience in television and radio general management, sales management and production in all areas of the audio visual platforms makes him a consultant well worth listening to.

ABP Media Pty Ltd is Mr Nicholas’ company; he plays an active role in the growth and development of business groups all over Australia.

He is also Chairman of Onup Pty Ltd Global Broadcast Media Systems and has a close relationship with ARIA Inc America.

The one-hour session will look at: grow and increase market share, giving you a kick start on the Surf Coast and the Bellarine.

The hourly sessions are running over three days, February 9-11, at the Surf Coast Hotel, 100 The Esplanade, Torquay. Session times vary. For details and to book tickets to one of them, visit eventbrite.


Inside Geelong Gallery. Photo: JESSE MARLOW

Internationally recognised public art museum director and curator Jason Smith will take the reins at Geelong Gallery in May.

The board of Geelong Gallery recently announced Mr Smith would take over as new director following Geoffrey Edwards’ departure at the end of April.

Mr Smith has worked in the art museum sector for 25 years and he is currently the curatorial manager of Australian art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.

He was the director and chief executive officer of Heide Museum of Modern Art from 2008-2014, where he led the museum’s critically acclaimed reinvigoration. He has also been the director of Monash Gallery of Art, and a curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as having curated more than 40 exhibitions and written on the work of more than 150 artists for a range of publications.

“I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to lead the next phase of Geelong Gallery’s already long and illustrious life as one of Australia’s oldest and most important public art galleries,” Mr Smith said.

“Geelong Gallery holds a magnificent collection of 19th, 20th and 21st century art of national significance, and I look forward to working to ensure its ongoing relevance to the people of Geelong and audiences throughout the state and nation.”

Geelong Gallery chairman Terry Wills Cooke said the board is delighted with Mr Smith’s appointment.

“He brings to the community of Geelong a reputation for excellence in gallery and museum management and innovative artistic direction.

“The Gallery’s membership and the broader community of Geelong will benefit from Jason’s vision and enthusiasm as we move into a phase of redevelopment and change for the Gallery and for the arts precinct of Geelong.

“We are delighted to welcome Jason to Geelong following the retirement of longterm director Geoffrey Edwards.

“We are grateful to Geoffrey who established the Geelong Gallery as one of Australia’s leading regional galleries during his 15 year tenure.”

Mr Smith will relocate to Geelong in mid-April and commence as director on May 1.

Hayden’s summer of sales

Hayden’s summer of sales HAYDEN Real Estate Torquay is enjoying a increasing the interest in residential properties.

Hayden’s Wayne Mackay said that the fantastic weather had brought a lot of people to the Surf Coast this summer.

“This makes the competition within the property market very strong,” Mr Mackay said.

“We have just had three properties sell before auction, two properties located in ‘Old Torquay’, one at 1/19 Henty Street, a two-bedroom classic beach shack in Old Torquay, and the other nestled in one of Torquay’s most popular streets at 1/29 Spring Street.”

Mr McKay said the two properties were snapped up shortly after listing with one in less than a week of hitting the market.

“The third was a near-new residence, which has to be one of the best available along The Esplanade to date, with views to match, overlooking Fishos beach.

“This amazing property was on the market for less than two weeks before the lucky purchasers snapped it up.

“Over the weekend we also sold a Jan Juc gem at 21 Strathcairn Avenue, which created a lot of interest in this tightly held area.

“At Anglesea, Marius Tekin’s team had a successful auction 59A Eighth Avenue Anglesea with both vendors and purchasers very happy with the result.

“The auction campaigns are tried and tested, with proved results.”

Mr Mackay said his company had many keen clients looking to buy their piece of the coastal dream so there was no better time to consider selling your property than now, in what remains a strong summer market.

If you are considering selling your property or would like an up-to-date market appraisal, phone Hayden Real Estate at either Anglesea on 5263 2133 or Torquay on 5261 2101.

Health tips for hot days

While most people find really hot days and long spells of hot weather uncomfortable, there are some people who are at higher risk of becoming ill.

The elderly, especially those over 75 years of age, and those with existing health conditions, people taking medication or those who may be socially isolated are most at risk from hot weather.

Here are some tips to help you stay well during the summer months:

 Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to avoid heat-related illness

 Keeping your body cool by staying out of the sun and wearing loose clothing. Avoid any physical activity

 To help you cool down, place icepacks under your armpits, on your groin or on the back of the neck to reduce body heat. A cool shower or bath (if feeling well enough) can help, or use a your body

 Keeping your house cool by shutting curtains/ blinds early in the day. If you don’t have airconditioning you can always go to a shopping centre, library or the local pool. Stay in the coolest room in the house and try to use the stove or oven as little as possible

 Watch out for other elderly friends, neighbours or relatives by encouraging them to drink water.

If needed, take them to a shopping centre, library or cinema with air-conditioning. Also ensure animals have plenty of water and shade if they are outside.

It is important to keep an eye on the weather forecasts and know who to call if you need help.

Check with your doctor if you have any health conditions that mean you are at greater risk of heatrelated illness, and what you need to do to stay safe in the heat.

If you are feeling unwell, contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency department. If you think your symptoms are serious, call for an ambulance immediately on triple zero (000).

Sensible discussion sought on borough

THE recent talk around possible amalgamations of local government municipalities in our region is creating some interesting debate.

The debate comes after questions querying the viability of the Borough of Queenscliffe were raised at a recent public meeting in Point Lonsdale organised by Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins.

South Barwon MP Andrew Katos said discussion about the Borough of Queenscliffe was also needed in the review of electoral boundaries.

“It’s just not logical to have a municipality of this size,” Mr Katos said.

“The borough is very reliant on other councils for services and it is time to have some sensible discussion around this issue.” Although this sentiment is likely to evoke some discontent with the borough’s constituents, Queenscliffe Council was formed as a result of the Kennett era amalgamations and is an anomaly when compared to the other 78 municipalities that make up Victorian Local Government Areas.

Historically, there has been much discussion about the viability of the Borough’s long-term future and economic and governance sustainability, but the Member for Bellarine and Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, is having none of it.

“The residents of Queenscliffe have never, and do not support being amalgamated into a Bellarine shire,” Ms Neville said.

“Both myself and the Minister for Local Government made it clear at the meeting that there was no intention to amalgamate the Borough of Queenscliffe nor establish a Bellarine Shire.

“This would cause unnecessary division among the community and my role is to continue to ensure that the residents of Bellarine have a voice in the state government, and that the City of Greater Geelong focuses greater investment in the communities in Bellarine.”

Absorbing the borough into the conglomerate that is the City of Greater Geelong has been raised again recently but is unlikely to gain much support.

The city is becoming an urban behemoth. With its primary focus on providing infrastructure to support massive residential growth and all the services that come with it, some residents in the rural areas and townships of the Bellarine already feel that they are second cousins to the resource hungry City of Geelong.

Separating the Bellarine from Geelong and amalgamating it with the Borough of Queenscliffe, which already has the administrative and governance infrastructure in place, has also been a point of much debate over the years.

Those advocating for a newly created Queenscliffe and Greater Bellarine council say that it would better represent the regional areas and townships than a city-centric administration.

There have also been discussions in the past from Surf Coast councillors who have suggested that to better balance electoral and geographical representation, any newly created Bellarine entity should be delineated by the Barwon River.

This would effectively encompass Ocean Grove and leave Barwon Heads, Breamlea and the areas of Connewarre south of Barwon Heads Road to Lower Dunned Road to be encompassed by the Surf Coast Shire.

Winchelsea wants its kart track back

THE Winchelsea Fun Kart Club could resume operation in coming months with the Surf Coast Shire considering a petition to reopen or relocate their track at a meeting today (Thursday).

The council will consider a report based on the petition, in which more than 800 signatories request the continuation of operations at the track located at Winchelsea Common, or at another suitable site.

Go-karting events ceased at the Common in early 2013 after a council investigation found the land on which it is located was contaminated with lead, antimony and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

The council report states that the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) recommended the Common be closed while additional investigations into the contamination and public health risks were undertaken.

However, petitioner Chris Riley said no action has been taken since to investigate further, clear the land of contaminants or relocate the track since.

“The only money that has been used for the track has been spent trying to keep it closed,” he said.

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“Most of the town wants it open so the kids can enjoy it, but council just wants to take it away, why  The EPA issued a clean-up notice for the site to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in May 2015.

The council report says it will continue to work with the appropriate authorities on meeting EPA requirements this year.

The full report can be viewed online at

Auction draws near on river of support

EXCITEMENT is building as the auction of a to Geelong-based Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) charity, River’s Gift, draws near.

Only four weeks remain until the Geelong Homes contemporary four-bedroom home at 1 Alcandre Street goes under the hammer.

Jonathan Gill from Hayden Real Estate Ocean Grove said builders had completed the River’s Gift Charity Home on schedule and that he would have “We are expecting a good auction and we are really excited to be part of such a great fundraising campaign,” Mr Gill said.

“It’s been so great to see all the different trades get right behind the house and give up their time and do it for next to nothing.”

In September 2015, Geelong Homes undertook a pledge to raise much needed funds for River’s Gift.

build and auction a contemporary four-bedroom home donated to River’s Gift to help stamp out SIDS home is open for inspection and ready for auction on Saturday February 27 at 11am.

A new Geelong Homes design called the G180, the River’s Gift Charity Home is contemporary and stylish, with neutral tones throughout.

To arrange an inspection, phone Hugh McKewan 0417 538 779 or Jonathan Gill 0433 707 508 from Hayden Real Estate, Ocean Grove.

The construction of the River’s Gift Charity Home was made possible thanks to the very generous contributions of Geelong Homes sub-contractors and suppliers, along with River’s Gift supporters who were more than willing to put their hand up for the worthy cause and contribute their time, products and services.

See page 64 for more on the home.

Title bobs up in shire’s hands

THE state government has kept its promise to rezone its portion of Jan Juc’s Bob Pettitt Reserve from residential to public park and recreation zone by selling the land to the Surf Coast Shire for $500,000.

Labor Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney visited Bob Pettitt Reserve with Surf Coast mayor Rose Hodge to discuss further recreational opportunities at the site such as the new pump bike track now that the land has been sold to the shire.

This important piece of community open space and recreational infrastructure, which is home to a number of community organisations and sporting clubs, is now secure in the community’s hands.

Surf Coast Shire mayor Cr Rose Hodge said that Bob Pettitt Reserve in Jan Juc is at the heart of the community.

“It’s a much-loved and well-used open space, and the efforts of this Victorian government to work with council on keeping this reserve in public hands brings to an end any uncertainty over its future,” Cr Hodge said.

“The transfer of the title for the section of the reserve purchased by the former Department of Education in 1977 back to council means the community and council can focus on continuing to improve facilities at this fantastic reserve like the new pump bike track we have just completed.”

There had been an informal agreement in place for sometime regarding community use of this portion of Bob Pettitt Reserve, which then became part of the 2014 election argy-bargy around selling the site to council.

The Jan Juc Community fought hard to save the community space, and with the government honouring its election commitment, the land will now remain in community hands.

Ms Tierney said that Bob Pettitt Reserve would remain where it belongs: in the hands of the Jan Juc community.

“We have honoured our election promise to rezone the land and sell it to the Surf Coast Shire for its true value of $500,000.

“The paperwork is through and the Surf Coast Shire can now look at further recreational projects for this fantastic community space.”