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Pqueenscliffe Herald, January 2015 – Page 13
House-Warming have
just launched a new
online store!
• Shop from home using House-Warming's Online Store!
• Complimentary interior design consultation for HouseWarming customers needing a guiding hand getting their
lounge room, bedroom etc just right.
• Make an appointment during the week then bring images
of the room to our harbour-side store for your free advice.
Ph: 5258 5014
World's Longest Lunch at
Queenscliff Harbour
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau.
Last year 100 guests seated along the boardwalk at Queenscliff Harbour enjoyed a 3course lunch showcasing the best of the harbour's eateries, local wines and beers as part of
the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. While dining alfresco and sipping wine in the sun the
diners were entertained by roving performers and local musician Steve McEwan.
The 2015 World's Longest Lunch, Friday 13 March, promises to cast its 'net of wonder'
again as you enjoy the regions best at Queenscliff Harbour. Tickets are selling fast and
several missed out on this wonderful experience last year so book now at Event Brite
www.eventbrite.com.au or contact the Visitor Information Centre 5258 4843.
Charlie Noble
USA cocktail expert A.J. Rathbun says the phrase 'Happy Hour' was first used by the
Navy in the 1920s for a period of scheduled athletic activity or other entertainment.
Around the same time, thanks to the failed experiment called Prohibition, brave citizens
gathered for pre-dining hours specifically focused on consuming illegal cocktails at a
speakeasy or home bar. Eventually, the ideas merged, and people began using the phrase
frequently to refer to a jolly time had when drinking with friends during the late afternoon
and early evening hours.
'Happy Hour' at the newly renovated Charlie Noble is legal and athletic activity is
optional. The only compulsory activity is enjoying the spectacular harbour views while
ordering a local wine, beer and cider at special prices 4-6pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Page 14 – Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015
GPAC Theatre Season 2015
Spread your wings and fly! Fly
straight to Geelong Performing
Arts Centre to ensure you do not
miss out on what promises to be
the best season ever at GPAC.
2015 brings theatre from around
the world to Geelong and GPAC
are delighted to be the only theatre
in Australia to host the renowned
Globe Theatre, Globe to Globe
world tour of Shakespeare's
immortal 'Hamlet' in the beautiful
Costa Hall 28 and 29 of May. What
a coup!
The London based company
will make Geelong the only theatre
in Australia to be honoured by
being part of the Company's unprecedented tour to mark the 450th
anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.
The cast of twelve will travel to
every country in the world travelling
by boat, sleeper train, tall ships, bus
and airplane across the seven
continents, playing in National
theatres and in villages to palaces.
Starting the season in February
will be 'Wot! No fish?' Written and
performed, by Danny Braverman,
described as "a funny and moving
story of love, art, family and fish
balls. The Drama Theatre will host
'Kelly'15-18 April, the story of
confrontation between brothers
Ned and Dan which takes place in
Kelly's cell the night before his
May sees a marathon of iconic
theatre with another first for GPAC
welcoming the New Zealand
Dance Co. and the Geelong West
City Band to bring 'Rotunda' to the
stage. This dramatic offering comes
with a warning. There will be
smoke, haze, strong themes and
strobe lighting and parental
guidance is recommended due to
war themes. The much loved 'Storm
Boy' by Colin Thiele, adapted for
the stage by Tom Holloway. This
Australian classic is definitely one
for the children with a recommended age from 6+.
In July the Drama Theatre hosts
Red Stitch Actors Theatre with the
comedy 'Love, Love, and Love'. A
satirical look at the baby boomer
generation and their impact on
today's society.
W h o d o e s n ' t l ove N o n i
Hazelhurst? This Australian favourite is bringing to GPAC
'Mother', a one woman play written
specially for her by Daniel Keene,
described as provocative, gritty and
beautiful, part truth and part fiction.
It comes with a warning of strong
coarse language and themes.
Children under 15 not recommended.
Aahh, nostalgia, and looking
back to the seventies we will all
remember the 'Country Songs' of
super star indigenous icon Jimmy
Little by Reg Cribb. The story is
placed in the sure and steady hands
of Michael Tuahine who promises
to take audiences on a musical
journey that celebrates the healing
power of music at GPAC for 4
shows from August 27.
Who better to play the role of
Maria Callas than the talented
Maria Mercedes? 'Master Class' by
Terence McNally explores the
world of one of the world's most
known stars of opera. Do not
expect an operatic feast. 'Master
Class' is a look at Callas at the end
of her singing career when she took
a master class of students from
Julliard School of music in New
York. Nevertheless, it is a riveting
look at the art and life of opera. Five
performances from Wednesday 16
Bookings and inquiries GPAC
Box Office 5225 1200.
By Mary Walker
A very sweet jam session
Despite working without a script the
Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group's
Open Mic Night was a great success.
Edwina Royce and her dad Ian's
performance as a pirate was very
convincing. Dan Eastwood and David
Golightly belted out 'My Way' and 'New
York', Bernard Reed on the mouth organ
and Kaleta Avene doing a Fijian number
were all very entertaining.
'Clancy of the Overflow' was recited by
Belinda Hughes with Matthew King
Nicole Hickman, Cynthia Hughes, Donna
Barnard, Hanneke Johnson and Von Philp
as extras. Peter, Paul and Marion aka Jon
Mamonski, Stewart Firth and Marion
Melrose dropped in too.
Youngsters Gemma Eastwood,
Mercedes Gowlett and Stephanie
Golightly in her first ever public
performance and Isabella and Andrew
Coomber were all supported by the
wonderful musicianship provided by
Lizzie Coyne.
The Queenscliffe
Lighthouse Theatre
Group wish to advise
that their Annual
General Meeting will
be held on Monday 9
February at 7.30 p,m.
This meeting will be
held at the
Queenscliffe RSL,
King Street,
All members are
invited to attend.
Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015 – Page 15
Quintessential Queenscliffe
Saturday 4 May 2013 marked the
150th Anniversary of the Borough of
Queenscliffe's 150th Anniversary - an
event of great community pride as well
as municipal importance. On this day
the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry
Barkly, granted the wishes of the
citizens of Queenscliff and approved the
creation of this local government area.
Before European settlement about
10,000 Aboriginal people lived around
Port Phillip Bay including the Bengali
Clan of the Wadda Wurrung who
lived on the Bellarine Peninsula
known as the 'People of the Waters'
who harboured escaped convict
William Buckley from 1803-1835.
Wherever you are within the
Borough you are no more than a few
hundred metres from the water and
since settlement the lives of the people
living here have been associated with
the sea.
This is the last remaining
'Borough' in all of Australia. Let us
reflect on 150 years of history and civic
service, and the quality of life it has
bestowed upon us. Let us continue to
cherish our past as we embrace our
-Excerpt from the speech given by
Mayor Helene Cameron's 150th
Anniversary Celebrations.
Quintessential Queenscliff - A
Pictorial History of the
Borough of Queenscliffe
"Quintessential is a perfect
description for Queenscliff… it
means pure and concentrated
essence and the most perfect form,
embodiment and manifestation,"
says retired ABC journalist John
Reid whose Pictorial History of
the Borough of Queenscliffe
featuring two of Victoria's older
settlements, Queenscliff and Point
Lonsdale, was launched recently.
featuring two of Victoria's
older settlements, Queenscliff and
Point Lonsdale, was launched
John's detailed historical
research and photos were sourced
mainly from the Queenscliffe
Historical Museum and the
Maritime Museum with support
from local historians, experts and
historical publications. With over
3,000 photos to choose from the
book features 330 black and white
photos introducing us to the
borough's early history features
the first ship known to enter Port
Phillip Bay 15 February 1802, the
Lady Nelson, followed by passenger vessels and shipwrecks.
Owning a copy of John Reid's
book will provide you with an
interesting pictorial history of the
Borough of Queenscliffe - a must
have for visitors and locals alike -
When opportunity knocked...
In 2004 Gordon Jones had an idea for a book
shop that might raise a few dollars towards repairs
at the Queenscliff Uniting Church.
Gordon spoke with Ministers Charles Gallagher
and Kerrie Lingham who quickly saw the potential
for building repairs and building community and so
the Vestry Shop came into being selling items of preloved clothing, household items and books.
Jim & Jill at the Vestry Shop whose 10th Anniversary
was an opportunity for a celebratory lunch.
Gordon's enthusiasm for the project was tempered
with the ministers reminding him that spirituality
was paramount. "Kerrie said it was a church with an
Op Shop attached, not the reverse," recalled Charles
whose financial statistics were very interesting. "Over
the past 10 years the revenue has grown substantially
and today the Vestry Shop contributes $80,000
annually towards the church's running costs."
Jim Tippett of the Spiritual Life group said that
having the Vestry Shop open daily provided people
with access to the church where they could pray or
meditate in a peaceful, welcoming place.
Chairperson Jill Stuckey
commented that the Vestry
Shop had been 'a life blood' to
volunteers and the knitting
group over the past decade
and celebrating its tenth
anniversary was a pleasure
for everyone involved in the
church's mission.
Emma Hack
17 January –
15 February
Seaview is proud to announce its first exhibition for
2015 will feature Emma
Hack's new work. In 2014,
Emma's reputation as a world
famous body artist continued
to grow and she held solo
shows in New York, London
and across Asia.
Emma has received great
acclaim for her refined body
paint camouflage technique;
through a combination of
painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich
array of visual narrative and
magical realism.
Emma will be at Seaview
Gallery for the opening of her
exhibition on Saturday 17
January from 2-4pm. Don't
miss this opportunity to meet
the artist and see two of her
new One of Collage Works
created especially for the
exhibition: "Exotic Birds" and
"Gardenia". These works
feature the iconic designs of
Florence Broadhurst, mixed
with Emma's unique body
painting with a special collage
Also at Seaview this January
Stunning new works from
Tiffany Calder Kingston,
Melanie Miller Georgie Gall,
Paul Evans and John Lacey.
Next production for Queenscliffe
Lighthouse Theatre Group
The next production for the Queenscliffe
Lighthouse Theatre Group will be in May 2015.
This will be a musical/comedy type theatre
restaurant show. An Information Night will be held
on Wednesday 28 January at 7.30 p.m at the
Queenscliffe RSL, King Street. Auditions will be
held mid February with rehearsals commencing on
Monday February 23. More information on this
production will be available at the Information
Seaview Gallery
Open 7 days - 10:30 - 5:00
86 Hesse St Queenscliff 3225
For further information please contact:
Colleen 03 5258 3645
[email protected]
Page 16 – Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015
A brief history of Queenscliff Best Foot Forward
The Wathawurung people lived in
Queenscliff well before Europeans
came to the area. The first white man
to live in the area was an escaped
convict, William Buckley, who
befriended the local aboriginals and
lived with them in the area for 32
years from 1803.
A long standing myth is that Pirate
Benito Benita buried a huge bounty of
treasure in a cave on the cliffs of Swan
Bay in 1798. Tales say he was caught
burying the treasure by the British
Navy and the cave was sealed with
exploding gun powder. Benita was
hanged and the treasure never
recovered. Over the years treasure
seekers have searched the area for the
treasure including religious artefacts
from a Peru cathedral.
The first lighthouse was erected in
the early 1840s and a survey of the bay
was carried out also around this time.
By the 1850s a pastoral run was set up
where the town now stands. The land
was sold off after a survey once the
Victorian Gold Rush started. The town
was called Queenscliff by Governor
Charles La Trobe in honour of the
reigning monarch, Queen Victoria.
The town soon had schools, churches
and amenities and became a popular
shipping port with a life boat service,
pilot service large jetty and pier.
By the 1860s a tramway was
installed and the pier extended to be
able to handle larger vessels. Fishermen then moved in with their fleet and
the gold rush brought an influx of
migrants seeking their fortune. The
town then developed its garrison, and
became a strategic defence post during
the Crimean War. By the 1880s the fort
was in place with scares of a Russian
invasion. In 1883 George Tobin was
operating a pilot service in the area,
then called Whale Head, but known as
Shortland's Bluff today where the
lighthouse stands.
Josephine Williams 1987
The railway line connecting Geelong opened in 1879 bringing huge
growth to the area transporting goods
in and out of Queenscliff. While it is no
longer used by commercial trains it is
one of the Bellarine's most popular
tourist attractions travelling between
Drysdale and Queenscliff and is the
home of the iconic Blues Train.
The trains along with the paddle
steamers were an ideal way for holiday
makers and high society from
Melbourne to holiday in Queenscliff's
magnificent Victorian hotels and guest
In the early 1900s Queenscliff lost
some of its appeal due to the
introduction of the motor car. For the
first time people with a car could
choose where they wanted to go and
went searching for somewhere
different to holiday.
This slowed Queenscliff's huge
growth but has probably been
responsible for saving much of its
Victorian heritage and many stately
buildings saved from developers
wanting to tear them down and replace
them with modern structures.
The best way to explore Queenscliff
is on foot. The Queenscliff Hotel on
Gellibrand Street dates back to 1888
still retains its old world charm;
Lathamstowe dates back to 1881-83
and was ran by Edward Latham, a
brewer who founded the Carlton
Brewery. Latham married the daughter
of the owner of the Ozone Hotel then
called Bailleau House. The Ozone was
one of the more fashionable houses in
Queenscliff and was a holiday
destination for the rich. The Ozone
took the name of the paddle steamer
'Ozone' that brought people to
Queenscliff from Melbourne. At the
end of its life it was sunk off the coast
of Indented Heads to form a
breakwater and can still be seen off the
shore at low tide.
A walk along Thwaites Walk takes
you towards the garrison where the
unique Black Lighthouse stands, the
only one of its kind in Australia. The
stones were cut and numbered in
Scotland and shipped to Australia - a
truly incredible feat in 1863.
Call in at the Queenscliffe Historical Museum for more detailed
history of the area and places to visit
or take a Heritage Walk from the
Visitor Information Centre to experience Queenscliff's history first hand.
Featuring live music from a variety
of locals and over 100 stalls selling
quality home made goods.
Sunday January 25
9am – 2pm
Lower Princess Park Cnr Gellibrand &
Symonds Street
Enquiries: [email protected] or look
for Queenscliffe Community Market on
Held 2nd Sunday of each Month
Handmade and
Homegrown Produce
The Queenscliff Historical
Museum's Summer Display 'Best
Foot Forward; boots and shoes from
the Museum Collection' is now
open daily from 11am-4pm.
What is it about shoes that so
fascinate us? They are all different but
still expected to do the same job cover our feet. Shoes might be just
exquisite or outright crippling and
Museum volunteers Rosemary
Brown and Sandra Lee have sought
out shoes that tell a story. The shoes
with the best story belong to Denis
Walters, who writes for the Queenscliffe Herald, and he tells the story with
inimitable charm.
The oldest item of footwear dates
from about 1865 - a pair of hand
beaded slippers ready for the cobbler
to make-up and the rarest item are
galoshes shaped to fit over high heeled
shoes made in Canada about 1915.
Denis 'put his best foot forward' wearing
these to his wedding in 1974 in
Hob nails. Are you familiar with
hob nails? A box of heavy hob nails
and a boot sole prepared ready for the
nails is on show.
Put on your best shoes, bring your
well shod guests and walk to the
display in the Queenscliffe Historical
Museum in Hesse Street, next door to
the Post Office.
Bellarine Springs Christmas High Tea
Seniors from Geelong and the
Bellarine Peninsula got their Christmas festivities off to a flying start
with a lavish High Tea at Terindah
Estate on Wednesday 3 December
organised by Pinnacle Living's Bellarine Springs Retirement Village.
Bellarine Springs supports the
National Breast Cancer Foundation
and guests were asked to donate just
$5 towards the cause. Geoffrey Reeve,
CEO of Pinnacle Living said: "With
events like our Christmas High Tea
fundraiser for the National Breast
Cancer Foundation, we are giving
people a taste of the kind of
community being created at Bellarine
Springs and the sorts of events that
our new residents can look forward to.
Interest in Bellarine Springs has
been high, with many homes selling
off the plan since construction began
in June 2014. The new village will
take quality, choice and service to a
new level with a program of daily
activities to rival most holiday resorts.
The location, facilities and community are all a great drawcard for
independent seniors looking for a
dynamic, welcoming community to
call home."
A Contentment of Teacosies & Socks
Fri 2 to Sun 4th, 10am-5pm
Devonshire and High Teas
Singing for Fun with tea-themed songs, 3pm Sat
January concert series:
Jan 7 at 8pm - John Flanagan Trio and Ginger & Tonic ($20)
Jan 21 at 8pm - Greg Champion ($20)
Jan 28 at 7.30pm - Soul Sister Swing ($35 includes meal)
9am to 2pm
With Dance Teacher Tara Lynch 5-7pm, Jan 10.
Includes sausage sizzle & party food. $10 per family
Movie Night
Jersey Boys, Weds, Jan 14 at 7.30pm
Month of Contentment: Gatherings at Queenscliff
Contentment in & Blessing in the New Year Sunday, Jan 4, 10am
Contentment & Blessing in Relationships, Sunday, Jan 18 at 10am
Kirk’s Place - Kirk Rd, Point Lonsdale
Art For Contentment series
Tues, Jan 6 - Sculpture
Thurs, Jan 8 - Exquisite Paper Cutting
Tues, Jan 13 - Mosaic (Part 1)
Thurs, Jan15 - Mosaic (Part 2)
Tues, Jan 20 - Portrait Drawing
Thurs, Jan 22 - Beginner Crochet
*Classes run from 10am-12pm by local artists; suitable for 8-108 year olds
*$20 per session; participants may need to bring some items.
Mindfulness with Gentle Harp
Saturday Jan 3 & 10, 10.30am
Public &
School Holidays
11am - 5pm
Bookings Heather: 5258 2854 or 0478 611 481 or [email protected]
$12 per person,
children free.
Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015 – Page 17
Uniting Church Summer Concert
Series has something for everyone!
Ginger & Tonic plus the John Flanagan Trio
Wednesday 7 January 8pm
Four close friends: Emma, Sheona, and sisters Jane
and Sarah make up the all girl acapella band Ginger
& Tonic whose harmonic ballads, original songs and
seamless cabaret style show are great fun. Locals who
caught them at the 2013 Queenscliff Music Festival
were in stitches listening to the comedic parodies.
The John Flanagan Trio blend traditional Americana
stylings with deeply honest Australian storytelling to
create their simple and expressive style of
bluegrass/folk music. A double bill not to be missed!
$20pp includes refreshments. Wine Bar Open.
Family Disco
Saturday 10 January 5-7pm
Looking for a chance to dance? Local dance
instructor Tara Lynch will take you through dance
moves to 80s music like 'Walking on Sunshine' and
'Thriller'. Great fun for pre-schoolers, primary school
kids and their adult companions who should always
dance like there's no one watching.
$10 per family includes sausage sizzle
The Bellarine Railway
What’s On Board: January 2015
Operated by volunteers, the heritage railway has a
variety of trips and experiences, which will appeal to
everyone from toddlers to the elderly. Trains run daily
from Boxing Day to the end of the first week in January
and then every day except for Mondays and Fridays until
the Australia Day weekend.
Queenscliff-Drysdale 11.00am
Queenscliff-Lakers Siding 1.15pm
Queenscliff-Drysdale 2.45pm
The regular Heritage Train Service takes passengers
on a scenic journey from Queenscliff to Drysdale or
Lakers Siding, travelling alongside Swan Bay.
For those looking for something more active or
interactive, try one of the following options:
Upgrade your ticket to include a Locomotive Cab
Ride and watch the train crew at work; Cycle or walk
beside the railway from Drysdale to Queenscliff and
return onboard one of the carriages (bikes are carried
free); Take the train to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre and find out why Swan Bay is important
to migrating birds.
Family Specials and Events
• Magic Show & Workshop evening specials: 6, 8, 13,
15, 20 & 22 January, 7pm - 8pm.
• Day out with Thomas weekends: 3, 4, 17 & 18
January, 10am - 4pm.
Further information and bookings are available online at www.bellarinerailway.com.au or call 5258 2069.
Film Night
Wednesday 14 January 7.30pm
Showcasing the iconic 1960s rock group 'The Four
Seasons' and Frankie Valley's wonderful singing.
Folk, Australiana and a Dash of Comedy
Wednesday 21 January 8pm
Greg Champion of 'Coodabeen Champions' fame is
a songwriter, guitarist, radio personality and athlete
known for his humorous songs about sport and
football. 'That's the Thing About Football' is one of
his best.
$20pp includes refreshments. U/15 $5.
Wine Bar Open.
Organ Recital
Sunday 25 January 5pm
To celebrate the church's newly refurbished Fincham
organ Brendon Lukin organ music and a of his
musical friends will be a treat.
$20pp includes refreshments.
Sassy Soul Sisters
Wednesday 28 January 7.30pm
Their energetic, dynamic take on songs from the 40s
to today combined with melodic harmonies, stylized
choreography and great costumes will keep you
entertained and asking for more.
Café-style. Tables of 6-8 recommended.
$35pp includes evening meal. Wine Bar Open.
All Concerts
Queenscliff Uniting Church, Hesse Street
Tickets: Info Centre or the Door
Bookings: Heather Gallagher 5258 2854, 0478 611
481 [email protected]
Art for Contentment
Classes 10am-12pm run by local artists
Suitable for 8-108 year olds
January Dates
6 - Sculpture
8 - Exquisite Paper Cutting
13 - Mosaic Part 1
15 - Mosaic Part 2
20 - Portrait Drawing
22 - Beginner Crochet
$20 per session
Bookings: Heather 5258 2854
Venue: Kirk's Place
Pt Lonsdale Uniting Church, Kirk Road
Tea Cosies & Socks Exhibition
2-4 January 10am-5pm
Teapots, Tea Cosies and Hand Knitted Socks for sale.
'Tea with Grace' Scones & High Tea available.
Queenscliff Uniting Church, Hesse St.
Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club
Discover Sailing
Ever wanted to try your hand at
sailing . . . or just want to go for
a paddle on the safe inland
waters of Swan Bay?
Well here's your chance!
We provide the vessels, instructors, experienced skippers, PFD's,
Yachting Victoria showbags and even sun screen … all FREE.
Plus a BBQ lunch and cool drinks for a humble donation of only
$2 respectively. All ages welcome!
WHEN: Sundays x 3 - January 4th, February 1st & April 19th
11 am - 3 pm
WHERE: At the Clubhouse off King St & Nankervis Pde, Queenscliff
CONTACT: Catherine Eagleson on 0458 591 799
Fort Queenscliff
Guided Tours
2011 Australia Day Community Award
150th Anniversary Military Presence
Enjoy the rare opportunity to tour a 19th Century
Coastal Artillery Fort and let the children dress
up in military uniforms. A great photo opportunity.
Train Tr e
TOURS: Weekends: 1pm & 3pm
School Holidays: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Guided tours last 1hr and 15mins.
Family Ticket $25, Adult $12
Child $6, Concession & Senior $6.
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10 %
& save
What’s On Board: January 2015
Visit website for details, dates & on-line bookings or call 5258 2069.
School Holiday Programs also held in Easter, June & September.
•Help with Family Histories
Scenic Train Trips Carriage Hire
Locomotive Cab Rides
Dazzling Dan’s Magic Show & Workshop
Marine Discovery Centre Visits
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Steam Train Trips Day out with Thomas Events
Easter Bunny & Santa Specials Train Driver Experiences
www.bellarinerailway .com.au
Adults $5, Concession $4
Children free (accompanied by an adult)
Groups by appointment
49 Hesse st, Queenscliff
(Next to Post Office)
Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri 11am to 4pm
Sat & Sun 2pm to 4pm
Page 18 – Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015
A Fair to Remember at
the Cottage By the Sea
Annual Fair 17th January
The Cottage's biggest fundraising event for the year is
the Annual Fair held in the Cottage grounds at 29
Flinders St Queenscliff. It begins with Breakfast from
9am, Devonshire Teas from 10am and BBQ Lunches
11am to 2pm.
Cottage by the Sea has been located in the same
magnificent location in Queenscliff for almost 125 years.
We originally catered for convalescing children, evolving
over time to now provide fun-filled programs for children
marginalised for a wide range of reasons. In hard times
funds raised by the annual fetes/fairs were the major
source of funds to keep the Cottage open and offering
In 1910 the Cottage held Annual Picnics at the homes
of wealthy supporters and in the late 1920s Annual
Fundraising Picnics were held in Queenscliff with
attendees coming to Queenscliff by train or ferry.
In 1935 Annual Fetes replaced the picnics and the
tradition has continued until today.
Today's Fair is a wonderful event with lots of bargains,
plants, cakes, jams, fresh foods, fruit and vegetables,
books (children's and adults), craft, toys, new clothing,
wines, sports equipment, and the ever popular White
Elephant stall, great food - something for everyone to
enjoy but here's a tip - get there early as it's very popular!
1910 Picnic Day Myoora
Feel Fit &
while you have
Fun being
Group classes
Ring Kerry
Energy for Life
0414 581 670
Queenscliff sadly farewells a lady
Vale Nancy Pettigrove
14/7/1928 - 28/11/2014
Earlier this month, on a grey
windswept day, hundreds of
mourners gathered at St George's
picturesque church on the hill to
celebrate the life of Queenscliff's
first lady, Nancy Pettigrove.
Rhianon Pettigrove gave a
touching insight into her grandmother's character when she
penned the following heartfelt
post on Facebook soon after the
passing of the Bellarine icon.
"Most of us strive to be good
people, to make the right choices
and do right by others, for Nancy
Winnifred Pettigrove this came
naturally. Every cell in her body,
every fiber of her being was pure
goodness. She radiated warmth
and kindness until the very end.
Her life was dedicated to those
around her, from practically
raising her younger siblings in her
early teens, to rearing my fellow
grandchildren in her 60s and 70s.
She was devoted to every
patient she saw, every guest she
housed, every customer she
served, and every horse she rode.
Her generosity and selflessness
knew no bound, yet she never
expected anything in return. She
owed us nothing, we owe her
everything. She was our guardian
angel on earth, and she will
undoubtedly continue to be. The
pain and sadness of her passing is
felt by many, but we are all so
blessed to have known her.
Her memory could never be
forgotten by those fortunate to
have known her, and will forever
inspire us all to be better people."
Nancy Pettigrove, nee Perris,
was born in 1928 at Ultima, deep
in the wheat and sheep Mallee
district. It was the same year The
Royal Flying Doctor made its
maiden flight while Collingwood
defeated Richmond in the Grand
Final and Statesman won the
Melbourne Cup. King George V
was the ruling monarch and
Stanley Bruce was our Prime
Minister while other notable
arrivals that year included Geelong's favorite son Bob Davis,
revered Aussie bush artist Pro
Hart and champion cyclist
Russell Mockridge.
Nurse Nancy Perris graduated from
Geelong Hospital in 1948
Nancy's family did not move
to Queenscliff, Victoria's then
premier seaside resort, until 1940
but nonetheless she was a pioneer
in every sense of the word innovator, originator, developer,
frontiersman, and a leader.
According to her nephew
Grant Perris, who prepared the
following eulogy, Nancy was the
oldest four children … a born
leader and over achiever.
She attended Queenscliff
Primary School in 1940 and
during World War II, tragically
lost her father Percy, who was
captured in Singapore and perished on the Burma Railway. She
worked in the heart of Hesse
Street at Bright & Hitchcocks on
the way to graduating from the
Geelong Hospital in 1948. During her training she lived at the
nurse's residence opposite the
hospital and on her days off she
borrowed a bike and peddled
home to Queenscliff as the bus
fare was too expensive.
She was also an accomplished
horsewoman, a trait she inherited
from her mother, and a gift she
would pass on to her daughter
and grandaughters. She was a
revered equestrian rider and
mixed with the roughest of riders
regularly racing at picnic races
across the Bellarine.
Nancy married Joe in 1948, a
partnership of 37 years that
produced four children - Wayne,
Glenn, Kelvin and Fiona - all of
whom would go on to start their
own families in or around
Queenscliff. Joe passed away
in1986 after a long battle with
cancer; Nancy cared for him at
home until the very end.
From 1953 to 1962, Joe and
Nancy ran Le Quamby Guest
House, situated on the corner of
Wharf and Bay Streets in
Queenscliff. Nancy also
continued to work casually for
local doctors, as well as providing
accommodation at Le Quamby
for approximately ten boarders.
Nancy took in a number of
boarders with special needs and
provided holiday accommodation over the summer months.
With Kelvin and Fiona
joining the family during this
period, Nancy as usual took their
arrivals in her stride, continuing
to run the guesthouse, producing
fantastic food including - roasts,
bucket-loads of fresh couta and
crayfish and was famous for her
desserts. Recently, it had given
Nancy great pleasure to see Le
Quamby being restored to its
former glory.
In 1962 Joe and Nancy
purchased the house and Milk
Bar at 37 Beach Street with
Nancy working long hours in the
shop which sold green groceries,
deli goods, cold drinks, icecreams and sweets. The family
recalls workers from the Ports
and Harbours sheds behind the
shop buying their lunch. They
loved Nancy's home-made pies
and pasties which proved to be so
popular, that she was asked to
stop making them by the Health
Inspector, as her sales were
affecting the business of the
town's local bakery.
We believe the local families
of Beach, Bay and Bridge Streets,
too numerous to mention by
name, would have fond memories of the milk bar, as it was 'the
hub of the wheel' that was the
Fishermen' Flats.
Between 1972 and 1975 Nancy
requalified and returned to
nursing at the Queenscliff &
District Community Health Centre performing many roles - district nursing, Coordinator of the
Day Care Centre, and was instrumental in the introduction of the
Meals on Wheels Service through
the local area.
In 1979 Nancy took on the
role of Deputy Matron at the
Queenscliff Nursing Home and
in 1981 was promoted to Director
of Nursing. 'Sister P' was warmly
regarded and respected by all doctors, patients, their families
work colleagues and the community receiving a Citizen of the
Year Award in 1988. Nancy
retired as Director of Nursing in
When Nancy purchased a pair
of breeding ostriches her natural
instincts and common sense
approach to animal husbandry
saw them succeed in the challenging task of raising birds that
rivalled bigger ostrich farms.
Nance was adopted by her
guardian goose 'Gus' who flew to
her car when she arrived and
chattered to her constantly. At
Nancy's 80th birthday celebration at the farm, the house
door was left ajar and to everyone's surprise Gus entered the
crowded room and walked
straight to the back of her chair to
be with her.
Nancy lived at Waterman
Court till December 2012 when
she moved into Coorabin Hostel
then relocated to Arcare in Point
Lonsdale. It was a fitting final
residence as over the years Nance
had had a long association with
the area and lots of fond
memories. Nancy will be deeply
missed and lovingly remember by
her family and her many friends.
Nancy with her self-appointed
guardian 'Gus'.
Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015 – Page 19
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Straw bale house on Swan Bay
A vacant block of twelve
hectares near Swan Bay has
undergone a radical transformation over the last eight years
and the changes have been
carried out with minimal environmental impact. The cost of
between $60-70,000 to have the
power connected to the property
was enough incentive for Robert
Beames to opt for solar and
wind power and remain off the
electricity grid altogether.
Research into an environmentally friendly house followed
and Robert decided the best
thermal option was a straw bale
house that would require no air
conditioning with power generated by a combination of the two
Although much of the work
was done by others, Robert did
considerable research into each
and every aspect of the house and
the surrounds. A quick tour of the
property is all that is needed to
realise the planning and completion of the project required a
fair degree of skill. Some of the
skill was acquired from sixteen and
a half years in the military with the
last five spent at 5 Aviation
Regiment in Townsville working
on Blackhawk heli-copters at times
doing simulation training with the
aircraft to enable fault finding. His
army experience proved invaluable
in the planning aspects of the
power generation for the property.
Eight years ago at a cost of
$32,000, less a government subsidy
of $4,000, he installed 12 solar
panels at a cost of $1,100 each and
a bank of batteries. The installation of a $14,000 wind turbine,
less a $7,000 government subsidy,
complements the system and
Robert explained its advantages.
"Sometimes it's overcast or
during the night the solar system
isn't charging," said Robert. "But
the wind turns the turbine nearly
twenty four hours a day."
The power is stored in twenty
four 2.2 volt batteries and with
some updating to the initial
system it is now more than
adequate for running a washing
machine, dishwasher and all the
other everyday household appli-
Robert and WWOOFA Michaela in
the garden.
The interior of Robert’s straw bale house
ances on 240 volts. The batteries
have a fifteen year life span with
proper maintenance.
The cost of installation of the
solar panels has decreased
markedly in eight years with
panels now available for $150
each. There is also work in
progress on a new battery that
will make a similar system far
more economical.
The straw bale walls of the
house are lime rendered with the
render being painted on. Surfaces
were coated with a mix of straw,
clay (from the property) and
sand. Another coating of lime
and sand was then applied.
Robert told of the significant
advantages of the alternative
building material.
"When the temperature was
around 50 degrees a few years
back and everyone's air conditioning went off. Some friends
came around because they knew I
still had power and the first thing
they said was, 'Oh you've got air
conditioning,' said Robert. "The
temperature hardly ever changes
from the coldest day to the
hottest. The walls are just the best
insulation and when the engineer
rated the house he said he had
never seen a house with a higher
rating. The R ratings have a
minimum of 5 and it goes up to 6
at 19 points, this house rated 29
points and I did more after that to
improve it even more.”
In some areas a special weatherboard has been used on the
house and Robert had high praise
for local builder Gary Napier.
"The weatherboards are radially
cut Victorian Ash and are a more
efficient use of trees with hardly
any waste. It takes a good builder
to be able to use it prop-erly and
Gary is the best I have ever come
across," explained Robert.
Another concept he incorporated in the house was one he
picked up from his time spent in
Queensland, the inclusion of
vents in the roof at each end of
the house keeps the house warm
when closed then cool in summer
when opened.
Another impressive feature of
the house is the polished concrete
floor. "I would definitely recommend concrete floors, the only
disadvantage is when you drop
something, it breaks."
Bluestone features throughout
the house and Robert used his
resourcing skills to source some
from Melbourne and some
locally. A windmill pumps water
from a dam to an overhead tank
for watering an extensive garden
and orchard via a drip system.
Wicking gardens are also an
effective water saving concept.
An innovative system, one of
only five in the Geelong district
when Robert installed it, is a
Reed Bed Septic System. Septic
tank waste runs into two reed
beds that filter the output from
the septic and was inspired by
Robert's architect.
Two 22,000 litre tanks and
one 28,000 litre tank utilise rainwater to service the requirements
of 38 fruit trees, berries and
vegetables in the garden. If the
water supply is threatened, toilets
are hooked up so they can be
converted to be flushed with dam
water. A worm farm for providing nutrients for the garden is
another asset that Robert has
installed. He also runs a small
herd of beef cattle.
The Beams family have lived
and farmed in the area for a
number of years and have employed a number of WWOOFAS
over the years. Members of the
Willing Workers On Organic
Farms Association, come to
Australia for work experience on
farms. A current WWOOFA
working with Robert before
moving onto his brother Finley's
nearby property, Michaela Fors,
from southern Sweden has
helped Robert with fencing,
tractor driving, feeding cows,
planting and watering small trees.
Working outdoors is quite a
change for 20 year old Michaela
as she was formerly employed in
Sweden the local council office.
Michaela would like to settle in
Australia, possibly working in the
travel industry.
Robert has built his dream
house and achieved a goal that
many can only fantasise over. No
more power or water bills and a
property that is almost entirely
By Denis Walters
Queenscliffe Herald, January 2015 – Page 21
The joy of a good book
It seemed inevitable that their
passion for books would lead
both Anne and Peter Downie
towards the establishment of
Barwon Booksellers, a successful
book selling business. Peter was
originally involved in the wine
retail business in London and
Melbourne and was lured into
bookselling by one of his customers. Anne was selling books
as a publisher's representative
visiting new bookshops around
the city. When Peter saw an
advertisement for the manager of
Griffiths Bookstore in Geelong
they thought a shift away from
the city would be a good move, as
it has proved to be.
The Downie's had been spending lunchtimes and weekends
visiting Melbourne's secondhand
bookshops, and not only had they
built up an impressive collection
of books, but they had also
established a valuable number of
contacts amongst the secondhand
book fraternity.
Anne explained the significance of the research. "Pretty well
every weekend we would go
around the bookshops solidly and
what we did at Barwon Booksellers incorporated Pete's ideas
but with what we had seen. There
were lots of booksellers and it was
a very vibrant period."
Anne's father died not long
after he retired and his death was
the catalyst for Peter to start his
own business as he didn't want to
retire without doing something he
was passionate about. He started
with a bookstall in McLarty's
Market then moved to the first
shop in Little Malop St before
moving to their present shop in
James St.
It was during a search for a
house in 1995, that they saw the
church in Hesse St and it soon
became a branch of Barwon
Booksellers. Peter oversees the
shop in James St and the Queenscliff church has become Anne's
domain. There is a huge range of
books in both shops and many
visitors to the church return time
and again.
"We have people coming from
many places looking for all sorts
of books and we always try to
price our books reasonably," said
Anne. "Books are also sold on-line
and as members of Australian
and New Zealand Association of
Antiquarian Booksellers we attend the annual Book Fair at
Melbourne University that attracts buyers from overseas.
It's a chance to have a chat with
the other booksellers and there are
also some high end sellers. We sell
antiquarian books but also sell
some quirky stuff. We had a
collection of Oz magazines that
sold really well."
With countless books to
choose from it was interesting to
find what books appealed to the
A keen gardener,
Anne enjoys reading gardening
books and biographies and Peter
prefers books on music, wine and
cooking. For Anne one of the
more pleasurable aspects of the
business is when a customer who
has been searching for a particular
Anne Downie never has to go very far to find pleasure for herself and others
in the pages of a good book.
book for some time finds it in the
shop and the pleasure they
experience. There was one time
when the reaction somewhat
surprised her.
"It's rewarding when people
say,” 'This is just what I have been
looking for!' But there was a man
ewho came in and said that he
wanted one book to finish a
collection he had been putting
together for years. When he asked
if we had the missing book and I
said yes, he was so disappointed.
"I've finished, what do I do now?"
By Denis Walters
Flying Brick Cider House
Those four words taken on
their own sound a tad odd but
when they're matched to the
Bellarine's newest venture by
well known wine makers,
Lyndsay and David Sharp, it's
no surprise as they are well
known for their great success in
the industry and especially Lyndsay's creativity. The Sharp's
also run Bellarine Peninsula
wineries Leura Park Estate and
Jack Rabbit Vineyard.
The just opened Flying Brick
Cider House at Wallington is
named after Lyndsay's favourite
bird, the Yellow Tailed Black
Cockatoo, sometimes affection-
ately referred to as a 'flying brick'
explained Lyndsay.
The design of the landmark
building on the Bellarine Highway reflected the Flying Brick
brand by using the colours of
Yellow Centrum Architects and
David McDonald Builders of
"They have turned my dream
into a reality with their ingenuity
and high quality workmanship,"
Ms Sharp said. "The building's
impressive wood-clad ceiling is a
nod to the cockatoo's intricate
wing structure."
Flying Brick will serve
traditionally crafted cider made
from 100 per cent fresh fruit.
Food is on offer, a selection of
Bellarine Peninsula wines, beer
with live music on Friday nights;
and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights with roots music
combining rock, soul, rhythm
and blues.
The just opened Flying Brick Cider House is located at 1215 Bellarine Highway.
Commercial & Domestic
0403 806 790
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It's all over between me and Rachel Maree
ADMITTING to sea sickness in a
small fishing village like Queenscliff
is not a good idea if you like to enjoy
a sly coldie at the Esplanade. The
locals laugh - and they laugh hard not to mention the taunts. It seems in
Queenscliff, men are men… strong,
tough, cast iron stomached fishermen. I thought I could have been one
of them… wrong.
I'm a strong swimmer with a love
of the water and a veteran of countless
Sorrento crossings as well as the
occasional fishing cruise over to St
Leonards, so taking on the 10 hour
boat ride to King Island on the scallop
trawler Rachel Maree should have
been a breeze.
An old seafarer, who has spent the
forty years on the water, Rachel
Maree skipper Captain Graham
Carroll, thought he had seen it all… in
and out of the boat. Think again skip.
My episode on the trawler was
perfectly planned, so I thought… a
huge steak, chips, gravy and a
cleansing ale a couple of hours prior to
our evening departure should have
been the perfect foundation.
The sea sickness thirty minutes
into my maiden voyage could not have
been better orchestrated. Surging to
the Heads I am well into the spiel to
the captain about my work ethic,
discipline and ability… sweat pouring
from above my eyebrows was not a
good sign although the skipper
pretends not to notice.
With the swell getting up to four
metres, the iron trawler surges up and
down the waves like it always has, and
always will, but the sea sickness signs
are still coming. My grip on the back
of the captains bolted down chair
becomes vice-like… any colour in my
face has gone. Still spruiking and not
taking a breath, the indicators keep
coming for the captain as my stance
continues to grow wider and wider…
dismally failing to find a lower sense
of gravity.
"Are you okay?" the skipper says.
"Never better," I bellow. "I think I was
born to do this."
Running low on blood, oxygen and
balance, the next symptoms are
steaming for my stomach and beyond.
With discretion the better part of
valour, I casually suggest I might see
what is happening down below, just a
few deep breathes out of sight and
he'll never know.
I miss the first step on the ladder
and don't remember the next ten, but
still not ready to surrender, I tell them
there is nothing to this caper. I think
they were my last words as my
intestine begins to erupt… kiss
goodbye to the porterhouse and the
béarnaise sauce as I charge to the
smallest room on board. Lunch has
departed and the breakfast is getting
ready to break free.
A voice from outside enquires
regarding the state of my immediate
health. "Perfectly fine, just a small
hiccup," comes my latest lie. On my
knees and praying into the porcelain I
realise it may not be the right place to
be as other bodily functions rumble.
It's the double whammy we all
dread… and here I am in the heart of it
not knowing to stand, sit or scream…
sit wins and what a great decision.
The next 24 hours are a blurr as I
spend my time in between hauling my
useless skeleton from a top bunk that
may as well have been situated
halfway up Mt Everest and crawling to
the toilet. Walking at this stage, for an
old sea dog like myself, was out of the
question… it was all four on the
floor… embarrassing, hell yeah, but
Only hours into the catch just off
King Island the hydraulic pump blows
and the Rachel Maree is forced back
to Queenscliff for repairs, contradicting the initial three day itinerary.
There is a god I think to myself and if
my prayers are answered only once in
a lifetime, I'm delirious that he has
heard me now.
Back on terra firma I stand on the
dock and I want to kiss the ground and
hug a tree, but the charade continues.
"I don't suppose you want to come
back when we sort this mess out," the
Captain says. "Can't wait," I sing with
blood finally starting to fill all the right
Yes I admit it now, I get sea sick. In
some circles I should probably wear a
dress and I will if it ever saves me from
getting back on the water. I now step
around puddles and won't be eating or
drinking at the harbour's Charlie
Noble - or any other restaurant that
close to the water
All jokes aside, sea sickness is a
rcommon complaint, albeit in seaside
towns, with 90 per cent of the
population experiencing motion sickness at one time or another in their life.
They, that nebulous and defining third
party, say almost anyone who has
normal inner ear balance function can
be a sufferer - even sailors.
Sleepiness can often be the first
sign and some people who think they
don't get seasick actually do without
realizing it. People who love to take a
nap the moment they get out onto the
water are probably feeling the effects
of mild motion sickness.
After sleepiness comes the nausea
but it is often mild and may not be
much of a problem. Studies have
shown that maintaining a positive
state of mind can help offset the
effects. For many unfortunate souls
the symptoms escalate to extreme
nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, pallor and cold perspiration as
clearly illustrated above.
They also say to acclimatise to
shipboard life; it's advisable to spend
as much time as possible out on deck,
using the horizon as a point to maintain your equilibrium.
Some people, (me), have a genuine
proclivity for motion sickness and will
undoubtedly suffer more during rough
seas. Doctors claim seasickness is
more prevalent in women and
children… not to mention 85 kg - six
foot would be's … like myself.
By Peter Taylor
Prebuilt Homes - A New Building Code
Turn under your deck into a
usable area all year round.
Throughout the Bellarine
Peninsula and further along the
Great Ocean Road many landowners are looking at alternatives to building a home on
their property - they're taking the
prefabricated route. Commissioning an architect-designed
prefabricated home comes with a
host of advantages. "For a start,
you avoid the hassle of trying to
find a suitable and trustworthy
builder and accessing a remote
site," says Rob Colquhoun, managing director of Prebuilt, a
Melbourne-based company that
has built and installed more than
300 homes around Australia in
the past 12 years.
There's change in the air and it's
not just in this corner of Victoria
either. While the pre-fabricated
housing sector in Australia is just a
small part of the market - turning
over about $4.6 billion a year - it is
forecast to grow by five per cent
each year until 2023.
"When you look at the
benefits, it's easy to see why so
many people are choosing a
solution built offsite and installed
on their land. If time and budget
are major issues, selecting a
prefabricated home could be an
excellent choice," says Coquhoun.
"Prebuilt has constructed
projects of varying complexity
with prices starting at $200,000
and growing to $3 million. "An
architect-designed home estimated at $5 million plus was
redesigned by Pleysier Perkins,
Prebuilt's architects, and built for
around $3 million with 12 to 15
months saved on the building
Knowing they can be living in
their new home after just four
months is an appealing prospect
for many owners. "When you're
building on site, there's so much
downtime - bad weather, people
not turning up to the site - but you
don't have any of those problems
when you're building in a factory,"
says Colquhuon. "Project managers oversee the work on a
building from start to finish, the
architect does an inspection each
Friday to monitor progress, and
Pt Lonsdale home constructed in Prebuilt's Melbourne factory - the way of the future.
owners are able to 'visit' their new
home while it's being constructed.”
Pleysier Perkins has been
working with Prebuilt on all its
projects for the past eight years
and during that time, explains
Ramon Pleysier, the two teams
have honed the process to make it
stress free. "We've come up with a
very sensible and logical way of
working with projects of any
size," he says.
Working from some standard
designs, Pleysier Perkins then
creates a housing solution that is
as standard or individual as the
client requires. "We have a range
solutions that we've finessed over
the years," says Pleysier. "Clients
can pick and choose from there to
create a completely individual
Once design is complete, a
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Ferriers get onboard for Lew's 90th birthday
Lewis thanked everyone for sharing his birthday with a blessing. "The Lord will bless your
travelling - it will bring you and your children closer than you could ever imagine.”
Local fishing identity Lewis
Ferrier didn't need to fish for
compliments at his 90th birthday
party in Queenscliff's Uniting
Church where a shoal of Ferrier's
gathered to wish him well. Scaling
back stories about Lew's exploits as
a fisherman of note and teller of tales
wasn't on the agenda that day either.
Lewis, one of 18 children, says he
was born on the beach at Queenscliff
during a record salmon catch so his
first breath of air was sea air and it has
been ever since. In those days barefoot
children weren't uncommon and
more often than not Lewis is seen
around town shoeless.
Relatives and friends from as far
away as Horsham and Hobart caught
up on family history then waited with
baited breath for the speeches. Lewis
had them hooked with one tale about
how his eldest brother, Val, prepared
him for his first solo trip fishing for
couta. "Can't give you much advice
Lew - but if you keep Australia on
your right you should be okay."
Lewis has spent his life fishing the
ocean waters beyond Port Phillip
Heads and can relate endless
adven-tures and misadventures
navigating the dangerous waters of
the Rip aboard his much loved
wooden boat 'Rosebud'.
Today he is the last of the couta
boat fishermen that once operated out
of Queenscliff. To honour the couta
fisherman who lost their lives at sea
trying to earn a living, the annual
Queenscliff Regatta hosts the
'Lewis Ferrier Sail Past'.
Many locals and boaties tying up at
the harbour from all over the world
know Lewis as the 'barefoot fisherman'. As a lay preacher he officiates at
the annual Maritime Museum Festival's Blessing of the Fleet and is
always a welcoming presence for
visitors to the Harbour.
Keep safe on and around boats Play it safe by the water
Kids on Boats: It's essential to be
extremely careful with children on
boats. The Marine Safety Act requires
that children under the age of ten
MUST wear a Personal Flotation
Device (ie Approved Life Jacket) when
in the open area of a vessel under 12
metres in length. Dangling legs over the
bow of a vessel under way is a recipe
for disaster, one slip and your child
could be in the props. Never let a child
travel on the bow! Hooks and knives
and other bits n pieces can hurt little
ones so make sure your First Aid Kit is
up to date and includes sunscreen.
Kids at Ramps: Lots of boaties
wanting to go somewhere, trailers and
boats coming out and going in. This
can be a disaster for small children.
Keep your kids in sight at all times or
take a moment to put them securely in
the car but remember never leave a
child in a closed vehicle no matter what
the weather.
Life Jackets: Everyone on a
recreational vessel must wear a PFD
(Life Jacket) in a situation of
Heightened Risk.
This includes
crossing a bar, alone on the vessel, at
night, vessel disabled, restricted
visibility (ie fog), when a meteorological warning is current for your
area (Gale, Storm, Severe Weather,
Severe Thunderstorm or Hurricane
warning). Remember at the first sign of
trouble you and your passengers must
don life jackets.
Getting Help: The Victorian
Recreational Boating Handbook is free
from Transport Safety Victoria. Here's
a reminder of some of the must haves
and should haves on your boat. Hand
Held orange smoke signals and Hand
Held Red distress flares. If planning to
operate more than 2m off the coast you
must have a Marine Radio and EPIRB
(Emergency Position Indicating Radio
Beacon). For peace of mind I highly
recommend all recreational boaties
carry an EPIRB and Radio no matter
where you are operating your boat.
Have a look around at boating,
camping or fishing stores, talk to the
staff and you should find a reasonable
EPIRB for about $350. You and your
family only get one shot at life!!
New Members: We are always
looking for new members. Why not
drop into our HQ at the Queenscliff
boat ramp Saturday, Sunday or Public
Holidays and have a yarn about what
we do or call our membership officer
Graham Douglas 0419 009 477.
Toyota Yaris for $2: Raffle to
support the purchase of a replacement
boat. Ticket sales close on Sunday 11th
January with the draw on Monday
Wishing you and your family a
wonderful Christmas and a safe
boating season from the Volunteers at
Coast Guard Queenscliff.
By Ric Lasslett - Coast Guard
Don't jump or dive
from piers
Parks Victoria are reminding Victorians to think before they jump or
dive from piers and jetties this summer
to minimise the risk of spinal cord
injury. District Chief Ranger, Graeme
Davis, says that despite regular patrols
of piers and upgraded signage across
Port Phillip and Western Port, people
are not listening to the warnings and
serious injuries are still regularly
occurring. Each year there are 350400 new cases of spinal cord injuries
reported and 9% of these are waterrelated accidents.
"Diving from piers and jetties
might seem like a good idea but it is an
extremely dangerous practice," said
Mr Davis. "People don't realise that
water depths change daily as a result
of the tides, sand movement and
submerged debris like shopping
trolleys are unexpected hazards.”
The Point Lonsdale Surf Life
Saving Club advises all beach goers
to 'Play it Safe by the Water' and in
the interests of beach safety the club
will be patrolling the Back Beach at
Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff's
Santa Casa Beach. Last Season,
Volunteer Lifesavers performed six
rescues, (Lifeguards 11), and issued
999 surf warnings.
Club Spokesman, Matthew
Ponsford said: "Volunteer Lifesavers
have commenced their 69th year of
patrols and will provide the service on
weekends and public holidays right
through until Easter Monday. From
the 27th December through until 24th
January the beach will be patrolled
seven days a week. Paid Lifeguards
will provide coverage Monday to
Friday and on Saturday mornings
until the 26th January."
Since the Club's formation in 1947,
there has never been a drowning
between the red and yellow flags, but
sadly there has elsewhere. The
message is simple - be safe and be seen
- swim between the red and yellow
flags at a beach patrolled by Lifesavers
or Lifeguards.
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