Bathing boxes for Queenscliff beach – what’s old is new again!

A foreshore plan by Borough of Queenscliffe Council to increase the level of activity on Queenscliff’s front beach could include beach boxes, extending Princes Park towards the beach, and promoting the use of seaweed on local gardens. Coordinator Gary Purton said the plan would include trialling the introduction of beach boxes, their construction and management. […]

Honouring one of our heroic ancestors

One hundred years ago on the 25th of April 1918 Australian soldiers fought bravely to recapture the French town of Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme. This battle was strategically significant contributing to events that led to the end of the First World War. Maggie Stowers in her address at the Anzac Day Dawn Service held in […]

The sky’s the limit for new Port Phillip sea pilot service

To ensure the safety of a ships passage within the port waters of Victoria, licensed pilots are employed by pilotage services providers to guide ships into and out of port waters. The new kid on the block is the Australian Pilotage Group (APG) who recently guided its first ship into the Port of Melbourne. Marine […]

The Tall Ship ‘Tenacious’ sailed around Port Phillip Bay

The Tall Ship ‘Tenacious’ a three masted Barque, sailed around Port Phillip Bay last month, completing a voyage that proved memorable for those on board. The ship is one of two operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and along with the ‘Lord Nelson’ is fitted out to accommodate people with various disabilities including lifts for […]

Bellarine Community Health – a new chapter

Bellarine Community Health’s (BCH) recent Annual General Meeting was vastly different to that of the past three AGMs where most of the attendees were hostile about losing not just Coorabin and Ann Nichol House aged care facilities, but their sense of community and involvement under the previous BCH Board and CEO John Fendyk. Since stepping […]

Getting a buzz out of bees

Until about five years ago, Jane and her two daughters, Ann and Louise, had never considered getting involved with bees until nature intervened. The family had a problem with a possum and Jane told how it played a role in the three of them entering into beekeeping. “We put a possum box up a tree […]

Queenscliff Ferry Terminal Development Plan – Stage 2

Council and representatives of Searoad Ferries have met to discuss the Queenscliffe Planning Scheme requirements relating to the ferry terminal upgrade proposal as part of a pre-application process. A Planning Scheme Amendment in 2013 allows Searoad Ferries to complete the redevelopment of the Queenscliff ferry terminal. Searoad Ferries CEO Matt McDonald said the new terminal […]

Smooth Sailing for the Melbourne commute on the Port Phillip Ferry

It’s 6.45am and as I park my car beneath the towering cypress trees that line Portarlington beach, the sky begins to blush. Stepping into the waking morning, I taste the salty smack of the sea in the air and hear the far off cry of a single gull as it wheels out of sight across […]

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve included on National Heritage Priority Assessment List

Sarah Henderson, Federal Member for Corangamite, on behalf of the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, recently announced the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and environs is now on the 2017-18 Priority Assessment List for National Heritage listing. “I visited the site with the then Environment Minister Greg Hunt in May 2016 and was proud to throw […]

The enduring Queenscliff Couta Boat

The Couta Boat design evolved in the late 1880s in Queenscliff because of the need to fish the open waters of Bass Strait. Its name derives from the staple fish of the early Victorian fish market, the barracouta. This fish was not caught with nets but with lines and jigs by a man and a […]