Artists occupy South Channel Fort

As men toiled back in the 1880s to construct the artificial island that would later become South Channel Fort, they would never have envisaged the far different role the island would play than that originally intended. The 7 hectare island, 6 kilometres North East of Sorrento, with its labyrinth of tunnels, magazines and gun emplacements, […]

Hot Rods bring massive boost to Queenscliff economy

Congratulations to the Geelong Street Rodders and Borough of Queenscliffe Council for accommodating the huge crowds that descended on the town for the annual rod run. Businesses along Hesse Street that stayed open on Saturday night were overflowing, locals dined alfresco and accommodation providers reported full houses. This great weekend gives the local economy a […]

Climate change concerns our kids too

“Hi everyone. We care about our futures. Our names are Milou and Harriet, and we are fourteen. We live in Castlemaine and are in Year 8. We have decided to go on strike from school to make our politicians do something about the climate emergency. We’ve been inspired by Greta Thunberg, a fifteen year old […]

Launch of Ron Tanberg’s Artist Board nearby his ‘sense of place’

Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Susan Salter said council was honoured to launch the new board honouring the work of renowned political cartoonist and illustrator, Ron Tandberg. “While the board may be cartoonist in style, it cele-brates a peaceful location that gave Ron a sense of place in this town from where he communicated with the […]

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 […]