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The 2017 Ocean Grove Carols in the Park promises to be bigger
and better than ever.
More than 3000 locals and holiday makers attended last year, making Carols in the Park the largest annual concert gathering on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The cast includes Goanna Band and The Voice star Marcia Howard singing with another much-loved ensemble, the Geelong Symphony Orchestra.
Marcia will be joined at the Carols in the Park by the ever-popular Sarah Carroll, Perri Espinoza, Nicole Hickman, Diane Gardner, Marion Melrose, Dan Eastwood, Stewart Firth and the glorious Geelong Harmony Choir.
The Carols start at 7pm, on Sunday 10 December, with savvy families turning up early to get a good position.
Sausages, pancakes and drinks will be available.
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Surfside and Ocean Grove primary schools will be performing on stage and of course Santa will be summoned to make an appearance.
Bay FMs Mark Hyland will be Master of Ceremonies and for the little ones, there will be face painting and plenty of pre-show activities.
In a long-standing tradition, you are encouraged to place an unwrapped childrens gift under the Christmas tree on stage. The gifts go to needy Cottage by the Sea children.
Entry is by donation and the gate takings go towards the new disability special accommodation being built in Draper Street.
Blue Mountain Indian restaurant is now taking bookings for
Christmas and New Year.
Whether you are having a holiday office party, or a family celebration, the team are there to meet your needs.
Take an extra 15 per cent off when you book before 1 December.
Upstairs at the police station end of The Terrace, Blue Mountain specialises in tantalising Indian food and also includes halal dining options.
Host John Yonzon has years of experience as a chef and will make sure each meal is cooked to perfection. John has been in the industry for almost 25 years.
When asked what brought him to Ocean Grove, John simply pointed out the window of the restaurant to the amazing view of Bass Strait and the beach.
Blue Mountain serves all the usual delicious Indian fare including beef, chicken, seafood and lamb.
Order dinner online from 4.30pm seven days a week and the restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week for dining in. Its also open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday.
The banquets are among the most popular items on the menu and includes a kids banquet which is customised especially for hungry little ones.
Oh, and dont forget the yummy desserts and vegetarian options.
Blue Mountain is at Shop 9/62 The Terrace Ocean Grove, open seven days for dinner including home delivery, Wednesday to Sunday for lunch.
Orders can be placed at www.bluemountainoceangrove.com.au
By Justin Flynn
The Terrace will again be closed to vehicular traffic to
accommodate the third annual Christmas in the Grove event.
The popular shopping extravaganza and street festival, run by Ocean Grove Business Association, will be held on 6 December.
The festival, which encourages locals to shop local in the lead up to Christmas, was a huge success last year and OGBA president Ty Simons said he was hoping for similar numbers.
We had around 1500 people last year, he said.
It was a great family night. Were hoping everyone opens up and that it will remind people to spend their money locally. If we get a few or the same numbers as last year, well be happy.
Traders will spill their wares out onto The Terrace from 5pm to 8pm and the street will be closed to vehicles, allowing festival goers to wander the usually busy street.
Madeley Street traders will also be in on the action with a special place set aside on The Terrace for them.
The street festival will feature a jumping castle, kids actiivities, food and drink and Santa Claus, who will make an appearance on a specially built chair from Ocean Grove Mens Shed.
Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club will again be doing their popular sausage sizzle and selling Christmas cakes and puddings.
St Peters Anglican Church held its annual fair with a huge turn
Several thousand fair goers enjoyed the stalls, kids activities, food and drink with the weather being very kind on the day.
Children were allowed unlimited time on the free jumping castle and joined in on the free painting and colouring activities. There was the usual assortment of lucky dips, toy stall and balloons.
Adults browsed the plant stalls and snapped up everything from flowers, cakes, preserves and jams, bric-a-brac, jewellery, jigsaws and books.
Captain Trash hits the streets of Ocean Grove on Remembrance Day
weekend to help spread the message of plastic pollution.
Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake. Neil has over three decades in environmental management and was the feature in the award-winning documentary Baykeepers.
Through his persona as Captain Trash, Neil uses music and humour to teach the five ARRRGHS: Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Remove and is passionate about spreading the message to leave only footprints on the sand.
Ocean Grove Coastcare hosted a breakfast with Captain Trash at Driftwood Cafe and then he roamed The Terrace meeting with local shoppers.
Beachgoers have been urged to be on the lookout for
Reports of bluebottles on Surf Coast beaches last week and several sightings near Ocean Grove mean beachgoers should be on the lookout.
Bluebottles are frequently seen along the east coast of Australia during summer months although are not usually as common in southern and western Victoria
The sudden appearance of large numbers of bluebottles are a consequence of prevailing winds and currents over previous days and weeks pushing these animals through the water, some of which wash up on beaches.
Bluebottles can deliver a painful sting even when washed up dead on the beach.
Bluebottle tentacles will cause a sharp, painful sting if they are touched, which is aggravated by rubbing the area.
If stinging occurs, leave the water immediately. Wash off any adherent tentacles with salt water.
Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club has supported The Cottage By The
Sea in Queenscliff during Anti Poverty Week.
Members were asked to donate foodstuff and clothing from a list of essentials provided by the management.
As usual the response from members was outstanding. Chris Waite, Marian Coppins and Jill Gillett were able to deliver a large carload of items.
The women were then taken on a tour of The Cottage By The Sea and were able to give a short presentation at the VIEW dinner meeting the following week.
The support given to children of struggling families is a reminder of Ocean Grove Evening VIEWs commitment to the community.
Wallington Primary School student Teagan Zurawel has been
selected for the School Sport Victoria track and field team.
Teagan was selected after a process that began in May. The team comprises students from all over the state.
Teagan will compete in the annual School Sports Australia Track and Field Championships, which will help make up the Pacific School Games.
The event will be held in Adelaide from 1 to 7 December.
Ocean Groves very own celebrity chook Flapper paid her respects to our fallen Diggers in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Flapper wandered around a garden bed full of poppies as the nation stopped at 11am on 11 November to mark the occasion.
We are having some technical issues with the sign in for Kerrie, so I will pop up the photos from our November meeting and an update in the meantime and when we have resolved the glitch Kerrie can add her own inimitable, effervescent style!
Firstly Kerrie tutored us in another of her wonderful mini books, we should all be able to have our own mini bookshelves after the past few months.
Corangamite voters returned a 71.6 per cent yes vote to the
same-sex marriage survey.
That figure was well above the national average of 61.6 per cent.
Federal Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson welcomed the result.
This is a decisive result, she said in a statement.
I look forward to supporting a Private Members Bill to change the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, which I expect will be introduced into the House of Representatives in the next sitting week.
It is imperative that the Bill includes strong protections for religious institutions. As the definition of civil marriage changes, religious freedom is paramount. Religious institutions must be able to continue to adhere to their beliefs.
That said, the Bill must not allow discrimination against same-sex couples including in relation to the provision of commercial services.
The John Butler Trio, one of Australias most recognised and
accomplished roots rock bands, will be bringing their incredible
live show to the beautiful surrounds of Leura Park Estate in what
promises to be the ultimate afternoon of tunes and chill among the
They will be joined by NSWs Kim Churchill and divine duo Mama Kin Spender.
The John Butler Trio has sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide. John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the number one most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.
Those familiar with Kim Churchills radio smash Window to The Sky, which reached number 42 in Triple Js Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. New single Second Hand Car is immediately identifiable as Kim Churchills with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.
I just want to write music to entertain and to move people and to be the soundtrack to their lives, he says. I want to become a figure in the world that helps people see that its all OK, and the world is what it is the best and worst parts of it.
Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. Its a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers).
Mama Kin Spenders songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart-rending ballad.
With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender will challenge you to raise your voice in defiance of the status quo.
The events will be held on Sunday 18 March next year, at Leura Park Estate, Curlewis.
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.au and more information at zaccariaconcerts.com
Ocean Grovers paid their respects to our fallen Diggers on 11
A Remembrance Day service was held at Ocean Grove Park.
Pastor Phillip Christian spoke and the service was represented by Ocean Grove Scout Group.
Volunteers helped sell poppies in the lead up to the day.
A committed group of volunteers manned three stations in Ocean Grove and one in Barwon Heads for the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-branch.
Sub-branch president Graham Fisher acknowledged the phenomenal commitment shown by the members and volunteers who time and time again, make the Poppy Appeal such a success.
Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day. I would like to thank the local community from the very outset who support our sub-branch and wear their poppy with pride, he said.
The weather has become warm, with some beautiful clear days. Ive
been busy helping my daughter, who is undertaking her Year 12
exams, so I havent been out and about very much.
Fortunately Ive received some great emails from Voice readers to compensate for the many things I have missed.
Ive had a bad tawny fortnight. Ive been watching a familiar family of tawny frogmouths, and photographed the two beautiful fluffy chicks that hatched about a month ago.
The weekend before the Melbourne Cup the family left the nest, and I couldnt find them anywhere.
On Melbourne Cup Day I had a good search of the area and was dismayed to find the mangled body of a deceased chick (boo hoo).
I few days later I saw the family of three, so one of the chicks was still going strong. Speaking of tawnies I received two lovely emails from Voice readers Suze and Susan, with a photos of the tawny frogmouth families that they have seen around the Bellarine. Thanks so much for the emails.
I also had a goshawk day last weekend. I managed to have a close encounter with a brown goshawk, which I have long dreamed about.
Then when I drove home, and lo and behold there was a collared sparrowhawk (CSH) in the gum tree outside my next door neighbours house. The CSH allowed me to get quite close, which was amazing.
I recognised this bird from a few months ago, when it was on the next door neigbours TV aerial, as it has several white patches of feathers on its back. I thanked it very much for allowing me to take a half decent photo, and Im sure it wont be hurrying back.
The brown goshawk and CSH look very similar, but as you can see from the photos the CSH has a smaller head, round eyes rather than squinted eyes, a very long middle talon, and a square shaped tail compared to the goshawks rounded tail feathers.
Its funny but I also recognised another CSH that I saw in Wallington last week, as it the same bird that I spotted day before, when I saw it fly over the Bellarine Highway.
This bird was missing about four of the primary flight feathers on the left wing and also some tail feathers on the left side. This bird looks like its gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson, but its still flying well despite the shabby feathers.
Speaking of Wallington the gorgeous scarlet honeyeaters are still hanging around near the school and Tom even saw a pair of scarlet honeyeaters at the Oakdene Estate, proving that scarlet honeyeaters have very fine location tastes.
I received a lovely email from Voice readers Alan and Astrid, who noticed a pair of hooded plovers on the beach at 6W, and were worried that the hoodies might be attacked by the many dogs in that area.
Its timely to remind people that it is hooded plover breeding season, so please take note of the signs on the beach that ask that dogs be kept on leads in areas where the hoodies breed.
If anyone would like to volunteer to help protect the hoodies...
Barwon Coast, in partnership with other organisations including
Victoria Police and City of Greater Geelong, are launching a new
campaign called ShareOurShores.
The campaign aims to bring the community together with all organisations involved in dogs on beaches.
ShareOurShores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users and dogs.
ShareOurShores will be launched in Ocean Grove at two identical campaign launch events, the first on Saturday 18 November and the second on Monday 20 November.
A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons involved in dogs on beaches and provide information on the current dog controls that are in place.
Barwon Coast is very concerned about risks to human and wildlife safety created by dogs on beaches. We are also worried about the impact dogs can have on the general amenity of our coastal reserves, Barwon Coast general manager Gary McPike said.
Some locals have admitted to us that they are frightened to visit the beach with small children for fear of a dog attack.
Many locals and visitors have expressed concerns about dogs on beaches directly to Barwon Coast and we are aware that it is a very prominent topic on local social media forums, he said.
Sergeant Shane Connolly of Victoria Police said: Unlawful behaviour by dog owners is of concern to the Bellarine police members as it poses a threat to public safety. We welcome our involvement in the ShareOurShores Campaign launch as it will enable us to speak with the community about antisocial behaviour and dog owners not adhering to dog control laws.
Barwon Coast is charged with the management of 13km of coastal crown land from the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of Thirteenth Beach.
Barwon Coast sets dog control orders that dictate the where, when and how people walking dogs may use the coastal reserves.
Dog Control Orders are enforced by officers from the City of Greater Geelong.
Everyone, dog owner or not, who has an interest in dogs on beaches is encouraged to attend the launch. Tickets are free and can be booked online at www.barwoncoast.com.au/shareourshores or call 5254 1118.
Back again after last years successful inaugural event,
registrations for the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club Swim
Festival are now open.
Not only a huge fund-raiser for Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, this event has a swim for everyone, whether youre just starting out or an open water superstar.
With a quality souvenir towel available to all registrants (while stocks last) there is no reason why you wouldnt want to add this swim to your open water calendar.
The swim is on 28 January next year at the Ocean Grove Surf Beach. Events are 400m Novice, 1.2km Classic and 2.5km Enduro.
To register your spot in the event and to receive further information, go to https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=27938
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