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Crowds pop in to Torquay pop-up park

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People take a walk down the middle of Gilbert Street during the pop-up park. INSET: These two young visitors to Go Go Gilbert had their faces painted. THE first Go Go Gilbert event has been declared a success, with a crowd of interested locals and tourists heading to the pop-up park in Torquay over the […]


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South Barwon MP Andrew Katos is all smiles in Jan Juc after his election victory. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR LABOR has swept to power at Saturday’s state election but it is status quo for the Geelong region, with all the incumbent MPs retaining their seats. Despite being too close to call on election night, Liberal MP […]

Local News

Get Christmas light competition entries in!


A spectacularly decorated house in Wave Crescent, Torquay, prior to Christmas 2012. DO YOU have a brilliant Christmas light display? Get the recognition you deserve by entering your home into the Links Property Torquay and Surf Coast Times Christmas Light Competition. If you live in Torquay or Jan Juc and you think you’ve got what […]

Geelong and Surf Coast towns included in latest NBN rollout


Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Corangamite federal member Sarah Henderson in Parliament House earlier this week. THOUSANDS of homes and businesses in the Geelong region now have a firm idea of when they will get access to the National Broadband Network (NBN). This week, the federal government announced details of the network’s rollout for the […]

Real Estate

Stretton makes the connection


McCartney’s Tim Carson and John McMahon at the point where Stretton’s new linear park meets the secondary college and council’s sporting precinct. STRETTON residential estate in Torquay North has reached another milestone by connecting to a new 1.2-kilometre linear reserve. The linear park will ultimately link Torquay Secondary College and the proposed new primary school […]

Arts and Entertainment



Sagamore will blow audiences away this weekend. IF you have plans this weekend, cancel them. The Queenscliff Music Festival (QMF) is on, and it’s definitely an event not to miss. Now in its 17th year, the festival has always offered the best in Australian music in one place, but this year it has also added […]


Bouncy B B B vitamins


B B B bouncy B vitamins – remember this and you will remember what they are for! B vitamins, apart from making your wee fluoro yellow – just for interest sake, and because I get asked this all the time, B vitamins make your urine yellow not because you are having too much and weeing […]

Rural Roundup

Recent study confirms fox baiting lifts lambing percentages

Coastal areas like this St Leonards farm offer perfect cover for the marauding fox COORDINATED fox baiting twice a year can increase lambing percentages by more than 20 per cent, a recent landholder survey has found. The Department of Primary Industries undertook a survey involving more than 1,000 sheep producers in central west New South […]

Total Sport

A job well done at Torquay Boardriders

Troy Brooks celebrates his win. THE Torquay Boardriders celebrated the year over the weekend in their annual presentation with awards on offer for 15 different divisions, as well as many other specialty awards. The results were taken from six aggregate events held over the year. Open Men’s winner Troy Brooks, of Torquay, won ahead of […]