Last year's Rip Curl Pro winners Adriano De Souza (Photo: ASP/KIRSTIN).

World’s best take to the waves

The final stop on the Australian leg of professional surfing’s elite tour is one of the most prestigious and the world’s best surfers are turning their attention to Bells Beach, eager to begin their respective campaigns in Victoria.

Cahill Bell-Warren is all smiles after winning on his home break. Photos: ELLEY HARRISON

Locals lock in wildcard entry

LOCAL surfers Cahill Bell-Warren and Zoe Clarke have gained wildcards into the Rip Curl Pro after taking out the Building a Healthier Victoria Trials in small waves at Bells Beach. The wildcard will pit the best Victorian surfers against the top seeds in the main draw. Bell-Warren used his intricate local knowledge at the break […]

Sarah Henderson (third from right) presents the Local Sporting Champions certificate to some of Jan Juc SLSC’s younger members. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR

Grant gets Jan Juc SLSC to The Aussies

A TINY team from Jan Juc SLSC has matched it with some of Australia’s best crews at The Aussies, thanks to a federal government grant.

Cr Clive Goldsworthy (left) and Cr Rose Hodge (first from right) show their support for no gas in the Deans Marsh area with local children Alice Phillips and Mia Brewster.

Communities lock the gate against gas

THREE towns to the west of the Surf Coast Shire have locked the gate against gas exploration, with 95.5 per cent of their residents declaring they do not want gasfields on their lands.


Bellarine health receives $1 million injection

BELLARINE Community Health (BCH) has received a $1 million boost to ensure locals have better access to community health services in a modern, purpose-built facility. The state government will deliver the funding to go towards the redevelopment of BCH’s Drysdale centre. Minister for Health David Davis said the redevelopment would see an extensive refurbishment of […]

Exciting expansion teed up for Portarlington Golf Club

A sneak peek of what Portarlington Golf Club’s $6 million expansion will look like.

A MEMBERS bar, sports bar, function room and alfresco bistro area are on the cards for Portarlington Golf Club. Chief executive officer Ron Stockdale has just lodged plans for stages two to seven of the Portarlington Golf Club Masterplan with the City of Greater Geelong. The expansion is expected to cost $6 million, with the […]

Kids ready to hunt for yummy chocolate eggs

BELLARINE estate will come alive on Sunday to the sound of children scampering for delicious chocolate Easter eggs. Since 2004, children have taken part in the Easter Egg Hunt among the beautiful landscape of the winery, which isn’t complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny and his friend and colleague, Dr Bear. Our Women […]

LEGO display to build on previous success

About 6,000 people from the Bellarine, Surf Coast, Geelong, Ballarat and surrounding areas have attended the last two events.

A DISPLAY of LEGO fans creations will return to Point Lonsdale soon with new, innovative and more interactive exhibits. Queenscliffe Bricks, a display of LEGO models provided by the Melbourne LEGO User Group and organised by the Rotary Club of Queenscliffe, promises to be bigger than ever. About 6,000 people from the Bellarine, Surf Coast, […]

Bellarine Bayside prepares the coast for winter

Bellarine Bayside has organised for sand dredged from St Leonards Pier to be moved onto the beach immediately north of the Pier.

BELLARINE Bayside is working hard this autumn to prepare the coastline for the prolonged winter wind that often damages the beaches. Bellarine Bayside recently arranged for sand, which was being dredged from St Leonards Pier, to be deposited on the beach immediately north of the Pier. This large mound of sand will now be dispersed […]

Photographer snaps up national recognition

Ferne Millen’s work, Raphael and his Children, earned the Jan Juc photographer a place in the finals at the National Photographic Portrait Prize this year.

JAN Juc photographer, Ferne Millen has been named one of the top portrait photographers in the country. Ms Millen was chosen as a finalist in this year’s prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize for her emotive shot of a local family. Her image, Raphael and his Children, was one of only 43 entries chosen from 1,400 […]

Stay safe on the water this weekend

Maritime Safety Officers from Transport Safety Victoria will be on patrol over the Easter break. Photo: TRANSPORT SAFETY VICTORIA

AHEAD of the Easter long weekend, Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has reminded boat operators to take ownership for the safety of their vessel and everyone on board. TSV incident statistics reveal a horror period on Victorian waters last Easter, with 25 reported recreational boating incidents between March 29 and April 1. There was also one […]

Fundraising run in Barwon Heads before buns and chocolates

Sheepwash Classic a popular FUNdraiser this Easter

RUN or walk with your family along the beaches, bridges and coastal paths of beautiful Barwon Heads this Easter weekend. The annual Sheepwash Classic Fun Run, an event run by the Barwon Heads Primary School community as a major fundraiser, is back on again this Saturday at 9am. The event is a great way to […]

Rhonda’s just a super coach

Rhonda Just has been recognised as an inspiring coach of calisthenics.

TORQUAY coach Rhonda Just has been named the best community coach in Victoria for her contribution to the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program. Ms Just topped a field of 39 trained community coaches nominated for excelling in the delivery of AASC sessions during term 4 last year, at the Barwon Valley, Whittington, Norlane, Alvie, Deans […]

The Gordon’s good work praised

THE Gordon has been praised for its role in responding to the state government’s structural changes to the TAFE sector. Last week, the 2013 annual reports of most of Victoria’s TAFE institutes were tabled in Parliament. Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said the annual reports illustrated a number of key initiatives being […]