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Queenscliff RIPand Point Lonsdale Your Community Voice June 2021 No. 338 riding high Point Lonsdale's Bea Conroy scored a perfect 10 ride to secure two titles at the Victorian Longboard Surfing Championships, held at Point Impossible last month. Little brother Ted showed talent runs in the family, winning the U/18 boys crown. Photo by Katey Shearer Photography, courtesy of Surfing Victoria. David McDonald Builders David McDonald Builders sets the standard in prestige homes. Specialising in unique design and renovations of outstanding scale and style. Building with Excellence The Rip June 2021 Page 1 • p: 0418 599620 • e: [email protected]

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Applause and hugs as CERP approved Queenscliffe will become a zero electricity supply by 2025, is to change our mindsets and change carbon emission community by 2031, • Community energy needs to be matched our behaviour and so leave smaller after the Council approved a landmark footprints,” he said. Climate Emergency Response Plan by a renewable energy supply by 2027, (CERP). and “We need to do this for the • The community will transition to zero children here tonight… so we leave Upwards of 150 people, dressed carbon emissions by 2031. our community as better and more in red, were at the Town Hall for The Council has earmarked $150,000 in its thoughtful place,” added Cr Susan Salter. Wednesday May 19 vote and erupted 2021-22 Budget for initial actions, including into applause as it was passed by installation of two electric vehicle chargers, Continuing covid restrictions meant four of the five Councillors - with Cr but has conceded many are reliant on securing only 80 people could be inside the Town Donnie Grigau abstaining. external grants. Hall to witness the vote. Upwards of 50 A detailed Implementation more waited outside for the outcome. The ambitious plan includes three Plan will be prepared within key targets and some 49 separate the next six months. Addressing the gathering, an ecstatic actions to achieve them. Councillor Michael Grout QCAG spokesperson Kitty Walker said the CERP’s success relied praised the Council and urged the Mayor Ross Ebbels described the on the community playing its broader community to “come on board”. CERP’s adoption as a watershed part. moment that cemented the Borough “We do have some control “[Council] created a plan for us, with as a climate response leader within the and therefore, responsibility us.Their plan is our plan and now the region. over our own fate and this plan really, really hard work begins. is about how we live our lives “Our voice may be small, but it is and how we move about and “We have a roadmap to get us to be certainly loud,” he told the meeting. how we consume. a zero carbon community in a decade, “We know business as usual no longer “For each of us, the challenge but we cannot do it without everyone applies, not just to us but the whole jumping on board,” Ms Walker said. country, and to a certain degree, the whole world. “I got such an amazing sense when the community consultation was out on just how “It’s nights like this that remind us of why many community organisations are ready to we live where we do,” Cr Ebbels said. go. Everyone’s ready to roll up their sleeves… it doesn’t end now, it begins now.” The CERP, largely driven by the Queenscliff Climate Action Group (QCAG), followed Pictured top: a supporter embraces QCAG's the Borough's declaration in December 2019 Kitty Walker as daughter Charlie watches on. of a climate emergency and according to the Below, Ms Walker addresses supporters after Council, builds on existing actions to reduce the CERP vote. climate impacts. “The community backing for action on climate change is profound and unmistakable,” said Cr Fleur Hewitt. “The CERP is a result of the blood, sweat and tears of many in our community. “The commitment and connectedness across the community to affect change and implement the actions within the plan is breathtaking. “This is truly a community-led and community-owned initiative and a legacy for generations to come,” she said. The CERP’s three key targets include: • Community electricity consumption to be matched by a 100% renewable Seniors Ferry O ers Sail overseas between Queenscli & Sorrento 1/2 Price Seniors Ferry Travel & $6 Devonshire Tea* Plus 10% o all onboard cafe items Every Wednesday May, June, July & August 2021 WHY WE SAIL connect people & places *1/2 price travel only applicable to foot passenger ticket. Must present seniors or carers card. Devonshire tea available while stocks last. The Rip June 2021 Page 3

Budget unveils green-tinged Budget A more than $300,000 upgrade of Point Lonsdale's Royal Park and $150,000 for actions and residents have continued to benefit from Queenscliffe to target climate change are among $1.3 million waivers on permit fees, direct rebates on waste Council's 2021-22 of capital works projects included in the charges and a more comprehensive hardship Budget includes Boroug of Queenscliffe's draft 2021-22 Budget, support package. more than released for community input. $150,000 to action “While the recovery from the pandemic has climate change The proposed investment program, which allowed Council to reduce its spending on initiatives focusses heavily on the environment and public financial support in the coming financial year, facilities, includes $360,000 to design and we’re continuing to offer support to anyone Budget win for electric cars upgrade public toilets and change rooms and struggling to meet their rate obligations,” Cr $60,000 to scope and design an upgrade of the Ebbels said. Two electric vehicle charging stations will be Royal Park oval. installed outside of the Queenscliff Town Hall “Council staff are only a phone call away, as part of $150,000 of green initiatives contained Council has earmarked $70,000 for the and are always available to provide assistance.” in the Council's 2021-22 Budget. installation of two electric vehicle charging stations - one of the initial actions identified Household rates will again be capped at 1.5 The $70,000 stations are among the first of in its newly-approved Climate Emergency per cent, delivering an estimated $6.77 million some 53 actions contained in Council's newly- Response Plan (CERP) - and $20,000 for a approved Climate Emergency Response Plan concept plan for a new bike park. Continued page 17 (CERP). A further $366,000 has been allocated to “Locating the stations here will support the “modernising and improving” council’s own transition of Council’s fleet to electric vehicles, delivery service capabilities, including new while also providing a convenient place for IT systems, and a $100,000 for operational residents and visitors to charge their cars,” a improvements at caravan parks. Council spokesperson said. The budget foreshadows a $47,000 underlying surplus – due in large part to the $3.5 million sale of Council-owned land in Murray Road for 13 residential lots. Mayor Ross Ebbels said achieving a debt-free balance sheet, while also providing ongoing supports for those hardest hit by COVID-19, demonstrated good financial management. “With $309,000 of stimulus funding set aside by Council in the previous budget, businesses We can’t go overseas, so 360Q is bringing the world to you! Dust o your passports for our weekly destination dining specials from Monday to Friday ENTREE - $16.50 • MAIN - $35 • DESSERT - $16 fABBA-ulous! A NIGHT AT THE OPERA The Rip June 2021 Page 4

POINT LONSDALE City of Greater Queenscliffe Historical Geelong Update Museum News CIVIC ASSOCIATION NEWS Shared trails high on By Eddie Loughnan By David Kenwood, President agenda What may appear to have been a lack of work Queenscliffe - Little By Mayor Stephanie Asher on the new Queenscliff Hub will quickly change Gibraltar of the South! It’s been a chilly and crisp shift to colourful when the tilt slab walls of the new complex are lifted into position. Our little 158-year-old seaside borough, autumn and the deep dive to dark winter is overlooking the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, looming. The Committee of Management is well into planning for the opening of the complex in is the envy of other coastal towns on the Nowhere is the impact of our seasons more early 2022 and will shortly announce details of Bellarine. With talk of recreating Bellarine Shire obvious than on our shared trails and beaches. a specially designed exhibition by Geelong luminaries it’s worth pointing out that Spaces that were heaving with people, dogs, Bellarine previously voted to join the monolithic prams and bikes during the summer holidays Freelance Curator Sarah Bond who has City of Greater Geelong Council, whilst historic are now so quiet it’s almost lonely. extensive world wide experience in museum Queenscliffe – the last remaining borough in curation and production has been appointed as Australia and the smallest LGA in Victoria – fought In putting together the draft Council budget, Exhibition Project Manager. On 22 April she met off both political parties to remain independent and it quickly became clear that shared trails is high with members of the Committee and interested intact. Despite previous pronouncements we were on the Council’s agenda. volunteers after a familiarisation tour followed not financially viable tiny Queenscliffe remains debt by a workshop free, has the lowest rates in G21 region, $5 million In fact, collectively, it emerged as the group’s in upcoming capital works, break-even budgets and No.1 funding priority. The Committee is calling for additional will soon receive an additional $3.5 million top up volunteers who wish to become involved in from land sales. Compare that to the tens of millions This was based on the feedback we have establishing the new Museum and the exciting of ratepayer dollars needed to re-establish a new all consistently received from the community developments of reopening and establishing Bellarine Shire. about the desire to have safer and easier the displays as well as the special exhibition for connections within, and between, suburbs and the opening. For further information, contact Maybe we should be looking to build on our small towns. Jenny Ludeman on [email protected] is beautiful borough model by expanding westward. And it’s not just about cycling, although the MEANWHILE, 2021/22 budget carry forward voice for safe, accessible cycling is justifiably Look for flyers detailing a special Pizza night projects include: $2,400,000 for the Queenscliff deafening. to be held at Lombardy’s in Hesse Street on Wurrng wurrng Hub; $606,000 for the Queenscliff Monday 21st June at 6 pm at which volunteers Recreation Precinct development, $424,000 Shared trails is about running, rolling, will be briefed on opportunities for them to for a Point Lonsdale Maritime and Defence walking and riding – bikes and horses. The offer their existing skills and learn new ones. Precinct upgrade and $121,000 for Hesse Street term ‘shared’ trails means exactly that: paths The pizzas will be provided by the Committee improvements. that should be available for everyone to use with drinks at bar prices. and enjoy. New capital spending in 2021/22 includes: In the meantime, the Museum continues $180,000 on our new Climate Plan, which requires The way we use our space needs to be sensibly its presence at the Tavern each Monday an Implementation Plan and some further pruning of organised but not be filled with punitive rules. to Thursday between 11 am and 3pm with 54 actions, $360,000 on Royal Park fencing, toilets, It should be logically tied to area-specific Research volunteers in attendance each lighting and footy change rooms, $156,000 on a activity and seasonal behaviour. Monday to Wednesday. Town Hall IT upgrade (total cost is $433,000 over 3 years), $70,000 for two electrical vehicle charging Generally speaking, there is plenty of room A reminder of the other good news that the stations, $50,000 for a new Hesse Street footpath for everyone. popular monthly talks will reopen on the last link to the Queenscliff Boat Ramp, $60,000 for toilet Friday of the month, with the first scheduled upgrades and $20,000 for a concept design for a new The Council adopted the Shared Trails Master for 28 May. They will be held in the Point bike park. Plan early in 2020. It’s a 10-year plan aimed at Lonsdale Community Hall in Bowen Street creating a connected network of shared trails opposite the Primary School. Linda Brumley Mention was also made of a Golightly Caravan across the region. and Clare Ribaux will describe how some of Park upgrade as part of an upcoming tourist park the Chinese who came for the goldrush then review. The benefits are not only for the health of our moved to Queenscliff and became fishermen community, the enjoyment of being in nature, and market gardeners. In other news it’s pleasing to see some upgrade providing commuting options and logical works on the Citizens Park Band Pavillion and new connections, like the ability to ride horses Talks begin at 10.30 after morning tea/coffee safety crossings in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale - between pony clubs and ride bikes to school, at 10.00 with admission $5 for members and $10 with the siting of the latter in Point Lonsdale Road there is also the potential reduction in cars for non members. South causing a bit of angst. It’s also understood on our roads – reducing road congestion and DELWP have requested a bio-diversity study helping the environment. Click on the QR code to see and hear before considering any further bike park works additional information on the talk entitled on the Lonsdale skate park site. Some further We allocated $5.35 million to shared trails China to the Goldfields to Queenscliff. budget spending on expanding young families in over the next four years. Queenscliff would be welcome and it would be nice to know what’s happening with Queenscliff’s Although a new shared trail may seem simple, main street toilet situation. The Association strongly there challenging, potentially expensive details believes a Public Toilet that is available 24/7 is need to consider: sensitive natural environments, in the main street, as do the 60 businesses in Hesse st private land, underground gas and electricity that signed a petition reflecting that. lines and/or cables. Finally, we are pleased to see the recent decision It’s no small task, but both councillors and that the Borough keeps the existing model for Aged the officers are determined to see real progress. Care services in the Borough, until at least 2024, which means our highly valued Aged Care workers keep their jobs. Also we congratulate the Borough on passing the Climate Emergency Response Plan at the Ordinary meeting on 19/5/21. We also pass on our congratulations to the Queenscliffe Climate Action Group for working hard to make that happen. One jab down and one to go! The Rip June 2021 Page 13

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BUSINESS BITS Guardian Railway Advisory funding boost to boost tourism Value of Humanity: Local tourism businesses Pictured: Bellarine Railway President Steven Mutual Respect are set to benefit from a $3.4 Dalton, CoGG Mayor Stephanie Asher, Blues million upgrade to the Train Director Hugo T Armstrong, Queenscliff I was recently asked why I choose Guardian as the Bellarine railway. Mayor Ross Ebbels and Regional Development name of my monthly publication. What resonated Minister Mary-Anne Thomas for me was that it can depicts a person or thing that The new investment will protects someone or something. Essentially, all of us support existing works new jobs by taking advantage of the natural living in postcode 3225 are guardians of our special worth $300,000 already coastline, world class wineries and tourist Borough of Queenscliffe. underway to improve the railway,” she said. popular destination. We are a coastal seaside town that draws in a lot of “This work is not only about breathing new holiday makers and passing travellers. Over summer Stage one of the project, life into the Bellarine Railway, but ensuring we become a busier town. Businesses look forward funded under the state government’s the future of the line. We know it will continue to the extra trade. Regional Victorian Investment Fund, includes to be a popular drawcard, creating local jobs development of the Turntable Paddock at and bringing the community together,” added Yes, for permanent residents larger numbers can Drysdale Railway Station - providing a base Acting Bellarine MP Gayle Tierney. pose disruptions to our normal way of going about for the award-winning The Q Train. our day to day lives - more people on our beaches, What about us? harder to get a park and other minor inconveniences!. Stage two works will include an upgrade of 16.5 kilometres of track between Drysdale and Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale have been This summer was special for our holiday makers, Queenscliff. overlooked in the Victorian Top Tourism Town as many had endured the Melbourne lock down and were looking forward to a beach break. Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Awards. Thomas said the project would benefit other The Victorian Tourism Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t deliver the key users, including the Blues Train and Day best of weather, which would have been a bit of a out with Thomas attraction and would ensure Industry Council has announced let down. the longevity of the railway line. its 22 finalists for the inaugural prize. Notwithstanding this, it is quite alarming to hear “This investment will benefit the Bellarine of stories of holiday makers and locals taking their Peninsula’s visitor economy and create The list includes Port Fairy, frustrations out on our business traders. Paynesville, Apollo Bay, Fingal, Noble Rot welcomes Mallacoota an Halls Gap. Yes, 2020 was the year of COVID and Melburnians new chef especially endured a lot. But the lockdowns and The award is a new addition disruptions to people's lives does not excuse some Chef Sam Baddeley is to the Australian Tourism of the rude behaviour and disrespect handed out to a welcome addition to awards, recognising towns that local operators. the small team at Point demonstrate a commitment to and encourage Lonsdale's Noble Rot tourism and offer and excellent visitor Remember, while these businesses are in regional Wine Store and Bar. experience. Victoria, nonetheless they too had to comply with. Covid rules - such as social distancing, mask Sam describes his wearing, still today, QR Code compliance - that approach to cooking “as made it difficult for them to function against a drawing influence from dramatic influx of holiday makers. all over the world as well as locally to create As a local resident for nearly 23 years, I look a contemporary Australian forward to greeting our holiday makers and passing cuisine”. Sam’s modern style of cooking using travellers, but please leave your ATTITUDE at classical big flavours is a perfect partner to home. if you think you can bully, be down right the Bar’s awarded wine list with it’s focus on rude or disrespectful to our local businesses and artisanal wines from all around the world. residents of the Borough of Queenscliff. Happy reading, James Rush, Point Lonsdale Tourism partnership continues for another four years Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale together views on the TGGB website, Queenscliff had extraordinary amount of views.” received the highest number of hits on the 18,460 and Point Lonsdale, 8,039. The value Tourism Research Australia figures show Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine (TGGB) of overall media coverage of the twin towns web page last year. And Queenscliff alone was facilitated by the body was estimated at visitor numbers to Point Lonsdale and the second highest rating destination page, $536,700. Queenscliff grew by 2.5 per cent , to 418,000 behind Portarlington, according to figures from 2017 to March 2020, with a 15 per cent tabled by the Queenscliffe Council. Speaking in support of the partnership, increase in overnight stays – to $615,000. Mayor Ross Ebbels said it had played an The Council, a founding member, has important part in driving local tourism, Visitors injected $137 million into the local entered into a new four year memorandum of particularly during the pandemic. economy – an increase of 42 per cent. Understanding with the region’s peak tourism body. The agreement will cost the Borough “I think we get extraordinary value out of More than 80 Queenscliffe business are $21,172 next financial year. partnership,” he said. “And to a certain degree members of TGGB. we’re punching above our weight because The figures show that of the total 950,000 if you look at the website figures… it’s an The City of Greater Geelong is the biggest member, contributing $2.175 million. The Rip June 2021 Page 26

Brewing up a recipe for success The Queenscliff Brewhouse scored six medals Pictured, from left: Queenscliff Brewhouse owners Andrew Noseda and Tony Xerri, with awards at the highly-contested Australian International sponsor Lucy Perkins from Diageo. Beer Awards (AIBA), including two Golds. them out in the open now and actually get some onsite. All are small batch, served straight from The brewery’s Swede and Sour Raspberry good recognition. the tank to customers. It's great to see our beers Berliner - a nod to Swedish head brewer being consumed and treated again how they Mattias Isaksson - was judged best in the Best The Brewhouse also picked up a Silver medal deserve to be. Wheat Beer category. for its Sea Pilot XPA and Bronze medals for its The Rip Helles Lager, ChainSaw and Otway “Covid has given me time to think about new Its Black Night Imperial Stout also picked up Light beers. beer recipes and I'm very excited for what's a Gold. coming. So make sure you watch this space To top of the month, the establishment was and follow the Queenscliff Brewhouse,” Mr The AIBA is the largest annual beer also named ‘Best Specialty Bar’ award at the Isaksson added. competition in the world assessing both recent Australian Hotels Association Victorian draught and packaged beer. This year more Awards. than 75 judges tasted 2,500 entries from 21 countries. “It's proof of the quality brews we make “The competition is more fierce than ever, so it's certainly an honour to be recognised with our beers. So many good beers from around the world entered, and we took home 6 medals, including two golden medals. It's very honouring,” Mr Isakkson said.” The recognition was even more important, coming on the back of last year’s Covid crisis, which dealt a major financial blow to the Brewhouse, forcing it to close its doors at the height of the pandemic. “I couldn't wait to get these beers out to the people, so many of them got delayed by Covid,” said Mr Isaksson. “It's so good to have New beginnings for RipView bistro The Queenscliff Bowling, was a lot of work to do. Tennis and Croquet Club is “With limited time and bouncing back after a horror funds we were able to give the 2020, with a new management bistro space a fresh new look team, a new-look RipView to compliment the stunning Bistro and new chef. views and our kitchen team - General manager Jayden headed up by talented new chef Jacobson said the covid Bronwyn Knight and operations pandemic, while forcing the manager Rachel Bellet - put in a establishment to close for mighty effort to re-open.” several weeks, also presented Along with spectacular ocean an invaluable opportunity views, bistro patrons can expect to re-assess its quality food that champions operations and move regional produce and offers forward. value for money. The extensive “Like most menu offerings range from ‘old businesses and school’ classics to speciality, organisations, we too seasonal dishes. felt the impacts of Pictured: Operations Manager Rachel Bellett, chef “We source local ingredients Bronwyn Knight and general manager Jayden Jacobson in support of our food suppliers,” Covid-19 restrictions Mr Jacobson said. and lockdowns “Whether it’s your weeknight dinner, a catch up with friends or family, we can although fortunately its popular upstairs bistro. More cater for every event or occasion.” recently, the end of the current the worst of it took place catering contract provided an during what is normally a quieter period,” said opportunity for a new chef and team to also Mr Jacobson, who stepped into the role in refresh the menu. February. But recruitment challenges within the “Government support schemes helped to hospitality industry meant it had to move Share your Business Bits keep us in a secure enough financial position to quickly. by emailing: “The job market is just so competitive at [email protected] rebuild and recover from, most importantly we the moment,” said Mr Jacobson. “We gave had continued support from our members and the community.”   ourselves just two weeks to prepare and by the 20th of each month The club used those quieter weeks to revamp relaunch the kitchen and bistro space, and there The Rip June 2021 Page 27

GC20OR2MA1N/M2T0US2N2ITY The Community Grants program is open to local community groups and organisations. Application are open from 3rd May 2021 – 18th June 2021. For further information or to lodge an application please go to The Rip June 2021 Page 28

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