Sustainable House Day 2020.

Geelong Sustainability has embraced digital technologies for this year’s Sustainable House Day. Over three weekends there will be zoominars of live virtual sustainable house presentations and Q&A sessions with homeowners and sustainability experts (October 10 & 11) and the following two Saturdays (Oct 24 & 31) log into 40 speed dates via Zoom where people can get advice from a range of subject matter experts. For more information and to register go to the SHD website.

Their Sustainable House Day video is an example of one of the videos that will feature in the Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020 on Sunday October 11th on our YouTube. Watch then or watch later.

Photographer, Adam Stan.

In 2016, Adam Stan was two years into his new-found passion for photography, when he came across a vast artwork etched into the sand at Barwon Heads. When he viewed photos taken of the swirling sand art from his drone camera, he was blown away.

“I posted the photo on an Ocean Grove community page and asked if anybody knew about it,” Adam says.

The artist, Ed, from @Breathablueocean, made contact with Adam. It was the first time Ed had seen his elaborate sand art from the air.

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Hey everyone! Atman is a mental health brand co-founded by two 17 year olds in Geelong, Lewis Taranto and Kyle Jdali. They want to help as many people as they can, particularly teenagers. They are excited to be able to start doing motivational talks once allowed!

They have recently launched a fundraiser for Headspace Geelong. It will be a 24-hour live stream on their Instagram account ( on Saturday 3rd October. Once certain donation milestones are reached, Lewis and Kyle will be doing specified challenges on the live stream which include dying their hair pink, shaving their eyebrows (they don’t grow back guys) and drinking disgusting blended drinks.

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Billy-Jay (BJ) O’Toole.

Australia possesses people of multicultural backgrounds: ethnic and indigenous Aboriginal.  We live on Aboriginal land and it is important to recognise the land’s traditional owners and to learn from them.

  • Did you know that Djillong, the original name of Geelong, means ‘a tongue of land’?
  • Do you believe in the connection between nature and people?

Bruce Pascoe writes in his book Dark Emu:

In 2012 I met Brad Steadman, an elder from Brewarrina, who told me this traditional story; ‘Bunggula, the sooty Grunter (bream), grunts when taken out of water. The spines on its back are the spears flung by the old man, Baiame, who hunted him in the waterhole. The fish escaped, and as he flashed his tail he made a channel which filled with water to make the river. But the country dried out, the kangaroos went away, the plants dried, and there was a big drought. The old man came back with his dogs and his sons, and said the drought was because the people didn’t know the law or the names of the rivers. He told them the songs to sing and the dances to dance so the rain would fall again and things would be as they are today.’

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Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020.

Remember when… Here’s footage from last year’s Humans in Geelong Expo. This year, we’re going online! It’s free, fun and there’s something for everyone. Register, now to receive your free virtual hug.

PLEASE SHARE! Be blown away by amazing, creative locals. The Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020, Premieres on our YouTube on Sunday October 11th. It will be our region’s uplifting start to Mental Health Month 2020.

The clips will be short, snappy, fun and informative. They will remain available to watch anytime and will reach a wide audience as we have a large reach in our region, throughout Australia and over 45 countries.

Humans in Geelong INSPIRE – CONNECT – STRENGTHEN Community.

Videography: Felix Wilkins

Good Deed Face Masks.

“A lot of my wife’s childhood was spent growing up with her grandmother in Vietnam and this is where she first formed her compassion towards elderly people. After moving to Australia to study and seeing how the government and NFP’s look after disadvantaged people here, she knew that she definitely wanted to get involved. So, she decided to enrol in a Masters of social work after completing her first Masters in Marketing. She is now a proud government employee working in social work.

“Since the COVID epidemic we’ve been hearing about how the elderly demographic are more vulnerable to the virus. This brought out more of Kelly’s compassion for the elderly community and her need to help. So, she convinced me to start up a business to supply good quality face masks to the elderly and people in need. We thought we couldn’t do this alone so we started the initiative of donating one for every face mask purchased and that’s how our company ‘Good Deed Face Masks’ was born.

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An old saying but so true. Ocean Grove, Groove Cafe, owner Tony Zhang has proven this. He’s up early every day, and he catches more than the worms. He catches all the early tradies. The place is buzzing! Hot coffee, breakfast, and food for the day. My early morning walking exercise to buy the Advertiser confirms this statement.

The logo on the coffee cups, umbrellas, windbreak screens, large neon display sign, and all advertising shows the rooster. The main steel silent rooster sits above the cafe and quietly observes everything as roosters do. “The early bird gets the worm,” says Tony. He’s the brains behind the café with his always warm, friendly, and speedy service. Staff and Tony make a point of knowing their regular customers by name.

Tony and his wife, Ivy, came to Australia to visit friends twelve years ago. Following that holiday, a decision was made to move away from the overcrowded, and bustling city of Beijing. They also wanted to live in a small town and enjoy a healthier life, have children, and a good education. The most important goal was to live a happier stress-free lifestyle. Ocean Grove was the choice.


Prop Maker, Chris Bennett.

“I was the definition of a giraffe on roller skates, but I had a blast and it confirmed in my mind that this place filled with oddballs (myself included) was the place I needed to be.”

Meet Chris Bennett, Chemical Engineering graduate turned designer for the arts, pursuing a career in doing what he loves, right here in Geelong.

“I would describe myself as a maker, designer and all-round nerd. I got my start by making props for the musical theatre industry until COVID-19 arrived and a majority of arts were put on hold.  Some of my favourite projects include a giant sausage and pretzel hat for the musical The Producers, 3D printed fixtures for antique windows and a large LED light sculpture for the Geelong Youth Choir (which unfortunately was unable to be realised due to the event being cancelled).”

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Kaye Baillie, children’s author.

As Roald Dahl wrote in his famous children’s story ‘Matilda’, books have the power to send an important message: that we are not alone. I had the pleasure of speaking with Kaye Baillie, a local children’s book author. Kaye grew up on an orchard in Invergordon, Victoria, with a handful of books she loved. “I wished I could be the children in Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ and ‘The Enchanted Wood’, she says. “It’s like entering a new world”. Kaye dreamed of being creative but could not imagine writing as a career, instead moving into secretary work and amateur theatre. When Kaye was in her thirties, she started a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing during which she published two educational books.

“I want to capture an idea, play with it, mould it, make it real,” Kaye says. “I don’t have the patience to write for adults, and the themes of children’s stories can be just as rich and diverse.” Friendship, grief, migration, war, loneliness, fear, history, family, love – all of these can be found in children’s books. Kaye’s most recent book ‘Boo Loves Books’ tells the story of a young girl, Phoebe, and a huge rescue dog, Boo, as they overcome their fears and learn to love reading. The book is inspired by a true story about a Book Buddies program where kids who had insecurities or worries about reading could read to homeless cats at an animal shelter in Pennsylvania. One boy’s transformation captured Kaye’s attention. He adored cats, but hated reading so much he argued with his mother and called himself stupid. Through the program, the boy ended up loving reading to the cats so much he convinced his mother to adopt three cats. “I loved the whole story and wanted to write a story to help children who might feel like this boy.” Kaye hopes that ‘Boo Loves Books’ will help young readers realise that they are not alone with their anxieties and that with some encouragement, that they can do things in their own way.

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Artist, Mickey Egan.

“Art making is a great thing, you can get so lost whilst working on a painting, when you come back the next day, pause and look at it, you realise you’ve actually resolved something maybe by accident.”

Making art is a “battle” and an “exhilarating place” for Mickey Egan.

“I had a tumultuous childhood, a lot of traumatic things happened. Drawing as a child was constant, it was my escape or refuge. I always came back to it. Eventually it became the reason why I went to art school. Art is a form of escape, composure and catharsis,” Mickey says.

Mickey’s drawings and paintings reflect his love of the natural world, and his fascination with how landscapes can connect us.

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