Kettlefish Cafe keeping Ocean Grove beach clean.

“After wanting her business to be part of a bigger, positive movement to her community, P1 Training owner Bridgette Lal came up with an idea… a tangible and immediate reward for caring for our environment, whilst helping bring the community together.  “It is an enviro-conscious effort to keep Ocean Grove beautiful. Anyone can go and grab 1 of 4 small buckets at Kettlefish Cafe for their walk along the beach, when they bring back a bucket full of rubbish, they get a coffee for their efforts.  It’s great karma and even better coffee!” laughs Lal.


Lal came up with the idea after she saw a thread on Facebook about businesses becoming more enviro-conscious, and a couple of ideas really resonated with her. “I had to action it!” she exclaimed!

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SKAART Festival.

The sensational SKAART Festival is on Sun 25th Nov and provides FREE fun for families. PLEASE SHARE! “We love bringing the kids every year as it’s an affordable option compared to the Geelong Show.” The Festival is in it’s 13th year and is hosted by the City of Greater Geelong and just gets bigger and better every year. Everything is free and activities include; amazing rides, games, temporary tatts, henna, popcorn, fairy floss, food, drinks. There will be live performances from our local talented young people.

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Come along and join in the fun from 11-2pm at the Fort, Stead Park, corner of Melbourne Road and St George’s Road, Corio. Be part of our amazing community.

“It’s a great day out. Families come from all over the district to join in the fun,” proudly states one organiser.

Photos: Supplied

Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Everyone’s a winner when you volunteer! The #Geelong Volunteer of the Year Awards were held last night at City Hall. There were 11 diverse, worthy finalists and 7 outstanding award winners, sharing in $7K of prize money. Thanks to Kardinia Rotary Club and Volunteering Geelong for providing these awards which recognise our amazing volunteers. Thanks to the City of Greater Geelong for providing the venue. The event was sponsored by Geelong Connected CommunitiesKardinia Dental and Standby Security. The awards were presented by Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood and Councillor Cr. Anthony Aitken – City of Greater Geelong – Windermere Ward. We were thrilled to hear the City of Greater Geelong has created a portfolio for volunteering led by Councillor Aitken.

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Humans in Geelong are proud to be one of the winners. Photo: Brandon Dellow

‘Blue in the Red House’, Sarah Madden

“Writing has been a much bigger thing for me since I’ve been in Australia. I didn’t think I was a writer before, and now I have a book coming out! My achievements are writing and mothering based. I was a 2014 Write-ability Fellow through Writers Victoria, and have had a few short things published. I have two amazing kids, my biggest achievements, even though most of what makes them great is down to them alone.”

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Sarah Madden lives in Geelong, but has been no stranger to living in diverse communities. “Before I happily ended up in Geelong, I was born in a wee place called Whangarei in the North Island of New Zealand. I can’t say I just grew up there, because I think I’ve grown up in different ways in every place I’ve lived – New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Australia.

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Books for a School, Sister Act

Sister Act, a class act! Pardon the pun but gardeners ‘Sister Act’ have been responsible for introducing students to exciting literature thanks to their donation of hundreds of books to Northern Bay’s Wexford Campus. One thankful student stated, “I had never read a whole book until now and you gave me a book and now, I love the BFG”. Jenn and Paulie Hardy became aware of the need for books through their client, teacher Jenny Lane.

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We hear from Jenny, “There was a need for lots of current literature that would engage students of this generation. Our school is very multi-cultural; we have students who are Koorie, Keren, Afghani and Pakistani. Many children do not have access to books to read at home. However, because of Jenn, Paulie and Louise Stanley’s generous donation, we were able to buy multiple copies of novels to set up book clubs as a part of our reading program.  It has also allowed us to gift books to the children to help foster a love of reading.”

“One Afghani girl who was given a book thanked us in tears by saying ‘This is the first new book I’ve ever owned’. Another child talked about how she loved reading her new books to her little brother at home.

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Who’s your Mo Bro? We’ve pictured three well-known Geelong identities who are participating in Movember. Our magnificent Mayor Bruce Harwood, Humans in Geelong talented team member Brandon Dellow and AWA Alliance Bank’s Mitch Grinter. Mitch is one half of the amazingly popular “Four Finger Discount” duo who host a podcast about The Simpsons. Movember raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health.

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The Movember Foundation started in Melbourne in 2004 and has grown into a global movement, inspiring millions to grow Mos in Movember in 21 countries. Donations raised in Australia fund programs run directly by the Movember Foundation and men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue.

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2018 Archibald Prize

Don’t miss out on your chance to view the amazing Art Gallery of New South Wales 2018 Archibald Prize at Geelong Gallery before Nov 18th. Jules Francois Archibald was born in Geelong in 1856. He “was the founding editor of The Bulletin magazine and made a significant contribution to the development of a distinctly Australian style of literature and graphic newspaper art. His 1919 bequest (on his passing) funded the creation of a major portrait painting competition, aiming to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.”


“Each year, in accordance with the bequest, resident Australian artists are invited to submit portraits from life of men or women, preferentially ‘distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics.’”

The winner receives $100,000 courtesy of ANZ, this is judged by the Trustees of the Gallery. There are also prizes for the People’s Choice and the Packing Room Prize awarded by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Gallery staff. How fitting this year that the Winner of the People’s Choice is a painting of Geelong’s own ‘Guy’ by Anne Middleton.

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