Jem Fuller.

The Winding Journey that Led Me to Where I’m Supposed to Be.

In the earlier chapters of my adult life, I identified as a vehemently anti-establishment, bohemian, radical, get-me-out-of-the-rat-race individual. Many years spent adventuring in the back waters of foreign lands, disappearing into the fabrics of eastern cultures, and connecting with ‘strange’ people from vastly different places, gave me perspectives no university degree ever could.

To fund these extended vagabond years, I found myself working a vast array of jobs; from fire-dancer to tattooist, motorcycle courier to kindergarten teacher, labourer to volunteer, healer to actor, singer/songwriter and too many more ventures to mention here.

In my early thirties, as a married man and new father, I realised it was time to ‘grow up’ and get a ‘real job’. Not knowing what else to do with no qualifications, I started my career as a travel consultant in a multi-national travel company. I did well enough to climb the ranks and end up in a senior leadership position with a lot of staff, plenty of zeros after the revenue numbers in the spreadsheets, the accompanying pressure to relentlessly drive net profit growth and way too many hours in a suit and tie. I was pretending to be happy.

When my father and brother both died (2009, 2010) we moved to the Great Ocean Road to be closer to family and raise our children.

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Lukey Luke.

Lukey Luke has been rockin’ tunes since his time began and this ‘Big Bang’ has been expanding through the universe of sound ever since. With a voice as big as Everest, clean, rich and reaching for the skies, you’ll be entertained in a deep blue sea of passion, energy and soul.

He has supported the likes of Rose Tattoo, Deisel, James Reyne, Russell Morris and Joe Camilleri. Forteing in solo acoustic singer/songwriting and fronting Rock bands such as “Prime Mover” and the “Diehard Dolls”. Lukey’s diversity has also taken him into musicals where he played the leading role of Judas in an award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also experienced his fair share of Australian Country with an appearance in the ‘Road To Tamworth Finals’.

Lukey has recently released a Double Album ‘HERE IT IS’, recorded at Lucky Boy Analogue Studios on old school pure analogue reel to reel 2 inch magnetic tape, and the Albums first Music Video ‘THINK TWICE’. ‘HERE IT IS’ spans 3 decades of song writing, refining new and old songs into one beautiful package. It is influenced by the grooves of his soul, with rock, country, blues and gospel. You can order your copy of his C.D. at www.lukeymusic.com


Lukey has also hosted his own Open Mic Nights in Geelong for over 15 years across many venues. He now has two venues running, from 7-10pm on a Wednesday at the premier Open Mic venue in the region BEAVS BAR and Thursday at Huxtaburger.

Lukeys Open Mic Nights, are not your regular run of the mill open mic, but a real opportunity to cut your chops on a stage that’s designed to run like a mini festival. Singer/songwriters, comedians, entertainers and variety acts get to strut their stuff on the live stage in front of a live appreciative audience. A stage for you to refine your act, improve your performance and get control of the nerves.

On top of that, he runs the Guitarbar Sunday Sessions at the Barking Dog from 2-7pm. This showcases 6 acts every week. It is a stepping stone for the Open Mic acts to aspire to play more professionally, for longer and to be paid for their performance.

So you want to perform at LUKEYS OPEN MIC NIGHTS? Check out the pinned post at www.facebook.com/lukeysopenmic and send a Direct Message to the Page with a link to your music and a date/time you would like to perform, and become part of this beautiful community of artists and entertainers.

You can also book Lukey as a Solo Act, his Duo Saxxybeast, or a Full Band for Weddings, Parties and Corporate Events.  Just call 0417 584 701

Lukey Luke socials: FB YT IG TW @lukeymusic777

www.lukeymusic.com

Betty and Dianne.

It’s afternoon, and Betty Martin lays out a right royal spread of homemade cakes, biscuits pastries and savories that makes high tea at The Windsor look somewhat deficient.

But it’s what Betty does. From her kitchen in the large family Herne Hill home has come the makings for morning tea that over the last decade has contributed to Betty and daughter Dianne raising nearly $40,000 for the Cancer Council of Victoria.

Betty 94 and Dianne 73, with help from loyal friends, have held morning tea functions annually over nine years, providing the food and raffling and selling magnificent handmade quilts, along with all manner of functional knitted and sewn novelty items made from donated materials.

Dianne explains that the catalyst for the fundraisers was a close friend who suffered a long battle with breast cancer. While the women over the years had put effort into varied fundraising for a number of causes including Multiple Sclerosis, they decided cancer research would be a focus, and there were many willing and skilled hands to assist.

While the pandemic has cut into their event planning, the mid-year morning tea in 2021 held at the Geelong West Football & Netball Club rooms, was one of their most successful. With around 70 attending, and “so many new faces” said Dianne. It was amazing to see some exquisite handmade quilts and other items walk out the door for the price of a $2 raffle ticket.

The next morning tea being organised to raise additional funds for cancer research will feature a guest speaker from Anam Cara. It will be held on Tuesday 7 June at 10.00am at the Geelong West Football Club Rooms (West Oval), cnr Church St and Weddell Rd, North Geelong.

These events have highlighted some of the traditional skills developed by women through a need to provide the comforts and accessories for their families – that are now either lost or ignored for mass production.

“Of course I don’t get to see much of what happens,” quips the effervescent Betty. “They just say, get in the kitchen and stay there!”

Betty attributes her staying power to a sense of humour and a positive attitude. “That’s how to live to old age, you have to laugh!” And the inherent need to help others: “Both of my parents would go to any lengths to help others. And that’s the way we were raised.” 

Story and photo: Denise Civelli

Dr Bernard Shiu.

Dr. Bernard Shiu’s earliest childhood memory is of a hot summer’s day in Hong Kong, his city of birth. Together with his cousins, he experienced the taste of ice cream for the very first time. This memory appears to be reflective of his childhood surrounded by love, music and a propensity to dismantle ‘machinery’ so he could enjoy the challenges of the re assembly. Bernard’s Mum was not as enamoured as he, when an ‘upgrade’ to the television, resulted in it turning on whenever the telephone rang!

Mr Shiu senior was perhaps the initial catalyst for Bernard and medicine finding each other. His words, “Son, do not fix things that are not broken”, could be a loose paraphrase of the historical Hippocratic oath “Primum non nocere, First do no harm.”

As a child Bernard could be described as always busy; obviously a precursor to his life as an adult! He struggled to always ‘follow the rules’, which at times put him at odds with his parents and teachers. If Bernard had not pursued medicine his other life passions may have led him to be a professional jazz musician. Musicians say ‘it is the silence between the notes that makes the music’. Listening in the silence and intuitively hearing what may not be verbalised, is a skill Bernard brings to his patients and their healing.

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Geelong Waterfront Film.

Geelong Waterfront Film was officially launched over drinks and canapes at the private residence of Dr Martin Ching on Friday 29th of April.

Guests were interviewed on the Geelong Connected Communities ‘Red Carpet Extravaganza’ with hostess and local filmmaker Cassidy Krygger. 

Geelong Waterfront Film aims to encourage more filming in the Geelong region as well as supporting emerging content creators through grant opportunities.

The Foundation’s first grant was issued to director Rebecca Metcalf for her film ‘Development’.

No floating gas terminal.

No floating gas terminal for Corio Bay or anywhere in Australia. Great turn out today for the ABC news photo shoot. Well done to Geelong Renewables Not Gas and all involved.

Here’s what some big opposers have to say:

GeelongPort states “the Project should not proceed without further assessment of the environmental impacts” and the project would have “unacceptable impacts on GeelongPort and the Port of Geelong”.

Geelong Grammar School “strongly opposes the Project” due to the safety implications of expanding a major hazard facility close to their campus, climate change impacts, ecological impacts on Corio Bay and noise/air quality impacts.

They are joined by The City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, The Association of Geelong and District Angling Club, Doctors for the Environment, The Climate and Health Alliance, The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Humans in Geelong and a stack of likeminded environmental advocacy organisations in raising concerns about the proposal.

Climate Action.

Urgent! We need as many humans as possible to meet on the sand at Eastern Beach, towards the pool end, tomorrow, Friday 6th May, at 10am for a photo shoot, to show that we don’t want a huge, ugly, floating gas terminal polluting our beautiful bay!

2,000 people sent letters of protest but we need to keep taking Action.

ABC News are working on a story and want to visually show the community opposition to the terminal, so bring family, friends and colleagues.

Then, Saturday 7th May, Cherished Pets is supporting Vets for Climate Action and Australian Parents for Climate Action, with a Walk for Climate Action event at Ocean Grove Main Beach from 9:30am.

Go Geelong! Renewables not Gas & Climate Action!

Reconciliation in the Park 2022.

Reconciliation in the Park is a unique, Aboriginal community led event. Nikki McKenzie is programming this years’ event and she states, “Now is the time to make the commitment to making quality decisions and acting on them. 

Simplify

Commit

Be brave and  

BE THE CHANGE!”

Reconciliation in the Park warmly welcomes everyone to this very special event with a unique opportunity to join together and learn through hands-on activities with local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community members.

It includes: free cultural activities, stalls, performances, music, a BBQ and more!

This year we have a possum skin cloak workshop – “embedding our culture further into Reconciliation in the Park”, Nikki adds.

Reconciliation in the Park is Sunday 22 May from 10am to 3pm in Johnstone Park, Geelong.

Photo shows Aunty Helen at last year’s event, by Vicky of Geelong One Fire.

Drawing Norman Lane.

I’m 39 years old, born in Geelong and live in Geelong.

I’ve been drawing since age 3, drawing was my number one hobby, and still is today, even after many years inactive. I upload all my latest drawings on YouTube, Instagram, as well as TikTok. So go check them out.

I’m Darren Nelson (Dasher’s Artwork) drawing Australian soldier/serviceman Norman Lane, from my home city Geelong, Victoria. Norman Lane died serving in the second world war from cardiac Beri Beri whilst a POW on the Thai-Burma railway. A suburb called Norlane, in the north of Geelong, was named after him.

Lest we forget.

If you’d like to read more about Norlane’s namesake: https://bit.ly/3oTPRHC

Oppose the floating gas terminal.

Take Action! Only 3 days left to submit your opposition to Viva’s dangerous and polluting floating gas terminal which would be an eyesore in our beautiful Corio Bay  — submissions close on Monday the 11th of April at midnight.

There is a new quick tool to help you make a submission in no time. 

Submit a letter in less than 5 minutes, with no writing required. 

Click here to generate your letter

This submission builder tool will ask you some questions about what concerns you most about Viva’s terminal and then will generate a letter that you can enter into the government form. 

It’s a simple 4 step process

  1. Fill out the questionaire.  The tool will generate a letter for you! Have a read and make any changes you like.
  2. Copy the letter and head to the Government website where you need to enter your details
  3. Fill in the Government form (name, address, etc) and paste your generated letter.
  4. We strongly suggest that you request to appear at the hearing.  You won’t be cross-examined or questioned. Appearing in person makes it even more real to the Inquiry board that their decision affects real people’s lives. 

That’s it! Enjoy the feeling of having stood up for what you believe in. 

If you still want to write your own unique letter instead of using this tool (yay! lots of love to you), head on over to our website.  There are pointers, facts and some other example letters that you can take a look at. 

Make sure you forward this information to your colleagues, friends and family and let’s get as many submissions as possible in these last few days.

Regards,
Darcy of Geelong Renewables, Not Gas. Photo supplied.