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JANUARY 2017

Mon. 26h Dec
- Wed. 4th Jan
apollobayartsinc40th Apollo Bay Art Show
@  Apollo Bay Community Centre, 4 Whelan Street
& Arts Inc. Gallery, 21 Great Ocean Road

Contemporary, Traditional, 3D Sculptural & Photographic Artworks

The Apollo Bay Art Show is proud to be celebrating its 40th Anniversary exhibition this summer.

There are a few changes to make note of this year. To celebrate 40 years we are having a double venue show.

This year we have added 3D Sculpture and Photography to the list of mediums. This decision was made to make our show inclusive of all artists and to celebrate their varied talents in a broader range of mediums. The committee are very excited about how the show will look this year.

Tue. 3rd
 - 2pm
1701 jr badgeRainforest Walk - Maits Rest

All animals have three basic needs: food, water and shelter. Join a ranger and discover unique ways the bush can provide these survival essentials.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Wed. 4th
 - 10am
1701 jr badgeRockpool Ramble - Blanket Bay

Learn who lives in the rockpools, what they eat and where they hide

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Fri. 6th
 - 10am
1701 jr badgeRanger Games & Activities - Aire River West

Discover life in the estuary! The challenges of living in this area, the inhabitants and the predators.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Mon. 9th
 - 10am
1701 jr badgeRanger Games & Activities - Johanna Beach

Discover life in the estuary! The challenges of living in this area, the inhabitants and the predators.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Tue. 10th - Fri. 10th
 - 8.30am-1pm
1701 tackersLearn to Sail Programs for Kids, Teenagers & Adults

The Mobile Boatshed will be visiting Apollo Bay Sailing Club for the very first time in January 2017!

The Tackers is the main accredited introductory kids sailing course recognised by Yachting Australia for Ages 7 – 12 years.

Sailing

Tackers 1 – Having Fun (beginner level) or Tackers 2 - better sailing, tricks & technique.

See here for full details.

Tue. 10th
 - 2pm
1701 jr badgeRockpool Ramble - Marengo Reefs

Learn who lives in the rockpools, what they eat and where they hide.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Wed. 11th
 - 2pm
1701 jr badgeRanger Games & Activities - Marengo Reefs

Discover life in the estuary! The challenges of living in this area, the inhabitants and the predators.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Sun. 15th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Wed. 18th
 - 10am
1701 jr badgeRockpool Ramble - Blanket Bay

Learn who lives in the rockpools, what they eat and where they hide

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Fri. 20th
 - 10am
1701 jr badgeRanger Games & Activities - Blanket Bay

Discover life in the estuary! The challenges of living in this area, the inhabitants and the predators.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Mon. 23rd
 - 1pm
1701 jr badgeRockpool Ramble - Blanket Bay

Learn who lives in the rockpools, what they eat and where they hide

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Wed. 25th
 - 6pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

See the full agenda here.

. 26th
1701 day in the bay posterA Day in the Bay - Australia Day Celebrations
@ Apollo Bay Foreshore
FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL!

Live performances          Colac Otway Shire Awards Ceremony

Sausage Sizzle          Games          Kids Activities

Fireworks @ 10pm on Sat. 28th January

COSSee further details here and click on the poster for more.

Fri. 27th
 - 2pm
1701 jr badgeRainforest Walk - Maits Rest

All animals have three basic needs: food, water and shelter. Join a ranger and discover unique ways the bush can provide these survival essentials.

Bookings essential. Click here for further details and to book your spot.

Sat. 28th
Fireworks @ Apollo Bay Foreshore
FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL!

There will be a fireworks display to celebrate the Australia Day long weekend running for approx 8 minutes.

Anywhere along the beach or with a view of the harbour will afford the best views of the show.

Mon. 30th
 - 4-6pm
U3A ABApollo Bay U3A Registration & Enrolment Day
@ Apollo Bay Community Centre
Whelan Street (ex Senior Citizens Centre)

U3A members are invited to re-register, or if you are not a member you can join U3A Apollo Bay.

Come along on Registration Day to find out what U3A has to offer and enrol in the courses or activities that interest you.

Fee: $20 per annum per person.

FEBRUARY 2017

Wed. 1st
 - 7pm
ccma1Climate Change in Corangamite – Presentation from the Catchment Management Authority
@ Marrar Woorn, Pengilley Ave, Apollo Bay

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) has recently released the Corangamite Natural Resource Management Plan for Climate Change.

The Plan uses current climate change data from sources such as CSIRO to understand local impacts and develop climate change adaptation plans.

The plan covers current climate science, vulnerability assessments of natural assets and discusses regional and catchment scale actions for responding to climate change and anticipated impacts.

Chris Pitfield from the CCMA will be presenting on the findings of this document.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Thu. 2nd
 - 3-6pm
vicroadsLogoGreat Ocean Road Upgrade - Apollo Bay Community Drop-In Session

Come and learn how we are planning to upgrade the Great Ocean Road between Nelson Street and the Barham River. View the plans. Meet the team. Give feedback.

Mon. 13th
 - 2pm
U3A AB"WOMEN AT WORK: BARBARA LEORKE AND VAL FLITTON IN CONVERSATION"
@ Captain's at the Bay

U3A Apollo Bay Inc. and the Apollo Bay & District Historical Society Inc. invites you to the premier showing of “Women at Work: Barbara Leorke and Val Flitton in Conversation”.

The film produced by Bryan Dwyer is his latest work in recording the oral history of local residents of Apollo Bay along with pictures from those times.

Barbara and Val discuss their family histories, their childhood and youth in Apollo Bay, the war years, bringing up families, their community activities and the social changes they have seen since the 1920s.

Seating is limited so bookings are essential, contact Jannette Byrne on (03) 5237 7797, 0438 397 020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mon. 13th
 - 3.30-5.30pm
1702 computer courseCourse - Broadband for Seniors
@ Apollo Bay Bowling Club, 4-6 Moore St
Thu. 16th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the Krambruk Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Kylie Bawden, Keeper, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Topic: “Lions and Tigers and… Baw Baw Frogs! Oh My!”

Kylie Bawden is a Keeper at Werribee Open Range Zoo, and is rather surprised to find that 18 years have slipped by since she began doing this. She currently works with carnivores there: Lions, African Wild Dogs and Meerkats, with sporadic visits to Gorillas to maintain cousinly ties. She has worked at all three of Victoria’s Zoos, with time at both Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary where she was involved with the Recovery Program for the Mountain Pygmy Possum.1702 dg lion

Zoos are one of the places we go for a great family day out. Right? Join Kylie as she reflects on the journey our Zoos have taken in their current ambition to be leading Zoo-based conservation organizations. At a time when our wild places are feeling the pressure from human activity, Zoos Victoria have made a public declaration to protect 21 terrestrial Victorian species threatened with extinction. Come along and hear about the work being done to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot with the help of some canine friends, as well as the local and global community conservation programs we’re passionately getting our hands dirty tackling.

We are once again meeting in the Krambruk Room. The meeting will start at 6.30pm to allow you to order food and to be seated by 7.00pm for Kylie to commence.

The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Sat. 18th
 - 10am-9pm
Sun. 19th
 - 11am-4pm
1702 seafood festivalApollo Bay Seafood & Produce Festival

Showcasing the best seafood and produce that the area has to offer.

The Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce announced that the sixth annual Apollo Bay Seafood Festival will return bigger and better. Due to popular demand, the festival will run over two days.

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Sun. 19th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Seafood & Produce Festival on the Foreshoreab farmers market

See here for further details

Wed. 22nd
 - 6pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

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See the full agenda here.

Tue. 28th
 - 7pm
ab p12cApollo Bay P-12 College International Trip Presentation
@ Apollo Bay Footy Club Rooms

Students who attented the 2016 International Trip to India and the Maldives are delighted to share their adventures and experiences. Supper will be provided.

Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

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MARCH 2017

Thu. 9th
- 9-10am
ab p12School Classroom Helpers Training Session

If you would like to volunteer some time to help in our junior school classrooms (such as listening to children read, helping with spelling or writing), we are on the hunt.

Thursday the 9th of March from 9-10am there will be an adult helpers training session to give you a basic understanding of how to work with the children in accordance with the programs we use. It will also give you confidence in how to help them out!

If you are interested (no experience necessary) to volunteer some time for this very rewarding experience, please contact Faith Morrissy via the front office at school on (03) 5237 6483 - or drop in to give your details.

Thu. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
- 2-3pm
1703 oh health talksFree Health Talks @ Marrar Woorn

Join Otway Health Community Health Nurse, Loren Jenkins, for this series of free health talks in March.

Thu.  9th Mar - Staying Well

Thu. 16th Mar - Asthma

Thu. 23rd Mar - Diabetes

Thu. 30th Mar - Chronic Illness

Click on the poster for more information.

Sun. 12th
 - 2pm
U3A ABFilm - "Women at Work: Barbara Leorke & Val Flitton in Conversation"
@ Apollo Bay Community Centre

U3A Apollo Bay and the Apollo Bay & District Historical Society are pleased to offer a repeat showing of “Women at Work: Barbara Leorke and Val Flitton in Conversation”.

The film produced by Bryan Dwyer is his latest work in recording the oral history of local residents of Apollo Bay along with pictures from those times.

Barbara and Val discuss their family histories, their childhood and youth in Apollo Bay, the war years, bringing up families, their community activities and the social changes they have seen since the 1920s.

Apollo Bay residents and visitors are welcome.

Bookings not required.

Wed 15th
- 9.30am-2pm
1703 oh hearing testsFree Hearing Tests with Australian Hearing @ Otway Health

To book please call (03) 5233 9100

For anyone over the age of 18

The in-medical centre hearing checks are non-invasive and take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The test involves people listening for sounds while wearing headphones.

In Australia, one in six people has some form of hearing loss and this rate doubles for those over the age of 61. However, on average, most people wait seven years before seeking help.

People with hearing loss may experience tinnitus, known as a ringing sensation in the ears. Other key signs include difficulty hearing people on the phone and asking others to repeat themselves.

During the 15-minute consultation, people will learn their results plus receive advice on what to do next. This may include an invitation to attend a full hearing assessment with a clinician, available at no cost to Australian pensioners.

For people who already have a hearing aid fitted, a free hearing aid health check will also be available.

Wed 15th
- 5.30pm
Public Meeting - "Apollo Bay's Health Service Crisis"
@ Apollo Bay Community Centre, 4 Whelan St

An important public meeting will be held to try to end Apollo Bay's 24/7 accident and emergency crisis.

To be convened by Dr Ray Nicholls (PhD) - 0438 050 738.

Thu. 16th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the Krambruk Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker - Dr Libby Riches, Manager, Southern Otway Landcare Network
Topic - “People and Place - Making Maps For Communities”

Maps are powerful tools. When you put a map in front of someone you open up the conversation about their relationship with the places they value. However, most maps that communities see have been created by others: maps of planning schemes, development applications, masterplans, environmental management priorities and the like. These maps have been created by others (typically individuals or agencies with resources and or regulatory powers) as a guide to how will they manage places. Sometimes maps likes this become places of conflict because community values are not represented and we see decision making occurring without our input.

Participatory Mapping is an approach to mapping that allows community to openly express what they value about place. Often what people want to map is messy - it's stories, memories, knowledge and attachments. Another approach, Social Significance Assessment, is a tool that can be attached to mapping to help capture these relationships with place and ultimately represent them on a map.

Libby Riches researched methods for Participatory Mapping approaches to understanding Indigenous relationship to place as part of her PhD thesis. She then moved into professional consultancy undertaking Social Significance Assessments as places such at Lake Condah / Budj Bim National Heritage Place and Sydney's White Bay Power Station. Libby now manages the Southern Otway Landcare Network and is about to start applying these methods to a community mapping project. In this presentation she will be talking about methods for mapping people's relationship to place, her mapping project with Landcare, and the opportunities and challenges that are faced when using these maps to participate in decision making.

(Anyone wanting to undertake a bit of pre-reading might wish to have a look at Maps and Dreams by Hugh Brody).

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The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Sat. 18th
Poster Show 2017bApollo Bay & District Agricultural Show
Sun. 19th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Wed. 22nd
- 11.30am-1.30pm
& 5.30pm-6.30pm
occ logoMarengo & Apollo Bay Beaches Sand Management Information Open House
@ Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club

See this Media Release for further information.

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Wed. 22nd
 - 6pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ Apollo Bay Community Centre

See the full agenda here.

Thu. 23rd
 - 6-8pm
vicroadsLogoGreat Ocean Road Community Consultation Session @ Apollo Bay Golf Club

Help us shape a strong future for the Great Ocean Road. Tell us what you would like to see to improve safety, signage, pedestrian and cycling access and to ease congestion.

APRIL 2017

Sat. 1st
1704 one for the otwaysOne For The Otways Live Album Launch
@ Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

This great album will be launched at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse Sat April 1st.

100% of the proceeds' are to be donated to the 2017 revegetation season of the fire affected area of Wye River / Separation Creek.

Huge prizes to be won at the shows.

It's going to be a stellar night of entertainment supporting the Otways environment.

Sun. 2nd
 - 11am
solnApollo Bay Landcare Group AGM @ Marrar Woorn

Guest Speaker Kevin O'Connell will give a presentation on 'Environmental Mapping of the Otways'.

A light catered lunch (byo drinks) will follow.

RSVP by email (stwigg (at) skymesh.com.au) or phone (03) 5237 7190.

All members of the community are welcome.

Wed. 5th
 - 6-7pm
1704 like nobodys watchingDance Like Nobody's Watching
@ Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club

LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING is a 1 hr dance session, in which you are invited to let your hair down, let loose and journey inward through movement, dance and play.

Re-connect to your beautiful body, and move as you please along to an eclectic mix of soulful beats. Our intention is to allow this group to evolve organically so that people may choose to compile their own playlist for future gatherings.

We also ask that people donate $5 to cover the cost of the venue hire and any remaining funds will be donated to www.yogaforhumankind.org.

Wear comfortable clothing and please no talking during the session.

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Wed. 12th
 - 5.30pm
Men's Shed Group Meeting
@ Apollo Bay Community Centre, 4 Whelan Street

A new Men's Shed Group is forming in Apollo Bay.

If you are interested in hearing about or joining this group you are invited to this meeting.

If you are interested but can't attend and want to hear more about the group please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thu. 20th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group
@ the SS Casino Room (formerly the Krambruk Room), Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Brian Humphries, Assistant Principal, and students from Apollo Bay P-12 College
Topic: Apollo Bay P-12 College Travels

Apollo Bay P-12 College has been conducting International trips with our students for the last 10 years. Groups have travelled to India, Tanzania, Borneo and the Maldives. The trips are lead and organised by the students, with students working and fundraising all of the funds required to complete their trip.

At this discussion group session you will hear Brian Humphries talk about the journey over the last 10 years and show photographs of each of the trips as well as hearing from several students who have just returned from our most recent trip to India and the Maldives. The students will show a collection of photographs and short films from their trip as well as explaining what it was like to travel in India and also live in a Muslim community in the Maldives.

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The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Brian and the students to commence at 7pm.

The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Fri. 21st
 - 9.30am
1704 ccmaLittle Wild Kids River Walk

Please join us for a fun walk on the Wild Dog Creek Estuary!

This will be a morning of discovery for pre-school kids and their parents and carers. We will:

Take a short walk with environmental experts along the Wild Dog Creek Estuary in Apollo Bay and the nearby beach

Learn about estuaries and the coast and the plants and animals that call them home

Showcase opportunities available in your local area for young families to get involved in citizen science and environmental groups

Have fun in the wild!

The walk is FREE and will be held from 9.30am to 11.30am on Friday 21st April, 2017.

The walk is pram friendly and a yummy morning tea will be provided.

RSVP is essential. Please contact the Corangamite CMA on (03) 5232 9100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tue. 25th
rslANZAC Day Services & March @ the Apollo Bay War Memorial
Dawn Service

Commences at 6am at the War Memorial. Please assemble on the foreshore on the ocean side of the GOR opposite the memorial prior to 6am.

There will be a Gunfire Breakfast after the service in Nelson Street.

Parade & Service

The Parade steps off from the pedestrian crossing at the Apollo Bay Newsagency at 10.40am.

Please assemble between 10.15 and 10.30am.

The Service starts at 11am at the War Memorial.

Lunch

At the RSL, 12 Gallipolli Parade, Apollo Bay, from 12pm. Cost $20pp.

Wed. 26th
 - 6pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

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See the full agenda here.

Fri. 28th
 - 9.15am
breastscreenTake the Bus to Breastscreen Victoria in Geelong

Otway Health provides a bus to take women to appointments at Breastscreen Victoria in Geelong.

The next bus is scheduled for Friday 28th April, departing Otway Health at 9.15am.

It’s $12 for the return bus trip.

You are eligible for a free breast screen if:

  • You are a woman over the age of 40
  • You have not been screened in the last 12months
  • You have not had any previous breast complications

Please register and pay through Otway Health reception on (03) 5237 8500 by April 13th to secure a seat.

For enquiries please contact Otway Health Community Health Nurse, Loren Jenkins on (03) 5237 8500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sat. 29th
 - 6pm
1704 ladies night inLadies Night In @ the Bowls Club

Supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation's 'Path Towards a Cure'.

$10 entry. All ladies welcome. Food & drinks provided.

Special guests and raffles.

Please call Chloe on 0499 199 694 if you have any questions.

 

MAY 2017

Wed. 10th
 - 6pm
1705 castfromthestormABRAR Film Night - 'Cast from the Storm' @ Captains at the Bay

… the tender story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join an after-school theatre group.

Supper: Hot soup with crusty bread and cakes and slices from the Bakery; fresh fruit.

Drinks: at bar prices

Place: Captains at the Bay, Pascoe Street

Tickets: $25.00 @ Bay of Apostles or Galapagos Books

Or call: Anastasia: 0419 893 549,   Ali: 0418 395 205,   Barb: 0425 731 456,   Liz: 0499 887 044

www.castfromthestorm.com 

Thu. 11th
 - 10am-1pm
COSCOS Council Drop In Session @ the front of Apollo Bay Bakery

“Community consultation is a very important part of the budget process and we want to give community members the opportunity to speak to us about the budget, and the projects and services important to them.” Chief Executive Officer, Colac Otway Shire, Sue Wilkinson.

See more in this Press Release.

Thu. 18th
 - 10am-4pm
COSSmall Business Bus @ Apollo Bay Foreshore
Free Small Business Support Coming to Apollo Bay and Colac

Looking to start a small business? Want to develop your existing small business?

Help is on the way with the Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus coming to:

Colac on Wednesday 17 May 2017

Apollo Bay on Thursday 18 May 2017

The Small Business Bus offers:

 FREE confidential mentoring provided by a small business specialist

 ADVICE on developing your business idea, formulating a business plan, marketing your business, improving your understanding of cash flow management and more

 Friendly ASSISTANCE from a Small Business Victoria information officer

 INFORMATION about Small Business Victoria’s programs and services

The bus will be located at:

Colac Memorial Square, 43 - 117 Murray Street Colac between 10am and 4pm.

Apollo Bay Foreshore (opposite the newsagency) – 135 Great Ocean Road between 10am and 4pm

Bookings are essential. To book visit www.business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call the Business Victoria Contact Centre on 13 22 15.

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Thu. 18th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Ray Nichols
Topic: ‘Trump after four months: abnormality and the Russian connection'

After four months of Trump’s presidency, it is vital that we don't start treating it as "normal". It is anything but.

The Trump presidency's abnormality goes much deeper than sloppy staff work, silly posturings, blatant contradictions, and untrue statements. It goes to the foundations of democracy. I'll focus on the nature of those foundations; how the Trump presidency undermines them; and, especially, how the rapidly ramifying "Russian Connection" of the Trump presidency threatens to become the greatest legal and constitutional crisis America has faced since President Nixon's "Watergate".

Ray Nichols was a Wilson and Danforth Scholar at Princeton, and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He taught at the University of California before moving to Monash University, where he was Professor and Head of the Department of Politics. He has written extensively on political ideas and action, has broadcast regularly on the ABC and Radio Singapore, and has led several community action groups.

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for the guest speaker to commence at 7pm. The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 for the Discussion Group but you may order from the regular menu. Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Sat. 20th May
 - Sun. 21st
1705 gorrfGreat Ocean Road Running Festival

Formerly known as the Great Ocean Road Marathon, the event has grown to allow runners of all ages and fitness levels to participate in events ranging from the 1.5km Kid’s Gallop all the way up to the 60km Ultra Marathon. In order to make the event an even better weekend away for runners and their support crew, be it family or friends, we’re bringing you even more things to do in Apollo Bay & Lorne than ever before.

The spectacular setting of the iconic Great Ocean Road makes the Great Ocean Road Running Festival a must-do for your running checklist. Whether you’re travelling from regional Victoria, interstate or from around the world, this Festival based in Apollo Bay & Lorne is a great destination for a running weekend away.

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Participants rave about the friendly, local feel of the event, with many coming back year after year. If you’re looking for your next big challenge, this is it.

Fundraise for the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation while you enjoy your run.

Sun. 21st
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Clubab farmers market

See here for further details

Mon. 22nd
 - 6-8pm
1704 like nobodys watchingDance Like Nobody's Watching
@ The Youth Club

Join us for our third "Like Nobody's Watching". Don't be shy, nobody's watching, come along :-)!

This is not a traditional dancing session in that there will be no speaking during the session and it's really about letting loose and finding your own rhythm...there's no "right" or "wrong", but just feel, breathe, move, and let yourself go in movement.

Wear comfortable clothing and please no talking during the session.

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Mon. 22nd
 - 7pm
Youth Club Meeting @ the Youth Club

The Youth Club committee would like to invite anyone who is interested in getting involved in this great community facility to come to a meeting on Monday at 7pm.

We are hoping to make more of our Friday evenings and if you have school aged children we would love to hear from you, so come along!

Wed. 24th
 - 6pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

See the full agenda here.

Mon. 29th
 - 2pm
U3A ABApollo Bay U3A Annual General Meeting
@ Apollo Bay Community Centre

Afternoon tea will be served following the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

JUNE 2017

Wed. 7th
- 4.30pm
1706 soireeClassical Music Soiree
@ Seacroft Chapel, 4990 Great Ocean Road, Sugarloaf

Ella Summers
Estelle Shircore Barker
and friends

Join us at 4:30pm for tea and cake
Performance begins at 5pm

Program includes works by Bach, Liszt, Bartok, Led Zeppelin

Sun. 11th Jun
 - 10am-2pm
parks vicFriends of Otway National Park
Marengo Conservation Reserve Track Maintenance

Meet at 23 Ferrier Drive.

Tea, coffee, bickies supplied.  BYO lunch and gumboots.

All welcome.

Please contact Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or Pip on 0417 582 407 for further details and so we know how many people to expect.

Tue. 13th, 12pm
Wed. 14th, 7pm
Thu. 15th, 7pm
1706 as you wishAs You Wish - Apollo Bay P-12 College Production
@ the Mechanics Institute

Tickets are selling as fast as the Sicilian talks, so don’t be the one pulling the sad face because you missed out...

Matinee performance 13th June (Prep to Year 4 children will attend this).
Adults $5 and child entry is a gold coin.

Evening shows on the Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th at 7pm.
Adults $10 and Child entry is $5. Family tickets are $20.

Come on in to the school office to snap up the remaining tickets.

 

Sat. 17th & Sun. 18th
1706 cec tree plant1Big Otway Tree Plant 2017
@ Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway

It’s up again!

Join the CEC to regreen Cape Otway for the local wildlife.

We’ll be planting and protecting new and existing revegetation areas.

Once again Bimbi Park have generously offered all volunteers free camping (www.bimbipark.com.au)  from the evening of the 16th until the day of 18th June. If you would prefer a caravan or cabin please contact Bimbi Park directly.

We will be serving lasagna on Saturday night (our way of saying thank you for all your help).

Please RSVP to Jack by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are available to attend.

Attendance on both days is ideal but if you can just make one day that’s most appreciated too.

Sun. 18th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Wed. 21st
 - 5.30-7pm
COSColac Otway Shire Arts & Culture Strategy 2018-2022 Roundtable Discussion
@ Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House, 6 Pengilley Ave, Apollo Bay

Colac Otway Shire Council is about to start consultations with artists, event organisers, education providers, stakeholders, businesses and community groups to inform a new Arts and Culture Strategy.

The creation of a new strategy will reflect the opportunities and aspirations of communities across the Shire and provide guidance to Council around how to best support its creative industries, attractions and events.

Residents are invited to attend one of the community roundtables and contribute to the discussion around what arts and culture could look like for Colac Otway.

Another way to get involved and provide comments is by completing the Arts and Culture Strategy Survey.

The roundtable discussions are happening at:

Birregurra - Thursday 15 June 7.00pm - 8.30pm Seniors Room Birregurra Hall 42 Main Street Birregurra

Cororooke - Wednesday 21 June 11.00am - 12.30pm Red Rock Theatre & Gallery 520 Corangamite Lake Road Cororooke

Apollo Bay - Wenesday 21 June 5.30pm - 7.00pm Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House 6 Pengilley Avenue Apollo Bay

Colac - Thursday 22 June 9.30am - 11.30am COPACC 95 - 97 Gellibrand Street Colac

To RSVP for a round table please contact Melanie Duve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information can be found in this Press Release.

Wed. 21st
 - 5.30-7.30pm
1706 ww abrar picnicMidwinter Magic Community Picnic
@ the Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall

FIRST WINTERWILD EVENT TONIGHT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The commonfolk of Apollo Bay will come together throughout the festival to share a meal every Wednesday night – you are invited!

abrar logoCommonfolk – Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees
When 21 June: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Mechanics Hall
What: BYO Picnic
Costs: Gold coin donation entry (it’s not a fundraiser but any money raised will go to supporting children in detention)

  

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AND THE YOUNG-AT-HEART!

In support of Winter Wild, Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees (ABRAR) is excited to be hosting a Midwinter Magic Picnic for  all children and young-at-heart in Apollo Bay.

June 18th–24th is Refugee Week, and we decided to celebrate our children, and how lucky we are to have them, while at the same time remembering the children fleeing from war and displaced around the world. 

Everyone can do something to help others, and we are confident that our children will go on to do great things. But children also need fun and excitement, so this is our gift for them.

Everyone is welcome, whatever your age, but all children must be accompanied by an adult – adults don’t need to be accompanied by a child! 

BYO everything - picnic food, drinks, rugs and cushions. (If your joints are a tad rusty, there will be chairs!)

Dazzling Dan’s Magic Show commences at 6.15pm and there will be free Dooleys ice cream!

MORE INFO: 0418 395 205 

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The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest. 

A WinterWild representative is present to answer your questions and let you know what’s coming up the following week.

Thu. 22nd*
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
1706 dg sealGuest Speaker: Heather Kiley
Topic: ‘Things you may not know about Antarctica’

If you have ever wondered ‘who owns Antarctica’, ‘are there any plants there’, ‘how cold and how hot does it get’ or ‘what’s underneath all that ice’, this is the talk for you. Heather will give an overview of some of the most interesting aspects of this enigmatic white continent, including weather, geography, wildlife and the environment – some things may surprise you.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours, (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), with her research paper focusing on conservation psychology. During her studies in 2012, she visited the Antarctic Peninsula and this inspired her to complete a Post-graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies based in New Zealand. During this course she spent three weeks living on the Ross Ice Shelf and working at Scott Base. Since then Heather has been employed as a Park Ranger, an onboard naturalist for New Zealand’s Southern Ocean expeditions, and is currently working for WWF Australia.

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* Please note the change of date for this month's Discussion Group (previously advertised as the 15th June).

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Heather to commence at 7pm.

The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Sun. 25th
 - 11am BBQ
 - 12noon AGM
ABSLSClogoApollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club AGM
@ Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club

BBQ Brunch at 11am | AGM at 12 midday

We would like to encourage all members to consider becoming more involved with the Club. You certainly don't need to live in Apollo Bay to be able to make a contribution - big or small! If you would like more information, please contact any committee members (see contact details).

Wed. 28th
 - 6-8pm
Commonfolk Community DinnerCommonfolk Community Dinner
@ the Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

WINTERWILD EVENT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The commonfolk of Apollo Bay will come together throughout the festival to share a meal every Wednesday night – you are invited!

cecCommonfolk – Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway
When 28 June: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club
What: Curry and Sticky Date Pudding
Costs: Pay as you feel. Donations to conservation in the Otways.

Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway, cordially invites you to join them at the Commonfolk Community Dinner.

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The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest. 

A WinterWild representative is present to answer your questions and let you know what’s coming up the following week.

Wed. 28th
 - 6pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ Apollo Bay Community Centre

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See the full agenda here.

JULY 2017

Sat. 1st, 15th, 29th Jul
& 12th Aug
1707 winterwildWinterWild Festival Apollo Bay

WinterWild is an arts festival running over 4 weekends - every second weekend between July 1 to August 12. It is being supported by Regional Development Victoria.

Each Saturday night of the 4 weekends will feature the lighting of a large bonfire in a beautiful brazier that has been commissioned for this purpose. There will be free, public entertainment on the foreshore.

Acts will be hosted on Saturday Nights at the Mechanics Institute. These will be ticketed events and will include dance, opera, music, film and other performance arts. Other acts will be featured in the pubs and smaller venues.

Each weekend is based around an elemental theme: Water, Earth, Air, Fire.

A large sculpture has been erected on the foreshore that community and visitors are invited to contribute items to. On the last night of the festival, the sculpture will be set alight.

facebookfindusWinterWild will be facilitating mid week community dinners across the six weeks - a chance for community to come together and share.

WinterWild is a fringe arts festival inspired by events such as White Night and Dark MoFo. Programming content (especially ticketed events in the Mechanics Institute) is pitched at an adult audience.

Sat. 1st & Sun. 2nd
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facebookfindusPlease click on the poster to see full details and like our Facebook page to stay informed.

Wed. 5th
 - 6-8pm
1707 ww school art dinnerCommonfolk Community Dinner
@ the Apollo Bay Youth Club

ab p12cCommonfolk – Apollo Bay P-12 College Arts Department
When: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Apollo Bay Youth Club
What: Pasta Night

There will be pastas and sauces to choose from, including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Hosted by the WinterWild Committee. Pay as you feel . WinterWild will donate the proceeds to the Art Department at the Apollo Bay P12 College.

1707 winterwildWINTERWILD EVENT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest. 

A WinterWild representative is present to answer your questions and let you know what’s coming up the following week.

Wed. 12th
 - 5-7.30pm
1707 ww pbts soup nightCommonfolk Community Dinner
Soup night @ St Aidan's Church Hall

Steiner LogoA Fundraiser for our beautiful Playgroup by the Sea.

Soup, Cakes, Tea & Coffee

Spread the word!

WINTERWILD EVENT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The commonfolk of Apollo Bay will come together throughout the festival to share a meal every Wednesday night – you are invited!

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The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest.

A WinterWild representative is present to answer your questions and let you know what’s coming up the following week.

Sat. 15th & Sun. 16th
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WinterWild is back.

The second weekend of this winter-long festival is themed with the element of Earth. Join us this Saturday for another two days of wild bonfires, dark tunes, earthy workshops and recovery sessions - all designed to drag you out of your comfort zone and into the wild.

facebookfindusPlease click on the poster to see full details and like our Facebook page to stay informed.

Sun. 16th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Wed. 19th
 - 5pm
abrar logoApollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees Vigil
@ the Wildwood Tree on the Foreshore

Four years ago Kevin Rudd announced that people coming to Australia by boat, seeking asylum, would be placed in detention on Manus and Nauru, with no hope of ever settling here.

Everyone is invited to join us in marking this shameful anniversary.

Gather at the Wildwood Tree on the Foreshore (where the market is held).

Bring a candle to light and spend a few minutes reflecting on the sad fates of those people held in offshore detention. Dav will play for us – bring your guitars to join in.

Any questions call Ali on 0418 395 205.

Wed. 19th
 - 5.30pm
1707 ww arts inc dinnerCommonfolk Community Dinner
+ Arts Inc. AGM @ Hello Coffee

This year Arts Inc. are trying something new and joining forces with Winter Wild to present their own Commonfolk Community dinner.

All are welcome to come for the meeting and the dinner.

5.30pm sharp meeting start time.

Dinner of Curry, rice and naan will begin to be served from 6.00pm.

$10 for Adults
$8 kids

Local beers, ciders and wine available.

Ever wondered what we get up to?
or how to join Arts Inc?
Come along and hear from our members!

WINTERWILD EVENT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The commonfolk of Apollo Bay will come together throughout the festival to share a meal every Wednesday night – you are invited!

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The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest.

A WinterWild representative is present to answer your questions and let you know what’s coming up the following week.

Wed. 19th
 - 6.30pm
parks vicFriends of Otway National Park AGM
Venue TBC

Supper provided.  New members welcome.

Please contact Pip on 0417 582 407 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and to register your interest in attending (for catering purposes).

Thu. 20th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Richard Cookes
Topic: “The changing face of consumer banking over the past 15 years and conducting business online”

CANCELLATION

We regret that, due to illness, the July Discussion Group meeting has been cancelled. Our speaker, Richard Cookes, will discuss consumer banking and online business at a future date.

With sincere apologies,
Discussion Group Committee

1707 dg rcookesMost people conduct some form of financial transactions online. Chances are if you’re not doing so already, you will have to in the next five years, as companies and government move towards modernising services.

Is banking online more or less secure now than five years ago?

What can I do to protect myself when banking and buying online?

What should I not do?

What is the impact of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) on conducting business online?

Richard is the One Identity Country Manager for Australia & New Zealand with more than 35 years in the software industry, predominantly in the security and communications sectors. He was formerly the Professional Services Manager for Dell Software in Australia and New Zealand and has held various roles in strategy, sales, marketing, product management and project management in Australia, Asia and the US and has worked for companies such as Philips, Attachmate, ActivCard, ANZ, CGU, and Dell Software as well as raising money and founding startups.

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Richard to commence at 7pm. The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 for the Discussion Group but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Wed. 26th
 - 4pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

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See the full agenda here.

Fri. 28th - Sun. 30th
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Apollo Bay Writers Festival

Apollo Bay Writers Festival is a literary event for readers and writers in the Otway region and beyond. Hosting a mix of local writers and performers alongside writers and performers from the larger literary community the event aims to enhance the literary culture of the region and connect it with the wider world of literature.

facebookfindusPlease click on the poster to see full details and like our Facebook page to stay informed.

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AUGUST 2017

Wed. 2nd
 - 4-6pm
U3A WinterWild Soiree @ Apollo Bay RSL

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Open Mic session with wine, cheese, tasty finger food and great company and entertainment. Songs, poetry and music including with local identities Christy Cooney, Linda Cooney, Meralyn Stewart, Louis Hesterman, Phil Langdon, Deb Bradfield, Stephanie Falcone, Matt Armstrong and Dav Rees.

The RSL Bar will be open for purchase of wine, beer and soft drink. Coffee and tea provided.

If you would also like to sing, play music or recite poetry please let us know when you arrive!

Raffle tickets will also be being sold to raise funds for the Arts Inc Community Printing Press Project. The prizes are a framed painting or a framed pastel by Cathy Donovan. The raffle will be drawn on the last Sunday of Winter Wild at the Arts Inc Gallery.

WINTERWILD EVENT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The commonfolk of Apollo Bay will come together throughout the festival to share a meal every Wednesday night – you are invited!

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The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest.

A WinterWild representative is present to answer your questions and let you know what’s coming up the following week.

Sat. 12th
1708 ww fire2WinterWild Festival Apollo Bay - Fire

Fri 7pm - Estelle Shircore Barker Piano Recitat - Private Home
Sat 11am - Ukeholics - Ukelele pilgrimage through town
Sat 1pm - Sister Sounds - Hello Coffee
Sat 1pm - Dylan Johnson - Cafe 153
Sat 2pm - Mez - Hawkeye Homewares
Sat 2pm - Women's Fire Dance - Masonic Hall
Sat 2:30pm - Mountain Grey Blues - Apollo Bay Hotel
Sat 4pm - Cat & Ella - Tastes of the Region
Sun 9am - WinterWild artists and locals - Hello Coffee
Sun 10am - Yarn Stuff - Knitting by the Ocean - Arts Inc. Gallery
Sun 11am - Par & Mark Shannon - Open Art Studio
Sun 12pm - Homesick Joe - Apollo Bay Fisherman's Coop
Sun 1pm - The Refuge - RACV Garage
Sun 1pm - Community Choir - Star of the Sea

The Apollo Bay Community Choir is holding a concert on Sunday 13th August at Star Of The Sea Catholic Church, 1 Nelson St, Apollo Bay from 2pm to 4pm.

This event is run in conjunction with the WinterWild Festival and includes The Seasonal Singers, The Colac Offshoot Choir & The Deans Marsh Singers.

We invite anyone who is interested to attend and join us for afternoon tea after the concert.

There will be no charge thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Apollo Bay & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.

Winterwild

A large sculpture has been erected on the foreshore that community and visitors will be invited to contribute items to. On the last night of the festival, the sculpture will be set alight.

facebookfindus

WinterWild is a fringe arts festival inspired by events such as White Night and Dark MoFo. Programming content (especially ticketed events in the Mechanics Institute) is pitched at an adult audience.

Wed. 16th
 - 5.30-9pm
Winter Wild BBQ & BonfireWinterWild Bonfire & BBQ @ Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club

Our FINAL WinterWild CommonFolk Dinner

We will be lighting the brazier for the final time. Serving up a BBQ dinner with music and fun times under the stars.

This night is to celebrate the end of the WinterWild Festival with our wonderful community. We want to thank and acknowledge ALL those that have made it possible and supported us along the way.

ALL WELCOME

WINTERWILD EVENT

Commonfolk Community Dinners

The commonfolk of Apollo Bay will come together throughout the festival to share a meal every Wednesday night – you are invited!

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The Commonfolk dinners are organised by our community groups from 21 June onwards to share their stories and tickle your interest.

Thu. 17th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Dr Brenda Fitzpatrick
Topic: “Aspects of International Law and some of the heroic people involved”

1708 dg unDr Brenda Fitzpatrick worked for many years with international humanitarian agencies, based in Geneva, London and Australia and travelling extensively to war zones, refugee camps and a range of emergency situations. Her role was to report to international donors, governments, the UN and other policy and decision makers. She will talk about the many heroic people she met and some often ignored aspects of international law which she believes demand attention. She has published many articles and a book on what happens to civilians - particularly, but not exclusively, women and girls in war and conflict. She has a PhD in International politics. She has also worked as a teacher and with troubled kids in care in Melbourne.

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Brenda to commence at 7pm.

The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 for the Discussion Group but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Sun. 20th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Sun. 20th
 - 10am-2pm
parks vicFriends of Otway National Park
Crayfish Bay Planting Day

Meet at the Point Franklin car park.

Tea, coffee, bickies supplied.  BYO lunch and gumboots.

All welcome.

Please contact Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or Pip on 0417 582 407 for further details and so we know how many people to expect.

Wed. 23rd
 - 4pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

See the full agenda here.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Fri. 1st
 - 7pm
1709 book partyStef's Book Launch & Martine's Drawings @ Hello Coffee

Another night of poetry, art, music, food and drink in Apollo Bay.

Gareth and Justin at Hello Coffee are hosting the launch of Stef Falconer's (Stephanie Hickey Smith's) fabulous new poetry book.

Stef will be reciting her poems and singing her songs; Lily Falconer will be playing violin and there will be an exhibition of Martine Whitcroft's art and drawings, some of which are featured in the book.

A number of local poets will warm up the Springtime audience with their poems.

Stef who is now resident in Marengo after 7 years in Johanna has been songwriting and performing for 35 years. Through those years her folio of notes, scribbled verses and lyrics have accumulated. Her friends have been urging her to publish and thanks to local publisher FILM BOOKS ANYTHING that has now happened.

The book titled “Come Outside” resonates with humour and seriousness, love and sadness and explores the ups and downs of a life lived through great happiness and severe hardship. Stef also makes some strong protests about unfairness in her work.

Nattie Murray, who is helping to organise the event, says the stories “have made me cry and burst out laughing in about equal measure. I love the fact that it has been produced locally and that we have a group of other local poets coming along to share in our first Poets Party.”

During the night a number of local poets will read one of their own poems and then their favourite from Stef’s book.

FILM BOOKS ANYTHING will also be collecting local poets works and building them into an Apollo Bay Poets Anthology in time for the Festive Season distribution.

All are welcome to the event, but since there are only 50 seats at Hello Coffee (14 Oak St) it would be great if people could RSVP by August 30th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Free entry. Finger food and drinks available from 6.30pm. See you there...

Mon. 4th
 - 9am
abcw logo blueApollo Bay Community Website Inc. AGM @ Marrar Woorn

If you'd like to know more about how your Community Website works and possibly get involved or have some input please come along.

All Welcome.

Wed. 6th
 - 7.30pm
1709 parmageddon1Parmagaddon @ Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

Come along to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse on Wednesday September 6st at 7:30pm to catch PARMAGEDDON #2: an exposé of the great musical exploits of the 2017 VET music class and the culinary delights offered at the local treasure that is the Top Pub.

Featuring all-class acts including The Refuge, The Beastly Boys, Riley Newton and Catalina, the night is sure to please all ears and taste-buds.

Thu. 7th
 - 7-9pm
ABCoC logo 2016Apollo Bay Q&A @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Question: “The Apollo Bay Fishing Village - Fact or Fallacy?”

It is with great pleasure that we announce a new community initiative which we hope will interest every Apollo Bay resident.

From September 7th the Chamber of Commerce (in harmony with our wonderful Community Discussion group) will hold a Question & Answer panel discussion at the bottom pub. The program will be conducted along the lines of the ABC’s high rating Q&A program. Everyone is invited to join us in this FREE event from 7pm to 9 pm. Meals and drinks will be available if desired and you will be welcome to ask the guest speakers and moderator, the venerable Bob Knowles, any questions relating to the topic. The theme of all Q&A Sessions will be the economic future of Apollo Bay and our region.

On September 7th we are delighted to introduce the question is “The Apollo Bay Fishing Village - Fact or Fallacy?” Speakers will include local fish cooperative members Nick Polgeest (Chair, Apollo Bay Fishing Cooperative) and Markus Nolle (Chair, Seafood Industry Victoria and local cray fisher person) and Wayne Diffey from Apollo Bay Surf ‘N Fish will present the amateur fisher person perspective. We are also working to include an academic from Deakin University to further liven up the discussion.

These speakers will give an overview of past and present initiatives in our local fishing industry and discuss the future trends and potentials for fishing both here and in the wider Victorian context. Please join us on the 7th September at the Bottom Pub.

This event is open to everybody. 

Sat. 16th
plover chickPlover Appreciation Day

Come down to the Foreshore Market to find out about our local Hooded Plovers.

See more info. here.

Sat. 16th
 - 9am-12noon
3abr v2Apollo Bay Radio 87.6FM Open Day
@ The 3ABR Studio, Apollo Bay Youth Club

Want to find out more and your local radio station?

Thinking about sponsoring or presenting?

Come along and see the new studio, how it all works and how easy it is!

Sun. 17th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Sun. 17th
 - 10am-2pm
parks vicFriends of Otway National Park
Johanna Planting Day

Meet at the Johanna Campground.

Tea, coffee, bickies supplied.  BYO lunch and gumboots.

All welcome.

Please contact Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or Pip on 0417 582 407 for further details and so we know how many people to expect.

Thu. 21st
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Lizzie Corke & Jack Pascoe from Conservation Ecology Centre
Topic: The New Ecotourism Venture and the Conservation Program

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The Conservat  ion Ecology Centre works to develop and deliver solutions to the most urgent conservation challenges in the Otways region. Dr Jack Pascoe, Conservation & Research Manager will provide an update on the Centre’s recent work, particularly in threatened species research and ecological burning, as well as plans for the next stages of conservation in the Otways.

While the CEC works extremely effectively for such a small organisation, far more work is required in order to combat the ecological challenges our region faces. With this in mind CEC has been working to create a social enterprise to help build capacity – to develop a sustainable and reliable funding stream for conservation in the Otways. Lizzie Corke, Chief Executive, will share more details about this project – what it will mean for our community and how CEC plans to bring it to reality.

Lizzie Corke, with Shayne Neal, established the CEC in order to develop and deliver solutions to the most urgent conservation challenges in the Otways. With a background in natural sciences she works to facilitate this important work through supporting a team committed to effective conservation and organisational development, building partnerships and engaging our community. This work was recognised by the Australian Geographic Society Conservation Award in 2007.

Ecotourism plays a critical role in the organisation’s funding and programs. The Centre established the Great Ocean Ecolodge in 2004, winning Victorian Tourism Awards for best new development. It is recognised by National Geographic Traveller as one of the 25 best ecolodges in the world. A key area of focus is the development of ‘Wildlife Wonders’, a social enterprise ecotourism venture on the GOR. It will provide opportunities for conservation and sustainable economic development of the region.

Lizzie is a Director of Ecotourism Australia, Chair of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Community Advisory Group and the recipient of the 2005 Prime Minister’s Award for Environmentalist of the Year.

Jack Pascoe joined the Conservation Ecology Centre in 2012 to manage the ever-growing Conservation and Research Program. Jack grew up at Cape Otway before studying Environmental Science at Deakin University and completing a PhD with the University of Western Sydney where he studied the predators of the Blue Mountains. His key fields of interest are the ecology of apex predators and fire. Jack has also worked with one of our project partners, the Southern Otway Landcare Network, focusing on mitigating the impacts of pest plants and animals. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Otway Community Conservation Network, President of the Hordern Vale Glenaire Landcare Group and Chair of the Southern Otway Landcare Network’s Projects Committee. He has previously advised the Minister for Environment and Climate on the management of Cape Otway’s koalas. Jack is a Yuin man, and is passionate about restoring the productive systems in Gadubanud country where CEC operations are based.

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Lizzie and Jack to commence at 7pm.

The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 for the Discussion Group but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Wed. 27th
 - 4pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ Forrest Hall

See the full agenda here.

OCTOBER 2017

Sun. 15th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Tue. 17th
 - 7pm
Proposed Barham River Rd Development Meeting @ Apollo Bay Youth Club

Gold coin donation to help pay for hall hire.

Thu. 19th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: Richard Cookes
Topic: “The changing face of consumer banking over the past 15 years and conducting business online”

1707 dg rcookesMost people conduct some form of financial transactions online. Chances are if you’re not doing so already, you will have to in the next five years, as companies and government move towards modernising services.

Is banking online more or less secure now than five years ago?

What can I do to protect myself when banking and buying online?

What should I not do?

What is the impact of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) on conducting business online?

Richard is the One Identity Country Manager for Australia & New Zealand with more than 35 years in the software industry, predominantly in the security and communications sectors. He was formerly the Professional Services Manager for Dell Software in Australia and New Zealand and has held various roles in strategy, sales, marketing, product management and project management in Australia, Asia and the US and has worked for companies such as Philips, Attachmate, ActivCard, ANZ, CGU, and Dell Software as well as raising money and founding startups.

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Richard to commence at 7pm. The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 for the Discussion Group but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Mon. 23rd
- 6.45pm
Piano House Recital @ 17 Woodlands Ave, Apollo Bay

Estelle Shircore Barker is a student of pianoforte preparing for her AmusA examination.

This is a free 40 minute program.

Please RSVP to (03) 5237 7268 or text 0439 675 145.

Mon. 23rd
- 7pm
abcc1Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce AGM @ Captains at the Bay

All members are invited to attend the 2017 Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc Annual General Meeting.

A light supper will be provided and the bar will be open.

As well as the election of Executive Committee members and presentation of the annual accounts, there will be time set aside for the general discussion of:

What should the Chamber's priorities be for Apollo Bay, and,

How the Chamber can better engage with members.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Wed. 25th
 - 4pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

See the full agenda here.

NOVEMBER 2017

Wed. 1st
- 10am-12noon
1711 beach clean ab1Our Coast Our Mission Beach Clean

occ logoThe Otway Coast Committee and the Southern Otway Landcare Network are pleased to be supporting the Our Coast Our Mission Beach Clean.

We'll be meeting at the SLSC at 10am on Wednesday November 1st for a couple of hours clean up.

solnOCC and SOLN will be putting on a free BBQ lunch (with vege options) from 12pm at the BBQ near the (newly refreshed!) Rotunda.

Hope to see you there so we can all get in and make a difference.

Thu. 2nd
 - 7.30pm
Hawks2Apollo Bay Football Netball Club Inc. AGM @ the Apollo Bay Bowls Club

All members and supporters are most welcome to attend as we head into what promises to be an exciting 2018 season.

Wed. 8th
 - 6.30pm
3abr v2Apollo Bay Radio Inc. AGM @ the Apollo Bay Youth Club
Sat. 11th
 - 3pm (tbc)
abdhfApollo Bay & District Health Foundation AGM
@ Captains at the Bay

We cordially invite you to join us at Captains at the Bay for the AGM followed by refreshments.

We will be presenting Grants from Health Foundation funds for the year. We will also be acknowledging grants made to organisations who made a significant contribution to the successful Great Ocean Road Marathon in May this year.

Our Grants, including funding of new projects within our district, would not be possible without the support of our Members and the generous bequests left to the Health Foundation. We encourage everyone to consider making a bequest to the Apollo Bay and District Foundation to enable us to continue supporting the community, now and in the future.

Sun. 12th
 - 10am-2pm
parks vicFriends of Otway National Park
GOW Walk - Castle Cove to Johanna

Meet at the Castle Cove.

Tea, coffee, bickies supplied. BYO lunch.

All welcome.

Please contact Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or Pip on 0417 582 407 for further details and so we know how many people to expect.

Thu. 16th
 - 6.30pm
Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel
Guest Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 for the Discussion Group but you may order from the regular menu.

Pink boxes are placed on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5237 6640.

See here for further details about the Discussion Group meetings.

Sun. 19th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

Sun. 19th
- 3.30pm
1711 soireeClassical Music Soiree
@ Seacroft Chapel, 4990 Great Ocean Road, Sugarloaf

Ella Summers
Estelle Shircore Barker
and friends

Join us at 3.30pm for tea and cake
Performance begins at 4pm

Program includes works by Brahms, Grainger and Beethoven

Wed. 22nd
 - 4pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

See the full agenda here.

DECEMBER 2017

Fri. 1st
Targa Florio Classic Car Rally Comes to Apollo Bay

See full details in this Media Release.

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Wed. 13th
 - 4pm
COSColac Otway Shire Council Meeting @ COPACC

See the full agenda here.

Sun. 17th
 - 9am-1pm
Apollo Bay Farmers Market @ The Youth Club ab farmers market

See here for further details

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