AUGUST 2016 e-News
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Bellarine Bayside is the foreshore manager of 17km of Crown land from Pt Richards to the southern edge of the St Leonards township, which includes natural and built assets, holiday parks, playgrounds, boat ramps and boat sheds. Income received from the holiday parks fund the majority of maintenance, cleaning and improvement works.

Bellarine Bayside e-News

Welcome to the August edition of our e-News. 

In the past few weeks we have seen the Port Phillip Ferries passenger trial operate from Portarlington to Docklands. With the huge success of these trials a range of daily services have been implemented that began on Thursday 11 August. After a few hiccups the commuter ferry service is back on track. Download the schedule here.

We encourage everyone to take a trip on the ferry, it's a great way to travel!

Chief Executive Officer

23 AUG 16  Walk Portarlington Reserve with
28 AUG 16  St Leonards Planting Day @Lower
28 AUG 16  Port PS Markets
31 AUG 16  St Leonards Film Society @Indented
                     Head Hall
  3 SEP 16  Bellarine Makers Market @PNH
  4 SEP 16  Broads Aloud @Indented Head Hall
  6 SEP 16  Port PS Art Fundraiser @Parks Hall
25 SEP 16  Port PS Markets
28 SEP 16  St Leonards Film Society @Indented
                     Head Hall
  2 OCT 16  Broads Aloud @Indented Head Hall
  9 OCT 16  BUPA Around the Bay in a Day
  9 OCT 16  Walk for Wellbeing (Mental Health

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management meeting summary reports are now available on our website. Click here to read the summaries. 

Holiday Park News

With the seasonal campgrounds closed and fewer campers staying in the Portarlington Holiday Park, winter is the perfect time for our team to spruce up the holidays parks with our annual maintenance, repairs and upgrades program. Our on-going winter improvements program enables the Portarlington Holiday Park to retain a 4-star rating with Star Ratings Australia.

A few projects currently underway in the Portarlington Holiday Park include the refurbishment of toilet block 4 (see photo below left), installation of an outdoor shower at toilet block 2, continuation of tree planting throughout the park, a dedicated food van court on Boat Rd, and the installation of a jumping pillow. 

At Batman Park in Indented Head we are refurbishing the camp kitchen after listening to camper feedback and suggestions received during our camper connections sessions in January 2016 (see progress picture above right). We have also replaced turf on high maintenance sites plus other minor improvements throughout the park.

Anderson Reserve and Taylor Reserve will also receive various improvements including additional drainage on gravel roads in Anderson Reserve and beach protection with the installation of two more timber groynes at Taylor Reserve. 

In St Leonards we are installing new drainage on sites 82-77 at Bengalat Reserve and connecting sites 10 and 18 at Karrong Reserve to the water supply.

Indented Head & St Leonards Parks Brochure

Green Army Team: Jessica

JessicaBased in Geelong, Jessica is currently working in the Bellarine Green Army Team that is supported by Conservation Volunteers Australia and hosted by Bellarine Bayside, Barwon Coast, Parks Victoria, Bellarine Landcare and Bellarine Catchment Network. Joining the Green Army has provided Jessica with an opportunity to gain a wide range of skills, knowledge and training during her gap year. 

The Green Army team will be working at various locations on the Bellarine Peninsula and their time with Bellarine Bayside will involve working on numerous projects including the Indented Head wetland, fauna surveys in Pt Richards Flora & Fauna Reserve and other conservation works.


Winter Community Planting Days

On Sunday 31 July (Planet Ark National Tree Day) approximately 35 local community members came together at the Indented Head wetland to plant in excess of 1000 plants. The site has been re-established with three types of plant communities once common in the area including moonah habitat, coastal saltmarsh and coastal tussock grassland. Together these habitats will attract a rich diversity of plants and animals, while creating a haven for both local and transitory species such as the orange-bellied parrot, red-capped plovers and pied oystercatchers. This day also saw the unveiling of new educational signage designed by Gordon TAFE student Ammie, Phornchita Yodsan.

Read more about Ammie's signs here.

Our final winter community planting day will take place at St Leonards on Sunday 28 August, between 10 am and 12 noon. Meet at the Miller Boys Memorial. Please wear sturdy shoes, all other equipment will be supplied. A BBQ will be provided afterwards. 
Meet Our Staff - Joanie Van Der Chys
Administration Assistant

I have worked on a part-time basis at Bellarine Bayside for the past four years in accounts and payroll. Before coming to Bellarine Bayside I had my own jewellery-making business for ten years, and before that spent two years travelling and working in Europe. During this time I ended up in the Canary Islands working and living on a whale and dolphin excursion catamaran for twelve months, my how life has changed! I am born and bred in Geelong and currently reside in Indented Head.

Corangamite Rural Women's Gathering - 12 August 2016

Bellarine Landcare Group hosted a Rural Women's Gathering on the Bellarine Peninsula for the Corangamite region on Friday 12 August. Almost 40 women (both local and from further afield) met in the Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve for what shaped up to be a beautiful albeit cold winter day. Upon arrival we learnt a little history of the Wadawurrung people, the traditional owners of the land, and Tammy Gilson, a Wadawurrung Baggarook (female), performed a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

A guided walking tour of the Reserve highlighted various native plants that the Wadawurrung baggarook traditionally use for basket weaving, making brooms and brushes, food, medicine, and water filtration. Next we learnt traditional basket weaving techniques, let's just say some were more skilled than others, with some ladies completing a small basket to take home. Then it was off to Leura Park Estate for a delicious lunch and friendly conversation. After lunch we visited Corinne Blackett at Drysdale Cheeses who gave a detailed insight into the business of making goat cheese. The female milking herd were very friendly when we came bearing food! Overall, It was a fantastic day and Bellarine Bayside would like to thank Bellarine Landcare Group and Corangamite CMA for organising the day and everyone who participated, in particular the Wadawurrung women and Corinne Blackett for sharing their knowledge.
MORE Employment Opportunities at Bellarine Bayside

Bellarine Bayside currently has several positions available. 
We are searching for a General Hand/Maintenance Officer and a Maintenance Gardener. Further information is available in the linked Position Descriptions. To find out more about Bellarine Bayside, please visit our website
Phone Lina on 0421 343 988 for membership enquiries

St Leonards Film Society

St Leonards Film Society meet in the Indented Head Hall on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm.

Upcoming films include:

31 Aug 2016: The 100 Year-old Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
28 Sep 2016: The Intouchables
26 Oct 2016: Last Cab to Darwin
30 Nov 2016: The Women on the 6th Floor

Visit their Facebook group here.
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