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Editor Greg Wayne
A boathouse will return to Barwon Heads foreshore
-Project gets government funding
THE second stage of the redevelopment of the Barwon Heads foreshore was launched last month by the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club.
As part of the Two-jetties project a boat house replica, capturing all the features and styling, will be built resembling the type of buildings that lined the Barwon Heads river shoreline between 1900 and 1932. About 60 boathouses stood along the shore between Ozone Jetty and Fishermen's Jetty.
The 4.6 x 10 metres replica building, to be built on the foreshore, will house an in formation centre, toilets and undercover picnic facilities. The Lions Club has recognised the foreshore area as a popular tourist spot and the project will enhance and add a natural beautification
The Two-jetties project is a joint venture between Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the Lions Club. Member for South Barwon, Mr Alister Paterson announced the State Government would contribute $33,850 towards the construction of the boathouse.
President of the Lions Club John Brady said the grant was on a 'one-for-one' basis and money raised from the carnival at Barwon Heads during the summer would be used for plants and landscaping around the new building.
The project commenced in May 1997 when the Lions Club began planting trees along the foreshore. In October 1997 the Club erected heritage style timber swings and playground equipment and in April last year the community art piece and landscaping of stage one of the project was officially opened.
The boathouse facility is expected to be completed later this year.
Boat Shed Picnic Shelter Opened
THE new boatshed picnic facility which completes the foreshore improvements along Flinders Parade was officially opened by Member for South Barwon, Alister Paterson on Sunday 12 September.
The Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club began improvements in 1997 with revegetation work and construction of a traditional playground.
Based on the style of the boatsheds that once lined the river foreshore at Barwon Heads earlier this century, the new facility is a replica boatshed housing a safe toilet, picnic shelter, seating nook and community notice board.
Photo: Member for South Barwon, Alister Pateraon with Bill Hartigan; Chairperson of Barwon Coast Committee of Management Margaret Pocock and President of the Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Loins Club Merl Rickards
Lions Club member Richard Grigg recognised the need for good quality visitor facilities and submitted a proposal for funding, with the City of Greater Geelong, to Business Victoria through its Rural Community Development Scheme. This resulted in funding to meet 50 per cent of the $67,700 building costs.
The Lions Club provided voluntary labour for the construction and landscaping in co-operation with Barwon Coast. The completed park and boatshed facility now forms an integral part of the foreshore that has become a popular spot with both local residents and visitors.
About 60 people and special guests attended the official opening and luncheon with entertainment provided by local entertainer Bradley D. Luke. Recently Bradley, who grew up in Barwon Heads, released his first CD, titled Creations*, a collection of his original songs.
In opening the facility Alister Paterson congratulated the Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club for their initiative and labours in bringing the project to fruition. He said it was a fine example of the work the Lions Club does in the community.
Entertainers Santino Granata and Bradley D Luke.
*Copies of the Bradley D. Luke CD, Creations, are available for $ 20 by phoning 0417 584 701.