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Editor Greg Wayne
New use for 'Lobster Pot'
Community urged to become involved with Barwon Heads interpretation centre
The former Lobster Pot' building at the Barwon Heads Caravan Park is being transformed into an Interpretation Centre to introduce people to the natural environment and history of the river estuary and The Bluff.
Barwon Coast Committee of Management has initiated a community forum and has engaged the design consultant John Challis to create a concept for the future direction of the centre.
Development of the building has been an ongoing commitment by Barwon Coast, and together with the Friends of The Bluff group they are inviting people to become involved as volunteers to help in the development of the centre.
Reserve Manager, Warren Chapman said the centre will be a hub. By presenting the natural environment and history to visitors, they will be inspired to walk to the Bluff, across the bridge, or perhaps cycle to Lake Connewarre.
"For the past 12 months we have been working with a forum of local people to implement this vision," Warren said.
The centre highlights the significance of the rock pools, teaches about the local birdlife and presents an understanding of aboriginal culture and settlement history. Shipwrecks have also been prominent events in recent history.
In the next couple of months, through community consultation, Barwon Coast will present a proposed floor plan and a model displaying the image it wishes to create," Warren said.
Many local people have been involved in the Interpretation Centre from its beginnings. Ned Callahan, former park manager, prepared a great deal of information on the history of shipwrecks, and Brian Latter, a member of the Barwon Grove Divers Club has written a detailed account of the wreck of the Earl of Charlemont and the raising of the ship's anchor by the club.
Lel Shiffley and Cheryl Timbury, and Dawn Hyland have provided local history.
Friends of the Bluff, a group who work for the protection of marine and natural environment around The Bluff helped establish an interpretation centre in the Coolroom building in 1990,
"Bev and Tony Wood, John Duffy and Brian Gibbons have put together anecdotes, the aspects of geology of The Bluff in pictures and collages of native creatures and fishes. Visitors begin to see something wonderful which invites them to think more about the natural environment," Warren said.
"But the centre needs to be open all year with the potential of offering self-guided walks. Barwon Coast is inviting the community to offer their comments and ideas, review the intentions and we also need the contribution of. volunteers at the centre.
"As well as having had great support from a diverse range of people who are interested in history and the natural environment, the Wutherung Aboriginal Co-operative is willing to provide an art and craft sales area demonstrating the aboriginal heritage which I think is an important part of our background." Warren said.
The new Interpretation Centre in the former 'Lobster Pot' is open from 10am to mid afternoon during summer and inquiries from interested people can be made to Warren Chapman on 5254 1118.
-by Barbara Godlewski
Built in 1934 the building known as the 'Lobster Pot' was first located where the carpark in Lahey Square is today. Used mainly as a dance hall, it was moved further south into the park behind the fisherman's Pier, to its present location, in 1939. Used then as a recreation hall by the army during the Second World War, and later used as a temporary school building by the education department and a picture theatre during summer. The building became the park offices and works depot for the former Barwon Heads Park Committee, which through amalgamation with the Ocean Grove Foreshore Committee became Barwon Coast .Committee of Management.