We respectfully acknowledge the country on which our Community House is located, Wadawurrung country and pay our respects to traditional owners, ancestors and elders, both past, present and emerging.

In This Issue:

 Last Call for Tax Help!
Tax help ends on November 30 so get in before it is too late.

To arrange an appointment please email your name and contact number to or leave a message on our office phone: 5261 2583 and Jean will book a time with you.

Check your Tax Help eligibility HERE
Did you know that 1 in 4 people don't even know their neighbour's name?
On FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH @ 6pm let's all come together to celebrate a safe, post Covid community that welcomes and supports each other.

How it Works

On Friday December 4th at 6pm, every household is encouraged to head out to their kerb, or a central point in your street for a 'Hello Happy Hour' to meet and greet your neighbours. Fill out the Hello Cards and hand them to those you meet (Please remember to wear your mask and practice safe distancing at all times).

Download the flyer HERE for the Hello Cards and more info.
A fierce public defender of people oppressed by a military government, Oscar Romero the El Salvadorian Roman Catholic Archbishop, just weeks before he was assassinated, pleaded
with his congregation that “Those who have a voice must speak with those who are voiceless”. I believe that we too, members of the Surf Coast Community thankfully living in a democratic country of freedom are being called to be a voice for many voiceless asylum seekers and refugees. Regardless of which Federal Government was/is in power, our Australian treatment of refugees in the past 7 years has been harsh, lacking justice, compassion and contrary to the good old Aussie motto of ‘A Fair Go for Battlers’. 

Many refugees faced a dangerous and frightening journey by boat to flee harsh oppression and to seek security and freedom as is their right according to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Instead of freedom and a welcome they were ‘imprisoned’ in Nauru and Manus Island. Gradually many developed serious physical and/or mental health conditions and have been evacuated to mainland Australia. They have been placed in community detention.

Unfortunately, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has now revoked the community detention orders replacing them, on very short notice of only several weeks, with final departure bridging visas. That means the refugees can now find work, but it is only for six months. They will receive no income or accommodation support. Refugees refused permission to work in recent years are suddenly forced into the work market with no chance of developing a CV at a time of severely increasing unemployment.  These final departure bridging visas are temporary only allowing refugees to reside in Australia until arrangements can be made for their forced departure. In other words, Mr. Dutton on our behalf tells them we Australians have no compassion or justice for the voiceless refugees pleading for the Aussie ‘A Fair Go’.

Torquay and Jan Juc Springboard readers feeling disturbed by our Government’s harsh treatment of refugees may wish to respond to Oscar Romero’s plea that “Those who have a voice must speak with those who are voiceless”. A phone call to Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison and our local Federal MP could be a start. 

Warmer weather and relaxed restrictions have us looking forward to the return of barbeques with our friends and families. Laura has put together a delicious vegetarian barbeque menu for you.

Download Laura's fabulous summer barbeque ideas HERE

Let's Go Outside!

We are thrilled by the success of Let's Go Outside! Thank you everyone who has been attending, it is fantastic to see you all and reconnect with the community in person. 

The program has proved so popular that there are wait lists for many of the activities but we are working to get people in as quickly as possible! If the activity you want to attend is full please register for a wait list ticket HERE

The Full Let's Go Outside Timetable

Monday 10am:        Boot Scooting
Tuesday 10am:       Qi Gong
Wednesday 10am: Bells & Beats for Pre-schoolers
Thursday 10am:      Tai Chi
Friday 10am:            Standing Yoga and stretches.

Mums, dads and carers of all kinds are having a great time with their bubs and pre-schoolers at Bells and Beats!

We look forward to seeing you there but please leave dogs at home and park prams next to the sign.

Registration is essential for ALL Let's Go Outside activities. Please register HERE

If the activity you want to attend is full please register for a wait list ticket and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Walk the Talk in
the Sun With Us
The warmer weather is perfect for connecting with friends outside and getting some much needed Vitamin D. This welcoming group is open to everyone! Meet us at 1.30pm every Wednesday by the seaside opposite Growlers (unless it's raining!). Come and talk about everything under the sun.
Get more yoga in your life from the comfort of home! Online Yoga with Lesley will now be 10.30am on Wednesdays. 

WHEN: Wednesdays 10.30am starting October 28
COST: $10 House membership is required & $5 per week tutor payment, Lesley's payment details will be provided once you have enrolled.

Online Life Drawing
with Julie Roddy

Studio 14: Online Life Drawing with Julie Roddy is the perfect place to start if you've always wanted to learn to draw. No experience is needed just an open mind!
WHEN: Mondays, 7.15pm-9.15pm starting October 12
COST: $10 Quarterly Membership and tutor fee $5 per week

Ukes 'n More: James Hill Method

James Hill Ukulele Method
Learn the basics of music using the ukulele as a humble tool. We will learn basic music theory, sight-read and play simple melodies and harmonies on the ukulele. This course is based on James Hill's globally renown method!
WHEN: Thursdays, 7.45-8.45pm starting October 15
COST: $10 Quarterly Membership and tutor fee $5 per week or $40 for the term.
Brene Brown has spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives. In her podcast she discusses everything from accountability to ending the stress cycle and has conversations with fascinating people like Joe Biden and Reese Witherspoon. 

Got a Favourite Podcast?

Join our Podcast Club and discuss it with new friends!
Register your interest below and we'll contact you when the group is ready to to launch.

When: To Be Confirmed.


Resurfacing is a series of FREE workshops for parents and carers. There will be workshops covering numerous topics around all ages from infants to adolescents.

Download the full program HERE

 It’s on again! Beached Duck Race No 2

Have a “quack” by adopting a duck in the Lions Club of Torquay’s Beached Duck Race No 2.
9.30am Saturday November 14th

$5/duck, numbers limited. All funds will go to Lions projects serving our community.

Please go to the Lions Club's Facebook page or for further information on ticket purchasing and prizes.

Do you know an amazing young person who can make a difference in our community? Applications for the Casuarina Community Leadership Program 2021 are open. 

Find out more & apply HERE

 Raising Boys to be Healthy Men 

VicHealth has released two brilliant new videos to help us encourage boys to break free of outdated rules on how to be a man, so they can build respectful relationships and lead healthier lives. Watch them below.

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Do you need food assistance, financial help, crisis accommodation, family violence or mental health help? The Surf Coast Shire has a comprehensive page of with information on support services for all these issues and more. Please visit the page HERE.

You can also find out all the latest information on active cases and changes to council services, apply for a recovery grant and get business support HERE
Upcoming Job Skills workshops
The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre is a free careers service for job seekers in the Geelong and Wyndham regions. The centre provides information and advice about training and employment opportunities to assist individuals to make informed career choices.

Download the latest workshop program HERE
Queerspace is excited to announce their service providing low or no-cost confidential counselling services to LGBTIQ+ community and their families in the Geelong and Greater Geelong region.

Services include:
✔️ Counselling (including individual, relationship and family counselling), case management, advocacy and support services to help you with a range of issues
✔️ The Village (7 week program for parents and caregivers of trans,gender diverse and gender questioning young people)
✔️Professional development, training, consulting and support for organisations who work with, or provide education or support services for, LGBTIQ+ people and their families
✔️ Secondary case consultations
✔️ Community events

All services are operating via Telehealth and Zoom.
To access services please call 9663 6733 or email
Monash Student Telehealth Program
Monash University School of Primary and Allied Health Care is seeking members of the community willing to participate in the Student Telehealth Program.  Participants will be contacted by health professional students being supervised as a part of their training placements. Students will discuss your concerns about your health and well-being and help you to identify and enact solutions for these issues. 

For more info on the program go to

Looking for Help?

Family Violence Help
  • The Orange Door Barwon:
    Call 1800 312 820 if you can’t call, you can an email and they will contact you as soon as possible from a private number

  • Safe Steps:
    Call 1800 015 188 if you can’t call, you can an email and they will contact you as soon as possible from a private number

  • MensLine:
    Call 1300 78 99 78

  • With Respect:
    Resources for LGBTIQ+ people on healthy relationships and family violence. Call 1800 542 847

    Find More Help HERE
    In an emergency please call 000

Need help with something else?
Check out our support services page HERE for links to services that offer mental health assistance, housing advice and more. Or call 5261 2583 11am-2pm, Monday-Wednesday during term time.

The Surf Coast Shire also has a comprehensive page of with information on support services for all these issues and more. Please visit the page HERE
Food Assistance
Make your pet a star in our online pet show – and raise funds to End Trachoma
Did you know Australia is the world’s only developed country with trachoma, an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices?  Trachoma is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness. The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020 and the Rotary Club of Torquay is raising funds to help achieve this.
What is Pets on Parade?
Pets on Parade is an online pet show which will run for the month of November.  Just send us an image of your pet and donate at least $5 to enter.  We have categories of the dogs (funniest and golden oldie), cats (funniest and action cat), best non-traditional pet and best friends.

There are some great prizes to be won including a free consultation with Mobile Vet Geelong valued at $95 and gift vouchers from Torquay Toys.

Here is the
link to the Rotary Club’s web page where you will find the entry details and see your pet starring and the link to make a donation.

How will your donation support the End Trachoma project?
Our goal is to raise enough funds to put together 100 Toiletry Kits for children in the N.T. which will help to stop trachoma from spreading between children.  A toiletry kit consists of a face washer, hand towel, soap, soap container, toothbrush, toothpaste, toothpaste container, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, plastic drink container and a carry bag. 
These kits will be distributed to children in and around Alice Springs and will assist in improving their hygiene.

Members of the Surf Coast Community are always welcome to join in the Torquay Rotary Club virtual meetings held via ZOOM 7pm Monday night to hear some good speakers and have some fun getting to know your local Rotarians. For more go to
Or contact Secretary Maggie Isom 0412713102
Farmer's Market Lions Cake Sales
This week, for the first time, the Torquay Farmers' Market welcomed the Torquay Lions Club selling Lions Cakes and tickets for the Lions' November Duck Race. On the Saturday morning, the Lions sold 14 Christmas cakes and 26 tickets in the Beached Ducks Race.

Here, customer Philip Thomas, chats about the cakes with Lions Theo
Reyntjes (left) and Bill Ferguson before ordering 40 cakes for distribution to his clients and staff for Christmas. He bought two ducks for the Lions Duck Race as well.
We Will Never Forget Them – Torquay RSL
‘We will remember them’ is more than just a slogan for Torquay RSL members, according to President Bob Tyler.

“Those words are locked into the minds of every ex-service person, man and woman, he said. “ ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘We Will Remember Them’ are the two most important sayings for any RSL member or veteran.
“This year, because we cannot have a full commemoration ceremony at Point Danger on Remembrance Day, we are trying to ensure our community pauses to think of those who have lost their lives for Australia, who have served in any capacity, and those who continue to serve,” Mr Tyler declared.

“In August, we celebrated the end of World War Two by interviewing and photographing living Torquay RSL veterans who served in that war.
“Since then, one has died but to us she is still very much a part of our membership. “From Monday 26 October until after Remembrance Day, banners featuring each of those veterans’ images will be elevated on power poles in Gilbert Street, and their photographs will be displayed in a number of vacant shops, courtesy of Hayden Real Estate,” Mr. Tyler outlined.

Remembrance Day commemorations usually finish at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of the year, but this year because of COVID restrictions, Torquay RSL has arranged for a simple commemoration to be live-streamed from 10.45 am on Wednesday 11 November.

“We must never forget those who, since Federation, have served in Australia’s defence forces and who have given so much of themselves to ensure we have a quality of life far better than they had.

“But equally, we must never forget the sacrifices of mothers, wives, brothers and sisters of those who left them at home to endure loss, hardship and loneliness, ever wondering if their son or daughter would return home.” Mr Tyler concluded.

Torquay RSL’s Poppy Appeal usually run at this time has been severely restricted because of the COVID pandemic. Fitting in with restrictions, RSL committee member Maurie Dale, equipped with sanitiser, gloves, mask and tongs managed some sales at the Torquay Farmer’s Market last Saturday
Further Information
Peter Thomas                       or   President Bob Tyler
Ph: 0417 374 249                      Ph: 0417 142 156
Term four continues with thirteen classes or activities being delivered online or by zoom. One recent highlight was the Gala Trivia Event (Partially an Enigma) on Thursday 22 October. Our usual Quiz-Master Tim Robinson was host of a special Gala Trivia event, sponsored by Be Connected, a Federal Government program aimed at getting all Australians online, and as part of the Nation-wide Seniors Week program and this is his report:
“Goodie bags of yummy snacks and drinks were delivered by hand to all participants prior to the event starting and these were purchased from local Torquay business as a sign of support. 28 participants took to answering 30 questions posed by me.
The first question asked the name of the coding machine used by the German military during World War Two; the Enigma, and this was a beautiful segue into further questions about computer passwords and security, and further questions about computers using information sourced directly from the Be Connected website.  This was followed by further questions on topics as varied as music, sport and geography.
The first prize [free U3A Surf Coast membership for 2021] was won by Bernie and Peter Little.  Further door prizes were won by Toni and Kevin McCormack, Fiona and John Coyne and Kate McGregor.
This was a fun event that was a little different, [some would say “a bit of an enigma”] allowing for some laughs and fun along the way. Many thanks to Tim, Toni, Sue, Marg and Jennie for all the work putting this event together.” -Tim Robinson

Quizmaster Tim Robinson keeping himself one step ahead of the 28 quiz buffs
The "goodie bags" that participants received as part of the Trivia Gala
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