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Issue No. 26 | 26 October 2021
It's getting warmer 😊

With the weather warming up & daylight savings in full swing, it gives us those summer vibes reminding us just how lucky we are to live on the Surf Coast! I personally love this time of year where we all can start to hang up our winter coats (well sometimes, because well, it is Vitoria after all) and start cleaning our BBQ’s ready for guests to be allowed in our homes once again, YAY!

As most of you know, last Thursday 21st October at 11:59pm, restrictions have eased! Very long overdue and all I can say is well done Victoria for hitting 70% vaccination rate. And thank-you to every person that got vaccinated to allow this to happen. It’s been a very long road and we can finally see the finish line.

I seem to have mixed this up every week, however our office is open Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm and closed on Fridays. We are open during school terms and closed during school holidays.
We have Melbourne Cup coming up next week so please be advised we are Closed Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 2nd November. I hope everyone has a lovely long cup weekend and the weather stays pleasant for us all to enjoy.
I would like to begin a community story board on here each fortnight. If you end up doing something nice on Cup Day, Halloween or have something you would like to share like a recipe, or something fun, please feel free to send a photo or story through to be published on our Springboard. 
I know I’ve said this before, however I would love to hear everyone’s ideas and suggestions. If you have any courses you would like to attend or new skills you would like to learn, please let us know and we can try and make it happen. We are here to support the community and want to offer services that our community want, so please don’t be afraid to ask. You can either email me at, call the house or simply pop in. We would love to hear from you.
Warm regards,
Kahlee Kendrick
Torquay Community House Coordinator
We are grateful to the Surf Coast Times for this write-up. 
Most of the programs will continue to run in Term 4. 
Download the Term 4 Program

Young Wolves Tutoring

We continue to enjoy the sessions we do and would welcome any new students as we have places available. Young Wolves is our Maths and English tutoring program for grade 5 and 6 students. Students get a weekly, 40 minute one on one session with a tutor to focus on any areas of Maths or English they may need help with. You can find more information here (Young Wolves page on our website).
After a difficult year Torquay Theatre Troupe is happy to be back with tickets
now on sale for their One Act Play Season.
November 18th - 20th at 8pm and Sunday 21st at 6pm.
With only 4 performances tickets will go quickly so if you want a seat contact asap.
We look forward to welcoming you.
‘Introverts Outing’ by local writer Sindi Renea and The Knock on the Door by Bruce Olive provide a great night of drama and comedy.
Feedback from our opening night before lockdown the next day:
Fabulous night of theatre!’
So great to be able to experience live theatre again.’
I can recommend this night to anyone, so entertaining and thoughtful’
Under COVID restrictions as from Nov 5  patrons must be fully vaccinated and will be required to wear masks.

Lions and Ducks Race for Funds

The Torquay Lions Club duck races are back!
Lions Club President Neil Roche said today the success of Torquay’s inaugural duck racing season in 2020, has led to a bigger event this year.
“Our Club is aiming for 300 ducks (the little yellow type that float) to race off in heats, on 14 December 2021,” he said.
“The exact venue and time will be announced on the day, subject to weather and tides.  The event will go live to our club Facebook page, @lionstorquay, yes, we do have one).”
Lion Neil invited Surf Coast residents, and anyone else, to ‘adopt’ a duck, for $10.00 each duck.
“If all ducks are adopted for race day, and thanks to our sponsors donating prizes to the value of $500, the Lions will raise $3,000 to put back into the community,” he said.
“Tickets are available through the Lions’ website, (go to ‘online store’ on the home page and hit ‘shop now’) and we will email your duck number to you. We suggest you get in quickly before they are all adopted, as happened last year.
“You can also catch us selling in Gilbert Street, or at the Farmers Market during November,” Lion Neil pointed out.
For details of prizes (once finalised) and news about what Torquay Lions have been up to over winter, head to or the Lions Facebook, @lionstorquay.
Lion Neil assured the community that no ducks (or Lions) will be injured in this event; no plastic ducks will be lost to our beautiful oceans and waterways; and  he is very confident none will fly away!
“It’s been a difficult year for many, including for the Lions to get together and fundraise.  So, the idea of a bit of fun, and the ability to financially support our local community, is something to which the club is looking forward.”
Beached Ducks 3: The Torquay Lions Club duck races are to be held in Torquay on 14 December 2021. Ducks can be adopted for the races now at

Further Information about TORQUAY LIONS:
Peter Thomas
Torquay Lions Club
Ph:0417 374 249

President Neil Roche
President Torquay Lions
Ph: 0427 336 484
Onward ever onward
Despite Covid-related interruptions to our term four program, we are still managing to deliver some face to face classes while also continuing on zoom.
On October 15th we participated in SurfCoast Shire’s Positive Aging Month with an online presentation of a selection of U3a activities. President Sue Crowe introduced viewers to slides portraying some of the art and Ikebana created by the members.
John Bartlett, poetry tutor, interviewed Jean Bohuslav and Helen Seymour about their recent poetry publications and Robin Purdey spoke about the group’s anthology publication ‘Wandering & Wondering.’
All three publications will be launched at Torquay Improvement Association on November 22nd, at 10.30 and will also feature local poet Julie Mclean. The online session ended with the very popular ‘Trivia with Baz’ complete with his characteristic trick questions, although veteran trivia competitor, Marg Scott reached the highest score of 21 out of 25 questions.
On November 10th Toni McCormack will deliver a short course entitled Family History Research, a practical course limited to ten participants who wish to learn more about how to access and use online Family History resources. Each of the four sessions will involve a short talk and demonstration on how to use a particular history resource, followed by guided ‘hands-on’ activity. It is essential that each participant has a fully charged tablet or laptop and knows how to use it. This program will be most useful for those who have already commenced a family history project.
The U3A committee is already planning the 2022 program which, although must it be delivered under Covid-safe restrictions, promises more activities and with a greater variety.  The 2022 program should be available in the first week of December.
For further information and enrollments go to Courses & Activities – U3A SurfCoast  or 0435 374 139 and

Enquiries: or 0435 374 139
Local Returns from UN Duties
Jason Tomlin
Torquay husband and father Jason Tomlin has recently returned from United Nations Military Observer (UNMO) duties on the Golan Heights, Israel. He is a Royal Australian Naval (RAN) Reservist currently on Full Time Duty.
Following a short leave after returning home, Jason is now working with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), OP COVID Assist in Victoria.
Jason was an ADF officer on Operation Paladin, the Australian contribution to the United Nation Treaty Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO), in the Golan Heights, Israel and Syria.
UNTSO task is to supervise, inspect, observe, patrol, and report any activities that could lead to a breach of the 1974 Disengagement Agreement between Israel and Syria.
Arriving in Israel in January 2021, following 14 days isolation in Jerusalem Jason undertook remote learning followed by two weeks of Area Familiarisation Training (AFT), on the Golan Heights as well as identifying points of interest in the Golan region.
The team Jason worked with consisted of multiple nationalities including Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Fiji, Canada and New Zealand.
The Tomlin Family
Jason’s first observation post was at the base of Mount Hermon in northern Golan. When he first arrived, the countryside was beautiful and green, but within 24 hours the area received two foot of snow accompanied by sub-zero temperatures and 80km/h winds.
A typical day consisted of static observations and reporting Israeli, Syrian and potential proxy forces whose activities might result in a breach of the 1974 Disengagement Agreement.
Potential violations included moving military equipment into the Area of Separation (AOS) between Israel and Syria, as well as firing into, out of, or across the AOS by any parties. In addition, the observers monitored and reported on types and numbers of military equipment observed within a 25km\zone each side of the AOS.
On a clear day, from an OP observers could see over 20kms, which allowed multiple UN Ops to observe, validate and report observations.
Because of the OPs prominent positions, whilst never directly targeted by any parties, Jason’s team was always wary of any live fire that may result in spill over fire which could strike the observation posts.
But it was not all work.
A gym was the most popular off-duty social activity but a daily highlight was one of the team cooking  dinner for the other members present.
Nightly dinner was an amazing social event as the observers enjoyed a meal together, chatting about families and friends back home. These nightly meals always resulted in an exchange of stories and pictures of partners and children back home.
In addition, the OPs were well equipped with WIFI which enabled Jason to keep in contact with family and friends back home, through video calls to his wife and their two daughters.
According to Jason, serving as a UN Military Observer is a once in a lifetime experience, highly sought after by ADF officers.
As he pointed out, it was an honour for him, as an Australian Naval Officer, to represent not only the ADF, but my local Torquay community which I believe is among the holiday destinations of more than a few of his fellow UN Observers.
Well done Jason!
Further Information about TORQUAY RSL:
Peter Thomas
Ph: 0417 374 249

Bob Tyler
Ph: 0417 142 156
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