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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
They may be neighbours, but their stories tell a different tale of life in a seaside village. MANDY SQUIRES visits the Lazarus family which relocated from Richmond to Queenscliff seeking a seachange and the Morans who are proud to have lived in the historic town for generations. The Moran family has been in Queenscliff for generations. Today Jamie and Angela co-own Lonsdale Hydroponics supplying produce to local restaurants and grocery stores. Pictured with their parents are Lilli, Zara and Hugh. Photograph: Alison Wynd FISHERMAN'S daughter Angela Moran called Queenscliff 's historic Fishermen's Flats home as a child. She watched real estate prices spiral as the town's traditional fishing industry was replaced by tourism and hospitality over the four decades she has lived in the area. But, she laughs, not much else has changed. "Except for the influx of tourists, the cost of houses and the new harbour, Queenscliff is pretty much the same as I remember it growing up," she says. Her three children, Lilli, 13, Zara, 9, and Hugh, 6, play and swim on the same stretch of pristine beach she did as a child and are able to enjoy many of the freedoms of previous generations, such as biking to school, playing outside until dark and walking to the beach and shops with friends. Despite the growing tourist trade, the twin towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale have retained the same small-town feel and sense of community they had when she was young, Angela says. Queenscliff still has a butcher's shop and greengrocer in the main street and a healthy number of watering holes dotted throughout the town. e Queenscliff Football and Netball Club is still the heartbeat of the town, with most local kids having a run with the Coutas (so named for the town's historic association with barracouta fishing) at one time or another. It's still a close-knit community. "Small towns carry mixed blessings," Angela says. "Nothing's a secret and everyone knows if something has happened to someone, but with that comes really strong support networks and wonderful friendships ... everyone helps each other out.' ' Watching Queenscliff 's historic, working, fishing harbour -- just a stone's throw from her childhood home - be redeveloped into a gleaming, multi-million dollar marina and retail and hospitality precinct has been bitter- sweet, she admits. Gone is the old fishermen's co-operative, where the catch was ferried and the men were paid. Gone are the 'real' fishing boats, which were not shiny or pretty or locked behind gates. Gone is the working heart of the harbour. In its place are rows of expensive yachts and cruisers -- which only the owners can walk up to and touch -- and smart new restaurants, cafes and shops. "IguessIfeela sense oflossin a way,'' says Angela. "I feel a bit sad about all those fishermen who worked so hard -- worked with their bare hands, really. It's as if there's no place for them now.' ' But that's not to say the family doesn't enjoy spending time down at the new Queenscliff harbour, and appreciate the new restaurant and retail choices in the town, she adds. Eating good food and drinking nice wine while socialising with friends is something the family enjoys immensely. Indeed, as co-owner of Lonsdale Hydroponics, a farm specialising in the growing of high-quality tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and other produce, Angela's husband Jamie supplies many of the area's restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets and accommodation providers. Located on the outskirts of Point Lonsdale, off Portarlington Rd, and next to beautiful Swan Bay, "the tomato farm", as it is known locally, also has its own retail outlet which is popular with local foodies and tourists following the Bellarine Peninsula food and wine trail. As such, the family is a cog in the wheel of the rapidly growing tourism and hospitality industry. Holiday-makers and seachangers come to Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff for many of the same reasons she has never sought to leave, Angela says. "Basically, it's a pretty good life." "Small towns carry mixed blessings -- nothing's a secret and everyone knows if something has happened to someone, but with that comes really strong support networks and wonderful friendships.'' HOOKED ON QUEENSCLIFF Quaint Queenscliff has been transformed from fishing village to tourism dynamo, but it's still has the feel of a seaside village, say long-time residents 12 GEELONG ADVERTISER
Breakaway Autumn 2011