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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
Population: 21,115 Population growth: 4.0%pa Demographic: 24.3% aged 35 to 49 Land Area: 1562km2 Travel time to Melbourne: 75 minutes Median house price: $486,000 Infrastructure: 2 high schools 11 primary schools 8 kindergartens 2 hospitals Major events: Rip Curl Pro, Lorne Falls Festival, Pier to Pub swim. Major towns: Torquay, Jan Juc, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Winchelsea, Moriac, Deans Marsh. Major attractions: Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach, Point Addis Marine National Park, Otway Ranges National Park, Surf World Surfing Museum, Barwon Park, beaches, vineyards. Cr Dean Webster, Surf Coast Shire mayor "Pristine bushland, more than 55km of coastline, our precious natural environment and our proximity to Geelong and Melbourne make Surf Coast Shire a great place to live and visit. Known around the world for its surfing culture, our shire includes many friendly communities with their own proud identities and attractions. Residents enjoy an enviable way of life, with the coastline and the Otways at their doorstep. " Matthew Di Sciascio, former Bellbrae Estate winemaker "The wonderful surf culture has created a unique style of relaxed living, where every day you feel the expression of Mother Nature through the pervasive presence of Bass Strait. It is similar to having a snow-capped mountain range over the back fence but instead it's a vast great ocean; ever present and integral to daily life. " Tony Phelps, Winchelsea Larder "Winchelsea is a wonderful example of a small Australian country town with friendly locals - a mix of new blood and families with generations of history in the area. It's a town with all the essentials such as school, medical centre, supermarket, bank, cafe, even a butcher and a baker, and an easy drive to beaches, city centres, forests and major shopping centres. Our young kids love living in the country, with space to run around and a thousand adventures to be had. Our business, Winchelsea Larder, is as challenging as anywhere, but we get to see all sorts passing through -- locals, tourists, business folk and weekenders. Community spirit is strong in Winchelsea, too; it's easy to get involved and make a real difference to the local scene. " Photographer: Gene Moule Photographs: Gavin Hansford Photograph: Robert Blackburn Photograph: Mark Chew Our Place - the Geelong Region Magazine 19
Breakaway Autumn 2011