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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
2106747-GRM2011 Population: 3137 Population growth: 1.9%pa Demographic: 37.9% over 60 years of age Land Area: 10.83km2 Travel time to Melbourne: 100 minutes Median house price: $680,000 Infrastructure: 3 primary schools, 1 kindergarten Major events: Queenscliff Music Festival, Good Friday 'Busking for the Kids', Rip View Swim Classic, The Blues Train. Major towns: Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale. Major attractions: Bellarine Peninsula Railway, Fort Queenscliff, historic hotels, Marine Discovery Centre, museums, scuba diving and dolphin swims. Alan Joyce, 2011 Citizen of the Year "I chose to live in Point Lonsdale because there are no hotels, it is a dead-end, people do not travel through on their way to somewhere else. Development is restricted and you can't be built out. I love the peaceful lifestyle. No rush. And everyone is so friendly. Everyone enjoys being involved in some sort of activity or group, there are so many volunteers able to assist people. I find there is always a willing hand if you need help. " Patrick Callahan, 2011 Junior Citizen of the Year "I love how close the people are, everyone around here seems to hang out together and do things together like going for a run or playing some basketball -- it is a close-knit group. I also love being close to the water -- going for a surf or a snorkel or a run on the beach. " Albert Brown, former Maritime Museum president, 83 "My wife Frances and I retired to Point Lonsdale about 1990 because of the sea and because it was a quiet little village and 'God's Waiting Room'. I became interested in the Maritime Museum, served on the committee of management, secretary, vice president and then president, spread over about 10 years. Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff is a unique community, comprising the most caring group of people I have ever met. If you have a need you can be sure there will be someone offering help, which comes freely and without strings. Photographs: Liam Petrie-Allbutt
Breakaway Autumn 2011