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Ride the Great Ocean Road: The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

Posted in Events by John Myers on May 29th, 2013

23 November , 2013 8:00 amto1 December , 2013 5:00 pm


Gear up for the 2013 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

Gear up for the 2013 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride 2013
30th year – Ride along The Great Ocean Road
Saturday 23 November – Sunday 1 December 2013

Bicycle Network Victoria is organising a classic cycling holiday along the Great Ocean Road and through the Otways to celebrate the 30th RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride.

With only 6,000 tickets available (limited to 5000 9 day tickets), the ride looks set to sell out with those interested being urged to register.

The 610 kilometre bike touring holiday will feature the dramatic rock formations of the Twelve Apostles, picture postcard Otway Ranges rainforest on Turtons Track, and the chance to slow down for a swim at world-famous beaches like Lorne, Torquay and Bells.

For the first time ever the ride will start in South Australia at Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake. Overnight stops are planned for: Nelson (23rd), Portland (24th), Port Fairy (25th), Port Campbell (2 nights 26th and 27th), Gellibrand (28th), Birregurra (29th) and Torquay (30th) and with a finish in Geelong.

Those who can’t get away for the week but still want to be part of the fun can join the 3 Day RACV Great Vic Getaway from Gellibrand to Geelong.

The Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges are inspiring experiences, but it’s not until you get onto a bike that you can fully appreciate their greatness. It will be an unmissable week in another world.

The nine-day ride is a fully catered, camping holiday. There is extensive back up including luggage transport, a licensed cafe under canvas, full medical team, and bicycle repair facilities.

If you don’t want to ride then come along and join the 400 volunteers.

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Visions of Resilience: Anglesea 2037

Posted in Research, Visions by Jessica Bird on October 23rd, 2012

Image by D. Armellin

A local resilience-building project about climate extremes.

Visions of Resilience: Anglesea 2037 is part of a larger research project Transforming Institutions for Climate Extremes. This project is led by Che Biggs at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) at the University of Melbourne. It aims to understand how communities and institutions can prepare and become more resilient to disruptive climate conditions. Anglesea was chosen as an ideal case-study site because it faces multiple climate hazards such as fire, drought and sea level rise but it also has a creative community and a strong local identity.

What is the Visions of Resilience: Anglesea 2037 blog about?

The images and articles you see on the Visions of Resilience: Anglesea 2037 blog are glimpses of possible futures. They depict strategies and ideas about how Anglesea could become more resilient to the more extreme possible impacts of climate change. The ideas represented have been developed from a workshop involving Anglesea community members. In the workshop people were asked to propose adaptation strategies in response to a series of challenging future scenarios that describe Anglesea in the year 2037. These scenarios were built from an assessment of climate model projections, historical records from along the Great Ocean Road and interviews with Anglesea residents. The small number of glimpses you see were combined and synthesised from more than 100 ideas developed in the workshop. Treat them as a window into a range of possible futures that might exist. We encourage you to comment on what is good or not good about the way they respond to challenges from climate change.

Why this project? When managing disaster risk, government and private sector organisations often rely heavily on ‘probability’ or ‘expert’ assessments of the likely type, extent and frequency of negative impacts. This can come unstuck when disasters occur outside what has been predicted and planned for. Transforming Institutions for Climate Extremes is a response to this problem. It responds to the call for new methods to improve community resilience and help communities improve disaster planning. It seeks to explore how prepared our communities, our decision-makers and decision-making processes are for the challenges of ‘new’ climate conditions. It will consider what institutional changes are needed to meet those challenges whilst ensuring community ownership.

Climate change in Anglesea? Anglesea lies in an area of southern Australia that will be affected by climate change in many ways. Climate models project that the most likely direct impacts will include changes to rainfall (drier but with more intense rainfall events), changes in temperature (warmer with more heatwaves), increasing acidity of oceans and rising sea levels. In-turn, these impacts are expected to affect a whole range of factors including increases in coastal erosion and days of extreme fire danger to increased risk of heat-stroke and changes to when plants flower and birds migrate. Climate Change is the effect of heat from the sun being trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere by gases produced by human activity. While some of these gases (like carbon dioxide) are found naturally in the atmosphere, as we increase their concentration above natural levels, they trap more heat from the sun – a bit like an insulation blanket.

You can view the glimpses of a resilient Anglesea in 2037 and comment at You can also like the Facebook page to be kept up to date with the project.