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4th – 10th August 2014

We are into the last month of winter but there is still plenty to do around the Geelong region and this week is no exception.

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Monday 4th August 2014
Bob Brown on Optimism
Former Greens party leader and environmental crusader Bob Brown will be in Geelong for a talk at Deakin’s Costa Hall on the waterfront. Bob will be talking about his new book entitled “Optimism: Reflections on a life of action” in what will be the first time he has publicly spoken since quitting public life. His message will be that of hope and optimism and how we can all make a difference with positive and upbeat optimism.


Thursday 7th August 2014
Geelong’s FReeZa Push Start
The Geelong leg of the FReeZa Push Start Battle of the Bands takes place at the Courthouse Arts Centre in central Geelong. This heat might discover the winner of the state wide competition who will play at the Push Over Festival next march and walk away with a truck load of other great prizes including engineering, producing and recording at the famous Hothouse Studios and some great marketing opportunities. The heat starts at 6:00 PM and concludes about 9:00 PM. For more information:


Friday 8th August 2014
FReeZa Push Start Battle of the Bands
The Meridith Memorial Hall to the west of our city will host a great night of youth music. The FReeZA Push Start is an annual Battle of the Bands in VIctoria for people aged 13 to 25. This event starting at 7:15 PM will feature some great local bands and also Imogen Brough who had amazing success in last years The Voice TV Show. The winner of this event goes into the Barwon South West Regional Finals for the chance to play at the Push Over festival in Melbourne early next year.


Friday 8th August
Spud Dance
The Potato Shed at Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula is holding a Spud Dance, a great night out for kids 12 – 16 years of age. This fun event will feature a DJ and its fully supervised, smoke, drug and alcohol free. Guests are asked to come dressed up as your favourite character to make it event even more fun. The evening kicks off at 6:30 PM and runs through until 9:30 PM


Saturday 9th August 2014
Russell Morris Live
One of Australia’s legendary acts, Russel Morris is coming to Geelong for a one off performance at the Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex in Corio Street. Russel has been a household name in Australia spanning five decades, and is an Aria Hall of Fame Inductee. He is best known for his hit song ‘The Real Thing” that was even covered by Midnight Oil and Kylie Minogue.


Saturday 9th August 2014
AFL Geelong Cats VS Dockers
Its round 20 and we are fast approaching finals time with Geelong having a pretty good year. Saturday night they take on the Fremantle Dockers at Simonds Stadium in Kardinia Park under lights in what is their second last appearance on the ground this year. Kick-off is at 7:40 PM for what promises to be a fantastic game. Go Cats!


Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th August 2014
Aireys Inlet Scarecrow Festival
The Great Ocean Road village of Aireys Inlet is holding a Scarecrow Festival on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of August. The Festival will see lots of beautiful scarecrows decorating the township as part of the town’s Love Winter in Aireys program.


Sunday 10th August 2014
Market at Little Creatures
The fantastic Little Creatures Brewery Market is on again this Sunday. This small but interesting craft market has become a huge hit in recent months with huge crowds really enjoying it and the festive atmosphere. Don’t forget to try Little Creatures Geelong only beer Furthy when you are down there- its delicious and look out to see if they are running brewery tours.
Sunday 10th August 2014
The Gordon Open Day
The Gordon is on of Australia’s great educators and Geelong’s own. They are holding a open day at both of their campuses, the Fenwick Street campus and at their large site on Boundary Road East Geelong (The old East Tech). This is a fantastic opportunity for people to understand the facilities, courses and services the institute offers and is perfect for students in their final years of school to look for options in the future. There will be plenty of staff and students on hand to answer questions and talk about first hand experiences. There will be a shuttle bus linking the two campuses for those who do not have transport. The Fendwick Street campus is a short walk from the Geelong Railway Station that is visited by all Geelong bus networks.


1st – 30th August 2014
Geelong Small Business Festival
Having a rich mix of small businesses is what makes Geelong vibrant and strong and helps builds resistance to other things we can’t control in our ever changing economy. The Geelong Small Business Festival now in its fourth year helps small business and people wanting to start a business prosper. The festival offers networking, training, tips on using technology, understanding best practices and plenty of ideas of how make the most of your business. For more information: