Your Weekend in Colac and district

Station prepares for 20th anniversary

Broadcaster Laurie Savage has been volunteering at OCR FM since the station started in 1991.

COLAC and district radio listeners can tune into OCR FM this weekend as the Colac community radio station prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Laurie Savage said he had been volunteering at the station since it started in 1991 and had seen it develop into a professional station.

“I’ve always had an interest in radio, listened to radio my whole life,” Mr Savage said.

“I became involved when Tony Prytz put an ad in the paper calling for interest to form a community radio station in Colac. He called a meeting, which we had in about April 1991,” he said.

“We had our first test broadcast I think in June 1991, we had a number of test broadcasts before we eventually went full time.”

Mr Savage said he had volunteered in numerous roles at the station, including technical officer, football broadcast co-ordinator, programming, and reading for the talking Colac Herald.

He said he had “learnt a lot about radio” and witnessed the radio station change, including its location to sites around Colac.

“I’ve enjoyed doing outside broadcast from the Apollo Bay Music Festival, putting musicians live to air in the studio, and seeing people who have gone on from community radio who are now actors and working at the Ace Radio Network,” he said.

Rosemary Goodall has volunteered at the station for 16 years and said she had been involved with different facets of the station including outdoor broadcasting and had hosted country music and kids shows and helping other presenters with their shows.

“It’s stretched my boundaries, I’ve had to do things that I wouldn’t have expected to have done, it just makes you feel a bit more capable,” Ms Goodall said.

The station will commemorate two decades on air with a series of events from August 21, including a trivia night, live broadcast of Colac FReeZA’s Battle of the Bands and an open studio tour.

Home-grown produce is market feature

JOHANNA’S Pat Chevers has been selling homemade jams and chutneys at the Apollo Bay Community Market for 12 years.

Johanna’s Pat Chevers sells Pat’s Place jams and preserves at the Apollo Bay Community Market each week.

Mr Chevers grows his own blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currents, silverberries and loganberries on more than 3000 square metres of Otways’ land.

“I grow as much as possible, some things like oranges and apricots don’t really grow in the Otways,” he said.

Mr Chevers is one of more than 25 stallholders who sell their fresh and homemade produce at the market every Saturday morning on the Apollo Bay foreshore.

He said making preserves was a “part-time” job that allowed him to work in maintenance and cleaning, and as a woodwork teacher.

“It’s always been sort of a part-time job – it allows

me to work at home and keeps life interesting,” he said.

Mr Chevers said he enjoyed going to the market to catch up with other stallholders, but he said he also liked arriving early and reading the paper after he’d set up the stall.

“I find that it keeps you in contact with people living out this way, it makes you go to town,” he said.

Mr Chevers said he started making preserves when he moved to the district from Melbourne.

“I sort of just moved from Melbourne and started off growing medicinal herbs and that was too much work for not enough return. I built a kitchen and looked around for something to do and jams seem to be it,” he said.

Mr Chevers has developed his recipes over time and said he had regular customers at the Sunday market who always stopped by to purchase his Pat’s Place products.

He said strawberry and raspberry jams were the most popular, but he said there was a growing market for strawberry and rhubarb jam.

“The jam recipes are pretty standard but they have been tailor made over the years to what I think works best,” he said.

Not one for being caught in the rain, Mr Chevers said tomorrow’s weather would determine whether he made the journey to the market.

Kindergarten fundraiser all about the kids

COLAC’S Winifred Nance Kindergarten will host a fundraiser tonight, which will be “all about the kids”.

The auction fundraiser will raise money for new equipment for the kindergarten’s pupils.

Auction items include a signed Hawthorn Football Club jumper, accommodation, hampers, signed football club posters and a GPS.

The auctioneer for the fundraiser at Elliminyt Hall will be Anthony McDonald.

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