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New Owners, New Menu,
Enjoy a latte on our shaded terrace
or a light lunch in the cafe
l Light meals, great coffee, cakes, biscuits and
muffins FRESH from our kitchen
Daily specials on blackboard Gluten free choices
l Community groups, meetings and clubs all
welcome and catered for
l Spacious, comfortable, air conditioned and heated
l Special rates for SENIORS on TUESDAYS
GROSSARD COURT, top of James Street & Leslie Ave, Cowes
Call James 0477 533 404 or Belinda 0438 567 720
The Terrace Café@Grossard is becoming a popular choice for locals to sit
and enjoy a quiet time together over lunch or a country style afternoon tea.
Proprietors James Bradley (standing) and Belinda Hale (at back) are inviting
others to join them at this cosy oasis situated at Grossard Court in Cowes.
Secret out about Terrace
ONE of the best kept secrets in town
is fast being discovered by patrons to
the Terrace Café@Grossard.
Word’s getting out that this is the
place to go for a quiet catch-up, in com-
fortable surrounds and to savour home
cooked fare served with a friendly
Hosts James Bradley and Belinda
Hale have joined forces to breathe new
life into this café gem.
James and Belinda are familiar faces
at Grossard Court after working to-
gether for the past four years in the
kitchen of this aged care facility.
One of the attractions in taking up
this business opportunity last Novem-
ber was to put their culinary skills on
Their flair for food combines perfect-
ly to present a tempting menu.
Belinda’s daily baking sees an array
of “warm from the oven” friands, cakes
and biscuits, indulgent brownie and
moist date slice, and the ever popular
Devonshire Teas. For those looking for
something more hearty, there is plenty
to choose from in James’s
kitchen” lunchtime menu.
This includes a selection of home-
made sausage rolls, savoury tarts and
beef lasagne, all of which are served
with beer battered chips and fresh gar-
den salad; and look out for fragrant
butter or coriander chicken, arancini
balls and Thai fish cakes.
Those with dietary requirements are
also catered for with gluten free selec-
This menu is available all day and is
a feature of the special Tuesday Seniors
meal deal. This is great value for money
in offering $8 for one course or $10 for
The design of the terrace café is such
that patrons can choose to either sit
outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine
or in the ambience of the country style
dining room where they can relax with
friendly table service; or if they wish,
relax in the comfort of the surround-
ing lounge room and enjoy a few quiet
minutes over a freshly brewed coffee or
pot of tea.
This area is very popular for those
wanting to catch up with family or
friends, and is an ideal setting in winter
in the warmth of the cosy fire.
An attraction of this café is its retreat
from the hustle and bustle of Cowes
and the ease of access in the centre’s
ample car park.
The Terrace Café @Grossard is situ-
ated at the top of James Street Cowes
and is open from 10am to 3pm seven
days a week.
Pool celebrates 30 years
A CELEBRATION was held last
Wednesday at Cowes Primary
School, which marked 30 years
since the school swimming pool
Present at the celebration were
many of those involved in achiev-
ing what was a major project for the
community at the time.
Cowes Primary principal Sue
Becker hosted the celebration, which
took the form of a morning tea.
“The pool would not have been
built without the passion and de-
termination of the parents involved
all of those years ago,” she com-
There was much reminiscing dur-
ing the celebration about the hard
work, long hours and dedication
that went into pool project, before it
finally reached fruition.
And the work was often physical,
those present recalled.
Parents attended numerous work-
ing bees to clear the land, which was
covered in ti tree; and skilled volun-
teers in the community did the fenc-
ing, laid the concrete, installed the
plumbing, built a veranda shelter,
and painted the surrounds.
Materials were made available at
cost price by local suppliers.
“It shows what can be achieved
when you have the school and com-
munity working together to get
A lot of hard work had gone on
before the first sod was turned, it
was recalled, with the committee
fighting hard to overcome opposi-
tion from a number of quarters,
lobbying for funds and undertaking
the huge administrative work load
that was required to get the project
off the ground.
Sue made particular mention of
the work of former Cowes Primary
principal Peter Paul.
“Without his dedication and drive,
it would not have happened at all.
And the support of the Phillip Is-
land Shire Council was also crucial
to the project’s success, with for-
mer shire engineer Jock McKechnie
present and thanked for his sup-
port at the time.
The cost of the pool was $144,000.
Council made available a grant of
$30,000, on the basis that the shire
would not incur any further costs.
The State Government contrib-
uted $36,000; education region
contributed $10,000; and a co-op-
erative loan of $31,000, supported
by school parents and community
members, was taken out.
Donations and fundraising con-
tributed almost $13,000 and
the school council contributed
The project was also supported
by the Lion’s Club.
It took four years from the time
the concept was first raised serious-
ly in 1982, until it was completed,
Those present for this pleasant
occasion were particularly touched
when a group of senior students
addressed the gathering, thanking
them and describing the benefit
and value that the pool provides to
It was a walk down memory lane at Cowes Primary last week, for guests who attended a celebration to
mark 30 years to the day since the Cowes Primary School swimming pool opened.
Foundation members of the Phillip Island Swimming Club, and some of the school parents, staff and
council representatives who drove the project forward, and who worked hard over a four year period to
achieve the opening of the pool in 1986, enjoyed a morning tea at Cowes Primary together, hosted by cur-
rent principal Sue Becker, to mark the auspicious occasion.
Pictured during the festivities are, back, from left, John Batty, Peter Paul (former Cowes Primary princi-
pal), Chris Wickes, Kylie Chadwick (one of the first students to use the pool 30 years ago on opening day),
Angela Luke, Gill Armstrong, and Sue Becker (current Cowes principal).
Front, from left, are Glenyce Paul, Jane Maber, Sue Chadwick, Marnie Chadwick and Jock McKechnie
(former Phillip Island Shire engineer).
Unexpected side benefit
AN UNEXPECTED side benefit
of the establishment of a pool on
school land back in the 1980s was
the retention of 10 acres of the cur-
rent school property that would oth-
erwise have been sold for housing by
the Department of Education at the
Former Cowes Primary principal
Peter Paul recalled at last week’s 30
year pool celebration that the pool’s
site was chosen to circumvent the
sale of the land.
“The pool is where it is because
that is the land the department in-
tended to sell,” Mr Paul said.
“We dug the hole for the pool, and
got on with it, and that was that.”
Cowes Primary occupies a 15 hect-
During State Government asset
sales back in the 1980s, schools
were deemed to require five acres,
and excess land was identified for
There were five acres on each side
of the Cowes Primary School build-
ing that had been assessed by the
department as not required.
That land included the site of the
current car park and pool on the
west of the building, and the land
on which the Children’s Hub is now
sited on the east.
School plantation land in Pyramid
Rock Road was sold by the Depart-
ment of Education at about the same
The department pocketed the pro-
ceeds from the sale of land, and the
school used the $6411 realised from
harvesting the pine trees, which was
put toward the cost of the pool.
Retention of the land has proved
extremely fortuitous, in light of the
school’s rapid expansion over the
past three decades.
There were 160 students at Cowes
Primary School in the 1980s.
That number has increased by al-
most 400, to 553 in 2016.
Kylie Gilder (nee Chadwick) is pictured at the school pool’s 30th birthday celebration last week. Kylie,
a Grade 5 student at Cowes back in 1986, was first in with classmates Carrie Paul and Lisa Maber, when
the pool first opened. The parents of all three students were heavily involved in getting the pool up and
Kylie remembers the occasion well and the work her mother and father Sue and the late Hilton Chadwick
and other parents and teachers put in over many years to achieve the facility.
Fittingly, Kylie’s daughters Leah and Erin are among the current beneficiaries of that hard work, and are
enjoying swimming lessons in the pool which their grandparents helped to build.
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