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Rhyll’s Frank Maiolo, John Jansson, Bill Overton and Peter Lawrence are circumnavigat-
ing Phillip Island on foot, under their group name, the Four Codgers.
Awesome foursome: the old
Codgers rediscovering the island
THEY call themselves the
“We even have it printed on
our t-shirts,” says Frank Maiolo,
one of the four.
And as the name implies,
they’re a group of old blokes
who have got together on a mis-
sion: to circumnavigate Phillip
Island by foot.
Starting their trek about three
months ago, the men, all from
Rhyll – Frank, John Jansson,
Bill Overton and Peter Lawrence
- are about half way through the
With their first walk from
Cape Woolamai beach to the
quarry, their subsequent eight
walks have taken in Newhaven,
Churchill Island, Scenic Estate
to Swan Bay, and Silverleaves
and the Rhyll Inlet.
In the next few weeks they’ll
take on Silverleaves to Cowes,
then Ventnor to the Nobbies,
Smiths Beach and back to Cape
“We take it slowly, we’re in no
hurry,” says the 66-year-old.
“The longest walk we’ve had
so far is 8km which took about
four hours. It’s not about the
time, it’s about the appreciation
of each step taken.”
So what is the reason for em-
barking on such a journey?
Frank laughs at the simplicity
of the idea.
“The story goes that my wife
and Bill’s went off to go and
do exercise dancing and Bill
dropped in for a chat and I said
the girls are doing something,
let’s go for a walk.
“So we went for a walk and
then Peter and John heard
about it and joined in.”
So while they named them-
selves the Four Codgers, they
have a sub-title of: “circumper-
ambulation of Phillip Island:
it all started with Zumba (the
“But the whole dance exercise
with the girls fell over, but the
boys kept walking.”
With renowned island histo-
rian John Jansson one of their
members, the Codgers have
been treated to historical and
environmental stories while
That gave Frank – who retired
to the island seven years ago -
the idea to record their journey
in photos and writing and he
hopes at the end, around Febru-
ary, the chronicle may turn into
a brochure to help raise funds
for a local charity.
“We’ll see how we go with that
project,” he adds.
“We all learn from each oth-
er along the way. We’ve learnt
where the explorer George Bass
came on land, the flora and
fauna, the first place where land
was auctioned on the island,
where the first wheat was plant-
ed on Churchill Island.
“The early pioneers went
through hell in the early years,
with no bridge, making a living
farming chicory. It was a very
Along the way, the foursome
have stumbled across some is-
Frank would like to think an
old glass base from a chandelier
candle holder was an historic
treasure; they’ve seen where a
crane was positioned to mine
granite in Cape Woolamai; and
they’ve discovered that the his-
torical plaque commemorating
the opening of the old bridge no
“It’s been broken off and
there’s just a few rusty bolts left
behind,” Frank says.
“It’s not earth-shattering stuff,
but it’s given me a new apprecia-
tion of the island.”
Wherever they walk, the
Codgers make sure they are
sensitive to the environment,
dodging bird and animal nests
although they’ve had a few
heart-stopping moments when
wallabies bound out of the
They have also gained permis-
sion from land owners when
rocks or obstacles mean they
can’t walk on the beach and in-
stead follow the cliff line.
snake but we’ve seen a million
and one Cape Barren geese.”
Frank says their circumnavi-
gation of the island has given
them a taste for exploring and
they’re contemplating French
“That will be a bit tougher
though. We have no grand
plans, just to enjoy the journey.”
Children out of school, but not out of mind
BASS Coast Shire Council and the Victoria
Police are urging community members and par-
ents to continue to be safe when driving around
popular areas for visitors and families in Bass
Coast as the summer holidays continue.
Officer in charge of the Bass Coast Highway
Patrol in Wonthaggi, Sergeant Jason Hullick,
said while school zones may not be in use, driv-
ers need to keep an eye out for children cross-
ing roads in other areas, such as near parks,
beaches and shopping centres.
“As children are often very small, parked cars
can completely obscure them from the view of
drivers,” Sgt Hullick said.
“Coupled with children’s limited ability to
identify danger, this can create a very hazardous
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
drivers and pedestrians need to stay switched
on and maintain a focus on road safety whilst
“School holidays make up several months of
the year, and during these times, the playground
shifts and there are more children around the
streets during the daytime,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Children also tend to be very excited during
their holidays, but are also in unfamiliar areas,
and with the population spike in Bass Coast dur-
ing summer, the risk of accidents does increase.
“Roads are often very different to children’s
home environments, and they can lack the usual
visual cues like gutters and footpaths that may
help a child to recognise it as a road, meaning
they can step off the footpath and onto a road
without even realising.”
It is critical to talk to your children and re-
mind them to be even more vigilant with their
road safety when on holiday.
Follow the safe road crossing procedure –
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.
• STOP one step back from the kerb or shoul-
der of the road if there is no footpath.
• LOOK in all directions for approaching traf-
• LISTEN in all directions for approaching
• THINK about whether it is safe to cross the
road – when the road is clear or all traffic has
This information is particularly relevant to
young people learning to cross roads, but it’s
also a useful reminder to everyone, particularly
to those who may be distracted when crossing
Strap yourself into the state-of-the-art Sodi RT8 Go Karts for an exhilarating session on
the 750 meter scale replica of the circuit. Push out a series of hot laps to beat the clock
or challenge your mates.
Slot Cars are great fun for all ages. Race your family or your mates and experience the
fun on Australia’s largest four-lane GP Slot Car Track an exact replica of the circuit.
Fun for all ages at the circuit
NOW more than ever the Phillip Island
Grand Prix Circuit is a destination for the
whole family with many hours of entertain-
ment and enjoyment on offer.
There are state-of-the-art Sodi RT8 Go
Karts for an exhilarating session on the 750
meter scale replica of the circuit, as well as
tandem karts for the little ones.
These new matching tandem karts are
equipped with dual controls so the kids don’t
miss out and can participate in the full inter-
active karting experience, which they haven’t
been able to do before.
The slot cars are great fun for all ages.
So too The History of Motorsport compre-
hensive display, which showcases the dawn
of motorsport on Phillip Island commencing
with the very first Australian grand prix in
1928 through to present day racing.
The display has many articles, images and
racing vehicles that will capture your imagina-
tion, and bring back old memories.
Simulator Race Centre
Test your skills or challenge your mates to
a simulated race on the Phillip Island Grand
Go flat out down Gardner Straight, through
ultra-fast Doohan Corner, slide through Ston-
er, thread your way through Siberia and slip
stream up the back straight. Watch out for the
hairpin at the bottom of Lukey heights.
Who will get the bragging rights?
Super-Fast Hot Laps
For the adrenalin junkies how about three
heart pumping hot laps in a race prepared
Our resident race car driver will get your
heart started with lift off and road hugging
turns that defy gravity as you white knuckle
it and carve an impression on the rugged
cliffs of the world famous circuit.
Guided circuit tours
Follow in the footsteps of racing super-
stars on a daily guided circuit tour featur-
ing a MotoGP sound simulation and access
to exclusive and restricted areas such as
the Control Tower, Media Centre, Pit Roof,
and of course that “Hero” photo opportu-
nity on the Winner’s Podium.
Tranquil water gardens lead you through
to the viewing mound capturing some of the
most unique and invigorating panoramic
views of the Circuit and Bass Straight.
Champions’ bar and
After all the excitement, the Champion’s
Bar and Cafe delivers with its fresh menu
with plenty of choices.
Fantastic coffee and delicious and deca-
dent home-made cakes, slices, muffins,
pastries, sausage rolls and pies hit the
Our gift shop at the Visitor Centre has a
wide selection of stylish apparel, merchan-
dise and souvenirs to choose from so you
can take a memento home with you.
Phone 5952 9400 or visit www.phillipis-
Island Golf Club tees off for summer
IN THE summer holidays lots
of visitors and holiday home
owners take the chance to play
golf at Phillip Island Golf Club.
The Robinson family has been
coming to Phillip Island for
Fiona and Clint and their
three children Lachlan, Taylah
and Ashleigh have the good
fortune of staying close to the
course with Fiona’s parents’
holiday home just a short dis-
tance to the Pro-shop. They
joined the club some years ago
and can often be found on the
course making the most of the
school holiday breaks.
Lachlan and Taylah play in
the members competition fields
are can hold their own when it
comes to good rounds of golf.
“The course is in top play-
ing condition, great to play and
we love the wildlife we see all
around the course.
“You will see wallabies, hares,
echidnas, the wonderful Cape
Barren geese and the entertain-
ing plovers all add to a game of
golf at Phillip Island,” Fiona told
ladies captain, Mary Whelan
“The club has a terrific feel
about it. Members and staff are
welcoming to visitors.
“We play here as much as we
can when we come to Phillip Is-
“We’d love to see more young
people getting into golf here and
in all clubs, as it is a life sport.”
The Robinson children were
encouraged to play golf by their
dad Clint who was a very good
golfer in his youth.
They play at Southern Golf
Club in Melbourne.
Both players are keen to keep
on improving and often their
younger sister Ashleigh, who
is seven, also joins them for a
round when the course is a bit
Lachlan, at 14 years, plays off
a handicap of 8.1.
Taylah is 11 and has got her
handicap down this past year
from 26 to 14, an achievement
which won her the B Grade Best
Reduction in Handicap award
at Southern this year.
For more information on golf
matters contact the Men’s cap-
tain Phil Ellard 0435 563 749
or the Ladies captain Mary
Whelan 0408 055 867.
For matters re the clubhouse,
visit after 11am daily or leave
a message for Bob Pascoe on
0400 955 985.
Rod Ward, PIGC secretary
said that golf is a game which
can be as competitive or as so-
cial as you choose.
“It is universal and open to all
ages and range of skill.
“Being part of a club gives op-
portunity for competition, social
golf and to join in social events
run for members and guests.
“Beginner clinics, refresher
sessions and social golf events
such as the Summer 9 & Barbe-
cue are a great way to meet oth-
ers and play some golf as well,”
Call the club for more details
– Pro Shop 5952 1121.
Fiona and Clint Robinson and their three children Lach-
lan, Taylah and Ashleigh love to play on the picturesque
Phillip Island Golf Course each time they visit the Island.
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