In Brief

RIP: Jarrod Lyle and wife Briony.

Lyle passes

Torquay-based professional golfer Jarrod Lyle has died after a third bout of cancer.

The married 36-year-old with daughters aged six and two died on Wednesday night after declining further treatment for leukaemia and entering palliative care last week.

Writ ‘wrong’

Former mayor Darryn Lyons’ defamation writ against a community radio station is surprising given his “self-professed” support of free speech, state parliament has heard.

Labor Member for Geelong Christine Couzens used parliament to support The Pulse in its clash with Mr Lyons, who has expressed interest in running against her as an independent at November’s state election.

Building ‘evacuated’

City Hall has ordered the evacuation of a central Geelong building amid safety fears.

Support works last week had prevented a collapse of Belcher’s Corner, at the intersection of Moorabool and Ryrie Sts, but council had been advised to keep it empty until “deemed safe for occupation”, City Hall said.

Hearing voices

Mayor Bruce Harwood has convened a meeting with several local lobby groups to develop a united voice for Geelong.

Wednesday night’s meeting followed ongoing concerns about the number of local advocates with differing priorities, including Committee for Geelong’s launch last month of a “policy framework” for making the city “world-class”.

GOR support

A leading tourism body has thrown its weight behind plans to create an authority dedicated to managing Crown land along the Great Ocean Road.

The state coalition’s pre-election commitment to establish a Great Ocean Road Authority would replace a “challenging web of existing organisations” now managing the international icon, Victorian Tourism Industry Council said this week.

House reopens

Geelong’s disused waterfront Beach House cafe is set to reopen under the management of “renowned” hospitality operators from Melbourne, City Hall has announced.

The Mulberry Group had agreed to a 10-year lease on the historic building, which closed over two years ago following the departure of its previous tenant, City Hall said.

Done deal

The federal opposition has fallen in line with the Turnbull Government, promising to support a City Deal-type funding package for Geelong under another name.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese met Mayor Bruce Harwood in Geelong this week, committing to a “City Partnership” that wold “build on the details” of the government’s funding deal.

Wanted man

A man wanted for theft and assault could be on the loose in Geelong, police have warned.

Police said 22-year-old Jacob Cartwright-Mann, who was thin and 175cm, was wanted on arrest warrants for theft and assault-related offences.

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