In Brief

DRAFT: A concept image of the proposed 'safe harbour'.

Tinnie trouble

Three anglers have washed up alive on the other side of Port Phillip Bay after going missing off Queenscliff in an “ill-prepared” tinnie, according to police.

The 21-year-old captain, from Swan Bay, and his passengers, aged 15 and 12, were unable to return to shore after a westerly wind “blew up” on Tuesday night, police said.

Waterfront plans

Work on the $19 million first stage of a Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct could begin this year following Wednesday’s release of draft plans, City Hall has announced.

Council’s website would display the plan for 21 days with the aim of ensuring the project provided “an improvement of the public experience” on Geelong’s waterfront, City Hall said.

Drugs sniffed

Sniffer dogs have busted revellers with drugs ranging from cannabis to MDMA during an operation in central Geelong, police have revealed.

Officers working on Operation Pluto “processed” nine individuals for possessing drugs and also issued penalty notices for various anti-social behaviours last Saturday night, police said.

Ducks axed

The 20th annual Festival of the Sea has axed its traditional race of plastic ducks on the Barwon River as part of an “an exciting new format” this year, organisers have announced.

The Barwon Heads festival, which began on Tuesday, would also conclude a day earlier with a “special Saturday evening of art, food and music”, the organisers said.

Lara ‘concerns’

Safety concerns ranging from cycling to heavy vehicles have emerged in a traffic study at Lara, according to Geelong’s council.

City Hall officers were using the “feedback” to prepare a draft action plan for release later this month with suggested priority works, council said.

Car ‘submerged’

Police have found an apparently stolen car “partially submerged” near a boat ramp at Clifton Springs.

Nobody was with the 2014 Holden Commodore when officers arrived at the scene around 2.15am on Saturday, police said.

Injuries study

Geelong researchers will investigate “the frequency and type of injuries” to the increasing number of women playing Aussie Rules football.

The Deakin University study follows research last year indicating that women playing AFL were at significantly higher risk than men of knee injuries, especially anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Triathlon ‘best’

Athletes from around the world have named Geelong’s IRONMAN 70.3 the “best of its kind in the world”, according to City Hall.

The long-course triathlon topped a survey of 55,000 respondents to choose the best of more than 100 IRONMAN 70.3s around the world, the City said.

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