Spend Some Time With Us… Visit PLQ

From June, PLonQ will be releasing a series of videos of business owners at work in a new campaign that invites people to ‘Spend Some Time With Us… Visit PLQ’.

The overlying message in the videos is the offering in Point Lonsdale & Queenscliff (PLQ) and the many benefits of visiting small towns.

The videos will feature on the visitplq.com.au home page and remain on each of the business listing pages. The videos can be shared across all media including each business’s own website.

Videos will be shared in an online media campaign to attract views to visitplq.com.au. The site is growing and forming into a substantial advertisement as well as a great source of media for PLQ. Continue reading “Spend Some Time With Us… Visit PLQ”

Point Lonsdale & Queenscliff brand

PLonQ instigated the creation of a logo for Point Lonsdale & Queenscliff (PLQ).

The purpose of having an identity for PLQ is so that the area can be represented in formal applications (grants, funding, sponsorship, etc) and/or promotional material (visitplq.com.au, social media, advertising, printed collateral).

The process undertaken is outlined in the corporate identity document below. Three logos were presented for consideration to the PLonQ Committee. The chosen concept was presented in various colourways to PLonQ members for final selection.

PLonQ is pleased to be able to present the new brand.

Point Lonsdale Queenscliff logo Continue reading “Point Lonsdale & Queenscliff brand”

Business submission call: COVID-19 Business Info Material

PLonQ invites business owners to participate in informational material that is/will be distributed through the COVID-19 restriction period.

The aim of the informational material is to keep locals notified of business changes through the period of May – June.

Flyers and A3 posters are being distributed to keep locals in the know of specific offerings and trading hours. The first print-run is complete and has been distributed.

All business owners are invited to participate for a flat fee of $50 and there will be three print runs to keep information update through the changing restrictions.

Please send a short description and an image to be included to hello@plonq.org.au.
Images may not all be able to be included on each flyer – we’ll do our best!
Next deadline Friday, May 29th at 5pm. Email PLonQ: hello@plonq.org.au

Continue reading “Business submission call: COVID-19 Business Info Material”


If you are unable to complete the following online Membership Application Form, please download, complete and sign the PLonQ Membership pdf and return to PO BOX 320 Queenscliff Victoria.

  • Thank you for your interest in joining PLonQ. We will contact you shortly regarding your application.
  • In doing so I confirm that I:
  • Contact details

  • Member Details

  • Options: regular member (contribute feedback for meetings without attendance), committee member (attend PLonQ meetings & participate in ideas & planning).
  • Consent

    All information you provide will only be used for PLonQ membership-related purposes and activities and we will not share the information you have provided in an identifiable form with any third party.

    PLonQ Inc is a non-profit community organisation which has been established to instigate and promote more cultural activity and community cohesiveness in the Borough.

    PLonQ’s purpose is to be:
    — Active in seeking ways to advance the quality of life for those who live and frequent the Borough of Queenscliffe (BOQ).
    — Active in finding ways to offer a unique experience for those who visit, including: identifying and progressing ideas about connecting the two towns more effectively through local transport and an all-inclusive attitude.
    — Focused on brightening the Borough facade and neatening of our thoroughfares.
    — Thoughtful in ideas for implementing signage and branding that boasts place pride and connections with communities past and present.
    — Working within the BOQ’s offering and traffic capacity to respect the local environment.
    — Supporting local businesses by promoting resources and inventing small getaway experiences for visitors.
    — Remaining open and enthusiastic toward locals wanting to join PLonQ’s projects and aligning with the BOQ so that each others’ efforts are enhanced.

    PLonQ’s commitment is to:
    — Pride of place.
    — Be enthusiastic about moving forward and working towards achieving its goals.
    — Remain encouraging of positive feedback and suggestions from members.

    PlonQ Members:
    — Enjoy instigating more cultural activity.
    — Possess the drive and energy to make things happen.
    — Are open to new ideas and fresh approaches.
    — Have cultural event management experience (or a willingness to support these activities).
    — Are able to stay focused on the Group’s agenda.
    — Are professional and have a positive approach.
    — Are forward looking and solution focused.
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March 30, 2020

Dear Friends of PLonQ


In the interest of health and safety of our Committee members, PLonQ has made the decision to postpone monthly meetings until further notice.

The February Minutes will be uploaded in due course and we will touch base with any updates in line with our meeting schedule, ie, on the third Thursday of the month.


Soula Mantalvanos

(View/download pdf)

Jenny Darling, Point Lonsdale

On 3/2/20 5:06 pm, Jennifer Darling wrote to:
Carmel Christensen & info@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au:

Dear PLonQ (do you mean Plonk?)
In response to your article in The Rip dated February 2020, “PLonQ forged ahead”

People pouring in with their cars over Christmas and New Year. From housing developments as far away as Armstrong Creek. The Point. The Golf estate. Airbnb. Every parking spot taken.

Long queues in the supermarkets and cafes. The human flood persists throughout the year on weekends, during events and on public holidays.

Traders exhausted and fractious with each other. Visitors expecting to be served yesterday. Entitled. Children wailing, their parents glued to screens. Pampered dogs allowed to commandeer the footpaths and airwaves with their anxious barking. Do I really think like this? Keep smiling.

Congratulations. You now have what you wanted. Trade, trade, trade.

But where is the opportunity for frail locals to bring their vehicles in to pick up groceries. Or have a coffee. Oh thank goodness that the IGA delivers. And a certain cafe delivers coffee to long time oldies. And oldies car pool.

Where is a forward thinking traffic management plan? Have you lobbied McHarry’s bus company to replace the bus stops it removed? Lobbied it to update its route to take in The Point and Golf Estate so that unlicensed students and non drivers can commute to Geelong?

Thank goodness I can ride my bicycle around the neighbourhood.

You may want to forge ahead but I want you to take a breath and consider the monster that’s emerged from its egg.
The Borough is an environment first, a place for people to live and support each other and isn’t a destination or the exclusive preserve of trade.

Have any of the traders considered that the proposed ferry terminal will be huge and ugly, block the view to the water and house more pointless retail outlets? I haven’t read what you’re thinking.

I can hear myself becoming more curmudgeonly as I grow older. Rant, rant, rant. I’m unrepentant. Wake up people.

6 Feb, 2:20pm
CC:  Carmel Christensen, Borough of Queenscliffe

Dear Jennifer, Council and Carmel,

Jennifer, please find PlonQ’s response below.
Carmel, PLonQ will be posting Jennifer’s letter with our response on the website. If you wish to publish Jennifer’s letter it is PLonQ’s preference that you direct readers to our response on the website.

Wishing you all a lovely day.

Dear Jennifer,

Thank you for your comments regarding PLonQ (yes with a ‘Q’ for Point Lonsdale Queenscliff) – we are most appreciative of community feedback.

PLonQ has been set up to look at ways Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff can come together and celebrate/showcase all that the Borough has to offer. One of the most important aspects being respect for our community.

PLonQ is not a traders’ group.

PlonQ only came into being at the end of 2019. So we were a little surprised that you feel the Group is to blame for your daily inconvenience and displeasure while living in this beautiful place. We are pleased though that you continue to smile!

It is a fact that residents and trade need to co-exist. ‘Frail locals’ and all residents would be unable to enjoy coffee, or do their shopping if we don’t share our town.

If left to the resident spend alone, all our traders would have to close – there would be no supermarket, chemist, post office, newsagent or other amenities. This would mean all residents would have to head to Ocean Grove and other areas to do their shopping. And this would be far more difficult to manage on a bicycle and an unrealistic town scenario.

Many businesses in the Borough are on the market and/or closed including those located in iconic buildings like the Hotel Q and The Tavern.

This gives a sad and neglected feel to the otherwise beautiful streetscape which we all love.
Out of the 52 weeks of the year there are realistically only 4 – 6 weeks that we share with crowds.

As a Point Lonsdale resident you will also know there are several empty shops and sadly, the beach side village no longer even has a fish and chip shop which, yes served tourists, but also locals all year round.

A balance is what PLonQ feel is important here. We can’t comment about the Hot Rod Weekend as it isn’t our initiative but we can certainly take aspects of your concerns into future planning.

Events considerate of the environment, the capacity of the town, the placement of these events throughout the year to support trade through the quietest months and ones that incorporate safety are on PLonQ’s agenda.

You raise many points about transport, environment, the ferry, etc you can definitely ‘read what we’re thinking’ by reading our minutes which are available at this link: https://plonq.org.au/category/traders/minutes/

Please continue to read our monthly minutes as we tackle and incorporate the matters you specify in our plans. Your opinion is valuable. Considerate responses are welcome.

Rest assured Jennifer, we are awake and your voice has been heard! Your email and this reply will be posted on our website.

Soula Mantalvanos
President, PLonQ Inc
(with Trish Berry – Vice President, Theo Mantalvanos – Treasurer,  Zelda Walters – Secretary)