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THE ceremonial turning of the sod has happened and work is underway on the Portland foreshore redevelopment. Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas joined Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Anita Rank on the foreshore on Monday afternoon to launch the project. Ms Thomas, who toured the region that day, including visiting the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and […]

Chalpat Sonti - January 14, 2021

CAPE Bridgewater’s picturesque shoreline and waters will be packed with surf boat rowing teams tomorrow with the arrival of the 2021 Victorian Surf Rowers League’s State Championships. The Portland Surf Life Saving Club hosted the event for the first time in January of last year and tomorrow, more than 35 teams from 15 different clubs […]

Samuel Ord - January 14, 2021

THE Portland Coasters men’s team had a difficult start to the Country Basketball League season on Saturday, going down to the Ararat Redbacks 84-72. Host team Portland went behind after an inefficient start to the game and never quite recovered. To their credit, however, the Coasters fought until the bitter end, and rallying periods in […]

Jason - January 12, 2021

MANY Christmas/New Year holiday traditions have been put on hold this summer, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, but one is going as stronger – or perhaps even stronger than ever. And that is the influx of visitors to the Sawpit free camping ground in the Mt Clay State Forest. As usual, they’ve come from […]

Chalpat Sonti - January 12, 2021

A $440,000 rebuild of the All Saints Catholic Church presbytery and office is now complete, with the residence now a pleasure to live in, Parish priest Father Greg Tait said. The six star-rated energy efficient building features double-glazed windows, extensive insulation and a large solar photovoltaic system featuring micro inverters that help make the panels […]

Angela McFeeters - January 12, 2021

PORTLAND Colts are the Portland and District Cricket Association’s top Twenty20 side for the 2020-21 season after defeating Tyrendarra in a grand final match up on Friday. After finishing in first and second during the five-round regular series through November and December, Colts and Tyrendarra met on the turf wicket at Henty Park on Friday […]

Samuel Ord - January 12, 2021

HARD-WORKING Narrawong author Maya Linnell is looking forward to another exciting year ahead of the release of her third novel and preparations for two more. Last year she locked in a contract with publishers Allen and Unwin to publish two more books. The first is a novel about a fourth McIntyre sister, Diana, which will […]

Angela McFeeters - January 8, 2021

PLACES are still available for swimming lessons, and parents are being encouraged to sign their children up after drowning rates remained stubbornly high last year. Swimming skills are as important as ever, Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre (PLACE) manager Kerri Jennings said. “While there was a 23% reduction in drowning deaths compared to the 10-year […]

Angela McFeeters - January 8, 2021

THE Portland Yacht Club’s Tackers program has once again proved a hit on the foreshore. This year, an increased number of participants has allowed the program to flourish, with the creation of a new, slightly separate program called ‘Out There Sailing’, for teenagers aged 12-17. This new initiative allows the teenagers independence from the more […]

Jason - January 8, 2021

THE Portland Croquet Club’s annual tournament has once again been a success. Held from Monday until Wednesday this week and set at the picturesque Portland Botanic Gardens, the tournament featured a good turnout of 26 players across four divisions.  It is the start of a big year for the club, with the Victorian regional tournament […]

Jason - January 8, 2021
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