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ERIN Johnson thought it was a normal Christmas when she, partner Morgan Hunt and their three children paid a visit to family in the Portland/Heywood region last December. Instead, the family’s lives were to change forever – yet out of the adversity has come more inspiration. Ms Johnson, a former Portlander, had brought the kids […]

Chalpat Sonti - October 21, 2020

IT has been two years in the making and now Narrawong can finally celebrate a new kitchen at the Mechanics Hall. Well, sort of. The hall is still closed for public events until coronavirus restrictions change, but with only a coat of paint to go, volunteers can finally relax after a big fundraising effort saw […]

Chalpat Sonti - October 21, 2020

AFTER a decorated career on the bike, former Portlander Shannon Malseed has decided to finish her professional cycling career at the end of 2020. Announcing her decision on Friday, the international cyclist said it was three months in the making and she is excited about all the possibilities of a future outside of the cycling […]

Rani Kane - October 21, 2020

“VOTE early and vote often” is a standard joke for success at election time, but electors in the Glenelg Shire Council poll are certainly fulfilling the first part of the saying. While voting forms were only sent out last week, about 2200 had been received back as of yesterday, out of a total possible roll […]

Chalpat Sonti - October 16, 2020

YOUNG Portland BMX talent Gracie Piergrosse has been selected for the 2021 BMX Victoria Junior Development Program after dominating her races earlier in the year. The program was devised to take some of the best junior BMX talent across Victoria based on their performances in the 2020 State Series; however, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing […]

Rani Kane - October 16, 2020

IT’S been a strange year for local businesses with changing Covid-19 restrictions creating a challenging time for retailers and the service sector, particularly for small businesses that often don’t have the support of a larger organisation to fall back on. Recognising the importance of small businesses in our local community and how well some have […] - October 16, 2020

THE Portland Little Athletics Centre’s season will begin on Thursday October 22. Despite the state government’s approval some weeks ago for non-contact outdoor junior sport to return, it was only last week that the final go-ahead was given to regional Victorian centres with Return to Play protocols having to be formulated and approved. For Portland, […] - October 13, 2020

KEEN gardeners know the secret, and all the region’s 2020 garden converts have a hot tip-off here, too: Seawinds Nursery have fantastic sales every spring. Even better, the sales provide a great fundraiser for the not-for-profit business which provides supported employment for people with a disability in association with Kyeema Support Services. Seawinds’ plant sale […]

Angela McFeeters - October 13, 2020

IT’S only fitting that the painters Phil Darby most admires are the Old Masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci. Because in his own way, the Portland artist is something of a Renaissance man when it comes to his own work. Not for him a focus on one type of art. He paints, for sure, but […]

Chalpat Sonti - October 13, 2020

GOLF and bowls have been charging back into competition with players of all ages getting involved. The Heywood Golf Club was buzzing on Tuesday during a stableford competition while the Portland Golf Club hosted a MyGolf junior event on Wednesday. With the rain forcing bowls off for the later stages of the week, some players […]

Rani Kane - October 8, 2020
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