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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 […]

Portland Observer - 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 […]

Portland Observer - 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 Greening - 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 Greening - January 8, 2021

PORTLAND wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ensure a key energy supplier to the Snowy Hydro 2.0 scheme is powered by Australian-made components. The Ryan Corner wind farm planned for near Port Fairy is owned by the multinational Global Power Generation, which has sold 70 per cent of […]

Chalpat Sonti - January 6, 2021

BEING in the isolated great outdoors is one of the safest places to be during this pandemic, it appears. A local group of walking fans are set to take advantage of this with the return of monthly recreational walks from this Saturday. The Friends of the Great South West Walk committee organise volunteers to lead […]

Portland Observer - January 6, 2021

THE biggest tournament of the calendar year for both the Portland Golf Club and the Heywood Golf Club begins on Friday, the Assets Real Estate South West Golf Classic. Split between Portland and Heywood’s golf courses, the South West Golf Classic attracts hundreds of participants each year. With a little under a week still remaining […]

Portland Observer - January 6, 2021

THE region’s accommodation providers are celebrating an even better-than-usual holiday season, with the “house full” sign almost up in Portland and surrounds. And while last summer’s bumper season was largely due to the bushfires in the eastern part of the state getting holidaymakers to look to alternatives, this time around it seems to be a […]

Chalpat Sonti - January 4, 2021

FINAL year secondary school students had their results released on Wednesday, nearly one month later than usual after COVID-19 caused major disruptions to the school year. Three young women were the top-scoring VCE students at their respective local schools, and all are hopeful the scores they achieved will allow them to enter their preferred university […]

Portland Observer - January 4, 2021

NELSON Park played host to a special Little Athletics session on Saturday afternoon, with some of Portland’s current athletes welcoming the return of Matthew Cooter. Cooter was a member of Portland’s Little Athletics community from 1994 (under-9s) through 2001 (under-14s). In his time as a junior competitor, Cooter managed to set 10 Victorian athletics record, […]

Portland Observer - January 4, 2021

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