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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 […]

Angela McFeeters - 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 […]

Samuel Ord - 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 […]

Angela McFeeters - 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, […]

Samuel Ord - January 4, 2021

LOCAL dairy farmers are celebrating a great start to the season, with a stable milk price – and the prospect of an increase – good weather and falling costs of production all going in their favour. “It’s been the best season ever,” said Tyrendarra dairy farmer and United Dairyfarmers of Victoria Wannon branch president Bruce […]

Chalpat Sonti - December 30, 2020

CHRISTMAS came early for Jon O’Connor and Emily Hinch at a race meeting in Horsham on December 23 with the pair of local horse trainers producing one winner apiece. Last Wednesday, Horsham hosted a meeting featuring 10 harness races. The third race of the day was a 2200 metre event featuring nine runners and when […]

Samuel Ord - December 30, 2020

THE traditional lifting of a ban on alcohol on Bentinck St will not go ahead on Thursday, another victim of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions – and police have warned they will be out in numbers to enforce it. With the fireworks display already cancelled, and local authorities not encouraged to do anything on New Year’s […]

Chalpat Sonti - December 30, 2020

AFTER a year like no other, Portland retailers are cashing in on plenty of Christmas cheer as locals decide to do their gift shopping close to home. And an influx of visitors has provided many retailers with a timely bonus, as they begin the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. The timing couldn’t be better, […]

Chalpat Sonti - December 22, 2020