ONE of Portland’s most impressive gardens will provide the setting for the “Cup Day Fever” fundraiser next week to help make dreams come true for deserving Portland children. Des and Nicki Hein’s garden, inKerrs Rd, has already been honoured with inclusion in the Open Gardens scheme. Now the garden and its picturesque lake will be appreciated by upwards of 200 guests supporting this Make-A-Wish Australia Portland Branch fundraiser. “It’s a nice way to let others appreciate the garden at a lovely time of year,” Ms Hein said. “There will be lots of plants in bloom, so it will be very colourful.” Festivities get under way at 11am when guests arrive and are served a complimentary glass of champagne. Entertainment is from Melbourne band the Music Men and Robbie Williams tribute artist Louie Lee Feltrin. Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.
THE Portland Chickenfeed store could possibly be re-branded as Crazy Clark’s, or may even face closure over the coming weeks. The uncertain future of the Chickenfeed store has come about after the discount retailer’s parent company, Retail Adventures Proprietary Limited, recently went into voluntary administration. Retail Adventures is the country’s largest trader of discount variety brands including Chickenfeed, Go-Lo, Sam’s Warehouse, Crazy Clark’s stores. Retail Adventures chief operating officer Penny Moss said 29 of the discount variety brand stores had already closed acrossTasmania,New South WalesandVictoria. Ms Moss said another 57 Chickenfeed and Go-Lo stores would be re-branded as Crazy Clark’s stores in the coming weeks. In total 238 stores and 5000 full time staff, which represents 80 per cent of the business, will continue under the Sam’s Warehouse and Crazy Clark’s brands. Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.
THE planned visit of a cruise ship toPortlandin February has been thrown into disarray with news the ship’s operator, Classic International Cruises, has been placed into voluntary administration. It’s understood that passengers who booked cruises on the MV Athena in Australia this summer, including the cruise stopping on February 5 in Portland, may have to travel on another ship. Glenelg Shire chief executive officer Sharon Kelsey said the council was aware of the recent developments concerning the MV Athena and understood that Classic International Cruises (CIC) had appointed administrators. “Council is disappointed that on this occasion the cruise company is unable to fulfill its schedule, however, council is continuing to prepare full steam ahead for future cruise ship arrivals,” she said. “In the longer term council is intent on making the shire a permanent cruise ship destination, attracting a range of cruise companies.” Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.
RUBBISH strewn about, along the length of the Lee Breakwater, has become such a problem that the Port of Portland might temporarily close the popular fishing spot to the public this summer in order to clean it up. Port chief executive officer Jim Cooper called the breakwater “a mess” and appealed to its users to stop dumping their waste along its rocky edges. “It is local users who are causing the problem, so my appeal is simple: Can you help us clean it up? Do you have pride in a spot thatPortlandis clearly very fond of?” An inspection of the breakwater this week confirmed Mr Cooper’s definition of a mess. Every metre or so for most of its 1179-metre length, the casual observer could spot abandoned fishing line, beer cans and bottles, waste paper and innumerable cigarette butts. “The port built the breakwater and still owns it,” Mr Cooper said. “If we have to close it to clean it up, it would stay closed for as long as it takes. Last year our own people removed a lot of rubbish but now it’s a mess again.” Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.
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