PORTLANDturned on a near-perfect day on Saturday as the community celebrated the sumptuous marine diversity created every year by the Bonney Upwelling. Attracting many hundreds of local people and visitors alike, this year’s Upwelling Festival was presented by the Rotary Club of Portland Bay. The inspiration for the festival, an upwelling of nutrients that attracts an astonishing variety of marine life to local shores, was not forgotten. A 20-metre inflatable whale — officially named ‘Bonnie’ at the suggestion of three-year-old Cooper Winter Cousins, of Lara — graced the foreshore not far from a floating installation of colourful shapes and forms called Phloating Phyto. Shop window art depicted maritime themes and, throughout the afternoon, experts on whales, lobsters and marine ecosystems shared their knowledge with adults and schoolchildren alike in a series of free lectures. After the morning parade, the foreshore became the centre of activity as hundreds of people strolled among dozens of stalls selling everything from adornments to fine wines to lunch. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
A DOZEN Portland-area investors who lost millions of dollars by putting money into very risky investment products plan to sue their financial advisor. The advisor is from the south-west but for legal reasons cannot be named. A spokesperson for legal firm Slater & Gordon said no papers had yet been filed in court. OnePortlandinvestor reportedly lost half a million dollars. All the losses happened during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). “We’re talking about farmers, retirees, cleaners, factory workers and professionals and some of them have lost their entire life savings,” lawyer Jessica Latimer of Slater & Gordon said. Most of the victims were fromPortlandand district, with others from Hamilton and Warrnambool. “A common thread between them is that they all acted on the advice of the same financial advisor who recommended certain high-risk investment products, which were entirely inappropriate for investors in their circumstances,” she noted. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
A TRUCK rolled just outside Grassdale shortly after 1am on Friday morning on a bend near the intersection of Dartmoor-Hamilton and Tahara-Grassdale roads. The driver of the truck, a 61-year-old fromHindmarshValleyinSouth Australia, did not appear seriously injured in the rollover, but was taken to theHamiltonBaseHospitalfor observation after he complained of pain. Leading Senior Constable David Tognan, of Branxholm police, is leading the investigation into the cause of the incident and said on Friday he would be talking to a person in an oncoming vehicle which may have witnessed the accident and the driver. The truck was heading east at the time of the accident. LSC Tognan said the bend was becoming a concern because a truck rolled at the same place earlier this year. The investigation revealed in that case the incident wasn’t the fault of the driver. The road was partially blocked for a time following the incident, which was attended by Branxholm and Hamilton police. For more police news, read Monday’s Portland Observer.
NO matter what sort of artistic subjects you fancy, from seascapes to birds to evocative depictions of rural Victorian life, chances are there was a picture to please you at the 30th annual Rotary Art Show which finished yesterday in the Portland Civic Hall. Attracting entries from all acrossAustralia, the variety and quality of the art was termed “extremely high” by judge Raelene Sharp, herself an Archibald Prize artist. In all, more than 350 works went on display. Craig Davy, of Rosebud, took out the prestigious award for best painting of the show, a powerful ocean image called “Low Tide,” but it was a local artist, Brett Jarrett of Narrawong, who convincingly won the people’s choice award for his work “Classic Lines – Clydesdale.” Another local winner was Jackson McCulloch in the Best Juvenile (under 21) category.Portland’s Trish Grant-Phillips took out honours as best local artist for her study of a pair of gang-gangs sitting on a tree branch in her front yard. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
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