A DIGITAL marketing strategy will be developed at a cost of $60,000 to promote Glenelg Shire tourism locally and internationally. On Friday the state government announced a $45,000 contribution to develop the strategy, which will focus on using social media to lure a greater number of east-Asian visitors looking for a unique eco-tourism experience. Premier Denis Napthine said a successful digital tourism strategy could help increase Glenelg Shire tourism between five and 10 times. “This is resplendent and rich with tourism opportunities, and building on that you’ve got the events we already have in place with Wood Wine and Roses, the Upwelling Festival and the Kelpie Festival to name a few, plus the emergence of tourism through the cruise ship industry.” Organisers of these events and the Portland Tourist Association are expected to help create the digital strategy. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer, November 4, 2013.
FOR many it will be the first time overseas and for others it will be the first time on a plane when 22 Portland Secondary College students fly to Indonesia on Friday on exchange. The trip will be full of firsts for the group of year eight to year 10 students visiting their sister school Yogyakarta Junior Secondary College on the Indonesian island of Java. Yogyakarta is well known for its fine art including music, poetry, dance and puppetry, but when asking a small group of the travelling students what they’re most looking forward to, they answer in unison “Waterbom Park”, a water-park in Kuta, Bali, where they’ll holiday for five days as part of their two-week trip. Languages and sister-school coordinator, Liz Formby, who is one of three teachers on the trip, is quick to remind the students of all the other exiting cultural experiences awaiting them. Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer, September 11, 2013.
THE Portland community celebrated World Environment Day on Wednesday by planting 1000 grasses and shrubs on Nuns’ Beach. Students and teachers from Bayview College and Portland Primary School joined representatives from Pacific Hydro, Glenelg Shire Council, Portland Aluminium, Seawinds Nursery and the Portland Sustainability Group. The planting was part of ongoing works to revegetate the area and is the third year Pacific Hydro has organised the event at the beach. See more pictures in Friday’s Portland Observer, June 7, 2013.
IT may have been a touch darker than expected, but a large crowd still turned up for the Easter ecumenical dawn service at 6.30am yesterday on the Ploughed Field. Uniting Church minister Reverend Denise Naish held the service, delivering the message that communities find strength when they pull together.
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