Portland set to light up
ICONIC buildings in the Portland CBD will be “lit up” in a revamped start to the festive season in Portland this year.
The Portland Light Up Night on Friday, November 22, will feature the traditional switching on of the Norfolk Island pine’s Christmas lights and a late-night shopping bonanza as per usual.
But this year the night, organised by the Portland Observer, Glenelg Shire Council and Committee for Portland, promises a festive surprise.
Several buildings in Percy, Julia, Bentinck, Henty and Cliff Sts – including Mac’s Hotel, History House and the Wesley Uniting Church – will be lit up by lighting projections.
Council staff will run the lightshow, with help from Harry Bracegirdle of Port Fairy Winter Weekends.
That annual event last year took the plunge into lighting up buildings in the town and will lend its lighting equipment for the Portland one.
Mr Bracegirdle was approached by Michael Peters, a 17-year-old Glenelg Shire Council trainee and Observer photographer, who has pushed the Light Up idea.
“I think it will be good for Portland,” Mr Bracegirdle said.
“We’ve had late night shopping (and associated events such as a busking festival) on a Friday night for the last two years of Port Fairy Winter Weekends and it’s gone down really well.
“Mac’s is very similar to the Star of the West hotel and that will come up fantastic.”
The lighting equipment was basically items that could be bought from any hardware store – the lights were LED 20W and 50W bulbs – with some gel filters from a photography store to create the different colours for the projections.
“I’ve shown Michael what I’ve done,” Mr Bracegirdle said.