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THE Portland North Primary School
music room, earmarked for demolition
and replacement, has been defended
in Victorian Parliament.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle
Tierney spoke to the Legislative Council
on Tuesday, calling for the current music
room, built in 1878, to be preserved.
“I understand from constituents that
they have sent correspondence to the
Premier on this issue but are yet to
receive a reply,” Ms Tierney said in
“The action I am seeking is for the
Minister for Planning to work very
quickly and cooperatively with the
Glenelg Shire Council, which has
also only just become aware of the
situation and is undertaking a heritage
In April Premier Denis Napthine
maintenance funding which required
the music room be demolished and
the school would receive $225,750 to
demolish and replace the structure.
Former Portland North school council
president Lesley Jackson also wrote
in defence of the building in a letter to
the Portland Observer, asking why a
structure built as a teacher’s residence
using funds raised by the community
couldn’t be preserved.
Ms Tierney said, as she understands
it, the schoolhouse hasn’t been part
of a heritage overlay because it is on
Department of Education land.
On Friday principal Don Nelson
declined to comment, but said
the school council was currently
compiling information about the
situation surrounding the music room
which would be sent out to the school
community today or tomorrow.
Calls to preserve music room
PORTLAND’S Community Carols will be held on
the Bentinck St lawns this Sunday evening from
Lutheran pastor Richard Schwedes invited people to
bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy
beforehand to make the evening extra special.
Service club food vans will also be on site offering
a range of food to keep people fed, and the Scripture
Union Family Mission (SUFM) will be doing
activities before and after the carols.
The carols are expected to run for about two hours
and will include a range of classic and modern songs
and the Christmas story will also be read.
“Bayview College principal Michelle Kearney will
be leading the choir,” pastor Richard said. “And the
new Baptist pastor, David Morland, will be delivering
There will also be candles and programs with the
words of the carols available.
The living nativity has been put on hold this year due
to key volunteers being unavailable, but will likely
return next year.
BAYVIEW College principal Michelle Kearney will be sharing her experience with school productions and
music with the Portland community carols on Sunday evening.
Picture: ELLY HATELEY 131127eh11
on Sunday evening
CHLOE Hayden and Cooper, Stella, Sandy and Marric
Seitz get their voices in tune as part of the community
choir for the carols this weekend.
Picture: ELLY HATELEY 131127eh10
THE Nelson Visitor Information
Centre will open seven days per
week over the busy summer period,
but the long-term opening hours are
Glenelg Shire Council has committed
to reopening the centre seven days
as an interim measure only over the
The centre will open daily between
yesterday to January 31, 2014, to
cater for the influx in demand from
visitors to the region.
The move follows a Parks Victoria
decision to withdraw its funding
contribution to the centre’s staff and
Funding for the centre had been
shared between Glenelg Shire
Council and Parks Victoria for the
past 11 years.
Glenelg Shire Mayor John Northcott
said the council’s decision to fund the
Centre over the busy summer holiday
season was great news for the local
Nelson community and also for
“Nelson is particularly popular with
the thousands of people who visit
the Lower Glenelg National Park to
camp, canoe or fish in the beautiful
Glenelg River,” Cr Northcott said.
“It’s also a favourite destination for
bushwalkers and other hikers who
link in with the Great South West
Walk and other walking trails in the
Cr Northcott said that being so close
to the border, Nelson also attracted
visitors not only from Victoria, but
also South Australia.
“So the Visitor Information Centre
has a strategically important role to
play in terms of providing information
about the State Park,” he said.
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