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PORTLAND OBSERVER Wednesday December 4 2013 3
THE Glenelg Shire Council is in the
final stages of negotiating contract
details to construct the proposed
four-lane boat ramp at the Portland
Details of the council’s preferred
tenderer for the project have not yet been
released but a council spokeswoman said
negotiations may be finalised later this
week or early next week.
The new four-lane boat ramp will be
located between the Lee Breakwater
and the Portland Maritime Discovery
Four-lane boat ramp a step closer
THE arrival of Portland’s first cruise ship
in March and the continued growth of the
tuna fishing season augers well for a bumper
tourist season, according to Glenelg Shire
mayor John Northcott.
Portland Tourist Association president Denis
Carr said he shared similar views.
“A number of shops in Portland are starting
to open on Sunday which is good, and at the
weekend just gone the Bridgewater Bay Café
was packed,” Mr Carr said.
The cruise ship MS Europa is scheduled to
arrive at Portland on March 8.
It has a capacity of 408 passengers and 285
“The cruise ship visit is short, but it will bring
400 passengers as well as crew onshore for a
day,” Cr Northcott said.
The majority of cruise ship passengers are
expected to spend the day in Portland, visiting
the city’s tourist attractions and spending
money at numerous food outlets.
Cr Northcott made a glowing prediction for
the forthcoming tuna fishing season.
“Even on conservative estimates, the tuna
fishing season is worth an estimated $8 million
to our regional economy,” he said.
“We expect that could be even higher this year
with tuna quotas being increased this season
because of a rise in fish stocks.”
He said the shire’s summer tourism season had
already received a solid push late last month
with the Great Victorian Bike Ride.
More than 5000 cyclists and support crews
stayed overnight in Nelson and Portland for
nights one and two of the nine-day event,
providing a healthy boost for the regional
“We could well be in for a bumper season,”
Cr Northcott said the tourism spend within the
shire in 2012/13 was $73.3 million.
He said just over half of that was spent on
accommodation and food, 13 per cent on
transport, nine per cent on retail, six per cent
on manufacturing and four per cent on the arts.
Domestic visitors stayed an average of three
nights, spending $142 per night.
International visitors, on average, stayed four
nights and spent $143 per night.
Cr Northcott said that while the council was
a committed partner for the tourism industry,
providing an important role in facilitating
increased tourist activity, the ultimate success
would depend on regional tourism operators
“We live in one of the most beautiful parts
of Australia and I encourage all our tourism
operators and business owners to make the
most of the opportunities ahead by continuing
to offer excellent products and services that are
accessible to visitors.”
Hope for bumper tourism trade
businesses had windows
shattered and broken
sometime late Saturday
night or early Sunday
morning by rock
Sergeant Jason Von
Tunk of Heywood police
said that Heywood Surf
Sports and Toys at Edgar
St had a window shattered
sometime between 6pm
Saturday and 8am Sunday.
He said it appeared
the offenders had three
attempts at the window.
damage was caused to the
Heywood Ag Sales
and Service was also
targeted by rock throwing
offenders at about the
The business, also at
Edgar St, had a window
* Cash and medication
were stolen from a
property at Mt Clay
Rd, Heywood, during a
burglary on Friday night.
The burglary happened
sometime between 8pm
hit by rock
KAI Purcell, 10, Jordan Heinze, 8, and Elijah Roberts, 9, are in high spirits as
they enjoy a ride during the annual Building and Allied Trades’ Picnic Day at the
Friendly Society Reserve. Kai had more reason later to be overjoyed after winning
a bike in the raffle. More pictures are on page 8.
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