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MEDIA RELEASE - Men's Shed bring their skills to Hooked On Portland fest

4 January 2018

Hooked on Portland festival goers will be comfortably catered for this January long weekend thanks to the talented efforts of the Portland Men’s Shed.

Shed members have spent the past two months constructing stylish wooden street furniture for the three-day long Australia Day festivities which will be used in the food park area.

Glenelg Shire Council assisted the group with funding to build the six tables and large wooden bar with pallets donated by Allen’s Freight and recycled electrical wheels donated by Lawrence and Hanson.

Council tourism and marketing manager Liz McKinnon said it was great to see community groups donating their time and efforts to ensure the success of the inaugural festival.

“This new furniture will provide festival goers with a comfortable place to rest and enjoy a bite to eat and drink during our festivities. The quality of the workmanship is exceptional and we are extremely grateful to these hardworking volunteers for sharing their time to ensure our event is a success,” she said.

“It is hoped this furniture will be used at future outdoor events hosted by council, or for loan to other community groups.”

Portland Men’s Shed member Wayne Smith said wood work exercise had been a great experience for all members.

“The construction of the furniture was completed over a six week period and gave us all an opportunity to get out of the house as well as make new friends,” Mr Smith said.

“There was a lot of thought process that went into the construction of the furniture, and we continued to learn things along the way, for example, all of the furniture is now dismountable.”

Mr Smith said the Men’s Shed expected the furniture to be popular at the festival.

“We are more than happy to build more furniture for anyone interested in ordering through the Men’s Shed,” he said.

The Hooked On Portland festival will run from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January, playing host to a large range of activities over the three-day long weekend.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said there were a feast of activities and entertainment making it a must-see event.

“Aaron Habgood and Dr Corey Green will be presenting in the Fishing Talks section, in addition to MasterChef finalists, Sam Goodwin and Eliza Wilson who will be hosting cooking demonstrations in the Foodie Marquee,” Cr Rank said.

“The three days will see the popular inaugural fishing competition take place, harbour tours, port tours, markets, children’s activities, twilight cinema and favourite local food trucks and pop up bars.

“A major highlight of the event will be the large list of musical acts performing over the weekend, from a number of local acts to national acts, there will be something for everyone.

“The festival will be headlined by Melbourne duo, The Pierce Brothers who have recently returned to Australia from their international tour headlining a national tour alongside Tash Saltana.

“It is great for the town to be able to attract performers of such a high calibre. We hope this will draw people from across the border and around the state to showcase the many attractions and talent Glenelg Shire has to offer.”

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