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Artist Daniel mead is making steady progress on the mural for the Bacon Street bus shelter in Turnbull’s Bay. The mural will incorporate scenes of native New Zealand fish typically found in Smiths Creek which runs along Bacon Street from the Hereweka/Harbour Cone property and into the Otago Harbour. With the significant habitat restoration of the creek undertaken by local environmental group Save the Otago Peninsula it is hoped to see a thriving population of these fish in the future. The mural has been funded by Keep Dunedin Beautiful who has done excellent work painting and updating existing murals on the Peninsula. The murals add unique community vibrancy to our area and have become well photographed visitor attractions.
Otago Peninsula environmental group STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula) have published a pocket guide to the Otago Peninsula. The publication which features stunning photographs by wildlife photographer Craig McKenzie and excellent species descriptions by Richard Schofield is a must have for locals and visitors alike. This compact guide is easy to carry or place in a day-pack while exploring our region and includes bird species from garden, bush, beach, coastal and marine habitats. The profits from the book will be used to assist local conservation projects.
As part of the launch of the book STOP have arranged a “Birds” Exhibition at the Portobello Gallery on the corner of Portobello Rd and Hereweka St. Works include local artists who have contributed paintings, ceramics and photographs to create a stunning exhibition. Take this special opportunity to see other bird photographs taken by Craig McKenzie, the gifted photographer for the Pocket Guide. You can also buy your copy of the Otago Peninsula Birds Pocket Guide while you’re are at the Exhibition.
Living besides the Otago Harbour is one of the great pleasures of our lifestyle in Portobello. So boats and floating devices play a major role in our local lifestyle. So two intrepid Portobello Community Inc. members decided to enjoy a harbour paddle combined with a beach clean up in Latham Bay recently.
Peter Dulgar and Davinia Thornley took their stand up paddle craft around two of pocket beaches in the bay. Another yacht owner Paul Jennings whose boat is moored in the Bay also contributed by cleaning up a 3rd.
Its great to see people being innovative in the way in which they care for our harbour and community. Combining something you do for fun makes it even better, and what a great way to spend the day. Because as the Water Rat declared in the Wind in the Willows “there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
March 30th 2014 is a watershed day for all residents in the Portobello/Harwood/Otakou area with the beginning of the “Rubbish Revolution.” Give just one hour of your time to pick up the rubbish from around your streets, playgrounds, beaches or public roads and reward yourself with a pat on the back and an hour’s exercise to boot! Do as much as you can in any area that you want to go, provided its safe and not stepping on anyone’s toes!
Portobello Community Incorporated have bags, gloves and hi-viz jackets available to anyone who wants to help make their area a cleaner place to live and play in. Perhaps you’d like to “Adopt a Spot” and care for an area regularly by keeping it clear of rubbish and waste. If you do then contact Darlene from Keep Dunedin Beautiful at the Dunedin City Council offices.
If you feel like a good walk and want to feel good about something you’ve done, meet us at the Portobello Store on Sunday March 3oth at 9:30 am to grab a rubbish bag and become part of the rubbish revolution. Success is always guaranteed.
Portobello Community Incorporated won the Taylor Community Pride Shield in first place at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards on Monday 3rd March. The award was presented to Paul Pope and Geoff Sheridan representing the group at the awards ceremony yesterday. Portobello Inc. have put in the hard yards over the last year around Portobello and the recognition by Keep Dunedin Beautiful is well deserved. With recognition for the garden projects beside the hotel and public toilets along with its regular clean ups and the Hawk and Hurl the group can be justifiably proud of its efforts. It also raises the bar for future projects and the community is welcome to provide more ideas and initiatives. Well done Portobello Inc. keep up the good work!
A highlight of some of last years projects below.
Nineteen year 7&8 pupils from Portobello School put their gumboots on and cleaned up the beach areas around Latham Bay in Portobello on Tuesday 24th September. Supervised by teacher Candace Christensen and Portobello Community Inc. Chairman, Paul Pope the group collected a full array of harbour rubbish that included plenty of glass and plastic. Some of the more interesting finds was a new shoe, boat hatch cover and five fluorescent road cones. Helped by the low tide the busy group covered a 1.25 kilometre stretch of Latham Bay and made their mark on two of the popular pocket beaches in the area. Once again it was great to see our young people give up their time to keep the Peninsula beautiful. Well done, tino pai!
With Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week in full swing a few hard-working people turned out to make their mark on the local landscape on Saturday 21st September. Thomas Pope (9) along with big sister Georgia (12) and their father Paul decided to tackle Harington Point Road. In a 2.5 kilometre section from the golf course to Harwood they picked up 8 bags of rubbish, 2 televisions, a truck tyre and some assorted car parts. A special thanks to Cathy Barron and her children Fergus and Ivy who cleaned up Portobello Park. While Melissa Bulger-Patrick and her children Brooke and Elly tackled Portobello Domain, the cemetery and adjacent streets. It was great to see local kids working at keeping their town in tip-top shape. Pupils from Portobello School will be tackling the area around Latham Bay on Tuesday 24th. It’s little things like this that make a difference to our area and the community and don’t just have to be part of a bigger event. Let’s try to make a difference everyday.
The Portobello Community Incorporated lad’s team have competed a second landscaping project in the main street of the township. After pruning and removing a trailer load of rubbish and weeds a few weeks ago the edging and planting has now been completed. The newly completed planted area adjacent to the public toilets has allowed more light and less litter in the area. Using the timbers from the old Portobello jetty and mulch donated from local contractor John Clearwater the new border is a welcome complement to the other planting undertaken besides the hotel. There are many other areas around the township that planting could improve for the benefit of the community. If you have any thoughts about these sorts of projects you can drop Chairman, Paul Pope a line through the website contact form. A special thanks to Jenny and Levi for delivering the fresh baking and a welcome hot drink while the work was being finished.