10 May, 2024

Crowd celebrates end of era

LAST Sunday’s wintry weather failed to dampen the spirits of those who gathered at the Port Campbell recreation reserve.

By Staff Writer

Crowd celebrates end of era - feature photo

For many years the reserve has been operated by a voluntary committee of management, however, this role will soon be taken over by the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA).

Celebrating the end of what has been a rewarding period for the committee’s many volunteers, a special day of activities was organised by local resident and committee volunteer, Sharon Cotton.

“Sharon did a wonderful job organising the day; it was a real credit to her and for that we’re all very thankful,” committee member Michael Walsh said.

“Even though the rain was pretty relentless at times, we had a great crowd there which was terrific.”

Despite Sunday’s constant rain, a football match was enjoyed at the ground between the ‘Swans’ and ‘Port Campbell.’

“The two sides comprised of locals who were all happy to go out there and have a kick and a bit of fun even though it was so wet,” Walsh said.

“We had players of all ages (and abilities) and by the looks on their faces they all had a great time – there’s talk we may even try to make this an annual event.

“The Swans jumpers were on loan from the South Warrnambool footy club and the other side wore the Nirranda away strip.”

According to the scoreboard, Port Campbell managed to snatch victory by five points.

The day’s celebrations also included face painting, a free community barbecue and drinks – along with a great deal of reminiscing among the crowd (who also had the opportunity to view a display of memorabilia indoors).

Local band, Level Up, provided music throughout the afternoon.

Work will now commence on upgrading the turf, and associated works, in preparation for the start of the 2024/25 cricket season.

During the summer months, the ground is home to Nirranda Cricket Club.


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