Windfall to fund port upgrade

In a historic moment for Glenelg Shire, the final piece of the Portland Foreshore redevelopment puzzle has been realised following a multi-million-dollar Victorian government funding windfall. Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas has announced $5m had been allocated to complete the revitalisation of Portland’s Foreshore precinct as part of the Portland Foreshore Master Plan.

The funding will see the creation of a new multi-purpose facility at the site of the South Boat Ramp, enhancing the many offerings of the precinct and reinforcing the foreshore’s burgeoning status as a premier regional attraction.

The funding follows on from previous State Government commitments announced in 2020, bringing the total to $8.5m injected into transforming the Portland Foreshore.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Anita Rank said it was a significant milestone for the Glenelg community. “This announcement is the final piece of the puzzle and will ensure our ‘jewel in the crown’ foreshore precinct can now reach its full tourism and recreation potential – it is an incredible moment for our shire,” she said.

“This funding will see the existing community infrastructure along the foreshore (the Yacht Club and Angling Club) combined into one state of the art building. “This will house a café, seafood market, club facilities and function rooms right at the water’s edge. “Not only will this offer a world-class experience for locals and visitors alike, it will provide significant long term economic and social contributions and ensure Portland and the Glenelg Shire remain a destination of choice.

“Furthermore, the new facility will complement the range of works currently under way along the foreshore and the Local Port of Portland Bay, including the connecting pathways, boardwalks, new Town Jetty and Marina extension. “It is fantastic to see the complete vision of the Portland Foreshore Master Plan being brought to life, with the foreshore precinct offering.”

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