Portland 2040

Have you thought about what you will be doing in Portland in 2040? What would make you feel proud to be part of the region in the future?

We want to ensure you have well balanced lifestyle opportunities, a quality range of services, education and employment opportunities. We’re creating a long term Community Plan that will inform how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Tell us what areas need to be prioritised into the future.

About Portland:

The Gunditjmara people are the traditional owners of the land around the Portland area, their presence dates back several thousands of years and many still reside in and around the district today. As the oldest European settlement in the state, Portland is now the urban centre of Glenelg Shire and in 2018 was home to approximately 10,900 people.

Much of Portland’s economic prosperity can be attributed to its port - the only international port between Melbourne and Adelaide. Other large employers of the region include the tourism industry, fishing industry, as well as Alcoa’s aluminium smelter, which is likely to be closed in 2020.

Portland has a rich history, over 200 heritage listed buildings, and an abundance of natural beauty both along the coastline and inland.

Emerging trends in Portland:

  • 89% of residents live in single dwellings (higher than the rest of the Shire)
  • 25% of residents live in rental accommodation
  • The population of Portland is increasing (there is a decreasing population in the rest of the Shire)
  • Fewer families and young people are living in the area
  • Most residents are between the ages of 45 and 64

There are many ways to have your say:

Pop up Events: Come along to a series of events and pop up activities that will be hosted across the whole of Glenelg Shire between December to March 2020.

Survey: Take this 5 minute survey and join in the conversation – share your ideas for our future and go in the draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visa Card vouchers.

Have you thought about what you will be doing in Portland in 2040? What would make you feel proud to be part of the region in the future?

We want to ensure you have well balanced lifestyle opportunities, a quality range of services, education and employment opportunities. We’re creating a long term Community Plan that will inform how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Tell us what areas need to be prioritised into the future.

About Portland:

The Gunditjmara people are the traditional owners of the land around the Portland area, their presence dates back several thousands of years and many still reside in and around the district today. As the oldest European settlement in the state, Portland is now the urban centre of Glenelg Shire and in 2018 was home to approximately 10,900 people.

Much of Portland’s economic prosperity can be attributed to its port - the only international port between Melbourne and Adelaide. Other large employers of the region include the tourism industry, fishing industry, as well as Alcoa’s aluminium smelter, which is likely to be closed in 2020.

Portland has a rich history, over 200 heritage listed buildings, and an abundance of natural beauty both along the coastline and inland.

Emerging trends in Portland:

  • 89% of residents live in single dwellings (higher than the rest of the Shire)
  • 25% of residents live in rental accommodation
  • The population of Portland is increasing (there is a decreasing population in the rest of the Shire)
  • Fewer families and young people are living in the area
  • Most residents are between the ages of 45 and 64

There are many ways to have your say:

Pop up Events: Come along to a series of events and pop up activities that will be hosted across the whole of Glenelg Shire between December to March 2020.

Survey: Take this 5 minute survey and join in the conversation – share your ideas for our future and go in the draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visa Card vouchers.