Portland 2040

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This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Portland and its surrounds (Mount Richmond, Gorae, Bolwarra and Cape Bridgewater) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Portland group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

If you require assistance, the Who's Listening tab contains contact details of the project team.


About Portland:

The Gunditjmara people are the traditional owners of the land around the

This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Portland and its surrounds (Mount Richmond, Gorae, Bolwarra and Cape Bridgewater) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Portland group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

If you require assistance, the Who's Listening tab contains contact details of the project team.


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


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  • Draft Vision Statement

    about 2 months ago
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    The Community Reference Group has developed a Draft Vision Statement based on all the feedback to date. We'd love your final comments - please comment below.

    Portland 2040

    In 2040, Portland is the regional centre of choice; people and businesses are attracted to live and invest in the area, creating a culturally diverse community. The lifestyle benefits on offer include its natural beauty, access to eco-tourism and world heritage listed sites such as Budj Bim, which are all within easy reach. We enjoy the benefits of living in a larger town with access to quality health care and education, while living in a sustainable, progressive, vibrant, and connected community.

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