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


  • Meeting 4 - A shire-wide approach

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    17 days ago

    Thank you to those that attended the 4th Community Reference Group meeting on Wednesday 15 July. All members of the regional reference groups were invited to attend. We discussed:

    • the various township vision statements
    • shire-wide vision statement
    • opportunities to for the community reference group to continue into the future

    For more detailed information see the meeting minutes, PowerPoint presentation and video recording of the meeting.

    Please stay tuned for more information on your opportunities to provide feedback on the Vision Statements and Draft Community Plan prior to it being released to the public for comment.

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  • Meeting 3 - Refining the Vision & Actions

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    about 2 months ago


    Thank you to those that attended the meeting on Saturday and to those that sent through comments prior.

    We had some valuable conversations and refined the vision for the Portland area, and also started to look more closely at the actions that you would like Council to take over the next 20 years to achieve that vision.

    View the meeting minutes, presentation and recording of the meeting for more information on what was discussed.

    The Draft Vision Statement for Portland and surrounds has been further refined and is available for comment. Visit the forum to have your say on the vision for the area.

    We're looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting: Wednesday 15 July, 5:00 – 6:30pm


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  • Meeting 2 - Developing a Vision

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    3 months ago

    A big thank you to all that attended the meeting on Tuesday 19 May.

    We had a lot to cover and and had some detailed conversations over the future of the area. Key things we heard included a love for your community and a desire to work towards the following:

    • Developing Portland as a centre of excellence for sustainability, innovation, and education
    • Maximising the potential of Portland’s natural assets to attract outside visitors and permanent residents
    • Building a stable economic centre, attracting environmentally sound industry and investment
    • Maintaining the active outdoors lifestyle by building upon recreation opportunities, such as enhanced bike paths.

    View the meeting minutes, presentation and recording of the meeting for more information on what was discussed.

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  • Understanding Council Processes

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    3 months ago

    Not sure what will happen with the Community Plan after it's finalised? This video will give you an overview of Council's planning cycle and how the Glenelg Shire 2040 community plan will be used into the future.

    Click here to view the video

  • Task 1 - to be completed by 13 May

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    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    This task is about reviewing the data from the consultation and identifying priorities for your township. This is where you can dream big and look towards 2040!

    After everyone has answered the questions, we will be able to identify priorities for the area. This might include projects the community can deliver, as well as larger projects that government agencies (like the Shire Council) will need to advocate for or directly deliver.


    Responses must be submitted by midnight Wednesday 15 May 2020.