Portland Foreshore Master Plan

Portland Foreshore - panoramic picture


The development of a Foreshore Masterplan will provide for the future direction of this wonderful and unique asset. The plan seeks to improve management, accessibility and introduce a recreational and tourism experience along the Portland Foreshore.

The Masterplan is the overarching concept for the area between the Trawler Wharf and Nun’s beach. It also incorporates a number of important connected sub-elements and projects such as the replacement of the Town Jetty and the All Abilities Playground concept. The Portland Foreshore Masterplan ties all these elements together in a cohesive and interconnected public space for the enjoyment of a range of public recreational activities.

The objective of the community engagement and consultation process is to provide feedback on the future, opportunities, needs and direction for the foreshore and to assist with funding opportunities to implement the final concept once established.

Community Engagement Outcomes

The initial community consultation process was completed in 2016. The report on these findings is attached in the document library below.

Public consultation plays a pivotal part of informing the Foreshore Master Plan and allows Council to further investigate funding opportunities to implement outcomes.

The consultation encouraged creative ideas and constructive discussion from a broad range of stakeholders, community groups and general community members of all ages and abilities. The methods used allowed for open responses, receiving a broad range of comments, ideas and suggestions.

Glenelg Shire Council consulted with over 220 members of the Portland community, including various stakeholder groups, members of the public, tourists, children and council staff during September 2016. During the consultation sessions, the following feedback was sought –

• Existing conditions and usability

• Feedback on current issues with the foreshore

• Examples of other foreshores visited

• Ideas for the foreshore

• Themes, history and stories for the development of the Master Plan

• Hierarchy of use of the foreshore

• Identification of current and future users of the foreshore

Information gathered during the sessions and events is an important part of the design process where ‘consultation informs design’. The consultations were held with a broad range of stakeholders throughout the Shire.

Where to from here?

The feedback from the consultation process is currently being analysed and interpreted. Based on this feedback, an updated concept plan is being developed. The revised concept plan will then be re-released for further public comment and direction to ensure that the proposal meets the needs of the community.

Council staff are diligently working through a range of suggestions and comments. This process also considers any legal framework and permits and consents that may be required and also investigating sensitive matters and background engineering considerations such as erosion control options.

The revised concept plan is approaching the stage where it can be re-released for public comment and is expected to be referred to the public mid-2017.

Council staff have already engaged with State and Government departments in regards to external funding opportunities. The scope of the Portland Foreshore Project is extensive and will most likely involve a number of elements that may need to be staged over multiple years.

Benefits of the project

The expected outcomes of completing the Foreshore Masterplan include:

· Reinforcing local identity and civic pride.

· Enhancing the physical character of an area and help shape the design of future development.

· Improving physical and social inclusion, including accessibility.

· Providing connected routes between places for recreation, walking and cycling, and safer routes to community facilities.

· Providing play and recreation areas for children and young people.

· Providing an opportunity to include public art elements into planning and infrastructure design.

· Integration of public art elements.

· Boosting the economic potential of tourism, leisure and cultural activities.

· Attracting local employment and business.

· Attracting more people to the region by improving local amenity and liveability.

· Providing cultural, social, recreational, sporting and community facilities.

· Protecting and promoting understanding of the historical cultural and archaeological value of places.

· Contributing to the creation of healthy places.

· Providing popular outdoor educational facilities.

· Improving opportunities to enjoy contact with the natural world.

The redevelopment of the foreshore will enable a diverse array of uses for economic activity, including itinerant traders, markets and events that will encourage vitality and vibrancy, ensuring that the redeveloped space remains multifunctional.




The development of a Foreshore Masterplan will provide for the future direction of this wonderful and unique asset. The plan seeks to improve management, accessibility and introduce a recreational and tourism experience along the Portland Foreshore.

The Masterplan is the overarching concept for the area between the Trawler Wharf and Nun’s beach. It also incorporates a number of important connected sub-elements and projects such as the replacement of the Town Jetty and the All Abilities Playground concept. The Portland Foreshore Masterplan ties all these elements together in a cohesive and interconnected public space for the enjoyment of a range of public recreational activities.

The objective of the community engagement and consultation process is to provide feedback on the future, opportunities, needs and direction for the foreshore and to assist with funding opportunities to implement the final concept once established.

Community Engagement Outcomes

The initial community consultation process was completed in 2016. The report on these findings is attached in the document library below.

Public consultation plays a pivotal part of informing the Foreshore Master Plan and allows Council to further investigate funding opportunities to implement outcomes.

The consultation encouraged creative ideas and constructive discussion from a broad range of stakeholders, community groups and general community members of all ages and abilities. The methods used allowed for open responses, receiving a broad range of comments, ideas and suggestions.

Glenelg Shire Council consulted with over 220 members of the Portland community, including various stakeholder groups, members of the public, tourists, children and council staff during September 2016. During the consultation sessions, the following feedback was sought –

• Existing conditions and usability

• Feedback on current issues with the foreshore

• Examples of other foreshores visited

• Ideas for the foreshore

• Themes, history and stories for the development of the Master Plan

• Hierarchy of use of the foreshore

• Identification of current and future users of the foreshore

Information gathered during the sessions and events is an important part of the design process where ‘consultation informs design’. The consultations were held with a broad range of stakeholders throughout the Shire.

Where to from here?

The feedback from the consultation process is currently being analysed and interpreted. Based on this feedback, an updated concept plan is being developed. The revised concept plan will then be re-released for further public comment and direction to ensure that the proposal meets the needs of the community.

Council staff are diligently working through a range of suggestions and comments. This process also considers any legal framework and permits and consents that may be required and also investigating sensitive matters and background engineering considerations such as erosion control options.

The revised concept plan is approaching the stage where it can be re-released for public comment and is expected to be referred to the public mid-2017.

Council staff have already engaged with State and Government departments in regards to external funding opportunities. The scope of the Portland Foreshore Project is extensive and will most likely involve a number of elements that may need to be staged over multiple years.

Benefits of the project

The expected outcomes of completing the Foreshore Masterplan include:

· Reinforcing local identity and civic pride.

· Enhancing the physical character of an area and help shape the design of future development.

· Improving physical and social inclusion, including accessibility.

· Providing connected routes between places for recreation, walking and cycling, and safer routes to community facilities.

· Providing play and recreation areas for children and young people.

· Providing an opportunity to include public art elements into planning and infrastructure design.

· Integration of public art elements.

· Boosting the economic potential of tourism, leisure and cultural activities.

· Attracting local employment and business.

· Attracting more people to the region by improving local amenity and liveability.

· Providing cultural, social, recreational, sporting and community facilities.

· Protecting and promoting understanding of the historical cultural and archaeological value of places.

· Contributing to the creation of healthy places.

· Providing popular outdoor educational facilities.

· Improving opportunities to enjoy contact with the natural world.

The redevelopment of the foreshore will enable a diverse array of uses for economic activity, including itinerant traders, markets and events that will encourage vitality and vibrancy, ensuring that the redeveloped space remains multifunctional.