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MEDIA RELEASE - Swimming pontoon on the horizon

21 August 2019

The Portland Foreshore Swimming Pontoon is now one step away from reality following the arrival of the marine-based infrastructure this week.

The much anticipated project, a brainchild of the Future Leaders of Industry cohort and Glenelg FreeZa committee, was successfully funded as part of the State Government’s Pick my Project initiative in late 2018. The project was voted as one of the most popular ideas for the Great South Coast region and was the only project in the Glenelg Shire to be funded from the list of thirty five locally based submissions.

Following the delivery of the infrastructure, the pontoon will now be installed at the southern end of the Portland Foreshore over the coming months.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said an official opening date would be earmarked for October, aligning with the peak summer visitation period.

“The swimming pontoon is a significant project for council, aligning with our Foreshore
Masterplan to provide further recreation opportunities along the popular precinct and to create a unique active offering for locals and tourists all year round,” she said.

“The Foreshore is one of the shires most visited and most popular sites, with numbers particularly swelling during the summer season. The pontoon is expected to be fully installed by October, well and truly in use by summer, providing yet another drawcard for visitors to come and enjoy the wealth of attractions on offer at the busy recreational precinct,” she said.

2018 Future Leaders of Industry participant Michael Peters was thrilled with the news of the pontoon delivery and was looking forward to seeing it used for generations to come.

“The pontoon will be another great feature along the foreshore, and will be enjoyed by the community for years to come,” he said.

Glenelg FreeZa committee member Jesse Covill similarly anticipated the pontoon would add another unique element to the Foreshore precinct.

“The pontoon will create an exciting space for all ages that will motivate people to get outside and socialise,” he said.

Pick My Project was a Victorian-first community grants initiative that provided $30 million worth of funding to make communities across the state an even better place to live.

More than 230 projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria received funding through
Pick My Project. For further information please visit

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