Why invest in Glenelg?

An aerial view of Portland

Australia’s rural and regional areas are experiencing a renaissance, and the Glenelg Shire is ideally positioned for prosperity as a regional centre for manufacturing, renewables, agriculture, health and transport services.

From the thriving coastal city of Portland to our historic inland townships, businesses wishing to establish here will find progressive and welcoming communities, quality infrastructure - including a superior roads network and the only deep-water port between Melbourne and Adelaide - as well as unparalleled natural beauty.

You can learn more about investing in Glenelg by downloading the Investment Prospectus.(PDF, 4MB)

Key Industries

  • Manufacturing (delivering $1.2 billion)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (delivering $300 million)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate (delivering $250 million)
  • Construction (delivering $200 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (delivering $150 million)

Strategic Advantages


In recent years Glenelg has become a major renewable energy hub with existing wind farm infrastructure and local manufacturers, and a strong pipeline of new developments.

Deep sea water port

Portland, the Glenelg Shire and surrounding region are well served by the only deep water port between Melbourne and Adelaide providing a vital and growing trade link for south eastern Australia.

Diverse industrial base

Glenelg has well established, export-oriented industries that have long provided economic stability to the region. In

turn, these industries – manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and aquaculture – have provided important opportunities for small businesses to grow and thrive.

Growing tourism sector

Glenelg boasts a variety of world-class attractions that draw tourists from across the world every year and underpin a growing tourism industry. 

This includes:

  • UNESCO World Heritage listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
  • Whale sightings (Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Blue Whales and the occasional Orca (Killer Whale) visit areas around Portland Bay & Cape Bridgewater Bay waters each winter)
  • Great South West Walk
  • Australian Kelpie Centre and Casterton, the birthplace of the Kelpie
  • Dramatic coastal landscapes, including the iconic Cape Bridgewater, Portland Foreshore and Cape Nelson



Economic Profile

Glenelg Shire's Gross Regional Product is estimated at $0.95 billion, which represents 0.2% of the state's GSP (Gross State Product).

Click here to view the Glenelg Shire's economic profile.