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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland set to maintain status as premier New Years destination

29 November 2017

Portland will continue to uphold its status as the biggest street party in regional Victoria this New Year’s Eve.

Portland’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, which will take place on the picturesque Bentinck Street Foreshore lawns, will boast an impressive line-up of entertainment to delight all ages, including children’s amusements, live music and a spectacular firework display at both 10 o’clock and midnight over the Portland harbour.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said that the popular event was sure to attract visitors from far and wide.

“With such a diverse range of free entertainment on offer right across the evening, Portland will once again be the New Year’s Eve destination of choice across the region,” she said.

“Kids will love the juggling and puppetry and ballooning of Ron the Clown, and there’s plenty of live music to keep our older crowd busy dancing all night, with performances from Jason Bull, DJ Chegs and City Heat.

“And with not one, but two firework displays scheduled, community members of all ages can join in the free celebrations this New Year’s Eve in Portland.”

Council also voted unanimously on Tuesday’s Ordinary Meeting to lift the alcohol free status in Bentinck Street for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The alcohol free status will start at 6pm and finish at 1am.

This will mean that Portland will be one of the only places in Victoria to allow drinking in the main street for New Year’s Eve, a major drawcard for both locals and tourists.

“With the much loved carnival also open from Boxing Day, there are so many fantastic selling points to attract visitors to celebrate the end of 2017 here in the Glenelg Shire.”

The New Year’s Eve event will take place on 31st December 2017 from 5pm and will continue through to 1am.

For further information, including a full program of events, please visit the event page on the Glenelg Shire Council website at

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