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MEDIA RELEASE - Bumper Easter weekend in Glenelg

3 April 2018

Glenelg Shire experienced one of its busiest Easter long weekends on record with thousands of visitors booking out accommodation and enjoying local events, led by the popular Hooked on Tuna festival.

More than 1840 visitors were recorded across the shire’s three Visitor Information Centres with a staggering 540 at Portland’s centre on Easter Saturday.

Mayor Anita Rank said this huge visitation was believed to be the busiest Easter trading day ever recorded across the shire’s visitor centres.

“Accommodation was at capacity this long weekend with visitor’s from far and wide travelling to our shire. Our visitor information centre staff were kept busy all day with requests for beds and information on local activities,” Cr Rank said.

“The opening weekend of the Hooked on Tuna festival, Portland’s popular Easter Fair and Heywood’s annual Good Friday golf day led the festivities, with cafes, hotels and accommodation recording bumper trade as a result.

“This popularity continued in Casterton and Nelson where caravan parks, B&Bs and hotels were at capacity. Some holiday traders reportedly welcomed visitors into their personal homes to ensure travellers had a bed for the popular weekend.”

The Hooked on Tuna fishing competition led the visitation attracting 77 entrants for the long weekend. Melbourne angler Mason Schulze is leading the annual competition thanks to his impressive 22.9kg tuna caught with the assistance of his brother Michael on Easter Saturday.

Mr Schulze earned a $500 reward for his effort and is in the running for the overall $5000 cash prize for the heaviest catch.
The event, hosted by Glenelg Shire Council in conjunction with the Portland Sports Fishing Club and Portland Lions Club, attracted anglers from a vast array of post codes, particularly metropolitan Melbourne.

Portland Lions Club member Michael Hunter, who led the weekend’s registrations, said despite big swells, anglers were keen to test their skills.

“It is great to see anglers are travelling from across the country as word is spreading about the competitions $12,000 prize pool and Portland’s elusive Bluefin tuna catch,” he said.

“Whilst the overall catch of 22.9kg was impressive, we know that bigger barrels were caught on Easter Monday which is giving greater confidence of a heavier haul over the next four weekends.”

The Hooked on Tuna competition runs every weekend of April. To learn more visit

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