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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland Foreshore Master Plan now open for discussion

27 September 2017

You are invited to have your say on the proposed Portland Foreshore Master Plan which will transform one of the town’s busiest attractions.
The plan includes construction of an inclusive playground and replacement of the Old Town Jetty to provide added attractions to the popular recreation site, which covers the area between the Trawler Wharf and Nun’s Beach.
The multi-million dollar investment plan seeks to improve the recreation and play space design, upgrade amenities, provide greater pathway connectivity and links to the CBD in addition to the integration of public art.
The public can have their say at the public information sessions held on Tuesday 3 October between 3-5pm at the Portland Library or Monday 9 October between 3-5pm at the Portland Municipal Offices. Targeted information sessions will also be undertaken directly with key stakeholders.

Plans will be displayed at the Kyeema Fair on Saturday 14 October, in addition to a number of prominent locations around the shire over the next four weeks. The plans will also be available on the YourSay Glenelg website.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said a new multi-story pavilion was included in the master plan, allowing user groups to integrate in one space.
“This new building will include function room space and opportunities for commercial operations providing great opportunities to hold events on the foreshore,” Cr Rank said.
“The addition of a new pedestrian boulevard to connect Bentinck Street to the foreshore area will not only make it safer, it will make it more attractive for tourists allowing them easier entry to our CBD.

“The development of an inclusive playground, which includes access for people of all abilities, will dramatically enhance not only the physical character of the area; but will play a huge role in driving tourism to our shire.”

Council is seeking expressions of interest from community members who would like to assist in the further development of the inclusive play space. Nomination forms for those interested are available through YourSay Glenelg.

Glenelg Shire Council Acting Director Corporate Services David Hol said the objective of the community engagement and consultation process was to seek feedback from the community on the revised plan.

“We had a great response to the earlier consultation phase on what people would like to see on the foreshore, we have now considered this feedback and updated the plan based on our understanding of the comments. We want to ensure that this concept plan is reflective of the community input and subsequently it is not set in stone,” Mr Hol said.

“Following on from this consultation we intend to establish some of the finer details such as design of the buildings and infrastructure elements. The feedback on the needs and direction of the foreshore will assist with funding opportunities.

“The plan will not only attract more community events, it will also see job creation in construction and ongoing tourism and business development opportunities.”

The initial community consultation process was completed in September 2016 which attracted responses from more than 220 community members, including various stakeholder groups, tourists, children and council staff. These outcomes can be accessed on the YourSay Glenelg website.
A current funding application is in place and council funds have been set aside in the current budget to contribute to implementation of the plan if the external funding is successful.

For further information, or to submit your feedback online, please visit the YourSay Glenelg website at https://yoursay.glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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