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MEDIA RELEASE - A year of achievements for Glenelg Shire

24 October 2018

The Glenelg Shire is continuing to capitalise on its great assets and help drive the regional economy, as detailed in the latest Annual Report.

Councillors last night endorsed the 2017/18 Annual Report, which highlights council’s services, governance and performance over the past financial year.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the year has been an extremely busy one, with many achievements supporting further investment and development in the shire.

“A number of significant projects and funding commitments were realised in the 2017/18 financial year, delivering significant economic, cultural and social benefits for our vibrant community,” she said.

“This included bringing new major events to our region, including the Great South Coast Regional Assembly, which attracted the largest recorded crowd yet for the south west region, and the Inaugural Hooked on Portland festival, which was launched to a crowd of over 10,000 people over the Australia Day long weekend festivities.

“We welcomed a State Government funding commitment for infrastructure upgrades to Portland’s $5 million Henty Employment Precinct, opening doors for new investment and local employment opportunities.

“We also officially opened the doors at the Australian Kelpie Centre to a crowd of thousands at the annual Kelpie Muster festivities. The $1.5 million facility, partly funded by the Federal Government, showcases the history of the Kelpie working dog to our growing international tourism market and ensures this important story can be shared for generations to come.”

Cr Rank said steady progress was already underway to continue to drive investment and unlock new job opportunities.

“Council is looking ahead to 2018/2019, striving to maintain the momentum and ensure sustainable economic development with a central focus on infrastructure, service provision and job creation,” she said.

“Council will also continue to actively lobby at both state and federal levels to secure necessary investments that will enhance our ability to deliver key projects and initiatives.”

To view the 2017/18 Annual Report please visit council’s website at

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