Construction works have begun to transform Portland’s foreshore into a vibrant and accessible space for locals and tourists visiting regional Victoria.
The project will see the installation of new accessible boardwalks, pathways and community spaces, along with foreshore erosion protection and improved lighting.
“This redevelopment will make Portland’s foreshore a better, safer and more accessible place for our community to connect and enjoy recreational activities,” Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Anita Rank said.
The Victorian Government has invested $3 million into the project as part of its $2.7 billion Building Works fund.
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The Building Works package is designed to provide immediate benefit to communities across the state, with more than half the projects in rural and regional Victoria.
Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas turned the first sod on the project, signalling the start of construction.
“We know just how challenging the past year has been for small regional communities that thrive on visitors coming to the region – that’s why we’re backing projects like this one that create jobs and make these communities even better places to live, work and visit,” she said.
“Once complete, the foreshore will be a wonderful place for the community to enjoy and for tourists to come visit.”