Glenelg Plain

Where the river meets the sea

Vision: A rich, connected and sustainably managed landscape of River, Forest, Sea and Stone Country from the northern Glenelg River to the coastal dunes of Discovery Bay

The Glenelg Plain includes the western portion of the Glenelg Hopkins region and has a population of about 19,000 people. Key towns include Portland, Heywood and Casterton.

Traditional Owner and Aboriginal organisations managing country include Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing are the largest industry employers in the area, with the Port of Portland being the world’s largest exporter of hardwood chips and one of Australia’s major terminals for live animal export. Tourism is also a significant contributor to the region, particularly along the coastline, bringing 380,000 tourists annually to the region.

The Glenelg Plain includes large land areas reserved for conservation including the internationally significant UNESCO World Heritage listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar site. The Glenelg River and its tributaries are key features of the landscape, winding from the Grampians to the coast.

The region has high rates of volunteering compared to the rest of Australia. Key Landcare networks include the South West Environmental Alliance and Upper Glenelg Landcare Consortium

Local Government Authorities include Glenelg Shire, Moyne Shire and West Wimmera Shire.