Glenelg Shire


Glenelg Shire is located in south-western Victoria. The Shire encompasses a total land area of 6,200 square kilometres, including national parks, pine plantations and coastline. Glenelg Shire is a predominantly rural area, with significant residential areas in the townships of Casterton, Dartmoor, Heywood, Nelson and Portland, and the villages of Digby and Merino. The major town is Portland. Much of the rural area is used for timber-getting, farming, grazing and dairying.

Key employment sectors in Glenelg Shire include manufacturing, agriculture forestry and fishing, retail trade and health care. The Shire’s main industrial areas are located in and around Portland, including the Alcoa Aluminium Smelter and the Port of Portland, with smaller industrial areas in Portland North, Casterton and Heywood. Agricultural industries in the Shire focus on dairy farming, grazing and general farming, with timber production also being an important industry. The main retail area is the Portland township, with smaller retail areas in the Casterton and Heywood townships. The Shires is home to three small hospitals (Casterton Memorial Hospital, Heywood Rural Health and Portland District Health) and numerous aged care facilities.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Glenelg Highway
  • Henty Highway
  • Princes Highway


  • Melbourne GPO 360km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Alcoa Aluminium Smelter
  • Port of Portland
  • Casterton (around Rhodes Street)
  • Casterton (west of Glenelg Highway)
  • Heywood (near Cave Hill Road and Princes Highway intersection)
  • Heywood (Princes Highway and Danger Lane intersection)
  • Portland (various locations)
  • Portland North (north of Portland-Nelson Road)

Glenelg Shire

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