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The Glenelg Shire Council
was established by an Order-in-Council under the Local Government Act 1989, published in the Victorian Government Gazette S63 on 23 September 1994.
Three councils were amalgamated, the City of Portland and the Shires of Glenelg and Heywood, to form the new Glenelg Shire. Arts and Culture
The Glenelg Shire Council provides a wide range of programs and services throughout the Shire in order to meet the diverse needs and interests of arts and culture in the community.
The Glenelg Shire Arts Program is the cornerstone of these services, regularly presenting a diverse range of high quality touring performances in Portland and several other towns in the Shire, plus a program of twelve exhibitions annually, located in the Portland Arts Centre. The Cultural Services Officer and other staff in the Arts & Cuture unit also provide a range of support services for local groups and community arts events.
Council's Community Grants Program has a funding category for Arts, Culture & Heritage, and groups/organisations can apply for funding support for local arts activities and projects via two funding rounds each financial year, in July and March.
Several venues in the Shire are available for hire. These include the Portland Arts Centre, the Portland Civic Hall, Heywood Community Hall and Casterton Town Hall. All of these venues are equipped with professional quality stage lighting and audio-visual systems, to meet the needs of most hirers. Some stage equipment is also available for hire or loan to community groups. Heritage
Hundreds of historic buildings, civic objects,photographs, public art and monuments form an extensive Cultural Collection, including some items of major historical significance. The entire Collection is gradually being catalogued on an electronic databse.
Council's Cultural Collection ranges from social history items, to works of art, to objects of maritime significance, and a photographic collection documenting the Port of Portland.
Iconic pieces in the collection include the Henty Plough, used by the Henty brothers in 1834, and two magnificent oil paintings by Thomas Clark of Muntham Station and Portland Bay.
Aspects of the cultural collection are housed and displayed at History House (the original Portland Town Hall) Casterton Town Hall and in the award winning Maritime Discovery Centre on the Portland foreshore.
Further information about the Collection can be obtained by contacting the Cultural Collection Officer.History House - Portland's MuseumHistoric Building Walk