Media Releases

Friday 2 June 2017


The Port of Portland will link with the Glenelg Shire to deliver a substantial share of the 2017 Tour of the Great South Coast road cycling classic to the Glenelg municipality.

The final three days of the five-day tour, to be raced from July 26-30 2017, will be conducted in the Glenelg region, taking in Heywood, Casterton, Cape Bridgewater and Portland.

The Port of Portland will join long-term supporter, the burgeoning Australasian construction company Fulton Hogan, as joint naming rights sponsor of the event, which was founded in 2012 and is now recognised as the most challenging and respected tour on Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series calendar.

The Port of Portland’s entry into the 500-kilometre six-stage race was announced by the company’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Cooper.

“The Port of Portland is very pleased to be supporting the 2017 Tour of the Great South Coast,” Mr. Cooper said.

“This major event, with its extensive television coverage, will showcase the picturesque and diverse landscape of the Glenelg Shire from the hinterland of Casterton to the stunning coastline of Bridgewater and Portland.

“Port of Portland is looking forward to partnering with the tour to deliver a world class cycling event for the competitors and the community.”

The sixth Tour of the Great South Coast is scheduled to start in Mount Gambier on Wednesday, 26 July 2017, with the traditional 36km criterium in Vansittart Park, followed by an afternoon 65km Blue Lake circuit race.

The action will move to the lobster capital of Port MacDonnell on Thursday, 27 July 2017 when the event’s longest stage of 137.6kms will be featured.

The tour’s opening two days in South Australia are backed by the City of Mount Gambier and the District Council of Grant.

The Glenelg Shire will host three spectacular stages – Heywood to Casterton on Friday, July 28, the 121.4km Cape Bridgewater road race on the 29th, and the grand finale waterfront criterium in Portland on Sunday, July 30 2017.

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2 Still No Solution to Cruise Ship Berth at Port of Portland Thursday, 24 December 2015
3 Cruise Ship Visit Could Be Cancelled By the Weekend Thursday, 17 December 2015
4 Portland Pleads With Union Not to Cost It a Cruise Ship Visit Thursday, 10 December 2015
5 2014/15 A Record Year for Port of Portland Thursday, 02 July 2015
6 New Chairman for Port of Portland Wednesday, 18 June 2014
7 Port of Portland Harbour Master Resigns Thursday, 21 March 2013
8 Port of Portland Chairman to Retire Monday, 23 July 2012
9 AIX divests its 50 percent interest in Port of Portland Thursday, 17 May 2012
10 Port to Commence Sand Bypassing Thursday, 01 March 2012
11 Port Community Bus supports education of Portland Youth Tuesday, 05 July 2011
12 Port to Celebrate its 50th Anniversary Friday, 17 September 2010
13 Port of Portland to Sponsor 3 Bays Marathon Tuesday, 22 June 2010
14 Gunns Preferred for Second Woodchip Facility Thursday, 30 July 2009
15 Auspine & Port of Portland Celebrate 10 Million Milestone Monday, 29 September 2008
16 Approval for Expanded Woodchip Facility Welcomed Thursday, 21 August 2008
17 Port welcomes government rail line initiative Wednesday, 16 July 2008


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