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Construction is officially underway on the new CFA fire station at Portarlington, delivering a significant boost to fire services in Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today turned the first sod of what will be a state-of-the-art station, with completion set for July this year.
“Firefighters at Portarlington do a fantastic job protecting the community and this new station will give them the space and facilities they need to enhance the area’s emergency response capabilities.”  Ms Neville said.
The $2.1 million Victorian Government-funded project has seen the demolition of the previous station at the same site.
Portarlington’s previous station was built in 1959 and was no longer meeting the needs of its members, who are committed to protecting their community.
Portarlington’s current population of about 3500 permanent residents increases to more than 20,000 during major events and the summer holiday period.
Ms Neville said, “The Victorian Government is supporting our emergency services personnel by giving them what they need to save lives and to protect property.”
The new station will be a modern three-bay drive-through station with a workshop, storage room, change rooms, large meeting room and brigade and district offices.
The expanded premises will also contain a protective equipment room, as well as a hose drying tower and a pumping pit in the rear yard. The brigade services not only the Portarlington community, but regularly supports surrounding brigades and the many vineyards in the local area. While the new station is being completed the brigade has relocated to a local church property with appliances housed in a secure yard.


We are very thrilled to be able to announce that the first stage of our Capital Works upgrade is open for our children.
The process itself is very complex and has taken a long time. We appointed our architects in November 2014. During 2014, we sought ideas and opinions from our school community (children, families and staff) and the wider Portarlington community about the vision for our new school.

These ideas helped us to build a picture of what Portarlington’s ‘forever’ school might look like. John and Eriks from Patrick Architects listened, created, listened some more, modified the concepts, listened again and they have been extremely professional with everything that they have been doing.  We have been very fortunate to have the amazing team from Patrick Architects design our school.

Our Journey

It was important to everyone that we respected the past as well provided a 21st century educational facility for the current and future children of our community. The original concept designs took into account-

  • Portarlington as a seaside village with a rich history including fishing, boating, aquaculture and the indigenous significance of our local area.
  • The importance of the bay and location of the school in relation to the water.
  • Ensuring that our school connected to our local community and the heart of our town.
  • The importance of our fruit and vegetable garden and our environmental programs.
  • The location on the site was selected so that our learning spaces-
  • could be built with little or no disruption to the children’s learning
  • connect to the fruit and vegetable garden with an outside learning area and studio to provide an optimal environment for ‘paddock to plate’ cooking, science and the arts
  • overlook the bay to the picturesque You Yang hills
  • ensure that the historical building can be viewed from all streets surrounding our school as a symbol of pride in our history.

The historical building will be refurbished and the old buildings will be demolished this term. The grounds will be landscaped with concrete pathways and new plantings. A play oval will be constructed adjacent to Fisher Street.  

Thank you to everyone in our community for your patience. Our new school has certainly been worth the wait.

These are very exciting for our beautiful seaside village and our school.

Lesley-Ann Allbutt   Principal











Camping and Accommodation Strategy

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Bellarine Community Safety Group

Residents and visitors across the Bellarine Peninsula will now have better access to community safety information thanks to a new website funded by the Victorian Government.