THE Coalition has announced a promise to link Portland to the National Whale Trail with $25,000 to support tourism in Portland.
The funding forms part of a $2 million Coalition plan directed towards the protection of whales and dolphins along south-west coastal waters and the establishment of a National Whale Trail to encourage coastal tourism.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the commitment would provide Portland with the ability to improve viewing facilities and land-based whale watching.
“People want to be able to see the whales from these land-based vantage points and we want to have a network of places such as Nuns Beach in Portland along the coast where people can watch the whales pass," Mr Tehan said.
"People also want information about the types of whales and their migratory patterns, and this education will be an important part of the National Whale Trail."
Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said tourism was an important part of the local Portland economy, especially as its reputation grew as a place to see whales.
“Whale watching is a growing business and having a National Whale Trail will only add to that prosperity – generating and supporting local jobs," Dr Tehan said.
"This popular tourist past-time combined with the arrival of cruise ships in 2014 will put Portland on the map as a key tourist stop over point.
“Whales are magnificent creatures and we are very fortunate in south west Victoria to have them on our door step every winter.
"Not only do we want people from across Australia to head here but people from around the world to see first-hand how spectacular a creature they are.”