NOT even whales can escape the aim of politicians as the Wannon campaign enters its final week.
The Coalition yesterday announced it would spend $25,000 on including Portland in a national whale trail in a bid to bring more visitors to the area.
Wannon MP Dan Tehan campaigned in the city as part of the Coalition’s $2 million policy on whale research and tourism.
The money will be poured into new signage and viewing areas in places such as Nuns Beach.
“This is about providing more jobs and tourism here in the south-west,” Mr Tehan said.
‘‘The tourism benefits will be enormous.
“We’re going to make sure that all those people who go to New South Wales, who go to Queensland to watch whales, they will now be coming also to Victoria and know that this is the real home of whaling watching in this country.
“One of the things I hope to do if we win government is see Warrnambool added to the whale trail.”
South West Coast MP and Premier Denis Napthine was also in Portland to support Mr Tehan’s re-election chances.
“It’s a real boost to nature based tourism in Portland,” he said.
“Being identified on the whale trail is a great investment in more jobs and more tourism here in Portland.”
Glenelg Shire mayor Karen Stepthens said the numbers of whales heading into the port had increased over the past three years.
“In 2011 we had 74 whales, in 2012 we had 113 and so far this year we’ve had 173,” Cr Stephens said yesterday.
‘‘It cements Portland as a place in the south-west to see whales.”