Port of Portland acknowledges the Gunditjmara People who are the Traditional Owners of the land and waterways on which Port of Portland operates and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Port of Portland’s annual Community Sponsorship Program injects $80,000 each year into the community to provide support and funding opportunities for local education programs, community welfare programs and/or initiates, environmental improvements, sport and events within the local shire. In the current sponsorship year, POPL sponsored Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (a local indigenous community controlled organisation) funding to the value of $2,500 for a Community Lunch program. This program provided healthy nutritious meals to the Portland indigenous community every fortnight for up to six months (catering between 50 to 70 people at each lunch).
Port of Portland also supported the Narrawong District Primary School (NDPS) with funding over the past 2 years with a grant to the value of $1,000 to enable guest Gunditjmara speakers to talk to students about connection to country and Indigenous agriculture. In addition, funding to the value of $1,000 was also provided to develop artworks and written learning guides for the broader Indigenous culture program to be shared between the NDPS and other regional schools.