Always something on at

The Foundations

A rare combination of industrial heritage and picturesque natural beauty, the site is being revitalised into a unique regional destination offering a diverse range of authentic cultural, community and recreational experiences making it perfect for a short stay or more permanent lifestyle change.

Markets at The Foundations are held quarterly Twilight Markets at Easter, June Long Weekend, October Long Weekend and Christmas. The markets brings together a great range of local crafters, artisans and makers as well as local food providers and producers to offer a diverse selection of products. Being an indoor market, it is a warm and inviting space even in the coldest winter weekends.

The silos were painted in April and May 2018 by artist Guido Van Helten. The six individuals represented in the artwork are all former employees who shared their recollections of working at the Portland Cement Works and how their lives have been impacted by the industry in their town.

The Foundations are very excited to announce that we have renowned sculptural artist, Harrie Fasher, on site as our permanent Artist in Residence. Harrie is a highly accomplished metal sculptor who produces contemporary works on a large scale. One of her most recognisable works is ‘The Last Charge’ which has been installed and available to view at The Foundations.

For anyone who loves

Fishing at the Millpond

Trout fishing at the Millpond
The dam adjacent to the Raffans Mill is the remnants of the original quarry that operated on the site. This is the smallest of three dams on the site and over the last 3 years a joint initiative with Western Acclimatisation and NSW Fisheries has seen the dam stocked with over 3000 fingerling trout.

The fantastic conditions in the dam have seen these trout grow into healthy fish ready for any sports fisherman. Current hours for fishing access are 7am – 7pm 7 days a week. Entry is behind ST Stephens Church on Williwa Street, follow the ‘FISHING’ signs.

Discover some Australian memorabilia at

The Glen Museum

The Glen Museum is situated in Portland, a small rural community approx. twenty minutes west of Lithgow NSW. The museum is housed in the old hospital building of the former Portland Cement Works site, now known as The Foundations.

The collection is the result of lifelong work by local identity, the late Charlie Pinch, who worked at the cement works and his partner, the late Valerie Risby.

Charlie started collecting and preserving items of the past in the early 1960s when he noticed the history of Portland disappearing in the wave of modernism and renovation occurring in Australia at the time.

The collection contains some unique and rare objects that provide a valuable insight into rural life in a town built around one industry and one company. It contains everyday household items, farming, hospital, social life, and business paraphernalia .

The Glen is managed and maintained by a volunteer committee with continuing assistance from the relatives of Charlie and Valerie.

The Glen is a non-profit organisation, at the end of your visit feel free to sign the guestbook and as there is no entry fee, all donations are greatly appreciated. All donations are utilised towards the ongoing care and maintenance of the museum.

The Glen Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

To book a tour at another time call Fay for more information: 0411 289 607.