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Another blow for Portland

Another blow for Portland

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Portland locals deserve an explanation

Port Fairy's wind farm contract with Vestas highlights the lack of support for local manufacturers.

Unions and Keppel Prince are begging the Morrison government to order Vestas to use Victorian steel for the Port Fairy wind farm.

The Age reported, Member for Wannon and Trade Minister Dan Tehan said "the federal government did not have any mechanism to force the company to change course because the project was not funded by the Commonwealth."

Member for the South-west coast Roma Britnell says Portland's industries this year have taken blow after blow.

Ms Britnell noted, The Victorian Labor Government has left the local economy in strife who's industries have been compromised with the belt and road deal with China.

“So Kepple Prince in Portland make wind farm towers and the Labor Government said they'd make sure local contents was used for manufacturing but the decision is that the wind towers will be imported, come through the Port of Portland past the gate of Kepple Prince and that's just not what we want to see for manufacturing in Australia.

This will be huge for the regional area, on top of the fact that logs aren't able to be exported out of the Port of Portland, the Cray fishing industry is on it's knees."

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Ms Britnell said, "The Victorian Labor Government have a explanation to the people of Portland who are compromised with the belt and road deal with China.”

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