Local MP Suggests Nuclear is the Future for Portland
Western Victoria MP, James Purcell, is interested to hear the views from locals after suggesting nuclear power could hold the key to a prosperous future for Portland.
Mr Purcell says a nuclear plant could possibly be a viable long term option and support further industrial development.
"Alcoa has a limited life in Portland, I don't believe it'll be here in twenty years. So, my proposal is, to ask the people of Portland whether you actually do want a ghost-town, or whether you want to have cheap energy which would be able to sustain a rebuilt smelter, would be able to sustain new industry that is energy-thirsty like paper manufacturing and maybe wool combing or other energies, because these are all very heavy industries that rely on energy."