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Neoh calls for new age energy centre of excellence

The Nationals candidate for South West Coast Michael Neoh has today called for a new age energy centre of excellence to be established at Portland.

Speaking ahead of the candidates' forum at Portland on Wednesday, Mr Neoh said that new age, or renewable, energy industry was a perfect fit for Portland.

“Victoria’s south west coast has many natural advantages for renewable energy such as an abundance of wind, the ocean coastline and sunlight.

“There are a number of wind turbines installed around the district, and components for wind turbine towers are already manufactured at Portland by Keppel Prince so it makes sense to continue to build on this natural advantage.

“In addition, the relevant renewable energy department and staff should be located in Portland to ensure critical work at the centre of excellence is done locally.

“The locating of the department in Portland would create a welcomes boost to the local economy as well as bring new jobs and families to the area.

“The locating of the centre of excellence in Portland would no doubt see hundreds of new jobs created for our whole region in the future.”