Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, has laid blame on the Federal Government for the closure of the Vestas factory in Portland resulting in the loss of 130 jobs.
“This is what happens when a Federal Government does not support new cutting-edge industries and refuses to embrace a suite of different technologies to address energy needs and climate change,
“Wind farm energy along with other alternative energy sources need to be nurtured,
“These industries create new jobs and this is particularly important to South West Victoria,” Ms Tierney said.
Ms Tierney stated that this announcement will impact not only the workers and their families, but also the community of Portland and surrounding areas.
“This can not be underestimated and it is incomprehensible why the Federal Government does not see the importance of job growth in regional areas,” she said.
Ms Tierney remains concerned for the workers and their families as a result of the announcement.
“I am committed to working with the Australian Worker’s Union and the South West Trades and Labor Council in doing whatever it takes to alleviate the impact of this announcement on the workers, their families and the Portland community,” Ms Tierney said.