Media Releases | 23rd Oct, 2014

Job losses at Portland wind factory foreseeable and preventable

23 October 2014

Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham is available for comment on the job losses at Keppel Prince’s Portland wind tower manufacturing facility.

Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham said today:

“Coalition actions at the State and Federal level have damaged investor confidence in renewable energy and this is starting to cause job losses on the ground.

“Premier Napthine has said that he finds wind farms beautiful, but the reality is that his government’s policies have stalled the approval of new wind farms. The Napthine Government has also supported the Abbott Government’s attempts to weaken the national renewable energy target which has brought new investment in the wind industry to a standstill.”

“The loss of jobs in Portland was entirely forseeable and preventable, but the government has chosen to protect vested interests in coal generation over clean energy jobs and investment. Now local communities and workers are suffering the consequences and Victoria misses the opportunity to clean up our extremely polluting energy supply.”

Environment Victoria has documented 25 attacks on the clean energy industry by the Bailliru/Napthine Governments in its report ‘Sunblocks and Windbreaks’ available here.

For further comment or information:

Mark WakehamCEO, Environment Victoria

MOBILE: 0439 700 501