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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland renewable forum opening doors to new business

12 June 2018

Portland’s position as a national leader in sustainable energy will be further enhanced at the Portland Futures Renewable Energy Forum later this month.

Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate, Simon Corbell, will lead the industry and community session, to be hosted by Glenelg Shire Council, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Committee for Portland, on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at the Portland Business Hub.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the forum aimed to identify opportunities for advanced manufacturing, innovation, and research and development. She said these opportunities would lead to job creation in the local renewable energy sector, by enhancing existing industries, attracting new industries and supporting pathways for further education and training.

“Council is delighted to have Simon Corbell host this conversation, a Victorian first, which aims to identify how to attract new and diverse technologies to the renewable energy sector. This in turn will attract investment to the region and grow our local economy,” Cr Rank said.

Mr Corbell was appointed Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Advocate in 2016, to provide expert advice and assist the State Government to achieve its renewable energy targets.

Mr Corbell is a former ACT parliamentarian and a regular visitor to Portland, supporting the Committee for Portland and Glenelg Shire Council in implementing the Portland Futures Plan.

“Portland and the surrounding region already understand how renewable energy can deliver investment and jobs, the challenge is how to leverage this investment to drive ongoing jobs growth and position Portland as a centre of renewable energy excellence. This forum will be a great opportunity to progress this major opportunity for the south west region,” Mr Corbell said.

Committee for Portland chair Jim Cooper said the forum would attract key industry figures.

“This event will act as a think tank, inspiring our local business leaders and advocates on how we can build the region’s profile as a renewable energy leader, attracting new industry and business,” Mr Cooper said.

“Building on the recently released Portland Futures Plan, this event is an important step as we look to reshape our economy, and create new local jobs and industries.

“This forum will feature some of our biggest industry leaders, putting their minds together on how we will make this plan more than just a vision – it will become a reality.”

Mr Cooper is one of the forum speakers, providing an update on the Portland Futures Plan. Fellow business leader, Steve Garner of Keppel Prince, will provide an update on current activities and opportunities in the renewable energy sector, whilst TW Power Services Contract manager, Brendan Ryan, will give an overview on the skills required to lead the renewable energy sector into the future.

People interested in learning more, or to register their interest in attending the forum, should contact council’s economic development and communications manager Liz McKinnon on

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