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MEDIA RELEASE - Infrastructure Upgrades To Unlock 150 Jobs For Portland

13 October 2017

Glenelg Shire Council has welcomed a State Government funding commitment for infrastructure upgrades to Portland’s $5 million Henty Employment Precinct.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement at the Great South Coast Regional Partnership Assembly to a crowd of more than 340 people in Portland last night.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Anita Rank welcomed the announcement, stating it was a “game changer” for development in the district.
“This is a big win for the local economy. These upgrades will unlock a significant portion of Portland’s industrial land for private investment,” Cr Rank said.

The State Government has committed $1.5 million from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to assist completion of stage one of the Henty Employment Precinct Infrastructure Upgrade.

Council will also contribute $1.5 million of investment into the first stage of upgrades to the precinct with further funding support expected to be announced for stage two in the future.
The first stage, which is due to begin in the coming weeks, includes construction of road and intersection upgrades to:
• Browning Street, North Portland
• Henty Hwy Ring Road, North Portland
• New Street, Portland
• West end of Cashmore Road, North Portland

Cr Rank said the precinct was bounded by the Portland Ring Road north and south, Portland-Nelson Road and Cashmore Road.

“The funds will go towards the first stage of planned upgrades for the precinct, which council has been lobbying for since the adoption of the Portland Industrial Land Strategy in September last year,” she said.

“We are very pleased to see that our investment in strategic planning is yielding quick and positive results.

“The full upgrade of the precinct is projected to unlock $32 million of private investment over three years across our construction, freight, manufacturing, forestry, and professional service sectors.

“More than 50 jobs will be added to our local economy in order to construct the required public and commercial infrastructure and upwards of 100 jobs will be created from private investment within the precinct.”

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