GLENELG Shire Council will write to local Members of Parliament urging them to introduce a mandate for local manufacturing contributions in wind farm contracts.
The motion was moved in urgent business at last week’s council meeting by Cr Robert Halliday who said the council will advocate for the Manufacturing Alliance, local industry and the community as a whole to ensure jobs in the sector remain inPortland.
Cr Anita Rank said if local manufacturing continues to be neglected it will have knock-on effects on the local economy, increasing unemployment and compromise other industries.
Cr Rank also said populations in the district could drop as families were forced to leave the region for other work, further affecting local business and schools.
Councillors agreed that State and Federal Governments need to introduce mandates to ensure local manufacturers are included in the construction of wind farms.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.