THE proposed 70-berth marina project in Portland harbour is expected to provide direct employment for up to 20 local tradespeople. Queensland-based Superior Jetties confirmed on Monday it was likely to bring down a small number of its workers, comprising mainly a management team to oversee the project, but would be seeking expressions of interest from local skilled tradespeople. A spokesman for Superior Jetties said at this stage it was expected “between 10 and 20 locals will be employed for the project”. Work on the multi-million dollar project is expected to start within weeks after temporary fencing was installed near the site, to the east of the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, in recent days. The Glenelg Shire Council awarded the contract for the marina project to Superior Jetties last month. It expects the project will take around 16 weeks to complete. Shire planning and economic development group manager Syd Deam said the council was pleased that work on the marina was about to start. Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.