Alcoa Workers Celebrate As Smelter Powers Ahead

The Andrews Labor Government continues to support Portland workers and businesses following its landmark agreement in January to help secure the future of the Portland smelter.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined with Alcoa workers today to celebrate the smelter’s imminent return to full production.

The Labor Government’s support has provided certainty for smelter employees, supply chain companies and Portland businesses that have been worried about their future. It has also created a pathway towards a more sustainable future for the facility.

The smelter is Portland’s largest employer and more than 1,600 supply chain and indirect jobs depend on its operation.

It directly supports 650 employees and contractors, and injects more than $120 million into the Portland region every year.

Minister Noonan also visited the Port of Portland, which handled a record 7.6 million tonnes of cargo worth over $2 billion in 2016-17, as well as Keppel Prince Engineering and Porthaul – two companies that are growing and investing in the region.

The Labor Government is supporting economic growth and diversification in the Glenelg region. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $500,000 to start planning for the future of sustainable employment and industry in the region.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“The Portland Alcoa smelter is critical to the region’s economy and we’re committed to keeping workers in jobs and supporting local manufacturing.”

“Portland’s economy remains strong thanks to the smelter and businesses such as Keppel Prince and Porthaul, which are expanding and creating more jobs in the region.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney

“We will always look out for the workers and their families, and it’s great to see how our support is delivering certainty for the Portland community.”