SOME $1.5m from the Victorian government is expected to smooth the export process through Port of Portland.
Regional development minister Jaala Pulford announced money this week for the Henty Employment Precinct with a view to growing the local economy.
The Henty Employment Precinct Infrastructure Upgrade Project is to be delivered by Glenelg Shire Council and provide essential road and drainage infrastructure.
It is expected the Project will improve surrounding public roads by enabling B-double truck access.
Precinct development is set to support both current and new industries, including timber processing for export, that have potential to increase economic activity and attract investment.
“It is widely recognised that Portland’s economy is heavily reliant on Alcoa, so this project is a good step to help the town diversify its economy,” Ms Pulford said.
“We’re investing in critical infrastructure at the Henty Employment Precinct because it has the potential to attract new business investment to Portland and create new jobs – and that’s good news for all across the supply chain.”
Roads minister Luke Donnellan said the government was building the road network the south west needed and doubling road maintenance, investment.