Media release: Minster urged to work with PortHaul

15 June 2016

Minster urged to work with PortHaul

CIMG0337South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has demanded employment minister Wade Noonan meet with PortHaul to help the growing business find staff.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday Mrs Britnell said despite the Labor Government saying they had worked with PortHaul to sort out the problem, the business still needed staff.

Mrs Britnell asked the minister to assist PortHaul find 56 employees in December.

“But PortHaul owner Brian Williamson said he’s had no contact with the state government about the issues,” Mrs Britnell said.

“They have ten jobs to fill right now and will need to fill another 12 positions in the next few weeks to meet contract commitments,” she said.

“With the Government’s promise of 100,000 jobs in Victoria within two years floundering, I would have thought the state government would have been bending over backwards to assist.

“That doesn’t seem to be the case, in fact I’m told the South Australian government has been more helpful.

“Daniel Andrews said he would fight for every job, but apparently that promise means nothing in south-west Victoria

Mrs Britnell said PortHaul had managed to find 25 staff, with the South Australian Government helping fill a further five positions.

“Mr Williamson has told me he’s been so impressed with the help from South Australia, he’s considering relocating his business across the border,” she said.

“That’s the last thing I want to see happen, but the state government doesn’t seems to mind if PortHaul’s 100 jobs are taken across the border.

“Minister Noonan needs to listen to country Victorians and helps this growing business continue to thrive and not just pretend to care.”

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