Regional Development Victoria (RDV) and Porthaul have combined to help boost jobs in Portland, helping create 50 new jobs and safeguard another 40.
Porthaul is a transport and civil engineering company that operates a fleet of 50 vehicles and provides both import and export services for a range of commodities including forestry products, grains, fertilisers and livestock.
An investment from the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund has helped secure Porthaul’s own significant investment in the development of a new transport facility which will allow the company to consolidate its four Portland facilities into one major transport depot.
Unni Menon, Regional Director for RDV’s Barwon South West office, says the support will ensure Portland’s haulage operations remain in Portland, which was at risk of moving interstate.
“As one of the biggest transport companies in the region, Porthaul plays an integral role in the local economy moving forestry products from plantation to port,” says Unni.
This important new infrastructure project will benefit Portland and the region by boosting jobs and driving investment.
“In addition to the development of a new depot, the support from RDV will also go towards attracting and training the appropriately qualified and experienced workforce the company needs needs to develop and grow – and keep it in the region,” Unni says.
The new depot will house Porthaul’s heavy vehicle fleet, enhancing efficiency, improving productivity, providing logistical advantages and reducing costs. The facility, along with a skilled workforce, will position Porthaul to further expand its operations at Portland and compete for additional transport contracts.