Purcell's VRET local content is bringing jobs to south west Victoria

Member for Western Victoria James Purcell is thrilled his deciding vote has generated $30 million in work for Keppel Prince in Portland.

Mr Purcell was instrumental in passing the VRET legislation 12 months ago this week, successfully negotiating for a minimum local content element of 64 per cent for wind and solar projects to be included in the legislation.

"I am thrilled that Keppel Prince has already started to benefit from this element of the legislation, with $30 million in contracts and the creation of about 30 new jobs," Mr Purcell said.

"There was a great deal of discussion with Keppel Prince and other local businesses at the time of the legislation to determine what was a realistic component of local content to manage demand and keep our manufacturing sector and local business alive.

“This legislation has kept 340 jobs at Keppel Prince and created further jobs there, as well as creating opportunities for local contractors, labourers and ancillary businesses.”

Keppel Prince’s Steve Garner said he was grateful for Mr Purcell’s support.

“There is no doubt that without James we could be faced with a very different situation. He has actively sought to support us and local industry through the amendments he made to the VRET legislation.

“We are very lucky to have someone such as James working hard to support south-west businesses such as ours, and getting results along the way.”

The Liberal Party has announced plans to scrap VRET if it is elected in November, which Mr Purcell says would be devastating for local industry.

"This bill provides much needed assurance for the whole renewable sector and its vital that we respect these targets.

"It's something Victorians can be very proud of and I am proud to have played a part in ensuring our region benefits directly from the growth in the renewables."