In the wake of the recent announcement from Exxon Mobil concerning its Altona refinery, Hobsons Bay City Council has issued the below statement.
Statement from the Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Jonathon Marsden
“Exxon Mobil’s recent news that their Altona refinery will cease operations and the space will be converted to an import terminal will be felt deeply in our community.
“Hearing about sectors and organisations across the globe being hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID hits even harder when it’s close to home, and it deeply affects an organisation and its people who are so well-entrenched in our city’s heritage, sense of identity and economic vitality.
“We recognise that Mobil is in the early planning stage of this process with plenty of next steps to work out.
“It is important we recognise Mobil’s long and prominent history in our community. It has been part of Melbourne’s west for 75 years, and holds a strong legacy and rich family history for many employees in Altona and beyond.
“On behalf of my fellow Councillors, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise Mobil’s current and previous staff for their outstanding contributions to our city over so many decades. We know that as Mobil works through their next stages, they will continue to be a good corporate citizen with strong community values.
“Council will continue to liaise with Mobil on its needs over the coming months and provide support where we can.”