New $21 million Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence to support jobs in western Melbourne

Friday, 7 September 2012

Minister for Sustainability, Tony Burke, and Federal Member for Gorton and Minister for Small Business, Brendan O’Connor, today officially announced one of the single largest investments in local infrastructure in western Melbourne, outside of road and rail.
 
The City of Melton has received $14.6 million towards the establishment of the $21 million Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence, a business precinct with a particular focus on supporting the construction sector.
 
This is in addition to last month’s announcement of $9.23 million for the Toolern Stormwater Harvesting Project, bringing the total level of Gillard Government investment in the Toolern precinct to $23.83 million.
 
The Gillard Government is supporting local jobs in western Melbourne with this new employment precinct receiving this funding under the Suburban Jobs program.
 
The Suburban Jobs program is a Gillard Government initiative to support employment precincts in the outer suburbs of our major cities to create local jobs, helping to reduce congestion and build more sustainable cities.
 
Sustainability Minister Tony Burke and local MP Brendan O’Connor today announced that the City of Melton was successful under the Suburban Jobs program.
 
“I am proud to announce that the City of Melton has been successful under the Suburban Jobs program,” Mr Burke said.
 
“The population of the City of Melton is expected to double by 2031 and 83 per cent of its workforce are currently forced to leave the area for work.
 
“This project will help create local jobs and take cars off the road, allowing Melton residents to spend more time with family and friends.
 
“Historically state governments have put jobs on one side of the city and houses on the other. This program is only required because planning hasn’t been as good as it could have been.”
 
Federal Member for Gorton, Brendan O’Connor, said the project would create real benefits for the community in western Melbourne.
 
“I am extremely pleased that the City of Melton has been successful under this program,” Mr O’Connor said.
 
“This project will go a long way to easing congestion in western Melbourne and will help create more local jobs where we need them most.
 
“The hub will have a particular focus on supporting the construction sector given the importance of this industry in providing new homes for the growing population of Toolern.
 
“Fifteen new housing developments are underway in the municipality and more than 34 per cent of all new businesses registered in the Shire are part of this industry.”
 
Melton City Council will work with a consortium to deliver the Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence, including Lend Lease, the Burbank Group of Companies and the Kangan Institute.
 
The sustainably designed hub in the heart of the developing Toolern precinct will provide office space and support for new and growing local businesses.
 
The centre for excellence will provide training for construction businesses on issues such as environmentally sustainable building design and construction. Small business owners will also be able to access training in business management skills.
 
The hub will also include a data centre which will service the needs of digital businesses in the City of Melton and demonstrate how the reliability and speed of the National Broadband Network will provide new business, learning and lifestyle opportunities.
 
A competitive application process was conducted to select projects for funding under the Suburban Jobs program. Construction of projects will be completed by 30 June 2015.
 
More information about the Suburban Jobs Program is available at http://www.environment.gov.au/sustainability/suburbanjobs/index.html