The Andrews Labor Government is helping manufacturers in Warrnambool grow, innovate and create jobs.
Member for Western Victori,a Gayle Tierney today announced the creation of the Warrnambool Manufacturing Cluster – part of a $5 million state-wide scheme to boost the capability of regional manufacturers.
The initiative will give local manufacturers access to programs that boost productivity and competitiveness, and help them embrace innovation, adopt new skills and develop trade and supply chain opportunities.
The cluster will harness the strengths of local businesses and connect them with other manufacturing organisations. There are more than 110 manufacturing businesses in the Warrnambool region, employing more than 900 people.
It will be delivered by the Labor Government in partnership with the Australian Industry Group, and will be overseen by a committee made up of relevant local stakeholders.
The Labor Government has already committed over $120 million in manufacturing support, creating over 6,000 jobs and driving more than $1.6 billion in private investment across the State.
The latest figures show that Victoria’s Performance of Manufacturing Index expanded for 17 consecutive months – the longest run of expansion on record.
For more information about the Regional Manufacturing Cluster, visit business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/regional-manufacturing-clusters
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“These manufacturing clusters will play a big part in bringing businesses together so we can create jobs and boost the economy.”
“I’m proud to be part of a Labor Government – supporting manufacturers here in Warrnambool to create jobs and support our local economy.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll
“Sometimes businesses need extra support to grow, the Warrnambool Manufacturing Cluster will help locals address key barriers and give them the skills they need to position them for success.”