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Manufacturing has strong future in Melbourne’s north, says developer

Merrivale, the new suburb taking shape in Melbourne’s north, could become a manufacturing hub, according to MAB Corporation founder Andrew Buxton.

AFR reports that the suburb, which is 30 km north of the Melbourne city centre, is set to become Victoria's largest fully masterplanned mixed-use community, providing 4,000 new homes and an employment base for 20,000 workers.

Dulux has already to committed to creating some of those jobs. The paint maker will build a $165 million facility on the site which will employ 200 people during construction and 64 ongoing full-time positions.

Buxton told the AFR that more manufacturers could follow Dulux’s lead.

"We expect new forms of manufacturing that use clean technologies to establish themselves at Merrifield. We want to create opportunities beyond the blue-collar-type work and target the more aspirational-type businesses," he said.

He added that a European-based food manufacturer is in discussions to establish a site in Merrifield and that he expected to have commitments for the creation of about 400 more jobs by the end of the year.

Merrifield is already on the train line and further improvements to the public transport network, including bus rapid transit, are planned.

In addition a $1.3 million park featuring a playground and sporting facilities, was recently launched on site.


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