Manufacturing doing well in suburban Melbourne, says local council

The manufacturing industry is doing well in Melbourne’s Brimbank and the job market is growing, according to Brimbank Council’s Economic Development and Transport Committee.

The Herald Sun reports that, according to data presented to committee, the sector is trending well and has a good future in the western Melbourne area.

The council’s director of city development, Stuart Menzies said, “All in all, local manufacturing is showing every indication of continuing to provide jobs and local products into the future, well and truly bucking the industry trend,” Mr Menzies said.

“Currently, Brimbank is home to 874 manufacturing businesses that employ 12,849 people.”

He pointed to recent success stories, such as the $47 million pharmaceutical manufacturing centre of Fresenius Kabi, which has created 120 new jobs and Digital Realty’s $150 million data storage centre in deer Park which has created 220 new jobs.

This good news comes as the manufacturing industry tries to prepare itself for the end of all local car manufacturing operations in coming years.

As former Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr pointed out, the Australian car industry employs around 50,000 directly. But using the normal multiplier of three or four to one, the figure of jobs likely to be affected by the departure of car manufacturing is over 200,000.

Victoria currently has two thirds of the nation’s car manufacturing workers, so the impact on Victoria will be significant.

The federal government has announced there will $155million of assistance available to industry.

However, according to Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, while Victoria has two thirds of the nation’s car manufacturing workers, the total funding won’t necessarily be divided in those exact proportions.

So all affected areas in Victoria and South Australia will need to, in effect, compete to secure funds.

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