First of Australian-made bus fleet completed in Victoria

The production of buses in Victoria reached a milestone when the first of 50 new buses were completed in Ballarat, in June.

Built by OzPress Industries in the regional Victorian city, the buses will be put into service across Melbourne’s public transport network.

The fleet of buses were manufactured with the assistance of Gemilang International Limited, located in Malaysia and Singapore.

The assembly of the buses created 20 jobs in Ballarat for body builders, panel beaters, aftersales staff, auto electricians and painters.

The OzPress buses are part of a larger, $16 million dollar, order for 100 buses by the Victorian government, which will begin operating in Melbourne in the next two years. The other 50 buses will be built in Dandenong at Volgren’s factory in the Melbourne suburb.

The Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, highlighted the economic impact a government order such as this can have on the state’s economy.

“We’re delivering the biggest order of new trains, trams and buses this state has ever seen – creating new jobs right here in Ballarat and across Victoria,” said Horne.

The value of producing in a regional city such as Ballarat can lead to further prospects for local businesses, as Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison noted.

“This bus order is re-energising our local automotive industry – creating jobs and opportunities as we build a brand-new bus fleet for Victoria,” said Addison.