The Turnbull Government is “ripping off Victoria” over the allocation of budget funds for the state’s rail infrastructure projects, Victorian transport minister Jacinta Allan reportedly said. The Liberal minister has joined Labor’s federal shadow minister Anthony Albanese in claims that the government had “dudded” Victoria’s request for $1.45 billion to go towards regional rail upgrades, … Continue reading Dispute heats up over Victoria’s ‘dudded’ request for rail funding
Chinese manufacturer Goldwind has acquired an up-to-530MW wind farm project from Origin Energy, in what the company says is the largest wind farm power purchase agreement in Australia. Goldwind paid AU$110 million for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project, located in Victoria. Origin Energy also agreed to purchase all the energy and renewable energy certificates … Continue reading Chinese manufacturer makes Australia’s biggest wind deal
Esso Australia has announced the completion of its Longford Gas Conditioning Plant, which processes gas from the Kipper Tuna Turrum development. This marks the conclusion of the $5.5 billion Kipper Tuna Turrum project. Located in Longford, Victoria, the Kipper Tuna Turrum gas fields and conditioning plant will process 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to … Continue reading Esso completes new gas conditioning plant
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn has announced that it will close three factories, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs. The processor will close factories in Edith Creek in northern Tasmania, and Rochester and Kiewa in northern Victoria. The closures will be staggered, beginning with the closure of the Edith Creek factory at the end … Continue reading Murray Goulburn to kill 360 jobs in factory closures
The Victorian government has promised to stop industrial action going ahead at the Loy Yang A coal-fired power station. Energy supplier AGL is threatening to shut the state’s largest power plant down after the Electrical Trades Unions (ETU) gave notice it would enforce “consecutive stoppages” from May 15. In response to the ongoing industrial dispute, … Continue reading Victorian power ‘not at risk’ over threatened plant lock-out
CommSec has released its latest quarterly report revealing the economic performance of Australian states. The report analyses eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; business investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements. According to CommSec chief economist Craig James, the latest data indicates a multi-speed national economy. NSW remains on top, … Continue reading NSW continues to dominate Australia’s economic performance
South Australia has reached its renewable energy target of 50 per cent almost eight years ahead of schedule. The state has already surpassed its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2025, reaching 53 per cent from 2016-2017. In 2014, this figure was 36 per cent. “I am pleased that South Australia is leading … Continue reading SA reaches 50 per cent renewable energy target 8 years early
Kingspan Insulation has announced the opening of its insulation manufacturing facility at Somerton in Melbourne. The $40 million factory is the first Green Star-rated manufacturing facility in Australia, aiming to support production entirely through renewable energy. With the opening of the Melbourne plant, Kingspan will not only be able to supply products to Australia, but it … Continue reading Australia’s first Green Star-rated factory opens in Victoria
A Victorian vehicle manufacturing start-up aiming to produce the first Australian-made electric vehicles has been given a kick-start thanks to a new funding initiative by CSIRO. CSIRO Kick-Start is an initiative that offers dollar-matched funding of up to $50,000 to enable research projects for start-ups and small businesses that are on their way to becoming Australian success … Continue reading CSIRO backs Victorian electric vehicle manufacturing start-up
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has warned that Victoria could face 72 days of power supply shortfalls over the next two years, following the shutdown of the Hazelwood plant next week. According to AEMO, the shutdown of the Hazelwood plant, which supplies up to a quarter of Victoria’s power, could lead to breaches of … Continue reading Victoria warned of 72 days of potential blackouts
The Queensland government’s gas pilot program provides good template for how gas could be developed on Australia’s eastern seaboard, according to Manufacturing Australia. The program provides a piece of land in the Surat Basin for gas extraction solely by domestic companies and manufacturers. “If gas intensive manufacturing is to continue in Australia we need more … Continue reading Queensland government gas pilot program shows the way
Large energy consumers are asking the federal government to fix its energy policy after several of them were hit with price increases of up to 100 per cent while troubled aluminium producer, Alcoa, was given a sweetheart deal. According to The Australian Financial Review, key Australian energy and manufacturing users, including Brickworks and BHP Billiton, … Continue reading Big energy consumers angry about massive price hike
Industry minister Greg Hunt met with executives from some of Australia’s major energy companies yesterday to discuss the “looming shortage” of the resource for manufacturers.
The need to boost skills as manufacturing jobs were shed was cited by the Victorian government as it announced increases to funding for training and education.
The Victoria Carpets factory in Castlemaine, Victoria will close by the end of the month and twenty one employees will lose their jobs.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says that without funding from both state and federal governments Holden may shut down its production plant in Elizabeth.
Chobani Australia today opened its new $30 million yogurt plant in Victoria.
Australian Weaving Mills (AWM) has planned to relocate the weaving division of the company from Devonport in Tasmania to Wangaratta in Victoria.
A cheese and milk factory near the west Victorian country town of Colac is set to close down next year, shedding 130 jobs, after it was deemed too expensive to upgrade.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that more than 80 per cent of job losses in regional Victoria last month have been in the Barwon- Western District.