MINISTERS STATEMENTS: Fishermans Bend

 

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (11:28:48) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s plans to make Fishermans Bend a world‑class manufacturing and engineering precinct that all Victorians can be proud of.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER (11:29:06) — Order! The member for Caulfield and the member for Ivanhoe will leave the chamber the period of 1 hour.

Honourable members for Caulfield and Ivanhoe withdrew from chamber.

Mr CARROLL — Thanks to the efforts of the Andrews Labor government, and not Mr Make Me Your Best Offer over there, Fishermans Bend will eventually house 80 000 residents and create 60 000 new jobs for Victorians.

For generations Fishermans Bend has been the home of manufacturing, and on this side of the house we aim to keep it that way. We have got Boeing down there, the world’s largest aerospace company; the Defence Science and Technology Group, the second‑largest research and development organisation outside the CSIRO; and the Holden design studios. And more recently with the Treasurer I had the pleasure to announce Melbourne University’s $1 billion investment in Fishermans Bend, with real qualifications, no adjunct professorships, real engineering graduates and IT students — an $8 billion boost to the local economy and 15 000 new jobs. They are jobs for the 21st century in autonomous vehicles, aerospace and renewable energy.

On the back of the investments that the Deputy Premier is making in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with the more and more factories I see as the Minister for Industry and Employment, and with the member for Dandenong recently at Bombardier, we are seeing more and more females come through from STEM to engineering, and they are leading and leading and leading. They are very much reflecting what the community is about.

I want to pay special tribute to the Minister for Planning and the member for Albert Park, who are doing so well to transform Fishermans Bend into 21st‑century jobs and industry for the future. We are going to make sure it is more than just a postcode — Australia’s largest urban renewal project, a manufacturing centre of excellence and jobs of the future. I am very proud as the Minister for Industry and Employment to make sure that Fishermans Bend lives up to expectations, not just big towers but actual jobs of the future and industry of the future — we are going to deliver that precinct.

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