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Coalition focused on jobs and innovation in Geelong

Ministers:

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker, today joined Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, to tour the Geelong Centre for Emerging and Infectious Diseases (GCEID) laboratory at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see first hand some of the fantastic innovation and ingenuity that Geelong has to offer,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“GCEID is clearly at the cutting edge of scientific research in Australia which is why the Federal Government is investing to help expand this important work,” he said.

“The Federal Government has committed $3 million to the $12 million project to establish a larger site for GCEID, creating about 30 new ongoing jobs and 107 jobs during construction.”

GCEID’s partners are Deakin University, the CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Barwon Health and the City of Greater Geelong.

Ms Henderson said: “I am delighted to show Minister Hartsuyker why this jobs-creating investment is so important”.

“GCEID’s researchers are a credit to our region, leading the way in keeping the community and food sources safe from infectious diseases,” Ms Henderson said.

“This investment is a really good example of Geelong’s potential as a leading hub for science, research and innovation industries,” she said.

The Federal Government’s Victorian Economic Review Panel will convene tomorrow (Wednesday) to inform the design of the recently announced $100 million Growth Fund for regions impacted by a downturn in manufacturing.

The panel is particularly interested in assisting industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices; food processing; information and communications technologies, and advanced manufacturing.

“We have a strong future in smart manufacturing,” Ms Henderson said.

Ms Henderson will sit on the panel, chaired by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, tomorrow.

They will be joined by Trade Minister Andrew Robb, Senator Michael Ronaldson, Frank Costa, Mark Birrell and Jackie Fairley.“The panel will have a strong Geelong voice which is just so important,” Ms Henderson said.

During Minister Hartsuyker’s visit Ms Henderson also hosted  a visit to the Darriwill Farm Restaurant in Highton and convened a meeting with Barwon Youth.

For further information on Job Services Australia www.employment.gov.au.