Creating New Jobs for Melbourne’s West

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to create more local jobs closer to the homes of people in Melbourne’s West.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP and Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson MP today unveiled the draft framework plan for the Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster, which is already a base for 14,600 jobs.

The Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster’s key institutes include Victoria University’s Sunshine and St Albans campuses, Sunshine Hospital, the Western Centre for Health Research and Education, and the soon-to-be-complete Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The cluster’s major research and medical institutions are thriving, and that means more local job opportunities, but it also means we have to carefully consider how we plan to keep pace with population growth.

It’s part of the Labor Government’s new Plan Melbourne, which is helping create more jobs closer to where Victorians live and making Melbourne home to more “20-minute neighbourhoods”.

The draft framework plan outlines the services and infrastructure needed in the future to attract investment locally and create more jobs.

The Andrews Labor Government has already invested in major transport projects in the area that will spur growth, including the removal of level crossings on Main Road and Furlong Road in St Albans and is currently building new train stations for St Albans and Ginifer, expected to be competed mid-year.

With the draft framework plan now complete, the Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster moves into the second engagement phase.

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Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“By creating jobs closer to where people live we are ensuring Victorians spend less time commuting and more time with family and friends.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson

“Melbourne’s west is home to jobs of the future. We’re already a considerable hub for thousands of workers, and we’re taking steps to ensure the region grows alongside the thriving industries that we’re renowned for.”

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