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Victorian Coalition Government welcomes 70th new international investor to Melbourne

* * - Friday, September 26, 2014


  • New global financial services company brings new jobs to Melbourne
  • FXCM establishing facility to support Asia/Pacific clients
  • Victorian Coalition Government attracting global businesses to Melbourne

Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan today welcomed news international foreign exchange company FXCM will become the 70th international business to establish a new office in Melbourne.

Mr Ryan congratulated FXCM on selecting Melbourne as the location for its administration support centre.

"Since December 2010, we’ve attracted investments from 70 international investors to Victoria who previously had no presence in the state,” Mr Ryan said.

“This has brought over $580 million in capital investment to Victoria.

“Like so many other international companies, FXCM has recognised the advantages of setting up an office in Melbourne – our proximity to Asia, our highly skilled workforce, our status as the world’s most liveable city all underpinned by our AAA stable credit rating and the Victorian Coalition Government’s record of strong economic management.”

New York headquartered FXCM is a $1 billion global financial services company. It delivers trading software in 16 languages, produces foreign exchange research and content in 9 languages and provides customer support in 19 languages. More than 85 per cent of FXCM’s retail customer trading volume is derived from customers residing outside the United States.

FXCM services over 180,000 clients in more than 180 countries.

Mr Ryan said that the strength and diversity of Victoria's skilled multicultural community is a strong attraction for international companies seeking to service the Asia-Pacific region.

“Victorians come from more than 200 countries and speak more than 230 languages and dialects. We are proud of our diversity and our global outlook, and we are pleased that FXCM recognises the value that this can add to its business,” Mr Ryan said.

FXCM Australia Managing Director Jessica Beckstead said Melbourne was a great place from which to cater to Asian markets.

“We were looking at how best to service key international clients, principally Chinese nationals based in China,” Ms Beckstead said.

“We considered numerous locations, and Melbourne proved to be the leading choice.”

In addition to serving as an administrative support centre, the new Melbourne operation supporting non-Australian clients will also include account maintenance.

“Melbourne has an exceptional pool of trained professionals and skilled talent. We can hire experts who have strong financial literacy and who are bilingual Chinese-English speakers.

The workforce is stable and has an international mindset that is service-oriented,” Ms Beckstead said.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Western Highway works ramp up after winter

* * - Friday, September 26, 2014

WINTER is over and works on the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell are ramping up.


Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Deputy Premier of Victoria Peter Ryan outside Buangor today to inspect the progress of construction.


“Drivers will soon notice excavation equivalent to 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools of earth from Box’s Cutting, building a flatter dual carriageway to help trucks maintain a more constant speed and bring down freight costs,” Mr Truss said.


“These works aren’t the only progress being made on the Western Highway — residents will be extremely pleased to know that planning for the Buangor bypass is progressing well, and we expect to award the contract to design and build the bypass next month.”


Mr Ryan said both governments were also wasting no time in getting on with the planning studies for the Ararat and Beaufort bypasses that were announced in May this year.


“Consultation with local residents, councils and stakeholders around the Ararat and Beaufort communities will kick off in the next couple of months, with a consultant coming on board to investigate any environmental, heritage, social, economic or traffic impacts of the bypasses,” Mr Ryan said.


“This will ensure we get the planning right on the bypasses to get the best result for local residents as well as the industries that rely on moving freight along the Western Highway.”


Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the Western Highway was the main freight link between Victoria and South Australia, with up to 5,500 vehicles, including 1,500 trucks, taking the route every day.


“The highway supports Victoria’s thriving western district, with its farming, grain production, tourism and manufacturing sectors,” Mr Tehan said.


“That is why the Australian and Victorian Governments have dedicated more than half a billion dollars to its upgrade.”


The Australian Government has committed $404 million to the Western Highway upgrade between Ballarat and Stawell, and the Victorian Government committed $101 million. The Australian and Victorian Governments have also committed $3 million and $1 million respectively to the Ararat and Beaufort bypasses planning study.


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Truss and Ryan announce joint $2 million investment for Longerenong College

* * - Friday, September 26, 2014


  • Truss and Ryan announce $2 million for Longerenong College
  • $4.5 million project will upgrade student accommodation facilities
  • Project will encourage more students to live and study on-campus

Longerenong College’s ageing student accommodation will be refurbished thanks to a joint Commonwealth and State government investment, encouraging more students to live and study on-campus.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss joined Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy at Longerenong today to announce the $2 million joint investment.

Today’s announcement delivers the final instalment needed to fund the redevelopment of Longerenong College’s student accommodation facilities and follows an earlier commitment of $1.1 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Truss said it was an honour to visit the Wimmera to announce the $2 million investment that would help one of the country’s best agricultural colleges improve its facilities.

“Longerenong College is one of Victoria’s leading agricultural education and training facilities and is the only educational facility in the region that offers agricultural training and on-site accommodation,” Mr Truss said.

“The College delivers hands-on training through its 1,070 hectares farm which is complete with cropping, sheep and beef cattle enterprises, and offers students a wide variety of courses such as shearing, truck driving, header operation and farm management among others.

“It has a wide-reaching reputation for producing highly skilled graduates, who are highly sought after to work on-farm or in associated agribusiness.

“While student numbers are at an all-time high, sadly the accommodation facilities, which are up to 70 years old, have fallen into disrepair and as such are only at 50 per cent occupancy.

“This joint investment will ensure the student accommodation facilities match the magnificent training on offer here at Longerenong College, encouraging more students to live and study on-campus.”

Mr Ryan said the project would be a ‘game-changer’ for the College’s students, and would involve:

  • Refurbishing 108 single occupancy student rooms;
  • Refurbishing six single occupancy student rooms to provide disabled access;
  • Refurbishing shared residential facilities (bathrooms, kitchenettes, kitchen, lounge rooms and laundry), pathways and stairwells;
  • Constructing a new three-storey building, adjoining the accommodation, including two new communal study areas and a separate recreational area;
  • Installing reverse-cycle air conditioning and electronic access;
  • Upgrading wireless internet infrastructure; and
  • Replacing the existing hot water service.

“Today’s announcement is great news for students, the community and the agricultural sector more broadly,” Mr Ryan said.

“Most of Longerenong College’s 300 students live more than 100 kilometres away so access to on-site residential facilities and catering is a key factor in them being able to undertake vocational training.

“This investment means the College will be able to attract students back to on-campus living, while providing valuable casual accommodation for visitors to the region during the holiday season.

“Replacing the hot water service will also ensure there are no more cold showers, which I am sure will be warmly welcomed by Longerenong College students.”

Mr Ryan said the joint Federal and State government funding would be provided through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program - Victoria.

“This program has been designed to strengthen and diversify local economies impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $15 million fund includes $10 million from the Federal Government and $5 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

“Today’s investment is a terrific example of how we can use this fund to support local economies and I look forward to returning to the Longerenong College once this project is complete.”

Mr Ryan said the remaining $1.4 million needed to complete the project would be provided by Longerenong College.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Echuca Riverfront (paddle) steams ahead

* * - Friday, September 26, 2014


  • Truss and Ryan announce $3.9 million for Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment
  • $4.9 million project will draw more visitors to the region and create new local jobs
  • Commonwealth and Victorian governments building stronger regions

A joint Commonwealth and State investment to complete the second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment will create new local jobs and draw more tourists to this iconic part of Victoria.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss joined Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and The Nationals Member for Rodney Paul Weller in Echuca today to announce that the Commonwealth and State governments would jointly invest $3.9 million to complete the $4.9 million second stage of the Echuca Riverfront Redevelopment.

Mr Truss said he was proud to announce the funding needed to complete the exciting local project.

“Located on the magnificent Murray River, Echuca’s reputation as a visitor destination extends far and wide,” Mr Truss said.

“Echuca attracts more than 250,000 tourists to the region each and every year and the Federal Coalition Government is keen to see that grow.

“This investment will support the great work already undertaken as part of the $15 million stage one redevelopment of the Echuca Riverfront, and once complete the riverfront will draw even more visitors to Echuca and the region for a day, a weekend or longer.”

Mr Ryan said the investment would complete a number of key initiatives at the Port of Echuca including:

  • The establishment of an open space to host community events, festivals, family gatherings and picnics;
  • Linking the riverfront precinct with the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, the Port Precinct, the Hopwood Gardens and Riverboat Dock;
  • Improved vehicle access and parking to improve the visitor experience at Riverboat Dock;
  • The establishment of improved mooring access and boat servicing to ensure current operators are supported and able grow their businesses;
  • Refurbishment of the former kiosk/dressing shed delivering a café with river views; and
  • Improved environmental outcomes including protection of the riverside environment, including the river red gums

Mr Ryan said this investment would create 35 new full-time jobs locally, a further 15 indirect jobs and 14 construction jobs.

“This investment secures Echuca’s place as the key visitor destination along the mighty Murray River,” Mr Ryan said.

“It delivers a win-win for Echuca, with the potential to attract an additional 50,000 visitors to the region a year, while at the same time creating 35 new full-time local jobs here at the Port.

“By encouraging more visitors to the region and creating new local jobs we are supporting the local economy and providing a significant shot-in-the-arm for Echuca and the region.”

Mr Ryan said the joint Federal and State government funding would be provided through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program - Victoria.

“This program has been designed to strengthen and diversify local economies impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $15 million fund includes $10 million from the Federal Government and $5 million from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

“Today’s investment is a terrific example of how we can use this fund to support local economies and I look forward to returning to the Port of Echuca once this project is complete.”

Mr Ryan said the remaining $1 million needed to complete the project would be provided by the Campaspe Shire Council, with the project to be completed before the end of 2016.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier announces jobs boost for Nathalia

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014


  • Victorian Coalition Government invests $1.37 million to deliver 70 new jobs
  • $5.5 million project will boost exports from Ryan Meat Company
  • Benefits of GVIIF begin flowing through to the Goulburn Valley

Seventy new jobs will be created in Nathalia and local lamb exports will be boosted as the benefits of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund begin to flow through to the region.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr in Nathalia to announce that the Coalition Government would invest $1.37 million to support a $5.5 million expansion of Ryan Meat Company (RMC).

Mr Ryan said this project was the first to be funded through the Coalition Government’s $5 million Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund, developed to support the region’s economy through a period of transition, diversification and growth.

Mr Ryan said the investment would enable RMC to double production, from 7,500 head of lamb and mutton per week to 15,000, and more than double its workforce, from 66 full time employees to 136. It would also create a further 77 full-time jobs in the supply chain.

Mr Ryan said the expansion project would deliver a full export-oriented meat processing plant to cut, bone and pack chilled and frozen product, and included:

  • An expansion to the processing floor and installation of a new processing line and equipment;
  • Construction of new carcass chillers;
  • Construction of a new boning/cutting room;
  • Upgrades to the computerised processing system;
  • Expansion of the stockyards;
  • An increase of the company’s water and gas capacity; and
  • Construction of new staff amenities.

“This investment will see RMC double production, double its workforce and double its exports from the region, which is a win for Nathalia, a win for local suppliers and a win for the Goulburn Valley,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project is a terrific example of why we as The Nationals, working as part of a Coalition Government, fought so hard to secure an initial $5 million for the Goulburn Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.

“There are many great companies and businesses operating right across the Goulburn Valley, and through this fund we are co-investing to secure their future, create new local jobs and deliver a strong, resilient and diverse local economy.”

Mr Barr welcomed the Coalition Government’s $1.37 million investment, describing it as vital to ensuring RMC continued to meet international demand for locally produced and processed lamb and mutton.

“In March 2013, RMC commenced exporting lamb to the Middle East. This was so successful that production doubled and 20 new jobs were created, however, this growth has meant the current factory is now at maximum capacity,” Mr Barr said.

“By helping RMC to expand, it is no longer limited by size and can resume growing local exports of quality Australian produced lamb and mutton.

“By growing our exports we are creating new local jobs, new local investment and a stronger region.”

Mr Barr said today’s announcement continues the Coalition Government’s strong support for RMC, which included $200,000 to enable the company to build a new offal processing facility following the devastating 2012 floods.

“The Coalition Government rolled up its sleeves to help RMC during the difficult times and that investment is now paying off in spades, with its future not only secure, but flourishing,” Mr Barr said.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Deputy Premier launches Hume Region RAJAC Plan

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014


Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan officially launched the Hume Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee’s (RAJACs) Plan for 2013-18

Mr Ryan was joined by The Nationals Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell and The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Greg Barr at the Shepparton Office of the Department of Justice today.

Mr Ryan said since the first Aboriginal Justice Agreement in 2000 - 2006, and the respective RAJAC Plans, we have seen innovative programs in the areas of crime prevention, family violence and justice-related issues, education and treatment services.

“The RAJACs whole-of-community approach enables it to be responsive to the needs of Aborigines who find themselves in the criminal justice system,” Mr Ryan said.

“I particularly commend the Koori Justice Unit for its efforts to lead and enhance interventions and support services throughout the state, and the local RAJAC for developing a plan that meets the needs of the community.”

Mrs Powell said the Victorian government continues to be a leader in addressing the over representation of Aboriginal people in our justice system.

“In developing this plan, staff from both the Department of Justice and Department of Human Services consulted with the local community in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Wangaratta, Seymour and Wodonga,” Mrs Powell said.

“Coming from this consultation it was clear that the priorities for the Hume Region would involve strengthening communities, Drug & Alcohol, Mental Health, Diversion Support, Post-Prison Support and Partnerships.”

Mr Barr said it was great to see new initiatives coming from this plan especially as the community focused approach to delivering justice services will help ensure the most appropriate support is provided to people in the judicial system.

Mr Ryan particularly thanked Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Mungabareena Aboriginal Cooperative who already deliver important justice services to Aboriginal communities in the Hume Region.

“Providing integrated services which are culturally appropriate and relevant is the key to helping people who find themselves in the justice system,” Mr Ryan said.

“I also thank all community members in the Hume region who contributed in many ways to deliver positive outcomes for their communities and the people within them.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Shepparton is a KidsTown

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014


  • Deputy Premier announces $69,000 for KidsTown playground redevelopment
  • Also announces $320,000 to upgrade the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve
  • Victorian Coalition Government is building a better regional and rural Victoria

The fruit bins playground at KidsTown in Shepparton is set for a major overhaul with the Victorian Coalition Government investing $69,000 to redevelop the much-loved local park.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr at KidsTown today to announce the Coalition Government’s investment towards the $70,000 KidsTown Fruit Bin Playground Equipment Upgrade.

Mr Ryan said the project would redevelop the fruit bins playground, with the existing worn-out play equipment to be replaced by a new maze and modern play equipment, suitable for children of all abilities, including those in a wheelchair.

“KidsTown’s fruit bins playground was developed by the community, in partnership with SPC, more than 20 years ago and has been a popular visitor attraction ever since,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over recent years the existing equipment has begun to show its age and is in urgent need of replacement.

“The Nationals recognise the importance of this great local facility, which attracts 165,000 visitors per year, and we are thrilled to be investing in this important local project.

“This investment will deliver modern play equipment and a challenging maze that will entertain and engage local kids for another 20 years.”

Mr Barr welcomed the Coalition Government’s investment, saying the community would be thrilled at the news, particularly the many local businesses, service clubs and individuals who have donated time and money to develop and maintain this iconic local facility.

“KidsTown is a much-loved and popular local playground, and as a local parent I understand how dear it is to the hearts of our local children and their parents,” Mr Barr said.

“I am pleased the Coalition Government has recognised the importance of KidsTown to the community and had the foresight to invest $69,000 to deliver this much-needed upgrade.”

During his visit to KidsTown, Mr Ryan also announced the Coalition Government would invest almost $320,000 towards a $640,000 upgrade to the power supply at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.

Mr Ryan said the project would overhaul the Reserve’s power supply, enabling it to host a greater range of local sporting and community events.

“The Mooroopna Recreation Reserve is the premier community precinct in Mooroopna and is home to the Mooroopna Football Netball Club, Mooroopna Cricket Club, as well as hosting local tennis, bowls, croquet, Auskick, gymnastics and other community celebrations, events and private functions.”

“To ensure the Reserve can continue to cope with the vast array of local sporting and community events held here each and every week, it was important that we as a government invested to deliver the appropriate power infrastructure.

“While this investment doesn’t deliver a new grand stand, clubrooms and scoreboard, none of these things are of any benefit without the necessary electrical work to back it up.

“By investing to upgrade the power infrastructure now, we can ensure that any money spent at the Reserve in the future will have an immediate and beneficial impact on local user groups and the broader community.”

Mr Barr said this investment had been a key priority for the Mooroopna community.

“With this project now funded, thanks to the Coalition Government’s investment, the community can begin focussing on further developments at the Reserve, particularly those outlined in the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve master plan,” Mr Barr said.

“As The Nationals candidate for Shepparton, I will continue to be a strong voice for Mooroopna to ensure we are at the front of the line to secure Victorian Coalition Government funding.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Coalition Government drives growth of $17 billion mining equipment and technology sector

* * - Thursday, September 25, 2014


  • Victoria is Australia’s largest exporter of mining equipment and technology
  • Victorian Coalition Government to invest $600,000 in project to help manufacturers transition into mining sector
  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting key economic sector

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan yesterday unveiled two new initiatives to help drive growth in the state’s $17 billion mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

Mr Ryan said the new Victorian METS Capability Statement, developed by AustMine with funding support from the Victorian Coalition Government, identified the sector as a key driver of economic and jobs growth.

“This statement shows that Victoria is Australia’s largest exporter of mining equipment and technology. It highlights the enormous potential for further growth as our local businesses partner with local and international mining businesses,” Mr Ryan said.

“Victoria’s leadership in this sector, along with our highly skilled workforce and manufacturing expertise, means we are well placed to build an even stronger METS sector that creates more jobs.”

Mr Ryan also announced that the Coalition Government would provide $600,000 towards a $1.2 million project to help Victorian manufacturers who wished to supply the Australian and global mining sectors with technology, equipment and services.

“This three-year project will establish the Mining Equipment and Technology Services (METS) Advancement Network, which will aim to help small and medium businesses in traditional industries, such as automotive and defence, to transition into the mining industry.

“Led by Jolimont Capital, this network will expose manufacturing firms to new opportunities to provide technology, products and services to the mining sector, and help them transition if they wish,” Mr Ryan said.

The Mining Equipment and Technology Services (METS) Advancement Network funding is being delivered through Round 4 of the Victorian Government’s $10.85 million Manufacturing Productivity Networks Program.

Mr Ryan made the two announcements while officially opening the Mining Summit being held as part of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, which has attracted mining business leaders and policy makers from around the world.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Study to examine MCG deck to Melbourne Park

* * - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Feasibility study to explore options for a deck over Brunton Avenue and adjacent rail lines
  • Potential to further improve Melbourne’s renowned sports and entertainment precinct
  • Coalition Government building a better Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government today announced it would investigate opportunities to connect the Melbourne Cricket Ground to Melbourne Park, following a request from the MCG Trust and the MCC.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum today joined MCG Trust Chairman Bob Herbert, Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) President Paul Sheahan and CEO Stephen Gough to announce a feasibility study into building a deck over Brunton Avenue and the rail lines adjacent to the MCG and Melbourne Park.

“Following a request from the MCG Trust and MCC, a feasibility study will investigate decking over Brunton Avenue and the adjacent rail lines,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government will provide support through relevant departments.

“Such a development could improve our world-famous sporting precinct by adding features such bars, restaurants, or a live site area including screens for fans to watch the action as it happens inside the 'G'.

“Any proposed development needs be thoroughly investigated so we attract even more national and international events into what is already the world‟s best sport and entertainment precinct.

“Contemporary stadium precincts around the world are making great use of their existing space to improve the spectator experience.”

Singapore Sports Hub, Hong Kong Sports Hub (currently under consideration), Staples Centre in Los Angeles, and the London Olympics Precinct are all examples of how spaces can be used for live sites, corporate and sponsor facilities, bars and dining, and digital broadcast infrastructure.

The MCG Trust and MCC will manage the feasibility study under the guidance of a joint steering committee including the Government and Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.

“We welcome the opportunity to investigate the feasibility of utilising the space above the existing railyards,” Mr Gough said.

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“There are many possibilities and we are excited by the prospect of further enhancing the sporting precinct around the MCG.”

Mr Drum said the study will also consider how existing facilities at the MCG and Melbourne Park might benefit from the additional space created by a deck, such as an expanded National Sports Museum, the future redevelopment of the Great Southern Stand, and space to accommodate a growing Australian Open.

“I congratulate the MCG Trust and the MCC for their enthusiasm and their proactive approach to this development proposal,” Mr Drum said.

The feasibility study will consider such things as:

  • the types of activities the deck could accommodate;
  • the public benefits;
  • project costs;
  • design options and engineering challenges;
  • implications for operations in the rail corridor;
  • the timeline for funding and delivery; and
  • any return on investment opportunities that can be achieved.

Mr Drum said the MCG Trust and the MCC had already identified the need to establish links for efficient and safe movement of people within the corridor, including the separation of people and cars where possible.

“Major events like this week‟s AFL Grand Final highlight just how important the MCG is to the fabric of Victoria‟s sporting culture,” Mr Drum said.

“As the capacity of the precinct grows, the safety of patrons, particularly those on Brunton Avenue and Punt Road seeking access to Richmond Station and beyond, must also be a priority.

“The Victorian Coalition Government, with its proven commitment to this iconic sporting precinct, is ideally placed to drive this exciting proposal.”

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Media contacts: Les White 0409 805 122

Global mining leaders welcomed to Melbourne

* * - Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan will this evening welcome delegates from more than 30 countries to the inaugural International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne.

Mr Ryan said the five-day conference was Australia’s first and only truly international mining event, bringing together the breadth of the mining industry, from industry leaders and policy makers to financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators.

“We are delighted to welcome over 2000 delegates from over 30 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas to IMARC,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are joined by ministerial delegations from Chile, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines and Ethiopia, and by representatives from the world’s largest mining companies, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale to name but a few.

“IMARC is broad in scale and scope, and we hope this conference and exhibition will become a ‘Grand Slam’ event for the Asia Pacific region.”

The IMARC program includes more than 200 speakers representing a broad cross-section of national and global mining industry leaders and experts.

IMARC is the first conference of its type to have the support of each of Australia’s three key industry associations – The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Austmine and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to be supporting IMARC.

“Victoria is the birthplace of mining in Australia dating back to the gold rushes of the 1850s. Victoria’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector is valued at $17 billion, making it a major contributor to Australia’s economic growth and long-term prosperity.

“Melbourne is a hub for mining and mining services and is the corporate home for some of the biggest names in the industry, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Oz Minerals, MMG, Newcrest Mining and Orica.

“Through IMARC, we look forward to showcasing Victoria’s capabilities in mining, equipment, technology and services and building partnerships with industry and government. IMARC also provides unprecedented opportunities for Victorian companies in other industries such as manufacturing to create linkages with the world’s leading mining and resources companies.”

Mr Ryan also welcomed IMARC keynote speaker, international financier and global mining industry figure, Robert Friedland.

“Mr Friedland has influenced investment decisions and spurred economic growth in markets in Asia, the Asia Pacific Region, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas,” Mr Ryan said.

“Along with being a significant investor in leading-edge resources technologies, Mr Friedland is renowned for his leadership of Ivanhoe Mines, which is currently focused on advancing and developing three major mining projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

IMARC’s program includes a Policy stream led by the MCA and Coalition Government; a Technology and Skills stream led by AusIMM and Austmine; and an Investment stream led by Mines and Money Australia.

The IMARC Expo which will run throughout the conference showcases the latest innovations, products and services from over 80 industry leaders.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

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