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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

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

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.”

View the MCG Deck Concept https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ndkh4u8q8yj30p0/AADhsbWnpdXQxDQu49lYARSJa?dl=0

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

Mitchelton Wines Estate announcement

* * - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The following comments can be attributed to Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan following today’s announcement by Gerry Ryan:

It is a red-letter-day for Mitchelton Wines Estate, Nagambie and Victoria.

I congratulate Gerry Ryan and the Ryan family on their $22 million investment which will deliver a first-class visitor destination rivalled by few.

This development will draw visitors to the region, grow local jobs and support local businesses.

To have a diverse tourism offering such as this within an hour’s drive of Melbourne Airport is a great thing for Victoria and is the type of investment the Victorian Coalition Government is keen to support.

It will add to other great visitor attractions within Melbourne’s reach including the Dandenong Ranges and Healesville, the Morning Peninsula and Phillip Island, Torquay and the Great Ocean Road, and Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Mitchelton Wines Estate already has a strong reputation for producing some of Victoria’s finest wine, with its Cellar Door and gourmet food of the highest order.

The addition of a 70-room hotel and day spa, a new chocolate factory and a further 90 cabins at the Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park will further cement Mitchelton Wines Estate’s reputation as an industry leader.

The 70-room hotel and day spa will attract high-paying guests from Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria, interstate and overseas, for a day, a weekend or even longer, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

The new $2 million chocolate factory will encourage motorists to venture off the highway and through Nagambie, providing a valuable shot-in-the-arm for local businesses following the completion of the Nagambie bypass.

The $8 million investment at Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park will further add to the accommodation offerings of this region, and has the potential to attract hundreds of additional visitors, mostly families, to Nagambie during peak holiday periods.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Garry Lyon supports Regional Victoria Living Expo at Royal Melbourne Show

* * - Monday, September 22, 2014

 

  • AFL great Garry Lyon drops in to Royal Melbourne Show stand in support of next year’s Regional Victoria Living Expo
  • Expo offers information on regional housing, career, education, health, lifestyle
  • Expo to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1-3 May

Former AFL champion and media personality Garry Lyon has dropped in on the Regional Development Victoria stand at the Royal Melbourne Show, helping promote the Regional Victoria Living Expo.

Mr Lyon, raised in Kyabram in northern Victoria, joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at the Regional Development Victoria stand to promote the three-day Regional Victoria Living Expo, which will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May 2015.

Mr Lyon, a long-time supporter of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, gave a passionate speech at last year’s event, telling listeners his heart had never left his home town.

“Regional Victoria is a great place to grow up and a great place to raise kids,” Mr Lyon said.

“The space and sense of community is great for children and adults too. The country lifestyle has many advantages the city can't offer – like a 10 minute commute to work.”

Mr Ryan said the Royal Melbourne Show, which attracts half a million visitors, was a great opportunity to promote the advantages of regional living.

“The Royal Melbourne Show showcases the best on offer from regional Victoria and is one of Melbourne’s premier events with a genuine connection to country living,” Mr Ryan said.

“The RDV stand at the Show will give people considering relocating to regional Victoria access to the right information to plan their move, while entertaining the kids with plenty of activities including fishing games, rock climbing and finger painting.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo will showcase Victoria’s 48 regional councils as well as information on career, housing, health, education and lifestyle opportunities in regional Victoria. It allows attendees to speak directly with regional real estate agents and to sample Victoria’s great food and wine, with regional food tastings.

“Almost 10,000 people attended last year’s expo and it’s easy to see why. On-stage performers will provide entertainment for all ages, while the Kids' Interactive Zone and Sports in the Community Precinct will engage children with interactive and educational games.

“An Arts and Culture Program will feature at the 2015 Expo, curated by Arts Victoria, in conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

“I am also pleased to note that major sponsor First National Real Estate – a company founded in regional Victoria – will continue its support in 2015,” Mr Ryan said.

For more information about the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo, visit www.regionalliving.vic.gov.au

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Celebrating the big difference small business makes in Heyfield

* * - Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Ryan and Bull encourage Gippslanders to buy local in the lead-up to Support Small Business Day
  • Thousands of gift cards for local small businesses up for grabs
  • Coalition Government supporting small business in regional Victoria

Gippslanders are being encouraged to buy local to support small businesses across the region in the lead-up to Support Small Business Day on Saturday 4 October.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today joined The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull at CAFÉ 3858 in Heyfield to promote Support Small Business Day.

“Businesses such as Café 3858 in George Street Heyfield, run by Jamie Riley and Zac Stamos, contribute a great deal to our local economies,” Mr Ryan said.

“Jamie, originally from Heyfield, and Zac moved to Heyfield almost four years ago, purchasing the business and bringing with them a slice of Melbourne Café culture.

“They have grown the business which can now seat around 70 people inside, with room for another 40 in their courtyard.

“Their cafe has won several awards including Best Cafe twice and Best Coffee in the Wellington People Choice Awards and they have received numerous positive reviews in newspapers such as the Herald Sun and the Age.

“Jamie and Zac are a great example of our dedicated local small businesses owners investing in our local communities and I encourage locals to continue to support them by purchasing a coffee, cake or and some of the other delicious food they have on offer.”

Mr Bull said it was important locals supported small businesses such as Café 3858.

“Local small businesses employ local staff, which creates local jobs, they purchase local goods and services and reinvest in our local communities,” Mr Bull said.

“Whenever $100 is spent in a local small business, $50 is retained in the local economy.

“Whether it is purchasing the day’s milk for coffee, bread for sandwiches, or dropping into Tryhorn Supermarket for supplies, businesses like Jamie and Zac’s Café 3858 are reinvesting in our local communities and making your dollar go further.

“Local businesses are also the first to give back to their communities by putting up their hands to sponsor local sports clubs, charities or other local initiatives.”

Mr Bull said to further encourage locals to support local small businesses in the lead-up to Support Small Business Day, the Victorian Coalition Government and Bendigo Bank had partnered to give locals the chance to win gift cards that can be spent at participating businesses.

“There are thousands of gift cards be won as part of this initiative which runs throughout the month of September,” Mr Bull said.

“I encourage shoppers and businesses to visit the Support Small Business Day website to see some of the great competitions and initiatives which are on offer.

“Last year more than 4,000 small businesses and consumers participated in the inaugural event and it would be great if we could boost those numbers this year.”

Mr Bull said to participate, small businesses and shoppers across Gippsland could register at www.supportsmallbusinessday.vic.gov.au.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Leading Japanese retailer creates 100 new jobs in Melbourne

* * - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

  • UNIQLO opens its second Melbourne store, creating 100 jobs
  • Confirms Melbourne as the base to grow UNIQLO’s Australian operations
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Victoria by attracting businesses from around the globe

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan has welcomed the decision of Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO to base its growing Australian operations in Melbourne as it opened a second store today.

The retail giant’s new store at Chadstone Shopping Centre was opened this morning, creating 100 jobs. This followed the opening of its first store in Melbourne’s CBD in April.

Mr Ryan said that UNIQLO’s selection of Melbourne for its Australian base was a vote of confidence in the city’s retail sector and in Melbourne as a corporate management location.

“Melbourne is leading the field in attracting companies from around the globe. UNIQLO joins other major global brands taking advantage of the strong and prosperous environment for business we offer,” Mr Ryan said.

“UNIQLO joins companies such as Muji, Williams-Sonoma and H&M in investing in our state and creating jobs in Victoria, enhancing our international reputation as a major retail market.”

The UNIQLO CBD and Chadstone stores join 15 other markets with over 1,400 UNIQLO stores around the world. A third store is set to open in Sydney soon.

“Japan is Victoria’s third largest trading partner, and UNIQLO’s choice of Melbourne for its Australian base is a strong indicator of our excellent relationship with Japan,” Mr Ryan said.

“Demand for retail in Victoria is booming with annual turnover now at $66.5 billion and growing. Earlier this month, the Coalition Government helped to mark a $580 million expansion of Chadstone Shopping Centre that will create thousands of jobs.

“The Coalition Government will continue to help grow the retail industry through our international and business engagement programs. These programs have contributed to investment by international retailers such as UNIQLO, Muji, Zara, Topshop, Williams- Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, and H&M as well as domestic re-investment by Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings and Cotton On.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122


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