- New organisation to promote investment and jobs growth in Melbourne’s west
- Business West 21 to provide a clear voice for businesses in western suburbs
- Victorian Coalition Government implementing ambitious Jobs Plan
A new group which aims to create jobs and grow the economy in Melbourne’s west has been launched by Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan at Whitten Oval in Footscray.
Business West 21 has been established to attract jobs, investment and infrastructure to Melbourne’s West, to support the area’s rapidly growing population.
The group will cover the municipalities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.
The formation of Business West 21 has been facilitated and assisted by the Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia committee and LeadWest.
“Business West 21 has been developed by a number of leading local business stakeholders who share a vision for a new local body committed to achieving improvements across all major industry sectors in Melbourne’s west,” Mr Ryan said.
“It will provide a clear and effective voice for businesses based in this part of Melbourne, particularly when it comes to communicating with all levels of government.”
Mr Ryan said Melbourne’s west was Australia’s fastest growing region, with a current population of around 800,000 people, which is expected to grow to more than 1.1 million in the near future.
“With an extra 300,000 people expected to live and work in Melbourne’s west it is important that we have groups such as Business West 21 working alongside all levels of government to support this rapid growth,” Mr Ryan said.
“I am confident the organisation will grow from strength to strength and provide great support to these growing communities.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government looked forward to working closely with Business West 21 as the government implements its own ambitious Jobs Plan.
“With the calibre of people backing it, I’m confident Business West 21 will play a key role securing a diverse and sustainable economy for this important region,” Mr Ryan said.
“We anticipate that this new organisation will also be well placed to assist with the implementation of Plan Melbourne by attracting business, investment and jobs to the National
Employment Clusters of Sunshine and Werribee and to the other major local activity centres.”
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