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Australia : Victorian Coalition Government investing in Geelong s innovative manufacturing sector

July 31, 2014

The Victorian Coalition Government s $500,000 investment in a world-first short nanofibre manufacturing plant has reached a key milestone, with construction of the facility at Deakin University in Geelong now complete.

Speaking at Deakin University, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said the world-first plant demonstrated the importance of effective collaborations between training providers, industry and government.

The Geelong Future Industry Project (GFIP), a part of the Coalition Government s $11 million Skilling the Bay Initiative, allowed local biotechnology company Cytomatrix, Geelong based engineering firm Austeng and Deakin University to construct the facility.

The short nanofibre technology has enormous potential to create jobs in a range of innovative areas, including medical sciences and biotechnology, Mr Wakeling said.

Cytomatrix will be working with students from Deakin University, while Austeng engages vocational training students from The Gordon and engineering students from Deakin to develop vital skills within Geelong s transforming manufacturing sector, Mr Wakeling said.

Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos joined Liberal candidate for Geelong Paula Kontelj at the tour, and said the plant s completion would create significant opportunities for students at The Gordon and Deakin University.

This world-first plant provides a huge boost to Geelong and to the training our local institutes can offer students wishing to study in the region, Mr Katos said.

Mr Wakeling said the Napthine Government s $11 million Skilling the Bay initiative was engaging young people in training and employment, enabling industries to adopt new technologies and improving the skills of adults at risk of long-term unemployment.

This commitment is on top of the Napthine Government s record $1.2 billion a year investment to build a better vocational training system for all Victorians, Mr Wakeling said. Skilling the Bay is being led by The Gordon in partnership with Deakin University, local industry and community organisations in Geelong.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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