Media Release: Committee for Dandenong delivers wake up call for Australian manufacturing

Gary Castricum Minister Donnellan Gabrielle Williams- C4D calls for an end to ‘crisis of confidence’
- 1,000 local students to sample locally manufactured product
- Dandenong streets lined with a VLocity DMU train, caravans, buses, trucks

Dandenong and Melbourne’s South East is on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest
manufacturing centre, despite recent set backs to the automotive industry and other manufacturing
sectors.
An alliance of Local Councils, businesses and agencies are seeking Government and private
investment to create an additional 10,000 local manufacturing jobs to surpass Greater Western
Sydney as the premier manufacturing region in Australia...

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Melbourne’s southeast one of Australia’s largest manufacturing regions, with 5000 businesses

917515b0019316a4c11006f27fa26119Gerry Ryan - Jayco

MELBOURNE’S southeast is poised to become the heart of Australian manufacturing. But it must convince the state and federal governments of its capacity to deliver and get their support for essential infrastructure.

Committee for Dandenong chairman Gary Castricum says the region is already home to more than one million people, has 5000 enterprises and produces 90,000 jobs and excellent growth prospects.

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Manufacturing recovers in Australia’s southeast

A05I6568When US billionaire Hamdi Ulukaya first came to Melbourne four years ago, the owner of America’s No 1 Greek yoghurt brand, Chobani, headed straight into the heart of the city’s manufacturing heartland.

Ulukaya had heard the stories about the death of Australian manufacturing, led by the local car industry.

He drove past a number of empty warehouses, dishevelled housing estates and graffiti-ridden train stations. Yet he was determined that Australia — and more specifically southeast Melbourne — would be the location for his first manufacturing facility outside the US.

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How 3D printers are creating human body parts

2016 05 19 1131 001WATCH: Appearing on The Morning Show to promote Smart Manufacturing 16 - Alexandra Kingsbury explains how 3D printing works and the amazing, innovative and life saving possibilities available...



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Homes away from home bring hope

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“THE idea of a structural shelter is to give people hope.”
Corex national sales and marketing manager Marc Aliotti explained that the emergency shelters the Dandenong South company helped Maddel International create provided more than just a roof over someone’s head.
“If you give people hope, they start to help themselves and have a spirit to actually progress and to live and to keep going with their families,” he said.
“What happens with tents is they tend to end up looking like just a piece of cloth over tens of thousands of people and it all becomes very depressing...

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Trash into treasured art

crate 148250 02 250x154 KIDS can transform trash into art at a mega manufacturing showcase in Dandenong.
Dandenong South’s Smart Recycling will use a display at Smart Manufacturing ’16 – Dandenong and South East Melbourne on Show to inspire a new generation of artists to see worth in materials that society discarded.
Committee for Dandenong (C4D) and its partners are presenting the expo-style event on Tuesday 17 May to promote the region’s capability and capacity.
The 35-acre Smart Recycling site was once a tip and has become an unlikely place for artistic inspiration.
Artists and designers regularly visit the site to salvage industrial timber packaging waste to be used in their celebrated designs...

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Chippy has got her career nailed

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DANIELLE Kazi-Shedden is doing things a little differently and picking up plenty of awards along the way.
The Cranbourne 24-year-old will speak about her pathway from VCE to her carpentry career at the Smart Manufacturing ’16 symposia on Tuesday 17 May.
The Drum Theatre will host presentations throughout the day as part of the expo-style event that will take over Dandenong’s CBD to promote the region’s capability and capacity.
“I just started in 2009 when I didn’t really know what I was going to do and had no real direction with my career path or anything like that,” she said.
“I did all my exams in year 12 and didn’t get the results I wanted. I didn’t really care about anything back then.
“I ended up being unemployed for nine months after that.”
Danielle eventually landed a job at Jayco in Dandenong South and over the next three years tried her hand at several different roles.
“I came out with a joinery/carpentry sort of interest. From there I was looking for an apprenticeship and found this shop-fitting role with Whytehall.”...

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James Sturgess interview

James Sturgess from M+K Lawyers

Spotlight on Manufacturing in Dandenong and South East Melbourne

James Sturgess, managing principal for Victoria at Macpherson Kelley, discusses the trends shaping Australia's manufacturing sector and the upcoming Smart Manufacturing symposium, which highlights manufacturing developments in Dandenong and Melbourne's South East.

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Smart moves for manufacturing

Drum Theatre Dandenong will host the Smart Manufacturing Symposia on Tuesday May 17.
INDUSTRY experts and business leaders will inform and inspire in Dandenong on Tuesday 17 May.

The Drum Theatre will host a symposia as part of Smart Manufacturing ’16 – Dandenong and South East Melbourne on Show. Committee for Dandenong (C4D) and its partners are presenting the expo-style event to promote the region’s capability and capacity. The symposia will cover smart manufacturing, innovation and commercialisation. Attendees will be able to network with like-minded people, ask questions, and receive advice on the latest commercial, technological, market and career opportunities.

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Smart Recycling - positioned to provide an essential environmental service to Victoria’s new inland port

Ward Pettheridge Smart RecyclingWard Petherbridge, Smart Recycling

The humble timber pallet is the backbone of global trade, with almost every object in the world carried on one at some point in time. Estimated to account for 46 percent of US hardwood production, and with most discarded after one use, pallets also have a significant environmental impact. In Victoria alone, approximately 500,000 tonnes of timber waste goes to landfill annually - enough to fill the MCG 1.5 times over...

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Smart Manufacturing: The new show of force for Victorian manufacturing

Councils, educators and researchers are working together to make Melbourne’s South East the centre of manufacturing in Australia.

They are joining local manufacturers and businesses to attract $1.2 billion of public and private investment to projects in the region. Their aim is to create jobs, stimulate local economies and innovation, and strengthen community health, wellbeing and resilience.

Dubbed The Manufacturing Zone, this region is home to more than one million people and 5,000 enterprises. It produces over half of Victoria’s manufactured product, providing in excess of 90,000 manufacturing jobs.

The advancement of manufacturing in Melbourne’s South East is one of four strategic agendas contained in a Committee for Dandenong (C4D) report, which was launched by the Victorian Premier Mr Daniel Andrews in Parliament House on March 22nd, 2016.

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