16 May 2019

Job creation and major infrastructure investment in Corangamite

I have fought for job creation and major infrastructure investment in Corangamite and the Greater Geelong region since being elected as the Federal Member for Corangamite in 2013.

Together we have achieved so much towards the transformation of Geelong’s economy.  I am proud to have delivered major projects including road upgrades, a new international terminal at Avalon airport and establishing the ABS Data Centre in Geelong.

Just this week, we announced another 350 jobs will be created through the construction and maintenance of Howitzer defence artillery in Geelong.

To invest in knowledge-based manufacturing of the future, we have provided $20 million to fund 21 projects through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package; $10 million through the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund; and $15 million through the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund.

The Morrison Liberal Government has the vision to continue to see the transformation and growth of Geelong.  We are investing an incredible $2 billion in fast rail to Melbourne and a further $850 million to fix the regional rail link and provide a duplicated line between Waurn Ponds and South Geelong, including upgrading stations. Labor’s failure to back our budgeted $2 billion for fast rail is an indictment on Bill Shorten’s candidate in Corangamite and current Member in Corio.

The Liberal Morrison Government will always back job creation and economic growth.  We have a plan for a stronger manufacturing sector.

Labor will tell you they also support manufacturing, but their record speaks for itself – when they were last in government, one in eight manufacturing jobs disappeared.  Labor’s reckless emissions reduction targets, billions in higher taxes, opposition to free trade and workplace relations policies pose a major threat to the manufacturing sector.

Only the Morrison Liberal Government will work to maintain and grow well-paid Australian manufacturing jobs, including in Corangamite and Geelong.

16 May 2019