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Identifying new growth opportunities for Mornington Peninsula

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Wednesday 13 June 2012 Joint Media Release

The Hon Kate Ellis MP [link:/ellis]

• Minister for Employment Participation • Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins [link:/collins]

• Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations

A feasibility study supported by the Australian Government will identify new growth opportunities for the Mornington Peninsula’s marine industry.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis and Senator for Victoria Jacinta Collins today announced $71,000 funding for the study which aims to help the region’s marine industry expand, including creating a marine precinct containing businesses and training operations.

“The funding is part of the Government’s package of support to assist communities affected by the BlueScope Steel retrenchments on the Mornington Peninsula,” Ms Ellis said.

“It will identify prospects for the expansion of the marine industry in the area, training gaps and employment opportunities in sectors such as boat building, marine supply and dive and fishing operations.”

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The study is a joint initiative between the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Economic Unit, the Mornington Peninsula Marine Alliance and the Chisholm Institute of TAFE.

The Mornington Peninsula has about 200 kilometres of coastline extending into Port Phillip Bay and Western Port where the major development of the Port of Hastings is planned.

“The existing marine industry on the Peninsula already has around 200 enterprises employing 1500 people, with an estimated turnover of $200 million a year,” Senator Collins said.

“The Hastings development presents a great opportunity to properly plan for this industry’s growth in the region.

“In a dynamic economy, the Australian Government is committed to working with communities to help them identify new opportunities for local people.”

The report is expected to be released in September this year and will contribute to the overall economic planning by the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

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