Funding boost for manufacturing in Dandenong

November 9, 2018 by  

A $3 million State Government grant to assist the manufacturing sector in Dandenong has been announced.

Expected to help create up to 150 additional jobs throughout the area, the grants are set to target local projects. The funding was announced by Gabrielle Williams, Dandenong MP, at Dandenong South’s Eurofins Melbourne Campus – Asia-Pacific Scientific Centre of Excellence.

Eurofins is to receive $1 million as part of the Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) programme with funds provided for the establishment of a laboratory to test foods. This project alone is expected to create 50 new positions for workers.

Aware Environmental and Aquaworks are also to receive funding from LIFT which was created to help regions that were impacted by the shutdown of the automotive industry.

In addition to the LIFT programme funding, three more local businesses which continue to boost their profiles through brochure printing and other forms of marketing, have been successful in gaining grants under the Future Industries Manufacturing Programme (FIMP). They include AW Bell, Dynamic Steel Frame and Moondarra Cheese.

The aim of these grants is to provide support in the areas of export opportunities, improved productivity and new manufacturing technologies.

According to Williams, almost $130 million has been contributed by the government to support the Victoria manufacturing sector which in itself boosts the state’s economy by as much as $27.7 billion. She added:

“We are proud to support local businesses which are investing and employing local people in the Dandenong region.”