New projects to create thousands of new jobs and support local businesses

Published: 10 August 2017

A.G Coombs, Managing Director, Russell Telford, Apprentice Maurice Barbour work at the Melbourne Park Stage 2 Redevelopment
In this photo from the left: A.G Coombs Managing Director, Russell Telford, Apprentice Maurice Barbour and Nick McCubbin from Group Training at the Melbourne Park Stage 2 Redevelopment.

The Victorian Government has announced a multi billion dollar pipeline of key infrastructure projects that will create tens of thousands of jobs across the state and boost local businesses.

The updated Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Forward Plan with 26 new projects brings the total number of Strategic Projects to 80.

The $340 million Melbourne Park Redevelopment Stage Two, including the Rod Laver Arena Refurbishment is one of the existing projects on the plan, with a minimum local content requirement of 82 per cent.

The project has already provided opportunities for local businesses such as A.G Coombs, Barden Steeldeck, Fitzgerald Construction and Century Glass.

Local Jobs First - VIPP ensures that small and medium size enterprises are given a full and fair opportunity to compete for government contracts, such as hospitals, schools and road projects, while still achieving value for money.

Local businesses looking to supply into the projects are encouraged to register with the Industry Capability Network.

For further information, visit the Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) website.

Video transcript

Creating local jobs and supporting Victorian businesses

[Vision:  Melbourne Park scenes]

[Vision:  Wade Noonan walking through construction site - Construction site]

Wade Noonan - Minister for Industry and Employment

We are right in the middle of a major infrastructure boom here in Melbourne & Victoria.

We have 80 projects listed, either currently under construction or in our forward plan.

80 projects valued at greater than $50 million each.

[Vision:  Construction site]

Each of those projects has a mandate of minimum local content for both building materials and services.

[Vision:  Wade Noonan speaking - construction machinery - Rod Laver Arena]

What that simply means is that local businesses benefit and local workers benefit from the Victorian Government's building program and purchasing program.

Melbourne Park is a very big construction project creating hundreds of jobs.

[Vision:  Wade Noonan speaking - Wade Noonan talking with apprentices]

There are about 30 apprentices, trainees and cadets, working onsite here in various trades they're fitting the gas lines, the air conditioning units.

Jessica Malouf - 4th Year Mechanical Plumbing Apprentice - A G Coombs

So we do mechanical plumbing, it's a little bit different to your general housing and sanitary plumbing.

[Vision:  Construction site]

We'll do ductwork, a bit of welding and steel pipe, things like that; it's a really great industry to be involved in.

[Vision:  Jessica Malouf speaking]

You know, in 30 years' time you can tell your kids you worked on Rod Laver Arena and yeah, it's pretty exciting.

[Vision:  Crane]

Maurice Barbar - 3rd Year Mechanical Plumbing Apprentice - A G Coombs

Yeah, I really enjoy the work. No job's the same.

There's always something to learn and yeah, work for a great company with - also on this site a lot of great contractors.

[Vision:  Construction site]

[VICTORIA State Government][Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian