Changing face of local industry

Hobsons Bay Council is calling for feedback to help shape a future vision for key industrial precincts.

The council has identified four main objectives to guide change in Hobsons Bay’s evolving industrial areas – to increase local jobs and diversify industry sectors, to become an environmental leader, to balance job growth with community impacts, and to continue to be a major economic force in the Victorian economy.

The ‘Reimagining our Industrial Areas – A Statement of Opportunity’ document highlights why Hobsons Bay is the location of choice for new and emerging industries in Melbourne’s west.

Through research and preliminary discussions with industries, the project has identified advanced manufacturing, new energy, digital industries and recycling and repurposing as the four industry sectors that could play a key role in the area’s future economy.

Mayor Jonathon Marsden said one third of Hobsons Bay is industrial land, the majority of which has been declared as ‘state significant’, providing 50 per cent of local jobs.

“Hobsons Bay’s local economy is transforming and we have an opportunity to take the driver’s seat and reimagine how our industrial precincts can meet the needs of our city and community, as well as how we balance job growth with community impacts,” he said.

“We can capitalise on our established industrial legacy, strategic location and skilled workforce to be the location of choice in the West and attract new and emerging industries.”

As part of the consultation process, the council will meet with existing industry representatives and potential new businesses to seek input.

Two online drop-in sessions will also be held 6-7pm Tuesday, October 26 at 11am-noon Saturday, November 6.

Project staff will be available to answer questions from the community, existing and emerging industries.

Feedback closes on November 14.