The Victorian Government purchased the former General Motors Holden site in the Employment Precinct of Fishermans Bend, Port Melbourne to develop Australia’s new home for design, engineering and technology excellence.
The site is approximately 37.5 hectares and is located less than 5 kilometres from Melbourne’s Central Business District. It offers easy access to major roads, airports and seaports.
The government’s aim is to create thousands of high value jobs by bringing together the best capabilities in Defence; Automotive; Education; Design & Engineering; Technology; Research and Development; and incubators and accelerators.
Fishermans Bend is central to the Victorian Government’s vision for an innovative, globally competitive, highly skilled and adaptive defence industry that maintains its position at the leading edge of providers serving the Australian Defence Force and global supply chains.
At this new precinct of excellence, business and industry leaders will work alongside researchers in the areas of aerospace, defence, marine design, engineering, technology and automotive design – sharing and developing skills, knowledge, research and connections.
Boeing Aerostructures Australia and Supacat are located in Fishermans Bend. The Defence Science and Technology Group also has a significant presence at Fishermans Bend.
Melbourne University’s School of Engineering will move to Fishermans Bend as part of the University’s almost $1 billion plan to create a world-class engineering school. The new campus is scheduled to open in the early 2020s.
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