Leaders pledge for South East

Leaders pledge to fight for jobs and investment in South East Melbourne

The business, manufacturing, tourism and local government leaders from across South East Melbourne have committed to advocate for jobs and investment in Melbourne’s south east following an intensive advocacy forum.

The forum – hosted by South East Melbourne (SEM, southeastmelbourne.org) – explored projects and ideas to help economic growth, jobs growth, liveability and the environment in the South East Melbourne region.

More than 30 stakeholders, representing business, manufacturing, tourism and local government sectors came together on Thursday 12 April to discuss strategies for the future of the region.

South East Melbourne is home to more than 1.2 million people and employs more than 470,000 workers and it is one of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions with 120 new families moving in each week.

The chair of South East Melbourne (SEM), Simon McKeon said: “The ideas that were brought forward were strong, creative, innovative and practical”.

‘As one of the fastest growing regions in Victoria we have pledged to make sure that our decision makers hear the same message from all the region’s stakeholders; we need better public transport options, investment in roads and large scale projects such as the South East Airport and the South East Freight hub to provide local jobs to the people calling the south east home’.

“Together we encourage organisations of south east Melbourne to raise their voice as one, it is a voice that needs to be heard.”

Mr McKeon said that following the meeting, the ideas generated would be prioritised and considered by the SEM board.

Mr McKeon said SEM, together with the other regional groups, would continue to lobby state and federal governments to ensure the region got its fair share of investment.

Among the groups in attendance were:

  • South East Melbourne (SEM)
  • South East Melbourne Manufacturers Association (SEMMA)
  • Committee for Greater Frankston
  • Committee for Dandenong
  • Metropolitan Partnerships Southern Region
  • Casey Cardinia Tourism Group
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board
  • The Eastern Innovation and Business Centre
  • The South East Business Network

The business, manufacturing, tourism and local government leaders committed to strategies that will:

  • Deliver jobs and investment
  • Expand the region’s nationally significant manufacturing sector
  • Expand South East Melbourne’s world-class food economy
  • Achieve a more connected community
  • Work together to attract infrastructure that increase liveability

Projects discussed in the forum include:

  • National Employment and Innovation Clusters at Monash and Dandenong
  • Extension of Cranbourne and Frankston Rail lines
  • The South East Airport
  • A health and education precinct in Frankston
  • Environmental solutions that deliver sustainable outcomes
  • Connect the education and skills sector to industry
  • Support the South East’s Major Roads Package
  • Build the South East Freight Hub
  • Expand the region’s skills base
  • Advocate for bus services to where the jobs are
  • Build high-speed internet access for business communities
  • Bring government jobs to the south east
  • Providing recycled water for South East Farmers
  • Repurpose the Port of Hastings
  • Greater integration between research and innovation and lifting the profile of innovation in the region

About SEM: SEM includes the shires of Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula, and the cities of Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash.

For more information contact:

Jenny Ljunggren


0401 839 811