Posted on 03. Aug, 2010 in Greening Victoria

The green retrofit of 1200 Melbourne buildings will create 3000 jobs in Victoria’s manufacturing supply chain over the next 10 years, according to a new report.

Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan today released the Victorian Industry Manufacturing Council’s (VIMC) Future Job Opportunities for Victorian Manufacturers: 1200 Buildings Retrofit Stimulus report while speaking at the Industry Capability Network Major Projects Forum in Melbourne.

Ms Allan, who chairs VIMC, said the report into the City of Melbourne’s 1200 Building project showed it had the potential to create almost 3000 jobs in the manufacturing supply chain over the next decade.

“Areas where job opportunities were identified include the supply of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, insulation, window fittings, double glazing and energy efficient lighting technologies,” she said.

“Victoria recently took the national lead on reducing carbon emissions with the release of our Climate Change White Paper Action Plan.

“This is to ensure we are first through the door for the wealth of increased job and trade opportunities.

“The report, compiled by Arup and commissioned by VIMC, has found a vast array of job opportunities for the project.

“The Brumby Labor Government will also be supporting the City of Melbourne’s 1200 Buildings retrofit program with a $500,000 grant through our Jobs for the Future Economy action plan.

“And just last week we introduced amendments to the City of Melbourne Act to facilitate the scheme by allowing tenants and landlords to borrow funds to undertake works that reduce carbon emissions.”

Ms Allan said the report noted the export potential for retrofit products and their manufacturers.

“The global bid to lower emissions coupled with Victoria taking the lead on Climate Change means there will be opportunities for Victorian manufacturers to sell their expertise into global markets, creating more jobs and greater prosperity for Victoria,” she said.

Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings welcomed the report and said positioning Victoria to be first in the door to new job opportunities was an important part of the brumby Labor Government’s action to tackle Climate Change.

“We are rising to the challenge of climate change – supporting new investments in solar, wind and clean energy to cut emissions and create a climate of opportunities,” he said.

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