Manufacturing in Melbourne's West
Melbourne’s west has long been a location of industrial zoned land within metropolitan Melbourne and is one of Australia's foremost manufacturing centres, home to the factories of a range of leading national and international companies. Melbourne's west is where things get made.
The manufacturing industry is the base of our regional economy, providing the biggest employment contribution, which was over 31,500 jobs at the 2011 Census. The manufacturing heartland of Melbourne's west covers parts of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham.
Manufacturers choose Melbourne’s west because the region is strategically located close to Melbourne’s CBD, the Port of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine and Avalon Airport, and the major regional centres of Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong. Almost all of Melbourne’s interstate rail and road transport connections run through or are adjacent to Melbourne's west. Recent and committed improvements to the freeway network (the Deer Park Bypass and the Metropolitan Ring Road upgrade) and proximity to the Port of Melbourne have resulted in the region having a high take‐up of available industrial land.
The region also has excellent education, training, research and development facilities, which compliment existing industry. Victoria University's research groups, Centres and Institutes undertake research in engineering and science, with a focus on producing world-class research and development outcomes.
Melbourne's west, with 28% of Melbourne’s future industrial land supply, is ideally situated as a site to grow manufacturing. The Melbourne West Growth Corridor Plan makes provision for over 2,000 gross hectares of industrial land. The principal components of this additional supply will comprise:
- a large (approximately 1,500 hectares) extension of Melbourne’s existing western industrial node (which incorporates the Laverton North, Laverton and Altona industrial areas). This precinct includes provision for the possible future provision of a major new inter‐modal freight terminal that would enable freight coming from the ports of Melbourne and Geelong and by rail from interstate to be transferred between rail and road. It will have excellent access both from a new freeway link between the Western Ring Road and the future Outer Metropolitan Ring Transport route.
- a 390 gross hectare new industrial area at Toolern with access from the Western Freeway.
- a new 600 gross hectare industrial precinct adjacent to the reservation for the Outer Metropolitan Ring route and with access from the Melton Highway.