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McGuire2Great news for skills, training and employment in Broadmeadows and Melbourne’s North today when I held the Increasing Prosperity and a Fair Go For All – Broadmeadows Economic and Cultural Development Summit 2013 to further the vision and plan for an innovative response to creating smarter, healthier, better-connected, sustainable communities.

Brendan O’Connor, Australian Minister for Employment, Skills and Training has announced an extra $450,000 funding for Melbourne’s North Innovation and Investment Fund.

Chris Woodruff, Melbourne Airport CEO and Managing Director has announced a further $1 billion investment at Melbourne Airport going to tender in the next month, not including the Master Development Plans for a third runway investment of $500 million, which are currently in the consultation process.

Dr Elizabeth Campbell provided insight on CSL Behring’s base in Broadmeadows as a global leader in life-saving plasma products, highlighting the importance of investment in the knowledge economy and demonstrating how a Broadmeadows company delivers world’s best practice.

Professor Greg Baxter detailed the upcoming launch of Australia’s first Multiversity. Starting next year, this will fulfill my vision to deliver lifelong learning in Broadmeadows.

Credit also goes to my federal colleagues and local members for Calwell and Wills.

Maria Vamvakinou, Member for Calwell and Chair of the Parliamentary Migration Committee spoke on the considerable significance of multiculturalism in Broadmeadows and the wider Hume region – a community of over 140 nationalities.

Kelvin Thomson, Member for Wills, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Schools, provided intelligent insights on the importance of car manufacturing in Australia, contrasting global perspectives.

Hume City Council Mayor Geoff Porter detailed other positive improvements in the community and advocated the regional council’s support of today’s announcements and initiatives.

On top of the other notable announcements made at today’s Summit, I launched the campaign for an Innovation and Business Centre as the next evolution of the Global Learning Village. This concept has the support of one of Australia’s premier scientists, Ian Chubb, and the Business Council of Australia, and will seek to build on connections in the United States, particularly leading companies in Silicon Valley and incorporate institutions in Israel, Korea and China.

Broadmeadows, already home to leading global innovators, can lead the way through the challenges globalisation presents to Australia’s communities, through our creative response.

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