Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay joined Shadow Minister for Innovation David Southwick this week at Waurn Ponds and on the Bellarine to visit locally owned and operated businesses.
Mr Ramsay said he and Mr Southwick were looking at opportunities to assist local businesses innovate and expand to create more jobs.
“I was delighted to showcase innovative local Geelong and Bellarine business enterprises to the Shadow Minister, and to discuss how the government can best help these businesses grow.
“Before travelling to the Bellarine, we had the opportunity to visit the Carbon Nexus carbon fibre and composite research facility owned and operated by Deakin University at Waurn Ponds.
“Both the Shadow Minister and I were impressed by the innovation displayed at Carbon Nexus where scientists conduct research into the chemical, mechanical and nano-scale characteristics of the carbon fibre materials produced on-site, particularly for the aerospace and automotive industries.
“We saw how carbon fibre is one of the great new value-adding opportunities for Geelong manufacturing, and with a focus on innovation and strong partnerships between academia and industry, this new and exciting industry is at the cutting edge of carbon-based technology.
“Congratulations to Derek Buckmaster, Director of Carbon Nexus; Professor Bronwyn Fox, Research Director, Carbon Nexus; Steven Atkiss; and the team, for their commitment to innovation in technology and in building a new industry for Geelong.
“On the Bellarine we visited Paulmar Glass Houses at Marcus Hill that specialises in growing vegetables in a controlled environment above ground with no soil contact, free of pests and diseases.
“Paulma is a family owned business operated by Paul and Mary Mifsud using the latest growing techniques to provide high quality produce for the local market.
“We also visited Tiger Jade Abalone at Indented Head, owned by the Craig Mostyn group, a leader in aquaculture technology.
“Operations at Tiger Jade Abalone, the largest abalone farm in Australia, are about to expand with production expected to increase by 250 percent and facilities upgraded to meet growing local and international demand for live, frozen and canned abalone.
“The numerous innovative businesses operating in Geelong and on the Bellarine are to be congratulated for their contribution to the region”, Mr Ramsay said.