Leaders of business and industry in the Gippsland region gathered at Monash University's Churchill campus today for the fourth Gippsland Major Projects and Opportunities Summit.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan officially opened the biannual event and acknowledged the region's ongoing potential as an industry and business powerhouse.
"Historically, the Gippsland region supported a wide range of successful business and industry investments and the projects being highlighted at the summit today further reinforce the strength of the region," Mr Ryan said.
"The summit will include a detailed showcase of six key projects in the Gippsland region worth more than $1 billion combined to the Victorian economy.
"The summit also acts as an important networking opportunity linking key stakeholders such as suppliers, sub-contractors and government agencies with project managers.
"By showcasing the range of exciting current and future local investment opportunities, the many benefits of Gippsland as an attractive location for business investment, relocation or establishment will be on display."
Member for Morwell and Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business Russell Northe also attended today's Summit.
"With introduction of the Federal Labor Government's Carbon Tax and the impact it is likely to have on this region, the summit provides an important opportunity to continue developing business-to-business networks," Mr Northe said.
"The Victorian Coalition Government is actively working to support the region through this period of transition with a range of measures including the development of the Latrobe Valley Roadmap and delivering the $25 million Latrobe Valley Advantage Fund.
"This summit will also support ongoing dialogue with government on the issues and projects that will address the future development and investment within Gippsland."
The half-day summit included speakers representing Advance TAFE, Independence Group, Department of Defence, Thiess, GippsAero, ESSO and the Department of Primary Industries.