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Students Take Pole Position at Innovation Precinct

12 March 2015

Thousands of students keen to chart exciting and highly-skilled career paths will be among visitors converging on the Industry and Innovation Precinct opening in Melbourne today.

More than 30,000 people are expected to tour the precinct at the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix racetrack at Albert Park Lake over the next four days to be inspired by leading-edge technology and innovation from Victorian industries.

The precinct is part of the 2015 Australian Automotive Week and is being run by the Victorian Government in collaboration with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. It showcases state-of-the-art design, technology and manufacturing capabilities from Victoria’s automotive, defence, aviation, engineering and research sectors.

Victorian Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, who is opening the precinct with Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer Andrew Westacott, said Victoria was proud to be hosting the event for a third consecutive year.

Sixteen exhibitors, including companies such as Hella Australia, IVECO, Le Mans and Polaris, and universities such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT and Swinburne University of Technology, will take part.

The precinct also gives Victorian automotive businesses another avenue to network with diverse companies from across Australia and the Asia Pacific who had gathered in Melbourne for Australian Automotive Week and the 18th Asia Pacific Automotive Engineering Conference.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio

This interactive precinct helps students and teachers learn about exciting careers within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

“Last year, more than 13,500 students attended seminars which were held in the precinct. We expect even more students to take advantage of the free seminars this year.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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