About 40 manufacturers and food processors have confirmed they will be exhibiting at Wodonga TAFE on May 29 in a landmark event showcasing local businesses.
The Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program (AMFP) Albury Wodonga industry day has been organised by Independent Senator for Victoria John Madigan and Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan to promote the benefits of manufacturing, farming and food processing to the local community.
The event, themed “Albury Wodonga – Position Perfect”, will open to the public at 9 am, and feature a series of panel sessions comprising both politicians and business leaders. “Albury Wodonga – Position Perfect” is a partnership between Sen. Madigan, Ms McGowan, Wodonga TAFE and Wodonga City Council. The official opening will take place at 9.30am.
The day will showcase manufacturing, farming and food processing, with exhibitors attending from as far as Melbourne, Bendigo, Emu Plains and Murrabit. The sessions will look at challenges and opportunities for businesses operating in the region, as well how government can better support local manufacturing.
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP and Senator for Victoria, Janet Rice, will be guests on the ‘Pollie Panel’, and will join Sen. Madigan, Member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, and Ms McGowan. Wodonga City Council councillor, Anne Speedie, will MC the ‘Pollie Panel’ which starts at 10.30am.
The AMFP was launched five years ago by Sen. Madigan, with support from Sen. Xenophon and Mr Katter, who have remained strong supporters of the program. AMFP industry days have been held in Ballarat, Dandenong, Adelaide, Geelong and on the steps of Parliament House, Canberra.
“A country is what a country makes and it’s vitally important for politicians to see first-hand how our manufacturers, farmers and food processors survive and prosper,” Senator Madigan said. “Government is constantly telling businesses to innovate but in my experience the best of Australia’s industry is both innovative and extremely competitive – they have to be to survive. Albury Wodonga has some great companies that make a real contribution to the local community. I’m looking forward to seeing them on show on the day.”
Senator Madigan said he had long wanted to hold an AMFP industry day in Albury Wodonga and was encouraged to do so by Ms McGowan.
“Cathy is a strong representative for her region and a keen supporter of local manufacturing and farming. I’m delighted to be working with her on this terrific project which I hope will be the biggest and best of our industry days so far,” Sen. Madigan said.
Manufacturing and food production are the second and third main employers along the Riverina and Murray regions, accounting for 60 per cent of business activity. The agricultural sector in the Hume-Murray regions contributes $2.3 billion to the combined gross agricultural production value of NSW and Victoria and is growing.
“This is the perfect opportunity for Indi manufacturers to showcase what they do,” Ms McGowan said. “We have manufacturers who are innovative and produce goods at a world-class level.”
People interested in a potential career in manufacturing or agriculture are encouraged to attend to learn about the industries and explore employment opportunities.
“Manufacturing has a strong future in regional Australia. This forum will be very informative for educators, students and young people wanting a career in the sector,” Ms McGowan said.