House debates

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Statements by Members


1:36 pm

Photo of Andrew WallaceAndrew Wallace (Fisher, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

One of my missions as a parliamentarian is to help bring new jobs to the Sunshine Coast and industries of the future, like high-tech manufacturing, and enable our young people to find the career they want without leaving home. I was pleased to see the Morrison government's $1.5 billion investment in the budget towards the Modern Manufacturing Strategy and it's focus on areas where the Sunshine Coast is already strong, like food and beverages, medical products and defence.

I believe the Sunshine Coast has a terrific opportunity to take advantage of this investment and I'm determined to help make the most of it. I'm beginning next week by hosting a Fisher manufacturing forum. This event will feature a presentation from a representative of AusIndustry on the support for manufacturing provided by the Morrison government, and I'll interview a panel of local business leaders to discuss the present and future of manufacturing on the Sunshine Coast. My experts will include Will Shrapnel of HeliMods, Naomi Elliott of Concept Labs and Matt Hepburn and Christen McGarry of Your Mates Brewery—I'm sure everyone will be pleased to hear from her. I am very grateful to all of these well-known local business leaders for taking part. The event will take place on Wednesday 4 November at 2 pm at venue 114 at Bokarina. If any Fisher residents are interested in attending, they should contact my office for information.