Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley, was on Monday joined by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, to discuss the positive impact that the Coalition’s policies were having on local Dunkley industry.
The Prime Minister and Mr Crewther visited Bata Shoes, in Mornington, to discuss the expected impact of the Government’s tax cuts for small businesses being introduced in July this year, as well as export opportunities and other policies to assist job creation.
Mr Crewther said that Bata Shoes were a fantastic example of industry and innovation.
“I’m proud to be representing the wonderful people of Bata Shoes and the other fantastic businesses that we have here in Dunkley.
“Bata Shoes have made an excellent contribution to our local economy, and have experienced a notable increase in employment, recently increasing their employment from 50 to 73 employees and producing 450,000 boots per year,” said Mr Crewther.
The Prime Minister was delighted to see the success that Bata had experienced in Australia, stating “Bata are a great Australian manufacturing business, using innovative technology to stay competitive and manufacture a lot of their products right here in Dunkley.”
The nation-wide employment figures released last Thursday reflect the Federal Government’s investment into Australia’s workforce and the focus on economic growth and creating jobs.
The labour force figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that January 2018 marks the 16th straight month of jobs growth, with an average of around 1,100 jobs a day being created in the Australian economy.
This equates to 971,500 jobs created since the Coalition was elected in September 2013.
Following the visit to Bata, Mr Crewther and Mr Turnbull visited the Frankston Train Station to discuss the extension of metro rail to Baxter and the benefits for Frankston and surrounds, then met with Frankston City Council to talk about this and other priorities.
During the federal election campaign in 2016, Mr Crewther secured $4 million in federal funds to conduct a business case into the electrification and duplication of the train line to Baxter, including a new hospital station, an upgraded station at Leawarra (Monash University), a new Langwarrin station and an upgraded Baxter station.
“The federal government has signed off on the scope put forward by the state government, and is now waiting for the state government putting the business case out to tender,” Mr Crewther said.
“Our community need the business case to happen soon so it is completed before the State election, so that we know the options and costs, and can then secure both state and federal funding for the full project.”
The Prime Minister observed that with the growth of the population, it was “obvious” that the local metro rail also needed to grow, remarking that sometimes changing trains from the Stony Point V-Line to the metro trains at Frankston “can sometimes involve the wait of an hour”.
Mr Crewther said that he was hopeful that the state government would see the importance of the project and would work together with the federal government to see the business case completed soon.