Cr Brad Hill says attracting government departments will help create more jobs in Frankston City.
Frankston City Council is calling on the State and Federal governments to consider moving department offices here in a bid to invigorate the city’s economy. The council will discuss the proposal with Frankston state Labor MP Paul Edbrooke, Dunkley federal Labor MP Peta Murphy and Liberal Senator for Victoria David Van to get the ball rolling – and Mr Edbrooke says he is already a fan. “I have been actively advocating (this) for many years and believe this would be a fantastic opportunity to increase local employment for Frankston,” he said.
Frankston councillor Brad Hill said attracting government departments would have huge benefits for Frankston businesses and help create more jobs. Cr Hill said convincing South East Water and its more than 600 employees to move to Frankston in 2015 had an estimated annual economic benefit of $850 million to the municipality.
“Frankston is one of nine metropolitan activity centres in Melbourne and should therefore be earmarked for future opportunities,” he said. “Box Hill and Dandenong are great examples of other metropolitan activity centres that have prospered as a result of significant State and Federal government investment in office spaces, and I believe Frankston deserves the same level of attention.”
The council’s manager of policy, planning and environmental strategies, Suzane Becker, said that since the council’s Invest Frankston campaign was relaunched in June 2019, more than 130 investment leads had been generated and notable businesses had moved here, including The Hop Shop and General Public in Playne St and Burger Love in Thompson St. “It is estimated that the current pipeline of investment inquiries has the potential to generate up to $800 million in construction activity and over 1000 new jobs,” Ms Becker said
Cr Hill added: “The number of skilled professionals commuting from the Mornington Peninsula and other southeastern suburbs to central Melbourne is climbing, but it doesn’t have to. Frankston can provide a more attractive opportunity for these workers, halving for many their daily commute. As a result of COVID-19 we’re also seeing many families and individuals looking to move further out of the city in search of a greater work-life balance. In my opinion, that’s exactly what Frankston can offer. We just need the jobs to draw the people.”