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Warren South in mid-2016, will help
Casey to participate in the digital
economy and boost business productivity.
Casey's population also provides
industry with a large, skilled workforce.
The proportion of residents with a
degree or diploma qualifcation rose by
almost 57 per cent from 2006 to 2011.
There are strong tertiary education
resources in Casey, principally through
Casey's council works closely with the
tertiary sector to develop employment
transition strategies for school leavers,
and TAFE and university graduates.
Lifestyle is another advantage. Casey
is well known for having a diverse mix
of housing, from premium properties
to the more affordable, and it has
great parks and community facilities.
Its proximity to the Mornington
Peninsula on Port Phillip Bay, and the
Dandenongs, adds to the lifestyle.
A proactive council is another strength.
Casey's planning process helps to fast-
track industry projects, and residents
beneft from the council’s customer-
focused approach. Its Customer Focus
Strategy has outlined 30 actions over
the next three years to transform the
council's customer service.
The approach is paying dividends. The
2015 Customer Community Satisfaction
Survey by Local Government Victoria
showed that Casey continues to be
on par with other outer-metropolitan
councils, and that it scored considerably
higher than Victorian averages. That
was a strong result, given Casey's
population growth and the pressure it
places on community resources.
Casey has also formed strong ties with
Cardinia Shire Council through the
Casey Cardinia region partnership,
which addresses job creation and
promotes industry development.
A growing development pipeline
Casey is benefting from several projects.
The development of the Thompsons
Base Business Park in Cranbourne West
was a boon for Casey and Melbourne's
outer south-east. Developed by MAB
Corporation, Thompsons Base is
expected to create 800 jobs. Council
approved the multi-offce/warehouse
development in nine days.
Investa Property Group is investing in
Casey through its Evans Park project in
Cranbourne West. The integrated business
village, or SOHO (small offce/home
offce), has fexible zoning for warehouses,
manufacturing and mixed use, including
home and offce opportunities. The
development is a boost for home-based
businesses in Casey.
The Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre
has been transformed by a $110 million
redevelopment and refurbishment
project. The Casey Central Town
Centre, adjacent to Casey Central
Shopping Centre, is in the early stages
of development and has the potential to
become a major activity centre.
Casey's healthcare facilities are also
being upgraded. The St John of God
Berwick Hospital has announced a $120
million development that is expected to
open in 2017.
A city full of opportunity
Casey provides signifcant business
support through training, workshops,
mentoring, networking and other
services. 'Helping our established
businesses grow and take on more staff
is a foundation of Casey's job-creation
strategy,' says Wilkinson.
Encouraging businesses to work
together and form industry clusters is
another strategy. The St John of God
development, opposite Monash Health's
Casey Hospital, will form a health
precinct in Melbourne and provide more
jobs in this fast-growing sector. Council
believes that Berwick can become a
major health and education precinct.
Wilkinson says that Casey can also
become a large industrial hub in
Victoria for food manufacturing and
distribution. Casey's proximity to rural
areas, its established manufacturing
sector, and its central location in the
south-east are competitive advantages.
'There are clear synergies between
Casey's industrial base and agricultural
growers in the Casey Cardinia region,
Western Port, Mornington Peninsula
and surrounding areas,' says Wilkinson.
'Casey can play a key role in the
development of a larger agricultural
sector in the region that focuses on
value-added food products for export
Casey's council has a growing focus
on Asia. A six-member delegation
of councillors, council offcers and
businesspeople will visit China next
year to discuss an economic partnership.
Casey will consider forming
relationships with municipalities in
'Casey is examining a potential
partnership in China with a view
to sourcing foreign investment and
creating import/export opportunities,’
says Wilkinson. 'Our economic
development strategy is all about
attracting more companies and investors
who create jobs for residents.'
Growth in advanced manufacturing
is another highlight. 'We are seeing
technically advanced manufacturers
with a focus on clean energy, innovative
production processes, and specialist
products set up in Casey. Many of these
companies have a global focus.'
Wilkinson says that Casey is ideal for
companies that want to relocate or
establish additional operations. 'We
have the population growth, the land,
and a council that provides fantastic
industry support and gets things done.
There's never been a better opportunity
for companies to set up in the Casey
Cardinia region and take advantage of
some of the fastest population growth in
Australia over the next two decades.'
To learn more about the City of Casey,
visit www.casey.vic.gov.au and
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