Each year, over $500 million is invested in Hume City, making the City one of the fastest growing economic communities in Australia. More than 12,500 businesses from a range of industries employing over 70,000 people call Hume home. All major industries are represented with the biggest employing industries including Manufacturing; Transport, Postal & Warehousing; Retail Trade; Construction; Aviation; Tourism; and Education & Training.
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Boasting world class infrastructure including Melbourne Airport, Hume Highway, Tullamarine and Calder Freeways, Western Ring Road and easy access to Melbourne's CBD and port, it's easy to see why more and more businesses are choosing to relocate to Hume.
Hume City has traditionally been a strong manufacturing hub with the majority of employment in the city (around 25%) coming from manufacturing. For many years Hume has had a particularly strong automotive manufacturing industry led by Ford Motor Company and the large cluster of automotive component manufacturers associated with it. In 2013 Ford announced that it would wind up manufacturing in Australia by the end of 2015 which has signalled in a new era where leaner, more advanced manufacturers servicing niche and specialist markets are beginning to become more prominent.
The Food and Beverages manufacturing sector is beginning to show signs of explosive growth with more investment expected to follow once the Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale market opens just across the border from Hume City in Epping. The Plenty Food Group provides industry support for food manufacturers in both Hume and Whittlesea with a strong focus on support to enter export markets.
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
The Transport and Logistics sector is the second largest industry sector in Hume City. It employs over 20 percent of Hume City's labour force. The sector is showing considerable growth within Hume City with nearly 5,000 additional jobs created between the 2006 and 2011 census years and huge growth expected as more large companies make the choice to locate and expand in Hume City to take advantage of the world class logistics assets on offer.
Over 6,000 people are employed in the retail sector across Hume City. Major activity centres are located at Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury, and to a lesser degree at Roxburgh Park, Gladstone Park and Campbellfield with comprehensive retail offerings available throughout the municipality. The appeal of the region for retail is highlighted by the investment of IKEA in a prominent site in Campbellfield with opening of the store expected in 2015. Craigieburn Central is a $330 million shopping centre investment by lend lease and was opened to the public in 2013 to service a large and quickly growing catchment area. The Broadmeadows Shopping Centre features more than 200 specialty shops and forms the anchor for the Broadmeadows Central Activities Area. The Sunbury Town Centre has grown from a small town centre into a major regional centre that now services a catchment area of over 60,000 people. With strong population growth expected as new residential land is unlocked and developed, retail growth is expected to remain healthy in Hume City into the future.
Hume has traditionally had a strong construction base and with the continued housing development growth, particularly in the Craigieburn and Sunbury urban growth areas, this is expected to remain strong. Over 5,000 people are employed in the construction industry.
The Melbourne Airport precinct employs over 14,000 people and is a major contributor to the local economy. As Australia’s only major 24 hour curfew free international airport, strong passenger growth is being paired with strong growth in air freight. The Melbourne Airport Master Plan was adopted in 2013 and maps out a $1 billion infrastructure improvement program that will shore up the airport’s future growth potential as annual passenger numbers are expected to double from 30 million now, to 60 million people by 2033. The airport precinct is home to a range of industries that take advantage of the proximity to the airport and the quality of the logistics infrastructure and amenity of the neighbouring business parks.
Education & Training
Hume City has one of the nation's leading TAFE colleges, an aerospace training facility and more than 50 government and independent schools. Kangan Institute is a multi-discipline institute which provides vocational courses in a broad range of occupations. It is a major training provider for the automotive, aerospace and polymer industries and is Victoria's largest provider of trainee and apprenticeship training. Over 4,500 people are employed in the Education and Training sector.
One of Hume City's fastest growing sectors, the municipality has benefited from the development of significant venues for functions and conferences along with international hotels, such as the Park Royal Melbourne Airport. Hume City is also home to an award winning wine industry and the accredited Sunbury Wine Region. The region has many areas of historical significance and tourist interest with a range of tourism operators providing quality visitor experiences. Over 4,500 jobs can be attributed to tourism, with the majority of them centred around activities associated with Melbourne Airport.
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